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Fairview names new president and CEO

Fairview Health Services announced its new president and CEO on Tuesday. Rulon Stacey, the current president of University of Colorado Health, will take over Nov. 4. The Fairview health system serves more than 625,000 people a year and includes the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Fairview Board Chair Charles Mooty, who has been serving as interim CEO since July of last year, said the board of directors is “thrilled” by the appointment.

Woman dies after fall from Yudof window

A woman died Sunday morning after falling from a sixth-story window at Yudof Hall on Saturday. Stephanie Lehr, 19, was not a University student, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. Lehr was visiting the residence hall when she fell from the window. Emergency services responded to a call made from the hall at 4:38 p.m. Saturday. The Hennepin County Crime Lab Unit was also on the scene. Lehr was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died from her injuries Sunday morning, according to a press release.

Tough sales don’t curb development

  Frank Vescio has been working at his family-owned restaurant for more than 40 years. His father, grandmother, son, mother and daughter have all worked there at some point, too. He said he’d like to keep Vescio’s Italian Restaurant that way — that’s why whenever a developer approaches him interested in purchasing his property, he always declines. “I like doing what I do,” he said. “We’ve had this business since 1956.”

Longtime Dinkytown shop finds new home

  Entering Dinkytown’s the Book House is like entering a maze. Follow the bend of ceiling-high bookshelves and there’s a corner table with a book on hair in African art and another one with 3-D landscapes of Israel. In the next winding stretch of literature, plastic lawn chairs are waiting to be used, and books on everything from botany to Marxism are waiting to be read. Soon, the Book House and its estimated 60,000 volumes will be packed up and moved to a new home in Prospect Park.

Pinterest could be new tool for businesses

  If Twitter is about what’s happening now, and Facebook is about connecting with family and friends, then Pinterest is about stuff, a new University of Minnesota study suggests. The website, which functions as a cyber “pin board” where users can “pin” and organize online photos, was the focus of a study by computer science professor Loren Terveen and Georgia Institute of Technology’s Eric Gilbert.

New apartment complex planned on 15th Avenue

A new 202-unit, six-story apartment complex will replace townhomes and several small rental houses on the corner of 15th Avenue SE and 7th Street SW, across from the University’s Gibson-Nagurski Football Practice Facility. CPM Property Management, the company behind student housing projects including upcoming WaHu  and The Elysian, has clinched a deal combining 17 different parcels of land  in what its president calls a “once in a lifetime deal.”

A history of evolving

A handful of students banded together to save Dinkytown’s character, producing a documentary about its history and soliciting donations. “The faces and names change in Dinkytown, but the heritage remains …” they wrote in an editorial. “Now is the time to start preserving this heritage.” That was 40 years ago. Today, students are still fighting to save what they think makes Dinkytown special.

Kelly Doran: luxe housing visionary

View an interactive map of planned housing developments around campus. After three years and five major apartment complexes in the University District, Kelly Doran arguably dominates the local housing landscape. He said he has invested $150 million in high-profile, luxury apartment buildings like Sydney Hall, 412 Lofts and the upcoming Bridges complex.

Students unite to support mental health

More than a quarter of all University of Minnesota students reported being diagnosed with at least one mental health condition in their lifetime, according to Boynton Health Service’s 2010 College Student Health Survey. In the face of such mental health statistics, students gathered Tuesday on the Washington Avenue Bridge for the University of Minnesota’s third annual Mental Health Awareness Day.

Brewery to set up in University’s backyard

Hell, Furious and Bender can already be found at more than 500 Minnesota bars and restaurants, but now Surly Brewing Company will be closer than ever to the University of Minnesota campus and its students. The Brooklyn Center-based brewery announced Monday its purchase of more than eight acres in Prospect Park, about five blocks from TCF Bank Stadium. Construction for a $20 million “destination brewery” including a bar, restaurant, beer garden and event center will begin in the fall, pending environmental cleanup of the site.