The Minnesota Daily

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Reduced budget in Ag school raises questions

May 4, 2000

Recent events in the College of Agriculture have brought into question the direction agricultural research is headed at the University. The resignation of a prominent sustainable-agriculture proponent...

Spring Jam raises money for children

April 25, 2000

It is once again the time year when students commuting between classes are greeted by warm weather, green grass and someone trying to coax them to either sign or purchase something. On the West Bank on...

t. Paul campus hosts biotechnology debate

April 14, 2000

Two perspectives of agricultural biotechnology gently clashed Thursday night at the Earle Brown Center for Continuing Education on the St. Paul campus. While one view purported the potential benefits of...

Conference addresses small-farm concerns

April 13, 2000

To reverse the present downward course of the American farmer, a common solution purported by agriculture experts is to create new policies -- or at least modify current policies -- to protect small-sized...

Vandals destroy $20,000 in property on St. Paul campus

April 6, 2000

A U.S. Forest Service facility on the St. Paul campus is the second building in two months to be attacked by vandals who oppose genetic engineering. In an e-mailed communique distributed Tuesday, a group...

Yudof gives nod to membership

April 3, 2000

After nine months of meetings, deliberations and student demonstrations, University officials finally decided how to ensure merchandise bearing the University insignia is not made in unhealthy, unsafe...

Cargill scrutinized for plight of farmers

March 22, 2000

A group of more than 100 local activists, including many University students, heard arguments against one of the largest privately held companies in the world on the corporation's own front yard Tuesday...

Como residents fight possible traffic increase

March 21, 2000

Nearly 200 people clamored against the possibility of increased traffic through their Como community streets that would result from a business-development project north of their neighborhood. At a meeting...

Lawsuit against Highway 55 reconstruction dismissed

March 14, 2000

A federal judge on Friday dismissed claims the Highway 55 reroute construction project violates seven environmental and historical preservation laws. Members of the Mendota Mdewakanton community, a group...

Suarez highlights the potential problems with future Internet context

March 13, 2000

The idea that the Internet is a place where ideas can be discussed and anyone can be a publisher or author is slowly dying as the Web becomes more commercialized. That was the somewhat bleak view presented...

University researchers seek paper-making alternatives

March 13, 2000

One of the most useful and intriguing materials on earth is being run through the mill of change. Paper is used by nearly everyone, every day. But as the Internet increasingly becomes a primary source...

Discarded cigarette is cause of Dania Hall fire

March 9, 2000

A discarded cigarette started the fire that torched Dania Hall, a massive community project to renovate the West Bank building and several nearby apartments, Minneapolis police said Wednesday. "We at this...

Como business project raises concerns

March 3, 2000

A development plan in the works for a nearby industrial area has raised concerns among residents living in the Como neighborhood, a community full of University students, faculty and staff members. The...

Local farmers rally at state Capitol for political support

March 2, 2000

Joe Zschetzsche is not a farmer. But as a construction worker in Evan, Minn., who works for farmers, he is experiencing the ripple effect agriculture consolidation has on rural communities. "(Farmers)...

Historic Dania Hall destroyed

February 29, 2000

It was supposed to be a monumental renovation project -- restoring the West Bank's historic Dania Hall to the thriving community center it once was. But by Monday afternoon, all that remained of Dania...

Genetic modification issues cause apprehension

February 22, 2000

In farm houses, corporate offices and Washington D.C. bureaus, people who deal with food are concerned about the growing apprehension toward genetically modified plants and animals. While several countries...

Activists damage St. Paul seed lab

February 14, 2000

The high-profile activist group Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility Friday for wreaking havoc on a University genetic engineering project Wednesday, causing about $1,000 in damage and setting...

U.S. producers hope to promote elk meat market

February 14, 2000

Practitioners of a popular ranching trend packed up their small city of information booths Sunday and departed Minneapolis, wiser to the rapidly expanding elk-breeding industry. From breeders to pill distributors...

Former U professor to be honored by Regents

February 10, 2000

Showing compassion for troubled youth is more important now than ever. Social workers and counselors fight on a daily basis to keep young people drug-free, crime-free and healthy. Former University professor...

City officials discuss allocation of funds

February 9, 2000

Sitting before a jam-packed gymnasium Tuesday, Minneapolis officials presented five different plans that would restructure the way communities spend more than $170 million in Neighborhood Revitalization...

Census errors affect funding

February 8, 2000

Though increasing numbers of Americans throw away their census response surveys like junk mail, the importance of acquiring accurate census data is stronger than ever, particularly for densely populated...

University plant has residents steaming

February 3, 2000

The University's southeast steam plant is generating more than heat these days. Residents in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood are fed up with noises coming from the riverfront facility and want something...

St. Paul residents unite in fight for permit-only parking

February 3, 2000

Finding a parking space on the St. Paul campus isn't always easy. But if a group of residents in the neighboring St. Anthony Park area has its way, the task of finding parking could become even more difficult...

Local trade experts analyze WTO policies

January 21, 2000

The World Trade Organization protests in Seattle last November produced, if anything, a broader awareness of the effects global trade has on developing countries and the environment, and of the elitism...

Judge protects University students’ welfare grants

January 20, 2000

While many people loathed the idea of returning to school this week, one group of low-income students were lucky to do so after a court ruling Monday. Ramsey County District Judge Michael Monahan on Monday...

55 camp raided

December 13, 1999

The trees have fallen, but the Highway 55 protest movement still stands. Before dawn Saturday, 150 police officers surrounded Camp Coldwater -- the nucleus of one of the longest-running occupation protests...

Controversy surrounds housing project

December 9, 1999

Hoping to spotlight what they consider to be faulty housing policies, 20 people demonstrated Wednesday in front of a condemned building on Minneapolis' south side. The group, mostly area landlords and...

Last-minute efforts fail to save disputed trees on Highway 55

December 3, 1999

and V. Paul Virtucio Enshrouded in spirituality and the pungent smell of burning sage and sweet grass, opponents of the Highway 55 project physically and spiritually prepared for the inevitable. State...

Cyberspace trendy tool for political campaigns

December 2, 1999

Gov. Jesse Ventura hasn't warmed up to the Internet. He doesn't know much about high-tech gadgets and readily deems himself "computer illiterate." What Ventura does know is that he wouldn't be governor...

Rent increase triggers protest at high-rise

November 23, 1999

Few, if any, residents usually show up for the Chateau's board of directors' meetings. But Sunday, more than 20 people packed the Dinkytown high-rise's meeting room and voiced complaints about a recent...

U neighborhood to receive artistic face lift

November 19, 1999

Ties between two of Minneapolis' oldest neighborhoods will soon be strengthened by a pair of community initiatives. City officials and Marcy-Holmes residents are finalizing plans to enhance land adjacent...

Future of mandatory student fees uncertain

November 15, 1999

A lawsuit heard by the Supreme Court last week will determine whether mandatory fees -- such as those billed to students every semester at the University -- and the student groups they support, will continue...

Police brutality protest prompts tear-gas release

October 26, 1999

When police arrested three people last week during a protest in south Minneapolis, both protesters and police agreed that some kind of tear gas was released. But just who sprayed the gas is a point of...

Man files suit against Best Buy for brutality

October 26, 1999

A New York City man, who claims his stepson was strangled to death by Best Buy security guards in South Carolina four years ago, filed a lawsuit Monday in Hennepin County District Court against the company...

City faces affordable housing shortage

October 18, 1999

Minneapolis faces one of the most severe housing crises in the United States, due in large part to a lag in the construction of homes priced for people with low incomes. The Twin Cities is not alone. Seattle,...

Protesters criticize welfare program

October 14, 1999

Thirty people demonstrated in front of the Hennepin County Government Center on Wednesday, chanting, waving signs and protesting a welfare program they say punishes the homeless. Shouting phrases like...

Dinkytown library’s fate up in the air

October 12, 1999

Dinkytown book junkies might need a new place to get their fix. A recent study analyzing current needs of Minneapolis Public Libraries suggests that a new location be found for the system's southeast branch,...

Troubled City Pages up for sale, again

October 6, 1999

They say freedom of the press exists only for those who own one. Now full expression of the First Amendment is up for sale in the form of an area chain of weekly newspapers. New York real estate tycoon...

New director links University with community

October 5, 1999

There's a new University kid on the many blocks surrounding the Twin Cities campuses. Jan Morlock began working Friday as the University's new director of community relations. As director, Morlock will...

Federal judge’s ruling prompts destruction of Hollman area housing

October 1, 1999

A federal judge handed down a decision Thursday blocking the NAACP's motion to stop the destruction of more than 200 housing units in a section of the city known as the Hollman area. The NAACP filed a...

Protesters storm Highway 55

September 27, 1999

From the west, Highway 55 enters Minneapolis and cuts across the city's north side before traveling through downtown and diagonally across south Minneapolis to Minnehaha Park. Along this road were born...

Women granted continuation of welfare benefits

September 21, 1999

Two students fighting for their welfare rights will not have to forfeit portions of their welfare grants while their case is heard in the Minnesota Department of Human Services appeals process. The women...

Activists rally for marijuana legalization

September 20, 1999

One of the most controversial plants in the world was the center of attention this weekend in St. Paul. About 200 activists gathered Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the illegal status of marijuana....

City seeks cleanup aid from Dinkytown residents

September 16, 1999

A city program in which businesses and other groups will clean up sidewalk refuse while cutting city costs might be coming to Dinkytown. Minneapolis' Adopt A Litter Container program aims to reduce the...

Mixed feelings surface with new apartments

September 15, 1999

The face of Seven Corners has been lifted. The West Bank neighborhood is undergoing changes that will alter the makeup of businesses and population in the area. And depending on who you talk to, the changes...

Changes abound in and around Dinkytown

September 10, 1999

Students who cross the street in Dinkytown while the "Don't Walk" sign is illuminated might need to think twice in the near future. At a Dinkytown Business Association meeting Thursday, several business...

Light-rail proposal sparks controversy

September 10, 1999

Light-rail transportation is coming to the University area, but where it will stop, nobody knows. At a Thursday night meeting sponsored by the Cedar-Riverside Business Association, around 40 community...

Traineesfight welfare reduction

September 9, 1999

Two women enrolled in a University job-training program attempted Wednesday to stop a state legal maneuver that would reduce their welfare grants. In an emergency hearing at the Ramsey County Courthouse,...

Neighborhood group helps renovation

September 7, 1999

Joel Torstenson remembers when Cedar Avenue was called "Snus Boulevard." The West Bank road was so named because of the Norwegian immigrants who spent time there chewing "snus" -- Norwegian for "snuff." Torstenson,...

Glass class offers clear alternative

June 1, 1999

Until a few years ago, the University had a renowned hot glass program, which produced many successful glass artists. But funding crunches and a decision to focus on developing other art programs left...