MOORE, Okla. — I left the office in Oklahoma City as soon as I saw the tornado warnings on TV. I had photographed about a dozen twisters in the past decade, and knew that if I didn't get in my car before the funnel cloud hit, it would be too late.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to make available all necessary U.S. government resources to Oklahoma to help in the rescue and recovery effort in the aftermath of a devastating tornado.
DICKINSON, N.D. - Parents of an infant who died less than two years ago with illegal drugs in its system pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges Monday at a preliminary hearing in Southwest District Court in Dickinson.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature ended a historic 2013 session seconds before midnight Monday after voting to renovate the state Capitol building, help communities fight floods, give veterans a new facility and provide disaster assistance.
MOORE, Okla. — Search and rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. At least 51 people were initally reported killed, including at least 20 children, and those numbers were expected to climb, officials said Tuesday.
SKCM Howard "Gib" "Hoot" Gibson, USN (Ret.), age 71, of Middleburg, FL passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was born April 27, 1942 in Fargo, ND. Raised in Minnesota, he was a graduate of Ulen High School. He retired from The United States Navy after 24 years of honorable and dedicated service. Gib was a member of the Fleet Reserve and loved spending time in his 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard William Gibson and Clarice Evelyn Gibson Jahr nee Knutson and by two children: Ginny Gibson and Dwayne Gibson. Survivors include his beloved wife of 36 years, Melanie J. Gibson; son, Carl Kroppman (fiancée, Stephanie); 3 grandchildren: Haley, Reagan, and Kendall Kroppman, all of Orange Park, FL; 2 sisters, Marsha Olson (Richard) of Ulen, MN and Julie Anderson (John) of Hitterdal, MN; 1 brother, John Jahr of Willmar, MN; and his step-father, Donald Jahr of Ulen, MN.
Jolene Ann Bakkila, 66, Moorhead, MN, lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Elim Care Center, Fargo, ND.
Jolene was born December 19, 1946, to Joseph and Lovera (Harrum) Settelmeyer at New Rockford, ND. After graduating from St. James Academy, New Rockford, she briefly attended Bottineau (ND) Nursing College where she met and married John D. Biby of Munich, ND. They had two children and resided wherever his job took him.
Judith “Judy” Belle (Martinson) Roe, age 71, of North Mankato, died May 18, 2013, at PathStone Living in Mankato after courageously living with Lewy Body Dementia for several years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 22, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 21, at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary, and 1 hour before the service at the church. Burial will be Union Cemetery, in St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Lewy Body Dementia Association.
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