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Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks and answers questions regarding the H1N1 Flu vaccine on Nov. 13, 2009. Klobuchar was on campus again Wednesday to talk about student loan debt.

Klobuchar talks federal financial aid

May 3, 2012

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., met with about 15 students Wednesday at Coffman Union for a roundtable discussion about federal financial aid. The interest rates on federal Stafford loans is set to double...

Temporary protection to extend for some Somali immigrants

May 2, 2012

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is renewing temporary protected status for some Somali immigrants in the U.S., the Associated Press reports. The DHS cited ongoing armed conflict and severe drought...

Gingrich to end presidential campaign

May 2, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the White House Wednesday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal reports. Aides say he will mention Romney in his speech at a...

Buses to replace part of light-rail service this weekend

May 2, 2012

  The Hiawatha light-rail line will be shut down from the Target Field Station and Franklin Avenue Station from 6:30 p.m Friday to 3:30 a.m. Monday, May 7. Route 55 Metro Transit buses will run the...

U professor pleads guilty to lying about employment

May 1, 2012

  A University of Minnesota professor pleaded guilty Monday to lying about his employment in an email. Francois Sainfort pleaded guilty to a felony charge of false statement and writing for a February...

Dayton vetoes abortion bill

April 30, 2012

  Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed an abortion bill Monday for the second time in two weeks, the Star Tribune reports. The bill would require a physician to be physically present anytime a woman is prescribed...

Twin Cities air may be dangerously dirty

April 25, 2012

  The Twin Cities’ air may be dangerously dirty, the Star Tribune reports, citing analysis by the American Lung Association. The cities’ air quality has been declining steadily, but for...

Wisconsin loses more jobs than any other state in past year

April 25, 2012

  Wisconsin lost 23,900 jobs in the last year — nearly seven times more than any other state, the Star Tribune reports. From March 2011 to March 2012, 17,800 of the jobs lost were government...

Obama and Romney talk student loan debt

April 25, 2012

President Barack Obama and Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney are campaigning to drum up young voters’ support this week. Both candidates have pledged support for a proposal to cap the interest rate...

Jimmy John’s franchise owners will appeal ruling

April 25, 2012

The company that owns several Jimmy John’s stores in the Twin Cities will appeal a judge panel’s ruling that would require it to reinstate six workers fired last year, the company said Tuesday. The...

Government starts filing charges in BP spill case

April 24, 2012

  The government filed its first criminal charges in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill, National Public Radio reported Monday. The first charge was filed against Kurt Mix, a former drilling and...

Daily Digest: Romney turns toward general election, MN House approves more fireworks, Facebook reports earnings

April 24, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for Tuesday, April 24: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is turning his attention to November’s general election in Tuesday’s bunch of northeastern primaries,...

MN Senate passes bill to increase hunting, fishing fees

April 24, 2012

  With support from anglers and hunters alike, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would increase hunting and fishing license fees for the first time in about 12 years, MinnPost reports. An...

Fired Jimmy John’s workers to work again, judge rules

April 24, 2012

Six local Jimmy John’s workers fired more than a year ago should get their jobs back, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled last week. The workers were fired after plastering parts of the...

Jensen Airfield occupied land owned by the University from 1982 to 2010, when its lease ended. Ten pilots are appealing their case for relocation benefits from the University at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Jensen Airfield says U owes them money for moving off UMore Park

April 19, 2012

Part of the University of Minnesota’s UMore Park property in Rosemount, Minn., was once home to Jensen Airfield — a grassy runway with 13 airplane hangars. By November 2010, most of it was...

Santorum to drop out of presidential race

April 10, 2012

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., will drop out of the U.S. presidential race, effectively leaving the endorsement to Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. Santorum will make the announcement Tuesday afternoon...

Senator Franken thanks junior Sophie Wallerstedt for sharing her story about the struggle she is having with student debt and assures her that she made a sound investment.

Lawmakers talk college affordability at U event

April 10, 2012

  State and federal lawmakers met with students from Minnesota colleges and universities in a roundtable discussion on college affordability Monday at the University of Minnesota. U.S. Sen. Al Franken,...

Two hospitalized in Santa Monica College

April 4, 2012

Two were hospitalized after police used pepper spray during a protest against high-priced summer college courses at Santa Monica College in California, the San Jose Mercury News reports. "No cuts,...

Minnesota Student Association member Colin Burke speaks with Tom Devine, a candidate for the Board of Regents, about the importance of the University of Minnesota to the state on Friday at the Capitol. Students pushed legislators during “Support the U Day” to give more financial support to the University.

Students rally at the Capitol for ‘Support the U Day’

April 2, 2012

More than 100 students rallied Friday in the state Capitol rotunda  to show support for the University of Minnesota. Attended by students from all five University campuses, the “Support the...

Students rally at the Capitol for ‘Support the U Day’

March 30, 2012

  More than 100 students rallied in the State Capitol rotunda Friday to show support for the University of Minnesota. Attended by students from all five University campuses, the "Support the U Day"...

Chuck Schlichtmann transports recycling from the Centennial Hall's loading dock into his recycling truck on March 21.

Raking in recyclables

March 29, 2012

Campus was still sleeping when Chuck Schlichtmann climbed into the driver’s seat of his recycling truck last Wednesday. He pulled out of the University of Minnesota’s recycling facility lot...

Twins to debut “It Gets Better” video in May

March 7, 2012

The Minnesota Twins will debut its own “It Gets Better” video in May, City Pages reports. In Sept. 2010, advice columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller started the “It Gets...

Vikings stadium may have to pass as combination of two proposals

March 7, 2012

  A Vikings stadium bill slated for Monday is delayed, partly in an effort to reconcile skeptical lawmakers with City Council members, the Star Tribune reports. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he...

Brittany Turnis and Tyler Joing, both majoring in recreation, park and leisure studies, spent their weekend at Afton State Park for a class teaching winter camping skills. Turnis wants to be a law enforcement ranger at a national park after graduating.

Top U fields have a future in the workforce

March 5, 2012

Jobs: They’ve made headlines since the economy tanked in 2008. Parents lost jobs, houses foreclosed and, for college graduates, finding a place to use that expensive degree is tough. But things are...

City workers logged 1,369 hours on stadium plans

March 2, 2012

  From January 2011 to Feb. 15 of this year, eight City of Minneapolis staffers spent 1,369 hours working on Vikings Stadium plans, the Star Tribune reports. The current stadium plan includes $200,000...

Legal opinions call for Sviggum to choose between dual roles

March 1, 2012

The University of Minnesota released two legal opinions Wednesday that found Steve Sviggum’s roles as a member of the Board of Regents and a Senate staffer to be an unmanageable conflict of interest. The...

Site powered by U research may help keep drivers safe

February 29, 2012

SafeRoadMaps, a website created by University of Minnesota researchers, gives drivers detailed inforamtion about U.S. roads and spots where accidents have occurred, the Injury Board Blog Network reports. When...

Dayton may veto performance-based teacher layoff bill

February 29, 2012

  Gov. Mark Dayton may veto a bill that would allow schools to change the basis of teacher layoffs from seniority to of performance, the Pioneer Press reports. Two different versions of the bill were...

North Korea agrees to suspend nuclear weapons tests

February 29, 2012

North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and tests on nuclear weapons and allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to return to the country, the New York Times reports. As...

Timothy Bakdash

Witnesses testify in second day of hit-and-run case

February 29, 2012

Witness testimony filled the second day of Timothy Bakdash’s murder trial, including a friend who said Bakdash admitted to hitting people two days after the crash. A group that saw the collisions...

Under new law, teachers must pass basic skills test

February 22, 2012

  A new state law will require teachers to pass a basic skills exam in reading, writing and math in order to get a Minnesota teaching license. Despite vetoing a similar bill last year, Governor Mark...

Tom Sullivan listens to a presentation during a Board of Regents meeting Dec. 9 2011 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Sullivan named University of Vermont president

February 22, 2012

Tom Sullivan, the University of Minnesota’s former senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, will serve as the University of Vermont’s 26th president, UVM announced Wednesday...

Post-Christmas mall melee likely random

February 15, 2012

The Dec. 26 mall of America melee -- the megamall's most violent in 15 years -- was lilkely random, the Star Tribune reports. Early on Dec. 26, social media rumors said rappers Lil Wayne and Drake...

Kathleen O’Brien, here in her Morrill Hall office, will retire from the University of Minnesota this summer. She has been the vice president of University Services since 2002.

O’Brien to retire after 10 years as VP at University

February 14, 2012

  Vice President of University Services Kathleen O’Brien announced her intent to retire in an email to University Service employees Monday. She has served in the position since 2002. In 10 years,...

U announces Alumni Association’s new VP of outreach

February 13, 2012

Caryn Schultz Korman will head up the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s outreach program, the University announced Monday. Schultz Korman has worked in higher education for nearly 15...

Obama unveils new budget

February 13, 2012

President Barack Obama's budget, unveiled Monday, aims to trim $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. It also proposes spending increases in the hopes of boosting the nation's economy,...

Labor group to investigate Apple supplier working conditions

February 13, 2012

An independent labor association on Monday began working condition inspections at a Chinese factory where iPads and iPhones are assempled, the Associated Press reports. The Fair Labor Association, a group...

Stuck in the middle with U

February 9, 2012

  Tommy Sager has a 16-hour-a-week work-study job. He brings in two annual scholarships — $400 from J.P. Morgan and $600 from the University of Minnesota. Still, when he graduates in 2014, he’ll...

Family of Minnesota cruise ship couple will plan memorial

February 1, 2012

The family of the White Bear Lake couple missing from the Italian cruise ship catastrophe announced Tuesday they will plan a memorial service, the Star Tribune reports. Gerald and Barbara Heil have been...

Second Carlson dean candidate announced

January 31, 2012

The Carlson School of Management announced Tuesday the second of its four dean finalists. Charles H. Whiteman has served as the senior associate dean at the University of IowaâÄôs Tippie College...

Ellison to co-sponsor legislation capping Stafford loan rates

January 26, 2012

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who represents the University of Minnesota, announced Thursday he will co-sponsor legislation to prevent an increase in student loan interest rates. Congress passed reductions...

Bachmann says she’ll run for Congress again

January 25, 2012

Weeks after announcing she would end her presidential bid, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she'll run for a fourth congressional term, according to the Star Tribune. "I'm running in the 6th...

Washington likely seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage

January 24, 2012

The state of Washington is likely to become the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage, the Associated Press reports. The state's public hearings on gay marriage began Monday. On Tuesday, Sen. Mary...

WikiLeaks’ Assange says he’ll host talk show

January 24, 2012

WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange promises controversy in a new talk show he’s planning to launch mid-March, the Associated Press reports. Assange announced late Monday in a press release he would...

Disagreement over whether Sviggum vetted Regents policy

January 20, 2012

There's disagreement as to whether University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum adequately vetted the possibility of a conflict of interest between roles as a regent and a state Senate staffer in conversations...

Etta James dies at 73

January 20, 2012

Etta James, the rhythm and blues singer who famously recorded the wedding classic '"At Last," died Friday, the Associated Press reports. She was 73. James was born in Los Angeles, where her voice stood...

Presidential race 2012: Perry drops out

January 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Thursday will drop out of the race and endorse Newt Gingrich, the New York Times reports, citing Republican officials. Perry's endorsement is designed...

Left to right: Matthew Antonio Bosch, E. Frederic MacDonald-Dennis

New directors seek to collaborate to meet diverse student needs

January 19, 2012

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday the new heads of its Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Ally Programs Office. Both units are within...

MCAE, GLBTA office heads picked

January 18, 2012

The University of Minnesota announced the new heads of its Multicultural Center for Academic Exellence and its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Ally Programs Office today. Both units are within the...

Board will examine Sviggum’s Senate role for conflict of interest

January 18, 2012

University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum  accepted a new position in the state Senate Republican Caucus, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest — for the second time. Sviggum...