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African American Studies celebrates 50 years at the U of M

Last Updated by Cathy Wurzer on

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the start of the African American Studies department at the University of Minnesota. The University established the department in 1969, but only after pressure and protests from black student activists.

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Warren MacKenzie, world famous potter, dies

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Warren MacKenzie's ceramic pots are sought after by collectors and museums, but he said he was proud of being able to sell them for daily use, on the honor system.

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Prodigy and persistence: Meet Twin Cities painter Fina Mooney

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An up-and-coming painter from northeast Minneapolis who's won awards and international scholarships, Fina Mooney may be prepared to settle an age-old artistic debate: Are artists born or made?

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Walz names education, corrections agency heads

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Gov.-elect Tim Walz picked Mary Cathryn Ricker to head the Education Department, Dennis Olson for higher education and Paul Schnell to head corrections.

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Regents approve $640,000 salary for new University of Minnesota president

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Joan Gabel, currently provost at the University of South Carolina, was the sole finalist for the Minnesota job. She succeeds Eric Kaler.

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New University of Minnesota's leader gets high praise from colleague

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The University of Minnesota regents approved hiring Joan Gabel as the university's next president. If hired, Gabel will be the university's first female president.

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Oklahoma charter school becomes lightning rod in debate over rural education

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A businessman struggling to recruit employees opened the school despite objections from the local school board.

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U of M closer to naming Joan Gabel as its next president

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A week of interviews, handshakes, car rides and public forums at all five University of Minnesota campuses is over, and now Joan Gabel awaits a decision on whether or not she'll be the next president of the University of Minnesota.

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Minnesota students pay the price for a lack of diverse teachers

Last Updated by Angela Davis, Manda Lillie and Julie Siple on

Minnesota is facing a shortage of teachers of color as the student population continues to get more diverse.

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Curtis Flowers' lawyers want answers from Doug Evans

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In its latest filing, the defense team wants a chance to question the prosecutor under oath.

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U president finalist Joan Gabel begins statewide tour

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Following a Twin Cities visit Monday, Gabel is heading to Morris and Crookston Wednesday, then Duluth and Rochester on Thursday. Her final interview is on Friday with the Board of Regents, which is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks.

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Fight at Mpls. Edison leads to 2 student arrests

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The school principal described Monday's confrontation as the product of the "poor choices of a few individuals." The altercation follows similar incidents last week.

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Missoula: Rape and the justice system in a college town

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Jon Krakauer discusses his newest book, "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town."

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South Carolina provost poised to be next U of M president

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Joan Gabel, currently the University of South Carolina's chief academic officer and provost, was named the sole finalist Wednesday to take over the University of Minnesota. She'll be the first woman to lead the system.

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A fire in Winona

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After Nelson Forrest spoke out about the Curtis Flowers case, his house went up in flames.

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