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Monday roundup: Schools miss targets, a cheaper Target Center rehab, strip club exposed

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: October 22, 2012 - 9:46 AM

"Important announcement" about future of Accent Signage: The Bryn Mawr neighborhood company that was rocked last month by a mass killing is about to make what its spokeswoman is calling "an important announcement" Monday morning. Look for the latest updates on StarTribune.com (Paul Walsh)

Academic goals lowered, but district still falls shortMinneapolis schools are falling short of most of the academic targets the district set five years ago, even after the school board lowered ambitions and adjusted them to match gains in other big-city districts. (Steve Brandt) Brandt also reports how the Finns find school success in the opposite direction. He also explores the origins of public schooling in MInneapolis.

Target Center makeover estimate is made over: Cost was first projected at $150 million, then lowered to $135 million. Now $100 million is called "a pretty good working number." (Eric Roper)

The Dig: Baring it all at Augie's: "No grandma wants her granddaughter working here," said Brian Michael, owner of Augie's. "My grandma doesn't want me working here." That about sums up this topless bar, located on one of downtown Minneapolis' most notorious corners. (Tom Horgen)

Report: Pipe's inability to handle weight blamed for massive blast last year: The March 2011 blast sent flames high into the air near a Cub Foods store in south Minneapolis. (Nicole Norfleet)

Teen to be tried as adult in killing of 5-year-old Nizzel George: Julian Kijuan Lamar Anderson, of Minneapolis, was indicted Aug. 9 on four counts of murder but because he was younger than 16, the indictment was sealed. He was certified Wednesday to stand trial as an adult. (Matt McKinney)

Park Board commissioner recovering after box cutter attack: Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Jon Olson is recovering from the attack outside a bar last month, where he said he was trying to protect a female employee from a drunken acquaintance. (Nicole Norfleet)

Police Chief Tim Dolan to step down Nov. 2: His retirement has been anticipated since April, when he said he would step aside at the end of this year after more than three decades on the Minneapolis force. (Matt McKinney)

Case of Fever finishes Lynx in WNBA finals: The Road to Repeat -- a Lynx theme this season -- ended in a dead end Sunday miles and miles from their home. Indiana outscrapped the defending champions 87-78 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Roman Augustoviz)

 

 

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