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Liz Navratil

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4994
Location: Minneapolis
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey read a proclamation declaring Saturday Ron Edwards Day in Minneapolis during Edwards funeral service Saturday.

Minneapolis places city ID program on hold

City officials concerned about protecting data.
Minneapolis council members from left, Andrea Jenkins, Andrew Johnson, Phillipe Cunningham, Cam Gordon and Jeremy Schroeder at a public hearing on Nov

Kahn Rule could force Mpls. council members to run twice for seats

A state law enacted a decade ago threatens to scramble Minneapolis elections, forcing City Council members to contemplate running for office twice in four years.…
Terrance Franklin.

Mpls. Council OKs $795,000 payment to family of man killed in 2013 police shooting

"This was just a tragedy for everyone involved," City Council President Lisa Bender said after the vote.
This Burger King restaurant at 3348 S. Nicollet Av. in Minneapolis closed in 2018.

Two Burger King locations get OK to reopen in Minneapolis

City Council's decision on Friday ends a monthslong debate over their drive-throughs.
This Burger King restaurant at 3348 Nicollet Av. in Minneapolis closed in 2018.

Two Burger King drive-throughs in Minneapolis may reopen

The city is poised to reverse its earlier decision to block the businesses.
Residents of a south Minneapolis high rise were evacuated early Wednesday after a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the building, killing five peopl

DFL lawmakers push to require sprinklers in old high-rises

The measure would give property owners until 2032 to add sprinklers to most high-rise buildings constructed before the sprinkler mandates took effect.

New analysts to help clear Minneapolis' rape kit backlog

Minneapolis, the county will pay for analysts.
Politically appointed Minneapolis city employees, such as policy aides working for elected officials, are set to get 2.35% raises. So, too will the �

Minneapolis City Council approves raises for some city employees

Raises of up to 7% would cost the city about $1.5 million; mayoral approval is needed.
Melvin Tennant, President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, seen in 2015.

After audit sparks changes, Meet Mpls. will get more money from city

Meet Minneapolis says it has made changes since a 2018 audit found it inflated its economic impact.
Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame was interviewed after the November fire that left five people dead at the Cedar High Apartments.

Minneapolis Council Member Warsame finalist to head housing authority

His appointment would leave an opening on the Minneapolis City Council.
Jeremiah Kennedy, 19, spent Wednesday morning packing. He has lived with his mom, Tonieh Richards, and his two brothers in the shelter at First Covena

Shelter closes for those displaced by Francis Drake Hotel fire

Some were still seeking housing as the Red Cross shelter closed.
Protesters for Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption at a Minneapolis McDonald’s in 2018. A Minneapolis City Council ordinance kicks in this mo

Minn. Supreme Court says Mpls. $15 minimum wage can stand

"The battle over our minimum wage ordinance is over," said Mayor Jacob Frey.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

From affordable housing to feud with President Trump, Mayor Jacob Frey reflects on 2nd year

The Minneapolis mayor talks about his second year in office, President Donald Trump, and what's next for the city.
The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Retired firefighter Keith Daniel sued the city after inj

Mpls. to pay ex-firefighter $785K in tennis shoe discrimination case

A former firefighter sued for disability discrimination.
Minneapolis firefighters worked at the scene of the Francis Drake Hotel fire last month.

With shelter closing next week, former Drake residents seek housing

Relief officials say no Drake evacuees will be turned out on the street.
Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at the Francis Drake Hotel apartments that broke out early Christmas Day morning Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Mi

Temporary shelter to close for those forced out by fire at Francis Drake Hotel

Officials say they are working to get people into long-term housing.
The lab where DNA is processed at the Minnesota BCA in St. Paul, shown in 2014.

New analysts to help clear Minneapolis' rape kit backlog

To clear through the backlog, city and Hennepin County officials are expanding on a relationship they already had with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Roughly 200 people lost their homes when the Francis Drake Hotel in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day.

Minneapolis nonprofit to get $250,000 to help residents displaced by Drake fire

The money will be used to pay damage deposits, rent.
Residents of a south Minneapolis high rise were evacuated after a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the building, killing five people. Here, Minneap

42 people died in fires in Minnesota last year

Careless smoking blamed for many deadly fires.
Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke during an event at Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, last month.

Frey, Carter line up behind Klobuchar's presidential bid

Many leaders in Minnesota have endorsed the senator, citing her policy proposals and her track record.
Shalini Dugas, left, a Drake Hotel resident displaced by the Christmas Day fire, spoke with a provider at the resource center about getting medical se

After fire, Drake Hotel residents face battle to get reimbursed

Many record, photos and more items required for insurance claims were lost in the Christmas Day blaze.
Frustrated Domonique Howell, Tavonne Moses and Damian Ashcraft, left to right, just want their lives back after the Francis Drake Hotel fire, Ashcraft

Source of Drake Hotel fire located but cause unclear, Mpls. fire officials say

More than 200 people lost their homes when the blaze started around 3 a.m. Christmas Day and spread throughout the building.
Crews worked though heavy snow on Monday, Dec. 30, slowly knocking down walls abutting a neighboring garage that was undamaged by the Drake Hotel fire

Foundation raises $418,000 for victims of Drake Hotel fire

People left homeless by the Christmas Day fire at the former Francis Drake Hotel should soon be receiving cash, gift cards and other essentials, leaders…
A shopper loads up a cart full of plastic bags at a grocery store in November.

New fee for plastic and paper bags begins Jan. 1 in Minneapolis

The city requires businesses to charge the fees — which stay with the businesses — but said it won't start fining stores that violate the rules until the summer, after a six-month education period.
Workers separated bricks from an undamaged garage Monday.Dec. 30, 2019 in Minneapolis.

Aid groups hope to reach $1M for victims of Drake Hotel fire

Minneapolis Foundation has doled out $75K so far for housing, gift cards
Changes approved in Minneapolis 2040 Plan begin to take shape

Changes approved in Minneapolis 2040 Plan begin to take shape

Next year, the first policies will be rolled out, and we'll begin to see how they change the city.
Crews prepared the east portion of the Francis Drake Hotel apartments, severely damaged in a Christmas Day fire, for demolition Friday in downtown Min

People displaced by Drake Hotel fire are headed to new shelter

The families left homeless will begin moving Friday night to an unnamed hotel in Bloomington. A long-term housing solution remains a concern.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, left, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, right, met with displaced Francis Drake Hotel residents at Bethlehem Baptist Church,

Uprooted by fire, dozens of homeless families face an uncertain future amid housing crisis

An exterior inspection of the building determined that the eastern portion cannot be salvaged.
Monday was the last dance at BJ’s Liquor Lounge, 229 W. Broadway Av. in Minneapolis. The strip club closed after 40 years in business.

Last neighborhood strip club in Minneapolis closes

The tears flowed only slightly slower than the drinks at BJ’s Liquor Lounge on Monday. After 40 years in the business, Minneapolis’ last neighborhood strip…

Two Minneapolis restaurants pay for sick and safe time violations

A city investigation found no employees at the Pizza Hut, 1101 Hennepin Av., or the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in the IDS Center downtown received pay for sick leave this year.
Sgt. Andy Stender

Mpls. will settle with K-9 officer who complained of harassment by supervisor

Officer Yvonne "Bonnie" Edwards alleges that a supervisor, Sgt. Andy Stender, harassed her and the city did little to stop his behavior. The City Council approved a $225,000 during a closed-door meeting.
A view of the courtyard with swimming pool and whirlpool in the 25-story Expo apartment tower under construction by Doran Development Wednesday, Sept,

Mpls. Council votes to require affordable units in new apartment buildings

Developers would need to include low-income units for 20 years.
City Council President Lisa Bender, center, and other council members voted to approve the 2040 Comprehensive Plan on Dec. 7.

Minneapolis City Council approves $1.6 billion budget for 2020

Affordable housing and a full police cadet class are among the highlights of the budget, which carries the largest property tax levy increase in a decade.
Dabku waxa uu ka dilaacay dabaqa 14aad ee daaraha dhaadheer ee Cedar, halkaas oo shaq qof naftoofa ku waayeen.

Gudoomiyihii hore ee Minnesota Gud. Arne Carlson: "Waxa ay ila tahay in aan ku fashilanay" in rusheeyayaasha waajib laga dhigo dhismayaasha dhaadheer ee gaboobay.

Carlson laba jeer ayuu codka diidmada ku hor istaagay rusheeyayaasha ka dib markii Waaxda Maamulka Guryaha Dadweynaha ee Minneapolis iyo kooxo kale cabasho ka muujiyeen in qorshahaas aanu wehlin dhaqaale lagu hirgeliyo.
The burned-out 14th floor of the high-rise at Cedar High apartments, where five people died from smoke inhalation.

Ex-Gov. Carlson: 'I think we failed' on requiring sprinklers for old high-rises

Carlson twice vetoed broader sprinkler mandates after the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and other groups complained that retrofit proposals didn't come with any money.
The high rise at 630 Cedar Avenue where an early morning fire left five dead.

Cause of deadly high-rise fire 'undetermined,' officials say

The investigation into the accidental fire that killed five people at the Cedar High Apartments in Minneapolis will remain open, and the cause could be updated if investigators receive additional information.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proposed adding 14 new police officers during his annual budget address, far fewer than what the city's police chief requ

Minneapolis City Council to consider budget that would add police, money for 2020 elections

Mayor Jacob Frey's proposal comes with a 6.95% property tax levy increase.
Residents of a south Minneapolis high rise were evacuated early Wednesday after a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the building, killing five peopl

Minneapolis apartment building in blaze has few sprinklers

In the hours after the blaze at Cedar High Apartments, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel suggested they could have helped.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Mayor Frey renews payment demand as costs from Trump rally are in

The city's path to reimbursement for the $542,733 spent is unclear.
Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, who says he survived conversion therapy stood by as Roger Sanchez, a survivor of conversion therapy hugged Council

Minneapolis City Council approves ban on conversion therapy

Minneapolis would be the first city in Minnesota to ban the controversial practice.
A man carried plastic bags of groceries out of Kowalski’s in Uptown in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Mpls. Council OKs nickel fee on most plastic and paper bags

It comes after the state blocked bag bans.
Council Member Phillipe Cunningham hugged Roger Sanchez, a survivor of conversion therapy as Council Member Andrea Jenkins stood by.

Minneapolis City Council poised to ban conversion therapy for minors

Disputed practice seeks to change gender identity, sexual orientation.
Downtown Minneapolis, as seen from St. Paul. In Minneapolis and St. Paul, city tax increases are expected to hit hardest in low-income neighborhoods,

Homeowners getting peek at property tax bills might not like what they see

But preliminary property bills could change after city councils set budgets.