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Steve Brandt

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MPCA to fight order to remove N. Minneapolis air monitors

Scrap yard says it has been unfairly targeted; agency says it is doing job it’s authorized to do.
Old Franklin Av. bridge piers are coming down after 126 years

Old Franklin Av. bridge piers are coming down after 126 years

Coast Guard orders the removal of historic structures despite some initial sentiment in county to keep them.
Minneapolis Park Board gives fresh look at renaming Lake Calhoun

Minneapolis Park Board gives fresh look at renaming Lake Calhoun

Move comes after petition drive reignites questions about lake namesake’s racist views.

Minneapolis park board approves Graco easement for trail access

Vote does not settle the dispute with Graco.

Graco easement proposal heads to Minneapolis Park Board

Land for riverfront trail not tied to firm’s plans for adjacent Scherer site.

Minneapolis, seven other units will share pension savings

Better performance by closed fund reduced costs.
Minneapolis Park Board requests public input on funding improvements

Minneapolis Park Board requests public input on funding improvements

The Minneapolis Park Board is holding a series of public meetings about what if any improvements voters want — and would be willing to pay…

North Side park funding tiff prompts ethics complaint

Rep. McNamara accused of making threats over perceived payback.
Obituary: Dick Franson, relentlessly optimistic political candidate

Obituary: Dick Franson, relentlessly optimistic political candidate

Richard “Dick” Franson has made his last run for elected office.Franson died at age 86 on May 27 after seeking public office through six decades…

Legislative auditor clears Urban League on billing allegations

Review showed costs were kept separate for two alternative school programs.
Minneapolis wrestles with meeting needs of commuting cyclists

Minneapolis wrestles with meeting needs of commuting cyclists

Lawyer seeks rental space for bikes, lockers and showers for downtown Minneapolis commuters.
Minneapolis Park Board's Annie Young demonstrates staying power

Minneapolis Park Board's Annie Young demonstrates staying power

Longest-tenured Minneapolis politico forges a maverick path
Minneapolis parks poll shows appetite for funding

Minneapolis parks poll shows appetite for funding

Respondents say they would increase their tax bill to keep Minneapolis parks clean, safe.
Orange Nice Ride bikes, new effort aim to build community health

Orange Nice Ride bikes, new effort aim to build community health

A new Wheel Being program that also uses orange cycles to promote health is being launched this spring.
Social media helps family reclaim treasured Powderhorn porch swing

Social media helps family reclaim treasured Powderhorn porch swing

In the midst of a yard sale, the late Mildred Miller’s red porch swing was sold; social media helped the family get it back.
Minneapolis public housing row houses slated for big changes

Minneapolis public housing row houses slated for big changes

Residents feel left in the dark as Minneapolis agency moves toward razing and rebuilding city’s oldest public row houses.

March 11: North Minneapolis to get new link for bikers, walkers

The off-street path will replace crumbling on-street lane.
Minneapolis waterworks shop a blast from the past

Minneapolis waterworks shop a blast from the past

Blacksmith plies his trade in cramped quarters as city leaders try to find new space in south Minneapolis.

Feb. 28: East Philips residents back 'green zone'

Neighborhood pushes back as city seeks to move in a maintenance yard.
March 19: Past environmental battles entangle Minneapolis' plans for East Phillips neighborhood

March 19: Past environmental battles entangle Minneapolis' plans for East Phillips neighborhood

Activists want foundry, blacktop plant gone as Minneapolis presses to expand public works site.
Minneapolis gets $500,000 grant for Sheridan neighborhood park

Minneapolis gets $500,000 grant for Sheridan neighborhood park

A $500,000 federal grant will combine with equal amount from Minneapolis Park Board to help give neighborhood its first park.
Mpls. parks officials reject ending 10 mph bike trail speed limit

Mpls. parks officials reject ending 10 mph bike trail speed limit

Opponents said they found eliminating a numerical limit in favor of an existing rule requiring bikers to use “reasonable and prudent” speed was too vague.
Lindström wants Swedish double-dot umlaut back on MnDOT signs

Lindström wants Swedish double-dot umlaut back on MnDOT signs

They are polite, in a Scandinavian sort of way, but folks in Lindström would really like their missing umlauts back.
A double dot victory: Dayton restores umlauts to Lindström

A double dot victory: Dayton restores umlauts to Lindström

Gov. Mark Dayton issues executive order requiring MnDOT to allow cities to use umlauts.
Minneapolis parks consider repeal of bike path speed limit

Minneapolis parks consider repeal of bike path speed limit

The 10 mph speed limit for bike paths in Minneapolis parks may soon be gone under a proposal that park commissioners will consider Wednesday.
Should Mpls. parks repeal bike speed limits?

Should Mpls. parks repeal bike speed limits?

Park police chief says 10 mph limit seems unenforceable.
Mpls scrap dealer complains state singling it out

Mpls scrap dealer complains state singling it out

Northern Metal says it is not to blame after fifth dust incident.

Linden Hills height appeal denied

Sebastian Joe’s owners planning an office-retail building near Lake Harriet.

Minneapolis parks to spend big on Phillips pool

Officials chose the most expensive plan, at $5.42M, to revamp Phillips facility.
Graco might build on leased Minneapolis parkland

Graco might build on leased Minneapolis parkland

Potential deal could resolve trail easement impasse, but details remain to be negotiated.
Minneapolis residents could vote on park funding

Minneapolis residents could vote on park funding

Board seeks feedback on plan that would increase taxes for repairs.
How to stay fit in your 60s ... and beyond

How to stay fit in your 60s ... and beyond

Tips on building and improving fitness from a pair of active 60-somethings.
New Minneapolis protected bike lane plan taking shape

New Minneapolis protected bike lane plan taking shape

Four protected bike lane projects have been planned in Minneapolis that will be paid for by $790,000 set aside in this year’s budget by Mayor…
Graco, park officials at odds over easement for trails

Graco, park officials at odds over easement for trails

Park officials say they are reluctant to sell the company two acres of taxpayer-owned land.

Minneapolis plans significant upriver park purchase

Lowry Avenue deal is biggest purchase on West Bank of the upper Mississippi for development.
Mpls. cyclist lobby isn't about 'idealistic, unrealistic vision'

Mpls. cyclist lobby isn't about 'idealistic, unrealistic vision'

The state’s scrappy bike lobby sprouted up without a lot of money, but with a committed band of organizers.
Mpls. cyclist lobby not about pushing 'unrealistic vision'

Mpls. cyclist lobby not about pushing 'unrealistic vision'

The state’s scrappy bike lobby sprouted up without a lot of money, but with a committed band of organizers.
City puts vacant Franklin apartment building on market again

City puts vacant Franklin apartment building on market again

Improved market conditions raise hopes for a sale this time.
Attorney: Met Council should seek approval for SWLRT again after studies

Attorney: Met Council should seek approval for SWLRT again after studies

Rail foes said council went too far with project, putting “the verdict first and the trial later.”
Dramatic vision would reshape downtown Mississippi riverfront

Dramatic vision would reshape downtown Mississippi riverfront

Minneapolis Park Board wants more access, better trails.
Minneapolis plans big push for protected bike lanes in city core

Minneapolis plans big push for protected bike lanes in city core

Proposal lays out 10 projects aimed at getting more timid riders to commute.
Park Board, Met Council find peace in deal over Southwest light-rail bridge

Park Board, Met Council find peace in deal over Southwest light-rail bridge

Proposed deal still needs votes from both groups, but Gov. Dayton promises to restore state funding for Minneapolis park agency.

Protected bike lanes likely for 26th, 28th streets in south Minneapolis

Protected lanes on E. 26th and 28th streets in Minneapolis are part of a planned repair project.
Walkers and bikers meet their man in City Hall

Walkers and bikers meet their man in City Hall

City Hall’s Matthew Dyrdahl is car-free, and wants to erase obstacles that keep others from commuting.

Conservatory is the last piece pending in Sculpture Garden redesign

Panel seeks lower costs of operation, maintenance.
Mill City Quarter housing project leads the way to a 'woonerf'

Mill City Quarter housing project leads the way to a 'woonerf'

The development tests a new park ordinance that would allow public access to private land, opening a riverfront link.

Park Board votes to condemn northeast land if Graco deal can't be reached

Easement would give public access over private property in lieu of fee.
Park staff revamps plan for northeast riverfront property

Park staff revamps plan for northeast riverfront property

After drawing criticism, a proposed operations facility on the East Bank will be dropped and the Minneapolis Park Board will study other options.
Revenue light from first year of Minneapolis' park-dedication law

Revenue light from first year of Minneapolis' park-dedication law

Minneapolis’ first-year fee to improve green space made little revenue compared with the suburbs.

Park Board may condemn northeast Minneapolis land for trail

Talks for easement near Graco factory have failed, and time is running out.
Legislators target special funding for upper riverfront park

Legislators target special funding for upper riverfront park

Arrangement has diverted $14.3 million to North Mississippi Regional Park over 30 years.

Minneapolis has new bike, pedestrian coordinator

People who travel Minneapolis by bike or foot have a new representative in City Hall.Matthew Dyrdahl, 33, of Minneapolis, was hired after a 10-month gap…
Washington Avenue project paves the way for future roads

Washington Avenue project paves the way for future roads

Washington Avenue plan has space for pedestrians and cyclists to coexist with traffic.
Weather throws Minneapolis Loppet a curve again

Weather throws Minneapolis Loppet a curve again

Warm spell shifts most events to Wirth Park’s man-made snow.
Revamped Mpls. sculpture park adds some informality

Revamped Mpls. sculpture park adds some informality

The new concept includes a wet meadow near the traditional formality of quads.

Park officials mull concepts for reshuffling Wirth Park space

Design meant to eliminate conflicts among sports.
Competition heats up for water power at St. Anthony Falls

Competition heats up for water power at St. Anthony Falls

Three hydro proposals seek to share river’s flow with Xcel’s long-standing turbines.
Ex-Minneapolis worker's theft sentence reduced

Ex-Minneapolis worker's theft sentence reduced

Hashim Yonis’ academic work fueled judge’s move.

Construction shipper asks U about using Minneapolis dock to load sand, gravel

Request to truck in sand and gravel alarms river and Minneapolis neighborhood advocates.
North Minneapolis housing market takes a turn for the better

North Minneapolis housing market takes a turn for the better

As housing market brightens, city considers reviving some stalled redevelopment projects.
Meadowbrook, Hiawatha golf courses won't reopen until 2017

Meadowbrook, Hiawatha golf courses won't reopen until 2017

Both Hiawatha and Meadowbrook need more than just restoration, park officials and golfers say.

Minneapolis Head Start director's salary exceeds federal cap

Alyce Dillon makes $250,451 a year, exceeding $181,500 limit.
Three major Minneapolis parks heading for renovation

Three major Minneapolis parks heading for renovation

‘New wave’ of ideas includes waterfall, off-road cycling.

Value of median Minneapolis home recovering from recession low

Shrinkage in distressed homes, millennial interest help the single-family market recover some value.
Minneapolis park officials may seek further Southwest LRT tunnel studies

Minneapolis park officials may seek further Southwest LRT tunnel studies

Officials say further engineering scrutiny needed to settle bridge vs. tunnel issue at Kenilworth light-rail crossing.
Minneapolis now has a road map for port redevelopment

Minneapolis now has a road map for port redevelopment

Plan to convert upper river area for jobs, parks will be expensive and could take decades, report indicates.
New director looks to give boost to Hennepin History Museum

New director looks to give boost to Hennepin History Museum

Cedar Imboden Phillips faces a big task, but it's a job the Minneapolis native waited for patiently.
Traffic spikes on protected bike lanes in Minneapolis

Traffic spikes on protected bike lanes in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is drafting a plan that would add 30 miles of bikeways separated from cars.
Corps prefers reopening Minneapolis lock in spring

Corps prefers reopening Minneapolis lock in spring

Corps of Engineers could briefly reopen Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock this spring before a final June 10 shutdown.

Bird-safe glass advocates lose another round over stadium

Downtown park lease won’t require bird-safe glass on the new Vikings stadium.
Mpls. pension plan hits recovery milestone

Mpls. pension plan hits recovery milestone

Some legislators believe the city and others could ease contributions and save millions of dollars.

MPCA narrows search for firms adding to Mpls riverfront particles

Agency says monitoring of scrap firms along Minneapolis riverfront will go another year.

Deal halts Uptown apartment pumping by March 31

Deal with Minneapolis and Park Board will keep apartment from pumping overflow into the nearby Chain of Lakes lagoon.
Uptown building owner proposes flooding lower level to resolve pumping dispute

Uptown building owner proposes flooding lower level to resolve pumping dispute

Lake Street property proposed to flood lower level parking instead, but not before March 31.
Minneapolis locomotive chugs off as port winds down

Minneapolis locomotive chugs off as port winds down

Sale of locomotive, towboat are sign of changes to come for city’s upper Mississippi riverfront.
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