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Bill McAuliffe

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phone: 612-673-7646
Bill McAuliffe covers weather, climate, the emerald ash borer and general news. He was part of a team that won an Emmy award for Red River flooding coverage in 2009. He has written books for young readers on numerous topics, including a six-book series on weather, and is a volunteer adult literacy tutor.
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Midwest Traveler: Climb Elba Fire Tower for a stunning view

Midwest Traveler: Climb Elba Fire Tower for a stunning view

The Elba Fire Tower has stood sentry for more than 70 years above the Whitewater River valley, visible for miles atop the southeastern Minnesota bluff land.
Spain's quiet gem: Valencia, Spain

Spain's quiet gem: Valencia, Spain

Getting a true taste of the culture during an off-season trip to this Mediterranean gem.
March 2013: State sends up red flag on TurboTax, others

March 2013: State sends up red flag on TurboTax, others

With the income tax filing deadline little more than a month off, the state of Minnesota is advising individual and business taxpayers not to use a line of electronic tax preparation services, including the popular TurboTax, because of “multiple issues” with tax returns.
2014 weather: Yes, cold was brutal, but how about that fall?

2014 weather: Yes, cold was brutal, but how about that fall?

The 2014 weather story -- just recently officially finished -- could be told through chattering teeth. The year was bookended by cold and snow. Some may recall it, though, for its delightful autumn, when fall colors replaced cats as social media’s most popular photographic subject.
A year in weather: Cold enough for you?

A year in weather: Cold enough for you?

Minnesota was a cool place to be in 2014. Very cool.While the rest of the globe panted through what’s likely to be the warmest year…
Recent upgrades near Minnehaha Falls may have been hurt by flooding

Recent upgrades near Minnehaha Falls may have been hurt by flooding

Continuing flooding has stymied efforts to measure the mess at Minnehaha Park.
Minnesota waters getting back to normal — sort of

Minnesota waters getting back to normal — sort of

Fresh off a new storm that dumped at least another half-inch of rain in parts of the Twin Cities area Monday, federal and state officials…
$32M in Minnesota public property flood damage — for starters

$32M in Minnesota public property flood damage — for starters

The damage reimbursed by a presidential declaration more than likely will apply only to public property — roads, bridges, parks and schools — and not homes. So homeowners, check your insurance policies.

After soggy month, we’re pining for a blue-sky July

State had its wettest June ever, Twin Cities the second. Could summer bring a dry turn?
Round 2 of biting insects: Blackflies

Round 2 of biting insects: Blackflies

First came the floods.Now comes the pestilence.Black flies, the nasty biters that can ruin a picnic even faster than mosquitoes, are about to appear in…

Rainy June revives the battle to control sewage bypasses

One of the rainiest Junes on record has led to about 189 releases of untreated sewage from Minnesota communities and businesses — a “very high…
Nov. 29, 2013: Holidazzle's swan song kicks off

Nov. 29, 2013: Holidazzle's swan song kicks off

The 22nd season of the parade that has brought a big holiday twinkle to Nicollet Mall will be its last. Organizers promise a “fresh” successor.
Redevelopment broom: Chaska eyes curling to revamp downtown

Redevelopment broom: Chaska eyes curling to revamp downtown

Officials are proposing the metro area’s fourth curling center, confident there’s enough interest in the medieval Scottish game that the riverside city once famous for its bricks might instead become known for sliding stones.
High-water drama: Rains swell lakes, especially Minnetonka

High-water drama: Rains swell lakes, especially Minnetonka

On Lake Minnetonka, the metro area’s biggest and busiest recreational lake, a floating bog that looks like an island had to be lassoed and anchored back into place after it drifted away on high water and blocked a channel.
Rains lead to widespread sewage discharges in Twin Cities

Rains lead to widespread sewage discharges in Twin Cities

Heavy rains lead to some contamination of waterways as storm cleanup continues. The impact was felt from the Iowa border to the Iron Range, said Wendy Turri, municipal wastewater manager for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
For these Twin Citians, every day is bike-to-work day

For these Twin Citians, every day is bike-to-work day

Minneapolis gets all the attention as a mecca for bike commuting, but many bicyclists are pushing those boundaries, commuting from the suburbs to the city (or vice versa) on wooded trails, residential streets and sometimes even major highways. It’s great exercise and it’s time outdoors that drivers don’t get, many say. Greg Anderson, who rides 9 miles between home and work in Plymouth, calls it “Cycletherapy.”
For these Twin Citians, every day is bike-to-work day

For these Twin Citians, every day is bike-to-work day

Minneapolis gets all the attention as a mecca for bike commuting, but many bicyclists are pushing those boundaries, commuting from the suburbs to the city (or vice-versa) on wooded trails, residential streets and sometimes even major highways.

Benson tries ticketing railroads to curb traffic delays

Tired of delays, the city has issued fines for trains that block traffic for extended periods of time.
Suspect shot, officer injured in north Minneapolis confrontation

Suspect shot, officer injured in north Minneapolis confrontation

Police shot one of two suspects during a foot chase that also left an officer injured in north Minneapolis on Friday afternoon. The two suspects…
Mosquitoes' arrival is no less intense for its lateness

Mosquitoes' arrival is no less intense for its lateness

For landscaper Roger Odenthal, mosquito season started like a bolt from the sky Monday.No irritating random bites, but a full-on attack.“They probably wanted to celebrate…
Zebra mussels found in lake 10 miles from BWCA

Zebra mussels found in lake 10 miles from BWCA

“Nothing anymore is a surprise, but it is a disappointment,” said Rich Rezanka, aquatic invasive species specialist for the DNR. “We’ve tried hard with prevention methods. Someone wasn’t paying attention."
Bike commuter: Melissa Anders, Minneapolis to Shakopee, 23 miles each way

Bike commuter: Melissa Anders, Minneapolis to Shakopee, 23 miles each way

For Melissa Anders, a car is just a fallback.
Bike commute: Steve Sanders, Arden Hills to University of Minnesota East Bank, 9 miles each way

Bike commute: Steve Sanders, Arden Hills to University of Minnesota East Bank, 9 miles each way

Steve Sanders has been riding to work year-round for 18 years, through sun, snow, ice, rain and sleet.

Bike commuter: Ben Duininck, Minneapolis to Excelsior, 16 miles one way

For Ben Duininck, an analyst at U.S. Bancorp, his daily commute is like a puzzle to solve.
To-go boxes have got to go, Minneapolis City Council says

To-go boxes have got to go, Minneapolis City Council says

More than two decades after Minneapolis officials banned polystyrene containers, the City Council on Friday voted unanimously to reduce the fine for violations, but to step up enforcement.

Minneapolis City Council passes ban on polystyrene packaging

To-go containers must be easily recyclable, ordinance says.
Minnetrista appoints new council member, interim administrator

Minnetrista appoints new council member, interim administrator

Minnetrista Mayor Anne Hunt has appointed a new City Council member to fill the seat she vacated in April when she became mayor.
Bloomington man meeting friends face-to-Facebook

Bloomington man meeting friends face-to-Facebook

A Bloomington man traveled 6,000 miles and found plenty to like on his friend list.
Water quality looking up in west metro lakes

Water quality looking up in west metro lakes

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s 10th annual report card for water quality in more than 100 west metro lakes, ponds and marshes shows a long-term…

Minnetrista fires city administrator

Three weeks after Minnetrista’s longtime mayor angrily resigned, its city administrator has been fired. The City Council fired Mike Funk after a performance review Monday.…

Waconia senior care center faulted in patient's fatal fall

Lighthouse at Waconia failed to develop a plan, but corrections were made.
Wall of ice damages homes, threatens Lake Mille Lacs resort

Wall of ice damages homes, threatens Lake Mille Lacs resort

Wind-swept ice is on the move along Lake Mille Lacs, with giant flows creating beachheads on the shoreline and grinding into houses.
Soaked: We're No. 2 (on the list of Twin Cities wettest Aprils)

Soaked: We're No. 2 (on the list of Twin Cities wettest Aprils)

April in the Twin Cities became the second wettest in 142 years of record-keeping. In Minneapolis, Wirth Parkway between Golden Valley Road and Plymouth Avenue as well as E. Lake Harriet Parkway were closed due to clogged sewers and standing water.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District head ousted

Eric Evenson-Marden’s 15-year tenure as head of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has ended.In a statement released Friday, district board President Sherry Davis White…
Ice is out on White Bear Lake; Minnetonka not far behind

Ice is out on White Bear Lake; Minnetonka not far behind

Lake Minnetonka probably won’t be far behind in the closely watched spring marker.
Minnetrista council names new mayor

Minnetrista council names new mayor

Anne Hunt will serve until the end of this year, and voters will elect a new mayor in November.
Minnesota's unofficial state bird is back: Mosquito season is upon us

Minnesota's unofficial state bird is back: Mosquito season is upon us

In its first such foray of the year, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District deployed three helicopters across the region, aiming for 1,500 acres where three varieties of mosquitoes might be developing in snowmelt from eggs laid last summer.
Schools get special attention during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Schools get special attention during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Week means tornado drills on Thursday.
Minnetrista mayor of 14 years resigns, blasts council

Minnetrista mayor of 14 years resigns, blasts council

She resigned midterm, citing a poisonous relationship with four remaining council members.
Buffalo grows impatient with North Dakota oil boom trains

Buffalo grows impatient with North Dakota oil boom trains

Canadian Pacific freight trains, which Buffalo residents believe are longer and more numerous than ever thanks to the North Dakota oil boom, have increasingly been blocking intersections.
First ice-out declared on Minnesota lakes

First ice-out declared on Minnesota lakes

Six shallow southern Minnesota lakes shook off their winter ice Tuesday through Saturday, the first of Minnesota’s 15,000 lakes to go blue after one of the coldest winters in recent decades.
St. Louis Park restoration is changing Minnehaha Creek

St. Louis Park restoration is changing Minnehaha Creek

St. Louis Park and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District are installing 1.3 miles of boardwalks, bridges and paved trails in a broad wetland that for generations had been literally an urban backwater.
Like a fastball, late-season snow is here and gone

Like a fastball, late-season snow is here and gone

The late-season dump -- 10.5 inches in downtown Minneapolis -- that had many wondering if Old Man Winter would ever leave disappeared nearly as quickly as it came.
Mpls. committee votes to lift teardown moratorium; full council vote next week

Mpls. committee votes to lift teardown moratorium; full council vote next week

If City Council approves, ban would be replaced by job site management plan.

Mpls. boat inspectors ready to check for zebra mussels, other invasives

Workers also will be information ambassadors.
Famous Dave's in Linden Hills closes

Famous Dave's in Linden Hills closes

The restaurant, which has operated in a converted gas station at W. 43rd Street and Upton Avenue S. since 1995, will be torn down and replaced by a three-story development.
Slow melt means low flood threats

Slow melt means low flood threats

Despite the snowy winter, there’s little chance of major river flooding in the coming weeks across most of Minnesota. The cool late winter and early…
After 12 years not exactly hiding, Twin Cities couple sentenced for bank fraud

After 12 years not exactly hiding, Twin Cities couple sentenced for bank fraud

A former Shorewood couple is headed for federal prison after more than a decade eluding authorities while living and doing business in Thailand and China.…
Minneapolis council delays decision on teardown moratorium

Minneapolis council delays decision on teardown moratorium

They’ll spend two weeks looking for some quick fixes, but some kind of construction halt is still possible.

Minneapolis City Council expects oversized crowd for teardown hearing

Measure imposed in southwest Minneapolis has energized both supporters and opponents.
Greening of spring includes emerald ash borer

Greening of spring includes emerald ash borer

The emerald ash borer is a threat to the metro’s ash trees, causing Minneapolis to remove most on public property.
Obituary: Donald Baker, University of Minnesota climatologist

Obituary: Donald Baker, University of Minnesota climatologist

Any Minnesotan who has ever discussed the weather probably got a few talking points from Donald Baker. A longtime professor at the University of Minnesota,…

Low chances of major Minnesota flooding in latest outlook

Despite a winter-long buildup of snow, particularly in eastern Minnesota, chances of serious spring river flooding across the region are slight, according to a
City streets could be runway-clear, but the price would be high

City streets could be runway-clear, but the price would be high

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport benefits from costly ice-busting chemical, fewer miles to keep free of snow and less traffic to deal with.
No fireworks for Powderhorn Park this July 4th

No fireworks for Powderhorn Park this July 4th

Safety and expense prompt neighborhood to review what kind of July 4th celebration might replace the fireworks tradition
Students killed in crash on icy highway near Northfield

Students killed in crash on icy highway near Northfield

Two others in the SUV hit by a semi were hurt.
Spring may not be in the air, but it is on the calendar

Spring may not be in the air, but it is on the calendar

Now in the rearview: the fourth snowiest meteorological winter on record in the Twin Cities, the ninth coldest ever and the coldest winter in 36 years.
No relief in sight: Deep freeze stalls road recovery

No relief in sight: Deep freeze stalls road recovery

A fresh batch of frigid temperatures — and potential blizzard conditions Wednesday from wind-driven drifts across much of Minnesota — mean there’s no relief in sight for drivers.
Don't need to travel this weekend? Don't do it, advises State Patrol

Don't need to travel this weekend? Don't do it, advises State Patrol

It will take a few days for driving conditions to improve, according to the State Patrol. “If you don’t absolutely need to travel through the weekend, don’t do it,” said Lt. Eric Roeske.

Minneapolis seeking $64 million for city, park projects

Face-lifts for “dated and degraded” Nicollet Mall and slowly sinking Sculpture Garden are high on to-do list.
Price tag for below-par Minneapolis golf course upgrades: $34 million

Price tag for below-par Minneapolis golf course upgrades: $34 million

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will address strategies over the next few months to improve the courses, with public input.
Long-awaited thaw coming, but don't put those boots away

Long-awaited thaw coming, but don't put those boots away

Highs near freezing Thursday are coming on the heels of the most winter days with lows below zero in more than 30 years. After a low near zero Friday and a cool weekend, Presidents’ Day will bring rain, snow (and maybe sun) and a high of 36.
Mpls. Park Board to seek study of LRT tunnel under Kenilworth channel

Mpls. Park Board to seek study of LRT tunnel under Kenilworth channel

Mpls. Park Board wants more information on option under channel.
Minneapolis Park Board considers changing date for Powderhorn fireworks

Minneapolis Park Board considers changing date for Powderhorn fireworks

Despite Powderhorn’s long tradition, park police say they cannot oversee two shows anymore. Neighborhood will weigh the options.
'The Yard' could be a demanding gift for Minneapolis Park Board

'The Yard' could be a demanding gift for Minneapolis Park Board

Even mowing isn’t in budget for green space near new stadium.
Former Fuji-Ya will yield its riverfront spot to even older landmarks

Former Fuji-Ya will yield its riverfront spot to even older landmarks

The remains of the long-abandoned Fuji-Ya restaurant will be torn down and the slope beneath it peeled away to make way for a new park featuring unearthed ruins beneath them as part of the latest Mississippi River redevelopment plan.
Dec. 10: New levy to pay for ash tree removal in Mpls.

Dec. 10: New levy to pay for ash tree removal in Mpls.

An eight-year-long goodbye to ash trees in Minneapolis will start up in 2014, as the city begins a $9 million project to take down 40,000 ash trees in the city’s parks and on its boulevards and golf courses.
Mother Nature wasn't too hard on Minnesota in 2013

Mother Nature wasn't too hard on Minnesota in 2013

Oh, there were lapses, but only 15 tornadoes were identified, the fewest since 1990. And the state’s long-term warming trend took a break in the year’s final weeks.
Silver lining? Cold snap cripples emerald ash borer threat

Silver lining? Cold snap cripples emerald ash borer threat

That won’t remove the mortal threat the invasive insect poses for Minnesota’s nearly 1 billion ash trees. But even a partial kill-off could buy some time for cities and homeowners.
Minnesota braces for brutal cold, icy roads

Minnesota braces for brutal cold, icy roads

Just before midnight Monday, temperatures in the Twin Cities dropped to 23 below, the coldest in a decade and practically a generation.
Wicked cold tightens its grip on schools, travelers and stadium work

Wicked cold tightens its grip on schools, travelers and stadium work

Cars stalled, pipes burst and life slowed to a crawl.

Developers must help build Minneapolis parks

Fees or land contributions aimed to meet demand for green space.

Environmental groups seek to double time period for comment on PolyMet proposal

The DNR says it has received 3,000 comments in the first week.
Judge orders Minneapolis to fix long-disputed retaining wall

Judge orders Minneapolis to fix long-disputed retaining wall

Judge ends five-year dispute by ordering the city to make the repairs.

At last and of course, Minneapolis to get Norway House

Norwegians have been weaving strong threads into Minneapolis culture, politics and business for more than a century. But, somehow, they’ve never had a central gathering…
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