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Punch Pizza opens in Stadium Village

Punch Pizza opens in Stadium Village

December 14, 2009

The owners of Punch Pizza may have figured out the perfect business formula for the college-aged consumer: beer, music and really good pizza. Owners John Soranno and John Puckett opened a new Punch Pizza...

Ventura back in the ring and the limelight

November 18, 2009

Jesse Ventura is back. The former professional wrestler and Minnesota governor is scheduled to host WWE: A RAW Thanksgiving on Monday in Hershey, Penn. Ventura, who won the highest seat in the state as...

Coleman and Obama score in polls, no such luck for Pawlenty

November 18, 2009

For some state Republicans, former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman is the best choice to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2010, according to a recent Rassmusen poll. About 50 percent of 330 Republicans polled said...

Poll: Pawlenty is trailing

October 29, 2009

Yes, it's early to be talking about the next presidential race, but for all you campaign junkies out there... A recent CNN poll found that Gov. Tim Pawlenty is way behind other big-name republicans expected...

Kelley announces gubernatorial campaign

October 19, 2009

Steve Kelley, a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, announced Monday that he will run for governor, according to the Star Tribune. Kelley will be joining about two dozen...

Franken, Klobuchar and Pawlenty back medical device industry

October 18, 2009

An unlikely trio is putting partisanship aside to support the medical device industry, according to the Washington Post. Democratic Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty are...

Pawlenty wants more troops, bashes Obama spending

October 14, 2009

Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be contradicting himself as he continues his unofficial march toward a presidential campaign, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The governor wants more troops to support the war...

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100-year-old Itasca station in need of renovation funds

September 23, 2009

Itasca, Minn. âÄî At a wilderness teaching laboratory spread across 58 acres of the shores of the Mississippi River headwaters, Jon Ross is organizing one of the most important parties of his career....

U receives grant for writing program

June 26, 2009

The University received a nearly $1 million grant for the next three years from the Bush Foundation last week. The grant will fund a Writing Enriched Curriculum program to ensure all students have writing-enriched...

Daily Digest: Gunman kills at least 12 in New York

April 3, 2009

Your digest: Gunman kills 12 A suspected lone gunman killed at least 12 people, wounded at least five and then killed himself at a support center for immigrants and refugees Friday morning in Binghamton,...

Bruininks slow to sign college climate change commitment

December 12, 2007

More than 450 college presidents and chancellors across the country have signed a commitment to make their campuses more sustainable. University President Bob Bruininks is not one of them. The American...

Falconry: What do you do during your lunch break?

December 6, 2007

Grant Anderson often takes an unusual lunch break. His restaurant of choice is a small cattail pond encircled by brush, wedged between Midway Stadium and the St. Paul campus. His lunch companion is a 5-year-old...

Researchers investigate soap chemical’s dirty secret

December 5, 2007

National Hand Washing Awareness Week started Monday, but University researchers have found there could be some nasty consequences for all the scrubbing. Along with fellow researchers, civil engineering...

Forestry Club sells Christmas trees to students

December 3, 2007

Members of the University Forestry Club don't hug trees, they cut and sell them. Every year since the club's formation in 1903, its members have operated a Christmas tree lot; open from the day after Thanksgiving...

$6 million St. Paul facility awaits go-ahead to study exotic plants

November 29, 2007

Like a grade school kid waiting for his Red Ryder BB-gun, the plant pathology department is counting down the days until Christmas. The gift the department is waiting for is the approval of its new Plant...

E3 Conference fuels new scholarship

November 28, 2007

More than 400 business leaders, government officials and researchers attended the E3 Conference in Coffman Union's Great Hall to trade ideas on renewable energy. And thanks to the conference, an incoming...

UMore Park home to turkey research site

November 21, 2007

For a group of researchers stationed in the outskirts of Rosemount, Minn., Thanksgiving has nothing to do with football or stuffing, and it comes five times a week. The turkey field-research site in UMore...

Cows to remain on St. Paul campus

November 20, 2007

Animal coordinator Bill Hansen's future is like the giant bull statues anchored on the lawn of the St. Paul campus - not changing anytime soon. Hansen starts his days at 2 a.m. working with the University's...

Professor, student work to bury CO2

November 15, 2007

Graduate student Melisa Pollak and assistant professor Elizabeth Wilson want the state to bury its carbon emission problems - literally. The pair is trying to figure out a way to pump millions of tons...

Developing company looks to convert Dinkydome

November 8, 2007

Depending on Doran Companies' plans, Friday night Downtime patrons might not have a long way to stumble home. Or they might have to find themselves a new bar. The developing company is in the process of...

U students ready to make changes after D.C. trip

November 7, 2007

Eleven environmentally minded University students took a road trip over the weekend, but instead of packing into a tie-dye Volkswagen and heading west to California, they set their sights on Washington,...

College of Liberal Arts looks to hire more regular faculty

November 6, 2007

While students are getting ready to register for classes, some part-time faculty members are waiting to find out if they'll even have a class to teach. For the past few years the College of Liberal Arts...

Explorer presents on global warming

November 2, 2007

Polar explorer Will Steger spoke in front of a crowd of design and architecture leaders Thursday about how global warming was melting polar ice shelves. But unlike his topic, Steger's words were not warming. "We've...

‘Mane’ lion expert at U explains predator behavior

October 30, 2007

In 1985, biology professor Craig Packer learned just how dangerous it is to put the moves on a lion's girlfriend. Packer was in Africa attempting to attach a radio collar to a tranquilized lioness, when...

Professors ponder possibilities of Pawlenty’s climate-change panel

October 25, 2007

Last spring, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty gave more than 50 environmental, business and community leaders a Rubix Cube scattered with environmental and economic squares, and asked them to have it solved...

U hosts conference on trade of biofuels

October 23, 2007

The fossil fuel industry is quickly changing since the introduction of biofuels, and now some University faculty have taken the biofuels discussion to a global scale. The University hosted the Biofuels,...

Therapeutic program for disabled kids rides into University

October 22, 2007

For most of his life, 12-year-old Aaron Kirsch battles with the everyday struggles of autism, but for half an hour every Saturday morning he gets to be John Wayne, The Lone Ranger and a knight in shining...

U prof studies pollutants in runoff

October 18, 2007

Retention Pond C in Bloomington, Minn. has, on occasion, overflowed with polluted water. Bioproducts and biosystems engineering professor Bruce Wilson is determined to help find out why. The four-acre...

Police: Drug charges ‘likely’ after arrest

October 17, 2007

University Police responded to an armed robbery call involving a male suspect at approximately 3:56 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Huron Boulevard and Washington Avenue Southeast, according to University...

University’s dirtiest team competes

October 17, 2007

While most people don't look forward to being 6 feet underground, four University students couldn't feel more at home there. Meet seniors Erin Andrews, Nicholas Reep, Meryl Larson and junior Nick Saumweber,...

Equine center holds grand opening

October 16, 2007

The days of horse owners having to deal with outdated equine facilities at the University are like Seabiscuit's opponents: left in the dust. The Leatherdale Equine Center had its grand opening Monday at...

University scientist owns ‘green’ house

October 11, 2007

In 2003, University scientist Rich Huelskamp was laid off from his job at the state energy office, and now he refuses to pay heating bills. His refusal, however, is not out of spite. Just south of Red...

Students to build electric vehicle

October 9, 2007

Tesla Motors, a California car manufacturer, is working on a new high-end electric sports car that boasts a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds. A University...

Another mild winter might be on its way

October 5, 2007

With the leaves changing colors and beginning to fall, temperatures will soon plummet and bring with them a bitter Minnesota Winter. Or maybe not. For the past 10 years Minnesota has been experiencing...

Vet students will get hands on udders

October 2, 2007

Veterinary students will be dropping their pencils next year and grabbing some udders. The College of Veterinary Medicine is partnering with Davis Family Dairy to create a new farm where students will...

Group to host environment talk

September 28, 2007

Much like the way Captain Planet united the Planeteers to fight pollution, the Institute on the Environment unites people to tackle environmental issues, minus the green mullet and blue skin. The institute...

Thanks to Green Team, all that’s tossed out not lost

September 26, 2007

Since August, St. Paul has been taking students' trash and decomposing it into an environmental treasure. University Dinning Services created an internship program for three students, the Green Team, to...

UDS event promotes organic foods

September 25, 2007

About 3,500 students filed into the Great Hall in Coffman Union yesterday afternoon to get their share of free food from University Dining Services. However, UDS representatives hoped students took more...

Nobel-winning alumnus feted

September 21, 2007

The father of the Green Revolution returned to his alma mater yesterday to be honored just a few hundred yards away from the hall bearing his name. The plant pathology department honored Norman Borlaug...

Risk analysis now for animals too

September 18, 2007

Thanks to a $2.99 million grant, graduate students will analyze the scientific equivalent of how risky it is to bring their grandmas to a T.I. concert. A new program called Risk Analysis for Introduced...

Rybak helps break ground on new Como housing project

September 13, 2007

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak played baseball in Van Cleve Park as a kid, but yesterday he was there to break ground. Rybak gave a short speech to announce the start of construction for Van Cleve Development. The...

U tests e-mail alert system

April 30, 2007

Studies in cinema and media culture sophomore Samantha Van Sant was not allowed into her classroom April 18, and she wasn't sure why. Van Sant wandered the campus trying to figure out what was going on...

U gun policy will not soon change

April 24, 2007

Following the tragic shootings of 32 students and professors at Virginia Tech University, gun law discussions have flared up across the country. Some believe stricter gun laws will help prevent violent...

Fraternity honors campus custodians

April 16, 2007

When most University students finish class and prepare to party on Friday, custodian Brikti Haile starts her night by changing into her uniform and taking inventory of her supply closet. After cleaning...

U community celebrates Public Engagement Day

April 12, 2007

Education and human development sophomore Tyler Berres lives in his younger sister's room beneath a ceiling of glow-in-the-dark stars because he spends so much time trying to balance school, work and most...

Web site helps students learn about credit

April 5, 2007

Last week, students packed into Domino's Pizza, waiting to trade their identity for a free pizza. Domino's had a deal with Citibank that allowed students to get free pizza if they signed up for a credit...

Accident causes overturned vehicle

March 30, 2007

A car accident ended with an overturned van near the intersection of University Avenue Southeast and 10th Street on Thursday. A white van traveling east on University ran a red light and collided with...

University stresses connections to Norway

March 22, 2007

Norwegian Ambassador Knut Vollebaek and U.S. Ambassador to Norway Benson Whitney visited the University March 6 to speak with students about the Norwegian student exchange programs. The meeting between...

Tampons now free in campus bathrooms

March 6, 2007

During the past few years, University restrooms have been slowly decaying. But on Jan. 18, Facilities Management began a plan to improve restroom conditions that included installing free tampon machines...

Bikers take to St. Paul skyways for indoor race

February 27, 2007

Landscape architect junior Paul Stewart used to joke around with his cycling teammates about setting up an indoor race through the Gopher Way, but that was before he got to race indoors through the St....

New center explores link between art and medicine

February 20, 2007

While most people think of anatomy, stethoscopes and long hours looking at charts in medical school, some professionals are singing the blues. The Center for Medical Humanities and the Arts, a new center...