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A fray in family ties

February 2, 2012

Before school, Bao Khang and her three younger siblings often tussle over who’s using the upstairs bathroom. But it’s not as bad as it was before, when her three older sisters and two older...

A culture of college

February 1, 2012

EDINA, Minn. âÄì When she has a lot of homework, high school senior Tierra Davis makes the five-minute drive past the local shopping mall to a place she can concentrate. In the summer itâÄôs...

Against the grain: a student’s choice

January 31, 2012

MADISON, Minn. âÄî When Ryan BergersonâÄôs acceptance letter arrived from the University of Minnesota in December, his parents waited to give it to him until after the holidays âÄî...

University of Minnesota alumna Linda Aarons performs the first set of the night Wednesday at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis.

[Photo] Acme turns 20

November 10, 2011

University of Minnesota alumna Linda Aarons performs the first set of the night Wednesday at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis.

Daily Digest: Bauer talks, Gas prices falling

September 26, 2011

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal blast Iran in statement The two American hikers recently released from an Iranian prison spoke candidly yesterday about their disdain for the Iranian government. Make no mistakes...

Daily Digest: War update, Oberstar at the U, Bachmann falters

September 20, 2011

  WAR UPDATE: Troops leave Iraq and bad goes to worse in Kabul   A suicide bomber hiding explosives in his turban assassinated former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who headed a government...

Daily Digest: Iran set to free American hikers, Perry under fire, Best Buy woes

September 13, 2011

Your Daily Digest for Tuesday, September 13: American hikers could soon be released The Iranian government has set bail for two American hikers -- one of them a Minnesotan -- more than two years after...

PUBLISHED: President Kaler’s first letter to U faculty

June 28, 2011

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sent his first letter on Monday to faculty across the five-campus system. He called the University the state's "glowing gem," and highlighted the need to conserve...

Gov. Pawlenty to appear on Daily Show tonight

June 10, 2010

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is once again working to boost his national profile by appearing on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and on ABC's "Good Morning America"...

J Robinson, U wrestling cleared by internal investigation

J Robinson, U wrestling cleared by internal investigation

May 21, 2010

University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson did not violate NCAA rules by purchasing and selling real estate from and to former wrestlers, according to a five-month internal University investigation...

Study: Orphanages may slow child growth

April 5, 2010

The first results of an ongoing University of Minnesota study suggest that living in an orphanage can not only can hurt children psychologically but can harm them physically as well. This information could...

Morris Biomass Plant sees setback

January 28, 2010

A miscalculation within a critical piece of equipment has already set back the construction of a $9 million Biomass Plant at the University of Minnesota-Morris more than a year, and an upcoming decision...

MSA members use Facebook to rally students against party ordinance

January 27, 2010

Members from the Minnesota Student Association are using Facebook to try and rally students against a party ordinance MSA voted to oppose during their Tuesday afternoon meeting. The ordinance, proposed...

Sherman Townsend

Innocence and the justice system

December 8, 2009

Sherman Townsend was released from Hennepin County jail on Oct. 2, 2007, after spending 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. It took the confession of the guilty man and the help of law students...

Lesnar’s UFC career in jeopardy

Lesnar’s UFC career in jeopardy

November 24, 2009

Former Gophers wrestler Brock Lesnar has been an NCAA champion, World Wrestling Entertainment champion and is now the heavyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Some say Lesnar may be...

Iraqi detainees use Brett Favre as ammunition

November 20, 2009

Servicemen from the Wisconsin National Guard stationed in Iraq are being bombarded... with verbal abuse, according to Milwaukee radio station WTMJ. Detainees are rubbing Brett Favre's defection to the...

Reporter’s Notebook: A day in Transit

November 20, 2009

I opened my eyes, panicked, and vaulted myself out of bed to reach my ringing phone. In the process I tripped over the bedpost and landed squarely on my left shoulder. Pulling myself up by my computer...

Board rules Rybak used mayoral funds for Gov. campaign

November 6, 2009

Two days removed from his landslide victory in the Minneapolis mayoral elections, incumbent R.T. Rybak made his run for governor in 2010 official Thursday by filing to create an election committee. The...

A life in prison

November 2, 2009

Donna Busch relaxed on the back porch of her St. Paul home, enjoying a clear Sunday evening in mid-May. It was 1984. As she glanced up from her book, she spotted a familiar man walking toward her from...

Candidates square off in Ward 2 debate

October 18, 2009

Philosophical rifts between Ward 2 city council candidates became clear Thursday night, when they took part in The Minnesota DailyâÄôs inaugural city council debate. Incumbent Green Party candidate...

Neighborhood crime spikes

October 18, 2009

Neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota have seen a spike in several different kinds of crime, many of which have been alcohol related, University police said. Some community members blame...

Spring Jam 2010 to be shortened

October 11, 2009

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs annual Spring Jam celebration will face a number of changes this April, many stemming from community outcry regarding student behavior during Spring Jam 2009, University...

Reporter’s Notebook: Senior research professors face funding troubles

October 5, 2009

In writing this story on the preference given to young investigators, a few things struck me as important. First, was the understanding by all researchers that the money available to NIH right now —...

Minneapolis sues for firefighter and police pension money

October 5, 2009

The city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police and Firefighters Relief associations , which administer pension funds, began a trial Monday in a case that could save the city $11 million next year in...

Badger Herald: Dear Gopher fans

October 1, 2009

The Badger Herald's Adam Holt says that traditions like Madison's "Jump Around" or the dotting of the "i" at Ohio State cannot be created via facebook. We'll let it slide that the title...

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis names U prof as CEO

September 30, 2009

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced Wednesday it has named University of Minnesota economics professor Narayana Kocherlakota as its President and CEO. Kocherlakota, who chaired the economics...

Los Angeles closer to pro football team

September 29, 2009

Owners around the NFL often use the prospect of moving their teams to Los Angles as leverage against fans for new stadiums or projects requiring public funding. Now, that pressure may be applied...

Former student sues U for poor advice

September 29, 2009

When the University of Minnesota gets sued, they send high-powered attorneys to try the case. Usually. Tuesday morning, however, the University sent paralegal Mary Ford to defend a lawsuit brought by former...

Research professors adapt to competition

September 28, 2009

Terrie Cowley , like many advocates fighting for research funding, has a cause. But with cause comes sacrifice. Cowley, president and co-founder of the TMJ association, works 30 to 40 hours a week without...

Two UW newspapers reject pro-life ad insert

September 28, 2009

 In this economic climate, newspapers usually take any advertising they can get. That's not the case, however, for two school newspapers in the University of Wisconsin system. The Advance-Titan of...

Senior research professors face funding troubles

September 27, 2009

In 2001, University of Minnesota professor Eric Schiffman received $8.2 million. He didnâÄôt win the lottery. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave Schiffman the money as a research grant...

Norman Borlaug, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico at CIMMYT wheat research station.  March, 2006.

Norman Borlaug leaves behind a legacy of service

September 14, 2009

Only five people in history have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, National Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal: Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela , Elie Wiesel and...

Attorney Bob Colstad speaks at a press conference Tuesday near downtown St.Paul as Reese Hagy, a plaintiff in the case, looks on. JULES AMEEL, THE MINNESOTA DAILY

27 RNC arrestees file lawsuit against St. Paul

September 1, 2009

Twenty-seven people arrested at the Republican National Convention last September filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Tuesday morning against the city of St. Paul for what the plaintiffs allege was...

Below The Newswhole

July 1, 2009

Today I start a blog, Below The Newswhole, that highlights police reports that aren't substantial enough to make it on the site or in the paper. However, nobody claimed that these stories weren't entertaining... Woman...

Stupid criminals – ironic crimes.

March 6, 2009

Every couple days when I go to City Hall to look through police reports, I have to decide what people should, and want, to hear about. I'm pretty sure that this isn't something people should know about,...