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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Minneapolis officials exploring raising minimum wage in city, à la Seattle

Frey (left) and Cano (right) support the idea of raising Minneapolis's minimum wage. (The two are pictured here with Rep. Ryan Winkler, who led the legislature's effort to increase the statewide minimum wage.)
The message conveyed by protesters who stormed the Uptown McDonald's last week was heard loud and clear by at least a couple members of the Minneapolis City Council.

Council member Alondra Cano tells us she's working with the U.S. Department of Labor to get a sense of the legal challenges the city could face if officials try to follow Seattle's lead and raise the minimum wage within its borders.

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Minneapolis set to introduce police body cam pilot program this fall

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A body-cam wearing police officer.

Minneapolis officials are on the cusp of rolling out the city's first police body camera program.

Kate Brickman, spokesperson for Mayor Betsy Hodges, tells us she expects the Minneapolis City Council to approve a pilot program this fall that will put cameras on roughly three dozen officers. If things go smoothly, full implementation will follow next year.

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Minneapolis approves $130,000 for tasers

While St. Paul city officials dealt with the fallout from the allegedly racially motivated tasing of Chris Lollie, the Minneapolis City Council approved purchasing 50 new tasers for its police force.

On Friday, council green-lighted spending $130,000 for the tasers, which run $999.95 each, along with the corresponding numbers of batteries, holsters, and warranties.

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MPD denies report HCMC shooting began inside hospital

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Just after 3 p.m. yesterday, shots rang out near the Hennepin County Medical Center. Nobody was hurt, though a vehicle was struck by a bullet. The hospital was locked down for a brief period of time.

The Star Tribune, citing comments made by Minneapolis Police Department Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, reports that "a group of people passing through the hospital entrance got into an argument with another group and somebody started shooting." But reached for comment this afternoon, MPD spokesman John Elder tells us that's not what really happened.

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