A Minnesota eighth grader with a love for reading and a passion for helping children received a prestigious national award for her accomplishment. Maria Keller, 13, won the Jefferson Award for public service for her non-profit Read Indeed.
Safety experts released information that shows child car seats often putting children in danger rather than keeping them safe. Experts said the majority of car seats aren’t put in properly or parents are making other mistakes that are putting their children in danger.
A growing number of deadly fires in Minneapolis have officials preaching safety. Since the beginning of the year, 10 people, including five children, have died in fires in Minneapolis. Fire Chief John Fruetel says it’s been more than 35 years since the fire department has seen this many deaths.
Two days later, questions remain about why the two people led police on a high-speed chase in Eden Prairie during the Friday morning rush hour — and whether it was a possible hostage situation.
A man who broke color barriers and led Minnesota in the Civil Rights Movement was remembered Saturday. Matthew Little, long-time president of the Minneapolis NAACP, passed away last Sunday after complications from pneumonia. He was 92. Hundreds of people gathered for a memorial service at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis.
Friends and family of a St. Paul woman killed in a hit-and-run say they’re not giving up. They’re working to help police find the driver who killed 53-year-old Tracy Klotz three months ago.
A woman who lost her fiancé to a heroin overdose says Minnesota lawmakers can do something about a growing epidemic that will save lives. On Saturday night, the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation hosted an event at Tuttles in Hopkins to raise awareness about drug addiction. Rummler died three years ago after a heroin overdose. He battled a prescription drug addiction for years following a back injury.
A Minneapolis Police officer battling lupus and kidney failure received a life-changing transplant this week. Carlos Escobar, 35, is recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center. He spent two years on a waiting list for a kidney donation. After working a full day as a police officer, he would come home and spend seven hours on dialysis, hoping and praying a donor would come through. “I never expected it to be too soon because they told me with my blood type, it could be seven years,” Escobar said
Minnesota’s largest school districts aren’t taking any chances with this bone-chilling cold. Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis, and St. Paul Public Schools will all be closed again Tuesday. The superintendents say it’s just too cold for students to wait for buses or walk to school.
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is doing well and in good spirits one day after his heart attack. He looks like he’s feeling much better and apparently still has his sense of humor.
Many people were out and about Saturday, running last-minute errands in preparation to stay at home for a few days. Grocery stores were busy with people stocking up before the winter blast. At Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, cross-country skiers and runners got out and enjoyed the brief stint of warmer temperatures. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation is closing all of its facilities Saturday at 6 p.m. until Tuesday at noon because of the weather.
Traffic was slow going Monday afternoon in many parts of the metro due to snow and icy conditions. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were more than 300 crashes statewide since 9 a.m., and more than 100 vehicle spinouts and cars in ditches. Shelly Walstrom ended up off the road on Highway 36 near Rice Street in Roseville. She says she waited an hour for help.
Minnesota Viking fans are a bit melancholy after the Vikings beat the Lions at the Metrodome. The dome will be demolished next month to make room for a new stadium.
For late December in Minnesota, it can’t get much better then Saturday’s weather. There was sunshine, and a high temperature that broke a 117-year-old record. Aaron Howe of Independence tried to fend off snowballs thrown by his two children. “It’s been fantastic. We grilled out last night, and it’s kind of a nice warm spell to have in Minnesota after the holidays,” Howe said.
Archbishop John Nienstedt addressed the sex abuse scandal involving priests in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese at two mass services Sunday in Edina.