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Students plant in the West Bank Community Garden during their Garden Festival event on Saturday. New research suggests increased exposure to nature through projects like community gardens can foster positive mental health.

Reaping the benefit of urban greenery

Published May 2, 2016

From better stormwater infrastructure to more green space on streets, new urban design plans in the Twin Cities are focusing in on sustainability and mental health.     Public health experts...

Study: Emoji not as simple as they seem

Published April 28, 2016

Though simplistically cute, emojis are not as straightforward as they seem.     New University of Minnesota research slated for publication next month suggests people interpret popular emojis...

Sexual assault survivors speak during a Panel of Hope at the Ramsey County Start By Believing event at Hamline University in St. Paul on April 13.

To combat low reporting, officials look to train officers better

Published April 20, 2016

Of the less than 20 percent of sexual assaults reported to police, only about 3 percent lead to an arrest. Even fewer lead to felony convictions with time served.     To address how initial police...

President of the U.S. Institute for Peace, Nancy Lindborg, poses for portraits at the Minnesota Daily offices on Tuesday. The U.S. Institute for Peace is a federally funded NGO that does work in Africa and the Middle East, among other places.

Expert talks challenges in finding peace

Published April 13, 2016

Nancy Lindborg, first female president and CEO of the United States Institute of Peace, provided her insight on the roots of world conflict in a speech at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School...

St. Paul rethinks drainage

Published April 6, 2016

Over the next two years, St. Paul officials will try to bring stormwater use issues to the surface.     St. Paul received a grant in March to study the cost of building and maintaining new stormwater...

Research assistant professor of the Schmidt-Dannert lab, Maureen Quin, gives a five minute talk on her enzymes research during the SciSpark 2016: Women in Science event in the St. Paul Student Center on Monday evening.

SciSpark hails women in science

Published March 29, 2016

Researchers boosted the visibility of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields Monday  night — at breakneck speed.     Families, students and faculty...

Residents decry stadium plans

Published March 21, 2016

In St. Paul, plans for a new Major League Soccer stadium have stirred concerns in residents.     The city secured a bid for Minnesota United FC’s new stadium in October, but as plans for...

UMD Title IX review underway

Published March 9, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into a Title IX complaint filed last November by former University of Minnesota-Duluth coaches and former and current student athletes alleging...

Gordon Folke checks out a book at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Library Service Agency implemented a new program that allows people with library cards access to certain museums and theaters for free or discounted prices.

MELSA launches new library program

Published March 3, 2016

A new Twin Cities library program will help connect local book-lovers to other art forms in the area.     The Metropolitan Library Service Agency, or MELSA, launched a pilot program Tuesday that...

Freshman animal science major Danielle Johnson feeds calves at the Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research facilities on the St. Paul Campus. The St. Paul Campus hosted its first Explore Ag Careers Day last Monday, which provided information on agricultural careers to middle schoolers in an effort to encourage more students to pursue careers in agricultue.

U debuts Agricultural Career Day

Published February 22, 2016

A career in agriculture doesn’t necessarily require previous farm experience.     To address qualified worker shortages, youth groups and the University of Minnesota are working to educate...

St. Paul mulls regulations to ground AirBnB

Published February 17, 2016

St. Paul resident Laura Rice and her wife started hosting guests in their two spare bedrooms through AirBnB in July to make extra money for their wedding, but the couple has continued using the service...

Activists could crash St. Paul skating event

Published February 10, 2016

Unless local and state public officials abide by a list of seven demands, Black Lives Matter St. Paul — a chapter not officially affiliated with the national movement — threatened it will...

Elliot and Sylvia look at the puppets on display in the Central Librarys Youth Services department on Saturday at George Latimer Central Library in St.Paul. Although a special performance was put on for the grand reopening, Elliot and Sylvia often come on Saturdays for various puppet shows and performances.

St. Paul library turns a new page

Published February 1, 2016

The nearly century-old George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul reopened Saturday after a more than $1 million facelift, following a recent push to update libraries.     A...

Kindergarten student spurs gender debate

Published January 27, 2016

Debates over how to balance gender inclusion, privacy and religious freedom have left one St. Paul charter school divided.     The Minnesota Family Council, a Christian organization, held a...

Vape Pros Sales Associate Emily Bosacker, right, exhales vapor while working with Assistant Manager Joel Volden to help customer Jerome Norris, far left, purchase a replacement tank at Vape Pros on University Avenue in St. Paul on Friday.

St. Paul bans flavor tobacco

Published January 18, 2016

Convenience stores and gas stations in St. Paul have until April to clear their shelves of all non-menthol-flavored tobacco products.     St. Paul City Council followed Minneapolis’ lead...