Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the seven accidents; Sheriff Rich Stanek urges common sense and good judgement.
The death of an eight-month-old baby is prompting area safety officials to urge the public to use good judgement and take appropriate safety precautions when driving on Lake Minnetonka and other frozen bodies of water in Hennepin County. Tabitha Markle died early Monday morning after her family's vehicle broke through the ice Friday night near the Halstead Bay Bridge adjacent to County Road 44 in Minnetrista. Tabitha's mother, a teacher with Richfield Public Schools, her father and sister were also in the SUV. The accident occurred less than 24 hours after the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office conducted a nighttime rescue drill that simulated a similar scenario. In all, seven vehicles have broken through the ice since last Friday. Alcohol …
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 …
Friday, December 28, 2012
More than 900 jumpers—many of which have made the jump an annual tradition—took the plunge last year.
Hundreds of brave Minnesotans will ring in 2013 with a Jan. 1 dip in the icy waters of Lake Minnetonka. The annual ALARC Ice Dive will once again take place at the Bayview Event Center in Excelsior and give jumpers an option to help raise money for a variety of local charities and nonprofits—including Minnetonka High School students and both boy’s and girl’s hockey teams from Benilde St. Margaret’s. The major beneficiary of this year’s jump will be “The Semper Fi Fund,” which provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Registration for this year's ice jump must be completed by Dec. 31. Cost to jump is $25 plus tax, and $30 for those registering on jump day. …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
This week's selections from around the West Metro also include a new interchange in Albertville, Popeyes popping up in Richfield and a story that turns the lens on a popular photographer. Plus, a Jack Jablonski update.
Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and St. Michael. 'He Makes High Schoolers Feel Like Pro Athletes' If you've been to more than a couple Minneapolis high school sporting events,you've probably seen photographer Steve Kotvis before. You just wouldn't recognize him on the street, unless he held a giant camera lens in front of his face. Edina Police Ditching Razors for Worthwhile Cause More than 30 members of the Edina Police Department are taking part in Movember—an annual, month-long event that sees men all over the world grow …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Sue Simonson received Google Apps for Education Individual Certification the past two years and received the 2008 TIES Exceptional Teacher Award.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
By Lorrie Ham The first Feature Teacher of the new school year is Sue Simonson, a business education teacher at Mound Westonka High School and the district's technology integrationist. Simonson has taught in the Westonka District for eight years, following one year teaching in the Robbinsdale School District and three years teaching in Iowa City, IA. This year, Simonson teaches computer science, game programming, accounting and 21st century technology, and in the past taught accounting II, web design and advanced game programming. She now splits her time between teaching and working as the district’s technology integrationist. Simonson received a Bachelor of Sciences in business education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and her …