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.
The City of St. Paul says it will begin towing away cars that violate the city's even-side parking ban as early as today.
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.