Bob Collins Feature Archive

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)
The Minneapolis man, pulled to safety by the superhuman strength of a Woodbury man, got a chance to meet each other again. (07/02/2014)
In Valley City, N.D., the Vault is getting its share of national exposure this week because it doesn't have a barista. It doesn't have any employees. It operates on the honor system, the Fargo Forum reports. The attention started with a single TV report a week ago. (07/02/2014)
The largest airplane ever built will be in the Twin Cities for another day. (07/01/2014)
Despite a record month for rainfall in Minnesota, it's been a drop in the bucket toward restoring the lake to its previous luster. (06/30/2014)
First, let's acknowledge that we all have heard the warnings not to drive through standing water. That said, today's various photos provide a great chance to evaluate the worst way to do what you're not supposed to do in the first place. (06/19/2014)
That questionable study we mentioned last week that suggested that there are more head injuries in cities -- including Minneapolis -- where there are bicycle ride-sharing programs is looking even more questionable. (06/18/2014)
A Minneapolis lawyer took a job with a Minneapolis law firm at the same time the World Series with the Braves and the Super Bowl with the Redskins were played in Minneapolis. So he sued and won, at least until an appeals court ruled he'd waited too long to file the case and the Supreme Court declined to hear it. (06/18/2014)