Tuesday was an amazing day to be in downtown Minneapolis. Even people who weren’t going to the All-Star Game Tuesday evening could still soak up some of the energy from it throughout the day. Including during the big All-Star Red Carpet parade that happened before the big game.
Fans at the Home Run Derby experienced a little wind, a little cold and even a little rain at one point, but very few people seemed to mind. Whether it was their first All-Star Home Run Derby experience or one of many, fans were excited to see it back in Minneapolis, at Target Field.
Between the All-Star Game events and the thousands of spectators, it’s a lot to monitor. “It’s a big operation,” Minneapolis Police Commander Scott Gerlicher said. The security command post for the All-Star Game, which kept at an undisclosed location, houses around 30 of the top city, state and federal law enforcement officials who are working together this week.
Downtown Minneapolis is in full swing as a busy weekend gets underway. Between All-Star Game events, the Basilica Block Party, and the Imagine Dragons concert at TCF Bank Stadium, there’s something for everyone in Minneapolis this weekend.
After a weekend of back-to-back deadly shootings in north Minneapolis, police and city officials are taking action on foot. On Tuesday, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau was out patrolling near one of the fatal shooting sites, talking about the area’s struggle with crime.
Police in Brooklyn Center say that a 14-month-old was killed Monday afternoon after a family member ran over the child while backing out of a driveway. The accident happened along the 5400 block of Colfax Avenue North.
Two families are now planning funerals after a violent weekend in Minneapolis, while others are questioning whether enough is being done to prevent crime. “It’s something that needs to stop as soon as possible,” community and peace activist K.G. Wilson, from North Minneapolis, said. Two separate shootings in North Minneapolis over the holiday weekend left one woman and one man dead.
Water levels around the metro are finally beginning to drop, but boat traffic is still slow on Lake Minnetonka. The “no wake” rule has been in effect for weeks, including the Fourth of July weekend. It’s often the busiest weekend of the year for businesses along the lake, but “no wake” means less business to go around.
If you watched the U.S. take on Belgium at a bar viewing party, there was likely a wait just to get inside. “Packed with people, can’t move in or out,” soccer fan Christian Roemhildt said of Brit’s Pub. “I’ve seen it grow here, it’s just amazing to be in a place where everybody is super excited,” fan Karen Bookler said.
With the second rainiest June on record, all that standing water in ponds and lakes may leave you feeling itchy. “Mosquitos develop in places that are dry most of the time, but then fill up with water after a rainstorm,” said Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Communications Coordinator Mike McLean. We’ve really seen those kind of places fill up.
Due to recent flooding caused by days of heavy rain, Waterville in southern Minnesota is mostly under water. “Nobody’s ever seen it, and you can never be prepared for it,” said resident Brian Spatenka.
A Minnesota man is in jail because he logged on to Facebook. Police say 26-year-old Nicholas Wig checked his profile from a home he broke into, and then he didn’t log off. It happened June 19 in South St. Paul.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Crow River was already three feet above flood stage. “It’s pretty crazy, it gets high, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this high before,” said Melanie Sturman, from Delano.
From St. Louis Park to St. Paul — sandbags to mudslides– evidence of flooding is all over the metro. “The people who’ve been here years and years never seen it this bad,” said Tharcisse Mulfinger, of St. Louis Park.
Southern Minnesota got hit the hardest Monday by severe thunderstorms as rains fell across the majority of the state. In Spicer, near Willmar, Minn., high winds tore docks on Green Lake apart. ”Last couple of hours been pretty hectic. I mean there is a lot of lightning thunder,” Trent Churchil, of Fairbault, said.