Kenwood considers calling for temporary closure of Hidden Beach

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Hidden Beach isn't as hidden as it once was, but neighbors are fed up with all the pot smoking, drinking, and nudity that goes down there.
-- Update at bottom --

During a special meeting tonight, the Kenwood Isles Area Association will consider whether to support a resolution calling on the Minneapolis Park Board to temporarily close Hidden Beach, the Southwest Journal reports.

The measure would be a response, in part, to crime problems there. As of last month, there had been 60 police reports written this year pertaining to incidents at the beach, which is about twice as many as at this time last year, according to the Southwest Journal. (But while crime is up relative to last year, it's on par with 2011 and '12, the Journal adds.) Most of this year's reports pertain to drinking or pot smoking and/or possession.

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Hit-and-run, stabbing, shooting mark unusually violent weekend in Whittier

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Investigators work at the intersection of 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue South following a hit-and-run outside the Bulldog Friday morning.
This summer, crime has reemerged as a huge issue in north Minneapolis -- not that it ever went away in the first place.

This past weekend, however, was marked by a string of unusual violent crimes in south Minneapolis's Whittier neighborhood.

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North Mpls Ferguson vigil gets tense after arrest of woman holding "Don't Shoot" sign [VIDEOS]

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People wave their hands in the air outside MPD's 4th Precinct headquarters in protest.
Last night, in commemoration of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds turned out to observe a moment of silence at the Minneapolis Urban League on the North Side.

A short time later, a woman carrying a "Don't Shoot" sign who participated in the vigil was arrested on the street by the Minneapolis Police Department for reasons that remain unclear, prompting a protest outside the MPD's 4th Precinct headquarters.

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Uptown hot tub attracts schadenfreude

Photo by Amanda White
Schadenfreude: Pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
Shortly after we published our initial blog post about the cool-looking hot tub that hangs over Lake Street as part of the Walkway development in Uptown, commenters let us know it was taped off because of a leak. (The tape is visible in the above photo.)

Some suggested the leak was a result of shoddy engineering. But that's not necessarily the case, a state employee in the department that inspects pools tells us.

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Nicollet Mall redesign brings scrutiny upon panhandling

A $50 million redesign of Nicollet Mall is currently in the planning process, with construction work set to begin as soon as next year and finish by the end of 2016.

But with downtown building owners expected to pay for about half of the project via assessments, the Downtown Council is talking openly about quelling "livability" issues like panhandling (and homelessness, but we'll focus on that another time) that make downtown a less attractive destination for investors, shoppers, and potential residents.

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Duluth and Minneapolis voted two of the three greatest places to live

Outside Magazine praises Duluth for its 6,834 acres of city parkland, 178 miles of wooded trails, and 16 designated trout streams.
In Outside's new list of "The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America," the magazine's readers conclude there is no place greater than Duluth, Minnesota.

We're not sure we'd take Duluth over say, San Francisco, but then again, we're probably not quite as outdoorsy as Outside readers, who also voted Minneapolis as the third best place to live. (Number two honors go to Provo, Utah -- now we get what Tom Torkildson was talking about.)

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Jacob Frey urges crackdown on guns after Soundbar shooting that injured Vikings player

Categories: Guns, Minneapolis
New Viking Joseph (top right) was grazed by a bullet in the leg and isn't expected to miss significant time.
Just before bar close Saturday morning, shots rang out at the 400 Soundbar in downtown Minneapolis. Nine people were injured, including Linval Joseph, a defensive lineman the Vikings signed to a five-year, $31.5 million contract during the offseason. All are expected to survive.

Police say they believe the shooter was targeting a specific person, but no arrests had been made as of yesterday afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us.

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No, there's not really a terrorist attack happening at Boom Island Park

Today's training exercise is meant to simulate the release of a "dirty bomb."
Have you seen law enforcement personnel responding to what looks like a terror attack of some sort along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis today?

No, Wisconsin isn't attacking us with nerve gas. It's really just a law enforcement exercise involving agencies from Minneapolis, St. Paul, the FBI, Hennepin County, and the Minnesota National Guard.

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Minneapolis one of the most beard-friendly cities, study says

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Yours truly (center) with a couple of friends, basking in the beard-loving environs of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis is one of the most inviting cities in the county for beardos, according to a study put together by the Wahl Clipper Corporation.

The study, put together in partnership with the Opinion Research Corporation, relied on an "in-depth analysis of the online universe over the past two years for beard and mustache positivity. Conversations and searches surrounding facial hair were measured, and cities were ranked based on overall interest and positive sentiment."

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Park Board pulls out of "the Yard," meaning huge downtown space won't be a park, per se

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This is the city's vision for how downtown east will look two years from now, but much work remains to be done and time is running short.
Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Park Board voted to have nothing to do with "the Yard," the name officials are using for the huge community space they envision sitting adjacent to the new Vikings stadium.

Notice we used the term "community space," not "park." That's because the Park Board's lack of involvement means the Yard won't be a park, per se.

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