The first night of the Northern Spark festival opened up Friday. The theme of this year's festival was "commonality" and included dozens of local artists and performers who set up exhibitions in the Commons, Nicollet Mall and Minneapolis Central Library. The festival drew hundreds to enjoy walking downtown and partake in the interactive art displays.
Neighbors in the affluent Kenwood neighborhood say they're turning the beach's reputation around with family-friendly events and money to pay for extra police patrols. But it's an ongoing battle, with police incident reports doubling last year.
Metro area roads are awash with closures and detour signs, and this weekend construction spreads to the rails. Portions of both the Green Line and Blue Line will be shut down, as will Interstate 35W between downtown Minneapolis and the Crosstown.