Kelsey Shirriff


City aims to bridge language, safety gap in restaurants

Afro Deli and Coffee on the West Bank is known for its diverse food selection, but customers may not be aware of the extent of the diversity behind the counter. “We have four different languages [spoken here],” said owner Abdirahman Kahin. “Most of our staff have been working in the kitchen for a long time.” It is commonplace for several different languages to be spoken in restaurants, said Daniel Huff, manager of environmental health for the city of Minneapolis.

CSL Plasma could get more relocation options

A plasma collection center that has stalled construction of apartments near the University of Minnesota campus may soon find moving a little easier. The Minneapolis planning commission approved a zoning amendment that would allow plasma centers to set up shop in more areas around the city. The CSL Plasma center, currently off University and Washington avenues, would have more options for relocation.

Area to welcome ‘Surly’ neighbor

A concrete-laden, polluted industrial area will soon be replaced with a “destination brewery,” long-awaited by Prospect Park and Surly Brewing Co. The Brooklyn Center-based brewers purchased the land last week in a move that comes as a win for a neighborhood rapidly capitalizing on recent development. When the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association first got wind of Surly’s plans for a brewery, the neighborhood approached company owner Omar Ansari with the idea for the site, known as “Malcolm Midway.”

Marcy-Holmes rings in new fest

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association  is hosting a new music festival to bring together residents, University of Minnesota students and other members of the community. The River Bells Music Festival  will feature live music, dancing, free food and a bike parade outside the First Congregational Church of Minnesota the first week in May. The festival will feature folk, blues and classical music, but centers around the carillon — collectively, the bells in the First Congregational tower.

Greenway plans support Mpls. biking

Minneapolis is known for its bike-friendliness, but some think the Dinkytown area could take it to the next level. Construction will begin this May on a bikeway along the Granary Corridor, a gravelly swath of railroad that runs below Dinkytown. The new path will connect the Mississippi River to TCF Bank Stadium, but University of Minnesota and city officials are hoping for a lusher, more developed greenway to eventually fill the strip.

Apartment building proposed for Marcy-Holmes

A new apartment complex could spring up alongside the main railway near the University of Minnesota campus next year. The $6 million, 36-unit complex would be built along the alleyway between Eighth Street and the railroad tracks next to the walking bridge. The potential unit, which CPM Property Management proposed to the city in late March, would replace Printz, a local printing shop.

Seeing hoarding as a mental health disorder

For more than 20 years, Kris never invited anyone inside her apartment. Most of her friends and family lived outside of Minneapolis, so it didn’t seem odd that she never had them visit. Something seemed amiss, but they had no idea that she was actually a hoarder. Stacks of newspapers, clothes, books and decorations piled up in Kris’ home over the decades. “They had no idea how bad it was,” said Kris, whose last name is withheld because her hoarding is still a secret to some of her family.

Debating the right use for ‘Lot A’

  A wave of development surrounding light-rail construction has crossed the river to the West Bank, as have some familiar issues. The Central Corridor light rail, aka the Green Line, connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, is slated to open next year. A number of developments are in the works in the Cedar-Riverside area, but they’re under scrutiny from the community.

Chi Omega to be aided by special recruitment

  The University of Minnesota greek community will see some new faces in the coming years. Just before spring break, the University Panhellenic Council announced Chi Omega will join the greek community this fall, with Phi Mu set to join sometime between 2015 and 2017. The chapters were chosen based on a number of factors, and University administrators plan to work closely with Chi Omega through a special recruitment process.

Chi Omega to join campus this fall

The University’s Panhellenic Council has selected a new sorority to join the University of Minnesota’s greek community this fall. Chi Omega accepted its invitation to join the University on Tuesday after presenting its case to students, alumni and administrators last weekend. Chi Omega had to compete with two other sororities, Phi Mu and Tri Delta, to win the invitation for this fall. “I’m incredibly pleased,” said Matt Levine, program director for the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life. “This was a hard decision to make.”