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All content by Michael Zittlow

Melanoma Monday offers free cancer screening

Published May 3, 2011

By noon Monday, the dry-erase board in the hall of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs dermatology center had some alarming statistics. Basil cell carcinoma, 12 patients. Atypical nevi moles, 23. Melanoma,...

Marriage amendment passes Senate committee

Published May 2, 2011

A bill that would allow voters to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in 2012 passed a state Senate committee Friday and is set to go before a House panel Monday. While gay marriage is already illegal...

Dayton: security on alert after bin Laden death

Published May 2, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton instructed officials to increase Minnesota's public security measures Monday in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan. Dayton congratulated President Barack Obama and American...

Student brings President Bush effigy to Mall for ‘public art’

Published May 2, 2011

In an effort to spur public debate, a University of Minnesota artist erected a statue of former President George W. Bush for about two hours Monday on Northrop Mall. The 18-foot inflatable statue, created...

‘Whose U’ event draws hundreds

Published April 21, 2011

As Sam Ndely saw the Black Student UnionâÄôs funding diminish, he wondered where the University of MinnesotaâÄôs priorities fell. The Student Services Fees Committee denied the BSU funding...

In session’s final weeks, a break, then back to work

Published April 20, 2011

When Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol next week after the Easter-Passover break, the push to get final budget bills to the governorâÄôs office is on. But Gov. Mark DaytonâÄôs desk...

Former U student continues lawsuit over alleged bad advising

Published April 13, 2011

A former University of Minnesota student will appeal her case today, claiming that she was ill-advised in her graduate program and deserves tuition damages. Linda Zinter first sued the University in 2007...

Abortion bills advance on party lines in state Senate

Published April 13, 2011

Two bills aimed at limiting abortion in Minnesota passed a state Senate committee Tuesday. One of the bills eliminates need-based state funding for abortions; the other prohibits abortion at 20 weeks after...

Abortion bills advance in Senate

Published April 12, 2011

Two bills aimed at limiting abortion in Minnesota passed a state Senate committee Tuesday. One of the bills eliminates need-based state funding for abortions; the other prohibits abortion at 20 weeks after...

Dayton aims to level minority gap

Published April 11, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton laid out his plans Friday to boost employment and education for minorities after attending a north Minneapolis economic summit. A 17-page report outlines his plan to close the economic...

Bill could open door for liquor sales at stadium

Published April 7, 2011

Liquor vendors might move into TCF Bank Stadium next year âÄî though they probably wouldnâÄôt be selling to everyone. The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee passed a bill...

Committee passes bill giving U the power over stadium alcohol sales

Published April 6, 2011

Liquor vendors might make their way into TCF Bank Stadium âÄì but they probably wonâÄôt be selling to everyone. The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee passed a bill Wednesday...

Freshman reps shape state’s budget battle

Published April 6, 2011

Sen. Gretchen Hoffman takes issue with the word âÄúfreshman.âÄù Hoffman, R-Vergas, belongs to a class of first-term lawmakers at the state Capitol that has found itself in the midst of...

Vikings stadium at the center of campus debate

Published March 30, 2011

Football fans, a state senator and a University of Minnesota fellow squared off Wednesday night over the expected proposal to use public money for a Vikings stadium. The event, held on the West Bank by...

Leg. begins passing budget bills

Published March 29, 2011

The Minnesota Legislature began debate on the RepublicansâÄô budget Monday, raising partisan tensions at the start of a busy week that will see many of the budget bills âÄî including higher...

Bill aims to cut cities’ gov’t aid

Published March 22, 2011

As Republicans in the state Legislature race to roll out their budget by midnight Friday, bills aimed at cutting the stateâÄôs deficit continue to make their way through the Capitol. In a special...

Lawmakers battle over corporate tax cut

Published March 10, 2011

Battles erupted at the state Capitol on Thursday over proposals to reduce corporate property and income taxes. In the wake of the Hutchinson, Minn. layoffs that sent 600 Minnesota jobs to Wisconsin and...

Bill aims to reduce gambling pitfalls

Published March 9, 2011

While many legislators at the Minnesota Capitol are expected to push for non-tribal casinos, a bill that will be introduced in the state Senate tomorrow would increase awareness on the pitfalls of gambling. The...

Bill would limit ex-lawmakers on the Board of Regents

Published March 8, 2011

With the highest ratio of former politicians on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents in history, DFL lawmakers are crying foul. A bill that would limit the number of past lawmakers...

A high school student sells four Gopher men’s hockey tickets for ten dollars apiece to scalpers on Saturday outside Mariucci Arena.

Sports, concert venues call foul on tickets bill

Published March 3, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves spoke out Wednesday against a bill that would prevent online event sellers from regulating ticket re-sales. Sen. Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley, has proposed...

Minnesota ‘right to work’ bill stalls in Legislature

Published February 28, 2011

While the controversial Wisconsin bill cutting public employeesâÄô bargaining rights moves through the state Legislature there, a proposal to reduce union power hasnâÄôt moved in the Minnesota...

Health care exemption advances in Senate

Published February 23, 2011

A bill to nix the health care policies implemented in 2010 by Congress passed in the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. The federal health care laws, nicknamed "Obamacare" by opponents, are...

Dayton proposes work study, financial aid cuts

Published February 22, 2011

While Gov. Mark DaytonâÄôs proposed budget protects the Minnesota State Grant Program, smaller financial aid services stand to receive cuts, including the State Work Study Program. The largest...

Dayton wants $171M higher ed cut

Published February 16, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton released his budget Tuesday, calling for a cut to higher education funding and a raise in MinnesotaâÄôs income tax rate for the wealthy to make it the highest in the nation. The...

Dayton calls for tax increase in speech

Published February 10, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton said heâÄôs determined to turn Minnesota around, and his plan to tackle the stateâÄôs budget gap would include tax hikes for the wealthy âÄî a move that drew sharp...

English-only bill proposed in Minn.

Published February 8, 2011

A bill introduced in the state Senate last week would make English the official language of Minnesota. It would eliminate any requirement for agencies to hire bilingual employees and make it illegal for...

Training Monitor Dan Hassoun patrols Tuesday at the basement of the Walter Library. The UMPD Security Monitor program tries to keep the homeless off the buildings after hours.

Winter cold drives homeless into U buildings

Published February 2, 2011

As the snow flies and temperatures drop below freezing, the University of Minnesota has experienced the usual influx of homeless people in campus buildings. âÄúItâÄôs an annual issue,âÄù...

Senator Michelle Fischbach, chair of the Higher Education Committee, listens to UMN President Bob Bruininks testify about upcoming budget cuts Wednesday at the capitol.

Fischbach new head of Higher Ed

Published January 26, 2011

Sen. Michelle FischbachâÄôs sofa, which used to sit in smaller quarters, looks out of place in her new digs. âÄúThat couch looked big in my old office,âÄù Fischbach, R-Paynesville,...

U budget cuts advance in House

Published January 25, 2011

The Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill Monday that cuts $89.2 million from the University of MinnesotaâÄôs projected two-year budget and poses reductions to the state agency...

Congressman Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks with citizens while holding a “Congress on Your Corner” event on Friday at the Midtown Global Market.

After Tucson shooting, U confident in its policies

Published January 18, 2011

When Jared L. Loughner, a 22-year-old former student at Pima Community College in Arizona, was arrested for killing six people outside a grocery store last week, it left the country asking whether the...