Today is a day of rememberance in the Twin Cities.
One year ago, the Interstate 35W bridge collapse took place in Minneapolis as 13 died and another 145 were injured. The news coverage both locally and even at the national level were understandably intense. Given my own connections to the Twin Cities and Minnesota, I paid close attention and it was very tough to see unfold.
From a sports perspective, I'm really happy that the Minnesota Twins paid tribute in their way last season. Josh Harding's goalie mask had the Interstate 35 emblem on it when he wore it last season for the Minnesota Wild.
For me, I was heartbroken to see this happen. It was tough to watch the video of the fallen bridge, the people that were interviewed and how everything effected the lives of the locals, especially those lost. While few people perished, it was still 13 too many to have been claimed.
It is likely you will see the national news networks show some footage of the ceremonies taking place today in Minneapolis, but I certainly have my thoughts with those who were effected.
If you'd like to catch up on some of the local coverage, you can check out these news sources. You can also watch live online beginning at 6:05 PM Central Time at KMSP-TV's web site a rebroadcast of their August 1, 2007 newscast that covered the bridge collapse.
Star Tribune (August 1):
Hundreds gather to mourn victims on 1st anniversary of deadly Minnesota bridge collapse
St. Paul Pioneer Press (August 1):
Disaster struck I-35W bridge a year ago today
WCCO-TV (Minneapolis) (August 1):
Hundreds gather in Minneapolis to mourn bridge collapse
KSTP-TV (St. Paul) (August 1):
35W one year later
KMSP-TV (Eden Prairie, MN) (August 1):
Minneapolis bridge collapse: One year later
KARE-TV (Minneapolis) (August 1):
*Remembering, Rebuilding: I-35W Bridge (special site section)