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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Spoon & Stable’s chef and owner Gavin Kaysen is both a local and a national celebrity, appearing in magazine photos and TV cooking segments. But the team that keeps Spoon And Stable a tough reservation to nab is vast, and two of the next generation leaders are both young and women. “It is mildly terrifying. It’s also wonderful,” said bar director Jessi Pollak, who left an administrative job at a university seven years ago (“I hated it”) and thought she would just be bartending to make some bills. Instead she found a career that she’s received national awards for. READ MORE: Shawn Clement, 36, Charged In Connection With 100+ Catalytic Converter Thefts“Executing cocktails: it’s technique, it’s muscle memory. I’m always thinking about flavors and flavor combinations,” Pollak said. One of the other restaurant leaders is also visible in the kitchen, executive pastry chef Alexandra Motz, who’s been working in elite Twin Cities restaurants since she was 20 years old. “My dad’s family was cheesemakers, my mom’s family was artists, and I found this way to blend...
    When COP26, the big global climate change summit, wrapped up a few weeks ago, it threw another spotlight on the gap between goals and action. Other than the United Kingdom, no wealthy country has even come close to the goals set out five years ago in the Paris Accords. And despite recent policy ideas floated by the Biden Administration, it’s hard to be optimistic about the United States meeting its climate targets because so much would have to change. For cities in particular, transportation offers the most intractable climate action challenge. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gases in Minnesota, and the fastest growing slice to the pollution pie. Because transportation depends on long-term massive infrastructure and the individual actions of millions of people, it’s hard to change quickly. But to meaningfully reduce carbon pollution, urban transportation has to pivot fast. During the COP26 conference, a group of cities called C40 Cities pushed collectively for climate action in cities around the world. In one high-profile report, the group declared that, “public transport usage must double in global...
    NEW HOPE, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota small business that popped up during the pandemic got a boost Monday on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Zackary Redmon says his popcorn is like a luxury vehicle, and now he has a commercial to prove it. The ad, voiced by actor Nick Offerman, showed off Redmon’s unique popcorn flavors, such as chili cheese and hot barbeque. On Tuesday, the line at Redmon’s small New Hope shop stretched out the door. Despite his newfound fame, Redmon’s origins are humble. He started selling popcorn out of his car after he lost his job as a barber during the pandemic. “I wasn’t making any money, so I was like, alright, let me just do something different,” Redmon said. “I look at popcorn as something that really everybody enjoys. It’s something you can make as bland or as crazy as you want.” Redmon opened his shop, located at 2738 Winnetka Avenue North, in February, but he has bigger plans. He wants to mentor youth and children with disabilities. “They said I...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The last day of November will feature above-average temperatures and the chance of a wintry mix in the evening and overnight hours. Meteorologist Riley O’Connor reports that the high temperature will be 43 in the Twin Cities for Tuesday, with partly sunny conditions for most of the day. In the later evening, rain showers begin moving into the state and a wintry mix is expected more so in the northern region of Minnesota, impacting cities like Grand Rapids and Duluth. “A few snowflakes are possible in the Twin Cities. This is more of an overnight event,” O’Connor said. “Not a real impactful system at all.” The wintry mix should be out of the state by the Wednesday morning commute. In the early afternoon, northeastern Minnesota could see a light wintry mix. Then, temperatures warm up for the first day of December and are expected to reach the low-50s. Temperatures will dip into the weekend, where high temperatures just above freezing are forecasted.   More On WCCO.com: Large Groups Rob Burnsville,...
    MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) — Many of us will likely be turning to our smartphones or computers Monday to do some shopping. Cyber Monday has begun, and one of the busiest sites will most likely be Amazon. An Amazon facility in Maple Grove was filled with packages ready to be delivered Monday. Those packages were purchases made on Black Friday, and anything purchased on Cyber Monday will be in the facility in a few days. READ MORE: 'We Just Wanted To Go Hard': Shoppers Endure Early Mornings, Long Lines For Black Friday Deals (credit: CBS) Employees who work at the Maple Grove facility were here until 8 p.m. Sunday and then back in at 2 a.m. to make sure they’re getting the surge of packages to your door quickly for the holiday season. “We literally are delivering right to the customer,” Amazon regional manager Jon Kampp said. “So Amazon has the ability to process the order from the very initial order on the website, all the way through the facilities to the very last touch, and we deliver right...
    FOX 9 reports: “A man has died after being shot by police officers Sunday night at a Mounds View, Minnesota liquor store. According to a release from Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder, the man was shot after reports of shots fired and an armed robbery along the 2500 block of County Road I in Mounds View.  … The man was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center where he later died. …The shooting marked the second time in a matter of hours that officer fired shots during emergency responses in the Twin Cities. In the first incident, Forest Lake police officers fired shots at a man, who they say had a weapon, during a police chase.” In the Washington Post, Bryan Pietsch and Annabelle Timsit report: “The omicron coronavirus variant has been detected in Canada, the country’s health minister said Sunday, marking the first identification of the variant in North America as cases continue to emerge around the globe. Two cases in Ontario were confirmed as the omicron variant, which has been called a “variant of concern” by the World Health...
    Groups of looters hit two Best Buy stores in Minnesota’s Twin Cities just after 8:00 p.m. on Black Friday, according to reports. One of the looting frenzies occurred at the Burnsville Best Buy, where 20-30 suspects rushed the store in a flash mob-style robbery, KSTP reported. Burnsville Police Capt. Don Stenger said that no weapons were used in the Burnsville shoplifting incident, according to the Star Tribune. “We don’t know exactly what was taken or the dollar value,” Stenger added. The second looting incident took place at the Maplewood Best Buy, where police say a group of ten to twelve looters, comprised of adults and juveniles, stole “high value items,” according to KSTP. Police were told that the suspects walked into the store at the same time and worked in tandem to steal hoverboards, televisions, and tablets, among other items, the Star Tribune reports. No one was injured in either incident and as of Saturday, no suspects were arrested. Police are investigating if the incidents are related, CBS Minnesota reported. Best Buy released the following statement via a spokesperson regarding the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans are in for a nice day Sunday, and a mild week ahead. In the Twin Cities, the high will be 36 degrees, just about average. It’ll be a few degrees cooler up north, and southern Minnesota will see temperatures in the mid-40s. Overnight, snow showers will move into the state, hitting northwestern Minnesota first, right around midnight. Those showers will make their way to the Twin Cities, but will likely have little or no impact on the morning commute. WCCO Director of Meteorology Mike Augustyniak said that if anything does fall, it will likely melt on contact due to above freezing temperatures. Most places up north will see less than an inch of accumulation, with some spots seeing an inch to an inch and a half. The snow will be mostly done by 9 a.m. Monday, though the Arrowhead may still see some flakes around that time. Monday will see temperatures jump to nearly 50 in the Twin Cities, though it’ll feel cooler due to the breeze. Parts of southern Minnesota could approach 60 degrees on...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in the Twin Cities are investigating a fatal crash Thanksgiving night in the southeast metro. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened Thursday evening on southbound Highway 61 near Highway 95 in Cottage Grove. So far, few details about the crash have been released. The southbound lanes of Highway 61 were closed as crews worked the scene. This is a developing story. Check back for more.   More On WCCO.com: Former Twin Cities Principal Chris Endicott Found Dead Inside Crow Wing County Jail Vikings: Everson Griffen Came Out Of His Home And Is Getting The Care He Needs ‘There’s No One Here To Help Us’: Staff Shortages Devastating Senior Living Facility Residents Cottage Grove Man Charged With Shooting Uber Eats Driver
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in the Twin Cities are asking the public’s help in finding a missing man. The Anoka Police Department says that 41-year-old Brandon Richart has been missing since Nov. 17. He was last seen in the north metro wearing a unique red and black jersey. (credit: CBS) Richart is described as standing 5-feet, 11-inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair. He has a green Army tank tattooed on one of his arms. Anyone with information on Richart’s whereabouts is asked to call Anoka County officials at 763-427-1212. According to social media posts, there will be a search party for Richart on Saturday morning in Coon Rapids. For more information, click here.   More On WCCO.com: Former Twin Cities Principal Chris Endicott Found Dead Inside Crow Wing County Jail Vikings: Everson Griffen Came Out Of His Home And Is Getting The Care He Needs ‘There’s No One Here To Help Us’: Staff Shortages Devastating Senior Living Facility Residents Cottage Grove Man Charged With Shooting Uber Eats Driver
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Most of Minnesota is already feeling the chill Thursday morning. The Twin Cities saw a 30-degree temperature drop over the last 24 hours. Parts of central and western Minnesota woke up to subzero feels-like temperatures on this Thanksgiving. (credit: CBS) Wind gusts were still blowing strong Thursday morning, though they are expected to calm as the day goes on. We’ll get some sunshine in the afternoon, but temperatures in the Twin Cities will top out right around 25, well below average. Black Friday will be dry, and temperatures will climb closer to average. They’ll stay there over the weekend, and a few flurries are possible on Saturday.   More On WCCO.com: Former Twin Cities Principal Chris Endicott Found Dead Inside Crow Wing County Jail 5 Juveniles In Custody After Stolen Car Chase On I-694 ‘People Lined Up Out The Doors And They’re Sick’: COVID Patient Bottleneck Has Many Minnesotans Desperate COVID In Minnesota: Nat’l Guard Arrives As Hospitals Are Overrun With COVID Cases
    Originally published on Nov. 23, 2021 BRAINERD, Minn. (WCCO) — A former Lakeville middle school principal was found dead Saturday inside a central Minnesota jail. READ MORE: Winona Motorist Killed After Striking Unoccupied Vehicle Stalled On Side Of RoadThe Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office says staff found 53-year-old Christopher Jerome Endicott unresponsive, and life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Endicott was convicted in Dakota County in 2019 of burglary, identity theft and stalking, and was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison. Chris Endicott (credit: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office) READ MORE: Bloomington PD Seek Persons Of Interest After Dog Shot With BB Pellets, Ran Over By VehicleInvestigators say Endicott hacked into a neighboring school district’s database and amassed a large amount of personal and financial informational about employees and their families. Endicott later admitted to stealing the data because he was in “financial ruin.” After he was arrested and posted bail in early 2018, Endicott started stalking the Apple Valley police detective in charge of his case. The detective put a GPS tracker on Endicott’s car, and discovered Endicott drove...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tuesday is shaping up to be the nicest day of the week, with highs in the upper 40s in the Twin Cities and a mix of sun and clouds across the state. The wind will make it feel a few degrees cooler, with gusts around 30 mph blowing in the afternoon and early evening. It will stay breezy overnight. Temperatures up north will be closer to average. (credit: CBS) Wednesday will be a bit cooler, but the roads will be dry for any holiday travel you have planned. Thanksgiving is going to be coldest day of the week, with temperatures only expected to reach the mid-20s. Things will warm up slightly on Black Friday and stay mild through the weekend.   More On WCCO.com: 5 Dead, 40 Injured When SUV Plows Into Christmas Parade In Wisconsin 4 Missing St. Anthony Siblings Found Woman Shot In West St. Paul Menards Parking Lot Crowds Protest Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict In Downtown Minneapolis
    Since early 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and cases and deaths climbed — forcing the shutdown of businesses and campuses, quarantines and self-isolation — the numbers for homicide and aggravated assault in the Twin Cities began to climb.  In Minneapolis, homicides were up by 75 percent in 2020 over the previous year, and the number of murders in 2021 is on pace to surpass last year’s total. Meanwhile, robbery is up 30 percent in 2021 compared to 2020 while aggravated assault is up 24 percent.  It was much the same in St. Paul, where last year’s 34 homicides matched the most in city history, while aggravated assault rose by 31 percent.  But amid the spike in crime during the pandemic, one category of violent crime saw a significant decline in reporting, in both Minneapolis and St. Paul: rape.  Article continues after advertisement After recording 426 rapes in 2018 and 495 in 2019, Minneapolis reported 373 rapes in 2020, a 25 percent decline, and 363 so far in 2021. St. Paul saw a similar trend. There, the number of reported...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A local trauma expert says violence against women in the Twin Cities is up. In just the past few days, someone shot a woman in four times in north Minneapolis. In Uptown, man and woman are accused of beating a pregnant woman to death. As busy as Haneefah King is these days running her Crystal Skin Spa, there’s a subject that stops her in her tracks. READ MORE: Minneapolis Residents Shocked After Property Tax Estimates Rise By 20%“Just even bringing this up, the emotions that are coming up over me, even fear is coming over me,” she said. In 2016, while standing on her mother’s south Minneapolis porch, she was shot. “You can say a bullet doesn’t have a name on it. I was on a different block, some people were shooting on the next block over and a ricochet hit me, unbelievable.” King described the pain of being shot. “It felt like a jolt of electricity just went through your body, it dropped me to my knees,” she said. Her foot was shattered in 1,000...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Twin Cities home prices were up, and homes spent less time on the market compared to October last year, but fewer houses were bought and sold overall, according to the Minneapolis Area Realtors and the Star Tribune’s Jim Buchta. MPR’s Dan Kraker caught up with some Minnesotans who attended the climate summit in Glasgow. “This strong and growing movement of people of all ages, but particularly youth, in countries all over the world, really coalesced in Glasgow in a really powerful way,” said state Rep. Frank Hornstein. Minneapolis could be on the hook for more than $100 million in legal settlement payments in 2020, largely due to police misconduct cases, according to an actuarial report dug up by the Minnesota Reformer’s Deena Winter. General Mills went from 20 missed ingredient shipments per month prior to the pandemic to 500 missed shipments per month, reports Brooks Johnson in the Star Tribune. Also in food news, Bloomington-based Sabrosura Foods is acquiring Memphis’ Pancho’s Mexican Foods Inc., increasing the company’s queso portfolio, according...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dana Abrahamson of Inver Grove Heights has been through a lot over the past decade. “Walking in on your husband when he wants to end his life, what do you do,” she said. READ MORE: Stunning Sunrise Captures Minnesotans' AttentionHer husband, a police officer and combat veteran, had a new battle on his hands — PTSD. After realizing the high cost of service dogs, Abrahamson started a service of her own: Soldier 6, which places rescue dogs with officers, firefighters and veterans who’ve been through trauma like her husband. “By helping others, we hope it helps him too,” she said, talking about her husband’s rescue dog, Dez. Maggie Hunt is someone whom Abrahamson recently helped. The Faribault police officer was hurt in a car crash and then her husband, also an officer, unexpectedly died. After such a great loss, they gained Bailey, their precious family dog that Hunt and her two young daughters love. “After losing my husband, I felt like I lost a security and so she helped in that way,” Hunt said. “And I also...
    The vitriolic diatribe posted on social media last week against 14-year-old Prior Lake High student Nya Sigin is a callous reminder of the traumas still endured by children of color in schools today. While administrators will be responsible for disciplinary action against individual students, the harms perpetuated by individual students must be taken in the context that locates their expressions of white rage in our current collective moment. The dehumanizing video that expressed wishes for suffering and death is viewed through screens framing a smiling face, occasionally placing a hand over a mouth that speaks from a sadistic and unashamed place that explicitly embodies much of our public discourse today. The rhetorical violence expressed continues the disproportionate experiences of trauma and suffering in communities of color, and the repulsive joy on the face that spews racial slurs and wishes for Black suffering and death is hardly the voice of an individual alone. As if only joining an adult chorus, the tirades of this child are hardly different, only more explicit, from what many parents and adults are saying today. Evoking...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Expect mild temperatures Tuesday, but the cold returns after that. The main story over the next couple of days, though, will be the wind. In the Twin Cities, wind gusts will be highest in the afternoon, breaching 30 mph. Southeastern Minnesota will be under a wind advisory from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday will start out gusty, and again the wind will be most severe in the afternoon, potentially blowing at 35-40 mph. (credit: CBS) The high in the Twin Cities Tuesday is 47. Temperatures cool down on Wednesday and Thursday before another brief warmup to end the week. The forecast looks dry for the next several days.   More On WCCO.com: With COVID Hospitalizations At Year-Long High, Doctors Urge Minnesotans To Get Vaccinated; ‘We Are Essentially At 100% Capacity’ Guthrie Audience Member’s Pre-Show Rant Delays Opening Night For ‘Christmas Carol’ MN Weather: Light Flurries Possible In Twin Cities During Morning Commute Court To Hear $360K Child Support Case Against Tarvaris Jackson Estate
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dana Abrahamson of Inver Grove Heights has been through a lot over the past decade. “Walking in on your husband when he wants to end his life, what do you do,” she said. READ MORE: While COVID Breakthrough Deaths Are Increasing, Doctors Still Urge Minnesotans To Get Vaccinated: 'If You're Playing The Odds, Being Vaccinated Is Markedly Better'Her husband, a police officer and combat veteran, had a new battle on his hands — PTSD. After realizing the high cost of service dogs, Abrahamson started a service of her own: Soldier 6, which places rescue dogs with officers, firefighters and veterans who’ve been through trauma like her husband. “By helping others, we hope it helps him too,” she said, talking about her husband’s rescue dog, Dez. Maggie Hunt is someone whom Abrahamson recently helped. The Faribault police officer was hurt in a car crash and then her husband, also an officer, unexpectedly died. After such a great loss, they gained Bailey, their precious family dog that Hunt and her two young daughters love. “After losing my husband, I...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Spirit Airlines flight that took off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport made an emergency landing after a pilot reported a possible engine fire. The flight took off about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and was headed for Orlando, but within minutes returned to the Twin Cities airport. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement that said the Airbus A320 landed safely about 7:50 p.m. and taxied to the terminal. No injuries were reported. The FAA plans to investigate. Airport officials say fire crews responded, but did not find a fire. Spirit Airlines says another airplane transported passengers to Orlando. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)   More On WCCO.com: With COVID Hospitalizations At Year-Long High, Doctors Urge Minnesotans To Get Vaccinated; ‘We Are Essentially At 100% Capacity’ Guthrie Audience Member’s Pre-Show Rant Delays Opening Night For ‘Christmas Carol’ MN Weather: Light Flurries Possible In Twin Cities During Morning Commute Court To Hear $360K Child Support Case Against Tarvaris Jackson Estate
    WEATHER RESOURCES: WCCO Weather App | School Closings | Live Radar MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There’s a chance for light snow flurries in the Twin Cities Monday morning. While accumulation will be minimal, the snow could arrive right around the morning commute, making things tricky for drivers. WCCO Meteorologist Riley O’Connor said the best chance for flurries will be between 7 and 11 a.m. Snow was moving through northwest and central Minnesota earlier in the morning. Nowhere is expected to get more than half an inch on the ground, according to WCCO Meteorologist Riley O’Connor. It will be cloudy for most of the day, with a high of 37 degrees in the Twin Cities. Minnesota saw its first widespread snow event of the season over the weekend. At MSP Airport, 1.2 inches of snow were recorded Saturday. WCCO Weather Watchers in parts of central Minnesota recorded as much as 4 inches. Southern and southwestern Minnesota saw very little accumulation, if any. 10 AM UPDATE to our exclusive Weather Watcher Network snowfall totals. Official storm-total at MSP Airport (where no one...
    WHAT WE KNOW 1.2 inches of snow recorded at MSP Airport Saturday. More snow likely in Twin Cities Monday morning. WHAT WE’RE TRACKING How long snow will stick around with temps warming next week. When exactly snow will arrive in the Twin Cities Monday, and if it will affect the morning commute. WEATHER RESOURCES: WCCO Weather App | School Closings | Live Radar MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota’s first widespread snow event of the season has wrapped up, but more flakes will fly on Monday. At MSP Airport, 1.2 inches of snow were recorded Saturday. WCCO Weather Watchers in parts of central Minnesota recorded as much as 4 inches. Southern and southwestern Minnesota saw very little accumulation, if any. The feels-like temperatures Sunday morning were the coldest they’ve been all season. A high of 33 is expected in the Twin Cities on Sunday, and temperatures will be similar across the state. More light snowfall Monday will impact the morning commute in northwest and west-central Minnesota, and possibly in the Twin Cities, too. WCCO Director of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — During the pandemic, Twin Cities theaters have endured their share of hard knocks. But on Friday night, the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis welcomed back audiences for the first time in more than a year-and-a-half. Audience members had to wear masks to see the musical “Annie” on opening night. The theater also required proof of vaccination or a negative test. Erin Vanbergen was one of several show-goers happy to enjoy live theater again. “We’re so glad to be back in the theater,” she said. “We’re big theater lovers, and it’s been so long since we’ve actually been able to get out and enjoy a live performance.” The theater’s artistic director said that the actors and staff are grateful to reopen with an inspiring show about hope for the future. For “Annie” ticket information, click here.   More On WCCO.com: Minnesota Weather: Snow Falling, But Not Sticking, In Twin Cities Metro Live In Minneapolis? Get Your Leaves Raked Up By Next Week Protesters Gather Outside Prior Lake H.S. In Response...
    RAMSEY, Minn. (WCCO) – The sight of snow might have you in the mood to add some holiday greenery inside your home. But picking your Christmas tree might look a little different this year. It’s the eve of opening day at Hansen Tree Farm and there’s plenty of work to do to get ready. READ MORE: Hit-And-Run Suspect Fatally Shot Man Who Tried To Stop Him; Carjacking Escape Interrupted By Community Members“We have 40 acres here in Ramsey. Twenty-five in Christmas trees,” said David Hansen. Brothers David and Mark run the farm which has been a family business for 70 years. They have about 10,000 Christmas trees ready to be cut. But this year will be different. Prices will be up slightly due to drought. “It was brutal. The trees this year didn’t grow as much. The big trees. It was really… brutal is the word,” said David Hansen. Ideally during the growing season, their trees would get about an inch of rain a week. But the Hansen’s say they got just one inch of rain over a three-month stretch....
    WHAT WE KNOW – Strong winds Friday of 25+ mph could lead to visibility issues, especially to the west and north – A much colder weekend is expected to follow the Friday snow. – More snow possible Saturday into Sunday morning WHAT WE DON’T KNOW – How much snow will fall Saturday evening into Sunday – How long snow will stick around with temps warming next week WEATHER RESOURCES: WCCO Weather App | School Closings | Live Radar MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The first snowfall of the season is barely over and there’s already another storm system moving in. WCCO-TV meteorologists say the next weather-maker will begin on Saturday afternoon, with some possible snowfall in the evening hours. Snowy roads are likely on Saturday night into Sunday morning, with central Minnesota seeing the highest snow accumulation totals, according to meteorologist Mike Augustyniak. The day will start out quiet, with some breaks of sunshine in the morning. Temperatures will stay in the 30s throughout the day, but a system looks to descend upon Minnesota starting around 3 p.m. and some...
    WHAT WE KNOW – The snowy weather system is wrapping up to the west. – There is a chance for rain in the afternoon, starting between noon and 1 p.m. – Strong winds Friday of 25+ mph could lead to visibility issues, especially to the west and north – A much colder weekend is expected to follow the Friday snow. – More snow possible Saturday into Sunday morning WHAT WE DON’T KNOW – How much snow will fall Saturday evening into Sunday – How long snow will stick around with temps warming next week WEATHER RESOURCES: WCCO Weather App | School Closings | Live Radar MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Winter weather is making itself at home in Minnesota as we move into the weekend, and flakes were visible in the Twin Cities metro area Friday morning, though they did not stick to the roads. That said, the roads were still quite slick throughout the metro area and more so in other parts of the state. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that there were several crashes and vehicles off the...
    WHAT WE KNOW – Snow is falling in the Twin Cities, but not sticking to the roads – Strong winds Friday of 40+ mph could lead to visibility issues, especially to the west and north – A much colder weekend is expected to follow the Friday snow – More snow possible Saturday into Sunday morning WHAT WE DON’T KNOW – How much snow will fall Saturday evening into Sunday – How long snow will stick around with temps warming next week WEATHER RESOURCES: WCCO Weather App | School Closings | Live Radar MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Winter weather is making itself at home in Minnesota as we move into the weekend, and flakes were visible in the Twin Cities metro area Friday morning. WCCO’s Katie Steiner says that snow has been falling in parts of Minnesota throughout the night, especially in the western suburbs, though nothing as of yet has been sticking to the ground or roads going into the morning commute. That said, the roads are still quite slick throughout the metro area. Steiner says expect the...
    WHAT WE KNOW – First accumulating snow for northern Minnesota Thursday evening – Strong winds Friday of 40+ mph could lead to visibility issues, especially to the west and north – Much colder weekend to follow, with the possibility of more light snow on Saturday WHAT WE DON’T KNOW – When exactly wintry mix will turn to snow Thursday night into Friday morning – How much snow will melt on impact across the state – How much snow will fall Saturday evening into Sunday MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A storm system continues to wash over Minnesota Thursday morning, bringing rain to much of the state. The low pressure system is expected to swirl over the region well into Friday, bringing the first accumulating snowfall of the season to northern Minnesota. Most of the state stayed warm enough to avoid the snow Wednesday and in the overnight hours, but up north, flakes were falling. Continuous snowfall over the next 24 hours could bring impressive totals to areas near Bemidji. However, it’s impossible to say how much snow will stack up,...
    MINNNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities nonprofit is making healthy food more affordable and accessible for communities in need. The Food Group has converted a Metro Transit bus into a mobile market that stops at 25 locations a month in the metro. Only the healthiest sections of a brick-and-mortar grocery store are represented on board. READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: After Wednesday Soaking, Northern Minnesota To See 1st Accumulating SnowAngel Maldonado with The Food Group pointed out some of the available items during a stop Wednesday near Portland and Franklin avenues in Minneapolis. The bus carried fruits, vegetables, bread, potatoes, dried goods and other healthy staples. “It’s really great and convenient,” said shopper Gilbert Jordan. “It gets healthy food into neighborhoods that usually, you know, where people usually don’t eat healthy. And it opens up a lot of different things as far as menu go for families that are less fortunate.” (credit: CBS) Sophia Lenarz-Coy, The Food Group’s executive director, says their mission is to help families in neighborhoods that don’t have convenient access to good, healthy food. READ...
    WHAT WE KNOW – First accumulating snow for northern Minnesota Thursday evening – Soaking rain for most of Minnesota beginning Wednesday afternoon – Strong winds Friday of 40+ mph could lead to visibility issues, especially to the west and north – Much colder weekend to follow, with the possibility of more light snow on Saturday WHAT WE DON’T KNOW – When exactly wintry mix will turn to snow Thursday night into Friday morning – How much snow will melt on impact Lisa Meadows Update (10 a.m.): Weather watcher will be green as rain is on the way Wednesday. Rain will be moving into the state from west to east, with the Twin Cities expected to see precipitation from 4 p.m. to the overnight hours of Thursday. The metro area is expected to get a half-inch to three-quarters inch of rain, with lesser amounts recorded to the west. Then, a wintry mix of rain and snow is expected late Thursday night for the Twin Cities, which will turn into snowfall Friday morning. Snow could stick around until the...
    WHAT WE KNOW – First accumulating snow for northern Minnesota is expected later this week, possibly Thursday – Soaking rain for most of Minnesota beginning Wednesday afternoon – Strong winds for all of Minnesota, wintry weather impacts on Friday morning – Much colder weekend to follow, with the possibility of widespread snow from an Alberta clipper system WHAT WE DON’T KNOW – How much snow will accumulate up north – When the flakes will first start falling – Where exactly the Alberta clipper system will hit MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Temperatures in the Twin Cities will be cooler Wednesday, but still mild, and steady precipitation is on the way. WCCO Chief Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says a storm system is on track to enter Minnesota Wednesday afternoon, drenching much of the state with steady rainfall through the day. The system is expected to hit the Twin Cities in the early evening, with rain continuing into Thursday morning. On the back side of the system will be a blanket of cold air, which looks to settle over parts of northern Minnesota,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s two biggest cities are among some of the top places for book lovers, according to a new study. Lawn Love ranked the 200 biggest cities in the United States based on access to public libraries, bookstores, free libraries, book clubs, and events. READ MORE: DPS Reopening 7 Exam Stations In November, 43 By End Of YearMinneapolis was ranked the 16th best city and St. Paul took the 53rd spot. Notably, Minneapolis was ranked as second in terms of the most “Little Free Libraries.” Seattle, Washington is first in that category. READ MORE: Grant Money For Preventing Wolf Attacks Available To MN Livestock ProducersPasadena, California was ranked as the best city in the United States for book lovers, while Sunrise Manor, Nevada came in last place. To read more about the study and to view the full list of rankings, click here. MORE NEWS: Minor Injuries For Motorcyclist Whose Bike Was Crushed In Crash With Semi   More On WCCO.com: Minnesota Weather: Developing System Could Bring 1st Widespread Snowfall Of The...
    PLYMOUTH, Minn. (WCCO) — Earlier this week, Plymouth police broke up a street fight of the most unusual kind. Two eagles decided to do battle near the intersection of 41st Avenue and Nathan Lane. It went on for quite a while and in front of a small crowd. Officer Mitch Martinson was doing traffic enforcement near the high school that day, ensuring the safety of students. He never thought he’d also be ensuring the safety of eagles. READ MORE: Mendota Heights Police Seek Help Finding 74-Year-Old Kathleen Broughten“We do have de-escalation tactics, but I’ve never applied them to eagles or other animals,” Martinson said. When the call took him to 41st and Nathan Lane, he happened upon an all-out tussle involving talons, beaks, and the occasional screech. “I was trying to go through my head what to do next. And who to call,” Martinson said. He reached out to the DNR and the Raptor Center, who later said the birds were fighting over territory. In addition to Martinson’s body camera, neighbors took a number of pictures. “It’s just crazy. It’s...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s Election Day, and polls are officially open. Voters will make major ballot decisions in the Twin Cities. READ MORE: WCCO’s 2021 Election Coverage In Minneapolis, that includes the fate of the police department, who will be the next mayor and just how much power that person will have. Across Minneapolis, 134 polling precincts opened at 7 a.m. The city is expecting a large turnout, considering participation in early voting doubled the amount of turnout four years ago in the last city election. The city clerk said that at the end of the business day Monday the city had accepted 28,831 early ballots by mail, in person, overseas from military members and from voters who have been served with ballots from nursing homes. The city clerk says this means participation in this election is already 140% higher compared to the last one in 2017. The items on the ballot that have the most attention going into election day are the mayoral race and the ballot question about the future of policing in Minneapolis. Mayor Jacob Frey is...
    When Mindy Greiling first retired from her long career as a state legislator, all she really wanted to do was step back and take it easy.  So when longtime leaders of NAMI Ramsey County, a struggling affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota, asked if she’d be interested in joining their organization, Greiling gave them the answer she was giving everyone at the time. Even though she’d been involved with the organization back in the late 1990s and early 2000s when her son Jim was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, she said no.  “I was in my post-retirement phase of, ‘I’m not doing anything. I’m just sorting out my house,’” Greiling said.  But the folks from NAMI Ramsey didn’t give up that easily. Though the state NAMI office had landed a grant that paid for a part-time organizer to help reinvigorate affiliates in Ramsey and Washington Counties, NAMI Ramsey was hanging on by a thread.  Article continues after advertisement “The woman who had asked me before asked me again,” Greiling recalled. “Even with the liaison, there were only about...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The northern lights could be visible for large parts of Minnesota on Saturday night, as the state is under a solar storm watch. Though it could be hard to see the lights in the metro area due to light pollution, Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak shared some tips for the best way to see the aurora. The best time to look is after midnight, he said, and get away from the city lights. Augustyniak also said to start by looking north, though since this storm will come so far south, you could possibly look in any direction and still see the lights. Near the Twin Cities, a greenish light show is most common, and the dancing vibrant colors are often seen in the northern part of the state. Were still in for a good #NorthernLights show tonight. There will be several hours of clear skies in almost all of #MNwx and #WIwx so the weather should play along. Heres how to set yourself up for viewing success. pic.twitter.com/W0FntTWntP — Mike Augustyniak (@MikeAugustyniak) October 30, 2021 Saturday evening will see...
    Weather Resources: WCCO Weather App | Live Radars | Weather Page MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While the streets are expected to be filled with ghosts and goblins, the skies above are expected to be far from scary this Halloween weekend. After a number of days drenched in rain and sprinkles, a drier pattern has moved into the state just in time for the weekend. Clouds are expected to linger in the area for awhile Friday, but should clear by late morning or early afternoon in the Twin Cities. Overnight lows are expected to be in the mid 30s. As far as holiday atmospherics go, Saturday is expected to begin with a haunting dense fog, but temperatures should reach the upper 50s, which is above average this time of year. Good morning! ???? Much nicer weather to be outdoors today… and even #Halloween Sunday wont be bad (though it will be cool & require an additional layer … or some fur). Watch out for dense fog thru 9am in NW & NC #MNwx; tmro in the Twin Cities & #WIwx. See you thru 10a @WCCO pic.twitter.com/0hi4PtWYVT —...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thirty years ago this weekend, the scariest thing outside our door was Old Man Winter. The Halloween Blizzard of 1991 is a story that is brought up year after year — and for good reason. The record-setting storm has become a badge of honor. Blustery winds and plummeting temperatures made going house-to-house or just about anywhere a challenge, and Halloween night was just the start. As the Twin Cities woke up on All Saint’s Day, the snow picked up, at times falling two inches an hour. Plows couldn’t keep up. The roads were buried. No buses were in service. And Cars? They were covered. By the end of the event, which stretched for days, the Twin Cities received more than 28 inches of fresh snow, the biggest storm still on record. Everyone who lived here took photos and video of the snow when it happened. We want to see your best images. Send them using the form below and we might feature them on TV or online! TERMS OF USE: Click here to read the photo submission...
    BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO)– A Catholic congregation in Burnsville is grieving after their priest was killed Monday afternoon while riding a bicycle. Father Denny Dempsey, the pastor at Church of the Risen Savior, died after being struck by a car in Rosemount, near the intersection of County Road 42 and 145th Street West. First-responders pronounced Dempsey dead at the scene. A 26-year-old man with a long history of speeding and driving with a revoked license was arrested and questioned. The man has since been released pending further investigation. WCCO-TV does not typically name suspects until they’ve been formally charged. On Wednesday, parishioners at the Church of the Risen Savior were grappling with the sudden loss of their beloved pastor, whom they remembered as full of life during his four decades of ministry. They also said that Dempsey, 73, died doing something he loved: riding his bicycle, which he often did to get to church. “We learned last night that Fr. Dennis Dempsey was called home to our Heavenly Father,” the church shared on its Facebook page...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thirty years ago this weekend, the scariest thing outside our door was Old Man Winter. The Halloween Blizzard of 1991 is a story that is brought up year after year — and for good reason. The record-setting storm has become a badge of honor. Blustery winds and plummeting temperatures made going house-to-house or just about anywhere a challenge, and Halloween night was just the start. As the Twin Cities woke up on All Saint’s Day, the snow picked up, at times falling two inches an hour. Plows couldn’t keep up. The roads were buried. No buses were in service. And Cars? They were covered. By the end of the event, which stretched for days, the Twin Cities received more than 28 inches of fresh snow, the biggest storm still on record. Everyone who lived here took photos and video of the snow when it happened. We want to see your best images. Send them using the form below and we might feature them on TV or online! TERMS OF USE: Click here to read the photo submission...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Even though many still work from home, it doesn’t feel that way when we get behind the wheel. The morning and evening commutes around the metro are slowing down with traffic jams. READ MORE: If Minneapolis Voters Choose To Replace The Police Department, What Happens Next?We wanted to know: Has rush hour returned to pre-pandemic levels? “Yeah it definitely has,” said Adam Yared outside Bobby and Steve’s Auto World on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis. “Took an extra probably 10 minutes to get to work today,” added Blake Ogle. “Right now it’s more traffic than before COVID,” said an animated Abdirashiid Jibriil. More traffic than a few years ago might be an exaggeration, but he’s not far off. Has rush hour returned to pre-pandemic levels? “Our numbers are really supporting what drivers are seeing, which is that traffic amounts are really back to where they were, especially at those key rush hour times,” said Anne Meyer, MnDOT spokesperson. MnDOT data shows the seven-day average traffic volume in the metro is only about 5% lower than what...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis and St. Paul have been ranked among the top 30 places in the United States to celebrate Halloween. According to the new ranking from WalletHub, Minneapolis is the 23rd best place for Halloween, with St. Paul slotted in the No. 26 spot. The ranking compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across three key dimensions, including “trick-or-treater friendliness,” Halloween fun and Halloween weather. Halloween fun included key metrics like Halloween costume stores per capita, haunted houses per capita and pumpkin patches per capita. New York City took the top spot, with Los Angeles and Las Vegas coming up second and third respectively. See the entire ranking here.   More On WCCO.com: Assistant Director Who Handed Alec Baldwin Prop Gun Before Fatal Shooting Has Deep Minnesota Ties You Can Always Get What You Want? Mick Jagger Has 2 Juicy (Jucy) Lucys Before Concert ‘It’s More Than The Machinery’: Farmers Come Together To Help Family In Need Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By Vehicle In Rosemount
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks among the best places to retire in America, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report. That being said, it’s perhaps surprisingly low on that list of places. The rankings considered happiness of residents, value and affordability, tax rates and quality of health care, the job market, and overall desirability. READ MORE: Minnesota Tied For Most Cities On List Of Best Places To LiveThe Twin Cities ranked 131st on the list, with a relatively low score in desirability. “Minneapolis and St. Paul not only have big-city amenities like museums and sports stadiums, but also have an approachable Midwestern feel,” U.S. News wrote. “Locals embrace the harsh winters and partake in hockey, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. During the spring, summer and fall, Minneapolis and St. Paul come alive with outdoor music festivals, baseball games at Target Field and recreational opportunities on the area’s lakes.” Not helping the metro area’s ranking are our winters. “Winters in the area can be brutally cold,” the magazine wrote. Not that winters hurt the rankings of...
    Here are links to the topics Mike Augustyniak and Jennifer Mayerle discussed on WCCO Saturday Morning. Twin Cities Film Festival READ MORE: Multiple People Injured In House Explosion In Cambridge“After Antarctica” at Twin Cities Film Fest READ MORE: Man Hospitalized After Hit-And-Run In Brooklyn ParkWashington County Heritage Center in Stillwater, MN St. Paul Art Crawl MORE NEWS: Aromatherapy Spray Linked To Deadly Tropical Disease; 1 Minnesotan Among Those Sickened In U.S.Dancakes Pancakes at Mall of America
    Kids today will likely never understand what a life-saver a great bike map can be. Maps are critical because, compared to navigating by car, bicycling offers special challenges. You never want to find yourself routed onto a busy highway with no shoulder, or — as I have done —  following bike route signage directly onto an I-94 on-ramp. Bike routes are tricky like that, which is why old-school bike maps, designed by bicycling cartographers, were so important. And the best local map I ever used was the Twin Cities Bike Map, a heavy-duty masterpiece that remained wedged in my bike pannier for years. I bought my first copy back in 2007 and after I wore through that one, I acquired an updated version that again boasted holes before too long. That map is the brainchild of Doug Shidell, who worked as an IT professional at Bloomington-based Quality Bicycle Products for years. He made the maps on the side, part of a self-described “paid hobby.” “I’ve researched every road on that map,” said Shidell, the brains and legs behind Bikeverywhere, his...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Supply chain woes are crippling businesses both large and small. On Wednesday, a panel on Capitol Hill heard the concerns of some of them, including two Minnesota companies. Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips chaired a U.S. House hearing Wednesday morning, seeking input from the very people impacted by the global supply chain challenges. Businesses described a whole slate of problems from worker shortages, increasing costs for shipping and supplies and skyrocketing demand that’s putting pressure on the transportation of goods. Two Minnesota businesses — third party logistics company C.H. Robinson in Eden Prairie, and Maud Borup, a candy and food gift company in Plymouth — spoke to these issues. A top executive at C.H. Robinson underscored the truck driver shortage that predated the pandemic. He suggested expanding training and incentives that boost quality of life. Maud Borup detailed a “dire” worker shortage, down 100 people. Even with a 36% salary bump, it’s not helping. “The situation is so severe that despite a purchase of six acres of land adjacent to our lot, our business has to put expansion plans...