A tornado that struck downtown Minneapolis August 19 caused an estimated $350,000 to $500,000 worth of damage to the Minneapolis Convention Center, according to Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors association. Repairs to the convention center will be completed by September 7. When the storm struck, the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was in session at the convention center, with 2,000 people in attendance. The severe weather arrived ...

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