St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS—It's bad out there. A winter storm that dumped as much as a foot of snow on the Twin Cities made driving hazardous on Monday across the metro and much of southern Minnesota, where even more snow had accumulated. The storm also led to school closings, the cancellation of hundreds of flights at the Twin Cities airport and the imposition of snow emergencies in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Minnesota State Patrol as of late afternoon reported hundreds of crashes, hundreds of vehicle spinouts and dozens of jackknifed semis across the region.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Wednesday collected on her Vikings-Saints wager with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. After reliving Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown catch -- Klobuchar enthusiastically, Kennedy not so much -- Kennedy offered Klobuchar a king cake -- a traditional Mardi Gras cake, according to a video of the exchange sent out by her office.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings are painting the town purple in preparation for Sunday's divisional playoff against the Saints. They're asking fans to show their support by lighting their houses purple, too. On Friday, Jan. 12, seven landmarks displayed purple lighting: the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the I-35W bridge, the ISD Center, the Lowry Avenue Bridge, the Mall of America, the Nicollet Mall and Target Corporate. Even the newly lit Grain Belt Beer sign got in on the fun.
ST. PAUL -- It’s official. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park (though some construction had started last weekend).
ST. PAUL -- A Forest Lake man was shot dead in a home in St. Paul on Wednesday night, and police have made an arrest in the case. Police were called about 11 p.m. Wednesday to the report of a shooting in the lower level of a duplex where officers found a man with an apparent gunshot wound, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
ST. PAUL -- Salvation Army was 10 percent behind last year’s fundraising numbers with only eight days of bell-ringing to go. On Saturday, a donor dropped a $200,000 check into a kettle, helping bring that deficit to just 7 percent behind last year’s numbers. The check, dropped in a kettle at a Cub Foods in the south metro, is the second-largest donation ever dropped into a red kettle in the Twin Cities.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fifty-two days before Super Bowl 52, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee on Thursday unveiled its plans for a zip line to run across the Mississippi River during the 10-day Super Bowl festival.
ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra picked up nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo has advanced to the playoffs of NBC’s vocal competition show “The Voice,” after impressing judges with a rendition of Luther Vandross’ “Superstar.” Tuaolo, 49, of Minneapolis, survived the show’s Knockout Round on Monday night after Blake Shelton chose Tuaolo’s performance over fellow competitor Adam Cunningham’s.
LINO LAKES, Minn. -- A crash killed a motorcyclist, injured the driver of a vehicle and started a grass fire in Lino Lakes on Friday. Lino Lakes police and firefighters responded about 2:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, to a crash between a motorcycle and vehicle at 20th Avenue and Rehbein Street. The motorcyclist, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.