Bob Collins Feature Archive

Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, former legislator, and owner of companies in the wedding invitation printing business, is nearing a final agreement with the paper, according to the business newsletter, Business Take. (03/27/2014)
MNsure, the state health care insurance exchange, has exceeded its "goal" of signing up 135,000 people by April 1. (03/25/2014)
Joe Mueller was in the right spot at a bad time today when a series of collisions closed the westbound lanes of the Mendota Bridge during a snowstorm. He was able to film the crashes that involved an estimated 60 vehicles. (03/24/2014)
The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA today became the first team to wipe its name off its jerseys and sell the space to an advertiser, in this case the Mayo Clinic. (03/17/2014)
At Xcel Center on Tuesday night, Jamie Jenn of Crystal thought she was taking part in an intermission contest, guessing what player Erik Haula said was the biggest surprise in Minnesota. It turned out to be her husband, Nick, who's been stationed in Kuwait. (03/12/2014)
With the warmer temperatures, we eagerly await the attack of the ice monsters on the larger lakes in Minnesota. (03/10/2014)
"State Rep. Pat Garofolo disappeared quickly from Twitter Sunday night after his tweet above started zipping around the Internet," writes Bob Collins on News Cut. (03/10/2014)
Carnegie Hall has announced that 120 musicians from 33 states will make up the National Youth Orchestra on its eight-stop tour beginning in July. Among the musicians are Arjun Ganguly of St. Cloud, Minn., Emma Richman of Minneapolis and Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minn. (03/06/2014)
In light of the state's surplus, politicians are waging a debate on whether to spend it or return it to taxpayers. It's a fun -- and academic -- debate to watch unfold as both sides perform definition gymnastics to frame the numbers in a way that benefits them. (03/01/2014)
TV news hosts were pretty excited about the above map this morning. But MPR News' Bob Collins says Metric is not Minnesota's favorite band. People in Minnesota tend to listen to Metric more often than other states because that's what the creator of the map was trying to show. Read Collins's full story. (02/26/2014)
The New York Times today says heroin, much of it from Mexico, has found its way from the southwest to America's small towns. In Hudson, there were seven fatal overdoses in eight months. (02/11/2014)
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)