It’s been almost a month since Minneapolis launched a one-of-a-kind program for dockless rental bikes, while St. Paul, Golden Valley and Edina have been rolling out new bike-share programs of their own. Here’s everything you need to know about how those programs have been proceeding across the Twin Cities metro: Wait, don’t the Twin Cities already have bike-share programs? Yes. The city of Minneapolis joined forces with Nice Ride, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis, beginning in 2008 to launch a bike-sharing pilot. The program eventually expanded to St. Paul, and there are now 1,850 of the lime green Nice Ride bikes across the Twin Cities. People pay $1 for a single ride and another $2 for each additional half-hour. Customers who use that system must return the bikes to one of 200 gray stations and lock them up after each trip. Why add a new dockless, bike-share option? Nice Ride spends upwards of $50,000 on just one of those bike-parking kiosks (and its … [Read more...] about Both Minneapolis and St. Paul now have dockless bike sharing. How is that going?
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We stood, the three of us, at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Washington Street, considering our many potential directives. Among them: “Take a photo of a lizard.” A lizard? In downtown St. Paul? Yep. Any old photo of a skink or a gecko or even let’s say the most unlikely thing ever on the loose in the capital city — a 350-pound Varanus komodoensis (Komodo dragon) lumbering toward Rice Park — would be worth 25 points in Operation City Quest, our afternoon recreational undertaking on a recent sunny Sunday. Operation City Quest is a 21st-century urban scavenger hunt, described like this on its website: “Using your smartphone, you’ll be given nearly 140 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You’ll then wander through the downtown area searching for the items. Once you’ve found the object, you’ll send a photo in to score points. “Along the way, you’ll perform challenges and answer trivia questions … [Read more...] about Urban scavenger hunt will have you doing the Hokey Pokey in downtown St. Paul
Cash-strapped because of debt to redo South Robert Street, West St. Paul will ask its voters to approve a half-cent sales tax that would generate an estimated $1.3 million annually for funding future road projects over the next 20 years. The city council last week unanimously approved a resolution that puts the question on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. If passed by voters, the 20-year sales tax would have to be authorized by legislators during the next session and sent back to the city council to adopt. The earliest it could go into effect is Oct. 1, 2019. The council’s decision to pursue a local sales tax comes after several years of failed attempts by city and state elected officials to get additional state funding for rebuilding Robert Street into a four-lane road with a center median. They say the city is paying for a disproportionate amount of the $46 million project, which was completed last year and meant to improve the look, functionality and safety of the … [Read more...] about West St. Paul considering local sales tax to pay for road improvements
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a settlement in its bankruptcy case with more than 400 people who said they were sexually abused by clergy, an attorney said Thursday. Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson said in a statement that a "consensual bankruptcy reorganization plan" had been reached, but he didn't release a dollar amount ahead of a public announcement. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed a settlement was reached. Both sides have scheduled news conferences Thursday afternoon. The Minnesota Legislature in 2013 opened a three-year window in the statute of limitations that allowed people who had been sexually abused in the past to sue for damages. That resulted in hundreds of claims being filed against the archdiocese and led it to file for bankruptcy in 2015. Top News: Russian Journalist Spills Details on Faked Murder Valentyn Ogirenko/AP The bankruptcy case proceeded slowly as attorneys argued over how much money the archdiocese should have to … [Read more...] about St. Paul Archdiocese Reaches Settlement in Bankruptcy Case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney says the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a settlement in its bankruptcy case with more than 400 sexual abuse victims. Victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson says he will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss a “consensual bankruptcy reorganization plan” between the survivors and the archdiocese. His statement didn’t put a dollar figure on the settlement. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed a settlement was reached. The archdiocese is also planning to hold a news conference Thursday. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature opened a three-year window in the statute of limitations that allowed alleged victims of prior abuse to sue for damages. That resulted in hundreds of claims being filed against the archdiocese and led it to file for bankruptcy in 2015. Copyright © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Settlement reached in St. Paul archdiocese bankruptcy case