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‘It’s Getting Too Dangerous’: Longtime 911 Dispatchers Call For Change

When WCCO-TV first exposed 911 calls going unanswered in Minneapolis, the city told us there wasn’t a problem. Leaders pointed to an average answer time of around 8 seconds, as proof the system is working. But when we obtained call records after weeks of asking, we found certain times of day had much longer waits.

04/29/2014

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Project Hopes To Create More Young Swimmers In Mpls.

It’s a skill that can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and city leaders are pushing for a new project – Minneapolis Swims – to help children learn to swim.

04/25/2014

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Mpls. Mayor To Officiate Wedding For 2 S.D. Women

A lesbian couple plans to exchange vows Saturday in Minnesota, then be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials. Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, of Rapid City, have been together 27 years. Minneapolis lawyer Joshua Newville said Friday he took the case after the couple was unable to find an attorney in South Dakota.

04/25/2014

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Summit Addresses Violence, Crime In North Mpls.

North Minneapolis makes up 20 percent of the city, but 50 percent of the city’s murders have taken place there in the past 14 years. Community, philanthropic and religious leaders joined police and U.S. and county attorneys to have a candid and intimate discussion on Friday.

04/18/2014

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Mpls. 911 Investigations Prompt Questions From City Leaders

Minneapolis city leaders are asking questions after a WCCO-TV investigation found 911 calls going unanswered for minutes at a time.

03/19/2014

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Mpls. Mayor Responds To WCCO’s 911 Investigation

Rules are changing at Minneapolis’s 911 center after a WCCO Investigation found some callers waiting minutes to get through. Raymond Callihan’s wife tried twice to reach an operator last week when her husband suffered a heart attack. Her second call took more than two minutes to answer. Callihan died Thursday morning. City leaders Thursday expressed sympathy for his family. But operators at the 911 center worry others may not get help as quickly as they should, and they’re asking for more staff.

03/06/2014

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With Dad Now On Life Support, Family Questions Mpls. 911’s Delayed Response

Pictures in a north Minneapolis dining room show the bright smile of 72-year-old Raymond Callihan, a man who loved nothing more than spending time with his large family. “My father was a wonderful person,” said daughter Kamie Reed. “He would help anyone.” But that happiness has been replaced by hurt now that Reed and her mother, Arcola Tullis, know there won’t be any more memories like them.

03/05/2014

Minneapolis Duplex Fire Colfax Avenue

5 Children Dead In North Minneapolis House Fire

Five children died after a Friday morning fire in a north Minneapolis duplex, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. Crews were called to the 2800 block of Colfax Avenue North around 5 a.m.

02/14/2014

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Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up At State Capitol

Some of Minnesota’s well-known mayors, including the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, are putting their weight behind an effort to pass Minnesota’s first minimum wage hike in 8 years.

02/06/2014

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Minneapolis, St. Paul Join Forces To End Veteran Homelessness

A major effort is underway to end homelessness in the Twin Cities with a special emphasis on those who are suffering after serving our country. It’s a joint project between St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined forces for Friday’s announcement in downtown Minneapolis.

01/31/2014

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Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Hospitalized After Heart Attack

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is recovering in the hospital Saturday afternoon after suffering chest pains while cross-country skiing. According to officials at Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Rybak had completed 7.7 miles of skiing at Theodore Wirth Park with his wife before complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. The former mayor was taken by ambulance to Abbot at 1 p.m., where he underwent an angioplasty and received two stents. Officials say he is currently resting. Rybak was upbeat when he tweeted two and a half hours after being admitted.

01/04/2014

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Hodges Takes Over As New Minneapolis Mayor

There’s a new person in charge at Minneapolis City Hall. Democrat Betsy Hodges took her oath Thursday as the new mayor, taking over as longtime Mayor R.T. Rybak moves on. The former Democratic city council member won election in November.

01/02/2014

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1-2-13 Betsy Hodges Is The New Mayor…..On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Listen to the 47th Mayor of Minneapolis talk with Dave Lee about her big day, by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE!

01/02/2014

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Mpls. City Council Votes On Stadium-Related Funding

A major vote just came down in Minneapolis on a 400 million dollar project. It will have two towers and will likely be anchored by Wells Fargo. It will also stretch five blocks and will have office space, retail and housing. The plan includes a park and a parking ramp next to the new Vikings stadium.

12/13/2013

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Talking Points: Betsy Hodges & The Generational Shift In Mpls.

The Minneapolis City elections were notable for how long it took to get results and the generational shift in those who were elected.

11/10/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Ranking Ranked-Choice Voting

One: It was confusing. Two: It took far longer to count the ballots than supporters said it would. Three: It was a fix for a system that wasn’t broken. That is my ballot. What’s yours?

11/09/2013

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11-8 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Minneapolis has a new Mayor!

11/08/2013

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Betsy Hodges Wins Mpls. Mayoral Race

Betsy Hodges, a Democratic member of the Minneapolis City Council, emerged as the winner of the race for mayor of Minnesota’s largest city Thursday night. Hodges received the most votes of the 35 candidates in Tuesday’s race but fell shy of an outright majority. Minneapolis uses ranked-choice voting, which allows people to make up to three choices of candidates on their ballots. Ballots are reassigned as candidates are deemed out of contention.

11/07/2013

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More Vote Counting Expected For Minneapolis Mayor

More vote counting is expected at Minneapolis City Hall as the state’s largest city looks to crown a new mayor. Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges held a wide lead but there was still not a final vote Thursday morning.

11/07/2013

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She Might Not Stage Dive, But Hodges’ Personality ‘Resonates’

Betsy Hodges’ face is one Minneapolitans will be seeing much more of, and her personality is one her husband insists they’ll get a kick out of. “She can tell really good jokes,” said Gary Cunningham, Hodges’ husband. “We laugh a lot.”

11/06/2013

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Hodges Celebrates As The Expected Next Mayor Of Mpls.

More rounds of vote counting are underway at Minneapolis City Hall as the state’s largest city looks to crown a new mayor. Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges held a wide lead but was still short Wednesday of the threshold needed to win.

11/06/2013

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11-6-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Is Betsy Hodges the winner in Minneapolis’ Mayoral race?

11/06/2013

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Hodges Leads Minneapolis Mayoral Race

Minneapolis City Council member Betsy Hodges is the early leader in the race to be the next mayor of Minnesota’s largest city. Hodges led comfortably Tuesday night as returns were nearly complete, but the city’s ranked-choice voting system meant no winner was expected to be declared until Wednesday at the earliest.

11/05/2013

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6 Mpls. Mayor Candidates Debated Crime, Street Cars & More

With Election Day just one week away, the six leading candidates for Minneapolis Mayor took to the stage Tuesday night in a rather friendly debate that heavily revolved around crime, a street car system, and even the means of which they get voted in on Tuesday – ranked-choice voting.

10/29/2013

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10-28-13 Ranked Choice Voting On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Jeanne Massey of FAIRVOTEmn joins Dave.

10/28/2013

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