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Minneapolis-based sound engineer Neil Weir finishes up work on the upcoming Chambermaids album in the control room of Old Blackberry Way studio on Wednesday.

Iconic studio finds new life

May 7, 2015

The band France Camp didn’t get much done during its first recording sessions at the Old Blackberry Way studio.   They got too drunk one night.    On another, they got too high.   “James...

Top U lobbyist leaving his post

February 25, 2015

As the University of Minnesota fights for $1.3 billion in state funding this spring, one of its leading lobbyists is leaving his post. Todd Iverson, the University’s assistant director of state relations,...

Sydney Hall residents notified of measles exposure, case no longer infectious

January 29, 2015

Hennepin County health officials sent a letter notifying residents of Dinkytown's Sydney Hall apartment complex that they may have been exposed to a case of the measles through contact with an ill resident...

U hospital set to provide Ebola care

October 27, 2014

The University of Minnesota Medical Center has agreed to care for patients diagnosed with Ebola, the Minnesota Hospital Association announced Friday. The West Bank hospital is one of four health care facilities...

George Clarke of Deafheaven performs at Triple Rock in Minneapolis on Monday.

Concert review: Deafheaven at the Triple Rock Social Club

June 24, 2014

Deafheaven frontman George Clarke locked hands with nearly everyone at the front of a sold-out crowd Monday night at the Triple Rock. From the start of the band's five-track, hour-long set, he only broke...

Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death near West Bank

May 1, 2014

Minneapolis police are investigating a “suspicious death” after finding a body blocks off the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus early Wednesday morning, according to a news release. Police...

Police investigating suspicious Cedar-Riverside death

April 30, 2014

Minneapolis police are investigating a suspicious death after finding a body blocks off the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus early Wednesday morning, according to a news release. Police responded...

U, police take riot precautions

April 10, 2014

The last time the Gophers men’s hockey team won a national championship, there were riots in Dinkytown. That was in 2003. As the No. 1-ranked team heads to Philadelphia for the Frozen Four this weekend,...

Adjunct faculty push to unionize

March 27, 2014

As higher education institutions increasingly rely on adjunct faculty to supplement their teaching workloads, one of the largest union organizations in the country is urging these contingent employees...

CFANS-CBS merger scrapped

February 5, 2014

The University of Minnesota has scrapped a possible merger of the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. A task force charged with studying...

Faculty take on clinical drug trials

December 5, 2013

The University of Minnesota Faculty Senate will discuss a resolution Thursday to create an independent, external panel to investigate how the institution conducts clinical research on human subjects. The...

Student robbed outside home

November 21, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was robbed at gunpoint while entering his home in Dinkytown early Wednesday morning, according to a Minneapolis police report. The student wasn’t harmed, but the...

University student robbed in Dinkytown

November 20, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was robbed at gunpoint while entering his home in Dinkytown early Wednesday morning, according to a Minneapolis police report. The student wasn’t harmed, but the...

University police Chief Greg Hestness addresses questions and concerns on Wednesday at UMPD regarding the gunman incident on on Monday.

New suspect identified in robbery

November 14, 2013

University of Minnesota police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in Monday’s alleged armed robbery in Anderson Hall. University police sent a campus-wide...

U employee jumps to death in Nils Hasselmo Hall

November 5, 2013

A University of Minnesota employee committed suicide in Nils Hasselmo Hall on Monday morning, University police said. The 37-year-old man was a part-time University employee, said University police Deputy...

Minnapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak begins a proposition for the renovation of the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis before the City Council on Thursday.

Candidates vie for split power

November 5, 2013

With the first new mayor in 12 years and a city council in flux, this election could offer the most sweeping changes to Minneapolis City Hall in recent history. Because power in Minneapolis government...

Bill would change orchestra ownership

October 15, 2013

As negotiations continue in the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, a state legislator announced plans Monday for a bill that would turn the world-renowned ensemble into a publicly owned corporation. Rep. Phyllis...

Police recover body from Mississippi River

September 25, 2013

University of Minnesota police recovered a body from the Mississippi River after authorities received a report of a man jumping off the Washington Avenue Bridge around 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to a...

Armed robbery locks down UW-Madison campus

September 19, 2013

A shots-fired report locked down the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Wednesday night. The incident was part of an alleged armed robbery in a residential area near campus, close to several fraternity...

Shots fired near UW-Madison campus

September 19, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison police are responding to a shots fired report near the school's campus. The shots were reported on the 100 block of Langdon Street, where several fraternity and sorority...

Sally's Saloon and Eatery torn down

Sally’s Saloon and Eatery torn down

August 15, 2013

Sally's Saloon and Eatery was torn down last week after closing July 18 to make way for construction of a 98-unit apartment complex. CPM Property Management made a deal with Sally's to construct 700 Washington,...

Student loan deal reached

August 7, 2013

President Barack Obama is expected to sign a bill into law this week that will, for now, lower student loan interest rates. Congress passed the measure July 31, tying interest rates on multiple student...

Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak marries Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke, with their son between their arms, at Minneapolis City Hall Wednesday at midnight.

Same-sex marriage celebration brings hundreds to Minneapolis City Hall

August 7, 2013

Hundreds of anxious onlookers filled Minneapolis City Hall well past its usual open hours early Thursday morning, waiting for a midnight wedding. After making vows 12 years ago, Margaret Miles and Cathy...

Dinkytown Greenway opens, connecting suburbs to downtown Minneapolis

August 5, 2013

The Dinkytown Greenway opened to bike traffic on Aug. 4, providing cyclists with a mostly car-free path from the suburbs to downtown Minneapolis. The bikeway, which runs from TCF Bank Stadium to the Mississippi...

Construction to close roads around U

August 5, 2013

Two major University of Minnesota transit areas will experience closures in the next month for light rail testing and Washington Avenue bridge construction projects. Crews will conduct overnight tests...

Twin Cities bikers get more protections with new law effective Aug. 1

August 1, 2013

New safety measures will keep bikes and cars farther apart on Minnesota roads starting Aug. 1. The Legislature’s transportation bill prohibits parking or pausing in bike lanes and tightens restrictions...

U releases 2014 bonding requests

July 31, 2013

The University of Minnesota is gearing up for the 2014 legislative session with a $230 million preliminary bonding bill request. The request, released July 15, asks for funding of six construction and...

Construction workers work on a site located on 14th Avenue that had closed off a stretch between University Avenue and 4th Street in Dinkytown, Monday morning.

City taking control of Dinkytown sewer line

July 31, 2013

A piece of Dinkytown infrastructure is changing hands, a transition local businesses say is overdue. Beneath 14th Avenue Southeast, crews are renovating a sewer line before the City of Minneapolis ...

Under medical amnesty law, underage drinkers will get new legal protections

July 31, 2013

Underage University of Minnesota students who overdrink will have new legal protections when a medical amnesty law begins Aug. 1. University students had urged state legislators to pass the law for years...

Minneapolis credit rating downgraded

July 30, 2013

Moody's Investor Service downgraded Minneapolis' credit rating in a report released on Monday. The city went from Moody's highest rating of Aaa to its second highest of Aa1, which applies to...

Vehicles circle a temporary roundabout installed by Parking and Transportation Services recently at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Pillsbury Drive. Officials are monitoring the effectiveness of the roundabout which will last until August 21.

University roundabout tests post-construction transportation options

July 25, 2013

University of Minnesota officials are experimenting with a roundabout at one of the most-traveled intersections on campus. Parking and Transportation Services installed a temporary roundabout at the intersection...

Bus drivers to look for trafficking

July 24, 2013

To combat sex trafficking in the Twin Cities, Metro Transit officials are looking to train bus drivers to spot suspicious activity and implement a public awareness campaign. Although it isn’t frequently...

Green Party candidate vies for Ward 3

July 24, 2013

While most of the attention is focused on Democratic City Council candidates Diane Hofstede and Jacob Frey, a third candidate is carving her own niche in Ward 3. Fifty-seven-year-old Kristina Gronquist,...

Detroit files for largest municipal bankruptcy in US history

July 18, 2013

Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy on Thursday.After years of economic turmoil, the city's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, asked a federal judge for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection,...

Metro Transit ridership increases to 40 million

July 17, 2013

Twin Cities commuters have chosen Metro Transit for rides nearly 40 million times so far this year. Metro Transit released its mid-year report on Wednesday, showing a 0.8 percent increase in overall number...

City of Minneapolis to hold public hearings on forming a municipal power utility

July 17, 2013

Minneapolis is weighing the option of taking public control of its utilities, similar to the way the University of Minnesota does. City leaders are looking into forming a public option for electrical and...

University begins 2014 bonding requests

July 16, 2013

The University of Minnesota has started funding requests for some key construction projects.  The Minnesota Management and Budget Office released the University's preliminary capital budget request...

In Duluth, more synthetic drug clashes

July 12, 2013

A Duluth head shop known for its controversial sales of synthetic drugs stopped selling the substances on Thursday as a city ordinance banning the product took effect, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The...

Congress to start over on student loan crisis

July 11, 2013

After weeks of debate, Congress still can’t agree on how to tackle student loans. A bipartisan plan to lower the recently doubled interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans was found to be too costly...

MN United leader goes national

July 10, 2013

The man behind Minnesota's legalization of same-sex marriage will now lead similar efforts around the country. Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United For All Families, announced Tuesday...

Minneapolis lawyer and DFL-endorsed City Council candidate Jacob Frey, right, discusses plans for the 3rd annual Big Gay Race Monday, July 8, 2013, at his home in Northeast Minneapolis. City Council member Diane Hofstede, left, listens to public hearings during a City Council meeting Monday, July 8, 2013, at Minneapolis City Hall.

Mid-summer, Ward 3 candidates run contrasting campaigns

July 10, 2013

Months after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsed attorney Jacob Frey, he and incumbent Diane Hofstede are still vigorously, but quietly, campaigning to represent the University of Minnesota area...

State tackles grey area of synthetic drugs

July 10, 2013

Stadium Village’s Smokedale Tobacco location was raided for synthetic drugs about two weeks ago. Store manager David Yousef said a U.S. marshal and Drug Enforcement Administration agents stormed...

Minneapolis finalizes car sharing expansion

July 3, 2013

For Minneapolis residents without a car, it will soon become easier to rent one for short-term use. City Council voted last week to expand car sharing with Hourcar and Zipcar programs, according to a news...

The 10th Avenue bridge exposes reinforcement steel and concrete on Tuesday June 2nd, 2013. The city is currently working on a $10 million rehabilitation project for the bridge that was built more than 80 years ago.

Minneapolis’ 10th Avenue SE Bridge to get major repair work

July 3, 2013

A main artery between the East and West Banks of the University of Minnesota campus will undergo a multimillion dollar renovation project next year. The Minneapolis City Council approved last week a nearly...

On July 1, many new laws take effect

July 1, 2013

Many of this legislative session's new laws take effect July 1, including some that affect University of Minnesota students.  -The tax on cigarettes increases by $1.60 per pack, worrying some...

Stafford student loan interest rate doubles

July 1, 2013

Congressional inaction has led the interest rates on the most common federal student loans to double. Interest rates on Stafford loans jumped to 6.8 percent Monday after lawmakers were unable to agree...

Summer construction on campus

June 26, 2013

Summer time in Minnesota always comes with a slew of construction projects. Road closures, remodeling work and new building projects are prevalent throughout the state and Twin Cities — especially...

Minneapolis officials address Dinkytown bikeway safety for July opening

June 26, 2013

In the last year, bikers on the Midtown Greenway in South Minneapolis have been attacked, robbed — and one man even had a Molotov cocktail thrown at him from an overpass. With the Dinkytown bikeway...

A streetcar passes over the old Washington Avenue bridge.

Modern streetcar project gains traction

June 12, 2013

In the first half of the 20th century, streetcars dominated the Minneapolis transportation landscape. But amid decreased ridership and government policy change, buses and cars phased out streetcars in...

Minneapolis mayoral candidates former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew, City Council members Gary Schiff, Don Samuels, and Betsy Hodges, and former City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes listen to an introductionat a forum hosted by the Somali DFL caucus May 31, 2013, at Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis. The DFL party will choose a mayoral candidate at the city DFL convention June 15.

Somalis raise their civic voice

June 5, 2013

In 2010, Hussein Samatar became the first Somali-American to hold public office in Minnesota. In 2011, Mohamud Noor fell 300 votes short of becoming the first Somali-born state senator in the nation. In...