Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

All the rain in recent weeks has lakes and rivers and streams in our region rising to record levels in many places. Flooding is a big concern. As many people shovel mud and suck water out of soggy basements, and farmers fields are underwater, you have to wonder is there any good that could come out of all this rain? Does the heavy rain mean that the problem with declining groundwater levels that we've been reporting on has been solved? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim Stark, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey in Minnesota. (06/19/2014)
Ev Emerson, the wife of Bruce Kramer, teaches music at the Normandale Elementary French Immersion School in Edina, and is also looking after her husband after he was diagnosed with ALS. In our latest conversation, they talk about the challenges of care-giving. (06/15/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago today, when the woman who would become known as the "godmother of punk" recorded her first single, a cover of "Hey Joe." (06/05/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music comes from 50 years ago this month when "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon was the number song on the pop charts. Tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Peter Asher, the "Peter" part of the band, will be performing this song and others he made with Gordon Waller who died in 2009. (06/04/2014)
A Minnesota man serving life in prison may have been wrongfully convicted. Billy Glaze was found guilty of murdering three women in the late 1980s. He is now 70 years old and has already served more than 25 years behind bars. But new DNA evidence may prove he's innocent, and that the real killer is another man. The Innocence Project has been looking into Glaze's case since 2004. Yesterday, they asked the court to reconsider its decision. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with attorney Ed Magarian, who's working with the Innocence Project on the case. (06/04/2014)
There's an ick factor to the storms that swept across Minnesota this weekend. Torrential rain dropped as much as five-and-a-half inches in parts of the state by Monday morning. That caused sewer overflows into Lake Minnetonka that have already closed beaches. But experts say that's supposed to happen. (06/03/2014)
Today's music is "Papa Gene's Blues" by the Monkees off their debut album which was released way back in 1966. The Monkees will be playing tonight at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater in Apple Valley. (06/02/2014)
Fans of the Boston Celtics are buzzing over the news that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love spent the weekend in Boston checking out that city and talking about his appreciation of Celtics history. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the matter. (06/02/2014)
It's going to be another warm day across the state. The weather has some Minnesotans back out fishing and boating but this spring the water could be dangerous. A young teen died in the Mississippi River near St. Paul over the weekend, and a man missing in the St. Croix is also presumed to have drowned. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kara Owens is Boat and Water Safety Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about staying safe in and around water. (05/28/2014)
The NFL announced yesterday that Minneapolis beat out Indianapolis and New Orleans to host one of the world's biggest sporting spectacles, the Super Bowl, for the second time. The person in charge of coordinating all the logistics surrounding that game was Paul Ridgeway, a prominent Twin Cities event organizer at the time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him. (05/21/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from English singer Joe Cocker, who turns 70 years old today. This song "I Come in Peace" is from his 2012 album "Fire it Up." (05/20/2014)
California Chrome will be allowed to use a product developed in Minnesota during the Belmont Stakes after all. The trainer of the horse, which will be going for the Triple Crown on June 7, had threatened to withdraw from the race if California Chrome could not use the Flair Equine nasal strip. (05/20/2014)
Today's music is from Bob Dylan singing "Full Moon and Empty Arms," a song made popular by Frank Sinatra in 1945. Dylan posted the song earlier this week on his website. (05/16/2014)
The Minnesota Lynx begin their 2014 season in Washington tonight against the Mystics, hoping to repeat as WNBA champions. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the season ahead for the Lynx. (05/16/2014)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a cold and wet spring in much of Minnesota. He says May has been the eighth consecutive month of cooler than normal temperatures in the state, if trends continue through the end of the month. (05/16/2014)