Severe weather and other emergency alerts are coming soon to Minnesotans' smartphones and cellphones, the Associated Press reports. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says it will be ready to send imminent threat alerts by the end of this week. Severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service should be available in the next week or two.
Here's the press release with more information from DPS.
In related news, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that AT&T can build a 450-foot cell-phone tower in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which irked conservation advocates, the Duluth News Tribune reports. AT&T said benefits of the tower include improved phone service in an emergency for residents and visitors to the area.