Nick Wicker


Gas leak prompts evacuation near UMN

A bulldozer ruptured a gas line on 4th Street Southeast at around 3 p.m. Monday, causing evacuations near the University of Minnesota. The Minneapolis Fire Department closed the stretch of road in the Prospect Park neighborhood from 27th to 30th Avenues Southeast on both 4th Street and University Avenue Southeast. The leak from the 12-inch pipe emitted gas into the air and led MFD to evacuate some area buildings.

Man carjacked at gunpoint near Dinkytown McDonald's

A man had his car stolen at gunpoint in Dinkytown Sunday night. Just after 11 p.m., a suspect ran down the man with his own car after he tried to buy the assailant a meal. The victim, 25-year-old, had picked up the man near the Dinkytown McDonald’s after he asked the driver to give him $5 for bus fare, according to a police report.

UMN Alpha Epsilon Pi member allegedly raped pledge

Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault by a University of Minnesota fraternity member who allegedly coerced a pledge into committing a sexual act late January. The accused student, a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, allegedly used his status as a chapter member to coerce the 18-year-old prospective member into committing a sexual act Jan.

Competing interests have complicated future of Glendale Community Townhomes

Glendale Community Townhomes residents were mingling with their Prospect Park neighbors in 2014 when they heard second-hand their homes could disappear. Three years later, some residents of the public housing development — which houses nearly 200 low-income families — still fear displacement. But with the possibility of a city historic designation, funding for heating improvements from a local nonprofit and the reinstallment of a resident council on the horizon, those invested in Glendale’s future say they could reach a decision on the townhomes soon. The Prospect Park Association drafted redevelopment plans in 2014 that mentioned the University of Minnesota-area townhomes.

Kaler on boycott: 'Every member of the University community deserves to be treated with respect'

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released a statement Friday afternoon in wake of the Gopher football team's boycott of sports activities, followed by an open letter to student athletes co-authored by Athletics Director Mark Coyle. In the statement, Kaler affirms his support for Athletics Director Mark Coyle and that "the University of Minnesota will not change our values or our code of conduct for the sake of a bowl game." He also added the University should report to the Holiday Bowl Committee soon to tell whether or not the team will participate.

Man killed in Dinkytown stabbing

A man died Thursday evening after being stabbed in Dinkytown.  Minneapolis and University of Minnesota Police responded to a call at 13th Avenue Southeast and University Avenue Southeast before 7:30 p.m., where they found the victim wounded in a car.

After school year of protests, debate ensues

As controversial discussions on race and representation exploded on campuses nationwide, students and administrators have begun reconsidering what constitutes free speech in the modern arena of higher education.     Protests at Yale University and the