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The roof of the Metrodome collapsed early Sunday morning after heavy snowfall in Minneapolis.  More than 17 inches of snow fell on the Twin Cities.

Snow causes Metrodome cave-in

Published December 13, 2010

The MetrodomeâÄòs roof collapsed early Sunday when three panels tore following heavy snowfall over the weekend. Work crews, which were melting snow off the roof with steam and hot water, were called...

Residents rebuke city spending

Published December 13, 2010

Minneapolis residents filled the City Council chamber, maxed out an overflow room and spilled into the hallways as the council met to vote on next yearâÄôs budget Monday night.   Residents...

Mpls plan promotes urban ag

Published December 9, 2010

Kirsten Saylor has done something that few parents have ever accomplished âÄî her children enjoying eating their vegetables. Through the Dowling Community Garden in Minneapolis, Saylor has grown...

Mpls sees drop in violent crime rate

Published December 7, 2010

Minneapolis has seen a drop in violent crime following the July start of an initiative that places tougher sentences on gun crime. Last week, Mayor R.T. Rybak announced that the number of people prosecuted...

Pedestrians wait for the bus at 7th Street and Nicollet Monday night. It is the most used bus stop in the entire metro area where thousands of people board every day.

Student group fights busing inequality

Published December 7, 2010

With the temperature below 20 degrees and wind chill making it feel even cooler, Mercedes Ruiz stood at the corner of Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall waiting for a bus to arrive. She used to take this...

Snow emergency declared

Published December 4, 2010

Minneapolis city officials declared a snow emergency Saturday. Plowing begins at 9 p.m. on âÄúsnow emergency routes." Parking is not allowed on either side of these streets during plowing. On Sunday,...

Public proposes bike plan changes

Published December 1, 2010

Opinions on MinneapolisâÄô upcoming Master Bike Plan streamed in through online comments, surveys and public meetings in August and September. On Tuesday, the opinions were made public and the...

Riverside Avenue to get facelift

Published December 1, 2010

With cracks and potholes lining Riverside Avenue, the road âÄî built in the 1950s âÄî is in need of reconstruction. The state rated the road in "poor to fair" condition, but that will change...

Mpls Fire Dept. to train fire fighters in Kenya

Published November 23, 2010

Eldoret, a large and fast-growing city in Kenya, needed help. The city, with a population of about 220,000, has large shantytowns where open fires are used for cooking âÄî but its fire protection is...

Property tax increases outrage residents

Published November 19, 2010

Deborah Gorman was shocked when she got her property tax assessment from Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The combined total of the 2011 levies hike her property taxes up an estimated 16.2 percent âÄì...

Central Corridor gets funding boost

Published November 18, 2010

The Central Corridor light-rail line received a $106.7 million funding boost Wednesday. The Counties Transit Improvement Board, a regional group that helps advance and invest in transit, awarded the project...

Sections of Washington Avenue to be closed Wednesday

Published November 16, 2010

People traveling along Washington Avenue on Wednesday should expect delays and lane closures. University of Minnesota officials will use vibration simulations to test the impacts of Central Corridor light-rail...

U research facility seeks relocation

Published November 11, 2010

When Central Corridor light-rail construction begins on Washington Avenue next spring, a research facility located barely 30 feet away in Nils Hasselmo Hall faces serious consequences. The Nuclear Magnetic...

Bikers pass by the Blegen Hall Nice Ride’s now empty rack on the West Bank Tuesday.  This past weekend was the last opportunity to use the public bikes until April as all bikes on campus have been picked up to be stored for the winter season.

Nice Ride program tops first-year goals

Published November 10, 2010

Venkat Narayanan was considering getting a car, maybe a bicycle âÄî he needed a way to get around the University of Minnesota campus. Then Nice Ride Minnesota came along. The graduate student got...

Hussein Samatar conducts an interview shortly after his election to the Minneapolis School Board November 2 at the Minneapolis Hilton.

First Somali-American elected to Minn. office

Published November 8, 2010

Hussein Samatar knows the importance of a good education. He completed his college degree just four days before the Somali Civil War broke out in 1991 and believes his is one of the few generations to...

Democrat incumbents clinch District 59/59B with ease

Published November 3, 2010

Minneapolis incumbents representing the University of Minnesota area in the state Legislature were safe from the pain others across the country faced Tuesday night. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller...

$80M in loans may aid ailing Riverside Plaza

Published November 2, 2010

After turning on their faucets, some residents in taller Riverside Plaza buildings have to wait 20 to 40 minutes to get hot water, according to a Minneapolis City Council document, but that may change...

Minn.’s economic future uncertain

Published November 1, 2010

As Minnesota emerges from the recession, state demographers and economists are preparing for a "new normal" âÄî though what that might entail remains uncertain. But things donâÄôt look...

U students join ‘sanity’ rally in D.C. and Minn.

U students join ‘sanity’ rally in D.C. and Minn.

Published November 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., âÄî Bearing signs with slogans proclaiming "On the whole IâÄôm rather grunted," and "IâÄôm mad as hell but mostly in a passive-aggressive way," a crowd of about...

Amid changing demographics, Minnesota faces bleak “new normal”

Published October 29, 2010

As Minnesota emerges from the recession, state demographers and economists are preparing for a âÄúnew normalâÄù âÄì though what that might entail remains uncertain. But things donâÄôt...

Rybak travels to Sweden for ‘green’ conference

Published October 27, 2010

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was among 10 delegates of the National League of Cities to attend the first-ever European Green Capital Conference last week. The conference, which took place in Stockholm,...

2010 Election Guide: Keith Ellison, DFL incumbent

Published October 26, 2010

How will you address the federal budget deficit? We need to cut the military budget by getting rid of outdated Cold War weapons systems, cutting the nuclear arsenals [and] getting rid of obsolete military...

2010 Election Guide: Tom Schrunk, Independent

Published October 26, 2010

How will you address the federal budget deficit? By insisting that our laws be written to benefit the citizens rather than political parties or particular interests who have access to our Legislatures...

2010 Election Guide: Joel Demos, Republican

Published October 26, 2010

How will you address the national budget deficit? DemosâÄô website did not list any specific information on how to address national debt, but said: âÄúAt $13 trillion, we cannot continue...

Lines, restrictions await Obama rally-goers

Published October 21, 2010

Metal detectors, long lines, security check points. These are things one would normally associate with the airport, but President Barack ObamaâÄòs rally Saturday will bring them to the University...

‘This is not Florida … This is Minnesota’

Published October 20, 2010

When Roger Magnuson, one of Norm ColemanâÄôs lawyers during the 2008 Senate recount, began drawing parallels between that case and the Florida recount during the 2000 presidential election, Justice...

City OKs bike-trail funds

Published October 14, 2010

A long-delayed bike trail that would connect the University of Minnesota with downtown Minneapolis got two injections of funding in the past week. The Transportation and Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis...

City ward redistricting may alter representation

Published October 14, 2010

When Minneapolis residents go to the polls Nov. 2, they will be voting on not only political candidates, but how the city wards will be divided. An initiative on the ballot would remove political parties...

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks at the 2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project on Wednesday at 6th st and 31 Ave N. The Project is part of President Carter’s foundation Habitat for Humanity, which seeks to help build, renovate or repair homes for those who need affordable housing.

Carter aims to revitalize N. Mpls

Published October 7, 2010

David Luce was drawn to MinneapolisâÄô Hawthorne neighborhood in 1983. With a wife, two kids and a dog, the pet-friendly rental property on 29th Avenue near Farview Park was a natural choice. Now...

Construction causes financial loss

Published October 6, 2010

St. Paul streets are torn up, utility lines are being relocated and men in hardhats outnumber pedestrians. Construction on the Central Corridor Light- Rail line began in St. PaulâÄôs Lowertown...

Mpls fire dept. faces possible cuts

Published October 5, 2010

On Sept. 24, 45 firefighters packed into Minneapolis City Hall clad in bright gold shirts that read âÄúNo firefighter layoffs.âÄù Though the City Council meeting that day had nothing to...

Traffic will be diverted on the West Bank next week due to light-rail line construction.

Central Corridor construction to begin on West Bank

Published October 1, 2010

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs West Bank will see the first signs of construction for the Central Corridor on Monday morning. Both Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy will be moving and upgrading...

Mpls approves green business partnership

Published September 27, 2010

The Minneapolis City Council approved a partnership Friday with St. Paul to attract and retain green jobs in the two cities. The partnership, called "Thinc.Green," will promote environmentally friendly...

Gov. candidates weigh in on local aid

Published September 23, 2010

Minneapolis faces three very different outcomes regarding Local Government Aid, depending on who wins the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election. Each candidate has a different take on how to allot money to cities...

ATU Local 1005 President Michelle Sommers announces that its members have voted not to accept MetroTransit’s final contract offer Monday outside the union’s office.  If an agreement is not reached drivers could vote to strike.

Transit union denies offer

Published September 21, 2010

The union representing Metro Transit workers voted down the latest contract offer Tuesday evening, setting up a possible strike for Metro Transit bus drivers. Even though this was Metro Transit’s...

U transit system gains recognition

Published September 20, 2010

The University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services was awarded Transit System of the Year  last week. It was the second year the University had applied for the award, given out by the...

Park(ing) Day brings awareness to land use

Published September 20, 2010

A group of architecture students took over a metered parking space on Pillsbury Drive near Rapson Hall to promote green design Friday. Students for Design Activism, a student group that formed earlier...

Student group shows off Park(ing) Day

Published September 17, 2010

A group of architecture students took over a metered parking space on Pillsbury Drive near Rapson Hall to promote green design Friday. Students for Design Activism, a student group that formed earlier...

University wins statewide transit system award

Published September 17, 2010

The University’s Parking and Transportation Services was awarded Transit System of the Year this week. It was the second year the University had applied for the award, given out by the Minnesota...

Mpls bike plan to expand access

Published September 15, 2010

Minneapolis officials have proposed a bicycle plan for the city that could add miles of paths and lanes, increase bicycle enforcement and promote ridership and safety. The proposal, the Minneapolis Bicycle...

I-35W bridge collapse memorial announced

I-35W bridge collapse memorial announced

Published September 9, 2010

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak revealed a new plan for the Interstate 35W bridge collapse on Thursday. The new proposal includes 13 beams with the names of victims and a wall with writing behind flowing...

Dan Maher operates a cutting torch Tuesday morning at Bohemian Flats. Workers from Bolander & Sons are helping with clean-up of the 35w bridge wreckage.

State begins moving I-35W wreckage

Published September 8, 2010

After three years, efforts to remove the mangled remains of the Interstate 35W Bridge from the Bohemian Flats area started Tuesday. Crews began by cutting up large pieces of debris to be loaded onto flatbed...

U set to formally drop Met Council lawsuit

Published September 7, 2010

The University of Minnesota is set to drop its lawsuit against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor, pending the approval of a resolution by the Board of Regents on Wednesday. The resolution...

 Moped parking areas are being increased all over campus to help free up bike racks.

Mo-ped drivers face new University rules

Published September 7, 2010

Mo-ped drivers at the University of Minnesota will face new rules and enforcement this year as part of a change in how they can park and ride on campus. The new rules, which took effect Aug. 30, do not...

U, Met Council reach agreement on Central Corridor

Published September 1, 2010

The University of Minnesota and the Metropolitan Council have reached a tentative agreement on how to protect the University’s research facilities from vibration and electromagnetic interference...