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Steve Brandt

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Count finds number of homeless in Hennepin County continues to fall

Many live outside the shelter system. The number of homeless children increased.
Phillips pool, North Side facilities top Mpls. park spending plans

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.
Minneapolis Park Board faces push for equity in park repairs

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

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.
1880s high-wheel bikes roll into Hennepin History Museum

1880s high-wheel bikes roll into Hennepin History Museum

High-flying, high-wheeled cycling was huge in Minneapolis in the 1880s.
Mpls. Housing Authority, residents still stalled over Glendale homes

Mpls. Housing Authority, residents still stalled over Glendale homes

Standoff continues over proposed razing or rehab of Glendale Townhomes.
Scrapyard owner responds to MPCA air-quality concerns

Scrapyard owner responds to MPCA air-quality concerns

N. Minneapolis company says risks are overstated.

Minneapolis park advisory group backs Calhoun name change

Group advising park board shows strong support for restoring lake's Dakota name.

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

MPCA says new information about North Metal could represent 'potentially serious' permit violations
Heavy metal readings near Mpls. scrap yard trouble MPCA

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 vetoes alternative parks funding plan

Minneapolis mayor vetoes alternative parks funding plan

Betsy Hodges cites concerns over sustainability, public notice.
Smell that? Careful noses improve scent and taste of Mpls. water

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.

Cyclist group drops push for 25-mph urban speed limit

The alliance wanted a 25-mph top urban speed to reduce fatal accidents.
Softball participation slump leads Minneapolis to try 5-player teams

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

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.

City engineer warns Mpls. streets are deteriorating faster than they're repaired

Engineer tells the City Council substantial investment required in the next 10 years.
Despite decade-long fight, homelessness higher in Mpls., Hennepin County

Despite decade-long fight, homelessness higher in Mpls., Hennepin County

High rents, economic turmoil have kept many in search of shelter.
Obituary: Elizabeth "Betty" Jerome, founder of Teen Age Medical Services

Obituary: Elizabeth "Betty" Jerome, founder of Teen Age Medical Services

When Elizabeth K. Jerome entered the field of adolescent health as a pediatrician in Minneapolis, she dispensed both hugs and lectures to her teen patients.
Mpls. fee brings in more than $1.7 million for parks; some areas lose out

Mpls. fee brings in more than $1.7 million for parks; some areas lose out

But the money is concentrated in a few locations.
Vikings scramble for tailgating space around new stadium

Vikings scramble for tailgating space around new stadium

The team has only 125 guaranteed spots for tailgating across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium, but needs 500 to 800. Many of the additional spots on private lots may be quite a distance away.
Mpls residents wait for library update 15 years after voters approved funds

Mpls residents wait for library update 15 years after voters approved funds

The 2000 library bond referendum promised voters in southeast Minneapolis an update or replacement of their 53-year-old library in Dinkytown. More than 15 years later,…

Mpls. City Council may lack power to order park levy vote

Attorneys for Minneapolis, Park Board differ on whether council can put measure on the ballot.

Thousands in Minneapolis sent incorrect property value notices

The firm handling the city mailing attributes mistake to printing operator error.
City of Lakes Loppet ski festival returns to Minneapolis this weekend

City of Lakes Loppet ski festival returns to Minneapolis this weekend

The fun begins Friday with new sports and participants grateful for a fresh 9 inches of snow.

Minneapolis Park Board overrides Hodges veto

More talks are likely as the board seeks to put a funding request on the fall ballot.
Obituary: Thomas W. Baker served as Mpls. park commissioner, insurance regulator

Obituary: Thomas W. Baker served as Mpls. park commissioner, insurance regulator

It was 1989 and hopes by Minneapolis park officials to win recognition from a national trade group for their system had been dashed more than…

Hodges vetoes $15M park tax plan, urges rewrite

Mayor's veto doesn't derail $15M tax plan but could slow it down.
General Mills giving $3M for Mississippi River parks in Minneapolis

General Mills giving $3M for Mississippi River parks in Minneapolis

The biggest portion of the donation will go to Water Works Park at west end of Stone Arch Bridge.
Some Twin Cities municipalities prefer a lower speed limit

Some Twin Cities municipalities prefer a lower speed limit

Birchwood Village and Landfall use a 25-mph limit like that being sought by bicyclists.
Minneapolis parks to seek $300 million from taxpayers

Minneapolis parks to seek $300 million from taxpayers

Next, Minneapolis City Council approval or other options would get measure on ballot.
Minneapolis park superintendent seeks $300 million via November referendum

Minneapolis park superintendent seeks $300 million via November referendum

Jayne Miller's core proposal would address repair backlog in local parks, but some unrealized plans would also be funded.
Bicycle lobby to seek lower speed limit for cities in Minnesota

Bicycle lobby to seek lower speed limit for cities in Minnesota

Supporters argue that a limit of 25 mph on city streets would reduce the crash danger for pedestrians and cyclists and get more people out exercising.

Minneapolis parks set to purchase key riverfront land

Purchase would put almost all of West Bank from Lowry Avenue Bridge to I-694 in public hands.

Chisago County communities seek hefty revitalization prize

Communities seek redevelopment funding in national competition.

Minneapolis parks panel rejects wider, two-way bike paths for Harriet and Calhoun

Calhoun, Harriet routes would become two-way.

Bloomington, St. Louis Park have the lead in icing outdoor rinks

But Minneapolis? Rinks are open in only three parks of a planned 22.

Minneapolis outdoor skaters idled by one of latest lake freezeups in half-century

It's only third time in 52 years (but second in six) that ice-over hasn't been done until January — and the ice still isn't safe.

Man, river and time add and subtract Mississippi River islands

Many have appeared and disappeared over the years because of time and manmade additions.
One north Mpls grocery proposal fails, but two more advancing

One north Mpls grocery proposal fails, but two more advancing

One planned store would combine food shopping with health services.
Hennepin museum thriving under new director

Hennepin museum thriving under new director

Attendance rose sharply at the Hennepin History Museum in its first year under a new director.
Mpls. police seek help finding killer of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes

Mpls. police seek help finding killer of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes

Mother of 3-year-old slain in 2011 seeks answers in his death

Hennepin County bridles at new Mpls. park fee

Hennepin board votes to deduct payments to city from youth grants awarded to park system.
Rebuilding an island in Minneapolis proves expensive, complex

Rebuilding an island in Minneapolis proves expensive, complex

$25M proposal facing financial, other hurdles.

Minneapolis shredder owner agrees to test for particle emissions

Proposed settlement is reached with state pollution regulators.

Steve Belton named Minneapolis Urban League president

As interim head, he steered group out of financial trouble.
Minneapolis Park Board again delays West River Parkway reopening

Minneapolis Park Board again delays West River Parkway reopening

Next September is new target date for road closed by mudslide in June 2014.

W. River Parkway in Minneapolis should reopen soon

But the road will close again in the spring to finish repairs.
New investments popping up along 38th Street, a south Minneapolis thoroughfare

New investments popping up along 38th Street, a south Minneapolis thoroughfare

Counseling center to expand; wellness firm wants to move nearby.
Park Board plans next generation of downtown Mpls. parks

Park Board plans next generation of downtown Mpls. parks

Proposals are being presented for public comment this month, with ideas ranging from a dog park in the Elliot Park neighborhood to an orchard walkway along Portland.

Minneapolis area labor group opts for new young president

30-year-old labor federation president rose from nonunion grocery clerk to representing 75,000 workers.
Minneapolis now owns more than half its upper river shoreline

Minneapolis now owns more than half its upper river shoreline

Parks now own more than half the riverfront above Plymouth Avenue.
Minneapolis shredder operator proposes move if MPCA backs off regulations

Minneapolis shredder operator proposes move if MPCA backs off regulations

The offer to move from the riverfront represents a change for Northern Metal Recycling.
Bike advocates tout Minneapolis' protected bikeways gains, want more

Bike advocates tout Minneapolis' protected bikeways gains, want more

Mpls. mayor would spend $6 million over five years.
Lake Calhoun name change prompts debate, little movement

Lake Calhoun name change prompts debate, little movement

Months into a revived debate over the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, there's been lots of heat but not much progress toward resolving whether to substitute a Dakota or other name.
Obituary: Businessman Earl Mosiman stayed in motion

Obituary: Businessman Earl Mosiman stayed in motion

If there was one constant in Earl Mosiman's 94 years, it was motion.Mosiman, who died on Oct. 29, kept moving nearly all his life.He swooped…
Land bridge between Calhoun and Harriet appears to fade, as other ideas surface

Land bridge between Calhoun and Harriet appears to fade, as other ideas surface

Some proposals aim to lessen congestion; land bridge plan is tabled.

Park Board to consider path changes at Minnehaha Creek and Lyndale Avenue

The latest proposal aims to improve usability, safety on Minneapolis bikeway.
Twin Cities Marathon bumped back by Ryder Cup

Twin Cities Marathon bumped back by Ryder Cup

To make way for the crush of golf fans, the nine running races that make up Twin Cities Marathon weekend are bumping back a week to Oct. 8 and 9.

A day of quiet reflection at Minneapolis' newest war memorial

With no event scheduled, Veterans Day passed quietly at Mpls. park.
Minneapolis parks chief keeps a tight grip on the reins

Minneapolis parks chief keeps a tight grip on the reins

Superintendent Jayne Miller pushes her staff but has professionalized management of a tradition-bound system.
Mpls. Park Board wants $210M from taxpayers

Mpls. Park Board wants $210M from taxpayers

It is the park system's largest request for tax money in at least a generation, serving as a high-stakes test of voters' commitment to city parks and recreation areas.
St. Anthony Parkway bridge will now close to bikers, walkers

St. Anthony Parkway bridge will now close to bikers, walkers

The bridge, which is being replaced, will be off-limits to walkers and bikers, as well as drivers.

City seeks input on Lake Calhoun shoreline plan

Ideas include changes to busy northeast corner and connection to Lake of the Isles.
Mpls. parks boss shakes up improvement plans, delays many projects

Mpls. parks boss shakes up improvement plans, delays many projects

The superintendent's budget revisions put off spending for several Minneapolis parks.
Minneapolis park budget would raise golf fees

Minneapolis park budget would raise golf fees

The 2016 proposal also would shift money from planting trees to catch up on pruning them.
Minneapolis shifts downtown plan from Avenue of Arts to green corridor

Minneapolis shifts downtown plan from Avenue of Arts to green corridor

A $3 million proposal by Mayor Betsy Hodges envisions a green link for walkers and bikers between the Convention Center and the Mississippi River.
Minneapolis to remove just-installed traffic medians

Minneapolis to remove just-installed traffic medians

Minneapolis spending $40,000 to install and remove structures with apparent design flaws.

Federal grant will help Minneapolis study Indian sites for preservation

Now that it has an Indigenous Peoples Day, Minneapolis will focus some of its historic preservation efforts on better understanding its American Indian past.
Mpls. block resists redevelopment despite location and traffic

Mpls. block resists redevelopment despite location and traffic

On Park Avenue, across the freeway from downtown, sits a lesson in inner-city rehab challenges.
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