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Minnesota Daily honored as the country’s best daily student paper

May 3, 2011

The Society of Professional Journalists announced Tuesday that the Minnesota Daily had won its Mark of Excellence Award as the best daily student newspaper among the nation's four-year schools. This is...

President Obama on the death of Osama bin Laden

May 2, 2011

From the White House: THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden,...

The silly sit-in

March 30, 2011

As you’ve heard by now, there is a small pack of activists holed up in the Social Sciences Building on the West Bank protesting … something. Their list of demands lacks focus and the whole event reeks...

A note from the editor on the publishing of a graphic photo

January 28, 2011

On Thursday morning police discovered the body of a missing University of Minnesota student in a rail car just off campus. Minnesota Daily reporters and photographers went to the scene, located less than...

The Daily’s new online comments policy

January 18, 2011

Twin Cities media critic David Brauer may have said it best when he dubbed the comments section of news websites a âÄúcesspool.âÄù For many news organizations, anonymous handles and the...

Tom Emmer concedes

December 8, 2010

Via The UpTake, here is Tom Emmer's concession speech:  

Barack Obama Visit – Live Blog

October 23, 2010

Update: 4:40pm: "If everybody who fought for change in 2008 votes in 2010, Mark will win this election," President Barack Obama said. "In 2008, you said, 'Yes we can.' In 2010, you have to say, 'Yes we...

Obama to be fourth U.S. president to speak at U

October 21, 2010

In 1903, Teddy Roosevelt  applauded the Gophers football team. Eight years later, William Howard Taft  called the University of Minnesota âÄúperhaps the greatest university in the United...

Campaign Dialogue 2010 Replay

October 19, 2010

For those who couldn't attend, here is a replay of Friday's gubernatorial debate, which was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Daily. theuptake on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Too much at stake to vote blindly

October 11, 2010

The three candidates for Minnesota governor met in a debate at Hamline University on Saturday night. It was a feisty affair, with the candidates taking aim at each otherâÄôs budget plans, leadership...

The majority of reports of underage drinking in Minneapolis since 2004 have come from University police and city police from a neighboring precinct.

Underage and under the influence

September 7, 2010

Community advisers heard loud screams and laughter coming from Territorial Hall room N471 on April 16. Nineteen-year-old Amanda Elfering and more than a dozen of her friends were squeezed inside, drinking...

Clark passes $2 million mark … but Bachmann brings in millions, too

July 7, 2010

Tarryl Clark, Rep. Michele Bachmann's Democratic-endorsed opponent in the 6th Congressional District, announced Wednesday that her campaign had raised more than $2 million in its bid to unseat the controversial...

Live Blog: GOP Convention

April 30, 2010

Update - 5:00: The Republican Party has endorsed Tom Emmer for governor. Emmer told the convention delegates they will be a part of a line of conservative victories this November. "Republicans will win...

Tom Emmer addresses the crowd at the Minnesota Republican Convention on Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. He would later receive the party’s endorsement for Governor.

GOP endorses Emmer for governor

April 30, 2010

The Republican Party endorsed Tom Emmer, a three-term state representative from Delano, on Friday for the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election. Emmer defeated Rep. Marty Seifert, a former House minority leader,...

Live Blog: DFL Convention in Duluth

April 24, 2010

Tom Rukavina, sporting a Kelliher campaign button, drops out of the Minnesota gubernatorial race at the DFL convention in Duluth on Saturday night. (Matt Mead, Daily) Final Ballot - 11:15: It's Kelliher. R.T....

Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher speaks after winning the DFL-Party endorsement on Saturday at the DFL Party Convention in Duluth.

DFL endorses Kelliher for gubernatorial election

April 24, 2010

DULUTH, Minn. âÄî The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election Saturday night. It took six ballots and nearly eight hours...

The UpTake in hot water at the Capitol

March 26, 2010

Two Minnesota news organizations are upset over The UpTake renting space alongside them in the basement of the Capitol. Politics in Minnesota reports that an editor from the Rochester Post-Bulletin sent...

Bachmann says she’s “like Nostradamus”

March 25, 2010

Minnesota Republicans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann told an anti-abortion group Wednesday night that the pro-life movement is in its most pressing period of history since Roe v. Wade. Bachmann also...

Walz to get support from DNC after vote

March 24, 2010

Rep. Tim Walz, the two-term Democrat from southern Minnesota who voted for the health care reform bill Sunday, will be getting a little support from the Democratic National Committee following his vote.  Rep....

Al Franken: Comic book star

March 11, 2010

Sen. Al Franken will be the latest in a line of politicians to be featured in a biographic comic book from Bluewater Productions. The comic, called "Political Power: Al Franken," will profile...

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Gophers baseball team to open Twins’ Target Field

March 11, 2010

After nearly three decades under a drab Teflon roof, itâÄôs obvious the Minnesota Twins are doing everything they can to put the Metrodome years behind them. Target Field, the TwinsâÄô...

Legislature passes bonding bill

March 11, 2010

The Legislature passed a bonding bill Thursday containing $1 billion in public works and construction projects, including $100 million in funds for the University of Minnesota. The passage came after Gov....

Batman, dog behind U cancer research, dies

March 9, 2010

Batman, a dog whose brain cancer was successfully treated at the University of Minnesota in 2008, has died. Batman with owner Ann Brailovsky and her son, August 2008. (Daily file photo) Minnesota Public...

Gophers will play first Target Field game on March 27

February 24, 2010

The Minnesota Gophers baseball team will play the first ever game at Target Field on March 27, the Minnesota Twins announced today. The Gophers will host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at 1 p.m. that day....

Hann drops out of governor’s race

February 16, 2010

Republican David Hann, a state senator from Eden Prairie, has dropped out of the Minnesota governor's race, he announced today. Sen. David Hann Hann acknowledged that he struggled to get both popular...

Demon Sheep 2010

February 4, 2010

Carly Fiorina is a Republican running for U.S. Senate in California. She is not pleased with a fellow Republican candidate's fiscal policies. So, her campaign launched a Web advertisement against Tom Campbell,...

National Enquirer wants the Pulitzer Prize

January 22, 2010

The "supermarket tabloid" National Enquirer says it deserves a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story of John Edwards' affair during the 2008 election. Seriously. The paper's editor Barry Levine...

Franken shuts down Lieberman speech on Senate floor

December 18, 2009

Minnesota Senator Al Franken took the rare move of ending a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday. While presiding over the chamber, Franken, a Democrat, cut off Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman when Lieberman...

Enter the campaign song

October 30, 2009

A glance at Ward 9 City Council candidate Dave Bicking's Web site tells you that he is "principled. Practical. Passionate." But take a second to listen to his campaign song and you'll find out...

Bachmann: I’m not considering a presidential run

October 21, 2009

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is pulling limited support in any perspective presidential run in 2012, but Minnesota's other highest-profile Republican, U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann, has told an Iowa reporter that she...

The Fix: Minnesota’s governor race one of the top in country

October 16, 2009

With Minnesota's Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty looking to go national and a deep field of DFL candidates lining up for a shot at his job, The Washington Post's The Fix political blog as named Minnesota...

Bike collides with University van

September 17, 2009

A woman was injured after her bicycle collided with a University of Minnesota van on the corner of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street just after 6 p.m. on Thursday. The driver of the van was traveling...

President Barack Obama speaks about health care reform at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. Obama said he would not sign a plan that would

Obama rallies support for health care in Minneapolis

September 12, 2009

Just three days removed from a major health care speech before Congress, President Barack Obama rallied an estimated 15,000 people for his plan at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. Obama detailed...

Obama to give Target Center speech Saturday

September 9, 2009

Three days after Wednesday nightâÄôs key health care address to Congress, President Barack Obama will hold a rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. Obama will discuss health insurance...

Report: Obama in town on Saturday

September 9, 2009

Citing an "informed source," Minnpost.com columnist David Brauer says President Barack Obama will be in town on Saturday to give a speech on health care. The speech, according to Bauer, is set...

House State Fair poll: MN wants spending cuts and early voting

September 8, 2009

Pollsters from the Minnesota House of Representatives were at the Great Minnesota Get Together over the past 12 days, polling Minnesotans on everything from spending cuts during recessions to fishing with...

Rep. Lou Holtz?

August 5, 2009

Lou Holtz, the  Hall of Fame college football coach who lead the Golden Gophers for two seasons in the 1980's, could be making a run for Congress in Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday...

The Curious Case of the Coleman Camp and the UpTake

July 1, 2009

As you probably heard from pretty much everybody, Norm Coleman conceded the U.S. Senate race yesterday after the Minnesota Supreme Court shot down his appeal of the recount results. Early in the afternoon...

Obama touches on Ellison in Cairo speech

June 4, 2009

President Obama alluded to Rep. Keith Ellison in his much-discussed speech at Cairo University in Egypt today. Ellison, the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, is a Democrat who represents Minnesota's...

Who will run for Governor now?

June 3, 2009

We're only a day removed from Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement that he is not running for a third term in 2010. While the news means the Presidential "will he, won't he?" begins in full force,...

Twitter Trouble at the Capitol

June 2, 2009

A DFL representative has been reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for disparaging remarks he made about colleagues on Twitter during a floor session in early May. Paul Gardner, DFL-Shoreview, tweeted...

Legislative session ends without budget solution

May 18, 2009

The Legislative session ended Monday night without a budget agreement between the DFL-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, paving the way for the governor to make good on his threat...

Conference committee: the first major proposals

April 30, 2009

Senators in the higher education conference committee offered the first major proposals for a compromise on the higher education funding bill on Thursday. The conference committee is made up of senators...

UW-Whitewater student paper nearly banned from covering football team

April 23, 2009

The coach of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's football team had threatened to ban the school's student newspaper from covering the team after an opinion piece criticizing athletes ran in the paper. The...

Pawlenty on MPR: Why can’t the Bell Museum wait?

April 13, 2009

Speaking on MPR today, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was asked about his thoughts on funding for a new Bell Museum of Natural History on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. Tim Pawlenty While Pawlenty...

Daily Digest: Itching, counting, and protesting

April 6, 2009

It's Monday, April 6, and it's the final Twins opener at the Metrodome. You won't find me there tonight, but perhaps tomorrow... I'm plotting out my championship-parade-watching spot on Nicollet Ave. as...

More on Bell, HEAPR funding

March 17, 2009

The Senate passed a bonding bill yesterday with $24 million in funding for a new Bell Museum of Natural History and $35 million in funding for facility upgrades and repairs for University buildings (HEAPR...

In case you were wondering, Second Life’s economy isn’t so bad

March 9, 2009

The unemployment level is the highest its been since the early 1980's but...CNN's SciTechBlog reports that it appears the economy of Second Life is actually pretty stable. Second Life users can use real...

Politics in 140 characters or less

February 25, 2009

CNN.com has a quite interesting story about members of Congress "twittering" during President Obama's address Tuesday night. Partisans from both sides used the social networking service to share...

Justice Ginsburg back on the bench

February 23, 2009

Interesting news from Washington: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back on the Supreme Court bench today in her first public appearance since undergoing pancreatic cancer surgery earlier this month. Ruth...