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.
The city's need to narrow wide disparities between white residents and minority communities -- in education, employment, health and other areas -- was a recurring theme as the city swore in a diverse new City Council on Monday.
Johnson, who has led the Council for the last eight years, beat back a challenge from Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who had the support of several newly-elected council members.
Abdi Qobey was watching television in bed when the wall of his apartment suddenly flew over his head. He jumped from the second floor to escape.
In an interview Friday morning, Coleman blamed what he sees as the company's overly ambitious time table for closing the sale.
The fire comes as the city is going through a major political transition, with its first new mayor in 12 years, and a new council member representing the area where disaster struck.
Today's swearing-in will kick off a 10-day tour of the city in which Betsy Hodges will highlight her agenda in areas such as transportation, public safety and "winter tourism."
Minneapolis police are searching for a man suspected of robbing five south Minneapolis businesses in just two and a half hours this morning.
However people see him now, there's no doubt many underestimated R.T. Rybak during his first campaign for mayor. He'd never run for anything before, though he turned out to be surprisingly effective, said University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says the state of Minnesota should investigate cases where the city's police officers use lethal force -- whether the city's police union likes it or not.
"The Minneapolis Chief of Police unilaterally announced this proposed arrangement without first notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety, Governor Dayton, or the Governor's Chief of Staff — a course of action that the Governor considers extremely inappropriate," Dayton spokesperson Matt Swenson said in a statement.
Starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday, parking will be banned on streets marked "Night Plow Route." Parking restrictions switch to day plow routes starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.