Market replaces Holidazzle
The Minneapolis City Council has approved city funding for a winter marketplace to replace the Holidazzle parade, reversing an earlier vote.
The proposal commits $395,000 in city money to the event, all of it coming from the city’s sales tax-funded convention center account. That’s a slight tweak from an earlier version, which failed in committee, that took some money from the city coordinator’s office.
The money will be combined with about $1.3 million in private dollars being raised by the Downtown Council. The event, potentially held in Peavey Plaza, will attempt to re-create European-style marketplaces that have been organized in other cities, including Chicago.
The switch from a Holidazzle parade to a winter marketplace and Holidazzle “district” is one component of a larger Downtown Council plan to have more continuous programming downtown. The council is requesting $750,000 in the mayor’s 2015 budget to accomplish this.
Eric Roper @StribRoper
City may bring back trolleys
A new attraction may be coming to Lake Minnetonka soon: a trolley.
On Tuesday, the Wayzata City Council will discuss a pilot program to add a trolley in July, aiming to reduce traffic congestion and boost tourism. It’s a motorized trolley, so no tracks would be needed. A new nonprofit would run the trolley from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 8 to Sept. 18, stopping at 15 places.
The program would be funded by donations, ridership fees and $8,000 from the city. Wayzata had a trolley that stopped service in 2010.
“There’s been a strong interest in the community to bring it back,” said Jack Amdal, a City Council member. “We’ve gotten a lot of interest from the senior community and from the shopping center and retail community.”
KELLY SMITH @kellystrib
Elk River Schools
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