:::: UPDATE :::: The Minneapolis City Council voted today to remove the "60/40 rule," which demands that restaurants in commercial areas outside of downtown make at least 60 percent of their revenue from food, with alcohol being restricted to less than 40 percent. It was a unanimous decision, wi ... More >>
Tomorrow, the Minneapolis City Council public safety committee will hold a hearing on the loud, scary military training exercises that took place over Minneapolis a few nights in a row last month.Ahead of that meeting, we asked public safety committee chair Blong Yang what he knew about the military ... More >>
While St. Paul city officials dealt with the fallout from the allegedly racially motivated tasing of Chris Lollie, the Minneapolis City Council approved purchasing 50 new tasers for its police force.On Friday, council green-lighted spending $130,000 for the tasers, which run $999.95 each, along with ... More >>
Today, the Minneapolis City Council followed its counterparts in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park in approving the proposed alignment of the Southwest LRT line.After years of city-level wrangling, the 9-3 vote (council members Barb Johnson, Cam Gordon, and Lisa Goodman voted 'no ... More >>
Today, the Minneapolis City Council approved the MLB's request to create a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" across a swath of the city during a two week stretch surrounding the 2014 All-Star Game.SEE ALSO: MN ACLU explains why Duck Dynasty dude's anti-gay comments aren't protected speech The ... More >>
Yesterday, the leading contenders to succeed R.T. Rybak as Minneapolis mayor debated during a Latino-focused mayoral forum at Incarnation Catholic Church in south Minneapolis.SEE ALSO: Mpls mayoral race: Betsy Hodges and Mark Andrew exchange harsh words, sort of The candidates were asked about where ... More >>
Last week, the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance allowing residents to maintain feral cat colonies. Now, council is considering something along the same lines for stray pit bulls and other so-called "bully breeds."SEE ALSO: Schoep, the famous Lake Superior dog, dies at age 20 The ordina ... More >>
:::: UPDATE II :::: Today, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance -- meaning licensed feral colonies are indeed coming to Minneapolis soon.:::: UPDATE :::: (September 12) The feral cat colony ordinance was unanimously recommended for approval by the public safety committee ... More >>
When the plan was approved last May, officials expected the e-pulltabs funding the $348-million state portion of the Vikings stadium to generate $100 million a month. But from their September 18 debut through the end of last year, e-pulltabs generated just $4.1 million -- total.SEE ALSO: Vikings sta ... More >>
In a MinnPost column, Rep. Phyllis Kahn, D-Minneapolis, criticizes Mayor R.T. Rybak for serving as Governor Dayton's "best supporting actor" during the Vikings stadium drive.Kahn notes that Rybak "began his political career by railing against the evils of lavish taxpayer subsidies to professional sp ... More >>
Kevin Reich, in the end, didn't want to risk going down as the man who ran the Vikings out of Minnesota.The drama is done, folks. This morning, on a 7-6 vote, the Minneapolis City Council gave final, official approval to a funding plan that will construct a new Vikings stadium on the Metrodome site. ... More >>
Mini markets now allow for non-local fruit to be sold.Farmers markets in Minneapolis will now require a larger percentage of vendors to be food growers. The City Council recently passed ordinance amendments calling for 60 percent of vendors to be agricultural producers, which includes growers ... More >>
Minnesota is supposed to know what to do when this stuff piles up.The Minnesota winter often includes roughly a metric ton of snow. A a civic duty, this snow needs to be shoveled off sidewalks and tossed into the yard of that neighbor nobody likes.But come this December's pile-on, Minneapolis res ... More >>
The process of seeking federal assistance has started.As expected, the Minneapolis City Council voted this morning to extend Mayor R.T. Rybak's disaster declaration in the wake of Sunday's tornado. It also heard that preliminary damage estimates are running north of $166 million.
Pot holes are turning into money holes.We were stunned to read a report from WCCO this morning about Minneapolis hitting up homeowners and businesses for upwards of $1,000 to repair pot holes in front of their property. Weren't we just rejoicing over the Minneapolis City Council dumping an e ... More >>
Those in south Minni will soon have their own Town Hall.Cedar Riverside's beloved Town Hall Brewery will soon be opening a second location at 48th and Chicago in south Minneapolis. They're in the process of remodeling the former home of L'Ecosse and hope to open this fall. Because it won't be ... More >>
The Minneapolis City Council approved the settlement in its morning meeting. Jenkins gets $150,000; his lawyer gets $85,000.
Mayor R.T. Rybak praised the council for giving the green light to Dolan.
A judge ruled today in favor of a developer who sued the Minneapolis City Council -- targeting his claims at Councilmember Lisa Goodman -- over a Loring Park development project that was denied. Brad Hoyt is seeking $23.6 million in damages.
An update from the Whittier neighborhood meeting: Is the corporate retailer asking for special favors that could give it an unfair advantage over independent shops?
Diane Hofstede, the Minneapolis City Council member who represents neighborhoods abutting the University of Minnesota, is pushing for tacky couch removal off frat-boy porches.
The Minneapolis City Council says it won’t investigate the Minneapolis Police Department of any wrongdoing. Why not, you ask? Because that would send the wrong message, silly!
Politicos demand answers after our sex crimes scoop
Friday's Minneapolis City Council meeting brought two different payouts over one alleged police misconduct incident.
Minneapolis city council members to join the blogosphere?
Anyone who has spent much time in Minneapolis knows that the city government can be mighty picky in matters of zoning. Commercial, industrial and residential uses are generally quarentined from one another, as if any intermingling might result in an outbreak of bubonic plague, Ebola or, worst of all ... More >>
The importance of rooting out Zimmermann in a post 9/11 world.
What's the most predictable part of the citywide Minneapolis elections this year? It's not that the FBI will be snooping around at least one Minneapolis council member even after the election, though that's a good guess.
How did the majority-minority Eighth Ward end up with two white candidates?
The city isn't contributing any money toward the Twins ballpark--on paper anyway. One city leader does the math.
St. Paul considers safeguards against federal immigration policies
Critics fear the MPD's latest spin on community mediation is all about window-dressing--and grooming snitches
Activists want Xcel to clean up its oldest--and dirtiest--power plant
The Hard Times Cafe gets a break--and a benefit album
Confronted with elections, an extortion scandal, and financial fiascoes, Minneapolis's leadership redecorates
Minneapolis says rogue officers are on their own
Would-be-mayor Barbara Carlson means to make Minneapolis everything she has always imagined it to be.
Historic juke jointed slated to become city garage.
NSP's Disaster Plan