MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about from Thursday, July 23. They include a troubling study on big city roads, as well as some big changes at the State Fair this year.
City Roads In Dreadful Condition
A new study by TRIP — the Road Information Program — shows damaged big city roads cost motorists as much as $1,000 a year in added maintenance. More than a quarter of urban interstates with at least two lanes were in “poor” condition. Groups including AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold a conference call at noon today to discuss the report and urge congressional action.
Ikea Recalls Dressers
The Swedish home retailer Ikea is recalling almost 30 million dressers because they can tip over if they aren’t anchored to the wall. At least 2 children have died. If you have one of the dressers, you should order or pick up a new free wall anchoring kit from the company. In the meantime, move unanchored chests into storage where they cannot be accessed by kids. (According to the Associated Press, neither the company nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission described the move as a recall, but an offer to repair or replace a product is technically considered a recall.)
New Attractions At Minnesota State Fair
With just five weeks to go before the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the State Fair announced new attractions for 2015, including a roller coaster featuring flying cars and a four-story funhouse. Fairgoers can find a new freebie at all information booths: free sunscreen. Special events include Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi figure skating on a plastic ice sheet, as well as math-on-a-stick and a scavenger hunt for preschoolers.
Aquatennial Hits Its Stride
Thursday is day two of the Minneapolis Aquatennial. All day, you can check out the new historic exhibit at Cambria Gallery. The tennis classic continues at Canadian Pacific Plaza. Aquatennial CorePower Yoga is at Target Field Station, with check-in at 4:30 p.m. and the downward dogs beginning at 5:30 p.m. And the Twin Cities River Rats have two water ski shows at 6 and 8 p.m along the Mississippi River’s west bank between Broadway and Plymouth.