Yesterday, we drew attention to an eyebrow-raising comment Minneapolis City Council member and mayoral candidate Don Samuels recently made when discussing how unions reacted to his vote in favor of a new Vikings stadium.THE BACKSTORY: Don Samuels: Unions gave me "an envelope with a couple grand" for ... More >>
Buried in a recent Star Tribune piece about the Minneapolis mayoral race is a shocking quote from City Council member and mayoral candidate Don Samuels.SEE ALSO: Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minneapolis mayor In one passage, Samuels seems to say that a coalition of union work ... More >>
In the three months since R.T. Rybak announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term as mayor of Minneapolis, a full cast of characters has emerged to vie for his seat in City Hall. There are the three City Council Members with their history of competition and split votes. There's the sole non-DFL candidat ... More >>
In a press release distributed yesterday by Jacob Frey, four Minneapolis City Council members came out in open opposition to their council colleague, Diane Hofstede.SEE ALSO:-- Meg Tuthill already has a City Council challenger, and his name is Kendal Killian -- Brett Buckner to challenge Don Samuels ... More >>
Diane Hofstede is a polarizing figure. Yesterday, four of her colleagues on the Minneapolis City Council openly opposed her reelection in a press release distributed by her opponent, Jacob Frey. Today, three of her colleagues (Barbara Johnson, Don Samuels, and Meg Tuthill) responded by publicly supp ... More >>
After months of teasing a mayoral run, Minneapolis City Councilmember Gary Schiff will make it official at a press conference at noon today. SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff files for mayoral run Betsy Hodges files to run for mayor
Minutes after R.T. Rybak announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term as mayor, City Council Member Betsy Hodges threw her hat firmly in the ring to replace him.Now, nearly a month later, Hodges is arming up: yesterday, she announced that Andrew O'Leary, former executive director of the Minnesota DFL pa ... More >>
North Minneapolis community organizer Brett Buckner will announce a bid for Don Samuels' Ward 5 City Council seat this afternoon at Avenue Eatery on West Broadway. According to Buckner's Linkedin account, he's worked for Keith Ellison, the Minnesota DFL, and the Minneapolis NAACP. He's currently li ... More >>
When the DRE scandal first made headlines last spring, City Pages talked with Dan Feidt to get his perspective on how the story fit into the broader narrative of America's war on drugs.CITY PAGES' DRE SCANDAL SERIES:-- DRE officer: "I don't know what the big deal is I just gave them marijuana" [PART ... More >>
Don Samuels is the City Council member who represents Ward 5, better known as north Minneapolis. But on Sunday morning, he used a long editorial on the front page of the Star Tribune's opinion section to suggest he might also be the closest thing to Walker Texas Ranger you're going to find in City H ... More >>
See Also: Mpls City Council hosting hearing on Civilian Review Authority overhaul today Senate passes bill to limit Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority's power Despite near-unanimous criticism during a public hearing Wednesday afternoon, a Minneapolis City Council committee voted in favor of a ... More >>
See Also: Senate passes bill to limit Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority's power David Bicking asked to resign from Civilian Review Authority After a temporary delay to gather input from the public, the battle over the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority continues today.
The fuzzy math behind the city's struggle to curb the crime wave
This morning, Ninzel Banks became the second north Minneapolis toddler killed by a stray bullet in the last six months.Banks, 5, was hit about 8:35 a.m. while sleeping on a couch in a home on the 4500 block of Bryant Avenue North.Relative Robert Tolliver is staying at the house. Tolliver told the St ... More >>
As news of another mob beating circulated yesterday -- the seventh in downtown Minneapolis since February 3 -- we heard from a lot of people increasingly concerned about their safety when out and about downtown in the evening.All seven attacks have occurred after 7:30 p.m., with four happening befor ... More >>
Today, after months of backdoor negotiations and hemming and hawing, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members pledged support for a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site.At a news conference, Mayor R.T. Rybak told Gov. Mark Dayton: "We want to hand you the signed letters of seven city c ... More >>
Tony WebsterNorth Minneapolis landlords are holding rent deposits from people whose homes were damaged by the tornadoIt's been three weeks since the tornado devastated North Minneapolis--and many victims are still waiting for their landlords to make things right.
Kristopher Miller was shot dead on May 11.Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at the North Side's True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged with murdering North High School staffer Kristopher Miller, who was found shot dead in front of his home last week. Griffin, 40, was arrested l ... More >>
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