Christopher Lemke


'Chic and fun': University student designs West Coast fashion line

University of Minnesota student Ivan Gil received a relatively simple assignment in the summer: Make an outfit based on the classic T-shirt and have it ready by this fall. The assignment was simple, but led him to contribute to one of Minnesota’s biggest annual fashion events.

Aspiring Falcon Heights city council members talk policing at Monday forum

Policing and race relations took center stage at a city council forum in Falcon Heights Monday night, where seven candidates vying for two seats answered questions from voters.  About 80 people attended the 90-minute event, which was the first where all seven candidates appeared before the public. Candidates say the city is still struggling after a police officer shot and killed Philando Castile in July 2016. 

Works of world-famous textile designer on exhibit

Design enthusiasts celebrated the opening of a new exhibit featuring works from a world-renowned textile designer at the University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum of Design Saturday.  The exhibit of 90-year-old Jack Lenor Larsen’s works will be open through January and features about 70 of his creations. Some say Larsen, well-known for his textile work, was one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.

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.