Mary Stucky

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Mary Stucky Feature Archive

Composer Philip Blackburn is about to leave for Cuba, to bask in the hot sounds of that island's legendary music. Blackburn is on a mission: he wants to create a sound portrait of Cuba and hunt out undiscovered musical talent. (02/20/2004)
War can bring big changes. Ghafar Lakanwal speaks five languages and holds a PhD. He is the former head of Afghanistan's U.N. delegation. Now he lives in the Twin Cities and runs two restaurants. Lakanwal says the story of his life contains a lesson for Americans. (03/14/2003)
Minneapolis artist Meg Novak broke federal law last summer when she smuggled 40 paintings out of Iraq and into the U.S. Novak calls it an act of civil disobedience, defying the sanctions forbidding trade with Iraq. Now the paintings are about to be displayed in a Minneapolis gallery. (02/06/2003)
The largest, and longest running study of hunger in America shows last year nearly half of the people using food-shelves were working, many at full time jobs. With the economy in recession, Second Harvest officials are braced for an unprecedented need for emergency food. (12/28/2001)
The country's only literary journal with writing by Arab Americans is published in Minneapolis. It's called Mizna, an Arabic word for desert cloud, a symbol of shelter and hope. Mizna's editors hope the journal will create understanding across cultures. (12/07/2001)
Since Sept. 11, the U.S. economy has weakened. Layoffs and job cutbacks have hit Hispanic workers especially hard. That's because so many immigrants work in the industries most affected - food service, hotels and airports. With layoffs and other scares like anthrax, some Hispanic immigrants are going home. (11/14/2001)
There's a new revolution on the island nation of Cuba; this time in the production of food. The collapse of the Soviet Union forced Cuba to turn to small-scale organic farming and urban gardens. This dramatic agricultural transformation is unparalleled in the world today. American agricultural experts, including some Minnesotans, are taking notice. (04/11/2001)
On Sunday at the University of Minnesota, the doors of a new $45 million alumni building will be thrown open to the public for the first time. The McNamara Alumni Center on the site of the old Memorial Stadium is architecturally ambitious. While the building is not to everyone's taste, it's designed to create a new image for the university. (02/11/2000)
One of the more spectacular moves in soccer is the "header," where a player soars in the air to smack the ball into the net with a well-placed nod of the head. In recent months, there has been rising concern among soccer parents caused by reports heading may damage young brains. (09/09/1999)
What does it take to silence Jesse Ventura? How about an unauthorized movie about his life? (05/21/1999)
With a new exhibition of his work and book about his life, it's a big week for Ralph Rapson. (03/26/1999)
Author's writing environment proves as important as what's written. (07/27/1998)
While some try bring more moral and spiritual thought into the public domain, others believe there's enough present already. (04/29/1998)
Even the very young seek answers to spiritual and moral questions, whether or not they are from religious families. (04/28/1998)