MPLS DFL official quits in frustration over voter fraud
Minneapolis DFL party Vice Chairman Mike Norton resigned from his post yesterday, just six weeks before the election for city council members. The MN Reformer reports, The vice chair of…
The Minneapolis park police have preemptively closed the iconic Stone Arch Bridge during overnight hours through July 5.
Independent journalist Rebecca Brannon reports on the mayhem occurring this week that prompted the move. She has video.
Authorities are also expecting more of the mayhem that occurred last July 4th when there were shootings and the firing of illegal fireworks in the area of downtown along the banks of the Mississippi River.
Video of fireworks being shot out of moving vehicles like mortar rounds aimed toward local apartment dwellers circled the globe that week.
Park police have erected concrete jersey barriers and chain link fencing at each end of the bridge. Looking towards downtown,
The chain link gate will presumably be shut from dusk until dawn. The bridge was originally built in 1883 to carry the Great Northern railroad over St. Anthony Falls. It’s been converted to a pedestrian and bicycle path connecting a series of riverside parks on both banks.
Officially closed to automobiles, the bridge is occasionally used for local access by emergency vehicles. It will be closed for all uses from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
On the downtown side, the park police have installed a surveillance camera at the foot of the bridge.
The bridge looks out over some pretty pricey real estate. The condo tower in the center of this photo was designed by the firm of celebrity architect Robert AM Stern. Individual units in the building sell for millions of dollars.
The building is called “Eleven” and, coincidentally, the Minneapolis Star Tribune today offers a tour inside one $6.5 million penthouse unit for sale. The Star Tribune reports that building residents (100 of 120 units have already sold) can watch the chaos in comfort,
Building amenities include an outdoor lounge with a lap pool, a sports court, fitness center, billiards room and golf simulator. It also houses a library, board room, entertaining spaces (including a demo-style kitchen, formal dining and lounge areas that can be booked for private parties) and round-the-clock concierge services.
Here is a photo of Eleven that I took a year ago,
The bridge itself offers panoramic views of the city. Looking towards downtown,
And the falls,
Happy 4th of July, everyone!
Back in 2020, Minnesota's state government based much of its policy response to COVID-19 on a computer model, built over a weekend by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health…
The brutal crime of carjacking hit the suburb of Minnetonka recently, motivating 100 residents to show up at a city council meeting last night demanding accountability. The remedy for this…
The city’s annual stolen car record is set to fall by the end of this weekend as many cars are resurfacing overseas. According to the city’s Crime Dashboard (updated yesterday,…
In this edition of Follow the Money™, we begin what ultimately will be a deep dive into the state’s ethnic studies industrial complex. One of the more controversial bills passed…
As downtown Minneapolis struggles with crime and an exodus of businesses, those who are left are pleading with Target, a major downtown employer, to get its workers back to the…