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"On Thursday, May 6, 1965 the worst tornado outbreak in Twin Cities history struck the western and northern metro area, where five tornadoes occurred, with another just to the west in Sibley and McLeod Counties. The barrage of tornadoes lasted nearly three hours, from the early evening until well after dark, but the severe thunderstorms that spawned them lasted many hours longer. Four of the evening’s tornadoes were rated F4 on the Fujita Scale , one was an F3 and another was an F2 (see the new "enhanced Fujita" scale here ). Minnesota has not seen a day since then with that many F4 or EF-4 tornadoes. Debates have continued since 1965 about the actual tornado tracks, their timelines, and about their true human toll, but the official record indicates that the tornadoes killed thirteen people and injured 683 more, with 600 homes destroyed and 1,700 people rendered homeless. Six fatalities occurred in Mounds View with the final tornado of the evening. Another tornado claimed three lives in the Island Park area of Mound, on the north and northwest side of Lake Minnetonka. Other deaths were reported in Fridley, Spring Lake Park, and in Sibley County, between Green Isle and Hamburg."

The Willmar Lakes Area is hoping to not only catch some big fish during the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener but also a big positive impact on the region, both in terms of dollars and in publicity. "Historically, the fishing opener weekend is the kickoff to the busy tourism season, and this media exposure will help boost awareness of our area," said Beth Fischer, executive director of the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Annually, more than $95 million in gross sales and $6 million in sales tax revenue is generated in Kandiyohi County from the hospitality and leisure industry. The hope is the opener, with the nearly 350 estimated guests to the area and expanded media coverage, will bring approximately $1.3 million worth of media exposure. This could translate into very real dollars in the pockets of area hotels, restaurants and businesses. "It is a great opportunity to have so many media outlets in our area, talking about our area and telling our stories, encouraging others to come to the Willmar Lakes Area for their fishing trip or upcoming vacation," Fischer said. Ken Warner, president of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, hopes the opener shows the wider state what this area has to offer. "It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the entire Willmar Lakes Area," Warner said. "If people like to do anything outside, we have it."

"We’ve all been there: a dark winter night, temperature around zero, driving on an unfamiliar country lane, when suddenly the wheels lose traction and, for one heart-in-the-mouth instant before the ESC kicks in to correct the slide, you’re heading for a tree. Black ice and other weather-related hazards are real killers. But what if your car knew there was a chance of black ice on that road and had warned you and prepared the car’s safety systems in anticipation of such a drama? Engineers at tech supplier Continental are developing Road Condition Observer. It’s made possible by the ever increasing sophistication of sensors and cameras, combined with the ability to stream data in a car. That, and the engineers’ ability to write sophisticated algorithms. Camera images from the front of the car are cross referenced with tyre behaviour and vehicle dynamics data from the ESC, as well as local and regional weather data, making it possible to calculate the grip co-efficient of the road surface."