Today's music comes from 75 years ago today when, on March 21, 1939, Kate Smith recorded her signature song "God Bless America."
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow and cold hanging on in the Upper Midwest even as the first day of spring has come and gone. He also says the outlook for the rest of spring favors colder than normal temperatures for the region.
Musician Lee "Scratch" Perry, a native of Jamaica, turns 78 today.
With a deadline fast approaching, the state's health insurance marketplace MNsure is making an aggressive push to sign up uninsured young Minnesotans.
New statistics show that 1 in 6 women over age 65 will get Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota reports that the number for men is 1 in 11. Debbie Richman, the Director of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota talked about the report with Morning Edition host cathy Wurzer.
Today's music is Junior Brown's "Hang Up and Drive," a tune from his latest release. He'll be beringing his double-necked guitar that combines a regular six-string with a steel guitar to the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.
A new biography celebrates the life of a true trailblazer. "Her Honor" by Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant tells the story of Rosalie Wahl. Wahl, who died in 2013, was the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Today's music is "Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger" by Charley Pride in honor of his 76th birthday today. In all, Pride recorded 39 songs that made it to the top of the country charts. But country music was not his first career choice.
In sports, we now know the 68 teams that will be competing in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are not one of them.
"There's still, I think, two months left in the legislative session, which is certainly time to see if something can be worked out. Whether it can or not, I don't know at this point," Gov. Mark Dayton told Cathy Wurzer this morning.
At the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas Lady Gaga will deliver the keynote address today. She is the youngest person and first woman to have that honor. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim McGuinn, the program director for our sister station 89.3 The Current, about the festival with a focus on Minnesota acts.
MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow that just hasn't stopped in northeastern Minnesota, and he sheds light on whether Minnesota really does have frequent March tournament snow storms.
It was a wild day at the Minnesota Boy's High School tournament yesterday with several of the games going to multiple overtimes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.
There is yet another new proposal on the table to solve one of the trickiest questions about the proposed Southwest light rail line: "the deeper shallow tunnel." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb, who represents the Kennilworth area, about it.
Andre Cymone, who was the bass player in Prince's first touring band, has released a new solo album. It's called "The Stone." He will be playing at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Sunday. This is his first solo recording in 27 years, and we have a clip you can hear.