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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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City Council Approves $97 Million For Target Center Renovations

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the term sheet on a $97 million plan to renovate the Target Center, which is currently 23 years old and in need of a facelift.

11/12/2013

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Final Mpls. City Council Results Announced

Winners in all Minneapolis City Council races are now officially declared. According to city officials, the last three wards – 5, 9 and 13 – were declared Friday morning. The winners are Blong Yang (5), Alondra Cano (9) and Linea Palmisano (13). Here are the races that are still awaiting results: Board of Estimate and Taxation, Park and Recreation Board at-large, Park and Recreation Board District 2, Park and Recreation Board District 6

11/08/2013

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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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Hundreds March In Protest Of Redskins ‘Racist’ Name

American Indian activists and others plan to demonstrate against the Washington Redskins’ nickname ahead of the team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night. The groups plan to march to the Metrodome for a rally.

11/07/2013

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Mpls. City Council Expected To Swear In More Diverse Members

Voters in Minneapolis have sent a Somali-American to their city council for the first time, a sign of the immigrant community’s growing strength in the city. Abdi Warsame took 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, well ahead of incumbent Robert Lilligren.

11/06/2013

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City Leaders Seeking New Measures To Curb Violence At Downtown Club

Minneapolis police and city leaders are trying to figure out what to do next to prevent the violence that has plagued a downtown nightclub for years. Early Sunday morning, a man was shot to death inside Epic Nightclub on North 5th Street in the warehouse district. Police say the victim was shot and killed after arguing with another man, who then fled.

11/04/2013

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Lawsuit Authorized Against Luxury Uptown Apartment Owner

The city of Minneapolis says the city council has authorized a lawsuit against the owner of a luxury apartment building that is accused of discharging groundwater into the Chain of Lakes, affecting both the environment and public safety.

10/21/2013

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Car-Sharing App Raises City Ordinance Questions, Irks Taxi Drivers

You may start to see a lot more vehicles with pink mustaches on the streets of St. Paul. A new, free car-sharing app called Lyft connects drivers and passengers. Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Swanson has climbed aboard the bandwagon simply by having a smartphone and a car.

08/31/2013

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Bicyclists Push For ‘Cycle Track’ On Busy Mpls. Avenue

A group of bicyclists want a protected bike lane on a busy road in Minneapolis. Minnehaha Avenue is set for reconstruction in 2015. Many in the local biking community would like to see a lane that physically separates them from both pedestrians and car traffic – a lane called a “cycle track.” For people who bike along Minnehaha, getting from point A to point B is a challenge. Nicole Nafziger knows firsthand how being so close to traffic can make for a scary experience when riding in the bike lane.

08/12/2013

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Historic Dinkytown Grocery Store Pushed Out By U Student Housing

A fixture near the University of Minnesota’s campus is closing its doors Monday.

08/05/2013

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City Leaders, Activists Look To Chief’s Action On MPD Misconduct

On Saturday, the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation issued a statement about two cases involving off-duty officers accused of racial bias. The Federation says it concurs with Chief Janee Harteau’s statement that “racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated within the MPD.” They said they want exactly what Chief Harteau wants: the community’s trust that officers will impartially and objectively protect the public. The union wants a seat at the table when the powers that be meet to discuss how to deal with these accusations of misconduct.

08/04/2013

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As Dinkytown Transforms, An 80-Year-Old Grocery Closes

The look and feel of Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota campus, will continue to change over the next year. Despite protests from neighborhood activists, the Minneapolis City Council approved the rezoning of an area in Dinkytown to make way for a six-story apartment building meant for student housing. The new development will be located on Southeast 5th Street between 13th and 14th avenues.

08/03/2013

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Mpls. OK’s $400 Million Downtown East Redevelopment Project

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved the framework for a $400 million redevelopment of Downtown East on Monday. According to city officials, the plan will redevelop over five blocks that are currently home to several surface parking lots. The redevelopment plan was proposed by Ryan Companies, in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority and the Star Tribune.

07/19/2013

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