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Apr 12, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Plan to convert Hiawatha golf course into nine holes dies, for now

A plan to redesign Hiawatha Golf Course has failed, for now. Photo: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

A plan to halve the Hiawatha Golf Course into nine holes seemed to pass on a Minneapolis Park Board vote last week, but an amendment killed the master plan for the land, at least for now.

What happened: Commissioners voted 4-2, with two abstentions and one absent, to redesign the course, which is both an ecological mess and an importance place for the Twin Cities Black community.

Plus: There was an amendment to the resolution to rename the clubhouse after Solomon Hughes, who integrated the course. That amendment passed.

  • Yes, but: Immediately after the vote, Commissioner Brad Bourn, who abstained, jumped in and said a name change to park property requires six votes.
  • Since the overall resolution only got four votes, the whole redesign plan failed.

What to watch: Park Board Commissioner Chris Meyer wrote in an email to Nick that "one way or another we will bring the plan back for a vote after the Chauvin trial concludes."

  • Meyer said that could come in the form of a slightly different resolution.

Bourn told Axios the naming rule is a basic one and he assumed the commissioners knew what they were doing.

This story first appeared in the Axios Twin Cities newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

Protests erupt after police shoot Black driver near Minneapolis

Protesters create a chalk circle that reads "Justice for Daunte Wright" in the street in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Police fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop near Minneapolis Sunday, sparking protests and unrest that lasted into the night.

Between the lines: The shooting in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, in Hennepin County, has further heightened tensions between police and the local community as the trial continues of former police officer Derek Chauvin, over the death of George Floyd.

Apr 11, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Worries mount that A-Rod could move the Wolves

Alex Rodriguez may buy the Wolves, but he has no connections to Minnesota. Manny Hernandez/Getty Images

News that Glen Taylor could sell the Wolves and Lynx to Alex Rodriguez and billionaire Marc Lore (who created Jet.com) has fans worried the teams could end up in Seattle or Las Vegas.

That won't be the case, Taylor told the Star Tribune. "They will keep the team here, yes. ... when we make up the contract we'll put that in there."

Yes, but: A legal expert told the paper last year that such a stipulation would be tricky to enforce.

  • The Wolves' lease at Target Center runs until 2035, but the cost to break it is a paltry $50 million.

Context: The A-Rod-Lore negotiations peg the value of the franchise at $1.5 billion, as reported by The Athletic.

  • Taylor, already the second richest person in Minnesota, stands to get even richer. He bought the team in 1994 for $88 million.

Go deeper: For more in-depth Minnesota Timberwolves coverage and breaking news, subscribe to our partners at The Athletic.

This coverage is part of Axios Twin Cities, a newsletter designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.