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Southeast Como sees trajectory towards more rental, absentee owners

The intesection of SE 13th Ave. and SE Como Ave. on Thursday, July 23.

Caitlin Anderson

August 6, 2020

Southeast Como resident Georgia Smith has lived on 13th Avenue Southeast since 1947. But the neighborhood she has known her entire life has changed dramatically. Now, Smith, 72, remains one of four homeowners still living in their primary residences on her street — out of 26 properties spanning one block...

UMN students lead callouts against racism in Minnesota public schools

<p>Nautica Flowers, a current University student and activist fighting for racial equality within Eagan High School, posed for a portrait near Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, July 15. Students like Flowers are fighting for change within District 196 schools.</p>

Becca Most

August 1, 2020

Nautica Flowers has had enough.  Since June 29, the third-year University of Minnesota student has been running an Instagram callout page for Eagan High School, collecting and sharing accounts of racism and discrimination. Flowers has some stories of their own. Throughout their four years at Eagan High School, Flowe...

Apart for the Minnesota Get-Together

<p>Agriculture communication major Elaine Dorn in the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 24. Dorn was planning to show her sheep at this year’s fair before it was canceled due to Covid-19. </p>

Becca Most

June 25, 2020

For the past four years, Kendra Waldenberger has stayed overnight in dorms for 13 days at the Minnesota State Fair. Involved in the 4-H program since first grade, the second-year animal science student has been showing dairy cows since middle school and spends most of her summers preparing her cows for...

Students facing abuse left more vulnerable during COVID-19

Tamara Stark, the senior director of housing and youth development at Tubman, poses for a portrait at the Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood on Tuesday, June 9. Tubman provides shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and education to the Twin Cities community.

Becca Most

June 15, 2020

Tamara Stark is busier than ever.  As a senior director at Tubman —  Minnesota’s largest provider of domestic violence services — an already heavy workload has put Stark and her coworkers under even more strain since the pandemic.  Stark often works with youth and college-aged stu...

Students with disabilities grapple with transition to online instruction, face uphill challenges

<p>Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein</p>

Hana Ikramuddin

June 11, 2020

Halfway through fall semester, first-year University of Minnesota student Lee Knutson received accommodations from the Disability Resource Center. Knutson, who has a history of anxiety and panic attacks, is now allowed extra time on exams and has the option to take them alone, instead of in a large cl...

What online instruction means for student data privacy

<p>Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein</p>

Helen Sabrowsky

April 23, 2020

As educational institutions across the country shift to online instruction in light of the coronavirus pandemic, increased attention has focused on student data privacy and what it looks like in digital learning.  Across the University of Minnesota, digital platforms like Zoom and Canvas have seen...

Women’s hockey ready to retool for next season

Gophers Head Coach Brad Frost addresses the team during a timeout at Ridder Arena on Friday, Jan. 17.  Minnesota suffered a 1-4 loss to Ohio State. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Matthew Kennedy

April 18, 2020

The NCAA women's hockey season came to an untimely end Thursday, March 12 — right before the NCAA Tournament was set to kick off. The Gophers were coming off of a close overtime loss in the WCHA Tournament semifinals to eventual WCHA champions Ohio State and were scheduled for a rematch against the Bucke...

‘You are truly essential’: for student PCAs, the job doesn’t stop with the ‘stay-at-home’ order

Jen Onsum, left, and Paige Wolf, her personal care assistant pose for a portrait outside her apartment building on Wednesday, April 15. “I have no choice but to trust that my PCAs are practicing social distancing and self-isolation,” said Onsum.

Dylan Miettinen

April 16, 2020

For Jen Onsum, it had been a stressful morning.  Onsum is a motivational speaker, model and creative consultant. Living with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the nervous system and muscle movement, she has multiple personal care assistants who assist her with daily activitie...

National Guard students balance basic training and a pandemic — remotely

<p>Senior Violet Ohnstad poses for a portrait on campus on Friday, April 3. Ohnstad, who enlisted in the National Guard in January, is uncertain what the next few months will look like as she prepares for basic training. </p>

Helen Sabrowsky

April 6, 2020

Across the United States, students enlisted in the National Guard are adjusting to life during a pandemic.  So far, this means shifting to online classes, using Instagram for workouts and changes in annual training. But in states with a larger National Guard response, some students are beginning...

Closures, delays and contagion: How UMN’s 1918 influenza pandemic response mirrors COVID-19 efforts today

<p>Smith Hall stands empty during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and in 1918, the year the influenza outbreak commonly known as the " />

Natalie Rademacher and Michelle Griffith

March 30, 2020

Many restaurants are closed, public gatherings are prohibited and classrooms at the University of Minnesota sit empty, despite it being the middle of the semester. It is not 2020 — it is fall 1918, and the influenza pandemic is in full force.  World War I was mobilizing around the globe as a seve...