Don Samuels on Hot Dog Gate, Media Beefs, and His Priorities

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Over the weekend we had the chance to talk at length with Don Samuels, the former Minneapolis City Council member and mayoral candidate who's now running for school board.

The immediate reason we called Samuels was to talk about the controversy generated by Samuels's decision to call 911 last Thursday on a north Minneapolis hot dog giveaway organized by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change that he thought was an illegally operating business. But we also took the opportunity to get his thoughts on a recent investigative report that portrayed his campaign in a not-positive light, and more generally, we asked what his priorities would be if he's elected next month.

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Century-Old McClellan Building Demolished to Make Way for Vikings Stadium Parking Ramp

Photo via the Downtown East Minneapolis blog
The McClellan building as it looked many, many years ago.
Construction of the new Vikings stadium and the adjacent downtown east development involves the demolition of three buildings, all of them formerly owned by the Star Tribune.

The second of them came down last week, as the 99-year-old McClellan building was razed. It'll be replaced by a parking ramp connected to the new stadium, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority spokesperson Jenn Hathaway tells us.

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Minnesota Somalis Battle Terror Recruiters for Young Souls


Abdirizak Bihi paces the courtyard of Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis, awaiting his children's arrival from school.

Dirt blows freely down Cedar Avenue as piss-colored newspapers dance in the wind. In the shade of a tree stand a slouching man and a woman with cavernous eyes, locked in stormy debate.

The woman wags a finger and stomps the ground, her leathery voice scaring the pigeons. The man, known in the neighborhood as Salid, named for a Somali village so small that you won't find it on a map, responds to her anger with a bemused smile that creeps across his pudgy face.

To an outsider, their words are indecipherable. Except two: al-Shabab. It's regarded as a terrorist organization by the West, an al-Qaeda ally engaged in combat against the Somali government and African Union soldiers. When translated, the phrase literally means "the youth," a rather innocent sobriquet for hardline Islamists who kill aid workers, shoot up shopping malls, and bomb United Nations facilities.

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SUV, Traveling in Reverse, Slams into North Minneapolis Bus Stop, Leaving One Dead

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Photos via Phillip I. Murphy on True North Minneapolis Facebook page
This photo shows the destroyed bus stop and the gold SUV involved in the incident.
Just after 5 p.m. last night, an SUV, traveling in reverse, slammed into a bus stop just outside a McDonald's at the intersection of 45th Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue North, leaving 45-year-old Billie Weaver dead.

It's unclear at this time why the SUV was traveling in such a manner. Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder tells us this morning that last he heard, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident, though the driver and passenger who were in the SUV were still being questioned by authorities last night.

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Minneapolis Introduces "Parklets" [VIDEO]

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Workers construct the parklet adjacent to the Spyhouse off Nicollet Ave.
Following the lead of San Francisco, the city of Minneapolis has introduced a "parklet" pilot program.

Mackenzie Turner Bargen, pedestrian planner for the city, tells us each of Minneapolis's first three parklets is intended to be "just a little urban oasis where people can sit and enjoy the city around them."

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Chief Janee Harteau Bails on Public Meeting

MPD's top cop
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau pulled out of a town hall-type event Thursday, claiming her presence might agitate folks in the crowd.

In a statement, the chief mentioned "credible information from a long-standing community leader, in addition to a number of other sources, about planned physical disruptions," which she went on to describe as "known threats" on social media.

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Quanan Machacek, a.k.a. "Q," Charged With First-Degree Murder for Little Earth Stabbing

Quanan Machacek's mugshot
Yesterday, 26-year-old Quanan Machacek was arrested in connection with a September 10 stabbing that left Cody Lee Rasche dead outside his Little Earth housing complex.

According to authorities, Machacek fled the scene following the incident. While on the loose, he was charged with premeditated murder via a warrant before being apprehended in St. Paul.

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Minneapolis's drive to destroy kid's cool treehouse is kinda heartbreaking

Photo of Daniel's treehouse (visible at left) via Smith Wilkinson on Twitter
After a two-year drama, the Minneapolis Zoning Board will hold a public hearing tomorrow on whether to allow middle schooler Daniel Pryke to keep his impressive treehouse.

It doesn't look good. City staff's recommendation, phrased somewhat euphemistically, is to "deny... that the treehouse located at 1812 Emerson Ave S should be allowed to remain."

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Minneapolis moves toward deregulating bathrooms, allowing everyone in single-stalls

An ordinance change that would deregulate single-stall bathrooms in Minneapolis is sailing through the City Council process and should receive final approval next week.

The ordinance, which is the work of council member Andrew Johnson, would leave the choice of whether to have unisex bathrooms to individual businesses. Multi-person bathrooms, such as the ones at McDonald's restaurants, wouldn't be impacted.

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Check out awesome downtown Mpls views from the Nic's penthouses

Pic of The Nic (foreground) via Nick Magrino on Twitter
This weekend, the Nic on Fifth downtown Minneapolis luxury apartments officially opens to tenants.

The building, located at 465 Nicollet Mall, represents one of the more significant additions to Minneapolis's skyline in recent years. Below the jump are a number of photos and videos shared by reporters in recent days conveying just how awesome the Nic's views are.

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