Minneapolis

Nicknamed "City of Lakes" and the "Mill City," it's the county seat of Hennepin County and the largest city in Minnesota.

Minneapolis
January 23
Jeremiah Kennedy, 19, spent Wednesday morning packing. He has lived with his mom, Tonieh Richards, and his two brothers in the shelter at First Covena

Shelter closes for those displaced by Francis Drake Hotel fire

Some were still seeking housing as the Red Cross shelter closed.
Minneapolis
January 22
Protesters for Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption at a Minneapolis McDonald’s in 2018. A Minneapolis City Council ordinance kicks in this mo

Minn. Supreme Court says Mpls. $15 minimum wage can stand

"The battle over our minimum wage ordinance is over," said Mayor Jacob Frey.
Minneapolis
January 18
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

From affordable housing to feud with President Trump, Mayor Jacob Frey reflects on 2nd year

The Minneapolis mayor talks about his second year in office, President Donald Trump, and what's next for the city.
Minneapolis
January 17
The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Retired firefighter Keith Daniel sued the city after inj

Mpls. to pay ex-firefighter $785K in tennis shoe discrimination case

A former firefighter sued for disability discrimination.
Minneapolis
January 16
Minneapolis firefighters worked at the scene of the Francis Drake Hotel fire last month.

With shelter closing next week, former Drake residents seek housing

Relief officials say no Drake evacuees will be turned out on the street.
Minneapolis
January 9
The lab where DNA is processed at the Minnesota BCA in St. Paul, shown in 2014.

New analysts to help clear Minneapolis' rape kit backlog

To clear through the backlog, city and Hennepin County officials are expanding on a relationship they already had with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Minneapolis
January 8
Roughly 200 people lost their homes when the Francis Drake Hotel in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day.

Minneapolis nonprofit to get $250,000 to help residents displaced by Drake fire

The money will be used to pay damage deposits, rent.
Minneapolis
January 2
Frustrated Domonique Howell, Tavonne Moses and Damian Ashcraft, left to right, just want their lives back after the Francis Drake Hotel fire, Ashcraft

Source of Drake Hotel fire located but cause unclear, Mpls. fire officials say

More than 200 people lost their homes when the blaze started around 3 a.m. Christmas Day and spread throughout the building.
Minneapolis
December 31, 2019

Woman found with gunshot wound in Minneapolis alley dies at hospital

A woman who was found shot in a north Minneapolis alley Tuesday night died at North Memorial Hospital, police said. The woman, who has not…
Minneapolis
December 31, 2019
Crews worked though heavy snow on Monday, Dec. 30, slowly knocking down walls abutting a neighboring garage that was undamaged by the Drake Hotel fire

Foundation raises $418,000 for victims of Drake Hotel fire

People left homeless by the Christmas Day fire at the former Francis Drake Hotel should soon be receiving cash, gift cards and other essentials, leaders…
Minneapolis
December 31, 2019
A shopper loads up a cart full of plastic bags at a grocery store in November.

New fee for plastic and paper bags begins Jan. 1 in Minneapolis

The city requires businesses to charge the fees — which stay with the businesses — but said it won't start fining stores that violate the rules until the summer, after a six-month education period.
Minneapolis
December 28, 2019
Benjamin Casper Sanchez, from right, faculty director of the Center for New Americans, shook hands with Kathleen Blatz, chairwoman of the board of dir

After giving out nearly $165 million, a Minneapolis foundation is almost broke and ready to close — on purpose

Former Honeywell exec focused giving on four recipients in a limited window.
Minneapolis
December 24, 2019
Monday was the last dance at BJ’s Liquor Lounge, 229 W. Broadway Av. in Minneapolis. The strip club closed after 40 years in business.

Last neighborhood strip club in Minneapolis closes

The tears flowed only slightly slower than the drinks at BJ’s Liquor Lounge on Monday. After 40 years in the business, Minneapolis’ last neighborhood strip…
Minneapolis
December 23, 2019
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter stopped in at the Salvation Army toy shop in St. Paul on Monday, Dec. 23, and helped shopper John Yang pick out toys for

Salvation Army still short donations, despite new gift from St. Grand

Salvation Army is facing a shortfall of about $500K.
Minneapolis
December 18, 2019
Thwanda Thomas of Minneapolis picked out a bike for her 7-year-old at the Salvation Army Toy Shop on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Salvation Army faces shortfall in donations, toys for Twin Cities families in need

The nonprofit blames the short holiday season, weather and online shopping for decreasing crowds to its red kettles.
Minneapolis
December 18, 2019

Two Minneapolis restaurants pay for sick and safe time violations

A city investigation found no employees at the Pizza Hut, 1101 Hennepin Av., or the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in the IDS Center downtown received pay for sick leave this year.
Minneapolis
December 17, 2019
Sgt. Andy Stender

Mpls. will settle with K-9 officer who complained of harassment by supervisor

Officer Yvonne "Bonnie" Edwards alleges that a supervisor, Sgt. Andy Stender, harassed her and the city did little to stop his behavior. The City Council approved a $225,000 during a closed-door meeting.
Minneapolis
December 13, 2019
A view of the courtyard with swimming pool and whirlpool in the 25-story Expo apartment tower under construction by Doran Development Wednesday, Sept,

Mpls. Council votes to require affordable units in new apartment buildings

Developers would need to include low-income units for 20 years.
Minneapolis
December 13, 2019
YMCA worker Alex Giesen, left, and Satoria Moran, 24, met at the New Hope YMCA to catch up and fill out paperwork for membership to the club, one of t

Constellation Fund gives out new grants to Twin Cities nonprofits to 'disrupt philanthropy'

The foundation, started last year by Andrew Dayton, taps the expertise of an economist and researchers.
Inspired
December 13, 2019
Members of the 1913 University of Minnesota Women’s Suffrage Club.

100th anniversary of women's suffrage reason to celebrate across Minnesota

Minnesota is gearing up to commemorate the centennial with events, exhibits and educational outreach across the state.
Minneapolis
December 4, 2019
The sprinkler retrofitting of St Paul’s Ravoux Hi-Rise was completed in 2012. This is one of the apartments on the fourth floor. The building’s as

St. Paul agency added sprinklers to every high-rise, but it took 22 years

A deadly fire like the one in Minneapolis "not possible" in St. Paul, former fire marshal says.
Minneapolis
December 2, 2019
Tory, a 44-year-old from Minneapolis, got the key to his own room at Exodus Residence on Monday. Catholic Charities will move residents from Exodus to

$65M Catholic Charities project planned for downtown Mpls.

About 80% of the project is publicly funded, with Hennepin County dedicating an "unprecedented" $5 million — the county's biggest investment ever in one housing project.
Minneapolis
December 2, 2019

Minneapolis declares climate emergency, plans sustainable building policy

City needs to double down on its greenhouse gas reductions, officials said.
Minneapolis
November 29, 2019
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proposed adding 14 new police officers during his annual budget address, far fewer than what the city's police chief requ

Minneapolis City Council to consider budget that would add police, money for 2020 elections

Mayor Jacob Frey's proposal comes with a 6.95% property tax levy increase.
Don't Miss
November 27, 2019
Kate Gillette works for Avison Young real estate agency, one of the table sponsors for the “Thank You For Not Coming” gala. The company spent $400

A gala no one has to attend? Minnesota nonprofits retool fundraising pitches

With video parties, crowdfunding and more, nonprofits are getting creative to boost donations from folks suffering from "gala fatigue."