The Minnesota Daily

All content by Michael Rietmulder

Forward-thinking energy policies

February 1, 2011

In St. Paul, a familiar battle is brewing over a key piece of progressive energy legislation pitting business interests against environmental concerns. A bill authored by Rep. Mike Beard, R-Shakopee, seeks...

GOP’s reverse-Robin Hood approach

January 25, 2011

MinnesotaâÄôs great budget battle of 2011 officially kicked off last week when state Republicans proposed $1 billion in cuts largely falling on higher education and local governments. With a $6.2...

Alternative doesn’t mean incapable

January 18, 2011

Aspiring teachers in Minnesota may soon have new avenues to earning their licenses. The Minnesota House of RepresentativesâÄô Education Reform Committee began discussion Thursday on two bills which...

Compromise is like bad tequila

December 13, 2010

Forming a consensus on any issue in modern politics is no easy task. Neither is forming an aisle-crossing coalition. But the latter is going to be a necessity at both the national and state levels as the...

Community groups gear up to expand shelter space

December 6, 2010

As I write from my desk in a drafty Minneapolis apartment, I gaze out the window while a thick snowfall continues to accumulate on parked cars already buried by MinnesotaâÄôs most abundant natural...

Big sports, big money

November 29, 2010

Jubilant fans stormed the field of TCF Bank Stadium after the Gophers football team ended its disappointing season on a high note, knocking off the Iowa Hawkeyes 27-24 Saturday. With the season in the...

Earmarks: the good, the bad and the University

November 22, 2010

  A stronger Republican presence in the U.S. House and Senate could bring about the death of a longstanding congressional practice. For better or for worse, earmarks have been a staple on Capitol...

In Minnesota’s elections we trust

November 15, 2010

Minnesotans let out a collective groan on Nov. 3 when they heard the most abhorrent word in Minnesota politics âÄî recount. Unfortunately, we are no strangers to close elections and the mudslinging...

Divided we stall

November 8, 2010

  President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress have been accused of trying to do too much. After last weekâÄôs elections, a divided Congress will spend the next two years trying to avoid...

Focusing on political results

November 1, 2010

Throughout the 2010 campaign season, the plan proposed by each of the three main gubernatorial candidates to solve MinnesotaâÄôs $5.8 billion budget deficit has been dissected, analyzed, scrutinized...

The coach and the president

October 25, 2010

  President Barack ObamaâÄôs rally and Tim BrewsterâÄôs firing coming just six days earlier bring to mind the eerie similarities between the leader of the free world and the former...

Emmer is mute on social issues

October 18, 2010

With a reeling economy and high unemployment rates, itâÄôs easy to understand why social issues have taken a backseat to job creation on the 2010 campaign trail. Job creation has been the focus...

Schools should be homophobia free

October 11, 2010

Anyone doubtful of the need for our schools to ramp up bullying prevention efforts clearly hasnâÄôt been paying attention to a somber parade of national and local headlines. Last month alone, at...

Dayton’s lead is convincing

October 4, 2010

With slumping approval ratings for a Democrat-controlled White House and Congress facing midterm elections, this is supposed to be the comeback year for Republicans. But for MinnesotaâÄôs gubernatorial...

A welcome life preserver for GAMC

September 27, 2010

Waiting for the bus at the intersection of Lyndale and Franklin avenues a few weeks ago, I happened to notice a middle-aged gentleman standing on the corner several feet away from me. His haggard face...

Emmer’s hazy rhetoric

September 7, 2010

Debate is an integral part of the political process in America. Whether chivalrous or irascible, it serves as a venue for exchanging and vetting competing ideas. On the campaign trail, public debates allow...

Former U wrestler finds success in MMA.

May 5, 2010

Former University of Minnesota wrestler Cole Konrad, a two-time NCAA heavyweight champion, is beginning to make a name for himself in a new sport âÄî mixed martial arts. Konrad (2-0) will make...

Big Ten expansion could affect rest of NCAA

May 3, 2010

While the Big Ten is unlikely to announce any decision on conference expansion in the near future, other conferences around the country are keeping a watchful eye on its actions. Last week, Southeastern...

NCAA approves tournament expansion

April 29, 2010

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a recommendation to expand the Division I Men's Basketball Championship tournament Thursday by three teams. Beginning next year, the tournament will grow...

Obama administration tightens Title IX

April 25, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden announced the reversal of a 2005 interpretation of Title IX, a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funding, Tuesday at George...

NCAA lands $10.8 billion television deal

April 25, 2010

The NCAA announced Thursday it had reached a new 14-year, $10.8 billion television deal with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting to provide coverage for the NCAA Division I MenâÄôs Basketball Championship....

CEO of the Alumni Association Phil Esten works at his office Wednesday at McNamara Alumni Center.

Phil Esten new leader of Alumni Association

April 22, 2010

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will welcome âÄúCBS Evening NewsâÄù anchorwoman Katie Couric to Mariucci Arena as keynote speaker Saturday at its Alumni Association Annual...

Questions linger about possible Big Ten expansion

April 20, 2010

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and a number of Big Ten presidents and chancellors met Sunday in Washington, D.C., to discuss conference expansion while attending Association of American Universities meetings....

Tubby recruits Walker, hopes to land Cory Joseph

Tubby recruits Walker, hopes to land Cory Joseph

April 14, 2010

The University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team opened the spring signing period Wednesday by introducing the third member of Tubby SmithâÄôs 2010 recruiting class, which could help...

Volleyball vs. Texax

Title IX controversy continues

April 13, 2010

Ever since the enactment of Title IX of the Higher Education Amendment Acts of 1972, federal legislation aimed at preventing gender discrimination in educational institutions, the lawâÄôs implications...

Fans turn to Web for sports coverage

April 11, 2010

The Division I NCAA MenâÄôs Basketball Championship tournament is one of the most watched sporting events in the country, and while the tournamentâÄôs television audiences have regularly...

Mbakwe trial date set

April 8, 2010

After a lengthy series of delays, University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball player Trevor Mbakwe finally received a trial date in his felony assault case Thursday. More than one year after the...

U athletics can’t escape Tubby Smith rumors

April 1, 2010

As the NCAA tournament progresses, so do rumors of possible coaching changes throughout college basketball. The University of Minnesota has been unable to avoid speculation, as menâÄôs basketball...

NCAA Tourney sees increase in Elite Eight TV ratings

March 31, 2010

Hundreds of millions of viewers watch at least part of the NCAA menâÄôs basketball tournament, affectionately known as March Madness. Though top-tier basketball programs can often be a catalyst...

Gophers Trip Schultz, left, Kurt Schlagen, center, and Ryan Abrahamson, right, chat before the first game at Target Field.

Golden Gophers open Target Field

March 28, 2010

Target Field opened its doors for the first time to fans Saturday, as the University of Minnesota baseball team hosted Louisiana Tech University. The game drew 36,056 fans, the second-largest attendance...

Williams Arena facility manager fired

March 28, 2010

The University of Minnesota's facility manager for Williams Arena and the Sports Pavillion, Michael Dale, was fired Friday, according to a Star Tribune report. The firing came after an internal investigation. The...

Big Ten eliminates athlete bonuses

March 22, 2010

Every year, the college basketball season culminates with the excitement of postseason tournaments. This seasonâÄôs NCAA menâÄôs basketball tournament field has already been winnowed down...

Gophers host NCAA hockey, basketball tournaments

March 21, 2010

The University of Minnesota is hosting portions of this yearâÄôs NCAA womenâÄôs basketball and menâÄôs hockey championship tournaments, which can carry financial risks and rewards...

Pro Day offers last chance with NFL scouts

March 11, 2010

The University of Minnesota football team held its annual Pro Day at the teamâÄôs practice facility on Wednesday for players whose collegiate eligibility expired after this season and wanted a...

Smith addresses Oregon rumor

March 9, 2010

University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith addressed a rumor Monday, which linked him to a prospective job at the University of Oregon. Smith said in a Big Ten conference call that such...

Mbakwe trial delayed

March 8, 2010

Another delay in the trial of Gophers menâÄôs basketball player Trevor Mbakwe came at a report hearing Monday. Another report hearing in the felony assault trial was scheduled for April 8. The...

College coaches scout, recruit young players

March 7, 2010

The desire to gain a competitive advantage in collegiate sports has led coaches to begin scouting and recruiting student-athletes even before they reach high school. One youngster who is already on University...

NCAA study spurs rule changes to protect athletes from injuries

NCAA study spurs rule changes to protect athletes from injuries

March 3, 2010

A comprehensive study of injuries among five fall college sports released by the NCAA last week found that concussions were the second most common injuries in football and soccer, behind ankle injuries....

Lawsuit threatens big business of collegiate licensing

February 25, 2010

A pending class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against the NCAA is threatening to disrupt the way the association does business. Former University of California-Los Angeles basketball star Ed OâÄôBannon...

U football players prepare for NFL Combine

February 23, 2010

With the NFL Scouting Combine beginning Wednesday in Indianapolis, four Gophers have been hard at work preparing for their professional auditions. University of Minnesota seniors Eric Decker, Simoni Lawrence,...

U represented in 2010 Olympics

February 18, 2010

The University of Minnesota menâÄôs and womenâÄôs hockey teams each have several ambassadors to help promote the school and athletics program at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Athletics...

Gophers recruit 4 players from Lackawanna College

February 16, 2010

The 2010 Gophers football team will now feature four players who all hail from the same junior college more than 1,000 miles from Minneapolis. Lackawanna College is located in Scranton, Pa., and with an...

Wrestling program holds innovative fundraiser

February 14, 2010

While many universities have been cutting athletics programs, the University of Minnesota has had to look for innovative ways to keep its 25-sport athletics program thriving. The UniversityâÄôs...

White accepts plea deal; two of three charges dropped

February 9, 2010

Former University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball player Royce White pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of trespassing in Hennepin County District Court. White originally faced three counts of...

Trial date delayed for Mbakwe

Trial date delayed for Mbakwe

February 8, 2010

University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball player Trevor Mbakwe saw another court date come and go without a resolution, all but ensuring that the junior-college transfer will not play this season....

More shake-up in Brewster’s staff

February 5, 2010

University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster announced on Friday the promotion of one of his staff members and the resignation of another. Brewster promoted running backs coach Thomas Hammock...

No. 1 recruit going to USC; Gophers sign Jimmy Gjere

February 4, 2010

University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster unveiled his 2010 recruiting class Wednesday, which included two of the top three in-state recruits, but not Seantrel Henderson, one of the most...

Nolen’s appeal rejected, will miss rest of season

February 2, 2010

University of Minnesota junior basketball player Al Nolen lost an appeal on Tuesday to the Division I Progress Toward Degree Waiver Committee to have his eligibility reinstated for the 2009-10 season,...

No resolution after hearing; White again says he’s leaving U

No resolution after hearing; White again says he’s leaving U

February 1, 2010

Freshman basketball player Royce White said he plans to withdraw from the University of Minnesota this week after a Monday court hearing failed to bring a resolution to his legal issues. WhiteâÄôs...

White again says he’ll withdraw from U

February 1, 2010

For the second time in his first year with the University of Minnesota, Royce White said he will be withdrawing from school and the Gophers men's basketball team. White has been suspended from the team...