The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is having an impact on some health organizations here in the Twin Cities. The nonprofit group Children’s Surgery International has canceled a trip to Liberia because of the outbreak.
Janee Harteau is the chief of police in Minneapolis, where she’s trying to stop violence in the city. She told WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar that currently there are 779 officers on the street, but she would like more.
In November 2010, 12-year-old Guadeloupe Galeno-Hernandez was paralyzed after being hit by a stray bullet in the throat, which severed her spine. She spent a month at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and then six months at St. Paul’s Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
Hennnepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is asking people to be careful after three water emergencies over the weekend. He said there is a common theme here. “Watch, wear and learn. You have to watch your kids at the pool, at the beach and up at the lake,” Stanek said.
There’s still time to find a job at the Minnesota State Fair. Spokesperson Brianna Schutte says they have a number of options. “Ticket taking, custodial work, sales position, working in food booths,” Schutte said. She said there are some conditions.
Frank Thomas, otherwise known as the “The Big Hurt” is in town for the All-Star game on behalf of the Gillette Home Run Derby. He remembers playing in past All-Star games, and the first Home Run Derby in Minneapolis in 1985.
The 85th annual All-Star Game is still a few days away, but already fans are flocking to the Minneapolis Convention Center to take in the sights and sounds of baseball. Twins spokesman Kevin Smith says there will be a chance for everyone to get into the spirit of the game, with a parade on Tuesday. And at Target Station, behind the field, they will be showing both the Home Run Derby on Monday and the game on Tuesday.
Plans to relocate the Twin Cities U.S Immigration Office have been stopped after some Minnesota lawmakers stepped in.
Zach LaVine’s parents, Paul and C.J., are celebrating right along with him. “It’s great. It feels good,” Paul said. It’s been a long journey. LaVine’s mother remembers many nights watching her son practice at their home. “When he was in the third grade, we would have to pull him from the backyard to eat. Only to get back out there again,” C.J. said.
Harriet Island is under water, so organizers with the Taste of Minnesota have had to scramble to find a new location. Linda Maddox said this late in the game, it will be difficult to pull off.
From the top of the state, to the bottom, Emergency Management Director Kris Eide has seen firsthand the damage the flooded has caused. “We thought we’d dodged a bullet,” Eide said. Eide was referring to the fact that floods usually happen in the spring and not summer. She said while the work of previous sandbagging has taken its toll, there is still more work to be done.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will head to Washington, D.C. on Monday to ask the President for help for Minnesotans who have been affected by the floods. Klobuchar was in Mankato on Sunday to tour the flood damage there.
The right lane of northbound Interstate 35 between Cliff Road and Black Dog Road in Burnsville, Minn. will close at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. With all the rain we’ve had lately the Minnesota River is rising, and workers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will put up barriers along the east side of the I-35W, near Black Dog Road, to keep the water out.
Gov. Mark Dayton spent another day in waterlogged farm fields in southern Minn. getting a firsthand look at flood damage. . The Governor was on WCCO Radio with Esme Murphy Friday afternoon. “Forty percent of the farm land has been destroyed or damaged. Bridges and culverts wiped out. And of course people are dealing with loss of crops, and livestock,” Dayton said. “It’s really awful.”
Thirty-one talented high school students from across the country are taking part in “Grammy Camp” here in Minnesota. It is an immersion in all aspects of the music business, from songwriting and engineering to video production and vocal performance.