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Thursday roundup: Animal control cutbacks, optimism about stadium deal, Somalia money pipeline still open

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, Politics and government, Public safety, Urban living Updated: January 26, 2012 - 9:45 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis:

Cutbacks in Animal Control: Visitors will find the shelter at 212 17th Av. N. closed more often as a result of a tight budget that has also limited the hours when animal control officers will be on duty. (Maya Rao)

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf "optimistic" on stadium deal at Metrodome site: But the Vikings owner, who met Dayton and others, isn't giving up on Arden Hills as talks continue. (Mike Kaszuba and Rochelle Olson) Also, what's needed to build a stadium islaid out here. Today, Mayor R.T. Rybak will take the proposal once again to the City Council, where he's trying to assemble a bare minimum of yes votes to create a majority.

Cash lifeline to Somalia: Restored yet precarious: Amid heightened scrutiny from banks and federal regulators, Minnesota's Somali money transfer shops are fighting to stay alive. (Allie Shah)

Uptown Theater closing for renovation next week. The art deco landmark at Hennepin and Lagoon will get some much-needed upgrades. (Colin Covert)

Minnesota's prisons locked down as feds target Native Mob gang: The authorities hope the indictment of 24 people will stop an American Indian gang blamed for terrorizing south Minneapolis neighborhoods. (Nicole Norfleet and Paul Walsh)

New garden map shows a milder Minnesota: A warm patch that reaches up to a south Minneapolis garden store doesn't mean the state can grow bananas yet, though. (Bill McAuliffe)

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