Minnesota News Roundup: Man dies while working on a grain elevatorMinnesota News
-- A man's name will soon be released after a deadly fall in a south-central Minnesota grain elevator.
A man's name will soon be released after a deadly fall in a south-central Minnesota grain elevator. Officials say the 28-year-old contactor was working on a construction project at the Buffalo Lake elevator when he fell around 60-feet. He died at the scene.
Authorities have identified a pedestrian killed in a hit and run crash in Minneapolis early Saturday. Twenty-year-old Austin Conley was critically injured and later died at the hospital. Investigators are still looking for the driver.
The Minnesota Housing Board has approved funding of more than 134-million dollars to build and support a wide array of projects in the state, ranging from housing for homeless veterans, to town houses for working families, to the renovation of a senior citizen high-rise. State Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal says the funding will support more than three-thousand housing units and could result in more than 45-hundred construction jobs across the state.
November is nearly here but there are still burning restrictions in some Minnesota counties. They include Todd, Morrison, Stearns, Benton, Mille Lacs and Kanabec counties -- with Dakota and a portion of Pine County also under restriction due to dry soil conditions. The D-N-R reminds people that burning restrictions under their local municipalities could also be in effect.
The Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference kicks off today (MON) in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Doug Jensen with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program says the conference will focus on policies, management and biological control, as well as outreach and education. Jensen says in addition to presentations from top scientists and experts, there will be field trips focusing on other invasive threats to the region, including emerald ash borer. The conference runs through Wednesday.
A passage over the Mississippi River that's been closed for three years is now up and running. Just north of downtown Minneapolis, the new 104-million-dollar Lowry Bridge opened to traffic for the first time this past weekend. Hennepin County officials marked the occasion with a special ceremony over the weekend. The bridge replaces an older span demolished in 2009 after engineers determined it was unsafe.
Northern Minnesota authorities are investigating what led to a man's death in Itasca County early Sunday. Reports say the 19-year-old was found outside a cabin in Balsam Township and given C-P-R, then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.
Police in the south metro are investigating a weekend highway shooting. According to Eagan Police, a 9-1-1 call came in to authorities at around 2:30 Sunday morning with the reporting party saying that a passenger in a vehicle had been shot. The vehicle was traveling in a northbound of lane of 35-E between Cliff Road and Diffley when the shooting happened. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say there is no threat to public safety in the area.
T-V and radio ads, Internet pop-ups and lawn signs -- some of the most noticable forms of campaigning being seen and heard throughout Minnesota. U-of-M Communications Studies professor Ed Schiappa says, between national, state and local elections, plus Constitutional amendments, there is plenty to vote on next Tuesday. Schiappa predicts "a really good turnout." Minnesota has led the nation in voter turnout over the past few elections. In 2008, the state hit nearly 78-percent overall.
The pending arrival of Hurricane Sandy will keep our investment portfolios unchanged today (MON). The New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and others have closed trading and possibly tomorrow due to the storm. The last time the markets closed during the business week was after 9-11. The last storm to close the stock exchange was Hurricane Gloria, back in 1985.