Weather affecting roads all over MinnesotaMinnesota News
-- A mix of rain, sleet and snow left roads across Minnesota dangerous and messy, and it may not improve much today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
A mix of rain, sleet and snow left roads across Minnesota dangerous and messy, and it may not improve much today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. There were nearly 400 crashes statewide from noon to 9 p.m., and Minnesota State Patrol says 48 people were hurt, but none critically, and there were no death. There were also nearly 300 slide-offs, three of them involving jackknifed semis. A foggy morning commute is expected, on roads that are slush-covered. Another round of snow is expected tonight (Monday), tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and again early Wednesday.
A series of hearings at the state Capitol will focus on how the recession has impacted college education in Minnesota. D-F-L State Representative Gene Pelowski of Winona says lawmakers need a clear picture of the impact of historic cuts, tuition increases and increased student debt. The U of M and MnSCU will present their current budgets for lawmakers today and after the hearing -- the committee will hear budget requests from University leaders.
A Minnesota State trooper was injured in a crash on the exit ramp from westbound Interstate 494 to northbound Interstate 35W in Richfield Saturday night, and State Patrol says the driver who hit his squad car was drunk. Two squad cars were at the scene of an unrelated crash, with their emergency lights on and lit flares in the roadway, and that's when patrol says a drunk driver sideswiped the first squad car and then rear-ended the second. Trooper Allen Thill was treated and released. The trooper in the other squad was not hurt. Officials say the driver failed a preliminary alcohol test and was arrested, and a passenger in his car suffered minor injuries.
The weekend event that had police in St. Cloud concerned and planning stepped up patrols didn't take place after all. The hip-hop show billed as “St. Cloud: The Takeover” would have bussed people 18 and over in from the Twin Cities, but the owner of RumRunners Bar Jamie Dickmann says he decided to cancel the event because of public safety concerns. He says he was taken off-guard by the way the event took off through social media and says they originally expected only about 30 people. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson warned his department would take a zero-tolerance approach to crime this weekend.
A 20-year-old Eveleth man is hospitalized after being allegedly stabbed by his older brother. The 23-year-old man was arrested on tentative charges of first-degree assault. On Friday, Eveleth Police received a report from a male caller saying he had just stabbed his brother. He also reportedly made threats about also having a gun. After a 30 minute standoff, the suspect surrendered to police. A knife was recovered from the scene but no gun. Officials say it's unclear what started the altercation between the two siblings.