R.T. Rybak

Raymond Thomas Rybak, Jr. was a three-term mayor of Minneapolis from 2002-13. He is currently head of Generation Next, a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.

May 18, 2016
Former Mayor R.T. Rybak: "Now that I'm at the Minneapolis Foundation, I won't have every action viewed through that cynical prism."

R.T. Rybak here to stay, in a city he loves like a middle-schooler's crush

As R.T. Rybak looks to his new job leading the Minneapolis Foundation, he talks about why he'll stay here forever: "You will never hear the words 'Twin Cities' come out of my mouth. 'Minneapolis' and 'St. Paul' are beautiful words, so why not say them?"
May 18, 2016

'Pothole Confidential' readings

Noon Sat.: Art-a-Whirl, A-Mill Lofts Performance Hall, 315 SE. Main St., Mpls.7 p.m., June 7: Excelsior Brewing Co., 421 3rd St., Excelsior. Tickets necessary.…
May 18, 2016

Minneapolis Foundation has a long history

The Minneapolis Foundation was founded in 1915, and was one of the first community foundations in the world.It administers more than 1,200 charitable funds; last…
Green Line
June 13, 2014

St. Paul bets on revival with Green Line light-rail train

When light-rail trains begin picking up riders Saturday in St. Paul, the city will enter the realm of 21st-century transit using the basic technology it rode to prosperity more than 100 years ago: rails.
Green Line
May 31, 2014

Soon-to-launch Green Line's role as a growth engine is so-so

At least $80 million has been invested over the past eight years, and there are concerns about whether the public investment will meet the goals of improving the economic bottom line.
May 30, 2014

Opinion Exchange: Rybak weighs in on the new Downtown East park

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak shares his excitement and his concerns about "The Yard," the new downtown urban park that will be next to the new stadium.
State + Local
March 14, 2014

Rybak wades into intraparty DFL fight, endorsing Mohamud Noor

Former Mpls. mayor endorses Noor over Kahn in House race.
Gay marriage law
February 9, 2014

State says 'I do' to same-sex marriage; 7,000 witness signing

"You changed the course of history," Gov. Dayton said as Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Dayton chief of staff
February 4, 2014

March 16, 2013: Tina Smith: Bridge-builder with a hammer

Tina Smith, "every Republican's favorite Democrat," moves easily among business leaders and DFL elite.
January 21, 2014

Yonis allies scarcer after felony charge

Former park-school worker charged with felony theft
January 21, 2014

Rybak blogs about his heart attack

The ex-Minneapolis mayor said he'd suffered no permanent heart damage and was feeling better than he had in years, and in fact may have suffered more heart damage at his junior prom.
January 20, 2014

Rybak elaborates on lessons of a heart attack

The former Minneapolis mayor said he has suffered no permanent heart damage and is feeling better than he had in years after his recent heart attack.
January 13, 2014

Rybak leaves hospital three days after a major heart attack

After three days, two angioplasties and six stents to deal with what was described as a serious heart attack, former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak left Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Tuesday to recuperate.
Rybak leaves hospital
January 13, 2014

Rybak leaves hospital three days after a major heart attack

Former aide Andy Holmaas said that ex-Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will recuperate for "the next couple of weeks." He will then begin working at his new job as executive director of Generation Next.
Rybak has 2nd surgery
January 7, 2014
R.T. Rybak

Rybak doing well after 2nd surgery following heart attack

Abbott Northwestern Hospital spkeswoman Gloria O'Connell said the procedure to clear an artery took about an hour and was led by interventional cardiologist Yale Wang of the Minneapolis Heart Institute.
Rybak recovering
January 6, 2014

Friends' prompt 911 call likely saved Rybak's life

Rybak, 58, who left office last week, reportedly was in great spirits Sunday, joking, tweeting bad heart attack jokes and talking with friends and family, his two children said Sunday at the hospital.
Rybak heart attack
January 6, 2014

Ex-Minneapolis Mayor Rybak hospitalized after heart attack

Rybak went to Abbott Northwestern Hospital about 1 p.m. by ambulance after cross-country skiing.
Minneapolis' new mayor
January 5, 2014

Economy on her side, Mayor Hodges take Minneapolis helm

Betsy Hodges will have time to look beyond the budget and focus on a broader agenda, such as closing racial disparities in education and jobs.
December 31, 2013

Headlines and deadlines from 2013 in the Mill City

From leaks to trains to elections, here's how Minneapolis made news
Rybak’s last act
December 31, 2013

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's last act: West Bank walkway

Mayor says stretch of 5th Street linking the East African area to downtown Minneapolis will be named after Hussein Samatar.
December 27, 2013

Minneapolis plowing complaints bracket Rybak tenure

Some improvement but plow job still draws resident complaints
Police Chief Janeé Harteau
December 26, 2013
Activities at Hennepin County Medical Center after two Minneapolis pol...

In ongoing Harteau-union dust-up, Rybak again jumps to defend chief

In a Facebook post Thursday morning, Rybak defended Harteau after the head of the police union wrote an editorial critical of her plan.
State + Local
December 23, 2013

R.T. Rybak makes most of his final days as mayor

He's dialing developers for the $400 million Downtown East project, arranging meetings and farewells, and negotiating with his wife about which oversized mayoral mementos piled up in his third-floor office she can indulge in their south Minneapolis home.
October 31, 2013

Public gets comment chance for Target Center deal

Rybak said he's confident of approval after outlining terms of the proposal
R.T. Rybak
October 30, 2013
Minneapolis mayor R.T Rybak

Rybak's next challenge: improving education

The departing mayor will lead a group that aims to close the racial achievement gap and he will teach a class at the U.