March comes in like a lamb, with record warmth this weekend
MINNEAPOLIS — Highs remain 25-plus degrees above average Friday, and daily heat records will likely be broken this weekend. Friday's high will be near 60 degrees. Winds remain strong with gusts between 20-25 mph.Saturday and Sunday will also feature highs in the 60s, and Sunday may even hit 70. Sunday evening will bring our next storm system. The tracking has been trending north some. The moisture will be limited. Rain chances are expected to increase by night. Showers may briefly transition to snow overnight into Monday morning.Temperatures return to the 40s after that system moves through for the first few days of next week. Highs are even projected in the 50s by midweek.
Dance team made up of seniors perform at Gophers halftime show
MINNEAPOLIS — At the Pillars of Prospect Park, a senior facility that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care, a dance class became so popular among residents that they took it to a different level."It's just fun to be with people that laugh a lot and so we do. And if we make any mistakes... Nobody will care," Brenda Hoffman said.Loren Sass had to leave his comfort zone to participate and that's the point."I am not a sports fan. In fact, this is sort of an incomprehensible activity. My children are quite amazed I'm doing this," Sass said.When WCCO visited,...
Good Question: With added service charges, when should customers tip at restaurants?
MINNEAPOLIS — Going out to eat is getting a bit awkward in the Twin Cities. A growing number of restaurants are adding additional charges to bills, making it hard to determine when and when not to tip.Traditionally, diners write in a tip of around 15-20%. But what used to be a cut and dry process is getting complicated.WCCO looked at receipts from a list of restaurants. Instead of just gratuity, they each had other charges listed — all different amounts and all different labels — like a service charge, service fee, heath and wellness charge, hospitality charge and surcharge."People are...
Family of slain paramedic Adam Finseth looks to write book for his children
MINNEAPOLIS — The family of a fallen first responder is asking for the community's help to continue his legacy.Austin Smith is the brother-in-law of Adam Finseth, the Burnsville firefighter/paramedic killed in the line of duty alongside police officers Matthew Ruge and Paul Elmstrand. A third officer, Sgt. Adam Medlicott was shot too, but he's out of the hospital and recovering at home. "It's been devastating, you know, it's definitely been the hardest two weeks of our lives," Smith said.Since Finseth's death, many have shared memories about how he helped them as a firefighter, paramedic or soldier.RELATED: Sculptures honoring first...
Harris will tout apprenticeships in a swing state visit to Wisconsin
Vice President Kamala Harris plans to return to the swing state of Wisconsin next week for an event touting worker apprenticeship programs, the White House announced Thursday.The visit to Madison will mark her sixth trip to Wisconsin as vice president and her second this year. She was in Waukesha in January for an abortion rights rally.Wisconsin is one of just a handful of battleground states in the presidential election. President Joe Biden won the state in 2020 by less than 1 percentage point and both sides are making it a target again this year.The White House said Harris will highlight the Biden administration's commitment to registered apprenticeship programs and creating high-paying union jobs. Harris will be joined by Secretary of Labor Julie Su. Last year, Biden visited a union training site near Madison. He has made eight trips to Wisconsin as president.
Shirtless US Senate candidate submerges himself in Wisconsin lake, issues challenge to opponent
A shirtless candidate for U.S. Senate broke through the ice of a Madison lake Thursday hoping to pour cold water on any notion that he's a soft Californian, not a hardy Wisconsinite.And then Eric Hovde challenged his Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, to take the plunge as well.The multimillionaire Republican Hovde is trying to combat attacks from Baldwin and Democrats that he's more Golden State than Dairy State. Hovde was born and raised in Wisconsin, but also owns a $7 million estate in Laguna Beach, California, and is CEO of California-based H Bancorp and its primary subsidiary, Sunwest Bank.Hovde...
Man with 5 kids in the car arrested for DUI in Wisconsin
DUNN COUNTY, Wis. — Authorities in western Wisconsin say a man arrested for driving under the influence Thursday afternoon had five children in the car with him at the time.According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by a 34-year-old man from Freeport, Illinois around 3:20 p.m. on Interstate 94 westbound near mile marker 55 for speeding and not wearing his seat belt.MORE NEWS: Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park temporarily shut down due to crashThe trooper allegedly observed signs of impairment and field sobriety tests suggested the man had been driving under the influence. He was arrested and taken to a hospital for an evidentiary test of his blood.The WSP says two nine-month-olds, a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds were in the vehicle. They were released to another adult family member.WCCO typically does not name suspects until they are formally charged with a crime.
Astronomers discover 3 tiny moons orbiting Uranus and Neptune
Astronomers with the International Astronomical Union have discovered three previously unknown moons at the farthest planets of our solar system — two circling Neptune and one around Uranus. The moons were spotted using powerful land-based telescopes at various sites the world. The latest discovery put Uranus at 28 known moons and Neptune at 16.One moon orbiting Uranus is so small it only measures five miles in diameter. "The three newly discovered moons are the faintest ever found around these two ice giant planets using ground-based telescopes," Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science, said in a statement Friday. "It took special...
Minnesota Vikings release RB Alexander Mattison
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have released running back Alexander Mattison, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday.Mattison stepped in last season after the Vikings released Dalvin Cook. He was originally picked by the Vikings in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.RELATED: After home opener, Vikings' Alexander Mattison meets young fan who survived open heart surgeryDuring the season Mattison logged 180 carries, caught 30 passes and ran 700 yards.Mattison is now a free agent.
1 dead in north Minneapolis shooting, police say
MINNEAPOLIS — Police in Minneapolis have confirmed one person is dead following a shooting on the city's north side Thursday afternoon.According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 3900 block of Sheridan Avenue North around 4:39 p.m.Upon arrival, officers found a man with a life-threatening gunshot wound. Life-saving measures were attempted, but the man died at the scene.MORE NEWS: Aerials show Minneapolis homeless encampment wiped out after massive fireInvestigators say the man had been in a parked car when he was fatally shot. Bystanders had pulled him from the car and performed CPR while waiting for first responders.Police found multiple bullet casings nearby.No arrests have been made and the shooting is under investigation. Anyone with information related to the case can submit an anonymous tip by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by going online.
"First sign of spring" shows up in Minneapolis weeks ahead of schedule
MINNEAPOLIS — If you aren't looking for it, it'd be easy to miss it. But when Minneapolis Horticulture Supervisor Kait Ryan spotted it, there was no mistaking its significance.The "it" is the snowdrop flower. First spotted Feb. 12 in the city's Lyndale Park Rose Garden, they hit full bloom by Feb 21."This is like the first sign of spring," Ryan said. "I've never remembered snowdrops blooming in February in my time growing up in the Twin Cities."The February bloom is rare — in 2023, Ryan says snowdrops, which are consistently the first blooming flower each spring, didn't come...
Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park temporarily shut down due to crash
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — Part of Highway 610 shut down temporarily Thursday evening after a crash involving multiple vehicles in Brooklyn Park.The Brooklyn Park Police Department says its officers along with the Minnesota State Patrol were dispatched to an accident with unknown injuries on westbound Highway 610 over Highway 169 shortly before 6 p.m.MORE NEWS: Minnesota's projected surplus increases to $3.7 billion, but potential warning signs in future yearsUpon arrival, officers found the vehicles were blocking both lanes of westbound 610. The section of road closed while first responders provided aid to the victims and the crash was cleared.Police did not say how many people were injured or the extent of any injuries.The highway reopened around 6:50 p.m.The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash.
U.S. warns spring travelers to Mexico to "exercise increased caution"
The U.S. on Thursday warned American citizens traveling to Mexico for spring break to exercise increased caution."Crime, including violent crime, can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations," the U.S. Mission to Mexico said in a news release. It advised travelers to maintain situational awareness and promptly leave potentially dangerous situations.The advisory said travelers should be particularly cautious in downtown areas of popular spring break destinations, including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, especially after dark.Thursday's advisory also cautioned against using synthetic drugs, unregulated alcohol and counterfeit medication while in the country, noting previous, correlated deaths and injuries...
Future of Big Kandiyohi Lake campground uncertain after burial ground discovered on site
KANDIYOHI COUNTY, Minn. — The future of a Minnesota park is uncertain after a burial ground was discovered on site.Managers at Big Kandiyohi Lake, County Park East say the campground has been in existence for more than 60 years. "There are boats, tubing, fishing, it's very active," said Kelsey Baker, Kandiyohi County administrator. During the spring and summer, Big Kandiyohi Lake comes to life - and so does the campground at County Park East. But a new construction project uncovered old artifacts."From there we had to do a cultural resource survey and that's when we found out there were artifacts, remains, and...
Bystanders became lifesavers at MSP Airport by saving a man suffering cardiac arrest
MINNEAPOLIS — On Thursday morning, three Minnesotans were recognized for their brave actions to help save a man's life when he went into a cardiac arrest.Mark and Kirsten Kortesma from Duluth and Dr. Kyle Menzel from Hermantown all received "Heart Saving Hero" awards from the Twin Cities chapters of the American Heart Association. It was all because of their actions seven months prior.On July 28, 2023, 57-year-old Jay May, of Zimmerman, landed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a fishing trip in Anchorage, Alaska around 9:30 p.m. While May was waiting for his luggage at the baggage claim carousel, he...
Hacking at UnitedHealth cripples swath U.S. health system: What to know
Early in the morning of Feb. 21, Change Healthcare, a company unknown to most Americans that plays a huge role in the U.S. health system, issued a brief statement saying some of its applications were "currently unavailable."By the afternoon, the company described the situation as a "cybersecurity" problem.Since then, it has rapidly blossomed into a crisis.The company, recently purchased by insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, reportedly suffered a cyberattack. The impact is wide and expected to grow. Change Healthcare's business is maintaining health care's pipelines — payments, requests for insurers to authorize care, and much more. Those pipes handle a big load: Change...
Helium discovery in northern Minnesota may be biggest ever in North America
MINNEAPOLIS — Scientists and researchers are celebrating what they call a "dream" discovery after an exploratory drill confirmed a high concentration of helium buried deep in Minnesota's Iron Range.Thomas Abraham-James, CEO of Pulsar Helium, said the confirmed presence of helium could be one of the most significant such finds in the world."There was a lot of screaming, a lot of hugging and high fives. It's nice to know the efforts all worked out and we pulled it off," Abraham-James said.CBS News Minnesota toured the drill site soon after the drill rig first broke ground at the beginning of February. The discovery happened...
LG's brand-new G4 and C4 OLED TVs are here, and the pre-order perks are amazing
Are you looking for a great deal on a state-of-the-art, big screen smart TV that's so new, it's not even available to the public yet? LG is taking preorders on 2024 editions of its OLED G4 and OLED C4 TVs. And if you order before March 17, you'll get some nifty money saving perks. Take advantage of 5% back in LG Rewards, snag up to 25% off an LG soundbar and get free in-home wall mounting or TV stand setup. Discover LG's new 2024 C4 TVsThe C4 Series TVs are LG's brand-new flagship OLED models, replacing the 2023 C3s. They feature more...
Iowa star Caitlin Clark declares for WNBA Draft, will skip final season of college eligilbility
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa's Caitlin Clark announced Thursday that she will leave the Hawkeyes after this season and enter the WNBA Draft.Clark made the announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter."It is impossible to fully express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me during my time at Iowa — my teammates, who made the last four years the best; my coaches, trainers, and staff who always let me be me; Hawkeye fans who filled Carver every night; and everyone who came out to support us across the country, especially the young kids," Clark wrote in her announcement.The news comes...
Minneapolis police investigating woman's "suspicious death" inside North Loop apartment
MINNEAPOLIS — A woman who had been dead "for an unknown amount of time" was found in a North Loop apartment Thursday, according to Minneapolis police, who are now investigating.A dead body was reported in an apartment building on the 700 block of North Fourth Street around 3 p.m., the city's police department said. Officers found a 47-year-old deceased woman inside. She has not been publicly identified. READ MORE: Man killed in shooting near downtown Minneapolis that hurt 3 others was Pierre MillerPolice classified her death as suspicious, but have not yet determined a cause or manner.No one has been arrested.
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