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All content by Aaron DuBois

U to research rate of autism in Somali community

Published May 2, 2012

Parents and others in Minnesota’s Somali community are concerned about the prevalence of autism in children. Now, for the first time, state funds will go to researching autism in that community. The...

The Eastern redbud is one of thirty-four different species of trees the University of Minnesota arboriculture class has fitted with a QR code in St. Paul, Minn.  The QR codes share interactive information about each tree when scanned by a smart phone.

U forestry class uses QR codes on trees to connect with public

Published April 30, 2012

A University of Minnesota forestry class is using QR codes to combine technology with nature. Students labeled trees around the St. Paul campus Thursday as part of a research project for their arboriculture...

Gordon seeks task force to tackle occupancy codes in neighborhoods

Published April 26, 2012

A proposed task force to review Minneapolis’ occupancy codes is running into challenges. Cam Gordon, city councilman for Ward 2, wants to create a task force through the University District Alliance,...

Dan Patterson, an employee of Tech Dump, throws an old computer tower in a bin to be recycled Monday at Van Cleave Park. Tech Dump, a division of Jobs Foundation, co-sponsored the event to collect old or outdated electronics to be recycled, refurbished or destroyed.

Tech dump helps residents recycle

Published April 24, 2012

  Students and residents in the Southeast Como neighborhood trickled into Van Cleve Park to dump their electronic junk Monday afternoon. University of Minnesota Student Neighborhood Liaisons partnered...

Women to attend Marine combat schools

Published April 20, 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps is now allowing women to attend combat schools. An undetermined number of volunteers will attend the Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Va., said Gen, Joseph Dunford, Marine Corps...

Minnesota Ethanol plant fined $800,000

Published April 20, 2012

An ethanol plant in Atwater, Minn., paid an $800,000 fine for illegally discharging waste water, the state Pollution Control Agency said Friday. PCA said Bushmills Ethanol Inc., was fined for discharging...

Veterans Affairs to increase staff by 1,900

Published April 20, 2012

The Department of Veteran Affairs announced Thursday it will be increasing its staff by roughly 1,900, according to the Associated Press. The effort will be taking place in order to anticipate the needs...

Earth Day clean up opportunities with Student Neighborhood Liaisons

Published April 19, 2012

The Student Neighborhood Liaisons will be busy this Earth Day weekend. Several events are planned to clean up the Mississippi River area as well as the Marcy-Holmes and South East Como neighborhoods. Everyone...

Man charged with $20K in damages to St. Paul light rail project

Published April 19, 2012

A 60-year-old man was charged with causing $20K in damages to the St. Paul light rail project according to the Star Tribune. Brian J. Peterson was charged with four counts of criminal damage to property...

Gideon Sampson, a post-doctoral math research fellow, rides a Nice Ride bike from Kolthoff Hall on Wednesday afternoon. The Kolthoff Hall station receives the highest number of rentals in the Twin Cities.

Nice weather leads to more Nice Rides

Published April 19, 2012

  Nice Ride bike rentals more than doubled in the first two weeks of April compared to the same time frame last year, setting a record for the bike-share program. With warmer weather, a waived security...

Dominium Co. is seeking grants for the renovation of the historic A-Mill into apartments. The National Historic Landmark, built in 1881, was once at the heart of Minneapolis milling industry.

Pillsbury A Mill to be converted to affordable housing

Published April 18, 2012

  Two developers are accumulating grants to renovate property in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Minnesota-based company Dominium received $200,000 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic...

Developer proposes 300-bed apartment on West Bank

Published April 12, 2012

  New student-oriented apartments may be coming to Seven Corners. Minneapolis-based developer, Alatus LLC, proposed turning the 1810 S. Washington Ave. lot into a 260-unit apartment complex at the...

Minneapolis Park board begins replacing trees lost in the North Minneapolis tornado

Published April 9, 2012

The Minneapolis Park Board is working on replacing trees lost in the North Minneapolis tornado last year. The North side Treecovery Program will be a two-month effort that will plant 3,100 trees according...

Residents seek sound wall solutions

Published April 9, 2012

  Unhappy Prospect Park residents will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss noise problems they say are caused by the neighborhood’s recently erected sound wall. Since its completion by the Minnesota...

The residence hall at 1701 University Ave. will have a vegetative roof that recycles water. The building will open in fall of 2013.

New U residence hall follows green housing trend

Published April 4, 2012

Colleges across the country are moving to more sustainable student housing options, and the University of Minnesota is following the trend with its new residence hall. Once it opens in August 2013, the...

Low vacancy rates leading to higher rents

Published April 3, 2012

Rental market data released last month shows low rental vacancy rates for the Twin Cities. The vacancy rate rose slightly to 2.8 percent — below the “balanced” rate of 5 percent ––...

Mayor Rybak signs community gardening amendments

Published April 2, 2012

 Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak approved amendments to the City's zoning code earlier today expanding options for local gardeners. The amendments passed by City Council Friday will make it easier...

Councilman Cam Gordan greets attendees after the informational meeting he hosted Tuesday night at the Brian Coyle Center.  The meeting focused on tenants rights with residents of Riverside Plaza.

Riverside tenants’ complaints heard

Published March 29, 2012

The city of Minneapolis is taking steps to address resident issues in Riverside Plaza. City Councilman Cam Gordon held a meeting Tuesday at the Brian Coyle Community Center to inform residents of their...

Islamic center threatens to close bank accounts in effort to reopen money transfers to Somalia

Published March 21, 2012

A Minneapolis Islamic center asked its members this month to cancel their Wells Fargo  accounts if banks don’t allow the transfer of funds to Somalia. Hassan Jama, executive director of Abubakar...

Project seeks to draw business with art

Published March 20, 2012

  Prospect Park’s neighborhood association is seeking funds from the University of Minnesota to improve the streetscape for local businesses. With neighborhood businesses losing revenue during...

Emerald ash borer continuing its spread

Published March 7, 2012

Despite efforts to minimize the damage it causes, an invasive insect is continuing to spread throughout the state, killing ash trees. This week, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found more emerald...

Consumer bereau now taking complaints on private student loans

Published March 7, 2012

The Consumer Financial Protection Bereau will now be taking complaints from students on private loan problems. The CFPB will help students with paying back private loans and dealing with debt collectors. In...

McCain urges U.S. to lead airstrikes in Syria

Published March 5, 2012

Arizona Sen. John McCain called Monday on the U.S. to lead international air strikes on Syria, according to the Associated Press. McCain, a Republican in his fifth term in the Senate, said that the stakes...

Minnesota nuclear power plants to increase safety measures

Published March 5, 2012

Xcel Energy is planning on spending $20 to $50 million on its two Minnesota nuclear power plants for safety upgrades and studies according to an article by the Star Tribune. The energy company is buying...

Laurie Peterson explains the process of winter sowing, a way to prep seeds for early planting in the spring, at a meet-and-greet hosted by Gardening Matters on Saturday at University Lutheran Church of Hope.  Gardening Matters is working to increase the amount of food grown in local communities.

Community emphasizes growing local

Published February 29, 2012

Minneapolis residents came together in a Dinkytown church last weekend to learn how to prep seeds for the growing season. The program is one way local organizations are teaching community members about...

Interfraternity Council President Mike Danley explains Arkeo’s self-policing procedures with greek volunteers during a training meeting Saturday at Folwell Hall. A portion of the 40-member group is scheduled to start patrolling fraternity events this weekend.

Now under IFC control, greek self-policing system launches

Published February 27, 2012

  After a few rocky starts, Arkeo, the greek party self-policing program, is launching this weekend. About 40 University of Minnesota fraternity members attended a training session Saturday to learn...

Bullwinkle Saloon at Seven Corners to reopen

Published February 23, 2012

After being shut down for almost a year, Bullwinkle’s Saloon will  reopen under a slightly different name — Bullwinkle Saloon. Bob Rick, chief manager and new owner, is aiming to get the...

Organizers delay launch of Arkeo

Published February 20, 2012

Arkeo, the greek party self-policing system, is running into delays once again. The system’s implementation was scheduled for Feb. 23, pending training this past weekend. The training was pushed...

Voter ID measure passes first state Senate committee

Published February 16, 2012

A state Senate committee passed legislation Wednesday that would allow voters to decide the voter ID debate. If added to the November ballot and approved by voters, the state constitutional amendment would...

Safety program to ask greeks for help

Published February 15, 2012

  The University of Minnesota’s Student Neighborhood Liaisons are reaching out to the greek community to improve neighborhood safety. The greek organizations are traditionally philanthropic,...

Sherman Associates owner George Sherman  updates residents on renovation progress in the Chase building on Monday at the Riverside Plaza.

Riverside renovations ongoing

Published February 9, 2012

  A yearâÄôs worth of construction at Riverside Plaza apartments has residents yearning for its completion. The project, which began last February, is almost 75 percent complete. But tenants...

The Henry B. Frey mansion at 1206 Fifth Street SE has plans for renovation to become the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center, pending funding.

American Indian Movement to add cultural center to Dinkytown

Published February 6, 2012

  From aristocrats to squatters, the Henry B. Frey mansion in Dinkytown has seen many owners, but it may soon become a center for American Indian culture. The American Indian Movement Interpretive...

Proposed city amendment provides potential for urban farming

Published February 2, 2012

Proposed amendments to the City of MinneapolisâÄô zoning code would allow community members to turn a profit off of their market gardens and urban farms. The changes to the code, authored by Ward...

Ellison pushes student loan bill

Published January 27, 2012

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, encouraged citizens Friday to voice their support in maintaining lower student loan rates. Ellison said he would co-sponser a bill that would prevent an increase in student...

Mary Ann Bannerman house mom of the FarmHouse fraternity bakes sour cream banana bread Friday afternoon in the fraternitys kitchen.

A mom away from mom

Published January 26, 2012

Singing âÄúHappy Birthday,âÄù Sigma Chi fraternity members crowded around Jill Lovell Friday afternoon. âÄúWhat are you, 20?âÄù one asked. âÄú21,âÄù Lovell...

Program Director for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Matt Levine discusses his previous experience and upcoming plans Tuesday for his new role at the University.

Greek community welcomes Levine

Published January 18, 2012

Matt Levine  sat tall at his new desk in his Appleby Hall  office early Tuesday morning. He had just begun his first day as the new program director for the University of MinnesotaâÄôs...