5 Things to Know Thursday

Officer Bill Mathews with his wife and son. Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Officer Bill Mathews with his wife and son.

September 13, 2017 11:46 PM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. Funeral for Wayzata Officer

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The funeral for Wayzata Officer Bill Mathews will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wayzata Free Church in Plymouth. The burial will take place following the funeral at Summit Park Cemetary in Wayzata. Both services are open to the public.

Mathews died Friday after being struck by a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Beth Freeman. Freeman is facing two charges of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of driving after the cancellation of her driver's license.

2. Air Quality Alert Issued for Portions of Minnesota Thursday

High temperatures, wildfire smoke and sunshine are expected to harm air quality in eastern and central Minnesota on Thursday, prompting the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to issue an alert. The alert will be in effect Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m. Impacted areas include the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Hinckley and the Tribal Nation of Mille Lacs.

The unhealthy air quality is expected to affect people who have asthma or other breathing conditions, children and teenagers, people doing extended activity outdoors and healthy people who are more sensitive to ozone.

3. Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate Forum

On Thursday, the candidates vying for Minneapolis mayor will present their positions on current and proposed policies that will impact the future of the city during a mayoral candidate forum. The forum is being hosted by KSTP's Chief Political Report Tom Hauser. The event is at 2:30 p.m. at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis.

4.  Highway 95 in Woodbury/Afton to Close in Both Directions

Highway 95 in Woodbury and Afton will close Thursday as crews resurface the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The highway will be closed in both directions from 22nd Street to 14th Street. The northbound lane will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday. The southbound lane will remain closed until the project is complete in late September.

5. Sunny, Warm Temperatures

Warm temperatures are expected to continue Thursday as they reach the high 80s, according to the National Weather Service. There is a 30 percent chance that showers may begin in the metro overnight.

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