A Metro Transit Blue Line light rail train derailed in Bloomington, Minn. Saturday afternoon. Around 1 p.m. the middle car of a three car train came off the tracks near 30th Avenue between the 28th Avenue Station and Bloomington Central Station.
AmeriCorps inducted its first members 20 years ago, and on Friday the service organization swears in thousands of new volunteers nationwide. President Obama administers the AmeriCorps oath from the White House. Former president Bill Clinton, who was in office when AmeriCorps started, is also part of the live broadcast.
Between the grand opening sales and hours, shoppers couldn’t get enough of the new Twin Cities Premium Outlets this weekend. “I like it a lot,” Alicia Hanson, from Lakeville, said. “It’s big, there are a lot of shops here.”
There’s a new place to shop in the Twin Cities. Thursday the city of Eagan is celebrating the grand opening of Twin Cities Premium Outlets. Nothing says happiness like a new outlet mall.
If walking across the massive Mall of America in Bloomington is too strenuous for you, no need to worry, a new zip line can help you get moving. Crews at MOA are installing two zip lines the stretches across Nickelodeon Universe. The zip line starts 55 feet up above the Dutchman’s Deck ropes course.
A little more than a year after shutting its doors, the popular West Bank music club, the 400 Bar, is set to reemerge as a multiple-use music complex at the Mall of America.
With many schools in the area now on their fifth day off due to extreme cold conditions, some parents may understandably be trying to figure out how to combat cabin fever. Once again, the Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe is offering free rides.
As Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to mandate all public schools be closed for Monday, many parents may be left wondering how to keep their children busy this afternoon. One potential and thrifty option was just announced at the Mall of America, where the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park will be offering free rides all day.
A second teenager accused of assaulting a former Minneapolis mayoral candidate has been charged Monday, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Seventeen-year-old Deea Leshawn Elliot was charged by juvenile petition with two counts of aggravated first-degree robbery and one count of second-degree assault for an attack on Mark Andrew, 63, at the Mall of America on Thursday. According to the criminal complaint, a young man grabbed Andrew’s iPhone from him in a Starbucks at the MOA. Andrew chased after the suspect, but was stopped by Elliot and 18-year-old Letajia Cutler Cain, who blocked the shop’s door.
The Twin Cities man who tossed1,000 $1 bills to strangers at the Mall of America on Black Friday says it was worth it. Apple Valley-resident Serge Vorobyov, 29, threw money from the third floor rotunda railing on Friday afternoon. The money fell down to a crowd that had gathered to listen to holiday music. When the performers starting singing “Let It Snow,” Vorobyov started tossing the cash. He told police he was going through a divorce and having financial problems. He only had $1,000 to his name.
Bloomington police cited a 29-year-old man for disorderly conduct for tossing 1,000 dollar bills over an upper floor railing at the Mall of America. Serge Vorobyov, of Apple Valley, admitted throwing the money as a choir performed “Let it Snow” on Friday.
A Thanksgiving tradition returns Thursday with the sixth annual Walk to End Hunger inside the Mall of America. This year’s event has been expanded beyond its 5K family-fun walk to raise money for 12 Twin Cities area hunger-related charities.
Imagine having to dress up an almost five-million-square foot space for the holidays! The daunting task is a reality for Brett Baudette, design manager at MOA. He says they “kick in to holiday gear” in mid-September, contracting out to about 100 workers who normally build inside the stores. “It’s a team of construction workers,” Baudette said. “It’s kind of a fun change for them.” They’ll spend $250,000 on new decorations and labor, with most of the work executed in the middle of the night.
Being located inside a popular mall and being considered a “hotel restaurant” — two things that can go hand-in-hand with dining only for convenience and necessity. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar had both hurdles to overcome when they opened earlier this spring.