Traffic is expected to be a nightmare this weekend on I-494 in the southeast Twin Cities metro area. In addition, to your usual weekend roadwork, you also have the X-Games at U.S. Bank stadium. The Twins have some home games, there is a Minnesota United game and an Art fairs is going on.

New drive-throughs in the city of Minneapolis may soon become a thing of the past. The City Council is one step closer to banning new drive-throughs at fast food restaurants, banks, and other businesses.  A committee voted unanimously on Thursday.  They are already banned in many of the city’s zoning districts.

The five-year-old boy who back in April was thrown 40 feet from a Mall of America balcony is out of intensive care and has been moved to an inpatient physical rehab facility. The man who through the child said he was just looking for someone to kill.

Minneapolis police are investigating after swastika graffiti was found on a door at the Lake Harriet Upper School yesterday. Police believe it could have happened as far back as July 28th.

Folks are already getting ticked for violating the new Hands-free law that took effect yesterday. Law enforcement statewide have a zero-tolerance policy, so don’t think you can feign ignorance to get out of a ticket. One woman was actually texting about the law as a cop pulled her over… the irony… This makes Minnesota is the 19th state with a hands-free law.

The National Weather Service says 20-19 is the fifth wettest year on record in the Twin Cities.  In July the metro area accumulated almost six-and-a-half inches of rainfall. Since July we have gotten almost 35 inches of rain, that is seven inches above normal.

The annual Uptown Art Fair starts today in Minneapolis. Organizers say more than 325 artists from across the globe that will be showing off their work. Indeed Brewing has created an exclusive beer for the fair this weekend. Hibiscus Shenanigans Uptown will be available during the fairs run from August 2nd through the 4th.

One person is dead after an early morning officer-involved shooting in North Minneapolis. The shooting happened after police got into a confrontation with a man who had already shot a woman. The suspected fired at police, they returned fire and he died at the scene. No officers were injured

A home invasion robbery early Thursday morning in St Paul results in the homeowner shot three times and his girlfriend tied up. Police believe the man might have been targeted after a recent post on Facebook about the success he had on his trip to Las Vegas. The man was shot in the leg and buttocks, officials say he will survive. It appears that the three suspects, made off with the couple’s two vehicles. So far, no arrests have been made.

A St Cloud woman was struck and killed while trying to cross the intersection at highway 10 and East Saint Germain Street Thursday night. The accident happened at 11:30, a pickup had the green light but 57-year-old Judith Ramirez walked out into the road and was hit.

A wrong-way driver kills six people in a fiery crash early this morning on I-90 near Eyota. The accident happened when a driver headed the wrong direction struck an oncoming vehicle at milepost 223 between the Marion Rest Area and Highway 42.  One of the vehicles burst into flames. Authorities have not determined which car was going in the wrong direction.

A Twin Cities coin dealer who operated a counterfeit coin fraud scene is headed to the federal penitentiary to server 30 months behind bars. Barry Skog confessed to stealing over 57-thousand dollars from unidentified victims.

The country’s largest bank has finally put a branch in the Twin Cities.  JPMorgan Chase has opened a location on Southeast Washington Avenue.  The ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening will be on August 29th. JPMorgan Chase plans to open 25 branches in the Twin Cities over the next five years.


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