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Everything (even SXSW) is bigger in Texas

March 26, 2015

AUSTIN – No street corner was out of earshot of an amateur rap performance or without a whiff of Texas BBQ. Crushed mixtapes littered sidewalks in the downtown Austin area last week, where five-gallon...

In gay marriage sweep, Minnesota is already covered.

October 15, 2014

The wait was over. Hand in hand, the couple swapped a warm gaze and a smile before walking up the grassy backyard aisle in step. Family and friends lined their walkway, all beaming with pride and most...

Women's gymnastics head coach Meg Stephenson, left, and assistant coach Jim Stephenson speak with their team after they finished competing in an in-house meet on /date/ at Peik Gymnasium. This season the Gophers qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2002.

Gymnastics coaches out after harassment claim

September 2, 2014

Perfect landings and lipstick smiles masked federal and University of Minnesota investigations into complaints of sexual harassment and retaliation within the Gophers women’s gymnastics team last...

Sale aside, Doran’s Dinkytown presence lingers

June 8, 2014

Around the same time Doran Companies put five apartment complexes up for sale, the development firm snagged two Dinkytown sites, adding to its hefty portfolio of University of Minnesota-area properties. Doran...

Phyllis Kahn speaks with representatives of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers in her office March 13,2012 in St. Paul. Kahn is running against Mohamud Noor, DFL Minneapolis, in the 2014 election.

In tight race, Somalis turn out for Noor

April 16, 2014

The surge in political activism from Somali-Americans in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is putting pressure on longstanding Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, to prove that she deserves another term...

University professor gets threatening voicemail

April 9, 2014

A University of Minnesota professor spearheading an effort to cancel Condoleezza Rice’s campus visit received a threatening voicemail on his office line early Friday. William Messing reported a terroristic...

Kaler outlines long-term lab plans at Senate

March 5, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s 2014 capital request puts Twin Cities research labs in the spotlight, asking legislators to approve plans to gut some existing facilities and construct new ones, while...

Legislature talks medical marijuana

March 5, 2014

The discussion of whether to allow medical marijuana in Minnesota kicked off in the state Legislature on Tuesday, marking the proposal’s first step in the legislative process. The House’s Health...

President Barack Obama announces a boost to federal funding for transportation projects across the country at Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday afternoon.

Obama rallies Twin Cities for ‘year of action’

February 27, 2014

President Barack Obama took over the Union Depot in St. Paul on Wednesday, rallying support to bridge political divides and boost federal funding for road and highway improvements across the country. Against...

University police Chief Greg Hestness testifies at a Minnesota Senate higher education committee meeting about metro campus safety at the state Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

State Legislature chimes in on U crime

December 11, 2013

University of Minnesota and law enforcement officials met with state legislators Tuesday at the Capitol to discuss campus safety amid a series of violent crimes in the area. “We feel targeted, and...

University of Minnesota police officer Ryan Ross assists a pedestrian while directing traffic at Moos Tower on Tuesday.

Crime petition gains traction

December 4, 2013

On a cold, gray afternoon last month, a man with a handgun robbed a University of Minnesota student studying in Anderson Hall. During the dark hours of a November night, a man wearing clothes that resembled...

Franken pushes for more open textbooks

December 3, 2013

Congress is mulling a proposal that would promote the use of free online educational materials nationwide — an action higher education advocates say is crucial to combat the rising costs of textbooks. U.S....

Left Blong Yang, and right Abdi Warsame

Yang and Warsame join City Council

November 27, 2013

BLONG YANG Attorney Blong Yang will represent Ward 5, an area made up of seven north Minneapolis neighborhoods. Outgoing City Councilman Don Samuels has served the ward since 2003 but chose to run for...

From the left: Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender and Andrew Johnson

New faces join City Council

November 12, 2013

Following the 2013 city election, the Minnesota Daily will be running a two-week series that profiles new City Council members. Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender and Andrew Johnson were chosen by voters last week...

Minneapolis firefighter wraps

Mech E cleared after reported gas leak

November 11, 2013

University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff evacuated the Mechanical Engineering building on Church Street Southeast because of a suspected gas leak late Monday afternoon. University spokesman...

After days of counting, city election results announced

November 11, 2013

Minneapolis officials declared election winners late last week after spending nearly 50 hours counting votes. It was the city’s first open mayoral election using a ranked-choice voting system. Former...

After days of counting, Hodges elected mayor

November 7, 2013

City Councilwoman Betsy Hodges was named the next mayor of Minneapolis Thursday, following days of city officials counting votes. Hodges will succeed three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak come January. She won with...

Rybak to teach U classes

October 31, 2013

After more than a decade at City Hall, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is going back to school. Rybak will begin teaching courses next semester at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School and the...

ForestEthics protesters Sen Holiday, left, and Carrie Feldman hang off a banner attached to the Washington Avenue Bridge in protest to 3M's environmental practices on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

Activists hang out to protest 3M

October 8, 2013

After dangling over the Mississippi River for hours in the unusually warm October sun, two environmental activists hoisted themselves back onto the Washington Avenue Bridge, where they were promptly arrested. Sen...

Biology senior Zach Flessert, right, reads the speech he wrote to his fiance, civil engineering senior Scott Miller, the day he proposed. The couple met their freshman year in a physics class and eventually learned they lived in Middlebrook together. They began dating soon after.

Engaged at home, but not married

May 7, 2013

Nearly 40 years ago, two men, one a University of Minnesota law student, became the first to petition the U.S. Supreme Court that they had a constitutional right to marry. Twenty years ago, graffiti painted...

Supporters of same sex marriage in Minnesota rally at the State Capitol despite rain and snow on Thursday, April 18, 2013,.

Metro, rural Minnesota split on marriage

April 22, 2013

  Minnesota legislators have five weeks to decide if they want to repeal the state’s law banning same-sex marriages — an action supporters say will help the economy, but opponents say...

Senator proposes HEAPR, Crookston wellness center funds

April 22, 2013

Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, last week brought bills to the Senate higher education committee that would allocate $75 million for HEAPR — Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement —...

Leg. rehashes U’s admin spending

April 21, 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton is purposing to increase the state's higher education funding by $260 million, which includes more money for the University of Minnesota, despite the instiution's alleged administrative...

Same-sex marriage supporters rally despite snow

April 18, 2013

Nearly a thousand Minnesotans cheered in the frigid hail and snow Thursday, urging state legislators to repeal the state’s law banning same-sex marriages. Hosted by Minnesotans United for All Families...

At Legislature, more money comes with more problems for University

April 18, 2013

Increased funding for the University of Minnesota passed the full Minnesota Senate on Wednesday, but state leaders continued to voice concern about the school’s spending. Legislators passed the bill,...

House calls for more U oversight

April 16, 2013

The state House granted the University of Minnesota increased funding to freeze tuition Monday, but it came with a few strings attached for the future: to show legislators where the money’s going. The...

Funding fumbles for Vikings stadium

April 11, 2013

State legislators are proposing backup ways to pay for the new Vikings stadium’s hefty price tag after slow success from the state’s electronic pull-tab system. The idea, backed by Gov. Mark...

Senate funds University tuition freeze

April 10, 2013

  A state Senate higher education committee voted to increase the University of Minnesota’s funding by $80 million Tuesday, despite some reservations from policymakers. The Senate’s recommended...

Rep. Denny McNamara responds to questions about the bill to recognize same-sex civil unions as an alternative to same-sex marriage on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the State Capitol.

Republican unveils civil union proposal

April 4, 2013

Republican legislators unveiled a proposal Wednesday to legalize civil unions, an action that would allow same-sex couples the benefits of marriage but not the title. Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, introduced...

Dayton, Franken discuss college costs

April 3, 2013

  State and federal leaders discussed the struggle students face to pay for college Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Gov. Mark Dayton and other state higher education officials hosted a roundtable...

Outstate intern program stalls at Capitol again

April 2, 2013

State legislators have pushed for two years to fund an internship program that would get students working in outstate Minnesota, but various factors continue to stop them. Backed by the Coalition of Greater...

Dayton scraps MN sales tax proposal

March 15, 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to expand the state's sales tax was scrapped and he wants to increase income taxes on the wealthiest of Minnesotans to make up the difference in revenue. The latest...

Same-sex marriage bill clears first hurdle

March 13, 2013

After hours of discussion, same-sex marriage legislation cleared its first hurdle at the state Capitol on Tuesday. Bills to repeal the state’s 1997 law banning same-sex marriages passed committees...

Bold, anti-gay comment from MN Rep.

March 12, 2013

Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, one of the most vocal opponents of same-sex marriage in the Minnesota Legislature, is facing criticism after introducing his friend, Kevin Petersen, as someone who...

Rally attendants cheer during the Minnesota for Marriage rally on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the State Capital.

Same-sex marriage foes rally

March 11, 2013

As legislators prepare to push a same-sex marriage bill through the state Legislature, opponents say it’s not right for the state. At the state Capitol on Thursday, nearly 1,000 Minnesotans urged...

Representatives want to make Minnesota midwest Hollywood

March 7, 2013

State legislators are teaming up with Hollywood producers to make Minnesota more attractive to filmmakers. Reps. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, and others Wednesday presented...

Premium ticket holders Toni Hennen, left, Kyle Thomforde and Louie Mondale enjoy beer during a Gophers hockey game Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Mariucci Arena. A bill introduced in the Minnesota House would allow alcohol sales thoughout Mariucci and Williams Arenas, pending Board of Regents approval.

U hesitant about alcohol at Mariucci, Williams

March 6, 2013

The University of Minnesota doesn’t want to expand alcohol sales at Mariucci and Williams Arenas — yet. University officials testified Tuesday at a hearing on a bill that would allow alcohol...

MN Legislator says homosexuality is a ‘sexual addiction’

March 2, 2013

Shortly after legislators introduced a bipartisan bill to legalize same-sex marriages in Minnesota, a state lawmaker made statements against the proposal. The Star Tribune reported Wednesday...

Paul Melchert (left), a pediatrician, speaks to the media about his support of the legalization of gay marriage while accompanied with his partner James Zimmerman (far right), and their two sons, Emmett (left), and Gabriel Melchert-Zimmerman (right). Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Karen Clark, chief sponsors of the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, held a press conference introducing their bill Wednesday at the Capitol.

Same-sex marriage push begins

February 28, 2013

A bipartisan bill to legalize same-sex marriages in Minnesota was introduced at the state Capitol on Wednesday morning. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, is sponsoring legislation that would repeal the...

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak speaks to the College Democrats about gun safety on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Coffman Union.

Gun debate endures in Senate, on campus

February 28, 2013

As the debate on whether to change Minnesota’s firearm regulations endures in the state Legislature, the University of Minnesota continues to play an active role. University students and officials,...

Paul Melchert (left), a pediatrician, speaks to the media about his support of the legalization of gay marriage while accompanied with his partner James Zimmerman (far right), and their two sons, Emmett (left), and Gabriel Melchert-Zimmerman (right). Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Karen Clark, chief sponsors of the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, held a press conference introducing their bill Wednesday at the Capitol.

Same-sex marriage bill announced

February 27, 2013

  A historical bill to legalize same-sex marriages in Minnesota was announced Wednesday morning at a packed news conference in St. Paul. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, presented the proposal...

Hideaway employee Beth Ludvik works behind the counter Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Dinkytown.

Tobacco tax increase is in the works

February 20, 2013

State legislators want to substantially increase the state’s tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products to prevent smoking and generate revenue. Last month, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed raising Minnesota’s...

Clark McDonald and Walt Oberstar kiss while gay marriage supporters rally Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Capitol. McDonald and Oberstar have been together for 30 years and were married in 2008 in Toronto.

Same-sex marriage bills to be introduced

February 18, 2013

With momentum from the marriage amendment’s defeat, Minnesota lawmakers will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to try legalizing same-sex marriage. More than 2,000 Minnesotans rallied at the state...

Higher education grants may get boost

February 14, 2013

  Higher education backers are excited that the governor’s budget proposal could substantially increase state grant funding for lower-income students. Gov. Mark Dayton’s biennial budget...

Tonight, Obama’s State of the Union address

February 13, 2013

President Barack Obama is estimated to advocate for "smarter government" instead of "bigger government" Tuesday night.  Excerpts of the president's first State...

State is torn on gun proposals

February 11, 2013

From the University of Minnesota to Washington D.C., gun control is taking center stage. State legislators heard a slew of bills last week in the House of Representatives that would tighten gun regulations,...

Gov. Mark Dayton delivers his third State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn. In his speech, Dayton spoke about Minnesota's job growth, tax reform, after-school programs, his support of gay marriage and his goal of balancing the state budget.

Dayton: Show me ‘Plan C’

February 7, 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton is looking for answers. In his third State of the State address Wednesday night, the governor challenged legislators and state officials to offer a better plan than his for fixing Minnesota’s...

Gun control, round two

February 6, 2013

For the second time this week, a committee meeting was packed full of gun control advocates and opponents. Testifiers, lawmakers alike crowded into a House Public Safety Finance hearing, while many more...

Capitol kicks off gun law hearings

February 6, 2013

Supporters and opponents of gun control filled the state Capitol on Tuesday for the first day of hearings on bills aimed at modifying the state’s gun laws. On Tuesday the state House of Representatives...

Health act working way through Leg.

February 4, 2013

Lawmakers are ironing out the details of Minnesota’s new marketplace for health coverage — an exchange that’s expected to have almost a million Minnesota users in its first year. The...