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Warsame, Noor look to address progressive issues in Ward 6 race

While separately door-knocking in Cedar-Riverside last week, Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame and opponent Mohamud Noor fielded questions from residents about Minneapolis issues. Warsame spoke to a supporter at her home on East 29th Street on Thursday to affirm that he had her vote. On Saturday, Noor discussed police reform with an undecided voter at a Milwaukee Avenue Historic District residence.

UMPD officer reports being assaulted outside residence hall

A UMPD officer reported being assaulted while responding to a report at the 17th Avenue Residence Hall on Oct. 8. Officers were initially called to respond to a report of a drunk 18-year-old male being loud and belligerent at the dorm around 5:36 a.m. While being escorted out of the building, the man spit on the arm of one of the officers as they attempted to put him on a stretcher.

Mesa Pizza in Stadium Villages closes

Mesa Pizza in Stadium Village permanently closed Tuesday, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.  Founded in 2006, Mesa Pizza also has locations in Dinkytown and Uptown, which will stay open. The pizza chain is known for its late night hours and offers of pizza by the slice with specialty toppings, which set it apart from other names. The Stadium Village closure follows the appearance of new pizza places in Stadium Village.

Reaching student voters a challenge for Minneapolis city government candidates

Candidates vying for Minneapolis city government positions this fall struggle to reach an often transient community: students.  As the Nov. 7 election for the Minneapolis mayoral and city council races looms, candidates are working to familiarize themselves with the University of Minnesota’s student population. But connecting with the community can prove challenging, as student-dense neighborhoods incur rapid turnover rates among renters, causing voter registration data to be outdated. 

Student-run mayoral forum draws accusations of bias from some candidates

At a student-run mayoral forum held at the University of Minnesota Thursday night, concerns of fairness arose over questions posed to the candidates.  The forum, hosted by University student group Women for Political Change, allowed students to engage with five Minneapolis mayoral candidates: incumbent Betsy Hodges, Ward 3 Minneapolis City Council Member Jacob Frey, small business owner Aswar Rahman, former Minneapolis NAACP president Nekima Levy-Pounds and State Rep. Raymond Dehn. The discussion was held at the University’s Molecular and Cellular Biology Building. The second round of questions, which WFPC tailored to each candidate, drew concern, with both Levy-Pounds and Rahman asking whether questions for Dehn were structured differently than those asked of themselves and Frey. 

Steve Fletcher hopes to diversify housing, boost voter turnout in Ward 3

Ward 3 Minneapolis City Council Candidate Steve Fletcher spent Thursday afternoon door-knocking in Dinkytown.  Fletcher and his team stopped to speak to tenants at The Marshall apartments, most of whom are students, about his priorities for the area. Fletcher talked with the students about affordable housing, emphasizing diversified options as opposed to rent control.

Three assaults reported around campus last week

A University of Minnesota student reported being assaulted Thursday night around 11:30 p.m. on 700 Washington Ave. SE. The victim reported to the Minneapolis Police Department that she was struck with an open hand by the arrestee, who was a minor also cited for violating curfew. The second suspect in the assault fled the scene. Little information regarding the second suspect is currently available.

UMPD partners with MPD to reduce traffic deaths

The University of Minnesota Police Department is working with the Minneapolis Police Department to reduce traffic deaths in the city.  UMPD, MPD and other state police departments will combat drunk driving and other dangers through the Toward Zero Deaths traffic enforcement program.

DJR Architecture seeks city approval for new Marcy-Holmes apartment

A new apartment complex could be coming to Marcy-Holmes, but aspects of the proposal have raised concern among neighborhood members.  DJR Architecture, Inc. is proposing a new five-story, 43-unit apartment complex for 401 University Ave SE. But the proposal must clear several hurdles before gaining approval from the city of Minneapolis.