An investigation is under way, and five people are now confirmed dead, at least three of them children, after fire swept through the second floor of a duplex in north Minneapolis on Friday.
Fire crews were called to the neighborhood at about 5 a.m. on a report of smoke in the area. They found a fire in a duplex at 2818 Colfax Ave. N. where 15 people were living. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said firefighters attempted to rescue people in the building in what he called very precarious conditions.
Hennepin County has given the city of Minneapolis until the end of the year to institute a residential composting program.
The Minneapolis mayor wrote to city workers today: "I also want to thank those employees who came forward and cooperated in the investigation" that led to the ouster of Rocco Forte, the city's former emergency management director.
Rocco Forte, a well-known Minneapolis crisis manager who led the city's response to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, quit in 2011 during a misconduct inquiry that likely would have resulted in his firing, documents obtained by MPR News show.
The company that runs freight trains along part of the planned Southwest light rail line in Minneapolis today raised safety concerns about a new proposal to move its freight traffic to St. Louis Park.
As of a year ago, there were about 350 homeless veterans counted in the entire state of Minnesota, said Cathy ten Broeke, the state director to prevent and end homelessness. In the last five years, the number of homeless veterans in Hennepin and Ramsey counties has dropped by half to fewer than 200.
The new St. Louis Park option eliminates the two-story tall earthen berms called for in earlier designs, but there are still lots of problems with the proposal, said St. Louis Park City Council Member Jake Spano.
Today, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women proposed legislation that would extend the time police have to arrest a person accused of misdemeanor domestic assault.
The Metropolitan Council plans to channel more money to parts of the Twin Cities with large minority populations and high rates of poverty.
A $2 million state grant to the Southwest Light Rail project came at the expense of downtown development in Maple Plain and athletic facilities at Minneapolis Public Schools, according to documents.
If not for the 1927 song "Moonshiner's Dance Part One", the former Victoria Theatre on University Avenue (also a former speakeasy) would probably be a parking lot.
The Como and Phalen golf courses together lose about $400,000 every year. Prom Management Group, the Oakdale-based catering firm that has offered to pay the city at least $65,000 dollars a year to take over the operations, promises to erase that deficit.
St. Paul currently loses more than $400,000 a year at the Como and Phalen courses. Under the agreement, Prom Management Group would pay the city a fee to operate them.
The deal gives the city more control over how the site is redeveloped. Mayor Chris Coleman appoints the port authority board, which intends to put the building back on the market immediately following the closing.