Christopher Lemke


St. Paul fraternity FarmHouse seeks to make its brand-new building a home

A service-focused fraternity at the University of Minnesota is spending its first semester in a new $4 million fraternity house on the St. Paul campus. FarmHouse, a fraternity with 34 active chapters between the U.S. and Canada, demolished its 1960s-era house and built a larger home in its place in the last year, which members hope will appeal to more recruits.

Minnesota 4-H expands programming in response to state's changing demographics

A century-old University of Minnesota youth program usually associated with agriculture is adding new options to traditional activities to keep up with Minnesota’s changing demographics. Minnesota 4-H has tried to organize kids in communities and teach skills since the early 1900s, and as the state's agricultural community shrinks, the organization has expanded from its farming roots.

Minnesota National Guard members face change to education benefits

Some Minnesota National Guard members will lose access to higher education benefits after a recent policy change. The July 1 change requires Guard members to use all available Federal Tuition Assistance dollars before other benefits, causing some to lose initial access to federal GI Bill money since federal policy prohibits using both at once. Before the change, students would first go through the State Tuition Reimbursement program, which allowed simultaneous use with the GI Bill.

Minneapolis starts new workshop series

Fifteen neighborhood group leaders, community members and city officials attended a new community engagement workshop series Thursday. Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations began a series of workshops on Wednesday and Thursday, aimed at teaching neighborhood organization members and city workers about engagement strategies and the city’s cultural communities. Each workshop is held twice, once at City Hall and once in the community, and will focus on different topics.