Tragically, R.T. Rybak didn't get his last wish as mayor
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|R.T. Rybak's last day in office was marred by tragedy.|
Just hours later, an explosion and fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood injured 14 -- six critically. In addition, the Star Tribune reports that three or four others known to have lived in the apartments still haven't been located and are feared dead.
Happy New Year,n hope for no snowstorm or other catastrophe in the next day so I can go out with a whimper as befitting a happy lame duck.-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
As a result, the tweets that could end up being Rybak's last while in office are exactly the sorts of ones he publicly wished he wouldn't have to write:
Pls send prayers to the brave people in hospitals suffering the impact of a horrible fire on Mpls' West Bank-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
Please thank firefighters and others who were heroic fighting the terrible West Back fire in frigid weather-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
Betsy Hodges will be sworn in as the new mayor today during a ceremony set to begin at 11 a.m. at the Thorpe Building, 1620 Central Ave. NE.
Red Cross providing temp housing for those displaced by West Bank fire and you can contribute to a fund they are setting up tomorrow-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014
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