A quick before-and-after of today’s fire in Minneapolis: Before (via Google Maps) After (via KARE 11) Fire maybe out but MFD continues 2 work in this frigid weather. Should be here thru the night. Latest @10. pic.twitter.com/d4F88RO45Q — Jay Olstad (@jayolstadtv) January 1, 2014
There’ve been a fair number of news stories lately about the concern over oil trains hauling crude out of North Dakota. This afternoon, the fears were confirmed when a BNSF oil train derailed and exploded near Casselton. We're hearing flames are approaching about 100 feet into the air in that #Casselton derailment pic.twitter.com/fH33THyv05 — Kyle Read more →
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Like the cockpit recordings of a doomed airliner, the last words of dead men can be a haunting thing to read.
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The stories out of Colorado over the weekend have been gut-wrenching; this CBS story this morning particularly so. A young man named Wesley Quinlan was swept to his death, but not before helping to save his friends. “Wesley just grabbed each of us and looked in our faces and just said, ‘We have to get Read more →
Minnesota native Karen Nyberg took am amazing photo of the Yosemite wildfire from her perch on the International Space Station. Read more →
It’ll be a year before the National Transportation Safety Board releases a full report into what caused the weekend crash of an airliner approaching San Francisco. But there’s not a lot of mystery about the substandard approach, a plane that was allowed to get too slow and “behind the power curve,” the point at which Read more →
Was the storm a ‘federal disaster,’ that thing that good people do, the Hotshots on climate change, how to be your own big brother, and North Dakota’s crime boom. Read more →
The deaths of 19 firefighters battling a wildfire in Arizona is, of course, beyond sad. “It’s only stuff,” people like to say — and appropriately so — when homes burn but people make it out alive. So it was particularly painful to watch a young widow on CBS this morning assess the life of her Read more →
When companies get involved in causes, it raises occasional eyebrows.
We really don’t know what a major American city looks like when it’s shut down, because — as near as we can tell — one has never been shut down before.
Internet, you are so fine.
It takes a talent to be funny when talking about a bombing.
Leah Janz of North St. Paul reflects on standing where a bomb exploded.
You might’ve seen the most gruesome picture from yesterday’s bombing in Boston — a man being wheeled away who had lost both legs — and not noticed the man in the cowboy hat next to him.