R.T. Rybak

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    January 4, 2014

    R.T. Rybak suffers heart attack while cross-county skiing

    -- Update, including a poem from Rybak himself, at bottom --Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is resting with his family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital after undergoing heart surgery earlier today.FROM THURSDAY: Rybak cracks awesome joke as he prepares for official unauguration Rybak had bee ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Tragically, R.T. Rybak didn't get his last wish as mayor

    With only one full day left in his term as mayor, R.T. Rybak offered up this tweet on New Year's Eve night:Happy New Year,n hope for no snowstorm or other catastrophe in the next day so I can go out with a whimper as befitting a happy lame duck.-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014 Jus ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    Today is R.T. Rybak's last City Council meeting [PHOTOS]

    A little misty-eyed as @MayorRTRybak says goodbye to the city council after 12 yrs of service. Scott Seroka (@sseroka) December 13, 2013 After more than a decade as Minneapolis mayor, R.T. Rybak will attend the last City Council meeting of his tenure today. SEE ALSO: May ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Mayor Rybak tweets awesome ode to snow emergencies

    Minneapolis mayor-to-be Betsy Hodges already has to deal with questions about whether she can fill R.T. Rybak's cycling, Trampled by Turtles-loving, crowd-surfing shoes as Cool Mayor. Add to the list: Will Hodges ever refer to herself as "da Maya"? See Also: - RT Rybak declares Limerick Day with a ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    WCCO's Esme Murphy isn't a fan of ranked-choice voting

    In her latest blog entry, WCCO's Esme Murphy characterizes ranked-choice voting as "Minnesota Nice at its worst" and calls for a return to the old-fashioned one-vote-for-each-voter way of doing things.SEE ALSO: Someone actually dressed up as the Minneapolis mayoral ballot for Halloween [PHOTO] He ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Local gay guy emigrates from Wisconsin to Minnesota in search of a better life

    Perhaps you thought R.T. Rybak's efforts to lure gays from neighboring states weren't working?Allow us to introduce you to a local gay guy who will tell you otherwise. He calls himself "Second-Class Badger," and he has finally escaped Occupied Wisconsin and made it to the Free World of Minnesota."I ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaims Friday Har Mar Superstar Day

    In conjunction with Har Mar Superstar's headlining show at First Avenue this Friday, Mayor R.T. Rybak has announced that September 20, 2013 will hereby be known as Har Mar Superstar Day. See also: Photos: Har Mar Superstar returns to the Turf Club

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    July 31, 2013

    Watch love become the law in Minnesota [LIVE FEED]

    Tonight at 12:00 a.m. on August 1, Mayor R.T. Rybak will help same-sex couples from around Minnesota become legally married in downtown Minneapolis at City Hall. See also: Eight places to celebrate when love becomes the law on Aug. 1 Jeremy Messersmith leads music lineup for Minnesota's first gay ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Rybak asks Meet Mpls to look into a 2024 Summer Olympics bid

    Five U.S. cities -- L.A., D.C., Baltimore, Dallas and Tulsa -- are already pursuing a costly and competitive bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Now, Mayor R.T. Rybak wants to consider adding Minneapolis to that mix.See Also: - Ely goes all out for the 2016 Olympic bid - Cover: Vikings stadium pr ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Rybak in D.C. to support, lobby for Obama's proposals on gun reform

    When Obama announced his gun law reform agenda this morning, R.T. Rybak was at the White House.The Minneapolis mayor, who co-hosted a Regional Gun Summit here just last week, is in D.C. for the day to lobby in support of the president's proposal.See Also:- Andy Parrish says he has "no intention of a ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    R.T. Rybak requests reclassification of license plate data as "Not Public"

    A day after we told you about how the MPD's publicly available license plate data could be used by stalkers to track their victims, Mayor R.T. Rybak is requesting the state remove that information from the public realm.SEE ALSO: Melissa Hill's new blog allows you to "Track the Police" using public d ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Doomtree Day in Minneapolis is Friday, proclaims Mayor Rybak

    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 >>

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    September 27, 2012

    R.T. Rybak dissed by North Carolina newspaper

    Last winter, the New York Times mentioned Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.He was included in a list that included Democratic heavy-hitters like Hillary Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, and Elizabeth Warren. Pretty impressive, eh?SEE ALSO:-- Did Rybak lie about I-35W bri ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    "Railgating" along "The Purple Path": Mpls' solution to Vikings tailgaiting problem

    Say what you want about the plan itself, but you have to give Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis hospitality industry credit -- they certainly have a way with words.SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota Vikings' one-year value increase largest in NFL-- ESPN's Mike and Mike still unaware of Vikings stadium deal, t ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Did Rybak lie about I-35W bridge collapse during DNC speech? [VIDEO]

    SEE ALSO: -- R.T. Rybak is a finalist for the 2012 World Mayor Prize-- RT Rybak blames pot smokers for Minneapolis murdersSome Republicans are upset by comments Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made about bridges and infrastructure during his DNC speech... but do they have a legitimate beef?

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    August 14, 2012

    KSTP's Jay Kolls fires back at Rybak, doubles down on re-election claim

    SEE ALSO:- Mayor Rybak denies KSTP report that he may not seek re-election We got an unexpected phone call yesterday from KSTP 5 Eyewitness news reporter Jay Kolls in response to our post about Mayor R.T. Rybak taking to Facebook to deny the station's claim that he was considering not running for re ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Mayor Rybak denies KSTP report that he may not seek re-election

    SEE ALSO:-- The Real Rybak: Up close and personal with the Minneapolis mayorMayor R.T. Rybak took to Facebook last night to angrily deny a report by KSTP 5 Eyewitness News that he is considering not seeking re-election.

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    July 2, 2012

    Phyllis Kahn compares R.T. Rybak's stadium flip-flop to Nixon's views on communism

    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 >>

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    June 22, 2012

    R.T. Rybak is a finalist for the 2012 World Mayor Prize

    Sure, Minneapolis (mostly) loves R.T. Rybak, but who knew he was internationally renowned?Rybak, mayor of Minneapolis for just over a decade, is a finalist for the 2012 World Mayor Prize. The contest is organized by the City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank founded in 2003 "to promote, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Mayor Rybak offers perfect rejoinder to L.A. Nik on Facebook

    Who is L.A. Nik? Imagine the skeletal looks of Mick Mars paired with the shameless self-promotion of Gene Simmons except with none of the fame.He also calls himself "the Mayor of Minneapolis After Dark."Lately, L.A. Nik has been in a bit of a self-promotional frenzy. He is claiming that Letterman's ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Police Chief Tim Dolan will not seek a third term

    In a statement released late this morning, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan announced that as of 2013, he will no longer serve as the city's top cop "I have given notice to Mayor R.T. Rybak that I will not be seeking a third term when my current term as Chief expires in January of next year," he ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Majority of Minneapolis City Council now supports Vikings stadium

    ​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 >>

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    February 6, 2012

    R.T. Rybak mentioned as "potential" presidential candidate by New York Times

    ​In an article in the Sunday edition of the New York Times titled "The 2016 Election, Already Upon Us," Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt pontificated on likely candidates for a presidential election four years in the future. In among the usual suspects -- Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Eli ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    The Real Rybak: A reporter's notebook in Iowa [VIDEO]

    ​In this week's cover story, we followed Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak around for several weeks to document the day-to-day life of a city politician marking his tenth year in office. Along the way, we traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the January 3 caucus to witness Rybak in his role as v ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    The real R.T. Rybak

    Up close and personal with the Minneapolis mayor

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    January 18, 2012

    The Real Rybak: The WCCO broadcast just after Mayor R.T. Rybak's tragic news [VIDEO]

    ​For this week's cover story, we spent several weeks following Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak around, documenting his day-to-day life to mark his 10th year in office. In the course of the reporting, we learned that his 13-year-old niece Shannon O'Hara was battling brain cancer. Rybak kept a hectic ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    City Pages, RT Rybak featured in New York Times

    David Carr remembers when RT Rybak was an alt weekly publisher.​David Carr reaches back to his days as a Minneapolis alternative weekly editor in today's issue of the New York Times, calling on Mayor RT Rybak for an assist.Carr's column revives the age-old rivalry between the Twin Cities Reader an ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Citywide sales tax, statewide pull-tabs might pay for Vikings stadium

    Just 20 more ideas, and we'll get this stadium thing figured out.​The Minnesota Vikings new stadium has led to a stack of ideas from public officials on how to get the thing built and paid for. Tax on Ramsey County? State legacy funds? Block E Casino downtown? Now, there are two more ideas: One, f ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Minneapolis wants $30 million cut of Metrodome sale

    R.T. Rybak says the city has shelled out more than $30 million on the Dome over the years.​This isn't going to help the Vikings on that whole new stadium plan idea thing. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this week claiming the city is entitled to a $30 millio ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    R.T. Rybak proposes quicker street repairs, 90 job cuts

    Mayor R.T. Rybak's proposal would avoid property tax hikes for most Minneapolis residents.​Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proposed his 2012 budget in downtown Minneapolis this morning.The good news: those pesky potholes might be filled in sooner than expected. The bad news: The city of Minneapoli ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Rybak declares disaster, City Council plans emergency meeting

    The disaster declarations could free up state and federal funds.​Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as issued a formal declaration of emergency in the wake of Sunday's tornado touchdown in North Minneapolis, paving the way for an emergency City Council meeting tomorrow. The meeting takes place at 9: ... More >>

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    May 22, 2011

    Minneapolis tornado kills one person, rips up homes. Curfew in effect

    Tony WebsterThe storm uprooted this massive tree in North Minneapolis.​Parts of of North Minneapolis looked like a war zone by Sunday evening after a tornado touched down inside city limits, killed one person, injured more than 30, damaged about 100 homes and snapped trees like they were tooth ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Minneapolis Fire Department would lay off eight under GOP plan

    Years of cuts have already left the department below industry standards.​If Minnesota Senate and House Republicans get their way, the Minneapolis Fire Department is in for even more bad news. Republicans announced a budget proposal yesterday that recommends cutting Local Government Aid to hel ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Blue Cross drops $1.5 million money bomb on Nice Ride

    Rybak and the Do Groove guy.​Imagine if you will the mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak, riding a lime green bicycle around City Hall, followed on same by Blue Cross CEO Pat Geraghty and the Do Groove TV commercial guy -- the dude in the sweater vest bustin' out his hip hop moves in a doctor's w ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    R.T. Rybak laments fire department cuts: Q & A

    The mayor says Pawlenty-era cuts have put the city in a tight spot.​Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's 2011 budget proposal calls for at least 32 cuts to the fire department. Many in the department think personnel levels are already too low, making it more dangerous than ever to be a fire fighter ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    RT Rybak declares Limerick Day with a limerick

    Image by fractured-fairytales ​The limerick is an ancient poetic tradition dating back to 18th-Century Ireland. Known for its humorous (and often naughty) nature and strict format, this unpretentious form of expression has enjoyed popularity all over the world, and is a surprisingly enduring fo ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    RT Rybak blames pot smokers for Minneapolis murders

    ​Derrick Martin's murder on the trails of Lake Calhoun marked the 20th homicide in Minneapolis this year. That brings our 2010 total above all of 2009 with seven months remaining in the year. So what could be causing the gun battles on our streets? Mayor RT Rybak blames you and your love of mari ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Velma Korbel is the new Minneapolis Civil Rights Director

    City of Minneapolis​The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved R.T. Rybak's nomination of Velma Korbel for the city's new Civil Rights director this morning. Korbel is currently the Commissioner of the Minneapolis Minnesota Department of Human Rights. She is slated to start the new g ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    R.T. Rybak congratulates Margaret Anderson Kelliher (Video)

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak tells the Democratic Farm Labor Party "it's time to come together to support Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor."

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    April 6, 2010

    R.T. Rybak nominates Velma Korbel new Civil Rights director

    Rybak nominated Velma Korbel to succeed current director Michael Jordan. No, not that Michael Jordan.

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    April 1, 2010

    First Avenue Day declared by Minneapolis mayor

    Photo via First Ave's Twitter​For as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    R.T. Rybak's ups and downs profiled by "Governing" magazine

    Under the headline "Radical Renewal," it says Rybak is "a bundle of contradictions."

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    February 3, 2010

    Rybak not backing civil rights director for reappointment

    Michael Jordan is the only department head Rybak didn't nominate for reappointment.

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    January 27, 2010

    Minneapolis homicides: Murderopolis redux?

    Mayor R.T. Rybak: "We've had several good years followed by several bad nights"

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    January 21, 2010

    RT Rybak wagers local music scene in a football bet

    The mayor chose the Minnesota Beatle Project, Mason Jennings, and Brother Ali to represent our local music scene. Nice choices, mayor!

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    January 14, 2010

    R.T. Rybak and the bogus "Harry Reid moment"

    Did the mayor insult Latinos? Naaahhh...

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    January 4, 2010

    R.T. Rybak sworn in, Barb Johnson re-elected city council president

    Now in his third term, Rybak will balancing his mayoral duties with a run for governor. Watching him juggle those tasks will be interesting.

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    December 22, 2009

    Laid off Minneapolis cops re-hired

    First they had a job. Then they didn't. Now 15 Minneapolis cops have been hired yet again--Happy Holidays!

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    December 7, 2009

    R.T. Rybak launches campaign for governor

    The Minneapolis mayor kicks off his campaign for governor at the Varsity Theater.

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    November 6, 2009

    Busted: Rybak used mayoral campaign funds for gubernatorial run

    Rybak used mayoral campaign funds in May to conduct a poll about his strength to run for governor.

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