Happy Spring, everyone! Isn't it lovely to feel the sun's rays on your pale skin, to turn down your tired radiator, and to watch your Uptown garden begin to grow? Oh wait, this is Minnesota, the land of two seasons: excessively hot and dangerously cold. According to every radio station within a 30-m ... More >>
Stephen Colbert had some fun at the expense of WCCO reporter Rachel Slavik last night.SEE ALSO: CNN criticized for torturing reporter by making her stand amid Mpls' polar vortex [VIDEO]To illustrate how cold it was Monday morning, Slavik used a frozen banana to hammer a nail into a block of wood liv ... More >>
This week's beer of the week is a Belgian Style Golden Ale from August Schell Brewing Company. Schell's has been running the Snowstorm winter beer series since 1992, using a new recipe each year. While the annual seasonal is often dark and malty, this year's variation goes for light and spiced, brin ... 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 >>
A combination of yesterday's heavy snowfall and a thick layer of fog over the Twin Cities made for a rough morning for commuters.
Update: According to a new press release from the festival: "Lollapalooza will resume at 6:00 PM following a brief postponement due to dangerous weather conditions and warnings. Today's updated schedule can be found on Lollapalooza's official website."Bands will begin playing again at 6:30 with a re ... 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 >>
Yes, kitty, it's really hailing.In case you are in a deep underground bunker, City Pages would like to inform you that it's storming outside.Okay, so most of you already knew that. What you should also know, if you live in the northern suburbs, is that it's also probably going to hail. If you wer ... 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 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo courtesy of the Twilight HoursJudging from the overwhelmingly positive response we received from the City of Music video we posted of the New Standards covering Trip Shakespeare's "Snow Days," there are quite a few John Munson and Matt Wilson fans out there looking for a fix this holiday se ... More >>
Andrew Bardell, FlickrThe cops are working with Craigslist to track down the mastermind.Stacie and Phillip Lansing just want their snowblower back. They're not mad at you for taking it. They know it wasn't even your fault. But seriously, give it back. While they were out of the house yester ... 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 >>
Starting Thursday morning at 8 a.m., Minneapolis is banning all parking on the even-numbered side of residential streets. Snow emergency routes are exempt from the rule.
Matt Drudge seems to think Minnesota's impending blizzard will debunk Al Gore.
In case you hadn't noticed, it's snowing this morning and the roads are a mess. We couldn't have timed it better.
Ice ice baby! The Chambers Hotel ice bar opens today.
The tornado left a nine-mile path through Long Lake, Plymouth, and Orono.
The 14-year-old was just dancing in the rain in her own backyard.
The National Weather Service tells us the Twin Cities area will be under a heat advisory most of the day Tuesday. We think it feels pretty sweaty right now, so tomorrow should result in some really wet pits.
Lucky day for St. Cloud residents: They now have former WCCO meteorologist Paul Douglas all to themselves.
February 1 marked the tenth anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota. The minus 60 degree reading (measured in the Arrowhead town of Tower) produced a weird sort of provincial glee. If memory serves, one enterprising television reporter demonstrated the extremity of the cold ... More >>
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.
A Marxist historian and New Orleans native talks about how disasters foster solidarity
You think winter in Minnesota sucks? Friend, you don't know anything about winter in Minnesota.
Catching a Cold: Kevin Kline and Joan Allen in The Ice Storm.