A year ago, North High School appeared to be headed for oblivion, after the spiral of declining enrollment and poor performance. But Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson changed her mind and allowed the school to stay open, and has now hired a private company for $155,000 to try to turn around the struggling school, Corey Mitchell reports.
Minneapolis residents and their elected leaders find themselves virtually powerless when it comes to controlling what's flying over their rooftops. That's the conclusion as frustration mounts over noisy take-offs that now blanket the Keewaydin and Ericsson neighborhoods with the roar of jet engines, Pat Doyle reports.
Nineteen residents of the Holland neighborhood in Northeast are suing the city to stop a proposed drop-off center for used motor oil, old paint, rusty spray cans of bug repellent, cast-off 2x4s and other rubbish that isn't typically picked up from the alley, Steve Brandt reports. This is the third place that the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County have proposed putting the facility.
Meanwhile, there's yet another plot of downtown real estate that someone thinks would be dandy for a Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, should the plan to move the team to Arden Hills not work out, Mike Kaszuba and Rochelle Olson report. Earlier this year, the city proposed raising all kinds of taxes to keep the team at the Metrodome, but the era when the city could subsidize blockbuster development deals is likely over. Dried-up funding and political changes mean that the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development now aims for smaller-scale projects.
The anti-Wall Street protests that began with a dozen college students in New York City are building in size and intensity, and have spread to Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and other cities. Randy Furst blogged last week about local activists' plans to occupy the Federal Reserve Oct. 7, but they've since had a change of venue to government plaza, that expanse of brick typically occupied by a bratwurst vendor who feeds the lunching workers from City Hall and the Hennepin County Government Center. We'll be following this developing story.