Accidents and Disasters

  • Movies

    August 6, 2014
  • News

    August 28, 2013

    Legendary tornado chaser Tim Samaras's last ride

    Tracking the chaser's final quest in El Reno, Oklahoma

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Man struck by car, killed crossing highway in wheelchair

    A man was struck and killed by a car last night while crossing Olson Memorial Highway in a wheelchair.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Abdirahman Ali charged with criminal vehicular homicide for Jessica Hanson hit and run

    Abdirahman Abdi Ali was charged today with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the hit-and-run accident that killed 24-year-old bicyclist Jessica Hanson last week.THE BACKSTORY: Abdirahman Abdi Ali, 24, arrested in connection with hit and run death of Jessica Hanson [MUGSHOT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Jessica Hanson, 24, killed while bicycling in hit and run near Lyn-Lake [UPDATE]

    -- Original post published 7:30 a.m. July 8. Update at bottom --Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, 24-year-old Jessica Hanson was biking to her boyfriend's house when she was struck by a car at the intersection of 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South.SEE ALSO: Driver who hit Elyse Stern charged wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Wildfires rage in northern Minnesota [PHOTOS]

    As of this morning, wildfires that started yesterday in north-central Minnesota covered over 8,000 acres of land and forced the closure of roads in an area including Park Rapids, Menagha, and Red Lake.SEE ALSO: Nicolas Hutchinson, Uptown fire victim, left with clothes he's wearing, phone and compute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Bloomington man injured after falling into 8-foot sinkhole [IMAGE]

    As if we all don't already have enough things to worry about already, here's another.SEE ALSO: Small alligator found in Bloomington; fisherman says "there's a big one back there too" [PHOTO] A 65-year-old Bloomington man was hospitalized after he fell in an 8- to 9-foot-deep sinkhole near 102nd Stre ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Did Rybak lie about I-35W bridge collapse during DNC speech? [VIDEO]

    SEE ALSO: -- R.T. Rybak is a finalist for the 2012 World Mayor Prize-- RT Rybak blames pot smokers for Minneapolis murdersSome Republicans are upset by comments Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made about bridges and infrastructure during his DNC speech... but do they have a legitimate beef?

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Amy Senser was on cell phone during fatal accident, police say

    Amy Senser was talking on the phone when she ran over Anousone Phanthavong, a new revelation leading prosecutors to file a new criminal vehicular homicide charge against her for reckless driving.The new charge means Senser faces three counts of criminal vehicular homicide for running over Phanthavon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Amy Senser trial will happen in Hennepin County

    ​Amy Senser's trial will not be moving to Kandiyohi County. Hennepin County Judge Daniel H. Mabley denied Senser's request to have her trial moved from Minneapolis to Kandiyohi County. Senser stands charged with criminal vehicular homicide for running True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong over off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Joe Senser's: Doors close on another restaurant

    Just days after it was announced that Amy Senser, wife of restaurant owner Joe Senser, would stand trial on charges of criminal vehicular homicide, a sign went up on the doors of the former Viking's restaurant in Plymouth, saying that it would close for good. The sign cited financial and economic re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Amy Senser will stand trial for criminal vehicular homicide

    ​Amy Senser will stand trial on criminal vehicular homicide charges April 23, a Hennepin County judge ruled this morning. Senser allegedly ran over Anousone Phanthavong, the head cook at True Thai, last August, and left the scene of the accident. Prosecutors unveiled an amended complaint late Janu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Victims families speak at I-35W bridge memorial [VIDEO]

    Hundreds were on hand for the 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden dedication.​After a long day of torrential downpours, the clouds parted over Gold Medal Park yesterday evening just for the dedication of the new I-35W bridge collapse memorial.Emotions ran high as a representative for each of the 13 vict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Tornado warning over for Twin Cities area [UPDATE]

    ​The National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued a tornado warning for the suburbs south and east of the Twin Cities at about 2:45 p.m., after radar indicated that a storm capable of producing a tornado moved through Rosemount, St. Paul Park, Inver Grove Heights, Eagan and Sunfish and St. Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Landlords screw north Minneapolis tornado victims, but are also victims themselves

    Tony WebsterNorth Minneapolis landlords are holding rent deposits from people whose homes were damaged by the tornado​It's been three weeks since the tornado devastated North Minneapolis--and many victims are still waiting for their landlords to make things right.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Minneapolis tornado Super Saturday relief drive scheduled

    Tony WebsterThe mess on Broadway after the twister struck.​There's still a huge mess in North Minneapolis in the wake of May's tornado, even after the big June 4 city-sponsored cleanup effort, and people still need help. So, this weekend, a coalition of volunteer groups is launching a relief d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Local soccer hooligans, er, fans, complain about tornado warnings

    This tornado warning interfered with the Champions League final.​Last Saturday, when tornadoes were carving up more of our fair state, Fox 9 interrupted their coverage of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League finals to allow meteorologist Tim Blotz to give weathe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Salvation Army tornado donations overwhelming, only accepting cash now

    Tony WebsterAmbulance crews in the disaster zone.​So many people have donated clothes and other goods to the Salvation Army in the wake of Sunday's tornado that the organization can't accept any more. "In just two days we've filled two whole semi-trucks with all the food, clothing, diapers, hygie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Minneapolis City Council OKs disaster declaration

    The process of seeking federal assistance has started.​As expected, the Minneapolis City Council voted this morning to extend Mayor R.T. Rybak's disaster declaration in the wake of Sunday's tornado. It also heard that preliminary damage estimates are running north of $166 million.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Minneapolis tornado rated up to EF 2, winds reached 135 mph

    mollyapolis/flickrSunday's tornado classified as an EF2 at times.​The truth is that you probably don't care much whether the National Weather Service designates a tornado an EF 1 or an EF 2 after your home has been shredded, and you've lost loved ones or seen them injured. All you know is, hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Yep, St. Michael tornado confirmed [VIDEO]

    The tornado touched down in St. Michael.​It's not a tornado until the National Weather Service says it's a tornado, so now we can say for sure that the funnel cloud caught on camera the other evening in St. Michael was the real deal. The same storm that sent us running for cover from massive ... More >>

  • Arts

    May 11, 2011

    After the quake weaves together two stories

    It's a play about taking chances

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Forecast in St. Paul: Radioactive rain

    TopatoMaybe Blinky makes a guest appearance in the Mississippi this summer?​Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say it's raining radiation in St. Paul as a result of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. The readings show elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Origami, Nami, and Wakame join forces to help Japan's Tsunami survivors

    WakameEat sushi, help earthquake victims​CNN and BBC switched their 24-hour coverage from Japan earthquake to Libya last week, but the hardship for survivors is far from over. Behind the news coverage of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima are hundreds of families in evacuation shelters, as well as fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    St. Paul braces for flooding and other people's waste

    Photo: Tom GazpachoToilet plungers may be needed in St. Paul.​It's bad enough to learn that dozens of Minnesota communities flushed their human waste into flooding rivers last week. Now we find out some of that crap is going to flow downhill into St. Paul, along with expected rising waters. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Minnesota twisters can't beat the Fire Tornado [VIDEO]

    Mulling It OverFire tornado DESTROY!​Think we've got it bad in Minnesota, now that we've got the most tornadoes in the nation?Forget about it. Those are just regular tornadoes. Down in Brazil today, they've got something a little more attention-grabbing: fire tornadoes.It hasn't rained in the Braz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Minnesota tornado count leads U.S. in 2010

    Minnesota's 2010 tornado count leads the U.S.​It isn't even close. Minnesota isn't the land of 10,00 lakes anymore, it's tornado alley. According to NOAA, 122 twisters have been reported here so far this year. The nearest competitor? Texas, with 87. Ha! Take that you cowboys.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Video of tornado destroying Minnesota home

    A tornado rips through a house in Campbell, Minnesota.​Saturdays storms brought a deluge of water to the Twin Cities, but three hours Northwest in Campbell, they were dealing with tornadoes.This funnel cloud looks like something out of a movie--or maybe Lost's smoke monster come to life. And you c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Tornado warnings up for Twin Cities suburbs [UPDATED]

    Image via NOAAFollow the action via some cool interactive maps on the NOAA website here. ​The tornado watch we told you about this morning was upgraded to a warning for Dakota and Goodhue counties this afternoon by the National Weather Service, capping a stinking hot day today. WCCO reported p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Tornado count overestimated by National Weather Service

    Image via YouTubeDiscovery Channel storm chasers made tracks to Minnesota​It now appears that there were some wild imaginations and miscounts at work last Thursday when a hellacious storm system ripped across the state, killing at least three people. Those 34 twisters we and others reported? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Rochester plane crash kills three [UPDATED]

    ​Updated: Bodies have been recovered. See below for details. A small, single-engine airplane crashed a mile north of the Rochester airport last night, killing three people aboard and narrowly missing at least one home on the ground. The plane came down in the woods 100 yards from the home of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Amy Klobuchar wants BP criminal probe after oil spill disaster

    Photo: uscgd8Deepwater Horizon burns and an environmental disaster looms​BP, the oil company staring down the maw of a vast environmental disaster after its Deep Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, may have offered the federal government a bargeload of hogwash when it said it k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Jim Oberstar sets House hearings on BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle

    U.S. Air ForceA U.S. Air Force C130 drops oil-dispersing chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico​BP executives and others are going to get an earful from members of Congress tomorrow, when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure opens hearings into the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Tornado strikes stretch of S. Minneapolis, tedious cleanup begins

    The storm came through in just minutes with no warning, lifting large trees and their roots from the ground and tipping them into yards, houses and streets.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Saturday tornado caused $2 million in damage

    The tornado left a nine-mile path through Long Lake, Plymouth, and Orono.

  • Movies

    September 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    A fool's paradise: America's aging infrastructure and the Midwest floods

    America's aging infrastructure has been making headlines since Katrina. Minnesota came into the frame ... More >>

  • News

    August 15, 2007

    Who's to Blame?

    In the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse, it's time to take a hard look at the politicians and policies that may have contributed to the disaster

  • News

    August 8, 2007

    Falling Down

    The I-35W Bridge Collapse Exposes Dangerous Deficiencies in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    Murky Waters

    Will the 35W bridge collapse have serious environmental ramifications? With bodies presumably still in the water, it may seem a rather churlish question to pose. But the massive heap of concrete, steel, vehicles, and lord knows what else would seem to be a poor development for the well-being of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2007

    Additional video could provide answers

    At today's press conference at 6th and Main, a throng of reporters hungry for new information got precious few answers as to what may have caused the I-35W bridge collapse.

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2007
  • Movies

    February 14, 2007
  • Music

    April 5, 2006

    Can't Go Home

    Juvenile's New Orleans, the ghost town America made

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2005

    Playing Twister in Minnesota

    Here at City Pages, we get a lot of junk emails from companies hoping to hype a product. Once in a crescent blue moon, one comes along that strikes our fancy. For example, the one from a company in Huntsville, Alabama, detailing the most tornado-prone spot in the state of Minnesota since 1950.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2005
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2005

    Norm's conquest

    Junior Senator's reponse to Katrina: Tax cuts for all my friends! It may have been Labor Day, but the powers that be in Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's office were apparently hard at work devising a plan. Coleman is clearly becoming a sort of trial-balloon politician for the neo-con agenda's most egr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2005
  • Arts

    May 15, 1996


    Twister wisely jumps the gun on the summer blockbuster season.

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