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July 28, 2007

TWO MEN MISSING IN THE "CITY UNDER THE CITY"

There is about 1400 miles of sewer underneath the city of St. Paul, which many consider to be a "city under the city".

On Thursday afternoon, water rushed into the sewer unexpectedly, which resulted in fast moving waters and an emergency situation.

Now, people are searching for the second of two missing workers in the Mississippi river. Crews found the body of one man, Dave Yasis, 23, Friday night.

"Everything (from the tunnel) goes to the river," Maczko said.

The search for Joe Harlow, 34, of Plainview, resumed before 7 a.m. Saturday. Harlow is a father of four from Plainview.

The two men worked for Lametti and Sons, of Hugo, Minn., and were working with five other men on a storm sewer when a severe thunderstorm hit the St. Paul area Thursday afternoon.

July 22, 2007

45-year-old Blaine Woman Dead

This morning a 45-year-old woman was shot and killed inside her own home in Blaine.

Her husband, 47-year-old Gary Tomassoni, and 14-year-old son were the only other people home at the time. The son called 911 to report that a male intruder had shot the woman.

Police conducted a full search of the area, but later arrested the husband.


Nearly everyone at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine knew the victim, who worked there as a part-time cashier for the past couple of years.

"She pretty much brought the life here. I always enjoyed working with her," said employee Roxxi Kroschel.

July 18, 2007

FOUR GOPHERS KICKED OFF FOOTBALL TEAM

This story has been in and out of the news for quite some time now. Finally, after more than 3 months, there is closure in the case. The four U of M players being investigated in the rape case were kicked off the football team on Wednesday.

Dominic Jones, a cornerback charged Monday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman in April, and three teammates -- running back E.J. Jones, defensive end Alex Daniels and defensive back Keith Massey were dismissed from the team Wednesday, coach Tim Brewster said.

Alex Daniels, one of the four dismissed from the team, allegedly used his cell phone to video tape Jones having sex with an 18 year old woman, who was said to be physically helpless after a night of binge drinking.

Investigators estimated the woman's blood-alcohol content was more than 0.30 when they say Daniels used his cell phone to film Jones having sex with the woman. Forensic scientists later recovered a portion of the deleted film from the phone and say they have DNA evidence linking Jones to the woman.

July 11, 2007

Stillwater Fire

A Stillwater family's home is destroyed after a fire at 10 Tuesday night, but the family is safe thanks to their smoke detectors.

Firefighters had to truck in water because there are no hydrants in the area. Three people inside the home escaped unharmed after hearing smoke alarms go off.

Four crews battled the flames Tuesday night.

"When we're in a rural setting, we need to shuttle water in to fight the fire," said Stillwater Fire Chief Stuart Glaser. "It's a devastating fire, a devastating loss for the family. It's unfortunate."

June 30, 2007

Yay for Public Transportation!

Being a strong advocate of Public Transportation, I (along with many other Minnesotans - I'm sure) was glad to hear that changes are being made to make traveling through Downtown Minneapolis much easier.

The changes to be made will benefit practically everyone - bikers, drivers, pedestrians, and bus riders.

The first order of business is reducing the buses on the Nicollet Mall and replacing them hybrids. Next, bikers will be back on the mall legally. The driving lanes on Marquette and 2nd Avenues will be reduced to one and an additional bus lane will be added. The last phase turns both Hennepin and 1st Avenues from one way streets into two way.

City leaders say Minneapolis is the employment center of the state and this new street plan will allow triple the amount of people to move through it. The downtown changes will be phased in over a 10 year period.

Hopefully these changes will in fact make Minneapolis a safer and quieter place for those who travel through the city.

June 19, 2007

I-35W Commute = Insane

It seems that there is always road work slowing down the daily commute for Minnesotans, but even without extra delays the traffic itself can be a bit too much for some to handle.

The river bridge work is causing traffic tie ups on 35 beginning at Stinson Boulevard all the way to Interstate 94.

Although this is "construction season", many think that there aren't enough warnings put out before various projects begin.

"We anticipated there would be traffic impact and we did try to put the notice out," Embacher said.

During the night and on the weekends, there will only be one open lane in each direction.

In addition to the lane closures, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will close southbound I-35W at 8 p.m. on June 22 and will reopen it June 25 at 5 a.m. The recommended detour is Highway 280 to I-94.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late September.

The constant road work and heavy traffic has become a serious issue for Minnesota commuters. Many people are now choosing to carpool, or use public transportation which in the long run can save both time and money.

June 12, 2007

Boating Accidents in Minnesota

21-year-old Chris Johnson was involved in a boating accident yesterday. Johnson's swimsuit got tangled in the boat's propeller, eventually resulting in a large cut on his leg. Luckily, his swimsuit happened to form a tourniquet around his leg. "The doctors said I probably could have died if that wasn't the case," said Johnson.

This incident is only one of several recent boating accidents in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is constantly reminding boaters to take precautions and make safety their first priority.

The search continues for a body in the Mississippi River, after a deadly accident in Southeastern Minnesota in Mid-May.

Electrical shock, and severed limbs are two of the most common types of injuries suffered by Minnesota boaters.