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Northeast's cycling museum open Sunday

Posted by: Steve Brandt under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Public safety, Urban living Updated: July 25, 2014 - 6:16 PM

When Brent Fuqua moved the expanding bike shop he co-owns into a newly refurbished storefront across Central Avenue last summer, he suddenly had thousands of square feet in which to stash the bikes the business had stored in rented garages across northeast Minneapolis.

That new space included a big second floor. Meanwhile a buddy, Juston Anderson, had accumulated somewhere between 40 and 50 vintage bikes in 27 years of collecting.

“I thought people should see these bikes,” Fuqua said.

So during Sunday’s Open Streets event, in which bikers will take over 8-1/2 blocks of Central for six hours, the Cycling Museum of Minnesota will debut in the upstairs of Recovery Bike Shop, 2504 Central Av. NE.

From 19th century boneshakers, including one with a 60-inch drive wheel, to trendy Pusgley fat-tire bikes, cyclists will get a glimpse of cycling history that highlights important advances in biking from technology to alliances with good roads boosters to changing social mores. They’ll see those how changes affected bike safety and speed.

It’s a coming-out party for the museum, which organizers say is only in the formative stages and won’t be open regularly until sometime next year. “It was just a bunch of dudes with bikes,” Fuqua told a sneak

preview Thursday night that was intended to elicit interest and funds from an invitee list that dressed from cutoffs to suits.

The organization’s nine-member board has incorporated and plans to put on educational programs, conduct community rides, host family events, present lectures and show films.

The collection includes beginner bikes for kids, BMX bikes, mass-produced bikes by Sears, hand-made frames by some of the state’s noted builder, bikes on which some of the state’s best-known racers sped, and vintage machines such as a locally made tandem designed for courting couples.

But there are also prosaic bike collectibles, such as the 1950s prototype of a Park Tool Co. bike repair stand.  It features such parts as a concrete-filled World War II shell casing, kitchen table legs and a 1937 Ford truck axle.

Anderson, 42, of Arden Hills, remembers looking at pictures as a kid of the high-wheeled bikes that dominated the 1880s but were typically affordable only to wealthy young men with strong legs. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know how you could balance on something like that,’” he said. But earlier this month he completed a century (100-mile) ride on one at a collectors meeting.

The nursing home janitor said he takes a frugal approach to collecting. He said he reminds his wife: “There’s other hobbies I could get into. I could get into hunting or gambling or drinking.”     

(Above: Recovery Bike co-owner with a bike that mimicked automobile streamlining; below: an 1897 courting tandem made by Deere and Webber of Minneapolis.)

Here's more on the upcoming Lee house exhibit

Posted by: Steve Brandt under People and neighborhoods, Public safety, Urban living Updated: July 24, 2014 - 1:32 PM

It you read Thursday's article on the listing of the Arthur and Edith Lee on the National Register of Historic Places, you may have been left wondering about details of the University of Minnesota's upcoming exhibit that commemorates the events that led to the listing.

Here's the information on that exhibit that was supposed to accompany the article but didn't:

What: “A Right to Establish a Home,” an exhibit at the University of Minnesota focused on the 1931 purchase of a home by Arthur and Edith Lee, the resulting backlash, race and housing in Minneapolis, and racism in Minnesota.
When: Aug. 23-Jan. 4; opening reception on Aug. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Where: HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall, 80 Church St. SE., Minneapolis.
Sponsor: Goldstein Museum of Design
More information: http://goldstein.design.umn.edu/exhibitions/upcoming/

(Photo above: Part of the crowd of white homeowners who opposed the move of the Lees, a black couple, to their neighborhood in 1931)

Minnesota to host annual LGBT equality meeting

Posted by: Liz Sawyer Updated: July 23, 2014 - 6:43 PM

Minneapolis will host more than 160 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates next week for an annual summer meeting, where participants will celebrate the passage of recent same-sex marriage measures and continue discussions about how to push the movement forward.

The three-day gathering, called Summer Meeting 2014, will run from July 29 - Aug. 2. Equality Federation Institute, a partner with state-based LGBT advocacy organizations, sponsors the event which attracts gay rights supporters, national leaders and lobbyists looking to build support for equality.

Officials said Minnesota was chosen to host the meeting because of its “spectacular three years” in advancing rights of gay and transgender people – including defeating a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in 2012, legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013, and passing antibullying legislation in 2014.

“We wanted to shine light on the work that’s happening and the work that’s still being done in the state,” said Jace Woodrum, director of communications at the Equality Federation Institute.

Minnesota is one of the first states to hold an equality meeting after legalizing same-sex marriage. The gay rights movement has been defined by the issue of marriage for so long, Woodrum said, that now state leaders are trying to envision what it looks like to advocate for gay and transgender people after marriage is legal.

“It’s a really unique time to be in Minnesota and it’s a perfect place to wrestle with some of those big questions,” Woodrum said.

Hodges, Harteau add more officers to summer patrols in crime-plagued areas

Posted by: Matt McKinney Updated: July 23, 2014 - 4:22 PM

A $300,000 plan to pay overtime for eight police officers and one supervisor to patrol the city's crime-plagued neighborhoods in north and south Minneapolis should add muscle to the city's 911 response and to shots fired calls, city leaders said Wednesday. 

The plan, unveiled by Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau at a City Hall press conference, comes amid a 3.4 percent rise in violent crime citywide so far this year and a series of high profile shootings and homicides in north Minneapolis this month. 

The officers will work 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week, with four officers and one supervisor headed to north Minneapolis and four more officers headed to south. The northside officers will respond to shots fired calls and, when needed, to top priority 911 calls. A city report out earlier this year showed that 911 response times in the Fourth Precinct were taking longer than usual.

The officers on their way to South Minneapolis will work in "hot spots," which change each week as the department responds to recent crime trends.

Just two weeks ago, Harteau and Hodges both walked north Minneapolis neighborhoods in a public show of support for residents of the Fourth Precinct after a bloody start to the month that saw two people killed and three wounded in a series of shootings. Hours after their appearances, three women were shot multiple times in a north side backyard. All survived, but the shootings added to resident's frustration with crime rates so far this year.

Harteau on Wednesday said violent crime had dropped citywide 26 percent in the last two weeks. 

"We're having an impact," Harteau said. 

The department has struggled this summer with one of its smallest forces in at least a decade, just 779 sworn officers. New officers are in training stages, but won't join the force for a few more weeks. Harteau said 26 new officers will hit the street next month. Another 27 will join the department in September. She said the force should be between 850 and 860 by the end of the year.

DOCUMENT: City's agreement waiving rent for MLB's FanFest

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: July 23, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Photo: Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and Bert Blyleven cut the ribbon at FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center (Jim Gehrz)

The five-day FanFest that occupied the city's convention center did not cost Major League Baseball a dime in rent, according to an agreement outlined in today's paper.

In addition to waiving $258,850 in rental fees, the agreement granted the league up to $150,000 in credits to apply toward other ancillary expenses -- including security, audio-visual rentals, food and vacuuming.

See below for the full text of that agreement, obtained by the Star Tribune through a data practices act request. The waived rent expenses are listed on page 9. The credits are outlined on page 2.

Convention Center Agreement Fanfest


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