Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A 50-year-old cast-iron pipe cracked as temps rocketed up.
Update (7:15 p.m.): Water service was back to normal—almost—for 1,050 Fridley residences and businesses at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a major water main broke near Old Central Avenue NE and 66th Avenue NE. Customers could still see rust-colored water coming out of taps for a day or so, according to City of Fridley Water Supervisor Kory Jorgensen, but iron in the water isn't hazardous—only unsightly. About 15 residences were without water service for part of the afternoon. A city water-system project that the Fridley City Council approved Monday will mean that similar breaks in the future won't cause fluctuation in service, Jorgensen said. It's a new water pipe that will run under Rice Creek at Anoka Street NE. Original post (6 p.m.): Record…
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Watering at Commons Park is creating circles of green amidst deserts of dormant grass.
Unusually hot, dry weather has withered most unwatered grass in Fridley to a crisp brown. At Commons Park, rotating sprinklers are keeping circles of grass green, creating round oases of lively turf.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Are these the dog days of summer? Because they only seem fit for a dog.
Hot enough for you? It's been nearly a week since Minnesota magically converted to Florida for the summer, and any step outside the house feels like you are drinking the air that surrounds you rather than breathing it. All winter we tried to come up with ways to keep ourselves entertained indoors, longing for summer when we could run to the park or draw on the sidewalk outside our house. Now, once again, we're trapped in the living room. And if I have to watch Tangled one more time I may start pulling out my own thickly flowing tresses. So: what to do when the heat has you beat. There's only so many videos a family can bear, and sooner or later you need to find another way to pass the time inside. I'd like to say that I have had some …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Wednesday.
The current wave of heat and humidity will give Fridley a heat index as high as 117 Monday afternoon. Much of Minnesota is under an Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service through Wednesday at 9 p.m. Here are some basic precautions to stay safe in the heat:
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Here's some of what was different back in 1988.
Tuesday is the hottest day in the Twin Cities in 23 years—since Aug. 1, 1988. How long ago is that in Fridley terms? Source: Fridley: Its History and People, available through the Fridley Historical Society.
As death toll hits 500, here are safety tips—not only for 'bad parents.'
It was almost one year ago that a Minnesota couple left their six-week-old baby in the back of their car on the hottest day of the summer. The parents, who were visiting the CVS pharmacy on Central Avenue NE in Minneapolis, just south of Columbia Heights, left the windows rolled down while they went inside, but the car still reached temperatures of more than 100 degrees. (The baby survived.) Some parents do it on purpose, thinking it will only be just a second and as long as the windows aren't shut it can't be that dangerous. Others have it happen accidentally—the result of a change in routine (such as one parent taking the baby to daycare when that's not usually his or her job, and heading straight to work instead), or a mixup such as one…
A cool breeze and a jug of water helps.
The shores of Moore Lake could be Fridley's coolest outdoor spot on what is sure to be the hottest day of the year so far. It helps if you wade in up to your calves, as Dan Barger did Tuesday morning, the second day of an excessive heat advisory that includes Fridley. "This is my spot," Barger said, as he cast a fishing line about 30 feet out. "There's a nice breeze. You don't even feel the heat." Then, lifting his shirt to reveal a bright red, two-day-old sunburn, he added: "That's the problem. It's really dangerous, if you're afraid of (sunburn)." The danger for most people not ankle-deep in Moore Lake, according to the National Weather Service, is that the combination of heat and humidity create conditions for heat-related illness. The …
A pilfered bag of ice was the first.
As of Tuesday morning, Fridley's police and fire departments had not had to respond to many calls related to the current heat wave. "People are staying cool," as Fire Chief John Berg put it. Fridley police did receive one report of heat-related crime. According to Lt. Mike Monsrud, someone stole a large bag of ice from the SuperAmerica at 57th and University avenues NE Tuesday morning at about 7 a.m.