The number of Minnesota schools suffering from flu outbreaks shot up dramatically this week. Last week, only 19 schools reported new outbreaks. This week, that number spiked to 203. The Minnesota Department of Health also said Thursday that two children have now died from the flu in Minnesota. And more than 300 people have gotten so sick they had to stay in the hospital.
During the holidays, it can be easy to fall into a gift-shopping, gift-giving frenzy.
The most wonderful time of the year is getting off to a gloomy start. Cloudy skies and fog hung over the downtown Minneapolis skyline most the day. At this Christmas tree lot at the Farmer’s Market, owner Scott Barriball compared the forecast to those of years past.
It’s one of the biggest houses on Summit Avenue in St. Paul — and it’s the place Minnesota’s governor calls home. A few times each year, the doors of the Governor’s Residence are opened to the public for tours. It’s also an interior designer’s dream assignment. Six local designers each had a chance to decorate a room inside the house for the holidays.
Students across the world spent time learning how to program computers Monday as part of Computer Science Education Week.
A man who survived a horrible accident has already endured a long road and still has a ways to go. But he reached a significant milestone Saturday.
A number of Minnesota high school and college students expressed their disappointment with the Ferguson, Missouri outcome by walking out of school. They joined students who staged walkouts in more than 50 cities across the country on Monday.
Hundreds of high school students witnessed a touching tribute Wednesday to an officer killed in the line of duty. It’s been four months since Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick was gunned down as he made a traffic stop in West St. Paul. He graduated from St. Paul’s Humboldt High School in 1985. Mendota Heights Police Officer John Larrive spoke on behalf of the family at the ceremony in the school gym.
People across the country are taking their vehicles in to get a defective airbag replaced. When activated, Takata airbags have sent metal fragments flying at drivers and passengers. At least four people have died and 139 people have been injured, including a Minnesotan. Right now the recall applies only to drivers in southern states.
It started with a wish to get unused kids’ bikes out of garages and into the hands of children who would ride them. Six years later, Free Bikes 4 Kidz has given away about 20,000 bikes.
Monday was the first day back to school for friends of 14-year-old Patrick Schoonover, who died after collapsing on the ice at a hockey tournament Friday. His death has many people asking questions, so WCCO talked with a pediatric cardiologist to find out what parents should be on the look out for and what tests can be done to detect a heart problem early.
It’s what many Minnesotans love to do, make charitable donations. For the sixth year in a row, ‘Give to the Max Day’ is allowing us to give in a 24-hour online frenzy.
n the last year, Minnesota kids participating in We Day projects have spent 14.6 million hours volunteering, and collected 5.6 million pounds of food. This was no ordinary school day. And these are no ordinary students.
Over the last year, we’ve seen what We Day can do to inspire teenagers. The concert celebration returns to the Xcel Energy Center Wednesday, but the setup and rehearsals are already underway.
The sounds of children celebrating the early arrival of a snow day were loud and clear in Elk River Monday. Best friends Kaila Swart and Lexi Patraw were having the time of their lives. “It’s really fun because I get to play with my best friend and do face plants in the snow,” Swart said.
With his signature black hat and his sentimental lyrics, Garth Brooks is bringing country back to an audience that loves him. Sandy Jung doesn’t have concert tickets yet, but she’s got some fancy cowgirl boots and a western belt with bling from Minneapolis’ Schatzlein Saddle Shop on Lake Street. “I think the fact that he’s coming back and it’s like a renewing of his kind of old style and bringing it back into current is really fun,” Jung said.
The holiday shopping season is around the corner, and police have a warning: Don’t get packages delivered to your house when you aren’t there. Last Friday and Saturday in Champlin, police received two reports of packages stolen from doorways in the middle of the afternoon. But one of them happened at a house where a security camera was rolling, and the face of one of the thieves is clearly visible.
Minnesotans are proud to say they lead the nation in turnout, and a change in state law meant some people voted early instead of waiting for Election Day.
Whether you love them or hate them, you may need them to read. “Cheaters,” as they are sometimes called, are those reading glasses you can buy at most drug stores without a prescription.
A high school student who lost her battle with brain cancer was honored Thursday for her bravery. Weeks after Rachel Woell’s death, teachers and students at Minneapolis’ St. Charles Borromeo School held a balloon release in her honor. We first shared Rachel’s story with you this fall. The 18-year-old student at Totino-Grace High School captured the spirit of her football team, for which she worked as the team manager.
You may be all set for Halloween this week, but what about Thanksgiving? It’s just one month away. If you’re planning on flying out of town to see relatives, get ready to dig deep to pay for that plane ticket.
For many, recalling college years may bring back fond memories. But if you think hard enough, you may recall some dark days as well. On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota hosted a special event to help with those dark days called Cirque De-Stress.
A partial solar eclipse has a whole lot of folks excited. “I think that we’re going to get some really great views of the sun,” said Dave Falkner of the Minnesota Astronomical Society. “There’s a huge sun spot group to go along with the eclipse, and it’s just really exciting.”
We’re just three weeks away from the second annual “We Day” concert at the Xcel Energy Center. It’s a reward for teenagers who spend time doing volunteer work in the community. Tickets aren’t for sale — you have to earn them through work on a community service project. Carly Rae Jepsen and the Jonas Brothers performed at Minnesota’s first We Day last year.
Pregnant women are faced with many decisions and often have lots of questions. Now, it appears there’s something new they may want to ask their doctors: the cesarean rate at the hospital where the baby will be born.