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MnDOT addresses south metro interchange jam

May 5, 2005

First-year student Anthony James said he lives in Richfield, Minn., and commutes to the University. He avoids Crosstown Commons, the roadway Interstate Highway 35W and Minnesota Highway 62 share, on his...

Scholars Walk dispute resolved

May 4, 2005

Pop quiz: Should it be "Scholars Walk" or "Scholars' Walk"? Some might not agree, but the East Bank walk will be Scholars Walk. No apostrophe. The walk that leads students east and west through the East...

Como Avenue Southeast roadwork to begin Monday

April 28, 2005

Will Ritter usually bikes to the University along Como Avenue Southeast, often bicycling around parked cars in tight quarters on the right side of the road. Ritter, a third-year pharmacy student, said...

Office advocates for multicultural students at U

April 25, 2005

IThis is the first story in a four-day series about diversity on campus. Tuesday's story will focus on diversity in the faculty. n 1969, minority students at the University were frustrated about the level...

Natural history area seeks to expand for more research

April 20, 2005

Recent University of Chicago graduate Joe Little works at a place where two Minnesotas meet. There, the state's northern forests and southern prairies come together in the northern metro area, where the...

U sets up phone hotline to deal with pothole season

April 14, 2005

Environmental horticulture junior Brent Fiedler knows the potential risk of potholes in roads. While traveling in the Forest Lake, Minn., area, he said, he once lost a tire as his vehicle struck a pothole...

Metro Transit, Met Council discuss proposed changes

April 13, 2005

Frank Douma, a research fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, said he takes the Hiawatha light rail line and connects with the route 74 bus to get to his home in the Highland Park area of...

Bus links Twin Cities, Duluth campuses

April 5, 2005

Mechanical engineering junior Jay Peterson said his car needs $3,000 in repairs. "I don't even like driving my car around town," he said. A Jefferson Lines bus that connects the University's Twin Cities...

MnDOT to open some carpool lanes to paying drivers in May

April 1, 2005

University graduate student Michael Corbett said that he takes Interstate Highway 394 east from St. Louis Park, Minn., on his way to the University, usually between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Traffic is slow, especially...

Dutch elm disease could become worse because of milder winters

March 29, 2005

University forest resources employee Colleen O'Connor said an elm tree provided her St. Paul house and yard with shade and free air conditioning for the 20 years she has lived there. But six weeks ago,...

U police respond to drunken driving

March 24, 2005

According to police reports, a laptop was stolen on campus this week. Staff members at the child rehabilitation building on the East Bank reported the theft. Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the...

Metro bus service proposes route cuts

March 24, 2005

Fourth-year student Andy Inserra said that he and his sister take Metro Transit bus route 712 when they have an early class, from a stop in Crystal, Minn. Other days, he said, he boards route 764 from...

Metro Transit fares could climb in July

March 8, 2005

First-year medical student Erine Fong uses her U-Pass to get to the University from her home near Dinkytown. But Fong might see an increase in the cost of her pass. Rides on Metro Transit buses or light...

Club works to make U roofs greener

March 7, 2005

A University student group is working to make some campus roofs "green." The Environmental Studies Club received a grant from the Beautiful U Day Committee for soil to be used on a "green roof" project....

U seeks funding for proposed National Center for Biofuels Research

March 3, 2005

The National Center for Biofuels Research is a "twinkle" in the eye of the College of Biological Sciences, said its dean, Bob Elde. But if enough money is raised to fund the center on the St. Paul campus,...

U vet lab prepares to halt use of dump for animal remains

February 24, 2005

As the University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory waits to use its animal tissue digester, it continues to send some of its animal remains to a metro-area landfill. Final testing must be done on the...

U students get look at timber sale

February 22, 2005

Some University students experienced a new type of classroom this month that encompassed 2 feet of snow beneath their snowshoes, wild animals and 300 acres of forest. The students went to northern Minnesota...

Alaska residents work to save refuge

February 17, 2005

If oil drilling is allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska, Robert Thompson said, he will be able to see it through the front window of his house. He and Andy Keller, a field...

Northstar project needs funding, could be derailed

February 14, 2005

Funding for the Northstar commuter rail project is in limbo. It needs a funding commitment from the State Legislature to stay alive, because the Federal Transit Administration classified it as a "not recommended"...

RecycleMania sweeps the University residence halls

February 10, 2005

It's the University versus The Ohio State University and Ivy League schools Harvard University and Yale University. But the competition doesn't involve football or academics. This time, it is for the title...

Graffiti found in U res hall

February 8, 2005

A series of incidents in January at Centennial Hall are being called hate crimes by housing officials. But University police said the incident in the series that qualifies as a hate crime was not reported...

Midtown Greenway expands toward U

February 4, 2005

University sophomore Susan Lee said she is used to hearing cars' horns when riding her bike on city streets. Lee, a biology student, said she sometimes takes the Midtown Greenway, a bike and walk path,...

Tuberculosis halts Hmong immigration

February 1, 2005

The U.S. Department of State temporarily stopped the resettlement of Hmong refugees to the United States on Friday, officials said. The refugees must wait because of tuberculosis found in some refugees...

U rolls out more buses at Huron lots

January 31, 2005

University student Rachel Lyness said she arrives at the Huron Boulevard Parking Complex by or before 9:30 a.m. for a class on the East Bank that starts after 10 a.m. Usually, there are approximately 50...

Transit options might grow

January 28, 2005

Students someday might take trains or bus rapid transit to other points on campus and between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. In its bonding bill this week, the Senate proposed that the Central...

Renewable energy continues to advance at U

January 26, 2005

The University's research continues to further its role in the state's commitment to renewable energy. Minnesota is at the intersection of forest and prairie, meaning there is an abundance and wide variety...

Commuter rail’s future hinges on state support

January 21, 2005

Funding discussions for a train line that would go from Minneapolis to the northern suburbs are continuing this legislative session. The Northstar commuter rail line, which would connect Big Lake, Minn.,...

Light rail ridership up after stops offered at Mall of America, international airport

December 14, 2004

Riding rates on the Hiawatha light rail increased by approximately 45,000 after the line opened to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America, according to first-week numbers...

Minnesota Daily poll finds student use of electronic devices is high

December 10, 2004

Janessa Anderson a communications senior, said she takes her laptop to school for PowerPoint presentations in class. She also owns a computer, a cell phone and a digital camera. Anderson is one of many...

Zerby won’t run in 2005

December 9, 2004

A change will soon occur in Ward 2 of Minneapolis, which includes the University and surrounding areas. Paul Zerby, the Minneapolis City Council member representing Ward 2, announced Tuesday he will not...

Christmas spirit sprouts on campus

December 8, 2004

Only 18 days remain until Christmas, and the holiday spirit can still be found at the corner of Cleveland Avenue North and Larpenteur Avenue West in St. Paul. Members of the University's Forestry Club,...

Second phase of light rail line to open

December 3, 2004

Starting Saturday, Twin Cities residents can take a light rail train to see Snoopy at the Mall of America or to catch an airplane. Metro Transit will open the remaining portion of the Hiawatha light rail...

Pollution is a potential problem in the metro area

November 30, 2004

The Twin Cities were less polluted Monday because of dry air moving in. However, there are days throughout the year, some of which came two weeks ago, that are not so clean. Soot - which is an air pollutant...

U has diverse transit options

November 23, 2004

There is no clear choice for how students get to campus, and nearly equal numbers of students walk, drive or take the bus, according to the latest Minnesota Daily poll. Twenty-nine percent of students...

University receives $1.5 million to build energy-efficient roofs

November 23, 2004

Standing on a rooftop in the summer makes people feel very hot because of its exposure to the sun and usually dark color. In the winter, it's cold as snow and ice piles up. To research how to keep more...

Class offers driving advice

November 18, 2004

The season of driving your car through blustery white weather and overly icy roads is nearing. With the return of the annual challenge to drive through winter conditions that can cause havoc to roadways,...

Some U commuters face challenges connecting

November 17, 2004

University student Jeina Winters said it takes her approximately 30 minutes to drive from Elk River, Minn., to the University every morning on Interstate 94. Although the drive wakes her up each morning,...

Coke invests millions at U

November 15, 2004

The drinks of choice on campus - or rather the only choices - are Coca-Cola products. The University has a contract with Coca-Cola requiring that no other soft drink products be sold on any University...

Committee advises booting task force

November 11, 2004

The wait continues on whether the practice of booting vehicles will be banned in Minneapolis. A Minneapolis committee discussed the issue Wednesday at a public hearing and decided to recommend that the...

U to study transportation accessibility

November 9, 2004

A University study that could begin as early as this month could change land-use planning in regard to transportation. David Levinson, a professor in civil engineering, will study transportation accessibility...

Grad students market renewable energy overseas, across the nation

November 5, 2004

Graduate students at the University are looking to help out the environment - nationally and internationally. A water-heating system graduate students helped design could be marketed as early as 2005....

Students react to Bush’s re-election as president

November 4, 2004

Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry conceded to President George W. Bush on Wednesday, leaving some students to reflect on a long campaign and what might happen in the next four years. "I did what I...

Some legislators share vision of a future with personal rapid transit

November 2, 2004

It's the Jetsons meets the Twin Cities. State Rep. Ray Cox, R-Northfield, said he thinks of the popular cartoon when he describes the small cars known as "personal rapid transit." The small cars are part...

Solar-power oven project continues

October 27, 2004

Student projects do not always die when the class ends. One student is continuing to work on a solar-powered cooking system that started from five other students' projects in a class last spring. The project,...

City Council to hold hearing on booting

October 27, 2004

Another public hearing will be held before City Council committee members vote on whether booting vehicles should be allowed in Minneapolis. Originally, committee members were going to vote Wednesday....

State Legislature profiles for District 66B: Warren Andersen

October 27, 2004

Warren Anderson said that if elected, he would not vote to give the University any additional money until he found out how the current funds were used. He said he would also decrease funding to sports...

Increased energy costs a concern as winter approaches

October 21, 2004

Whether heating a house or an entire university, many will feel the effects of increasing energy costs this winter. The cost of energy is a concern for students and University officials, but the good news...

Students camp out to raise awareness of homelessness

October 18, 2004

By day, the inside portion of the Washington Avenue Bridge provides a warm place to walk and mingle. By night, however, homeless people seek that warmth. To better understand the lives of homeless people,...

Minnesota grapples with transit problems

October 14, 2004

F ighting deadlines, busy class schedules and work; it's a problem when students sit in traffic. Alleviating congestion is always a task for transportation officials. How to pay for improvements remains...

Forestry club teaches school children

October 13, 2004

Elementary school student Colin Innes discovered something sticky while digging a hole for a tree along Cleveland Avenue. "Eew!" Innes said. "It's gum." Innes and other fifth-graders from St. Paul's Groveland...

High gas prices add up for University students

October 11, 2004

University student Nicholas Mullenmaster said he pays $10 per day for gasoline in his 40-mile commute from Burnsville, Minn., to the University. Increasing gas prices are causing some students such as...

Former EPA director talks at U about pollution changes

October 7, 2004

Minnesota is one of the few states where pollution from coal-burning power plants has increased, a former Environmental Protection Agency regulatory head said Wednesday at the University. Eric Schaeffer,...

U dept. gets new name

October 6, 2004

University student James Barsness was in the Department of Wood and Paper Science as a sophomore last year. This year, the third-year student made the change, as the program did, to the Department of Bio-based...

Bicycle thefts on campus decrease; indecent exposure still a problem

September 30, 2004

Five bicycle thefts were reported on campus last week, down from 17 the previous week, according to police records. The drop is "significant," said Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University...

University spearheads renewable-energy research

September 29, 2004

It will be a long time before fossil fuels are replaced, but the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment is using state funding to research the possibility. Amounting to approximately $20 million...

New central cooling system in the works

September 23, 2004

Although nature's air conditioner is fast-approaching, students in St. Paul will not have to worry about air conditioning on campus. A construction project scheduled for completion in October means more...

Sierra Club to educate voters

September 15, 2004

War, the economy and health care are some of the big issues in the presidential campaign. Students in the Sierra Club said they are hoping to add the topic of environment to the list. The North Star Chapter...

Transportation fees go up

September 15, 2004

University student Erin Durkee bought a U-Pass this year for $55. Last year, she could have bought the same pass for $50. She said she has trouble believing that the price will remain the same. "At the...

Tutoring center will open to serve St. Paul campus

September 13, 2004

Finding a tutor on the Minneapolis campus was not a problem for University student Alycen Lundberg. But now with classes in St. Paul, she said, she doesn't know where possible tutoring resources exist. She'll...

Transportation fair offers information

September 8, 2004

University student Bebe Phommasak drives to her classes from St. Michael, Minn., but said she wants to start taking the bus. For students like Phommasak, the University's annual Transportation Fair at...