Perry Finelli Feature Archive

The gun deer hunting season begins on Nov. 3 in Minnesota. The venison donation program, in which hunters give deer meat to food shelves, has been around for three years. But this year, for the first time, the state is picking up the cost of butchering the animals. (10/24/2007)
Some communities north of the Twin Cities were hit by powerful hailstorms last evening. (06/21/2007)
A watchdog group says a Brooklyn Park church violated its tax-exempt status when its pastor endorsed Michele Bachmann during a service Sunday. (10/18/2006)
A Star Tribune poll shows DFL challenger Mike Hatch pulling ahead of incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty in the Minnesota governor's race. (10/16/2006)
More than 100 companies have seen fallout from the practice of backdating stock options. UnitedHealth Group's William McGuire is the fifth CEO to step down over the practice in just the past week. (10/16/2006)
Minnesota added lots of jobs last month, almost 15,000 in all kinds of industries. State officials say over the past few months, Minnesota has been enjoying the strongest job growth in more than two decades. The surge comes after years of pretty sluggish hiring in Minnesota, and it is not clear just yet if the state economy will continue to add jobs. (07/19/2006)
The largest and fastest growing wildfire in years is burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It's about a mile away from the evacuation "trigger point" for the end of the Gunflint Trail. MPR's Perry Finelli talked with a Grand Marais outfitter about the situation. (07/18/2006)
A group of local poets is hoping that some commuters will be moved by more than the Metro Transit bus they are riding on. Eighteen poets will attempt to inspire riders during the third annual Poets on Buses, by performing on buses during the evening rush hour. (06/07/2006)
Minnesotans are mobilizing aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dan Hoffman has been assisting refugees since shortly after the hurricane hit Louisiana last week. He works at the St. Paul Red Cross, but has been helping in Baton Rouge. He spoke with MPR's Perry Finelli. He says the work is grueling. (09/05/2005)
The Red Lake school shooting has highlighted the work of researchers like Linda Bearinger, a University of Minnesota professor and director of its Center for Adolescent Nursing. Bearinger is the lead author on a recent study about violence among American Indian youth. She spoke with MPR's Perry Finelli. (03/23/2005)
Authorities will spend Tuesday trying to understand why a 17 year old boy killed ten people, including himself, yesterday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. MPR host Perry Finelli spoke with MPR reporter Bob Reha. (03/22/2005)
Veterans and supporters of Minnesota troops in Iraq rally today at the State Capitol to push for more armored vehicles for troops on the ground. The group "Operation Truth" is organizing the rally. It comes a week after Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said vehicles in Iraq were being armed as quickly as physically possible. MPR's Perry Finelli spoke with Andrew Borene, an advisor for the group and a Marine who recently served in Iraq. (12/14/2004)
A new survey from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota sheds new light on the attitude of Minnesotans toward the growing problem of obesity. MPR's Perry Finelli spoke with Dr. Mark Manley. (12/08/2004)
Johnson & Johnson is in advanced talks to buy medical device maker Guidant, which has its most profitable business based in the Twin Cities. MPR's Perry Finelli spoke to medical device industry analyst Thomas Gunderson. (12/07/2004)
Regions Hospital in St. Paul is holding mass health screening clinics for the new Hmong refugees. An influx of about 5,000 of them are expected to settle in Minnesota by the end of the year. Morning Edition substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Dr. Pat Walker, Medical Director at the Center for International Health at Regions Hospital. (12/06/2004)