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The inside of Minneapolis City Hall as seen on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

As 5G spreads, city group examines resident concerns

December 12, 2019

As 5G spreads, Minneapolis officials are investigating resident's concerns about the technology’s potential negative health effects. 5G technology debuted in Minneapolis during the lead-up to Super Bowl...

A boarded window on the fourteenth floor is rimmed by scorch marks at the Cedar High Apartments on Monday, Dec. 9. On Nov. 28, an early morning blaze claimed the lives of five of the building's residents.

After high-rise fire, Cedar-Riverside begins to heal

December 12, 2019

Following a deadly building fire last month, the Cedar-Riverside community is beginning to heal despite lingering questions. The fire killed five residents in a 25-story high-rise owned by the Minneapolis...

The site of a developing public park, which the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board plans on buying, located in Prospect Park, as seen on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

New park taking shape in Prospect Park

December 5, 2019

A new park taking shape in Prospect Park will help bring much-needed green space to the area. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board plans to purchase the site, located near the Prospect Park light...

Morgan La Casse

Prospect Park drafts plan to meet Minneapolis climate goals

December 2, 2019

A Prospect Park group has drafted its own goals to help the community do its part in meeting citywide energy reduction metrics. The Prospect Park Association’s environment committee adopted a climate...

Hemp is seen growing in a greenhouse by Wally Sakallah in order to produce CBD oil on Thursday, Nov. 21. Sakallah owns the Hideaway and Cosmic Bean Dispensary in Dinkytown, which are two main places he sells CBD oil.

CBD, hemp businesses blaze through campus

November 27, 2019

CBD has surged in popularity over the past few years among students and at shops near the University of Minnesota campus, despite it being a legal “gray area.” Dinkytown’s Cosmic Bean Dispensary...

The Glendale Townhome complex is a 184-unit public housing project owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and is the only public row-house development left in the U.S.

Prospect Park committee focuses on inclusion, diversity

November 25, 2019

A Prospect Park group is looking to address parking shortages in a broader effort to improve relationships between public housing residents and other underrepresented groups.  The Prospect Park Association...

A runner passes the possible site of a new stairway connecting the Dinkytown Greenway to the intersection of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Proposed stairwell could connect heart of Dinkytown to greenway

November 14, 2019

Plans to make a bike trail running through Dinkytown more accessible could be moving forward. The City of Minneapolis first proposed a stairwell connecting Fourth Street Southeast to the Dinkytown Greenway...

An unidentified university junior smokes a Juul in her apartment on Saturday, Nov. 9. The convenience of a Juul, compared to traditional cigarettes, allows for increased consumption during day to day activities.

Legislature aims to raise state nicotine purchasing age, ban flavored vapes

November 11, 2019

In an attempt to curb underage vaping, Minnesota legislators announced plans last month to restrict vape and tobacco products statewide. Two proposed bills would raise the state’s nicotine minimum purchasing...

Yonis colors in a sensory area in the gymnasium at the Brian Coyle Neighborhood Center in Cedar-Riverside on Sunday, Oct 27. Yonis and other kids participate in an adaptive program on Sundays for children with autism. 

Growing Cedar-Riverside program gives kids with autism a place to play

October 31, 2019

Children with autism and their families have a space to play thanks to a growing Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department program in Cedar-Riverside. The program, which began in July, is becoming more...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Under new proposal, some students could qualify for affordable housing

October 27, 2019

While a revised Minneapolis affordable housing policy would expand its definitions to include students, many traditional undergraduates may still not qualify, officials say.  Inclusionary zoning would...

A view of the St. Anthony Falls locks as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 23. 

Locals consider plans for St. Anthony Falls lock and dam

October 23, 2019

Local officials and groups are weighing how to move forward with plans to redesign public areas near the lock and dam at Upper St. Anthony Falls.  The area, which is owned by the United States Army...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

Lawmakers call for action on insulin access bill

October 19, 2019

Minnesota lawmakers have called for an emergency session to pass legislation that would improve insulin access after a similar bill failed to pass the legislature earlier this year. Governor Tim Walz called...

Carol Cooke poses for a portrait in her home on Thursday, Oct. 17. Crooke will turn 90 in December and has been involved with SE Seniors for two years. She participates in the Connections Club, a pen pals program and uses SE Seniors as a resource when she has questions about senior services. Crooke says, “It’s just a wonderful resource. I would miss it if it weren’t available. I can’t imagine what they would cut back.”

Proposed county budget threatens funding for senior programs

October 19, 2019

Senior citizens turned out at a Hennepin County budget hearing Thursday to oppose the elimination of county funding for three senior services programs, including one serving seniors near the University...

A pedestrian safety workshop in the Prospect Park neighborhood on Friday, Oct. 4. 

Pedestrian safety improvements coming to Prospect Park

October 8, 2019

Prospect Park residents and local officials gathered Friday to discuss improvements to pedestrian accessibility near the Glendale Townhomes. The Walkable Community Workshop, hosted by the Minnesota Department...

Nice Ride bikes are seen on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Nice Ride considers retiring dockless bikes, adding e-bikes

October 7, 2019

After debuting just over a year ago, Nice Ride’s dockless blue bikes could be phased out. Nice Ride Minnesota held a forum on Sept. 24 in Stadium Village to discuss potentially retiring the blue bikes...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Slow 911 response times in SE Como prompt concern

October 3, 2019

Amid citywide concerns about delayed 911 response times, Southeast Como community members and officials have called on the city to increase police resources in the area.  Over the past six months,...

Louis Alemayehu, a West Bank resident who is also involved with HECUA, participates in a discussion on food security and community business practices at at the Mixed Blood Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The community conversations were part of the West Bank Business Association's Crash Course conference.

West Bank workshop promotes sustainability, support for artists

September 27, 2019

A workshop held this week in Cedar-Riverside aims to promote environmental sustainability and support artists and musicians on the West Bank. The annual West Bank Crash Course, hosted by the West Bank...

The Witch's Hat Tower sits in Prospect Park on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Prospect Park withdraws from agreement in controversial development

September 22, 2019

Prospect Park residents formally withdrew support from a controversial neighborhood development earlier this month. At a Sept. 10 meeting, Prospect Park Association members discussed changes to Vermillion's...

A cyclist rides down 5th Street Southeast in Dinkytown on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

UMN research to promote engagement, diversity in neighborhood groups

September 19, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers aim to promote engagement of diverse and underrepresented groups within the city’s neighborhoods associations.  The Neighborhoods 2020 plan will reshape how neighborhood...

Billy Werb, left, enjoys the company of other alumni at the East River Flats on Saturday, Sept. 14. Werb created signs urging other residents to speak up to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to continue to permit tailgating on football game days.

Park Board temporarily changes course on tailgating at East River Flats

September 15, 2019

Amid pushback from fans, a decision to limit parking and tailgating at East River Flats on Gophers football game days was temporarily reversed last month. The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board announced...

Demonstrators, two of which are from the group Free Chinese Feminists, stand outside the courtroom inside the Hennepin County Government Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The four were showing their support for Liu Jingyao on the first hearing of a civil case brought against Richard Liu.

Activists, UMN students show support for alleged Richard Liu victim

September 12, 2019

Members of a feminist group and University of Minnesota students showed support for a student and alleged rape victim of Chinese billionaire Richard Liu at a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 11.  The hearing...

Hailee Schievelbein

UMN program working to eliminate use of hazardous chemical ‘perc’ at dry cleaners

September 9, 2019

A University of Minnesota outreach program is working to eliminate the use of a hazardous chemical in dry cleaners in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota.  The Minneapolis City Council approved an...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

MPLS program tackles housing instability among public school students

September 5, 2019

An initiative aimed at promoting housing stability among Minneapolis Public Schools students entered its first full academic year as classes started this week. The Stable Homes Stable Schools program assists...

City program promotes ‘missing middle’ affordable housing

May 7, 2019

A new city of Minneapolis housing program aims to promote middle-sized housing complexes to encourage affordability and equity. Past zoning codes restricted the construction of middle-sized complexes,...

Filmmaker Sisco Omar poses for portrait before filming an interview on Wednesday, May 1 at the Bryan Coyle Center. Omar says that,

Film to bridge generational gaps in Cedar-Riverside

May 2, 2019

A short film about Cedar-Riverside aims to bridge cultural gaps between the community’s elders and youth and highlight positive stories in the neighborhood. Local artist Sisco Omar began filming last...

Hundreds of people attended Ahlan Amazon, an event held April 30 at Cedar-Riverside's Brian Coyle Center. Many meeting attendees were there to network with Amazon representatives and expand their partnership with the tech giant.

Cedar-Riverside workers aim to expand Amazon partnership

May 2, 2019

Cedar-Riverside community members met with Amazon representatives Tuesday with hopes of expanding the neighborhood’s relationship with the tech giant. Although Amazon has hosted previous events in Cedar-Riverside,...

Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame hears concerns about the Memorandum of Understanding at City Hall on Friday, April 19. The memorandum sets standards for using city funds to renovate public housing.

Plans for public housing renovations spark criticism

April 25, 2019

Amid criticism, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved protections for public housing residents Friday.  The measure comes as the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority plans to use Rental...

CLA names new commencement speaker

April 22, 2019

University of Minnesota creative writing professor Julie Schumacher will replace Jim Burke, producer of the Oscar-winning film “Green Book,” as the College of Liberal Arts' 2019 commencement speaker. According...

Mayor Jacob Frey speaks about sustainability and food justice during the Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum on Wednesday, April 17. Frey talked about access to affordable, locally grown food, utilizing community gardens and improving school lunches.

University researchers help shape citywide food action plan

April 19, 2019

Community members and University of Minnesota researchers are helping the City of Minneapolis develop a more sustainable food system.  Planning efforts for the Minneapolis Food Action Plan kicked...

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey answers questions from students at the Minnesota Student Association forum in Blegen Hall about issues that affect them and their peers on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

City makes recommendations on opioid epidemic

April 16, 2019

University of Minnesota medical providers and other community members helped shape City of Minneapolis recommendations to address opioid use.  The recommendations, which aim to address cultural and...

Samantha Pree-Stinson addresses concerns over plans to reduce the number of wards in Minneapolis during the City Council Charter Commission at City Hall on Wednesday, April 3. The change could affect who represents Minneapolis residents on the City Council.

Proposed City Council restructuring sees support and push-back

April 11, 2019

Amid pushback, a proposal to restructure representation within the Minneapolis City Council was rejected last week. The plan, presented to the Minneapolis City Charter Commission, would reduce the Council’s...

Mixed reactions from neighborhood groups on City proposal

April 8, 2019

Local neighborhood groups recently weighed in on a new City of Minneapolis funding framework that emphasizes diversity. Neighborhoods 2020 aims to promote diversity, transparency and collaboration between...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Census efforts target students, minorities

April 4, 2019

A year before the 2020 census begins, the City of Minneapolis and neighborhood groups near the University of Minnesota campus are promoting census participation among students, a traditionally hard-to-reach...

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

In aftermath of Christchurch shooting, local Muslims experience fear, support

March 28, 2019

A recent shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand sparked fear among Muslims in Cedar-Riverside and on campus, but community members said they have seen community support in the aftermath. The...

An aerial photo of I-94 taken in April 2018.

Project aims to reconnect local communities divided by Interstate 94

March 13, 2019

An ongoing project from the Minnesota Department of Transportation aims to use community input to guide future construction along Interstate 94 near the University of Minnesota and throughout the Twin...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

City looks to bolster renter protections

March 11, 2019

A proposed Minneapolis City Council policy discussed last week aims to change future City guidelines to be more centered on students and other renters.  The Renter-First Policy lays out a framework...

Parked cars along 12th Avenue Southeast in the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood. Auto thefts in Marcy-Holmes are up 38 percent from last year.

Safety concerns prompt officials to address Marcy-Holmes residents

March 2, 2019

Maria Sanchez, a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota, was in her Marcy-Holmes apartment one afternoon in January when she looked outside and saw a group of men running into her building...

City Council Member Abdi Warsame speaks during the United Black Legislative Caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Local leaders discuss policy issues in Cedar-Riverside

March 1, 2019

City, county and state representatives gathered in Cedar-Riverside Wednesday to outline their policy priorities and answer constituent questions. Topping the list of concerns were safety, public housing...

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey answers questions from students at the Minnesota Student Association forum in Blegen Hall about issues that affect them and their peers on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addresses student government

February 27, 2019

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey discussed student housing, among other policy issues, Tuesday at a Minnesota Student Association forum. During the meeting, Frey outlined his policy priorities before taking...

Electric bikes to roll onto campus this spring

February 19, 2019

A fleet of black electric-powered Nice Ride bikes will roll into docks on campus and across Minneapolis this April. The electric bikes, which were announced Feb. 7 during an event at the Graduate Hotel,...

Newly-elected Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz addresses the crowd at the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel in Saint Paul on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Governor Walz discusses policy amid protests on UMN campus

February 14, 2019

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz discussed his political priorities on campus Wednesday amid interruptions by protesters.   Walz talked about his upcoming biennial budget proposal, health care and education...

The UMPD building is open on East Bank campus.

Former UMN employee charged with theft

February 7, 2019

  A former University of Minnesota employee was charged Tuesday with allegedly buying dozens of computers with University funds and then reselling them, according a Hennepin County criminal complaint. A...

A group of eight police officers patrol on bikes through Dinkytown.

City plan to lay out future of transportation for UMN, Minneapolis

February 6, 2019

A new City of Minneapolis plan will lay out the future of transportation around campus and throughout Minneapolis.  The Transportation Action Plan has the potential to impact sidewalks, bike paths...

Ward 3 City Council Member Jacob Frey speaks to the crowd at his election party at Jefe Urban Hacienda in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

City implements policy to aid sexual assault survivors amid campus efforts

February 4, 2019

The Minneapolis Police Department adopted a new sexual assault reporting policy last month, mirroring similar efforts on campus.  The policy prevents MPD officers from citing sexual assault reporters...

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Cedar-Riverside gets new neighborhood group after funding issues

January 30, 2019

After months without a central neighborhood association in Cedar-Riverside, a newly restructured community group will meet next week for the first time.  The Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization...

Park near St. Anthony Main to receive $1 million investment

January 25, 2019

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is seeking input from students and other stakeholders for a $1 million renovation to a park near St. Anthony Main.  University of Minnesota students discussed...

City energy disclosure program aims to inform renters

January 23, 2019

With energy efficiency in mind, the Minneapolis City Council will introduce a measure next week requiring landlords to inform potential residents of a property’s utility costs.   Under the ordinance,...

The Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center as seen on Oct. 24, 2018. The Opportunity Center, which is now home to the city's small business team, will begin assisting residents once a month.

Trades program aims to broaden career options in Cedar-Riverside

December 10, 2018

The Minneapolis City Council approved a 2019 City budget allocation Wednesday for the Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center’s first-ever apprenticeship program. The pilot program will prepare participants...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN Design Center lays out new options for homeless in Minneapolis

December 6, 2018

New tiny houses for the homeless designed by researchers at the University of Minnesota could pop up around Minneapolis next year. Envision Community, a collaboration between Hennepin Healthcare and the...