The Minnesota Daily

All content by Barry Lytton
Patrons enjoy drinks on the outdoor patio of Stub and Herb's as the Green Line light rail train passes by on Washington Ave. on Tuesday evening.

Businesses bounce back

April 15, 2015

For some businesses along the Green Line light rail, the nearly two years of transit construction proved to be too much to keep operations steady.   The light rail’s construction from 2012 to...

Parkway repair moving forward

April 13, 2015

A $6 million plan to repair the area of land near a University of Minnesota medical building damaged by last summer’s mudslide received more than 1,000 responses in an online survey before it closed Friday.   The...

A recently closed Campus Pizza sits vacantly in Stadium Village on Wednesday afternoon.

Campus Pizza closes its doors after 56 years

April 9, 2015

Campus Pizza and Pasta, a former Stadium Village staple, drew students and alumni to its vaunted brick-and-mortar storefront throughout its 56-year history. But last month, the business that hosted events...

Target job cuts hitting U students

April 2, 2015

Just one month after Maggie Schauer secured her first job out of college, her soon-to-be-employer called and told her the position no longer existed.   “I said, ‘So I don’t have...

Senior Spencer Price holds his team's 1st Place trophy that the University of Minnesota was awarded in the 2015 CoMIS Case Competition during an award ceremony held at Urban Eatery in Minneapolis on Saturday evening.

University students win business strategy competition

March 31, 2015

After spending 24 hours locked in a hotel room with no outside communication, a team of three University of Minnesota students defeated 14 others in a competition to create the best hypothetical plan for...

Indiana law draws criticism from LGBT groups

March 30, 2015

A controversial bill signed into law by Indiana’s governor last week has drawn the attention of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as national corporations who say the...

An Indiana law spurs outrage

March 30, 2015

A controversial bill signed into law by Indiana’s governor last week has drawn the attention of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as national corporations who say the...

Dinkytown looks to launch new website

March 25, 2015

In the past year, the Dinkytown Business Alliance has switched leadership and changed its name. But adding to its identity crisis has been an outdated website that members had no control over. In 2008,...

No students among MN Cup winners

March 23, 2015

No University of Minnesota student has ever won the Minnesota Cup, a yearly competition for state-based entrepreneurs that’s hosted by the Carlson School of Management. The admission process for...

Earn-a-Bike student Wondey Geta observes as mechanic Ben Swanson demonstrates how to remove a bike tube at SPOKES on Saturday morning.

The more cyclists, the better

March 10, 2015

After a month of studying and repairing bicycles, two people will ride away from a small shop near the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on free bikes. A mile south of the West Bank, the nonprofit SPOKES Bike...

Economics professor Raj Chetty participates in a discussion at McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday. The audience asked questions related to the current economic climate and social mobility.

American Dream redefined

March 9, 2015

Rising from a low economic standing to a higher status is harder to achieve in some places than others. Income inequality is growing nationwide, but how areas are affected by wage differences vary, according...

U may get $120M from state funding introduced

March 5, 2015

Legislation to set aside an additional $120 million in state funding for the University of Minnesota in 2016-17 has generated discussion among state Senators and support from school officials. University...

Customer Ali Adam gets assistance at Kaah Express, a hawala in Cedar-Riverside, on Tuesday evening. Hawalas serve as middle men between money senders in the U.S. and recipients in countries like Somalia.

Feds complicate money transfers

March 4, 2015

In Tawakal Express on Cedar Avenue, Abdala Yusef used to sit at a desk behind a plastic partition and send money from Cedar-Riverside residents to people in Somalia. But all he’s done for the past...

Morgan Lambert, Geena Funk and Erin Marie pick out slices on Wednesday at Mesa Pizza in Uptown. Mesa expanded its business from Dinkytown to Uptown in 2011.

‘It’s a college thing’

February 26, 2015

Businesses have come and gone over the past few decades in the University of Minnesota area, but those that have remained and expanded to other locations have left behind a distinct brand. Many of the...

DBA looks to grow membership base

February 25, 2015

Under new leadership, the Dinkytown Business Alliance has begun work on one of its president’s highest-priority initiatives — membership. The DBA is sending letters and calling on current members...

Al-Shabaab threatens Mall of America

February 23, 2015

The Somalia-based terrorist group, al-Shabaab, released a video threatening shopping malls in the U.S. Canada and the U.K., Saturday, according to CNN. Canada’s West Edmonton Mall, Britain's...

St. Paul resident Mollie Thao browses the menu at the new Afro Deli location in downtown St. Paul on Tuesday evening. Afro Deli started five years ago in Cedar-Riverside via a partnership with the African Development Center.

St. Paul: a ‘golden location’

February 19, 2015

A Cedar-Riverside restaurant that has fed the area’s lunch and dinner crowd a mix of African and Mediterranean cuisine for nearly five years expanded last week, opening a new storefront in St. Paul. The...

Sandwich shop to open in Dinkytown

February 17, 2015

University of Minnesota area restaurant patrons will have a new lunch option after Jersey Mike’s opens a Dinkytown location in late March or early April. The national franchise may also lease a space...

West Bank stores recieve city funding

February 11, 2015

The West Bank Business Association was recently awarded specialized tech help for some of its businesses through a city-funded aid program. The city of Minneapolis awarded 300 free hours of technical assistance...

U of M looks to house staff affordably

February 9, 2015

In an effort to help University of Minnesota staff and faculty members live closer to their jobs, a partnership between the University District Alliance Housing Committee and a nonprofit organization will...

Hotel moves as U buys a block

February 5, 2015

The University of Minnesota marked an entire block in Stadium Village as “future University ownership” on its master plan in spring 2009. The institution just began acquiring that land by purchasing...

U makes $6.6M land purchase

February 2, 2015

The University of Minnesota Real Estate Office purchased three parcels of land Thursday that were originally intended to be the location of a new extended-stay hotel. The parcels are all located in Stadium...

Defining student housing

January 29, 2015

When Anne Kennedy signed a lease with Stadium Village Flats,  she expected to room with only a University of Minnesota student. The physiology junior had only one roommate over her two years there,...

School leaders seek to expand smoke-free plan

January 28, 2015

As smokers at the University of Minnesota are being asked to put out their cigarettes on campus, the school is branching out past its borders to encourage those living in the area to do the same. The University’s...

A visitor at the Southeast Library searches the online database on Saturday evening.

Library needs help, study says

January 26, 2015

Much-needed improvements to the only public library in the University of Minnesota area will get some consideration  after a report was released Thursday. The study outlines 12 possible improvements...

Target closes in Canada

January 19, 2015

When Target Corp. opened TargetExpress in Dinkytown last year the company had 133 operational Target stores in Canada, but as of Jan. 15, Target corp. said it will close all Canadian locations, according...

Prospect Park takes action to address winter street parking woes

December 10, 2014

Unlike several other University of Minnesota neighborhoods, Prospect Park’s streets are winding, narrow and not laid out in a grid system. In winter months, snow combined with two lanes of street...

Neighborhoods prep for Vikings grants

December 9, 2014

As the Minnesota Vikings football team wraps up its inaugural season at TCF Bank Stadium, neighborhood groups are pulling together grant proposals for the pot of money the team donates to the University...

West Bank cleanups enter second year of cleanups

December 4, 2014

After Cedar-Riverside businesses complained for years that graffiti and street trash were deterring customers from the area, the West Bank Business Association banded together with other local organizations...

A living ‘bridge’ between West Bank and local law enforcement

December 2, 2014

From Carla Nielson’s desk in the West Bank Safety Center — where she sits almost every day of the week — venetian blinds are the only obstacle to a perfect view of a busy playground just...

Students’ co-op shares a second, third, fifth Thanksgiving

December 1, 2014

While many University of Minnesota students flocked home to eat turkey over the long weekend, 15 people gathered Saturday evening at the Students’ Co-op for another Thanksgiving feast. In the co-op’s...

Burst pipe closes Boynton early

November 25, 2014

Boynton Health Service shut off its water supply and closed its doors at about 3 p.m. Monday after a water pipe burst. Water collected on the floor of a fourth-floor bathroom at about 2 p.m., said Eric...

“Frozen” star set for Northrop Concert

November 24, 2014

A warm Minneapolis will welcome a “Frozen” superstar to Northrop Auditorium on Aug. 13, according to the Star Tribune. Idina Menzel is the star voice of Elsa in the film “Frozen”...

Report: alcoholism rarer than assumed

November 24, 2014

That fifth full red cup of Natural Ice might not be as bad as you think. Nine out of 10 heavy drinkers are not alcoholics, according to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and...

City targets problem properties

November 24, 2014

University of Minnesota student renters have long complained of poor living conditions and uncooperative landlords. At University Student Legal Service, housing issues account for 30 to 40 percent of the...

Community internships equally benefit students, neighborhoods

November 13, 2014

Even though the University of Minnesota’s main campus technically spans as far north as Eighth Street Southeast, many students extend their education into its surrounding neighborhood associations. It’s...

Dinkytown businesses boost security

November 12, 2014

Close to 10,000 people trek down the 15th Avenue Southeast stretch of Dinkytown on an average autumn weekday. With that level of foot traffic, area businesses constantly seek ways to make their residents...

Left in the dark, SE Como neighbors seek improved streetlight

November 6, 2014

After the sun sets in Southeast Como, the neighborhood’s residents often become alert and uneasy as they make their way home down dimly lit sidewalks. But the Southeast Como Improvement Association...

Green Line hits police cruiser

November 4, 2014

Green Line light-rail service was interrupted for about an hour and a half on Monday when a train struck a St. Paul police cruiser. The police car was traveling northbound on Pascal Street North in St....

Minneapolis officials try to iron out ‘granny flat’ legal wrinkles

November 3, 2014

A proposed amendment to city code could let residents legally house family — especially extended or elderly family members — in converted garages, attics and basement spaces called “granny...

Local legend documents Dinkytown

October 30, 2014

When Al Milgrom arrived in Dinkytown in 1940, Simms Hardware was only halfway through its 115-year stint. Now, the building that once housed Simms is the site of Espresso Royale, whose windows Milgrom,...

Cedar-Riverside residents voice concern with area homelessness

October 28, 2014

At a Cedar-Riverside neighborhood meeting earlier this month, a Somali elder stood and addressed attendees, painting an image of a recent frightening encounter with what he believed was a gang of drunken,...

Dinky rioters still facing repercussions

October 23, 2014

Over the three-day stretch in April when the Gophers made it to the NCAA Frozen Four final and lost the championship game, riots broke out in Dinkytown. On both nights of the two University of Minnesota...

CERT grant allows options for greening

October 16, 2014

From a bird’s eye view, Southeast Como is a swatch of green. But where Southeast Elm Street begins, the tree-lined residences give way to gray-roofed industrial space. Now equipped with a $3,000...

U, city prepare for snow and salt

October 14, 2014

In one week, as fall nears its end, rake-wielding street sweepers will begin their work scouring the city’s roads. Parking will be restricted and cars will be towed while the city sweeps away autumn...

Closure sparks worry

October 9, 2014

When the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning announced last week that it will shutter in two years, it left some faculty members worried about their future in the college.   While...

Minnesota startups ‘Rise with the Rest’

October 8, 2014

A blue bus rolled up to the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown on Tuesday, and when its doors opened, a man worth $1.3 billion stepped out with $100,000 burning a hole in his pocket. Inside the venue, 10 startup...

Scammers target international students

September 30, 2014

A phone rings in the middle of the day. Minutes later, it buzzes alive again with a caller listed as the “University of Minnesota Police Department.” A menacing voice declares an outstanding...

Through donations, Vikings put neighborhood organizations on the team

September 29, 2014

As purple-clad Minnesota Vikings romp on TCF Bank Stadium’s rented turfy green, the team is supplying green of its own to the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota. Over the next...

Gender-neutral bathrooms now legal in Minneapolis

September 22, 2014

Due to a recently passed resolution, Minneapolis restaurants and bars now have the option to offer gender-neutral, single-user bathrooms as a substitute for gender-segregated restrooms. City Council members...

Sneaker-head sanctuary

September 18, 2014

The main feature of Como Avenue Southeast’s newest storefront is designed to look like a cross between a Foot Locker and an art gallery — a fantasy of sorts for local sneaker-heads. PIFFmpls,...

Old fans, new noise

September 16, 2014

NFL fans took over University of Minnesota neighborhoods Sunday, upping usual weekend commotion at Dinkytown and Stadium Village bars, as the Minnesota Vikings made TCF Bank Stadium its long-term crash...

Fourth Street squeezed for parking, biker lane

September 9, 2014

Down Fourth Street Southeast, past the McDonald’s arches that mark the road’s intersection with 15th Avenue Southeast, a bicycle lane disappears. The three-lane, one-way road has a bike lane...

Tracking the orange cones: your map for campus construction

September 4, 2014

The city of Minneapolis is known for its winters, long seasons blanketed by somber streets and bitter cold. But after the snow melts, summer’s sawdust collects and streets roar alive with the buzz...

As students move out, local program helps salvage items

September 2, 2014

In the weeks leading up to the fall semester, the flux of students moving in and out of University of Minnesota housing and campus-area neighborhoods yields its casualties. Mangled mattresses, broken bookshelves...