Erin Galbally Feature Archive

A new show featuring the works of Minnesota legend Lillian Colton opens Friday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She's known to thousands as the Seed Lady. Now at age 93, Colton's seed portraits will receive their first museum showing on walls typically home to works by old masters. (07/29/2004)
Three years ago a fire ripped through the Farmland Foods plant in Albert Lea. The blaze claimed the sprawling brick building, and left about 500 people without jobs. Since then, Albert Lea has struggled to regain its economic footing and attract new businesses to town. Now some city leaders say it's likely they'll be able to replace all of those lost jobs. (07/01/2004)
This week a flotilla of steamboats make their way up the Mississippi River to mark the 150th anniversary of the Grand Excursion. Back in 1854 a similar parade of boats navigated their way to St. Paul to celebrate the arrival of the railroad. The journey signaled the start of a major population boom and the advent of the state's industrialization. But that combination transformed the Mississippi River from a pristine waterway, into a river rife with pollution. (07/01/2004)
It's been twelve long years in the making, but now it appears the Army Corps Navigation Study is on the verge of completion. (06/06/2004)
A new Minnesota-based hipster magazine is showing up on selected newsstands around the country. The publication includes an eclectic array of offerings. Most are on music -- interviews, short stories and commentary. And tucked inside there's the unusual bonus of a vinyl record. (05/21/2004)
Bearing good news on the economy, President Bush touted his tax cuts Friday as he campaigned in the Mississippi River farmlands of Iowa and Wisconsin, a region that eluded him in the 2000 election. (05/07/2004)
Rochester's getting ready to party this weekend to celebrate the opening of its new art center. (05/07/2004)
An unusual plan to turn scrap tires into energy has divided the tiny southeastern Minnesota town of Preston. It's a community known for its trout streams, bike paths and scenic beauty. But these days, this once sleepy corner of the state has become the backdrop for protests, lawsuits, and political infighting. (05/06/2004)
Presidential candidate and consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader was in Rochester Tuesday to discuss corporate responsibility. It's been nearly 40 years since Nader's book "Unsafe At Any Speed" prompted reforms in the auto industry. Since then Nader's segued into politics. In 2000, he was the Green Party's presidential candidate and gained more than 2 percent of the popular vote. Now despite an outcry from both major parties, Nader's decided to run again for the White House again. (04/21/2004)
Three southeastern Minnesota counties have developed one of the state's most successful programs for monitoring and treating sex offenders. Dodge, Fillmore and Olmsted counties have reduced probation officer caseloads, to let the officers track sex offenders more closely. The next step is treatment. And the same three counties have banded together to create a much-replicated therapy program. (04/21/2004)
Sex crimes are in the headlines, largely due to the abduction and death of college student Dru Sjodin. The case has revealed some troubling disparities in how sex offenders are handled around the state. And while there are calls for reform, there are some success stories. In southeastern Minnesota, Dodge, Fillmore and Olmsted counties have banded together to create a probation program that monitors sex offenders. The results are impressive. (04/19/2004)
This weekend, more than 300 young chess players from around Minnesota will gather in Bloomington to compete in the state scholastic championship. On Sunday afternoon, one outstanding chess player will emerge victorious and then head on to represent Minnesota nationally. Rochester held its own city tournament as a warmup this week. (03/26/2004)
Richard Fuller owns the world's largest collection of Japanese wedding kimonos. There are some 2,000 in all. It's not in Tokyo or even Kyoto, the center of kimono industry, but Wabasha, Minnesota. (03/12/2004)
Hundreds of visitors are expected in Red Wing this weekend as the city holds its annual eagle spot. The crowds in Colvill Park will use spotting scopes and binoculars to watch the majestic birds perched high in trees along the edge of the Mississippi River. (02/26/2004)
A group of Ethiopian refugees is calling for an international investigation into recent violence against their tribe back in Africa. The Anuak people live in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia. It's known for its fertile soil and rich deposits of gold and oil. Anuak in Minnesota say since late last year more than 400 members of the tribe have been murdered. They blame the Ethiopian government. (02/25/2004)