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Lawmakers seek to reduce COVID-19 spread at the polls ahead of November voting

Lawmakers seek to reduce COVID-19 spread at the polls ahead of November voting

Published May 7, 2020

State lawmakers and officials are working to prevent voters from risking their health to cast a ballot as statewide primaries and the general election approach in the coming months. Two recent bills are...

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Candidates declare bids for Minneapolis City Council special election

Published May 3, 2020

Following Abdi Warsame’s resignation from the Minneapolis City Council, eight candidates have stepped forward for the chance to represent Ward 6.  Warsame vacated the seat last month to lead the...

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Addressing lawmakers, Gabel talks financial losses of up to $324 million

Published April 29, 2020

University President Joan Gabel briefed lawmakers Tuesday on the financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic — which could cost the University $324 million — and the measures the University has taken...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein. 

Rep. Craig, Sen. Smith introduce bill to include students in COVID-19 relief package

Published April 20, 2020

University of Minnesota students, as well as state and federal officials, are aiming to include millions of college students and their families in the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. The...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

UMN seeks $20 million from state to ramp up COVID-19 testing

Published April 17, 2020

The University of Minnesota is looking for support from the Legislature to dramatically increase coronavirus testing statewide. Following the development of multiple COVID-19 tests by University researchers,...

Volunteers Amber Chang, left, and Merri Bonde, right, prepare the Nutritious U Food Pantry to open in Coffman Union on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Food shelves strained by COVID-19 receive state funding boost

Published April 14, 2020

The food shelf at the Church of Minneapolis normally served about two families each month. But since the coronavirus pandemic, the church near Dinkytown now distributes three to four packages of food a...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

State lawmakers, officials aim to safeguard financial aid for students

Published April 10, 2020

University of Minnesota sophomore Nimo Ali works two jobs in the work-study program: the front desk at the Recreation and Wellness Center and a peer-mentoring program. After the closure of the RecWell...

Newly-elected Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz addresses the crowd at the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel in Saint Paul on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Gov. Tim Walz extends ‘stay-at-home’ executive order

Published April 8, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday the extension of the stay-at-home executive order issued nearly two weeks ago until May 4 to further curb the spread of the coronavirus. At a press conference Wednesday,...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

Lawmakers aim to proceed with long-awaited insulin bill despite focus on coronavirus

Published April 4, 2020

State lawmakers are closing in on legislation to provide insulin to diabetics who can’t afford it, which advocates say is more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. After more than a year...

Halal Mini Market, one local business that is limiting the number of customers that come into the store at a time, is seen on West Bank on Monday, March 31.

Attorney general tackles ‘pandemic profiteering’

Published April 2, 2020

As local retailers feel the strain of the coronavirus pandemic, state officials are working to curtail “pandemic profiteering” following reports of unfair prices on essential goods. Gov. Tim Walz issued...

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame addresses the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Warsame was selected as the next executive director and CEO for the MPHA.

City Council approves Abdi Warsame as head of Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

Published March 27, 2020

The Minneapolis City Council approved Ward 6 Council member Abdi Warsame as the next director and CEO of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority on Friday. The six-year council member will vacate the...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

Lawmakers prioritize “essential” legislation, focus efforts on coronavirus relief and bonding

Published March 26, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic carries into its second week, lawmakers will prioritize “essential” legislation, including relief efforts and infrastructure funding.  The Legislature will reconvene...

A man walks his dog along a quiet Washington Avenue bridge on Saturday, March 21.

Gov. Walz issues ‘stay-at-home’ executive order

Published March 25, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz issued a stay-at-home order Wednesday that will last two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The mandate, which limits movements outside beyond essential needs, goes into effect...

Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses an audience in Cowles Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The event centered around her “Pathway to Peace,” a package of seven bills which aim to reorient U.S. foreign policy.

Omar introduces economic assistance package for COVID-19 relief

Published March 19, 2020

As businesses close and unemployment increases in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar unveiled a package of legislation Thursday to help provide financial relief. Omar’s...

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel addresses the Minnesota Senate on the Universitys plans to contend with COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 10.

Gabel addresses lawmakers on U’s plans for coronavirus

Published March 10, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel briefed Senate Higher Education Committee members Tuesday afternoon on the University’s preparation and response to COVID-19. In response to the coronavirus,...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

UMN misallocated millions in grants, according to state report

Published March 5, 2020

Following allegations of mismanagement within a University of Minnesota grant program, an audit by state officials has raised questions about transparency. A report by the Office of the Legislative Auditor...

The light rail as seen on Thursday, June 20 2019 in Minneapolis.

MSA continues push to expand free light rail stops

Published February 26, 2020

As part of a larger push to improve transit in the Twin Cities, University of Minnesota students are aiming to expand free light rail privileges around campus.  The Minnesota Student Association is...

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel testifies before the Senate Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee as the University requests $317.2 million on Monday, Feb. 18.

Gabel presents UMN capital request to state lawmakers

Published February 24, 2020

In her first testimony before state lawmakers as president of the University of Minnesota, Joan Gabel pitched the University’s funding needs at the Capitol last week. Gabel presented the University’s...

Minnesota Daily File Photo

Student govt. pushes medical amnesty bill for third consecutive session

Published February 17, 2020

After years of trying to push a medical amnesty bill through the Legislature, the Minnesota Student Association is hoping the third time’s the charm. The student organization is looking to expand protections...

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Following Cedar-Riverside fire, state lawmakers introduce high-rise sprinkler bill

Published February 10, 2020

Local state lawmakers are looking to install sprinklers in high-rises statewide after a deadly fire in a public housing property in their district. Minneapolis DFL lawmakers Rep. Mohamud Noor and Sen....

Dawn breaks over the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Alumni and supporters form group to advocate for U ahead of legislative session

Published February 6, 2020

In an effort to advocate for the University of Minnesota this upcoming legislative session, some alumni are taking their support to the Capitol. Following years of partially fulfilled capital investment...

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame addresses the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Warsame was selected as the next executive director and CEO for the MPHA.

Abdi Warsame chosen as executive director of Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

Published January 30, 2020

After serving on the Minneapolis City Council for six years, Ward 6 City Council member Abdi Warsame could leave the seat for a new position. The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority has chosen Warsame...

Senior Megan Olson poses for a portrait at the Minnesota Daily office on Thursday, Jan. 23.  If her campaign for Minnesota House Seat 57A is successful, Olson hopes to use her position to give back to the Apple Valley schools to which she credits her academic success.

UMN senior Megan Olson to run as Republican for state House seat

Published January 29, 2020

After mulling over the idea of representing her hometown at the state Capitol, University of Minnesota senior Megan Olson announced her candidacy on Fox and Friends last month.  The seat in Olson’s...

Crowds gather on the lawn in front of the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. The Global Climate Strike is a national movement led by youth organizers in protest of current environmental policies.

The University of Minnesota should do more for the climate, student group says

Published January 27, 2020

A University of Minnesota student group is calling on the school to do more to address climate change. University of Minnesota Climate Strike met with lawmakers and administrators Friday to lay out a...

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar chats with attendees at Ilhan Omar 2020 Reelection Kickoff: “Send Her Back to Congress” at Aria in Minneapolis on Thursday, Jan. 23. (Nur B. Adam / Minnesota Daily)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar launches 2020 re-election campaign

Published January 24, 2020

After stepping into the national spotlight during her first term, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar gathered with supporters Thursday night to mark the start of her re-election campaign. Omar launched her “Send her...

Dawn breaks over the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 15. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Vying for state funds, UMN gets $224.2 million recommendation from Walz

Published January 20, 2020

As the upcoming session approaches, state lawmakers are weighing how to balance the University of Minnesota’s infrastructure needs with those of stakeholders statewide. In his first capital bonding proposal,...

Sonia Neculescu strategizes with a small group of volunteers before a door-knocking session in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday, Jan. 16. Neculescu is on the ballot for Minnesota House District 60A. 

UMN graduate Sonia Neculescu to compete in special election for MN House seat

Published January 18, 2020

Like many University of Minnesota students, Sonia Neculescu moved to the Southeast Como neighborhood in Minneapolis to begin her college career. But after her rent went up, she was forced to look for more...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

UMN legislative preview: bonding, reform and renters’ rights

Published December 12, 2019

A number of University stakeholders will advocate for their interests when the legislative session begins in February. Ahead of the upcoming session, state legislators and University of Minnesota students...

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

UMN hosts discussion on mayor’s proposed ‘cultural districts’

Published December 9, 2019

As the mayor’s recommended 2020 budget nears adoption by the Minneapolis City Council next week, officials weighed one aspect of it with community members Thursday night. The University of Minnesota’s...

Hailee Schievelbein

Mayor’s budget amended to address MPD staffing challenges

Published December 9, 2019

As it heads to a final vote, city budget amendments include recruiting a new class of officers and community-focused safety initiatives. Following a public hearing earlier in the week, Minneapolis City...

A new tax placed upon single-use plastic bags by the city council will charge customer 5 cents for each bag a customer takes. The tax goes, which was approved in late November, will go into effect in January.

Plastic bag fee unanimously passes Minneapolis City Council

Published December 5, 2019

After lawmakers prevented cities from banning plastic bags, officials are taking another route to limit their impact on the environment. The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously late last month to...

Morgan La Casse

Didn’t get a UMN safety notification? Here’s why.

Published November 25, 2019

University of Minnesota students may have noticed more safety alerts in their school inboxes this year. That’s because there have been. With more than a month left in 2019, the 25 campus-wide emergency...

Mohamed Salad, a student at Augsburg University who sits on the board of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, hosts a listening session regarding the city’s Africa Village public marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Cedar-Riverside community members call for greater representation in public market development

Published November 25, 2019

The Cedar-Riverside community is weighing the effects of the proposed Africa Village public market in their neighborhood in an attempt to take control of the input process.  Citing a lack of community...

Robbery reported near campus for second consecutive day

Robbery reported near campus for second consecutive day

Published November 21, 2019

A robbery occurred near the East Bank campus Tuesday morning, according to a campus-wide alert sent out Thursday. The incident took place at 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Delaware Street Southeast...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

City policy could help displaced renters find new homes

Published November 13, 2019

The City of Minneapolis may soon financially support displaced tenants while they search for new housing. Authored by Ward 4 City Council member Phillipe Cunningham, the ordinance would give the city a...

MPLS policy could help displaced renters find new homes

Published November 13, 2019

The city of Minneapolis may soon financially support displaced tenants while they search for new housing. Authored by Ward 4 City Council member Phillipe Cunningham, the ordinance would give the city a...

The inside of Minneapolis City Hall as seen on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

City looks to amend code, widen housing options

Published November 7, 2019

Minneapolis officials are looking to amend an existing policy to serve as another solution to increasing the city’s housing supply. An ordinance to be introduced to the City Council this week would amend...

Sarah Mai

Park Board budget emphasizes youth investment in Cedar Riverside

Published November 4, 2019

Youth soccer coach Adam Ugas has been holding practices for kids two days a week every summer for 13 years. He volunteers his time to the team with the help of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board,...

Sarah Mai

Stonewall riots at center of city, UMN collaboration

Published October 31, 2019

Local government officials are partnering with University of Minnesota libraries to help preserve and display the history of the Stonewall riots’ impact in the Twin Cities’ transgender and nonbinary...

Morrill Hall as seen on Saturday, Oct. 12.

University, state officials weigh HEAPR-heavy capital request

Published October 24, 2019

After the Legislature failed to pass a bonding bill last session, University of Minnesota officials are weighing how to maximize funding from the Capitol for infrastructure needs. The Board of Regents...

Morgan La Casse

Local officials introduce policy banning conversion therapy

Published October 20, 2019

After failing to materialize at the Legislature last session, city officials are aiming to pass a ban on the controversial practice of conversion therapy at the local level.  Minneapolis and St. Paul...

Minneapolis City Councilman Abdi Warsame sits for an interview at his office in City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 17. The first Somali-American elected to the council, Warsame has headed multiple initiatives aimed at addressing issues of jobs, housing, safety and community development.

Abdi Warsame’s stature in Cedar-Riverside and beyond

Published October 20, 2019

Though both his father and stepfather were politically active back in Somalia, Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame did not intend to follow their lead.  But circumstances changed after...

Sarah Mai

Following a federal decision, lawmakers weigh possible MN net neutrality law

Published October 13, 2019

After the Trump administration repealed net neutrality, state lawmakers are taking the issue into their own hands. A federal appeals court ruled on Oct. 1 to uphold the Federal Communications Commission's...

Director of Black Visions Collective Kandace Montgomery delivers a prepared speech to those gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. One of several speakers at the Global Climate Strike, Montgomery advocated for improved environmental legislation and acknowledged the risks climate change poses to marginalized communities. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

House DFL lawmakers form Climate Action Caucus

Published October 10, 2019

Amid youth activists’ calls for more action, legislators are aiming to take a more aggressive approach to fighting climate change. House DFL lawmakers announced the formation of the Climate Action Caucus...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

Officials investigate, discuss Rep. Jamie Long’s former UMN employment

Published September 29, 2019

After a state lawmaker resigned from a position at the University of Minnesota amid conflict of interest concerns, state and school officials are calling for increased transparency.  Rep. Jamie Long,...

Fans watch B.o.B. perform during the homecoming concert on Oct. 12, 2012 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Megan Thee Stallion cancels UMN homecoming performance

Published September 26, 2019

Headliner Megan Thee Stallion has canceled her performance at the 2019 University of Minnesota homecoming concert, according to a Student Unions and Activities email sent out Thursday morning. The rapper...

Hailee Schievelbein

City publishes first draft of freelance workers protections policy

Published September 22, 2019

As more people turn to the gig economy as their main source of income, city officials are looking to help independent workers hold stingy clients accountable. Building on protections laid out by wage theft...

Hailee Schievelbein

How could the Minneapolis 2040 Plan affect UMN neighborhoods?

Published September 19, 2019

As the city of Minneapolis gets closer to enacting its plan for future growth and development, some community members have mixed reactions to its proposed changes. After the Minneapolis City Council approved...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

UMN introduces $317.2 million state infrastructure funding ask

Published September 15, 2019

University of Minnesota officials unveiled a hefty request for state funding Thursday that would go toward the campus system’s growing infrastructure needs. The University’s 2020 capital request presented...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

MSA, city looking to include students in affordable housing policy

Published September 12, 2019

Minneapolis city officials and student government members are working to define where students fit in affordable housing policy.  The Minnesota Student Association is working with the city this fall...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Debate over renters’ rights in MPLS continues as ordinances head to a vote

Published September 11, 2019

As city legislation that bolsters renters’ rights is set for a vote, the debate between property owners and tenant advocates has continued to heat up. Despite opposition from property owners citywide,...

A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank on Thursday, June 21.

Mayor’s budget allocates funding for more neighborhood beat officers

Published September 5, 2019

In an effort to reinforce community policing, a new proposal would assign more officers to walk neighborhoods around the city.  Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proposed adding 14 more officers to the...

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey spoke to students at an Minnesota Student Association forum in Blegen Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

Cedar-Riverside among designated ‘cultural districts’ in mayor’s budget

Published September 4, 2019

Using community input, local officials hope funding from the City of Minneapolis will put the city’s diverse cultures on display. In his 2020 budget presentation Aug. 15, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey...

Woman sexually assaulted in Marcy-Holmes

Published August 7, 2019

A woman was sexually assaulted in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood early Wednesday morning after a man broke into her apartment at about 4 a.m., authorities said in a news release. According to a release...

City takes next steps in executing mayors opioid task force recommendations

City takes next steps in executing mayor’s opioid task force recommendations

Published July 31, 2019

City, county and campus officials are collaborating to respond to the opioid crisis, hoping to curb the epidemic in Twin Cities communities. The City of Minneapolis received funding July 12 to implement...

A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank  on Thursday, June 21.

UMN campus, Minneapolis police take different approaches to staffing challenges

Published July 24, 2019

Amid Minneapolis' growing population and dwindling recruitment numbers, city and campus officials are looking to different solutions to bolster their ranks. At a July 17 staffing presentation to a Minneapolis...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

UMN Campus Crime Update: Assaults in Marcy-Holmes continue to climb

Published July 24, 2019

As the summer continues, aggravated assault numbers in Marcy-Holmes continue to climb with the temperatures. Crime rates in Cedar-Riverside are trending the opposite way, with decreases in crime across...

Somali mothers continue work with Cedar-Riverside youth as local influence grows

Published July 17, 2019

Approaching the one-year anniversary of its formation, the Somali Mothers of MN continues to expand its efforts to advocate for the Cedar-Riverside community. The Somali Mothers of MN, a local community...

Graphic by Mohamed Ibrahim.

Hands-Free bill to go into effect as distracted driving citations rise

Published July 10, 2019

Amid an increase in distracted driving, agencies statewide hope a new law will help curb accidents on Minnesota roads. The Hands-Free Cell Phone bill, effective Aug. 1, will prohibit drivers from using...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

UMN Campus Crime Update: Auto thefts in Cedar-Riverside continue to rise

Published July 10, 2019

While crime rates in Prospect Park remain low, thefts in the neighborhood have increased so far this year compared to the first half of 2018. The number of auto thefts in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood...

City and business owners team up to upgrade lighting in Cedar-Riverside

Published July 4, 2019

With improved infrastructure and community programming, members of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood are using both practical and creative crime prevention approaches this summer.  Through a grant...

The light rail as seen on Monday, June 24 at the West Bank station in Minneapolis.

Perceived light rail crime rates in UMN area don’t reflect reality, officials say

Published July 3, 2019

While University of Minnesota area community members have expressed concern about safety on light rail platforms, local officials say current crime trends mirror past years.  Light rail platforms...

Campus Crime Update: Assaults in Marcy-Holmes jump in June

Campus Crime Update: Assaults in Marcy-Holmes jump in June

Published June 25, 2019

Recent crime trends indicate a rise in assaults in the campus neighborhood of Marcy-Holmes while University of Minnesota officials have noted a drop in violent crime on campus. Aggravated assault numbers...

As debate around “warrior” training continues, UMPD continues to use alternative tactics

Published June 12, 2019

While Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey recently moved to ban “warrior-style” police training, the University of Minnesota Police Department is already implementing alternatives to the controversial practices. During...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

As summer begins, burglaries rise on UMN campus

Published June 11, 2019

Burglaries on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods have risen slightly since the start of the summer, according to local crime data. Officials also responded to an assault and other crimes near campus. University...

The lone finalist in the race for University of Minnesota president, Joan Gabel, smiles as the Board of Regents extend praise to her qualifications for the job before a vote on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Gabel announces next steps in provost search

Published June 10, 2019

University of Minnesota President-designate Joan Gabel announced the next steps to find the University’s next Executive Vice President and Provost in a campus-wide email Monday. Gabel said she met with...

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Recent crime and building security spark concern in Cedar-Riverside

Published May 2, 2019

Recent crime trends, including trespassing by nonresidents in apartment buildings, have sparked safety concerns in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.  The Riverside Plaza apartments are owned by real...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Crime rates expected to rise with temperatures, authorities say

Published April 23, 2019

As warmer weather drives more people outdoors, local authorities expect crime to rise with the temperatures. While crime rates have remained stagnant on campus, the University of Minnesota area has seen...

Aaron H. Doering

UMN professor pleads guilty to assault

Published April 19, 2019

University of Minnesota professor Aaron Doering pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault by strangulation Thursday after being arrested late last year for choking and slapping his fiancee while intoxicated. The...

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Manager Saeed Bihi poses for a portrait at the center on Tuesday, March 9. Bihi is working to increase activities and programs for youth in the neighborhood in an effort to keep them off the streets.

In light of recent violence, Cedar-Riverside community weighs public safety solutions

Published April 11, 2019

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is known for its diversity, which extends beyond residents’ cultural backgrounds and into recent conversations surrounding public safety. Some residents and business...

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

West Bank business owners institute block safety program

Published April 1, 2019

Business owners on the West Bank are aiming to take a more active role in improving the safety of their community. The West Bank Business Association is instituting a block safety program that will seek...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Local police departments brace for Final Four

Published March 26, 2019

As teams continue to make their way through the NCAA Tournament, Minneapolis is preparing for the madness that comes with hosting the Final Four. The Minneapolis Police Department has teamed up with the...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Man stabbed in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood

Published March 18, 2019

A man was stabbed in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood early Sunday evening, authorities said. According to a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department, officers responded to a report that a man had...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

UMPD partners with nonprofit to address rise in homelessness on campus

Published March 14, 2019

With a rise in homelessness on and around campus, the University of Minnesota Police Department will formally partner with a nonprofit this month to address the issue.  UMPD will work with Minneapolis...

A group plays a game of pick-up basketball at Holmes Park located in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has money designated for renovations that are set to start in 2018.

Crime around the University dropped with temperatures in January, report says

Published March 4, 2019

The temperature drop in January coincided with a slight drop in nonviolent crimes around campus, according to last month’s Gopher Watch safety report. The Gopher Watch safety report, which covers neighborhoods...

Democratic Candidate Mohamud Noor at his election party on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Mixed Blood Theater on West Bank. He was elected to represent the Minnesota House of Representatives District 60B.

Anti-cash bail bill aims to help low-income offenders

Published February 27, 2019

A bill introduced to the state legislature earlier this month would eliminate cash bail, which lawmakers say disproportionately affects low-income individuals.  Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapolis,...

The Gophers won 38-31 with a late touchdown by wide receiver Rashod Bateman on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gopher football players’ lawsuit heard in District Court

Published February 24, 2019

Representatives for nine Gopher football players allegedly involved in a 2016 sexual assault case appeared in court Friday to present a discrimination case against the University of Minnesota. Lawyers...

Person shot next to Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s home

Published February 19, 2019

A person was shot outside a building next to the home of U.S. senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful Amy Klobuchar in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon. The shooting occurred on the 400 block of 6th Street Southeast...

A camera on the side of a building on Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 14. The Minneapolis police department is considering using 20 cameras installed downtown by Verizon for the Super Bowl last year. MPD already uses cameras for public safety to help with incidents like vehicle accidents and pursuits, shootings and suicide attempts according to a presentation from the Public Safety Committee.

MPD considers purchasing Super Bowl LII surveillance cameras

Published February 18, 2019

Although it’s been over a year since Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl, remnants of the big game might be here to stay. The Minneapolis Police Department is considering purchasing surveillance cameras...

Gloria Rieken, a University of Minnesota freshman when she went missing, has been DNA matched to the remains of a woman found in Mille Lacs County in November 1970.

Remains of missing UMN student identified by DNA evidence after 49 years

Published February 14, 2019

With the help of DNA evidence, authorities identified the remains of an unknown woman found in Mille Lacs County nearly 49 years ago as a University of Minnesota student who went missing at around the...

Aaron H. Doering

UMN professor accused of domestic assault makes court appearance

Published February 13, 2019

A University of Minnesota professor and arctic explorer appeared in court last Thursday following an accusation of domestic assault.   Aaron Doering, 47, was arrested on Dec. 26 for domestic abuse...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

UMN student sexually assaulted near campus

Published February 8, 2019

A University of Minnesota student was the victim of an attempted sexual assault and abduction in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood near campus this morning, authorities said. The student was walking down the...

Two children walk past police cars parked outside Riverside Plaza on Monday, March 19.

Cedar-Riverside to welcome two new Somali-American beat cops

Published February 7, 2019

At the request of the community, Cedar-Riverside is welcoming new faces to the neighborhood. After a year-long process, the Minneapolis Police Department assigned two Somali-American officers, Daadir Galayr...

Body cameras sit in a charging cradle.

UMN omits bodycams from budget request

Published January 28, 2019

The University of Minnesota won’t follow the City of Minneapolis' example in requiring its officers to wear body cameras.  After a two-year review period, the University of Minnesota Police Department...

UMN sees uptick in burglaries, police say

Published January 25, 2019

University of Minnesota and Minneapolis police departments responded to multiple assaults and thefts on and around campus this past week. Minneapolis police responded to a burglary at a local business...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

DWI arrests spike statewide over holiday season

Published January 21, 2019

A public safety campaign over the holidays resulted in more than 2,700 drunk driving arrests statewide by the University of Minnesota Police Department and other agencies. Between Nov. 21 and Dec. 29,...

“Silent seizures” may be connected to Alzheimer’s disease

Published December 13, 2018

The University of Minnesota is sponsoring a clinical trial of an anti-seizure medication after research by a University professor showed a link between some seizures and Alzheimer’s disease. Keith Vossel,...

Steven Fredericks (center), a post-doctoral associate in Professor Chris Hogan’s lab, manages most of the wind tunnel activities.

Recently donated wind tunnel to advance agriculture research at UMN

Published December 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s mechanical engineering department received a wind tunnel last month that will provide a new way to gain experience and learn new skills in agriculture research for undergraduate...

School of Public Health awarded $4 million for training program to improve patient care research

Published November 29, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, along with Hennepin Healthcare and Mayo Clinic, are collaborating on a new training program that will train healthcare researchers by embedding...

$13 million robotics labs open after renovations

Published November 20, 2018

The University of Minnesota unveiled newly-renovated robotics research labs that provide faculty and graduate students with various work spaces and resources. The 20,000-square-foot space, dubbed the Gemini-Huntley...

Immigration can change gut bacteria, recent UMN study finds

Published November 17, 2018

A recent study by University of Minnesota researchers discovered immigration to the U.S. can rapidly change the bacteria found in a person’s gut — findings that may shed light on the causes of high...