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ZAP reward program encourages city biking

Published May 2, 2012

  As long as the wind chill is above zero, David LaPorte rides his bike from Roseville to Minneapolis for work.  For the last four months LaPorte, a biochemistry professor at the University of...

Steve Orfield stands in the anechoic chamber located inside his research facility, Orfield Labaorties, located in the West Bank/Seward neighborhood.  The chamber was awarded a Guiness Book record for its negative decibel sound, and is often referred to as the worlds quietest room.  Orfield has long been noted for the testing and research done out of his facilities.

The quietest room on Earth

Published May 1, 2012

  Noise reverberates through one room in Orfield Laboratories. Down the hall, another room is deathly quiet. Orfield Laboratories Inc., less than two miles from the University of Minnesota’s...

Titanic II

Published April 30, 2012

 No, it's not another movie about the Titanic. It's another Titanic. An Australlian billionaire announced on Monday that he will build a high-tech replica of the Titanic and it will sail from...

Among others, Bob Dylan gets Medal of Freedom

Published April 26, 2012

Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright and John Glenn are all recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. This year's medals will be given at the White House by President Barack...

Drug-overdose antidote given to addicts free

Published April 26, 2012

There is a drug that counteracts the effects of heroin, OxyContin and other painkillers that has been used by emergency rooms and ambulances for years. Public health officials across the nation began distributing...

Lesbian Scout leader forced to resign

Published April 26, 2012

A lesbian den mother was thrown out of the Boy Scouts of America group because of the organizations ban on gays. Jennifer Tyrell was removed in April after she was asked to take over as treasurer of the...

Record holder of living with bullet in head dies

Published April 26, 2012

The man holding the record for living the longest with a bullet in his head died in California at 103.  William Lawlis Pace died at a nursing home on Monday, 94 years and six months after being accidently...

Dalai Lama visits Mayo Clinic

Published April 24, 2012

The Dalai Lama was a speaker at a panel discussion on the topic of "resilience through mindfulness" in Rochester, Minn. on Tuesday. The panel was put together by the Mayo Clinic's Mind Body...

Twin Cities to test terror attack plan May 6

Published April 24, 2012

On May 6 residents of the Twin Cities can expect to find an empty pill bottle in their mail boxes as a test drive to an antibiotic delivery system in the event of a bioterrorist attack in Minnesota. According...

Server Eric Peterson deliberates over what brand of beer to buy on Saturday at the Dinkytown Wine and Spirits Liquor Store. The store, which has been open since 1990, has its highest sales in beer.

Liquor store sales jump for Spring Jam

Published April 24, 2012

  A student walks into a liquor store, sees 300 cases of a new beer deal and texts all his buddies about it. That’s how Dinkytown Wine and Spirits gets its business. The store has always relied...

Number of illegal Mexican immigrants drops in US

Published April 23, 2012

Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades. The shift comes as many illegal workers already in the U.S. see fewer and fewer job opportunities...

Spring Jam brings in business for area stores

Published April 23, 2012

  With Spring Jam underway, Dinkytown businesses kept busy Friday and Saturday, taking advantage of the extra customers who were heading to the festival. Toppers Pizza held its first Worldwide Topperstix...

Businesses stay busy with Spring Jam weekend

Published April 20, 2012

The line at Hideaway went out the door on Friday afternoon.  The store had a 40 percent off everything deal for its annual 420 sale. On Saturday the store will have a 40 percent off hookah...

University of Colorado hopes to stop ‘420’ day activites

Published April 20, 2012

April 20, better known to some as "420," is unofficially known as a day for smoking and advocating the legalization of marijuana. At the University of Colorado Boulder, one of the biggest pro-pot...

Abortion bills pass Minn. House, Senate

Published April 19, 2012

  Two unrelated abortion bills passed the Minn. House and Senate on Wednesday. The house passed a bill requiring a woman to take an abortion pill, like RU-486, in the presence of a doctor, reported...

Judge of Trayvon Martin case quits due to conflict of interest

Published April 18, 2012

The judge of the Trayvon Martin case quit after the attorney for George Zimmerman cited a conflict of interest relating to her husband. Florida Circuit Judge Recksiedler stepped down because her husband...

Firework bill passes Minn. Senate

Published April 17, 2012

A bill allowing for more explosive fireworks passed the Minn. Senate 41-22 on Tuesday. The House version of the bill is waiting for a floor vote. Currently, the law only allows residents to purchase and...

Food freebies for tax day

Published April 17, 2012

Most people dread tax day but some restaurants are easing the pain of the day with free food giveaways. Mcdonald’s is handing out small french fries with any purchase. It’s an unlimited offer,...

US Labor Department hosts webinar for college seniors, young workers

Published April 17, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration is hosting a free webinar on April 18 to help college seniors and younger workers pay their debt and start saving. As part...

Explosives considered to free frozen cows from a cabin

Published April 17, 2012

A group of cows were found frozen in an old ranger cabin high in the Rocky Mountains and it may take explosives to dislodge them. Two Airforce Cadets found the carcasses while snow-shoeing up to the...

Taliban Commander turns self in for reward

Published April 17, 2012

A mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, Mohammad Ashan, walked up to a police checkpoint holding a "Wanted" poster with his face on it. He demanded the finders fee of $100 written...

TV for your dog

Published April 17, 2012

Filmakers have created a TV show just for man's best friend. DogTV is eight-hours of on-demand cable TV programming designed to keep your dog relaxed, stimulated and entertained while you are...

Shuttle Discovery takes last flight

Published April 17, 2012

The space shuttle, Discovery, took it's last flight Tuesday over Washington D.C. before being delivered to the Smithsonian Museum for permanent display. The shuttle took off flying piggyback on Nasa's...

Self-described grease monkey Brent Fuqua uses parts from other cycles that have been abandoned or confiscated to put together a bike Tuesday in front of Northrop. Re-Cycle assembles these “Frankenstein” bikes and sells them to the public at a cheap price.

ReUse-A-Palooza offers used bikes at low cost

Published April 17, 2012

  Bikes and people crowded Northrop Plaza on Tuesday for the first-ever ReUse-A-Palooza. The event was part of the University of Minnesota’s 15th annual Beautiful U Day, a campus cleanup event,...

I-94 closed due to suicide threat

Published April 16, 2012

 Police officers responded to an emergency situation on Interstate 94 near the Lyndale Avenue bridge, causing traffic to pile up. Witnesses called in a man threatening to jump from the bridge into...

Kevin Groenjes, boB Feyereisen, and Benjamin VandenWymelenberg work on the design of their upcoming product, Woodchuck for Beats by Dr. Dre, on Sunday near the Southeast Como neighborhood. VandenWymelenberg and Groenjes, who are seniors at the University, create wood cases for iPhones, Macbooks, and iPads.

U students draw on love of outdoors to build company selling wooden cases for electronics

Published April 16, 2012

  Ben VandenWymelenberg spent a lot of time in the 250 acres of woods surrounding his house while growing up. Now, he’s bringing those woods to his electronic life. Partnering with a friend,...

South Korea says North Korea launched long-range rocket

Published April 12, 2012

South Korean defense officials said North Korea fired a long-range rocket early Friday, reported the Associated Press. This defys previous international warnings against a launch widely seen as a provocation. In...

Metro Transit aims to reform commutes

Published April 12, 2012

  Kevin Jack calls himself a part-time driver. A resident of St. Paul, Minn., he often commutes to work by bus. But starting this month, frustrated by high gas prices and traffic jams, Jack is joining...

UMD play upsets Catholics

Published April 10, 2012

A play scheduled for next week by the University of Minnesota Duluth has Catholics objecting because of its criticism of Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. The play, "The Deputy", a 1963 script,...

Connecticut 5-year-old brings heroin for show and tell

Published April 10, 2012

A kindergarten boy showed off fifty packets of heroin for show and tell on Monday. According to the Connecticut Post,  the boy's stepfather was arrested when he came to retrieve the drugs. The...

7th graders save bus

Published April 10, 2012

MILTON, Wash.-- Two seventh grade boys helped gain control of a bus when the driver suffered a medical emergency Monday morning. Jeremy Wuitschick was returning to school on Monday after spring break when...

Best Buy Co. CEO resigns

Published April 10, 2012

Best Buy Co. CEO Brian Dunn announced his resignition from the retailer. The company announced on Tuesday that the decision was mutual and there were no disagreements with Dunn on any matter, according...

From left to right, incoming editor in chief Cali Owings, incoming president Morgan Hay-Chapman and incoming business operations officer Nathan Moen will lead the Minnesota Daily for 2012-13.

Daily announces leaders for new year

Published April 10, 2012

The Minnesota Daily’s Board of Directors  officially selected the new Office of the Publisher  members for 2012-13. Nathan Moen, Cali Owings  and Morgan Hay-Chapman  will take...

Lowest unemployment rate goes uncelebrated

Published April 6, 2012

According to the numbers released Friday morning, the unemployment rate is at 8.2 percent-- the lowest since January of 2009. But the number is not being celebrated. According to the Washington Post,...

Some 2012 college admission rates at all-time low

Published April 5, 2012

Nearly all eight of the Ivy league institutions in the United States, among many other colleges across the country, reported all-time low percentages of students accepted for next year. Despite having...

U hosts sustainability competitions

Published April 5, 2012

The University of Minnesota is soon to become one of 17 schools worldwide hosting an innovation sustainability challenge for its students. The Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award program ...

Pete Lebak waits for customers in front of his one-chair barbershop Saturday on University Avenue. Despite a drop in business during light-rail construction, Lebak is determined to keep his shop operating, as he has done for the last 32 years.

Amid light-rail construction, barber relies on regulars

Published April 3, 2012

  The barber shop doesn’t have a cash register or a computer. The space is filled with deer heads, old chairs and plants. At Pete Lebak Barber Stylist, a haircut is $12 flat. Pete Lebak, 74,...

Kinesiology junior Kristin Tyler, strategic communications junior Elli Norberg and biology junior Colleen Mooney, from left to right, enjoy frozen yogurt Monday at Chilly Billy’s. The Dinkytown frozen yogurt shop celebrated its first anniversary with 50 percent off all frozen yogurt creations.

Chilly Billy’s celebrates first birthday

Published April 2, 2012

  Pink, brown and white frozen yogurt oozed from machines as students lined-up for discount treats in celebration of Chilly Billy’s first birthday. For 46 cents an ounce, customers have the...

California community college to charge more for in-demand classes

Published March 29, 2012

Community college students are constantly in a battle for the classes they need and want, whether it be for credit to get into a four-year university or the need for certain job training skills. A California...

Thrown: A punch and puppies

Published March 29, 2012

Police in Anoka County arrested a man for punching his girlfriend, who retaliated with throwing 1-week-old pit bulls at him. Both are in the Anoka County Jail, according to the Pioneer Press. David Peter...

Medical marijuana store sets up shop in D.C.

Published March 29, 2012

A company providing supplies for growing medical marijuana will be setting up shop Friday only a few miles from the White House.  WeGrow first opened in Sacremento last year by...

Daily Digest: St. Thomas loses law school rank, ‘Anchorman’ sequel, Arab League meeting

Published March 29, 2012

St. Thomas School of Law lost its ranking spot on the U.S. News and World Report magazine list of "Best Law Schools" after an error in the schools reports. The school's No. 119...

Elephant on the run in Ireland

Published March 29, 2012

A 2.5 ton circus elephant broke away from its handlers and ran loose in Cork, Ireland Wednesday afternoon. The 40-year-old elephant, named Baby, was filmed galloping through a mall parking lot, narrowly...

Best Buy to close 50 stores, cut 400 jobs

Published March 29, 2012

Best Buy Co. announced Thursday they will close 50 stores across the United States and cut over 400 jobs, mostly at the company's headquarters, by fiscal year 2013. After losing $1.7 billion...

Downtown criminal ‘flash mobs’ keep police alert

Published March 27, 2012

Police patrolling Nicollet Mall on Friday chased 15 to 20 youth after they attacked a group of bicyclists. According to a criminal complaint there have been "numerous, recent 'flash mobs'...

Creative Director Colin McSteen, Web Director Brett Bartley, and Business Director Maxwell Arndt showcase art prints from their new business called Swag Brewery.

U grad turns love of beer into business

Published March 26, 2012

  Craft beer lovers can now wear their passion on their sleeves — or even their ears. Swag Brewery, founded by a University of Minnesota graduate and his friend, sells merchandise for craft...

$100 million plan to convert Pillsbury A-Mill into artist housing

Published March 25, 2012

The Pillsbury A-Mill stopped running over a decade ago but the building still stands with the Mississippi River running right through the bottom of the building. Now Dominium Co. plans to convert the building...

Lawmakers could lose drunk driving immunity

Published March 23, 2012

Concordia University students are trying to change a law that currently grants lawmakers the privilege to drive drunk to and from the capitol during session. The Minnesota constitution currently excuses...

Lakeville dad who left 11-year-old gets joint custody

Published March 22, 2012

The father who left his 11-year-old son to go to California will recieve joint custody with the boy's mother. Steven Cross, 60, and his ex-wife Katik Porter, 39, will share joint legal and physical...

Yale University trains girl’s body to grow new parts

Published March 22, 2012

  Angela Irizarry was born with only one pumping heart chamber. In August, doctors at Yale University performed experimental surgery to grow a new vessel by implanting a bioabsorbable tube in Angela's...

From left, Principal of Athenaeum Group David Ly consults with Pre-Med American Medical Student Association President Holly Bui along with TEDxUMN director Dustin Huibregtse on Thursday at Coffman Union.

Athenaeum aids student group legacies

Published March 21, 2012

  TEDxUMN members want their group to exist on campus for a long time, but founders are worried the organization will fall apart when they leave the University of Minnesota. It’s a common issue...

Pinterest boards attract one local business

Published March 19, 2012

  Chilly Billy’s Frozen Yogurt is jumping on the  Pinterest bandwagon with pins of flavors and toppings on five boards. The frozen yogurt shop is the first store in Dinkytown to follow...

Wayne Adermann drives his route 3 bus through Dinkytown on Thursday. Adermann, 64, has been
driving Metro Transit buses for 20 years.

Metro Transit: One day behind the wheel of the 3

Published March 6, 2012

  The 3A takes a right-hand turn with care, rumbling from West Maryland Avenue to Rice Street on its usual route from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul. “Those are hard corners to make,”...

The Chinese American Student Association performs a dance routine Friday in the Great Hall of Coffman Union.

Student groups celebrate culture

Published March 5, 2012

  Shouts of excitement greeted guests as they walked through the archway of a cultural colosseum. Friday night, 15 multicultural greek chapters along with a few other multicultural student organizations...

App will help blind, visually impaired navigate streets

Published February 28, 2012

A University of Minnesota researcher is developing an app that would tell the blind and visually-impaired not only when to cross the street, but which direction they’re going and how many lanes they...

Simone Wai, a chapter core member of Students Today Leaders Forever, paints the interior of an apartment building in South Minneapolis on Wednesday. STLF partnered with Project for Pride in Living to

Painters today, leaders forever

Published February 23, 2012

Butter-colored paint crusted over the fingers of three University of Minnesota students painting the walls of an apartment hallway. On Wednesday afternoon, three members of the Students Today, Leaders...

The Stadium Village Arby

With lease ending in 2014, Arby’s has uncertain future

Published February 15, 2012

A property management company bought the plot of land housing the Arby’s on Washington Avenue, which could drive out the restaurant from the University of Minnesota area. Arby’s lease ends...

Sororities at U, nationwide outraged about reality TV portrayal

Published February 14, 2012

Across the country, sororities are in an uproar about the new TLC show, “Sorority Girls” –– a reality show featuring five American girls trying to start Britain’s first sorority. “Sorority...

App offers discounts in U area

Published February 6, 2012

  About 2,500 University of Minnesota students looking for deals at campus-area restaurants are using a new app developed by a team of University students and alumni. With College ByME, an app launched...

University businesses feel uptick of fake money

Published February 1, 2012

Carson Powers never had formal training, but he knows a counterfeit bill when he sees one. Since he started working at Erbert and GerbertâÄôs in Coffman Union last fall, heâÄôs been handed...

Marcy-Holmes neighborhood group looks to add student involvement committee

Published January 24, 2012

A University of Minnesota neighborhood is seeking to increase involvement from its student residents. Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association is working to establish a Student Involvement Committee, following...

Senator Al Franken discusses STEM programs Tuesday afternoon at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Franken stresses value of STEM skills

Published January 18, 2012

U.S. Sen. Al Franken kicked off the Humphrey School of Public AffairsâÄô new policy discussion series Tuesday. Speaking to a full auditorium of mostly faculty, Franken focused on the importance...

Head of U’s Crookston campus to retire June 30

Published January 18, 2012

University of Minnesota, Crookston Chancellor Charles Casey announced Tuesday he will retire this summer. Crookston, with 1,600 undergraduate students, is one of the five campuses in the UniversityâÄôs...

Crookston chancellor announces retirement plans

Published January 17, 2012

University of Minnesota, Crookston Chancellor Charles Casey announced Tuesday he will be retiring this summer. Crookston is one of the five campuses in the Univerity's state-wide system, with...

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