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(Photo illustration) University President Eric Kaler speaks at Carlson School of Managements monthly 1st Tuesday speaker series on Tuesday, May 1 at McNamara Alumni Center. Kaler spoke about his vision for the University, whats working and what could be improved, leaving time for audience questions after his speech.

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Universitys Board of Regents on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at the State Capitol.

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

Published 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

Published 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 Universitys 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.

Published 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

Published 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 Minnesotas budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

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

Published 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 states 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

Published 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 Minnesotas budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Minnesotas budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Senates higher education committee, discusses University funding in her office on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

In budget fight, UMN finds stiff competition with state schools

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Universitys impact on Minnesota at the State Office Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

Some lawmakers say UMN budget request reflects wants, not needs

Published 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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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 states 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

Published 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

Published 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 Minnesotas panels on Washington Avenue bridge on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Trumps election.

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

University broadens clean energy efforts with solar subscription

Published October 24, 2016

As solar energy surges in popularity, the University is capitalizing on investing opportunities in clean energy.The Board of Regents approved the purchase of a 25-year subscription to a community solar...

Second year Ph.D. student Nai-Chia Chen and  third year Ph.D. student Hsuan Lin gets their photo taken by sophomore Niti Gupta on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 on West Bank. The Aurora Centers Healthy Relationships social media photo campaign is a partnership with the Minnesota Student Association  for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Gupta is a former Minnesota Daily employee.)

New campaigns highlight domestic violence outreach

Published October 20, 2016

With Domestic Violence Awareness Month in full swing, campus representatives are working to shed light on an otherwise dark topic.The University of Minnesota’s Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education...

Third-party candidates seek to unseat incumbents

Published October 19, 2016

As the election nears, some third-party candidates believe political upheaval could benefit their races, but experts looking back at past fringe movements aren’t convinced.Voters stuck in their ways,...

Lawmakers’ pay could be determined by voters

Published October 13, 2016

Come November, Minnesota citizens could snatch control of state legislators’ salaries.If passed, a ballot measure in the upcoming election would shift the decision to raise lawmakers’ salaries to a...

Sen. Kari Dziedzic poses outside TCF Bank Stadium on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

Sen. Dziedzic talks University of Minnesota needs, upcoming election

Published October 11, 2016

Issues at the University of Minnesota, such as food deserts, funding gaps and affordable housing, are critical issues for student-centric Minnesota senate district 60.And with the general election now...

U study shows optimism for $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis

Published October 10, 2016

A new study by University of Minnesota researchers, which suggests that a minimum wage increase would have miniscule negative impacts on the city, has left some officials divided.At a city meeting last...

Diversity lagging in state legislature

Published October 6, 2016

Despite a growing minority population in the state, the Minnesota Legislature continues to fall behind on diversity. In the state legislature’s history, there have only been 36 lawmakers who’ve...

University of Minnesota alum and Sssdude-Nutz co-owner Bradley Taylor rides his bike to Open Streets Dinkytown to pass out free doughnuts on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 in Dinkytown. Sssdude-Nutz has just celebrated its one year anniversary and Tim Horton’s has signed a lease to move in next door.

SssDude-Nutz owner not worried about looming Tim Hortons competition

Published October 3, 2016

With Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons set to move in next door, SssDude-Nutz owner and University of Minnesota alum Bradley Taylor isn’t worried about his business going stale.“If you’re...

Pinned bees used for research sit in a case in a workroom at the University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, Sept. 23, 2016 on the St. Paul Campus.

A new hive for University of Minnesota bee researchers

Published September 29, 2016

With a new facility in the works, campus bee scientists are abuzz over prospective research.The nearly $6 million St. Paul campus Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, which opens its doors Oct. 29, will study...

Strategic communications sophomores Maja Cave, left, and Marisa White, center, register to vote with the online software TurboVote with help from MSA member Cara Nix, right, at Voterpalooza hosted by MSA on Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016 at Northrop Plaza. MSA decided to use TurboVote this year to increase student registration on campus for the upcoming election.

University adopts TurboVote to boost registration

Published September 28, 2016

To combat low student turnout during elections, this fall University of Minnesota student groups are using new and old platforms to encourage voter registration on campus. While some political student...

The Electric Steel Grain Elevator stands near TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 20, 2016. The University is looking to build new track and field facilities which would lead to the demolition of the elevators.

Proposal could result in demolition of historic, 115-year-old grain elevators

Published September 21, 2016

A proposal to build a new track and field complex may cost more than the facility’s $13 million price tag.The University of Minnesota is taking comments through Sep. 23 on the proposed demolition...

University bonding requests draw disagreement

Published September 20, 2016

With a growing list of campus buildings in need of repair, University of Minnesota officials and state legislators are clashing over which projects require state funding.Since 2012, the University has...

MPCA to focus on environmental justice

Published September 15, 2016

A new justice advisory group in the state wants to help underrepresented Minnesotans voice their environmental concerns.The group will be tasked with advising the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on...

Future director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Peter Moe, poses for a portrait on Sept. 13.

New arboretum director takes on position Friday

Published September 14, 2016

Growing up in Richfield, Minnesota, Peter Moe — soon-to-be director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum — often gardened with his mother.His admiration for horticulture deepened in high school...

A person walks through a skyway along South 5th Avenue on Wednesday Aug. 31, 2016 in downtown Minneapolis. The city of Minneapolis is considering using bird safe glass on skyways as the Vikings stadium raised concerns to activists.

Minneapolis City Council to consider implementing bird-safe skyway glass

Published September 8, 2016

Minneapolis City Council members are chirping in with efforts to make downtown skyways safer for birds.The proposed ordinance amendment — introduced by City Council Members Cam Gordon and Linea Palmisano...

Juniors Patrick Griffin and Olivia Mason patrol the galleries on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at the Weisman Art Museum on East Bank. Griffin earns minimum wage at his job, which is $9.50 after the last statewide increase in August.

Minnesota Supreme Court shuts down minimum wage vote, but U effect may be negligible

Published September 8, 2016

University of Minnesota Junior Patrick Griffin thinks a higher minimum wage would harm, not help, students.Griffin — who works as a gallery guard at Weisman Art Museum — said he believes raising...

Minnesota Rep. Phyllis Kahn, Mohamud Noor and Ilhan Omar debate in a filled Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Monday evening. The three are competing for the DFL primary for House Seat 60B.

Debate spotlights veteran, newcomers

Published August 24, 2016

Local residents filled every seat in an auditorium at a Monday debate between longtime Minnesota Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, and her two DFL competitors, Ilhan Omar and Mohamud Noor.The debate,...

Luke Gitar and Nestor Garcia of Minneapolis talk during their work to raise awareness for the 15 Now campaign while at Open Streets Minneapolis: East Lake on Sunday. Campaigning to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour, 15 Now obtained nearly 20,000 signatures, more than enough to make it onto the November 2016 ballet.

Minneapolis City Council vote on $15 minimum wage could put amendment on ballot

Published July 27, 2016

A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Minneapolis has drawn contention from some who think it will negatively affect businesses.The petition, with over 8,000 signatures, was received by the City Council...

Thefts hit ‘Pokemon Go’ players

Published July 27, 2016

“Pokemon Go” players now have something other than rare Pokemon to watch out for.  The University of Minnesota Police Department responded to two phone thefts from “Pokemon Go” players last...

Recent thefts hit Pokémon Go players on University of Minnesota campus

Published July 23, 2016

“Pokémon Go” players now have something other than rare Pokémon to watch out for.  This week, the University of Minnesota Police Department responded to two incidents...

Digital rendering of the proposed 1501 Como Ave. SE apartment complex.

Apartments proposed for popular Como corner

Published July 20, 2016

A new apartment proposed for the Southeast Como neighborhood has culled safety worries, though some longtime residents think the plan will draw much-needed diversity to the area.The three-story, 30-unit...

Hodges: All Minneapolis police officers will be equipped with body cameras by October

Published July 19, 2016

Starting Wednesday, nearly 200 Minneapolis police officers will wear body cameras daily. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau held a press conference Tuesday...

In state legislature, special session likely

Published July 16, 2016

After Minnesota lawmakers convened Friday morning, a special session in late August looks likely. During the two-hour meeting, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders spoke at a press conference about...

Protest follows 4th Precinct shooter’s bail hearing

Published July 13, 2016

Protesters attended a bail hearing Wednesday, July 6, for Allen Scarsella, one of the men who shot five community members at a 4th Precinct protest following the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark. Scarsella...

Minneapolis City Clerk, Casey Carl, tells the Health, Environment and Community Engagement Committee that Communities United Against Police Brutality obtained the set amount of signatures to put the requirement of Professional Liability Insurance on the upcoming ballot at the Minneapolis City Council on July 11.

Police accountability petition advances

Published July 13, 2016

A petition to place a police insurance amendment on November’s ballot was approved at a Minneapolis City Council committee meeting Monday. Though the measure requires another step of council approval...

Devonne Mayweather, right, embraces Wesley Martin at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on June 6. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and other supporters joined Martin, who was shot by Allen Lance Scarsella last November during protests at the 4th Precinct, before attending the bail hearing for Scarsella.

Bail hearing for Black Lives Matter shooter draws controversy

Published July 7, 2016

Protesters attended a bail hearing Wednesday for Allen Scarsella, one of the men who shot five community members at a 4th Precinct protest, following the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark. Scarsella...

MPD aims to better respond to mental health crises

Published July 6, 2016

Amid calls for accountability, Minneapolis officials have decided to train police officers in handling mental health calls.  The Minneapolis City Council approved a contract Friday with the Minnesota...

Old tires spur health concern

Published July 6, 2016

When Nancy Brown registered her child for preschool at Lyndale Community School, she noticed a strong odor wafting from the school’s playground. The odor was that of rubber tires from the mulch on...

Democrats end House protest

Published June 29, 2016

A more than 24-hour sit-in by U.S. House Democrats on chamber floors ended Thursday.  The protest by Democratic legislators began around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to demand votes on gun control measures...

University professor awarded 100th Regents Professorship

Published June 29, 2016

The University of Minnesota announced the selection of its newest Regents professor on Wednesday. Christopher Uggen, professor of sociology and law, was awarded with the 100th Regents Professorship —...

Stand-up comedian Charms performs at Acme Comedy Companys open mic on Monday night. The club could face closure due to an apartment development that would eliminate a majority of the parking spaces in the lot across from Acme.

Development may threaten comedy club

Published June 29, 2016

Local and national comics and fans flocked to Minneapolis City Hall Monday to support Acme Comedy Company, which may close if a nearby apartment plans move forward.  The proposed development —...

U.S. House Democrats end sit-in over gun control

Published June 28, 2016

A more than 24-hour sit-in by U.S. House Democrats on chamber floors ended Thursday. The protest by Democratic legislators began around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to demand votes on gun control measures in the...

University names newest Regents professor

Published June 23, 2016

The University of Minnesota announced the selection of its newest Regents professor Wednesday. Christopher Uggen, professor of sociology and law, was awarded with the school’s 100th Regents Professorship...

Uncertainty mars special session bid

Published June 22, 2016

Prospects for a special session of the state Legislature appear unlikely after Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers again traded blame for not reaching an agreement. With a failed compromise on a roughly $1...

School resource officers in MPS under scrutiny

Published June 22, 2016

In recent months, school police officers have been under scrutiny by local activists, who claim their presence hurts students. Last week, the Minneapolis City Council chose to extend a public school contract...

Katie Eichele, Director of the Aurora Center, gives a presentation during the MN Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul on Thursday. The summit, designed for campus administrators and prevention staff, aimed to share best practices for preventing sexual assault, harassment, dating violence and stalking on college campuses.

Summit tackles campus sexual violence

Published June 15, 2016

Minnesota campus officials and sexual assault advocacy groups met Thursday to discuss ways to address sexual violence on college campuses. With colleges and universities under enormous pressure to adequately...

Members of the North Minneapolis community come together on the Lowry Avenue Bridge in unity against Northern Metal Recycling, as seen in the distance behind them on the evening of June 9. A report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that lists the neighborhood surrounding the facility as the citys highest levels of lead poising and asthma hospitalizations, and points to the recycling facility as a leading cause in the issue.

Facility spurs community health concerns

Published June 15, 2016

When Roxxanne O’Brien and her family moved within a mile of Northern Metal Recycling two years ago, they began to notice new health problems. O’Brien, who lives near North Lowry Avenue in Minneapolis,...

Katie Eichele, Director of the Aurora Center, gives a presentation during the MN Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul on Thursday. The summit, designed for campus administrators and prevention staff, aimed to share best practices for preventing sexual assault, harassment, dating violence and stalking on college campuses.

Minnesota campus officials discuss sexual violence, prevention

Published June 9, 2016

Minnesota campus officials and sexual assault advocacy groups met Thursday to discuss ways to address sexual violence on college campuses. With colleges and universities under enormous pressure to adequately...

Governor vetoes new tax bill

Published June 8, 2016

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a nearly $260 million tax relief package at midnight Monday due to a one-word error in the bill.   The error would have cost the state about $100 million over the next three...

Andrea Jenkins, a former Minneapolis city council policy aide and Transgender Oral History Project curator, poses for a portrait outside Blegen Hall on the West Bank campus, June 2.

Minneapolis strengthens transgender equity efforts

Published June 8, 2016

Officials have taken steps to cement transgender representation in Minneapolis by formalizing a commission that provides input on city matters — like gender-neutral bathrooms. Late last month, City...

A proposed 40-story luxury housing tower in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District was recently denied by the Historic Preservation Commission due to its height. The tower, proposed by Alatus LLC, would be located on Central Avenue Southeast, as represented here with through a superimposed rendering.

Luxury tower bid generates disagreement

Published June 8, 2016

Plans for a new condominium tower have divided residents and business owners of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. Although the proposed 40-story luxury condominium project was denied by the Heritage...

Legislative session ends with major goals unmet

Published June 1, 2016

When the legislative session ended last week, lawmakers failed to agree on an important deal to fund state infrastructure but managed to salvage some bills.   Still, legislators said there were some...

Dayton backs revised police body cam bill

Published June 1, 2016

Despite some public clamor, the State Legislature passed a revised police body camera bill last week. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law Tuesday morning. Much of the criticism of the bill comes...

Minneapolis approves paid sick-leave

Published May 27, 2016

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously approved an ordinance that will provide paid sick and safe time for most Minneapolis workers. The vote at Friday’s council meeting drew cheers and a...

Hodges addresses racial inequality

Published May 25, 2016

In her third State of the City address, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges praised the city’s progress but acknowledged lingering problems of racial disparities. Although she commented on the city’s...

Legislature fails to pass bonding bill before Sunday adjournment

Published May 25, 2016

  The University of Minnesota will receive no state funding after the state Legislature failed to pass a roughly $1 billion bonding bill in the waning hours of the legislative session Sunday night. The...

Paid sick leave hearing draws criticism, approval

Published May 25, 2016

Chants of “Sick leave for who? Sick leave for all!” echoed through the hallway of Minneapolis City Hall  last week, where workers and business owners discussed a proposal on paid sick...

Legislature fails to pass bonding bill

Published May 23, 2016

The University of Minnesota will receive no state funding after the state Legislature failed to pass a roughly $1 billion bonding bill in the waning hours of the session Sunday night. The University had...

Refinery co-owner Megan Smith gives Sarah Snapp an eyebrow wax. Smith says that the Refinerys variety of services and affordable prices should help give them the edge over a new competitor.

Local businesses coexist and compete

Published October 22, 2015

A new body waxing chain will open a location near the University of Minnesota, two blocks northeast of a 15-year-old Dinkytown salon.   The Refinery co-owner Megan Smith said she’s worried the...

Drones may soon be able to operate on their own

Published October 13, 2015

University of Minnesota and University of Colorado-Boulder researchers, along with scientists from three other schools, are looking for ways to improve tornado warnings using drones.   Though researchers...