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Ryan Faircloth

Politics and government reporter | Higher Education

Ryan Faircloth covers Minnesota politics and government for the Star Tribune.


Faircloth previously covered higher education and breaking news, contributing to the Star Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the police killing of George Floyd. A 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Faircloth started his career covering state politics for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and was named Minnesota's Young Journalist of the Year by the state Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting at the Capitol. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing boxing and mixed martial arts – sports he once competed in – and searching the Twin Cities for barbecue and tacos that are even half as good as those he had growing up in Houston.
Recent content from Ryan Faircloth
Customers lined up out the door to purchase newly-legal THC edibles at Nothing But Hemp on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue on Friday, July 1, 2022. ] MARK V

New edible cannabis law catches some Minnesota regulators, lawmakers by surprise

Questions remain of how legislation made it through Republican-controlled Senate.
Gummies containing delta-9 THC and CBD were displayed last week at Nothing But Hemp in St. Paul.

Edibles, beverages infused with cannabis ingredient THC become legal today

Edibles and beverages may contain 5 milligrams of cannabis ingredient THC per serving and 50 milligrams per package.
Minnesota’s gas tax is 28.5 cents. If that and the federal tax were suspended, Minnesotans could save about $7 on every 15-gallon fill-up.

Walz, GOP leaders cool on idea of state gas tax holiday

They say tax rebates and tax cuts would have more impact.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen is pitching a 10-part “Fight Inflation Today” plan.

GOP governor candidate Scott Jensen calls for eliminating Minnesota's state income tax

Jensen's plan to fight inflation includes phasing out the state's income tax and vetoing "wasteful spending."
Gov. Tim Walz is calling for returning half of the budget surplus to taxpayers in direct checks.

Rebate checks, tax cuts: Walz, Republicans continue fight over surplus

The DFL governor is pitching $2,000 rebate checks for couples and $1,000 for individuals.
Minnesota State colleges and universities system Chancellor Devinder Malhotra

Minnesota State colleges and universities to hike tuition 3.5%

The college system's board of trustees approved the increase Wednesday amid student opposition.
Attorney General Keith Ellison said he will defend women who seek abortions in Minnesota if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Ellison vows to legally defend travelers who come to state for abortions

Ellison said he is prepared to defend travelers who get abortions here if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Corbin Hoornbeek will be the ninth president of the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

University of Northwestern in St. Paul appoints new president

Corbin Hoornbeek will assume the role in August.
Scott Jensen, a Chaska physician, is the GOP-endorsed candidate for governor.

GOP governor candidate Scott Jensen seeks to reshape board that investigated his medical license

The family physician from Chaska took aim at the state Board of Medical Practice.
University of Minnesota Regent David McMillan has resigned from the Board of Regents to apply for the interim chancellor job at the U’s Duluth campu

University of Minnesota regent resigns from board to seek Duluth campus chancellor job

David McMillan resigned Tuesday from the U's Board of Regents.
University of Minnesota Board of Regents Chairman Ken Powell and President Joan Gabel at the meeting Friday in Minneapolis.

U regents OK tuition hike for Minnesota students at Twin Cities campus

The 3.5% tuition increase for resident students at the Twin Cities campus is the largest in a decade.
University of Minnesota Police Chief Matt Clark, pictured in this file photo, addressed the regents Thursday about crimes at a property near campus.

University of Minnesota seeks control of housing co-op where recent shootings, assaults occurred

Administrators say "problem property" was the site of several criminal incidents.
Incoming Carleton College Provost Michelle Mattson

Carleton College names new provost

Michelle Mattson will start as Carleton's provost on July 15.
While student loan payments were paused these past two years, Ben Dufault and his partner put that money into savings for a down payment on a home. Th

From homebuying to building savings, the student loan payment pause changed these Minnesotans' lives

Minnesotans share how the pause on federal student loan payments helped them.
70-year-old Cambridge man dead after crash in Isanti

70-year-old Cambridge man dead after crash in Isanti

The man's vehicle was broadsided and rolled into a median.
73-year-old dead, two others hurt in western Minnesota crash

73-year-old dead, two others hurt in western Minnesota crash

The two-vehicle crash happened Saturday evening.
Aon apprentices including Kai Westby (third from left) listened to opening remarks during the Minnesota Apprentice Network professional mixer this mon

Get a job or go to college? Strong economy makes choice harder

A growing number of jobs are opening up for Minnesotans without four-year degrees.
The University of Minnesota Duluth will seek an interim chancellor after a failed search for a campus leader.

Failed search for UMD chancellor cost more than $160,000

U President Joan Gabel declined to say why none of the three finalists got the job.
Students walked on the campus of Winona State University.

Minnesota State colleges poised to increase tuition as enrollment slide continues

State colleges and universities seek 3.5% tuition increase.
University of Minnesota regents expressed concerns Thursday about a proposal to raise tuition across the system.

University of Minnesota regents express caution about raising tuition, dorm prices

U President Joan Gabel has proposed a 3.5% tuition hike for Twin Cities campus students.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel.

U president proposes 3.5% tuition hike for Twin Cities students

Minnesota residents attending the U's Twin Cities campus would pay almost $500 more in tuition next year.
Robert “Bob” Latz

Bob Latz, former assistant attorney general with a 'commitment to democracy,' dies at 91

Bob Latz was a lifelong public servant and community leader with a "sense of justice."
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, shown in 2019, called on the president this week to cancel federal student loan debt.

Ellison joins attorneys general to call on Biden to cancel student loan debt

Their request comes just a week after the president announced he is "taking a hard look" at canceling some federal student loan debt.
Anna DeMarre, a senior at Burnsville High School, read an admissions guide during a recent presentation for prospective students at the University of

In Minnesota and U.S., colleges fight to recruit shrinking pool of students

Colleges look to recover enrollment as dropoff in young adult population looms.
St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson, pictured here in 2017, said the professor’s removal was not the result of the “decision to host any

St. Olaf professor says he lost leadership post for inviting controversial speaker to campus

The college said the backlash was not a factor in its decision to remove Edmund Santurri as director of the Institute for Freedom and Community.
Hamline University is permanently dropping ACT/SAT test requirements for applicants.

Hamline University to permanently ditch ACT/SAT test requirement

Prospective students will be judged on grades and extracurricular activities instead.
Joy Bodin will take office as Hennepin Technical College’s interim president on June 1.

Hennepin Technical College gets interim president as students call for more oversight

Joy Bodin replaces former President Merrill Irving Jr., who resigned amid accusations of harassment and discrimination.
Admissions counselor John Brown gave a campus tour in St. Cloud, Minn., in March. Declining enrollment could bode ill for colleges like St. Cloud Stat

Fewer people going to college in Minnesota could reshape higher education, workforce

Colleges in Minnesota and nationwide are at a crossroads with declining enrollment.
About 1 in 5 rural health providers plan to leave their profession in the next five years, according to the Minnesota Department of Health report.

Minnesota could face 'alarming' health care worker shortage

About 1 in 5 rural health providers said they plan to leave their profession in the next five years, with the largest projected losses to come among physicians, according to a report released Tuesday.
Pine Technical and Community College automated systems technology students Chris Carty, right, and Wes Berens assemble control panels during class Mon

Minnesota House Democrats propose free community college for state residents

Community college grant program would cover tuition for Minnesotans of certain income levels.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz toured the nursing program facilities at St. Paul College on Tuesday.

Minnesota surpasses goal of recruiting 1,000 new certified nursing assistants

Gov. Tim Walz wants to make tuition-free nursing assistant training program permanent.
Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and supporters gathered Friday outside Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters.

Minneapolis schools, teachers reach tentative deal to end strike

Students may return to class as soon as Monday, the district said. In a news release, the union noted "major gains" on pay for education support professionals, class size caps and mental health supports.
Minnesota residents who enroll as freshmen at the University of Minnesota’s regional campuses, including Duluth, could be eligible for more scholars

University of Minnesota proposes up to $11,000 in new scholarships for residents who enroll at regional campuses

Resident students who enroll as freshmen could get thousands in new scholarship aid.
Minnesota State colleges and universities system Chancellor Devinder Malhotra.

Minnesota State college system to review harassment policy, presidential contracts

The reviews come after the system was criticized for its handling of complaints about a former Hennepin Technical College president.
At left, John Hoffman, who will be president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College effective July 1, 2022. At right, Lori Kloos,

Two new presidents named to lead colleges in Bemidji, St. Cloud

University of Minnesota Crookston vice chancellor to lead Bemidji State University.
Brian Bruess will be the first joint president for the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.

College of St. Benedict and St. John's University name first joint president

Brian Bruess will lead both private colleges starting July 1.
Kelly Metzler, a teacher at Wilder, joined around 200 Minneapolis teachers and supporters as they take to the sidewalk to picket at 34th Street and S.

Minneapolis classes canceled indefinitely as teachers strike

With staffers heading to picket lines Tuesday, families of the 28,700 students scrambled for fallback options. St. Paul schools averted a strike with a tentative agreement.
Former Hennepin Technical College President Merrill Irving Jr., former St. Paul College President Rassoul Dastmozd and former Rochester Community and

Embattled college presidents who step down get jobs in Minnesota State system

The practice is raising questions about how the state college system handles presidential misconduct.
Julie Sullivan, president of the University of St. Thomas.

University of St. Thomas president leaving to lead California university

After nine years, President Julie Sullivan will depart for Santa Clara University.
Hennepin Technical College President Merrill Irving Jr.

Hennepin Technical College president resigns after harassment allegations

Merrill Irving Jr. will be transferred to an administrative post within the Minnesota State system.
Hennepin Technical College President Merrill Irving Jr.

Republicans demand resignation of Hennepin Technical College president after harassment allegations

Employees accused Merrill Irving of harassment and discrimination last year, but he remains on the job.
Hennepin Technical College President Merrill Irving Jr.

Hennepin Tech president still on job after being accused of harassment

Officials of the Minnesota State system found his behavior violated respectful workplace procedures but not its harassment policy.
The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday reported another 27 COVID-19 deaths and 1,853 new COVID-19 cases.

Minnesota's COVID-19 positivity rate falls below benchmark 10%

The positivity rate fell below the high-risk mark for the first time since Christmas, a sign the omicron variant wave of the pandemic continues to ease here.
University of Minnesota gymnastics alumnus and three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger, testifying before the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday, questioned

Senate Republicans question U decision to cut men's sports teams

Supporters of eliminated teams voiced their frustrations to lawmakers.
An outside expert hired by the U found some students and employees feared being harmed by campus cops, while others expressed support for police and c

U panel wants campus cops to stop aiding other police at protests

The committee also wants U leaders to evaluate the campus police department's weaponry and emphasize the use of less-lethal alternatives.
Coffman Memorial Union is named for former University of Minnesota President Lotus Coffman.

U buildings may be renamed after 75 years under new policy

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents also approved criteria for renaming structures honoring controversial figures.
University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota's pandemic budget struggles continue with projected $39 million deficit

The U has lost more than $200 million since pandemic started.
About half the students who applied for admission to the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus last fall did not include test scores on their

University of Minnesota keeps ACT/SAT test scores optional through 2023

U still mulling whether change will be permanent.
Gov. Tim Walz’s focus on affordability comes amid growing concerns about the sticker price of college and the burden of student loan debt.

Walz budget proposal cuts fees, expands aid for students

The plan would establish a college application fee waiver program, expand some state grant programs, fund new scholarships at the U and freeze tuition at the Minnesota State system.
Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of the Minnesota State college system.

Student leaders call on Minnesota State system to require vaccines

Minnesota State campuses have reported more than 2,000 new infections in January.
RN instructor Cindy Oquist, left, worked with students Idil Mohamed and Cindy Pipp, in Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s certified nursing assistant

Hundreds of Minnesotans take advantage of state's tuition-free nursing assistant training

The state covers tuition of aspiring nursing assistants to alleviate staff shortages.
Students walked by a sculpture of Goldy Gopher on the plaza outside Coffman Memorial Union on Monday at the University of Minnesota.

Minn. colleges report COVID-19 spikes as spring semester begins

Nearly 1 in 4 University of Minnesota students who tested for COVID-19 at the Twin Cities campus' clinic between Jan. 6-13 were positive, according to data published Friday.
Pine Technical and Community College welding students worked in the college’s mobile welding lab in Pine City, Minn.

A 17% tuition cut? Student group asks Minnesota leaders to make community college more affordable

Student group calls for ongoing $125 million investment.
A microbiology class at the University of Minnesota, which is urging students to get booster shots and tested for COVID.

Colleges start semester with caution amid omicron spike

Winona State University is implementing a "lay low" period for two weeks starting Monday. Macalester College is also implementing a quiet period from now until at least Feb. 1.
The University of Minnesota’s sizeable state funding request includes about $473 million to upgrade aging infrastructure at its five campuses,

University of Minnesota seeks nearly $1 billion in state funding

It's an unusually large ask that is already being met with skepticism by some state lawmakers.
Coffman Memorial Union, pictured in this file photo, is one of the U campus buildings with a name that has been debated in recent years.

University of Minnesota leaders discuss new policy for renaming campus buildings

Proposed policy comes after heated 2019 debate on topic.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel’s new contract immediately increases her base salary from $650,000 to $660,000, with another raise brin

U regents OK pay increases for President Gabel amid criticism

With increases to her supplemental retirement contribution, a new annual performance bonus and other allowances, Joan Gabel's compensation will total about $1 million next year.
The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs must take specific actions to prevent sexual harassment, pay $75,000 to a graduate s

U's Humphrey School ordered to better prevent sex harassment

The University of Minnesota public affairs school must take specific actions to prevent sexual harassment and pay a graduate student who was harassed by her professor $75,000, part of a settlement reached with the state Department of Human Rights.
Commissioner Cathryn Middlebrook, left, chief appellate public defender, spoke with Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell duri

Repeat offenders could serve less time under Minnesota sentencing guidelines proposal

Critics argue it would give repeat offenders a pass
Joan Gabel, the University of Minnesota’s president.

Proposed pay raise for University of Minnesota president draws scrutiny

Joan Gabel's combined salary and benefits would total $1 million next fiscal year.
Carleton College President Alison Byerly talked to employees during an August reception. Carleton is one of the first higher education institutions in

Carleton, St. Olaf colleges to require COVID-19 booster shot for students and employees

Colleges cite waning immunity, risk of new variants.
Alan Cureton will step down in the coming months as president of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

University of Northwestern-St. Paul president to step down

Alan Cureton has led the school for two decades.
Gophers men’s basketball player Parker Fox, who’s raked in nearly $10,000 since July, posed for a promotional photo outside the Royalty store at M

Minnesota student athletes cash in on their brand under new NCAA rules

Gophers athletes have signed at least 150 name, image and likeness deals since July.
Sri Zaheer, dean of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

U of Minn. business school dean apologizes for 'insensitive' pandemic remarks

Staff felt she downplayed risks, quality of remote work.
The new Promise Plus program covers any leftover costs for families that make less than $50,000 a year. The U hopes to expand the program to more fami

More than 1,200 U students benefit from new tuition-free program

The University of Minnesota's "Promise Plus" tuition program covers any leftover costs for Minnesota resident students whose families make $50,000 or less annually.
The University of St. Thomas will add a nursing school next year.

University of St. Thomas to launch nursing school focused on health equity

Students will embed in community, learn cultural competence.
State officials are encouraging more students to get vaccinated, and many schools are offering clinics, such as this one at South View Middle School i

Shakopee cancels classes as Minn. schools navigate COVID surge

Rising infection rates could push students back into distance learning; more call for mandates at Minnesota state.
Students walked on the campus of Winona State University in September 2020.

Minnesota State colleges seek state funding to pay for tuition freeze

College system seeks $25 million from state to support tuition freeze.
Several dozen school districts in northwestern Minnesota are scrambling to find food to feed students after their provider unexpectedly terminated its

Districts to scramble to feed students after supplier pulls out

Fifty-seven school districts that get their food through Lakes Country Service Cooperative were affected when food distributor Cash-Wa ended its contract with the cooperative earlier this month.
Republican state lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota School Boards Association to withdraw from a national association. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe

Minnesota Republicans call on state school board association to cut ties with national group

Republicans take issue with national association's letter to Biden.
Pine Technical and Community College welding program student Joshua Hasching, left, welded in the college’s mobile welding lab, where students have

Minnesota college, community come together to help local students attend tuition-free

Locally funded scholarships boost enrollment at Pine Technical and Community College.
Supporters reacted to the defeat as a measure to replace police appeared to be defeated at election watch party for AJ Awed in Minneapolis on Tuesday

Minneapolis voters reject plan to replace Police Department

The final votes came at the end of a contentious election cycle that drew intense scrutiny as people across the country waited to see how far the city would go to reinvent policing.
The University of Minnesota will offer free or reduced tuition to many Native American students.

U to offer free or reduced tuition to Native American students

The tuition waiver program will start in fall 2022.
Former University of Minnesota gymnast Evan Ng spoke about the lawsuit Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in front of Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota

Ex-U gymnast sues school for eliminating his sport, wants team reinstated

The University of Minnesota cut men's gymnastics, tennis and indoor track programs last year.
Minnesota education officials want to boost the percentage of high school students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid applicati

Minnesota sets goal of having 75% of high school seniors complete the FAFSA

By 2025, the state hopes 3 in 4 high school seniors will complete the form.