A salt shortage across the upper Midwest has the operations director of Washington County Public Works hoping our frigid weather is over. During a regular winter, Doug Johnson’s department budgets for 10,000 tons of salt, with an additional 2,000 tons on reserve. He’s now down to 1,400 tons, but he’s optimistic it will last.
It took more than two years to upgrade Minnesota’s 911 system, but work just wrapped up. Now, all emergency call centers across the state are connected to the Next Generation 911 network (NG911).
Last year, Lindsey Dubois of Brooklyn Park and her husband, Herve, decided to have another child. They were already blessed with four little girls and wanted to try for a boy.
It keeps piling up, and with these cold temperatures, the snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In the City of Plymouth, it’s causing safety concerns for drivers.
School officials at the University of Minnesota are working with black student and facility organizations after they wrote a letter to the school’s president about the racial descriptions given in Crime Alerts.
All 47 Minneapolis recreation centers opened at noon Monday for students whose classes were canceled due to the cold. They typically open at 3 p.m.
Three teenagers face murder charges after a girl overdosed at a Woodbury, Minn. home last weekend. Woodbury Police responded to a home located on the 3000 block of Commonwealth Avenue at 9:10 a.m. Saturday morning after someone reported a 17-year-old girl who was unresponsive.
Staff at Rasmussen College in Eagan hope their new 8,000 square-foot location will give students the right skills before entering Minnesota’s law enforcement. The new facility includes several scenario training rooms where students can practice how to deal with a bank robbery, a bar fight, a hold-up at a convenience store and even a domestic situation in a mock apartment. Law Enforcement Skills Coordinator Michael Ardolf says the facility will enhance the learning experiences of those in the program.
A sellout crowd is expected at Mall of America Field on Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions during their final game at the Metrodome. That has police and dome staff preparing for the anything.
MNsure is releasing some tips they hope will help frustrated Minnesotans troubleshoot through its health insurance marketplace website. John Schadl, spokesman for MNsure, says they have gathered several common questions that operators at their call center are asked daily. The original deadline for enrollment was Monday, Dec. 23, but that deadline was extended to Dec. 31 after complaints of ongoing challenges that people faced while trying to enroll under the new federal health care law.
The proposed Minneapolis downtown east project — which would transform five city blocks of mostly surface parking lots into office space, housing, retail, and a city park — is closer to being approved.
The same week thousands of workers protested across the nation to raise the federal minimum wage, one Minnesota company decided to do something about it. John Puckett, co-owner of Punch Neapolitan Pizza, says all eight of their Twin Cities’ locations now have minimum wage set at $10 an hour. “My business partner and I decided to invest in our people because we are growing our company in the Twin Cities,” Puckett said. “We really believe to have the best quality product and service, it’s the right thing to do.” Minnesota’s minimum wage is $7.25. Puckett hopes the pay will keep good workers and attract valuable employees to their company.
A Maplewood man who led police on a high-speed chase is the prime suspect in a murder, according to police. The murder happened at a home located on 855 E. 4th St. in St. Paul. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, police responded to the home and found the victim dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Students at the University of Minnesota are taking a stand on safety. An online petition has received thousands of signatures demanding an increased police presence on and near campus.
Before you place a turkey at your table, one animal rights group wants you to know how some turkeys are allegedly being treated at a Minnesota farm.