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The app Parkpoolr founders are conduct a test run during an event at Allianz Field on Saturday, May 4. The founders hope to expand the company to other events like the Minnesota State Fair or during Gopher football games.

UMN student’s startup helps address parking problems

May 6, 2019

A University of Minnesota student recently helped launched a website aimed at alleviating parking shortages at big events.  ParkPoolr allows renters, homeowners and business owners to host their parking...

Knoll Area to get major infrastructure upgrade

April 29, 2019

The oldest spot on the University of Minnesota campus is about to receive major improvements. The Knoll area, located in the northwest corner of East Bank campus, will receive major utility and road upgrades...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Plans to charge fee on plastic bags underway in Minneapolis

April 22, 2019

Minneapolis is moving ahead with efforts that would require residents pay a fee on paper and plastic bags after previous pushback from the state. Ward 2 City Council member Cam Gordon announced plans earlier...

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.

Man stabbed after altercation near campus

April 17, 2019

One man is in custody after allegedly stabbing another man near the University of Minnesota campus Wednesday afternoon. Police were called to the Metro Green Line Station in Prospect Park after a verbal...

Chinese billionaire Richard Liu, who was accused of rape by a University of Minnesota student. The charges include sexual assault, battery and false imprisonment.

UMN student sues Chinese billionaire Richard Liu, alleging rape

April 17, 2019

A University of Minnesota student filed a lawsuit accusing Chinese billionaire Richard Liu of sexual assault last summer, according to a complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday. The...

UMN student files lawsuit against Richard Liu,

April 16, 2019

A University of Minnesota student filed a lawsuit against Chinese billionaire Richard Liu and his company,, Tuesday, alleging he sexually assaulted her last summer. The woman accused Liu of encouraging...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

University students scramble to find summer subleasers

April 15, 2019

University of Minnesota sophomore Anna Sibley plans to return home to Wisconsin after the semester ends. But first, she must find someone to take over her lease for the summer. Sibley is one of a number...

Sexual assault advocate Abby Honold speaks to a crowd on East Bank on April 18.

City aims to implement victim-centered sexual assault policies

April 11, 2019

A new policy aims to make sexual assault investigations in Minneapolis more victim-centered. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo rolled out a new set...

The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center as seen on Friday, April 5 in Minneapolis. The opportunity center is one of the venues participating near the University that is participating in Tech Month.

Tech month kicks into gear in local communities

April 8, 2019

A City of Minneapolis initiative aims to engage the public with the tech industry this month through a series of events.  Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey recently designated April as the City’s inaugural...

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.

Citywide event to open up buildings around UMN

April 1, 2019

An upcoming event will offer the public a behind-the-scenes look at the culture and history of Minneapolis buildings.  More than 100 venues will participate in Doors Open Minneapolis May 18 and 19....

Jaemi Hagen speaks during

Local employees discuss gender identity at UMN workshop

March 27, 2019

Twin Cities business leaders and employees gathered at an event at the Carlson School of Management Tuesday to discuss gender identity and expression in the workplace.  “He, She and They: Understanding...

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Proposed Irish microdistillery hopes to strike luck in Prospect Park

March 25, 2019

A family-run microdistillery specializing in Irish whiskey could be coming to Prospect Park. Dubbed the O’Shaughnessy Distillery, the proposed two-level development will produce whiskey and a variety...

Sencha Tea Bar in Stadium Village to close in May

March 11, 2019

A Stadium Village hotspot for bubble tea is expected to close its doors in the coming months.  Sencha Tea Bar, located on 825 Washington Ave. SE., will close by the end of May. Owner Brian Friese...

Professor Susanna Blumenthal, a member of the task force for evaluating the names of four buildings on campus, speaks during

Student governments host panel with task force on Coffman renaming

March 7, 2019

Members of different student government bodies and the task force charged with reviewing the names of four University of Minnesota buildings gathered Wednesday evening. Minnesota Student Association, Council...

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

Federal tax incentive program may affect Cedar-Riverside

March 6, 2019

A federal program that incentivizes developers to invest in poorer communities has spurred concerns about gentrification in Cedar-Riverside.   Passed by Congress in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017,...

Pedestrians walk through Dinkytown on Oct. 13, 2017. Business owners in the neighborhood are pushing for more security cameras in an effort to stem crime in the area.

Greater Dinkytown Project aims to engage students with the community

March 4, 2019

A recent update to a Marcy-Holmes project that seeks to develop Dinkytown reveals residents desire a stronger connection to the community.  The project, titled A Road Map for the Future of Greater...

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro speaks in the Northstar Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center on Monday, Feb. 26. The speech drew a crowd of dozens of protestors in opposition to Shapiro's presence on campus.

Shapiro lawsuit against UMN partially moves forward

February 27, 2019

A U.S. district judge is allowing part of conservative speaker Ben Shapiro’s freedom of speech lawsuit against the University of Minnesota to proceed. Judge Susan Richard Nelson partially granted the...

A batch of pasties sits on display on Friday, Feb. 22 at Lands End Pasty Company in Dinkytown. Earl and his nephew, Pete Jacobson, will compete in the World Pasty Championships for the first time since opening their shop in June of 2014.

Lands End Pasty Company to compete in world competition

February 26, 2019

A Dinkytown restaurant known for its savory, meaty pies will represent the state in an international food competition for the first time.  The Lands End Pasty Company will compete in the World Pasty...

HealthPartners facilitated a presentation to educate health practitioners about health equity at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 21. HealthPartners Institute is partnering with Mixed Blood to find ways to bridge the cultural gap between medical providers and the community.

Health care providers discuss cultural barriers in Cedar-Riverside

February 22, 2019

Health care providers gathered Thursday as part of an effort to bridge the cultural gap between themselves and patients in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The event, hosted by Mixed Blood Theatre and...

A photograph of local rhythm and blues legend Willie Murphy at his memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Community gathers to honor West Bank music icon

February 19, 2019

Community members shared laughter and shed tears over the weekend while paying tribute to a West Bank rhythm and blues icon.  Willie Murphy, a celebrated musician, songwriter and producer, died on...

Bun Mi Sandwiches to open new location in Dinkytown

February 18, 2019

A co-founder of Bun Mi Sandwiches, a campus staple, has plans to reopen the eatery in Dinkytown after the former location in Stadium Village shut down two years ago.   Re-branded as Bánh Appétit,...

Andrew Swisher, who graduated from the University in 2018, poses for a portrait in downtown Minneapolis on Feb. 8. Swisher created Bibliate, a website that condenses  and summarizes scholarly articles that is similar to

New website simplifies scholarly articles

February 12, 2019

Current and former University of Minnesota students are hoping to create a “SparkNotes” for scholarly articles with a new website.  Bibliate is a subscription-based online tool that rehashes and...

Thomas Magnon poses for a portrait on his front porch near Dinkytown on Monday, Feb. 4. Magnon and the other residents of several properties on the 1200 block of 4th Street SE, many of which are students, will be forced to move out on Feb. 28.

New Dinkytown development leaves students with one month to vacate

February 7, 2019

An upcoming development in Dinkytown has left some tenants scrambling after it notified residents they have to move out by the end of the month.  The City of Minneapolis approved a six-story, 114-unit...

Jackie Smith, 26, burns leaves outside of her apartment just north of the West Bank campus on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Her building is part of a cluster of townhouses that will be undergoing rehabilitation in 2018.

Another shutdown may affect affordable housing near UMN

January 31, 2019

Nonprofit developers near the University of Minnesota may face uncertain funding if the federal government shuts down again after the three week temporary opening. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

A Pad Thai meal is displayed in one of Simpls' downtown locations. The new location will open at 712 Washington Ave SE.

New Stadium Village restaurant to offer green options

January 24, 2019

A fast-casual restaurant with an environmental cause is slated to open in Stadium Village next month.   Co-founded by University of Minnesota alumni Ryan Rosenthal and Michael von Fange, SIMPLS will...

Board of Regent candidates meet with legislators and alumni

January 24, 2019

Candidates vying for the University of Minnesota Board of Regent’s four open seats gathered at the State Office Building in St. Paul Wednesday to address their platforms. The University of Minnesota...