California has nation's most aggressive drivers; Minnesota ranks 39th study finds

California has nation's most aggressive drivers; Minnesota ranks 39th study finds

Minnesota has some of the most relaxed drivers on the roads when compared to motorists in the rest of the nation according to a new study looking at the frequency of aggressive driving behaviors.

Overnight closures on tap for I-35W in Minneapolis Wednesday, Thursday

April 18
Construction on Interstate 35W south of downtown Minneapolis in 2017.
With the pending snowstorm diving south, there is a good bet that the Minnesota Department of Transportation will go forward with its plans to close parts of Interstate 35W through south Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday nights
Yesterday's News

May 25, 1923: Bohemian Flats women defy eviction notice

April 13
Bohemian Flats below the Washington Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, in about 1910.
"Women of the flats stood guard over their thresholds while police attempted to eject them for failure to pay rent on the grounds on which the dwellings stand. A near-riot was halted when a second court order was served on police, ordering a stay of the ejections."
Local
April 10
Female driver texting on mobile phone while driving.

What's your excuse? Minnesota cops hear lots from texting drivers

Drivers on their phones trading stocks, using iPads to change passwords and cleverly using a key fob as a remote to play the popular reality game Pokémon Go while rolling down the road. Law enforcement saw it all Monday, the first day of a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, which runs through April 22.
Local
April 9

Blue Line trains rolling following lengthy power outage near Mall of America

Power has been restored along the Blue Line between Mall of America and Terminal 2 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Metro Transit said.
South Metro
April 5

Train derails in Shakopee, blocks intersection near entrance to Valleyfair

Authorities are working to clear the wreckage from a train derailment in Shakopee.
Local
April 4

Power restored, Green Line running as usual in St. Paul

Service is back after a power outage had knocked out service on the Green Line between Hamline Avenue and Union Depot, Metro Transit said.
Local
April 4

Long-term lane closures on I-35 in Forest Lake pushed back a week

Too much snow, MnDOT will now begin resurfacing project April 9 instead of today.
Variety
March 29
Not Super Bowl levels, but spring break passenger volume booming at MSP

Not Super Bowl levels, but spring break passenger volume booming at MSP

The airport recorded its second busiest day ever on March 23 when more than 50,000 travelers passed through security checkpoints, and a weekly record of 288,478 March 18-24. Overall spring break travel is up 3.7 percent over last year, airport officials said.
Local
March 29

Distracted driving tops drivers' concerns, AAA study finds

Drivers say the problem is worse than it was three years ago, the study released Thursday found. It's rated worse than congestion, drunken driving, aggressive driving and those who use drugs.
Local
March 28

Two airlifted to hospital after minivan and semi collide on Hwy. 23 near Paynesville

Few details were immediately available, but the MnDOT confirmed that the highway is closed between 263rd Avenue and 276th Avenue between Paynesville and Roscoe.
Local
March 28
Utah state trooper sent flying when struck by sliding car Sunday, March. 25, 2018.

Why Move Over laws are important: Utah trooper hit by sliding car

A graphic video showing a Utah state trooper being hit and sent airborn by a passing motorist on a snow covered freeway underscores the reason drivers need to abide by Move Over laws.
Local
March 26

Franklin Avenue bridge work to bring overnight closures for I-35W drivers this week

Here is a heads up for motorists who use Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis. The freeway in the vicinity of the Franklin Avenue bridge will be closed during the overnight hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
updated 8 hours 42 mins. ago
Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark.
East Metro
March 20
I-494 in Woodbury reopens after crash

I-494 in Woodbury reopens after crash

A multi-vehicle crash had all lanes of northbound I-494 shut down in Woodbury for about 45 minutes, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.
Local
March 19

Traffic headaches ahead on Hwy. 169 in Champlin as bridge project resumes this spring

MnDOT will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champlin Ice Forum to spell out the details of the project and traffic impacts.
Local
March 15

Bill would bring stiffer penalties for negligent drivers using cellphones

Should a driver be involved in a crash that kills or injures another person and was using a cellphone at the time be charged with criminal vehicular operation?
Local
March 13
Bill banning hand-held cellphone use while driving gets hearing Tuesday

Bill banning hand-held cellphone use while driving gets hearing Tuesday

The Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives on Tuesday will take up the bill that would prohibit drivers from using hands-held cellphones and electronics
Local
March 13

Tips for travelers flying out of MSP during spring break

It is recommended that travelers arrive at the airport two hours prior to the flight's departure,the Transportation Security Administration said.
West Metro
March 8
MnPass lanes on Interstate 35W south of I-494.

MnPass driver's fake baby was actually a purse

Some drivers will go to great lengths to cheat in order to use the MnPass lanes without having to pay.
Dennis Porter on a mountain bike trail along the Minnesota River Wednesday afternoon in Bloomington. ] JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com T
Special report Guide to best of Minnesota biking trails
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More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
St. Paul
February 20

Man hit by Green Line train near Fairview Station

The man was conscious and walking following the incident, which occurred about 10:30 a.m., a Metro Transit spokesman said.
Local
February 19
Screengrab from Minnesota State Patrol dashcam video shows an SUV smothered by a large plastic tarp that flew out of a dump truck on Hwy. 52.

Plastic tarp flies off truck on Hwy. 52, envelops SUV driving behind

A motorist traveling on Hwy. 52 in Inver Grove Heights last Wednesday had quite the unusual experience. A large piece of heavy-duty plastic flew off a dump truck and wrapped around his SUV.
Blogs
February 14

Feb. 14, 1885: Some valentines 'are simply vile and they become worse every year'

"The designs this year," said a dealer in speaking of the trade, "are if anything, prettier than ever; everything runs to flowers, the old style of paper lace with bleeding hearts and dagger accompaniments have almost gone out of date. Some of the more elaborate like this one (holding up a magnificent design of plush) come us high as $20, but a girl has got to be pretty solid to receive as costly a token as this."
Blogs
February 14

Feb. 18, 1936: My bloody valentine

In far harder times — the Great Depression — a blood-covered plate teeming with germs was apparently an acceptable valentine.