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The Ryan and Ladora Tornadoes of 1974

In Historical by Jeff Wilcox

August 12th, 1974, the country was only days into the new Ford Administration after the resignation of Richard Nixon, SAGBRAI (also known as the 2nd Annual RAGBRAI) had finished in Dubuque the previous Saturday and the outlook on corn and soybeans wasn’t looking too good for many area farmers. Two seperate storms, both produced F4 tornadoes dropped out of the …