Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

Donations to private Minnesota colleges have rebounded from the recession, according to the organization that represents many of them. (12/24/2012)
If there's one thing Minnesota employers have told state educators they want in today's graduates, it's this: The ability to start working quickly. But they say they can't find enough workers who have the skills to do so. Leaders at MnSCU are asking for additional money in their next budget to better prepare students for the world of work. (11/15/2012)
President Barack Obama won Minnesota and its 10 electoral votes on his way to re-election to a second term. (11/06/2012)
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has won a second term with a sound victory over her Republican challenger, Kurt Bills. Klobuchar was declared the winner shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Bills called her to concede the race,a staffer for Klobuchar said. (11/06/2012)
Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District race. Cravaack conceded the race a short time ago. (11/06/2012)
Online education isn't new. But it could soon begin to replace the traditional classroom setting for many. A 20-year-old law that requires state regulation of the courses, even though they're free and carry no credit, could come under review from legislators. (10/29/2012)
A Shattuck-St. Mary's dorm director who killed himself in 2008 had sexual contact for two years with a female foreign student while he and his wife were having marital problems, according to public safety documents. (10/12/2012)
The premise: Civilization is decimated and only one seat remains on a life raft for the survivors who will rebuild society. Academic disciplines vie for the seat, arguing their worth as an indispensible area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish. It's a fun exercise that reflects a larger discussion: What is the value of college, especially a liberal-arts education? (10/10/2012)
In late July, a U.S. Senate committee that scrutinized 30 for-profit colleges around the country questioned the performance of three based in the Twin Cities. Minnesota state officials are taking a closer look at the state's for-profit colleges. (09/10/2012)
Former employees and students of for-profit Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business paint a picture of schools that target students eligible for subsidized loans and grants, but who have low prospects for academic success. They also raise questions about whether students at those schools -- and the taxpayers who subsidize them -- are getting their money's worth. (09/10/2012)
Borrowing by Minnesota students is outstripping tuition increases. More students took out loans, and they borrowed more money. (08/21/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton said today he wants to strengthen Minnesota's law on bullying. (08/15/2012)
It's official. Gophers fans can drink beer -- and maybe a little wine -- in TCF Bank Stadium when the University of Minnesota's football season starts this fall. (07/11/2012)
The interest rate has been reduced for the the state's SELF loans for students. (07/06/2012)
For the girls at this year's Minnesota high school track and field championships, Title IX is a lesson in a history book. The sports it helped open up now dominate the lives of many of the girls. (06/22/2012)