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Steve Brandt

Reporter | Minneapolis
phone: 612-673-4438
Steve Brandt covers anything in Minneapolis that interests him.
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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.
Hennepin Co. sees violent crime rise more in suburbs than in Minneapolis

Hennepin Co. sees violent crime rise more in suburbs than in Minneapolis

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.

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.
Minneapolis neighborhood says no to $300,000 homes

Minneapolis neighborhood says no to $300,000 homes

Board members of the North Side neighborhood Lind-Bohanon said there’s no one in the area with that kind of income. The houses will sit empty.
Minneapolis mall artwork on the move for renovations

Minneapolis mall artwork on the move for renovations

New site yet to be determined will be the third for Morrison’s “Tableau” granite mosaic.
Former Mpls. city official accused of sexual misconduct

Former Mpls. city official accused of sexual misconduct

Lawsuit accuses Rocco Forte of inappropriate touching, harassment and other behaviors.

Minneapolis park officials advance sports center at Theodore Wirth Park

The $3.49 million project attempts to tackle the ski-golf conflicts on the site.
N. Mpls. joins housing market recovery with double-digit gains

N. Mpls. joins housing market recovery with double-digit gains

Home values came roaring back in 2014, with North Side neighborhoods dominating the list of Mpls. neighborhoods with double-digit percentage gains in median home values.
Community raises funds to support injured Minneapolis cyclist

Community raises funds to support injured Minneapolis cyclist

Police officials and biking proponents don’t believe rash of attacks is a sign of escalating tension between drivers and bicyclists.
Minneapolis waterworks using mussels to sniff out river contaminants

Minneapolis waterworks using mussels to sniff out river contaminants

The 3-inch bivalves could serve as early warning detectors, alerting the city to river contaminants.

MPCA seeks court order against Minneapolis metal shredder

Northern Metal cries foul as state regu­la­tors seek to curb air-qual­i­ty vio­la­tions detected by monitors.

Yes, that's a pedal pub in the Minneapolis impound lot

The vehicle is being held as evidence while the driver who struck it faces charges.
'Slow Roll' bike movement in Minneapolis hopes to build on Detroit's success

'Slow Roll' bike movement in Minneapolis hopes to build on Detroit's success

A group of bicycling advocates is trying to build enthusiasm for cycling with a series of leisurely trips through Minneapolis neighborhoods where riding is less popular.

Minneapolis pier rocks now squatting in Bohemian Flats

They may be included in the $5.4 million project to renovate the park later this decade.

Biking groups focus on racial equality in cycling at Minneapolis meeting

Minneapolis is hosting the clubs for yearly meeting.

Minneapolis parks spurn Graco offer

The action opens plans for part of a riverside park to other developers.
Mpls. bike shop takes lead on ditching Calhoun name

Mpls. bike shop takes lead on ditching Calhoun name

Businesses and organizations are wrestling with the naming question as Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board officials are trying to determine whether they have the authority to change it.

Glendale redevelopment 'paused but not ended' in Minneapolis

Housing Authority delays plan to allow more time for residents’ feedback.
North Minneapolis pool project swamped with unexpected issues

North Minneapolis pool project swamped with unexpected issues

Webber Park’s naturally filtered pool is late and over budget.
Big investment is arriving on E. 38th Street in Minneapolis

Big investment is arriving on E. 38th Street in Minneapolis

Development in the historic heart of south Minneapolis’ black business district along E. 38th Street includes projects as large as a multimillion-dollar grocery store and as small as a bike center aimed at helping to overcome the racial gap in cycling.
Minneapolis waiter has knack for reuniting stolen bikes with owners

Minneapolis waiter has knack for reuniting stolen bikes with owners

A Minneapolis cyclist with a good memory has helped several appreciative owners get their bikes back.

Phillips pool gap-closing strategy due this month

Minneapolis schools offered to pay $1.75 million in exchange for priority use of facilities.

Graco land plan gets cold shoulder from Minneapolis park commissioners

The Minneapolis Park Board will vote on the plan for the riverfront land later this month.

Easement means hurdle to northeast Minneapolis trails removed

With easement granted, city could finish riverfront trail system by next June.

Hastings legislator is cleared, brings new ethics charge

Rep. McNamara accused a Minneapolis park lobbyist in the same incident.

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.
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