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Plan suggests troopers provide flight safety

September 27, 2001

A flurry of long-term security measures have cropped up in legislative bodies across the nation since the terrorist hijackings. But while Congress evaluates these proposals, one Minnesota representative...

Local radio changes tune after terrorist attacks

September 20, 2001

Devoted Radio K listeners tend to request songs from The Replacements or Modest Mouse. But after last week's terrorist attacks, the University radio station started to get a few strange requests: Outkast's...

Arab merchant, students threatened after terrorist attacks

September 13, 2001

Majdi Wadi has never worried about much more than keeping his shelves stocked and customers happy at Holy Land, his Northeast Minneapolis food market. But at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the calm that prevailed...

U professor leaves for business institute

December 5, 2000

Political science professor Steve Smith announced Thursday he will leave the University to take over as director of Washington University's Center for the Study of American Business in St. Louis. Smith...

Dayton wins U.S. Senate election

November 8, 2000

Pete Johnson and Jessica Thompson After a long campaign and millions of dollars, DFL candidate Mark Dayton garnered 49.73 percent of the state's votes to win the Minnesota U.S. Senate race. Dayton beat...

Coach defends threat to yank press passes

November 3, 2000

Dan Monson, men's basketball coach, threatened to withhold The Minnesota Daily's press credentials for the rest of the season after the paper published a column proposing the death penalty for the Gophers...

Gender might play a role in voter decisions

November 2, 2000

Nationwide, the number of female legislators in the federal governments is at an all-time high. But in Minnesota that figure is a bit behind. Minnesota has sent only one woman to the nation's capitol --...

Candidates fail to reach young voters; apathy widespread

October 11, 2000

University student Louise Ewald will cast her ballot in the Nov. 7 election, but her driving force is not a desire to vote -- it's a sense of civic duty. "People probably should vote, even though (your...

U.S. candidates voice mixed opinions on campaign finance

October 9, 2000

In past elections, the campaign finance issue sat on the back burner while candidates and legislators disagreed about issues such as tax cuts and education. But with campaigns becoming more expensive each...

McCollum wins despite harsh accusations

September 13, 2000

After a tight race muddled with a few harsh accusations, state Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-North St. Paul, garnered enough votes to prevail as the DFL's Fourth Congressional candidate. McCollum won by a 2-1...

Kahn challenged for first time in 16 years

September 11, 2000

In the 28 years University area Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, has been in office, she has had only one opponent in the September DFL primaries. That was in 1984. Now, the uncontested streak is broken....

Janezich seeks to rally youth on campus

September 6, 2000

U.S. Senate candidate Jerry Janezich and his supporters took advantage of the hustle and bustle of the first day of classes Tuesday afternoon. The DFL-endorsed candidate and state senator mingled with...

Primaries competitive, yet voter turnout low

September 5, 2000

Even though the November election date is creeping closer, some candidates are focusing on just getting past the Sept. 12 primaries. The primaries, contests for the respective party's candidacy, can be...

Phyllis Kahn, opponents face off in community forum

September 5, 2000

University area Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, doesn't just have competition from the Republican Party this election season. Kahn faces DFL opponent Brian Biele in the Sept. 12 primary. The winner...

U officials express funding concerns

May 2, 2000

University President Mark Yudof said he is concerned the legislative session will end without a bonding bill, leaving many University projects on the back burner. "It's troublesome if they don't get a...

‘Real World’ cast discusses social issues

April 27, 2000

Not many people have woken up to a video camera watching them pick their nose. But one "Real World" cast member has. Sean, a member of the Boston cast, was one of three former cast members who spoke to...

Students urged to sign up as election judges

April 26, 2000

When students go to voting booths on election day, volunteers tend to be 40 to 50 years older than them. To change that, Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is visiting college campuses across the state...

Candidates for Vento’s seat debate issues

April 24, 2000

Over 100 people gathered at Macalester College on Saturday afternoon to listen to and ask questions of the eight Democratic candidates vying for Bruce Vento's Fourth Congressional District seat. Issues...

House, Senate negotiate U funding

April 19, 2000

A House offer in the omnibus bonding bill conference committee meeting was met with little enthusiasm Tuesday night by some Senate members. The House's offer followed a Senate offer several days ago that...

Bill requiring 24-hour wait killed by Ventura

April 17, 2000

Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed a bill Friday that would have required women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion. "I decided that it is wrong for government to assume a role in something that I always...

Controversial abortion bill passes Legislature

April 11, 2000

After hours of heated debate Monday morning, the Senate barely passed a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The bill passed the Senate 37-30 and passed the House early...

Minnesota ranks fifth in study on weather damage

April 7, 2000

Minnesota was ranked fifth in the nation for extreme-weather damage during the 1990s by a study released Thursday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Damages in Minnesota exceeded $5 billion throughout...

Legislative session might end early

April 6, 2000

In a surprise move, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said he would consider ending the legislative session early, leaving the University without funding and the public without a tax rebate and cuts. The...

Daily editor travels to U.S.S.R. to investigate Cold War reality

April 5, 2000

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a 10-part series of stories highlighting each decade of the 20th century and how The Minnesota Daily covered them. The series will appear on Wednesdays leading up to...

States miss out on millions of e-commerce sales tax dollars

April 5, 2000

E-commerce giants like eBay and Amazon.com are making millions of dollars each year from online transactions -- tax-free transactions. Currently, there is a moratorium on Internet sales tax that would...

Senate, House split on funding

March 24, 2000

Both the state House and Senate passed their capital bonding bills Thursday, but with drastically different price tags. The Senate's bill appropriates twice as much funding for University building projects...

Senate awards U grants for research board

March 23, 2000

The University and researchers received more than $13 million in grants from the state Legislature this week. The Senate approved its omnibus bonding bill Wednesday, including a $13.2 million grant to...

Senate doubles Ventura’s proposal

March 15, 2000

Despite the Senate Higher Education Committee's recommendation to almost double Gov. Jesse Ventura's funding proposal for the University on Tuesday, University officials still aren't happy. Of the $134.3...

DFL caucus turnout lower than expected

March 13, 2000

By changing the Democratic caucuses from midweek to a weekend, DFL officials hoped to attract younger voters. But that was not the case Saturday morning at Van Cleve Community Center, near the University's...

Gore urges local voters to support Democratic Party

March 13, 2000

After cancelling his appearance Thursday, Vice President Al Gore urged a group of 150 supporters Friday night to keep Democratic legislators in power. "I want your help. I want to fight for you," Gore...

Bradley, McCain drop out of presidential race

March 10, 2000

In an expected move Thursday morning, former Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ended their bids for the presidency. Both were considered insurgent candidates by many; their missions...

Crookston athletics director accused of funds misappropriation

March 9, 2000

University of Minnesota-Crookston Athletics Director Brad Kerr resigned Tuesday after allegations he misappropriated concession funds. Kerr has been under investigation by Crookston officials for two months,...

DFL Party aims to increase younger voter participation

March 7, 2000

As this weekend's Democratic caucuses approach, the DFL Party continues to attract young people to the voting booths. "We have really stepped up to get younger voters involved," said Karen Louise Boothe,...

Higher-education committee prioritizes art building

March 3, 2000

Straying from Gov. Jesse Ventura's recommendations, the state House Higher Education Finance Committee ranked the University's proposed art building a top priority for the higher-education finance bill. The...

Former regent continues lifelong civil rights quest

February 29, 2000

Ever since she was a child growing up in Texas, former University administrator Josie R. Johnson has been involved in the fight for civil rights. She remembers knocking on door after door with her father,...

St. Paul campus representative to run for Congress

February 28, 2000

Amid 50 supporters and family members, St. Paul campus Rep. Mary Jo McGuire, DFL-Falcon Heights, announced her candidacy Sunday afternoon for the Fourth Congressional District. McGuire follows several...

Students lobby at Capitol for increased U funding

February 24, 2000

About 500 students from all four University campuses lobbied at the Capitol on Wednesday in an effort to increase state funding for the University. The movement to get students to the Capitol was organized...

Coach questions athletics equity

February 22, 2000

Ever since Title IX passed Congress in 1972, numerous conflicts have arisen. Almost 30 years later, debate continues. Minnesota wrestling Coach J Robinson handed out flyers deemed "anti-Title IX" by some...

Bradley uses layover to discuss issues

February 21, 2000

Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley made the most of his 15-minute layover in Bloomington Friday afternoon by shaking hands with supporters and discussing issues ranging from higher education...

U fights for more building funding

February 17, 2000

University officials encountered criticism from one state legislator this week about how the University uses its fund-raising and donation money. Sen. Cal Larson, R-Fergus Falls, said Tuesday the University...

Legislature to review U building budget request

February 16, 2000

After listening to University officials describe new buildings they want throughout the week, today legislators will hear funding requests for a program designed to make sure students can use those buildings...

Ventura cuts away from Reform Party

February 14, 2000

After several scuffles with national Reform Party leaders, Gov. Jesse Ventura announced Friday he will no longer associate himself with the party. "I'm disaffiliating with any involvement with the Reform...

Representative supports lowering voting age to 16

February 8, 2000

Right now, the state allows 14-year-olds to operate firearms and 16-year-olds to drive on public roads. According to one representative, the latter should be allowed to vote, too. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis,...

University, MnSCU lobby for more state bonding

February 3, 2000

State legislators and University officials began Wednesday morning the first step in a difficult process to decide how much the state's higher-education institutions will receive in bonding this year. Members...

Senate candidate says student health insurance is too high

February 3, 2000

University professor and DFL candidate for U.S. Senate, Dr. Steve Miles challenged the University and other higher-education institutions Wednesday morning to offer affordable, comprehensive health insurance...

Capitol abuzz as

February 2, 2000

The first day of the Minnesota state Legislature was business as usual, complete with legislators debating on the floor and protesters chanting in the rotunda. Most legislators, legislative assistants...

Bonding requests dominate first legislative session

February 1, 2000

Minnesota's 2000 legislative session commences today at noon, with legislators focusing on a variety of issues, including education, bonding and the possibility of a unicameral legislature. "Most of the...

Caucus results mirror forecasts: Gore outshines Bradley by 2-to-1 margin

January 25, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In a predicted win, Vice President Al Gore beat former Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., after Iowans cast their votes in the nation's first 2000 presidential caucus Monday night. Gore ended...

Low voter turnouts lead some to question Iowa as caucus choice

January 24, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa has had first-in-the-nation caucus status since 1972. But with low turnout rates in the 1996 caucus, some argue against Iowa's importance in the election process. Based on figures...

Student attacked outside Williamson Hall

January 19, 2000

A 25-year-old University student was attacked by an acquaintance Dec. 13 outside Williamson Hall, according to University Police reports. The assault occurred in the early afternoon when the suspect grabbed...