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Nick Halter
Oct 15, 2021 - News

What the Midwest Regional Rail Plan could mean for Twin Cities travel

A route map for the Federal Railroad Administration's newly released Midwest Regional Rail Plan.
Image: Federal Railroad Administration

The Twin Cities would be a main pillar under the Federal Railroad Administration's newly released Midwest Regional Rail Plan.

Zoom out: The plan would make Chicago the hub of the Midwest, with four pillar locations β€”Β Twin Cities, Detroit, St. Louis, and Indianapolis β€” that would have high frequency service.

On tap this weekend: Twin Cities Book Festival, flea markets and more

Illustration of an animated neutral emoji changing into a smiling-with-sunglasses emoji.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five ideas:

πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄ Ingebretsen's Flea Market, the self-proclaimed "best Scandinavian-focused flea market this side of the Mississippi," runs through Saturday in South Minneapolis. Cash or checks only. Free.

πŸ‘» It's costume contest season! Dress in your Halloween finest and walk the runway at BOOnion Depot at Union Depot in St. Paul tonight. Stay for the double showing of "Hocus Pocus" and "The Nightmare before Christmas." Free.

Nick Halter
Oct 15, 2021 - Sports

Can the Minnesota Wild get over the hump this season?

Minnesota Wild players high five on the ice.
Kirill Kaprizov is the star Wild fans have been craving for two decades. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild start the 2021 season tonight and fans are hopeful that a new and young core can propel the club deep into the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Why it matters: Minnesota has made the playoffs seven of the last nine seasons, but has not advanced past the second round for 18 years.

  • This town needs a contender.
Audrey Kennedy
Oct 14, 2021 - Business

More Twin Cities businesses embrace low-waste practices

Recycling symbol made of plastic utensils
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

We're well aware of the need for a reusable tote after Minneapolis' single-use bag fee took effect this month. But that's not the only low-waste option shoppers have in the Twin Cities.

What's happening: More retailers and restaurants are embracing a number of trash-free practices, from offering reusable takeout containers to selling products in bulk.

Why it matters: We produce a lot of garbage. The Twin Cities metro alone generates around 3.3 million tons of waste each year.

  • And we're dumping more and more. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency expanded four metro landfills this summer in response to a 30% increase in garbage in the last year.
Nick Halter
Oct 13, 2021 - Politics

What the Ward 11 results will tell us about the future of Minneapolis

Emily Koski and Jeremy Schroeder
Emily Koski and Jeremy Schroeder. Photos courtesy of the campaigns

If you want to know which way the Minneapolis City Council is headed, keep an eye on Ward 11.

Why it matters: Ward 11 is a clear-cut race. It pits Jeremy Schroeder, a progressive incumbent who pledged to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department last summer, against Emily Koski, a moderate from a prominent Minneapolis DFL family.

  • Koski is the daughter of the late mayor Al Hofstede and niece of former council member Diane Hofstede.

Craving New York-style pizza? Make Slice your next stop

A slice of pizza from Slice, a new Black-owned pizza spot in Minneapolis.
A slice of pepperoni from Slice. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

I recently stopped by Slice, a Black-owned pizzeria that just opened in Northeast Minneapolis.

  • The small takeout and delivery spot serves New York-style pizza by the slice or pie.
Torey Van Oot
Oct 12, 2021 - Politics

Sen. Tina Smith takes on SCOTUS expansion, climate push

Sen. Tina Smith speaks during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in September. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images

This time last year, in the midst of her re-election bid, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith declined to take a position on whether to expand the size of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Fast forward 12 months and the Minnesota Democrat is the first Senate co-sponsor of a bill to do just that.

Driving the pivot: Smith told Axios that events of the last year, including Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation just before the 2020 election, persuaded her that adding justices "to restore balance to the court becomes the most sensible and reasonable thing to do."

  • "The Texas case was really the final straw for me," Smith added of the court's recent decision against blocking the state's new abortion restrictions.

This Minneapolis brewery's beer can is about more than a laugh

The art for Forbidden Islands New England IPA. Image courtesy of Modist Brewing
The art for Forbidden Islands New England IPA. Image courtesy of Modist Brewing

My husband recently came home with a four-pack of Modist Brewing's new Forbidden Islands New England IPA and she found herself mesmerized by the can's label.

  • Fog rises from islands dotting a turquoise sea, as an orca jumps from the water. A backpacked adventurer takes in the scene from atop a ridge of β€” wait β€” are those land masses made of ... fried chicken?

After I stopped giggling, I called Modist to learn the backstory of the IPA's trompe-l'Ε“il.