November 29, 2006 |
A city panel recommended that Minneapolis officials fire Bonnie Bleskachek, the nation's first openly lesbian big-city fire chief, in the wake of firefighter lawsuits accusing her of harassment and discrimination. Bleskachek, 43, had earlier agreed to step down. But the city's executive council unanimously rejected a negotiated deal after a closed-door meeting. "She was pretty stunned, because it was a complete surprise," said Bleskachek's attorney, Jerry Burg.
December 20, 2005 |
An explosion rocked a building whose occupants had complained Monday of a natural gas odor. One firefighter was blown off a ladder and two others were briefly buried in rubble. Seven firefighters were hurt in all, but none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening, officials said. The blast happened at a former gas station that was being used to disassemble computers for scrap metal. Firefighters shut off the gas and left the building open so it could ventilate.
June 27, 2004 |
Light-rail trains began carrying passengers in Minneapolis 50 years after streetcar service ended. The first of the sleek yellow-and-blue cars rolled out after a morning ceremony in the downtown Warehouse District. The trains run only from the Warehouse District to Fort Snelling. Full service, which will extend to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and on to the Mall of America in suburban Bloomington, is scheduled to begin in December.
March 5, 2004 |
MINNESOTA Minneapolis and St. Paul bus drivers went on strike, forcing up to 75,000 riders to find other ways to get to work. City officials claimed credit for averting major problems by using nonunion drivers and alerting commuters ahead of time. "Things could not have worked out more smoothly than that," said Peter Bell, chairman of the Metropolitan Council, following a problem-free morning rush hour. Drivers hit the picket lines about 2 a.m.
June 4, 2001 |
About 1,500 registered nurses from two Minneapolis-area hospitals set up picket lines after rejecting a contract offer they said did not provide for adequate patient care. Nurses at four other Twin Cities hospitals ratified contracts Saturday; nurses at a fifth hospital were still voting. Jean Ross, a 27-year veteran nurse who was on the negotiating committee, said nurses are overworked, with too few personnel to cover patient loads.
February 23, 1999 |
The Arctic wind was howling down the frozen Mississippi River, around the giant Metrodome, focused all the way, it seemed, on a single house on 5th Avenue South--a house of straw. Inside, Sherri Simmons sat grinning, eating half a sandwich, sipping an ice-cold orange soda and watching the outside bluster in her stocking feet. "If it can withstand 35-below and wind, I'm good," she said with a clap of her hands. "Yep, I'm good to go."