- 5/24/13;Reminder that the Forest City CSD will have a one (1) hour early dismissal on Friday, May 24th.:
- 5/25/13, ANNOUNCEMENT; Family Fun ride has been rerouted: from Waldorf College, down J Street to Golf Course Road, to the Golf Course. At the Golf Course, families will enjoy the build-your-own Trail Mix station and compete in put-put golf then return for the pasta feed and games at Waldorf College. :
CAR-BIKE CRASHES Cyclists, drivers, blamed for bike-vehicle crashes (Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Cyclists blame careless drivers for crashes between motor vehicles and bicycles. Drivers point the finger at reckless bikers. But it turns out that bicyclists and drivers may be almost equally to blame. A new study says bikers’ actions contribute to 59 percent of the 270 bike-motor vehicle collisions that Minneapolis averages annually, compared to 64 percent for drivers. Sometimes the investigating officers judge both sides at fault. The study finds that crashes often occur because drivers don’t see or yield to bikes, or when bikers behave unpredictably by ignoring signals to stop or using bike lanes incorrectly. It urges that bikers and motorists receive even-handed enforcement. The Star Tribune reports the analysis of 10 years of crash data was presented to the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday.
TATTOO THREAT Minn. man wants possibly threatening tattoo gone (Information in the following story is from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A suspected gang member wants to remove his tattoo that prosecutors allege was a threat aimed at a Minneapolis police officer. But the attorney for Antonio Frasion Jenkins Jr. says the state grant that paid for removal of gang-related body art ran out. Jenkins appeared in Hennepin County court Tuesday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports defense lawyer Cindy McCollum told the judge they’re exploring ways to remove the homemade tattoo, which shows a person holding a pistol to the mouth of a pig wearing a Minneapolis police uniform. The pig carries the badge number of an officer Jenkins told police he was angry with. The 20-year-old St. Louis Park man was charged last November with making terroristic threats after a photo of the tattoo was posted on Facebook.
CABELA’S-WOODBURY Cabela’s plans to open Woodbury store (Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com) WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) – Hunting-and-fishing retailer Cabela’s Inc. is expanding to the eastern Twin Cities. The Nebraska-based company announced plans Tuesday to open a store in Woodbury in the fall of 2014. It will be the fourth location in Minnesota, after Owatonna (oh-wuh-TAHN’-uh), Rogers and East Grand Forks. The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/TYZujN) reports the store will be located in the Tamarack Village Shopping Center and will employ up to 185 full-and part-time employees. Construction on the 85,000-square-foot store will start this fall.
FLU VACCINE-MINNESOTA Some Minn. clinics out of flu vaccine (Information in the following story is from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Health Departments says there is no shortage of flu vaccine in the state – although some people haven’t been able to get flu vaccine from their primary care clinics. Kris Ehresmann, the department’s infectious disease director, says flu vaccine is still available. But she says you may have to work a little harder to find it, because your primary provider might not have any right away. Ehresmann tells Minnesota Public Radio News she suspects some clinics are choosing not to reorder vaccine once they’ve used up their supply. She says clinics may be reluctant to obtain more vaccine because they don’t know how long the demand will last. In those situations, patients can look elsewhere for vaccine using the Health Department’s “Find a Flu Shot Clinic” tool.
BEARGREASE POSTPONED Minn.’s Beargrease sled dog race postponed (Information in the following story is from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com) DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Poor snow conditions have forced organizers to postpone the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota. The race had been scheduled to start Jan. 27. It’s now postponed until March 10. Race coordinator Pat Olson tells the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/X2Owql) that the trail is “terrible.” Olson says organizers are hoping for snow by March 10. If it doesn’t snow, the race could face only its third cancellation ever. A lack of snow caused the Beargrease board of directors to cancel last year’s races. It also was canceled in 2007.
PRINCE-MINNEAPOLIS Prince schedules 6 shows at Minneapolis jazz club (Information in the following story is from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prince has booked six last-minute shows at a Minneapolis jazz club this week in which he’ll audition for a new drummer and host a jam session. The singer-songwriter musician will play two “sound check” shows Wednesday night, two jam session shows Thursday night and two shows Friday simply billed as “surprise.” Tickets went on sale Tuesday morning. Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/13zFzLW ) says the Minneapolis-born Prince picked the Dakota Jazz Club for the shows, instead of playing at his own Paisley Park venue.
WILD HOME OPENER Wild expect sellout crowd Saturday as NHL returns MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Wild officials say they expect a sellout Saturday when the team opens at home after the lockout that wiped away half the season. Chief operating officer Matt Majka (MAY’-kuh) says strong ticket sales suggest a full house for the 8 p.m. game against the Colorado Avalanche. Teams across the National Hockey League are working to win back fans after the 119-day lockout. The Wild are hosting “Wild Wednesday,” featuring a free intrasquad scrimmage at 7 p.m. Fans will get $10 concession vouchers and discounts on Wild jerseys and apparel during the event. Tickets for that scrimmage are already gone. Single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday morning.
WILD-HEALTHY BOUCHARD Wild’s Bouchard back from another concussion ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Pierre-Marc Bouchard (BOO-shard) is one NHL player who actually benefited from the lockout. The Minnesota Wild forward missed the second half of last season because of post-concussion symptoms, which he still felt well into the summer and fall. Bouchard said Tuesday that he has been symptom-free for four or five weeks, so he wouldn’t have been ready had the season started on time. Now the slick-skating and deft-passing right wing is on track to play in Saturday’s opener, when the Wild host the Colorado Avalanche. Bouchard has missed 157 of a possible 254 games because of concussions over the last four years. Wild coach Mike Yeo (YO) says he believes the team would’ve made the playoffs last season if Bouchard was on the ice.
TIMBERWOLVES-LOVE Timberwolves: Love’s hand surgery goes as planned MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kevin Love is expected to return sometime in March after undergoing surgery on his broken right hand. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday that the operation to repair Love’s third and fourth metacarpal bones was successful. The procedure was done by Dr. Michelle Carson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Love was hurt during the Jan. 3 game at Denver, after suffering the same injury in a workout at his home on Oct. 17. The two-time All-Star power forward has played in only 18 of Minnesota’s 35 games this season.