In an effort to help small immigrant businesses, Minneapolis will put money toward a new project. In its budget approved Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved the creation of a small business office in 2017. Ward 6 City Council Member Abdi Warsame said the idea for the office stemmed from feedback the council received from local small business owners. Warsame said the office will help establish small businesses, particularly immigrant and women-owned businesses. He said the office will administer loans and grants, act as a one-stop shop for business owners and direct them to resources to help navigate the business world. Warsame said he hopes the proposed office will inform future policy decisions, depending on feedback the council gets from the community. “The idea is to have a small office dedicated to help small businesses,” he said.
After receiving complaints last week, the University of Minnesota said Monday it pulled advertisements with Breitbart News, a right-wing news and opinion website. The advertisements were for the Athletics Department and part of large ad buy through Google, according to an emailed University statement.
A lawsuit could halt construction on a proposed luxury condominium tower in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. The group, Neighbors for East Bank Livability, spent recent months raising money to bring a suit against Alatus for its proposed 42-story tower on Central Avenue and 2nd Street SE. Although the Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission denied Alatus permission to break ground last spring, another city commission overrode the request. According to a Tuesday press release from NEBL, the city approved a conditional use permit to let Alatus build the project 42-stories tall instead of the four stories originally-proposed. Residents of the Marcy-Holmes and Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhoods formed NEBL to file the lawsuit, said NEBL President and Marcy-Holmes Resident Erich Wunderlich. Wunderlich said after the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association approved the project, many homeowners worried about the tower's height and its potential impact on the neighborhood. The percentage of homeowners in the area is low, and he said residents are concerned about preserving the historic district. “I think that it’s very clear on the Marcy-Holmes website and homepage that we value our history,” he said.
The newest in a string of businesses shows pop-up shops can succeed beyond Dinkytown, where one shop popularized the idea for many students. Rebel Donut Bar, a new pop-up doughnut shop in Northeast Minneapolis, follows a business model recently employed by University of Minnesota alumnus Bradley Taylor of Sssdude-nutz in Dinkytown. Vince Traver, co-founder of Rebel Donut Bar, said he and partner, Kiah Gumeringer, started making doughnuts as a hobby for a few months before setting out to start a business. Traver said after they started posting picture of the doughnuts on Instagram, he saw a demand and started to sell the treat at local events and farmers’ markets. After discovering Inbound Brew Company at an Eat.Drink.Dish event in Uptown this year, Traver asked to collaborate in making a beer doughnut.
While a college student and a senior citizen might seem like an unlikely duo, a local nonprofit is working to develop rapport between the two demographics. The group, Southeast Seniors, matches University of Minnesota students with seniors in area neighborhoods. The program began as part of a University service learning class taught by a professor who lived in a nearby neighborhood, said Lydia McAnerney, Southeast Seniors volunteer coordinator.
The University of Minnesota is among the top schools nationwide in study abroad participation both at home and abroad, according to a recent report. Data from the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange revealed the University is one of the highest ranked schools for international programs on Monday.
Because of a dispute over a 1992 lease, the Brian Coyle Center — a Cedar-Riverside community staple — won’t be able to undergo renovation. The Minnesota State Legislature allocated $330,000 to expand the center nearly two years ago, but the money now sits unused.
A group of about 40 students gathered at the West Bank outdoor amphitheater near Ferguson Hall Friday afternoon, singing songs like “Lean on Me” and other uplifting, hopeful melodies. Several music students hosted the “Stronger Together” event in hopes of coming together during a divided time in the country post-election. Music senior Irene Kelly said she woke up Wednesday morning and didn’t know how to respond to the election of Donald Trump. Kelly said when she went to her classes Wednesday, many students were crying. “This felt like something we could do immediately,” she said. Music Education senior Lindsay Lundeen said music students like herself know the power of making music together, which inspired the event. Lundeen said she and other event organizers needed a moment to be together, and wanted to extend the gathering to the larger University community. “Music is a place for everyone to be loved,” she said. As an aspiring music teacher, Lundeen said, “I want all my students to know that they are not only wanted but absolutely needed.” Music senior Valentina Sierra said after Donald Trump was elected, she wasn’t sure how to deal with what the future holds. She said she is scared for her safety, despite being a U.S.
The University of Minnesota won’t renew its contract with Teach for America, a nationwide alternative teacher education program, the school announced Monday. The University’s College of Education and Human Development won’t admit any more members to the program — which aims to improve teaching resources in lower-income communities — due to lower than expected enrollment numbers.