Twin Cities MN

Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area. Minneapolis Saint Paul and surrounding area. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are Minnesota's two biggest cities. The metro area has about half of Minnesota's population.

Email Change

One of our email providers has informed us they are discontinuing the free ad-based email but will continue to offer paid email. Nate's Computer Services will continue to monitor to see what options we are able to offer. If not getting the paid email it would be a good idea to forward important messages to another account and backup your contacts. The paid version has additional features.
addresses affected:


7-31-2016 fine particles/smoke could be seen in the air in Brainerd MN. Smoke could be smelled on Friday 7-29-2016 The MPCA measured the particles at 51in Brainerd which is moderate air quality 7-31-2016 11am
Earlier: 5-6-2016 smoke over Minnesota from Canada forest fires far away. red sunset past 2 nights
earlier 4-14-2016 red sunset
earlier measurements at Detroit lakes is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

June red sunset
July 3 Brainerd haze
August 21 2015 orange sky
August 21 2015 orange sky
red sun aug 21 2015

MPCA issues air pollution advisory for Sunday, June 19 – Ozone

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air pollution health advisory for portions of eastern, southern and southeastern Minnesota, effective Sunday, June 19 from 11a.m. through 9 p.m. The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro, Albert Lea, Forest Lake, Mankato, Owatonna, Red Wing, Rochester, Winona and Worthington.

When does summer start?

  • For some it is Memorial Day weekend.
  • some it is when school gets out.
  • for meteorological summer in Minnesota June 1st is the date normally used.
  • For astronomical summer it goes by the day with the longest daylight
    (Summer solstice)
    • in Northern Hemisphere is June 20 2016
    • in Southern Hemisphere it is December 21 2016
  • Have a Happy Summer

Minnesota Solar Jobs doubled in 2 years

February 10, 2016
News release from Minnesota Department of commerce

"Minnesota solar jobs more than doubled in past two years, with bright future ahead for state’s solar industry"

"SAINT PAUL – The number of solar jobs in Minnesota more than doubled during th
e past two years and, thanks to solar-friendly state and federal policies, the job surge is expected to continue, according to the Minnesota Solar Jobs Census.

difficult driving conditions

In the winter Snow and Ice can make it difficult to drive. Avoid driving, if possible during difficult conditions. If you must drive, Allow extra time to get to your destination. Slow Down. Have snow and ice cleared from your vehicle. Keep your headlights on. Have a survivor kit including water, food, blanket, flashlight, and wear winter clothing including coat, hat, gloves/mittens.
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Income tax filing season open

News release by Minnesota Department of Revenue
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota taxpayers can begin filing their state income tax returns as of Tuesday, January 19, 2016. For the benefit and convenience of Minnesota taxpayers, this is also the same date that the Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting federal income tax returns.

Electronic Filing and Direct Deposit
Choosing electronic filing and direct deposit is the most secure way to get your refund. Last year, over 2 million Minnesota taxpayers used electronic software to file their taxes. Visit MN department of revenue website to see the list tax software providers that are certified to submit electronically filed returns ....


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