The city of Minneapolis was ordered Wednesday to fix a cracked and leaning retaining wall it’s been trying to get the homeowner to repair for five years, in a ruling that an attorney said could put the city on the hook for millions of dollars worth of similar repairs across the rolling urban landscape. More than 700 Minneapolis property owners were ordered to fix retaining walls between 2006 and 2010, said attorney Kristin Rowell, who won the recent case for homeowner Elizabeth Howell. “I suspect there will be many homeowners asking questions about their walls,” she said. “My phone’s been ringing with people asking questions already.” City Attorney Susan Segal said the implications of the court ruling may not be widespread. Similar cases in the future will likely be “archaeological explorations,” involving searches of public records going back many decades to when neighborhoods were first developed, without clear evidence of why walls … [Read more...] about Judge orders Minneapolis to fix long-disputed retaining wall
Thousands of educators will meet in Minneapolis over the coming days after an impressive springtime showing of grass-roots power by teachers — and then a gut-punch from the nation's highest court. This week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing government employees to pass on paying money to unions that negotiate their contracts could result in the National Education Association (NEA) losing tens of millions of dollars annually. As association members gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center for an annual meeting that begins Saturday, teachers are trying build on past successes and cement the Twin Cities as a center for training labor negotiators and activists. "Our members are coming in wanting to be part of a movement — and a part of something better," St. Paul federation president Nick Faber said. The NEA event follows a sudden wave of activism that had rank-and-file teachers across the country sounding familiar themes. In February, the St. Paul union pushed the … [Read more...] about Nation’s educators look to build new energy in Minneapolis
WASHINGTON — Army leaders will announce on Friday that they have chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars, U.S. officials said. Minneapolis had been among five finalists. The Army laid out plans to create the so-called Futures Command last October, marking the first time in decades that the service has added such a high-level, new headquarters. Austin, known for its live music scene, also has a favorable business, academic and technology climate that will mesh well with the Army’s needs, said the officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the selection before it was made public. The command is expected to have a staff of about 500 people, led by a four-star general. Initially, 15 cities were in contention, but the Army narrowed down the list to five finalists last month: Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, NC. Army … [Read more...] about Sorry, Minneapolis. Army said to have chosen Austin for new Futures Command HQ.
Have you heard the word, Bird? Lime has scooted in right next to you in Minneapolis. Seattle-based Lime, one of the nation’s largest bike-sharing companies, rolled nearly 100 electric scooters into Minneapolis on Monday, the latest salvo in what’s fast becoming a pitched battle for market share in the growing “micro-mobility” industry. Lime also deposited dockless bicycles into Edina and Golden Valley over the weekend as part of carefully negotiated pilot programs with the two cities. The new Lime-S scooters are a bit more of a guerrilla-style entry into the market. Though they have yet to be licensed to operate in Minneapolis, company officials said they have submitted licensing paperwork to the city. “We’ve got some over by the university, some in Uptown, some near Interstate 35W heading south,” said Gabriel Scheer, director of strategic development for Lime in Seattle. “They’re spread out.” The electric scooters are rented … [Read more...] about LimeBike rolls 100 more e-scooters into Minneapolis
Lt. Bob Kroll, the president of the Minneapolis Police union, again found himself in political hot water this week when the DFL Party accused him of circumventing federal election law by appearing in uniform at a re-election rally for Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen. A news release circulated on Thursday afternoon featured a photo of a steely-faced Kroll standing next to Paulsen at a campaign event in Wayzata earlier in the day. That he appeared in full uniform, the party argued, is a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits state and local officers from engaging in partisan political activity. “Erik Paulsen and Bob Kroll have made it all too clear that they’ll go to extreme lengths to further their own personal political agendas, even if it means violating federal law,” the release said. “We’ve come to expect this kind of misbehavior by Kroll, but it’s disturbing that Erik Paulsen would go along with these antics.” A spokesman for … [Read more...] about Minneapolis police union chief under fire over campaign event