TC Spotlight | Outdoor tours: Segways, trolleys, riverboats and more!

(Photos by Paige Elliott except where noted)

Summers in Minnesota are beautiful but short. A great way to savor the summer days is to take a tour of all the gorgeous rivers, lakes, and historical sights the Twin Cities has to offer. So, for TC Spotlight this week we’ve highlighted just a few of the many outdoor tours around town to help you get out and soak up the rest of the summer. Share your favorite summer tours and activities in the comment section below.

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Grant to Neighborhood Health Source prompts business shuffle on Central Ave.

Steve Knutson

In about a year, at least two Central Avenue blocks will look completely different, when a three-business change—involving a medical clinic, a mortuary, and a Walgreens drug store—gets fully underway.

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Central Avenue train switchover hits delays

The rumors are true, the “shoo-fly” project to take trains around the railroad viaduct between 14th and 18th avenues on Central is three to four weeks behind schedule. And it’s due to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) having issues with getting materials in to build their part of the solution.

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Fatal shooting stems from out of control bus route

Yesterday evening when my phone rang off the hook, with several people calling repeatedly but not leaving messages, I knew something was wrong. I called back, to find out that a man had been fatally shot after getting off of the 19 bus in front of my home. Thank the Lord for small favors, but no one in my house was harmed, my dog was okay, and my home appears to be unscathed--although shell casings or evidence of some kind was left by the trash can on my corner.

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Green Line illuminates Rondo story

(Photos courtesy of Metropolitan Council) Left: Gordon Parks’ niece and nephew, Dorothea Burns and Kofi Bobby Hickman, admire a likeness of their famous uncle immediately following the artwork’s installation in 2013. Right: Dorothea Burns with her terra cotta panel on the Victoria Street Station.

After its first month of service, Metro Transit's new Green Line light rail line is exceeding ridership expectations – and opening new learning opportunities for its passengers.

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House in south Minneapolis added to National Register of Historic Places

Pearl Lindstrom’s home at 4600 Columbus Ave. in south Minneapolis has gone national — the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places July 11, 2014.

Lindstrom, a friendly 92 year-old widow of a recently deceased minister, has meticulously maintained the little white house on the corner of 46th and Columbus for 56 years. But Arthur, wife Ethel, and daughter Mary Lee’s brief two years in the house was met with racial animosity and strife as an African-American family integrating an all-white neighborhood in 1931.

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New Lexington Parkway 83 bus route now operating, connects to the Green Line

After two years of collaborative discussion and consultations between representatives of Metro Transit and the SHA Pedestrian Safety & Traffic Calming Committee (PS&TC) over plans to create a new north/south bus line on Lexington Parkway connecting south of University communities with the new Green Line LRT – it has finally born fruit and the shuttle buses started rolling on June 14 th.

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First TargetExpress opens doors in Dinkytown

(Photo by Holly Peterson) The new TargetExpress in Dinkytown on the corner of Fourteenth Avenue and Sixth Street is set to open on July 27.

In the University of Minnesota area’s dinkiest neighborhood, Target is set to debut its smallest store in company history.

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Dinkytown and Stadium Village boards evolve, neighborhood interests remain

(Photo by Bill Huntzicker)

When Dinkytown trees get adorned with brand-new strings of twinkling lights, it’s because appointed representatives for the area made a request to improve the neighborhood’s aesthetic appeal and visibility.

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'A Right to Establish a Home': Exhibit chronicles violent 1931 protests against black Minneapolis family

In 1931, postal worker and World War I veteran Arthur Lee moved into a new home in south Minneapolis at 4600 Columbus Ave. — where he, his wife Edith and six-year-old daughter Mary faced crowds as large as 4,000 people protesting violently to the presence of the young black family in what had been an all-white neighborhood.

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