Weekend traffic: I-35W flyover bridge is coming down; three-year closure in store

In addition to the third straight weekend closure of Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis, MnDOT will demolish the flyover bridge from northbound Interstate 35W to westbound Interstate 94. It will be closed until 2021.

State's cleanest gas station restrooms are at Kwik Trip, survey finds

May 17
Gasbuddy ranked gas station restrooms in all 50 states to guide drivers to the perfect pit stop.

N.Y. Sen. Gillibrand says she couldn't stay silent about Franken conduct

May 23
The New York senator defended her decision at a forum on women in politics.
Local
May 11

Weekend traffic: Closures on I-394 and I-94 in Minneapolis will put drivers on detour

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding anglers heading to this weekend's fishing opener to plan ahead and leave plenty of time to get to their destination. The advice holds true for motorists traveling in downtown Minneapolis where two freeways will be closed.
Blogs
May 8

Nov. 11, 1909: Man shoots coyote from back porch

Daniel Hoyt telephoned City Clerk Knott yesterday that he had shot a coyote "at 30 rods" from his house, 395 Twenty-third avenue southeast, and that he would appear soon at the city hall to claim a bounty of $7.50.
Minneapolis
May 7
Minnesota sample identification card and drivers license. This is a sample provided by the Minnesota department of Public Safety

Minnesota says licenses will work for flights through 2020

Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers finally approved a process last year to get Minnesota in full compliance, and the state will start issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses this October.
Local
May 7

Single lane traffic begins this morning on Hwy. 169 in Champlin

The inevitable has arrived for drivers in the north metro who use Hwy. 169 through Champlin and Brooklyn Park.
Minneapolis
May 4
Reminder: I-94 shut down in both directions in downtown Mpls.

Reminder: I-94 shut down in both directions in downtown Mpls.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut the freeway down between Interstates 394 and 35W for the next three weekends to allow crews refurbish the Irene Hixon Whitney pedestrian bridge spanning I-94 and connecting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Loring Park.
Blogs
May 3
March 1-3, 1951: Mr. Fixit at your service

March 1-3, 1951: Mr. Fixit at your service

Before Fixit, there was Mr. Fixit, a quirky amalgam of Dear Abby, Google and T.D. Mischke. He deftly answered questions about food stains, home repair and city ordinances. But he also offered advice to the lovelorn and offbeat philosophical musings. And if you had a question of an extremely personal nature, he'd send you a response by mail, provided you sent him a stamped, self-addressed envelope. An interactive feature of the first order!
Blogs
May 3

Dec. 4, 1928: Car bomb kills St. Paul gang figure

Thanks to Prohibition, criminal gangs plagued the Twin Cities in the 1920s and '30s. A corrupt St. Paul Police Department provided safe haven to gangsters and crooks of the era, as long as they agreed to stay out of trouble while in the city. The task of keeping the bad boys in line fell to "Dapper Dan" Hogan, a speakeasy owner and underworld leader. On December 4, 1928, Hogan, "whose word was known to be law among many criminals," was killed by a car bomb in the garage behind his St. Paul home. Rival gangsters were the likely culprits, but his murder was never officially solved.
Local
May 3
JetBlue's head of air service, and ground crew members waved goodbye as JetBlue flight 836 begins service at MSP to Boston Thursday May 3, 2018 Bloomi

Now arriving at MSP: Jet Blue begins service today

Jet Blue will operate out of Terminal 2 and will offer three non-stop flights between the Twin Cities and Boston on Airbus A320 aircraft.
Local
April 30
Detour now in place along University Avenue in NE. Mpls, Columbia Heights

Detour now in place along University Avenue in NE. Mpls, Columbia Heights

Cones and barriers went up Monday morning on University Avenue in northeast Minneapolis and Columbia Heights as a road resurfacing project got underway.
Local
April 27

Weekend traffic: Park Avenue closure, I-35 traffic shift in northeast metro

Rock band Bon Jovi just might croon its popular song "Have a Nice Day" during its Saturday night concert at Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. Motorists, on the other hand, will likely be singing a different tune as they navigate around a slew of road construction projects.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
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Local
April 24
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.
Minneapolis
April 18
Construction on Interstate 35W south of downtown Minneapolis in 2017.

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

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
Blogs
April 13
Bohemian Flats below the Washington Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, in about 1910.

May 25, 1923: Bohemian Flats women defy eviction notice

"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.
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More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
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.