A few days ago, PolicyMic came out with its list of the "most screwed up thing" in each state.Some make sense. For instance, the piece says binge drinking is the worst thing about Wisconsin. That conforms with our perceptions and with the numbers as well -- the data indicates more Wisconsinites bing ... More >>
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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 >>
On Tuesday, we told you about a handful of north Minneapolis residents who took to Facebook to express displeasure with the way city officials commemorated the one-year anniversary of the northside tornado -- with the symbolic planting of a single tree.Wrote one resident: "Trees are nice, but a lot ... More >>
Officials moved on, but neighborhood never got help
Debbie TallenRedRossa opened in June across from the Mall of America in BloomingtonRedRossa Italian Grille, which opened last month in Bloomington, has been donating $1 from the sale of every lunch and dinner entree to benefit victims of the North Minneapolis tornado since they opened their ... More >>
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 >>
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 WebsterNorth Minneapolis landlords are holding rent deposits from people whose homes were damaged by the tornadoIt's been three weeks since the tornado devastated North Minneapolis--and many victims are still waiting for their landlords to make things right.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Victims are going to be closer to their neighhborhoods.The shelter set up by the city and Red Cross at the Northeast Armory in the immediate wake of Sunday's tornado is closing down and moving to the North Commons Recreation Center. The city made the move to keep those at the shelter closer ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
It's a wonder the casualty list wasn't greater.Looking at the videos and photographs of the devastation caused by Sunday's tornado in north Minneapolis, it's clear that casualties could easily have been worse. More than 100 homes were destroyed, but just one person was killed, and about 30 were i ... 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 >>
RRP/FacebookRob MacIntyre was an eagle cam advocate.Ordinarily, Rob MacIntyre would be found helping the Raptor Resource Center establish webcams to let the world watch the spectacle of baby eagles and peregrine falcons hatching in their nests. But on Sunday, Rob was in North Minneapolis, h ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Source: National Climatic Data CenterThe Upper Midwest really is a cool place to liveThe National Climatic Data Center says that the combined global land and ocean average surface temperature of 61.1 degrees for June 2010 was the warmest on record. But while the rest of the world warmed up, ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Brock blamed the downtown twister on the gays. Maybe he had insider knowledgeRemember when a tornado struck downtown Minneapolis last year and broke the cross atop a downtown church? Minneapolis Pastor Tom Brock made a whole bunch of waves by suggesting that the twister was God's retribution ... More >>
Image via YouTubeDiscovery Channel storm chasers made tracks to MinnesotaIt 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 >>
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 WikipediaPastor John PiperThe Minneapolis pastor who claimed last summer's tornado was divine retribution for another church's tolerance of homosexuality is taking a break.John Piper, the celebrity pastor of Minneapolis megachurch Bethlehem Baptist Church, announced in a sermon this weekend t ... More >>
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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.
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.
Note to drivers: You are not James Bond, and your car will not turn into a boat just because you drive into a giant puddle.
The record store will be closed until they can assess the damages.
The tornado left a nine-mile path through Long Lake, Plymouth, and Orono.
A number of counties, including Hennepin and Ramsey, are under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. tonight.
Twister wisely jumps the gun on the summer blockbuster season.