Minnesota News Roundup: Warm Thanksgiving Day, cold weekendMinnesota News
-- It looks like warm weather will stay with us through Thanksgiving Day, and that's about it.
It looks like warm weather will stay with us through Thanksgiving Day, and that's about it. Pete Boulay from the State Climatology Office says Thursday's forecast highs around 60-degrees across the lower third of Minnesota is unusual. Boulay says normal highs this time of year are in the 30s, with upper 20s in the far north. More true-to-form, temperatures in northwestern Minnesota might only reach the mid-30's on Thanksgiving -- and that could well be the statewide story by Friday. Meanwhile, today's (WED) highs are expected to hit 65 across southern Minnesota.
Thanksgiving eve is one of the busiest days of the year at Minneapolis-St. Paul International. Spokeswoman Amanda Greene Guentzel says it's important to arrive at least two hours prior to your flight today. She says there's only one security checkpoint open at Terminal 2, Humphrey, because the other is closed for remodeling -- so lines could get a little long. Greene Guentzel says printing your boarding pass before you get to the airport can save valuable time. She also recommends advance seat reservations and checking your airline's luggage size restrictions.
The price of gas is back up, just in time for folks heading out for the holiday. Minnesota-Gas-Prices-dot-Com reports regular unleaded averaging close to 3-29 a gallon this morning, over a nickel higher than it was a week ago. Prices are still cheaper than last Thanksgiving -- and less than the current national average.
A construction worker is safe in southeastern Minnesota after being trapped in a building which collapsed on Tuesday. The man was one of three doing abatement work inside the Dodge Center Maintenance Building when boards were heard snapping. The local fire department used a chainsaw to free the man from his skid steer loader. There were no injuries. The building, which was otherwise empty, was scheduled to be torn down next week.
Experts at the Minnesota Health Department think norovirus is the cause of about 50 people getting sick in Mankato. More than one in ten who attended an event at the Verizon Wireless Center last week ended up with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Norovirus is spread rather easily and comes from having contact with fecal matter. Health Department officials are investigating where the disease might have originated.