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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Joy Petersen

Grandma’s restaurant will close its doors on Minneapolis’ west bank

Published May 2, 2008

Server and bartender Whitney Peterson said she knew her employer, Grandma's Saloon and Grill, had been purchased last year. The political science junior said the company was leasing the location from the...

Homeless find helping hands at convention center

Published April 29, 2008

Peceta Williams waited in line at the Minneapolis Convention Center, not for a usual event like a boating expo or a car show. Instead, she waited for education on housing - a thing she currently doesn't...

Study shows Minnesota rent highest in Midwest

Published April 25, 2008

Students renting houses in the University area have something in common with renters statewide - they're paying the most in the Midwest. The National Low Income Housing Coalition announced April 7 that...

Greek organizations lobby for tax breaks

Published April 15, 2008

Fraternity and sorority members head to alumni when looking for contributions to improve their houses, but large donations aren't tax deductible - something sorority and fraternity organizations are trying...

Sigma Pi fraternity to receive chapter status

Published April 11, 2008

Like many other fraternities, Sigma Pi has a fraternity house on University Avenue, participates in homecoming and welcome-week activities and hosts charity events. However, Saturday marks the first day...

‘Good Neighbor’ grants give aid for stadium preparations

Published April 1, 2008

TCF Bank Stadium will be able to seat the largest crowds the University has had in a while, but it's the University-area neighborhoods that will feel the effects of the visiting population. In preparation...

Multicultural fraternity hosts scholarship pageant

Published March 31, 2008

Miss Teen USA South Carolina went down in infamy for her verbal stumble in the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant, perhaps displaying her appearance more than her intellect. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s...

Local church holds sunrise Easter service

Published March 24, 2008

Many in the Prospect Park neighborhood were still asleep at sunrise on Sunday, but nearly 50 community members gathered to take part in a long-standing tradition. For the past 35 years, the Prospect Park...

Grants aim to reduce graffiti presence in Minneapolis

Published March 13, 2008

The space above the awning of Kafé 421 and Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown is currently home to artwork that's become familiar in area neighborhoods: graffiti. While Dinkytown has made efforts to clean...

Partnership to improve U’s wireless network

Published March 12, 2008

The University and California-based Trapeze Networks have teamed up to deploy one of the largest wireless Internet networks in the country. The network, which will cover both the Minneapolis and St. Paul...

Workshops try to make city more bikeable

Published February 29, 2008

Bearded, clothing-layered and spattered with mud: These are the characteristics of Minneapolis biker Steve Cayford. "There are some really hardcore bikers," Cayford, a Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public...

Sorority celebrates 100th anniversary

Published February 12, 2008

Monday night meetings at the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority bring the career woman and the domestic woman together, but when Julie Miller pledged as a sorority member in the 1960s, it was etiquette. Miller...

CPED markets north side to U graduates

Published January 28, 2008

When senior nursing major Brittany Rall went on a scavenger hunt in north Minneapolis for a health care class, she said she didn't get a good "vibe" about the area. Rall said she is moving to Uptown upon...

Local bars, restaurants deal with costs of recycling

Published December 10, 2007

While campus-area bars go through hundreds of recyclable bottles of alcohol each weekend night, the final destination of those empty bottles isn't always a recycling plant. Allied Waste, a large waste-management...

Utility allowances bring students unexpected costs

Published December 4, 2007

Many housing complexes surrounding the University area include utilities in their rent which pay for water, heat and electricity. But some of these complexes cover only up to an allotted amount in utility...

University neighborhoods less affected by foreclosures

Published November 29, 2007

While campus-area landlords might find themselves in disputes with residents, one positive thing they generally have going for them is low-interest mortgages that protect them from foreclosure. Though...

Star Tribune Metro sections rezoning not OK with some

Published November 27, 2007

When Kit Hadley withdrew from her position of Minneapolis library chief Thursday, Prospect Park community members weren't informed - at least, not by their newspaper. The Minneapolis Star Tribune rezoned...

New housing on University Ave. offers suite-style living

Published November 20, 2007

When University sophomore Morgan Tomsche began her college experience, she was anxious about meeting her roommate. "I was really nervous and apprehensive to whether or not we would get along or not, and...

House directors vital to greek home life

Published November 16, 2007

As a father of five, grandfather of 12 and a former lumberjack, Marv Skogen, 67, is one tough cookie - but not like the ones he bakes for the men who live in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on...

Good Neighbor Agreements make companies lower harmful emissions

Published November 12, 2007

When Southeast Como Improvement Association environmental committee member Jake Jacobi began improving his neighborhood's environment 15 years ago, he was worried area companies wouldn't be willing to...

Campus fraternities go for corporate sponsorships

Published November 9, 2007

Corporate sponsorships from energy drink companies have enlisted fraternity members in the "Monster Army" to "party like a rock star." Fraternities, like Alpha Tau Omega and Sigma Pi, have joined the promotions...

‘Art of Caring’ to benefit student-run Phillips neighborhood clinic

Published November 7, 2007

Many times, church basements provide space for meetings, pot luck dinners and nursery care, but the Oliver Presbyterian Church in south Minneapolis hosts a free clinic run by University health-care students. In...

FCC to limit cable contracts in large-scale housing

Published November 5, 2007

U.S. apartment dwellers, including many University students, will soon have the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of their own cable provider. The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday...

CURA students survey U impact on surrounding area

Published November 1, 2007

University graduate students from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs received some hands-on experience recently when they participated in a study about the impact of the University on surrounding...

Prospect Park applies for historic status

Published October 23, 2007

With the hope of preserving the character of the Prospect Park neighborhood, the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association is in the process of applying for national historic district status...

Como, U consider byway routes

Published October 19, 2007

The Southeast Como neighborhood held a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the possible routes for the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. The byway project...

Homeowners question U’s Block 11

Published October 17, 2007

In February, the University bought four lots located at Oak and Fulton streets Southeast on the block known to the University as "Block 11." Since the purchase, multifamily complexes have been leveled...

Lacking city funds, NRP can’t complete neighborhood improvement projects

Published October 16, 2007

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program, created in 1989 to revitalize the aesthetics of Minneapolis neighborhoods, is under reconstruction due to lack of funding from the city of Minneapolis. Money isn't...

Delinquent landlords restricted

Published October 12, 2007

Come January, delinquent landlords unwilling to pay settlements to renters are in for a change. A new addition to Minneapolis' ordinance on landlord licenses, which will go into effect Jan. 1, will require...