Dressing up as the Minneapolis mayoral ballot for Halloween will likely be a lot less fun in future years.That's because city officials are considering raising fees for running for office from $20 for all offices to $100 for city council seats and $250 for mayor.See also:St. Paul mayoral forum is a ... More >>
Yesterday, a Dakota County jury acquitted former West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen of the "misconduct of a public officer or employee" and disorderly conduct.THE BACKSTORY: Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in trouble But according to his attorney, ... More >>
When Minneapolis voters head to the polls next week, they'll confront 35 candidates for mayor on the ballot. That includes no fewer than two running as some kind of pirate, and many more running for kicks, or around a pet issue.Outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak gets that this state of affairs is kind of a m ... More >>
On Wednesday, Hennepin County's official YouTube account posted a video commemorating the 20th anniversary of the county's Community Works program, which was instrumental in creating the Midtown Greenway.SEE ALSO: Mpls committee approves streetcar plan called "boondoggle of highest order" by Cam Win ... More >>
After 16 years representing Ward 12 on the Minneapolis City Council, Sandy Colvin Roy is ending her bid for another term. Her announcement comes after a late-April DFL ward convention that ended in no endorsement, but in which one of her challengers, Longfellow Community Council President Andrew Joh ... More >>
Last week, Mayor R.T. Rybak took to Facebook and characterized a City Council committee's recommendation to partner with Car2Go for an on-street expansion of the city's car-sharing program as "a great development for all our neighborhoods."SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff wants developer who wrote fake emails ... 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 >>
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
The Mayans (or dumb folks from the present, depending on what you believe) predicted our impending doom for just over a week from now, but an impending Doomtree Day is coming even sooner. In conjunction with the opening night of the Doomtree Blowout 8 at First Avenue, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Ry ... More >>
City Council Member Betsy Hodges recently filed the paperwork necessary to run for mayor next year.SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff wants city of Minneapolis to send Cruz home police bill to PNC BankBut will she actually follow through with it? Hodges says it depends on whether R.T. Rybak decides to seek a fou ... More >>
After a heated debate, the Minneapolis City Council voted 8-5 to approve an amended overhaul of the Civilian Review Authority, a controversial police oversight board started more than 20 years ago. See Also: Mpls City Council committee passes CRA overhaul despite public outcry Senate passes bill to ... More >>
In February, we brought you the story of Ed Hansen, the conservative West St. Paul City Council member who, much to the chagrin of his neighbors, fellow councilors, and African-Americans everywhere, flew the stars and bars at home.Hansen's fellow councilors said there was little they could do beyond ... More >>
Would you want to go down in history as the city official known for running the Vikings out of Minnesota? Probably not. But what if a majority of your city's residents stood behind you when you voted "no"?This morning, just two days before the Minneapolis City Council is expected to rubber-stamp the ... More >>
Up close and personal with the Minneapolis mayor
Minneapolis leaders are mounting a last-minute drive to keep the Vikings in town. Governor Dayton wants Minneapolis and Ramsey County to deploy hurry-up offenses in hopes of bringing closure to the Vikings' stadium drive.Today, he sent the Ramsey County board and Mayor R.T. Rybak letters setting ... More >>
Ronald Melius has some peculiar ideas of what a dictatorship looks like.Moammar Qaddafi is the recently deposed Libyan autocrat accused of causing the deaths of thousands of his own citizens during the civil uprising against him. Hal Leland is the mayor of Fergus Falls and the manager of the West ... More >>
Leroy's off the council, but at least he's still got that green jacket.St. Francis's long local nightmare is over.This afternoon, councilman Leroy Schaffer signed papers to resign from the city council, effective immediately. Schaffer, who has a long history of sexual harassment allegations, was ... More >>
Bicking is the first willing member of the CRA to not be reappointed.
Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson will be before a judge on Jan. 26, defending her decision to use campaign money for haircuts, dry-cleaning, her cell phone, and a line at her lake house.
A second developer is poised to sue Minneapolis over a development proposal that got shot down. Sound like deja vu? It is.
Neighborhood advocate says they're being red-lined
Looks like proposed legislation to ban trans-fats in the cities won't pass this year. Guess we'll all just get to stay chubby as we shovel in ice cream to soothe our woes about the economy.
Hopkins City Council gave a State of City address at the Hopkins Center for the Arts on March 18 like none other. City Manager Rick Getschow addressed Hopkins residents acting as Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Perhaps, certain national politicians should take note.
Polarizing politics in the Twin Cities' most dysfunctional suburb
A small-town mayor with big-city ambitions sets off a major brouhaha in Harris
Perhaps the most interesting name to pop up in the ranks of candidates for office this year in Ramsey County is John Kysylyczyn. The former Roseville mayor has filed to run for the Roseville school board. He's one of 12 ca ... More >>
The Twin Cities' Most Dysfunctional Suburb
In the month since he was named by Mayor R.T. Rybak to be chief of the Minneapolis Police Department, Dolan has withstood what is likely more public scrutiny than any police chief candidate before him.
More than a week after Mayor R.T. Rybak announced his choice of Tim Dolan to lead the MPD, one Minneapolis City Council member is still raising questions.
Minneapolis has settled its lawsuits with Time Warner Cable. But the city may still be out to gut local cable-access programming.
The mayor of Minneapolis has unveiled his plan in the search for a new police chief, including an advisory committee made up of elected officials and community activists. The list is more notable for who's not on it.
Now that Bill McManus has shuffled off to San Antonio, the biggest story around City Hall is who might replace the Minneapolis police chief.
How did Minneapolis's police chief become belle of the ball in San Antonio?
The ongoing saga involving Minneapolis Police Chief William McManus and Mayor R.T. Rybak looks to be more ongoing for now.
Hizzoner the mayor tries to speed confirmation process.
Last Thursday, lifelong Minneapolis resident (and my sister-in-law) Kim Walsh was watching Fox 9 News, which reported that the Minneapolis City Council was preparing to vote on a "car allowance" for council members. The report told viewers that the $400 monthly maximum stipend is the largest stipend ... More >>
The importance of rooting out Zimmermann in a post 9/11 world.
For 35 years, Larry Blackwell has worked on civil rights issues at city hall. Now he's been shown the door--again.
When R.T. Rybak brought Bill McManus to town to head the MPD, both men talked big about reforming the troubled department. But when the chief ran into political resistance, some say, the mayor blinked. Now their relationship has hit the skids, and the fut
Minneapolis moves toward a final 2006 city budget