Storms Destroy Church, Create Destructive WaterspoutStrong storms swept through Minnesota in two waves Saturday. Kayla Hegna took photographs Saturday morning as firefighters tried to save The Hawk Creek Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart Minnesota.
After Devastating Storm, Watertown Orchard Remains ResilientMinnesota apple orchards are reaping the benefits of a bumper crop this season, yet one grower in Watertown won't see the full harvest.
Hudson Family Shaken After Lightning Strikes HomeA Hudson man is shaken, to say the least, after lightning rocked his home last night. Lightning hit the roof, the power went out, and several appliances and electrical outlets were wiped out.
Silver Lining For Brainerd Resort Damaged By StormsA severe storm swept through the Brainerd Lakes Area one month ago. It knocked out power for thousands in the area, and did extensive damage to homes and businesses. It took nearly a week before power was restored for some homeowners, and cleanup continues.
State Officials To Assess Storm Damage In Brainerd Lakes AreaFederal officials are headed to the Brainerd Lakes Area on Monday and Tuesday to assess the damage after severe storms tore through the area earlier this month. Residents in the area will find out if the damage was enough for counties to qualify for disaster assistance.
Xcel Energy Almost Done Restoring Power After StormsAlmost all of the 250,000 Xcel Energy customers who lost service early Saturday morning during severe storms have now had their power restored.
Xcel Energy Hopes To Have Nearly All Power Restored SundayXcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers still without electricity after a weekend storm continues to shrink. A company spokeswoman says as of about 10 p.m. Sunday, the number of customers without service was down to about 5,400 around Twin Cities metro area.
Watertown Cancels Festival To Clean Up From StormThe timing of the Saturday morning storm could not be worse for the Watertown area. The town was celebrating its annual Rails to Trails summer festival, but organizers canceled the event after surveying the damage.
EF-1 Tornado Hits Carver Co., Thousands Without Power In Twin Cities MetroThe National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado touched down in Carver County early Saturday morning during a loud and windy night of severe weather throughout the Twin Cities metro. The tornado caused extensive damage to trees and homes in Watertown and neighboring Hollywood Township.
Gov. Dayton, Rep. Nolan Tour Brainerd Storm DamageA chorus of chainsaws and generator moans defines Jack Smith's Brainerd backyard. "I know the first place you go is to Fleet Farm, get a generator and try to get back in business," Smith said.
Dayton, Nolan To Assess Storm Damage In Brainerd AreaGov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan will travel to the Brainerd Lakes area on Friday to tour storm damage. Dayton and Nolan also plan to meet with resort owners, emergency managers, local officials, residents and volunteers.
Madden's Resort Reopening After Sunday StormsParts of a Brainerd-area resort badly damaged by Sunday's severe storms are re-opening.