Complete coverage: North Minneapolis tornado

  • Two days of threatening skies turned furious over the Twin Cities on May 22, unleashing at least three tornado touchdowns in the metro area, killing one person in Minneapolis, injuring at least 30 others, knocking out power to thousands and leading to a curfew and school closings in north Minneapolis.

Share this series

  • share


Hillary Thomas’ north Minneapolis house was heavily damaged in last year’s tornado. When he heard he would be eligible for aid from a nonprofit, “I felt like I had hit the lottery.”

Logan Avenue N.

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, schools across the state are...

Kevin Watson, Delray Meanweather

Kevin Watson


Housing inspectors

  • City inspects vacant homes

    Article By: MCKENNA EWEN , Publish / Update June 14, 2011 10:33 AM

    Minneapolis inspectors searched rental properties across the city to make sure that residents were not living in tornado-damaged homes.

Story about contractors flocking to north Minneapolis to perform const...

Tiffany Churchill


Harry Baumert, right, of Minneapolis, and Mark Peterson, of Apple Valley, cleaned up Saturday along Emerson Avenue N. near Dowling.

Brian Rose outside Broadway Liquors in north Minneapolis. The rear of...

Jania Kloeppel

Mahmoud Khan

Wirth Park

Home repair in the 2200 block of Russell Ave. North.

Aerial view of North Minneapolis

Students from Summit Academy in Minneapolis have been volunteering hel...

Nancy Luken of south Minneapolis hauled away scrap metal from an alley near Logan Avenue N. and 30th Street.

State Executive Council

A little help from co-workers.

Alto Richardson left home owner in the 2200 block of Russell avenue no...

  • Path of destruction

    Article By: RAYMOND GRUMNEY , Publish / Update May 26, 2011 6:37 PM

    A preliminary map based on property-by-property surveys shows a diagonal swath of destruction.

State Executive Council

Homeowner Alto Richardson, left, talked with FEMA agent Deborah Bivens during an assessment of his home on the 2200 block of Russell Av. N.

Soul Asylum

  • Team to assess tornado damage

    Publish / Update May 25, 2011 7:08 PM

    A team of state and federal officials is expected to tour tornado damaged neighborhoods of Minneapolis on Thursday as part of a "preliminary damage assessment," a necessary step in the process of applying for federal disaster aid.

Jayme Day

Kimberly Shoemate

This frame grab from video shows lightning inside a massive tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Mo.

Survivors of Sunday's tornado gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center where the city and Hennepin County are offering assistance services.

Ian Alexander waited to show the movers what he was hoping to salvage...

  • Photo gallery: Minneapolis tornado cleanup

    Article By: DAVE DENNEY , Publish / Update May 24, 2011 3:49 PM

    In response to Sunday's tornado, which left two people dead and hundreds of homes damaged, the Minneapolis City Council approved a state of emergency Tuesday morning. This action triggers the city's request for outside disaster declarations and federal aid.

City crew worked on clearing trees from the tornado damaged streets ne...

A taste of yogurt.

Jayme Day

  • State officials visit north Minneapolis to view the destruction

    Article By: MATT GILLMER , Star Tribune Publish / Update May 23, 2011 2:44 PM

    Governor Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Kurt Zellers visited north Minneapolis to view the damage from Sunday's tornadoes.

Lynn Mosley carefully stepped over downed power lines in north Minneapolis on 25th Avenue near Penn Avenue on Monday morning.

A taste of yogurt.

Paul Hill and Jon Rose carried a ladder on Queen Ave N. ,they were goi...

Minneapolis police have established an "exclusion zone," where only residents will be allowed to enter once officials deem the areas safe.

Tornado damage was extensive in the neighborhood of Clearview and Hugh...

North Minneapolis

  • Video: Deadly tornado strikes north Minneapolis

    Article By: MCKENNA EWEN , Publish / Update May 23, 2011 9:52 AM

    One person was killed and two were critically injured when a huge storm system spawned at least three tornado touchdowns in the Twin Cities metro area Sunday afternoon, causing a long path of damage, especially in and near north Minneapolis.

Dwayne Riley(wheel chair) was helped down from the curb by his son Andrew Hubbard. His son also helped him into the basement when the storm hit. They are look for a place to spend the night.

Carrie Pigue came out to survey the storm damage, she lives in the hou...

RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII/STAR TRIBUNE. Columbia Heights, Minn. May 22, 2...

  • Photo gallery: Reader-submitted storm photos

    Article By: CHRIS HAVENS , Publish / Update May 22, 2011 11:35 PM

    Reports of damage poured in after severe storms spurred at least one tornado in the western and northern metro. Here are photos submitted by readers.

North Minneapolis

Latrelle Russell, walked along Penn Avenue with her 9-month old grand...

more from investigators

Costly Lessons: Price of Special Education in Minnesota

An occasional series examining special education in Minnesota’s public schools, where the sharp increase in students who have serious disabilities has brought soaring costs, profound challenges and often controversial new methods for educating them.


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters