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The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily


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.

Apart for the Minnesota Get-Together

by Becca Most
Published June 25, 2020
From canceled livestock shows to missed research opportunities and giant pumpkin competitions, University students and graduates lose valuable experience without this year’s state fair.
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.

Students facing abuse left more vulnerable during COVID-19

by Becca Most
Published June 15, 2020
With the closure of in-person resources, a pandemic exacerbates structural barriers to support.
Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

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

by Hana Ikramuddin
Published June 11, 2020
As coursework moved online, some students say accommodations or expectations were not met by faculty and staff.
What online instruction means for student data privacy

What online instruction means for student data privacy

by Helen Sabrowsky
Published April 23, 2020
As teaching increasingly relies on Canvas and Zoom, the University of Minnesota is looking to secure student data.
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.

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

by Dylan Miettinen
Published April 16, 2020
The relationship between personal care assistants and those they serve is complicated during a pandemic.
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. 

National Guard students balance basic training and a pandemic — remotely

by Helen Sabrowsky
Published April 6, 2020
In some states, students are beginning to serve on missions directly related to the coronavirus.
Smith Hall stands empty during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and in 1918, the year the influenza outbreak commonly known as the Spanish flu also forced campus and business closures. Archive photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Archives - Twin Cities. 

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

by Natalie Rademacher and Michelle Griffith
Published March 30, 2020
A century later, the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to look eerily similar to the 1918 influenza outbreak.
The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

Lawmakers prioritize “essential” legislation, focus efforts on coronavirus relief and bonding

by Mohamed Ibrahim
Published March 26, 2020
Other higher education bills may have to wait as state lawmakers prioritize COVID-19 response and infrastructure funding.
 A Catholic Students United daily prayer session is hosted on Instagram Live. 

Keeping faith close – even from afar

by Dylan Miettinen
Published March 26, 2020
Religious communities on campus are using alternative methods to continue worship during the COVID-19 pandemic
International Student Chengde Yan listens to music in the lobby of his apartment on Wednesday, March 18. Yan will travel back to his home in China and will graduate with a degree in economics at the end of the spring semester.

Parents’ care, worry means an early trip home for many international students

by Jiang Li
Published March 25, 2020
Parents said they worry about the high cost of U.S. healthcare — and fear their children may not be able to access it — if infected with COVID-19.

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