Bob Collins Feature Archive

For the next 50 or so hours, starting at 5 p.m. this afternoon, this is the kind of question that will prevent hundreds of people across the country from getting any sleep, and makes St. Cloud the center of the trivia universe. (02/07/2014)
Despite my best attempts with butterfly gardens and milkweed, the grand total number of Monarch butterflies I saw last summer: 1. It was quite a moment. That's not terribly surprising since conservation experts warned us that the number of Monarchs at their Mexico winter home was quite low. (01/29/2014)
This is a really great film posted on Vimeo this week. Watch it at least long enough to get to the story of what happened to the ashes of one of the friends. This is Minnesota. (01/24/2014)
When Janna Holm's grandmother, Dorothy died from cancer in Shakopee 18 years ago, she left behind a small stack of index cards covered in coded letters. Janna tried to decode them as a kid, but she says she didn't get anywhere. (01/21/2014)
Classical Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young raises an interesting question today: What drives us to do things that might kill us? How do we decide when to stop doing it? (01/18/2014)
The former Washington Post reporter who broke the news that Target's computers had been hacked has published the most detailed account yet of how hackers stole the data of millions of Target shoppers. (01/16/2014)
On social media this afternoon, Vikings fans appear to be riding high (by whatever definition you want to ascribe to that phrase) after the team apparently cut a deal for a new coach. (01/15/2014)
A private jet crashed while attempting a second landing in Aspen this afternoon, at least one of the three people on the plane died. (01/05/2014)
Chris Kluwe came back today in a big way with a Deadspin column - I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot - that blasts his former employers. (01/02/2014)
A divided Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected protection for a former security guard who says she was fired in retaliation for filing for unemployment benefits after her hours were cut. (01/02/2014)
A quick before-and-after of today's fire in Minneapolis. (01/01/2014)
While the rest of the world says goodbye to a year, a family in Massachusetts said goodbye today to a son and husband. (12/31/2013)
The question of whether the National Security Agency's massive collection of telephone data is legal is likely heading for the Supreme Court after today's ruling from a federal judge in New York that it's constitutional. Here are six things to know about the ruling. (12/27/2013)
Timing is everything. If you were searching the Delta Airlines website today, maybe you were one of the lucky ones to get a flight for $5. (12/26/2013)
A divided Minnesota Supreme Court today upheld a state law that allows a city or county to seize and sell an automobile if the person driving it was driving drunk. (12/26/2013)