The alternating pattern of extreme cold and fresh doses of snow that’s held through much of January landed on snow during the worst possible time — the morning commute. Twin Cities drivers found themselves at the mercy of the white stuff Thursday morning.
Boxes of junk can often reveal a piece of hidden treasure, but when that treasure turns out to be a war medal for a soldier killed in action, the discovery creates a whole new challenge. That’s what an Otsego family recently faced when they turned over a Purple Heart awarded posthumously more than 63 years ago.
A lineup of some 700 boats threaded towards the Minneapolis Convention Center past huge piles of snow. On a sub-zero January day, it is a sight for sore eyes.
Tight supplies of propane and bitter temperatures across much of the nation are putting the squeeze on a number of rural communities. That’s because rural residents rely on propane fuel to heat their homes and businesses. But a severe shortage of propane is forcing the price of LP to skyrocket.
It’s a busy Friday afternoon at Parc Boutique in northeast Minneapolis. Racks full of women’s fashions greet the customers. But Parc’s owner, Thao Nguyen, says the recent cold snap has hurt her in-store sales. “It’s harder for people to come into the shop,” Nguyen said. Just like how tornadoes and hurricanes disrupt economic activity, there is also a steep cost to our cold weather. The lower the temperature drops, the fewer of us venture outside to shop, dine and recreate.
If you think your furnace has been running a lot this January, you’re absolutely right. CenterPoint Energy said the first major cold snap in early January set a new daily record for natural gas consumption.
As cold as it might be, we’re still a long way from joining the ranks of the coldest Minnesota winters.
A siren wails on a frozen Lake Nokomis, signaling the half-way point in a fast-paced game. Blue skies and bright sun greet nearly 2,000 pond hockey faithful. Over the next few days, they will play like they did as kids. According to tournament’s co-commissioner Justin Kaufenberg, the competition is fast and, at times, furious on the lake’s 25 rinks.
The act of embracing winter is what makes living in Minnesota bearable. And for many, it means standing alongside an outdoor hockey rink. Thousands of folks are doing just that in Elk River this week, site of the 2014 Hockey Day in Minnesota events. The city was chosen in large part due to the historic Handke Stadium, where organized hockey began in Elk River nearly 60 years ago.
In the hockey crazy city of Elk River, site of the 2014 Hockey Day Minnesota, stories and relics of the games’ past are literally coming out of the woodwork. So, when an Otsego family discovered a handmade hockey stick hidden in the attic of an old farmhouse, the detective work began. The questions began: Who made it, where did he play and why did he love the game so much?
Eric Zajkowski’s social studies class had a unique assignment on Thursday. The students spent their day outside on a cold parking lot in Arden Hills, which more closely resembled a Hollywood movie set. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in Zajkowski’s class at Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul are making public service announcement videos, and a powerful statement that can save lives.
As bad as winter has been in the Twin Cities, conditions are apparently much worse up in Canada. At least that’s one of the major factors that’s pushing a beautiful boreal creature to fly south.
When it comes to Minnesota’s weather extremes there are some things that just can’t be put on hold. On Monday, that was the case at Fort Snelling National Cemetery where 16 of the nation’s veterans were laid to rest.
As we get ready to head into a new year, it seems fitting to introduce you to a young woman ready for anything the future has to hold. Meet Tameka Cannon.
It was just around 4 a.m. when the SuperAmerica at 60th Street and Portland Avenue in Minneapolis became the first target. Police say a man, pointed a pistol at the clerk and demanded cash. From there, the robber headed into Uptown and hit a 24-hour Walgreens store.