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Evergreen trees on St. Paul campus on Sunday. To reduce tree theft, the University sprayed the needles of evergreen trees on campus with skunk scent.

U sprays evergreen trees to deter thieves

December 9, 2013

When winter arrives on the University of Minnesota campus, so do a few people who scope out campus evergreens, looking for a free Christmas tree. But University Facilities Management is prepared. Employees...

Medical amnesty used little

November 26, 2013

Though the state’s medical amnesty law has offered legal protections to underage drinkers for months, University of Minnesota students aren’t using it widely. The law gives legal immunity to...

Interpretive Naturalist Adam Barnett lets a bald eagle sit on his arm at the Raptor Center on Tuesday afternoon. The Raptor Center, located on the St. Paul campus, is in the midst of designing a renovation to update its facilities and better use the space available.

Raptor Center plans facelift

November 21, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center is a destination for visitors from around the state, but that wasn’t always the case. When its current facility was built in 1988, leaders didn’t...

U buildings brace for winter chill

November 12, 2013

Facilities Management employees prepare University of Minnesota buildings for winter every year, but they are limited by funding. University officials say some buildings need improvements to withstand...

For orchards, apple season lasts all year

November 7, 2013

As fall draws to a close, so does the apple harvesting season at Pepin Heights Orchards. In early November, Dennis Courtier can be found packing up apples at his Lake City, Minn., orchard and getting them...

Minnesota schools waive application fees

October 29, 2013

This month, colleges and universities across the state have been offering incentives like waived application fees to recruit more students. The University of Minnesota is part of a statewide push, called...

MPD launches anonymous tip program

October 28, 2013

The Minneapolis Police Department has introduced two new systems allowing people to send in tips through texting or through an app, news sources reported.  The program allows the tipster and MPD to...

Firm buys U’s new energy technology

October 22, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new energy technology that removes carbon dioxide from the air while generating electricity. Energy firm Heat Mining Company recently bought the rights...

Students put together breakfasts at Real Food Rising, a national summit of student leaders, on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. At the summit, they engaged in strategizing, training, and discussion about the current food movement.

Students push for sustainable food

October 14, 2013

Students from around the country gathered at TCF Bank Stadium this weekend to share ideas about food sustainability. The students are continuing to push their schools to improve food sustainability by...

Sami Pfeffer and Martha Brummitt paddle on the Mississippi River into Boom Island Park on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Pfeffer and Brummit, part of the Paddle Forward team, will be paddling down the Mississippi River from Itasca, Minn. to New Orleans, La. while creating a documentary about watershed communities.

For film, alumnae travel the river

October 7, 2013

In a journey across the Mississippi River, nearly a dozen canoeists floated into Minneapolis’ Boom Island Park for a quick lunch break last Friday afternoon. Despite dreary weather and exhaustion,...

Sierra Club: Power plant must clean up

October 2, 2013

The Sierra Club is demanding that Xcel Energy retire part of a power plant on the Mississippi River. Some environmentalists say the two coal-burning generators at Xcel’s Sherburne County power plant,...

Student group pushes U to divest

September 24, 2013

A University of Minnesota student group pushing for fossil fuel divestment is attempting to win administrative support, like many of its peer groups across the nation. Fossil Free Minnesota members are...

St. Paul residents Pa, right, and David Otterness talk about building their dream home at the the new University

U faculty help build sustainable home

September 17, 2013

A 3,600 square-foot house typically has around $2,800 in energy bills each year — but five University of Minnesota faculty members helped build one that could cut those costs by more than 80 percent. A...

Report: Xcel power plant is state’s top global warming polluter

September 16, 2013

An Xcel Energy power plant was named Minnesota's top contributor to global warming pollution, according to a Sept. 10 report by the Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center. The report, called...

Students, city partner for sustainability

September 9, 2013

University of Minnesota students and faculty members are partnering with North St. Paul for a variety of sustainability projects this year. Hundreds of graduate and professional students are expected to...

University energy saving efforts cut consumption

September 4, 2013

This summer, University of Minnesota officials experimented with a new tactic to cut energy demand on campus. University Services sent mass emails encouraging students, faculty and staff to conserve energy...