Joe Biernat

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Al Garcia, disgraced power broker, in trouble with probation officer

    Disgraced Minneapolis power broker Al Garcia is in trouble with his probation officer for violating the terms of his supervised release. Garcia pled guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in 2010 and beat the rap on charges that he rap ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Al Garcia back in court on meth distribution charges

    Former Minneapolis City Hall power-broker Al Garcia was in federal court Tuesday on charges that he distributed meth for six years.

  • News

    March 21, 2007

    Not Quite Ready for His Close-Up

    A local prof rides the Gonzales Eight to fame, but there are holes in the research

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006

    In-Flight Peanuts

    What about the wisdom of paying airline pilots less than Wal-Mart pays greeters?

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2005

    Rybak puts a pricetag on ethics

    State auditor still swinging at MPLS pols R.T. Rybak made a boo-boo in January, when he put out a "newsletter" from his office updating the good citizens of Minneapolis on all the hard work he's put in as mayor. Seems harmless enough, but many questioned Rybak's motivation, since the eight-page glo ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2003

    A Blast from the Past

    Former mayor Sharon Sayles Belton on her successor

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    August 27, 2003

    Requiem for an Ex-Heavyweight

    Ray Whebbe Jr., hustler, journalist, champion of lost causes, dies at 48

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    August 20, 2003
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    April 30, 2003
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    February 12, 2003

    State of the City

    Minneapolis pols draw lines, choose sides

  • News

    January 15, 2003

    Who's on Third?

    Faith versus meat-and-potatoes politics in the city council race to replace Joe Biernat

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    January 8, 2003
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    September 25, 2002

    The Jordan Shuffle

    The city plays politics with police/minority relations

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    September 4, 2002

    Trouble Shooters

    A violent night in north Minneapolis and the community activists who helped the cops stop it

  • News

    August 7, 2002

    Freaks Like Us

    Buxom firestarters and dog-faced men: Frontier theater on the fringe

  • Books

    July 24, 2002

    Table for Thirteen

    The Mckinsey Report: Curtailing the power of the Minneapolis City Council

  • News

    July 10, 2002
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    June 19, 2002

    Hey Joe!

    A closer look at Joe Duffy's probe into Minneapolis corruption

  • Books

    November 7, 2001

    Drugs, Dogs and Documents

    The problems that plague Minneapolis

  • News

    October 31, 2001
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    October 24, 2001

    River Dance

    Condo plans tangle with hopes for green space along the Mississippi

  • Books

    September 12, 2001

    Décor Wars

    Confronted with elections, an extortion scandal, and financial fiascoes, Minneapolis's leadership redecorates

  • Books

    August 22, 2001


    Just what are those Minneapolis City Council members doing when they travel on your dime? Not much.

  • News

    March 28, 2001

    On-the-Job Training

    Mark Stenglein climbed out of a Dickensian childhood to become a business success and one of Hennepin County's most powerful politicians. Now he thinks he's ready to be mayor of Minneapolis.

  • Arts

    January 10, 2001

    The Last Supper Club

    With the shuttering of the Riverview Supper Club, black Minneapolis loses its premier meeting place--and a foothold on the future of the Mississippi

  • Books

    October 18, 2000

    Uptown Girl

    Minneapolis City Council member Lisa McDonald wants to bring the good life to Lyn-Lake

  • Books

    June 21, 2000

    Know Your Enemy

    The Minneapolis Police Department wants to make wearing a gas mask
    a crime

  • News

    March 29, 2000
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    February 16, 2000

    Iron John

    A court ruling sets up the latest cliffhanger in the municipal soap opera starring scrapper John Isaacs

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    February 9, 2000
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    October 13, 1999

    The Once and Future River

    Promenades and parks, cappuccino and condos: Tomorrow's upper Mississippi looks dandy. But first, can't city hall get rid of those grimy scrapyards? Why, yes.

  • News

    March 17, 1999
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    September 9, 1998

    Crapped Out

    A dispute over street gambling has downtown bar owners clamoring for cops

  • News

    July 30, 1997

    T&A Fray

    It's always politically expedient for officials to oppose adult clubs, but the taxpayer tab for the city's losing crusade against Billy Burn's downtown strip bar is likely to top $10,000.

  • News

    May 28, 1997

    Who Watches the Watchmen?

    Council member Steve Minn hopes to fold the Civilian Police Review Authority into another city department.

  • News

    September 4, 1996

    A Changing of the Guard?

    Retiring pols and a shifting could change the of politics on Minneapolis's long-entrenched north side.

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    July 3, 1996

    Clang and Blame

    City Council member Joe Biernat's trip to England heats up an old battle over a giant metal shredder slated for north Minneapolis.

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    December 20, 1995
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    November 15, 1995
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    November 1, 1995