Nye’s Polonaise Room Officially to Shut Down in Early Spring

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One of Northeast Minneapolis’s most notable restaurants, Nye’s Polonaise Room, will close its doors in early spring after 67 years of service. Nye’s has given people around the area a chance to sit back, enjoy a Classic Martini and listen to the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band. If you haven’t already had the pleasure of experiencing Nye’s, April 3rd is the last day to do it.

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Albertville Could Be Home to a New Family Theme Park

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Albertville could soon have a new indoor amusement park — the proposed family destination would be chock full of activities and events all based around the world of Sony’s movie universe.

A group of Minnesota developers and Sony are pooling resources, attempting to construct this mini indoor amusement park which will feature characters like the Smurfs, Ghostbusters and more, a Marriott hotel and a massive indoor water park. The project, which will cost an estimated $115 million to complete, is said to create some 2,000 jobs for Minnesota workers. As of now, the proposal has the support of elected officials like Governor Mark Dayton and Albertville Mayor Jillian Hendrickson.

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Salvation Army Receives $500k Donation in Red Kettle

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Around the holiday season, you can hardly go into a retail store without seeing someone in a red apron ringing a bell in front of a red Salvation Army kettle. The donation buckets have become synonymous with the Christmas season — while many make it a point to drop some dollar bills or coins in the bucket, very few of us (or none) could ever match the donation the Salvation Army got last week.

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Metro Mobility Employees Face Sexual Assault Charges

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It’s been reported recently that two Metro Mobility Drivers have been accused of sexual assault. The most recent incident involved a 23-year-old woman who has the mental capacity of a 12 to 14-year-old. Segundo D. Aucapina, 44, of Minneapolis, has been charged in Hennepin County District Court with third degree Sexual Assault criminal conduct. He remains in jail on a $150,000 bail.

KSTP TV reports if he is convicted, Aucapina faces a prison sentence of up to 15 years and up to $30,000 in fines.

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Flip Saunders Loses Fight With Cancer at 60

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The sporting world learned of Minnesota Timberwolves’ coach, president, owner and adopted son Flip Saunders’ cancer in August and Sunday we were saddled with the terrible news of his passing.

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The St. Paul Police “Cowhunt”

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It is not often you see a cow running loose in the middle of a city, but that is exactly what happened midday last Friday.

During the lunch hour, police in St. Paul tried to capture a heifer that had escaped from the State Fairgrounds while being unloaded. The cow was part of the Minnesota British White and Park Association sale. The cow which was first mistaken for a bull was seen in the railroad yard of Energy Park Drive and Snelling Avenue.

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Sun Country: No News is Good News for Traveling Public

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Last Thursday, the Sun Country pilots’ union (ALPA) sent a letter asking the National Mediation Board to schedule one final meeting with the company to seek agreement on a new contract. Should that effort falter, we are hearing echoes of the Humperdinck song: “Please release me, let me go.” After five years in negotiations, one of the longest in recent history, a release by the Board would enable the parties to choose binding arbitration, or more likely, the clock would start ticking for a 30 day countdown to a strike or shutdown.

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Minnesota Man Kills Famous Lion

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A Bloomington man faces the world’s wrath over a lion he illegally killed while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe.

Walter Palmer, 55, killed the lion July 1 in Hwange National Park. The lion, Cecil, was a black-mane lion around 12 years old and was well known to park visitors.

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Sun Country: Savory Recipe for a Good Old Fashioned Airline Strike?

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Sun Country Airlines, the hometown airline of Minneapolis-St. Paul, serves 37 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean. Negotiations with their pilots look eerily similar to the last U.S. airline strike.

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Star Tribune Purchases City Pages

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Last Wednesday, it was announced that the Minneapolis Star Tribune had bought City Pages from the Denver based Voice Media Group. This deal creates an uncommon coupling of the biggest alternative weekly in the Twin Cities and the biggest news organization in Minnesota. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is expected that the deal would close in a few weeks and that the purchase will be paid for by operating cash flow.

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