Friday, April 5, 2013
People lamented the winter weather as soon as the first flakes started falling.
Spring may technically have arrived, but that didn’t stop snow from falling in the west metro Friday afternoon. Residents quickly took to social media to complain about the unseasonable weather. Check out what they had to say in the widget above. (The widget may not appear on some mobile browsers.) How do you feel about the snow? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A bill that changes the way state aid is calculated could start money flowing into city coffers again.
After years without local government aid, Hopkins could see payments balloon to nearly $300,000 under a new proposal that would inject tens of millions of dollars into the system and change the way those millions are distributed. The bill by Moorhead Rep. Ben Lien (DFL-4A) would add $80 million to the $426 million that the state is scheduled to spend on local government aid (LGA) in 2014. It would also create a new formula that adjusts aid based on its “aid gap”—a product of how the formula determines “unmet need,” according to the House Research bill summary. For so-called “large cities” that have more than 10,000 people, including Hopkins, the formula considers three factors in determining need per capita: LGA is intended to help cities …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Five percent of Hennepin County adults have the disease—and many aren’t aware they have it. Tuesday’s ‘Diabetes Alert Day’ is a good time to consider whether you’re at risk.
Tuesday is Diabetes Alert Day, and the Minnesota Department of Health is urging all Minnesotans to look into whether they’re at risk for diabetes. More than one in 20 Hennepin County adults has diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Surveillance System. The percentage of adult Minnesotans with diabetes nearly doubled between 1994 and 2010, according to the state Department of Health. The agency estimates that 80,000 Minnesota adults may have diabetes without knowing it. “Given the alarming increase of diabetes, we are encouraging Minnesotans to use this day to think about whether they or someone they love might have diabetes or prediabetes and not even know about it,” a news release quoted…
The 3rd District congressman was at the VFW for a pancake breakfast that raised money for the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Third District Congressman Erik Paulsen dropped by the Hopkins VFW on Sunday to enjoy a pancake breakfast that raised money for the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. (NOTE: The Twitter posts above may not appear on some mobile devices.)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Despite being a leader in healthy behaviors and clinical care, the county struggles with some healthcare factors.
Hennepin County residents die earlier and get STDs more frequently than people in most of the state’s other counties, according to data the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Wisconsin Population Health Institute released Wednesday. The County Health Rankings study rated counties in two categories of “health outcomes” and four categories of “health factors” that influence those outcomes. In terms of health outcomes, the county ranked 55th among the state’s 87 counties, the foundation found. Premature deaths accounted for the bulk of the bad news. Hennepin County ranked 40th in mortality. It loses about 5,241 years of life before age 75 per 100,000 people, surpassing the state average of 5,126. But Hennepin County resident see fewer …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A windchill of minus 10 on the first day of spring. Have you considered moving out of state to get away from this climate?
It's 5 degrees above zero on the first day of spring—10 degrees below zero if you count wind chill. Why do you live in Minnesota again? Today is the vernal equinox, when the Earth decides which end it wants to tip toward the sun. Why do our chances of being warm again seem less than 50-50? Spring has sprung, but the climate seems to have sprung a gasket. It's the coldest it's been this late in the season since 1996. Why haven't you moved someplace warm yet? Watch the video above, titled Why We're Here: Twin Cities. It was shot two years ago—entirely in the summer. Coincidence? Leave a comment below and share five good reasons you still live in Minnesota—one reason for each degree above zero this morning.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the metro area through 1 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 19.
So much for the luck of the Irish. Another helping of snow is on its way to Hopkins and the Twin Cities, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service. The NWS has issued a winter weather advisory for much of the state, with estimates of 3-5 inches of snow set to fall over the metro area before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 19. Meteorologists expect the late season winter storm to "bring a quick burst of 2 to 5 inches of snow" through early Monday, with the weather system lingering over the metro through much of the day. Blizzard conditions are likely across western, southerns and portions of central Minnesota into late Monday night, with powerful northwest winds gusting around 50 mph. Here's the full weather advisory, from the NWS: A …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Local clubs are also providing food and drink opportunities.
Residents can enjoy a—brief—St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday amid a full afternoon of celebrations. “The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge and runs to the American Legion. Former City Councilwoman Fran Hesch and Ron Evans, chief financial member of Hopkins Financial Advisors, will be the parade’s grand marshals. Mayor Gene Maxwell, the American Legion Color Guard and Lynn Rholf, the Minnesota State Elks Association president, will also lead the parade. There are also ample opportunities to eat:
Friday, March 8, 2013
An expert in urban wildlife explains why residents are seeing so many coyotes and shares tips on how to keep them from becoming a nuisance.
Coyotes have been spotted all across the west metro—and have even reportedly killed a handful of dogs. With so much concern about coyotes, St. Louis Park hosted a talk Thursday by Lynsey White Dasher—a Washington, DC-based urban wildlife specialist with The Humane Society of the United States. Dasher explained why coyotes are so visible in the metro and what residents can do to ensure they are good neighbors. See the PDFs to the right for a more-detailed look at how to deal with coyotes. Watch the video for an example of how to haze a coyote. Coyotes have always been among us. Coyotes aren’t that big. Coyotes aren’t out to eat your pets or your children. But coyotes can still prey on pets. Coyote bites are rare. Coyotes can still cause …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, including Hennepin County. More than 10 inches of new snow could fall on Hopkins.
Yet another winter storm, the third in four weeks, is set to make its arrival in the Hopkins area, dropping heavy snow through Tuesday and bringing some windy conditions to make the morning commute difficult. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a winter storm warning for a system now called "Saturn," which should drop its heaviest snow during the Monday evening commute. The warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Weather service forecasters say that up to 12 inches of snow may fall in some areas of Minnesota, including Hennepin County. Between six to 10 inches of snow is expected. A complete rundown of the system, and the NWS forecast, can be seen in the YouTube video. Here's the weather statement issued by …