The Crashed Ice downhill ice cross competition will return to St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill Jan. 22. It’ll be the fourth year the tour has come through St. Paul and the first time women racers will compete here.
Energy drink giant Red Bull, which sponsors the races, unveiled its new schedule Wednesday morning. St. Paul will be the extreme winter sport’s first stop on its 2015 four-city tour. Helsinki, Finland, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Edmonton, Alberta are also in the mix.
The races drew a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 people to St. Paul last year. The event generates international attention and a surge of winter visitors to the city, said Mayor Chris Coleman.
About 18,000 students from across the state will get out of class Wednesday for an event promoting student activism. We Day Minnesota will pack the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with students eager to hear from speakers and musicians like Magic Johnson, Lennon and Maisy and Martin Sheen.
Students from more than 550 Minnesota schools will be attending. Tickets aren’t for sale. In order to attend students pledged to take action on one local and one international issue a year. State schools involved in the program helped raise 161,200 pounds of food for local food banks last year, according to the organization.
Gov. Mark Dayton, who will be speaking at the event, has declared today We Day Minnesota. Others performers and speakers at the event include The Band Perry, astronaut Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins and Kweku Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela.
This will be the second time that We Day has taken place in Minnesota. Similar events are held in other cities across the world each year. Free The Children, the organization that runs We Day, says it’s raised $45 million for more than 1,000 different causes since being founded in 2007.
The event is supported locally by the Allstate Foundation, Outnumber Hunger, the Otto Bremer Foundation and others. The event will be streamed online at weday.com starting at 9 a.m.
Lavelle Bible, the Minneapolis man who tried to sue the state after he was imprisoned for three years longer than his 2004 criminal sexual conduct convictions allowed for, is in the Hennepin County jail on a felony first degree burglary charge.
According to the criminal complaint, Bible, 44, allegedly broke into a home in Crystal around 4 a.m. on Oct. 7 waking the homeowner, his wife and 4-year-old son. Police say the homeowner yelled at Bible as he entered the home, causing the intruder to flee. The complaint says police found Bible hiding nearby.
In 2011, a judge ordered Bible released from prison after determining the Department of Corrections erred when it repeatedly sent Bible, a Level III sex offender, back to prison for violations of his release.
Legal experts say Bible’s lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment is unusual because there is no current state law that provides for compensation for a person who overstays their sentence due to an error on the part of the state.
An electrical problem is causing delays on the Green Line this afternoon, Metro Transit officials said. The agency is replacing train service with buses between the Downtown East and Raymond Avenue light rail stops. The problem is a broken pantograph, which connects the train to the overhead power lines, according to Metro Transit spokesman Bruce Read more →