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Summary: Late Friday afternoon, July 1, 2011, a line of severe thunderstorms hit St. Cloud, Minn., and surrounding communities with heavy rain, large hail, and near-hurricane-force downburst winds of 65 to 70 miles an hour toppling hundreds of trees, some of which landed on buildings and vehicles. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 3, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner described 54-year-old music teacher Dan Rassier as a “person of interest” in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling at the end of the Rassier driveway on the evening of Oct. 22, 1989. Aubrey Immelman discussed aspects of criminal motive and the likely offender profile, noting the need for a linkage analysis involving the unsolved kidnapping and sexual assault of Jared S. in Cold Spring and the unexplained disappearance of Joshua Guimond from the campus of St. John’s University.

May 22nd, 2011

Summary: A severe storm, with several reported tornadoes, roared through the northern Twin Cities metro, ripping apart homes, toppling huge trees, injuring more than 20, and killing one person when a falling tree struck a vehicle. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 22, 2010, Aubrey Immelman appealed to constituents in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District to sign the nominating petition to enable him to get on the ballot as an independent candidate opposing Rep. Michele Bachmann in her bid for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Aug 14th, 2010

Summary: On Friday, August 13, the Sartell-Rice area in Central Minnesota was hit by near-hurricane force straight-line winds. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 14, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Bachmann was at it again, making false or outrageous claims in the national media and then playing the victim by leveraging her disingenuousness, incendiary rhetoric and political paranoia into campaign cash.