Curtis Gilbert Feature Archive

This year's election represents a major test for ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis. Thirty-five candidates are competing in the most hotly contested mayor's race the city has seen in 20 years. This video explains how the votes will be counted. (10/29/2013)
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges draws a sharp contrast to her rival Mark Andrew by opposing building a publicly-subsidized hotel in downtown Minneapolis. (10/25/2013)
While the race for mayor of Minneapolis features 35 candidates, the race for mayor of St. Paul is decidedly less competitive this year. Incumbent Chris Coleman has drawn just three challengers. They met for their first first debate last night. (10/25/2013)
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff has seen both sides of the economic divide. She has been a high-level corporate executive and a victim of the foreclosure crisis. (10/24/2013)
With 35 candidates on the ballot, there has been no shortage of press conferences in the Minneapolis mayor's race. But none compares to Cam Winton's. (10/24/2013)
Don Samuels might have been a Jamaican gospel music star. Instead, his improbable path led him to the Minneapolis mayor's race. (10/23/2013)
Betsy Hodges enjoys balancing the billion-dollar Minneapolis city budget. And as chair of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee for the past four years, she's had plenty of practice. (10/23/2013)
Bob Fine has gotten a lot of mileage out of his last name over the years. His lawn signs tout him as the "FINEst choice for Minneapolis." They used to say "Fine Parks." (10/22/2013)
Cherryhomes' political career began in 1989 when she unseated the only African-American member of the Minneapolis City Council, Van White. Cherryhomes, who is white, would represent the most diverse ward in the city for the next 12 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a consultant and lobbyist. (10/21/2013)
Fourteen years after Mark Andrew resigned from the Hennepin County Board, he's making a bid to return to elected office. (10/21/2013)
Four years after being forced into bankruptcy, the Taste of Minnesota festival will return to St. Paul next summer, managed by a team that includes the widow of the event's founder. (10/17/2013)
Minneapolis euthanized 152 adoptable animals last year, but that number is down 75 percent from where it was just five years ago. (09/25/2013)
Enhancing bus service would run a quarter of the cost of rail. But city staff concluded streetcars had more public support and more economic development potential. (09/24/2013)
A San Francisco-based real estate investment firm plans to buy the old Macy's building in downtown St. Paul. City documents give no indication of what's intended for the property, but St. Paul officials describe their worst-case scenario as a "Burlington Coat Factory type" of store or a parking ramp. (09/19/2013)
For the most part, the six candidates agreed on education policies. They all want better standardized tests, but fewer of them. They all think schools should reduce the number of students they suspend. And they all like Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's plan to give struggling schools more autonomy. (09/17/2013)