We're a people who want to be connected to the people who came before. The fact that the 1940 Census website crashed yesterday under the crush of 37 million requests shows that we're looking for something. But what? News Cut writer Bob Collins went in search of information about his family and his hometown in Massachusetts.
Is it a problem that the average age of a visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is approaching twice that of the average age in the 1960s?
Dick Bancroft of Sunfish Lake, is a self-taught photographer who says his art informs "the washed" about the victims who are left behind.
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared tomorrow "Gary Eichten Day" in Minnesota, to honor Eichten as he retires from Minnesota Public Radio after a 45-year career. Dayton presented Eichten with the proclamation during an appearance on the Midday program today.
The head of the Minnesota National Guard today said his organization has been singled out for "unsubstantiated notoriety" over the number of military suicides.
On The Road, the series that Charles Kuralt started, is back.
MPR's Bob Collins tagged along for a day with a southern Minnesota farmer during the fall harvest.
Reactions are usually the same when an iconic band splits. Why? Music provides the one link we have to a moment in our lives, writes Bob Collins on News Cut.
Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, is facing charges of criminal vehicular homicide. Senser is accused of hitting Anousone Phanthavong with her car and killing him on the night of August 23. The complaint also says she left the scene of the accident. The charges were announced yesterday in Hennepin County Court. Senser is free on $150,000 bail.
He was the subject of a local documentary not long ago called "A Poet's Poet," has died.
Bernie Ockuly had a long career as a salesman and manager in the truck leasing business, survived 10 mergers, takeovers and countless management changes, except for one, the one that left him unemployed at age 56.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a graduate student's lawsuit against the University of Minnesota for not refunding her tuition after flunking out of a course required for her master's degree.
Julie Ovenhouse, an insurance adjuster, specializes in helping people recover from disasters. Her services are sorely needed in Minneapolis, where residents are trying to figure out what comes next.
Many of the tornado-damaged houses in north Minneapolis still had owners calling them home when Sunday's storm came through. Now, they're trying to figure out how they're going to move on in the days ahead. Bob Collins of the News Cut blog spent Wednesday taking to some people there.
Free speech trumps disorderly conduct. That's the bottom line of a case from the Minnesota Court of Appeals today which has ruled that two animal rights protesters had every right to chant loudly and even threaten violence against the mother of a fur store owner.