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In the Know: Breaking Down the Us News.

In the Know: Episode 15

Published December 13, 2018

Some students at the University of Minnesota battle an invisible disease: diabetes. The Minnesota Daily sits down with one of our own to discuss how diabetes has impacted his life, as well as a new study...

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In the Know: Episode 14

Published December 6, 2018

Alexis Murillo, a University of Minnesota student in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Science, has worked with faculty and and peers to promote diversity in the agricultural college.  When...

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In the Know: Episode 13

Published November 29, 2018

Over the weekend, the Gophers brought home the axe when they beat the Badgers 37-15 on Saturday. This week's episode of "In the Know" discusses the game and shares the story of one life-long Gopher fan.

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In the Know: Episode 12

Published November 22, 2018

In this week's episode, University of Minnesota students and Minnesota Daily reporters respond to a new study that found Generation Z, or those aged 15 to 21, are the most stressed generation.  Dylan...

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In the Know: Episode 11

Published November 15, 2018

This episode dives into the University's recently filed motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former and current Gophers' football players, as well as a new student housing campaign. The Minnesota Daily's...

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In the Know: Episode 10

Published November 8, 2018

Tuesday's midterm elections will have long-lasting implications nationally, statewide and locally. In this episode, we dive into how students mobilized for the elections, election night and the results.

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In the Know: Episode 9

Published November 1, 2018

In this spooky episode of In the Know, Maraya King and Luke Diamond take a look at spooky University of Minnesota myths, legends and tall tales — with a little help from Daily reporters.

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In the Know: Episode 8

Published October 25, 2018

In this episode, In the Know discusses an international women in engineering conference held in Minneapolis over the weekend. With the underlying theme that being a woman in STEM isn't always easy, the...

In the Know: Breaking Down the Us News

In the Know: Episode 7

Published October 18, 2018

For the third year in a row, the University of Minnesota chapter of College Republicans had its Washington Avenue Bridge panel vandalized. This week's episode looks at the history, implications and context...

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In the Know: Episode 6

Published October 11, 2018

This week's episode of In the Know looks at a University of Minnesota professor's idea for a sustainable bug diet, as well as tuition waivers for Native American students on the Morris campus.

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In the Know: Episode 5

Published October 4, 2018

This week, the Minnesota Daily Podcast Producers talks with Lew Blank, a staff reporter, about a University of Minnesota class that designs and creates clothing for girls in an Uganda orphanage.

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In the Know: Episode 4

Published September 27, 2018

Minnesota Daily Podcast Producers Luke Diamond and Maraya King chatted with Emma Dill, a reporter on the city desk, and Liv Martin, an A&E reporter. They discuss crimes in the University of Minnesota...

In the Know: Breaking Down the Us News

In the Know: Episode 3

Published September 20, 2018

In this week's episode, Luke Diamond and Maraya King sit down with Austen Macalus, the higher education reporter for the Minnesota Daily to discuss the University of Minnesota's proposed policy, which...

In the Know: Breaking Down the Us News.

In the Know: Episode 2

Published September 13, 2018

Bella Dally-Steele, features reporter at the Minnesota Daily, joins producers Luke Diamond and Maraya King to discuss how a federal regulation impacts the distribution of scholarships to University of...

In the Know: Breaking Down the Us News.

In the Know: Episode 1

Published September 6, 2018

On this week's episode of "In the Know," we discuss University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's early resignation announcement with Minnesota Daily Campus Administration Editor Katrina Pross.

University of Minnesota alum Brendan Kramp poses beside art work he created in his studio at the Casket Art building on Sunday, July, 29. Brendan will be presenting his work at the Uptown Art Festival from August 3-5.

A&E’s guide to the annual Uptown Art Fair

Published July 31, 2018

The 55th annual Uptown Art Fair is just around the corner, and A&E is here to make sure you make the most of your weekend.   The art will, of course, bring Minnesotans from every lake and county...

No Brainer cover artwork

This week in music: A&E’s late contenders for song of the summer

Published July 30, 2018

The summer of 2018 has been full of highly-anticipated album releases, cryptic song lyrics and undeniable toe-tapping beats.  From Drake’s 25-track “Scorpion” to Father John Misty’s “God’s...

Culture Compass: Tacos, toe taps and tail-wagging doggos

Published July 27, 2018

Friday: Uptown Art Fair One of the most-attended events in Minnesota has finally arrived. Paintings, prints, jewelry and more will be on display throughout Uptown this weekend. Celebrate creativity, support...

Minneapolisl based illustrator Kelsey Oseids first book, What We See in The Stars, gives the reader a tour of the night sky through illustration.

Minneapolis couple creates art that aligns with their core values

Published July 24, 2018

Kelsey Oseid, illustrator, co-owner and namesake of Kelzuki, has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember. Her childhood was riddled with curiosity about the world around her — specifically,...

Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade

This week in movies: “Eighth Grade” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”

Published July 23, 2018

"Eighth Grade" In an A24 newsletter, comedian Bo Burnham urges viewers to see his directorial debut, “Eighth Grade,” in theaters. “We believe that this girl and her story deserve to be projected...

Culture compass: FREE summer fun — you’re welcome!

Published July 18, 2018

Friday: Atrium Art: DIY Painted Puzzles Puzzling is a time-tested hobby, from Ross Geller to Winston Bishop. This weekend you have the opportunity to create your own puzzle — for free! Even if puzzling...

Q&A: Author, professor and soon-to-be professional clown Sally Franson

Published July 17, 2018

Sally Franson sauntered into Studio 2, a coffee and wine bar she says is her "home away from home," Friday afternoon to fill A&E in on what she’s been up to since the release of her first novel.  “A...

From left, Alan Tse, Kelsey Oseid, Nick Wojciak, Parke Kunkle, Liz Placzek, Ryan Placzek and Craig Hergert

Street Style: Bell Museum grand opening

Published July 16, 2018

On Friday, the new Bell Museum's opening night brought out people of all ages, interests and — most importantly — styles.  With the recreation totaling almost three years and $79 million, this...

Sarah Komperud dials in a telescope from a cell phone to connect with the setting sun, with the goal of viewing sunspots.

Mammoth of a party at the Bell Museum’s opening night

Published July 14, 2018

After almost three years of planning, the Bell Museum’s new St. Paul digs officially opened with a bang on Friday night. With an estimated budget of $79 million, the new location boasts a planetarium,...

The Poster Factory, Untitled, 1970, screen print. Gift of University of Minnesota, Student Unions and Activities.

Dangerous, daring and on display: The Poster Factory, 1970

Published July 11, 2018

Coinciding with height of the Nixon administration and the Vietnam War, the 1970s were filled with fear, paranoia and unrest. While hordes of people took to the streets to voice their concerns, a small...

Illustration by Harry Steffenhagen

Farm to pantry: Minneapolis’ newest farmers market

Published July 3, 2018

Last Thursday, residents of Uptown, local vendors and Minnesotans alike gathered in the Mall Park for the opening night of the East Isles Farmers Market.  Located at 1420 The Mall, this market boasts...

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This week in music: New albums from Drake and Florence + the Machine

Published July 3, 2018

“High as Hope” Florence + the Machine’s fourth studio album tells the storied past of front-woman Florence Welch. With lyrics so brutally honest they could bring you to your knees, this is the group's...

Culture Compass: Water, the wild west and a women’s prison

Published July 2, 2018

Culture Compass Friday: Hamel Rodeo Yee-haw! Here’s your chance to grab some friends, break out your cowboy boots and toss a few back — all whilst cheering for your favorite steed. It’s not often...

A pride float progresses down the parade route.

At Twin Cities Pride Festival, rainbows and requests for reform

Published June 26, 2018

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans gathered at the Twin Cities Pride Festival to celebrate love and equality. And call for social justice. Starting on Saturday, Loring Park in downtown...

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Review: Panic! at the Disco’s “Pray for the Wicked” is giving us deja vu

Published June 25, 2018

Released on Friday, “Pray for the Wicked” is an homage to the successes and shortcomings of Panic! at the Disco and their frontman, Brendon Urie. The band's sound has been described as pop punk, alternative...

Culture compass: Drag queens, downtime and dermatology

Published June 20, 2018

Friday: Adult Night Out at the Zoo Who hasn’t thought about staying at the zoo after dark and playing with the animals? This Friday you can. With cocktails for purchase, no kids in sight and creatures...

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Review: “Incredibles 2” manages to meet sky-high expectations

Published June 18, 2018

After 14 anxious years, the Parr family has finally returned to the big screen to take on evildoers, strengthen family ties and remind us all of our youth. Directed by Brad Bird, this sequel does the impossible....

Father John Misty headlines Rock the Garden on Saturday, June 16.

Review: Rock the Garden was … adequately rocked

Published June 18, 2018

On Saturday, Minnesotans packed rain coats, sunscreen and reusable water bottles for the annual Rock the Garden music festival, hosted by the Walker Art Center and local radio station The Current.  The...

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Local musician poised for homecoming show at Rock the Garden

Published June 13, 2018

Homegrown Tennessee roots, Midwestern inspiration and a voice that sounds as if it's lived through one hundred lifetimes — this is Chastity Brown.  At the age of 12, Brown took up the saxophone....

Elton Garananga, left, Arthur Ramirez, Dan Gullman, Sammi Gullman and Abigail Gullman pose for portraits at Magers and Quinn bookstore on Saturday, June 9, in Minneapolis.

Street style: Well dressed, well read

Published June 12, 2018

On Saturday, Lit Crawl MN brought out the best dressed and most well read of Minneapolis.  The third annual Lit Crawl featured readings from local authors, hands-on workshops, Instagram competitions...

Culture compass: Parties, puppies and pride

Published June 7, 2018

Friday: Food Truck Friday There are only two Fridays left to capitalize on all the best mobile cuisine Minnesota has to offer. Whether you’re craving barbecue, Mexican, funnel cakes or mashed potatoes,...

Father John Mistys Gods Favorite Customer album cover

Review: Father John Misty’s album feels important — but is it?

Published June 6, 2018

Released last Friday, Father John Misty’s fourth album, “God’s Favorite Customer” is as captivating as it is cryptic. The same could be said about Josh Tillman, Father John Misty himself.  Father...

Sound Cloud rapper FLIP

The making of Minneapolis SoundCloud rapper FLIP

Published June 5, 2018

With tens of thousands of weekly Soundcloud streams, new tracks in the works and a summer full of networking, rapper FLIP is on the rise — probably. Jake Nicholas, the man behind the stage name and a...

Joe and Johannse, long time Purple Onion patrons, enjoy ice cream cones on the patio on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Joe and Johannes say they are excited for the new additions, ice cream and extended hours.

Ice cream has returned to campus. A&E has the scoop.

Published May 29, 2018

While we have a variety of campus cuisine at our fingertips from chicken to pizza to Al’s signature breakfast, there has been a drastic oversight until now.  Think Dairy Queen, Yogurt Lab and Chilly...

Culture compass: treats, snacks and delicacies

Published May 29, 2018

Friday: National Donut Day  Sometimes made-up holidays are just a silly excuse to post on Instagram. But when Glam Doll Donuts offers free donuts and new flavors, you might as well celebrate. The...

Illustration by Harry Steffenhagen

A&E’s guide to summer podcasts

Published May 29, 2018

Whether you’re spending your summer lounging by the pool, chasing after children or sitting behind a desk, you don’t have to fall victim to boredom.  You've probably heard of a few of these podcasts,...

Color is thrown into the air at the Holi Festival at East River Flats Park on Sunday, April 29.

UMN Holi Festival: the history behind the hues

Published April 30, 2018

Vibrant colors, echoing music, formerly-white t-shirts and centuries of tradition: this is the Holi festival. Yesterday afternoon, hundreds of students gathered to rejoice in the Hindu festival of colors....

Review: Post Malone’s new album lacks depth, but we still love it

Published April 29, 2018

Released Friday, Post Malone’s much anticipated album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” meets expectations, but nothing more. The album does not take a profound stance on societal issues, incite a call to...

Thriller, romance and suspense: a look at this year’s student film festival

Published April 26, 2018

Emoji-faced serial killers, Shakespearean love sagas and a remake of a 1980s music video — this is just a sampling of the movies debuted at the MinneCinema film festival.  On Friday, MinneCinema...

Culture compass: Relaxed reading and carnation creations

Published April 24, 2018

 Friday: Art in Bloom The 35th annual Art in Bloom festival will be at the Minneapolis Institute of Art this Friday. The festival features an abundance of fresh flowers and works of art that inspired...

Lil Yachty performs at Spring Jam on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Minneapolis.

Review: Spring Jam 2018 offered worthy respite from academics, cold weather

Published April 23, 2018

Spring Jam's festivities Saturday provided campus a mix of entertainment and respite at a critical point in this year's winter-weary semester.   From Instagram-worthy backdrops to beanbag lounge areas...

Illustration by Jane Borstad and Cedar Thomas

A&E’s guide to Spring Jam

Published April 19, 2018

The University of Minnesota will host Lil Yachty, Cashmere Cat and tons of other attractions this Saturday for Spring Jam. Parking lot 37, where the event takes place, can be hectic at times and hard to...

Editors and other staff members of The Tower meet and prepare for this years magazine launch in Lind Hall on Tuesday, April 17. The Towers 2018 art and literary magazine launches on Thursday night at the Wiseman Art Museum.

The Tower prepares to launch with its biggest edition yet

Published April 19, 2018

The Tower art and literary magazine has been publishing works created by University of Minnesota students since 2006 and debuts its 2018 edition Thursday at the Weisman Art Museum.  This year’s...

Stephanie Finchs phoenix made of all recycled materials, which won the grand prize, is displayed at the Art of Recycling Exhibition on Wednesday, April 11 at Coffman Union. The grand prize winner received a Tablet Pro.

‘Art of Recycling’ competition features piranha plants, poultry and plenty more

Published April 12, 2018

Yesterday, Coffman Great Hall was flooded with recycled materials come to life, a live band and free food for the annual Art of Recycling competition.  The contest, hosted by the Student Unions and...

Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place from Paramount Pictures.

Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ prompts screams and tears

Published April 9, 2018

“A Quiet Place” follows one family as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world ridden with demonic creatures attracted to sound.  Director and male lead, John Krasinski, plays the loving but stern...

Herb Johnson is a teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota and a regular competitor in local dance battles. Johnson currently teaches Urban & Street Dance Forms.

Dancer, McKnight fellow and artist: Herb Johnson

Published April 5, 2018

At the age of 13, Herb Johnson III began to take his dancing seriously after a classmate challenged the power of his moves.  Johnson, now 25, is a graduate of the Perpich Center for the Arts and a...

UMN club Art for Birds gives a big effort for their small subjects

Published March 29, 2018

Art for Birds at the University of Minnesota began in the fall of 2016 and has been saving lives ever since. The student group comprises activists and artists and paints and designs windows around campus...

Culture compass: Old hits, light tricks and mad riffs

Published March 27, 2018

Friday: She Rock She Rock Punk Jam She Rock She Rock — a nonprofit dedicated to empowering female-identifying individuals — is hosting a punk rock cover-jam. Joan Jett, The Runaways and The Cranberries...

Attendees hold up the the chuppah during the My Big Fat Jewish Wedding event at Day Block Event Center downtown on Thursday, March 22.

Inside the University of Minnesota’s biggest springtime wedding

Published March 26, 2018

An animated DJ, a candlelit aisle and 150 dapper, cocktail-toting college students made for the wedding of the semester.  Eli Singer, junior at the University of Minnesota and Lilly Shapiro, a sophomore,...

UMN graduates debut their first books

Published March 22, 2018

Three graduates of the Creative Writing MFA program will return to campus at the University of Minnesota to share their first-ever books.  Sally Franson, Jon Lurie and Isaac Butler will be at the...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

Wine, drones and scuba gear: plan fall semester accordingly

Published March 19, 2018

Registration for fall semester is quickly approaching at the University of Minnesota. Break up your usual course load with these eclectic classes. College is the perfect place to mix work and play, so...

COGS asks for accessible mental health data and instructor responsibility

Published March 8, 2018

A resolution written by graduate students at the University of Minnesota outlines the need for accessible data and clearer accountability. Last Thursday, the University’s Council of Graduate Students...

UMN grad students call for better sexual harassment reporting

Published March 5, 2018

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota are calling for more transparency from administration in reporting claims of sexual harassment.  The University’s Council of Graduate Students presented...

PSG candidates Sonya Ewert, Michael Sound and Alanna Pawlowski pose for portraits in Nils Hasselmo Hall on Feb. 19, 2018.

PSG candidates hold debate ahead of elections

Published February 27, 2018

Three candidates seeking presidency of the University of Minnesota’s Professional Student Government debated their platforms and ideas Monday night at Anderson Hall. Racism, sexual violence and interdisciplinary...

Parents and children from the University Child Development Center gather around Vice President of University Relations Matt Kramer in University President Eric Kalers office in Morrill Hall on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Graduate student government group advocates for University child care centers

Published February 22, 2018

Instead of engaging in marches and protests, the University of Minnesota’s Council of Graduate Students decided to advocate to keep on-campus child care through a written resolution. In late January,...

PSG and GOGS candidates, clockwise from top left: Jonathan Borowsky, Sean Chen, Scott Petty, Alanna Pawlowski, Ryan Machtmes, Sonya Ewert, Mike Sund.

Meet the presidential candidates for graduate and professional student governments

Published February 21, 2018

As student government elections are just weeks away at the University of Minnesota, seven candidates — an increase compared to participation in recent years — are ramping up their campaigns for two...

A Gopher Chauffeur driver makes their rounds on Feb. 5, 2012.

Gopher Chauffeur launches pilot program extending shuttle hours

Published February 13, 2018

Gopher Chauffeur is now available every night of the week — except Sundays — for free rides around campus.  Increased demand last semester for the University of Minnesota’s late-night shuttle,...

The Minnesota Student Association passed a resolution Tuesday night to advocate for immigrant students

MSA passes immigration policy change

Published February 8, 2018

To protect students who may be impacted by immigration policy changes, the Minnesota Student Association at the University of Minnesota passed a resolution Tuesday to advocate for their education. An MSA...

Audience members during a MSA forum on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

MSA Grants Committee budget decreases

Published February 7, 2018

Funding for student group event grants has been cut in half over the last two years at the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota Student Association’s Grants Committee is offering $45,000 in grants...

Candidates announced for MSA, PSG, COGS president and vice president

Published February 2, 2018

Wednesday was the last day for University of Minnesota students to file their candidacy to run in this year’s  student government elections. Recent years have seen lower turnout in attracting candidates,...

The 17th Avenue Residence Hall has signs posted on its entrance doors on Tuesday, Jan. 30. University of Minnesota residence halls will have heightened security during Super Bowl weekend. 17th Avenue Residence Hall will require all guests that dont live in the residence hall to sign in.

Security increases around dorms during Super Bowl week

Published January 31, 2018

Tensions are rising on the University of Minnesota campus as the Super Bowl brings fans, events and potential security threats to freshman dorms. Residence halls are preparing for an influx of people surrounding...

Deadline extended for hopeful student body representatives

Published January 25, 2018

The deadline to apply to be a student body representative at the University of Minnesota is quickly approaching, yet no one seems to be in a hurry.  The All-Campus Elections Commission is preparing...

Jeff McKinley, resident district manager for the Universitys food supplier Aramark, fields questions from MSA representatives about the Universitys dining contract during forum in Frasier 102 on Tuesday.

MSA seeks self-operated dining service

Published January 24, 2018

Instead of suggesting a new dining vendor at the University of Minnesota as the current contract approaches expiration, the Minnesota Student Association is pushing for a self-operated dining service. Along...

The intersection of South 4th Street and South 20th Avenue on West Bank.

UMN student robbed at gunpoint on West Bank

Published January 23, 2018

A University of Minnesota student was robbed at gunpoint outside Hanson Hall on West Bank Monday morning, according to a timely warning email sent by University of Minnesota police.  UMPD had arrested...

UMN student government leaders forecast goals for spring semester

Published January 18, 2018

As the spring semester begins, the Minnesota Student Association at the University of Minnesota plans to improve food, transportation, immigration and sexual assault awareness on campus. Additionally,...

Delta Upsilon, a fraternity that was vandalized on Friday, July 21, 2017, is seen on the same day in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

UMN Delta Upsilon chapter sprayed with graffiti

Published July 21, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Delta Upsilon house was found vandalized Friday after the chapter’s controversial return to campus.Fresh spray paint appeared on the house’s façade, where the chapter’s...

Students walk by the bus stop near Jones Hall in September, 2015.

Two robbed at knifepoint in separate incidents around University area Wednesday morning

Published July 20, 2017

Two robberies occurred early Wednesday morning, according to a University of Minnesota timely warning. The first happened at approximately 4:15 a.m. at the bus stop near Jones Hall on Pleasant Street...

The 10th Ave SE walking bridge is seen on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The bridge, used to cross 35W by cyclists and pedestrians, will undergo renovations in Spring 2018.

Most used pedestrian bridge in Minnesota set to be rebuilt

Published July 17, 2017

A heavily used pedestrian bridge that spans I-35W in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood is set to receive a much needed change.State officials will rebuild the Fifth Street Bridge, a popular trail for residents...

Two Minneapolis groups get federal funding to fight radicalization

Published July 7, 2017

Two Minnesota groups are receiving more than $700,000 in federal funds to fight radicalization with community efforts that have left many divided.Heartland Democracy and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s...

Prospect Park works on new garden

Published June 28, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Prospect Park neighborhood is moving through its goal to modernize its drearier side with community gardening.A new hanging garden — part of a larger neighborhood...

Kids enter the Brian Coyle community center on Thursday June 15, 2017.

West Bank organization works to improve early childhood education

Published June 20, 2017

A Cedar Riverside neighborhood organization has tried to jump-start childhood education with a grant it received last year.Since it received $68,000 grant from the Bush Foundation in June 2016, the Cedar...

The Southeast Library in Dinkytown, seen on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, is set to be renovated beginning in Summer 2018.

Large-scale renovation finally comes to Southeast Library

Published June 14, 2017

The underdog of Hennepin County libraries is set to receive a $12 million makeover.The Southeast Library, on the corner of Fourth Street and 13th Avenue, is set to receive a much-needed makeover nine years...

UMN Tretter Collection finds national recognition

Published June 8, 2017

In a corner space 84 feet beneath Andersen Library lies the University of Minnesota’s LGBT studies archival collection, the recent recipient of a national diversity award. The University’s Jean-Nickolaus...

Bikers ride beside crowded parking on both sides of SE 8th Street in Minneapolis.

Marcy bike lane stirs controversy between bikers and commuters

Published June 7, 2017

More than six years since its original proposal, a new bike lane in Marcy-Holmes will finally be realized — but not without some community opposition.While many students and renters in the Marcy-Holmes...

The Good Neighbor Fund has chosen the Dinkytown Business Alliance to be a recipient of a grant to help restore and seal murals in Dinkytown.

Fresh paint for Dinkytown murals

Published May 29, 2017

Dennis Anderson has cut hair in Dinkytown for 40 years. Every day, he walks past the famous and deteriorating Bob Dylan mural to work at the Hair Shaft on “Positively 4th Street.”The Dylan mural is...