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Mukhtar M. Ibrahim

Reporter | Minneapolis City Government
Phone: 612-673-4689
Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is a reporter covering Minneapolis city government and local affairs. He's previously worked for Minnesota Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. A Somali native who resettled to Minnesota in 2005, Mukhtar earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in investigative and data journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. To contact him securely through encrypted email, his PGP fingerprint is 97CB 1C1E 7B8C 0FC2 57F5 C740 4765 3B82 0D91 618B.
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey gave his first budget address on Wednesday at Minneapolis City Hall in front of notes to him from the people about the af

Mpls. mayor's proposed budget focuses on more money for affordable housing

Jacob Frey said Minneapolis is confronting an affordable housing crisis and putting off investments.
An open-government advocacy group is calling on Minneapolis officials to end an investigation into a leaked draft report that said police urged parame

First Amendment group calls on Minneapolis to halt investigation into leaked report

The Committee to Defend the First Amendment said the leak investigation could have chilling effect on the public's right to know.
Sophie Konewko and Megan Albers decided to take two Bird scooters for a ride through downtown Minneapolis after lunch. They joked with two Hennepin Co

Minneapolis City Council approves license program for scooter companies

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a license agreement with two scooter operators through a pilot program that would run until Nov. 30.…
Ketamine may be administered by IV bag.

Minneapolis hires firm to investigate how draft report on ketamine use was leaked

One council member says he doesn't want anyone punished for release of "valuable information."
Greg Russ, the director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, said he hopes to replicate success he experienced leading the agency in Cambridge

Mpls. Public Housing Authority considers overhaul of 6,000 public housing units

Minneapolis agency looks at private investment.

Minneapolis landlords speak out against city license fee increase

Rental license cost increase proposal will make housing less affordable, they say.
Sophie Konewko and Megan Albers decided to take two Bird scooters for a ride through downtown Minneapolis after lunch. They joked with two Hennepin Co

Minneapolis launches license program for scooter companies

The city will allow 200 to 400 scooters to operate in the first four months of the pilot program, which will start in August.
Scooters were available Monday outside the Hennepin County Government Center, across the street from Minneapolis City Hall.

Second electric scooter service arrives in Minneapolis

Lime joined Bird in renting scooters in city.
Minneapolis City Council members, shown in January, say the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan needs significant changes.

Feeling the heat, Minneapolis council members say 2040 plan must change

Members say the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan needs to strike a better balance.
Sophie Konewko, left, and Megan Albers decided to take two Bird scooters for a ride through downtown Minneapolis after lunch Tuesday.

Rental scooters suddenly show up, and Twin Cities officials push back

A planned Minneapolis ordinance would mostly deal with how to regulate the public right of way. In St. Paul, officials told Bird to remove its scooters from the city's public right of way.
A person rides an electric scooter

Minneapolis City Council committee to vote on ordinance to regulate electric scooters

New rental business could mean electric vehicles will be scattered around city.
Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano has missed more meetings this year than any other member.

Council public safety chair was away amid Mpls. police controversy

Alondra Cano said she was taken by surprise by a charter amendment that would give the City Council and mayor equal authority over the Police Department.
“This municipal ID is being designed in a way that meets a lot of constituency needs, not just the immigrant community needs.”
City Council Member

Minneapolis weighs creating ID card for all residents

Cities across the country have begun issuing IDs to help undocumented immigrants. Advocates for greater immigration enforcement criticize the ID programs as encouraging people to break the law.

Lowest-paid workers get a raise in Minneapolis on Sunday

Small businesses must increase their employees' pay to $10.25 per hour.
Council Member Cam Gordon, shown in July 2017 talking about police body cameras, wants the City Council and mayor to have equal authority over the Pol

Minneapolis council member proposes plan to change oversight of police department

Mayor, City Council would jointly govern police; Frey calls idea impractical.
Council member Phillipe Cunningham, who started smoking his teens, said that he was voting to pass the smoking ordinance for his younger self. Friday

Minneapolis votes to raise tobacco-buying age to 21

The City Council vote was unanimous.
People enjoyed the warm weather last May at the Downtown East Commons park in Minneapolis.

Judge: City of Mpls. has no authority to operate the Commons park

The ruling is the latest in a battle regarding the park next to U.S. Bank Stadium.
Fallen chunk of concrete forced the closure of the RiverCentre parking ramp.

State funds fall short of what St. Paul leaders wanted to replace RiverCentre ramp

St. Paul sought $58M to replace now-closed parking site. Legislators OK'd $5M to raze it.
Cigarettes on display at a store.

Plan to raise tobacco-buying age moves forward in Minneapolis

The City Council will vote on the ordinance May 25, and it could take effect in the fall.
The Minneapolis City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on raising the legal age for buying tobacco to 21.

Smoking age is back on the front burner in Minneapolis

The City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on raising the legal age for buying tobacco to 21.
The Northern Metals Recycling facility, located on the Mississippi River just south of the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis leaders urge action after air-pollution spike

Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Members Jeremiah Ellison and Phillipe Cunningham urged the state to reduce air pollution in the riverfront industrial zone.

Minneapolis landlords push back against Section 8 compliance rule

It's in response to a new ordinance that threatens landlords with fines and other penalties if they refuse to accept Section 8 vouchers or even post ads saying that.
Northern Metal Recycling metal shredder building located on the Mississippi River just south of the Lowry Avenue Bridge Wednesday December 2, 2015 in

Dangerous level of air pollution recorded in north Minneapolis

Air near Northern Metal Recycling shredder again is exceeding federal standards.
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