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Officials to discuss Granary Corridor

May 3, 2012

Discussions on the proposed Granary Corridor — a road that would run just north of TCF Bank Stadium, connecting Minneapolis’ eastern border near Minnesota State Highway 280 with Interstate...

Rybak’s pick for city police chief would be first female in the top job

May 1, 2012

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced Monday he will nominate Deputy Police Chief Janeé Harteau to be the next Minneapolis police chief, starting in 2013. If her nomination is confirmed by...

Mpls. police Chief Tim Dolan to retire

April 26, 2012

  Minneapolis police Chief Tim Dolan announced Wednesday that he won’t seek a third term as chief and will retire at the end of 2012 after 29 years with the department. The announcement comes...

Occupy protester Mary Lynn Murphy speaks in favor of allowing protesters to remain overnight in Peavey Plaza during a Public Safety, Civil Rights and Health Committee meeting Wednesday at City Hall in Minneapolis. A resolution is trying to prevent people from sleeping in public plazas.

City Council delays proposal that would limit access to plazas

April 23, 2012

  Plans to limit access to public plazas in Minneapolis were delayed once again Wednesday. The City Council resolution — which council President Barb Johnson tried to bring to a vote April 13...

Aaron Isaacs, historian for the Minnesota Street Car Museum, operates a mile-long stretch of streetcar line along Lake Harriet along with other volunteers. Streetcars run throughout the summer.

Minneapolis continues debate over benefits of adding streetcars to city’s north side

April 17, 2012

This past fall, street resurfacing crews removed several city blocks of old streetcar rails along Riverside Avenue left behind from its glory days in the early 20th century. The crew’s discovery...

In address, Mayor Rybak says north Minneapolis is key to the city’s success

April 12, 2012

  In his annual State of the City address Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak linked the fate of the struggling north Minneapolis area to the overall health of the city. Using the Capri Theater...

Minneapolis revises minority workforce goals

April 9, 2012

  Private contractors looking to work on city projects will have to meet higher hiring standards if they want to win a bid. The Minneapolis City Council revised its minority workforce hiring goals...

Former Gophers linebacker Gary Tinsley prepares for the next test at Minnesota's Pro Day on Monday at the Gibson/Nagurski Football Complex. Eight players from the Gophers' 2011 football team went through a series of drills and measurements in front of NFL scouts.

Gophers linebacker Tinsley found dead Friday at Roy Wilkins Hall

April 6, 2012

Gary Tinsley, a University of Minnesota senior and former Gophers linebacker, was found dead early Friday morning in Roy Wilkins Hall. Speaking on behalf of the football team at a press conference Friday...

Communications major and neighborhood renter Ben Elling and a friend enjoy a warm spring afternoon Tuesday in the vacant lot on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Fourth Street SE.  A new apartment complex has been proposed for the site.

4th Street apartment plans move forward

April 4, 2012

  An empty plot of land in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood could soon be filled by an apartment building. The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission discussed plans for a five-story, 57-unit apartment...

U aids city in push to increase exports

April 3, 2012

  It took nearly a decade for the state of Minnesota to double exports. Twin Cities leaders, including the University of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis, are hoping a partnership with the Washington,...

University of Minnesota alumnus Patrick Stephenson bikes to work on Wednesday at the Ford Center in Minneapolis. Patrick co-founded 30 Days of Biking, a pledge made by participants to bike everyday.

30 Days of Biking kicks off April 1

March 29, 2012

A bicycling tradition is forming in Minneapolis. 30 Days of Biking, an event in which people pledge that they will ride their bike at least once a day throughout April, will kick off for the third time...

With approval of commission, new city ward maps set for next decade

March 28, 2012

The political landscape of Minneapolis has officially changed. The Minneapolis Charter Commission unanimously approved a new ward map Tuesday that will set the city’s political boundaries for the...

Protestors of the Senate voter ID bill chant,

Senate passes its version of the voter ID amendment

March 26, 2012

After passing in the state Senate on Friday night, Minnesota is just a hurdle away from having the voter ID constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The amendment, which would require people to...

Senate passes voter ID bill

March 24, 2012

Minnesota is another step closer to having a photo ID constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The amendment, which will require people to present photo identification to vote, passed 36-30 Friday...

Minneapolis Charter Commission set to vote on proposed ward map

March 22, 2012

  In the coming days, the Minneapolis Charter Commission will finalize a new ward map that will set political boundaries within the city for the next 10 years. And residents, city officials and neighborhood...

Review board changes move forward

March 20, 2012

  Plans to restructure the civilian board that investigates complaints of Minneapolis police misconduct are moving forward, but some board members and residents remain opposed. The plan would replace...

Police review panel would lose power under city, state proposals

March 8, 2012

  Two separate proposals are looking to reduce the already-limited power of the civilian board that investigates complaints about Minneapolis police actions. A proposal from several city officials...

Senior Professional Engineer Annika Bankston describes one of the early parts of the process in turning Mississippi water into drinking water for the city of Minneapolis on Monday at the Fridley Water Treatment Plant in Northeast Minneapolis.

U researchers help make Mpls water tastier

March 6, 2012

In the city of Minneapolis’ constant effort to improve its drinking water, city officials are again turning to University of Minnesota researchers for help. The Minneapolis City Council’s Transportation...

Congressman Keith Ellison, left, jokes with Mayor Rybak during a speech Wednesday in the Carlson building.  The event brought together Ellison, Rybak, and Jim Messina, President Obama's national campaign manager, to speak about the importance of University student support in his re-election bid.

Representing the Student Bloc: Rep. Keith Ellison

February 29, 2012

In the corner of a modest brick building in north Minneapolis, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s office is quiet. Coffee is calmly sipped, conversations are discreet and aides keep a steady pace. But once...

With new lobbyist firm, Minneapolis looks to D.C. for more funding

February 28, 2012

  Last summer, the city of Minneapolis laid off six firefighters after the state cut Local Government Aid allocation by about $23 million. On Friday, the city applied for a $1 million federal grant...

Tom Stinson splits his time between being a professor of applied economics at the University and being the state economist.

Faculty balance teaching, policymaking

February 23, 2012

As a University of Minnesota horticultural science professor, John Erwin has received praise for his research. As president of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, he has been criticized for proposed...

Map would pit Ward 2’s Cam Gordon against fellow councilman

February 20, 2012

  A redistricting map recently submitted to the Minneapolis Charter Commission is drawing concern from members of the Minnesota Green Party. The Citizens Committee for Fair Redistricting, a group...

Brutal winter in Eastern Europe kills more than 600

February 15, 2012

A record-breaking cold snap in Eastern Europe has caused more than 600 deaths, according to an article from the Star Tribune.  Heavy blizzards, and freezing temperatures have trapped tens of thousands...

Minneapolis revises its goals for sustainability

February 15, 2012

  The city of Minneapolis recently revised its goals for becoming a more sustainable city.  The various targets for the 26 Minneapolis Sustainability Indicators, which measure the city’s...

Apartments planned for church site

February 14, 2012

Plans for another apartment building near the University of Minnesota are moving forward. On Thursday, Doran Companies heard concerns from the Minneapolis City Planning Commission about its proposed five-story,...

Police set up underage decoys to test city businesses

February 8, 2012

Two plainclothes police officers stood and watched as a young woman walked up to the counter at Chipotle Mexican Grill on Washington Avenue, presented her ID and bought a Corona last summer. But the womanâÄôs...

Owner Abdi Adem makes a transaction Monday morning at Afrik Grocery and Halal Meat on Cedar Avenue. Adem was able to expand his business through the city of Minneapolis' Alternative Financing Program.

Minneapolis helps Muslim businesses follow Sharia law

February 7, 2012

In 2005, Afrik Grocery and Halal Meat on Cedar Avenue needed to expand. Owner Abdi Adem, who operates his business under Sharia law, needed to find a loan that funded the expansion and complied with his...

Mike Dean, executive director for Common Cause of Minnesota, works with an urban studies class Tuesday at the University to draw redistricting maps for Minneapolis city wards. The maps the class produces will be submitted to the city.

City redistricting heats up; U area to be redrawn

February 2, 2012

The city of Minneapolis will redraw its 13 wards this spring and the University of Minnesota and surrounding neighborhoods will likely be a key area in the process. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, city...

Minneapolis fire chief Alex Jackson shakes hands with his successor, John Freutel, at Jackson's retirement party Friday afternoon at the Bill and Bonnie Fire Museum in north east Minneapolis.

New Minneapolis fire chief inherits hot seat

January 30, 2012

Fire chiefs donâÄôt stay long in Minneapolis. On Friday, the City Council approved John Fruetel to become the cityâÄôs fifth fire chief since 2004. Fruetel, 59, will inherit a department...

Proposed state help gives push to $1.25B Southwest light rail

January 26, 2012

  Plans to build the Southwest Corridor light-rail transit line, which would connect Minneapolis with Eden Prairie, are gaining momentum. Gov. Mark Dayton recently recommended $25 million of his $775...

City Council to vote on major updates to Riverside Avenue

January 23, 2012

Plans to renovate a half-mile stretch of Riverside Avenue are moving forward in the Minneapolis City Council. The project will widen sidewalks, add bike lanes, install street lights and repair a half-mile...

House Speaker Zellers visits campus

January 19, 2012

House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, spoke Thursday at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, previewing the upcoming legislative session. Speaking to a crowd of roughly 50, Zellers promoted Reform...

Minneapolis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Shaun Murphy surveys the Como neighborhood Saturday to verify new bike traffic signs implemented. The new position will work to streamline different transportation needs of Minneapolis communities.

Bike coordinator takes handlebars of burgeoning city

January 19, 2012

If the bright green bike lanes and Nice Ride stations werenâÄôt evidence enough, Shaun Murphy is living proof that promoting bicycling is a high priority for the City of Minneapolis. Murphy started...

Ridership of Metro Transit up in 2011

January 18, 2012

The Metro Transit reported that ridership rose by 3.5 percent, or 2.7 million rides in 2011. Roughly 80.9 million rides were taken on its buses, light rail and Northstar commuter line. It's the fifth consecutive...

Bicycling in Minneapolis on the rise

January 17, 2012

The first ever City of Minneapolis Bicycle Account was released today. The report showed recently completed bicycle infrastructure projects and also outlayed future projects. The report also revealed a...

MTN's chairman Peter Larsen shows the equipments in a control room of one of the studios Jan 10 in Minneapolis.

MTN deals with $90,000 budget cut

January 17, 2012

A funding cut and new leadership are on the way at the Minneapolis Television Network. MTN, which operates three public access channels, is facing a $90,000 funding cut for 2012 as part of the cityâÄôs...

Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday

January 16, 2012

Wikipedia will shut down Wednesday, joining several other prominent websites in a protest against SOPA, according to a report from CNET. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, said the site will...

Jon Huntsman to end presidential bid

January 16, 2012

Jon Huntsman will end his presidential bid Monday and endorse front-runner Mitt Romney, according to a report from CNN. The decision comes after Huntsman finished third in the New Hampshire primary....

City Council approves taxi cab credit ordinance, re-elects President & VP

January 13, 2012

The Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance Friday requiring taxi cabs in the city to accept credit cards effective June 1. The council passed the ordinance 11-2. Councilman Gary Schiff spearheaded...

Kari Dziedzic will face Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Ben Schwanke Tuesday in the special election for SD59.

Dziedzic eyes Senate seat with allies, experience

January 6, 2012

Kari Dziedzic got her first taste of politics as a fifth grader. The daughter of former longtime city councilman Walt Dziedzic, she has lived in Minneapolis for almost her entire life. On Tuesday, sheâÄôll...

Bachmann ends presidential campaign

January 4, 2012

After finishing a distant sixth in the Iowa caucus, Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann suspended her presidential campaign Wednesday morning, effectively ending her bid for the White House, according...

Minneapolis passes 2012 budget without raising property taxes

December 16, 2011

After years of complaints from Minneapolis residents that property taxes were too high, city officials listened.  The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved the 2012 city budget...

Rybak pitches Vikings Stadium plan to skeptical City Council

December 9, 2011

The road for Mayor R.T. Rybak's plan to keep the Vikings in Minneapolis just got a little steeper. Rybak pitched his plan to keep the Vikings in Minneapolis to a wary City Council Thursday, according...

Kerry Betz, an account manager for Northern Tier Energy, attended a Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing regional training Tuesday at the North Metro Fire Training Facility in Fridley, Minn.

Emergency Management preps Minneapolis for the worst

December 7, 2011

The office in charge of responding to the tornado that tore through north Minneapolis in May has received two state grants to continue planning and preparation for future emergencies. On Friday, the Minneapolis...

Officer Wayne Johnson explains the concept of a bait car while on duty Monday in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police catch thieves with bait vehicle program

December 6, 2011

In late June, three people stole a vehicle parked on 26th Avenue Northeast. Within five minutes, several Minneapolis police officers pulled them over and, with guns drawn, ordered the driver out of the...

Minneapolis looks to trim internal watchdog dept.

December 1, 2011

Only two years after its creation, the city of MinneapolisâÄô Internal Audit Department could be slashed in the proposed 2012 budget. It was hailed by city officials as a responsible creation in...

Blue and White Taxi driver Zen Tesseena drove through downtown Minneapolis Monday while explaining new city ordinances for taxicab companies and drivers, including electronic credit card swipers, limited use of cell phones while driving and a dress code.

City Council calls for taxi drivers to drop phones, turn down radio

November 29, 2011

Thanks to the Minneapolis City Council, the next time a cab picks you up the driver wonâÄôt be on his cellphone or wearing a white T-shirt. These are just two of the changes to a city ordinance...

Fall Street Sweeping Tows

November 23, 2011

The city-wide fall street sweep is complete and the damage is done. According to the City of Minneapolis, 2,518 vehicles were towed during the annual cleaning.  That's up from the most recent sweeps. ...

Kaler Asks University Faculty To Help Avoid Penn State Scandal

November 23, 2011

In the wake of the sex abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State University in recent weeks, University President Eric Kaler released a directive Tuesday clearly stating his expectations of faculty and...

City dips into reserve funds for elections

November 22, 2011

Although 2011 is an off-election year, the City of Minneapolis is scrambling to prepare for a pair of special elections. Because the city didnâÄôt budget for special voting, the cityâÄôs...