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Central corridor to showcase new green energy

Published August 11, 2010

The upcoming Central Corridor Light-Rail Transit line will provide more than just transportation. City and county officials, along with some businesses, are hoping the line will also offer an opportunity...

Prospect Park Water Tower, more commonly known as the “Witch’s Hat Tower”, was built in 1913.   The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with the Malcolm Willey House, also located in the Prospect Park area.

Prospect Park historic designation rejected

Published August 11, 2010

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to deny local historical designation for Prospect Park, honoring many residents’ requests to reject the title. The Prospect Park East River Road Improvement...

City Council approves “Brew Beer Here” amendment

Published August 6, 2010

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved the "Brew Beer Here" legislation on Friday, allowing brewers to sell their beer directly from their warehouses. Previously in Minneapolis,...

City Council rejects Prospect Park historical designation

Published August 6, 2010

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to deny historical designation for Prospect Park, honoring locals' requests to skip the title. The Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association initially...

I-35W bridge showcases ‘smart bridge’ technology

Published August 4, 2010

Although the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed more than three years ago, the event is anything but a distant memory for Twin Cities residents. Victims are still waiting to see whether they’ll be compensated...

Potholes and cracks cover sections of Riverside Avenue Monday on the West Bank.  Major work on Cedar and Riverside Avenues will coincide with Light Rail construction in the area.

Light-rail line could boost West Bank development

Published July 28, 2010

As construction moves forward on the Central Corridor Light-Rail line, city and county officials are exploring how the track could boost development near the future West Bank station. Minneapolis and Hennepin...

Protesters speak out against the possibility of the Democratic National Convention coming to Minneapolis in 2012 on Sunday at Target Field.

DNC committee quietly visits Mpls

Published July 21, 2010

The Democratic National Convention selection committee is scoping out Minneapolis this week as a potential host for its 2012 convention, but city and party officials are tight-lipped about the details...

Streetcars on track for Minneapolis

Published July 21, 2010

Although the last streetcar rolled out of Minneapolis in 1954, city officials are moving forward on plans to bring the city’s extensive streetcar network back to life. The city recently submitted...

The new director of the Center for Transportation Studies Laurie McGinnis attends a meeting Friday in the Transportation and Safety Building.  McGinnis has an 18 year history at CTS.

McGinnis named as new CTS director

Published July 14, 2010

After an extensive four-month search, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies has named its new director. Laurie McGinnis was selected as the new director for CTS effective...

U2 reschedules TCF Bank Stadium concert

Published July 13, 2010

U2 has rescheduled the North American leg of its 360° tour that was postponed in May due to lead singer Bono's emergency back surgery, the group announced Tuesday. The band will play TCF Bank Stadium...

The new director of  the Center for Transportation Studies Laurie McGinnis attends a meeting Friday in the Transportation and Safety Building.

CTS names new director

Published July 9, 2010

After an extensive four-month search, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies has named its new director. Laurie McGinnis was selected to fill the role this week after serving...

Patrons wait outside The Refuge on Sunday night in Downtown Minneapolis

Councilman proposes late-night food policy

Published July 7, 2010

In an effort to alleviate bar-close "mayhem" and give patrons an extra hour or two to "sober up" before heading home, one Minneapolis City Council member wants to let venues keep their doors open after...

Minneapolis a finalist for 2012 DNC

Published July 1, 2010

The Democratic National Committee has selected Minneapolis as one of four finalists for the 2012 Democratic National Convention alongside Charlotte, N.C., Cleveland, Ohio and St. Louis, M.O. Minneapolis mayor...

Noah Burgess, University junior, decides not to use Nice Ride once he finds out that the base rate is $5, even just for a half hour ride.

Bicycle-share system has caused overdrafts with debit card use

Published June 30, 2010

Nearly three weeks after the launch of Nice Ride Minnesota, Minneapolis’ bicycle-share program, users have purchased more than 6,500 rides. But for some of those riders, what was supposed to be a...

Construction fuels campus frustrations

Published June 30, 2010

In Minnesota, summer is construction season, and the University of Minnesota is no exception. But the abundance of projects on campus this year has caused more problems than usual. On top of the University’s...

U of M bicycle trail sees more delays

U of M bicycle trail sees more delays

Published June 23, 2010

The city of Minneapolis continues to face delays on the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian trail through the University of Minnesota campus — a project in the works since the 1990s. The city...

Hennepin County, U renew contract

Published June 16, 2010

The Hennepin County Board voted Tuesday to renew a partnership with the University of Minnesota that is hoped to simplify collaboration between the two entities. The vote extends the Master Cooperative...

Group to study health effects of developments around light rail

Published June 16, 2010

A group of local community organizations will spend the next year and a half examining the health effects of future developments stemming from the Central Corridor light-rail line after receiving a $150,000...

Minneapolis has nation’s highest racial disparity in unemployment

Published June 10, 2010

Minneapolis has the biggest racial gap in unemployment in the nation, according to a study released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C. think tank the Economic Policy Institute. Blacks in Minneapolis are more...

U researchers tackle teenage driver safety

Published June 9, 2010

Parents may soon be able to keep tabs on their teenage drivers by simply giving them a cell phone. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are developing a program called the Teen Driver Support System,...

Mpls to launch bike-share system

Published June 9, 2010

One of the nationâÄôs first bicycle-sharing programs will kick off in Minneapolis on Thursday as part of the annual Bike Walk Week. Nice Ride Minnesota, the nonprofit organization running the bike-share...

Hennepin County has proposed a new transit hub for Target field to accommodate the new light rail station there.  The hub would include more pedestrian space, parking, and train lines.

County to make space for Target Field crowds

Published June 2, 2010

With Target Field eventually becoming a meeting place for many of MinnesotaâÄôs rail lines âÄî including the Central Corridor âÄî Hennepin County is in a race against time to build...

Alcohol ban hurts Mariucci and Williams arenas’ ticket sales

Published May 26, 2010

Mariucci Arena manager Craig Flor said in past seasons, he could âÄúcount on one handâÄù the number of empty suites in an entire hockey season. But this year, there have been four to five...

Minneapolis bids for 2012 DNC

Published May 26, 2010

Despite a somewhat tumultuous experience helping to host the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minneapolis has submitted a bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The cityâÄôs...

Positions may go unfilled after faculty retirement

Published May 4, 2010

As the semester comes to a close, at least 21 professors are finishing up their time at the University of Minnesota, but their positions may not be filled next year. Because of the UniversityâÄôs...

Faculty offer pay cut option

Published May 2, 2010

Two proposals by a group of faculty to address some of the financial problems at the University of Minnesota have made their way through University Senate committees after being tabled at a March 25 Faculty...

U revises P&A salary policy

Published April 26, 2010

The University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources revised a policy that would allow the University to impose furloughs or pay cuts on its more than 5,000 academic professional and administrative (P&A)...

Ash cloud delays U students’ travel

Published April 25, 2010

University of Minnesota junior Ryan Eddy didnâÄôt plan to spend the entire night of April 20 keeping an eye on his bags in RomeâÄôs Roma Termini central train station or the next morning...

SECIA and U partner to reduce student waste

Published April 22, 2010

This Earth Day, the Southeast Como Improvement Association is kicking off a pilot program aiming to reduce the amount of waste created by University of Minnesota students when moving in and out of apartments...

New lib. ed. requirements create scheduling woes

Published April 20, 2010

With registration under way, many students may find they have fewer options for classes that fulfill liberal education requirements because of a rocky transition to a new system. As part of a revamping...

University of Minnesota Press sees record book sales

Published April 19, 2010

The University of Minnesota Press has seen record sales in the past six months, despite a still-struggling economy. The Press, founded in 1925, usually sells about 250,000 books per fiscal year. In the...

Grad students failing to graduate on time

Published April 14, 2010

Many University of Minnesota graduate students, especially those pursuing their doctorates, are struggling to complete their degrees on time, if at all. Since the 2002-03 academic year, 45 percent of doctoral...

Professors play tenure waiting game

Published April 13, 2010

Almost 100 faculty members are waiting to see the results of the nearly yearlong process of applying for tenure, which ends May 13 when the Board of Regents votes on this yearâÄôs applicants. If...

Daniel Sellers is the executive director for the Teach For America program in the Twin Cities. TFA asked Congress for $50 million for fiscal year 2011, up from the $21 million it received this year.

Teach for America fights for direct funding

Published April 8, 2010

Teach for America, a popular program for college graduates, is in danger of losing its direct federal funding due to a proposal before Congress. The proposal, which falls under a revised version of the...

Andersen Library displays artifacts

Published April 4, 2010

Beneath the University of Minnesota Elmer L. Andersen Library, two football field-sized caverns house millions of artifacts, and a new exhibit will display some of the most unique pieces of its collection....

P&A employees promote involvement in governance

Published April 1, 2010

The Council of Academic Professionals is working to have professional and administrative employee involvement in University of Minnesota committees included each year within their performance reviews....

U proposes academic policy changes

Published April 1, 2010

University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty have two weeks left to comment on three proposed University policy changes before they are finalized by the policy committee. The changes include: -...

Faculty senate approves pay cuts

Published March 28, 2010

The University of Minnesota faculty senate voted Thursday to allow a 1.15 percent reduction in salaries for faculty in the academic year 2010-11. The faculty salary cuts are one piece of University President...

Faculty Senate approves pay cut

Published March 25, 2010

The University of Minnesota Faculty Senate voted Thursday to allow a 1.15 percent reduction in salaries for faculty in the academic year 2010-2011. The faculty salary cuts are one piece of President BruininksâÄô...

Panelists to discuss solutions to key problems facing state

Published March 22, 2010

Minnesotans and lawmakers are facing issues from the budget to education standards, and the University of Minnesota is offering a venue to discuss solutions. Three panelists will engage Tuesday in the...

Prominent law prof. to join U faculty

Published March 11, 2010

Antony Duff, a renowned professor, author and researcher, will be leaving his post at the University of Stirling in Scotland to join the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Law School in the fall of 2010....

Lib. ed. requirements to change next fall

Published March 9, 2010

Effective fall 2010, the University of Minnesota will change some liberal education requirements, although many of the changes will not affect current students, the University announced Tuesday. Every...

University professors Kirk Allison, left, Patricia Simmons and Margaret Werry, right,  talk about stem cell research while filming the University-sponsored  television program “Driven to Discover: The Research Series” on Friday at the Rarig Center.  The show discusses past and present research from the University.

TV series to focus on U research

Published March 1, 2010

Film crews at the Rarig Center are finishing up work on a new series that will highlight research from the University of Minnesota. The University is producing a TV series called âÄúDriven to Discover:...

Janitors’ union reaches agreement

Published March 1, 2010

The day before a planned janitorsâÄô strike by members of the Service Employees International Union Local 26, negotiations between the union and contracting companies ended after 26 hours of bargaining....

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Former U prof. and Holocaust survivor discusses book

Published February 25, 2010

Robert Fisch, a former University of Minnesota professor, has a life worth retelling. In his most recent book, he describes his experiences by saying, âÄúI have been a Jew during Fascism, a bourgeois...

CIC fosters university collaboration

Published February 24, 2010

Recently, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation has been gaining recognition as a partner in GoogleâÄôs attempt to digitize books, but the organization has actually been operating for more...

Legislature pulls back bonding bill

Published February 23, 2010

Gov. Tim Pawlenty was poised to veto the bonding bill passed Monday by the state Legislature when House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher announced Tuesday that she was pulling the bill back, calling...

New STEM center to focus on education process

Published February 11, 2010

As science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects take a more central role in education nationally, the University of Minnesota recently added a center that is working to study educational issues...

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History of the secretary experience

Published February 7, 2010

An idea doctoral candidate Midori Green came up with while exploring her dissertation came to fruition Friday night as the Goldstein Museum of Design unveiled her exhibit on the development of the modern...

U ranks 16th in private donations

Published February 4, 2010

The University of Minnesota ranked 16th nationally in the amount of private donations made to colleges and universities during the 2009 fiscal year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Council...

CLA advisers’ tracking system keeps students on course for graduation

Published February 3, 2010

Academic adviser Chad Horsley has more than 340 students to keep track of every day. He used to have to look up enrollment information for every student manually if he wanted to check up on their progress...

Obama makes case for higher education

Published January 31, 2010

âÄúIn America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college,âÄù President Barack Obama said during his State of the Union address. âÄúThe best anti-poverty program...

Number of online classes increasing

Published January 28, 2010

The University of Minnesota saw an increase in the number of classes taken online in the 2008-2009 school year, up 14 percent from the year before. In addition to an increased number of students, the University...

MSA does not support social host ordinance

Published January 27, 2010

The Minnesota Student Association voted Tuesday not to support a proposed ordinance in Minneapolis that would make it a misdemeanor to host a party where the host âÄúknows or reasonably should...

Minn. college graduation rates on the rise

Published January 26, 2010

College graduation rates in Minnesota are slowly but steadily on the rise, according to a report released Monday by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. At the University of Minnesota Twin Cities...

Graduation rates on the rise at U

Published January 25, 2010

College graduation rates in Minnesota are slowly but steadily on the rise, according to a report released by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education on Monday. In 2008 at the University of Minnesota,...

U profs report cheating increase

Published January 21, 2010

Despite constant reminders each semester of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs scholastic dishonesty policy, reports of cheating and plagiarism are on the rise. Reported instances of scholastic dishonesty...

U clerical workers: ‘Chop from the top’

U clerical workers: ‘Chop from the top’

Published January 21, 2010

About 60 people gathered in front of Morrill Hall on Thursday to make their opinions about budget solutions heard by administrators. AFSCME Local 3800 , the University of Minnesota clerical workers union,...

CEHD proposal under scrutiny

Published December 10, 2009

After receiving a $4.5 million grant from the Bush Foundation on Friday to overhaul teacher education curriculum, the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development is moving forward...

CEHD Awarded $4.5 million grant to improve teacher education

Published December 3, 2009

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs College of Education and Human Development received a $4.5 million grant Thursday to improve curriculum for prospective teachers. The funds, awarded by the Bush...

Groups work to destigmatize mental illness

Published December 2, 2009

When University of Minnesota junior Nellie Brau was in high school, she suspected she might be suffering from depression and anxiety. But she didnâÄôt feel comfortable discussing her feelings with...

Faculty research database in the works

Published November 29, 2009

If electrical and computer engineering professor Doug Ernie wanted to find another faculty or staff member at the University of Minnesota researching plasma technology, he would have to sift through dozens...

Class cancellation policy remains unclear

Published November 24, 2009

Confusion surrounding class cancellation policies at the University of Minnesota is causing some students to start their Thanksgiving break early, while others must stay on campus for Wednesday classes....

New center helps students find majors and career paths

Published November 19, 2009

First-year Chiara Wallace is tired of being asked what sheâÄôs majoring in, because she still doesnâÄôt know. The new Center for Academic Planning and Exploration hopes to help students...

U joins online car pool community

Published November 19, 2009

With the holidays coming up, many University of Minnesota students are looking for cheap, easy ways to get back to their hometowns. One new option now available is Zimride , a free social networking car...

Toxic soil removed from Como student housing

Published November 17, 2009

Lead, arsenic, copper and other contaminants have long been present in the soil near the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Como Student Community Cooperative. Friday, the University completed the first...

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New dean brings international perspective

Published November 15, 2009

On Feb. 9, the University of Minnesota unexpectedly announced they would be disbanding the graduate school. Now, nine months later, the school is intact and Henning Schroeder has been officially named...

Class examines financial crises of the past and present

Published November 10, 2009

While the country faces serious financial crises both at home and abroad, University of Minnesota economics professor Tim KehoeâÄôs class is taking a hands-on approach to understanding the reasons...

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Pawlenty proposes constitutional amendment to cap spending

Published November 5, 2009

Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution on Thursday that would put a ceiling on government spending. The amendment would limit government spending to the amount of revenue...

CEHD officially names new Dean

Published November 2, 2009

Jean Quam , who has served as the interim dean for the College of Education and Human Development since October 2008, was officially named dean of the college on Friday. Quam was a senior associate dean...

Students are applying to more colleges

Published November 2, 2009

When public relations sophomore Marissa Metzler was applying to colleges, she sent out applications to seven different colleges in hopes that even if she didnâÄôt get into her first choice college,...

New Graduate School dean named

Published November 2, 2009

After months of uncertainty and a subsequent reorganization, the University of Minnesota Graduate School has a new dean. Henning Schroeder, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College...

Documentary tells story of South African leader

Published October 27, 2009

When Carleton College professor Cherif Keita began researching South African leader John Dube, he had no idea the research would lead him back to his Northfield, Minn. home. Now, 10 years after beginning...

U Supportive of Open Access Movement

Published October 25, 2009

As the cost of scholarly publications continues to rise and new technologies increase the availability of information, the University of Minnesota Libraries are rethinking research journals. The open access...

Goldy controversy makes national headlines

Published October 21, 2009

Days after SaturdayâÄôs football game between Penn State University and the University of Minnesota, a video of Goldy Gopher seemingly mimicking a Penn State player praying before the game is making...

U Community Fund could fall short of fundraising goal

Published October 20, 2009

With only 11 days left to fundraise, the University of Minnesota Community Fund Drive is still almost $750,000 short of its goal. The Community Fund Drive is a University fundraiser that provides faculty...

U couple awarded $1.5 million each for research

Published October 15, 2009

Taking bold, new approaches to researching autoimmune diseases and a possible vaccine for HIV has proven beneficial for University of Minnesota researchers and married couple David Masopust and Vaiva Vezys,...

University professor explores role of multiracial data

Published November 13, 2007

Sociology professor Carolyn Liebler is developing a more accurate way to categorize people who claim more than one race. Her approach could improve the way census data is interpreted and provide a more...

U Professor works on mind-controlled technology

Published November 7, 2007

Mind control might seem like an element of science fiction, but University professor Bin He is currently working to perfect the technology. He said he has worked with brain research for about 10 years,...

Students hold vigil for I-35W victims

Published November 2, 2007

With candles lit, students gathered in front of Coffman Union to remember the victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. As part of homecoming week, the Student Unions and Activities office held a...

New research on high school dropout rate

Published October 17, 2007

University sociology professor John "Rob" Warren discovered national high school graduation rates are much lower than commonly thought. "For a long time, we've been taught that (the high school dropout...

Thursday a day for depression awareness

Published October 10, 2007

In conjunction with National Depression Screening Day, University Counseling and Consulting Services is offering free depression screenings and more available walk-in appointments Thursday. Cynthia Fuller,...

As stress piles up, students pick money-making majors

Published September 26, 2007

In today's uncertain economy, many students are choosing majors in fields that guarantee them stability and money, rather than those they find interesting. According to University enrollment information,...

As first-year students smarten, worry about timely graduation looms

Published September 12, 2007

The University said this year's incoming first-year students are at the top of their high school graduating class based on preliminary data. This year's exact statistics for the class of 2011 won't be...

U astronomers discover nothing and make global headlines

Published September 5, 2007

University researchers have discovered a "giant void" in the universe that has captured the interest of astronomy communities around the world. Surprisingly, it all happened by accident. Astronomy professor...