Francy and the bus shelter: One woman's crusade for 'decent' transit stops

Back in February, the Star Tribune ran a story on the front page of the Metro section entitled “Mpls. Reclaims Bus Shelters.”1 The article described the city’s plans to acquire 177 existing bus shelters from CBS Outdoor, a privately owned company, and transfer management to Metro Transit. This decision came in response to citizen complaints about CBS Outdoor’s poor maintenance of the shelters.

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Minneapolis patches pothole fund with extra $1 million

One of the many potholes that cars attempt to avoid hitting on Pillsbury Drive Southeast on the University's East Bank on Thursday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs.

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Farmers markets, chili cook-offs will have specific food safety regulations

State food inspection law has been changed to specifically regulate farmers markets.

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Potholes and paving projects in Nokomis

According to Mike Kennedy, the city’s director of the Transportation Maintenance and Repair Division, residents in the southwest and Lake Nokomis areas of the city call in with more complaints than anywhere else. But, the StarTribune reported, “He doesn’t believe their streets have more potholes than other parts of the city.”

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CSAs, local food and co-ops oh my!

What a great weekend. This weekend Proeun and I attended not one but 2 CSAs/Local Food Days at local co-ops. Proeun attended the Seward Co-op's CSA Fair while I (Amy) attended the City Center Market's "Meet Your Farmer" Day. While we love farming we don't get a chance to hang out with other farmer's and like minded folk that much and so these 2 events were especially rejuvenating. A couple things we learned were that Local Food and CSAs are a thriving, growing field. But still many farms are seeing there numbers down from last year. So if you have not signed up for a CSA yet make sure you do. Click here for our CSA information.

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April Economic Update provides a note of caution

The state’s April Economic Update finds that the outlook for the economy is still one of growth, but slower than previously projected, and that recent state revenues have come in a bit below expectations.

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The case for optimism

A short time ago, I asked my friends on facebook if they were optimistic about the economy. Scratch that – I insisted that the negative case for this slowly improving economy was bunk and got an eyeful of responses. Needless to say, my friends aren’t in the mood for Mr. Sunshine, as some of the commentators here have called me. Talk about fundamentals improving? Show them the money. Building a strong foundation for the next economy is nothing compared to a strong roof overhead and comfortable home inside.

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CNO endorses Bikeways for Everyone campaign

Image a citywide network of connected bikeways that make everyone from children to grandparents fell safe riding anywhere in Minneapolis. This is the vision of the Bikeways for Everyone campaign, championed by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and now endorsed by the resident member Board of Directors of CNO. If you’re passionate about biking, contact Corcoran resident Mary Robinson <CorcoranBikes [at] gmail [dot] com> to get involved in our neighborhood’s support of the campaign.

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Pension subsidies pass the House

The long-term financial outlook for Minnesota pensions would improve if a bill that passed the House Thursday becomes law.

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