Mike Hendrickson


Nekima Levy-Pounds spotlights criminal justice reform in mayor bid

The 2015 police shooting of Jamar Clark was life-changing for Nekima Levy-Pounds. After Clark was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department, Levy-Pounds, a then-law professor and NAACP chapter president, thought her message about problems surrounding policing wasn’t being heard by the city. Levy-Pounds announced her Minneapolis mayoral candidacy exactly one year after Clark’s death and has emerged as a serious, outside candidate ahead of the April 4 precinct caucuses. “You have a culture that allows violence to persist, particularly against some of the most vulnerable residents of the city,” Levy-Pounds said.

New UMN study cites performers' safety concerns at Minneapolis strip clubs

After hearing new research on safety concerns facing local strip club performers, Minneapolis city officials have pledged to explore new, stricter city ordinances. The University of Minnesota study — led by Lauren Martin, the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center’s (UROC) director of research, and commissioned by the city — outlines key problems at local strip clubs, which range from performers’ frequent injuries on the job, to sexual harassment, and concerns over unfair wages due to performers’ independent contractor status. The study comes two weeks after the Minneapolis Health Department found bodily fluids in 11 out of 17 licensed Minneapolis adult entertainment clubs. Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon, head of the council’s health committee, said the results from the study were “shocking” when he initially saw them early this month, and said the City Council is already looking into ordinances and amendments that might help clubs’ conditions. “I didn’t have any idea this was how these businesses operated,” Gordon said.

UMN student assaulted near mechanical engineering building

A University student was assaulted and robbed near the Mechanical Engineering building Friday night, according to a University timely warning. Two suspects were arrested at the site of the assault, but the primary suspect and two or three other suspects were not captured. The assault and robbery happened around 10 p.m., according to the University of Minnesota Police Department report.

Fouls and low depth stop Gophers comeback attempt in NCAA tournament

Minnesota’s crowd at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee suddenly had life late in the game. The Gophers had shaved a late 17-point deficit to four in five minutes, and the Minnesota fan base was on its feet for the first time in a while. But just as the Gophers had life, Reggie Upshaw hit a 3-pointer to spark a Blue Raiders’ run, spelling an early exit for the Gophers in an 81-72 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

UMN starts two new fan engagement programs for Gophers sports fans

The University’s athletics department recently announced two engagement programs aimed at building a better relationship with the Gophers sports fan base. The first program is a fan advisory board that will start in May; the second is a loyalty system that will begin in August and will reward fans for going to multiple events. “We’ve got to earn people back,” said athletics director Mark Coyle.

Crime: Person robbed near Williamson Hall on UMN campus

A man was robbed on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus Saturday. The robbery happened around 8:45 p.m., according to a University of Minnesota Police Department timely warning. The victim was walking in the courtyard between Williamson Hall and the Nolte Center when the suspect ran behind him and pushed him.

State lawmaker Raymond Dehn eyes Minneapolis mayoral seat

Raymond Dehn is 59 years old and will still be paying student loans well into his 60s. The mayoral candidate, a DFL state representative for parts of Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with an architecture degree and started paying his loans in 2002. It’s part of what shaped him as a politician.