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The Vicinity Apartments, one of several apartments in Minneapolis providing short-term rentals, is seen on Monday, July 29.

Minneapolis ordinance would crack down on short-term rentals

July 31, 2019

A new city ordinance would limit short-term rentals, primarily Airbnbs, in Minneapolis.  Following resident concerns and city pushback against short-term rentals in a downtown Minneapolis apartment,...

Aurin Chowdhury discusses renters' rights at a Marcy Holmes renters' rights meeting at the First Congregational Church of Minnesota on Thursday, July 25. 

Marcy-Holmes renters’ rights meeting highlights resident concerns, new ordinances

July 27, 2019

University-area renters shared experiences and concerns about living in the campus area at a neighborhood meeting Thursday night. The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association hosted the meeting with University...

A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

Former University of Minnesota football players appeal discrimination lawsuit dismissal

July 24, 2019

Former University of Minnesota football players filed an appeal Wednesday after their discrimination lawsuit against the school was dismissed by a judge in June. A notice of the dismissal was filed June...

The Somali House, a structure made of sticks and held together by various forms of weaving, is fixed by Cedar Riverside resident Ayan Isaq on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Minneapolis. The house serves as a space for Somali people to gather and experience Somali culture.

Cedar-Riverside program furthers work to reduce social isolation

July 24, 2019

Cedar-Riverside community leaders are using grant money to foster community for women living in affordable housing. The grant, awarded through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, provides...

A light rail Green Line train crosses University Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday night. According to Metro Transit, there has been about $3 billion in development along the Green Line corridor since construction began in 2010.

Mudslide closes East River Parkway, halts light rail service near UMN

July 17, 2019

Following heavy rains, a mudslide near the University of Minnesota campus has caused delays and closures. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was alerted to the mudslide along the Mississippi River...

Hennepin County officials identify missing man seen near UMN campus

July 16, 2019

Update: The man has been identified with the help of the public, according to a tweet Tuesday from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, but no further information has been released.  The Hennepin...

A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank on Thursday, June 21.

University police respond to robbery near campus

July 13, 2019

A robbery was reported near the Knoll area around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, according to a campus-wide timely warning. After approaching the victim, two suspects allegedly attempted to take the victim’s...

A sign for the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Minnesota hangs near the West Bank light rail station in April 2019.

New state wage theft law sheds light on local employees

July 9, 2019

As a new state law tackling wage theft goes into effect, local employees and officials are speaking out about the issue.   The law, effective July 1, requires employers to keep and provide more records...

A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank on Thursday, June 21.

Robbery reported near Anderson Hall on West Bank

July 9, 2019

A robbery occurred near Anderson Hall on West Bank around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, according to a campus-wide timely warning alert sent out Monday night. No weapons were involved. The suspect was last seen...

Marcy-Holmes looks to expand borders, inclusivity

July 8, 2019

The areas that make up Marcy-Holmes could change in the future as the neighborhood association looks to expand the area's borders. The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) has allowed some non-residents,...

Deanna Baxter laughs at a song request at Sporty's Pub and Grill on Wednesday, June 26 for karaoke night. Sporty's closed its doors for good on Sunday, June 30.

Meet Sporty’s longtime ‘karaoke mom’

July 3, 2019

Last month’s news that Sporty’s Pub and Grill would close at the end of June sparked reactions from many loyal customers, in part due to connections they’ve developed with staff.  Deanna Baxter,...

The Gopher football team huddles during a time out on Saturday, Sept. 15 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Judge dismisses Gophers football players’ discrimination lawsuit

June 25, 2019

A judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against the University of Minnesota filed by former and current Gophers football players. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank filed to grant the University’s...

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

Prospect Park residents look to conserve neighborhood layout

June 25, 2019

Concerns about rapid development in Prospect Park have inspired efforts to preserve the existing layout of the neighborhood. Members of the Prospect Park Association (PPA) will meet with city staff Wednesday...

Businesses on Como Avenue are seen on Saturday, June 15 in Minneapolis.

Egg rolls, burgers and fries to add flavor to Southeast Como

June 19, 2019

Two new restaurants are opening in Southeast Como this summer, bringing Thai and pub food to the busy, student-filled neighborhood. Family-owned Thai Cuisine Xpress is expected to open in early July in...

A sign for the Sportsmen's Inn hangs inside of Sporty's Pub and Grill on Como Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday, June 17.

Sporty’s Pub and Grill in Como closing at the end of the month

June 19, 2019

Sporty’s Pub and Grill, a longtime haunt in Southeast Como, is closing this summer to make way for a new restaurant. The bar's last day of operation will be June 30, said owner Chris Chistopherson. A...

Allen Christian, Abdirahman Mukhtar, Faisal Khalif and Abdinajib Ibrahim talk about the community investment in young adults at the House of Balls in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 8.

Cedar-Riverside art initiative connects community, youth with mentors

June 11, 2019

Cedar-Riverside leaders and residents are using art to counteract negative perceptions of the neighborhood and bring community members together. The Connecting Community project, with support from Springboard...

Provost Karen Hanson addresses the opening of the

Search committee selected for executive vice president and provost position

May 10, 2019

Incoming University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced members of a search committee for the school’s next executive vice president and provost in a campus-wide email Friday. The committee is...

Student app to highlight history of UMN campus area

April 30, 2019

University of Minnesota students developed an app to give users a tour of a “gateway” to campus areas recently purchased by the University of Minnesota Foundation. Voy: Audio Tour for Everyday Places,...

Legislative forum highlights district policy concerns

April 30, 2019

Local state lawmakers met with constituents at a forum near the University of Minnesota campus Sunday to discuss policy issues relevant to community members in the University-area district. Sen. Kari Dziedzic,...

A view of deteriorated concrete areas of columns, beams and arches of the 10th Ave SE Bridge on Friday, June 15.

10th Avenue Bridge repairs expected to start in the fall

April 29, 2019

The city of Minneapolis has finalized plans for repairs to the 10th Avenue Bridge, with construction expected to begin this fall. Once contract details are solidified, construction will close the bridge...

Kinesiology senior Jared Antilla watches over the crowd from a balcony at the Sssdude-Fest Block Party on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

MPD, University offices work to prevent large Spring Jam gatherings

April 25, 2019

The Minneapolis Police Department is working with local organizations to discourage large gatherings in Dinkytown during Spring Jam after activities in past years prompted concern. MPD, the University...

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

UMPD responds to report of women being grabbed

April 17, 2019

The University of Minnesota Police Department responded to a report of three female victims being grabbed by two men near the Knoll area Tuesday night, according to a campuswide email. Just before 10 p.m.,...

Minneapolis businesses prepare for ban on certain plastics

April 16, 2019

Modifications to an existing City of Minneapolis ordinance would ban certain containers found in many local coffee shops and restaurants.  The Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance, or Green...

MPD seeks University funding for safety initiatives

April 3, 2019

The Minneapolis Police Department is gathering support for a proposal to use University of Minnesota funding to promote safety around campus. Proposals for the Good Neighbor Fund, which was created by...

Marcy-Holmes bylaw change could better include business owners, renters

April 2, 2019

New Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association bylaws could make the organization more accessible to business owners and renters, members say.  The revised policy opens up membership to nonresident property...

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...

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

Residents voice concern over West Bank livability initiative

March 25, 2019

A proposed neighborhood livability initiative is seeing pushback from Cedar Riverside residents concerned with its cost. The movement to classify West Bank as a special services district aims to promote...

MSA presidential candidate, Mina Kian, and vice presidential candidate, Jael Kerandi, pose for a portrait on Saturday, March 9 at Coffman Union.

Kian, Kerandi win MSA election

March 19, 2019

All student governments will have new leadership in the 2019-20 school year, as the All Campus Elections Commission's announced election results Monday night. Mina Kian and Jael Kerandi won the Minnesota...

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.

Movement to preserve Prospect Park public housing sees pushback

March 13, 2019

A motion to designate an affordable housing complex in Prospect Park as historic has been met with pushback from City of Minneapolis officials. Glendale Townhomes, the oldest properties owned by the Minneapolis...

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association committee of urban design meets at the Purple Onion on Wednesday, March 6.

Student-led Marcy-Holmes committee to focus on neighborhood design

March 11, 2019

A student-led Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association committee met for the first time last week to hear from residents about potential design and infrastructure improvements in the neighborhood. An infrastructure...

Freelance interpreters Ahmed Hassan, AK Hassan, Suad Muse and Huda Mire pose for a portrait outside of the Hiawatha Business Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, March 6.

State bill could impact local healthcare interpreters

March 7, 2019

A bill that aims to promote more training for health care interpreters has received pushback from local professionals. The legislation would provide more resources for interpreters and would rank individuals...

Two children walk past police cars parked outside Riverside Plaza on Monday, March 19.

One dead after shooting in Cedar-Riverside

March 2, 2019

One person died after a shooting in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood Friday night. Police responded to reports of gun shots at the 300 block of Cedar Avenue, according to a Minneapolis Police Department...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Urban farming to come to Marcy-Holmes

February 25, 2019

The newly active Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association environmental committee shared urban farming plans last week that would add to a growing movement of community farming in the Twin Cities. The urban...

Suzanne Sanglewicz, spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, spoke to students at Tate Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 19 about the gun rights organization. The event was hosted by the group Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow.

UMN student group hosts NRA presentation and recruitment opportunity

February 20, 2019

A member of the National Rifle Association presented to University of Minnesota students Tuesday evening, providing information about the organization and giving students an opportunity to join. Suzanne...

Abdul Omari listens to Law School Dean Garry Jenkins during the University's Board of Regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Lawmakers forward five candidates for the Board of Regents

February 19, 2019

House and Senate higher education committees voted Monday to forward five University of Minnesota Board of Regents candidates for consideration in the upcoming election. The seats up for election are the...

Abdul Omari listens to Law School Dean Garry Jenkins during the University's Board of Regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Regents review future purchase of University Village

February 13, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents reviewed a potential purchase of the University Village apartments Thursday, which members said could help preserve affordable rents.  University Village,...

Senator Amy Klobuchar announces her 2020 presidential bid on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Boom Island Park in Northeast Minneapolis.

Amy Klobuchar announces presidential campaign

February 10, 2019

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., formally announced a presidential run Sunday in Minneapolis, making her one of a growing number of female candidates in the democratic primary race.  Klobuchar, who gained...

Visitors celebrate at the top of Witch's Hat Tower on Saturday, June 1. Built in 1913, Witch's Hat Tower has been a major landmark in Minneapolis for generations. New developments have been proposed near Prospect Park, and the Prospect Park Association is concerned that the height of developments will block the view from the tower.

Prospect Park residents sue developer over Witch’s Hat tower view

February 7, 2019

A lawsuit is underway claiming that a development is encroaching on the Witch’s Hat Tower view, and some neighborhood residents want to know who is involved in the litigation. Friends of Tower Hill Park,...

Jess Pilarski and Jesse Justice's car is let go after it was attempted to be towed outside Subway in Dinkytown.

Study examines Minneapolis areas with high risk for crashes

February 4, 2019

A recent City of Minneapolis traffic accident study examined high-risk areas in the city but left some areas unaddressed, officials say.  The Vision Zero Crash study — presented to a City Council...

Construction employees work on the Marcy-Holmes General Mills renovation near St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The renovation project is currently in its second phase of construction.

Marcy-Holmes task force aims to inform residents on developments

February 1, 2019

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association approved a task force earlier this month with the hope of better informing community members about developments in the historic St. Anthony Falls area.  The...

Rosemary Williams, vice president of the Soap Factory's board, poses for a portrait in the empty art non profit on Monday, Jan. 21. The The Soap Factory, which occupies the historic National Purity Soap Factory, is more than $2 million in debt.

Soap Factory faces millions in debt, loss of building

January 24, 2019

The Soap Factory in Marcy-Holmes faces an uncertain future as it struggles to pay off millions of dollars in debt.  The art venue currently owes around $1.2 million to an investment firm after attempting...

Tina Smith hugs a supporter during the DFL election party in Saint Paul on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Sen. Tina Smith visits campus to meet with UMN officials impacted by shutdown

January 23, 2019

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., met with school officials Tuesday to discuss the government shutdown’s impacts on University of Minnesota research and services. Representatives from departments like One Stop...

Marcy-Holmes looks to inform residents about local crime through block club program.

January 23, 2019

Community members will evaluate a block club program aimed at improving safety in Marcy-Holmes at an upcoming neighborhood meeting.  Block club leaders keep in contact with police and inform residents...

The Stone Arch Bridge as seen on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Intel and MnDOT will be using drones to evaluate the bridge and any repairs it may need.

Drone technology used to maintain historic Stone Arch Bridge

December 13, 2018

Old is meeting new in Minneapolis as modern technology is being implemented to maintain a historic site. Intel publicly announced its plan to use drones to inspect the Stone Arch Bridge earlier this month...

A new food court will be built at the food court at 330 15th Ave SE.

Food court-style dining coming to Dinkytown

December 6, 2018

A food court opening in Dinkytown this summer will bring 10 new restaurants to the area. The location for University Food Court at 330 15th Ave. SE is currently undergoing demolitions, but restaurant owners...

Towerside project draws heat from Met Council

December 3, 2018

A Prospect Park project aimed at providing energy-efficient heating and cooling was recently shot down by the Metropolitan Council. The Towerside Sewer Thermal Energy Recovery potential project, also known...

Burrito Loco Owner John Park poses in his restaurant on Sunday, Nov 24. Park recently bought the restaurant and will bring Korean flavors to the new menu.

New Burrito Loco owner hopes to reimagine Dinkytown restaurant

November 26, 2018

Burrito Loco in Dinkytown will see a revamped menu and atmosphere under a new owner.  The restaurant and bar was bought from owner Greg Pillsbury by John Park on Nov. 20. Park plans to introduce new...

Two campus-area apartments sell for tens of millions of dollars

November 19, 2018

Two University of Minnesota area apartments have changed ownership in the past month, selling for tens of millions of dollars.   The 44 North apartments in Prospect Park sold to Harrison Street real...

Owner of Wally's and Hideaway, Wally Sakallah, stands in the doorway of the space that was to be Cosmic Bean Dispensary. Construction is currently underway inside the building, which is next to Hideaway.

Proposed CBD coffee shop in Dinkytown faces legal problems

November 12, 2018

After announcing plans to open last month, a Dinkytown coffee shop selling CBD-infused drinks has been met with legal pushback.  Hideaway and Wally’s Falafel and Hummus owner Wally Sakallah originally...

A rendering for the 1101 Hennepin Ave E development

Como development gains support in growing commercial district

November 6, 2018

A residential development in a Southeast Como commercial corridor has garnered resident support, despite safety and affordability concerns.   The 1101 Hennepin Ave. E. development includes five floors,...