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Accomplished fashion designer and University of Minnesota student Ivan Gil showcases one of the unisex outfits that he designed in McNeal Hall on Friday, Sept. 29th.

‘Chic and fun’: University student designs West Coast fashion line

Published October 4, 2017

University of Minnesota student Ivan Gil received a relatively simple assignment in the summer: Make an outfit based on the classic T-shirt and have it ready by this fall. The assignment was simple, but...

Aspiring Falcon Heights city council members talk policing at Monday forum

Published September 27, 2017

Policing and race relations took center stage at a city council forum in Falcon Heights Monday night, where seven candidates vying for two seats answered questions from voters.  About 80 people attended...

Jack Lenor Larsen celebrates his 90th birthday at the Goldstein Museum of Design on Friday, Sept. 22 in St. Paul. Larsen is known for his innovation with textile design.

Works of world-famous textile designer on exhibit

Published September 25, 2017

Design enthusiasts celebrated the opening of a new exhibit featuring works from a world-renowned textile designer at the University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum of Design Friday.  The exhibit...

St. Paul fraternity FarmHouse seeks to make its brand-new building a home

Published September 22, 2017

A service-focused fraternity at the University of Minnesota is spending its first semester in a new $4 million fraternity house on the St. Paul campus. FarmHouse, a fraternity with 34 active chapters between...

Pilot plant coordinator Ray Miller stands in front machinery used to make ice cream sold on the St.Paul campus on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

University dairy and meat shop launches “Row the Boat” ice cream

Published September 13, 2017

Shoppers at the University of Minnesota’s meat and dairy store can now find a new product amid shelves of University-made cheese and meat: a P.J. Fleck-inspired ice cream flavor. A long-time University...

Identical twins Amanda and Ashley Overgaauw pose with their llamas before competing at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Minnesota 4-H expands programming in response to state’s changing demographics

Published September 6, 2017

A century-old University of Minnesota youth program usually associated with agriculture is adding new options to traditional activities to keep up with Minnesota’s changing demographics. Minnesota 4-H...

Kathyn Zabloski and Trevor Driscoll participate in University research in the Driven to Discover building at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 31.

State Fair offers expanded recruitment opportunities for UMN research

Published September 5, 2017

Hungry for volunteers, University of Minnesota researchers welcomed Minnesota State Fair-goers into a new building.  The fair is a chance for researchers to find participants for ongoing studies,...

Legislative audit proposes to limit officials’ use of sports facilities for friends, family

Published August 2, 2017

A legislative audit published on July 26 raised concerns over how public officials use TCF Bank Stadium and five other publicly owned Twin Cities sports facilities. The report found inconsistencies in...

Minnesota National Guard members face change to education benefits

Published August 1, 2017

Some Minnesota National Guard members will lose access to higher education benefits after a recent policy change.The July 1 change requires Guard members to use all available Federal Tuition Assistance...

The Metro Transit bus route 16 turns onto Washington Avenue on Monday.  The Metro Green Lines grand opening is June 14 and will affect numerous routes that service campus, including the 3, 16 and 50.

U-Pass prices to go up after Met Council votes to increase Twin Cities’ transit fares

Published July 27, 2017

Beginning this fall, Twin Cities’ transit fares will rise after a plan for the increase was approved Wednesday.The Metropolitan Council voted to up area bus and light rail prices starting this fall....

Minneapolis starts new workshop series

Published July 24, 2017

Fifteen neighborhood group leaders, community members and city officials attended a new community engagement workshop series Thursday.Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations began a series...

University to sell land at UMore Park for housing development

Published July 19, 2017

Over 400 acres of University of Minnesota land near Rosemount, Minnesota, will go on sale to housing developers later this summer.University leaders presented the plan to the Board of Regents at a July...

The exterior of Varsity Theater in Dinkytown on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Varsity Theater in Dinkytown sold for over $2 million; owner to bring back music and other public events

Published July 18, 2017

The iconic Dinkytown venue Varsity Theater has been sold to a Los Angeles real estate firm.Amid four lawsuits alleging child sex abuse, Jason McLean, owner of Varsity Theater, sold the building to Downtown...

National non-profit comes to Minneapolis with ride sharing goals

Published July 12, 2017

Minneapolis residents might start sharing rides more often in coming years. The Shared-Use Mobility Center, a nonprofit that promotes “shared mobility” services, introduced an action plan to Minneapolis...

Sarah Webstor Norton waits to be called to speak during a public hearing at Minneapolis City Hall on Thursday. Sarah works in the service industry and is in favor of a proposed $15 minimum ordinance.

Experts weigh in on Minneapolis $15 minimum wage

Published July 11, 2017

The movement toward $15 hourly wage laws in the U.S. has caught the attention of University of Minnesota experts.After Minneapolis passed an ordinance June 30 to bring the $15 minimum wage by 2024 and...

Officer Cunningham and police dog Gator walk the field of TCF Bank Stadium on June 1. Gator is a specialized bomb dog trained to search for bombs before campus events.

Minneapolis police dogs taken care of by U vets

Published July 5, 2017

Minneapolis police dogs in need can go to the University of Minnesota for aid for another year.The City of Minneapolis began a year-long, $30,525 contract on Saturday with the University’s Veterinary...

Manager of Sencha Tea Bar Chatchawan L Suwaratana discusses paid sick leave with the Minnesota Daily on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Sencha Tea Bar already gives its employees paid sick leave, he said.

Store owners prepare for new paid sick and safe time law

Published July 3, 2017

A new city law mandates that Minneapolis employers provide sick and safe time for workers went into effect Saturday.Near the University of Minnesota, awareness of the new law varied for stores facing new...

Room 317 in Minneapolis City Hall filled to a capacity of 100 while a public hearing for Minneapolis proposed $15 minimum wage takes place.

Minneapolis passes $15 minimum wage

Published June 30, 2017

Amid a cheering crowd that packed City Hall Friday morning, the Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15.The council members voted 10-1 for the raise, which will take...

Minneapolis receives funding to help disadvantaged communities be greener

Published June 27, 2017

A Minneapolis project to help disadvantaged communities fight environmental problems recently received $150,000 in grant money.The Minneapolis City Council adopted two $75,000 grants from the McKnight...

Sarah Webstor Norton waits to be called to speak during a public hearing at Minneapolis City Hall on Thursday. Sarah works in the service industry and is in favor of a proposed $15 minimum ordinance.

Minimum wage hearing draws crowds

Published June 26, 2017

A lively crowd packed into Minneapolis City Hall Thursday for a public hearing on the City Council’s proposed $15 hourly minimum wage ordinance.While the Council and most speakers at the hearing showed...

Minneapolis legal service will continue to serve those who don’t speak English for free

Published June 21, 2017

Minneapolis’ Somali and Spanish speaking residents will continue to receive free rental legal advice services in their languages after the city of Minneapolis renewed funds to a nonprofit.The Minneapolis...

A Minneapolis grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy is letting the city build MonoPath housing for energy efficient and affordable houses in low income neighborhoods. The energy efficient building technique started at the University of Minnesota in the early 2000s and is now being put back to use after its development was delayed by the 2008 recession. Volunteers are seen working on a Northeast Minneapolis house on Monday, June 19, 2017.

UMN and Minneapolis team up to study greener houses

Published June 20, 2017

The City of Minneapolis will help test an innovative, green housing design called MonoPath homes, developed by two University of Minnesota alumni. The Minneapolis City Council is receiving a $22,400 grant...

Van Love, a City of Minneapolis Traffic Division employee, lines up his cart to paint straight lines on a crosswalk during the first hours of the morning on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 near Dinkytown. This year theyre adding zebra crosswalks which have a glass coating on top of the paint to let street and car lights better illuminate the walkways and people who cross them.

Zebra crossings coming to UMN, Minneapolis

Published June 14, 2017

Late Monday night, several parallel white-striped crosswalks across the University of Minnesota campus area switched to the more visible zebra pattern.The change is part of Minneapolis’ plan to convert...

Teaching licenses method changed

Published June 14, 2017

Though educators agree Minnesota’s teacher licensure system needed reform, some wonder if the system signed into law May 30 is the right solution.To address some issues with the system, the state Legislature...

Bonding bill funds some U projects, leaves others behind

Published June 7, 2017

The University of Minnesota will start work on three new buildings and a host of maintenance projects with funding approved by Gov. Mark Dayton in the state bonding bill.The University received $119.9...

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, listens to an attendees questions on Friday, Mar. 24 at Mondale Hall on West Bank.

Compromises and late nights: Omar reflects on first legislative session

Published June 7, 2017

As the state Legislature closed out its session, first-year Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, spoke with the Minnesota Daily to reflect on how things went.Omar spoke on what it meant to be the first Somali-American...

Plastic bag ban won’t go into effect in Minneapolis Thursday

Published June 1, 2017

Minneapolis was set to ban most plastic bags starting Thursday, but a budget bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday blocks the city from enacting the ban.On Wednesday, Minneapolis confirmed the proposed...

Members of the House of Representatives come together during special session in the Capitol Building in St. Paul on Wednesday, May 24.

Gov. Dayton signs higher education bill and University bonding bill

Published May 31, 2017

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the higher education omnibus and bonding bills into law on Tuesday, finalizing University of Minnesota funding.University leaders welcomed some aspects of both bills, but noted...

Gov. Mark Dayton answers questions during a press conference about Minnesotas budget at the Capitol in St. Paul in February.

MN Leg. wraps session with compromise on UMN funding

Published May 23, 2017

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders reached a tentative budget deal Monday night, closing a contentious regular session with University of Minnesota funding in the balance.Dayton called the Legislature...