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Large plumes of steam rise over the Northern Pacific pedestrian bridge on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Passersby said the noise was deafening.

What was that sound? Steam plant testing captivates UMN students

March 1, 2017

Clouds of steam and raucous ringing coming from the University of Minnesota’s new Main Energy Plant stumped students as they snapped pictures on Washington Avenue Bridge Tuesday.“I don’t know,”...

Utility worker Jeff Berry sorts plastic, aluminum and tin at the Como Recycling Facility in Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

After years of stagnation, University of Minnesota recycling center looks for renewal

February 20, 2017

Machines roar as student-workers sift through paper on a conveyor belt, pulling out misfit items like Pop-Tarts boxes and broken cellphone chargers.Across the warehouse, classic rock blares from a secondhand...

Protesters stand in front of TCF Bank Stadium on Sat. Dec. 17, 2016. After 10 Gopher's football players were suspended for sexual assault, the Gopher's football team boycotted playing in the holiday bowl until the suspensions were lifted.

Following Gophers suspensions, hundreds rally around survivors of sexual assault

December 17, 2016

Around 250 demonstrators rallied in support of sexual assault victim-survivors outside TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, an effort to show solidarity after 10 University of Minnesota football players were...

U uses tuition, state funds to pay legal fees associated with faculty union push

September 15, 2016

The University of Minnesota has spent more than $500,000 of state taxpayer and tuition money in legal fees as it battles faculty unionization advocates in court.Records obtained by the Minnesota Public...

Four Gophers football players involved in MPD case

September 13, 2016

The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating a case involving four suspended Gophers football players.Players KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson are mentioned in an unspecified...

Man who fell five stories from FloCo balcony identified as a University student

September 12, 2016

The 19-year-old man who fell from a fifth story FloCo Fusion apartment balcony Saturday night has been identified as Mackenzie John Caron, University of Minnesota student.Caron landed on the concrete about...

Demonstrator Bella Looney holds a sign in alliance with sexual assault survivors in front of the Loring Pasta Bar on Fourth Street on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Dinkytown. The protest was to raise awareness that Jason McLean, owner of Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater, has four civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors at the Children's Theater Company during the '70s and '80s, when he worked as an actor and teaching artist.

Protesters call for boycott of Varsity Theater, Loring Pasta Bar

September 11, 2016

About 40 demonstrators lined the sidewalk between the Varsity Theater and the Loring Pasta Bar Saturday, quietly holding signs and talking with passersby. The protest was meant to educate the campus...

Gophers basketball player arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

May 9, 2016

A University of Minnesota men’s basketball player was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual assault and is being held in Hennepin County Jail. Reggie Lynch was arrested by officers from the University...

Woman sexually assaulted

April 26, 2016

A woman was sexually assaulted Saturday evening after entering a stranger’s car in Dinkytown, according to an email from the University of Minnesota Police Department.      The...

Veteran admin to retire in June

February 15, 2016

After 24 years at the school, University of Minnesota Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Richard Pfutzenreuter will retire in June, according to an email President Eric Kaler sent to...

University of Minnesota chief financial officer to retire

February 12, 2016

After 24 years at the school, University of Minnesota Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Richard Pfutzenreuter will retire in June, according to an email President Eric Kaler sent to...

Following months of student protest and controversies at the University of Missouri, its system president resigned Monday morning. Soon after the announcement, a crowd of more than 500 rallied at the school's Carnahan Quad, where students, faculty and other demonstrators chanted in celebration of their movement's success.

Mizzou president resigns

November 10, 2015

A weekslong campus-wide cry for University of Missouri leaders to address racism at the school received an official response Monday morning with the resignation of the school’s system president.   Mounting...

Heat lamps used to simulate climate warming hang over segmented plots of varying plant diversity at the site of the Biodiversity and Climate (BAC) experiment in Cedar Creek Biosphere Reserve on Monday afternoon.

Biodiversity stabilizes climate

October 27, 2015

Increasing plant diversity might play a key role in combatting climate change, according to a new study conducted in part at the University of Minnesota.   Published earlier this month in the science...

Goldy Gopher pumps up the crowd during kick off at TCF Bank Stadium as the Gophers face Texas Christian University on Sept. 3.

Anonymously Yours

October 15, 2015
A University tradition 63 years in the making.
Goldy Gopher pumps up the crowd during kick off at TCF Bank Stadium as the Gophers face Texas Christian University on Sept. 3.

Anonymously Yours

October 15, 2015

Her oversized maroon bow fluttering, a girl hardly older than 5 hustled down the bleachers at TCF Bank Stadium. At the end of the steps, Goldy Gopher reduced her to fairylike giggles with a tap on the...

Owner of Sssdude-Nutz Bradley Taylor packs up a bag of doughnuts for a customer on Sunday morning at the Sssdude-Nutz's storefront in Dinkytown. Taylor and his fiance and co-owner of the shop, Ashley Peterson, opened the storefront last week.

Doughnut dreams fulfilled

September 14, 2015

For weeks, Ashley Peterson and Bradley Taylor labored until 2 a.m., scraping concrete off the floor and painting walls, preparing to open Dinkytown’s newest shop.   The recent University...

U’s Chief Information Officer steps down

September 4, 2015

University of Minnesota Vice President and Chief Information Officer Scott Studham resigned Friday.   Studham started in his former position in February 2012, and oversaw the IT department for the...

Life as a ski rat

August 5, 2015

Donning a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume, Abe Cass zipped along the Mississippi River on water skis, completing a few back flips along the way.   The stunt was part of the Twin Cities River...

Culture Compass 8/5/2015 – 8/12/2015

August 5, 2015

Eat this: Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza   The Chicago-based restaurant Giordano’s graced the people of Minneapolis with a location in Uptown this past month. Now that some of the buzz has...

Billy Thompson stands with his camera in front of a mural in downtown Milan on July 25. The mural depicts Thompson documenting Milan's history, something he strives to do each day.

U alum captures history piece by piece

August 5, 2015

Weeks after a heart attack, Billy Thompson manually removed bricks from a burned-down church in Milan, Minn.   The 86-year-old saw the bricks as an important addition to his homage to the tiny Minnesotan...

Actor Damiian Lang poses in the backyard of his house, the future venue for his one-man show

Recycling the past

July 29, 2015

Minnesota native Damiian Mario Lang’s childhood home in Dinkytown will serve as the backdrop of his show for this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival.   Since first performing the show at...

U professor Jeff Millikan poses in his studio in Minneapolis on Monday. Millikan is one of the artists showcasing bee-related art at the Inaugural Bee Arts Event at the St. Paul Student Center on Monday, August 3.

Making an artful buzz

July 29, 2015

Local artist Jeff Millikan left books outside so bees could create honeycomb in the pages. As with many of his projects, Millikan photographed the results.    “As they eat away at the text,...

Culture Compass 7/22/2015 – 7/29/2015

July 22, 2015

Thursday FLOW Northside Arts Crawl Back for its 10th anniversary, the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl presents three days of art. The festival celebrates variety, showcasing performing and visual art. On Saturday,...

Brendan Connelly and Scott Heron will perform their piece

Break time

July 22, 2015

Donning a tall 18th century white wig, Scott Heron teetered on his pointe shoes on a table before sliding off to collapse beneath it. The stunt was one small piece of his latest dance performance with...

Michael Rault will play 7th Street Entry as an opening act for Happyness on Sunday.

Nothing means something with rocker Michael Rault

July 22, 2015

Alightbulb sparked for Michael Rault when his father taught him the opening guitar riff to Van MorrisonâÄôs âÄúBrown Eyed GirlâÄù at age 12. âÄúAfter I figured that out,...

Culture Compass 7/15/2015 – 7/21/2015

July 15, 2015

Paddle this: Lake Harriet Make the most of the sunshine with a recently established pastime âÄî paddleboarding. When picking a paddle paradise, Lake Harriet makes a great contender with its free...

Kevin Allison created the storytelling podcast in 2009 as a space for any kind of story.

Kevin Allison to host “RISK!” live in Minneapolis

July 15, 2015

Amid the political correctness of âÄúThis American LifeâÄù and âÄúThe Moth,âÄù Kevin Allison set out to create a space where people can tell any kind of story. Allison hosts...

Manatees to the rescue

July 10, 2015

It’s Thursday, which means we’ve already had four days of this miserable week. You’re probably tired, overworked and hungry because you don’t really know how to cook anything besides...

Warehouse Eyes takes to the dance floor

July 8, 2015

While they were working on their latest EP, Jennie Lawless and Christopher Williams of Warehouse Eyes made it a regular habit to dance in their living room.  A simple glance at the movie title “God...

Jen Kirkman stops by Cedar Cultural Center

July 8, 2015

The self-deprecation in Jen Kirkman’s humor doesn’t seem to match up with her career.    In addition to stand up, the comedian has written a New York Times bestseller titled “I...

Donuts reporting for duty

July 3, 2015

A lightbulb sparked for Craig Nordeen when red, white and blue doughnuts arrived at his workplace around this time last year.   Nordeen, who works as a designer at an advertising firm, saw potential...

Northern Lighter pyrotechnicians Joe Schroeder, left, and Paul Marchio, right, use a remote device to detonate fireworks at Fred Lawshe Park in St. Paul on June 28.

The art of explosion

July 1, 2015

In the midst of a rain storm Sunday, roughly 30 men and women in neon green T-shirts paused their work at Fred Lawshe Park as Marlyn Anderson shouted, “Fire in the hole!”   On cue,...

Local indie-pop band Step Rockets poses in their rehearsal space in Minneapolis on June 25. The band will headline a show at Mill City Museum on July 4.

Step Rockets blasts off Fourth of July weekend

July 1, 2015

After forming in 2012, the Twin Cities band gained attention with their 2013 single “Kisser,” which garnered over a million plays on SoundCloud. Since the buzz, the band has released singles...

Nietzche jokes, grammar quips and nihilism: 3 bizarre novelty Twitter accounts

June 25, 2015

We all know Twitter is great for a lot of things, whether it’s skimming headlines, sharing pictures of your cute pet or just plain old lurking. But even if you think you’ve curated the perfect...

Culture Compass 6/24/2015 – 7/1/2015

June 24, 2015

Eat this: Eli’s Donut Burgers    Donuts? Burgers? Thanks to Eli’s, you don’t have to choose. The zany pairing is available at Eli’s Donut Burgers food truck. The gluttony...

The Tate Laboratory of Physics sits empty in preparation for the two years of renovation planned for the building. While the exterior of the building will be maintained, the interior will undergo a complete remodel, introducing modern lecture halls, labs, and office space, the largest renovation the building has seen in nearly 50 years.

Tate Lab to undergo two-year renovation

June 24, 2015

Since his arrival to Tate Laboratory of Physics in 1959, physics professor William Zimmermann said the building has seen periodic updates to its labs. Now, it’s in for a total makeover.   The...

Tale of a troubadour

June 24, 2015

A stop at a flea market during a road trip home from a vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., sparked Brian Wheat’s musical career as a preteen.   “I think my parents were fed up with my sister...

Ryan Traster returns to Mpls.

June 17, 2015

In high school, Ryan Traster traded his trumpet for a bass guitar and didn’t look back.  Over past decade, the singer-songwriter has lived and played in New York, Portland, Los Angeles and...

Alison Scott will release her new album

Spotlight on Alison Scott

June 17, 2015

As a McNally Smith College of Music 2005 graduate, Alison Scott entered a singer-songwriting competition and unwittingly kicked off the rest of her music career.    Since winning the contest...

Joy Spika, left, and Leilani Mendoza paint the outer walls of Intermedia Arts in Uptown Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. The mural is part of the B-Girl Be exhibit, which opens on Saturday.

Celebrating B-Girl Be

June 10, 2015

Though artists Krista Franklin and Gloria Talamantes-Data (aka Gloe) both live in Chicago, they first met at Intermedia Arts’ B-Girl Be Festival.    Now the two will collaborate as featured...

Culture Compass 6/10/2015 – 6/16/2015

June 10, 2015

Wear this: Sun gear   As warm summer temperatures move in, it’s important to keep properly and stylishly covered from the sun. Go find sunscreen and that perfect pair of sunglasses that say...

Graduate design students Robin Carufel and Kira Erickson put the finishing touches on dresses designed for activewear in McNeal Hall on Monday. Tucker Center researchers worked with College of Design students to create a line of culturally appropriate activewear that East-African middle school girls will model at a fashion show on June 10.

Breaking barriers in basketball

June 10, 2015

As a coach and behavior specialist at Cedar Riverside Community School, Jennifer Weber witnessed East African girls struggling to handle their skirts or keep their hijabs intact while playing sports   “Teams...

Ard Godfrey House now open for the season

June 7, 2015

Though it may not match the glamour of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or the Science Museum of Minnesota, there’s yet another source of educational enrichment in town that quietly opens for the...

Harmony in the Park concert tonight at Minnehaha Falls

June 4, 2015

If you’re a choral connoisseur (or maybe you just like fish tacos), you may want to grab a lawn chair and zip on over to Minnehaha Falls tonight.   Starting at 7 p.m., three vocal ensembles...

Soul Asylum returns to Minneapolis

June 3, 2015

In the midst of the ’80s new wave craze, a group of Minneapolis teenagers took a stab at punk rock.   Soul Asylum was born.   “When Soul Asylum started out, we were a real punk rock...

Maiden Dixie to play the Cabooze

June 3, 2015

When Jonathan Krentz returned from his six-year service in the National Guard band, he joined the first country band he could find.    When that band fell apart, he and bassist Drew Sherman started...

Culture Compass: Psych rock, family strife and mountains

May 27, 2015

Friday: Temples The British rock group will be bringing their psychedelic tunes to the Mainroom during their U.S. tour, which ends at Bonnaroo. They released the album, “Sun Structures,” in...

Cadillac Kolstad and his band perform for a packed Palmer's Bar on Sunday night in Minneapolis.

Bygone days with Cadillac Kolstad

May 27, 2015

As a young boy, Cadillac Kolstad’s father snuck him into bars on the West Bank of Minneapolis to give him his first exposure to live music.    Now an established musician, Kolstad brings...

The Last Revel to Play Cedar Cultural Center

May 27, 2015

As a college freshman in 2007, Lee Henke tracked down the music resonating through his dorm’s hall and found guitarist Ryan Acker, his future bandmate.     The two have been playing music...

Tame Impala at First Avenue with Mini Mansions

May 16, 2015

Tame Impala delivered a seamless set of jams to a sold out crowd at First Avenue Wednesday night in Minneapolis.   It was their first show in town since 2013.   The band’s lead vocalist...