While health experts are warning people to stay out of the bitter cold if possible, there are some that are forced to withstand the elements because of their jobs. Bike messenger John Lindwall employs a simple strategy when the temperature and wind chill get to be too much. “Just don’t think about it, you know,” Lindwall said. “Put it out of your mind.”
Another bitterly cold day across much of the state. In northern Minnesota, overnight lows fell as low as 35 below zero. And winter weather advisories are out for a large part of southern Minnesota from Worthington in the southwest to the Twin Cities area.
Despite being in the middle of a labor dispute, the Minnesota Orchestra continues to shine. The orchestra’s latest album was nominated for a Grammy Award Friday night in Los Angeles. Tony Ross is one of the musicians, and he says it’s a really big deal. “Especially if the orchestra is not in Nashville, or Los Angeles or San Francisco.” Ross said. He said that’s because there are not a lot of voting members in this community.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, three people were killed in three separate crashes on wet and icy roads on Monday. The first report of a fatal crash was at 2:00 p.m., when a rollover occurred on northbound Highway 7 in Big Stone County in western Minnesota. A Mercury Grand Marquis went off the road and into a southbound ditch, and then rolled down a steep hill, eventually coming to a rest with the passenger side on the ground. The driver, 85-year-old Donavan Tesch of Clinton, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Big Stone County Sheriff’s office says roads were wet at the time of the accident.
There are about 700 sex offenders currently being treated in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. A federal judge has warned the state, that many of them are being detained for longer than they should.
While the rate of HIV has leveled off in Minnesota, there are some signs of trouble ahead. In Minnesota, nearly 3,500 people have died from HIV or AIDS and there’s 7,500 people living with the disease in the state.
Inside a huge green house in Lakeville, thousands of poinsettias are being packaged and ready to go. Dale Bachman, president and CEO of Bachman’s Floral, says the plants are destined for the Twin Cities metro area. “Our crop this year is about 85,000 total pots,” Bachman said. The most popular color is red, but Bachman says they have 32 other varieties as well.
A local cookie business not only provides delicious cookies to its patrons, it offers life lessons and job skills to those in need. The Cookie Cart gives jobs to teenagers 15 to 18 years old, providing them with lasting and meaningful work, plus life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.
The sun was not yet up on Thursday morning when the call came into St Louis Park Police Department. Officer Aaron Trant was among those first on the scene. His first reaction was to jump in and try to save the children.
Dr. Stephen Larson is being remembered by his patients, after being shot to death inside his home Friday night in Orono. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, police were called to the home on the 1000 block of Heritage Road just before 9 p.m., where they found a man in the front of the property with a handgun.
Charles Reid is a professor at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches canon law. He is also a Catholic, and is asking for prayers for the church.
Erik Hillesheim, a senior at Eagan High School, worked with Schwan’s Food Service to develop a research and sales and marketing project for the school’s lunch program.
The Minnesota Twins made a significant announcement involving star catcher Joe Mauer on Monday about his future with the team. Twins officials announced that Mauer will no longer catch for the team and instead will take over full-time duties at first base starting next season.
Minnesota disabled Veterans looking for work might turn to Drexel Hamilton. The financial services company is based in Philadelphia, but was in the Twin Cities talking to an industry group.
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior says the nation’s wildlife system is not only the world’s largest network of land dedicated to conservation, but it is also an economic engine for communities across the country.