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City Of Mpls. Looks To Bill Urban Explorers Who Need Rescue

A Minneapolis city council member wants to bill urban explorers who end up needing rescue. City Council President Barbara Johnson is proposing the fee. She says the person is choosing to participate in an illegal activity and put rescuers at risk as well.

08/10/2015

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Minneapolis City Council To Repeal Ban On Hats In Theaters

It’s a city ordinance on the books many probably didn’t know about. In the city of Minneapolis, you can’t wear a hat in theaters.

07/30/2015

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Mpls. City Council Works To Curb Post Bar Close Crime

The city of Minneapolis is looking for ways to curb the violence in the downtown area after bar close. The Star Tribune reported a proposal at City Hall would let businesses get a special license so they could keep offering food and entertainment after 2 a.m.

07/17/2015

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City Council Votes To Reduce Street Parking For Mpls. Residents

The number of parking spots for Minneapolis residents could soon decrease. The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the zoning code that will reduce the number of parking spaces for residential areas that are by frequent buses and rail transit.

07/10/2015

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Minneapolis Passes Ordinance Limiting Flavored Tobacco Availability

The Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance Friday morning cracking down on the availability of flavored tobacco products in the city. Beginning next year, flavor tobacco products will only be allowed for sale by tobacco-only retailers.

07/10/2015

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Big Drop In Business Following Downtown Farmers Market Move

A summer staple of downtown Minneapolis is in a new location this year, but vendors at the farmers market say the move is hurting their business.

06/25/2015

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4 Things To Know: Special Session, Blood Donations, Growlers & Buxton

Here’s a look at what you need to know for this Sunday.

06/14/2015

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Mpls. City Council Votes To Repeal Spitting, Lurking Ordinance

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday morning to repeal two laws that some say encourage racial profiling. The council vote was 12-1 in favor of rolling back those ordinances. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges praised the city council’s decision.

06/05/2015

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Mpls. City Council Gets Involved In Nicole Curtis Controversy

City leaders are stepping in after a WCCO Investigation found a well-known home rehabber is accused of stalling a Minneapolis remodel. The city sold a house on Hillside Avenue in north Minneapolis to Nicole Curtis for $2 two years ago after she saved it from demolition.

06/04/2015

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Mpls. City Council Votes To Allow CenturyLink’s Prism TV

Minneapolis residents will now have a new option for TV cable, marking the first time the market’s had cable competition in nearly 40 years. Minneapolis City Council voted to allow CenturyLink to provide a cable service in the city. The service — called Prism TV — will be the first wire-line TV service in Minnesota.

05/15/2015

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Minneapolis Police Near End Of Body Camera Testing Program

The Minneapolis Police Department is in the final stages of its body camera test program. Thirty-six officers from three different precincts volunteered to test and evaluate the cameras.

05/13/2015

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The Push To Make Minneapolis’ Skyways Safer For Birds

The effort to save migrating birds from deadly collisions with glass is about to be back before the Minneapolis City Council.

05/11/2015

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Minneapolis City Council Approves Paid Parental Leave

Minneapolis city workers trying to juggle work and kids will be able to get some extra paid time off. The city council unanimously approved 120 hours of paid parental leave Friday for the birth or adoption of a child. The new policy begins in July.

05/01/2015

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Parking Meter Smart Phone App Coming To Minneapolis

The way we’ll pay for parking in Minneapolis is about to change. In fact, you won’t need to have change or any money on you at all.

03/28/2015

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Mpls. Mayor Demands Apology From HGTV Host After Online Dispute

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is demanding an apology from a cable TV host because of what appeared on Facebook over the weekend. It all stems around the demolition of a house that HGTV’s Nicole Curtis had been fighting for months to save.

03/02/2015

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Mayor Hodges, TV Host Get In Online Dispute Over Housing

Mayor Betsy Hodges is demanding that Nicole Curtis of HGTV apologize for what appeared on Facebook. The dispute involves the tear down of an old home in south Minneapolis that Curtis had tried to save.

03/01/2015

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Minneapolis Considers Design Work On Downtown Park

The Minneapolis City Council is considering design work on downtown park near the Vikings Stadium. The Star Tribune reports a council committee Wednesday is considering a $1.8-million contract with San Francisco-based Hargreaves Associates to design the 4.2-acre park that would be called The Downtown East Commons.

01/10/2015

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Riders Push For Safer Bikeways In Minneapolis

A group of bicyclists in Minneapolis asked the city council Tuesday to make some changes to better separate bikes and cars. The council will vote on Mayor Betsy Hodges’ budget proposal Dec. 10, which asks for $750,000 to build protected bike lanes across the city.

12/02/2014

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Mpls. Council: City Doesn’t Have Authority To Ban ‘Redskins’ Name

After taking steps to ban the use of the Washington, D.C. football team’s name in an upcoming NFL match at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis City Council members say they’ve been told they have no authority to do so.

10/22/2014

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Minneapolis City Council Approves New Sister City In Somalia

The Minneapolis City Council voted Thursday afternoon to approve a new sister city relationship with Bosaso, Somalia. Minneapolis is the first city in America to forge such a relationship with a city in Somalia.

10/10/2014

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State Agencies Sever Ties With Mpls. Non-Profit

A non-profit, accused of using grant money to fund lavish trips and a Costco membership, was shut down by the state on Friday. The state is seeking $600,000 back from Community Action of Minneapolis. The agency helps low-income families with heating bills and works to find people jobs.

09/26/2014

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Early Absentee Voting Starts Friday In Minn.

For the first time, Minnesota has early absentee voting.

09/19/2014

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Chief Harteau Responds To Criticism Over Canceled Appearance

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has responded to criticism after she did not attend a neighborhood meeting about police accountability Thursday night.

09/19/2014

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Mpls. Police Chief Harteau Skips Listening Session

The police chief of Minneapolis has canceled her scheduled appearance at a community listening session, citing threats of disruptions. Police Chief Janee Harteau was scheduled to appear Thursday evening at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis.

09/18/2014

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Mpls. Wants To Repair, Restore North Loop’s Brick Roads

The fastest developing neighborhood in Minneapolis is also one of the toughest areas on vehicles and their suspension systems. You could call it the North Loop Bounce — the feel of driving over brick streets built for a different century. Steve Young rumbles his way along the uneven surfaces several times a day.

09/10/2014

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