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The Marshall apartment complex in Dinkytown as seen on April 4, 2018. Mitchell Hoenig, 20, was taken from The Marshall to Hennepin County Medical Center on Feb. 23 and later died on Feb. 25.

UMN fraternity member’s death caused by alcohol poisoning

April 5, 2018

Editor’s note: The family of Mitchell Hoenig and some University of Minnesota officials objected to the publication of this story. It’s the duty of the Minnesota Daily to pursue the truth about important...

Rashad Bowman, 46, pokes his head out the sixth floor window at 11:40 a.m. after police fired gas into a room at the Graduate Hotel. 

The 38-hour standoff: Flash bangs, smoke and SWAT teams at the Graduate Hotel captivate University of Minnesota campus

February 1, 2018

Just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, 37 hours into a standoff, a pair of police flash bang grenades detonated inside 43-year-old Rashad Bowman’s hotel room on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. Police...

A man pokes his head out the sixth floor window at 11:40 a.m. after police fired gas into a sixth floor room at the Graduate Hotel. Police say the suspect is in the room and believe he is the only person in the room.

Police respond with gas at Graduate Hotel after microwave thrown out window

January 30, 2018

UPDATE: SUSPECT IN GRADUATE HOTEL STANDOFF IS IN CUSTODY, POLICE SAY (1:43 p.m.) The standoff at the Graduate Hotel in Stadium Village entered the 36-hour mark shortly after noon on Tuesday, as police...

The view outside the Graduate Hotel shortly after 7 a.m.

[Photo] Graduate Hotel incident continues, police say

January 29, 2018

The view outside the Graduate Hotel shortly after 7 a.m.

UMN student groups Turning Point USA, College Republicans and the Minnesota Republic's panels on the Washington Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, all nine panels were painted over.

[Photo] Editorial: Stop vandalizing the Washington Avenue Bridge

October 9, 2017

UMN student groups Turning Point USA, College Republicans and the Minnesota Republic's panels on the Washington Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, all nine panels were painted over.

UMN student groups Turning Point USA, College Republicans and the Minnesota Republic's panels on the Washington Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning. Vandals spray-painted their murals and those of other groups, including the Bipartisan Issues Group.

[Photo] Vandalism of conservative groups' panels on Washington Avenue Bridge continues

October 7, 2017

UMN student groups Turning Point USA, College Republicans and the Minnesota Republic's panels on the Washington Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning. Vandals spray-painted their murals and those of other...

Fire trucks and first responders cordon off a stretch of University Avenue Southeast where a bulldozer ruptured a gas line Monday. Around 100 people gathered to watch as responders addressed the leak.

[Photo] Gas leak prompts evacuation near UMN

August 8, 2017

Fire trucks and first responders cordon off a stretch of University Avenue Southeast where a bulldozer ruptured a gas line Monday. Around 100 people gathered to watch as responders addressed the leak.

The University's Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016.

Two outside attorneys will assist UMN regents’ review of Gophers sex assault case

May 4, 2017

Three members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents have been appointed to a committee that will review the school’s handling of a sexual assault case involving Gophers football players.The...

Ed Eubanks prepares an asian burrito bowl at Burrigato, a new restaurant in Dinkytown, on May 3, 2017.  The restaurant has been serving asian style burritos and rice bowls since it opened on April 20.

She wanted Asian food, he wanted Chipotle — they fused both in a new Dinkytown restaurant.

May 4, 2017

University of Minnesota alumni Korra Ektanitphong and Daniel Ringgenberg faced a persistent problem in their time as students on campus — where do we eat?Ektanitphong, 29, always wanted Asian food...

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle speaks with the Minnesota Daily on Jan. 23, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

AD Mark Coyle talks softball’s historic season, future of Gophers athletics

May 1, 2017

Athletics Director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily for his sixth Q&A, and last of the semester.Coyle discussed the softball team’s success, his first year on the job and the future of the...

7 mild mumps cases confirmed among UMN students

April 20, 2017

Seven cases of mumps among University of Minnesota students have been confirmed since Thursday. State health officials announced six cases of mumps on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus...

Rep. Raymond Dehn walks in to speak to students on April 13, 2017 in Kolthoff Hall. Dehn is running for mayor of Minneapolis.

Mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn is trying to get students to vote. Will it work?

April 17, 2017

After a successful showing at the April 4 precinct caucuses, DFL Rep. Raymond Dehn walked into Kolthoff Hall Thursday with a wide smile.Dehn, a 2017 Minneapolis mayoral candidate, was there to meet with...

Rabbi Yitzi Steiner poses for a portrait on campus on Friday, March 21, 2017.

After rise in anti-Semitism, UMN officials look to foster dialogue, healing

April 6, 2017

Outside Dylan Singer’s door hangs a small, Hebrew-inscribed scroll. After a spate of anti-Semitic incidents raddled the University of Minnesota Jewish community, Singer thought about the consequences...

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges talks about running for re-election on Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 in her campaign office in Minneapolis.

Betsy Hodges readies for Minneapolis mayoral race

April 3, 2017

After four years, Betsy Hodges is running as a different candidate than when she made her first bid for mayor.Now the incumbent, Hodges is proud of a record in office that could give her opponents the...

UMN to pay outspoken former employee $65,000 in wrongful termination lawsuit

March 31, 2017

The University of Minnesota will pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging it fired an employee over her comments about racial profiling of African-Americans on campus. The settlement was reached between...

Nekima Levy-Pounds talks about her campaign for Minneapolis mayor at Mapps Coffee on Westbank on Friday, Mar. 24, 2017.

Nekima Levy-Pounds spotlights criminal justice reform in mayor bid

March 30, 2017

The 2015 police shooting of Jamar Clark was life-changing for Nekima Levy-Pounds.After Clark was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department, Levy-Pounds, a then-law professor and NAACP chapter president,...

Tawnya Konobeck, an entertainer, speaks during a press conference following a city council meeting that heard a report on the workplace conditions of erotic dancers in Minneapolis strip clubs on Monday, Mar. 27, 2017. The council said it wants to begin regulating the strip club workplace for entertainers after hearing the report.

New UMN study cites performers’ safety concerns at Minneapolis strip clubs

March 28, 2017

After hearing new research on safety concerns facing local strip club performers, Minneapolis city officials pledged to explore stricter city ordinances on Monday.The University of Minnesota study —...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

UMN student assaulted near mechanical engineering building

March 26, 2017

A University student was assaulted and robbed near the Mechanical Engineering building Friday night, according to a University timely warning.Two suspects were arrested at the site of the assault, but...

Sophomore forward Jordan Murphy looks to get around the Blue Raiders defense on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center. The Gophers played against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

Fouls and low depth stop Gophers comeback attempt in NCAA tournament

March 17, 2017

Minnesota’s crowd at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee suddenly had life late in the game.The Gophers had shaved a late 17-point deficit to four in five minutes, and the Minnesota fan base was on its feet...

Goldy Gopher pumps up the crowd during kick off at TCF Bank Stadium as the Gophers face Texas Christian University on Sept. 3, 2015.

UMN starts two new fan engagement programs for Gophers sports fans

March 9, 2017

The University’s athletics department recently announced two engagement programs aimed at building a better relationship with the Gophers sports fan base.The first program is a fan advisory board that...

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle fields questions from the Minnesota Daily on Jan. 23 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Mark Coyle talks softball team success, Eggum and men’s basketball

March 9, 2017

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily for his fifth Q&A.Coyle discussed the softball team’s success, wrestling coach Brandon Eggum and the recent report...

Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota on April 5, 2015.

Former UMN student begins trial for sexual harassment case

March 8, 2017

A federal sexual harassment case involving a former University of Minnesota student and a University-sponsored researcher began Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.The trial is expected to last...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

Crime: Person robbed near Williamson Hall on UMN campus

March 6, 2017

A man was robbed on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus Saturday.The robbery happened around 8:45 p.m., according to a University of Minnesota Police Department timely warning.The victim was...

Rep. Raymond Dehn, DFL-Minneapolis sat down for an interview with the Minnesota Daily in his office in the State Office Building in St. Paul on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.

State lawmaker Raymond Dehn eyes Minneapolis mayoral seat

March 2, 2017

Raymond Dehn is 59 years old and will still be paying student loans well into his 60s.The mayoral candidate, a DFL state representative for parts of Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

University of Minnesota Police add mental health officer

February 28, 2017

With crisis intervention calls on the rise, campus police plan to add a new officer dedicated to mental health.The officer will become the University of Minnesota Police Department’s leader for crisis...

UMN student accused of selling ecstasy out of his dorm room

February 24, 2017

A University of Minnesota student was charged Thursday with selling ecstasy out of his dorm room.Spencer Nichols, an 18-year-old bioscience student from Rochester, Minnesota, was charged in Hennepin County...

Walter F. Mondale Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

UMN Law School professor charged with sexual assault and stalking

February 22, 2017

A University of Minnesota Law School professor arrested last week was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting and stalking an ex-girlfriend.Francesco Parisi, who has taught at the University since 2006,...

An anti-Semitic poster spotted by McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.

In last week, two anti-Semitic incidents reported at UMN

February 20, 2017

The University of Minnesota continues to see an increase in anti-Semitic incidents. With the discovery of swastika-covered fliers advertising a neo-Nazi website Friday and the arrest of a student for allegedly...

The new 17th Avenue residence hall recently signed leases with one fraternity, Theta Chi, and one sorority, Chi Omega, and will have dedicated front entrances facing University Avenue.

UMN student arrested for incident involving swastika at 17th Avenue Residence Hall

February 16, 2017

A University of Minnesota student was arrested Thursday for an incident involving a swastika at the 17th Avenue Residence Hall.The 18-year-old student was arrested by the University of Minnesota Police...

Lynda Welage named dean of UMN College of Pharmacy

February 16, 2017

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy named its new dean, Lynda Welage, on Wednesday.If approved by the Board of Regents in March, Welage will assume her role on July 31, according to a news...

Ward 3 Council Member Jacob Frey poses for a portrait on Hennepin Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

Jacob Frey pledges to be ‘visible leader’ in bid for Minneapolis mayor

February 16, 2017

Jacob Frey is clear on why he’s running for Minneapolis mayor.“I’m not about keeping the seat warm,” Frey said. “We need a visible leader who is willing to use the position as a bully pulpit,...

Minneapolis officials push to relax housing codes for UMN greek life

Minneapolis officials push to relax housing codes for UMN greek life

February 15, 2017

As greek life membership at the University of Minnesota increases, leaders are pushing for city housing codes to relax to accommodate more members.A proposed Minneapolis City Council ordinance could let...

A swastika with the words “Nazis Rule” drawn on a whiteboard inside a Jewish student’s dorm room at the University of Minnesota.

Jewish UMN student finds anti-Semitic message in Pioneer Hall dorm room

February 9, 2017

A Jewish student at the University of Minnesota found an anti-Semitic message in his dorm room Wednesday night.In a Facebook post, the first-year, Pioneer Hall resident — who the Minnesota Daily...

On Jan. 26, community members gathered at Brian Coyle as part of the city's community listening sessions to address the possible minimum wage increase in Minneapolis. 

In city hearings, Minneapolis residents discuss thoughts on minimum wage

February 9, 2017

In order to understand how Minneapolitans feel about minimum wage, city officials are going to the source.Officials met with residents Tuesday at the All My Relations Gallery on East Franklin Avenue for...

Gophers defensive back Ray Buford tackles Cornhuskers tight end Cethan Carter at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

Three Gophers football players leave University, following UMN panel decision.

February 7, 2017

Three of the four Gophers football players expelled for their role in an alleged sexual assault have transferred to other schools or left the University of Minnesota.Tamarion Johnson and Ray Buford...

Ryan Pacyga, attorney for University of Minnesota football player Antoine Winfield Jr., addresses the press in front of the Gibson-Nagurski Football Practice Facility on Saturday.

Attorney says football players didn’t receive due process in UMN hearing

February 6, 2017

Six of the 10 Gophers football players accused of sexual misconduct have been sanctioned by a University panel.Ray Buford, Kiante Hardin, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson have been expelled from the University....

Gophers defensive back Ray Buford tackles Cornhuskers tight end Cethan Carter at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

Four football players expelled, two suspended in relation to sex assault, UMN panel says

February 4, 2017

Six of the 10 Gophers football players accused of sexual misconduct in an alleged Sept. 2 assault have been sanctioned by a University of Minnesota panel, according to a source close to the situation....

President Eric Kaler delivers his State of the University address at Coffman Union Theater on Thursday, March 7, 2016.

MN senators question Pres. Kaler on athletics, med school rankings

February 1, 2017

As the University of Minnesota continues to lobby for more than $147 million in state funds, school administrators fielded questions from state senators Tuesday afternoon.Members of the Senate’s...

Minneapolis Police Officers block traffic to protest protesters outside of the Minneapolis American Indian Center on East Franklin Avenue on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

With campus-area protests, increased coordination between UMPD and MPD

February 1, 2017

With an increase in University-area protests since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Minneapolis and University police have strengthened their lines of communication.And since many protests cross...

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle discusses recent events such as the football team's boycott and new football coach on Jan. 23, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

AD Mark Coyle discusses fallout from football sex assault scandal

January 26, 2017

For the first time since sexual assault allegations led to the suspension of Gophers football players, the firing of their coach and the hiring of a new one, University of Minnesota Athletics Director...

A woman bikes past the witch's tower on southeast Orlin avenue  Tuesday Afternoon. Although about half of the neighborhood is made up of students, currently no student is part of the Prospect Park Association.

For city officials, $4 million project in Prospect Park is worth cost

January 25, 2017

For city officials, a pending construction project could revamp a dreary stretch of Prospect Park.A Minneapolis committee approved two projects to renovate an area of the University of Minnesota neighborhood’s...

New University of Minnesota Police Department chief Matt Clark poses in the Transportation and Safety Building on Monday. Clark, who has served on the Minneapolis Police Department for more than two decades, will now lead the 50 members of the UMPD as well as the University's Public Safety Communications Center.

University police will add two new community engagement officers in 2017

January 23, 2017

As they look toward a new year of department changes, University of Minnesota police officials are relying on lessons they’ve learned in 2016.Community engagement, training and special events at TCF...

People walk past Sally's Saloon in Stadium Village on East Bank on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2016.

21-year-old male charged for molestation at Sally’s in Stadium Village

January 18, 2017

A 21-year-old male was charged for allegedly molesting a woman on Sept. 11 at Sally’s Saloon in Stadium Village.Benjamin E. Sloan was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Jan. 11, according...

Newly appointed Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

P.J. Fleck has tackled challenges his whole career. Now he’ll take on Gophers football.

January 17, 2017

Jim Tressel maintained short but high-tempo football practices.The former Ohio State head coach wanted his team to perform at “100 miles per hour” every day.Only one of the team’s assistants...

Newly appointed Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

P.J. Fleck aims to preserve tradition; change culture of Gophers football team

January 7, 2017

P.J. Fleck is well aware of the situation he has gotten into — that’s why he wanted to be the Gophers' new head football coach.Fleck was granted the position Friday morning, ushering in a...

Mark Coyle explains his decision to fire Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys Tuesday, Jan. 3, at TCF Bank Stadium.

“I made a very difficult decision,” Coyle says of decision to fire Tracy Claeys

January 4, 2017

Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys was fired Tuesday afternoon with Athletics Director Mark Coyle citing frustrated fans and donors surrounding the off-the-field issues with the program.A replacement...

Freshman linebacker Carter Coughlin took to Twitter Tuesday to react to the announcement of Tracy Claeys' termination.

Gophers football team reacts to Claeys termination

January 3, 2017

Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys was fired Tuesday afternoon, a University of Minnesota spokesman confirmed. His replacement has not yet been announced.Following Claeys' termination, multiple...

University director of athletics Mark Coyle speaks with the press at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, Minn on June 1. This was the first stop of the Gopher Road Trip Chalk Talk where University coaches talk about the upcoming season with fans and the press.

Coyle on Claeys termination: ‘We need a leader who sets high expectations athletically, academically, and socially’

January 3, 2017

Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys was fired Tuesday after being with the program since 2010. His replacement has not yet been announced.The decision comes shortly after the team staged...

Senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky gestures about how close some of the suspended players were to going to jail at Rod Wallace Field on Thurs. Dec. 15, 2016.

Timeline: A list of events that led to Gophers football suspensions, team boycott, Claeys termination

January 3, 2017

Ten Gophers football players were suspended indefinitely from all team activities by the University because of their involvement in an alleged Sept. 2 sexual assault.A timeline of the events...

Minnesota defeated favorite Washington State, 17-12, Tuesday in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif. at Qualcomm Stadium.

[Photo] Gophers stun Washington State in Holiday Bowl with 17-12 victory

December 28, 2016

Minnesota defeated favorite Washington State, 17-12, Tuesday in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif. at Qualcomm Stadium.