Friday, July 10, 2015

Large FIRE at New Vikings Stadium!!

The construction firm working on project confirmed there had been fire, which workers extinguished immediately.
The workers were welding metal decks and sparks fell onto nearby insulation material, said a representative from Mortenson.
The representative said no one was injured in the incident and work continued immediately afterward.
The image of the fire (linked in story) looks bad, but is just the result of insulation burning.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Google Earth UPDATES Minneapolis/Saint Paul area!

If you've opened Google Earth in the last week, you'll have noticed the long awaited triangle mesh update has finally hit the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area.
A few of us 3D model makers whom liked to publish on the old platform, have had plenty of time to lament the end of our contributions. No longer is the 3D imagery created by humans, but rather generated from high resolution photogrametry. I'm glad to report the new method was worth the wait. You can now see every building, bridge, tree and even cars in the 3D mesh.

The updated region is huge. Bordered by highway 494 in the south. France Avenue in the South West. Up through Wirth Parkway into Robinsdale and Brooklyn Center in the West/Northwest. Along the northern extent of the update, the cities of Fridley, New Brighton, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Vadneis Heights. The east side of the update region includes Little Canada, half of Lake Phalen, Downtown Saint Paul to the edge of the Saint Paul Airport, then roughly down the Lafayette Freeway back to 494.

I'll post more fun gems of the new imagery soon. But, for now, go explore for yourself! :)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Minneapolis Protesters Shut Down I35W!

Today a crowd protesting a grand jury's decision to not indict a white New York City police officer for choking a black man to death took over northbound 35W in Minneapolis. KMSP-TV The protesters stopped to lay down several times, chanting "I can't breathe," which is what Eric Garner, the murdered black man, said before being choked to death by Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer. The protest brought traffic to on 35W to a standstill, and then entered downtown on its way to Minneapolis City Hall.
 Protesters reached Minneapolis City Hall shortly before 2:50 p.m. Before reaching downtown, protesters marched down northbound Interstate 35W, causing authorities to shut down the road for a while. WCCO’s Angela Davis reports that protesters could be heard chanting “black lives matter” while marching

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Driver Runs Down Ferguson Protesters in Minneapolis

On Nov 25, 2014 A car drove through a Minneapolis crowd protesting the Ferguson Grand Jury decision.

 Dramatic video shows a vehicle hitting several protesters Tuesday afternoon in Minneapolis. The incident happened just after 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue.

More of this story here

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Minneapolis Mud Slide Closes W. River Parkway

After tons of rain, there's been a mudslide on W. River Parkwy/4th St. S, resulting in 12-14 ft of mud on the roadway. Traffic being diverted.
 7:33p UPDATE: Bike path, walking path and roadway being barricaded and they're calling for front end loaders to remove the mud.

KMSP-TV  FOX reports hospital engineers told the fire department the foundation beneath Fairview’s oxygen tanks was undermined in the slide. Safety officials estimated 15 to 17 stories of mud and trees came crashing down. FOX says officials believe no cars were buried or swept away but were working to verify that.