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Daily Digest: Bruininks spreads the word; a possible ban on trans fats

January 20, 2009

It’s about that time. Time, that is, for spring semester’s first Daily Digest! Here are a few tidbits of newsworthy happenings around campus and the metro. *Students gathered at...

Live Blog: Madia has small town celebration in Osseo

November 5, 2008

11:20Madia walked in just minutes before Obama took the stage, and both men recieved a thunderous applause from the crowd. There were multiple people crying during Obama's speech. With about 60 percent...

Live Blog: Minnesota Republicans await results

November 5, 2008

Updates from the GOP party in Bloomington. 9:55 Crowd at GOP cheers at news that Bachmann leads in race. She's ahead 47-43. 9:20Erik Paulsen has arrived at the GOP party and is being interviewed by TV...

Bike sharing program coming to Twin Cities during RNC

August 13, 2008

Many expect traffic will be bad on St. Paul streets during the Republican National Convention, but bike lanes across the Twin Cities may get busy, too. A temporary bicycle-sharing program will bring 1,000...

Aug. 1 marked one-year anniversary of bridge collapse

August 6, 2008

People from across the state gathered Friday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the collapse of the I-35W bridge. An emotional gathering took place in Gold Medal Park at 4:30 p.m., where musicians...

A year after the collapse, a look back

July 30, 2008

While crossing the I-35W bridge, Roman Koyrakh saw a wall of dust shoot up and felt his car jump. He closed his eyes and braced himself. He knew immediately what had happened. For a moment, he thought...

Dinkydome development back on the table

July 23, 2008

After getting derailed by the City's Planning Commission, plans to redevelop the area around the Dinkydome are back on track. The Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee approved Doran Development's...

Life along the light rail attractive option for some

July 23, 2008

When Jane Brumbaugh bought her condominium in July 2006, the possibility of light-rail transit definitely factored into her decision. Brumbaugh, a resident physician at the University, owns a condo in...

Red Bull Illuminates the Stone Arch Bridge

July 16, 2008

Red Bull's Illume photo exhibit is now displayed in Minneapolis on the Stone Arch Bridge, but it is causing both delight and disturbance. A total of 25 large glass and metal cubes are atop the bridge....

Rising gas prices could cost U

July 9, 2008

The price of regular unleaded gas reached a record high in the Twin Cities last month, when the average price was about $4 per gallon, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Although average prices...

Main span of new bridge nears completion

July 9, 2008

Less than a year after the I-35W Bridge collapsed, the new bridge's main span is nearly complete. There is currently about seven feet between the two ends of the bridge, and final segments of the southbound...

Rules of the bike lane

June 25, 2008

Bicycling is a popular pastime and mode of transportation for many in the Twin Cities. Roughly 4,600 Minneapolitans commute regularly by bicycle, according to 2005 U.S. Census data. But while most people...

Dinkydome development faces scrutiny

June 25, 2008

It could be all or nothing for developers who want to renovate the Dinkydome and put a 13-story addition directly behind it. The City Planning Commission denied Doran Development's requests to rezone and...

McCain to visit Minneapolis

June 18, 2008

Sen. John McCain will be in Minneapolis on Thursday to host a fundraising event at the Hilton hotel. There will be a private reception for Chair and Host Committee members, with membership costing $50,000...

City Council bans car booting

June 18, 2008

Jason Cooke was essentially put out of business by the city of Minneapolis. Limited Space , Cooke's car-booting business, operated near the University in private parking lots. However, booting vehicles...

Community gardening season gets started in southeast Como

June 11, 2008

It's officially growing season in Southeast Como. This month, planting, watering and weeding are picking up at community gardens near campus. Residents are able to grow their own vegetables, admire wildflowers...

Central corridor going down Washington Avenue

June 4, 2008

The Metropolitan Council dealt the University a painful, yet unsurprising blow last Wednesday when it unanimously voted to end consideration of the northern alignment light-rail route, but decisions on...

Central corridor planners set to vote on alignment

May 28, 2008

After a week to cool off, Central Corridor planners are set to decide today on the alignment of the light-rail line that will span across the Twin Cities and run through campus. The recess was meant to...

A fine line between aerosol art and graffiti

May 8, 2008

To some people, it's public art; to others, it's a nuisance. Some city officials say that both aerosol art and illegal graffiti are problematic. Aerosol art is legal spray painting done in public spaces...

Crookston campus goes smoke-free

May 5, 2008

Next year, smokers at the University of Minnesota's Crookston campus may want to consider dropping the habit. Starting Jan. 1, the use and sale of tobacco will be banned on all Crookston campus properties,...

Student honored with Soldier’s Medal

May 2, 2008

When Nathan and Christine Lund heard the Interstate 35W bridge had collapsed during rush hour on Aug. 1, they raced to the scene, where fires burned and live wires sparked. "It was surreal," said Nathan...

I-35W bridge construction halfway finished

April 24, 2008

Since the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, there has been a hole in one of the Twin Cities' most vital roadways. However, construction on the new bridge is about halfway through, said Kevin Gutknecht,...

All in aday’s work

April 10, 2008

On a Tuesday evening, R.T. Rybak was on his way to visit the campaign office of a fellow Twin Cities Democrat when a man, identifying himself as Bob the Republican, recognized him. "You're doing great...

Bridge victims fund could shelter U

April 9, 2008

State legislators are debating a bill that could end up protecting the University from potential legal claims stemming from a 2001 study on the Interstate 35W bridge, which concluded replacing the bridge...

City Wi-Fi nears completion

March 24, 2008

Within the next week, USI Wireless will likely complete a project to provide citywide Wi-Fi access in Minneapolis. The completion of the project comes at a time when cities across the country are running...

Everything you need to know about spring break

March 12, 2008

Each year, thousands of American students descend upon beaches, cities and other popular travel destinations. With the University's spring break less than a week away, one might wonder where students are...

Campus light-rail route details still under consideration

March 11, 2008

After years of intense negotiations, a plan for the alignment of the Central Corridor was finalized last month. But that plan still isn't set in stone. On Feb. 27, the Metropolitan Council approved a plan...

Gas-tax rise takes effect April 1

March 4, 2008

Minnesota's gas prices may be among the lowest in the nation, but people will soon have to scrounge up a few extra cents per gallon. According to AAA data from Sunday night, regular-grade gasoline is cheaper...

Research in lab increases road safety

February 28, 2008

Seven floors underground, in the depths of the Civil Engineering Building, researchers have an interesting way of studying something at ground level that could be very boring. It seems like an unlikely...

Bike tunnel to be built under new I-35W bridge

February 25, 2008

Hoping to ensure future bike and pedestrian access, the Minneapolis City Council voted Feb. 15 to spend up to $1.2 million on a tunnel to run beneath the south side of the new Interstate 35W bridge. The...

U buys shopping center for outreach

February 19, 2008

The University announced Friday its Feb. 6 purchase of the Penn Plymouth Shopping Center in north Minneapolis for $1.125 million. The property was purchased from the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council. The...

Ecotourism certificate to be offered at the University

February 13, 2008

Environmental tourism has an increasing presence, and now University students can be better-equipped for work in the budding industry. The International Ecotourism Society has given the University permission...

Precincts report high voter turnout

February 7, 2008

Precincts across the state have reported high to record-breaking turnout numbers from Tuesday's caucuses. More than 206,000 people cast presidential preference ballots at DFL caucuses in Minnesota, while...

New children’s hospital to be built on Riverside Ave.

January 24, 2008

Today, the Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee will settle the last of several issues relating to the construction of a new University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview. The committee will...

U wants LRT tunnel under Washington

December 11, 2007

The University is pushing hard to get a portion of the Central Corridor light-rail train built in an underground tunnel. The Central Corridor, a light-rail line slated to go through the Twin Cities on...

Local group tests children for lead

December 3, 2007

During December, Metropolitan Health Plan will be testing some of its youngest coverage holders for lead poisoning at Cedar-Riverside's Brian Coyle Community Center. Although recent news about lead-tainted...

Hybrid buses now going ’round and ’round Twin Cities

November 29, 2007

The cities' new green buses actually are "greener." Metro Transit, the organization that manages most Twin Cities busing, recently introduced 19 new hybrid-electric buses. The bright green buses are quieter...

New West Bank location for light-rail stop proposed

November 26, 2007

The University isn't the only Minneapolis community that will soon depend on light-rail transit. Designers of the Central Corridor, a light-rail line slated to run across the Twin Cities and through campus,...

Mosque in Como neighborhood provides learning and worship

November 15, 2007

Many students might not know it, but since 1997 there has been a mosque tucked in the heart of the Southeast Como neighborhood. Dar Al-Farooq, which means House of Farooq in Arabic, is a mosque and community...

Minneapolis: Most affordable city to live well

November 14, 2007

Minneapolis tops the charts as the nation's more affordable city to live well, according to a Nov. 6 Forbes report. The city beat out the 49 other largest metropolitan areas in the United States, with...

Sale of city parking ramps could lead to more housing and retail

November 12, 2007

In a city like Minneapolis, parking can make or break a neighborhood's success. A privately owned company is planning to develop new housing and retail additions near Minneapolis parking ramps after the...

Minneapolis police accepting guns

November 8, 2007

Arms were supposed to change hands this week in Minneapolis, but so far, it appears people are holding on to their weapons. Minneapolis police began accepting guns and ammunition from people convicted...

Payment history to be reported

November 6, 2007

As temperatures drop, heating bills can skyrocket. CenterPoint Energy will begin reporting customers' bill payment information to credit agencies starting in January. The move could affect the credit scores...

As streets are cleaned, students’ cars are towed

November 2, 2007

It's that time of the year again. The leaves have fallen, and it's time to move your car.  The city of Minneapolis is in the process of cleaning 1,100 miles of streets. Since Oct. 23, residents have...

Bicycle-count data enables better safety measures

October 30, 2007

An estimated 3,450 bicyclists pass through University Avenue and Fourth Street Southeast, on 15th Avenue Southeast, each day. More bicyclists pass through this stretch of road than through any other part...

Park board approves management plan

October 29, 2007

Minneapolis is changing, and so are its parks. Commissioners of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved a comprehensive park management plan Oct. 17. This exhaustive plan, the first since 1965,...

Transportation center celebrates 20 years

October 24, 2007

The University's Center for Transportation Studies celebrated its 20th anniversary Tuesday. About 60 transportation buffs gathered to see researchers from multiple disciplines address what they have already...

City looks nationally for light-rail ideas

October 23, 2007

The University wouldn't be the first U.S. university to have a light-rail train on campus. The Central Corridor Management Committee will be taking lessons from universities that have already put light-rail...

Firefighters fill their boots for a cause

October 19, 2007

Minneapolis firefighters are trying to fill their boots with cash this week. The Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Minneapolis firefighters union are working on a "Fill-the-Boot" campaign to support...

Octoberdevoted to fire safety

October 15, 2007

Have you checked your smoke alarms recently? October is Fire Prevention Month in Minnesota. This year's campaign focuses on four ways to decrease the number of fire-related deaths and injuries, according...

Nearby smallbusinesses eligible for federal loans

October 12, 2007

Small businesses financially injured by the Aug. 1 Interstate 35W bridge collapse are eligible for federal loans. Small businesses in Hennepin and several adjacent counties are eligible if they are unable...

U hosts annual transportation forum

October 9, 2007

Lawmakers from Minnesota and across the country gathered to discuss national transportation policy at the James L. Oberstar Forum on Transportation Policy and Technology Monday afternoon in the Radisson...

Young drivers at greater risk for accidents

October 5, 2007

Four people under the age of 30 died on Minnesota roads the weekend of Sept. 21, and young drivers play a role in a disproportionate number of traffic accidents - their leading cause of death, according...

FirstGroup takes over bussing service

October 3, 2007

The company currently contracted by the University to manage campus shuttle services has been bought out by the company previously in charge. FirstGroup, an international transportation company based in...

Rybak proposes 2008 city budget

October 1, 2007

Everybody has to live on a budget, and for the city of Minneapolis, the budget is around $1 billion. Last week Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak released his plans for the 2008 city budget. According to a statement...

Desecration of Hmong graves discussed

September 26, 2007

A group of community representatives is visiting Thailand this week to address the desecration of more than 900 Hmong graves that occurred in 2005. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman sent the delegation to discuss...

Multiple groups investigate I-35W bridge collapse

September 25, 2007

The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced who will build the replacement Interstate 35W bridge, but the investigation into what went wrong with the original structure continues. A slew...

Mo-peds have UMPD writing and students paying

September 21, 2007

Mo-ped riders have been keeping University police busy since classes started. Several students were ticketed on and around campus last week for mo-ped related offenses. University graduate student Girard...

Good, bad of Legislature’s special session

September 19, 2007

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is concerned Minnesota isn't doing enough to deal with transportation issues. More than a month after the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge and a few weeks after severe...

As weather cools, deals heat up at nearby garage sales

September 14, 2007

For the eighth year, Southeast Como residents are cleaning house. The 8th Annual Como Community Garage Sales is organized by the Southeast Como Improvement Association and runs Sept. 13 through Sept. 16. Eighteen...

City might require permits to protest

September 13, 2007

Minneapolis officials are preparing an ordinance that would force protesters to obtain permits prior to holding demonstrations. The proposed ordinance would require groups of 25 or more people to purchase...

U partners with Hennepin County

September 11, 2007

On Aug. 24, the University and Hennepin County signed the Master Cooperative Agreement, which will simplify relations between the two. Among the projects that will benefit from this agreement is a multiyear...

Campus traffic keeps rolling

September 7, 2007

After a rough summer of driving at the University, the first week of classes passed without serious traffic problems. Members of the University community have experienced some traffic difficulties like...

Minneapolis loses ’08 Green Party bid

September 5, 2007

Minneapolis and two other cities were beat out by Chicago as host for the Green Party's 2008 presidential nominating convention. According to an Aug. 30 Green Party news release, the other two competing...