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Chef and instructor for the School of Public Health Jason Champagne prepares Red Lake walleye for friends at the Department of Indian Work on July 15, 2013, at the St. Paul Area Council of Churches in St. Paul.

Native American students graduate to make change

Published July 17, 2013

Although Jason Champagne didn’t grow up on a Native American reservation, he visited relatives on them growing up and saw nutrition was a major issue. Now, the 37-year-old University of Minnesota...

Food Service Coordinator Senior Bobbi Varichak hands a free lunch to University alumni Claire Winkels for her son Benjamin Colehour at Jackson Park in Northeast Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Jackson Park is one of the trucks four stops to give out free lunches to children under 18 years old as a part of the Summer Food Service Program.

Food program expands to meet demand

Published July 10, 2013

On his first day of summer day camp at Van Cleve Park, Como resident Karen Brown’s 4-year-old son was one of several children excited to eat a free lunch after a swim in the Van Cleve Park wading...

Newly announced Vice President of Diversity and Equity Katrice Albert in her office on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. With her new position, Albert said she is interested in focusing on student development, closing the achievement gap and maintaining the Universitys commitment to excellence.

New Equity and Diversity VP talks goals, transition

Published July 10, 2013

For her new position at the University of Minnesota, Katrice Albert brought from Louisiana her warmest clothing, her favorite artwork and her infectious laugh. “When I first heard about the position,...

U program to help foreign language learning in K-12 classrooms

Published July 3, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers are working to bring foreign language classes to more local K-12 students with a program they hope will eventually reach the entire nation. The University’s College...

A couple shows off their rings in the Pride Parade on June 30, 2013, in Minneapolis. Many same-sex couples in Minnesota will be affected by the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act by the Supreme Court and the passing of a marriage equality bill in Minnesota.

DOMA ruling brings changes to the University

Published July 3, 2013

In the days leading up to the delayed U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting marriage equality, Robert Smith III woke up early each morning to see if the cases had been decided. Once the decisions came...

Supreme Court sends affirmative action case back to lower courts

Published June 26, 2013

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court sending a significant affirmative action case back to the lower courts Monday, the University of Minnesota will re-evaluate its own admissions policies. The 7-1 decision...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member Victoria Paider hands out cookies to stalled cars after the rainstorm caused flash floods along University Avenue on Friday, June 21, 2013 outside the Minneapolis LDS Institute of Religion.

Mormon students stick together

Published June 26, 2013

Katherine Brown has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her whole life, but today she’s the only person in her family who’s still practicing. Since starting college,...

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, Prop. 8

Published June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court made two landmark decisions affecting marriage equality in California and the nation on Wednesday.  In United States v. Winsor, the Supreme Court declared the federal Defense...

University program preps first-generation college students

Published June 19, 2013

Sousada Chidthachack grew up as part of an immigrant family and went to college to live out her mother’s dream of having her own career. Chidthachack’s mother ran away from her childhood home...

Science courses aim to diversify

Published June 19, 2013

Traditionally, the University of Minnesota hasn’t incorporated diversity topics into its science courses. Now, some faculty members and administrators want to change that. Faculty members from the...

U gets funds for new math education program

Published June 17, 2013

A new University of Minnesota STEM Education Center has received funds to start a program focusing on local underrepresented students this fall. The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation gave...

Burlesque and drag performer Fox Smoulder performs at the cabaret event during the annual BECAUSE conference on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Augsburg College.

Bisexuality conference highlights research disparities

Published June 12, 2013

When writing a grant to fund last year’s bisexuality conference, University of Minnesota doctoral candidate Lauren Beach didn’t think it would be the only one focused on bisexuality among the...

Diversity workshop program grows

Published June 12, 2013

As a new group of freshmen gears up to enter the University of Minnesota this fall, the Office for Equity and Diversity  is trying to make their first time on campus a more welcoming experience. After...

Local filmmaker Melissa Koch recently made a documentary titled The Infamous T, which focuses on an LGBT-identified teenager named Jonathan who experienced homophobia and homelessness during his high school years and then conquered ambivalence after attending a new charter school and receiving support from a LGBT host family.

New doc shines light on LGBT youth homelessness

Published June 5, 2013

At first, Jonathan Douglas was overwhelmed by the idea of a filmmaker documenting his life — his struggles with school, housing and adjusting to a new family. After a year and a half of filming,...

University of Minnesota graduate Michael Sun Haonan holds stacks of forms, guides and applications in his Minneapolis apartment on May 27, 2013. As an international student, the process for staying in the United States to work or attend graduate school is more complicated, such as finding employers willing to sponsor work visas.

International students face barriers after graduation

Published May 30, 2013

Haonan Sun was in a dilemma after graduating from the University of Minnesota in December. The mechanical engineering student needed to find a job within three months after graduation or attend graduate...

LGBT film screening tonight

Published May 30, 2013

This year’s fourth annual Out Twin Cities Film Festival, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities through film and art, kicked off Wednesday at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Thursday...

Poverty doubled in Twin Cities suburbs over past decade

Published May 29, 2013

  As the number of poor Twin Cities residents has climbed over the past decade, the suburban area has more than doubled  its poor population to about 200,000 people. The Twin Cities metro area...

Minneapolis City Council declares June LGBT Pride Month

Published May 24, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council passed a new resolution Friday declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride month for Minneapolis, according to city council meeting agenda.  "Minneapolis...

FBI: Montevideo terror attack disrupted by arrest

Published May 6, 2013

The FBI announced Monday that they, along with local authorities, prevented a suspected terror attack by a Monevideo, Minn. Man, according to a press release.  Buford Rogers, 24, was arrested Friday...

Deputy General Counsel William Donohue poses in the McNamara Alumni Center Office of the General Counsel. Donohue will replace Mark Rotenberg, who will step down this month after more than 20 years as general counsel.

Donohue tapped as interim General Counsel

Published May 6, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced William Donohue as the school's next general counsel Monday. Donohue will replace General Counsel Mark Rotenberg, who recently resigned to take a...

Kim Oglesby, from Hudson, Wisc., leads the horse Elderberry through the labyrinth constructed on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Leatherdale Equine Center. The Equusnimity workshop, led by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the University Center for Spirituality & Healing, emphasized personal growth through horse wisdom and walking.

Finding balance, peace with horses

Published May 6, 2013

  Melissa Bieber quietly guided a horse through a labyrinth made of plastic pipes in a large arena at the University of Minnesota Equine Center on Saturday afternoon. “It was amazing,”...

Expanded alcohol sales bill off the table

Published May 2, 2013

A bill that would expand alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci and Williams arenas was withdrawn Wednesday by Minnesota Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park. The bill would’ve...

Minnesota Senator Al Franken describes how new generators designed by Minnesota manufacturer Cummins Power Generation could cut energy use in Afghanistan and other places overseas at a press conference on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at TCF Stadium.

Minnesota-made generators could save military lives

Published May 2, 2013

Military overseas will now use Minnesota-built generators, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and a Department of Defense official announced at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday. The new generators, built by Cummins Power...

Three more marathon bombing suspects arrested

Published May 1, 2013

Three more suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case have been taken into custody, police and a defense attorney told the Associated Press.  Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters from his briefing...

Boynton to examine international student sexual health concerns

Published April 30, 2013

  During Welcome Week, Rawnaq Al-Gheithy was shocked to watch students putting on a sex education skit. Sex was a taboo subject for the human resources development major, who grew up in Oman and Jordan. “A...

Students crave healthier food

Published April 25, 2013

A new survey showed University of Minnesota students living in residence halls want more inexpensive and healthy food options on campus. Three undergraduate interns from the University’s Obesity...

Senior nursing student Samantha Smith demonstrates the new facilities at the Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center for the Grand Opening of the Center on Thursday, April 13, 2013. The new nursing simulation lab replaces the 25 year-old lab.

New simulation center opens

Published April 22, 2013

  Samantha Smith treated a patient with congestive heart failure in a large hospital room Thursday afternoon. The University of Minnesota nursing senior administered medication on her patient using...

Students promote trans awareness through campaign

Published April 18, 2013

Gwen Carlson found support when she came out as trans last year, but she said challenges the community faces are still unacknowledged. “… If we are not given a face, then we tend to disappear,”...

Now past talk of mergers, U and Fairview look forward

Published April 17, 2013

Administrators, students and state legislators are looking to the future of Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Medical Center after two merger proposals fell through last week. The...

U study finds link between cancer, taconite mining

Published April 14, 2013

Taconite industry workers in the Iron Range have an increased risk of contracting rare lung cancer mesothelioma, according to a University news release.  The $4.9 million Minnesota Taconite Workers...

Minnesota STD cases increase

Published April 13, 2013

The number of sexually transmitted disease cases increased by 10 percent in 2012, according to new data released by the Minnesota Department of Health.  Cases of chlamydia rose by 7 percent, while...

Teen HPV vaccine rates still low, despite push

Published April 10, 2013

Today’s college students went through their teen years watching advertisements for the newly recommended Human Papillomavirus vaccine, but vaccination rates still aren’t as high as doctors...

Former University of Minnesota General Counsel Mark Rotenberg takes notes as former Regent Steve Sviggum announces his resignation from the Board of Regents on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at McNamara Alumni Center. Rotenberg announced Monday that he would retire in June.

U’s top lawyer to step down in summer

Published April 9, 2013

After 20 years at the University of Minnesota, General Counsel Mark Rotenberg will step down this summer, he announced Monday. As the University’s top lawyer, Rotenberg defends the University against...

Legislature aims to prevent Fairview merger

Published April 9, 2013

State legislators proposed bills Monday to intervene in the Fairview Health Services merger talks. Two proposals would outlaw South Dakota-based Sanford Health from taking over Fairview, which includes...

Kaler proposed U take over Fairview

Published April 4, 2013

President Eric Kaler has proposed that the University of Minnesota take control of Fairview Health Services, according to a January letter obtained by the Minnesota Daily. Meanwhile, South Dakota-based...

University students and Circus Mojo clown Neal Skoy  participate in an act at the Cirque De-Stress event on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Coffman Memorial Union.

Cirque De-Stressing students

Published April 4, 2013

  An Argentinean acrobat tumbled upside down in a giant wheel while reading “The Catcher in the Rye.” A University of Minnesota student juggled while balancing on a giant red ball. And...

Bubo, a great horned owl, is an educational bird at the Raptor Center on the St. Paul campus. Bubo is used specifically for educational purposes and cant be released into the wild because of too much interaction with humans at a young age.

Keeping wild birds wild

Published March 27, 2013

  Bubo, a great horned owl, is physically healthy, but he cannot be released from his home at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. The owl has spent most of his 12 years in captivity and can’t...

Spring break brings increase in thefts

Published March 25, 2013

  University of Minnesota alumna Breanna Kelly’s car was broken into over spring break. As a former Marcy-Holmes resident, she said it wasn’t unexpected “I was thinking, you know,...

A push for trans-inclusive health care

Published March 25, 2013

Labor unions and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-equality groups are pushing transgender-inclusive health care as part of the first-of-its-kind national Transgender Month of Action. Proponents are...

University searches for Parkinson’s markers

Published March 12, 2013

  Sally Christopher has volunteered as a research patient in three studies since she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more than a decade ago. “I really enjoy them because I’m...

University researchers find potential MD treatment option

Published March 6, 2013

  University of Minnesota researchers are one step closer to potential treatments for muscular dystrophy. According to an online study published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers...

Outing sexual violence disparities

Published March 5, 2013

The man was older, and she had a crush on him. They were grabbing movie rentals at Blockbuster before going to a party at his house. But before they got to the party, the man pulled the minivan off the...

Dental assistant Molly Rogers, left, and fourth-year dentistry student Bill Johnson work on a patient at the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Diamond Lake, Minn. The clinic, in operation since 2002, provides treatment to UCare patients that might otherwise have less access to dental care.

U dentistry school tackles rural health disparities

Published February 21, 2013

A woman went to the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic with a chipped front tooth and walked out with a fresh smile and tears of joy in her eyes Wednesday morning. “That’s fun when you have outcomes...

Task force to address men’s mental health

Published February 19, 2013

  University of Minnesota student groups recently voiced concerns about men seeking mental health guidance. Often ignored because of the taboo associated with it, men’s mental health is the...

Friedman: ‘Time was right to step down’

Published February 14, 2013

  After three years as vice president for health sciences and dean of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, Aaron Friedman said in a statement Monday that he felt the time was right...

U center creates databases to prevent food fraud

Published February 12, 2013

A deal at the grocery store might seem too good to be true, and experts from the University of Minnesota say it probably is. The University’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense is launching...

Raptor Center founder and former director Pat Redig holds a peregrine falcon named Artemis on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in St. Paul. People create the problem; people can fix the problem, said Redig, whose efforts have helped bring the peregrine falcon population off the endangered species list.

University center fights falcon near extinction

Published February 6, 2013

Patrick Redig talks about Midwest Peregrine falcons like they’re his children. His passion for the falcons began in adolescence, so it saddened him when he learned they were on the verge of extinction. “Not...

SHADE’s Safer Sex Week Begins

Published February 5, 2013

Looking to add more free condoms to your personal stash? Well you're in luck.  Boynton's Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education peer education group, known as SHADE begins...

Norovirus spreads across nation

Published February 4, 2013

For students with stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea, University of Minnesota experts want to remind them the flu isn’t the culprit. A new strain of the norovirus  — typically misnamed...

University researcher creates first artificial enzyme

Published January 31, 2013

A University of Minnesota discovery could lead to industrial innovations and a deeper understanding of how life developed. University assistant professor Burckhard Seelig and other collaborators spent...

U prof. gets $3.7 million for HIV research

Published January 28, 2013

  A University researcher is a few years away from potentially improving treatments and vaccines for HIV. The National Institutes of Health awarded associate professor Pam Skinner and her collaborator...

Minnesota Flu death toll exceeds ’09-10 season

Published January 28, 2013

This flu season has claimed another 15 lives in Minnesota, bringing the state's death toll up to 75 so far, according to the Pioneer Press.  Although this year's flu season has surpassed the...

U prof. gets $3.7 million grant for HIV research

Published January 27, 2013

A University of Minnesota researcher is a few years away from potentially improving treatments and vaccines for HIV. The National Institutes of Health   gave the associate professor Pam Skinner  ...

Economic major Jun Li receives his flu shot at Boyton Health Services Friday. Li decided to get a shot this year after realizing the flu looked horrible.

In face of flu outbreak, the University is cautious

Published January 22, 2013

The University of Minnesota and Boynton Health Service have taken strong measures in response to this year’s flu season, including implementing temporary sick policy changes and increasing flu shot...

Speech-language-hearing sciences sophomore Haley Webb gets a kiss from Samson, a Corgi-German shepherd mix therapy dog, Monday at the Learning and Environmental Sciences building in St. Paul.

Students chill with cute overload

Published December 11, 2012

To diffuse finals week tension, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing brought out its toughest reinforcements: a 4-year-old golden retriever, a corgi-German shepherd mix...

Dr. Jakub Tolar, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Division of Blood and Marrow Transplant at the Wings of Hope fundraiser brunch with Camden Seymour, brother of Quinn Seymour who passed away because of her rare skin disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa, on Saturday in Maple Grove. EB makes the skin so fragile that it tears away from the body easily causing serious wounds and recurrent blisters.

University hospital treats harsh skin disease

Published December 4, 2012

Like most 6-year-olds, Charlie Knuth loves to swim and run through sprinklers. But this wasn’t always the case. Because of a rare genetic skin disease — Epidermolysis bullosa — blisters...

Student’s data shows trans health disparities

Published November 28, 2012

Alena Neumann said she didn’t have access to the health care she needed during her time at the University of Minnesota. Her insurance through Boynton Health Service didn’t cover gender reassignment...

LGBT data: disparities in mental health

Published November 8, 2012

  Alena Neumann endured years of constant bullying growing up in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The University of Minnesota psychology student, who identifies as transgender, said she has been...

Websites, news organizations offer online interactives

Published November 6, 2012

Looking for some interesting election interactive features online? The New York Times is offering an interactive showing 512 ways to win the presidential election over battleground states, like Florida,...

New data out on LGBT health

Published October 24, 2012

Devyn Goetsch has experienced health care disparities from the moment she was born and labeled as male — a gender with which she no longer identifies. Goetsch, a University of Minnesota gender and...

A waitlist for mental health

Published October 23, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service Mental Health Clinic  continues to face a high demand of students seeking appointments, but it’s trying to adapt and increase capacity...

Wisconsin spa shooter had a history of domestic abuse.

Published October 22, 2012

A Brown Deer, Wis. man who shot and killed his wife and two other women, injured four more, and then killed himself Sunday at a suburban spa outside of Milwaukee where his wife worked, had a history of...

New U program will pay overweight students to lose weight

Published October 17, 2012

A new University of Minnesota weight-loss program, called Lose 2 Win, will be giving away prizes up to $3,000 to University students who lose weight and maintain the weight in the program. The program...

Minnesota welterweight state champion Jamal James warms up with a double end striking bag Tuesday at Circle of Discipline in Minneapolis. “Everybody who does this sport has a pretty big heart and has a warrior mentality,” he said.

University studies sway, concussions in boxers

Published October 17, 2012

Chris Chen  grew up boxing in Taiwan. Now, as a kinesiology graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Chen is looking to give back to the sport by conducting boxing research. Earlier this month,...

U prescribes sleep

Published October 16, 2012

The University of Minnesota Medical School  has hired its first-ever surgeon specializing in the treatment of sleep disorders. Jennifer Hsia will teach medical residents how to treat and manage disorders...

New study: HPV vaccine doesn’t increase promiscuity among girls

Published October 16, 2012

A new study released in the journal Pediatrics showed girls who received the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil were not more inclined to have sex, the Los Angeles Times reported. Robert Bednarczyk,...

China Minister of Health Dr. Chen Zhu speaks about his role in the development of public health policy in China on Monday at Mayo Memorial Auditorium.

U honors Chinese minister of health

Published October 9, 2012

The Minister of Health of China was greeted by the University of Minnesota campus with applause and controversy Monday. University Regent John Frobenius presented Chen Zhu with an honorary Doctor of Science...

Wrestlers fight ‘mat herpes’ infection

Published October 4, 2012

B.J. Anderson has spent years educating physicians, coaches, parents and athletes in the wrestling community on the importance of preventing and reducing skin infections in the sport. His efforts have...

Clinic manager Lori Arent restrains a red-tailed hawk for a radiograph test Tuesday morning at the University Raptor Center. The hawk was taken in for a broken wing in April and, showing no significant signs of West Nile virus, will be released Wednesday.

Raptor Center sees increase of West Nile cases in birds

Published October 3, 2012

Lori Arent performed a final examination on a 4-pound red-tailed hawk Tuesday morning after admitting the bird in April for a broken wing. After months of intense exercise, she was ready to be released...

Fed gov picks U for new health center

Published September 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services chose the University of Minnesota to open a new center for health care interprofessional education and collaboration in health systems and education. The...

U’s health survey to expand

Published September 24, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service signed a contract with the state last week to survey twice as many college campuses this spring when it conducts its 2013 College Student Health...

Washburn senior Ben Simpson dribbles through De La Salles defense Saturday evening at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Simpson said eating healthy is challenging, but he still tries his best to do so.

U prof. studies young-athlete eating habits

Published September 20, 2012

At the conclusion of his son’s morning football practice, Toben Nelson watched players scarf down the day’s snack: doughnuts and soda. “That just seemed really out of whack to me,”...

Minnesota football players refresh themselves with Powerade on the sidelines during Saturday’s game against Western Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium. Players can choose between Powerade and ice water.

U study finds sports drinks largely unnecessary

Published September 18, 2012

The consumption of sports drinks is on the rise but researchers from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health say they are unnecessary for most University students. Although the study...

University President Eric Kaler listens to senior vice president Robert Jones talk about common misconceptions about the University during Fridays board of regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Kaler puts tuition freeze on the table in two-year budget

Published September 17, 2012

The University of Minnesota is trying to make the state Legislature an offer it can’t refuse. The University offered to freeze tuition for in-state undergraduates for academic years 2014 and 2015...

U promises to freeze tuition for two years if Leg gives $42.6M

Published September 13, 2012

The University of Minnesota is looking to propose an undergraduate tuition freeze for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal year if the Minnesota Legislature will give $14.2 million in incremental state funding for...

Boynton short of student dental-plan enrollment goal

Published September 11, 2012

The Office of Student Health Benefits is in the midst of a marketing push to get at least 2,000 University of Minnesota students enrolled in the Voluntary Student Dental Plan by Monday. Student demand...

Boynton implements screening for high-risk drinking

Published September 5, 2012

Whether coming in for a broken bone or a sore throat, University of Minnesota students will face more in-depth questions about their alcohol use during their next visit to Boynton Health Service. Boynton...

Boynton prepares for ‘unpredictable’ flu season

Published September 4, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service is expecting a busier than usual flu season. With two new flu strains and a variant of the Swine Flu circulating, Boynton is gearing up for significantly...

On-campus crime decreases; off-campus crime is up

Published May 3, 2012

  While crime rates on the University of Minnesota campus have decreased this year, campus-area neighborhoods have seen an increase. Total reported crimes over the first three months of 2012 on campus...

Victim of Cedar-Riverside stabbing identified

Published May 3, 2012

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified Abdurahman Warfa, 27, as the victim of a stabbing Monday night in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Warfa died in his apartment at 512 S. Cedar Ave....

Man dies after being stabbed near campus

Published May 2, 2012

A man died after being stabbed in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood Monday night. Minneapolis police responded to a call about a person with a weapon at 10:15 p.m. Officers arrived at the 500 block of South...

Six cars near U Sports Dome vandalized on Sunday morning

Published May 1, 2012

Six cars were vandalized while parked near the Student Recreational Sports Dome early Sunday morning. Someone used rocks, wood timber, feet and knives to slash tires, shatter windows and damage paneling,...

Biochemistry sophomore Hannah Barrows tapes a message of support to one of the 1100 chairs representing the average number of college students who commit suicide annually nation-wide Wednesday on the Coffman Union lawn.  The event was organized by a coalition of student groups for Mental Health Awareness Day.

U holds Mental Health Awareness Day

Published April 26, 2012

Black fold-up chairs — 1,100 of them — lined the front lawn of Coffman Union on Wednesday, many with personal dedications to loved ones who committed suicide or dealt with a mental health disorder. “You...

At least 13 alcohol-related incidents reported in a quiet Spring Jam

Published April 24, 2012

Poor weather and increased police patrols meant a relatively uneventful Spring Jam compared to years past. Although the weekend saw more than the average amount of alcohol-related incidents, no particular...

U students detain would-be burglar

Published April 18, 2012

  A group of University of Minnesota students detained a man who broke into their Dinkytown apartment early Sunday. Conor Murphy, a business and marketing education major, received a call from a roommate...

Family members of University of Minnesota student Ben Van Handel speak with members of the media after a judge sentenced Timothy Bakdash to 40 years in prison in his death last April on Monday morning at the Hennepin County Government Center.

Judge sentences Bakdash to 40 years in prison for hit-and-run

Published April 17, 2012

A Hennepin County judge sentenced Timothy Bakdash Monday to 40 years in prison for the April 2011 hit-and-run that killed a University of Minnesota student and injured two others. Judge Daniel Mabley issued...

OIT certified laptops see mixed sales

Published April 12, 2012

  The University of Minnesota’s Office of Information Technology program offering lower-priced laptops to students has experienced fluctuating sales since it began. The program sold 190 student...

Off-campus party busted twice in four hours

Published April 10, 2012

Minneapolis police busted a party in the Southeast Como neighborhood twice within four hours early Saturday morning. When officers arrived the first time at about 12 a.m., there were about 100 people in...

After the Gophers won the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship on April 6, 2002, rioters overturned cars, started fires and looted stores.

Police prep for potential hockey riots

Published April 4, 2012

The Gophers men’s hockey team has to win Thursday before it can advance to the championship round of the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., but the University of Minnesota has already made preparations...

Rowdy Dinkytown patrons dispersed with pepper ball launchers

Published April 3, 2012

  University police broke up a disturbance at the Dinkytown McDonald’s with pepper ball launchers early Sunday morning. The store’s employees requested police help to clear the restaurant...

Como convenience store burglarized

Published April 2, 2012

  A convenience store in the Southeast Como neighborhood was burglarized Sunday night. The owner of Joe’s Market and Deli came in to open the store Monday and found the nightly drop safe missing,...

U gets $39 million in Senate bonding bill

Published March 29, 2012

The University of Minnesota got another dose of bad news with the release of the Senate’s bonding bill proposal Wednesday. The Senate’s bonding bill allocates about $39 million for University...

Parts of health care law may still stand even if the insurance mandate falls

Published March 28, 2012

Several Supreme Court justices may be open to keeping parts of the health care law alive, even if the core of the law is found unconstitutional. For the past three days, lawyers have presented arguments...

Senate releases proposed bonding bill

Published March 28, 2012

The University of Minnesota got another dose of bad news with the release of the Senate’s bonding bill proposal Wednesday. The Senate’ proposed bonding bill allocates about $39 million for...

Sub delivery man gets his bike stolen

Published March 27, 2012

  Phillip Cross, a Jimmy John’s employee, had his bike stolen during a delivery. The theft was one of seven reported bike thefts on the University of Minnesota campus and surrounding neighborhoods...

Two assaults occur near campus over break

Published March 20, 2012

Two assaults occurred in Dinkytown last week, with one resulting in a stabbing. A University of Minnesota-Duluth student was stabbed during an alleyway altercation early Friday morning. A group of four...

Police use technology to prevent crime

Published March 19, 2012

  From tracking stolen guitars to mapping fired gunshots, many new devices are helping police in their effort to drive down crime rates. University of Minnesota and Minneapolis police have been using...

Ann Van Handel, center, mother of Ben Van Handel, tears up at a press conference after a jury convicted Timothy Bakdash of second-degree murder Tuesday at the Hennepin County Government Center. Bakdash hit Ben Van Handel on April 15, 2011 as he drove drunk down Fifth Street Southeast.  Van Handel died six days later from the injuries sustained in the hit-and-run.

Verdict: Bakdash guilty of 2nd degree murder for hit-and-run

Published March 7, 2012

  A 12-person jury Tuesday unanimously found Timothy Bakdash guilty  of second-degree murder for the hit-and-run last spring that killed a University of Minnesota student. The jury found Bakdash...

Timothy Bakdash

Bakdash guilty of second-degree murder, not guilty of first-degree

Published March 6, 2012

A jury has found Timothy Bakdash guilty of second-degree murder and criminal vehicular homicide, but not guilty of first-degree murder. That means they found him guilty of intent but didn't find that he...

Timothy Bakdash

Bakdash case is now in jury’s hands

Published March 6, 2012

The jury in Timothy Bakdash’s  murder trial began deliberating Monday afternoon after closing statements from both attorneys. A verdict is expected within 48 hours of deliberation starting,...