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General manager James Munson prepares an order for customer Humberto Naves on Wednesday at the new Himalayan restaurant in Dinkytown. This was Naves' second time at the new restaurant, which recently moved into its Dinkytown location following the closure of Pizza Studio.

Dinkytown a revolving door for biz

May 5, 2016

When Brian Wheeler set up shop underneath Dinkydome Lofts, he expected his store to do well.     But Baldy’s BBQ opened its doors only to close them for good three years later.     Wheeler’s...

Suite of apps targets consent, sexual assault reporting

April 27, 2016

A new suite of apps is targeting a variety of sex assault-related issues, including consent, reporting and evidence gathering.      The suite’s central app, I’ve-Been-Violated,...

Marcy-Holmes looks to launch housing app and draw renters

April 26, 2016

Finding housing might become easier for University of Minnesota students thanks to a local neighborhood group.      Last week, Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association leaders discussed plans...

A cartoon by Jack Ohman, published in the Minnesota Daily on Feb. 20, 1979.

Daily alum wins Pulitzer

April 21, 2016

A former Minnesota Daily cartoonist known for his irreverent depictions of gun violence and Middle Eastern conflict was awarded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday.     Jack Ohman, 55, is the third...

Co-founders of Bizzy Coffee Alex French, left, and Andrew Healy stand for a portrait at the official Bizzy Grand Launch Party at the Cambria Gallery on Saturday.

For busy people, ‘Bizzy Coffee’

April 18, 2016

For Andrew Healy and Alex French, stumbling upon cold press coffee was an unintended start to a career in business.     A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Healy joined forces with his...

New survey reveals housing complaints

April 14, 2016

If University of Minnesota pharmacy third-year Chris Hayden turns on his toaster and microwave at the same time, he’s often greeted with sudden darkness as his kitchen’s circuit blows a fuse.      Hayden’s...

Post-results, graduate students denounce election mishaps

April 12, 2016

Though student government races have wrapped, candidates are speaking out about issues with this year’s election process.     Last week, professional students cast their ballots for student...

Fairview Health links with UCare

April 11, 2016

A merger announced last week will consolidate University of Minnesota-partnered Fairview Health Services and insurance provider UCare by mid-summer.     The move, made public April 5, marks...

Pedestrians pass by the Big 10 Restaurant and Bar on Washington Avenue in Stadium Village on Wednesday afternoon. Big 10 sits on the site of a proposed apartment complex.

Complex may shutter businesses

April 7, 2016

Like many other pockets of the University of Minnesota business area, a popular commerce hub could be razed to make room for an apartment complex.     Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors has drafted...

Patrons crowd around Daina De Prez while she performs at Nye's Bar and Polonaise room Saturday evening. The Bar will be closing after 67 years and will be holding its last polka dance on Sunday April 3.

City says ‘pozegnanie’ to Nye’s

April 4, 2016

Over the weekend, diners at Nye’s Polonaise Room heeded the advice of dishes and drinks inspired by the Polish phrase, “Jedzcie pijcie i popuszczajcie pas,” or in English, “Eat,...

Left to right, Michael Blomquist, Sumee Lee, Max Hall and Dane Thompson gather onstage for the Professional Student Government presidential and vice presidential candidate debate on Wednesday in the Coffman Union Theater.

PSG presidential candidates square off at Coffman Union

March 31, 2016

The All Campus Elections Committee debates experienced another night of low turnout, with 13 audience members attending the Professional Student Government forum Wednesday evening.     Fewer...

Like its neighbors, Marcy introduces green initiative

March 28, 2016

Following the lead of other neighborhood groups near the University of Minnesota, the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association fashioned a new environment committee dedicated to finding green solutions to...

Carlson School of Management students pose in front of Che Guevara's image at the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, Cuba over spring break as a part of a University course, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, which allows students to pitch ideas to foreign businesses.

Carlson students return from Cuban business trip

March 24, 2016

A group of 30 University of Minnesota students spent their spring breaks in Cuba riding around in cars from the ’50s, interacting with locals and soaking in a country previously cut off from the...

Federal officials continue to battle phone scammers

March 22, 2016

When Andrew Tagge got a call from scammers claiming to be IRS agents threatening to sue if he didn’t pay, he got nervous.     The environmental science, policy and management junior was...

The abandoned Bunge Grain Elevator sits in Southeast Como on Tuesday. The building may be partially demolished to build artist housing, while preserving the tower and part of the silos.

Como icon may face renovation

March 10, 2016

After years of uncertainty, local property owners hope to renovate a Southeast Como landmark.     Bunge Elevator Complex owner Project for Pride in Living wants to build an apartment building...

Thai officials drop charges against alum

March 9, 2016

Officials confirmed on Tuesday that the Thai government dropped its charges against photojournalist and University of Minnesota graduate Anthony Kwan.      Kwan — a former...

City may repeal loitering restriction

March 8, 2016

Despite some pushback, city officials are continuing efforts to repeal laws they consider obsolete.     Several members of the Minneapolis City Council want to do away with an ordinance that...

Duluth makes plans to tackle $4.3M deficit

March 3, 2016

Facing a $4.3 million deficit, University of Minnesota-Duluth Chancellor Lendley Black released a plan last month that he says will eliminate the school’s budget problems.     The school’s...

TCF Bank discovers fake bills

March 1, 2016

Bankers have discovered a surge of counterfeit bills recently circulating between Dinkytown businesses.     Since opening at the beginning of February, the TCF Bank branch in Dinkytown has spotted...

University students design backpack to help autistic children

February 25, 2016

When autistic children encounter stressful situations, pressure and weight applied to their torso can often help keep them grounded.     To get the support they need,  some wear vests that...

Minneapolis resident Thomas Jones walks along the Stone Arch Bridge on Sunday afternoon. In November, Jones moved into the Arrigoni House West, a sober residence in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood for men overcoming chemical addictions. Jones says going for walks are one of the frequent group activities he enjoys doing.

Uniting recovery and outreach

February 23, 2016

When alcohol poisoning sent him to the hospital in an ambulance, Thomas Jones said he didn’t have much to live for.      Now, with help from a local sober house, he’s been sober...

Local game developer Shanti Pothapragada works at GLITCH headquarters on the West Bank on Tuesday night. GLITCH is a nonprofit that works with indie game developers in Minneapolis.

GLITCH partners with PR firm to promote gaming

February 18, 2016

When video game programmer Shanti Pothapragada’s living room proved too cramped to work in, he decided to move his workspace to a local games culture group.     After the shift to GLITCH...

Schunk case closes with sentencing

February 11, 2016

After more than two years of grieving and waiting for justice, Mariana Schunk has seen both her daughter’s killer and an accomplice in the murder put behind bars.     “To some degree,...

Allegations accumulate for McLean

February 10, 2016

Dinkytown business owner Jason McLean is facing his fourth sexual assault lawsuit, according to a civil complaint filed Monday in Hennepin County District Court.     The suit against...

A Car2Go vehicle drives down Eighth Street Southeast in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood on Monday. Currently there are 350 Car2Go cars in the city.

Car sharing may become licensed business in Minneapolis

February 9, 2016

After three years of testing the roads, car sharing organizations are buckling in for the long haul.     The city of Minneapolis is moving forward with a change to allow business licenses for...

Fairview buys sole stake in insurance holder PreferredOne

February 3, 2016

Fairview Health Services took full ownership of Minnesota insurance provider PreferredOne last month.     The University of Minnesota-partnered health services provider bought the Golden Valley-based...

The future site for the proposed 8th and 9th street apartments sits in its current state on Sunday. The 5 story building would have a total of 97 dwelling units, as well as townhome studios on the first floor.

CPM development sprawl could expand in Marcy

February 1, 2016

A small industrial pocket of Marcy-Holmes may soon turn into housing.     At a Minneapolis committee meeting last week, building developer CPM sought feedback from city officials on a new five-story...

This rendering of a tower proposed by Alatus was presented to the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association last week. Alatus leaders hope to begin construction later this year.

New condo proposed for Marcy-Holmes

January 28, 2016

A new skyscraping building could bring a mix of new neighbors to the University of Minnesota area.     Developers announced they would use a planned 40-story high-rise for condominiums at a...

Co-owner of the Blue Door restaurant Jeremy Werner, far right, sits and listens as resident Joe Russell expresses his concerns regarding the new location in Southeast Como. The Como Blue Door is expected to open in February.

Blue Door Pub taps SE Como

January 25, 2016

An area pub known for its eccentric burger will soon be firing up its grills near campus.     Despite brewing community concerns about parking and late-night business, Blue Door Pub’s...

A selection of alcoholic beverages are presented to customers before they reach the cash register at the Punch Pizza located in Stadium Village.

University area beer sales spots expand

January 18, 2016

More choices will soon be available for those looking to grab a bite and a beer in the University of Minnesota’s Stadium Village neighborhood.     Blaze Pizza will begin selling alcoholic...

Chavez-Nelson pleads guilty

January 18, 2016

The man accused of stabbing a University of Minnesota student to death in 2013 pleaded guilty Friday, according to a Dakota County Attorney press release.     Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson,...

Postdoctoral fellows seek career services

December 16, 2015

At the University of Minnesota, postdoctoral fellows and associates have trouble accessing career services, which provide students with resume critiques and mock interviews.    But school officials...

Protests seek campus diversity nationwide

December 15, 2015

Around 70 student groups at schools across the U.S. and Canada are demanding more diverse college campuses.    Many, including an activist group at the University of Minnesota, are seeking more...

University student robbed at gunpoint near Dinkytown

December 14, 2015

A University of Minnesota student was robbed early Friday morning near campus, according to a press release from the Minneapolis Police  Department.   According to the release, the...

Suspected drunk driver hits police car

December 14, 2015

A University of Minnesota Police Department squad car was hit by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday.   None of the parties involved suffered serious injury.   According to UMPD posts on...

Fewer low-income students go to college

December 9, 2015

When Nora Haltom started thinking about where she wanted to go to school, she knew she wouldn’t be able to afford tuition without getting help.   Because of financial aid, the freshman was able...

Sex assaults go unreported

December 7, 2015

Nine out of 10 college campuses certified in annual crime statistics that they did not receive a single report of rape last year. That stark figure — along with the continued underreporting of campus...

More data to be public on accreditation

December 3, 2015

More information about universities’ goals for student outcomes will be available this spring, after the Department of Education changed accreditation requirements last  month.   The changes...

Student’s autopsy finds drugs

December 2, 2015

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County found traces of two different drugs in the body of Laura Schwendemann, an 18-year-old University of Minnesota-Morris student who was found dead...

The University of Minnesota's Driven to Discover building sits at the State Fair grounds on Sunday. Some University faculty wish to revamp the building in an effort to make the University more attractive and draw in research participants.

U State Fair building may get an update

November 30, 2015

Leaky roofs and uneven floors in a 60-year-old Minnesota State Fair exhibit turned research facility could be getting an update.    The Driven to Discover facility — the former home of...

Study calls for clearer rules for adjuncts teaching online classes

November 23, 2015

Adjunct faculty members instructing online courses often don’t receive enough training, according to a recent study.   The study, released earlier this month, suggested schools develop clearer...

Student robbed on West Bank

November 23, 2015

A University of Minnesota student was robbed outside Carlson School of Management Saturday morning, according to an alert sent to the University community.   University police responded to a report...

Transfers concern students

November 19, 2015

Some student senators at the University of Minnesota worry community college and state university students are missing out on transferring to the University.   Last month, student senators expressed...

Sex assault bill divides leaders

November 12, 2015

Universities nationwide might have to stay away from sexual assault investigations if a bill in Congress passes.   The Safe Campus Act would allow law enforcement agencies at least 30 days to investigate...

Med schools less confident in new MCAT

November 9, 2015

Changes to the Medical College Admission Test had some students scrambling to take the test before new subjects were added in April.   Now, students and medical schools aren’t convinced the...

University execs’ pay increases

November 5, 2015

After the school committed to cut costs, some top-level University of Minnesota executives are receiving increased salaries.   According to information requested by the Pioneer Press, seven of the...

Faculty look to update academic freedom

November 4, 2015

The freedom of University of Minnesota professors to discuss controversial topics without fear of punishment could be reinforced by the end of the year.    Last month, faculty senate leaders...

University alumnus Shezanne Cassim was held in a maximum-security prison in the United Arab Emirates for nine months after posting a YouTube video that satirized teenage life in Dubai.

Former U student seeking UAE pardon

November 3, 2015

The University of Minnesota alumnus who spent nine months incarcerated abroad wants a pardon from the country that locked him up for a single YouTube upload.   Accusations that he’d threatened...

Student found in creek

November 3, 2015

Police identified a body found in Chester Creek in Duluth, Minn., as University of Minnesota-Duluth student Kyle Noble on Sunday.   St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Claire Olson...

Committee wants more no-smoking signs

October 29, 2015

Smokers may soon have to ignore even more no-tobacco signs when they light up on campus.   Next month, the committee responsible for implementing the smoke-free policy — which has been in effect...