Minnesota Public Radio features by Brandt Williams http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=73 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:48:46 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Brandt Williams http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Twins Perkins and Suzuki close a busy All-Star week with an AL win he game ends the nearly week long celebration of baseball. And officials with the city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Twins say there will be lasting impact from the game for years to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/twins-pitcher-perkins-closes-busy-all-star-week?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:30:17 -0500 Cespedes wins the Home Run Derby, Morneau and Dozier win the local crowd Though the rules changed this year to showcase more players and speed up at-bats, the point of the derby remained the same: To win, a player had to hit the most home runs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/cespedes-wins-the-derby-morneau-and-dozier-with-the-crowd?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:41:40 -0500 Harteau again seeks to reassure Minneapolis residents after more gun violence Overall shooting calls in the city have increased 23 percent so far this year over the same period last year and are up nearly 48 percent over the number reached by this time two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/harteau-tours-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:35:24 -0500 Man charged with murders in 1998 Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman credited the determination of Minneapolis homicide investigators and improvements in DNA technology for helping to identify a suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/man-charged-with-murders-from-1988?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:13:31 -0500 Arrests made in Mpls. weekend violence; chief appeals to community for help The killings were part of a violent weekend in the city, which also included a pair of stabbings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/arrests-made-in-mpls-weekend-violence?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:07:48 -0500 Two killed, three injured in separate north Minneapolis shootings The homicides are the 15th and 16th committed in the city so far this year. In north Minneapolis, reports of shootings are up nearly 50 percent over this same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/05/north-minneapolis-shootings?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:06:12 -0500 Wave of police early retirements opens door to new hires Anyone who wants to be become a police officer in Minnesota will find it a good time to look for work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/30/minneapolis-police-department-hiring?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:54 -0500 High Somali-American turnout on first day of absentee in-person voting City officials say more than 300 people voted at City Hall today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/absentee-inperson-voting?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:25:22 -0500 Minnesota fans turn out for workday World Cup game World Cup watchers gathered in full force in downtown Minneapolis Thursday to watch the U.S. team advance to the next round of play, even as it lost to Germany 1-0. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/world-cup-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:23:15 -0500 Police: Reservist accidently shot by roommate A member of the Minnesota Air Reserve was shot in the thigh by one of his roommates in a Richfield apartment earlier this week, according to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/police-reservist-accidently-shot-by-roommate?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:04:57 -0500 Hennepin County will no longer hold inmates for immigration officials without court order Immigrant rights advocates and civil libertarians hailed the decision as a way to help build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement -- and save taxpayer dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/hennepin-county-will-no-longer-hold-inmates-for-immigration-officials-without-court-order?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:43 -0500 Family cries foul at verdict in Minneapolis grocery shooting case A Hennepin County jury convicted Zakaria Yusuf of St. Paul of attempted murder, first and second degree assault and illegal possession of a gun. The shooting, which police called gang related, was one of several violent confrontations between young Somali men in Minneapolis last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/zakaria-yusuf-verdict?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:31:02 -0500 Fight erupts at peace vigil for slain Minneapolis teen Even so, the mother of 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson, who was shot and killed early Sunday in north Minneapolis, made a passionate plea Wednesday for peace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/fight-breaks-out-at-vigil-for-slain-minneapolis-teen?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:59:53 -0500 Report reveals more details on house fire that killed 5, but source still unknown City records show an inspector cited the property for lack of electricity in August and threatened to condemn it. The inspector also noted "additional electrical problems." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/colfax-house-fire-report-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:59:49 -0500 Flooding strains sewage system, beaches closed People who live next to Minnehaha Creek are eyeing the water nervously this morning as more rain threatens to flood homes along the waterway. The National Weather service says nearly 5 inches of rain fell in some areas around Lake Minnetonka by Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/torrential-rain-leaves-flooding-in-metro-creeks?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:40:39 -0500 A reluctant witness in gang-related shooting trial The shooting, which police say is gang related, was one of a number of violent confrontations between young Somali men to occur in Minneapolis that year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/gang-shooting-trial?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 16:47:34 -0500 Cops find social media an effective tool to catch criminals Combing Facebook, Twitter and other sites is standard procedure now for police as they pursue cases. Some suspects make it easy when they post pictures of their law breaking or incriminate themselves with their online words -- or sometimes music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/social-media-tool-for-catching-criminals?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Across the US and Minnesota, bowed heads of thanks on Memorial Day President Barack Obama, who just returned just hours earlier from a surprise visit with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, paid tribute to those lost in battle there and elsewhere over history. He called them "patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice" for their country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/26/memorial-day?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2014 11:17:03 -0500 Canoeists, rafters urged to stay off of Minnehaha Creek Lake Minnetonka, which feeds the creek, has become so swollen from the rainfall, district officials have had to discharge water from the lake into the creek via the Gray's Bay Dam. This has caused the conditions on Minnehaha Creek to become unsafe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/canoeists-rafters-urged-to-say-off-of-minnehaha-creek?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 19:25:07 -0500 After tornado recovery, north Minneapolis tackles social issues Members of the Northside Community Response Team say they are working to find ways to bring jobs and economic growth to north Minneapolis, where nearly 70 percent of northside residents receive some form of government assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/north-minneapolis-tornado-recovery?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 17:50:03 -0500 Judge gives lighter sentence to Mpls. gang member An admitted Minneapolis gang member convicted of several gun charges was sentenced to six years in prison Monday in Hennepin County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/19/gang-sentencing?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 16:32:37 -0500 Target Field light rail station opens today Target Field Station will function as a transit hub. The station includes a platform that will serve the new Green Line trains, which start running June 14 between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/17/target-field-light-rail-station-opens-today?refid=0 Sat, 17 May 2014 06:15:35 -0500 Mpls. Police plot plan to stop summer shootings Starting in June, teams of law enforcement officers will patrol neighborhoods that have seen the most violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/summer-crime-spike?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:10:34 -0500 Mpls. police file new charges in 1999 murder case According to the complaint, 32-year-old Earl Vang was one of two men who shot and killed Miguel McElroy outside of a north Minneapolis convenience store on July 9, 1999. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/1999-murder-case-charges?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 11:42:01 -0500 Five charged with conspiring to provide guns to gang members They also are charged with giving the weapons to people they knew or should have known were under indictment and had been convicted of a crime and receiving and possessing firearms subject to interstate commerce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/five-charged-for-conspiring-to-provide-guns-to-gang-members?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 16:15:41 -0500 Two men charged in assault that injured 9-year-old girl Hennepin County prosecutors have charged two Minneapolis men with first-degree assault on a 9-year-old girl following an incident Sunday in which one of the men used bricks to smash its windows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/two-men-charged-in-assault-that-injured-9yearold-girl?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 15:40:12 -0500 Gun control bill passes through Minn. House, Senate Under a bill approved Tuesday by both houses of the Legislature, people convicted of fifth degree assault, domestic assault or domestic assault by strangulation who are later arrested with firearms can now receive the harshest prison sentences allowed under state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/gun-control-bill?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 12:51:22 -0500 Suit alleges Mpls. police shot Terrance Franklin as he tried to surrender The complaint contradicts police accounts which claim they shot Franklin after he managed to grab an officer's gun and wound two officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/terrance-franklin-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 14:08:12 -0500 Charges: Man killed neighbor over deer dispute According to the charges, on Monday Neal Curtis Zumberge fired a 12-gauge shotgun at Todd Stevens, fatally wounding him. Zumberge, 57, also shot Jennifer Damerow Cleven, who survived, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/charges-man-killed-neighbor-over-deer-dispute-?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 16:17:13 -0500 Electric car charging stations come to Minneapolis Most of the money for the stations came from a $220,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the rest came from the city and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/mpls-to-install-39-charging-stations-for-electric-cars?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 16:08:06 -0500 Maple Grove woman faces misdemeanor charges over pond crash Marion Guerrido, 23, faces misdemeanor charges for driving without a driver's license and driving without insurance, and a petty misdemeanor for not properly restraining one of the five children in the car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/misdemeanor-charges-pond-crash?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 12:31:36 -0500 Minn. House passes gun restrictions for abusers The Minnesota House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to let judges demand that people served with domestic abuse protection orders surrender their guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/minnesota-house-gun-restrictions?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:23:54 -0500 Northside group asking for apology from MPD About a dozen residents met with Minneapolis police officials last week to talk about a recent encounter with the police. Some say the underlying cause of such incidents is racial profiling - that police are targeting them because of the color of their skin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/northside-group-asking-for-apology-from-mpd?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:38:56 -0500 Plans to help homeless suburban youth go forward Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative's director, Lee Blons, says Beacon has secured a site near Southdale Mall to provide housing and other services for suburban homeless youth. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/04/plans-to-help-homeless-suburban-youth-go-forward/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:11:05 -0500 Prescription drug drop-off day: Here's where to go Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says unused drugs are often misused, and misuse often leads to abuse of illegal drugs, such as heroin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/26/prescription-drug-dropoff-day-heres-where-to-go?refid=0 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:44:06 -0500 Gun incidents, violent crime up in Minneapolis A new report defines gun-related incidents as reports of people shot at, wounded by gunfire, guns being fired or used in some other form of crime. In 2012 there were 1,025 such reports, the city said. In 2013 that number increased to 1,442. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/gun-incidents-violent-crime-up-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:56:54 -0500 State Patrol: 550 cited for texting, driving during 10 day crackdown Minnesota law enforcement officers issued 550 citations for texting while driving during a 10 day distracted driving enforcement campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/state-patrol-500-cited-for-texting-driving-during-10-day-crackdown?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:43:04 -0500 For Minneapolis police liaison, community trust built one handshake at a time Sherman Patterson brings a unique background to the work of building relationships. He's a retired soldier, a mentor to kids on the north side, and nephew of a heavyweight boxing champion. Patterson is also the recipient of a $100,000 Bush Foundation Fellowship, which he says he'll use to help keep kids away from guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/sherman-patterson?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:41:41 -0500 Two juveniles charged in string of robberies in SW Minneapolis, Edina Prosecutors charged a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old, both of Minneapolis, with numerous counts of aggravated robbery and assault. They say the robbery spree happened last month, and included attacking a man who got off the bus and stabbing him in the neck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/sw-minneapolis-edina-robberies?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:38 -0500 Minneapolis police brutality lawsuits renew civilian questions about force discipline A Minneapolis police officer at the center of two police brutality lawsuits that have cost the city more than $400,000 has also been investigated more than a dozen times. Yet so far, Officer Michael Griffin has never been disciplined. Critics say Griffin's case raises questions about the city's system of oversight and discipline for officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/minneapolis-police-brutality-lawsuits?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:41:22 -0500 Gun thefts from dealers down in Minnesota Gun dealers are required to report lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours. The number of lost or stolen guns from FFLs has dropped since 2012 when 169 were reported missing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/gun-thefts-from-dealers-down-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:16:37 -0500 Smallest opening day crowd ever at Target Field as Twins fall to Oakland Twins officials say the 35,837 fans in the stands watched another disappointing stat unfold, too: This was the Twins third home opener loss in row. The A's beat the home team 8 to 3. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/twins-opening-day?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:55:45 -0500 Report: Immigrants in Minn. live in isolation and fear Many immigrants and refugees in Minnesota face barriers to equal access in employment, education, health care and other basic needs, according to a report released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/minnesota-immigrants-refugees?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:25:12 -0500 Twins unveil new Target Field eats The new food options include the porketta 'slugger' from Chisholm's Spike said Valentini's, rib tips from The Butcher and the Boar, and Kramarczuk's offering of a hot dog inside a bratwurst, wrapped in bacon. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/04/ballpark-food-not-just-hotdogs-anymore/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:29:35 -0500 Groundskeepers rush to get Target Field ready as Twins' home opener nears Snow removal has taken more time this year because of the heavy snows this winter, head groundskeeper Larry DiVito said. Workers have been melting snow and ice in the stands hosing them down with hot water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/groundskeepers-rush-to-get-target-field-ready?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:10:56 -0500 Bills that would bar domestic abusers from keeping guns gain support at Minn. Legislature Gun control bills typically don't gain traction in election years, but a couple of proposals are moving through the Legislature this session. Unlike the sweeping proposals that failed last year, the bills this session are more modest and have bipartisan support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/politics/minnesota-gun-control-bills?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:27:54 -0500 Twins installing metal detectors at Target Field Major League Baseball is requiring all teams to have new security measures in place by the 2015 season but has not told teams how they must do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/twins-installing-metal-detectors-at-target-field?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:24:56 -0500 Law enforcement cracks down on seat belts Drivers who don't wear their seat belts or use proper restraints for their children may end up with a traffic ticket this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/22/law-enforcement-cracks-down-on-seat-belts?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:18:53 -0500 Couple with $2.6M in assets charged with welfare fraud Hennepin County prosecutors have charged a couple with assets of more than $2.6 million with welfare fraud for living a lavish lifestyle while collecting nearly $168,000 in benefits from the state of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/couple-with-26-million-in-assets-charged-with-welfare-fraud?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:20:26 -0500 Bill would force drivers to stop for any collision, end 'didn't know' defense Supporters of the bill say it would close a loophole in current law that lets people avoid liability by saying they didn't stop because they didn't know they hit something. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/politics/collision-bill?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:37:59 -0500 2 gun bills set for commttee hearings Thursday One would create new rules for people who want to carry a handgun in the Capitol and other state buildings. Another would expand current law to prohibit people convicted of stalking and other crimes from possessing long guns, not just pistols. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/2-gun-bills-set-for-commttee-hearings?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:12:24 -0500 7 years after Mpls. murder, a confession and forgiveness Sterling Horton, 17, a senior at Wayzata High School, died while walking home from a friend's house in north Minneapolis. His mother Doris Young McNeal has endured many sleepless nights since then. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/news/minneapolis-murder-confession?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:01:26 -0500 Plan for safety this St. Patrick's Day weekend The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding people celebrating this weekend and on St. Patrick's Day to avoid drinking and driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/16/plan-for-safety-this-st-patricks-day-weekend-?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:12:58 -0500 Minneapolis on pace for record number of fire deaths In the wake of 10 deaths caused by fires in Minneapolis so far this year, chiefs from across the region gathered Friday to talk about fire safety and prevention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/fire-safety?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:36:39 -0500 Mom of murdered teen sees killer sentenced More than seven years after 17-year-old Sterling Horton was shot and killed, Tarius Gresham confessed to the crime and was sentenced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/man-sentenced?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:54:12 -0500 Despite vow to stay clean, Mpls. man found guilty of illegal gun possesion Minneapolis police officers arrested Jiyaad Copeland on May 22, 2013, after they found him in a black Dodge Durango with four other young men and two handguns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/news/jiyaad-copeland-guilty-verdict?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:56:35 -0500 Man stays in trouble over guns Jiyaad Copeland was 19 years old when he spoke to MPR News from Lino Lakes prison in 2011. Now he's on trial again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/gun-trial?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:42:13 -0500 Two charged in Eden Prairie gym beating Prosecutors have filed felony charges against two men suspected of robbing and beating a man in a Lifetime Fitness locker room Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/lifetime-beating?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:50:33 -0500 Bill that allows clemency for juvenile prisoners advances Proponents of the bill say there is strong scientific research showing that the brains of people under 18 are still developing and that that has an effect on a young person's ability to make rational decisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/bill-that-allows-clemency-for-juvenile-prisoners-advances?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:47:02 -0600 Airport noise subject of Capitol hearing tonight Residents who live near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could hear their complaints about airplane noise discussed at a legislative hearing tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/news/airport-noise-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:38:39 -0600 Charges filed in Mpls. murder Prosecutors say Shane Maurice McPike, 35, took part in the murder of 34-year-old Adrian Carr of St. Louis Park on Feb. 23, according to the charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/news/minneapolis-murder-charges?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:10:35 -0600 Minnesota gun carry permits nearly doubled in 2013, data show The big year-to-year jump may be a statistical quirk, since 2013 was a big renewal year. Still, some of the increases were partly reactions to events in the news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/news/handgun-permits?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:50:52 -0600 Ride sharing company Lyft comes to Minneapolis Lyft allows people to use their own cars to give other people rides. Riders can use a mobile phone app to find a participating driver in their area. The company is already operating in St. Paul and about 20 other cities around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/lyft-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:09:56 -0600 A dog, a threat, a gun: Minneapolis case raises questions over what is terror A couple walking their dog in northeast Minneapolis on a spring night last year say they turned around to see a man they had just passed on the sidewalk pointing a gun in their direction. He said he was defending himself against their dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/26/minnesota-terroristic-threats?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Charges filed in north Mpls. murder The Hennepin County Attorney's Office today charged a Minneapolis man with aiding and abetting the murder of a man in north Minneapolis last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/news/minneapolis-murder-charges?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:17:28 -0600 Minneapolis gang member smuggles sensitive documents out of jail, posts on Facebook Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman fears the incident will hurt prosecutors' efforts to convince people to cooperate with law enforcement -- and especially to come forward and testify in gang-related cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/gang-member-court-documents?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:30:19 -0600 Minn. cops sue NFL over handgun ban in stadiums A pair of groups representing Minnesota law enforcement officers filed a lawsuit against the NFL today in Hennepin County District Court on the grounds that the league's ban on hand guns in stadiums should not apply to police officers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/02/18/minn-cops-sue-nfl-over-handgun-ban-in-stadiums/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:29:22 -0600 After good Samaritan's slaying, pastor leads neighborhood outreach "We want to ask these people how they are doing, how are they coping in the midst of the recent murder. We want to let people know they don't have to be hostage -- they don't have to be paralyzed by fear in their own community," said pastor Harding Smith http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/after-good-samaritans-slaying-pastor-leads-neighborhood-outreach?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 05:42:40 -0600 Court rules cop who ran red light immune from lawsuit The court reversed a lower court ruling that questioned whether the deputy driving the marked SUV that struck a car driven by Jolene Vassallo should have been granted immunity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/vassallo-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:25:36 -0600 2 dead in Hwy 212 shooting were auto theft suspects, police say According to court records, Olmsted County issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Matthew Serbus and 34-year-old Dawn Pfister on Jan. 28, after they failed to appear at a hearing to face motor vehicle theft charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/highway-212-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:54:47 -0600 2 dead after police chase on Hwy 212 Two people are dead after a morning police chase and shooting on Highway 212 in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Patrol said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/news/police-chase?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:32:46 -0600 Mpls. unveils interactive online crime map Residents can use the map to get daily updates about serious crimes such as assaults, robberies, homicides and burglaries reported throughout the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/news/minneapolis-crime-map?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:55:53 -0600 Mpls. caucus rescheduled after dispute A Minneapolis precinct caucus that was shut down Tuesday after an altercation will reconvene in a few weeks, Ken Martin, chair of the Minnesota DFL said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/politics/minneapolis-caucus-rescheduled?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:39:20 -0600 Cell phone thefts fuel robbery spike in Twin Cities Robberies rose 9 percent in St. Paul and nearly 8 percent in Minneapolis. People distracted by their phones are often targets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/news/twin-cities-robberies?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:07:25 -0600 Tougher gun laws may not deter most persistent offenders, data show MPR News examined hundreds of Hennepin County cases charged in adult court last year that involved gun-related crimes. In many cases, suspected gunmen are already legally banned from possessing guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/news/hennepin-county-gun-crime?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:19:13 -0600 Police: Shots fired in Mpls. fugitive chase Minneapolis police say shots were fired Wednesday as police and members of a U.S. Marshall's task force pursued a fugitive in northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/news/minneapolis-fugitive-chase?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:13:03 -0600 Minneapolis robberies, shootings rise in 2013, other crimes drop The number of burglaries was down, but there was an increase in shootings, particularly in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/minneapolis-violent-crime?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:06:55 -0600 One body identified from Cedar-Riverside fire debris A body recovered at the site of a building explosion and fire in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on New Year's Day, was identified late Friday as Ahmed Farah Ali. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/news/cedar-riverside-fire-body?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:02:45 -0600 Authorities: body found after Cedar-Riverside fire; gas seen as possible cause "Today our task is to find people who are missing and unaccounted for," Hussein Ahmed, director of the West Bank Community Coalition said Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/news/minneapolis-building-explosion-fire?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:03:59 -0600 Players saddened, not surprised by Frazier firing Some Vikings players including defensive end Jared Allen say they heard about the firing of head coach Leslie Frazier Monday morning at a team meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/sports/vikings-frazier-firing-player-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:40:35 -0600 Judge orders Vegas stowaway to remain at youth facility During a juvenile hearing today, District Court Judge Joseph Klein determined that boy is better off in out-of-home placement than with his parents while his case proceeds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/boy-ordered-to-remain-in-youth-facility?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:08:45 -0600 Mpls. Police Chief 'perplexed' by Dayton's objections over use of state police Gov. Dayton said he was concerned that calling in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate incidents of violence involving Minneapolis police might change the primary role of the BCA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/mpls-police-chief-perplexed-by-daytons-objections-over-use-of-state-police?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:45:39 -0600 One year after Sandy Hook, gun control advocates look toward next session In Minnesota, lawmakers failed to pass any new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., killings. Gun control advocates say they will push again to expand background checks on gun purchases to include private sales. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/12/one-year-after-sandy-hook-gun-control-advocates-look-toward-next-session/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:36:58 -0600 One year after Sandy Hook, gun control advocates look toward next session In Minnesota, lawmakers failed to pass any new gun laws during this year's legislative session. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/12/one-year-after-sandy-hook-gun-control-advocates-look-toward-next-session/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:25:00 -0600 Charges: Brooklyn Park man posed as cop, then raped woman Prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old Brooklyn Park man with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, alleging he posed as a police officer then abducted and sexually assaulted a woman in Fridley last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/13/news/brooklyn-park-charges?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:19:52 -0600 Complaint seeks to delay stadium area development vote The injunction seeks to prevent the Minneapolis City Council from voting on measures related to the Downtown East development project proposed near the new Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/11/court-order-seeks-to-delay-stadium-area-development-vote/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:46:08 -0600 Mpls. City Councilor Samuels: Justice Dept. probed non-profit ties Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels said the U.S. Justice Department investigated his ties to a non-profit group headed by his wife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/politics/don-samuels-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:06:17 -0600 Minneapolis may offer Global Market a financial break The Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday will discuss measures intended to help the cash-strapped Midtown Global Market. The city's Community Development Committee will consider forgiving more than a million dollars the Market owes to the city, as well as whether to contribute a $150,000 parking subsidy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/business/midtown-global-market-loan-subsidy-aid?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Twins sign pitcher Ricky Nolasco Right-handed pitcher Ricky Nolasco has signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins guaranteeing the veteran pitcher a salary of $12 million a year for four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/news/twins-pitcher-ricky-nolasco?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:26:55 -0600 Minneapolis city hiring freeze up for review The council passed the hiring freeze five years ago during a period of financial instability for the city and the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/government/minneapolis-city-hiring-freeze-up-for-review?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:47:53 -0600 Grand Meadow, Chatfield victorious in Prep Bowl high school football championships Undefeated teams from Mahnomen, Hutchinson and Eden Prairie will all defend their titles this year. Three other teams playing for trophies also have perfect seasons entering the championships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/undefeated-high-school-football-teams-head-to-metrodome-for-prep-bowl-championships?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:34:39 -0600 Three surviving kids in critical condition after crash into pond Three children are in critical condition after being trapped underwater when a car veered off the road into a St. Louis Park storm water pond Thursday. Two of the children are showing signs of improvement and have become "responsive." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/trapped-underwater-surviving-kids?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:58:14 -0600 Mpls. man charged in alleged dog fighting ring The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged a Minneapolis man on Friday for his alleged role in a dog fighting ring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/dog-fighting-charges?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:53:05 -0600 Henn. Co. black female officer complains of racial, sexual harassment The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has for decades had a work environment that is hostile to black women, say two officers who complain of persistent sexual harassment and discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/news/hennepin-county-female-officer-harrasment?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Judge to review mental health of accused Oakdale killer A Washington County judge today will review the mental health status of accused murderer Nhan Lap Tran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/news/nhan-lap-tran-mental-health-status?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:48:22 -0600 No penalty for Minneapolis cop in deadly motorcycle crash The Minneapolis police officer who hit a motorcycle driven by Ivan Romero Olivares will not face punishment. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/no-penalty-for-minneapolis-cop-in-deadly-chase/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:53:18 -0600 New luxury apartments part of $1B Mpls. building boom Construction workers today placed the final beam atop a 26-story luxury apartment high-rise that signals a new housing boom in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/news/minneapolis-building-boom?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:40:39 -0600 Henn. Co. Commissioner Dorfman will not seek re-election Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman will not run for re-election when her term ends next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/news/dorfman-re-election?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:48:13 -0600 Younger candidates to shape new Minneapolis City Council An election in which three candidates in their 30s won Minneapolis City Council races made it clear that the city's demographics are changing, and voters want younger, newer and more diverse representation. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2672?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Judge: Hennepin pays $1M settlement to former inmate A federal magistrate judge Friday approved a $1 million settlement between Hennepin County and a man with mental illness who partially blinded himself while in the county jail in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/hennepin-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:24:21 -0500 Minneapolis expects smoother voting, quicker results after changes Officials expect winners in all races to be declared by the end of next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/minneapolis-voting?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:13:37 -0500 Veterans march to raise awareness of military suicides According to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 18 and 22 veterans across the country die from suicide every day. The study is based on numbers from fewer than half of U.S. states. Researchers say the government's treatment programs have led to improvements, but that the agency needs to do more to prevent military suicides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/veterans-march-to-raise-awareness-of-military-suicides?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:48:46 -0500 Wearable cameras for Minneapolis police could provide accountability, protection from lawsuits Minneapolis city officials are considering whether to issue wearable cameras to police officers as a way to increase police officer accountability and help defeat frivolous brutality complaints and lawsuits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/news/minneapolis-wearable-cameras-police?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Judge: 9-year-old stowaway not safe in parents' care According to a petition filed last week, the boy had a recent history of leaving home overnight without permission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/9-year-old-stowaway-not-safe-in-parents-care?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:05:10 -0500 Charges: 86-year-old beat to death by 63-year-old assailant So far this year, there have been 33 homicides in Minneapolis. This killing is an outlier because of the ages of the two men involved. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/charges-octogenarian-murdered-by-63-year-old-assailant/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:58:17 -0500 Minneapolis cop lawsuits top $9 million since 2009 Reporter Brandt Williams examines the amount the city of Minneapolis has paid in officer-related lawsuit settlements and judgments over the last few years. The most recent settlement was just last week. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-cop-lawsuits-top-9-million-since-2009/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:19:32 -0500 Obama supporters demonstrate outside shuttered federal office About a dozen volunteers with Organizing for Action, a group that supports President Barack Obama, protested outside the Social Security Administration office urging legislators to reopen the government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/shutdown-protests-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:13:56 -0500 Hennepin County Sheriff's lieutenant files discrimination complaint Lt. June Johnson, an African-American, said a white male supervisor who promoted her told her she only got the promotion because she was black and told her she didn't belong with the department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/lieutenant-files-discrimination-complaint?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:41:46 -0500 Gardenhire will manage Twins through 2015 The Twins announced today that manager Ron Gardenhire's contract has been extended through 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/gardenhire-to-return?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:52:41 -0500 A year after Accent Signage shootings, debate shifts from gun control to mental health After the deadliest workplace shooting in Minnesota history, legislators tried and failed to pass stricter gun laws. However, they did approve measures to keep people with mental illness from acquiring firearms and to fund mental health treatment programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/news/accent-signage-shooting-one-year?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Consulting firm declines to make light rail safety recommendations due to a conflict of interest Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, a member of the Southwest LRT corridor management committee, expressed frustration at the company's actions. "There were assertions made by the railroad there were horrible safety problems," McLaughlin said. "And we went to the people who were supposed to be the best in the country about dealing with safety problems and they took a pass because their funders, the railroad, probably didn't want them to do it. I think it's a crappy way to do business." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/light-rail-safety-consultant-conflict-of-interest?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:15:06 -0500 Autopsy report: Terrance Franklin shot 10 times A detailed autopsy report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office obtained by MPR News found nine bullets entered Terrance Franklin's body, and one bullet grazed his scalp. Most of the shots hit him in the head and neck. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/09/autopsy-report-franklin-shot-ten-times/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:31:59 -0500 Minneapolis cracks down on stray cat feeding The Minneapolis City Council Friday passed an ordinance requiring residents who care for colonies of the cats to register with a sponsoring agency. If you feed the cats, you will now have to make sure they are vaccinated, neutered and implanted with a microchip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/minneapolis-cracks-down-on-stray-cat-feeding?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:36:55 -0500 No charges against Minneapolis police officers in Franklin case No criminal charges will be against Minneapolis police officers involved in the May 10 shooting death of Terrance Franklin, a Hennepin County Grand Jury decided Thursday. The family's attorney has said the family will consider asking for a federal investigation and may file a civil wrongful death lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/news/terrance-franklin-no-charges-mpls-police?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:53:16 -0500 Minn. police chiefs learn from man who led response to Boston Marathon bombing Boston Police Department Superintendent William Evans is in Minnesota to share lessons ahead of the Twin Cities Marathon. Evans ran the Boston Marathon and was then called to respond to the bombing soon after he finished the race. He led the city's emergency response to the bombing and was involved in the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/william-evans-boston-marathon-lessons?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:00:56 -0500 Grand jury testimony today in Terrance Franklin's death Franklin died of gunshot wounds after scuffling with police officers in the basement of a Minneapolis home. Two officers were also wounded during the confrontation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/news/grand-jury-terrance-franklin?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:30:00 -0500 Feral cat management ordinance approved by Minneapolis committee A proposal to manage feral cats in Minneapolis drew passionate public testimony at City Hall today. One opponent of the measure said that cats are non-native to Minnesota and "meet the state's definition of an invasive species." The proposal will go to the full council for a vote Sept. 20. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/news/feral-cat-ordinance?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:33:05 -0500 Teen suspected of shooting baby has turned himself in Teenager who is suspected of accidentally shooting a baby in north Minneapolis has turned himself in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/shooting-baby-suspect-in-custody?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:06:32 -0500 Police urge teenage uncle of baby shot in neck to turn self in A two-month old boy who was shot in the neck Thursday night inside a north Minneapolis home is in critical but stable condition. Police are searching for the baby's teenage uncle who they say accidentally fired the shot before fleeing the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/news/police-uncle-baby-shot?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:46:56 -0500 Minneapolis removing last of trees felled by June storm Minneapolis this week will begin removing stumps and repairing concrete walkways that were damaged during a June storm. City officials say they hope to have the work done by the first of November. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/09/mpls-begins-removing-final-remains-of-trees-felled-by-june-storm/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:35:00 -0500 $11M Mpls. project aims to cut commute times The City of Minneapolis has finished upgrading controllers that manage the flow of traffic in and out of downtown. The goal is to reduce commute times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/minneapolis-traffic-project?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:45:30 -0500 'Move over' drivers. Troopers step up enforcement Labor Day weekend Minnesota State Troopers on Saturday will step up enforcement of the state's "move over" law to mark the anniversary of the death of a fellow trooper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/news/move-over-enforcement?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:04:27 -0500 Southwest Light Rail tunnel proposals would remove hundreds of trees One of the proposed options for the Southwest Light Rail Transit line would destroy a huge swath of trees along the Kenilworth corridor of Minneapolis, a top planning official told members of the Metropolitan Council today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/news/light-rail-tunnel-trees?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:41:49 -0500 Light-rail tunnel foes see water table, environmental issues The Met Council has proposed three options for the new rail line to be built from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. Two options involve tunnels -- either a shallow or a deep tunnel under part of the Kenilworth corridor in southwest Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/environment/lightrail-tunnel-foes-see-water-table-environmental-issues?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:57:49 -0500 Charges: woman stowed man's body in freezer A Shorewood woman is accused of killing her boyfriend and stashing his body in a freezer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/body-freezer?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:50:04 -0500 State Fair opens with new restrictions for smokers The State Fair now has 18 designated smoking areas, and opinions on the new rules were easy to find Thursday as excited fairgoers began trickling through the main gates on Dan Patch Avenue, searching for new attractions and old favorites on opening day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/regional/state-fair-smoking-ban?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:18:38 -0500 Mpls council asks why no disciplinary action against police Some members of the Minneapolis City Council asked pointed questions Wednesday about the city's new system of investigating civilian complaints against Minneapolis police officers. The city recently released a report that found that out of more than 300 complaints filed, so far, none of the cases reviewed by chief Janee Harteau has resulted in disciplinary action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/police-review?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:26:55 -0500 Mpls. Council skeptical of Southwest LRT tunnel plan Some Minneapolis City Council members are skeptical of proposals to build tunnels through parts of the city for the Southwest Light Rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/20/news/southwest-light-rail-tunnel-plan?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:12:50 -0500 Minneapolis launches new website to reunite lost pets with owners The city's animal care and control office takes in nearly 4,000 animals a year. Renae Elert's dog, Tucker, was the first to be reunited with its family through Minneapolis' new lost-pet website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/minneapolis-lost-pets-website?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Report: No punishments yet from Mpls. police brutality charges None of the complaints against Minneapolis police officers filed under the city's new civilian review system have resulted in punishment from the police chief, a city report released Friday shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/news/police-civilian-review-report?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:14:18 -0500 Man killed in river crash was found in back seat of car Darron Luhrsen, 26, of Minneapolis drowned after the Pontiac Sunfire veered off West River Parkway, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. The car crashed through a security fence near the Stone Arch bridge and fell into the river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/15/darron-luhrsen-crash-drowning?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:37:30 -0500 Rybak, Harteau 'appalled' by officers' conduct in Green Bay incident Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Janee Harteau on Tuesday expressed outrage over the behavior of two city police officers heard using profanity and racially offensive language in Green Bay last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/30/news/police-green-bay?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:25:38 -0500 Vigil for Terrell Mayes Jr., toddler killed in 2011 A community vigil will be held this evening in north Minneapolis to remember a toddler killed by a stray bullet in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/news/vigil-terrell-mayes?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:43:00 -0500 Twin Cities Caribbean festival this weekend doubles as nonprofit fundraiser For nearly two decades, Carifest has held annual fundraisers and outdoor festivals featuring the food and music of various Caribbean island nations. The group also raises money to help those nations recover from natural disasters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/twin-cities-caribbean-festival-this-weekend-doubles-as-nonprofit-fundraiser?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:15:18 -0500 Statistics: Most self-defense killings between people of same race Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics between 1980 and 2008 show that most justifiable homicides occur between people of the same race. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/stats-most-self-defense-killings-between-people-of-same-race/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:17:24 -0500 Residents weigh in as Met Council nears key decisions for SW light rail line Some Minneapolis residents who live near a proposed light rail line are becoming increasingly worried as the Metropolitan Council gets closer to making crucial decisions. This week, the Met Council will present a set of cost estimates for the Southwest light rail line at a pair of public meetings. And some fear one cost of the new light rail line will be the degradation of valuable trails and park land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/13/regional/met-council-nears-decisions-on-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Message of hope planned for Mpls. anti-violence rally The organizers of a weekend revival and rally against crime and violence in Minneapolis say they want to reach out directly to people who need help turning their lives around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/13/regional/anti-crime-rally-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:33:45 -0500 Rally organizers want tougher gun laws Organizers of a gun-violence awareness rally today in north Minneapolis say they want to see tougher gun laws at the state and federal levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/news/gun-violence-rally?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:59:00 -0500 Water back on after break that left Target Center dry The water is back on at Target Center after a break in a 16-inch main left the facility without water for most of the day. The water opened a large sinkhole a downtown Minneapolis street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/news/minneapolis-water-main-break?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:28:22 -0500 June storm tree damage called worse than 2011 tornado The Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission still doesn't have a final figure on how many trees were damaged. The city removed more than 2,500 trees after the May 2011 North Minneapolis tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/tree-commission?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:11:10 -0500 Panel presses Mpls. on fighting ash borer Members of the Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission say the city needs to accelerate its efforts to combat the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/07/environment/minneapolis-combats-emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jul 2013 09:59:03 -0500 Man shot dead in south Minneapolis Investigators are interviewing several witnesses, and Police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said there are indications the shooting was not random. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/04/man-shot-dead-in-south-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:39:35 -0500 State health dept. takes back inspection duties from St. Paul An agreement that delegated some of the Minnesota Department of Health's inspection duties to St. Paul city employees is being terminated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/news/news/inspection-agreement?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:43:39 -0500 Boy found hanging from clothesline dies Minneapolis police are investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy who was found hanging from a clothesline last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/news/minneapolis-boy-death?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:32:10 -0500 Sparklers? They're like giving your kid a 'blowtorch' Safety officials are reminding Minnesotans to be careful around fireworks this Fourth of July holiday week. "Even the things we consider to be no big deal are really dangerous," one fire prevention educator says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/news/sparklers-fireworks-safety?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:01:14 -0500 Abortion numbers keep dropping in Minn. The number of abortions performed in Minnesota each year continues to drop, shows a report released Monday from the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/01/health/minnesota-abortions?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:40:19 -0500 New chief tries to repair bad relations between Mpls police and black community The recent shooting death of an African-American man by Minneapolis police officers has tattered the already-frayed ties between the city's black community and the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/bad-relations-minneapolis-police?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Sex offender numbers in North Minneapolis puzzle, rile residents North Minneapolis residents angry about the number of convicted sex offender being relocated to their neighborhoods called on local and state officials Tuesday night to find ways to stop the practice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/news/sex-offender-numbers-in-north-minneapolis-rile-residents?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:09:48 -0500 Amy Senser will not get a new trial The Minnesota Court of Appeals has concluded that the trial court abused its discretion in the Amy Senser vehicular homicide trial, but the judge's errors were not enough to change the verdict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/news/amy-senser-will-not-get-a-new-trial?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:25:20 -0500 ATF publishes new report on lost, stolen guns Last year, 1,353 firearms in Minnesota were reported lost or stolen and logged into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/atf-publishes-new-report-on-lost-stolen-guns/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:29:29 -0500 New tax district brings streetcars in Minneapolis one step closer It's been nearly 60 years since streetcars last ran on tracks in Minneapolis, but they could once again roll through the city's busiest corridors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/business/minneapolis-streetcar-tax-district?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:13:16 -0500 Details of Southwest Light Rail Transit at open houses this week Several public open houses this week are a chance for people to ask questions about the placement of 17 planned stations along the Southwest Light Rail Transit line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/17/news/southwest-light-rail-transit-open-house?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:28:32 -0500 Karkoc's neighbor says alleged Nazi was 'jovial and stuff' The neighbors of an alleged Nazi war criminal living in northeast Minneapolis say they would have never guessed he might have such a dark past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/minneapolis-nazi-neighbors?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:49:43 -0500 Minneapolis voting: More poll workers, better voter education planned City elections officials want to make this fall's election go more smoothly than in past years. Plans focus on shortening wait times at Minneapolis polling places, increasing voter education efforts and reducing the amount of time it will take to count the cast ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/news/minneapolis-voting-system-delays?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:10:00 -0500 Southwest LRT: Residents discuss how light rail can co-exist with freight lines About 100 people gathered Thursday morning in St. Louis Park to view and discuss eight possible ways the Southwest Light Rail transit line can exist near freight rail lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/southwest-lrt-options?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Mpls. tries to fix voting system delays Minneapolis city elections officials Wednesday announced several measures designed to reduce lines at polling places and shorten the time it takes to count ballots cast in this fall's municipal elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/politics/minneapolis-elections?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:28:56 -0500 Two charged in slaying of bar owner Prosecutors say 26-year-old Yia Her, of Oakdale, and his brother-in-law, 22-year-old Cheng Vang, of Minneapolis, confronted the owner of Malina's Sports Bar on North Dale Street just after closing time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/two-charged-in-slaying-of-frogtown-bar-owner?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:50:25 -0500 Gun trouble again for Jiyaad Copeland The Minneapolis man's run-ins with police formed part of our award-winning series on illegal firearms in 2011. Minneapolis police officers arrested Jiyaad Copeland, 21, again, after they allegedly found a Sig Sauer 9mm semi-automatic pistol in a car he was riding in. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/gun-trouble-again-for-subject-of-mpr-firearms-series/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:27:09 -0500 Evaluating mental health of crime suspects a tough task Each year in Minnesota, dozens of people accused of committing gun-related crimes are evaluated to determine if they are mentally competent enough to stand trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/news/rule-20-mental-health-evaluation?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 16:28:02 -0500 Mpls. safety campaign aimed at cyclists and motorists The city of Minneapolis has launched a bicycle safety campaign designed to educate people who ride bikes and drive cars on city streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/regional/minneapolis-bike-safety-campaign?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 10:28:04 -0500 Mpls. to pay $3M settlement for man's death The Minneapolis City Council Friday approved a settlement of more than $3 million in the 2010 case of a man who died after being restrained by police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/mpls-3m-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 17:12:19 -0500 Gun control advocates aim for tougher laws next session State legislators passed a public safety bill with bipartisan support that includes measures to shore up the state's criminal background check system and to fund school safety programs. However, they say the legislation falls short and they plan to try for a more comprehensive bill next session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/politics/legislature-background-checks?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 2 Minnesota women sentenced in Somali terror case The two women convicted of using a charity fundraising network to funnel money to a terrorist group in Somalia were sentenced to prison, in a long-running investigation of al-Shabab recruitment and financing in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/news/women-sentenced-somali-terror-case?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Lack of information frustrates relatives of 2 men killed The investigation continues into the deaths of two men and wounding of two Minneapolis police officers. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau released new information, but grieving relatives of the dead men say they want to know more about what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/news/investigation-minneapolis-police?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Chief: Squad car wasn't speeding before fatal crash Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says the squad car that collided with and killed a motorcyclist last Friday wasn't speeding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/news/harteau-uptown-crash?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 16:18:27 -0500 Kamal Said Hassan, Mahamud Said Omar sentenced in al-Shabab terrorism trial Two Twin Cities men convicted of terrorism-related charges were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. Kamal Said Hassan and Mahamud Said Omar will be spending many years in prison for their roles in the disappearance of nearly two dozen Somali men from the Twin Cities who traveled to Somalia to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/news/sentence-alshabab-terrorism-trial?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Family of man killed by Minneapolis police want answers Family and friends of the man who was shot and killed during an altercation with two Minneapolis police officers say they want answers about what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/news/terrance-franklin?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 17:03:44 -0500 Somalis convicted of terrorism links to be sentenced Among those facing prison time is a man who recruited young Somali men from Minnesota to travel to the Horn of Africa to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/news/somalis-convicted-of-terrorism-links-to-be-sentenced?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 08:37:06 -0500 Amy Senser's appeal will be heard this week The state Court of Appeals this week takes up the case of Amy Senser, wife of former Viking Joe Senser, who was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/amy-senser-appeal?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:02:30 -0500 Police task force seizes 12 pounds of meth A task force seized a large amount of drugs and cash in Minneapolis Friday, according to Hennepin County Sheriff's Office officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/police-task-force-seizes-12-pounds-of-meth?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:08:13 -0500 Chart: Disparity of deaths by firearms shaped by race A charts shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/04/gundeaths/index.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Map: Permit to carry firearms This maps shows counts by county of currently valid permits from applications received May 2003 to December 2012 and valid on or before December 2012. MPR News calculated the number of permits per 1,000 residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/news/map-permit-to-carry-firearms?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Disparity of deaths by firearms shaped by race Research shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans. African-Americans are much more likely to be killed by firearms than whites are in Minnesota. At the same time, whites are more likely than African-Americans to use guns to commit suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/news/research-gun-death-disparity-by-race?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 60 rifles seized from unlicensed gun seller The federal government has seized 60 military-style rifles that prosecutors believe were bought by an unlicensed gun seller in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/news/rifles-seized-from-unlicensed-gun-seller?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:17:29 -0500 Minneapolis officer faces criminal sexual conduct charges A former Minneapolis Police officer facing criminal sexual conduct charges in Anoka County was charged with similar offenses Thursday involving young girls in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/crime/minneapolis-officer-faces-criminal-sexual-conduct-charges?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:02:17 -0500 Nice Ride rentals set to return after storm The fourth season for the Nice Ride bike rental program should be back on track this weekend after a snowstorm last week temporarily shut it down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/14/regional/nice-ride-back-on-track-after-storm?refid=0 Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:13:33 -0500 Twins plan to play weekend home series despite snow The grounds crew at Target Field is busy preparing the snow-covered ballpark for a weekend series between the Twins and the New York Mets, which begins Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/weather/target-field-snow?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:24:03 -0500 Minnesota lawmakers debate competing background check bills Minnesota lawmakers continue to debate two competing background check bills. If a universal background check law is passed by Congress, what does that mean for the debate over gun control at the state Capitol? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/politics/minnesota-lawmakers-debate-competing-background-check-bills?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:24:34 -0500 Comparison of gun bills in Minnesota Legislature A side-by-side comparison of gun control bills currently being considered in the Minnesota Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/04/gunbills/gunbillscompare.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:54:59 -0500 Stanek to consult with Obama in D.C. on gun proposals Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will be in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with President Barack Obama to talk about gun control proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/07/regional/stanek-consults-with-obama-on-gun-proposals?refid=0 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:53:30 -0500 Sellout crowd braves chill at Twins' opening day A sellout crowd braved near-freezing temperatures at Target Field on Monday to watch the Minnesota Twins open the 2013 season against the Detroit Tigers. The Twins lost 4-2 in the earliest outdoor season home opener in team history. The cold may have slowed the Twins batters, but many fans didn't seem to mind the chilly weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/regional/twins-lose-home-opener?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Home opener for Twins: Earliest ever, and chilly The Minnesota Twins played the earliest outdoor home opener in team history on Monday afternoon at Target Field against the Detroit Tigers. Temperatures were expected to be in the 30s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/regional/twins-earliest-opening-day?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:15:22 -0500 'Urgency center' clinic to open in Blaine A new facility opening soon in Blaine will serve people with medical conditions that are not serious enough for an emergency room but still require care unavailable in most medical clinics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/31/health/urgency-center-opening-in-blaine?refid=0 Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:56:19 -0500 Psychological exam: Murder suspect not able to stand trial Washington County officials said Monday a psychological exam of a murder suspect shows the man is not competent to stand trial for a February shooting that took the life of a nine-year-old boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/psych-findings-on-9-yearolds-alleged-shooter?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:23:43 -0500 Background checks at gun shows expected in revamped Minn. House bill After a key lawmaker abandoned his push for universal background checks for gun buyers, House DFLers are now crafting a bill to expand background checks to private sales that occur at gun shows. Lawmakers say the revamped bill will also include provisions that are popular with Republicans and more conservative Democrats. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/politics/house-bill-background-checks-gun-shows?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. gun bill up for committee vote A House proposal to extend background checks to nearly all state gun sales may face a close committee vote Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/background-check-gun-bill-committee-vote?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:02:26 -0500 Guilty verdict in Minnesota Native Mob trial A federal jury in Minneapolis on Tuesday found three men guilty of multiple racketeering charges for their affiliation with a Native American gang. The three men are involved with the Native Mob, which the FBI describes as one of the largest and most violent crime organizations in the country. After deliberating for more than five days, the jury found the three men guilty on several counts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/news/native-mob-trial-verdict?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:20:01 -0500 LRT-vehicle collision at 42nd St in Mpls. Authorities are investigating a vehicle-LRT collision in south Minneapolis, a Metro Transit spokesman said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/news/lrt-vehicle-collision-south-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:53:40 -0500 Eden Prairie man accused of burglarizing assisted-living facilities The Dakota County Attorney's office filed burglary charges this week against an Eden Prairie man suspected of breaking into several assisted-living complexes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/crime/eden-prairie-man-burglarizing-assisted-living-facilities?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:07:46 -0500 Closing arguments made in Native Mob trial Closing arguments are under way Tuesday in the racketeering trial of three men in a Native American gang. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/news/native-mob-trial-closing-arguments?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:47:00 -0500 Broader definition of rape accounts for higher Minneapolis statistics The relatively high rate of rape in Minneapolis compared to other major cities is due to a broader definition of assaults, according to police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/crime/minneapolis-rape-statistics?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:28:38 -0500 Minneapolis enforcement services get boost from Violence Against Women Act The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by Congress earlier this week will have some impact in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/news/minneapolis-enforcement-services-get-boost-from-violence-against-women-act?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:10:09 -0600 ATF to focus on violent crime, official says The new head of the St. Paul branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the agency will focus less on white collar crime in order to crack down on violent crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/news/atf-violent-crime?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:36:14 -0600 Mpls. police chief's night job: Teaching about changing demographics Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau teaches a night class at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis to current and prospective officers about how to better understand the different communities they interact with. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/news/harteau-class-changing-demographics?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:20:04 -0600 Gun control bills differ on universal background checks The gun control debate continues this week at the Capitol with a DFL legislator planning to introduce a bill that will not include universal background checks for gun sales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/news/gun-control-bills-universal-background-checks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:55:09 -0600 Charges filed in Mpls. gang crime spree The Hennepin County Attorney's office on Monday charged three suspected gang members in connection with a series of burglaries and shootings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/news/minneapolis-crime-spree?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:47:30 -0600 Number of handgun permits issued continues to climb The number of Minnesotans with permits to carry handguns in public continues to climb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/law/bca-gun-carry-permit?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:58:26 -0600 Gun control bill introduced in House A House DFL leader announced a gun control bill at the Capitol Thursday, which does not include a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/politics/gun-control-bill-introduced-in-house?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:10:40 -0600 Charges filed in Mpls. kidnapping The Hennepin County Attorney's office filed kidnapping charges Friday against a 30-year-old Minneapolis woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/charges-filed-in-minneapolis-kidnapping?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:43:34 -0600 Ice-related deaths on record pace in Minn. This winter is on pace be one of the deadliest for ice-related fatalities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/ice-related-deaths?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:44:11 -0600 Senate gun hearing draws passionate testimony Gun rights advocates say many of the gun control proposals being considered by state legislators will do more to infringe on their rights than to reduce violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/news/gun-control-proposal-senate-committee?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:00:59 -0600 Gun control hearings at Capitol will not include the most controversial proposals A state legislator says a second round of gun control hearings at the state Capitol starting Thursday will not include discussion of the most controversial proposals. Earlier this month, hundreds of people listened to testimony on the merits of several bills aimed at curbing gun violence. Some legislators want to focus on proposals that are less polarizing and have the most potential to become law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/politics/gun-control-hearings?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:20:00 -0600 Minn. counties sue over mortgage fees Hennepin and Ramsey counties are suing a national registry of mortgages to recover unpaid fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/news/ramsey-hennepin-counties-sue-over-mortgage-fees?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:46:36 -0600 MPD: Officer charged with child sex abuse no longer on force Minneapolis police officials say the officer charged Friday with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct with young girls is no longer on the force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/news/minneapolis-sex-abuse-charges?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:31:42 -0600 Charges filed against Minnetrista man in daughter's death The Hennepin County Attorney's office Thursday charged a Minnetrista man with criminal vehicular homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/news/criminal-vehicular-homicide-charges-filed-against-minnetrista-man?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:21:22 -0600 Mpls. police officer accused of sexually abusing girls Investigators discovered that the officer allegedly used social media websites to contact several girls between the ages of 12 and 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/news/minneapolis-police-officer-sex-abuse-accusation?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:47:32 -0600 Minn. House eyes limits to gun access, ownership A half dozen police chiefs and sheriffs argued Tuesday in a packed Capitol hearing room that Minnesota isn't doing enough to protect against gun violence, kicking off three days of hearings on a host of new proposed limits on firearm ownership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/politics/house-gun-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:09:56 -0600 Minneapolis' gun control efforts at center of Obama visit Local police officials say new gun laws can help reduce gun violence in north Minneapolis. But some say Obama's proposals don't do enough to protect the people most at risk to be victimized by gun violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/politics/obama-touts-tougher-gun-control-laws-during-north-minneapolis-visit?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 As Obama visits, Minneapolis eyes police relationship with firearms makers President Barack Obama planned to be in Minneapolis on Monday to push for tougher gun laws and highlight some of the things Minneapolis has done to reduce gun violence. He comes here as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and other mayors from across the country are looking at a way to put direct pressure on gun makers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/regional/obama-minneapolis-gun-industry-debate?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 07:00:00 -0600 Rybak wants support from firearms manufacturers against gun violence Mayor R.T. Rybak wants to know if the companies that manufacture the guns and ammunition for the city's police officers also are lobbying against tighter gun laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/politics/rybak-firearms-manufacturers?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:19:29 -0600 FBI asked to investigate agents who allegedly intimidated Somali man An advocacy group for Muslims in Minnesota has asked the FBI to investigate claims that some of its agents repeatedly tried to intimidate a Somali man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/news/fbi-somali-intimidate?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:24:20 -0600 Suburban official accused of exploiting dad Hennepin County prosecutors Tuesday charged a Maple Grove city council member with perjury and for financially exploiting her ailing father before he died last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/news/maple-grove-council-member-charged?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:03:07 -0600 Trial begins of 3 Native Mob gang members A racketeering trial involving three members of a Native American gang began Monday morning in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/crime/native-mob-gang-member-trial?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:27:06 -0600 Mpls. approves settlement to firefighter The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a post-verdict settlement of $595,000 to a firefighter who successfully sued the city last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/news/demoted-firefighter-minneapolis-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:21:09 -0600 Minneapolis Beek's Pizza damaged by fire Officials with the Minneapolis Fire Department say one firefighter was injured battling a three-alarm blaze which heavily damaged two south Minneapolis businesses, including a popular pizza joint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/news/minneapolis-beeks-pizza-damaged-by-fire?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:46:47 -0600 Some gun rights supporters dispute data on firearms used in self-defense More than 20 years ago, the CDC angered gun rights supporters when it reported that a gun in the home is more likely to be used on the resident than on an intruder. Some Minnesota gun owners dispute the data, and say having a gun at home has helped them protect their families and their property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/law/data-firearms-self-defense?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers should focus on mentally ill, says NRA head The president of the National Rifle Association says he would like lawmakers to pay more attention to treatment for violent, mentally ill people rather than restrict gun rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/news/nra-david-keene?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:21:41 -0600 Lawmakers ask VP Biden for access to gun data Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum joined three other House Democrats in asking Vice President Joe Biden to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ability to research gun violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/law/tiahert-amendment-explained?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:31:11 -0600 Midwest gun summit focuses on gun violence, tightening regulations Policy makers, police and prosecutors from the Upper Midwest are holding a one-day gun summit in Minneapolis Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/news/minneapolis-gun-summit?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:30:33 -0600 Crime, gun violence brings attendees to conference A study shows that nearly half of the firearms recovered from crime scenes in Minnesota were first bought locally. A regional conference on gun violence takes place in Minneapolis today. Attendees include law enforcement leaders, elected officials and scholars who study crime and violence are expected to participate and share information and examples of how to reduce gun violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/news/gun-violence-summit?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis violent crime up slightly in 2012 City officials say violent crime in the city increased slightly 6 percent in 2012 over the previous year, when crime was at its lowest in decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/news/minneapolis-violent-crime?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 17:28:37 -0600 Water main break floods downtown Minneapolis A broken water main in downtown Minneapolis caused major hassles Thursday afternoon. The flood of water shut down several streets, caused Metro Transit buses to be rerouted and jammed up rush hour traffic. Some local businesses also had to close because they had no water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/accident/minneapolis-broken-water-main?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:46:13 -0600 Water main breaks in downtown Minneapolis A water main break at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Minneapolis is causing low water pressure for some downtown residents and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/news/minneapolis-water-main-break?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:46:12 -0600 Mpls. dad charged after 1 son kills another Hennepin County prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis man with two felony counts for allegedly leaving a loaded handgun within reach of his children. His 4-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/regional/father-charged-in-son-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:05:51 -0600 Mpls. officials report slight rise in crime Reports of violent crime in Minneapolis in 2012 appear to have leveled off after an upswing earlier in the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/regional/mpls-crime-stats?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:19:48 -0600 Police release Accent Signage shooter's personnel file Company records from Accent Signage released Monday by the Minneapolis Police Department show that Andrew Engeldinger was reprimanded for chronic tardiness just a week before he went on a shooting rampage that left six people dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/news/police-release-accent-signage-shooter-personnel-file?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:42:26 -0600 Minnesotans respond to NRA's proposal for armed guards in schools Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation respond to the National Rifle Association's proposal today to add armed police officers at all U.S. schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/news/pin-response-nra?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:04:18 -0600 Jury awards demoted Mpls firefighter $420K A federal jury Thursday awarded a demoted Minneapolis firefighter $420,000, plus attorneys' fees yet to be determined. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/news/demoted-minneapolis-firefighter-award?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:28:11 -0600 Gun sales and carry permit requests on the rise in Minn. Some local gun sellers say last week's mass shooting in Connecticut has prompted customers to buy guns for personal safety as well as protection against possible future gun restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/business/gun-sales-carry-permit-requests-up?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:58:55 -0600 Trial begins in Mpls. firefighter's lawsuit Testimony in a workplace retaliation lawsuit involving the Minneapolis Fire Department began today in U.S. District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/minneapolis-firefighter-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:49:29 -0600 Mpls. to hire first firefighters in years The Minneapolis Fire Department will start accepting applications next month for new firefighters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/news/minneapolis-fire-fighters?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:15:08 -0600 Minneapolis OKs billion-dollar 2013 budget The Minneapolis City Council approved the city's 2013 budget Wednesday night after a brief and non-contentious public hearing at City Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/politics/minneapolis-city-council-budget?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:57:53 -0600 Minneapolis City Council passes $1B budget After a brief and non-contentious public hearing, the Minneapolis City Council approved the city's 2013 budget Wednesday evening at City Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/news/minneapolis-city-council-passes-1b-budget?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 More openly gay Minneapolis police officers means a change in culture Nearly 20 years after a Minneapolis police sergeant became the first openly gay officer, the city now has its first openly gay police chief. The number of out lesbian and gay police officers in Minneapolis has increased over the years. Some police officials say the increase in numbers and visibility of gay and lesbian officers has changed the culture of the department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/news/more-openly-gay-minneapolis-police-officers?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Police issue gun safety reminder after child's death In the wake of the accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old boy Wednesday, Minneapolis police are reminding gun owners to keep their firearms away from small children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/news/police-gun-safety?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:43:06 -0600 Janee Harteau sworn in as Mpls. police chief Janee Harteau, the first female and first openly gay police chief in Minneapolis history, was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony at City Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/news/janee-harteau-sworn-in?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:11:41 -0600 Minneapolis voting bottlenecks dissected in new report Minneapolis elections officials say high voter turnout and thousands of same-day registrations led to long lines at some polling sites on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/politics/cminneapolis-voting?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:01:08 -0600 No arrests yet in case of felon found in minivan with 19 firearms The Richfield Police Department is investigating an incident in October involving a convicted felon found in a minivan full of rifles and shotguns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/law/felon-minivan-guns?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:42:04 -0600 Council OKs Harteau as new Mpls. top cop The Minneapolis City Council Friday morning approved the appointment of Janee Harteau as the city's next police chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/news/council-approves-harteau-as-new-minneapolis-top-cop?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:33:15 -0600 Minneapolis police chief nominee praised at hearing Acting-Police Chief Janee Harteau appears to be on a smooth path toward confirmation for the job. A City Council committee Wednesday afternoon unanimously approved her nomination to become Minneapolis' next top cop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/news/minneapolis-police-chief-nominee-janee-harteau?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:10:05 -0600 Police chief-nominee Harteau to face City Council vote this week The City Council is expected to vote this week to approve the nomination of Janee Harteau as the next chief of police. If confirmed, Harteau will be the Minneapolis' first female police chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/news/police-chief-harteau-city-council?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:29:06 -0600 Metropolitan Airports Commission supports compromise in flight pattern plan The Metropolitan Airports Commission voted to support partially implementing a proposed change in flight patterns at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/news/metropolitan-airports-commission-supports-compromise-in-flight-pattern-plan?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis settles police brutality, personal injury lawsuits A police brutality lawsuit and a personal injury claim were settled Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/law/minneapolis-lawsuit-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:06:52 -0600 Police give the all clear after report of shots in Minneapolis building Minneapolis police have given the all clear after they responded to a report of shots fired inside a downtown office building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/news/minneapolis-shots-fired?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:41:03 -0600 Over objections, noise committee OKs MSP flight plan A plan to alter the path of airplanes that take-off and land at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport was OK'd by a Metropolitan Airports Commission committee Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/news/msp-airport-flight-plan?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Mpls. repaired 68 miles of streets in 2012 The city's biggest road project this year was the reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and 36th Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/news/minneapolis-street-repair?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:09:27 -0600 Charges: Mpls. man assaulted toddler Minneapolis police say a 21-year-old man was charged Monday for assaulting and seriously injuring an infant at a north Minneapolis home last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/news/charges-minneapolis-man-assaulted-toddler?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:06:41 -0600 Minneapolis single-sort-recycling begins Under the new system, residents can combine all their recyclable refuse in one container without separating paper, plastic, glass and other items. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/environment/single-sort-recycling-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:21:54 -0600 Summit breaking ground on expansion Company officials say after the expansion is done next summer, the company will be able to produce nearly a quarter of a million barrels of beer per year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/business/summit-brewing?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 06:56:46 -0600 Minneapolis election officials plan future improvements Voters across Minnesota turned out in record numbers on Election Day -- more than 2.9 million people. In Minneapolis, they were sometimes greeted by long times and balky machines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/politics/minneapolis-election-officials?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Record year for Nice Ride bike share Customers used the green bikes for almost 275,000 trips, the most for the non-profit group since it started renting bikes in 2010, said Nice Ride executive director Bill Dossett. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/environment/nice-ride-bike-share?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:12:28 -0600 Nice Ride bike program closing for winter The Nice Ride bike sharing program is closing for the winter on Sunday. This year was the busiest season ever as customers used the bikes for nearly 275,000 trips in Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/regional/nice-ride-ending?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 10:25:59 -0600 City Council honors retiring Chief Dolan The Minneapolis City Council Friday morning passed a resolution honoring Police Chief Tim Dolan for his years of service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/news/city-council-honors-retiring-chief-dolan?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:01:33 -0500 Man charged with killing MN mother, nephew Prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with fatally stabbing his mother and teenage nephew in their Minneapolis home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/news/minneapolis-double-homicide-charges?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:02:22 -0500 Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan reflects on career, lessons learned as he steps down After nearly 30 years on the force, Police Chief Tim Dolan is retiring at the end of this week. During the past six years with Dolan as chief, reported violent crime in the city has decreased. But over the years, Dolan has also faced criticism for budget problems and expensive officer misconduct settlements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/news/minneapolis-police-chief-tim-dolan-steps-down?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Panel discussion smooths encounter between Ellison, Fields A face-to-face encounter between Democratic Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison and Republican challenger Chris Fields was a much more subdued event than their previous debate when the candidates verbally attacked each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/politics/panel-discussion-ellison-fields?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Most 911 calls in north Minneapolis involve problematic addresses In a typical year, police officers in north Minneapolis respond to nearly 90,000 emergency calls usually more than any other precinct in the city. Officers say the majority of those calls involve addresses they've been to repeatedly, and that many of the calls are a drain on resources that could be used to fight more serious crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/law/top-prolematic-addresses?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. asked for more 911 operators The director of Minneapolis emergency communications told members of the City Council Tuesday morning that the department needs more 911 operators to keep up with national standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/news/minneapolis-asked-for-more-911-operators?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:01:34 -0500 St. Paul warns of economic impact of NHL lockout The Minnesota Wild were supposed to kick off the 2012 home season with an opening night celebration in downtown St. Paul Saturday night. But an ongoing lockout will keep players off the ice for at least a few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/business/nhl-wild-lockout-business-impact-saint-paul?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:17:02 -0500 Minneapolis 911 reinstates recorded message Callers to 911 in Minneapolis will now hear a recorded message telling them to stay on the line if an operator doesn't immediately answer their call. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/news/minneapolis-911-reinstates-recorded-message?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:04:29 -0500 Final repairs to begin on Sabo bridge Crews will begin making final repairs next week to the Minneapolis bike and pedestrian bridge where support cables broke loose in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/regional/sabo-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 06:45:57 -0500 Food trucks set up near Metrodome Minneapolis sets aside space for food trucks near the dome for hungry Vikings fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/23/regional/metrodome-food-trucks?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:49:25 -0500 Mpls. City Council revamps police misconduct review system The Minneapolis City Council on Friday morning approved a controversial overhaul of the city's civilian police oversight system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/news/minneapolis-civilian-review-authority-revamped?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:52:45 -0500 Twin Cities youth rank high in education, employment The Twin Cities metro area ranks high among the nation's 25 largest cities for education and employment of people age 16 to 24, show findings from a study released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/social-issue/twin-cities-youth-rank-high-in-education-employment?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:55:54 -0500 Mpls. police misconduct reviews may change The Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority may soon change the way it investigates complaints of police misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/news/minneapolis-police-misconduct-reviews-may-change?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:26:59 -0500 Demographer: Minn. poverty, income census data not certain New census data showing Minnesota's median household income improving by 10 percent from 2010 to 2011 may not be accurate, the state's demographer said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/news/census-minnesota-poverty-rate-flat-income-up?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:30:26 -0500 Counselor's goal is to give job seekers more than hope The latest jobless numbers from the state found 170,000 Minnesotans were unemployed at the end of July. Every week, job counselor Nancy Cohen offers free help to many of those unemployed Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/labor/counselors-goal-is-to-give-job-seekers-more-than-hope?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Report indicates more homelessness, greater renter and homeowner disparity Homelessness is on the rise in the state's largest cities, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Housing Partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/economy/report-housing-disparity?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Protest of ex-Gang Strike Force cop planned A group of demonstrators is planning to gather in front of Brooklyn Park City Hall Tuesday to call attention to complaints against a city police officer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/news/protest-of-gang-strike-force-officer-planned?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:27:10 -0500 Dangerous month for young black men in Minneapolis August is the deadliest month in Minneapolis when it comes to homicide statistics. But Tyron Jenkins is alive -- and lucky. The 21-year-old's skin is etched with markings that illustrate key moments in his life: Scars from bullet wounds that didn't kill him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/news/north4-north-minneapolis-gang-intervention?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:54:48 -0500 HennCo sues lenders over unpaid taxes Hennepin County elected officials have filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in U.S. District Court. The suit contends the two privately held home loan corporations owe the state of Minnesota for unpaid deed transfer taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/news/hennepin-county-sues-over-taxes?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:48:51 -0500 Accused stabber wanted to 'hurt some cops' The Hennepin County Attorney's office has filed attempted murder charges against a man who allegedly attacked two Minneapolis Park Police officers earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/news/charges-accused-stabber-wanted-to-hurt-some-cops?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 07:02:20 -0500 Mpls. police: Man ambushed officers Authorities say a man accused of stabbing a Minneapolis park police officer admitted that he placed a fake 911 call so he could lure officers before attacking them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/news/minneapolis-police-say-man-ambushed-officers?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:21:27 -0500 Police seek witness to fatal shooting Minneapolis police are looking for a woman who they say may have witnessed one of two fatal shootings this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/crime/police-shooting-witness?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:40:14 -0500 $60K judgment against blogger reversed The Minnesota State Court of Appeals today overturned a $60,000 judgment against a controversial blogger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/law/blogger-judgement-reversal?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:36:00 -0500 Mpls. trying to shut down 2 night clubs Minneapolis city officials announced Wednesday they are seeking to revoke the liquor licenses of two downtown clubs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/news/minneapolis-trying-to-shut-down-downtown-clubs?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:24:11 -0500 Builders exceed minority employment goals The builders of the new $41 million Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters say they surpassed goals for employing minority and women-owned businesses by a wide margin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/labor/builders-exceed-minority-employment-goals?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:08:48 -0500 ATF investigating rash of Minn. gun thefts Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a series of recent gun store burglaries that have resulted in the theft of 60 firearms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/news/gun-thefts?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 15:40:25 -0500 Anti-violence lessons should start early, experts say Experts say a recent spate of youth violence incidents in Minneapolis illustrate the need for adults to start talking to children about violence and safety, as early in the child's life as possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/news/minneapolis-youth-violence?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:44:45 -0500 Mpls festival celebrates Caribbean culture Organizers of an annual celebration of Caribbean culture called Carifest say this year's event will be the biggest yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/28/regional/caribbean-festival?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:09:42 -0500 Council committee considers proposal revamping Civilian Review Authority A proposal that promises to make the process of investigating police complaints more efficient is under consideration by the Minneapolis City Council's public safety committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/news/civilian-review-proposal?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:39:55 -0500 Minneapolis City Council shines light on police Civilian Review Authority For more than 20 years, the task of the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority has been to investigate complaints of police misconduct. The City Council today will take up changes that some say will make investigations more transparent and efficient. But some critics say the proposal will make an already flawed system less effective. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/law/minneapolis-police-civilian-review-authority?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Nightclubs agree to new rules to curb violent incidents A Minneapolis city council member says several downtown Minneapolis night clubs have agreed to stop hosting all-age concerts on Sunday nights for the summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/crime/minneapolis-club-violence?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:15:33 -0500 Stiffer charges in SWAT officer assault case The Anoka County attorney's office has increased the charge against 47-year-old David Clifford from third-degree to first-degree assault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/news/stiffer-charges-swat-officer-assault-case?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:11:16 -0500 Police evict homeless from Peavey Plaza Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis was closed Tuesday morning so city workers could clean up after groups of homeless people who've been sleeping in the plaza for the last few months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/news/police-evict-homeless-from-peavey-plaza?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:02:12 -0500 Gambling control board grants first electronic pull-tab license The Minnesota Gambling Control Board today voted to grant a license to a Las Vegas-based company that will provide electronic pull-tab devices to bars and restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/politics/pull-tab-license?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:23:44 -0500 63 Minneapolis homicides in five years remain unsolved Too often, police say, citizens don't come forward to help solve murders. And that is one reason why Minneapolis' rate of unsolved homicides is higher than several other cities its size. Sixty-three homicide cases have gone unsolved in the past five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/crime/unsolved-homicides?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:20:00 -0500 Amy Senser sentenced to 41 months in prison Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, was convicted in May of two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/news/amy-senser-sentence?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:16:17 -0500 2 juveniles charged in Minneapolis child's shooting death Two juveniles have been charged in a Minneapolis shooting that killed a 5-year-old boy who had been sleeping on his grandmother's couch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/news/two-charged-minneapolis-child-shooting-death?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:16:48 -0500 Sabo bridge report recommends system to reduce vibrations A new report recommends that a cable damping system be installed on the Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge in Minneapolis to prevent further damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/accident/sabo-bridge-report?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:08:17 -0500 Sleeping boy, 5, fatally shot in Mpls. home Authorities say the child, who was 5 years old, was sleeping on a couch when he was hit about 8:30 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/news/child-killed-by-stray-bullet-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:47:20 -0500 Police illegally searched suspect for gun, court rules Theng Yang was in his front yard when St. Paul police officers stopped and searched him and found the weapon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/news/police-illegally-searched-suspect-for-gun-appeals-court-rules?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:42:48 -0500 Firefighters speak at hearing to discuss risk to personnel, public Representatives of the Minneapolis Fire Department who responded to a church fire last month spoke at a hearing to discuss how state funding cuts pose a safety risk to firefighters and the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/accident/firefighter-safety-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:01:22 -0500 Library shooting leaves patron paralyzed An armed robbery attempt in the bathroom of a Minneapolis library has left a patron paralyzed. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/06/mpls-police-looking-for-suspect-who-shot-paralyzed-homeless-man.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:31:19 -0500 Minneapolis firefighter injuries on the rise Over the last several years, Minneapolis firefighter injuries have been rising as the number of firefighters has been shrinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/labor/fire-department-injuries?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:13:01 -0500 Target Center to host NCHC championships The Target Center will begin hosting a series of collegiate hockey championship games starting in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/business/target-center-to-host-nchc-championships?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:15:39 -0500 Report: Vibrating cables caused damage to Sabo bridge Vibrating cables caused steel plates on the Sabo pedestrian and bike bridge in Minneapolis to fracture, an engineering firm that studied the damage said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/news/wind-blamed-for-sabo-bridge-failure?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:50:00 -0500 Mpls. Police kick off downtown summer crime-fighting effort Minneapolis police officials on Wednesday announced the kick-off of the department's summer crime-fighting collaboration for downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/crime/minneapolis-police-kick-off-downtown-summer-crime-fighting-effort?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:46:46 -0500 16-year-old boy charged in Mpls. shooting Hennepin County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 16-year-old boy in the shooting death of another teenager in Minneapolis last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/crime/16-year-old-boy-charged-in-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:32:51 -0500 Groups with offices at Mpls church claim 'botched' fire investigation The fire that destroyed the Walker Community United Methodist Church in Minneapolis disrupted the work of several nonprofit groups that had office space in the building. Some of them blame the city for not allowing them to recover their belongings, and for "botching" the investigation into the cause of the fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/walker-church-groups-question-fire-department?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:54:27 -0500 Judge denies Senser's request for new trial A Hennepin County judge has denied Amy Senser's request for a new trial in her hit-and-run case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/crime/senser-new-trial-request-denied?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 15:58:26 -0500 Minneapolis Urban League marks 86 years Civil rights leader and former U.S. ambassador Andrew Young will be on hand to deliver the keynote speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/minneapolis-urban-league?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 06:55:44 -0500 Firefighter injured in church blaze remains in hospital All but one of the firefighters injured in a weekend church fire have been released from Hennepin County Medical Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/firefighters-injured-in-church-blaze?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 11:35:07 -0500 Volleyball tournament will generate $60M in metro, officials say Minneapolis city officials say a national girls' volleyball tournament scheduled for 2014 will generate $60 million in economic activity across the metropolitan area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/business/volleyball-tournament-economic-impact?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 12:47:45 -0500 Officials mark year since N. Mpls. tornado Local and state elected officials marked the one-year anniversary of the Minneapolis tornado Tuesday morning by remembering two men who died as a result of the storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/disaster/officials-mark-year-since-north-minneapolis-tornado?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 14:24:36 -0500 The tornado recovery, by the numbers MPR reporter Brandt Williams shares some of his observations on the one-year anniversary of the north Minneapolis tornado, and how the recovery has gone so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/tornado-anniversary-recovery-numbers?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Photos of north Mpls., before and after tornado cleanup Compare photos of north Minneapolis taken before and after cleanup of the 2011 tornado. /projects/2012/05/north-minneapolis-tornado-anniversary/beforeafter/?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Amy Senser appeals conviction Amy Senser is appealing her conviction on vehicular homicide charges. Her attorney filed the appeal today in Hennepin County District Court. Senser, the wife of former Viking Joe Senser, was convicted two weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/amy-senser-appeals-conviction?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 15:35:04 -0500 City aims for June reopening of Sabo bridge The Sabo bridge may be open to pedestrian and bike traffic starting June 4. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/05/city-aims-for-june-reopening-of-sabo-bridge.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 14:32:30 -0500 Suspect charged in Minn. daycare slaying Authorities have charged a suspect in last month's triple murder at a daycare in suburban Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/crime/suspect-charged-in-brooklyn-park-triple-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 13:07:55 -0500 Minneapolis City Council stadium supporters still on board Some members of the Minneapolis City Council who support the Vikings stadium bill say they have not seen any changes to the original bill that would cause them to switch their vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/minneapolis-city-council-reaction?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 16:10:26 -0500 40 years later, Minneapolis parents recall busing's start Four decades ago, cities across the country were being forced by the courts to desegregate their schools through busing. At the same time, a group of parents in south Minneapolis, some black, some white, persuaded the city's school board to voluntarily bus students between two schools to make both schools more diverse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/minneapolis-busing-40-year-anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 15:32:57 -0500 Reporter's notebook: Being bused to school MPR reporter Brandt Williams was one of the thousands of students in the mid-1970s who participated in the Hale/Field pairing in an attempt to make schools more racially diverse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/education/busing-reporters-notebook?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 14:00:13 -0500 Prison sentence likely for Amy Senser Amy Senser now almost certainly faces prison time after a Hennepin County jury found her guilty Thursday of two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/senser-prison-sentence-likely?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Senser jury deliberates third day A Hennepin County jury broke off deliberations Wednesday night in the vehicular homicide trial of Amy Senser without reaching a verdict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/amy-senser-jury-break?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Amy Senser guilty on two felony counts A Hennepin County jury has found Amy Senser guilty of two of three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in her hit-and-run trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/senser-trial-verdict?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Amy Senser hit-and-run case goes to jury Hennepin County jury deliberations begin in the trial of whether Amy Senser, wife of former Viking Joe Senser, accused of three counts of criminal vehicular homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/amy-senser-case-winding-down?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 13:00:25 -0500 Amy Senser says she had no idea she hit victim Amy Senser, charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide, testified that she had no idea she struck and killed Anousone Phanthavong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/amy-senser-testimony-trial?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:06:25 -0500 Amy Senser: 'I finally get to speak' After she took the witness stand on Monday afternoon in her hit-and-run vehicular homicide trial, the first question defense attorney Eric Nelson asked his client Amy Senser was, "Are you nervous?" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/amy-senser?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:55:21 -0500 Amy Senser expected to testify at her trial today Amy Senser is expected to take the stand this morning in her own defense during her trial in Hennepin County District Court. Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, is on trial for three counts of criminal vehicular homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/amy-senser-trial-defense?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State patrol expert reconstructs Amy Senser's fatal hit-and-run After detailing the size and estimated speed of Amy Senser's Mercedez SUV, and the height and weight of the man her vehicle struck and killed last August, an accident reconstruction expert for the Minnesota State Patrol testified Friday that the impact would have felt more powerful than just striking a construction cone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/amy-senster-molly-senser-drinking-testimony?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:22:30 -0500 Day 4: Amy Senser's youngest daughter testifies Amy Senser's youngest daughter testified Thursday that she had no reason to think her mom had been drinking the night Anousone Phanthavong was killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/day-four-senser-hannah-testimony?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:43:25 -0500 Family friend texted with Amy Senser after fatal crash During the fourth day of the Amy Senser hit-and-run trial, a family friend says she had text message conversations with Senser the day after the crash that killed Anousone Phathavong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/amy-senser-day-four-testimony?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:15:02 -0500 Joe Senser expected back on witness stand in wife's hit-and-run trial Former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser is expected to continue testifying on the fourth day of the vehicular homicide trial of his wife, Amy Senser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/day-four-joe-senser-testimony-continues?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 06:30:00 -0500 Joe Senser says wife Amy thought she hit construction cone Former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser testified Wednesday in the hit-and-run trial of his wife, Amy Senser, saying she told him she thought she had hit a construction cone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/amy-senser-day-three?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:23:59 -0500 Day two: Stepdaughter testifies she told Amy Senser to admit to driving SUV Relatives of the victim and the accused testified Tuesday on the second day of the hit-and-run trial of Amy Senser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/senser-trial-day-two?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:04:28 -0500 Witnesses testify in Senser trial Witnesses testified that they saw the victim's body lying face down on the Interstate 94 off ramp to Riverside Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/witnesses-testify-in-senser-trial?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:13:42 -0500 Amy Senser trial opens in Minneapolis Attorneys delivered opening statements Monday in the Amy Senser trial. Defense attorney Eric Nelson told jurors that she will take the stand and testify on her own behalf during the trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/amy-senser-trial-opens-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:16:55 -0500 Tougher security at 3 suburban courthouses People entering the three suburban courthouses in Hennepin County will have to pass through new security checkpoints Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/courthouse-security?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:30:47 -0500 Amy Senser jury selection begins today During the trial, jurors will consider the merits of three counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide against Senser stemming from a crash on the night of Aug. 23 last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/senser-trial?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:23:23 -0500 Check insurance coverage before tornadoes hit, officials urge This year, severe weather started early and state and local officials are reminding Minnesotans how to react when violent weather strikes. They urge homeowners and renters to make sure they are up to date with their insurance policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/tornado-insurance?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:28:30 -0500 Ash borers out earlier in warmer spring The early springtime weather means the emerald ash borer beetle has emerged earlier than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/warm-spring-ash-borer?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:14 -0500 Judge allows questions about Amy Senser's alcohol use A Hennepin County judge has ruled that some questions about Amy Senser's alcohol use may be raised during trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/senser-trial?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:56:47 -0500 Senser pleads not guilty to third felony charge Amy Senser pleaded not guilty to a third felony charge for criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Anousone Phanthavong last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/amy-senser-plead-not-guilty?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:44:06 -0500 Mpls. directs unspent $6M to vital services, upgrades, lowering tax levy With $6 million left over from last year's budget, the Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to direct some of the money to departments that had been planning to lay off staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/minneapolis-budget?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:17:38 -0500 Another charge for Amy Senser The Hennepin County Attorney's office has added a third charge of felony vehicular homicide against Amy Senser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/amy-senser-third-charge?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:06:18 -0500 Police arrest suspect in Patzner shooting Police have arrested a suspect in the death of a Minneapolis man who was shot while biking near his house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/patzner-shooting-suspect-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:29:31 -0500 Gangs blamed for new north Minneapolis violence Police say a citywide uptick in violent crime is driven partly by young gang members. Mayor R.T. Rybak made it a point to mention crime in his State of the City address Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/gangs-driving-crime?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:30:00 -0500 Occupy demonstrators meet with Rybak, demand answers for treatment About three-dozen members of the Occupy movement met with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan to discuss allegations of excessive force used on protesters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/occupy-minneapolis-mayor?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:44:54 -0500 Minnesota Twins still looking for season's first win The Minnesota Twins are still hoping to win their first game of the regular season, after losing their home opener to the Los Angeles Angels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/twins-?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. ponders best way to spend extra $6M The Minneapolis City Council's budget committee will vote Monday on a proposal that allocates nearly $6 million that city departments didn't spend last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/minneapolis-budget?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 06:49:46 -0500 Twins home opener gets under way Monday The opening day festivities kick off at noon with a rally in the IDS center's Crystal Court. Gates at the ballpark open at 1 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/twins-home-opener?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 06:23:27 -0500 1940 census illuminates north Mpls.' change to racially diverse neighborhood A trove of census records released offers a detailed picture of how Americans lived during the Great Depression. The survey shows how much has changed over the decades, and the history of one north Minneapolis neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/census-minneapolis-neighborhood?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 High demand slows access to 1940 census website High demand for access to newly released personal data from the 1940 Census is causing a slowdown on the host website, according to officials at the National Archives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/1940-census-web-access-slow?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:10:23 -0500 Minneapolis police say early spring fueling uptick in crime Minneapolis police say the early spring is helping to fuel an uptick in reported incidents of violent crime throughout the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/early-spring-crime-uptick?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:22:46 -0500 Mpls. firefighter charged with felony drug possession The Hennepin County Attorney's office today filed a felony drug possession charge against a Minneapolis firefighter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/firefighter-drug-charge?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:36:56 -0500 Minneapolis cab drivers nervous after gun incidents Some Minneapolis cab drivers say incidents of violence have left them feeling scared. Last week a driver was shot and killed. Another this week was beaten and robbed at gunpoint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/violence-against-taxi-cab-drivers?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:09:45 -0500 Bittersweet homecoming for N. Mpls resident displaced by tornado After nearly 10 months, Brett Buckner is finally moving back into his recently repaired house -- but without his elderly mother who recently passed away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/north-minneapolis-tornado-homecoming?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:27:22 -0500 Hennepin County to beef up courthouse security measures Hennepin County commissioners voted Tuesday to add temporary weapons screening stations at three suburban court facilities, and to study the implication of closing the county's courthouse in Edina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/hennepin-county-court-security?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:37:19 -0500 Amy Senser pleads not guilty in vehicular homicide case Amy Senser pleaded not guilty to two charges of criminal vehicular homicide Friday morning in Hennepin County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/amy-senser-pleads-not-guilty?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 10:11:08 -0600 Henn. Co. courthouse screening plan draws criticism The plan would close one suburban courthouse and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on temporary security measures at the others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/hennepin-county-courthouse-security-plan?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Sabo bridge closure extended after more damage found Last week, a metal plate connecting a pair of cables to the bridge broke and fell. The city closed the bridge after engineers found another damaged plate nearby. Now they say two more plates are cracked and need repair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/sabo-bridge-damage?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:54:49 -0600 Samuels jumps into race for Henn. Co. commisioner Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels is the latest elected official to announce his intention to run to replace Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein, who is resigning at the end of May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/hennepin-county-commissioner-race?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:19:38 -0600 Mpls. to apply for grant to rehire laid-off firefighters The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday morning to apply for a federal grant of just more than $1 million that will be used to rehire six recently laid-off firefighters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/minneapolis-firefighter-grant?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:10:57 -0600 Minneapolis Police Department's aging force poses staffing challenges With most of Minneapolis's police force just a few years away from retirement eligibility, it could leave the state's largest city with a shortage of officers by the end of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/aging-police-department?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:38:00 -0600 Martin Sabo bike, pedestrian bridge closed after failure A pair of cable supports on the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge failed late Sunday, forcing Minneapolis city officials to close the span for repairs and reroute traffic on Hiawatha Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/sabo-bridge-midtown-greenway?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:24:09 -0600 Prosecutors want Amy Senser's medical, chemical dependency records State prosecutors filed documents in Hennepin County District Court Friday, asking that Amy Senser turn over medical and chemical dependency records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/amy-senser-medical-chemical-dependency-records?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:32:18 -0600 Delano-based company's playground Slalom Glider slides recalled A Delano-based playground equipment maker is involved in a voluntary product recall after more than a dozen children were injured using its slide called the Slalom Glider. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/delano-based-companys-playground-slides-recalled?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:32:54 -0600 Man charged with murder in downtown Mpls. hotel The Hennepin County attorney's office has charged a Dayton man in connection with a homicide at a downtown Minneapolis hotel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/man-charged-with-murder-in-downtown-minneapolis-hotel?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:34:00 -0600 Minnesota's black middle class is shrinking For African Americans who fell out of the middle class during the recession, the recovery will be tough. The unemployment rate for African Americans in the Twin Cities metro area is more than three times that of whites. That's one of the largest unemployment disparities in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/shrinking-black-middle-class?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:46:31 -0600 Black frats and sororities rally against wage, education gap Members of several black fraternities and sororities are at the Capitol Monday to draw attention to economic and educational disparities in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/black-frats-and-sororities-rally-against-wage-education-gap?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:29:39 -0600 Attorney for Amy Senser files motion to dismiss charges Amy Senser's attorney filed a motion Friday in Hennepin County District Court asking the court to dismiss two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide against her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/amy-senser-motion-to-dismiss?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:41:24 -0600 Mpls. City Council gives Rybak's stadium plan chilly reception Members of the Minneapolis City Council today debated the merits of a plan to use city sales tax dollars for a Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/rybak-vikings-stadium-city-council?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:32:04 -0600 Senser knew hit-and-run was fatal, court documents say Amy Senser knew she struck and killed a man by the side of the road before leaving the scene of the incident, according to details revealed in court documents, says Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/more-details-emerge-in-amy-senser-case?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:09:44 -0600 Two steps forward, one step back as Minn. recovers jobs Minnesota's job market gained momentum last month when the state's unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in three years. according to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/jobs-recovery?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:51:36 -0600 State of the Region speech touches on transportation, demographics The State of the Region address delivered by Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh touched on transportation in the Twin Cities metro area, and the changing regional demographic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/state-region-haigh?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:32:23 -0600 8 laid-off Mpls. police officers back at work The officers were laid off shortly after they graduated from the police academy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/laid-off-minneapolis-police-officers?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:54:22 -0600 Police, community searching for suspects in boy's death Minneapolis police officials are still looking for suspects in the shooting death of three-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr., who was killed by a stray bullet last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/mayes-shot-crime-stoppers?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:35:37 -0600 Some officials push for more courtroom security Officials and law enforcement in Hennepin country met Thursday to push for tighter security measures at three suburban courtrooms. Some worry that a courtroom conflict could erupt into serious violence, like the recent shooting in a northern Minnesota courthouse that injured a prosecutor and a witness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/courtroom-security?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Pepsi settles Minn. discrimination complaint for $3M Pepsi will pay more than $3 million to resolve an EEOC finding of race discrimination that affected some Minnesota job applicants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/pepsi-settles-minnesota-discrimination-complaint?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:12:32 -0600 Chief judge says colleague has not been reassigned over safety concern Hennepin County Chief Judge James Swenson says he has not reassigned a judge who refused to take further cases at the county's three suburban courtrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/judge-zimmerman-reassigned?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:18:25 -0600 Minneapolis violent crime hits 28-year-low Violent crime is down, but property crimes increased for the second year in a row. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/01/minneapolis-violent-crime-hits-28-year-low.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:46:28 -0600 How Minneapolis fares after 10 years with Mayor R.T. Rybak Over the years, During is ten years as the Minneapolis mayor, R.T. Rybak has seen the city through both natural and man-made disasters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/06/minneapolis-rybak?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:40:34 -0600 Gunshots a common sound in dead toddler's neighborhood Minneapolis police officials say they haven't arrested anyone yet in connection with the death of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr. Mayes was killed Monday evening when a stray bullet passed through the exterior of Mayes' house and hit the boy in the head. A child killed in his home by a stray bullet is rare, but the prevalence of gunfire in Mayes' north Minneapolis neighborhood and others is not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/mpls-shooting-folo?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:51:17 -0600 Family struggles to make sense of toddler's gunshot death Whenever they heard shots fired in the neighborhood, Terrell Mayes, Jr.'s older brothers would grab him and run to a closet on the second floor of the house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/terrell-mayes?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Mpls. toddler hit by stray bullet dies A toddler who was hit by a stray bullet while inside a Minneapolis house on Monday night has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/toddler-shot-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 14:34:45 -0600 Downtown Mpls. transit hub closer to reality, officials say Federal and local elected officials announced Thursday that $10 million in federal stimulus money has been awarded to a transit hub project located near Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/minneapolis-transit-hub?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:24:53 -0600 Mpls. council revokes rental license from landlord's 16 homes The Minneapolis City Council Friday voted to revoke the rental licenses for more than a dozen properties all owned by one landlord. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/rental-property-license-revoke?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:21:32 -0600 Minneapolis keeps levy flat, OKs new budget In past years, the public hearing preceding the budget vote has been full of people complaining about tax hikes. This year was different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/minneapolis-budget?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:43:23 -0600 AP and NBA ref reach settlement in Timberwolves tweet suit A NBA referee and the Associated Press have agreed to settle a defamation suit for $20,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/timberwolves-tweet-lawsuit-settled?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:50:59 -0600 Minneapolis police to rehire remaining laid-off officers from 2009 The department can afford to rehire the officers because of recent positive budget developments, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/minneapolis-police-laid-off-officers?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:14:15 -0600 300 apply for two police department jobs in Hastings Hastings city officials say more than 300 people have applied for two openings in the city's police department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/hastings-police-department-jobs?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:00:31 -0600 Civic leaders to meet on racial disparity problems in Minn. Minnesota was once on the vanguard of managing social issues. But that's changed, and a group of civic and elected leaders meets Friday to work out a strategy on how to deal with the growing problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/racial-disparity-problems?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 $64M in claims paid after May tornado, but many still waiting Department officials estimate nearly $9 million in unprocessed claims has yet to be paid out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/64-million-paid-in-tornado-insurance-claims?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:48:10 -0600 Threatened cuts to federal grants trouble Mpls. officials Some Minneapolis city officials are concerned that the bipartisan supercommittee's failure to reach an agreement will lead to deep cuts in a grant program that funds projects in underdeveloped parts of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/minneapolis-community-development-block-grants?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 State to award $52M in affordable housing grants A state agency is awarding more than $52 million in grants to help people find affordable housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/affordable-housing-grants?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:50:00 -0600 Mpls. reaches $77K settlement with man strip-searched in traffic stop The city of Minneapolis has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was illegally strip-searched by police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/minneapolis-strip-search-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:35:59 -0600 Census shows less American mobility, Minnesota fits trend U.S. Census figures show that the number of people who move from state to state, and within states and counties, is at historic lows. Even so, Minnesota saw a slight net gain in population in 2010, in part due to migration from other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/fewer-americans-move?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Seward Market triple homicide accomplice sentenced Ahmed Abdi Ali could have received a much stiffer sentence if he hadn't agreed to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/seward-market-triple-homicide-accomplice-sentenced?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 10:12:19 -0600 NBA lockout takes toll on businesses Some downtown Minneapolis bar and restaurant owners say the NBA lockout is a major drain on business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/timberwolves-nba-lockout?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Hennepin Co. toughens rules for OccupyMN The Hennepin County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to prohibit OccupyMN protesters from sleeping on the Government Center plaza or the center grounds, starting next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/hennepin-county-occupymn-rules?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:37:06 -0600 New poverty estimates could help lawmakers identify solutions A new census poverty measure released Monday shows that 49.1 million Americans live in poverty &mdash nearly two-and-a-half million more people than the Census previously reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/new-poverty-estimates-could-help-lawmakers-identify-solutions?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 17:30:12 -0600 Uneven cuts stressing Minn. criminal justice system Earlier this year, the state restored funds to some areas while cutting others. But some say the problem is that in order for the system to work smoothly, each part has to have equal strength. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/minnesota-criminal-justice-system-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Mahdi Hassan Ali gets life sentence with no parole Mahdi Hassan Ali has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for his role in a January 2010 triple homicide at the Seward Market and Halal Meat on East Franklin Street in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/mahdi-hassan-ali-sentence?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:12:47 -0500 Defense attorney Fred Goetz still fights for Mahdi Hassan Ali, now over sentencing Defending Mahdi Ali is probably the most high-profile case Goetz has taken since graduating from Hamline Law School in 1987. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/29/fred-goetz-defends-mahdi-hassan-ali?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 City's tactics boosts conviction rate for domestic abuse A new approach to domestic violence cases has helped significantly boost the conviction rate, said officials with the Minneapolis City Attorney's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/citys-tactics-boosts-conviction-rate-for-domestic-abuse?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 OccupyMN rallies against foreclosure policies About 50 OccupyMN protesters today rallied to call attention to the plight of people facing foreclosure by marching outside US Bank plaza in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/occupymn-rallies-foreclosure?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:06:45 -0500 Residents near airport meet tonight over noise concerns Residents of several south Minneapolis neighborhoods plan to gather at the Metropolitan Airports Commission offices Tuesday night to discuss their concerns over airplane noise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/airport-noise-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:20:47 -0500 Vikings' Chris Cook charged with felony domestic assault The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has filed a felony domestic assault strangulation charge against Minnesota Viking cornerback Christopher Oshea Cook, 24, of Eden Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/vikings-chris-cook-charged?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:53:33 -0500 Shelter becomes issue for OccupyMN protesters It's been two weeks since a group of demonstrators first took over a public plaza in downtown Minneapolis, and participants say they will continue to camp there. But this week, shelter for the protesters is taking center stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/shelter-occupymn-protestors?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:50:21 -0500 Target's state-of-the-art forensics lab catches more than just shoplifters It's not uncommon for large retail stores to use high-tech video surveillance and forensics to catch shoplifters, but Minnesota-based Target Corp. takes the concept one step further. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/target-forensics-lab?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls police arrest 7 at US Bank protest Protesters say they want bank executives held accountable for their role in the country's foreclosure crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/occupymn-home-foreclosures?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:47:44 -0500 New Peavey Plaza design aims for accessibility, sustainability The price tag for the renovation is estimated at between $8 million to $10 million. City officials say most of the money will come from private sources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/peavey-plaza?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:49:18 -0500 OccupyMN demonstrators want permission for tents OccupyMN protesters asked Hennepin County commissioners for permission to put up tents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/occupymn-want-tents?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:07:18 -0500 Protestors of different stripes unite under common gripes A week into the demonstration, the OccupyMN protestors are united under the refrain, "This is what democracy looks like." But that doesn't mean protesters are all marching to the same tune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/protestors-of-different-stripes-under-common-gripes?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:54:41 -0500 Judge: Mpls. police illegally strip-searched man in traffic stop A U.S. District Court judge says two Minneapolis police officers illegally strip-searched a man during a 2009 traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/strip-search-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:52:30 -0500 High court explains ruling on teen tried as adult The Minnesota Supreme Court explains why it allowed the teenager found guilty of killing three men to be tried as an adult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/high-court-explains-ruling-on-teen-tried-as-adult?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:11:17 -0500 WNBA champion Lynx hold homecoming bash Thousands of people gathered Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis to cheer for the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, as players and coaches rode in open cars down Nicolett Mall and then hosted a celebration at the Target Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/lynx-homecoming-parade?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:23:03 -0500 Report: Mpls. race, ethnic-based disparities pervasive The Minneapolis Foundation report is a compilation of data gathered in two dozen categories researchers say are key indicators of well-being - including education and employment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/minneapolis-foundation?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:10:00 -0500 Twin Cities Somalis can't reach homeland after Mogadishu blast The thunderous blast outside the Ministry of Education killed more than 70 people and covered the city in dust more than a half-mile away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/twin-cities-somalis-mogadishu-blast?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:01:30 -0500 Mahdi Hassan Ali guilty on 4 counts in Minneapolis triple homicide Mahdi Hassan Ali has been found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three men at the Seward Market in Minneapolis last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/mahdi-hassan-ali-verdict?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:47:01 -0500 Court hears closing arguments in triple murder trial Jurors are deliberating in the case of Mahdi Hassan Ali, the accused killer of three men in the Seward Market in Minneapolis last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/court-hears-closing-arguments-in-triple-murder-trial?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:22:48 -0500 Prosecution rests in Mpls. triple homicide case The prosecution rested its case in the trial of Mahdi Hassan Ali Thursday morning in Hennepin County District Court. Ali is accused of killing three men at the Seward Market in Minneapolis last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/prosecution-rests-in-minneapolis-triple-homicide-case?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:43:34 -0500 Witness says he was reluctant participant The prosecution's key witness in a Minneapolis triple homicide case testified Thursday in Hennepin County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/witness-says-he-was-reluctant-participant?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:13:54 -0500 Defense challenges witness in triple murder trial A teenager who was with the man on trial for a triple homicide hours before the Seward Market shootings last year testified that he didn't participate in the crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/triple-murder-trial-day-three?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:09:16 -0500 Court watches security video on 2nd day of triple murder trial On the second day of the trial of triple homicide suspect Mahdi Hassan Ali, jurors on Tuesday watched security video footage of the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/court-watches-security-video-on-2nd-day-of-triple-murder-trial?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:37:19 -0500 Prosecution opens with grisly details in Mpls. triple slaying The trial of Mahdi Hassan Ali, the teenager accused of killing three men at the Seward Market in January of 2010, continues on Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/prosecution-opens-with-grisly-details-in-mpls-triple-slaying?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Mayor Rybak to unveil budget proposal today Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak unveils his proposed 2012 budget this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/mayor-rybak-to-unveil-budget-proposal-today?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Opening statements to begin in Mpls. triple slaying Opening statements are expected to begin Monday for a man accused in a triple murder at a Somali-owned market in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/11/opening-statements-to-begin-in-mpls-triple-slaying?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 ATK relocation will move executives to Arlington, Va. Eden Prairie-based defense contractor Alliant Techsystems will move its headquarters out of Minnesota to Arlington, Va., in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/atk-relocation-will-move-executives-to-arlington-va?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:00:40 -0500 Release approved for Somali man charged of terrorism A federal judge today approved the release of a Somali man who's been in custody on terror charges while he awaits sentencing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/release-approved-for-somali-man-charged-of-terrorism?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 17:24:57 -0500 Minn. terror suspect sent home to await sentencing A federal judge in Minneapolis Wednesday approved the release of a Somali man who's been in custody for more than two years on terror charges while he awaits sentencing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/kamal-said-hassan-sentencing?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:31:30 -0500 Defense will not focus on age of triple-murder suspect The defense of teenage triple-murder suspect Mahdi Hassan Ali will not focus on the dispute over his age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/defense-will-not-focus-on-age-of-triplemurder-suspect?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:47:39 -0500 Jury selection begins in Seward triple homicide trial of Mahdi Hassan Ali Mahdi Hassan Ali is charged with three counts of first degree murder. According to the complaint, Ali shot and killed three men at the Seward Market during an attempted robbery on Jan. 6, 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/jury-selection-seward-triple-homicide-mahdi-hassan-ali?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 06:58:02 -0500 No suspects yet in shooting death of two Minneapolis teens Minneapolis police are still investigating the shooting deaths of two teenagers killed on the city's north side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/no-suspects-yet-in-shooting-death-of-two-minneapolis-teens?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:08:33 -0500 Police work to gather tips on fatal shooting Minneapolis police officials hope someone will come forward with information about the shooting death of a 14-year-old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/police-work-to-gather-tips-on-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:05:17 -0500 Reward offered to help find Quantell Braxton's killer Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information in the shooting death of 14-year-old Quantell Braxton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/reward-offered-to-help-find-quantell-braxton-killer?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:27:42 -0500 Map: Frequency of calls to Minneapolis parks Frequency of calls to Minneapolis city parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/map-frequency-of-calls-to-minneapolis-parks?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:41:50 -0500 Shootings prompt police to increase patrols to city parks Police are increasing patrols in north Minneapolis where a series of shootings have killed two teenagers and wounded several others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/shootings-prompt-police-to-increase-patrols-to-city-parks?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:31:08 -0500 Boy shot dead in Minneapolis, one other wounded The Hennepin County Medical Examiner say 13-year-old RayJon Gomez died after being shot in the back in north Minneapolis Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/two-boys-shot-in-minneapolis-one-dies?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:16:20 -0500 Police find three juveniles suspected of vandalism spree Police officials Monday night detained three boys they believe are responsible for smashing windows of more than 100 car windows on the city's south side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/police-find-three-juveniles-suspected-of-vandalism-spree?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:43:19 -0500 Residents, police work to overcome crime in Third Precinct This part of south Minneapolis has seen several high profile crimes, but local residents are determined to reclaim their neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/residents-work-to-overcome-crime-areas-in-third-precinct?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:41:58 -0500 Mpls. seeks alternative to firefighter layoffs Minneapolis city leaders are debating the merits of a plan to lay off 10 firefighters this year as a means to deal with cuts in state aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/mpls-seeks-alternative-to-firefighter-layoffs?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:18:23 -0500 Tree stumps being removed from tornado zone Minneapolis Park Board forestry crews started removing the remains of more than 1,500 boulevard trees knocked over by the May 22 tornado. Some residents in the tornado zone have wondered why it's taken so long to get the process started. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/tree-stump-removal-tornado-zone?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:30:25 -0500 Mpls. plan would prevent some firefighter layoffs Minneapolis city officials announced a proposal Tuesday to save more than 30 firefighter jobs, but they say there still will be layoffs in the fire department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/minneapolis-firefighter-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 15:59:53 -0500 'Gordo' retires after 25 years with Twins As the voice or the Minnesota Twins for 25 years, John Gordon has documented some of the biggest moments in the team's history. He retires after this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/gordo-retires-after-25-years-with-twins?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. man charged with kidnapping arrested in Mexico A Minnesota man charged with kidnapping his wife has been arrested in Mexico, FBI officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/mexican-officials-arrest-minnesota-man-charged-with-kidnapping-wife?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:30:52 -0500 Minneapolis to vote on brewpub ordinance next week Several local beer-makers show interest in a new liquor license that would allow them to serve beer straight from the brewery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/minneapolis-to-vote-on-brewpub-ordinance-next-week?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 15:13:07 -0500 Mpls pension fund board puts off vote on merger with state fund The board of directors of the Minneapolis Police Relief Association decided not to vote this week on a proposal to merge the 800-member pension fund with the state fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/mpls-pension?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:07:30 -0500 New 35W bridge memorial vandalized The memorial's architect, Tom Oslund, says he noticed the apparent vandalism Tuesday morning when he visited the site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/bridge-memorial-vandalized?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 12:09:36 -0500 Minneapolis Police Relief Association votes on merger with the state's police retirement fund The Minneapolis Police Relief Association will vote Wednesday morning on a proposal to merge with the state's police retirement fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/police-pensions-vote?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 07:24:37 -0500 Housing market decline contributes to increased gap in wealth between groups The household wealth of Blacks and Hispanics dropped more than that of Whites during the Great Recession, according to a study released this week by the Pew Research Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/race-wealth-disparity?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Viking's look forward to getting season under way Minnesota Vikings officials are relieved and excited there will be a 2011 football season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/vikings-season-start?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:39:06 -0500 Minneapolis will consider proposal allowing brewpubs A proposal that would help favor the city as possible location for a new Surly brewery and entertainment complex in Minneapolis is up for discussion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/surly-brewery-minneapolis-stpaul-ordinance?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Boogaard's brother charged in overdose probe The brother of NHL hockey star Derek Boogaard has been charged with a felony and a gross misdemeanor in connection to Boogaard's death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/boogaard_brother_arrest?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:03:48 -0500 Minneapolis will cut jobs, projects to balance shortfall in state aid Minneapolis city officials said they will have to cut jobs, road paving projects and money set aside for property tax relief to make up for more than a $23 million reduction in state aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/minneapolis-cut-jobs-projects-balance-state-aid?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:05:08 -0500 Heat wave: No fatalities, few lose power Metro area hospitals are reporting dozens of cases of heat-related illnesses, but so far no deaths from the heat wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/weather-wednesday?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:25:53 -0500 Mpls. violent crime rate continues to fall Minneapolis law enforcement officials say violent crime continues to drop in the city, as it has for the past five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/minneapolis-violent-crime?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:31:58 -0500 Grants to aid tornado victims still without jobs, permanent home More than a half a million dollars in grants will go to agencies helping north Minneapolis tornado victims to find jobs, housing and counseling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/grants-for-tornado-aid?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:18:18 -0500 Mpls police search for arson suspects Minneapolis police investigators are looking for suspects in three arson fires which damaged several garages in south Minneapolis last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/minneapolis-arson?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:14:31 -0500 Renters living in storm-damaged homes complain about slow repairs Still recovering from last month's tornado, many renters are living under leaky roofs and looking out of broken windows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/storm-damage-renter-landlord?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 More than 80 arrested in Mpls after-hours club raid Minneapolis police officials say an early morning raid of an illegal after-hours club resulted in one of the largest mass arrests in recent history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/minneapolis-raid-arrests?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:50:29 -0500 Police say effects of tornado on crime in north Minneapolis unclear Violent crime has plagued some of the north Minneapolis neighborhoods hardest hit by the tornado last month, but police officials say it's too early to tell if the storm will have a lasting effect on crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/tornado-crime?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:17:17 -0500 No charges in case that roiled '08 Senate race Former FBI director Louis Freeh says multiple investigations found no evidence of an illegal money-funneling scheme involving a businessman and former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/norm-coleman-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:33:56 -0500 FEMA rejects request for aid to individual tornado victims The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Minnesota's request for individual assistance to victims of last month's tornado that touched down in and around Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/fema-tornado-aid?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:29:35 -0500 Minn. high court hears arguments in appeal of teen murder suspect The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the appeal of a teenage murder suspect with a disputed birth date. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/seward-shooting-hearings?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:58:05 -0500 Target Field gets 'storm ready' approval The National Weather Service has designated Target Field as a storm-ready facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/target-field-storm-ready?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 16:41:08 -0500 Suspect in Minneapolis shooting charged with murder The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged a Hopkins man with second-degree murder in a fatal shooting which occurred in south Minneapolis earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/homicide-charges?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:54:19 -0500 Tornado donations keep coming; long-term planning gets rolling The General Mills Foundation has pledged $125,000 to tornado relief efforts in north Minneapolis. That's on top of about $700,000 collected so far by other philanthropic organizations. The money and the volunteers who've helped clean up after the storm are part of the immediate response to the disaster. Community leaders are already starting to think about the next phase of recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/tornado-hawthorne-meeting?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:47:12 -0500 Few construction or repair permits issued since tornado Minneapolis city official says property owners are probably still waiting for claim checks from their insurance companies before they start repairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/tornado-wrap?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:29:28 -0500 Judge denies request to reduce damages in wrongful death suit A federal judge has denied a motion by the city of Minneapolis to reduce a $1.8 million judgment against two police officers found liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/damages-suit?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 10:09:15 -0500 FEMA lands in Minneapolis for a whirlwind tour The quicker the inspections go, the faster a federal disaster area can be declared and financial assistance will be available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/fema-tornados?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 16:54:43 -0500 Volunteers help assess needs of storm victims Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across the north side of Minneapolis Wednesday to help clear debris still left by Sunday afternoon's tornado, and talk to residents to see what kind of help they need to recover from the storm's devastating impact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/tornado-cleanup-volunteers?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 15:59:01 -0500 Mpls. reports increase in north side burglaries after storm Minneapolis police officials say there's been an increase in reports of burglaries in the areas hardest hit by Sunday's tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/north-minneapolis-burglaries?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 08:32:36 -0500 North Minneapolis tornado cleanup efforts, by the numbers Two days after a tornado struck north Minneapolis, thousands are without power as the city finishes assessing damage to property and finding shelter for those whose homes are uninhabitable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/north-minneapolis-tornado-recovery-by-the-numbers?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 14:22:15 -0500 Many still without power after twister; cleanup efforts soldier on Two days after a tornado struck north Minneapolis thousands are still without power, but cleanup efforts are making progress and there have been few reports of crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/minneapolis-tornado-folo-tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 14:04:00 -0500 Tornado victims receiving help and services from city of Minneapolis Two days after a tornado hit hard in north Minneappolis we know a lot more about the extent of the damage, but the the future for many tornado victims is a big question mark. For now, the city is doing what it can to help victims with basic needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/williams_tornado_victims?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 09:40:07 -0500 Minneapolis residents, officials still reeling from tornado Minneapolis city officials' early estimate at the cost of damage caused by Sunday's tornado was around $166 million. Two men were killed as a result of the storm, and dozens of people were injured. The National Weather Service concluded that the tornado was either a strong EF1 or an EF2. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/minneapolis-storm-folo?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 16:35:54 -0500 North Minneapolis faces a tough day of clean up and recovery Xcel energy says there are 14,000 people without power this morning after a deadly tornado swept through north Minneapolis. It killed one person and injured 29. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/tornadodamage?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 11:27:25 -0500 Man indicted for first-degree murder in fatal hit-and-run A Hennepin County grand jury has indicted a Roseville man on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder for a fatal hit and run last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/bakdash-charges?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 15:54:47 -0500 Minneapolis officials hoping for legislation to merge pensions Minneapolis city officials hope the Legislature will pass a bill in the final days of the session that could save the city's taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/pensions-legislature?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 14:01:42 -0500 Killebrew remembered for big bat, big heart Minnesota Twins fans and former players say Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killebrew will be known as much for his off-field demeanor as his ability to hit home runs. Killebrew died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 74. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/harmon-killebrew-remembrance?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 00:48:09 -0500 Twins say no need to change severe weather plan The Minnesota Twins chose not to announce a tornado warning that occurred during a game at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday evening. Team officials say fans were not in danger and feared an announcement would cause panic. The Twins have reviewed the policy regarding severe weather, and say they will not make changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/target-field-weather-policy?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 17:03:21 -0500 Construction begins on 35W bridge memorial in Mpls. Construction workers poured concrete Thursday morning for the 35W bridge memorial site in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/35w-bridge-memorial-construction?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 11:51:19 -0500 Fearing panic, Twins didn't announce tornado warning Tuesday Officials with the Minnesota Twins say they're reviewing their severe weather policies after Tuesday night's tornado warning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/twins-severe-weather?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 15:42:09 -0500 Despite deal in Ramsey Co., Minneapolis still considering Metrodome site plan The Minneapolis City Council is still expected to consider a Vikings stadium proposal, even though the team announced their support Tuesday for a Ramsey County site for a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/minneapolis-city-council-vikings?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 06:26:16 -0500 Minneapolis' plan for Vikings gets a mixed reception If you're a fan, you might like the $195 million in taxpayer money to help build a new stadium. If you're not (or not a fan of owners of pro sports teams), the price tag is too much. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/minneapolis-reaction-to-stadium-plan?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Would casino help or hurt downtown Minneapolis? Supporters of a plan to build a state-run casino in downtown Minneapolis say it will create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/block-e-plan?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 12:08:31 -0500 Corporations to give Minneapolis Public Schools $13.8 million Target, Cargill, Medtronic and General Mills have pledged to spend the money over the next three years to fund academic and personnel development programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/minneapolis-schools-donation?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 15:59:11 -0500 Minneapolis property owners to get a break on taxes The Minneapolis City Council approved a measure Friday morning to provide some relief for property taxpayers next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/minneapolis-property-tax?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:26:36 -0500 House panel OKs 'Castle Doctrine-plus' gun bill The Castle Doctrine allows a person to use deadly force against an intruder in his or her home in self-defense. The new bill would allow a person to shoot a trespasser who is outdoors on a patio, porch or garage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/minnesota-gun-laws?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:22:56 -0500 Street closed after Mpls. gas explosion now open 60th Street between 35W and Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis had been closed since the March 17 explosion and fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/street-closed-after-minneapolis-gas-explosion-now-open?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:57:30 -0500 Mother of hit-and-run driver charged with obstruction The mother of the Roseville man charged in a fatal hit and run has been charged as an accomplice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/hit-and-run-driver-mother-charged?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:50:34 -0500 Minn. marking National Infant Immunization Week National Infant Immunization Week starts Saturday, and it's taken on a special significance for Minnesota health officials this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/infant-immunization?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 06:05:37 -0500 St. Paul families plea for release of relatives held in Laos Several St. Paul families are asking President Barack Obama to demand the release of three Hmong-American men they say have been falsely imprisoned in Laos for nearly four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/hmong-americans-held-in-laos?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:07:22 -0500 Family, friends remember fallen Minn. soldier Joseph Kennedy of Inver Grove Heights died last week in Afghanistan from injuries he suffered in an enemy attack. Kennedy's mother Valerie says her son lived his life, 'fast, full and loud' to the very end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/joseph-kennedy-obit?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:09:09 -0500 U of M researcher awarded $10M to study HIV A scientist at the University of Minnesota has been awarded $10 million from the National Institutes of Health to conduct what he calls "trailblazing" HIV research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/hiv-research?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:00:16 -0500 1 dead in Twin Cities area house fire One person has died in a house fire in a Twin Cities suburb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/house-fire?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 07:34:11 -0500 Mpls. to allow food carts outside of downtown Starting this spring, Minneapolis street food vendors will be able to operate in several new parts of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/minneapolis-street-food?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:46:03 -0500 Lawyer for shooting suspect seeking details on gun store burglary The attorney for the accused shooter in a triple homicide appeared in Hennepin County district court Thursday to request access to the investigation of a gun store burglary that police believe produced the gun used in last year's Seward Market shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/seward-market-guns?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:00:00 -0500 Minn. high court hears arguments on age of homicide suspect The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday morning on a dispute over the true age of a triple murder suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/murder-suspect-age-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:15:00 -0500 Superintendent: Mpls. schools not overstaffed Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson says an independent evaluation of the operations of the financially-challenged district found it is not overstaffed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/minneapolis-schools-evaluation?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 06:30:53 -0500 Auditor: DEED overpaid $3.2 million in unemployment benefits The federal money was an additional unemployment benefit provided by the Obama administration's recovery act -- and it amounted to an extra $25 a week for recipients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/unemployment-overpay?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 19:02:41 -0500 Funeral services Saturday for longtime Minneapolis community leader Funeral services will be held Saturday for longtime Minneapolis community leader Elizabeth Samuels, who died last week after suffering a stroke. She was 80 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/elizabeth-samuels-obit?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:26:39 -0500 Target Field: A hit with the fans, but has it been an economic success? It was a moneymaker for the Minnesota Twins, but it is uncertain if it had the same effect on Minneapolis businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/target-field-second-year?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Mpls. to spend an additional $1M to fix potholes The Minneapolis City Council Friday morning voted to spend $1 million to temporarily double the number of workers patching the cratered streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/01/minneapolis-potholes?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:13:07 -0500 Mpls. wants federal, state funding to prevent Asian carp invasion Minneapolis city leaders want state and federal authorities to fund efforts to prevent the spread of Asian carp up the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/asian-carp-mississippi?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:46:49 -0500 A look at the ATF Tracing Center's gun library The ATF Tracing Center's firearm library, a collection that contains everything from homemade, single shot devices crafted from flashlights and belt buckles, to anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns used in wars around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/atf-gun-library?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:41 -0500 Rules behind tracing guns a political football in Washington In the final part of MPR News' investigation on gun violence in Minneapolis, we travel to the nation's capitol to examine how gun trace data has become the center of a political fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/tracing-guns-firearms-part4?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 For gun offenders, police want sentences to send tough message In part two of MPR News' investigation into gun violence in Minneapolis, we talk to a gun offender now serving time. Law enforcement officials are taking steps to try to reduce gun violence, and keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/gun-offenders-firearms-part2?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 02:00:00 -0500 Theft a prime source of illegally-obtained guns on Minneapolis streets In part one of MPR News' investigation of gun violence in Minneapolis, we look at where the guns come from. Most of the firearms used in Minneapolis gun crimes are obtained illegally. The people who use those guns steal them from homes or gun stores, or they buy them illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/illegal-guns-firearms-part1?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 02:00:00 -0500 Video: Anthony Titus' family talks about coping with their loss Family members of Anthony Titus discuss how they are dealing with the loss after he was fatally shot last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/video-gun-victims?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Following the firearms: A reporter's notebook Reporter Brandt Williams spent four months searching hundreds of police and court records and talked to dozens of law enforcement officials from around the country in order to find out who is using illegal guns and trace where the guns come from. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/following-firearms-reporters-notebook?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Video: Jiyaad Copeland interview Jiyaad Copeland is currently serving a 40-month prison sentence for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. In an interview with MPR News he reflected on his past and what led him to his crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/video-gun-offender?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Group calling for reform in gun background check system stops in Mpls. A group pushing to reform the national gun background check system stopped at Minneapolis city hall Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/guns-group?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:40:45 -0600 After the snow, communities prepare for heavy flood risk Most Minnesotans are still shoveling out after the latest storm, but some communities are even more concerned about what happens when the snow melts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/winter-storm-flood?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Men accused of racially-motivated beating to appear in court Two men accused of beating a man in Brainerd earlier this month will appear in Crow Wing County court Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/racial-beating?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 06:26:49 -0600 Charges: Nurse stole and used pain medication The Hennepin County Attorney's office filed charges Wednesday against a nurse for allegedly stealing and using pain medication intended for a surgery patient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/nurse-pain-medication-charges?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:46:12 -0600 MPR's lawsuit over light rail appears headed for trial Minnesota Public Radio and the Metropolitan Council failed to reach a deal after a mediation session last month. MPR's lawsuit stems from its concern over noise and vibrations from the light rail trains that will travel in front of the company's broadcast facilities in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/mpr-met-council-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 13:40:34 -0600 Man who used Facebook to lure girls got double the maximum sentence Officials with the U.S. Attorney's office say a Minnesota man recently sentenced in a child pornography case got an enhanced sentence because he admitted to a pattern of predatory behavior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/07/child-porn-sentence-facebook?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 14:54:33 -0600 Martin Luther King Park in Mpls. off list of sites for dog park The Minneapolis Park Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to take Martin Luther King Jr. Park off a list of possible sites for an off leash dog park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/mlk-dog-park?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 06:34:05 -0600 Shooter charged in Mpls. November drive-by The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged Marlon Alejandro Lozano-Montano, 17, of Minneapolis in a drive-by shooting that wounded a 12-year-old Minneapolis girl last November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/shooter-charged?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:38:11 -0600 Minn. high court to hear age-verificaton case of homicide suspect The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in the age-verification case of triple-homicide suspect Mahdi Hassan Ali. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/mahdi-hassan-ali-supreme-court-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:39:48 -0600 Man charged in first Mpls. homicide of 2011 The Hennepin County Attorney's office filed a second degree murder charge against a Blaine man in connection with the first homicide of the year in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/murder-charge?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:45:40 -0600 Teen charged in shooting that paralyzed Mpls girl A 19-year-old woman with suspected gang ties has admitted driving the car involved in a drive-by shooting that seriously wounded a 12-year-old Minneapolis girl last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/mpls-shooting-charges?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:21:57 -0600 Minneapolis fights award in fatal police shooting Lawyers for the city of Minneapolis will challenge in federal court on Friday a $1.8 million jury award to the family of a man fatally shot by police in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/minneapolis-fights-award-in-fatal-police-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 06:42:25 -0600 Minn. lawmakers call colleague's shooting tragic Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation say the shooting that left an Arizona colleague in critical condition was "monstrous" and "tragic." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/08/congress-shooting-minn-reaction?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 15:27:04 -0600 Debate over dog park in south Mpls. sparks new conversations on Martin Luther King A debate over a proposed off-leash dog area at Martin Luther King Park in Minneapolis has divided the opposing camps along largely racial lines, but meetings on the debate have sparked new conversation within the surrounding community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/dog-par-debate-mlk?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 06:50:00 -0600 Opponents say proposed dog park disrespects MLK The Minneapolis Park Board is considering placing an off-leash dog park area in Martin Luther King Park, and some African Americans say they oppose it because it would disrespect the park's namesake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/mlk-dog-park?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 09:38:31 -0600 Frazier in place as coach, but Vikings face uncertain future The Minnesota Vikings announced the promotion of Leslie Frazier from interim to head coach Monday at Winter Park. Frazier took over for former head coach Brad Childress, who was fired midseason. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/frazier-vikings-new-coach?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 06:14:04 -0600 Mpls. commercial kitchen an incubator for food-based small businesses Nearly a dozen cooks, caterers and small food business owners use a shared commercial kitchen in north Minneapolis to make money. Some believe the small business will help revitalize a part of the city that has long suffered from underdevelopment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/kindred-kitchen?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:05:04 -0600 Vikings fans enjoy 'Snow Bowl,' despite frigid loss The game gave the fans a taste of what they might experience if the Vikings build an outdoor stadium, but it seemed like the Vikings faithful dug the new venue more than the Vikings players did. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/vikings-bears-favre-snow?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 06:07:45 -0600 NFL commissioner meets with Gov.-elect Dayton NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his meeting Monday with Gov.-elect Mark Dayton as productive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/roger-goodell-mark-dayton-vikings?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 19:35:53 -0600 Mpls. to enforce winter parking rules starting Friday The city of Minneapolis says starting Friday morning, parking will be banned on the even sides of non-snow emergency routes. Cars parked on the wrong side of the street will be ticketed and towed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/minneapolis-winter-parking-restrictions?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:14:36 -0600 Vikings move Monday night game to TCF Bank stadium The Minnesota Vikings will play the Chicago Bears next Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium. Officials with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission say the Metrodome's roof can't be fixed in time. And that will present a series of challenges for the U, the Vikings and the League. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/metrodome-repair?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:13:11 -0600 Despite protests over prop. tax levy, Minneapolis passes 2011 budget The Minneapolis city council approved a controversial 2011 budget Monday night by a vote of 10-3, one leaner than the mayor's original proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/minneapolis-budget-tax?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 06:16:52 -0600 Mpls. City Council to vote on property tax Monday Members of the Minneapolis City Council could get an earful of criticism from constituents Monday before they vote on next year's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/minneapolis-property-tax-council?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 06:25:00 -0600 State's pension plans perform better A state auditor's report released Thursday shows that Minnesota's large public pension plans performed better in 2009 than the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/auditor-pensions?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 15:56:28 -0600 Plan to reduce Mpls. property taxes passes committee The plan would cut $6.1 million from Mayor R.T. Rybak's 2011 budget proposal, which would reduce the property tax levy from the 6.5 percent increase proposed by the mayor down to 4.7 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/mpls-city-budget-property-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:41:08 -0600 Mpls. hears plan to reduce property tax increase The plan would cut $6.1 million from Mayor R.T. Rybak's 2011 budget proposal, which would reduce the property tax levy increase from the 6.5 percent proposed by the mayor down to 4.7 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/minneapolis-property-tax-plan?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 19:44:28 -0600 Mpls officials craft plan to dial back property tax increase The outcry from Minneapolis taxpayers over a proposed property tax hike has led to an attempt by city officials to dial back the increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/minneapolis-budget-taxes?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 09:41:39 -0600 Minneapolis: Cuts needed for lower property tax levy The chair of the Minneapolis City Council's budget committee says city officials are looking for ways to reduce the proposed property tax levy for 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/minneapolis-property-tax-levy?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 07:30:00 -0600 Report: Minn. charitable giving dropped in recession A report released Thursday finds charitable giving in Minnesota decreased because of the recent economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/minnesota-charitable-giving-drops-in-recession?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 17:04:35 -0600 Police: Mpls. gun crackdown shows signs of success The program, called Project Exile, began in Minneapolis this summer. Since then the Minneapolis Police Department has reported a downward trend in the number of violent gun crimes in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/minneapolis-gun-program?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 17:49:04 -0600 Xcel takes first step toward new midtown power lines in Mpls Xcel Energy has taken the next step in its effort to build a new power line and substations in midtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/new-poweline-greenway?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:11:43 -0600 Hearing needed to determine age of Powderhorn assault suspect A court hearing will be held to determine the age of one of the four teenage boys charged in last week's sexual assault and robbery in a Minneapolis Park, according to the Hennepin County attorney's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/powderhorn-attack-suspect?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:47:17 -0600 Changing tax base, pensions behind jump in Mpls. property tax rate On average, property tax increases proposed for 2011 will be the lowest in nearly a decade, but many Minneapolis residents could see double-digit increases next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/minneapolis-property-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:54:37 -0600 Report criticizes how Mpls disciplines police officers A report from the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority released Thursday is critical of how police leadership disciplines officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/mpls-police-discipline?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:49:24 -0600 Detention hearings wrap up for prostitution suspects Preliminary hearings for some of the 29 suspects in an alleged prostitution ring involving underage girls wrapped up Friday in federal court in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/prostitution-suspects-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:23:08 -0600 Nice Ride bike program gets grant for expansion Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has pledged $1.5 million toward expanding the Nice Ride bike-sharing program next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/nice-ride-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:49:19 -0600 Lawyer says sex ring charges overblown A lawyer representing one of the young men accused of taking part in an underage prostitution ring says the charges against her client appear overblown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/sex-ring-charges?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 20:19:58 -0600 Getting to the bottom of the Hennepin County vote error On Election Night, a vote count error incorrectly boosted Mark Dayton's lead over Tom Emmer by about 60,000 votes. As it turns out, the incident can be blamed on one thing: human error. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/hennepin-county-votes?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 15:38:25 -0500 Elections official says Hennepin glitch was in reporting, not vote count State Republican Party officials announced Wednesday they intend to 'overturn every stone' in search of votes in a likely recount of the gubernatorial race, and that quest may lead them to take a hard look at Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/hennepin-county-election-day-problem?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:31:19 -0500 Mpls. police on track to stay within budget in 2010 Minneapolis police officials told members of the city council Monday that the department is on track to stay within its budget this year. The department has overspent its budget in three of the last four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/minneapolis-police-budget?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:08:35 -0500 Plymouth Avenue bridge to be shut down until spring Minneapolis city officials say the Plymouth Avenue bridge which spans the Mississippi River near downtown will likely stay closed for repairs until spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/plymouth-avenue-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:23:29 -0500 Mpls. city attorney: domestic violence convictions up 50 pct. City attorney Susan Segal says the increase is due in part to new law enforcement practices designed to gather stronger evidence at crime scenes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/minneapolis-domestic-violence?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 19:24:45 -0500 Excessive force verdict against Mpls police breaks pattern of settlements Earlier this week, a jury awarded the family of an unarmed man killed by two Minneapolis police officers nearly $1.8 million for using excessive force in the encounter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/felder-lawsuit-folo?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:01:29 -0500 Family of man shot by Mpls police wins $1.8M award A federal court jury on Monday awarded slightly more than $1.8 million to the family of a man who was shot and killed by two Minneapolis police officers in 2006, finding the two officers used excessive force when they shot the man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/excessive-force-verdict?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:54:46 -0500 Testimony concludes in Minneapolis cops' trial Testimony in the wrongful death trial of two Minneapolis police officers who shot an unarmed man in 2006 wrapped up Thursday in U.S. District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/cops-trial?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:05:41 -0500 Officer says shooting justified in wrongful death trial A Minneapolis Police sergeant who trains officers in the use of force testified that officers Jason King and Lawrence Loonsfoot were justified in shooting Felder seven times on the night of Sept. 20, 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/wrongful-death-trial?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 18:40:12 -0500 Expert contradicts officers in wrongful death case An expert who testified today in the wrongful death trial of two Minneapolis police officers contradicted the officers' accounts of the night they shot and killed a man in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/wrongful-death-case?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 19:00:45 -0500 Wrongful death trial against 2 Mpls officers continues The second day of testimony in the wrongful death trial of two Minneapolis police officers begins Tuesday morning in federal court in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/wrongful-death-trial?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 09:31:46 -0500 Testimony begins in Mpls. wrongful death trial Testimony began Monday in the wrongful death trial of two Minneapolis police officers who, in 2006, shot and killed a man believed to be having a nervous breakdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/mpls-wrongful-death?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 19:59:50 -0500 Police work to keep pace as gangs become more fluid Police and others who study gang activity say gangs have changed in ways that make it harder for law enforcement to keep tabs on where the gangs operate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/minneapolis-gang-activity-fluid?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Mpls. officials seek audit of $400K transfer between police associations Minneapolis city officials say they've asked the state auditor to look into a $400,000 transfer of funds made between two city police officer associations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/police-funds?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:05:23 -0500 FBI serves terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago The FBI says it has searched eight homes in Minnesota and Chicago in a terrorism investigation. One of the subjects says the FBI is targeting leaders of the anti-war movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/anti-war-activists-fbi-searches?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:33:08 -0500 For teens in north Minneapolis, safety is an everyday concern For many young African Americans in Minneapolis, their only risky behavior is going to school, riding the city bus or going to a party. One youth group is hoping their campaign for peace will change that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/youth-safety-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 After arson attempt, a south Minneapolis staple reopens It's taken nearly two years to rebuild, but Eddie's Barbershop is celebrating a grand reopening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/eddies-barbershop?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 14:49:21 -0500 Hennepin County approves Central Corridor deal with U Hennepin County officials signed off on an agreement Tuesday with the University of Minnesota which resolves a dispute over construction of the Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/central-corridor-hennepin-county?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:00:55 -0500 Court orders new trial in fatal BNSF Anoka accident A state appeals court ruling could change the amount of money awarded to the families of four young people killed in a 2003 collision with a train in Anoka. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/bnsf-appeals-court?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:06:54 -0500 Seward shooting suspect to be tried as adult A Hennepin County judge says triple homicide suspect Mahdi Hassan Ali will be tried as an adult. Judge Peter Cahill issued an order Monday, saying it's likely that Ali was at least 16 years old when he allegedly killed three men at the Seward Market in Minneapolis earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/age-determination?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:19:12 -0500 New 35W memorial design unveiled Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Thursday unveiled the design of a Remembrance Garden for the 13 people killed by the 35W bridge collapse in August 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/35w-memorial?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 09:45:36 -0500 Bike share program pushes deeper into north Mpls. Though many welcome the new service, some are wondering if it will catch on in that part of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/06/nice-ride-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 06 Sep 2010 05:00:00 -0500 State Patrol winds up DWI enforcement campaign Officials with the Minnesota State Patrol say troopers have arrested more than 160 people for driving while intoxicated since the campaign began on Aug. 20. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/04/dwi-crackdown?refid=0 Sat, 04 Sep 2010 19:31:00 -0500 Minneapolis settles discrimination suit The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former contractor who accused the city of firing him because of his religious beliefs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/mpls-payout?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 16:37:36 -0500 Mpls. may cut street repairs if state doesn't deliver aid Minneapolis city officials announced a plan on Thursday morning to cut back on street repairs in the event that the state doesn't deliver the $87 million of aid promised in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/minneapolis-street-repairs?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 13:03:31 -0500 Charter school embezzler sentenced to 10-year term Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Joel Pourier used a complicated scheme to steal $1.3 million from the Heart of the Earth school in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/pourier-sentenced?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:16:13 -0500 Judge to decide age of murder suspect after hearing wraps up A hearing to determine the actual age of triple-homicide suspect Mahdi Hassan Ali wrapped up Thursday in Hennepin County District Court. The judge will decide within a few weeks whether Ali could stand trial as a juvenile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/ali-age-hearing-wrap?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:40:48 -0500 Mother testifies in age hearing for triple-killing suspect The mother of triple-homicide suspect Mahdi Hassan Ali testified Wednesday that gave birth to Ali in a Kenyan hospital in August 1994. That would mean Ali was 15 years old at the time he allegedly shot and killed three people at the Seward Market in Minneapolis on Jan. 6, 2010. That would also mean that Ali is eligible to be tried as a juvenile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/ali-age-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:26:30 -0500 Judge to hear arguments over age of suspected killer today A Hennepin County District Court judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether the suspected killer in a triple homicide is a juvenile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/judge-to-hear-arguments-over-age-of-suspected-killer-today?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 05:30:00 -0500 Group will dance for peace in north Mpls. today Organizers of a group dance event in north Minneapolis Saturday afternoon say they're trying to encourage more people to work for peace in their communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/21/dance-for-peace?refid=0 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 07:00:00 -0500 Mpls. has spent less than a quarter of $63M in stimulus The city of Minneapolis is spending federal stimulus money at a slower pace than most recipients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/minneapolis-stimulus-spending?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:17:52 -0500 Favre's second coming: Super Bowl or bust Brett Favre says the strong chance of playing in another Super Bowl brought him back to the Minnesota Vikings -- again. He also said that no matter what, this will be his last season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/favre-practice?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:00:31 -0500 $40M in stimulus money approved for MOA hotel Hennepin County commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution that will direct more than $40 million in federal stimulus money to the construction of a hotel complex near the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/mall-of-america-hotel-stimulus?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 16:22:51 -0500 Rybak proposes no spending cuts, 6.5% tax hike Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced Monday he will not ask city departments to cut their budgets next year. He is asking for a 6.5 percent property tax increase, which will largely cover the city's obligation to pay into two closed retirement funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/mpls-rybak-budget?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 16:50:40 -0500 Minneapolis cracking down on straw gun buyers Most of the 33 people killed in Minneapolis homicides so far this year have been shot, many likely by people who cannot legally buy guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/gun-laws-straw-buyers?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Church aims to bring peace to crime-ridden neighborhood A majority of the 32 homicides in Minneapolis this year have occurred on the city's north side. With each shooting comes more concern that no one can bring peace to the neighborhoods that need it most. But one north side church has a plan to do just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/redeemer-church-mpls?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:00:29 -0500 On Night Out, Minneapolis records year's 32nd homicide Police officials say officers responded to a shots fired call in north Minneapolis just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night and found the body of an adult man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/minneapolis-homicide?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:13 -0500 Map: 2010 homicides in Minneapolis So far in 2010, there have been 31 homicides in Minneapolis. In contrast, there were 19 in all of 2009. This map tracks each homicide throughout the city since the beginning of the year. /features/2010/08/homicides-map/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 14:10:01 -0500 Mpls. looks to Chicago model to stem gun violence Minneapolis city officials met Thursday with members of a Chicago-based organization called CeaseFire. They want to know if the CeaseFire model, which some say has helped reduce gun violence in Chicago, can work in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/mpls-ceasefire?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:19:53 -0500 Mpls. officials meeting with anti-violence group Minneapolis city officials are meeting Thursday with members of CeaseFire, an anti-violence group from Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/ceasefire-meeting-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:23:35 -0500 Mpls., state, feds team up to clamp down on gun violence Under a new collaborative program, criminals who use and sell guns could face longer federal sentences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/minneapolis-gun-violence?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 17:00:13 -0500 Lawyer pleads guilty to sex with minor A former treasurer of the Minnesota Bar Association has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/biber?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:45:36 -0500 While a hit with nearby businesses, Target Field still has doubters Target Field is a hit with fans and business owners near the park, but an economist says public money would have been better spent elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/target-field-economy?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 15:59:25 -0500 Twins drop opener to Sox, 8-7 The slumping Minnesota Twins started the second half of the season with an 8-7 loss last night to the division rival Chicago White Sox. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/twins-sox?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 06:26:53 -0500 Mpls. police net $300k in drugs, guns in busts Capt. Don Banham says three separate busts have resulted in the seizure of 500 pounds of marijuana and 53 ounces of cocaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/gang-drug-busts?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 18:02:53 -0500 Police: Grumpy's bouncer shot knife-wielding attacker Police say a bouncer with a permit to carry a concealed handgun shot and killed a man after the man attacked the bouncer with a knife outside Grumpy's bar early Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/grumpys-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:47:34 -0500 DNC officials to visit Mpls., a finalist for 2012 convention There's no telling for sure if Minneapolis hosting the 2012 DNC would lead the to protests, pictured above, the 2008 RNC elicited in St. Paul, but some worry about a repeat of that convention's challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/democratic-national-convention-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 15:51:19 -0500 Nice Ride Minn. to install bike kiosks in north Mpls. Officials at Nice Ride Minnesota say bright green rentable bikes will soon be available in parts of north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/nice-ride-north-mpls?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:47:03 -0500 Seven shootings in seven hours in Minneapolis Minneapolis police officials are investigating a series of shootings which left seven people wounded in north Minneapolis earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/seven-shootings-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:52:31 -0500 First Minneapolis street food vendor open for business The first of several newly licensed street food vendors in downtown Minneapolis is open for business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/minneapolis-street-food?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:25:38 -0500 Cycle of openings, closings common for clubs catering to black customers Gabby's Saloon in northeast Minneapolis may soon get a new owner and a new look. It's the latest episode in what some call the colorful and troubling history of Twin Cities night spots that cater to black customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/gabbys?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:18:46 -0500 North Mpls. cyclists feel left out of bike sharing program For nearly two weeks, thousands of people have been riding bright green bicycles around parts of Minneapolis. The bikes, from an organization called Nice Ride, are available for rent by the hour or by the day, but they are not available in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/north-mpls-bike-sharing?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:56:20 -0500 Twin Cities group buys back guns today The organizers of a one-day gun buy back program held today in Minneapolis and St. Paul say they are trying to prevent more violence. Minneapolis has already experienced more homicides than last year's total, and the vast majority of the killings have been committed with guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/gun-buy-back?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:31:55 -0500 Mpls. police confident of convinctions in string of killings Minneapolis police officials say investigators are working around the clock to solve the killings of three young men over a four-day period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/mpls-homicides?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:48:15 -0500 One man's effort to keep Minneapolis teens away from crime Minneapolis has seen 23 homicides so far this year, four more than last year's total. Discussions surrounding this year's uptick in violence frequently revolve around the fate of young black men, who are often the victims and perpetrators of violent crime. One man is making an effort to keep black men from becoming crime statistics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/mpls-ceoprogram?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:23:03 -0500 3 hurt in chemical explosion in Minneapolis One worker remains hospitalized, and two others were treated and released, following a minor explosion at a Minneapolis chemical plant this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/chemical-explosion?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:48:47 -0500 Mpls. officer shot by colleague commits suicide A Minneapolis police officer who received a $4.5 million settlement after being shot by a fellow officer has committed suicide, police reported Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/ngo-suicide?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 15:31:35 -0500 Mpls. police unveil plans to halt spike in violence The latest anti-crime strategies have been used before. Police say many of the criminals involved in this year's violence are familiar, too. But police officials say what's new, is that some of the violence has spread into unfamiliar territory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/minneapolis-crime-strategy?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 16:52:28 -0500 Minneapolis starts new effort to curb violent crime Thursday morning, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan presented some detail on the city's latest anti-crime efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/minneapolis-violent-crime?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 11:36:26 -0500 Hearing lays groundwork for case challenging Intoxilyzer A large crowd of attorneys and people charged with drunk driving met in Minneapolis Tuesday morning to prepare for a statewide court case that could potentially impact hundreds of DWI cases in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/intoxylizer-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 15:56:32 -0500 Upcoming court case could change rules for DWIs Local law enforcement officials say an upcoming court case could have a significant impact on how they charge and prosecute DWI cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/intoxilyzer?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 14:01:09 -0500 Minneapolis changes its building inspection program The Minneapolis City Council has approved a series of changes to the city's housing inspections program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/inspections?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 16:36:30 -0500 Minneapolis police settle excessive force lawsuit The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $235,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was tackled and punched by police officers during an arrest last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/mplspolice-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 16:14:58 -0500 Efforts underway in Minneapolis to stop the retaliation after shootings Minneapolis police officials say they fear that the recent killing of a young man near Lake Calhoun will result in more violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/stopping-the-retaliation?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 15:04:51 -0500 Lake Calhoun shooting was gang-related, police say Minneapolis police say a gang feud led to the killing of a man near Lake Calhoun earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/calhounshooting-folo?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 10:08:50 -0500 Officials ID man killed near Lake Calhoun The Hennepin County Medical examiner says a 20-year-old Brooklyn Park man died from a gunshot wound Monday night near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The killing is remarkable in part because of where it happened, along a popular recreational path right along the lakeshore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/calhoun-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 14:35:00 -0500 Mpls. proposing changes to housing inspections The goal is to improve the quality of inspections and consolidate the supervision of inspections under one department, a move some firefighters say is about placing blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/minneapolis-housing-inspections?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 17:12:04 -0500 Minneapolis works toward revival on West Broadway West Broadway used to be one the city's most vibrant commercial corridors. The key to bringing it back lies somewhere in the middle of the age old chicken-versus-egg mystery. Which comes first: economic development or public safety? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/minneapolis-broadway-revival?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis officials pleased with pension ruling Minneapolis city officials are hailing the decision of a Hennepin County judge, who has ruled that Minneapolis police and fire retirement funds overpaid their members and have to recoup nearly $76 million from pensioners and beneficiaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/pensionfund?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 17:04:22 -0500 Effects of ballpark tax ripple through Hennepin County When county commissioners narrowly approved a county-wide sales tax to pay for about two-thirds of the $545 million park they threw in a carrot for backers of libraries and youth sports -- a promise that excess money from the ballpark tax would go to those activities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/hennepin-county-ballpark-tax?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 18:30:24 -0500 Fong Lee family seeks another chance to try Mpls. officer The family of Fong Lee was back in federal court Wednesday asking for another chance to try the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Lee in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/fong-lee?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 16:55:47 -0500 Judge: Vikings' Williamses must serve suspensions A Minnesota judge has sided with the NFL in a lawsuit by Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams challenging their four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's anti-doping policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/vikings-williams?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 13:36:00 -0500 Minn. man pleads guilty in case of missing men A Minnesota man who was caught up in the FBI's investigation into local Somalis has pleaded guilty to obstructing justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/abdow-plea?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 11:21:56 -0500 Mobile food vendors set to take to Minneapolis streets People who want to sell food from mobile carts in downtown Minneapolis will start applying for licenses this weekend, but it's going to be a struggle for some would-be mobile vendors to get up and running that quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/minneapolis-mobile-food-vendors?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:34:10 -0500 Police link fatal shootings in Brooklyn Park, Mpls. Two fatal shootings that happened overnight in north Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park appear to be linked, police officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/fatal-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:00:13 -0500 Teen shooting suspect to get X-rays to determine his age A teen charged with murder in the shooting deaths of three men in a south Minneapolis convenience store in January will get dental X-rays to determine his age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/suspect-age?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:16:33 -0500 Funeral held for 5 family members killed in Mpls. fire One funeral remains for the victims of a fatal fire earlier this month in Minneapolis at in the apartments above McMahon's Pub on Lake Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/funeral-held-for-fire-victims?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:12:36 -0500 Fire marshal recommends changes to Mpls. inspections The state fire marshal recommends that in the case of mixed-use buildings -- like McMahon's Pub in Minneapolis, which burned earlier this month, killing six -- both the commercial and residential floors be inspected at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/minneapolis-fire-inspections?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Seward shooting suspect pleads guilty to lesser charges Ahmed Ali, one of the two suspects charged in the shooting deaths of three men at the Seward Market in Minneapolis, pled guilty today to three lesser charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/seward-guiltyplea?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:11:24 -0500 Mpls fire investigation raises questions about inspections A fundraiser is scheduled Friday night for some of the surviving family members of a Minneapolis fire two weeks ago, which killed six people. Funerals and more fundraisers are scheduled in the days and weeks ahead, even as many questions remain about how the fire could have happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/fire-inspections?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 15:51:45 -0500 Mpls. City Council to vote on additional pothole crews The Minneapolis City Council will vote Friday on a request to speed up pothole repairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/pothole-crews?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 06:49:43 -0500 Twins opener one for the record books The Minnesota Twins' beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Monday night in front of nearly 40,000 fans at their first official game at Target Field, and team officials say the game also went well behind the scenes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/twins-opener-wrap?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 06:47:36 -0500 Judge to hear Minneapolis power line dispute Supporters and opponents of two proposed high-voltage power lines and substations in south Minneapolis on Monday will present their cases to a judge. Potentially, one of the lines would run overhead along the Midtown Greenway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/minneapolis-power-line?refid=0 Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis avoids layoffs despite cut in state aid Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced Thursday the city will be able to absorb a proposed $9 million cut in state aid without laying off employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/mplsbudget?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:56:23 -0500 Minneapolis readies new fire inspection system After a second victim of a fatal Minneapolis fire was identified on Thursday, Minneapolis city officials say they are preparing to roll out a new system that will increase the frequency of inspections for buildings with a history of violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/second-victim-identified?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:47:36 -0500 Apartment in deadly fire hadn't been inspected in 16 years Fire inspectors visited McMahon's Irish Pub on the main floor of the mixed-use building just a few weeks before the fire, but they didn't look at the second floor, where investigators believe a fire started that killed six people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/pub-fire-inspections?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 17:23:07 -0500 Fire department reports detail violations at pub that burned The Minneapolis Arson Squad continues investigating the fire that killed six people last week. Reports show inspectors had just checked over a section of the building and reported several fire code violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/fire-folo?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 17:05:31 -0500 Investigators still seek cause of fatal Mpls fire Minneapolis fire officials say they have not ruled out any possible cause of the fire that killed six people last week. In the meantime, employees of the pub that went up in flames say they will mourn -- and then rebuild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/mplsfire?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 14:02:38 -0500 Twins, fans get first taste of season at Target Field The Minnesota Twins christened Target Field Friday night with an 8-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the exhibition game gave Twins players and staff a chance to get used to their new digs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/03/twins-exhibition?refid=0 Sat, 03 Apr 2010 07:57:25 -0500 Mpls. council could expand outdoor food vending Some Minneapolis city council members are pushing for the passage of an ordinance that will increase the number of food vendors on downtown streets this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/minneapolis-food-vendors?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 06:30:00 -0500 Economic boost around Target Field a spotty story With outdoor major league baseball returning to Minnesota today, expectations for the Twins are high. So are hopes for a new economic boost around Target Field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/target-field-economic-boost?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M launches effort against sexual violence A panel of University of Minnesota officials gathered Wednesday to discuss a schoolwide effort to combat sexual violence against women. The discussion was inspired by a crime two weeks ago, when a female student reported she was kidnapped and assaulted by several men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/uminn-assaults?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:04:17 -0500 Mpls. police head to trial for alleged excessive force in 2004 In federal district court Friday morning, attorneys argued their cases in a pretrial hearing over an excessive force lawsuit against Minneapolis police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/mpls-police-pretrial?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:48:52 -0500 Court to hear arguments in case of Mpls. cops accused of assault Arguments are scheduled in Federal District Court Friday in a lawsuit against a group of Minneapolis police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/assault-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 05:27:39 -0500 Sports commission agrees to Metrodome upgrades The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission has agreed to make a few changes to the Metrodome at the request of its main tenant, the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/dome-improvements?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:35:06 -0500 Trial date set for Seward Market shooting suspect A trial date has been set for one of the two teenaged suspects in the Seward Market triple homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/seward-market-shooting-trial-date?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:14:08 -0600 Dolan reappointed as Minneapolis police chief The Minneapolis City Council Friday reappointed police Chief Tim Dolan by an 8-5 vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/dolan-reappointment?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:50:41 -0600 Officials outline plans for gameday traffic around new Target Field Minneapolis city officials anticipate traffic challenges around Target Field before and after Twins games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/target-field-traffic?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:45:04 -0600 How old is Seward shooting suspect? The attorney for a suspect in the Seward Market shootings claims he has documentation proving the young man is only 15, and should be tried as a juvenile for the crime. Prosecutors believe Mahdi Hassan Ali is 17 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/sewardsuspect-age?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 16:14:48 -0600 Viking Kevin Williams takes the stand in NFL case The defensive lineman today said the NFL did not notify him in a timely manner about a drug test or keep the results private. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/williams-on-the-stand?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 15:49:10 -0600 Vikings linemen's trial tests state employment law The players are suing the league for violating state employment laws. The case involves not only drugs and drug testing, but also whether the two players are employed by the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL, or both. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/vikings-williams-trial?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Funeral set for slain Minneapolis teen The funeral for a Minneapolis teenager Alisha Neeley will be held Saturday at a north Minneapolis church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/alisha-neeley-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 15:42:44 -0600 A call for calm after Mpls teen's shooting death Minneapolis community leaders and police are trying to prevent any violent retaliation over the recent shooting death of a teenage girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/mpls-crime?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 16:15:09 -0600 Dolan reappointment moves forward after public hearing Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan's reappointment has taken another step forward after a council committee approved Dolan's appointment following public testimony Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/dolan-appointment-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 06:32:52 -0600 Marchers mourn shooting victim in Minneapolis About 100 people marched in north Minneapolis Wednesday night to mourn the city's latest homicide victim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/peace-marchers?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 06:20:34 -0600 In Minneapolis, public to weigh in on Dolan nomination Members of the Minneapolis City Council will listen to public testimony over the nomination of police Chief Tim Dolan to serve another term on Wednesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/dolan-hearing1?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 06:57:40 -0600 Youth violence back in the spotlight after rash of shootings A rash of gun violence in Minneapolis this weekend has left one teenage girl dead and four young men wounded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/minneapolis-gun-violence?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 19:37:52 -0600 Police: Minneapolis weekend shootings are not all related Law enforcement officials are investigating several weekend shootings in Minneapolis, including the killing of a 17-year-old girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/police-investigate-weekend-shootings?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 10:31:19 -0600 Dolan's performance judged on more than crime stats This week, dozens of supporters and critics of Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan have a chance to speak about Dolan's nomination to serve another term. During his first term as chief, crime has gone down steadily. But at issue is more than just crime numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/28/dolan-reappt?refid=0 Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Most of $60M in stimulus to Minneapolis unspent Minneapolis city officials say most of the $60 million in federal stimulus money it's received hasn't been spent yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/minneapolis-stimulus?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 06:57:31 -0600 Former Mpls. Mayor Charles Stenvig dies at 82 Former Minneapolis Mayor Charles Stenvig has died at the age of 82. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/stenvig-obit?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:11:45 -0600 Fire consumes retail center in south Mpls. Minneapolis fire department officials say an accidental grease fire that started in a restaurant kitchen caused a two-alarm blaze that heavily damaged several nearby shops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/mpls-fire?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:55:26 -0600 Dolan takes first steps toward new term as police chief Members of the Minneapolis City Council have accepted Mayor R.T. Rybak's nomination of Tim Dolan to serve another term as police chief. But not all of them are ready to support the chief for another term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/dolan-reappt?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:16:36 -0600 Minneapolis prepares budget cuts in response to gov's plan Minneapolis city officials say they will likely make pre-emptive budget cuts in response to Gov. Pawlenty's proposed supplemental budget. The governor's plan would cut state aid to Minneapolis by nearly $30 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/mpls-budgetcuts?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 21:40:42 -0600 Faster Wi-Fi headed for Twin Cities, but will people sign on? A new wireless internet option is on the horizon for some Twin Cities residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/clearwire-wi-fi?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Mpls settles another police misconduct suit The Minneapolis City Council Friday approved another six-figure payout to settle a police misconduct lawsuit. The settlement has fuled criticism of Police Chief Tim Dolan's performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/mpls-police?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:55:02 -0600 Minn. Toyota dealerships begin recall repairs Minnesota Toyota dealerships have begun fixing gas pedals in cars subject to a massive recall, and one dealer says so far, customers understand the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/toyota-repairs-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 14:20:52 -0600 Mpls to pay $350K in suit involving female firefighter The City of Minneapolis will pay a $350,000 judgment over an employment dispute involving a female firefighter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/mpls-suit-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 15:52:44 -0600 Solar panels to be installed on Mpls convention center roof The Minneapolis City Council approved a proposal Friday to install solar panels on the roof of the city's convention center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/solar-mpls?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 14:39:59 -0600 Minneapolis joins lawsuit over unallotment Minneapolis will join the city of St. Paul and others to support a lawsuit challenging the governor's budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/mpls-unallotment?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 14:33:58 -0600 In Minneapolis, why the jump in homicides? Seven men have been killed in Minneapolis so far this year, and city residents and police officials are at a loss to explain why -- especially since last year, the city saw a historic drop in homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/mpls-homicide?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:23:04 -0600 Study: More poor living in U.S. suburbs than in cities According to a new study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, there are more poor people living in U.S. suburbs than there are in central cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/poor-suburbs-brookings?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:27:04 -0600 Minneapolis leaders sworn in, face budget problems Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the 13-member City Council were sworn in Monday at City Hall, while being warned that the city's financial woes are likely to continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/mpls_swearingin?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 12:54:18 -0600 Twins get the keys to Target Field The Minnesota Twins officially begin operating out of Target Field in downtown Minneapolis on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/target-field-complete?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 09:01:52 -0600 Twin Cities mayors to be inaugurated The mayors of Minnesota's two largest cities will be inaugurated Monday during two separate ceremonies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/twin-cities-mayors?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 07:44:14 -0600 Gym using judo to help kids tackle larger issues In the sport of judo, contestants try to flip, fling or wrestle each other to the ground and keep them there; and in north Minneapolis, some neighborhood residents are using judo to help them tackle some larger problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/judo-jay?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 17:10:21 -0600 Mpls. homicides down 50 percent from last year The number of homicides in Minneapolis is down sharply this year, a trend showing up in large cities nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/homicides-down?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:58:17 -0600 Local Hmong leaders concerned about refugees in Thailand Members of the Twin Cities Hmong community say they fear for the safety of refugees living in camps along the border of Thailand and Laos. In the past few days, the Thai government sent in troops to move several thousand refugees into Laos -- a country many of them fled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/laos-localreax?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:20:24 -0600 Stimulus keeps 15 Minneapolis officers in uniform Fifteen Minneapolis police officers will be able to stay on the force, thanks in part to federal stimulus funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/stimulus-mpls-police?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:43:13 -0600 Mpls faith, business communities raising money for homeless Members of the faith and business communities of Minneapolis have teamed up to raise $350,000 to help the homeless. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/money-for-homeless?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:34:13 -0600 Three leaving Mpls City Council Members of the Minneapolis City Council on Friday honored three colleagues who are leaving office at the end of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/mplscouncil?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 15:41:13 -0600 Mpls police chief blames economy for recruit layoffs Twenty Minneapolis Police officers graduated from the academy on Thursday, and the new officers will hit the streets this weekend. But by the end of next week, they'll be out of work because police department will lay off the officers because it can't afford to pay their salaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/minneapolis-officer-graduation?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Hennepin County approves big budget cuts Next year Hennepin County will run on a budget $100 million less than in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/hennepin-county-budget-approved?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:27:53 -0600 Hennepin County to approve HCMC budget, including cuts The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will approve the Hennepin County Medical Center's 2010 budget Tuesday afternoon. The hospital is expected to lose $43 million in state funds next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/hcmc_cuts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 06:58:26 -0600 Minneapolis lays off 25 police officers The last day of work for 25 Minneapolis police officers will come just a few days before Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/officer-layoffs?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:07:48 -0600 Minneapolis PD honor officers, civilians at ceremony Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan will honor several police officers and civilians Monday at a City Hall ceremony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/mpls-police-ceremony?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 08:06:07 -0600 HCMC struggles with budget choices The Hennepin County Medical Center stands to lose more than $90 million over the next two years, since the state eliminated funding for the General Assistance Medical Care program. The hospital is struggling to figure out how it will keep treating its patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/hcmc-budget?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:25:14 -0600 Mpls City Council approves budget, cuts nearly 100 jobs The Minneapolis City Council approved the city's 2010 budget Monday night. Under the plan, nearly 100 Minneapolis city employees will lose their jobs next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/minneapolis_budget_cuts?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 06:37:08 -0600 Mpls. budget saves public safety jobs, but more cuts loom The Minneapolis City Council budget committee reduced the size of the recommended tax levy and found funds to avoid layoffs in the police and fire departments at a meeting Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/mpls-city-council-news?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 06:11:29 -0600 Minneapolis City Council hopes to avoid police cuts Minneapolis city council members spent much of Wednesday's budget discussions looking for ways to avoid cuts to the police department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/police_cuts?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 01:57:48 -0600 MPD budget proposal would cut up to 47 civilian positions The Minneapolis Police Department could lose as many as 47 civilian positions next year if the City Council approves a budget proposal offered by Chief Tim Dolan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/minneapolis-police-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 13:59:42 -0600 Mpls officer on leave following false imprisonment charges Minneapolis police officer Tony Adams faces charges of false imprisonment after he handcuffed and detained two juveniles in his car earlier this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/officer-false-imprisonment?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 14:12:27 -0600 Some wonder if MVP Mauer will remain a Twin The award caps a season for Joe Mauer in which he led the league in most major hitting categories, and posted career-high totals for home runs and runs batted in. However, Mauer's long list of achievements has sparked more talk about his future with the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/mauer-mvp?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:00:35 -0600 Minneapolis elections officials nearing final IRV report The hand count of ballots cast in Minneapolis' first ever election using instant runoff voting is coming to a close and Minneapolis elections officials will soon start to compile a report about the city's new experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/minneapolis-election-counting?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 R.T. Rybak declared unofficial winner in election count Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak was declared the unofficial winner of the city's mayoral race this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/rybak-win?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 17:21:17 -0600 Minneapolis declares 6 more unofficial election winners Minneapolis Elections officials announced six more unofficial winners Tuesday from the Nov. 3 elections http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/minneapolis-election-winners?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:16:22 -0600 Changes in Minneapolis streets still causing confusion Lately, a few major streets in downtown Minneapolis have undergone changes and some travelers are having a difficult time getting used to the new layout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/minneapolis-streets?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis declares 3 more unofficial winners in election Minneapolis officials declared three more unofficial winners Monday afternoon in the city's first ever election using instant runoff voting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/more-winners-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:56:52 -0600 Two more Mpls. council members declared winners Minneapolis elections officials released the results of two more City Council races Friday, including one contest where the winner had to be decided by counting second-choice votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/mpls-results?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:29:03 -0600 Minneapolis elections officials finding few errors on ballots Minneapolis city elections officials say so far they have not found more errors on ballots than they usually do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/minneapolis-counting?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 07:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis finishes counting ballots in two wards Minneapolis elections officials have finished counting ballots in two wards. That means two council members can openly declare victory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/counting-ballots?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:17:14 -0600 Rybak re-elected, mum on governor's race Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was elected to a third term Tuesday night, winning 74 percent of the vote in an 11-candidate field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/minneapolis-mayor-race?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 22:28:13 -0600 Rybak answers challengers who say 'anyone but him' Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak faces 10 challengers on the ballot Tuesday for his office at city hall and many of Rybak's opponents are critical of the mayor on several issues, especially his record of raising property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/minneapolis-mayor-race?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 17:52:11 -0600 In Minneapolis, costs of police misconduct add up Over the last few months, incidents involving Minneapolis officers have led to six-figure lawsuit settlements - raising questions about police culture and leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/police-misconduct?refid=0 Sun, 01 Nov 2009 20:26:14 -0600 Minneapolis officials spread the word on ranked-choice voting Minneapolis elections officials are trying to get residents ready for the new ranked-choice voting system they'll see on Election Day next month. They've been holding public meetings, but so far only a handful of people have shown up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/irv-meetings?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 16:23:32 -0500 Minneapolis begins IRV learning sessions tonight The city of Minneapolis begins a series of public educational meetings on Instant Runoff Voting Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/irv-voting-sessions?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis officials settle 2006 discrimination lawsuit Minneapolis city officials Friday afternoon agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/discrimination-lawsuit-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:26:43 -0500 IRV offers new strategies for Minneapolis candidates Minneapolis officials say voters won't notice a big difference when the city begins using Instant Runoff Voting on Nov. 3, but candidates and their supporters already are. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/irv-voting-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:35:23 -0500 Twins loss ends series, season and era Last night the New York Yankees beat the Twins 4 to 1, ending an all-too-brief playoff run and the Twins' tenure in the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/11/twins-yankees?refid=0 Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:36:47 -0500 Twins take the Central in dramatic fashion Last night the Minnesota Twins won the American League Central division title by beating the Detroit Tigers 6 to 5 in a marathon 12-inning game at the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/twins-alc-win?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 20:46:13 -0500 Farewell to the Metrodome? Not quite yet Sunday's post-game ceremony commemorating the Twin's last game at the Metrodome seemed a bit strange. Why? The season isn't over yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/04/twins-metrodome?refid=0 Sun, 04 Oct 2009 19:32:25 -0500 Metrodome: A quirky place to play baseball The Minnesota Twins will play their last home game at the Metrodome this Sunday. Over the last 28 years, the dome has been the setting for some of the most memorable games in Twins history -- and the site of some strange plays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/metrodome-quirks?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 09:47:40 -0500 Twins' departure puts future of Metrodome in question This weekend, the Minnesota Twins will celebrate their long-anticipated departure from the Metrodome, leaving many to wonder what the future holds now that the Minnesota Vikings remain the only major dome tenant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/metrodome-future-twins?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Support for Mayor Rybak runs high as he aims for third term Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is expected to easily win his third term in office, but unlike previous election campaigns, this time Rybak has the support of the DFL machine as well as all 13 city council members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/rt-rybak-reelection?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:56:17 -0500 Former Minneapolis police officer sentenced for tax fraud A judge has sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mike Roberts to one year in jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/former-police-officer-sentenced?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:50:02 -0500 Police union disputes embattled officer's termination Minneapolis police union lawyers say an officer involved in a high-profile, wrongful-death trial has been unjustly fired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/andersen-firing?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:24:21 -0500 Minneapolis police shutting down narcotics unit to save funds The Minneapolis Police Department is shutting down its narcotics unit to save money and save jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/minneapolis-drug-unit?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:45:37 -0500 Minneapolis introduces tip line to combat youth violence Starting Monday Minneapolis students will be able to call or text a tip line to report potential violent incidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/minneapolis-student-tipline?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:05:08 -0500 Hennepin County steps up composting programs A growing number of Hennepin County residents are donating a few extra minutes each week as part of a larger effort to measure the benefits of organic recycling and composting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/hennepin-county-steps-up-composting-programs?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 15:27:34 -0500 Former Gang Strike Force officers under investigation remain at work Seven Minneapolis police officiers are on the job today, despite being the subject of federal and internal investigations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/gang-strike-force-officers?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 16:09:11 -0500 City Council, Park Board going to court over rejected amendment The latest power struggle between the Minneapolis City Council and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is going to court because of a vote on Friday by the council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/council-vs-parkboard?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 17:10:47 -0500 Real, live sod installed at new Twins ballpark While you were sleeping, workers began laying down the first few thousands of square feet of Kentucky blue grass at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/real-live-grass-installed-at-new-twins-ballpark?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 06:14:45 -0500 First batch of turf to be installed tonight at Target Field Tonight the first batch of turf will be delivered and installed at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/target-field-turf-installed?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:35:54 -0500 Mpls program offers incentive to buy foreclosed homes Minneapolis city officials will gather this morning to promote a program that encourages people to buy foreclosed homes in certain parts of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/minneapolis-program-offers-incentive-to-buy-foreclosed-homes?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:04:07 -0500 Police to change review policy for dash cam videos Minneapolis police officials say they will make minor changes to the department's policy on squad car videos in response to a videotaped incident in which officers kicked and punched a man who they say resisted before he was arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/police-video-changes?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:26:39 -0500 Klobuchar tours Minneapolis passport office U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and some senior officials from the State Department toured a new passport office in Minneapolis Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/passport-office?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:39:19 -0500 Dolan expresses concern about officers' actions Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan on Tuesday described an altercation between officers and a suspect during a February traffic stop as 'a heck of a battle,' and said he had concerns over some of the officers' actions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/minneapolis-excessive-force-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:28:00 -0500 FBI to review video of Mpls arrest, beating The FBI has agreed to review a video depicting Minneapolis police officers using force to subdue a man during a February traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/police-video?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:10:15 -0500 Constituents converge on Klobuchar's office to talk health care Groups with opposing views on health care reform converged on Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office in Minneapolis Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/klobuchar-health-care?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 17:51:06 -0500 Rybak's budget cuts city spending, raises property taxes Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has proposed a $1.3 billion budget for next year, which calls for spending cuts in every city department as well as a property tax increase and a special levy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/mpls-budget?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:55:39 -0500 Rybak to announce Minneapolis budget recommendation today Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak will present his recommended 2010 budget at City Hall today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/rybak-to-announce-city-budget-today?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 06:21:36 -0500 Group pushes for Mpls Park Board to be independent A group of Minneapolis Park Board supporters has collected enough signatures to get a proposal on the ballot this fall which would make the board an independent body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/parkboard?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:00:08 -0500 Program aims to bridge gap between cops and kids Two Minneapolis police officers have taken the idea of community-oriented policing one step further by mounting bikes and hitting the streets in order to foster a greater connection between police and the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/bike-cops-nno?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Ash borers not a threat to MLB's bats, yet What do Major League Baseball players have in common with forest products researchers? They're all preoccupied with, well, wood. Recently, the focus has been on tree-eating bugs and exploding baseball bats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/ash-bats-mlb?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:18:29 -0500 FLOW celebrates North Minneapolis artists, performers The 4th annual north Minneapolis arts crawl, known as FLOW, will be held along West Broadway Avenue on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/flow-crawl?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:53:58 -0500 Violent crime in Minneapolis hits historic low Minneapolis officials say violent crime is at historically-low levels throughout the city. As a result, area residents say they are able to focus less on watching for potential dangers, and more on helping each other and community building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/minneapolis-crime?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:51:31 -0500 Youth violence program extending to five pilot communities A Minneapolis program that's been successful in preventing youth violence will grow to five pilot communities around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/minnesota-blueprint?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:48:19 -0500 Family of Fong Lee files appeal of wrongful death suit The mother of Fong Lee has filed an appeal of the family's wrongful death lawsuit to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/fong-lee-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 14:37:58 -0500 Candidates for municipal races set The field of candidates for municipal races in Minneapolis and St. Paul has been set, and it looks like the most hotly-contested race will be for a north Minneapolis City Council seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/municipal_races?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 18:19:51 -0500 Metro fire departments to offer free blood pressure screenings Starting today, some fire stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul will host free blood pressure screenings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/free_blood_pressure_clinics?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 06:14:30 -0500 Board holding town hall meeting to review police Taser policy The Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday night on the police department's Taser policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/taser_policy?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 17:25:46 -0500 Officials discussing proposed street light fee with public City officials are presenting details of a proposed street light fee to the public that they say is needed to help pay for electricity and light bulbs for the thousands of streetlights throughout the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/street_light_fee?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis to detail proposed street light fee This week Minneapolis residents will hear details about a proposed new fee to cover the cost of thousands of street lights throughout the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/mpls_street_light_fee?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 07:17:35 -0500 HUD secretary tours federal stimulus at work in Minneapolis HUD secretary Shaun Donovan was in Minneapolis Friday to help break ground on a public housing construction project funded by federal stimulus dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/hud_secretary_visit?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:49:52 -0500 Minneapolis mayor among the Facebook millions R.T. Rybak says Twitter and Facebook help him stay connected with his constituents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/rybak_facebook?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 15:41:45 -0500 Taking lessons from elm losses, Minneapolis prepares for ash borer Minneapolis city forestry officials are preparing for the arrival of an unwanted guest -- the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/ash_borer_minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:00:00 -0500 St. Paul police sue to keep gangs away from Rondo Days St. Paul city officials have filed lawsuits against two street gangs in an attempt to prevent violence at the upcoming Rondo Days festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/gang_injunction?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 16:34:46 -0500 Man found guilty of 2008 Somali shooting A Hennepin County jury has found Hassan Mohamed Abdillahi guilty of the second-degree murder of another young Somali man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/somali_murder?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:27:31 -0500 Judge denies new trial in Fong Lee case A judge has rejected a request by the family of Fong Lee for a new trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/judge_denies_new_trial_in_fong_lee_case?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 13:42:41 -0500 Black newspaper owners meet in Minneapolis Today is the first full day of the National Newspaper Publishers Association summer convention in Minneapolis. The group represents more than 200 African American-owned newspapers across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/newspaper_conf?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:54:09 -0500 Minority contractors look for their share of the stimulus As federal stimulus money pours into cities, minority contractors are hoping to get a share of the work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/stimulusminoritycontractors?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis to use new voting system this fall The Minneapolis City Council has voted to move to ranked choice voting with this fall's municipal election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/minneapolis_to_use_new_voting_system_this_fall?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:33:52 -0500 Minneapolis seeks stimulus money for energy projects The city of Minneapolis has applied for $3.9 million in federal stimulus funds to pay for energy conservation and efficiency projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/minneapolis_stimulus?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 12:42:19 -0500 Target Center roof workers claim unsafe conditions A group of roofing workers are on strike against the company in charge of installing a new green roof on the Target Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/target_center_roof_workers_strike?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:05:42 -0500 New business slow to move in around Target Field For the past several years, downtown Minneapolis has seen healthy condominium construction and commercial growth. But the souring economy has muted the development boom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/mplsdtdevelopment?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:15:00 -0500 Family of Fong Lee files appeal for new trial Today the family of Fong Lee filed a request for a new trial. Last week a jury ruled that Minneapolis police officer Jason Andersen did not use excessive force when the officer shot and killed Lee in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/fong_lee_appeal?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 15:34:00 -0500 Hmong activist says police, courts 'betrayed' community Members of the Hmong community are reacting with anger to yesterday's verdict in the Fong Lee case. A federal jury in St. Paul found that a Minneapolis police officer did not use excessive force in the shooting of 19-year-old Lee three years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/fong_lee_follow?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fong Lee's family angered by verdict Family members of Fong Lee expressed their anger Thursday at a verdict exonerating the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed the 19-year-old in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/fonglee_verdict?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 13:16:15 -0500 Testimony ends in Fong Lee case; jury takes over tomorrow Testimony has ended in the wrongful death lawsuit brought against the Minneapolis Police Department by the family of Fong Lee, who was shot to death by a police officer in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/fonglee_tues?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 14:30:04 -0500 Shooting trial ends first week; city presents case next Throughout the week, a federal jury in St. Paul has been hearing sometimes gruesome testimony in a wrongful death suit against a Minneapolis police officer. The family of Fong Lee accuses Officer Jason Andersen of unjustifiably killing the 19-year-old in 2006. They also say the police planted a gun next to Lee's dead body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/fong_lee_trial?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 17:33:00 -0500 Officer who killed Fong Lee testifies about shooting Lawyers for the family of Fong Lee are questioning Minneapolis police officer Jason Andersen in federal court today. Andersen killed Fong Lee in 2006, and the family has filed suit against him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/fonglee_wed?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 13:57:29 -0500 Wrongful death trial of Minneapolis officer begins Jury selection begins Monday morning in a wrongful death lawsuit against a Minneapolis police officer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/fongleesetup?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police officer surprises court with guilty plea A Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty to several charges in U.S. District Court as the corruption case against him was about to go to the jury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/robertsguiltyplea?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Judge rules on motions in Fong Lee case U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson has ruled on several pre-trial motions filed in the Fong Lee wrongful death case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/magnusonrulings?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 09:43:26 -0500 Defense lays out case in Minneapolis police corruption trial Lawyers for Minneapolis police officer Mike Roberts called their first witnesses as the defense began its arguments in a police corruption trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/mplspdcorrputiontrial?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 13:26:43 -0500 Key witness testifies at Minneapolis police corruption trial A convicted gang member took the stand in the corruption trial against a Minneapolis police officer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/12/robertscorruptiontrial?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Settlement hearing draws rally for Fong Lee's family A group of nearly 200, mostly Hmong people, demonstrated in front of the U.S. courthouse in downtown St. Paul to rally support for the family of Fong Lee, who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis officer in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/fongleesettlementhearing?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 15:20:00 -0500 Rally supports family of Fong Lee as settlement talks begin As a rally in support of Fong Lee's family takes place this morning outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul, lawyers on both sides of the wrongful death lawsuit will participate in settlement talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/fong_lee?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 06:54:02 -0500 Jury selection begins in Minneapolis police corruption trial Jury selection begins today in U.S. District Court in the corruption trial of a Minneapolis police officer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/mpls_corruption_trial?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 10:47:36 -0500 Ruling in Fong Lee shooting case leaves questions Lawyers for Fong Lee's family say their wrongful death lawsuit will go ahead, but admit disappointment at a court ruling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/leemagnusonruling?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Judge throws out most claims in Fong Lee lawsuit A U.S. District Court judge has thrown out nearly all the charges filed by the family of Fong Lee against the city of Minneapolis and Officer Jason Andersen. Andersen shot and killed Fong Lee in 2006, and his family had claimed a coverup. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/fong_lee_judge_ruling?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 02:39:36 -0500 Family's attorneys argue to include grand jury testimony in Fong Lee case This morning, a pretrial hearing brings together lawyers for the family of Fong Lee and the Hennepin County Attorney's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/fong_lee_trial?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 06:33:14 -0500 Developers hope new project spurs business in north Minneapolis Today a non-profit developer broke ground in north Minneapolis on a project designed to turn a building once used as a funeral home into a sign of life along one of the city's most neglected corridors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/minneapolis_development?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 16:23:14 -0500 Minneapolis charter changes could bring reorganization Proposed changes to the Minneapolis charter would create a new administrator to oversee all departments and do away with the independent, elected Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/mplscharter?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Gang injunction aims to make Cinco de Mayo safer St. Paul city officials will ask a Ramsey County Court judge to grant them a temporary injunction designed to prevent violence at a popular street festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/cincodemayoinjunction?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Overall crime rates down in Minneapolis Overall crime is down in the city of Minneapolis, however, some parts of town have seen increases in burglaries, arson and larceny. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/minneapolis_crime_rates_down?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 17:02:05 -0500 Does Minneapolis need more rental housing? Minneapolis city officials say they are trying to shape the city's housing strategy to meet the needs of a growing and increasingly diverse population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/mplsrental?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police chief defends actions in fatal shooting Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan says the lawyers representing the family of Fong Lee are trying their case against the police department in the media. So Dolan is using the media to refute some key allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/fongleevideogun?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 17:45:13 -0500 Minneapolis settles bias lawsuit by black officers The city of Minneapolis has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit with five African-American police officers for $740,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/copslawsuit_settlement?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:09:31 -0500 Minneapolis says gun involved in fatal shooting never in police custody The Minneapolis city attorney filed documents Wednesday, which dispute allegations that police officers planted a gun near Fong Lee after they shot him in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/mplspdgun?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Opening day holds memories, hopes for Twins' fans The Minnesota Twins lost their last Metrodome home opener to the Seattle Mariners 6-1 last night. The loss left much of the sellout crowd a bit disappointed and many already are looking forward to next season, and not because they think this year's team is a lost cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/twins_openingday?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul seeks to block gang from Cinco De Mayo St. Paul city officials announced Monday that the city is filing a legal injunction against a nationally known street gang which has recently made its presence felt in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/stpaulgangs?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:03:38 -0500 Northside home tour shows off investments for sale One person's foreclosure crisis, is another's investment opportunity. This is especially true in parts of north Minneapolis, where the supply of foreclosed properties is high and the prices are low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/northsidehometour?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:16:48 -0500 Prosecutors won't press charges in Gagne case Former professional wrestling champion Verne Gagne won't be charged in the death a fellow dementia patient who Gagne attacked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/gagne_folo?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:27:31 -0500 Minneapolis streets proof of budget strain This week, the Minneapolis city council will approve a new budget. The amended budget accounts for gaps left by a cut in state aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/mplsbudgetrevised?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 02:15:26 -0500 Timberwolves slash prices for '09-10 season tickets The economic recession has inspired the Minnesota Timberwolves to cut season ticket prices for next season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/timberwolves_slash_prices_for_0910_season_tickets?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 16:03:57 -0600 Investigation and foreclosure targets dozens of Minneapolis rentals The number of foreclosures in Minneapolis has been dropping for the last several months, but the statistics show that more than 20 properties owned by an investor group went into foreclosure last month. This week, the city will begin revoking most of the rental licenses from these homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/mplsforeclose?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:09:03 -0600 Rybak cuts 33 city jobs to prepare for 2010 budget Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced city job cuts as part of a revised city budget designed to help make up for for millions of dollars in state budgets cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/mplsbudgetrevise?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 17:52:38 -0600 Some companies still saying "Help Wanted" It seems like each day, there are headlines about mass layoffs and job cuts. But if you look carefully, you can still find companies that are hiring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/whoshiring?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 15:04:28 -0600 Crisis line services seeing more calls for help As economic times get tougher, more and more people are calling crisis lines for help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/hotlinecalls?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:40:59 -0600 Minneapolis hears budget recommendations from residents Minneapolis officials heard ideas Monday night, from city residents on how to cut more than $13 million from the city's 2009 budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/publicmplsbudget?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 03:56:08 -0600 Minneapolis officials recommend eliminating park board As city officials across the state explore ways to cut costs in tough economic times, several Minneapolis city council members have recommended a controversial proposal that would - among other things - eliminate the park board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/minneapolis_officials_recommend_eliminating_park_board?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Watching history with millions MPR reporter Brandt Williams attended President Barack Obama's inauguration with a small group of men from Minneapolis and nearly two million other people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/inaugurationtrip?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 17:30:00 -0600 Minnesotans travel to D.C. Washington D.C. is getting increasingly crowded with visitors coming to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/minnesotans_travel_to_dc?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:13:18 -0600 On the road to the inauguration The throngs in Washington D.C. for Barack Obama's swearing-in include three African American men from Minneapolis, and the 12-year-old son of one of them. They hit the road for Washington this weekend with no tickets to the inaugural and only a martial arts studio for accommodations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/18/roadtrip?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Blog: On the road to D.C. Reporter Brandt Williams is traveling to Washington D.C. with three other men to witness the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama. He will provide periodic updates on their journey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/17/williams_trip?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:43:50 -0600 Loan program repopulating areas hit by foreclosures, but slowly As the tide of foreclosures in Minneapolis recedes, it has left several hundred unoccupied homes in its wake. Now, through a program called the Minneapolis Advantage, parts of the city hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis are slowly getting repopulated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/loan_program_repopulating_areas_hit_by_foreclosures_but_slowly?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Judge upholds instant runoff voting in Minneapolis A Hennepin County judge has upheld the use of instant-runoff voting for municipal elections in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/irv_ruling?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:08:47 -0600 Rybak running for another term R.T. Rybak says he's running for a third term as mayor of Minneapolis. Rybak says his re-election campaign will focus on public safety, job creation, neighborhood development and youth issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/rybakruns?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 13:53:32 -0600 Minneapolis Wi-Fi network still faces barriers The builders of the Minneapolis Wi-Fi network have worked through several major snags to get wireless service to city residents. There have been technical problems, but the network remains unfinished and some of the remaining barriers are man-made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/09/mplswifitrouble?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 15:01:44 -0600 Twins owner remembered as family man, businessman Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad was remembered at his funeral as a hard-driving businessman and a dedicated family man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/twins_owner_remembered_as_family_man_businessman?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 16:45:00 -0600 Grant program for new home buyers gets a boost A Minneapolis pilot program that provides $10,000 grants to people to buy homes in the city is getting a $1.5 million boost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/minneapolis_home_buyer_grants?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 08:01:35 -0600 New era for police/community relations in Minneapolis The end of 2008 also means the end of the voluntary mediation process designed to improve police/community relations in Minneapolis. The five-year-long program has expired. But community members who worked on the mediation say there's more work to be done and some say legal action may be needed to finish the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/pcrcend?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 15:07:32 -0600 Why is crime down in Minneapolis? The broken-window theory Law enforcement officials across the country as well as in Minneapolis have embraced the theory that if left unfixed, broken windows and other signs of blight help create a culture of lawlessness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/24/mplscrime?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 12:48:48 -0600 Violent crime down in Minneapolis Minneapolis officials are reporting that the city's violent crime rate has dropped for the second year in a row. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/minneapolis_crime_rate?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 12:26:38 -0600 Cities, counties get first taste of budget cuts Governor Pawlenty will cut $110 million in local government aid as part of his plan to solve a $426 million dollar defecit in the current budget. The local government aid was due in cities and counties next week and now the checks will be smaller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/cities_counties_get_first_taste_of_upcoming_budget_cuts?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:41:24 -0600 Hennepin Co. budget contains no joy for anyone County officials say demand for assistance is going up as funds to pay for those services are becoming more scarce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/hennepin_county_budget_pain?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:30:00 -0600 Minneapolis closes budget year on strained note The Minneapolis City Council meets Friday for the last time this year. Before council members take a holiday break, they will vote on the 2009 budget and a hiring freeze. Both measures have either been shaped by, or made necessary because of local and national financial woes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/mplsbudget?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 02:53:33 -0600 Minnesota cities bracing for state cuts The state's budget crisis will hurt cities that depend heavily on local government aid and some cities may feel the pain sooner as well as later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/lgacuts?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 15:16:41 -0600 Preventing foreclosure, one door at a time The battle to prevent more foreclosures in north Minneapolis has just become a ground war. All this week, a group of volunteers will go door to door, trying to prevent foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/foreclosuredoorknock?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 15:50:36 -0600 Residents respond to proposed tax increase Minneapolis residents and taxpayers can testify in a public hearing tonight about the city's proposed 2009 budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/minneapolis_tax_increase?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 07:36:22 -0600 Volunteers reach out to at-risk neighbors A group of volunteers will canvass parts of north Minneapolis in an attempt to reach homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/foreclosure_volunteers?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 08:41:01 -0600 Building new Minneapolis neighborhoods The Minneapolis city council approved plans for more than $5.5 million in federal foreclosure relief funds. The money will be used to buy, rehabilitate or raze foreclosed and abandoned homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/mplshousing?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 09:49:03 -0600 Foreclosure auction in Minneapolis this weekend A two-day auction on foreclosed homes comes to the Minneapolis Convention Center this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/housing_auction?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:02:19 -0600 President-elect Obama: The ultimate community organizer Political pundits on the left and right agree that Sen. Barack Obama's victory on Tuesday was due in large part to a well-run campaign. Some of that success may be a product of his experience working with community organizations on the south side of Chicago in the mid 1980s. Some activists in Minneapolis say they hope as president, Obama will become the ultimate community organizer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/afamorganizersobama?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 15:40:54 -0600 Black voters celebrate historic Obama victory A group of black Democrats gathered in a Minneapolis restaurant on Election Night to watch the returns and cheer on local black candidates. But the main event was the race between Barack Obama and John McCain. By the end of the night, they all saw what many thought they'd never see in their lifetimes, an African American elected to the highest office in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/black_voters_react_obama_victory?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 02:33:59 -0600 Mpls says loan to lure home buyers worked Minneapolis city officials say a loan program designed to bring residents into areas hard hit by foreclosures, is a success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/30/mpls_home_loan?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 08:51:35 -0500 Rybak says Minneapolis economic health is OK Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak held a press briefing Monday at city hall to announce that the city's economic health is OK for now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/rybak_econ?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 07:27:33 -0500 How much is suburban green space worth? In the last five years, residents of several Minnesota cities or counties have voted to spend more than $50 million to preserve open space and park land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/greenspace?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2008 02:53:24 -0500 Are Minneapolis crime statistics evident on the street? Minneapolis city officials say efforts to reduce violent crime by young people are paying off. Friday, members of a youth violence prevention task force released numbers that show that, except for homicide, violent crime involving teens has dipped sharply over the last two years. But those decreases are not being felt everywhere in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/mplsyouthcrimestats?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 15:49:31 -0500 Hennepin County gets money to solve cold cases Hennepin County has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant to help law enforcement investigate unsolved criminal sexual assault and homicide cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/coldcasemoney?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 12:26:31 -0500 Twins hit the road for one-game playoff The Minnesota Twins play the Chicago White Sox tonight in Chicago in a one-game playoff to determine which team will win the division and go to the playoffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/one_game?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 08:50:42 -0500 Twins take dramatic win over White Sox The Minnesota Twins took over first place in the American League Central in dramatic fashion last night, beating the Chicago White Sox 7-6 in extra innings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/twins_win?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 06:52:40 -0500 Census data shows housing trends The U.S. Census Bureau has released numbers on median home values for 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/censushousing?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 14:43:51 -0500 A new normal for Twin Cities commuters The new I-35W bridge opened this morning, less than 14 months after the old span collapsed into the Mississippi River. For drivers, what used to be a routine trip before the collapse, was -- at least for today -- anything but routine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/35wreopens?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 14:29:38 -0500 Minneapolis City Council will not direct police evaluation of RNC The Minneapolis police department will put together a report about events during the Republican National Convention, but council members will not be able to influence the content of the evaluation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/police_eval?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 08:58:45 -0500 Twins ballpark to be named Target Field The new Twins Ballpark will be called Target Field. On Monday, the team announced that the Minnesota-based retailer will have exclusive naming rights to its 40,000-seat stadium and the adjacent outdoor plaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/targetfield?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:42:42 -0500 Rybak calls for review of police actions during RNC Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says the convention was a success overall, but he says there are several matters that deserve a closer look. The Minneapolis City Council is also pushing for reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/11/mplspolice?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 15:05:43 -0500 Minneapolis to bid for baseball All-Star Game The Minnesota Twins say they are preparing to enter a bid to host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/allstarbid?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 11:38:33 -0500 Was the Republican National Convention worth it? After four days of hosting the Republican National Convention, St. Paul can finally go back to being a quiet little town. But with all of the headaches that it brought, such as road closures and protests, was it worth it? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/worth_it?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 00:00:41 -0500 St. Paul prepares for final RNC protests; more than 400 have been arrested so far Minneapolis police arrested 102 people last night after a crowd leaving the Target Center staged an impromptu march, according to the law enforcement Joint Information Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/rage_arrests?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 05:13:57 -0500 RNC creates friendly competition between Twin Cities St. Paul counts down to the Republican National Convention, but why do people continue to think the event is in Minneapolis? It's generating some healthy competition between our Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/wheresrnc?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 14:43:56 -0500 Alex Jackson sworn in as new Minneapolis fire chief Jackson becomes the first black fire chief in the city's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/minneapolis_fire_chief?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 15:48:08 -0500 Do Minneapolis neighborhoods feel a drop in crime? City officials tout drops in crime for the first six months of this year. How does that feel on the street? In the neighborhoods? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/crimestepback?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 07:55:28 -0500 A night out in the neighborhood National Night Out is a time when people come out of their homes and apartment buildings and meet the neighbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/nnompls?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 14:45:17 -0500 In the shadow of the new bridge When the I-35W bridge fell, it severed a major traffic artery through Minneapolis. The detours and bridge construction have brought noise, spectators and traffic bottlenecks to the immediate area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/bridgeneighborhood?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 14:34:43 -0500 Minneapolis council receives update on police dept. lawsuit Minneapolis city officials discussed the lawsuit involving five black police officers Friday, but they took no action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/26/minneapolis_police?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jul 2008 10:51:40 -0500 Minneapolis council to discuss discrimination lawsuit This week, the Minneapolis city council and mayor will get a progress report on a lawsuit involving the city's police department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/mpdsettlement?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:00:28 -0500 Violent crime in Minneapolis going down Minneapolis law enforcement officials say efforts to crack down on juvenile crime and violent offenders have resulted in a 14 percent dip in violent crime, compared to this time last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/mplscrimedown?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:05:33 -0500 Minneapolis cop indicted on corruption charges Minneapolis police officer Michael Roberts pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Tuesday, in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/copindicted?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:30:44 -0500 Zimmermann returns to Minneapolis from Colo. prison Former Minneapolis City Council member Dean Zimmermann will finish serving his prison sentence in a Minneapolis halfway house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/zimmermann?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 06:58:30 -0500 Operation Falcon nabs 112 fugitives in Minnesota Federal law enforcement officials announced Monday the capture and arrest of 112 fugitives in Minnesota. The arrests, which took place during the last week of June, were part of a nationwide crackdown called Operation Falcon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/falcon?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 07:25:48 -0500 RNC will come to Minneapolis, too Preparations for the Republican National Convention are in full swing and the event will make for changes in Minneapolis as well as St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/rncmpls?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 03:13:11 -0500 Klobuchar calls for more oversight of oil speculation U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the federal government can play a role in reducing oil prices by reining in financial speculators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/klobuchar_speculation?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:40:48 -0500 Summertime means plans for kids When the school year winds down, there are thousands of children and teenagers thinking about summer. As parents work to find things for their kids to do, many turn to city parks and libraries for safe, structured activities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/summerkids?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 15:28:19 -0500 Minneapolis gets county money for teardowns Hennepin County will spend more than $1 million to tear down boarded and vacant properties in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/moneyforteardowns?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 15:48:08 -0500 Minneapolis officers on flood relief duty in Iowa About 30 Minneapolis police officers are part of a contingent of Minnesota law enforcement officers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this week to help with flood relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/mpls_police?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 07:34:09 -0500 Long waiting list for public housing gets longer Officials with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority say they expect more than 15,000 people to apply for Section 8 housing vouchers by the end of the week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/housingvoucher?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 15:36:38 -0500 Minneapolis passes demonstration ordinance for RNC The new law sets up a first-come, first-served basis to allow groups of 50 or more to register with the city to demonstrate during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/rnc_minneapolis_demonstrations?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 14:18:13 -0500 Winona tries to cope with Highway 43 bridge closure Thursday is the second day people around Winona are finding new ways to get from one place to another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/winona_follow?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Debate in Minneapolis over city's protest permit policy Members of the Minneapolis city council are at odds over a proposal to regulate public demonstrations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/mplsprotestpermits?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 14:49:21 -0500 Fired workers challenge restaurant chain A Minneapolis-based restaurant chain and catering company faces fallout from its decision to fire a group of workers earlier this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/workerdocuments?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 16:20:25 -0500 In a buyer's market, who buys? Recent numbers suggest the wave of foreclosures in Minneapolis may be close to peaking. But left in its wake is a surplus of empty and inexpensive homes. The question is, who will buy these homes? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/whobuysforeclosures?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 14:01:39 -0500 Tasty invasives The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary in Minneapolis is asking for public help to get rid of an invasive plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/cookinginvasives?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 16:33:07 -0500 Minneapolis foreclosures - has the peak passed? Foreclosures in Hennepin County are up significantly over this time last year, however, there are some indications the numbers in North Minneapolis -- the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis -- have bottomed out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/mplsforeclosureupdate?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 13:28:30 -0500 Contractor to move contaminated soil from riverfront Officials with Waste Management Inc. say they will remove thousands of tons of tainted dirt from a spot in the Minnesota River floodplain and put it into a nearby landfill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/soilcleanup?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 15:55:15 -0500 Hunting for the past As Minneapolis prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, a team of Hennepin County surveyors are roaming the streets checking to make sure that city property lines are where they're supposed to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/mplssurvey?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 02:54:36 -0500 Seminar for at-risk homeowners before foreclosure The Minnesota Home Ownership Center is holding a seminar tonight at the Urban League office in North Minneapolis for at-risk homeowners before they reach foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/foreclosure_hep?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 08:13:02 -0500 Minneapolis shelter takes message to the streets Supporters of a downtown Minneapolis homeless shelter, took a simmering conflict over their city license to the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/caringprotest?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 16:10:00 -0500 Loss of NWA headquarters - what does it really mean? Delta's acquisition of Northwest means the company's headquarters are slated to move from Eagan to Atlanta. Delta officials say, for now, they will keep some executive offices here and say they are committed to retaining significant jobs, operations and facilities in Minnesota. It's not yet clear what that means. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/nwaheadquartersloss?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:19:34 -0500 NWA headquarters goes but hub remains Minnesota is losing the headquarters of Northwest Airlines, and perhaps hundreds of jobs, with Delta's acquisition of the Eagan-based carrier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/nwqheadquarters?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Program to help Minneapolis homebuyers is in trouble The Minneapolis City Council will vote later this morning on The Minneapolis Advantage, a program to entice homebuyers into troubled neighborhoods. But council members are expected to make a few changes first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/minneapolis_adv?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 07:12:30 -0500 New players lead Twins past Hunter and the Angels The Minnesota Twins won their home opener at the Metrodome beating the Los Angeles Angels 3-2. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/twinsopener?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:30:00 -0500 FBI confirms death of Minnesota contractor Paul Johnson-Reuben The family of Buffalo, Minn., resident Paul Johnson-Reuben can finally mourn after learning last night that his body was found in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/contractors?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:30:13 -0500 Fellow contractor describes life in Iraq The remains of a Minnesota contractor have been identified in Iraq. Paul Johnson-Reuben, a resident of Buffalo, Minn., was one of six men kidnapped in Iraq while they were working for Crescent Security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/contractor?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 10:00:57 -0500 Minneapolis Wi-Fi network to be completed by month's end The installation of Minneapolis' Wi-Fi network will be finished at the end of this month. The Minneapolis network appears to be doing much better than other cities' attempts at wireless broadband internet access. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/wifi?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 03:10:00 -0500 Minneapolis nightclub takes city to court Gabby's Saloon, in northeast Minneapolis, is taking the city to court claiming restrictions on its liquor license are unfair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/gabbysvsmpls?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Free speech group doesn't allow attendees to speak Members of a Minneapolis task force charged with protecting the free speech rights of RNC protesters Wednesday tried to prevent a group of protesters from speaking at their meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/freespeechcomm?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 16:44:16 -0500 Minneapolis will pay you to buy a house The city of Minneapolis will give you money to buy a house in certain neighborhoods. The new initiative is designed to get owners into vacant and foreclosed properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/07/mpldhousinginitiative?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Rybak says city's economy is strong Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said the city's economy is strong, despite the declining health of the national economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/rybak?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 15:10:13 -0600 Minneapolis revokes rental licenses from 45 properties The Minneapolis city council has revoked the rental licenses on 45 properties located in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/29/rentals?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 13:10:09 -0600 Who pays when a home goes empty? What's Minneapolis' responsibility for foreclosed properties? For every empty property, the city can spend thousands on securing the home, boarding windows and doors and maintaining the lot. Who should pay those bills? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/mplsemptyhomes?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 14:49:10 -0600 Poverty activists plan march on RNC A group plans to lead a march of tens of thousands with or without a permit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/poverty_march?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:09:20 -0600 Public gets an update on the new Twins' stadium Nearly all of the 55 private suites in the Minnesota Twins new ballpark have been sold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/stadium?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:29:57 -0600 Saving the house from the bank One of the nation's largest mortgage lenders is partnering with an activist group in an effort to stem the tide of mortgage foreclosures sweeping the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/foreclosureredemptions?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Hennepin County reports record foreclosure numbers Officials with the Hennepin County sheriff's office say the rash of foreclosures is showing no signs of slowing down. Last month there were a record number of foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/08/foreclosures?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 14:24:04 -0600 The view from the street (and skyway) of Macy's layoffs News that Macy's will lay off 950 employees in downtown Minnepolis has city officials assessing the impacts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/07/macympls?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 14:28:30 -0600 Minneapolis passes new regulations on circuses The Minneapolis city council voted today to adopt stronger restrictions on wild animal circuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/circus?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 15:03:20 -0600 Muslim leader remembered as uniter Members of the state's Muslim community will gather to remember Hesham Hussein. Hussein, 44, died this weekend in a crash while travelling in Saudi Arabia. Hussein worked closely with non-Muslim groups in an effort to foster strong relationships between people of different faiths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/28/hhussein?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 14:09:32 -0600 Northside Minneapolis development means more groceries The opening of an Aldi grocery store at Penn-Lowry Crossings brings some new development to Minneapolis' northside neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/grocerydevelopment?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 13:48:41 -0600 Some fans keep coming for a dismal Timberwolves season This season is a rebuilding year for the Minnesota Timberwolves. That's a nice way of saying the team isn't very good, but attendance and fan enthusiasm aren't as low as some might think. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/timberwolvesseason?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2008 01:18:03 -0600 Minneapolis seeks help paying Target Center's bills Minneapolis' top priority during the upcoming legislative session will be some relief in the form of state aid for the Target Center. Once new, the facility isn't attracting high-profile acts, and it's running in the red. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/targetcenterdebt?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 13:57:20 -0600 Mayor Rybak criticizes Pawlenty's slow response Federal transportation safety officials are blaming a design flaw for the collapse of the I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/response?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:13:40 -0600 Rybak launches program to stop youth violence Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says youth violence is a public health problem that can be prevented. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/07/youth_violence?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2008 17:38:20 -0600 Magill to replace Paulose as U.S. attorney First Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Magill has been chosen as the acting U.S. Attorney for the district of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/03/usattorney?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2008 10:53:46 -0600 Kids knit to make amends Two dozen teenagers at the Hennepin County Home School are knitting caps and scarves to donate to children who need them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/juvenileknitters?refid=0 Sun, 30 Dec 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis will raze troubled corner store The city of Minneapolis will close on a deal to buy the site of a troubled corner store in north Minneapolis. The site of drug deals, shootings and a grisly homicide, the store will be torn down and replaced with housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/27/cornerstore?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 03:00:42 -0600 Faulty information lead police to raid wrong house Minneapolis police officials say a raid carried out at the wrong house on the city's northside this weekend was the result of faulty information from an informant. Shots were exchanged between the homeowner and police. No one was seriously hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/16/mpls_shot?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Some fear cop lawsuit will hinder diversity goals The discrimination lawsuit filed by five African American police officers against the Minneapolis police department is raising serious questions about diversity and equality on the police force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/diversity?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Police Chief Dolan presents new diversity plan Minneapolis police officials presented the department's diversity plan to members of the city council this Wednesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/dolan_diversity?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 00:41:19 -0600 Five charged in alleged mortgage fraud scheme The Hennepin County Attorney's office has filed a $5 million lawsuit against a Brooklyn Park mortgage company and five employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/hennepin_mortgage?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 16:02:17 -0600 Minneapolis establishes fund to reimburse Stop on Red cases The Minneapolis city council voted today to make $100,000 available to reimburse people who received traffic citations through the city's Stop on Red program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/08/minneapolis_stopred?refid=0 Sat, 08 Dec 2007 10:52:04 -0600 Minneapolis cops file discrimination lawsuit Five African-American police officers are suing the Minneapolis Police Department and police chief Tim Dolan, alleging race discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/03/copslawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2007 11:02:51 -0600 Black leaders allege Minneapolis officers demoted because of race Some Minneapolis African American community leaders say that disciplinary action against a black homicide detective is the result of a pattern of bias against black police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/30/officersdemoted?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 14:43:46 -0600 Minneapolis council settles police officer's lawsuit The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $4.5 million to police officer Duy Ngo, who was shot and seriously wounded by another police officer in 2003, while Ngo was working undercover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/26/coplawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:51:45 -0600 Copasetic at the Capri in north Minneapolis This season, members of a north Minneapolis theater group are hoping to create a new tradition with 'A Copasetic Christmas Carol' at the Capri Theater. The show and the theater are just part of a larger effort to rebuild a once vibrant corridor of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/theater?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Hundreds of students skip class to protest Iraq war The protesters called for the immediate return of the troops, a diversion of funds from the war effort to education and an end to military recruiting in high schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/16/studentprotest?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2007 16:50:00 -0600 Minneapolis to try curbside composting For some people in Minneapolis later this year, recycling will take a new twist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/compost?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 15:30:00 -0500 New Twins ballpark model on display A final design for a new Minnesota Twins ballpark makes only minor changes in the plans, including an upper deck that looms above the playing field down the right-field line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/30/stadiumdesign?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:27:22 -0500 Indian leaders win concessions from KQRS Indian leaders called for the firing of KQRS Morning Show hosts Tom Barnard and Terri Traen They say last month Barnard and Traen made offensive remarks about members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the Shakopee Mdewakanton band. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/29/kqrsprotest?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2007 14:28:58 -0500 Minneapolis marketing its tap water to other cities Selling drinking water to other communities returns some of the $140 million spent on upgrading Minneapolis' filtration system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/23/mplswater?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Two sides agree on stadium land sale, but don't sound happy Hennepin County agrees to pay nearly $29 million for the land for the Minnesota Twins' new baseball stadium. Twins owner Carl Pohlad will kick in an additional $15 million for infrastructure around the ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/15/stadiumlanddeal?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 11:18:50 -0500 Futuristic? Drab? Views of the I-35W bridge design put safety foremost The people who will use the new bridge weigh in on the design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/bridgeopinions?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 The making of the Twins' stadium See a Flash slideshow documenting progress at the Minneapolis baseball stadium construction project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/10/01_newsroom_stadium/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2007 15:15:23 -0500 Rybak stresses public safety in the wake of recent violence Mayor R.T. Rybak's budget will provide money to beef up crime investigations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/24/budget?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 16:20:00 -0500 2008 Minneapolis budget offers a tax hike and public safety emphasis Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak released the details of a proposed $1.4 billion budget for 2008. Rybak's budget priorities focus on improvements in three major areas: public safety, the economy and city infrastructure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/budgetpreview?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 11:00:00 -0500 Terry Ryan resigns as Twins GM Ryan has been general manager for the past 13 years. "The defeats are getting a little harder to take and the wins aren't as much fun. That's not a good thing to experience as a general manager," he said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/13/twinsryan?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2007 16:03:59 -0500 Minneapolis may become ringleader in circus animal protection The Minneapolis City Council takes up an issue not usually on its agenda -- the safety of circus animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/zooanimals?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 01:53:42 -0500 'Unremarkable parking lot' begins transformation to new stadium The Minnesota Twins officially broke ground at the site of their new open-air ballpark in downtown Minneapolis Thursday night, even though the legal wrangling over the land on which it's being built is not over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/30/groundbreaking?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2007 21:21:20 -0500 Twins ballpark land price ruling leans toward county offer A three-member condemnation panel ruled Monday that the land where the new Minnesota Twins ballpark is worth far less than the parcels owners want but a bit more than a government offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/20/ballpark?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2007 11:32:05 -0500 State reverses position on light-rail inclusion in rebuilt I-35W bridge Gov. Pawlenty says the new I-35W bridge can be designed to hold light rail without causing significant delays to its construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/17/bridgelrt?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2007 16:17:46 -0500 Republican leader cool to special session; More remains found at collapse site Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marsall, says he doesn't think lawmakers need to raise the state's gasoline tax to help rebuild the bridge and fix other transportation problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/16/bridgethrspm?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:55:20 -0500 Minneapolis budget to refocus on roads and bridges Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says the I-35W bridge collapse is a reminder that the city needs to spend more on maintaining its roads, bridges and sidewalks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/15/mplsbudget?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:41:59 -0500 Minneapolis' budget strains under weight of bridge collapse costs Minneapolis city officials say the city's emergency preparedness plan helped first responders know what to do and communicate with each other in the critical moments following the bridge collapse. That plan also includes a way for the city to protect itself from financial disaster. This is crucial for a city trying to follow a tight budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/strain?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2007 07:07:39 -0500 Timberwolves welcome new players The Minnesota Timberwolves have introduced the five Boston Celtics players acquired in the Kevin Garnett trade.They face the task of trying to replace one of the biggest sports stars in Minnesota history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/07/wolves_players?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2007 16:00:24 -0500 Bush surveys collapsed Minnesota bridge, pledges to help cut red tape in rebuilding "Our message to the Twin Cities is we want to get this bridge rebuilt as quick as possible," Bush said after visiting with rescue workers and people who watched the bridge crumble. "We understand that this is a main artery of life here." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/04/bush?refid=0 Sat, 04 Aug 2007 12:10:05 -0500 NTSB gets some early clues about the cause of the collapse Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say the investigation into the collapse of the I-35W bridge has taken a step forward. Investigators have discovered that the southern end of the bridge shifted 50 feet to the east while the rest of it fell in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/03/ntsbdaytwo?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2007 18:59:31 -0500 Federal officials will lead bridge investigation The investigation into the cause of Wednesday's bridge collapse is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB is an independent federal agency that investigates civil aviation, railroad, highway and marine crashes and accidents. Agency officials say they have two important tools that will help expedite the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/ntsb?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 14:45:38 -0500 Arts crawl spotlights the positive side of north Minneapolis The second annual Northside ArtsCrawl showcases talents of artists who live and work in north Minneapolis. Organizers hope the activities will shine a positive light on the area's redevelopment efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/26/northsidearts?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2007 17:45:00 -0500 Stadium site hearing wraps up; decision on value coming shortly The month-long condemnation hearing over the Twins ballpark land in downtown Minneapolis has wrapped up, as both sides gave their final pitches to a three-member panel with their estimates of how much the eight-acre site is worth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/25/stadiumland?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:02:14 -0500 Chanhassen restricts water usage The city of Chanhassen has banned the use of sprinklers and irrigation systems because of the recent hot and dry conditions. Chanhassen is in a part of the state that has been hit particularly hard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/24/waterban?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2007 14:25:27 -0500 Hugs and happy reunions After nearly two years of deployment in Iraq, and a week of demobilization in Wisconsin, hundreds of Minnesota National Guard soldiers are returning home to the state this week. Reunions are occurring all across the state as families, friends and loved ones of soldiers gather at armories around the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/16/guardreturns?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:59:27 -0500 Hennepin County, land owners remain far apart on value of ballpark site The condemnation hearing in a Minneapolis court room is now at its midpoint, with no sign either side is willing to concede. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/05/landvaluefight?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis wi-fi expands range Municipal wi-fi service will soon be available downtown Minneapolis. So far there are about 250 subscribers on board in the service's nearby pilot area. Some of them say, the service has been inconsistent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/14/wifi_update?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2007 16:51:41 -0500 Ballpark draws development interest Construction activity at the Twins ballpark site in downtown Minneapolis is slowly picking up. And so is planning for additional development around the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/11/stadium_develop?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2007 00:47:52 -0500 Metro crime trends mirror national picture The FBI says violent crime in the U.S. increased slightly between 2005 to 2006, while the number of property crimes went down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/04/crimedata?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2007 16:39:22 -0500 Pawlenty veto puts library merger in jeopardy Plans for a merger between the Minneapolis and Hennepin County library systems have hit a major snag. Gov. Pawlenty vetoed a funding request this week that would have paid for $4.5 million in transition costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/01/mergertrouble?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis cops fight crime, and the perception of crime, downtown This summer, Minneapolis is coordinating its law enforcement efforts downtown with Metro Transit in the wake of some high-profile violent crimes on buses. In addition to patrolling the streets, city police will keep an eye on several busy downtown bus stops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/bushassles?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Twins ballpark construction ready to begin; Vikings waiting for their turn Construction on the new Minnesota Twins ballpark begins next week, when crews will begin ripping up asphalt from the old Rapid Park site in downtown Minneapolis. The Twins are scheduled to move into their new home in 2010, leaving the Metrodome behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/15/moretwinspark?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2007 14:00:00 -0500 At the Science Museum, they came, they saw, they talked about race More than 200,000 people visited the Science Museum's exhibit on race during its five-month run of, "Race: Are We So Different". http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/talkingrace?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2007 16:30:00 -0500 Library merger stuck on labor issues Time is running out for a proposed merger between the Minneapolis and Hennepin County Library systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/26/librarytrubs?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 05:00:00 -0500 A visit to Minneapolis North High School A Minneapolis City Council member suggested North High be "burned down" because of poor student performance. A visit to the school tells a different story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/mplsnorth?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Twins unveil design for new stadium The Minnesota Twins are showing off the design for their new ballpark. The team assembled a large display in the lobby of the Hennepin County government center with artist renderings of the 40,000-seat stadium Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/stadiumdesign?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:40:48 -0500 Twins ballpark clears another hurdle in Hennepin County Construction on the new Twins ballpark could begin in early May, after the Hennepin County board voted to take the land where the stadium will be built through eminent domain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/10/stadiumfunds?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Twins, Hennepin County break logjam over stadium funding Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat says the Minnesota Twins have agreed to pay more for stadium infrastructure. That will free up enough money for the county to buy the ballpark site, and the deal could be closed by the end of April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/09/stadiumtalks?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2007 17:09:40 -0500 Remembering Herb Carneal The man known as the voice of the Minnesota Twins - Herb Carneal - was remembered Thursday at Colonial Church in Edina. Carneal broadcast Twins games for 45 years, and died this past weekend at the age of 83. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/carneal?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 16:17:47 -0500 Twins win opener Two-time Cy Young award-winning pitcher Johan Santana struck out six and last year's American League MVP, Justin Morneau, got three hits, including a home run. However, the excitement around their first day and first win was muted as they honored the memory of broadcaster Herb Carneal, who died Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/03/twinswin?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2007 08:36:24 -0500 Tubby Smith: "I feel the love already" New University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith got a standing ovation at Williams Arena Friday afternoon, in his first official meeting with fans and the media. High expectations are riding on Smith's shoulders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/23/smithnewsconf?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 11:59:18 -0500 Kentucky's Tubby Smith is new Gophers coach Tubby Smith will be the new head coach of the University of Minnesota men's basketball team. For the last 10 years, Smith led the University of Kentucky Wildcats to 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances and a national championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/22/tubbysmith?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2007 14:48:00 -0500 Stalled stadium negotiations could cause expensive delays Stalled negotiations between Hennepin County and the owners of the Twins ballpark site continue to cause backups in other phases of the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/16/stadiumdelays?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 16:55:38 -0600 Top Minneapolis cop in the 4th precinct brings hands-on approach to job Inspector Lee Edwards runs the 4th precinct, one of the toughest jobs on the Minneapolis police force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/fourthprecinct?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 County may seek new site for Twins ballpark A stall in negotiations over the site of a proposed Twins ballpark has Hennepin County officials saying they're prepared to look elsewhere. The county and landowners can't agree on a price for the eight-acre parcel in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/09/twinsstadium?refid=0 Fri, 09 Feb 2007 06:46:02 -0600 Janitors and employers avert strike Union janitors and their employers have agreed to a tentative contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/05/strikeaverted?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2007 13:13:11 -0600 Talks aim to head off strike by metro janitors union More than 4,000 Twin Cities union janitors could walk out over health care demands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/01/janitors?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Mashout attracts hundreds of home brewers to Twin Cities Beers brewed for sipping, not chugging, compete in the 2007 Upper Mississsippi Mashout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/brewers?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Somali kids need help to avoid gangs, new report says A Minneapolis' civil rights department report says the number of Somali kids in gangs is small, but the problem needs attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/somalikids?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 16:43:08 -0600 MoneyGram says hacker accessed customer information Minneapolis-based MoneyGram Global Payment Services reports that someone gained illegal access to one of their servers through the Internet last month. The computer contained personal information for 79,000 customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/12/moneygram?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jan 2007 15:14:13 -0600 Homicide problem awaits Minneapolis' new police chief Chief Tim Dolan takes over a Minneapolis police department that saw a sharp rise in violent crime last year, and three murders already this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/09/dolan?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2007 17:25:00 -0600 City leaders looking for green light on Stop on Red The city of Minneapolis is looking to the 2007 Legislature for help with a controversial traffic enforcement program that uses remote cameras to nab drivers who run red lights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/previewmpls?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jan 2007 17:00:00 -0600 Bleskachek out as Minneapolis fire chief Bonnie Bleskachek will return to firefighting, but will not be allowed to manage employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/22/chiefout?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:47:28 -0600 Former Minneapolis council member sentenced in bribery case A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former Minneapolis City Councilman Dean Zimmermann to two and a half years in prison for taking three bribes totaling $7,200. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/zimmermannsentence?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2006 15:16:42 -0600 MPR interview is basis for another suit against fire chief The lawyer involved with the fifth lawsuit against Minneapolis Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek says Bleskachek defamed his client and violated data practices laws during an interview with Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/15/firechiefsuit?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2006 15:18:19 -0600 Kwanzaa celebration helps kids shine Hundreds of children from eight Twin Cities public schools will mark Kwanzaa with a pageant at the Pantages Theater Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/07/kwanzaa?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Still no decision on Minneapolis fire chief Members of the Minneapolis City Council met Wednesday to discuss the removal of Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek. But they have yet to determine if Bleskachek will return in a lesser rank or be fired altogether. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/firechieffolo?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2006 14:58:19 -0600 Budget approval may not spare Minneapolis libraries A last-minute change at the Minneapolis City Council has Library Board members fretting about their chances of keeping three libraries open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/budget?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Rybak says city will not be deterred in effort to remove Bleskachek as fire chief Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he's disappointed and angry about having to remove Minneapolis Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/30/morefirechief?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2006 16:59:35 -0600 Fire chief deal rejected The Minneapolis City Council's executive committee has rejected the terms of a settlement agreement with fire chief Bonnie Bleskachek. Mayor R.T. Rybak had recommended approval of the settlement, which would have meant her demotion to captain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/firechiefdelay?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 16:54:20 -0600 Minneapolis fire chief to leave her post Minneapolis Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek could be gone from that post by the end of the week. Bleskachek's lawyer says he and the city have been in discussions with the city on her future, after a series of discrimination lawsuits was filed against her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/27/firechiefgone?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2006 14:58:59 -0600 Minneapolis begins work on multiple choice voting system Now that Minneapolis voters have spoken in favor of instant run-off voting, city elections officials now have the task of preparing for its implementation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/instantrunoff?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Mother of kidnapped Minnesotan: 'I want my son back' Paul Reuben, a former St. Louis Park police officer, was one of four American private security contractors who, along with an Austrian co-worker, were being held by what Iraqi security officials were calling a criminal gang in the country's Safwan region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/17/minnesotairaq?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:00:00 -0600 Ellison is first Muslim elected to Congress Democrat Keith Ellison campaigned heavily against the war in Iraq, and has put environmental and health care issues at the top of his list of priorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/5dist?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 02:44:05 -0600 Campaigning heats up in the 5th Congressional District In less than a week, voters in Minnesota's 5th District will elect a new representative to Congress for the first time in nearly three decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/fifthdistrict?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 15:30:19 -0600 Barack Obama: Part politican, part rock star Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, spent Monday in Minnesota -- campaigning for Democrats and signing copies of his new book. The atmosphere at the book signing was worthy of a rock star. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/obamahere?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:29:00 -0600 Library closings may be just the beginning The Minneapolis Library Board has approved a 2007 budget that will include closing three libraries and will keep the Central Library closed on Mondays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/25/librarybudget?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2006 07:29:00 -0500 Hennepin County makes its move on Twins stadium land The county is still negotiating with four major landowners and may turn to its power of eminent domain to get the land if talks stall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/22/twinsland?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Dolan approved as Minneapolis police chief The Council also approved an additional resolution that attempts to make sure the chief and the police department fully participate in police accountability efforts, including the Civilian Review Authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/dolan?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 13:34:45 -0500 Dolan appears headed for approval as Minneapolis police chief A City Council committee has approved Tim Dolan's nomination after hearing testimony Wednesday from supporters and opponents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/18/chiefcommittee?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2006 16:30:11 -0500 Sparks fly at 5th District debate The three major party candidates for the 5th Congressional District seat met for a debate Tuesday evening at a St. Louis Park synagogue. DFLer Keith Ellison, Republican Alan Fine and Independence Party candidate Tammy Lee were asked their views on health care, the war in Iraq and the United States' relationship with Israel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/17/debate?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2006 08:00:43 -0500 Rybak launches Great City Design Minneapolis Mayor R T Rybak is asking residents to help make neighborhoods and other parts of the city more livable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/10/greatcitydesign?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2006 16:50:21 -0500 City settles two suits against fire chief, but expands its own investigation into her In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio News, Bonnie Bleskachek says she is "100 percent comfortable" with every decision she made as Minneapolis fire chief. The city is settling two discrimination suits against Bleskachek and continuing its investigation into her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/06/firechiefspeaks?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Nous Non Plus perform live in studio The band Nous Non Plus comes from New York, but you wouldn't know it once they step into their French alter-egos. Don't be too fooled though, there's one genuine Francophone in the bunch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/01/noun_non_plus?refid=0 Sun, 01 Oct 2006 11:11:33 -0500 It's a tie! Sort of. The Twins have already secured a playoff spot, but now have three games left in order to pass the Tigers and go into the post season as the division champs. But the Tigers own the tie-breaker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/28/twinsradke?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 00:01:00 -0500 DeLaSalle gets OK for field on Nicollet Island DeLaSalle High School's bid for an athletic field on Nicollet Island has won approval from the Minneapolis city council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/22/delesallefield?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2006 14:28:44 -0500 Shooting puts Minneapolis police on defensive Police say a man was shot seven times during a struggle with police. The man's family call the killing "police misconduct." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/mplsshooting?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 15:56:54 -0500 Liriano ails and Twins fail The Minnesota Twins lost to the Oakland A's on Wednesday. But the Twins suffered another loss that may prove even more damaging in their pennant run. Pitching phenom Francisco Liriano re-injured his arm and may be lost for the rest of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/twinsliriano?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 15:30:00 -0500 Dolan tapped for chief's post in Minneapolis Tim Dolan, a 23-year veteran of the police department, has been filling in after former Chief William McManus resigned and took another job in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/chief?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Ground broken on million-dollar mosque expansion A mosque in north Minneapolis is undergoing a $1.5 million renovation and expansion to accomodate its growing membership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/08/newmosque?refid=0 Fri, 08 Sep 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Minneapolis WiFi system could close digital divide Construction is expected to start later this month on a broadband wireless network that will blanket the city of Minneapolis. Some say the biggest advantages of the network will be cost savings for the city and a narrowing of the technology gap between lower- and upper-income residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/mpls_wifi?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 17:18:43 -0500 Twins win Hennepin County stadium sales tax As expected, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday to impose a .15 percent countywide sales tax to help pay for a Minnesota Twins stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/29/stadiumtaxvote?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 16:43:41 -0500 Commissioners stadium tax vote gives challengers political ammunition The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday to levy a county-wide sales tax to help pay for construction of a new Minnesota Twins stadium in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/28/stadiumpolitics?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Twins stadium opponents haven't given up yet Opponents of the Hennepin County Twins ballpark finance plan showed up in force for a public hearing Tuesday night in Minneapolis. A few dozen people voiced their opposition to the plan that would impose a countywide sales tax to raise nearly $400 million for the stadium construction. The board is expected to pass the measure next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/23/stadiumtax?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2006 00:17:07 -0500 Public safety tops Rybak budget agenda Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is proposing to spend nearly $200 million on public safety in next year's budget, an increase of nearly $7 million over last year. The money would be spent on more police officers and new crime-fighting techonology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/15/rybakspeech?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2006 22:00:00 -0500 Zimmermann convicted of bribery Former Minneapolis City Councilmember Dean Zimmermann has been convicted on three charges of bribery in federal court. The jury found that Zimmermann, a member of the Green Party, accepted bribes on three occasions in 2005 for a total of $7,200. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/deanzconvicted?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 16:41:23 -0500 Zimmermann admits lying to FBI about money Closing arguments in the Dean Zimmermann corruption trial begin Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court and the case will likely go to the jury later in the day. Testimony wrapped up in the trial Tuesday with some dramatic testimony from Zimmermann, who took the stand in his own defense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/08/zimliar?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2006 17:40:13 -0500 5th district candidates debate Mideast policy Four DFL candidates for the 5th District Congressional seat discussed their views on the fighting between Israel and Lebanon in a debate Tuesday night in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/25/jcrcdebate?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Wilf exploring development options in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf met with Minneapolis city officials Wednesday to discuss development possibilities in the city's downtown. The city has property to sell, and Wilf is reportedly taking a close look at different options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/wilfmpls?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2006 22:35:07 -0500 University-Northside partnership expected to go forward despite concerns The University of Minnesota has plans to build a multi-million dollar health, education and economic development project in north Minneapolis. The plan has sparked some strong reaction by some African-Americans in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/northsideclinic?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jul 2006 05:00:30 -0500 World Party - in studio World Party fell apart after leader Karl Wallinger was struck down by an aneurysm that left him unable to speak. After several years of rehabilitation, Wallinger put the group back together, and re-mastered and packaged "Dumbing Up" on his own label. World Party stopped by The Current to perform and chat with Brandt Williams. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/11/world_party?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2006 16:41:00 -0500 Ballpark authority begins work The Minnesota Ballpark Authority met for the first time Friday afternoon as it prepares to oversee the construction of the Twins new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/07/taskforcefirst?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2006 17:00:07 -0500 Jesse Jackson campaigns for Keith Ellison in Minneapolis The Rev. Jesse Jackson rallied support for DFLer Keith Ellison's campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat in Minneapolis Friday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/30/jacksoncampaigns?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 17:00:00 -0500 State troopers to assist Minneapolis in fighting crime For the second time in nearly three years, the Minnesota State Patrol has been called in to help fight crime in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/troopersmpls?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 15:45:17 -0500 Disparities persist in Minnesota's justice sytem Racial disparities continue to exist in Minnesota's criminal justice system, according to the latest report from the Council on Crime and Justice, a private non-profit research group that has been studying the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/27/crimerace?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Census says suburbs, exurbs are big population winners The populations of outer-ring suburbs and exurbs are growing faster than those in Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to new estimates from the U.S.Census Bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/20/census?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2006 00:05:00 -0500 Reflections from a conservative African-American Actor Joseph C. Phillips, a conservative African-American, finds himself at odds with popular notions of how black Americans are supposed to speak and think. He discusses his views in his new book, "He Talk Like a White Boy: Reflections on Faith, Family, Politics and Authenticity." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/phillips?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2006 15:37:59 -0500 Lawsuits against fire chief raise workplace relationship issues The city of Minneapolis and its fire chief Bonnie Bleskachek are the subject of what an employment discrimination lawyer is calling "a modern-day lawsuit." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/08/firechiefsuits?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2006 05:00:00 -0500 North High program improves grades, reduces violence among girls Administrators at North High School in Minneapolis say a new mentoring program for girls is improving grades and attendance and reducing violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/16/girlsnogangs?refid=0 Mon, 29 May 2006 12:00:00 -0500 Twins' stadium opponents were tired of the fight; supporters weren't One reason the Twins were successful in their stadium quest is because they convinced enough long-time stadium opponents to change their minds and support the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/22/stadium?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2006 16:16:27 -0500 New Minneapolis library promises access to books, computers and fun The new Minneapolis library, its 365,000 square feet filled with three million books, 300 public computers and an art gallery, expects 20,000 visitors when it opens Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/18/mplslibrary?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Rybak takes Safe City plan to northside Minneapolis city officials presented their new Safe City Initiative at a meeting Thursday morning on the city's north side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/02/crimeguns?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 15:38:14 -0500 New owner to face questions from Pioneer Press staff The head of the company that bought the Pioneer Press is expected to visit the St. Paul newspaper Thursday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/27/ppsalefolo?refid=0 Thu, 27 Apr 2006 16:25:00 -0500 Rybak emphasizes public safety in 'state of the city' speech Public safety was the top priority outlined in Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's "state of the city" address. Rybak delivered his speech Tuesday afternoon in north Minneapolis -- a part of the city that contains several high-crime neighborhoods. The mayor focused much of his speech on plans to bring jobs, housing, commerce and hope there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/stateofcity?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Living with an expectation of crime in Minneapolis Some Minneapolis residents say they have come to expect to encounter crime in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/17/crimeresponse?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2006 16:45:00 -0500 Minneapolis moving on problem 'inconvenience' stores The Minneapolis city council has voted to revoke the license of a convenience store, effectively shutting it down. City officials say some stores have become magnets for loitering and drug dealing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/29/stores?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2006 16:10:18 -0600 Minneapolis police say Uptown still safe despite shooting The fatal shooting of a college student by muggers in the Uptown neighborhood over the weekend has prompted police to rethink their approach to patrolling the streets in the popular nightclub and shopping area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/crime?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2006 11:46:34 -0600 Tim Dolan considered a contender for Minneapolis chief The man Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants to name as interim Minneapolis police chief is considered a contender for the permanent job. Assistant Chief Tim Dolan was recommended for the interim job the day after William McManus accepted an offer in San Antonio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/16/interim?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 22:00:00 -0600 McManus leaves as Minneapolis police chief Minneapolis Police Chief William McManus is leaving Minneapolis after two years. McManus announced Wednesday that he accepted a job offer to lead the police department of San Antonio, Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/16/mcmanusleaves?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 A sneak peek at the new Central Library Minnesota Library officials say so far, the $125 million project is on schedule and on budget. The five-story, 365,000 sq. ft. building will house much more than books. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/09/librarypreview?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 15:30:00 -0600 A multimedia tour of the Minneapolis Central Library This slideshow will give you a guided tour of the new Minneapolis Central Public Library. A Flash plug-in is required on your browser for you to be able to see the images and listen to the audio. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/03/14_williamsb_flashlibrary/index.php?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 14:43:48 -0600 At the Dome, fans show their love for Kirby Puckett At a makeshift memorial set up outside the Metrodome, Twins fans are paying tribute to Kirby Puckett. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/07/fansmourn?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Fans and friends of Kirby Puckett wait and hope Fans of Kirby Puckett reacted with shock and sadness to the news of his stroke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/puckettstrokereact?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Puckett's legacy Sports Illustrated columnist Steve Rushin grew up in Bloomington and now lives in Connecticut. He says Puckett is one of the greatest athletes he's ever covered. Rushin talks about how Puckett will be remembered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/07/rushinpuckett?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2006 16:00:00 -0600 DUI charges against Eller prompt concern The drunk driving charges against Carl Eller are especially surprising to people who know the former Viking through his work on chemical dependency issues. Chemical dependency counselors say relapse is always a concern with those who have experienced drug or alcohol problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/02/eller?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2006 00:16:12 -0600 U of M women's basketball team still in the hunt in Big Ten The University of Minnesota women's basketball team continues its chase for the Big Ten title, but the team faces some challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/15/gopherwomen?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Despite win, Timberwolves still looking for answers to nagging problems Wednesday night's win counts as the Minnesota Timberwolves' first home victory in February and just their second win in nine games. Timberwolves players hope the win will help them turn things around after a few days off for the NBA All Star weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/16/wolves?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2006 10:53:32 -0600 Reward offered in Minneapolis shooting Theresa Schiller was hit in the left eye with a bullet fragment Saturday night while sitting in the passenger seat of a van. Minneapolis police say the Schillers were the victims of a random crime in a part of the city that has seen an increase in violence, including shootings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/09/schiller?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2006 17:20:00 -0600 Higher rates for ARMs squeezing some homeowners Higher interest rates mean higher monthly payments for homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/13_williamsb_arm/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2006 16:19:00 -0600 Peebles out as Minneapolis superintendent The Minneapolis school board voted Friday morning to accept the resignation of embattled Superintendent Thandiwe Peebles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/27_williamsb_peeblesout/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 10:00:00 -0600 Feds indict Zimmermann A federal grand jury has indicted former Minneapolis City Council Member Dean Zimmermann, prosecutors announced Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/18_williamsb_zimmermann/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2006 14:24:00 -0600 HUD funds target specific programs for homeless Minnesotans Housing and Urban Development funds totalling $21 million are aimed at more than 100 programs around the state that are designed to end long term homelessness. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/10_williamsb_homeless/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:46:00 -0600 Vikings hire Brad Childress as new head coach The Minnesota Vikings moved swiftly to fill their head coaching job Friday, tapping Philadelphia Eagles assistant Brad Childress to take over for the fired Mike Tice. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/06_williamsb_childress/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2006 10:57:00 -0600 Rybak sworn in for second term; calls for investment in Minneapolis' future Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was sworn in for a second term Tuesday morning, and laid out his vision for the city's next four years. That vision includes closing the gap between richer and poorer people, and improving the liveability of all of Minneapolis' neighborhoods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/03_williamsb_rybakinaug/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2006 14:23:00 -0600 Pawlenty outlines plan to fight illegal immigration Gov. Tim Pawlenty has released a series of proposals designed to crack down on criminal activity by undocumented immigrants. Pawlenty says the proposals will protect the public, but some police officials are skeptical. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/03_scheckt_immigrationplan/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2006 10:58:00 -0600 Wilf defends decision to fire Tice Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says he fired head coach Mike Tice because he wants to take the team in another direction. Wilf fired Tice Sunday evening, and met with reporters Monday to explain his decision. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/02_williamsb_ticereax/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:48:00 -0600 Rookie coach has Wolves on top of their division Rookie coach Dwane Casey has led the Timberwolves to a 13 and 10 record, tops in the Northwest Division of the NBA's Western Conference. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/23_williamsb_wolves/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2005 00:05:00 -0600 Four Vikings charged in boat party scandal A prosecutor on Thursday charged four Minnesota Vikings with three misdemeanors apiece in connection with a bawdy boat party earlier this season on Lake Minnetonka. Daunte Culpepper, Bryant McKinnie, Fred Smoot and Moe Williams were charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct, according to court papers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/15_williamsb_vikingscharges/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2005 16:48:00 -0600 Hennepin County scales back smoking ban The Hennepin County commissioners on Tuesday approved an amendment to scale back parts of the smoking they enacted earlier this year. On a 4-3 vote, the commissioners exempted traditional bars from the ban until July 2007. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/13_williamsb_smokebanrollback/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:39:00 -0600 Hennepin County board considers exemptions to smoke ban Hennepin County commissioners will vote Tuesday on a proposal that would weaken the county's smoking ban ordinance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/13_williamsb_vfw/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2005 00:05:00 -0600 Minneapolis city plan extends shelter hours The Minneapolis city council is expected to pass a measure that will allow homeless shelters to stay open all day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/01_williamsb_shelters/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2005 00:01:00 -0600 How many jobs lost due to smoking ban? Some opponents of the county's current ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs say the law is responsible for lost revenues and a loss of more than 2,000 jobs. State unemployment numbers don't necessarily support that claim. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/18_williamsb_economics/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2005 10:18:00 -0600 Hennepin County considers changes to smoking ban law The Hennepin County board is considering relaxing its total ban on smoking in bars and restaurants to allow smoking in bars and private clubs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/15_williamsb_smokeban/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2005 08:54:00 -0600 Culpepper out for season with knee injury Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper will miss the remainder of the season, and perhaps part of next season, because of a severe injury to his right knee. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/31_williamsb_vikings/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2005 14:01:00 -0600 Report: Racial, economic disparities threaten region's economic growth The authors of a new report say the gap between the haves and have-nots living in the Twin Cities metro area threatens the economic viability of the entire region. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/27_williamsb_disparities/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2005 17:02:00 -0500 Fulfilling the spiritual and financial needs of Katrina survivors in Minnesota Some Twin Cities African American church and community leaders have joined forces to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina who've settled in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/21_williamsb_fundraiser/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2005 13:09:00 -0500 Wilf says code of conduct coming for Vikings Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, in his first comments since allegations of sexual misconduct by several players while on a charter boat cruise, said Friday the team will institute a code of conduct to try to prevent such behavior in the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/14_ap_wilf/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2005 12:21:00 -0500 'Sex boat' allegations rock Vikings The Vikings management is not commenting on details, but some team member are clearly not happy about the scrutiny the investigation into alleged lewd behavior on a charter boat is bringing to a team already facing its fair share of woes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/12_williamsb_vikings/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:57:00 -0500 Natural gas prices will push up heating costs this winter Minnesotans who use natural gas to heat their homes will see 40 to 50 percent increases in heating costs this winter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/11_williamsb_heating/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2005 17:26:00 -0500 Race dominates Minneapolis' fifth ward council campaign Race is playing a contentious role in a campaign for a Minneapolis city council seat. The two candidates are both African American. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/22_williamsb_council/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2005 15:37:00 -0500 Twins staff and fans look toward next year Twins players and many fans will spend this fall and winter pondering what went wrong and what the team will have to do to make a stronger showing next season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/21_williamsb_twins/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2005 12:29:00 -0500 Dean Zimmermann tells his side of the story Minneapolis City Councilmember Dean Zimmermann says he didn't take any bribes or solicit them. Zimmermann is the target of a federal corruption investigation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/29_williamsb_zimmerman/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2005 14:55:00 -0500 Economic study fuels debate over smoking ban A new study shows some bars and restaurants in Hennepin County have seen slower revenue growth since the county passed a comprehensive smoking ban this spring. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/22_williamsb_study/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2005 10:05:00 -0500 Vikings, Anoka County ready to announce stadium plan The Minnesota Vikings and Anoka County, partners in a proposal to put a $675 million football stadium in Blaine, plan to say how they'll pay for it on Tuesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_williamsb_vikes/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 19:47:00 -0500 Minneapolis superintendent under investigation The Minneapolis school district has hired a lawyer to look into allegations that superintendent Thandiwe Peebles used district employees to do her personal business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/18_hughesa_peebles/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2005 11:00:00 -0500 Suspect killed after stabbing two police officers A suspect was shot dead after stabbing and wounding two Minneapolis police officers in south Minneapolis on Monday morning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/01_williamsb_copassault/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2005 17:06:00 -0500 Peace Games display athletic, artistic skills of north Minneapolis youth A group of young, urban poets are composing works about peace for the Peace Games, a two-week long exhibition opening this weekend in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/29_williamsb_peacegames/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 15:30:00 -0500 Hennepin County poised to alter smoking ban The stage is set in Hennepin County for a debate over the future of the county's smoking ban. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/27_williamsb_study/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2005 10:14:00 -0500 Impact of smoking bans under scrutiny An anti-smoking advocacy group has released the results of a survey which it says shows overwhelming support for a new anti-smoking law in Hennepin County. However, some say the ban is having a negative impact on bars and restaurants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/26_williamsb_ban/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2005 18:00:00 -0500 Timberwolves: Help wanted The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking for more players for their regular season roster, and a few more assistant coaches. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/13_williamsb_wolves/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 16:27:00 -0500 North Minneapolis teens get global education in leadership Three north Minneapolis teenagers are at Cambridge University in England where they graduated from an international youth leadership program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/01_williamsb_leaders/?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jul 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis continues crackdown on crime Minneapolis city officials have announced another initiative to combat violent crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_williamsb_homicides/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2005 17:55:00 -0500 After three years of fortune, Twins find tough going in AL Central The Minnesota Twins broke a four game losing streak by defeating the Detroit Tigers 6-2 Thursday at the Metrodome. It was a rare day of success for a team that had gotten accustomed to good fortune. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/24_williamsb_twins/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2005 18:30:00 -0500 Minneapolis police chief in council's good graces Minneapolis Police Chief William McManus got a mostly positive job review from the mayor and members of the City Council on Wednesday. But some councilmembers told the chief they would like to see more diversity among street officers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/22_williamsb_mcmanus/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2005 17:43:00 -0500 Downtown Minneapolis condo trend is booming Thousands of condos and lofts have been built in the Minneapolis warehouse district over the last several years. More are on the way. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/16_williamsb_downtown/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis Lakers great George Mikan dies George Mikan, professional basketball's first dominant big man who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, has died, family members said Thursday. He was 80. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/02_ap_mikanobit/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2005 12:15:00 -0500 NFL owners approve Vikings sale to Wilf NFL owners on Wednesday unanimously approved the $600 million sale of the Minnesota Vikings to a group led by New Jersey shopping mall magnate Zygmunt Wilf. Wilf immediately pledged to work to build a new stadium to replace the Metrodome, but he vowed that the team will stay in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/25_williamsb_vikingsale/?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2005 12:30:00 -0500 Kenya: Peter Kingoina Peter Kingoina is a native of Kisii, Kenya. He's 52 and a pastor of the Minneapolis Kenyan Adventist Church. He is married and has four children. They live in Andover. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_williamsb_globalkenya/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 For African Americans, depression is more than a case of the 'blues' Some mental health professionals say depression in African Americans is likely at the core of many other problems that disproportionately affect black communities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/20_williamsb_prevention/?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2005 00:02:00 -0500 Crime a growing problem on St. Paul's East Side Dayton's Bluff is home to Metro State University's St. Paul Campus and a number of historic homes that overlook the Mississippi river valley. It is also home to areas that are having problems with crime. And some residents who live close to the site of the shooting, say the crime problem is getting worse. Minnesota public Radio's Brandt Williams reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/06_williamsb_eastside?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 16:00:00 -0500 Stadium deal heads to Legislature after Hennepin County Board approval The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted 4-to-3 to send a Twins stadium proposal to the state Legislature. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/02_williamsb_stadium/?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2005 07:20:00 -0500 Twins pitcher suspended for violating baseball's drug policy Minnesota Twins pitcher Juan Rincon was suspended for 10 days Monday, making him the fifth player disciplined under Major League Baseball's new policy on performance-enhancing drugs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/02_ap_twinsrincon/?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2005 11:51:00 -0500 Board puts off vote on stadium The public got its first chance to comment on the Twins stadium funding deal on Tuesday. The Hennepin County Board had been scheduled to vote to ask the Legislature for permission to raise property taxes to finance its part of the stadium. But commissioners put off a vote, to give more citizens time to respond. MPR's Brandt Williams reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/04/26_williamsb_stadium?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2005 17:40:00 -0500 Pohlad: Contribution to Twins ballpark `fair, substantial' Hennepin County plans to announce a plan for financing a new Minnesota Twins stadium with a local sales tax increase and a new promise of $125 million from team owner Carl Pohlad. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/25_williamsb_twins/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2005 16:44:00 -0500 Twins hoping to bring more fans to the dome this year The Twins' on-field success hasn't always translated into bigger attendance numbers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/08_williamsb_twins/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2005 00:05:00 -0500 NFL boss makes few waves on Fowler, stadium in Minnesota visit National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue promoted a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings during a stop in Blaine on Wednesday. His appearance comes amid newspaper reports that have cast doubt on prospective buyer Reggie Fowler's ability to buy the team. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/06_williamsb_tagliabue/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2005 16:35:00 -0500 Smoking ban ordinances causing anxiety, optimism Metro area bar and restaurant owners and patrons are preparing for the fallout from smoking bans that took effect later at midnight Wednesday in Ramsey and Hennepin counties and Golden Valley. Bans in Minneapolis and Bloomington are effective Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/31_williamsb_smokingban/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2005 16:51:00 -0600 Stories of heroism and survival A security guard who survived the shooting at Red Lake High School gave a gripping account of the scene, and credited a fellow guard with saving lives -- at the cost of his own. One of the students who was wounded also described, through his family, his struggle with the shooter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/23_ap_survivorstories/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2005 19:59:00 -0600 Grier taking Gophers home to meet the folks Gopher basketball standout Vincent Grier will be playing in front of his friends and family when the Gophers meet the Iowa State Cyclones in Charlotte, North Carolina Friday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/18_williamsb_grierprofile/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 02:00:00 -0600 Protecting courts from 'troubled people in troubled situations' A weapons screening program in the Hennepin County Government Center goes into operation on Monday. The system will contain X-ray machines and metal detectors, much like airport security checkpoints. The security measures are a response to a fatal shooting in the building in 2003. Coincidentally, the new security system starts up on the heels of a series of violent court-related incidents around the nation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/11_williamsb_security/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2005 15:50:00 -0600 McCombs was ready to fire Tice late in season Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs says he nearly fired coach Mike Tice late last season in an effort to get more out of star receiver Randy Moss. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/03_ap_vikes/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2005 12:53:00 -0600 Despite loss of Moss, life goes on for Vikes' fans The impending trade of Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders is causing a buzz with Vikings fans and, no doubt, with football fans around the country. Some are shocked that the Vikings would trade a player who, statistically, is one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game. Others are not surprised. They say Moss' controversial behavior was a drain on the team and they welcome the trade. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/24_williamsb_randyreax/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2005 17:02:00 -0600 Vikings new owner says he's committed to Minnesota Arizona businessman Reggie Fowler has agreed to buy the Minnesota Vikings in a deal that would make him the NFL's first black owner, the team announced Monday. Fowler declined to say how much he would pay for the team, though published reports pegged it at about $625 million. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/13_ap_vikingsdeal/?refid=0 Sun, 13 Feb 2005 14:50:00 -0600 St. Paul mayor confirms FBI probe; says it's a political attack St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly has acknowledged that one of his staff members is under investigation by the FBI. Kelly says Hmong community liaison Sia Lo has been the target of a federal corruption probe for about 10 months. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/08_williamsb_stpaulprobe/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Family of teen shot by police not satisfied by grand jury decision The police say Courtney Williams, 15, was holding a pellet gun when he was shot and killed by police last October. Family members aren't buying it, despite what a grand jury says. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/07_williamsb_officer/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2005 17:31:00 -0600 Activist Spike Moss honored for activism Civil rights activist Harry &quot;Spike&quot; Moss is best known as a frequent critic of poor police treatment of African Americans. He has another side that most people don't see. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/21_williamsb_spike/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2005 16:48:00 -0600 Minneapolis churchgoers oppose mixing of religion and politics There's been a lot of talk about moral values since the November 2004 election. We've been talking with members of various congregations around Minnesota to hear their views on morality. Some members of Emmanuel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Minneapolis are uncomfortable with the recent blurring of religion and politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/01/20_tabernacle?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2005 16:00:00 -0600 What would Martin Luther King do? Monday is the official recognition of the birth and life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's a day when many Americans reflect on King's work for justice and equality. For some it's an also opportunity to speculate about what King would say and do about today's divisive issues, including gay rights. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/17_williamsb_wwmlkd/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Vikings look ahead to the Eagles Minnesota Vikings fans are probably still a bit giddy after yesterday's 31-17 upset playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. The team wants to focus on its next game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but wide receiver Randy Moss continues to cause a buzz. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/10_williamsb_vikingsfolo/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2005 17:04:00 -0600 Vikings hope to end outdoor woes in Green Bay The Minnesota Vikings are the underdogs for this Sunday's wildcard playoff game with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. That oddsmakers are picking the Packers over the Vikings should come as no surprise to football fans. The Vikings have already lost two games against the Packers this year. They have lost 20 of their last 22 games played outdoors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/07_williamsb_vikings/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Christmas Eve game poses divine dilemma for some fans The Minnesota Vikings games against the Green Bay Packers is a big deal for football fans. The game could determine which team will be this year's NFC North division champion. But the game falls on Christmas Eve, the day when many churches hold services to mark the birthday of Jesus. The scheduling has caused some to juggle their Christmas Eve plans in order to accomodate their faith, families and love of football. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/23_williamsb_game/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2004 14:10:00 -0600 A former criminal teaches that crime doesn't pay There are many organizations in Minnesota designed to alleviate socio-economic factors that some blame for the prevalence of crime in black communities. Then there are people like Winfred Payne. He uses his life experiences to set an example to young African Americans. He says making bad choices can lead to big trouble. For Winfred Payne, his choices led him to spend nearly half his life behind bars. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/20_williamsb_payne/?refid=0 Sun, 19 Dec 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Critical attitudes about immigrants not 'Minnesota Nice' Minnesotans' attitudes about the role of government, community and immigration are changing for the worse, say the authors of a report. The Minnesota Community Project expressed dismay over data which show a streak of hostility toward immigrants, especially by people living in the outer-ring suburbs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/13_williamsb_immigrants/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2004 11:00:00 -0600 Musicians group fights racial stereotypes Music primarily created by African-Americans -- jazz, blues, hip hop and rock and roll -- is enjoyed by many white Americans. But, generally, the door doesn't seem to swing the other way when it comes to forms of music dominated by white artists. But that trend is slowly changing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/03_williamsb_music/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Khat drug leads to murder The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged five men with second degree murder for the recent homicide of a young Somali woman in Minneapolis. They say the men -- who are all Somalis -- shot the woman over an illegal drug, a mild stimulant called khat. Some say the chewing of khat leaves is widespread and socially acceptable in the Somali culture, even though law enforcement officials are concerned about its usage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/30_williamsb_khat/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2004 16:24:00 -0600 Man arrested for deer-stand shooting says he was fired on first; Hmong leaders condemn shooting Court documents filed on Tuesday show that the 36-year-old Hmong immigrant suspected of killing six deer hunters in Wisconsin last weekend told authorities he was called racial slurs and was fired on first. Hmong leaders gathered to condemn the shootings and express sympathy for the victims. But some say racial tension between white and Hmong hunters is not uncommon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/24_williamsb_hmongshootingrea/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2004 16:34:00 -0600 Forciea sentenced to eight years, ordered to pay restitution A federal court judge sentenced entrepreneur and DFL political consultant Pat Forciea to eight years in prison on Tuesday. The judge also ordered Forciea to repay the over $5 million he swindled from banks and associates in an attempt to build a minor league sports empire. Minnesota Public Radio's Brandt Williams reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/11/16_williamsb_forciea?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2004 16:20:00 -0600 Northside neighborhood honors 'champions' Residents of a north Minneapolis neighborhood say they're tired of negative attention brought to their community by crime and violence, and are ready to highlight some of its assets. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/15_williamsb_champions/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2004 15:06:00 -0600 Report: Disparity between arrests, convictions cause for concern Most people who get arrested for low-level offenses in Minneapolis don't get convicted. That's neither unique to Minneapolis, nor a surprise to people in the criminal justice system. But some say the degree of difference between the numbers is troublesome. The Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice has released a report that says the gap between arrests and convictions can fuel citizen distrust in the police department. The report recommends that the Minneapolis police department reexamine how its officers handle low-level offenders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/08_williamsb_disparities/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2004 17:35:00 -0600 Police urge calm in wake of shooting of teen Police-community relations in Minneapolis are once again strained after the shooting death of a black teenager by a police officer this weekend. Family members of the dead teenager and some of his friends who were with him that night are critical of the police officer's decision to use lethal force. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/25_williamsb_killing/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 16:52:00 -0500 Another round in lawsuit over judges and their party politics The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday over the role party politics can play in judicial campaigns in Minnesota. Golden Valley attorney Greg Wersal and the Republican Party of Minnesota say current rules that restrict Minnesota judicial candidates from taking part in some party activities are unconstitutional. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/20_williamsb_judgecampaigns/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Roots of gap based in race, class, culture differences Low performance by African American students is not new. There have always been educational barriers for African Americans. You need only look back at generations of school segregation and racial discrimination. But others say some of the barriers are often imposed by the students themselves. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_williamsb_gapbarriers/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 The Education Achievement Gap: Minnesota's Embarrassment Minnesota students are traditionally among the nation's top performers on key standardized tests. Unfortunately, the statewide averages mask an embarrassing reality. Students of color consistently score far below their white classmates. This disparity in academic performance between groups of students is known as the achievement gap. It's a national problem. But Minnesota's gap is particularly wide. MPR News analyzes the gap in this special series, and also gives you an opportunity to suggest solutions with our Idea Generator. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/09/achievementgap/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 The 'n-word' It's probably the ugliest racial slur ever created. It's a word known primarily as a means to denigrate African Americans. The word packs such power to represent overt racial hatred, most people - regardless of race - will not even utter it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_williamsb_nword/?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis council members get a closer look at crime Several Minneapolis city councilmembers took part in a unique study session on neighborhood crime this week. The councilmembers boarded a tour bus and drove through some of the city's most well-known spots for criminal activity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_williamsb_tour/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2004 16:46:00 -0500 Transplant Games celebrate both donors and recipients The National Kidney Foundation's U.S. Transplant Games showcase organ donation success stories. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/29_williamsb_transplant/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2004 17:23:00 -0500 Minneapolis neighborhood stunned by violence Three homicides and several shootings in a little over 24 hours have stunned the north side of Minneapolis. The rash of violence has led to renewed calls for deeper police-community cooperation. In the meantime, community members and relatives of victims are taking time to grieve. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/18_williamsb_killings/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2004 16:52:00 -0500 Variety of factors contribute to non-lethal force deaths Studies show a variety of factors contribute to deaths when police use non-lethal force. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/10_williamsb_force/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2004 07:32:00 -0500 Minneapolis moves closer to smoking ban A Minneapolis City Council committee has approved an ordinance that would ban smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The committee voted Monday after nearly three hours of public testimony. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/08_williamsb_hearing/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Feds won't prosecute Minneapolis officers in plunger case A federal investigation has cleared two police officers accused of putting a toilet plunger in a drug suspect's rectum, Police Chief William McManus said Friday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/04_williamsb_porter/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2004 15:44:00 -0500 Lakers sink Timberwolves in series opener The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night at the Target Center 97-88. The team also lost the momentum it had after its series ending win against Sacramento. And they lost home court advantage. But Wolves players say the team has been in this situation before and they say can come back. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/21_williamsb_twolves/?refid=0 Sat, 22 May 2004 05:32:00 -0500 St. Paul police officer arrested in Hmong violence probe The arrest of a Hmong St. Paul police officer is the latest development in an investigation into several incidents of violence involving Hmong and Lao residents. Federal law enforcement officials are trying to determine how several recent shootings and arson fires are linked. Some in the Hmong community suspect the perpetrators are motivated by political divisions formed many years ago in Laos. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/11_williamsb_hmongshooting/?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2004 15:15:00 -0500 After game one loss, it's back to the drawing board for Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Sacramento Kings 104-98 Tuesday night in the first game of the Western Conference Semifinals. The loss is the Wolves first at home during the playoffs this season. It means, for now, the Timberwolves have been stripped of home court advantage through this best of seven game series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/05_williamsb_wolves1/?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Garnett named MVP of NBA Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is the best player in the NBA and now there's a trophy with his name on it to prove it. Garnett was named the Most Valuable Player in the NBA on Monday. Garnett set 11 single-season team records this year and has also led the Timberwolves into its first-ever second round playoff series. Fans and sportswriters have long suspected Garnett would win the coveted trophy this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/03_williamsb_kgmvp/?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2004 13:30:00 -0500 Recent violence highlights divisions in Hmong community Federal law enforcement officials are investigating several recent violent incidents involving members of the Twin Cities Hmong community. The most recent event was a suspicious fire that burned down the home of the son of a prominent Hmong leader. While the authorities search for suspects, some in the Hmong community say the recent violence highlights old divisions and wounds that have yet to heal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/30_williamsb_hmongconflict/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2004 13:00:00 -0500 Metro Transit ridership numbers shrink after strike Ridership on Metro Transit buses dipped 28 percent in the first week of operation since the 44-day bus drivers strike ended. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/27_williamsb_ridership/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2004 17:01:00 -0500 Crime fighting heats up along with the weather Minneapolis city officials have announced the creation of the Peace Foundation, which will provide money to neighborhood initiatives to fight crime. In a few weeks the Minneapolis Police Department will roll out its summer policing strategy. But summertime crime has already made its way into one north Minneapolis neighborhood. And some of the residents say they're not going to stand still for it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/23_williamsb_jordancrime/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2004 17:21:00 -0500 Wolves take first playoff game against Denver The Minnesota Timberwolves took the first step towards shedding the first-round playoff jinx by beating the Denver Nuggets 106-92 at the Target Center Sunday night. The team has a streak of seven straight losses in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. This year, fans are hoping that not only will the Wolves take the best-of-seven-game series, but they'll make it all the way to the finals for the first time in team history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_williamsb_timberwolves/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2004 10:12:00 -0500 Drivers may return soon, but what about bus riders? Metro Transit buses could be back on the streets this weekend, if striking drivers approve a new contract. However, many former riders might not be coming back, at least not right away. Transit officials worry that the strike will lead to a decrease in ridership -- just as it did following the last transit strike in 1995. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/13_williamsb_riders/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2004 10:15:00 -0500 Islam: a way of life This weekend between 500 to 1,000 Muslims from around the Midwest are expected in Minneapolis for a convention called, &quot;Islam, a Way of Life.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/09_williamsb_conference/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2004 12:01:00 -0500 Transit strike affecting students, teachers Some metro area educators say the three-week-old transit strike has created a hardship for students. They say it has led to declines in attendance and decreases in participation in after school programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/26_williamsb_schools/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2004 00:05:00 -0600 Officers won't be charged in handling of cop shooting Three Minneapolis police officers who were suspended by Police Chief William McManus will not face criminal prosecution. McManus suspended the officers over allegations that one or more of them ordered an internal memo destroyed. An outside inquiry by the Bloomington city attorney found the allegation was based on a misunderstanding, and that no criminal wrongdoing occurred. In the aftermath of this outside report, some of the Minneapolis officers are accusing McManus of persecuting them as part of a vendetta against officers who didn't support his appointment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/19_williamsb_copsreport/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2004 11:56:00 -0600 Met Council to use strike savings to help riders The Metropolitan Council has created an emergency fund to help transport people hardest hit by the Metro Transit bus strike. The money will come from savings the Council gets from not paying salaries and other operational costs during the strike. Some social service providers say the assistance will be a big help to people most dependent on public transportation. However, officials representing the strikers say the program is an attempt to break the union. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/12_williamsb_bus/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2004 13:41:00 -0600 Bus strike is more than inconvenience for some For some bus riders the metro transit bus strike is more than an inconvenience, it threatens their ability to earn a living. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/11_williamsb_commuter/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2004 14:46:00 -0600 Game inventor seeks to teach core values A Minneapolis inventor has created a board game which he hopes will help people learn and discuss societal values. The game is targeted at Africans and African Americans, however the game's creator says the values apply to everyone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/08_williamsb_game/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Day 1 of bus strike: Union defiant, traffic runs smoothly Thursday morning was the first test of how the Metro Transit bus drivers' strike would affect metro area commuters. Fears that the strike would lead to gridlock on streets and highways didn't materialize, even as some 75,000 bus riders were forced to find alternatives. Hundreds of Twin Cities bus drivers and supporters rallied at Metro Transit headquarters in Minneapolis Thursday. There is no resolution in sight to bring the 2,200 union members off the picket line. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/04_hughesa_strikeday1/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2004 11:37:00 -0600 Bulgarian couple fight deportation A Bulgarian couple living in Plymouth face deportation after they sought asylum in the U.S. They are the most recent example of how the U.S. Justice Department has changed its enforcement and appeals process since Sept. 11, 2001. Critics are concerned that the changes will cost asylum seekers a fair hearing of their cases. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/16_williamsb_deportation/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2004 10:18:00 -0600 Closing the home ownership, wealth gaps Minnesota's homeownership rate is among the highest in the nation. However, people of color in Minnesota are less likely than whites to own a home. The largest homeownership gap exists between white and black Minnesotans. The gap alarms housing and civil rights activists who say homeownership is the best way to end generations of poverty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_williamsb_homeownership/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Gophers to look at football recruitment practices Officials at the University of Minnesota's athletic department say they're looking into reports that Gopher football players took a group of high school recruits to bars and a strip club. One heavily recruited offensive lineman changed his mind after his recruiting visit and decided this week to attend another school. Some say this incident is an example of aggressive recruiting tactics that are a part of big time college athletics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/28_williamsb_footballrecruits/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2004 18:19:00 -0600 Teaching the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the proposed history and social studies standards for Minnesota students, Martin Luther King Jr.'s name is mentioned more times than most historical figures. Children will be required to become familiar with King and with his contributions to the country as early as kindergarten. Throughout high school students are supposed to have several more exposures to King's life and work. Still, critics of the new standards say there are too few required lessons on the social injustices King fought. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/19_williamsb_king/?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jan 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Cub Foods store may revitalize Minneapolis neighborhood For most Twin Cities residents, it's not difficult to find a large grocery store, like Cub or Rainbow, close to home. However, people who live in north Minneapolis have to drive outside the city to find a big box grocery store. But the neighborhood is getting a Cub Foods store and residents hope this is a sign of better economic times ahead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/10_williamsb_broadway/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Molitor, Eckersley elected to Hall of Fame St. Paul native Paul Molitor was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Molitor collected many awards and achievements over his 21-year career. However, he says election to the Hall is the highest honor a player can receive. While Molitor says he's humbled by his selection, fans and followers of the game say Molitor's selection was no surprise to them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/05_ap_molitor/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2004 17:01:00 -0600 Tice to stay as Vikings coach Vikings owner Red McCombs said on Tuesday that coach Mike Tice will keep his job. The Vikings coaches, players and fans are still feeling the sting of a disappointing loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/29_williamsb_vikes/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2003 11:15:00 -0600 Massive project slated for Bloomington Developers have unveiled plans for a $600 million project to be built along the Hiawatha Light Rail line near the Mall of America. Bloomington Central Station will include office space, residential housing and a 700-room hotel and resort that will feature a 60,000-square-foot water park. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/19_williamsb_bloomington/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2003 14:13:00 -0600 Archdiocese says Twin Cities priests abused 69 children An audit has found that 33 priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have been accused of sexual abuse. The claims span 50 years, and involve 69 credible allegations by people who say they were abused as minors in the years before 1988. The audit also says the church is complying with anti-sexual abuse standards adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last year. However, some say the audit under-reports the number of people who've been abused by priests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/11_williamsb_priestabuse/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2003 12:01:00 -0600 City explores ways to reduce snow emergency tows Minneapolis city officials want to know why so many people have their cars towed and want to know what the city can do to better inform them about snow emergencies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/10_williamsb_tows/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2003 16:51:00 -0600 Getting the 411 on the five-0 The Minneapolis NAACP has begun a program called the, &quot;411 on the five-0&quot; , slang for the 'information on the police.' The program is aimed at educating community members about how the police do their jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/28_williamsb_naacp/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Law firm marks 10 years of service to Phillips neighborhood Most law firms in the Twin Cities provide pro bono, or free, legal services for the poor. But only the six major law firms offer free legal clinics. Leonard, Street and Deinard was the first to open an office in one of the poorest areas of Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/28_williamsb_probono/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Minneapolis to take closer look at racial profiling The Minneapolis Police Department wants to see what traffic enforcement procedures need to be changed to stop racial profiling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/25_williamsb_racialprofiling/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2003 13:32:00 -0600 Drummer follows musical path from Austin to Africa Percussionist Marc Anderson has followed a musical path that has taken him far from his hometown of Austin, Minnesota. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the steaming forests of west Africa, Anderson has spanned the globe in the spirit of musical and cultural exploration. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/14_williamsb_drummer/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Finney announces retirement as St. Paul police chief St. Paul police Chief William Finney, a 32-year veteran of the department and the state's first black chief, announced Thursday that he won't seek a third term. Finney said he would serve the rest of his second term, which ends in July. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/06_williamsb_finney/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2003 15:18:00 -0600 Who speaks for Minneapolis' African American community? A group of outspoken African American activists lead an anti-police brutality rally in downtown Minneapolis Friday. In the last few weeks, the activists' tactics have been criticized by African American and white city officials, who questioned whether they actually speak for the city's black community. Some say the controversy is typical of how race and class complicate the African American struggle for political power. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/27_williamsb_leadership/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2003 07:39:00 -0600 Community weighs police brutality allegations The truth is still unknown about what happened between Stephen Porter and police officers. However, to many African Americans in Minneapolis, the idea that police could commit such an act is entirely believable. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/23_williamsb_reaction/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2003 17:03:00 -0500 Community leaders outraged at alleged police assault Community activists in Minneapolis expressed outrage Wednesday over allegations of police brutality by Minneapolis police officers. Minneapolis police have asked the FBI to investigate the allegation. Members of groups which represent communities of color say they believe an African-American male suspect was sexually assaulted while in custody Monday afternoon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/15_williamsb_assaultfolo/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2003 16:41:00 -0500 Some police departments make strides against racial profiling In the last five years, a growing number of law enforcement agencies across the country have begun investigating claims of racial profiling.They've begun by collecting data on police stops. In many cities, the collection has led to open discussions about race and the role race plays in police work. State public safety officials say they hope the racial disparities outlined in Minnesota's traffic stop data can be used to open discussions here. However, some say data collection is just the first step in a long process of building trust between police and communities of color. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/06_williamsb_profiling/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Garnett agrees to contract extension with Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Garnett have come to an agreement on a five-year contract extension for the All-Star forward. The team won't say how much the deal will cost the team. However, Garnett's current contract is paying him, on average, more than $20 million a year, and the new deal is expected to be at least as lucrative on an annual basis. Garnett says he's just glad to get the contract negotiations out the way so he can concentrate on playing basketball. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/01_williamsb_garnett/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2003 16:14:00 -0500 Report: Police stop minorities more often than whites New research concludes that racial profiling is practiced by law enforcement agencies around the state of Minnesota. Wednesday the Council on Crime and Justice and the Institute on Race and Poverty released an analysis of a year's worth of traffic stop data collected from 65 law enforcement jurisdictions. They found that in 2002 people of color were more likely to be stopped and searched by police officers than white drivers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/24_williamsb_profilingreport/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2003 11:30:00 -0500 Firefighters returning to work in Minneapolis Nearly all of the Minneapolis firefighters who were laid off this spring will return to duty this week. The fire department was able to rehire 31 of the 32 active firefighters who lost their jobs because of city budget cuts. Department officials say they were able to rehire them after finding ways to save money and bring in additional revenue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/22_williamsb_firefighters/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2003 14:28:00 -0500 Report: City housing policies create 'lethal agenda' A new report by an advocacy group blames poor planning and housing policies for violent crime in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/19_williamsb_report/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2003 13:48:00 -0500 Twins attendance: Where is everyone? The Minnesota Twins began selling playoff tickets on Thursday. The Twins are in a close pennant race with two other teams in the American League Central Division. On Wednesday they moved into tie for first place in the division after a dramatic ninth inning comeback win. But some baseball insiders are wondering where the fans are. Attendance at the Metrodome is behind last years, and TV ratings are down significantly. Team officials say they're not worried about the numbers and say they expect crowds to increase as the season draws to a close. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/04_williamsb_twins/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2003 16:40:00 -0500 Cultural diversity, location key to growth of Midtown Public Market Minneapolis' Midtown Public Market is based in one of the most diverse areas of the state, home to growing populations of asian, latino and African immigrant communities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/03_williamsb_market/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2003 16:00:00 -0500 Skateboarder gets big air at the State Fair One of the country's most popular skateboarders helped promote a Minnesota-based builder of skate parks during a demonstration at the Minnesota State Fair. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/26_williamsb_skater/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2003 13:59:00 -0500 Day of resolution Hennepin County residents with arrest warrants for minor offenses can get their warrants cleared and serve their sentences, all in one day. Organizers have set Saturday as a &quot;Day of Resolution.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/22_williamsb_restorative/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Fans camp out for Clinton Former first lady and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton signed copies of her memoir <i>Living History</i> at the Mall of America on Tuesday. About 600 people lined up for the book signing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/12_williamsb_hillary/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2003 15:22:00 -0500 State troopers to patrol troubled neighborhood Gov. Pawlenty has authorized the immediate deployment of a team of state troopers to troubled areas of Minneapolis. Twelve members of the State Patrol's Special Response Team will head to the city in the next several days to help Minneapolis police officers combat a recent surge in violent crime. City leaders say they are pleased with the governor's response to the problem. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/01_williamsb_crimepatrol/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2003 17:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis council member continues anti-violence vigil Minneapolis police officials say they are still looking for suspects in the shooting of a 19-month-old girl Tuesday night. They say Deasha Hazley was sitting in her living room with her family when two gunmen approached the house and fired through a window. The incident was one of several shootings in the same north Minneapolis neighborhood in the last week. City officials are renewing their call for tougher law enforcement, and neighborhood leaders are calling on city residents to lend a hand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/31_williamsb_anticrime/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2003 16:28:00 -0500 Minneapolis neighborhood residents say judge's ruling hinders efforts to stop criminal activity Hennepin County probation officers can no longer arrest and hold suspected probation violators without a warrant. The judge who made the ruling says the practice conflicts with state rules of criminal procedure. But county corrections officials say the ruling will hamper the ability of probation officers to do their jobs and Minneapolis police say the ruling will make it harder for them to fight street crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/11_williamsb_probation/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2003 13:08:00 -0500 Minneapolis extends bar hours citywide Starting July 1st bars and restaurants across the city of Minneapolis will be able to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/20_williamsb_barclosing/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2003 15:32:00 -0500 Juneteenth features up and coming talent The major Juneteenth entertainment attraction is the main stage where local music groups get their chance to play for as many as 50,000 people. A lot of people try out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/13_williamsb_juneteenth/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2003 13:48:00 -0500 Jordan residents weary of fighting violence Recent shootings in a north Minneapolis neighborhood are testing the resolve of its residents. Some neighbors are formulating new ideas of how they can keep crime and hopelessness from taking over the Jordan neighborhood. But at the same time, some have admitted that the shootings illustrate how little has changed and say they are considering moving out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/18_williamsb_jordan/?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2003 14:02:00 -0500 Budget cuts to close state historic sites The Minnesota Historical Society will close seven of its 27 historical sites and lay off nearly one-third of its staff due to state budget cuts. The society will lose $8 million in state funding over the next two years. The sites, around the state, will be closed to the public, but will still be maintained. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/20_williamsb_historicsites/?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2003 14:45:00 -0500 Heritage Park development approaches milestone Heritage Park is designed to house a racially and economically diverse population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_williamsb_hollman/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Jordan Journal Minnesota Public Radio reporter Brandt Williams lives in the Jordan neighborhood in north Minneapolis and writes some observations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/15_williamsb_reporternotebook/?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2003 14:46:00 -0500 Justice on film Two Minneapolis based civil rights lawyers are putting their views on America's criminal justice system on film. For the past five weeks, John Shulman and Jeanne Marie Almonor have been sharing directing duties for <i>Justice,</i> a drama about how the directors feel the criminal justice system treats African Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/07_williamsb_justice/?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2003 12:50:00 -0500 Budget woes hit home as firefighters lose their jobs in Minneapolis Friday is the last official day of work for 34 Minneapolis firefighters who have been cut to offset expected cuts in state aid. Some firefighters will return to jobs they held before joining the force; others face unemployment. But many say they are more concerned about what the layoffs will mean to the residents of Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/18_williamsb_firefighters/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2003 13:08:00 -0500 African Americans oppose war, but rarely protest Recent opinion polls suggest more African Americans are opposed to the war in Iraq than white Americans. Even so fewer African Americans than whites have come out to protest the war. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/11_williamsb_blackantiwar/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2003 10:39:00 -0500 The state of black Minnesotans African-American church and community leaders say black Minnesotans face growing challenges in today's troubling economic times. At a Sunday evening worship service in Minneapolis, black leaders expressed hope that through church and community collaboration, those problems can be solved. Singer Stevie Wonder was a surprise guest at the event. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/07_williamsb_unity/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2003 11:08:00 -0500 Peace protesters arrested About 200 protesters marched on the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis and blocked the entrances Tuesday as they demanded an end to the war in Iraq. At least 67 protesters were arrested by police and held on city buses after they refused to move from the doors in the back of the building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/24_ap_deployment/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2003 10:15:00 -0600 Thousands turn out at Capitol rally for troops Several thousand people gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday for a &quot;Support the Troops&quot; rally. Many of the demonstrators carried American flags and signs showing their support for the war in Iraq. However rally organizers say it was not a pro-war demonstration. They say it was a way to show the men and women fighting in the Persian Gulf that their work is appreciated. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/22_williamsb_rally/?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2003 16:13:00 -0600 Minneapolis prepares for cuts, while neighborhoods worry about public safety Minneapolis officials are clearing the way for upcoming staff layoffs. Employee reductions are in response to anticipated cuts in state aid that could trim the city's coffers by more than $40 million over the next two years. The council vote is expected to trigger quick action to lay off workers, even though many city leaders won't know the exact amount of state cuts until at least May. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/12_williamsb_budget/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Minnesota troops say goodbye Sometime this week, nearly 300 members of the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing will leave their families, friends and livelihoods behind for the Persian Gulf region. Tuesday, the soldiers and their families gathered at the base, where they were honored for their service to the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/04_williamsb_deployed/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2003 16:30:00 -0600 Storyteller busy during Black History Month February is the month when Americans are encouraged to learn more about the culture and history of African Americans. Schools, libraries and other organizations ask African American scholars, artists and professionals to take part in their Black History Month events. Storyteller Nothando Zulu hasn't had a day off this month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/17_williamsb_storyteller/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2003 11:03:00 -0600 What happened to families who left welfare system? State officials say they don't know how more than 1,000 families are faring after being dropped from the Minnesota welfare system last July. Anti-poverty activists and social service providers say they believe the cutoffs are a major setback for those families. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/20_williamsb_welfare/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Two candidates vie for Minneapolis City Council seat The two candidates seeking the vacant Minneapolis 3rd Ward City Council seat embody the diversity of a ward split in two by the Mississippi River. Don Samuels is an African American who lives in the predominantly black section of the ward -- the northside -- immediately west of the river. However, both men say they have experiences that make them qualified to represent the entire ward. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/13_williamsb_councilrace/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Resurgence in gang activity troubles Minneapolis officials The number of homicides in Minneapolis rose slightly this year over last year -- from 43 to 46. But the rate remains well below the peak of 1995, when nearly 100 killings led to the nickname Murderapolis. Law enforcement officials credit more aggressive policing as one of the main reasons for the long-term decline. However, they are troubled by a resurgence in gang activity this year which has led to a high number of gang-related killings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/16_williamsb_homicides/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2002 14:06:00 -0600 Pawlenty names heads for agriculture, commerce Two more cabinet positions were filled Friday, when Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty named Gene Hugoson the commissioner of agriculture and Glenn Wilson the commissioner of commerce. The two appointments bring Pawlenty's cabinet to eight. He earlier named commissioners of finance, human services, pollution control, administration, revenue and labor and industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/27_williamsb_commissioners/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2002 10:54:00 -0600 Minneapolis councilman convicted on five fraud charges A federal court jury on Thursday found Minneapolis city councilman Joe Biernat guilty of fraud and other charges in relation to an investigation of his political favors. The jury convicted Biernat of five counts, including aiding and abetting theft and making a false statement to federal agents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/21_williamsb_biernat/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2002 17:32:00 -0600 Population to grow faster than expected Minnesota's population is expected to grow to more than 6 million by the year 2030, an increase of 27 percent. Researchers say the growth will exceed earlier projections because Minnesota's economy and in-migration numbers in the 1990s were stronger than they expected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/23_williamsb_2030/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2002 15:30:00 -0500 Hundreds of police chiefs descend on Minneapolis Minneapolis is host to nearly 20,000 police chiefs from more than 100 countries for the 109th annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. This is the second time Minneapolis has hosted the event, and organizers say this will be the largest police chief's convention ever. The conference focus is on how to better apply technology to fight crime and combat terrorism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/04_williamsb_policeconfab/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ten years after: Tensions remain The tensions between Minneapolis police and the city's minority residents have eased little in the 10 years since Jerry Haaf was killed, even though crime is down in some neighborhoods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/25_williamsb_haaf/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Census: housing disparities continue The latest census figures released this week show a wide gap in the values of homes owned by African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics than those owned by white Minnesotans. State demographers say the disparity may be caused by a number of factors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/17_williamsb_censushousing/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 What to do with problem properties The atmosphere remains calm in the north Minneapolis neighborhood which last week exploded in a violent melee, after a young boy was injured during a police raid. Some are asking why the house - suspected by police and neighbors as a drug house - is still occupied. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/27_williamsb_problemproperty/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Police shooting leads to violent protest Minneapolis police say things have quieted down after a shooting ignited a neighborhood protest. An 11-year-old boy was wounded in the arm Thursday night by a bullet from a police officer's gun. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/23_williamsb_policemelee/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Composers get unique chance to hear their works The composers who have written works for the World Choral Symposium in the Twin Cities this week have a rare opportunity - to hear a full-fledged performance of their work by some of the world's greatest singers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/09_williamsb_composers/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 World's best coming to "choral country" Some of the best singers in the world are in Minnesota for the next several days. The Twin Cities is hosting the triennial World Choral Symposium. It's the first time the event has ever been held in the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/02_williamsb_choral/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Public housing study shows mixed results for residents A University of Minnesota researcher says the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority's plan to reduce the concentration of poverty in an area of the city's north side has had mixed results. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/16_williamsb_housingstudy/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans reaching five-year welfare deadline As of July 1, about 1,000 Minnesota families reach the five-year limit on their welfare benefits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/01_williamsb_welfarecutoff/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesotan hailed as a hero of Sept. 11 buried at Fort Snelling The family and friends of Thomas Burnett called him an American hero during funeral and burial services Friday in the Twin Cities. Burnett, a Minnesota native, was one of several men who resisted the hijackers who had taken over Flight 93 and caused the jet to crash short of the terrorists target on Sept. 11. Government officials believe the passenger jet, which carried Burnett and 44 others ,was heading for the White House. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/24_williamsb_burnett/?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Though abuse rates are equal among races, African Americans are arrested more often for domestic abuse Statistics show that domestic abuse occurs in equal rates among racial and ethnic groups. However, in the Twin Cities African American men are more likely than whites to be arrested for domestic abuse. Police say they aren't profiling black men. And domestic violence experts say there may be other reasons for the disparity. Some Twin Cities social workers are working on a way to reduce domestic abuse and at the same time reduce the number of black men going to jail. And they say the key is a culturally specific prevention program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/20_williamsb_blackmenandabuse/?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Church mission: Restoring faith Minnesota's Catholic Church leaders are working to restore faith in the church and strengthen its policies against sexual abuse by clergy. Archbishop Harry Flynn of the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese has been leading a nationwide task force on abuse, and Flynn spent Friday in conferences with clergy around the region. Flynn says he hopes the updates to church policy outlined at the Vatican this week will make it easier to weed out offenders in the church and bring immediate help to victims. However, he says rules and policies may never overcome human weakness. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/26_williamsb_flynn/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Multi-ethnic families increasing The 2000 census was the first opportunity for Minnesotans to report their multi-racial heritage. Without past years of data to compare the numbers to, demographers don't know if the state's mixed race population is larger than 10 years ago. But they do know that the multicultural population is very young. That says a lot about the changing face of Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/10_williamsb_censusethnic/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Friends remember Johnson's influence Nellie Stone Johnson, one of the most influential forces in civil rights and labor movements in Minnesota and a collaborator with powerful politicians, died Tuesday at age 96. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/03_williamsb_nellieobit/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Students take civil rights tour Twenty students from the Southside Family School in Minneapolis leave Tuesday for an ambitious field trip, to learn more about the civil rights movement. The elementary school students and teachers take a 10-day bus tour to the southern United States - to cities where some of the most significant events in the civil rights movement took place. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/26_williamsb_civilrightstour/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Coleman calls for campaign finance limits in Senate race While U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone was hailing the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill in the Senate, his main rival challenged him to abide by some aspects of the bill before it takes effect. And Republican Norm Coleman is asking Wellstone to go beyond McCain-Feingold by not accepting contributions from sources outside the state. Coleman says the idea is to make this fall's Senate race a 'Minnesota election.' However, Wellstone's campaign says it doesn't see this as a serious proposal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/20_williamsb_finances/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Fighting the drug war, one block at a time Serious crime in Minneapolis has declined over the last several years. However, open-air drug selling is still a problem in some parts of the city. Police and neighborhood activists are trying to get rid of drug dealers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/15_williamsb_drughouse/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Up South MPR's Brandt Williams talked with a number of older African Americans in Minnesota about their memories of segregation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/12_williamsb_upsouth/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Not quite Africans, not quite Americans Minnesota has always been a destination for African immigrants. Their numbers have greatly increased since 1990 when refugees from Somalia, Sudan and Liberia arrived here to escape civil wars in their home countries. The African presence offers both a positive and perplexing situation for the state's African-American population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/04_williamsb_africans/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Black men getting involved Despite the availability of a variety of social programs, many African-American men in Hennepin County aren't doing well. A recent report by the county shows that nearly half of all black men aged 18 to 30 are arrested each year. The report provides recommendations as to how the county can help solve some of the problems facing African-American men. But the report says black men themselves should be a part of the solution. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/21_williamsb_aamen/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Green is out as Vikings coach The Vikings are 5-10 and will not make the playoffs for only the second time in Green's 10 years with the team. However, Vikings owner Red McCombs says the team's dismal record wasn't a factor in his decision. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/04_williamsb_green/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 A Kwanzaa celebration Wednesday, Dec. 26 marks the beginning of Kwanzaa. The seven-day cultural celebration is observed by millions of people of African descent around the world. It's not known how many people in the Twin Cities participate in Kwanzaa, but some who do say the principles of Kwanzaa can be useful for all people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/21_williamsb_kwanzaa/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Police complete racial profiling training In June, the St. Paul Police Department and the St. Paul NAACP reached an agreement to eliminate racial profiling. The agreement was hailed as groundbreaking because it promised to make officers more accountable to the people they serve. The civil rights organization has finished the last of its training sessions with police officers. Both parties acknowledge there have been challenges. But they are optimistic about the future of the agreement. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/17_williamsb_profiling/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis tries to jump-start economy Minneapolis, like other cities around the country, is feeling the impact of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Job layoffs, fears over public safety, and shrinking consumer confidence are raising concerns about the city's prospects. Minneapolis law enforcement officials, clergy and business leaders discussed how to use their influence to minimize the local impact of the attacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/05_williamsb_mpls/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 War protests return to campus Members of Minnesota's anti-war activist community are gearing up for a heightened campaign of protests following last Tuesday's terrorist attacks and the U.S. government's call for military retaliation against terrorism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/21_williamsb_protest/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Events may give boost to high-tech security firm Last week's terror attacks and subsequent tightening of aviation security measures has brought attention to a Minnesota company that specializes in high-tech security products. Minnetonka-based Visionics makes equipment that can instantly identify people based on physical characteristics like fingerprints or facial features. Company officials claim that some of last week's tragedies could have been avoided had their devices been in use. However, some say concerns over cost and privacy may slow the implimentation of such technology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/20_williamsb_face/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Preaching as art The Target Center in downtown Minneapolis was converted into a large Baptist Church Wednesdsay. The National Baptist Convention-USA staged a preaching forum there, as part of an effort to preserve and strengthen the art of preaching. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/06_williamsb_preacher/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Satcher urges Baptists to focus on health issues U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher told the National Baptist Convention in Minneapolis Tuesday the church can play a major role in reducing health disparities between African-Americans and whites. The Baptist group is the largest black religious group in the U S. The theme of the convention is health and wellness. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/05_williamsb_nbc/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Baptists focus on physical, spiritual health Members of the country's largest Black religious organization, the National Baptist Convention-USA, are in the Twin Cities this week for its 121st annual meeting. The convention's 25,000 to 30,000 delegates will learn ways to better carry out the churches' mission of improving the spiritual health of its members. Organizers say to achieve that goal, the church needs to work harder to improve members' physical health and wellness. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/03_williamsb_baptists/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Waiting for the KKK Anti-Ku Klux Klan rallies are scheduled Friday night and Saturday, in response to the Klan's scheduled rally Saturday at the state Capitol. Members of civic, religious, civil rights and non-profit coalitions are encouraging citizens to speak out against the hate group. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/24_williamsb_klanprep/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Sayles Belton on defensive in mayoral debate Four Minneapolis mayoral candidates met Wednesday evening to debate their qualifications for the city's top post. The candidates used the forum to challenge each other on city issues including economic development, affordable housing and crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/16_williamb_mplsdebate/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Vikings say goodbye to Stringer Minnesota Vikings fans and players gathered at a memorial service Friday to mourn the loss of offensive tackle Korey Stringer, who died early Wednesday of heat stroke. Separate ceremonies were held for the athletes, friends and family members, and for the public. Both players and fans had similar feelings of sorrow for the passing of the man known as Big K. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/04_williamsb_stringer/?refid=0 Sat, 04 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Herron's guilty plea doesn't end extortion probe in Minneapolis Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton appointed an internal work group to review the city's regulatory services department. The announcement came the day after city councilmember Brian Herron admitted to extorting money from a business owner having problems with the city's inspection department. The city review will proceed even as federal authorities investigate the matter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/19_williamsb_extortion/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Local youths tell of Ghana trip A group of black youths and adults from Minneapolis recently travelled to Ghana, west Africa. They told tales of meeting friendly people, eating new food, and exploring a country most had never seen before. However, they said they were most moved by their visits to the slave castles that once held their ancestors before they were brought to America. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/17_williamsb_ghana/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Study Suggests Discrimination in St. Paul Traffic Stops An analysis of St. Paul police traffic-stop data shows African Americans and other people of color are stopped by police at disproportionately higher rates than whites. However, the analysis did not offer an opinion as to whether or not racial profiling is being practiced in the city. Instead the report highlights several shortcomings in the data collection procedure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/24_williamsb_profiling/?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Humphrey Terminal Nears Completion The new $73 million facility is four times larger than the old terminal, which will be demolished in mid-May to make room for a new parking ramp. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/24_williamsb_terminal/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura to Oppose Collection of Racial Profiling Data Gov. Ventura says he opposes mandatory collection of racial profiling data. The governor's comments came on the same day as a House committee heard testimony on several racial profiling bills. Most of those who appeared before the Crime Prevention Committee urged passage of a mandatory study to determine whether to what degree, if any, law enforcement officers make stops based on race. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/13_williamsb_profiling/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Wilkins Honored in Stamp Series The likeness of one of Minnesota's most notable former citizens has been immortalized by the United States Postal Service. The late civil rights activist Roy Wilkins was honored for his decades of work with the NAACP and its mission of achieving equal rights for all Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/24_williamsb_stamp/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Bill Seeks to Uncover Racial Profiling in Minnesota A state legislator plans to introduce a bill that will help determine if racial profiling occurs in Minnesota. Rep. Rich Stanek, DFL-Maple Grove, says the measure will provide financial help for police departments that wish to document the race of the people its officers pull over in traffic stops. However, critics of the proposal say without mandating racial data collection, the bill has no teeth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/09_williamsb_profiling/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 A Comeback on West Broadway Avenue West Broadway Avenue used to be one of the main destinations in North Minneapolis for shopping, entertainment and commerce. Many of the major retailers left the area decades ago, leaving boarded storefronts and unemployment. Now, plans are in the works to change all that. Neighborhood groups and local politicians are working together to give a face-lift to businesses and buildings along the avenue. The goal is to restore some of the vibrancy that long-time north side residents say made West Broadway the place to be. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/02_williamsb_broadway/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 The Case for Slavery Reparations Some say the inequalities faced by modern-day African Americans are directly attributable to slavery and discrimination. Within the next year, lawsuits seeking reparations for descendants of slaves are expected be filed against the government and other institutions that benefited from slavery. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/13_williamsb_reparations/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 NCAA Tackles U of M Basketball Scandal Later this week, University of Minnesota officials, including President Mark Yudof, will appear before the NCAA's infraction committee, which is looking into the academic fraud scandal in the men's basketball program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/08_williamsb_u/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Haskins Admits To $3,000 Payoff University of Minnesota officials said Tuesday that former Gopher's basketball coach Clem Haskins has admitted making a $3,000 payoff to a former tutor. Haskins told NCAA investigators that he gave the money to Jan Gangelhoff, the woman who admitted writing papers for several basketball players. Though Gangelhoff said Haskins paid her and a U of M investigation pointed to Haskins as the source of the payment, the coach had denied the charges when the school conducted its own investigation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/02_williamsb_haskins/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Dome's Future is Football, Study Says Neither the Twins nor the Vikings see their future including the Metrodome. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission says the dome will work for either team, but not both. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/19_williamsb_dome/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Get Facts About Racial Profiling, Official Warns A new workgourp formed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is trying to get facts on racial profiling . The group's first meeting comes after a hearing earlier this month where lawmakers heard anecdotal evidence of racial profiling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/28_williamsb_profiling/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 A Bridge to the Next Generation President Kennedy said every generation needs to build a bridge for the next generation. A group in Minneapolis thinks it has done that through Urban Ventures. Retired U.S. Army General dedicates the youth center bearing his name. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/13_williamsb_powell/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Preaching the Gospel of Mac In the computer world, users of the MacIntosh and Windows operating systems often clash over which system is best. In fact, some Mac users are so fanatical, that they call themselves Mac evangelists. However, columnist and self-described Mac advocate Rodney Lain, doesn't like the cult-like attitude adopted by some Mac-enthusiasts. Lain says Apple Computers, the maker of the MacIntosh, is just a company, not an idol of worship. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/22_williamsb_lain/?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500