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The best Twin Cities playgrounds

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Madison's Place in Woodbury. Photo courtesy of the City of Woodbury

These aren't your grandma's playgrounds.

The big picture: We asked Axios Twin Cities readers to share their favorite places to take the kids in their lives as the days get longer and lighter. You didn't disappoint!

What to do this weekend in the Twin Cities: Art-a-Whirl and GrillFest

Illustration of a calendar spinning on a person's finger like a basketball.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

It's summer party season. Here's what's on tap this weekend in the Twin Cities.

🎨 Art-a-Whirl is here! The nation's biggest studio art crawl includes gallery openings, live music, art sales, and unique events like "bra printing" and a monster truck crush. Free.

Hot homes: 5 houses for sale in the Twin Cities starting at $360K

5541 Pleasant Ave. Photo: Spacecrafting, courtesy of Stacy Sullivan

Welcome back to Axios Twin Cities' "Hot Homes" real estate series. Each week, we round up some of the best houses on the market.

Situational awareness: April's median home sales price hit a record $370,000 in the Twin Cities metro area, according to new data from Minneapolis Area Realtors and St. Paul Area Association of Realtors.

Nick Halter
May 19, 2022 - Real Estate

Downtown Minneapolis office tower slated for apartment conversion

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Northstar Center East will become apartments under a new proposal. Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

A downtown Minneapolis tower is slated to become the city's first conversion from offices to apartments since the pandemic hit.

Driving the news: Minneapolis-based developer Sherman Associates has proposed turning the 13-story Northstar Center East, at 608 2nd Ave. S, into 216 apartments.

5 Twin Cities farmers markets to visit this May

Radishes and rainbow chard on a table.
Browse Minnesota-grown produce at the Mill City Farmers Market this year. Photo courtesy of Mill City Farmers Market

The weather is warm and summer farmers markets have returned to Minneapolis.

  • If you want to support local farmers and pick up some fresh produce, check out these markets open now.
Jacob Knutson
Updated May 18, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Ex-Minneapolis cop pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd’s death

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Thomas Lane arriving at a court in St. Paul, Minnesota, in January 2022.
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Thomas Lane arriving at a court in St. Paul, Minnesota, in January 2022. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aiding and abetting manslaughter in former officer Derek Chauvin's killing of George Floyd in 2020.

Why it matters: As part of his plea deal, Lane agreed to a recommended sentence of three years that will be served concurrently with his federal sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights, though that sentence has yet to be issued.

Torey Van Oot
May 18, 2022 - News

No Mow May grows a fan base in Minnesota

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

If your neighbors' yards are starting to look a little shaggy, it might be by design.

What's happening: No Mow May is gaining traction in Minnesota, with a growing number of local cities formally encouraging residents to participate.

Nick Halter
May 18, 2022 - Real Estate

Rendering vs. reality: Minneapolis' 240 Park Avenue apartment tower

An image of a rendering of a downtown Minneapolis apartment tower, next to a photo of the actual building after construction completed.
Image courtesy of BKV Group via City of Minneapolis; Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

In February, the Wilf family, who owns the Minnesota Vikings, completed a 17-story apartment tower at 240 Park Ave., which is just a few blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

  • Designed by BKV Group, the 204-unit building has an exterior heavy on metal and glass.