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Minnesota & Iowa In Deep Freeze

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A cold snap that that National Weather Service is calling "historic and dangerous" has arrived in Minnesota.
    
Temperatures were down to 8 degrees below zero in the Twin Cities area around midmorning Sunday, with wind chills in the mid to high 20 degrees below zero.
    
It's even colder in far northern Minnesota, where the weather service reported temperatures in the mid-20s below zero and wind chills in the high 30s to mid-40s below zero in several cities, and a wind chill of minus 50 at Flag Island near the northernmost tip of the state.
    
Forecasters say extremely cold temperatures are on tap for Sunday night with temperatures dipping to between 25 below and 40 below, and wind chills plummeting to between 55 below and 65 below overnight.

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Family, Friends Looking For Missing Man

(KSTP) - Family and friends are searching for a man from the Hector/Buffalo Lake area who hasn't been heard from since Thursday.

A family friend said a missing person report has been filed for Casey Clark.

They say Clark may have been hunting on less traveled roads, so they are asking local hunters to keep a look out for a white extended cab Chevy pickup truck.

Eckhoff Resigns from Rochester Downtown Alliance

Jon Eckhoff  - Photo: www.downtownrochestermn.com

(ABC 6 News) - The Chair of Rochester's Downtown Alliance has announced the RDA's executive director, Jon Eckhoff, has resigned.

ABC 6 talked with Eckhoff this afternoon. He said, "After 4 years, I'd like to consider some options for what I'm going to do for the rest of my career. Things are definitely at a high note with the RDA. I have a few things I'm considering. In the meantime I'd like to  take a couple of months off and focus on family."

RDA Board Chair, Stephen Lehmkuhle, sent out an email announcing Eckhoff's resignation this morning. He says, “In his four years with the Rochester Downtown Alliance, Jon has truly made downtown Rochester the place to be. As we continue to work to enhance downtown Rochester and position it as a destination for visitors, families, and commerce, we will seek leadership that continues to build on Jon’s valued accomplishments.”

Anoka Police Searching For Missing Man

Kevin Casserly - Photo: Anoka Police Department

(ABC 6 News) - The Anoka Police Department is searching for a missing man and is concerned for his welfare.

They say Kevin Casserly was last seen in the city of Anoka. He has not shown up to work nor been in contact with his family, since he went missing, which is out of character for him. All of his belongings were also left behind. His vehicle was also located in the city of Anoka. 

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Kevin Casserly, please contact the Anoka Police Department at 763-427-1212. 

Many Plan to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

Many Plan to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

(ABC 6 News) - Thanksgiving is just a few days away. But this year it's not just considered Thanksgiving, for many it's "Thanksgivukkah."

For the first time since the 1800’s, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah land on the same day. Many Jewish families plan to celebrate the double holiday, by having a Thanksgiving dinner with a Hanukkah component, like sweet potato latkes.

Rabbi Michelle Werner of the B'nai Israel Synagogue in Rochester says being grateful is at the center of both occasions.

"People are just having a lot of fun with it and it's just a way to celebrate the diversity of America and the way in which instead of coming together in a clash when the two holidays come together, we enhance one another’s festivities,” said Rabbi Michelle Werner.

Thursday will be the last time for several thousand years that this double holiday will happen.

Ben Grinhaug Cancer Benefit

Ben Grinhaug Cancer Benefit

There will be a Cancer benefit for Ben Grinhaug on Sunday, December 15th at the Wicked Moose in Rochester. It goes from 2-7pm. There will be a raffle and silent auction.

Google Glass... What Is It?

(ABC 6 News) - As we know, people use smartphones for more than making phone calls; checking email, taking pictures, recording videos. But imagine doing all that, not on a tablet, but in your glasses.

Google Glass. It's the latest gadget that will soon hit the market, and it's already come to Rochester.

Alan DeKeyrel is the owner of CWS in Rochester. His company got invited by Google to be explorers. Basically, they got their hands on it before it even hits the market.

"So we, as a design company, are interested in what's going on in the future, what people are using, what the trends are," said DeKeyrel.

But what exactly do they do?

"You're looking at this little device in the upper right. You can look at weather, your email pulls down, things like that. You can take photos, you can shoot videos, so yeah, if you're doing some cool things like skydiving or something like that," said DeKeyrel.