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lost twin cities: the rise and fall of minneapolis' phoenix building


many american cities — minneapolis among them — have, or once had, downtown buildings named after the phoenix, a mythical bird that supposedly sprang to life from the ashes of its predecessor.it’s not hard to figure out why the name was so popular, particularly in the 19th century, when buildings burned with distressing regularity, only to be quickly replaced by new, and presumably less combustible, structures.minneapolis’ phoenix building, which roosted for almost 70 years at the northwest corner of 4th street and marquette avenue, was a case in point.it rose in 1893 from the ruins of the seven-story tribune building, an early downtown monument that went up in flames on nov. 30, 1889, after standing for only four years. that fire killed seven people — among them an editor for the minneapo






the rise and fall of minneapolis' lost phoenix building


many american cities — minneapolis among them — have, or once had, downtown buildings named after the phoenix, a mythical bird that supposedly sprang to life from the ashes of its predecessor.it's not hard to figure out why the name was so popular, particularly in the 19th century, when buildings burned with distressing regularity, only to be quickly replaced by new, and presumably less combustible, structures.minneapolis' phoenix building, which roosted for almost 70 years at the northwest corner of 4th street and marquette avenue, was a case in point.it rose in 1893 from the ruins of the seven-story tribune building, an early downtown monument that went up in flames on nov. 30, 1889, after standing for only four years. that fire killed seven people — among them an editor for the minneapo






minnesota architectural writer starts new column, "lost twin cities"


say hello to "lost twin cities," a monthly column by larry millett, a man of history and mystery. millett is a born-and-bred minnesotan who has written 12 books of history, including the bestselling "lost twin cities," as well as eight mysteries (most of which involve the twin cities and a certain british private detective known for his wits and his calabash pipe).to introduce millett to streetscapes readers who might not know him, we talked to the longtime architectural author, historian and critic about how the local landscape has changed, how he makes architecture interesting and how the heck sherlock holmes ended up in the twin towns.q: how did you get interested in architecture?a: i can't explain it. i was a blue-collar kid. all my friends were fixing cars and i was drawing buildings.






coming storm could dump more than 12" of snow in parts of minn.


on yet another uncharacteristically balmy february day in minnesota, forecasters are firming up just how much snow will start falling late thursday into friday and who is most likely to be on the receiving end.in a watch posted wednesday morning, the national weather service (nws) said the “high-end winter storm” will turn from rain to snow thursday and hit the lower third of minnesota and fully encompass the twin cities as well.“the heaviest snowfall [is] currently forecast to fall from southwestern minnesota, up through the twin cities and toward rice lake and ladysmith in wisconsin,” according to the weather service.along with st. paul, minneapolis and its suburbs, larger populations centers such as hutchinson, mankato, redwood falls, red wing and faribault are all in the path of what i






coming storm could dump more than 12" of snow in parts of minn.


on yet another uncharacteristically balmy february day in minnesota, forecasters are firming up just how much snow will start falling late thursday into friday and who is most likely to be on the receiving end.in a watch posted wednesday morning, the national weather service (nws) said the “high-end winter storm” will turn from rain to snow thursday and hit the lower third of minnesota and fully encompass the twin cities as well.“the heaviest snowfall [is] currently forecast to fall from southwestern minnesota, up through the twin cities and toward rice lake and ladysmith in wisconsin,” according to the weather service.along with st. paul, minneapolis and its suburbs, larger populations centers such as hutchinson, mankato, redwood falls, red wing and faribault are all in the path of what i






coming storm could dump more than 12" of snow in parts of minn.


on yet another uncharacteristically balmy february day in minnesota, forecasters are firming up just how much snow will start falling late thursday into friday and who is most likely to be on the receiving end.in a watch posted wednesday morning, the national weather service (nws) said the "high-end winter storm" will turn from rain to snow thursday and hit the lower third of minnesota and fully encompass the twin cities as well."the heaviest snowfall [is] currently forecast to fall from southwestern minnesota, up through the twin cities and toward rice lake and ladysmith in wisconsin," according to the weather service.along with st. paul, minneapolis and its suburbs, larger populations centers such as hutchinson, mankato, redwood falls, red wing and faribault are all in the path of what i






readers write (march 15): urban vs. rural legislation, the health care debate, s


the republican game of politics for politics' sake is back in full swing. and as usual, the party has it wrong ("legislators work to undo cities' rules," march 13). rep. pat garofalo, r-farmington, says that "the cultural values of minneapolis are drastically out of alignment with greater minnesota, so there's going to be conflicts." well, actually it's the other way around: the values of politicians like garofalo are "out of alignment" with the views of the majority of the twin cities metro area, where 60 percent of minnesotans live.one has to ask: what "values" is this politician citing? are plastic bags, no sick leave and (god help us) permits for using bike lanes that critical to outstate voters? do they really want state mandates that trump (so to speak) reasonable local ones? are gar






twin cities home permits rise, but listings remain low


a shortage of house listings has builders in the twin cities working overtime.during february, 339 permits were issued to build 717 units, mostly single-family houses and upscale rental apartments, according to a monthly report that tracks housing permits from the builders association of the twin cities (batc). that was a 93 percent increase in permits and an 18 percent in planned units compared with the same period last year.the winter rally comes on the eve of the builders’ biggest marketing event of the year — the parade of homes spring preview, which begins march 4 when 481 new houses and 64 remodeled houses open for tours. “with a strong start to the year, our builders are very optimistic for a strong spring parade of homes,” said bob michels, the batc’s 2017 president.of those planne






minneapolis dfl expects to move citywide convention to july 8


the minneapolis dfl will vote next month on a new date for the citywide convention, one that won’t conflict with ramadan or the twin cities pride festival.dan mcconnell, chairman of the minneapolis dfl, said tuesday that july 8 will be the new date for the convention where the dfl will try to endorse a candidate for mayor. mcconnell said he’s checked with many of the candidates and no one objects.the original date, june 24, is the second-to-last day of ramadan and the saturday of twin cities pride. mayoral candidates betsy hodges and raymond dehn signed a letter two weeks ago asking that the event be moved.“we urge the committee to consider changing the date of [the] minneapolis dfl city convention to allow more members of our communities to partake in their local government,” the letter s






new chief at teach for america-twin cities


mikisha nation is taking the helm of teach for america-twin cities, the program that annually trains students who teach in classrooms with many minority or low-income students.fifteen local school districts and charter networks work with tfa, including schools like minneapolis public schools, hiawatha academies, higher ground academy and kipp minnesota, according to a tfa release. nation will head up more than 40 teach for america corps members, plus nearly 700 alumni.she was most recently executive director at breakthrough twin cities, which helps prepare students for college and "cultivates the next generation of educators," according to its website. while she was chief there, the program doubled the number of youth it was helping to about 500 students.in the tfa release, nation pinpoint






coming storm could dump more than 12" of snow in parts of minn.


on yet another uncharacteristically balmy february day in minnesota, forecasters are firming up just how much snow will start falling late thursday into friday and who is most likely to be on the receiving end.in a watch posted wednesday morning, the national weather service (nws) said the “high-end winter storm” will turn from rain to snow thursday and hit the lower third of minnesota and fully encompass the twin cities as well.“the heaviest snowfall [is] currently forecast to fall from southwestern minnesota, up through the twin cities and toward rice lake and ladysmith in wisconsin,” according to the weather service.along with st. paul, minneapolis and its suburbs, larger populations centers such as hutchinson, mankato, redwood falls, red wing and faribault are all in the path of what i






how uber and lyft bent the rules and won


the campaign started with a tweet.on oct. 1, 2012, uber used twitter to announce its arrival in minneapolis. the news prompted an outpouring of love from residents, many of whom had not even used the upstart ride-sharing service.“oh man!” tweeted one fan. “uber is rolling out in minneapolis. i will literally never need a car again ever, forever.”there was just one problem: uber didn’t have a permit to operate in the twin cities. neither did its competitor, lyft, which arrived shortly after uber.minneapolis regulators initially threatened to issue tickets and impound any vehicles caught operating illegally, but uber and lyft kept going. by 2014, the companies had persuaded government officials in both minneapolis and st. paul to back off and approve the regulations they wanted.there would b






st. paul and minneapolis firefighters face off in food drive


st. paul and minneapolis firefighters are gearing up for a food fight.the fire departments will face off through march to see which one can raise the most food and financial donations for the st. paul hallie q. brown food shelf and the minneapolis sabathani community center.twin cities residents can drop off nonperishable food items at their local fire station through april 3.cash donations can be made at the organizations’ websites.






new chief at teach for america-twin cities


mikisha nation is taking the helm of teach for america-twin cities, the program that annually trains students who teach in classrooms with many minority or low-income students.fifteen local school districts and charter networks work with tfa, including schools like minneapolis public schools, hiawatha academies, higher ground academy and kipp minnesota, according to a tfa release. nation will head up more than 40 teach for america corps members, plus nearly 700 alumni.she was most recently executive director at breakthrough twin cities, which helps prepare students for college and "cultivates the next generation of educators," according to its website. while she was chief there, the program doubled the number of youth it was helping to about 500 students.in the tfa release, nation pinpoint






minneapolis dfl to move citywide convention to july 8


the minneapolis dfl will next month vote on a new date for the citywide convention, one that won't conflict with ramadan or the twin cities pride festival.dan mcconnell, chair of the minneapolis dfl, said tuesday that july 8 will be the new date for the convention, where the dfl will try to endorse a candidate for mayor. mcconnell said he's checked with many of the candidates and nobody objects.the original date, june 24, was the second-to-last day of ramadan and the saturday of twin cities pride, and mayoral candidates betsy hodges and raymond dehn signed a letter two weeks ago asking that the event be moved to make it more inviting to muslims and the lgbtq community."we urge the committee to consider changing the date of [the] minneapolis dfl city convention to allow more members of our






minneapolis dfl to move citywide convention to july 8


the minneapolis dfl will next month vote on a new date for the citywide convention, one that won’t conflict with ramadan or the twin cities pride festival.dan mcconnell, chair of the minneapolis dfl, said tuesday that july 8 will be the new date for the convention, where the dfl will try to endorse a candidate for mayor. mcconnell said he’s checked with many of the candidates and nobody objects.the original date, june 24, was the second-to-last day of ramadan and the saturday of twin cities pride, and mayoral candidates betsy hodges and raymond dehn signed a letter two weeks ago asking that the event be moved to make it more inviting to muslims and the lgbtq community.“we urge the committee to consider changing the date of [the] minneapolis dfl city convention to allow more members of our






coming storm could dump more than 12" of snow in parts of minn.


on yet another balmy february day — the metro area’s fifth record high in the past six days — forecasters are firming up just how much snow will start falling late thursday into friday and who is most likely to be on the receiving end.in a watch posted wednesday morning, the national weather service (nws) said the “high-end winter storm” will turn from rain to snow thursday and hit the lower third of minnesota and fully encompass the twin cities as well.“the heaviest snowfall [is] currently forecast to fall from southwestern minnesota, up through the twin cities and toward rice lake and ladysmith in wisconsin,” according to the weather service.“over 2 to 3 hours, [the metro area] should see a quick 3 to 6 inches of snow just in time for the friday morning commute,” the nws said in an updat






mattamy will close its homebuilding unit in twin cities


mattamy homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in north america, is packing it up in the twin cities.the toronto-based company, which has had operations in the twin cities since 2003, is selling the bulk of its holdings here to calatlantic homes and m/i homes, inc., which already have a presence in this market.in 2015, mattamy built 295 units worth $109 million, making it the fifth-largest builder in the twin cities, according to the latest annual survey by the builders association of the twin cities.peter gilgan, founder and chief executive of mattamy homes said in a statement wednesday that minnesota was mattamy’s first expansion outside the toronto area to produce solid results for the company. but he added but the region is no longer a good fit.“calatlantic homes and m/i homes b






new chief at teach for america-twin cities


mikisha nation is taking the helm of teach for america-twin cities, the program that annually trains students who teach in classrooms with many minority or low-income students.fifteen local school districts and charter networks work with tfa, including schools like minneapolis public schools, hiawatha academies, higher ground academy and kipp minnesota, according to a tfa release. nation will head up more than 40 teach for america corps members, plus nearly 700 alumni.she was most recently executive director at breakthrough twin cities, which helps prepare students for college and "cultivates the next generation of educators," according to its website. while she was chief there, the program doubled the number of youth it was helping to about 500 students.in the tfa release, nation pinpoint






feds charge alleged tre tre crips members in gun conspiracy


four people allegedly tied to a north minneapolis street gang embroiled in a turf war are being indicted with conspiracy built around their use of illegal firearms in a series of shootings last year, according to federal charges.in a novel strategy aimed at building federal cases against twin cities street gangs, investigators went after guns used by tre tre crips members during drug deals or feuds with rival factions.among those indicted was a “straw purchaser” who — unlike her co-conspirators — was able to buy firearms because she had no prior felony conviction.charles bickham, aka “tall cuz,” and ophrah andrea latrice ann gray each made their first appearances and pleaded not guilty in u.s. district court in minneapolis on tuesday. trudale raymond williams, identified in a search warran






linden hills co-op workers vote to unionize


linden hills co-op workers voted this week to form a union, the second twin cities grocery co-op to affiliate with the united food and commercial workers (ufcw).of 74 eligible voters, 51 cast their ballots for brooklyn center-based ufcw local 653. nine voted against the union, five ballots were challenged by the employer and 11 workers didn’t vote.“forming a union reinforces co-op values of community throughout our store,” linden hills co-op employee evan adams-hanson said in a press statement. the co-op is in the southwest minneapolis neighborhood of linden hills.in 2015, workers at the wedge co-op in minneapolis’ whittier neighborhood, voted to join south st. paul-based ufcw local 1189. about 160 retail and warehouse workers at the wedge are represented by 1189, according to a spokesman






morning forecast: cooler, high in 30s


morning star tribune local twin cities (minneapolis/st. paul) weather video forecast






minneapolis and st. paul bookstores will hand out pocket-sized poems


desperate times call for desperate measures. and really desperate times call for poetry.that is why, all this month and next, local small presses are seeding twin cities independent bookstores with poems printed on small, colorful cards, yours for the taking. new poems will appear each thursday throughout march and april.each poem — by bao phi, mai der vang, chris santiago, sean hill and others — will explore the theme of migration.“i think that poets have always been the moral compass of our society,” said mandy medley of minneapolis’ coffee house press. “they have a way of distilling all of the outrage, all of the fear, but also all of the love and the hope into these very compact little packages.”the initiative by twin cities small presses was inspired by a national project begun after






mattamy will close its homebuilding unit in twin cities


mattamy homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in north america, is packing it up in the twin cities.the toronto-based company, which has had operations in the twin cities since 2003, is selling the bulk of its holdings here to calatlantic homes and m/i homes inc., which already have a presence in this market.in 2015, mattamy built 295 units worth $109 million, making it the fifth largest builder in the twin cities, according to the latest annual survey by the builders association of the twin cities.peter gilgan, founder and chief executive of mattamy homes said in a statement wednesday that minnesota was mattamy's first expansion outside the toronto area to produce solid results for the firm. but he added the region is no longer a good fit."calatlantic homes and m/i homes both have






feds charge alleged tre tre crips members in gun conspiracy


four people allegedly tied to a north minneapolis street gang embroiled in a turf war are being indicted with conspiracy built around their use of illegal firearms in a series of shootings last year, according to federal charges.in a novel strategy aimed at building federal cases against twin cities street gangs, investigators went after guns used by tre tre crips members during drug deals or feuds with rival factions.among those indicted was a "straw purchaser" who — unlike her co-conspirators — was able to buy firearms because she had no prior felony conviction.charles bickham, aka "tall cuz," and oprah andrea latrice ann gray made their first appearances and pleaded not guilty in u.s. district court in minneapolis on tuesday. trudale raymond williams, identified in a search warrant appl






unlikely new hot spots in twin cities housing market


stacey and ardy gibbs ran into the same problem that face many twin cities homeowners these days: selling their house was a snap but buying another was difficult.what's worse, the couple live in richfield, the hottest real estate market in the metro.they looked at nearly 30 houses, offered on two and lost out to other buyers. they finally scored their new house, a 1950s rambler 2 miles from their old one, by acting quickly and outbidding four other buyers. "we were starting to feel a little desperate," stacey gibbs said. "we toured the house, thought about it for five minutes and decided to write an offer."the houses in richfield aren't the biggest, fanciest or most expensive in the twin cities metro. but the city is walkable, close-in and has lots of homes that are affordable to first-tim






unlikely new hot spots in twin cities housing market


stacey and ardy gibbs ran into the same problem that face many twin cities homeowners these days: selling their house was a snap but buying another was difficult.what’s worse, the couple live in richfield, the hottest real estate market in the metro.they looked at nearly 30 houses, offered on two and lost out to other buyers. they finally scored their new house, a 1950s rambler 2 miles from their old one, by acting quickly and outbidding four other buyers. “we were starting to feel a little desperate,” stacey gibbs said. “we toured the house, thought about it for five minutes and decided to write an offer.”the houses in richfield aren’t the biggest, fanciest or most expensive in the twin cities metro. but the city is walkable, close-in and has lots of homes that are affordable to first-tim






st. paul and minneapolis firefighters face off in food drive


st. paul and minneapolis firefighters are gearing up for a food fight.the fire departments will face off through march to see which one can raise the most food and financial donations for the st. paul hallie q. brown food shelf and the minneapolis sabathani community center.twin cities residents can drop off nonperishable food items at their local fire station through april 3. monetary donations can be made at the organizations’ websites.minnesota foodshare will match each pound of donated goods as part of its march campaign to keep food shelves stocked.“one of the big reasons that a lot of us got into firefighting … is to be able to make a difference in our community,” said minneapolis assistant fire chief bryan tyner. “and so this is a way that we can do that, kind of different from the






poll: how much are you following minnesota united in mls?


the tommies can commiserate with bethel and northwestern. all three twin cities schools in the d-iii men's tournament lost first-round heartbreakers in wisconsin. in women's play, st. thomas won and gustavus lost.total votes: total votes see more polls






anti-semitism flared in minnesota long ago


phoned-in bomb threats at jewish community centers in the twin cities and across the country have made news in early 2017. but episodes from the last century show that anti-semitism is nothing new here.in 1936, a 23-year-old cub reporter infiltrated a secretive nazi-like group known as the silver shirts, boasting 800 minneapolis members among 6,000 statewide set on driving jews from america.after his five-part exposé in the minneapolis journal, reporter and university of minnesota grad arnold eric sevareid dropped his first name and became a famed world war ii correspondent at cbs."this was one of the worst jew-hating communities in the world through the thirties and into the forties," the late edward schwartz, a minneapolis publicist, had recalled in a 1976 oral history. " ... [i]f it wer






new index finds the hottest home markets in the twin cities


stacey and ardy gibbs ran into the same problem that face many twin cities homeowners these days: selling their house was a snap but buying another was difficult.what’s worse, the couple live in richfield, the hottest real estate market in the metro.they looked at nearly 30 houses, offered on two and lost out to other buyers. they finally scored their new house, a 1950s rambler two miles from their old one, by acting quickly and outbidding four other buyers. “we were starting to feel a little desperate,” stacey gibbs said. “we toured the house, thought about it for five minutes and decided to write an offer.”the houses in richfield aren’t the biggest, fanciest or most expensive in the twin cities metro. but the city is walkable, close-in and has lots of homes that are affordable to first-t






what caught our eye at the twin cities' annual parade of homes?


last weekend, we slipped on blue booties and made the rounds of about two dozen parade homes across the twin cities, in search of design trends, inspired decor ideas — or simply to gawk at what you can do with a million dollars or two.scroll through the photo gallery above to see highlights.






twin cities charities compete march madness-style in their own tournament


a new online giving event modeled after march madness is pitting 64 twin cities charities in a friendly fundraising fight for dollars.brackets for good seeds 64 twin cities nonprofits into an online fundraising tournament. the bracketing is nearly identical to the ncaa tournament, with the nonprofits raising more money than their opponents in the allotted time advancing to the next round. the charity that wins in the championship round, ending on march 31, is awarded $10,000.“our mission is to help people discover and participate in philanthropy,” said matt mcintyre, executive director and co-founder of brackets for good. “we are shining a spotlight on philanthropy in a really fun way. it’s a chance to win and engage supporters.”dollars donated to the 64 charities throughout the monthlong






st. paul and minneapolis firefighters face off in food drive


st. paul and minneapolis firefighters are gearing up for a food fight.the fire departments will face off through march to see which one can raise the most food and financial donations for the st. paul hallie q. brown food shelf and the minneapolis sabathani community center.twin cities residents can drop off nonperishable food items at their local fire station through april 3. monetary donations can be made at the organizations' websites.minnesota foodshare will match each pound of donated goods as part of its march campaign to keep food shelves stocked."one of the big reasons that a lot of us got into firefighting … is to be able to make a difference in our community," said minneapolis assistant fire chief bryan tyner. "and so this is a way that we can do that, kind of different from the






two newly opened taprooms offer peek at wide-ranging beer scene in twin cities


the growth spurt of brewery openings in the twin cities has slowed, just as it has nationally.slowed, but not stopped. what had been a giant gush has become a steady stream — more than a trickle and less than a flood. in the past six months, only three new metro area breweries have opened their taps.two of the most recent — utepils brewing in minneapolis and bald man brewing in eagan — provide a quick study in the range of offerings to be found in the current twin cities beer scene.utepils (pronounced ooh-ta-pilz) opened only a few weeks ago. the brewery sits in a small industrial complex along the banks of bassett creek, tucked between the northwest minneapolis neighborhoods of harrison and bryn mawr.the 18,000-square-foot space feels expansive, with high ceilings and plenty of windows to






two newly opened taprooms offer peek at wide-ranging beer scene in twin cities


the growth spurt of brewery openings in the twin cities has slowed, just as it has nationally.slowed, but not stopped. what had been a giant gush has become a steady stream — more than a trickle and less than a flood. in the past six months, only three new metro area breweries have opened their taps.two of the most recent — utepils brewing in minneapolis and bald man brewing in eagan — provide a quick study in the range of offerings to be found in the current twin cities beer scene.utepils (pronounced ooh-ta-pilz) opened only a few weeks ago. the brewery sits in a small industrial complex along the banks of bassett creek, tucked between the northwest minneapolis neighborhoods of harrison and bryn mawr.the 18,000-square-foot space feels expansive, with high ceilings and plenty of windows to






sunday was snowiest day in the metro in nearly 3 months


the twin cities didn’t get off scot-free this time, but southern minnesota once again took the brunt of the season’s latest snowstorm with some towns getting more than half a foot.mainline roads remained partly snow covered in the metro area monday morning after more than 4 inches of snow fell in spots, while other parts of the twin cities barely saw anything.but to the southwest and southeast of the twin cities roads remained snow covered and treacherous monday morning, the minnesota department of transportation said.sunday was the snowiest day in the twin cities since dec. 16, the national weather service said, and the white stuff led to scores of traffic mishaps. between noon and 8:30 p.m. sunday, the state patrol responded to 227 crashes and 59 spinouts in the metro area. there were no






twin cities charities compete march madness-style in their own tournament


a new online giving event modeled after march madness is pitting 64 twin cities charities in a friendly fundraising fight for dollars.brackets for good seeds 64 twin cities nonprofits into an online fundraising tournament. the bracketing is nearly identical to the ncca tournament, with nonprofits that raise more money than their opponent in an allotted time advancing to the next round. the charity which wins in the championship round ending on march 31 is awarded a $10,000 grand prize."our mission is to help people discover and participate in philanthropy," said matt mcintyre,executive director and co-founder of brackets for good. "we are shining a spotlight on philanthropy in a really fun way. it's a chance to win and engage supporters."dollars donated to the 64 charities throughout the m






5 things you need to know this weekend


president trump sits at his desk on air force one upon his arrival at andrews air force base, md., on jan. 26, 2017.(p o: pablo martinez monsivais, ap)hello, vlad. it's me, donaldweek one is done. to kick off his second week, president trump will speak with russian president vladimir putin urday for the first time since the inauguration. trump remains steadfast in his hope to develop a closer relationship with russia (cue the bromance). his first week w ped up with a visit from british prime minister theresa may (cheers for the apple juice) and a phone call with mexican president enrique peña nieto, who had canceled a visit with trump after a border wall dispute. trump shakes hands with defense secretary james mattis during an event at the pentagon on jan. 27, 2017. vice president pence is