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A man walks past Camdi in Dinkytown on Tuesday. The restaurant is located in one of several properties included in the historic designation study, along with Mesa Pizza and Dinkytown Tattoo.

Dinkytown hotel in city’s hands

May 8, 2014

The city of Minneapolis began its Dinkytown historical designation study in April, but questions remain about the future of the area’s businesses and a potential $25 million hotel project. The study...

Barbara Saunders eats outside of Kafe 421 in Dinkytown on Sunday. City lawmakers are considering expanding outdoor marketing and sales for area businesses.

Minneapolis to consider sidewalk sales

May 5, 2014

Hardware stores are among the few businesses allowed to peddle goods on Minneapolis sidewalks, but others across the city may soon be able to do the same. The City Council Zoning and Planning Committee...

Dorms scarce in housing boom

May 1, 2014

Private student housing is a big game at universities nationwide, but Big Ten schools aren’t eager to jump in. Though most Big Ten universities report high occupancy rates in their residence halls,...

Legislature passes online voter registration

April 30, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton signed online voter registration into law Tuesday after the bill garnered vast bipartisan support from legislators. Minnesota voters can now register online, but will still have to cast...

A Mesa Pizza staff member stands near Washington Avenue to draw more customers to the newly opened restaurant.  The new Mesa is currently open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, but they plan to apply for an extended hours license in order to be open as late as the location in Dinkytown.

No late-night Mesa in Stadium Village

April 24, 2014

Mesa Pizza opened its newest pizza-by-the-slice storefront in Stadium Village this month, but this location is without one of Mesa’s most popular allures — late-night hours. For now, the new...

Spring Jam doesn’t worry businesses

April 22, 2014

Dinkytown business owners say they’re not worried about unruly students during this week’s Spring Jam despite witnessing two chaotic nights after the Gophers men’s hockey team’s...

Architecture Graduate Student Sophia Skemp shows her final project to previous graduate student and professional architect Julie Macleod in Ralph Rapson Hall on the University's East Bank on Monday.  Professionals were viewing the graduate students' work and giving them advice.

Fighting to keep ideas

April 17, 2014

Until recently, University of Minnesota students didn’t have rights to their own work. That policy changed in February, but business and legal experts say it’s still important to be wary when...

City support helps keep small businesses alive

April 15, 2014

Kafé 421 owner Jim Sander, his wife and their business partner had raised $200,000 by 2003 to start a restaurant in Dinkytown. Some minor miscalculations made money tight in the beginning,...

Lab worker and future medical student Gretchen Floan demonstrates how to intubate a person on a mannequin at the Commons Hotel on Tuesday. The Department of Defense provided in grant funding that Professor Pamela Andreatta and her team used to create the $50,000 mannequin with faux skin and organs.

Research on the front lines

April 10, 2014

Gunshots ring out as thick smoke fills the room. There’s a pile of what appears to be bodies, and their clothing is soaked with blood. A first responder has seconds to attend to the would-be victims,...

Stadium Village hotel quietly moves forward

April 8, 2014

Doran Companies’ Dinkytown hotel proposal is still in flux, but a new Stadium Village hotel is quietly moving forward near the University of Minnesota. The Minneapolis Planning Commission unanimously...

Boynton to cut down on ‘unnecessary’ care

April 3, 2014

The new message from doctors: Don’t get that next X-ray unless it’s really necessary. Physicians say overused procedures, like X-rays, can harm patients and cost hospitals valuable resources....

U supports crime prevention contest

April 1, 2014

After an academic year marked by worries about crime, University of Minnesota student groups and administrators are partnering to award students who can come up with ways to stop crime. Student groups...

Doran: Business group can’t delay hotel

March 27, 2014

Tensions boiled over at the most recent Dinkytown Business Association meeting when prominent local developer and Doran Companies CEO Kelly Doran claimed the business group isn’t legally legitimate...

Server and former student Taylor Kuchera prepares malt glasses for customers at Annie's Parlour on Tuesday.  Minnesota law makers have proposed to change minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50 which would affect many workers near the University of Minnesota.

Pay hike irks employers

March 26, 2014

As lawmakers nationwide debate the pros and cons of a minimum wage increase, many business owners have drawn a firm tally mark on the “con” side  — and those in the University of...

A construction worker in a cherry-picker works on the new student housing apartment complex being built by Weis Builders in Prospect Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Prospect Park development heats up

March 13, 2014

Prospect Park is welcoming major redevelopment and could look dramatically different in the coming years. With the Green Line light rail cutting directly through the district open this June and property...

PhD student Ryan Dutoit shows off the three-dimensional mapping capabilities of a Google

Google taps U for smartphone research

March 11, 2014

A University of Minnesota research team is playing a major role in Google’s newest attempt to revolutionize cellphones. In the same way that Google Maps changed how users navigate roads, the tech...

TCF may host NHL game next year

March 6, 2014

TCF Bank Stadium may host an outdoor National Hockey League game as soon as next year. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman toured both the University of Minnesota’s football facility and Target Field on...

Customers sit inside Espresso Royale in Dinkytown on Monday. The coffee shop's lease expires this spring, and management has discussed relocating to properties on either side of the current location.

Espresso Royale staying put

March 5, 2014

The Dinkytown coffee shop Espresso Royale has been offered a one-year extension on its leasing contract that expires this summer. The coffee shop’s location has been in doubt ever since Green Mill...

Jimmy Johns employee Derek Cousins leaves on his bike for a delivery on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Stadium Village.

Winter chill hits local businesses

March 4, 2014

Minnesota is experiencing one of the harshest winters in its history, leaving local businesses and their employees feeling the pain. This winter is the state’s coldest in 35 years, with temperatures...

Two-thirds of Como homes need ventilation

March 3, 2014

General Mills Inc. announced Friday that 111 homes in the Southeast Como neighborhood need ventilation systems to remove toxic vapors. State health officials notified residents in November that toxic trichloroethylene,...

Late-night crowds line up for a slice of Mesa Pizza during homecoming weekend Oct. 14, 2012, in Dinkytown.

Bans may get stricter in Dinkytown

February 27, 2014

Dinkytown businesses are considering a policy that would ban unwanted patrons from the entire business district. Minneapolis police recommended a “geographic trespassing” policy at the Feb....

U prof wins $250k award

February 26, 2014

A University of Minnesota professor is one of five people to be awarded a quarter of a million dollars Tuesday for improving the world with their work, Kare 11 reported. Jonathan Foley is a professor and...

Minneapolis City Council voted to deny Doran Companies'  demolition of the commercial property building located at 1319 4th Street SE, which houses Mesa Pizza, Dinkytown Tattoo and Camdi Restaurant in Dinkytown.

Mesa building safe for now, but Dinkytown hotel in limbo

February 24, 2014

The Dinkytown building housing Mesa Pizza and other businesses is safe for the time being, but it could still be demolished. The Minneapolis City Council voted 8-4 Friday to deny Doran Companies the demolition...

Minneapolis City Council denies Doran’s Dinkytown demolition permit

February 21, 2014

The Dinkytown building housing Mesa Pizza and other businesses is safe for the time being. The Minneapolis City Council voted 8-4 Friday to deny Doran Companies the demolition permit for 1319 Fourth St....

The Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee meets with the public Thursday at Minneapolis City Hall. The Committee mets to evaluate the historic value of three Dinkytown buildings that stand where Doran Companies hopes to build a hotel.

Dinkytown hotel inches forward

February 17, 2014

A developer, a neighborhood and a city are split on what’s best for Dinkytown. The Minneapolis City Council Zoning and Planning Committee on Thursday recommended demolition for two Dinkytown buildings...

TCF set for ‘NFL-ready’ upgrade

February 17, 2014

More alcohol and $6.6 million in improvements will greet fans at TCF Bank Stadium this fall. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents endorsed increased alcohol sales at the stadium and approved updates...

Two Carlson professors honored

February 14, 2014

Two Carlson School of Management professors have been named among the best business school professors under the age of 40 in the world. Kathleen Vohs and Vladas Griskevicius were honored by the website...

U may host MLB All-Star Game concert

February 13, 2014

This summer, the University of Minnesota may host some of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter told the Minnesota Daily on Wednesday that University...

City split on Dinkytown demolitions

February 13, 2014

A developer and a neighborhood are split on what’s best for Dinkytown, and so is the city.   The Minneapolis City Council Zoning and Planning Committee sanctioned demolition Thursday for two...

Vendors struggle with logo

February 11, 2014

When it comes to the use of its logos, the University of Minnesota can be stringent. A local printing shop has been trying to get licensed to use University trademarks and logos since 2008, but it has...

Enhanced driver’s license eases border crossing

February 10, 2014

Going to Mexico or Canada just got a whole lot easier for Minnesota residents. Starting Monday, Minnesotans can apply for an enhanced driver’s license that allows them to go between the United States,...

A completely remodeled and refurbished space in Black: Coffee and Waffles, formerly Muddsuckers, located on the corner of Como Avenue and 15th Street. Black is in the process of fully rebranding.

Como’s Muddsuckers Coffee gets a facelift

February 6, 2014

Business at a local coffee shop in the Southeast Como neighborhood near the University of Minnesota got so bad that closing the doors or remodeling were the only two options. So the owners of Muddsuckers...

U-area hotel market heats up

February 3, 2014

Two prominent developers around the University of Minnesota are shifting their focus from student housing to hotels. It could mark a shift in the near-campus market where developers are taking a wait-and-see...

Neighborhood study suggests less parking

January 29, 2014

The neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota are reassessing their parking needs. Amid conflicts between residents, businesses and developers, the University District Alliance will host a...

Mesa Pizza, TargetExpress highlight incoming campus business

January 27, 2014

With a change of seasons comes a turnover of businesses near the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota Daily has compiled a comprehensive look at the changing commercial activity on and near campus.   DINKYTOWN Coming...

The Franklin Avenue Bridge will be rehabilitated for $28.5 million. The bridge, which was constructed from 1919-23, is considered a local and national historical landmark.

Historic Franklin bridge to undergo renovation

January 23, 2014

A historic bridge near the University of Minnesota has a wide array of issues, but city staff and experts say the Franklin Avenue Bridge at the Mississippi River remains safe. The Minneapolis Heritage...

A rendering of the proposed hotel that would be located between 13th and 14th Ave on 4th street in Dinkytown.

City nixes Dinkytown demolition

January 22, 2014

Three Dinkytown properties, including the building housing Mesa Pizza, have been saved from the wrecking ball — for now. After lengthy discussion, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission...

Then and Now:  Bustling streets and busy storefronts line the once busy 14th street in Dinkytown.  File photo by Dilip Vishwanat.

Dinkytown property owners resist historical designation

January 21, 2014

Ten Dinkytown property owners say the city and business leaders have excluded them as the district continues to outline its future with a burgeoning small-area plan. The Dinkytown Property Owners Group...

The inaugural TargetExpress will open at the ground floor of the Marshall apartment complex in Dinkytown on July 27.

Dinkytown gets first TargetExpress

January 21, 2014

Dinkytown will serve as the test site for the first-ever mini Target store this summer. Dubbed TargetExpress, the store will be about one-sixth the size of Minneapolis-based Target’s smallest branches....

Mesa to expand to Stadium Village

January 17, 2014

Mesa Pizza  will open a second University of Minnesota location in Stadium Village  this spring. The news comes just days after Doran Companies requested demolition of three Dinkytown properties...

Dinkytown gets first-ever TargetExpress

January 17, 2014

Minneapolis-based Target will test its newest store model on local soil near the University of Minnesota. This summer, Dinkytown will serve as the test site for the first-ever mini Target store, TargetExpress,...

Doran submits demolition requests for Dinkytown properties

January 15, 2014

Doran Companies  has submitted demolition applications for three Dinkytown properties near the University of Minnesota, with plans to build a mixed-use hotel. The bulk of the hotel would be on two...

Betsy Hodges, city officials talk crime on campus with students

January 7, 2014

Newly elected city officials visited the University of Minnesota on Tuesday to discuss solutions to crime after a tumultuous fall semester, which saw an uptick in violent crime on or near campus. Minneapolis...

Student victim of attempted armed robbery inside Carlson

December 16, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was the victim of an attempted armed robbery in the Carlson School of Management Sunday afternoon, according to an email crime alert sent by University Police Chief Greg...

Study: Sexual ads for cheap goods irk women

December 11, 2013

Women typically don’t respond well to sexual ads for cheap products, but they object less when the price tag is higher. According to a recent study, women’s distaste for sexual ads varies depending...

Owner of Autographics Skott Johnson attends the Dinkytown Small Area Plan meeting at Burrito Loco on Thursday. Johnson, is stepping down as DBA president this year.

Another lifer closes shop

December 10, 2013

When Skott Johnson leaves Dinkytown after nearly 40 years, he’ll take one box with him. Inside, he said, are keepsakes from the source of Dinkytown’s charm — its people. Johnson, a University...

A view of the Marshall and the Venue at the Dinkytown construction sites, two new housing locations on SE 5th Street and 14th Avenue SE.

Housing boom isn’t slowing down

December 5, 2013

The student housing market near the University of Minnesota remains stable with historically low vacancy rates, but developers and real estate experts agree its future is a mystery. Nationwide, the housing...

American Indian Movement National Director and co-founder Clyde Bellecourt poses in the 6,444 square foot Henry B Frey Mansion on Tuesday.  The organization is selling the mansion to raise funds to build a cultural center.

Deserted mansion to be updated

November 27, 2013

Two century-old houses near the University of Minnesota are set to be the next pieces of the campus apartment boom. The Minneapolis Planning Commission approved a land-use application Nov. 12 to rehabilitate...

Study: Harvests must increase

November 26, 2013

To keep up with increasing food demand, farmers across the world should cultivate their land more often, according to a University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment study published Monday. The...

Attendees of the small area plan meeting discuss the possible futures of Dinkytown on Monday night at Varsity Theater. The meeting had a record number of attendees with over 120 people participating in the discussion.

Dinkytown could go historic

November 19, 2013

The unprecedented city planning for Dinkytown is nearing an end, but some stakeholders are concerned about the plan’s current direction. Neighborhood residents flocked to the Varsity Theater on Monday...