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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks during the United Black Legislative Caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

Walz taps Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead case on George Floyd’s killing

June 1, 2020

 Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is taking the lead in any prosecutions related to the killing of George Floyd, per the request of Gov. Tim Walz.  Walz said during a press conference...

A demonstrator holds up a rose at the protest at Government Plaza in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 28.

Chauvin charged in killing of George Floyd

May 29, 2020

One of the officers fired earlier this week in the killing of George Floyd was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, according to Hennepin County Attorney...

Tommie Daye, owner of Urban Jungle, spray paints “Stop the Violence” on his boarded-up shop window in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Thursday, May 28. 

Businesses near UMN boarded up in response to riots across the Twin Cities

May 29, 2020

Many businesses around the University of Minnesota campus shut down and were boarded up Thursday afternoon in preparation for potential protests, riots and looting.  The closures came after two days...

Protesters clash with police outside of the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct on Minnehaha Avenue on Tuesday, May 26. The protest was in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. 

Thousands march to protest police brutality after death of George Floyd

May 27, 2020

With most donning masks, thousands of people marched in South Minneapolis on Tuesday evening to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd, 47, died in police custody Monday after a white police officer...

A trash bin adorned with the silhouette of Minneapolis is half buried in snow in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

New charges filed against Marcy-Holmes suspected serial rapist

May 8, 2020

Three new charges were filed against Jory D. Wiebrand Thursday. Wiebrand, 34, is a suspected serial rapist who police believe to be responsible for numerous sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults...

Sarah*, who began using the site SeekingArrangement to help compensate for lost wages after being laid off, poses for a portrait near campus on Monday, May 4.  

Stuck at home and unemployed, some students seek out sugar dating for companionship, financial support

May 7, 2020

Sarah* typically uses dating sites like Tinder and Bumble. When she got laid off from her full-time job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she figured she may as well try getting paid to date online. After...

Smith Hall stands empty during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and in 1918, the year the influenza outbreak commonly known as the

Closures, delays and contagion: How UMN’s 1918 influenza pandemic response mirrors COVID-19 efforts today

March 29, 2020

Many restaurants are closed, public gatherings are prohibited and classrooms at the University of Minnesota sit empty, despite it being the middle of the semester. It is not 2020 — it is fall 1918, and...

Sarah Mai

UMN plans to formally recognize campus placement on Indigenous land

March 16, 2020

Plans are underway for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to release a land acknowledgement statement, which would recognize that the campus resides on Dakota homeland.  The Twin Cities campus...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

University of Minnesota system moves to online-only instruction

March 11, 2020

Amid growing concerns about COVID-19, the University of Minnesota has suspended in-person instruction across all system campuses through at least April 1. The University is moving to online or alternative...

Amid COVID_19 concerns, University system moves to online-only instruction

March 11, 2020

   The University of Minnesota suspended in-person instruction across all system campuses through at least April 1, according to an email from President Joan Gabel sent to faculty, students and...

Morgan La Casse

A step to rebuild relationships: U hires director of tribal relations

December 12, 2019

The University of Minnesota appointed the first-ever senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations late last month to help build relationships between local tribes and the University.  Tadd...

Students and faculty march towards Morrill Hall as part of the UMN Climate Strike on Friday, Dec. 6. Those in attendance criticized the University’s policies on fossil fuel usage.

U student group: UMN should declare a climate crisis, divest from fossil fuels

December 8, 2019

A new University of Minnesota student group held a march Friday to demand the University divest from fossil fuels and do more to address the climate crisis. A group of more than 50 students and community...

A crane picks up trash to be distributed in bins and transported to the incinerator at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Let’s talk trash: U reduces 1,000 tons of waste

December 5, 2019

As a result of efforts to be less wasteful, the University of Minnesota has decreased the amount of garbage generated on campus annually by about 1,000 tons over the past decade. In fiscal year 2019, the...

Jeannine Cavender-Bares discusses the effects of burning different land plots at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel on Saturday, Sept. 9 2018. The center recently turned 75 years old and teaches scientists the current understanding of biodiversity and its importance. 

Art exhibit in Coffman Union highlights work at the U’s Cedar Creek

November 24, 2019

A new exhibit at Coffman Union is using art to show the research being done at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.  The reserve is a University biological research...

Sean Connaughty, a University art professor, explains his proposal for adding new rice fields around Lake Hiawatha to improve water quality at the White Page gallery in South Minneapolis on Friday, Nov. 19. The lake, formerly called Rice Lake, is critical habitat for wildlife and has been deeply impaired by storm water pollution from South Minneapolis. 

Professor uses art, Indigenous knowledge to highlight local lake

November 20, 2019

A University of Minnesota professor, who has removed thousands of pounds of trash from Minneapolis’ Lake Hiawatha, has teamed up with people in the Indigenous community to shed light on pollution in...

A distribution tunnel dug during the construction of the original building at the beginning of the twentieth century remains beneath the Main Energy Plant on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Meet the Main Energy Plant: a hidden world reducing University emissions

November 18, 2019

Tucked away near the Mississippi River over by Sanford Hall lies the University of Minnesota’s Main Energy Plant, which is responsible for supplying energy to the Minneapolis campus. The plant uses a...

A blacklegged tick used in research on tick-borne pathogens at the University of Minnesota crawls across a petri dish in the Hodson Hall tick lab on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.

Suitcase-sized labs make science mobile

November 13, 2019

A University of Minnesota researcher is using a novel concept to conduct research: miniature labs.  Rather than bring materials to a laboratory for analyzing and testing, Peter Larsen is transporting...

Zhenming Xiem, left. and Woongsun Jeon, right, pose for a portrait in the Mechanical Engineering building on Monday, Nov. 4. Xiem and Jeon have been working on a prototype bike system since 2015 to help improve cyclist safety.

University researchers using bike alert system to examine bicyclist safety

November 7, 2019

With the goal of reducing bike-car collisions, University of Minnesota researchers have designed a bike that alerts drivers when their car gets close to bikers. Researchers in the Laboratory for Innovations...

Morgan La Casse

University initiative works to include Indigenous perspective into humanities work

November 7, 2019

An initiative through the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study is working to promote Indigenous perspectives in the humanities.  The Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community...

Brochures about the Islamic faith sit on a shelf inside Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 21.

Researchers explore why religion is lacking in “broad conversations” at UMN

October 27, 2019

During a time when religion and religious identities are changing, researchers Jeanne Kilde and Virajita Singh are exploring the role of religion in the workplace and the religious rights of University...

Sophomore Bradley Hartwyk works on an assignment in Walter Library on Friday, Oct. 26. The University's decision to transition lights to LEDs in heavy-traffic buildings is one initiative driven by its goal of eliminating 100 percent of carbon emissions by 2050. 

UMN flips the switch on climate action

October 27, 2019

Most students who spend time in Walter Library have probably not noticed that the building's light fixtures have been converted to energy-efficient light bulbs ⁠— even the chandeliers. To reduce how...

Wendy Pradt Lougee, University librarian and dean of libraries, poses for a portrait in Wilson Library on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

A pioneer of digital libraries: Wendy Pradt Lougee retires from her longtime legacy as University librarian

October 24, 2019

Wendy Pradt Lougee has had quite an impact at the University of Minnesota, leading one of the nation’s top research library systems into the digital era.  For almost two decades, Lougee has been...

From left, Kyungsoo Yoo, Len Kne, Darrell Gerber and Melinda Kernile explore the mapping of data regarding drinking water supply with ArcGIS in the Collaborative Research Studio in Wilson Library on Friday, Oct. 11.

A roundup of some of UMN’s efforts around environmental justice

October 15, 2019

Environmental justice involves analyzing the environment through a social justice lens, and the term is gaining popularity at the University of Minnesota. But what is environmental justice? There are numerous...

First year students Annika Cushnyr, left, and Tori Seaver, right, study in Mondale Hall on Monday, Oct. 7.

UMN Law School sees largest first-year class in almost a decade

October 10, 2019

This fall, the University of Minnesota Law School saw its largest entering juris doctorate class in eight years. The school is recovering after a decline in enrollment following the 2008 recession.   Reasons...

Kameron Duncanson, a farmer with the KD2 Farms Partnership and a University of Minnesota alumni, uproots a soybean plant to point out its characteristics on his farm in Mapleton, Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. He says that the abundance of rain this growing season has made harvesting more difficult, but that he and other farmers are not unfamiliar with these challenges. 

As Minnesota farmers deal with another wet year, UMN researchers try to help

October 7, 2019

Minnesota has experienced one of its wettest years yet, which has made it difficult for many farmers to get into the fields and do their job — something University of Minnesota researchers are trying...

From left, Eric Dorland, Olivia Crull, Étienne Magdalen and Sondos Ibrahin congregate for a sit-in protest outside President Joan Gabel's office on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. The group, representing Students for a Democratic Society, studied and shared donuts and coffee in the office lobby. (Liam Armstrong / Minnesota Daily)

Students host ‘study-in’ outside Gabel’s office

October 5, 2019

Textbooks in hand, members of the student group Students for a Democratic Society held a sit-in outside University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel’s office Friday morning. The students are calling...

Sarah Mai

‘Manoomin’ brings together UMN researchers and tribal members

October 3, 2019

For the past two years, River Spry has ventured out in his canoe to harvest wild rice. Spry, a forestry technician for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Minnesota, said harvesting...

Morgan La Casse

UMN adds new major, looking to increase environmental education

September 22, 2019

As part of a larger push to broaden environmental education, a University of Minnesota department launched a new major this fall that explores interactions between humans and the geological environment. The...

Hailee Schievelbein

Going against the grain: UMN researchers ramp up commercialization efforts for wheat substitute

September 15, 2019

A wheatgrass commonly known as “Kernza” is becoming more popular as research and commercialization around it continue to expand. Kernza, which some researchers describe as a “distant cousin to wheat,"...

A frozen colony of bumblebees is seen on a table in Dr. Vera Krischik's lab in Hodson Hall on Tuesday, March 26.

The buzz around bees moves to public spaces

September 12, 2019

“What is your perception of flowering bee lawns?” University of Minnesota graduate student Hannah Ramer spent a summer in parks around the Twin Cities, surveying visitors about their perception of...

Brian Palik, site lead for the Cutfoot Experimental Forest, points out different types of trees at the Cutfoot Experimental Forest on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

Research explores strategies for how forests can adapt to climate change

September 10, 2019

Red pine trees stand tall throughout the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota. This forest may look completely different in the next century due to climate change, and a University of Minnesota...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

U reaches new high: class on cannabis debuts this fall

September 2, 2019

A new class available at the University of Minnesota this fall aims to teach students about an often-controversial topic: cannabis. An undergraduate course in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics,...

Elizabeth Borer's ecological research plots are nested against the forest line on a protected portion of research facility land on Friday, May 3.

UMN researchers lead global study on human impact on ecosystems

May 6, 2019

A new research project announced late last month will study the effects of human impact on the planet, which includes the disturbance of ecosystems and their ability to recover.  The goal of the project,...

University President Eric Kaler speaks about sustainability at Mondale Hall on the West Bank campus on Wednesday, April 24 during the announcement that the University has installed nine solar gardens around campus.

University adds solar panel sites around campus

April 29, 2019

A newly constructed structure topped with solar panels that towers over the Mondale Hall parking lot is part of the University of Minnesota’s efforts to increase renewable energy production on campus. On...

Barthollomew Presby makes environmental-friendly shirts at the Environmental Justice Earth Day celebration in Northrop Mall on Friday, April 19. 

A history of UMN students’ Earth Day advocacy

April 22, 2019

Students and community members filled the lawn outside Northrop Auditorium Friday afternoon to support environmental initiatives and celebrate nearly 50 years of Earth Day.  Fighting climate change...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Student-led coalition brings together sustainable student groups

April 11, 2019

A student-led coalition is providing a platform for sustainability and social justice-focused groups at the University of Minnesota and the local community.  The Sustainability Network Coalition is...

Faculty, students working to map out environmental education at the U

April 8, 2019

A student push for more education on environmental justice led University of Minnesota researchers to reevaluate how the environment and social equality are incorporated into the school's curriculum.  The...

University program funds and supports student projects

April 4, 2019

Last month, University of Minnesota graduate student Michele Girard won a grant to continue funding a project she has been working on for years: building a sustainable water system that provides clean...

A frozen colony of bumblebees sits on a table in Dr. Vera Krischik's lab in Hodson Hall on Tuesday, March 26. The queen bee is seen on top, marked with a green dot. Bumblebee queens are solely responsible for starting a colony, making them more susceptible to the affects of pesticides like neonicotinoids.

Minnesota’s buzzin’ about bees

March 28, 2019

Initiatives to conserve Minnesota's pollinator population are being rolled out locally and statewide.  Pollinators, including types of bees and other insects, have been declining in recent years,...

UMN researchers examine how climate change affects state’s water

March 25, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers are examining the value of water in Minnesota by downscaling global climate models to a local level and mapping how climate change will affect water resources in the...