A person walks in Dinkytown on May 8, 2014.

A person walks in Dinkytown on May 8, 2014.

10/6/2016, 11:45am

In defense of Dinkytown businesses

A proposed apartment complex in Dinkytown threatens the livelihood of everyone's favorite neighborhood.

In 1970 University of Minnesota students could take a short stroll down 4th Street SE in Dinkytown and experience the whole gamut of local, ma-and-pa enterprises — grocers, sundry bookshops, bakeries, even an aptly-named but now-shuttered coffeehouse called “Ten O’clock Scholar.” Throughout Dinkytown’s many metamorphoses in the past half-century, storeowners have unhinged their signs, boxed their goods, and left behind blank storefronts for the next crop of entrepreneurship — but their histories are immortalized in the wistful memories of many who frequented their shops.

Column 2/16/2017, 2:38pm

A bit of hope in a grim environmental news cycle

Last week, the Minnesota Daily reported that the University successfully reached the halfway point of its goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2020. Admittedly, this good news feels small when faced by the bigger picture.