IN-DEPTH


2/8/2018, 1:32am

Fulfilling a dream, UMN ice maker heads to Pyeongchang for Olympics

The ice at Ridder Arena was dull and dirty the morning of Jan. 31. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota’s lead ice maker, doesn’t like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and especially not on ice. Stirn was preparing to take out the Zamboni – which he calls a “zam” – before the women’s hockey practice, when his coworker stepped off the ice and asked if he was ready for his trip to the Winter Olympics.


10/22/2017, 10:34pm

Aftermath of Mogadishu attack felt across Minneapolis and University

Diini Sabrie spoke to his longtime friend Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow for the last time Oct. 14. The two exchanged messages that Saturday afternoon about Eyow’s trip to Mogadishu and what it felt like for him to be home again. Six hours later, a truck armed with explosives drove into the center of Mogadishu, killing hundreds and leveling a nearby hotel and other buildings.


10/17/2017, 11:14pm

Prime Place residents angry with living conditions, seek legal action

Moving into a half-constructed apartment clouded with dust and paint fumes a month later than promised was not on Hannah McMahon’s to-do list this fall.  Over 100 students like McMahon, frustrated by Prime Place Apartment’s unmet promises, joined a Facebook group this month to raise awareness and explore legal options.


10/16/2017, 1:37am

The new historians: 'Wikipedians' chronicle UMN

Growing up, Mike Hicks would leaf through volume after volume of his family’s encyclopedia set — at that time a household staple. Fast forward to 2002, when Hicks, a recent University of Minnesota graduate, started looking for jobs.   He found himself with a copious amount of free time, time his parents hoped he would use to find work. Instead, he began to explore a website still in its infancy: Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia started in 2001. 


10/5/2017, 1:18am

As artificial intelligence makes the future, UMN researchers look to contribute

Twenty-five years ago, Nikos Papanikolopoulos started working in the University of Minnesota’s Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Vision lab. For the first five years, the lab researched and developed robotics that were largely unheard of. In 1997, his lab had its landmark moment, when his lab’s Scout robot was used by the U.S. Military to survey dangerous war zones in lieu of humans. It built the lab’s reputation into a national standout. Today, Papanikolopoulous and his lab are part of a rapidly emerging field of science that is fusing yesterday’s unbelievable with today’s unbelievable — artificial intelligence. 


9/21/2017, 1:03am

Life after MSA: Inside the many careers of former UMN student body presidents

From advocating for civil rights in the courtroom to managing political campaigns to kick-starting genetic research companies, the University’s student government has opened up avenues for its members beyond the public sector. They said the organization was instrumental in not only helping them make connections, but shaping their interests and developing their character.


8/2/2017, 6:59am

Explorers brave Twin Cities underground

Deep below St. Paul’s streets sprawls a web of abandoned utility tunnels, the remnants of a once-great underground service system. These tunnels, known as the Labyrinth, now lie in semi-abandonment, discarded by their original owners and frequented only by the subterranean prospectors of our time: urban explorers.