Molly Bloom Feature Archive

Every year, teenagers from across the state come together to put on a musical revue that they perform three to four times per day in the 4-H building at the Minnesota State Fair. (08/29/2011)
Art Blakey, chief of the State Fair Police, and his daughter Brooke are two of the year-round members of the force. (08/26/2011)
Schaller, of Burnsville, has been entering her jams, jellies and relishes in the Creative Activities exhibits for 30 years. (08/25/2011)
If you're a fan of the Minnesota State Fair, you probably have that one thing at the fair that feels like it's yours. Like that row of antique tractors that no one else seems to know about, or the sound of all the Midway rides going at once. Tell us, what's your favorite thing at the Minnesota State Fair? (08/22/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislative leaders have finally agreed on how to balance the Minnesota state budget. How will they do it? They plan to borrow the money. (07/15/2011)
A handy list of which state services are closed and which are open in the state government shutdown. (07/01/2011)
Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders have not yet agreed on a new two-year budget, and the deadline to do so without a state government shutdown is midnight tonight. MPR News explains what's behind the budget impasse at the Minnesota state Capitol. (06/30/2011)
Porky's drive-in restaurant, a fixture in St. Paul since 1953, is scheduled to close on Sunday. MPR asked readers what places they still miss that have closed. Take a look at the photos of some of the places people mentioned. (04/01/2011)
Tom Wirt and Betsy Price live in rural Minnesota, but easy access to broadband internet has allowed them to build a thriving business that has customers all over the country and the world. (03/24/2011)
Brian Finstad sought retraining after being laid off from his factory job, only to find himself back where he started. We went down to Springfield, MN to hear his story and to see his work at the Sanborn Manufacturing plant. (01/25/2011)
An earthquake, an oil spill, an election and the weather dominated headlines in 2010. But MPR's Public Insight Network asked Minnesotans what changes most impacted them on an individual level this year. (12/31/2010)
Carol Ford, above, and Chuck Waibel operate a greenhouse in tiny Milan, Minn., and sell fresh produce to 20 families all winter. They want to expand to reach the growing local food market. (11/17/2010)
Most art classes will now emphasize the role of technology in the field, and the contributions of Minnesota's American Indian tribes. (09/15/2010)
A growing market for goat cheese is an opportunity for central Minnesota's goat producers, but they are unable to help meet demand now that a Canadian company has stopped processing their milk. (08/30/2010)
More stories of Minnesotans' efforts to help out in Haiti in the aftermath of last month's earthquake. (02/17/2010)