Fourth Of July
A decades-old tradition is heading back to the island next summer after a number of years off. Organizers with the Taste of Minnesota have announced that the popular summer event will return to Harriet Island next Fourth of July weekend.
Five car crash-related deaths and 560 DWI arrests occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period, says the Department of Public Safety. During the holiday period – from Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 7 – there were five people killed in four crashes. Three of the deaths were motorcyclists killed in two separate crashes on July 4 – the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, according to DPS records. On the evening of July 3, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in south Minneapolis.
The man who was shot and killed in a shooting on the Fourth of July has been identified. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said 26-year-old Muhyadin Mohamud Farah died of a gunshot wound to the chest on Thursday.
The Fourth of July weekend is a time to give thanks to the men and women serving our country. No one knows that better than a family from Holdingford. Last year, while Christine Schreiner’s son, Lance Cpl. Andrew Schreiner, was serving in Afghanistan, she started a message board for him on her horse barn. That giant message board was a popular stop before our story aired last July. And the family says afterwards, it really took off.
Plenty of people in Minnesota ignored the message to not drink and drive over Fourth of July.
The American Red Cross says it is helping three adults and four kids after a St. Paul home started on fire on the Fourth of July.
The winter and spring may have been cold and wet, but Independence Day has proven worth the wait for many Minnesotans. It has been a beautiful Fourth of July already, and the great weather weekend is just beginning.
A frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.
Last year was the first time in 45 years there was an air show inside the Twin Cities. This year, the Minnetonka Air Show is going to be bigger and better, and it’s free. It’s a 4th of July spectacle of airplane acrobatics for crowds young and old.
The Fourth of July is Thursday and that means many will be heading to fireworks displays or creating some of their own. That also presents several dangers if you don’t know how to set off your fireworks properly. It’s also important to remember what’s legal in Minnesota and what’s not legal as you get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
On July 3, 1776, the day after the Second Congressional Congress declared the colonies’ independence, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail.
Minnesota’s corn crop has grown slower than the average this year, but it looks like the crop will be knee-high by the Fourth of July. The weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn statewide grew an average of seven inches last week, and is currently about 17 inches tall.
If your Fourth of July plans have you on the Mississippi River, there is one area where boats can’t travel. A log jam near Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul, has doubled in size since last Friday.
This Independence Day, put aside the burgers and hot dogs and try something a little more adventurous. Stu, the “King of Barbecue” has some easy recipes.
If you’re going to be out on a lake for the Fourth of July next week, officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said you better have a sober driver on your boat. The DNR said extra patrols will be out on Minnesota lakes next weekend for the Fourth of July holiday.