The 112-year-old railroad bridge linking Boom Island and Nicollet Island has been closed to all but foot and bike traffic due to advanced deterioration of the bridge below the deck that was detected by a city inspection.
The closing of the 175-foot crossing to vehicles isn't expected to have much public impact because the span is used mainly by maintenance vehicles of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which plow trails that run across the bridge.
The 1901 through-truss bridge is safe for individuals, the Park Board said in a news release. Jersey barriers have been placed at either end of the bridge to block vehicles. It said that the Commitment Day 5K race scheduled for Jan. 1 will use the bridge as planned.
The bridge crosses the east channel of Nicollet Island, part of a corridor that extends down the east flank of the island's north half to where the line once connected with Burlington Northern tracks.
The 1901 through-truss bridge was for the Wisconsin Central Railroad as part of its railyard that replaced lumberyards on Boom Island that were destroyed in an 1893 fire. The railyards were cleared in the 1970s in anticipation of the routing of Interstate 335 across Boom Island before opponents stalled that project. Roundhouse foundations are buried in the park that replaced rails on Boom Island.
Minneapolis police put out a plea to the public Wednesday for help in a 23-year-old cold case.
Police said that 17-year-old Victoria Jane Owczynsky disappeared on Aug. 26, 1990 and has never been seen since. Foul play is suspected.
She was last seen at her house in 1800 block of University Avenue NE after planning to meet a friend at a park. But she never showed up.
“We are always reviewing cold cases as our goal is to bring closure to every victim and their family,” Sgt. Gerhard Wehr of the Homicide Unit said in a statement. “With the continuing advances in forensic technology, any new information that we receive could help solve cold cases.”
Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Sgt. Wehr at 612-673-3406.
Peace activist K. G. Wilson has been a faithful presence at many crime scenes on the North Side over the years, pleading for the shooting to stop.
This month, someone shot his own son.
Jimmy Allen, 19, was shot at the corner of West Broadway and Fremont Avenues North three weeks ago. Police officers found him lying on the ground at 10:20 p.m. on August 1 with two males in their early 20s standing near him. They identified three suspects – one female and two males, between 18 and 20 years old – but no one has been arrested in connection with the case.
An ambulance took Allen to North Memorial Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening, and he was released with a bullet still in his neck, according to Wilson.
“Some kids just came up and started shooting,” said Wilson.
He said his son did not wish to speak with the media. He and the suspects are black.
Wilson slammed the incident as “black on black hatred” and said he would be addressing the matter at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Golden Thyme Coffee & Café in St. Paul.
Wilson said another son was robbed and shot in Chicago years ago, but this was the first time one of his children was shot in Minneapolis. His nephew was also shot at the downtown Pizza Luce in June. A distant cousin of Wilson’s, Cordell Dalton, was shot to death last October on the North Side after winning several thousand dollars in a dice game.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a pastor, minister, activist, whatever, your children who live in the community are an endangered species,” said Wilson, a former gangbanger who has made ending gun violence his life's work.
He posted today on Facebook that he prays his son returns to the God that saved his life that night – and that the deadly streets of Minneapolis have no love for anyone.
Saying that most Minneapolis police officers conduct themselves appropriately when dealing with the public, Chief Janeé Harteau on Monday said she plans to examine the department's training and hiring practices after two incidents in which white officers allegedly used racial slurs and got into fights with black men while off duty.
In both cases, the officers were out late at bars when the fights happened, and in both cases the officers disrespected the local police officers who showed up to investigate. Five officers from the two incidents, one in Green Bay, Wis., and the other in Apple Valley, are under internal affairs review.
Harteau said she plans to convene her 'Chief's Citizen's Advisory Council' on Wednesday, with invitations to city faith and cultural leaders, as well as the police union, to talk about the issue. Many of the department's rank and file have been upset by the stories, she said.
"They are tired of the negative actions of a few that overshadow the great work they do every day," said Harteau. "Enough is enough."
Harteau said she wants to create a "culture of accountability" at the police department and that she's requiring all officers to say something if they see another officer acting inappropriately. "If you continue to be silent, you're part of the problem," she said Monday.
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