Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

"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)
The number of people with Alzheimer's disease is expected to skyrocket as the baby boom generation gets older. The way we care for dementia patients is the subject of some new reports published this week by Minnesota-based researchers. For more on the non-medical side of Alzheimer's research, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dr. Robert Kane, an expert in long-term care and aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. (04/11/2014)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow melting quickly across more and more of the state. He also has a wet forecast for the next week or so. (04/11/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from 60 years ago tomorrow, when Bill Haley and His Comets went into a studio in New York to record "Thirteen Women (and only one man in town)" which was released as the A-side of their first single for Decca Records. As time was running out at the end of that session, they recorded the B-side of the single. That song would become the 1950s anthem of youth rebellion. (04/11/2014)
Last night, the University of Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team beat North Dakota in the NCAA semifinals 2-1 on a last second goal by senior defenseman Justin Holl. That dramatic finish led to rioting in the streets of Dinkytown in Minneapolis. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the game, the riot, and the upcoming championship game against Union. (04/11/2014)
A Senate bill that got a hearing on Thursday would allow the sale of marijuana at so-called alternative treatment centers, but not home cultivation. People with debilitating medical conditions would be eligible to buy. Parents of children with severe epilepsy have been pushing for legalization. (04/11/2014)
A state Senate committee is expected to vote on medical marijuana this morning. Sen. Scott Dibble has been pushing to legalize medical marijuana for years. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dibble abut the legislation. (04/10/2014)