Marisa Helms Feature Archive

Neil Marriott is a native of Winnipeg, Canada. He is 42. He's been living in Eden Prairie with his wife, Brenda, and two young children since 1998. (05/15/2005)
A St. Paul man was charged with murder Monday in the fatal shooting of a St. Paul police officer. Harry Jerome Evans, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Gerald Vick of Afton. (05/09/2005)
Hundreds of people attended a community gathering Friday night in St. Paul for slain police officer Jerry Vick. Many who attended the gathering at the Sacred Heart Church say they came to show their respect for the police, and show their support for each other as long-time residents of St. Paul. (05/07/2005)
Plans to close the University of Minnesota's General College move forward, despite deep controvesy over the proposal. For more than 70 years, the General College has been a gateway for under-prepared metro-area high school students, many of whom are immigrants and people of color. University officials say even with the proposed changes to General College, they are committed to recruiting and helping students of color succeed. (04/20/2005)
About 4,500 University of Minnesota graduate students find out today whether they will be represented by a union. This morning state officials will count ballots cast last week. Union advocates say grad students need help to protect their pay and benefits. Critics say a union is unnecessary. (04/18/2005)
Family members of Jeff Weise say they have questions about the medication he was taking up until the day of the shootings in Red Lake. Weise was taking the antidepressant Prozac. The shootings are likely to renew the controversy over the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents. (03/25/2005)
The University of Minnesota has signed a $35 million, 25-year deal with TCF Financial Corp., giving the company naming rights for an on-campus football stadium. The proposed $235 million facility would be called "TCF Bank Stadium." (03/24/2005)
University of Minnesota athletes scored above the national average on a new measure of academic performance released this week. The new tool tracks eligibility and retention of student athletes. Balancing academics with major college sports can be a challenge. Here's how one athlete juggles those responsibilities. (03/01/2005)
University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks says now is the best -- and worst -- time for the university to pursue its ambitions to be among the top three public research universities in the world. Bruininks made his comments during his annual State of the University speech on Thursday. (02/25/2005)
Over the decades, songs from William Shakespeare's plays have been re-interpreted in styles varying from Elizabethan lute and voice to torch song settings. Now Twin Cities residents can enjoy jazz interpretations of the Bard's songs. (02/18/2005)
New information from the University of Minnesota's student health survey indicates that risky behavior can significantly lower a student's academic performance. (02/10/2005)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget includes a proposal he says would help close the achievement gap between white and minority students. Businesses would get a tax credit for funding scholarships that would allow at-risk students to attend private schools. (01/27/2005)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget recommendations for the state's public colleges and universities are getting a mixed reaction from the state's higher education institutions. The University of Minnesota says it got what it wanted, mostly. But MnSCU says its needs are being shortchanged. (01/26/2005)
Officials and students with the state's public colleges and universities are criticizing Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to change the way Minnesota funds higher education. (01/19/2005)
Saying church unity is at least as important as resolving disagreements over sexuality, a panel recommended Thursday that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially maintain its position against same-sex blessing ceremonies and ministers involved in gay relationships, but tolerate those who believe and act otherwise. (01/13/2005)