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U purchases nearby lots; eyes growth UMN bought Stadium Village buildings to make gateway to Prospect Park neighborhood. BY J.D. DUGGAN

A subsidiary of the University of Minnesota Foundation recently purchased multiple parcels of land in Stadium Village to build on its vision of a “gateway” from the University to the broader community. The Foundation’s Real Estate Advisors (UMFREA) recently purchased the Stadium Village Plaza buildings and the parcels for Stub and Herb’s Bar and Jimmy John’s. UMFREA, who is working with UMarq Investments under a partnership known as Visus, presented their ideas to the Prospect Park Association on Monday regarding their vision for the area, which they’ve called “Motley.” One of the presenters, Visus Executive Director Brandon Champeau, said they picked the name Motley because it means “eclectic, diverse, mixed, mingled,” which encompasses the team’s desire for the commercial area. “That’s our vision and goal going in,” Champeau said. “To make sure that this isn’t a place that feels exclusive. That it’s a place that really showcases what makes Minnesota, our region, University, different.” UMFREA has been eyeing the area since their inception approximately five years ago, examining different ideas of what a gateway could look like, said Sarah Harris, managing director of UMFREA. The University and UMFREA own a number of lots in the area, including Dinnaken u See PROPERT Y Page 3


More students seek financial aid counseling One Stop has almost doubled its number of financial aid appointments from last year. BY CLEO KREJCI

As more students seek financial aid resources at the University of Minnesota, fewer are graduating with student loan debt, according to data from One Stop Student Services. One Stop, a financial wellness resource for students on campus, has seen an increased demand in students seeking help with navigating finances.At the same time, the percentage of students graduating from the University with zero dollars in student loan debt is on the rise. Students leaving the University with no loan debt rose from 35 to 43 percent between 2009 and 2017, according to the Office for Undergraduate Education. When a student knows how much debt they have, it may not seem like a lot of money at first , said Tina Falkner, director of the Office of Student Finance. When broken down into costly installments over a decade-long period, however, the cost gets put into perspective, she said. The number of students seeking One Stop u See AID Page 3


Nasram Qasim, left, Nasra Qasim and Hana Qasim weave traditional Somali baskets at the History Center’s new Somalis in Minnesota exhibit on Saturday, June 23 in St. Paul. The baskets are made to hold household items.

Celebrating Somali culture A new exhibit highlights the personal perspectives of MN Somali culture and history. BY J.D. DUGGAN

An exhibit featuring profiles of notable Somali residents, traditional artifacts and poetry highlighting East African culture in Minnesota opened last weekend in St. Paul. The “Somalis + Minnesota” exhibit, organized by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of Minnesota, held a grand opening celebration on Saturday at the Minnesota History Center. The exhibit will remain open until June of next year and features Somali cultural artifacts and portraits of Somali people in Minnesota. Minnesota has the greatest Somali diaspora in North America, with a large concentration living in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, a region that has historically been u See EXHIBIT Page 3


Lima Ahmad, 8, asks her older sister about different countries on a map at the History Center’s new Somalis in Minnesota exhibit on Saturday, June 23 in St. Paul.


UMN works with Germany to advance Minnesota’s sustainability MN business leaders and lawmakers are looking to push environmental tools. BY CLEO KREJCI

Several faculty from the University of Minnesota recently headed to Germany as part of an sustainable energy partnership between the University’s Institute on the Environment and Germany’s government. Faculty left on Saturday for a seminar on the country’s “energiewende,” or its plan for transitioning to clean energy. They will add to a broader delegation of Minnesotans attending the seminar, including business leaders and lawmakers who are looking to advance the state’s progress on environmental sustainability.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy awarded the Institute on the Environment a grant in 2011, forming a partnership between the two to further cross-country development of sustainable energy tools and policies. The ongoing partnership has sponsored seminars in Minnesota and Germany since 2011, including this year’s Berlin Seminar on Energy Policy that faculty are attending. The Berlin seminar focuses on the interplay between rural and urban communities in transitioning to sustainability, including wind and solar energy and decreasing reliance on non-renewable resources. Minnesota and Germany share commonalities in industry, economy and access to natural resources said Rolf Weberg, executive director of University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI).

“We get to leapfrog and learn from [Germany’s] experiences and take all of their best ideas… and implement them around the world. We want do that from a Minnesota point of view,” said Jessica Hellmann, director of the Institute on the Environment. The seminar itself is non-partisan, which is similar to Germany’s society where transitioning to clean energy is not identified with a political party, said Sabine Engel, the Institute on the Environment’s director of international partnerships, who moved to the U.S. from Germany for college. “What the Germans have shown is that a collaborative, non-partisan approach really works and we would like to help support that [in Minnesota] too,” said Engel. The Institute on the Environment’s work with Germany has sparked student interest u See SUSTAINABILIT Y Page 8


At weekend’s Twin Cities Pride Festival, rainbows and requests for reform Pride festivities included an impromptu protest against police violence in Minneapolis. BY MARAYA KING

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans gathered at the Twin Cities Pride Festival to celebrate love and equality. And call for social justice. Starting on Saturday, Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis resembled something out of Dr. Seuss’ imagination. Endless rainbows, blue skies and furries — oh my! Whether you came with your partner(s), your family, a prideful pup or just to see the sights for yourself, there was no shortage of love and camaraderie. As far as entertainment went, offerings were almost identical to those of recent years. Attendees were treated to informative booths as far as the eye could see, Plinko games around every corner and, of course, drag queens dressed to the nines and highlighted to the gods.

One of the most popular kiosks was “She Rock She Rock,” a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls, trans women and women of color. With all of the buttons, stickers and bracelets flying around, it was impossible to remain rainbow-less by the time you found your car. However, even Pride is not without its flaws. A frequent complaint came from the LGBTQ community regarding the “materialization of Pride” by those identifying as cisgender heterosexual. Almost every booth sold a bro-tank that read “ally,” but those willing to brand themselves as such were few and far between. Conversations abound, the point was not to discredit allies of the community, but rather to lift up those who have overcome the struggles that come with being queer. Proudly waving the rainbow flag is a profound moment for those who fought for it — it’s not just another Instagram aesthetic. Early on Saturday evening, festivities were slowed to a crawl when Thurman u See PRIDE Page 5


Parade spectators wait for the 2018 Pride parade to begin on Sunday, June 24, 2018 in MInneapolis.


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Dinkytown Asian cuisine seeks to differentiate The number of Asian reastuarants has increased in the area with mixed reactions. BY TIFFANY BUI

Dinkytown is no stranger to change, and neither are the palates of its customers. The area has experienced a gradual proliferation of Asian restaurants over the past few years, leading to heightened competition between businesses serving similar cuisine. Many restaurants have noticed the increase, but some owners feel that their brand of food is unique enough to distinguish them from the crowd. Dinkytown currently has 13 eateries serving Asian food, and Bonchon, a new Korean fried chicken restaurant, is opening late summer. Kiet Phan, co-owner of Vietnamese-Chinese Camdi Restaurant, said the rise has brought more customers to the area, but lately the store has seen less lunchtime activity. Not all of the competition comes from similar businesses. Phan is concerned the food court in the recently-renovated Athletes Village will eat into that lunch rush. While Camdi is one of Dinkytown’s oldest Asian restaurants, the new faces in town have also adjusted to

the changing landscape. Asian fusion restaurant Burrigato opened April 2017. When co-owners Korra Ektanitphong and Daniel Ringgenberg were looking for a space, Ektanitphong said they chose Dinkytown because there was less direct competition. She was surprised at how quickly the restaurant demographic shifted after Burrigato’s opening. “When I went to the U, you [didn’t] think of Dinkytown when you want Asian food,” she said. Ektanitphong said all the restaurants are feeling the effects of “over-saturation,” especially with the addition of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to Dinkytown. Burrigato’s plan to combat this involves an emphasis on store-to-door delivery and a more universal rebranding so customers unfamiliar with Asian foods can find the menu accessible. Just on the other side of Dinkytown is K-Bop. Although K-Bop specializes in Korean cuisine, owner Eric Nakamoto said he isn’t worried about Bonchon’s arrival. “The chicken wings we have here are quite popular... If [customers] think my chicken wings are better, then why worry?” he said. Nakamoto and other owners noted that summer seasons are typically slow while students are away.

But K-Bop sees an increase in business every summer, he said. The two hot pot destinations in the area model a case of direct competition. LePot and Tasty Pot both offer hot pot, a Chinese dish with simmering broth and various ingredients. Lepot owner and recent University graduate Zhongshuang Su said he wasn’t surprised by the influx of other Asian restaurants, adding businesses like K-Bop and The Cove encouraged him to open his restaurant in Dinkytown in May 2017. While he said the competition draws more people to the area, he did not anticipate another hot pot restaurant to open nearby at around the same time. “If you have more restaurants, you will have more customers,” said Su. What the competition is serving doesn’t matter, as long as his restaurant’s food is good, he added. While fast-casual Asian fare has picked up steam nationally, what’s happening in Dinkytown may just be a coincidence, said Randal Gast, president of Dinkytown Business Alliance. The rise in number of restaurants in Dinkytown brings sustainability into question, he said. “ I s t h e m a rk e t b i g enough? That is the challenge,” said Gast.


Customers eat at Burrigato on Tuesday, June 26. Burrigato opened in April 2017 and features a unique menu of Asian burritos.




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House on the south side of Washington Avenue. The team is currently working on a master plan for the area and is communicating with different interest groups throughout the neighborhood. “We’ve been working with a variety of people over the last five years,” Harris said. “Talking about what could or should be happening in this area, looking at what our peer institutions around the country have been doing so that we can bring back best practices and ideas.” Current tenants are still protected by their leases and will not be forced to leave before the end of their duration. Harris said that UMFREA will be working with them as their landlords. Monday’s presentation included comparisons to similar commercial districts that connect college campuses and neighborhoods. Champeau said Visus aims to create a more positive experience for pedestrians traveling the neighborhood. Champeau said they plan to continue collaboration with community leaders


Stadium Village Plaza on June 26. The University of Minnesota Foundation recently purchased the plaza.

and property owners in the 75-acre region throughout the process. “We’re at the very beginning of a long process. It starts with understanding the community’s needs and kind of pulling that together with the University,” Champeau said. Vince Netz, president of the Prospect Park Association, said UMFREA has worked closely with the PPA in the past and played a role in the formation of the Towerside Innovation District. He expressed some concerns but is excited to see the transformation of the entrance to Prospect Park from Huron Boulevard, which is currently home to a strip mall and an empty lot.

“I think it’s exciting. I mean, if they want to make it like a really urban landscape with the research and all that, that’s good,” Netz said. “But they are a little bit of a polar bear that could roll over and crush you if you don’t pay attention.” Because the idea is in preliminary stages, plans are still up in the air. But Harris believes these will be important investments in the long-term. “We aren’t just focusing on the properties that we are acquiring, we’re also saying how can we be helpful more broadly to the entire surrounding community, thinking [ambitiously] about what the future could hold,” Harris said.

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financial counseling appointments in 2018 has already surpassed intake from the previous year – from 100 consultations in 2017 to 175 so far in 2018. “We’re on track to double or triple that number and that’s been… the trend – the more we can spread the message [about One Stop], the more and more appointments we can have,” said One Stop assistant director and financial wellness committee chair Betsy Everts. Students most often bring up loan debt management and budgeting during one-on-one appointments, she said. “What we’re hearing from students after the appointment is… ‘I wish I would’ve heard about this long ago.’ So we are trying to disperse this on the [University] campus,” Everts said. University senior Lydia Fess, who helped found the Personal Finance Club, sat down with a financial aid counselor when she began thinking about navigating college finances. Fess said she created the club to educate her peers about the issue after learning about finances


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in high school. “I knew which loans to pay off first and where I should and shouldn’t go for help [with finances], and so because of that I felt like this was something I should… share with as many people as possible.” Fess said she hopes to see the University improve its ability to help students manage finances early in their college careers by adding a more comprehensive one-credit course for students to improve their financial literacy. “I think... a lot of people

don’t know how important it is to be aware of your financial health every minute of every day,” Fess said. Falkner said academic support resources are looking to decrease student fear about approaching student counseling services. “I think most of us are afraid to talk to [loan services]. It’s sort of like going to talk to the doctor when you think you have something wrong,” Falkner said. “We can help... but we need someone to come in and ask us to.”


Ava Dawolo, 6, weaves a traditional Somali basket with her grandmother, Mary Gustafson, at the History Center’s new Somalis in Minnesota exhibit on Saturday, June 23 in St. Paul. The baskets are woven to hold household items.

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resided by newcomers to the state. According to the exhibit, over half of the population of Cedar-Riverside is of East African descent. “We had been collecting Somali history as soon as the arrival of the first folks in 1991,” said Kate Roberts, senior exhibit developer with the Minnesota Historical Society. “We have been doing oral histories and various other things to try and document the story [of Somali people].” Roberts said the Somali M us e um of M inne s o t a played a pivotal role in organizing the display. Gabriel Drummond, an animal science senior at the University of Minnesota and volunteer coordinator with the Somali museum, said the exhibit marks progress for the Somali community in Minnesota. “For me, the most amazing part is that we started out as a museum with the owner having items in a suitcase in the back of his car,” Drummond said. “It kind of expanded from just artifacts in [Somali Museum Founder Osman Ali’s] suitcase to a fullfledged location.” Artifacts on display included traditional Somali huts and a wall-to-wall mural depicting the plains of the country. University alumnus Abdirahman Hassan demonstrated the use of Somali tools in videos throughout the exhibit. “I’m honored that I can help tell part of that story,” Hassan said. Hassan, a gallery guide and accessibility coordinator at the Somali Museum of Minnesota, expressed his appreciation that the exhibit showcased successful Minnesota Somalis, like doctors, nurses, politicians and athletes. Said Salah Ahmed, a Somali instructor at the


Penny Ives, a 30-year Minnesota resident, reads about Somali fashion at the History Center’s new Somalis in Minnesota exhibit on Saturday, June 23 in St. Paul.


Miriam Meyer, left, Salome Meyer, Silas Meyer and Joab Meyer watch a video that is part of the History Center’s new Somalis in Minnesota exhibit on Saturday, June 23 in St. Paul. The exhibit tells the past and present history of Somali people, highlighting their presence in Minnesota.

University and poet and playwright, was profiled in the exhibit. Hassan said the cultural exchange the exhibit offers helps to shed a positive light on Somali culture, which he said is sometimes displayed negatively in the media. He said the exhibit was especially important to Somali elders, who may not have seen the displayed artifacts in decades. “They’re like ‘Oh my god, [these are] things I haven’t seen for … 30 years, 40 years, and my culture is important enough for it to be interesting to other people,’” Hassan said. Profiles in the exhibit can

inspire Somali youth who may not be exposed to role models in popular culture, Hassan said. “It’s wonderful because it gives young Somali kids within Minnesota models to look up to,” Hassan said. “When they see stuff from the media, sometimes they don’t see their face, they don’t see their names. But this gives them something to look up to.” Correction: A previous version of this story misquoted Kate Roberts. She said, “We had been collecting Somali history as soon as the arrival of the first folks in 1991.”








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Shirley Jackson’s classic short story takes place on June 27 (and turned 70 years old on Tuesday), making today the perfect day to revisit the most haunting story you read in middle school.


Friday Spice Girls vs. Boy Bands Flip Phone is taking over Can Can Wonderland for a competition between and a tribute to the Spice Girls and classic boy bands. You can watch drag performances, play mini-golf, enjoy food and drinks and compete in the Spice Girls and boy bands costume contest. Get your tickets ASAP— Flip Phone events sell out quickly!

Where Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave N. Ste 004, St. Paul Hours 10 P.M. to 2 A.M. Cost $15-$20

Saturday Adult Swim on the Green If you’re a big fan of shows like “Rick and Morty” and “The Eric Andre Show,” Adult Swim on the Green is the outdoor event for you. They’ll screen never-beforeseen episodes of Adult Swim shows, and you can vote for your favorite episodes and browse local vendors’ offerings. Each ticket comes with free popcorn and soda.

Where The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S., Minneapolis Hours 6 to 10 P.M. Cost Sold out

Sunday Minneapolis Pops Orchestra New to classical music? Looking to get your fix on a budget? The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, made up of professional musicians from the area, plays a variety of waltzes, marches, movie and Broadway music and other popular songs. They perform for free at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, making their concert the perfect option for a Sunday evening.

Where Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis Hours 5:30 to 7 P.M. Cost Free

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Blevins, 31, was shot and killed by police in north Minneapolis after 911 calls were placed, claiming he was shooting a gun into the air. While there is debate surrounding the incidents of that night, the party raged on at local bars while protestors planned for the next day. Once the sun had officially set, the city buzzed from Gay 90’s all the way to Jetset bar, where the shots looked vaguely similar to the pride flag. The next morning, an hour-long protest preceded the parade, which called for change within the Twin Cities and national police forces. The protesters marched into the parade path and demanded their voices be heard — literally — before the parade could continue on. But this interruption did very little to dampen the mood of the ongoing festivities. If anything, it re-energized the crowd. This year’s Pride was both a celebration and a call to action — some might even call it a unicorn.


A pearl unicorn horn adorns the head of a parade marcher during the 2018 Twin Cities Pride parade on Sunday, June 24.


Marchers dressed their dogs in Pride gear during the 2018 Twin Cities Pride parade on Sunday, June 24.


A marcher struts during the 2018 Twin Cities Pride parade on Sunday, June 24.


Taking vintage off your feed and onto the street Sunday marked the launch of the Minneapolis Vintage Market, a monthly gathering of vintage vendors. BY MADDY FOLSTEIN


rowing up in London, Hayley MatthewsJones became accustomed to combing through racks at markets for vintage finds. “I had a bunch of really cool leather jackets when I was a teenager,” MatthewsJones said. Inspired by the markets she grew up with, MatthewsJones launched the Minneapolis Craft Market, a hub for craft fans and makers, in 2015. She also experimented with other vintage

“I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon and Boston, and I feel like Minneapolis was ripe for this.” LATRICIA ASKEW Co-founder of The Keep

markets, thanks to interest from vintage vendors. After being approached by three shops in March — Moth Oddities, Tandem Vintage and The Keep — Matthews-Jones set out to organize a monthly gathering with some of the Twin Cities’ finest vintage treasure troves. This became The Minneapolis Vintage Market, which launched on Sunday. “I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon and Boston, and I feel like Minneapolis was ripe for this,” said Latricia Askew of The Keep. “There’s a lot of people interested in shopping vintage and secondhand.” University of Minnesota alumni Yana Pietras and Ian O’Neill of Moth Oddities source their vintage picks from across the United States and Italy. “These types of [large scale vintage markets] can be found all across the US… During our road trips around America, we participated in many of these markets,” Pietras said. “What we found was, when we came home, there wasn’t really

something significant [and comparable].” Vintage sellers have thrived on sites like Instagram, expanding their reach with follows and likes. But the community can still feel disconnected — individual pop-ups, for example, make it difficult to consistently find your favorite sellers. “A lot of vendors... get the complaint that customers don’t know where to find them [and that] there’s not a lot of consistency to it,” Matthews-Jones said. “I hope we can put in place an infrastructure [so] some of those smaller businesses [can say], ‘Hey, follow this page. I’ll always be at this one this month.’” Sunday’s Vintage Market launch at Sociable Cider Werks offered cool cider on a humid afternoon and racks of colorful sundresses, silky tops, denim shorts and bright swimsuits. “I just bought this red windbreaker that I’m super pumped to wear,” said Bridget Nath, a University senior studying entrepreneurial management. “I’ll


Alexandria Cochran tries on a red overall outfit at the launch of the Minneapolis Vintage Market on Sunday, June 24.

probably wear it to class with skinny jeans, this jacket and a tank top.” The market was not limited to clothing, either. Solid State Vinyl Records sold vintage records and multiple vendors offered vintage home goods. “I think clothing gets a lot of love, and it’s amazing and I love shopping vintage clothing,” said Libby Hegtvedt of Rank and File Vintage. “But I want to get housewares out there and let people know that it’s fun to have really unique items in their homes. It’s better than shopping at Ikea.” Far from the traditional

Ikea offerings, Hegtvedt’s favorite market items included a light-up globe lamp, coral jewelry and turquoise fiberglass chairs. The next installment of the Minneapolis Vintage Market is scheduled for July 15 at Sociable Cider Werks. Matthews-Jones and the collection of vendors will continue to offer consistency to a growing network of vintage lovers. “With that consistency, and us trying to have as many premiere vendors as possible, we have the ability to make it more accessible to the entire Twin Cities,” O’Neill said.


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New MRI machine to cut wait time at UMN


An MRI technician injects contrast dye into a patient’s IV during an MRI of their brain at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center on Monday, June 25 in Minneapolis.

The new machine will be operational in December. BY KATRINA PROSS

The Clinics and Surgery Center at the University of Minnesota will receive a third magnetic resonance imaging machine to meet high demands and alleviate wait times. The Board of Regents

approved the additional MRI machine at their June meeting. The total project cost is approximately $2 million, with construction beginning this summer and operation starting in December. Currently, the center has two MRI machines and patients can be on the waitlist for an MRI for 2-3 weeks, depending on the scan type. Typically, patients can get scheduled for an MRI within a few days. The center has

recently resorted to administering more MRI’s on Saturdays and Sundays and extending their hours to keep up with demands. The longer wait times can cause anxiety for patients, who are sometimes unaware of what their condition is or if their illness has spread, said Charles Dietz, the chair of the University’s Department of Radiology. “One or two weeks probably doesn’t make much of a difference for

[cancer] patients, but I can tell you emotionally, to not know whether you have cancer … or what the kind of cancer is, if you can’t get a scan within a week, that’s a very scary proposition,” Dietz said. M Health has seen a 10 percent system wide increase each year in MRI demands, performing about 20,000 MRI’s per year at numerous M Health locations, Dietz said.The M Health system has had to add another MRI machine

every few years because of this demand, he said.“It’s important to continue to support the needs and the growth that we’ve had ... and we can tell from our backlog that we’re not supporting them fully at this point,” said senior clinic manager at the Center for Clinical Imaging Research Joanne Johnson. Common conditions that have required these MRI’s have been prostate cancer, breast cancer and liver conditions such as liver

cancer and fatty liver disease, Dietz said. Johnson said another reason for the increase in demand is an influx in Gophers athletes needing MRI’s. “What we’re finding is patients actually don’t mind [getting an MRI done on] evenings and weekends. What they do mind is waiting two weeks,” Dietz said. While there are other locations near campus for people to get MRI’s, staff at the Clinics and Surgery Center say that people prefer to get their MRI done at the center and have a longer wait time due to the quality of the care and technology offered at the center. “[The new MRI machine] will continue to help the [University] have a forward face of innovation and be at the cutting edge of radiology,” said Eric Hoggard, vice president of clinical operations for the University’s Department of Radiology. It is also cheaper for patients to get MRI’s at outpatient centers like the Clinics and Surgery Center rather than in an inpatient hospital, according to Hoggard. “One of the goals for public health is to get our outpatients out of the hospital and into an outpatient center ... It’s better for us because we all enjoy good service at the right place at the right time. Financially, it’s a bit of a burden [on the University] to move people to the outpatient services but it’s the right thing to do [because it saves patients money],” Hoggard said.

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on the topic, including the creation of a study abroad program in Germany. “We are burdened with [ e n v i ro n m e n t a l i s s u e s ] that the last generation hasn’t been,” said Joseph Mullen, the Institute on the Environment’s student project assistant lead for international partnerships. “I think now we’re kind of pressured to use less [resources].” Dean Mostafa Kaveh of the College of Science and Engineering, who is

attending the seminar, said a significant amount of research relating to wind, solar and thermal technologies takes place in CSE. CSE research often overlaps with policy making, mirroring the necessary interplay Kaveh expects to take place at the seminar. “Energy is starting to have opportunities like the Berlin Seminar where people start seeing… [opportunities] to try to drive a result – drive an impact,” Weberg said. “I see that as a really good model for universities anywhere to pick up and drive it from the basic research to commercialization.”

After attending previous seminars, Weberg said dialogue has led to developments in NRRI’s research and future collaborations on implementing natural resources to develop sustainable practices and jobs in Minnesota. “Anytime you can expand your horizons beyond your immediate environment always gives you better work,” Weberg said. “Getting more experts working together is how you solve big problems. And energy is a big problem.” Delegates from Germany plan to visit the University in fall 2018 to continue their ongoing work.

Construction on 8th St. SE. is active on June 23. The project was put off because of Athlete’s Village construction, and the delay caused additional costs.

The project was postponed due to construction on Athlete’s Village. BY HELEN SABROWSKY

Last week, a Minneapolis City Council committee authorized a cooperative agreement between the University of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis which requires that the University reimburse the City for a redesign of 8th Street SE in Dinkytown. Construction on the street was originally scheduled for 2014, but was postponed until 2019 due to the construction of the University’s Athlete’s Village, which was completed last February, said Ole Mersinger of Minneapolis Public Works. Construction on the new facility caused additional damage to the street that will be addressed in the redesign. The original plans were almost complete at the time of the project’s delay, he said. Changes in City policy mean the original design proposed in 2012 wouldn’t be up to current standards, said Ward 3 City Council member Steve Fletcher. “Since 2012, we’ve passed new policies on how we do roads,”

Fletcher said. “We passed a complete streets policy, so there would be more of an emphasis on pedestrian safety, for example, than we previously did in our road engineering, so it would make sense that they re-look at the design.” Athlete’s Village also affected the geometry of the area, including changes in driveways, which contributed to the need for a redesign, said Mersinger. While postponing construction on 8th Street SE was an inconvenience, it made more sense to finish Athlete’s Village before beginning construction on the road, he said. “We’re always working with our partners to address the main goal of the project, and to put a new street in and then have construction traffic driving over [the new street] isn’t the best idea,” Mersinger said. Athlete’s Village

officially broke ground in fall of 2015. Now residents in the area are facing additional construction due to the 8th Street SE project. While construction can be an burden, it’s a consequence of living in a city, said Fletcher, who would rather residents be inconvenienced for a short period of time than have run-down roads in the neighborhood. Suh Koller, a recent University graduate who lives nearby in Como, said construction in the area hasn’t been a disruption in the past. “For me, personally, it’s never really been an issue, but I can recognize that it can be a hindrance to people who have to drive in to school or live nearby,” she said. Mersinger said he doesn’t expect there to be any complications with the redesign. “It’s a pretty straightforward little project that is needed for the area,” he said.

“We’re always working with our partners to address the main goal of the project, and to put a new street in and then have construction traffic driving over [the new street] isn’t the best idea.” OLE MERSINGER Minneapolis Public Works

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