Erin Galbally Feature Archive

More international patients travel to the Mayo Clinic each year than to any other U.S. health care facility. But since September 11th, Mayo has seen less and less of at least one prominent group of foreign patients -- travelers from the Persian Gulf. (09/08/2003)
The La Crosse City Council plans to appeal a recent court decision calling for the removal of a Ten Commandments statue. Now it's likely the case will advance on to the federal court of appeals in Chicago. (08/13/2003)
The hardanger fiddle is Norway's national instrument. To the untrained eye, it looks much like the violin. But the nine-string fiddle produces its own distinctive sound. That sound and the instrument will be celebrated this week at St. Olaf College in Northfield. (07/22/2003)
Funding for teen programs around Minnesota is dwindling as a result of the state budget crisis. As youth programs statewide reduce their services for things like housing and employment, there's growing concern no one's left to pick up the slack. (07/16/2003)
SPAM the luncheon meat traces its history back to the era of Franklin Roosevelt and the trenches of World War II. But over the past decade, the word spam has taken a second meaning as a term for junk e-mail. Now a Seattle-based technology company is attempting to use the word spam in its corporate name. Hormel Foods, SPAM's manufacturer, is fighting back. (07/02/2003)
The Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers meet in St. Louis. It's a popular port crammed with barges. Most take their loads down the Mississippi. While each year a smaller number of barges navigate along the Missouri. At one time planners thought both rivers would become commercial arteries for the nation. But as the decades drag on the Mississippi has become busier. Now it carries 30 times as much freight as the Missouri. (07/02/2003)
Matt Wehling used to be a chemist. He spent his spare time playing violin in a Twin Cities Celtic band - The Clumsy Lovers. Then disaster struck. His violin broke. For Wehling the repair process was life changing. These days he can be found in the basement studio of his house in Northfield making prize-winning bows for violins, cellos, and violas. (06/20/2003)
The fate of the largest modern railroad expansion is now in the hands of a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel heard arguments in St. Paul on Wednesday in the case of the Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's $2 billion expansion, requiring hundreds of miles of new and rehabilitated track. It's all part of a plan to haul coal from Wyoming through South Dakota and Minnesota. A federal board approved that plan early last year. But it remains highly controversial, and opponents are challenging challenged the federal approval process. (06/11/2003)
For outdoor enthusiasts, the month of May holds special meaning. Birds return from their winter migration and wild flowers push up through the muddy ground. And for a 2-3 week window, the morel mushroom abounds in southeastern Minnesota. (05/23/2003)
At the end of the month a record number of Minnesotans will be able to qualify to carry a concealed weapon. People in Olmsted County are preparing for when the law goes into effect. (05/14/2003)
The infection rate of new HIV AIDS cases in Minnesota has stabilized. But there's a troubling exception to that trend. The infection rate is growing quickly among the state's African-born immigrants. (05/09/2003)
It's been almost two years since fire claimed the Farmland Foods plant. The blaze gutted the building and left roughly 500 workers without jobs. The city hasn't had much luck luring new business. But now there's hope on the horizon in the form of a brand new state-of-the-art hog processing facility. If the plan goes through, Albert Lea could soon return to its meatpacking roots. (04/28/2003)
A panel of national wildlife experts meets in Wisconsin this week. The scientists will judge how successfully the state has dealt with chronic wasting disease. Just over a year ago, the disease was discovered in Wisconsin's wild deer population. The finding triggered a dramatic and controversial response from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (04/23/2003)
Minnesota's dairy industry is at a crossroads. Some farmers say the future is in getting bigger -- milking more cows. Not everyone agrees. One group, the Land Stewardship Project, has spearheaded the opposing viewpoint. (04/15/2003)
For decades, Hibo Mohamed Nuur's legendary voice drew thousands to concerts from Mogadishu to Toronto. They still call her the James Brown of Somali music. But for the past few years Nuur's lived in relative obscurity in Rochester. (04/08/2003)