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Gubernatorial candidates selected, close race expected

August 26, 2002

Four years after Jesse Ventura's gubernatorial campaign made "third-party politics" a household phrase in Minnesota, Ventura's June 18 announcement that he will not seek re-election sent four major candidates...

Contract buyout a possibility for Minneapolis police chief’s future

April 18, 2002

Minneapolis officials remained tight-lipped Wednesday on details of a possible buyout of Minneapolis police Chief Robert Olson's contract, but they confirmed reports Mayor R.T. Rybak is considering ousting...

Humphrey series to recognize Rep. Sabo

April 16, 2002

Kicking off a University lecture series established to honor his work in public service, U.S. Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, D-Minn., addressed an overflow crowd Monday, joking his way through a 50-minute acceptance...

Council moves toward rebuilding Civilian Review Authority

April 8, 2002

Minneapolis City Council members approved an initiative to advance reconstruction of the ailing Civilian Review Authority on Friday, assigning the plan a two-month timeline. After city officials trimmed...

Political activist’s book presents concerns about Ventura deeds

April 5, 2002

A political and environmental activist - and current gubernatorial candidate - unveiled a book Thursday detailing various misdeeds he alleges Gov. Jesse Ventura has committed. Leslie Davis, a Brooklyn-born...

Bioterrorism expert Osterholm named to CDC transition team

April 2, 2002

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson named a University epidemiologist and bioterrorism expert to the four-doctor management transition team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Supreme Court denies U appeal hearing request

March 26, 2002

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a University petition to review a lower court's decision in a sex discrimination suit, perhaps clearing the way for one professor's long-awaited trial. Ian Maitland, a...

FBI seeks information on council member plumbers union ties

March 15, 2002

Federal investigators have requested information regarding Minneapolis City Council member Joe Biernat's relationship with the local plumbers union, as well as the records of plumbing work done for various...

Protesters mark Tibetan uprising 43rd anniversary

March 11, 2002

Amid a sea of colorful flags and signs dotting Peavey Plaza downtown Sunday, about 200 heads bowed in silence to commemorate the more than 1 million lives lost in the Tibetan struggle against Chinese occupation. The...

U English professor recalls front-line reporting dangers

March 7, 2002

As a journalist mired in the war-torn jungles of northern Sri Lanka in the late 1980s, Qadri Ismail - now a University English professor - lay wounded on the ground with no feeling in his body from the...

U Regent O’Keefe named MCAD president, resigns state office

March 6, 2002

University Regent Michael O'Keefe resigned from his post as Minnesota human services commissioner last week to become president of a local arts college. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Board...

Supreme Court decision ends U discrimination suit

February 28, 2002

The University's first appearance in the nation's highest court proved victorious Wednesday, when a 6-3 ruling in favor of the Board of Regents ended a nearly decade-long age discrimination suit. Former...

Duffy releases inquiry findings

February 26, 2002

No widespread corruption exists within Minneapolis government, Chicago attorney Joe Duffy informed a City Council committee Monday. But the government's structure could use some scrutiny, said Duffy, who...

Council cuts budget, halves civilian review

February 18, 2002

City Council members unanimously approved a $5.2 million gouge in Minneapolis' budget Friday, though not without several last-minute efforts to tweak the plan before it went through. The new budget stymies...

Minneapolis to cut $5.2 million from city budget

February 15, 2002

The Minneapolis City Council will attempt to slim its budget by $5.2 million Friday, a fiscal belt-tightening that will threaten several departments and services. After considering individual departments'...

Police investigate letters received by funeral homes

February 14, 2002

As citizens embark on the path to recovery, Hudson police continue to investigate more than 100 leads in a recent double homicide - including a link to a religious group that has sent threatening notes...

Council mandates licensing for events with alcohol sales

February 13, 2002

Citing out-of-control parties as its impetus, a Minneapolis City Council committee adopted an ordinance Tuesday requiring licensing for large events where alcohol is sold. After nearly a year of grappling...

City Council asks West Bank plant to use natural gas

February 13, 2002

Answering the pleas of several area pollution-control groups, City Council members took steps Tuesday to make sure Minneapolis residents can breathe a little easier. A City Council committee approved a...

Stabbing victim out of hospital; suspect has previous arrests

February 8, 2002

A 47-year-old St. Paul man was treated and released from Hennepin County Medical Center after he was stabbed in front of Moos Tower on Wednesday evening. William Bane Boursaw was admitted to HCMC and treated...

Former council member Herron sentenced to jail

February 7, 2002

A federal judge sentenced former Minneapolis City Council member Brian Herron to one year in prison Wednesday after Herron pleaded guilty to federal extortion charges last July. Herron admitted to requesting...

Residents, Park Board debate Cedar Lake beach’s future

February 5, 2002

Tucked away at the end of a well-trodden trail cloaked in buckthorn and rife with mud holes, there is a hidden beach. The beach, on the northeast side of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, is unregulated and unofficial...

Minneapolis officials plan city budget cuts

February 5, 2002

Department heads filed into Minneapolis City Council chambers Monday, burdened with the knowledge that the state has a problem. And they're going to have to help fix it. The council - which is faced with...

Attorney nears completion of City Council investigation

January 29, 2002

The attorney conducting Minneapolis' inquiry into its own regulatory services told City Council members Monday his investigation should soon be complete. Chicago attorney Joseph Duffy - hired last fall...

U asks Supreme Court to review sex bias suit

January 24, 2002

A University legal battle nearly a decade in the making approached the doors of the nation's highest court early this month when University counsel - in a rare act - petitioned for a review of a lower...

Osama bin Laden video games gain popularity, offer users revenge

November 15, 2001

The Kill Osama Game, Bend Over Bin Laden, Osamatron Torture Machine - the list of computer games targeting the world's most sought-after man goes on. They sprang up en masse shortly after the terrorist...

City Council votes to demolish Guthrie

November 12, 2001

Despite what has grown into an international debate, the Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to tear down the Guthrie Theater. But the question has evolved; it is no longer an issue of whether the theater...

Sayles Belton releases 2002 budget proposal

November 9, 2001

Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton presented her 2002 budget address Thursday, shying away from her earlier-proposed $6 million tax levy to aid the Neighborhood Revitalization Project and other improvement programs. Sayles...

Mayoral race enters final day

November 5, 2001

It was their last chance. After months of planning and campaigning, of tearing up each other's plans for affordable housing and neighborhood improvement, of gnashing teeth over crime and downtown development,...

PEZ enthusiasts flock to annual candy convention

October 22, 2001

Los Angeles newlyweds Gilbert and Buddy Pate Rodela wandered through the sixth annual Minnesota PEZ Convention wearing infectious smiles and full PEZ regalia, their eyes growing wider with each table of...

Forget cyber-Homecoming: Attend the real thing

October 15, 2001

The times they are a-changing. But the basic premise of Homecoming more or less remains the same. Okay, maybe less. Yes, the long arm of globalization and high-speed communication has reached even those...

Sayles Belton holds meeting with U’s College Democrats

October 12, 2001

A small assembly of students - mostly of the College Democrats at the University - listened on campus to Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton's campaign pitch Thursday evening. And then they challenged it. Sayles...

State, U officials discuss bioterror

October 11, 2001

In 1984, the Rajneesh cult poisoned hundreds of Oregonians with salmonella in the first, and thus far only, biological weapons attack in the United States. Since Sept. 11, national fear has soared that...

Court denies Sabri dismissal, evidence supression requests

October 8, 2001

In an order filed Friday, a judge denied businessman Basim Sabri's requests to dismiss his bribery indictment and discount condemning evidence Sabri said was unfairly obtained. Sabri, who was charged in...

U professors give differing opinions on U.S. military strikes

October 8, 2001

The obscurity of the loosely bound terrorist networks that are the target of U.S. military strikes matches the clarity of their threat, University experts say. Beyond that, however, there is little experts...

National Guard boosts airport security, public peace of mind

October 8, 2001

After successfully passing through an airport metal detector and retrieving his carefully X-rayed carry-on, one passenger patted a nearby National Guardsman on the back and thanked him for being there. The...

Judge denies request to throw out bribery charges in federal inquiry

October 5, 2001

In an order filed today a judge denied businessman Basim Sabri’s requests to dismiss his indictment and to discount search warrant-obtained evidence and statements Sabri made to the FBI before his...

Rally promotes support for workers affected by terrorism

October 1, 2001

Airline industry workers rallied at the State Capitol on Sunday alongside workers from other sectors who have felt the economic strain following the New York and Washington, D.C., attacks to call for state...

Students, anti-war groups rally for peace, against military action

September 21, 2001

Marking the National Day of Protest Against the War and for Justice, several anti-war groups and individuals held rallies and conferences Thursday denouncing potential military strikes on Afghanistan. Initiated...

Minneapolis appoints lawyer Joe Duffy to run self-investigation

September 21, 2001

After nearly two months at a standstill, Minneapolis' self-investigation will proceed, following the recent selection of an independent attorney to head the inquiry. City Attorney Jay Heffern has chosen...

Congress recommends $40 billion in aid, declines war powers

September 14, 2001

President George W. Bush answered the public cry for aid - and revenge - Thursday when he called for an initial $20 billion from Congress to clean debris and bolster rescue efforts and security in the...

Passengers await FAA approval

September 13, 2001

The Federal Aviation Administration extended until further notice its moratorium on commercial flights, according to a Wednesday statement from Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. Flights forced...

Twin Cities primary election votes are counted

September 12, 2001

After months of campaigning, R.T. Rybak and Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton have emerged from Tuesday's primary election as the two mayoral candidates who will advance to the general election Nov. 6. The two...

Mayoral hopefuls criticized after donors revealed

September 10, 2001

After last week's disclosure of campaign contribution records, some donations the top mayoral candidates accepted have incited criticism for possible conflicts of interest. Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton raised...

Mayoral candidates debate as primary election nears

September 6, 2001

Wednesday night, six days before the primary election, four of the 22 Minneapolis mayoral candidates debated at Augsburg College, addressing issues that have repeatedly appeared in this summer's campaign. Minnesota...

Minneapolis hopefuls criticize media, seek participation in debates

September 4, 2001

A 22-candidate ballot awaits voters Sept. 11, when a primary election will narrow the laundry list of Minneapolis mayoral hopefuls to two. But only four candidates - Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, City Council...

Sabri had history of misappropriating funds with U group

September 4, 2001

Local businessman Basim Sabri's arrest and charging on three federal counts of bribery last Wednesday is only the latest piece of the puzzle. The tumult in City Hall began this summer when former 8th Ward...

Uptown living often worth the increased expense

August 20, 2001

Erin Lundeen, a University theater major, moved to Uptown at the beginning of August after a year of living in Dinnaken House on Washington Avenue. The search took Lundeen and her roommates several months...

Wardere focuses on trust, police-community relations

August 15, 2001

Editor's note: This profile is part of The Minnesota Daily's continuing coverage of Minneapolis' mayoral candidates. Mahamoud Wardere has lived in Minneapolis for six of his eight years in the United States....

Mayoral candidates meet, exchange ideas over coffee

August 15, 2001

The afternoon was warm, the coffee shop packed and the excited air contagious as four of Minneapolis' mayoral candidates huddled around a green picnic table outside of Bob's Java Hut to discuss plans and...

Mayor plans funding cuts, tax increases

August 10, 2001

In her 2002 budget framework address Thursday, Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton proposed large cuts to the Minneapolis Community Development Agency - both in funding and its capacity - as well as cutting the...

Architect field narrowed for new city library design

August 8, 2001

Three architectural firms remain in the running to design a new Minneapolis library after a committee discarded three other contenders in a meeting Tuesday. The Central Library Implementation Committee...

Minneapolis loses bond rating point, taxes expected to increase

August 1, 2001

One of the three agencies that ascertains Minneapolis' credit rating, Moody's Investors Service, dropped the city's rating from Aaa to Aa1 Monday, citing a nearly $70 million deficit in the city's internal...

Ventura fills 5 U regent posts

August 1, 2001

Gov. Jesse Ventura appointed five members to the University's Board of Regents on Tuesday, months after the deadline passed for the Legislature to fill the positions. In addition to Michael O'Keefe's reappointment,...

City Council OKs new search criteria for inquiry head

July 30, 2001

In an attempt to secure an unbiased attorney to head Minneapolis' regulatory services investigation, City Council members voted Friday to adjust search criteria to include a measure stating the investigator...

Minneapolis looks outside metro area for new investigator

July 27, 2001

City Attorney Jay Heffern and members of the City Council addressed the temporary halt in Minneapolis' internal investigation in a meeting Thursday, tentatively deciding on a new criterion for investigator...

Lewis steps down from city’s self-investigation

July 25, 2001

After criticism for his ties to Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton poured in from Minneapolis citizens and officials, attorney Don Lewis announced Tuesday he will no longer head the city's self-investigation. City...

City’s extortion investigator pick draws criticism

July 23, 2001

City officials and Minneapolis constituents are criticizing Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton for the appointment of attorney Don Lewis to organize the city's self-investigation. Lewis has supported Sayles Belton's...

City hires lawyer to aid ongoing extortion probe

July 20, 2001

Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton announced Thursday the city has hired an outside attorney to aid in an investigation of Minneapolis' regulatory services. The investigation comes on the heels of former City...

New party makes first mayoral bid

July 11, 2001

His political party just nine months old and one city wide, Larry Leininger announced his intent to bring the upstart group's ideas to the political arena in a bid for Minneapolis mayor. At the heart of...

Veteran Franson pledges strong leadership as mayor

July 9, 2001

Editor's note: This is the third of The Minnesota Daily's profiles on each of Minneapolis' mayoral candidates. The voice mail message at Dick Franson's campaign office begins with the sunny proclamation:...

Stenglein launches ‘back to the basics’ mayoral bid

July 3, 2001

Editor's note: This is the first of The Minnesota Daily's profiles on Minneapolis' six mayoral candidates. Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein officially announced his run for Minneapolis mayor...

Welfare rights activists protest as 5-year deadline approaches

July 2, 2001

Members of the Welfare Rights Committee gathered in front of Gov. Jesse Ventura's office Saturday to voice their opposition to the limited extension of welfare benefits outlined in the health and human...

Incumbent Joan Campbell seeks 4th Minneapolis City Council term

June 20, 2001

Twelve years representing Minneapolis' 2nd Ward hasn't proven enough for City Council Member Joan Campbell - come November she hopes to find herself sitting behind the same desk in City Hall. "I still...

U grad student ‘Wants to be a Millionaire’

June 15, 2001

Kyong Halvorson, a University graduate student in the English department, appeared in the last few minutes of ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" last night, securing $300 before the show ended. "It...

Discrimination suit takes U to Supreme Court

June 8, 2001

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an age discrimination lawsuit involving the University and two former employees, marking the first time the institution has been summoned to the highest court...

Minneapolis Police name top University-area party houses

November 28, 2000

No longer exclusive to David Letterman, top 10 lists are cropping up everywhere, including a new one issued by the Minneapolis Police Department. The MPD recently compiled a list of the top 10 party houses...

Snow emergency rules create havoc for Twin Cities car owners

November 27, 2000

Winter is here, and along with it the heightened possibility of having to take an unexpected trip to the impound lot. The declaration of a snow emergency during inclement weather means diminished parking...

Hepatitis C effects unknown to many

September 6, 2000

What you don't know can't hurt you, right? Not so, when what you don't know about is the presence of a surprisingly prevalent and incredibly deadly virus. More than 4.5 million Americans are infected with...

Marcy-Holmes continues to charm all

August 21, 2000

Marcy-Holmes, the neighborhood located between the Como area, the University and downtown, is something of a missing link as far as neighborhoods go. A short tour through the area quickly reveals the paradoxical...

Marcy-Holmes: an in-depth view of the neighborhood

July 31, 2000

Marcy-Holmes, the neighborhood located between the Como area, the University and downtown, is something of a missing link as far as neighborhoods go. A short tour through the area quickly reveals the paradoxical...