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Nick Halter
2 hours ago - News

Twin Cities stumped by tree stump removal backlog

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A stump on Nick's boulevard overun by vegetation. Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

Stumps are starting to proliferate Minneapolis and St. Paul boulevards as city park departments struggle to keep up with their tree removal programs.

Driving the news: The current wait period for stump removal after a tree is cut down is about 3 or 4 years, and the backlog could get worse.

Torey Van Oot
Jun 27, 2022 - Politics

How the Supreme Court's Roe ruling will shape Minnesota's governor election

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Scott Jensen and Gov. Tim Walz. Photos courtesy of the Minnesota Legislature/Minnesota Governor's Office

The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade could catapult the abortion rights debate back to the forefront of the midterm campaigns, including Minnesota's race for governor.

The big picture: Democrats in Minnesota and across the nation see the loss of federal abortion protections as a potential game-changer that could turn out their voters in a November midterm that polling and the political environment otherwise suggest will lead to GOP gains, Axios' Lachlan Markay reports.

Nick Halter
Jun 27, 2022 - Real Estate

Life Time proposes new apartment tower at Southdale

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Life Time is planning this tower next to Southdale Center. Image via ESG Architecture, courtesy of city of Edina

Life Time is dusting off plans for an apartment tower at Southdale Center, but the newest iteration is taller and in a slightly different location.

Details: The tower would stand 32 stories and have 300 luxury apartments, according to plans submitted to the city of Edina. It would be under the Chanhassen-based company's new "Life Time Living" brand.

Nick Halter
Jun 27, 2022 - Real Estate

Twin Cities homes aren't as overvalued as other metro areas

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Twin Cities housing market is one of the least "overvalued" major metropolitan areas in the country, according to a recent analysis.

What's happening: Buyers in the Twin Cities are paying about 19% more for a home than what they should have expected considering past trend lines, according to researchers at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University.

Torey Van Oot
Jun 24, 2022 - News

What the Supreme Court's abortion ruling means for Minnesota

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Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Abortion will remain legal in Minnesota for the foreseeable future following the Supreme Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, but the decision is expected to increase demand for the procedure from out-of-state patients.

What SCOTUS said: The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, issued Friday morning, effectively ends all federal protections on abortion.

  • "The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the 6-3 ruling.

Hot homes: 5 houses for sale in the Twin Cities starting at $240K

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1824 Wordsworth Ave. Photo: Spacecrafting, courtesy of Natasha Cejudo.

This week's "hot homes" collection includes a Highland Park abode with trendy finishes and a bright bungalow in Longfellow.

Situational awareness: Twin Cities' housing supply in May increased for the first time in two years, per new data from Minneapolis Area REALTORS and the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS.

Jazz Fest and food trucks: Your weekend in the Twin Cities

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

🪐 Get up very early on Saturday for Planet Party at the Bell Museum. From 4am-5am, all seven planets (plus Pluto) will be visible in the night sky. Telescopes will be provided. Free, but registration required.

🖼 If you want to see some non-immersive Van Gogh, Minneapolis Institute of Art has a new exhibition opening Saturday featuring five paintings by the artist. $16.

Rebranding invasive carp ... again

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A bighead carp at the Shedd Aquarium. Photo: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via Getty Images

"Invasive carp" doesn't sound mouth watering. But how about copi?

Driving the news: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources launched a campaign Wednesday to rename the pestilent fish, according to Axios Chicago's Monica Eng.