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Tuesday roundup: Museum fights bank, taxman raids nightclub, a cheerleader's body

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: September 4, 2012 - 9:37 AM

Stalled museum now battles bank: The Minnesota African American Museum's $1.2 million mortgage and rules tied to a $1 million state grant are the focus of the fight. (Randy Furst)

State raids Envy nightclub in tax fraud investigation: The Warehouse District club, which surrendered its license last week, was already a focal point of City Hall's summer offensive against violence downtown. (Eric Roper)

Vikings cheerleaders - "Tougher workouts than Marines": Kaylee Munson on how she got that body: "A lot of people hear 'cheerleader' and think pageant girl or bimbo, but we are so different than that. This is the hardest workout I've ever done in my life." (Charlotte Andersen)

Hizzoner to speak at DNC today: Democrats kicked off their national convention in Charlotte on Labor Day with a downtown street fair delivering a soft-rock version of the delirious pop culture spirit that infused President Obama's historic run for the presidency four years ago. Mayor R.T. Rybak is on the roster of speakers to open the DNC. (Kevin Diaz and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger)

Coldwater Spring debuts with new look: A major landscape restoration project drastically changed the historic spring area near Fort Snelling, which reopens this week. Not all are pleased. (Tom Meersman)

Lunchroom menus push healthy foods: Across the state and the nation, school cafeterias are adding new equipment, retraining staff and overhauling menus to reflect a sea change in school nutrition, just one part of broader recognition of the dual problems of malnutrition and obesity among children. "The biggest issue is that when you package everything in a TV dinner, that's what you get," said Bertrand Weber, who took over as Minneapolis' director of culinary and nutrition services in January. (Maria Elena Baca)

Out of prison, former City Hall lobbyist is back at it: Nothing bars disbarred lawyer Al Garcia from representing clients. (Rochelle Olson)

City Council blocks waiver for France 44 development: The 60-unit residential project in Linden Hills had won preliminary exemption from neighborhood moratorium restrictions. (Eric Roper)

 

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