Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Norah Kleven

All content by Norah Kleven
A picnic plate of fruit kebabs and shrimp spring rolls in Nicollet Island Pavilion on Tuesday, June 9. (Audrey Rauth / Minnesota Daily)

College kitchen: The best picnic recipes and spots for a social distancing get-together

Published June 11, 2020

In the age of social distancing, there aren’t many options for social interaction more appealing than having a picnic.  Here is a painless picnic spread and some appealing picnic spots worth visiting...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Review: ‘Rick and Morty’ Season Four starts rocky, saved in the final five episodes

Published June 3, 2020

The fourth season of Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” came to a close on Sunday night.  The animated adult comedy revolves around the Smith family and the intergalactic adventures of grandfather...

Katie Kroeck, a local tattoo and visual artist, paints while Colin Udvig DJs during the first episode of Saturday Cartoons, which was livestreamed on PaulChangStreams Twitch channel on Saturday, May 23.

Now streaming: Saturday morning cartoons and live DJs

Published June 2, 2020

A new livestream is pairing electronic music with live art creation and your Saturday morning coffee.   Saturday Cartoons is hosted on the Twitch streaming platform  Saturdays from 10 a.m. to...

Demonstrators gather near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street at a memorial established for George Floyd on Friday, May 29.

Minneapolis artists memorialize George Floyd in murals

Published June 2, 2020

Though the Twin Cities has fallen on dark days, local artists are offering a beacon of hope through public works of art in remembrance of George Floyd. “I Can Breathe Now” By now, many have seen this...

A selection of herbs at Gertens greenhouse and nursery in Inver Grove Heights on Sunday, May 1. Herbs are a forgiving option for first time gardeners.

Easy-to-grow plants for the student gardener

Published May 6, 2020

There is no time like the present to cultivate your own garden. Though many businesses have closed their doors, gardening centers are essential businesses and still open.  Steve Miles, Hennepin County...

Craving a cold one? Breweries near campus now deliver

Craving a cold one? Breweries near campus now deliver

Published April 27, 2020

In light of statewide closures, some of Minneapolis’ best breweries have taken steps to offer alcoholic beverages to-go and by delivery.  Some students have happily been taking advantage of this...

Jeremiah Broadway poses for a portrait in Dinkytown on Sunday, April 19. Artist Lizzo recognized him publicly on TikTok with a response video to his mix of “Good as Hell” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” The video has received 7.2 over million likes.

With praise from Lizzo, Minneapolis producer JBroadway is poised for success

Published April 22, 2020

Jeremiah Broadway is no stranger to being a viral sensation. Known by his artist name JBroadway, you may have heard his remix of Beyoncé’s “Check On It” or seen TikTok star Charli D’Amelio dance...

Shuang Cheng is still providing takeout for customers on Friday, April. 10

Hungry? These restaurants near campus are still open for takeout or delivery

Published April 14, 2020

As the days become longer and we have nowhere to be but home, we may be telling ourselves it’s time to start cooking real, homemade meals. But let’s admit it — we all miss the experience of sitting...

The exterior of the Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, as seen on Friday, Nov. 8.

Minneapolis art museums offer virtual experiences

Published April 8, 2020

Life indoors can be dull. But luckily, Minneapolis’s premier art centers are taking steps to provide virtual gallery experiences, live streams, artist lectures and more. Here is where to get your social...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Students are turning to Tinder more than ever, thanks to social distancing

Published March 29, 2020

With human interaction practically removed from everyday life, some University of Minnesota students have taken to Tinder to keep themselves entertained.  In a bid to support users during these lonely...

Courtesy of Jane Ahmann.

Plain Jain: local, affordable and eco-friendly fashion

Published March 27, 2020

For Jane Ahmann, style doesn’t come from online retailers or the fast fashion trends of the season.  It’s found in bins at local thrift stores.  Ahmann is the second year University of Minnesota...

Chelsea Cutler.

Exclusive Q&A: Chelsea Cutler talks her early 20s, career goals

Published March 16, 2020

With Chelsea Cutler's First Avenue mainroom debut in the books, she has a long list of tour stops planned for the upcoming months.  But despite her success and ascension to stardom, Cutler maintains...

Photo Courtesy of Ted Ektanitphong

Student filmmakers bring apocalyptic vision to life for local festival

Published March 5, 2020

Midterms are nearing, but something far more insidious is coming for the characters in “Final Moments,” a short film produced by a group of University of Minnesota students.  The seven minute...

Actress Sushma Saha tries out a new means of transportation during a break at a rehearsal for Interstate at MixedBlood Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The production, created by Kit Yan and Melissa Li, follows the experiences of two trans people, navigating a myriad of cultural issues.

Minnesota theaters welcome a first-ever ‘Jubilee’ year

Published February 24, 2020

Theater's ever-evolving persona is taking a turn this year as one group looks to change the conversation about diversity in produced works. The Jubilee is a year-long theater festival which invites participants...

Minnesota Daily Reporter Norah Kleven mixes Valentine’s Day themed cocktails in her home on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Cocktails and playlists for every Valentine’s Day #mood

Published February 13, 2020

Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday which many people – with or without a significant other – write off. But no matter how your Valentine’s Day shapes up, we’ve got the music and the drinks to...

Elizabeth Groshens, a frequent United Noodles customer, shops on Thursday, Jan. 30. Groshens says that after returning from a recent trip to Japan, United Noodles offers the ingredients that a store like Cub Foods cannot.

Three local grocery stores worth your time and money

Published February 6, 2020

If you are fed up with being fed by large corporations, look no further than the Seward and Northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Both neighborhoods are rich with diverse markets and family-owned grocery...

Monica Tran “feeds” the lion during the Lion Dance performed by Hu’s Lucky Lion Dance Team while attending the Lunar New Year celebration at University Food Hall with her father Vu Tran on Sunday, Jan. 26. “Feeding” the lion, either with friuts or with rewards for the lion troupe, is a tradition to bring prosperity and good luck in the coming year.

Dinkytown’s new food hall opens its doors to celebrate the Lunar New Year

Published January 30, 2020

The year of the rat is officially upon us. On Sunday, there was scarcely an empty stomach or frown in sight as people from across the Twin Cities celebrated the arrival of “chun jie” — or, Chinese...

A crowd dances inside Loring Bar & Restaurant in Dinkytown.

What to expect from first “Discover Dinkytown: Winter Wander” event

Published January 23, 2020

Dinkytown — a neighborhood more than 100 years old — has long held a special place in the hearts of University of Minnesota students, business owners and residents.  In an effort to build community,...

Holiday cookies on display on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

College kitchen: make winter break a sweet one

Published December 12, 2019

The holidays are marked by snow, cheer and most importantly: desserts. Here are some easy-to-follow recipes to test out in your kitchen this weekend.  Sugar cookies Sugar cookies are simple, lovable...

Artist and teacher Ifrah Mansour looks at a miniature Aqal, a traditional nomadic Somali hut, she created an exhibit she  hosted at the Walker Art Center on Saturday, Dec 7. A Somali refugee herself, Mansour aims to create art that promotes social justice.

Walker Art Center event celebrates Somali culture with art, storytelling

Published December 9, 2019

On Saturday at the Walker Art Center, parents, children and patrons created their own artwork in celebration of Somali culture.  Every month since 1991, the Walker Art Center hosts “Free First Saturdays”...

Morgan La Casse

Shop local this holiday season, with a student’s budget

Published December 5, 2019

Weisman Art Museum Shop Among the most accessible shopping options for University of Minnesota students is the Weisman Art Museum Shop.  The shop sells unique knick-knacks, ceramics, stationery and...

Morgan La Casse and Hailee Schievelbein

Coldplay releases thought-provoking eighth studio album, “Everyday Life”

Published December 2, 2019

After a four year hiatus, Coldplay has reminded the world that they are indeed still here. The acclaimed British rock band, which built a name for itself with tracks like “Viva La Vida," ”The Scientist”...

Cornbread, turkey and mashed potatoes.

College kitchen: Thanksgiving on a student budget

Published November 27, 2019

Many college students might think a Thanksgiving spread is out of their reach. But, a Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to take all day to prepare, and it also doesn’t have to break the bank.  Try...

Magdalena Kaluza, one of the contributing artists at the Power of Vision Gallery Exhibit discusses a mural that was was worked on from April to September on Thursday, Nov.21. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Local artists, activists, community members gather to celebrate 4,000-square-foot mural

Published November 25, 2019

Artists, activists and members of the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis celebrated the opening of the Power of Vision Gallery Exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Nov. 21. The exhibit highlights...

Jim Brenk, left, and Cameron Dickison, right, who make up the electronic music duo Niles Shepard, pose for a portrait in their studio space next to Bauhaus Brew Labs on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Minneapolis electronic duo Niles Shepard reaches for the “Moon, Man”

Published November 21, 2019

A year and a half ago, music-loving pals Jim Brenk and Cameron Dickison realized that together, they could manifest their dreams.  The Minnesota natives met in the electronic music scene through friends...

Saxophonist Tyler Allix performs with JackTrash as the group JTandT at REV Ultra Lounge on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Inside the world of EDM: The rise of Sound in Motion

Published November 18, 2019

When you walk into an electronic dance music show, don’t expect a traditional concert experience. LED screens display other-worldly scenes or patterns, lasers and lighting frame the stage and the bass...

Hailee Schievelbein

Haunted Twin Cities hotspots with Dangerous Linda

Published October 31, 2019

On a dark October evening at The Saint Paul Hotel, Linda Lee, better known as Dangerous Linda to the supernatural community, told the stories of the Twin Cities’ most prolific paranormal hotspots.  Dangerous...

Connor Simone, a part-time student and full-time trainee at TU Dance, performs at the University Recreation and Wellness Center on Sunday, Oct. 27. 

UMN student Connor Simone is leaping into the professional dance scene

Published October 27, 2019

An appreciation for movement, art and technology are a few of the characteristics that define Connor Simone.  Now in his senior year at the University of Minnesota, Simone studies dance and computer...

Sarah Mai

Halloween roundup: Where to get your spook on this weekend

Published October 24, 2019

Haunted Basement 2019 Haunted Basement is not for the faint of heart. The immersive haunted house features more than 30 actors per night who work to bring you an experience that includes jump scares, blood...

A pulled pork sandwich from the menu of the newly reopened Bánh Appétit is seen on Sunday, Oct. 20. 

Bun Mi disappeared three years ago. Now the restaurant is back on campus with a new name: Bánh Appétit.

Published October 20, 2019

When the Stadium Village-based Vietnamese restaurant Bun Mi was forced to close its doors three years ago to make room for the Hub apartments, it left a void in the campus restaurant scene.  But on...

Sarah Mai

Twin Cities Film Fest celebrates its 10th and most inclusive season yet

Published October 17, 2019

The Twin Cities Film Fest was born from adversity ten years ago.  Jatin Setia, the founder and executive director of the festival, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

UMN students weigh in on ‘Joker’ movie

Published October 16, 2019

The highly anticipated "Joker" movie has been making nearly constant headlines since it opened Oct. 4.  The movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck (aka the Joker), is a story about his struggle...

At new WAM exhibit, art and environmentalism collide

At new WAM exhibit, art and environmentalism collide

Published October 10, 2019

On Friday, an exhibit which the Weisman Art Museum first coordinated two years ago will finally make its debut in Minnesota.  “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle” is a traveling exhibit showcasing...

Crowds gather in front of Coffman Memorial Union for the Homecoming Concert on Friday, Oct. 4. 

Review: Phoebe Ryan, Saba saved homecoming

Published October 6, 2019

The homecoming concert could be heard far and wide across the University of Minnesota campus as Phoebe Ryan and Saba turned out a huge crowd last Friday. Despite the inclement conditions and last-minute...

Joe Spitzenberger custom paints a kendama at the Sweets Kendamas warehouse on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.  

Made popular in Japan, kendama competition comes to Minneapolis

Published October 3, 2019

On Tuesday, kendama lovers gathered in preparation for the sport’s largest competition in the Western Hemisphere.  Kendama is a Japanese skill toy which consists of a spike affixed to three cups...

From left, Kyle Hill, Zach Grace, McKinley Kitts and Dylan Bauld. Courtesy of Travie Shotos.

Q&A: Lead singer Zach Grace of Flor on their sophomore album, ‘Ley Lines,’ tour life

Published September 29, 2019

Where did you draw inspiration for your latest album, ‘Ley Lines?’  We actually mostly drew inspiration from myself, and I know that sounds kind of silly, but it's true. After touring on 'Come...

Film maker Samiera Abou-Nasr poses for a portrait at the Cafetto coffee shop on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Q&A: Minneapolis filmmaker Samiera Abou-Nasr on her short film, “Of Our Youth”

Published September 26, 2019

Samiera Abou-Nasr is a Minneapolis filmmaker who has been active since 2015. Her most well-known film to date, the 15-minute short film “Of Our Youth,” is featured in this year’s Twin Cities Arab...

Como Tap as seen on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. The new business replaces Sportys Pub and Grill.

Review: Como Tap is Sporty’s with some upgrades

Published September 24, 2019

Sometimes, things have to get worse before they can get better. This was the case with the closing of Como’s much-loved bar, Sporty’s Pub and Grill, in late June.  Como Tap has now taken its place....

Nehemiah Lucas performs “Give Me Strength” as part of Pulling Back the Curtain: Remastered at the Southern Theater on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.

Dancing with a purpose: series explores personal stories with intimate performance

Published September 23, 2019

On Sunday, the curtain closed on a three day dance series highlighting the stories of dancers from the African diaspora.  “Pulling Back the Curtain: Remastered” is a dance series curated by University...

A mural painted by Artist Chuck U as seen on Wycliff Street on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

Twin Cities’ first street art festival turns walls into canvases

Published September 19, 2019

The Twin Cities was doused in every hue imaginable during last week’s Chroma Zone Mural and Art Festival – the first of its kind in Minnesota.  Fifteen artists worked to install 12 large-scale...

Liv Novotny paints a mural on the side of their garage in Minneapolis on Saturday, Sept. 7.

University graduate Liv Novotny paints the town

Published September 12, 2019

What started as late night and sometimes illegal street art has unfolded into an entire career for University of Minnesota graduate Liv Novotny.  Since graduating last fall, Novotny has spent their...

Kristin Hawkinson works on a painting to sell at Rock for the Rainforest, a benefit for the wildfires burning in the Amazon, on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Local musicians gather in camaraderie, support for the rainforest

Published September 9, 2019

In the weeks since news broke of devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest, celebrities, environmental groups and civilians have taken to social media to raise awareness and funds for the rainforest....

Courtesy of Hannah Westerholm.

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Half Wolf manifests West Coast dreams

Published September 4, 2019

Fearless, spiritual, free. All are words that have been used to describe Hannah Westerholm, known to her fans as Half Wolf. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter began her musical career in Minneapolis. Music...

Ames Halvorson scoops cranberries with his older brother at the Tare Market on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The Tare Market focuses on selling sustainably sourced products that help consumers live with less of an impact on the environment.

Many students are adopting zero waste lifestyles, and you can too

Published September 2, 2019

At Tare Market, back to school looks a little different and definitely requires a lot less plastic. As Minnesota’s first zero waste store, Tare Market caters to an emerging market of eco-conscious consumers...

Members of K-Move, at K-pop dance group, perform on Saturday, May 4 at the Pan Asian Arts Festival at the Mall of America.

K-pop student group performs at MOA

Published May 6, 2019

K-Move, the University of Minnesota’s Korean pop cover dance group, garnered cheers and applause from a vast audience at the Pan Asian Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon at the Mall of America.  K-Move’s...

The Students Alliance for Cooperative Living, an 80-year-old student co-op house on University Avenue SE, is seen on Wednesday, April 24 in Minneapolis.

Bikes, kombucha and social justice: the co-op on frat row

Published April 25, 2019

Keith Killian was walking down University Avenue when a member of the Students’ Alliance for Cooperative Living caught his eye in 2014. The University of Minnesota student said he's always been — and...

UMN student dies while traveling overseas

Published April 23, 2019

The University of Minnesota confirmed Tuesday that Elijah Schwan, a fourth-year Carlson School of Management student, died late last week.  According to a statement from the Carlson School, Schwan...

The University of Minnesota Law School is seen on Tuesday, June 5.

New map illustrates low income housing concentration

Published April 22, 2019

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Law School published a neighborhood map Wednesday to illustrate the extent of gentrification in Minneapolis and other cities in the United States. Gentrification...

UMN researchers estimate cost of national reinsurance program

Published April 15, 2019

By analyzing data from two national surveys, researchers at the University of Minnesota have estimated the cost of a national reinsurance program, which could help stabilize health insurance premiums in...

TCF Bank as seen in Coffman Union on Monday, April 8.

UMN students paid over $620,000 in TCF Bank card fees, report finds

Published April 10, 2019

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a report last week that found University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses paid more than $620,000 to TCF National Bank in card...

UMN researchers working on vaccine to prevent mono

Published April 3, 2019

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are working to prevent mono, a common viral infection among college students.  The University-led Mono Project is geared toward creating what could be the...

UMN staff member arrested after responding to fake prostitution ad

Published March 22, 2019

A University of Minnesota staff member was arrested Wednesday in Rochester for responding to a false prostitution advertisement created by law enforcement.  Solen Feyissa was arrested and charged...

A suspect seen fleeing on Thursday afternoon.

Three injured following police chase in Dinkytown

Published March 15, 2019

A University of Minnesota student and faculty member were injured by two suspects fleeing police in Dinkytown Thursday afternoon. According to a statement from the University, two suspects were captured...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

New student group to give hope to those with traumatic childhoods

Published March 14, 2019

A new student group that started at the University of Minnesota last month hopes to provide support and teach coping mechanisms to students affected by traumatic events during childhood. H.O.P.E. is working...

UMN students, faculty receive grant for human rights research

Published March 5, 2019

University of Minnesota faculty and students researching human rights received a $325,000 grant last month to conduct research and draft policy recommendations for national and international governments....

App that rewards users for working out is looking to expand

Published February 26, 2019

An exercise reward app created by current and former University of Minnesota students is looking to expand to other universities.  Plyo rewards points to users for time spent at the University’s...

Nael Banat leads University Human Resources employees in a pre-shift stretch on Friday, Feb. 15. The program was started by Banat and fellow graduate student Andrea Santi as part of their Kinesiology studies.

Early-morning stretch program aids UMN staff

Published February 20, 2019

While most of the campus is still asleep on weekday mornings, some University of Minnesota Facilities Management personnel gather as early as 5 a.m. to start their day with a dose of group exercise and...

A new student group, Oven Lovin, aims to bring students together through baking and teach the craft.

Students create sweet-treat student group

Published February 19, 2019

University of Minnesota students are bringing a little sweetness to campus in the form of a new baking group.  Cleverly named Oven Lovin, the group aims to create a community gathered around a love...

Jewish sorority joins UMN Greek life

Published February 14, 2019

The University of Minnesota is expected to add a new Jewish sorority to its ranks in the coming weeks.  The sorority, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, prides itself on being a “Jewish first, Greek second”...

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

Arrest made after double homicide in Marcy-Holmes

Published February 13, 2019

Minneapolis Police arrested a man suspected of committing double homicide in Marcy-Holmes on Monday.  MPD arrested and booked the man in suspicion of committing the double homicide of 67-year-old...

A street view of fraternity row at the University of Minnesota from September 2016.

UMN Greek life expands sexual misconduct prevention efforts

Published February 4, 2019

The University of Minnesota's Interfraternity Council is revamping an existing officer role in an effort to engage and educate its members about sexual misconduct. A year after University of Minnesota...

New student group aims to educate, train on LGBTQ health care

Published February 1, 2019

A new University of Minnesota student group has formed around what has become an annual event for LGBTQ health care.  Founded this semester, the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Initiative aims to...

New online series aims to help women in agriculture

Published January 30, 2019

Two University of Minnesota alumni created a web-based seminar series designed to help women in agriculture cope with stressors that frequently occur in the industry. The webinar series, Cultivating Resiliency...

Variety of new student groups set to start spring semester

Published January 23, 2019

From gaming to public advocacy to a capella, there are a variety of new student groups for University of Minnesota students to take advantage of this semester. These newly formed groups add to the hundreds...