GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Family speaks after Cottage Grove crime spree suspect breaks into their home
Lisa Patterson struggles to remember the face of the man the burst into her home during a multi-city crime spree on Monday morning, but she’ll never forget his gun. A man kicked in the door at Patterson’s home, after assaulting a woman, stealing two vehicles and leading police on a chase from St. Paul to Cottage Grove. When the man asked Patterson for a glass of water, she saw the opportunity to talk to him, and to get herself, her husband and their two daughters out of their house and to safety.
Just off Diffley Road in Eagan, a growing memorial of bouquets and signs honor 13-year-old Patric Vitek, who was killed biking to school Friday morning. At Eagan's city council meeting Monday night, neighbors had the chance to air safety concerns about the road. Police offered an update on the investigation into the crash that killed Vitek and city officials talked about safety solutions that were explored in the past. Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire acknowledged safety concerns have been raised in the past. He said the county is not in favor of putting another stop light on the road, and without a stop light, a crosswalk would not be safe on the county highway. Options such as a bridge or tunnel have been mentioned but may not be feasible, Maguire said.
We've been dodging snow the last couple weeks that has fallen to our west, to our south... even east and north! But it looks like our luck may run out Tuesday night, at least for southern Minnesota. An accumulating snowfall event looks increasingly likely Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The computer models have been trending south with this system, with the metro on the northern edge of the snow. We can expect 1/2" or less in the Twin Cities, but southern cities could see higher amounts. As much as 3" could fall around Mankato and Rochester. The precipitation will probably start falling after 10 p.m. in the metro, wrapping up just before 3 4 a.m. Wednesday. It could make for a crummy commute.