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Monday roundup: Seven-vote bloc against stadium deal, tax-forfeited properties, Hiawatha Av reopens

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: February 27, 2012 - 9:35 AM

What's making news in Minneapolis, over the weekend and today:

City Council holds the line on Vikings stadium deal: Despite pressure from the governor, the mayor and Vikings boosters, a seven-member council majority say they're taking their cues from constituents opposed to a $300 million public sports subsidy without a referendum. (Eric Roper) The breakdown on who stands for what is here. In the Hot Dish column, Mike Kaszuba explores the complexities of siting a stadium near the Metrodome.

Tax-forfeited properties at a 20-year high in Hennepin County: Hennepin County says it tries to avoid seizures, the majority in north Minneapolis, by negotiating with owners. (Randy Furst) So where are these properties in Minneapolis? Check out the interactive graphic by Ray Grumney. Caveat: Each property listed could be a unit in a condo, or an undevelopable parcel. 

Traffic moving again on Hiawatha Avenue under the closed Sabo bridge: Hiawatha, also known as Hwy. 55, was shut down last week after cables on the pedestrian and bicycle bridge broke. (Paul Walsh)

Murder trial to begin this morning in Dinkytown hit-and-run: After a week of jury selection, opening arguments are scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of Timothy Bakdash, who is accused of using his vehicle to run down a group of University of Minnesota students in Dinkytown last spring, killing one of them. (Abby Simons)

Prison guard recognizes man in photo of popcorn shop robber: Authorities distributed an image of the suspect from the Cedar Avenue popcorn store's surveillance video, leading to the arrest of Elliot Pierson. (Nicole Norfleet)

Trees coming down for sewer work near Lake Calhoun: Construction workers will begin removing 170 trees and areas of undergrowth along the south side of the Midtown Greenway between Thomas Avenue South and East Calhoun Parkway in the next few days. (Maya Rao)

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