Hart Van Denburg Feature Archive

Minnesota is about to find out if a new way of gambling will really help pay for the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. Voter ID proponents say they want to stop election fraud, but studies show that such fraud is practically non-existent. A new high school in Rochester is helping non-traditional students get a leg up in medical and technology education. And Mitt Romney is defending his controversial comments about Americans who use government services. All that and more in the MPR News Update. (09/18/2012)
Marriage amendment foes are putting a premium on friendly and compassionate conversation. The fiscal cliff that looms in Congress could put Minnesota's economy through the shredder. Jim Graves is campaigning to not be the fourth Democrat to lose a congressional election against Michele Bachmann. And look at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam - the single bloodiest day in United States history. (09/17/2012)
Foreign policy forces its way back into the presidential race. We take a longer look at the winners in the competition for a slice of the state's economic development funding pie. Minneapolitans give a little love to thirsty trees. The Twins play safe -- maybe too safe -- with their "It gets better" video. And how is it possible that just a few years removed from an NHL season lost to a lockout that a contract dispute can be skating down that same path? (09/14/2012)
The Saints win their ballpark funding quest. Polling shows the voter ID constitutional amendment with strong support across the state, but how much would it cost or save to implement the change? We look at why the US House voted to swap Boundary Waters land with land in the Superior National Forest. Concordia College cuts its tuition costs. An infamous cold case is cracked. And we have the latest on unrest in the Middle East and its impact on the presidential race. First up: Play ball! (09/13/2012)
The U.S. ambassador to Libya is killed during protests against an anti-Islamic film produced in the United States. The Vikings' Chris Kluwe stands by his outspoken opposition to the marriage amendment. The Pagami Creek wildfire fits with a pattern of extreme weather and climate change-driven events. And we take a look at the latest U.S. Census data about Minnesota. (09/12/2012)
The 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn., and we have stories and photos. Also, we take a look at how much money our members of Congress spend in order to generate campaign funds. Paramedics can now get certified for non-emergency health care needs. A new baseball stadium for St. Paul scores well among state economic officials. And there are some sobering numbers about the homeless and those on food stamps in Minnesota. That and more in the Update. (09/11/2012)
The Daily Circuit asks whether this is a fact-free presidential campaign. Obama leads the fundraising race. Americans seem numbed to the slowly mounting number o0f troop deaths in Afghanistan. There's new signs of life in the Boundary Waters charred by last year's wildfire. And Twin Cities school districts are putting a new emphasis on keeping kindergardeners in their seats. That and more on the MPR News Update. (09/10/2012)
Today we heard what Minnesota delegates to the DNC thought of their party's convention. Five design firms vie for the Vikings attention on a bid to build a new stadium. And cover the the nuts and bolts on strife between the valves and bows when it comes to management of the Minnesota Orchestra. That and more in the MPR News Update. (09/07/2012)
On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton gave Barack Obama a resounding endorsement, and we talked to blue-collar workers who may turn away from the president. A supporter of same-sex marriage makes his case in Minnesota. We'll hear about troubles in the arts here in the Twin Cities. And, an experimental pesticide may be working against zebra mussels. That and more in the MPR News Update. (09/06/2012)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak addresses Democratic Party faithful. Minnesotans at the DNC discuss same sex marriage. There could be a breakthrough on West Nile virus in Minnesota. And the first day of school goes awry in St. Paul thanks to bus drivers who don't know their routes. All that and more on the MPR News Update. (09/05/2012)
Today on the Update, we hear from Minnesota DFLers in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. Many Iron Range taconite mine workers have a new deal to continue mining. As colleges begin classes, many students in the Twin Cities promise not to drink or take drugs. Dairy farmers are getting squeezed by the drought. And a new study raises serious questions about whether organic food is healthier. (09/04/2012)
As the Republican National Convention ends, we talk to disgruntled Minnesota delegates, take a look at Mitt Romney's speech, and check in with the pundits and scratch our heads over Clint Eastwood. We've obtained emails showing that officials were slow to respond to the crisis at the St. Paul crime lab. Loggers tell us they're worried their industry is dying. And we ponder the meaning of 10,000 people showing up at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a cat video festival. (08/31/2012)
At the Republican National Convention, Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty gets a convention spotlight and Paul Ryan gets a fact check. On the Iron Range, we watching a taconite mine labor dispute and new pollution rules aimed at clearing the BWCA's air. And we talk to the State Fair's neighbors about how they put with all the crowds, noise and trash. (08/30/2012)
At the Republican National Convention, Rep. Michele Bachmann shows that she's still a political star, former Sen. Norm Coleman tells reporters he's advising Mitt Romney on international affairs and Ron Paul's Minnesota delegates are still waiting to be courted. We have those stories, the latest on Hurricane Isaac, pediatricians opposed to the marriage amendment and more on today's MPR News Update. (08/29/2012)
The GOP has returned to its convention script, even as Isaac is upgraded to hurricane status and heads for New Orleans. The debunked claims about rape and pregnancy from a Republican Missouri Senate candidate have migrated to Minnesota's congressional races. The marriage amendment campaign's focus shifts to Latino voters. The state Supreme Court hands Republicans two ballot question victories. And we explain why the Twin Cities needs two world-class orchestras. All that and more on the MPR News Update. (08/28/2012)