About 8:20 this morning, a school bus crashed into a home on the 4200 block of Penn Avenue North after it was struck by an SUV that ran a red light.On board the bus at the time of the wreck were the driver and one passenger, neither of whom was injured. According to the Minneapolis Police Department ... More >>
A building collapse killed a demolition worker in downtown St. Paul this morning.SEE ALSO: St. Paul Saints get $25 million for new ballpark; Veeck-ville coming to Lowertown Fox 9 reports that "the collapse happened around 8 a.m. at the former Gillette building at East 5th Street and Broadway, which ... More >>
John Piper, the recently retired pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, has made a cottage industry out of attributing natural disasters to God's vindictive will.SEE ALSO: Glenn Beck comes to Lizz Winstead's defense over Oklahoma tornado jokes For instance, in response to the 2004 Asian ... More >>
Hennepin County prosectors say they don't have enough evidence press murder charges against the driver of the car that hit and killed killed 28-year-old Elyse Stern while she biked through the intersection of East Lake Street and Cedar Avenue South early Saturday morning.THE BACKSTORY: Elyse Stern, ... More >>
Related:The Duluth floods drowned my record collectionDuluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, & Trampled by TurtlesAs the devastating, catastrophic images and stories of the flooding in the Duluth began circulating, you knew that the dedicated, hardworking people of that area would see to it to ... More >>
Amy Senser will testify during her trial on criminal vehicular homicide charges, her defense attorney revealed during opening statements. Prosecutor Deborah Russell and defense attorney Eric Nelson kept their opening arguments brief this afternoon, with each side presenting a bare outline of their ... More >>
Amy Senser admitted to a daughter that she was drinking the night she ran over Anousone Phanthavong, a Hennepin County prosecutor said Monday. Deborah Russell, the assistant county attorney who made the statement during a motions hearing in Senser's case, didn't elaborate. Prosecutors revealed ea ... More >>
Amy Senser's trial approaches April 23, but before a jury can be seated the Hennepin County judge overseeing the case must determine whether Senser can get a fair trial in Minneapolis. Senser's attorney Eric Nelson requested a change of venue to Kandiyohi County earlier this month on the grounds ... More >>
Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern tweeted his support for dead True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong Friday afternoon. Phanthavong had worked at True Thai since 2002. He was the restaurant's head cook until Amy Senser ran him over on the Riverside exit of I-94 last August. A Hennepin County judge ... More >>
Linda Hamm has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide for running over Ann Blake last month. Maple Grove police responded to reports on January 31 of a vehicle driving erratically and found it going eastbound on Elm Creek Boulevard at Main Street in Maple Grove. A police officer pulled up ... More >>
Tony WebsterThe Minneapolis tornado struck May 22.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already awarded Minneapolis $16.33 million to help pay for tornado damage to public property, but that's where it's drawing the line. Private businesses, homeowners and renters found out yesterday ... More >>
Tony WebsterMinneapolis put out a call for volunteers, and people answered fast. Two thousand people have signed up for Saturday's big cleanup, and now the city doesn't need anyone else. And don't bother showing up thinking you can get around the rules--only people who are already signed up will ... More >>
Tony WebsterLet's help pick up this mess.Taking a drive through north Minneapolis a week after the tornado, it's clear this remains a collection of neighborhoods badly in need of help. Trees are down everywhere. Whole sides of homes are missing. Tarps cover damaged roofs. And up until now, t ... More >>
Eat wings and help tornado victimsEat dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, June 1, and a portion of your bill will go to help the victims of the north Minneapolis tornado. The local company announced that it will donate 10 percent of money spent on food and nonalcoholic drinks at its ... More >>
Tony WebsterNorth Minneapolis is cleaning up.Since Sunday's tornado hit north Minneapolis, people have been clamoring for a way to help the victims. Now, all that community spirit has been corralled into an organized, practical relief effort. The City of Minneapolis has set up a Disaster R ... More >>
Federal assistance could help homeowners, as well as renters.The FEMA folks have arrived in north Minneapolis to help tally up a dollar amount on the tornado damage, a precursor to some city residents being eligible for federal disaster assistance. The threshold for aid is $6.4 million worth ... More >>
Tony WebsterThe governor declares a state of emergency.Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency following Sunday's tornado in north Minneapolis, keeping the state's emergency response program in force, and moving the state one step closer to securing outsi ... More >>
Looters are starting to make life a misery in north Minneapolis.Adding insult to injury among north Minneapolis tornado survivors, looters are starting to descend on the neighborhood like parasites, kicking in doors and loading up trucks with stolen goods with enough frequency that police announc ... More >>
North Minneapolis Recovery Fund on GiveMN.orgA special matching-grant fund has been set up for NOMI tornado victimsWant to help the north Minneapolis victims of the tornado? The Minneapolis Foundation has set up a specific fund for tornado victims called Minnesota Helps--North Minneapolis Recove ... More >>
Tony WebsterNeed assistance? Buses are running to a special event at the Minneapolis Convention Center today run by the city and county.Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials have established a one-day tornado assistance center aimed at helping families knocked sideways by Sunday's tornad ... More >>
Hennepin CountyCleanup from the storm continues.The Hennepin County medical examiner has released the identity of the second man known to have died in Sunday's tornado: Floyd David Whitfield. He was a god-fearing man, and on his way home from church on Sunday when the tornado struck. The howling ... More >>
Storm chasers followed the monster tornado that ripped through Joplin.We're stunned and saddened by the death, injuries and devastation left by the tornado that tore through North Minneapolis yesterday. But compared to the mayhem seen in the videos below from Joplin, Missouri, we dodged a bul ... More >>
The disaster declarations could free up state and federal funds.Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as issued a formal declaration of emergency in the wake of Sunday's tornado touchdown in North Minneapolis, paving the way for an emergency City Council meeting tomorrow. The meeting takes place at 9: ... More >>
Erica WilliamsFallen trees have downed power lines throughout the affected areasThe tornado that swept through North Minneapolis and the West Metro downed power lines and left more than 27,000 people without power yesterday, according to Xcel energy. By this morning, that number had been red ... More >>
Meddy Garnet, Flickr.This won't make the clean-up process any easier.Twenty-four Southern Minnesota towns hit hard by flood waters are diverting their bodily waste into the rivers that temporarily closed their sewage treatment plants.
I-35W bridge collapse victims reach a settlement with URS.Engineering firm URS Corp. has agreed to pay victims of the I-35W bridge collapse $52.4 million, according to joint statements today from the company, and Jim Schwebel, the attorney representing the victims. The company pointed out in ... More >>
Screen shot via YouTubeAn Albert Lea woman wanted to turn a twister into a cash cowSome people looked at the death and destruction wreaked by tornadoes this month and saw a crisis. Michele Marie VanRiper, a 31-year-old from Albert Lea, apparently saw an opportunity.The Albert Lea Tribun ... More >>
Updated: A twister touched down near Fergus Falls, killing one person, and Wadena has been heavily damaged by strong winds, MPR reports. But the worst of the storm gave the Twin Cities a miss. Via NOAA: A tornado watch wsa in effect for the following Minnesota counties, including those in th ... More >>
Via If It Was My HomeSome local contextHow big is the oil spill unleashed by the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico? One way to get a handle on the size of the disaster is to put it in local context. We figured it out (after the jump) with the help of some cool and ea ... More >>
It's a spate of fatalities not seen since eight people were killed between Jan. 12-22.
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A Rogers woman swerved to avoid a stalled vehicle on an icy road and lost control of her car.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning in parts of Hennepin, Anoka and Ramsey Counties. This warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m.
The record store will be closed until they can assess the damages.
The Minneapolis police are looking for information about a hit and run accident May 15. A 36-year-old man got hit by a car and the asshole fled.
While the water level is starting to drop, the river is still well above flood stage and many areas are still flooded with waters to create homes still protected by barriers of sand bags.
"I glance in my rear-view mirror, and I saw the bridge collapse right behind me. It just disappeared."
Following the I-35W bridge collapse, Gardner Hardware has cancelled their annual Anvil Drop scheduled for tomorrow, August 3.
Katrina and the lessons of the 1927 flood
A Marxist historian and New Orleans native talks about how disasters foster solidarity
Even as pumps begin pushing floodwaters out of New Orleans, water is still coming in through a break in a key levee. A break in the floodwall on the London Avenue Canal remains open, pouring water from Lake Ponchartrain into the flooded city. Engineers patched the breach in the 17th Street Canal l ... More >>
The Associated Press is reporting there are over 100 volunteer physicians assembled in a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art mobile hospital marooned in Mississippi. Apparently government officials have been unable to unravel red tape and get them assigned to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. M ... More >>