Now that the "ring beam" is gone, the demolition of the Metrodome looks like is has slipped into high gear. At the rate they're going there may be not much more than a hole in the ground by St. Patrick's Day.
The city says unusually deep snow has narrowed streets because plows can't push any more onto the boulevards. That's made two-way traffic impossible in places and streets too narrow for fire trucks to pass and fire crews to work.
The road will be closed in both directions. Crews will be moving north and southbound traffic to the newly completed east span of the Lafayette bridge.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident happened around 3 p.m. Friday on Highway 3 near Northfield.
They follow delays of earlier this month when freight trains stalled due to cold weather. Last week, trains hit cars stalled on the tracks two days in a row.
City officials put the ban in place Sunday morning. There is no parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes. Cars parked on the even side risk tagging and towing.
An Idaho demolition contractor blew up the Metrodome this morning. They touched off the blast about 7:30 A.M., after closing the streets around the Metrodome and cordoning off a safety area in the neighborhood.
An investigation is under way, and five people are now confirmed dead, at least three of them children, after fire swept through the second floor of a duplex in north Minneapolis on Friday.
Fire crews were called to the neighborhood at about 5 a.m. on a report of smoke in the area. They found a fire in a duplex at 2818 Colfax Ave. N. where 15 people were living. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said firefighters attempted to rescue people in the building in what he called very precarious conditions.
Caitlin Barton, 25, had been in critical condition after the incident, which took place shortly after dark on Wednesday.
This is the first deal to take advantage of a law enacted in 2012 to allow off-track betting. The agreement is subject to state and federal approval, but backers hope to get it operating during this year's racing season.
The paper is selling five blocks of downtown Minneapolis to developer Ryan Cos. for a planned $400 million development, including a massive new Wells Fargo office complex covering two city blocks.
If state officials and Vikings' owners have their way, Vikings games won't be the only events to occupy the new downtown Minneapolis stadium now under construction.
No one was reported hurt in the incident, which reportedly started in St. Paul.
It's the third year for the popular festival, part of the Walker's outdoor summer festival. It played last year at the Minnesota State Fair, and is returning to the Walker's Open Field space in Minneapolis on Aug. 14.