The Minnesota Daily

All content by Nicholas Studenski
Senior Tyler Tracy takes notes during the Minnesota Cup semi-finalist workshop on Wednesday. Tracy's company, GoSolar! Kids, attempts to enlighten and teach kids about solar energy.

Student businesses thrive in competition

July 2, 2014

Last year alone, University of Minnesota students launched at least 25 businesses, bolstered by guidance and funds from the school’s entrepreneurship courses and programs. In the same year, University...

Dinkytown hotel plans revived, under new developer

July 2, 2014

About two months after Doran Companies’ Dinkytown hotel proposal was put on hold by a city-ordered historical designation study, a new developer has plans to build a hotel on the same block that...

Riverton proposed a new development  on the northwest corner of 4th street and 13th avenue.

New co-op housing proposed in Dinkytown

June 18, 2014

As much campus-area development continues with luxury student housing, one developer is looking to expand its model of community over amenities. Riverton Community Housing, which owns six properties near...

Some local businesses hurt after Green Line construction

June 18, 2014

About a week before large crowds gathered to celebrate the opening of the Green Line light rail, one business along the train filed for bankruptcy. “The construction really hurt,” said Dave...

Reporter’s notebook: Dinkytown hotel plans move forward, but with new developer

June 15, 2014

Ward 3 Councilman Jacob Frey said the city will release plans next week for a hotel on the site of the Mesa Pizza building in Dinkytown, which was recently purchased by a yet-unknown developer. Doran...

Renewed Bell Museum on the way to St. Paul

June 11, 2014

Expanded space and a new planetarium are now in the cards for the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History, thanks to the state’s recent help with setting aside funding. The...

Williams arena gets new roof

June 10, 2014

The University of Minnesota issued a request for proposal to replace the roof of the University's Williams Arena this February. Three companies bid on the project, and the contract was awarded to M.A....

U facilities, local business ahead of new recycling law

June 4, 2014

As the state mandates a new recycling law, University of Minnesota and local business employees say their programs are already ahead of the curve. Last month, Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation that will...

Burrito Loco manager and delivery driver Patrick Sandoz and delivery driver Cody Allen prepare food for two deliveries on Tuesday afternoon. Owner Greg Pillsbury said the restaurant's staff work hard to deliver as much food as possible, but still struggle to comply with a city law that requires 60% of revenue to come from food.

Minneapolis may loosen liquor laws

June 4, 2014

Since Burrito Loco Bar and Grill’s debut more than a decade ago, owner Greg Pillsbury said food sales have increased every year. Still, the Dinkytown establishment struggles to comply with a...

Development slowed by disagreement, city code

May 28, 2014

When it comes to new development, neighborhoods, developers and the city of Minneapolis aren’t always on the same page. Clashes over changes to neighborhoods and complex city code can sometimes slow...

Minneapolis expands mobile grocery stores

May 28, 2014

Mobile grocery stores could soon provide an oasis for food deserts in parts of Minneapolis. The City Council voted last Friday to expand an ordinance allowing mobile grocery stores in Minneapolis to sell...

Minneapolis bans foam containers

May 27, 2014

The Minneapolis city council unanimously approved an ordinance Friday banning the use of polystyrene food containers. The ban comes after a goal set by the city to become "zero waste," meaning...

The evidence locker

May 7, 2014

University of Minnesota police confiscate everything from drugs to musical instruments, and they store it all in the property room of the Transportation and Safety Building. Most items fall into the categories...

University police send crime alert for armed robbery on West Bank

May 2, 2014

University of Minnesota police sent an email crime alert on Friday describing a robbery that happened on the West Bank. The victim of the robbery was not a University student. According to the alert,...

Spring Jam sees minimal crime uptick

April 29, 2014

Minneapolis and University police filed reports for more than 25 alcohol-related incidents in the University of Minnesota area over the weekend. Minneapolis police spokesman Scott Seroka said there was...

After riot, cops prep for typical Spring Jam

April 24, 2014

For campus police during this weekend’s Spring Jam, it’ll be business as usual. Following the raucous incidents earlier this month during the NCAA Frozen Four hockey tournament, University...

Five cars stolen in U area

April 22, 2014

Police didn’t report more narcotics cases than usual on 4/20, a day often celebrated by smoking marijuana. Minneapolis police public information officer John Elder said he didn’t notice an...

Wheelock responds to riotous activity in Dinkytown

April 18, 2014

Vice President for University Services Pam Wheelock on Friday sent the most extensive response from a University of Minnesota administrator to the riotous activity in Dinkytown last week following...

Deliveryman robbed at gunpoint outside Lunds

April 15, 2014

Land O’Lakes truck driver Carlos Sinche was making a delivery to the Lunds store on University and Central avenues southeast at about 5 a.m. Friday when two men approached him and asked for his money. Sinche...

Reporter’s Notebook: UMPD ride-along

April 9, 2014

Here are a few things that didn’t make it into Monday’s ride along story. ·         When asked what the coolest thing he’s done as a University...

Alumnus carjacked in Marcy-Holmes

April 8, 2014

A University of Minnesota alumnus’s car was stolen at gunpoint near the intersection of Second Street Southeast and Eighth Avenue Southeast in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood Sunday night. After parking...

UMPD officer Dan Farrar pulls over driver with expired tabs, Friday evening.

A night out with U police

April 7, 2014

As students flocked to Dinkytown on Friday night, their eager shouts and laughter were audible through the cracked window of what Daniel Farrar calls his office — a Ford Police Interceptor. While...

Campus crime dips in spring

April 3, 2014

Following a spike in crime last fall that worried students, administrators and legislators, the number of violent crimes near campus this spring is far below that of previous years. While police and administrators...

Undercover bouncer nabs dance floor phone thief

April 1, 2014

On the dance floor at Blarney Pub and Grill early Sunday morning, Augsburg College student Tina Angok’s phone was stolen from her purse. Blarney security monitor Kyle Andersen said he was watching...

Campus sees less crime during spring break

March 25, 2014

With many students off campus for spring break last week, crime took a vacation, too. Aside from a handful of thefts and minor crimes, campus was quiet, except for an incident the morning after St....

U alumnus joins UMPD

March 13, 2014

Chris Fonseca has known that he wanted to be a police officer since high school. Since graduating with a degree in sociology of law, criminology and deviance in 2004, the idea of becoming a University...

U prof arrested for alleged child pornography

March 11, 2014

FBI special agents arrested a University of Minnesota faculty member Friday morning following accusations of child exploitation. A warrant for the arrest of Woody Dale Branton, an associate professor...

Suspect arrested in apparent homicide in Southeast Como

March 10, 2014

Police arrested a suspect in an apparent homicide in the Southeast Como neighborhood Saturday morning, according to a Minneapolis police report.  Police responded to a call at about 12:45 a.m. at...

Two alleged FloCo burglars arrested

March 5, 2014

On Saturday, University of Minnesota police apprehended two men who allegedly had burglarized FloCo Fusion apartments the week before. Apartment management emailed security camera photos of the alleged...

Students’ Prospect Park apartment burglarized

March 4, 2014

Two University of Minnesota students were the victims of a burglary at University Commons on Thursday. Minnesota English Language Program student Fahad Al-Sawafi returned home at about 9:45 p.m. to find...

Apartment thefts spur online manhunt

February 25, 2014

A string of burglaries hit FloCo Fusion apartments in Marcy-Holmes late Friday night. The crimes prompted speculation on social media, with students posting photos of alleged suspects on Facebook and Twitter...

Dinkytown couple’s car stolen in chase

February 19, 2014

A Dinkytown couple was the victim of a vehicle theft Monday morning. When they left their house for work Monday morning, Dinkytown resident Mariza Fleming and her husband noticed their car pulling away. Fleming...

Two people walk in the Gopher Way near Nolte Hall on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. The University updated the tunnels in the 1990s to make it easier to navigate, but students say they still have difficulty using them.

Gophers prefer crossing campus above ground

February 18, 2014

Despite their burrowing namesake, few University of Minnesota students use the school’s Gopher Way tunnel and skyway system. Students who do use it say they like the tunnel system because it’s...

Up-to-date Minneapolis crime data now available online

February 13, 2014

The Minneapolis Police Department recently announced a new service that allows citizens to view crime data online. The service, called RAIDSONLINE, was provided to the city of Minneapolis for free, and...

Student’s lanyard stolen from Smith Hall

February 11, 2014

A University student was the victim of a theft in Smith Hall on Thursday. Biology, society and environment freshman Jennifer Chudoba said she hung her coat and backpack in the hall during her chemistry...

Demolished rubble lies where the Cedar-Riverside building burned on Jan. 1 in Minneapolis, Minn.

No easy relief for fire victims

February 5, 2014

Cedar-Riverside residents are still struggling to readjust after a fire destroyed a building and killed three in the heart of the neighborhood last month. Fourteen people were injured in the fire the morning...

Student robbed at gunpoint in January

February 4, 2014

A University of Minnesota student was robbed at gunpoint in Marcy-Holmes last month. Multiple suspects stole cash from the student on Jan. 25 at about 7 p.m., then fled the scene of the crime — 12th...

West Bank locks up

February 3, 2014

Starting Monday, buildings on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank will have limited access. University Services Vice President Pamela Wheelock sent an email to University students, faculty and...

A panel of University faculty, student leaders and Minneapolis officials look and discuss statistics of crime that happens on and around the University's Twin Cities campus Tuesday afternoon at McNamara Alumni Center.

Admins, local officials talk safety strategies

January 29, 2014

In the wake of an uptick in violent crime on and near the University of Minnesota campus, administrators, state and community officials and student leaders are piecing together ways to improve campus safety. One...

Thieves steal phones from parties

January 28, 2014

House parties near campus saw a string of thefts this weekend. At least five thefts were reported to Minneapolis police last weekend in the Marcy-Holmes and Southeast Como neighborhoods. Philosophy and...

Alumna’s stolen ID used on FAFSA

January 27, 2014

A former University of Minnesota student’s identity was used to apply for a $20,000 loan she didn’t request to pay for classes that were never attended. Michaela Menigo, a 2010 alumna, filed...

Computer science freshman Austin Anderson swipes his U Card to get to his dorm in Territorial Hall on Tuesday morning.

In February, some buildings will up security

January 23, 2014

The University of Minnesota will be closing some of its doors in response to violent crime on and near campus. Vice President for University Services Pamela Wheelock released details of the University’s...

Kitty Corner Café burglars only get away with change

January 22, 2014

Kitty Corner Café owner Zuhal Sari arrived at her restaurant Sunday morning to find the cash register open and change on the floor, according to a Minneapolis police report. Sari said two...

University student robbed at gunpoint

December 13, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was the victim of an armed robbery in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood Dec. 11, according to an email crime alert sent by University Police Chief Greg Hestness to faculty,...

Police determine two November sexual assaults unrelated

December 12, 2013

Minneapolis police have determined the two sexual assaults in late November are not connected, according to an email statement Minneapolis police Public Information Officer Cyndi Barrington sent Thursday....

Student assaulted in Marcy-Holmes

December 10, 2013

Jacob Heffernan was walking to his Marcy-Holmes apartment early Sunday morning when a man shouted a derogatory term, ran at him and head-butted him. Heffernan, a biomedical engineering sophomore, said...

Man assaulted, robbed outside University Village

December 3, 2013

Minneapolis Institute of Arts student Zechariah Jones was waiting for the bus outside University Village apartments Saturday morning when two men robbed and assaulted him, according to a Minneapolis police...

Man robbed outside University Village

December 2, 2013

A man was robbed Saturday morning at 8:45 at a bus stop outside University Village, according to an email crime alert sent by University police Chief Greg Hestness Monday. According to the alert, the victim...

Student sexually assaulted by police impersonator

November 25, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted by a man impersonating a police officer early Sunday morning, according to an email alert sent to students, faculty and staff by University...

Two held up in Marcy-Holmes armed robbery

November 19, 2013

More robberies hit the University of Minnesota area this weekend. A Marcy-Holmes resident and his friend were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning, according to a Minneapolis police report. Police caught...