MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Three deaths, dozens of crashes blamed on storm
Law enforcement in Minnesota has responded to dozens of accidents and at least three fatalities since a winter storm system moved into the state.
The State Patrol says 82-year-old Vera Hunt of Deerwood was killed when she lost control of her vehicle on icy Highway 210, slid into the oncoming lane and was struck on the passenger side. Eighty-five-year-old Donavan Tesch of Clinton is identified as the victim of a fatal one-vehicle rollover on Highway 7 in Big Stone County. Fifty-two-year-old Terrence Cusick of Fargo died in a three-vehicle wreck on I-94 near St.Cloud after a jacknifed semi collided with his car. Authorities in Stearns County alone have responded to 47 crashes and vehicles in the ditch.
The first major storm of the season has most of Minnesota under a Winter Storm Warning or a Winter Weather Advisory. The National Weather Service says snow is expected to move in this afternoon, with heaviest amounts expected from the Red River Valley into west-central and northwest Minnesota Meteorologist Shawn Devinny says it comes on the heels of last night's snowfall, which hit the north hard. Duluth has over ten inches on the ground, and Devinny says by the time it's all over in the Northland, they could get a foot-and-a-half to two feet. Near blizzard conditions with blowing and drifting snow are possible across a major portion of the state. Once the snow comes to an end, a cold front will move in, bringing single-digit high temperatures by the weekend.
A Minnesota survivor of clergy sexual abuse is relieved a court has ordered the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis make public the names of priests who have been credibly accused of molesting children -- but Bob Schwiderski isn't convinced it will be a full and complete list. Still, the director of the Minnesota SNAP -- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests -- says publicly naming the abusers could help some victims heal and, even if there's not litigation, "validate what they have been saying all these years." The court gave the church until December 17 to release the names of 33 archdiocese priests and 13 from the Diocese of Winona, but Archbishop John Nienstedt's office says they will release that list on Thursday.
Officials did a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Vikings stadium this morning in downtown Minneapolis, although demolition equipment is already on site and plans are to tear down the Metrodome beginning in January. The purple-and-gold will play across the river for the next two seasons at the U-of-M's TCF Stadium, where Vikings VP Lester Bagley says they're working on final improvements. Bagley says it's a great college stadium, but there's some work that needs to be done for NFL games. Bagley says the Vikings are asking fans and the public to be patient because there's a brand new facility coming.
A construction worker is home from the hospital, almost four weeks after he fell 45-feet from a bridge project near the Wisconsin state line. 19-year-old Logan Goodell of Wheeler, Wisconsin was installing concrete forms on the I-90 bridge at Dresbach when he fell into a temporary enclosure. His Web page on Caring Bridge said Goodell was originally going to be released tomorrow but his departure was moved up by two days due to his fast recovery. Minnesota OSHA continues its investigation of the mishap.
College is a time to learn life lessons about hard work and success -- but is it also where you learn to cheat on your future spouse? Extramarital dating website ashley-madison-dot-com (www.ashleymadison.com) polled more than 10,000 members and found the University of Minnesota leads the "Top Ten Alma Maters of Adulterers" list. The majority of the site's users are college-educated, the most common major among admitted cheaters is psychology, and nearly a quarter of them carried a 3.0 or higher grade-point-average.
Top Ten Alma Maters of Adulterers:
University of Minnesota (7.8%)
Arizona State University (7.4%)
SUNY Buffalo (6.8%)
University of Maryland (5.2%)
Ohio State University (3.8%)
Florida State University (3.1%)
University of Iowa (2.7%)
University of Southern California (2.3%)
Texas A&M (19%)
University of Michigan (1.7%)