It’s a troubling trend and a warning for parents: There was a record number of deaths connected to heroin overdose in Hennepin County last year. Fifty-four people died in 2013, that’s up substantially from eight deaths in 2010, the year law enforcement notice an upward trend in overdoses.
The view of Lake Minnetonka from the house that Jimmy Jam built is breathtaking. This 22,000-square-foot property sits on 3.5 acres, complete with 300 feet of Lake Minnetonka shoreline. WCCO was the first to show viewers inside the home before it went up for sale last summer. Scott Stabeck of the Stabeck Group at Lakes Sotheby’s Realty in Wayzata is the listing agent.
Ian Barr, 25, served with Special Forces during his tour of duty in Afghanistan back in 2007. It was there he witnessed the death of his friends, a traumatic experience that still haunts him today. Barr’s service to our country left him dealing with stress-related problems. He was told by doctors that helping others would help him deal with his issues, so Barr set out to serve those who also served.
A St. Paul woman was behind bars Thursday, accused of using an electrical cord to discipline her three young children. Twenty-eight-year-old Khima McAdory told police she struck her children with the cord because they did not clean their rooms properly.
The extreme cold has made driving a challenge for many across the metro area. From cars that didn’t start to fender benders along every stretch of highway, this polar blast translates into big bucks for repair shops. The majority of those shops have holding areas filled with dozens of banged up vehicles waiting to be repaired.
Violent crime is up by 4 percent in Minneapolis but overall it remains at one of the lowest levels in 30 years. Homicide is down from last year and so is rape.
On a brutal day in Minnesota, our temperature is similar to Antarctica, or the peak of Mount Everest.
Fire department officials say that a body has been pulled from the Minneapolis apartment building that went up in flames on New Year’s Day after an explosion.
A billowing fire engulfed a three-story building with several apartments in Minneapolis early New Year’s Day, sending 13 people to hospitals — including six who were critically hurt — with injuries ranging from burns to trauma associated with falls. Families on the scene said at least three people were still unaccounted for.
Sending 2013 out with a bang is on the minds of many New Year’s Eve partygoers. For some, that celebration includes alcohol, and if you drink and drive be prepared to face the consequences.
Doctors fear a cold New Year’s Eve can create big problems for party goers. Dr. Ryan Fey from the Hennepin County Medical Center says frostbite can strike within minutes. “In extreme cold, you could be looking at frostbite in two to five minutes,” Fey said. People trying to ring in the new year with a few libations can get in to big trouble if they mix it with the extreme cold.
It has been two years since three-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr. was shot and killed. Mayes was with his brothers inside their home near 26th and Colfax Avenue in north Minneapolis when gunfire erupted. The children were running to a safe place when a bullet pierced the side of the house, killing Terrell. Friday, investigators and Terrell’s mother, Marsha Mayes, are again asking for help in finding the person responsible.
“Peace on earth and goodwill toward all”: Those are the marching orders for Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit that sends trained peacekeepers to global hotspots in hopes of preventing more violence.
A North Minneapolis woman uses her birthday to help and empower others. Colette Benettie, her family and her close friends donate their time on Christmas Eve to put together a luncheon at Harriet Tubman’s Battered Women’s shelter in Minneapolis.
All December long, WCCO’s been making the season brighter for families whose stories touched us this year. Earlier this month, a fire destroyed the Lemke family’s barn in Belle Plaine. They lost their kids’ outdoor toys and some special chickens that were used as therapy for their son’s ADHD. We invited the Lemkes to WCCO in downtown Minneapolis for a Christmas surprise we hope they’ll never forget.