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Private photo online revealed to be U regent

July 25, 2013

University of Minnesota Board of Regents member and former state legislator Laura Brod confirmed Thursday a private photograph posted of her online was authentic and said in a statement that she intends...

Bill would expand liquor sales at arenas

February 25, 2013

  A state legislator introduced a bill Thursday that would allow alcohol sales at Mariucci and Williams Arenas. Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, wants to allow alcohol to be sold to the general...

Bill would allow alcohol in Mariucci, Williams

February 21, 2013

A bill introduced in the Minnesota House on Thursday would allow alcohol sales at Mariucci and Williams Arenas, pending Board of Regents approval. Authored by Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, the bill...

Voters cast their ballots at University Lutheran Church of Hope polling station Tuesday in Dinkytown. The Predominantly student prescient draws heavy traffic, as well as complications with election day registration.

Some student voters have problems at the polls

November 7, 2012

  Some University of Minnesota students who preregistered to vote on campus last month had trouble voting Tuesday. Students who said they registered at Wilson and Walter libraries were not on registered...

Bookies estimate Packers-Seahawks game cost bettors upwards of $300M

September 25, 2012

Twitter, Facebook and social media sites around the country exploded last night as America watched the controversial call that awarded the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the Green Bay Packers. But while...

Rybak to speak at DNC tonight

September 4, 2012

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is slated to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolinal, according to the Star Tribune. Rybak is the vice chair of the Demcoratic National...

Man dies after jumping off U parking ramp

August 22, 2012

A man jumped to his death from the Washington Avenue parking ramp just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene, according to University of Minnesota police Deputy Chief Chuck...

Man shot in bathroom of Minneapolis public library

June 14, 2012

A man was shot in the back in the bathroom of a Minneapolis public library Thursday. Police have yet to find the unidentified shooter, whose shot paralyzed the victim, according to the Star Tribune. A...

General Mills comes out against marriage amendment

June 14, 2012

  The heads of General Mills announced they are opposing the proposed constitutional amendment would ban same-sex marriage. The announcement makes the Minnesota-based food manufacturer one of the...

Voter ID headed to the courts

June 7, 2012

  The Minnesota Supreme Court will soon decide if a November ballot question that would require ID at the polls needs to be changed or removed. The contentious ballot question that Republicans...

Washington Ave. bridge closed this weekend

June 7, 2012

The Washington Avenue Bridge, connecting the East and West Banks of campus, will be closed for the next two weekends due to work on the upcoming light rail.  In a release sent to the University community...

Cody Lake, left, and roommate Nick Fehst smoke a cigarette on the porch of University House, a sober house in Marcy-Homes neighborhood. Lake will start taking classes at the University this summer.

Back where it started: addiction on campus

May 3, 2012

Bridget woke up strapped to a hospital bed after passing out on the sidewalks of Chicago. Steve, clouded by drugs and depression, tried to kill himself one summer morning. Cody’s drug was heroin....

Final higher ed bill includes insurance waiver expansion, U mining program

April 26, 2012

  A conference committee passed a handful of provisions relating to higher education policy Wednesday night, with implications for the University of Minnesota. Because the versions of the House and...

For U, millions hang on fate of bonding bill

April 18, 2012

  State legislators hope to leave the Capitol in a matter of weeks, and a bonding bill is among many issues yet to be settled. The bill’s fate determines whether the University of Minnesota...

Months-long arbitration between U, custodians is coming to a close

April 16, 2012

  After sending their arguments to an arbitrator, the University of Minnesota and its custodial workers now await a decision about their battle over new cleaning practices. The arbitration process...

At least 3 dead in Brooklyn Park

April 9, 2012

Three people were shot dead Monday morning in Brooklyn Park at what the Star Tribune is reporting is an in-home day care center. Police said the shooting occured at about 6:30 a.m. and so far no suspect...

Debate ramps up over potential effects of voter ID measure on students

April 9, 2012

  With the state Legislature’s recent passage of the voter ID constitutional amendment, the future voting process for college students rests on many factors. And while both sides agree it’s...

Tom Devine was elected the new regent to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Wednesday night inside the House chambers. Devine was elected by the full legislature over Bob Vogel, the other nominee.

Legislature selects U grad to replace Sviggum as regent

April 5, 2012

  The Minnesota Legislature selected Tom Devine Wednesday to fill the empty Board of Regents seat. Devine will take over for former Regent Steve Sviggum, who left the board in early March after a...

Committee vote fails to recommend nominee for U board

April 4, 2012

Both higher education committees of the state Legislature met together Tuesday night to recommend who should be the next regent at the University of Minnesota — but failed to do so. Three candidates...

Steve Sviggum feeds hay to his cattle Saturday morning at a farm near his home in Kenyon, Minn.  In addition to working as communications director for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus, Sviggum grows corn and raises cattle with his two brothers.

The man who did too much

April 2, 2012

In an old hay shed 40 miles outside of St. Paul, Steve Sviggum stood boot-deep in cow manure on a grey Saturday morning, wrestling a three-week-old calf with a broken leg. He was gentle but firm as he...

Skittles sales rise in wake of Martin’s death

March 29, 2012

  Skittles are flying off the shelves, the New York Times reports, but controversy is coming with the bags of brightly-colored candies. In the wake of Florida teen Trayvon Martin’s death, who...

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, breathes a sigh of relief on Saturday at the DFL Convention held at Edison High School in Minneapolis, following the second ballot where she was only three votes short of an endorsement.

DFL endorses Kahn for state House race

March 26, 2012

For the 20th time in her 40-year career as a state representative, Rep. Phyllis Kahn won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement as the House candidate for the University of Minnesota area.  After...

Proposal to mandate second student on U board faces opposition

March 22, 2012

A bill introduced last week in the state Legislature would require two students sit on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. The bill, which faced stiff opposition Wednesday in the Senate,...

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks with representatives of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers in her office March 13 in St. Paul, Minn.  Kahn represents house district 59B, which includes the most of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

Representing the student bloc: Phyllis Kahn

March 21, 2012

  At 74-years-old, Phyllis Kahn hustles around the state Capitol, running from committee to constituent meeting with precious little time in between. A 12-hour work day — leaving time to only...

Regents approve six-year capital plan

March 9, 2012

 The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents passed the six-year capital plan for the University Friday morning. The six-year capital plan serves as a long-range projection of what the University...

Tuition reciprocity account proposed

March 7, 2012

A bill introduced last week in the state Legislature would change how Minnesota handles its reciprocity funds. Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, presented a bill that would create a new tuition reciprocity...

A bill in the state Legislature would make selling synthetic marijuana products like K2 a felony.

Legislator wants to curb synthetic marijuana sales

March 5, 2012

  While the federal government continues the fight over synthetic drugs, a Minnesota state legislator wants harsher penalties for selling them. A bill heard in a state House of Representatives committee...

Mining program could come back to U

February 29, 2012

After 40 years, a mining program could return to the University of Minnesota. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, brought a bill Tuesday to the state House Higher Education and Policy and Finance Committee...

Minneapolis to lose 2 legislators

February 28, 2012

For at least the next 10 years, Minneapolis will have fewer state legislators representing the city at the Capitol, which is a concern for some local politicians. Last week, a panel of judges revealed...

School shooting in Ohio leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

February 27, 2012

A school shooting Monday left one student dead and four more injured at a high school in Chardon, Ohio. Early reports stated that the gunman began shooting in the school cafeteria with a handgun before...

Dayton elected vice chair of Midwestern Governors Association

February 26, 2012

Gov. Mark Dayton was elected vice chair of the Midwestern Governors Association this week in Washington D.C.  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was elected chair out of the nine regional governors present.  In...

New maps alter U-area district

February 22, 2012

A panel of judges revealed Tuesday what congressional and legislative district lines will look like for the next 10 years. Every 10 years in Minnesota after the U.S. Census data is released, district lines...

Vikings, University reach tentative deal over Vikings playing at TCF

February 21, 2012

  The Vikings and the University of Minnesota have reached a tentative deal on details surrounding the Vikings playing at TCF Bank Stadium. In a potential agreement, the University would add 3,000...

Captain Sam Bellamy, played by Stephen Pearce, makes the rounds at the new exhibit Real Pirates at the Science Museum in Saint Paul.

Pirates invade St. Paul in swashbuckling style

February 20, 2012

  The audience watched the screen as a reel of waves crashed over the sides of a sinking 18th century ship. Lightning flashed and thunder crackled. As the film ended, the screen rose to reveal a solid-bronze...

Governor Mark Dayton delivered his State of the State address inside the House chambers on Wednesday evening.

Dayton stresses compromise, jobs and education in speech

February 16, 2012

Despite a divided state government and tough economic times, Gov. Mark Dayton is optimistic. Dayton painted a positive picture of Minnesota’s future in his second State of the State address Wednesday...

Bill would slow legislators’ move to Board of Regents

February 13, 2012

  A bill introduced in the state Legislature last week would make it harder for former legislators to serve on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. The bill, introduced by Rep. Kate...

Romney wins Maine caucuses

February 12, 2012

Mitt Romney won the Maine caucuses Saturday in yet another nonbinding straw poll. Romney won over second-place finisher Ron Paul with 39 percent of the vote in a contest that had only about 5,500 turn...

Late night shooting is Minneapolis’ first homicide of 2012

February 11, 2012

A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in a downtown Minneapolis hotel, according to the Star Tribune. The shooting happened in a room at the Millennium Hotel at around 2:30 a.m. There were several...

Minneapolis City Council opposes marriage amendment

February 10, 2012

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted Friday to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples. The council passed a resolution that demonstrated the...

Proposed bill would make it harder for legislators to serve on the Board of Regents

February 10, 2012

A bill introduced Wednesday would make it harder for former legislators to serve on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents. The bill, introduced by Rep. Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton,...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler testified for the first time at the Higher Education Policy and Finance committee meeting Thursday at the State Office Building. Kaler presented the 2012 Capitol Budget Request for the University.

Kaler makes pitch to House higher ed committee

February 9, 2012

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler returned to the Legislature Thursday to once again make his case for more funding for the University in the upcoming bonding bill. It was Kaler's first trip...

Griffen deputy campaign manager and political science sophomore Johnathon Walker conducts a count during a democratic caucus Tuesday night in Coffman Union.

Santorum wins GOP vote in Minn.

February 8, 2012

Rick Santorum won the Minnesota caucuses Tuesday night âÄî a symbolic victory just north from where he won the first caucus of the election season in Iowa a month ago. The former Pennsylvania state...

Mike Griffin, center, tells Paula Alvarez and Maria Bustamante to

Griffin, Kahn vie for DFL support in caucuses

February 7, 2012

Tuesday marks the official beginning of the election process in Minnesota with the precinct caucuses. Precinct caucuses are held statewide and students, like all citizens, can get involved and demonstrate...

U study nudges kids toward veggies

February 2, 2012

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have published a new study that could help increase vegetable consumption for young children. In the study published online Wednesday in the Journal of the American...

Macalester College graduated and Campus Organizer for Minnesota Public Interest Research Group Joey Dobson testifies against a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo identification to vote.  Dobson testified that the requirement would be difficult to meet for college students, who move frequently.

Voter ID amendment draws opposition to state Capitol

February 2, 2012

The controversial voter ID amendment went through its first test at the state Capitol on Wednesday. The Minnesota State Senate Local Government and Elections Committee listened to hours of public testimony...

Proposed bill would let 18-year-olds drink in bars

February 1, 2012

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, proposed a bill Monday that would allow 18-year-olds to drink in bars and restaurants, but would still deny them the ability to purchase alcohol in stores. The bill...

Kahn introduces bill to lower drinking age

January 31, 2012

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, proposed a bill Monday that would allow 18-year-olds to drink in bars and restaurants, but would still deny them the ability to purchase alcohol in stores. The bill...

President Eric Kaler, right, speaks to the media about the University's 2012 legislative priorities Friday at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Kaler was joined by the University's new special assistant to the president for government relations Jason Rohloff.

Kaler talks U priorities in first Capitol visit

January 30, 2012

Eric Kaler is gearing up for his first state legislative session as president of the University of Minnesota. Kaler made his first trip to the state Capitol on Friday to address members of the media on...

Minn. Senate interns to go unpaid

January 26, 2012

Due to budget cuts in the Minnesota State Senate, student legislative interns will no longer get paid âÄî effective immediately. Funding for the Senate internship program is being cut, which means...

Senate interns to go unpaid

January 25, 2012

Due to budget cuts in the Minnesota State Senate, student legislative interns will no longer get paid âÄî effective immediately. Funding for the Senate internship program is being cut, which means...