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Steve Brandt

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Vision, sweat help return former mine research site to natural state

Vision, sweat help return former mine research site to natural state

With volunteers' help, surplus federal land near airport is transforming.
20 years on Colfax Avenue N.: Turmoil, tragedy, small victories

20 years on Colfax Avenue N.: Turmoil, tragedy, small victories

The Star Tribune first chronicled a block in north Minneapolis in 1996, when its residents were confronting a drug epidemic, an aging housing stock, and social and demographic forces that often led to conflict between longtime residents and new arrivals. Much has changed, but some things haven't.

Downtown Minneapolis gets its first 'woonerf'

The corridor will offer a bike-foot-car connection to the Mississippi River.

North Minneapolis recycler agrees to dust suppression

Voluntary agreement contrasts with state's fight with Northern Metal over particulates
Mpls. NAACP demands apology after protesters removed from Park Board meeting

Mpls. NAACP demands apology after protesters removed from Park Board meeting

The Park Board approved a new sports center for Wirth Park at the contentious meeting.
Minneapolis council member wants aging Glendale homes rehabbed, not replaced

Minneapolis council member wants aging Glendale homes rehabbed, not replaced

Council Member Cam Gordon supports renovation of the complex in Prospect Park.
10 people ejected from Minneapolis Park Board meeting

10 people ejected from Minneapolis Park Board meeting

The protesters were escorted out after they shouted at the board president as she tried to read public-comment rules.

Minneapolis park keepers union opposes outsourcing of ski course work

Park Board officials say the change would mean better trail conditions.

Mpls. Park Board faces growing pressure from activists on race

Commissioners are weighing decorum rules to counter activists who have interrupted meetings.
W. River Parkway, Franklin Av. Bridge in Minneapolis to reopen Thursday

W. River Parkway, Franklin Av. Bridge in Minneapolis to reopen Thursday

The parkway, closed for 26 months for a complicated repair following a mudslide, is scheduled to reopen at 4:30 p.m.
Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

The Northern Metal Recycling operations must stop by Friday due to pollution concerns.

Minneapolis, Hennepin County seek volunteers to count cyclists and walkers

Minneapolis, Hennepin County looking for volunteer counters.
Obituary: Supercentenarian Marion Hunter danced through life

Obituary: Supercentenarian Marion Hunter danced through life

Before Marion Hunter died earlier this month — not long before what would have been her 111th birthday — she attributed her longevity to a…
Discrimination in North Side's Homewood just an urban myth, study finds

Discrimination in North Side's Homewood just an urban myth, study finds

Minneapolis is considering North Side subdivision for historic designation.

Closed section of W. River Parkway set to reopen Labor Day weekend

Delays have left a section of the road closed since a 2014 mudslide, irritating commuters.

Minneapolis seeks developer for abandoned barge terminal site

The 48-acre Upper Harbor Terminal is the largest parcel of developable land in Minneapolis.
Proposed demolition of Burma Shave home decried

Proposed demolition of Burma Shave home decried

They want the targeted building studied for historic significance.

Minneapolis seeks public input on equity in street paving

The city is developing a list of priorities for new road construction spending.

Minneapolis park commissioners faulted on racial matters

Black employees say part-time to full-time shift too difficult.
Research finds spike in cancer, asthma near Lowry Av. Bridge

Research finds spike in cancer, asthma near Lowry Av. Bridge

Researchers didn't pinpoint a cause of the deaths, but activists didn't hesitate Monday to point fingers at a roofing factory next to the bridge.
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.
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