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Steve Brandt

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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.
Section by section, Luce Line trail dream realized

Section by section, Luce Line trail dream realized

Boosters are positioning for more support to work toward connection to the Twin Cities.
The West Bank's homeless fixture Chester is dead

The West Bank's homeless fixture Chester is dead

The top-hatted busker was found dead Saturday in his makeshift homeless camp under a bridge.
Long-vacant Mpls apartment on path to renewal

Long-vacant Mpls apartment on path to renewal

Minneapolis building has been vacant for 20 years, but a local landlord has a deal pending with the city — and big plans.
Pumping without permit puts a hold on fixes at Hiawatha Golf Course

Pumping without permit puts a hold on fixes at Hiawatha Golf Course

Minneapolis' Hiawatha golf course has been pumping hundreds of millions of gallons of water into adjacent Lake Hiawatha without a permit, abruptly halting plans to renovate and reopen the storm-damaged course.
Groundwater concerns delay Hiawatha course renovation

Groundwater concerns delay Hiawatha course renovation

A reappraisal of groundwater has cast doubt on the strategy and timetable for restoring the flood-damaged Hiawatha golf course in Minneapolis to its full 18 holes.
A Dakota name for Calhoun, but which Dakota name?

A Dakota name for Calhoun, but which Dakota name?

The conundrum over the lake's name has sharply divided Minneapolis and illustrates the difficulty of interpreting history through a 21st-century lens.
Reopening of W. River Pkwy. in Mpls. after '14 mudslide delayed again

Reopening of W. River Pkwy. in Mpls. after '14 mudslide delayed again

Further construction complications delay work to stabilize hillside so parkway can reopen.
Calhoun name change preference prompts panel chairman's resignation

Calhoun name change preference prompts panel chairman's resignation

Peter Bell quits as head of advisory panel after saying it has lost sight of its priorities.
Family says extent of Colvin Roy brain injury unknown

Family says extent of Colvin Roy brain injury unknown

Former Minneapolis council member was struck by a bus on Sept. 8.
Crown Hydro seeks new site for Minneapolis hydro project

Crown Hydro seeks new site for Minneapolis hydro project

New proposal at Minneapolis locks raises familiar concerns.

City Hall advances plan for $300,000 North Side homes

Lind-Bohanon residents said the homes would be too expensive for area.
Hennepin County addresses Cedar-Franklin-Minnehaha mess

Hennepin County addresses Cedar-Franklin-Minnehaha mess

One of the most notoriously confusing intersections in Minneapolis is likely to get improvements next year to ease congestion and improve safety.
Former Minneapolis council member in critical condition after crash

Former Minneapolis council member in critical condition after crash

Sandra Colvin Roy is listed in critical condition.

Hydro license granted for Minneapolis mill housing

Pillsbury A Mill developer is under a tight deadline to qualify for historic tax credits.
Hennepin sees violent crime rise more in suburbs than in Mpls.

Hennepin sees violent crime rise more in suburbs than in Mpls.

Violent crime surged in suburban Hennepin County in the first half of 2015, taking a much larger jump outside the city of Minneapolis, according to new statistics.
Farmland in downtown Minneapolis? To the Tax Man, yes, there is

Farmland in downtown Minneapolis? To the Tax Man, yes, there is

Lawn bowling, golf and nurseries get the same special incentives as suburban farms.

Minneapolis native helps Big Easy get big green spaces

She's inspired by the Midtown Greenway and seeing public spaces bring neighbors together.
Mpls. greenway homeless sheltered by railway standard

Mpls. greenway homeless sheltered by railway standard

Midtown Greenway population may benefit from old railway rules.
Park Board opts for dual names at Calhoun

Park Board opts for dual names at Calhoun

Dual-language signs will pay homage to its Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska.
Patrols boosted after late-night attacks on Midtown Greenway

Patrols boosted after late-night attacks on Midtown Greenway

Patrols on the Midtown Greenway are being beefed up and extra precautions are being urged after a string of three late-night robberies of cyclists on…
Minneapolis park vote could be delayed

Minneapolis park vote could be delayed

Minneapolis park advocates oppose the proposal to join park and street referendums in 2017.
Legal showdown delayed in scrap-yard battle

Legal showdown delayed in scrap-yard battle

Meanwhile, four more potential air quality violations were recorded near Northern Metal in Minneapolis.
Dakota descendants seek new name, reclaimed history at Calhoun

Dakota descendants seek new name, reclaimed history at Calhoun

Several people on a citizens panel want to restore the lake's original name of Bde Maka Ska (White Earth Lake) instead of honoring John C. Calhoun.
Park Board attorney doubts DNR authority to rename lake

Park Board attorney doubts DNR authority to rename lake

The behind-the-scenes legal wrangling over possibly renaming Lake Calhoun took another turn Friday when a new legal opinion for Minneapolis park commissioners said a change would require legislative action.
Homeless live in the shadow of Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway

Homeless live in the shadow of Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway

Under the greenway's bridges, homeless people watch as bikers, runners pass by their world.

Minneapolis park funding meeting planned

Supporters hope voters will support a possible 2016 referendum.
Minneapolis' MLK Park puts history lesson into new playground

Minneapolis' MLK Park puts history lesson into new playground

MLK memorial playground features black heritage theme aimed at education.
$9M makeover for Meadowbrook Golf Course gets preliminary OK

$9M makeover for Meadowbrook Golf Course gets preliminary OK

Meadowbrook, closed by flooding in St. Louis Park, would reopen in 2017 under the $9.3 million plan.
Minneapolis magnate Lowry's monument celebrated

Minneapolis magnate Lowry's monument celebrated

Memorial to developer and city benefactor Thomas Lowry was erected 100 years ago.
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