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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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 University's 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

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

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 in Minneapolis.

MSA continues push to expand free light rail stops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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.

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

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...

Morgan La Casse

Robbery reported near campus for second consecutive day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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...