Christopher Aadland


Regent candidate drops out of election

Claire Bender, a retired Mayo Clinic physician, pulled out of the election for a seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, according to multiple officials. She dropped out earlier this week due to personal reasons, said Aredelle Brede, chair of the Regent Candidate Advisory Council and mayor of Rochester, Minn.

Doran sells properties for approximately $84M

The prolific developer Kelly Doran, founder and principal of Doran Companies, sold four of his University of Minnesota-area student housing complexes on Monday. In an effort to expand his development projects in the metro area, Doran said he sold the properties — Dinkydome, Sydney Hall, the Edge on Oak and 412 Lofts — to the asset management company University Communities. Residents can expect to see changes to leasing and housing agreements in the fall.

Doran sells four U-area apartments

Doran Companies has sold four University-area student apartment complexes. Residents in Dinkydome, Sydney Hall, the Edge on Oak and 412 Lofts received an email Monday night notifying them of their apartments’ new ownership under University Communities, a Denver-based company that focuses on purchasing and managing student housing.

Regent hopefuls offer solutions

The 10 candidates vying for the five open seats on the Board of Regents fielded questions from state legislators, University students and officials at the State Office Building on Wednesday, offering ideas on how they would improve the University if elected.

Rural health care shortages revisited

Andrea Westby, a physician in rural Minnesota, said recent staffing shortages at a clinic she works at forced some patients to travel to a different hospital 45 minutes away. Personnel shortages and a growing baby boomer population are overwhelming health care facilities in greater Minnesota, leaving lawmakers and school officials searching for new ways to attract students to the underserved areas.

Gun rights supporters optimistic

Advocates and lawmakers supporting pro-gun laws are hoping to take advantage of a more favorable political landscape this legislative session. Members of the Republican-controlled House have already introduced or plan to introduce bills that could expand the rights of gun owners in Minnesota. Lobbying groups showed their support for these measures at the Capitol on Monday.

Ten regent candidates, five open spots

Ten candidates are vying for five open seats on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. State legislators will vote on the Regent-hopefuls this spring, deciding who receives the spots. (Also see: Candidate pool flawed, students say) Earlier this month, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council — comprising state leaders, legislators and a University student — recommended the top contenders from across the state. Here is the list:

Candidate pool flawed, students say

Student leaders at the University of Minnesota say the pool of candidates vying to fill five open Board of Regents seats lacks diversity and applicants who can relate to students. The Regent Candidate Advisory Council recently cut the list of candidates down to 10 people, but some council members and students say more could be done to attract younger and more diverse regent candidates.

Council recommends regent candidates

A list of 19 candidates vying for the five open seats on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents cut to 10 on Thursday. After three days of public interviews, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council — comprised of state leaders, legislators and a University student — voted to recommend its top contenders, who range from a family farmer to a former Best Buy executive.

University lab aims to lead energy transition efforts

As concerns regarding climate change encourage the use of alternative energy sources, policymakers, businesses and nonprofits will look to industry leaders for ways to become more energy-efficient. The University of Minnesota hopes to be considered one of those leaders with its new Energy Transition Lab.