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Participants' diet, blood pressure, heart rates, medical history and blood pathology were all examined and tested for the international Seven Countries study.

Persistently lethal

October 8, 2015

Culture in OIT led to step-down

September 14, 2015

The culture in the University of Minnesota’s Office of Information Technology — not allegations of mismanagement and possible misuse of funds — led to a University vice president’s...

Top assistant athletics administrator takes leave of absence

September 3, 2015

Less than a month after two instances of sexual harassment led to former University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague’s resignation, his right-hand man stepped away from the department...

Obama promises support for Baltic States as Putin offers Ukraine ceasefire

September 5, 2014

President Obama reassured allies in Eastern Europe Wednesday in a speech aimed at denouncing Russian intervention in Ukraine, as Putin unveiled a new ceasefire plan, news sources report. Obama promised...

Local, federal authorities bust Twin Cities smartphone theft ring

August 14, 2014

Local and national law enforcement have ended the eight-year reign of a Twin Cities-based crime ring that was trafficking stolen mobile phones and tablets across the country and abroad, with the U.S. Attorney’s...

U No.1 on Forbes’ list of rising stars

July 31, 2014

BY TAYLOR NACHTIGAL The University of Minnesota-Twin Cites has climbed more spots on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Best Colleges than other college in the country, according to Forbes...

President Barack Obama waves goodbye to the crowd after giving a 30-minute speech on June 27, 2014, at the Lake Harriet Band Shell. He praised Minnesota legislation while criticizing Republicans in Congress for blocking his agenda.

Obama speaks at Lake Harriet

June 27, 2014

President Barack Obama continued to denounce Republicans in the last speech of his two-day trip to Minnesota. In his address to 3,500 people at the Lake Harriet Band Shell late Friday morning, the president...

Hennepin County stops honoring federal requests to hold detainees

June 25, 2014

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek announced earlier this month that his office will no longer honor federal requests to hold immigrant inmates without judicial authority. After talks with advocacy groups...

Heavy rain causes West Bank mudslide

June 25, 2014

Record-breaking rainfall Thursday pushed a large chunk of a West Bank hill into the Mississippi River, temporarily putting the University of Minnesota’s Fairview Medical Center at risk. No injuries...

Rain causes West Bank mudslide

Rain causes West Bank mudslide

June 20, 2014

A mudslide behind the University of Minnesota's Fairview Medical Center occurred Thursday evening after day-long rain pushed a large chunk of the hill located immediately behind the West Bank hospital...

John Wright, professor in the African American Studies Department, in his office in the Social Sciences Building on Tuesday, May 6.

The Wright legacy

May 28, 2014

They didn’t chant, and they didn’t carry signs. The faces that made up the double-file line of black University of Minnesota students looked only straight ahead. They were moments away from...

Kill switch bill signed into law

May 15, 2014

Starting next summer, when a new smartphone gets lost or stolen, the owner will be able to render it unusable. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new law into effect Wednesday that requires a “kill switch”...

Security monitor Will Burnton receives a request for an escort on his two-way radio while walking across the Washington Avenue bridge during his shift on Thursday, April 17.

Call spikes strain security program

April 23, 2014

Once the sun sets, the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus becomes a void. Its paths are lit only by the occasional lamppost, its buildings drained of their 70,000 daytime inhabitants. Only...

Augsburg graduate student sues for discrimination

March 3, 2014

A Nigerian-born Augsburg College graduate student is suing the college for discrimination after a dispute over a financial aid check ended in her suspension. Ugonwayi Ugo — who was enrolled...

Muslim Student Association President and architecture senior Amer Sassila prays in a secluded area in Rapson Hall on Tuesday.

Muslim students find room to pray

December 11, 2013

Shortly after noon Friday, the room fell into an intent, reverent silence, interrupted only by the padding of shoeless feet on carpet and the occasional creaking of a door as latecomers trickled in. More...

Gopher Chauffeur launches Thursday night shuttle service

November 25, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s Gopher Chauffeur extended service to Thursday nights this weekend, shuttling 135 riders in its first Thursday out. The change follows talks with the Minnesota Student...

Gopher Chauffeur launches Thursday night service

November 21, 2013

The University of Minnesota's Gopher Chauffeur service will now run on Thursday nights, a change following talks with the Minnesota Student Association. The student shuttling service is also looking at...

The Dinkytown area is experiencing drastic changes, including the construction of two new apartment complexes. The property owners, though often behind the scenes, are some of the most powerful players in shaping the change.

Who owns Dinkytown?

November 13, 2013

When University of Minnesota students returned to campus this fall, half a block of Dinkytown was gone. That site will house a six-story apartment complex next year. Across the street, another student...

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was elected to a third term Tuesday night, garnering more than 78 percent of first-choice votes. Coleman, who was first elected in 2005, is the first St. Paul mayor in 23 years to serve more than two terms.

For St. Paul, it’s Coleman

November 6, 2013

With more than 78 percent of first-choice votes, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman sealed his re-election Tuesday night, defeating three challengers by a wide margin. Coleman was highly favored for re-election,...

Bicyclist injured in Dinkytown collision

October 16, 2013

A bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after colliding with a vehicle outside the Dinkytown McDonald’s parking lot Wednesday evening, according to University of Minnesota police. The cyclist seemed...

Police report typical homecoming weekend

October 1, 2013

The University of Minnesota Police Department kept busy over homecoming this year, but “nothing on a major scale” occurred, Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. UMPD deployed extra officers over...

Somali youth speak out against al-Shabab recruiting

September 26, 2013

A Somali youth organization gathered Wednesday to address concerns about recruitment of area youth by the terrorist group al-Shabab. Ka Joog, a Twin Cities nonprofit geared toward supporting local Somali-American...

Sticker shock: calculating the cost of care

September 25, 2013

The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview charged $163,690 for gastrointestinal hemorrhage surgery in fiscal year 2011. Nine miles away, the same procedure cost $19,770  — an eighth...

Fairview names new president and CEO

September 17, 2013

Fairview Health Services announced its new president and CEO on Tuesday. Rulon Stacey, the current president of University of Colorado Health, will take over Nov. 4. The Fairview health system serves more...

Woman dies after fall from Yudof window

September 9, 2013

A woman died Sunday morning after falling from a sixth-story window at Yudof Hall on Saturday. Stephanie Lehr, 19, was not a University student, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. Lehr was...

Vescio's owner Frank Vescio prepares a take out order for a customer on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Dinkytown.

Tough sales don’t curb development

May 9, 2013

  Frank Vescio has been working at his family-owned restaurant for more than 40 years. His father, grandmother, son, mother and daughter have all worked there at some point, too. He said he’d...

Pinterest could be new tool for businesses

May 8, 2013

  If Twitter is about what’s happening now, and Facebook is about connecting with family and friends, then Pinterest is about stuff, a new University of Minnesota study suggests. The website,...

Continuing education student Stefan Gherghelegiu browses through books Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Book House in Dinkytown.

Longtime Dinkytown shop finds new home

May 8, 2013

  Entering Dinkytown’s the Book House is like entering a maze. Follow the bend of ceiling-high bookshelves and there’s a corner table with a book on hair in African art and another one...

New apartment complex planned on 15th Avenue

May 7, 2013

A new 202-unit, six-story apartment complex will replace townhomes and several small rental houses on the corner of 15th Avenue SE and 7th Street SW, across from the University’s Gibson-Nagurski...

FDA loosens Plan B restrictions

May 1, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would lower the age for the morning-after pill to girls and women ages 15 and older without a prescription as well as make the pill available...

Dayton calls out “rude” audience members at open forum

May 1, 2013

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton dealt with what he called “very juvenile behavior” at a “Meetings with Mark” open forum he held in Shakopee Monday night. While explaining why he believed lawmakers...

3rd ward city council member Hofstede announces Mayor’s support

May 1, 2013

City council woman Diane Hofstede recieved Mayor R.T. Rybak's support today in her incumbent race for third ward against attorney JAcob Frey. He did not, however, officially "endorse" Hofstede. “I've...

Dinkytown before and after Minneapolis approved an amendment requiring the removal of overhanging and freestanding commercial signs and billboards measuring more than six square feet, in order to

A history of evolving

April 29, 2013

A handful of students banded together to save Dinkytown’s character, producing a documentary about its history and soliciting donations. “The faces and names change in Dinkytown, but the heritage...

CEO and developer of Doran Companies Kelly Doran.

Kelly Doran: luxe housing visionary

April 18, 2013

View an interactive map of planned housing developments around campus. After three years and five major apartment complexes in the University District, Kelly Doran arguably dominates the local housing...

Brewery to set up in University’s backyard

April 17, 2013

Hell, Furious and Bender can already be found at more than 500 Minnesota bars and restaurants, but now Surly Brewing Company will be closer than ever to the University of Minnesota campus and its students. The...

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies sophomore Connor Wright reads notes taped to chairs representing the 1,100 college students who comity suicide nationwide in an average year Tuesday, April 16, 2013, on the Washington Avenue Bridge. Wright said he was planning on reading every note, which are dedicated to friends and family dealing with or lost to mental health issues.

Students unite to support mental health

April 17, 2013

More than a quarter of all University of Minnesota students reported being diagnosed with at least one mental health condition in their lifetime, according to Boynton Health Service’s 2010 College...

April winter storm breaks 2 all-state records

April 14, 2013

After last year's early spring, this year's mid-April winter storms, some say, are simply unfair. Minnesota's most recent storm broke two state records, according to Mark Seeley, Department...

City to seek help with redesign of Nicollet Mall

April 12, 2013

Though it’s still waiting for $20 million in state bonding, the City of Minneapolis released a staff report Friday voicing its intention to redesign Nicollet Mall, which hasn’t been reconstructed...

City buckles down on landlords

April 11, 2013

Jordan Dalluge was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family when he received an unexpected email: an eviction notice from his landlord. While Dalluge was never actually evicted, he said he spent months...

University students gear up for MN entrepreneurship event

April 9, 2013

While some students dream of being a doctor or lawyer, others hope to distill their own gin, develop mobile games or sell yogurt. Minnesota Cup, a business entrepreneurship competition co-sponsored by...

City to collaborate with local artists

April 3, 2013

  As a middle school student in the late ’70s, Roger Cummings’ field trips took him to Dinkytown. He rode the bus with Marshall University High School students and frequented its record...

National Rifle Association report recommends arming school staff

April 3, 2013

  A task force funded by the National Rifle Association presented a plan Tuesday suggesting the training and arming of security guards at every school in the nation. The recommendation was part of...

Grad students targeted for new apartments

March 28, 2013

A new housing development breaking ground this fall will be geared toward University of Minnesota graduate students and young professionals. The yet-unnamed four-story, 40-unit building along University...

Potential Fairview merger raises concerns

March 26, 2013

Fairview Health Services, which controls the University of Minnesota Medical Center and clinics, could be acquired by Dakotas-based Sanford Health. The possible merger hasn’t been formally announced,...

Dinkytown apt. complex plans in motion

March 14, 2013

Plans for a new apartment complex in the heart of Dinkytown are moving forward, but some in the area still have concerns. The Opus Group will likely break ground in July of this year. The project will...

MPD overreporting rape stats

March 14, 2013

  Minneapolis has reported the highest national rate of forcible rate for the last five years — but that shocking statistic is due to the city’s broader definition of rape and does not...

Roommates Maria Finsness, left, Maddie Hansen, center, and Emma Reese relax in one of their rooms Sunday, March 10, 2013, in their Dinkytown home. The three roommates share the home with 11 other people and said they consider rent very affordable.

Mpls. releases housing survey

March 12, 2013

Minneapolis is the place to live, according to the city’s most recent resident survey. Nine out of 10 survey respondents rated living in the city as “good” or “very good.”  While...

 Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association (PPERIA) has applied to become a conservation district, which may effect development in the area. Marcy-Holmes and West Bank have applied for similar measures.

Prospect Park, East River Road work toward neighborhood conservation status

March 7, 2013

From his time as a University of Minnesota student in the ’60s, Joe Ring remembers the Motley neighborhood as charming and quaint with hundreds of residential homes. Now, the neighborhood he remembers...

Socialist city council candidate arrested

March 5, 2013

  Ty Moore, a Socialist city council candidate, was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in protests in downtown Minneapolis. Police confirmed Monday that Moore was arrested last week for refusing...

On March 4, entrepreneurs Graham Barton and Genya Akselrod will be opening Thriftees, a vintage thrift and consignment store, on Como and 15th Avenues. Barton and Akselrod said they plan to price all their clothing and accessories for less than $20.

Poppin’ tags: Como thrift shop to open

February 27, 2013

  Any University of Minnesota students jamming to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” and looking to hit the nearest vintage store are in luck. University alumnus Genya Akselrod will be opening...

Two University alumni, Jimmy Ennen and Travis Brew, created a business called Face to Face selling lip balm and donating one dollar from each sale toward providing healthcare to children with facial deformities in Africa. The company started less than a year ago and it is currently being sold in University bookstores.

Alumni lip balm startup helps fund cleft palate surgeries in Ethiopia

February 26, 2013

  On an average Friday night in 2011, University of Minnesota alumni Travis Brew and Jimmy Ennen decided they were going to improve access to health care in developing countries. They didn’t...

Minneapolis won’t bid for Olympics in 2024

February 26, 2013

    Contrary to city-wide speculation, Minneapolis will not make a bid to be considered for host city of the 2024 Summer Olympics. In a letter to the United States Olympic committee...

FBI agents gone wild

February 22, 2013

  One of them broke his wife’s e-reader in half and pointed an unloaded gun at her dog’s head. Someone else emailed nude photos of herself to her ex-boyfriend’s wife. And another...

Dinkytown security plan moves forward

February 20, 2013

Plans to improve late-night security moved forward last week at a Dinkytown Business Association meeting and will be finalized by the end of next week. Skott Johnson, DBA president, presented a plan he...

Federal website helps students get the most bang for their educational buck

February 19, 2013

  Now, prospective college students can compare the cost, average student debt, and loan default rates of specific schools thanks to a new federal website: College Scorecard. The White House unveiled...

Students’ Co-op members and guests gather for a Chinese New Year dinner on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the co-op.

Co-op wants to save Dinky

February 18, 2013

At the University of Minnesota’s Students’ Co-op, the kitchen is the heart of the beast. Racks of spices, containers of grains and a hodgepodge of cans and boxes sit across from a wall dotted...

Illinois Senate to vote on same-sex marriage proposal Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

  The Illinois Senate is voting Thursday, Valentine’s Day, whether to legalize same-sex marriage. Because of the Democratic supermajority control of the Senate’s General Assembly, the...

Dinkytown late-night security plan moves forward

February 14, 2013

Plans to improve late-night security moved forward Thursday at a Dinkytown Business Association meeting. Skott Johnson, DBA President, presented a plan that he and other business owners have been working...

In housing boom, U of M is not alone

February 11, 2013

More than 1,000 high-end luxury-apartment units are planned for around the University of Minnesota in the next two years, but Minneapolis is not alone in a development boom. Across the Big Ten, university...

KSTP commercial producer Nick Tieri sets up the camera to shoot a scene of the Stadium Village commercial Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Hole Sports Lounge.

Stadium Village films TV ad

February 4, 2013

  Stadium Village isn’t just for game days, according to a new advertising campaign from the Stadium Village Commercial Association. The SVCA shot its first-ever commercial Friday to highlight...

Super Bowl fans get into the game

February 3, 2013

This year, viewers can take the annual Super Bowl game into their own hands — well, at least the commercials between its plays. Advertisers are devising new ways for viewers to interact with their...

Lavvu Coffee House owner Chris Pesklo sits in a Scandinavian Sami lavvu tent at the Swedish Institute on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Minneapolis. Plesko said visitors to the new coffee house will be able to

Sharing Sami culture

January 31, 2013

There’s no shortage of coffee shops on the University of Minnesota campus, but none of them let customers drink coffee under an 8-foot-tall tent — yet. That’s just one of the ways Dinkytown’s...

John Kerry approved as Secretary of State

January 30, 2013

  Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was formally confirmed by the U.S. Senate this afternoon; he will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose last day at the State Department is Friday. Most senators...

House of Hanson, owner Laurel Bauer's claim to Dinkytown fame, has been in her family for 80 years. Bauer recently signed a purchase agreement with developer the Opus Group and will be closing the store.

A Dinkytown lifer to close shop

January 29, 2013

If there’s one thing Laurel Bauer knows, it’s Dinkytown. She grew up in Marcy-Holmes. She went to Marshall University High School, just across the street from her family’s Dinkytown grocery...

Dirty Facebook? Clean it up with Facewash.

January 25, 2013

  “If you wouldn’t want your grandmother seeing it, don’t put it on Facebook,” goes the adage. Despite the oft-repeated warning, college students are no stranger to red solo...

Weather, flu did not keep students home first day

January 23, 2013

  While the cold may seem insufferable to University of Minnesota students on their first day back to class, the temperatures still have a long way to drop before school closes. The process for a...

David Roos, left, talks harmonies with Samuel Graham at The Podium on Jan. 19, 2013, in Dinkytown. Graham said he has been visiting The Podium since he was a child. Several Dinkytown businesses including The Book House, The Podium and House of Hanson have reached an agreement with apartment developer OPUS and will be relocating or closing permanently.

Megatown or Dinkytown?

January 22, 2013

As a teenager, The Podium owner Jeff Molde would sneak out of his house and steal off to Dinkytown  to listen to local music. Laurel Bauer’s has worked at House of Hanson, a family business,...

Somali President visits Minneapolis

January 22, 2013

  Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud spoke to a crowd of 4,000 Minnesota Somalis Friday at the Minneapolis convention center. The event rounded out a successful day for the president. Earlier...

Dartmouth College ends Advanced Placement credit

January 18, 2013

  Future Dartmouth students hoping to trade in their high AP scores for class credit are out of luck. After a faculty vote, the Ivy League school recently announced they will no longer be accepting...

Facebook unveils new social search feature

January 15, 2013

  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new search feature for the site Tuesday morning. The service, Graph Search, will essentially allows its users to search for interests, places and photos...

27 flu-related deaths spur warnings of severe flu season

January 12, 2013

  In response to the recent 23 confirmed flu-related deaths, the Minnesota Department of Health has declared the state to be in the midst of a severe flu season. Last week alone, 401 people were admitted...

The 7west Apartments under construction near Seven Corners Saturday on West Bank. The new apartments will be LEED-certified.

West Bank apts. go green

December 10, 2012

While University of Minnesota students prepare for finals, developers Robb Miller and Curt Gunsbury are doing homework of their own. The pair is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environment Design ...

Snow emergencies declared in Minneapolis, St. Paul

December 9, 2012

With four to six inches already on the ground and up to 14 inches forecasted by the National Weather Service, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul officially declared the season’s first Snow Emergency...

History junior Kristen Ney, left, and family social science junior Alyssa Woodard, center, explore Art & Architecture on Saturday in Minneapolis.

A comeback on University Avenue

December 3, 2012

When Central Corridor light-rail construction began along University Avenue in 2011, city officials warned the Textile Center that their business would see a 30 to 50 percent drop in foot traffic. They...

PPERRIA event encourages business along University Avenue

November 30, 2012

  For businesses that depend on foot traffic along University Avenue, the end of Light Rail Transit construction for the season is worth celebrating. On Dec. 1, the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement...

Judges for the BizPitch Contest decide the winner of the $1,000 grand prize at Carlson School of Management on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Hopeful entrepreneurs pitch ideas

November 29, 2012

It took Abbe Hyde less than 90 seconds to convince a panel of entrepreneurs that she had a $1,000 idea. To be fair, a minute and a half was all she had. In the University of Minnesota’s “Shark...

SECIA paints litter containers in hopes of battling graffiti

November 29, 2012

  Neighborhoods across the University of Minnesota district, including Cedar Riverside, Marcy- Holmes and Southeast Como, have begun painting residents’ adopted litter containers with their...

Student entrepreneurs go head to head in Biz Pitch competition

November 28, 2012

  In a Shark Tank-style showdown, 8 finalists will make ninety second business pitches to a panel of entrepreneurs tomorrow at tomorrow’s Biz Pitch competition. Funded by the Gary S. Holmes...

Chris Temple, Hannah Gregg and Zach Ingrasci prepare to present their film,

Poverty awareness tour visits U

November 20, 2012

As Zach Ingrasci watches footage of his body slowly emaciate — 18 pounds worth over a two-month trip to Guatemala — he is viscerally reminded of the summer he spent living on a dollar a day. “I’d...

U falls short in sexual health report card

November 19, 2012

  The University of Minnesota is still one of the worst schools in the Big Ten when it comes to sexual health, according to Trojan brand condom’s 2012 Sexual Health Report Card. Following a...

Students face extreme poverty to highlight microfinance

November 16, 2012

The University of Minnesota will host a screening of a documentary by college students who spent two months living on a dollar a day to experience extreme poverty firsthand.    “Living...

Minneapolis City Councilman Cam Gordon speaks to the board and neighborhood residents about the need for energy reform in the community during the Southeast Como Improvement Association meeting in Van Cleve Park on Tuesday.

SECIA struggles to stay afloat

November 15, 2012

Though the Southeast Como Improvement Association approved budget changes intended to alleviate its financial burdens at its meeting Tuesday, its future is still uncertain. SECIA has recently experienced...

Light-rail project 74% complete

November 6, 2012

The University of Minnesota will be relieved of heavy Central Corridor light-rail construction by the end the year. “The work next year will be quiet and tidy,” said Laura Baenen, spokeswoman...

Community concerns lead to changes in UTEC plans

October 31, 2012

The Dinkytown area can expect more than luxury housing from the project that will replace the University Technology Enterprise Center in 2014. Increased parking and a public walkway are among the site’s...

Confirmed meningitis cases grow in Minn.

October 18, 2012

Minnesota health officials reported that 129 clinics  in Minnesota have purchased drugs from the New England Compounding Center, which is now closed and under investigation for its link to a deadly...