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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

October 3, 2018

A community of public housing townhomes in the Prospect Park neighborhood will be the site of a first-of-its-kind maintenance program in the coming year as part of ongoing investments. Glendale Townhomes,...

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

September 26, 2018

Following the death of a 19-year-old University of Minnesota student last October, residents of Southeast Como are at an impasse for improving the safety of a segment of railroad tracks through the neighborhood. Questions...

Minneapolis program protects naturally-occurring affordable housing

September 20, 2018

A Minneapolis program that incentivizes landlords to retain affordable housing will have a prominent presence in the University area.  The 4d Pilot Initiative gives landlords a tax break if they restrict...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

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

September 13, 2018

A pilot program matching mental health professionals with police officers could broaden and find permanence after a successful year-long run. The proposed 2019 Minneapolis budget could expand the mental...

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

September 10, 2018

Plans set forth for a 132-acre park cutting through the University of Minnesota campus will preserve and improve green space with an aim to draw more visitors to the area. The Mississippi Gorge Regional...

Dayshawn Brown uses his phone to pay for a ride on a Lime electric scooter in downtown Minneapolis.

Scooters swoop onto campus

September 6, 2018

Dockless electric scooters descended on the Twin Cities nearly two months ago, and now the University of Minnesota is looking to work with the companies that operate them.  Bird scooters came to Minneapolis...

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.

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

September 5, 2018

The City of Minneapolis is taking a community-centered approach to address the opioid crisis by bringing together experts and community members, including those from the University of Minnesota. The Mayor’s...

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

August 2, 2018

An oral history project will work with University of Minnesota students in coming months to interview elders in the area and feature personal historical accounts of life in Southeast Minneapolis neighborhoods.  The...

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

July 25, 2018

The ongoing Pioneer Hall renovations will bring a new dining hall ready to serve the University of Minnesota's 2,800 Superblock students. Renovations of the 88-year-old dormitory will include a new consolidated...

A rare photo of West Bank icon, Marsha Harvey and her partner, Chester, sits on a table at Palmer's Bar on Thursday, July 19. Harvey, who was well known for playing violin on the Washington Avenue Bridge and frequenting the Hard Time's 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

July 23, 2018

Walking across the Washington Avenue Bridge, University of Minnesota students could often hear the faint sounds of a violin echoing off West Bank campus buildings.  But earlier this summer, the music...

The University of Minnesota Fieldhouse is seen on Monday, July 16.

University Field House to see $7.4 million in renovations

July 19, 2018

A long-awaited facelift is slated for the University of Minnesota Field House, completely altering the exterior façade and bringing updates to the inside.  A $7.4 million renovation for the Field...

University-area neighborhoods respond to Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan

July 18, 2018

As the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan community feedback deadline draws near, neighborhoods, including those around the University of Minnesota, are giving feedback about the overarching draft. The Minneapolis...

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

July 11, 2018

A sizable portion of industrial land on the north side of Prospect Park is rife with obstacles to development amidst the patchwork of ownership in the sparse, overgrown region. The area north of University...

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

July 11, 2018

After nearly three months without an executive director, Southeast Como Improvement Association’s hunt to fill the position has landed on a University of Minnesota alumnus. Alex Farrell graduated from...

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

July 3, 2018

Major security upgrades are coming to a government-funded apartment complex in Cedar-Riverside to address resident safety concerns. An $825,000 security project will add secured entryways, an updated security...

Courtesy of John Ellerd

Malcolm Yards development to be a community within Prospect Park neighborhood

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

June 27, 2018

A subsidiary of the University of Minnesota Foundation recently purchased multiple parcels of land in Stadium Village to build on their vision of a “gateway” from the University to the broader community. The...

Lima Ahmad, 8, asks her older sister about different countries on a map at the History Center's new

Minnesota History Center exhibit celebrates Somali culture

June 25, 2018

An exhibit featuring profiles of notable Somali residents, traditional artifacts and poetry highlighting East African culture in Minnesota opened last weekend in St. Paul. The "Somalis + Minnesota" exhibit,...

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

June 19, 2018

Two University-area bridges are facing structural deterioration, resulting in changes that will affect campus commuting and navigation. The 10th Avenue Bridge is experiencing deterioration of its concrete,...

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

June 14, 2018

Despite immense support and quick movement through the Minnesota State Senate, a bill meant to protect renters’ rights never reached the House floor in the previous legislative session. The bill, chief...

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

June 12, 2018

At the end of the year, neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota will lose nearly half of their funding from a TCF Bank Stadium endowment, which many use for arts and community projects.  The...

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.

Witch’s Hat height dictates new development

June 7, 2018

The height of a new apartment in Prospect Park has drawn concern from residents who fear the neighborhood’s iconic Witch’s Hat Tower will not stand out amid heavy development.  The Prospect Park...

A rendering of The Pillars of Prospect Park, a new senior living complex.

Prospect Park development to offer senior-living, childcare

June 4, 2018

A new senior-living complex in Prospect Park beginning construction this week aims to fill a gap in childcare shortages while employing University of Minnesota students.  The Pillars of Prospect Park...

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

June 1, 2018

Phase one of a $2.8 million dollar improvement process is underway in Cedar-Riverside’s Currie Park. Currie Park, which is adjacent to Riverside Plaza in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, is beginning...

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

May 31, 2018

With DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s approval of the bonding bill Wednesday, the iconic Stone Arch Bridge received $1 million in repair funding, a small fraction of what the Minnesota Department of Transportation...

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

May 3, 2018

A proposal created by three Carlson MBA students aims to combat the opioid epidemic in the Twin Cities area by treating the issue like a contagious disease rather than a criminal issue. Elisha Friesema,...

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

April 26, 2018

Despite an influx of luxury apartments near the University of Minnesota, a local developer has expanded its campus presence by building more affordable, cooperative housing complexes. Riverton Community...

Korean fried chicken restaurant coming to Dinkytown

April 19, 2018

A new Korean fried chicken restaurant is moving into the heart of Dinkytown this summer, taking over the previous location of Vescio’s Italian Restaurant. Bonchon is an international Korean fried chicken...

A rendering shows Elmwood Properties' new apartment building planned for 1040 Como Avenue.

Four-story apartment building proposed for southeast Como

April 16, 2018

A new apartment proposed for development in southeast Como would bring dozens of studio and one-bedroom units to the neighborhood. The four-story, 52-unit building, developed by Elmwood Properties, would...

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

April 12, 2018

Scores of college students turn to drugs each year to manage coursework and other stressors. Two University of Minnesota seniors have created an all-natural supplement to boost cognitive function without...

A rendering shows the planned exterior renovation of the Dinkytown McDonald's.

Dinkytown McDonald’s could get major remodel

April 9, 2018

A decades-old Dinkytown business could get a major facelift. The neighborhood’s McDonald’s, built in 1962, is looking to remodel its aging exterior, add another drive-thru order point and push toward...

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

April 2, 2018

As areas around the University of Minnesota continue to develop, neighborhood organizations are saving funds to ensure local parks and green spaces are preserved. A Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board...

Proposed Minneapolis zoning overhaul could alter campus housing landscape

March 29, 2018

Four-unit apartment buildings could appear in residential neighborhoods near the University of Minnesota if a proposed city zoning overhaul gains momentum. The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a...