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U argues at Brenny trial

November 14, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, attorneys for former University of Minnesota associate women’s golf coach Katie Brenny continued their case in the discrimination lawsuit against the University’s Board...

Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays at the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

Minnesota falters in final fall tournament

November 6, 2013

The Gophers came into their final tournament of the fall season with high hopes for a strong finish. But a poor first round Sunday derailed any chance of that. The Gophers finished 10th out of 18 teams...

Minnesotas Jon Trasamar plays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Edina Country Club.

Trasamar improves swing, leads team to last fall tournament

October 31, 2013

Jon Trasamar struggled to find his swing over the first half of the Gophers’ fall season. Now, he appears to have it back. The senior on the Gophers men’s golf team shot an average of 12-over...

Gophers’ graduation rates on the rise

October 30, 2013

More Gophers athletes are earning their degrees than ever before. The NCAA revealed its annual Graduation Success Rate last Thursday, and Minnesota scored an 86 percent — five percentage points higher...

A mix of Minnesota and Nebraska fans at the homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at TCF Bank Stadium. Nebraska fans filled up around two-thirds of the seats.

Gophers prepare for Huskers fans

October 24, 2013

The last time the Gophers hosted Nebraska, the Huskers dominated the scoreboard. Huskers fans nearly dominated the stands as well. Nebraska last traveled to Minnesota in 2011, winning 41-14. A significant...

Minnesotas Jon Trasamar plays during the Alister Mackenzie Classic on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Edina Country Club.

Trasamar leads Gophers

October 22, 2013

The Gophers hadn’t won a tournament since the 2006-07 season. That changed Monday at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate. Minnesota finished first out of 15 teams at the annual tournament at Fiddler’s...

Minnesotas Alex Gaugert hits a drive down the fairway during the Alister Mackenzie Classic on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Edina Country Club.

Gaugert leads Gophers in Cali

October 16, 2013

Though the Gophers men’s golf team posted its best score of the season, it could not compete with the top teams at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. Minnesota finished ninth...

U students, staff weigh in on ‘pay-to-play’

October 15, 2013

While college athletics is a full-time job, athletes don’t turn any profit. At least, not for themselves. While revenue sports generate a lot of money for their respective schools, many traditionalists...

Minnesota senior Alex Gaugert hits a drive down the fairway on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Edina Country Club.

Golfers gear up for invite

October 14, 2013

Minnesota head men’s golf coach John Carlson said he had high expectations for his team in the qualifying tournament before the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. His team did not match his expectations. After...

Students cheer for the Gophers against Western Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium.

Student attendance decreases nationally

October 9, 2013

The 2013 homecoming football game between Iowa and Minnesota drew a record crowd at TCF Bank Stadium. But recent attendance numbers at home games suggest the record draw may have been a fluke. Fan attendance...

Junior chemical engineering major Joe Amato practices at the Baseline Tennis Center on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The facility generated a total of $595,000 in rental income for the athletics department this year, more than any University athletic facility.

Baseline Tennis Center brings in rental revenue

October 8, 2013

When Baseline Tennis Center opened in 2002, the University of Minnesota expected it to generate rental revenue. In the decade-plus since, the facility has far exceeded expectations. The facility generated...

Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays at the season opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club Sept. 8.

Minnesota plagued by inconsistent play in N.M.

September 30, 2013

Minnesota head coach John Carlson said inconsistent play plagued the Gophers this weekend in New Mexico. The team finished eighth out of 17 teams over the weekend at the Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque,...

Minnesota set for third tournament of fall season

September 26, 2013

Following back-to-back top-five finishes in their first two tournaments of the season, the Gophers are looking to make a run at a tournament title. Minnesota will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend...

Former Athletic Director Joel Maturi, right, speaks with one of his students, Junior Kyle Weinmeyer, left, before class at TCF Bank Stadiums Media Room on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. In addition to his roles on campus, Maturi now serves on NCAAs Committee on Infractions.

Maturi starts NCAA oversight job

September 24, 2013

Once, former University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi was responsible for making sure that University athletics complied with NCAA rules. Now, he’s making sure the rest of the country...

Mendez leads team to fourth-place finish

September 23, 2013

The Gophers men’s golf team finished fourth out of 14 teams in the annual tournament at Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Ind. The Gophers were in fifth place entering the final round Sunday, but...

Minnetonka High School graduate Tommy Vannelli has left the Gophers hockey program, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia announced Tuesday.

Vannelli opts to leave program

September 18, 2013

The Gophers men’s hockey team hasn’t played a game this season, but it’s already one man down. Minnesota head coach Don Lucia announced Tuesday that freshman Tommy Vannelli has decided...

Wrestling returns to Olympics

September 10, 2013

Just months after being cut, Olympic wrestling is back. The International Olympic Committee voted Sunday to reinstate the sport for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics, the Associated Press reported. Wrestling...

Minnesota reveals annual hockey tournament name

September 5, 2013

The annual tournament that will feature all five of Minnesota’s Division I men’s hockey teams will be officially named the North Star College Cup, the University of Minnesota announced in a...

Minnesota to host Hockey City Classic

September 4, 2013

This winter, outdoor hockey will return to the Twin Cities for the first time in 80 years. The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that TCF Bank Stadium will host the 2014 Hockey City Classic on...

Students relax in the new student tailgate parking lot before the Gophers first football game of the season against Nevada-Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Students take over new tailgating area

September 3, 2013

When University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill arrived on campus three years ago, he said he wanted to make Gophers football the main attraction on Saturdays in the fall. The University took one...

University police keep complaints low

May 9, 2013

  University of Minnesota police Lt. Troy Buhta rarely sees action as the internal affairs investigator of his department. Buhta is responsible for looking into complaints filed against University...

FloCo apts. see flurry of break-ins

May 6, 2013

Four units in the FloCo Fusion apartment building were burglarized early Sunday, according to a Minneapolis police report. A  University of Minnesota student allegedly went on a burglary spree in...

U responds to alleged rape

May 2, 2013

The University of Minnesota Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life responded to reports of an alleged rape at a campus fraternity early Sunday. “Our office is concerned that this took place, and...

Australian man stands trial for Wyoming bank robbery

May 1, 2013

An Australian man accused of robbing a bank in Wyoming told jurors Tuesday that he was justified because he gave much of the money to the homeless. Corey Donaldson, 39, is charged with stealing $140,000...

U.S. newspaper circulation dips slightly

May 1, 2013

U.S.. newspapers saw a slight decline in circulation over the past six months compared to the same time period last year, the Alliance for Audited Media reported.  Total newspaper circulation decreased...

George Zimmerman trial set for summer

April 30, 2013

The man charged with murdering Trayvon Martin waived his right to a hearing under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and will likely begin his trial this summer.  George Zimmerman, 29,...

Rape reported over weekend

April 30, 2013

  A woman reported being raped at a campus fraternity over Spring Jam weekend. An unknown person found the woman acting “hysterically” and sitting on the sidewalk across the street from...

Alcohol citations spike

April 30, 2013

  University police issued 26 alcohol-related citations during Spring Jam weekend. Those citations included underage consumption, underage possession, public consumption and driving while intoxicated. “That’s...

Five found guilty in organ trafficking ring

April 29, 2013

A court in Kosovo found two people guilty of human trafficking and organized crime Monday while also finding three others guilty of lesser crimes in the case of a major international organ trafficking...

University athletes compete against the Greek winners, Alpha Chi Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho and Lambda Delta Phi, in the tug of war competition during Spring Jam week on Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Fieldhouse.

Police prepped for Spring Jam

April 25, 2013

The University of Minnesota and Minneapolis police forces are not taking any chances with Spring Jam security this year. In 2009, the Saturday of Spring Jam was marked by a riot where hundreds of people...

Suspect in ricin case released on bond

April 23, 2013

The Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has been released from federal custody.  Paul Kevin Curtis was charged with sending a threatening...

Student robbed near Marcy Park

April 23, 2013

  A University of Minnesota student was robbed early Sunday near Marcy Park, according to a Minneapolis police report. The victim, 19, was walking alone at about 1 a.m. one block away from Marcy Park...

Former justice of the peace charged in Texas killings

April 18, 2013

A former justice of the peace was charged Thursday with murder in the killings of two Texas prosecutors and the wife of one of them.  Eric Williams, 46, is charged in the March killings Kaufman District...

Region’s hospital mishandles body of stillborn baby

April 17, 2013

The body of a stillborn baby was accidently sent to a laundry service and discovered by workers Tuesday.  Police were called to Crothall Laundry, a laundry service in Red Wing, Minn., just before...

Weekend gun crimes could be related

April 16, 2013

University of Minnesota police responded to two gun crimes in the Southeast Como neighborhood over the weekend, and police suspect the crimes may be related due to their timing, location and suspect descriptions. Two...

After run-in, police ban man from campus

April 15, 2013

University of Minnesota police issued a trespass warning Thursday to a Minneapolis man who has been banned from Minnesota colleges in the past. Larry James Pinkney, 62, allegedly harassed several students...

2 women shot at Virginia community college

April 12, 2013

Two women were shot and wounded at the campus of New River Community College in Christiansburg, Va.  One of the victims was airlifted to the hospital while the other was taken by ambulance. There...

Twin Cities snowfall leads to accidents, delays and closings

April 11, 2013

A spring snowstorm led to hundreds of flight cancelations, dozens of car accidents and mass transit delays early Thursday in the Twin Cities area.  Over five inches of snow fell in Minneapolis and...

Mesa bouncer knocks man’s tooth out Sunday

April 9, 2013

Gunnar Brown was socializing with friends at Mesa Pizza early Sunday when he said a bouncer grabbed his jacket and dragged him outside. “He never said a word to me; he just started taking me out,”...

UMPD unit takes proactive crime approach

April 4, 2013

Over a series of nights last month in an Anderson Hall bathroom, five people were arrested for what police deemed “inappropriate activities.” It wasn’t just by way of a regular patrol...

University area sees bundle of burglaries

April 2, 2013

Civil engineering senior Michael Kronzer never thought someone would break into his home while he was there. But that’s exactly what happened to him and his roommates early Saturday. Kronzer and...

Prosecutors will seek death penalty for Colorado theater shooter

April 1, 2013

Prosecutors announced that they will seek the death penalty in the trial James Holmes, the man accused of going on a shooting spree in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., last July.  The announcement...

Crime prevention specialists prepare for spring crime spike

April 1, 2013

  In Minneapolis, spring means more opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy warmer weather. But it also means more crime. In 2012, crime increased by more than 18 percent from the winter months...

Student arrested at Five Guys

March 26, 2013

A University student was arrested outside of Five Guys Burgers and Fries early Saturday for harassing an off-duty police officer, according to a Minneapolis police report. The student, 22, was acting as...

Man shot and killed in Cedar-Riverside following police standoff

March 25, 2013

A man turned a gun on himself after allegedly shooting and injuring another man in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood Friday night, according to Minneapolis police. Around 10:30 p.m., Minneapolis...

Computer expert testifies at Ohio rape trial

March 14, 2013

A computer expert testified Thursday about her analysis of cellphones seized in the investigation of two Ohio high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl.  Computer forensic...

Sergeant Andrew Panek of the University Police Department gears up before going out on his late night patrol. Panek routinely checks his car and equipment before going out on any patrol so that he can depend on the use of his supplies when theyre needed in the field.

U police officer talks campus patrol

March 14, 2013

University of Minnesota police Sgt. Andrew Panek pulled to the side of East River Parkway on Saturday night and shone his spotlight on a suspicious vehicle parked near the Weisman Art Museum. He got out...

Woman assaulted in car Sunday

March 12, 2013

  A woman was assaulted near the University Information Technology building early Sunday, according to a University police report. The woman, 28, was riding home from Loring Pasta Bar along University...

Woman assaulted near Info Tech. building

March 11, 2013

  A woman was assaulted near the University Information Technology building early Sunday, according to a University police report. The woman, 28, was driving home from Loring Pasta Bar along University...

Marcy-Holmes sees increase in thefts

March 7, 2013

As University of Minnesota student Seola Park got into her friend’s car after a night out at the Library Bar and Grill, she realized her purse was missing. She went back to the bar, but neither she...

U student robbed near Eighth Street Market

March 4, 2013

A University student was robbed at gunpoint Thursday morning near the Eighth Street Market, according to a Minneapolis police report. The victim, 21, was waiting at the bus stop in front of the store just...

Judge sets bail at $1 million for St. Paul man suspected of wife’s disappearance

March 1, 2013

A St. Paul man was charged with second-degree murder Thursday in the death of his wife, who has been missing for a week.  Prosecutors found a substantial amount of blood in the car and home of 39-year-old...

Police Inspector Kathy Waite looks over updated crime statistics on Wednesday in her office at the Second Precinct station in Minneapolis. The new inspector was the first appointment made by Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who took office in December.

University area gets new top cop

February 28, 2013

Inspector Kathy Waite has seen much of what the Minneapolis Police Department does. She started her 20-year MPD career as a patrol officer, then worked in the juvenile division and eventually led the SWAT...

Saturday sees student assault and fight

February 26, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was assaulted by a group of men early Saturday near the University Fieldhouse, according to a University police report. Business management junior Cort Lunke was walking...

Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

February 21, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr., the former Demecratic representative from Illinois, plead guilty Wednesday to one count of wire and mail fraud in connection with his use of $750,000 in campaign money to buy personal...

UMPD working to boost its diversity

February 20, 2013

Last month, the Minneapolis Police Department celebrated the graduation of its first new recruiting class in three years. Seven of the 13 new officers are members of minorities, a step in the right direction...

Student tries to break up fight, attacked

February 20, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was hospitalized after being assaulted by a group of men early Sunday morning, according to a Minneapolis police report. Architecture junior Brian Petereck was trying...

South High School reopens with extra police after riot

February 15, 2013

South High School in Minneapolis reopened Friday with extra police and security on hand following Thursday's cafeteria melee. The school called in additional resource officers, who are specially...

$2M bail set for Oakdale man charged with killing spree

February 13, 2013

The man accussed of going on a shooting spree in Oakdale Monday night was charged Wednesday with six felony counts in Washington County District Court.  Nhan L. Tran, 34, is being held in the Washington...

MPD chief outlines new dept. direction

February 13, 2013

Two months after swearing in, Minneapolis police Chief Janeé Harteau has a new vision for her department. Last week Harteau unveiled “MPD 2.0,” her initiative to create more transparency,...

Bar patrons see two thefts

February 12, 2013

Two thefts occurred last week at the Library Bar and Grill, according to Minneapolis police reports. The first theft occurred just before 2 a.m. last Sunday after the victim, who is not affiliated with...

Minneapolis cop suspected of sexual assault

February 7, 2013

A Minneapolis police officer was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting several underage girls Wednesday. Bradley Schnickel, 32, is being held in the Anoka County Jail on suspicion of first-degree...

For mental health risks, depts. work together

February 7, 2013

Seung-Hui Cho had raised red flags in the years before he went on a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, killing 32 — but information wasn’t shared among officials enough to address his problems. A...

Minneapolis teen gets 28 years for killing 5-year-old boy

February 6, 2013

The Minneapolis teen who shot and killed a five-year-old boy in North Minneapolis last summer was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday.  Stephon Shannon, 17, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder...

Two men caught stealing scrap metal

February 5, 2013

Two men were arrested for stealing scrap metal from a construction area near Frontier Hall on Wednesday morning, according to a University of Minnesota police report. University police stopped the two...

UMPD trains for active shooter

February 4, 2013

  With several high-profile mass public shootings in the past year, higher education officials are evaluating how prepared they are for a possible attack. A recent survey found that a quarter of campus...

Student victimized by online financial scam

January 29, 2013

A University of Minnesota student discovered he was the victim of an online financial scam Friday, according to a University police report. Twenty-year-old Yiqun Zhang signed up to work as a tutor on UniversityTutor.com,...

Mpls. police officials discuss gun control in D.C.

January 29, 2013

Minneapolis police Chief Janeé Harteau and Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek were among the 13 law enforcement officials invited to the White House to discuss gun control Monday, according to the...

University, city follow national lower crime trend

January 28, 2013

Following a national trend of a drop in crime rates, the University of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis ended 2012 with historic lows in several categories of serious crime. The national downward...

Former CIA officer sentenced for leaking name

January 25, 2013

A former CIA agent was sentenced to 30 months in prison Friday for leaking the name of an undercover CIA operative. John Kiriakou, 48, plead guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act...

U student attacked in Marcy Holmes

January 23, 2013

  Three men attacked and tried to rob a University of Minnesota student early Saturday morning in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, according to a Minneapolis police report. The 21-year-old victim was...

Entrepreneur Chris Folley demonstrates the use of the IntoxBox, shown here at Cowboy Jacks in Minneapolis. The interactive commercial breathalyzer is designed to help people become aware of their blood alcohol content at the bar to deter drunken driving.

Co. promotes bar breathalyzer

December 12, 2012

When Ryan Walden was a junior in college, one of his friends was arrested for drunken driving. He said his friend hadn’t had a drink in four hours and thought he was OK to get behind the wheel. The...

U student, friends assaulted in Como

December 11, 2012

A group of armed suspects attacked six people near a bus stop in the Southeast Como neighborhood late Saturday night. Three men and one woman allegedly used brass knuckles to attack University of Minnesota...

By the numbers: Big Ten cops

December 10, 2012

Universities across the Big Ten are proving that a larger police force doesn’t necessarily equal a safer campus community. Budget issues, campus culture and student perceptions of police all affect...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

End of Crown Victorias prompts UMPD squad car upgrade

November 29, 2012

When Ford stopped producing the Crown Victoria last September, it marked the end of an era for police squad cars. Now, police departments across the country, including the University of Minnesota’s,...

Couple pepper-sprayed at Mesa by bouncer

November 28, 2012

A Mesa Pizza bouncer allegedly assaulted a couple early Sunday morning, according to a Minneapolis police report. The 24-year-old man was standing in line outside of Mesa with his girlfriend when he said...

Man charged in killing of Little Falls teens

November 26, 2012

A man was charged Monday for shooting and killing two Little Falls teenagers in his home on Thanksgiving Day.  Richard David Smith, 64, of Belle Prarie Township faces two counts of second-degree murder...

Police officer assaulted near campus

November 21, 2012

A Minneapolis police officer was attacked Saturday night in Stadium View Apartments while  trying to break up a fight. The victim, a Minneapolis patrol officer, arrived with four other officers at...

UMPD honors University student

November 19, 2012

  University police awarded a University of Minnesota student a citizen’s award for helping officers identify two robbery suspects last month. Michael Zenker, a civil engineering junior, accepted...

Late-night traffic fills the intersection of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast during Homecoming weekend.

Rethinking Dinkytown security

November 15, 2012

On homecoming weekend, the Dinkytown McDonald’s almost shut down.  Nine squad cars swarmed the scene, responding to fights among patrons. Police considered shutting the late-night hotspot’s...

New technology leads to increase in campus DUIs

October 4, 2012

Drunken driving rates at the University of Minnesota are increasing again after several years of decreased activity, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, University police said. “It means...

UMPD arrests student carrying BB gun on Church St

September 26, 2012

Police  arrested a University of Minnesota student Sunday evening on charges of carrying a BB gun  rifle near Church Street Southeast, according to a University police report. The officers responded...

Police: lock up to avoid house burglaries

September 20, 2012

Burglaries of homes surrounding the University of Minnesota are happening less frequently than a decade ago, but police still worry that residents are not properly securing their homes. According to Minneapolis...

SOS releases ballot site

September 19, 2012

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced a new online tool Tuesday that will provide voters with more ballot information before Election Day. Ritchie revealed the online tool, My Ballot, at...

Man stabbed on Como Ave, suspect found naked

September 18, 2012

A man was stabbed near the intersection of 15th Avenue and Como Avenue Southeast, early Monday morning, Minneapolis police said. The 37-year-old man from Isanti, Minn., was found by officers on an empty-bus...

Construction continues around the University, making the area dangerous for bikers. One biker was seriously injured Sunday on University Avenue Southeast.

Biker safety is a concern amid heavy construction

September 13, 2012

University officials are warning bikers to play it safe while riding near construction zones. The construction across campus has made biking more difficult because more traffic has been pushed to side...

Police respond to two car thefts in Superblock

September 11, 2012

University of Minnesota police responded to two separate reports of car thefts near the Superblock this weekend. Both cars were parked on Delaware Street Southeast and were broken into Saturday night....

Saturday is first test of alcohol sales at TCF

September 6, 2012

TCF Bank Stadium will begin selling alcohol for the first time on Saturday for the Gophers’ first home football game of the season, and University officials are taking precautions to ensure a safe...