State cuts to drive 2010 property tax increases

City property taxes are expected to increase by 5.4 percent from 2009 to 2010.  These property tax increases are driven primarily by Governor Pawlenty's decision to unallot (cut) the 2008, 2009, and 2010 in shared revenue (aid and credit) payments to Minnesota cities. 


NEWS DAY | Feeling the cold

Shivering your way toward the end of the year? You’re not alone.


Minnesota suburbs slow to build affordable housing

Will the suburbs ever build enough affordable housing? Attendees at a November 20 Center for Urban and Regional Affairs forum seemed skeptical both about suburban plans for affordable housing and about the Met Council's role in pushing the issue. 


Glendale: A Prospect Park enclave

Dominique Smith, left, and Romeal Hughley, right, are residents of the Glendale Housing Complex in Prospect Park. Photo by Jason Kopp

Prospect Park is known for historic houses, but rarely is it associated with its Glendale neighborhood, a community that has been home to Somalis for the past 13 years. 


Project Homeless Connect Offers One-Stop Services

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis hosted the eighth Project Homeless Connect at the Minneapolis Convention Center last Monday.


U wrestling makes real estate big business

Photo by Matt Mead

Coaches, wrestlers and former wrestlers at the University of Minnesota have accumulated large quantities of real estate in near-campus neighborhoods, sometimes selling and renting to one another, w


Leslie Parks locked out of her home by bank

Locking yourself out of your home happens to many people, but being locked out by a bank in the middle of winter can be illegal.


NEWS DAY | Locked out in the blizzard

An email from WAMM and the Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout tells a dramatic story: In south Minneapolis, during Tuesday night's blizzard, Leslie Parks arrived home to f


Unplowed alleys challenge St. Paul residents

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Winter is here again, and along with it all the joys of living in Minnesota:  cars that won't start, fingers that freeze while walking outside for two seconds, cars that get towed, slipping on the ice, etc.  For St. Paul residents there's the added joy of having to plow their own alleyways, which for some reason the city doesn't deem a necessary municipal expense. 


Habitat House in Columbia Heights

Habitat for Humanity is rehabbing a house December 9 in Columbia Heights. The house has been foreclosed upon.

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