Bob Collins Feature Archive

It must be tough being "Big Blue," the iconic old bridge in Hastings that for decades was the signature of the city. It's been replaced now by "Big Terracotta," a bigger, more convenient bridge for Highway 61. (07/24/2013)
Growing up in a family that struggled with mental illness, Wendy DeGeest knew something about the wayward ways of the human brain. (07/23/2013)
It's been fairly quiet summer for tornadoes in Minnesota this year, a far cry from the predictions in the spring when tornadoes were striking tornado alley earlier than normal. But when the cold front swept by Trempeleau County, Wisc., yesterday , it provided some spectacular images and no damage. (07/23/2013)
The interracial couple served up by General Mills in its last ad for Cheerios is gone, but that doesn't mean the controversy is gone. (07/19/2013)
For all the symbolism our national bird embodies, it can be a pretty delicate bird. The bald eagle that was rescued after crashing onto a tarmac at the Duluth airport has been found dead. In the May incident, it and another eagle got their talons tangled. (07/17/2013)
A ban on the United States delivering government-originated programming directly to its citizens has been quietly lifted and the Twin Cities Somali audience is one reason why, the journal Foreign Policy reports. (07/16/2013)
Volunteers in the east metro are giving up part of their lawns for rain gardens, which, by design, filter runoff before it goes directly into the lake or gets there via groundwater. (07/16/2013)
A lesson from Vining, Minn., native Karen Nyberg, who is aboard the International Space Station. (07/11/2013)
In a report today, the Fed says Minnesota is rapidly catching up to Wisconsin in the total number of jobs. Wisconsin has been more populous than Minnesota but the gopher state is closing that gap too. (06/26/2013)
As midnight approached, nearly 6,000 tweets per minute were being posted about the filibuster, CNN reports. A YouTube live stream had almost 200,000 viewers. (06/26/2013)
What do musical artists owe an audience other than what they consider their art to be? In matters of rock music, the question goes as far back as 1965, when Bob Dylan went electric at Newport. The crowd hated it. And Saturday at Rock the Garden, a Low a set-opener from Low also met mixed reactions. (06/17/2013)
If you drive a car while intoxicated in order to avoid being beaten by your husband, you cannot avoid a drunk driving license revocation, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled. (06/10/2013)
The Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected the argument that if an employer's sexually explicit behavior is extended to both women and men in the workplace, it's not sexual harassment under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. (05/22/2013)
Maybe it's time to think about doing things differently, farmers. You can't tell by Minnesota weather, but there's still a drought underway in the country, and that's bad news for many of the nation's farmers. (05/04/2013)
Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention. Please report your score in the comments section. (04/12/2013)