Bob Collins Feature Archive

Should people who live near the BWCA have a greater say in a proposal to increase mining in the area than people who might visit someday? (09/09/2013)
While the U.S. continues to spend more time prepping kids for standardized testing, Finland has one of the most successful public education systems on the planet, partly because it sends kids out for an hour of play no matter what the weather. (09/04/2013)
There's an obituary today of Annette and Leonard Pupkes of Omaha, who moved to Arden Hills a few months ago to be closer to family. They were married for 63 years. He died first earlier this month; she followed several hours later. (08/30/2013)
The speech is rarely broadcast in its entirety, so many people have never heard it. This would be a good day to hear the speech that was supposed to go only 4 minutes. (08/28/2013)
NewsCut: In July, neighbors gathered in North Minneapolis (above) to rally against gun violence. Last week, a beating on St. Paul's East Side left neighbors begging officials to do something -- anything. Unless something changes, 2013 in the Twin Cities may be the summer when people and politicians gave up and ceded their neighborhoods to the gangs. (08/20/2013)
It's not often we hear of drivers frustrating law enforcement because they don't drive fast enough, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals today ruled the state has the right to strip the driver's license of anyone who refuses officers' orders to drive faster. The court ruled in the case of Gary Constans of Lester Prairie, who has been stopped numerous times for driving too slowly. (08/19/2013)
The humor-impaired state of Minnesota is in full bloom with this weekend's release of ads for MNsure, featuring the iconic Paul Bunyan and Babe characters. Bunyan, who can clear-cut forests and create 10,000 lakes, is quite the klutz, it turns out in the new campaign. (08/19/2013)
Only nine members remain of the "Last Man Club," a group of veterans from a small southwestern Minnesota town. When the club is down to its last member, he will toast his brothers with a special bottle of bourbon. (08/13/2013)
Money Magazine has declared Chanhassen to be the fourth-best small town in which to live in the United States, just behind Sharon, Mass.; Louisville, Colo.; and Vienna, Va. (08/12/2013)
Do Minnesota politicians not know how to use Google? Absent a proper background check, a simple Google alert would've alerted the leaders as recently as April 2012 that the Wilf's New Jersey empire had been the target of a 21-year old lawsuit and a two-year-long trial. (08/09/2013)
Back in the boom times of the '90s, the golf explosion brought on by Tiger Woods was too good to be true for many suburbs. It was a great deal for everyone until people stopped golfing. (08/09/2013)
Sixty-eight years ago tomorrow, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, three days after it dropped one on Hiroshima. Not long after that, Ernie Crippen, of Buffalo, visited Nagasaki during a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Seabees. It was a scene among many he'll never forget. (08/08/2013)
It's a rough year to be a business owner depending on tourists around Lake Mille Lacs. (08/06/2013)
Ask most people if they benefit from a government "safety net" program, and most will say "no," according to Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark. But many of them do, she reports. (08/06/2013)
Many people - detractors, mostly - expected Al Franken to do for senatorial decorum what Jesse Ventura did for gubernatorial protocol in Minnesota. But Franken ended up being all serious and senator-like. (07/25/2013)