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Burrito Loco employee John Cousins prepares food for a customer. Burrito Loco is a local business that pays some employees minimum wage, and could be affected by the new Minnesota mimim wage increase.

Minimum wage hike reaches beyond workers

April 23, 2014

Though many minimum wage earners are celebrating an upcoming pay hike, University of Minnesota-area businesses are reluctantly preparing for the change. Local business owners say they may adjust their...

To fight off emerald ash borers, U turns to Leg.

April 17, 2014

Emerald ash borers are destroying ecosystems across the state, and University of Minnesota researchers are asking for state funding to help stop them. The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource...

Bill to ban anti-gay therapy falls short

April 8, 2014

University of Minnesota students led an effort to ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change therapy to children, but their attempt this legislative session fell short. Political...

University President Kaler, Jeanie Borlaug Laube and Board of Regent Dean Johnson in McNamara unveil a statue of Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug on Thursday at the conclusion of the Borlaug 100-year celebration. The statue, a replica of the one at the U.S. Capitol, will be installed on the St. Paul campus.

U celebrates Borlaug’s 100th birthday

April 1, 2014

In high school, Tessa Ries watched a movie clip on Nobel Peace Prize-winning Norman Borlaug, a University of Minnesota alumnus who is credited worldwide with helping developing countries through his research. The...

Winter parking restrictions lifted in Minneapolis

March 27, 2014

The city of Minneapolis will lift winter parking restrictions Thursday at 10 a.m. after more than a month of limiting parking spots on non-snow emergency routes. Prior to the change — which came...

Legislators target gender pay gaps

March 25, 2014

Legislators are mulling proposals this session that aim to reduce gender segregation in the workplace by promoting nontraditional occupations and alleviating payment disparities between men and women. Sen....

Bill tackles K-12 bullying

March 11, 2014

A proposal that aims to decrease bullying in Minnesota schools will get its start at the Capitol on Wednesday. OutFront Minnesota and Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, leaders in last year’s effort...

Representatives support synthetic drug crackdown

March 6, 2014

House of Representatives committee members support a proposal that aims to combat the use and distribution of synthetic drugs in Minnesota. The bill’s author, Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, said...

Legislature pushes TCF alcohol sales, bonding

March 5, 2014

Minnesota’s 2014 legislative session began last Tuesday, and the Minnesota Senate has already introduced several bills, including some that may directly affect the University of Minnesota community. State...

Protesters urge Target to pay more

February 27, 2014

About 50 activists marched through downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday morning, demanding an increase to the state’s minimum wage. Two workers’ groups — the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos...

Minnesota legislative session starts

February 26, 2014

Minnesota’s 2014 legislative session started Tuesday, and the Minnesota House of Representatives has already introduced several bills — including some that may affect the University of Minnesota...

A biker travels across the Washington Avenue Bridge in subzero temperatures Sunday afternoon.

New county official to improve biking

February 12, 2014

New leadership and transportation initiatives in Hennepin County may make biking safer and easier. Hennepin County added a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator position to address biking issues in the metro...

Representatives gauge U’s bonding request

February 3, 2014

Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives toured labs on the University’s St. Paul campus Thursday to evaluate whether buildings need state funding for expansion or upkeep. Representatives...

Deadline to change classes extended

January 30, 2014

The University of Minnesota is extending the deadline to receive a full refund for dropped classes this semester. Because Monday classes haven’t happened yet due to a holiday and University-wide...

Valspar gives $1M for new undergrad lab equipment

January 30, 2014

Minneapolis-based Valspar Corporation plans to donate $1 million over the next five years for high-tech equipment in the University of Minnesota’s new undergraduate materials science lab. The lab...

Green Line LRT opening June 14

January 23, 2014

The light rail between Minneapolis and St. Paul will open June 14, nearly six months earlier than required, the Star Tribune reported. There are 18 new stations, including stops on West Bank, East...

A section of Astronomy 1011 works in Tate Lab on Oct. 17, 2013.

Dayton proposal shorts U $114 million

January 21, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal fell nearly $114 million short of the University of Minnesota’s 2014 capital request. Though Dayton’s plan — released Wednesday — provides...

Dayton releases bonding proposals, $118.7 million for University projects

January 15, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal released Wednesday provides funding for three University of Minnesota construction projects, totaling $118.7 million. In its 2014 capital request, the University...