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Olivia Stevens

Olivia Stevens, City Reporter

Olivia Stevens is a reporter on the city desk at The Minnesota Daily. She joined the Daily in 2021 and as a third-year student, she is majoring in journalism and psychology. In her free time, Olivia enjoys hiking and trying out new restaurants in the Twin Cities.

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Voters went to Grace University Lutheran Church, among other polling places, to cast their votes for the 2022 primary election on Tuesday.

[Photo] Voters head to polls for primaries

Published August 9, 2022

Voters went to Grace University Lutheran Church, among other polling places, to cast their votes for the 2022 primary election on Tuesday.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL) and Don Samuels are two of the frontrunners in the 2022 DFL primary for Minnesotas 5th Congressional District. Minnesotas primary is Tuesday, Aug. 9. Photos courtesy of Omar and Samuels.

Q&A with 5th Congressional District DFL candidates

Published August 6, 2022
The top two Democratic candidates plan to approach issues like public safety and student debt differently.
District 60 Minnesota State Sen. Kari Dziedzic (DFL) poses for a portrait in front of Folwell Hall on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Q&A with District 60 state senator

Published August 5, 2022
Kari Dziedzic is running for reelection this year to continue searching for solutions to housing and public safety issues.
BREAKING: UMN announces $15 student minimum wage increase

BREAKING: UMN announces $15 student minimum wage increase

Published August 3, 2022
The action follows a student staffing shortage on campus.
Als Breakfast is located on 14th Avenue between 4th and 5th streets.

UMN pilot program concerns Dinky business owners

Published August 2, 2022
Owners say they weren’t consulted before being told about parking and traffic blocks on two busy streets over three weekends in July and August. The traffic blocks are part of a University of Minnesota public safety pilot program.
Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Jaylani Hussein poses for a portrait in Minneapolis on Monday, July 25. Hussein questioned the sincerity of Ward 3 Council Member Michael Rainvilles apology for recent comments about Somali youth.

UMN, city leaders respond to Council member’s comments on Somali youth, attempts to make peace

Published July 27, 2022
While Ward 3 Council Member Michael Rainville has apologized for his rhetoric, some local leaders aren’t buying it.
A reproductive rights protest is held in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul on Sunday, July 17.

Thousands of abortion rights supporters march to Capitol

Published July 20, 2022
People of diverse backgrounds gathered to demand better access to reproductive health care in the state.
From left to right, Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Myron Franz,  UMPD Chief Matt Clark, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Interim Chief of Police Amelia Huffman hold a meeting regarding public safety on campus on July 11, 2022.

UMN organizes new committee after public safety meeting

Published July 20, 2022
After a shooting in the spring, parents have gained support in their mission to increase public safety measures on campus.
Tina Erazmus, the  director of the University’s Local Government and Community Relations department, speaks as a panelist at Ward 2 Council Member Robin Wonsley Worlobahs June 21 town hall.

Parents urge UMN to address violent crime on campus

Published July 13, 2022
Many parents of University of Minnesota students expressed concerns about shortages of police officers during meetings with Minneapolis and University leaders.
UMNs Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) holds a protest for reproductive rights in front of the McNamara Alumni Center on Saturday, July 2.

Protestors demand UMN increase abortion access, support

Published July 7, 2022
With neighboring states restricting abortions, activists said the University should now provide care on campus.
The George Floyd Memorial Square as pictured on Election night on Tuesday Nov. 3.

Activists discuss new MPD discipline, wellness reforms

Published June 30, 2022
Changes include limiting hours officers can work and clarifying levels of discipline for specific policy violations.
Protesters laid down in front of City Hall on June 12 to represent students participating in an active shooter drill.

Activists, medical professionals call for change after mass shootings

Published June 29, 2022
Congress and President Joe Biden signed historic, bipartisan gun control legislation last week.
The Carlson School of Management on Thursday, June 23.

UMN dean accused of misconduct in sexual assault case

Published June 28, 2022
The plaintiff’s lawyers claim the dean of a global business doctoral program worked to undermine his student after she was assaulted by a powerful business executive.
Office of Performance and Innovation Program Manager Gina Obiri poses next to a Behavioral Health Crisis Team Van.

Two new vans join Minneapolis crisis response team

Published June 15, 2022
The vans are expected to help the response team answer twice as many 911 calls.
The rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Saturday, March 13.

Senate fails to pass higher education bill

Published June 10, 2022
The University of Minnesota was set to receive $3 million of the $9.25 billion budget surplus in a bill that was tabled by the Senate.
Owner Pete Miller poses for a portrait at HeadFlyer Brewing in Marcy-Holmes on Dec. 7 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Craft breweries call for changes to liquor laws after COVID-19 hardships

Published December 14, 2021
If passed in 2022, the “Drink Local” bill would create more options for craft beer consumers.
The Metro Transit 6 Bus is seen along 4th St SE on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

$818 million in federal funds to support Minnesota public transportation

Published December 12, 2021
The money will create jobs for students and improve campus transportation options.
Minneapolis redistricting underway with Wards 2 and 3 set to shrink in population

Minneapolis redistricting underway with Wards 2 and 3 set to shrink in population

Published November 11, 2021
University area Wards 2 and 3 shrink, while Wards 1 and 6 will grow to include more people.
Councilman Michael Rainville poses for a portrait in Minneapolis on Friday, Nov. 5. Rainville was elected councilman of ward 3 in the 2021 Minneapolis municipal elections.

Q&A with new Ward 3 Council member Michael Rainville

Published November 9, 2021
The Minnesota Daily spoke with Rainville about his plans for representing the most populous ward in Minneapolis.
Houses in Southeast Como sit in the afternoon sun on Monday, July 5 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Minneapolis guarantees legal representation to low-income renters facing eviction

Published October 28, 2021
The new “right to counsel” ordinance aims to prevent fallout after the eviction moratorium ends.
A voter waits in line to cast their ballot outside Marcy Open Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Ranked-choice voting explained

Published October 17, 2021
Minneapolis’ system of voting differs from many other cities. Here’s how it works and what it means to rank city candidates.
The exterior of Darul Quba Cultural Center in Cedar-Riverside on Monday, Oct. 11. The building has been a target of frequent vandalization.

Vandalism impacts Cedar-Riverside mosques and businesses

Published October 15, 2021
Residents search for creative solutions to a longstanding problem.
The Voterpalooza event was held on the East Bank campus on Tuesday, Sept. 28.  Students met local politicians and registered to vote.

Voterpalooza aims to boost student voter registration

Published October 6, 2021
Minneapolis city candidates spoke with students in an effort to get over 60% of students to vote this November.
Mayoral Candidate Kate Knuth sits outside of Northrop Auditorium for a portrait on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Knuth attended the Minnesota Student Association’s annual Voterpalooza, an event aimed at getting students to register to vote.

Q&A with Minneapolis mayoral candidate Kate Knuth

Published October 1, 2021
Meet the candidate with experience in environmental justice and local leadership.
Frey’s recommended budget includes nearly $192 million for policing

Frey’s recommended budget includes nearly $192 million for policing

Published September 28, 2021
Frey plans to hire 150 new officers by the end of the year.
New state grants for students pursuing degrees in “high-need careers”

New state grants for students pursuing degrees in “high-need careers”

Published September 25, 2021
Eligible career paths include health care, business, STEM and education.
Nice Ride Bikes sit at a bike rack on Pleasant St SE on the University of Minnesota’s campus, Sept. 9. Nice Ride is Minneapolis’ bike-sharing service, with over 3,000 bikes and 400 stations for renting a ride.

Students earning financial aid eligible for $5 bike memberships

Published September 23, 2021
New this year, Nice Ride for All is offering discounted bike rides to all University students who receive federal grants.
Ward 6 City Council candidate Abdirizak Bihi poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Bihi is on the November 2021 general election ballot.

Minneapolis Ward 6 candidate brings Cedar-Riverside connections to city council

Published September 15, 2021
Abdirizak Bihi wants to improve public safety and increase affordable housing as a council member.
Yes 4 Minneapolis public safety amendment explained

Yes 4 Minneapolis public safety amendment explained

Published September 12, 2021
The ballot amendment would shift power away from the Minneapolis Police Department and instead create a department of public safety — here’s what that means.
The land surrounding the upper St. Anthony lock and dam, which is expected to be given to the city of Minneapolis by the end of the year.

Mississippi riverfront project aims to represent Native American history

Published July 27, 2021
The organizers aim to involve Minnesota Dakota tribes and University of Minnesota students in developing a project centered around the Native American experience.
The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2018.

UMN to receive $692.8 million in pandemic relief from Legislature

Published July 11, 2021
The University of Minnesota will receive 40% of the total $692.8 million in Walz’s higher education budget.
Construction close to complete on the Elliot Twins Apartments in on Wednesday, June 30 in Minneapolis, Minn. Elliot Twins Apartments is a public housing option for low-income households on campus. The complex is not specifically mentioned in the spending plan, but could potentially experience renovations under certain initiatives.

Frey proposes $28 million in affordable housing and homelessness

Published July 2, 2021
The American Rescue Plan money aims to help communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic through new housing facilities and creative programming.

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