Another step in the Downtown East development project. The Strib’s Janet Moore reports: Minneapolis city staff is recommending that City Council approve a $101 million proposal by developer Ryan Cos. to build a hotel and apartments above a parking ramp in the proposed Downtown East development. Ryan is the developer of the overall $400 million Downtown East project, which includes twin office towers for Wells Fargo & Co., 200 apartments, retail shops and restaurants, a 1,610-space parking ramp, and a nearly two-block public park near the new Vikings stadium. … Ryan proposed a 150-room Radisson Red hotel, and another 200 apartments.”
Bad report card … The AP says: “Minnesota’s legislative auditor says four councils set up to address minority concerns have been largely ineffective and need to be changed. An audit released Friday cites a lack of clear purposes for the councils, poor attendance at meetings, and poor communications between the councils and other organizations that serve minority groups. It says the councils do a poor job of setting specific goals and assessing the impact of their activities.” MinnPost’s Joe Kimball has coverage here.
No surprise … . The Forum papers editorialize on expanding out-state broadband by saying: “Legislation in the St. Paul grinder would appropriate $100 million (a modest start, since the need is said to be about $3 billion) in a fund that would leverage other monies to finance broadband projects. Individual projects would be competitively bid, and sponsored by such organizations as cooperatives, economic development authorities or consortiums of small business and consumer groups. The partnerships would win grants based on criteria laid out in the legislation. Apparently that sound model is not good enough for Gov. Mark Dayton.”
The AP reports on a buy-up of area newspapers: “A Minneapolis-based publishing group has purchased three newspaper divisions from American Consolidated Media, including publications in Minnesota and Wisconsin. According to a news release from the Adams Publishing Group, the company purchased Superior Publishing Group, Ohio Publishing Group and Chesapeake Publishing Group. … In Minnesota, their purchase consists of five paid newspapers and three controlled-distribution publications, including the Mesabi Daily News and Hibbing Daily Tribune.”
A re-do of the Franklin-Lyndale intersection in Minneapolis has hit a wall of neighborhood objection. Eric Roper of the Srib says: “A mixed-use development that would transform a key South Minneapolis intersection at Franklin and Lyndale Avenues likely won’t begin construction this year because of opposition from a neighborhood group. … Critics object to the building’s height, obstruction of some nearby resident views, and its potential impact on traffic and on-street parking pressures. Neither the association nor its zoning and planning committee have taken a vote on the project, however.”
Having been in these stores in Phoenix, I can tell you … the selection is pretty impressive. In the Strib, John Ewoldt says: “With one false start, the price war on Twin Cities liquor prices has begun. Total Wine opened its 102nd store in Roseville today with prices and selection not found at any other local beverage retailer, said co-founder Robert Trone. Back in December, Total Wine was supposed to open its 100th store in Bloomington next to Trader Joe’s, but the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association convinced the Bloomington City Council that more study was needed before a license should be granted.”
It was the train driver’s fault? Liala Helal of MPR says: “Metro Transit has confirmed a truck-trailer crash earlier this year marked the first time a light rail operator was at fault in an accident in ten years of operations. No one was injured in the minor accident that took place on Jan. 30. The Blue Line train was traveling northbound when it hit the trailer of a pickup truck at the intersection of 34th Avenue and Airport Lane in Bloomington. … Metro Transit initially reported that the pickup truck got stuck on the tracks on the slippery road, but later attributed it to operator error.”
That miracle buzzer-beater by a Hopkins sophomore in the state basketball tournament is video gold, coast-to-coast. Kevin Cusick at the PiPress says: “Amir Coffey’s 60-foot fling and a prayer not only beat Shakopee in quadruple overtime on Thursday night at Target Center, it earned the Royals sophomore the No. 1 position in ESPN’s Top 10. ‘You’re kidding me,’ host Neil Everett said during ‘SportsCenter,’ echoing a comment many fans made earlier Thursday … .”
But will they talk about what they really think of … editors? A new podcast, Byline Confidential by ex-City Pages writer Gregory Pratt, talks shop with local journalists. The latest is Strib columnist Jon Tevlin. Says Pratt: “From starting at small dailies in weird towns to getting a break from New York Times columnist David Carr, Jon has had a unique journey in the news business. He talks about his friend the murderer, overcoming obstacles to get hired at the Strib, what you learn at alt-weeklies and magazines that you can’t pick up elsewhere and how he kicks people in the [bleeps] who don’t return his phone calls … .” No one [bleeps] with the Tevlin!