Curtis Gilbert Feature Archive

The St. Paul Public Schools apologized on Wednesday. Officials released a statement saying the district was "concerned and disturbed" by the new charges, adding, "we are sorry and feel terribly that this had happened, though we know this is nothing compared to how our families feel." (05/21/2014)
The population of Minneapolis peaked in the 1950s, when it was well over 500,000. The number declined significantly after that and bottomed out at around 370,000 in the 1980s. The population has crept back slowly since then. (05/20/2014)
The Shakopee prison houses more than 600 women, including nearly a hundred serving sentences for homicide. State money is poised to give it something it's never had before: a fence. (05/20/2014)
Downtown businesses have already committed $25 million to the project. Construction is scheduled to start next year. (05/19/2014)
Since taking office, the freshmen members of the council have wasted no time in exercising their newfound power -- and they've occasionally gotten burned as they learned the ropes at City Hall. (05/14/2014)
The Health, Environment & Community Engagement Committee voted Monday to prohibit foam cups and take-out containers beginning. If it is approved by the full council next week, it would take effect next April. (05/12/2014)
Minneapolis council members will meet at 1:30 p.m. to discuss a proposal to ban restaurants from selling food in containers made of expanded polystyrene. (05/12/2014)
The action follows a lawsuit filed Thursday challenging the restrictions the city established around the time of the game. (05/09/2014)
Fourth-graders Haysem Sani and Mohamed Fofana died when part of a Mississippi River bluff collapsed on them in St. Paul's Lilydale Regional Park. Each of their families will get $80,000 in a legal settlement from the school district. (05/09/2014)
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the American Civil Liberties Union contends that city rules that restrict commercial activity in several designated "clean zones," unless the vendors have the league's permission are unconstitutional. (05/08/2014)
After seeing a staggering 35 candidates for office on last year's ballot, the Minneapolis Charter Commission decided to recommend that the city raise the filing fee for mayor from $20 to $250. (05/08/2014)
Current law says restaurants in largely residential areas of the city must earn at least 70 percent of their revenue from food sales -- meaning alcohol sales can't exceed 30 percent. (05/08/2014)
Bringing in Boylan shows how difficult the negotiations between Minneapolis and Met Council have become, but it also suggests the parties want to find a way to make a deal. (05/06/2014)
The complex was originally built to accommodate 1,000 inmates. Today, it houses more than 1,600. Many of the 6-foot-by-9-foot cells were retrofitted with bunk beds 10 years ago to increase capacity. (05/02/2014)
Dianna Shonville Jones, who moved out of the upstairs apartment at the end of September, alleges Paul Bertelson acted with "deliberate disregard for her rights" during the eight months she lived there. (04/30/2014)