Bob Collins Feature Archive

Bruce and Vikki Johnson have decided to take a buyout and move out of their Moorhead home in advance of this spring's flood season. News Cut writer Bob Collins recalls the time he spent with the Johnsons during the flood of '09, when they decided to stay in their home and fight the rising Red River. (02/13/2011)
The Minnesota Senate today turned down a bid to prevent cuts in child protection funding in the state. Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, tried to amend a larger bill that cuts almost $1 billion in state spending. (02/03/2011)
A divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today that two Wabasha County farmers can seek money from an electric utility, whose stray voltage, they say, has caused their cows to give out less milk. (01/26/2011)
With his new book out, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is making the national media circuit, and providing ample opportunity for the people back home to fact check him. (01/12/2011)
A lot of the reaction to Saturday's shootings in Tucson has focused on whether angry political rhetoric can fuel this kind of violence. Bob Collins has been writing about the tragedy from a different point of view. Bob is the author of the NewsCut blog at He's written that this event raises questions about how our society deals with people who have mental illness. (01/11/2011)
It may be, perhaps, symbolic that one of the first bills at the Legislature this year to get consideration in committee was the bill to lift the state's moratorium on new nuclear power plants. A similar bill failed last session. (01/11/2011)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals Tuesday reinstated portions of a nearly 10-year-old class action lawsuit against Philip Morris that claims the company fraudulently marketed Marlboro Lights as a safer cigarette. (12/28/2010)
The Twin Cities housing prices are in a nosedive. Again. The Case Shiller Index, which measures the resale values of homes, dropped another 1.9% in October from September, according to the report released this morning. (12/28/2010)
The National Transportation Safety Board has determined what caused the crash of an airplane a year ago in Clearwater County. (12/22/2010)
The Census Bureau is presenting its results of the 2010 census, including how the population shift may/may not affect states' representation in Congress, at 10 a.m. CT. (12/21/2010)
Carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulfur and phosphorus have long been considered essential for life. But scientists have discovered a strange bacteria that can use arsenic as one of its nutrients. (12/02/2010)
Years after completion of the replacement for the collapsed I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected a claim by companies that lost out in the bidding process. (10/28/2010)
MPR's Bob Collins in live-blogging the gubernatorial debate on Midmorning including fact checking and discussion from our political team. (10/12/2010)
The Pew Center, which puts out a dizzying number of surveys, is out with one today that claims Hispanic voters are less likely to vote in the upcoming election than they were in 2008. (10/05/2010)
Federal regulators say they're investigating the near-collision of a US Airways jet and a small cargo plane over Minneapolis. (09/23/2010)