Devastating Tornado Kills Hermantown Native

By KBJR News 1

May 24, 2011 Updated May 24, 2011 at 6:34 PM CDT

Clean up efforts continue in Minneapolis tonight in the wake of Sunday's massive storm and tornado. Two people are confirmed dead.

Destroyed homes and cars are a far cry from those dealing with the loss of loved ones.

One of the victims, 53 year old Robert MacIntyer was born and raised in Hermantown.

After the tornado cleared, MacIntyer left his North Minneapolis house with a chainsaw to clear trees and help those in need.

Soon after he ventured out he suffered a heart attack and died.
Family members say they'll remember his giving spirit and love of animals.

"He was helping people when he died, he died doing what he loved, was helping people." said his niece, Tami Mcgreevy.

She went on to say, "We used to go up to Hawk's Ridge, he liked the falcons and hawks and stuff like that and someday if I ever see a hawk or something I'm going to think of him."

MacIntyre was president of the Iowa–based Raptor Resource Project, the organization behind an "Eagle Cam" that has attracted worldwide attention over the Internet.

It took emergency personnel longer to reach MacIntyre because the roads were blocked by fallen trees and other debris.

They reportedly tried to revive him for 45 minutes.

He has many family and friends in the Northland who say they're going to miss him.