North Side tornado leaves business owners shell-shocked

  • Article by: DEE DePASS and STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 3, 2011 - 10:27 PM

More than 1,600 business insurance claims have been filed related to the May 22 tornado, with damages totaling $44 million. More are expected.

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daveseavyJun. 3, 1111:32 PM

It's no surprise the insurance companies are resisting paying for anything. They're right there every month collecting premiums, but when disaster hits, they try to find every loophole they can to avoid paying claims. Rose may be completely insured, but I'll bet it's going to be a battle getting his insurer to settle.

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tired1Jun. 3, 1111:40 PM

It's horrible that a tornado destroyed your neighborhood. However, at least that was natural; what is happening on University Ave. is not & the businesses have no choice but to leave.

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scavengersJun. 3, 1111:48 PM

One of the tragedies of this disaster is that Jeff Skrenes of the Hawthorne Neighborhood Association is photographing damaged businesses and reporting the damage to city inspectors in an attempt to keep businesses he dislikes from reopening. He is posting the pictures and info on his blog. This selective harassment of businesses is disgraceful and the Hawthorne Neighborhood Board should be ashamed of their employee's behavior.

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ccschonsJun. 4, 11 1:02 AM

Global warming doesn't matter until it destroys your livelihood.

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ephrakerJun. 4, 11 3:20 AM

Responsible business owners purchase business insurance policies that not only cover the loss from any damage to owned buildings but also lost income and pay wages to employees who are out of work because of the loss. There is no excuse for not paying employees due to no fault of their own. MN needs to step up and make this a mandatory part of doing business.

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heykoolaidJun. 4, 11 8:02 AM

Nice to read about the Cub and Kemps folks helping serve food. I also like how insurance companies get bashed by people who have absolutely no knowledge of the situation.

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passintrueJun. 4, 11 8:20 AM

"Responsible business owners purchase business insurance" - I hope you say the same about homeowners (especially those in flood plains) and people that drive cars.

And Cub helped with food? You mean the evil Cub foods that is being demonized because a company that contracts to buff their floors pays it's employees $8 per hour.

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passintrueJun. 4, 11 8:21 AM

"Global warming doesn't matter until it destroys your livelihood." That post is a perfect example of emotional hysteria trumping facts.

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highlife75Jun. 4, 11 9:37 AM

Well, the North end is awash with thousands of volunteers helping to clean up today, thanks to all those that sacrificed a beautiful day to help the Community, Minnesota is a great place, thank you!

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wildfoxJun. 4, 1110:13 AM

Thank you to all the volunteers who are helping out you are fabulous!

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