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Maturi to seize new role after Teague takes over

April 24, 2012

The news of Norwood Teague’s appointment ended a swift search that began just more than two months ago, when Joel Maturi announced his retirement. Maturi’s Feb. 2 announcement ended more than...

Daily Digest: Obama v Romney and news from the Norway summer massacre

April 10, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Tuesday, April 10: Obama v. Romney fight taking shape There’s still more than a month of primaries to go, but President Barack Obama has focused his attention square...

Legislature elects Devine to Board of Regents

April 4, 2012

The Minnesota Legislature selected Wednesday Tom Devine 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 lengthy...

Daily Digest: Obama’s hot mic, Afghanistan and James Cameron as Jacques Cousteau

March 27, 2012

Hot mic and hot waters President Barack Obama is again being criticized for remarks intended to be private that were picked up by a hot microphone. It happened Monday in Seoul, South Korea, where Obama...

VP for research Mulcahy will retire at the end of the year

VP for research Mulcahy will retire at the end of the year

March 21, 2012

  Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy will leave the University of Minnesota at the end of 2012. After more than seven years overseeing the University’s research, Mulcahy, 60, called his...

Daily Digest: Super Tuesday, Dayton shoots down gun bill and Rink-rat woes

March 6, 2012

Here’s your Daily Digest for Tuesday, March 6: (Kinda) Super Tuesday Ten states today will host Republican presidential primaries or caucuses, in which more than 400 delegates for the nomination...

POSTED: Legal opinions on Regent Sviggum’s possible conflict of interest

February 29, 2012

At February's meeting, Board of Regents Chairwoman Linda Cohen requested legal opinions from University of Minnesota general counsel Mark Rotenberg and an outside attorney on whether Regent Steve Sviggum's...

Daily Digest: Sviggum, Netflix and the tale of two primaries

February 28, 2012

Here’s your Daily Digest for Tuesday, Feb. 28: Sviggum's conflict of interest inquiry nearing decision Regent Steve Sviggum will meet Friday with the ad hoc committee taking up a potential conflict...

#mndailychat – Tatro v. University of Minnesota

February 13, 2012

We held our very first #mndailychat Monday morning to talk with readers about their thoughts on the First Amendment and social media, and the implications of the Amanda Tatro v. University of Minnesota...

Federal court rules California’s Prop. 8 unconstitutional

February 7, 2012

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that California’s controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, was unconstitutional. The case may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court,...

Daily Digest: Stadium drama and the State of the Union

January 24, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Jan. 24: #Asthestadiumturns Gov. Mark Dayton told Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf last night that the current Metrodome site is the only viable option for a new stadium if a deal...

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to step down from Congress

January 22, 2012

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., announced Sunday that she will step down from her seat in Congress. "I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this...

POSTED: Board of Regents Chair Cohen’s statement on Sviggum

January 18, 2012

The same day that Regent and former Republican lawmaker Steve Sviggum started his new job as spokesman of the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus, Board of Regents Chair Linda Cohen issued the following...

By the numbers: SD 59 special election results

January 11, 2012

Kari Dziedzic won the election for the Senate District 59 seat Tuesday. She'll take office some time before the Legislature gears up on Jan. 24. Check out some interactive graphics on the results and...

DFL holds primary for state Senate district 59 seat today

December 6, 2011

Polls are open today for the DFL primary in the race for the Senate District 59 seat, which represents the University of Minnesota area. The winner will likely go on to win the general election on Jan....

Cain campaign comes to an end

December 5, 2011

The once-surging presidential campaign for Herman Cain is coming to a close. The Georgia Republican and businessman announced Saturday that he is âÄúsuspendingâÄù his bid for the Oval Office. Political...

Carlson School’s holiday ‘flash mob’

December 2, 2011

Impromptu flash mob? Not quite, but University of Minnesota music students brought some holiday cheer to the Carlson School of Management.    My first thought? High School Musical has come...

Daily Digest: Britain and Breivik

November 30, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Nov. 30: Britain cuts diplomatic ties with Iran In the wake of an attack Tuesday on its embassy in Tehran, British officials evacuated staff from Iran's capital...

State Senate candidates on campus for forum

November 29, 2011

Candidates in the special election to represent the University of Minnesota area in the state Senate will be on campus for a forum Monday night. The six remaining candidates in the election for Senate...

Daily Digest: Julian Assange and the crumbling Capitol

November 2, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Nov. 2: Assange Though his legal battle likely won't end any time soon, the United Kingdom's high court upheld Wednesday a ruling that Julian Assange should be extradited...

Daily Digest: Small business boost, Saddam and some good lookin’ buildings

October 26, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Oct. 26 Dayton announces $100M for small business The morning after he hosted a daylong Jobs Summit in downtown St. Paul, Gov. Mark Dayton announced $100 million...

Daily Digest: Wild animals, bridges, and Wayne Newton

October 19, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Oct. 19: Lions and tigers and bears (and wolves) Police officers in the eastern Ohio town of Zanesville are hunting down about 50 exotic animals on the loose, according...

Daily Digest: Prisoner exchange, Vikings stadium news, and a dead bill

October 12, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Oct. 12: Israel executed a deal with Hamas — the Palestinian political party that governs the Gaza Strip — to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange...

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dies

October 5, 2011

Former CEO and Apple Inc. Co-founder Steve Jobs has died, the company announced Wednesday night. He was 56. âÄúApple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing...

WATCH: President Kaler’s entire inauguration speech

September 30, 2011

Eric Kaler was officially inaugurated as the 16th president of the University of Minnesota last Thursday, Sept. 22. He had been serving as president since July 1, when former President Bob Bruininks left...

Daily Digest: Swine swindling, Israel-Palestine troubles

September 28, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Sept. 28: Swine swindlers strike in Minnesota Nearly 750 hogs have been stolen from Minnesota farms in the past two months, according to the Star Tribune. Why pigs,...

Former Sen. Coleman joins Romney team

September 21, 2011

Written by Reporter Intern Dina Elrashidy Former Minnesota U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman announced Wednesday that he will be joining Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as a special adviser, according to the...

Daily Digest: Google hearing and Twitter politics

September 21, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Sept. 21:   Google under fire The chairman of the internet giant Google will appear before the U.S. Senate at an antitrust hearing today.  Amid allegations...

Provost candidacy reduced to four

September 19, 2011

  The search for the University of MinnesotaâÄôs next senior vice president for academic affairs and provost is already down to four candidates. The fifth, unnamed candidate, who was scheduled...

Daily Digest: Poverty, Perry and a burning car

September 14, 2011

Here's your Daily Digest for Wednesday, Sept. 14:   Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday indicates Minnesota is faring better than the nation on average when it comes to poverty, but that's...

Pawlenty endorses Romney

September 12, 2011

A month after dropping out of the race, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Monday he's backing Mitt Romney in his bid for the presidency, according to the Star Tribune. Pawlenty will serve as...

Daily Digest: T-Paw and a plane crash in Russia

September 7, 2011

In his first big appearance since dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination mid-August, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty showed off his lighter side as a special guest on the Colbert...

Bachmann wins Minnesota State Fair straw poll

September 6, 2011

Straw polls appear to be presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann's thing - she pulled in another victory at the Minnesota State Fair, the Republican Party of Minnesota announced Tuesday. Bachmann won the...

Two managers step away from Bachmann campaign

September 6, 2011

The last month has not been kind to U.S. Rep. and Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, and two of the top leaders of her campaign stepped down Monday, according to Politico. Citing health...

Bush to speak at St. Louis Park synagogue

September 2, 2011

Former U.S. President George W. Bush will speak Sept. 21 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, Minn., according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The nation's 43rd president is being brought in to speak...

Pawlenty drops bid for the Oval Office

August 14, 2011

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has bowed out of the presidential race, according to the Associated Press. The two-term Minnesota governor announced he would end his campaign Sunday, the day after an improved...

First look at U’s Rec Center expansion

August 11, 2011

Finance and Commerce released Tuesday a first look at what the addition to the University's Recreation Center will look like. The University broke ground on what will eventually become a four floor, 150,000-square-foot...

End of CLA fall graduation ceremony sparks backlash

July 21, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs College of Liberal Arts announced Thursday that, starting this year, there will be no December commencement ceremony for its fall graduates. In an email sent to...

North Dakota may not really be a state

July 14, 2011

Time magazine reported today what Minnesotans have expected all along: North Dakota is not a real state. At least not constitutionally. Our neighbors to the west - who officially joined the United States...

Dayton to visit campus Thursday

July 14, 2011

In the midst of the largest government shutdown in state history, Gov. Mark Dayton will speak at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Thursday morning. Dayton will take the stage of Cowles Auditorium...

Open or closed: Govt. shutdown 101

June 30, 2011

Weeks of speculation on what services may continue in the event of a government shutdown came to an end Wednesday, when Ramsey County District Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin ordered what will remain open...

Move to undo marijuana prohibition in Congress

June 23, 2011

U.S. Reps. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Barney Frank, DFL-Massachusetts, will introduce a bill today that aims to get the remove the federal government's role in regulating marijuana sale and use, according...

Bachmann is in the race

June 14, 2011

As she stood on stage with fellow Republicans eyeing the Oval Office, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Monday night she is officially seeking the presidency in the 2012 election. Bachmann put...

Budget battle spills into special session

May 25, 2011

State legislators and the governor were unable to agree on a budget before the Legislature adjourned Monday night. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed Tuesday all of the budget proposals Republicans laid on his...

Reports: Pawlenty will officially enter Pres. race Monday

May 20, 2011

After almost two years of preparation and media speculation, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will officially declare himself a candidate in the 2012 presidential race Monday, according to the Associated...

Despite budget progress, special legislative session looms

May 18, 2011

As Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled state Legislature work tirelessly to agree on a budget before the session ends in five days, the two parties have hit an impasse that will likely drag...

Voter ID passes House, headed to Senate

May 6, 2011

A bill that would require all voters to present photo identification at polling places across Minnesota passed through the state House of Representatives Thursday evening, and may soon be headed to Gov....

Painkiller abuse not a campus problem

May 5, 2011

While prescription painkiller abuse has increased nationwide in recent years, University of Minnesota officials say the problem hasnâÄôt migrated to clinics on campus. Distribution and nonmedical...

Law profs decry gay marriage ban bill

May 5, 2011

A large group of professors from the University of Minnesota Law School sent a letter urging state legislators to stop pursuing a bill that would put a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on...

U law professors oppose gay marriage amendment

May 4, 2011

A large group of professors from the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Law School sent a letter urging the state Senate and House of Representatives to prevent a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage...

Lawmakers aim budget ax at medical training fund

May 3, 2011

Proposed cuts to funding for on-site medical training have health care experts and administrators at the University of Minnesota worried about the future of the industry. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators...

Amplatz Children’s Hospital opens

May 2, 2011

Rochelle and Kerry Ingram have lost count of how many times their son Devin has gone under the knife. âÄúWe stopped counting after 20,âÄù Rochelle Ingram said. Since Devin was born more...

U looks to up diversity in its clinical trials

April 27, 2011

Hibo Guled speaks Somali, the language of her native Somalia. She also speaks Urdu and Arabic, not to mention perfect English. The University of Minnesota plucked her from University of Minnesota Medical...

Gay marriage ban could appear on Minnesota’s 2012 ballot

April 26, 2011

Minnesotans may vote on the definition of marriage next year. Republican Sens. Warren Limmer, David Hann and Paul Gazelka announced Tuesday they intend to add a constitutional amendment to the 2012 election...

A Hennepin County Sherif's deputy walks a bomb-sniffing dog into the Science Teaching & Student Services building Monday afternoon on the East Bank.

Police evacuate STSS after email bomb threat

April 26, 2011

More than an hour after being rushed out of the building due to a bomb threat Monday afternoon, University of Minnesota students funneled back into the Science Teaching & Student Services building...

U health care workers rally against rising insurance costs

April 21, 2011

A group of roughly 30 University of Minnesota health care workers gathered to rally against rising insurance costs outside the Mayo Memorial Building on Wednesday afternoon. The workers, who schedule appointments...

Voter ID proposal – a constitutional amendment?

April 20, 2011

Despite quick progress through the Minnesota Legislature, the proposal that would require photo IDs at voting polls may be decided by the people through a constitutional amendment, according to the Star...

Group robbed near Dinkytown late Tuesday night

April 20, 2011

Three people, including one University of Minnesota student, were robbed near Dinkytown late Tuesday night, according to a University crime alert. The victims were walking near the corner of 12th Avenue...

Researcher to lead $10M HIV project

April 19, 2011

Led by a University of Minnesota scientist, a team of researchers from around the globe has received $10 million to study a possible treatment for HIV. Professor Reuben Harris of the UniversityâÄôs...

Professor receives $10 million NIH grant for HIV research

April 18, 2011

Led by a University of Minnesota scientist, a team of researchers from around the globe will soon begin studying a human protein that may hold a secret in treating HIV. Professor Reuben Harris of the UniversityâÄôs...

Forecast calls for Tuesday snow, yet again

April 18, 2011

The spring equinox passed on March 21, but the threat of snow is still looming. University of Minnesota students and the rest of the Twin Cities residents can expect between two and four inches of snow...

Friday morning hit-and-run near Dinkytown leaves three hospitalized

April 15, 2011

Three people, at least two of them University of Minnesota students, are in the hospital after a 2 a.m. hit-and-run Friday near Dinkytown, according to the Star Tribune. All three were taken to Hennepin...

State unemployment rate continues to trickle down

April 14, 2011

Minnesota's jobless rate has continued to decline to 6.6 percent in March, according to a report from the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development released Thursday. The rate slid down...

Patients feel the results of brain stimulation

Patients feel the results of brain stimulation

April 14, 2011

A thin, flexible cable runs from a battery-powered transmitter implanted in the chest under the skin. It tunnels under the skin from the chest up to the neck before diving into the brain. Pulses of electricity...

Inventor’s ouster leaves questions

April 12, 2011

University of Minnesota researcher Doris Taylor walks into her lab every morning with one mission: to change the world with her research. Taylor, director of the UniversityâÄôs Center for Cardiovascular...

Trace amounts of radiation from Japan found in Minn.

April 5, 2011

Ongoing radiation monitoring performed by the Minnesota Department of Health has found trace amounts of radiation that likely came from Japan, according to an MDH report. Discovered from samples taken...

Next year’s Daily OP staff announced

Next year’s Daily OP staff announced

April 5, 2011

The Minnesota DailyâÄôs Board of Directors has selected next yearâÄôs Office of the Publisher staff. Taryn Wobbema, Aaron Riippa and Jacob Piekarski will manage the DailyâÄôs three...

BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico?

April 3, 2011

The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Photo courtesy of National Geographic. Nearly a year after the explosion and subsequent oil spill at their...

U researchers worried about cloning bans

March 31, 2011

Two funding bills passed in the state Legislature this week have University of Minnesota researchers worried about the future of stem cell research in the state. Those bills include prohibitions on human...

State Legislature passes bills including restrictions on stem cell research

March 29, 2011

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Tuesday afternoon that includes a ban on state or federal funds being used for certain types of stem cell research. Hours later, the state House of Representatives passed...

Pawlenty names 2012 fundraising team

March 29, 2011

A week after launching an exploratory committee, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday announced his fundraising team for a presidential bid. Preceded by months of national touring, Pawlenty is...

After Japan crisis, officials assure state’s nuclear power is safe

March 24, 2011

Triggered by the evolving nuclear crisis in Japan, safety officials across the country are looking inward at their own nuclear facilities, including MinnesotaâÄôs two plants. The Nuclear Regulatory...

Placebos, or

Placebo ethics: real or perceived?

March 23, 2011

Dr. Ilo Leppik had a hunch. Years ago, one of his epilepsy patients complained of painful side effects from her medication. No matter what he prescribed, the patient returned within two days with the same...

U.S. life expectancy hits record high

March 17, 2011

Life expectancy in the U.S. has hit an all-time high at 78 years and two months, according to a preliminary report on deaths in 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control. The previous record of 78 years...

Four named finalists for Humphrey School dean position

March 17, 2011

The University of Minnesota announced the four finalists to take over as dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Thursday. All four candidates will visit the Humphrey School for two days in late...

Human cloning ban taking steps in state Legislature

March 15, 2011

A bill that would prohibit human cloning passed through its first committee hearing Tuesday in the Minnesota House of Representatives, according to Minnesota Public Radio. That same bill could impact stem...

Tsunami hits the West Coast

March 11, 2011

The tsunami that struck Japan's northern coast early this morning and left hundreds dead and missing has struck California. Santa Cruz and Crescent City, two cities in northern California, were hit hard...

Abortion debate reignites at Capitol

March 10, 2011

The latest state bill in a surge of similar moves by Republican legislators seeks to ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization. Republicans regained majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives...

Wisconsin GOP votes to strip CBA without Democrats

March 10, 2011

Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate today voted to strip public employees of a majority of their collective bargaining rights, according to a report from WCCO. The move comes after almost a month of stalemate,...

New Regent Brod joins law firm as strategic advisor

March 8, 2011

Regent Laura Brod after being named to the board on Feb. 21. Recently appointed to the Board of Regents, Laura Brod joined the Minneapolis law firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen, according to a report from...

Wesbrook Hall demolition slated for this summer

March 8, 2011

Kimberly Wooster is scrambling. She found out two weeks ago that the Student VeteranâÄôs Association needs to find a new home by July. The University of Minnesota is planning to demolish Wesbrook...

The last year of Wesbrook Hall?

March 6, 2011

Photo courtesy of Finance and Commerce Wesbrook Hall may not get a chance to celebrate its 114th birthday. According to an article from Finance and Commerce, the Pleasant Street building will likely...

Research Director of Interventional Cardiology Demetris Yannopoulos demonstrates how to use the CardioPump and the Impedance Threshold Device Tuesday at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital. This new CPR method has a higher survival rates that tradition CPR method.

Researcher goes hands-off with new CPR technique

March 3, 2011

The origins of a new CPR method gaining steam in the medical world involve the University of Minnesota and a plunger. Twenty years ago, Keith Lurie âÄî now a University professor of emergency medicine...

Medicaid enrollment began today in Minn.

March 2, 2011

The state of Minnesota began the switch to Medicaid today. Starting March 1, all General Assistance Medical Care enrollees were automatically moved to the new program. There were approximately 32,000 GAMC...

Temporary DEA ban on synthetic marijuana in effect Tuesday

March 1, 2011

Synthetic marijuana products like this package of K2 can't be sold for at least a year. Headshops across the country have pulled synthetic marijuana products off their shelves in accordance with the...

Counting UDS calories still tough

February 28, 2011

The move to post calorie counts in residential dining halls and food courts on campus has made progress since the fall, but it will be some time before the number of calories in a Panda Bowl will be posted...

K2 ban passes in Minn. House, no movement in Senate

February 25, 2011

A bill to ban some of the chemicals commonly used in synthetic marijuana products passed the Minnesota House of Representatives on Thursday with a resounding vote, but there has been little progress with...

Keeping tabs on public professors

February 24, 2011

HeâÄôs been published in national journals, quoted in the New York Times and even appeared on Oprah. Dr. Michael Osterholm is used to the national spotlight. His latest media appearance is an editorial...

Another “Obamacare” lawsuit thrown out

February 23, 2011

With another victory for Democrats, they now lead on the health care scoreboard 3-2. U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington, D.C. Tuesday threw out a lawsuit that alleged the federal mandate...

Minn. Republicans to back off repeal of Medicaid expansion

February 23, 2011

Just over a month after he launched a fight against Gov. Mark Dayton's expansion of Medicaid in Minnesota, Sen. David Hann announced yesterday he's letting the issue go, acccording to a Minnesota Public...

Junior Cameron Klotzbach smokes a cigarette Saturday night outside Library in Dinkytown. A recent bill in the legislature is aiming to repeal the statewide smoking ban.

Lawmakers, lobbyists and bars unite to oppose indoor smoking ban changes

February 22, 2011

Recent proposals in the Legislature would allow some bar and restaurant patrons to smoke indoors again, but there is little chance students will be able to do so in Dinkytown anytime soon. The bill, introduced...

Zinc may prove a potent cold cure

February 16, 2011

Those suffering from a runny nose or cough may want to turn to Zinc - the element at the end of the alphabet - according to a post on the New York Times' health blog. According to a collaboration of Zinc...

University gears up to find Boynton chief

February 15, 2011

  Dr. Ed Ehlinger wrote a song for each yearâÄôs awards ceremony at Boynton Health Service. He helped honor the five- to 20-year milestones of his employees by weaving their names into his...

Mubarak steps down as president of Egypt

February 11, 2011

After more than two weeks of protests across Egypt calling for his departure, President Hosni Mubarak has left the country and stepped down, according to a statement from Vice President Omar Suleiman. The...

Dr. Aaron Friedman looks out the window of his new office on Monday in the Children's Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Friedman takes over as the new dean of the Medical School and VP of the AHC.

Friedman grows into new med school gig

February 10, 2011

Dr. Aaron FriedmanâÄôs taupe walls are blank. His books are impeccably shelved away in short brown bookcases, and papers are neatly organized in stacks on his desk. ItâÄôs not because heâÄôs...

NIH cuts could hit U researchers

February 9, 2011

The University of Minnesota Medical School raked in $141 million in research grants last year from the National Institutes of Health, but as an economic recovery sputters, the forecast for next year looks...

U rejects profs’ call for trial review

February 8, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents and General Counsel on Monday dismissed eight professorsâÄô request for an outside investigation into the suicide of a former clinical patient. In...

U seeks dorms at current 1701 site

February 7, 2011

In order to battle a rising need for on-campus housing, the University of Minnesota is planning to build a new dorm on the current site of the 1701 University Avenue SE classroom building. The residence...

The University of Minnesota has plans to build a new residence hall on the current site of the 1701 Classroom building.

U seeks new dorm at 1701 University site

February 4, 2011

In order to battle a rising need for on-campus housing, the University of Minnesota is planning to build a new dorm on the current site of the 1701 University classroom building. The residence hall is...

Legislature to consider Sunday booze bill

February 3, 2011

A bill introduced in the state Legislature on Wednesday would allow Minnesota liquor stores to stay open seven days a week, meaning the 40-minute drive from Minneapolis to Hudson, Wis. could be replaced...