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Susan Du

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-4028

Susan Du covers the city of Minneapolis for the Star Tribune.

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Trina Belckshear played with her grandkids Chase Adams, 5, and Rayale Billups, 5,  in the pool during the grand opening of the V3 Sports aquatic cente

First phase of $126 million V3 aquatic fitness center officially opens in north Minneapolis

The new center so far includes two pools, a fitness center and Soul Bowl restaurant.
Restaurant owner David Fhima speaks at a press conference inside the Glass House event venue in Minneapolis on Tuesday.





Mayor Jacob Frey and the

Restaurateurs ask Minneapolis to drop plan to create Labor Standards Board

Minneapolis restaurant operators are ramping up their opposition to a proposed policy-recommending body that they fear could raise the cost of doing business.
Bassett Creek as it flows toward downtown Minneapolis just before it disappears underground, shown in the 1990s.

Why did Minneapolis bury Bassett Creek?

The waterway was used as an industrial dumping ditch. Then city leaders tunneled it out of sight.
Minnehaha Academy and its grass athletic field are photographed Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Turf fight over Minnehaha Academy athletic field plan sours neighborhood relations

Minnehaha Academy is asking the city for permission to build a new synthetic field with 80-feet-tall floodlights for night games and rentals. Direct neighbors say the school is sidelining their concerns.
Elsie Carmona Quiterio, an education specialist, works on reading skills with Aasyeya, a first-grade student, at Phelps Recreation Center in Minneapol

Lease renewal prompts friction between Minneapolis Park Board and Boys and Girls Club

Lease renewal prompts friction between Minneapolis Park Board and Boys and Girls Club.
Law enforcement officers salute the flag-draped remains of fallen Minneapolis police officer Jamal Mitchell as his body is escorted to a waiting medic

2 other officers who fired in Minneapolis shooting that killed officer ID'd

Two Minneapolis police who had each been on the job for a decade fired their weapons on Thursday, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
The Dundry House, a troubled affordable housing building at 1829 5th Ave. S, caught fire earlier this spring after people kept breaking in. The buildi

The Dundry: A case study in how soaring security costs are threatening affordable housing

A deeply affordable apartment building near I-35 and I-94 was repeatedly broken into and set on fire before being razed in May, providing a case study in the challenges of sustaining older, deeply affordable housing.
Hennepin Chief Judge Todd Barnette addressed the MInneapolis City Council after being nominated by Mayor Jacob Frey to become the city's second commun

Minneapolis' $18M crime prevention effort questioned after contracts unpaid

The city stopped paying violence interrupters with little explanation.
An encampment edges up against Park Square Condominiums in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis homelessness crisis keeps moving — to the same places

In his first mayoral campaign, Mayor Jacob Frey vowed to end homelessness in five years. It's proven to be one of the most intractable problems of his time in office.
The tree line is reflected in a large puddle at dusk at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Greenwashing or good stewardship? Minneapolis Park Board set to consider extending carbon offset program

As the board's partnership with Green Cities Accord enters its third year, energy companies are beginning to buy carbon offset credits generated from park trees to claim they're reducing emissions.
Audubon volunteer and former attorney Jeannine Thiele hikes beneath a skyway in search of dead birds at the Minneapolis College on Tuesday.

Is Minneapolis' bird-safe glass ordinance saving avian lives?

A city ordinance passed in 2016 requires new skyways to have bird-safe glass. A citizen science project is hitting the streets to test its efficacy.
Construction on a small apartment building in Uptown in Minneapolis on June 27, 2022. The project at 3333 Hennepin Av. was designed in response to Min

Appeals court reverses 2040 Plan injunction; Minneapolis to revive stalled developments

Smart Growth Minneapolis has vowed to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court as the Legislature considers whether to intervene in an environmental lawsuit that has interrupted the construction of multifamily housing throughout the city.
Charlene Toal (left) protests conditions at her senior apartment, Bii Di Gain in south Minneapolis. Toal and other residents have been complaining for

New ownership, management coming to troubled Bii Di Gain senior apartments

Elders living in the Minneapolis housing complex have been protesting in recent months, accusing management of failing to perform maintenance.
Tennis professional Anthony King teaches the proper technique of an overhead swing to Zion Rootues during an InnerCity Tennis-led physical education c

InnerCity Tennis nominated to run health and wellness hub at north Minneapolis Upper Harbor development

Developer United Properties unveiled the nonprofit tennis organization as its preferred anchor tenant for a key parcel dedicated to health and wellness.
East Phillips Neighborhood Institute board members Karen Clark and Joe Vital at a news conference about project updates.

East Phillips urban farm pushing forward as funding uncertainty threatens Roof Depot sale

The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute is busy recruiting tenants to move into the Roof Depot warehouse in Minneapolis and shaping a community ownership model. But first it has to close on the building.
Kevin Doyle assists his wife, Darcy Berus, get into costume before joining a Star Wars Party for Charity at Nine Mile Brewing in Bloomington on Saturd

Star Wars superfans celebrate May 4th with ritual movie marathons, blue milk, costumes and community

The story has special meaning to those who relate to finding hope through darkness in their own lives.
An Ahsoka Tano cosplayer volunteers at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The St. Paul museum hosts Star Wars Day every year.

Where to celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th) in Minneapolis and St. Paul

From stormtrooping for charity to block parties, break up the monotony of this gloomy spring with Star Wars events across the Twin Cities.
Giovanna Johnson stands next to the sewer cover that blows out whenever they have a lot of rain in her neighborhood on Friday in Minneapolis. Two year

Help on the way for north Minneapolis neighborhood prone to extreme flooding

Several low-lying blocks of the Cleveland neighborhood have weathered excess storm water for decades. New flood modeling finally has identified the area as a priority for street and sewer improvements.
A smiling man holds a small yellow cat in his arms.

New director of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control is longtime abuse investigator Tony Schendel

Schendel will be in charge of navigating the city's animal control unit through challenges with overcrowding and an uptick in neglect cases.
Minneapolis City Council Member Aurin Chowdhury, center, brainstorms community safety ideas for Lake Street and south Minneapolis with her table at a

Minneapolis to set up Lake Street Community Safety Center, and wants residents' help to define it

A temporary community safety center on the immigrant business corridor, followed by a permanent one coming to 2633 Minnehaha Av., aim to reinvigorate public safety in south Minneapolis.
The former Third Precinct police station in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis City Council declines to endorse Frey's Third Precinct plan

Council members meeting as a committee did not lend their support to Mayor Jacob Frey's proposal to turn the burned-out police station into a voter center; the mayor says he'll move forward with plans anyway.
Diversion navigator Mariela Benitez speaks on the phone with a potential client at Catholic Charities headquarters in Minneapolis. 



Hennepin County

Single adults turned away from Hennepin emergency homeless shelters 4,000 times in 2023

Shelter beds were used more than 167,700 times during the same period.
Former Star Tribune paper boxes have been converted into Save a Life Stations with free naloxone kits, seen here at the East Side Neighborhood Service

Old newspaper boxes become life-savers as Twin Cities self-serve dispensaries

Jim Barrett and Andrew Kamin-Lyndgaard of Minneapolis created Little Free Libraries for naloxone and fentanyl testing strips as part of a growing effort to expand access to the overdose-reversing medicine.
Three homes once standing on the 2800 block of 14th Avenue S. in Minneapolis were demolished after a fire officials deemed arson. Few arsons have been

With shortage of investigators, majority of Minneapolis arsons go unsolved

More than 200 fires were intentionally set in 2022 and 2023, but only a handful resulted in criminal charges.
MINNEAPOLIS/USA - July 23: Entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is a university in Minneapolis and St. P

Campus group accuses University of Minnesota of directing censorship against Palestinians

Magrath Library supervisors removed a book display that was curated by a student worker.
Minneapolis City Council Member Jamal Osman reacts to Council Member Linea Palmisano's proposal to restart rideshare wage negotiations during a counci

Minneapolis City Council votes to delay start of rideshare wage ordinance

The council voted unanimously Thursday to push the start date of a new policy to July 1, saying it will give new rideshare companies time to start up and fill gaps if Uber and Lyft leave the city.
Several City Council members say they'll seek to extend the start date for Minneapolis’ new rideshare wage ordinance to allow more time to collabora

Mpls. City Council may postpone start of Uber, Lyft pay ordinance

Council President Elliott Payne is willing to extend the start date for Minneapolis' new rideshare wage ordinance from May 1 to July 1; such a change will still require a full council vote.
Travelers navigate the Uber/Lyft rideshare area in Terminal 1 at the MSP Airport in Bloomington, Minn., on March 22, 2024. Representatives from the ai

Frey joins business, disability and senior advocates to urge reversal of Minneapolis' Uber, Lyft vote

The City Council is scheduled to take up the question of whether to reconsider the ordinance in its meeting Thursday; Uber and Lyft have said they'll leave if it goes into effect May 1.
Anthony Smith, a forestry arborist and union steward, leads chants for over 50 workers and Local 363 union members during a demonstration outside the

Park Board workers say caring for Minneapolis parks isn't the job it used to be

As union negotiations intensify around the high cost of living, Park Board maintenance workers say love for parks is the only thing keeping them around.
The Minneapolis police Third Precinct station, which was overrun by protesters and set ablaze in the unrest after the killing of George Floyd while in

Mpls. wants to turn burned Third Precinct into community space

After deciding police should not return to 3000 Minnehaha Av., city staff proposed the Lake Street building for the new home of Elections and Voter Services.
Miles Hamlin, executive director of Minnesota Overdose Awareness, stood in the kitchen of a newly opened safe injection location in Minneapolis on Tue

Drug use resource hub opens in north Minneapolis after state legalizes safe injection sites

Minnesota Overdose Awareness opened the center at 3859 Fremont Av. N. on Tuesday with the blessing of the Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization.
George Floyd Square on Thursday, March 28, 2024 in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis says it will offer George Floyd Square vision by end of 2024

Another year of engagement around the intersection aims to define the city's role in future memorials, street design requirements and ownership of a former gas station-turned-protest space.
Jerry Baack, CEO of Bridgewater Bank, returned a shot as he and Alex Bisanz played a match against Tony Ferraro, left, and Katie Morrell at the Minnea

Pickleball craze breathes new life into old downtown Minneapolis office buildings

After a major tenant bailed, Mike Marinovich transformed the second floor of 1200 Washington Av. S. into the sound-proof Minneapolis Pickleball Club, and it's beckoning people back to the city.
Sean Connaughty, who lives near Lake Hiawatha and who some consider  Hiawatha's caretaker, paddles his kayak out in Lake Hiawatha while on a trip to p

City, parks and watershed district team up to repair Minnehaha Creek, clean up Lake Hiawatha

After a decade of work pairing creek improvements with redevelopment projects in the western suburbs, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is starting to focus on water problems in Minneapolis.
Payton Del Rosario and her mom, Melissa, strain evaporated syrup at the community sap boil at King Park on March 16 in Minneapolis. The Urban Sap Tap

Tapping into neighborhood power to make maple syrup in a Minneapolis sugarbush

This winter was the first time the Park Board allowed the Urban Sap Tap project, a dedicated group of King Field hobby syrupers, to tap maples in King Park.
The Soo Line Garden is situated next to the Midtown Greenway bike path.

Minneapolis Park Board votes down ADA bikeway through Soo Line Garden

The Park Board owns the garden, where Hennepin County wants to pave a bike and pedestrian trail to the Midtown Greenway.
The Minnesota Attorney General's Office has settled a lawsuit with companies it accused of "severely undermaintaining” properties on Minneapolis' No

Attorney General's Office settles with landlord accused of neglecting north Minneapolis homes

HavenBrook Homes has agreed to pay $2.2 million in restitution, forgive $2 million of tenants' debt and attempt to sell its rental homes.
Nicole Mason, leader of Camp Nenookaasi, addresses a gathering on the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza on Wednesday. On the eve of a court date

Camp Nenookaasi residents, city of Minneapolis clash in court over fate of homeless encampment

A U.S. District Court judge is again considering residents' plea for a restraining order against encampment closures by the city.

Charges: Bottineau Park employee stabbed teen inside northeast Minneapolis recreation center

The 53-year-old employee of the Minneapolis Park Board was charged with second degree assault with a dangerous weapon in the stabbing, which allegedly took place after he became upset with the teen for swearing.
Sean Linden, 30, tries to build thin layers of ice at McRae Park in south Minneapolis this month in hopes it'll stay frozen.

Mpls. Park Board discloses more warm-winter ice rink expenses; cost per day tops $100K

Despite dogged efforts to keep Minneapolis parks' iconic neighborhood ice rinks frozen, an exceptionally warm winter wasted money, labor and water.
A group of kids from nearby Whittier International Elementary School visit the Soo Line Garden plot to help pick up trash and tidy their plot where th

Community garden dispute could land before Minneapolis Park Board this month

Hennepin County wants to build an ADA-compliant bike ramp through a community garden; the gardeners want other locations considered.
“I Voted” stickers awaited voters on Nov. 8, 2022 at the polling place at Bethel Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis City Council blocks November ballot question on voter referendum

Council Member Robin Wonsley had proposed changing the city charter to allow voters to create or repeal legislation, following the examples of St. Paul, Duluth, Brooklyn Park and Bloomington.
Minneapolis parks employee Sean Linden worked to build ice at McRae Park in Minneapolis in late December. High temperatures kept Minneapolis' ice rink

Weirdly warm winter cost Minneapolis parks $750,000 for one week of outdoor ice rinks

Some park commissioners and community groups want more consideration of climate data and changing climate patterns in planning for park ice rinks.
North Plaza rendering of a redesigned North Commons Park.

Minneapolis Parks Foundation aims to raise $20 million for North Commons Park

Renovating the flagship north Minneapolis neighborhood park is expected to cost $35 million.
The Minneapolis skyline, pictured in April 2022.

Minneapolis could save 2040 Plan with environmental review. Here's why it isn't interested.

Rather than submit to environmental review, Minneapolis hopes to change state law to overcome the legal challenge that suspended its citywide development plan.
In 2009, homeowner Meryl Miller walked past her prized flowers and the dug up lawn that contractors for the EPA were removing because of arsenic conta

EPA: Only one house left to clean up at Minneapolis arsenic Superfund site

Chemical contamination of working-class south Minneapolis neighborhoods has taken decades to remediate.
Police arrive ahead of the shutdown of Camp Nenookaasi in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. The City of Minneapolis is planning to clear

Minneapolis awards $1M contract to house encampment residents

The city hired Helix to rapidly house people living in one of its largest homeless encampments, using strategies that differ from Hennepin County's approach.
Tyler Pederson, Design Project Manager with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, leads a site visit and Q&A with local residents about building

Minneapolis Park Board explores building new bridge spanning the Mississippi River

Cyclists and park advocates have long pushed for a bridge to connect the north and northeast Minneapolis sections of the Great Northern Greenway trail.
Real estate magnate Sam Zell made a $100 million profit selling the Normandale Lake Office Park, the largest office complex in the state, in November.

Hennepin County property tax collections are lowest in decades

When large commercial properties fail to pay their taxes, ordinary residents have to make up the difference to fund city, school and park services.
Jeremy Marshik, founder of LumberStash, carried old lumber out of Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts & Foods. The store's owners had asked him to salvag

Minneapolis man cited for home lumberyard fighting to legalize wood recycling model

Jeremy Marshik, owner of LumberStash, made a growing business of saving old wood from the landfill. But it's not legal.
Thousands of protesters marched to Mayor Jacob Frey's house in northeast Minneapolis on Saturday, June 6, to demand the city defund the Police Departm

Minneapolis picks independent evaluator for policing reforms

The city has entered a court-enforceable settlement agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and continues to negotiate a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Nicholas Zobel in the remaining room in the house he’s rented for the last year though it has mold growing on the walls. A house on Vincent Ave. in

Struggle with unlicensed north Minneapolis rental house highlights challenges for renters with limited options

The house at 5049 Vincent Av. N. has broken windows and mold on the walls, according to the city, and it can't legally collect rent.
The U.S. Supreme Court will review an Oregon case from a city that wishes to enforce camping restrictions on homeless encampments.

U.S. Supreme Court will review homeless encampment case

Western cities overwhelmed with homelessness have asked the court to make it easier to break up encampments across the nation.
Workers including janitor Atayde Rios urged Minneapolis to adopt a Labor Standards Board and include their perspective in plans to revitalize downtown

Organized labor, Minneapolis officials renew commitment to create a Labor Standards Board

The Service Employees International Union also released a report with recommendations to revitalize downtown from the perspective of workers.
Although no formal proposal has been made, work is under way on a Labor Standards Board for Minneapolis.

Hospitality group launches campaign to oppose new regulations for Mpls. businesses

A Labor Standards Board that would recommend new laws across all industries may take shape this year.

Three groups vying to monitor Minneapolis' consent decrees flaunt their credentials

At two community events this week, three out-of-state police evaluation organizations presented themselves for community approval.

Minneapolis 'missing middle' housing developers suspended in legal limbo

A judge on Monday officially rejected the city's request to reinstate the 2040 Plan while its appeal pends.
Police arrive ahead of the shutdown of Camp Nenookaasi in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. The City of Minneapolis is planning to clear

U.S. Supreme Court could take up encampment case, with repercussions for Minnesota

Cities across the country are asking the court to review whether it is unconstitutional to criminalize homelessness.
Resident Ivy Elliott packs up to leave ahead of the shutdown of Camp Nenookaasi in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. The City of Minneapo

Minneapolis' 'Nenookaasi' homeless encampment packs up — and moves three blocks south

The city of Minneapolis ordered its largest homeless camp to vacate a plot of land meant for a future art center by Thursday.
People took part in a Dec. 13 rally and march to protest the planned clearing of Camp Nenookaasi, a large encampment that has been at 23rd Street and

Judge: Closure of Minneapolis encampment can continue as planned

A judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order that would have barred the city from clearing its largest homeless encampment on Thursday.
At least 200 people took part in Dec. 13, 2023 rally and march to protest the planned clearing of the Camp Nenookaasi, a large indigenous-founded home

South Minneapolis encampment residents file emergency lawsuit in hopes of halting sweep

The suit argues it is cruel and unusual to force homeless people out of an encampment if they have nowhere else to go; the city plans to close Camp Nenookaasi on Thursday.
The Minneapolis City Council approving the 2024 budget on Dec. 5, 2023 in the City Council Chambers of City Hall in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis charter changes propose clipping City Council power

The changes would remove council's ability to approve key staff appointments and enforce ethics violations.
A rendering of a new medical center for Southside Community Health Services at 1000 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis.

New Lake Street medical clinic to replace former Family Dollar destroyed in 2020 Minneapolis riots

The One Southside medical center will bring primary care to underinsured patients.
An eccentric new bar and restaurant by developer Christopher Webley may finally open soon after breaking ground last May.

Controversial new north Minneapolis bar is gearing for launch

Licensing has been a rollercoaster for the former gas station on Lowry Avenue.
Kids’ bikes were parked outside one of Perspectives’ five apartment buildings after school. Despite the sudden loss of programs, dozens of women a

After 40 years, St. Louis Park program for mothers is cutting programs amid financial crisis

Perspectives, a home for women in recovery, ended support programs and slashed most of its staff this week.
Sean Linden, 30, has been building thin layers of ice at McRae Park in south Minneapolis day after day in hopes it’ll stay frozen. The temperature w

Warm temperatures mean short season for Minneapolis ice rinks

With delays caused by a noncommittal winter, the earliest Minneapolis' neighborhood park ice rinks can open, optimistically, is January.
Lea Chosa, a resident of Camp Nenookaasi, chanted as she marched with over 200 people during a march to protest the clearing of the large indigenous-f

Minneapolis' largest homeless camp marked for closure to make way for development

Led by a sobriety coach, the camp offered a semblance of stability to those seeking shelter. But some neighbors, sick of trash and crime, say it's time to move on.

Three finalists selected for independent monitor overseeing Minneapolis' consent decrees

The public will have a chance to hear from each group during scheduled community presentations in mid-January.

Judge exonerates Marvin Haynes in 2005 Mpls. murder conviction

There was no physical evidence linking Haynes to the crime scene, the Great North Innocence Project argued.

Judge exonerates Marvin Haynes in 2005 Minneapolis murder conviction

In the heavily contested and narrowly decided Ward 8 race, mailers sought to distinguish between the two Democratic candidates.

In Minneapolis election, big money didn't translate to political power

The centrist political fund All of Mpls outspent progressive Minneapolis for the Many four to one, yet the latter's slate took over the City Council.
Joy Rivera, elder resources coordinator at the Division of Indian Work, protesting at Bii Di Gain apartments.

'Serious deficiencies,' break-ins at south Minneapolis elder housing spark protests

Owners CommonBond Communities and the American Indian Community Development Corporation say they are operating the building in East Phillips at an unsustainable deficit.
The Metro Inn motel, pictured on Tuesday, has just been sold to nonprofit Agate Housing to run as permanent affordable and supportive housing.

Metro Inn Motel in south Minneapolis will soon reopen as permanent affordable housing

Agate Housing will own and operate the 38-unit apartment building, half of which will be reserved for people moving straight from homelessness.
The scene at a candidate meet-and-greet Monday at the Minneapolis Park Board building in Minneapolis.

Charles Rucker will fill vacant Minneapolis Park Board seat

The Minneapolis firefighter will replace former commissioner Alicia Crudup, who resigned on Oct. 30.
Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins, who is facing a challenge from first-time candidate Soren Stevenson, speaks to supporters as they w

Minneapolis 2023 City Council election results: What do they mean?

Progressives took control of the Minneapolis City Council. The Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Ward races were called on Wednesday morning after being too close to tell on Election Night.