Officials mark year since N. Mpls. tornadoby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
MINNEAPOLIS — Local and state elected officials marked the one-year anniversary of the Minneapolis tornado Tuesday morning by remembering two men who died as a result of the storm.
The group gathered to plant a tree at the home of Rob MacIntyre, who died while trying to help neighbors clear debris. They also remembered Floyd David Whitfield who was killed by a falling tree.
Mayor R.T. Rybak says MacIntyre's willingness to help his neighbors in a time of crisis should be an inspiration to others.
"We hope, throughout the day as people are looking at the way to mark this day, is that they will simply find a way to first turn to a neighbor and say 'we're really blessed you're here,' " the mayor said.
A fund in MacIntyre's name has been created with Tree Trust. The non-profit group will start planting flowering trees in north Minneapolis this fall.