MnDOT crews face one-two punch of snow and bitter cold

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Usually an inch or two of snow isn’t enough to cause problems; but when it comes to plowing it, timing is everything. “It came in right during the rush hour so we had more traffic out there,” MnDOT spokesperson Anne Meyer says that slowed everything down, including plows, so their routes took longer.  The wind also didn’t help, but crews did have a window of golden opportunity Monday afternoon to lay down salt before it got too cold. “We’re trying to get some of that material onto the roads now when the temperatures are still working our way. At 15 degrees or lower is when we start to see salt and other materials don’t work as well in those cold temperatures,” Meyer said. Plow drivers laid down both salt and salt brine to attack the snow on two fronts, breaking up the snow and ice for the evening commute so the drive home wouldn’t be as bad. That could change overnight, though, with temps dipping down to zero. “Some of what we’re melting off with the salt may start to refreeze again. So, we’re keeping an eye on all those elements,” Meyer said. One to two inches of snow in the me...

Teens fatally punch man at Maryland fair in random attack, police say

Police arrested two teenagers who are accused of fatally punching a man in what investigators are calling a random and unprovoked attack. The teens, ages 15 and 16, were charged for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old man at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland, over the weekend, police said. The victim, who police believe was attacked at random, was found lying unconscious on the ground at around 5:30 p.m Friday and was airlifted to a local trauma center, where he died the following day. Witnesses on the scene said the man appeared to be minding his own business when he was approached by the teens. “Criminal Investigators responded to the scene and interviewed numerous witnesses who indicated that the person assaulted was the victim of an unprovoked attack,” the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “As a result of the investigation, two juvenile suspects were able to be identified and were later located and arrested by the sheriff’s office.” The massive police presence at the fairgrounds led to rumors about what may have occurred. The event’s organizers aimed to clear things up in a statement on its Facebook page. “...