Minneapolis City Council
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fixture near the University of Minnesota’s campus is closing its doors Monday.
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.
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.
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.
The Minneapolis City Council has approved the conceptual plan for a five to seven block development around the new Vikings stadium site.
Minneapolis City Council member Gary Schiff says he will formally announce his intentions to run for the city’s soon-to-be open post for mayor.
On Wednesday, the Minneapolis City Council got their first report on the latest efforts to stop child sex trafficking in the city.
The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to confirm the nomination of Janeé Harteau on Friday morning. She joined the Minneapolis Police Department as an officer in 1987, and has worked her way up to assistance chief.
The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, which one critic called the “greatest in the world,” renewed their offer Friday to meet with management next week.
The city of Minneapolis is considering dropping the speed limit on residential roads, and narrowing other roads to make the city more friendly for walking and biking.
A national movement is calling for advertisers to boycott City Pages in response to adult classifieds. The controversy is over the website Backpage.com, which, along with City Pages, is owned by Village Voice Media.
The Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution on Friday calling on Village Voice Media to end publication of its online classified section that facilitates the trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation.
Tickets are on sale for an onstage discussion featuring Garrison Keillor and author Diane Wilson in Minneapolis next month.