Around the state: Panel repair work continues on Vikings stadium

August 27, 2017 GMT

Health officials to mark end of measles outbreak

ST. PAUL — Minnesota health officials plan to mark the end of the state’s largest measles outbreak in decades.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger and others plan a news conference Friday to announce the end of the outbreak and to recognize partners in the response.

If no new cases of measles linked to the 2017 outbreak are identified before Friday, Minnesota health officials will declare the outbreak over.

The measles outbreak was the largest in Minnesota since 1990 and required extensive collaboration among public health and community partners to stop it.

As of mid-July, 79 cases were confirmed in Minnesota. Nearly everyone infected was unvaccinated.

Many of those who got sick were in the state’s large Somali-American community, where many parents avoid the vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism.

Panel repair work continues on Vikings stadium

MINNEAPOLIS — Crews are repairing exterior panels on U.S. Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Vikings prepare for their second season in the facility.

The $1.1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis was completed more than a year ago, but workers are still fixing panels in about half a dozen spots.

The durability of the panels has long been a concern. Panels came loose during storms in July 2016 and last March. Earlier this year, water seeped through and created puddles in various places.

Finance & Commerce reports that about 10 percent of zinc panels covering the outside of the stadium are being repaired. The work is expected to wrap up next month.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says the repairs are covered under warranty, and there is no cost to taxpayers.

The 52nd Super Bowl will be played at the stadium in February.

2 men believed to be on hotel-robbing spree

WOODBURY — Authorities are trying to catch two men believed to be on a hotel-robbing spree in Minnesota.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the robbers are believed to have targeted five hotels since July, most recently the Woodbury Hampton Inn about 4 a.m. Thursday.

Other robberies the past two months have occurred in Hastings, Red Wing, Inver Grove Heights and North Branch.

In each case, the robbers entered the hotel during early morning hours, asked for a room, then pulled a gun or implied they had a gun in a pocket.

Woodbury Police Detective Jeremy Miller said the holdups have become increasingly violent, with the men charging the clerk in the Woodbury case and forcing their way behind the counter.