joplin tornado

5:02 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Elks Lodge demolished by tornado reopens

The 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado destroyed many buildings.
Credit Courtney Flatt / KBIA

Members of the Joplin Elks Lodge that was destroyed in the 2011 tornado are holding a grand reopening.

The Joplin Globe reports that the lodge is holding its grand reopening Saturday, nearly 20 months after the May 2011 tornado destroyed the lodge, scores of other Joplin buildings and killed 161 people, including four people who were at the lodge.

The Elks have been meeting in a large garage on the lodge property. But with the help of insurance and donations, members broke ground on the new $2.7 million lodge a year ago.

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8:57 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Joplin council to consider tornado recovery plans

Joplin after the tornado
KBIA File photo

A master planner hired to guide Joplin's recovery from the deadly May 2011 tornado plans to present his first slate of projects to city elected leaders Monday night.

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Arts and Culture
3:59 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Ragtag holds special screening to benefit Joplin

Photo courtesy of Ragtag

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, tonight Columbia’s Ragtag Cinema is screening a documentary that relives the days following the disaster.

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7:57 am
Tue May 22, 2012

In Joplin, President Obama urges students to "pay it forward"

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 10:58 am

KSMU's Missy Shelton contributed reporting for this story.

A commencement address from President Barack Obama capped a difficult year for the Joplin High School class of 2012.

An EF-5 tornado struck the southwestern Missouri town a year ago today, killing 161 people and injuring hundreds more. The storm destroyed five school buildings, including the high school. Students attended their senior year classes in a converted big box store.

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5:54 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Obama to speak at Joplin High School Graduation


Joplin High School's Class of 2012 will cap a senior year marked by tragedy and perseverance Monday night with a commencement speech by President Barack Obama.

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6:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

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