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Dinkytown security plan moves forward

Plans to improve late-night security moved forward last week at a Dinkytown Business Association meeting and will be finalized by the end of next week. Skott Johnson, DBA president, presented a plan he and other business owners have been working on since last fall, when the former Second Precinct Inspector Bryan Schafer asked Dinkytown businesses to hire off-duty cops to patrol the area.

Co-op wants to save Dinky

At the University of Minnesota’s Students’ Co-op, the kitchen is the heart of the beast. Racks of spices, containers of grains and a hodgepodge of cans and boxes sit across from a wall dotted with painted stars. The co-opers pull tofu out from industrial-sized fridges and plop dishes in equally huge sinks. They prop their elbows on the counter to grab a bite over an hour or two of socializing. In a house full of bike racks, mismatched furniture and murals, it seems it all belongs to no one and yet to everyone.

Dinkytown late-night security plan moves forward

Plans to improve late-night security moved forward Thursday at a Dinkytown Business Association meeting. Skott Johnson, DBA President, presented a plan that he and other business owners have been working on over the last few months. The details include hiring four additional police offers to patrol during 14 nights that have been pinpointed as high-traffic and high-incident occasions. Among them are Spring Jam weekend and Gophers sporting events against the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In housing boom, U of M is not alone

More than 1,000 high-end luxury-apartment units are planned for around the University of Minnesota in the next two years, but Minneapolis is not alone in a development boom. Across the Big Ten, university districts are experiencing a boom in off-campus student housing development, especially luxury, high-rise apartments. “We’ve heard very clearly that we’re not an anomaly here,” said Minneapolis principal city planner Haila Maze. “There is a national trend in student housing to build sort of higher-amenity housing.”

Stadium Village films TV ad

  Stadium Village isn’t just for game days, according to a new advertising campaign from the Stadium Village Commercial Association. The SVCA shot its first-ever commercial Friday to highlight the ways students, residents and visitors can enjoy the area when the Gophers aren’t playing. “There’s lots of reasons to come,” local business owner Chris Ferguson said, “Not just on game day but every day.” The shoot began at Espresso Expose and demonstrated how one could spend a whole day in Stadium Village.

Sharing Sami culture

There’s no shortage of coffee shops on the University of Minnesota campus, but none of them let customers drink coffee under an 8-foot-tall tent — yet. That’s just one of the ways Dinkytown’s newest addition, Lavvu Coffee House, is celebrating its Scandinavian culture. Inspired by the Sami people — a nomadic culture of Northern Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia — Lavvu is expected to open its new location Feb. 4. Chris Pesklo, University alumnus and owner, said he’s had his eye on the Dinkytown location for some time now.

A Dinkytown lifer to close shop

If there’s one thing Laurel Bauer knows, it’s Dinkytown. She grew up in Marcy-Holmes. She went to Marshall University High School, just across the street from her family’s Dinkytown grocery store. She met her husband at the University of Minnesota, and each of her children attended her alma mater. Now she is looking to close the final chapter on the more than 80-year story of her family business, House of Hanson.

Weather, flu did not keep students home first day

  While the cold may seem insufferable to University of Minnesota students on their first day back to class, the temperatures still have a long way to drop before school closes. The process for a school cancellation due to extremely low temperatures is complicated, said Tim Busse, communications director for University Services. This batch of cold weather has not been severe enough to start those conversations, he said, and it’s not always clear when those steps need to be taken.

Megatown or Dinkytown?

As a teenager, The Podium owner Jeff Molde would sneak out of his house and steal off to Dinkytown  to listen to local music. Laurel Bauer’s has worked at House of Hanson, a family business, since she was 12. Now, after more than 100 years of combined operation, their two businesses, along with Book House, will close to make way for a new apartment complex. Some will close temporarily, some maybe for good.

West Bank apts. go green

While University of Minnesota students prepare for finals, developers Robb Miller and Curt Gunsbury are doing homework of their own. The pair is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environment Design  certification for their latest luxury student housing complex, 7west, which is currently under construction near the University’s West Bank. It’ll be the first apartment complex in the University District to achieve LEED certification, a designation for buildings designed to reduce waste, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.