The Minnesota Daily

All content by Briana Bierschbach

University salaries dissected

January 18, 2010

At an institution as large as the University of Minnesota, more than $1 billion is handed out in paychecks every year. With a grim financial forecast, those dollars have come under the scrutiny of the...

U to examine real estate transactions among wrestling team

December 10, 2009

University of Minnesota officials will meet Friday to discuss an internal examination of real estate dealings among people affiliated with the Gophers wrestling team, including head coach J Robinson. University...

Rybak plans kickoff at Varsity

November 29, 2009

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to kick off his run for governor of Minnesota in Dinkytown. The recently re-elected mayor announced via Facebook that he will officially launch his campaign for the stateâÄôs...

Rybak to kick off campaign in Dinkytown

November 28, 2009

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to kick off his run for governor of Minnesota in Dinkytown. The recently reelected mayor announced via Facebook that he will officially launch his campaign for the stateâÄôs...

Rethinking the honor system

November 22, 2009

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs oft-controversial conflict of interest policy is moving away from the honor system. A review process is underway of a new âÄúwall to wallâÄù administrative...

U releases revamped conflicts of interest policy

November 11, 2009

The University of Minnesota released a draft of a new conflicts of interest policy Wednesday, a University-wide overhaul developed after multiple conflicts in the Medical School. The new policy would tighten...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Perennials

November 6, 2009

Editor’s note: “Reporter’s Notebook” is an occasional blog that will feature worthwhile content left out of a news story.  It will also give reporters an opportunity to talk...

U receives $55 million for pandemic planning

November 2, 2009

The University of Minnesota will get a $55 million grant to help prevent worldwide pandemics by traveling to the countries where they often start. The United States Agency for International Development,...

The Perennials

November 1, 2009

At 7 a.m. on a brisk October morning, 80-year-old Vietnam veteran Dick Franson stood outside of Minneapolis City Hall next to a faded campaign sign he used in a 1993 run for mayor. âÄúI saw this...

Minneapolis considers law to crack down on underage drinking

October 26, 2009

If Minneapolis follows St. PaulâÄôs lead, it could have a law on the books by the end of the year that some hope will crack down on underage drinking. A St. Paul ordinance that goes into effect...

Alex Lacey, right, and her Minnesota RollerGirl All Star League teammates compete against the Carolina Rollergirls at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Saturday. The team of all-female roller derby players kicked off their sixth season with a win.

Minnesota loves its RollerGirls

October 18, 2009

Heather Tufton was the only woman in the room not wearing skates. Tufton, a former member of the original Minnesota RollerGirls team, sat among strewn clothes and gear watching her old team scrimmage in...

U grabs $8 million for wind turbine

October 16, 2009

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with other universities and businesses, grabbed an $8 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build and research wind turbines. The University...

Reporter’s Notebook: Communities in Conversion

October 10, 2009

Editor’s note: “Reporter’s Notebook” is an occasional blog that will feature worthwhile content left out of a news story.  It will also give reporters an opportunity to talk...

RNC 8 seek one trial

October 8, 2009

The RNC 8 argued to a Ramsey County judge Thursday that, as accused co-conspirators, they should be prosecuted as a group in their upcoming trial rather than separately. Max Specktor, a University of Minnesota...

RNC 8 to argue for consolidated trial

October 7, 2009

The RNC 8 will argue in Ramsey County court Thursday that they should be tried together rather than individually, a move law experts say is unusual. Max Specktor, a University of Minnesota student , and...

Communities in conversion

October 4, 2009

The small office space on the corner of 15th and Rollins avenues is akin to home for four employees. The building is the headquarters of the Southeast Como Improvement Association, which has been the center...

The man in the middle

The man in the middle

September 28, 2009

During the same week in 2005, Dan Wolter was hired as director of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs news service and appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to serve on the Metropolitan Council. While he...

Local union supports Rybak for governor

September 28, 2009

The Teamsters Local 120 union âÄî the largest Teamsters local in the state and the fifth largest in the country âÄî is backing Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak for governor, even though he...

U files lawsuit against Met Council

September 22, 2009

The University of Minnesota filed suit against the Metropolitan Council Tuesday seeking protection for what officials say will be the âÄúadverse effectsâÄù of construction and operation...

Outgoing civil rights chairman alleges discrimination by mayor

September 21, 2009

Kenneth Brown is black and disabled. Because of this, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak broke precedence and did not reappoint him to a second term as chairman of the cityâÄôs Civil Rights Commission...

Roger Ruan, the University researcher working on the wastewater algae project, examines algae Friday in St.Paul.

U teams up to develop algae biofuel

September 16, 2009

Responding to governments and consumers that are increasingly desperate to find an alternative to petroleum, the University is forming partnerships across the nation to look into one substitute in particular:...

Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul to visit U this month

September 10, 2009

Republican U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul will make a stop at the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Northrop Auditorium at the end of September to counteract President Barack ObamaâÄôs...

Reporter’s Notebook: Dissecting $162 million

September 9, 2009

Editor’s note: “Reporter’s Notebook” is an occasional blog that will feature worthwhile content left out of a news story.  It will also give reporters an opportunity to talk...

Dissecting $162 million

September 7, 2009

Pamela Webb has job security. Since the February passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package, Webb and the rest of the Sponsored Projects Administration...

Central Corridor EIS gets federal OK

August 24, 2009

The Federal Transit Administration issued a "record of decision" on the environmental impact statement for the Central Corridor light rail line, which indicates that the project satisfies the...

Report: Twin Cities faced fifth highest bus fare increase in nation

August 24, 2009

The Twin Cities faced the fifth highest increase in bus fares in the country in 2009 - with prices increasing 25 cents over the past ten months, according to a new report released by Transportation...

St. Paul has plan for parking woes

August 13, 2009

When the Central Corridor light rail line is completed, the city of St. Paul will lose 85 percent of its on-street parking permanently. But Mayor Chris Coleman has a million-dollar plan to increase off-street...

Open houses for proposed Southwest rail line

August 6, 2009

In the midst of debate and indecision over the mitigation of the Central Corridor light rail line, state and city officials are garnering opinions on a new,14-mile line that would carry passengers from...

Minneapolis National Night Out Tuesday

August 4, 2009

It's the first Tuesday in August, meaning tonight is National Night Out.   The annual event, which could draw hundreds of residents outdoors, involves all segments of the community in  generating...

Projects stall at City Hall

August 4, 2009

Stone Arch Phase II A proposed development of a 79-unit apartment complex near the Stone Arch Bridge has been moved back to a City Council committee after Marcy-Holmes residents petitioned for an environmental...

Additional Ward 3 candidate for Minneapolis elections

July 30, 2009

In a recent story run in the Minnesota Daily titled "Who's Who: Minneapolis city elections 2009," candidates running for mayor, Ward 2 and Ward 3 were profiled to give students and residents...

U officials and Met Council respond to light rail concerns

July 30, 2009

Both Peter Bell, chairman of the Metropolitan Council, and Tim Mulcahy, vice president of research with the University of Minnesota, have issued public statements either supporting or responding to...

U asks for “floating slab” to mitigate Central Corridor

July 28, 2009

University of Minnesota officials presented a July 21 report to President Robert Bruininks on mitigation for the Central Corridor light rail line, and have proposed installing a "floating slab"...

Grant to fund expansion of U bicycle route website

July 28, 2009

An online "geowiki" for metro areas bicycle routes received a funding boost to partner with local transportation agencies.    Cyclopath.org, which was created by a University of Minnesota...

U report voices concern over Central Corridor

July 22, 2009

A report by University of Minnesota faculty, led by Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy, finds that there are ways to build and run the Central Corridor light rail line through campus without major...

Increase in garbage burning heads to city again

July 21, 2009

Officials from the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center is headed to a Minneapolis committee Thursday to appeal a Planning Commission decision to not allow a 20 percent increase in garbage-burning. The county...

Northbound I-35W to close July 17 weekend

July 16, 2009

All lanes along a section of northbound Interstate 35W from Highway 62 to Interstate 94 in south Minneapolis will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, July 17 through 5 a.m. on Monday, July 20 for construction...

U Web site highlights dangerous traffic zones

July 1, 2009

Just in time for travelers to hit the road for the July 4th holiday weekend, a new interactive Web site was launched to help road-trippers stay away from dangerous traffic zones.   The site, saferoadmaps.org,...

St. Paul puts ranked-choice voting on the ballot

June 25, 2009

After the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled ranked-choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, constitutional two weeks ago, the St. Paul City Council elected Wednesday to have its residents weigh...

Increase in garbage burning turned down

June 23, 2009

Hennepin County will not burn more trash next year, at least not with the approval from the Minneapolis Planning Commission.   The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center, a garbage burner located next door...

Lowry Avenue bridge to be removed by implosion Sunday

June 16, 2009

The Lowry Avenue Bridge will be removed via implosion at 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a Hennepin County news release. The current structure, which has been a historic landmark in Minnesota since 1905, has...

I-35W bridge designer does not want to be held liable

June 12, 2009

 The designer of the Interstate 35W bridge has asked a judge to keep the fact out of the 100 plus lawsuits that have sprung up after the 2007 collapse, according to MPR.  A lawyer for Jacobs...

Charter commission shuts down attempt to eliminate park board

June 9, 2009

The Minneapolis Charter Commission recently shot down two of three proposed changes to the city's charter - essentially the city's constitution - that some City Council member's believed would...

University Ave. could see solar energy development

June 5, 2009

Thanks to legislation passed into law at the State Capitol Thursday, solar power will be jumping into business in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.   More than $3 million was passed to provide...

U, MnDot want people to work from home

June 4, 2009

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, launched a campaign Monday to increase telecommuting in the Twin Cities, according to Fox 9. Telecommuting,...

Opponents file civil rights claim against Central Corridor

June 4, 2009

Opponents of various aspects of the Central Corridor light rail project keep popping up as the project gets ever closer to the construction phase. A new opponent surfaced Thursday -- the Preserve and Benefit...

Shots fired at Metro Transit bus, passengers wounded

June 3, 2009

A suspect was arrested Monday after shots were fired at a Metro Transit bus, hospitalizing one passenger and wounding another, according to the Star Tribune.   Just after 9 p.m., near the intersection...

Ramsey board purchases Union Depot for rail

June 2, 2009

The Ramsey County Board approved spending $8.1 million Tuesday to purchase the main building of the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul, according to the Star Tribune.   The commissioners voted 6-0 to...

“Deadliest” Memorial Day weekend since 1996

May 26, 2009

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is calling this year's Memorial Day weekend the "deadliest" in more than 10 years, according to a MDPS press release. Preliminary reports from MDPS...

Obama unveils high-speed rail plan

April 16, 2009

President Barack Obama unvieled a high-speed rail deveolopment plan Thursday, highlighting projects in at least 10 regions, according to the New York Times.   At a press conference in the Eisenhower...

Watch the signs, spring street sweeping begins Tuesday

April 13, 2009

Minneapolis Public Works crews will begin a comprehensive spring street sweep on Tuesday, April 14. The sweep will last about four weeks.   While the city works to clean up dirt left behind by melting...

Chris Coleman running for another term as Mayor; challengers emerge

April 2, 2009

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will be running for another term, with full endorsment from the DFL, but will not go unchallenged, according to MinnPost. John Krenik, a republican, has said he will be in...

Section of Como Avenue closed for two months

March 30, 2009

Begining Monday, March 30, a portion of Como Avenue in will close for road and bridge construction for at least two months, according to the city of Minneapolis.   Como Avenue will close to all...

Carlson supporter wants to prosecute

March 5, 2009

A recent letter sent out to former supporters of Charles Carlson - the student who recently dropped out of the Ward 2 race for Minneapolis City Council after a series of false claims - stated that Carlson...

Washington Ave. Bridge work to start over spring break

March 4, 2009

 Hennepin County will begin work on the Washington Avenue Bridge pedestrian deck during the week of March 16, while University of Minnesota students are away on spring break, according to a press...

St. Paul City Council objection threatens start of Central Coridor

March 3, 2009

Recent threats to the start of the Central Corridor light-rail project have been vibration concerns from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Public Radio. Now, the St. Paul City Council has some...

Metro Transit bus driver leaves passengers out in the cold

February 5, 2009

A Metro Transit bus driver may lose his job after being accused of leaving his passengers out in the cold Wednesday morning, according to Fox.     According to passengers, the driver arrived...

Metro Transit ridership up, funding down

February 5, 2009

The Twin Cities' Metro Transit carried 82 million passengers on its light-rail and bus systems in 2008, up 6.1 percent compared with 2007's total, according to Progressive Railroading. Hiawatha light-rail...

Downtown loses more than 3,000 jobs last year

February 4, 2009

  Downtown Minneapolis’ 20 largest employers shed 3,335 jobs since February 2008, according to the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.    At its annual meeting Wednesday, the Minneapolis...

U hosts expo for students seeking transportation-related jobs

February 3, 2009

The University of Minnesota is hosting a transportation expo Thursday to help students who are pursuing a transportation-related career.   Sessions will look at transportation career alternatives...

United States infrastructure gets a “D”

January 29, 2009

 America's infrastructure gets a "D" and needs $2.2 trillion in fixes over the next five years to meet adequate conditions, according to a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers.   The...

Central Corridor project delayed due to noise concerns

January 21, 2009

Construction on the Central Corridor light-rail project has been pushed back from spring 2010 to late summer next year, according to MPR.   Minnesota Public Radio has raised similar concerns as the University...

County closes lane on Washington Ave. Wednesday

January 21, 2009

  Hennepin County officials will close one lane on the Washington Avenue Bridge Wednesday as part of work being done on the pedestrian level, according to an e-mail sent to students from University...

Local governments seek to reduce energy costs

January 21, 2009

Government officials representing Minnesota cities, counties, school districts and townships will meet in St. Cloud Thursday to explore strategies for reducing energy costs, according to a press release.   Speakers...

National Geographic airs I-35W documentary Thursday

January 15, 2009

A National Geographic documentary about the building of the new Interstate 35W bridge airs Thursday night, according to the Associated Press. “Twin City Bridge: After the Collapse” follows almost the...

Rybak seeks re-election

January 14, 2009

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced yesterday that he is running for re-election. The announcement came in the form  of a  message via Twitter directing visitors to a YouTube video ....

VH1 wants to save the music in Minneapolis

December 8, 2008

 The VH1 Save The Music Foundation and Comcast are giving $90,000 worth of new instruments to help out three instrumental music education programs in Minneapolis Public Schools,...

Mayor calls for city hiring freeze

December 2, 2008

Everyone seems to be feeling the economic pressure, and Minneapolis city government is not immune. Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council President Barbara Johnson called for a city hiring...

Homelessness Awareness Week

November 19, 2008

In covering the story, "With economic downturn, more families face the street," I visited People Serving People, an emergency homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis. There, I met Steve Walker...

Bob Miller, Director of NRP, Plans to Run for Mayor

November 12, 2008

Bob Miller, executive director of the city's Neighborhood Revitalization Program, will officially announce his candicy for Mayor of Minneapolis Thursday at the Rainbow Resturant downtown, according...

Hennepin Avenue construction open for comment

October 20, 2008

On Tuesday, the city of Minneapolis will hold a meeting to allow people to comment on the proposed plans for Hennepin Avenue. Hennepin Avenue and 1st Avenue N. in downtown Minneapolis will be converted...

Third Ward Summit Addresses Future Transportation Issues

October 14, 2008

The third ward neighborhood summit will take place Wednesday night, and will address the impact of proposed transit and transportation systems on the area, which includes Dinkytown. The event, which is...