White Bear Lake
For the second day in a row, hundreds of schools in Minnesota are closed because of extremely cold weather. A bank sign in Champlin was flashing 25 degrees below zero overnight. Many school districts said they were concerned about kids waiting outside for buses Tuesday morning, so they played it safe and canceled classes.
A driver was killed after being ejected from a truck in a rollover crash early Friday morning. According to the State Patrol, the crash happened along Highway 61 in Ramsey County, just south of Buffalo Street.
Ten Minnesota high school teams will compete in the High School Hockey Faceoff at TCF Bank Stadium next month. The five-game competition will be held Jan. 11 as part of the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival.
It’s that time of year. Playoff season.
A woman was sentenced to five years probation in court Monday for harassing her neighbors in White Bear Lake. Over the years, 50-year-old Lori Christensen was accused of hanging demeaning signs that were targeting her neighbors and their children.
Lori Christiansen, whom some call the “neighbor from hell,” did not comment Wednesday as she left the courtroom. Christiansen, formerly of White Bear Lake, got national attention for tormenting her neighbors. Over the years, she has been accused of hanging demeaning signs on her garage targeting her neighbors and their children. She also violated a harassment restraining order.
One of Minnesota’s premier lakes has been disappearing before our very eyes. White Bear Lake is now down more than five feet to the lowest level ever seen. And some homeowners and businesses say the DNR is to blame.
The Ontario Provincial Police say that Jim Kowalski died Thursday after falling into a rotating plane propeller while on a fishing trip in Canada. The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in Red Lake, Ontario.
Minnesota knows its apples. The U of M developed the Sweet Tango, the Zestar and the state fruit — The Honey Crisp. Orchards are brimming with people, trying to get their hands on those apples this time of year.
Jim Kowalski died Thursday in a plane accident while fishing in Canada, according to family member Deb Kowalski. Deb Kowalski said Jim suffered a head injury in the incident, and an autopsy is being performed. She said he was with a friend on the trip. Jim Kowalski, 67, founded Kowalski’s Markets back in 1986 in White Bear Lake.
When Niagara Falls was illuminated blue on Monday to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Cambridge, there was no doubt what color would be used to mark the birth of the little boy.
Authorities said a police standoff with a potentially suicidal man in White Bear Lake Monday night ended with the man suffering a non-life threatening self-inflicted gunshot wound. White Bear Lake Police responded to a home on the 3500 block of Glen Oaks Avenue at about 7:02 p.m. Monday on a report of a despondent 40-year-old male family member who was inside the home and not welcome.
Five employees of an Italian cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy have been convicted of manslaughter. The cruiseliner sank near the shore of Tuscany in January 2012. Among the 32 who died were Barb and Jerry Heil, who lived in White Bear Lake. Under the plea deal, the five employees were sentenced to prison time, but only two will likely serve time.
A White Bear Lake woman who was banned from her home for harassing her neighbors will not spend any more time behind bars for now. Lori Christensen, 49, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge for violating a harassment restraining order back in May 2012. The order was issued to keep her from bothering Greg and Kim Hoffman, who lived across the street. She was caught videotaping the family later that month. Two other felony charges were dropped Monday as part of a plea deal that includes community service, fines, and 10 years of probation.
Friday was a perfect day to go sailing. A few clouds in the sky and windy conditions helped competitors at the Twin Cities Youth Sailing Days Regatta on White Bear Lake.