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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.

Jun 12th, 2011

Summary: Mille Lacs Lake fishing reports and photos of Tim and Matt Immelman fishing Mille Lacs Lake out of Father Hennepin State Park in Isle, Minnesota. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 12, 2010, Aubrey Immelman observed that about 50 Afghan schoolgirls had became ill and were taken to a hospital after a suspected gas poisoning in their school in Ghazni, southwestern Afghanistan — the latest in a spate of similar incidents, some of which Immelman contends have the hallmarks of mass hysteria.

May 24th, 2011

Summary: Current weather conditions in Minnesota. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 24, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured an investigative report on new developments in the case of missing St. John’s University student Joshua Guimond, by KMSP Fox 9 TV in the Twin Cities. He also reported his analysis, for NPR, of the socio-historic implications of severe economic recession in conjunction with a diminished sense of national potency.

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.

Mar 12th, 2011

Summary: A magnitude 8.9 earthquake — the biggest in modern Japanese history — unleashed a 23-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings, and tons of debris miles inland and prompted a “nuclear emergency.” Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and the entire U.S. West Coast. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 12, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that in the fourth major terrorist attack in Pakistan in a week, a pair of suicide bombers targeting army vehicles detonated explosives within seconds of each other, killing at least 43 people in the eastern city of Lahore and wounding about 100.

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.

Jun 21st, 2010

Summary: A prophetic view of BP’s Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil drilling catastrophe from a Christian fundamentalist perspective. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 21, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that a rocket attack on the main U.S. base in Afghanistan killed two U.S. troops and wounded six other Americans, while a truck bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in Taza, near Kirkuk in northern Iraq killing more than 70 people in the deadliest attack in the first six months of 2009.

Jun 18th, 2010

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked President Barack Obama’s proposal for BP to arrange a $20 billion escrow account to pay for damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher and aid spill victims, calling it a “redistribution-of-wealth fund,” warning BP’s chairman not to be an Obama “chump,” and predicting $9-a-gallon gasoline. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 18, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that intelligence reports indicated that terrorist groups that have long used the Internet to spread propaganda were increasingly tapping the Web to teach Islamic extremists how to be hackers, recruiting techies capable of breaching government or other sensitive network systems for cyberwarfare, and raising money through online fraud.

Jun 3rd, 2010

Summary: Latest news and timeline of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 3, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that al-Qaida’s deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, criticized President Barack Obama’s upcoming speech to the Islamic world in Cairo, saying it would not change the “bloody messages” the U.S. military is sending Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al-Qaida has repeatedly lashed out at Obama since he was elected, a move some analysts believe indicates the terrorist organization is worried he will be effective in improving the U.S. image in the Muslim world.

Summary: More than 200,000 gallons of oil a day are spewing from the blown-out well at the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded April 20, 2010 and sank two days later. Gulf Coast experts have always talked about the potential for a bad one, and now believe the big one finally happened. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 30, 2009, Aubrey Immelman, in the public interest, featured information about the H1N1 novel virus (swine flu) pandemic, including links to news reports and resources.