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Mpls. Allows Uber, Lyft To Operate, But With Most Taxi Rules

Minneapolis has legalized the operation of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, but on the condition they follow many of the same requirements as taxi companies. According to city officials, Minneapolis council members also voted to modernize the city’s taxi ordinances, which have been in place since the early 1980s.

07/18/2014

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Mpls. Considers Allowing ‘Granny Flats’ In Residential Areas

The Minneapolis City Council discussed the possibility of allowing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in residential areas on Friday. ADUs, sometimes referred to as “granny flats” or “mother-in-law apartments,” are smaller dwellings that are connected to existing home or situated on the same grounds.

06/13/2014

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Mpls. Voters To Decide Fate Of 70/30 Law

Minneapolis voters will now have a say on a controversial liquor law in the city. In November, voters will decide on whether or not to repeal the 70/30 law. The 1997 city charter amendment was originally put in place to try to prevent restaurants that sold liquor from becoming neighborhood trouble spots.

06/06/2014

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Minneapolis To Ban Styrofoam By 2015

Those white Styrofoam take out containers will soon be banned in Minneapolis. The city council has adopted a measure to amend the city code that will outlaw Styrofoam containers starting on Earth Day, April 22, 2015.

05/24/2014

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New Renderings Unveiled For Target Center Redesign

Twin Cities residents are getting a new look at how Target Center officials hope to redesign the Minneapolis facility. On Monday, renderings were released that show a freshened appearance for the 23-year-old structure.

05/13/2014

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TV Host Fights Demolition Of 1893 House

The future of a 120-year-old house in South Minneapolis will be decided on Friday by the Minneapolis City Council. The home at 2320 Colfax Avenue south was built by master builder Theron Potter Healy in 1893. It’s now being used a 15-unit rooming house.

04/24/2014

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LRT Connecting Downtowns Set To Run 24/7

The forthcoming commuter line connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul via light rail train is likely scheduled to run 24 hours a day, every day. The Green Line was originally set to run only from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with a four-hour gap on the overnights.

04/22/2014

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Good Question: How Is The 35W Bridge Lit?

Last month, the I-35W bridge was bathed in royal blue to symbolize the fight against colon cancer. “It was unbelievable, absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Anne Carlson, the executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition.

04/15/2014

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Moratorium On Mpls Home Teardowns Lifted, New Construction Rules Adopted

Residential builders and developers in southwest Minneapolis can get back to work after the Minneapolis City Council officially lifted a one-year moratorium on Friday. Last month, City Council Member Linnea Palmisano, who represents Ward 13, declared the moratorium because of what she says were growing concerns about the large number of small homes being torn down

04/11/2014

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Mpls. City Council Delays Moratorium On Home Teardowns

The Minneapolis City Council delayed any action on a one-year moratorium on the teardown of homes in southwest area of the city on Thursday. City Council Member Linnea Palmisano, who represents Ward 13, declared the moratorium because of what she says are growing concerns about the large number of small homes being torn down and replaced by much larger ones.

03/20/2014

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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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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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Another Potential Snag For Vikings Stadium Project?

There’s more objection surrounding the new Vikings stadium on Thursday, a little more than a week after officials broke ground on one of the largest construction projects in Minnesota history. Except this time it literally deals with areas surrounding the new stadium.

12/12/2013

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Downtown Mpls. May Soon Boast Rooftop Golf Facility

Year-round golf with a skyline view? It might sound too good to be true, but the project took a big step toward reality on Tuesday. The Minneapolis City Council approved a measure to lease the air space that sits above a parking ramp.

12/10/2013

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Vikings, Wells Fargo Agree On Signage Issue

The Minnesota Vikings and Wells Fargo have reached a preliminary agreement to resolve a conflict surrounding a development near the team’s new stadium. Vikings vice president of stadium development Lester Bagley says the agreement was reached on Saturday night. It establishes parameters for roof signage on a new Wells Fargo tower close to the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings were concerned that the proposed signing violated city ordinances and would deter other companies from pursuing naming rights deals for the new stadium.

12/07/2013

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