Saturday, January 19, 2013
The mother of the baby in critical condition works for Richfield Public Schools.
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. The infant's mother works for Richfield Public Schools.
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 11, 2013
Rinks will remain open each day through mid-February, weather permitting.
The Richfield Recreation Services Department has opened the outdoor skating season at various parks throughout the city. The warming house days and locations are: The warming houses opened on Dec. 26, 2012 and remain open through mid-February 2013. The hours are: Special holiday hours are: Skating sites without warming houses are located at Augsburg, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Roosevelt and Taft parks. All, with the exception of Fremont Park, have lights until 9 p.m. In the event of inclement weather the department may decide to close the rinks for the safety reasons. The buildings will remain open unless: Residents may call the department's weather line at 612-861-9189 for information on rink and building closures. Follow Richfield …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The West 66th Street and Lakeshore Drive Super America location's broken canopy awaits full repairs.
The canopy covering gas pumps at the Super America location at 826 W. 66th St., which collapsed on Dec. 30, 2010 under the weight of ice and snow, is still awaiting repair. Debris was still on the property and the area was sealed off on Jan. 3, but by Jan. 6 the debris had been removed and the area was unblocked. As of Tuesday morning the canopy was still unrepaired. It is unclear when the repairs will be done or if there is any threat of further collapse, as Northern Tier Energy, which recently purchased the station and many others in Minnesota, didn't return Richfield Patch's phone calls for comment. In addition, workers and managers at the location were not allowed to comment.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Richfield Recreation Department announces the opening of various ice rinks throughout the city.
The Richfield Recreation Services Department has opened the outdoor skating season at various parks throughout the city. The warming house days and locations are: The warming houses opened on Dec. 20 and remain open until Feb. 20, 2011. The hours are: Currently, the warming houses are having special hours due to winter break for schools and holidays: Skating sites without warming houses are located at Augsburg, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Roosevelt and Taft parks. All, with the exception of Fremont Park, have lights until 7 p.m. In the event of inclement weather the department may decide to close the rinks for the safety reasons. The buildings will remain open unless: Residents may call the department's weather line, which is updated …
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Public Works salts streets to prepare for icy road conditions
More snow and cold weather is in store for Richfield and much of the state Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Currently the Twin Cities are in a winter weather advisory until noon. Monday's rain transitioned into snow overnight and by the end of the day the National Weather Service is predicting one to three inches to fall in the Richfield area. Further, the cold temperatures will create icy road conditions, blustery winds and a wind chill between -2 and 3 degrees in the evening. Richfield Public Works is currently working to combat the icy roads, according to Chris Link, director of the Streets and Forestry Department. "Because of [yesterday's] rain and uncertainty when it would freeze, we did have crews in overnight," …
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Freezing rain causes slick roads and hundreds of accidents statewide.
After freezing rain overnight and into Sunday morning, the Minnesota State Patrol is reporting 438 crashes statewide, with 376 of those being in the Twin Cities metro area. Fifty-seven accidents in the metro area have resulted in injuries and, fortunately, only one accident has been reported as fatal. In addition, Lt. Eric Roeske, public information officer for the state patrol, said 191 vehicles are off the road due to vehicle spinouts statewide and a 165 of those are in the metro area. Specific details about Richfield accidents will not be available until Monday, according to the Richfield Public Safety Department. The state patrol is asking that people think twice about driving until the roads are a little drier. If you have photos of …