Bob Collins Feature Archive

Odin Stutrud, 94, survived the rigors of the United States Army from 1942 to 1946, including fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands campaign in World War II. It's some jerks (or jerk) in Wahpeton who have him steamed. (05/30/2014)
Transit officials insisted that once the trains were timed with traffic lights along the route, the travel time would come down. And, apparently they have, but not as much as they'd hoped. (05/29/2014)
If the Minnesota Twins' releasing David Ortiz on Dec. 16, 2002 isn't the biggest blunder in the history of Minnesota sports, what is? (05/15/2014)
These are not happy times for Team Target at the headquarters in Minneapolis. (05/14/2014)
Today is a big day at Union Depot where Amtrak will make its first passenger stop since the time when it was actually a dependable mode of transportation. (05/07/2014)
Take a sport played predominantly by whites and followed by predominantly white fans, add a city with a racist reputation, and mix in some social media and you have the ugly result in Boston this week when the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins began their playoff series. (05/03/2014)
Members of the Health and Human Services Finance Division advanced the measure today on a divided voice vote. Under the amended bill, approved patients would not be able to smoke marijuana for the treatment of medical conditions, but they could vaporize it. (05/02/2014)
What if someone hadn't seen John LaDue go into a storage locker and close the door behind him and think to herself, "that's strange. I should call the cops"? (05/02/2014)
At last official count, there were only 699 residents of Hendricks, Minn., aka "The Little Town By the Lake," so the idea of a "flash mob" isn't a practical notion, especially given the weather these days. (05/01/2014)
Somewhere potholes are being filled on heavily-traveled roads, but good luck finding where. You can't fill potholes in the rain, which has served the coup de grace on most roads that still could be called roads. (05/01/2014)
People here don't know how good they've got it. That much seems clear by virtue of a new Gallup poll that shows only 61 percent of the people surveyed here think Minnesota is "one of the best possible states to live." (04/25/2014)
The court today overturned the indefinite civil commitment of Cedrick Ince, who served time for two rapes as a teenager and was civilly committed by Sibley County. (04/23/2014)
Minnesota State University, Mankato football players refused to suit up and said they want interim coach Aaron Keen to keep the job he got after Hoffner's firing, according to the Mankato Free Press. (04/16/2014)
Tony Roman Nose, who was 17 when he stabbed and raped 18-year-old Jolene ­Stuedemann in her home in 2000, will not be getting out of prison ever, the divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today. (04/16/2014)
It was a functional logo that would've worked well if a sardine plant also relocated to the city. But, alas, the rollout of the new logo was a dud and it lasted just three weeks before the Austin City Council voted down the idea, according to the Austin Daily Herald. (04/08/2014)