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While construction work is beginning on the new Red Wing Bridge project this month, people can now watch what the finished product is expected to look like. An updated visualization from the Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments gives viewers the driver's seat perspective of the new bridge and new approach roadways. The video includes the button-hook ramp and jughandle intersection, as well as the bridge's artistic and design features. The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, barring any emergency closures.
BUHL, Minn. — Two people were killed following an alcohol-involved two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 169 outside Buhl late Saturday. Jason Michael Gates, 26, of Superior, and 7-year-old Snowden Elizabeth Bothwell, of Hibbing, died in the crash, said the Minnesota State Patrol in a news release Sunday. They were in opposing vehicles that collided at the intersection of Highway 169 and St. Louis County Road 25 in Great Scott Township.
The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967. For 50 years, the designation has provided a dedicated time frame to remind people — residents, of course, but especially their friends and families — just how much long-term facility staff and volunteers do for those in their care. The week always starts on Mother's Day, which is appropriate given that the majority of nursing home residents are women. The radio of women to men is 7:1 or greater, depending on the source.
NORTHFIELD, Minn.—A threatening note reportedly left on a black student's car at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., was apparently a hoax intended "to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate," according to emails from St. Olaf President David Anderson to students and faculty. The note, which included a racial slur and an admonition to "Shut up or I will shut you up," was reported to St. Olaf officials in late April and prompted hundreds of students to boycott classes in protest on May 1.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — "What's inside a tree isn't always what you'd expect," says sculptor and Macalester College professor, Stanton Sears. His new exhibit of wood-based sculpture, "Inside+Outside," opens Friday, May 12, at Abode Gallery in Stockholm. Sears, who typically works in large-scale metal sculpture, is exploring the textures and forms that appear when the bark is peeled away. As he carves, paints and sculpts tree branches and trunks, he creates forms and textures that aren't usually associated with wood.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn.—A St. Thomas Academy teacher has been fired after she allegedly sent "inappropriate and concerning" text messages to at least three students, according to the all-male Catholic prep school in Mendota Heights. The content of the text messages centered around drugs and alcohol, said Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy. The allegations are being investigated, said McCarthy, who added that the teacher has not been arrested.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—A woman suspected in a stabbing that was part of a pre-arranged, brass knuckles fight among seven people Sunday afternoon in north St. Cloud was arrested late Sunday. Shyla Rae Storkamp, 25, faces possible charges of first- and second-degree assault, according to St. Cloud police. She was one of three females and four males fighting with clubs and sticks about 3 p.m.
ELLSWORTH — To celebrate Arbor Day, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services delivered more than 960 evergreen tree seedlings to fourth-graders within the Durand, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Pepin, Plum City, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley school districts throughout the week. Each student, through a partnership with Fourth Grade Foresters USA, received an individually packaged seedling with instructions and safety tips for planting and caring for their tree.
<p>DULUTH — A bronze homage to a roving neighborhood cat is the goal of a 5K run to be held May 20 in the cat's memory.</p>
MINNEAPOLIS—Authorities on Thursday afternoon recovered a body from the Mississippi River near the Lake Street-Marshall Avenue Bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Hennepin County sheriff's office said deputies discovered the body of a male at around 4 p.m. as they conducted a search on the river. Authorities have been searching the river since early last week, when a University of Minnesota student was believed to have been swept into the water above St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.