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Eric Kaler looks to stamp presidential legacy in term’s final stretch

May 3, 2018

Eric Kaler strode into Rapson Hall on April 18 to meet with students and faculty from the Department of Landscape Architecture.  During the hour-long department visit, the University of Minnesota...

The Gamma Phi Beta sorority house as seen on March 8, 2018.

UMN chapter of Gamma Phi Beta was sanctioned after February party

April 26, 2018

The University of Minnesota chapter of Gamma Phi Beta was sanctioned by its international headquarters for violating its policies during a Feb. 22 party. Two Gamma Phi members and an event attendee told...

The Marshall apartment complex in Dinkytown as seen on April 4, 2018. Mitchell Hoenig, 20, was taken from The Marshall to Hennepin County Medical Center on Feb. 23 and later died on Feb. 25.

UMN fraternity member’s death caused by alcohol poisoning

April 5, 2018

Editor’s note: The family of Mitchell Hoenig and some University of Minnesota officials objected to the publication of this story. It’s the duty of the Minnesota Daily to pursue the truth about important...

Professor Richard Painter answers questions in an interview at Mondale hall on West Bank on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

UMN law professor Richard Painter considering U.S. Senate bid

March 7, 2018

Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor and longtime critic of President Donald Trump, announced Wednesday that he is mulling a run for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat currently occupied...

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...


House District 60B-elect Ilhan Omar speaks at her election party on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott on West Bank in Minneapolis

State Rep. Ilhan Omar appears on cover of Time magazine

September 7, 2017

A local lawmaker will be featured on the cover of Time magazine.  DFL state Rep. Ilhan Omar is one of 46 women featured in a Time special project titled, “Firsts: Women who are Changing the World.”...

University President Eric Kaler presents during a meeting  on  March 12, 2013, at the Minnesota state Capitol.

Legislature’s final funding bill for UMN less than original Senate and House proposals

May 2, 2017

The Minnesota Legislature’s spending final funding plan for the University of Minnesota is less than 13 percent of its request and less than what the Senate and House originally recommended for the school....

President Eric Kaler fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in his office in Morrill Hall on Friday, April 28, 2017.

UMN President Eric Kaler talks tuition increase, Donald Trump’s budget

May 1, 2017

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University President Eric Kaler on Friday for the semester’s final edition of “Kickin’ it with Kaler.”Kaler discussed the consequences of diminished state funding,...

Kai Saito, a junior from Colorado, attends a meeting for the Minnesota International Student Association on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Coffman Memorial Union.

With possible tuition hikes, some UMN nonresident students voice concern

April 27, 2017

As University of Minnesota officials consider nonresident tuition hikes, many are split over how they might impact students.The University is considering a tuition hike of up to 10 percent for nonresident,...

The Minnesota House and Senate meet in a joint session to vote for new members of the University's Board of Regents on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at the State Capitol.

Optional student service fee proposal may violate UMN autonomy, experts say

April 27, 2017

A legislative proposal to make student service fees optional at the University of Minnesota could violate the school’s constitutional autonomy from the state. If passed, the measure would request that...

Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance Julie Tonneson, Dean of Undergraduate Education Robert McMaster, University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle, and Faculty Consultative Committee Chair Colin Campbell address the Conference Committee on Higher Education at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

UMN officials voice concern over proposed higher education funding cuts

April 27, 2017

Tuition hikes and program cuts may be in store for the University of Minnesota if state lawmakers don’t boost proposed funding.Members of the Minnesota House and Senate higher education committees held...

Brian Burnett, Julie Tonneson and University President Eric Kaler present to the House of Representitives' higher education committee about the University's impact on Minnesota at the State Office Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

How much money does the state provide UMN? Less after each economic recession, data shows.

April 26, 2017

Though the economy has bounced back since the Great Recession, state funding to Minnesota’s land grant institution hasn’t followed suit.Tuition at the University of Minnesota has risen roughly...

Osman Mohamed Ali stands in front of a traditional nomad somali hut and homestead at the Somali Museum of Minnesota on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Minneapolis.

For Somali Museum, expansion hinges on state funding

April 17, 2017

When Osman Mohamed Ali returned to Somalia in 2009, he noticed few cultural artifacts remained.Most relics had been destroyed in the country’s 1991 civil war, Ali said, and there were no museums left...

Gov. Mark Dayton answers questions during a press conference about Minnesota's budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Q&A: Gov. Mark Dayton talks higher education, UMN funding

April 10, 2017

The Minnesota Daily spoke with Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday about how higher education has fared in this year’s legislative session.Dayton discussed the University of Minnesota’s budget request, the...

Gov. Mark Dayton addresses the state's budget for the next biennium and how he plans to use the $1.9 billion surplus at the Capitol on Friday.

In MN House and Senate, bonding bill priorities vary

April 10, 2017

State lawmakers in the House and Senate are split over when to tackle a bonding bill this year.As the Minnesota Senate’s bonding bill continues to lie in wait, members of the House have yet to introduce...

Governor Mark Dayton answers questions during a press conference about Minnesota's budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Higher education funding bills far from UMN’s requested $147.2M

April 5, 2017

Recently passed spending bills by the Minnesota Legislature would provide significantly less state funding for the University of Minnesota than requested by the school.The House higher education omnibus...

Minneapolis City Council voted to deny Doran Companies'  demolition of the commercial property building located at 1319 4th Street SE, which houses Mesa Pizza, Dinkytown Tattoo and Camdi Restaurant in Dinkytown.

Proposed Trump budget could hurt funding for Minneapolis

April 3, 2017

President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal may slash funding for several Minneapolis city operations.City officials said the budget would cut funding to the Minneapolis Police Department, local...

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks on Friday, Mar. 24 at Mondale Hall on West Bank.

Amid challenges, Rep. Ilhan Omar finds success as first-year lawmaker

March 29, 2017

Democratic State Rep. Ilhan Omar doesn’t see her freshman status in the Republican-controlled Legislature as an obstacle. Omar introduced 23 bills in her first few months at the Capitol, five of which...

Gov. Mark Dayton answers questions during a press conference about Minnesota's budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

UMN could receive $118 million less in state funding than requested

March 27, 2017

The Minnesota House and Senate want to give the University of Minnesota significantly less funding than it requested.The University asked for a $147.2 million increase over the biennium, but the House...

Steve Sviggum makes his opening statement at the joint legislative committee for the Board of Regents candidates nomination at the State Office Building in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Newly-elected UMN regents look to strengthen relationship with Legislature

March 22, 2017

Two newly-elected members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are looking to bolster transparency and trust with lawmakers after fielding their criticism.Former regent Steve Sviggum and...

Changes in University of Minnesota student service fees over the years.

MN lawmakers look to make student service fees optional

March 20, 2017

To help rein in the cost of college, Minnesota lawmakers would like to limit student service fees.Two proposals — which are opposed by administrators and student leaders — in the Minnesota...

Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynsville, chair of the Senate's higher education committee, discusses University funding in her office on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

In budget fight, UMN finds stiff competition with state schools

March 2, 2017

As state lawmakers mull budget allocations, higher education committee members seek to balance funds for the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State.But the University’s budget request, which includes...

Matt Kramer discusses his new role as Vice President for University and Government Relations at the state Capitol on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Lobbyists navigate concerns when pitching UMN budgets to State Legislature

March 2, 2017

Whether it’s pulling for state funding, building relationships with lawmakers or fielding concerns over issues like the latest football controversy, University lobbyists stay busy at the state Capitol...

University President Eric Kaler speaks to a crowd of students during Support the U Day at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

President Kaler announces possible UMN tuition hike at State Capitol

March 2, 2017

University of Minnesota resident and non-resident students could see tuition hikes this fall.At a House higher education committee meeting Wednesday, University President Eric Kaler told legislators an...

Governor Dayton gives his State of the State Address at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Minnesota’s expected budget surplus increases to $1.65 billion

February 28, 2017

The Minnesota Management and Budget office released the state’s latest budget and economic forecast Tuesday, detailing an increased budget that could be at risk due to federal uncertainty.The state is...

Employee of tenKsolar, Dwayne Blakely, moves solar panels onto a module light table for testing on Jan. 25, 2016. The University of Minnesota will be installing solar panels in an effort to make progress on a climate action plan.

Bill in Legislature could extinguish state’s solar incentive program

February 27, 2017

A bill traveling through the Minnesota Legislature could mean lights out for a state solar incentive program.The legislation — which the House already passed — would end the Made in Minnesota...

Pillsbury Hall as seen on Sept. 16, 2015. The building, which is the oldest building on campus, is in need of renovations.

Without state funding Pillsbury Hall could close, UMN officials say

February 20, 2017

Without state funding, Pillsbury Hall — a historic University of Minnesota building — is in danger of being shuttered.University officials are asking the state for roughly $23 million to renovate...

Members of the public addressed the Government Operations and Elections Policy committee during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the State Office Building. Advocates for and against the bill were given time to appeal to lawmakers.

Proposed state bill could block Minneapolis’ wage increase, sick leave

February 16, 2017

State lawmakers could halt a potential Minneapolis minimum wage hike in its tracks.A bill that would stop Minnesota cities in the state from passing their own labor laws — like minimum wage and paid...

Gophers football players sit on the sidelines during a game at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015.

Gophers football player says P.J. Fleck will hold players accountable

February 16, 2017

As a new Gophers football coach and athletics director try to change the culture of the program, one football player says the new tone is more serious than that of previous coaches.The player spoke with...

Somali refugee Hodan Mursal, right, works with members of the Refugee Resettlement Program to complete paperwork to formally settle her into her new home in South Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

‘I thought I had lost everything’: Minnesota’s Somali community faces uncertainty with travel ban

February 13, 2017

Fartun Ahmed hasn’t seen her mother in 12 years.Ahmed — a 28-year-old Minneapolis resident from Somalia — applied for an immigrant visa for her mother in 2015. Ahmed’s mother, also from...

Governor Dayton gives his State of the State Address at the Capitol on Wednesday.

UMN Medical School lobbies state legislature for new health facility as rankings lag

February 6, 2017

The University of Minnesota Medical School could resuscitate its fallen school ranking if granted state funding for a new health facility.University officials are asking the Legislature for $69.3 million...

Newly appointed Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck meets with the media on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

More training for UMN football team necessary to combat sexual assault, admins say

February 2, 2017

The Gophers football team sat through four presentations on sexual assault prevention, relationship violence, the University’s sexual assault policies and bystander intervention in 2016.Just over two...

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, answers questions for the Minnesota Daily in her office on West Bank on Friday, Jan. 27.

Q&A: Rep. Ilhan Omar talks first session, Republican control and President Trump

January 30, 2017

As the 2017 Minnesota Legislature’s session ramps up, newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, sat down to talk with the Minnesota Daily.Omar, the University of Minnesota area’s House member,...

Brian Burnett, Julie Tonneson and University President Eric Kaler present to the House of Representitives' higher education committee about the University's impact on Minnesota at the State Office Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

Some lawmakers say UMN budget request reflects wants, not needs

January 26, 2017

Some state lawmakers are concerned that the University’s priorities are backward in its $147.2 million budget request.The University requested the state funds from the Minnesota Legislature for initiatives...

Roughly 200 to 300 people at University of Minnesota including students walked out in protest of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20.

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January 26, 2017

Roughly 200 to 300 people at University of Minnesota including students walked out in protest of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20.

Gov. Mark Dayton addresses the state's budget for the next biennium and how he plans to use the $1.9 billion surplus at the Capitol on Friday.

Higher ed, health care and more: Here’s what to look for this legislative session

January 20, 2017

As the Minnesota State Legislature looks to craft its next biennial budget, lawmakers are scrambling to address last year’s unfinished business.A little over two weeks into the session, legislators have...

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa Program Director Mohamad Sheikomer speaks to a donor at his office in Columbia Heights on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. ARAHA collects and disperses funds to local offices in Somalia to build hand pump water wells and to distribute food to help citizens during the current drought.

MN’s Somali community raise funds for families affected by East Africa drought

December 13, 2016

Members of the Minneapolis Somali community and African relief organizations are mobilizing to raise money for a humanitarian crisis in Somalia.Local Somalis have raised tens of thousands of dollars to...

Students sign a fake brick wall that was placed in front of the College Republicans at the University of Minnesota's panels on Washington Avenue bridge on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

‘Brick’ wall placed in front of College Republican’s bridge mural

December 13, 2016

Two walls made to look like brick were placed in front of the College Republican's Washington Avenue Bridge panel Monday at the University of Minnesota, according to Twitter posts the same day.The...

A concentration of luxury student apartment complexes, including WaHu, Stadium Village Flats, The 700 on Washington and The Station, line the Washington Avenue corridor in Stadium Village.

Despite city investment, affordable housing options still a concern

December 7, 2016

Despite city investment, concerns over the amount of affordable housing units in Minneapolis continue to linger. Last month, the City of Minneapolis approved more than $9 million in investments for affordable...

Nuredin Dahir works on lighting LED lights at the Ka Joog mentorship program in the Riverside Mall on Nov. 5, 2016. Ka Joog, a non-profit aimed at helping Somali youth, started the mentorship program in March and collaborates with University mentors to teach kids about STEM fields.

Program provides Somali children access to STEM education

December 6, 2016

An after-school program that educates and mentors children in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood could be in store for a big expansion.The Minneapolis 4-H program — offered through Somali nonprofit...

Republican-majority Legislature spurs questions about U’s funding future

December 2, 2016

With Republicans snatching control of the Minnesota House and Senate earlier this month, some lawmakers think the shift could impact state funding for the University of Minnesota.Republicans anticipate...

After election, number of women of color lawmakers increases at Capitol

December 1, 2016

When the gavel first strikes in the Minnesota Legislature this January, minority groups will see a slight increase in representation.With the addition of newly-elected legislators, there are now 16 lawmakers...

U study identifies key culprits in cropland greenhouse emissions

November 28, 2016

Certain agricultural practices play an outsized role in greenhouse gas emissions, according to University of Minnesota researchers.The new University study, published on Nov. 21, has identified key contributors...

Marian Ahmed calms down her 6-year-old son, Anas, as 4-year-old Edna entertains herself, on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at their home in Savage, Minnesota. Ahmed has four children, two boys and two girls. Both of her sons, Anas and Ayub have autism.

Despite stigma, Somali parents find support for children with autism

November 21, 2016

Six-year-old Anas Ahmed could hardly be contained as he bolted across his playroom.His mother, Marian Ahmed, called Anas over, taking his head between her hands and squeezing gently.The pressure calms...

U researchers talk gentrification

November 19, 2016

University of Minnesota researchers held a discussion Friday on the effects neighborhood redevelopment can have on city residents. At the discussion, hosted by the University’s Center for...

Source: Minnesota Department of Health

HIV data could help clinics track lost patients

November 18, 2016

For health providers, keeping track of patients with HIV has proven troublesome.A University of Minnesota study — funded by the National Institutes of Health — looked into the impact state...

on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Protesters shut down I-94 in response to Donald Trump's election.

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters voice pessimism, call for unity in I-94 protest

November 11, 2016

Over a thousand protestors marched down Interstate 94 Thursday evening as part of an anti-Donald Trump rally that began outside of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.The...

U researchers to examine racial disparities in senior care

November 3, 2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are flipping the script on how they study racism in senior care.A five-year study — funded by a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant —...

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges speaks at the groundbreaking event for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center on Oct. 29, 2016. The center will work to help community members, many of whom are East African immigrants, find jobs.

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center set to open this spring

October 31, 2016

A project over two years in the making — aimed at cutting high unemployment in Cedar-Riverside — is finally taking shape.The neighborhood held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the $950,000...

University wage study researchers address bias accusations

October 27, 2016

University researchers have defended a minimum wage study done for the city of Minneapolis earlier this month amid accusations of bias from business reps and city officials.Critics say the study was partial...