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Rain won't delay downtown Minneapolis light-rail shutdown

Rain has pushed back the start of today's Twins-White Sox game at Target Field but that won't stop Metro Transit from shutting down light-rail service at 6:45 p.m. Thursday as scheduled.

Metro Transit had advertised that both Blue and Green line trains would stop running between Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium stations even though the Twins game had not started yet, and if played,will likely not be done before trains stop running.

Additionally, the last Northstar train will depart Target Field Station at 6:15 p.m. regardless of the status of the baseball game, said Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla.

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.

The game has been delayed 5 hours and there shouts of "play ball" are expected around 5 p.m.

Nonetheless, Metro Transit will go ahead with its planned closure. Fans and those needing transportation to U.S. Bank Stadium to catch a Blue or Green line train can board replacement buses which will start running when trains stop. The nearest bus stop to Target Field is the 5th Street Garage.

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.