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The Twin Cities and much of central Minnesota are at risk for severe weather Thursday night and Friday.TWIN CITIES, MN — The Twin Cities and much of central Minnesota are at risk for severe weather Thursday night and Friday."Severe thunderstorms are possible both this evening and late Friday night," the National Weather Service said."Today's threat level is lower and more isolated, with isolated large hail and wind gusts possible. Friday night's threat could be more widespread, with damaging wind t...
TWIN CITIES, MN — The Twin Cities and much of central Minnesota are at risk for severe weather Thursday night and Friday.
"Severe thunderstorms are possible both this evening and late Friday night," the National Weather Service said.
"Today's threat level is lower and more isolated, with isolated large hail and wind gusts possible. Friday night's threat could be more widespread, with damaging wind the most likely threat."
Here's the full NWS forecast from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport:
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 81. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the evening.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast after midnight.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 84. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.
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Lots of cities across the state are setting off fireworks and hosting celebrations for this year’s Independence Day weekend.MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's note: The video above first aired on KARE 11 on July 21, 2021.After a year of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, firework celebrations returned last year better than ever.And as we approach another July 4 weekend, many people are wondering where they can go see fireworks across the state.Below is our list of the biggest Ind...
Lots of cities across the state are setting off fireworks and hosting celebrations for this year’s Independence Day weekend.
MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's note: The video above first aired on KARE 11 on July 21, 2021.
After a year of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, firework celebrations returned last year better than ever.
And as we approach another July 4 weekend, many people are wondering where they can go see fireworks across the state.
Below is our list of the biggest Independence Day events and fireworks displays happening in less than two weeks.
One of the state’s largest fireworks displays takes place annually on the 3rd at Normandale Lake Park. The festival starts at 5:00 p.m. and goes until 10:30 p.m.
The Stars and Stripes Days fireworks display are back again for another year of dazzling entertainment. The fireworks show begins at dusk, and some of the best places to watch include Trailside Parks, Pequot Lakes School and the TDS parking lot.
Come cheer on the Saint Paul Saints baseball club at the gorgeous CHS Field in Lowertown where fireworks will be on display after their games from July 1-3.
This fireworks display will take place at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East at 10 p.m., but come for music, dancing, food vendors and games at 6:00 p.m.
The 20-minute-ish fireworks show starting at 10:10 p.m. is preceded with live music at 4 p.m. from a diverse list of artists.
After a day full of events including a kids parade at 11 a.m., enjoy the fireworks display over Lake Minnetonka at dusk.
Hosted by the Forest Lake American Legion Post 225, this celebration lasts the entire holiday weekend with carnival games, rides and food. Fireworks will be on display July 4 at 10 p.m.
You may have seen Christmas decorations synced to music, but have you seen fireworks synced to music? Well, Riverfront Park will be doing just that with music from Radio Mankato stations like Hot 96.7, Minnesota 93 and 94.1 KXLP Classic Rock. The fireworks display starts at 10 p.m.
The “4th Fest” free event will feature live music before the fireworks display starting at 10 p.m. at Soldiers Memorial Field Park. The event takes place in a city park, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers!
One of the state’s largest pyrotechnics displays will be in central Minnesota this year. The St. Cloud Are Fireworks celebration will start at 10 p.m. Some great viewing areas include both sides of the Mississippi River, Wilson and Hester parks and along 5th Avenue North.
Concessions, vendors and live entertainment from DJ Bob are on the lineup of things to do at Aquila Park this year during Independence Day. Oh yeah, and then on top of all that, there’s the fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Locals say West Park and Memorial Beach are the best locations to watch the city’s fireworks display starting at dusk.
What could more fun than inflatable games? Nothing! And that’s why you should celebrate the holiday at HealthEast Sport Center where there will be inflatable games, live music and concessions before the fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
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One Minnesota county was ranked among the top ten heathiest communities in the United States.CARVER COUNTY, MN — Carver County is among the healthiest communities in the United States, according to a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report.The fifth annual report, released Wednesday in collaboration with CVS Health, highlights the healthiest 500 counties in the United States.Carver County was among those in the top 10, earning the No. 6 spot in this year's rankings.To rank the counties, U.S. News looke...
CARVER COUNTY, MN — Carver County is among the healthiest communities in the United States, according to a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
The fifth annual report, released Wednesday in collaboration with CVS Health, highlights the healthiest 500 counties in the United States.
Carver County was among those in the top 10, earning the No. 6 spot in this year's rankings.
To rank the counties, U.S. News looked at how nearly 3,000 U.S. counties performed in 89 metrics across 10 health-related categories, including an environmental category new to this year's list. The new category was included to help account for the growing threat of climate change.
Here are all of the Minnesota counties that made the top 500 nationally:
Carver County: 5Dodge County: 23Washington County: 25Brown County: 33Olmsted County: 34Wright County: 45Scott County: 47Dakota County: 56Le Sueur County: 86Jackson County: 101Lake County: 102Houston County: 104Wabasha County: 115Anoka County: 140Goodhue County: 141Chisago County: 144Douglas County: 151Nicollet County: 175Hennepin County: 181Sherburne County: 193Pennington County: 196Cottonwood County: 199McLeod County: 226Chippewa County: 230Fillmore County: 231Faribault County: 241Stevens County: 244Redwood County: 260Martin County: 267Roseau County: 272Marshall County: 275Meeker County: 276Carlton County: 285Lyon County: 302Clay County: 308Winona County: 314Steele County: 322Otter Tail County: 326Rice County: 332Blue Earth County: 336Watonwan County: 343Waseca County: 349Sibley County: 358Renville County: 359Isanti County: 372Crow Wing County: 391Koochiching County: 401Swift County: 415Freeborn County: 442Norman County: 470Stearns County: 486Kandiyohi County: 495
The categories are based on factors key to evaluating community health that were identified by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics — a policy advisory board to the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — as part of its Measurement Framework for Community Health and Well-Being.
U.S. News collected data for its rankings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
Read more about the rankings' methodology.
Using data on natural disasters from the National Risk Index by FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — U.S. News found in this year's analysis that Indigenous people are at the greatest risk from natural hazards. They have higher risks from sustained periods of colder temperatures, droughts, flooding in rivers and streams, and wildfires compared with other racial and ethnic groups, the analysis showed.
Black people are more at risk from heat waves, hurricanes, tornadoes and coastal flooding than any other demographic group, according to the analysis, and earthquakes pose the highest risk to Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
Tornadoes pose the highest risk to the overall population in the United States and are a particular threat to white, Black and Hispanic populations, the analysis found.
The ranking also revealed connections between top performers on the list and COVID-19 health outcomes. Communities with higher cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people have lower rates of postsecondary education, lower life expectancy and lower shares of adults who have recently engaged in leisure-time physical activity, the analysis showed. Communities with higher vaccination rates also had lower rates of death due to COVID-19.
These are the top 10 healthiest communities in the United States, according to the ranking:
U.S. News also ranked several subgroups of communities including high-performing and up-and-coming urban communities, as well as high-performing and up-and-coming rural communities.
Other key findings in the 2022 report:
See the full ranking for this year's top 500 healthiest communities.
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Representatives from the Minnesota USA Expo 2027 organization presented on Monday the United States' bid to host the 2027 World's Fair in Bloomington — a presentation that included site plans and renderings.Numerous modern structures, elevated walkways and a towering water feature would rise on land next to the Mall of America if the nation is selected to host the months-long Expo 2027. Th...
Representatives from the Minnesota USA Expo 2027 organization presented on Monday the United States' bid to host the 2027 World's Fair in Bloomington — a presentation that included site plans and renderings.
Numerous modern structures, elevated walkways and a towering water feature would rise on land next to the Mall of America if the nation is selected to host the months-long Expo 2027. The organizing committee presented its Expo 2027 bid in Paris to the International des Expositions (BIE) and its 140 member countries.
Minnesota USA Expo 2027 is pitching the theme of "Healthy People, Healthy Planet" for its expo. It would run for 93 days during summer 2027.
Two city blocks would anchor the expo site: the North Expo and South Expo.
The North Expo would be home to an international conference center, themed pavilions, stages, and food and drink options. An elevated parkway would connect the North Expo and the South Expo. The South Expo would have the host pavilion at its center, with international pavilions, stages, and food and drink options surrounding it.
Once the expo finishes, a new urban neighborhood surrounding the site would make use of its facilities. The community would use the structures for meetings, international conferences, performances, sports and more, David Loehr, senior adviser and architect for Minnesota USA Expo 2027, said during the bid presentation Monday.
The neighborhood would also have access to expanded public transportation, bicycle routes and an elevated "High Line" park, Loehr said.
"We have taken vacant parcels owned and controlled by the city and transformed them into a singular expo district full of energy from participants, visitors, performers, food, art and culture," Loehr said.
The U.S. bid also includes a mention of the transportation infrastructure near the potential expo site, commerce opportunities, and plans by the U.S. Commerce Department to create a BIE liaison office. The office would help facilitate travel to and from the expo among BIE officials and member countries, Sam De Boo, executive vice president of Ecolab Inc., said during the presentation.
"Bloomington is a vibrant, thriving city. Its key location and infrastructure in place today help make this city an ideal city to serve the expo," Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse said in Paris on Monday. "… We are so excited to put our capabilities to work and bring the expo back to the United States of America."
A variety of private revenue sources will fund Minnesota USA Expo 2027 — which is responsible for developing the expo site. Funding sources could include ticket sales, sponsorships, licensing, and digital and streaming services. In the late 1990s, Congress banned the use of federal funds to pay for expos.
Representatives of the four other nations competing to host the international event also presented in Paris on Monday. These nations include:
Even with the presentation complete and its formal bid submitted, there's still a year left of campaigning ahead for Minnesota USA Expo 2027. This fall, BIE officials will travel to Bloomington and Washington, D.C., for an inquiry mission, during which the nation's bid to host the expo will be examined for feasibility and viability.
Following further presentations and additional bid activity, the BIE assembly will vote in June 2023 to choose the location of Expo 2027.
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Beyond the flat fields and prairies of west-central Minnesota is, surprisingly, one of the tallest peaks in Minnesota.Climb a short but steep trail to the top of Inspiration Peak in Otter Tail County and wonder at the expansive vista of miles of fields, forests and lakes."I think it's a hidden gem," says Erik Osberg, who works for Otter Tail County to promote the area and draw new residents. "It offers a 'wow' moment."For years, this stunning view between Alexandria and Fergus Falls was a well-kept se...
Beyond the flat fields and prairies of west-central Minnesota is, surprisingly, one of the tallest peaks in Minnesota.
Climb a short but steep trail to the top of Inspiration Peak in Otter Tail County and wonder at the expansive vista of miles of fields, forests and lakes.
"I think it's a hidden gem," says Erik Osberg, who works for Otter Tail County to promote the area and draw new residents. "It offers a 'wow' moment."
For years, this stunning view between Alexandria and Fergus Falls was a well-kept secret — until famed novelist Sinclair Lewis sparked new interest in the remote spot.
The hills, which rise 1,750 feet above sea level, were first called Gaskibugwudjiwe by the Ojibwe. Early white settlers translated that into the Rustling Leaf Mountains and aptly deemed the highest point Inspiration Peak. It became public parkland in 1931, but it was more than a decade later that the area attracted buzz.
In 1942, Lewis, the winner of the 1930 Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote that he had returned to explore his home state and found, to his "considerable chagrin over my ignorance," that Minnesota rivaled New England for its scenic beauty.
For six weeks, the Sauk Centre, Minn., native trekked across the state and noted his "favorite discoveries," including the Leaf Mountains. In his writing, which was published in the Minneapolis Tribune (the Star Tribune's predecessor), he instructed visitors to climb the equivalent of a couple of city blocks "to a bald top from which there is to be seen a glorious 20-mile circle of some 50 lakes scattered among fields and pastures, like sequins fallen on an old Paisley shawl."
He added that he hoped authorities would never build a road to the top, ruining "the enchanting peace and seclusion of this place for contemplation."
He also lamented Minnesotans' lack of interest in exploring their own state. His Minneapolis friends were "canny and traveled persons," eagerly traveling to far-flung European spots, and yet they didn't know of the Leaf Mountains, he wrote. In fact, Lewis questioned if the governor had ever stepped foot on Inspiration Peak.
Today, Lewis is widely credited with bringing attention to Inspiration Peak thanks to his compelling campaign. But its secluded location still draws fewer visitors than other spots.
"It's certainly not as well-known as any of the North Shore peaks," Osberg says. "It's kind of off the beaten path. ... You don't usually just stumble upon it."
For visitors who seek out the spot, Osberg says they, too, can have that "moment of discovery" that Lewis did, marveling at the high vantage point.
A place to contemplate
The hills owe their origin to multiple glaciers tens of thousands of years ago. Glaciers created drumlins, or ridges, that stretch across the region and left behind deposits of sand and debris forming moraines, or mounds, including Inspiration Peak. In fact, west-central Minnesota is unusual for its diverse geological features, says Ben Eckhoff, an area naturalist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which manages Inspiration Peak, one of nine state waysides.
"That difference [in topography] is some of probably the most dramatic of anywhere else," Eckhoff says. "You've got all of these flat, low rolling farm fields and all of a sudden there's this giant hill out of nowhere."
The trail climbs 200 feet in elevation, winding a quarter mile through dense woods to the overlook, which is about 400 feet above the surrounding area. The sandy top of Inspiration Peak is covered with native prairie grasses that have been there for hundreds of years and flowers including bush clover and goldenrod. The trail is also popular for chasing fall colors when oak trees tinge red.
With no fee or reservation needed, the DNR can't track visitor numbers, but Eckhoff says the parking lot fills up on autumn weekends with some 100 people at a time.
Unfortunately, more visitors in recent years have veered off the designated trail, which ends at the overlook. By creating their own paths, hikers have worsened erosion of the sandy soil, so Eckhoff urges staying on the half-mile loop.
As you walk in Lewis' footsteps to the top, follow the author's advice for quiet contemplation. That's what Eckhoff does, envisioning how the panoramic view looked with fewer trees when Lewis stood there nearly a century ago.
"There's nowhere else like that really in that part of the state, where you can see as far as you can see," he says. "You can really picture what historically that area looked like and how its been transformed over time."