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Downtown Minneapolis business owners ask for plan to combat crime
Downtown business owners continue to ask the city for more help, as 2016 crime rates showed another increase over the previous year. The Downtown Neighborhood Association held a forum Monday night with members of the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and YouthLink.

The rise and fall of Minneapolis' lost Phoenix Building
It rose in 1893 from the ruins of the seven-story Tribune Building, an early downtown monument that went up in flames on Nov. 30, 1889, after standing for only four years. That fire killed seven people — among them an editor for the Minneapolis edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press — and left 30 others injured. To this day, it remains the deadliest office building fire in Minneapolis history.

Steak, steak and steak: Manny's restaurant in Minneapolis stays in top form over decades
The downtown steakhouse is pushing 30 and going strong. Co-founder Phil Roberts reflects on the restaurant's roots and legacy.

West Elm plans North Loop store in addition to hotel
West Elm is not only building one of its first hotels in the North Loop, but is also looking to locate its second furniture store in Minnesota in the trendy neighborhood.

Northeast business brews community
Thanks to a new law, a group of homebrewers is tapping locals to become investors in its brewery in Northeast Minneapolis.

For $1.7 million, you can have posh penthouse loft with terrace overlooking the North Loop
The 1916 International Harvester Warehouse on Washington Avenue was converted into six stories of condos in 2007, preserving its industrial edge with concrete floors, exposed ductwork and brick walls.

Workers destroy curbs during Lowry Hill Tunnel construction
Construction in the Lowry Hill Tunnel continues as crews remove curbs on each wall of the eastbound side, making room to add an extra lane and replace the tile walls.

Repair work begins, puts 3-week squeeze on Lowry Hill Tunnel
A squeeze began Wednesday night on the already-cozy Lowry Hill Tunnel, as work got underway on an extensive construction project targeting Interstate 94 in Minneapolis and the north metro.

Proposed Mpls. ordinance would allow wine, beer at the Commons park near stadium
Minneapolis City Council Member Jacob Frey is planning to introduce an ordinance allowing alcohol in the Commons park in front of U.S. Bank Stadium — the idea being that people will be able to bring their own wine or beer to drink in the park on designated days.

Warrant: Jim Surdyk flouted authorities when confronted for illegal Sunday sales
When Minneapolis licensing manager Grant Wilson called Surdyk’s liquor store shortly after noon on March 12 to speak to the owner or manager, the person on the other line said the store was too busy. Which was odd, since it was Sunday.

Hennepin Theatre Trust names new leader
Nerenhausen is the second leader of the downtown-based arts nonprofit, which owns and operates the Orpheum, State and Pantages theaters on Hennepin Avenue.

New boss of Hennepin theaters is a veteran arts leader raised in Wisconsin
Mark Nerenhausen, former CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, replaces co-founder Tom Hoch, who stepped down two months ago to run for Minneapolis mayor.

Hennepin County puts 1930s-era Century Plaza up for sale with no asking price
A 1930s-era building in downtown Minneapolis could be headed to the wrecking ball after Hennepin County moves its offices out of it this spring.

North Loop news: A change in chefs for the Hewing Hotel's Tullibee
Chef Grae Nonas, recruited with some fanfare from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis, is leaving the restaurant. His replacement? It’s another out-of-towner. He’s Bradley Day, and he’s coming to town armed with an impressive and varied resume.

Haunted Basement to move out of Soap Factory
After a decade of scaring Minneapolitans, the creeps of the Haunted Basement have escaped from the popular haunted house below the Soap Factory.

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Nostalgia and scraps for sale at final day of downtown Macy's
Shoppers visiting the Macy's department store on Nicollet Mall on its final day Sunday found empty floors, bare walls, mannequins and fixtures for sale and a padlocked jewelry store.

Schafer: Why Surdyk's Sunday liquor sales stunt is assault on rule of law
Jim Surdyk's decision to open his liquor store in Minneapolis on a Sunday months before it was legal to do so was a far ­bigger act than just selling some wine and beer.

Surdyk's owner wrong to sell liquor last weekend, four months before Sunday sales are officially legal
The owner of a popular northeast Minneapolis liquor store apparently thinks he’s above the law. In open defiance of Minnesota’s current Sunday sales ban, Jim Surdyk opened for business on Sunday — several months before it will be legally allowed.

Surdyk’s sees license suspension for early Sunday sales
Surdyk’s faces a month-long suspension of its liquor license and a fine after opening last Sunday, four months before Sunday sales become legal.

Six candidates meet in first mayoral forum
Six candidates shared their visions for Minneapolis at the 2017 campaign season’s first mayoral forum, held March 8 at Calvary Church in the Whittier neighborhood.

First silver carp, the 'flying' invasive fish, is captured in St. Croix
A silver carp, the invasive fish with the notorious reputation for flying out of the water to the peril of boaters, has been captured for the first time in the St. Croix River bordering Minnesota and Wisconsin, conservation officials said Thursday.

Theatre in the Round to debut enormous mural
California artist John Pugh is creating a trompe-l’œil mural, giving the illusion that pieces of the community theater’s wall are being pulled back — letting people on Cedar Avenue near Minneapolis' Seven Corners area see happenings inside.

The final countdown is on: Downtown Macy's closes Sunday
The landmark Macy’s store at the corner of 7th and Nicollet Mall, formerly the beloved Dayton’s flagship, is closing its doors for good in four days. It, of course, is the last department store standing along a retail corridor that once boasted several department stores.

Minnesotans get applications in fast to volunteer for 2018 Super Bowl
Minnesotans showed early interest in being part of Super Bowl LII next February by submitting 4,470 applications to volunteer in just a few hours Wednesday.

Workforce housing planned for Minneapolis half block once offered for $5M on Craigslist
In 2013, a Twin Cities landowner posted a Craigslist ad for a half block that fetched considerable attention, in part because of its $5 million asking price. Today, that land is finally being sold and there is a development plan in place for the half block, which fronts the west side of Nicollet between W. 15th Street and Interstate 94 on the south edge of downtown Minneapolis.

Target applies for liquor license for downtown Nicollet Mall store
The retailer has applied for a license from the city for a liquor store that would have a separate entrance on the first floor at 9th and Nicollet. The Target store it would be attached to is slated to get a $10 million makeover later this year.

Two new Japanese restaurants are coming to the North Loop
Kaiseki Furukawa and Kado no Mise are poised to land in the old downtown Minneapoils Origami space. The former is being described as a kaiseki restaurant that "draws its philosophy from tea ceremony traditions in 16th-century Kyoto, Japan." Kaiseki is a cooking and eating tradition that involves the intricacies of season, ceremony, and balance and dates back as far as the 9th century.

Popular Minneapolis chef to open two new restaurants
For years, Daniel del Prado has cut his teeth under lauded chef Isaac Becker and in restaurants from here, to Portland, Ore., to Europe. Now, Del Prado — who currently operates the kitchen at the popular Burch Steak on Lowry Hill — is ready to open his own place. Two of them, actually.

Now open: The Bad Waitress Northeast
The Bad Waitress has opened a second location in Northeast Minneapolis that ups the local diner’s bar program.

Now open: Geno’s
Geno’s, an Italian sandwich shop and bar, is now open in the Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood.

100-tap HopCat to open on Nicollet Mall
HopCat, a primarily Midwestern restaurant chain, is planning to open a location near the north end of Nicollet Mall.

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A defiant Jim Surdyk opens for Sunday liquor sales four months early
Surdyk's, the family-owned liquor store in northeast Minneapolis, issued a social-media blast Sunday morning saying the store would be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yes, the 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales was lifted, but the first day of legal sales was to be Sunday, July 2.

Planners went out on a limb with Nicollet Mall tree choices
Selecting white birches for Nicollet Mall was the worst idea; better to have gone with insect resistant, heat- and drought-tolerant trees.

X Games would stay in Minneapolis another two years, seeking $1M in subsidies
U.S. Bank Stadium is slated to host the event in 2017 and 2018, but officials at Meet Minneapolis are already looking to lock it in for 2019 and 2020.

Meet the 'dream team' that's transforming the Guthrie Theater
Abraham Lincoln had his cabinet of rivals. Neil Armstrong had mission control. Guthrie Theater artistic director Joe Haj has built a small but potent team of all-stars who are highly sought-after leaders in their respective disciplines.

As Macy's at 7th Street and Nicollet Mall nears close, Minnesotans remember retail icon
As goodbye nears, state remembers a retail icon.

Governor Dayton shares his memories of Dayton's Department Store
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton talks about the legacy of the Dayton's Department Store in the wake of Macy's closing.

Meet Minneapolis plan aims to make city a must-see tourist destination
Minneapolis may not be high on tourists' travel lists just yet, but city leaders have a plan to draw more visitors in with water taxis, advertising campaigns and a riverfront visitors center.

Every pedestrian and cyclist should know the rules
The problem is, many motorists don't, or don't care. And, so, too, the occasional stroller or cyclist. The thing is you can be very, very right about a traffic issue, and very, very dead. The simple fact is the car wins every time.

Getting Wiggy With It
The Guthrie’s wig master, Laura Adams, spends her life in hairy situations.

Dominium plans 184 units of affordable housing in Loring Park
A six-story apartment complex would add 184 units of affordable housing to Loring Park under a proposal by Plymouth-based developer Dominium.

Daniel del Prado Will Open Two Restaurants in 2017
Del Prado has teamed up with business partners John Gross and Ben Hertz, and the three are first opening a small barbecue spot on the northern fringes of the North Loop this spring or summer, and after that will come an Argentinian fish house in the farther reaches of Southwestern Minneapolis by late summer or fall.

CRISP & GREEN To Open 2nd Location In North Loop
Located at 428 Washington Avenue North, the restaurant owned by Ryan Burnet, will open at 10:30 a.m. on March 9. While the first location is along Lake Street in Wayzata, Burnet is no stranger to the North Loop. He co-founded Bar La Grassa in 2009.

Crisp & Green opens second restaurant in the North Loop
Crisp & Green, a new fast-casual concept from local restaurateur Ryan Burnet, will get a second location in the North Loop Thursday.

Cardigan Donuts slated for City Center
What does a skyway worker do when there aren’t enough donuts in the skyway? Open a donut shop.

O’Cheeze food truck to expand to the skyway
The mobile grilled cheese sandwich shop will join fellow trucks in the Baker Building.

Twin Spirits opens Audubon Park cocktail room
The latest in a wave of new Northeast distilleries is now open.

Sarah Jane’s owners bake with family
When Johnson Street Northeast is quiet and the only things moving are the flickering lights on the Hollywood Theater, Audry and Stephanie Botzet are at their busiest with their arms deep in butter and flour.

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Guthrie's 2017-18 season will feature a play by 'Walking Dead' star Danai Gurira
The Guthrie Theater announced a 2017-18 season Thursday mixing old and new plays that speak to social unease, truth-telling and moral courage in the face of fear.

Art gallery to open on Nicollet Island
Jed Staack, Joe Limpert, Peter Geyen and Jason Kittel are the co-founders behind Truckstop Gallery, a nearly 1,000-square-foot gallery that they envision hosting an eclectic mix of art and artists.

Ironclad hotel, apartment project approved by city of Minneapolis
The Ironclad mixed-use project, which includes a Marriott Moxy hotel on Washington Avenue near U.S. Bank Stadium, was given the green light by the city of Minneapolis this week.

Schafer Richardson plans North Loop offices
The developer wants to build three new floors on top of the two-story Zuccaro's Produce building at N. 3rd Street and 10th Avenue N. and convert the building into a site for creative office space.

Now open: Hennepin Steam Room
Owners Ben and Ivy Taheri have taken a food-forward approach to their second try at the historic North Loop space, putting Jesse Spitzack, a former Bradstreet Crafthouse chef, in the kitchen.

Beer-focused restaurant with 100 taps will open in Nic on Fifth in Minneapolis
HopCat will offer 100 beer taps, including more than 30 Minnesota craft brews as well as a pub menu of burgers, Detroit-style pizza and “crack fries” that are covered in beer batter and cracked pepper.

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Open Ward 3 seat draws a crowd
Less than one month after Jacob Frey announced his mayoral campaign, there were at least six candidates vying for his soon-to-be-vacant Ward 3 seat on the City Council.

Minnesota Vikings want fence to keep the people away from 'The People's Stadium'
In their continuing quest to make "The People's Stadium" feel less inviting to The People, the Vikings are petitioning the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to build a permanent fence around U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings' 'fence fight' at new stadium
The MInnesota VIkings are looking to add permanent fencing all the way around U.S. Bank Stadium in the name of better security, but the plan may not make it past the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

Vikings want to fence off U.S. Bank stadium permanently
The Minnesota Vikings are pushing to build a permanent perimeter fence around U.S. Bank Stadium, but the idea is getting pushback from the government board that oversees the facility.

Vikings, MSFA At Odds Over Security Fence Around U.S. Bank Stadium
Right now, crews put up temporary fences for all events. The Vikings organization and the company who runs the stadium, SMG, want a permanent fence.

Minneapolis Park Board may act as developer for former Scherer Bros. site
The Minneapolis Park Board may take on the role of master developer after a Northeast riverfront site it hopes to redefine failed to draw proposals from private developers.

Parking garage swap would make way for new Minneapolis city offices
Under a proposal to be considered by a City Council committee Tuesday, the city would trade its parking garage on 5th Street S. for a privately owned garage that shares the same block. The deal would earn the city more than $6 million and set the stage for a new office building kitty-corner to City Hall.

Turning old to new in the North Loop
Two developers have a plan to revive a 19th-century warehouse complex in the heart of the city’s trendiest neighborhood.

Closing: Lone Grazer, Awesome Urban Cheesemaker
I'm gutted: Kieran Folliard and Rueben Nilsson are closing Lone Grazer Creamery, our absolute sweetheart of an urban creamery which lived in the Northeast Minneapolis FOOD BUILDING. Details on their homepage, but I have no link to detail my great heartbreak.

Cheese maker The Lone Grazer Creamery closes in the Food Building
Food Building founder says the company wasn’t growing fast enough.

Art gallery to open on Nicollet Island
A group of Northeast Minneapolis-based artists is opening an art gallery in the middle of Nicollet Island.

Randle’s replaces Ling & Louie’s on Nicollet Mall
Restaurateur Michael McDermott closed Ling & Louie’s at the end of last year, and has now opened his own concept, an upscale sports bar named for local football legend John Randle.

Bearcat Bar closes after a month in business
Bearcat Bar, Kim Bartmann’s restaurant that replaced her other concept, The Third Bird, in January, closed Friday after about a month in business.

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A nameless intern turns Minneapolis' mayor race into a hapless sitcom
Belz contacted Contreras. He initially denied that he and the Hodges' campaign had anything to do with the Frey job listing. Contreras went so far as to tell Belz that maybe it was done by a Frey staffer, who created the post to make it appear as if it had come from Hodges' people. Two hours later, Contreras was telling Belz another story: That some overly zealous, nameless intern was responsible.

Hodges campaign says intern crafted fake Frey for Congress job posting
On Monday, Jorge Contreras, campaign manager for Mayor Betsy Hodges, admitted the posting came from his office, characterizing it as an intern’s antics gone too far. The bizarre episode is the latest twist in the battle between Hodges and Frey, the challenger seen as having the best chance to knock her off in the November election.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges apologizes to Jacob Frey for fake job posting
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges apologized Tuesday that someone in her campaign created a job posting for a fictitious campaign to draft one of her opponents for a congressional run.

Visitors to the Twin Cities and locals need better apps to negotiate skyways
Imagine you’re from Argentina, right off the plane, standing on the second floor of a downtown Minneapolis office building, staring at a map of skyways. It looks like angular snakes playing Twister.

Putting the community in senior living community
The recently opened Abiitan Mill City has something for everyone, not just seniors.

How to staycation in style: 6 new Twin Cities boutique hotels offer fun getaways
With a fresh crop of new hotels open, the Twin Cities have more tempting staycation destinations than ever.

U.S. Bank Stadium officials work to determine new leadership, answer questions about finances
Replacements for the two departed top officials on U.S. Bank Stadium’s oversight panel are likely to come next week, and they’ll face unanswered questions from legislators about the financial management of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA).

Jack Link's looks to broaden appeal of jerky with new products, marketing, space
To broaden its image and attract new customers, Jack Link's has begun to expand product lines, shift marketing and open a new showroom and office in downtown Minneapolis near Target Center.

Hillman building in North Loop to be renovated
St. Louis Park-based developer Paster Properties, along with the Urban Anthology commercial real estate firm, purchased the old Hillman building and adjacent Porter Electric warehouse with plans to revamp the complex.

Schafer Richardson looks to redevelop Zuccaro’s building into offices
Schafer Richardson has revealed a preliminary proposal to redevelop the Zuccaro’s Produce building in the North Loop into a five-story office development.

Target announces $10M renovation of Nicollet Mall store
Target recently announced it will invest $10 million to renovate its downtown Minneapolis flagship store.

Downtown East's McKinney Roe serves up a showy room, familiar menu
McKinney Roe, the newcomer that’s a football’s toss from U.S. Bank Stadium, is a perfectly pleasant restaurant.

Bad Waitress opens in northeast Mpls. with star bartender making the cocktails
The Bad Waitress is set to unveil its second location this week, showing off sparkling new digs, a full bar and a major Twin Cities name shaking and stirring the drinks.

Sneak Peek: The Bad Waitress opens second location in NE Minneapolis (photos)
There's plenty of breakfast food, coffee, craft cocktails — and a few superheroes, too — to be found at The Bad Waitress in NE Minneapolis, which opens this week.

The story of Café Palmira and a recipe for cooking with coffee
For the past four generations, Carlos Palacio’s family has been growing and harvesting coffee in Huehuetenango, Guatemala — a region renowned for growing some of the world’s finest Arabica coffee.

Zelo reopens following remodel
Zelo has opened its doors after its new owner — its founder — remodeled the longstanding restaurant on Nicollet Mall.

Marin is closing to make way for Mercy
Marin Restaurant & Bar will close next week to make way for a new, more casual concept called Mercy.

Now closed: Barre
The restaurant, formerly known as Mason’s, has closed in the Mason Temple building.

PREVIOUS WEEK

North Loop’s ‘Hennepin and Lake’
Does the trendy North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis have its own version of Uptown’s “Hennepin and Lake” intersection in the works? Jeff Herman thinks so.

Oldest neighborhood in Minneapolis looks to rebrand just like North Loop did
People passing through Marcy-Homes — or renting an apartment or opening a business — often think they're somewhere else.

Amid obstacles, activists envision an audacious plan for Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam: making it part of a national park
It’s eight years away. At best. And there remain some sizable hurdles to clear between now and then. But that hasn’t discouraged some in the Twin Cities from imagining something previously thought improbable for downtown Minneapolis: a central role in a national park.

Minneapolis Commuting Modes Evolve
Workers are slowly realizing there are options other than driving alone.

RyKrisp building gets new life as business incubator
Once a factory, the North Co. building is now a hub for small businesses.

The matchmakers who help Minneapolitans find love
In an age of online dating local matchmakers still work their magic.

Seniors have a new community in the Mill District
Shoreview-based Ecumen is putting the finishing touches on its new urban retirement community in the Mill District.

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Historic designation study completed on Minneapolis Armory
The Minneapolis Armory, which is in the midst of being transformed into an event space, is a step closer to becoming a local historic landmark.

Minneapolis needs more trees — here's why
With emerald ash borers threatening many of our street trees, we need to reforest our city now.

One wheely unusual winter commute: Man unicycles through Minneapolis
Dan Hansen knows what you think about his unicycle. You're thinking circus. Wobbly. And "what the ....?" when he cruises past you in traffic. But Hansen is just thinking: Commute.

Artist who created bronze Mary Tyler Moore statue dies two days after star
Gwendolyn Gillen created the hat-tossing tribute on Nicollet Mall.

I-94 project through Minneapolis promises to be a doozy for motorists
Traffic will share one side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel for three months, and the freeway will be down to two lanes in each direction.

Campaign finance board: Frey can spend council campaign money in Minneapolis mayor's race
Jacob Frey raised more than $100,000 as a City Council member.

Mpls. Council Member Cano rebuked for defying City Hall security
A letter from three officials took her to task for defying guards preventing after-hours entrance to City Hall.

Downtown Minneapolis plaza to host polar plunge next week
The fundraiser on the U.S. Bank Plaza will benefit Special Olympics.

Hennepin County sees drop in 'repeat users' of shelters after boosting services for homeless families
Pilot program to break cycle of homelessness showing promise in Hennepin County.

Edison sees dramatic improvement in ninth-grade performance
Course-failure rate dipped dramatically, especially in science

Let's go crazy: Super Bowl planners promise Minnesotans will be blown away next year
In the 26 years since Minnesota last hosted, the Super Bowl has exploded from a weekend football celebration focused on a single stadium into a 10-day extravaganza spread across dozens of spaces and cities.

Ice rink at The Depot in Minneapolis will close permanently before renovation
The owner of The Depot will close the downtown ice skating rink ahead of a planned renovation and expansion of the historic event center.

Minneapolis' Depot Ice Rink to close in March for renovation into event space
As a tribute to its nearly 20-year history, the rink will have expanded hours and offer free coffee and hot chocolate on weekdays before it closes on March 11.

Flutter Bridal Boutique moves to Main Street
Flutter Bridal Boutique is reopening this week in Marcy-Holmes’ Riverplace building on Main Street.

From west metro farmers markets to Surly Brewery, former German architect-turned-baker grows business
Joachim Berndt turned a hobby into a booming business in northeast Mpls.

For fledgling bakery, sewer access fee was big surprise
The Lloyds invested $100,000-plus, including a bank loan, to build out space in a renovated warehouse in the booming North Loop for their first retail bakery and cafe in 3,000 square feet at 530 N. Third St.

Crafty Planet to close this spring
The craft store has served Northeast Minneapolis residents for more than 13 years.

Living up to its name
“Alma” means nourishing, according to my Latin dictionary, and Chef/patron Alex Roberts, proprietor of James Beard Award-winning Restaurant Alma, continues to earn his truth-in-advertising cred at his new Café Alma, adjoining its always-busy older sib.

Global flavors, music take center stage at Hennepin Steam Room
The North Loop restaurant puts food at the forefront of the former Tangiers space.

Now open: Johnson Street Yoga
The Northeast Minneapolis studio hopes to offer yoga for all.

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How the upper Mississippi goes from pristine to polluted
New MPCA report is the state's first complete look at 510-mile upper stretch.

James Lileks revisits some of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' Minneapolis locations [VIDEO]
Mary Tyler Moore, who portrayed a Minneapolis newswoman on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" died Wednesday.

Minneapolis City Hall clock could tell time again by Friday
Unexpected damage and cold weather have slowed the renovation project.

100 Washington Square: the consummate modernist dream of an office tower
Last month on Instagram, I noticed a local photographer named Ethan Jones was posting regular shots of a high-rise office building in downtown Minneapolis. He never identified it by name, and I am embarrassed to say I couldn’t quite place where it was, exactly. The shots were framed beautifully: The building itself is a perfectly attractive example of midcentury modernism, but unlike a lot of such buildings that have to contend with the messiness and chaos of their surroundings, this one stood against an almost completely empty landscape. It actually looked a lot like an architectural model, almost too perfect and too clean for the griminess of the real world.

Is it possible to fix the bottleneck at Hennepin and Lyndale?
A reconstruction project has improved the Hennepin/Lyndale intersection, but stops short of redressing decades of bad decisions.

Northeast Middle School students host Shark Tank
Northeast Middle School students brought their pitches for a sustainable urban growing system in front of Minneapolis Public Schools leaders earlier this month.

Lowry Tunnel to go to one lane from May to August
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close one side of the Lowry Tunnel from May to August and will reduce the speed limit in it to 30 miles per hour.

Green Minneapolis takes the reins of the Commons
A detailed look into the organization taking over the downtown park.

Jun opens in former Rojo space
The North Loop restaurant offers Szechuan cuisine and a full bar.

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Exploring the ghostly route of Minneapolis' underground Bassett Creek
The world as we see it on the maps on the screens of our smartphones – which, if you’re like me, is one of the primary ways you experience it – isn’t always what it seems. Occasionally, the ghostly algorithmic cartographers of Google Maps will put some geographic or infrastructural feature across your path that exists on screen, but doesn’t seem to relate to anything you see once you look up from the your phone.

Who knew a Frenchman was responsible for Minneapolis' most iconic buildings?
Magney and Tusler was founded 100 years ago, and its buildings define Minneapolis: the old MacPhail, Calhoun Beach Club, the Minneapolis Woman's Club and many more.

Seven Wonders of the Twin Cities
They may not be the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum or Machu Picchu, but Minneapolis and St. Paul are great in their own right, so we came up with a list of the Seven Wonders of the Twin Cities. Out of all the exciting and inspiring attractions found throughout the metro, we have narrowed it down to these seven must- see and do’s that set the Twin Cities apart from other top towns across the nation.

Mississippi River Paddle Share: A Reflection
Back in September I had the pleasure of trying out the new Paddle Share program sponsored by the Mississippi Park Connection in conjunction with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. My goal was to see if it was accessible by bike, as well as to explore the city by paddling down the Mississippi.

North Loop becoming the place to be for retail
Just a half-mile from the soon-shuttering Macy’s on Nicollet Mall is a small men’s boutique that is part of a wave of newer companies disrupting the retail world. Bonobos, where customers try on possible purchases and then place orders online, opened a bright, 1,000-square-foot showroom in November in the North Loop.

Tom Hoch to leave Hennepin theaters early; former General Mills exec named interim boss
Ann Simonds, who left General Mills in December after a 21-year career, has been named interim president of the Hennepin Theatre Trust (HTT).

MPCA and Northern Metal could reach settlement by the end of January
After decades of fighting to move a metal recycling facility out of a North Side neighborhood, Minneapolis residents may finally see results.

About 2,000 join Minneapolis anti-Trump march
Protesters criticized the new president's views on immigration, climate change and women's rights.

The Bad Waitress Northeast opens next month with breakfast all day and booze
Hey Northeasters, have you been wishing for a Bad Waitress in your ‘hood?

Now open: Red’s Savoy Pizza
The owner of Keegan’s Pub has expanded into the neighboring space with a pizza restaurant.

Now open: Blarney Pub & Grill
Rather than college students, the new Blarney Pub & Grill is drawing in Minnesota Vikings fans. Owner Mike Mulrooney has expanded the Irish pub into the 903 Washington building just a few blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Bunny’s opens second bar and grill in Northeast
St. Louis Park’s Bunny’s Bar & Grill has opened the doors of a second location in the former Community Keg House space in Northeast Minneapolis.

New 'authentic' Chinese restaurant opening in Minneapolis' North Loop this weekend
On the line at the front of the open kitchen, cooks – a few of them, it’s fair to say, were grandma-aged – systematically roll and cut dough for the fresh, hand-pulled noodles.

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New city office building in Downtown East will replace parking ramp
The City Council this month approved a $500,000 contract with design firm Perkins+Will to determine how to consolidate the city’s scattered downtown employees into a new building near City Hall. That would replace the city-owned Government Center parking ramp, which stands on 5th Street, across from the Armory.

Depot plans to grow event space in train shed
Developers plan to expand the event space at the Depot by enclosing the remaining eastern portion of its historic Minneapolis train shed.

United Properties seeks more time to raise money for tower on Nicollet Hotel Block
United Properties is asking the city of Minneapolis for more time to raise money to redevelop the Nicollet Hotel Block downtown after a potential partner stepped back from its hotel and residential tower project.

Fourth-generation Mpls. furrier adapts to times, tastes
If it snowed more than 7 inches on New Year’s Day, customers who had bought a fur, leather or other coat at Ribnick Luxury Outerwear in December would have been entitled to a full refund.

Indoor skaters flock to U.S. Bank Stadium
They came in shorts and tank tops, in jeans and T-shirts and spandex. Families and singles, old and young. Some wore helmets, some didn’t. But no matter, there were few if any wipeouts at the third in-line skating event ever held at U.S. Bank Stadium.

U.S. Bank Stadium panels come loose again during windstorm
A zinc panel from U.S. Bank Stadium’s problematic western prow fell to the ground early Monday while others have come loose again.

U.S. Bank Stadium's fallen panel replaced, Mortenson Construction vows improvements
Workers have repaired a missing strip of zinc paneling that fell from U.S. Bank Stadium's western prow on Monday, prompting building contractor M.A. Mortenson Construction to reinforce the facade in hopes of preventing further damage from high winds.

U.S. Bank Stadium protesters won't be charged yet
The high-flying protesters who flouted U.S. Bank Stadium security at the last Minnesota Vikings game of the season got out of jail without charges Monday, while those responsible for protecting the $1.1 billion structure had little to say about how the trio pulled off the stunt.

Just say ‘oui’
Millennials, here is a restaurant (and hotel) just for you that the rest of us can just as ardently embrace.

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"Spirit: Made Here" Is Initiative's Latest Installation in Downtown Minneapolis Storefronts
The Hennepin Theatre Trust recently launched the seventh season of its window art installation series, Spirit: Made Here. Consisting of more than 30 window displays filling empty storefronts and commercial spaces in downtown Minneapolis, the project’s installations include an array of art mediums including painting, paper sculpting, photography, fiber art, three-dimensional mixed media, video and an interactive light show. The window art is on display in a six-block stretch between 6th Street and 10th Street from Hennepin Avenue to Marquette Avenue.

Byte, a geeky pub, café, is coming to the Warehouse District
Before they knew they were going to open a geeky pub and café in downtown Minneapolis, Travis Shaw and Mark Lowman wanted to open a restaurant that didn’t pit them against their employees. So they made their own.

Cool Offices: Staff at Guthrie Theater are constantly creating (photos)
The Guthrie Theater is an art powerhouse in Minneapolis, creating a mix of classic and contemporary plays for its three stages. Hundreds of employees help make the magic happen in offices and workshops behind the scenes.

Get cheap and delicious Japanese street food at PinKU -- just don't call it sushi
John Sugimura, tall, booming of voice, and ebullient of spirit, instantly fills up all 960 square feet of this northeast Minneapolis sushi joint. He comes out from behind the counter to greet you, to go over the menu, together, with you.

In a stellar year for restaurant design, these Twin Cities hot spots stood out
From the Hewing Hotel's Tullibee to Hi-Lo Diner, many new restaurants served up delicious design (as well as food).

6 Things to Know About Red Rabbit Opening Today
After several months of careful plotting and planning, today is the day that Red Rabbit finally opens its front doors for service. The restaurant is a new collaboration between Luke Shimp, who owns the quickly expanding mini-chain of Red Cow restaurants and chef Todd Macdonald, who left Parella to join Shimp’s company. The new eatery is in the North Loop neighborhood in a one-time auto-body shop on Washington Avenue that has been completely transformed.

Normandy Kitchen reopens following facelift
Following a year of renovations, the restaurant is set for a new chapter of its long history.

Ovative Group will move into planned North Loop building, adding 100 jobs
Digital-marketing consultancy Ovative Group will add 100 jobs as it moves into a development planned for Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood. The company will relocate from 701 Washington Ave. N. to 30,000 square feet at 729 Washington Ave. N, where Bloomington-based United Properties is developing a 10-story mixed-use project.

United Properties' mixed-use property deemed appropriate; Secures tenant
United Properties plans to erect a 10-story office structure and an apartment building that would wrap around a separate seven-level parking garage atop of a surface lot in the middle of the block at 729 Washington Ave. N and 728 Third St. N. The commercial building is planned to have ground floor retail as well as offices. The other structure will have retail, 44 apartments, which will be about 400 square feet each.

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5 'less notable' buildings we miss in Mpls.? Let's start with the old Post Office
A building doesn’t have to be great to be missed. Sometimes we regret the absence of a building for reasons that have nothing to do with its style or grandeur.

Phyllis Kahn a fighter until the end
When she began clearing out her St. Paul office, Rep. Phyllis Kahn posted on her door a letter from the Minnesota Historical Society that she’d held onto since 1975, not long after she’d been elected to the second of her 22 terms in the state House.

Minneapolis maps next steps as big stores exit downtown
If Macy's leaves Minneapolis, it won't be a shock. Big Retail has been dying for years in downtowns here and across the country as suburban and online shopping explode. Experts say Minneapolis must find a way to recreate a vibrant shopping district and lure back the region's shoppers knowing the department store giants won't be returning.

5 'less notable' buildings we miss in Mpls.? Let's start with the old Post Office
A building doesn’t have to be great to be missed. Sometimes we regret the absence of a building for reasons that have nothing to do with its style or grandeur.

The Twin Cities Bag Lady says goodbye to family business after eight decades
Known by many of her clients as the Twin Cities Bag Lady, Oxman has operated the luggage company for 32 years, including exactly 29 years in its last home along Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis.

10 magical places in Minnesota that look like the North Pole
From reindeer to ice castles, there are plenty of enchanted experiences to behold in Minnesota.

Why do Minnesotans talk funny ? [Video]
The Minnesotan accent is a recurring subject of national curiosity, but just why do we talk the way we do?

How do you pronounce crayon? And other ways to tell if you're from Minnesota
Soda vs. pop is a long-standing vernacular battle among the different regions of America. Minnesota is in the pop camp.

Would urbanist Jane Jacobs have approved of Mpls. changes? New collection offers hints
Twin Cities development was always about the block, as if replacing 20 structures with one big bunker would change things for the better. Ignore Jacobs’ prescriptions, and you get City Center.

What's it like to live on Nicollet Island? Historic house is on the market
This historic Nicollet Island house is surrounded by nature, just steps from downtown Minneapolis. You can have it for $1.15 million.

After a rough start, revamped Holidazzle is finding its way
This year's event at Loring Park has a bigger footprint and twice the number of vendors.

An annual northeast Minneapolis photo show chronicles life of Somali family, community
Mohamed Barre’s annual photo exhibit started out as an uncommon introduction to his northeast Minneapolis neighbors.

Minneapolis settles lawsuit over 35W bridge memorial
The city of Minneapolis will receive $700,000 as part of a settlement reached with the designers of a memorial built to honor the victims of the 35W bridge collapse.

U.S. Bank Stadium authority bans friends, family from state-owned luxury suites
Friends and family won’t be welcome anymore in the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s two luxury suites at U.S. Bank Stadium, a practice that ran into a public backlash last month.

Tevlin: It's too late now to apologize for the sweet deal on stadium suites
When the story first broke that the MSFA used some of its 36 prime seats for family members and friends, along with a bunch of people actually thinking about doing business with the facility, Gov. Mark Dayton blamed the media for sensationalizing the issue. Maybe so. Maybe, as one reader pointed out, “there are more important things to worry about.”

At the Walker Art Center, a very buzzy opening party for new restaurant Esker Grove
More than 300 Twin Cities foodies put on their best snow boot chic Monday night to celebrate the opening of Esker Grove, chef Doug Flicker's new restaurant located in a 5,000 square-foot addition to the Walker Art Center.

Sneak Peek: Craft cocktails, pizza and pasta at Red Rabbit in the North Loop (slideshow)
Restaurateur Luke Shimp, who's had no shortage of success expanding his Red Cow restaurants, is nearly ready to open his second concept in the North Loop. Red Rabbit will open Dec. 20. at 201 Washington Ave. N. The building is over 100 years old and was most recently home to an auto repair shop.

Spoon and Stable restaurant tells its own stories in new publication
You’d think that starting up a second restaurant, Bellecour in Wayzata, would be the sole focus of Gavin Kaysen’s spare time away from Spoon and Stable, his North Loop restaurant in Minneapolis.

Painting the town red
As he prepares to open his next concept in the North Loop, Red Cow owner Luke Shimp takes the top honor for local restaurateurs.

Shopping Without Reservation at the Hewing Hotel
Here's a way to make it seem like you're not visiting the North Loop's hot new Hewing Hotel just to get the requisite lobby photo: go to shop local, this weekend or on Christmas Eve. The Hewing is hosting a Holiday Pop-Up this weekend with Minny & Paul, which celebrates its first Christmas by building festive gift boxes at reasonable price points, filled with goods by local makers.

Minnesota heritage reborn: Northwestern Knitting specializes in stylish hoodies and joggers
Minneapolis entrepreneur John Mooty spent a year living at the Lofts at International Market Square. They were perfect digs for someone so fascinated with manufacturing and textiles and proved a fruitful source of inspiration.

Greco adds to North Loop holdings with Precision Associates site
Greco, already one of the most active real estate players in Minneapolis' North Loop, has paid $2.45 million for an industrial building and 77-space parking lot at 715 Second St. N.

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Sculpture Clock being restored to whirl again on Nicollet Mall
Once a popular downtown landmark, the 16-foot clock lost much of its luster in 2002 after costly upkeep forced the city to halt the kinetic sculpture’s movement. Now a team of experts is bringing life to its corroded and rusted parts, restoring the only vestige of the original 1960s Nicollet Mall to have a place in the latest redesign.

Downtown Minneapolis nears another retail watershed
Twenty years ago, if you had predicted that the downtown Dayton’s would close, people would have thought you were crazy. The massive department store sat at Minneapolis’ peak value intersection, Nicollet and 7th, and in many ways the building was synonymous with downtown. The Mary Tyler Moore statue planted itself outside, eternally throwing her hat in the air, and each Christmas people flocked to the children’s exhibit, ascending story after story of escalators through every possible brand of retail.

Minneapolis business leaders raise concerns about downtown safety
Minneapolis business leaders delivered a sharply worded letter to Mayor Betsy Hodges this week, expressing dismay over "unchecked flagrant, aggressive and sometimes criminal behavior" downtown, and demanding that the city prepare to address the problem as soon as spring arrives.

New owner of Minneapolis’s Mill Place building will rebrand it as Barrel House
The Canadian company that bought the historic Mill Place complex near the Third Avenue bridge in the Mill District of Minneapolis will rebrand the space as Barrel House. While the name is new, it harkens back 136 years. The two 1880s buildings at 111 Third Ave. S. were originally the home of Hall and Dann Barrel Co., which made flour barrels for the booming Minneapolis milling industry.

Walker Art Center's new entrance a cultural and community gathering spot
How does one merge the architectural styles of the Walker Art Center’s two buildings to create a new, welcoming entrance overlooking the famous Sculpture Garden? This was the challenge presented to architect Joan Soranno, a design principal at HGA Architects and Engineers, and her design team nearly four years ago.

A look inside Erik the Red next to U.S. Bank Stadium (photos)
Erik the Red is already a hot destination for Vikings fans. Every time a large event is held at the stadium, the staff at Erik the Red prepare for large waves of guests. A recent high-school funeral also drew big crowds, and Forsberg expects a monster-truck show this weekend will also drive business.

United Properties is moving its headquarters to downtown Minneapolis
In the spring, United Properties plans to move its nearly 40 employees to about 17,000 square feet of space on the fourth floor of Gaviidae, located at 655 Nicollet Mall.

United Properties will move headquarters to Nicollet Mall next year
The relocation will be just the third move for the century-old company, which is now owned by the Pohlad family who also own the Minnesota Twins.

Zipnosis Moving Into New T3 Office Building
The Minneapolis-based telemedicine company will move into 16,000 square feet of office space, which is nearly double the amount it presently occupies just a few blocks away at 252 North First Avenue. The extra space will allow the company to continue its rapid growth.

Dayton: Vikings opposition to Minnesota United at U.S. Bank Stadium is 'sour grapes'
Gov. Mark Dayton called the Vikings’ opposition to possible Major League Soccer games at U.S. Bank Stadium “sour grapes” because the team’s owners lost an expansion franchise to a rival group led by former UnitedHealth Group CEO Bill McGuire.

Park Board once again seeks developer for Northeast riverfront
After a proposal to revitalize part of a former lumberyard in Northeast Minneapolis failed to pan out last year, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is once again looking for a new real estate developer for the site.

Seven steak and sushi restaurant sold
Downtown Minneapolis steakhouse and bar Seven has been sold following financial trouble at the restaurant and a legal feud among its ownership.

Now open: Young Joni
Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza owner Ann Kim has opened her next restaurant, this time a pizza and Korean-fusion concept called Young Joni in Northeast Minneapolis.

Bonicelli Kitchen is opening — again
After a short hiatus to make final renovations, Bonicelli Kitchen is reopening its doors for good, this time with a finished dining room.

New owners plan tweaks to Mona Restaurant and Bar
Caroline and Eric Butterfield have purchased Mona Restaurant and Bar in downtown Minneapolis with a plan expand the restaurant’s hours, catering services and menus.

Despite Twin Cities restaurant closings, new options await diners
In a year marked by endings, the Twin Cities dining scene has also recently witnessed a flood of newcomers. Here's a preview.

The Great Northern festival to showcase Twin Cities as winter wonderland
The new festival, led by the Askov Finlayson and Bachelor Farmer founder, will bring together the three foundational organizations, along with Northern Spark and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern and his Food Works Inc., next month to further brand the state as a national winter destination and the season as a “defining asset” for attracting tourism.

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Demolition delayed for old funeral home building near downtown Minneapolis
The delay comes after the Neighbors for East Bank Livability (NEBL) asked a Hennepin County judge to grant an injunction that would prevent Alatus LLC from proceeding with its plans to build a 42-story mixed-use tower that would replace the Washburn-McReavy funeral home and the adjacent St. Anthony Athletic Club at the corner of 2nd Street and Central Avenue in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood in Minneapolis.

Former Minneapolis freeway ramp to reopen for cyclists and pedestrians
An initial plan to include vehicles on the connection between Cedar-Riverside and downtown spurred backlash from some residents.

Upper St. Anthony Falls visitor center proposed
While park leaders are planning a major overhaul of the downtown riverfront, a new civic group is planning to add to that vision by turning the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam into a world-class visitor and interpretive center.

Macy's in talks about downtown site; no decision on closing the iconic store
The downtown Minneapolis Macy's — known best locally as the longtime flagship of the Dayton's ­Department Store chain — has been the source of speculation and real estate dealings for several years.

Macy’s Tells City It Intends To Close Nicollet Mall Store
Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. has informed the City of Minneapolis and key downtown stakeholders that it intends to close its flagship store on Nicollet Mall in 2017, and that it has no plans to maintain a retail presence there, according to multiple sources who requested anonymity.

Vikings threaten lawsuit over possible Minnesota United soccer games at U.S. Bank Stadium
The owners of the Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise the Minnesota United are in talks about playing games at U.S. Bank Stadium — and it has left the stadium’s primary tenant, the Vikings, crying foul and threatening to sue.

Work or perk? U.S. Bank Stadium executives have free access to luxury suite seats
The government appointees who oversee U.S. Bank Stadium on behalf of taxpayers get a perk unavailable to most Minnesotans: free tickets to two lower-level luxury suites for all events held there.

Minnesota legislative auditor opens 'priority' investigation into authority's use of two U.S. Bank Stadium luxury suites
Lack of transparency decried by GOP senator who authored bill creating U.S. Bank Stadium.

Wolves, Lynx name 'founding partners' for $130M in arena upgrades
Along with the “naming rights partners,” Target and Mayo Clinic, the new “founding partners” have made “long-term commitments and significant investments,” the professional basketball teams’ officials said Monday.

Where a love of music is never forgotten
Gabby Matzdorff and her mother, Donna Lou Leehey, joined Giving Voice Chorus because they were looking for something to do together. Her mother, Matzdorff said, “has always been musical.” As they chatted after a recent rehearsal at MacPhail Center for Music, Leehey didn’t remember that she sang soprano in her high school choir, or that the group went on to win a state competition.

Holidazzle brings holiday cheer to Loring Park
The downtown Minneapolis tradition of the Holidazzle will return to Loring Park for a second year this season. Whether it’s ice skating among the winter lights and decorations, shopping from dozens of vendors in the park or finding local holiday treats, the free winter celebration has something to offer just about everyone this year.

Northeast arts district welcomes new leader
Dameun Strange, a Twin Cities-based community organizer and composer, assumed the position of NEMAA’s executive director in mid-October following Alejandra Pelinka’s leave earlier this year. Strange, the association’s second executive director and one of just two full-time staff, is now tasked with growing the more than 900-member artist collective after years of work to establish the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and the local creative economy.

Scratch Burgers & Beer now open in Minneapolis' North Loop
Scratch Burgers & Beer – a casual bar and restaurant focusing on its namesake items – launched an extended soft opening in mid-October, but officially announced its arrival at 408 3rd Ave. N. with a grand opening on Nov. 18.

Glam Doll Donuts teases 'mac and cheese' doughnut with gooey, addictive clip [VIDEO]
Yesterday, Glam Doll Donuts teased a new offering that will be served at their northeast Minneapolis shop once it opens. It is macaroni and cheese, rolled in breading, shaped into a doughnut and cooked. Its appearance online yesterday almost broke the internet. More than 75,000 people watched the clip uploaded to Facebook.

Pizzeria Lola restaurateur opens buzzy Young Joni in northeast Minneapolis
Young Joni, a wood-fired pizza palace in northeast Minneapolis, is Kim’s third eatery, following the popular Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza in Edina.

New dining options open in the skyway
D. Brian’s Deli and Catering has opened its third skyway restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, this time in the Wells Fargo towers in Downtown East. The restaurant,  which now boasts seven locations in the Twin Cities metro, serves breakfast and lunch with items like sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods.

Zen Box Izakaya’s award-winning co-owner looks to ramen for future shop
Congrats to Lina Goh, who won two Minne