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J.D. Duggan

J.D. Duggan, City Editor

Name: J.D. Duggan
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @JDugganMN

J.D. is the city desk editor at the Minnesota Daily. J.D. has covered every city beat offered at the Daily and has also worked as campus administration editor, podcast reporter and a features writer over the last two years. Before starting at the Daily, J.D. reported primarily on Minneapolis protests and activist movements. J.D. has a dumb, yet lovable, cat named Smokey, enjoys ghost stories and writing music.

All content by J.D. Duggan
Brooklyn Center is still reeling from the police killing of Daunte Wright. On the fifth day of unrest outside the police department, protesters latched umbrellas and tarp to the barricade surrounding the building.

[Photo] Police tactics change on fifth night of Brooklyn Center unrest

Published April 17, 2021

Brooklyn Center is still reeling from the police killing of Daunte Wright. On the fifth day of unrest outside the police department, protesters latched umbrellas and tarp to the barricade surrounding the...

A police line pushed back a sizable crowd of protesters in Brooklyn Center on Sunday, April 11.

[Photo] Frey issues second nightly curfew in Minneapolis after Daunte Wright killing

Published April 13, 2021

A police line pushed back a sizable crowd of protesters in Brooklyn Center on Sunday, April 11.

Protesters are greeted by a crowd of law enforcement in Brooklyn Center on Monday following the police killing of Daunte Wright.

[Photo] MSA leaders demand UMPD withdraw from countywide policing task force present at Daunte Wright protests

Published April 12, 2021

Protesters are greeted by a crowd of law enforcement in Brooklyn Center on Monday following the police killing of Daunte Wright.

After a Brooklyn Center police officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, officers lined up in front of the police department and shot tear gas into crowds of protesters.

[Photo] After police shooting of Black man, Walz announces 7 p.m. curfew in four metro counties

Published April 12, 2021

After a Brooklyn Center police officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, officers lined up in front of the police department and shot tear gas into crowds of protesters.

Volunteers from the Nonviolent Peaceforce help to control crowds and deescalate conflicts at the “Together We Rise” protest event on Saturday, Nov. 7.

[Photo] From Iraq to Minneapolis, nonviolence group worked to prevent voter intimidation during election

Published November 14, 2020

Volunteers from the Nonviolent Peaceforce help to control crowds and deescalate conflicts at the “Together We Rise” protest event on Saturday, Nov. 7.

A woman uses an airhorn as counter-protesters show up to the rally of Trump supporters at the governor’s mansion on Nov. 7. The protest revolved around unproven claims of election interference and the state’s COVID-19 lockdown.

[Photo] Trump supporters clashed with counter-protesters outside governor’s mansion

Published November 10, 2020

A woman uses an airhorn as counter-protesters show up to the rally of Trump supporters at the governor’s mansion on Nov. 7. The protest revolved around unproven claims of election interference and the...

The Together We Rise: March to Decide Our Future protest event began near the remains of the Minneapolis Police Departments Third Precinct, then moved along East Lake Street to Powderhorn Park, on Saturday, Nov. 7.  Activists gathered to highlight the importance of community solidarity and to denounce racism in politics, policing, housing, labor and the environment.

[Photo] ‘There is still more work to be done’: Lake Street rally stirs community, stresses postelection action

Published November 9, 2020

The "Together We Rise: March to Decide Our Future" protest event began near the remains of the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct, then moved along East Lake Street to Powderhorn Park, on Saturday,...

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Noor, Dziedzic win reelection bids

Published November 3, 2020
The two incumbents clear paths to keep their seats.
A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank on Thursday, June 21.

‘Threatening the mission:’ Students call University Security a hostile work environment

Published October 9, 2020
Student workers said the department did not have their best interests in mind.
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Jamal Osman wins Minneapolis Ward 6 seat

Published August 14, 2020

Jamal Osman won in the Minneapolis City Council special election for the vacant Ward 6 seat. Following a tight election night, the city released a statement Friday calling Osman the unofficial winner....

Contested Ward 6 race undecided as of Tuesday night

Contested Ward 6 race undecided as of Tuesday night

Published August 12, 2020

The Minneapolis City Council Ward 6 special election is tight, leaving the official count in the air. The Minnesota Secretary of State's office reports that so far, as of about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday: Jamal...

Morgan La Casse

Man grabbed women’s butts in Marcy-Holmes

Published August 11, 2020

 A man reportedly grabbed the butts of two women in Marcy-Holmes on Tuesday, per a campuswide alert from the University of Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  Minneapolis police took a suspect...

Antone Melton-Meaux is the strongest contender against incumbent Rep. Ilhan Omar in the DFL primary race for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. 

Antone Melton-Meaux discusses inequity, policing, campaign finance and college

Published August 8, 2020

Days before the Aug. 11 DFL primary election, the Minnesota Daily spoke with Antone Melton-Meaux, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s strongest contender in the primary race for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District....

High school senior Ahmed Shahkhan takes a deep breath before he starts reciting Adhan to be broadcast to the neighborhood near Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque on Thursday, April 30.

During pandemic, Islamic call to prayer cultivates community

Published May 5, 2020

On the initial day of Ramadan, Abdirahman Mukhtar brought his children to hear the adhan broadcast through the streets of Cedar-Riverside, a first for Minneapolis. The daily call to prayer has been broadcast...

The First Congregational Church is nestled between single family residences in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

Campus crime update: Spring crime trends in UMN neighborhoods over the past 5 years

Published May 4, 2020

Spring semester this year has largely seen a rise in property crime around the University of Minnesota neighborhoods, matching a citywide trend. The Minnesota Daily collected and analyzed crime data around...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

COVID-19’s impact on UMN community research

Published April 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has hindered the University of Minnesota’s ability to conduct research in the larger community. The University’s Office for Public Engagement faculty conduct research by going...

A trash bin adorned with the silhouette of Minneapolis is half buried in snow in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

UMN Campus crime update: Property crime keeps climbing, Marcy-Holmes rapist charged

Published April 23, 2020

Year-to-date violent and property crime rates have largely increased around the University of Minnesota compared to last year. Crime trends From the beginning of the year to April 20, property and violent...

Courtesy of Libor Jany

Suspected Marcy-Holmes serial rapist arrested

Published April 19, 2020

Minneapolis Police Department have arrested a man believed to be connected to multiple sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults in Marcy-Holmes and Dinkytown dating back several years. At a Sunday...

Former Executive Director of the West Bank Business Association Jamie Schumacher poses for a portrait in front of the WBBA flags in Cedar-Riverside on Monday, April 13. 

West Bank leader reflects on her work with business, art community

Published April 16, 2020

Jamie Schumacher united Cedar-Riverside’s arts and culture with business and government as a leader of the West Bank Business Association. The executive director of WBBA ended her tenure on Monday, but...

Radio K Programming Director Darby Ottoson and Music Director Maddie Schwappach pose for a portrait in Como on Saturday, April 11.

Radio K hits the airwaves — from home

Published April 13, 2020

On March 15, Radio K Programming Director Darby Ottoson called the working DJ 12 minutes before their shift ended to say the station’s operations were moving online. Campus was shutting down, and Radio...

The steeple of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church peeks over a rise in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

Campus crime update: Property crimes continue slight climb

Published April 9, 2020

Property crime has largely increased around the University of Minnesota compared to last year. Since March 27 at 11:59 p.m., the state has been under a stay-at-home order by the direction of Gov. Tim Walz. Crime...

The Witchs Hat Tower sits in Prospect Park on Monday evening. On May 23, the Prospect Park Association voted on bylaw amendments that would have reserved a spot on their Board for student residents. The bylaw amendments did not pass, but will be revisited in later in June.

‘The elephant in the room’: UMN-area neighborhood organizations weather the pandemic

Published April 6, 2020

Neighborhood organizations around the University of Minnesota have shifted priorities as COVID-19 concerns have ramped up. Organizations have moved their meetings online to maintain some semblance of regular...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

How will the census count students during time of COVID-19?

Published March 29, 2020

With droves of students going home for the rest of the spring semester due to COVID-19, census officials have adjusted outreach to ensure the University of Minnesota community is still counted accurately. Census...

The Red Sea, seen on Monday, March 23, closed its dining, venue and bar due to a city mandate to reduce social contact. According to owner Russom Solomon, the restaurant is only doing about 10 percent of its usual business due to the restrictions. 

‘It’s quiet’: Cedar-Riverside grapples with COVID-19 self-quarantine

Published March 28, 2020

Although kids are home during school closures, the playground at the Riverside Plaza apartments was empty Monday afternoon.  The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is densely packed with a vulnerable population...

The playground at Riverside Plaza is seen empty during the self-quarantine period of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, March 23.

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Published March 28, 2020

The playground at Riverside Plaza is seen empty during the self-quarantine period of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, March 23.

UMN campus crime update: Property crime on the upswing

UMN campus crime update: Property crime on the upswing

Published March 26, 2020

As students scrambled to move back to their hometowns or hunker down in their near-campus housing during COVID-19 quarantine, most University of Minnesota-area neighborhoods saw a spike in property crimes. Crime...

Hailee Schievelbein

University expands to pass/fail option

Published March 19, 2020

The University of Minnesota will allow undergraduate students to switch to pass/fail after all classes moved online during the COVID-19 outbreak. Undergraduate students will be able to switch their spring...

A voter enters the polling place at the Grace University Lutheran Church early in the morning on Tuesday, March 3.

Minnesota youth turnout could make the difference in 2020

Published March 18, 2020

After switching from a caucus to a primary election, Super Tuesday in Minnesota brought out more University-area voters, who experts say could turn the tides in November. This was the first year in decades...

In-person instruction canceled for the rest of the semester

Published March 16, 2020

Spring semester at the University of Minnesota will continue through alternative instruction rather than in-person instruction, according to an email by University President Joan Gabel. "We are experiencing...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN student tests positive for COVID-19

Published March 13, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed that a University of Minnesota student has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent by University President Joan Gabel. The student is recovering...

Courtesy of Libor Jany

Marcy-Holmes serial rapist sketches released

Published March 11, 2020

Minneapolis Police Department released three sketches of the suspect it believes is responsible for multiple sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults in Marcy-Holmes in recent years. The suspect is...

Security monitor Will Burnton receives a request for an escort on his two-way radio while walking across the Washington Avenue bridge during his shift on April 17, 2014.

U hires larger security staff to bolster falling numbers

Published March 5, 2020

The University of Minnesota bolstered its security team by hiring the first full-time advisers onto staff, filling a need after constant turnover and thin staff numbers. The University recently added 11...

UMN Campus crime update: Marcy-Holmes violent crime climbs

UMN Campus crime update: Marcy-Holmes violent crime climbs

Published March 5, 2020

Violent crime in Marcy-Holmes climbed late last month amid two high-profile attempted abductions in the area. Crime trends Year-to-date violent crime has doubled compared to last year in Cedar-Riverside...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Two UMN students self-quarantined for coronavirus checks

Published March 4, 2020

Update: the students have been released from quarantine and did not show symptoms of the virus. Two University of Minnesota students returning from studying abroad in Europe have been advised to self-quarantine...

Attempted abduction reported in Marcy-Holmes, second in two weeks

Published March 2, 2020

An attempted abduction reportedly occurred at 6:07 p.m. Sunday near 725 8th Ave. SE, just over a block west of Interstate-35W, according to a campuswide Safe-U advisory. A 5'7" bald male, about 40 years...

UMPD K-9 Patrol Officer Lara Bauer stands with her dual purpose canine Rio at TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Prior to serving as a dog handler, Bauer was a member of the Universitys mounted patrol unit, which was disbanded in 2012.

All paws on deck for UMPD’s team of bomb-sniffing dogs

Published March 1, 2020

Last Tuesday afternoon in TCF Bank Stadium, the visiting team’s locker room was strewn with 14 bags, mostly filled with clothes, tennis balls and dog food.  University of Minnesota Police Department...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

In wake of coronavirus, UMN suspends programs, travel to Italy

Published February 29, 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the University of Minnesota announced Saturday it will be suspending all travel and education abroad programs to Italy for the spring semester. On Friday, Centers for Disease...

Sarah Mai

A gateway to campus: The vision for Stadium Village comes to fruition

Published February 27, 2020

A Board of Regents vote earlier this month furthers a redevelopment plan that will completely transform the Stadium Village area. The East Gateway Project, a plan led by a University of Minnesota Foundation...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Violent crime down in Marcy-Holmes, property crimes continue to decline

Published February 20, 2020

Crime in University of Minnesota neighborhoods is down this month compared to February last year, according to Minneapolis Police Department crime data. Crime trends Year-to-date as of Feb. 16, violent...

Woman charged following murder in Southeast Como

Woman charged following murder in Southeast Como

Published February 16, 2020

Editor's note: This report has been updated since it was first published. Zara Jo Case, 35, is facing one count of unintentional second-degree murder for stabbing her boyfriend in the chest in Southeast...

Minneapolis City Council Member Steve Fletcher poses for a portrait at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 5. On data privacy, Fletcher asserts “We’re becoming a smarter and more responsive city, and we’re using data to do it. Our residents and visitors deserve to know that we are responsible with their information and respect their privacy – while also keeping our government open and transparent.”

Dinkytown’s councilmember champions data privacy

Published February 9, 2020

When Steve Fletcher was elected to represent Ward 3 in Minneapolis, he was struck by an immediate problem. Seventeen cameras were left operational following heightened security from Super Bowl LII, alongside...

Youth Coordinating Board staff member Iqbal Maxamed speaks to a student during a passing period at Patrick Henry High School on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

For Cedar-Riverside youth program, outreach means coming back home

Published February 6, 2020

Abdul Sero grew up in Cedar-Riverside. He remembers it as a fun neighborhood, all his friends lived nearby. They played soccer or hide-and-seek well into the afternoon until their parents had to call them...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN Campus Crime Update: January property crimes down, excluding auto theft

Published February 5, 2020

Most property crimes, like burglary and theft from a motor vehicle, have declined in January 2020 compared to 2019 around the University of Minnesota. Auto thefts have increased slightly compared to January...

City Clerk Casey Carl visits the Prospect Park board meeting on Monday, Jan. 27.

UMN-area representation a key piece of census outreach

Published February 3, 2020

As Census Day nears, local officials and community members are ramping up engagement efforts in University of Minnesota areas. Students, who usually live in transition, along with the predominantly East...

Vic Thorstenson, president of the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, speaks at an inaugural safety committee meeting at First Congregational Church on Monday, Nov. 11. 

Following a year of heightened crime, Marcy-Holmes looks forward

Published January 27, 2020

Tonya Green plans her evenings carefully. She rushes home from work when she clocks out late and checks in with her roommates to make sure everybody is safe. Green, a third-year neuroscience major, moved...

Parked cars along 12th Avenue Southeast in the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood in 2018.

UMN Campus Crime Update: 2019 brought increased violent crime near UMN

Published January 23, 2020

Last year saw an uptick in violent crimes from 2018 in most University of Minnesota neighborhoods and citywide, according to Minneapolis Police Department crime data. Crime trends Marcy-Holmes faced a...

Parked cars along 12th Avenue Southeast in the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood in 2018.

Entering its second year, UMN safety program looks to fill gap in crime information

Published January 19, 2020

Gopher Watch spreads awareness about crime around campus, and now the group hopes more students will take better advantage of its work. The group, which is run by the University’s Office for Off-Campus...

Territorial Hall robbery under investigation

Territorial Hall robbery under investigation

Published January 16, 2020

A robbery was reported early Thursday, according to an all-campus alert.  At 10:14 a.m. Thursday, a suspect punched a victim and took their wallet in Territorial Hall at 417 Walnut St. SE. The suspect...

Bank robbery near UMN campus under investigation

Bank robbery near UMN campus under investigation

Published January 7, 2020

A bank robbery occurred around 3 p.m. Monday at U.S. Bank's Stadium Village location at 718 Washington Ave. SE, according to a Minneapolis Police Department report. An investigation into the incident is...

A statue depicting a member of the Shriner fraternal group carrying a child stands in the lawn at the Shriners Healthcare for Childrens East River Parkway building on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Shriners, a unit of the Masonic Order of Freemasonry, are known for their philanthropic work, including the founding of childrens hospitals around the world.  

UMN eyes Shriners hospital, strengthens Fairview partnership

Published October 3, 2019

The University of Minnesota is aiming to be a top 20 medical school once again, and recent announcements that could reinforce collaboration may bring the school closer to realizing that goal. The M Health...

Hailee Schievelbein

Dinkytown’s on-again, off-again relationship with big business

Published September 29, 2019

A proposed development in the heart of Dinkytown is evoking a perennial question: How are big businesses changing the neighborhood? Community engagement sessions for the development have reinvigorated...

Bill English, Northside Job Creation Team Consulting Project Director, poses for a photo on Saturday, July 20.

University initiative helps create more than 1,000 jobs in North Minneapolis

Published July 31, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Northside Job Creation Team set a clear goal: Bring 1,000 economically sound living-wage jobs to North Minneapolis by 2019. The NJCT is a part of the University’s Urban...

Lot A on 4th Street in Cedar-Riverside is seen on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Currently a city-subsidized parking lot, the parcel could be redeveloped into a public market.

Local leaders say African market could invigorate Cedar-Riverside

Published July 30, 2019

Despite concerns from some members of the Cedar-Riverside business community, city officials insist a proposed African market will vitalize the neighborhood, following the lead of other Minneapolis public...

Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium. 1928

Ghosts of Northrop: Landmarks on campus see historic recognition

Published July 29, 2019

Northrop Auditorium was once home to weekly convocations, free public gatherings that invited speakers to discuss topics like politics, culture and science. On a crisp January day in 1963, Martin Luther...

Two UMN swimmers shot, sustain non-life-threatening injuries

Published July 29, 2019

Two University of Minnesota swimmers were shot in Downtown Minneapolis Saturday. The victims were University students Max McHugh and Nick Saulnier, according to an article by SwimSwam, which said McHugh's...

Detailed documents released in Richard Liu case

Published July 25, 2019

The Minneapolis Police Department released more information Wednesday regarding the investigation of Chinese tech billionaire Richard Liu who allegedly raped a University of Minnesota student last August. The...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

As grant funding increases, some students fall behind

Published July 24, 2019

The Minnesota State Grant program continues to grow, but for many students it is not enough to offset rising tuition costs. Lawmakers are increasingly looking toward state grants to alleviate the burden...

Mary Taris, publisher and CEO of Strive Publishing, and Bill English, Northside Job Creation Team Consulting Project Director, pose for photos.

Minneapolis Black Business Week celebrates local entrepreneurs

Published July 22, 2019

For the first time, city of Minneapolis officials are dedicating a week to highlight black businesses. The city’s inaugural Minneapolis Black Business Week is a 9-day event that aims to celebrate and...

Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapolis, sat down with the Minnesota Daily to reflect on his first legislative session and express hopes for the upcoming session on Friday, July 12 in his office.

Rep. Mohamud Noor talks working with MSA for renters’ rights, home ownership and tuition

Published July 15, 2019

Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapolis, sat down with the Minnesota Daily to reflect on his first session as a state representative for the University of Minnesota and surrounding neighborhoods in District...

Youth hold signs protesting plans for the development of a mall in the Cedar Riverside area at a protest organized by the Somali Mothers of MN at Currie Park on Sunday, July 7.

Newly announced African market ignites community concerns in Cedar-Riverside

Published July 8, 2019

Local officials rolled out a vision for an “African village” in Cedar-Riverside last month, but not all neighborhood residents agree the project is best for the community.  Ward 6 city council...

Effects of recession linger in higher ed funding

Effects of recession linger in higher ed funding

Published July 3, 2019

With higher education among the casualties of the Great Recession, students are left to bear a larger burden of the lost revenues.  Higher education has taken up less of the state’s spending pie...

The St. Anthony Apartments in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood as seen on Tuesday, June 25. These apartments are among 129 buildings enrolled in the citys 4D initiative, which aims to maintain naturally occurring affordable housing in Minneapolis.

Retaining affordability in a housing crisis

Published June 27, 2019

Built on the underpinning of a housing crisis in Minneapolis, the city’s 4D program is seeing widespread engagement aimed at retaining affordable housing.  The 4D program offers tax reductions for...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

The state of renters’ rights in Minneapolis

Published June 25, 2019

Amid the tight Minneapolis housing market, City Council members and state lawmakers seek to balance the power dynamic between renters and landlords. A variety of citywide renter protection policies have...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse.

Lawmakers weigh in on UMN funding, tuition

Published June 22, 2019

A divided state government led to a compromise in funding: $43.5 million beyond the state’s base appropriations, or half of what the University of Minnesota requested. Lawmakers say the split in party...

New developments in the Towerside Innovation District are seen on Sunday, June 16 in Minneapolis.

Prospect Park’s ‘innovation district’ advances intrepid vision

Published June 19, 2019

A bold plan is underway to supplant a graveyard of industrial ruins and create a dynamic and dense neighborhood on the north side of University Avenue Southeast in Prospect Park. Towerside Innovation District...

Clockwise from top left: University Regents Mary Davenport, Ilean Her, Janie Mayeron and Mike Kenyanya.

Meet the new UMN regents

Published June 12, 2019

Four new individuals joined the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on May 9, fulfilling a desire for greater diversity. Mary Davenport At-Large Representative Regent Mary Davenport has deep ties...

The University’s Institute of Child Development building was erected in 1913 with an addition in 1967. The University asked for $28 million from the state during this past legislative session to fund a replacement building.

UMN needs on hold without state infrastructure funding

Published June 10, 2019

The country’s top developmental psychology program will remain in the same century-old brick building for at least another year without state infrastructure funding. The Institute of Child Development’s...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

‘Vanilla ice cream’ bonding won’t fund University infrastructure

Published May 31, 2019

While the state’s primary task this session was passing a two-year budget, many lawmakers and stakeholders hoped the Legislature would also approve statewide public infrastructure funding. Without a...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

MSA’s renters’ rights bill passes in Legislature

Published May 25, 2019

The state Legislature passed a renters’ rights bill Friday that aims to protect renters from predatory landlord practices. The bill, supported by the Minnesota Student Association and authored by Sen....

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

UMN receives half of budget ask from state legislature

Published May 21, 2019

With just hours to spare in the regular session, the legislature allocated half of what the University of Minnesota requested in state funding for the next two fiscal years. The higher education omnibus...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2015.

Lawmakers unveil state budget targets

Published May 20, 2019

Legislative leaders announced statewide budget targets Sunday ahead of their Monday deadline, leaving committees scrambling to appropriate funds. The higher education budget target for the upcoming biennium...

The Universitys Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Four new faces elected to Board of Regents

Published May 9, 2019

Four new members of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota were elected by the Legislature Thursday, with lawmakers favoring diversity and new faces over incumbents.  Mary Davenport and...

The Universitys Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Board of Regents will hold special meeting to discuss building renaming

Published April 23, 2019

The Board of Regents is holding a special meeting Friday to discuss and potentially take action on the ongoing debate about renaming four campus buildings, according to an email sent to administrators,...

Robbery reported near the Knoll area

Published April 15, 2019

A former University of Minnesota student was robbed near the Knoll area around 11 p.m. Sunday night, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday morning. Three men in ski masks and dark clothing assaulted...

Gila Grad, a student studying gender and womens studies, religious studies, and Jewish studies, poses for a portrait on a bridge on the East Bank campus on Sunday, Dec. 9. Grad survived a suicide attempt over a year ago.

Student suicide tracking shows promise in prevention

Published December 13, 2018

In August, Gila Grad marked one year since surviving a suicide attempt when she jumped from a bridge in Minneapolis. On the anniversary, she gathered friends for a party to celebrate her survival. During...

CFANS student Alexis Murillo poses for a portrait on the Saint Paul campus on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Murillo plans to graduate in December, and wants to be a motivational speaker.

Striving for diversity in CFANS: students pushing to improve the college’s diversity

Published December 3, 2018

Alexis Murillo offered a unique perspective to CFANS — traveling from her city life in Chicago to the agriculture-focused college at the University of Minnesota. When she began studying in the College...

Dinkytown Wine and Spirits owner Irv Hershkovitz poses for a portrait inside of his liquor store on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The store, which opened in 1990, is not the first business Hershkovitz has operated in the area.

Dinkytown’s drastic shift: How developments have changed the neighborhood

Published November 21, 2018

Through a winding history of competing interests in Dinkytown, major student housing developments have shifted the University-area landscape to what it is today. The redevelopment and construction of three...

Former University of Minnesota student Luna Brekke marches across campus in support of transgender rights on Thursday, Nov. 8. 

Understanding a changing landscape: the transgender student experience at UMN

Published November 12, 2018

Before classes start for the school year, Andy, a senior at the University of Minnesota, emails their professors to ensure their name and pronouns are respected. But this isn’t always effective. “Every...

A police car patrols University Avenue near TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

UMN student robbed on West Bank

Published October 28, 2018

A University of Minnesota student was robbed on campus over the weekend, according to a University of Minnesota Police Department timely warning.  The student was robbed and assaulted by a group of...

The Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center as seen on Oct. 24, 2018. The Opportunity Center, which is now home to the citys small business team, will begin assisting residents once a month.

City looks to support Cedar-Riverside entrepreneurs

Published October 25, 2018

A Minneapolis team is reaching out in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to assist small business owners with navigating City processes and resources. The City of Minneapolis Small Business Team helps connect...

Gun violence is down, but City initiatives continue

Published October 25, 2018

The Minneapolis City Council is continuing its crackdown on gun violence following multiple high-profile incidents.  Although the number of gunshot victims is down 9 percent in 2018 compared to 2017,...

Members of the public add their comments about walking, biking and transportation to a large map during a Minneapolis 2040 community outreach event in Como on Saturday, Dec. 2. Suggestions included the completion of the Granary Corridor linking Dinkytown and Southeast Como.

City seeks collaboration for 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Published October 15, 2018

Changes proposed in the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan will require the City to consider improving its existing park and transit infrastructure.  Partnered organizations are seeking to further...

2040 plan final draft sees varied responses

Published October 9, 2018

The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan will have an array of effects on zoning throughout the city, provoking a variety of responses in neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota. The updated plan...

West Bank liaisons could improve security and livability of neighborhood

Published October 9, 2018

Following Downtown’s example, leaders in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood want to enroll community liaisons to promote safety and livability throughout the area. The West Bank Improvement District would...

Park Board looks to up student engagement

Published October 4, 2018

A revamped community engagement policy will attempt to bring equity and diversity to the forefront of the Minneapolis Park Board’s plans in the coming months. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board...