Marisa Helms Feature Archive

University of Minnesota students in the Twin Cities finally have a place to call their own on the Minneapolis Campus. After scattering its students during three years of renovation, the University of Minnesota is opening the doors of its completely remodeled Coffman Memorial Union. Students and staff are praising the $71 million renovation, despite its cost overruns. (01/21/2003)
A House committee Tuesday passed a proposal that would indicate foreign visa status on state drivers' licenses. The measure would put the words "status check" on state IDs or drivers licenses belonging to foreign visitors. (01/14/2003)
Some Minnesota environmentalists say an upscale housing development in Marine on St. Croix called Jackson Meadow is a model for smart growth. The five-year-old Washington County project is winning awards and attracting attention around the country for its innovations in design, land use and sustainability. (01/13/2003)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty put politics on ice Thursday night, at least for a few hours -- at the Governor's Inaugural Hockey Game in South St. Paul. The final score -- Pawlenty's Team Minnesota beat former Gov. Wendell Anderson's Minnesota Old Timers 6-2. (01/10/2003)
With a projected state budget deficit much larger than anyone thought, officials at the University of Minnesota and MnSCU are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. (01/02/2003)
With a projected state budget deficit much larger than anyone thought, officials at the University of Minnesota and MnSCU are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. (12/30/2002)
The Eagan City Council has approved construction of a 200-bed orphanage within the city limits. The council voted in favor of the project 4-1 Tuesday night. It was the final vote needed for Mary Jo Copeland's Gift of Mary Children's Home, a 36-acre campus to be located north of Highway 55 and south of Lone Oak Road. (12/18/2002)
Minnesota's colleges and universities are about to go online with a new federal electronic database designed to track the state's nearly 9,000 international students. (12/10/2002)
St. Cloud State University will pay about $1 million over the next five years to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged anti-Semitism among administrators and professors at the school. (12/03/2002)
The Minnesota Vikings, in a letter to the University of Minnesota Monday, rejected a proposed campus site for a shared football stadium as too small. (11/25/2002)
The Vikings and the University of Minnesota are at an impasse on a stadium deal. The biggest sticking point is money. (11/12/2002)
Among the challenges facing Minnesota's next governor will be how to keep higher education affordable at a time the state faces large deficits. While Minnesota's four major party gubernatorial candidates all agree on that goal, they differ in how they'd achieve it. (10/25/2002)
One of the University of Minnesota's unique research centers, the Cedar Creek Natural History Area, celebrates its 60th anniversary. (09/20/2002)
Last spring, the University of Minnesota Press was at the center of a storm of protest over the publication of a book on sex education, <i>Harmful to Minors,</i> by Judith Levine. Levine met with reporters and the public Monday night to discuss the media firestorm that erupted even before her book was published. (08/13/2002)
Friday is Mark Yudof's last day on the job as president of the University of Minnesota. In early August he starts his new job as chancellor of the University of Texas system. Here's a look back at his tenure at the U of M. (07/19/2002)