Theodore Wirth Park
Just days after leaving the office as Minneapolis mayor for 12 years, R.T. Rybak suffered a life-threatening heart attack while skiing on a weekend afternoon at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis back in January.
As the lights glistened on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, skiers took part in a celebration of Minnesota winter. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was ready to slip on his ski boots. You would never know his last ski trip was almost his very last. “I did come a little closer to not being here than I’d probably ever want to,” Rybak said. On Jan. 7, Rybak was skiing in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis when he suffered a major heart attack.
If you’re getting outside this weekend, you’re encouraged head over to one of the most fun events the City of Minneapolis has to offer. Saturday is day two of the annual City of Lakes Loppet at Theodore Wirth Park.
Many people were out and about Saturday, running last-minute errands in preparation to stay at home for a few days. Grocery stores were busy with people stocking up before the winter blast. At Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, cross-country skiers and runners got out and enjoyed the brief stint of warmer temperatures. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation is closing all of its facilities Saturday at 6 p.m. until Tuesday at noon because of the weather.
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is recovering in the hospital Saturday afternoon after suffering chest pains while cross-country skiing. According to officials at Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Rybak had completed 7.7 miles of skiing at Theodore Wirth Park with his wife before complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. The former mayor was taken by ambulance to Abbot at 1 p.m., where he underwent an angioplasty and received two stents. Officials say he is currently resting. Rybak was upbeat when he tweeted two and a half hours after being admitted.
Evergreen trees in western Wisconsin – the Hudson area specifically – are dying. It may be related to the drought, but forestry specialists still aren’t sure why it’s so centralized. In Minneapolis’ Theodore Wirth Park, evergreens seem to be green and healthy. And the Minnesota DNR says they have not seen a dying evergreen problem on the state’s east side.
Many of us do what we can to avoid the sting of a honey bee, but more and more people are starting hobby hives. The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department has a unique program that lets you dabble in beekeeping. They’re offering a class on it at Theodore Wirth Park.
This weekend the City of Lakes Loppet returns to Minneapolis, and once again dogs will be among those taking part.
Five degrees is just a measurement when you’re on the ice for the first time. Just a few hours after opening his Christmas gifts, 3-year-old Everett Smith and his family hit the outdoor rink at Groveland in St. Paul.
This year’s wimpy winter is now having an impact on a big Minneapolis event — the City of Lakes Loppet, which will take place next weekend.
First it was the dog sled marathon, then it was the snow sculpting competition, now the unusually warm temperatures have forced changes in the City of Lakes Loppet.
The body of a 17-year-old Minneapolis boy has been recovered at Wirth Lake.
A 17-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for the beating death of James Teto Grant, who was found dead in Theodore Wirth Park.
A second teen has pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree intentional murder in the beating death of a man in Golden Valley, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.