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Social distancing signs flag down seats in Hanson lecture halls on Tuesday, July 28 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. All classes during July-mester enforced social distance protocols.

University of Minnesota will return to in-person classes fall semester

March 12, 2021
Through studying vaccination and infection rates of COVID-19, University administration has decided it will be safe for students to return.
Protesters march by Hennepin County Government Center as part of the Justice for George Floyd protest on Monday, March 8. A coalition of activist groups organized the protest for the first scheduled day of Derek Chauvin's trial.

‘I wake up early for justice’: Protest kicks off Chauvin trial

March 9, 2021
Hundreds of activists gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center Monday during the intended start of jury selection for the Derek Chauvin trial.
Headed out to protest? Here’s what experts say you need to know.

Headed out to protest? Here’s what experts say you need to know.

March 8, 2021
Protests will take place across the Twin Cities in the weeks during the Chauvin trial; you'll want to know what to expect.
The Hennepin County Government Center on Sunday, Feb. 28. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, will be held here starting on March 8.

The Chauvin trial: What you need to know

March 1, 2021
Derek Chauvin is charged with murdering George Floyd. Here’s what to expect in court next week.
Health Promotion Specialist Rebecca Leighton poses for a portrait in front of the Nutritious U food pantry bags in Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Leighton leads the campus-wide strategic SNAP outreach project.

Student surge in SNAP eligibility

February 18, 2021
With the temporary easing of restrictions during the pandemic, students are signing up for food benefits in droves.
The site of University Inn on Monday, Feb. 8. Hennepin County is using the building as a COVID-19 medical respite for people experiencing homelessness.

Dinkytown hotel transforms into COVID-19 respite for the homeless

February 8, 2021
Hennepin County has been using the University Inn for almost a year to control the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness.
Photo courtesy of Hai-Thien Phu, a Second Year Internal Medicinal and Pediatrics Resident at the U.

‘A lifesaver’: COVID-19 vaccine brings hope to UMN medical workers

February 3, 2021
As thousands of vaccines roll out, University of Minnesota medical workers say they can see an end to the pandemic.
Co-owners Roberto Quiros, left, and Jesus Hernandez pose for a portrait in their new food truck, Sizzlin’ Mexican Grill, on Monday, Dec. 7. “We make all the ingredients fresh every day,” said Hernandez.

New taco truck brings the sizzle to Dinkytown

December 10, 2020
Sizzlin’ Mexican Grill looks to add some new flavor to the Dinkytown restaurant scene.
Author Kao Kalia Yang poses in her backyard with her most recent book, “Somewhere in the Unknown World” on Monday, Nov. 9. Yang will appear at the Immigration History Research Center and the International Rescue Center’s virtual event on Nov. 16 to discuss her new work, which features the stories of refugees in Minnesota.

Local author releases collective memoir of refugee stories

November 12, 2020
Kao Kalia Yang recently released “Somewhere in the Unknown World,” piecing together refugee voices into a thoughtful and powerful collection of narratives.
Sasha Cassadine, a drag queen based in Minneapolis, poses for a portrait. Cassadine is faced with a drag scene challenged by the decrease in social gatherings due to regulations intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantine Queens: Local drag queens persevere amid a trying year

October 17, 2020
The drag scene changed a lot over the past six months, from a pandemic to a civil rights movement, nothing seems the same. But change isn’t always a bad thing.
Funk N Spuds rehearses in member Max Meier’s Como home on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Como band creates “funky” concert venue at home

October 15, 2020
With most venues shut down, Funk N Spuds made a venue of their own for their final concert before winter.
Portraits for a Purpose founder Hossam Halaweish takes a photo of Connor Corsini on Friday, Sept. 25 in Minneapolis. “At the time COVID was starting, I knew a lot of people were struggling a lot harder than I was,

UMN student raises thousands of dollars for charity by capturing “Portraits for a Purpose”

October 1, 2020
Hossam Halaweish’s photography business means more than just pictures.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Minnesota Marching Band

No field, no problem: UMN marching band recounts online “spat camp”

September 24, 2020
Members of the University of Minnesota marching band reflect on highs and lows of virtual learning as in-person instruction resumes.