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Natural Disasters

  • News

    August 28, 2013

    Legendary tornado chaser Tim Samaras's last ride

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

  • 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 >>

  • 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 15, 2011

    FEMA denies Minneapolis individual tornado victims aid

    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 >>

  • 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 31, 2011

    Minneapolis needs 2,000 volunteers for tornado clean-up

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Buffalo Wild Wings donates 10% of sales to north Minneapolis tornado relief

    Eat wings and help tornado victims​Eat 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Minneapolis tornado assistance: Where to go

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    FEMA starts Minneapolis tornado damage assessment

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Read Mark Dayton's State of Emergency declaration

    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 >>

  • 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 25, 2011

    Looters hit Minneapolis tornado survivors

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Tornado assistance today: Project Connect

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Floyd David Whitfield named second tornado casualty

    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 >>

  • 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 23, 2011

    Rybak declares disaster, City Council plans emergency meeting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Xcel says 11,000 tornado victims still without power

    Erica WilliamsFallen trees have downed power lines throughout the affected areas​The 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 >>

  • 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

    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

    Minnesota flood victims flush bodily waste into rivers

    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.

  • 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

    July 2, 2010

    Michelle Marie VanRiper charged with forging tornado checks

    Screen shot via YouTubeAn Albert Lea woman wanted to turn a twister into a cash cow​Some 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 >>

  • 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

    Tornado watch in Twin Cities until 9 p.m. [UPDATED]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Flood warning issued for parts of Hennepin, Carver, Scott and Wright counties

    Smiling at the rapidly disappearing snow and ice around the Twin Cities? It comes at a cost.

  • 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 19, 2009

    Electric Fetus hit by tornado

    The record store will be closed until they can assess the damages.

  • 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
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    August 31, 2008
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    July 1, 2008

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

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

  • 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 15, 2005
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    September 8, 2005
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    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

    September 5, 2005

    100 surgeons and paramedics held up by red tape

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2005
  • Arts

    May 15, 1996

    Twister

    Twister wisely jumps the gun on the summer blockbuster season.

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