A college student is in the hospital Tuesday night after experiencing just how cruel a Minnesota’s winter can be. Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel’s family says she may lose limbs after she spent all night Friday outside in subzero temperatures.
Some Minnesotans say “bring on the winter.” They want the snow, the sports and the ice. But others say “It’s not even Christmas. Can’t this all wait?” Bryn Mawr-resident John Padgett is definitely a Christmas guy. The lights go up early in his yard display, a 15-year tradition. “I usually start the first week of November to be done by Thanksgiving,” Padgett said. “And they’ll probably be up until I can get them unfrozen from the ground.”
Next year, it will only be a story to tell the kids. After 22 years, those storybook floats are going dark. This is the final season for the Target Holidazzle parade. The parade’s a lot to look at, especially if you’ve never seen it before. Friday’s parade was Alicia Harris’ first. “I heard it’s going to be my last, so sad,” Harris said. The news hit Claudia Fuglie especially hard.
Turkey Day has become a story of two birds: the kind you eat and the early kind. With fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, stores like Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving night.
A Minnesota teenager who was driving the car when his sister died in an accident fought through his own pain to try to save her. The accident happened one week ago as 17-year-old Tristen Maetzold drove his three siblings to school in Milaca. His 13-year-old sister, Katrina, died. His 11-year-old brother, Devon, is still unconscious.
This season, holiday shopping will be a bit different, and some days will be better than others. There are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, shortening prime selling season. That could mean bigger crowds.
A family spokesman says two of the children rescued from a pond after a car veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp are improving. Attorney Rick Petry said Friday the two are now responding to health workers’ commands. He calls that “a huge improvement.”
Police say last Friday at 34th Street West and Harriet Avenue South, a woman getting out of her car was stopped by a man who held her up and took her phone.
A Litchfield school bus driver who transports 45 kids to school each day says there were signs of trouble before an explosion engulfed her bus in flames. Part-time driver and full-time mother Roxanne Godejahn thought she was being tricked at first that Halloween.
Hunters across the state have been waiting for this weekend as deer season starts. And as Minnesotans load up to head out, a veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center is making a plea. Eagles it seems are being taken down by bullets, without even being hit.
Betsy Hodges’ face is one Minneapolitans will be seeing much more of, and her personality is one her husband insists they’ll get a kick out of. “She can tell really good jokes,” said Gary Cunningham, Hodges’ husband. “We laugh a lot.”
Minnesota ranks as one of the most expensive places in the country for child care, which eats up more than 15 percent of income for a married couple making around $90,000 a year. According to that’s the third worst in the country. On the flip side, the state has strict child-caretaker standards. For parents, it’s a doubled-edged sword.
When it comes to basketball in the Twin Cities, the world champion Minnesota Lynx have been getting all the love. But now, it seems the Timberwolves may be the new hot team. One game into the season, they are undefeated. And fan favorites like Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love are healthy. At the Target Center, ticket sales and energy are both up for Friday night’s game.
It’s a winter household hazard that can be tough for the eye to see, and if you miss it, it can be costly or even deadly. Now’s the time to prevent it. Clogged chimneys can cause fires this time of year. A family in Hudson, Wis., had one just last night, as build-up in the chimney was the impetus. Luckily, as smoke poured into the room, they got out.
A Minnesota humane society is trying to figure out who keeps leaving litters of kittens at their door. This is the third time this year officials think the same person has dropped off a crate of kittens and some food at the Brown County Humane Society in New Ulm.