Minnesota Public Radio features by Curtis Gilbert http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=123 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:44:12 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Curtis Gilbert http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Mattress apocalypse? Buried in trashed bedding, Mpls. may seek relief Mattresses are bulky, awkward to move and full of air, so they don't like to stay buried in landfills. Instead, they slowly work their way to the surface, rising from the earth like zombies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/mattress-recycling-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:52:25 -0600 Met Council offers bridge designs for controversial light rail span The Metropolitan Council released three different bridge concepts for the Kenilworth channel crossing in Minneapolis Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/southwest-kenilworth-bridges?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:15 -0600 Minneapolis zoning panel opens door to 'granny flats' A proposal approved Thursday would legalize small apartments above garages in residential neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/20/granny-flats?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:48:28 -0600 St. Paul turns to philosopher to rethink snow plowing Battered by criticism over the poor state of city roads last winter, city officials in St. Paul are turning to a philosopher for help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/st-paul-snow-plow-plan?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:37:27 -0600 Receiver appointed to close Community Action of Minneapolis Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin is opening satellite locations in Minneapolis to serve the closing organization's clients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/receiver-appointed-to-close-community-action-of-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:24:41 -0600 #pointergate means spotlight, donations for small nonprofit Even before the recent KSTP report, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change has enjoyed growing influence in Minneapolis city politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/neighborhoods-organizing-for-change?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:11:49 -0600 DNR geologist disputes St. Paul's conclusion in deadly landslide A Department of Natural Resources geologist says man-made factors may have contributed to a May 22 landslide. Her assessment runs counter to the city's conclusion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/07/dnr-geologist-disputes-landslide-conclusion?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:41:14 -0600 Minority hiring goals missed in Minneapolis A report shows about 17 percent of work hours on large city construction contracts went to minority workers this spring. The goal was nearly twice that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/06/minority-hiring-goals-missed-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:29:09 -0600 New Twins manager vows to build fan trust, winning team Paul Molitor acknowledged the challenges of turning around the squad after four dismal seasons of baseball. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/paul-molitor?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:15:13 -0600 Minneapolis School Board race sees huge influx of cash Even in big cities, local school board contests are usually low-budget affairs. That's not the case this year in Minneapolis, where nearly half a million dollars has flooded in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/minneapolis-school-board-race?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:28:11 -0600 For Minneapolis voters, cost of running for mayor, beer and wine sales on ballot In the state's largest city, Election Day is about more than candidates running for office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/minneapolis-city-charter-questions?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis to post city spending, financial data online A city council committee signed off on a $50,000 contract with OpenGov, a firm that's built similar websites for cities around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/online-spending-details-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:07:06 -0500 State borrowing to fund more than $160M in housing projects The single largest grant award, for $19 million, went to Catholic Charities for a major renovation and expansion of the downtown St. Paul Dorothy Day Center homeless shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/housing-grants?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:05:28 -0500 Mayor wants to bring composting program to Mpls. homes Mayor Betsy Hodges wants organic material turned into compost instead of going to landfills or incinerators. But the city's recycling fees would increase by more than 20 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/15/minneapolis-composting?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:34:09 -0500 ACLU: Benefits of police cameras outweigh potential harm Recording officers' interaction with people could boost public trust in the police, ACLU lobbyist says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/10/police-cameras-aclu?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:49:00 -0500 Road salt prices rise after last year's tough winter Last year's icy winter depleted salt stockpiles around the country. Public works departments are ordering extra this year, leading to a spike in prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/09/road-salt-prices?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:44:29 -0500 Police nab suspect in brazen Mpls. ramp attacks A 22-year-old-man is in custody, suspected of two afternoon sexual assaults in a case police took personally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/09/suspect-arrested-parking-ramp-attack?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:24:20 -0500 Legislative auditor to investigate community action agencies Revelations that Community Action of Minneapolis overcharged state and federal grant programs has prompted Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles to review how state agencies oversee grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/legislative-auditor-community-action-agencies?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:29:36 -0500 Minneapolis council weighs utilities' greenhouse gas deal Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy agreed to work with Minneapolis on its climate action plan after the city explored the idea of creating its own electric utility last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/reducing-greenhouse-gas-emissions?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:58:57 -0500 Minneapolis Police Chief Harteau will attend 'public trust' forum She faced criticism last month when she withdrew from a similar event just hours before it was scheduled to begin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/minneapolis-police-chief-will-attend-public-trust-forum?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:44:12 -0500 Park board readies engineering data for possible SW light rail suit If the Minneapolis Park Board sues over the line's current design, it could trigger more delays on the controversial project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/park-board-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:45:44 -0500 The story behind St. Paul's expensive settlement MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Curtis Gilbert about how the city's third largest settlement could have been avoided. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/black-bear-crossings-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:09:30 -0500 How St. Paul could have saved big money by ousting cafe earlier The third largest settlement paid by the city could have been avoided, documents show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/black-bear-crossings-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:02:22 -0500 Birders threaten lawsuit over new Vikings stadium glass The Audobon Chapter of Minneapolis held a protest Saturday in front of the new Vikings stadium site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/27/vikings-glass-protest?refid=0 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:17:04 -0500 Minneapolis police to return unused military equipment From rifles to sleeping bags, the equipment is outdated and unneeded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/24/minneapolis-to-return-military-equipment?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:04 -0500 Forum on race relations with Minneapolis police turns tense Last month's riots in Missouri prompted the public forum, hosted by the city council. It offered a window into the serious lack of trust between African Americans and the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/minneapolis-city-council-forum-ferguson-missouri?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:31:25 -0500 Questions raised for years about Community Action's spending Prominent DFL politicians are rushing to sever ties with a Minneapolis nonprofit after a state audit found it misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/community-action-spending?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:22:03 -0500 Mpls. to consider e-cig ban for bars, restaurants Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon plans to introduce an amendment that would expand the definition of "smoking" in city ordinances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/minneapolis-will-consider-ecig-ban-for-bars-restaurants?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:11:28 -0500 Minneapolis OKs testing body cameras on cops The city council agreed to spend $170,000 to outfit 36 officers with body cameras starting in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/minneapolis-body-cameras-for-police?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:13:48 -0500 Ryan to build apartment tower near Vikings stadium In choosing Ryan, the city rejected a request from the Vikings to re-open the bidding process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/ryan-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:57:25 -0500 Mpls. police chief pulls out of community meeting, citing protest concerns "I can't take the chance that they're just threats," Janeé Harteau said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/sabathani-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:35:51 -0500 Developer adjusts downtown deal; Mpls. leaders skeptical The deal would let Minneapolis kill a proposed deal to build an apartment tower near the Vikings stadium if Ryan moved too slowly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/ryan-deal-adjusted?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:34:49 -0500 Tensions over downtown land test Ryan Companies-Minneapolis relationship The two have partnered for decades on big, city-subsidized projects. But even beautiful partnerships get tested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/downtown-tensions-ryan-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:50:55 -0500 St. Paul stun gun arrest: Police release skyway surveillance video The January arrest of an African-American man in the St. Paul Skyway occurred after security guards asked him to leave a public area. Police then confronted Christopher Lollie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/skyway-stun-gun-arrest-video?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:19:36 -0500 Vikings challenge developer for chance to build tower near stadium The withdrawal of Radisson hotels from a development project near the Minnesota Vikings new stadium has led the team to challenge a developer for the right to build apartments there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/vikings-stadium-land-parcel?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:19:04 -0500 Officials pull plug on high-speed cable for governor's mansion amid cost questions State officials had planned to build a $261,000 "security related" fiber-optic line connecting the governor's residence to the Minnesota History Center. The project's purpose remains unclear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/fiber-optic-project?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:35:03 -0500 Social dining companies let anyone run a 'restaurant' The newest 'restaurant' in Minneapolis might be in the apartment next door. So-called social dining companies give amateur chefs a way to get paid for hosting dinner parties at their homes. But the business model could run afoul of health regulations and zoning codes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/social-dining?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:13:45 -0500 As Southwest light rail vote nears, documents reveal perilous negotiations The high stakes negotiations were a make-or-break moment for the proposed line connecting Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/southwest-light-rail-vote?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:06:51 -0500 Mpls. city panel backs Southwest light rail plan, despite doubts Council members on the Transportation & Public Works Committee agreed 4-2 to support the project, marking a turning point for Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:07:58 -0500 St. Paul aims to follow Brooklyn Center's lead on cheap cigars Supporters say the proposal is crafted to target a specific type of low-income smoker: children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/24/single-cigars?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:59:48 -0500 St. Paul considers limit on cheap cigars The proposed St. Paul ordinance would require that they be sold in packs of five or more. Leizinger said the goal is to boost the price, just a little. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/st-paul-cheap-cigars?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:26:33 -0500 Southwest light rail: Final, divided hearing sets stage for vote It's cost and its route between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles, remain as sticking points. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:30:39 -0500 Hodges' budget for Mpls. would spend more, raise taxes Mayor Betsy Hodges used her first budget address Thursday to press for increased spending on affordable housing, police, recycling, and a host of other programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/hodges-minneapolis-budget?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:39:39 -0500 St. Paul mayor calls for slightly higher taxes, more money for roads To help meet city expenses, Coleman proposes a 2.4 percent increase to the city's property tax levy to bring in an additional $2.5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/coleman-st-paul-budget?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:44:50 -0500 Mpls. orders primary day security for 'tense' Kahn-Noor campaign Minneapolis officials believe this is the first time sergeants-at-arms have been used in any city in any election in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/polling-place-security?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:30:16 -0500 10 ideas for closing the racial equity gap in Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges asked all city departments what they could do to "move the dial on equity" and what it would cost. Whether the recommendations get funding is up to Hodges and the city council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/ideas-for-closing-the-racial-equity-gap-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Body of missing swimmer found in Lake Nokomis The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office received the report of the missing swimmer at 10:16 a.m. and the body was found at 11:19 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/06/body-of-missing-swimmer-found-in-lake-nokomis?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:56:49 -0500 St. Paul Police Dept. could face cuts under new Coleman budget Documents show Mayor Chris Coleman asked the department for nearly $2 million in cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/st-paul-budget-asks-police-to-shoulder-burden-of-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Survey: Low morale among some Minneapolis city workers The city's civil rights and 911 departments scored among the lowest in job satisfaction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/survey-morale-low-among-mpls-police-civil-rights-911-workers?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:33:49 -0500 St. Paul mayor wants to speed up light rail He's open to giving Green Line drivers more power over traffic lights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/23/st-paul-mayor-wants-to-speed-up-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:53:44 -0500 St. Paul leaders have big dreams for Ford site The former riverfront home of Ford Motor Company's Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul holds tremendous potential for redevelopment, Mayor Chris Coleman said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/st-paul-leaders-have-big-dreams-for-ford-plant-site?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:09:19 -0500 St. Paul struggles to find money to fix crumbling streets A memo from St. Paul Public Works suggests reduced street sweeping again next year, plus cutting residential street rebuilding and bike safety programs in order to find money to fix the roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/st-paul-crumbling-streets?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:21:20 -0500 MLB: Sorry for early morning All-Star fireworks in Mpls. While midnight fireworks were part of a prior deal with city officials, "the show that the fireworks vendor executed was louder and longer than what we were expecting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/mlb-sorry-for-early-am-mpls-fireworks-louder-longer-than-planned?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:49:35 -0500 More cities sign off on SW light rail agreement An advisory board that includes officials from Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minnetonka, on Wednesday voted to support the agreement, although several suggested Minneapolis is receiving special treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/more-cities-sign-off-on-sw-light-rail-agreement?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:44:43 -0500 Southwest light rail mediator forges deal; no formal approval yet The City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council have struck a tentative deal that could allow the proposed Southwest light rail project to move forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/southwest-light-rail-mediator-forges-deal?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:00:33 -0500 Cities along SW light rail route eye pot of money The nearly $1.7 billion budget for the proposed Southwest Light Rail project includes a tantalizing pot of money for the cities along the line: a contingency fund estimated at about $300 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/southwest-light-rail-contingency-money?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:51:19 -0500 Yes or No? Dayton presses Mpls. for vote on SW light rail The city has until July 14 to vote on the project and has yet to schedule a hearing. It has been negotiating with the Metropolitan Council behind closed doors for the last two months. The parties have revealed little about the status of those talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/dayton-presses-mpls-for-vote-on-sw-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:04:51 -0500 Mpls. seeks cash for Downtown East park as Radisson plan fizzles The city of Minneapolis will need to find more money for a new downtown park now that Radisson has abandoned a planned hotel development nearby. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/mpls-seeks-cash-for-downtown-east-park-as-radisson-plan-fizzles-?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:07:09 -0500 One hit after another: Cities, counties deal with expensive flood recovery It's been a tough month for cities and counties around the state. "It was little different than a typical disaster," said Hennepin County's Eric Waage. "This has been just body blows coming in rapid succession." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/minnesota-flood-recovery?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:16:02 -0500 SW light rail Minneapolis vote nears deadline Every city along the proposed line has until July 14 to vote on the project. Hopkins and Minnnetonka have already approved it. St. Louis Park and Hennepin County are scheduled to vote next week, Eden Prairie the week after that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/sw-light-rail-minneapolis-vote-nears-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:51:21 -0500 St. Paul Fourth of July fireworks move to Capitol The fireworks were supposed to be part of the Taste of Minnesota festival, but flooding on Harriet Island forced the festival to relocate to Waconia -- 40 miles west. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/st-paul-fourth-of-july-fireworks-move-to-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:23:20 -0500 Twin Cities light rail foes hire lawyers ahead of key vote Mayor Betsy Hodges has received at least two letters this week from lawyers representing groups based in the city's Kenwood neighborhood. One came from a condominium association concerned its buildings could be damaged by light rail construction. Another argues the Metropolitan Council is legally required to do an additional environmental review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/twin-cities-light-rail-foes-hire-lawyers-ahead-of-key-vote?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:56:34 -0500 Hodges campaign doesn't beg for cash -- it brags As evidence of progress, the campaign lists the creation of a task force on early childhood education, the Legislature's decision to allocate $21.5 million to rehab Nicollet Mall, and the legalization of "grocery trucks." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/hodges-fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:57:30 -0500 Flood update: St. Paul emergency, Stillwater bridge closing, insurance help A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist says most of the state is vulnerable to flooding at this point. Survey crews are out measuring river flows and stream gauges in the wake of the heavy rains that have caused flooding in many parts of the state. Here's an update on the impact of flooding around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/flood-update-stillwater-bridge-closing-insurance-help?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:15:15 -0500 Winona diocese releases priest abuse details The diocese's latest release also details how the church responded to the allegations, most of which took place decades ago. Many priests were referred to counseling and treatment programs. Few faced criminal investigations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/winona-diocese-releases-priest-abuse-details-?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:50:54 -0500 Ex-Rep. Sabo urges Minneapolis to reject SW light rail Sabo said he decided to speak out about the project and its $1.7 billion cost after hearing some of the recent arguments made by proponents of the line, including how it would help low-income people on Minneapolis' North Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/exrep-sabo-urges-minneapolis-to-reject-sw-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:26:53 -0500 Council president 'disappointed' with Minneapolis civil rights director Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson has inquired about the possibility of suspending Minneapolis Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel, in light of a speech Korbel gave last year to employees in her department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/minneapolis-civil-rights-director?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:32:36 -0500 Court backs Hubbard Broadcasting in DirecTV dispute The agreement gave the Hubbard family the "right to distribute" up to three channels over the satellite system, provided the programming met a set of criteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/court-backs-hubbard-broadcasting-in-directv-dispute--?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:09:18 -0500 Mpls. civil rights director's style under fire A recently released text of a speech Velma Korbel made last year to employees lends credence to complaints about her management style. She is also engaged in an unusually public feud with the chair of the City Council committee overseeing her department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/14/style-of-minneapolis-civil-rights-director-continues-to-grate?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 -0500 St. Paul City Council confronts mayor over 'deteriorating' streets Six of seven council members have have signed onto a plan to borrow more than $20 million dollars to address the problem. That money would allow the city to reconstruct about 10 miles of major arterial streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/st-paul-street-repair?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:35:54 -0500 Data: Green Line trains had a number of close calls during test runs According to the reports, motorists cited for running lights and making illegal turns, and pedestrians cited for jaywalking were responsible for the vast majority of the incidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/green-line-close-calls?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:00:31 -0500 Photos: Dogs with bad reps need homes too For the first time, the city of Minneapolis is making so-called "power dogs" available for adoption at its animal shelter. This includes Dobermans, Rottweilers and pit bulls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/photos-dogs-with-bad-reps-need-homes-too?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:32:31 -0500 Balancing booze: Mpls. voters will decide whether to ease restaurant alcohol restrictions 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/balancing-booze-minneapolis-voters-will-decide-whether-to-ease-alcohol-restrictions-for-c?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 08:32:54 -0500 Mpls. to ramp up outdoor festival food safety Minneapolis licenses nearly 1,000 food vendors for community events each year, and the city's goal will be to inspect all of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/minneapolis-food-safety?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:42:48 -0500 Residents air concerns over SW light rail 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/sw-light-rail-public-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 06:17:17 -0500 Mpls. to pay $38K overtime suit settlement 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/minneapolis-overtime-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 11:41:35 -0500 More training, security at St. Paul schools follow janitor sex abuse charges 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." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/st-paul-schools-janitor-sex-abuse-charges?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 16:58:43 -0500 Minneapolis population tops 400K, highest since the '70s 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/minneapolis-population-tops-400k-highest-since-the-70s?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 17:28:37 -0500 Shakopee women's prison to finally get a fence 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/shakopee-prison-fence?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 State money will help transform Nicollet Mall into 'Nicollet Mile' Downtown businesses have already committed $25 million to the project. Construction is scheduled to start next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/state-money-will-help-transform-nicollet-mall-into-nicollet-mile?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 10:09:57 -0500 Learning curve steep for new Mpls. council members 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/steep-learning-curve-for-new-mpls-council-members?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 18:45:02 -0500 Mpls. committee votes to ban plastic foam containers 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/mpls-committee-votes-to-ban-plastic-foam-containers?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 17:27:47 -0500 Hearing today on Mpls. proposed takeout container ban 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/foam-container-ban-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 10:28:38 -0500 Mpls. reconsiders MLB All-Star Game 'clean zones' The action follows a lawsuit filed Thursday challenging the restrictions the city established around the time of the game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/minneapolis-clean-zones-all-star-game?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 16:19:41 -0500 Lilydale landslide: District to pay victims' families $200K 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/lilydale-landslide-district-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 16:12:31 -0500 MLB All-Star Game 'clean zones' draw ACLU lawsuit 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/all-star-game-clean-zone-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 17:15:26 -0500 Once again, Minneapolis wants to hike election filing fees 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/once-again-minneapolis-wants-to-hike-filing-fees?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 11:45:45 -0500 Small eateries press for Minneapolis liquor law changes 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/small-eateries-press-for-minneapolis-liquor-law-changes?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 11:38:39 -0500 Judge who brokered NFL deal to mediate Southwest light rail fight 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/boylan-light-rail?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 15:29:13 -0500 Photos: Stillwater prison marks a century 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/photos-stillwater-prison-marks-a-century?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 17:06:08 -0500 Ex-tenant sues Mpls. landlord over house where five died 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/minneapolis-landlord-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:52:20 -0500 Uber, Lyft ride share programs put Minneapolis council in tight spot Smartphone apps like Lyft and Uber connect people looking for rides with drivers who want to make extra money by turning their cars into virtual cabs. But Minneapolis cab companies argue the apps represent unfair competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/uber-lyft-ride-sharet-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:19:40 -0500 Goodbye Columbus: Minneapolis makes it Indigenous Peoples Day The resolution drew cheers from Native American residents who packed the City Hall chamber today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/columbus-day-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:00:27 -0500 Loud and proud, I guess: Mayor tells Minneapolis to drop the modesty While much of Hodge's State of the City speech touched on the themes at the center of her successful campaign for the job -- growth, equality and competent management, she also encouraged Minneapolis residents to brag about the place they live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/loud-and-proud-i-guess-mayor-tells-minneapolis-to-drop-the-modesty?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:38:30 -0500 Met Council's light rail tunnel plans are mixed up, Minneapolis says In the engineering drawings, one of the two tunnels, the north tunnel, isn't buried all the way below the current ground level. Instead, the earth around it is built up in what city attorney Susan Segal described as a 10 to 12 foot high "berm." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/minneapolis-unhappy-with-sw-light-rail-tunnel-design?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:52:33 -0500 Abortion rights foes, supporters stand their ground in Good Friday rallies Opponents have been holding the annual Good Friday protest for nearly 30 years. For the past 10 years or so, Planned Parenthood has staged a nearby counter demonstration, to raise money and rally its supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/abortion-rights-foes-supporters-good-friday-rallies?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:06:27 -0500 Some plastic food containers could be banned in Minneapolis Although the plastic in the foam is recyclable, it is one of the few types of plastic Minneapolis doesn't recycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/minneapolis-polystyrene-food-container-ban?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Free earplugs at Minneapolis nightclubs now mandatory The earplugs will be provided to the businesses at no cost thanks to a coalition of private funders, including the clothing company Locally Grown, Globally Known. Its president, Brian Felsen, says the goal is to make hearing protection as accessible as possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/free-earplugs-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:16:25 -0500 Some golfers wary as private firm starts to run St. Paul's Como, Phalen courses Years of red ink led the city to turn to a private management group to operate the courses at Como and Phalen parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/saint-paul-golf-courses-private-management?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:25:54 -0500 Minority advocates call for Mpls. to support SW light rail Advocates for minority communities say the project could bring economic opportunity to impoverished parts of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/minority-advocates-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:04:26 -0500 Other projects roll forward -- Southwest LRT doesn't The Metropolitan Council has long warned that delays could cost the Southwest light rail project its place in line for federal funding. The council recently released data that show it wasn't kidding. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/04/other-projects-roll-forward-southwest-lrt-doesnt/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:15:28 -0500 Deal reached to end Mpls. home building moratorium Under the proposed deal the city would lift the moratorium and begin to issue new demolition and construction permits in the five affected neighborhoods on April 11. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/minneapolis-home-building-moratorium?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:17:19 -0500 Company fined for ballpark worker's death OSHA cited Rachel Contracting for three serious safety violations at the St. Paul Saints stadium site where backhoe operator Johnny Valek, of Plymouth, Minn., died in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/company-fined-for-ballpark-workers-death?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:11:53 -0500 Amtrak sets May 7 return to St. Paul's Union Depot Amtrak, which now operates out of a station in an industrial part of St. Paul, was originally supposed to move downtown when the renovated Union Depot re-opened in late 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/news/amtrak-union-depot?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:56:11 -0500 The 20 most dilapidated streets in St. Paul The City of St. Paul has identified about 20 miles of streets it says are badly in need of repair. This map shows the "Terrible 20," as Mayor Chris Coleman calls them. Are there streets that aren't on the map that should be? http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/04/st-paul-identifies-its-terrible-20-most-dilapidated-streets/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:02:04 -0500 St. Paul rehiring laid off workers to fill potholes The extra manpower will mean a 35 percent increase in the number of workers dedicated to filling potholes, the city's public works director said. It will cost the city about $80,000 over the next two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/st-paul-rehiring-laid-off-workers-to-fill-potholes?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:46:31 -0500 Choo Choo Bob explains the Southwest light rail line conundrum 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/choo-choo-bob-explains-the-southwest-light-rail-line?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:54 -0500 Minneapolis hopes open data project will lead to new apps, efficiency 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/open-data-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:07:25 -0500 Mpls. teardown moratorium decision delayed Minneapolis City Council had imposed a moratorium earlier this month in five neighborhoods at the epicenter of an unprecedented building boom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/news/teardown-moratorium?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:58:37 -0500 Minneapolis civil rights dept. leader faces fire ahead of re-appointment vote 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/minneapolis-civil-rights-department-head-faces-fire-ahead-of-reappointment-vote?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:59:08 -0500 Minneapolis to regulate ride-share companies 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/minneapolis-to-regulate-rideshare-companies?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:52:45 -0500 Teardown boom in southwest Minneapolis leads to complaints, moratorium 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/teardowns-southwest-minneapolis-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:00:27 -0500 After fire, Minneapolis landlord criticized for rundown properties 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/paul-bertelson?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:09:46 -0500 St. Paul will pay $1M settlement to families of students killed, injured in landslide 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/lilydale-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:27:22 -0600 Police say gun 'forensically tied' to Franklin shooting 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/franklin-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:20:18 -0600 St. Paul has exceeded snow removal budget 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/snow-removal-budget-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:23:33 -0600 Minn. not ready to handle oil train accidents, fire officials say Local fire officials in Minnesota say the state is not prepared to handle the derailment of trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/politics/oil-train-accidents-minnesota-preparation?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:11:12 -0600 BNSF: Cold, not oil trains, delaying Northstar Commuter Rail For the last two months, 12 percent of Northstar trains have been delayed. Normally, only 2 percent arrive late. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/weather/cold-weather-behind-northstar-delays?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:04:32 -0600 St. Paul winter parking ban starts this weekend The city says snowbanks have grown so large that there's not enough room for emergency vehicles to squeeze down some of the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/st-paul-winter-parking-ban?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:03:48 -0600 Father says lack of heat led to Minneapolis duplex fire 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/26/minneapolis-duplex-fire-update?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:35:53 -0600 Why a third of Minneapolis fire investigations remain a mystery Fire investigation, once more of an art, has become increasingly scientific. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/why-a-third-of-minneapolis-fire-investigations-remain-a-mystery?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:41:26 -0600 FitzSimmons loses GOP endorsement over gay marriage vote Rep. David FitzSimmons, R-Albertville, lost the endorsement to Eric Lucero in the District 30B contest. Lucero was harshly critical of FitzSimmons' 2013 vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/fitzsimmons-loses-gop-endorsement-over-gay-marriage-vote/?refid=0 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:13:58 -0600 Parking restrictions start Sunday in Mpls. Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, parking will be prohibited on the even-numbered sides of all streets, except those marked as "snow emergency routes" and parkways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/22/parking-restrictions-start-sunday-in-mpls-?refid=0 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:41:45 -0600 Road conditions remain difficult in Minn. Road conditions remain difficult across most of the eastern half of Minnesota more than a day after a storm dumped snow totals ranging from 6 to 18 inches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/22/road-conditions-remain-difficult-in-minn?refid=0 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:57:13 -0600 Study: Mpls. can reduce emissions and stay with Xcel A study recommended the city instead negotiate an agreement with Xcel to buy greener forms of energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/22/study-mpls-can-reduce-emissions-and-stay-with-xcel?refid=0 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:08:21 -0600 Light rail re-route proposal unsafe, freight hauler says Twin Cities & Western railroad company has rejected a proposal to re-route its trains through St. Louis Park and the Counties Transit Improvement Board has now given Minneapolis and St. Louis Park until the end of June to settle their differences, or else funding could be revoked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/new-challenges-for-proposed-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:37:11 -0600 Cause of deadly Minneapolis fire still unknown Investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a fire that killed five children in north Minneapolis on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/cause-of-deadly-minneapolis-fire-still-unknown?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:18:51 -0600 Minneapolis officials debate how to tackle racial disparities The council is developing strategic priorities that will guide the city over the next four years. A draft of those goals includes eliminating racial inequities in housing, education, income and health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/minneapolis-city-council-disparities?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:05:38 -0600 Neighbors stunned as Valentines Day house fire claims 5 lives in Minneapolis 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/15/news/minneapolis-house-fire?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:38:34 -0600 Five die in Minneapolis house fire 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/3-children-die-in-minneapolis-house-fire?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:00:34 -0600 County pressures Mpls. to start household composting Hennepin County has given the city of Minneapolis until the end of the year to institute a residential composting program. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/02/hennepin-county-pressures-mpls-to-start-household-composting/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:56:26 -0600 After news of Mpls. official's misconduct probe, Hodges tells employees to speak up 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/news/hodges-misconduct-investigation-folo?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:13:45 -0600 Documents: Romance, retaliation accusations led to Minneapolis crisis manager's exit 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/rocco-forte-investigation?refid=0 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:47:51 -0600 Freight rail firm raises concerns over LRT plan 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/news/southwest-lrt-freight-rail?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:43:07 -0600 Minnesota aims to end homelessness among veterans this year 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/homeless-veterans?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:27:20 -0600 Freight rail re-route through St. Louis Park is back on the table 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/st-louis-park-sw-light-rail-route?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:55:40 -0600 Victim advocates push for new domestic violence legislation 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/news/domestic-violence-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:19:49 -0600 Met Council to fund more projects in poor areas The Metropolitan Council plans to channel more money to parts of the Twin Cities with large minority populations and high rates of poverty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/news/met-council-disparities?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:57:15 -0600 Southwest LRT derails Maple Plain, Mpls. projects 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/01/southwest-lrt-sidelined-minneapolis-maple-plain/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:42:44 -0600 Saved from the wrecking ball, historic, abandoned theater may return to its roots 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/01/saved-from-the-wrecking-ball-historic-abandoned-theater-may-return-to-its-roots/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:54:35 -0600 Skeptics greet St. Paul's effort to turn golf courses over to private management 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/sport/st-paul-golf-private-management?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:11:53 -0600 St. Paul hires private firm to manage Como, Phalen golf courses 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/news/saint-paul-golf-courses?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:12:18 -0600 St. Paul Port Authority to buy former Macy's for $3 million 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/st-paul-port-authority-macys?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:21:35 -0600 New Minneapolis mayor, council vow to tackle racial inequality 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/minneapolis-council-mayor-vow-to-tackle-racial-equality?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:55:58 -0600 Johnson re-elected as Mpls. City Council president 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/01/johnson-re-elected-as-mpls-city-council-president/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:47:36 -0600 Cedar-Riverside fire survivors recount harrowing moments 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/news/cedar-riverside-survivors?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:20:06 -0600 Mayor: St. Paul Macy's building sale falls apart In an interview Friday morning, Coleman blamed what he sees as the company's overly ambitious time table for closing the sale. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/01/mayor-st-paul-macys-building-sale-falls-apart/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:38:37 -0600 Hodges pledges help for fire victims on first day in office 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/hodges-pledges-help-for-fire-victims?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:15:00 -0600 New Minneapolis Mayor Hodges sworn in 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." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/01/new-minneapolis-mayor-sworn-in-today?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:30:00 -0600 Mpls. police investigate string of robberies Minneapolis police are searching for a man suspected of robbing five south Minneapolis businesses in just two and a half hours this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/news/minneapolis-robberies?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:01:32 -0600 A 'cool mayor,' Rybak changed while leading Minneapolis 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/a-cool-mayor-rybak-changed-while-leading-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:29:29 -0600 Rybak: State should investigate police issues 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/news/rybak-police-investigations?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:56:36 -0600 Dayton's office halts Minneapolis police plan to use state investigators "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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/dayton-office-halts-minneapolis-police-plan?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:13:29 -0600 St. Paul declares snow emergency 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/news/st-paul-declares-snow-emergency?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:58:52 -0600 Twin Cities realtor ad spoof goes viral If you walked by this Minneapolis bus stop a couple months ago, you might not have noticed something amiss - unless Lynn Morgan's 5 o'clock shadow caught your eye. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/12/twin-cities-realtor-ad-spoof-goes-viral/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:31:41 -0600 St. Paul to get new plows, leaders to help with snow removal St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has removed a public works official in response to concerns about the condition of the city's streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/news/saint-paul-snow-plows?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:29:20 -0600 A remade Minneapolis City Council could mean new leadership at the top Council Member Elizabeth Glidden is challenging Barbara Johnson for the council presidency, a position Johnson has held for the last eight years. Glidden's bid is being fueled by a group of newly elected council members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/08/a-remade-minneapolis-city-council-could-mean-a-new-president-?refid=0 Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Rybak's "Unauguration" farewell party planned for First Avenue The Dec. 18 farewell party will include a variety of musical acts, including DJ Shannon Blowtorch from the local hip-hop group Grrrl Prty, and Dave Simonett from Duluth band Trampled by Turtles. Tickets go on sale today at noon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/rybaks-unauguration-farewell-party-planned-for-first-avenue?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:25:08 -0600 Timberwolves, Lynx at center of redeveloped Block E You can't see movie stars at the Block E multiplex in downtown Minneapolis anymore, but basketball stars may soon take their place. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/25/timberwolves-lynx-block-e/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Hodges picks Rybak aide as chief of staff John Stiles, a close aide to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, will serve as chief of staff to incoming mayor Betsy Hodges. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/top-rybak-aide-tapped-as-chief-of-staff-for-new-minneapolis-mayor-hodges/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:11:53 -0600 Legalities keep ranked-choice vote counting in dark ages It took Minneapolis two days to determine Betsy Hodges had won the mayor's race. Winston Chang wrote a program that figured it out in a little more than two seconds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/politics/ranked-choice-vote-count-programmers?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:44:26 -0600 Minnesota Somalis raise $100K for cyclone aid Leaders from Minnesota's Somali community say they've raised more than $100,000 to provide food, clothing, medical care and livestock to those affected by a tropical cyclone earlier this month in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/news/minnesota-somalis-cyclone-aid?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:40:02 -0600 Proposal would require licensing for massage therapists in Minneapolis Massage therapists operating in Minneapolis would need city licenses under a proposal moving through the City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/business/licensing-for-massage-therapists?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:47:14 -0600 Suspects in musical instrument thefts arrested St. Paul police believe the man and woman stole about a dozen instruments over the last few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/musical-instrument-thefts-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:31:54 -0600 Driver's safety 'diversion programs' are illegal, state auditor says If you get pulled over for speeding in Minnesota, it's increasingly likely the police officer will give you a choice: Pay the ticket, or take a safe driving class. A new state auditor's report, though, says there's a problem with these programs: They're illegal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/news/driver-safety-class?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Dai Thao wins St. Paul City Council seat after Monday's completion of vote count St. Paul has elected its first Hmong-American City Council member. Dai Thao beat six other candidates to fill out the term of Melvin Carter, who stepped down earlier this year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/dai-thao-wins-seat-on-st-pauls-city-council/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:38:53 -0600 Ranked-choice voting gets mostly good reviews Minneapolis' election this year was the first major test of ranked-choice voting in Minnesota and the first time it came into play in a hotly contested mayor's race. So far, most of the reviews are good, even though the ballots haven't all been tallied. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2700?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:07:10 -0600 Hodges declares victory, but vote count continues Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges has declared victory in the race to become the city's next mayor. Votes are still being tabulated, because of the city's complicated ranked-choice voting system, but Hodges says her main opponents have called her to concede. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2678?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:09:51 -0600 Mpls. mayoral election results may come this evening Council Member Betsy Hodges has a strong lead among first-choice votes, but under the city's ranked-choice voting system, second- and third-choice votes also come into play. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/minneapolis-mayoral-race-winner/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:27:40 -0600 Ranked choice voting explained MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Curtis Gilbert, who explained ranked-choice voting, and the long ballot with 35 candidates on it in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/hey-minneapolis-still-dont-get-ranked-choice-voting-lets-try-it-again/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:58:16 -0600 Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate one last time before election This is the most hotly contested mayor's race Minneapolis has seen in 20 years. The eight leading candidates met for the last time before Tuesday's election in a debate that ended with "Kumbaya." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/politics/mayoral-debate?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:23:32 -0500 St. Paul Mayor Coleman gets raked over record in debate If Mayor Chris Coleman and challenger Tim Holden agree on anything, it's that Tuesday's election is a referendum on Coleman's two terms in office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/politics/st-paul-mayoral-debate?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:49:50 -0500 When it comes to growth, Minneapolis mayoral candidates differ on subsidies The candidates particularly disagree on public subsidies for big downtown development projects, including the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, and a big, new downtown hotel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/politics/minneapolis-mayor-race-economic-growth?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:57:32 -0500 How does ranked-choice voting work? This year's election represents a major test for ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis. Thirty-five candidates are competing in the most hotly contested mayor's race the city has seen in 20 years. This video explains how the votes will be counted. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/how-does-ranked-choice-voting-work/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:02:43 -0500 Hodges opposes building subsidized hotel in Minneapolis Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges draws a sharp contrast to her rival Mark Andrew by opposing building a publicly-subsidized hotel in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/politics/hodges-andrew-subsidized-hotel?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:41:04 -0500 Colorful first St. Paul mayoral debate While the race for mayor of Minneapolis features 35 candidates, the race for mayor of St. Paul is decidedly less competitive this year. Incumbent Chris Coleman has drawn just three challengers. They met for their first first debate last night. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/st-paul-mayor-debate/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:56:17 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Stephanie Woodruff Minneapolis mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff has seen both sides of the economic divide. She has been a high-level corporate executive and a victim of the foreclosure crisis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2405?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Cam Winton With 35 candidates on the ballot, there has been no shortage of press conferences in the Minneapolis mayor's race. But none compares to Cam Winton's. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2404?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Don Samuels Don Samuels might have been a Jamaican gospel music star. Instead, his improbable path led him to the Minneapolis mayor's race. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2402?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Betsy Hodges Betsy Hodges enjoys balancing the billion-dollar Minneapolis city budget. And as chair of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee for the past four years, she's had plenty of practice. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2401?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Bob Fine Bob Fine has gotten a lot of mileage out of his last name over the years. His lawn signs tout him as the "FINEst choice for Minneapolis." They used to say "Fine Parks." http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-bio-bob-fine/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Jackie Cherryhomes Cherryhomes' political career began in 1989 when she unseated the only African-American member of the Minneapolis City Council, Van White. Cherryhomes, who is white, would represent the most diverse ward in the city for the next 12 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a consultant and lobbyist. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-bio-jackie-cherryhomes/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:11:47 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Mark Andrew Fourteen years after Mark Andrew resigned from the Hennepin County Board, he's making a bid to return to elected office. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/mayoral-candidate-bio-mark-andrew/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:56:38 -0500 Taste of Minnesota to return next year Four years after being forced into bankruptcy, the Taste of Minnesota festival will return to St. Paul next summer, managed by a team that includes the widow of the event's founder. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/taste-of-minnesota-to-return-next-year/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:27:31 -0500 Minneapolis considers allowing adoption of 'bully breeds' Minneapolis euthanized 152 adoptable animals last year, but that number is down 75 percent from where it was just five years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/adoption-of-bully-breeds?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:04:35 -0500 Minneapolis pursues streetcar rather than improve bus service Enhancing bus service would run a quarter of the cost of rail. But city staff concluded streetcars had more public support and more economic development potential. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/minneapolis-city-council-votes-to-pursue-streetcar?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:23:55 -0500 San Francisco firm plans to snap up Macy's building A San Francisco-based real estate investment firm plans to buy the old Macy's building in downtown St. Paul. City documents give no indication of what's intended for the property, but St. Paul officials describe their worst-case scenario as a "Burlington Coat Factory type" of store or a parking ramp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/business/san-francisco-firm-macys?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:41:18 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate city's education challenges For the most part, the six candidates agreed on education policies. They all want better standardized tests, but fewer of them. They all think schools should reduce the number of students they suspend. And they all like Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's plan to give struggling schools more autonomy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/education/minneapolis-mayoral-candidates-debate-citys-education-challenges?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 06:27:46 -0500 No clear front-runner in Mpls. mayor race The Minneapolis mayor's race lacks anything resembling a front-runner, according to the first public poll conducted in the contest. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/09/poll-four-way-tie-in-minneapolis-mayors-race/?refid=0 Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:29:58 -0500 Teen who allegedly shot baby could be tried as an adult A teenager who police say shot his 2-month-old nephew could be charged as an adult if a judge agrees with a motion filed today by the Hennepin County Attorney's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/teen-who-allegedly-shot-baby-could-be-tried-as-adult?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:43:08 -0500 Rochester man sues Boy Scouts of America for alleged abuse by scoutmaster In a lawsuit filed in Olmsted County District Court, Scott Hart, 48, contends that Scoutmaster Richard Hokanson molested him at least 200 times over a six-year period beginning in 1975. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/rochester-man-sues-boy-scouts-of-america?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:35:06 -0500 Lilydale landslide: Report says St. Paul didn't know of danger While the deaths of the two children, Mohammed Fofana and Haysem Sani, were tragic, the city could not have predicted the slide, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman told reporters Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/news/lilydale-landslide?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:59:11 -0500 Cohen, Andrew lead fundraising in Minneapolis mayoral race Campaign finance reports released Tuesday show that Dan Cohen and Mark Andrew lead the fundraising in the Minneapolis mayoral race. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/09/cohen-and-andrew-lead-minneapolis-mayoral-money-race/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:00:43 -0500 Alligator shot in Twin Cities lake A three-foot-long foot long alligator is presumed dead after a conservation officer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shot the animal Monday in a lake in a north Twin Cities metro area lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/alligator?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:22:25 -0500 Minnesotans mark 50th anniversary of March on Washington As tens of thousands gathered in the nation's capital to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's call for economic justice and racial equality, Minnesotans marched to the state Capitol in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/news/minnesotans-mlk-march?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:26:57 -0500 Mpls. mayor candidates debate light rail at the fair The leading candidates for mayor of Minneapolis aired their ideas on a controversial light rail line during a debate at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-debate-state-fair?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:07:25 -0500 Mpls. candidates for mayor debate at State Fair The leading candidates for Minneapolis mayor take their campaigns to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday for the first of two debates there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/24/politics/minneapolis-mayoral-debate-at-state-fair?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:35:43 -0500 Environmentalists push Minn. cities to compost food waste The morning after Felicity Britton threw a big party for 65 people at her condo, her trash can was virtually empty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/expanding-food-composting?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Emily's List endorses Hodges for Mpls. mayor Emily's List, a national political fundraising powerhouse, has put its weight behind Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/08/emilys-list-endorses-betsy-hodges-for-minneapolis-mayor/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:22:35 -0500 Early morning bullets drive home mission for Mpls. City Council candidate Ian Alexander, an attorney running for the Ward 5 city council seat in Minneapolis, said the shots fired outside his house early Sunday morning have unnerved him, but he says if elected he'd still push for economic development in the district. "Nothing stops a bullet like a job," he said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/08/crime-hits-close-to-home-for-mpls-city-council-candidate/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:01:35 -0500 Mpls. Mayor Rybak announces city's first property tax cut in 20 years During his final budget address today, Mayor R.T. Rybak announced a $1.1 billion budget that includes a proposed one percent reduction in the city's property tax levy - the first in 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/15/news/property-tax-cut-rybak?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:46:51 -0500 Coleman: St. Paul to hold property taxes flat Thanks to an increase in state aid, St. Paul will hold property taxes flat next year, Mayor Chris Coleman said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/politics/saint-paul-budget-property-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:16:07 -0500 35 candidates queue up in Minneapolis mayor's race Minneapolis voters will have 35 candidates to choose between in the mayor's race this November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/politics/candidates-minneapolis-mayor?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:38:03 -0500 Education a priority for Minneapolis mayoral candidates The leading candidates for mayor of Minneapolis all say the city needs to make education a priority. They offer differing visions for achieving that goal, but they all face a common challenge: The city's mayor has no direct control over the schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/politics/minneapolis-mayor-education?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Xcel Energy stalls Minneapolis utility campaign Xcel Energy has successfully stalled a campaign for Minneapolis city government to take over providing electricity to residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/business/xcel-energy-stalls-minneapolis-utility-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:52:35 -0500 Late night cookie delivery for Minneapolis A company called Insomnia Cookies has applied for a license to deliver baked goods until 3 a.m. from a location in Dinkytown. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/08/late-night-cookie-delivery-coming-to-minneapolis/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 06:40:52 -0500 Minneapolis debates getting into electricity business Under pressure from environmentalists who say Xcel Energy isn't doing enough to combat global warming, several Minneapolis City Council members want to let voters decide if the city should pursue forming a public utility for electrical service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/news/minneapolis-electric-public-utility?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Moody's downgrades Mpls' credit score The credit rating agency Moody's says Minneapolis no longer qualifies for its top score - Aaa. Yesterday Moody's downgraded the city one notch to Aa1. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/moodys-downgrades-minneapolis-credit-score/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:02:18 -0500 Mpls. wants streamlined city charter, without legal quagmire This fall, Minneapolis voters will consider the first major overhaul of the city's charter in almost a century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/27/politics/overhauling-minneapolis-city-charter?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Parents say school should have warned them of dangers before Lilydale park landslide The city of St. Paul warns visitors that parts of Lilydale Regional Park are hazardous and unsafe. But when two fourth-grade classes from a St. Louis Park elementary school took a field trip to the park in May, the school did not relay that warning to parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/education/lilydale-landslide-liability?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:00:00 -0500 MNsure asks to temporarily keep marketing materials secret; releases 2013 marketing costs Minnesota's new online insurance marketplace, has asked the state to temporarily classify some of its marketing materials as non-public, on the grounds that secrecy will protect consumers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/health/mnsure-asks-to-keep-marketing-materials-secret?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:15:59 -0500 Southwest light rail costs are revised up Planners previously estimated the cost of the Southwest light rail transit line at $1.25 billion. The project's higher cost is because of the line's proximity to existing freight rail tracks, according to the Metropolitan Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/business/swlart-options?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:00:47 -0500 St. Paul Saints pledges another million for ballpark The minor league St. Paul Saints baseball team has pledged an additional million dollars to help fill the funding gap for its new ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/saints-ballpark?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:24:47 -0500 Judge says state can take over St. Paul inspections A Ramsey County court is allowing the state of Minnesota to take over restaurant inspections from the City of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/stpaul-inspections?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:24:45 -0500 Candidates Andrew, Winton divided on allowing non-union trash collection Minneapolis mayoral candidates disagree on allowing non-union companies to collect city's trash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/news/andrew-winton-union-trash-collection?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:38:14 -0500 Hourcar, Zipcar added to Minneapolis car-sharing program Minneapolis is expanding its car-sharing pilot program to include two additional companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/hourcar-zipcar-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:35:41 -0500 Consultants to help Minneapolis consider utilities options Several steps are being taken week toward reducing the city of Minneapolis' dependence on fossil fuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/consultants-minneapolis-utilties-options?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:15:28 -0500 Rybak to officiate weddings of 40 same-sex couples Aug. 1 Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will officiate 40 same-sex weddings consecutively starting at midnight on Aug. 1, the moment such unions become legal in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/news/rybak-same-sex-wedding?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:57:17 -0500 Property values go up along streetcar line The five Minneapolis city blocks whose property taxes have been earmarked to fund a proposed streetcar line have something in common. They either have -- or soon will have -- cranes hovering above them. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/property-values-along-streetcar-line-will-skyrocket-whether-its-built-or-not/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:51:57 -0500 Minneapolis streetcar plan wins unanimous support from City Council The Minneapolis City Council has approved a plan to finance part of the cost of a proposed streetcar line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/news/minneapolis-streetcar?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:07:48 -0500 Images: Surly's 'destination brewery' goes for industrial feel Surly Brewing Co. has released new architectural renderings of its $20 million "destination brewery" scheduled to open next year in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/surlys-destination-brewery-goes-for-industrial-feel/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:23:39 -0500 Ex-chief of St. Paul NAACP filling in on City Council The former president of the St. Paul NAACP will temporarily take over the St. Paul City Council seat currently held by Melvin Carter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/23/politics/st-paul-city-council-interim-member?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Mosquito control helicopters grounded for a day The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District's helicopters will not operate on Thursday after a fatal accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/news/mosquito-control-helicopters-grounded?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:53:51 -0500 Deportation difficult: Alleged Nazi commander Michael Karkoc could remain in U.S. If prosecutors in Poland and Germany decide not to charge alleged Nazi commander Michael Karkoc with war crimes, it's likely he would live out the rest of his life in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/news/karkoc-war-crimes-deportation-difficult?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:34:27 -0500 Schiff ends Minneapolis mayoral bid, endorses Hodges Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff is ending his campaign for mayor. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/schiff-ends-minneapolis-mayoral-bid-endorses-hodges/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:42:39 -0500 Dan Cohen launches Minneapolis mayoral bid The already-crowded field of candidates running for Minneapolis mayor is getting even bigger. Dan Cohen, who also ran for mayor back in 1969, announced Tuesday he's making a second attempt. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/dan-cohen-launches-minneapolis-mayoral-bid/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:09:13 -0500 No DFL endorsement in Mpls. mayor race The Minneapolis DFL did not endorse a candidate for mayor on Saturday at a party convention that lasted more than 12 hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/politics/no-mayoral-endorsement-in-minneapolis-dfl?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:49:05 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidates disagree on police response to brutality charges As Minneapolis DFLers go to pick their preferred candidate for mayor at the city endorsing convention Saturday, one major issue dividing contenders is how the city should handle allegations of police misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/news/mayoral-candidates-police-response?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Saints ballpark budget has $8.8 million hole A new minor league ballpark in downtown St. Paul will cost almost $9 million dollars more than the $54 million the city budgeted. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/06/12/saints-ballpark-budget-has-8-8-million-hole/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:26:19 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral debate reveals sharp differences among DFL candidates At a forum broadcast Tuesday on MPR News, the six DFL candidates running for Minneapolis mayor debated education, job creation and police misconduct, revealing sharp differences among their stances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/politics/minneapolis-mayor-debate?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:40:22 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidates' final face off before DFL convention The six DFL candidates for mayor of Minneapolis meet today at noon for their final scheduled debate, broadcast live, before party delegates vote on which of them to endorse. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/minneapolis-mayoral-candidates-final-face-off-before-dfl-convention/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:36:47 -0500 Mpls. mayoral candidates tackle disparities Racism is a problem in the Minneapolis police department, according to mayoral candidate Mark Andrew. Six candidates seeking the DFL endorsement for Minneapolis mayor discussed racial disparities at a forum Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/politics/minneapolis-mayor-disparities-forum?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:58:03 -0500 'One Minneapolis' mayoral forum to address city's racial disparities Minorities in Minneapolis lag behind the white population when it comes to jobs, education, home ownership and many other measures of prosperity. While those gaps also exist nationwide, they are worse in the Twin Cities. Candidates for the city's next mayor speak on the issue at a forum Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/politics/one-minneapolis-forum?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Gay rights tension challenges DFL in Minneapolis City Council race The political awakening of Minnesota's Somali community poses a conundrum for the DFL party. While Somali-Americans overwhelmingly vote Democratic, many appear to disagree with the party when it comes to gay rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/politics/gay-rights-enters-minneapolis-city-council-seat-race?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 06:45:03 -0500 Father: Terrance Franklin shot in back of head The father of a man killed by Minneapolis police earlier this month says Terrance Franklin was shot in the back of the head. Supporters of the man and his family plan to protest police handling of the case on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/news/terrance-franklin-shot-in-back-of-head?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 19:25:24 -0500 $10M more for improving Minneapolis streets An additional $10 million will be spent on Minneapolis street projects this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/news/minneapolis-street-projects?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 17:24:41 -0500 On Memorial Day, decorated veteran delivers message of citizenship Hundreds gathered at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday heard messages about duty and service and the meaning of citizenship in a speech from a soldier who is currently confronting his own death: Lt. Col. Mark Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/27/news/mark-weber-memorial-day-speech?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2013 15:23:00 -0500 Klobuchar, Franken form search committee for next Minn. US Attorney Minnesota's two U.S. senators have formed a committee to search for the state's next U.S. Attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/27/politics/us-attorney-committee?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2013 13:48:37 -0500 Deadly landslide raises questions about bluff's safety The deadly landslide that killed two children in a St. Paul park raises questions about the stability and safety of the city's iconic bluffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/landslide-bluff-safety?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 What Minneapolis and St. Paul won at the Legislature Minnesota's two largest cities can count on millions of dollars in new state money as they plan their budgets for next year. The DFL strongholds clearly benefited from the party's total control of state government this session. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/what-minneapolis-and-st-paul-won-at-the-legislature/?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 17:43:05 -0500 Abdi Warsame, contender for City Council, out to change perspectives Abdi Warsame has never run for office before, but last month he won the DFL party endorsement over a three-term incumbent. If successful, he could be the first Somali-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/politics/abdi-warsame-city-council?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Report: Suburban poverty doubles in metro The number of suburban Twin Cities residents living in poverty has more than doubled over the last decade, according to a new report. Data analyzed by the Brookings Institution show there are 115,000 more poor people living in the Twin Cities suburbs than there were 10 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/regional/suburban-poverty-doubles-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 MN House OKs limits on auto license tracking The Minnesota House has voted to place strict limits on a technology police departments use to track the location of vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/politics/surveillance-traffic-cameras?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 15:07:51 -0500 Trevino roommate: Nothing unusual on night of alleged murder The roommate of a St. Paul man charged with killing his wife told police he heard nothing unusual on the night of the alleged murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/news/trevino-roommate?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 20:38:18 -0500 Same-sex marriage opponents, supporters say they will remember how legislators voted Thousands of people flooded the Capitol to witness that historic moment the state Senate passed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Some came to celebrate it. Others came to protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/samesex-marriage-opponents-supporters-say-they-will-remember-how-legislators-voted?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul fails to reach goal of hiring people with disabilities The city of St. Paul wants to increase the number of people with disabilities who get jobs on city contracts and is seeking new ways to improve those efforts. Since 2006, the city has had a goal 10 percent of those jobs to go to people with disabilities, but hasn't come close to reaching it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/news/saint-paul-fails-hiring-goal?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 10:30:00 -0500 Lilligren wants DFL to rescind opponent's endorsement Minneapolis City Councilmember Robert Lilligren is asking the DFL Party to rescind its endorsement of his challenger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/politics/lilligren-dfl-endorsement?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 19:14:46 -0500 More money needed on road repair, says Minneapolis mayoral candidate City streets have been neglected and are suffering because too much is spent on bike lanes and public art, says Cam Winton, running for Minneapolis mayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/news/minneapolis-road-repair-cam-winton?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 17:28:56 -0500 Deaf man settles lawsuit with St. Paul police The St. Paul Police Department will take additional steps to accommodate people with hearing problems under the terms of a new legal settlement that goes before the city council this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/05/news/deaf-man-settles-lawsuit-with-st-paul-police?refid=0 Sun, 05 May 2013 13:32:05 -0500 Frey gets DFL endorsement to challenge Hofstede for Minneapolis City Council seat Minneapolis City Councilmember Diane Hofstede is vowing to continue her re-election campaign, even though the DFL Party endorsed her challenger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/04/news/dfl-frey-hofstede?refid=0 Sat, 04 May 2013 13:25:23 -0500 Mpls hires first new firefighters in 5 years Minneapolis has graduated its first class of new firefighters in five years. The nine cadets took their oath this morning after completing a four-month training program. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/minneapolis-hires-first-new-firefighters-in-5-years/?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 12:32:40 -0500 Photos: How Summit will double beer production St. Paul's Summit Brewing Co. took delivery of four 18,600-gallon stainless steel fermentation tanks today. By July, Summit will install a dozen of the new 45-foot-tall vessels, allowing the brewery to double its beer-making capacity. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/photos-how-summit-will-double-beer-production/?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 17:01:16 -0500 Mayoral candidate wants more parking for Lowertown ballpark St. Paul mayoral candidate Tim Holden wants the city to incorporate parking into the design of the new Lowertown ballpark for the minor league St. Paul Saints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/news/holden-parking-lowertown-ballpark?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 16:54:21 -0500 Klobuchar touts U of M brain research U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says federally funded research at the University of Minnesota will lead to new treatments for brain disorders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/30/health/klobuchar-brain-research?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:40:37 -0500 Brian Herron, former Minneapolis council member, re-enters city politics More than a decade after Brian Herron pleaded guilty to extortion and resigned from the Minneapolis City Council, he's stepping back into Minneapolis politics. Herron has no plans to run for office, but he still wants to play a role in this year's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/regional/brian-herron-former-mpls-council-member-reenters-city-politics?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:44:40 -0500 Coleman challenger wants brakes on ballpark The lone candidate challenging St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's re-election bid wants to put the brakes on the mayor's signature project -- a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/politics/tim-holden-chris-coleman-st-paul-saints-ballpark?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:28:15 -0500 Judge upholds rental restriction in Winona A judge has upheld a city ordinance in Winona, Minn., that prevented some homeowners from renting out their properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/20/regional/winona-rental-restriction-upheld?refid=0 Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:35:06 -0500 Minneapolis DFL caucus goers pinpoint taxes, business climate as leading issues This is the first open-seat mayor's race Minneapolis has seen in 20 years. Incumbent Mayor RT Rybak is stepping down at the end of his third term, and there are at least half a dozen candidates vying to take his place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/politics/minneapolis-dfl-caucus-goers-pinpoint-taxes-business-climate-as-leading-issues?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:41:51 -0500 Minneapolis DFL caucuses on for tonight Minneapolis DFLers will take the first step Tuesday toward trying to endorse a candidate for mayor with 117 precinct caucuses at sites around the city starting at 7 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/politics/minneapolis-dfl-caucuses?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:27:08 -0500 Mpls. DFLers caucus on mayoral candidates Minneapolis DFLers will take the first step Tuesday night in precinct caucuses toward trying to endorse a candidate in the first open-seat mayor's race the city has seen in 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/politics/minneapolis-dfl-caucus-tuesday-april-16?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Rybak delivers final state of the city from the future Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak used his 12th and final State of the City speech Wednesday afternoon to deliver a message -- from the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/politics/rybak-delivers-final-state-of-the-city-from-the-future?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:36:15 -0500 Rybak sets last state of Minneapolis speech Rybak will deliver the speech from a theater at the Walker Art Center. A spokesman says the the mayor wants a modern backdrop, because the speech will look to the future, far beyond the end of his third and final term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/politics/rybak?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:24:09 -0500 Mpls. mayoral debate courts black voters The candidates for mayor of Minneapolis will try to win over African-American voters in a debate at 3 p.m. Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/07/politics/minneapolis-mayoral-debate-focuses-on-black-voters?refid=0 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:29:36 -0500 Minneapolis moves to legalize flea markets Outdoor flea markets could begin popping up around Minneapolis this summer under a new ordinance approved today by a city council committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2013/04/minneapolis-moves-to-legalize-flea-markets.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:47:11 -0500 Mpls. garbage divides mayoral hopefuls The candidates for mayor of Minneapolis are divided over whether to allow Hennepin County to burn more garbage at a facility near Target Field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/politics/garbage-burner-minneapolis-mayor-debate?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:36:27 -0500 Coleman to run again for St. Paul mayor St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Wednesday that he is running for a third term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/politics/chris-coleman-mayoral-plans?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:55:15 -0500 Mpls. police investigate apparent homicide Police were investigating an apparent homicide that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/regional/mpls-apparent-homicide?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:13:07 -0500 Mpls. loan program doesn't give up on struggling businesses Since 2007, the city of Minneapolis has given out more than a million dollars in loans through a program designed to help immigrant entrepreneurs. But six years later, a number of those small businesses are struggling to pay the city back. Its supporters say these delinquent loans are an inevitable part of helping first-time business owners, and one City Council member wants to expand the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/business/minneapolis-loans-for-immigrant-entrepreneurs?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:43:07 -0500 Vikings stadium takes spotlight in first Minneapolis mayoral debate Five leading DFL candidates for Minneapolis mayor outlined their positions on taxes, public safety and stadium funding today. The candidates met for the first debate in the city's most hotly contested mayoral race in a generation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/politics/minneapolis-mayoral-candidates-first-debate?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:16:53 -0500 Minneapolis DFL mayor candidates to debate The debate at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School is designed to help DFL voters decide which candidate to support ahead of precinct caucuses on April 16. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/politics/minneapolis-dfl-mayor-candidates-to-debate?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:15:00 -0500 St. Paul mayor's State of the City speech focuses on transit, talent St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the keys to the city's future are "tracks, trails, talent, technology and traction." Coleman made those "five Ts" the theme of his 8th annual State of the City speech Monday, also focusing on some of the challenges St. Paul faces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/politics/st-paul-mayor-state-city-speech?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:54:18 -0500 Revenue to pay Convention Center debt exceeds expectations Minneapolis received about $4 million more than it expected from restaurant and hospitality taxes last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/business/revenue-to-pay-convention-center-debt-exceeds-expectations?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:02:10 -0500 Mixed record for Mayor Coleman as he weighs a third term St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has not officially announced whether he will run for re-election this year, but he is widely expected to seek a third term. At the moment, the DFL incumbent appears to be a shoo-in in this one-party town, in spite of a record that includes substantial tax increases and weak job growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/17/politics/chris-coleman-profile?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Infographic: Mayor Chris Coleman's St. Paul St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has not yet announced whether will seek re-election yet. So far he doesn't even have a challenger. The only other candidate has dropped out. In the seven years since Coleman took office St. Paul has experienced higher property taxes, benefited from modestly lower crime, and spent public money to re-invest in the city's downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/03/stpaul/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Evacuation lifted for SW Mpls. gas leak Minneapolis officials have lifted the evacuation of an area of southwest Minneapolis bounded by 39th and 42nd streets and Upton and Zenith avenues because of a gas leak. Officials say residents can now return to their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/news/southwest-minneapolis-gas-leak?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:01:44 -0500 Filing fee to run for Minneapolis mayor could climb much higher Candidates who want to run for Minneapolis mayor may have to pay a higher fee to enter the race. The city's Charter Commission is proposing a raised filing fee of $250, up from $20. Supporters say the move will weed out "frivolous candidates," but critics call it undemocratic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/politics/minneapolis-mayor-campaign-filing-fees?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Mpls., St. Paul in line for big bucks from state for local projects This legislative session could be a good one for Minneapolis and St. Paul: With DFLers in control at the Capitol, Minnesota's two largest cities see opportunities to get more state money for their local priorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/politics/minneapolis-saint-paul-wish-lists?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:00:18 -0600 Sidewalk seating vs. parking in Lowertown People who want to see more sidewalk cafes in downtown St. Paul will clash this week with those concerned about limited parking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/regional/lowertown-parking-clash?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Murder charges for husband in MN wife's disappearance A St. Paul man is being held on $1 million bail after being charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of his wife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/news/trevino-wife-disappearance-charges?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:34:19 -0600 Minneapolis considers more election funding The city clerk's office says Minneapolis needs to spend an additional $385,000 on it's next election -- that's an increase of more than 60 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/minneapolis-eyes-spike-boost-in-election-funding?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:34:39 -0600 Man sues St. Paul, alleging police brutality The city of St. Paul is being sued in federal court over an alleged incident of police brutality from 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/23/reional/st-paul-police-brutality-lawsuit?refid=0 Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:59:15 -0600 Minneapolis report card: A+, needs improvement Minneapolis got what sounded like a glowing report card today. A poll finds that 96 percent of its residents are satisfied with city services. Despite the high marks, the city could be doing better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/news/poll-minneapolis-resident-satisfaction?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:51:58 -0600 Minneapolis saves with single-sort recycling A new recycling program in Minneapolis is proving popular with residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/environment/minneapolis-single-sort-recycle?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:29:19 -0600 Mayors: Dayton budget will keep property taxes down Mayors from St. Paul, St. Cloud and several metro area suburbs say Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed budget will help them maintain services without a property tax hike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/politics/mayors-say-dayton-budget-will-keep-property-taxes-down?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:06:50 -0600 Survey: Minneapolis residents mostly satisfied with city services A survey of residents suggests Minneapolis should improve snow plowing. Eighty percent of residents are satisfied with the current level of service, but the measure fell below a national benchmark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/news/survey-minneapolis-could-improve-snow-plowing?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:02:45 -0600 St. Paul to pay $1.7M for Saints ballpark design St. Paul will pay $1.7 million for design work on a new ballpark for the minor league Saints baseball team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/news/saint-paul-saints-ballpark-design-cost?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:27:01 -0600 Cherryhomes to kick-off mayoral campaign Former Minneapolis City Council member Jackie Cherryhomes will kick-off her campaign for mayor Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/politics/cherryhomes-mayor-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:16:06 -0600 St. Paul resolution passes to let small breweries sell on-site The St. Paul City Council today passed a resolution that would allow small breweries located in commercial areas to sell their beer on-site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/business/st-paul-small-brewery?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:47:46 -0600 Minneapolis' mayoral race puts test to ranked-choice voting system With seven declared candidates for Minneapolis' most hotly contested mayoral race in decades, voters will have several choices to consider this year. Just as it did four years ago, Minneapolis will use ranked-choice voting to decide the winner. This election is expected to draw far more voters and put the system to the test. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/politics/minneapolis-ranked-choice-voting?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Bridge to honor Mpls ex-mayor Sayles Belton Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to dedicate a bridge to the former mayor he unseated more than a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/politics/sayles-belton-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:26:53 -0600 Even-year municipal elections proposed for Minneapolis Commissioner Devin Rice says his proposal will save the city money, increase minority representation and lead to higher voter turnout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/even-year-municipal-elections-proposed-for-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 06:25:22 -0600 Forever St. Paul Challenge to open for ideas The St. Paul Foundation is offering a million-dollar prize for an idea to make its hometown better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/news/forever-st-paul-challenge-to-open-for-ideas?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:24:17 -0600 Mpls. mayoral race gets another candidate Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew is joining the race for mayor of Minneapolis. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2013/02/mark-andrew-joins-crowded-mayoral-field.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:55:55 -0600 St. Paul officer apologizes over costume The St. Paul police officer photographed last year in a culturally insensitive costume has apologized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/police/robert-buth-photo-halloween-costume?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:04:21 -0600 Free parking until Mpls. meters fixed Minneapolis is working to fix a software glitch that disabled 138 digital parking meter pay stations in downtown on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/news/downtown-minneapolis-parking-meter-glitch?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:38:07 -0600 St. Paul PD probes hijab costume photo The St. Paul Police Department launched an internal investigation Monday in response to an online photo purporting to show an officer from the department wearing a culturally insensitive costume. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/04/police/photo-somali-halloween-costume?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:02:24 -0600 1st fundraising reports in Mpls mayoral race The fundraising totals Minneapolis mayoral candidates report Thursday will be relatively small, compared to the amount of money it will cost to campaign in the increasingly crowded field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/politics/minneapolis-mayor-race-fundraising?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:53:00 -0600 Coleman prefers office bldg on Macy's site St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he'd like to see an upscale office building take the place of the downtown Macy's store that will close later this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/business/downtown-stpaul-macys-replacement?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:59:05 -0600 River's Edge music festival on hiatus this year The River's Edge music festival, which debuted last year on St. Paul's Harriet Island, is taking a hiatus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/arts/rivers-edge-hiatus?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:42:54 -0600 Organizers could bring back Taste of Minnesota festival The Taste of Minnesota festival may return to St. Paul this summer, three years after it was forced into bankruptcy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/arts/taste-minnesota-festival?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:58:42 -0600 Mpls. to consider sterilizing stray cats Minneapolis is considering a new way of dealing with stray cats. City Council Member Cam Gordon will introduce an ordinance allowing the cats to be sterilized rather than euthanized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/26/regional/minneapolis-feral-cats?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:14:46 -0600 In 2 downtowns, parking spaces face the chopping block Both Minneapolis and St. Paul are making big investments in their downtowns and hope to lure more residents to live there. But at the same time, the cities are taking steps to reduce the amount of parking available downtown. And that's alarmed some downtown residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/regional/lowertown-parking-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Mpls. mulls conflict of interest policy Minneapolis is considering changes to its conflict of interest policy, after citizens raised concerns about the city's planning commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/politics/minneapolis-conflict-of-interest-policy?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:16:57 -0600 Crashed Ice returns to St. Paul this week Starting Thursday, 200 skaters from around the world will hurl themselves down a steep, icy track starting at the Cathedral of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/sports/crashed-ice-returns-to-st-paul-this-week?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:23:28 -0600 No protection in Peavey's historic listing Preservationists hope Minneapolis will be forced to preserve Peavey Plaza, now that it's been listed in National Register of Historic Places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/news/peavey-plaza-historic-listing-no-direct-protection?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:11:45 -0600 Peavey Plaza listed as historic place The federal government has listed Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis on the National Register of Historic Places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/news/peavey-plaza-historical-place?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:47:19 -0600 Small breweries making big boom across Minnesota Minnesota is catching up with the rest of the country and experiencing a "beer boom." In just the last two years, the number of breweries in the state has nearly doubled, driving a proliferation of local beers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/business/minnesota-beer-brewery-boom?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Infor to reduce office space or relocate from Lawson building New York-based software company Infor is looking to shrink the size of its St. Paul offices when its lease at Lawson Commons expires in 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/business/infor-lawson?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:14:21 -0600 Equal blame in Minneapolis bike-car crashes Drivers and cyclists are both to blame in many bike/vehicle crashes, according to new numbers released by the City of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/news/minneapolis-bike-car-crashes?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:09:17 -0600 Ryan Companies to build Saints ballpark Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies will build the new downtown St. Paul home for the minor league Saints baseball team, after winning a competitive bidding process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/business/saints-ballpark-contract-ryan-companies?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:49:53 -0600 ICE agents arrest 10 at Sparboe Farms Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested ten people today at a Sparboe Farms facility in Litchfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/news/sparboe-farms-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:30:13 -0600 NHL deal could help Wild become profitable For the Minnesota Wild and other struggling National Hockey League teams, a collective bargaining agreement reached over the weekend offers an opportunity to return to profitability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/business/nhl-deal-wild-profitability?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:31:38 -0600 DNR to study declining moose population The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is embarking on what it calls the largest study of moose deaths ever conducted. The study will help determine why Minnesota's moose population has declined almost 50 percent in the last six years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/05/environment/minn-moose-population-decline?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jan 2013 09:40:05 -0600 Closing of Macy's St. Paul leaves big hole; opens new opportunity for downtown Downtown St. Paul will soon have a big hole to fill. Macy's announcement today that it will close its St. Paul store by the end of March will leave the city with 360,000 square feet of vacant retail space. The city's business and political leaders are confident they will be able to fill it -- but with what? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/business/macys-downtown?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:45:15 -0600 Downtown St. Paul Macy's to close, sources say Macy's is expected to announce it plans to close the downtown St. Paul store. As of Jan. 1, 2013, Macy's was free to close without having to pay millions of dollars in penalties to the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/business/downtown-saint-paul-macys-closing?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:42:31 -0600 Candidates line up in wake of Rybak's announcement Minneapolis voters will elect the city's first new mayor in more than a decade next year. Mayor R.T. Rybak's announcement that he will not seek a fourth term will unleash a flood of pent up political ambition. Within hours of the announcement, candidates were already lining up to take Rybak's place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/politics/rt-rybak-candidates-follow?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Rybak won't seek 4th term as mayor of Minneapolis Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday that he will not seek a fourth term as head of Minnesota's largest city. He said that after 11 years on the job, he and his family were seeking more balance in life. He added that he does not know what he will do after he leaves office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/politics/rybak-decides-not-to-run?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:14:11 -0600 License plate data: business opportunity or public safety risk? Academics and entrepreneurs nationwide have received copies of a massive database that the Minneapolis police department uses to track the location of cars. Where some see business or research opportunities, the city sees a public safety risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/news/license-plate-data?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Macy's St. Paul store loan deal over soon As a company, Macy's has been performing well in recent years, but one retail analyst says it will still consider closing underperforming stores come January. The St. Paul store's future isn't known. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/business/macys-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 06:33:14 -0600 R.T. Rybak: What's next for the Minneapolis mayor? Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has formed a political action committee that will allow him to raise money and donate it to candidates for state office in Minnesota. Will he seek a fourth term as mayor? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/politics/will-rybak-run-for-reelection-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:20:00 -0600 Man killed after St. Paul Kowalski's robbery A man suspected of robbing the St. Paul Kowalski's supermarket was shot and wounded Monday morning while running away from two police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/news/saint-paul-kowalskis-robbery?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:07:55 -0600 Panel weighs cleanup grant for Surly site A Metropolitan Council committee will consider on Monday whether to recommend a half-million-dollar grant to clean up a polluted industrial site where the Surly Brewing Co. wants to build a new facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/16/environment/surly-site-cleanup?refid=0 Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:40:22 -0600 Mpls. police arrest assault suspect Minneapolis police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 33-year-old woman Saturday near Powderhorn Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/news/sexual-assault-suspect-arrested?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:44:03 -0600 St. Paul approves $500M city budget The $500 million St. Paul city budget approved Wednesday includes a $1 million to improve the police department's troubled crime lab and $700,000 to hire additional food inspectors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/news/st-paul-city-budget?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Police search for assailant in Mpls assault Minneapolis police are searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman near Powderhorn Park early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/news/assault-suspect-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:53:16 -0600 Compacted ice, cold snap to blame for Twin Cities' traffic woes The Minnesota Department of Transportation says 80 percent of the metro highway system is clear, but many local streets and arterial roads remain caked with ice, making driving conditions difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/news/twin-cities-snow-traffic-woes?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:45:26 -0600 How to start a snow blower He turned the switches and knobs to 'on,' but the problem wasn't that simple. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/gilbert?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 Dayton: Campaign finance limit should go up Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota politicians should be allowed to accept larger campaign contributions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/politics/dayton-campaign-finance?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:27:23 -0600 Minnesota voters reject marriage amendment In an emotional and historic contest, Minnesota voters defeated the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, striking a blow to same-sex marriage opponents who had succeeded in passing ballot measures in 30 other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/elex-night-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 03:06:00 -0600 Transcript: What we don't know about the voter ID amendment On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on whether to amend the state constitution to require a photo ID to vote. The proposed amendment would change how future Minnesota elections work and create several new requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/voterid-video-transcript?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:40:05 -0500 Video: What we don't know about the voter ID amendment On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on whether to amend the state constitution to require a photo ID to vote. The proposed amendment would change how future Minnesota elections work and create several new requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/voterid-video?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Many homeowners to get smaller property tax bill in 2013 In contrast with recent years, many Minnesota homeowners will see smaller property tax bills in 2013. But not because of a change in state policy or newfound efficiency in local governments, it's because the property tax burden is shifting onto farms and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/news/property-tax-bills?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Old Mpls. school closer to wrecking ball A Minneapolis City Council committee has voted to allow the demolition of a 54-year-old elementary school on the city's north side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/education/shingle-creek-elementary-school-demolition?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:17:23 -0500 Mpls. City Council approves exit ramps, bus station plan The Minneapolis City Council has approved a plan to add two exit ramps and a bus rapid transit station to Interstate 35W at Lake Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/news/mpls-city-council-approves-exit-ramps-bus-station-plan?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:14:16 -0500 St. Paul overstates hockey's economic impact A closer look at the math casts doubt on the city's claims about the economic impact of the Minnesota Wild, which has already seen two preseason home games canceled because of a contract dispute between its league and its players' union. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/09/st-paul-overstates-the-economic-impact-of-hockey.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:41:52 -0500 Nienstedt: Marriage amendment 'not intended to be hurtful' Clergy from a variety of Christian denominations gathered at the State Capitol today to voice their support for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/politics/nienstedt-catholic-archbishop-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:37:10 -0500 Mpls. resource center for homeless veterans opens A new resource center for homeless veterans opens Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/social-issue/homeless-veterans-resource-center?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:29:28 -0500 NHL lockout: Refund, credit offered to Wild season ticket-holders The Minnesota Wild is offering season ticket holders credit, plus interest, if games are canceled as a result of the National Hockey League's labor dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/sport/minnesota-wild-season-ticket-nhl-lockout?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:21:43 -0500 St. Paul must fill $2M hole in ballpark budget Before St. Paul can build a new ballpark for the minor league Saints baseball team, it needs to plug a $2 million hole in the project's budget. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/09/st-paul-must-fill-2m-hole-in-ballpark-budget.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:23:04 -0500 Saints ballpark, Duluth project big winners of state grant Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday announced the winners in a $47.5 million statewide competition designed to spur job creation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/politics/state-grant-saint-paul-saints-ballpark?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:50 -0500 Some dispute extent of ballpark's economic benefit claim An analysis buried in the application for a state grant says the economic impact of a new Saints ballpark would be a fraction of the $10 million amount that was earlier claimed. St. Paul's application is widely regarded as a top contender, if not a shoo-in, for a $47.5 million statewide competition designed to spur job creation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/business/st-paul-saints-ballpark-economic-benefit?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul ballpark pitch leads state grant evaluations The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development today posted online evaluations of the 90 applications it received for the Capital Projects Grant program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/politics/capitol-projects-grant-program-evaluations?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 06:45:13 -0500 Vadnais Heights bonds now 'junk' Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the bond rating of the east metro suburb of Vadnais Heights to junk status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/politics/vadnais-heights-bonds-junk-status?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:30:17 -0500 Wading pools in Mpls. stay open Given the hot weather, Minneapolis residents will get a few extra days to splash around in 32 wading pools scattered across the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/01/regional/mpls-pools?refid=0 Sat, 01 Sep 2012 13:33:16 -0500 Envy nightclub surrenders liquor license; owners investigated A downtown Minneapolis nightclub is surrendering its liquor license at the same time its owners are being investigated for alleged tax fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/business/envy-nightclub-surrenders-liquor-license-owners-investigated?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:51:45 -0500 St. Paul mulls taxi fare increase St. Paul is considering a 55-cent-a-mile increase in taxi fares. Cab fares in the city are currently capped at $2.20 a mile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/business/saint-paul-mulls-taxi-fare-increase?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:16:07 -0500 Minneapolis, St. Paul pledge to simplify building permits For homeowners who have ever had to pull a city permit to renovate a house or open a business, the process can be complicated and confusing. Now, Minneapolis and St. Paul are looking for ways to make it faster, simpler and more user-friendly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/government/regulatory-reform?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:36:26 -0500 Minneapolis City Council resolution addresses unemployment disparity Minneapolis City Council members say a resolution approved today will help lower the unemployment rate in the city's African American community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/social-issue/minneapolis-city-council-resolution-addresses-unemployment-disparity?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:02:09 -0500 Crews work to repair Sabo bridge Crews in Minneapolis were beginning on Sunday to repair the Martin Olav Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge, six months after a pair of cables supporting it broke loose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/19/regional/sabo-bridge-repair?refid=0 Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:34:50 -0500 Rybak budget increases spending for police, fire Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's proposal calls for a 1.7 percent property tax increase. He's also proposing to cut costs by reorganizing the city's Regulatory Services Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/regional/rybak-budget-proposal-for-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:32:30 -0500 Should Minneapolis hire more firefighters? Before Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak presents his 2013 budget proposal Wednesday, one of today's big questions is how much he wants to spend on the city's fire department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/news/rybak-budget-firefighters?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:36:56 -0500 Coleman's 2013 budget would fill police positions, build Frogtown park In his 2013 budget proposal announced today, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman wants to fill vacant positions in the city's police department and put money toward a new city park in Frogtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/news/chris-coleman-budget-proposal?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:05:10 -0500 St. Paul, Minneapolis budgets released this week The mayors of Minnesota's two largest cities release their budget proposals this week. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman unveils his budget plan Monday at the Farmer's Market in Lowertown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/politics/st-paul-minneapolis-budgets-released-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:34:52 -0500 Union deal keeps fire truck in operation The president of the St. Paul Firefighters union says a deal has been reached to keep a fire truck in service after Mayor Chris Coleman threatened to mothball the rig. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/labor/firefighter-union?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:58:34 -0500 Data requests show cities can't keep email addresses private Minnesotans who have signed up for online alerts from their municipal government might be surprised to learn that email addresses cannot be kept private. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/politics/berglund-email-data-request?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul OKs big cartoon cats on Grand Ave. The St. Paul City Council has given a toy store permission to build two 18-foot-tall cartoon cats in front of its entrance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/regional/grand-avenue-cats?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 11:25:09 -0500 Cities debate art vs. advertising Minnesota's two largest cities are considering where to draw the line between art and advertising. Later this year, Minneapolis may relax the definition of "mural" to allow for pictures of products. And tonight, the St. Paul City Council will decide whether two cartoon cats count as signs or sculptures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/business/art-versus-advertising-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:53:42 -0500 Mpls. firefighters criticize outside review The Minneapolis firefighters union is questioning the credibility of an external evaluation of the city's fire department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/regional/mpls-firefighters?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:41:57 -0500 Mpls. City Council to assess fire department Two Minneapolis City Council committees discuss how to improve the city's fire department Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/news/minneapolis-city-council-fire-department?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 07:21:21 -0500 Court: Suit against Archdiocese falls outside statute of limitations A Minnesota man who says he was molested by a Catholic priest in the 1980s is calling on the Legislature to extend the statute of limitations in cases like his. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/law/archdiocese-suit-statute-limitations?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:32:31 -0500 Preserve Shingle Creek Elementary, or tear it down? A proposal to demolish an abandoned north Minneapolis school building that was featured in a 2009 film, 'A Serious Man,' is pitting the city's Heritage Preservation Commission against its public school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/news/shingle-creek-elementary?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 6 families ordered out of condemned St. Paul housing complex The St. Paul City Council has ordered the six families still living in a pair of condemned, 33-unit apartment buildings to move out by Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/regional/renters-evicted?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:54:52 -0500 Twin Cities again lead nation in black, white unemployment gap A new study shows Minneapolis-St. Paul leading the nation in a category no one is celebrating: of 19 major metropolitan areas, the Twin Cities metro area has the widest gap in unemployment rate between blacks and whites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/labor-unemployment-gap?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. police to up downtown patrols Police will increase their presence in downtown Minneapolis this weekend in response to a spike in crime there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/crime/minneapolis-police-to-up-downtown-patrols?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:30:46 -0500 Mpls. to lobby feds on illegal immigration Minneapolis will lobby the federal government to shield more illegal immigrants from deportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/politics/minneapolis-city-council-illegal-immigration?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:25:10 -0500 Gun violence jumps sharply in St. Paul Since January, calls to the St. Paul Police Department to report 'shots fired' are up 42 percent compared over last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/crime-st-paul-gun-violence?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:59:52 -0500 Restriction on student housing approved in St. Paul The city council has approved a restriction on student rental housing in the area around the University of St. Thomas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/politics/student-housing-ordinance?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:29:33 -0500 3M granted permit to burn imported waste 3M has secured a permit to start burning hazardous waste produced by other companies at its incinerator in Cottage Grove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/environment-issue/3m-incinerator-permit?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:46:03 -0500 Deadline extended for public works grants A deadline extension has been granted for cities and other public entities to apply for a new business development grant program http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/news/deed-grant-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:35:48 -0500 Stadium authority names Ted Mondale executive director The new Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has selected Ted Mondale as its executive director. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/sports/stadium-authority-to-name-ceo-friday?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:00:28 -0500 Homeowners appeal to city council to curb student housing rentals Fed up with loud parties and transient populations that student rentals bring to their St. Paul neighborhood, some homeowners are asking the city council to restrict new student rental housing in the area surrounding the University of St. Thomas. Critics of the proposed restrictions say they will simply create problems for other parts of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/government/student-rental-housing-restriction?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cities debate whether houses of worship belong in industrial areas Prior Avenue is home to warehouses, a recycling plant and a Menards. But behind the rows of semi-trailers is a house of worship, Living Word Church, which moved into an abandoned print shop in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/religion/zoning-churches?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:18:00 -0500 St. Paul City Council votes on asking state for money to build ballpark The city council votes to determine whether it will apply for $27 million in state money to help build a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. The city says the project will create hundreds of jobs, and provide a catalyst for economic growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/business/saints-midway-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Ruling says part-time firefighters can unionize For the first time, some part-time firefighters in the state are eligible to form labor unions, says a ruling by the Minnesota's Bureau of Mediation Services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/news/firefighter-unionization?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 06:08:19 -0500 New Mpls. homeless shelter set to open Catholic Charities will open a new state-of-the-art homeless shelter on Thursday in the North Loop neighborhood on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/social_issue/new-minneapolis-homeless-shelter?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:51:47 -0500 Sabo bridge in Mpls. reopens The Martin Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge in Minneapolis reopened today, after repairs were completed to two support cables that had broken loose in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/sabo-bridge-reopens?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:43:38 -0500 Support for Scott Walker strong in St. Croix County On Tuesday, voters in Wisconsin will decide whether Republican Scott Walker should serve out his term as governor. The upcoming gubernatorial recall election is a rematch between Walker and his 2010 Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Statewide polls show the race is very close, but in St. Croix County in western Wisconsin, Walker enjoys strong support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/support-for-scott-walker--strong-in-st-croix-county?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Chaplain lauds Minnesota vets as 'the only heroes I know' Minnesota National Guard State Chaplain John Morris told an audience today that Memorial Day is about living veterans, too -- not just those who fell on the battle field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/28/chaplain-minnesota-veterans-only-heroes?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2012 17:30:00 -0500 Minn. Guard soldiers leave to train for Afghanistan mission More than 120 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are preparing for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/27/guard-deployment?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2012 07:00:00 -0500 St. Paul council cuts back parking requirement for restaurants The city of St. Paul has relaxed its parking requirements for restaurants that serve alcohol, reducing the number of off-street parking spaces those business must provide for their customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/st-paul-business-parking?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 18:15:32 -0500 Port Authority strikes deal for St. Paul Saints ballpark site The St. Paul Port Authority has struck a deal to buy the site where the city hopes to build a new ballpark for the minor league St. Paul Saints baseball team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/st-paul-saints-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 17:44:16 -0500 Mpls. City Council committee votes to demolish Peavey Plaza The Zoning & Planning Committee of the Minneapolis City Council voted 5 to 1 Thursday to to grant a demolition permit for Peavey Plaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/politics/minneapolis-city-council-committee-votes-to-demolish-peavey-plaza?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 14:40:47 -0500 Preservationists: Don't demolish Peavey Plaza Minneapolis' Peavey Plaza is unsafe, inaccessible and too expensive to maintain, say officials with the city's planning department. They want to replace the park with a newly designed plaza they say will better suit the city's needs. Preservationists say the plan goes too far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/peavey-plaza?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 06:10:00 -0500 Storm plans are in place, but can't protect everyone Is the Twin Cities metro area ready to handle a major tornado, like the one that swept through Joplin, Missouri, a year ago? We take a look at how various public and private entities are prepared in this special report from MPR News and KARE 11 News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-scenario?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:07 -0500 If you're stuck in traffic, you have no good choices You're stuck in Minneapolis rush hour traffic on Interstate 94, near the Lowry Hill Tunnel. A thunderstorm spins out a tornado nearby. What can you do? Not much. You're now among the most vulnerable people in a tornado. There are no good options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/storm-ready-stuck-in-traffic?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 05:00:09 -0500 Funeral today for three killed in Brooklyn Park Funeral services will be held today for the three people shot and killed last week at Brooklyn Park day care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/delois-brown-funeral?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Chess tournament draws 1,300 schoolkids to Mpls. More than 1,300 chess players from around the country will compete for the National High School Chess Championship this weekend in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/14/high-school-chess-championship?refid=0 Sat, 14 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Minn. businesses tell Vietnam to address inflation Minnesota businesses explained challenges they face doing business in Vietnam at a forum Friday with the country's ambassador. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/vietnam-ambassador-in-minnesota-addresses-inflation-concerns?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:46:35 -0500 Voter ID foes kick off campaign Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Minnesotans to show a photo ID in order to vote kicked off their campaign Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/voter-id-foes-kick-off-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:30:44 -0500 Rybak: To grow Mpls, focus on the north side Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak focused on the challenges facing north Minneapolis in his 11th State of the City address Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/rybak-state-of-city-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:30:43 -0500 Tragic day in Brooklyn Park, as police seek man in triple homicide No arrests have been made yet in connection with the killing of three adults at a home-based daycare in Brooklyn Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/brooklyn-park-triple-homicide?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 22:58:42 -0500 Police: Woman found 3 adults dead in Minn. day care A mother who takes her toddler to a home day care in Brooklyn Park discovered three adults shot to death inside the home early Monday morning, according to police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/brooklyn-park-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:05:54 -0500 A tale of two centers: Stadium debate highlights Target v. Xcel competition The Minneapolis Target Center and the St. Paul Xcel Energy Center have roughly the same number of seats. They're located just 10 miles apart. And they're both in the business of bidding for big-name bands that want to play in Minnesota. Is that competition a good thing? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/twin-cities-venue-target-xcel-center?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Maple syrup producers experience worst year in memory There are some wonderful things about our early spring. But it hasn't been good for everybody -- especially not Minnesota's maple syrup producers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/early-spring-vignette-maple-syrup?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. redistricting maps released The Minneapolis Charter Commission votes this afternoon on a plan that has the potential to increase minority representation on the City Council. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/03/minneapolis-redistricting-maps-are-out.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:42:11 -0500 Mayor Coleman outlines vision for St. Paul development Mayor Chris Coleman on Monday outlined his vision for St. Paul's downtown in his annual State of the City address, and it's a plan that is very different from how the city looks right now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/coleman-st-paul-dontown-vision?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:05:44 -0500 Charges filed in St. Paul gang rape case The Ramsey County Attorney's office has charged five adults and four juveniles with raping a 14-year-old St. Paul girl last November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/saint-paul-gang-rape-charges?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:53:00 -0500 Latinos, Somalis want new Minneapolis ward boundaries Members of Minneapolis' Latino community are criticizing a proposal to redraw the city's political boundaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/minneapolis-ward-boundaries?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 09:09:54 -0500 Urban farms a tricky row to hoe for Minneapolis City Council Robert Woods can eat the vegetables he grows, give them away to his neighbors, or lend the land to his non-profit. But he can't sell his vegetables to make a profit. This week, the Minneapolis City Council may change rules that govern his endeavors, and others like his. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/18/minneapolis-urban-farming?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis Redistricting draft map doesn't pair incumbents Every council member's home remains in the ward he or she currently represents -- though in many cases, just barely. In fact, nearly half the council members find themselves within two blocks of a proposed ward boundary. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/03/minneapolis-draft-map-doesnt-pair-incumbents.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:25:05 -0500 State routinely trumps city charters There's nothing new about the proposal to circumvent the Minneapolis City Charter to build a new Vikings Stadium. In fact, the state Legislature routinely overrides local governments and their charters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/state-routinely-trumps-city-charters?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Many downtown Mpls restaurants OK with sales taxes for stadium If the Vikings stadium bill unveiled Friday becomes law, downtown Minneapolis restaurant patrons will pick up part of the tab for the new facility. The plan taps a set of existing Minneapolis sales taxes that currently support the city's Convention Center. But many downtown restaurateurs say they don't mind the taxes if it means the Vikings will stay in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/vikings-stadium-restaurant-taxes-reaction?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:12:26 -0600 Mpls. City Councilor comes out against stadium plan Another member of the Minneapolis City Council is calling for a citywide referendum on the Vikings stadium proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/reich-minneapolis-city-council-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 09:45:32 -0600 Stadium: Why the Minneapolis City Council vote matters Gov. Mark Dayton said a deal to build a new NFL stadium is contingent not only on the support of the state Legislature, but also on the approval of the Minneapolis City Council. The plan faces uncertain prospects in both bodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/stadium-city-council-vote?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Vikings stadium meets skeptical Minneapolis City Council The new Minnesota Vikings stadium deal unveiled Thursday faces a hurdle at the Minneapolis City Council, where a majority of council members have opposed similar stadium plans in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-minneapolis-city-council-reax?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:03:56 -0600 Late-winter blizzard shuts down Duluth "Today is not the day to make a trip up to Duluth," a State Patrol captain said after a major winter storm hit parts of northern Minnesota. The storm slowed the commute in the Twin Cities as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/winter-storm?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:13:03 -0600 No snow emergencies in Twin Cities this winter - so far More than two months after the official start of winter, Minnesota's two largest cities have yet to declare a snow emergency. While the mild winter has been good for city budgets, city workers who relish working overtime are left disappointed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/snow-emergencies?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:39:50 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin superintendent 'sincerely' apologizes for voice mail Referring to a controversial voice mail from two years ago, Dennis Carlson, superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District, says in a letter: "If my December 2010 statement was perceived as dismissive or insensitive to victims of bullying or suicide, I deeply andsincerely apologize. I absolutely meant no disrespect." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/anoka-hennepin-superintendent-apologizes?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:05:10 -0600 Rep. Howes supports proposal for new St. Paul Saints ballpark The Republican chair of the House Capital Investment Committee is praising the proposal for a new St. Paul Saints ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/howes-midway-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:42:28 -0600 Minnesota foreclosures drop 17 percent in 2011 The study counted about 21,300 foreclosures in 2011, down from more than 25,000 the year before, marking the fewest foreclosures the state has seen since 2007 http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/minnesota-foreclosure?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:54:11 -0600 Sen. Mary Jo McGuire redistricted into colleague's district DFL Senator Mary Jo McGuire is one of 46 legislators whose district is now the same as one of her DFL colleagues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/mcguire-redistricting?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:45:20 -0600 Coon Rapids requires pre-payment at gas pump, a Minn. First The city council approved the ordinance Tuesday night in an effort to prevent people from driving away without paying for their fuel after the city saw about 500 such incidents last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/coon-raqpids-requires-pre-pay-gas-pump?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:50:52 -0600 Eyeing City Council seat, Somalis work to redraw Mpls. ward map A group of Somali activists is lobbying to redraw the Minneapolis political map in an effort to get their community a seat on the city council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/somali-minneapolis-redistricting-plan?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:32:49 -0600 Court considers politicking near Minn. polling places In 2010, a group of conservative activists defied a law banning politicking near polling places and wore Tea Party t-shirts and buttons that said "Please I.D. Me" when they showed up to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/voting-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:40:14 -0600 Eau Claire's Bon Iver wins best new artist Grammy The man behind the Wisconsin indie folk band Bon Iver gave a shout-out to his hometown of Eau Claire during Sunday night's Grammys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/bonivergrammy?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:53:39 -0600 Landlords' suit against St. Paul over 'problem properties' going to trial The city of St. Paul announced Friday it will drop its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and go to trial against a group of landlords that sued the city over its aggressive housing code enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/saint-paul-problem-properties-lawsuit-goes-to-trial?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:11:35 -0600 Edina high schoolers lead anti-Gingrich protest At first glance, the tony suburb seems an unlikely hotbed of liberal activism -- but upon closer examination, it's not as unlikely as it looks. Edina's politics are changing. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/02/gingrich-protest-a-sign-of-edinas-changing-politics.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:36:28 -0600 Man charged with funding terrorist group pleads guilty A former Minnesota resident pleaded guilty Monday to raising money to send to terrorist groups in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/ahmed-hussein-mahamud-guilty-plea?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:46:46 -0600 Minn. Komen branch lauds Planned Parenthood funding reversal The Minnesota affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is applauding the national organization's decision to restore funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/komen-reverses-planned-parenthood-decision?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 10:32:10 -0600 Innocuous building near stadium is key hub for regional communications State officials have been looking at whether a piece of property just behind the Metrodome could work as an alternate Vikings stadium location. But there's one problem: The building that currently stands there serves as Minnesota's gateway to the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/regional-internet-hub?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Higher taxes for 7 metro counties under disparities proposal An independent report commissioned by the Legislature shows property tax payers in Hennepin County would pay lower taxes on average if the state did away with its fiscal disparities program. But residents in six other metro area counties would see their taxes go up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/hennepin-county-taxes?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:22:38 -0600 Minnesota's Fiscal Disparity tax redistribution explained One topic to be addressed at the Capitol this session is a 40-year old program intended to even out the property tax burden in the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/faq-primer-fiscal-disparities?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Groups supporting marriage amendment to release finance reports The organization Minnesota for Marriage raised $830,000 last year for its campaign to define marriage in the state constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/marriage-amendment-support?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:26:53 -0600 State falls short stopping felons from voting, group says A group criticizes Gov. Mark Dayton's Task Force on Election Integrity saying Minnesota needs to do a better job telling felons they can't vote while they're on parole or probation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/felons-vote?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:16:52 -0600 Small breweries ready to tap into market - or fall flat When Paul Johnston flips a switch at Harriet Brewing company, 600 pounds of malted barley make their way through a grinder, up a tube and into a 15-foot-tall copper-plated vessel. In about a week and-a-half, the barley will be beer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/brewery-boom?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Fruetel eyed as 5th Minneapolis fire chief in 8 years If the Minneapolis City Council confirms John Fruetel's nomination as the new fire chief, he will be the city's fifth person in the job in just eight years, taking over a department suffering from low morale and shrinking budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/fruetel-fire-chief?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 St. Paul Saints team pushes again for new stadium The St. Paul Saints minor league team wants $27 million in state bonding money to build a new ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/st-paul-saints-pushes-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:06:10 -0600 Crashed Ice not as crazy as it looks Are these people crazy? Skaters - almost all of them men - go careening down steep slopes, over jumps and around hairpin turns. They can hit 40 miles per hour, if they don't wipe out first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/crashed-ice?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Judge to appoint receiver for shabby St. Paul apartments Two run-down apartment buildings in St. Paul will get new management, a judge ruled today. Last year, inspectors found rotting wood, electrical problems and bedbugs in the two buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/st-paul-apartment-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:28:01 -0600 Problem properties present balancing act for cities A court hearing today could determine whether as many as 60 low-income families can stay in their St. Paul apartments, where the buildings are so riddled with housing code violations that they could be condemned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/housing-code-violations?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Law enforcement officials seek fugitive sex offender The Minnesota Department of Corrections is searching for a convicted sex offender who has disappeared from his supervised release program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/roderick-hamilton-sex-offender?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:43:39 -0600 Forced to choose, communities raise taxes, cut jobs Property taxes are going up, and many local government jobs are going away. As 2011 comes to an end, those two main themes emerge from our Forced to Choose series examining the decisions Minnesota's 3,200 cities, counties, townships and school districts have been making. Above, a neglected public hockey rink in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/ground-level-forced-to-choose-wrapup?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 00:04:00 -0600 Brooklyn Center OKs levy after eight previous rejections Brooklyn Center voters approved a property tax levy on Tuesday, after voting down previous levy proposals eight times in row, as this graphic illustrates. Click on the image to enlarge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/brooklyn-center-vote-levy?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 23:06:50 -0600 Assessment challenges grow, add to budget pressure Property owners are increasingly challenging their assessments in court, adding to the budget pressure on local governments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/ground-level-forced-to-choose-assessments?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Hennepin County taxpapers question falling home values, rising taxes Rather than directly reducing their property tax bills like it used to, next year the state will reduce the taxable value of some homes. That tends to shift taxes onto other types of property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/forced-to-choose-hennepin-county-truth-in-taxation?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 06:48:26 -0600 Ramsey County hearing spotlights taxes vs. services dilemma About 250 taxpayers turned out last night in Ramsey County to ask the county board to protect public services, plea for lower taxes and largely criticize a proposal to build a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium in the county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/ramsey-county-truth-in-taxation?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 06:37:22 -0600 In Brooklyn Park, tight budget spurs unionization effort The number of city employees trying to unionize in Minnesota has been rising in the past few years. In the latest report from our Forced To Choose series, we look at cash-strapped Brooklyn Park, which could become the first city in Minnesota with a union representing its part-time firefighters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/ground-level-forced-to-choose-unions?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:00:00 -0600 U of M study: Historic preservation tax credit will create 1,800 construction jobs A study from the University of Minnesota estimates 1,800 construction jobs will be created over the next few years thanks to a new state tax credit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/historic-preservation-pax-credit?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:34:30 -0600 Foley suspends plan to hire private security guards The City of Foley has suspended a plan to use private security guards to provide police service next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/foley-private-security?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:23:27 -0600 In heavily local election, voters made careful choices Most Minnesotans who voted on local ballot questions yesterday said yes to tax levies. But that doesn't mean the message they delivered is, "Please raise my taxes." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/forced-to-choose-voters-make-careful-choices?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:18:54 -0600 Nowthen voters gather to grapple with cost of public safety With a population of 4,400, Nowthen is the only city in Anoka County without a police department or a contract for law enforcement coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/nowthen-police-contract?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 06:41:16 -0500 Growing quickly, Austin schools expect close vote on expansion Unlike most outstate Minnesota school districts, Austin's is growing and it has placed before voters a $29 million expansion plan. Officials are expecting a close vote. This special project by MPR News examines the dilemma cities, schools and counties are coping with in a struggling economy and the resolutions they are finding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/forced-to-choose-austin-schools?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Nowthen weighs the price of police after sheriff's ultimatum The people of Nowthen, Minn., half an hour northwest of Minneapolis have a painful choice to make this fall: Pay as much as 27 percent more in property taxes or give up what the city council calls "police protection as we know it." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/forced-to-choose-nowthen-police-taxes?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Video: Why are Minn. property taxes going up? If you own a home in Minnesota, it's likely your property taxes will go up next year. Watch this video to find out why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/video-property-taxes-increase?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:01:38 -0500 Foley to hire private security to patrol streets Beginning Jan. 1, sheriff's deputies will not patrol the streets of Foley, Minn. The city council voted unanimously to hire a private security firm to take over the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/foley-to-hire-private-security-to-patrol-streets?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Property taxes poised to push up rents in Minn. When state officials changed the property tax law this year, one effect was to push the tax burden away from low-value homes and onto other types of property, including apartment buildings. That's likely to drive rents up in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/force-to-choose-renters?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:13:56 -0500 Fair fans try their hand at Midway games Like many fairgoers, Dave Moran is convinced that midway games are rigged and you simply can't win. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/fair-hounds-try-their-hand-at-midway-games-?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 New 'Midwest Brigadoon' film finds beauty at the state fair The state fair doesn't kick off for another week, but this weekend the Southern Theater premieres a new film that distills all twelve days of the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" into just 25 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/film-finds-beauty-at-the-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Auto magnate Sam Pandolfo's remains return to St. Cloud Sam Pandolfo, the man who tried to make St. Cloud a mecca of automobile manufacturing during the early 1900s, is coming home this weekend. But he's been dead for more than 50 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/auto-magnates-remains-return-to-st-cloud?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:51:30 -0500 Guthrie gives 'Pinafore' a modern twist You might wonder what Gilbert and Sullivan would say if they were alive to see the new production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" currently playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The operetta premiered in London in 1878, but the Guthrie's version has a distinctly modern flavor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/guthrie-gives-pinafore-a-modern-twist?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Accuser of 1990 gubernatorial candidate dies The woman who was thrust into the public spotlight 21 years ago when she accused a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate of molestation has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/mulay-obit?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 18:12:33 -0500 Video: Budget deal explained Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislative leaders have finally agreed on how to balance the Minnesota state budget. How will they do it? They plan to borrow the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/video-budget-deal-explained?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:42:10 -0500 John B. Davis, who led Macalester, school districts, dies The former president of Macalester College turned around the school's finances and attracted better teachers. He also led the Minneapolis Public Schools at a time when the system was struggling with desegregation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/john-davis-obit?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 20:06:36 -0500 Video: Understand the state budget mess in 3 minutes Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders have not yet agreed on a new two-year budget, and the deadline to do so without a state government shutdown is midnight tonight. MPR News explains what's behind the budget impasse at the Minnesota state Capitol. /collections/special/columns/shutdown/archive/2011/06/understand-the-state-budget-mess-in-3-minutes-1.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:33:01 -0500 Senate votes to repeal ethanol tax credits Ethanol producers lost a battle in the U.S. Senate Thursday when senators voted to end a 45-cent per gallon tax credit on the corn-based fuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/ethanol-senate?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:14:53 -0500 Around the lift bridge, views diverge on marriage amendment Same-sex marriage is one of those issues that inspires strong feelings and moral arguments on both sides. You can hear tge range of opinions from the people out enjoying the weather around the Stillwater's iconic lift bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/marriage?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 11:04:35 -0500 Sounds of Minnesota: Inside Brit's Pub and the royal wedding About 1,000 Twin Cities Anglophiles showed up at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis to learn those answers and enjoy the spectacle of the royal wedding. And we had a question for them -- What on earth are you doing here? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/weddingpopvox?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:07:37 -0500 Map: Where the states stand on same-sex marriage This map shows where each state currently stands, according to data collected by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Click a state for more detail on its laws regarding same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/map-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 06:19:48 -0500 Writing Minnesota What does it mean to be a Minnesota writer? It means obsessing over the sound of the Mississippi River. It means writing about small towns. It means you're a refugee who refused to speak as a child. These are some of the many ways writers define their relationship to Minnesota. Host Annie Baxter invites you to hear these writers' reflections and their creative works on "Writing Minnesota." /projects/2011/writing-minnesota/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:46:04 -0500 Mother recalls soldier's love of classical music, numbers Lori Wilfahrt spoke with Morning Edition about her son Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, who died Sunday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his patrol. He is the first known gay member of the military from Minnesota to be killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/mother-remembers-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 09:41:07 -0600 Morning Edition interviews Vin Weber in D.C. Former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber served in Congress during the 80s and early 90s. He's now a lobbyist with the D.C. firm Clark & Weinstock and he says there's more than one way to climb the ladder of power in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/vin-weber?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 07:49:30 -0600 Bachmann, Paulsen: Two radically different paths to power While Rep. Erik Paulsen is rising quietly through the congressional ranks, Rep. Michele Bachmann has become a fundraising powerhouse and a frequent commentator on cable television. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/bachmann-paulsen-differ-in-path-to-power?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Lobbying spending by top Minnesota companies American Crystal Sugar spends between $1 million and $2 million a year on lobbying the federal government. That's about the same level as Cargill -- a company almost 100 times its size. See how other top Minnesota companies stack up in the lobbying arena. /projects/2011/01/minnesotas-clout-in-washington/lobbying/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:01:00 -0600 American Crystal Sugar has outsized influence in DC The Moorhead-based cooperative of about 3,000 sugar beet farmers doesn't even crack the top 50 largest Minnesota companies. But when it comes to influence in Washington, Crystal is king. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/american-crystal-sugar-lobbying-power-in-washington?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Bill George remembers Win Wallin Former CEO Bill George offers his remembrance of Win Wallin, who succeeded him at the helm of Medtronic. Wallin died Monday. He was 84. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/bill-george-remembers-win-wallin?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:58:35 -0600 Fans question Gopher football coach selection Star Tribune sportswriter Phil Miller says Gopher fans were hoping for a big name when the U of M announced its new head football coach. Instead they got Jerry Kill -- a relative unknown from Northern Illinois University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/fans-question-gopher-football-coach-selection?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 11:16:08 -0600 Ex-Gov. Quie laughs off Republican ban It doesn't bother former Gov. Al Quie that he's been banned from the Republican Party for not supporting its gubernatorial candidate. But Quie says it's a mistake for a party to punish dissent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/exgov-quie-laughs-off-republican-ban?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 10:56:04 -0600 Expiring federal jobless benefits won't affect Minnesotans yet Minnesota's unemployed are not among the estimated 2 million people nationwide who are losing their federal unemployment benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/expiring-federal-jobless-benefits-wont-affect-minnesotans-yet?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:42:24 -0600 Number of job postings up slightly in Minnesota Online job postings grew by 500 last month in Minnesota, according to a research organization that tracks job postings nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/job-vacancies--up-slightly-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 11:52:21 -0600 Explainer: Could Emmer's possible 'overvote' claim swing the election? Republican Tom Emmer suggested Tuesday that there could be an overvote big enough to change the results in the governor's race. An overvote happens when there are more votes than the total number of voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/explainer-emmer-recount?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:16:41 -0600 Recent race tame compared to 1990 gubernatorial contest When it comes to excitement, the 2010 governor's race paled in comparison to the election Minnesota saw 20 years ago. That contest had it all: screaming headlines, sex scandals, an 11th hour withdrawal -- and a surprise upset victory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/carlson-grunset-revisited?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 20 years ago: A three-week political roller coaster The final three weeks of Minnesota's 1990 governor's race were tumultuous. Screaming headlines. A sex scandal. A last minute write-in campaign. An 11th-hour withdrawal and an upset victory. /features/2010/11/05-carlson-timeline/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0500 State support for elderly faces uncertain future With the second-highest rate of elderly poverty in central Minnesota, Todd County relies heavily on state support to care for its seniors. But Medical Assistance has been the subject of budget cuts recently, and those cuts may be just the beginning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/toddcountyaging?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Housing bust exposes the cost of unplanned growth When the housing bubble burst, the population growth in the ring of counties surrounding the Twin Cities metro area -- once one of the fastest growing in the country -- virtually stopped. This sudden shift has presented challenges for the people who live in those areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/housing-bust-exposes-the-cost-of-unplanned-growth?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 15:30:00 -0600 A tour of Baldwin Township Jeff Holm, a lifelong resident of Baldwin, offers up a tour of the township. The 29-year-old is currently the chair of the township's board of supervisors. He worries about the future of the area and is concerned by what he views as a lack of community engagement on the part of many who call Baldwin home. /projects/2010/02/ground-level-baldwin-township/multimedia/tour-slideshow/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:29:48 -0600 IRV group fined for election law violation The group that successfully campaigned for instant runoff voting in St. Paul has been fined $5,000 for violating election laws -- claiming in its literature that its effort was endorsed by two organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/irv-fine?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 11:29:25 -0600 Poll: 56% of voters prefer instant runoff voting A new Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota poll shows Minneapolis residents are divided over the city's new instant runoff voting system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/irv-poll?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 White collar criminals recount their misdeeds Organized in the wake of Bernie Madoff, Petters Group Worldwide and other fraud cases, an event at the University of St. Thomas Thursday night featured four convicted white collar criminals, who explained their misdeeds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/white-collar-criminals-recount-their-misdeeds?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 06:23:58 -0600 Engineer says future lies in homebrew electric vehicles An electrical engineer in Sartell, Minnesota says for electric vehicles to catch on, people need to start building them in their garages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/electric-car?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Instant runoff voting supporters' next stop: Duluth Supporters of instant runoff voting hope to bring the alternative voting system to Duluth next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/irv-duluth?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 16:41:59 -0600 IRV poses few problems for Minneapolis voters Minneapolis elections officials say the city's first election using instant runoff voting has gone smoothly, but voters may be limiting their own power because they're not using all their choices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/instant-runoff-voting-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 16:48:00 -0600 Few problems reported with voting in Minneapolis Voter turnout is light and few problems are being reported today as Minneapolis uses instant runoff voting for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/minneapolis-voting?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:48:05 -0600 Instant runoff voting FAQ Instant runoff voting advocates are pushing for more Minnesota cities to follow suit, with the eventual goal of using it for statewide elections. Here are some frequently asked questions about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/runoff-voting-qa?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 St. Paul prepares to decide on instant runoff voting On the same day Minneapolis residents cast their first Instant Runoff Voting ballots, St. Paul will decide on a referendum on whether or not to use the controversial voting system for its municipal elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/instant-runoff-stpaul?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Video: How instant runoff voting works with multiple winners When you apply instant runoff voting to an election with multiple winners, things get complicated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/how-instant-run-off-voting-works?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:03:52 -0500 St. Paul residents debate instant runoff voting Supporters and opponents of instant runoff voting faced off in St. Paul Wednesday night for their first and only formal public debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/st-paul-instant-runoff-voting?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 06:51:26 -0500 Mixed reviews for Bob Dylan's new Christmas album Early reviews are pouring in for Bob Dylan's new Christmas album and the verdict is anything but unanimous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/mixed-reviews-for-bob-dylans-new-christmas-album?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 09:44:38 -0500 Minneapolis election results will take weeks to count Minneapolis officials say it will take about eight weeks to count all the ballots in this year's city elections, because of the new instant runoff voting system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/irv-counting?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:21:57 -0500 Eight years later, public support wanes for war in Afghanistan Eight years after U.S. war planes dropped their first bombs on Afghanistan, public support for the war has plunged by more than 50 percentage points. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/afghanistan-eight-years?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Twins fans recall memories in the dome Unless they catch the Detroit Tigers in the standings, this weekend will be last time the Minnesota Twins play baseball in the Metrodome, their home since 1982. We asked folks to tell us what they'll remember most about Twins baseball in the Metrodome. Here are some of their stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/twinsmemories?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 10:46:20 -0500 Two state legislators want Wis. tax reciprocity deal revived Two state legislators want Minnesota's tax reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin re-instated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/reciprocity-reinstate?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:09:49 -0500 Mathematics expert: IRV not the answer A mathematician who's spent years analyzing voting systems told a Minneapolis audience Tuesday that instant runoff voting is not the answer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/mathematician-criticizes-instant-runoff-voting?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 06:59:24 -0500 The governor's travels Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been on the road a lot since he announced he's not seeking re-election. He's testing the waters for a possible run for president in 2012. Follow his travels around the country on our map. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/09/governors_travels/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 13:56:06 -0500 Doctors, lawyers say malpractice laws work in Minnesota President Obama last week tried to extend an olive branch to the GOP, by signaling support for some type of limited medical malpractice reform, but here in Minnesota, doctors and lawyers say the state's malpractice laws are already working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/malpractice-reform?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 A day of eating at the Minnesota State Fair Morning Edition producer Curtis Gilbert decided to find out how a day of State Fair food effects the body, and what he found out may surprise you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/a-day-of-eating-at-the-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Kline's Rx for health reform: Start over U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., on Thursday called for Democrats to scrap their health insurance reform bill and draft a new one with more input from Republicans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/johnnkline?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:13:27 -0500 New laws for lasers, teeth, Indians and Iran start Aug. 1 More than 50 new Minnesota state laws take effect Aug. 1. They involve policy changes in areas ranging from crime to public health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/new-laws-for-lasers-teeth-indians-and-iran-start-aug-1?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 10:59:23 -0500 Service dogs provide physical, mental and financial benefits As his first piece of legislation in Congress, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sponsored an amendment to provide some 200 military veterans with specially trained service dogs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/service-dogs-provide-physical-mental-and-financial-benefits?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Instant runoff voting campaign kicks off in St. Paul Supporters of instant runoff voting kicked off a campaign Wednesday night to institute the alternative balloting system in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/instant-runoff-voting-rally?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 07:18:21 -0500 Digital TV conversion not going well for some Nielsen Media Research estimates there are more than 22,000 households in the Twin Cities metro area that haven't made the switch to digital TV, but for those that have, many are reporting reception problems they are not pleased with. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/dtv_challenges?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 25 years later, Ferraro reflects on groundbreaking nomination Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale made history when he announced he'd chosen Geraldine Ferraro, a woman, to be his running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/ferraro_anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's largest Hindu temple gets grand ceremony Thousands of people are expected to flock to Maple Grove this weekend for the grand opening of the Hindu Temple of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/hindu_temple?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Red Cross helps refugees find lost family members The United Nations established World Refugee Day to honor the millions of people forced from their homes by conflicts around the globe, and according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the state houses more than 70,000 refugees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/refugees_reunited?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Court approves Instant Runoff Voting for Minneapolis The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for Minneapolis to use a new system called Instant Runoff Voting for its city elections this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/court_approves_instant_runoff_voting_for_minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 18:15:27 -0500 'Short sales' a foreclosure alternative, but process can be difficult With Twin Cities housing prices down dramatically from their peak three years ago, increasing numbers of homeowners are turning to so-called "short sales" as an alternative to foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/short_sales?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Elections director says instant runoff tallies could take weeks to count Members of the Minneapolis City Council found out today that they'll likely have to wait a month or more after election day to find out whether they win re-election this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/irv_voting?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 16:55:09 -0500 Audio slideshow: Jemne Puppet Stage celebrates its 60th birthday Since 1949, children have sat enthralled the by puppet shows at the St. Paul Public Library. The downtown library's Jemne Puppet Stage celebrates its anniversary 60th this weekend. /features/2009/05/15_puppet_slideshow/index.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Instant runoff voting gets Supreme Court hearing The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether so-called instant runoff voting is unconstitutional. Opponents of the system want to block Minneapolis from implementing instant runoff voting for its municipal elections this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/irv_court?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 15:11:11 -0500 Instant runoff voting exercises election judge fingers Election officials will be counting ballots in Minneapolis today. No, it's not another chapter in Franken/Coleman recount battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/10/instant_runoff_voting_excercises_election_judge_fingers?refid=0 Sun, 10 May 2009 18:18:16 -0500 Swine flu -- what's in a name? The disease shows no signs of going away, but the name swine flu seems to be disappearing. Government officials at the state and federal level are now using the technical term for the virus: H1N1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/flu_name?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 13:37:42 -0500 Geologist shines light on Twin Cities caves If you've ever eyed a cave entrance, a storm drain or sewer somewhere in the Twin Cities and wondered what's inside, University of Minnesota geologist Greg Brick has the answer. Brick, author of "Subterranean Twin Cities," spent two decades researching and exploring all the area's underground spaces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/cavebook?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:31:44 -0500 Small town pep band rocks B-Ball tourney Ada-Borup plays Ellsworth today in the Minnesota High School Boys Basketball semifinals. Ada-Borup is a class A school, with only 179 students. Close to half of them play in the pep band, and as director Richard Tuttle explains, it's not your usual pep band. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/ada_borup?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Historical flags get a meticulous makeover The Minnesota Historical Society has removed five flags, each more than a century old, from the Capitol rotunda. The flags, some of which saw battle in the Civil War, are deteriorating and need to be preserved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/flags_restoration?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Teaching the art of conducting an orchestra As part of an initiative to get local young professionals interested in classical music, the Minnesota Orchestra invited about 60 young professionals to a brief seminar on what an orchestra conductor does. Then some of the participants got a chance to try it for themselves. Minnesota Public Radio's Curtis Gilbert condensed the hour-long program into three minutes. The orchestra's assistant conductor Sarah Hicks led the session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/conducting_an_orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:05:10 -0500 Two cities, two sets of rules for clearing snow Why does Minneapolis have one set of rules for snow emergencies and St. Paul, another? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/howplow?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The 90-second job interview Actors from around the region have just 90 seconds to make an impression at the Twin Cities Unified Theater Auditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/90_second_job_interview_acting?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 07:04:29 -0500 Many states consider tax hikes, spending cuts Minnesota, with a projected budget deficit of $5 billion over the next two years, is not alone. In fact, more than 30 states face projected budget gaps, thanks to the sagging economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/otherstates?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 How do Minnesotans see the state of the union? When President Obama gives his first speech before a joint session of Congress tonight, it won't technically be billed as a State of the Union address, but Obama will likely use part of his speech to assess how America is doing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/how_do_minnesotans_see_the_state_of_the_union?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 U.S. Senate race may seem like Groundhog Day Today may be Groundhog Day, but Minnesotans following the unresolved U.S. Senate contest probably feel like they've been living in the movie "Groundhog Day" for the last three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/01/us_senate_race_may_seem_like_groundhogs_day?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Seating Franken might raise constitutional issues Even though the court case over Minnesota's U.S. Senate race just got underway, there has been talk for weeks that Democrats may try to make Al Franken a senator before the case is over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/seatsen?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:45:00 -0600 Were votes counted twice? Maybe Minneapolis election judges may be asked to take the stand in Minnesota's U.S. Senate election contest. But many election judges say it's hard to remember what seemed like minor details from a hectic day two months ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/electionjudges?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:35:00 -0600 Was the election stolen? Republican Norm Coleman's campaign says the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race was invalid and unreliable. Some conservative critics have gone further. They suspect the recount was rigged. But members of the state Canvassing Board defend their work as "thorough, open and bi-partisan." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/canvasrespond?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Campaigns gear up, raise money for election contest An election contest could drag on for weeks and even months and is going to cost both sides money. It could cost Minnesota taxpayers, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/minnesota_senate_election_contest_costs?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 07:26:41 -0600 With lawsuit looming, Senate won't seat Franken Republican Norm Coleman's campaign is expected to go to court today to contest the Senate election. The move comes a day after Democrat Al Franken declared victory in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount, and on the day the Senate convenes in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/franken_senate_victory?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 08:42:34 -0600 Coleman legal strategy: find votes If Norm Coleman ends up contesting the outcome of the Senate election, his legal strategy could focus on a number of issues that have come up during the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/04/colemanlegal?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Family's holiday tradition preserved in song Every family that celebrates Christmas has its own traditions -- sending out cards, wrapping gifts, making cookies, singing carols. For a dozen years ending in 1999, the Temple family, from Mendota Heights, would actually record its own album of Christmas music every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/familys_holiday_tradition_preserved_in_song?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Counting ballots: Man vs. machine The statewide recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has given us a chance to see just how accurate our voting equipment is. The numbers the vote counting machines spat out on election night are remarkably close to the preliminary ones from the recount, which was done by hand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/counting_ballots_man_vs_machine?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis goes to court over new voting style The City of Minneapolis goes to court today to defend the constitutionality of instant runoff voting, the system it intends to use in city elections, starting next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/irv_voting_adopted?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Recount is done, except for one precinct The statewide recount of ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race is one precinct short of being completed. Despite the near completion of hand counting, the winner of the race is far from being resolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/moreballotsfound?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 16:40:15 -0600 Sec. of State urges campaigns to reduce ballot challenges The Minnesota Secretary of State's office says the campaigns in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount battle need to reduce the number of ballots their campaigns are challenging. That number is nearing 6,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/challengedballots?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 15:53:03 -0600 Franken gains from uncounted Ramsey ballots Democrat Al Franken has gained 37 votes on Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate recount, after Ramsey County found 171 ballots that weren't counted on election night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/foundballots?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 11:56:28 -0600 MPR analysis: Many ballot challenges are frivolous The number of challenged ballots in Minnesota's contentious Senate recount is approaching 6,000. The Secretary of State's office has released copies of some of those challenged ballots. MPR News reporters have examined more than 1,000 disputed ballots, and found that most of the challenges were frivolous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/recount?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 10:40:20 -0600 Secretary of State makes challenged ballots public The Secretary of State's office has released copies of 1,000 of the 5943 contested ballots so far. MPR News found many of the challenges to be frivolous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/ballot_analysis?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 07:00:25 -0600 Sky high expectations for Obama A number of recent polls show Americans have high hopes for President-elect Barack Obama. But Obama also faces steep challenges that might make it hard to deliver on all his campaign promises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/obamaexpect?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Voters have second thoughts about first picks It's like the campaign never ended. Senate candidates Al Franken and Norm Coleman are still raising money, their campaigns are still trading barbs and they have staff and volunteers fanned out across the state to press for advantage in the recount. But there is one thing that's not like the campaign: Minnesotans don't get to vote again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/voters_second_thoughts?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Some Minnesota absentee voters worried about ballots The battle over rejected absentee ballots is sparking questions in the minds of some Minnesota Public Radio listeners who voted absentee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/minnesota_absentee_voters_worried?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:52:25 -0600 Republicans regroup after bad election showing Republican governors from around the country begin meeting in Miami today. One of the big topics on their agenda is how the GOP can regain its footing after last week's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/11/party_makeovers?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 04:00:00 -0600 Paulsen wins 3rd Dist., keeps seat Republican In spite of millions of dollars in TV ad spending by national Democratic groups, Minnesota's 3rd District congressional seat will remain in Republican hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/paulsen_wins_3rd_dist_keeps_seat_republican?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 03:32:47 -0600 Third district candidates making final push for supporters After eight debates and $8 million worth of television ads, the race for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District is coming down to the ground game. DFLer Ashwin Madia, Republican Erik Paulsen and Independence Party candidate David Dillon are making their final push to get their supporters out to the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/third_district_heats_up?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 16:03:59 -0600 MPR poll: Senate race still up for grabs A new MPR News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows the race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and his DFL challenger Al Franken remains very close, and Independent Dean Barkley is still running third. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/30/senatepoll?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Dean Barkley to release first TV ad Independence Party U.S. Senate candidate Dean Barkley will release his first television ad this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/barkley_ad?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 08:35:27 -0500 3rd District candidates define differences in final debate With eight days to go until the election, the candidates for Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District held their last debate today on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/third_district_final_debate?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 15:20:02 -0500 3rd District candidates all promise change The three candidates running to represent Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District have their seventh and final debate today on MPR's Midday program. The race unfolding in the Minneapolis suburbs is one of the most competitive and most expensive in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/third_district_candidates?refid=0 Sun, 26 Oct 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Minn. 3rd District candidates play nice In contrast to the negative TV ads running in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, the candidates for that seat held a largely civil debate last night in Edina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/3rd_debate?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 06:49:45 -0500 Pelosi: Bachmann discredited herself with Obama remark Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's comment that Barack Obama "may have anti-American views" reflects poorly on Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/20/bachmann_folo?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:38:33 -0500 Undecided voters react to the final presidential debate For all four of the presidential and vice presidential debates, MPR News invited some undecided voters to our headquarters in downtown St. Paul to watch the candidates face off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/debate_undecided?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:36:59 -0500 Sarvi, Kline hold first formal debate in Chaska Republican Congressman John Kline and his DFL challenger Steve Sarvi have crossed paths from time to time on the campaign trail this year, but Monday they met for their first formal debate in Chaska. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/kline_sarvi_debate?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 19:24:10 -0500 Top earners react to tax plans John McCain and Barack Obama both have big plans for the federal tax code. But the biggest difference between them involves what happens to families who make more than $250,000 dollars a year. Obama would raise their income taxes. McCain wouldn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/taxplan?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:01:22 -0500 Debate leaves undecided voters unimpressed Last night's debate was a town hall-style forum, and that means some of the questions came from the audience, which was made up of undecided voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/debate_undecided?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 06:54:22 -0500 Debates still leave many undecided All over the country Americans gathered at parties to watch last night's presidential debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/27/debate_watching?refid=0 Sat, 27 Sep 2008 01:27:35 -0500 McCain vs. Obama: Not like a high school debate The debate is back on. John McCain and Barack Obama meet tonight in Mississippi for the first of three presidential debates. There's a big difference between political debates and those you'd see in high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/debatepreview?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Minn. 3rd District candidates spar on taxes, foreign policy The candidates running for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd District clashed over taxes, foreign policy and the Wall Street bailout in a debate last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/3rd_district?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 06:29:08 -0500 Obama supporters hold counter rally Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will gather in downtown Minneapolis today for a rally focused on economic policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/obama_counter?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:00:34 -0500 Minnesota women ponder Palin and politics As John McCain and his running mate return to Minnesota a group of women to discuss what Sarah Palin's candidacy means to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/palinwomen?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. 3rd District candidates debate Candidates in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District reached for the senior vote Tuesday in a televised debate focused on Social Security and other issues that matter to older voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/3cd_debate?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 07:30:07 -0500 McCain's speech excites Minnesota GOP delegates Call it the home field advantage, but Minnesota's delegation to the Republican National Convention had prime seats to watch John McCain accept the party's nomination for president last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/mccain_reaction?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 02:32:29 -0500 Republican leaders look at the party's future The Republican Party came in for some criticism today from what might seem like an unlikely source. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/ramstad_republicans?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 19:39:36 -0500 Ron Paul launches day-long rally in Minneapolis Hundreds of people unhappy with the two major political parties are offering a noisy endorsement of Texas Congressman Ron Paul at a day-long rally in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/ronpaul?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 14:05:54 -0500 Down-sized convention does not stop Republicans from stumping Today's pared down schedule at the Republican National Convention gave two Minnesota Republicans some extra time to focus on their own campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/republicans_stumping?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 16:43:08 -0500 Madia takes a gamble and heads to Denver In addition to the parties and pageantry, there are also opportunities for candidates to raise money at the Democratic National Convention. But leaving the district 10 weeks before election day can be a gamble, a gamble Ashwin Madia decided to take. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/dnc_madia?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:12:14 -0500 At 17, Minnesota delegate is Democrats' youngest David Gilbert-Pederson is only 17 right now, though he'll be old enough to vote this year... just barely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/25/dnc_youngest_delegate?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 15:27:55 -0500 Minnesota sends diverse group to Denver convention Among the cheering masses when Barack Obama accepts his party's nomination this week will be the 109 members of Minnesota's Democratic National Convention delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/dfldelegates?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2008 22:00:00 -0500 Candidates for Minnesota's 3rd district hold first debate The three major party candidates hoping to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad appeared on stage together for the first time Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/21/3rd_district_debate?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:42:51 -0500 DFL candidate Ashwin Madia outlines plan to wean U.S. off foreign oil Madia wants to eliminate $14 billion in tax breaks for oil companies and spend the money to research and encourage the use of alternative energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/madia_energy?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:41:13 -0500 DFL challenger Tinklenberg rips Bachmann on energy policy Sixth District DFL congressional candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg called for conservation and alternatives to lower the price of gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/tinklenberg_bachmann_energy?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:53:36 -0500 Indian Americans fuel Madia's fundraising success Minnesota DFL congressional candidate Ashwin Madia, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from India, has received an outpouring of financial support from Indian Americans around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/madiamoney?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Day way behind in fundraising race Despite a long career in public office, Republican congressional candidate and state Sen. Dick Day is trailing badly in the money race in Minnesota's 1st District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/dayfundraising?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:35:09 -0500 Ventura says he's not running After months of stoking speculation, former Gov. Jesse Ventura finally put it to rest last night. He made the announcement on CNN's Larry King Live that he will not run for U.S. Senate this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/venturapreview?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 20:00:19 -0500 Money race is close in 3rd District Democratic congressional candidate Ashwin Madia says he raised more money than Republican Erik Paulsen in the latest fundraising period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/madiamoney?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:32:23 -0500 Paulsen House campaign boasts big donations Republican 3rd District Congressional candidate Erik Paulsen says his fundraising has topped the $1 million mark. Paulsen is running for the seat held by retiring Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/paulsen?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 07:25:58 -0500 Rep. Kline calls for increase in domestic energy supplies Speaking in front of the Prairie Island nuclear plant, Kline said the country needs a multi-pronged approach to meeting its energy needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/kline_energy?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 16:57:54 -0500 Canada looms large in U.S. health care debate As U.S. politicians debate what to do about the 47 million Americans without health insurance, in the background of the discussion stands another country's health care system: Canada's single payer health system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/canadian_healthcare?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Some voters favor both Obama and Coleman Why do a sizable number of Minnesota voters appear ready to vote for Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Norm Coleman? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/obamacoleman?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 13:57:34 -0500 McCain addresses voters' questions, blasts opponent At a forum in St. Paul Thursday night, presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain drew sharp contrasts between his Democratic opponent Barack Obama and himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/mccainupdate?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 17:23:57 -0500 Adding up John McCain's fundraising By law, a law co-sponsored by presidential candidate John McCain, the most you can give a presidential candidate this year is $4,600. But by partnering with the Republican Party, McCain is able to ask Minnesotans to give as much as $50,000 at a fundraiser in Minneapolis on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/mccain_funds?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Some Clinton supporters became Obama supporters Polls taken last year at this time showed Hillary Clinton with a commanding 15 point lead over any of her Democratic rivals. But the tide turned at different points for different voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/clintongoodbye?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 22:49:18 -0500 Thirty years ago it was the Republicans' year This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the biggest political turnarounds in Minnesota history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/29/massacre?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 02:50:00 -0500 Residents, officials begin assessing damage, determining next steps Today, Hugo residents tried to understand the extent of the damage of a tornado that swept through their community leaving a 2-year-old boy dead and 17 people hospitalized. Late this afternoon Gov. Tim Pawlenty declared the area a disaster zone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/storm_main?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 16:55:33 -0500 Locals wary of property tax cap The Legislature has passed a measure to hold down property taxes, but some worry the cap will come at the expense of local control, road maintenance and health care programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/proptaxcap?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 18:13:57 -0500 If choosing a president were like hiring a CEO... There are a slew of online quizzes designed to match voters with the presidential candidate who most closely shares their politics. Most of the quizzes focus on the issues, but there is one that examines a completely different aspect of the candidates -- their leadership skills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/leadership?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Exploring the partisan gap Why can't Republicans and Democrats work together to solve problems? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/divide?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 How Hillary Clinton won my vote Hillary Clinton won a vote in an unlikely way from Pam Jones this year. It was when Jones was making get-out-the-vote calls on behalf of Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/hillaryvoter?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Accountants: Franken's tax problems should have been caught Tax experts say Al Franken's accountant should have known that Franken needed to pay taxes in the 19 different states where Franken earned money in the last four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/accountants?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Bachmann's DFL challengers face off Saturday There are two Democrats who want to challenge Republican Michele Bachmann for her seat in Congress: Elwyn Tinklenberg and Bob Olson. One of them will get the party's endorsement this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/sixthdist?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Pelosi meets with Minnesota vets U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi heard from a group of Minnesota veterans today about the quality of care and benefits they receive from the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/pelosi_vets?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:51:35 -0500 DFLers square off in the 3rd District DFL delegates in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District will try to choose a candidate Saturday to run for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/thirddistrict?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 02:30:00 -0500 How John McCain won one Minnesotan's vote John McCain won St. Olaf senior Andrew Foxwell's vote with the help of an online quiz. But it was following the Republican presidential candidate on the campaign trail that really inspired him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/mccainvoter?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Republicans face off for 1st District endorsement Republicans in southern Minnesota meet Saturday to endorse a candidate for Congress. But whomever they choose will face a primary election battle before he can run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/firstdist?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Franken holds Capitol event, challenges Coleman's record Senator Norm Coleman officially launches his re-election campaign tomorrow. At a state Capitol rally this morning, DFL challenger Al Franken attacked Coleman's record in the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/franken?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:13:20 -0500 The making of the vice president There has been lots of speculation about running mates lately: Will Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama join forces for a so-called "dream ticket?" Might Gov. Tim Pawlenty be angling to run alongside John McCain? History has some clues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/veep?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 The day you won my vote: Evy Engrav-Lano Minnesota Public Radio is collecting stories about that moment a voter goes from being undecided to supporting a candidate. Barack Obama won a vote this week from Evy Engrav-Lano of Minnetonka. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/lanoobama?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 15:42:33 -0500 DFLers dial for delegates in race to replace Ramstad The DFL is hoping to win the seat that currently belongs to U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., who is retiring after this year. But first they have to settle on a candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/thirddistrict?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 One DFLer drops out of 3rd District race Edina Mayor Jim Hovland has suspended his campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/hovlandout?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:58:23 -0500 Female friends conflicted over Clinton candidacy This could be a make-or-break day for Hillary Clinton. After a long losing streak, she is hoping to make a comeback in the Texas and Ohio primaries. Minnesota Public Radio recently asked a group of women to reflect on Clinton's campaign to be America's first female president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/clintoncampaign?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Higher gas tax not playing well in Anoka An unscientific survey in a district represented by a Republican who voted for the veto override finds drivers upset about the prospect of paying higher gas taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/gasvox?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:14:59 -0600 U of M research explains Obama's marketing savvy Barack Obama's rivals have criticized his stump speeches for emphasizing sweeping rhetoric over policy specifics. But new research from the University of Minnesota suggests that relative lack of detail may be a savvy marketing ploy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/marketing?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Why Dems rule the city -- Republicans, the outer ring Is there something about breathing city air that turns you into a Democrat? Something about the suburbs that breeds Republicans? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/suburbpolitics?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans react to Romney withdrawal Some high-profile Minnesota Republicans are feeling low this afternoon with the news that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is dropping out the presidential race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/07/romneyreact?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 16:21:35 -0600 Caucus goers turn out in record numbers Minnesota's precinct caucuses shattered their attendance records last night for both Republicans and DFLers: More than 200,000 DFLers and 60,000 Republicans caucused. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/turnout?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 01:11:02 -0600 Younger voters look for a new kind of politics How are people under 30 -- a generation demographers have dubbed the "Millennials" -- politically different than Americans their age have been in the past? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/millenials?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Facebook face-off: Are candidates sites really working? Eric Cannedy, Jessica Gleason and Chris Strouth, social networking and graphic design experts from the Public Insight Network, critique the Senate candidates' MySpace and Facebook pages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/01/25_facebook_slideshow/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:30:26 -0600 Senate candidates learn the pitfalls of online politics Many candidates are now trying to use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook to recruit volunteers, communicate with supporters and get their messages out online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/socialnetworking?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Obama inspires black Minnesotans You have to wonder what Martin Luther King would say. Forty years after Dr. King's death, for the first time, a black man has a real shot at the White House. What does Barack Obama's candidacy mean to African-Americans in Minnesota? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/21/mlkobama?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Many Mormons back Romney, but say it's not just faith Minnesota's 28,000 Mormons are probably watching Tuesday's Michigan presidential primary more closely than most Minnesotans. Michigan is seen as key for former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., who would be America's first Mormon president if he makes it to the White House. What does Romney's candidacy mean to Minnesota Mormons? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/mormons?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 17:30:00 -0600 Minn. Clinton, Obama supporters react to NH primary Supporters of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in Minnesota watched the returns from Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Obama's supporters were disappointed in his second-place showing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/09/clintonobama_supporters?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2008 07:46:20 -0600 Not all Minnesota evangelicals back Huckabee Not all Minnesota evangelical Christians are sold on GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, but a number of them say they like what they see. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/evangelicals?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 16:02:30 -0600 Will Iowa affect Minnesota voters? Why would voters in other states like Minnesota care what Iowans think? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/02/iowaminnesota?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2008 15:10:00 -0600 Video blogger learns YouTube stardom has a price Minnesota native John Holden recently found himself a YouTube star. It sounds like a dream come true for a video blogger, but it wasn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/holden?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Car caper leads to self-serve slaughterhouse A story of true crime that begins in a parking lot and ends in a do-it-yourself slaughterhouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/15/chickencaper?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Maintenance man rocks his office building after hours Maintenance man doesn't sound like a dream job for an aspiring rock star, but Twin Cities songwriter Jason Shannon was able to marry his day job with his music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/23/singingjanitor?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 12:46:43 -0500 What about Iraq? As the Iraq Study Group releases its report on America's future in Iraq, a group that included academics, military personnel, veterans and concerned citizens discussed America's policy options in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/05/iraqfuture?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2006 02:37:00 -0600 Hatch says no need to charge more than $4 in discounters' generic drug programs Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch says there's no state law that requires Wal-Mart and Target to price certain mesdications above $4 in their generic drug program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/drugs_follow?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Not all $4 generic meds cost just $4 Target and Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest discount retailers, have been trumpeting the nationwide rollout of their new prescription drug programs. But in Minnesota, some of those drugs will cost more than $4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/29/drugs?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2006 19:54:18 -0600 Ford workers make tough decisions Monday night was the deadline for 1,700 St. Paul Ford workers to choose whether to stay on until the plant closes in 2008 or accept one of as many as eight buyout options. Two workers made different decisions, and have very different feelings about leaving Ford Motor Co. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/fordworkers?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 06:11:09 -0600 When crime happens to you When crime really hits home, and you are facing a mugger or thief, what do you do? There are only two basic reactions: You can surrender and cooperate, or you can fight back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/loopvictims?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Did Charles Dickens invent Christmas? On a recent visit to the Twin Cities, the author Salman Rushdie joked that Charles Dickens was the man who invented including Christmas. Historians give Dickens credit for popularizing the holiday after it was suppressed by the Puritans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/24_gilbertc_historyxmas/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2005 15:55:00 -0600 Descendants of abolitionist explore their family ties American history buffs may remember William Lloyd Garrison, known for his passionate anti-slavery views in the 1800s. Earlier this month, 150 of Garrison's descendants converged on suburban Boston to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. MPR's Curtis Gilbert gives us a first-hand account. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/15_gilbertc_garrisonreunion/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2005 15:41:00 -0500