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U students call for more Aurora Center funding Students are asking the school to offset budget deficits; so far, $6,000 has been raised. BY NATALIE RADEMACHER email@example.com
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Mechanical engineering student Kenny Hubbell poses in an escape room he constructed at Puzzleworks on Wednesday in St. Paul.
St. Paul escape room gets an engineering makover U engineering student Kenny Hubbell has applied coding knowledge to the production of his escape room, PuzzleWorks. which opened mid-March.
BY SAMIR FERDOWSI
Hubbell said his background in coding and elec-
tronics makes his production stand out.
Three semesters into his mechanical engineering degree, Kenny Hubbell wanted an escape. During fall 2016, the University of Minnesota
“A huge priority of ours was the production value,” Hubbell said. “We wanted people to say, ‘Wow, this scenery and backdrop is so cool.’”
student started building an escape room with his
Participants who pay to explore escape rooms
wife, Tessa Hubbell. But it was too much work on
like PuzzleWorks typically solve a series of puzzles
top of class, so he took the spring semester off to
to find an exit, often under a one-hour time limit.
focus on his new business venture: PuzzleWorks,
Since he and his wife solved their first escape
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Student security monitors at U: Bridge crises bring worry Some student security monitors say they often have to deal with suicide prevention. BY BELLA DALLY-STEELE firstname.lastname@example.org
When a student is in crisis on the Washington Avenue Bridge, the task of talking them of f the ledge often falls to student security monitors. With far more security monitors on
campus than police officers, the monitors are often left in charge of high stress situations, like reports of a potentially suicidal student. On average, University Security gets those reports from student monitors once ever y month or two, according to a student monitor who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media. A monitor who also asked to remain anonymous for the same reason, said worr ying about bridge incidents is the most stressful par t of their job, even
though they’ve never experience one. “I know some people wanted to quit after this,” they said. “If something extreme happened I might quit. It’s not worth ruining my mental health over.” The monitor said they have responded to two students showing warning signs, but neither was considering self-harm. They said it is common for monitors to find students in crisis. They said monitors do not discuss u See SECURIT Y Page 8
Student leaders are pushing school administrators to allocate more funding to the Aurora Center. To help erase budget deficits and encourage the University of Minnesota to allocate additional resources to the center — which provides resources on sexual assault prevention, education and support for survivors — several student groups on campus are fundraising for the center this week. From resume critiques to Krispy Kreme stands, student groups are offering goods and services around campus and donating the proceeds to the Aurora Center. “[The Aurora Center] has been a huge support for me. They have always backed me up on anything I needed,” said Kayla Pederson, a sexual assault victim-survivor and University student who said she has u See AURORA Page 8
Mentorship group says without funds it could flounder Directors for Prepare2Nspire say they will run out of their $527K grant this summer. BY RILYN EISCHENS email@example.com
A University of Minnesota program that tutors students from underser ved communities is looking for funding before its grant runs out at the end of the summer. Prepare2Nspire connects middle and high school students with University undergraduate mentors. The four-year-old program has been funded through the Great Lakes College Ready grant. Its most recent grant of $527,892 throughout 2015-2017, expires at the end of August. Program director and University associate professor Lesa Clarkson said she is seeking additional resources so the program won’t be shut down. “When you’re providing a ser vice in the community and the community is recognizing the program and looking for the program, it’s a disser vice not to be there,” Clarkson said. “I’m really tr ying to make sure we’re there again next year.” The grant ensured the program could pay for things like graphing calculators and tutor stipends, she said. Without more u See MENTOR Page 3
Dorm-based barber has steady hand — and regulars After setting up shop in a 17th Avenue Residence Hall bathroom, Adam Mikell has found a niche haircut market. BY KATIE LAUER firstname.lastname@example.org
On any given night, Adam Mikell’s Wahl Lithium Ion clippers can be heard buzzing in a 17th Avenue Residence Hall bathroom. W ith barber pole striped spray bottle, barber’s cape, Andis T-Outliner trimmer, neck duster and clips, Mikell gives friends, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity members and other students at the University of Minnesota fades and trims.
“You could really star t up a whole barbershop from Amazon,” Mikell said. That’s exactly what he did. Tentatively coined “Adam’s on 17th,” Mikell’s makeshift residence hall barbershop has started to gain traction both on Facebook and from word-of-mouth after about four months. “It was really supposed to be just a funny thing for me to do to my roommate,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d cut anyone’s hair except his honestly, but people saw it and u See HAIR Page 4
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Adam Mikell works on a haircut for one of his frequent customers, Adi Mizrahi, on March 6 in the 17th Avenue Residence Hall.
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The birth waiting home as seen during construction.
Student designs pregnancy home The center will house pregnant women in Sierra Leone before birth. BY OLIVIA JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org
In Sier ra Leone — a countr y whose population size is similar to Minnesota — one in 17 women die during childbirth each year. To reduce that number, a master’s student at the University of Minnesota is designing a bir th waiting home for the village of Tikonko in collaboration with the Rural Health Care Initiative. The home, located near a hospital, will provide a place for mothers to wait to give birth and will offer prenatal care. Sier ra Leone has the third-highest infant mortality rate in the world, the result of a fragile healthcare system and lack of running water or electricity in many villages. Gauri Kelkar, a sustainable design student,
STATE REPORT MINNEAPOLIS CUTS PENALTIES ON SCOFFLAW LIQUOR STORE OWNER MINNEAPOLIS — The city of Minneapolis has reduced penalties for a liquor store owner who opened for Sunday business months before it was legal. Lawmakers this year repealed a ban on Sunday liquor sales, but it doesn’t take effect until July 2. Jim Surdyk opened for Sunday sales on March 12 and blasted it on social media. The city ordered him to shut down, but he continued selling. The city eventually announced a 30-day suspension of his license and a $2,000 fine. The Star Tribune reports the new penalty is a 10-day suspension to be imposed on the first nine Sundays star ting July 2, plus a one-day suspension on a Saturday and a $6,000 fine. City of ficials say they wanted to minimize the impact of punishment on store employees. ASSOCIATED PRESS
is working on the bir th waiting home as her final project to complete her degree. She said the home will be open within a year. “Pregnant women there have to travel great distances in order to find a safe place to give bir th,” Kelkar said. “It just seemed like a good opportunity to do something that’s a real world project.” Because the area does not have running water or electricity, Kelkar focused on making the building self-sustainable. “I wanted to be sensitive to their needs,” she said, adding that she discussed plans with Sier ra Leoneans from the beginning. Carol Nelson, the Rural Health Care Initiative’s board chair, said she got involved with the organization in 2012 and has traveled to Sier ra Leone to train staf f for the bir th waiting home and for other clinics around Tikonko. Nelson said expectant mothers often travel miles
“Pregnant women there have to travel great distances in order to find a safe place to give birt. It just seemed like a good opportunity to do something that’s a real world project.” GAURI KELKAR University sustainable design master’s student
last year and the building is nearing completion. The doors and windows are being installed this month and a fundraiser last month covered furnishings and finishing touches. The structure is being built by Sier ra Leonean general contractors and employs residents of the area to build the house by hand with locally-sourced materials. The building costs around $100,000 and operating costs per month are $2,025 for staf f, food, security, midwives and other necessities, Lutz said. “We’ve been fundraising for about three years,” she said. “We get our funds from individual donors and
churches, primarily.” She said RHCI is interviewing people from the area in Sierra Leone to fill eight staffing positions that will ser ve an area of about 10,000 people. “Our model of care is not that we go in and provide care,” Nelson said. “It’s more that we help strengthen the local medical community.” The countr y has a histor y of slaver y, civil war and the Ebola outbreak in 2014 that killed over 4,000 people, Nelson said. “It’s considered a developing countr y, but it’s got a really long ways to go,” Nelson said. “Health care is just one of the many areas that’s really far behind.”
East Bank condo slowed by lawsuit A proposed MarcyHolmes tower’s developer still has hurdles to clear. BY CHAD FAUST email@example.com
A lawsuit filed by a Marcy-Holmes neighborhood committee has delayed the construction of a new condominium complex. The group, Neighbors for East Bank Livability, alleges the building will damage the historical value of the neighborhood, which is one of the oldest in Minneapolis. The luxury 40–story tower, called 200 Central Condominiums, was proposed by developer Alatus LLC and would be located at 200 Central Avenue, near St. Anthony Main. NEBL’s attor ney William Griffith said the condominium is a bad idea for the neighborhood, adding that for the people of NEBL, the historic value has always been the most important aspect. “The historical district is
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across rough ter rain to reach a health provider, but many don’t make it, resulting in complications, or death of the child or mother. Jim Lutz, the director of the sustainable design program and Kelkar’s academic adviser, said he was asked to help with the project after providing relief after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. “The whole concept of a birth waiting home is relatively new,” he said. “It’s the first and only one in Sierra Leone.” Lutz said only a handful of birth waiting homes exist around the world. The building, once completed, will have communal spaces for cooking, classrooms, a courtyard and rooms with two beds in each. “It’s just a chance for expectant women to spend time with other expectant women and suppor t one another in that way,” he said. “It’s meant to be sustainable. It’s meant to be secure.” Lutz said constr uction on the str ucture began
on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the largest historic district in the city of Minneapolis, and there are a number of projects that would damage the district. Alatus just happens to be one of them,” Griffith said. This isn’t the first time NEBL has been involved with historic buildings in the area. Last year, the group successfully campaigned to reduce a new apar tment complex that replaced Nye’s Polonaise Room from its original 29 stories to six. Alatus, a Minneapolis– based real estate developer, has a vision of returning Marcy–Holmes to the bustling neighborhood it once was. “If you walk that area, you don’t see the foot traffic they saw in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Bringing people back into that neighborhood is a goal of ours,” said Chris Osmundson, development director for Alatus. Despite outcry from residents and community members about the height of the complex, Osmundson main-
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“The context of the historic district in and of itself is already very damaged. I understand and apprecite the historic district, but the city of Minneapolis has priorities that are equal to if not greater than preserving this historic district.” CHRIS OSMUNDSON development director at Alatus LLC
tains that the building would be a gateway to Northeast Minneapolis. Additionally, there are already many other tall buildings in the area, he said. But the main area of focus for the NEBL is the histor y of the area as the first neighborhood in the city of Minneapolis. While Osmundson said he understands the impor tance of the historical district, it’s important to look at it contextually. “The context of the historic district in and of itself is already ver y damaged,” Osmundson said. ”I understand and appreciate the historic district, but the city
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of Minneapolis has priorities that are equal to if not greater than preserving this historic district, and one of those is increasing residents in this metropolitan area.” The judge in the case dismissed the first part of the lawsuit, which focused on the alleged historic damage that would be done to Marcy-Holmes. The second part involves Minneapolis and Alatus. The judge is tasked with deciding whether or not the city acted in a capricious manner. “The city didn’t follow its own rules, and that’s the reason we have this lawsuit,” Griffith said.
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Changes could come to MPLS strip clubs Minneapolis and St. Paul strip club regulations stand in stark contrast. BY BELLA DALLY-STEELE Idallyemail@example.com
As Minneapolis mulls stricter strip club regulations, St. Paul’s histor y with the industry may inform what effects changes could have. Minneapolis city council members said they would consider policy changes after a report was released last month on the working conditions of entertainers. But the current regulations stand in stark contrast to those of neighboring St. Paul. The introduction of city ordinances in St. Paul tightened strip club licensing in past decades. Now, St. Paul has one strip club to Minneapolis’ 17. “The City of St. Paul passed many ordinances in the late 80s and early 90s pertaining to adult enter tainment,” said Rober t Humphrey, public information of ficer for St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections in an email to the Minnesota Daily. “If an individual wanted to open a new establishment, the location would be severely limited under St. Paul legislative code.”
These codes limit the nudity allowed in strip clubs. St. Paul’s only strip club, The Lamplighter Lounge, requires that nude dancers perform behind a wall of glass to better meet these standards. Humphrey said the regulations have had an overall positive impact on the city and residents haven’t asked for any new clubs. After a presentation on March 27 revealed gaps in strip club safety standards and enter tainer treatment, Minneapolis council members are considering toughening their regulations too. “There were a variety of concerning issues … with unsafe or unhealthy working conditions,” said Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon, While he doesn’t yet know what types of regulations the city will enact, Gordon said the council will work with Lauren Martin, the research director from the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center who presented the study. Gordon said this could make licensing more difficult for clubs but was not worried it would hurt business. “We could potentially impose fines if there are
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Eric practices pole dancing in his apartment on Sunday. Eric pole dances for fun and athletic purposes, occasionally freelancing at the Gay 90’s while pursuing his college education at the University of Minnesota.
violations,” he said. Eric, a student at the University who freelance pole-dances at Minneapolis bar Gay 90’s and requested par tial anonymity, said such regulations are complicated. He said he has experienced harassment at
work, but because he freelances, he can walk away from bad situations. Non-freelance dancers don’t have that ability, he said. “People are going to [strip] anyways, so you might as well make it safe,”
he said, adding that he thinks shutting down strip clubs would make the situation worse. To p r e v e n t h a r m f u l regulations, Mar tin said the city council should make sure to involve strip club workers in
the conversation. “The best way to ensure that there are not unanticipated outcomes is to engage with workers in a way that is safe and allows them to par ticipate without har ming their employment,” she said.
U mentoring program searches for new funding
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Students work on algebra homework with their mentor, Zainab Mohamed, on April 5 at the University’s Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center in Minneapolis.
UMN mentor Zainab Mohamed works on algebra homework with high school students on April 5 at the University’s Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center in Minneapolis.
a concept, and you explain it to them in several different ways, and they finally have that ‘A-ha, eureka’ moment,” Mohamed said. “That was really important to me.” The program takes a holistic approach to learning, Clarkson said, which includes hosting a regular
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funding, Clarkson said the program will be cut back significantly, though she said she wasn’t sure yet what the final structure could look like. She said she’s filling out grant applications and
“For them to be able to pass high enough to be accepted at the University of Minnesota and then want to pay it forward —that’s amazing.” LESA CLARKSON U associate professor
seeking additional community support. Through the program, 25 University undergraduates mentor about 75 high school students and 40 middle school students in math. The program is open to any student who can attend weekly meetings at the tutoring location in North Minneapolis. Prepare2Nspire provides students bus passes to get to the weekly sessions and food at meetings. Par ticipating students’ ACT scores have increased, she said, and students tend to take more math classes in high school. “I love to see students succeed with material they thought would be too difficult for them,” said Kyle Whipple, a graduate student staff member. For example, this semester, Whipple tutored a s t u d e n t who wanted to drop his trigonometr y
class because he felt overwhelmed by the coursework. Whipple said he encouraged the student to keep trying, and he ended up with a B+ in the course. Some high school students who participate in Prepare2Nspire end up attending the University and return to the program as mentors, Clarkson said. “For them to be able to pass high enough to be accepted at the University of Minnesota and then want to pay it forward —that’s amazing,” she said. First-year biology, society and environment major and undergraduate tutor Zainab Mohamed joined the program in 11th grade to help prepare for the ACT. Mohamed said her score improved by six points after a few months in the program. “I realized one of the things I really loved was when somebody didn’t understand
After murder of student, North Dakota aims to protect informants BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota legislators are close to enacting new protections for drug informants, more than three years after a 20-year-old college student working undercover was found dead in a river with a bullet in his head and a backpack of rocks tied to his body. The bill, called “Andrew’s Law,” is named for Andrew Sadek, whose death in 2014 raised questions about the recruitment of young, low-level offenders to go undercover. His parents, Tammy and John Sadek, lobbied lawmakers to pass legislation so that informants can be better informed of their legal options
to understand the risks they may be taking, including the ability to consult with an attorney. “We want to keep this tragedy from happening again,” said Tatum Lindbo, a family attorney. The Sadeks declined an interview. The bill establishing guidelines for the use of confidential informants was first introduced in the House in January and required a list of informants’ rights, a written agreement with law enforcement and the option to consult with an attorney. The House version was seen as too broad by law enforcement and the Senate. Some felt it would have required those elements for anyone giving
information to police, not just informants, said Republican Sen. Kelly Armstrong, who also is a defense attorney. “Nobody in the Senate disagreed that protecting confidential informants wasn’t a good cause, but the last thing we wanted to do was hamstring police,” he said. Armstrong spent the last two weeks reworking the bill with input from prosecutors, fellow defense lawyers, law enforcement, and the family. The new version narrows the protections to true confidential informants. It also adds a provision that requires police to self-report violations. “We had to get ever ybody involved to make this workable,” he said.
family night to celebrate students. “We’re building trust in the community, and we’re learning from the community,” Clarkson said. “The community has a lot of buy-in to the program. We have parents that sit there and wait for their kids for three hours.
This is a commitment on the family level.” Mohamed said one of her favorite parts of the program is the way they wrap up each tutoring session. “Before we leave,” she said, “we always say, ‘Math is hard, so is life. We accept the challenge.’”
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The tale of the bathroom barber
Film festival brings culture
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liked what they saw.” Mikell didn’t know how to cut hair before his roommate asked if he knew anyone that did. “I didn’t, but how hard could it be?” he said. “I borrowed a set of clippers from someone who lived next door … It was the first time I had ever held clippers, so I really didn’t know what I was doing at all.” About 30 haircuts into the job, Mikell looks and acts the par t. W ith his steady hand and confident cuts, the bathroom almost feels like an actual barbershop — if you ignore the toilet stalls and occasional shower r unning in the background. Mikell even has regulars. Adi Mizrahi, his “favorite client” and friend, was back for a trim just a week after his last cut. “We did a one-and-ahalf last time, so maybe a little shor ter now?” Mizrahi said while sitting in the desk-chair-tur nedbarber-seat last week. “We should do the Drake on the side,” he joked as Mikell
started to cut. While the first-year marketing and entrepreneurial management major never saw himself as a barber, he now takes his “business” more seriously. He’s spent over 20 hours watching haircut videos on YouTube and researching clipper reviews. Clients say they can tell he puts the work in. “He works hard at it,” said Mikell’s frater nity brother Ron Levich. “He’s put the time and work in, but I don’t think anyone really expected it to blossom into what it is now.” Along with research, Mikell said he’s learned a lot from continuously practicing and working with clients. Since the first few cuts, he’s learned about dif ferent hair styles and types, the existence of hair splinters and even that people have a “bad side” of their head. The 18-year-old also learned that he picked a good time for his unorthodox introduction to the world of hair. “I do think, at least at this age, guys are starting to take a little more care of themselves and care about
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how they look,” he said. This attention to appearance was evident in his other two clients last Thursday night. After a few different hair products and at least 15 minutes of standing in front of the mirror, they were finally happy with the appearance and volume of their hair. Even with his clients’ personal motivation, he’s gotten more business and trust than he ever thought he would. “I never would’ve thought that I’d be actually getting people asking me to cut their hair,” Mikell said. “It’s a fun way to get to know people, and I’ve met a lot of dif ferent types of people, all different majors that I wouldn’t normally be exposed to.” For now, the 17th Avenue bathroom barber enjoys the work he does and plans to be in business for a while. “I’m not the greatest; I’m not the worst,” Mikell said. “People are happy with it, and I guess that makes me happy. I think that’s one of the most fun parts for me — when you can tell people like it. They feel good about it, and that’s all I can really ask for.”
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The Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society’s annual festival has something for everyone to enjoy. BY KATIE LAUER email@example.com
ith over 350 films and events, the 36th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival has something for everyone. Running April 13 to 29, the festival’s busy calendar can seem a little daunting. But Peter Schilling of the Film Society said they have worked to make it accessible for all — including University of Minnesota students on tight schedules and budgets. “People are sometimes like, ‘I love this thing, but I look at this whole list and how do I even begin?’” Schilling said. Here are a few tips for tackling the eventful festival:
Finding the films Schilling’s main suggestion is to do a bit of research beforehand. With online and printed guides, there are calendar-style schedules available with information on the events and films. Schilling said if people combine their personal schedules, film style tastes and critics’ opinions, they will have the most success in finding films to watch. For those who want to attend an event but are tight on cash, Schilling suggested the XYZ party at The Soap Factory. For only $10, there
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will be music videos showcased, beer from Indeed Brewing and live music. Film-wise, Schilling and one of the festival programmers, Kathie Smith, both suggested “Lake Bodom,” an intelligent Finnish slasher about a suspenseful, Hitchcock-like teen camping trip. Smith also suggested the conversation starter “Stranger in Paradise,” which looks into opinions about immigrants in the Netherlands, and “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” a story that follows the secrets of four women living in India. For those worried about costs, students and those under the age of 25 can get movie tickets for $8. Additionally, the first film showing of every day has an early bird special for only $6.
Getting to the festival With regard to location, the festival’s many events and showings will take place across 20 different venues. The majority of screenings will be held at St. Anthony Main Theater. Headquartered above the theater, Schilling said the Film Society tries to center many screenings there. And it’s easily accessible to students. “It’s right down the street from the campus, so it’s very easy for people to hop on their bike or the bus to get down here, camp out at St. Anthony Main and check out these films,” he said.
If sheer proximity isn’t enough, Metro Transit is even offering free rides to the festival during opening weekend. The passes can be found on the Film Society’s website.
The power of film Beginning in the fall, the Film Society started curating the festival’s films from premiers all over the world. Smith said she and her fellow programmers looked for films that told stories in a new way or featured stories that hadn’t yet been told. “For me, it’s something unique,” Smith said. “I guess I’m always looking for something that seems new or fresh and something I haven’t seen before.” Especially for students learning about the world, Smith said they usually have a film from any country someone could think of, which isn’t something people can always experience otherwise. “I think one of the great things that film brings to audiences is this ability to see something that we can’t see without the help of film,” she said. “It really does, to me, open the door on a culture that you either are familiar with and already love or a culture you want to learn about.” Whether they are personal, global or fictional stories, Smith said that cultural communication is one of the main powers of film. “Those can be powerful, emotionally and intellectually,” Smith said. “I would hate to think of a world without movies.”
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Macken shows utility skills in senior year
After two years at third base, Macken is back to her rookie position in outfield. BY KYLE STEINBERG firstname.lastname@example.org
A lot has happened for Gophers softball in the past four seasons — and Sam Macken has been an integral part throughout it all. She was thrown into the fire almost as soon as she stepped onto the Minnesota campus and proved she could handle the pressure just as quickly. She came up big in moments when it mattered at the plate as a rookie, which included a walk-of f single to beat Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament title game and a three-run home run against Auburn to send Minnesota to its first-ever Super Regional. “Sam loves softball,” said head coach Jessica Allister. “Ever y oppor tunity she gets to put on the Gopher softball jersey and play softball is a great day for her. She loves to compete.” Last season, she led the Gophers in batting average, hits, doubles, home r uns, RBI and slugging percentage. W h i l e s h e ’ s d e m o nstrated her hitting dominance, Macken has taken on a new role as a senior: a true utility player. Macken began her career with the Gophers as an outfielder and had 30 star ts her first season, but for the past two years she’s played third base. Minnesota lost all three
“[Macken] epitomizes the idea that you have four years to see just how good you can be. She works her tail off — she loves being a Gopher.” JESSICA ALLISTER Softball head coach
of its star ting outfielders to graduation after last season, so Allister has had to be creative with positioning, which included sending Macken back to her roots. M a c k e n , D a n i Wa g ner and Maddie Houlihan have stepped up from the infield to the outfield this year. The adjustment has been swift and has gone well for Macken, who has no errors in left field this season. “She really just sets the tone of the work ethic that we want,” said Houlihan. Macken hasn’t packed quite the punch at the plate this year as she has in the past, but she still provides a steady leadof f bat for the Gophers. She’s tied for second on the team in doubles with 12 — an area in which Minnesota leads the countr y. And although her hitting statistics may be
down, Macken said that this year may be her most enjoyable season yet. “Hitting is one of those things where no matter how good you get, you’re never going to be the best,” Macken said. “This year is one of my worse years, but I’m having the most fun.” Macken has contributed greatly to the rise of the Minnesota program as one of two seniors who have been in the program
Longbella keeps competitive nature sharp in rookie season The freshman has an older brother, Andrew, who also golfed in college. BY DREW COVE email@example.com
No matter the spor t, no matter the setting, competitiveness is in his blood. One of Minnesota’s newest golfers, freshman Thomas Longbella, is a competitive player for many reasons. “It was always a goal of mine to beat [my older br other] — to be better than him,” Longbella said. “He’s just kind of been a role model for me throughout my entire golf career … If I have any issues or I want to talk about something with him about golf, I definitely will go to him.” His brother, Andrew, is 14 years older than him and played golf at St. John’s University. Longbella said the influence of his brother and his dad came to play when he was about three or four years old and on the driving range, immersed in the game. The Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin native grew up playing golf, but that’s not the only sport he spent his time playing. “I played hockey growing up until my freshman year of high school, then I gave that up for golf,” Longbella said. “I really think a lot of my golf swing is actually translated from hockey, kind of like a
slapshot. My swing has evolved since I stopped playing hockey, but definitely when I was younger I had the slapshot-type swing.” On top of hockey and golf, Longbella said he is also good at ping pong. “It’s really competitive, just like golf, it’s kind of a ‘head-on’ sport, so I really liked that aspect about it,” he said. Now that Longbella is coming into the back-nine of his first season with the Gophers, his transition has been smooth, and that has to do with his competitive attitude. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” said head coach John Carlson. “And [he] had as much talent as anyone we’ve recruited in several years.” Longbella’s adjustment to the college game has been swift, and with his desire to be great and win, he is making the necessar y improvements to succeed. Carlson said that he has been working on his wedge play and distance control — both of which have gotten considerably better. “[Assistant] Coach [Justin] Smith, in the fall, followed me for ever y round that I played,” Longbella said. “He just kind of walked around with me, gave me advice and made sure I was on the right track. He really taught me a lot about my game.” Working with Smith and at practice has consistently improved Longbella’s short game and his
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“He’s the ultimate competitor. And [he] had as much talent as anyone we’ve recruited in several years.” JOHN CARLSON Men’s golf head coach
chipping, Carlson said. Longbella has led the Gophers in two of the seven tournaments he has appeared in so far this season. His top finish at a tournament this season was tied for sixth and he has two top-20 finishes. Longbella also leads the Gophers with the lowest round-score of the season, a 63. While he has performed well on the course in his rookie season, Longbella isn’t always all business. “He’s a jokester,” Carlson said. “He’s fun to be with on team trips. He really is the type of teammate and person that people want to be around.”
“I played hockey growing up until my freshman year of high school, then I gave that up for golf. I really think a lot of my golf swing is actually translated from hockey, kind of like a slapshot. My swing has evolved since I stopped playing hockey, but definitely when I was younger I had the slapshot-type swing.” THOMAS LONGBELLA Freshman
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Sam Macken prepares to bat at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 26, 2015.
for four years. Since she has been with the Gophers, Minnesota has won two Big Ten tournament titles – including its first since 1999 – and is now in contention for its first regular season conference title since 1991. “[Macken] epitomizes the idea that you have four years to see just how good you can be,” Allister said. “She works her tail of f — she loves being a Gopher.”
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Head coach Merzbacher to retire at end of season
Chuck Merzbacher has led Gophers women’s tennis since August 2012. BY JACK WHITE firstname.lastname@example.org
After 28 seasons as a tennis coach for both men’s and women’s collegiate teams, Chuck Merzbacher announced his retirement T uesday. Merzbacher coaches the Gophers women’s tennis team and will retire at the conclusion of the spring season. “I’ve had a great r un and a great journey,” Merzbacher said. “To end it at the University of Minnesota, where I played, it’s really been a great run.”
“I’ve had a great run and a great journey. To end it at the University of Minnesota, where I played, it’s really been a great run.” CHUCK MERZBACHER Women’s tennis head coach
Merzbacher is in his fifth season as head coach of the Gophers women’s tennis team. Before that, he coached Ohio State women’s tennis for 16 seasons, where he became the winningest coach in the program’s histor y. Merzbacher will end his coaching car eer at his alma mater. He won 137 matches as a player for Minnesota, which
is a program record for most career singles victories. He has coached the Gophers to three straight winning seasons. Merzbacher said he will miss match day more than anything. “That’s where you learn a lot about your team,” Merzbacher said. “It’s fun to put on the marron and gold and compete against another school.”
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Rural mental health needs to be prioritized The School of Nursing’s efforts to expand care in underrepresented areas are crucial for health.
ast Thursday, I was excited to read the Minnesota Daily’s report about the School of Nursing’s plans to expand mental health ser vices in r ural par ts of the state, using a $2.1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will allow the Nursing School — partnered with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Touchstone Mental Health and Northern Pines Mental Health Center — to “train students and provide mental health and primary care to rural areas of the state and those with limited access.” As someone who grew up in rural Minnesota, I commend the School of Nursing’s efforts. Throughout high school, I dealt with undiagnosed depression and anxiety on my own. When I came to the University of Minnesota, I encountered the approachable mental health resources that Boynton Health has to offer, which have been extremely valuable. Back in my rural hometown, mental health was rarely talked about, and I didn’t know how to get help. The only resource I was aware of was my school counselor, but I was under the impression that since I wasn’t going through
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any sort of specific trauma, I just had to deal with it on my own. After moving to an urban area, I’ve realized that being exposed to an environment where mental health is addressed and resources are available is eye-opening and a huge relief. Sixty percent of rural Americans live in areas with mental health professional shortages, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, a 2001 study from the National Center for Health Statistics suggested that there are higher rates of suicide in rural areas. Rural Americans have a strong need for adequate mental healthcare — they just aren’t getting it. In my experience, living in a rural area made it easy to feel isolated and alienated, which can have a strong effect on mental health. Additionally, r ural Americans’ salaries are an average of 32 percent lower than that of their urban counterparts, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Stress related to money can be a factor in depression, and can of course make it hard to af ford care for mental health. Rural Americans are also less likely than
After moving to an urban area, I’ve realized that being exposed to an environment where mental health is addressed and resources are available is eye-opening and a huge relief. urban Americans to have insurance that covers mental or behavioral health services, according to a 2006 study by the National Association of Rural Mental Health. What’s more, one in five adults in the United States experience some sort of mental illness, per the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Americans in rural areas are obviously not impervious to this statistic and deserve adequate support for their mental illnesses. A lot of factors come into play in the healthcare gap between rural and urban America, but the School of Nursing’s efforts are a good start in working to rectify the issue. Kathryn Schultz welcomes comments at email@example.com
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Louder than campus bias Organized conversation is the greatest way to combat discrimination on campus.
alk surrounding bias and discrimination has been prominent this semester. Clarifying how the campus should handle matters like this is beneficial for everyone. Of course that pro comes with a con. What is most impor tant to bring up in these discussions is incidents that are characterized by harm. A recent on-campus panel discussing how the University of Minnesota should handle anti-Semitism is one example. Discussion will no doubt spur changes — like people realizing their discriminatory views. But it may not reverse the fact that people still possess those ideologies and view it as acceptable to physically shame others. Recent talk makes it clear that anybody with a past marred by bias is encouraged to be vocal in participating in conversation and policy creation. But in the floodgates of discourse, all on campus are involved. This involvement can encourage honesty and understanding, which are ripe to coax anybody with an inkling of misinformation away
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR State Park funding proposals don’t keep up with need There are cer tain to be a number of showdowns between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-led Legislature as policy, spending and tax cut bills roll out. But there is one budget bill moving through the Legislature — for funding state parks — that is likely to bring more broad public passion on lawmakers than the other bills. Minnesotans love their state parks. And more are loving them all the time. The number of state park permits jumped 40 percent from 2012 to 2016. That’s why funding bills making their way through both chambers don’t come near giving parks the support they need. By 2019 the parks’ operating budget
EDITORIALS Immigration Response Team brings inclusivity
arlier this year, a petition star ted by Minnesota Student Association President Abeer Syedah gained widespread traction across the student body. The document outlined the need for protection of immigrant and undocumented students on campus — effectively declaring the University of Minnesota a sanctuar y campus. The move came at a time when rhetoric by the Tr ump campaign incited fear for many immigrant students. The move was an ef for t to bridge the gap between administration and those burgeoning fears. The petition was signed by more than 1,500 people. Similar pushes were made at a Board of Regent demonstration and through the Council of Graduate Students and University Student Senate resolutions. President Kaler’s office responded by issuing a statement reaffirming the commitment of the University to embrace students from all backgrounds, which eventually led to the formation of the school’s Immigration Response Team’s formation. University administrators, however, have not indicated they will symbolically pronounce the school a sanctuary campus.
The move comes at a time when raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have once again surged nationwide under the new Trump administration.
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would be underfunded by up to $5.8 million under the Senate budget proposal and $1.5 million under the House plan. The proposals come on the heels of years of lower funding for the parks, even as the system grows and use of parks and trails rises. The level of funding proposed would likely lead to a shor ter camping season, shuttered facilities and lack of trail maintenance at some parks and other cutbacks to programming and ser vices. The DNR has ensured those who use the parks pay a portion of park operating budgets. Costs for permits, camping and other fees have been steadily increased, including a planned hike in annual park fees from $25 to $30 this year. Those who use the parks more should help fund them. But parks, state or local, are rightly
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Conversation informed by opinions can eventually counter normalized discrimination from being misinformed. Hopefully, I’m rightfully sensing a crackdown on casualness. Somebody is less likely to scrawl an epithet if they understand where the other person is coming from. Conversation informed by opinions can eventually counter normalized discrimination and hopefully will lead to empathy. The administration is proving its assent to reform. I hope that will entail the unsheathing of authentic rebuttals to antiSemitism, racism and other reprehensible beliefs. We can no longer be causal about our response to hate, and there is nothing casual about hate crimes which wreak havoc on many, peoples’ day to day lives.
To echo many students and faculty, we agree this team is an impor tant step in addressing the anxieties, apprehensions and confusion many students face with regard to immigration laws. In a recent event, the group emphasized their purpose as a platform where immigrant, refugee, undocumented and DACA-status students have an opportunity to get their questions answered about resources on campus. The move comes at a time when raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have once again surged nationwide under the new Trump administration. The raids have been one of the first instantiations of enforcing Trump’s Jan. 25 order to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the U.S.. Fear that undocumented immigrants without criminal records could be arrested and potentially deported has further deepened concerns. The role the University — as an institution of higher learning — plays is vital. Ensuring students have a safe and secure learning environment should be at the center of the school’s mission. It is imperative that the University remain committed to this cause and continue to support the Immigration Response Team. There must be a significant measure of flexibility — in both resources and policy — as we tread fur ther into the years of Trump’s administration. We don’t know what fur ther action the federal government will take to infringe upon the rights and the ver y humanity of our students in the spectrum of immigration. But we must be prepared to fight for their right to livelihood and education.
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an amenity that should be largely funded by taxpayers. But the parks and trails system, which used to get half its funding from the state’s general fund and the rest from fees and other sources, now gets only a fifth of its budget from the general fund. The rest comes from fees and dedicated funding such as the state’s Legacy Amendment and lotter y money proceeds. The cost of operating the state’s parks and trails is going to rise each year considering inflation and increased usage of parks, which Gov. Dayton considered when he proposed a modest $8.9 million budget increase over two years. Both sides need to work together to create a funding package that suppor ts the parks and trails that Minnesotans value. Editor’s Note: This letter originally appeared as an editorial in the Mankato Free Press.
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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (4/13): Collaboration is key this year. Springtime plans and visions lead to renewed partnership in June. One door closes as another opens for a group project this August, before new love inspires.
To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Written by Nancy Black
Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is an 8 — Invent a new vision of the future for your family. Review reserves, and put away provisions. Reconcile accounts. Cooperate and consult experts.
Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is a 9 — Friends help you make a connection with profit potential. Proceed with caution. Figure out what the other guy wants.
Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is an 8 — Stay in rather than going out. Join forces with a master of surprises. Find what you need nearby. Take advantage of unexpected opportunities together.
Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is a 9 — You’re especially strong and creative. Study your options a while longer. Resist a sense of urgency. Learn from another point of view.
Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is an 8 — Beauty feeds your creativity. Follow other artists and players. Moments of synchronicity spark when least expected.
Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 6 — Rest and recuperate. A confusing situation could seem oppressive. Meditate, exercise and savor peaceful moments.
Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 7 — Relax with people you love. Slow and consider the past. Enjoy museums and antiques. Navigate unexpected circumstances together.
Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is a 7 — Share a lovely moment with friends. Voice your opinions, concerns and appreciations. Discuss possible solutions.
Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is a 7 — Home is the best place for you tonight. Postpone an outing or public responsibility. Avoid a fuss or controversy. New information enters the picture.
Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 7 — A professional opportunity has your attention. Don’t take action yet. Polish your presentation and beautify your portfolio.
Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is a 7 — Articulate your passion. Come up with words for how you feel. Take advantage of unconsidered circumstances. Your muses are singing to you.
Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is an 8 — Take a walk outside. Explore your own neighborhood. You don’t need to go far to try something new. Discover beauty you didn’t know existed.
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I wish that I had Jessie’s girl. And by “wish” I mean “wished.” And by “had” I mean “have.” Sorry, that was just a quasiwitty intro to my self-inflicted dilemma. My roommate’s girlfriend is cheating on him … with me. The worst part is that he found my sweatshirt that I left in her room last weekend. I think he’s suspicious but still seems friendly. The lie is killing me, and I need to confess. She wants to wait until they can have the “talk” — something that was supposed to happen a month ago. Please help, Dr. Date!
—I Want to Make Her Mine
Let his girlfriend confess first. You knew you were getting into risky business when you began your affair with her, but it was ultimately her decision to cheat, so she should deliver the news to your mate. No doubt he’s going to be angry, and there will probably be a strain on your relationship for the remaining time you live together. Use this as a lesson to not meddle in other people’s relationships again, and that sometimes it’s OK to resist temp-
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tation when the stakes are high.
I’m not interested in anyone at the moment, but I’ve still found myself in a pickle: Every time I start getting feelings for a girl and I get the feeling that she likes me too, she puts me in the friend zone. I just don’t get it. I’m not a bad-looking guy, I’ve got smarts and I’m funny. What do I keep doing wrong? How can I escape the “friend” tag?
The Friend Zone Is False,
Try not to focus too hard on the ins and outs of the friend zone. Girls either are or aren’t interested in you. You sound like you’re nervous when asking girls out — being calm and assertive instead of uncertain and awkward is a good rule of thumb. That said, being able to do that is the result of practice — becoming a smooth operator doesn’t happen overnight. Keep playing up your good qualities and taking chances. You may stumble some more, but there will be successes along the way.
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room challenge two years ago, the duo are now avid escape room goers. This enthusiasm led to the creation of PuzzleWorks, Hubbell said. “ We s t a r t e d t h r o w ing around the idea that we could probably do one ourselves. It was just some brainstorming and original flow,” he said. Hubbell, who has a psychology degree and retur ned to the University to study mechanical engineering, said he drew from what he’s lear ned about coding and circuitr y to design the room. “It was all really good groundwork for what we’re doing here,”
Hubbell said. Tessa played a key role in designing the puzzles, he said. The main room at PuzzleWorks is modeled after a bank vault. Par ticipants are encouraged to think like a bank robber. “We know that people love bank heist movies. You’re always cheering for the person to pull of f the heist,” Hubbell said. “We wanted to give people the oppor tunity to do that themselves.” U nive r sity m e ch a n ical engineering student T ravis Zweber recently went to PuzzleWorks with his friends. He said it was his first time in an escape room. “I didn’t really know what to expect, and it was just really cool and surprising,” Zweber said. “I
was just thinking of all the dif fer ent cir cuitr y and coding that went into it.” Similar rooms have popped up across Minnesota for the past year, said Logan Giannini, director of operations at Mission Manor, another Minneapolis escape room. He said when he founded Mission Manor in 2016, it was one of the first five rooms in the state. Right now, there’s about a dozen, he said. “So many rooms have opened in the last four months. It’s really inter esting to see how fast this is growing,” Gianni said. “T ypically in any other industr y this is a bubble that’s going to burst, but this is ver y unique, and I think it
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will settle. You can only really go to an escape room once.” The interactive nature of escape rooms keep people coming through their doors, he said. “It’s not a movie, it’s not an arcade, it’s a narrative experience. You feel like you’re stepping into another world,” Giannini said. Giannini, who has not been to PuzzleWorks, said he thinks the immersive bank vault scenario and detailed production are its key strengths. He said it’s more impor tant for rooms to be engaging than for them to have high tech. Still, he said, creative technology can’t hurt. “It’s a mix,” he said. “You want to have puzzles and good production.”
these encounters with each other in detail to maintain confidentiality. Monitors get twopar t training on “how to handle” distressed students on the bridge and “how to know it’s not your fault” if they cannot dissuade the student, they said. “You look to either side to see if anyone is standing there, hesitating or looking sad,” they said. If they see such a student, they approach them and start a conversation to assess the situation. Security monitors patrol or monitor the bridge all hours of the night in one-hour shifts. During extreme winter weather, they can watch the bridge from a nearby building instead of walking it. Monitors can also opt out of street shifts and bridge patr ol. Additionally, they may be called fr om bridge patrol to escor t students through the 624-WALK program. Krista Lindgren, a University security monitor, said she has helped three students in crisis on the bridge. One ex-security monitor who requested anonymity for employment reasons said they helped a distressed student when they were still in training. The monitor and their trainer spoke with the student until they could flag down University of Minnesota Police Depar tment of ficer to take him home. The monitor said a f t e r t h i s e n c o u n t e r, they felt proud and capable of helping others in the future.
“I know some people wanted to quit after this. If something extreme happened I might quit. It’s not worth ruining my mental health over.” ANONYMOUS Student security monitor
UMPD Lt. Chuck Miner, said monitors are in frequent contact with police because they use the same radio channel. This, paired with their high numbers, makes them the “eyes and ears” of UMPD. He said there are almost 150 security monitors and 52 officers. B o n n i e K l i m e s - D o ugan, a University psychology professor, said the program should have a two-par t training similar to the one in place. The best training par tner would be the University’s Behavioral Consultation Team. She also said program managers should debrief with monitors after crisis events. “There are concer ns about them being adequately trained and super vised so that they can help but also have minimal har m to self,” she said. Therapists who can’t prevent their clients from dying by suicide often face subsequent mental health issues, and the same could apply to student monitors, Klimes-Dougan said. She said incorporating police and campus security in crisis management is critical, but this could create additional stress for monitors.
Student fundraiser highlights Aurora Center budget deficit Aurora u from Page 1
received support from the center for the past year and a half. As of Wednesday after noon, the groups had raised nearly $6,000, according to the fundraising website. Minnesota Student Association President Abeer Syedah helped organize the fundraiser along with other student leaders fr om gr oups including Her Campus and She’s the
First, among others. “Anyone can par ticipate,” Syedah said. “We are not asking millennials to get up and do something extravagant.” The University declined to make an Aurora Center representative available for an inter view, but in an emailed statement, Megan Sweet, chief of staff for the Of fice for Student Af fairs, confirmed that the center is r unning on a deficit. Still, she said the funding shor tfall hasn’t af fected the center’s ser vices. When asked if the center has seen increased
“We appreciate the students’ efforts around fundraising. ... We look forward to continuing to partner with students to respond to their needs and priorities in alignment with the Aurora Center’s mission, goals and common good at the University.” MEGAN SWEET OSA chief of staff
demand for its ser vices amid the increased sexual assault awar eness and repor ts at the University, Sweet said she couldn’t answer that question. T he Un i vers i ty al s o didn’t provide funding data for the Aurora Center. Since this is the first large-scale fundraiser that students have conducted for the Aurora Center, staff are unsure, but hopeful about the outcome, Sweet said. “We appreciate the students’ ef for ts around fundraising,” she said in the email. “We look for ward to continuing to par tner with students to respond to their needs and priorities in alignment with the Aurora Center’s mission, goals and common good at the University.” The fundraiser kicked off on Sunday with a panel discussion, and groups will continue to raise money through Saturday. “Why can’t we fundraise for someone who does so much for us?,” Syedah said.
Retired veterans can get tax break BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Retired veterans living in Minnesota are eligible for a new tax break on this year’s filings, top state officials said Wednesday. After years of stalled efforts, Minnesota’s Legislature approved a measure last year that exempted militar y pension payments from the state income tax. But top state officials have worried that a change that could give retired veterans a big financial boost has flown under the radar ahead of next week’s tax filing deadline. With several veterans at
their side, Depar tment of Veterans Af fairs Commissioner General Larry Shellito and a key Republican lawmaker who championed the change held a news confer ence Wednesday to remind veterans about the new benefit. Rep. Bob Dettmer estimated that the state’s 19,000 retired veterans would save a total of $23 million this year alone. “It’s important that they take advantage of this,” said Jerry Kyser, vice chairman of the United Veterans Legislative Council. Minnesota was one just five states that offered no tax breaks on militar y pensions. While a
tax bill failed last year, the pension tax exemption was included as par t of a different bill. Those eligible must file a special income additions an d s u b tracti o n s fo r m with their taxes to claim the benefit. The deadline for filing taxes is Tuesday. Shellito says he hopes the tax help makes Minnesota even friendlier for retiring veterans. And Dettmer said he hopes it makes younger veterans give Minnesota a longer look as a possible home. “Minnesota is an option now for those who want to come back to the Midwest,” Dettmer said.