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Changes at KSTP's weather desk after Dave Dahl's retirement

Ken Barlow will now be the station's chief meteorologist.
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KSTP has announced some changes to its 5 Eyewitness News weather desk in the wake of the retirement of long-serving chief meteorologist Dave Dahl.

Dahl, who had been with the Twin Cities ABC affiliate for 43 years, retired at the end of last year.

Taking his place as chief meteorologist for 5 Eyewitness News will be another veteran weatherman, Ken Barlow, who has been the station's chief morning meteorologist since 2011.

"Ken’s expert knowledge of broadcast meteorology and his extensive experience here in the Twin Cities, will help us develop the 5 Eyewitness News 'Minnesota’s Weather Authority' brand," a statement from KSTP said.

"In addition to providing leadership for our weather staff, Ken will continue on his current schedule as part of our #1 rated morning news team."

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Also getting a promotion following Dahl's departure is Wren Clair, who was previously the secondary meteorologist splitting evening Newscasts with Dahl.

She will now become the station's primary evening meteorologist, taking all shows between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. She is also the face of KSTP's "Forecast First" franchise in its Nightcast 10 p.m. show.

Clair has been with 5 Eyewitness News since 2018, having previously worked as a meteorologist in Boston.

By the way, Bring Me The News has its own top team of meteorologists comprising Sven Sundgaard and Novak Weather. You can find the latest weather news for Minnesota on our Weather MN blog.

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