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Plastic tarp flies off truck on Hwy. 52, envelops SUV driving behind

A motorist traveling on Hwy. 52 in Inver Grove Heights last Wednesday had quite the unusual experience. A large piece of heavy-duty plastic flew off a dump truck and wrapped around his SUV


Semi plunges off bridge into icy lake near Sauk Centre; driver OK

A semitrailer truck driver smashed a window to climb out of his cab as the truck sank after plunging into a lake in central Minnesota on Monday.


MVTA reports 1 percent ridership growth, 2.92 million rides provided in 2017

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The figure was the second highest annual ridership in the history of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.


Ramp from I-94 to I-35W shuts down for overnight work Wednesday

Motorists will encounter a five-hour closure on the ramp leading from eastbound I-94 to southbound I-35W from midnight to 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.


Heads up rail riders, Super Bowl disruptions begin Friday in Minneapolis

Bus riders are not the only commuters having to endure detours due to Super Bowl events and Sunday's game. Light-rail riders will feel the impact starting Friday.


Will evening rush hour gridlock in downtown Mpls. persist until after Super Bowl?

Eight blocks, 45 minutes. That's how long it took some buses to make their way along Marquette Avenue during the peak of the past two evening rush hours in downtown Minneapolis.


Record rail ridership in Twin Cities, but bus ridership drops

Metro Transit set records for the number of rides taken on its three rail lines in 2017, but it wasn't enough to offset the decline in bus riders.


Video shows Washington County deputy hurt while responding to crash

It's the message law enforcement message deliver over and over, especially on days when adverse weather moves in. Yet time and time again, drivers don't heed the warnings and bad things happen.


Gov. Dayton orders 35W bridge to be lit purple

The I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis will glow purple Friday through Sunday night by orders from Gov. Mark Dayton.


Northbound I-35W into downtown Mpls. closing tonight, much of Thursday

MnDOT will close the segment of freeway that leads to 5th Avenue S., Grant Street and the ramp from northbound I-35W to westbound I-94 from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday and again from 9 a.m. Thursday until 3 p.m.


With Vikings' win, Metro Transit will collect on bet with New Orleans Regional Transit

The "Miracle in Minneapolis" catch by Stefan Digs that gave the Vikings an improbable win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday also was a win for Metro Transit.


Super Bowl-themed light-rail cars begin rolling this weekend

In a first for Metro Transit, the agency has wrapped the interior of three light-rail vehicles to make it feel like riders are at the "Big Game."


New app lets drivers reserve parking spots in downtown St. Paul

Looking for a parking spot in downtown St. Paul, like this driver near the RiverCentre in 2014? You now have new help.

Anybody heading downtown for a sporting event, theatrical performance or simply enjoy a night on the town invariably asks the question: Where do I park?


MnDOT to modify downtown Mpls. street to help Super Bowl traffic flow

Changes are coming to a little used street on the eastern edge of downtown Minneapolis, and they could have a big impact the traffic flow during the Super Bowl.


MSP Airport is No. 1 in on-time performance, report finds

Travelers stood in the TSA screening line at MSP Airport in November.

Nearly 86 percent of flights operating at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport arrive or depart on schedule, and that makes it one of the most punctual airports in the world.


Some streets around U.S. Bank Stadium close today for Super Bowl

Fans stood in line in -12 temperatures to enter U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday to see the Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis, MN.

The Super Bowl is still 33 days away, but commuters who pass by U.S. Bank Stadium will start encountering road closures on Tuesday.


In Shakopee, police will pay for a sober ride home on New Year's Eve

A clock before midnight on New Year's eve.

Metro Transit and the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority also will offer free rides on New Year's Eve.


Tiny rush hour snowfall turned into a big nuisance for drivers

Don Ternus of Cannon Falls used a leaf blower to remove snow from the sidewalk at his home Thursday after the snow fell.

A light covering of snow was all it took to turn Thursday's commute into a slippery drive as slick roads led to scores of crashes and spinouts.


Finally, the New Nicollet Mall LRT platform opens Friday

A light rail train.

The four-year wait is over for light-rail riders wondering when they'd be able to use the new platform at Nicollet Mall Station.


Blue Line trains experiencing delays Thursday morning

Northbound Blue Line riders can expect delays Thursday morning, Metro Transit said.