• Saturday April 25th, 2015 – 25th Annual Lasagna Dinner, Raffle, and Auction American Legion – Doors open 4:15 pm – Dinner served at 5:00 pm

  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Appraisal Event at the American Legion – The next appraisal event is Sunday, August 9 from 2 pm to 7 pm.

  • Plan to attend the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Fridley Tornadoes Wednesday, May 6 @ 6:00 pm – Fridley Community Center

FridleyCall for Tornado Art Exhibits – Banfill-Locke

Banfill-Locke is happy to announce a call for tornado art for an exhibition in association with the 50th anniversary of the Fridley Tornadoes.  The exhibition will take place in May 2015. This is an exhibition open to anyone who wants to enter work regardless of age or experience. Each artist is limited to 2 works of original art. Both 3D and 2D works are eligible for inclusion in the show; 2D works will need to be framed or presented ready for hanging with wires (no alligator/sawtooth hangars will be accepted). Works must not exceed 36” in width in any direction.  All works of art need to specifically reference a tornado or a tornado’s power. Obtuse violence and graphic scenes may be censored if the curators are concerned for the family friendly nature of the public gallery. Art work does not need to be registered in advance and may be dropped off at Banfill-Locke on April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm or April 29 from 10 am to 7 pm. All submitted works of art will be included in the exhibition as long as they meet subject and presentation requirements. All work in the exhibition will need to be picked up on May 19 between 10 am and 8 pm. The exhibition will be on view in the Banfill galleries May 2 to 16, 2015. Art work may be offered for sale, with the art center taking a 35% commission. All work is insured while in the Banfill Tavern building.

More is Happening in 2015

  • Saturday April 25th, 2015 – 25th Annual Lasagna Dinner, Raffle, and Auction —American Legion – Doors open 4:15 pm – Dinner served at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Appraisal Event — American Legion – 10:00 am—5:00 pm
  • Wednesday May 6, 201550th Anniversary Program Of the Fridley Tornadoes – Come listen to incredible speakers share their memories of the 1965 Fridley Tornadoes and the great clean up aftermath. Refreshments served. Families welcome. 50th Anniversary Program
    Fridley Community Center – Fireside room – 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • Saturday May 9th, 2015 – Weather Program – by Ken Ackerman– former KSTP weather observer — Fridley History Center – 11:00 am—3:00 pm  Ken Ackerman, a weather observer for KSTP for 30 plus years   He’ll play a 28 minute DVD “Exploring the Mystery of a Tornado” which is  about the weather and how it’s different in Fridley than at the Minneapolis airport.  He will also bring some of the instruments to see and ask questions about.
  • Thursday June 4th, 2015 – Trivia Contest —Fridley History Center – 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • Sunday June 28th, 2015 – Manomin on the Mississippi tour —11:00 am—3:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 9, 2015 – Appraisal Event – American Legion – 10:00 am—5:00 pm
  • NOVEMBER & DECEMBER- CHRISTMAS EVENT – Plan now for a great family annual event – if you have good quality holiday items you want donate to the Fridley Historical Society – Call or email.

Fridley History Center Open House (FREE ADMISSION)

  • Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the Month – Come and Visit Us between 11 am and 3 pm.

Help Support Fridley Historical Society – consider a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you to all who volunteered for the Christmas Exhibit!


  1. Wonderful exhibit! Like I was back in time. The tree was my favorite part. And right upstairs I was able to enjoy the stories of the 1965 Fridley tornadoes. I am embarrassed having just discovered this museum today after living in Fridley for so many decades. I will be back!!

  2. I need a clarification regarding the original Cub Foods in 1968. I remember that Fridley was the first Cub Foods on Osborne Rd across from Bobs Produce. I have read that it was first built in Stillwater but I also know the original owners were FROM Stillwater. Can you clarify ?

    • Hi Frank, you are right ~ the original owners were from Stillwater, but the first Cub Foods was in Fridley on Osborne Road, and it was similar to what Sam’s is now with the flat bed carts and large quantities, but you had to use a black marker to write the price on your items. Anyhow, after they had presented the Fridley Historical Society with a generous donation during their ribbon cutting ceremony when they had their Grande Re-opening in Fridley (which the manager had made the decision to give us because of the history Cub Foods had with Fridley), I went on their website to thank them again publicly. It was there that I noticed the inaccuracy of their posted history, and I did write them about it.
      In researching other items in history, I have noticed that not all accounts are exactly the same. This probably happens because of perspective of those who lived it or because of the ones who heard the stories retell them inaccurately.
      Thanks for the question, Frank.

  3. If we want to write a check to purchase the books would we make the check out to the historical society or Allen Taylor? Can they be purchased the night of the anniversary presentation? Thanks in advance :) !

    • Dear Jennifer,
      You will be able to purchase Al Taylor’s tornado books the night of the event, and he will be happy to autograph them. Please make the checks payable to Al Taylor, and he will donate a percentage to the Fridley Historical Society.
      See you on May 6th.

  4. WANTED……ARTIFACTS OF THE 1965 TORNADOES AND THEIR STORIES As part of this historic 50th anniversary year of the tornadoes, we are putting together a permanent exhibit at the Fridley History Center. We are hoping that if anyone in the area would have an artifact they would like to donate, please bring it to the History Center, along with your name and address and a short story about it. These donations will add a lot of interest to the exhibit, will be handled gently, and will be carefully placed in a locked display case for everyone to see. Thank you very much!

  5. Do you remember the name of a smorsgasbord in 1968 that was located near Moore Lake. We had our class picture in sixth grade taken there. Trying to remember the restaurant’s name… Thank you for your help.

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