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.
Family, friends and teammates remembered the life of a college athlete killed in a tragic accident. Phillip LaVallee was a cross country and track star at Monticello High School and was heading into his sophomore year at South Dakota State. The 19-year-old was hit and killed last month while out on a training run, three miles from his parents’ home in Otsego.
Parents of a 16-year-old football player from the west metro say they’re thankful their son is alive. Luke Nelson, a linebacker for Dassel-Cokato High School, suffered a severe head injury during their Friday night game against Orono. He’s now in serious condition at HCMC after having emergency brain surgery.
Tens of thousands of people descended on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 1963 and made history. On Saturday, thousands marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which is now considered one of the largest rallies ever held for human rights. In the Twin Cities, hundreds of people turned out for marches in north, northeast, and south Minneapolis to mark the historic day.
The leaders of MNsure unveiled a new marketing campaign featuring two Minnesota icons that will run for the next month. The campaign features folk hero Paul Bunyan and his faithful companion Babe in a series of unfortunate mishaps along with a twist on familiar slogan, “Minnesota: Land of 10,000 reasons to get health insurance.”
Vikings fans are in store for changes at the ticket gate this season. The NFL made a decision in May, following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, to ban most bags and purses from stadiums.
The look and feel of Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota campus, will continue to change over the next year. Despite protests from neighborhood activists, the Minneapolis City Council approved the rezoning of an area in Dinkytown to make way for a six-story apartment building meant for student housing. The new development will be located on Southeast 5th Street between 13th and 14th avenues.
People passing by the intersection of Broadway and Dupont avenues in north Minneapolis won’t miss it. The rundown building that’s been boarded up for a decade is now covered from top to bottom in a collage of 32 colorful and artistic photographs. Charles Caldwell is a local artist. He’s one of several people who work in the area featured in the mural.
Two Dundas families had to be rescued from their homes by boat after nearly seven inches of rain fell over night in Rice County. According to Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn, four families total have been displaced in the small town of Dundas, located an hour south of the metro. Three roads are also washed out in Rice Country near Dundas, he said.
A Wisconsin artist is especially excited about the concert Friday night at Target Field. Kimberlie Gilbertson is a big fan of the music and turns out some of the stars are big fans of hers.
A Twin Cities community is searching for solutions to a growing and disturbing problem – the sex trafficking of young girls. Faith leaders, law enforcement and survivors attended a community meeting in Oak Park Heights Saturday. Earlier this month, the FBI ranked Minnesota 13th in the nation for sex trafficking.
The annual Twin Cities Pride Celebration is about to get underway. Minneapolis hosts one of the largest Pride weekends in the nation, bringing in nearly a half million people from around the country. This is expected to be one of the biggest celebrations ever in the Twin Cities. Pride Executive Director Dot Belstler says Minnesota’s new marriage law and the recent rulings from the Supreme Court are fueling the excitement and a sense of accomplishment.
Yet another round of thunderstorms hit thousands of home still without power Sunday morning, leaving many with more storm damage and others fighting flash flooding.