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Brooke Sheehy, Associate Reporter

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Robbery at gunpoint reported on East Bank early Tuesday morning

Robbery at gunpoint reported on East Bank early Tuesday morning

September 22, 2020
The incident is the fifth robbery near campus in two weeks
UMN researchers study the relationship between genetics and COVID-19 drug therapies

UMN researchers study the relationship between genetics and COVID-19 drug therapies

September 16, 2020
As multiple drugs are being studied in hopes of finding a treatment for the virus, researchers explored genetic reasons why these drugs could fail.
University Medical Student Londyn Robinson poses for a portrait at the Fairview Hospital on Monday, Sep. 7th. Robinson has written several essays arguing that the MCAT should not be taken, citing socioeconomic factors and the fact that nine people have contracted COVID-19 due to in-person testing procedures.

UMN medical schools make MCAT optional

September 14, 2020
Medical School admissions plan to take a more holistic approach to applications as the pandemic has presented students with difficult studying and testing conditions.
Fulbright Fellow Corrie Nyquist poses for a portrait at Van Cleve Park on Thursday, Sep. 3.

Fulbright scholars adjust research plans to accommodate for COVID-19

September 7, 2020

University of Minnesota Fulbright scholars are adjusting their research timelines as they prepare to go abroad in January amid uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 travel restrictions. The University announced...

Morgan La Casse

Multi-suspect robbery reported in Southeast Como Saturday night

August 23, 2020

A robbery took place in Southeast Como on Saturday night, per a SAFE-U advisory. At 9:17 p.m., the suspects – no description or direction of travel was provided – approached the two victims near the...

A view of the Cedar Riverside Community School on Monday, March 19, 2018.

Get to know the Ward 6 candidates for Minneapolis City Council

July 31, 2020

With about two weeks before the special election for the Minneapolis City Council’s vacant Ward 6 seat, Cedar-Riverside organizers held multiple forums for the public to get to know the candidates and...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN campus crime update: After spike in crime, Prospect Park returns to usual trend

July 30, 2020

From July 8 to July 27, Southeast Como, Cedar-Riverside and Marcy-Holmes have seen an increase in overall crime compared to last year. Crime in Prospect Park has remained steady. Crime Trends This time...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN campus crime update: Cedar-Riverside sees significant decrease in crime

July 11, 2020

After no violent crime in Prospect Park during a two-week span last year, the neighborhood has seen seven reported incidents over the last 15 days. Crime Trends From June 22 to July 7, Cedar-Riverside...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

UMN to support lawsuit against ICE restrictions on international students

July 9, 2020

The University of Minnesota will support a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would require international students without in-person classes to leave the country. The University...

Mixed Blood Theater, located in Riverside Plaza, sits closed on Wednesday, July 1 in Minneapolis.

Mixed Blood Theatre responds to unrest

July 2, 2020

In a city once filled with performances now silenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre is using this time as an opportunity to present their artists’ talents in a new way.  MBT...

Morgan La Casse

Car damage and auto theft reported in Prospect Park Tuesday

July 1, 2020

The Prospect Park neighborhood near the University of Minnesota was reportedly the location of two separate crimes Tuesday, per an email from the Minneapolis Police Department. The first reported incident...

The Kollege Klub, a popular bar in Dinkytown, on Saturday, June 20. Bars in Minneapolis recently reopened their doors, but have limited hours of operation.

Dinkytown’s Kollege Klub a hub for COVID-19 cluster

June 29, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health has identified Dinkytown’s Kollege Klub bar as an epicenter of multiple COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, the Kollege Klub has been linked to 22 positive COVID-19 cases...

The Kollege Klub, a popular bar in Dinkytown, on Saturday, June 20. Bars in Minneapolis recently reopened their doors, but have limited hours of operation. (Emily Urfer / Minnesota Daily)

Dinkytown’s Kollege Klub linked to 22 new COVID-19 cases

June 26, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health is currently investigating a COVID-19 case cluster from the Kollege Klub at the University of Minnesota campus. As of Friday, the popular Dinkytown bar Kollege Klub has...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

UMN campus crime update: Prospect Park sees increased violent crime amid decreases in surrounding neighborhoods

June 25, 2020

With many students home for the summer during the COVID-19 pandemic, most University of Minnesota-area neighborhoods are quiet and saw a decrease in overall crime compared to the same time frame last year. Crime...

Propsect Park sees surge in violent crime amid decreases in surrounding neighborhoods

June 24, 2020

With many students home for the summer during the COVID-19 pandemic, most University of Minnesota-area neighborhoods are quiet and saw a decrease in overall crime compared to the same timeframe last year. Crime...

Tomato plants grow protected by wire cages in a front yard vegetable garden in Falcon Heights on Wednesday, June 15. (Audrey Rauth / Minnesota Daily)

Falcon Heights temporarily bans front-yard gardens

June 19, 2020

Falcon Heights resident Quentin Nguyen was getting down and dirty removing sod from his front yard in mid-May when he received a letter.  He was working on creating a community garden to share vegetables...

Morgan La Casse

Assault and auto theft reported in Stadium Village

June 19, 2020

A robbery happened Thursday night, according to an all-campus alert. The incident occurred near Washington Avenue Southeast and Huron Boulevard Southeast. The suspects— four males— assaulted and stole...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

As state reopens, religious student groups keep gatherings small but connected

June 13, 2020

Religious student groups on campus are adjusting worship and outreach efforts as the state slowly reopens. The state began allowing places of worship to increase attendance from 10 people per service up...

Religious student groups on campus adjust worship and outreach efforts

June 11, 2020

Religious student groups on campus adjust worship and outreach efforts as the state slowly reopens. The state began allowing places of worship to increase attendance from 10 people per service up to 25%...

Hard Times Cafe boarded up in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Thursday, May 28. (Andy Kosier / Minnesota Daily)

Cedar-Riverside forms neighborhood watch to protect community

June 4, 2020

Cedar-Riverside community members came together over the last week while protests and riots have erupted throughout Minneapolis. After a then-Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, riots led to...

A residential street is wet by an afternoon rain shower in the Como neighborhood on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Priuses, other vehicles near UMN targeted for parts

April 30, 2020

Owners of Toyota Priuses and other vehicles around the University of Minnesota have been targets of crime as car-part theft has spiked in recent weeks.   The number of stolen catalytic converters...

Roommates and University of Minnesota students from left, Harold Carpenter,  Wenxuan Li, Myles Mickens and Brandon Chan play a game of basketball in Van Cleve Park on Tuesday, April 21. The group relocated their frequent games after the hoops at Comstock Hall had the rims removed to prevent transmission of coronavirus.

Congestion on Stone Arch Bridge, highly trafficked areas could mean losing amenities

April 24, 2020

City officials say it is crucial for the public to practice better social distancing outside to prevent closures of parks and amenities. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has issued guidelines...

Olivia Wolbert, owner of the newly opened Liv Tru Nutrition, serves tea to a customer on Wednesday, Oct 30.

Local restaurants donate to frontline workers, community members

April 20, 2020

Local businesses surrounding the University of Minnesota are adjusting their business models to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic while helping those impacted. Minnesota’s 'stay-at-home' order...

New developments in the Towerside Innovation District are seen on Sunday, June 16 in Minneapolis.

Prospect Park’s Towerside could set an example with greener heating

April 15, 2020

Towerside Innovation District in Prospect Park is aiming to live up to its name as it begins to incorporate greener temperature control in its new developments.  As Minneapolis officials look to implement...

A passerby gazes across the Mall on Saturday, March 21.

University enacts emergency sick leave policy after COVID-19 concerns

March 27, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel authorized an emergency paid leave assistance policy for eligible University employees, including students, who are unable to work in-person or remotely during...

Courtesy of Libor Jany

Police seek community help identifying Marcy-Holmes serial assault suspect

March 26, 2020

Minneapolis police are relying on community assistance to identify a suspect likely connected to several assaults near the University of Minnesota.  Earlier this month, the Minneapolis Police Department...

Eva Berezovsky

UMN research to examine city housing program for students

March 23, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are using data to evaluate a Minneapolis program aimed at preventing homelessness in school children. Stable Homes Stable Schools is a partnership between the City of...

Miniature  bronze replicas of local landmarks line the sidewalk at the Neighborhood Gateway in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

New city guidelines base funding on demographic makeup of neighborhoods

March 2, 2020

The City of Minneapolis released a draft of funding guidelines Friday that aims to ensure city neighborhood associations are representative of their communities. After first being proposed in 2018, the...

Gov. Tim Walz speaks at the University of Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 21.

Student, community protesters confront Gov. Walz at campus event

February 22, 2020

A number of protestors demonstrated to a full auditorium at the University of Minnesota Friday during a visit by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. About 30 to 40 protestors, including members of University...

Protestors confront Gov. Walz at campus event

February 22, 2020

A number of protestors demonstrated to a full auditorium at the University of Minnesota Friday during a visit by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. About 30 to 40 protestors, including members of University...

Kids enter the Brian Coyle Community Center on June 15, 2017.

Improvements delayed on Cedar-Riverside’s community center

February 20, 2020

Plans to expand a community center space in Cedar-Riverside have been delayed two years due to lack of funding. A project that would expand the current Brian Coyle Center and potentially add a new location...

Mardelle Madsen, Fran Holmsten and Mary Rafferty walk past a map of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. They walk a loop on the East River Parkway section of the byway every Monday. 

Historic Minneapolis trail makes the cut in governor’s proposal

February 13, 2020

A historic bike and pedestrian trail in Minneapolis could receive funding to begin completion of its “missing link” through campus neighborhoods.  Gov. Tim Walz announced his $2 billion 2020 capital...

A street sign denotes the area as a Historic District in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

UMN class explores neighborhood identities, sociology

February 6, 2020

A new course at the University of Minnesota aims to connect students with community members to examine social connections in Minneapolis neighborhoods.  “Sociology of Neighborhoods” professor...

Currie Park is seen on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Minneapolis

UMN neighborhoods look to allocate thousands for local park improvements

January 30, 2020

By collecting mandatory fees paid to the city, neighborhood groups near the University of Minnesota have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on park upkeep — but they're still deciding how to allocate...

New installments in the Arvonne Fraser Library pay tribute to the building's original architect, Ralph Rapson and library patron Arvonne Fraser on Friday, Jan. 17.  The newly renovated building is set to open on Jan. 25. (Liam Armstrong / Minnesota Daily)

Historic Dinkytown library to reopen after renovations

January 23, 2020

A newly-renovated Arvonne Fraser library in Dinkytown will open its doors to the public for the first time Saturday after more than a year of vacancy.  Renovations include making the building more...

A boarded window on the fourteenth floor is rimmed by scorch marks at the Cedar High Apartments on Monday, Dec. 9. On Nov. 28, an early morning blaze claimed the lives of five of the building's residents.

After high-rise fire, Cedar-Riverside begins to heal

December 12, 2019

Following a deadly building fire last month, the Cedar-Riverside community is beginning to heal despite lingering questions. The fire killed five residents in a 25-story high-rise owned by the Minneapolis...

Currie Park is seen on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Minneapolis. The park is now host to a customized syringe drop box that the city began installing on Nov. 1, 2019 as a response to the opioid crisis.

Minneapolis installs public syringe boxes across city

November 11, 2019

The City of Minneapolis is installing syringe drop boxes across the city as part of its larger response to the opioid crisis. On Nov. 1, Minneapolis Health Department began installing 10 customized syringe...

Update: Missing UMN student found

November 8, 2019

Update: Around 4 p.m. Friday, Elizabeth Mann's family announced that she was found. "The family would like to extend their gratitude to all who have reached out with prayer, support and assistance both...

Olivia Wolbert, owner of the newly opened Liv Tru Nutrition, serves tea to a customer on Wednesday, Oct 30.

Health food shop LIV TRU Nutrition opens in Stadium Village

October 31, 2019

A new nutrition company recently opened in Stadium Village where Mesa Pizza’s second location previously stood.  Mesa Pizza closed its Stadium Village location in November 2017. After almost two...

Erin Lynch of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Minnesota announces a recent settlement for alleged stolen wages outside of Bonchon in Dinkytown on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Ex-Bonchon workers celebrate settlement over alleged wage theft in Dinkytown

October 24, 2019

Former Bonchon franchise employees and advocates gathered Tuesday evening in front of the newly opened Dinkytown location to announce a recent settlement for allegedly stolen wages.   At the...

A zero waste rug created by Winsome Goods is seen on Friday, Oct, 18. The rug saves 11 pounds of textile waste from landfills and is made from nearly all cotton and denim scraps.

UMN apparel design collaboration fosters zero-waste textile technique

October 21, 2019

With a focus on sustainability, a University of Minnesota alumna looked to current apparel design students to implement a zero-waste product line. A year-and-a-half ago, owner of Marcy-Holmes clothing...

Morgan La Casse

UMN doctor Rose Marie Leslie goes viral with videos warning against vaping

October 7, 2019

A resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School went viral after taking her message against the dangers of vaping to young adults on TikTok, a social media platform. Rose Marie Leslie, a family...

Potentially rabid bat spotted on UMN campus

October 3, 2019

A potentially rabid bat was spotted on campus Wednesday morning, according to an all-campus alert.  The bat was found around 11 a.m. near the Donhowe Building on East Bank. The bat's conduct and the...

Representative Raymond Dehn responds to community questions at the Minneapolis Urban League on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Lawmakers seek community feedback on potential MN cannabis legalization

September 29, 2019

State lawmakers gathered with Minneapolis community members Wednesday to discuss possible cannabis legalization, which saw varied responses.  The event, held in North Minneapolis, was the second of...

Minnesota Hillel at 1521 University Ave SE as seen on Sept. 23.

Minnesota Hillel receives $5.5 million for renovations

September 24, 2019

Minnesota Hillel on the University of Minnesota campus will use city money for substantial upgrades to its facility.  The Minneapolis City Council approved $5.5 million in bonds for Minnesota Hillel...

Minneapolis City Council members listen to Tawnya Konobeck, an entertainer, talk about her experiences working in the Minneapolis strip club scene on Monday, Mar. 27, 2017. After hearing the report on the workplace conditions for erotic dancers, the council said it wants to begin regulating strip clubs.

City passes protections for adult entertainers using UMN research

September 5, 2019

This past month, the city of Minneapolis passed a new ordinance that bolsters working conditions in the adult entertainment industry.  The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement...