Jeffrey Thompson Feature Archive

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)
It's not uncommon for Mary Jo Copeland to be greeted with bear hugs or hand clapping as she enters a room at Sharing and Caring Hands, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit that provides those in need with everything from food to shelter. The tireless mother of 12 has been touching the lives of the impoverished since she started Sharing and Caring Hands in 1985. Copeland is being recognized Friday by President Barack Obama for the work she has done in the Twin Cities community. Copeland will be awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor, for her charitable efforts. We spent a morning with her recently at Sharing and Caring Hands. (02/14/2013)
Minnesotans who want to hear an authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can enjoy the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. The five-member band from St. Paul, co-founded by vocalist Kim Sueoka and guitarist David Burk, has found receptive listeners thousands of miles from the islands. We caught up with them at a recent rehearsal. (02/13/2013)
Nearly 100 will compete for the Twin Cities beard championship title this weekend. Watch a video of the competitive beardsmen talk about how they prepare for the show. (02/08/2013)
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul City Council member Chris Tolbert and St. Paul City Council member Melvin Carter III tried out the Red Bull Crashed Ice course in St. Paul on Thursday. The Crashed Ice World Championship begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. (01/24/2013)
With 19 days compressed into about one minute, the Red Bull Crashed Ice course construction near the Cathedral of St. Paul is documented in a time lapse video. (01/24/2013)