MINNEAPOLIS - The tornado that ripped through north Minneapolis last May left behind scars that can still be seen and felt one year later.
In a testiment to the resilliancy of the people on the north side, signs of healing can also be seen. About 3,700 properties were damaged by the storm. Ninety-six percent of them that suffered major damage have either been repaired or demolished.
Probably the most noticeable sign of last year's twister is the trees that are either no longer there or badly damaged. About 6,000 park and boulevard trees were impacted.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, city council members and Tree Trust will plant a tree Tuesday in the front yard of Janet Carstens, whose husband Rob MacIntyre died while trying to help neighbors clean up from the storm. You can donate online to the Rob MacIntyre Fund, which will help restore trees to North Minneapolis.
The Northside Community Response Team is also holding an event Tuesday to mark the anniversary. The public is invited to the U of M Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center located at 2001 Plymouth Avenue North in Minneapolis. The event runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. NCRT is asking the public to bring remnants from the storm, like shingles or photos, to be used for a community memorial.
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