Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — A new study published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy probes the pitfalls of "tax increment financing" districts — bank loans and other financial incentives that developers pay back with funds that would have otherwise gone toward property taxes. From 2000 to 2014, Minnesota issued $1.4 billion in TIF loans and financial obligations, making the state the fourth biggest user of TIF in the United States.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Bryan Schave of Burnsville and Keith Hughes of Minnetonka did their best to recycle while at the Minnesota State Fair. They ate corn. They tossed the spent cobs in a giant box marked for corn compost. That, and dropping beer cups and soda bottles into bins shaped like actual plastic bottles, was about the extent of their options. "Recycling's a hard process," said Hughes, 55. "I try to be more conscientious."
MINNEAPOLIS—Have you heard the word, Bird? Lime has scooted in next to you in Minneapolis. Silicon Valley-based Lime, one of the nation's largest bike-sharing companies, rolled nearly 100 electric scooters into Minneapolis on Monday. It's the latest salvo in what's fast becoming a pitched battle for market share in the growing "micro-mobility" industry. Lime also deposited dockless bicycles into Edina and Golden Valley over the weekend as part of carefully negotiated pilot programs with the two cities.
ST. PAUL—A day after being banned from the St. Paul Public Library system, St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez was ejected from Target Field and banned from the ballpark for a year following a physical confrontation with security. Martinez posted a seven-minute video of the July 6 incident at the Minneapolis baseball stadium to Youtube and, in a written feedback form to the team, has threatened to sue the Minnesota Twins.
ST. PAUL—Nice Ride Minnesota, the nonprofit behind the Twin Cities bike-sharing program known for its distinctive green bikes, is going blue, nearly tripling its fleet and lowering prices under new corporate management. In Minneapolis, it's also going dockless—a consideration still under negotiation in St. Paul.
ST. PAUL—Texas transplants Ashlea and Nick Garrison attended a Twin Cities homebuying class on a Saturday in early May. The couple met with a personal counselor the following Tuesday, got pre-approved for a loan that Friday, visited eight homes that Saturday and put in a competitive offer $5,000 above the $165,000 asking price the same evening.
ST. PAUL — With a twinkle of affection in her eyes, Hannah Y. Kim stood in front of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds Thursday, May 31, and addressed a small gathering of U.S. Marine Corps, Army and Air Force veterans, all of them in their 80s. The survivors of America's "Forgotten War," she said, are always front and center in her thoughts. "Do you know why I call all of you my grandpas?" said Kim, 35. "It's not because you're old. It's because if you didn't fight in Korea, I wouldn't be standing here today."
ST. PAUL—Not all municipal park systems achieve the same flow. When nature calls, there's one city that ranks first in park restrooms, and it's not San Francisco, New York, Portland or even Minneapolis. It's St. Paul, by a lot more than a nose.
ST. PAUL—When he's not selling shovels, snow salt and snowblowers, hardware store owner Kendall Crosby has fought quiet battles in his own home against ice dams and basement flooding. "My first house flooded every time it rained," said Crosby, proprietor of Kendall's Ace Hardware in St. Paul. "Our current residence had a water dam up on the roof that leaked water into my plaster ceilings."
ST. PAUL—His words slurred but resolute, David Birkholz calls medical assistant Sevelle Kamara his "Liberian princess," and with good reason. "You're always positive," said Birkholz, who uses a wheelchair as a result of an assault that left him severely disabled more than 20 years ago. "She's super cool to me." When Kamara, 46, explains that thousands of Liberian immigrants may soon be forced to return to their home country as a result of expiring immigration status, Birkholz asks, "Did that happen to you?"