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Torey Van Oot
6 hours ago - COVID

Minnesota outlines plan to vaccinate kids age 5-11

Illustration of bandage with a children’s unicorn pattern
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Minnesota parents looking to vaccinate their grade school-age kids against COVID-19 will have multiple options for getting a shot, Gov. Tim Walz's administration announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: Vaccinating younger kids should help curb the spread of COVID-19 as families prepare to gather for the holidays and we all head indoors for the winter.

  • While children are at lower risk of serious illness, about 45,200 have contracted the virus in Minnesota since July 1, per the state's top health official. More than 300 have been hospitalized.
Nick Halter
6 hours ago - Sports

Pickleball picks up in Minneapolis with new club opening

Groups of people play pickleball on pickleball courts
Lucky Shots Pickleball Club in Northeast Minneapolis opened last week. Photo courtsey of First & First

The growing population of Twin Cities pickleball players are about to have access to a lot more courts.

What's happening: Lucky Shots, a 12-court indoor pickleball club at 3300 5th St. NE, opened last week.

  • The owners of the Northeast Minneapolis spot previously told Axios it would be the biggest pickleball facility in the metro, with room to expand.
Nick Halter
Oct 27, 2021 - Business

Minneapolis Warehouse District's red paint kerfuffle

A bright red paint job on an old brick building
A new paint job on a Warehouse District building is turning heads. Photo: Nick Halter/Axios Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

The owner of a Minneapolis Warehouse District sex shop decided to paint his building bright red.

  • His neighbors aren't impressed and the city says he better fix it.

Dennis Buchanan said he will comply — probably with some brown paint.

  • "Sorry that I have a little flavor," he told Axios.
Torey Van Oot
Oct 27, 2021 - Politics

How Minneapolis mayoral candidates would address homelessness

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The coming winter is bringing renewed attention to Minneapolis' homeless crisis.

What's happening: The number of people living outside increased nationwide during the pandemic. In Minneapolis, advocates and city officials are once again working to connect people with stable housing before the temperatures drop.

  • Local efforts to clear large encampments, meanwhile, have created tension between the city and people living outdoors.

With less than a week before the election, we are sharing interviews we conducted with top mayoral candidates about what they would do to address encampments and provide stable shelter for those in need.

How to spend Halloween weekend in the Twin Cities

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Illustration by Brendan Lynch/Axios

Want to branch out from costume contests and haunted hayrides?

  • We found the spooky, the paranormal and just plain weird things to try this Halloween.

🎭 Live improv in the dark, a musical about history's most prolific murderess and a performance about an unsanctioned psychological experiment. Catch all of these shows and more at the Twin Cities Horror Festival this weekend. $15.

🔮 Visit the Twin Cities' top psychics and mediums at the Fall Festival Psychic Fair on Saturday, hosted by the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. Get insight on life, contact loved ones from beyond the grave and learn more about your own psychic power. Free.

Nick Halter
Oct 26, 2021 - News

Minneapolis considers crackdown on catalytic converter theft

More than a dozen catalytic converters lay on top of each other.
Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A proposed Minneapolis ordinance aims to pump the brakes on the city's surging catalytic converter theft problem.

Why it matters: Catalytic converter thefts increased from 124 reports in 2019 to 1,076 in 2020, according to MinnPost, which cited Minneapolis Police Department data. And the problem has gotten even worse in 2021.

  • Catalytic converters cost thousands of dollars to replace and leave people without transportation.
Torey Van Oot
Oct 25, 2021 - Sports

From the archives: Minnesota's waterskiing contribution

Ralph Samuelson poses with his original water skis in the 1960s.
Ralph Samuelson (right) poses with his original water skis in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota's spot in history as the birthplace of waterskiing might soon get some extra recognition.

Driving the news: Three members of Minnesota's congressional delegation — U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and U.S. Rep. Angie Craig — recently introduced a resolution urging the Postal Service to create a commemorative stamp honoring next year's 100th anniversary of the sport.

Torey Van Oot
Oct 25, 2021 - Politics

Deadlock in Minnesota Legislature delays frontline worker "hero pay"

Illustration of a superhero symbol with a dollar sign that changes to a question mark.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

We've reached the last week in October and Minnesota lawmakers remain locked in a stalemate over what was supposed to be a September special session on pandemic worker bonuses and other issues.

State of play: After months of public hearings and behind-the-scenes talks, there's still no agreement on how to distribute the $250 million in federal funding set aside for frontline workers.

  • A move last week to kick the impasse to the full Legislature for votes on competing plans failed.