Freezing drizzle has motorists slipping, sliding, crashing

Freezing drizzle has motorists slipping, sliding, crashing

Light fog and freezing drizzle moved into the metro area and the result has been scores of wrecks and spin outs.

New East Bush Lake Road ramp to I-494 may open to drivers by Friday

November 27
New East Bush Lake Road ramp to I-494 may open to drivers by Friday
Bloomington motorists have waited a long long time - 58 years to be exact - for a ramp leading from East Bush Lake Road to westbound Interstate 494, and the wait is nearly over.

Weekend I-35W closure in Minneapolis will be last of the year

November 16
Weekend I-35W closure in Minneapolis will be last of the year
Drivers can plan on more weekend closures in the spring as the $239 million I-35W downtown-to-Crosstown project continues until 2021. In a shred of good news, MnDOT will reopen ramp access from northbound I-35W to 5th Avenue on Monday.
National
November 12
Democrats Dean Phillips and Angie Craig defeated GOP incumbent U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis, respectively.

Minnesota is sending big freshman class to Congress

Minnesota's five new representatives are replacing members with 42 years of accumulated seniority and several influential committee assignments. "The more seniority you have, the bigger difference you're able to make," said retiring Rep. Rick Nolan.
Local
November 9
MnDOT closed the ramps to general traffic in June as part of the massive $239 million downtown-to-Crosstown reconstruction project.

Here we go again: 35W closing this weekend between I-94, Crosstown

Winter's arrival has not put the chill on road construction as drivers will encounter another weekend freeway closure in Minneapolis, and bridge work in Forest Lake is expected to bring traffic delays.
Local
November 7
Slippery roads spawn scores of morning rush hour crashes

Slippery roads spawn scores of morning rush hour crashes

It's hardly a big snow storm, but snow combined with temperatures at or just below freezing is all it takes to create slick conditions on metro area roads.
Local
November 2
Traffic bunched up on northbound I-35W near 33rd Street where the freeway was reduced to two lanes as part of a major road construction project that i

Closure on I-494 in Bloomington will be weekend's biggest impediment

This weekend, weather permitting, eastbound lanes between Hwy. 212 and Hwy. 100 will be closed until Monday morning as work on the new ramps and overpass at East Bush Lake Road continues.
Minneapolis
October 31
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke with attendees of the Blacks in Tech Conference breakfast before speaking during the program in St. Paul, Minn., in Octo

Amy Klobuchar, favored in her own race, spreads money to other Dems

WASHINGTON – Even as she runs for a third term this year in Minnesota, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been spreading donations to Democratic…
West Metro
October 26
The intersection of I-494 and I-35W. This is looking northbound I-35W ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com The Gov. Dayt

A partial closure of I-494 in Bloomington on tap for the weekend

The westbound lanes will be shut down between Hwy. 100 and Hwy. 212 until 5 a.m. Monday as crews continue work on the new westbound on ramp at East Bush Lake Road.
Minneapolis
October 23
Fall street sweeping underway in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Fall street sweeping underway in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Both cities will clean hundreds of miles of residential streets over the next four weeks. Residents should watch for "No Parking" signs to be posted the day before a street is swept.
Local
October 22
With whimsical mural, artist makes Uptown Transit Station metro's most colorful stop

With whimsical mural, artist makes Uptown Transit Station metro's most colorful stop

With paint brush and palette featuring a rainbow of colors in hand - but with no particular plan - Ashley Mary set out Monday morning to transform the Uptown Transit Station into the metro area's most colorful bus stop.
Local
October 22
Pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis are guided or cautioned by a cacophony of disembodied voices.

Autumn is most deadly time for pedestrians

Crashes involving pedestrians and motor vehicles increases during the fall when daylight hours decrease.
Minneapolis
October 20
Outside groups have spent $9.1 million in the Third District race between Democrat Dean Phillips, left, and Rep. Erik Paulsen, one of several Minnesot

Outside groups flood Minn. with $29M in four key House races

Minnesota sees more than $29M in political group cash for four House races that will help determine which party controls Congress next year.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
updated 21 hours 59 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.
Staff Directory
October 16

Jennifer Brooks

Previously as a Star Tribune reporter, Brooks covered the State Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington.
Local
October 12

Weekend traffic: Ramp from west I-94 to south I-35W to close for 10 days

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the ramp from westbound Interstate 94 to southbound Interstate 35W Friday night and it won't reopen until Oct. 22.
Local
October 5
Runners make their way though downtown Minneapolis at the the start of the Twin Cities Marathon in 2017.

Twin Cities Marathon could bring parking and traffic crunch

With 100,000 people taking in the events, traffic will be heavier than usual and parking will be more limited than on most weekends in St. Paul.
Local
October 4

Snowplow operators to be put to the test Thursday

Snow plow operators from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Hennepin and Ramsey counties will be put to the test Thursday as they run their rigs through an obstacle course.
Local
October 3

Poll: Minnesota voters say state should spend more on mass transit

An overwhelming majority of Minnesota voters say the state should spend more money to improve and expand mass transit, and nearly 60 percent of voters are on board with the idea even if it would result in higher taxes or fees to pay for them.
Variety
September 28
Pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis are guided or cautioned by a cacophony of disembodied voices.

Why Twin Cities walk signals and garage alerts should have Minnesota accents

Talking walk signals and parking garage alerts add to the urban cacophony. At least they could speak Minnesotan.
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
updated 17 hours 53 mins. ago
More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
Local
September 28
.

Season's first freeze won't stop weekend closures on I-35E, Crosstown Hwy. 62

Temperatures in the 20s and 30s Saturday morning won't be enough to stop closures on the Crosstown Hwy. 62 and Interstate 35E in the northeast metro. Lane closures on Interstate 35W through northeast Minneapolis and Roseville could slow motorists down.
Local
September 27
Gridlock slow to ease on westbound I-94 in downtown Minneapolis as lanes reopen

Gridlock slow to ease on westbound I-94 in downtown Minneapolis as lanes reopen

Late-running road work has westbound I-94 down to one lane near Portland Avenue, and that has resulted in a huge backup.
Minneapolis
September 26
FTA awards Metro Transit $11 million for new bus garage

FTA awards Metro Transit $11 million for new bus garage

The Met Council still needs funding to build the garage that would house up to 200 buses and relieve overcrowding at other facilities.
Local
September 25
MnDOT getting snowplow drivers ready for the season

MnDOT getting snowplow drivers ready for the season

Don't be surprised if you see a snow plow on Hwy. 10 near Little Falls, Minn., this week. Yes, that's right, we're talking snow plows.