Phil Picardi Feature Archive

The layoffs have begun in International Falls. By the end of Monday, 265 people will have lost their job at the massive Boise paper mill that for years has been the communities biggest employer. Boise is shutting down two of the plant's machines. It's a familiar story: midwestern town loses industrial jobs. But what makes International Falls stand out is it's isolation. Workers there cannot jus drive to the next town over to find work. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Paul Nevanen who directs the Economic Development Board in Koochaching County. (09/27/2013)
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the start of fall in Minnesota. He also answers a question about how much moisture is stored in the soil in the wake of a recent dry spell that's brought drought conditions to more parts ot the state. (09/27/2013)
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the suddeness of drought in much of Minnesota. He also has the weekend forecast. (09/13/2013)
The Minnesota Vikings head to Chicago on Sunday for a noon game. The Bears' new head coach will be familiar to some Minnesota football fans. Marc Trestman played three seasons as quarterback for the Golden Gophers in the 1970s. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke about Trestman with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune. (09/13/2013)
Even before the President's speech on Tuesday night, Republican Minnesota Rep. John Kline announced he would not support such action. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Rep. Kline to talk about Syria. (09/13/2013)
Reuters has published a five-part series of stories about a practice known as "private re-homing", in which parents use Internet message boards to find homes for their adopted children when those adoptions are not working out well. Custody of the children often happens outside the view of child welfare authorities and some children are handed over to parents who would not be allowed to take in children. (09/13/2013)
As President Obama gets ready to address the nation tonight about Syria, the White House continues to lobby members of Congress to back military action that nation. How do lawmakers weigh the decision to buck their constituents? MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Carleton College political science professor Steven Schier about that question. (09/10/2013)
We're in the middle of a hot-streak of weather, which has health officials concerned about heat exhaustion and heat stroke. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Katie Muehe of the Minnesota Department of Health about how to recognize both and when to seek medical attention. (07/17/2013)
Perhaps it's time for Minnesota baseball fans to give up and start rooting for the Yankees. The New Yorkers continued their dominance of the Twins this week, sweeping a four game series. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, talked about the New York dominance with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. (07/05/2013)
We are experiencing perhaps one of the best starts to July in recent years weatherwise. Mark Seeley talks about the weather with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. (07/05/2013)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials still don't know how effective wasps will be at fighting emerald ash borer in Minnesota, but they remain hopeful. Monika Chandler is state Department of Agriculture invasive species specialist. She spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the matter. (07/05/2013)
The Minnesota Lynx begin the 2013 season tomorrow night as a team on a mission, to reclaim the WNBA championship trophy. (05/31/2013)
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley who looks back on May, which included cooler than normal temperatures and some significant snow. (05/31/2013)
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is no longer among the congressional candidates scrambling to raise money for the 2014 elections. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Hamline University School of Business Professor David Schultz about her campaign fundraising. (05/30/2013)
After four terms in Congress, Republican Michelle Bachmann has decided not to run for re-election. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washington correspondent Brett Neely about Bachmann's decision to only serve out her current term. (05/29/2013)