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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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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 10, 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...

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

UMN-area representation a key piece of census outreach

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

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

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

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...

Morgan La Casse

Territorial Hall robbery under investigation

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...

Morgan La Casse

Bank robbery near UMN campus under investigation

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 Children's 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 children's hospitals around the world.  

UMN eyes Shriners hospital, strengthens Fairview partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 9, 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

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 city's 4D initiative, which aims to maintain naturally occurring affordable housing in Minneapolis.

Retaining affordability in a housing crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 1, 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

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

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

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 University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Four new faces elected to Board of Regents

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 University's 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

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

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 women's 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

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

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

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

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

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 city's small business team, will begin assisting residents once a month.

City looks to support Cedar-Riverside entrepreneurs

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

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

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

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

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

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...