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Torey Van Oot
14 hours ago - News

Feeding Our Future: Republicans call for Minnesota education commissioner's resignation over fraud case

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Education commissioner Heather Mueller testifies at a Senate hearing. Screenshot: Senate Media Services

Top Republicans are calling for the resignation of Department of Education commissioner Heather Mueller over the agency's response to the Feeding Our Future fraud allegations.

Driving the news: In a statement issued Monday, Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) cited a judge's statement disputing assertions by Mueller and Gov. Tim Walz that the court ordered the agency to keep paying the embattled nonprofit last year.

Torey Van Oot
14 hours ago - News

"Look in the rearview mirror": Minnesota DPS chief says crackdown curbed street racing

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Minnesota's top law enforcement official says this summer's street racing crackdown has led to fewer meetups and fewer spectators.

The big picture: State and local law enforcement have been working to put the brakes on the dangerous gatherings, which proliferated across the country during the pandemic.

Test your Twin Cities neighborhood knowledge

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Illustration: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Have you ever quibbled with friends over the borders of Uptown?

  • We're here to help you settle the debate!

What's new: Our visual storytelling team came up with a game in which you can draw your boundaries for local neighborhoods and compare your answers to other Axios readers.

Audrey Kennedy
Updated Sep 26, 2022 - Food and Drink

8 places to get THC-infused drinks in the Twin Cities

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The "WLD WTR Infusions" at Wild Mind Ales. Photo: Wild Mind Ales

Twin Cities breweries are rolling out THC-infused beverages. Here are eight places to try the trending drinks.

What to know: The legal limit for edibles and beverages in Minnesota is 5 milligrams of THC. Though these are sold at breweries, THC beverages can't also include alcohol.

Nick Halter
Sep 26, 2022 - Real Estate

Downtown Minneapolis sees office-to-residential conversions

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Sherman Associates wants to tear down an old office building and replace it with these towers. Image: ESG Architecture via Sherman Associates

Downtown Minneapolis is quietly going through a major shift to adapt to a future that includes a lot more remote work.

What's happening: Old, tired office buildings are being converted into apartments or demolished, while developers keep building new, high-priced office space.

Smoker showdown: Minneapolis barbecue trucks say "archaic" city rule threatens business

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Animales Barbeque's food truck. Photo by Brandon Werth, courtesy of Animales Barbeque

Animales Barbeque says enforcement of an "archaic" city ordinance may soon put a damper on its meat-smoking operation.

The issue: Current Minneapolis city code says food trucks can't have equipment outside the truck.

Torey Van Oot
Updated Sep 24, 2022 - News

Feeding Our Future: Walz's call for investigation into judge sparks dispute over court's role

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Photo: Scott Takushi, pool / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday he was informed "early on" about concerns of fraud connected to Feeding Our Future, but a court ruling and legal considerations related to the FBI's investigation tied the state's hands.

Driving the news: This week's bombshell announcement of federal charges against 48 individuals accused of stealing $250 million in federal funds meant to feed needy kids has fueled fresh questions and political attacks about the Department of Education's role in the scandal.

10 restaurants Twin Cities locals love

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For those who want takeout, Broders' Cucina Italiana sells Pasta Bar favorites. Photo: Broders'

The Twin Cities is home to a host of nationally recognized restaurants. But today, we want to recognize the ones that have been quietly doing their thing for years.

  • From family-owned institutions to under-the-radar cocktail bars, here are some of the places we go back to again and again.