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Homelessness in Minneapolis was perhaps never as visible as it was this year. For Allen Touche, an apartment represents something he hasn't had most of his adult life: stability.
Encampments remained in at least three parks in Minneapolis last week, despite the Park Board's repeated intentions to disband them. Offers of shelter have been refused, and Park Board officials worry about hazards as winter sets in.
The Minneapolis neighborhood has the city's third highest growth rate in new coronavirus cases, which tracks with the large number of young adults who live there and were more likely to socialize and dine out.
At public hearing on budget, some call for funding cut, others want more officers.
In response to a lawsuit by 7 homeless people, the ruling notes that camps are cleared only if shelter is available and if camps pose risks.
A plan to redevelop 48 acres along the north Minneapolis riverfront has picked up momentum after it secured $12.5 million from the state to build…
Osman won a special election in August that was quickly dragged into national politics.
Plaintiffs say Minneapolis, county violated rights.
The votes accepted to date have surpassed the total number of early voters in the 2016 presidential election by more than 234,600, according to the secretary of state.
As tents come down at one Northeast park, a hotel and a church are getting ready.
The board had requested changing to green uniforms to separate park police from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Business leaders and police hope new efforts will help rein in bad behavior and intoxication in desolate downtown. "The hope is to calm things down on Nicollet and restore a sense of confidence," Steve Cramer says.
At the height of the countercultural movement, Savran’s Paperback Shop was the place to be in Minneapolis. The bookstore was nestled in the corner of…
Looking at "harvesting" allegation in council election would fall to MPD, Hennepin County.
Those who identify with the Sanctuary Movement are calling on the state to stop clearing encampments and use COVID funding to house more people in hotels during the winter.
The Heritage Park homeowners association has filed liens and foreclosure actions on homeowners who fail to pay fees and other costs on time, even during the coronavirus pandemic.
The council was set to vote on the lease last month but allowed more time to gather public opinion.
The people who occupy the space say the city needs to agree on their calls for this struggling area of south Minneapolis.
The Wall of Forgotten Natives had grown to several hundred occupants before it was disbanded two years ago. Now more than 40 tents have reappeared.
This is the second shooting reported in the Minneapolis suburb in two days.
Authorities believe the shooting was related to a drug transaction.
There are now a total of 75,189 coronavirus cases confirmed by the state.
Commissioner says it was right to offer them a refuge in Minneapolis parks.
A majority of Minneapolis residents are critical of the Minneapolis Police Department months after the killing of George Floyd, but police Chief Medaria Arradondo remains popular, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll.
The encampments at Kenwood Park, Elliot Park and Peavey Park had "significant crime and safety incidents," the Park Board said.
The winner will fill a seat empty since April, when Abdi Warsame left the council to lead the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
The intersection where George Floyd was killed became the site of demonstrations and memorials.
The Minneapolis Charter Commission voted 10-5 to take an additional 90 days to study the measure.
Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the store at the intersection of 38th and Chicago on Monday afternoon demanding it remain closed.
Eleven candidates are running to join a council facing police reforms, a major budget shortfall, a homelessness crisis and more.
Bars can remain open, but indoors, only table service will be allowed. The regulation applies to taprooms, distilleries and nightclubs as well.
One built for Native Americans could open by the end of the year.
About 20 people were arrested as one of two sites in Powderhorn Park was shut down.
The declaration comes on the heels of a similar move by Hennepin County last month.
The unanimous vote came after an hour-plus of public comment in which dozens of residents protested against the homeless encampments, which they said have become the site of constant drug use, violence and other illicit behavior.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he plans to appeal the federal agency's denial of his request for disaster aid.
Powderhorn survey finds 282 campers, well below the Park Board's estimate.
The question comes as South Side residents begin to brainstorm what they hope will become a permanent memorial while considering the area's past and future.
Small encampments have shown up in about 35 park locations, including one in front of the superintendent's home at Lyndale Farmstead Park.
The Park Board's pledge was a response to growing camps in Powderhorn Park.
They want to know why more firefighters or other cities weren't called in to help.
Mark Ruff, the city coordinator, vowed to restore trust with the public.
The sudden evacuation marks the second time in recent weeks that large numbers of homeless people have been forced to leave a temporary site.
They may differ on what it means to dismantle or defund the police. But the idea has gained momentum across the country, with activists asking people to redefine public safety without armed, uniformed officers of the law.
The hotel is now a 24/7 operation housing more than 200 homeless residents.
It was the latest partner to pull out of relationships with the embattled department, joining the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, museums and a host of other venues.
Neighborhoods around Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue became a focal point as groups of protesters converged on the Fifth Precinct station.
More businesses vandalized, looted overnight in wake of George Floyd death during arrest.
"COVID didn't close me, but this is going to close me," says one shop owner.
The annual ranking by the Trust for Public Land restored Minneapolis' bragging rights.
Organizers are considering rescheduling some of those events for October.
The ruling that the Minnesota DNR has the authority to rename the lake caps a yearslong dispute over the popular Minneapolis lake and reverses a decision from the Court of Appeals last spring.
Masks muffle voices and make reading lips impossible for folks who "already feel isolated at times."
A third Democratic state legislator is questioning his party’s endorsement process after losing his bid for the DFL’s backing to a primary challenger. State Sen.…
Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.
The Park Board was originally going to reopen them at the end of the stay-at-home order.
Tennis players have questioned why the Park Board wants to shut down a sport in which players are on opposite sides of a long court, with plenty of space between them and no physical contact
Superintendent Al Bangoura said tougher decisions lie ahead.
The restrictions, which are meant to prevent groups from congregating during the pandemic, will include removing or blocking basketball rims; removing tennis and volleyball nets; and posting signs notifying park visitors that soccer fields, playgrounds and skate parks are closed.
Winner will replace Abdi Warsame and remain in office through 2021.
A park commissioner said he reopened them to allow seniors and people with health issues to visit the lake.
The merchants of Seward are counting on support from loyal neighbors to weather the shutdown.
Every night at 7 p.m., neighbors step out on their balconies to show their appreciation.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Monday granted additional authority to Superintendent Al Bangoura, giving him the power to, among other actions, close parkways…
To maintain social distancing, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board this week announced the cancellation of most recreational activities through Aug. 31. The decision will be a major disruption to families across Minneapolis, put the jobs of hundreds of seasonal employees in limbo and result in millions of dollars in lost revenue for the Park Board.
People from all over the country come to the Minneapolis training center for six to nine months.
Alarmed by the numbers gathering at the most popular lakes and trails, parks leaders doubled down on their call for people to spread out and visit smaller neighborhood parks instead. They say doing so could head off more drastic action, such as closing parks altogether.
The driver's identity has not been released.
Operators scramble to keep supplies coming and their employees safe.
Minneapolis' skyways are owned by each building, and as a result have different hours of operation.
Honey and Ginger Hop were open just outside downtown Minneapolis for more than 10 years.
The Park Board is expecting to close other parkways, but hasn't said which ones.
From Google Hangouts to alley parties, friends and family are staying connected in creative ways.
Livestreams, Google hangouts and alley parties: How Minnesotans are keeping their distance during coronavirus
Despite social distancing, we need to maintain our links with others.
Park Board echoes health advice: Enjoy nature, but stay 6 feet apart.