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Madeline Deninger, Associate Reporter

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The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2018.

Gabel updates state Legislature on updated reopening plans

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

July 6, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents may reexamine UMN’s reciprocity agreement

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

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 University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

RCAC forwards 16 UMN regent candidates to state Legislature

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

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

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

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

September 7, 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

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 Shapiro's presence on campus.

Conservative groups sue University for discrimination in Shapiro event

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Association's Somali Night 2018 event on Friday, April 20.

Groups dispute facts of incident at Somali Student Association event

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 Association's Somali Night event. 

Multiple arrests made at Somali Night event at Northrop

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...