MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four things you need to know for Thursday, April 2.

High Winds Fuel Fires

The risk of fire is high again across Minnesota Thursday.

Wind gusts stronger than 40 miles per hour pushed the fire from house to house in Otsego. Four homes were destroyed.

Two homes in St. Paul were also damaged by fire.

Investigators believe it started when 50 mph winds knocked a tree onto a power line, which ignited the grass and spread to the home.

McDonald’s Wages On The Rise

About 90,000 McDonald’s workers are “lovin’ it.”

The average hourly rate for restaurant employees will go up to a dollar above the minimum wage on July 1.

Average wages will rise to more than $10 an hour by the end of 2016.

Worker protests and sagging sales lead to the change. But some opponents say the raise should have been more.

California’s Drought

California is so dry it’s under its first ever statewide mandatory water restrictions.

The state’s four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls.

Water usage must now be restricted by 25 percent.

This will impact everyone from homeowners to farms as well as maintenance at cemeteries and golf courses.

MnDOT & Construction Season

First comes spring, now comes construction season.

The Department of Transportation will unveil its entire construction program for the year Thursday.
However, we already know it’s here.

The Kellogg Boulevard closure is already creating major delays in downtown St. Paul. Also, the expanding of Highway 100 is a source of big headaches for drivers in the west metro.

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