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Obituary: Former judge Roland Amundson advocated criminal justice reform after time in prison

Obituary: Former judge Roland Amundson advocated criminal justice reform after time in prison

Roland Amundson rose to one of the highest seats in the Minnesota legal system as a judge on the state Court of Appeals.He also came…
Minneapolis Parks Superintendent Jayne Miller resigns

Minneapolis Parks Superintendent Jayne Miller resigns

After seven years on the job, Jayne Miller is leaving Feb. 3 to take new job in Pittsburgh.
Demolition begins at Minnehaha Academy campus damaged by gas explosion

Demolition begins at Minnehaha Academy campus damaged by gas explosion

Crews are ex­pect­ed to take six weeks to re­move de­bris from dam­aged area of build­ing.

Minnesotans caught in the crossfire of the travel ban

"I'm heartbroken," said one Minneapolis resident. Two of his children already fled to Europe when the situation in a Kenya refugee camp grew perilous. "My kids could get lost."
Lola's Cafe gets final approval for Lake Calhoun restaurant

Lola's Cafe gets final approval for Lake Calhoun restaurant

The Minneapolis Park Board voted unanimously to approve a five-year lease with Lola's to operate in the building that housed Tin Fish for 14 years.
Crash, loss of legs forced two friends to rebuild their lives — again

Crash, loss of legs forced two friends to rebuild their lives — again

After fleeing a war-torn country, living in refugee camps and starting new lives in the United States, the two Bloomington men now face a new ordeal.
Scott County to offer safety training for young snowmobilers in December

Scott County to offer safety training for young snowmobilers in December

The field training teaches kids ages 11 and 15 how to safely operate snowmobiles.
Minneapolis park police to be outfitted with body cameras

Minneapolis park police to be outfitted with body cameras

The Park Board recently approved a five-year $181,016 agreement to equip its 35 sworn patrol officers with the cameras.
Park Board likes Lola's Cafe to replace Tin Fish as Lake Calhoun eatery

Park Board likes Lola's Cafe to replace Tin Fish as Lake Calhoun eatery

Cafe would open in April; Park Board to vote Nov. 29.
Minneapolis Park Board will have 6 new faces

Minneapolis Park Board will have 6 new faces

The nine-member Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will have six new faces next year.Final results announced Wednesday night revealed winners of the board's three at-large…

Minneapolis Park Board: New faces coming

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Member Steffanie Musich held on to her South Side seat. Community activist Kale Severson won a seat on the North Side.
Minneapolis Park Board to restore lost island in Mississippi River

Minneapolis Park Board to restore lost island in Mississippi River

Construction of the 3.3-acre site, which begins this month, will restore a channel between the mainland and what used to be Hall's Island.
Minneapolis Park Board installs solar power systems at 5 parks

Minneapolis Park Board installs solar power systems at 5 parks

The Park Board partnered with Xcel Energy for the projects.
Minnesota Jobs Coalition money draws criticism in Park Board races

Minnesota Jobs Coalition money draws criticism in Park Board races

The Republican-aligned Minnesota Jobs Coalition gave $15,000 to the Save Our #1 Parks committee, according to recent campaign finance reports.
Fright and fundraising go together at Olson Haunted House in Chanhassen

Fright and fundraising go together at Olson Haunted House in Chanhassen

Since 2005, family has delivered squeals of fright, delight while delivering funds for charity.
Candidates battle in election that could remake the Minneapolis Park Board

Candidates battle in election that could remake the Minneapolis Park Board

Activists cite racial issues as their driving force.
Somali-Minnesotans rush to help bomb victims in Mogadishu

Somali-Minnesotans rush to help bomb victims in Mogadishu

They're joining with a growing number of Minnesota Somalis who have returned to the country of their roots.
After 46-year run, Pepitos in south Mpls. could close following string of hardships

After 46-year run, Pepitos in south Mpls. could close following string of hardships

Beloved Mexican restaurant up for sale amid owner's health struggles.
Minneapolis, St. Paul mayors join national push for parks within 10-minute walk

Minneapolis, St. Paul mayors join national push for parks within 10-minute walk

Coleman, Hodges back national "10-Minute Walk" campaign.
Hiawatha Golf Club closure to be delayed at least five years

Hiawatha Golf Club closure to be delayed at least five years

The delay allows more time for community input on future plans for the land in Minneapolis.
Knight Foundation awards $1.29 million to St. Paul art projects

Knight Foundation awards $1.29 million to St. Paul art projects

The 29 projects include theater, music and visual arts.
Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center to open at nature center in West St. Paul

Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center to open at nature center in West St. Paul

Olivia Irvine Dodge's legacy continues and expands at the nature center she founded.
Obituary: Clinton Knudson traveled and taught around the world

Obituary: Clinton Knudson traveled and taught around the world

Clinton Knudson had a knack for turning strangers into family.As he and his wife traveled the world and taught in the Twin Cities, they nurtured…
Minneapolis Park Board considers delaying Hiawatha Golf Club closure

Minneapolis Park Board considers delaying Hiawatha Golf Club closure

Officials said more time is needed to complete plans.
New online tours offer guide to public art in Minneapolis

New online tours offer guide to public art in Minneapolis

City's new online tour guides people to 300 pieces of public art.
Black golfers rally to note historical significance of Hiawatha Golf Club

Black golfers rally to note historical significance of Hiawatha Golf Club

Golfers are using a new strategy to try to save the Hiawatha Golf Club: Noting its significance to black golfers as one of the first Minneapolis courses that welcomed African-Americans.
Mpls. Park Board votes to close Hiawatha Golf Club

Mpls. Park Board votes to close Hiawatha Golf Club

The 6-3 vote to pump less groundwater will mean the end of the 18-hole golf course, but not until the end of the 2019 season.
Minneapolis Park Board moves closer to closing Hiawatha golf course

Minneapolis Park Board moves closer to closing Hiawatha golf course

Park Board planning committee was not swayed by about 70 golf supporters.
What we know about Mohamed Noor

What we know about Mohamed Noor

After changing careers to join the Minneapolis Police Department in 2015, Mohamed Noor was lauded by the mayor and his fellow Somalis as a welcome…
Park Board OKs up to $8 million for Commons park near stadium

Park Board OKs up to $8 million for Commons park near stadium

Money would complete parts of Downtown East Commons park near U.S. Bank Stadium.
Golfers fight to save Hiawatha Golf Club in Minneapolis from closure

Golfers fight to save Hiawatha Golf Club in Minneapolis from closure

The Minneapolis Park Board is expected to make a decision in August.
Survivors of sexual violence raise money for memorial in Minneapolis park

Survivors of sexual violence raise money for memorial in Minneapolis park

More than $300,000 still needed for gathering place, but Mpls. Park Board says no for now.
Kellogg Foundation to give $2 million to St. Paul Foundation to help fight racism

Kellogg Foundation to give $2 million to St. Paul Foundation to help fight racism

St. Paul nonprofit among the Kellogg Foundation's national grant recipients.
Rattled by hate incidents, Minnesota Muslims take new precautions

Rattled by hate incidents, Minnesota Muslims take new precautions

The fears leading to added security and extra precautions are not misplaced, according to new crime data.
Minneapolis parks get Little Free Libraries

Minneapolis parks get Little Free Libraries

More than 50 Little Free Libraries have opened at city parks and rec centers to encourage children to read while on summer vacation.
Minneapolis Park Board to consider closing Hiawatha Golf Club

Minneapolis Park Board to consider closing Hiawatha Golf Club

The board will vote in July on an option to reduce the groundwater pumping that keeps the course dry.

Minneapolis Park Board warns of scam donation solicitations for sports teams

Minneapolis parks teams don't do fundraising, Park Board says.
New Mississippi River park plan includes pavilion, performance space

New Mississippi River park plan includes pavilion, performance space

The old Fuji Ya restaurant will be replaced by a pavilion, visitors center.
Mpls. park police could start wearing body cameras on patrol this fall

Mpls. park police could start wearing body cameras on patrol this fall

The public can comment on the proposal through an online survey.
Charles 'Chip' Welling, who researched and fought aquatic invasive species, dies at 62

Charles 'Chip' Welling, who researched and fought aquatic invasive species, dies at 62

Charles “Chip” Welling’s curiosity about aquatic invasive species extended from lakes to the family kitchen. His wife, Barb Thoman, would sometimes find bags of plants…
Minneapolis Park Board seeks donated swimwear for children in need

Minneapolis Park Board seeks donated swimwear for children in need

It's part of an overall goal to reduce the drowning rate.
Three artists picked to work on new public works at Lake Calhoun

Three artists picked to work on new public works at Lake Calhoun

The project is part of an ongoing effort to recognize Dakota culture and history.
Buckthorn-eating goats to debut in Minneapolis parks Tuesday

Buckthorn-eating goats to debut in Minneapolis parks Tuesday

The Park Board hopes the goats allow the agency to cut down on the use of herbicides.
Minneapolis parks named tops in the nation, and St. Paul comes in second

Minneapolis parks named tops in the nation, and St. Paul comes in second

It's Minneapolis' fifth year at No. 1 in the Trust for Public Land ranking of the 100 large city park systems.
Harmless measles? Minn. officials want parents to know it's a deadly virus

Harmless measles? Minn. officials want parents to know it's a deadly virus

Measles' impact on children, even after they recover, can last for years.
Minnesota bill against female genital mutilation raises opposition

Minnesota bill against female genital mutilation raises opposition

After the bill's near-unanimous passage in the House, longtime critics of the practice have raised concerns about the measure, leading to some second thoughts.
Mpls. NAACP calls for boycott of Park Board over racial equity

Mpls. NAACP calls for boycott of Park Board over racial equity

The local chapter wants fair treatment of employees of color in hiring, promotions and discipline.

Minneapolis adds 'all-gender' restrooms in city buildings

A $17,000 project will change signs and make security upgrades, such as new locks, at 62 gender-neutral restrooms at 44 city facilities. Anyone can use the bathrooms.
Minneapolis, St. Paul losing thousands of trees to ash borer

Minneapolis, St. Paul losing thousands of trees to ash borer

In what arborists are calling an environmental catastrophe, cities are taking out ash trees by the thousands. When the two cities are done cutting, nearly 60,000 trees will be gone, leaving a gaping hole in the urban canopy.
Minneapolis parks tobacco products ban goes into effect

Minneapolis parks tobacco products ban goes into effect

Put out that cigarette before heading to a Minneapolis park. Tobacco products are no longer allowed.New rules went into effect Monday prohibiting all tobacco products…
Mpls. residents blame Park Board for creating 'Street of 10,000 Potholes'

Mpls. residents blame Park Board for creating 'Street of 10,000 Potholes'

The Park Board says it doesn't have the money to make all the repairs this year.
Minneapolis Park Board votes for new name for Lake Calhoun

Minneapolis Park Board votes for new name for Lake Calhoun

The choice of Bde Maka Ska, the lake's original Dakota name, as the sole one still must go through several more layers of approval.
Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

The groups' message for a meeting planned for Sunday at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis: "The epidemic is autism, not measles."
Park Board to begin repairs on flood-damaged Meadowbrook Golf Club

Park Board to begin repairs on flood-damaged Meadowbrook Golf Club

The Hopkins course is expected to reopen late this summer.
Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misinformation about the measles shot raised fear in many Somali families. Now health officials are reaching out and redoubling their efforts.
Effort to rename Lake Calhoun picks up steam with vote

Effort to rename Lake Calhoun picks up steam with vote

The Minneapolis Park Board's planning committee voted Wednesday to push for Bde Maka Ska, its original Dakota name.
Mpls. Muslims protest 'sharia' vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area

Mpls. Muslims protest 'sharia' vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area

Man "patrolling" to impose what he calls "the civil part of the sharia law" has community leaders, police on watch.
Missing Minneapolis woman found safe, police say

Missing Minneapolis woman found safe, police say

Hani Jama, 27, hadn't been seen since March 24.
Twin Cities diners dig in to benefit Somalia hunger relief

Twin Cities diners dig in to benefit Somalia hunger relief

More than 45 local restaurants participated in the fundraiser.
Worst crisis in 70 years stirs Minnesotans to fight African famine

Worst crisis in 70 years stirs Minnesotans to fight African famine

Local agencies and individuals are moving quickly to feed the starving before the crisis in Africa becomes a large-scale catastrophe.
Minneapolis Park Board breaks ground on $7 million Phillips Aquatics Center

Minneapolis Park Board breaks ground on $7 million Phillips Aquatics Center

The pool is expected to open in early 2018.
Why a mild winter is creating problems for local parks

Why a mild winter is creating problems for local parks

Revenue falls when temps rise, so creativity is crucial.
Federal government asks Minneapolis Park Board to repay $5.3 million

Federal government asks Minneapolis Park Board to repay $5.3 million

The federal government says the agency didn't follow standards for disaster aid.
Food enthusiasts pitch plan for edible forest at Hiawatha Golf Course

Food enthusiasts pitch plan for edible forest at Hiawatha Golf Course

The Park Board is still weighing options for the flood-prone Hiawatha Golf Course.
Obituary: Gary Mazzone shared love of books, dogs and nurturing others

Obituary: Gary Mazzone shared love of books, dogs and nurturing others

Gary Mazzone seemed to know everyone, friends said. And everyone who knew him also knew his dogs. The dogs he rescued, fostered and sometimes adopted…
After 28 years, Minneapolis Park Board's Annie Young says 'it's time to hang it up'

After 28 years, Minneapolis Park Board's Annie Young says 'it's time to hang it up'

She says that "28 years seems like it's time to hang it up."
Mpls. considers blocking use of tire rubber on playgrounds, athletic fields

Mpls. considers blocking use of tire rubber on playgrounds, athletic fields

The Park Board has asked the City Council to delay action for 30 days.
Amaiya Zafar's hijab keeps her out of USA Boxing matches, so she focuses on fighting for others

Amaiya Zafar's hijab keeps her out of USA Boxing matches, so she focuses on fighting for others

The Oakdale teenager gets encouragement and support from community.
Yale's split with Calhoun prompts more discussion of Minneapolis lake name

Yale's split with Calhoun prompts more discussion of Minneapolis lake name

After university's action over slavery supporter, Park Board might revisit lake's dual label.
Minneapolis Park Board may act as developer for former Scherer Bros. site

Minneapolis Park Board may act as developer for former Scherer Bros. site

Commissioners trying to work out a new approach for former Scherer Bros. Lumber site.
Omar navigates rising political celebrity as she adjusts to life in Minn. Legislature

Omar navigates rising political celebrity as she adjusts to life in Minn. Legislature

First Somali-American state legislator finding her way at the Capitol.
New president of Somalia inspires optimism among Somali community in Minnesota

New president of Somalia inspires optimism among Somali community in Minnesota

Members of the local Somali community praised the peaceful transition of power.
Record $25M gift to U will fund immigration law center's work

Record $25M gift to U will fund immigration law center's work

The University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans has filed lawsuits on behalf of immigrant families and dispatched attorneys and law students to the airport in the wake of efforts to bar some immigrants.
Girl, 4, joins family in Minnesota after refugee hold lifted

Girl, 4, joins family in Minnesota after refugee hold lifted

"Mommy, don't ever leave me," Mushkaad Abdi said after the reunion stalled by executive order.
4-year-old Somali refugee reunited with family in Minnesota

4-year-old Somali refugee reunited with family in Minnesota

Mushkaad Abdi arrived after the reunion with her mother and sisters was threatened by President Trump's order on immigration and travel.
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