August 8, 1977 - In November 1975, the giant ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior during a storm. The marine board of investigation determined that the Fitzgerald's hatches failed, and the ship sank in a few seconds.
July 5, 1978 - MPR’s John Ydstie walks through the town of Gary, Minnesota after a tornado demolished much of the town. Ydstie interviews numerous residents as they work to recover and clean-up.
July 6, 1978 - MPR’s Gary Eichten checks in with regional reporters on the historic flooding that hit the city of Rochester. After torrential rain, the Zumbro River overflowed and is causing extensive damage to area.
November 10, 1980 - A storm chronology of the Lake Superior gale storm on November 10, 1975, that sank the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a massive iron ore carrier.
June 15, 1981 - MPR’s Lee Axdahl reports from Roseville, where a tornado struck the afternoon of June 14, 1981. Storm caused multiple damage and injuries.
June 15, 1981 - MPR’s Dale Connelly interviews Peggy Hawkins, who witnessed the tornado that struck Roseville. Hawkins was in the parking lot of Target as storm struck, and describes a destructive scene.
June 15, 1981 - MPR’s Linda Peinovich interviews meteorologist John Graff, who describes the path and destruction of tornado that struck areas of Twin Cities on June 14, 1981. Graff notes it was a singular tornado that made a straight line through the metro.
January 28, 1986 - Live coverage immediately after the space shuttle Challenger explosion. The shuttle exploded during ascension about a minute after launch. Program presents various reports and sounds upon aftermath of disaster. This was the 25th shuttle mission, and first loss in space shuttle program.
July 17, 1986 - MPR’s Mark Steil looks back to the month of July in 1936, when Minnesota suffered through an oppressive heat wave. Steil interviews residents in southern Minnesota that endured the extreme temperatures.
November 11, 1986 - MPR’s Loren Omoto talks with William H. Hull, author of “All Hell Broke Loose: Experiences of Young People During the Armistice Day 1940 Blizzard.” Hull details the time period and recollections of those that lived through the storm.