Phil Picardi Feature Archive

Taking over the job of overseeing 76 state parks and thousands of miles of state trails will be Erika Rivers. Rivers comes from inside the DNR, where she's currently an assistant commissioner. (03/04/2014)
State lawmakers begin the second week of the 2014 session today with a $1.2 billion budget surplus to work with. In addition, some legislative committees are set to discuss tax cuts, medical marijuana and a minimum wage increase. (03/03/2014)
Star Tribune digital sports editor Howard Sinker offers perspective on Twins prospect Miguel Sano, who will miss the regular season because he needs surgery on his throwing arm. (03/03/2014)
The latest installment from the North Shore Sessions, a Minnesota-based live music video series, features the Nightingale Trio singing the Ukranian widow's song, "Vdova." The trio made this recording in a cave behind the frozen Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. (03/03/2014)
"It's Only Dancing" is the first track on the highly-anticipated new album being released today by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith. (02/04/2014)
Later this week, Minnesota is set to become the first state to let lottery players scratch tickets online. (02/04/2014)
MPR News host Phil Picardi spoke this morning with a man who knew the late Joan Mondale and her family very well. Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen is the senior pastor at Mondale's church, Westminster Presbyterian in Minneapolis. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. (02/04/2014)
Today's music comes from the monks of the Saint John's Abbey Gregorian Chant Schola singing on a new recording of "The Maker" by singer Bobby Vee. (02/03/2014)
Wednesday is National Signing Day when many of the most-coveted high school players reveal where they plan to attend college. MPR News' Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about recruiting for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. They are going after Washburn High running back Jeff Jones. (02/03/2014)
The Olympics open on Friday in Sochi, Russia. Minnesotans are well-represented at the games - not only on the ice and snow, but also in the training rooms. (02/03/2014)
The Lone Bellow is one of the acts performing tonight at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis as part of Communion Club Night. (01/21/2014)
Today's music is in honor of the Martin Luther King, Junior holiday. In her autobiography, King's widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote that her husband would listen to the "Balm in Gilead" when he needed a lift. (01/20/2014)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have 19-21 record so far after starting the season with high expectations. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about head coach Rick Adelman's performance so far this season. (01/20/2014)
The Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 to end the team's longest losing skid. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the win and the precarious position of head coach Mike Yeo. (01/03/2014)
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the very cold weather that's about to hit Minnesota this weekend and early next week. (01/03/2014)