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Xcel files for rate hikes in Minnesota

November 5, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Xcel Energy is seeking permission to raise Minnesota electricity rates by 4.6 percent and 5.6 percent the next two years, saying the money is needed for a big push in infrastructure...

Judge to decide later on Paterno family lawsuit

October 29, 2013

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge said Tuesday he would decide later whether to allow a lawsuit filed against the NCAA by the family of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and...

Students research Cedar-Riverside

November 14, 2011

Two years ago, Angela Determan didnâÄôt know much about the community across the street from her school. The then-graduate student started volunteering with the Cedar-Humphrey Action for Neighborhood...

MN housing crisis continues

November 7, 2011

Steve FletcherâÄôs  Northeast Minneapolis home is sandwiched between two foreclosed houses. For him, like most Twin Cities residents, the foreclosure crisis has been more than a series of...

Wis. man sentenced for deaths

November 2, 2011

A Madison, Wis. man was sentenced Tuesday for a drunken car crash last fall that killed three students, including two University of Minnesota cheerleading recruits. Bradley Erickson, 32, will serve 13...

Neighborhood groups lack student involvement

November 1, 2011

The Southeast Como and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods have long sought involvement from the thousands of University of Minnesota students living in the two communities. Both neighborhoods have active organizations...

Wis. man sentenced for DWI crash that killed two U spirit squad recruits

November 1, 2011

A Madison, Wis. man was sentenced Tuesday for a drunken car crash last fall that killed three students, including two University of Minnesota cheerleading recruits. Bradley Erickson, 32, will serve 13...

Some students say luxury apartments are worth the price

October 26, 2011

An influx of luxury apartments near campus is drawing students away from their traditional dinky dwellings. In the past two years, University of Minnesota area neighborhoods gained many complexes âÄî...

Crime rates drop in Cedar-Riverside

October 24, 2011

There has been a significant drop in crime rates in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Serious crimes in the area âÄî like aggravated assault, burglary and homicide âÄî  dropped nearly...

Week-old chemical spill leaks onto U property

October 19, 2011

A chemical spill seeping onto University of Minnesota property in the Southeast Como neighborhood has yet to be removed after being cornered off for nearly a week. About 500 gallons of potassium hydroxide...

MPD costs for Occupy Minnesota near $100,000

October 18, 2011

The Minneapolis Police Department has spent nearly $100,000 on the Occupy Minnesota movement. MPD has had successful dialogue with protesters since the movement landed in Minneapolis nearly two weeks ago,...

Pawlenty joins Atlanta-based company’s corporate board

October 18, 2011

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been appointed to the RedPrairie Corporation’s Board of Directors, according to a press release. The company announced today that the “well-established advocate for business”...

Twitter CEO might pay people to tweet

October 18, 2011

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently said he’s toying with the idea of paying people to tweet. The Wall Street Journal reported that Costolo is open to the idea of sharing revenue with tweeps who post interesting...

Dayton wants Vikings special session in November

October 18, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he wants to call a special November session to vote on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, according to the Star Tribune. Dayton said he and the Republican-majority Legislature...

Aaron Thompson chats with a police officer while waiting for more students to appear for the march to downtown for Occupy Minnesota Thursday afternoon outside Northrop Auditorium.

Few students turn out for Occupy Colleges march

October 14, 2011

The Occupy Colleges movement âÄî one of the largest student protests to hit campuses across the country in decades âÄî didnâÄôt resonate with University of Minnesota students on...

New report shows Twin Cities black-white unemployment gap widest in the country

October 13, 2011

The Twin Cities have the nation's largest unemployment disparity rate between black and white people, according to MPRNews. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined a 20-member commission of community leaders...

Workers of Doran Company clear a hole for the underground parking ramp of the new student housing that will be built off of Oak Street Wednesday morning. Foreman Tom Etters said one of the main concerns was to keep the neighboring business Tofu House intact.

Doran corners luxury market with bulldozers

October 13, 2011

Kelly Doran fell into real estate more than 25 years ago. Now, the 53-year-old developer has become a key name in luxury housing for University of Minnesota students. In the past two years, Doran built...

Property tax hike to lead to increased rent in Prospect Park next year

October 6, 2011

Many residents in the Prospect Park neighborhood will see slight increases in rent next year. Some landlords said they will increase monthly rent between $25 and $100 per home, depending on how hard their...

Where did the Jazz Man go?

Where did the Jazz Man go?

October 3, 2011

Christian Gerrard started riding Rob ThompsonâÄôs bus on a rainy fall afternoon two years ago. The University of Minnesota junior was âÄúblown awayâÄù when he first stepped onto...

Neighborhood bickering costs students safety

September 28, 2011

A decade-old tiff between a University of Minnesota-area neighborhood and local landlords is keeping properties from upgrades. Marcy HolmesâÄô aging housing stock has created issues for property...

25 Minnesota sites compete for $1 million in preservation grants this month

September 27, 2011

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak spoke to a room full of reporters and attendees about the âÄúhundreds of storiesâÄù that buildings all over the Twin Cities area have to tell. This month, a...

Neal Fredrickson examines a broken screen Monday in his Marcy Holmes apartment.  Fredrickson feels the property owner has been slow in responding to his maintenance requests.

Problems abound for student renters in old homes around campus

September 20, 2011

Neal Fredrickson and his two roommates were shocked with what they found in their new Marcy-Holmes duplex. The building had broken windows and an opening on the exterior siding. The three University of...

Congregation members Bill and Rosa Summers sing hymns during Sunday worship at University Lutheran Chapel.  Rosa Summers has attended services at ULC since she started school at Hamline University School of Law in 2005.

Dinkytown church to close, make room for new complex

September 19, 2011

  Hundreds of emails and phone calls flooded Pastor David KindâÄôs University Lutheran Chapel office Wednesday after his congregation heard the church will close by the end of the year. The...

Washington University dean is second provost candidate

Washington University dean is second provost candidate

September 14, 2011

The University of Minnesota continues its search for the next senior vice president for academic affairs with a second name in the running: Gary Wihl. He will take part in a public forum Wednesday as the...

Minneapolis starts community ‘read’

September 13, 2011

Minneapolis has launched a citywide “read,” exploring race, as part of an effort to promote literacy and conversation among community members. Minneapolis native and NPR host Michele Norris’s memoir...

City speeds to clean Como junk

September 12, 2011

Brad VanRegenmorter noticed an unusual item in a Dinkytown yard a few weeks ago âÄî a toilet. HeâÄôs seen a fair share of curbside junk since moving to the neighborhood a year ago. Twice...

U eases dorm overcrowding by paying students to leave

September 8, 2011

As most University of Minnesota students are settling into their fall housing, a small group gave up spots last minute âÄî but made $650. On Aug. 9, Housing and Residential Life emailed roughly...

Renter’s insurance: Crucial for students?

September 6, 2011

Peter PepowskiâÄôs apartment was unlivable for three days. He said the remodeling of the Marcy-Holmes building this summer came with âÄúawfulâÄù conditions âÄî and damaged...

North Carolinaís Larry Drew II, right, drives the ball against Minnesotaís Al Nolen during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Minessota won 72-67. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

[Photo] Gophers beat West Virginia to win Puerto Rico Tip-Off

November 21, 2010

North Carolinaís Larry Drew II, right, drives the ball against Minnesotaís Al Nolen during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Minessota...

Brock Lesnar celebrates his second round victory over Shane Carwin during their UFC heavyweight mixed martial arts title match Saturday, July 3, 2010, at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

[Photo] Lesnar beats Carwin for UFC undisputed heavyweight title

July 6, 2010

Brock Lesnar celebrates his second round victory over Shane Carwin during their UFC heavyweight mixed martial arts title match Saturday, July 3, 2010, at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric...

Pawlenty appoints U law prof to Minn. Supreme Court

Pawlenty appoints U law prof to Minn. Supreme Court

May 18, 2010

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on June 13 named a sitting Supreme Court Justice to lead the state's high court and a fresh-faced newcomer to fill her spot, deepening his imprint on Minnesota's judiciary. Associate...

G.R.E. testing changes to be implemented by 2011

December 10, 2009

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) , a test taken by 600,000 students across the world each year, will look significantly different in 2011. The Educational Testing Service , which administers the exam, announced...

Trees benefit from excess carbon dioxide

December 6, 2009

Long considered a major driver of global climate change, a pair of studies by University of Minnesota researchers have revealed positive aspects of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A study by researchers...

University research program moves

December 2, 2009

An education policy center is planning to leave the University of Minnesota to move to another local college next month. Beginning Jan. 1, the Center for School Change, a University of Minnesota Humphrey...

Study shows co-ed dorms correlated with increased drinking

November 30, 2009

Students living in co-ed dorms are nearly three times more likely to binge drink and engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a study by a University of Minnesota graduate. Brian Willoughby, who wrote...

Minn. unemployment increases

November 23, 2009

Since August, MinnesotaâÄôs falling unemployment rate has left state officials hopeful despite a national economic downturn. But in October the stateâÄôs unemployment rate climbed to 7.6...

Residents debate city budget plan

November 22, 2009

The 2010 Minneapolis city budget was up for public discussion Thursday night as nearly 40 residents debated how much the city can afford to spend in the upcoming year. Concerned homeowners and advocates...

University to host Chinese movie series

November 16, 2009

This month, the University of Minnesota and the Walker Art Center are marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PeopleâÄôs Republic of China through a series called The PeopleâÄôs...

Residents throughout the north metropolitan area celebrate the Northstar line opening on Saturday at Target Field Station in Minneapolis. Metro Transit estimates that nearly 1,700 people will ride the line each weekday with increasing ridership in upcoming years.

Northstar, Minnesota’s first modern commuter-rail line opens Monday

November 15, 2009

After more than a decade of state planning, the Northstar commuter-rail line opened to the public Monday. Residents throughout the north metropolitan area celebrated the lineâÄôs opening on Saturday...

Minneapolis community leaders rally to end homelessness

November 12, 2009

In 2006, Hennepin County Commissioners and the Minneapolis City Council banded together in an effort to end homelessness in the city by 2016. The ten-year plan, called Heading Home Hennepin , is an organization...

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Campaign for the Capitol: Pat Anderson

November 11, 2009

When Pat Anderson was a teenager, she got her âÄúsparkâÄù for politics when the Reagan administration reformed AmericaâÄôs welfare system. Anderson, a former state auditor and University...

Kathir concedes to Hofstede, Gordon rolls to re-election

November 4, 2009

Cam Gordon and Diane Hofstede, the incumbent City Council members for Wards 2 and 3, easily won re-election Tuesday night in a lightly-attended election. Ward 3 DFL incumbent Diane Hofstede was challenged...

Campaign reps told to leave Dinkytown polling place

November 3, 2009

One of Election DayâÄôs lone controversial spots was at a precinct located at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Dinkytown. Officials said Ryan Ahlberg and William Wells , representatives of...

Minneapolis wrongly tows cars

November 1, 2009

Street sweepers on University Avenue âÄúgoofed upâÄù by towing cars without advanced notice on Friday morning to the dismay of dozens of people who parked along the unscheduled route. Minneapolis...

IRV voting to be unveiled in Minneapolis on Nov. 3.

October 28, 2009

For the first time in city history, Minneapolis will use a voting method called instant-runoff voting, or rank-choice voting, in its Nov. 3 election. Adopted in 2006, officials call IRV a groundbreaking...

Downtown reconstruction progresses

October 27, 2009

Construction on Marquette and Second avenues is nearly complete after more than a year of reconstruction that began in August 2008. Traffic lanes, more lighting and renewed bus-only lanes will open for...

Ward 3 candidates address city concerns as election approaches

Ward 3 candidates address city concerns as election approaches

October 25, 2009

Candidates for Minneapolis City Council Ward 3 âÄî DFLers Diane Hofstede and Allen Kathir , Republican Jeffrey Cobia and Melissa Hill , who is running without a party endorsement but under the...

Community leaders address light rail concerns

October 22, 2009

The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative hopped on a bus on Oct. 22 to educate those affected most by the Central Corridor light-rail line, which is scheduled for completion in 2014. The partnership...

St. Paul K-9 Officer Peter Renteria stands next to his dog Lance at the St. Paul Police Canine Unit Timothy J. Jones Training Facility on Wednesday. Lance is being treated for cancer at the University.

St. Paul, vet school partner on K-9 health

October 21, 2009

The St. Paul Police Department and the University of MinnesotaâÄôs College of Veterinary Medicine have partnered to provide K-9 units with health care services in a new three-year contract. Currently,...

Man seriously hurt in hockey fan fight

October 19, 2009

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) âÄî University of North Dakota police say a fight among fans after a weekend North Dakota-Minnesota hockey game left one person seriously injured and another in jail. Jason...