A new charter plan, scheduled to come before the voters in November, would clarify the mayor’s role as the city’s chief executive and stipulate that City Council members would not be permitted to “usurp, invade or interfere with the mayor’s direction or supervision.”
If the Charter Commission moves ahead with a plan to revamp the city’s “creaky” municipal structure, the plan could come before the voters at next November’s city election.
Here, ratification of the constitutional amendment occurred in September 1919.
The move to shift the balance of power between the mayor and City Council threatens to reignite a conflict over the structure of municipal government that many thought had been settled more than 30 years ago.
When Lake Street was a narrow dirt road beyond the Minneapolis city limits, a scattering of homes and businesses sprung up around a small industrial firm, Minneapolis Harvester Works, established at the intersection of Lake and Hiawatha in 1882.
“He had more people in more places across Iowa’s 99 counties than his competitors,” reported the Minneapolis Tribune’s Finlay Lewis. “His campaign is richer, better engineered, better manned, more imaginative by far than the effort of his nearest rival in the polls, Sen. John Glenn of Ohio.”
In 1998, only two of Minnesota’s eight House members, the First District’s Gil Gutknecht and the Third District’s Jim Ramstad, were part of the House Republican majority that controlled the impeachment process.
Lewis tells the story of Berzelius Windrip, known as Buzz, who is elected president in 1936 and transforms the United States into a totalitarian dictatorship.
The president’s fate was sealed when evidence convinced his fellow Republicans to abandon him.
At first he seemed self-effacing, almost to point of diffidence, but I soon learned that appearances were deceiving. Once I got to know him better, I discovered the strong will and the keen intelligence that he used to advance his policy and political concerns.
Neighborhoods 2020 represents the most recent effort by city officials to rein in the independent neighborhood groups and make them more responsive to the will of City Hall.
Spontaneous celebrations sprang up all over the state once the news reached here. In Minneapolis, people were jolted awake at 2 a.m. by the news.
Former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger traces the origins of his party’s progressive tilt back to the election of Harold Stassen as Minnesota’s governor in 1938.
A new Hubert Humphrey biography by Arnold Offner, “Hubert Humphrey, The Conscience of the Country,” provides a behind-the-scenes look at the events of 1968.
This year, active until the end, Arvonne applauded the dramatic increase in the number of women running for public office.
Not only will Council Member Cam Gordon’s proposal weaken the city’s authority over the MPD, it represents the wrong response to the very real issues affecting police-community relations in Minneapolis.
“Let’s not tear up our own neighborhood,” Harry Davis told a group outside the Sumner Library. “Dr. Martin Luther King was shot and killed. Our leader is lost, but this does not end our march for freedom.”
Three local NAACP organizations urged University of Minnesota Vice President W.T. Middlebrook to insert an anti-discrimination clause in the sales contract. He refused.
The leadership group was formalized in 1989 in the City Charter at the instigation of Don Fraser, who served as mayor for four terms in the 1980s and early ’90s.