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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...

$787,000,000,000

February 18, 2009

With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed into law a $787 billion economic stimulus package meant to help pull the country out of a deepening recession. A combination of increased...

25 People to Blame…

February 15, 2009

Alan Greenspan, Henry Paulson, Bernie Madoff and, yes, George W. Bush all make TIME magazine's list of 25 people to blame for the economic mess. In the magazine's Feb. 23 issue, a group of experts lay...

MnSCU, faculty reach labor agreement

February 13, 2009

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) and more than 3,000 faculty members at the system's seven universities have reached a tentative agreement calling for no across-the-board salary...

Attention Commuters: Parts of I-35W to close tonight

February 13, 2009

MnDOT is closing portions of I-35W this weekend, so if you live in the south metro and you're taking your dirty laundry home to your mother tonight, plan accordingly. All lanes, north and south, of I-35W...

Minnesota’s Funny Senator

February 6, 2009

Minnesota might end up with a bona fide comedian in the U.S. Senate... but it sounds like we might have one there already. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was a speaker, and resident comedian, at the Washington Press...

Kahn wants Franken seated…right now

February 4, 2009

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, the DFLer who represents the University's district, has introduced legislation that would seat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate now, pending the end of the recount trial. If passed, the...

A Journalist’s Favorite Holiday

February 2, 2009

Monday is "National Buy a Newspaper Day!" Almost 20,000 people have joined the Facebook event encouraging its participants to purchase a good old-fashioned newspaper on Monday. Its creator, Chris...

Pawlenty’s State of the State previews budget recommendations

January 16, 2009

Higher education wasn't the centerpiece, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty touched on issues pertaining to the 'U' and the MnSCU system in his State of the State address at the Capitol on Thursday. Calling for a cap...

Play the Redistricting Game!

December 3, 2008

It might sound a bit boring, but redrawing Congressional and legislative districts is a vital task for state legislatures every 10 years. Maybe you've thought that you want to give it a shot? Well, here's...

Who got the vote? You decide!

November 20, 2008

Having a little bit of election fatigue? Need some fun to lighten up the mood in the current U.S. Senate Recount? Well, MPR has just the remedy. Play the "You be the judge"...

BACHMANN, PAULSEN WIN CONGRESSIONAL RACES

November 5, 2008

If Sen. Norm Coleman holds on against Al Franken, Minnesota Republicans will break even in Congressional representation, as Rep. Michele Bachmann has been reelected and Erik Paulsen has won the seat of...

Last minute campaigning comes to campus

November 4, 2008

Last week, when I saw the Al Franken bus outside Coffman, I didn't quite know whether Franken himself was on campus. But when I saw it this morning, I knew. Franken was joined by Mayors Chris Coleman of...

Surprise! It’s Al Franken.

October 28, 2008

Al Franken made an impromptu trip to Coffman Union today, where he greeted students for about half an hour, and talked to me. "I think students are really motivated in this election," Franken said as we...

Live from New York…

October 19, 2008

It's Sarah Palin! The GOP vice presidential nominee was on Saturday Night Live last night. Palin appeared in the show's opening, alongside SNL producer Lorne Michaels, actor Alec Baldwin, and of course...

Palin (Todd, that is) visits Minnesota

October 16, 2008

Todd Palin, husand of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, was in Minnnesota on Thursday. "First Dude" Palin spent time in the Iron Range, stumping for Norm Coleman at an event in which Coleman...

Madia kicks off candidate forums

October 13, 2008

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District race is one of the most interesting and contested races in the country. Today, DFL candidate Ashwin Madia will be on campus, kicking off a series of forums at the...

McCain, Obama round two tonight

October 7, 2008

John McCain and Barack Obama meet in Nashville tonight in the second presidential debate. Tom Brokaw will moderate, and questions will come from the audience. Tonight's debate may take on extra importance,...

Dinkydome rezoning passes city council

July 30, 2008

In a vote Friday morning, the Minneapolis City Council granted a rezoning permit to Doran Development , opening the door for the company to pursue renovations of the Dinkydome and to build a housing development...

New laptop theft tracking device debuts

July 30, 2008

The name Adeona once belonged only to the Roman goddess of safe returns. on the web To learn more and download the new program, go to http://adeona.cs.washington.edu/. Today, a new laptop recovery program...

Ron Paul backs out of Williams Arena rally location

July 23, 2008

In a blog post Tuesday, former presidential candidate Ron Paul said he plans on being in the Target Center , not Williams Arena as originally planned, to introduce his Campaign for Liberty" in September. "After...

Making waves: proposed Mississippi River turbine stalled

July 2, 2008

The Crown Hydro project, a proposed hydropower turbine located at St. Anthony Falls in the Mississippi River, has been stalling for nearly a decade, and a 5-4 vote against the project last December by...

Medical devices center opens on campus

June 25, 2008

Tuesday marked the opening of the University's Medical Devices Center , a research facility meant for designing and testing new medical devices. Director Art Erdman said the center is a part of the Institute...

U Children’s Hospital ranked in top 20

June 4, 2008

The University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview, has been placed in the top 20 in two categories of national children's hospital rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report. According to...

Climate change petition pits scientists against each other

May 28, 2008

A group of protesting scientists hope to break into the global warming debate with a petition against the theory of human-driven global warming. The Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a small independent...

Prof helps McCain health plan

April 30, 2008

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain released details about his health care plan Tuesday, and he received a little help from a University professor along the way. Finance professor Steve...

Profs sign textbook cost statement

April 16, 2008

One could set a clock by it - each new semester, students line up in Coffman Union, or on Oak Street or in Dinkytown to buy new textbooks. Despite the best deals students claim to find, the groans, sighs...

House votes to give University money for mesothelioma research

April 11, 2008

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to give $4.9 million to the University to study a rare but deadly form of cancer, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty has already threatened a veto. The...

Rainbow health initiative launches GLBT health week

April 8, 2008

This week marks the sixth annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Rainbow Health Initiative, an organization seeking to improve the health of the GLBT community...

Robots overrun Williams Arena in high school competition

March 31, 2008

In its 80-plus years, Williams Arena is no stranger to competition. But this weekend, it played host to a different type of sport, and the arena's lights didn't reflect off the athletes' sweat, but instead...

MSA forum discusses budget, bylaws

March 26, 2008

Minnesota Student Association President Emma Olson said it wasn't the most exciting MSA forum of the year Tuesday, but it was one of the most important. MSA members tackled issues including the group's...

Study shows low national computer science enrollment

March 11, 2008

In the early 2000s, students were dropping out of school early to enter jobs in the technology field. Just a few years later, the Computing Research Association has found that the number of students declaring...

University Computer Services changing

March 5, 2008

University Computer Services has entered a restructuring phase that looks to outsource services to non-University vendors. Renee Rivers, who works in the Office of Information Technology, said the University's...

Researcher finds dog-human cancer link

March 4, 2008

By nature, best friends have many things in common - favorite movies, similar hobbies and common interests. But University researchers have recently found man's best friend may have something more substantial...

Male birth control pills discussed in forum

February 28, 2008

Male contraceptives could someday leave the condom aisle and enter the pharmacy. The University Pro-Choice Coalition held a forum Wednesday night discussing the future of male birth control pills. Caitlin...

Report shows high rates of data theft at University

February 21, 2008

For the second straight year, the University was named in a national report looking at incidents of digital information loss. The Feb. 11 report, called "Educational Security Incidents (ESI) Year in Review...

Too much beef: it’s what’s for dinner

January 29, 2008

University researchers have a beef with some American diets. A study released Jan. 22 found certain diets can lead to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, its author, Ph.D. student Pam Lutsey, said. "Metabolic...

University research recap

January 22, 2008

While University students spent winter break catching up on sleep and social lives, some University professors and researchers were busy changing the face of the scientific world. Of the study results...

Goldy struts his stuff in national mascot face-off

December 11, 2007

The Gophers football team didn't make it to a Bowl showdown this year - but Goldy Gopher did. The University's mascot has reached the finals in the Capital One Bowl National Mascot of the Year contest,...

22-month-old girl treated at U for rare disease

December 6, 2007

As the snow fell Saturday morning, 22-month-old Krystie Karl-Steiger lay on an examination table at the Phillips-Wagensteen building where, unannounced to her, her parents were anxiously awaiting the results...

New law increases price college campuses pay for birth control pills

December 4, 2007

Condoms might be free through the University, but the cost of some other contraceptives it offers is increasing. Because of a federal law enacted in January, drug companies won't be able to sell prescription...

Minn. nurses to lobby for staffing standards

November 29, 2007

Nurses typically focus on their patients' health, but during the next legislative session they'll focus, in part, on their own. The Minnesota Nurses Association announced Nov. 14 plans to lobby the Legislature...

Text messaging goes beyond emergencies

November 21, 2007

The University's new TXT-U service is only five days old, but has already joined the ranks of a growing number of text messaging uses. Besides sending normal text messages, new uses for cell phone texting...

Students, faculty interact with WebVista

November 19, 2007

Numbers from the Digital Media Center show WebVista, an online course management system, has an increasing number of users at the University. The nine-year-old system has 2,379 course pages and about 50,000...

Students try for 24-hour film stardom

November 16, 2007

While some people on campus use the night hours for homework, partying or - rarely - sleep, a few teams of University insomniacs recently used that time for filmmaking. On Oct. 13, these students found...

The few, the proud: the Wikipedia authors

November 13, 2007

While the more than 130,000 people in the Facebook group "If Wikipedia Says It, It Must Be True" praise the online encyclopedia, University researchers have been trying to evaluate who might be behind...

A look at one of Africa’s greatest threats

November 9, 2007

When psychology senior Jane Berezovsky traveled to Kenya in July, it was obvious to her that malaria is a major problem in African countries. "I lived in a rural area there and they had a lot of issues...

Boynton Health Service begins offering flu shots

November 7, 2007

It's that time of year - winds change, geese make their trips south and flu shot clinics begin shooting up in malls, grocery stores and on college campuses. Boynton Health Service is offering free, walk-in...

U students launch balloon to new heights

November 5, 2007

Students shivering in Saturday morning's mid-30-degree temperatures needed only to look up for something destined for even colder temperatures. University students participating in the Minnesota Space...

Many things to ponder for profs considering patents

October 31, 2007

Professor Jim Luby's rap sheet of U.S. plant patents is a fruit cocktail of numbers and letters. The patent for his Honeycrisp apple lies among his three strawberry breed patents - MNUS 248, MNUS 210 and...

Apple and Microsoft: The platform war

October 29, 2007

Computer manufacturing giant Apple Inc. released Leopard, the newest update of its popular operating system, Friday, reviving the debate between Microsoft and Apple users worldwide. Leopard, which follows...