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The Twin Cities Daily Planet is partnering with the Southeast Publications Board to help neighbors in the five neighborhoods in the University District—Marcy-Holmes, Como, Prospect Park-East River Road, Cedar-Riverside/West Bank, and the University neighborhood itself—share news about their communities. We invite you to be part of the project! Here's how:

For more information about how you can contribute news and tips to the Daily Planet's coverage of the University District neighborhoods, contact jay [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net. We also invite you to meet our editors Mary Turck and Jay Gabler in person at weekly Newsroom Cafe meetings throughout the Twin Cities, often held in or near the University District. Check our classes page for the complete schedule.

In tight race, Somalis turn out for Mohamud Noor, possibly Rep. Phyllis Kahn's toughest challenger in 42 years

Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor will run against each other in the 2014 election. (Photo at left by Mark Vancleave, Daily file photo on right by Holly Peterson)

The surge in political activism from Somali-Americans in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is putting pressure on longstanding Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, to prove that she deserves another term in the state Legislature.

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Marcy-Holmes finalizing master plan, seeking feedback

The Marcy-Holmes master plan update, which will guide growth and development in the neighborhood, was released Wednesday for public comment.

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University-area landlords say luxury apartment boom pushes neighborhood fixes

The apartment complex The Bridges is under construction at University and 10th avenues southeast and is set to open this fall. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

While the luxury apartment complexes popping up around the University of Minnesota give students more housing options, off-campus property owners are confident they can compete with the new development.

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Minneapolis patches pothole fund with extra $1 million

One of the many potholes that cars attempt to avoid hitting on Pillsbury Drive Southeast on the University's East Bank on Thursday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | University of Minnesota faculty statement on the visit of Dr. Condoleezza Rice

[Editor's note: This is the text of a petition/statement by University of Minnesota faculty members objecting to this week's visit by Dr. Condoleezza Rice.] On April 17, 2014, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit the University of Minnesota to give the Distinguished Carlson Lecture, an annual activity of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, endowed by a private gift from the Carlson Foundation. This year, the lecture has an additional significance, as it is part of the series of events entitled, "Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice," sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the American Civil Rights Act of 1964. As the flagship speaker for the main event of the series, Dr. Rice is explicitly being honored as a civil rights leader and being brought in to speak about civil rights given her purported leadership and expertise on American civil rights.

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In defense of the Dinkytown "riots"

Unless you live under a rock, or are a rock, you’ve probably heard about the so-called “riots” that took place in Dinkytown this weekend. The riots on Thursday and Saturday were directly – maybe indirectly – caused by the Minnesota Gophers Men’s Hockey team winning and losing on each night, respectively.

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19 arrested as hundreds of police disperse crowds in Dinkytown streets after Gophers loss

Minneapolis law enforcement detain a man during a riot in Dinkytown Saturday night after the Gophers' loss in the NCAA final. Violence erupted despite increased police presence following a raucous celebration Thursday night. (Photo by Amanda Snyder)

A riotous crowd filled Dinkytown for the second time in three days Saturday, following the Gophers’ loss in the NCAA Frozen Four final.

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Officials warn 'zero tolerance' after rowdy post-game Dinkytown crowd, law enforcement preparations underway for NCAA final Saturday

Minneapolis police officer sprays tear gas at a pedestrian in front of Espresso Royal on Thursday evening. People stormed Dinkytown's street following the Gopher men's hockey semifinal win against North Dakota. (Photo by Bridget Bennett)

A last-second goal from the Gophers men’s hockey team Thursday night sent Dinkytown into a three-hour frenzy as hundreds of rowdy people flooded the streets following the semifinal win.

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'No one is safe': Somali community seeks answers to gun violence in Minneapolis

On Tuesday evening, scores of people assembled at Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which runs from April 10-16. Many who attended are mothers and relatives of the Somali men gunned down in Minneapolis. (MinnPost photos by Ibrahim Hirsi)

Losing loved ones to gun violence isn’t unusual for many Somali-Americans, a community uprooted by a civil war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, tore their homeland apart and displaced millions.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival off and running

With over 250 films from 65 countries, the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival runs through April 19. The event is a project of the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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