Jeffrey Thompson Feature Archive

Selecting the right tree for the Christmas holiday takes dressing properly for the winter elements, having the right tool for the job and knowing what type of tree is the best fit for each home. (12/12/2013)
Minneapolis and St. Paul residents voted in mayoral and municipal elections on Tuesday. (11/05/2013)
St. Paul's Palace Theatre was built in 1916 as a vaudeville theater and later became a movie theater. The City of St. Paul plans to spend $12 million to refurbish the long-vacant space as a contemporary music venue. (10/28/2013)
The asylums are long gone, but the unknown graves remain in Hastings and around Minnesota. Advocates for the mentally ill have pressed to find the cemeteries and identify the dead. (10/24/2013)
"Carrie," a remake of the 1976 horror classic of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, comes to theaters this weekend. Should you see it? Euan Kerr has some opinions on the topic. Also: Stephanie Curtis takes a look at "A.C.O.D." starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. (10/18/2013)
This week, Stephanie Curtis finds "Austenland" to be a romantic comedy that's slightly above adequate, while Euan Kerr revels in the beauty of martial arts film "The Grandmaster." (08/30/2013)
Every Wednesday during the summer, a downtown Nisswa, Minn. parking lot transforms into a race track and the streets fill with families. For 50 years, turtle racing has been a highlight for the Crow Wing County community and today third-generation racers compete for the title of grand champion. (08/14/2013)
As the clock struck midnight and same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota, dozens of couples said, "I do." MPR News asked a handful of them to read their wedding vows in front of a camera. (08/01/2013)
The Minnesota Vikings began their 48th year of training camp in Mankato, Minn., Friday. The team will continue to train until Aug. 14, during which it will hold its first preseason matchup, against the Texans, at the Metrodome. The Vikings will head to Detroit for their first regular-season game on Sept. 8 against the Lions. (07/26/2013)
More than a thousand teams from 17 states and 17 countries have converged on Blaine for the annual Schwan's USA Cup youth soccer tournament. (07/16/2013)
After winning the NHL championship with the Chicago Blackhawks this year, Nick Leddy received his celebratory day with the Stanley Cup. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native toured the Cup around the Twin Cities, making stops at several places including the Eden Prairie Community Center, where Leddy played hockey as a kid, and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital on Friday, July 12, 2013. (07/12/2013)
A mosquito control helicopter crashed into a Maplewood garage on Wednesday, killing the pilot. (06/19/2013)
The Como Park Zoo's new $11 million Gorilla Forest exhibit, which includes the largest mesh gorilla enclosure in North America, opens to the public on Thursday. (06/05/2013)
On the first day of spring, few signs of the season can be found in our snow-covered landscape. But inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, the temperature is tropical and vibrant colors speckle the glass rooms. A variety of plants and blooming flowers are displayed at the 98-year-old site, and they can be the perfect antidote for our winter-weary eyes. (03/20/2013)
The Minnesota National Guard is using simulators to train troops in very real and potentially deadly skills -- from shooting to driving to combat. But some soldiers say the simulator's graphics are weak; they prefer Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. (02/15/2013)