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the drive: with new bridge, traffic down in stillwater but bad on hwy. 36

build a spiffy $646 million bridge over the st. croix river and traffic is sure to come. and there has been a lot of it on hwy. 36 ever since the new mile-long bridge connecting oak park heights, minn., with st. joseph, wis., opened aug. 2.the new crossing was meant to reduce congestion in downtown stillwater, and that goal has been achieved. but there has been so much traffic on hwy. 36 during rush hours that commuters have been caught in backups because stoplights at five intersections have not stayed green long enough to handle the huge volume trying to get through.the minnesota department of transportation is aware of the situation, said kevin schwartz, a signal engineer. this month the agency is taking steps to improve the traffic flow by retiring signals at lake elmo avenue, manning avenue, washington avenue/norell avenue, oakgreen avenue/greeley street and osgood avenue.specifically, mndot plans to keep signals green for hwy. 36 drivers for an additional 20 seconds during peak periods in hopes of reducing bottlenecks that have formed between 6 and 9 a.m. and 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays.when the tweaks take effect, hwy. 36 drivers will have green lights for 2 minutes, 30 seconds in the mornings and 2 minutes, 50 seconds in the afternoons, which extends the green light cycle by about 13 to 15 percent.the 4-mile stretch has always been somewhat of a slow flow. with longer green lights, the aim is to keep vehicles moving. that in turn can help increase the highway's capacity...





motorist suspected of dui hits amish buggy in nw minn.; rider killed

a pickup truck driver under the influence of alcohol remained jailed sunday after he crashed into the back of an amish buggy in northwestern minnesota after dark and killed a woman and injured her brother, authorities said.the collision occurred about 7:35 p.m. saturday on hwy. 92 in the clearwater county community of leon township, according to the state patrol.elsie yoder, 23, of nearby clearbrook, was hospitalized saturday night in fargo and later died, the patrol said sunday.driving the horse-drawn buggy was her brother, 27-year-old mervin yoder, also from clearbrook. he was treated for less serious injuries at a hospital in nearby bagley, the patrol said.christopher k. baumann, 27, of nevis, minn., was heading south when he hit the buggy from behind, the patrol said. baumann, whom authorities suspect was drinking before the crash, remains jailed late sunday morning pending charges.“the driver was impaired by alcohol,” said patrol lt. tiffani nielson.nielson said baumann was being held on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation, a felony. an upgraded charge of criminal vehicular homicide against him could be filed by the county attorney’s office early this week.





2 babies die in milwaukee co-sleeping incidents

milwaukee — authorities say two babies have died in separate co-sleeping incidents in milwaukee over the weekend.the milwaukee county medical examiner's office says a 2-month-old girl was pronounced dead saturday morning after sleeping with her parents in an adult bed.on sunday morning, a 2-month-old boy was pronounced dead after co-sleeping with an adult and another child.no names were released. autopsies are scheduled monday.





small anti-trump rally staged outside u.s. bank stadium before vikings game sunday

a rally formed outside u.s. bank stadium in minneapolis just before game time sunday, with a small group of protesters carrying “black lives matter” signs. the rally was timed as 65,000 fans streamed into the stadium ahead of game between the vikings and tampa bay.the action followed president donald trump’s harsh criticism on friday and saturday of some black nfl and nba players who have declined to stand during the playing of the national anthem before games. trump did not single out any vikings players, but he did call on nfl owners to fire players who refused to stand during the playing of the anthem.on saturday, trump withdrew a white house invitation for nba star stephen curry of the golden state warriors. several players, including superstar lebron james, fired back at trump on twitter and elsewhere.nfl commissioner roger goodell called trump’s comments “divisive.”twitter: @chaostrib





jesse ventura questions need for national anthem at games

military veteran and former minnesota gov. jesse ventura said not only do nfl players have the right to kneel during the national anthem, but he questions why the anthem is played before games in the first place.in a series of tweets sunday, ventura joined the rapidly escalating national debate that was stoked when president trump late last week profanely scolded nfl players who have chosen to kneel during the anthem in an expression of concern about racial justice in the united states.the owners of several nfl teams criticized trump’s suggestion that they fire players who kneel, a gesture that was given birth last year when 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick went to one knee during the anthem in response to blacks in america dying from police gunfire.trump kept up his attack on the players with a tweet saturday scolding nfl commissioner roger goodell for siding with the players choosing to kneel and insisting, “tell them to stand!”in reply on twitter, ventura wrote, “no. as a veteran i stand with colin kaepernick.”ventura went on further on twitter that “i fought for americans to exercise their first amendment rights ... i don’t stand for the anthem either ... why the hell do we even need the ‘national anthem’ before they play?”ventura, a political independent with a libertarian streak, has at least since 2011 declared he no longer stands for the anthem. while governor, he caused a row when he vetoed a bill requiring schoolkids to recite the pledge of all...





pickup rear-ends amish buggy in nw minnesota; rider is killed

a pickup truck driver under the influence of alcohol remains jailed sunday after he crashed into the back of an amish buggy in northwestern minnesota and killed a rider, authorities said.the collision occurred about 7:35 p.m. saturday on hwy. 92 in the clearwater county community of leon township, according to the state patrol.elsie yoder, 23, of nearby clearbrook, was hospitalized saturday night in fargo and later died, the patrol said sunday.another person from clearbrook in the horse-drawn buggy, 27-year-old mervin yoder, was treated for less serious injuries at a hospital in bagley.christopher k. baumann, 27, of nevis, minn., was heading south when he hit the buggy from behind, the patrol said. baumann, suspected of having been drinking before the crash, remains jailed late sunday morning pending charges.





police investigate man's fatal shooting in roseville

roseville, minn. — roseville police say a man is dead after a shooting outside of an apartment complex.police were called late saturday afternoon to the centennial garden east apartments in the st. paul suburb and found a man lying unconscious on the ground. authorities say he apparently had been shot several times.first responders tried to revive the man but he died.witnesses say they saw a white passenger sedan speed away after the shooting.police are not releasing the victim's name until his family can be notified. authorities are interviewing witnesses and say the shooting remains under investigation.





missing insulin-dependent crystal woman, 88, is located

an elderly woman has been located after crystal police put out an urgent plea sunday for anyone with information to call 911.florence carroll, 88, left a family member's home in brooklyn park early saturday evening in her car, according to crystal police.police issued a statement about 8:25 a.m. sunday saying carroll, who is dependent on insulin, had been located. no further details were released.





police id driver who struck front of loring park bar in stolen car

police have identified the car thief allegedly on drugs who crashed into a loring park bar in minneapolis late at night over weekend, ruptured a natural gas line and sent patrons and nearby apartment residents fleeing for safety.david a. forgianni, 41, of bloomington, remains held sunday in the hennepin county jail on suspicion of auto theft and assault.forgianni and another man were taken to hennepin county medical center with minor injuries suffered in the crash, which occurred about 1:30 a.m. saturday, according to sgt. catherine michal.the chain of events began near nicollet avenue and 19th street when forgianni jumped in front of the vehicle and stomped on the hood and windshield, michal said. the driver got out of the car, and forgianni got in and drove toward loring park, michal added.the car jumped the curb, collided with a parking post and hit the front of 19 bar on 15th street between lasalle avenue and nicollet.patrons in the bar were directed out the back, and fire crews evacuated nearby apartment buildings around 2:30 a.m. because of the gas leak until centerpoint energy workers made repairs. residents were allowed to re-enter around 3:45 a.m.forgianni was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, the sergeant said.





man from north of twin cities dies in s.d. crash; no seat belt worn

the victim of a fatal pickup truck crash in southwestern south dakota has been identified as a motorist from east-central minnesota.merlyn haug, 73, of harris, died in the crash tuesday morning on hwy. 71, roughly 10 miles south of hot springs, the south dakota highway patrol said saturday.haug's pickup left the road late that morning, rolled over and crashed, the patrol said.haug was declared dead at the scene. he was not wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol.





man fatally shot outside roseville apartments

police were investigating a possible homicide saturday evening outside a small apartment building in roseville.officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of terrace drive at 5:24 p.m. and found a man lying in the grass just outside the apartment building, said rick mathwig, chief of the roseville police department.the man was pronounced dead at the scene, mathwig said, and he apparently suffered multiple gunshot wounds.witnesses saw a white sedan rapidly leaving the scene, heading north on pascal street.“we would like to talk to the people or persons in that car,” mathwig said, adding that there is “no reason to believe that anybody was at risk other than the victim.”the apartment building is southwest of the hamline shopping center and lake josephine.scanner traffic indicated the victim was shot in the head and/or neck, but mathwig said he couldn’t say exactly where the victim was shot.police believe the shooting took place in the approximate area where the body was found, mathwig said, which was a small grassy yard between a parking lot and front door of the building at 1420 terrace drive.“we’re not aware of anyone who witnessed the actual shooting itself,” he said.mathwig said the shooting is being investigated as a homicide by roseville police and the state bureau of criminal apprehension.police don’t have a suspect in the shooting and did not release information about the victim because family members were being notified.





msp plans big changes on retail and food front

jawbreakers the size of baseballs. fine lingerie. live music. food trucks. coal-fired pizza.travelers at minneapolis-st. paul international airport have their choice of nearly 50 new retailers and restaurants added over the past year.and more changes are coming. the metropolitan airports commission (mac), which operates msp, could vote as soon as monday on 30 additional eateries, ranging from local burger joint blue door pub to cinnabon to a new upscale concept from the owner of minneapolis’ butcher & the boar.combined, it is the greatest turnover of airport concession space since 2004.the idea is to lure travelers to the airport a tad earlier than usual, and woo those on layovers from their gates to buy more than fast food, bottles of water, magazines and souvenirs. with some 37 million passengers annually, msp is the nation’s 16th-busiest airport — a city unto itself, with captive consumers inside its secure area.there’s big money in such a strategy. the global airport retail market is predicted to reach $90 billion by 2023, according to the california firm credence research.while much of that growth is expected to occur in countries with emerging economies, such as china, india and brazil, expanding existing airports’ retail areas will spur growth stateside, the firm said.mac pulls in more than $200 million in annual sales from concessions, and concessionaires pay more than $30 million a year in rent.the first phase of the airport’s overhaul, which occurred lar...





not like pulling teeth: nonprofits investing in children's oral hygiene

several philanthropies are pouring millions of dollars into dental care for working class and low-income minnesota families, seeking to give poor kids the kind of healthy smile that will boost self-esteem and ease entry into the workforce.the delta dental of minnesota foundation has given $25 million to expand dental offices for low-income clients, fund education and tooth sealant programs and provide dental treatment for the needy.the otto bremer trust has awarded nearly $6 million in grants since 2013 for public education campaigns, dental equipment, office expansions and mobile clinics. four of the state’s initiative foundations have launched or expanded early childhood dental networks in nearly 50 minnesota counties.“if you don’t have a healthy mouth, you don’t have a healthy body,” said diane benjamin, an otto bremer senior program director. “it impacts heart disease, low birth weight. it can cause life-threatening infection. it causes children to miss days of school and impacts learning.“if you open your mouth and you are missing teeth, it’s hard to get hired.”one of the biggest hurdles facing low-income residents seeking dental care is access, said joseph lally, executive director of the delta foundation. brown county public health nurse teresa severson, a member of the early childhood dental network, makes a “tooth fairy” visit to a local preschool to talk about good oral health. source: southern minnesota initiative foundation org xmit: _kag...





obituary: volunteer chess coach and role model jack mangan dies at 67

a chess teacher to thousands of local children, jack mangan showed his students from primarily poor and disadvantaged backgrounds how, in chess as in life, they should plan their next move, think creatively and persevere even when the situation looks bleak.a fundraiser, elementary school teacher and founder of several minneapolis chess clubs that continue today, mangan died sept. 1, four months after a terminal cancer diagnosis. he was 67.legions of minneapolis kids who might otherwise have never seen a chess board learned the game through mangan, who employed a humble but disciplined persona to guide his students.aside from numerous tournaments and impromptu games at public libraries and community churches, mangan taught chess at the hennepin county juvenile detention center, seward montessori school, field community school and nellie stone johnson elementary.he often drew in adults to grow the coaching ranks. "the best advertising he had was successful teams," said don hooker sr., a coach who worked with mangan and whose son, don jr., won a national chess championship in 2012.hooker said he met mangan in the 1990s when mangan showed up at his son's school with a chess board. he soon joined mangan as a coach, eventually volunteering with him at the hennepin county juvenile detention center.mangan would talk with the kids "about making better moves, about thinking before you move," said hooker.after forming the nonprofit organization minneapolis chess, mangan turned fund...





police investigate shooting in roseville

investigators were at the scene of an apparent shooting saturday evening at a small apartment building in roseville.according to police scanner reports, 911 callers reported shots fired at an apartment building in the 1400 block of terrace drive, southwest of the hamline shopping center and lake josephine, about 6 p.m.scanner traffic indicated that at least one suspect fled the building after shooting a victim in the head and/or neck. the victim reportedly was not breathing and had no pulse.this is developing story. return to www.startribune.com for updates.staff report





at code switch, techies tackle social justice

if you’re going to solve the biggest problems facing the state, you’re going to need some computer help.that’s the vision behind code switch, a two-day hackathon where people use data and technology to create projects aimed at addressing inequity in minnesota. hundreds gathered in the second floor of the union depot in st. paul for the first day of the event saturday.some were computer-savvy coders. others were community organizers or concerned citizens. together they pitched dozens of ideas and worked all day to make them a reality.“we have so many different apps that make our lives convenient,” said sharon kennedy vickers, an organizer and founder of blacks in technology msp, a support group for people of color in the tech field. but code switch, she said, is a way of “taking tech and using it to disrupt inequality.”organizers were also conscious of bringing all kinds of people together, said casey helbling, a co-organizer and founder of tech company software for good.“some of these problems can only be solved by making inclusive spaces,” helbling said. “as a cisgendered white guy, i don’t have all the experiences the rest of these folks have, so for me to try to create a solution makes no sense.”code switch coincides with the national day of civic hacking, which unites a number of civic-minded hackathons taking place across the country this weekend. about 275 people registered to participate this year, more than double last year’s inaugural event,...





msp airport retail presents challenges, rewards

jawbreakers the size of baseballs. fine lingerie. live music. food trucks. coal-fired pizza.travelers at minneapolis-st. paul international airport have their choice of nearly 50 new retailers and restaurants added over the past year.and more changes are coming. the metropolitan airports commission (mac), which operates msp, could vote as soon as monday on 30 additional eateries, ranging from local burger joint blue door pub to cinnabon to a new upscale concept from the owner of minneapolis’ butcher & the boar.combined, it is the greatest turnover of airport concession space since 2004.the idea is to lure travelers to the airport a tad earlier than usual, and woo those on layovers from their gates to buy more than fast food, bottles of water, magazines and souvenirs. with some 37 million passengers annually, msp is the nation’s 16th-busiest airport — a city unto itself, with captive consumers inside its secure area.there’s big money in such a strategy. the global airport retail market is predicted to reach $90 billion by 2023, according to the california firm credence research. travelers mall: msp has added dozens of new shops and dining experiences — many with a local flair — over the past year, hoping to capture some of the lucrative airport retail market. airport commissioners could vote monday on adding even more. while much of that growth is expected to occur in countries with emerging economies, such as china, india and brazil, expanding existing air...





male contraception gaining sex appeal, gustavus survey finds

male equivalents of the female birth control pill are coming closer to reality through research at the university of minnesota and other institutions, and perhaps just in time, as pressure grows on men to take more responsibility for pregnancy prevention and family planning.the first male pill seems increasingly within reach due to tests in animals of a molecule called h2-gamendazole, which u researchers found causes reversible infertility. at the same time, a california foundation is studying an injectable gel that blocks sperm. nobody’s sure when such contraceptives could reach the market, with funding shortages and research setbacks causing delays.“the standing joke is that for the last 40 years, we’ve been five years away from having a male birth control pill,” said rebecca cuellar, a u researcher testing molecular targets for development as male contraceptives.public interest is peaking ahead of scientific breakthroughs, though it’s tempered by worries about possible side effects — and changes in gender roles. a gustavus adolphus college survey of 1,872 u.s. adults found that 65 percent of men in long-term relationships and 57 percent of men in short-term relationships would be interested in male contraception in pill or gel form, but it also found some concerns of being perceived as “less of a man.”people want options for men between the extremes of condoms — which can be used incorrectly — and surgical vasectomies, said yurie hong, an associate pr...





minneapolis park board considers delaying hiawatha golf club closure

hiawatha golf club in ­minneapolis may not close as soon as planned.the minneapolis park and recreation board had decided to close the course after the 2019 season to resolve groundwater problems. but at a recent meeting, board members raised the idea of putting off the closure until a new plan for the park is complete.they did not approve a new timeline, but many board members and park staff noted the plans to close the 18-hole course upset homeowners, golfers and the public.“people were nervous about the time frame we set out,” assistant park superintendent michael schroeder said. “our goal is to complete our master plan and have enough direction so we can move forward.”the park board decided in august to reduce groundwater pumping at the golf course in line with a recommendation by the state department of natural resources. the course would then be too soggy to play, prompting the 2019 closure.until plans are finalized, the park board said it’s working with the dnr to get a temporary permit to keep pumping at its current rate — 242 million gallons of water annually.luke skinner, the director of ecological and water resources for the dnr, said his agency is concerned about the level of groundwater the park board has been pumping.“we want them to take the time they need to figure out how to manage this long-term,” skinner said. “we’ve not put a timeline on the permit, but we might have some limitation about how long we can issue a temporary permit.”par...





saturday's high of 90 degrees in twin cities ties record

saturday’s high of 90 degrees in the twin cities metro area didn’t quite break a daily record, but it did tie it, according to the national weather service in chanhassen.the mercury reached 90 on sept. 23, 1891, and sept. 23, 1937, too, the weather service said.saturday marked the second hot, steamy day in a row, with at least one more to come.such heat isn’t unheard of in the region, the weather service said. the latest 90-degree temperature recorded in the year oct. 10, 1928, in the twin cities; oct. 2, 1953 and 1992 in st. cloud, and sept. 25, 1920, in eau claire, wis.but it is rare. since 1873, the metro-area high has hit 90 degrees or higher on sept. 22 or later only 10 times.isolated showers are possible saturday evening, with an overnight low around 71, the weather service said. sunday will again be hot and steamy, with lots of sun and a high near 87. anthony souffle, star tribune university of st. thomas fan harley hohenstein, 7, of east bethel, minn. watched from the stands as st. john's university players warmed up prior to saturday's game at target field. ] anthony souffle [email protected] game action from an ncaa football game between the university of st. thomas and st. john's university saturday, sept. 23, 2017 at target field in minneapolis. from sunday night all the way into tuesday, showers and thunderstorms are possible, with highs back in the 60s and low 70s.