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University student robbed and assaulted on Green Line near campus

Published November 9, 2016

A University of Minnesota student was assaulted at the Stadium Village Green Line light rail station Monday, according to a campus-wide email sent Tuesday afternoon.The victim was allegedly arguing with...

Voters fill out ballots at First Congressional Church in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on the morning of Nov. 8, 2016.

University students turn out to vote early on Election Day

Published November 8, 2016

With students trickling into polling places, Election Day voting is in full-swing at the University of Minnesota.Many stopped by community centers, churches and other voting spots to cast ballots for the...

Surrounded by volunteers and field staff, Ilhan Omar prepares to go door-knocking on Monday in her Minneapolis office.

Ilhan Omar defeats longtime Representative Phyllis Kahn in 60B primary race

Published August 24, 2016

Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American political activist defeated one of the Minnesota’s longest-serving legislators in Tuesday’s DFL primary election, likely becoming the nation's first Somali-American lawmaker.With...

Three consecutive assaults hit U area Sunday morning

Published July 13, 2016

A string of assaults occurred in rapid succession early Sunday morning near the University of Minnesota campus.  All three incidents happened on or near the intersection of 17th Avenue Southeast and...

University student reported missing

Published May 12, 2016

A University of Minnesota student went missing Tuesday night, according to the University of Minnesota Police Department. David Michael Miller, a third-year student in the College of Biological Sciences,...

Boynton begins data breakdown by gender ID

Published May 5, 2016

As transgender and gender-nonconforming representation grows to historic levels at the University of Minnesota, campus officials are beginning to grasp the extent of the group’s health risks.     Research...

Suited up to resemble a bee, founder and beekeeper Kristy Lynn Allen poses for a portrait outside of The Beez Kneez in Minneapolis on Friday. In addition to the LLCs efforts to educate the public about beekeeping in the Twin Cities, Allen delivers both honey and live bees throughout the community via her bicycle.

Student marketing team creates buzz

Published May 3, 2016

Buzzing from storefronts to homes, museums and green spaces, Kristy Allen and her flying friends share a black-and-yellow-striped uniform — and a love of honey.     Allen began harvesting...

Students in a sexual education program at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis laugh while participating in an activity.

Minnesota sex-ed programs go unregulated

Published April 29, 2016

Sitting in a circle with several other then-high school girls, Claire Loveall admitted she masturbated.One by one, so did the others.Now a University of Minnesota first-year student, Loveall said she divulged...

Students in a sexual education program at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis laugh while participating in an activity.

Let’s talk about sex

Published April 28, 2016

Sitting in a circle with several other then-high school girls, Claire Loveall admitted she masturbated.     One by one, so did the others.     Now a University of Minnesota first-year...

Deadline for sex abuse suits nears

Published April 18, 2016

A thinning window of time remains for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Minnesota to file suit, in some cases after decades of silence.     With a May 25 deadline approaching,...

STD diagnoses increase in Minnesota

Published April 18, 2016

Sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high in Minnesota, but public health experts have been unable to offer much explanation for the rise.   While infection rates overall have increased,...

U sues over Minnesotan detentions

Published April 14, 2016

The University of Minnesota Law School and other groups at are claiming a federal organization is unlawfully detaining immigrants.     The University’s Center for New Americans, along with...

Kushner charges dropped

Published April 8, 2016

After his arrest at a protest last fall, charges against civil rights attorney Jordan Kushner were dropped Friday.     Kushner fought the three misdemeanors — disorderly conduct,...

Representative Keith Ellison speaks on the ramifications of gun violence before last Tuesdays panel put on by Active Response Coalition for Public Health Gun Violence & Public Health: The Challenges of Prevention & Health Promotion in the Mayo Auditorium.

Gun violence as a health issue

Published April 6, 2016

In the fight for more gun control, some activists say cooperation with gun rights lobbyists could create the change they want.     Last week, four panelists shared their views on gun violence...

U names new psychiatry head

Published April 4, 2016

The University of Minnesota announced the next leader of the psychiatry department on Friday.     Sophia Vinogradov, a schizophrenia researcher who previously served as vice chair of the...

Christy Rushfeldt sits in the office of The Minnesota AIDS Projects syringe exchange program on March 25. The program aims to prevent the spread of disease by providing drug users with clean supplies.

MN officials issue heroin ‘warning’

Published March 31, 2016

This month, state officials sounded the alarm on a growing heroin problem.     Reported heroin overdoses persist even after the Minnesota Department of Public Safety warned the public of an unsettling...

Members of Jamar Clarks family mourn together at the site of his shooting on Plymouth Avenue North on Wednesday. While some demonstrators marched to the Hennepin County Government Center, others chose to remain behind at the memorial. The days demonstrations came after Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman announced his decision to not charge MPD officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, who were involved in Clarks death.

No charges for cops in Jamar Clark case

Published March 31, 2016

After months of uncertainty and tension, a Hennepin County prosecutor announced Wednesday he will not file criminal charges against the two Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot a black man last...

Citing leadership restructuring, VP plans resignation

Citing leadership restructuring, VP plans resignation

Published March 23, 2016

University of Minnesota Vice President for University Services Pamela Wheelock announced Tuesday her resignation, effective Aug. 15, according to an email statement to staff and colleagues.      Wheelock...

Minn. House rejects some U research proposals

Published March 23, 2016

Minnesota House representatives turned down nine environment-related funding proposals Republican representatives said weren’t prudent during a committee meeting Thursday.     House...

Despite being given out at most pregnancy clinics, a Minnesota Department of Health brochure If Youre Pregnant; Fetal Development, Abortion and Alternatives contains some information that may be misleading or incorrect.

Study targets Minnesota abortion information

Published March 23, 2016

A fifth of the information in Minnesota state-produced pamphlets given to women seeking abortions has been deemed medically inaccurate by new academic research.     The study examined pamphlets...

Minnesota plants used for medicine

Published March 9, 2016

Today, herbalism and wild plant foraging has become an increasingly popular alternative to modern medicine.      Herbal medicine is still widely used among American-Indian, Chinese and...

U probes bacteria in the gut

Published March 7, 2016

The average human gut contains about 100 trillion microbial bacteria that work together and impact bodily health.     A group of researchers from around the world joined the University of Minnesota’s...

6th year PhD Candidate in Feminist Studies Angela Carter assists senior Anna Zhao on an assignment for a senior seminar course in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies department in Ford Hall on Monday afternoon.

U mulls universal accommodation

Published March 2, 2016

While most students with disabilities have no problem giving their professors accommodation letters to get the extra help they need, some experience issues in the process.      Now, a small...

Minneapolis civil rights lawyer to be tried

Published February 25, 2016

A Minneapolis civil rights attorney will go to trial on three misdemeanor charges, the Hennepin County district court announced Friday.     Jordan Kushner will defend himself alongside...

Nurse Alice Karpeh poses in her home in Brooklyn Park, Minn., on Tuesday, Feb 16. Originally from Tikonko village in Sierra Leone, Alice has worked for Boyton Health Services for 12 years. She is returning to Sierra Leone for six months to operate the Rural Healthcare Initiative, a nonprofit she founded that seeks to improve maternal and pediatric healthcare throughout the region.

A mother for future caregivers

Published February 25, 2016

When Alice Karpeh’s second husband was murdered in West Africa in 1992, she put her dreams on hold, again, to hide from militants who wanted her dead and to get the nine children in her charge safely...

Study shows BMI may be off balance

Published February 17, 2016

A person’s weight and height may not be an accurate measure of their health status, according to a recent study.     Body mass index, widely used among health professionals for calculating...

Dr. Michael Osterholm, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota, talks about the importance of international public health responses to rapidly emerging infectious diseases at the Mayo Auditorium on Thursday afternoon.

Officials prep ‘playbook’ for Zika virus

Published February 16, 2016

In a small, first-floor office on the University of Minnesota campus, Jill DeBoer plans for worst-case scenarios.     DeBoer, the director of the Academic Health Center’s Office of Emergency...

SHADE coordinator Alexandra Tiger talks about safe sex with a student at Safe Sex Trivia Night in Goldys Gameroom on Thursday night. Tiger was inspired to get involved with the organization after she saw a presentation by SHADE during Welcome Week.

STD rates rise, condom use dwindles

Published February 10, 2016

Many University of Minnesota students are coordinating Valentine’s Day arrangements with friends and lovers, but not all of them are making plans to use condoms.     During Boynton Health...

Research scientist Patrick Walsh examines live cell cultures under a microscope at the Minnesota Stem Cell Institute in the McGuire Translational Research Facility on Friday morning.

Leg. funds neurological research

Published February 10, 2016

Recently awarded funding for University research could help some people eventually receive treatment for chronic spinal cord injuries.     The Minnesota State Legislature gave several grants...

Attorney Jordan Kushner poses for portraits outside the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday. Kushner is being charged with three misdemeanors after filming police officers at a protest that occurred during a lecture at the University of Minnesotas Law School in November.

Mpls attorney faces charges for fall protest

Published February 4, 2016

A Minneapolis civil rights attorney was charged with three misdemeanors after University of Minnesota police arrested him at a protest last fall.     Jordan Kushner, a University of Minnesota...

A blacklegged tick used in research on tick-borne pathogens at the University of Minnesota crawls across a petri dish in the Hodson Hall tick lab on Thursday afternoon.

Tick population multiplies

Published February 2, 2016

Most are no larger than a freckle and nearly impossible to spot, but some blacklegged ticks carry bacteria in their saliva strong enough to cause debilitating disease.     Lyme disease has crept...

Actress Danielle Krivinshuk plays the role of a university student in crisis as UMPD Sgt. Peter Reineke responds to the situation. Crisis Intervention Team training is a popular method for police departments across the country for teaching officers how to respond to mental health calls by finding help and resources for the troubled individual.

U police trained for crises

Published January 28, 2016

From suicide attempts to disagreements with landlords over pet-keeping rules, University of Minnesota police are now better suited for calls from students in crisis.     As of Wednesday, all...

Robberies escalate in U area

Published January 25, 2016

A string of armed robberies committed in the University of Minnesota area in the last week could be connected, police say.     Since Tuesday night, four robberies committed at gunpoint have occurred...

University disability services responds to spike

Published January 21, 2016

A University of Minnesota department that assists students with disabilities has strained under mounting requests for its services.     The Disability Resource Center hired two employees in...

Three armed robberies reported in the University area since Tuesday

Published January 21, 2016

Three armed robberies have taken place in the University area since Tuesday night. In a span of about five hours late Wednesday and early Thursday, two aggravated robberies took place near the University...

Report collects data on students abroad

Published January 18, 2016

  Few Minnesota students were hospitalized while studying abroad last year, according to a recent report.    As of last year, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education is required to gather...

Man faces charges in Morris case

Published December 16, 2015

The man last seen with University of Minnesota-Morris student Laura Schwendemann in mid-October was charged in Douglas County District Court on Monday   .   The court charged Nickolas McArdell...

Current Executive Director for SECIA Ricardo McCurley poses, sitting at his desk in the Southeast Como Improvement Association office on Sunday. McCurley is set to leave SECIA over the new year to take on the position of Executive Director for the Whittier Neighborhood Association.

Como leaders to pass torch

Published December 15, 2015

Though hedged by industrial areas on three sides, Southeast Como has maintained a decadeslong identity as a green neighborhood.   For the last three years, Ricardo McCurley has directed the area’s...

Writer and record collector Jon Bream stands with his 22,000-piece record collection. Bream sold the collection to Mill City Sound record store owner Rob Sheely last Spring, the proceeds of which will create a scholarship fund for University journalism students studying arts criticism.

Music collection to fund U scholarship

Published December 15, 2015

After decades of collecting music, a local critic is giving philanthropy a spin.   Jon Bream, the Star Tribune’s music critic since 1974, sold part of his collection, totaling 22,000 vinyl records...

Radio KALY Executive Director Mahamed Cali poses for a portrait in between on-air takes in south Minneapolis on Wednesday. Broadcasting on 101.7FM, KALY is the first Somali-American radio station, looking to serve and further connect the Minneapolis Somali community.

An airspace for all

Published December 10, 2015

After many years of fighting for airspace, community radio is making a comeback in the Twin Cities.   Four new low-power FM radio stations across the Twin Cities have secured licenses from the Federal...

Graduate student Courtney Gildersleeve speaks at the University Baptist Church in Dinkytown on Thursday, where people gathered, calling for Minnesotas surplus funds to be spent on education.

Surplus could bolster education

Published December 7, 2015

With a $1.87 billion surplus expected, students, educators and some state lawmakers are calling for the state’s windfall to be invested in education.   Of the surplus, Gov. Mark Dayton and the...

Advocates want state surplus to aid education

Published December 4, 2015

With a $1.87 billion surplus expected, students, educators and some state lawmakers are calling for the state’s windfall to be invested in education. Of the surplus, Gov. Mark Dayton and state Legislature...

Class offers West Bank immersion

Published December 3, 2015

For one global immersion course offered next semester at the University of Minnesota, buying a plane ticket or packing a suitcase won’t be a  requirement.   After a three-year hiatus, a...

Tuition revenue down at University, nationwide

Published December 1, 2015

Higher education institutions like the University of Minnesota can expect less tuition revenue than in years past, according to a study released last month by Moody’s Investors Service.    As...

Minnesota police looking into new approach to mental health calls

Published November 25, 2015

Police departments nationwide are adopting programs to ensure a mental health specialist accompanies law enforcement officers to respond to calls from citizens with mental illnesses. Though several residents...

Screenshot of the Mobile Justice - Minnesota app.

App gives power to the people

Published November 24, 2015

At a series of Black Lives Matter protests last week, several bystanders took to their phones to document their interactions with police. Some University of Minnesota student protesters secured their video...

Executive director of the Indian Neighborhood Club Greg LaFontaine poses in front of a rendering of the recently funded Indian Neighborhood Club Expansion project in the organizations original Group Residential Housing unit on Portland Ave. S on Friday morning.

Affordable housing gets funding near U

Published November 16, 2015

Community approval may have helped one University of Minnesota-area affordable housing project receive funding to expand its reach.   But getting residents on board can be a major roadblock for affordable...

Pedestrians cross the Stone Arch Bridge on Tuesday. The city of Minneapolis parks department will begin notifying people that photography and gatherings are not allowed on the bridge without a permit from the city.

In parks, photogs need license to click

Published November 11, 2015

Wedding parties and high school seniors looking to city parks for a portrait backdrop may soon have officials to dodge.    After an explosion of unpermitted professional photography in Minneapolis...

COO steps down from Fairview

Published November 9, 2015

Nearly a year after former Fairview Health Services CEO Rulon Stacey stepped down, another major leader is leaving the company to avoid upcoming structural changes.   Fairview Chief Operating Officer,...

Sarah Awad stands united with a mix of University of Minnesota students and Minneapolis residents outside of Walter F Mondale Hall Tuesday evening. The protest was organized by Organized by the Anti-War Committee regarding the U of M hosting Moshe Halbertal in his talk “Protecting Civilians: Moral Challenges of Asymmetric Warfare.”

Law speaker spurs protest

Published November 4, 2015

Fellow demonstrators said three protesters were arrested on Tuesday after disrupting law professor Moshe Halbertal’s lecture at Mondale Hall.    Protesters — which included...

Loring Pasta Bar displays a hiring sign on Monday in Dinkytown. Many businesses are forced hire more students mid-semester as students leave their jobs to focus on school.

When the going gets tough, students pick school

Published November 3, 2015

For businesses near the University of Minnesota, hiring students can sometimes be problematic.    Difficulty balancing school and work can push some students to leave their jobs, but some say...

Minneapolis police officers look on as students enter the Riff Raff concert put on by Sigma Chi fraternity on Friday night. The event was staffed by 8 off-duty police officers, security guards, and members of the fraternity, in an effort to keep the event safe and crime free.

U cops try to block brawls

Published November 2, 2015

With the campus area crawling with more super villains, monsters and kooks than usual, the University of Minnesota Police Department beefed up its patrol over Halloween weekend, taking a cue from reports...

Minneapolis resident Jana Antony donates blood in the Red Cross Minneapolis Donation Center on Friday, where bags of blood are processed, tested, and sold to a hospital for an average of $219 each.

U grads tap into blood biz

Published October 29, 2015

Two University of Minnesota graduates are making a profit off what people give away for free: blood.   Ben Bowman and David Mitchell hope their online business will reduce the amount of wasted blood...