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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Madeline Deninger, Associate Reporter

All content by Madeline Deninger
The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2018.

Gabel updates state Legislature on updated reopening plans

Published September 2, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel presented the school’s updated reopening plan to state lawmakers Tuesday, including the decision to institute a curfew for students living in on-campus housing.  Gabel...

Concept rendering for the proposed development located on Fourth Street in Dinkytown.

Seven-story development proposed above Dinkytown businesses

Published August 13, 2020

A seven-story residential development has been proposed above multiple commercial spaces in the heart of Dinkytown.  North Bay Companies and DJR Architecture presented the 106-unit project during...

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar hugs an attendee as their photo is being taken at Ilhan Omar 2020 Reelection Kickoff: “Send Her Back to Congress” at Aria on Thursday, Jan. 23. (Nur B. Adam / Minnesota Daily)

Ilhan Omar wins 5th Congressional District DFL primary

Published August 12, 2020

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar won the DFL primary Tuesday after a highly-contested campaign.  Omar won with 57% of the vote with about 98% of precincts reporting, putting her on the ballot ahead...

Sarah Mai

UMN asks state for new chemistry lab as key infrastructure deadline draws closer

Published August 5, 2020

The University of Minnesota is hoping for funding for multiple infrastructure projects in a statewide bill, including a new chemistry undergraduate lab which stakeholders say would bring the school up...

The University’s Center for Immunology is working to understand how the body develops antibodies once it has been infected with COVID-19. 

UMN research could help inform future COVID-19 vaccines

Published July 30, 2020

Scientists across the world are in search of a COVID-19 vaccine, and University of Minnesota researchers are looking to contribute their own findings to the larger effort.  Possible vaccines have...

A rain and pollinator garden that was planted in the Riverside Plaza area is seen on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Who else is running in the Ward 6 special election?

Published July 24, 2020

A wide array of candidates are currently running for the Ward 6 City Council seat, which has been open since Abdi Warsame left the council to lead the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority earlier this...

Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Friday, June 13, 2020. (Minnesota Daily / Jasmin Kemp)

In second special session, Minnesota Legislature again fails to pass infrastructure package

Published July 22, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature again failed to pass an infrastructure bill Tuesday morning, leaving the fate of projects at the University of Minnesota and throughout the state uncertain. The House took up...

Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Friday, June 13, 2020. (Minnesota Daily / Jasmin Kemp)

Minnesota House advances UMN infrastructure projects

Published July 18, 2020

Minnesota lawmakers say they are hopeful they can pass a key infrastructure bill, including funding for several University of Minnesota projects, but some challenges remain in the way.  The Legislature...

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar addresses an audience at Ilhan Omar 2020 Reelection Kickoff: “Send Her Back to Congress” at Aria on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Nur B. Adam / Minnesota Daily)

Ilhan Omar on Minneapolis after George Floyd protests, criminal justice reform

Published July 16, 2020

The Minnesota Daily recently spoke with congresswoman Ilhan Omar about recent criminal justice reform measures on the national and state levels. Omar also discussed her vision for systemic change in Minneapolis.  It's...

Minneapolis City Council meets in the council chambers at Minneapolis City Hall on Jan. 16, 2017.

What does changing the Minneapolis city charter mean for public safety?

Published July 13, 2020

The Minneapolis City Council has made one of the first moves to begin dismantling the current police department, but it is just the initial step in a long process.  The Council voted late last month...

A voter casts her ballot at the Grace University Lutheran Church on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

COVID-19 forces UMN student leaders, officials to adjust voter outreach

Published July 5, 2020

The University of Minnesota has often touted its high student voter turnout in the past, but COVID-19 means engagement efforts will look different this year.  In the 2018 midterm elections, the University...

Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Friday, June 13, 2020. (Minnesota Daily / Jasmin Kemp)

Lawmakers draft relief legislation to help rebuild businesses

Published July 2, 2020

As Minnesota lawmakers debate relief funding for areas impacted by recent unrest, local businesses owners voiced their concerns at a Tuesday hearing.  University-area Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapolis,...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

UMN halfway to COVID-19 testing promise

Published June 26, 2020

Although the University of Minnesota has not reached its promised COVID-19 testing capacity as part of a state-funded partnership, officials say the number is keeping up with demand. The University, along...

City council members Cam Gordon, Ward 2, and Steve Fletcher, Ward 3, answer questions about affordable housing and share bad landlord experiences during a “Housing Town Hall” event hosted by the MSA at Coffman Memorial Theater, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018.

UMN-area officials, neighborhoods look to reimagine public safety

Published June 23, 2020

As conversations about police reform and community safety continue at a city and national level, University of Minnesota neighborhoods have sought their own solutions.  Following the police killing...

Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Friday, June 13, 2020. (Minnesota Daily / Jasmin Kemp)

With no bonding bill, UMN infrastructure projects left in limbo

Published June 21, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned before it could pass a key statewide infrastructure bill, leaving the funding for University of Minnesota projects up in the air.  The state Senate voted to adjourn...

Protesters clash with police outside of the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct on Minnehaha Avenue on Tuesday, May 26. The protest was in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. 

Minnesota lawmakers consider banning warrior training, enacting other police reform policies

Published June 15, 2020

State lawmakers have said criminal justice reform is a top priority in the wake of George Floyd’s death and ensuing protests. During a meeting Saturday, the House public safety committee considered policies...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

How the UMN COVID-19 model helps shape public policy

Published June 8, 2020

State officials are looking to the University of Minnesota’s COVID-19 predictions, influencing public health measures and throwing the school into the spotlight. Minnesota’s COVID-19 model is a collaboration...

Minneapolis City Council meets in the council chambers at Minneapolis City Hall on Jan. 16, 2017.

Minneapolis City Council bans chokeholds, looks to improve transparency for MPD

Published June 5, 2020

After calls for reform following protests throughout the city, the Minneapolis City Council voted on changes to the city’s police department at an emergency meeting Friday.  The agreement bans Minneapolis...

The Phillips-Wangensteen Building at the corner of Harvard St SE and Washington Ave SE on the U’s east bank campus on Sunday, May 31. The building, which is home to the opthamology clinic, could be seeing major renovations in the future. 

Ahead of special session, UMN pushes job creation in infrastructure ask

Published June 3, 2020

Before lawmakers convene for a possible special session, the University of Minnesota is asserting its infrastructure projects can help stimulate the state’s strained economy.  Lawmakers failed to...

Protestors attempt to block traffic and light a fire on Interstate 35W on Friday, May 29.

Minneapolis City Council ratifies citywide nighttime curfew

Published May 30, 2020

The Minneapolis City Council met with local and state leaders Saturday to discuss ongoing protests and riots affecting the city after a then-police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, killing him.  Council...

Legislature fails to pass bonding bill before deadline

Published May 18, 2020

Lawmakers failed to pass a capital infrastructure bill Sunday night, with University of Minnesota funding proving a point of contention.  The House failed to pass a $2 billion bill with three-fifths...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

With UMN projects on the line, lawmakers debate infrastructure proposals

Published May 17, 2020

The Minnesota House failed to pass a capital infrastructure bill Saturday, leaving the Legislature with one more day to come to an agreement.  The University of Minnesota is asking for $317.2 million...

The Varsity Theater marquee delivers a hopeful message to Dinkytown on Saturday, March 21.

Gov. Tim Walz announces end to stay-at-home order

Published May 14, 2020

Minnesota will begin lifting some social distancing restrictions and closures in coming days, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday.  Walz’s stay-at-home order is set to expire at the end of the weekend....

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

UMN infrastructure on the line as legislative session nears end

Published May 8, 2020

As the final weeks of the regular legislative session near, Minnesota DFL senators are pushing for a statewide infrastructure bill that would fund University of Minnesota projects.  The bill includes...

Morgan La Casse

Didn’t get a UMN safety notification? Here’s why.

Published November 25, 2019

University of Minnesota students may have noticed more safety alerts in their school inboxes this year. That’s because there have been. With more than a month left in 2019, the 25 campus-wide emergency...

A guide to elected officials representing University neighborhoods

Published August 24, 2019

For many University of Minnesota students, moving to Minneapolis means living in a new city, maybe even in a new state, and voting in new elections. Here are some of the elected officials representing...

President Eric Kaler speaks during the Universitys Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents may reexamine UMN’s reciprocity agreement

Published March 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota is running out of alternative revenue sources to avoid tuition increases, officials say.  President Eric Kaler met with board members at a Board of Regents retreat Wednesday...

Gov. Tim Walz greets staff before he announced the state budget proposal at the Minnesota Department of Revenue building on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Walz’s budget proposal partially funds University request

Published February 19, 2019

DFL Gov. Tim Walz rolled out his biennial budget proposal Tuesday, which included less than half of the University of Minnesota’s request.  Walz’s budget proposes a $39.2 million increase in base...

Abdul Omari and Thomas Anderson speak during the Universitys Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

RCAC forwards 16 UMN regent candidates to state Legislature

Published January 12, 2019

The Regent Candidate Advisory Council voted Friday to forward a total of 16 University of Minnesota Board of Regents candidates to the state Legislature for their consideration in the upcoming election.  Members...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler speaks at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Kaler lays out UMN’s legislative priorities at state Capitol

Published January 9, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler laid out the school’s funding requests at a press conference Wednesday morning as the state’s legislative session begins.  The school is asking for...

The Gopher football team huddles during a time out on Saturday, Sept. 15 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

University seeks dismissal of football players’ discrimination lawsuit

Published November 10, 2018

The University of Minnesota has motioned to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former and current Gophers' football players. The lawsuit, filed in June, states the school unfairly targeted the nine football players,...

Alpha Gamma Rho is seen on Wednesday, Oct. 10 near the Saint Paul campus. A member of the fraternity died as a result of alcohol-related complications in September.

UMN responds to alcohol-related fraternity death

Published October 11, 2018

Following the second alcohol-related death of a campus fraternity member within a year, the University of Minnesota is in the midst of re-examining Greek life policy.  University sophomore Dylan Fulton,...

Alleged sexual assault victim was a UMN student, according to report

Published September 6, 2018

The alleged rape victim of Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong, who was arrested in Minneapolis last week following a visit to the University of Minnesota, is reportedly a Chinese University student, according...

Members of the Minneapolis Fire Department communicate outside FloCo Fusion Apartments after a carbon monoxide leak forced residents outside.

Carbon monoxide concern leads to evacuation at UMN apartment

Published July 11, 2018

A carbon monoxide leak at a campus-area apartment building evacuated around one hundred residents from their homes Tuesday night. At approximately 7:45 p.m., Minneapolis Fire Department, Minneapolis Police...

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro speaks in the Northstar Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center on Monday, Feb. 26. The speech drew a crowd of dozens of protestors in opposition to Shapiros presence on campus.

Conservative groups sue University for discrimination in Shapiro event

Published July 3, 2018

The conservative student group that sponsored Ben Shapiro’s February visit to campus is suing the University of Minnesota, alleging discrimination and a violation of First Amendment obligations.  Following...

Gophers football players sue University for bias in sexual assault investigation

Published June 8, 2018

Following a 2016 University of Minnesota football scandal, nine players involved in the school’s investigation into their alleged sexual misconduct are suing the school for racial and gender bias. The...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

University-hosted abortion fellowship removed after article stirs controversy

Published May 23, 2018

A University of Minnesota Medical School fellowship application was removed from a University website following controversy surrounding its reproductive healthcare training, which included abortion procedures. The...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

University receives partial request in last-minute bonding bill

Published May 21, 2018

In the last hour of session Sunday evening, the Minnesota State Legislature passed an $825 million bonding bill, which would fund about one-third of the proposed infrastructure projects across University...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2015.

MN Senate fails to pass bonding bill

Published May 17, 2018

The Minnesota State Senate failed to pass its bonding bill, which contained part of the University’s capital investment request, on a party line vote Wednesday. After Democrats proposed a bill that exceeded...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

State lawmakers fail to fund University’s supplemental budget ask

Published May 15, 2018

A joint conference committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate approved higher education allotments and policies in the supplemental finance omnibus bill Monday, but did not include...

Newly elected to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, Randy Simonson attends his first meeting on Friday, May 11 at McNamara Alumni Center. 

Lawmakers elect new UMN Regent

Published May 10, 2018

Lawmakers elected Randy Simonson to the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents Thursday following his nomination from the floor of a joint convention. Simonson was elected to the board’s first congressional...

Lawmakers nominate two UMN Regent candidates

Published May 7, 2018

The House and Senate higher education committees nominated two candidates to the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents on Monday to fill Regent Patricia Simmons’ vacant seat.  After hearing...

UMN HEAPR request partially funded in first version of House bonding bill

Published May 5, 2018

The University of Minnesota would receive roughly $160 million less than it asked for in its 2018 capital request under a bonding bill released by House Republicans on Wednesday.  The $825 million...

Sunday morning church goers exit their vehicle on a nearly-full section of 4th Ave SE in Marcy-Holmes on Jan. 28, 2018.

Rising home values affect University of Minnesota neighborhoods

Published May 1, 2018

Rising home values in neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota have prompted concerns from residents and local officials. The average estimated market value of single-family homes in Marcy-Holmes,...

Former Gophers athletics director Norwood Teague on Sept. 18, 2014. Teague resigned from the University in 2015 following a sexual harassment scandal.

UMN paid roughly $300,000 in sex harassment settlements following Norwood Teague scandal

Published April 30, 2018

The University of Minnesota paid almost $300,000 in legal settlements to two University employees who reported being sexually harassed by former athletics director Norwood Teague.  According to documents...

Jeanne Hankerson, center, answers an audience question about tuition during the 2018 Regent Candidate Forum at the State Office Building on Wednesday, April 25.

UMN Regent candidates field questions from lawmakers, alumni

Published April 26, 2018

Candidates vying for a vacancy on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents met at the State Office Building in St. Paul on Wednesday to discuss their visions for the school’s governing body. The...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

University of Minnesota supplemental budget funding left out of omnibus bills

Published April 23, 2018

The Minnesota House and Senate higher education committees passed their omnibus spending bills last week, which did not include funding for the University of Minnesota’s supplemental budget request. The...

The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department responded to a disturbance at Northrop following the Somali Student Associations Somali Night 2018 event on Friday, April 20.

Groups dispute facts of incident at Somali Student Association event

Published April 23, 2018

After police were called to a Friday night event hosted by the Somali Student Association at Northrop auditorium, the two groups are disputing the facts of the event. University officials say police officers...

Officers arrest a person outside Northrop on Friday, April 20, 2018. The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department responded to a disturbance at Northrop following the Somali Student Associations Somali Night event. 

Multiple arrests made at Somali Night event at Northrop

Published April 21, 2018

UPDATE: GROUPS DISPUTE FACTS OF INCIDENT AT SOMALI STUDENT ASSOCIATION EVENT (Sunday at 8:15 p.m.) University of Minnesota Police Department and Minneapolis Police Department officers responded to an incident...

Minnesota House of Representatives Committee on Higher Education Chair Bud Nornes speaks to Rep. Gene Pelowski during the committees hearing on the Universitys Board of Regents selection process at the Minnesota State Office Building on Feb. 28, 2018.

Five UMN regent candidates under consideration by the Legislature

Published April 19, 2018

State lawmakers are looking to elect a new member to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents before the end of the legislative session.  Lawmakers must elect a candidate to replace Regent...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

Legislation would establish rare disease committee

Published April 16, 2018

A legislative measure introduced at the State Capitol would give patients of rare diseases access to information about clinical research, trials and drugs. The House and Senate bills would require the...

Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Mike Kjos and UMPD Chief Matt Clark answer questions Tuesday, Jan. 30 after Rashad Bowmans arrest at the Graduate Hotel.

Amid administrative cuts, UMN public safety budget untouched

Published April 12, 2018

As departments across the University of Minnesota continue to cut administrative spending, the school's public safety budget has stayed stable. Started in 2014, University President Eric Kaler’s announced...

University’s HEAPR request highlights infrastructure needs

Published April 5, 2018

The University of Minnesota is hoping to receive full funding for its 2018 capital request, but is prepared to prioritize critical projects if the final bill falls short.  The University of Minnesota’s...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2015.

Minnesota Legislature considers UMN proposal to freeze tuition

Published March 30, 2018

The University of Minnesota presented its supplemental budget request to the House and Senate higher education committees this week, which officials claim will prevent tuition increases for undergraduate...

A rendering of the new development, near the Bunge tower and Van Cleave park.

95-unit, co-op style housing slated for Como neighborhood

Published March 27, 2018

A co-op development coming to the Southeast Como neighborhood will feature affordable units and offer students a say in how the building is run.  Riverton Community Housing will develop a 95-unit,...

UMD is requesting $4 million in the Universitys capital bonding request to restore the Glensheen Mansions garden terraces and replace HVAC, electrical and fire protection systems.

Glensheen Mansion in Duluth could undergo restoration

Published March 26, 2018

The University of Minnesota is requesting state funds to restore the infrastructure of a historic mansion in Duluth. The Glensheen Mansion, built in 1908 by a wealthy mining family in Duluth and donated...

State Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, holds up her credentials to vote on who should be the chair of Senate District 60 during the DFL convention at Edison High School in northeast Minneapolis on Saturday, March 24.

Rep. Ilhan Omar wins DFL endorsement at district convention

Published March 25, 2018

Surrounded by student supporters, state Rep. Ilhan Omar earned the DFL endorsement for her re-election bid at Saturday’s district convention at Edison High School in northeast Minneapolis. Without a...

Kelly Busche and Genevieve Locke, the new editor in chief and business operations officer for the Minnesota Daily. 

Minnesota Daily announces next school year’s editorial, business leadership

Published March 23, 2018

The Minnesota Daily’s Board of Directors selected next year’s leadership Thursday. The board selected Kelly Busche and Genevieve Locke for the roles of editor in chief and business operations officer,...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2015.

New bills would require UMN to report sexual assault and harassment to lawmakers

Published March 20, 2018

Citing past athletic department scandals, state lawmakers are looking to change how the University of Minnesota approaches sexual assault and harassment cases. Bills introduced to the House higher education...

Campus neighborhoods have different visions for parking, transportation

Published March 5, 2018

As areas around the University of Minnesota continue to develop, neighborhood organizations are taking different approaches to solve parking woes.  Developers of residential buildings in University...

Minnesota House of Representatives Committee on Higher Education Chair Bud Nornes speaks to Rep. Gene Pelowski during the committees hearing on the Universitys Board of Regents selection process at the Minnesota State Office Building on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

State lawmakers weigh changes to University of Minnesota regent election process

Published March 5, 2018

State lawmakers are reconsidering how members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are elected.  The House and Senate higher education committees heard presentations last week on the...

University President Eric Kaler speaks to the House of Representatives committee on higher education at the Minnesota State Office Building in St. Paul on Jan. 24, 2017.

Kaler presents infrastructure needs to House Capital Investment Committee

Published March 1, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler laid out the school’s infrastructure needs alongside students and faculty at a House Capital Investment Committee meeting Tuesday. Kaler stressed the University’s...

Protesters march in the streets around the St.Paul Student Center in opposition to conservative commentator Ben Shapiros appearance on campus out on Monday, Feb. 26.

Protesters take to St. Paul campus to voice disapproval of Ben Shapiro

Published February 27, 2018

Around two dozen protesters gathered on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus Monday night to voice disapproval of conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. “This issue is so much bigger than Ben Shapiro...

Ben Shapiro speaking at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

State lawmakers, conservative media criticize UMN administration’s handling of Ben Shapiro event

Published February 26, 2018

The University of Minnesota has received widespread attention and criticism for its handling of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s Monday visit. The event’s sponsor, organizing student groups,...

People walk past businesses on 4th Street Southeast in Dinkytown on Sunday, Feb. 18. A group of businesses are being forced to close after the buildings owner decided to sell the property.

Several Dinkytown businesses to close by mid-summer

Published February 19, 2018

Several Dinkytown businesses on 4th Street Southeast adjacent to the Varsity Theater will close in the coming months.  Shops located in a building to the right of the Varsity Theater on the corner...

Bikers ride beside crowded parking on both sides of Eighth Street Southeast in Minneapolis on June 6, 2017.

New bikeway layout would add protected lanes on and around UMN campus

Published February 19, 2018

A Minneapolis City Council committee recently approved a new proposal that would update and expand existing bike lanes around the University of Minnesota. On Tuesday, the city’s Transportation and Public...

Mayor Jacob Frey speaks about affordable housing at a community event at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center in North Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Frey lays out affordable housing plan at UROC forum

Published February 16, 2018

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey laid out his affordable housing plan and listened to community input at a forum Thursday night.  The event, held at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement...

A rendering of the proposed 4th street lofts in Prospect Park

New Prospect Park development looks to build on neighborhood’s vision

Published February 15, 2018

Developers of a new six-story apartment complex proposed for Prospect Park are pushing for less parking in favor of added density. Developer Harlem Irving Companies has worked with the Prospect Park Association...

Commentator Ben Shapiro speaks at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 26, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s campus lecture venue draws criticism

Published February 8, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s decision over what venue to host conservative commentator Ben Shapiro's Feb. 26 visit has drawn criticism from the event’s sponsor.  The event, hosted by student...

UMPD chief Matt Clark on Jan. 29, 2018.

MSA looks to improve student relationships with UMPD

Published February 8, 2018

The Minnesota Student Association wants to help facilitate discussions between the University of Minnesota Police Department and students by establishing a student-led engagement team.  MSA is currently...

Hamsa Osman, left and Charly Tiempos founders of Sports Check it Out, a sports equipment checkout program in Cedar Riverside stand in the check out room where they rent out a variety of equipment to neighborhood kids.

Cedar-Riverside program gives youth a ‘library’ of sports equipment

Published February 5, 2018

Like many young people, Charly Tiempos and Hamsa Osman love playing sports.  But the pair of Cedar-Riverside teenagers noticed their neighborhood lacked sufficient access to sports equipment. After...

City council members Cam Gordon, Ward 2, and Steve Fletcher, Ward 3, answer questions about affordable housing and share bad landlord experiences during a “Housing Town Hall” event hosted by the MSA at Coffman Memorial Theater, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018.

Minneapolis City Council members address affordable housing at MSA town hall

Published February 1, 2018

Minneapolis City Council members held a town hall at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday to discuss their plans to address student housing needs. Ward 2 City Council Member Cam Gordon and Ward 3 City...

SWAT personnel gather outside the Graduate Hotel early Monday morning in response to what the University is calling a public safety situation involving someone inside the hotel.

UMPD chief update on Graduate Hotel: “We’re hoping to resolve this situation fairly soon”

Published January 29, 2018

UPDATE: SUSPECT IN GRADUATE HOTEL STANDOFF IS IN CUSTODY, POLICE SAY (TUESDAY, 1:43 p.m.) Roads and buildings on East Bank campus remain closed Monday morning as police negotiate with at least one individual...

The view outside the Graduate Hotel shortly after 7 a.m.

Graduate Hotel incident continues, police say

Published January 29, 2018

UPDATE: SUSPECT IN GRADUATE HOTEL STANDOFF IS IN CUSTODY, POLICE SAY (TUESDAY 1:43 p.m.) Roads and buildings near the Graduate Hotel on East Bank campus remain closed Monday morning as police negotiate...

Report: University child care center set to close

Published January 26, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Child Development Center is expected to close in the summer of 2019, according to the Star Tribune. The Child Development Center has provided childcare and enrichment programs...

City Council member Phillipe Cunningham questions police chief Medaria Arradondo about the Minneapolis Police Departments Super Bowl safety plans during a council meeting on Thursday.

Minneapolis City Council looks at sex trafficking prevention strategy for Super Bowl LII

Published January 19, 2018

A Minneapolis City Council committee heard from law enforcement and a local nonprofit on Thursday about plans to combat sex trafficking during Super Bowl LII. The speakers were part of a briefing by the...

Ward 3 City Council Member Steve Fletcher poses for a photo at Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis on Sept. 27, 2017.

Steve Fletcher hones in on Ward 3 issues in first month

Published January 18, 2018

Ward 3 Minneapolis City Council Member Steve Fletcher outlined his priorities and fielded questions from constituents at a Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association meeting Tuesday.  The meeting marked...

City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins listens to City Council member Phillipe Cunningham during the morning meeting on Friday, Jan. 12, at Minneapolis City Hall.

Former UMN oral historian steps into leadership role on Minneapolis City Council

Published January 16, 2018

Ward 8 Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins gained national recognition in November when she became the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office.  She hopes to use her...

Ben Shapiro speaking at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro scheduled to speak at University of Minnesota

Published January 12, 2018

Popular conservative figure Ben Shapiro will visit the University of Minnesota on Feb. 26 as part of his 2018-19 campus tour, according to Young America’s Foundation, the tour’s sponsor. Shapiro is...

500 block of 12th Avenue SE in October, 2016.

Man dies in Dinkytown shooting

Published January 7, 2018

University of Minnesota Police Department officers responded to a report of a shooting on the 500 block of 12th Avenue SE at approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday.  UMPD officers located the body of a deceased...

The remnants of a tree that was cut down and stolen along the tennis courts on 5th Avenue South East as seen on on Sunday, Dec. 10 near 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Winter tree thefts still a problem on UMN campus

Published December 14, 2017

A spruce tree near the University of Minnesota tennis courts was cut down and stolen on Nov. 30, the first tree theft of the academic year.  Winter tree thefts near the holidays are a problem the...

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce takes Minneapolis’ $15 minimum wage to court

Published December 11, 2017

Minneapolis officials and business leaders have brought their clash over a $15 minimum wage to a Hennepin County judge.  The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is suing the city of Minneapolis over its...

The exterior of the Mechanical Engineering building on East Bank in 2013.

UMN professor dies at Mechanical Engineering building

Published December 7, 2017

Updated at 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6. A University of Minnesota professor was found dead at the school's Mechanical Engineering building on East Bank Tuesday.  Barney Klamecki, a 74-year-old...

Jersey Mike’s Subs on 509 14th Ave SE in 2017.

Gunpoint robbery reported outside Jersey Mike’s in Dinkytown

Published December 5, 2017

The Minneapolis Police Department responded to three gunpoint robberies near campus last week, while the University of Minnesota Police Department recorded few crimes in that time. Jersey Mike’s Subs...

A Campus Connector waits for pedestrians to cross the busy Pleasant Street crosswalk between Walter Library and Appleby Hall on Friday, Dec. 1.

Pedestrian crash study points to high-risk areas around campus

Published December 4, 2017

A study presented to the Minneapolis Transportation and Public Works committee Tuesday identified hot-spots and trends for pedestrian crashes in the city.  Data in the study examined where pedestrian...

Ward 6 City Council Member Abdi Warsame speaks at his election party on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Warsame remains winner in Ward 6 race after recount

Published November 29, 2017

The City of Minneapolis conducted a recount of the Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council election on Tuesday.  Candidate Mohamud Noor requested the recount on Nov. 13 after claiming some votes were cast...

The University of Minnesota Transportation and Safety Building on Washington Avenue will undergo an expansion next year, which will include housing all Public Safety divisions in one building.

Transportation and Safety building to undergo expansion

Published November 27, 2017

A campus building that currently houses the University of Minnesota Police Department will soon expand to consolidate public safety services.  The University’s Transportation and Safety Building...

A University of Minnesota student reported an being assaulted at 820 University Avenue on Nov. 14, pictured here on Monday, Nov. 20 in Minneapolis.

Student reports assault outside Noodles & Company

Published November 21, 2017

The Minneapolis Police Department and the University of Minnesota Police Department responded to reports of robbery, theft and assault in the past week.  A University student reported an assault to...

MPD unveils new use-of-force data dashboard

Published November 20, 2017

The Minneapolis Police Department recently unveiled a new tracking system to provide online access to use-of-force and officer-involved shooting incident data. MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo, along with department...

Campaigners for Raymond Dehn, senior Sonia Neculescu and sophomore Aisha Chughtai, offer rides across the Washington Avenue Bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Minneapolis.

Dehn and supporters look to continue engagement

Published November 15, 2017

State Rep. Raymond Dehn spent the final hours before polls closed on election night door-knocking in University of Minnesota dorms.  Dehn channeled student support throughout his campaign, helping...

Three incumbents, including council president, unseated on Minneapolis City Council

Published November 9, 2017

Once all votes were tallied Wednesday afternoon, a slate of newcomers emerged victorious over incumbent Minneapolis city council members. Incumbent Council President Barbara Johnson, Ward 5 City Council...

Jacob Frey addresses the crowd during his Election Day party at Jefe: Urban Hacienda on Nov. 7.

Frey leads pack of mayoral hopefuls

Published November 8, 2017

In a crowded field of mayoral hopefuls, Jacob Frey led Minneapolis’ election late Tuesday night.  Tuesday’s election was the city’s highest municipal election voter turnout in two decades, and...

A University student reported having his car stolen after his keys were taken from an unlocked room in his fraternity house at 1110 5th Street SE, as seen on Monday, Nov. 6.

Multiple thefts reported on and around campus

Published November 7, 2017

The University of Minnesota Police Department and the Minneapolis Police Department responded to multiple reports of theft this week, along with reports of robbery and assault.  A University student...

From left to right: Betsy Hodges, Jacob Frey, Raymond Dehn, Tom Hoch and Nekima Levy-Pounds

Mayoral candidates weigh in on student and housing issues before next week’s election

Published November 2, 2017

Mayor Betsy Hodges Mayor Betsy Hodges said she wants students to have access to affordable housing close to campus. According to Hodges, the availability of mass transit will accomplish this.  “People...

Voters fill out their ballots at Van Cleve Park in the Como neighborhood on Nov. 8, 2016.

How ranked-choice voting could impact the 2017 Minneapolis municipal election

Published October 31, 2017

Next Tuesday’s municipal elections will be the third time Minneapolis uses ranked-choice voting, but some experts say the system could have a greater impact on this year’s outcome. Ranked-choice voting...

Ward 6 City Council Member Abdi Warsame knocks on doors of community members on Saturday, Oct. 14 in Minneapolis. Warsame is running for his second term as a city council member.

West Bank ward sees record absentee turnout

Published October 25, 2017

Residents in Cedar-Riverside, Seward and surrounding neighborhoods aren’t waiting until Election Day to cast their votes.  Minneapolis’ sixth ward has already broken its own record for absentee...

The University of Minnesota Medical Center, as seen on Monday, Oct. 23.

‘Alcohol-related crime’ kept UMPD officers busy during homecoming weekend

Published October 24, 2017

The University of Minnesota Police Department and Minneapolis Police Department responded to reports of assault, theft, robbery and property damage during homecoming week.  UMPD Lieutenant Chuck Miner...

MPD reports possible sex assault outside TCF Bank Stadium after homecoming concert

Published October 24, 2017

The Minneapolis Police Department received a report Saturday of a possible sexual assault outside TCF Bank Stadium on Friday night. The incident, which occurred around 10:10 p.m. Friday, happened as the...

UMPD joins other campus police to discuss college free speech issues

Published October 19, 2017

Campus law enforcement agencies met at the University of Minnesota’s Recreation and Wellness Center Tuesday to discuss rallies and free speech issues on campus. The “When Hate Comes to Campus” event,...