Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

Plans to move some of Minnesota's civilly committed sex offenders to a less restrictive facility are on hold this morning now that Gov. Mark Dayton has decided to halt any changes to the state sex offender treatment program. (11/14/2013)
The political fallout from the problems with the Affordable Care Act have some Minnesota Democrats suggesting they'll support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law. (11/14/2013)
A new book published by the University of Minnesota Press reveals some of Fitzgerald's earliest writing. "The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald" is a memoir that Fitzgerald wrote when he was 14 years old and living in St. Paul. (11/13/2013)
A congressman from Granite Falls, Minn., was the author of legislation that led to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States in 1920. The story of Judiciary Committee Chairman Andrew Volstead is part of an exhibit now on display at the Minnesota History Center. (11/12/2013)
The University of Minnesota Women's Hockey team will go for its 58th straight win tonight against Minnesota State-Mankato at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune explains why they've been so dominant -- but also why they're more vulnerable now than usual. (11/01/2013)
University of Minnesota Climatologist updates a remarkable wet month of October and discusses why experts suggest adjusting blood pressure medication this time of year. (11/01/2013)
This is part of our continuing series of stories about Bruce Kramer, the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, as he copes with life after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. (11/01/2013)
The Minnesota Timberwolves play their first game of the regular season tonight at home against Orlando. The Wolves have missed the playoffs for the last nine seasons, but this year's team is inspiring more optimism than usual. For awhile now, we have relied on basketball analyst extraordinaire Britt Robson to give us the straight dope on the Timberwolves. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the season ahead. (10/30/2013)
Over the last three years, The Cathedral of St. Paul's two pipe organs were taken completely apart and cleaned, the leather windchests were replaced and more than 1,000 pipes were added. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation raised $3.4 million dollars to pay for the restoration. (10/25/2013)
It's a weekend for Halloween parties and ghost stories. Tomorrow afternoon at the historic Warden's House in Stillwater, a group of "paranormal investigators" will share what they've found at a few notable Minnesota locations that some people claim are haunted. (10/25/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about below normal temperatures in Minnesota this past week, especially in southeastern Minnesota. He also has an early peek at the weather forecast for trick-or-treaters going out on Halloween. (10/25/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester today to get treatment for an ailing hip muscle. The therapy he'll undergo is growing in popularity -- especially among athletes -- but there isn't much science to back up its effectiveness. The procedure is called "Platelet Rich Plasma Injection" -- or PRP. A lot of professional athletes including Tiger Woods, Raphael Nadal and Alex Rodriguez have used PRP to treat muscle ailments. It's allowed in pro sports because the primary ingredient is the player's own blood. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Bradley Nelson, an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at the University of Minnesota Medical School, to find out more about Platelet Rich Plasma Injection. (10/23/2013)
The University of Minnesota Gopher football team will be in Evanston, Illinois tomorrow to take on Northwestern. This will be the first game with Tracy Claeys as the acting head coach. He is filling in for Jerry Kill who is taking time off to concentrate on treating his epilepsy. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the outlook for the Gophers. (10/18/2013)
Now that the federal government is open and the debt ceiling has been raised, Congress will attempt once again to figure out a way to reach a long term budget deal. The agreement reached Wednesday is a temporary fix. The government is financed through January 15th and the debt ceiling will need to be addressed again by February 7th. If Congress can't work out a compromise by early next year, the U.S. could be back in the same crisis situation again. One of the lawmakers who helped craft this week's deal was Minnesota DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sen. Klobuchar on Morning Edition. (10/18/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about above normal moisture for much of Minnesota this month. He also says snow is in the forecast. (10/18/2013)