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Meteorologist Dave Dahl to retire after 43 years at KSTP

He's a familiar face to Twin Cities viewers.

KSTP's long-serving meteorologist Dave Dahl has announced his retirement after 43 years with the TV station.

The Twin Cities' ABC affiliate announced the departure on Thursday, with Dahl hanging it up at the end of the year.

"I feel very blessed that the ownership of KSTP, the Hubbard family, gave a kid right out of college a chance over 43 years ago. It's been a dream job doing what I love in the state where I grew up," he said.

"It's been an honor delivering the forecast to the people of Minnesota and Wisconsin each day, whether it was beautiful, or stormy, I'm grateful I was given the opportunity and cannot thank you enough!"

The Minnesota native = came home for his first job after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology, and has been with KSTP ever since.

"Dave has obviously been a really important member of our 5 Eyewitness News team over the last 43 years. In reality, Dave has also played a vital role in serving our entire community," said Rob Hubbard, president of Hubbard Television, said.

"Nobody in our state has done so much to help Minnesotans. Whether planning a picnic or knowing when to take cover, Dave has positively impacted all of our lives."

Dahl took a break from TV last year as he underwent treatment after being diagnosed with skin cancer for the second time.

Among those paying tribute to Dahl is KSTP political reporter Tom Hauser, who tweeted: "The man has barely aged since we started working together 28 years ago. Happy trails, Dave. Truly been an honor to work with someone I watched when I was in high school."

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