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Bills to prevent parking, driving in bike lanes in final stages

Published May 7, 2013

  Bicycling advocates in Minneapolis and across the country often say they want more of their share of the roads, and pro-bicycling legislation at the state Capitol could help grant that wish. Two...

Minneapolis lawyer and city council candidate Jacon Frey speaks after accepting to DFL endorsement Saturday, May 4, 2013, at De La Salle High School. His opponent, Ward 3 incumbent Diane Hofstede, withdrew her name from the endorsement during the convention, but both candidates will continue to campaign for the city council position.

Frey wins DFL nod for University area seat

Published May 6, 2013

  Jacob Frey won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s endorsement for Minneapolis City Council on Saturday, but the former Team USA runner’s path to City Hall isn’t without hurdles. Frey...

Frey grabs endorsement, Hofstede still running

Published May 4, 2013

  Jacob Frey won the 3rd Ward DFL endorsement for Minneapolis City Council Saturday after incumbent Diane Hofstede withdrew from consideration, citing flaws in the system. Frey, in between hugs from...

City rooftops could ‘bee’ buzzing

Published May 2, 2013

Rooftops across Minneapolis could soon be buzzing with a recently approved Minneapolis City Council ordinance to make beekeeping easier in the city. Under the new changes, proposed by City Councilwoman...

Midwest Regional Bicycle Safety Summit attendees set out on a bicycle tour around Minneapolis on Monday, April 29, 2013, outside the Commons Hotel.

Mpls. summit promotes bike safety

Published April 30, 2013

Minneapolis bike leaders gathered Monday at the Commons Hotel near the University of Minnesota to show off strides the city has taken to promote bicycling, as well as to hear from representatives from...

Campus hotel hosts bike safety summit

Published April 29, 2013

  Bicycling enthusiasts got off the roads and into ballrooms Monday to discuss bike safety at the Commons Hotel on campus. The U.S. Department of Transportation event, in its second year, included...

Minneapolis Ward two city council member Cam Gordon on Monday, April 22, 2013, at City Hall. Gordon is up for re-election in Ward 2.

Unopposed, Gordon has ‘time to plan’

Published April 24, 2013

  While many Minneapolis City councilmembers are sweating out the election cycle, Cam Gordon is resting a little  more easily these days. That’s the luxury of having no formal opposition...

Minneapolis lawyer and Ward 3 City Council candidate Jacob Frey, center, talks to marketing and international business senior Ghee Kaefring, left, and global studies junior Marissa Kramer at a pre-caucus party for Frey Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Burrito Loco in Dinkytown. After Tuesdays caucuses around Minneapolis, the Democratic Labor Party will endorse candidates for city council.

Frey, Hofstede vie for DFL support

Published April 17, 2013

University of Minnesota students overwhelmingly supported Jacob Frey to be their next city councilman Tuesday night at the DFL precinct caucuses near campus. Minneapolis City Councilwoman Diane Hofstede...

Caucuses to kick off for Mpls. City Council

Published April 16, 2013

City Council hopefuls in Minneapolis have had Tuesday circled on their calendars for a long time. That marks caucus night for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minneapolis. Around 7 p.m., constituents...

Explosions rock Boston Marathon [warning: graphic]

Published April 15, 2013

Two explosions set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed or injured multiple people Monday, the Boston Herald reports. “I saw two explosions. The first one was beyond the finish...

Guantanamo prisoner details hunger strike

Published April 15, 2013

An 11 year detainee in Guantanamo Bay described his experience refusing food since Feb. 10 in an op-ed column in the New York Times Monday. The prisoner, Samir Naji al-Hasan Moqbel, is a Yemeni man accused...

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak gives his final State of the City address. Rybaks speech looked to the future, envisioning Minneapolis as a larger, more diverse city packed with transit and green space by 2025.

Rybak looks forward in final SOTC address

Published April 11, 2013

In what was his last State of the City address, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak looked to the future rather than reflecting on the past. “I thought it would be better to talk about the next 12 years...

Fulton Brewery staff member Justin Janicki serves beer to customers Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Fulton Brewery Tap Room in Minneapolis.

In push for looser laws, local breweries unite

Published April 9, 2013

Beer enthusiasts of Minnesota have been congregating at a more serious watering hole in recent years: the state Capitol. A recent brewing boom in Minneapolis has led to more competition among craft brewers,...

Mayoral candidate Gary Schiff responds to questions during a forum Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Solomons Porch church in Minneapolis. Voters will be able to rank the seven declared mayoral candidates as first-, second-, and third-choices, allowing the candidates in a large pool to earn enough votes to surpass the 50 percent necessary.

DFL, independents debate for mayor

Published April 4, 2013

Lounging on old sofas in a church in south Minneapolis on Wednesday, the seven declared candidates for mayor outlined their visions for the city. Gathered in Solomon’s Porch church, the evening was...

Minneapolis lags behind in bike corrals

Published April 2, 2013

Minneapolis and Portland, Ore., are constantly compared on their bicycle-friendliness, but the northwest cycling haven laps Minneapolis in at least one metric: bike corrals. With just one bike corral,...

DFL Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Humphrey School.

DFL mayor candidates go head-to-head on campus

Published March 28, 2013

Five DFL candidates running for Minneapolis mayor held their first debate Wednesday in a full Cowles Auditorium. Councilmembers Betsy Hodges, Don Samuels and Gary Schiff joined former council President...

DFL lawyer Lillehaug named to Supreme Court

Published March 27, 2013

BY BRIAN AROLA          [email protected] Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that David Lillehaug, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawyer, will fill the soon-to-be...

Erin Rupp, co-founder of the Beez Kneez.

Company bikes honey to local residents, shops

Published March 25, 2013

  The sight of a giant honey bee riding down the street on a bicycle might seem unusual in most cities — but not Minneapolis. Year round, Kristy Allen and Erin Rupp deliver homemade honey in...

New pope elected

Published March 13, 2013

After a day of deliberation, Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to be pope of the Catholic church Wednesday. He will be known as "Francis I." BBC News reported white smoke was...

Report: Minneapolis bicycling continues to increase

Published March 12, 2013

  Over the years, Minneapolis has made itself into one of the top bicycling cities in the U.S. Bicycling has increased in Minneapolis steadily over the last several years and in 2011 was cited as...

Minnesota College Republicans chairman announces gay marriage support

Published March 6, 2013

Minnesota College Republicans Chairman Ryan Lyk announced his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage Wednesday. The two-term chairman said it's time for the Republican party to get past...

Incumbent Minneapolis City Councilwoman Diane Hofstede talks to guests at a meet and greet Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at a Nicollet Island home in Minneapolis.

Hofstede, Frey race heats up

Published March 6, 2013

Diane Hofstede says her enthusiasm for improving Minneapolis is as strong as ever. The two-term city councilwoman is seeking a third chance to serve Dinkytown and parts of Northeast, as well as the recently...

Linguistics second-year Alyssa Rose checks the ID of psychology senior Kevin Tully just before close Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Dinkytown Wine and Spirits. A new ordinance allows the Minneapolis City Council to place mandatory conditions on an uncooperative business.

Council increases power over businesses

Published March 6, 2013

  The Minneapolis City Council voted last week to give itself new powers to impose conditions on businesses that have repeatedly violated city laws. Previously, if a business had multiple violations,...

Sequestration woes hit University research funds

Published February 28, 2013

A trillion dollars in across-the-board federal budget cuts set to start on March 1 could cost the state and the University of Minnesota millions of dollars in funding and thousands of jobs. While Republicans...

Campus traffic is light Saturday morning at Harvard Street and Washington Avenue. Some are concerned with the design of intersections near light-rail construction on Washington Avenue because it could be dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Light rail may challenge bicyclists

Published February 26, 2013

Bicyclists at the University of Minnesota could face new challenges along Washington Avenue when the Central Corridor light rail starts running in 2014. Bicyclists turning left from Washington Avenue will...

Summit brewing up new logo for April

Published February 22, 2013

Summit Brewery, Minnesota's largest craft brewer, is set to debut a new logo in April at opening day for the Minnesota Twins, according to a blog on the company's website. The new, more classical...

Kline, Kaler meet to discuss U costs

Published February 19, 2013

  U.S. Rep. John Kline met with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Monday to discuss measures the school is taking to minimize costs for students. The visit was Kline’s first since...

Minneapolis mayoral candidate and senior counsel for Duke Energy Cam Winton poses Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center. Winton will be running as an independent for mayor.

Lone conservative joins DFL-heavy mayoral race

Published February 19, 2013

Cam Winton isn’t a career politician. That’s one thing, he said that sets him apart from a growing field of Minneapolis mayoral candidates. With no background on the Minneapolis City Council...

Minneapolis City Council member Betsy Hodges was the first candidate to announce her campaign for mayor. Hodges has served on the city council for seven years.

Transit in mind, Hodges joins race

Published February 14, 2013

  Betsy Hodges says some of her proudest accomplishments as a Minneapolis city councilwoman wouldn’t make her popular at a cocktail party. But helping to fix a broken pension system for city...

Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels is running for mayor, hoping to replace R.T. Rybak, who will not seek a fourth term. Samuels kicked off his mayoral campaign last week.

Crime, guns priorities for Samuels

Published February 12, 2013

After immigrating to the U.S. from Jamaica  as a young man and representing one of the most troubled areas in Minneapolis, Don Samuels  is looking for another challenge. Samuels, who represents...

The Hub Bike Co-op on Oak Street Southeast offers member services for those who bike on campus, including showers, lockers and secure bike storage. The Bicycle Advisory Committee recommended the Minneapolis City Council promote amenities for bicyclists to encourage more people to bike to work.

Bike commuters could get showers, lockers

Published February 12, 2013

Commuting to work may soon be more convenient for bicyclists in Minneapolis. City Councilman Gary Schiff is looking to require large buildings citywide to provide facilities — including lockers and...

Target Field builder in final two of Vikings stadium construction plans

Published February 8, 2013

Mortenson Construction, the local company that built stadiums for the Twins, Timberwolves, Wild and Gophers, is one of two finalists to oversee the construction of the new Vikings stadium, the Star Tribune...

Parking regulations could change

Published February 6, 2013

With more apartment complexes being built near the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis City Councilman Cam Gordon is looking to ease parking requirements in the area. Parking has been a concern for businesses...

Third Ward city council race heats up

Published January 31, 2013

The race for Ward 3 on the Minneapolis City Council had it's most compelling developments yet as both challenger Jacob Frey and Councilwoman Diane Hofstede have announced their list of backers on the...

President Obama coming to Minneapolis to push gun control agenda

Published January 31, 2013

President Barack Obama will be in Minneapolis Monday to look at steps the city has taken to curb gun violence. Obama is hoping to mobilize public support to get behind his gun control measures as Congress...

Schiff’s mayoral campaign kick-off draws students

Published January 30, 2013

Roughly 100 supporters, many of them students, packed into Blarney Pub and Grill Tuesday night to support Minneapolis City Councilman Gary Schiff as he kicked off his mayoral campaign. Minneapolis rapper...

Minneapolis looks to regulate pubs on wheels

Published January 29, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council moved to regulate pedal pubs Monday, looking to deter noise and curb unruly riders.  The new restrictions, proposed by Councilwoman Diane Hofstede, include requiring operators...

Minneapolis City Council member Gary Schiff is announcing his candidacy for Minneapolis mayor Tuesday night at Blarney Pub & Grill. The University alumnus has been a City Council member since 2001.

Schiff joins race for Minneapolis mayor

Published January 29, 2013

Minneapolis City Councilman Gary Schiff will formally announce his candidacy for mayor Tuesday night at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown. Schiff, a University of Minnesota graduate, filed paperwork to...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler gives his annual legislative briefing to alumni and faculty Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center.

Kaler brings legislative priorities to campus

Published January 24, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler spoke in front of an estimated 500-plus crowd Wednesday night, calling students, faculty and alumni to support the University during the legislative session. While...

New Vikings stadium down to 3 bidders

Published January 22, 2013

The list of bidders for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is down to three, including the local contractor that designed Target Field and other stadiums in the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune reports. Along...

Rybak looks ahead to his last year as mayor

Published January 22, 2013

In his final year as mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak will focus his attention on public safety and development projects. Speaking in his office last week, Rybak outlined the agenda for his final year...

Mayor R.T. Rybak supports Obama’s gun control measures

Published January 17, 2013

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was at the White House Wednesday to support President Obama's announcements on measures to stop gun violence, according to a press release from the mayor's website. In...

Larry Jacobs lectures in his Presidential Leadership and American Democracy class Thursday evening in Blegen Hall.

A lifelong student of politics

Published December 11, 2012

Larry Jacobs’ “Super Bowl” is once every four years. That’s election season for the political science professor at the University of Minnesota, who has spent the better part of...

U to host discussion on area sex trade

Published December 6, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs will host an event Thursday to combat sex trafficking issues in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis is one of 13 U.S. cities identified by...

Election Day upgrade proposed

Published December 4, 2012

Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl apologized to voters for election day problems, and proposed future improvements in his election report at City Hall Monday. Carl cited record election day turnout as...

Jobs Now Coalition director Kris Jacobs, left, speaks with Center for Economic and Policy Research co-founder Dean Baker, right, about the need for higher minimum wages on Wednesday at the Humphrey School.

Experts discuss entitlements

Published November 29, 2012

After lying dormant for years, concerns over Social Security and Medicare have returned to the public eye with the “fiscal cliff” looming. To address the issue, the Humphrey School of Public...

Pres. Obama pardons few in first term

Published November 27, 2012

President Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys Nov. 21 in an annual Thanksgiving act of clemency. So far during his tenure, few prisoners have been as lucky. Through his first four years in office, Obama...

Peace talks ongoing between Palestinians and Israelis

Published November 19, 2012

Air strikes between Palestinians and Israelis continued Monday while peace talks continue in Egypt. Speaking in Egypt, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal dared Israel to launch a ground invasion of Gaza, the New...

Physiology freshman Ashraf Abuhadid and other pro-palestinian protesters march past a contingent of pro-Israel demonstrators Friday in from of Coffman Union.

Students clash over Middle East

Published November 19, 2012

  Amid violence in the Middle East, pro-Palestinian and Israeli groups held demonstrations in front of Coffman Union on Friday — at one point nearing confrontation. The event, held by Students...

Amendments bring students to the polls

Published November 14, 2012

  Minnesota posted a record high in ballots cast on Election Day, though voter turnout across the nation was expected to be lower than in 2008. Minnesota secretary of state numbers show an estimated...

States come out against Citizens United ruling

Published November 13, 2012

In the first presidential election since the Supreme Court ruled to lift restrictions on campaign contributions from corporations and unions, two states showed their opposition to the decision. Montana...

Nathan Peterson and Rebecca Bolks embrace after President Obamas victory speech Monday night at the Minnesotans United election night party in St. Paul, Minn.

Four more years

Published November 7, 2012

  Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, securing a second term as president of the United States of America. With 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 206 electoral...

Campaign legal teams gear up

Published November 5, 2012

Provisional ballots are at the center of a dispute in Ohio that could prolong the election results well past Tuesday. Ohio is once again one of the important swing states coveted by both candidates, and...

Obama ahead in new poll

Published November 5, 2012

Two days before the election, Pew released a poll showing Pres. Obama with a 3 percent lead over Gov. Romney in the race for the White House. This is Pew's final tally of the election, and Obama's...

Third parties hold final debate

Published November 5, 2012

As Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney geared up for the final days before election day, the third party presidential candidates held their final debate. The debate, moderated by former Green Party...

Jobs report

Published November 2, 2012

Both presidential candidates will be eagerly waiting for the specifics of the job report to be released Friday. The report will show the country's unemployment rate, a hot topic of debate for Pres....

Cravaack and Nolan fight for District 8

Published November 1, 2012

Horticulture senior and Iron Range native Natalie Walker said her home district is distinctly Democrat-leaning. History would agree with her. Before 2010, the area that is now the 8th Congressional District...

Rep. Betty McCollum

Published October 28, 2012

As tuition costs rise, what, if anything, would you do to make college more affordable?    A post-secondary education is essential for young adults to be economically competitive in this global...

Kody Zalewski

Published October 28, 2012

What is the most pressing issue to the University and how do you plan to deal with it? I think the most pressing issue would be the increases in the tuition. The way to deal with this would be to cordon...

Rep. Phyllis Kahn

Published October 28, 2012

What is the most pressing issue to the University and how do you plan to deal with it? I think the most pressing issue to the University is the University budget, so that deals with the state budget. I...

Tony Hernandez

Published October 28, 2012

As tuition costs rise, what, if anything, would you do to make college more affordable? Moving forward — and you’re already seeing this forming — parents and students are going to become...

University received meningitis-linked drugs

Published October 25, 2012

A University of Minnesota hospital was one of the 129 in Minnesota that received drugs from a Massachusetts company linked to a national meningitis outbreak, according to a revised list from the U.S. Food...

Just like your mom and dad

Published October 24, 2012

As students prepare to vote in the upcoming election, their parents’ views may weigh more heavily into their decisions than they realize. Research has shown that parents can have an enormous influence...

Debate No. 2: an analysis

Published October 18, 2012

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney locked horns Tuesday in their second presidential debate, this one at Hofstra University in New York . Unlike the first debate, the second was a town hall format,...

Dean Morstad canvasses Sunday in Northeast Minneapolis.

Former U student is on ballot for president

Published October 17, 2012

This fall, former University of Minnesota student Dean Morstad will be on the same presidential ballot as President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. The similarities end there. While Obama and Romney...

Neuroscience senior Kody Zalewski poses for a portrait after a meeting of the Young Americans for Liberty on Tuesday in the Science Teaching and Student Services building. Zalewski is running against state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in District 60B.

University student runs for state House

Published October 11, 2012

Most University of Minnesota students spend their days studying or working part-time jobs — not running for political office. Neuroscience senior Kody Zalewski is juggling all three. Zalewski, a...

8 alternatives: third-party choices

Published October 9, 2012

For most voters, Republican and Democratic candidates seem to be the only viable presidential options. But come November, eight third-party candidates, including a 28-year-old, a Duluth head shop owner...

Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Tony Hernandez speaks to constituents at the Hill-Murray School homecoming football game. Hernandez is running against U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson.

Newcomer Hernandez fights for Democratic District 4

Published October 4, 2012

From affluent Stillwater to urban St. Paul, Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District covers both sides of the political spectrum. Redistricting has brought parts of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 6th...

Presidential election or beauty pageant?

Published October 2, 2012

Poise, eloquence and charisma — all are qualities Americans have come to expect in their presidents. But do looks play just as big a part in who Americans decide to run the country? According to...

U hosts radio conversation series

Published September 26, 2012

The University of Minnesota will host a radio project Wednesday that attempts to create civil conversation on highly political topics. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs will host the unique series...

Obama back on top in campaign fundraising for time in 3 mos.

Published September 24, 2012

After a few sputtering months, President Barack Obama’s fundraising machine appears to be well in order. Obama edged presidential candidate Mitt Romney in campaign fundraising in August, according...

Poll finds Minnesotans want Sunday liquor sales

Published September 18, 2012

It was kick-off Sunday a few years ago, and Scott Huculak and his friends wanted some beer with their football. But as Minnesota liquor stores are closed on Sundays, they needed to make the haul to Hudson,...

City plans changes to police oversight

Published September 13, 2012

Minneapolis City Council members decided to go forward with efforts to scrap the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority in a public hearing at city hall Wednesday. The authority, a group of 11 Minneapolis...

Rybak proposal would hire police

Published September 10, 2012

There will soon be more police officers and firefighters in Minneapolis if the City Council approves Mayor R.T. Rybak’s  2013 budget proposal in December. The mayor pledged an additional $2.5...

Poll shows fewer young adults plan to vote in November

Published September 5, 2012

The 2008 election was monumental for young voters — one of the highest turnout percentages in nearly 40 years. This year, according to polls, young voters aren’t planning on repeating this...