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UPDATE: Sioux Falls girl dies following storm related injuries

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 10:26 AM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) -A 4-year-old girl from Sioux Falls has died after a tree branch fell on her tent early Friday morning at Land of Memories Park in Mankato.

Mankato Public Safety says it happened around 2:30 Friday morning.

Lifesaving efforts were performed but were unsuccessful and she was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Family members also occupying the tent were unharmed.

On Saturday, Mankato Public Safety identified her as Nytalia I. Ashes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“The daughter was going to dance in her brand new jingle dress outfit and that is what she was looking forward to,” said Chair of Mahkato Powwow, Dave Brave Heart. “The jingle dress dance is actually a healing dance so this will be healing for the family.”

The Mahkato Mdewakanton Association which hosts the yearly powwow will be putting on a blanket dance to help raise funds for the family.

Thunderstorms were moving through the area at the time of the incident.

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