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Renters demonstrate in Minneapolis and St. Paul over issues of gentrification and housing deterioration this week.
Major landlord Spiros Zorbalas continued to have majority ownership and controls of apartment complexes, documents show.
A $400,000 federal grant offered to Minneapolis is at the heart of a debate over the best way to help the city's homeless.
Landlord mogul Spiros Zorbalas, who was banned by the Minneapolis City Council from renting property in the city for five years, has filed a defiant affidavit saying he has every right to co-own apartment buildings with Stephen Frenz.
Hennepin County effort has collected 100,000 pounds of expired and unused drugs.
Tenants say it clears him of what 'they are due.'
As many as 10,000 or more Minneapolis homeowners have property deeds with so-called "racial covenants." A team of University of Minnesota researchers is determined to find them all.
Minneapolis resident woke up to a crash as part of an apartment facade collapsed.
The Elliot Park building is owned by Stephen Frenz, an apartment owner who faces revocation of all his rental licenses.
Maple Plain manufacturer makes a small device that records a gun's movements; several departments have offered to try them out.
Hamilton traveled to some of the world's hot spots, including Hanoi during the Vietnam War, to advocate for peace while also working at home.
Canning presided over the newsroom at the Minneapolis Star, the afternoon newspaper that would merge with the morning Tribune in 1982.
A rare class-action lawsuit against two Minneapolis landlords could cost them millions of dollars and benefit thousands of low-income tenants if they prevail.
Eight years after the scandal-ridden Metro Gang Strike Force was shut down, a law enforcement training course mandated as part of a settlement with victims has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and is still in development — with no firm date of completion.
"It's really so mean and unjust," says Jose Lopez, whose family is being evicted from an apartment in the Whittier neighborhood where he's lived for 23 years. "How can someone come in and buy the building, and we have to leave in 30 days?"
Justine Damond spent her last moments trying to help a stranger, according to a 911 transcript. Soon afterward, a responding Minneapolis officer, Mohamed Noor, fired his gun from inside a patrol vehicle and killed her.
He declined to draw parallels between it and other police shootings.
This is a place where neighbors help each other find lost pets. It’s where tidy yards are filled with flower beds and children pedal their…
Walk-in counseling and listening sessions are being set up in Minneapolis on both the north and south sides for people coping with trauma after the…
Activists and police say the case's outcome adds to longstanding tensions.
Young people mired in poverty need help to build more peaceful lives, attendees said.
Judge rules that news media aired false statements and a jury must consider that in Cold Spring defamation case.
The appeals panel said a jury had sufficient evidence to find Toyota 60 percent at fault in 2006 fatal crash the led to the imprisonment of Koua Fong Lee.
Managers deny the claim and say they'll work toward holding election.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he is now working for "the enemy of mainstream media."
Sharif Willis, a Vice Lords leader, is back from prison, playing role in parley to be held in June.
Ramsey County attorney said the right to assemble peacefully was at stake.
It is believed to be the largest rent abatement for multiple tenants in the 27-year history of housing courts in Minnesota.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office will closely watch the company.
Relicensing firm's successes don't seem to match its claims, documents show.
He helped coordinate then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's visit to the Twin Cities in 1990.
Some 75 protesters, most of them tenants, rallied in the rain outside the offices of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz on Monday in a demand for…
Company that would aid offenders in Hennepin County was accused of unscrupulous behavior by attorney general's office.
A landlord who has been in a heap of trouble won't have to go to jail if he continues to cooperate, a housing court referee rules.
Orin Doty came from an antiwar family, and he lived his principles. He went to prison three times: twice for opposing the draft and refusing…
The debate over the future of adult diversion programs for first-time felony criminal offenders in Hennepin County heated up on Friday.Three members of the Hennepin…
The move likely will force Operation de Novo to shut down permanently, after 46 years of offering programs for offenders to complete to avoid a criminal charge or get it dismissed.
After a fire, Tawanda Miller, who had only partial insurance, was the victim of a construction swindle by a phony contractor who took about $6,600 from her as a partial payment to rebuild the garage, then disappeared.
In a rare order, a housing court referee cites landlord Stephen Frenz for contempt for refusing to turn over key documents in court case.
Christopher Reiter was briefly jailed one day after he was charged with felony assault for kicking a domestic assault suspect in the face.
Review finds troubled Mpls. properties are rated too high, meaning less scrutiny.
Dispute over $37,000 in legal fees is latest twist in long-running defamation case.
Roe was president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO from 1966 to 1984.
There was no bitterness in Helen Tsuchiya's voice when she spoke of having spent more than three years as a teenager in a Japanese-American internment…
After 20 years at the helm, Chuck Samuelson will tell stakeholders Thursday he's retiring as executive director, effective Feb. 28.
Retiring Dr. Lydia Caros has been the pediatrician to generations of children in Minneapolis.
Stephen Frenz, one of the city's biggest landlords, must pay a record $187,390 fine for deceiving Hennepin housing court.
'Shame, shame!' demonstrators chanted after the bill passed 6-3.
Protesters criticized the new president's views on immigration, climate change and women's rights.
Rallies and marches are planned in Twin Cities on Friday and Saturday.
For more than 40 years, he traveled the country representing Indian tribes and activists in battles over water, land, fishing and hunting rights.
Many demonstrators in Castile protests won't accept plea deals, but St. Paul says it's being reasonable.
Being present at the protest does not constitute active rioting, Judge G. Tony Atwal ruled for 38 people charged with gross misdemeanor riot. They may still face lesser charges.
Minneapolis City Hall's clock tower holds a treasure trove of records.
After the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear his appeal, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said he was looking forward to a new trial…
Unlicensed scam artists took advantage of Mpls. woman who was trying to economize.
For political junkies who have not yet overdosed on the 2016 elections, there’s a fun little nonpartisan exhibit on display at the Hennepin History Museum…
"You have to make noise to get landlords to listen," tenant organizer says.
The professors, speaking at a public forum, said it was a "terrible thing" that Gophers coach Tracy Claeys tweeted his support for the players' boycott threat.
A jury awarded victims of a 2006 crash $10.9 million, but Toyota claims some testimony should have been barred.
Miles W. Lord, a former federal judge whose withering criticism of corporate abuses and forceful rulings in favor of women, minorities, workers and consumers, antiwar protesters and the environment gained him a national reputation, died Saturday.
In a state that endures and celebrates its weather extremes, John Graff was the voice of authority, detailing the imminent dangers, telling Minnesotans when it…
While the Stephen Frenz case has taken extra twists and turns, even more straightforward license revocations can lead to a lengthy process for city regulators.
Federal labor investigators said they found 'criminal activities of involuntary servitude.'
The 21-year-old woman from New York City apparently suffered a severe arm injury during a confrontation with law enforcement Sunday.
An experimental greenway in north Minneapolis has gotten a mixed reception.
The incoming president of the Minneapolis NAACP points to his grim past as a former drug dealer, gang member and felon as an example for…
Levy-Pounds, 40, who stepped down in October as president of the Minneapolis NAACP, said she'll make her formal announcement at a news conference in front of the Fourth Precinct on the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark.
A nonconfrontational approach helps keep situation calm, they say.
This week's move to start taking action against Stephen Frenz's licenses on 62 apartment buildings could take months or even years.
Thomas Daniel Rhodes, 57, has spent the last 18 years in prison for the first-degree murder of his wife, Jane, in Spicer, Minn., in August…
Mahdi Ali's life sentence was ruled unconstitutional, but he's still imprisoned for 90 years.
$330,000 appropriation to expand the Minneapolis community center sits unused.
Minneapolis approves $471,000 for command center, with more costs on horizon.
She's praised as a hardworking, reform-minded advocate by city leaders but criticized by some of the activist crowd.
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