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Dylan Miettinen

Dylan Miettinen, Editor-in-Chief

Name: Dylan Miettinen
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DylanMiettiNews
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Dylan Miettinen is the editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Daily. Dylan joined the Daily in 2018 as a general assignment reporter, then covered student issues and graduate and professional students, before becoming the features reporter. A fourth-year student at the University of Minnesota, he's majoring in journalism, English and sociology of law, criminology and deviance. Originally from Elkhorn, Nebraska, in his (relatively limited) free time, he loves exploring Twin Cities coffee shops, finding locally printed cards and listening to true crime or investigative podcasts.

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Tracking COVID-19 at the University of Minnesota

Tracking COVID-19 at the University of Minnesota

January 26, 2021
The Minnesota Daily staff updates the COVID-19 tracker every Friday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a gun safety and Moms Demand Action event held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Gage Skidmore / Associated Collegiate Press)

It’s official: Joe Biden is the president-elect

November 7, 2020
The Associated Press called the race at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Attempted auto theft on West Bank early Monday morning

September 14, 2020
The two suspects implied they had a gun.
Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

Car theft reported near Weisman Art Museum Thursday afternoon

August 21, 2020

A car theft was reported near the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus, per a SAFE-U alert sent out Thursday afternoon. The robbery took place near the intersection of East River Parkway and Delaware...

Dark gray smoke from a building fire blew to the Stadium Village and Prospect Park neighborhoods near the University of Minnesota Tuesday morning.

Fire reported near Stadium Village Tuesday morning

August 18, 2020

Fire crews are responding to a fire reported near the University's Stadium Village area Tuesday morning.  According to the Minneapolis Fire Department's live audio feed, fire departments responded...

Morgan La Casse

Robbery reported Saturday night in Dinkytown, per SAFE-U notification

August 16, 2020

A robbery occurred at midnight Saturday near the intersection of Fifth Street Southeast and 11th Avenue Southeast, according to a SAFE-U alert sent out early Sunday morning.  The group of suspects...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Robbery occurs near UMN West Bank Thursday night

August 14, 2020

A robbery took place near the University of Minnesota's West Bank on Thursday night, per a SAFE-U advisory sent out Friday morning. At approximately 9:15 p.m., the suspects – no description or direction...

Morgan La Casse

Shooting and robbery reported near University, per SAFE-U notifications

August 3, 2020

A drive-by shooting and a robbery – two separate incidents – were reported near campus, per two SAFE-U alerts.  The robbery took place in the early morning hours of Aug. 1, near South 26th...

Letter from the Editors: After George Floyd, a letter of support for University communities

Letter from the Editors: After George Floyd, a letter of support for University communities

June 22, 2020

To the University of Minnesota community, There is no easy way to open this letter. Now is a time of grief, heartbreak and outrage, and sometimes words fail to wholly capture the essence of the time. But,...

Mike Buttgereit, left, and Michael Warner, right, stand for a portrait in a central hall at Venture Academy on Saturday evening. The public charter school is open over the weekend as a shelter for families seeking refuge from protests and unrest.

Venture Academy offering temporary shelter for displaced families

May 31, 2020

Venture Academy in Stadium Village has temporarily transformed into a shelter for families displaced by additional protests, riots or looting anticipated this weekend following the killing of George Floyd. Located...

A demonstrator holds up a rose at the protest at Government Plaza in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 28.

Chauvin charged in killing of George Floyd

May 29, 2020

One of the officers fired earlier this week in the killing of George Floyd was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, according to Hennepin County Attorney...

Sarah Mai

Big Ten student body presidents advocate for additional financial aid for students

April 28, 2020

The presidents of all Big Ten Schools have released a statement in support of a bill that would provide financial support during the pandemic for young adults claimed as dependents.  The student body...

Jen Onsum, left, and Paige Wolf, her personal care assistant pose for a portrait outside her apartment building on Wednesday, April 15. “I have no choice but to trust that my PCAs are practicing social distancing and self-isolation,” said Onsum.

‘You are truly essential’: for student PCAs, the job doesn’t stop with the ‘stay-at-home’ order

April 16, 2020

For Jen Onsum, it had been a stressful morning.  Onsum is a motivational speaker, model and creative consultant. Living with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the nervous system...

 A Catholic Students United daily prayer session is hosted on Instagram Live. 

Keeping faith close – even from afar

March 26, 2020

Just as buildings across campus are desolate and all but abandoned, so too are the churches, synagogues and temples that surround the University of Minnesota community. Dozens have canceled sermons or...

Morgan La Casse

The big questions — and answers — about UMN’s canceled study abroad programs

March 16, 2020

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. The University of Minnesota has made numerous drastic shifts in the past several weeks in response to the rapid international spread of...

Sarah Mai

UMN plans to formally recognize campus placement on Indigenous land

March 16, 2020

Plans are underway for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to release a land acknowledgement statement, which would recognize that the campus resides on Dakota homeland.  The Twin Cities campus...

Student counseling centers across the country grapple with increased demands

Student counseling centers across the country grapple with increased demands

February 24, 2020

Nearly every traumatic event that impacts the University of Minnesota community — deaths, suicides, acts of discrimination or prejudice — reignites a discussion about the adequacy of counseling services. This...

Morgan La Casse

Attempted kidnapping reported in Marcy-Holmes

February 18, 2020

An attempted kidnapping took place in Marcy-Holmes Tuesday morning, according to a campus-wide timely warning.  The suspect attempted to push the victim into the back seat of a car near the intersection...

Senior Garrett Williams poses for a portrait in the basement of his former residence in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Saturday, Feb. 8.  The Miles Group owned property suffered from hazardous heating equipment, a partially collapsed ceiling and an overall lack of maintenance.

With laundry list of code violations, students voice concerns with The Miles Group

February 13, 2020

Former University of Minnesota student Caytlin Neuburger moved into a house with friends in the Como neighborhood in September of 2017. The house was one of many in the area managed by The Miles Group,...

Sarah Mai

Fifteen years ago, a young man died by suicide during a University clinical trial. What has changed since?

December 12, 2019

After more than a decade of policy changes, extensive reports and community healing, the scars of a “tragic” and “disastrous” University of Minnesota clinical trial are still visible and will continue...

Morgan La Casse

Influx of student apartments brings luxury living — and high rents

December 9, 2019

For around $1,735 per month, you can rent a one-bedroom, one-bathroom penthouse apartment at Hub Minneapolis, one of the newest luxury apartments aimed at students near the University of Minnesota. The...

Sarah Mai

Locked and loaded: the University’s mechanisms for securing data

November 21, 2019

By the end of the month, all University of Minnesota students, faculty and stakeholders will be required to use dual authentication when logging onto any University server, including MyU, G Suite and Canvas.  An...

Aaron H. Doering

Tenured UMN professor resigns after pleading guilty to domestic assault

November 14, 2019

A University of Minnesota professor who pleaded guilty to domestic assault in April recently resigned, according to reporting by the Star Tribune.  Aaron Doering, a tenured professor of the College...

Senior interior design student Irina Berman works in a McNeal Hall studio on Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

Interior Design Program changes lead to ongoing discussions about course work

November 7, 2019

More often than not, University of Minnesota third-year student Madelyn Mitchell spends her free time working in the Interior Design Program's studio space. There, she drafts, draws, designs and renders,...

Morgan La Casse

BREAKING: Sexual assault reported near UMN campus

October 22, 2019

A sexual assault occurred Sunday near the University of Minnesota East Bank campus, according to a campus-wide security alert sent Tuesday.  The assault took place on the 1600 block of University...

Wil Schulz poses for a portrait in front of the University Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Schulz took on a parental role for his siblings and as a result found the transition to University life difficult. 

Shouldering the burden of a loved one’s addiction

October 7, 2019

The fridge was empty when Mia Rose decided to dig between the couch cushions looking for any change that may have fallen there. She was young — only about 9 years old at the time. Walking hand-in-hand...

From left, Shashi Shekhar, Kenneth Doyle and Maria Gini pose for portraits on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

Armed with decades of experience, legacy professors bring history to the classroom

September 22, 2019

The legacy professors: those who have worked at the University for decades on end. Through years of work, their names have become synonymous with innovation. They are a group of authors, researchers, scientists,...

Homeless increase in the Twin Cities is mirrored near the University

September 12, 2019

In Dinkytown, it can be heard long before it’s seen: the drumming and singing of Chris “Zannman” Zann and a man known exclusively as Elijah the Prophet.  Though Zannman’s drum top is slightly...

Nancy Swanson prepares to place a handful of tobacco in the Mississippi as part of a sunrise ceremony on Wednesday, May 1 to commemorate the beginning of American Indian Month. The ceremony concluded with a special tribute to missing and murdered indigenous women.

Remembering the women the world forgot

May 6, 2019

Walter Goodwin remembers the joy he felt when his cousin, Ricarda Tillman-Locket, was born. He also remembers the fear and anguish he felt upon hearing she disappeared. It was 2007 in Memphis, Tennessee...

Jacob Erdman, a junior studying German and political science, poses for a portrait in Folwell Hall on Tuesday, April 30. In March, Erdman saved a man's life on campus. He was on his way home from class and stopped in Nicholson Hall to turn his music on when he noticed a group of people surrounding a man, Mike Vaughan, who was going into cardiac arrest. Erdman checked for a pulse, then located the nearest AED and administered CPR to Vaughan until paramedics arrived. Vaughan lived for two more weeks.

‘I did what anyone could’ve done’: UMN student performs CPR elderly man

May 2, 2019

University of Minnesota student Jacob Erdman almost didn’t pause in the lobby of Nicholson Hall to detangle his headphones one day in mid-March, but he did. He almost didn’t notice the Automated External...

Katie Sisneros, lead curator of the Tudor room project, and Alyssa Gregory, student researcher, pose in the Tudor room at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Saturday, April 27. The room will be renovated to show the relationship between England, the Ottoman Empire and other Islamic powers in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Rich colors and histories to be added to Mia’s Tudor Room

April 29, 2019

A University of Minnesota alumna and several graduate students are working to install an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art that better showcases the relationship 15th and 16th century England...

UMN ranks third for Peace Corps volunteers

April 24, 2019

A report released last month by Peace Corps, the U.S. governmental organization that connects volunteers with underserved communities, ranked the University of Minnesota as third in the nation for supplying...

Local company stirs controversy through marketing gene-edited foods

April 24, 2019

Because of the contributions to one company by a University of Minnesota professor, a major Midwest food chain is quietly introducing a genetically edited soybean oil, causing controversy in the agriculture...

Rachel Thompson and a group of medical students assess the diagnosis for a patient at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in Minneapolis on Monday, April 15. The free clinic, which is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, is run by University of Minnesota professional students.

Students give free health care to underserved communities at local clinic

April 18, 2019

Though the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Monday and Thursday night, it’s typical for a line to form by 5:45 p.m. The line often includes immigrants, non-native English...

Nonprofit focusing on wrongful convictions moves to Law School

April 15, 2019

The Innocence Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides legal support to wrongly convicted felons, moved to the University of Minnesota Law School earlier this month.  Both those...

Waka Flocka Flame to light up Spring Jam stage

April 5, 2019

The final musician for the University of Minnesota’s Spring Jam lineup was announced Friday.  Performers for the one-day music festival, slated for April 27 and hosted by Student Unions and Activities,...

Sophomore Jennie Harris, a sociology and gender, women and sexuality studies double major, poses for a portrait at the University's english department in Lind Hall on Tuesday, April 2. Harris said her english courses were too Eurocentric, so she changed her major to a minor.

English department committee formed to address diversity

April 4, 2019

Jennie Harris contemplated being an English major when she started at the University of Minnesota.  However, after speaking with fellow students of color and taking a few English department courses,...

Many millennials not alone in being single

April 1, 2019

Fourth-year University of Minnesota psychology student Avery Yang was disappointed when things fizzled out between him and an employee at his favorite bagel shop, whom he affectionately referred to as...

Newly-elected Minnesota Daily leadership, Cleo Krejci, left, and Kyle Stumpf.

Minnesota Daily Board announces next year’s leadership

March 29, 2019

The Minnesota Daily's Board of Directors finalized its selections for next year’s leadership Thursday night.  The board chose Cleo Krejci for the position of editor in chief and Kyle Stumpf for...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse.

Survey finds majority of Americans believe race should not be factor in college admissions

March 28, 2019

A Pew Research Center study released late last month found the majority of Americans do not think race or ethnicity should be a determining factor in college or university admissions.  The report...

Nursing students use escape rooms to learn.

UMN Nursing School escapes traditional teaching methods

March 27, 2019

University of Minnesota’s health care programs have utilized undergraduate research, classroom experiences, field work and have now added another educational tool — escape rooms. In spring 2016, Cheri...

Abby Silbaugh, who had to pay $5,000 out-of-pocket for emergency prescriptions despite her University of Minnesota insurance, poses for a portrait on Monday, March 11 in her workspace.

More adults find drugs overpriced, study finds

March 14, 2019

The majority of Americans consider the cost of prescription drugs unreasonable, according to a study released earlier this month. The study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit,...

Rev. Lauren Rheingans, campus minister for the Wesley Foundation, receives communion during a weekly worship service in Coffman Union on Sunday, March 10.

UMN community left uneasy after United Methodist Church’s LGBT decision

March 13, 2019

The United Methodist Church General Conference decision to disallow LGBTQ individuals within the church last month has caused concern for many in the University of Minnesota's Methodist community. Historically,...

Millennial debt tops $1 trillion nationally

March 8, 2019

Total debt among millennials has surpassed $1 trillion, according to a federal report released last month. The report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York recorded the highest amount of debt for individuals...

Muhammad Aqmar Haziq Md Yusoff looks at food at Nutritious U in Coffman Union on Thursday, February  28.

Less than half of eligible students use government food assistance, report finds

March 7, 2019

A federal study published in January showed that fewer than half of college students eligible for government food assistance benefits actually use them. The Government Accountability Office found that...

Chemical spill in Southeast Como

March 1, 2019

Minneapolis fire crews are still cleaning up more than 5,700 gallons of nitric acid that spilled from a Como neighborhood chemical plant Friday morning. The fire department contained the spill, said Bryan...

The crowd cheers as Amy Klobuchar takes the stage at her presidential bid announcement on Feb. 10 at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis.

UMN students respond to Klobuchar’s presidential bid

February 28, 2019

The announcement of Sen. Klobuchar’s, D-Minn., bid for the democratic presidential nominee earlier this month has excited students at the University of Minnesota. They are curious if she has what it...

Medical students James Pathoulas and Kevin O'Donnell pose for a portrait on Feb. 22 on campus. The two are part of an effort to ban conversion therapy in Minnesota.

Bill banning conversion therapy jumps first hurdle

February 27, 2019

A statewide bill banning conversion therapy, a controversial practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation, has passed its first obstacle, but debates about religious liberties and health...