Storms packing a powerful punch plowed through Siouxland overnight. Winds of up to 70 miles per hour knocked down trees and power lines in Merrill, Iowa. Repairs crews were on site working to restore electricity. Dozens of people in Merrill and Emmetsburg were without power Wednesday morning.
While Democrats hold their national convention in North Carolina, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is campaigning for a second day in Iowa. Wednesday morning, he'll attend a rally in Adel, Iowa. On Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, he continued to push a line of questioning that's become a fixture of the Republican campaign, "are Americans better off now than they were four years ago?."
President Barack Obama is also making plans to come back to Iowa, where the race is extremely close. On Friday, he and Vice President Joe Biden will attend a rally outside Jessup Hall at the University of Iowa. Their visit comes ahead of a busy weekend in Iowa City with thousands of fans arriving for the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game at Kinnick Stadium.
A British adventurer is traveling the Missouri River way through Siouxland for a good cause. Dave Cornthwaite is paddling and swimming down the Missouri River from Chamberlain, South Dakota to St. Louis, Missouri. On Tuesday, he was in Yankton, South Dakota 180 miles into his journey. He's using the adventure to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.