A puppy is being nursed back to health after being abused and abandoned in the cold. Someone found a 4-month-old puppy roaming the streets of Minneapolis during last week’s subzero temperatures. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control picked up the young pit bull. Officer Jacob Young says the dog had cigar wounds all over his body.
With flu cases in Minnesota up 25 percent in just one week, physicians are pushing the vaccine. Last week, there were 144 flu-related hospitalizations across the state compared to 118 the week before. The increase in the number of cases had people rushing to get their flu shot on Saturday.
A crowded Twin Cities Target store was held up Thursday night and the robber is still missing. As customers waited to pick up their prescriptions at the SuperTarget at 1750 South Robert Street in West St. Paul, a gunman came to the front of the line and demanded drugs.
A teen from Hermantown, Minn. is braving the arctic blast that’s enveloped the Midwest by sleeping outside. Seventeen-year old Rudy Hummel has been sleeping in the backyard of his family’s home for seven months. To stay warm at night, he recently built a snow cave called a quinzhee, which is large enough to fit three people.
If the idea of waiting out the arctic blast at home makes you a little stir crazy, there are businesses to help keep you and your kids busy.
Authorities said Trigger’s Bar at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake is a total loss after a fire Tuesday morning. Fire crews were called to the facility on the 2900 block of East 220th Street at about 6:19 a.m. on a report of a structure fire.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak held his final press conference as mayor on Monday. He announced one final project before stepping down. The exit ramp off 94W into downtown Minneapolis is going to change from 5th street to 7th street.
In just 24 hours, the temperature managed to drop 50 degrees in the Twin Cities. While families were outside Saturday enjoying record highs, the ice rinks and lakes were vacant Sunday. One place some chose to brave the bitter temps was the Como Zoo in St. Paul.
On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will take the field at the Metrodome for the last time. In preparation for the last game at Mall of America Field, season-ticket holders got a special chance to go behind the scenes and say goodbye to the stadium Saturday night. “I’ve been a Vikings fan since I was a kid so it was fun,” said Jay Siebel. “It’s going to be bittersweet tomorrow.”
The Minnesota Vikings’ final game at the Metrodome is Sunday, but they aren’t the only ones moving out. After 24 years, Minnesotans have been lacing up their skates and hitting the concourses for the RollerDome. But Monday night’s skate was the second to last inside the dome. After Friday, the RollerDome will be history.
With more people flying this year than last year for the holiday, travelers just want to make sure they’ll be home for Christmas. The wild weather hitting across the country has holiday travelers worried, however.
Taking her last parade route down Nicollet Mall, Mary Marion still remembers her first Holidazzle 20 years ago. “I started out as what they called an ambassador, a pacer, and it was primarily to get some extra holiday money,” Marion said. In her fifth year on the job, she met her husband, Marty. “I popped out of what was the Princess and the Pea float one night, and he goes ‘Hey, you want to go out for a turkey sandwich afterwards?’” she said.
With 104 lakes and three rivers in Hennepin County alone, Sheriff Rich Stanek says it’s a busy time for ice rescues in Minnesota. “Maybe you had subzero temperatures, but you’re going to go through,” Stanek said. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office responded to 25 rescue calls out on the lakes last winter from people falling through the ice. Three people were killed. “The most important thing is to stay calm,” he said.
A Dakota County jury convicted a 37-year-old Apple Valley man Tuesday morning of murdering his wife and their unborn child after 10 hours of deliberation. The court found Roger Holland guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the March 7 incident.
Twin Cities Catholics are anxious to hear from Archbishop John Nienstedt. “I am curious to hear what he has to say, absolutely,” said parishioner Maria Medina DeSmith. Nienstedt is expected to make a public apology Sunday surrounding the priest abuse scandal that is rocking the local Catholic Church. It will be part of the homily given at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina. “I think that’s good, healthy,” parishioner Mark Photoidaes said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge the situation and, he’s doing the right thing.”