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Student sexually assaulted in Marcy-Homes

A University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted in Marcy-Holmes early Monday morning, according to a crime alert from University of Minnesota Police Chief Greg Hestness.

U puts building worth $2.5M up for sale

The University of Minnesota put the building that previously housed the Minnesota Geological Survey for sale on Wednesday. The approximately 42,000 sq. ft. building at 2642 University Ave. W. was appraised at over $2.5 million, according to University documents.

Cold-weather construction continues

In below freezing temperatures on Thursday, construction workers labored atop WaHu, a student housing project. About a mile away, builders continued work on another massive student housing development, Radius @ 15th. Developers and construction firms spend extra time and money to battle frigid temperatures each winter in order to meet their projects’ deadlines, and this year is no different.

Dinkytown could add bike lanes, parking

After years of frustration rooted in a lack of parking, Dinkytown is starting to recover. Dinkytown Business Alliance members met with city officials Thursday to weigh in on a plan that would displace 17 parking spots that run directly through the district to insert a bike lane on Fourth Street Southeast. Currently, that street’s bike lane drops off between 15th Avenue Southeast and 13th Avenues Southeast. Displacing 17 parking spots would allow bikers to bridge that gap safely, said Varsity Bike and Transit owner Rob DeHoff.

Gender-open housing moves forward

The University of Minnesota is making progress on a gender-based housing initiative it announced about a year ago. As part of the school’s initiative to make transgender students feel more comfortable living in University residences, 56 gender-open housing spaces will be available next fall in Comstock Hall, Middlebrook Hall, Yudof Hall and University Village apartments. The spaces available in Comstock Hall account for the Lavender House, which is a living-learning community for GLBTA students.

White House names Minneapolis as climate leader

The White House recognized the city of Minneapolis on Wednesday for its recent environmentally friendly initiatives. The city was named one of the nation’s 16 “Climate Action Champions,” a distinction for which it will receive peer-to-peer learning and mentorship, federal support and help in moving its environmental initiatives forward. The White House recognized the city for its Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce Minneapolis greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent incrementally by the year 2050, according to a press release.

Dinkytown fans rally for historic preservation

Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s. As Vietnam War protests flared up at colleges across the country, the former student activist, who dropped out in 1967 to focus on activism full time, was at the front lines of the University of Minnesota’s movement. Around the same time, a fast food restaurant called Red Barn was proposed in place of five businesses in the area. Olson supported a protest of the establishment that would become one of the most famous in Dinkytown’s history.

Milk costs straining shops

Stephen Miller paid $3.15 for a gallon of 2 percent milk in August. Two weeks ago, he paid about $3.45 per gallon. Though it was a price increase of about 30 cents, Miller, the manager of Bordertown Coffee on 16th Avenue Southeast, said that extra money adds up for the shop, which goes through about 45 gallons of milk each week. As milk prices across the nation swell, local businesses, Miller said, are doing their best to keep prices reasonable while still managing to make a profit.

Surly clears final hurdle

Surly Brewing Company checked off the last step in a nearly five-year process to build and open its Prospect Park taproom when the Minneapolis City Council approved the business’s liquor license on Friday. City and neighborhood representatives, along with local business owners, are welcoming the new taproom. Many say it will attract more people to a location in need of renewal and will contribute to planned advancements in the area.

Minneapolis approves Prospect Park hotel

The Minneapolis City Council gave the final stamp of approval for a hotel in Prospect Park on Friday. A five-story Hampton Inn & Suites is set to break ground in December across from the Green Line light rail’s Prospect Park stop. Developer Carl Kaeding, owner of Kaeding Management Group, hopes the 117-room project can be open within a year to serve an area which he says lacks variety and hotel options. “There’s just not a good selection of nice hotel rooms for people [who] come to campus for anything,” Kaeding said.