The project is expected to cost more than $300 million, and will be the biggest expansion since the mall opened in 1992. It includes a JW Marriott hotel on the north side of the mall, opposite the Radisson Blue that opened a year ago on the south side of the mall.
It's the third crash with multiple deaths in three weeks. Four young men were killed in a crash near Sleepy Eye on March 7, and three Carleton College students were killed in a crash near Northfield on Feb. 28.
Six members of the NFL's Super Bowl unit toured the construction site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and venues like the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Union Depot in St. Paul and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
Three people had to be rescued from the home. One of them was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with what fire officials described as non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators suspect smoking materials on a love seat in the living room may have caught fire, but haven't ruled out an electrical malfunction, fire spokeswoman Cherie Penn said.
When 5,200 voters went to the polls Tuesday, the measure failed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
The state of Minnesota has reported a sharp increase in motorcycle fatalities in the last two years. Preliminary numbers showed rider deaths were up 9 percent, to 60 killed last year. The first died in a crash on April 4, 2013.
The blast is planned for 10 a.m. Sunday. Authorities plan to close roads in the area and keep watchers at a distance.
Starting Tuesday, seven Greyhound buses a day will stop at Union Depot, including two express buses that offer non-stop service to other cities.
Weeks of heavy snow and bitter cold blocked storm sewer catch basins that normally drain melting water from curbs and gutters.
Authorities in west central Minnesota have identified a high school student who died after apparently fleeing from police at a weekend party.
Deep snow and record cold have taken an unusual toll on wildlife this winter. With lakes so deeply frozen this year, swans and other birds are having a hard time finding open water. "They have to stand on ice a lot more than they usually would have to. And that's really hard on their feet," said Agnes Hutchinson of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Police in Faribault are investigating the death of 23-year-old Cody Alan Simon, who was found frozen in an industrial park near town.
In a statement Wednesday morning, police say they found a 9mm handgun in a sock with Terrance Franklin's DNA hidden in a home in northeast Minneapolis. It was reported stolen in a burglary the day before Franklin was killed.
Underground pipes that enter homes are freezing, and many residents are letting water run continuously to avoid repairs that can cost hundreds of dollars.