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Ancel Keys used these crude rates of Minneapolis mortality trends to illustrate the heart attack epidemic during a meeting to recruit a cohort of Twin City professional men for the first prospective Cardiovascular Disease epidemiology study.

Nutritionist Ancel Keys, once the pride of UMN research, presents a fat problem for modern science

May 4, 2018

In 1957, Ancel Keys and a team of researchers embarked on an ambitious, global mission to reverse the heart attack epidemic through studying diet. The University of Minnesota academic and his team traveled...

Rashad Bowman, 46, pokes his head out the sixth floor window at 11:40 a.m. after police fired gas into a room at the Graduate Hotel. 

The 38-hour standoff: Flash bangs, smoke and SWAT teams at the Graduate Hotel captivate University of Minnesota campus

February 1, 2018

Just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, 37 hours into a standoff, a pair of police flash bang grenades detonated inside 43-year-old Rashad Bowman’s hotel room on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. Police...

A man sits on the ledge of the sixth-floor window at 1:15 p.m. after two loud explosions were heard at 1:09 p.m. Police say the suspect is in the room and believe he is the only person in the room.

Suspect in Graduate Hotel standoff is in custody, police say

January 30, 2018

The suspect in the Graduate Hotel standoff in Stadium Village that started midnight Sunday and ended sometime after 1 p.m. on Tuesday is in custody, police said at 1:43 p.m. The standoff lasted over 37...

A man sits on the ledge of the sixth-floor window at 1:15 p.m. after two loud explosions were heard at 1:09 p.m. Police say the suspect is in the room and believe he is the only person in the room.

Explosions sound at Graduate Hotel

January 30, 2018

UPDATE: SUSPECT IN GRADUATE HOTEL STANDOFF IS IN CUSTODY, POLICE SAY (1:43 p.m.) Two loud explosions were seen and heard at 1:09 p.m. inside the sixth-floor window where the suspect in the Graduate Hotel...

Police are negotiating with at least one individual inside the Graduate Hotel as of Monday evening. “We’ve been talking to that individual and asking them to come out for some time now,” UMPD Police Chief Matt Clark said Monday morning.  

More than 30 hours later, Graduate Hotel situation continues

January 30, 2018

UPDATE: SUSPECT IN GRADUATE HOTEL STANDOFF IS IN CUSTODY, POLICE SAY (1:43 p.m.) A woman was released at around 8:30 p.m. from the room in East Bank’s Graduate Hotel where police have been embroiled...

Safety alert for the Graduate Hotel on East Bank reaches students

January 29, 2018


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False rumors of active shooter on campus have no basis, University officials say

December 14, 2017

Wednesday reports of an active shooter situation on campus were false, University of Minnesota officials said. A number of tweets published by students Wednesday evening spread the rumor that there was...

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, speaks at an event at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Over 20 Democratic senators have called on Franken to resign after a new sexual misconduct allegation surfaced Wednesday.

Amid new allegations, lawmakers call for Franken to resign

December 6, 2017

A mounting number of Democratic legislators in Minnesota and around the U.S. are calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign. The new effort came after multiple women accused Franken of sexual misconduct, starting...

A banner hangs outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

[Photo] Small group of students protest UMN administration at Coffman

September 13, 2017

A banner hangs outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Fire trucks and first responders cordon off a stretch of University Avenue Southeast where a bulldozer ruptured a gas line Monday. Around 100 people gathered to watch as responders addressed the leak.

Gas leak prompts evacuation near UMN

August 8, 2017

A bulldozer ruptured a gas line on 4th Street Southeast at around 3 p.m. Monday, causing evacuations near the University of Minnesota. The gas line was later shut off at around 6:30 p.m., according to...

A view of McDonald's in Dinkytown on Monday. On Sunday night, a person's car was stolen at gunpoint in the area.

Man carjacked at gunpoint near Dinkytown McDonald’s

June 26, 2017

A man had his car stolen at gunpoint in Dinkytown Sunday night.Just after 11 p.m., a suspect ran down the man with his own car after he tried to buy the assailant a meal.The victim, 25-years-old, had picked...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

University of Minnesota Police find dead body near Mariucci Arena

March 9, 2017

University of Minnesota police were seen carrying away a body near Mariucci and Ridder Arenas Thursday morning.The incident was seen at the corner of 5th Street Southeast and 17th Avenue...

A street view of the Alpha Epsilon Pi house from September 2016.

UMN Alpha Epsilon Pi member allegedly raped pledge

March 1, 2017

Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault by a University of Minnesota fraternity member who allegedly coerced a pledge into committing a sexual act late January. The accused student, a member...

Ashley Crook holds her nearly two-year-old daughter Charlotte in the Glendale Community Townhomes on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Competing interests have complicated future of Glendale Community Townhomes

February 13, 2017

Glendale Community Townhomes residents were mingling with their Prospect Park neighbors in 2014 when they heard second-hand their homes could disappear.Three years later, some residents of the public housing...

President Eric Kaler delivers his State of the University address at Coffman Union Theater on Thursday, March 7, 2016.

Kaler on boycott: ‘Every member of the University community deserves to be treated with respect’

December 16, 2016

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released a statement Friday evening in the wake of the Gophers football team's boycott, followed by an open letter to student-athletes co-authored by Athletics...

Amelia Gerrard holds a sign saying

Protesters barred from Sen. Amy Klobuchar post-election talk at McNamara

November 11, 2016

Protesters were blocked from a post-election discussion event at McNamara Alumni Center Thursday evening.University of Minnesota Police Department Chief Matt Clark ordered officers to bar the doors to...

Voters fill out ballots at First Congressional Church in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on the morning of Nov. 8, 2016.

University students turn out to vote early on Election Day

November 8, 2016

With students trickling into polling places, Election Day voting is in full-swing at the University of Minnesota.Many stopped by community centers, churches and other voting spots to cast ballots for the...

Man killed in Dinkytown stabbing

August 26, 2016

A man died Thursday evening after being stabbed in Dinkytown. Minneapolis and University of Minnesota Police responded to a call at 13th Avenue Southeast and University Avenue Southeast before 7:30...

After school year of protests, debate ensues

May 5, 2016

As controversial discussions on race and representation exploded on campuses nationwide, students and administrators have begun reconsidering what constitutes free speech in the modern arena of higher...

MSA decries administrative ‘intervention

March 10, 2016

Tensions rose between student leaders and administration after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released a statement hours before two contentious student resolutions reached discussion.      The...

Law School dean Wippman to leave

December 15, 2015

After serving in his position for seven years, the University of Minnesota Law School’s dean will leave his post at the end of the academic year.    David Wippman, who has led the nationally...

City votes down extra funding for 4th Precinct in new budget

December 14, 2015

The Minneapolis City Council passed its 2016 budget Wednesday, omitting a controversial last-minute amendment that drew crowds to the meeting.    The proposal, introduced by Mayor Betsy...

Leaders call for close eye on athletics

December 14, 2015

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has called for more financial oversight in the school’s athletics department after an internal audit released Tuesday revealed misuse of school...

Kaler calls for more financial oversight in Athletics

December 12, 2015

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has called for more financial oversight in the school’s Athletics Department after the release of an internal audit on Tuesday revealed misuse of school...

The Prospect Park Business Center stands at the future site of

Oasis on horizon for food desert

December 8, 2015

Areas near the University of Minnesota are littered with restaurants, but grocery stores are few and far away for students.   Community members and student leaders have long called for an oasis for...

Biz owner sued for sex assault

December 2, 2015

A civil complaint filed Monday accused a University-area business owner of sexual assault.   According to the complaint, Jason McLean, owner of Dinkytown’s Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity...

U student’s podcast ‘takes back’ female narrative

December 1, 2015

Half of the population could be using these products, but they’re rarely discussed out loud.   A new monthly podcast launched by University of Minnesota graduate student Elise Maxwell is aimed...

Members of SECIA, the Southeast Como Improvement Association, meet at Van Cleve Park on Tuesday. University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly member Hilary Lovelace, not pictured, was recently elected to a full-board position within the organization.

Student voices limited in neighborhoods

November 30, 2015

The groups that govern University of Minnesota neighborhoods have long sought the input of the many students who live in their communities.    But recruiting short-term residents has proved a...

Alumni association addresses memorial

November 24, 2015

Officials for the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Association sent an email to its members last Thursday after the group received complaints about the Minnesota Student Association’s Nov....

Anse Tamara Gray, the owner of the newly opened Day Break Press Global Bookstore in Stadium Village sits with the book she wrote herself.

Bookstore brings new perspective to campus

November 23, 2015

A new bookstore  near the University of Minnesota will fill a campus-area void for literature on Islam, women’s issues and social movements.   The Daybreak Press Global Bookshop set up...

Alumni association addresses memorial controversy

November 22, 2015

Officials with the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Association Thursday sent a letter via email to University alumni addressing a controversial issue on campus.  The email, written by Alumni...

MBA program to prep DC congressional staffers

November 18, 2015

Decades after introducing its last MBA program, the University of Minnesota is building a curriculum aimed at students almost a thousand miles away. The program, the Industry MBA, is specifically directed...

A Sun Country Airlines plane takes off from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday. Sun Country is one of many businesses positively affected by the lifting of the United States embargo against Cuba, whose planes are now open to transport customers to and from the country.

Carlson examines Cuba

November 16, 2015

The United States might lift 50-year-old sanctions on trade with Cuba, and the University of Minnesota is using the change as a teaching opportunity.   U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., spoke at the University’s...

US preps for Uterus transplants

November 13, 2015

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are working on a method to transplant uteruses in humans for the first time.   According to The New York Times, a team of six doctors there have already completed a...

Tate fire caused by electrical issue

November 11, 2015

Wednesday’s fire at the Tate Laboratory of Physics was caused by an electrical issue associated with the renovation of the 90-year-old building. The fire began at around 10:20 a.m. and three Minneapolis...

Food truck manager Becky Ramirez of Hot Indian Foods hands Dawn Knutson her tikka rice bowl on Thursday outside of Minneapolis City Hall. Hot Indian Foods was rated the

Food truck ordinance may loosen

November 10, 2015

When food trucks and farmers markets want to work together in Minneapolis, a three-step licensing process stands in the way.   But if two City Council members get their way, those requirements could...

The recently purchased 7West apartment building stands on the corner of S 2nd St. and 19th Ave. S on Wednesday afternoon.

7west apartments sell for twice the original value

November 5, 2015

The first multi-family apartment in Minneapolis to qualify for a popular environmental certification sold for nearly twice its original value last week.   But the actual impact the distinction had...

Working Families Agenda shifts focus to sick-leave

November 4, 2015

Minneapolis officials and residents expected a heated discussion on Wednesday over the controversial Working Families Agenda, a city policy aimed at protecting low-income workers.    Instead,...

Como’s new bread oven still preheating

October 28, 2015

The Southeast Como Improvement Association is halfway through construction of a bread oven   in the neighborhood’s FairShare Farm Community Garden.   The oven will be constructed from sustainable...


Chef fave eyes national spotlight

October 27, 2015

Antigoni “Tig” Sander McCloud grew up with a passion for two trades: cooking and show business.    The Dinkytown Kafe 421 co-owner became a Twin Cities television favorite seven years...

Morris student still missing

October 26, 2015

A University of Minnesota-Morris  student has been missing for more than a week, according to local law enforcement officials.    Laura Schwendemann, an 18-year-old from Starbuck, Minn.,...

City Council may accept funding for body cams

October 20, 2015

Minneapolis police could begin wearing body cameras while patrolling area neighborhoods, stirring debate among city leaders over whether the addition would impede on residents’ privacy.   A...

Zombies won’t be partying in Dinkytown

October 19, 2015

Partiers dressed as the undead took over the streets of downtown Minneapolis on Saturday as part of the city’s 11th annual Zombie Pub Crawl, an event that some say could benefit Dinkytown...

Sexual assault, harassment concerns involving football players surface

October 15, 2015

Allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and retaliation have surfaced regarding the University of Minnesota football team. The Star Tribune originally obtained email documents between University...

Former U student faces charges abroad

October 13, 2015

A photojournalist and former Minnesota Daily photographer could face up to five years in prison for carrying a bulletproof vest and helmet in Thailand.    Thai authorities told Hok Chun “Anthony”...

Blueprint Steering Committee Chair Natalie Reciputi speaks to Southeast Como residents at the 4th Blueprint Meeting at Van Cleve Park on Wednesday, September 30. The Como Blueprint is a small area plan designed for the Southeast Como neighborhood which aims to improve many aspects of the area over the coming years.

Como plans for the future

October 6, 2015

While neighborhoods like Prospect Park and Marcy-Holmes have commercialized in recent years, leaders in Southeast Como hope to keep high-rise apartments and bustling commercial areas out of the area.    The...

‘Innovation district’ could provide boost

October 1, 2015

New businesses, research centers and environmental innovations may dominate Prospect Park in the next five years if the Minneapolis City Council approves an innovation label for the area next week.   A...

Study: Internet ups hate crimes

September 30, 2015

Internet access could have led to a rise in racial hate crimes across the United States.    A study by a University of Minnesota researcher and other collaborators showed that racial hate crimes...

New apartment could hit Prospect Park

September 29, 2015

Two  new student luxury apartment complexes opened their doors to the University of Minnesota community this fall, and another could start construction this spring.   Plans for a six-story  apartment...

Alex Boehm (left) and Marcus Parkansky, cofounders of Misfit Coffee Company, prepare orders for customer on Tuesday in Dinkytown.

Food trucks stir up competition

September 24, 2015

Some business owners are using mobile establishments to sell their products amid the brick-and-mortar restaurants and cafes in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota.   Other business owners in...