The day after Betsy Hodges was elected, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave her this advice: "Whatever you do, you don't want to take lessons from the mayor of Toronto."SEE ALSO: Our unauguration interview with R.T.He was speaking, of course, of Rob Ford, the colorful, crack-smoking mayor of ... More >>
Today, some Minneapolis firefighters face a ghastly task -- demolishing the burned-out building at 516 Cedar Avenue South with victims in all likelihood still inside.RELATED: Tragically, R.T. Rybak didn't get his last wish as mayor Family of residents who live in the building report that three peopl ... More >>
When you think of words to describe R.T. Rybak, "depressed" certainly wouldn't be anywhere near the top of the list. But in a wide-ranging interview with Mpls St. Paul Magazine's Steve Marsh, the soon-to-be former mayor says that's how smoking a bunch of pot made him feel during his days at Breck Hi ... 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 >>
At 11:57 p.m. on July 31, Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles were ready to be married. They had put on their dresses, walked down the grand staircase in the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, and said their vows. Ten Broeke's voice had cracked as she recited, "as long as we both shall live"; Miles had ... 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 >>
The fuzzy math behind the city's struggle to curb the crime wave
City Council dumps controversial fire dept board-up program COVER: Man Down Minneapolis fire union president Mark Lakosky is putting fire fighter injuries at the door step of Mayor R.T. Rybak. In a recent letter published on E-Democracy, Lakosky blames Rybak for years of fire fighter cuts, arguing ... More >>
Today, via the city's Facebook page, Minneapolis officials announced they "observed the anniversary of the May 22 tornado this morning by planting a tree on the North Side."To which some North Siders are responding: "A single tree? That's it?"They'd like to see more than a single tree. Or, even bett ... More >>
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 >>
Big labor wants the casino, but big government doesn't.The AFL-CIO wants more labor jobs, and it's not above endorsing a little vice to get things rolling.Yesterday, the Minnesota chapter of the AFL-CIO endorsed the planned Block E Casino, which has resurfaced as a possible method to fund a new V ... More >>
R.T. Rybak is slinging guns so Surly can sling suds.In his state of the city speech, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made his strongest endorsement yet of a change to local liquor laws proposed by Surly Brewing Co. "Beer is a part of our history, beer is a part of our future," he said. "We need ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>
Cuts have left MFD below industry standards
The Minneapolis homicide count keeps creeping up this year, 29 now compared to 19 total the year before. Sure, we're still 10 shy of the 39 in 2008, and a long, long way from 1995's Murderapolis mark of 99. But the current numbers are devastating families and neighborhoods, and feeding news h ... More >>
Buy weed and pull a trigger, the mayor saysMinneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak thinks we gave him short shrift this morning, after he blamed marijuana buyers for the recent spike in gang violence and homicides around the city. So he did what a lot folks do: He offered a (lengthy) comment below our ... More >>
Obama and Rybak discussed ways to combat radicalization of Somali youthMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak joined Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael Coleman at a White House meeting on Tuesday to talk about coping with terrorist groups recruiting people on American soi ... More >>
Image from video by ocypete/YouTubeAn early morning fire that destroyed McMahon's Pub and the apartments above it on Lake Street has claimed the lives of six people, three of them children. The names of the dead have not officially been made public yet. Fire chief Alex Jackson told report ... More >>
The three victims, cousins Abdifatah and Mohamed Warfa, along with Anwar Mohammed, where buried on Friday.
It's good news for Rybak, giving him the opportunity out state to brag about how a big-city liberal can help stem lawlessness.
During Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment announcement, he made a jab at Minneapolis's plan for "artistic drinking fountains" during a time of budget crisis. Rybak's office hits back.
Rybak said Pawlenty would get his "butt kicked" by Obama in 2012 if he runs. Pawlenty responds today on the same show, calling Rybak's comments just a little trash talking.
Time to get your DFL caucus on in Minneapolis tonight. You know you want to.
A local prof rides the Gonzales Eight to fame, but there are holes in the research
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
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