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Wednesday roundup: Barge traffic could end, Valspar expands, schools stay in WMEP

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Public safety Updated: October 24, 2012 - 10:26 AM

Barge traffic at Mississippi River terminal could end: City leaders are eager to do away with the city's rusting port in north Minneapolis, and a fish is giving them an excuse to move quickly.City officials met Tuesday to discuss a plan that would cease all barging operations at the city's 50-year-old terminal on the Mississippi River by April 2013, reducing lock and dam activity downstream that provides a path for Asian carp into greater Minnesota.(Eric Roper)

Minneapolis drug investigation started the chain of events that led to St. Paul police killing a man: The officer-involved shooting about 4 p.m. was the start of a chaotic day for St. Paul police. A second unrelated incident Tuesday night led to an officer being shot and a theft suspect dead when police returned fire (Chao Xiong, Paul Walsh, Vince Tuss)

Valspar plans $30 million remake downtown: As a new $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium takes shape in the eastern stretch of downtown Minneapolis, a longstanding presence in the area is planning an ambitious expansion of its own. Valspar Corp. said Tuesday it will spend $30 million to restore a vintage structure on S. 3rd Street that was once company headquarters. (Janet Moore)

District votes to stay in FAIR integration schools: The school board's decision is contingent on changes at the West Metro Integration District, which runs two FAIR schools. (Steve Brandt)

Mayor R.T. Rybak on Wednesday formally nominated Janeé Harteau as his next police chief - look for updates on this blog.

Man's body discovered in Lake Nokomis (Abby Simons)

Man found shot to death in north Minneapolis (Paul Walsh)

Street sweeping to begin - expect calls, signs (Tim Harlow)

Yesterday's News blog: May 2, 1877: Our filthy, squalid and "unsewered" metropolis (Ben Welter)

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