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J.D. Duggan

J.D. Duggan, City Editor

Name: J.D. Duggan
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @JDugganMN

J.D. is the city desk editor at the Minnesota Daily. J.D. has covered every city beat offered at the Daily and has also worked as campus administration editor, podcast reporter and a features writer over the last two years. Before starting at the Daily, J.D. reported primarily on Minneapolis protests and activist movements. J.D. has a dumb, yet lovable, cat named Smokey, enjoys ghost stories and writing music.

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Maintenance initiatives come to public housing units in Prospect Park

by J.D. Duggan
Published October 3, 2018
A preventative maintenance program will introduce an efficient, data-driven approach to an aging public housing community.
A BNSF Railway Company freight train passes by an unofficial railroad crossing in Como on Monday, Sept. 24. Despite a death last October and an injury at the site in August, neither the city nor BNSF has put up a fence or more signs that encourage safety.

Tragedy on Como train tracks prompts slow solutions

by J.D. Duggan
Published September 26, 2018
After two people were hit by trains within a year, with at least one ending in death, the City and Southeast Como community have struggled to find safety responses.

Minneapolis program protects naturally-occurring affordable housing

by J.D. Duggan
Published September 20, 2018
The 4d Pilot Initiative offers tax incentives to retain affordable housing, with 68 units identified in Marcy-Holmes.
Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

MPD program could bring mental health professionals to the 1st Precinct

by J.D. Duggan
Published September 13, 2018
As part of the proposed City budget, a program matching mental health professionals with officers will come to the 1st Precinct, which includes Cedar-Riverside.
Bohemian Flats Park is seen on Friday, Sept. 8. The Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan is underway, so the Minneapolis Park Board is taking suggestions from the public on what needs to change or stay the same.

Park Board master plan lays framework for nearby green spaces

by J.D. Duggan
Published September 10, 2018
The Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan covers a wide range of parks along the river, mapping out the next two decades of improvements.
Dayshawn Brown uses his phone to pay for a ride on a Lime electric scooter in downtown Minneapolis.

Scooters swoop onto campus

by J.D. Duggan
Published September 6, 2018
Bird and Lime scooters came to Minneapolis in mid-July, and the University of Minnesota is currently in discussions about usage on campus.
Mayor Jacob Frey speaks about affordable housing at a community event at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center in North Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 15 2018.

Mayor’s opioid task force hopes to curb crisis through community support

by J.D. Duggan
Published September 5, 2018
The task force, which includes University of Minnesota experts, is currently drafting policies for the 2020 City budget.
Lydia McAnerney poses for a portrait at Prospect Park Water Tower. Lydia apart of Southeast Seniors, is interviewing public members to get stories of community life in Marcy-Holmes, SE Como and Prospect Park neighborhoods.

Oral history project will feature elders’ accounts of neighborhoods through time

by J.D. Duggan
Published August 2, 2018
Neighborhood Memories, a project by Southeast Seniors, will see University students interview neighborhood seniors.
A view inside Centennial Dining Hall on Tuesday, July, 24. Centennial Dining Hall will be closing and replaced by renovations of Pioneer Dining Hall.

Pioneer renovations bringing centralized dining location for Superblock students

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 25, 2018
After closing Centennial's dining hall in fall 2019, Pioneer Hall will be the only dining facility for Superblock's 2,800 students.
A rare photo of West Bank icon, Marsha Harvey and her partner, Chester, sits on a table at Palmers Bar on Thursday, July 19. Harvey, who was well known for playing violin on the Washington Avenue Bridge and frequenting the Hard Times Cafe on West Bank, was found dead in her home underneath the Tenth Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis on Memorial Day weekend.

Long-time West Bank figures are remembered

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 23, 2018
A memorial for Marsha Harvey, a violinist and wanderer in the West Bank community, and her partner Chester was held at Palmer's Bar on Thursday.
The University of Minnesota Fieldhouse is seen on Monday, July 16.

University Field House to see $7.4 million in renovations

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 19, 2018
The upgrades will bring the facility up to NCAA-level standards for track and field competition.

University-area neighborhoods respond to Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 18, 2018
The neighborhood organizations addressed concerns of accessibility and density for the draft-phase of the City of Minneapolis' guiding plan.
Among a host of dead end streets and unused railroad tracks, urban ruins of former industrial businesses are situated throughout Prospect Park North.

Prospect Park’s ‘wild frontier’ sees interest, development amidst challenges

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 11, 2018
The empty expanse of industrial land on the north side of Prospect Park is garnering a resurgence of attention as development gains steam.
University graduate and new executive director of the Southeast Como Improvement Association, Alex Farrell, poses for a photo in Van Cleve Park on Tuesday, July 10.

New executive director arrives in Southeast Como

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 11, 2018
University alumnus Alex Farrell is taking on executive director role for the neighborhood association while pursing his master's degree.
The Cedar High Apartments are seen on Monday, July 2 in Minneapolis. The apartment community will soon have $825,000 of heightened security upgrades.

Large-scale security upgrades in store for Cedar-Riverside apartment complex

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 3, 2018
Upgrades totaling $825,000 will be installed in coming weeks for the Cedar High Apartments in response to security concerns from last year.
Courtesy of John Ellerd

Malcolm Yards development to be a community within Prospect Park neighborhood

by J.D. Duggan
Published July 3, 2018

An ambitious development in Prospect Park will create a new neighborhood within a neighborhood, offering mixed-income housing along with an urban food hall and commercial space. Malcolm Yards, a long-planned...

Stadium Village Plaza on June 26. The University of Minnesota Foundation recently purchased the plaza.

Purchased lots in Stadium Village could be first steps to new neighborhood

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 27, 2018
The parcels that include Stadium Village Plaza, Stub and Herb's and others were purchased by the University of Minnesota Foundation.
Lima Ahmad, 8, asks her older sister about different countries on a map at the History Centers new Somalis + Minnesota exhibit on Saturday, June 23 in Saint Paul.

Minnesota History Center exhibit celebrates Somali culture

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 25, 2018
The "Somalis + Minnesota" exhibit offers personal perspectives of the Somali experience within Minnesota and features traditional culture and artifacts.
A view of deteriorated concrete areas of columns, beams and arches of the 10th Ave SE Bridge on Friday, June 15.

Two University-area bridges face closure and rehabilitation due to disrepair

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 19, 2018
The 10th Avenue Bridge is planning an upcoming rehabilitation, while the University suspension pedestrian bridge may face permanent closure.
Prime Place Apartments, recently re-branded as The Arrow Apartments, seen under construction on Sunday, Nov. 12. 

Renters’ rights bill could see new life in next legislative session

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 14, 2018
A bill that aims to protect student renters never reached a House vote in the last legislative session.
The Good Neighbor Fund, created in 2007 with money from the University, provides grants for various projects including one to preserve the murals in Dinkytown. Pictured is a mural on 4th Street SE on Monday, June 11.

Neighborhood funding reduced by MN United relocation

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 12, 2018
The Minnesota United FC move out of TCF Bank Stadium means a decrease of $25,000 in funding for community projects.
Visitors celebrate at the top of Witchs Hat Tower on Saturday, June 1. Built in 1913, Witchs 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.

Witch’s Hat height dictates new development

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 7, 2018
A petition by residents of Prospect Park in response a proposed development aims to ensure an unobscured view of the iconic landmark.
A rendering of The Pillars of Prospect Park, a new senior living complex.

Prospect Park development to offer senior-living, childcare

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 4, 2018
The Pillars of Prospect Park will help the University of Minnesota combat childcare shortages while employing students.
Currie Park is seen on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Park Board is making improvements to the park such as converting the wading pool into a splash pad and upgrading the playground.

Community engagement drives Currie Park improvements

by J.D. Duggan
Published June 1, 2018
New improvements are underway in the Cedar-Riverside mainstay with a major focus on community involvement.
The Stone Arch Bridge is seen on May 26, 2018 in Minneapolis. The 135-year-old bridge received $1 million in repair funding from the state bonding bill.

Dayton approves funding for Stone Arch Bridge to delay closure

by J.D. Duggan
Published May 31, 2018
The Stone Arch Bridge will receive $1 million from the state bonding bill after requesting $13 million for repairs.
Elisha Friesema, Stephen Palmquist and Prachi Bawaskar pose for a portrait in Carlson School of Management on Tuesday, May 1.

Carlson students seek to combat opioid addiction through social support

by J.D. Duggan
Published May 3, 2018
The CEASE program would treat addiction like a contagious disease, attacking the root of the issue.
Riverton Community Housing Leasing Manager Joe Goetzke, who has worked for the co-op housing organization since 2011, poses for a portrait outside The Chateau on Tuesday, April 24 in Dinkytown. Riverton is opening a new co-op housing site in the former Bunge Tower grain elevator.

Riverton Community Housing expands presence near campus

by J.D. Duggan
Published April 26, 2018
The developer will open its newest co-op style apartments in Southeast Como next year.

Korean fried chicken restaurant coming to Dinkytown

by J.D. Duggan
Published April 19, 2018
An international restaurant chain will move into Dinkytown by late summer.
A rendering shows Elmwood Properties new apartment building planned for 1040 Como Avenue.

Four-story apartment building proposed for southeast Como

by J.D. Duggan
Published April 16, 2018
The development would mainly feature studio and one-bedroom units.
Students Shoubhik Sinha and Andrew Koblas pose for a portrait on Monday, April 9 at the Carlson School of Management. The two partnered up in their Entrepreneurship in Action course to form a business selling NeurOwl, a supplement that combines caffeine and L-theanine to produce five hours of jitter-free energy.

UMN students create natural alternative to Adderall

by J.D. Duggan
Published April 12, 2018
Two student entrepreneurs hope to hit the market running with an all-natural supplement to improve focus and cognition.
A rendering shows the planned exterior renovation of the Dinkytown McDonalds.

Dinkytown McDonald’s could get major remodel

by J.D. Duggan
Published April 9, 2018
The exterior of the decades-old Dinkytown business would get a major revamp if plans move forward.
The Spectrum Apartments & Townhomes, as pictured on April 1, completed construction in 2017. Under city code, developers must pay park dedication fees to neighborhood organizations for projects planned after January 2014.

UMN neighborhoods use park fees to preserve green space while welcoming development

by J.D. Duggan
Published April 2, 2018
Neighborhood organizations have amassed thousands in park dedication fees due to incoming development.

Proposed Minneapolis zoning overhaul could alter campus housing landscape

by J.D. Duggan
Published March 29, 2018
A comprehensive plan released by the City of Minneapolis could bring "fourplexes" to residential neighborhoods across the city.

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