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City buckles down on landlords

Jordan Dalluge was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family when he received an unexpected email: an eviction notice from his landlord. While Dalluge was never actually evicted, he said he spent months battling a landlord who threatened lawsuits, neglected maintenance and ultimately kept some of his security deposit. “As the year went on, there seemed to be more and more problems,” he said. “Any little thing that went wrong was an opportunity for him to make money.”

University students gear up for MN entrepreneurship event

While some students dream of being a doctor or lawyer, others hope to distill their own gin, develop mobile games or sell yogurt. Minnesota Cup, a business entrepreneurship competition co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, is made for just those students.

City to collaborate with local artists

  As a middle school student in the late ’70s, Roger Cummings’ field trips took him to Dinkytown. He rode the bus with Marshall University High School students and frequented its record shops and pizza places. He also spent time in Dinkytown as a University of Minnesota student. Now, 30 years later, Cummings is one of a handful of local artists teaming up with Minneapolis city planners as part of the Creative CityMaking initiative to apply a creative approach to city planning — and engage students in the process.

Grad students targeted for new apartments

A new housing development breaking ground this fall will be geared toward University of Minnesota graduate students and young professionals. The yet-unnamed four-story, 40-unit building along University Avenue Southeast is set to open for fall semester of 2014. Because of its location west of Interstate 35W and across the street from Santana Foods, the apartment complex is the perfect location for older students, said Alan Hupp, whose company Hupp Holdings is developing the project.

Potential Fairview merger raises concerns

Fairview Health Services, which controls the University of Minnesota Medical Center and clinics, could be acquired by Dakotas-based Sanford Health. The possible merger hasn’t been formally announced, but according to a statement released by Fairview on Tuesday, the talks are in “very early stages” and would not move forward without the approval of the University. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson told the Star Tribune that the negotiations are more advanced and getting “pretty hot and heavy.”

Dinkytown apt. complex plans in motion

Plans for a new apartment complex in the heart of Dinkytown are moving forward, but some in the area still have concerns. The Opus Group will likely break ground in July of this year. The project will replace Dinkytown’s House of Hanson, Book House,  The Podium, Casablanca Hair Design and Duffy’s Pizza. The six-story, 140-unit building is set to open August 2014. Opus will submit a formal application to the city in a week and a half for the $30 million project, according to Matt Rauenhorst, senior director of real estate development at Opus.

Mpls. releases housing survey

Minneapolis is the place to live, according to the city’s most recent resident survey. Nine out of 10 survey respondents rated living in the city as “good” or “very good.”  While respondents reported satisfaction with the livability of the city, they also revealed their increased concern for housing — especially in the University District.

Prospect Park, East River Road work toward neighborhood conservation status

From his time as a University of Minnesota student in the ’60s, Joe Ring remembers the Motley neighborhood as charming and quaint with hundreds of residential homes. Now, the neighborhood he remembers is home to the Superblock and parking ramps. Watching the transformation of that area, he said, is part of the reason why the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association is so intent on becoming a conservation district.

Poppin’ tags: Como thrift shop to open

  Any University of Minnesota students jamming to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” and looking to hit the nearest vintage store are in luck. University alumnus Genya Akselrod will be opening his student-oriented Thriftees on March 4 on Como Avenue. Emma Shulfer, retail merchandising junior and store employee, said Thriftees will stand out from the standard thrift shop mold. Merchandise will rotate each week, and employees hand select what goes on the racks.

Alumni lip balm startup helps fund cleft palate surgeries in Ethiopia

  On an average Friday night in 2011, University of Minnesota alumni Travis Brew and Jimmy Ennen decided they were going to improve access to health care in developing countries. They didn’t donate all of their money to a charity or buy plane tickets to see the problem firsthand — they made lip balm in their kitchen.