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College news in a digital age

March 27, 2014

The Daily Nebraskan announced big changes last month, cutting publication from five to two days a week and redoubling their efforts online effective next fall. It’s a bold but difficult change. The...

No charges in alleged sex assault

January 30, 2014

No charges will be filed for a sexual assault reported near the University of Minnesota campus earlier this week, police said Wednesday. There is no evidence a crime occurred, Minneapolis police spokesman...

No charges in alleged sexual assault near campus

January 29, 2014

No charges will be filed in a sexual assault reported near campus earlier this week, police said Wednesday. There is no evidence a crime occurred, police spokesman John Elder said. A 25-year-old woman...

Student found dead near Mississippi River

December 15, 2013

A body found under the Stone Arch Bridge Sunday morning has been identified as that of freshman Jacob Anderson, 19. The cause of death hasn't been released, but police said in a release Sunday they don't...

Editor’s note: Suspect descriptions

November 18, 2013

Many Minnesota Daily readers have asked about the Daily’s policy for publishing police descriptions of criminal suspects. Several robberies on or near campus this semester prompted questions, and...

University police bring in extra officers after robberies

October 18, 2013

The University of Minnesota Police Department is stepping up its forces in response to a spate of robberies around campus. Minneapolis, Metro Transit and University police are working overtime or adjusting...

Freshman Madelyn Kraft, right, and friend Eva McCauley enjoy some late-night pizza Saturday at Mesa Pizza.

Dinkytown finalizing late-night security plan

December 12, 2012

Dinkytown is inching toward a new, comprehensive security plan. This fall, the Minneapolis Police Department began pressing the neighborhood’s business association to increase late-night safety measures...

Princeton Review operations manager Law Schuelke packs a last few items from their old location into his car on Friday outside of the UTEC building in Dinkytown.

Small business Dinkytown gem closes

December 5, 2012

The remaining tenants of the University Technology Enterprise Center packed up their things and closed their doors for the last time Friday. UTEC will shut down in the coming weeks and be demolished to...

Plasma move axed, could delay WaHu

December 4, 2012

Minneapolis on Monday night denied an application to move the city’s only plasma center. The proposal would’ve moved the Stadium Village CSL Plasma Center one block along University Avenue...

Plasma center could delay WaHu apartments

December 3, 2012

A city bus pulls away from CSL Plasma Center on Saturday afternoon, leaving behind about a dozen donors who hustle away from the stop and into the building, hoping for a good spot in line. Zachary Lorenz...

Representatives of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters protest the contracting practices of Doran Companies on Wednesday outside Minneapolis City Hall.

Doran clashes with union

November 29, 2012

Kelly Doran, a prolific campus-area developer, is in the midst of a public dispute with the local carpenters union. North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters is protesting Doran and his company,...

Skott Johnson, president of the Dinkytown Business Association, in his store Autographics on Nov. 12 in Dinkytown.

The man behind Dinkytown

November 27, 2012

From the window of Autographics Printing, Skott Johnson has seen Dinkytown move through several different eras. But recently he’s become more and more disheartened with each flashy, new apartment...

Junior Faiz Ahmad studies with Kianmehr Ehtiatkar, Kianoosh Ehtiatkar and Micael Menendez at the new coffee shop Publika in Dinkytown. The shop gave out free bubble tea and coffee as its grand opening offer.

New café blends int’l with local

November 20, 2012

Faiz Ahmad doesn’t have a go-to study spot. The University of Minnesota engineering junior likes to explore lots of different coffee shops around campus. There’s no shortage of cafés...

Community rallies behind U alumnus

November 19, 2012

  The muted sounds of avant-garde jazz and party chatter bleed through the walls of an empty performance hall. Jon Lurie sits alone, away from the action, preparing to read from his memoir. The University...

Leg. shift could be good for the U

November 12, 2012

Last Tuesday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party gained control of the state government for the first time since 1990. Politically, the situations are similar, but economically the state is worse off than...

Bachmann reelected for fourth term

November 7, 2012

When much of the nation went to sleep on Tuesday night, the race for Minnesota's 6th district was still too close to call. This morning, multiple sources are reporting that incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann...

Dinkytown Wine and Spirits expands

November 1, 2012

As Dinkytown Wine and Spirits enters its 23rd year, owner Irv Hershkovitz said he’s starting to see the children of some of his old customers. “Everything at the store is pretty much new except...

Plans approved for Prospect Park student housing

November 1, 2012

Last week's Minnesota Daily article "Apt. boom to push on, 2014 and beyond" reported on several emerging student housing developments near campus. On Monday, the Minneapolis Planning Commission...

Apt. boom to push on, 2014 and beyond

October 24, 2012

In the fall of 2014, old will meet new in Dinkytown. One developer, Rusty Turpen, is planning to create new student housing on the site of three historic buildings on the corner of Fifth Street and 15th...

A fear of hitting apartment ‘saturation’

October 16, 2012

At the start of the new millennium, condo development in Minneapolis was at an all-time high. But the aggressive development was unsustainable, and by 2007, condos were sitting empty and high-profile developments...

Behind the Story: Add’l Images for “Moving Up”

October 14, 2012

The Daily's ongoing series "Moving Up" has focused on a number of upcoming luxury student housing projects near the University of Minnesota campus. Below are additional images of the upcoming...

Building student apts. creates design challenges

October 9, 2012

Dinkytown was preparing to change forever in 2008 when Sydney Hall, a 14-story concrete tower, was set to redefine the area. Economic downturn and rising construction costs caused the project to revert...

Bistro, developer clash over new apts.

October 3, 2012

A 333-unit student-housing development will begin construction in Stadium Village by January. The complex, WaHu Student Housing, is set to open by fall 2014 at the intersection of Washington Avenue and...

Representatives from CPM Development, Andrew Riverside Presbyterian Church and the City Council break ground for The Elysian, a new student apartment complex, Saturday in Marcy Holmes. The Elysian will be built on the site of the old church, which was demolished in 2003 after a wall collapsed, and will include dedicated space for the Andrew Riverside congregation.

Church makes a comeback in new apartment complex

October 1, 2012

In the winter of 2003, Amy Perez Ortiz brought her daughter to the Andrew Riverside Presbyterian Church. She had to bundle her 1-year-old daughter in a snowsuit because the sanctuary was freezing since...

Businesses to lose parking at UTEC site

September 27, 2012

The development of a large student-housing project in the heart of Dinkytown is underway, but local business owners are worried about the project’s effects on the area’s already strained parking...

Mesa Pizza general manager Matt Tomkins serves crowds of late-night customers Saturday night in Dinkytown. Tomkins says he likes the challenge of working late nights.

Mesa manager looks to what’s next

September 25, 2012

Less than an hour has passed since the Golden Gophers beat Syracuse, and the line is already out the door. Outside, a sedan smashes into a taxi. But the four-man crew at Mesa Pizza works the counter with...

Rick Vang serves a customer at the Vellee Deli food truck Tuesday outside Williamson Hall. Vellee Deli is one of two food trucks that University Dining Service has brought to campus to provide more dining choices in the Knoll area.

Food trucks roll on to campus to meet demand

September 19, 2012

Tewodros Negash has cooked in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Egypt and Sweden, but when he set up his Afro-fusion food truck, the Cave Café, on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, he...

Artist Carly Schmitt , left, supervises volunteers Tim Johnson, Megan McCrunb and Alex Kern as they work on the Gateway Mural Project on Sunday afternoon along 15th Avenue. The project is nearing completing after two years of financial, artistic and political challenges.

A ‘Gateway’ to community

September 17, 2012

Like most students living in Southeast Como, Adam Arling walked along 15th Avenue nearly every day. Where most people see a rusting, dimly lit underpass, Arling saw a blank canvas and an opportunity for...

Business freshman Jamie Wyatt, right, pins a photo of a Sept. 11 victim on a memorial organized by the Chabad Jewish student group Tuesday in front of Coffman Union. The memorial was part of a good-deed marathon where students pledged to do good in honor of those who died.

A shift in remembrance

September 12, 2012

Last year, Rev. Cody Nielsen organized a campus-wide dinner and memorial service behind Coffman Union to commemorate Sept. 11. This year, his approach will be different. “Somehow, someway, we must...

University Golf Course’s fate is uncertain

September 11, 2012

The University of Minnesota is facing a tough decision about the future of the Les Bolstad Golf Course, according to the Star Tribune. The University-owned course is in disrepair, sources said, and it's...

Students hungry for campus grocery

September 11, 2012

Kevin Haar is at a loss. The University of Minnesota freshman moved to University Village from Driggs, Idaho, a couple of weeks ago, and he’s having a hard time finding a good place to buy food. “I’ve...

Ahmed Mohamed, owner of the newly opened U of M Market, rings up a customer in his store June 16.

In Stadium Village, new businesses are a gamble

September 6, 2012

Stadium Village businesses may be struggling amid light-rail construction, but business is booming for Smokedale Tobacco. Owner Hatem Younis said the smoke shop — which opened after several delays...

Peppermint Park CEO and founder Jessie Conners readies bags for display in her store Sunday morning in Dinky Town. Conners had been at work since 4:00 a.m. prepping the store to open the following day.

Dinkytown designer shop opens

September 4, 2012

Dinkytown is not an easy place to open a clothing store. Three have shut their doors in as many years, leaving only specialty apparel shops like Gold Country Inc. and Underground Printing. Online, membership-based...

Brian Tangren, left, and Adrienne Kronick perform in

Choose your own theater

August 8, 2012

What: “Choose Your Own Adventure!” Where: Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis When: 10 p.m., Aug. 8; 7 p.m., Aug. 9; 5:30 p.m., Aug. 11   The “Choose Your...

Review: “The Bourne Legacy”

August 8, 2012

“The Bourne Legacy: Rated: PG-13 Directed by: Tony Gilroy Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton Opens: August 10   In a year full of prequels, remakes and reboots, the minds behind...

After graduating from University of Wisconsin- Madison Eric Rogers moved back home to his parents house perfect his bedroom electronica.

In the stars

August 4, 2012

  Eric Rogers always wanted to be in a band. Like a lot of aspiring rock stars, he looked up to Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. He learned to play guitar and sing at 15. In college, he tried to form a band...

Dave Chappelle is performing at the State Theater tomorrow

August 1, 2012

Get your credit cards ready: Dave Chappelle just up and scheduled a show at the State Theatre for tomorrow night. The performance was announced in a tweet from the Hennepin Theatre Trust just after 3 p.m....

Stephen Colbert announces summer concert at sea

August 1, 2012

Not to be outdone by the recently-announced Coachella Cruise, Stephen Colbert announced StePhest Colbchella '012—Rocktaugustfest, which will be held on  the USS Intrepid August 10....

The Spice Girls are reuniting for the Olympics

August 1, 2012

If this summer's Total Recall and Judge Dredd remakes or American Apparel's $6 hair scruncies weren't enough of an indication, the 90s are back! As such, the Spice Girls are set to reunite...

A Brick by any other name

August 1, 2012

  In the four months since their rocky opening, the folks at the Brick have been holding modest, successful concerts and working on a spate of renovations. Now, with sightlines and crowding reportedly...

Interview: Sharon Van Etten

August 1, 2012

What: Sharon Van Etten, Tennis Where: First Avenue, 701 N. First Avenue, Minneapolis When: 6:30 p.m., August 4   It’s been exciting to watch Sharon Van Etten grow over the course of her three...

Canae Weiss, who plays the character of a deaf dancer named Abby, signs Sunday at the Cowles Center during rehearsal of the musical “Silence.” The performance features a cast of actors that sign, speak, sing and interpret.

Break the silence

August 1, 2012

What: "Silence" Where: Rarig Center, Proscenium stage When: 10 p.m., Aug. 3; 4 p.m., Aug. 5; 8:30 p.m., Aug 9; 5:30 p.m., Aug. 10; 10 p.m., Aug. 11   Unsurprisingly, it’s tough for the...

Artist Wang Ping holds a thread of flags containing art and poetry over the Mississippi River, made by people along the river, Monday. Ping will be holding her exhibit “Kinship of Rivers” this Saturday at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. The exhibit is part of the ongoing project joining the Mississippi River and the Yangtze River through collective art and ideas.

Rolling on the river

July 25, 2012

What: Kinship of Rivers Where: The Soap Factory, 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, programs and performances throughout the day.   It’s no secret that the mighty...

Review: “The Dark Knight Rises”

July 25, 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway   Superhero franchises rarely get a neat ending. Too often they simply peter off after diminishing returns at the...

Local theaters respond to Aurora shooting

July 25, 2012

  Friday’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., cast a shadow over the release of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Theaters around the country saw lower attendance and beefed up security,...

The Fashionisto is in: Festival Fashion

July 18, 2012

It can be tough to dress well for summer, especially with the oppressive heat we’ve been experiencing in the Twin Cities. When it’s so warm out, the need for comfort often trumps style. Music...

Myndwyrm members Paul Stucker, Billy Mullaney, Peter Rusk pose for a portrait Thursday in their downtown rehearsal space.

The wild bunch

July 18, 2012

  Imagine that you’re at a restaurant with a hot date. It’s your first date, and you’re very nervous, so you have a friend hiding in the bushes, telling you what to say through a...

The Fasionisto is in: Festival Fashion

July 13, 2012

It can be tough to dress well for summer, especially with the oppressive heat we’ve been experiencing in the Twin Cities. When it’s so warm out, the need for comfort often trumps style. Music...

SoundTown cancelled

July 11, 2012

SoundTown, the music and camping festival that debuted last year at the Somerset Amphitheater, has been cancelled. The festival's second installment was to take place July 27-28, but Somerset...

Target teams up with Neiman Marcus for holiday line

July 11, 2012

Despite its big-box status, Target has a long history of collaboration with big-name brands like Isaac Mizrahi, Missoni and Justin Timberlake's William Rast. These designer pieces sold well—sometimes...