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No decision on whether rain will delay downtown LRT shut down

Rain has pushed back the start of today's Twins-White Sox game at Target Field and that has some wondering if that means Metro Transit will push back the planned shut down of the light-rail lines in downtown Minneapolis.

The agency has not made that decision yet, said spokesman Howie Padilla. Like fans awaiting the start of the baseball game, Metro Transit is watching and waiting before making its call.

Metro Transit had advertised that both Blue and Green line trains would stop running between Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium stations at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Many fans take LRT trains to Twins games, and with today's game scheduled for 12:10 p.m., it was unlikely the pending shut down would have affected their trips home.

But with a nearly 3 hour delay already, any later start would likely mean the end of the game would bump up against the planned LRT shut down. The game has yet to be called, and there has been no word as to when it might be played.

Stay tuned for shouts of play ball, and whether the LRT shut down will be delayed.

Commuters ask why so many state troopers along I-94 Monday morning

Commuters traveling along the I-94 corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul Monday morning saw a heavy police presence, particularly in the Midway area.

A few asked the Drive why?

In the wake of the not guilty verdict in the highly charged Philando Castile case handed out Friday and subsequent reaction in which protesters blocked I-94 Friday night, the patrol was on hand Monday just in case tempers flared again.

"Out of an abundance of caution, extra troopers were on duty to ensure the rush hour went smoothly," said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol.

A pack of squad cars were parked on the south median of I-94 around 8:30 a.m., Minnesota Department of Transportation cameras showed. 

Squads also were spotted at near the Dale Street and Snelling Avenue exits.

It was around 10:30 p.m. Friday when about 500 people walked down ramps at Dale Street and onto the traffic lanes. The protesters blocked lanes in both directions for about two hours until police cleared the freeway.

At least 18 people were taken into custody by the State Patrol.

Aside from the usual congestion and handful of fender-benders, the commute went off without any disruptions.