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City Council passes $1.1 billion 2014 budget

December 12, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's final budget Wednesday night, allocating additional funds to improve public safety citywide. The city’s $1.1 billion...

New City Council could change Dinkytown

December 5, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council saw a large turnover in last month’s election, leaving many projects — including Dinkytown development — in the hands of newcomers. Of the seven freshmen...

Biking initiative ends, projects continue

November 26, 2013

The Twin Cities was one of four metro areas in the country to receive a sizable federal grant nearly seven years ago for promoting non-motorized transportation — an initiative that is finishing its...

University student Mose Kusik holds a chicken at Chicken Run Rescue on Sunday afternoon.

Come winter, chicken owners balk

November 20, 2013

Mary Britton Clouse has 20 rescued chickens living in her Minneapolis home. On Sunday, one wandered off. She soon found the lost companion in her house, which doubles as a sanctuary for stray and abandoned...

Minneapolis city council ward 3 incumbent Diane Hofstede speaks to her party guests about her loss to Jacob Frey and what's next for her in Northeast Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Incumbents talk future after loss

November 18, 2013

City Council members who lost in the Nov. 5 election have unfinished business before cleaning out their offices in City Hall, including priming newcomers and finalizing projects. Outgoing council members...

Armed man puts U on alert

November 11, 2013

University of Minnesota police asked students, faculty and staff to seek shelter at around 3:15 p.m. Monday after an armed man allegedly attempted to rob a student in Anderson Hall. Police arrived at the...

Frontrunner mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges speaks to supporters at 612 Brew in Northeast.

After three days, Hodges elected mayor

November 7, 2013

Minneapolis residents can expect City Councilwoman Betsy Hodges to lead City Hall come January, succeeding three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak. Hodges addressed a crowd of about 250 supporters at 612 Brew in northeast...

How to: Election Day 2013

November 5, 2013

When the polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Minneapolis officials will begin counting ranked-choice votes to decide the next wave of city government leaders. Thirty-five candidates are vying to replace...

Minneapolis attorney Jacob Frey declares victory over Ward 3 councilwoman Diane Hofstede

Frey unseats Hofstede as Ward 3 council member

November 5, 2013

Jacob Frey has been elected to replace two-term incumbent Diane Hofstede as the Minneapolis City Council member for Ward 3. Frey secured more than 61 percent of first-choice votes and joined two other...

Mayoral candidate Mark Andrew outraises in home stretch

October 30, 2013

With less than a week before Election Day, candidates for mayor, City Council and other city government offices submitted their final campaign finance reports on Tuesday, showing how much they’ve...

Sharon Anderson makes an opening statement at a St. Paul mayoral forum on Thursday at the St. Paul School District offices.

Coleman breezes through easy race

October 28, 2013

Three challengers each hope to unseat two-term incumbent Chris Coleman to become the new mayor of St. Paul. But with few political resources and little name recognition, Sharon Anderson, Tim Holden and...

St. Paul mayoral candidates debate for the first time

October 25, 2013

Four St. Paul mayoral candidates, including two-term DFL incumbent Chris Coleman, discussed public transit, economic development and other city issues Thursday at a casual public forum. Mayoral candidates...

Conservation biology junior Jamee Snyder, College Democrats member Andrea Whitaker and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak play in a moon bounce Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, during Voterpalooza on Northrop Plaza.

Weighing candidates’ ‘cool factor’

October 23, 2013

Mayor R.T. Rybak, known for crowd surfing at First Avenue, wearing mismatched socks and visiting local breweries, isn’t seeking a fourth term, and his successors aren’t striving to mirror his...

University of Minnesota students and student groups have a wide range of reactions surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct and a possible coverup of child pornography claims among Catholic Church leaders.

Catholic students torn over allegations

October 22, 2013

Following recent sexual abuse allegations against a prominent local Catholic priest, Catholic University of Minnesota students and student groups are seeking truth and accountability. Rev. Michael Keating...

Student group forms to support Hodges

October 17, 2013

With 35 candidates on the November ballot, some University of Minnesota students are joining to support their favorite mayoral contender. Urban Studies senior Andrew Degerstrom, co-founder of Students...

Sellers at Flamingo's Divine Finds in Minneapolis do business on Sunday at a seasonal flea market. Outdoor markets like this have finally been legalized in the last year.

Ban lifted, but few flea markets hop to it

October 15, 2013

Anthony Shane’s shop on Cedar Avenue features treasures like vintage troll dolls and mounted deer antlers, but he said his favorite items to collect are unique clocks because they remind him of his...

President of College Democrats Laura Pratt writes on a whiteboard while group members brainstorm ideas for an event that would educate students on ranked choice voting on Wednesday evening in STSS. The student group endorsed Mark Andrew and Jacob Frey.

Few groups jump to endorse

October 10, 2013

This year’s Minneapolis city council election is the first time The University of Minnesota’s Socialist Alternative Club has backed one of its own members as a city government candidate. The...

Man electrocuted in Dinkytown climb

October 10, 2013

A former University of Minnesota graduate student was hospitalized early Wednesday morning after being electrocuted and falling from a Dinkytown electrical utility pole. Steven McKinney, a 24-year-old...

Man hospitalized after climbing Dinkytown utility pole

October 9, 2013

A former University of Minnesota graduate student was hospitalized early Wednesday morning after being electrocuted and falling from a Dinkytown electrical utility pole. Steven McKinney, a 24-year-old...

From left: Kurt Dornfeld and Tim Holden. (Not pictures: Sharon Anderson)

St. Paul mayor Coleman faces three challengers

October 2, 2013

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s challengers are dissatisfied with how he’s run the city for the last eight years. The candidates said the two-term DFL incumbent has mishandled the city government...

Independent expenditure groups form to support Andrew, Hodges

October 1, 2013

Backers of Minneapolis mayoral candidates Betsy Hodges and Mark Andrew formed independent expenditure groups days apart, the Star Tribune reported. According to election guidelines, contributers can...

Participants start the Big Gay Race 5K under the Central Avenue bridge on the St. Anthony Main Street on Saturday.

After honeymoon, marriage fight still running

September 30, 2013

Last year, the Big Gay Race rallied almost 7,000 people to help defeat a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in Minnesota. A year later, with the amendment defeated and same-sex...

Senior Tatiana Hakanson, right, registers to vote at

Voterpalooza brings candidates to the U

September 25, 2013

More than 100 University of Minnesota students registered and pledged to vote during the campus Voterpalooza event and mayoral debate Tuesday — fewer than were registered during Voterpalooza last...

Students, candidates talk Dinkytown

September 25, 2013

Eight mayoral frontrunners were cautiously supportive of development in Dinkytown at their first forum on campus Tuesday. The candidates generally agreed that the development in Dinkytown is a step in...

Voterpalooza, mayoral forum welcome city candidates to campus

September 24, 2013

University of Minnesota students can meet Minneapolis mayoral and city council candidates, register to vote and learn about the ranked-choice voting system Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Northrop Plaza The...

Minneapolis among top 10 most energy-efficient US cities

September 19, 2013

Minneapolis placed eighth in a nationwide ranking of the most energy-efficient cities in the US, according to a city press release. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated 34 of the...

Minnesota State Representative Karen Clark (DFL), sponsor of the marriage equality bill, speaks at Coffman Union on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

Political action committees continue marriage fight

September 19, 2013

Newly formed political action committees and campaigns are gearing up to help re-elect — or unseat — state representatives who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in May. Minnesotans United...

City candidates skip campus

September 18, 2013

With two hotly contested constitutional amendments and a presidential election, University of Minnesota students encountered political campaigns as soon as they stepped foot on campus last year. This year,...

U tests new services model to cut costs

September 17, 2013

The first step of University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s plan to cut $90 million in administrative spending over six years may be streamlining University services. The University will standardize...

Libertarian Party candidate Michael Katch, incumbent City Council member Diane Hofstede, DFL-endorsed Jacob Fry and Green Party candidate Kristina Gronquist answer questions discussing issues facing Northeast artists and other neighborhood concerns in a debate on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.

Third ward candidates talk art

September 12, 2013

Citizens of Northeast Minneapolis gathered at the Ritz Theatre on Tues­day night to sip local beer, listen to a bluegrass band and watch Minneapolis City Council candidates discuss subsidized housing...

Arrest made in shooting of north Minneapolis infant

September 10, 2013

The juvenile suspect who allegedly fled the scene after shooting his 2-month-old nephew turned himself in Tuesday morning, according to a Minneapolis Police Department press release. Minneapolis police...

Humphrey School fellow and former Speaker of the Minnesota House Steve Sviguum explains the process of passing a bill in a workshop entitled  “Governing 101” on September 6, 2013 in Sabathani Community Center. Sviguum partnered with Isuroon, a Minneapolis-based organization dedicated to Somali women’s health issues, to give a series of workshops to teach Somali men and women about the Legislative process.

Sviggum partners with Somali organization

September 9, 2013

Last legislative session, Fartun Weli authored and lobbied for a bill that would help eliminate Somali women’s reproductive health disparities. The bill would have provided $170,000 to Isuroon, a...

Rybak invites Chicago’s gay couples to marry in Minn.

September 5, 2013

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will travel to one of Chicago’s most high-profile gay neighborhoods Thursday to persuade same-sex couples to get married in Minnesota, the Associated Press...

U weighs new college

September 5, 2013

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it will consider creating a new college by integrating the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Just...

University considers merger of CBS and CFANS

September 4, 2013

The University announced Wednesday that it will consider creating a new college integrating the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Earlier...

Andrew, Frey lead campaign donations

September 4, 2013

Minneapolis mayoral and City Council candidates released campaign finance reports Tuesday — the first of only two required disclosures preceding the election. The Hennepin County Elections Division...

Regents to vote on Fairview, Vikings

May 9, 2013

  The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will meet Thursday and Friday for its final meeting of the academic year. The regents will take action on a proposal to create a single, shared governance...

Kaler talks smoking ban, DREAM Act

May 8, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Tuesday for its monthly “Kickin’ It with Kaler” interview. Kaler, who is nearing the end of his...

Tony Wagner, Bailey Alto, and Morgan Goronkin were selected as the new editor in chief, business operations officer, and president.

Minnesota Daily announces new OP staff

May 6, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily’s Board of Directors recently selected the new Office of the Publisher  staff to lead the Daily in the next academic year. Bailey Alto, Morgan Goronkin  and Tony...

DREAM Act passes Senate

May 2, 2013

The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow undocumented Minnesota students to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid at colleges and universities in the state. The Minnesota Prosperity,...

A push for greater MN internships

April 25, 2013

Policymakers included a bill aimed at increasing student internships outside the metro area in the Senate omnibus tax bill, which passed a committee Wednesday. The bill, introduced several times in the...

Kaler to critics: look forward, not to the past

April 24, 2013

State legislators are in the process of increasing funds for the University of Minnesota in order to freeze tuition for the next two years. But as policymakers grant more money to the University, some...

Three-year-old Baxter Fiscus looks at the bear exhibit at the Bell Museum of Natural History as he tours with his mom Lynne and brother Braxton on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Bell Museum could get new life

April 18, 2013

Susan Weller spent Christmas Eve 2008 at the Bell Museum of Natural History. But the first-year museum director didn’t go to catch up on work or for a holiday party. A pipe had burst on the third...

Lecturer and alumna finished race before bombs

April 17, 2013

After running 26.2 miles in four hours on little food and water, University of Minnesota alumna Brittany Pentek needed Gatorade and a change of clothes. Jennifer Bhalla, a lecturer in the University’s...

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson gives a brief history of Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Medical Center during a hearing on the potential Fairview merger with South Dakota based Sanford Health Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the State Capitol.

Merge likely in University’s hands

April 8, 2013

  More than 100 people packed a crowded room at the state Capitol on Sunday for a public discussion over the potential merger between Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services. Leaders from Sanford...

Kaler talks Tubby, alcohol, Legislature

April 3, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Tuesday for its monthly Kickin’ It With Kaler interview. This month, Kaler also fielded questions from students...

Apps open for student reps to Board of Regents

March 27, 2013

Eight University of Minnesota students will get the chance to serve as student representatives to the University of Minnesota’s governing body. The Minnesota Student Association and Graduate and...

University President Eric Kaler presents new operational efficiency data during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Minnesota state Capitol.

Lawmakers react to consultant report on U administration

March 13, 2013

After almost two months, legislators received the University of Minnesota’s report on administrative costs they’ve been waiting for. University President Eric Kaler presented Sibson Consulting’s...

Report: U can improve

March 11, 2013

A recent examination of four University of Minnesota administrative units found the school could increase the number of staff per supervisor to maximize efficiency. University President Eric Kaler presented...

Regents approve arboretum addition, AHC lease

March 11, 2013

  University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday approved the purchase of a 78-acre addition to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minn. The $4.3 million purchase will allow the University...