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Nursing students Stephanie Price and Heather Hanney review CPR techniques during a CPR Health Care Provider Recertification course Monday at Boynton Health Service.

CPR training required in high schools

Published May 2, 2012

  Minnesota high schools will be required to provide CPR training, starting in 2014. The law, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on April 23, would require all school districts to provide training of cardiopulmonary...

Dayton’s veto nixes push for expansion of fireworks sales in Minn.

Published April 30, 2012

Gov. Mark Dayton extinguished a fireworks bill Saturday night. He vetoed a bill that would have allowed the sale of larger fireworks in Minnesota. The current law allows for the sale and possession of...

Advisers play unseen role in elections

Published April 25, 2012

In political campaigns, the brains of the operation aren’t always the candidates. The invisible masterminds behind every campaign that determine its success are campaign advisers, who help develop...

Legislators OK alcohol in suites, beer garden at TCF games

Published April 24, 2012

Gophers football fans may soon be able to drink alcohol in TCF Bank Stadium. The state House passed the omnibus liquor bill Monday by a vote of 115-13, sending the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton. The bill includes...

Daily Digest: Secret Service investigation continues

Published April 19, 2012

Daily Digest: Thursday, April 19 --The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations involving several agents within the department who allegedly bought prostitutes prior to President Obama’s...

Upcoming road closures near the U

Published April 19, 2012

During the next two weeks, two road closures will be taking place near the University. The Department of Transportation announced the Huron Boulevard Ramp from westbound I-94 will be closed from Sunday,...

Actor/Director Josh Hartnett, State Director for Obama Campaign, Jeff Boldgett, and Mayor R.T. Rybak connect over personal experiences before going on stage to answer questions on Saturday at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Hartnett, Rybak rally 2012 Obama support on campus

Published April 16, 2012

  President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is recruiting big names to speak at college campuses to re-energize the student base that played an integral role in the 2008 election. Actor...

Co-Chair of MPIRGs University of Minnesota, Twin Cities chapter Sydney Jordan, center, meets with the groups Economic Justice Task Force during a Monday afternoon meeting in the Civil Engineering building.  To promote student voting, MPIRG has recently suggested that election day should be an official university holiday.

Proposal would allow students an excused absence to vote

Published April 11, 2012

  A proposal that would allow voting in state and federal elections as an acceptable excused absence is floating around the University of Minnesota Senate. The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group...

Actor Josh Hartnett hosting student summit at U

Published April 6, 2012

Actor and Minnesota native Josh Hartnett is joining DNC Vice Chair Mayor RT Rybak and Obama for America National Field Director Jeremy Bird, in hosting a student summit at the University of Minnesota McNamara...

Survey of employees brings insight to the city

Published April 5, 2012

The recently released Employee Engagement Survey shows many city employees have unfavorable views on certain aspects of their job. The survey revealed only 33 percent of respondents agreed that there are...

Right-to-work stalls in Legislature

Published April 2, 2012

As the legislative session winds down, the status of the Employee Freedom amendment is up in the air. The constitutional amendment, introduced by Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, in early February, would...

$61M spent on lobbying in 2011

Published March 26, 2012

  More than $61 million was spent on lobbying in Minnesota last year, according to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Business groups spent more than $14 million on lobbying,...

Bill would close St. Anthony lock to slow Asian carp

Published March 21, 2012

  A proposal to close the St. Anthony Falls lock to prevent invasive carp from spreading into northern Minnesota waters has bipartisan support from state congressional lawmakers. The bill proposed...

U.S. Supreme Court to hear college admissions affirmative action case

Published March 19, 2012

As a debate about affirmative action at public universities heads to the U.S. Supreme Court in the fall, University of Minnesota faculty and students are weighing in on the issue. Affirmative action is...

Humphrey School mourns lecturer, leader, former policy-maker

Published March 8, 2012

Gary DeCramer, policy-maker and senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota, passed away Wednesday. He was 67. DeCramer, who headed the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Master of Public Affairs...

Art sophomore Lizzy Berard takes a smoke break late Thursday night with a friend while studying at Espresso Royale in Dinkytown. Berard has been smoking for four years and says a tax increase on cigarettes wouldn’t change how often she lights up.

Repubs propose tobacco tax hike

Published February 27, 2012

  Republican legislators want to double taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, which could burn a hole in smokers’ wallets. The current tax for cigarettes is $1.23 a pack. However,...

10th Avenue Bridge gets in line for repairs

Published February 23, 2012

  Built more than 80 years ago, the 10th Avenue Bridge is in need of some repairs. Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, is seeking $7.6 million in bonding money to mend the bridge, which hasn’t...

Sec. of State offers alternative to Voter ID

Published February 21, 2012

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie proposed electronic poll books on Friday during a Senate hearing to counter a Republican backed Voter ID plan, according to MinnPost. During the hearing, Ritchie...

Kaler names search committee to find next athletics director

Published February 21, 2012

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler named a search committee and independent firm to find the next director of athletics. The search advisory committee is made up of 21 members and a four-person...

Minnesota enters right-to-work controversy

Published February 15, 2012

  Minnesotans may vote in November on whether workers should be forced to join a union upon employment. State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, introduced an “Employee Freedom” amendment...

Maturi will be paid from discretionary fund

Published February 9, 2012

Golden Gopher Director of Athletics, Joe Maturi will be stepping down at the end of his contract in June with a hefty retirement package. Details have emerged that part of Maturi's retirement will come...

Duluth joins the Vikings stadium drama

Published February 9, 2012

Duluth is now yet another city to be a possible site for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. In a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday, Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, proposed the stadium to be constructed...

President Barack Obama rallies students to elect Democratic candidates in the elections Oct. 23, 2010 in the Field House.

Obama looks to up student loans

Published February 7, 2012

As tuition costs for college students soar, President Barack Obama has proposed a blueprint for aiding studentsâÄô financial woes. As Obama prepares his proposed budget, which heâÄôll reveal...

State starts work on health care plan

Published February 2, 2012

  The debate over health care is set to heat up in Minnesota. A group tasked with developing an online health insurance marketplace where people can compare health insurance plans made recommendations...

U professor proposes invasive species center

Published January 27, 2012

As Asian carp and zebra mussels force native species out of their habitats across Minnesota, University of Minnesota professor Peter Sorensen hopes to bring a research center to campus to gain a better...

Dayton poses $35 million tax credit

Published January 25, 2012

With unemployment numbers across Minnesota reaching 175,000, Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a tax credit for businesses that hire recent college graduates, veterans or unemployed. Dayton and legislative...

TCF could be Vikings’ temporary home if Metrodome plan wins

Published January 19, 2012

If the Minnesota Vikings decide to build their new stadium at the Metrodome site, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs TCF Bank Stadium would likely be the teamâÄôs new home for the next three...

Regents approve new dorm plans

Published December 12, 2011

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved schematic plans Friday for a new residence hall and dining facility on Fourth Street. Construction of the $62.5-million building, which will replace...

2 dead in Virginia Tech shooting

Published December 8, 2011

A police officer and an alleged gunman are dead after a shooting on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA, according to the campus newspaper The Collegiate Times. Initial reports indicated...

Graduation rate at U rises

Published December 8, 2011

More University of Minnesota students are graduating on time, according to the Star Tribune. New data reveals that the University’s graduation rate has risen. Now, 54 percent of students who began their...

Germany hosts Minnesota delegation to talk renewable energy

Published December 1, 2011

Though the United States and Germany are trying to develop similar sources of renewable energy, a delegation from Minnesota that traveled to the country said U.S. policies donâÄôt move as quickly...

Professor James Luby lectures on how to pair wine with food in Horticulture 1031 Monday in St. Paul.  The course on viticulture and enology incorporates science and tasting of wine.

U grapes help wine industry grow

Published November 23, 2011

In the past 30 years, the University of Minnesota has developed climate-enduring wine grapes that are now made into the four most widely produced wines in Minnesota. A full crop of âÄúcold hardy...

Cracks appeared in the walls on the second floor of Lind Hall after construction workers removed a supporting wall on the first floor.

Profs say issues with Lind Hall project are disruptive

Published November 16, 2011

Ellen Messer-Davidow ran her finger over a banister in a Lind Hall stairwell, revealing a thick layer of dust. A construction-caused mess is prevalent throughout the building, and many have complained...

Representative Keith Ellison speaks Monday at the at the opening of the Barack Obama Campaign Office.

Obama’s 2012 campaign kicks off on campus

Published November 8, 2011

While Republican candidates are still fighting for their partyâÄôs nomination in the 2012 presidential election, President Barack ObamaâÄôs campaign for re-election has turned its attention...

TCF Stadium guard fired after roughing up fans

Published November 3, 2011

A TCF Bank Stadium security guard that was caught on tape roughing up fans after Saturday’s football game has been fired, according to the Star Tribune. The actions of the guard were caught on a cell...

Rep. Ellison introduces voting bills in Congress

Published November 3, 2011

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., introduced a bill in Congress Wednesday that would prohibit all states from requiring photo identification at the polls. âÄúThe Voter Access Protection ActâÄù...

DFL keep 2 seats in special election

Published October 19, 2011

Two DFLers claimed victory in special elections for open seats in the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday night. Both seats were previously held by DFLers. Rep. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, first elected to the...

Now, someone to call when the bed bugs bite

Published October 12, 2011

Entomologists at the University of Minnesota have established phone and email hotlines to offer information and help on dealing with bed bugs. Bed bugs have had a recent resurgence in North America as...

Nebraska student denied therapy dog

Published October 11, 2011

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging the University of Nebraska at Kearney and five of its employees for violating the Fair Housing Act when they refused to grant a student...

Daily Digest: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Published October 11, 2011

Here’s your Daily Digest for Tuesday, Oct. 11: Diane Bakdash, the Roseville mother originally charged with being her son’s accomplice in a fatal hit-and-run accident of a University of Minnesota student...

U starts up bed bug hotline

Published October 11, 2011

  Entomologists at the University of Minnesota have established bed bug phone and email hotlines for a new bed bug resource center that will offer guidance on how to deal with bed bug infestations. Bed...

Some University employees were forced to relocate due to health concerns arising from the renovation process at the Nolte Center on East Bank.

Confusion over health risks abounds in Nolte

Published October 5, 2011

Anne Lazaraton hasnâÄôt been able to hold office hours in her office in the Nolte Center all semester. Lazaraton, an associate professor in the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Department of...

Activists march Saturday during the Minneapolis Slut Walk.

Scantily clad march in Minneapolis SlutWalk

Published October 2, 2011

Several hundred people paraded through the streets of Minneapolis to protest against sexual violence in the cityâÄôs first annual SlutWalk on Saturday. From low-cut leather tops and fishnets to...

19,000 runners will fill the streets this weekend

Published September 30, 2011

 More than 19,000 runners will take to the streets to compete in the 30thAnnual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Medtronic TC 10 mile race on Sunday. Both races will begin at the Hubert H. Humphrey...

All charges dropped against Diane Bakdash

Published September 30, 2011

The final charges against Diane Bakdash were dropped Thursday by the Hennepin County attorney’s office, according to the Star Tribune. Bakdash, 66, of Roseville, had been accused of advising her son,...

Huron ramp to eastbound I-94 closed Oct. 2 to Oct. 12

Published September 30, 2011

Drivers heading from the University of Minnesota campus to St. Paul wonâÄôt be able to use the Huron Boulevard ramp to get on Interstate 94 from Sunday, Oct. 2 to Oct. 12. The ramp will be closed...

Mentor program links up students

Published September 22, 2011

When Kelsey Schroeder came to the University of Minnesota last year, she didnâÄôt know the campus or what she would major in. Amanda Farris, on the other hand, was a biology major in her junior...

Amundson is next building up for renovation on East Bank

Published September 7, 2011

The University of Minnesota is gearing up to renovate and expand Amundson Hall. In addition to replacing the wall of windows that faces Washington Avenue and making the building more energy efficient,...