White Castle and Oddfellows buildings granted initial historic status amid questionable process

Last week at the Historic Preservation Commission hearing, the White Castle building and the International Order of Oddfellows building were both granted initial designation as historic landmarks. Minneapolis preservationists are thrilled with this step but more than a bit concerned about the processes that led here.

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Weather puts Webber Park's new pool behind schedule

(Photo by Alex Schlee) Foundations of the basin are in place; a liner surrounds where the edges of the basin will be. The center will soon be filled with filtration pipes, which will run underneath regeneration plants that will clean the pool’s water.

The center of Webber Park lies bare, a large portion of land fenced off to the public while construction crews lay the groundwork a new, naturally-filtered swimming pool and the changing house. Groundbreaking on this project began last summer, and while progress has been made, the forces of nature have ensured that it has been an arduous, slow process.

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48 acres of Minneapolis riverfront up for development

With the City of Minneapolis getting out of the shipping business at this year’s end, development staff are gearing up to offer the Upper Harbor site to businesses in partnership with parks, hoping they’ll hire Northside residents. And one private developer asked them to think about long-term leasing instead, since “nothing is forever.”

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A dark side to the 12 days of fun

Living in the neighborhoods surrounding the Minnesota State Fair grounds has many advantages, including easy access to all the events that take place at the grounds year-round.

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$7.9 million purchase expands University of Minnesota behind TCF Bank Stadium

Some of the unused land behind TCF Bank Stadium could sprout more research buildings as the University of Minnesota continues a slow expansion beyond the eastern confines of its Minneapolis campus.

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Walking historic Minneapolis — There's an app for that!

Seldom have we known such a summer for strolling Twin Cities neighborhoods – enjoying the magnificent gardens, the unique architecture, the cool breezes, the friendliness of your own neighborhoods, and the stories of neighborhoods waiting to be explored.

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TC Spotlight | Outdoor tours: Segways, trolleys, riverboats and more!

(Photos by Paige Elliott except where noted)

Summers in Minnesota are beautiful but short. A great way to savor the summer days is to take a tour of all the gorgeous rivers, lakes, and historical sights the Twin Cities has to offer. So, for TC Spotlight this week we’ve highlighted just a few of the many outdoor tours around town to help you get out and soak up the rest of the summer. Share your favorite summer tours and activities in the comment section below.

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Grant to Neighborhood Health Source prompts business shuffle on Central Ave.

Steve Knutson

In about a year, at least two Central Avenue blocks will look completely different, when a three-business change—involving a medical clinic, a mortuary, and a Walgreens drug store—gets fully underway.

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Central Avenue train switchover hits delays

The rumors are true, the “shoo-fly” project to take trains around the railroad viaduct between 14th and 18th avenues on Central is three to four weeks behind schedule. And it’s due to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) having issues with getting materials in to build their part of the solution.

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Fatal shooting stems from out of control bus route

Yesterday evening when my phone rang off the hook, with several people calling repeatedly but not leaving messages, I knew something was wrong. I called back, to find out that a man had been fatally shot after getting off of the 19 bus in front of my home. Thank the Lord for small favors, but no one in my house was harmed, my dog was okay, and my home appears to be unscathed--although shell casings or evidence of some kind was left by the trash can on my corner.

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