Three people are seriously injured after two charter buses collided on an entrance ramp to Highway 280. The collision happened yesterday morning between a bus with only a driver and one carrying 50 people to the State Fair. Eight people were taken to hospitals with injuries, including both drivers. Another 24 people received treatment at the scene. The drivers and a passenger were in serious condition when they were taken from the scene of the crash.
Roadwork this weekend on I-35 West will make heading into downtown a pain in the neck. Heavy traffic is expected because of a preseason Minnesota Vikings game, several Twins games, and the Minnesota State Fair.
The Minnesota Supreme Court says St. Paul must put its organized trash collection system to a vote. The court issued an order yesterday that the issue has to be put on the November 5th ballot. Voters will decide whether to agree to the plan or overturn it. The plan rolled out in October 2018 and has been challenged by residents.
The Minnesota State Fair is in full swing. The Great Minnesota Get-Together opened its gates yesterday. Some fair-goers were concerned about safety after the recent mass shootings. Fair officials say a comprehensive security plan is in place.
Folks in Minneapolis are fed up with the Southwest light-rail construction. The city has stopped issuing weekend and after-hours construction permits due to residents complaining about the noise and traffic. The construction of the 14-and-a-half mile route between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie got underway in the spring.
The 25th annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour is just weeks away. The community-wide bike event will start at the University of Saint Thomas and then move through the historic neighborhoods. An estimated 6-thousand riders are expected to attend the event on Sunday September 8th. All ages and riding levels are invited. Those who are interested can sign up online, or you can register on the day of the event. For more information go to bikeclassic dot org.
It’s day two of the Great Minnesota Get-Together and it’s “Governor’s Fire Prevention Day.” Fair officials say it’s the “largest fire prevention education event in the world.” Attendees will learn fire safety tips such as ways to prevent fires, how to safely evacuate from their homes or buildings in the event of a fire and how to use a fire extinguisher. The events will all take place at the Dann Patch Park, the North End and the DNR Park.
Minnesota health officials are reporting eleven new lung injury cases associated with vaping or e-cigarette use. The newly reported cases add to four confirmed cases detected at Children’s hospitals in the Twin Cities in recent weeks. State investigators are still verifying the connection between the injuries and vaping, but the cases are part of a national outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 150 cases in 16 states since June 28th.
Officials are warning folks about another robbery on the U of M campus this week. A person was allegedly assaulted and robbed last night around 8:45 near the intersection of 19th Avenue South and South 4th Street. The victim told police two men on bikes knocked them over, punched and kicked them and then stole their cell phone. It comes after a similar report was made on Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Sun Country Airlines is announcing two new non-stop seasonal flight routes to Sarasota, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas. The new flights will begin in December.
The annual dragon boat races in Superior are back. The paddle-powered boats start racing Saturday morning. The family friendly event draws large crowds from the surrounding area.