We are a group of storm chasers from the Mankato, MN area. We have been chasing as a group since 2008 but several of our members have chased storms for much longer (for the most part just locally though). For the first time in 2009 we chased outside of Minnesota and did so in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois in addition to Minnesota. Despite it being a relatively slow tornado year, we managed to see 7 tornadoes which is pretty good considering we can’t possibly get out for every event (although we would like to) and have limited finances which prohibit us from traveling extreme distances. In 2010 we managed to see around 15 tornadoes. We didn’t have a chance to make it as far south as we would have liked to but as it turns out the tornadoes actually came to us here in Minnesota. In 2011 we chased for KEYC-TV out of Mankato, MN and we will be doing the same in 2012. We also managed to see 12 tornadoes though the majority occurred on April 9th in Iowa after dark. In addition, we started to work with KTOE Radio in Mankato in 2012.
- Jeremy Den Hartog (Forecaster/Navigator/Photographer/Videographer)
- Cindy Den Hartog (Driver/Photographer/Navigation Critic)
- Erik Schmitt (Driver/Photographer/Videographer)
- Jordan Manderfield (Forecaster/Driver/Photographer/Videographer)
- Ben White (Medic/Driver/Photographer/Videographer)
All of our members are First Aid and CPR certified and Cindy will be taking First Responder training classes in the near future.