Eliana Schreiber


Neighborhoods push to educate residents on new duplex rules

After a City Council ordinance  cut the number of duplexes allowed in certain Twin Cities locales, residents of University of Minnesota neighborhoods are unsure what affect the policy change will have on them. Groups in the University’s four neighborhoods — Prospect Park, Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como and Cedar-Riverside — want to educate residents on the new policy and eventually work with the University District Alliance to protect existing homes.

Intentional Communities spur debate

Some Minneapolis residents are challenging a housing ordinance that limits how many non-family members can live within the same house. At a meeting organized by the University District Alliance Monday, people from University of Minnesota neighborhoods gathered to voice concerns and give input on a potential change to legalize intentional communities. Current Minneapolis zoning codes forbids more than three unrelated adults from living in the same household in low-density areas, with a maximum of five for high-density ones.

Concerned about portrayal in upcoming TV show, protesters disrupt concert

A block party concert in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood Saturday was disrupted by protesters concerned about how an upcoming TV show will depict the community. At least three people were detained by Minneapolis police in the neighborhood after protesters interrupted a concert by Somali Canadian rapper K’naan.

West Bank Coalition sees influx of new members

Five new faces joined the West Bank Community Coalition Board of Directors in June as its executive director prepared to leave the group. The WBCC now has a full board after months of turnover and elected a replacement for former Executive Director Mohamed Mohamed.

Charges filed against Anthony Sawina in alleged Dinkytown hate crime

A 26-year-old man has been charged in the late-June shooting of two Somali men near the University of Minnesota.  Anthony Sawina, of Lauderdale, was charged in Hennepin County District Court Friday with five counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the case.  Sawina allegedly shot at five Somali men, striking two, near the intersection of 14th Avenue Southeast and Sixth Street Southeast early June 29 after a member of Sawina’s group made derogatory comments directed toward Muslims. 

Businessman Henry Cervantes reimagines roller skates

From a young age, Henry Cervantes and his seven siblings were pushed to succeed by their single mother. Now, Cervantes — a California native — has collaborated with the University of Minnesota to invent and build a new kind of in-line roller skate. The product is a part of his up-and-coming business, BallSkate. Cervantes chose to market the skates in Minnesota because of the state’s connection to in-line skating, he said.

With ‘Pokemon Go’, businesses see boost

As the popularity of “Pokemon Go” increases, University of Minnesota-area businesses are cashing in on the extra foot traffic. Many local Minneapolis businesses have considered, or implemented, special promotions to attract more mobile-gamers. Last week, Sencha Tea Bar in Stadium Village released three special shakes in correspondence with the three color teams of the game — red, yellow and blue — said store manager Josh Suwaratana.

Board of Regents completes Kaler’s performance report

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has received a positive review from the school’s Board of Regents. The board’s brief 2015-16 performance report — prepared and discussed in closed-door meetings — mentioned “challenges during the past year.” However, it said regents believe Kaler is committed to addressing these issues as he enters his sixth year at the University.