Bob Collins Feature Archive

Curiously this week, the conversation has -- for the most part -- only been about the cyclist, and nothing about what can be done to make the environment in which they ride safer, which is too bad because the answer to that question is: a lot. (04/05/2013)
Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention. (04/05/2013)
The St. Paul Foundation is going to make someone $1 million richer if their idea for improving life in Saint Paul is selected. The organization has been collecting ideas with its Minnesota Idea Open and the entry period is closed and the suggestions are now posted. (04/04/2013)
The FAA has now released the list of airport towers it intends to close on April 7th, due to the sequester cuts. (03/22/2013)
Ojibwe women are walking with a pot of water from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. (03/12/2013)
Many of the air traffic control towers slated to close under "the sequester" are at airports without airline service. (02/22/2013)
The Minnesota Supreme Court has thrown out the case against a man for rating a doctor online. (01/30/2013)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals today provided a graphic account of why Minnesota locks up people after they've served their prison time under the theory that they might offend again. (01/07/2013)
Pressure is on Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan to boost their respective campaigns. The nation watches as the two skilled politicians debate tonight in Danville, Ky. MPR's Bob Collins, of the News Cut blog, will cover the debate live. (10/11/2012)
Spending an hour with Daniel Alvarez of Tallahassee is a good way of increasing the odds you won't go back to work on Monday. He's living a life that can make people go chase their dreams. (09/28/2012)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals today upheld your right to flash high beams at oncoming drivers. (08/27/2012)
The Session Weekly magazine published by the Minnesota House is ending publication after 29 years. (07/10/2012)
The Twins home opener this afternoon is not generating as much excitement among fans this year, due to their 0-3 start on the road and their dismal season last year. One of the goals of the new Target Field is to raise more money for the team so it can pay more money for better players ... thus winning more games. Has that worked so far? (04/09/2012)
We're a people who want to be connected to the people who came before. The fact that the 1940 Census website crashed yesterday under the crush of 37 million requests shows that we're looking for something. But what? News Cut writer Bob Collins went in search of information about his family and his hometown in Massachusetts. (04/03/2012)
Is it a problem that the average age of a visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is approaching twice that of the average age in the 1960s? (03/06/2012)