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Ryan Faircloth

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George Masko, a WWII veteran and former top executive at Pillsbury.

George Masko, former Pillsbury executive dubbed 'the father of the Doughboy,' dies at 96

In 1965, he tapped Leo Burnett advertising to come up with a mascot, which led to the iconic Poppin' Fresh Doughboy.
This file photo shows Normandale Community College, a campus within the Minnesota State system, pictured in 2019. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startrib

Minnesota public colleges expecting more than $400 million in stimulus funds, yet budget deficits remain

Pandemic deficits still a problem for the U, Minnesota State.
James Farnsworth, who was elected to the Board of Regents in March, stood for a portrait outside the Coffman Memorial Union on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

New University of Minnesota regents join governing board ahead of key decisions

Four new regents bring fresh perspectives to U's board.
Kevin DuPuis, chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said the Cloquet Forestry Center land is “rightfully ours.” The 3,400-ac

U confronts troubled history with tribal nations

Tribal leaders statewide have called on the U to own up to actions "rooted in institutional racism," including land seizures, research on tribal members and museums that failed to return sacred objects.
Jocelyn Hernandez-Swanson, a University of Minnesota Extension educator, worked with the City of Northfield to create a leadership development program

University of Minnesota Extension teaching about race, equity in rural communities

The University of Minnesota Extension adds anti-racism to its fundamental lessons.
Globe University, Woodbury, shown in a 2015 photo by GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com

Minnesota attorney general strikes $39M deal to forgive loans, compensate students defrauded by for-profit colleges

The agreement comes after a court battle involving two trials, several appeals and bankruptcy filings by the schools.
The Minnesota State college system’s board of trustees named Edward Inch president of Minnesota State University, Mankato and Deidra Peaslee preside

New presidents named for Minnesota State University, Mankato and St. Paul College

Mankato appointee to succeed longest-serving college president in Minnesota.
Law Enforcement trainees Mona Zeidan, left, and Dariano Giancola practiced breaking each other’s grips on the barrel of a practice gun during law en

Minnesota State colleges consider police training focus on anti-racism

Task force recommendations will be voted on Wednesday.
The number of women serving on the University of Minnesota’s 12-member governing board increased from three to five after state lawmakers elected ne

Legislature boosts number of women on U Board of Regents

Five women now serve on the U's 12-member Board of Regents.
Rachel Croson

University of Minnesota provost manages crisis, plans for post-pandemic future

One year later, the chief academic officer weighs future of hybrid, online learning.
iStockphoto.comEntrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota students decry PAC influence in Legislature's election of new regents

Students criticized current regents for donating to the PAC.
A mostly deserted University of Minnesota campus shown in April. University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel laid out a plan for social distancing in

U of M classes will be 'fully on-campus' this fall

The university's leaders said fall coursework and activities should resemble what they were before the pandemic.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker speaks during an April 2020 news conference. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Minnesota education commissioner resigns; deputy to take over

Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller to be agency's new leader.
This file photo shows the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul in January. The university is adding an Institute for Trauma-Informed Education.

New University of St. Thomas institute will train teachers to identify, respond to student trauma

Student trauma may have worsened during pandemic.
University of Minnesota Morris Chancellor Michelle Behr, who has led the U’s Morris campus since February 2017, will retire June 25.

U Morris chancellor to retire at end of academic year

Michelle Behr has led the U's Morris campus since 2017.
Professor Jeffrey Gralnick spoke with students after a microbiology class at the University of Minnesota last July .] Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@startri

College instructors question why they aren't being prioritized for vaccines

Professors say they face similar risks as K-12 educators, who have been designated as vaccine priorities.
A University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting.

Legislative committee picks finalists for four seats on University of Minnesota's Board of Regents

The picks set up a final vote by the full Legislature.
Legislators propose 'bill of rights' for student borrowers

Legislators propose 'bill of rights' for student borrowers

Legislation would give commerce commissioner oversight authority.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel is pictured in this file photo from July 2019. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

U Rochester's new hybrid program offers glimpse at future of higher ed

The NXT GEN MED program will combine online and in-person instruction in an accelerated year-round format, allowing students to complete their studies in just over two years instead of four and graduate with less debt.
This file photo shows Boynton Health at the University of Minnesota where students can seek mental health care. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@st

University of Minnesota launches student mental health initiative

U announces first systemwide effort to address student mental health.
In this file photo, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is pictured at a December 2018 meeting. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Lawmakers, regents concerned about 'undue influence' in U regent elections

A 24-member council charged with recruiting and recommending qualified regent candidates has become too political, says its chairman.
Elena Williams worked on some MCTC school work as her son, Parker, 4, played with a Star Wars toy in his room Wednesday night. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aa

Minn. college students with children face overwhelming balancing act in pandemic

With kids learning from home, many say their own courses take back seat.
Entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

U regents OK free tuition to students with families making less than $50,000

The regents approved dozens of long-term priorities.
The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. (Ken Wolter/Dreamstime/TNS) ORG XMIT: 5894430W

U pledges to slash grad rate disparities, recruit more students of color by 2025

U leaders lay out five-year diversity goals.
University of Minnesota Police Chief Matt Clark, shown in 2015.

Minnesota police association defends University of Minnesota police, demands student apology for 'inaccurate' allegation

Student's account disputed by video.
Gov. Tim Walz answered a question from a reporter during a press conference to debut his state budget plan for the next two years Tuesday at the Depar

Walz proposes automatic college acceptance for qualifying seniors

Walz's budget includes $150 million in new spending for higher education.
Abdulaziz Mohamed, a University of Minnesota sophomore majoring in political science and economics, has accumulated over $10,000 in college debt.

Pitch to cancel $10K in student debt excites young Minnesotans

Minnesota college students and advocates are excited about the possibility of loan forgiveness, but they acknowledge more sweeping changes are needed to protect future borrowers from falling deep into debt.
U Police Chief Matt Clark spoke at a news conference in 2015. The U shared findings of an outside review of its Police Department on Tuesday.

U police should wear body cams, consider unarmed approach, review finds

The U tapped an outside expert to review campus police last fall.
Andrea Peterson, teacher and former mayor of Grand Marais

Andrea Peterson, first female mayor of Grand Marais and former Minnesota teacher of the year, dies at 82

Andrea Peterson poured her heart into public service, teaching elementary school for more than three decades and serving nearly four terms as the first female…
Students walked on the campus of Winona State University in September.  CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com

State's public, private colleges receive $300M in latest round of aid

Minnesota colleges are breathing a sigh of relief as they prepare to collect more than $300 million in federal stimulus aid, which will help them…
The University of Minnesota, pictured in April 2020, will not accept new students into many of its liberal arts doctoral degree programs this fall. GL

University of Minnesota scales back liberal arts Ph.D. programs amid pandemic

The U halts admission into many of its doctoral liberal arts programs.
Five St. Thomas students robbed at gunpoint by suspects in ski masks

Five St. Thomas students robbed at gunpoint by suspects in ski masks

The robbery occurred just before 3 a.m. Saturday near Selby Avenue in St. Paul.
State health officials offered private tours to community organizations of free COVID-19 testing sites as well as a chance to get tested. Here, Gettan

Minnesota reports 1,364 new COVID-19 cases, 40 more deaths

The newly reported deaths bring the statewide total to 5,927.
The University of Minnesota is embarking on an initiative to examine the school’s history with tribes and teach residents about racial justice. GLEN

University of Minnesota initiative to examine school's history with tribes, teach residents about racial justice

The new U initiative is backed by $5 million in grant funding.
Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State college system,  Photo credit: Renee Jones Schneider

University of Minnesota, Minnesota State colleges make plea for state funding boost

Both college systems are grappling with large budget deficits.
Seniors from various Twin Cities area high schools celebrated at a drive-in graduation ceremony for graduates with ties to Shiloh Temple in June.

Fewer Minn. seniors filing for financial aid, raising fears of enrollment loss

The trend could lead to enrollment decrease, sidetracked plans.
The Legislature is beginning the process to select new members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents, pictured here in 2018. GLEN STUBBE

Twelve candidates named for University of Minnesota's Board of Regents

Four seats on the U's governing board are up for grabs.
More than 130 professional and clerical employees at Augsburg University in Minneapolis voted overwhelmingly Thursday to form a union.

Augsburg University staff become first unionized professional staff at a Minnesota private college

Augsburg administrators have pledged to work with the union.
Students lined up for Covid-19 tests at the University of Minnesota before the Thanksgiving holiday. RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII • richard.tsong-taatarii

Minnesota students, professors say college during pandemic was 'not a lot of fun'

Months of online classes and social distancing took a toll on many. But the various campus life restrictions that institutions put in place appear to have paid off.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans.

Former state budget chief works to solve $166M deficit at U

Myron Frans has experienced a sort of déjà vu since taking over as the University of Minnesota's chief financial officer in September.The longtime state budget…
In this May 31, 2020 file photo, visitors make silent visits to a memorial featuring a mural of George Floyd, near the spot where he died while in pol

Are Minnesota colleges doing enough to fight for racial equity?

Student leaders call for more urgency.
The University of Minnesota, pictured in April, is considering taking on debt to cover a budget shortfall amid the pandemic. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stub

University of Minnesota mulls taking on more than $80 million in debt to cover budget deficit

The school faces an estimated $166 million shortfall.
The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. (Ken Wolter/Dreamstime/TNS)

U eyes tuition-free program for students whose families make $50,000 or less

U leaders will discuss the proposal with the Board of Regents.
Ramsey County Sheriff-elect Bob Fletcher

Ramsey County residents weigh in on Sheriff Bob Fletcher's performance

More than 200 tuned in, many to oppose making sheriff's job appointed.
University of St. Thomas student killed in western Wisconsin crash

University of St. Thomas student killed in western Wisconsin crash

A University of St. Thomas student was one of two young women killed in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin this weekend.Kyra…
St. John's University president to step down at end of academic year

St. John's University president to step down at end of academic year

The interim president of St. John's University will step down at the end of this academic year, the private college announced last week.Eugene McAllister, who…
The University of Minnesota was mostly deserted in April.

Lawsuit seeks tuition refund for University of Minnesota students after disrupted spring semester

The lawsuit alleges the U breached contract with students by charging full tuition for online classes.
Pedestrians walked past a University of Minnesota sign along University Avenue.

University of Minnesota student injured in chemical explosion inside campus lab

The student suffered noncritical injuries and is being treated at a hospital.
Ashley Winter, left, and Ty Karnes looked at slides through microscopes Tuesday in their anatomy and physiology 2 class at Duluth’s Lake Superior Co

State's two-year schools losing students during the pandemic

Minnesota's community colleges are bleeding students during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal of what has typically occurred during economic downturns.
C. Robert Morris

'Legendary' University of Minnesota law professor C. Robert 'Bob' Morris dies at 92

Bob Morris loved nothing more than to mingle with his fellow University of Minnesota faculty and take promising law students under his wing.Morris taught torts,…
Volunteer Lauren Burroughs made sure this particular station was sanitized for the next person. At the U of MN Field House, about 2,000 students, staf

Minn. college students face a real-life test: Go home for Thanksgiving?

Even though she already has had COVID-19, Emma Zellmer is hesitant about returning home from college for Thanksgiving. The Minnesota State University, Mankato junior is…
Students walk on the campus of Winona State University in September. CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com

Minnesota State colleges seek $120 million budget increase from Legislature

Strapped state unlikely to grant system's request.

Maple Grove man charged with defrauding PPP of more than $500K

A Maple Grove man was charged Monday with defrauding more than half a million dollars from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, a key source of…
Metro Transit Police investigated a shooting on a Green Line train at Rice Street and University Avenue W. in St. Paul on Monday, Nov. 16.

Police searching for suspect who shot man on light-rail train in St. Paul

The shooting occurred on a Green Line train near the Capitol/Rice Street station.
Suzanne Rivera, president of Macalester College. Photo credit: David J. Turner Photography

Macalester, Carleton and St. Olaf colleges join racial equity alliance

The colleges will address racial equity in higher ed.

Twin Cities man missing from hunting trip in northern Minnesota

Becker County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a hunter who went missing over the deer opener weekend. Paul Sandstrom, 58, of Blaine, was reported missing…
The entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. (Ken Wolter/Dreamstime/TNS)

Former University of Minnesota regents, lawmakers form bipartisan group to improve school's standing at Capitol

Maroon and Gold Rising is composed of former regents, lawmakers.
St. Thomas sophomore Kealy Johnson took Nathan Cross of State College, Pa., and his dad, Michael, on a tour of the St. Paul campus.

No ACTs, virtual visits: Seniors navigate strange college season

No ACTs or on-campus visits for most seniors.
Former University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Former U president Kaler to lead Case Western Reserve U. in Ohio

Eric Kaler will take over as president of Case Western Reserve University on July 1.
Students at six Minnesota community colleges can now complete a two-year degree without buying a textbook under the expanded “Z-degree” program.

More Minnesota community colleges ditch pricey textbooks in favor of free online readings

Free online readings will save students money.
Champlin Park safety DJ Myles celebrated scoring a touchdown after blocking an Osseo punt on Oct. 15. The Anoka-Hennepin school board on Monday overru

Anoka-Hennepin board defies state, votes to continue sports, extracurriculars

The board of one of the state's largest school district board voted Monday night to proceed with sports and extracurricular activities despite its plan to switch next week to remote learning.
“I personally feel that this is some sort of attack on the international students.” Ratul Biswas, University of Minnesota student from India who h

International students in Minnesota feel anxiety as Trump administration proposes shortening visas

The fate of the proposed rule will hinge on the November presidential election results.
Boynton Health at the University of Minnesota has seen a decline this fall in demand for mental health therapy and psychiatry appointments.

University of Minnesota, Minnesota State team up to address student mental health

Demand, strong before the pandemic, has ebbed despite isolation, turmoil.
From left, Jacques Frank-Loron, Ethan Dorn, Joel Nielsen and Will Toth gathered in the great room at the U’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

Virtual rush, no parties: U fraternities and sororities navigate pandemic life

Determined not to be sources of campus outbreaks, the organizations go mostly virtual.
The University of Minnesota hired law firm Perkins Coie in February to investigate allegations that former coach Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas sexually

Investigators: U did nothing in 1980s despite knowing of abuse allegations against ex-hockey assistant

Members of the school's athletics department at the time were aware of the sexual abuse allegations but didn't act. "That is not what the University would do today," the university said in a statement.
The University of Minnesota, pictured here in April 2020.

U, Minnesota State colleges receive $166 million in state bonding bill

The two public college systems will receive a total of $166 million in state funding.
The University of Minnesota is moving spring break to April for its Twin Cities campus.

U moves spring break to April at Twin Cities campus because of virus

Administrators and regents also discussed the financial toll the pandemic has taken on the university.
University of Minnesota freshman Chloe Wienholz, left, of Stillwater, and stepsister Savanna Hatzenbuhler, of Woodbury, carried and pushed their belon

University of Minnesota plan would provide COVID-19 saliva tests to students, faculty and staff

Regents will be asked to approve $8.5M for some 76,000 tests systemwide.
People wandered the Mississippi River bottom Monday below the Stone Arch Bridge as the Army Corps of Engineers lowered the river to allow inspection o

St. Anthony Falls dam inspection exposes rare view of Mississippi River bottom

Water levels were lowered near the Stone Arch Bridge for a lock inspection.

Minneapolis police officer who shot man during armed confrontation on South Side is identified

Officer Illya Kuznedtsov, who's been on the force for four months, is on standard administrative leave.
Students walked on the campus of Winona State University. After an early surge, Winona’s COVID-19 cases dropped following a campus quarantine.

In Minnesota college towns, returning students bring business boost, COVID-19 risks

Quarantines, effort to keep students on campus contain cases, but local businesses see the effects.
University of Minnesota freshman Chloe Wienholz, left, of Stillwater, and stepsister Savanna Hatzenbuhler, of Woodbury, carried and pushed their belon

175 COVID-19 cases linked to U's Twin Cities campus this month

The nonprofit COVID Exit Strategy website downgraded Minnesota to its lowest "uncontrolled spread" rating of pandemic progress.
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

U conducts external review of its police department; crime near campus rises

The U is reviewing its campus police amid student demands for law enforcement accountability.

Charges: Minneapolis teenager fatally shot other teen, wounded man and fled police during chase

Prosecutors want to try 17-year-old as an adult.

Charges: Minneapolis man smuggled heroin into Hennepin County jail, leading to three nonfatal overdoses

A Minneapolis man faces two more felony charges.