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Average football attendance falls after 30-year high

Average football attendance falls after 30-year high

Published December 7, 2016

 Average announced attendance at Gopher football games fell sharply after near-record numbers.Reported numbers show that average turnout was down about 8,500 per game after hitting 52,000 last year...

University of Minnesotas freshman class features upswell in diversity

University of Minnesota’s freshman class features upswell in diversity

Published November 29, 2016

More students of color and applicants from outside the Upper Midwest helped shape the University of Minnesota’s class of 2020 — the biggest since 1970, according to recently-released freshmen...

The data behind students courses evaluations has been requested for years, but only recently became publicly available.

See which classes fared best in their course evaluations

Published November 16, 2016

The data behind students' courses evaluations has been requested for years, but only recently became publicly available. Some of the data is not public under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, but in 2014...

U employees gave overwhelmingly more to Democrat-affiliated groups, candidates

Published November 9, 2016

Ninety-seven percent of all federal campaign contributions from University of Minnesota faculty went to Democrats or Democrat-affiliated groups this election year. Hillary Clinton received the most...

Here’s where U students are voting

Published October 30, 2016

Wilson Library to get $60 million upgrade

Published October 27, 2016

A scarcity of space for Wilson Library’s growing catalog could be alleviated by  $60 million in renovations starting next month.A smaller upgrade, including a new space for group work, will begin...

Interactive: What kills Minneapolis residents?

Published September 13, 2016

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states, a trend that mirrors numbers in Minneapolis.According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, cancer was...

Former Gophers wrestling head coach J Robinson would be entering his 30th season of coaching Minnesota, but was fired Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Robinson was originally put on paid administrative leave on June 1.

Report details ‘serious misconduct’ with J Robinson’s handling of team’s drug problem

Published September 8, 2016

Former University of Minnesota wrestling team head coach J Robinson tried to shield Minnesota wrestlers allegedly involved in a drug ring from punishment, while obstructing investigations of the claims,...

Election turnout on the rise

Published April 13, 2016

Almost a fifth of University of Minnesota undergraduate students voted in last week’s Minnesota Student Association presidential election — nearly double the turnout of 10 years ago.      ...

Where MSA Candidates Stand

Published April 4, 2016

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By Danylo Loutchko I’ve had a lot of movies on my “To Watch” list for a long time, and over winter break I drove with my family to the mountains in Montana and just watched movies the...

University to remember 9/11 after MSA rejects resolution

Published November 19, 2015

After the Minnesota Student Association rejected a resolution last week calling for a school-wide moment of silence on Sept. 11, the University of Minnesota said in a press release Wednesday it...

Anderson smoke due to radiator

Published November 12, 2015

Smoke rose from the University of Minnesota’s Anderson Hall Thursday afternoon after a radiator overheated in the building. The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the smoke coming from a radiator...

University of Minnesota alum allowed to travel after arrest in Thailand

Published September 8, 2015

By Katie Bogensberger A former University of Minnesota student who was detained in Thailand has been given permission to leave the country until a Sept. 17 bail renewal hearing, the Star Tribune reported...

U releases final plan to strengthen human research protections

Published June 9, 2015

The University of Minnesota released its final plan Tuesday to tighten protections for human subjects in research. The plan calls for the creation of an outside review board and stricter requirements for...

The abandoned Bunge grain elevator sits in Southeast Como, where a woman fell to her death while exploring the interior on Saturday. This is not a first  for the the tower, as in 2006 University student Germain Vigieant fell to her death while exploring without a flashlight.

Woman dies after fall in Como grain elevator

Published June 7, 2015

A woman fell to her death in an abandoned Southeast Como grain elevator late Saturday night, the Minneapolis Fire Department said in a statement Sunday. The woman was trespassing in the Bunge Grain Elevator,...

CSE grows number of females

Published May 7, 2015

Just over a decade ago, women made up about nine percent of the faculty in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering’s.    But for the next school year, that...

Woman raped in Sanford

Published May 6, 2015

A University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted in Sanford Hall early Sunday morning.   The victim was in a hallway outside of her room between 12:45 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. when...

U center will audit cop review processes

Published May 5, 2015

A University of Minnesota center was selected to audit the panel that reviews complaints against the St. Paul Police Department, Mayor Chris Coleman’s office announced Friday.   The University’s...

University student sexually assaulted in Sanford

Published May 5, 2015

A University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted in Sanford Hall between 12:45 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. The victim was in a hallway outside her room when she met two males who walked her back...

University professor Daniel Voytas developed a method of editing plant genes using a technology that is currently at the center of a patent dispute.

DNA tech in a legal battle

Published April 29, 2015

As the University of Minnesota fights a patent lawsuit of its own, one of the school’s researchers is using a piece of technology that’s the subject of a different legal battle.   Genetics,...

Study highlights city segregation

Published April 28, 2015

Minneapolis is one of the most segregated cities in the country, new research shows. A study from University of Minnesota researchers suggests the city has more racially concentrated areas of affluence...

In gathering big data, citizens lend a helping hand

Published April 22, 2015

When scientists reach out to community members to do their work for them, it turns out they can get results on a massive scale.   A University of Minnesota paper published earlier this month showed...

U study reveals more about dark matter

Published April 20, 2015

Dark matter might not be as obscure as astronomers once thought.   The nebulous substance that makes up more than 85 percent of the universe’s mass may interact with itself, rather than exclusively...

Geography professor John Fraser Hart talks about his history of teaching in his office in the Social Sciences building on Wednesday. Hart, 91, has been teaching at the University for 48 years and plans to retire after this semester.

School braces for aging staff

Published April 20, 2015

John Fraser Hart has had a lot of fun in his 91 years.      The World War II veteran has traveled the world, taught countless students and despite his retirement this spring, says he’ll...

U website upgrades rolling out

Published April 9, 2015

An upgrade to the University of MinnesotaâÄôs technology systems will start Friday. Some services, like class registration and financial aid information, wonâÄôt be available to the systemâÄôs...

Two students work for more Native Americans in the sciences

Published April 7, 2015

Native American students have traditionally had difficulties breaking into science-related fields, like biology and engineering. Two University of Minnesota students, Jake Grossman and Siddharth Iyengar,...

Body recovered from river identified as Houle

Published April 6, 2015

A body pulled from the Mississippi River was identified Thursday as University of Minnesota student Jennifer Houle.   The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said the 22-year-old died of freshwater...

Body found in river is Jennifer Houle

Published April 2, 2015

Jennifer Houle, the University of Minnesota student missing since Friday, died south of the 10th Avenue Bridge, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said in a press release. The 22-year-old business senior...

Body recovered from Mississippi

Published April 1, 2015

Search crews recovered the body of a young adult female from the Mississippi River near the 10th Avenue Bridge  at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Hennepin County...

Police: video footage shows missing U student entering Mississippi

Published March 30, 2015

Video footage was discovered showing missing University of Minnesota student Jennifer Houle entering the Mississippi River from the 10th Avenue Bridge early Friday morning, police said Monday. Authorities...

New map tool bolsters studies

Published March 30, 2015

Michelle LaRue always had trouble getting her hands on the proper satellite imagery for her research projects. For studying wildlife populations, the University of Minnesota earth sciences research associate...

Plant pathology masters student Josh Havill shows hop plant varieties in the Plant Growth Facilities on the St. Paul campus Monday morning. Havill said he sees more demand in agriculture companies for employees with technical backgrounds.

Attracting a new student

Published March 25, 2015

If there’s a field that hasn’t suffered a dip in job openings since the recession, it’s agriculture. As the number of available positions in the field increase, the number of those interested...

Officials, U monitoring bird flu cases

Published March 23, 2015

Earlier this month, scientists in the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed the state’s recent bout of avian flu, which has resulted in the death of about 15,000 ...

Obama signs student loan bill of rights

Published March 12, 2015

President Barack Obama signed the Student Aid Bill of Rights on Tuesday, calling on federal officials to increase borrowers’ access to federal loan information and help them avoid dishonest lenders. The...

Neurolaw could split parties

Published March 10, 2015

University of Minnesota researchers found officials’ political affiliation can determine their level of support for using neuroscience in criminal sentencing. Republican and Independent political...

New focus put on eclectic field

Published March 5, 2015

A substance hailed as a “wonder material” could make computers and smartphones run a million times faster in the future. The material — black phosphorus — might offer a better replacement...

Cradle to K Cabinet plan advances

Published March 2, 2015

A group of University of Minnesota researchers and city officials are working to address developmental and educational disparities among Minneapolis children, and after a year of work, they’re seeking...

Pesticide may harm butterflies, ladybugs

Published February 25, 2015

Bachman’s floral company’s customers want pollinator-friendly plants, staff say, so the company doesn’t use a common type of insecticide that is harmful to bees.  And a University...

Sophomore Mohamed Khatib works at Adams Food and Fuel, his familys business, in Roseville on Sunday.  Khatib wants to major in business marketing education and says his experience with the family business will help him in the future.

20s may decide life earnings

Published February 24, 2015

Mohamed Khatib says he’ll make most of his life’s mistakes in his 20s, just as he enters the job market. And as he gets older, the University of Minnesota marketing sophomore said he hopes...

U researchers jump on social media and science bandwagon

Published February 18, 2015

Clean lakes get more visitors than dirty ones, says a University of Minnesota study published earlier this month. That’s rather intuitive, said the study’s lead researcher Bonnie Keeler, a...

Heidi  Rehm speaks on genomic variant interpretation at the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment and the Life Sciences at Northrop Auditoriums Best Buy Theater on Thursday.

Precision medicine debate hits University campus

Published February 16, 2015

Health care professionals nationwide are tangled in a discussion regarding the ethics and regulations of the growing field of precision medicine. Also known as personalized medicine, the field aims to...

Dry winter may mean growing problems

Published February 12, 2015

Experts say this winter’s lack of snowfall and resulting low levels of moisture could have grim implications for the upcoming growing season. More than 60 percent of the state has two inches or less...

Chemical engineering graduate student Limin Ren displays a form of zeolite in an Amundson Hall laboratory Friday evening. University researchers tested the zeolites absorption rate to determine its potential for use in biofuel processing.

U finds a faster way to turn crops into fuel

Published February 9, 2015

A University of Minnesota study released late last month found a way to turn crops into fuel faster. But just days after the University published its study, an environmental think-tank unveiled a report...

Researcher links Ebola to forests

Published February 3, 2015

A University of Minnesota researcher’s recent work may have found a link between deforestation and the ongoing Ebola epidemic. As large corporations have spent the past two decades cutting down large...

City OKs transfer to new cable company

Published February 2, 2015

Minneapolis’ only cable TV provider is looking to transfer its services to another company. The Minneapolis City Council approved a settlement on Friday that would transfer Comcast subscribers to...

Environmental scientist appointed as CBS dean

Published January 29, 2015

After more than eight months of searching, the University of Minnesota has picked Valery Forbes to be the new dean of the College of Biological Sciences on Thursday. Forbes has previously been the director...

Measles case confirmed on campus

Published January 29, 2015

A case of measles has been confirmed in a University of Minnesota student, state health officials said Wednesday. Immunized students, staff and faculty are not at risk, though the disease is highly infectious...

U among top-25 research universities

Published January 28, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s commercial activities could be improving its ranking in research. For the first time, the school is considered one of the top-25 best public research universities nationwide....

DHS eyes U food protection tech

Published January 27, 2015

A computer program developed by a team of University of Minnesota scientists could soon be in the Department of Homeland Security’s possession. Criticality Spatial Analysis, or CRISTAL, was created...

GAPSA creates grant program, prepares to submit fees request

Published January 22, 2015

As the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly prepares to submit its student services fees request this week, it voted Wednesday to create a $25,000 grant program for activities and events. The grants...

Gov. Mark Dayton proposes a $30 million investment in the Medical School at the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building on Wednesday. Dayton proposed the funding as in his latest budget plan with the goal of boosting the schools reputation.

Dayton seeking $30M for Medical School

Published January 22, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed an extra $30 million in state funding for the University of Minnesota’s Medical School on Wednesday, with the hopes the boost will improve research and alleviate doctor...

U readies new grad program

Published January 21, 2015

The University of Minnesota is now accepting applications for a new master’s degree program in data science in response to a growing demand for data specialists. Experts say the demand for people...

Program offers free IT training

Published January 15, 2015

IT-Ready, a program that gives adults free training in IT, is bringing its tech teaching to Minneapolis for the third year. The program is designed to provide participants with entry-level experience in...

University names STSS building after former president

Published December 19, 2014

The University of Minnesota announced Thursday that it had renamed its Science Teaching and Student Services building Robert H. Bruininks Hall, after the University of Minnesota's 15th president. The Board...

Mayor Hodges’ budget set for approval

Published December 10, 2014

Mayor Betsy Hodges’ recommended 2015 budget is set for final approval, and the University of Minnesota area could benefit from it. The Minneapolis City Council will vote on the proposed budget Wednesday...

City councilman reflects on first year

Published December 8, 2014

Jacob Frey has always put his left foot in front of his right. The Ward 3 City Councilman began running in high school, continued during his time at the College of William and Mary and eventually competed...

Minneapolis bans e-cigs in public places

Published December 5, 2014

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to ban e-cigarettes in public places. The amendment bars smoking in workplaces and restaurants, but Ward 2 City Councilman Cam Gordon said at a City...

Promise Zone could invigorate north Minneapolis

Published December 4, 2014

Lesa Clarkson started connecting Minneapolis’ middle and high school students with University of Minnesota undergraduate tutors last year. As an associate director for the University’s STEM...

Survey could aid push for local food

Published December 1, 2014

A University of Minnesota-assisted initiative seeks to help local farmers distribute their produce to a larger market — especially to groups that buy food in bulk. The Building Farm to Institution...

Afro Deli owner Abdirahman Kahin takes orders at the restaurant Wednesday night. A proposed ordinance change would allow businesses to stay open for longer than normal 35 days a year. The change is geared toward  Muslim-owned businesses who werent able to stay open as late as they wanted during Ramadan.

Minneapolis may allow later hours for businesses

Published November 24, 2014

Abdirahman Kahin, owner of the West Bank’s Afro Deli, sees fewer customers during Ramadan, the monthlong Muslim daytime fast. His restaurant is only open until 9 p.m., a time that’s too early...

Minnesota wants more air quality talk

Published November 19, 2014

Earlier this month, the state pollution control agency announced a pilot program that aims to improve communication between Minneapolis’ largest pollutant emitters and residents amid concerns about...

Council members question public art cut

Published November 12, 2014

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposed 2015 budget includes no new funding for public art, and some city officials are concerned. Historically, public art has made up 1 to 2 percent of the city’s...

Prospect Park seeks national historic designation

Published November 11, 2014

After nearly 20 years of work, Prospect Park may finally see historic designation. The neighborhood’s residents opposed a local historic designation in 2010, but some residents and city officials...

Newly re-elected U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, rallies the crowd gathered at the DFL election night party at the downtown Minneapolis Hilton on Tuesday night.

Ellison wins two more years, fifth term in Congress

Published November 5, 2014

As the smoke cleared Tuesday, Keith Ellison emerged with another term in Congress. U.S. Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., who represents the University of Minnesota and surrounding areas, won with more than 70 percent...

Food-to-booze ratios hit the polls

Published November 3, 2014

Minneapolis voters will decide on Election Day whether to repeal a decades-old rule requiring that some restaurants make no more than 30 percent of their income from alcohol sales. Although the rule was...

Neighborhood groups decry Hodges’ plan

Published October 30, 2014

Neighborhood groups in the University of Minnesota community are up in arms over Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposal to put a traditional source of their funding to different uses. For years,...

Alleged killer goes to trial

Published October 28, 2014

A man accused of murdering a University of Minnesota student last fall went to trial Monday for another killing he allegedly committed on the same day. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, 32, also known as Anthony...

Regent Larson dies at 70

Published October 28, 2014

A University of Minnesota regent and former Cargill executive died on Saturday after a period of illness, the University said in a release Monday. David Larson, 70, was elected to the Board of Regents...

Attorney: City can’t stop ‘Redskins’

Published October 23, 2014

Minneapolis doesn’t have legal authority to ban the Washington Redskins’ name when the NFL team plays at TCF Bank Stadium early next month, the city’s attorney said to a City Council...

Stocking the staples

Published October 21, 2014

More fresh fruits, vegetables and other core food items may be coming to Minneapolis corner stores this spring. Six years after Minneapolis became the first city in the country to make stores stock staple...

City, county may boost bike lanes

Published October 15, 2014

Protected bike lanes are a hot topic for city and county planners this fall. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposed 2015 budget allocates $750,000 for protected bike lanes throughout the city,...

City mulls prohibiting ‘Redskins’

Published October 14, 2014

After shaking up University of Minnesota administrators and other policymakers, the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins has moved downtown to City Hall, where elected officials are mulling...

Ordinance works to preserve buildings

Published October 9, 2014

Prospect Park houses featuring Greek columns and lofty towers may soon be able to retain their characteristics even in the face of development. After nearly two years of discussion and revision, the Minneapolis...

Targeted programs could stop terror recruitment

Published October 7, 2014

After months of scrutiny surrounding terrorist organizations’ recruitment in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, residents and city leaders are calling for more community resources and youth programs. Local...

Students boost Green Line ridership

Published October 1, 2014

Stops near the University of Minnesota are among the busiest on the Green Line light rail, and students may be contributing to a boost in daily rides. Students say they’re using the train to get...

Minneapolis to consider e-cig ban

Published September 30, 2014

Minneapolis may soon equate vaping with smoking. Ward 2 City Councilman Cam Gordon has plans to introduce an amendment to the citywide smoking ban code on Friday. This would essentially classify the use...

MPD to recruit more diverse officers

Published September 24, 2014

As the Minneapolis Police Department increases efforts to diversify its force, University of Minnesota police say this is a measure they already try to employ. MPD is looking to hire a more diverse police...

Arboretum seeks funds for expansion, renovation

Published September 22, 2014

On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum kicked off one of its largest public fundraising campaigns in the nearly 60 years since its opening. The arboretum, which has already raised...

Report: Minneapolis sex trafficking violent, organized

Published September 16, 2014

A new University of Minnesota report examining Minneapolis’ violent sex trafficking business could aid police officers in squashing the trade. The study, released last week by the University’s...

Mayor Betsy Hodges signs an initiative with Chair of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Charlie Vig, at a local urban garden that used biochar to grow its plants on Tuesday in Minneapolis. The University, Minneapolis and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community are amongst the first in the nation to research biochar in farming.

Historic fertilizer could help trees, urban farms

Published September 9, 2014

For centuries, the indigenous communities of the Americas cut down and burned vegetation, using the remains to fertilize the soil underneath. Now, in locations around the Twin Cities, city leaders are...

After population decline, researchers optimistic about monarchs

Published September 8, 2014

Against a backdrop of milkweed, flowers and bright orange wings, monarch butterfly researchers and educators gathered Saturday to enlist the public’s help in saving the delicate insects. Members...

New data portal opens doors for research

Published September 3, 2014

When researchers for U-Spatial create highly detailed maps on Minnesota’s solar energy potential, they depend on state-provided open data. “If [the data] wasn’t open data, there’d...

Frey plans to expand access to polling places

Published September 3, 2014

Election Day is coming up, and Ward 3 City Councilman Jacob Frey is working to make sure more people have access to polling places around Minneapolis. The number of voting precincts in the city has declined...

Boom in new student housing may have hit its peak

Published September 2, 2014

A chunk of the city’s construction this year comes from projects near the University of Minnesota — a product of the ongoing student housing boom that is being watched with bated breath. Developers...

UMPD prepares for fall, Vikings

Published August 6, 2014

The University of Minnesota Police Department will increase its presence during the first few weeks of the fall semester, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. “We have a busy fall with...

Two research assistants robbed on West Bank

Published July 30, 2014

Two University of Minnesota research assistants were robbed early Wednesday morning just north of Willey Hall, according to a crime alert sent to the University community Wednesday afternoon.  Neither...

A CPM property recently had conditions placed on its rental agreement because of unpermitted work and was not up to code, Monday afternoon on 8th street SE.

City works to keep landlords in check

Published July 30, 2014

Minneapolis housing inspectors, armed with a 1-year-old ordinance, can place stipulations on landlords’ rental licenses. And unpermitted renovations and illegal occupancy in a CPM-managed property...

Student’s car, valuables taken in weekend burglary

Published July 30, 2014

Coming home from a friend’s birthday party early Saturday morning, nutritional science senior Grant Lemay found his car gone from the house’s driveway and valuables missing from his room. Lemay’s...

UMPD car chase ends in arrest, injured officer

Published July 23, 2014

A mile-long car chase through the Seven Corners neighborhood Saturday morning ended with a suspect in custody and an injured University of Minnesota police officer, University police Deputy Chief Chuck...

University police monitor credit card fraud

Published July 23, 2014

Earlier this month, Jinfeng Yang received an angry call from his mother over a $2,500 purchase on his credit card. But Yang didn’t spend the money, and his card was still sitting in his wallet. Despite...

Police deal with illegal turns, fare evaders in first month of Green Line

Published July 18, 2014

Despite giving more than 130 safety presentations and months of light rail testing, Metro Transit police say the rate of accidents near the month-old Green Line is higher than what they want to see, the...

Voting debacle on West Bank wasn’t fraud

Published July 16, 2014

A voting mix-up in the Kahn-Noor race to represent the University of Minnesota’s area at the state Capitol dissolved last week as county officials dismissed recent allegations of voter fraud. The...

UMPD reports little All-Star Concert crime

Published July 16, 2014

Aside from its performers, the Major League Baseball All-Star Concert last weekend at TCF Bank Stadium was relatively quiet. The University of Minnesota Police Department removed nine people from the free...

Iconic Prospect Park tower to celebrate its 100th year

Published July 11, 2014

The 110-foot, 150,000-gallon water tower that overlooks Prospect Park will mark its 100th year this weekend. Though the Witch's Hat Water Tower is usually open one day a year, it will be open to the...

West Bank voter fraud allegations dismissed

Published July 10, 2014

More than a hundred absentee voters who registered at the address of a mailbox center in Cedar-Riverside will have to re-register under their home addresses — a decision that follows a stir in the...

Lands End Pasty Company co-owner John Earl makes pasties on Monday at their newly opened shop located in Dinkydale Mall. Pasties are savory meat pies that originate from the south of England.

For Brit foodies, a new Dinkytown destination

Published July 9, 2014

For six months straight, John Earl ate more savory pies than he could stomach in search of the perfect crust. That refined recipe is now featured across the menu of his new Dinkytown restaurant, Lands...

UMPD gears up for Saturday’s All-Star concert

Published July 9, 2014

When Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere take the stage at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday for the Major League Baseball All-Star Concert, the University of Minnesota Police Department will be out in full force,...

Student molested in Prospect Park

Published July 2, 2014

A University of Minnesota student was molested while walking to her apartment in Stadium Village on Friday night, according to an email crime alert sent by University police Chief Greg Hestness on Monday...

International students face legal hurdles

Published July 2, 2014

Mohamad Alajaj, an international student at the University of Minnesota, knows firsthand that run-ins with the police can be complicated due to cultural reasons. When stopped for speeding last month, Alajaj...