Marisa Helms Feature Archive

As the Legislature heads into the closing days of the debate over how to eliminate the budget deficit, a Minneapolis couple has entered the fray. They've started a Web site and a lawn-sign campaign and are calling on lawmakers to keep tax increases on the negotiating table. (04/28/2003)
Former President Bill Clinton says he agrees with the Bush administration's fight against terrorism. But, he said it's North Korea, not Iraq, that poses the biggest threat with its weapons of mass destruction. Clinton spoke Sunday night to a sold-out crowd of 1,500 people at the Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. During his speech, Clinton also assailed the Bush administration's tax cut proposal. (04/14/2003)
Officials at the University of Minnesota are presenting a new emergency preparedness p to the Board of Regents. It's part of larger health and safety policy that's being updated to reflect concerns about possible terrorist incidents on American university campuses. (04/11/2003)
The war in Iraq may be entering its final phases, with U.S. troops wresting control of Baghdad from Saddam Hussein. But the weekly anti-war demonstrations on the Lake Street bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul will continue. Peace activists who gathered there Wednesday night say the issues surrounding the conflict haven't disappeared. They say they'll continue protesting what they calling imperialist foreign policy objectives. (04/10/2003)
The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday in the affirmative action case against the University of Michigan. It's being called the most important case of its kind in 25 years. The University of Minnesota and the state's private colleges will be closely watching the court and its decision. (04/01/2003)
Federal and local law enforcement officials met Thursday in Minneapolis with about 60 members of the Twin Cities Somali community. Minnesota U.S. attorney's office set up the meeting, billed as a forum to discuss terrorism and the war in Iraq. (03/28/2003)
About 5,000 people turned up for an anti-war rally and march Thursday night in downtown Minneapolis. The long line of protesters opposing the war with Iraq snaked through the streets, tying up traffic for about three hours. (03/21/2003)
Local anti-war protesters wasted little time Wednesday night reacting to news that the U.S. has begun military strikes against Iraq. The activists say they won't back down, and will increase the number and intensity of their protests. (03/20/2003)
The Prairie Island Indian Community reached a tentative agreement Monday with Xcel Energy for additional nuclear waste storage at Xcel's Prairie Island nuclear plant, pending approval by the Minnesota Legislature. (03/18/2003)
Robert Bruininks was formally installed Friday as the new president of the University of Minnesota. Bruininks, who has been at the U for 35 years, has been interim president since Mark Yudof left last summer. He was officially hired by the Board of Regents in November. (02/28/2003)
Former Minnesota Gov. Orville Freeman was remembered Thursday night at a memorial at the state Capitol in St. Paul. Freeman died from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. (02/28/2003)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu says his native South Africa has made great strides since the end of apartheid. But he says his country still has many challenges to face including AIDS, poverty, and crime. He says the international community can play a role in making his country and the world, a more peaceful place. Tutu spoke in Minneapolis as part of the University of Minnesota's Great Conversations series. (02/26/2003)
Minnesota health officials announced details Monday for vaccinating the state's first recipients of the smallpox vaccine. Vaccinations are scheduled to start on Wednesday. Officials say it should take a few weeks to vaccinate about 2,700 health workers who have volunteered. (02/10/2003)
Because of Minnesota's budget crisis, college students almost certainly face higher costs next fall. It's not just tuition that's going up. The state's budget deficit is also putting the squeeze on financial aid that many students depend on to make college affordable. (02/06/2003)
About 1,000 anti-war protesters slowed traffic Wednesday night as they lined the Lake Street bridge over the Mississippi River. Though the bridge is the site of weekly protests against a possible war with Iraq, the event turned out a larger-than-usual number of protesters. Many said they felt it was especially important to show up to oppose what they see as President Bush's declaration of war in Tuesday night's State of the Union address. (01/30/2003)