Ambar Espinoza Feature Archive

The city of Willmar is finishing construction of two wind turbines. This is the first step the west-central Minnesota city is taking to help meet a state mandate that 25 percent of Minnesota's energy, including fuel, comes from renewable resources by 2025. (06/08/2009)
Crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation are working an aggressive schedule to complete a new bridge spanning the Mississippi River in St. Cloud by this fall. (05/29/2009)
President Obama has nominated a central Minnesota theology professor as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. (05/28/2009)
MPR Reporter Ambar Espinoza visited the Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy, on the Mille Lacs Indian reservation, where students learn traditional Ojibwe language and cultural traditions (05/22/2009)
One of the final bills approved by lawmakers this week includes $2 million to preserve Native languages in the state. Native language educators say the number of fluent tribal elders is declining and young people don't grow up speaking their language at home. Two Minnesota charter schools have joined the effort to preserve the Ojibwe language and culture. (05/22/2009)
The most recent agricultural census finds a growing number of women farmers in the U.S. It reports a nearly 30 percent increase in women farmers from 2002 to 2007. And for those women raising sheep, being a wool producer comes at a time when the number of knitters fueling the knitting industry is on the rise. (05/15/2009)
Minnesota's walleye season opens this weekend, but for members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the walleye harvest began a couple of weeks ago with the start of the netting season. (05/07/2009)
The news of a confirmed case of H1N1 flu in Cold Spring, and a second probable case in Isanti County has prompted an increase in visits to health care facilities in those areas. (05/01/2009)
Minnesota's first confirmed case of H1N1 flu prompted an extended closure of Rocori Middle School in Cold Spring, Minn., but the school plans to re-open next Wednesday, May 6. (05/01/2009)
State officials went to Cold Spring Thurasday to talk about the first confirmed case of the H1N1 flu in Minnesota. They reassured area residents that the state is ready to deal with this. (04/30/2009)
In Cold Spring, area residents are nervous about the first probable swine flu case, however they're not in panic mode. (04/29/2009)
Hutchinson Technology says it is cutting another 300 jobs. The company has announced job cuts totaling more than 40 percent of its workforce since last fall. (04/28/2009)
One of the few Minnesota hospitals that still provides in-patient chemical dependency treatment marks the program's 25th anniversary today. (04/24/2009)
Some of the more than a thousand Hutchinson residents who were laid off from the city's biggest employer earlier this year are struggling to make ends meet. At the same time, the south-central Minnesota community is nervously awaiting another potential round of layoffs that could come after the company releases its next earnings report next Tuesday. (04/23/2009)
Residents in Little Falls are sending local legislators letters, e-mails and petitions in a campaign to keep the Charles Lindbergh Historic Site open. It's one of three historic sites that could be shut down because of state budget cuts. (04/22/2009)