Tom Crann Feature Archive

Naming the year's best of everything is as natural as snow in December. "Minnesota Monthly" magazine recently named Isaac Becker its "Restaurateur of the Year," based on his launch of 2013's hottest eatery, Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar. (12/11/2013)
A Duluth medical aid worker says safe housing is the biggest medical need in the Philippines one month after Typhoon Haiyan. (12/09/2013)
Shelter directors, like Jan Eliassen in Fargo, say they usually coordinate to find places to sleep for people who need them. But that effort becomes more intense when the weather turns bitterly cold. (12/06/2013)
Jan Eliassen, director of the city of Fargo's Gladys Rae Shelter and veteran drop-in center, spoke with MPR News' Tom Crann about what shelters are doing to help people who are homeless stay safe in the bitterly cold weather. (12/06/2013)
As we are right now in the heart of the holiday season, we've got a little twist on traditional cranberries and chestnuts. (12/04/2013)
Many of us will be covering long stretches of bleak Midwestern terrain this Thanksgiving without anything but fast food to eat. Luckily, the creators of the Heavy Table website share their best bets for North Coast road food. (11/27/2013)
Although Minnesota leads the nation in rates of home ownership, a recent report found that people of color are much less likely to own houses than whites. (11/26/2013)
Federal estimates indicate about half of the American people take a multivitamin supplement. Despite the wide use, the effects of multivitamins can still be controversial. (11/26/2013)
As the holiday shopping season approaches, commentator Sarah Lemanczyk says there is a ploy among the clothing racks of which she has grown weary. (11/26/2013)
MPR News speaks with a Minnesota man who is in Tacloban, Philippines to assess the needs of those affected by the recent typhoon. (11/20/2013)
We talk about the local food movement as if it is a relatively recently phenomenon. But one Minnesota poet and writer argues in a new book that the local food movement goes back, way back, to the indigenous populations of our region. (11/20/2013)
Medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg speaks with MPR News about the newly released cholesterol guidelines and what has changed with regards to treatment with statin drugs. (11/19/2013)
A plan introduced in Congress would expand early childhood education opportunities across the country. (11/13/2013)
The thought of the big Thanksgiving dinner, with all of the shimmering side dishes, can be overwhelming for many. But it is not to early to start planning, and even cooking, parts of your Thanksgiving dinner. (11/13/2013)
Tribal authorities on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota are opening a criminal investigation into alleged sexual abuse of several boys and a teenager by the Rev. Clarence Vavra. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis kept the priest in ministry after he admitted to abuse on the reservation in the 1970s. MPR News reporter Madeleine Baran talked to All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the potential legal ramifications of Monday's report. (11/12/2013)