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Commissioner Rothman and Mayor Rybak to hold news conference Thursday

April 18, 2012

For Immediate Release

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – As Severe Weather Awareness Week continues, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will be joined by community leaders and tornado victim Mary Anne Schissler for a news conference in North Minneapolis on Thursday, April 19 at 11:30am.

The news conference will focus on: 1) highlighting tornado preparedness lessons learned following a severe tornado that destroyed homes and businesses in North Minneapolis neighborhoods last May; and 2) empowering all Minnesotans to review their insurance needs ahead of the summer storm season; and.

Thursday’s news conference coincides with Minnesota’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill.

Mike Rothman, Commerce Commissioner
R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis Mayor
Barb Johnson, Minneapolis City Council President, Ward 4
Mary Ann Schissler, Tornado Victim
Tony Parrish, Neighborhood Hub Disaster Case Manager
Chad Schwitters, Urban Homeworks President and Executive Director
Ishmael Israel, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council Interim Director
Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Urban Research and Outreach Center Director of Community Outreach
Bob Johnson, Insurance Federation of Minnesota President

News Conference to discuss tornado preparedness, lessons learned

Thursday, April 19

Home of tornado victim Mary Ann Schissler
3711 Emerson Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412