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TOP STORIES LAST WEEK

Barricades coming down on part of Nicollet Mall
A maze of barricades on Nicollet Mall came down Friday south of 8th Street, signaling the end is near after years of construction on Minneapolis’ signature walkway.

Twin Cities homelessness: Seniors find themselves on street, in shelters
Serving their needs is a particular challenge.

One of North Loop’s last remaining surface parking lots could become apartments in $70M project
One of the largest blank canvases left in the North Loop — a 2.5-acre surface parking lot a block off Washington Avenue — might become a 207-unit apartment building.

Tentative plans for Nicollet Mall 'Dayton's Project' leaked [PHOTOS]
Minneapolis is getting a first look at what might be next for the closed Macy's space on Nicollet Mall.

Northern Lights: NFL releases official brand renderings for Super Bowl
NFL executives in town this week for Super Bowl planning showed off the league's official branding for the 10-day festival starting in January.

Muslim ban protests expected Thursday across downtown Minneapolis
The protests will pop up as the evening commute begins, including near freeway entrances.

Super Bowl host committee convinces Nicollet Mall crepe shop to reopen
When La Belle Crepe owner Alan Lenne abruptly closed his tiny Nicollet Mall restaurant earlier this month, he placed the blame squarely on the seemingly endless Nicollet Mall reconstruction, and what he saw as the city’s unhelpful attitude toward his struggling business.

New North Loop restaurant opens in former Gardner Hardware building
Nolo’s Kitchen debuted on Monday, featuring a bright, warehouse-style setting and breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

A look inside NOLO's Kitchen (and a sneak peek at Basement Bar)
The North Loop's newest neighborhood hangout is now open -- and soon, it's getting a cool little downstairs sibling.

Hello and goodbye: Openings, closings come fast and furious in Twin Cities restaurant scene
Here's a quick look at everything that's new in the Twin Cities restaurant scene — plus a nod to what's shutting down.

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In St. Anthony Falls District, former funeral home comes down for condo tower
A neighborhood group challenged the city's approval for developer Alatus to proceed with the tower, in the planning stage for two years.

Minneapolis funeral home demolished, but 40-story condo tower still on hold
The Washburn-McReavy funeral home in the East Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis has been reduced to rubble after developer Alatus LLC finally cleared one hurdle in its quest to build a 40-story condo tower on the site.

The Soap Factory's recent evolution; 'All the Way' to open at History Theatre
On the last Wednesday in September, the Soap Factory, a venerable nonprofit arts center in a 130-year-old, 52,000-square-foot historic warehouse near the Minneapolis riverfront, had a symbolic groundbreaking for a complete renovation.

Alatus envisions slim, high-rise residential tower across from Minneapolis Convention Center
The firm, which separately is developing a 40-story luxury condo tower just across the Mississippi River from downtown, presented its plans Tuesday night to the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s land use committee.

Hotel, residential complex breaks ground in Downtown East
Graves Hospitality has broken ground on Ironclad, a three-part project featuring a Marriott Moxy hotel, an apartment building and a retail complex.

U.S. Bank Stadium, one year in review
The landmark of East Town brought in 1.6 million visitors in its inaugural year.

Renovated Metropolitan Club at Target Field to be open to all next season
The renovation is the largest offseason upgrade to the ballpark since it opened in 2010.

WeWork opens in Minneapolis
Co-working provider WeWork opens Monday in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis adding to the already growing network of co-working offices in the Twin Cities.

Art that runs the gamut
In any given month, Gamut Gallery might host glitch sound artists, art inspired by beer cans or paintings exploring the depths of the human psyche.

Nicollet Mall reconstruction closes once-popular crepe shop, owner says
After enduring seemingly endless road and sidewalk construction, the owner of La Belle Crepe shuttered his tiny Medical Arts Building shop on Wednesday.

Celebrate National Coffee Day with these 5 new Twin Cities shops
That’s right, your daily, de-zombifying ritual is finally being recognized, and now is the time to celebrate. Isn’t it great? The world never stops plying you with reasons to Instagram.

Chicago’s Aloha Poké plans Minneapolis restaurant
The restaurant chain will open a skyway restaurant in the 811 LaSalle building by the end of the year.

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Editorial counterpoint: Confront problems, yes, but don't overlook downtown Minneapolis' many strengths
Downtown safety is an issue to work on, but from population growth to thriving development, Minneapolis has plenty to work with.

Three ideas for improving safety in Minneapolis' exciting and vibrant downtown
Relatively inexpensive steps can help keep downtown vibrant while tackling legitimate issues.

Council Member Jacob Frey proposes boosting police presence in downtown Minneapolis
Mpls. mayoral candidate's plan to curb downtown crime was released as part of his platform.

Weekend motorists begin detours during I-35W closure
MnDOT says to plan alternate routes, leave early to avoid delays.

Hennepin County Board approves purchase of landmark Thrivent Financial building for $55 million
Two Hennepin County commissioners voted against the deal, calling it too costly.

Veterinary clinic opens in the North Loop
Neighborhood gets its first full-service veterinary practice.

Imagining Spirit Island
Andrea Carlson’s latest project meditates on a lost Mississippi River landmark

The Sioux Chef will partner with Park Board on Water Works restaurant
The future destination park will be home to city’s first year-round park restaurant.

Dinkytown's morning institution, Al's Breakfast, now serving dinner and late-night menu on weekends
Known for its unchanging ambience, Dinkytown's classic diner is trying something new.

Fulton adds kitchen to North Loop taproom
Breweries aren’t often known for their food, but Fulton Beer is doing things differently.

Fifth Street Towers renovation puts a bar in Minneapolis skyway
A skyway bar and nap pods are among the perks in the updated tower.

Skyway bar coming soon to Fifth Street Towers
Office workers in the Fifth Street Towers won’t have to even touch the ground before hitting the bar.

Bulldog NE closing, will reopen with new owner and new name
The Bulldog Northeast is shutting its doors early next month but will get new life with a new name under longtime chef Kevin Kraus when it reopens shortly thereafter.

New 'hidden' Japanese whiskey bar opens above Kado No Mise in North Loop
Right now, the bar doesn’t have a sign of its own, but it can be accessed through Kado No Mise’ main entrance, and by asking to go upstairs.

3-foot-long bratwurst welcomes challengers at NE. Mpls. German restaurant
The Meterbratwurst challenge at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit is an Oktoberfest favorite.

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson revisits Twin Cities favorites
Five restaurants and four bakeries continue to impress.

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Downtown Minneapolis once was a great place to live. No more.
I moved there 17 years ago. It felt secure, energetic, promising. No more.

Zone of concern: Ways to make downtown Minneapolis safer
The Warehouse District is a center of public-safety considerations. How to respond is an election-year issue.

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.

With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated
Advocates, Minneapolis leaders debate best way to use federal funds.

Giving Minnesota's homeless young people hope
Investing in programs like YouthLink upfront will pay dividends later for the thousands, like I once was, who are living on the streets.

U.S. Bank Stadium repairs behind schedule, still 'several weeks' from completion
Ongoing repairs to the zinc-paneled exterior of the 13-month-old stadium remain visible with no hard deadline for completion.

Several staff members resign from Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges' re-election campaign
Untimely shake-up is the second one for incumbent Minneapolis mayor.

Diving into the downtown housing market
Would-be downtowners can find a new home through Explore Downtown Living.

Running for sixth term, Goodman says ‘experience matters’
Lisa Goodman is tied for longest tenure on the City Council, and while her three opponents say it’s time for change, the incumbent is leaning on her longevity as she asks voters to return her for a sixth term in office.

Check Out: North Loop Fall Crawl
Your favorite North Loop shopping destinations are joining forces for a fall fashion crawl that includes discounts, prizes and of course the latest looks for autumn.

Minneapolis bagel shop rises to the occasion
Rise Bagel Co. offers fresh, old world-style bagels and sandwiches.

Foodie Neighborhood: North Loop
If you find yourself in North Loop looking for a bite to eat, you’re in trouble. Not because you don’t have any options, in fact it’s quite the opposite.

Prairie Tree Alights on Nicollet Mall
Ned Kahn’s mesmerizing Prairie Tree has been installed on Nicollet Mall near 11th Street in front of the WCCO building. Composed of 2,304 stainless-steel vanes, the kinetic work is entirely powered by an endless, renewable, free, zero-carbon energy source – the wind.

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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.

PREVIOUS WEEK

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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