Bob Collins Feature Archive

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)
Dick Bancroft of Sunfish Lake, is a self-taught photographer who says his art informs "the washed" about the victims who are left behind. (02/06/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared tomorrow "Gary Eichten Day" in Minnesota, to honor Eichten as he retires from Minnesota Public Radio after a 45-year career. Dayton presented Eichten with the proclamation during an appearance on the Midday program today. (01/19/2012)
The head of the Minnesota National Guard today said his organization has been singled out for "unsubstantiated notoriety" over the number of military suicides. (12/19/2011)
On The Road, the series that Charles Kuralt started, is back. (10/28/2011)
MPR's Bob Collins tagged along for a day with a southern Minnesota farmer during the fall harvest. (10/25/2011)
Reactions are usually the same when an iconic band splits. Why? Music provides the one link we have to a moment in our lives, writes Bob Collins on News Cut. (09/21/2011)
Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, is facing charges of criminal vehicular homicide. Senser is accused of hitting Anousone Phanthavong with her car and killing him on the night of August 23. The complaint also says she left the scene of the accident. The charges were announced yesterday in Hennepin County Court. Senser is free on $150,000 bail. (09/16/2011)
He was the subject of a local documentary not long ago called "A Poet's Poet," has died. (07/29/2011)