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Susan Du

Reporter | Minneapolis
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In this Jan. 29, 2018, photo, Prince’s star adorns First Avenue in Minneapolis where the late musician occasionally performed. The Minneapolis City

Prince to be honored with commemorative street sign outside First Avenue

The sign will be unveiled June 7.
The Minneapolis City Council reappointed three longtime staff to department heads Thursday, May 26, 2022. They postponed a vote on the city coordinato

Three Mpls. department heads get nod; city coordinator decision postponed

While voting to delay the city coordinator appointment, council members acknowledged the position will likely cease to exist in a matter of months.
A new “George Perry Floyd Square” sign was unveiled in front of hundreds of community members Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Two years later: 'I'm going to still be out here to honor George'

George Floyd's brother and his aunt came to the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on Wednesday night, exactly two years after his killing, and quietly made official the name the intersection has carried almost ever since.
Brian Smith, director of the office of performance and innovation and interim director of strategic management for the City of Minneapolis, looks back

Minneapolis council committee forwards city coordinator appointment without recommendation

The full council could decide on Heather Johnston's nomination later this week. She's served as interim head of the department since August.
Barber Lamberto Vergara guided students on how to roll hair at the Minnesota School of Barbering in Minneapolis. Vergara purchased the school after ri

A better Lake Street? A daring hope for riot-torn corridor

Though state aid has been slow coming, Minneapolis' support for the riot-damaged cultural corridor keeps hope alive for a better future.
Council members chose to direct $700,000 to the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), prioritizing businesses in Cedar Riverside, East

Minneapolis council members target 4 cultural corridors for American Rescue Plan funds

They withdrew a $200,000 bid to rebuild a police discipline database after staff said improvements are underway.
Small strips of land on either side of this spot along the University of Minnesota transitway at 29th Avenue SE. are among the parcels involved in a l

Park Board seeks land swap with U in quest to complete 150-year Grand Round mission

The St. Paul Grand Round, planned by the same 19th-century landscape architect behind the Minneapolis byway, is expected to be completed this year.
Avivo’s indoor tiny home village in the North Loop of Minneapolis.

Hennepin Co., Mpls. shelters facing $13-million-a-year fiscal cliff

As federal pandemic relief funds run out, local governments must find another source of income to sustain improvements.
Folks took advantage of the good weather on Tuesday to enjoy the trails around Lake Phalen in St. Paul.

St. Paul parks rank No. 2 in the country; Minneapolis slips to 5th

Washington, D.C.'s formidable park system, which is brimming with sprawling federal parks, was No. 1 for the second consecutive year.
The Minneapolis Police Department engaged in racial discrimination while violating state civil rights law concluded a Minnesota Department of Human Ri

A look at the investigations into George Floyd's murder and following unrest

The murder of George Floyd and the unrest that followed prompted several investigations. The reviews ranged from how Minneapolis and Minnesota leaders responded in the…
A skateboarder came out with the sun at Elliot Skate Plaza in Minneapolis on Tuesday. A pop-up skate park planned for the north parking lot of Bde Mak

Pop-up skate park on Bde Maka Ska draws windsurfers' ire

A temporary site for skaters planned for the north parking lot has drawn objections.
Volunteers worked on planting and watering trees during the Litter League’s Earth Day Launch event Saturday at North Commons Park in Minneapolis. Th

Minneapolis environmental groups launch citywide Litter League

Litter League will inject the spirit of friendly competition into a summer slate of trash picking and other environmental challenges.
Jay Webb, de facto head gardener at George Floyd Square, addresses attendees during an open house at Phelps Field Park to receive feedback on permanen

Mpls. cautiously takes next steps for George Floyd Square

Nearly two years since the murder of George Floyd turned 38th Street and Chicago Avenue into a semi-autonomous protest zone, the city has started to figure out what's next for the complicated intersection of culture, business and historic trauma.
Minneapolis park police monitoring East Phillips Park in Minneapolis.

Park Board panel takes step to reverse post-George Floyd distancing from Mpls. police

In a 4-1 vote, the board's administration committee chose to reinstate the former relationship between park and city police. The measure still needs approval from the full board.
A crew worked in September 2019 near Lake Nokomis to repair a sewer break likely caused by the summer’s high water table.

Building on Nokomis swampland will haunt Minneapolis in wetter future, report says

Record rainfall combined with the historic mistake of developing homes on peat deposits poses a threat to homes and public infrastructure, the paper finds.
Members of a group know as “The Submergents” soak in icy Lake Harriet in a spot dubbed “Harriet Magic Hole” in January.

Scientists to study polar swimmers who take dips in Harriet, Cedar ice holes

A group of Minneapolitans who jump in icy city lakes all winter long will contribute to metabolic and mental health research.
Amir Locke, 22, was in a downtown apartment when he was killed by Minneapolis police executing a no-knock warrant. Locke was not the subject of the wa

Inside the life of Amir Locke, whose death led to Minneapolis' no-knock warrant ban

Family members fear he will be defined by his death, shot by Minneapolis police. There was so much more to him, they say, and so much left to be done.
Geese flew in formation over a golfer at Hiawatha Golf Course.

The future of Minneapolis' Hiawatha Golf Course remains up in the air

After eight years of intense back and forth, the Park Board's newest attempt to adopt a solution for the course's ecological woes has hit another wall.
Linda Taylor sits in the living room of her home Friday, April 8, in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Taylor has lived her home for 18

Powderhorn residents intervene in popular neighbor's near eviction

The neighbors are determined to help Linda Taylor, 71, purchase the home she has rented the past 18 years.
Amir Locke shooting: A timeline

Amir Locke shooting: A timeline

A breakdown of what happened in the days, hours and seconds leading to Amir Locke's shooting
Amir Locke

Amir Locke, an aspiring rapper visiting his hometown when shot by police

Amir Locke, 22, was born Nov. 11, 1999, to Karen Wells and Andre Locke Sr. He was extremely close with his older brother Andre Locke…
Amir Locke’s killing renewed a national debate on the use of no-knock warrants. Demonstrators, shown on Feb. 5, 2022, outside the Hennepin County Go

Officials, activists renew calls for change after prosecutors decline to file charges in Locke's killing

Elected officials and activists are closely watching new no-knock warrant policies in Minneapolis and bills moving through the state Legislature.
A former resident of a homeless encampment along Bloomington Avenue near 26th Street moved her belongings in January before city officials cleared the

Phillips neighbors pitch city-sanctioned homeless camps

As a dozen U.S. cities try out "safe outdoor spaces," some Minneapolis residents long for better managed camps in their community.
The Southeast Hennepin Superfund site encompasses a large area between NE. Broadway and E. Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.

EPA upgrades Como toxic vapor site to federal Superfund

Induction to the National Priorities List could lead to permanent cleanup of the decades-old pollution.
Golfers walked the Hiawatha course in September 2015.

Mpls. Park Board revives Hiawatha Golf Course redesign

Newly elected park commissioners are reversing course on the previous board's preservation of 18 holes at the Hiawatha Golf Course.
Minneapolis police and city workers surrounded the North Loop homeless encampment early Wednesday morning, closing streets with crime tape and metal b

City crews clear North Loop homeless encampment in massive enforcement operation

At dawn, dozens of police squads, bike cops and a convoy of dump trucks barricaded the private encampment for blocks around before dismantling tents.
Protest signs are tied on the fence of the former Roof Depot site during a rally in East Philips in support of an urban farm on Sunday, August 1, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Frey vetoes new Roof Depot plan

The mayor said he would support giving East Phillips residents a chance to submit an urban farm proposal if they were held to certain conditions.
Protest signs are tied on the fence of the former Roof Depot site during a rally in the East Phillips neighbrhood in support of an urban farm on Aug.

New Minneapolis City Council blocks development of public works water yard in East Phillips

The council directed staff to find $14 million in city funds to reimburse Water Funds already spent on the project.
The Minneapolis City skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Minneapolis, St. Paul no longer require masks in city-operated buildings

New case rates in Minneapolis are dropping rapidly.
File - In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, Linda Montel shows off supplies on a check in desk at Safer Inside, a realistic model of a safe injection sit

Does Minneapolis need a supervised drug injection site? One neighborhood is studying the idea.

Southside Harm Reduction Services and the East Phillips Improvement Coalition plan to gather input.
Minneapolis Parks Superintendent Al Bangoura and North Service Area Manager Yvette Griffea-Gray announced park contingency plans in response to the im

Minneapolis, St. Paul parks extend recreation hours in case of teachers strike

The Minneapolis parks system is concentrating staff in 10 hubs throughout the city for students with nowhere else to go.
Minneapolis’ Business, Inspections, Housing and Zoning Committee unanimously voted to revoke a landlord’s license for a south Minneapolis residenc

Minneapolis to revoke a landlord's rental license for the first time in three years

Midtown Phillips landlord Walter Bratton has been sued by tenants and neighbors alleging his building has been the site of drug dealing and gunfire.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent Al Bangoura, Park Board President Meg Forney and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the start

Sign-up begins for Minneapolis park programs in a year of historic spending to counter youth violence

Minneapolis parks will receive a $2.6 million budget increase, starting this year, in perpetuity.
The Northern Metal Recycling metal shredder building located on the Mississippi River just south of the Lowry Avenue Bridge.

Park Board in bidding war with north Minneapolis developers to buy Northern Metals site

A group of Black developers propose affordable housing and a public riverwalk. The Park Board aims to build a riverfront trail on its own.
Indigenous leaders including Karen Diver, Juanita G. Corbine Espinosa, Jewell Arcoren, and Wakinyan Skye LaPointe, left to right, gathered recently in

Community conversations kick off project to restore Native story of St. Anthony Falls

The federal government is relinquishing about 3 acres of central Mississippi riverfront property where Dakota people once held ceremonies and gave birth.
Neighbors including Mary Gitschier McCarthy, with flowers, held a memorial service Sunday for a man who was found dead in a south Minneapolis storm dr

Neighbors pay respects to man found frozen in Minneapolis storm tunnel

Two boys found the body of Shane Phillip Bennett on Feb. 6.
Coach Mike “Talley” Tate stood for a portrait near the scoreboard he was instrumental in procuring Friday at North Commons Park in north Minneapol

Planned makeover of North Commons Park in Minneapolis aims for a 'youth sanctuary'

The project to upgrade the park is the Minneapolis Park Board's top legislative request.
Phillipe Cunningham spoke during a news conference with fellow Council Member Jeremiah Ellison outlining their vision for reducing violence on the Nor

Minneapolis board finds former Council Member Phillipe Cunningham violated ethics code

The city has no power to discipline Cunningham, who's no longer in office.
The Winner Gas station on the corner of W. Broadway and N. Lyndale Avenue, with Merwin Liquors in the foreground across N. Lyndale.

Love Minneapolis is poised to buy, redevelop Merwin Liquors site on North Side

The community development corporation will receive a $700,000 city loan to buy the crime-plagued property on West Broadway.
Bartender Justin Fowler poured a shot at Dusty’s in Minneapolis on Jan. 6, a few minutes after the mask mandate went into effect.

Mpls., St. Paul lift vaccine mandate for restaurants, bars

The move is effective immediately as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rapidly decline. The mask mandate will remain in effect for businesses licensed by the cities.
Amir Locke’s father, Andre Locke, spoke about the deep sorrow he felt reading the police department’s initial statement about the shooting, in whi

Protest of police killing of Amir Locke draws hundreds to Mpls.

The city is once again mired in a bitter conversation about race, policing and no-knock warrants. The moment — the grieving, the outrage, the questions — exacerbated feelings of dread and exhaustion.
Felix Pliego and his wife Kali play with their son Mateo, 5, in their home in Minneapolis, Minn. Kali Pliego and her husband Felix, who is from Mexico

Mixed-status families keep hope alive amid narrowing window for immigration reform

Marriage doesn't offer citizenship if the spouses are unauthorized immigrants.
A interagency of Minneapolis parks, police and sanitation demolished tents and trashed them at a homeless encampment at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis

ACLU suit against Mpls. Park Board seeks to restrict homeless encampment sweeps

The American Civil Liberties Union says the way park police swept homeless encampments violated residents' constitutional rights.
Marc and Diane Bock competed in an elimination round of pickleball in the age 60-64 age group Sunday at the National Senior Games. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥

Minneapolis Park Board will adjust park plans to sate pickleball craze

The fast-growing intergenerational sport is taking Minneapolis parks by storm.
Smack Shack’s owners were among a group of restaurateurs who sued the city over its vaccine-or-test mandate.

Judge upholds Minneapolis' vaccine-or-test mandate

A group of restaurant and bar owners sued the city over its new rule that customers must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to dine in.
Then-Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addressed the media Oct. 27 regarding the proposed charter amendment to replace the police department at St. Mary�

Ethics complaint against ex-MPD Chief Arradondo dismissed

Mayor Jacob Frey issued Arradondo a letter of reprimand for misusing city resources over news conference before election.
Then-Minneapolis City Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, shown in 2021 during a news conference he held with fellow Council Member Jeremiah Ellison o

Former Minneapolis City Council member accused of violating social media ethics rules

Phillipe Cunningham admitted to deleting a Facebook post and comment thread, but denies violating the ethics code.
The tunnel is a constricted work site of just 50 feet in width.

Minneapolis Park Board declines to extend construction permit for Southwest Light Rail tunnel

A majority of commissioners at Wednesday's meeting asked the Metropolitan Council to compensate the Park Board for closing the Cedar Lake Parkway through the end of 2022.
Mariam Kayali, right, had to show her COVID-19 vaccination card to server Aliya Hinz to dine in at the Hark Cafe downtown in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Mpls., St. Paul restaurant mandates met with grim resolve

Starting Wednesday, the cities are requiring businesses seat only customers who are vaccinated or can show a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours.
Protesters prevented city workers from nearing the homeless encampment in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood Tuesday, when the city had ordered re

Protesters thwart homeless encampment eviction in North Loop

City crews backed off after a confrontation at the encampment Tuesday.
Preliminary findings from Stockton, Calif.’s first-in-the-nation guaranteed basic income program show recipients spent most of their $500 a month on

Mpls. will launch guaranteed basic income pilot program

The city will use American Rescue Plan funds to support 200 families with its new guaranteed basic income pilot, an experiment in alleviating poverty by paying low-income households $500 per month for two years, no strings attached.
Mayor Jacob Frey talked about his second term and what he envisions in Minneapolis housing, crime prevention and the fate of downtown.

Q&A: Mayor Frey's priorities at the helm of a city on edge

Minneapolis' Jacob Frey was re-elected to his second term in November with more power than any of his predecessors to tackle a slew of overlapping problems.
Residents of a homeless encampment along Bloomington Avenue S. near 26th Street E. moved their belongings from tents before city officials cleared the

Minneapolis clears homeless encampment at 26th and Bloomington

No elected officials showed up to defend residents, as they had earlier this week in the Near North neighborhood.
A person builds a fire Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at a near Northside homeless encampment under an eviction notice in Minneapolis, Minn. ] DAVID JOLES •

Five Minneapolis council members show up to defend Near North homeless encampment

The city notified the camp that it planned to clear it away Tuesday.
A Minneapolis snowplow cleared a downtown street in 2019.

Public works employees — including Minneapolis snow plow drivers — accept contract, avert strike

Public works employees elected to authorize a strike in mid-December if they could not reach an agreement with the city.
Chaz Sandifer founded the Camden Farmer’s Market in 2017. The Black/female-owned north Minneapolis market is moving to Robbinsdale this summer.

Camden Farmers Market moving from Minneapolis to Robbinsdale

Chaz Sandifer's new market will be at Lakeview Terrace Park.
TTL Foundation Academy played AFC Richmond in a futsal game Dec. 20 at Whittier Recreation Center in Minneapolis.

First futsal courts coming to south Minneapolis

The fast-paced game has seen a burst of interest in the Twin Cities.
Bicyclists and runners navigated the repaved pathway along the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis on Nov. 9.

Hennepin County proposes paved trail through Soo Line Community Garden for Midtown Greenway access

Hennepin County is designing a new disability access ramp to the Midtown Greenway in south Minneapolis, but the proposal would jeopardize an organic garden that feeds low-income residents.
The Minneapolis skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Return-to-office date for city of Minneapolis staff pushed back to Feb. 14

The new date will coincide with the expiration of the city's latest public health emergency order.
A proposed new building for Graco Park includes wildlife friendly design elements and a pitched roof reminiscent of the lumberyard that one occupied t

Park Board releases concept for new northeast Minneapolis riverfront park

Graco Park will be the culmination of a 20-year vision, wracked by legal disputes, to develop parkland along an industrial stretch of the Mississippi River.
The Minneapolis skyline, including City Hall, as seen from the back of the U.S. District Court.

Minneapolis staff set to return to City Hall on Jan. 10 amid local public health emergency

The City Council and commissions will remain virtual due to contagious virus variants.
Neighbor Jim Hillegass worked on a tiny house for the North Loop encampment.

North Loop homeless encampment an experiment on private land

Developer Hamoudi Sabri calls the shots at the camp on his property
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Deputy Police Chief Amelia Huffman spoke Thursday at Shiloh Temple about the city’s response to violent crime.

Frey vows to bolster police staffing, counter wave of youth-driven robberies, violence

Deputy Chief Amelia Huffman joined Frey at a Thursday news conference.
Concy Rajkumar

Concy Rajkumar, who left unrest in Sri Lanka and founded Montessori school, dies at 77

The lifelong educator and mother of former WCCO Radio host Roshini Rajkumar led her family out of Sri Lanka to the U.S.
City organizations that aid the homeless showed up Tuesday to help take down an encampment at NE. 13th Avenue and Water Street in Minneapolis.

Homeless community scrambles as city enforces northeast Minneapolis encampment closure

The two dozen people living in tents on a slice of city land knew they had to be out by Tuesday.
The roof of the old Lake Harriet bathhouse and current Bread and Pickle cafe is in need of repair and seen Monday in Minneapolis.     ]


Reconstruction on the way for crumbling Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis

The Park Board estimates the job will cost more than $1 million.
The Zillow website on May 1, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Tiffany Hagler-Geard.

Institutional real estate investors face pressure from U.S. Senate, Minneapolis inspectors

A reported buyer of Zillow's portfolio is Pretium Partners, which owns distressed rentals concentrated in north Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Park Commissioner Meg Forney greeted other candidates after she filled out paperwork to run as a park board candidate in July. She was ele

Women dominate new Minneapolis Park Board after high-turnover election

Two incumbents survived a high-interest election that yielded seven new faces for the Park Board.
WARD 4 LaTrisha Vetaw gets a congratulatory hug from constituent Cynthia Brown at her campaign office, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minn. V

A Minneapolis first: Candidates of color win a majority of City Council seats

The new council members offer an eclectic mix of perspectives.
Jason Chavez, newly elected council member representing the Ninth Ward, celebrated hearing the results with Aurin Chowdhury, his campaign manager at t

Four Minneapolis council members who backed replacing police ousted, new progressives elected

Another four incumbents who supported the policing overhaul were re-elected.
The homeless encampment at Powderhorn Park photographed July 14, 2020 in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Park Board election a referendum on expanding social agenda

Candidates' visions differ on how far the board's advocacy should reach.
Rendering illustrate what development could look like at the Upper Harbor Terminal site in north Minneapolis ORG XMIT: MIN2012081318120103

Environmental justice group sues Minneapolis to halt Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment

The city's analysis found the project would not harm wildlife.
Employees of Minneapolis public works on the job in 2020.

Minneapolis public works employees accept new labor contract

Public Works employees have been negotiating for higher wages, respect.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., spoke during a news conference outside the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party headquarters on Aug. 5, 2020, in St. Paul. She

At town hall, Omar boosts public safety amendment, blasts budget stalemate

The congresswoman weighed in on Minneapolis issues in her 8th town hall of the year.
Minneapolis mayoral candidates Jacob Frey, Sheila Nezhad, Kate Knuth and AJ Awed debated during a filming of TPT’s “Almanac” in St. Paul on Frid

Mpls. mayoral frontrunners face off on 'Almanac' debate

Challengers goaded incumbent Mayor Jacob Frey to show how he has improved the culture of the police department since George Floyd's murder and the subsequent unrest, which caused half a billion dollars of damage to businesses owned largely by people of color.