Bob Collins Feature Archive

The Duluth News Tribune reports that administrators are considering a philosophical shift away from closing schools for the entire day when there's a storm -- they lost 8 days of school last year -- and, instead, start school two hours late. (08/08/2014)
Daniel Sarles doesn't consider himself a "biking guy," at least by Minneapolis standards in which bicycling is a religion. "I liked biking, but that wasn't my main mode of transportation before. It's an upgrade and a commitment to living with a bike." (08/06/2014)
Sometimes the world just needs a little video of a surfing pig. (08/06/2014)
Becky Hammon is in her final season -- her 16th -- with the WNBA San Antonio Stars and will move to the NBA team coaching staff for the upcoming season. (08/05/2014)
In North Carolina, a restaurant has added a 15 percent discount to the bill if the wait staff sees you praying over the food. Meanwhile, some restauraunts started adding a minimum wage charge to its meal tickets. (08/05/2014)
The Economist has pored over the data in a new survey of cities and found a few interesting differences within states. (08/04/2014)
Knoblauch, who earned the ire of Twins fans when he demanded a trade out of Minnesota when the team fell on hard times, is accused of punching his ex-wife. (07/24/2014)
The Minnesota city is the only metropolitan area in the north to make the top-10 list of happiest cities. (07/24/2014)
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)