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September 13, 2017 02:47 PM

Where Did Nearly $1M In Tornado Relief Go?

Sioux Falls

Last night's Hand in Hand telethon raised $44 million for hurricane survivors. The money is going to charities who help in relief efforts.  

Nearly 20 years ago, KELOLAND-TV held its own telethon for Spencer tornado victims. In 1998, the deadly twister wiped the small South Dakota town off the map and viewers helped donate nearly $1 million dollars.

At the time, the late Governor Bill Janklow said all the money would go directly to victims, not for administrative costs for anything else.  

"We're going to take care of the people of Spencer the Government will take care of the infrastructure," Janklow said in 1998. "We take care of the people."

But did all the money go to vitcims as intended?  In our KELOLAND News investigation on Wednesday night, Angela Kennecke follows the twisted money train to see what happened to any funds left after victims applied for money. Some of what we discovered nearly two decades later may surprise you.  
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