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.
Tucked inside of Dan’s Car Wash in Minneapolis on 59th and Nicollet, is a small auto repair shop with a bare bones crew. A volunteer receptionist and two mechanics with a mission to fix cars and to give folks like Judy Hegrenes a lift in life.
Thousands of children in the Twin Cities are proud owners of a new set of wheels. Free Bikes 4 Kidz held its annual bike giveaway this weekend.
Richfield police are investigating the death of a 48-year-old man. Police say officers responded to a 911 call at about 5 a.m. Sunday, after the caller indicated an assault was in progress. Lt. Mike Flaherty says officers found the victim with multiple puncture wounds. He died at the scene.
Richfield Police are investigating after a 48-year-old man died at a home on the 7300 block of 12th Avenue. According to authorities, officers responded to a 911 call at the address around 4:53 a.m. Sunday, after the caller stated an assault was in progress.
The Black Friday holiday shopping blitz has now stretched into a four-day shopping excursion. For mom and pop stores, the competition is bigger than ever. Sara Moulton spent Small Business Saturday shopping at one of her local favorites in Minneapolis, Patina. “The big stores are taking over holidays,” Moulton said. “I just love supporting local businesses and giving back to the community.” Patina manager Karin Tepparo says they don’t tout deep discounts, but instead rely on their one-of-a-kind items to bring in customers.
More than 53,000 fans filled TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the coldest game of the season. Temperatures were in the teens, but it felt like five degrees outside thanks to the wind chill. Folks tailgating before the game set up tents, propane tanks and heat lamps to help stay warm, along with lots of hot food. No matter the conditions, Gopher and Badger fans didn’t let Mother Nature take away from the biggest border battle of the season.
Family and friends came together to remember Mandy Matula Sunday.
There will be a benefit Sunday afternoon for an Army Recruiter who was hit and dragged for almost a mile by a driver who didn’t stop.
Accusations of abuse and racism at a Salvation Army treatment center sparked protest Saturday. Demonstrators called on the organization to fire the new administrators brought in over the summer. They gathered outside of the Adult Rehabilitation Center on Minneapolis’ North 4th Street.
A historic landmark at a Minnesota State Park is about to reopen to the public after flooding destroyed it. Park goers will finally be able to walk across the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park next week. Rushing water from the St. Louis River tore it apart during flooding in the Duluth area two summers ago. Park historian Kristine Hiller says the swinging bridge, originally built in 1924, has a long history at the scenic park.
An emotional ceremony to honor Minnesota’s fallen officers and their loved ones was held in St. Paul Saturday night. Family members of officers killed in the line of duty gathered at the Peace Officers Memorial near the State Capitol for the Blue Light Ceremony. They each carried a blue-tipped white rose, a symbol of loss and sacrifice. They are parents, wives, children and loved ones who come to honor the ones they lost too soon.
Minnesota veterans also rallied Sunday morning in support of the march in D.C. The protest on the National Mall in Washington D.C. was led by hundreds of veterans and demonstrators, against the shutdown.
Minneapolis Police are investigating a shooting that has left one man dead and another in critical condition.
Thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain in and around the bluff town of Winona early Saturday morning. WCCO Weather Watcher Dan Amundson reported eight inches of rain in the area. Flash flooding washed away part of a road on Bob Dunn’s property, and the force took out a walking bridge. “You can actually see the mud build up. You can drive across there before. I used to have a decent road,” Dunn said. “That used to be a bridge, used to have a bridge going right across here.”
Gopher head coach Jerry Kill received a spirited show of support before Saturday’s game against San Jose State. Hundreds of people gathered outside TCF Bank Stadium for a rally organized by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. The outpour of support comes after Kill suffered a seizure during last week’s game. It was third time in the last three years he missed part of a game because of his epilepsy.
A man from St. Cloud is in jail tonight accused of killing his 72 year-old mother. Police say Lois Omeara died after being stabbed multiple times. Investigators aren’t commenting on a possible motive.