Tuesday, January 1, 2013
He was killed in a collision with a private snowplow truck on New Year's Day 2012 on East River Road in Fridley.
A memorial cross stands in the median of East River Road/Anoka County Road 1 in Fridley, near where a private snowplow truck (not then plowing snow) struck and killed Kerry Baker, 46, just before 7 a.m. one year ago—on New Year's Day 2012. Related:
Monday, December 10, 2012
Incident occurred at 73rd and University avenues NE shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.
Updated below. A snowplow and passenger vehicle collided at University and 73rd avenues NE in Fridley Monday shortly after 10 a.m. An ambulance was sent to the scene on a routine basis, Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud said, indicating that injuries, if any, were very minor. He said he didn't know who, if anyone, was injured. The Minnesota State Patrol was headed to the crash site to write up the incident, Monsrud said, as is routine for crashes involving plows on state highways. Thanks to Fridley resident Laurie Buck for the photos from the scene. Monsrud said that Monday morning was proving to be busier for the Fridley Police Department than usual for a day with snowy road conditions, with cars sliding off the road and other incidents. …
Saturday, January 7, 2012
He died Jan. 1 when a snowplow truck hit his bike on East River Road in Fridley.
Kerry Steven Baker is being mourned by family and friends as a generous man with a "good heart," always ready with a smile and a laugh. Baker, 46, was killed on Jan. 1 at about 7 a.m. while bicycling in the 4700 block of East River Road in Fridley. A private snowplow truck hit his bike in an apparent head-on crash, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. Baker's funeral is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. in Ham Lake. Brittany Cernohlavek, 19, said she knew Kerry as "uncle" for as long as she can remember—even though he was really her father's best friend. She said Baker had at times lived with her and her parents, Dale Cernohlavek and Shannon Bacon, at their house in northeast Minneapolis. "He was a nice guy," Bridget Cernohlavek said…
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Kerry Steven Baker, 46, was dead at the scene Sunday on East River Road in Fridley.
Update (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.): Investigators won't know for weeks whether the cyclist who died Sunday in a crash with a snowplow was impaired by alcohol or drugs. According to Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, "it has yet to be determined if alcohol or other chemicals played a role in the death. Toxicology typically takes weeks to get back." Kerry Steven Baker, 46, was dead at the scene when Fridley police arrived at the scene at 7 a.m. Sunday (about an hour before sunrise) in the 4700 block of East River Road. In a statement Tuesday, Sommer said the sheriff's office does not suspect alcohol played a role on the driver of the private snowplow truck, which was not plowing snow at the time. Baker was riding north in the …
Friday, March 11, 2011
If you're feeling plowed over at this point of the season, think how this bus bench feels.
Snowplow operators and other shovelers have gone to great lengths to keep many of Fridley's bus stops open for business this winter. But the special attention apparently left this bus stop bench on East River Road at 61st Way NE (next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station) flat on its back. UPDATE: In a post about this problem at the Fridley Patch Facebook page, Dan Craig (who works for Metro Transit, it seems) said he would try to get it "squared away." And as of March 15, it looks like he did. Thanks, Dan.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Fridley Police escorted a female off the premises of an apartment building where she had accosted the driver of a snow plow.
On Feb. 23, Fridley Police officers escorted a woman from an apartment complex in the 600 block of Osborne Road after serving her with a trespass notice for yelling at a plow driver in the parking lot and throwing chunks of ice and snow at him. Here are more items selected from information provided by the Fridley Police Department: Feb. 20: Feb. 21: Feb. 22: Feb. 23: In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Incidents generally appear in the order in which they were reported, not necessarily the order in which they occurred.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Paths around Moore Lake ought to be clear of snow.
We have one big lake here in Fridley, Moore Lake, but we can't walk, run or pedal around it now without risking our lives or dignity, due to official path-plowing neglect. Moore Lake is a great water feature three seasons of the year. But the beautiful asphalt path on its east side is totally snowed-in now south of the tennis courts, as it has been each winter since I became a property owner in Fridley. Occasionally, I see non-motorized people walking or pedaling on Old Central Avenue in the winter and I worry for them. Why? Because the road has too much motorized traffic and the city government has not advocated for the people of Fridley to get the path plowed. I recently learned that two of my neighbors have stepped up to become …