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Everything (even SXSW) is bigger in Texas

Published 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.

Published 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...

Womens 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 fire line do not cross tape around the perimeter of the Mechanical Engineering building on east bask Monday around 4:00pm. Students and faculty were evacuated due to a potential gas leak.

Mech E cleared after reported gas leak

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 3Ms environmental practices on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

Activists hang out to protest 3M

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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.

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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’

Published 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...

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

Published 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 push begins

Published 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...

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Minnesotas 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’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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.

Published 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...

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks about the states recent budget forecast Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at the Capitol. Dayton proposed that money from a lower projected deficit be returned back to taxpayers and additional tax reductions.

Budget forecast gets better

Published February 4, 2013

The University of Minnesota isn’t backing off on its aggressive approach for state funding, despite an improved state budget prediction. State finance officials announced Thursday that their deficit...

Assistant manager Rex Vogen, left, and employee Chris Buchel of Espresso Royal prepare drinks Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Dinkytown. Vogen says he thinks that a raise in minimum wage would be a good thing because minimum wage needs to be livable. If people cant make ends meet realistically [with the current minimum wage], then its not working, Vogen said.

DFLers push for higher minimum wage

Published February 4, 2013

  As one of only four states below the federal level, lawmakers are looking to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage. With three bills this legislative session so far, and more likely to come, Democratic-Farmer-Labor...

Days before Obama’s Minneapolis visit, gun pic makes headlines

Published February 3, 2013

Days before President Barack Obama sets off for Minneapolis to advocate against gun violence, the White House released a photo of him shooting a rifle. After the Obama stated in an interview that...

U outlines finances at Capitol, lawmakers skeptical

Published January 29, 2013

University of Minnesota administrators are becoming regulars at the state Capitol, and legislators aren’t holding back. In the continued effort of petitioning for state funds, administrators are...

Thousands of people shop at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Union each year. Gov. Daytons proposed sales tax on clothing could have an effect on campus.

Retailers react to sales-tax plan

Published January 28, 2013

In effort to alleviate the state’s $1.1 billion deficit, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed last week to start taxing clothing items more than $100, which has irked some state retailers. Dayton’s budget...

Coasters and cocktails?

Published January 25, 2013

Minnesota lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would allow Valleyfair to sell alcoholic beverages. The legislation, authored by Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, would authorize the city of Shakopee...

Gov. Mark Dayton presents his budget proposal at the Minnesota Department of Revenue on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in St. Paul, Minn.

U could get increased funding

Published January 23, 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed increased funding for the University of Minnesota in his budget Tuesday morning. Dayton wants to increase the state’s spending on higher education by $240 million —...

University President Eric Kaler testifies before the House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development about the Universitys administrative spending on Jan. 15, 2013 . Kaler denied assertions that administrative costs have become excessive after a recent Wall Street Journal article made allegations against the University of Minnesotas spending habits.

University begins making case at Capitol

Published January 22, 2013

With a predicted state budget shortfall of $1.1 billion and criticisms about administrative costs, the University of Minnesota has had a notable presence during the first couple weeks of the 2013 state...

New police chief Janee Harteau, center, and Mayor R.T. Rybak, right, speak between congratulations from city council members, citizens and other officers Dec. 4 at Minneapolis City Hall.

Community reacts to new police chief

Published December 12, 2012

Duluth, Minn., native Janee Harteau broke barriers last week. Last Tuesday she was sworn in as Minneapolis’ chief of police after serving on the force for nearly 26 years. She’s the first female...

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak talks about his involvement with the University on Monday in his office at City Hall in downtown Minneapolis.

Mpls. political futures rest in Rybak’s hands

Published December 11, 2012

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak hasn’t said if he’ll run for re-election. When he does, his decision will impact the political futures of many others. Several potential mayoral candidates have...

$1.1B state budget shortfall predicted

Published December 6, 2012

The Minnesota state government is expected to face a $1.1 billion deficit this upcoming biennium, officials announced Wednesday. Minnesota Management and Budget officials outlined the 2014-15 biennial...

Council reviews energy ordinance

Published December 3, 2012

The Minneapolis City Council is reviewing a proposed ordinance that would require large commercial buildings to report energy use. The proposal, headed by Councilwoman Elizabeth Glidden, follows a trend...

Malcolm Jordan, who used to be homeless, expresses his concerns at the public hearing of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybaks proposed budget Wednesday evening at Minneapolis City Hall.

Mayor’s budget nears final stage

Published November 29, 2012

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s 2013 budget passed one of its final checkpoints Wednesday night without any major opposition. The proposed budget focuses on increasing investments in public safety,...

U looks to fix area biking problems

Published November 27, 2012

Minneapolis is consistently ranked in the top three for bike-friendly cities nationwide, but students and faculty at the University of Minnesota say there’s work to be done in the area. Alleviating...

City of Minneapolis employees Keith Barker, left, and Darius Locke, right, remove leftover one-sort recycling carts on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. Some residents in neighborhoods surrounding the University should see their new carts as soon as this week.

Single-sort system aims to double recycling

Published November 26, 2012

The new blue bins around town are Minneapolis’ latest effort to double recycling rates. The Minneapolis Department of Public Works started distributing 30,000 blue 95-gallon carts to residents Nov....

Study finds Nice Ride boosts biz

Published November 21, 2012

As winter draws closer, crews from Nice Ride Minnesota have packed their bikes for the year. But the end of the bike season also brought new data about Nice Ride — including numbers showing that...

Fields stays active in 5th District despite loss to Ellison

Published November 15, 2012

Chris Fields ran against Keith Ellison for Congress this election knowing he would lose. He instead worked toward getting his conservative message out in a historically Democrat-held district. He hoped...

Seven Corners could see upgrade

Published November 14, 2012

  An intersection near the University of Minnesota’s West Bank known for its high number of pedestrian accidents could get an upgrade. Minneapolis’ Ways and Means Budget Committee approved...

In offering tuition freeze, U isn’t alone

Published November 13, 2012

  The University of Minnesota voted to freeze tuition for two years last month, a trend picking up around the nation. The University’s Board of Regents on Oct. 12 unanimously approved a biennial...

Rep. Keith Ellison speaks to the crowd at the DFL Party at Crown Plaza Riverfront in St. Paul, Wednesday evening.

Ellison grabs 4th term

Published November 7, 2012

Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minneapolis, retained his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday when voters re-elected him for a fourth term. He has served the district since 2006. The representative...

Marty wins in the new district

Published November 7, 2012

  Sen. John Marty was re-elected to the Minnesota state Senate on Tuesday night for the ninth time. With 23 of 24 precincts reporting, Marty defeated Republican candidate Wayde Brooks with 74 percent...

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks at a rally Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012,  at the Sun Country Airlines hanger in Minneapolis.

Ryan rallies thousands at airport

Published November 5, 2012

Once considered a Democratic stronghold, Minnesota has become a target for presidential candidates in the 11th hour of the election. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigned in Minneapolis...

Don’t forget to switch clocks, change alarm batteries

Published November 2, 2012

As people turn back their clocks Sunday night for daylight-saving time, the city urges people to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Daylight-saving time...

Brad Pitt donates to Minnesota “Vote No” efforts

Published November 1, 2012

Moneyball actor Brad Pitt invested $100,000 in four states, including Minnesota, to fight initiatives against gay marriage. The Minnesota amendment would ban same-sex marriage while the ballot initiatives...

Days left, presidential campaigns hit Minnesota, Wisconsin

Published November 1, 2012

Once called a “safe” state for President Barack Obama, Minnesota shows a narrowing margin between presidential candidates— gaining the attention from both campaigns. Minnesota Public...

‘Passionate,’ influential child psych professor dies

Published October 30, 2012

Nicki Crick, a professor of child psychology at the Institute of Child Development who was known for her love for sweets and “quirky enthusiasm,” died Sunday morning of cancer. She was 54. Crick...

Sen. John Marty

Published October 28, 2012

What is the most pressing issue to the University and how do you plan to deal with it? The most pressing issue for the University is funding. I think the state and other public sources have dried up so...

Chris Fields

Published October 28, 2012

As tuition costs rise, what, if anything, would you do to make college more affordable?  I want to look at the multiple ways to pay for college. I want to make it one price for four years, so when...

Rep. Keith Ellison

Published October 28, 2012

As tuition costs rise, what, if anything, would you do to make college more affordable?   More Pell grants and more student aid — grants and loans. I don’t want students to have to pay...

Byberg seeks rematch in CD7

Published October 25, 2012

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson has six offices in his district — a necessary amount considering the 7th Congressional District spans from nearly the top of Minnesota to the bottom. Elected in 1990, Peterson...

Public Works envisions safer biking

Published October 22, 2012

The Minneapolis Public Works  department finalized suggestions Thursday that the City Council lobby for more control over its bike laws in the upcoming legislative session. The recommendations focused...

Alissa Clark helps decorate the walls in the new Minnesotans United for All Families office in Dinkytown. The organization held an open house on Saturday to kick off the final few weeks of the campaign.

2 weeks out, MN United opens Dinkytown office

Published October 22, 2012

With just over two weeks left until Election Day, opponents of the marriage amendment are narrowing in on the University of Minnesota campus. Minnesotans United for All Families, the main opponent of the...

Groups work to stop ped. deaths 2012

Published October 17, 2012

As October is typically the most hazardous month for pedestrians in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and other groups are aiming to prevent accidents. MnDOT launched their safety campaign...

Ellison, Fields spar over jobs, economy

Published October 15, 2012

Candidates for Minnesota’s 5th District congressional seat debated Thursday on jobs, the economy and the president. Republican first-time candidate and former U.S. Marine Chris Fields faced third-term...

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison speaks to constituents assembled at a presidential-debate viewing party hosted by the Minneapolis Urban League on Oct. 3. Ellison is running for re-election in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District against Republican candidate Chris Fields.

Former Marine faces 3-term Ellison in CD5

Published October 11, 2012

What Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District  lacks in size, it makes up for in diversity. The district’s urban livelihood extends over the University of Minnesota into eastern Hennepin...

‘Vote no’ support rising

Published October 9, 2012

A poll released Monday showed more Minnesotans oppose the upcoming marriage amendment than favor it. Public Policy Polling’s latest poll showed 49 percent of Minnesotans opposed the amendment to...

U researcher predicts election from no. of blinks

Published October 9, 2012

Analysts of last Wednesday’s presidential debate almost unanimously deemed Republican candidate Mitt Romney as the winner — not only for presentation but also for nonverbal communication. Eric...

University researcher shows Obama blinked 1,000 times more than Romney during debate

Published October 8, 2012

Analysts of last Wednesday’s Presidential Debate almost unanimously deemed Republican candidate Mitt Romney as the winner — not only for presentation, but also for nonverbal communication. Eric...

Employee Ashley Krueger arranges cupcakes to be put in the display case Wednesday morning at Cupcake on University Avenue Southeast.

Local businesses support ‘Vote No’

Published October 4, 2012

Months after several large corporations spoke against the upcoming marriage amendment, small businesses in Minneapolis are following suit. Cupcake, a local cafe and bakery near the University of Minnesota,...

Homes with ‘Vote No’ signs vandalized in Blaine

Published October 3, 2012

Eight houses with "Vote No" signs on their lawns were vandalized Monday night, police said. According to a report by KARE 11, vandals spray-painted the yard signs and a few garage doors...

Neighborhood resident Klaus Zimmerman reinforces a greenhouse at one of Stone

Urban farming thrives after city changes

Published October 2, 2012

Nearly half a year after the Minneapolis City Council finalized an urban farming plan, growers say they’re feeling the benefits. In April, the council voted to amend the Urban Agriculture Policy...

‘Draw Mohammed’ protest sparks dialogue

Published October 1, 2012

Drawings of the Prophet Muhammad are sparking dialogue between two University of Minnesota student groups. Thursday evening the University of Minnesota Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists got together...

Minneapolis hosts Google app launch party

Published October 1, 2012

Google celebrated the launch of its new Field Trip app with a tech-infused sightseeing tour in northeast Minneapolis on Saturday. Early adopters explored the city with the latest Android app as their digital...

City Council votes to overhaul CRA

Published September 24, 2012

The Minneapolis City Council voted 8-5 Friday to overhaul a citizen agency that reviews cases of police misconduct. The Civilian Review Authority, previously a civilian-run investigative panel, will now...

Minneapolis invests in chargers for electric cars

Published September 19, 2012

A Minneapolis City Council committee approved a grant Monday that would provide up to 25 electric-car charging stations in downtown Minneapolis parking ramps. The Ways and Means Committee approved the...

Light-rail system will reduce runoff pollution

Published September 18, 2012

When completed, the Central Corridor light rail will be known as the green line. Sustainability measures used in construction of the project as well as infiltration trenches will help the project live...

U students, grads attend DNC for district

Published September 13, 2012

University of Minnesota students flocked to Charlotte, N.C., last week for the Democratic National Convention. All the delegates from Senate District 60, which includes the University, were University...

Latest hybrid bus hits the road in Minneapolis

Published September 11, 2012

Metro Transit’s  newest hybrid-electric bus made its inaugural run early Monday, departing from a North Minneapolis garage. The next-generation bus picked up passengers at the Nicollet Mall ...

Odor alert lights up campus cellphones

Published September 5, 2012

A campus-wide emergency text message alerted University of Minnesota students of odor issues in Moos Tower and Weaver-Densford Hall on Wednesday morning. Several calls were made to University police dispatchers...

Light-rail construction 68 percent complete

Published September 4, 2012

Central Corridor light- rail construction reached major milestones near the University of Minnesota campus prior to the holiday weekend as workers put in extra hours to have roads, sidewalks and crosswalks...