MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: More Thanksgiving traffic at MSP
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - You can expect longer lines today at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations.
Airport spokesman Pat Hogan says flight loads are expected to be about the same over last year at Terminal-One (Lindbergh) but busier at Terminal-Two (Humphrey) with about a 20-percent increase. Hogan says a lot of people don't realize there are now two security check points at that terminal. He says people tend to go to the original one, which then has longer lines when there are much shorter lines at the new security checkpoint. Also if you are traveling to the East Coast today be sure to check with your airline ahead of time for possible delays and cancellations. Hogan says that region is dealing with rain, snow and ice.
Workers who clean planes and assist disabled passengers at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport are rallying today for higher wages (Wed). Organizers say about 600 of the non-union employees at MSP earn an average of $7.73 per hour with no benefits. They claim wages and staffing levels continue to decrease, which hurts working families and worsens the service that passengers pay for. The workers want the minimum wage increased in Minnesota.
The National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate -- both from Minnesota -- will be officially pardoned by the president this afternoon (12:15 CST) at the White House. Their names are "Caramel" and "Popcorn." John Burkel from Badger, president of the National Turkey Federation, took the birds to D.C. The senior class at Badger/Greenbush Middle River High School is also in Washington for today's ceremony at the White House. After they're pardoned, the two birds go to Mount Vernon for the holidays and then live out the rest of their lives at an historic turkey farm in Virginia. Minnesota is the nation's No. 1 turkey producer.
A man is dead after an apartment fire Tuesday afternoon in the Como neighborhood of Saint Paul The blaze started in the kitchen of a second-floor unit and firefighters found the victim when they arrived. Crews were able to contain the flames and keep the fire from spreading. The cause is still under investigation. It's the second fatal fire this week in Saint Paul. A 38-year-old man died Sunday in a fire that officials believe was caused by careless smoking in bed.
Over three-thousand people have signed an on-line petition calling for more police patrols on the University of Minnesota campus. University officials say they *have* increased patrols and efforts are paying off, despite a recent spike in crime. Patrols were stepped up two weeks ago after an armed man tried to steal a student's laptop in Anderson Hall.