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Minneapolis City Council voted to deny Doran Companies  demolition of the commercial property building located at 1319 4th Street SE, which houses Mesa Pizza, Dinkytown Tattoo and Camdi Restaurant in Dinkytown.

Mpls City Council passes resolution to support Syrian refugee resettlement

Published January 17, 2017

Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the relocation of Syrian refugees to the city Friday.The Syrian Refugee Resolution follows a similar resolution passed by Saint Paul...

University researcher helps clear up controversy around brain cells

University researcher helps clear up controversy around brain cells

Published December 12, 2016

For more than 30 years, a University of Minnesota neuroscience professor Eric Newman has worked to combat misunderstandings around brain cell function.Now, Newman’s research on the cells and blood flow...

Female U profs pave way in cancer research

Published December 8, 2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are developing new methods for cancer cell research.Wendy Gordon — assistant professor in biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics — works with...

University professor assists in gene cloning to fight wheat disease

Published December 1, 2016

Farmers in Minnesota and elsewhere have seen toxins shrivel and kill their wheat crops in recent years.In November, University of Minnesota researchers helped over 100 scientists at universities nationwide...

A biker stops behind a car as it passes through the bike lane at the intersection of 15th & University Avenue Southeast on Jan. 27, 2016.

U grad student designs bike sensors to stop collisions

Published November 28, 2016

Dangerous collisions between cars and bikes could be a thing of the past with the help of a University of Minnesota student.At a conference hosted by the University’s Center for Transportation Studies...

New polymer in oral med could increase absorption and drive down prices

Published November 14, 2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota created a new polymer that could increase the body’s absorption of drugs and drive down future pharmaceutical prices.The polymer allows the body to easily dissolve...

U researchers make renewable soap molecule

Published November 8, 2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota recently created a renewable soap molecule for laundry detergents, hand soaps and even future makeup products.Scientists in the Dauenhauer Research Group created...

Anthropology major Katrina Jacobsen tries to break a bone outside of Blegen Hall on Nov. 3, 2016. Ph.D. student Katrina Yezzi-Woodley is studying the difference between elk and deer bones when broken by humans versus hyenas.

For one study, hyenas make an unexpected research partner

Published November 7, 2016

University of Minnesota students and hyenas at the Milwaukee County Zoo are stripping meat from bones to replicate and study prehistoric behavior.University anthropology graduate student Katrina Yezzi-Woodley...

Protesters gather outside Minneapolis City Hall on Friday Oct. 28, 2016. Protestors rallied together to show their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Hennepin County Sheriffs deputies participation in dispersing protesters.

Hundreds protest Hennepin County involvement in Dakota Access Pipeline arrests

Published October 31, 2016

Demonstrators, including members of Black Lives Matter, gathered outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday to support those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.More than 200 demonstrators...

Source: Alzheimers Association

University researchers identify target for potential Alzheimer’s treatments

Published October 25, 2016

After 18 years of study and research, University of Minnesota experts have identified a potential target to treat Alzheimer’s disease.Neurology Professor Dr. Karen Ashe and her team found a natural protein...

Economists and Biologists teamed up to study trade effects on food diversity

Published October 19, 2016

At the University of Minnesota, economists and biologists joined forces to tackle research on food growth and consumption. A new study — published earlier this month — found that countries...

First year Psychology Ph.D student Erin O’Neill works at her office in Elliott Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 on East Bank. O’Neill herself has two cochlear implants and she also conducted research about cochlear implants for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied and Translation Sensory Science, which will be released later this month.

University researchers work to advance cochlear implants

Published October 12, 2016

As she woke one morning in her early twenties, Erin O’Neill found she’d lost hearing in her right ear. Six months later, she awoke unable to hear at all.Though she originally planned to be a Spanish...

Late-night crowds line up for a slice of Mesa Pizza during homecoming weekend Oct. 14, 2012, in Dinkytown.

Proposed Dinkytown apartment complex would displace Mesa Pizza, Chatime

Published October 5, 2016

A proposal for a 16-floor student housing complex in the heart of Dinkytown was unveiled by Minneapolis developer CPM Companies Tuesday night.The plans, shown to a Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association...

University specialists warn against new invasive weed

Published October 4, 2016

University of Minnesota specialists want to boost awareness and save area crops after a fast-growing and dangerous pest was spotted in the state.Palmer amaranth, known by farmers as Palmer Pigweed, was...

Source: Great Lakes Worm Watch

University researcher studies negative effects of invasive earthworms

Published September 28, 2016

The night crawler — an earthworm native to Europe — first wriggled its way to Minnesotan soil as fishing bait but now presents a serious risk to forests.University of Minnesota researchers...

Dr. Gloria Leon poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at Elliott Hall.

In snowy Greenland, a search for the perfect astronaut

Published September 22, 2016

From above, an isolated military base in Greenland — 800 kilometers from the nearest village and cloistered by mounds of snow — appears to be teeming with activity.“If you see it from the...

Two University startups present to Congress

Published September 20, 2016

While still in their infancy, two University of Minnesota start-ups will travel to Congress Tuesday as part of a University event that helps nascent companies secure investment.The two companies, Minnepura...

Study: Primates in captivity have lost native gut bacteria

Published September 19, 2016

Studies of monkey fecal matter have recently shown that captivity hurts the diversity of helpful gut bacteria in primates.To better understand what captivity does to the gut bacteria of monkeys, University...

UMN researchers release 3-D elevation maps

Published September 14, 2016

In the past year, a small team of University of Minnesota researchers compiled 3-D maps of Alaska to help understand and combat climate change.The University’s Polar Geospatial Center (PCG), Ohio State...

Minnesota law now mandates sex assault training for students

Published September 8, 2016

All University of Minnesota students are now required to complete sexual assault awareness training as part of a new state law aimed at reducing sexual misconduct on college campuses.Under the law, which...

University of Minnesota Bee Lab apicultural technician Gary Reuter shakes bees onto Bee Squad Team Leader Jenny Warner to create a bee “beard” on Wednesday Aug. 31 at the Agriculture Horticulture Building at the Minnesota State Fair. On Aug. 25, Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order to limit the use of pesticides that are harmful to bees and other pollinating insects in Minnesota.

At State Fair ‘Bee Beard’ show, pollinator awareness abuzz

Published September 5, 2016

A colony of 10,000 honeybees clung to the necks of beekeepers at the University of Minnesota Bee Squad’s “Bee Beard” show Minnesota State Fair Wednesday afternoon.Debuted in 1999, this year’s event...

The underside of the 10th avenue bridge on Tuesday. A plan for the bridges needed repair is projected to cost 42.5 million dollars.

Minneapolis again asks state to help repair bridge

Published December 16, 2015

To help extend the life of a bridge that links the University of Minnesota’s East and West Bank campuses, the city of Minneapolis has again asked for state funds.   The City Council will again...

The Humphrey Schools ninth annual Local Government Innovation Awards recognize the inventive minds in local governments and the innovative projects they carry out to serve their communities.

St. Paul incentivizes involvement

Published December 15, 2015

St. Paul is using popsicles to encourage its residents to voice their opinions on community issues.    In order to increase participation in local government issues, Amanda Lovelee, a Public...

Bikers call for further protections

Published December 9, 2015

Despite Minneapolis’ good reputation among bicyclists, some would like to see the city take additional steps to make transportation easier for bikers.   While Minneapolis received the Gold Award...

Minneapolis might loosen shelter requirements

Published December 8, 2015

Minneapolis could change its rules about where homeless shelters can be located, which some leaders say are too strict.    Minneapolis City Council members might amend old ordinances to allow...

Fire deaths trend higher during holidays

Published December 3, 2015

With the arrival of the holiday season, state officials are cautioning residents to take additional safety precautions to prevent house fires.    Fire fatalities for this year have already exceeded...

China Champions Program continues

Published November 18, 2015

Chinese athletes visiting the University of Minnesota for a year can expect Thanksgiving dinners with host families and buddy programs to acclimate them to U.S. culture. The University of Minnesota’s...

Minnesota gov’t given low grade for transparency

Published November 17, 2015

Issues with an opaque Minnesotan government became clear after a recently released report gave the state a low grade for accountability in its legislative practices.   In a report released earlier...

University’s Institutional Review Board fortified

Published November 11, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s Institutional Review Board will face stricter guidelines as the school continues to address issues regarding human research practices.    Board members —...

Quarterback Mitch Leidner runs toward the Minnesota sideline after scoring a touchdown at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday Oct. 31, 2015.

Gophers downed by Buckeyes

Published November 9, 2015

Minnesota was able to keep it close on the road against No. 1 Ohio State, but a lack of offensive production limited the team, which lost its third game in a row against the Buckeyes 28-14.    Ohio...

Sophomore Tom Wyatt-Yerka poses a question to Director of Undergraduate Student Initiatives LeeAnn Melin about the undergraduate advising process during the MSA meeting in the Molecular and Cellular Biology building on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

MSA mulls U-Pass expansion

Published November 4, 2015

Campus leaders are gauging interest in a plan that would provide a transportation pass to every incoming University of Minnesota student — for a slightly hiked-up student service fee.   The...

Students back upcoming labor strike

Published October 27, 2015

Local employees of a cleaning service who claim they’re paid as little as $4 to $5 an hour have garnered the support of some University of Minnesota students as their local service workers union...

Attendees fill the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union during Food Day UMN in 2013.

Students want fair trade food

Published October 20, 2015

Some students want the University of Minnesota to play a bigger role in persuading other schools to use more sustainable and fair trade food by 2020.    An alliance of groups from the city of...

Classes target int’l challenges

Published October 15, 2015

As the University of Minnesota’s strategic plan enters its second year, administrators and faculty members are looking at potential research topics for the plan’s Grand Challenges initiative.    School...

Congress shuts down Perkins loan program

Published October 12, 2015

A decades-old federal student loan program that caters to low-income students has been discontinued after Congress didn’t pass a bill to extend it.   After this year, students will no longer...

Report suggests colleges up loan accountability

Published October 8, 2015

To help students manage loan debt better and increase borrower protections, the U.S. Department of Education has outlined new recommendations for schools and borrowers.   In a report released last...

University recognized as healthy campus

Published October 5, 2015

The University of Minnesota has been recognized as one of the healthiest campuses nationwide.    The University was among five other colleges and universities to receive the 2015 Active Minds...

Special ed teachers in short supply

Published September 30, 2015

While state lawmakers have turned their attention to the state’s overall teacher shortage, a new master’s program launched last year at the University of Minnesota could help reverse the state’s...

A raptor is released on stage, Saturday at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, MN.

The flight to freedom

Published September 28, 2015

Gasps escaped from the gathered crowd as a bald eagle soared overhead Saturday at a nature center near the St. Croix River in Hastings, Minn.   “Boy, that’s a showstopper,”...

Students help county with projects

Published September 22, 2015

A University of Minnesota project is sending undergraduate and graduate students to Carver County, Minn., this school year to help find better ways to use environmental resources.   The University...

Pillsbury Hall, the oldest building on campus, is set to get a makeover. The idea was approved last week by the office of Regents.

U to renovate historic hall

Published September 17, 2015

Pillsbury Hall, current home to the University of Minnesota Earth Sciences department and the English department’s future home base, will receive a revamped interior to accompany its historical facade...

Locals push for increased aid in Syria

Published September 15, 2015

As turmoil in Syria continues to drive away at its citizens, many are pushing to increase the number of refugees from the region that the United States accepts.    While the U.S. has accepted...

Minneapolis man arrested for series of downtown car thefts that spanned years

Published September 15, 2015

After years of stealing items ranging from luggage and computers to a Stradivarius viola, a 34-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested on Sunday, the Star Tribune reported.   According to reports from...

TC Hourcar made more available

Published September 9, 2015

A new collaboration between Metro Transit  and Hourcar could make hopping off public transit and getting in a personal  vehicle a little easier.  Hourcar, a Twin  Cities car sharing...