What's making news in Minneapolis:

Demolition of Peavey Plaza moving forward: The Zoning and Planning Committee vote, which still requires full council approval, overrules the Heritage Preservation Commission's decision last month to deny demolition permits. City officials hope to bring more vibrancy to the plaza by doing away with the 1970s architecture and starting from scratch. (Eric Roper)

Hennepin County seats on Minneapolis school board? Mike Opat, Hennepin County Board chair, used his State of the County address to propose a role for the county in helping to run the Minneapolis schools. (Kevin Duchschere) Delving into what used to be city affairs is common for the county, which has gradually assumed power since the 1950s as the city's share of the county's population has shrunk.

Council Member Betsy Hodges calls budget hearing for stadium: The number of City Council meetings on the Vikings stadium next week just rose to three, with a vote scheduled for Thursday. (Eric Roper) With the stadium bound for the Metrodome site, Ramsey County is trying to figure out plan B for the previous preferred site - the polluted former ammunition plant in Arden Hills. (Chao Xiong)

Police awards recognize heroics, fight against crime: The police sergeant who helped put away the "Beat Down Posse" - and who sued the department in 2009 - was named the Minneapolis investigator of the year Thursday at a Minneapolis police awards ceremony that honored dozens of officers for heroics in 2011. (Matt McKinney)