A local teen crisis center is feeling some relief after a crisis of their own. The hotline for suicidal and abused teens run by The Bridge for Youth was restored late Wednesday after being blocked off for a day after someone took it over, possibly leaving teens in danger. A cyber security expert says it’s likely the perpetrator used a computer program to create an onslaught of calls to jam up the hotline.
It feels like we are in the dead of winter still, but for the bottom two-thirds of the state, it’s time to move those ice houses. On Medicine Lake, Dave Johnson spent Sunday trying to move his ice house, saying it was the hardest it’s ever been.
MnDOT is prepared to plow through the night — as long as they have visibility – in order to clear off the roads for the morning commute following Thursday’s winter storm.
Thursday’s snow storm will have a major impact on travelers, and it could have a long-lasting effect on anyone who parks on Minneapolis streets. Patrick Hogan, spokesperson for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, says they’ve got a full 24-hour staff on standby to plow. But fewer runways will be in use, and he expects small regional flights to be canceled first. “Based on the forecast, it’s pretty clear they are not going to be able to fly the full schedule, so they’ll start canceling flights later tonight,” Hogan said. “Normally, [there are ] between 60 and 90 flights an hour. Tomorrow, we’re expecting more like between 25 and 35 flights an hour.”
Justin Parent has crafted quite the technique for clearing snow off cars. At 169 Motors in Shakopee, he scrapes off 40-50 a day. “Getting a nice workout,” Parent said. “I’m getting tired of the snow, aren’t you?” The people we came across Monday would probably say “yes”. About six inches fell in the Shakopee area. A warm-up is on the way, but Mike Greasinger with the National Weather Service says we shouldn’t get too excited.
After a long trip home, the last thing most people want is a long line. Traveling sales rep Rachel Anhorn says at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, getting a taxi is not a problem. “This is one of the best airports for that,” Anhorn said. “It’s fantastic. Chicago and New York, it’s terrible. But here, I’ve never once waited for a cab.”
They’re supposed to be the ones you call when you need help on the roads. But since the beginning of this year, more than a dozen state troopers have become victims. Lt. Eric Roeske with State Patrol said it’s become a bit of a common thing over the past month.
There’s a law you may not know about that you could be breaking this winter. In Minnesota, drivers are required to clear their car windows of snow before driving. Scraping may seem pretty standard, but a lot of people aren’t doing it. Officers say that’s caused a string of accidents.
The cost to get in the gates at the Minnesota State Fair is going up by $1. That means adults will pay $13, and seniors and kids will pay $11. Tickets for children under five remain free. Jerry Hammer, the state fair’s general manager, says the increase is necessary for operational purposes. “Our costs to produce the fair continue to go up quite a bit,” Hammer said.
Minneapolis is at the top of yet another list. This time the city is ranked No. 1 for the best city for “Broke Millennials.”
More than half a foot of snow fell on the Twin Cities Thursday morning, causing nearly 600 crashes and spinouts, the State Patrol says, and it made for lots of work for auto repair shops.
After two inches of snow fell in parts of Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana on Tuesday, traffic in some places came to a standstill for 24 hours. Thousands of children had to spend the night at school and rescue crews brought food and water to stranded drivers.
Across the state dozens of school districts canceled class Thursday to protect children from the cold. One Twin Cities hospital is reporting at least double its normal cases of frostbite and hypothermia this winter.
A Woodbury man could be traveling to a place no human has ever seen. He’s a finalist to be one of the first people to live on Mars. A Dutch company has a plan to colonize Mars before 2025. They have bubbles that astronauts would live in and a whole plan on how to exist.
Love it or hate it, the white-domed roof is soon to be gone. By Saturday night, the teflon bubble that’s been a part of the Twin Cities skyline for more than 30 years will likely be gone.