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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

Published 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 buildings residents.

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Associations Crash Course conference.

West Bank workshop promotes sustainability, support for artists

Published 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 Witchs Hat Tower sits in Prospect Park on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Prospect Park withdraws from agreement in controversial development

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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, Everyone has a story to tell, and believes that the stories from the Cedar-Riverside community are best told from the perspective of the people who live there.

Film to bridge generational gaps in Cedar-Riverside

Published 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-Riversides 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 2019. Frey talked about access to affordable, locally grown food, utilizing community gardens and improving school lunches.

University researchers help shape citywide food action plan

Published 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 2019.

City makes recommendations on opioid epidemic

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 2019.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addresses student government

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 citys small business team, will begin assisting residents once a month.

Trades program aims to broaden career options in Cedar-Riverside

Published 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

Published 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...

City ID program could offer options for international, undocumented students

Published December 3, 2018

Amid concerns about data security, the Minneapolis City Council pushed forward a new municipal identification program last week that could make it easier for international and undocumented students to...

Local leaders uncertain about effort to increase police oversight

Published November 29, 2018

An amendment to give the Minneapolis City Council increased oversight over the Minneapolis Police Department has seen mixed reactions from local community leaders. A City task force will meet on Dec. 3...

A view of WaHu apartments on Jan. 15, 2017.

Tenant protection ordinance aims to preserve affordable housing

Published November 21, 2018

A new City of Minneapolis policy aims to protect tenants living in naturally occurring affordable housing, including more than 1,000 units near campus.  The ordinance, passed by City Council earlier...

Cedar-Riverside leaders advocate for youth funding in the face of budget cuts

Published November 12, 2018

As City budgets are finalized for next year, leaders in Cedar-Riverside say they will advocate for funding to solve a persistent lack youth programming in the neighborhood. Local leaders and youth attended...

University changes course on energy efficiency program

Published November 9, 2018

Amid public criticism from environmental groups and the City of Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota will remain in a statewide energy efficiency program.   On Wednesday, the University withdrew...

Democratic Candidate Mohamud Noor at his election party on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Mixed Blood Theater on West Bank. He was elected to represent the Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B.

After unsuccessful first bids, Noor takes House District 60B

Published November 7, 2018

In his third bid for office, prominent Cedar-Riverside figure Mohamud Noor won the Minnesota State House 60B seat Tuesday night, with 86 percent of the vote.  Noor, who currently serves as the executive...

The view where a Crown Hydro hydroelectric turbine would have been placed as seen on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Minneapolis. Xcel Energy terminated their contract with Crown Hydro, causing the planned turbine to be cancelled.

Amid City pushback, plans for hydroelectric power near St. Anthony Main fall short

Published November 5, 2018

Efforts to build a hydroelectric turbine near St. Anthony Main hit a major roadblock late last month when its grant funding and contract were terminated, a move that was applauded by city leaders.  Xcel...

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

Cedar-Riverside mothers and youth meet to discuss community issues

Published November 1, 2018

Attendees crowded inside the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center last Saturday as Somali youth held their first organized meeting to discuss community issues on the West Bank. The youth meetings have stemmed...

Police respond to arson in Marcy-Holmes

Published October 23, 2018

The University of Minnesota Police Department and the Minneapolis Police Department responded to a reported arson incident and multiple thefts on and around campus this week. MPD officers responded to...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

Neighborhood watch group aims to inform students about local crime

Published October 16, 2018

Students living in neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota will be able to more easily access crime statistics when Gopher Watch, an off-campus watch group, launches next month. The group will...

Increase in reported sexual assaults, according to University safety report

Published October 11, 2018

Annual reports of on-campus sexual assault have steadily increased since 2015, according to the University of Minnesota’s 2018 Safety and Security Report. The report, released late last month, shows...

Police respond to robbery in Dinkytown

Published October 10, 2018

The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department officers responded to reports of three robberies, an assault and other crimes on and around campus this week. MPD responded...

Todd Gramenz addresses the crowd at a demonstration put on by Students for a Democratic Society. The event, held on Thursday, Oct. 4 outside of Coffman Memorial Union, opposed Brett Kavanaughs nomination to the Supreme Court.

Students protest ahead of Kavanaugh vote

Published October 5, 2018

Around 40 people gathered outside Coffman Union on Thursday evening to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The protest, organized by the University of Minnesota’s...

Recent shootings don’t point to an increase in crime, officials say

Published September 27, 2018

Despite a fatal shooting on West Bank during the first week of the school year and violent crime reports in Marcy-Holmes, campus crime rates this September don't point to an upward trend.  Both violent...

Minneapolis police respond to a stabbing near campus

Published September 26, 2018

 The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department responded to reports of an assault, a stabbing and burglary this week. The report of a stabbing brought MPD to M Health...

UMPD Officer Josh Betts holds a narcan nasal spray kit on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in Minneapolis. The kit can be used for emergency treatment of opioid overdose.

University police to equip officers with Narcan

Published September 18, 2018

University of Minnesota police will begin carrying naloxone, a narcotic overdose-reversing drug, this week in hopes of keeping students and those passing through campus safe. The University of Minnesota...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

MPD responds to Marcy-Holmes shooting

Published September 12, 2018

The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department have responded to reports of a shooting, thefts and attempted assault in the past week.  A shooting on the 400 block...

A police car patrols University Avenue near TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

UMPD responds to uptick in crime during University Welcome Week

Published September 10, 2018

Students and faculty returned to campus last week, leading to an uptick in crime from the summer months, according to University of Minnesota officials.  The University of Minnesota Police Department...

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro speaks in the Northstar Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center on Monday, Feb. 26. The speech drew a crowd of dozens of protestors in opposition to Shapiros presence on campus.

University responds to Ben Shapiro venue lawsuit

Published September 3, 2018

The University of Minnesota filed a motion late last month to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the school discriminated against conservative views when hosting speaker Ben Shapiro in February. The lawsuit...

UMPD responds to Saturday night robbery and assault

Published August 27, 2018

A robbery and assault was reported on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Saturday evening, according to a University of Minnesota Police Department timely warning. UMPD responded to the incident...

Sina Shirinpour, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, poses for a portrait inside Nils Hasselmo Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Originally from Tehran, Iran, his residence in the U.S. is affected by the Supreme Courts ruling of the new travel travel ban. 

Travel ban keeps international students from family, education

Published December 14, 2017

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect amid legal debate will make it more difficult for some international University of Minnesota students...

Jared Rubinstein, a grad student in the Department of Horticultural Sciences places a sign next to a tree on Thursday, Nov. 30 on the St. Paul campus. The signs have information about the specific tree they are placed in front of as well as a QR link to more information. 

Trees on UMN St. Paul campus receive recognition

Published December 6, 2017

Around 80 trees on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus now have their own labels that identify their names, native environments and distinctive characteristics. The labels, which were fully installed...

UMN researchers add meditation to recovery toolbox

Published November 29, 2017

University of Minnesota professors are looking to meditation as a tool for patients recovering from heart attacks or cardiac surgeries. Though in its preliminary stages, the research found abnormally high...