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Steve Brandt

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

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.

Thanks to a cash infusion, Minneapolis can repave more deeply

As a result, there will be more reconstruction that will last longer than surface repaving.
New president, vice president elected for Minneapolis Park Board

New president, vice president elected for Minneapolis Park Board

The new leadership follows chaotic start to meeting over public input on selection.
Delayed Wirth outdoor sports complex could open by the end of winter

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.
Two top Minneapolis Park Board officers resign leadership posts

Two top Minneapolis Park Board officers resign leadership posts

President, vice president will leave their posts but remain on the board.
Less baseball, more field sports for Mpls. neighborhood parks?

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

Proposed renovations reflect changes in Mpls. neighborhoods.
Prospect Park group aims to preserve Glendale public housing

Prospect Park group aims to preserve Glendale public housing

Historic designation could help preserve the Minneapolis neighborhood's low-income row houses.
Pumping studies leave future of golf at Hiawatha in limbo

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

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

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.
Northside Achievement Zone results mixed as federal funding winds down

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

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.

Public works pros often get naming rights

Those who toil in infrastructure get a chance at recognition.
Return of convicted ex-employee creates ruckus at Minneapolis Park Board meeting

Return of convicted ex-employee creates ruckus at Minneapolis Park Board meeting

Hashim Yonis and his backers sparred with Scott Vreeland and other board officials.

Minneapolis adopts 'complete streets' policy

"Complete streets" idea to guide city's transportation projects.
Minneapolis again named top-ranked big-city park system

Minneapolis again named top-ranked big-city park system

St. Paul slips from a tie in 2015 to a close second among 100 cities.

Northside Greenway to get a road test

Minneapolis will try 3 designs on stretch of Irving Avenue N.
Obituary: Hallie B. Hendrieth-Smith mentored principals and church parishioners

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

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…
Smaller tailgating zone near new stadium wins preliminary approval

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

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

Group renews pressure as Park Board announces community meetings on racial criticisms.

Park Board president yells at Minneapolis NAACP president after meeting interruption

Board chief loses temper when NAACP's Levy-Pounds tries to talk racial disparities.
Mpls. group finalizes $95M list of ideas for lakes Harriet, Calhoun

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

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

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.
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.
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