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Steve Brandt

Reporter | Minneapolis
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How do you hike nearly 10,000 miles in 10 years? Pack light

How do you hike nearly 10,000 miles in 10 years? Pack light

Chet Anderson is about to make a third trip this year to Isle Royale.
“I keep my faith about it, and pray about it, but on the inside, I don’t think that they’re going to find him.”
Marsha Mayes

Who killed Terrell Mayes Jr.? His mother still seeks answers

Police still hope someone with information about the 2011 shooting will come forward.

Mapping Prejudice traces history in Mpls. of discriminatory deeds

Researchers trace a history of discrimination buried in Mpls. housing deeds.
A thin layer that cushions the track at South High School in Minneapolis is peeling and years overdue for resurfacing.

2016: Minneapolis' South High fields a long list of sports facility needs

Parents and students are frustrated by deteriorating and unsafe conditions.
Connie Perpich

Connie Perpich, lobbied for Planned Parenthood, dies at 69

As chief lobbyist for Planned Parenthood in Minnesota, Perpich understood the organic way that laws are drafted and passed. She died Sunday after fighting melanoma.
Carol House pushed her grandson Isaiah Halsall on a swing at the newly remodeled East Phillips Park May 29, 2014

Equity debate draws candidates for Minneapolis Park Board election

Citywide and southwest seats are drawing the most competition so far.
Jayne Miller’s rent has stayed at $1,154 per month since an adjustment in 2011.

Minneapolis park superintendent's rent hasn't changed in years

An increase could cause tax and salary-cap issues.
A bike trail near the University of Minnesota.

Mpls. leads bike-friendly cities in cutting crash rates

The much-debated Minneapolis bike lanes and related improvements appear to be paying off in lower crash and injury rates. The city led nine other bike-friendly…
Gregory P. Russ

Public housing veteran recommended to lead Minneapolis agency

Gregory Russ has experience in Philly, Chicago, Massachusetts.
The long vacant Leef cleaning complex in the Glenwood corridor area has an excellent view of downtown Minneapolis.

Development accelerates along overlooked Glenwood corridor

Long overlooked, area's proximity to downtown Minneapolis gains momentum.
A Sun Country jet takes off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as seen from Fort Snelling National Cemetery. For the first time, a route

Cyclists seek more direct routes to MSP Airport's main terminal

Cyclists currently can't get to Terminal 1, but there's a move to change that.

Minneapolis officials lukewarm to repeal of sidewalk biking ban

Minneapolis proposal came after study showed blacks are disproportionately ticketed.
A cyclist rode a bike path last week along James I. Rice West River Parkway in Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, Minneapolis. It’s one o

Regional park costs in Mpls. are projected to skyrocket

The Park Board's ambitious plans contain operating and maintenance projects for Minneapolis that could reach $17M.
This view shows the preliminary concept for the Falls at the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam. It includes an enclosed viewing platform for the lock and

Riverfront advocates propose new park at Minneapolis lock and dam

The plan, with a visitor center and performance space, would remake Mill Ruins Park and the Stone Arch Bridge area but push out a hydro plant.

Minneapolis police likely stop black cyclists more

Authors call for follow-up for analysis as data sample small.
New Minneapolis street paving money speeds up Camden, Waite Park projects

New Minneapolis street paving money speeds up Camden, Waite Park projects

Social-equity criteria added as factors in prioritizing projects such as paving rough roads.
Hundreds of people showed up in 2006 for a St. Paul impound lot car auction. Auctioneer Mark Friederichs is at the center with a red bullhorn.

Minneapolis impound lot auctioneer let required license lapse for a year

Auctioneer Mark Friederichs said the lapse was inadvertent.
Somali-Canadian poet and rapper K'naan, shown earlier in the month during the West Bank Block Party, is involved in the series, which is controversial

HBO closer to filming 'Mogadishu, Minnesota' in Mpls. public housing

But producers of 'Mogadishu, Minnesota' must satisfy resident council before getting the final OK..
Biologist Neil Smarjesse at Coldwater Spring, a tract near the Twin Cities airport that has gone through an extensive renovation through the seeding o

Vision, sweat help return former mine research site to natural state

With volunteers' help, surplus federal land near airport is transforming.
Josh Barker, front, plays with neighbor Jacob Van Sickle, left on Colfax Av. in north Minneapolis.

20 years on Colfax Avenue

The Star Tribune first chronicled a block in north Minneapolis in 1996, when its residents were confronting a drug epidemic, an aging housing stock, and social and demographic forces that often led to conflict between longtime residents and new arrivals. Much has changed, but some things haven't.

Downtown Minneapolis gets its first 'woonerf'

The corridor will offer a bike-foot-car connection to the Mississippi River.

North Minneapolis recycler agrees to dust suppression

Voluntary agreement contrasts with state's fight with Northern Metal over particulates
Raeisha Williams, the communications director of the Minneapolis NAACP and candidate for Minneapolis City Council Ward 5, spoke Thursday during a news

Mpls. NAACP demands apology after protesters removed from Park Board meeting

The Park Board approved a new sports center for Wirth Park at the contentious meeting.
Residents want the Glendale Townhomes to be renovated, but the city housing authority wants to replace it with larger buildings.

Minneapolis council member wants aging Glendale homes rehabbed, not replaced

Council Member Cam Gordon supports renovation of the complex in Prospect Park.
In a scene captured on video, a protester was confronted by police Wednesday night at a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board meeting.

10 people ejected from Minneapolis Park Board meeting

The protesters were escorted out after they shouted at the board president as she tried to read public-comment rules.

Minneapolis park keepers union opposes outsourcing of ski course work

Park Board officials say the change would mean better trail conditions.

Mpls. Park Board faces growing pressure from activists on race

Commissioners are weighing decorum rules to counter activists who have interrupted meetings.
New retaining walls have been installed along West River Parkway in Minneapolis.

Aug. 31, 2016: W. River Parkway, Franklin Av. Bridge in Minneapolis to reopen

The parkway, closed for 26 months for a complicated repair following a mudslide, is scheduled to reopen at 4:30 p.m.
Northern Metal Recycling metal shredder building is located on the Mississippi River just south of the Lowry Avenue Bridge.

Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

The Northern Metal Recycling operations must stop by Friday due to pollution concerns.

Minneapolis, Hennepin County seek volunteers to count cyclists and walkers

Minneapolis, Hennepin County looking for volunteer counters.
Marion A. Hunter

Obituary: Supercentenarian Marion Hunter danced through life

Before Marion Hunter died earlier this month — not long before what would have been her 111th birthday — she attributed her longevity to a…
Researcher Penny Petersen stood near the stone pillar street markers that define the perimeter of the Homewood subdivision near Oak Park and Russell A

Discrimination in North Side's Homewood just an urban myth, study finds

Minneapolis is considering North Side subdivision for historic designation.
Organizers hoping to stop the demolition of 2019 E. Lake St., the original office and factory for the company that made Burma Shave products, used rhy

Proposed demolition of Burma Shave home decried

They want the targeted building studied for historic significance.

Minneapolis park commissioners faulted on racial matters

Black employees say part-time to full-time shift too difficult.
The GAF roofing plant, just upstream from the Lowry Avenue Bridge, makes shingles and stores them on adjacent land it leases from the city of Minneapo

Research finds spike in cancer, asthma near Lowry Av. Bridge

Researchers didn't pinpoint a cause of the deaths, but activists didn't hesitate Monday to point fingers at a roofing factory next to the bridge.
Eileen Kerr is organizing to close a residential street to all but emergency traffic to form an “Urban Village.” She and her neighbors want to cre

Longfellow residents push to make 45th Avenue car-free for one block

Some residents of the south Minneapolis neighborhood hope to recreate 45th Avenue as a community front yard.
Anita Tabb

New president, vice president elected for Minneapolis Park Board

The new leadership follows chaotic start to meeting over public input on selection.
Here's an early sketch of the design concept for a silent sports center planned for Wirth Park in Golden Valley.

Delayed Wirth outdoor sports complex could open by the end of winter

Backers are still raising funds, hope to open by winter's end.

Jan. 2015: Park officials mull concepts for reshuffling Wirth Park space

Design meant to eliminate conflicts among sports.
Park Board President Liz Wielinski

Two top Minneapolis Park Board officers resign leadership posts

President, vice president will leave their posts but remain on the board.
Cricket players competed at Bryn Mawr Park in Minneapolis on Saturday. A parks proposal calls for more specialized fields.

Less baseball, more field sports for Mpls. neighborhood parks?

Proposed renovations reflect changes in Mpls. neighborhoods.
Signs have sprouted around the Prospect Park neighborhood in support of saving the Glendale row houses from being razed.

Prospect Park group aims to preserve Glendale public housing

Historic designation could help preserve the Minneapolis neighborhood's low-income row houses.
The volume of water being pumped from Hiawatha Golf Club is enough to flood the course and seep into as many as 18 nearby houses, according to an eval

Pumping studies leave future of golf at Hiawatha in limbo

The volume of water being pumped from Hiawatha Golf Course is enough to flood the course and seep into as many as 18 nearby houses.
The mayor’s office said she is nearing the end of a round of interviews with candidates for the job vacated last week by Steve Kotke, who retired.

Naming of next Minneapolis public works director is shaping up as high-stakes battle

Mayor Betsy Hodges is getting pressured by activists seeking someone who sees walking, biking and transit as a priority — not an afterthought.
The enclosed metal shredder operated by Northern Metal Recycling in north Minneapolis.

MPCA, scrap yard owners agree to reduce dust from Mpls. metal shredder

MPCA still is seeking a temporary injunction to shut down the shredding operation.
Sondra Samuels is president/CEO of Northside Achievement Zone.

Northside Achievement Zone results mixed as federal funding winds down

A federally funded multimillion-dollar program to boost student achievement in north Minneapolis is showing some improvement in kindergarten readiness, but still not a broad, significant…
“This is by far the nicest house I looked at,” Loren Purcell said of his new bungalow in the Jordan neighborhood.

As market heats up in S. Mpls., buyers still finding deals on North Side

Homes are still below pre-recession values even as other neighborhoods surge.

Minneapolis adopts 'complete streets' policy

"Complete streets" idea to guide city's transportation projects.
A group of men played basketball at dusk at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis in 2013. The two cities tied for the top spot in the 2015 ranking, but it t

Minneapolis again named top-ranked big-city park system

St. Paul slips from a tie in 2015 to a close second among 100 cities.
Hallie Hendrieth-Smith

Obituary: Hallie B. Hendrieth-Smith mentored principals and church parishioners

Hallie B. Hendrieth-Smith was a woman of stature. Her height already gave her a commanding presence, but she accentuated her 5-foot-8 frame with high heels…
The MPCA is taking legal and administrative action to stop operations at the Northern Metal Recycling metal shredder, which it says has repeatedly vio

Pollution Control Agency moves to halt operations at north Mpls. shredder

A long-running environmental battle in Minneapolis took a new twist Thursday when a state regulator announced legal and administrative action to halt operation of a…
Vikings fans tailgated outside of TCF Bank Stadium in 2014. When the team moves back to downtown Minneapolis, fans could face far fewer places to tail

Smaller tailgating zone near new stadium wins preliminary approval

A team representative said the eight qualifying surface lots within the new zone could provide up to 1,000 spaces. But that's likely to shrink as development further encroaches.
Nekima Levy-Pounds, shown in April

President of Mpls. Park Board apologizes; racial issues get debated again

Group renews pressure as Park Board announces community meetings on racial criticisms.
Restoring the Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska, in place of Calhoun is among the suggestion of an advisory group of citizens.

Mpls. group finalizes $95M list of ideas for lakes Harriet, Calhoun

A new name for Lake Calhoun, trail improvements and an ambitious parklike bridge are among the options the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will weigh.
Construction workers Tuesday helped guide down a 12-by-28-foot panel that was sawed out of the Franklin Avenue Bridge roadway and picked up with a cra

New methods aim to minimize pain in Franklin Av. bridge makeover

Work on Minneapolis span closed until Labor Day weekend is using accelerated construction methods.
Boosters would like to use this bridge for bikes and pedestrians, but the BNSF Railway owns it and has safety and liability concerns, as shown by thes

Mpls. trails converge at railroad bridge, but when will it be used?

The railroad that owns it doesn't want trains to share the narrow space.

Count finds number of homeless in Hennepin County continues to fall

Many live outside the shelter system. The number of homeless children increased.
Minneapolis Park Superintendent Jayne Miller, shown at a past Halloween event, outlined how the Park Board would spend $40 million over the next five

Phillips pool, North Side facilities top Mpls. park spending plans

Superintendent Jayne Miller outlined how the Park Board would spend $40 million over the next five years from City Hall or from voters in a referendum.
On Wednesday, Minneapolis park Superintendent Jayne Miller will unveil a five-year list of upgrades to buildings and grounds in neighborhood parks. He

Minneapolis Park Board faces push for equity in park repairs

Socioeconomic factors are being added to criteria for spending.

Minneapolis City Council retains four lanes for 3rd Avenue downtown

Bike advocates and landlords differed on how to accommodate new cycling lanes.
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Executive Director Cora McCorvey in 2011.

Minneapolis housing chief McCorvey to leave after 25 years as agency's only director

Cora McCorvey is the only leader the Minneapolis housing agency has had and raised it from threatened to admired status.

Minneapolis bicyclists, walkers and businesses split on how to share 3rd Avenue

But bicyclists and businesses can't agree on whether nine blocks of the revamped road should have three lanes or four. The City Council will take up the matter on Tuesday.
Antique bicycle collector Juston Anderson rides a high-wheeler in Loring Park. The style of bike is part of a new exhibit at the Hennepin History Muse

1880s high-wheel bikes roll into Hennepin History Museum

High-flying, high-wheeled cycling was huge in Minneapolis in the 1880s.
Tenants plan to rally Wednesday to protest plans to demolish the Glendale Townhomes. Plans to replace the housing project with higher-density homes ha

Mpls. Housing Authority, residents still stalled over Glendale homes

Standoff continues over proposed razing or rehab of Glendale Townhomes.
The enclosed metal shredder operated by Northern Metal Recycling in north Minneapolis.

Scrapyard owner responds to MPCA air-quality concerns

N. Minneapolis company says risks are overstated.

Mayor Hodges 'outraged' at heavy metal readings near Minneapolis metal shredder

MPCA says new information about North Metal could represent 'potentially serious' permit violations
The Northern Metal Recycling yard in north Minneapolis is home to a metal shredder. The firm has been called to a meeting with the MPCA next week.

Heavy metal readings near Mpls. scrap yard trouble MPCA

The levels of heavy metals near the Northern Metal Recycling yard, though not an immediate health hazard, still raise concerns, the agency says.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Minneapolis mayor vetoes alternative parks funding plan

Betsy Hodges cites concerns over sustainability, public notice.
When spring runoff arrives from upriver, that’s when the water sniffers go to work at the Minneapolis water works. Despite lots of high-tech tests,

Smell that? Careful noses improve scent and taste of Mpls. water

When the Minneapolis water works sucks water out of the Mississippi River that could best be described as eau de bait shop, Lucian Osuji's nose knows. In an era of sophisticated machinery, the human nose is still the quickest way of detecting whether both incoming and treated water meet the smell test.

Mpls. park proposal gains City Hall votes

Supporters say they favor it over a bigger referendum tax hike.

Mpls. council members pitch plan to avoid park funding vote

Two Minneapolis City Council veterans say the city can draw from existing funds.

Minnesota homeless numbers decline for first time in 20 years

This is the first time the Wilder Foundation's triennial count of Minnesota homelessness has recorded a drop since it began more than 20 years ago.
Adult slow-pitch recreational teams are seeing declining participation, so Minneapolis will try a new format involving five-person teams with new rule

Softball participation slump leads Minneapolis to try 5-player teams

Team captains are scrambling to fill up rosters. So the new small-ball format will have three teams of five rotate through batting, the outfield and infield each inning.
Minneapolis leads the nation by a lot when it comes to the density of its bicycle lane and path network around the city.

Does Minneapolis have enough bike lanes in city's network?

The city is the big-city leader in bike-network density, with five times the national median for lane and path density. Bike advocates seek even more.

Minneapolis sets sights on redeveloping Upper Harbor Terminal

Plans for green space and business park on former port site still need funding.
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