After nine months of negotiations, a merger between University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health System was nixed last week. The University’s Board of Regents last Wednesday terminated a letter of intent from last October that would have combined the two health care providers in an attempt to share benefits, including UMP specialists gaining a larger client base from Fairview, as well as University medical specialists and technology being at Fairview’s disposal.
City officials from the Falcon Heights City Council held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, following the fatal police shooting of St. Paul man, Philando Castile. On Wednesday night, Castile was shot by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed in a press release on Thursday. Castile was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday night.
In an effort to improve housing in the neighborhood, Marcy-Holmes will soon introduce a new loan program. The new zero-percent loan program will be administered by the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation as part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. The loan program dates back to the 1980s, when the city granted money to the neighborhood to improve housing as part of the NRP, said Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association Vice President Bob Stableski. Members of the MHNA hope the new loan program will keep the housing stock up in the area, Stableski said.
The Minnesota Daily will implement a new strategy to better engage readers and reach a wider audience beginning this fall. A new Daily website will be launched by the start of the upcoming fall semester, and the newspaper’s print publication will be cut to two issues a week. The shift is part of a trend other college newspapers have successfully adopted in recent years. The Daily’s Board of Directors worked with students over past months to build on ways to further engage readers.
The Minnesota State Fair is holding its first job fair Wednesday to fill hundreds of open positions for this year’s festivities. The fair hopes to fill 600 positions on Wednesday, said Minnesota State Fair media representative Danielle Dullinger, adding that throughout the summer, the fair will hire 3,000 employees to work from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. She said state fair departments and vendors are hosting the job fair to ease the hiring process for applicants.
Since the early 1980s, food carts were only allowed in Minneapolis’ downtown area. Now, a City Council vote could let vendors spread across the city. Last week, Ward 5 Council Member Blong Yang introduced a proposal to expand the radius of allotted areas for food carts to span the entire city. University of Minnesota area business owners have different predictions on the potential impact of the plan in the area. During a Minneapolis City Council hearing last week, Assistant Manager of Business Licensing Linda Roberts presented a plan for licensing the carts.
A Cedar-Riverside favorite is in danger of closing in coming weeks over a landlord-tenant dispute. Afro Deli — a cultural hub and West Bank food staple — could close its Minneapolis location due to a settlement dispute with its landlord and overseer, the African Development Center. The dispute dates back to 2013, when ADC Founding Executive Director Hussein Samatar died and the board elected Nasibu Sareva, said Afro Deli Owner Abdirahman Kahin.
A man was assaulted by two others on Monday night near campus, according to a University of Minnesota public safety statement. The victim was approached around 9 p.m. near the intersection of 15th Avenue Southeast and Fourth Street Southeast. The three men got into an argument, and the two aggravators pushed the victim onto the ground and dragged him down a hill below street level, according to the statement. The two suspects were last seen leaving the scene of the crime. The victim was hospitalized for his injuries.
In a statement Monday, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler expressed support for the LGBT community and encouraged the University community to unite against terror and violence in wake of the Orlando, Fla., shooting. Gunman Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured more than 50 at Pulse Nightclub early Sunday morning. The incident was especially sensitive because it occurred during LGBT pride month and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Kaler said.
The University of Minnesota announced the appointment of Samuel Mukasa as the new College of Science and Engineering dean Tuesday. Mukasa will serve as chief executive officer and chief academic officer for the college, which spans 12 departments, effective August 31. Previously, Mukasa worked as a professor of geochemistry and dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to his work at UNH, Mukasa served as department chair of geological sciences at the University of Michigan.