Bob Collins Feature Archive

Bernie Ockuly had a long career as a salesman and manager in the truck leasing business, survived 10 mergers, takeovers and countless management changes, except for one, the one that left him unemployed at age 56. (06/17/2011)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a graduate student's lawsuit against the University of Minnesota for not refunding her tuition after flunking out of a course required for her master's degree. (06/06/2011)
Julie Ovenhouse, an insurance adjuster, specializes in helping people recover from disasters. Her services are sorely needed in Minneapolis, where residents are trying to figure out what comes next. (05/26/2011)
Many of the tornado-damaged houses in north Minneapolis still had owners calling them home when Sunday's storm came through. Now, they're trying to figure out how they're going to move on in the days ahead. Bob Collins of the News Cut blog spent Wednesday taking to some people there. (05/25/2011)
Free speech trumps disorderly conduct. That's the bottom line of a case from the Minnesota Court of Appeals today which has ruled that two animal rights protesters had every right to chant loudly and even threaten violence against the mother of a fur store owner. (05/03/2011)
"Celebrity candidates," knowing they can't win, have the luxury of saying outrageous things, get coverage for saying outrageous things, raise their profile because of the coverage, show up in polls, and then get more coverage because they show up in the polls. (04/27/2011)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling that held Duluth-based Cirrus Design responsible for teaching people who buy its airplanes how to fly it safely. (04/19/2011)
It's been a very busy week in the news business. Take a quiz on News Cut put together by Bob Collins to see how much you were able to absorb. (04/15/2011)
The FAA has moved to solve the problem of sleeping air traffic controllers today by announcing 27 airports will now have two controllers in the tower during the overnight shift. Their primary job appears to be keeping the other controller awake. (04/13/2011)
The Red River is expected to crest at 39 to 40 feet in Fargo - Moorhead on Sunday. Residents there are cautiously optimistic that the work they've done to hold back the flood waters will protect their property. (04/08/2011)
Being fired for making an inadvertent mistake at work is not a reason for losing the right to unemployment benefits, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today. (04/05/2011)
News the rest of us might miss has a way of getting Bob Collins thinking. Bob writes the popular News Cut blog at Cathy Wurzer spoke to him about what caught his eye in headlines this morning. (03/22/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton is releasing his two-year plan to rein in Minnesota's $6.2 million budget. MPR's Bob Collins is live-blogging the release from Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul. (02/15/2011)
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)