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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.

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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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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....

Illustrated by Sarah Mai

Contested Ward 6 race undecided as of Tuesday night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

Campus crime update: Property crimes continue slight climb

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 Witch's 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

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?

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

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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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.

Morgan La Casse

UMN campus crime update: Property crime on the upswing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 University's mounted patrol unit, which was disbanded in 2012.

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

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

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

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

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...

Morgan La Casse

Woman charged following murder in Southeast Como

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

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

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

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...