Minnesota News Briefs: Dylan to play concert in Duluth
DULUTH - Bob Dylan is coming home for a concert this summer. The legendary musician will take the stage at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on July 9th.
Dylan's band will also perform with Wilco, My Morning Jacket and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio. Duluth Mayor Don Ness says the best outdoor touring show in the nation is coming to Duluth. Ness says it will be an historic day that will be remembered for decades to come.
Six people were killed in Minnesota traffic crashes in just 24 hours from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. The deaths were in Benton, Carlton, Hennepin, Houston, Waseca and Wright counties. Donna Berger with the state Traffic Safety Office urges people to buckle up, pay attention, keep their speed down and don't drink and drive.
With the peak date for Minnesota tornado season approaching, a Mankato-based storm chasing team is taking the deaths of a team in Friday's Oklahoma tornado very seriously. Jeremy Den Hartog of Major League Storms says one of the most important things they do while storm chasing is reporting back to the National Weather Service, because radar cannot tell if a tornado is in the clouds or on the ground. Den Hartog says the tornado peak is June 17th in Minnesota, but because spring got a late start there's no telling what the tornado season will be like this year. His team streams live video during Minnesota storm chases online at MajorLeagueStorms.com.
MnDOT is starting to rebuild another section of Highway 210 through Jay Cooke State Park that was washed out by last summer's floods -- and there's a public information meeting tonight (6:30-8pm) in Carlton. Crews rebuilt part of the road earlier that allowed access to park headquarters from I-35, and MnDOT's Brian Larson says they're now rebuilding a half-mile section east to the popular Oldenburg Point overlook. Larson says they'll move the highway farther back from the Saint Louis River and the new section will include a 370-foot bridge.
The University of Minnesota has a public open house today (10a.m-5pm) at its new state-of-the-art Medical Devices Center on the Minneapolis campus. Center director, Doctor Art Erdman, says there's nothing like the physical facility anywhere else in the U.S. Erdman says they're trying to create the next generation of engineering innovators like Medtronic's Earl Bakken. He says the philosophy at the Medical Device Center is to have everything in one space. Erdman says they currently have active projects in urology, neuroscience, orthopedics, dentistry and OB-GYN. He says within the last year they've worked on 40 to 50 medical device projects.
A Mankato teen wasn't hurt but he was given a traffic ticket for hitting a van and rolling his SUV, trying to avoid running over a group of ducklings. Waterloo, Iowa police say 17-year-old Juan Bolanos swerved to miss the baby ducks on U.S. Highway 218, and his sport utility vehicle pushed a van into the cement median. The SUV then rolled, coming to rest on its roof. Bolanos wasn't hurt but passenger 44-year-old Teresa Mendiola-Zamora of Mankato was hospitalized for minor injuries. The driver of the van was also taken to the hospital. Bolanos was ticketed for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. The ducklings were rounded up and moved.
An Oakdale man has been charged with pushing an employee of Dick's Sporting Goods in Roseville into the trunk of her car and groping her. Investigators say the victim was putting items into her trunk when 38-year-old Kevin Johnson walked up behind her and slapped her buttocks before grabbing them with both hands, pushing her into the trunk space, and grinding his pelvis against her. Johnson turned himself into police after news coverage of the assault, which included surveillance video. Police say he admitted that he was attracted to the woman and touched her, but claims he didn't push her or touch her with his pelvis. Johnson is charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Two teenage brothers are accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint, taking his wallet and an order of chicken wings. The Checkerboard Pizza driver told police that he pulled up to a home to make a delivery when two men walked up and asked if he worked for the pizzeria, and when he said yes 19-year-old Karheem Kirk pointed a gun at him and demanded his money and wallet. Kirk and his 16-year-old step-brother also took the food the driver was delivering, and when officers searched the brother's home they say they found chicken bones next to a bed, and their fingers were still sticky with hot sauce. Police say the brothers may have been involved in other robberies.
The weekly crop report shows another cold, wet week across the state. At last check, corn planting was 87-percent complete and soybeans were 55-percent planted. Both well behind the average pace. Statewide, an average of 2.2 days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week, compared to 1.9 days a week earlier. The good news, crops planted earlier are emerging in better-drained fields.