Curtis Gilbert Feature Archive

The Minneapolis Charter Commission last night moved to hold a referendum on the so-called 70-30 rule, which says restaurants in residential neighborhoods have to make the bulk of their revenue selling food. The ballot question is part of a larger movement to restructure the city's alcohol regulations. (06/05/2014)
Minneapolis licenses nearly 1,000 food vendors for community events each year, and the city's goal will be to inspect all of them. (06/02/2014)
Activists from north Minneapolis are pushing the city to approve the light rail project over objections from southwest Minneapolis residents concerned it will harm a scenic recreation area. (05/30/2014)
Seema Desai, who spent two years investigating employment discrimination cases on behalf of the city's Civil Rights Department, claimed the city violated her rights as an employee. (05/27/2014)
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)