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Hard Times Cafe Transforms after Accident

According to Inside the Daily Planet ,after closing its doors last week when a driver crashed into its outer wall, Hard Times Café will reopen Thursday, debuting some small renovations.,

Hard Times Cafe , located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus was temporarily closed after a car plowed into its outer wall .

According to Minnesota Daily, a car rammed into the side of the building April 3., shoving the restaurants dishwasher and pluming off the wall by nearly 6 inches.

Hard Times Cafe is usually opened 22 hours a day and closes only two days of the year for cleaning and repairs, so being closed for almost two weeks was a change for the owners as well as patrons.

"Doing all the repairs at once makes the cafe' look new again," co-owner Merle-Smith said.

Now that the renovations are near complete, patrons will be able to frequent the local cafe again.
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Dinky Town Residents Concerned about Burglaries

Burglaries in the Dinky Town neighborhood of Minneapolis have residents and business owners concerned about their safety.

On the morning of March 10th, a burglary at the Five Guys fast food restaurant located in Dinky Town occurred during the morning police shift change.

Apparently, police heard the building alarm sound at 6:30 pm, but when they arrived the building was secure.

Minnesota Daily reports, a lurker slipped into the building while the door was propped open during a morning deliver. When employees came in for work around 7:15 , they noticed money missing from the register.

Dinky town has had its share of car jacking and burglaries in the past. One year ago, a student was stabbed and robbed in the neighborhood.

According to he Star Tribune,a stabbing just a few blocks off campus sent a student to the hospital and added to a string of high-profile attacks in and around the University of Minnesota in recent months.

These reports have caused a continuous concern about police availability and police shift changes that have recently make police less accessible during certain hours.

" I think the problem is that you've got the wily criminal who knows his timing and takes advantage of an opportunity," Said 421's Jim Sander, reports Minnesota Daily.

Moving forward, Five Guys will now be more careful when closing at night.

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Number of Car accidents in Minnesota Rise

The number of fatal car accidents across Minnesota is a big concern when it comes to road safety.

According to FindLaw,The Department of Public Safety reports that more than 100 people have died in auto accidents so far in 2010 -- exceeding the number of drivers killed last year for the same time period. An estimated 421 people died in all of 2009, when the 100-death mark came in May .

Unfortunatley, teenagers make up the majority of individuals involved in fatal car accidents because of resistance to wearing seat belt.

Drinking and Driving is also another result of fatal accidents in Minnesota . Golden Valley Patch reports that, One in Seven Minnesotas have a DUI.

According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, in 2009 32,756 motorists were arrested for DWI; That averages out to about 90 DWIs issued per day throughout the state of Minnesota. 41 percent of those arrested already had one DWI on their record, reports Goled Valley Patch.

Gophers beat Purdue in Big 10 opener

The Minnesota Gophers beat the Purde Boilermakers 9-5 in the Big 10 Opener on Friday.

Minnesota Daily Reports,After struggling to find consistency through much of the rain-shortened and road-heavy non-conference slate, Minnesota (9-8) scored nine runs to close the West coast road trip. They followed that up Friday by scoring nine more runs and beating Purdue 9-5.

The Minnesota Gophers definitely showed up in Indianapolis .

According to NBC Sports, Minnesota's coach won a national championship at Kentucky and has 450 career victories, yet no half of basketball he has coached in 18 years could top what his Golden Gophers did to Purdue on Saturday. Minnesota held the No. 6 Boilermakers to the worst first half in Purdue's record books and rolled to a 69-42 victory in the Big Ten tournament semifinals

At one point in the game, Purdue went eleven minutes without scoring, which did not help the outcome of the game.

Starting Point Guard Lewis Jackson went on to say, " We did not have anything in our tanks today, obviously Minnesota did."

Up to seven members of the Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich establishment Worker's Union were fired Tuesday and Wednesday for delivering hundreds of posters arguing that the establishment puts customers at risk of food-borne illness.

The members were fired from five Twin Cities locations after their campaign for paid sick days.

Minnesota Daily reports that the unpaid sick days "force" employees to come in sick, and put the customers at risk.

"The workers were fired for putting up the posters, which "impermissibley disparage our product by telling customers that eating a Jimmy John's sandwich will put them at risk of contracting food-borne illness," said franchise owner Mike Mulligan , according to City Pages.

Several of the fired employees had comments about their termination which some members said their actions were legally protected because they were organizing for higher wages.

Union member David Boeh said " We were fired for saying g we want better conditions for ourselves," reports Minnesota Daily.

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Shooting ends Ausburg Powwow

A stray bullet hit a man near Augsburg College where an Annual Powwow was being held on Saturday.

According to Minnesota Daily, a fight broke out around 7:20 pm near Murphy Square Park among people who were not affiliated with Augsburg College, or the event.

The man shot was a 22-year-old Wahkon , a Minnesota resident who was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center after the shooting.

CBS Minnesota reports,the shooting ended an Augsburg Indigenous Student Association and American Indian Powwow event that was taking place at the Si Medley Gymnasium on 23rd Avenue South in Minneapolis. Police said the victim was in attendance at the powwow.

MPD suspects the shooting might have been related to the powwow but did not give further details, reports Minnesota Daily.

No further arrests have been made, and although the scheduled Powwow did not continue, the next Powwow will be next year on March 31srt.


Minnesota Daily- Hard Copy March 21, 2011

Minneapolis mayor discusses the economey

Citizens listened as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak gave his annual state of the city address at Augsburg College on Tuesday.

During the speech, Rybak talked about job growth and lower crime rates , the Minnesota Daily reported.

His speech to a packed house, focused on job creation, including an (unopened) beer growler from Harriet Brewing--a brewery that opened after the city council revised a law to allow growler sales, reports the SouthwestMinnepolisPatch.

Forbes Magazine named Minneapolis the best city in America to find a job, Ryback mentioned ,according to the Minnesota Daily.

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Rybak also mentioned that job creation by Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development has given 12,000 city residents the opportunity to work since 2002. The city of Minneapolis has also made it possible for small business owners to get low interest loans including Blackbird Cafe in Southwest Minneapolis, He also highlighted the importance of programs like "Step It up" a program that finds summer jobs for the youth, reported SouthwestMinneapolisPatch.

"The mayor did a good job of outlining a vision for the city around that and it's in line with what the council and the mayor and our public and private partners have been working on together," said Betsy Hodges Council member , to the SouthwestMinneapolisPatch.

Ryback also highlighted the city's capital budget which will be finalized in December and focuses on business growth along Mass Transit corridors. As far as public safety goes, he credited Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan for the city's lowest violent crime rate in 27 years, but concerns for youth crime are still there Councilman Cam Gorden believes, reported the Minnesota Daily.

Shooting outside of Bloomington IHOP

Three people were shot outside of the International House of Pancakes in Bloomington , MN Sunday night.

Bloomington police announced to CBS Minnesota that the shooting happened after a party bus carrying 20 to 25 people pulled into the parking lot of the IHOP restaurant near the Mall of America about 3 a.m.

Apparently, some of the members of the group were still inside of the restaurant and some were outside of the restaurant when a car pulled up and several shots were fired.

CBS Minnesota reports thats the group had rented a party bus and were returning from a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis to the IHOP in Bloomington when the shooting occurred.

Police Cmdr. Mark Stehlik told the Pioneer Press that one man was shot several times in the lower body, one was shot in his leg and the other suffered a superficial wound. The two injured men were both taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Pioneer Press also adds that, Police are still looking for whoever shot and wounded the three men.

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