The St. Croix Crossing, the once-controversial bridge project connecting Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, to Wisconsin across the St. Croix River, is still a couple of years away from opening. But we’ve got a better idea of how it will look and whether it will ruin one of the most gorgeous vistas in Minnesota.

MnDOT has released a series of animations of a completed bridge. You judge.

There’s a ways to go yet.

St. Croix Crossing Facebook page

One small suggestion for Minneapolis public schools. Pick up the phone.

KARE 11′s Boyd Huppert reports on the problem Sean Boyce had when a bus carrying his first-grader home on his first day of school didn’t show up.

He called Minneapolis Public Schools and got put on hold. He called Kenwood Elementary on another line and nobody answered.

The boy’s bus showed up 39 minutes late, but Boyce continued to hold anyway. He was on hold for nearly two hours.

“I just don’t want another parent to go through what I went through,” Boyce tells Huppert.

A school district spokesman says they won’t.

“As we refine our system, as people become more familiar, we think things will be better,” Stan Alleyne, chief communications officer for MPS, said of the new phone system that routes all calls through a central system.

Charles Belk’s Facebook page.
Well, this is, according to Beverly Hills police, “unfortunate.”

That’s the best the cops could do yesterday to explain why they handcuffed Charles Belk, a film producer who allegedly matched the description of a bank robber — large, and bald, and black.

“The Beverly Hills Police Department deeply regrets the inconvenience to Mr. Belk and has reached out to him to express those regrets and further explain the circumstances,” the statement from police said. It also said his detention was “proper.”

Mr. Belk’s story got attention after he posted it on Facebook.

WHEN YOU “FIT THE DESCRIPTION”!

It’s one of those things that you hear about, but never think it would happen to you.

On Friday afternoon, August 22nd around 5:20pm, while innocently walking by myself from a restaurant on Wilshire Blvd, to my car up LaCienega Blvd my freedom was taken from me by the Beverly Hills Police Department. Read more