Eliana Schreiber


St. Cloud State University President dies in car crash

St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter died Monday evening after he crashed into a guard rail on I-694 and flipped his car.  Potter was on his way to the Twin Cities for a meeting with the SCSU Foundation Board Chair, according to a statement by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.  “[Potter]’s passing is a huge loss to SCSU, to the state of Minnesota, and to higher education,” he said in the statement.

Lenfestey’s poem anthology creates buzz

For decades, writer James Lenfestey has been enraptured by bees — and he isn’t the only one. Last month, the poet published “If Bees Are Few” — an anthology of poems with the topic of bees at the forefront — and is donating all the proceeds to the University of Minnesota Bee Lab in an effort to help protect bee populations. Some of his friends had considered compiling similar bodies of work, Lenfestey said, because of the prevalence of bee allusions in the poetic canon.

One chair, space for all

When Whitney VerMeer got an offer to style celebrity hair at Coachella, she quit her day job and booked a flight. Two days after she got back, she opened her own one-chair salon in Marcy-Holmes. Housed in the old RyKrisp factory, VerMeer customized her own salon, where she sees nearly 150 regular clients. The idea behind her salon, The Aesthetic, is to collaborate with patrons — most of whom work in creative industries.

Moving service hires college students

An Uber-like moving app that employs college students has recently seen a significant surge in its Twin Cities demand. Bellhops, a Tenneseebased company, modeled itself after Uber when it started five years ago to help students move into dorms at Auburn University. The app has operated in the Twin Cities since 2013 and grew by 300 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Revelling in the blues, again

After a decade of dormancy, the Viking Bar — a West Bank music venue — opened its doors to a crowd of blues-loving fans last Wednesday. Closed since 2006, the historic Riverside Avenue bar has been home to some of West Bank’s most notable blues and folk musicians. Now, the bar’s new owners hope they can pay homage to the Viking’s rich history. As soon as the building went on the market, owner Aaron Britt, his wife Amy and their friend Patrick Johnston quickly seized the opportunity to buy and restore the abandoned bar.

Study shows artists lofts intensify segregation

A University of Minnesota’s Law School study found that subsidized artist housing could attract white, residential populations at high rates.   According to the study by the Law School’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, these popular subsidized housing projects intensify segregation in the Twin Cities Metro area.   For example, the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Marcy-Holmes are 86 percent white, St.

Turning weeds into wine

When Jeff Zeitler was laid off from his job as a landscape architect, he went back to his roots — wine-making.  Now, Zeitler and his wife Gita  manage Urban Forage  Winery, where they collect dandelions and other flowers from south Minneapolis neighborhoods to make fruit-based wines and ciders. The winery, located on East Lake Street, is the only  winery in the city of Minneapolis.Zeitler’s new mission is to recreate a dandelion wine he first made a few years ago.

Sun helps guide monarchs home

Scientists are one step closer to figuring out the mystery of monarch butterfly migration patterns.     To navigate their 2,400-mile trek from the northern United States and Canada to central Mexico, monarchs take cues from the sun, according to a stud

Students chosen for agriculture internship

Though demand for food will only continue to surge, college students are wary of entering the agricultural industry.     By 2050, the world population is expected to rise to about 10 billion people, growing the demand for food by 70 percent, according