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Park Board gives final approval for first Water Works phase design
Park commissioners recently voted to approve a plan for a new destination park site with little fanfare, but the move is years in the making.

From one city council to — maybe — another
Tim Bildsoe brings his experiences on the Plymouth City Council to the Ward 3 race

9 things you didn't know about Twin Cities streetcars
When the streetcar system was scrapped for buses in the early 1950s, concrete was poured over the rails and slathered with asphalt, and the reminder of the city’s once-thriving transportation network was buried.

It's not a lot, but some lanes on Washington Avenue downtown reopen
In a summer when it seems like all the news concerning roads in downtown Minneapolis is about which street is closing next, here's some that drivers will gladly take, even if it is small.

Memorial for sexual violence survivors planned for Boom Island Park
Members of Break the Silence envision a permanent plaza with mosaic art pieces from a local artist, native plants and ceremonial columns that would serve as a gathering place for events in the park.

The Drive: I-35W rebuild begins in August
The rebuilding of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd Street is so massive that it will be carried out in five stages, with the first starting as soon as MnDOT approves the deal with a trio of contractors who have teamed up to carry out the $240 million task.

The Drive: Semis are smashing overhead lights in Lowry Hill Tunnel
It’s getting darker inside the Lowry Hill Tunnel, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is scrambling to find a solution.

Development fees could fund the Commons
The City of Minneapolis is looking to tap a Park Board fund for park improvements to raise money for the Commons, the two-block park near the Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Park Board OKs up to $8 million for Commons park in downtown Minneapolis
Funds would complete parts of Downtown East Commons in front of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Developer submits plans for North Loop venue, hotel
Nicollet Mall-based United Properties is moving forward with plans for a Fillmore event venue and hotel near Target Field Station.

Minnesota Super Bowl volunteer center to open on Nicollet Mall
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is opening a signature space in the heart of downtown where thousands of volunteers will pass through for the 10-day event next January and February.

Women stabbed during robbery in downtown Minneapolis parking ramp
A woman was left in critical condition Saturday after being stabbed in the chest during a robbery in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp.

Target Field charity policy for public suite is an instant hit
In just a couple of months, the publicly owned suite at Target Field has become a success with charities and school organizations, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority learned Thursday.


How a 1972 report laid the groundwork for Minneapolis' riverfront revival
The landmark Mississippi/Minneapolis plan, issued in 1972, provided a compelling vision of a reborn riverfront rising from the rubble of the city’s decaying milling district.

Block-by-block photo survey in 1960 shows Minneapolis' thriving retail scene
A 1960 photo survey by the Star and Tribune of the city block where City Center now stands left a remarkable account of what Minneapolis looked like at a time when the urban core was aging, but still vital.

Early plans for Peavey Plaza show water features, gathering space
When plans are approved, renovation could cost $10 million, open in May 2019.

As daredevil X Games roll into Minneapolis, paramedics are ready
The ramp stretched as tall as a nine-story building, so by the time pioneering skateboarder Bob Burnquist reached the bottom he was traveling as fast as 40 miles per hour. He shot across a 60-foot gap — and then on the ensuing jump he plummeted 45 feet onto his face, shattering his nose in four places and the orbital bone under his left eye.

Downtown's biggest attraction just concluded a 10-day, $50 million run
Who needs the much-vaunted Super Bowl to make a buck?

The Drive: I-35W rebuild begins in August
The rebuilding of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd Street is so massive that it will be carried out in five stages, with the first starting as soon as MnDOT approves the deal with a trio of contractors who have teamed up to carry out the $240 million task.

Bindery exits North Loop, plans to sell longtime home to developer
The Campbell-Logan Bindery building would house retail, apartments under new proposal.

ALTR to open boutique fitness studio in the North Loop
Extreme training, theatrical lighting and energizing music are all aspects of the class experience envisioned by the founders of ALTR, a new fitness studio coming to the North Loop.

Antique aficionados offer their vintage finds in Northeast
Romanian parlor chairs and reclaimed barn wood furniture line the walls of the warehouse space of Lisa Loudon and Alonso Sierralta.

Opening date set for beer-focused HopCat
HopCat, a Michigan-based chain of tap beer-focused restaurants, will open a Minneapolis location on July 29.


Developers want to offer 'approachable pricing' as part of proposed Minneapolis condo project
It was a two-word phrase in the developer’s presentation to a Minneapolis neighborhood group that got housing and development circles buzzing. “Approachable pricing.”

After 11-day shutdown, Blue and Green Line LRT trains rolling again Monday morning
Repair work to the LRT tracks in the heart of downtown Minneapolis was completed in time for Monday morning’s commute.

Twin Cities throwback: Syndicate Block was the pride of Minneapolis in 1910s
The Syndicate Block was named after 12 men who pooled their money and bought the block on Nicollet. When the building opened in 1883 it was the pride of downtown — a quarter-million feet of retail and office space.

Historians pick through former downtown Daytons
The Macy's department store in downtown Minneapolis, once the flagship of the Dayton's retail dynasty, has entered the annals of history, and the Minnesota Historical Society is there to preserve its memory.

Gridlock hits downtown Minneapolis, snarling commute
Emily Zieska, an accountant with the Dougherty & Company LLC, said she was late to work Wednesday after her commute up Interstate 94 was stalled for an hour and a half.

Art installation near U.S. Bank Stadium tells the story of Minnesota's birds and climate change
Two unusual sculptures at the Commons Park in downtown Minneapolis offer a guide on the possibilities as rising temperatures alter the state's climate.

Rehab work set to begin on Lowry-Morrison building
A project to bring one of the oldest buildings in the North Loop into the 21st century is set to begin this July.

Target opens Nicollet Mall liquor store
Target opened its new liquor store on Nicollet Mall Friday, June 30 just as Sunday sales start in Minnesota.

Pryes taproom brings new beer, pizza, feather bowling to riverfront
Guests were eating pizza, bowling (sort of) and enjoying riverfront views as part of the latest business opening in Minneapolis. Instead of a destination restaurant, however, this business is a brewery.

5 great burgers on 5 great patios in the Twin Cities
That's as good a reason as any to dig into the Burger Friday archive and select five premium burgers, served on five premium patios.

New Minneapolis beer bar boasts 80 Minnesota taps; giving away a year's worth of fries
A Midwest-based beer bar chain is coming to downtown Minneapolis, opening with an 80-tap system featuring all Minnesota beers and a year's worth of free fries to 200 patrons.

510 Lounge & Private Dining opens for preview
The Kenwood chef Don Saunders has opened his latest restaurant concept, a lounge and private dining rooms in the former La Belle Vie space in Loring Park.

New 510 Lounge opens in former La Belle Vie space in Minneapolis
Eight months after announcing that he was taking on the former La Belle Vie space at the landmark 510 Groveland building in Minneapolis, Kenwood chef/owner Don Saunders quietly opened his 510 Lounge on Thursday.


Minneapolis' 'library block' has a fascinating history of loss and renewal
The current library in downtown Minneapolis is a gem, but so was the one before that. And the one before that.

These tours help you see the Twin Cities like a tourist
Even lifelong locals can learn — or taste something — new on these tours geared toward visitors.

Minneapolis gives developer, Northeast residents more time to discuss controversial apartments
Neighbors are concerned about parking problems and building heights.

Pride, with police included, marches on after protest
Tens of thousands of people packed downtown Minneapolis Sunday to cheer on the 2017 Pride parade, which proceeded with minor disruptions from protesters.

Minneapolis and St. Paul gain larger slice of metro population
For the first time in a century, the central cities' share of the metro area's population is on pace to grow instead of shrink, a stunning reversal.

Doran releases more details on General Mills site development
Doran Cos. and CSM Corp. have unveiled the first concepts of a 20-story residential project they hope to develop near Marcy-Holmes’ General Mills Riverside Technical Center site.

Fogo de Chão completes overhaul
The restaurant, located at Hennepin & 7th, has expanded its bar area with more seating and a marble bar, added new private dining rooms and built a new waiting lounge. Guests will see a variety of new fixtures and features in the main dining room, foyer and private dining areas.

Mill City Museum restaurant launches food truck
D’Amico Catering opened a new restaurant in the Mill City Museum in the spring, and now it is launching a mobile version of the eatery this summer.

Find a memorable burger at newest entry in the Minneapolis food truck scene
Although it’s reasonable to expect otherwise, very few local food trucks feature burgers on their menus. Weird, right? The latest truck to hit the streets, Bushel & Peck, reverses that trend, in a major way.

Former Rachel's on E. Hennepin to open as Bardo this summer
Chef Remy Pettus, formerly of Eastside, is opening a restaurant in a space that housed Rachel's for 10 years.

Dine outside! 11 new Twin Cities patios to enjoy a summertime meal
From rooftops to decks, there are plenty of new outdoor spaces to grab a bite to eat in the Twin Cities restaurant scene.


St. Anthony Falls, birthplace of a city, could deliver new visions of an urban river
This summer, when hordes of visitors stop to admire the torrent of water that flows over the falls at the St. Anthony Lock and Dam in Minneapolis, they will be standing at a turning point in the 100-year relationship between the Mississippi River and the cities founded along its banks.

Iconic Minneapolis Mill City ruins near St. Anthony Falls getting a trim
The 1880s-era brick ruins along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis will look a little different following a trimming of one of the remaining columns.

Park commissioners approve new Water Works plan
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is finalizing a plan for Water Works, a new destination park site that will begin to overhaul the downtown Minneapolis riverfront later this year.

Minneapolis a finalist to host World's Fair in 2023
Minneapolis is one of three finalists to host a World’s Fair in 2023, meeting a significant threshold that intensifies preparations as the city hopes to beat out Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lodz, Poland, officials announced Wednesday.

Outside magazine names Twin Cities among its best towns ever
Publication said the area has many things going for it, "but the real reason to move here is the biking."

What's the effect of a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis? No one knows just yet
In restaurants and garden centers, bookshops and corner stores, hundreds of Minneapolis business owners are trying to predict how a $15 minimum wage would affect their operations and the thousands of workers they employ.

Three months of misery begin with Lowry Hill Tunnel work this week
The Lowry Hill Tunnel is congestion central in the Twin Cities on most days. Now construction there is slated to begin and it won't be pretty, with the potential to cripple traffic at all hours of the day for the next three months.

United Properties plans to bring Fillmore Theater, Westin hotel to North Loop
United Properties and Live Nation are proposing to bring an entertainment venue, restaurant and a hotel to a site near Target Field Station in the North Loop.

Entertainment complex near Target Field would include Fillmore music theater
The North Loop complex would be named for the famed rock venue in San Francisco.

Make your own beer? Homebrewers national convention is coming to Minneapolis
Minneapolis will be the epicenter of do-it-yourself beer making and drinking as Homebrew Con 2017 hits town this week.

Developers outline plans for 110-unit condo tower in Minneapolis
The developer of the Hewing Hotel in the North Loop neighborhood wants to build 110 for-sale condos where northeast and southeast Minneapolis meet.

The Marquette reopens after $25M renovation
Office workers may not have noticed the $25 million in renovations to the Marquette Hotel, but inside its new owner has left few things untouched.

Eat My Words plans move to Two12 Pottery building
Eat My Words, a used bookstore in Northeast Minneapolis, plans to move less than a block away into the home of Two12 Pottery, which is closing.

WeWork co-working office to open in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis
WeWork will open its first Twin Cities location in the office building in October, the company announced this week. WeWork will lease about 50,000 square feet.

Northeast Social, Eat Street Social team opens caterer in Northeast
The team behind Eat Street Social and Northeast Social are opening a catering business near their Northeast Minneapolis restaurant.

New urban food hall coming to Minneapolis, bar headed by Du Nord Craft Spirits
The project, which will find its home in the former Harris Machinery Co. building (shown above) at 501 30th Av. SE. near the Surly Brewery Co. (520 Malcolm Av. SE.), will center around restaurants and bars rather than other produce and shopping vendors.

Basil's is soon out, two new restaurants in at revamped Marquette Hotel
As the Marquette Hotel completes a $25 million renovation, downtown Minneapolis mainstay Basil’s Restaurant will soon say goodbye.

Owners of North Loop's new Japanese restaurant expanding with another concept
Kaiseki Furukawa is expected to open its doors atop Kado No Mise in the former Origami site at 33 1st Av. N. in late June or early July.


In possible sign of things to come, National Park Service again offers tours at St. Anthony Falls lock
Sometime later in the summer, the Corps will recommend one of four options for further study: keep the current status, deauthorize the lock and and dispose of it, transfer it to another entity or keep it under Corps jurisdiction but add an additional function such as recreation. Once a choice is made, a study and plan will need to be created by the Corps.

R.T. Rybak to Minneapolis leaders: Will you leave a tip credit?
You should, if your plan for a $15 minimum wage is to fit with Minneapolis' restaurant revival.

New trees are (almost) the final touch on Nicollet Mall
Crews have plenty to plant as long mall project winds down.

Celebration prevails at Sculpture Garden opening, with nod to controversy
All day, a steady stream of visitors celebrated the Sculpture Garden, a partnership between the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, with 17 new works from a new generation of artists, as well as old favorites in new spots.

Water Works Park plans include pavilion, performance space on Minneapolis riverfront
The new Water Works Park on the Mississippi riverfront in downtown Minneapolis could start to take shape this year when the old Fuji Ya restaurant comes down to make way for a pavilion and visitors center.

Family of ducks unhurt after waddling through Lowry Hill Tunnel
It wasn't congestion, crashes or road construction that slowed down motorists in the Lowry Hill Tunnel during Friday's morning commute. Blame the brake lights on a family of ducks who strolled along the eastbound lanes around 8:30 a.m.

Hewing Hotel developer proposes condos near Northeast
The developer behind the North Loop’s Hewing Hotel has turned its gaze to the Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood where it is now planning a 110-unit condo building.

Office renovations pick up in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul
It’s hard not to notice the taped-off corridors and the men and women in hard hats and neon vests in the office buildings of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul these days.

Rise Bagel Co. now open in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood
For weeks, it’s been evident that all kinds of finishing touches have been taking place at the North Loop home of Rise Bagel Co.

Coming soon: Pryes Brewing
Pryes Brewing Co. will soon open the doors to its new home between the North Loop and Northeast Minneapolis.

Add these 3 Minneapolis newcomers to your dining-out list
Two new spots downtown, plus a barbecue joint in south Minneapolis.

Concept to replace Rachel’s unveiled
Bardo will be a “modern American bistro,” according to its website. At the restaurant’s helm is Remy Pettus, formerly the chef of Eastside just across the river in downtown Minneapolis.

Brow microblading studio opens in the North Loop
The North Loop is now home to one of the state’s only studios that specializes in microblading, a unique long-term treatment for eyebrows.


Hennepin County judge stays a teardown that would lead to 40-story condo tower
A Hennepin County district judge issued a stay that temporarily prohibits Twin Cities-based Alatus from tearing down a 90-year-old building to make way for the tower while Neighbors for East Bank Livability, a neighborhood group, appeals an earlier decision allowing the demolition.

Former Macy's in downtown Minneapolis may get a food hall, new retailers to Twin Cities
The former Macy’s store in downtown Minneapolis could get a food hall and new-to-market retailers as more details and another partner — Mid-America Real Estate Minnesota — emerged Wednesday in the makeover.

Woman shot while waiting in line at Pizza Luce in downtown Minneapolis
Police, who are still looking for a suspect, believe the victim, who was wounded, was not the shooter's target.

St. David's Center expands to downtown Minneapolis in partnership with Westminster Presbyterian
The expansion on Nicollet Mall is part of Westminster Presbyterian Church's multimillion expansion project.

Sherwin-Williams closes on deal for Valspar
The acquisition of Valspar Corp. by Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. is complete, according a filing released today, more than a year after the paint companies first announced merger plans

Enormous 3-pound steak has its own fan club at Manny's in Minneapolis
Manny's Steakhouse has been wowing meat fans with the 3-pound "Bludgeon of Beef" for 20 years.

Surly to close Brewer's Table, adding to fine-dining casualties
As consumer tastes shift, Brewer's Table is the latest high-end restaurant to close in the Twin Cities.

Now closed: Toast Wine Bar and Cafe
The wine bar opened at the end of 2006 in the North Loop neighborhood. Toast closed this week, with owners Scott Davis and Erin Tomczyk announcing “a sad goodbye” on their website.


Before and after: See how 8th and Hennepin has changed since 1960
A brief history of 8th and Hennepin told through old-school photographs.

Walker Art Center postpones sculpture garden opening after 'Scaffold' protests
The Walker Art Center announced Monday that it is postponing the reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden until June 10 in light of controversy surrounding the gallows-like "Scaffold" sculpture.

After outcry and protests, Walker Art Center will remove 'Scaffold' sculpture
"Scaffold" had drawn intense criticism, particularly from the American Indian community.

Walker Art Center director regrets not discussing 'difficult' new sculpture with American Indians
The Walker Art Center’s executive director expressed regret Friday to Minnesota’s American Indian communities over tensions raised by a new sculpture, “Scaffold,” a gallows-inspired work based in part on the hanging of 38 Dakota tribe members in Mankato in 1862.

More than the rooster is new at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Yes, the revamped Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will be home to a giant blue rooster. That chicken sure knows how to peacock.

Giant blue rooster lands in Minneapolis Sculpture Garden [Video]
Katharina Fritsch's "Hahn/Cock" was installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden next to the Walker.

Minneapolis parks garner top honor five years running
The city’s park system has been named the country’s best for five years in a row.

Hennepin Made founders plan café, co-working office, event space in new studio
Glassmakers Joe Limpert and Jackson Schwartz are trying their hand at opening a café, a co-working space and a social venue in an underdeveloped part of downtown.

Retail, residential complex would revamp North Loop block
Developer Howard Bergerud is proposing to fill up the block with Aria and The Foundry Home Goods with a complex featuring a total of 156 residential units, 46,000 square feet of commercial space and nearly 50,000 square feet of office space, according to plans submitted to the City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole. The popular block is bounded by First and Second streets and First and Second avenues.

Developer pitches turning Century Plaza on the edge of downtown Minneapolis into new offices
A developer is slated to buy a 1930s-era Hennepin County building on the edge of downtown Minneapolis for $9.4 million, with plans to renovate Century Plaza into offices and what it calls “flexible space.”

56 Brewing opens new taproom, brewery
Fans of 56 Brewing don’t have look hard to find the brewery’s new home. The brewery recently moved into a space just around the corner from its first home on California Street in Northeast Minneapolis.

Extra! Extra! Fulton's new Star Tribune beer hits taproom Thursday, store shelves Friday
What’s black and white and red (well, read) all over? That longtime riddle about newspapers, which brought laughter to schoolchildren for a century, has an updated version.

New chef, new menus, new focus at the North Loop's Hewing Hotel
Tullibee, the restaurant inside the recently opened Hewing Hotel in the North Loop, made an abrupt switch at the top of its food chain last month, when opening chef Grae Nonas was replaced by Bradley Day, a veteran of a dozen high-end New York City restaurants.

Bacon takes center stage in cheeseburger at Erik the Red in downtown Minneapolis
In just about any other instance, the beef patty on the Thor’s Burger at Erik the Red might be viewed as waifish. Paltry, even. But when the burger’s other, far showier animal protein – a bruiser of a slice of bacon – is taken into account, that modestly scaled patty takes on a right-size dimension.


Minneapolis population boom echoes Roaring Twenties
The latest Met Council estimates show strong growth in the central cities, though the region as a whole has kept pace, too.

Timeline: A look at history of Star Tribune
An overview of key events in the life of the newspaper.

See how a famed downtown Minneapolis street corner has changed since 1960
A brief history of 8th and Hennepin told through old-school photographs.

Downtown is growing, but are public bathrooms lost in the mix?
It’s a predicament many in downtown Minneapolis have found themselves in.

Exhibit highlights intersection of art and water
The Hydro-Illuminata exhibit features dozens of miniature cast-iron boats created by 72 citizen artists and 13 iron-pour artists.

Music fest season begins in Minneapolis
The Get Out Guide features all the events to get you out and around Minneapolis

New deal would make Surdyk's owner pay more, but close for fewer days
The liquor store would have to close on three Sundays in July.

Lowry Hill's Bradstreet Craftshouse is calling it quits
“The current Bradstreet property, located between Hennepin and Colfax Avenues in Lowry Hill, had originally been purchased with a future housing and retail development in mind,” said Jim Graves, chairman of Graves Hospitality and CEO in a statement.

Acclaimed chef makes surprise move with takeover of Minneapolis' Seven steakhouse
There’s a new culinary director at Seven, the behemoth at 7th and Hennepin in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s not a name that diners might immediately associate with a steak-and-sushi outfit.

Bacon takes center stage in cheeseburger at Erik the Red in downtown Minneapolis
In just about any other instance, the beef patty on the Thor’s Burger at Erik the Red might be viewed as waifish. Paltry, even. But when the burger’s other, far showier animal protein – a bruiser of a slice of bacon – is taken into account, that modestly scaled patty takes on a right-size dimension.

New details about Finnegans House brewery/taproom with social venture in downtown Minneapolis
For its brewery, Finnegans will partner with Badger Hill Brewing Co. For the social entrepreneurship venture, it will collaborate with Impact Hub MSP, a community of “innovators and entrepreneurs dedicated to driving positive social change,” according to a statement.

Red Rabbit draws a crowd in North Loop, for good reason
A skilled chef — and a terrific bar — are the secret weapons at casual, affordable Red Rabbit.

O’Cheeze founders launch cookie dough food truck
The dessert truck serves safe-to-eat dough by the scoop.

Hennes Art moves to West Market District
Corporate art consulting firm Hennes Art Company has moved into the West Market District area and is rapidly expanding in the process.


Skyways or not, let’s celebrate that folks still love the magic of our downtown
Every city, including ours, has tremendous room for improvement, but can we all stop for a second and see the sunny side of things?

What's up with Nicollet Mall?
A Nicollet Mall marketing campaign has raised frustration among some who look at the construction and wonder what 'substantially complete' by November 2017 looks like.

'Substantially complete' by November 2017? Here's what those Nicollet Mall ads really mean
Mary Tyler Moore returned to Nicollet Mall this spring — in an ad campaign in which she throws not a beret, but a construction helmet — to help locals make peace with the final months of construction along the downtown Minneapolis corridor.

Downtown East Commons park ramps up activities in its second summer
Movie nights, hip-hop dance and outdoor concerts are among the park's summer slate of activities.

Free concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium plaza begin Thursday with Tim Mahoney
Beginning next week, stadium operator SMG plans four free Thursday evening concerts on the plaza.

New deal would make Surdyk's owner pay more, but close for fewer days
Under a new proposed deal with the city, Surdyk will pay a $50,000 fine and Surdyk’s Liquor in northeast Minneapolis will be closed on three Sundays — July 2, 9 and 16 — according to Minneapolis City Council documents.

Man shot in downtown Minneapolis Saturday night
A man was shot in the leg in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday night near 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue. The shooting occurred near Lyon’s Pub around 8 p.m.

Hennepin County closing Century Plaza services center in Minneapolis on Friday
A new location will open Monday on E. Lake Street as part of the county's effort to move services closer to where residents live.

Minneapolis scrubs its records to hide location of Super Bowl command center
For nine months, the city of Minneapolis did nothing to hide the location of a downtown building it leased to serve as a police command center for next year’s Super Bowl.

The world, on three streets
Experience a wide range of cuisines at these clusters of global-dining restaurants.

Cardigan Donuts brings comfort food to City Center
Justin Bedford left the corporate world to create what he didn’t see in the downtown Minneapolis skyway: a comforting doughnut shop for workers to escape the sometimes cold and hostile land of cubicles.


Before they were dives, Twin Cities apartment hotels were posh places with room service
Here’s a fresh idea for downtown living: cozy units furnished with the latest styles, located next to all the popular attractions. There’s no kitchen, but who has time to cook, anyway? There’s a restaurant in the building, and they’ll send up what you want. Stay a month or a year. It’s the latest thing — if this were 1910.

These cool GIFs transform the Minneapolis skyline from past to present
From vantage points like the Chain of Lakes, the Mississippi River, the University of Minnesota, and more, the below images -- in all their GIF-y glory -- showcase Minneapolis' dramatic growth spurt.

After long hiatus, Minneapolis City Hall clock tower poised to resume bell concert series
Long-silenced during refurbishment to the Minneapolis City Hall clock tower, the building's storied bells will resume ringing out their regular concert series once again this week.

'Substantially complete' by November 2017? Here's what those Nicollet Mall ads really mean
The downtown corridor is expected to reopen by the end of November, with a few finishing touches to come the following spring.

United Properties gets another extension for $350M tower on Nicollet Hotel Block
United Properties has paid Minneapolis $100K to hold the deal as it seeks funding.

Lighted-up Lowry Avenue Bridge often shines a personal message
Since the reopening in 2012, more than 100 groups have been honored with unique colors.

Missing parts: Lowry Hill Tunnel work delayed to June because MnDOT couldn't find tiles
The “big squeeze” that will have motorists sharing one side of the Lowry Hill tunnel this summer will be delayed a month by a 4-by-4-inch problem.

Mother of missing U student confirms body found in Mississippi River is her son
Christopher Stanley was swept into the Mississippi on April 25.

Minneapolis City Council candidates Steve Fletcher, Andrew Johnson win DFL endorsement
In Third Ward City Council race, Steve Fletcher wins nod after opponent withdraws her name.

Give it a Whirl
The open studio tour returns to Northeast Minneapolis for its 22nd year.

Escape room game opens in Miller Textile Building
The escape room trend has hit Northeast Minneapolis once again with the opening of Mission Manor.

New Rebel Donut Bar in NE Minneapolis to include doughnut flights, wild flavors
A nomadic doughnut company known for its mini doughnut flights and wild flavors is about to get a brick-and-mortar location.

Now closed: Hennepin Steam Room
Ivy Taheri, the North Loop restaurant’s original owner, confirmed the closing, saying it was due to “irreconcilable differences” between new partners. The restaurant, which opened in February, was recently taken over by new ownership, she added.

Dulono’s Pizza opens downtown
The homegrown pizza establishment revives the former Sawatdee space.

Vintage finds, brought to light
The globetrotting founders of Fixt Electric bring lost fixtures into the modern world.

Sushi restaurant opens in former Origami space
Where the North Loop lost Origami it will gain two sushi restaurants, including Kado no Mise, which officially opened Tuesday.


Minneapolis Sculpture Garden officially announces June 3 opening date
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden officially announced a reopening date of June 3, 2017, at 12 p.m. noon with a ribbon cutting ceremony, music, performance, tours, artmaking and free ice cream on a hot summer day. The announcement comes from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Walker Art Center.

Historic Minneapolis City Hall clocks light up again
After a brief ceremony inside Minneapolis City Hall, the clock atop the building’s 345-foot central tower was lit up and its bells chimed just after 8 p.m. Monday, nine months after restoration began on the century-old timepiece.

Counterpoint: Ready for this? Make city center a pedestrian zone
What makes a destination attractive to prospective visitors, referring to everyone from Twin Citizens contemplating where to spend their Saturdays to domestic and international tourists, isn’t bustling streets. Bustling streets are the reward for an attractive destination.

Counterpoint: In planning the city's new core, we look up, not down
The most extensive connected skyway system anywhere is a unique asset for our downtown. Relating the second-level downtown economy to the goal of ever-improving street vibrancy demands a “both and,” not an “either or,” response. Many in the business community are hard at work on this.

Counterpoint: Skyways provide the vital lifeline for downtown
The drumbeat to eliminate our venerable skyway system is discouraging (“A farewell to skyways,” April 23). The skyways have flourished since the early 1960s for good reasons, not the least of which is Minnesota’s weather. World-traveled skyway critics need to be reminded that what works well most of the year in many southern European cities just doesn’t work year-round in Minneapolis.

Park Board wants input on $1M in Sheridan Memorial Park improvements
Depending on community feedback, the board is planning to add a playground, a court or field amenity and/or a picnic shelter with restrooms to the northern end of the park.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College looks to sell Loring Park mansion to city
The Richardsonian Romanesque mansion at the corner of Harmon and Spruce Place in Minneapolis has had many lives: family home, funeral parlor, restaurant, and even movie set for the film “Drop Dead Fred.” Most recently, it has housed Minneapolis Community and Technical College offices.

Nicollet Mall’s Barnes & Noble will close Saturday
The approximately 25,000-square-foot, two-story store will host a closing sale on select items through the week, a store associate said. The bookseller is offering a discount on many items, though much of its book supply will be sold back to publishers or moved to other stores.

Barnes & Noble closes downtown Minneapolis store for good at 8 p.m. Saturday
The last page of the Barnes & Noble store in downtown Minneapolis is about to turn.

Leaky walls, loose panels still plague stadium, with no clear fix
Nine months into the life of the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium, leaky walls and loose panels remain a concern without definitive agreement on the extent of the problem or the proper repairs, stadium officials said Friday.

Super Bowl Host Committee will pay back Minneapolis $5 million for services
The Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee will reimburse the city of Minneapolis nearly $5 million for additional city services, the City Council voted on Friday.

Minneapolis park police ask for help in finding U student who went into Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls
Two 22-year-old men were swept into the Mississippi River across from downtown Minneapolis shortly before sunset Tuesday, and one of them survived going over St. Anthony Falls, but the other was still missing Wednesday.

Searchers scour Mississippi River for missing University of Minnesota student
Christopher Stanley and a friend, Grant Keiner, were sitting on a ledge above the falls moments before they landed in the river Tuesday evening, said Theodore Maple, a friend to both men but who wasn’t at the river at the time. Keiner survived going over the falls.

Two shot and wounded on Park Avenue just south of downtown Minneapolis
Two people were shot Wednesday evening in the 1500 block of Park Avenue S. in Minneapolis, police said. Both victims showed up at Hennepin County Medical Center shortly after the shooting at 6:45 p.m. The male victim was shot in the stomach and was in critical condition. The female had a less serious wound in her left arm.

Mpls. police ID both people hit by gunfire near downtown; man shot in stomach
Police on Thursday identified the two people who were shot — with one suffering a critical wound — during an altercation south of downtown Minneapolis.

Nordstrom Rack will open downtown this September
The retailer, an off-price division of the high-end department store, is currently constructing the approximately 39,000-square-foot shop in IDS Center’s former Gap space.

Women’s boutique opens in Velo Apartments
Nicole Jennings, the founder of luxury women’s concierge shop One Posh Closet in Bloomington, has opened a new boutique in the North Loop.

Brewery opens in Northeast’s Miller Textile Building
HeadFlyer Brewing showcases its founders’ home-brewed recipes, style.

Bushel & Peck opens in Mill City Museum
The Mill City Museum is regularly home to the food and goods of the Mill City Farmer’s Market during the winter, and now it’s home to a restaurant that pays tribute to that cuisine.

New name, new menu debuts at Mill City Museum's revamped cafe
Bushel & Peck Cafe, the remade version of the former Mill City Cafe, has a new menu that focuses on slightly ramped-up versions of classic lunch fare. A lineup of burgers and sandwiches include a Montreal brisket sandwich, a fried chicken sandwich (see below) and a goat’s milk feta sandwich. Other items include a harissa salmon and millet salad, Thai chicken lettuce wraps and avocado toast.

Mercy in downtown Minneapolis ignites the backlash against the double-patty cheeseburger
Witness its conspicuous absence from the menu at Mercy, chef Mike Rakun’s just-opened remake of Marin Restaurant & Bar in the Le Meridien Chambers hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

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