Building light rail lines is a tough way to make friends. The Metropolitan Council has spent the last year looking for a way to make everyone along the planned Southwest light rail line happy. But everything the planners propose makes someone upset.
The city has more than 450 different electronic databases that track everything from budgets to crime statistics to street maintenance. Some staffers, elected officials and self-described hackers are working on a plan to put that information on the Internet for anyone to use.
Minneapolis City Council had imposed a moratorium earlier this month in five neighborhoods at the epicenter of an unprecedented building boom.
Velma Korbel served as state human rights commissioner under former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and she's held her position with the city since 2010. The department's 22 employees investigate complaints of discrimination and makes sure city contractors comply with minority hiring goals. But she is not universally appreciated.
A City Council committee Tuesday asked staff to draw up new regulations that would work with the business models of Lyft and Uber X, two companies with cell phone apps that allow drivers to use their personal cars like taxicabs.
The growing dispute pits longtime residents who want to retain the charm of quiet, wooded streets and modest homes against newcomers who want to raze outdated houses and replace them with larger, modern homes.
When a fire killed five children in north Minneapolis last month, a lot of people began to wonder if the building managed by Paul Bertelson was safe. Troy Lewis, the father of the five children, said Bertelson failed to respond to his complaints that the heat didn't work in his apartment.
The City Council next week is scheduled to approve the settlement with the families of Haysem Sani, Mohamed Fofana and Devin Meldahl, students at Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park.
In a statement Wednesday morning, police say they found a 9mm handgun in a sock with Terrance Franklin's DNA hidden in a home in northeast Minneapolis. It was reported stolen in a burglary the day before Franklin was killed.
Mayor Chris Coleman says cold temperatures have prevented the snow from melting, exacerbating the situation. "All I can think of is this is the winter of our discontent that simply refuses to end, apparently," Coleman said.
Local fire officials in Minnesota say the state is not prepared to handle the derailment of trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota.
For the last two months, 12 percent of Northstar trains have been delayed. Normally, only 2 percent arrive late.
The city says snowbanks have grown so large that there's not enough room for emergency vehicles to squeeze down some of the streets.
Troy Lewis said several of the electric baseboard heaters on the second and third floor of the duplex didn't work at all, including the ones in his children's bedrooms. Landlord Paul Bertelson says Lewis never raised any concerns about the heat.
Fire investigation, once more of an art, has become increasingly scientific.