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The Minnesota Daily

Becca Most

Becca Most, Senior Staff Reporter

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @becca_most
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Becca Most is a senior staff reporter writing features and occasionally covering her beat of the environment and research at the University. Becca joined the Minnesota Daily in 2019 as an arts and entertainment reporter, where she wrote stories about everything from twerking fitness classes to poetry dispensing gum ball machines. After taking a brief stint to study abroad, she came back and became one of the few Daily reporters who has made the switch from A&E to hard news. A third-year student graduating in December 2020, Becca is originally from Eagan, Minnesota, and when she has free time enjoys watching indie movies and eating apples with loads of salted caramel.

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Unbound pages of the American Jewish World await scanning on Tuesday, March 16 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

University of Minnesota archives the oldest Jewish newspaper in Minnesota

Published March 19, 2021
Through this effort, archivists hope to preserve a part of Jewish history.
Thousands of young yellow perch swim in a tank in the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center on the St. Paul campus on Monday, March 15. University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Amy Schrank is working on a market study to test the viability of fish farming for commercial purposes in Minnesota.

University researchers among first to explore aquaculture viability in Minnesota

Published March 18, 2021
With a need to move away from wild-caught fish, farming fish could be an alternative.
The new “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice” exhibit at the Bell museum on Thursday, March 11. The exhibit opened on Friday, March 12.

Bell Museum opens new environmental justice exhibit

Published March 14, 2021
Climates of Inequality is a national collaboration designed to contextualize racial and environmental injustice in dozens of cities around the country, including Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Jewelean Jackson poses for a portrait for photos on the University of Minnesotas website. Jackson is pushing for community-oriented health care, which she said brings trust into the community served.

UMN medical professionals, students urge equity in vaccine distribution to address racial disparities

Published March 6, 2021
Hundred of medical professionals, students and community advocates signed a petition calling on government officials to emphasize equity in vaccine distribution.
Biologist Adriana Alvarez De la Hoz poses for a portrait in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Building on Monday, March 1. Alvarez De la Hoz conducted a literature review study on the uses of algae as an organic substitute for synthetic fertilizers.

University researchers explore potential of microalgae in agriculture

Published March 3, 2021
Microalgae can return nutrients to the soil and contribute to better plant growth.
Physicians Dr. Karim Sadak and Dr. Alex Boucher pose for a portrait outside of Masonic Childrens Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Dr. Sadak and Dr. Boucher both treat patients with Sickle Cell Disease.

University research could be key to addressing sickle cell patients’ pain without opioids

Published February 25, 2021
Sickle cell disease remains understudied and predominantly impacts Black people and other people of color.
Triumph, the new breed of apples created by the University of Minnesota.

How do you like them apples? UMN scientists create a new apple breed

Published February 22, 2021
'Triumph' is sweet, tangy and crisp but will not hit the shelves for the next decade.
University researcher Ania McDonnell poses for a portrait outside of Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Wednesday, Feb. 18. McDonnell wrote her masters thesis about how women have different public transportation needs compared to men.

Not just ‘point A to point B’: U researchers talk transit equity

Published February 19, 2021
University of Minnesota researchers are emphasizing the importance of equity and gender in light of Transit Equity Day earlier this month.
Chemical engineering researcher Dr. Paul Dauenhauer poses for a portrait in front of a new chemical engineering and materials science display in Amundson Hall on Saturday, Feb. 13. Dauenhauer leads a lab that is developing biodegradable technologies to become an alternative to plastic and rubber.

The search for “perfect” recyclables: University researchers explore alternatives to plastics

Published February 17, 2021
In developing biodegradable alternatives, Dr. Paul Dauenhauer seeks to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
University researchers look into ways to help forests adapt to the climate crisis

University researchers look into ways to help forests adapt to the climate crisis

Published February 12, 2021
Droughts have made it more difficult for forests in recent years.
University researchers developing aphid-resistant soybeans

University researchers developing aphid-resistant soybeans

Published February 8, 2021
These new plants could make it easier for organic farmers to combat the harmful pests, and could also reduce pollution caused by insecticide use in Minnesota.
Eric North poses for a photo outside of Green Hall in St. Paul on Wednesday, Feb 3. North is a new professor who specializes in trees in urban environments across the U.S.

Forest Resources department welcomes new urban forestry professor

Published February 3, 2021
Eric North brings a personal, engaging approach to community forestry at the University of Minnesota.
Associate Professor Christine Salomon poses for a portrait in her lab in Nils Hasselmo Hall on Tuesday, Jan 26.

Subterranean fungi could be key to treating devastating bat disease

Published January 27, 2021
University of Minnesota researchers are exploring ways cave fungi could be used as a biological control agent.
A few pieces from the University of Minnesota’s Music Library are displayed in Wilson Library on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The collection ranges from classical sonata compositions to popular culture and local artists such as Prince.

University of Minnesota Music Library seeks to diversify its collection

Published January 23, 2021
A majority of materials in the collection are from European, white and male artists.
UMN Extension educator Natalie Hoidal poses with serrano and jalepeno peppers on the East Bank campus. Hoidals research team tested the viability of growing chile peppers in Minnesota and Wisconsin in collaboration with local Latinx farmers through the Shared Ground Farmers Cooperative.

UMN researchers partner with Latinx farmers to explore chile pepper viability in MN

Published January 20, 2021
Latinx farmers historically face numerous barriers to market access
Activist and Giniw Collective member Wabigonikwe Raven poses for a portrait in front of St. Anthony Falls on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Giniw Collective is an Indigenous women, 2-Spirit led group that is an active part of the StopLine3 movement.

‘There has to be a point when we say enough’: University students, faculty and alumni voice opposition to Line 3 pipeline

Published December 5, 2020
Following the tar sands oil pipeline approval on Nov. 30, advocates call for Gov. Walz to deny or delay construction.
Cataloging Minnesotas native bees

Cataloging Minnesota’s native bees

Published November 29, 2020
Through the University Insect Collection, the Department of Natural Resources seeks to track and analyze the impact of the climate crisis on bees native to the state.
An American elm tree stands tall on the St Paul Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 17th. Researchers are attempting to stop the spread of Dutch elm disease in Minnesota, where these trees are at risk of being cut down.

Developing Dutch elm disease-resistant trees

Published November 19, 2020
University researchers work to clone and propagate elm trees to combat the killer fungus.
Fruit fly specimens are prepared at the Gortner Laboratory on Tuesday, Nov. 17.  The flies genes have been altered, resulting in a condition that causes defective offspring when the affected flies mate with unaltered members of the species, in an effort to reduce their population.

‘A plague to be reckoned with’: UMN research creates a buzz with invasive fruit fly research

Published November 18, 2020
In breeding genetically sterile males, researchers aim to develop a new genetic pesticide.
David Remucal shows some of the plant containers at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center on Monday, Nov. 9.

Meet David Remucal, the University’s ‘plant rescuer’

Published November 11, 2020
A plant conservationist at the Minnesota Arboretum, Remucal works to save and store endangered plants.
The University of Minnesotas Native American Medicine Garden stands empty on Friday, Nov. 6.

UMN Forest Resources Department, others in STEM reckon with anti-racism letters from students

Published November 7, 2020
Despite department steps, students say there is still work to be done.
A photo of a commercial dairy farm, such as the one farmers may opt to use selective dry cow therapy at.

Got milk? University researchers roll out new dairy cow treatment to reduce farmers’ antibiotic use

Published November 2, 2020
Selective dry cow therapy will be rolled out by the Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association on Nov. 1
Figure reprinted from Kate Brauman et al., Unique water scarcity footprints and water risks in US meat and ethanol supply chains identified via subnational commodity flows. Environmental Research Letters. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab9a6a

University researchers map water scarcity related to meat and ethanol production

Published October 28, 2020
The national-scale study found that the amount of water it takes to produce and supply meat varies on location and the amount of water available locally.
Bang Brewing sits under a light dusting of snow on Sunday, Oct. 25. Boss Febbo and her husband Jay opened Bang Brewing to the public in 2013, operating out of a custom-built grain bin.

Going ‘against the grain’: UMN establishing tool to connect organic farmers to brewers

Published October 26, 2020
In a partnership with the local Bang Brewing, University students are developing a searchable map to connect breweries with the organic grains they need.
Delilah Robb, a community health educator for the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, poses for a portrait outside one of the organizations clinics. Robbs work provides a variety of educational experiences on the topic of sexual health for the American Indian community in the clinics service area. As a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Robb has spent the entirety of her career working with the American Indian community and is currently a full-time first year student at the Universitys School of Public Health, studying Maternal and Child Health.

University grad student fosters conversation, education about sexual health in American Indian communities

Published October 22, 2020
Delilah Robb incorporates cultural traditions as part of an Indian Health Board campaign.
The Weisman Art Museum stands on Sunday, Sept. 20. The museum received objects from the Mimbres collection in 1992.

Weisman Art Museum faces criticism after delaying repatriation of Native American objects for 30 years

Published October 20, 2020
Graduate anthropology students are advocating for the Mimbres Collection’s return to affiliated tribes in New Mexico.
Emily June Zolfaghari poses for a portrait with information from a toolkit she created based on LGBTQ health on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Minneapolis. Zolfaghari shared her toolkit with high school nurses to help inform them on LGBTQ health and won an award for her work.

Medical student creates toolkit for school nurses to better serve LGBTQ youth

Published October 19, 2020
Emily June Zolfaghari put together the kit to bridge the gaps in knowledge for middle and high school nurses around LGBTQ health.
Principal Investigator in the Department of Forest Resources Lee Frelich holds a jumping worm found in the soil near the St. Paul Student Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Getting their hands dirty: University of Minnesota digs into worm research

Published October 19, 2020
Jumping worms cause significant environmental harm and appear to be spreading throughout the state.
Bob Blake, the founder and CEO of Solar Bear Solar Panel Installation Services, poses for a portrait by his hybrid car parked at an electric vehicle charging station at the Como Lakeside Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 11. He started Solar Bear in hopes of doing his part for the environment.

University grad student bridges Native American communities and solar energy

Published October 17, 2020
Bob Blake's solar installation company and nonprofit fosters self-reliance and energy sovereignty in Red Lake.
Research Assistant Professor Katherine Frels, who works in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, discusses the characteristics and uses of camelina at the Universitys St. Paul campus on Tuesday, Oct. 6.  The plant, useful in creating biofuels, food products, animal feed and more, is adapted to colder climates, making it a profitable choice for Minnesota growers seeking to make use of their fields throughout the winter months.

The winter camelina: University researchers developing new cash cover crop

Published October 7, 2020
Researchers say the new crop will be able to reduce runoff and be profitable for farmers.
A combine harvests crops in Madison Lake on Wednesday, Sep. 30. University researchers are conducting research on alternative methods for applying fertilizers to crops in response to new challenges presented by climate change.

Making the best of a crappy situation: New manure research looks to help farmers during climate crisis

Published October 1, 2020
With wetter growing seasons, manure sidedressing could help crops retain nutrients and reduce pollution.
University of Minnesota Researcher Cathleen Lapadat smells a piece of bark from a Red Oak within Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Bethel, Minn. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. If a Red Oak is infected by Oak Wilt, the inner layers of bark have a “sweet” smell due to the fungal mats.

UMN researchers say invasive fungus that threatens oak trees is spreading

Published September 27, 2020
New research into oak wilt allows for better detection and treatment.
Pharmacy student alumni launch states first medical repository

Pharmacy student alumni launch state’s first medical repository

Published September 25, 2020
By redistributing unused medication, RoundtableRx addresses systematic waste in medicine.
Climate Science Professor and Extension Specialist Heidi Roop poses near a field of corn on the Universitys St. Paul campus on Tuesday, Sep. 15th. Roop’s work will focus on climate change and adaption with the goal of providing critical climate and meteorological information for decision making in agricultural production, forestry, and management of natural resources.

New University professor plans to bridge climate research and community outreach

Published September 18, 2020
CFANS professor Heidi Roop plans to develop a new extension program.
Roots Community Birth Center building in North Minneapolis as seen on Friday, Sept. 11. Roots is one of the few African American-owned birth centers across the country.

UMN study shows Black newborns die less often when cared for by Black physicians

Published September 12, 2020
Nationally, Black newborns die at a rate three times that of white newborns.
Rural areas have higher health premiums and fewer options, UMN research finds

Rural areas have higher health premiums and fewer options, UMN research finds

Published September 10, 2020
Researchers said COVID-19 has the potential to make disparities worse.
Benjamin Yawakie, president of the Humphrey Students of Color Association, sits in front of a photo of Orville and Jane Freeman in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Wednesday, July 22 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The Freeman Commons, to Yawakie’s left, is one of the spaces on campus associated with the Freemans that the group wants to rename.

Students call out Humphrey School’s relationship with Freeman family, advocate for change

Published August 2, 2020

Over 400 students, staff, faculty and community members have signed a July 15 petition calling for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to “critically re-evaluate” their relationship with Hennepin...

Nautica Flowers, a current University student and activist fighting for racial equality within Eagan High School, posed for a portrait near Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, July 15. Students like Flowers are fighting for change within District 196 schools.

UMN students lead callouts against racism in Minnesota public schools

Published August 1, 2020

Nautica Flowers has had enough.  Since June 29, the third-year University of Minnesota student has been running an Instagram callout page for Eagan High School, collecting and sharing accounts of...

Although air quality in Minnesota is generally good and improving, an environmental economist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency attributes 1,000–2,000 deaths a year to air pollution in the Twin Cities metro. 

100,000 annual deaths attributed to air pollution, UMN study finds

Published July 30, 2020

Shifting the focus away from fossil fuels, University of Minnesota researchers found that nearly half of the air pollution in the United States comes from sources like personal care products, road dust...

Brianna Engelson, a first-year psychiatry resident and recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, poses for a portrait on the UMN campus on Tuesday, July 21. Engelson has been conducting research on medical students’ perceptions of mental illness and therapy.

‘Gunner culture’: In a high-achieving field, medical students worry about seeking mental health help

Published July 25, 2020
Medical students are more likely to screen for depression than their nonmedical peers, but some are reluctant to get help for fear that it will impact their licensing. These UMN graduates are working to change the stigma.

U study shows racial disparities among older adults receiving long-term care

Published July 9, 2020

Ekta Prakash has been taking care of her mother for more than eight years.  As a caregiver, Prakash considers herself fortunate to be able to navigate adult care resources in Minnesota. Many cannot. The...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

U releases podcast spotlighting transgender activists

Published July 7, 2020

Gabriel Foster got into activism somewhat accidently. Growing up 20 miles away from Seattle in the '90s, Foster said he felt “a world away” from LGBTQ spaces and community. As a teenager, Foster would...

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

Published June 25, 2020

For the past four years, Kendra Waldenberger has stayed overnight in dorms for 13 days at the Minnesota State Fair. Involved in the 4-H program since first grade, the second-year animal science student...

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

Published June 15, 2020

Tamara Stark is busier than ever.  As a senior director at Tubman —  Minnesota’s largest provider of domestic violence services — an already heavy workload has put Stark and her coworkers...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Joining more than 50 schools nationwide, medical students aim to integrate climate change and curricula

Published May 4, 2020

Since launching on Earth Day, a student-run organization called Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF) has drawn in students from over 50 different medical schools around the country, including...

Student Worker Bailey Krolnika sorts through organics recycling from a University residence hall at Como recycling center on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Organics recycling rollout slowed since campus shutdown

Published April 30, 2020

With fewer people on the University of Minnesota campus due to the COVID-19 crisis, the University Sustainability Office’s goal of bringing organics recycling to every campus building has slowed considerably.  The...

Sydney Murray works to improve a community garden located in Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 26.

UMN Office of Sustainability releases tips on staying green while off campus

Published April 29, 2020

In celebration of Earth Day last week, the University of Minnesota Office of Sustainability released a series of educational material about ways students can become more eco-friendly and sustainable.  With...

Sarah Mai

Here’s what you need to know about returning spring textbooks and library rentals

Published April 27, 2020

With the brick-and-mortar University of Minnesota Bookstores and all campus libraries closed indefinitely, many students still have textbooks or equipment they rented in their possession. Whether it's...

A male red-tailed hawk is released by CNC volunteers Jeff Carlson and Stacy Carlson on Saturday, Sept. 22. The hawk had been seen hitting multiple windows in Minneapolis before being admitted to the Universitys Raptor Center.

Making education soar: Raptor Center incorporates birds into science curricula

Published April 19, 2020

A bald eagle stares out at a camera with vivid yellow eyes from his place on a technician’s table. Careful gloved hands hold the raptor in place while Juli Ponder, executive director of the University...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

University research targets social distancing compliance, mental health

Published April 14, 2020

A new University of Minnesota public health study launching this week will look at factors that influence social distancing compliance as well as how these measures affect mental health. Funded in part...

Volunteers pack color-coded meal kits at Bonnies Hometown Grocery store. 

Bringing meal kits to the table for rural Minnesotans

Published April 6, 2020

The University of Minnesota Extension has designed a two-week meal kit to help rural Minnesotans have more reliable access to food and support rural grocery stores. The meal kit includes non-perishables...

Nurse Johannah Bjorgaard takes her kids Islie (7) and Sullivan (4) to Powderhorn park in Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 31. They live nearby and frequent the park to help the kids get their energy out.

Medical students step up to support healthcare workers during pandemic

Published April 1, 2020

A new program created by University of Minnesota Medical School students aims to help health care workers during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. MN COVIDsitters matches student volunteers with health care...

Sarah Mai

Global economy could lose $10 trillion due to climate change, report finds

Published March 26, 2020

In a collaboration with University of Minnesota researchers, a World Wildlife Fund report published last month found that the global economy stands to lose $10 trillion by 2050 if actions are not taken...

Courtesy of Jean Kearns.

‘Reuse ecosystem’ to open near campus

Published March 24, 2020

Inside a vine-heavy brick building off of University Avenue, an effort to promote sustainable business practices is underway.  Centered on the reusing of goods like office supplies, papers and crafts...

Sarah Mai

Your dog’s poop is harmful to the environment, public health

Published March 21, 2020

As the weather gets nicer and the snow continues to melt, many dog owners relish in the ability to bring their pets outside more often. But not all of them do so responsibly.  Although most Minnesotans...

Beekeeper Gary Reuter opens a brood box at the University of Minnesota Bee Laboratory on Monday, March 16. The bees huddle together and flex their flight muscles in order to stay warm and survive the winter.

Honeybees dying from “deformed wing virus,” research finds

Published March 16, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers found in a study published last month that a common virus causes honeybees to forage prematurely which significantly contributes to colony decline worldwide. In a collaboration...

Children play outside at the Community Child Care Center at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

New child care facility coming to East Bank in summer 2021

Published March 1, 2020

The University announced last week that it will partner with YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities to open a new child care facility on East Bank, which is expected to open summer 2021. The site will be built...

Dr. Krishona Martinson interacts with a horse that lives at the Leatherdale Equine Center near the St. Paul campus on Monday, Feb. 24.

Yay or neigh? Researchers explore horse carcass composting as post-life option

Published February 26, 2020

University of Minnesota professor Krishona Martinson never anticipated her career would include composting dead horses. Since July, a team of specialists at the University has been studying the impacts...

Mira Klein, CREATE Initiative research associate, poses for a portrait on the University of Minnesota campus on Friday, Feb. 21. Klein holds “Sharing in the Benefits of a Greening City,” a toolkit meant to address the interactions of gentrification and justice in Green New Deal planning, including city parks. 

U researchers combat “green gentrification” in Minneapolis parks

Published February 24, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are working to combat gentrification around Minneapolis parks, a problem they say is often overlooked. Their “green gentrification” research is part of a larger...

Student Worker Bailey Krolnika sorts through organics recycling from a University residence hall at Como recycling center on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Organics recycling roll-out hits halfway mark on UMN campus

Published February 20, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus has integrated organics recycling into almost all of its buildings, marking the approximate halfway point in the University’s goal to roll out organics...

From right, Oral Historian Myrl Beam, Tretter Collection Curator Rachel Mattson and Project Assistant Myra Billund-Phibbs converse in the Tretter Collection offices on Tuesday, Feb. 18. With Audio Producer Cassius Adair (not pictured) they are working to produce a podcast which aims to share trans activist histories, drawing on interviews obtained for the University of Minnesota’s Tretter Tansgender Oral History Project. 

Transcribing queer history: UMN Tretter Collection creates new podcast

Published February 19, 2020

A nationally known LGBTQ archive from the University of Minnesota will launch a podcast this summer to share the voices and work of transgender activists. As part of the Tretter Transgender Oral History...

UMN students grapple with eco-anxiety

UMN students grapple with “eco-anxiety”

Published February 6, 2020

Caroline Arkesteyn has always considered climate change a “monster under the bed.” As a master's student studying environmental policy, Arkesteyn said she learns something worse about the environment...

Alternative Transportation Manager Steve Sanders gets ready for his 9-mile commute home on Monday, Jan. 27. Sanders rides his bike to the university everyday, regardless of the weather.

Alternative transportation at UMN: “One small step in the right direction”

Published January 29, 2020

Every morning for the past 25 years, Steve Sanders has left his house at 6:50 a.m. to bike to work. Depending on the weather, Sanders strategically dons several layers of synthetic long sleeves, silk long...

University of Minnesota Assistant Professor of Medicine Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni, MD speaks at a Teach-In staged by Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate at the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Health professionals from a variety of field discussed the health impacts of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline replacement. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Community members gather at Capitol, fight proposed Line 3 pipeline

Published January 19, 2020

Braving the cold Wednesday morning, more than 20 health professionals, students and climate advocates around Minnesota held a teach-in at the Minnesota State Capitol, educating senior staffers about the...

Nail artist Melody Vue paints Jelahn Prentiss nails at Little Luxuries Nail Lounge in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 30. 

Nailed it: Little Luxuries Nail Lounge celebrates self care, local nail artists

Published July 30, 2019

At Little Luxuries Nail Lounge in Uptown, a purple chandelier hangs from the ceiling and long rows of colorful nail polish line a side wall. Beside a workstation full of glittering rhinestones and false...

An art car drives through the ArtCar and ArtBike Parade on Saturday, July 27 at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.

‘Every day is a parade in an ArtCar’: Local artists drive the 25th ArtCar and ArtBike Parade

Published July 29, 2019

Crowds of people spilled onto the curb of the path surrounding Lake Harriet Saturday evening, setting blankets down on the grass and unfolding lawn chairs. The weekend marked the 25th ArtCar and ArtBike...

Barbara and Peggy Haselman enjoy tea and pastries on Wednesday, July 24 at Lady Elegants Tea Room & Gift Shoppe in St. Paul.

Local St. Paul tea shop is steeped in tradition

Published July 24, 2019

Hidden within the small grove of quaint shops and gardens in Milton Square in St. Anthony Park, Lady Elegant’s Tea Room transports its guests to another century. With white paper doilies, floral wallpapers...

Daniel Chavez of 26 BATS! plays trumpet during the Third Thursday: Bike Night at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday, July 18. Every third Thursday of the month the MIA hosts a free event with live music, food and other vendors.

Q&A: “Genre-fluid” band 26 BATS! talks numerology, the creative process and the importance of shaking conformity

Published July 24, 2019

The air was heavy and humid as people settled into a green space outside the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a free concert featuring 26 BATS! last Thursday. The band, comprised of lead singer and songwriter...

Clara Samper-Zelaya licks her ice cream on Saturday, July 20 at Izzys Ice Cream in Minneapolis.

Here’s the scoop: the best unexpected ice cream flavors in Minneapolis

Published July 24, 2019

With weather creeping into the high 80s this week, ice cream is becoming more of a necessity than a summer treat. To help you combat the heat wave, A&E visited a few ice cream shops near campus to...

Artist Amo Azure wipes ink off Jen Bautchs arm on Tuesday, July 9 at Jackalope Tattoo in Minneapolis. Jackalope Tattoo is ran entirely by female and non-binary artists.

Jackalope Tattoo brings artistry, inclusivity to Twin Cities tattoo scene

Published July 17, 2019

The atmosphere of Jackalope Tattoo is calming — the low buzzing of a tattoo machine provides background noise to the banter of artists over their half-walled cubicles. Around the shop, the walls are...

A street vendor sells Southeast Asian foods on Saturday, July 6 in St. Paul for the annual Little Mekong Night Market.

Little Mekong Night Market celebrates local Asian businesses, culture

Published July 9, 2019

For one weekend a year, the area between University Avenue West and Western Avenue in St. Paul is shut down and blocked off, making room for over 70 local food vendors, performers and artists to take over...

Director Nick Saxton watches a rehearsal scene for his show, Hot Air on Sunday, July 7 in Rarig Hall.

Third time’s the charm: film noir-style play is full of “Hot Air”— but in a good way

Published July 9, 2019

The cast of “Hot Air” settled into their practice space last Tuesday night, lounging on chairs and snacking on chocolate-covered peanuts. “How is everyone feeling?” asked director Nick Saxton,...

President of the board of Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Michael Kleber-Diggs, welcomes guests to the second annual Gumball Extravaganza at Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 27.

Encapsulating the literary talent of the incarcerated community

Published July 3, 2019

Inside a traditional glass gumball machine at Moon Palace Books is something much more valuable than a piece of gum. For fifty cents this machine sells poetry, each plastic capsule filled with a hand-rolled...

The crowd cheers as Courtney Barnett plays her opening set on the main stage at Rock the Garden on Saturday, June 29 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Rock the Garden: A hot time, but a good time

Published June 30, 2019

The crowd was a sea of sunhats and summery t-shirts Saturday afternoon as audience members gathered in the grass outside the main stage, settling down with glasses of beer and cups of frozen yogurt.  As...

Sam Frantz makes sparking lilac lemonade for a customer at Farside Coffee in Minnespolis, Minnesota on Saturday, June 22, 2019. 

Farside Coffee blends art, espresso and conversation

Published June 26, 2019

The atmosphere of Farside Coffee is quiet, save the soft whirring of an espresso machine or the light chatter of customers settling in with a mug of coffee or a glass of lilac lemonade. One thing noticeably...

Prada Diamond performs on stage and collects money at the Gay 90s in Minneapolis on Friday, June 20.

Fashion, fabulousness and self-love

Published June 25, 2019

Backstage at the Gay 90's was a scene of organized chaos last Friday. Stationed in front of mirrors, drag performers powdered their faces and penciled in tall arched eyebrows before a performance for Pride...

Marisol Herling gets ready for prom on Saturday, June 15 in Minneapolis.

A night to remember: “Queer Prom” reclaims the high school tradition

Published June 19, 2019

Editor’s note: this piece does not adequately represent members of the 20% Theater Company responsible for Queer Prom. Marcela Michelle, Chair of the Board of Directors for the 20% Theater Company, played...

Natalie Deeble and daughter Saniya watch as the Pride Parade marches down Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis on June 24, 2018.

A&E’s Twin Cities Pride Guide

Published June 18, 2019

As Pride month comes to a close, what better way to celebrate the LGBTQ community than to attend events that highlight (and financially support) local queer artists in the Twin Cities? Here’s A&E’s...

Culture Compass: Pride Guide

Published June 18, 2019

Wednesday: SciPride at the Bell Museum The Bell Museum is celebrating SciPride to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ scientists. Through a handful of Lightning Talks hosted by University students, postdoctoral...

Liza Gorman-Baer works on an embroidery piece in Minneapolis on Saturday June 8th. 

Armed with a needle and thread

Published June 12, 2019

Liza Gorman-Baer’s most recent embroidery series focuses on the nude human body. Each of the six pieces contains a tracing from a photograph of one of their close friends. Using leftover fabric scraps...

Chicago based circus Brave Space takes place at Xelias Aerial Arts in Northeast Minneapolis on Saturday, June 8.

Building a brave space

Published June 12, 2019

A group of about 100 audience members edged the corners of the square studio space, shyly looking in wonder at the sea of white fabric that took up most of the floorspace.  The cloth seemed to breathe,...

Wally Sakallah poses for a portrait inside Wallys Falafel and Hummus, one of the businesses he owns, on Wednesday, May 1. Its all the about the family business, he said. The family recipes they used back home, they brought here, and didn’t change anything so it tastes like home.”

Wally’s brings a piece of the Middle East to Dinkytown

Published May 6, 2019

The air hums with conversation as friends and families chat over chicken shawarma sandwiches and round plates of hummus. To the left of the register, customers gaze into a glass display case, mulling over...

A video still from dance student Ally Paitls capstone project, Petaled. The video uses dance to illustrate over-sexualized portrayals of women in mass media.

Femininity in full bloom

Published May 2, 2019

Four dancers in white enter from the left side of the screen, each carrying a bucket. They gaze directly at the camera and dump the contents of their buckets on the floor wordlessly after a couple of seconds. It’s...

Culture compass: Dance, ‘Star Wars,’ and Beyoncé

Published May 2, 2019

Friday: "Dance With Me" Watch student-choreographed dances at the St. Paul Student Center this weekend. A student performance group, the Dance Collective features a variety of dance categories including...

Student Ian Smith poses for a portrait at The Tower launch party on Wednesday, April 24.

Street Style: The 2019 Tower magazine launch party

Published May 1, 2019

Hundreds of art and literature lovers crowded into the gallery of the Weisman Art Museum on Wednesday night to celebrate the release of The Tower, an annual literary arts magazine. The student-run publication...

Olivia Nokovic poses for a picture at The Tower launch party on Wednesday, April 24.

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Olivia Nokovic poses for a picture at The Tower launch party on Wednesday, April 24.

Sophomore Lauren Foley grins while at The Tower launch party on Wednesday.

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Sophomore Lauren Foley grins while at The Tower launch party on Wednesday.

Daria Harris shows off her outfit at The Tower launch party on Wednesday.

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Daria Harris shows off her outfit at The Tower launch party on Wednesday.

A model walks on the runway for the Catwalks for Water Aveda fashion show on Saturday, April 20 in Minneapolis.

Street style: Another spotlight at Aveda

Published April 22, 2019

On Saturday, the Aveda Institute Minneapolis' annual fashion show paired local designers with cosmetology students for a 45-minute show full of iconic looks. Highlighting creative haircuts, makeup and...

Model Adrianna Manirath has her photo taken back stage for the Catwalks for Water Aveda fashion show on Saturday, April 20.

Aveda students show they’re a cut above the rest

Published April 22, 2019

The prep area was chaotic as students and teachers rushed to put the finishing touches on extravagant braids and smokey eye shadow. It was only half an hour before the students’ models were expected...

Street Style: Audience members at Aveda’s annual fashion show weren’t afraid to pull all the stops

Published April 21, 2019

The Aveda Institute’s fashion show for Earth Month paired local designers with cosmetology students for a 45-minute segment full of iconic looks. Highlighting creative haircuts, makeup and color, students...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Not sew Minnesota nice

Published April 18, 2019

Boasting the cliche “bless this house” or the obscure “not all those who wander are lost,” cross-stitch has adorned every type of fabric-based decor from kitchen towels to pillows. Characterized...

Women all over the Twin Cities come together for the Minneapolis Twerkshop at A-Mill Artist Loft on Saturday, April 13.

Finding a twerk-life balance

Published April 15, 2019

After navigating their way through the winding hallways of the A-Mill Artist Lofts on Saturday, around 60 women stuffed their coats in cubbies and found their spots on the dance studio floor, making small...

Early Eyes poses for a portrait in their Northeast Minneapolis backyard on Thursday, April 4.

Early Eyes, big visions

Published April 11, 2019

At the Fine Line on Friday, the drums boasted the characteristic logo of an eye with five lashes, a hint at the next band to take the stage. After rocking out to local girl group Last Import, fans waited...

Olivia Danely and Kendra Pockat rest in front of paintings at Slow Art Day at Weisman Art Museum on Saturday, April 6 in Minneapolis. Instead of spending fifteen seconds looking at pieces of art, Slow Art Day asks viewers to take fifteen minutes.

Slowing down for the sake of art

Published April 9, 2019

According to the Weisman Art Museum, the average person spends only 15 to 30 seconds looking at a piece of art. Slow Art Day works to change that. One day a year, museum-goers are encouraged to slow down,...

‘#1 of 30’ at the Weisman explores body sway and movement

Published April 4, 2019

A square metal frame hung from the ceiling by bright orange rope. Below it, a white tarp folded in a perfect vertical rectangle. As a dozen onlookers took their seats quietly, others leaned against the...

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Review: Giving a voice to your night terrors

Published April 1, 2019

“I have taken out my Invisalign and this is the album,” Billie Eilish announces giddily in the first song of her debut record “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” This intro, entitled “!!!!!!!,”...

Culture Compass: Trenchball, Transylvania and tea

Published March 28, 2019

Friday: Trench Tournament Big fan of dodgeball? Wait until you hear what trenchball is. While in the traditional game you’re beaned by a foam ball and have to make the dejected trek to the sidelines,...

Embrace the Pundamonium

Published March 26, 2019

Pun-lovers and word-enthusiasts crowded the basement of The Spring Street Tavern on Wednesday night, clumping together near the stage.  Many had arrived early, desperate to sign their name for a slot...