Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

Minnesota State Mankato football players now say they are ready to return to practice, now that they've been heard. That pretty much sums up a statement from the players yesterday, a day after they refused to suit up for a spring practice because of a sudden change in who will be their head coach. Todd Hoffner was re-instated to the job, after two years away from the University. An arbitrator ruled he had been wrongly fired and could have the job back if he wanted it. He did, and he replaced interim coach Aaron Keen on Wednesday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the situation. (04/18/2014)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about some record lows in Minnesota earlier this week. He also has a forecast for better spring weather for most of the state for Easter weekend. (04/18/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from Otis Redding and his interpretation of the infamous party anthem "Louie Louie." It was one of the tracks on his 1964 debut album "Pain in my Heart." That is one of many albums being re-released on vinyl tomorrow as part of the 7th annual Record Store Day. (04/18/2014)
In the last week, 12 former players have accused the NHL of promoting fighting and downplaying the risk of head injury. They join 10 other former players who filed a suit back in November seeking compensation for head injuries sustained while they were players. The Minneapolis law firm of Zimmerman Reed is representing three of them. (04/17/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from 50 years ago this week when the Rolling Stones released their first album. It was mostly cover versions of American rhythm and blues songs, but there were a few original compositions like this one called "Little By Little." The liner notes indicate that it was written by Nanker Phelge, a pseudonym the band used for group compositions, and Phil Spector. (04/17/2014)
It should be a very interesting meeting this morning between coaches, football players and administrators at Minnesota State University-Mankato. One day after the school reinstated Todd Hoffner as its football coach, almost every player on the team refused to suit up for spring practice yesterday afternoon. (04/17/2014)
"Humans have some experience with angel wrestling and it's an experience where generally you come out of it a little wounded but you also come out of it a little stronger," Bruce Kramer says. "I'm doing a lot of thinking about how, moving through ALS into its final phases, that works." (04/17/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from Memphis-based singer-songwriter Valerie June. She is one of the acts that will be performing at this year's Rock the Garden concerts. (04/16/2014)
One sure sign spring is near is the annual Minnesota Horse Expo at the State Fairgrounds. But when the expo starts later this month, it'll go on without it's star participants: the horses. That's because veterinarians are recommending horse owners in our region avoid traveling with their horses until recent a virus outbreak is over. (04/16/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from 50 years ago today, when the Beatles were almost finished filming their first movie which at the time had the working title "Beatlemania." After working all day and into the night, Ringo Starr was heard to say "it's been a hard day." The rest is history. (04/15/2014)
The television series "Fargo," which is set mostly in a fictional version of Bemidji, debuts tonight on the FX network. One of the people who will be watching the TV show closely tonight will be Amanda Thompson. She told Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal about her experience seeing "Fargo" in the old downtown Fargo Theater. (04/15/2014)
Governor Mark Dayton says he still hopes to add some accomplishments to this year's legislative session. (04/15/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago this week when "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John was number one on the pop charts. It was his second single to reach the top spot. It was also his first song to make it into the Top 40 on the Rhythm and Blues charts. That distinction earned Elton John an invitation to perform the song on the television program "Soul Train." That's where this recording was made. (04/14/2014)
The Minnnesota Wild were beaten by Nashville 7-3 in their regular season finale. They begin a playoff series against Colorado on Thursday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about why the loss to Nashville doesn't really bode ill for the team, and what to look for in the upcoming playoff series. (04/14/2014)
Last December, a task force recommended sweeping changes to the way Minnesota treats and houses sex offenders. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL Rep. Tina Liebling, who was on the Sex Offender and Civil Commitment Task Force. She's also authored a bill that would implement that group's recommendations. (04/14/2014)