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Man molests, assaults woman on West Bank

August 26, 2014

A woman was molested and assaulted on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank on Saturday night, police said. The woman, who is not affiliated with the University, was loading her bike into a car...

Armed man attempts to rob bicyclist on East Bank

August 22, 2014

An armed man on a bicycle tried to rob another cyclist at gunpoint near the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview on Thursday night, University police said. The incident is the third on or near...

Mayor Hodges proposes city’s 2015 budget

August 14, 2014

In her first budget address as Minneapolis mayor, Betsy Hodges proposed on Thursday several initiatives aimed at combating racial disparities and bolstering public safety citywide. With more than $2.1...

Kahn tops Noor in primary election

August 12, 2014

Click here to view a Facebook photo gallery from the Daily's primary election coverage.   On Tuesday, 42-year incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn bested Mohamud Noor in a contentious race to represent the...

Kahn, Noor make last-minute pitches to voters

August 11, 2014

  Hours before the polls open for Tuesday’s primary election, the two leading candidates vying to represent the University of Minnesota’s area at the Capitol are making their final cases...

Voter turnout in U-area slow

August 5, 2014

Click here for a Facebook gallery of photos from the Daily's primary election coverage. Voters in the University of Minnesota area were slow to head to the polls on Tuesday, despite a contentious primary...

Students robbed at knifepoint

May 6, 2014

Two University of Minnesota students were robbed at knifepoint early Monday just outside the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, according to Minneapolis police. The incident is one of a few high-profile crimes...

Students robbed, stabbed near Marcy-Holmes

May 5, 2014

Two University of Minnesota students were robbed and stabbed early Monday just outside the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, according to Minneapolis police. The women, who are roommates, were walking home from...

Feds clarify: Title IX sexual violence protection extends to transgender students

May 1, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday clarified that a federal civil rights law designed to stop gender discrimination extends its sexual violence protections to transgender students. Title IX, enacted...

University of Minnesota head of government relations Jason Rohloff and Minnesota Sen. Terri Bonoff discuss figures from the committee meeting earlier that morning on Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at the state Capitol.

For U lobbyists, dialogue frames funding

April 30, 2014

On the morning of April 1, a Minnesota House of Representatives committee recommended less than a third of the funding University of Minnesota officials had asked for to maintain aging buildings. But Jason...

Minnesota minimum wage increase signed into law

April 15, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law Monday a bill raising the state minimum hourly wage for large businesses to $9.50 by 2016. The increase is the first of its kind for Minnesota in a decade. The Star Tribune...

Fairview names new executive VP and COO

March 6, 2014

Carolyn Wilson will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Fairview Health Services, the company announced Thursday. The newly created position includes taking over the duties...

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Crime records across U housing reinforce stereotypes

March 5, 2014

Explore crimes around University of Minnesota dorms and housing   View the slideshow   Four women knelt around an overturned storage bin in a Territorial Hall dorm room Friday night,...

Twin Cities campus to go smoke-free in July

February 24, 2014

The University of Minnesota will become a smoke-free campus this summer. A new policy that bans smoking, selling, distributing or advertising tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on University property...

Grades edge up, fuel old debate

February 12, 2014

In her 20 years teaching at the University of Minnesota, Denise Guerin has seen C’s become failing grades in her students’ eyes. “When a student earns a C from me or worse, I know I have...

Student robbed in SE Como

February 11, 2014

A University of Minnesota student was robbed at gunpoint in the Southeast Como neighborhood Monday night at about 9 p.m., according to a University crime alert. The alert said that the victim was walking...

Sexual assault reported at Gophers athletes’ apartment

January 28, 2014

A sexual assault was reported at the apartment of at least three University of Minnesota men’s basketball players early Monday, according to a Minneapolis police report. The 25-year-old victim told...

U and UMD students dead in murder-suicide

January 8, 2014

A University of Minnesota student was found dead Monday in an apparent murder-suicide near Rochester, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. Kayla Koranda, 18, was visiting her longtime...

Firefighters continue to hose down Minneapolis apartments and a grocery store that exploded and caught fire Wednesday morning near Cedar Riverside. A total of 14 people were taken to hospitals, 6 in critical condition. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Second body found in Cedar Ave. fire

January 2, 2014

Two people are dead after an explosion and fire Wednesday in a Cedar-Riverside building, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department. Officials found two bodies - one Thursday afternoon and one Friday...

Crime could scare off applicants

December 10, 2013

In the last three months, the University of Minnesota has sent more than a dozen crime alerts and attracted media attention for the several violent incidents on and around campus. While officials say they...

Como residents sue General Mills over TCE

December 9, 2013

Southeast Como residents filed two class-action lawsuits against General Mills on Thursday after several neighborhood homes tested positive for high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical. Both suits...

Faculty push for independent research review

December 9, 2013

The University of Minnesota Faculty Senate is calling for an independent, external panel to examine how the University does clinical research on human subjects. The measure passed in a 67-23 vote Thursday...

Faculty Senate passes clinical research resolution

December 5, 2013

The University of Minnesota Faculty Senate voted 67-23 on Thursday afternoon to create an independent, external panel to investigate clinical research on human subjects at the University. The decision...

Business and education marketing sophomore Alex Granquist stands outside his home in Dinkytown on Sunday. Granquist was robbed at gunpoint on his porch at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 after biking home from a friend's house.

A different kind of crime

December 3, 2013

Crime is changing at the University of Minnesota. As police continue to send alerts of violent incidents on and around campus, they say they’re seeing more out-of-town suspects come to the campus...

Freshman Drake Bauer signs the Minnesota Student Association's safety pledge on Thursday at Middlebrook Hall. The MSA members were asking students to sign a pledge that they will call 624-Walk or Gopher Chauffeur instead of walking home alone.

Crime is down, but campus worries over recent uptick

November 26, 2013

View a map week-to-week crime statistics by neighborhood While crime on and around the University of Minnesota campus has been decreasing for years, a string of violent incidents in the past month has...

Both sides await decision in Brenny trial

November 18, 2013

Katie Brenny traveled more than 1,000 miles to take a “dream job” at the University of Minnesota under former Director of Golf John Harris, one of her attorneys said Friday. But Brenny resigned...

New med school dean and health sciences VP announced

November 18, 2013

Dr. Brooks Jackson will serve as the next University of Minnesota Medical School dean and vice president for health sciences, the University announced Thursday. Jackson currently directs the pathology...

Both sides rest in Brenny trial

November 16, 2013

Katie Brenny traveled more than 1,000 miles to take a “dream job” at the University of Minnesota under former Director of Golf John Harris, one of her attorneys said Friday. But Brenny resigned...

Students could be left out of toxin tests

November 13, 2013

Some officials are concerned University of Minnesota students in the Southeast Como neighborhood may not know their homes could contain dangerous levels of a chemical solvent linked to birth defects and...

Como to be tested for toxins

November 11, 2013

Soil in and around some Southeast Como properties may contain unsafe levels of a common chemical solvent that was used by General Mills in the mid-1900s. Over the next several weeks, General Mills contractors...

Como residents warned of potential harmful vapor

November 7, 2013

The soil in and around some Southeast Como properties may contain unsafe levels of a common chemical solvent used by General Mills in the mid-1900s. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota...

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges poses with El Nuevo Rodeo owner Maya Santamaria at Hodges' election party Tuesday evening. Hodges received the most first-choice votes, landing about 10 points ahead of runner-up Mark Andrew.

Hodges leads after first count, Andrew unofficially concedes

November 6, 2013

The next mayor of Minneapolis had not been officially decided as of Tuesday night, but City Councilwoman Betsy Hodges had about 36.5 percent of first-choice votes — enough to force her closest rival...

Students share ideas at the Global China Connection meeting in STSS on Friday. Global China Connection was created to help promote mutual appreciation and understanding between China and the Western World.

University courts Chinese students, reaps benefits

October 16, 2013

Pan Wenbing was the first and only Chinese student at the University of Minnesota when he enrolled in 1914. He joined the soccer team, lived in Dinkytown and never moved back to China.In 2011, Michael...

Missing student last seen with shooting suspect

September 25, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was reported missing Monday after being seen with a man suspected in a deadly Burnsville shooting. The suspected man is now in custody. Anarae Schunk, a 20-year-old sociology...

Indecent exposure reported in Anderson Hall

September 23, 2013

A University of Minnesota student caught a man masturbating behind her in Anderson Hall last week, according to a University police report. The student was waiting for class to start last Monday when she...

Student hospitalized after fall from fraternity balcony

September 21, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was hospitalized after falling from the second-story balcony of a fraternity house Saturday afternoon. The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to a call at the Phi Kappa...

Como house damaged in fire

September 20, 2013

A fire damaged part of a home in Southeast Como Friday afternoon. No one was injured. The fire started around 3 p.m. Friday near the intersection of 15th Avenue Southeast and East Hennepin Avenue. Minneapolis...

Dorian McCoy wipes down counters at Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers in Stadium Village on Friday.

Restaurants, city crack the food code

September 18, 2013

Sitting in a booth at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Kent Kramp lowered his voice when the topic of foodborne illness came up. “It would ruin my name, as the owner, if I was getting people...

University lab evacuated after chemical spill

September 10, 2013

A third-floor lab in a University of Minnesota research building was evacuated Monday night after a formaldehyde spill. The Minneapolis Fire Department  blocked off stretches of 23rd Avenue Southeast...

Court: White House visitor logs off limits

August 31, 2013

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that visitor logs for the president and most of his staff aren't subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The 3-0 ruling overturns a lower court's...

University neighborhood residents vote down sound walls

August 30, 2013

Residents and property owners in two University of Minnesota neighborhoods have voted down proposed sound walls along Interstate 35W. The four walls faced significant opposition from Marcy-Holmes and Southeast...

New housing project proposed for heart of Dinkytown

August 23, 2013

Plans emerged Thursday for a six-story, 70-unit apartment complex by Doran Companies in the heart of Dinkytown. The proposal came just weeks after the Minneapolis City Council approved a similar controversial...

Obama pushes for affordability-based college ranking

August 22, 2013

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a plan to make college more affordable by ranking schools on factors like graduate earnings and student loan debt and rewarding students who attend schools...

Two men break up assault outside Bierman Apts.

August 7, 2013

Two men broke up an assault after a man attacked a group of women when they refused to give him their pizza outside the Bierman Place Apartments early Friday morning. The man was later arrested and booked...

Library volunteer Paul Caspersen organizes shelves at the Southeast Library on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, near Dinkytown. When the inspection results of the building, designed by former University architecture professor Ralph Rapson, become public in the fall, the library could stay in its current location or move to a new neighborhood.

Southeast Library’s future unclear

August 7, 2013

After serving University of Minnesota students and neighborhood residents for almost 50 years, the Southeast Library’s future is unclear. The longtime Dinkytown fixture could move or close depending...

Minneapolis police chief to reach out to community after racial incidents come to light

August 2, 2013

The Minneapolis Police Department’s chief on Friday said she’ll be talking to religious and cultural leaders in the coming weeks after two separate racial incidents involving white officers...

Former U hospital employee must pay $89,000 for stealing, selling prosthetics

August 2, 2013

A Coon Rapids, Minn. man was sentenced Thursday for stealing prosthetics from a University of Minnesota hospital where he worked and selling them on eBay. Peter Stasica, a former prosthetics manager at...

Suspects smash cars in University Ave. auto shop

August 2, 2013

Four men did more than $2,000 in damage to cars in an auto body repair shop near the University of Minnesota campus Wednesday, according to a Minneapolis police report. One of the suspects is a contractor...

Prospect Park neighborhood wants voice in liquor licensing

July 31, 2013

When University of Minnesota neighborhoods try to curb alcohol use, balancing business restrictions with resident safety can be a challenge. Prospect Park  is currently formalizing its liquor policy...

University student’s car stolen outside SE Como home

July 25, 2013

An unknown suspect stole a University of Minnesota student’s car from outside his Southeast Como home sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, even though the student had both copies...