Twin Citians sorta suck at driving, report says

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Allstate's 10th annual "Best Drivers Report" indicates folks in Minneapolis and St. Paul are mediocre at best when it comes to avoiding accidents.

Out of the 200 cities included in the study, which is based on crash data, Minneapolis ranks 90th. St. Paul, meanwhile, ranks 103rd.

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Twin Cities commuters spend more than two days a year stuck in traffic, study says

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Traffic was apparently moving smoothly through downtown on this morning.
TomTom's 2014 Traffic Index uses GPS data from millions of users to break down both how congested each major metro in the Americas is relative to the others and which times of the week are most gridlocked.

The study indicates our roadways are relatively unclogged -- out of the 62 cities evaluated, the Twin Cities ranked as the 42nd most congested. But last year was a little hairier than 2012, as congestion increased by about 20 percent year to year.

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Minnesota's highways among the worst in the nation, study says


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Hennepin County says it didn't know about pothole that gave man concussion [PHOTO]

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A Hennepin County spokesperson tells us officials hadn't heard about an axle-busting south Minneapolis pothole near the intersection of 46th Street and Minnehaha Avenue that concussed a man until Fox 9 put together a story about it for last night's 9 o'clock news.

Workers "didn't know that was there but saw the story," Kayla Bromelkamp, public affairs officer for Hennepin County, says. "They went out there this morning and fixed it immediately."

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Check out this crazy video of the demolition derby on I-35 near Forest Lake


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Check out this crazy video of the demolition derby on I-35 near Forest Lake

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Just a day ago many of us winter-savvy Minnesotans were mocking Atlanta for becoming something akin to a Walking Dead set thanks to icy roads and a couple inches of snow.

Those jokes aren't quite as funny today, are they?

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It was especially no laughing matter for drivers headed down an ice-coated I-35 this morning. Check out this crazy footage caught by a traffic cam near Forest Lake:

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78 percent of Minnesota commuters drive to work alone

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Minneapolis is debating streetcars, the whole metro is up in arms over the beleaguered Southwest Corridor light rail plan, and the long-awaited Minneapolis-to-St. Paul Green Line is set to open sometime mid-next year.

But while the Twin Cities talks mass transit, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, a full 77 percent of metro area commuters are still driving to work alone. For the state as a whole, that number is 78 percent; for the country, it's a slightly better 76 percent.

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- Green Line test trains now running down University Avenue [IMAGES]
- Minneapolis ranks second in bike commuting, with our old nemesis taking top honors

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Check out this van dangling precariously above I-94 [UPDATE]

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Two lanes of I-94 eastbound through St. Paul were closed this morning as a van dangled precariously above the highway.

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The image at the top of this post is a still from a traffic cam (via the Star Tribune). It shows the only thing keeping the van from crashing onto the highway at I-94 near Seventh Street was a metal fence.

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Dashboard cam captures more milk than you've ever seen gushing into Lowry Hill Tunnel [VIDEO]

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If there was ever a time to have a pack of Oreos in your car...
Not crying over spilled milk is sound advice -- but if we're talking about thousands and thousands of gallons?

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Footage released by the Minnesota State Patrol shows a tidal wave of milk gushing into the Lowry Hill Tunnel moments after a milk tanker overturned Tuesday afternoon.

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Oakdale driver pulled over while under the influence of McDonald's

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Don't love it while behind the wheel, kids.
A driver recently spotted swerving his car erratically on Greeley Street in Stillwater wasn't drunk, high, or on bath salts. But he was under the influence -- of Ronald McDonald.

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-- Vikings' Jerome Felton, arrested for DWI in McDonald's drive-thru, was lovin' it too much

After an officer watched a truck cross the centerline, a 19-year-old Oakdale man told police he was all over the road because he was preoccupied chowing McDonald's.

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Shawn Daivari Hiawatha Line smackdown: The surveillance footage [VIDEO]

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Who needs Metro Transit police when you have Shawn Daivari?
Metro Transit has released surveillance footage of former WWE wrestler Shawn Daivari choking out a belligerent passenger during a southbound trip on the Hiawatha Line a few weeks back.

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-- Shawn Daivari, former WWE star, chokes out belligerent racist on Hiawatha Line
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Though the footage doesn't have sound, it appears to show that the incident unfolded just as we've previously reported. An unruly passenger gives a bicyclist a hard time when he boards the train, then appears to turn his ire to another off-camera rider. As the man prepares to initiate a physical altercation with the off-camera rider, Daivari springs out of his seat, takes his jacket off, and chokes the troublemaker out.

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Metro Transit responds to security concerns following Shawn Daivari incident

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Daivari's Hiawatha Line smackdown isn't reflective of security problems on Metro Transit trains, a spokesman said.
A couple weeks ago, former WWE star Shawn Daivari choked out a belligerent passenger while riding on the Hiawatha Line to the airport.

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-- Shawn Daivari, former WWE star, chokes out belligerent racist on Hiawatha Line


Daivari said numerous people on the train hit the train's emergency help button when the disturbance began, but at the next stop, "nobody got on the train, so we knew there were no cops waiting to get on and help."

That characterization of the incident raised concerns about security on Hiawatha Line trains, but in an interview with City Pages, Metro Transit's PR manager, John Siqveland, gave a slightly different account of the incident and said officials handled the on-train smackdown the best they could.


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