Reimnitz win caps improbable school board race: Upstart candidate Josh Reimnitz won all three of the precincts where defectively printed ballots were counted by hand, posting 51 percent of the overall vote. (Steve Brandt)
Tattoo of cop was satire, suspect's family says: Family members of a man charged with a felony for posting a graphic tattoo directed at a Minneapolis police officer on Facebook said Friday that he was merely expressing frustration about the officer, and they questioned why the officer was involved in the man's arrest. (Abby Simons)
Vikings fans may face seat licenses to help pay for stadium: Faced with the need to make a nearly half-billion dollar contribution to build their new downtown football stadium, the Minnesota Vikings may tap their most loyal fans to help foot the bill. (Richard Meryhew)
Cities at odds at freight train reroute for Southwest LRT: Light-rail trains won't be clamoring through Minneapolis and the southwest suburbs for several years, but Minneapolis and St. Louis Park are already sparring about where noisy, heavy freight traffic will end up. (Kelly Smith)
Hennepin and 8th goes from Shinders to Shea: The nationally known marketing and design firm will have offices on the second floor. A new restaurant called Union will open on the first floor, lower level and rooftop deck. (Janet Moore)
18-year-old charged in death of man found in burning house (Nicole Norfleet)
Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced Wednesday that his office is sending a detailed questionnaire this week to 12 restaurants on or near Nicollet Mall to determine whether they are wheelchair accessible or otherwise complying with federal law requiring accommodations for people with disabilities.
Jeanne Cooney, a spokesperson for Jones, said the U.S. Attorney’s office periodically looks into different types of venues to see if they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She said the office works with the businesses to help them meet the ADA standards, but it also has the option to file a lawsuit. She said restaurants are expected to meet the ADA requirements that were in place at the type of the restaurant’s construction or latest renovation.
She said her office cannot investigate all restaurants in the state, so it picked a small group in the same area. Other restaurants may be added to the inquiry. She said the U.S. Attorney’s office has no advance information about whether restaurants on Nicollet Mall are complying with the law.
Among the questions the restaurants will be required to answer are:
Is there a telephone device for the deaf available at the host station so a restaurant can take reservations from people who are deaf or have a speech impairment?
Is the route through the main entrance and into the restaurant accessible to persons with disabilities?
If the restaurant has a bar or counter, is any portion of it lowered so as to be accessible to someone in a wheelchair?
Does the restaurant have written policies on how it will handle people with hearing disabilities or use a wheelchair? Does it have a written policy specific to persons with disabilities who use service animals?
Fifty-seven of the 60 residents of a downtown apartment building have found new places to live, according to a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, which bought the building last summer.
The church paid about $4.8 million for the adjacent Marimark Apartments building last summer and told residents they planned to demolish it, replacing it with a parking lot and a building or buildings to expand church services.
Rev. Doug Mitchell, the church’s associate pastor, said in an interview last week, “We are very pleased that over 90 percent [of the tenants] are relocated and we continue to work with the other three to work them through the process.”
“We anticipate demolition in early 2013. They will be out of this building [by then], but I think they will be out long before that.”
The rents were relatively low at Marimark at 1226 Marquette Av. S. and some of the renters were distraught at the prospect of finding inexpensive, suitable housing elsewhere. City officials and housing advocates also expressed dismay at the building’s demolition. The church said it would pay moving expenses for the residents and cover the differences between their current rent and the rent in their new home, if it is higher.
Those who have lived in Marimark for at least 10 years will receive 42 months of “rental gap” payments. Residents who have lived there between five and 10 years will receive the payments for 36 months, and those who have stayed in the building for less than five years will receive it for 24 months.
“We have been very pleased with people’s ability to find apartments they are happy with,” Mitchell said. “We have paid all the moving expenses and the deposits and subsidies if the rent was higher.”
Church leaders have pledged to contribute $3 million toward the building of 150 new affordable housing units downtown, 100 of which would be in downtown, and the other 50 in or near downtown. Mitchell said that the church is looking at several sites within two blocks of the Marimark. The Star Tribune quoted housing advocates saying it could cost as much as $24 million to cover construction of 150 new units.
Mitchell said Marimark is “in terrible condition.” The cost of renovating it would be $3 million to $5 million, and “if we spent the money to refurbish it, will would no longer be affordable” for low income renters, he said.
Westminster also recently bought the other building on the block, a low-rise office building at 1221 Nicollet Mall. The church is anticipating that the parking facilities for the new building or buildings will be underground, Mitchell said. Besides expanding its ministry at the new building or buildings, the church has held “listening sessions” with members of the congregation to discuss what else might be included in the project, he said. There has been suggestions of a having a child care center, a medical clinic and a restaurant, and some affordable housing or senior housing.
Other discussions will be taking place with city officials, residents in the immediate area and area business and others who have ideas on how best to use the property, Mitchell said. “We have not made any decisions,” he said.
But Linda White has no doubts how she'd vote. "I just don't want to see them tearing down buildings," said the 69-year-old Edinan. That's natural. She's the great-granddaughter of Gottlieb Gluek, who founded the brewery during the panic of 1857, one year before the city of Minneapolis was organized..
We got more background on tied houses -- saloons serving only one brewer's product -- from the man who wrote the book on Minnesota beer, Doug Hoverson.
He ties the advent of company-linked taverns to the 1880s, when one temperance strategy was to jack up liquor license fees in Minneapolis, to as much as $1,000 annually (you can get a beer-only license today for as little as $1,179). Breweries stepped in and paid those fees on the condition that a bar serve only its product. Later, breweries built saloons and leased them to operators. The competition among tied houses, chiefly native brewers Grain Belt and Gluek, grew so strong that they began buying corner lots in underdeveloped subdivisions to secure future sites, Hoverson said, citing a 1908 Minneapolis Journal article,
The brewing of strong beer came to a halt with Prohibition. Some tied houses became speakeasies, some went into other uses and some were sold, Hoverson said. Not long after Prohibition ended, Minnesota legislated its three-tier system, which separated the businesses of making, distributing and selling alcohol. That forced breweries to divest their outlets. Hoverson attributes the law to a fear that brewers would control politics through saloons, which were seen as centers of political corruption frequented by ward bosses. That law wasn't breached until the advent first of brewpubs, then growler sales and now taprooms opened by microbreweries.
Some of the state's businesses got their start managing the real estate arms of breweries, including their tied houses. The prime example is the Pohlad-owned United Properties, which had its roots in managing Hamm's properties.
Before Prohibition, its 86 tied houses helped Gluek sell 95 percent of its beer within Minneapolis, but distribution broadened once it survived Prohibition. It brewed beer at its NE Marshall St. complex until 1964, when the brand was sold to G. Heileman Brewing Co., LaCrosse, Wis. Cold Spring Brewing ended production of Gluek in 2010. The old Minneapolis brewery with walls five feet thick was sold to a boxmaking company, which tore it down in 1966. That was just a tantalizing few years before the 1977 attempt to demolish the nearby Grain Belt brewing complex, by which time the preservation movement had taken hold. The neighboring Gluek mansion was also razed.
It was White's uncle, Charles Gluek II, who sold the brand. She paints a charming picture of the relative nonchalance about beer in German brewing families. She recalled that her mother would call in orders, and as a 15-year-old White would drive the family car from Lowry Hill to the brewery for the order to be loaded. something illegal today. She diverted only an occasional six-pack, she said. The family was wealthy enough that it took precautions against kidnappings and there were at least four Gluek mansions, one on Marshall, ones in Lowry Hill and Lowry Hill east that still stand and one on Crystal Bay in Orono that was razed. Her home is landscaped with slate and peonies from the Crystal Bay mansion, which was owned by her grandfather.
The Heritage Preservation Commission's decision likely will rest on two questions. One is whether this particular tied house is worthy enough to preserve in the face of a planned housing development or whether it is a poorly preserved example. The other question is whether the building is worth preserving as only one of four vintage buildings surviving in the area west of Cedar Avenue from its era.
After the dustup over whether Northern Metals should get a less restrictive pollution permit for its riverside shredder, the state is now planning to pay more attention to dusty air in north Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency agreed to add a new air monitor on the industrialized west side of the Mississippi River and it's asking the public where it should go. It said it will install the monitor in 2013 for three years.
The decision follows air modeling that indicated that particles released by area industries potentially exceed national air quality standards for fine particulates, which can be dangerous to breathe.
The decision to more closely monitor the area's air follows the agency's decision last week to modify the company's emissions permit, which a 2009 test showed that the company was violating.
More information about the proposed monitor is available on the PCA's web site.
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