Tom Crann Feature Archive

AAA Minnesota/Iowa is expecting three to four times the normal call volume and drivers seeking non-emergency help can expect to wait three to six hours for someone to respond. (01/03/2014)
Minnesota is among a handful of states with large populations of people with roots in South Sudan. That community here is mobilizing to speak out against the violence erupting in South Sudan. Tom Crann spoke to Augustino Ting Mayai, who came to the U.S. as one of the so-called "lost boys" -- children displaced by the civil war there. Ting Mayai is Director of Research at the Sudd Institute, which advises the South Sudanese government on a variety of topics. He's a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and he's spent the last two years living and working in South Sudan's capital. (12/20/2013)
Richard Carlbom, the architect behind the political movement that supported the legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota, is now working in other states to do the same thing. (12/18/2013)
The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper shares some tips to make your holiday party a relaxed, warm affair. (12/18/2013)
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's biggest drug makers, has decided to stop paying physicians who promote or speak on behalf of their products. (12/17/2013)
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)