Kevin Beckman


Melvin Carter claims victory in St. Paul mayoral race

Melvin Carter III is poised to become the next mayor of St. Paul.  Carter was at almost 51 percent of votes with all precincts reporting. Ranked-choice voting rules dictate the winner needs more than 50 percent of votes. Pat Harris came in with the second most votes at just under 25 percent. 

Gordon re-elected in Ward 2

Cam Gordon, the unopposed Green Party candidate for Minneapolis City Council’s Second Ward, secured his victory shortly after polls closed Tuesday.

The students' guide to the 2017 Minneapolis municipal election

With the Minneapolis municipal election set for Nov. 7, learn about the candidates, rank-choice voting and where you can vote in the Minnesota Daily's election hub. This year, positions in city council, the mayor's office, the parks and recreation commissioners and the board of estimate and taxation are all being voted on. 

Largest freshman class in decades causes concerns for some UMN professors

University of Minnesota officials are lauding its most recent freshman class, but its large size has caused problems for some professors. The University enrolled 6,195 new freshmen this fall, on top of almost 2,300 transfer students, which put some strain on school housing, financial aid and certain classes, said Bob McMaster, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education. The class is the largest in almost 50 years.

Police break up West Bank protest of right-wing speaker

Protest, an arrest and fights marked the campus' reaction to right-wing commentator Lauren Southern's talk at the University of Minnesota Wednesday night. A group of nearly 200 demonstrators gathered outside Anderson Hall where around 80 listened to the Canadian YouTube personality give a talk on “the evils and inefficiencies of socialism and the necessity of free speech in political discourse." One person was arrested for disorderly conduct by the end of the event.

Right-wing speaker met with protests on West Bank

Right-wing commentator Lauren Southern is scheduled to speak on the University of Minnesota campus Wednesday at 7 p.m., and demonstrators are protesting the event. As of 6:30 p.m., about 75 demonstrators were gathered at the Washington Avenue Bridge and chanting, "Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like" and "Whose streets? Our streets."

Fundraising and debt: How UMN is funding Athletes Village

With a projected $166 million bill, the University of Minnesota’s Athletes Village will be funded in part by the largest fundraising campaign its athletics department has ever undertaken.  The department has raised $105 million to date, with $16 million raised in the past month alone. The remaining $61 million will be financed through debt, a practice the University uses on certain high-dollar capital projects. 

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.