Molly Bloom Feature Archive

Between Alpine, cross country, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding, it's an exciting year for Olympic skiing. Slopestyle is making its debut this year and women will be competing in ski jump for the first time. (02/06/2014)
Curling first originated in Scotland in the 16th century, played on frozen ponds and lochs. But the sport has a in the upper Midwest and Minnesota in particular. Nearly all of Team USA's curlers are from the state. (02/06/2014)
Minnesota is most well represented at the Sochi Olympics in -- no surprise -- hockey. But Olympic hockey is not the same as NHL or collegiate games. See how Olympic hockey works and which Minnesotans to watch for. (02/06/2014)
The sports were all developed during the late 1880s in Switzerland as a pastime for tourists who wanted a thrill sledding down the Alps. Here's what you need to know when you watch the Sochi games. (02/05/2014)
Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting and dates back to Norwegian ski troops in the late 1700s. Here's what you need to know when you watch the Sochi games. (02/04/2014)
A number of school districts will be closed Tuesday, making it the fifth day of cancellations due to cold weather this year. (01/27/2014)
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. (12/17/2013)
A detailed look at the priests named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as clergy with credible accusations of child abuse against them. (12/06/2013)
There are over 50 breweries and brew pubs operating in Minnesota today, thanks in part to the "Surly Bill" that passed in 2011 making it possible for smaller breweries to sell their beer on site. Explore this map below to see the state of Minnesota brewing today. (11/20/2013)
Brewing has long been an important presence in the state, well before the recent "beer boom." See a map that tells the story. (11/19/2013)
This year's election represents a major test for ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis. Thirty-five candidates are competing in the most hotly contested mayor's race the city has seen in 20 years. This video explains how the votes will be counted. (10/29/2013)
With the Twin Cities regularly topping the lists of best places for bicyclists and Duluth on its way to becoming a destination for mountain biking, we asked some bike experts, and rider in our Public Insight Network, to share their top rides with us. (08/14/2013)
This week's Art Hounds: The Visit, Women in Soviet Art, bare in Fargo, and Chris Schlichting. (08/01/2013)
With the help of Northfield residents in our Public Insight Network, we've put together a list of hidden -- and not-so-hidden -- gems to explore in this river town, just 45 miles south of downtown Minneapolis. (07/18/2013)
The demographics of Minnesota are changing and the growing Latino community is an important part of that change. The first wave of Latino migration to Minnesota began in the early 1900s, when migrant workers from Mexico would came to the state to work in factories and in farm fields. Some of these workers moved on, but some stayed, many settling on St. Paul's West Side. More recently, Latinos have been the fastest growing group in Minnesota for the past decade, establishing thriving communities throughout the Twin Cities metro area and in greater Minnesota. As of July 2012, the Latino population had grown by 85 percent since 2000 to a total of 264,359, according to U.S. Census data. Looking at the youngest generation the trend seems likely to continue. Latinos make up 8.3 percent of Minnesotans under 18, making Latinos the largest minority group in that age group. This project aims to tell the stories of Latinos in Minnesota, delving deeply into how they define their own identities and how they relate to the larger Latino community in the state. Through the Public Insight Network, MPR News collected the stories of over 125 people who trace their roots back to 17 different countries. Some of the respondents' families have been in Minnesota for generations, while others have arrived in the past few years. Some came to the state as migrant workers, others as professionals.Their stories make it clear that there is not a universal take on what it means to be Latino -- or Hispanic or Chicano -- in Minnesota. But the stories do have one thing in common: Whether the respondents or their ancestors came to the state for work, love, or education, Minnesota is now home. (07/11/2013)