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Huron exit closed Wed. through Fri.

December 6, 2011

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the I-94 eastbound exit ramp at Huron Boulevard from Wednesday to Friday this week. The exit ramp, closed Dec. 7 through Dec. 9, is part of a long...

Daily Digest: Integration and infrastructure

December 6, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Tuesday, December 6: Minneapolis schools may end one effort to integrate students Minnesota's schools have long been blemished by poor achievement numbers between white...

Charred paper rests on the lawn of a house on the 1000 block of Fourth Street Southeast that a man tried to light on fire earlier Saturday afternoon.

Man tries to set fire to his house

December 5, 2011

Minneapolis police arrested a man Saturday afternoon after he threatened to set his house on fire and started a small blaze on his lawn. Roughly 10 officers were at the scene on the 1000 block of Fourth...

Charred paper rests on the lawn of a house on the 1000 block of Fourth Street Southeast that a man tried to light on fire earlier Saturday afternoon.

Man tries to set his Marcy-Holmes house on fire

December 3, 2011

Minneapolis police arrested a man Saturday afternoon after he started a small blaze on his lawn and tried to set his house on fire. Roughly 10 officers were at the scene on the 1000 block of Fourth Street...

Assistant Professor Hearther Conrad demonstrates how students use the School of Dentistry's Simulation Clinic on Nov. 14 in Moose Tower.

DentSims: to teach or to tout?

December 1, 2011

In 2008, leaders of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs School of Dentistry got what they were looking for âÄî a clinic to put the institution at the forefront of dental education. Part of...

Weekend yielded uptick in serious crime near campus

November 23, 2011

A handful of crimes in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood over the weekend culminated in two instances where residents, at least one a University of Minnesota student, were shot multiple times with a pellet...

State sells controversial tobacco bonds

November 17, 2011

Minnesota's state government on Wednesday sold $757 million in tobacco settlement bonds as part of the controversial deal reached in July to end the state's historic 20-day government shutdown. Gov. Mark...

Cops to examine Comstock bullet

November 16, 2011

The stray bullet that broke a Comstock Hall window early Monday morning has a new home. The Hennepin County SherriffâÄôs Office Crime Laboratory Unit  will examine the expended ammunition...

Private higher ed company to lay off 65 workers

November 15, 2011

In a bid to save $5.5 million annually, Capella Education, a private higher education company, announced Tuesday it will lay off 65 non-faculty workers in the face of declining revenues this year. The...

Breast cancer group tests canned foods for BPA

November 15, 2011

Elevating its call to remove a potentially troubling plastic ingredient from canned food linings, a breast cancer advocacy group released a report Tuesday that condemned the use of Bisphenol A in food...

Reporter’s notebook: School of Dentistry must change, sources say

November 9, 2011

Editor’s note: “Reporter’s Notebook” is an occasional blog that will feature worthwhile content left out of a news story.  It will also give reporters an opportunity to talk about challenges...

This article features an interactive timeline.

Sources: School of Dentistry must change

October 31, 2011

Alleged intimidation and favoritism have embittered faculty at the University of MinnesotaâÄôs School of Dentistry for years, interviews show. As the school prepares to hand its reins over to a...

Dayton fully wades into stadium debate

October 19, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton offered his strongest push yet for a publicy funded Vikings stadium on Wednesday, saying he'll unveil his own detailed proposal in the next two weeks, the Associated Press reports. Dayton...

An XX Board of Regents meeting with John Pillsbury,

The Untouchable U

September 19, 2011

The University of Minnesota stood independently for nearly a decade before Minnesota became a state âÄî 160 years later, little has changed. Thousands of students descend on campus each day, many...

Higher ed advocates ask Dayton for support

April 14, 2011

Students, staff and administrators âÄìâÄì including University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks âÄìâÄì from colleges and universities statewide plead with Gov. Mark...

Dayton, higher ed advocates talk budget cuts

April 13, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton and a group of MinnesotaâÄôs higher education leaders, including University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks, discussed the historic cuts facing colleges and universities across...

Special election for Falcon Heights Senate seat today

April 12, 2011

Republican candidate Greg Copeland is taking another crack at winning the traditionally DFL-held Senate District 66 seat, which includes part of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul campus,...

Paul Stelmach of Surly Brewing Company watches the production line of the canning process Wednesday afternoon in the warehouse in Brooklyn Center.

Brewers close in on selling own booze

April 7, 2011

Omar Ansari used to be a household name only among beer lovers and craft brewers, but now the owner of Surly Brewing Co. has catapulted his company into a statewide debate about liquor laws in Minnesota. Surly,...

Legislature passes bills to cut higher ed funds

March 30, 2011

The Minnesota House and Senate passed different versions of a higher education finance bill Tuesday that would cut $306 million from current state aid levels. The Senate bill would cut $176 million from...

Boathouse manager Tom Perry helps putting the dock together Friday for the rowing team.

Ice dam’s dock damage: $82,000

March 29, 2011

University of Minnesota Boathouse manager Tom Perry lightly guides a floating dock using the front of his pontoon. âÄúJust a little love tap,âÄù he said, his boat sliding the dock into...

McCollum on campus for health care talks

March 24, 2011

Even WednesdayâÄôs icy downpour didnâÄôt keep Congresswoman Betty McCollum, D-Minn., from celebrating the federal health care reform billâÄôs one-year anniversary. McCollum trudged...

McCollum visits U on health reform anniversary

March 23, 2011

Even WednesdayâÄôs icy downpour didnâÄôt keep Congresswoman Betty McCollum, D-Minn., from celebrating the federal health care reform billâÄôs one year anniversary. McCollum trudged...

Apple removes app after U prof’s complaint

March 23, 2011

After a complaint from University of Minnesota professor Gary Remafedi and thousands of others on the internet, Apple Inc. removed an app on Tuesday from its store that Remafedi says misconstrues his research...

Leg. Republicans: $411 million cut to higher ed

March 10, 2011

Republican legislators unveiled budget cut targets Thursday that would slash $411 million from higher education funding -- more than double DFL Gov. Mark DaytonâÄôs proposed reductions -- to solve...

Technology funding could benefit the University

March 10, 2011

A group of lawmakers, businesses and University of Minnesota officials arenâÄôt focused on the stateâÄôs current budget mess. TheyâÄôre preparing for decades to come. Despite a...

Federal tax policy helps cut deficit

March 1, 2011

Despite a marginally improved economic forecast, the political battle to solve MinnesotaâÄôs remaining projected $5 billion budget shortfall rages on. Federal government action largely reduced...

Minnesota’s budget deficit falls to $5 billion

February 28, 2011

MinnesotaâÄôs previously estimated $6.2 billion budget deficit for the next biennium was reduced by about one-sixth to $5 billion, largely due to far-reaching federal government action, according...

Dayton’s bonding bill likely DOA

February 24, 2011

Gov. Mark DaytonâÄôs $560 million bonding bill, heard for the first time Wednesday, was met with predictable disinterest by Republicans. The bill would borrow money over the long term to pay for...

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty signs copies of his book on Jan. 27 in Burnsville, Minn.

Courage to Stand … and to run?

February 21, 2011

Tim PawlentyâÄôs political career began on the Washington Avenue Bridge. As a University of Minnesota first-year, Pawlenty joined the College Republicans in the fall of 1979 and told the groupâÄôs...

Fighting over beer? What’s new?

February 9, 2011

Surly Brewing Company says it has expanded its five-year-old brewery in Brooklyn Center as much as possible. Now the craft beer company is looking for a state law change that would...

Rybak, Wolves want Target Center fixes

February 2, 2011

The city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Timberwolves proposed a $155 million Target Center renovation Tuesday but offered little explanation of the projectâÄôs financing or timeline. Minneapolis...

Dayton bonding bill features $100M in U funds

February 1, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled half of a $1 billion bonding bill Monday that includes $100 million in University of Minnesota project and maintenance funding. Despite DaytonâÄôs call for lawmakers to...

Dayton proposes $531 mil. for construction projects

January 31, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled half of a $1 billion bonding bill on Monday that includes $100 million in University of Minnesota projects and maintenance funding. Despite DaytonâÄôs call for lawmakers...

Students aim for city council seats

January 25, 2011

Student government could take on a lot more meaning in Minnesota. Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, introduced a bill Monday that would give city councils across the state the power to install an "ex-officio"...

Republicans: continue U funding cuts in ’12-13

January 19, 2011

Flat state funding is nothing new to the University of Minnesota. A proposal from legislative Republicans unveiled Tuesday would continue the trend over the next two years. The bill, meant to tackle the...

Republicans continue one-time higher ed cuts

January 18, 2011

Flat state funding is nothing new to the University of Minnesota. A Republican proposal unveiled today would continue the trend over the next two years. The bill, meant to tackle the state's $6.2...

Boynton head assigned key state agency position

January 3, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Dr. Ed Ehlinger, head of Boynton Health Service, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health on Friday. Ehlinger, who assumes his new role in January, has served as...

Governor Mark Dayton, center, stands beside Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, left, and former Vice President Walter Mondale after being sworn into office Monday at Landmark Center.

Dayton sworn in as Minnesota’s governor

January 3, 2011

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that collaboration will be a key priority in bringing jobs to the state and balancing a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit. Dayton was inaugurated as MinnesotaâÄôs...

Winter parking restrictions begin in Minneapolis on Friday

December 16, 2010

Get used to parking on one side of the road. ItâÄôs here to stay. Minneapolis officials enacted winter parking restrictions beginning on Friday at 8 a.m. Parking on the even side of non-snow emergency...

Cons profit from buying profs’ textbooks

December 13, 2010

On Dec. 5, University of Minnesota journalism professor Dr. Amy Sanders received a cryptic e-mail asking to buy her instructor edition or review copy textbooks. It was one solicitation in a multi-million...

Snowstorm racks Minn.

December 13, 2010

A deluge of more than 17 inches of snow blanketed Minneapolis during a two-day blizzard that also enveloped the Midwest. Minneapolis residents woke up to a âÄúblizzard or near blizzardâÄù...

Icy blanket of snow coats the state

December 11, 2010

Between six and 20 inches of snow has fallen on Eastern Minnesota. More is expected overnight. Minneapolis residents woke up to a "blizzard or near blizzard" Saturday, according to the National Weather...

Dayton and Pawlenty hold joint press conference

December 10, 2010

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Gov.-elect Mark Dayton met privately before hosting a joint press conference Thursday afternoon. They stood together, though the two have been political opponents in the past on issues...

Governor elect Mark Dayton gives his acceptance speech Wednesday afternoon at the State Capital.

Dayton wins gov. race after Emmer concedes

December 9, 2010

After a bruising primary fight, roughly 30 grueling debates and 21 months of campaigning, Mark Dayton became the first Minnesota DFL governor elected in more than two decades. Dayton accepted Republican...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer delivers his concession speech in front of his Delano home Wednesday morning.

Emmer concedes governor’s race

December 8, 2010

Republican Tom Emmer conceded the Minnesota governors race to Democrat Mark Dayton Wednesday morning at his Delano home. Emmer, who trailed Dayton by nearly 9,000 votes following Election Night, dropped...

Governor’s residence open to public

December 7, 2010

The Governer's residence will be open to visitors the next three Tuesdays for public tours. Annually, more than 15,000 visitors pass through the mansion, which will turn 100 next year. The home serves...

Emmer will concede governor’s race

December 7, 2010

Republican Tom Emmer will concede the governorâÄôs race, a Republican official said, leaving Mark Dayton the first DFL governor elected in 24 years. Jacquie Emmer, Tom's wife, confirmed a press...

Members of the public attend the open house held Tuesday at the governor's mansion in St. Paul. Visitors toured the nearly 100-year-old landmark for their recently opened holiday open house.

Gov.’s mansion open for the holidays

December 7, 2010

Gazing at a âÄúgleaming bowlâÄù situated on the dining room table of the Minnesota GovernorâÄôs residence, Burnsville resident Lou Swedeen exclaimed, âÄúOooh, now I want...

Recount ends with Emmer still trailing

December 6, 2010

The first stage of MinnesotaâÄôs gubernatorial recount ended Friday as Hennepin County finished hand tallying roughly 470,000 ballots cast on Election Day and joined the stateâÄôs other...

County officials finish hand counting ballots

December 3, 2010

The first stage of MinnesotaâÄôs gubernatorial recount ended Friday as Hennepin County finished hand tallying roughly 470,000 ballots cast on Election Day and joined the stateâÄôs other...