The first day of spring signals entry into severe weather season – floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Minnesotans understand the volatility of weather, seeing record number of tornadoes in 2011 and an increased tornado season in 2012, beginning in March and ending in November. Consumers who have experienced the devastation of a natural disaster, forcing families and businesses to clean up and file insurance claims, understand the financial peace-of-mind insurance may provide. Troubling evidence suggests that more than half of all consumers do not have a home inventory of their possessions, putting them at risk for inadequate home insurance coverage.
Although some passersby think these vehicles in the North St. Paul municipal parking lot resemble “mechanized dinosaurs,” they are actually being used to dredge 2,500 yards of sediment from Franklyn Pond at Helen St. and Seppala Blvd.