Nick Wicker


City may adopt new fossil fuel stance

A group of students and other Minneapolis residents gathered at City Hall on Monday in support of the city’s continued divestment from fossil fuels and urged other state agencies to follow.

Prospect Park to become state’s largest historic site

As southeast Minneapolis continues its growth, with a recent string of new apartment buildings and a light rail line, one neighborhood is attempting to preserve its history. Community leaders have long pushed to add Prospect Park to a national list of historic places, which would protect the neighborhood from losing its older houses. Last week, city officials voted to support the neighborhood’s plan to obtain that designation, which could be finalized in the coming months.

City launches financial transparency program

Minneapolis government is now more transparent, thanks to a new online tool. The city’s Financial Transparency Platform, which launched earlier this month, allows visitors of the official Minneapolis website to easily sort through the government’s budget, broken down by department. The database exhibits the city’s involvement in a wider national trend of transparency initiatives. Ward 11 City Councilman John Quincy said the website was created to make city financial information more accessible.

City Council to examine neighborhood funding

Operations by a city department that funds Minneapolis neighborhood organizations will be analyzed for the next six months. The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department is undergoing its first evaluation since its inception in 2010. Officials from the City Council’s audit committee began examining the department’s purpose in December, and city auditors will finish their investigation in August.

UMPD reports on-campus crime sparse

University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said crime on and around campus this week was slow, aside from three reports of molestation on Monday afternoon. According to a crime alert from UMPD Chief Greg Hestness on Monday, two of the victims are students. Each was approached from behind and groped before the suspect ran away, Miner said. University and Minneapolis police are working to follow all leads and track down what they think is a single suspect, Miner said.

Mpls. unveils group for police conduct oversight

The Minneapolis Police Department announced on Tuesday who will serve on newly established oversight committees that aim to increase the department’s accountability. The committees’ makeup, which will include police officers and community members, was discussed at a Police Conduct Oversight Commission meeting, just weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice  recommended the creation of the committees. A steering committee and five subcommittees will oversee MPD’s practices, including communication, oversight, community relations and coaching.

Frey plans tackle area ‘food desert’

Ward 3 City Councilman Jacob Frey wants to help bring a more affordable grocery store option to University of Minnesota students. Frey proposed a new grocery store be constructed this year near Thresher Square, a block in Downtown East that is just one Green Line light rail stop away from the West Bank campus. In addition to receiving investment from a grocer, Frey said he will also seek input from students.

Council members approve funding for green homes

City officials created a program three years ago to rid north Minneapolis of abandoned lots in the area and turn them into sustainable homes for neighborhood residents. Now, the City Council is on the funding stage of the Green Homes North Program, which includes the construction of 13 new houses built with environmentally-friendly materials.

Frey presents Ward 3’s goals for 2015

In the crowded basement of Nye’s Polonaise Room, Ward 3 City Councilman Jacob Frey addressed more than 50 community members Thursday evening for his first annual State of the Ward speech. In addition to recognizing residents for their accomplishments, Frey said the ward he represents accounted for 65 percent of the city’s growth in 2014. He also presented plans to continue with at least 20 development projects this year.

Report shows transparency, trust lacking

The Minneapolis Police Department has lacked public trust and transparency of its activities, a report released Wednesday found. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and U.S. Department of Justice officials presented the results of an investigation into police procedures to a tense crowd Wednesday afternoon, and some people in attendance said the report was misleading and lacking sufficient community input.