Saturday, February 2, 2013
Dive teams have rescued two passnegers in a car that went through near Grays Bay Causeway.
Click here to read Lake Minnetonka Patch's latest update on this story. UPDATE (4 p.m.): Eileen Baker, a resident on Grays Bay, said she was driving by the scene earlier this afternoon, on her way home from errands. Upon arrving home, she decided to head to the site by skiing. Baker said the people inside the vehicle "still had not been rescued" and estimated the car had been under for "at least 45 minutes." * * * UPDATE (3:47 p.m. Saturday) - Two medical helicopters have landed on the ice in Gray's Bay to transport potential victims. No word on condition of those rescued from the car. Scanner chatter indicated there were two people inside the vehicle, both pulled from the submerged vehicle. Grays Bay Bridge, which connects north …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Family's vehicle broke through the ice near the channel between Halstead Bay and Priests Bay; Infant died early Monday morning at Children's Hospital.
Eight-month-old Tabitha Markle has died. Editor's note (Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.): Lake Minnetonka Patch and other media outlets originally reported Tabitha was nine months old. She was three days from turning nine months at the time of her death. Patch apologizes for any confusion. Tabitha was strapped in her car seat when her family's vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Friday evening. She was submerged 15-20 minutes before first responders were able to free her. She was first taken by ambulance to Waconia and later transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital. A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office classified Tabitha's death as an accidental drowning. She died just after 2:30 a.m. …
How cold was it? Patch Associate Regional Editor Mike Schoemer made snow with just a cup of very hot water Monday night.
Monday night, there weren't many creatures stirring as the mercury dipped well below zero. Temperatures last night in the northwest suburbs hit about 13 degrees below zero. With more than 10 mph winds, the wind chill was more than 30 below. So, Twin Cities Patch Associate Regional Editor Mike Schoemer went back to his roots. Schoemer, a South Dakota native, attended college in icy Moorhead, MN and was inspired by a meteorologist (and friend) there to conduct an experience with some very cold air (provided by Mother Nature) and a steaming cup of water (provided by Keurig). And the experiment was a success. Hot water, when launched into bitterly cold and dry air, will freeze and evaporate, creating a fine, crystalized mist that appears to be…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday night's accident occurred on the Browns Bay side of Spirit Island. It was the fourth vehicle to break through the ice in less than 48 hours.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jay Corn
Sunday, January 20
A vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Saturday night. It was the fourth to go into the water in less then 48 hours. Saturday's accident occurred on the Browns Bay side of Spirit Island, and Wayzata Fire Department Chief Kevin Klapprich said no injuries were reported. "It went through last night, but I can't tell you exactly what time," Chief Klapprich said. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol responded to the scene Saturday night and was back again late Sunday morning after a resident reported seeing what turned out to be the same vehicle submerged in the water. "The Hennepin County Water Patrol was out there today (Sunday) with their water boat, and some of my guys went out there with them," Chief Klapprich said. "They…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Nine-month-old Tabitha Rose Markle is in critical condition after her family's vehicle broke through the ice last night on Lake Minnetonka. First responders rescued the child from about six feet of water after she was submerged for 15-20 minutes, accordin
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jay Corn
Saturday, January 19
Editor's Note: The following update was released at 4:20 p.m. by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. On January 18 at 5:08 p.m., the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle breaking through the ice on Lake Minnetonka. A family from Minnetrista had been traveling in a small SUV when it broke through thin ice and into the water under the Halstead Bay Bridge. A husband, wife, and their young daughters – a two-year-old and a nine-month-old – were in the vehicle at the time. Read Patch's coverage of the sheriff's press conference Saturday morning. A homeowner who lives next to the bridge is a volunteer firefighter for Mound Fire Department. He heard cries for help and he and a friend pulled the mother and two-year-old …
Hennepin County Rich Stanek said nine-month-old was submerged for 15-20 minutes.
Nine-month-old Tabitha Rose Markle is in critical condition after her family's vehicle broke through the ice last night on Lake Minnetonka. First responders rescued the child from about six feet of water after she was submerged for 15-20 minutes, according to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. Tabitha was taken by ambulance to Waconia and later transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital. Sheriff Stanek said during a news conference Saturday morning that a volunteer Mound fireman, who lives on Lake Minnetonka near where the vehicle went through the ice, was the first to reach the scene. Stanek praised the fireman's quick thinking and training, adding he provided crucial assistance and first aid during the critical first few minutes …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Police and Hennepin County Water Patrol acted fast after a car broke through ice into Lake Minnetonka late Friday afternoon. A 9-month-old is in "extremely" critical condition, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff.
UPDATE (9:20 p.m., Jan. 18, 2013): News outlets are reporting the car sunk near the bridge on County Road 44 as a couple and their two children were out on the lake. A 9-month-old is in cricitcal condition as a result of the crash. * * * * * * ORIGINAL POST (6:13 p.m., Jan. 18, 2013): There were some tense moments this afternoon on Lake Minnetonka after a woman and her child and two other passengers were rescued from their vehicle after the car left the roadway and broke through ice. WCCO and KSTP.com both reported the car went through ice shortly after 5 p.m. this afternoon. KSTP states the incident happened on County Road 44 in Minnetrista, and four people have been taken to a local hospital after the incident. A child was one of the …