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5 claims settled in 5 years

September 23, 2015

The University of Minnesota has paid nearly $450,000 over the past five years to settle five claims of sexual harassment.   According to public records obtained Tuesday by the Minnesota...

Man allegedly left flares in Coffman

August 12, 2015

University of Minnesota police arrested a man on Tuesday who allegedly left a bag of smoke flares inside Coffman Union on Sunday, which pushed police to close the building the next day. A criminal complaint...

Coffman Union closed for ‘security threat’ Monday

August 10, 2015

University of Minnesota officials closed Coffman Union on Monday morning to “investigate a security threat,” according to a text message alert sent at about 4:30 a.m. The University’s...

Police closed Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, August 10 to search for any potential security threats after night staff reported that a suspicious bag was in the building at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 9. Coffman will reopen Tuesday morning.

Suspicious bag in Coffman sparks FBI, UMPD investigation

August 10, 2015

University of Minnesota police are working with the FBI after a suspicious bag found in Coffman Union prompted the building’s closure Monday. Barricades blocked both footbridges leading to the student...

Fed grant to fund new bus shelters

October 7, 2014

A federal grant will help cover the cost of building new-and-improved bus shelters in areas of poverty throughout the Twin Cities beginning next year. Metro Transit received a $3.26 million grant late...

Building and grounds worker ​Bryan Fish cleans a room on Monday at Sanford Residence Hall. On average, Twin Cities campus civil service workers make $10,000 more per year than the same employees on Crookston campus.

Staff pay unequal across campuses

August 6, 2014

On average, a civil service employee at the University of Minnesota’s Crookston campus makes about $10,000 less per year compared to a similar employee on the Twin Cities campus. A pay gap for civil...

Regents to seek freeze extension

August 6, 2014

University of Minnesota officials are planning to ask the state Legislature for a boost in funding next session, which they say could extend the school’s already-active tuition freeze. Securing state...

Reporter’s Notebook: Student-athletes make academic strides

July 31, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s student-athletes earned higher marks this year than they have in the past. As of spring semester 2014, the average GPA for the University’s student-athletes was...

East Bank purchase expands University

July 30, 2014

Some of the unused land behind TCF Bank Stadium could sprout more research buildings as the University of Minnesota continues a slow expansion beyond the eastern confines of its Minneapolis campus. At...

University’s financial outlook remains ‘stable’

July 30, 2014

Despite a slow national recovery from the recent recession and uncertain federal research funding, credit rating agencies say the University of Minnesota’s finances look promising. Two high-profile...

No longer a ‘safety school’

July 23, 2014

More applications from prospective University of Minnesota students are rolling in than ever before, which has helped push the University to become a more selective institution. Record numbers of applicants...

University President Eric Kaler voices his position on the lightrail, the smoking ban, and other campus issues during an interview in his office on Thursday.

Kaler talks light-rail safety, NFL games

July 23, 2014

About a week after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler agreed to a contract extension and a salary boost, he chatted with the Minnesota Daily for its summer edition of Kickin’ it with Kaler. The...

University Athletic Director Norwood Teague presents Minnesota

Athletics department preps for changes, facilities

July 16, 2014

A national discussion to boost scholarships for student-athletes has reached the University of Minnesota, and school officials say the looming changes could bring a competitive advantage, despite the added...

University President Eric Kaler poses for a portrait at McNamara Alumni Center on Wednesday afternoon. Kaler

Kaler gets pay raise, extension

July 16, 2014

Amid debates over high administrative pay at colleges nationwide, University of Minnesota officials agree President Eric Kaler’s successes outweighed any signs of his failure — earning him...

Regents extend Kaler’s contract to 2020

July 9, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents unanimously voted on Wednesday to extend President Eric Kaler’s contract, setting the stage for his continued leadership through the end of the...

App to help the blind navigate nears completion

July 9, 2014

Walking through construction zones is challenging for Nicole Plan, a recent University of Minnesota graduate who’s visually impaired. When Plan attended the University, crossing campus was sometimes...

U nears record in donations

July 2, 2014

The University of Minnesota received an almost record-breaking amount of donation money this year. Total donations since last July topped $276 million on Friday, just $13 million shy of the University’s...

Rep. McCollum: Redskins name violates U policy

June 26, 2014

Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., sent a letter last week urging Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf to take a stand against the Washington Redskins’ name, also stating that it would violate...

Sophomore Maddie Blake sits at her desk in 17th Avenue Residence Hall on Friday. Blake is not planning to return to on-campus housing in the fall, but her roommate Stephanie Murch is.

U aims to house more sophomores

June 25, 2014

The University of Minnesota wants more of its students to live on campus for their sophomore year. This approach to student housing is gaining traction across the country, and University data show that...

SNAP-Ed hires employees after federal funding boost

June 25, 2014

A University of Minnesota Extension program is adding back about half of the jobs it recently lost. The University’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education recently received its annual...

U rower, coaches pull injured woman out of Mississippi River

June 19, 2014

Two college rowers and two University of Minnesota rowing coaches rescued an injured woman from the Mississippi River early Wednesday. The woman, who was conscious, was trapped in some trees near the shoreline...

U set to speak up about development

June 18, 2014

As neighborhoods surrounding campus continue to change rapidly, University of Minnesota administrators are making plans to become more vocal about their opinions on area development. Top University officials...

President Eric Kaler speaks at the Board of Regents meeting at McNamara Alumni Center on Friday. The board approved the Athletic Department's request to sell student tickets to the general public earlier in the season in the hopes of increasing attendance on game days.

Following low sales, student season football tickets get a push

June 18, 2014

The University of Minnesota is trying to fill its student section at Gophers football games — even if students alone aren’t enough. After years of student season ticket sales plummeting, the...

Regents OK budget, capital funding

June 14, 2014

  The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents gave its formal nod on Friday to President Eric Kaler’s budget and capital improvement funding for next year.   The board gave the...

In prep for Vikings, new turf finished at TCF Bank Stadium

June 11, 2014

Crews have finished laying new, heated turf at TCF Bank Stadium in preparation for the arrival of the Minnesota Vikings, KSTP reported. The Vikings will share the stadium with the University of Minnesota...

Student reps to push for more financial literacy programs

June 11, 2014

In response to continual increases in tuition and student debt, student representatives to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are asking school leaders to help students spend wisely by...

Capital budget highlights safety

June 11, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s proposed capital improvement budget for next year provides funding for safety initiatives, more efficient technology and improvements to campus buildings, among other...

Minneapolis puts off vote to ban smoking in parks

June 5, 2014

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will wait to decide whether to ban smoking in city parks after questions about enforcing the ban surfaced at a discussion late Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported. The...

CLA to put greater focus on career prep

June 4, 2014

Students in the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts could soon see a greater focus on jobs and more advising support. In an attempt to combat common negative perceptions regarding the...

Facing low enrollment, Law School gets a $2.2 million boost

June 4, 2014

As its enrollment continues to drop, the University of Minnesota’s Law School is set to receive more money to fight financial woes. President Eric Kaler’s proposed budget for next year includes...

Green Line will run 48 minutes end to end

May 29, 2014

Come June, passengers traveling along the light rail’s new Green Line will need to plan for about 48 minutes to get from one end to the other, news sources report. The route will pass through the...

Merit aid will grow, but not need-based

May 28, 2014

The University of Minnesota plans to amp up funding for merit-based financial aid next year. As part of a push to recruit more top-notch students to the University, President Eric Kaler proposed in early...

Karen Kaler briefly visits with a patient in a play room at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital on West Bank during a tour of the building on April 25. Karen Kaler volunteers to rock premature infants at the Children's Hospital.

The University’s No. 1 ambassador

May 6, 2014

Karen Kaler is a naturalized Gopher. A charming Tennessee accent combined with warm Southern hospitality make it difficult for Kaler, wife to University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, to pass as a...

Clyde Bellecourt, a cofounder of the American Indian Movement, blows a whistle during a circle dance in City Hall's atrium on Friday.

Minneapolis throws Columbus Day overboard

April 29, 2014

More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the city of Minneapolis has decided to remember him a little differently. The City Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday...

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges gives her first state of the city address at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Thursday.

Hodges praises growth

April 28, 2014

In her first State of the City address, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges applauded new city construction projects, specifically ones around the University, saying development won’t slow down anytime...

Ward 2 council member Cam Gordon.

Gordon’s goals don’t sway

April 24, 2014

Even after serving on the City Council for nearly a decade, Cam Gordon hasn’t strayed from his roots. The Ward 2 City Councilman has served the University of Minnesota and surrounding neighborhoods...

Hodges makes first State of the City address

April 24, 2014

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges applauded new growth in the University of Minnesota’s area and called for more citywide development in her first State of the City address on Thursday. “We are...

U area on trend for growth

April 22, 2014

Twin Cities’ population is poised to skyrocket, and city leaders are evaluating whether the University of Minnesota area is ready for a smooth transition. The Metropolitan Council presented its 30-year...

City develops regulations for Lyft

April 17, 2014

Lyft and UberX connect riders and drivers through a mobile app, essentially providing a citizen chauffeur service. The companies are currently operating illegally in Minneapolis, since standing city code...

City Council member Jacob Frey speaks to the press Friday in Dinkytown about being safe after Saturday's Gophers men's hockey team's NCAA championship game.

When the U is involved, Frey isn’t shy

April 17, 2014

Jacob Frey has already made a noticeable mark on Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, even though he’s been a City Council member for less than four months. Frey, who as Ward 3 City...

One of the many potholes that cars attempt to avoid hitting on Pillsbury Drive Southeast on the University's East Bank on Thursday.

Minneapolis patches pothole fund with $1 million

April 15, 2014

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs. But the streets...

HOME Line housing attorney Matt Eichenlaub talks to a renter on the phone on Friday at their Minneapolis office. HOME Line is a nonprofit that provides free legal, organizing, educational and advocacy services for tenants in Minnesota and now have the resources to help Minneapolis tenants beginning April 1.

Law students lend help to local renter hotline

April 7, 2014

Minneapolis renters can now get free legal advice with help from University of Minnesota law students. Home Line, a call service offering legal advice to tenants, made its services free in Minneapolis...

Audience members listen and dance to Night Moves close to the stage at the Varsity Theater on Friday night. The proposed ordinance would require venues to provide earplugs to concert attendees.

City may plug local ears

April 2, 2014

A new city law might force music venues to give concertgoers’ ears a break. The change would come in the form of free earplugs, which Minneapolis venues would have to provide under the new ordinance. Some...

Local high schools host medical residencies

April 1, 2014

Family medical residents from the University of Minnesota will work in Minneapolis schools as part of a new five-year partnership set to launch next academic year. Minneapolis City Council members approved...

After stand-off, Minneapolis set to legalize Lyft

March 26, 2014

Minneapolis will likely allow ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uberto to operate in the city after weeks of contention over whether company drivers should have to purchase taxi licenses. Lyft, a citizen...

Minneapolis reworks 911 staffing

March 24, 2014

Minneapolis City Council members reviewed a new staffing plan last week designed to lower 911 answer and dispatch times — upgrades the University of Minnesota’s Emergency Communications Center...

LRT derailment simulation to hit Stadium Village

March 13, 2014

Smoke, first responders and volunteers faking injuries will fill Stadium Village early  on Tuesday, March 18, during a Light Rail Transit derailment simulation, while many University of Minnesota...

U wants a say in development

March 11, 2014

University of Minnesota administrators say it’s time to strengthen the institution’s role in nearby development. Minneapolis City Council members and University administrators say that...

Mallory Kurkoski, 2nd year Carlson part-time MBA student, is a driver for Lyft about 20 hours per week. She is shown here at the beginning of her shift on Monday.

Lyft dodges city sanctions

March 6, 2014

Zac Henderson hitched rides to class, work and parties this week in strangers’ cars, using a ridesharing app that’s new to Minneapolis. The family social science sophomore is taking advantage...

City asks for state funds to renovate Nicollet Mall

March 5, 2014

As part of their 2014 legislative agenda, Minneapolis leaders will urge state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage and provide funding for a renovation of Nicollet Mall — a spot they say could become...