The Minnesota Department of Transportation said Friday that it will install U.S. flags on a number of bridges in the northwest Twin Cities metro area. The move comes after MnDOT faced numerous complaints from the public and a VFW in Brooklyn Park over the removal of flags illegally placed on bridges in the metro.
Woman breaks free after being kidnapped and taken to Brooklyn Park
The woman was taken by force as she arrived at her work in Plymouth.
Planned Parenthood suspends abortion services in WI due to 173-year-old law
A battle in the courts is likely coming.
How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction
The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
St. Paul's new 'skate trail' brings non-traditional park to life
Gateway Park is the first of four parks to open in the Highland Bridge redevelopment.
80 mph winds, large hail possible with severe storms in MN
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the state until 3 a.m. Saturday.
30 people evacuated as flooding hammers small town
It's assumed that at least eight inches of rain fell in Randall, with more heavy rain expected Friday night into Saturday morning.
Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night
Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.
Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights
Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.
Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans
It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.
Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence
The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.
Minnesota State colleges, U of M boosting tuition again
The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.
Flag feud pits VFW against MnDOT
After flying American flags for eight years over five highway overpasses, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has told the Palmer Lake VFW in Brooklyn Park to take them down, WCCO reports. For safety reasons, a state law forbids people from affixing objects to an overpass. But VFW officials say they should be able to fly the flag wherever they want.
U.S. flags fly again on bridges ... but now they need lights
A controversy seemed to be quelled last week after a VFW chapter complained that the Minnesota Department of Transportation was making it remove U.S. flags that the VFW had placed on highway bridges in Brooklyn Park, citing safety reasons. MnDOT officials agreed to affix the flags themselves. But at least one of the flags has no lighting. So MnDOT plans to light the flags, too, but it was not clear when, or how much it would cost, KSTP reports.
State-of-the-art technology wheels in new bridge
Crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation used a "self-propelled modular transporter" for the first time to move the Maryland Avenue bridge over Interstate 35E Saturday. Kent Barnard with MnDOT tells KARE 11 the new technology reduced closure time for the bridge deck by 50 percent.
MnDOT on standby for road buckles
With heavy traffic, humidity and temperatures hovering around the 90 degree mark, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says its ready to respond to any road buckling on the state's highways. MnDOT says so far, no roads have buckled due to the conditions.
Mild winter translates into about $20M in savings for MnDOT
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) saved about $20 million last winter thanks to a milder temperatures and a below average snowfall. WCCO-TV reports that MnDOT spent $45.9 million on winter maintenance over the winter, down from $66.1 million the year before. The state says the extra cash will come in handy in other areas.
MnDOT releases list of 2012 construction projects
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will spend $1.1 billion on more than 300 projects across the state this year. Among the projects include improvements to railroad crossings, repair seawalls and docks and make improvements on runways and terminals at regional airports.
MnDOT: Construction on new St. Croix River bridge to begin next spring
MnDOT officials tell MPR that foundation work on the new bridge crossing the St. Croix River downstream from Stillwater will begin next spring, rather than in 2014. The proposed four-lane bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin will replace the 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge. The entire project is estimated to cost up to $676 million and take about three years to complete.
MnDot calls for $2.4B upgrade for high-speed train to Milwaukee
The proposed upgrade to Amtrak’s Empire Builder train route would create a service boasting six daily trips to Milwaukee with a travel time of three hours.
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