Schools starting the year before Labor Day are running into a problem: heat. As temperatures climbed past 90 in much of the Midwest last week, many schools were forced to find creative ways to cool kids down.
The Minnesota State Patrol is reminding motorists to move over if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Authorities are issuing the reminder in honor of state Trooper Ted Foss, who was making a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Winona when he was hit by a passing vehicle and killed 13 years ago.
If you have travel plans for Labor Day weekend, be prepared for a little traffic. MnDOT Director of Communications Kevin Gutknecht says there won’t be any construction going on, but the road work areas will still mean road closures and slower speed limits. “There are a number of work zones that folks may encounter during their holiday weekend travel,” Gutknecht said. “Work zones can still be dangerous places, so folks should slow down, take their time and proceed cautiously.”
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) says their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will conclude this Labor Day weekend – a holiday period that averages 6 traffic-related deaths and 500 DWIs. According to the DPS, there were 17 traffic-related deaths, 32 life-altering injuries and almost 1,600 DWI arrests during the Labor Day holiday period from 2010-2012. In the past five years, there were 585 total drunk-driving-related deaths in Minnesota.
Heading into the Labor Day weekend, a growing labor movement is gaining traction across the United States. It’s a union-backed effort known as “Fight for 15” and it involves fast food employees who believe they should make $15 an hour.
The Twins played at noon Thursday at Target Field, but the big traffic jam was because the Gophers played that evening at TCF Bank Stadium and The Vikings were also set to kick-off at the Metrodome.
The excitement of the first day of classes for Minneapolis Public Schools came with some apprehension due to Monday’s sweltering heat. The district got permission to begin the school year a week before Labor Day four years ago. Most classrooms are not equipped with air conditioning. The principals and teachers in Minneapolis did what they could to make sure students were as comfortable as possible.
Should public schools in Minneapolis be starting prior to Labor Day?
You may think you’ve heard it before, but troopers say people aren’t really listening. Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol said Friday that “with over 500 killed in the last five years, drunk driving remains a huge problem.”
With autumn around the corner many people are desperately clutching to the remaining days of summer. Take some time to indulge in these five summer activities to ease the seasonal transition.
Weatherproofing your home or updating your decor can be a fun and easy do-it-yourself project before fall sets in. Here are a few options to inspire you to get creative.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll call a special legislative session after Labor Day to help Minnesotans cope with severe storm damage in June.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes lawmakers will agree to a quick special session for after Labor Day to approve disaster assistance. But Dayton said Tuesday he won’t open the door to other initiatives that could make an emergency session unwieldy.
The Edina School Board has voted unanimously in support of an early start in 2014-2015 school year, which would begin the week before Labor Day.
The Northfield School Board has voted to remain on a normal school year for the 2013-2014 calendar, instead of beginning in August as proposed.
The Northfield School Board will discuss potential changes to the 2013-2014 school calendar Monday night at the high school — a proposition that has many parents more than concerned.
Before every holiday we hear the same reports: a projection of how many Americans are going to get in their cars or hop on airplanes to travel.
Gas prices usually drop after Labor Day, but some Twin Cities drivers have been paying around $4 per gallon this week for regular unleaded fuel.
Triple A projects 33 million people will travel 50 miles or more this weekend, which is up 2.9 percent from last year. But what’s happening on the roads has the Minnesota State Patrol officials like Lt. Jason Bartell pleasantly taken aback.
A 56-year-old West St. Paul man has been found guilty of two counts of identity theft. The jury also found that he’s a career criminal, which makes him eligible for a tough sentence.
Mitt Romney’s economic plan basically says if you make $22.50 an hour with benefits, you make too much money; and if you make $22.5 million, then you pay too much in taxes.
Instead of getting rowdy at a demonstration or protest regarding the lack of jobs throughout the country, people can voice their discontent with the nation’s current unemployment rate on this Labor Day by simply placing an empty chair in their front yard.
All good things have to come to an end, right? It’s the last day of the State Fair, but that also means it’s a great day to grab some deals.
As Americans celebrate Labor Day, labor unions are facing a steadily declining membership. In 2011, the number of Minnesota workers belonging to a union was 371,000, representing 15.1 percent of the state’s wage and salary workers.
It’s the start of a holiday weekend. And for anyone driving north, especially on I-35, it could be tough going. As if slow-to-still traffic wasn’t bad enough, Hannah Andersen found herself stranded on 35 North. And it was a true holiday weekend driving nightmare.