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After a long period without any severe weather, the atmosphere appears primed for a potentially dangerous severe weather outbreak tomorrow across areas from Kansas to Minnesota. Some areas could see tornadoes, baseball-size hail, and winds in excess of 75 MPH.
Usually we see the aftermath of a pileup. Wreckage everywhere, ambulances, police cars, fire trucks, and a jackknifed truck or two. We don't normally see it as it happens. With this video you see everything, and it's nothing but chaos and panic.
Yesterday we saw pictures of an amazing crash where a driver survived after her Ford Ranger did a barrel roll off a bridge and into a lake. Here's the video and it's as nuts as you'd expect.
Hey, weren't we just talking about traffic cops? The cops in Minnesota really seem to have it in for 49-year-old grandmother Lorretta Lacy, who got nailed with four speeding tickets in about three hours recently, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Duluth, MN, is still completely flooded. Houses are wrecked, cars have sunk, and roads have collapsed. That just makes a perfect opportunity to go jet skiing straight through the scenes of destruction.
Floodwaters in Duluth, MN, broke open the Lake Superior Zoo last night, killing a number of animals. A seal managed to escape and was found on one of the area's many washed-out, sinkhole-ridden roads.
A Target 18-wheeler ended up off-target near Monticello, Minnesota this morning when the driver apparently lost control and plunged off the roadway into a frozen lake. State Police are trying to figure out how this happened.
The small town of Cloquet, Minnesota (pop: 11,000) is home to the gorgeous R.W. Lindholm Service Station, the only gas station design by Frank Lloyd Wright. But this was not just a place for pumping gas. This little two-floor car-centric building was to be the social and cultural center of the architect's vision of a…
Nick Ayers is the campaign manager for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. Five years ago, while running a campaign for Georgia's governor, he was stopped for drunk driving. His attempt to talk his way out through politics just came to light.
It's the old story: Guy meets girl at a party, gets a little wasted, asks girl to drive him home. Except in this story the girl was 12, ran off a Minnesota county road and could face a DWI charge.
Two people are dead after a crash in Minnesota yesterday when a truck loaded with 17 million bees scattered the insects across the highway. Firefighters had to spray the bees with hoses to protect emergency personnel.
A couple stopped to help what they thought was an injured cat on a Minnesota highway; turns out the cat's paws were glued to asphalt forcing the pads to detach when rescued. Not cool Minnesota, not cool. [MyFoxDC]
Now that I'm scanning negatives, I've fed some old family slides through the scanner as well. Here's one from pre-California Chez Martin, circa 1970, in lovely Spring Lake Park, Minnesota.
What is it with car thieves? A Minnesota man repeatedly dialed 911 after stealing a car to brag that cops couldn't catch him. Did they? Yep.
My grandfather was quite the rally and ice-racing fanatic back in the 1950s and 1960s (running mostly Porsche 356s and Saab 93s) and now I've got a couple of his 8mm movies, shot in 1960.