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University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler answers questions from members of MSA during a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

Kaler promotes maintenance projects as legislative session convenes

February 22, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler advocated for funding the University system’s aging infrastructure at a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday. A day after lawmakers returned to work,...

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks during a pre-session briefing at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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February 22, 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks during a pre-session briefing at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks during a pre-session briefing at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Dayton and legislative leaders preview upcoming session

February 14, 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders met Tuesday to preview the upcoming session before its Feb. 20 start date. The hour-long forum, hosted by the Forum News Service at the Senate Office Building in...

Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Mike Kjos and UMPD Chief Matt Clark answer questions Tuesday, Jan. 30 after Rashad Bowman's arrest at the Graduate Hotel. The nearly 38-hour standoff ended in Bowman's arrest just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Training and collaboration helped police resolve Graduate Hotel standoff

February 8, 2018

The 38-hour standoff at the Graduate Hotel on the University of Minnesota campus last week ended without harm. The end to the standoff was made possible by a coalition of law enforcement agencies that...

Minnesota political candidates look to gain momentum at precinct caucuses

February 5, 2018

State lawmakers and gubernatorial hopefuls will look to gain momentum for their election campaigns at precinct caucuses this week.  Political party caucuses begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in precincts...

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, Aug. 28, at the Capitol in St. Paul. 

Dayton’s bonding proposal optimistic for UMN, but history remains less certain

January 31, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s 2018 bonding request is among its largest in the past five years.  But that hasn’t stopped Gov. Mark Dayton from proposing full funding for the University’s request,...

State Rep. Ilhan Omar talks with attendees before speaking at her campaign kickoff. 

Rep. Ilhan Omar launches re-election bid ahead of second legislative session

January 22, 2018

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, launched her re-election campaign Tuesday among supporters at the African Development Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The event marked the start of Omar’s...

Pillsbury Hall as seen on Sept. 16, 2015. The building, which is the oldest building on campus, is in need of renovations.

Dayton’s bonding proposal includes full funding for UMN

January 16, 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5 billion bonding bill on Tuesday that includes nearly $300 million in spending for the University of Minnesota campuses.  Dayton’s public works package matches the...

Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon poses for a portrait in his office at Minneapolis City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Gordon will head a new committee focusing on affordable housing.

New Minneapolis City Council committee sets sights on affordable housing

January 16, 2018

A new Minneapolis City Council committee will focus on boosting the city’s affordable housing stock. The formation of a new Housing Policy and Development committee was announced last week with the approval...

Mayor Jacob Frey is sworn in by City Clerk Casey Joe Carl during his inauguration inside the Minneapolis City Hall rotunda on Monday morning.

Mayor Jacob Frey and new Minneapolis council members inaugurated

January 9, 2018

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and new city council members took their oaths of office Monday at a public ceremony in City Hall. The new mayor spoke during his inaugural address about his priorities for...

Federal government files counter-suit against UMN in UMore Park contamination case

December 11, 2017

The federal government has filed a counter-suit against the University of Minnesota over contamination at a school-owned property in Rosemount.  The U.S. Department of Justice and DuPont filed arguments...

Lawmakers and UMN officials weigh in on projected $118 million budget deficit

December 8, 2017

The Minnesota state government will face an estimated $188 million deficit over the current two-year budget cycle, the Minnesota Office of Management and Budget announced Tuesday. The forecast was met...

U.S. Sen. Al Franken speaks at TCF Bank Stadium in 2013. Franked announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Sen. Al Franken announces resignation amid groping allegations

December 7, 2017

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation from the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday morning amid multiple allegations of groping and sexual misconduct.  Calls for Franken’s resignation...

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, Aug. 28, at the Capitol in St. Paul. 

Minnesota Management and Budget projects $188 million state deficit

December 5, 2017

The Minnesota state government will face an estimated $188 million deficit over the current two-year budget cycle, the Minnesota Office of Management and Budget announced Tuesday. MMB reached its November...

Falcon Heights city council member-elect Mark Miazga poses for a portrait in his office on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Minneapolis.

UMN data researcher prepares to take Falcon Heights City Council seat

November 30, 2017

A University of Minnesota researcher that will be sworn in to the Falcon Heights City Council in January believes his academic background will help him make an immediate policy impact.  Mark Miazga,...

Ph.D. candidate in ecology, evolution and behavior Jake Grossman, left, and Ph.D. candidate in sociology Snigdha Rumar pose for portraits at Seward Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 25. 

UMN graduate students worry over financial impact of GOP tax plan

November 27, 2017

Snigdha Kumar left her home country of India to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Minnesota.  Kumar wanted to research poverty in India, and knew she’d be able to study internationally...

Ph.D. candidate in sociology Snigdha Rumar poses for a portrait at Seward Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 26.

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November 27, 2017

Ph.D. candidate in sociology Snigdha Rumar poses for a portrait at Seward Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Ph.D. candidate in sociology Snigdha Rumar poses for a portrait at Seward Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 26.

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November 27, 2017

Ph.D. candidate in sociology Snigdha Rumar poses for a portrait at Seward Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Proposed House GOP tax plan eliminates student tuition credits, deductions

November 13, 2017

A proposed tax plan from the U.S. House Republican caucus would remove certain tax credits and deductions that aid college students.  The removals are part of a nearly $1.5 trillion GOP tax cut and...

Steve Fletcher speaks with the Minnesota Daily during his Election Day party at Mac's Industrial Sports Bar on Nov. 7.

Steve Fletcher wins Ward 3 Council seat

November 8, 2017

Steve Fletcher has won the Ward 3 City Council race, defeating Socialist Alternative candidate Ginger Jentzen on the third-round of ranked-choice tabulation. Fletcher received 4,861 votes, putting him...

Ginger Jentzen speaks with supporters during her Election Day party at the Ukrainian Event Center on Nov. 7.

No winner in Ward 3 race Tuesday night

November 8, 2017

Update: Steve Fletcher wins Ward 3 City Council seat No clear winner emerged in the competitive Minneapolis Ward 3 city council race Tuesday night.  Four candidates ran a close race in the ward, which...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets the audience at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs before delivering a speech on Activism, Paul Wellstone and the Politics of Power on Oct. 22.

Sen. Warren speaks at the University about Democratic Party future, Paul Wellstone

October 23, 2017

A University of Minnesota event held to honor Paul Wellstone on Sunday featured remarks from two congressional leaders.  U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.,...

Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover, asks questions about the proposed bill on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the State Office Building.

Minnesota lawmakers weigh student data protections

October 19, 2017

Minnesota lawmakers are considering policies that would protect the data of K-12 students.  On Tuesday, members of the Legislative Commission on Data Practices conducted a detailed overview of two...

Samantha Pree-Stinson, Green Party City Council candidate for Ward 3, poses for portraits in Northeast Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 13. Pree-Stinson is a U.S. Army Veteran and former educator.

Pree-Stinson seeks to bridge equity gap in Ward 3 race

October 19, 2017

Ward 3 Minneapolis City Council Candidate Samantha Pree-Stinson said she dreams of a city that’s equitable for all. Promoting equity for all residents, she said, is critical for narrowing employment...

Representative Ilhan Omar announced her endorsement for Mohamud Noor in his run for Minneapolis City Council Ward 6 on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Currie Park in Minneapolis. Omar spoke harshly of current Ward 6 City Council Member Abdi Warsame during her speech, saying that Noor would be more present in the community.

Rep. Ilhan Omar uses legislative offseason to influence city elections, connect with constituents

October 11, 2017

State Rep. Ilhan Omar is staying busy in the legislative offseason by advocating for local and national issues.  Omar, whose district covers the University of Minnesota and the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood,...

Adriana Moreno Becerril, center, speaks about her missing son through a translator at a University of Minnesota Human Rights Program press briefing on disappearances in northern Mexico at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

University researchers preview testimony on Mexican disappearances

October 5, 2017

Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program presented findings concerning disappearances in northern Mexico on Tuesday. More than 30,000 people have gone missing in Mexico in...

Voters line up outside of First Congressional Church in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Nov. 8, 2016. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and hundreds of voters came out early to cast their votes.

With early voting underway, University student groups push to register students

October 2, 2017

With early-voting for the 2017 Minneapolis city elections in full swing, University of Minnesota student groups are pushing for new students to register.  Early-absentee voting began Sept. 22, allowing...

University seeks state funding to renovate coordinate campuses

September 28, 2017

The University of Minnesota will ask state lawmakers to invest in infrastructure improvements on its satellite campuses next year.  The University’s 2018 bonding proposal requests $10.5 million...

Jacqui Rosenbush of GoodSpace Murals makes mosaics with children from the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood Abdi Qabar, left, and Faisal Mohamed at the Brian Coyle Center Wednesday.

Minneapolis holds Welcoming Week event in Cedar-Riverside

September 21, 2017

To foster community dialogue, Minneapolis city officials led a discussion in Cedar-Riverside to connect immigrants and refugees with resources. The Welcoming Week event was held at the Brian Coyle Center...

University proposes $234.5 million bonding request

September 18, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s 2018 capital request proposal prioritizes repairs and maintenance over new buildings.  The proposal, presented at the Sept. 7 Board of Regents meeting, includes a $200...

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, Aug. 28, at the Capitol in St. Paul. 

Legislature’s funding in limbo after Supreme Court backs Dayton veto

September 11, 2017

The Minnesota State Legislature could face cuts to its staff and operations if legislative leaders fail to reach an agreement with Gov. Mark Dayton. Funding for the Legislature is in limbo after the Minnesota...

Minnesota Supreme Court rules Dayton’s veto of legislative funding constitutional

September 8, 2017

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the state Legislature’s budget. In an order issued Friday, the court ordered Dayton and legislative leaders back...

University files lawsuit over hazardous materials detected at properties near Rosemount

September 6, 2017

The University of Minnesota is suing the federal government and DuPont over hazardous materials detected at one of its properties.  The $3 million lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court of Minnesota...

Gov. Mark Dayton waits for oral arguments to begin before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at the Capitol in St. Paul. 

[Photo] Legal fight between Gov. Dayton and Legislature hits Supreme Court

August 29, 2017

Gov. Mark Dayton waits for oral arguments to begin before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at the Capitol in St. Paul. 

Gov. Mark Dayton waits for oral arguments to begin before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at the Capitol in St. Paul. 

Legal fight between Gov. Dayton and Legislature hits Supreme Court

August 29, 2017

A legal battle between Gov. Mark Dayton and the state Legislature reached the Minnesota Supreme Court Monday.  Attorneys for Dayton and the Legislature presented their arguments to Supreme Court justices...