Bob Collins Feature Archive

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)
In a lot of Minnesota -- northern Minnesota, primarily -- it's a lot easier to find a gun store than it is to find knowledge, or so the Washington Post characterizes the situation. (06/18/2014)
Opponents of mining have cited the problems caused by sand trucks hauling the sand to a facility in Winona that currently processes frac sand from Wisconsin. The Winona mine would add 280 truck trips a day to the traffic. (06/16/2014)
From NewsCut: Today is Flag Day in the United States, honoring the day in 1777 when the flag was adopted. It's had a good run, Bob Collins says, despite our best attempts to embarrass it. He and photographer Nikki Tundel share their annual collection of other-than-official depictions of the American flag. (06/14/2014)
Rev. Adam J. Copeland, a member of the faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, loves Fargo. He just doesn't subscribe to the apparent journalism commandment: "Thou shalt speak no ill of Fargo." (06/12/2014)
No matter what happens the rest of the way, Tracy Adams can well be considered one great mother. She's the mother of the sixth-grader who was standing by the side of the road in Hawick, Minnesota, when the school bus pulled up and this happened. (06/04/2014)
In his veto letter, again posted after business hours on his website, Dayton characterized the Lottery as a "service," rather than the "get rich quick" behemoth that seeks to confiscate as much money as it can from the people most likely to fall for the schemes. (05/31/2014)
Congratulations to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, who shared the championship of the Scripps spelling bee. (05/30/2014)