Bob Collins Feature Archive

Aaron J. Brown writes on his Minnesota Brown blog today that a crowdstarter campaign has kicked off to reopen Zimmy's, the Hibbing night spot and restaurant that closed abruptly last spring. (07/18/2014)
Whenever Minnesota examines its Minnesota Niceness, we are prompted to make popcorn, prop our feet up and watch the unfolding entertainment. (07/17/2014)
Today, CBS News profiled the children of El Salvador, including Raoul, who lived in Saint Paul for eight years. But only his father had temporary legal status. When it expired, the family was deported. (07/17/2014)
It probably didn't get much notice at last night's All Star game, except, of course, by the people who were at Target Field. But on Twitter last evening, Eileen Smith posted a pretty poignant moment on the Jumbotron. (07/16/2014)
Churches United has applied for a $6 million state grant for the apartment complex for chronically homeless and homeless families. Predictably, the neighbors objected. (07/15/2014)
It was a gorgeous day in Novosibirsk, central Russia, on Saturday when the sky started raining cold death with a freak hailstorm. (07/14/2014)
What will we leave behind from an era that nobody writes letters anymore? (07/10/2014)
A picture of the Perry-Obama meeting in Texas this week will likely sweep across meme-land. (07/10/2014)
Someone torched the Little Library on Minnehaha Avenue on Sunday, according to a post on the MPD Facebook page. (07/10/2014)
Soccer is called "the beautiful game," because "the game that rips your heart out, stomps on your gut, and leaves your country humiliated in the eyes of the sports world" just doesn't have the same ring to it. (07/09/2014)
Roughly a dozen-and-a-half staffers have taken voluntarily buyouts and will be leaving the newspaper. The Newspaper Guild said the departing members have 586 years of newspaper experience. (07/08/2014)
Joe Stiglingh, of West Palm Beach, sent his quadcopter and GoPro on a suicide mission in May. But he wanted to see what fireworks look like inside the fireworks that were being fired off in Miami. (07/06/2014)
It's a pretty slow time of the year for news so the chances are good you're going to hear or read a story about rising gas prices over the July 4th holiday. (07/02/2014)
But how does $32 million compare to other weather-related disasters experienced in Minnesota in recent years? Here are some of the more notable disasters and their infrastructure price tags. (07/02/2014)
Rochester is considering a ban on certain kinds of panhandling, making it illegal to beg for money aggressively. Sitting with a sign that says you need money? That's protected speech. But blocking someone's path or touching someone to ask for money isn't. (07/02/2014)