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The Sioux Chef picked for parks eatery at old Fuji-Ya site
The parks board announced the selection Friday. The Sioux Chef will move into a new pavilion overlooking the Mississippi River, at the site of the former Fuji Ya building on West River Parkway.

Marquette Avenue block's quiet history
Are you having trouble placing this block of old Minneapolis? It’s Marquette Avenue between 6th and 7th streets.

The Soap Factory is set to begin a $6.2M renovation
Two years ago, just as it was celebrating its 25th anniversary, the question if the Soap Factory would continue to exist loomed over the organization.

Downtown's dilemma: 'A mind-set of violence' in Minneapolis
Minneapolis wants a safe and vibrant downtown for residents, office workers and visitors. But rising rates of violent crime in parts of the city's core threaten to undo years of progress.

Minneapolis downtown safety comes to the fore as mayoral election looms
Meanwhile, Minneapolis is throwing all sorts of fixes at the problem.

Assault leads to community dialogue on 'Suicide Hill' homeless camp
They call it "Suicide Hill" because the homeless and addicted people who gather there sometimes pass out and roll down the embankment into traffic.

A plan for safer streets is in the works
Minneapolis officials on Monday sketched out their vision for eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets in 10 years.

Pedestrian hit by SUV driver in downtown Minneapolis has died
Michael Lynne Webb, 70, of Minneapolis was walking across Hennepin Avenue about 2:20 p.m., between 9th and 10th streets Sept. 7 when an SUV ran into him, police said. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where police say he succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Driver crashes into pole in northeast Minneapolis, runs as passenger dies
A motorist rammed a vehicle into a traffic signal post in the middle of the night in northeast Minneapolis and ran from the scene, where his passenger died moments later, authorities said.

Park Board to finish vision for Sheridan Memorial Park
Park commissioners recently approved a concept plan to complete Sheridan Memorial Park in Northeast Minneapolis.

St. Cloud reconnects to Mississippi River with trail, plan for redevelopment
The Mississippi River winds right through downtown here, yet it's long been difficult for residents to get to the water or even glimpse it — a problem St. Cloud leaders are trying to reverse.

So Good So You will open a skyway cafe this fall
So Good So You, a company that includes several health-conscious food and beverage brands, plans to open an eatery later this year on the skyway level of 950 Nicollet Mall, also known as Retek on the Mall.

Now closed: Butcher Block
The Italian restaurant on East Hennepin served its last meals on Saturday, Sept. 2, a spokeswoman with the ownership group confirmed.

Condo in Mill District's North Star Lofts sells for $1.6 million
A 1,816-square-foot condo in the Mill District's North Star Lofts has sold for $1.6 million, according to a state real estate filing, which is about $881 per square foot.

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Nordstrom Rack opens two-story store on Nicollet Mall
The discount retailer opened a two-story outlet in IDS Center Thursday, filling spaces once home to The Gap and GapKids stores. The discount division of the Seattle-based department store company has been working on the store for the past year.

Downtown Minneapolis ready for boost from Nordstrom Rack opening Thursday
No other Racks are on deck in the Twin Cities, but the Mall of America location will be remodeled.

Pedestrian seriously hurt in downtown Minneapolis crash
The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Art returns to Nicollet Mall
The saying goes that life is short, but art is long. For the art on Nicollet Mall, some pieces have lived several lives.

Minneapolis Bike Tour set for Sept. 17
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board invites residents to get a firsthand experience of the city’s bike paths and trails.

Poster show to benefit Minneapolis parks
Through LoveMplsParks.org, Minneapolis residents have been able to represent their favorite parks with T-shirts and more. Now the parks-focused retailer wants locals to cover their walls with parks.

Minnesota Super Bowl Committee exec maps out all the details for massive 10-day event
Haselman’s got little room for error in his work for the next five months. He’s orchestrating the planning and execution of Super Bowl LII, a 10-day event culminating in one of the world’s most watched sports events on Feb. 4, 2018. As the chief operating officer, Haselman is the mastermind of the blueprints.

Super Bowl rings on display at Capella Tower in Minneapolis
The grandiose and gaudy Super Bowl championship rings made by Twin Cities-based Jostens are out in public view for the rest of the week in downtown Minneapolis.

New sculpture added to Gold Medal Park
The downtown park recently welcomed “Nautilus” on its west side near the Guthrie Theater. It joins three other sculptures from the Walker’s collection that are on loan at the park.

COCO expands downtown co-working space
The additional 15,000 square feet brings the shared office facility in the Minneapolis Grain Exchange Building to 37,000 square feet. The space, which is open to all the company’s members, includes new private, lockable suites and semi-private “campsite” spaces.

Hennepin County Board delays vote on Thrivent building purchase
Hennepin County officials spent several hours Thursday trying to sway the County Board on the feasibility of buying the $55 million Thrivent Financial building near the county’s Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

North Loop will get a dental office this fall
The neighborhood will get its only dental office this month with Loop Dental on the first floor of 5th Avenue Lofts. Owners David and Sam Bates, once downtown residents themselves, said they hope to fill a gap in the area’s healthcare needs.

United Properties breaks ground on North Loop offices, parking ramp
Nicollet Mall-based United Properties recently broke ground on an office, housing and retail complex that will replace one of the North Loop’s largest remaining parking lots with a 10-story building.

Baja Sol restaurants close without notice
Local chain made no public announcement but all seven of the Twin Cities locations have suddenly closed.

Foundry Home Goods moves to temporary home
The store now occupies the former Roe Wolfe space in the North Loop just one door down from its historic home, which will be rehabilitated as part of developer Howard Bergerud’s proposed mixed-use project on the block.

New frozen treat emporium with vegan ice cream and crepes coming to Minneapolis
Rachel Booth had long dreamed about opening an ice cream shop, and a few months ago the vision was set into action — when she took over a northeast Minneapolis nook and left her job as general manager at the Sheridan Room.

Looking for a new Twin Cities restaurant? Here are 3 to check out
Chef Remy Pettus has revived the former Rachel’s (and, before that, Bobino), surely one of the Twin Cities’ most charming dining venues, cooking dishes that range from chimichurri-dressed flat iron steak to gnocchi with smoked tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms.

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Vacancies plague key intersection in downtown Minneapolis
Today's real-life dramas of the owners and tenants on the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Mall tell a bigger tale. An acceleration of retail store closings in the Twin Cities and across the country is pushing property owners into upheaval, forcing them to try new strategies to fill spaces that are often cavernous and awkward.

Obituary: Angus Wurtele, arts donor and former CEO of Valspar
Angus and Margaret Wurtele gave generously to the Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater.

North Loop entrepreneur Peter Kirihara kept his imagination unchained
He was honored for his pioneering vision and his determination to transform the once ghostly Warehouse District into a legitimate destination spot, now known as the trendy North Loop.

It's not your imagination — parking is disappearing in Minneapolis
As as city reduces spots to encourage biking and transit, the cost is going up.

Ground broken on Samatar Crossing
A groundbreaking ceremony Monday marked the beginning of construction on a new bicycle and pedestrian connection between downtown and the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

Developer proposes parking, apt building behind Thrivent
625 Development is proposing to build a mixed-use building combining a 750-space parking ramp and 87 apartments, according to preliminary plans submitted to the City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole for its Aug. 30 meeting.

Hennepin County weighs buying Thrivent building for $55 million
Hennepin County officials want to buy the landmark Thrivent Financial building in downtown Minneapolis for $55 million, an acquisition that would be one of the county’s priciest in years.

Hennepin County considers buying Thrivent building, firm to build new headquarters
Hennepin County has reached a preliminary agreement to purchase Thrivent Financial’s downtown Minneapolis headquarters while the financial services company plans a new building across the street.

10-story, 57-apartment Nordic project is United's largest in North Loop
The developer has started to build the complex — located on a parking lot at 729 Washington Av. N. — which will incorporate 57 apartments, a seven-level elevated parking garage with additional underground space that could accommodate 400 vehicles, and office and retail space. The Nordic will also feature a public plaza along Washington Avenue.

Catholic Eldercare to build apartments for seniors in northeast Minneapolis
The five-story building, for people 55 and older who live independently, would be called Alta Vita.

Staff quit at Club Jager after owner’s donation to former KKK leader
Staff at Club Jager have quit after news broke that the owner supported the 2016 Senate run of David Duke, a white nationalist and former KKK leader.

Minneapolis bar closes after performers and employees protest owner's donation to ex-KKK leader
A Minneapolis bar shut down after performers canceled, customers vowed to boycott it and employees were repulsed to learn the owner donated $500 to former KKK leader David Duke’s 2016 Senate campaign.

3 injured when bus, limousine collide in downtown Minneapolis
Three people were injured Saturday when a SouthWest Transit bus collided with a limousine and at least one other car in downtown Minneapolis.

Astropad off to big start on Kickstarter fundraiser
Online publication Tech.Mn says it’s the most lucrative crowdsource fundraiser since those of Spark and SmartThings, both of which subsequently moved to California.

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Downtown Minneapolis residents want a say in city's sale of Guthrie Liner Parcel
Initial plans fell through when Mortenson Development announced it was abandoning a plan to build a 10-story tower with a 235-room Hyatt Centric hotel on the property.

Developers update plan for a bigger residential, parking complex on Thrivent lot in downtown Minneapolis
New building plans suggest more housing units, and maybe a mix of rentals and condos.

Nicollet Mall costs rising, but project still under budget
A City Council committee authorized $2.1 million Tuesday to cover unexpected costs for design changes, extra man hours and more landscaping supplies. The overhaul of the city’s signature corridor from Grant Street to Washington Avenue is still under budget.

Minneapolis taps local architecture firm for new city office building
An architecture firm with a portfolio of public projects from Eagan to Washington, D.C., has been tapped to design an office building for the city of Minneapolis.

Suspect arrested in downtown Minneapolis shooting
Minneapolis police have arrested a suspect in connection a shooting downtown Tuesday evening that sent one bystander to the hospital with a bullet wound to the torso.

Law enforcement, others in Minneapolis voice disgust with latest Hennepin Avenue gun violence
New Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the department is increasing police presence in the area, where three people have been shot in two separate incidents since Sunday.

All lanes of Lowry Tunnel will reopen for morning rush Thursday, MnDOT says
Drivers have just six more days until the Lowry Hill Tunnel gets back to normal. That's the word from the Minnesota Department of Transportation which announced Friday that all lanes in both directions will be open in time for the morning rush hour on Thursday Aug. 31.

New 3rd Street lane could speed exit for Vikings fans
A new lane planned for 3rd Street on the north side of the stadium could ease that crush by giving drivers better access to nearby freeways, said Jeff Handeland, an engineer in the Minneapolis Transportation Engineering and Design division of Public Works.

Hilton celebrates 25 years with $27M renovation
A quarter-century after it opened in 1992, the 821-room hotel at Marquette & 10th in downtown Minneapolis remains the region’s largest hotel. Now with more competition than ever before, the hotel has modernized its lobby, guest rooms and restaurant with a nod toward the future.

CoCo expanding space in Grain Exchange building
Its 15,000-square-foot expansion comes in the midst of an overall expansion of co-working spaces in the Twin Cities. The original space in the Grain Exchange building was 17,000 square feet and opened in August 2011.

Fast-growing Code42 software could be a public company within a couple years
CEO Joe Payne, the veteran marketer and technologist who has led fast-growing Code42 for two years, shared the company’s strategy shift last week.

Chef Paul Berglund is leaving four-star Bachelor Farmer
“This was a big decision, and a really tough decision,” he said. “Like every major decision that I’ve made as an adult, I’m listening to my gut. This is a job that takes a ton of work, and a ton of drive, and in the past few months it has become clear that some of that drive is missing in me. My gut is telling me that this is the time to wrap up this chapter of my professional life.”

Five Watt is coming to Northeast
East Hennepin café will feature low-proof cocktails, food menu.

Leases set to begin this September at NordHaus
After several years and several failed development proposals, the Superior Plating site will finally welcome new users as the first residents of NordHaus begin to move into the low-rise portion of Lennar’s residential tower.

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Bold new plan re-envisions Park and Portland avenues in downtown Minneapolis
A bold new plan re-envisions the area around Park and Portland avenues in downtown Minneapolis.

Park Board begins work on Water Works
Crews have begun to explore and uncover long-buried mill infrastructure near the downtown Minneapolis riverfront in preparation for Water Works, a new destination park site from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

35W@94: Fly through the transformation of this key highway
This animation shows the completed reconstruction of I-35W from 46th St. to I-94, including the construction of an On-line Transit Station located on I-35W at Lake St.

Rebuild of I-35W in Minneapolis starting Monday 'will be tough' on drivers
Headaches and gridlock loom as a four-year rebuild is set to begin on Monday.

The Drive: New 3rd Street lane could speed exit for Vikings fans
A new lane planned for 3rd Street on the north side of the stadium could ease that crush by giving drivers better access to nearby freeways, said Jeff Handeland, an engineer in the Minneapolis Transportation Engineering and Design division of Public Works.

Armory to host New Year’s Eve concert
Before it hosts a high-profile Super Bowl concert, the Minneapolis Armory will ring in the new year with an international electronic group as part of its first large-scale event.

C.J.: Brenda Langton has a milliner for a daughter
The daughter of restaurateur Brenda Langton and artist Timothy Kane is a milliner and the founder of HAT MAKE (hatmake.com). “Generally, I only make women’s hats, so I call myself a milliner because I am trained in millinery techniques, which are slightly different from hatters [makers of men’s hats],” Celina said.

New online tours offer guide to public art in Minneapolis
City's new online tour guides people to 300 pieces of public art.

Developer plans condos, hotel near Federal Reserve in North Loop
Another surface parking parcel in Minneapolis' North Loop may be gobbled up by the neighborhood's popularity, with a developer planning an eight-story hotel and condominium building.

Schafer Richardson begins renovating Weather-Rite building
The adaptive reuse project, located a few blocks north of Target Field, will result in 52,000 square feet for new users.

Hewing Hotel finally opening its coveted rooftop bar to the public – for one day a week
After decreeing that the rooftop amenities would be available only to hotel guests and social club members, the Hewing Hotel has decided to open up part of its show-stopping facilities to the public on a weekly basis.

How Twin Cities' Dakota Jazz Club became a hot venue for live recordings
The club championed local acts even while establishing itself as one of the world's premier jazz venues.

Chef Paul Berglund is leaving four-star Bachelor Farmer
Paul Berglund, a transplant from St. Louis by way of California, is leaving the North Loop restaurant after a critically lauded six-year run.

Top Twin Cities restaurateurs see gems in old dive bars
The trend of top-notch chefs embracing the bars comes as costs of outfitting a commercial kitchen rise, casual dining grows in popularity and a hunger for nostalgia builds.

Burger Friday: At Dalton & Wade, a patty melt lands in the North Loop
Take a peek at the resumes of the team behind the North Loop's new Dalton & Wade, and the word “burger” almost instantly comes to mind.

Seven Steakhouse gets a makeover thanks to acclaimed Minneapolis chef
Sameh Wadi of World Street Kitchen and the former Saffron has revamped the massive restaurant's menu and look.

Only in Minnesota: Minneapolis eatery tops its hot dog with hot dish
The so-called "MPLS Dog" is the latest contender in a field crowded with Chicagos and Coneys.

Eat My Words reopens in new location
Now a half-block away from its previous home, used bookstore Eat My Words has reopened in the Sheridan neighborhood.

Marcy-Holmes boutique offers versatile women’s fashion
Kathryn Sterner opened her own women’s clothing boutique with a mission of using sustainable fabrics to make approachable clothing.

Last Call opens in Warehouse District
Last Call, a contemporary sports bar and late-night venue, has opened in the Warehouse District.

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Minneapolis' landmark Jesus mural is crumbling — can it be saved?
One of Minneapolis' most prominent public paintings is falling apart.

Urban castle in downtown Minneapolis might become 'destination brewery'
The one-of-a-kind house that's just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium has been described as "Tim Burton meets Lord of the Rings."

No, really (say Minneapolis officials): The new Nicollet Mall is on track to be finished by November
In March, when the city and the Minneapolis Downtown Council kicked off a promotional campaign aimed at easing concerns over the Nicollet Mall redo, they promised that the two-year, $50 million construction project would be “substantially complete” by November.

100-Day Challenge seeks new strategies to end homelessness
The clock is ticking on an ambitious plan for Hennepin County to quickly develop new strategies and partnerships for ending youth homelessness.

Greater & Greener Conference comes to Twin Cities
A conference of the world’s urban park leaders recently brought Twin Cities parks into the limelight.

Overnight shooting in downtown Minneapolis injures 3 men
Three men were injured during an early morning shooting Saturday in downtown Minneapolis, the most serious of three incidents across the city that left six people wounded.

Super Bowl volunteers arrive for job interviews Saturday at new headquarters on Nicollet Mall
It’s game on Saturday for the first round of volunteer applicants stepping into the Minnesota Super Bowl “Crew 52” headquarters on Nicollet Mall.

Riverfront overhaul for Water Works park gets underway in Minneapolis
Demolition begins next month for an overhaul of parkland beside the Stone Arch Bridge, transforming an unused slope into a year-round gathering space alongside one of Minneapolis’ top attractions.

Downtown Minneapolis Hilton unveils new restaurant, $27M renovation
While new hotels have cropped up all over downtown Minneapolis in anticipation of the Super Bowl coming in February, one of the Twin Cities’ longtime staples just got a major facelift.

Top Twin Cities restaurateurs see gems in old dive bars
The trend of top-notch chefs embracing the bars comes as costs of outfitting a commercial kitchen rise, casual dining grows in popularity and a hunger for nostalgia builds.

Dinkytown's Loring Pasta Bar to reopen this week with new ownership, name
After shuttering its doors for 10 days, the former Loring Pasta Bar will reopen this week with new ownership and a new name.

Can't pick a flavor? Twin Cities ice cream shop Izzy's packs 32 scoops into one dish
There are two kinds of ice cream people. There are those who go to a shop knowing exactly what they want, and leaving satisfied every time with their predetermined flavor of choice. And then there are the tasters.

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The rise of downtown’s ‘new neighborhood’
City leaders recently took a moment to look back on the rapid development of Downtown East, a neighborhood that has quickly replaced its surface parking lots and underutilized space with dense buildings.

Hotel project canceled at Guthrie Liner Parcel in Minneapolis
The city will request new proposals for a strip on Washington Avenue near the Guthrie Theater.

Mortenson backs away from Mill District hotel proposal
Mortenson has backed away from its plan to build a hotel on a high-profile parcel along Washington Avenue near the Mill District.

Hennepin County rolls out ambitious 100-day plan to help homeless youths
Hennepin County coalition aims to find jobs, shelter for 150.

Lowry Hill Tunnel traffic switch coming Friday morning
The third and final phase of the Lowry Hill Tunnel  and nearby bridge project in downtown Minneapolis begins at midnight Thursday and a new lane configuration will be in place in time for the Friday morning rush hour, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

Woman's fatal stabbing puts safety at downtown Minneapolis parking ramps in spotlight
Before the killing of Mai Yer Cha, parking areas near Target Field had seen a spike in violence.

Al Roker gushes over Minnesota chef's hit restaurants, eats at both in 2 days
On Wednesday, the NBC "Today" show anchor – who was in town for some filming – reported via Twitter that he’d dined at Kaysen’s North Loop hotspot Spoon and Stable on Tuesday night, calling his meal “so good.”

North Loop pioneer HauteDish has closed
The maverick restaurant, located at 119 Washington Av. N. (that's the restaurant's beauty of a bar, in a provided photo) was known for its playful, contemporary takes on classic favorites: pork and beans, mac-and-cheese and, of course, Tater Tot hot dish, as well as one of the city's more adventurous brunches, and a talked-about burger.

Dinkytown's Loring Pasta Bar closes; managers will reopen restaurant with new name
Loring Pasta Bar has closed and a group of longtime managers will soon reopen the space with a new name.

Now open: HopCat
A torrent of people streamed into HopCat for free fries during the new Nicollet Mall restaurant’s grand opening weekend.

Green + The Grain plans third skyway restaurant
Green + The Grain isn’t done growing after a food truck and two skyway restaurants. The eatery is planning a third location.

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Remodeled Minneapolis Armory to host days-long entertainment during Super Bowl
The remodeled building will continue to be a venue for concerts and large events after the Super Bowl.

Bike thieves rivaled bike riders in late 19th-century Twin Cities
19th-century bike craze in the metro brought with it rampant theft.

Ten years later
Arriving at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport the morning of July 17, the first day of Navy Week in the Twin Cities, Navy Diver 1st Class Brian Bennett checked into his hotel and then boarded a light rail train bound for downtown Minneapolis.

10 years after 35W bridge collapse, survivors find renewed purpose
Lindsay Walz doesn't know how or why she escaped death in the Mississippi River. But the horror of that day is inseparable from the fulfillment she has found today.

Well-known Minneapolis restaurants adding surcharge on tabs to cover staff health insurance
A well-known group of Minneapolis restaurants will add 3 percent to every customers’ bill in an effort to offset the rising expense of providing health insurance to its employees.

Woman stabbed during downtown Minneapolis ramp robbery dies
A 31-year-old woman who was stabbed during an attack late on a weekend night in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp died Wednesday, authorities said.

The North Loop beer boom
If you wanted to go to a brewery in the North Loop, you only had one option a few years ago. Now more and more breweries are staking their claim in the burgeoning neighborhood instead of Northeast Minneapolis.

A new Day at Tullibee
The new executive chef at Tullibee could not have come from a place farther from the North Loop.

Chef David Fhima taking over historic Forum Cafeteria space in downtown Minneapolis
After a long run in St. Paul – first at his Fhima’s, then at Faces Mears Park – chef David Fhima is returning to downtown Minneapolis. And it’s quite the space that he’s moving into: the former Forum Cafeteria, the art deco wonder in the City Center complex on 7th Street, between Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue.

Unfinished attic transformed into deluxe master suite in northeast Minneapolis
A bare attic in a northeast Minneapolis duplex is transformed into a deluxe master suite.

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