NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal Thief River Falls Plane Crash

The report also says there was a fire and explosion

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — The NTSB has issued a preliminary report on a deadly airplane crash near Thief River Falls. The report does not mention a possible cause of the crash Saturday but it says a witness about a mile away told investigators the engine was “screaming” before the plane went down. The report also stated there was a…

Students at Minnehaha Academy Head Back to School

An explosion destroyed part of their campus in Minneapolis last month

  MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. — Students at Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School headed back to school at their new home in Mendota Heights. An explosion destroyed part of their campus in Minneapolis last month. Classes are being held on the former site of Brown College, located in an industrial park about six miles south of Minnehaha Academy’s Minneapolis campus. The site…

Experiments with KVRR Meteorologist Scott Sincoff: Lunch Bag Chemistry

Fun and Easy Science Experiments

This week, Meteorologist Scott Sincoff experimented by creating an Exploding Lunch Bag. What you need: One small (sandwich or quart size) freezer zip-lock bag Baking Soda Warm Water Vinegar Measuring Cup Tissues How you conduct the experiment: Go outside – or at least do this in the kitchen sink. Put 1/4 cup of pretty warm water into the bag. Add…

Rewards Offered for Information in Bloomington Mosque Bombing

Muslim advocacy groups and Twin Cities' mosques are separately offering a combined $24,000 reward

  BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The FBI is offering a $30,000 reward for information in the bombing of a mosque in Bloomington. They say finding whoever was responsible for the August 5 explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center remains its “top priority.” The explosion happened early on a Saturday just before morning prayers and caused extensive damage to the imam’s…

Bombed Minnesota Mosque Didn’t Have Security Cameras

Damage of the interior of the building was released to the public

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The executive director of a Minnesota mosque that was bombed just before morning prayers on Saturday said the building doesn’t have outside security cameras. Damage of the interior of the building was released to the public. Mohamed Omar, of the Islamic center in Bloomington, said that his community doesn’t have the money for security cameras. No one…

Minnehaha Academy Fatal Explosion: “A Bible Verse Comes to Mind”

People caught in the building talk about what it was like to try to escape before the explosion. Reporter Karen Scullin from KMSP Fox 9 Reports from Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Two people are dead after a gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The school’s custodian was pulled from the rubble last night. Caught in the explosion, a terrifying and surreal moment for those inside Minnehaha Academy when a portion of it blew up. “Yeah, it felt like somebody pushed you down,” said school accountant, Joel Maart….

UPDATE: Minneapolis Police Confirm Second Person Dead in School Collapse

Hours after the explosion, officials told KMSP Fox 9 that contractors working on the building had ruptured a gas line near the boiler room

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — After 12 hours of searching, rescue workers pulled the body of another person from the rubble of the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. John Carlson, 82, was a custodian at the school. A story in the school newspaper featured Carlson, who was known to hand out Dilly bars to students and always greeting them in the hallways. His…

Grand Forks Big Bang Part II

Rural Grand Forks Man Was Using Tannerite

GRAND FORKS, ND (KFGO) – Another loud explosion rocked south Grand Forks Sunday night. The big bang followed similar events Friday that prompted numerous calls to Grand Forks police. The investigation revealed a rural Grand Forks resident was setting off Tannerite – legal for use in a rifle targeting system. The latest calls came in shortly after 8:30 p.m. Police…

Cause of Explosion Released at Hankinson Renewable Energy Plant

Both augers were up and running again Sunday afternoon

HANKINSON, ND — No one was hurt after a fire and explosion at the Hankinson Renewable Energy Plant. It was reported Saturday night shortly after 9:30. Richland County Director of Emergency Services Brett Lambrecht says the majority of the fire was put out within 45 minutes but crews did stay on scene to monitor hot spots. Lambrecht says the fire…

Firefighter Has Minor Injuries After Fire at J.R. Simplot Plant in Grand Forks

The cause of the fire is under investigation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A fire and explosion in a piece of equipment at J.R. Simplot in Grand Forks slightly injured a firefighter this morning. “Crews were able to extinguish it rather quickly,” said Captain Darren Schimke. “In the process of that there was a minor explosion. No injuries were caused from that explosion. Some of the fire did spread…