When the nominees gather Saturday night to hear the winners of the Minnesota Book Awards, they'll have several things in common. Many of the nominees have spent time at a writers retreat at a little-known campus just outside Red Wing.
Sometimes it's hard to get children excited about science.
Some kids don't think it's interesting, and some might think it's too hard. Author Lynne Brunelle has a new book, "Pop Bottle Science," which makes science more accessible for kids. She tried out one of her experiments recently, along with MPR's Greta Cunningham.
The main character in Minnesota author Bart Schneider's new novel, "Beautiful Inez," seems to have it all. She's a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony in the 1960s. Inez has a flourishing career, two children and a powerful husband. Yet she's unhappy. Schneider told MPR's Greta Cunningham Inez uses music and relationships to try to grasp happiness. He reads from the book March 10 at the Bound to Be Read Bookstore in St. Paul.
Violinist Hilary Hahn is just 25, but she's one of the biggest names in classical music. She's a Grammy Award-winner, and her work as a violin soloist on the soundtrack for the movie "The Village" is up for an Academy Award.
Hahn is in the Twin Cities this weekend to perform with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Restaurant owners near St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center are hoping the nearly five-month-long NHL hockey lockout is coming to an end. Contract talks between team owners and the players union have resumed this week. The restaurants are suffering without the thousands of customers who attend Minnesota Wild hockey games.
If you set foot in any store this week chances are you heard some Christmas music. Some of it's good, some of it's bad--and some of it is just plain ugly. Minnesota Public Radio's Greta Cunningham spoke to classical music host Bob Christiansen to get some meaningful music picks.
The photos are graphic and captivating. Former St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Larry Millet has unearthed more than 200 images of car accidents, murders and suicides for his book, "Strange Days, Dangerous Nights," which chronicles the sensational press photography of the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
For every pound of people on Earth, there are 300 pounds of bugs. That interesting fact and others are included in Minnesota author Cathy Camper's new book, "Bugs Before Time."
A federal judge has ruled in favor of 1,200 Minnesota Mdewakanton Dakota who say they have the right to three key parcels of land in the state. The contested land is currently occupied by three other tribal communities in Minnesota. The judge's ruling is centered on an 1886 agreement the plaintiffs contend the U.S. government made with their ancestors following the Dakota Conflict.
A program to bring comfort to the family members of victims of domestic violence has been formed in Shelia Wellstone's name. It's called the "Shelia Shawls" program. It helps survivors deal with their grief and is a way to remember Shelia Wellstone's work.
Minnesota writer Erin Hart's new novel, "Lake of Sorrows," brings fans of her first book back to familiar territory -- the mystical world of Ireland's bogs. In fact, the first scene in the book describes a man being swallowed alive by a bog.
What could have been a dry, impenetrable
government document - the final report of the 9/11 Commission - has
been honored as a finalist for a National Book Award.
On his 108th birthday St. Paul novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald is getting the local respect he didn't get during his lifetime. A group of Minnesota book lovers dedicated his St. Paul birthplace as a National Literary Landmark on Friday
September is peak time for apples in Minnesota, and the news for apple lovers this year can be summed up in one word -- Zestar! It's the latest variety developed by the apple breeders at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen. Apple breeders have been creating, testing and eating apples at the center for almost 100 years. The U of M's chief apple research scientist took us on a tour of the orchards.
Some riders say they stole their first kiss or proposed marriage during the four-minute trip into darkness. The "Ye Old Mill" ride has been attracting sweethearts at the Minnesota State Fair since 1913. It's America's oldest tunnel of love owned by the same family. Minnesota Public Radio's Greta Cunningham reports this state fair institution is rolling once again.