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Daily Digest: Body found in Mississippi

Published May 6, 2009

Hey gang, hope all is well. If you've been reading our paper recently (like you should be!), you probably noticed it's been an interesting few days or so here at the Daily. Also of some interest: Body...

Daily Digest: Starr to speak on campus

Published May 4, 2009

Hey gang, hope all is well during your last week of class. Here's some brief news for you to Digest: Kenneth Starr Kenneth Starr to speak on campus: The former independent counsel who investigated the...

Franken selects chief of staff

Published April 29, 2009

Al Franken announced Wednesday that Drew Littman, a longtime Washington adviser, would be his chief of staff, according to a press release. Al Franken Littman most recently was head of his own consulting...

Daily Digest: ‘Probable’ swine flu case in MN

Published April 29, 2009

As you've probably seen on our website and everywhere else, the big news of the day is a reported "probable" swine flu case in Cold Spring, Minn. Here's more: State officials say they're...

Deleted comments from riot story

Published April 27, 2009

In the name of transparency, I would like to note that a handful of comments have been deleted from the Dinkytown riot story due to the use of obscene language. We here at the Daily like to have open comment...

Issues regarding Daily, Star Tribune riot coverage

Published April 27, 2009

  During coverage of Saturday night’s Dinkytown riot, Minnesota Daily Editor-in-Chief Vadim Lavrusik contributed reporting to the Star Tribune after a night editor called him repeatedly, asking...

Tornado siren tests today

Published April 23, 2009

If you hear sirens today, know the good folks at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office are just testing their system. The drills will occur at 1:45 and 6:55 p.m. In all, 238 sirens will sound throughout...

Daily Digest: Fox 9’s unmarked van

Published April 22, 2009

In one of the weirdest, most head-scratching stories on the media in a while, Fox 9 gives us this: Fox 9 plan to mimic child abductors comes to a halt: Following a child abduction in Edina last week, the...

Weekend Round-Up: Somali investigation continues, STP State of the City

Published April 19, 2009

Welcome to a weekend news review on a dreary Sunday. Knew the sunshine and 75 couldn't last forever, but it sure would have been nice... Somali investiagtion continues in other cities: Good Star Tribune...

Grassfires in south metro

Published April 15, 2009

A grassfire has sparked in Shakopee while much of southwestern Minnesota and the south Metro are facing potentially critical fire conditions, according to WCCO. A few areas, including the city of Eden...

Daily Digest: Tea time for tax day

Published April 15, 2009

Busy Wednesday, gang, so jumping right in... Tax day is tea day:Today marks the national deadline for filing income tax returns, and to mark the occasion, many Americans have been or will be participating...

Daily Digest: City contests Lee story, Boomer the celeb

Published April 8, 2009

Busy day here at the Daily with a lot of news breaking, so I'll keep this short so I can stay on top of everything else! Your news, briefly: Gun found near body never belonged to police, city says: According...

Daily Digest: Craigslist killer sentenced

Published April 1, 2009

Folks, thanks for logging in today to the Daily Digest. However, I regret to inform you that this will be in fact the last ever Digest, since the Daily will be dropping its website. The organization figured...

Weekend Round-Up: Samuels challenged, wait continues in Senate trial

Published March 29, 2009

Is your bracket in tiny little shreds on the floor like mine? Well, if not, I commend you. However, if you were on the Pitt bandwagon like me...yikes. Anyways, the Elite Eight continues today with games...

Daily Digest: Bad bridge findings? Also, Guthrie faces cuts

Published March 25, 2009

Welcome to your Wednesday Digest, gang: Bridge findings faulty?: According to a lead attorney for many victims of the collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board got the cause of the Interstate...

41-foot crest expected Saturday in Fargo

Published March 25, 2009

The National Weather Service is projecting a record 41-foot crest of the Red River in Fargo on Saturday. Click here to see the full flood alert. Volunteers have been working tirelessly to sandbag the area....

Weekend Round-Up: Missing Somali man returns to Mpls.

Published March 22, 2009

Welcome back from break and welcome to the Weekend Round-Up, a quick snapshot of some local news of interest from the past few days. Look for Weekend Round-Ups every Sunday and their sibling, the Daily Digest,...

Live stream of Senate trial

Published March 13, 2009

Live coverage of today's court proceedings, courtesy of The UpTake, is underway. Closing arguments in the case are expected soon.

Daily Digest: Mpls. Somalis in Senate, a Twitter counterpoint

Published March 11, 2009

Hello, gang, and welcome to a Digest on an unseasonably cold Wednesday in March. I wish I could bring some warmth with this post, but hopefully quick news hits will do: *Our lead-off hitter today is this...

Weekend Round-Up: Couches and salmonella

Published March 8, 2009

Your weekend news, briefly: *Admittedly, the Weekend Round-Up usually features your standard news stories, but I had to link to this amusing column by James Lileks of the Star Tribune (and formerly of...

Daily Digest: New U AIDS research, Central Corridor could be delayed

Published March 5, 2009

Jumping right in... *U researchers reported today that they have found a way to block transmission of the virus that causes AIDS in animals, the Star Tribune reports. The research was done on a group of...

Weekend Round-Up: Farmers to get ax? Lillehaug puts on an act

Published March 1, 2009

Hope the weekend went well for all you Newssstand purusers out there. Hopefully, you weren't among the 1,803 cars towed during the three-day snow emergency. As I can attest to, the Minneapolis impound...

Journalism school grant will aim to revitalize industry

Published February 24, 2009

Being that this is a news website, I thought this was a pretty relevent, interesting nugget that I came across: The University of Minnesota's journalism school, in partnership with the Duluth News Tribune...

Snow emergency story stirs up debate

Published February 24, 2009

I have to admit, I didn't expect today's most commented story to be a three-paragraph piece from photographer Jules Ameel. However, readers seem to love discussing snow emergencies--and the subsequent...

Weekend Round-Up: Greenway plans questioned, Oscar night

Published February 22, 2009

Hope your weekend was splendid, gang. Here's a quick wrap-up of some of the top stories from around the University of Minnesota and metro over the last two days: *The Midtown Greenway, a proposed one-mile...

Daily Digest: Dungy reflects, U Idol contestant ‘pummeled’

Published February 18, 2009

A very happy Wednesday to you all. Here's some quick news for your viewing pleasure: Tony Dungy on Letterman, courtesy AP photos. *The New York Times has a good read out today on Tony Dungy, the retired...

Coming soon: A stimulus breakdown

Published February 18, 2009

As you probably already know, President Barack Obama signed the historic $787 billion stimulus bill Tuesday in Denver. There is no telling what the exact ramifications of the legislation will be, but the...

TCF Bank robbed

Published February 16, 2009

The TCF Bank on Washington Avenue was robbed Sunday afternoon, the Star Tribune reported. The male bank robber entered the bank at around 2:30 and held the teller up. He gave the teller a note demanding...

Weekend Round-Up: Will you be my less expensive Valentine?

Published February 16, 2009

Ahhh, love was in the air this weekend, as Valentine's Day came and went on a sunny Saturday. However, lovebirds likely spent less money then in years past: *A survey by the National Retail Federation...

Car fire near U

Published February 14, 2009

A&E reporter intern Thomas Johnson just sent me this update: A Volvo caught fire and pulled off to the side of the road on the corner of E Hennepin Ave and 14th Ave SE around 5pm. By the time...

Daily Digest: More groper charges, U at 194

Published February 12, 2009

No frills, just news: *The alleged campus-area groper (who has been dubbed the "gopher groper" by some witty news outlets around town), faces seven new charges, the Star Tribune reports. The...

Weekend Round-Up: A food disease mess, Sid!

Published February 8, 2009

Happy weekend to ya. Ok, well, happy END of the weekend to ya...I admit that Monday is almost here. But enjoy the day off while it lasts. As for the news: *Good article out today from the Star Tribune...

Daily Digest: Serial groper caught, forgeries at Weisman?

Published February 4, 2009

Hey, gang. Welcome to a Wednesday edition of the Digest. Away we go... *Plenty of coverage out on the arrest of a 41-year-old in relation to a series of sexual assaults around campus in recent days. A...

Weekend Round-Up: More from the AHC, Klobuchar going to fancy SB party

Published February 1, 2009

On this very super of Sundays, it's time for a Weekend Round-Up of some University related news: *More coverage of the University's decision to combine dean of the Medical School with senior vice president...

Daily Digest: U legislative briefing tonight, First Lady feature

Published January 28, 2009

With yesterday's budget announcement by Gov. Tim Pawlenty as the backdrop, let's jump right into this first one: *Tonight, at the McNamara Alumni Center here on campus, University President Bob Bruininks...

Pawlenty to unveil budget at 1

Published January 27, 2009

Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be at the Capitol this afternoon to officially release his budget for the upcoming biennium, which will address the state's nearly $5 billion deficit. With the state constitution...

Daily Digest: Eller guilty of police brawl, sell the airport?

Published January 26, 2009

How's it going, gang? Hope this frigid Monday doesn't have you down. Word has it we're going to reach a balmy 14 degrees by tomorrow, so hang in there. Carl Eller. Photo courtesy: The Star Tribune *The...

Daily Digest: Bruininks reacts to Pawlenty, ACLU sues local school

Published January 22, 2009

Welcome one, welcome all. Let's dive into into some of Thursday's top stories: *In a MinnPost blog, Sharon Schmickle writes about reaction to Gov.Pawlenty's higher ed proposals--a tuition increase cap...

University Ave. construction unfinished

Published January 21, 2009

Work on a water main under University Avenue just west of Oak Street, which was supposed to end Jan.19 according to a press release, has carried into the spring semester. The project reduces University...

Daily Digest: ‘U’ master plan, practice court fundraising

Published January 21, 2009

Hello folks, and welcome to a Wednesday edition of the Daily Digest. By the way, out of simple curiosity, do you think you could handle 10 fancy-schmancy balls in one evening? That might have been the...

Senate recount court battle kicks off today

Published January 21, 2009

The court battle between Al Franken and Norm Coleman over Minnesota's vacant Senate seat is starting today, as Franken asks the three-judge panel to dismiss the case, The Star Tribune reports. If the case...

Coleman wants all rejected absentee ballots considered

Published January 20, 2009

Norm Coleman wants all 12,000 absentee ballots rejected during the election to be considered as he pushes forward with a court challenge to Al Franken's lead in the recount, according to The Star Tribune....

Live from Washington: Crowd swelling

Published January 20, 2009

The crowd gathers in Washington, D.C. (Stephen Maturen, DAILY) Reporter Ian Power, who is in Washington, D.C., called me about 10 minutes ago as he left for the Capitol. He said crowds were very large...

Colin Powell speaks in Mpls

Published January 19, 2009

Former secretary of state Colin Powell visited Minneapolis Monday and spoke about the tremendous accomplishment of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King,...

Dayton, Gaertner among DFLers to file for governor

Published January 16, 2009

Mark Dayton Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton tops a list of six candidates to file paperwork today for 2010 governor runs, The Star Tribune reports. Dayton was elected to the Senate in 2000 and would figure...

Star Tribune files Chapter 11

Published January 16, 2009

The largest newspaper in the state filed bankruptcy papers Thursday night, according to a Star Tribune report. The move was not unexpected, as the Tribune has been struggling for some time and has been...

U misses Princeton Review’s top 100 “value colleges” list

Published January 8, 2009

The ranking gurus at the Princeton Review recently unveiled their top 100 value colleges. The only Minnesota-based school to make the list was Carleton College. To see the complete list and story, click...

Pawlenty to cut $20 million in aid to U

Published December 21, 2008

As reported by MSNBC, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has announced a budget cuts package--including $20 million in state aid to the University of Minnesota--to address the state budget deficit. The budget deficit is...

Franken’s lead reaches 277

Published December 19, 2008

The Star Tribune is reporting that Al Franken has turned a slight deficit in the Senate recount into a triple-digit lead over incumbent Norm Coleman. The lead stands at 277 votes as the state Canvassing...

U asks Legislature for $74.5 million

Published December 13, 2008

The Star Tribune reports that the University of Minnesota has requested an extra $74.5 million from the state Legislature. There is some concern over the timing of the request, as the state faces a potentially...

Daily Digest: FBI investigating Coleman supporter, Franken posts web video

Published December 11, 2008

Time to celebrate...school's out! Well, except for finals...but don't rain on my parade. Here's a few quick news hits: *The FBI is investigating a friend and political supporter of Sen. Norm Coleman for...

Daily Digest: Tribune Co. bankrupt and Hennepin homelessness goes up

Published December 9, 2008

Howdy, gang. Here's a late-look at some Monday news: *I blogged yesterday about the struggling Tribune Co., and sure enough, it goes bankrupt today. Here is the New York Times' report. As an aspiring...

Weekend Round-Up: Hydraulic hybrid and Tribune Co. trouble

Published December 8, 2008

Here is the late Sunday edition, folks, as I graduated today and got a nice, steak meal from the 'rents a while ago. Free food made wearing that silly cap and gown worth the while. Let's delve into some...

Daily Digest: The five-second rule and the (big) state budget problem

Published December 3, 2008

Let's hop right in: *More coverage of the new University of Minnesota research on gastric-bypass surgery and how it could help treat type-II diabetes. Here's a report from CBS 4...in Florida...

Daily Digest: Voters turned away in Dinkytown and college going global

Published December 1, 2008

It's December, gang, meaning we're coming down the homestretch of another semester. Before getting too freaked out about final papers and exams, enjoy a brief Digest: *The Minnesota Independent's...

Weekend Round-up: Rough times for student loaners and safe cigs

Published November 30, 2008

Hey, gang. Hope your turkey breaks were great. After a few days off here at the Digest (we need turkey too, you know), let's get back into things with a Weekend Round-up: *Interesting article from...

Daily Digest: Feet washing at MSU, Turkey Day travel expected to be down

Published November 24, 2008

Hope you are well on this Monday. Enjoy your short week and definitely enjoy some turkey! Here's a quick Digest for you: *Interesting story from the Mankato Free-Press today on feet-washing stations that...

Weekend Round-up: New surgery method, Klobuchar to campus

Published November 23, 2008

I can't do anything about that 55-0 debacle. I can bring some news, briefly, from the weekend: *Interesting story from the Star Tribune about a new type of surgery that is coming soon to Minnesota....

The math behind our recount number

Published November 21, 2008

Reporter Karlee Weinmann and I were both struggling last night with how to report on the second day of the recount. To clear up any confusion on how we determined that Franken got 86 votes closer, I'd...

Coleman lead trimmed

Published November 20, 2008

The defecit between Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken is at 168 votes, according to the Star Tribune. So, if you're in a lecture hall today, take a look around: The number of people in your class may be...

Franken granted access to info on absentee ballots

Published November 19, 2008

Al Franken was granted access today to information regarding voters whose absentee ballots were rejected, according to the Pioneer Press. Ramsey County District Judge Dale Lindman ruled in Franken's favor...

PiPress, Strib: Same headline AGAIN?!

Published November 19, 2008

Ok, once is weird, but this is something else... For the second time in as many weeks, the metro papers had the SAME headline on a prominent front page story. Today, both the Star Tribune and Pioneer...

Daily Digest: Student-athlete task force, swastikas on dorm doors

Published November 19, 2008

Let's hop right into the news: *First, an interesting story from USA Today that examines the University of Minnesota task force in charge of monitoring academic performance among student-athletes. The...

Daily Digest: Al to Senate…sort of, segregation in MN schools

Published November 17, 2008

Hello, folks. Hope your weekend was grand. Well, other than having to watch the Gophers football game...and the really cold weather...and... Don't worry, Digest will make it better! *Al Franken is going...

Daily Digest: More on the bridge and U Regents

Published November 14, 2008

Weekend's here, gang. Enjoy some Digest before you enjoy some time off: *First, the Star Tribune has more today on the National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington, D.C., reviewing the I35W...

Today’s metro papers…

Published November 14, 2008

...had identical top of the page headlines! Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press called their bridge collapse finding stories "Why it fell." The Daily's article was called "I-35W...

Franken sues for access to absentee ballot data

Published November 13, 2008

As reported by the Star Tribune here, Al Franken is suing for access to data on voters who had their absentee ballots rejected. The suit was filed Thursday in Ramsey County, and the Franken campaign hopes...

Daily Digest: Regents meeting, smoking bans examined

Published November 12, 2008

Hello again. And hello again to you, snow. Oh, how we've missed you. *The Board of Regents will be meeting tomorrow and Friday to discuss an array of issues, including alcohol restrictions at the new football...

Stop the presses: Franken-Coleman difference unchanged!

Published November 11, 2008

Folks, amazingly the gap in the Minnesota Senate race is still at 206! This comes after a Monday in which the lead seemingly changed every hour (just take a look at Filed Under Politics posts to get a...

Dean stepping down from DNC

Published November 10, 2008

Howard Dean will not seek a second term as Democratic National Committee chairman, the New York Times reports in their politics blog, The Caucus. This was not unexpected, as it is customary for incoming...

Senate race close…

Published November 10, 2008

...but not quite this close (at least not yet). Here's what I found for the closest race in U.S. Senate history: A 1974 battle between Republican Louis Wyman and Democrat John Durkin ended with a...

Obama making first White House visit today

Published November 10, 2008

UPDATE: Obama arrived at the White House shortly after 1 p.m. and took a tour with President Bush. Here's the New York Times' coverage. The president-elect will meet with President George Bush this afternoon...

It’s down to 204…

Published November 10, 2008

 Norm Coleman's lead in the Senate race is 204 votes as of 10:48 this morning. The difference between the incumbent senator and Al Franken has dwindled since Nov.4, with a recount to start on...

Daily Digest: Kids WILL eat grains, T-Paw state tour

Published November 10, 2008

Happy Monday, gang. Hope all you fellow Viking fans are as happy as I am today. On that sunny note, let's jump into some news briefs: *A new University of Minnesota study shows that kids WILL eat grains...if...

Weekend Round-up: New way to approach assault, Senate race update

Published November 9, 2008

Hey gang, hope you had a good week and are looking forward to another one. Though you may want some mittens in the next seven days. Here's a brief round-up of weekend news: *Some colleges and universities,...

Daily Digest: Dylan!

Published November 5, 2008

So, it's kind of hard to find something NOT election related right now, but I'll try b/c I'm sure you've seen enough of it elsewhere... *First off, Bob Dylan rocked the U. Let me repeat: BOB DYLAN ROCKED...

For transparency’s sake…

Published November 5, 2008

...I thought I'd illustrate a little bit how we went about putting some election stories together, as a reader earlier said we used canned stories in regards to the presidential race. I can't speak much...

Live Blog: GOP big shots speaking…Senate too close to call

Published November 5, 2008

The Senate race is too close to call right now, gang. Check back at mndaily.com for updates. Earlier in the evening... Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at the GOP election party in Bloomington on Tuesday. PAUL...

NBC says Obama wins PA

Published November 5, 2008

The big battleground state of Pennslyvania is projected to be going toward Barack, NBC just reported. They have the Electoral College at 103 to 34, in favor of Obama. 270 is needed to win.

New York Times not calling any races

Published November 5, 2008

Like with any election, there is already some difference between media outlets on how to call the races. CNN and MSNBC have McCain up 16 to 3 in Electoral College votes, while Fox News now has...

The toss-ups, NY Times style

Published November 4, 2008

Here are the five closest states, according to the most recent New York Times analysis: -Missouri -Ohio -Indiana -North Carolina -Florida Hmm...Florida just loves attention, huh? Seems like they were involved...

Daily Digest: Election Day!

Published November 4, 2008

In case you haven't heard, there's a little old thing called a national election today.  In the spirit of the moment then, let's lead with... *The polls! Apparently, they're pretty crazy everywhere....

Daily Digest: Profs’ liberalism doesn’t wear off, racial divides at homecomings

Published November 3, 2008

One day away from the election, gang (that's your Digest PSA for the day). Now, let's start the week with some news: *Interesting national story first, as the New York Times reports that professors'...

Latest poll shows statistical dead heat in Senate race

Published November 2, 2008

The latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll puts Al Franken at 42 percent to Norm Coleman's 38 - within the poll's 4.1 percent sampling error. It will be fascinating to see how this race ends. Independence...

A missing polling place?

Published October 31, 2008

A reader called me a few days ago and said she thorougly enjoyed the Elections Guide. However, she said our polling sites map on the back could use one more location. The Elections Warehouse, located...

Daily Digest: Bill Clinton visits, Petters remains in jail

Published October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween. Here's a not-too-scary Digest: *The Clintons must just love this town. A little over a week after Hillary Clinton's visit to campus, Bill Clinton was at the Minneapolis Convention Center...

Irony, Newsstand style

Published October 31, 2008

This is a bit on the lighter side of news, but I thought I'd share: Last week, I wrote in a Daily Digest that street sweeping was beginning and that car owners should be careful to obey all paking laws. Well,...

Man who inspired “Hotel Rwanda” coming to U

Published October 30, 2008

Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the movie "Hotel Rwanda," will be speaking on campus Monday night. The talk will be held at Northrop Auditorium at 7:30. It is free and open to the public....

Daily Digest: Sam’s story spreads, cats cure cancer?

Published October 29, 2008

It's mid-week again. Here's some Wednesday news bits for your reading pleasure: *Sam, the University of Minnesota first-year student who was badly beaten on Oct.15 and spoke with the Daily recently, has...

Daily Digest: Mall boosted by ‘U’, St.Kate’s students protest

Published October 27, 2008

Only a month and a half left of class?! Oh, where did the time go...? Ok, before I ponder the fleeting nature of time anymore, I'll give you a Digest: *The Rochester Post-Bulletin has an interesting story...

The never ending battle?

Published October 27, 2008

Not suprisingly, the party patrol ellicited quite a response among readers. It just goes to show there will ALWAYS be a generational conflict. A few of the comments were a back and forth between older...

Daily Digest: I35 bridge “doomed from the start,” Gates gives to U

Published October 26, 2008

Here's a little weekend roundup, gang: *The Star Tribune reports today, via a leaked source, that the root of the August 1, 2007, bridge collapse was the original size of the gusset plates, not heat,...

NRCC pulls plug on Bachmann ads

Published October 23, 2008

Republican U.S. Rep Michele Bachman, who has come under fire lately for comments questioning Barack Obama's patriotism on the TV program "Hardball," lost advertising funding today from the National Republican...

An ugly turn for politics

Published October 22, 2008

As reported by the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press today, Sen. Norm Coleman's St. Paul home was vandalized in the past day. His wife, Laurie, noticed a menacing message graffited on her garage early this...

Daily Digest: Clinton visits U, street sweeping begins

Published October 22, 2008

Let's get right into this... *There was of course a big name visitor on campus last night, as Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton made a stop at McNamara in support of Al Franken. An overflow...

Daily Digest, “Case of the Mondays” edition

Published October 20, 2008

The Daily Digest is here to give you a glimpse at University-related news from around the metro and state. The segment will provide a window into how other media outlets cover campus, as well as nuggets...

The Daily Digest, Sunday edition

Published October 19, 2008

The Daily Digest is here to give you a glimpse at University-related news from around the metro and state. The segment will provide a window into how other media outlets cover campus, as well as nuggets...

The Daily Digest, TGIF edition

Published October 17, 2008

The Daily Digest is here to give you a glimpse at University-related news from around the metro and state. The segment will provide a window into how other media outlets cover campus, as well as nuggets...

Top three: How important is it?

Published October 16, 2008

In today's Rappin' with Robert segment, President Bruininks says that "it's not about ranking" when asked about the University's goal to become a top three public research institution. That goal is spelled...

The Daily Digest, Wednesday edition

Published October 15, 2008

The Daily Digest is here to give you a glimpse at University-related news from around the metro and state. The segment will provide a window into how other media outlets cover campus, as well as nuggets...