Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about colder-than-normal temperatures in the forecast for most of Minnesota. He also looks back at how heat and preciptitation earlier in the spring and summer will affect crops. (07/26/2013)
Biologists at the Minnesota Zoo are scrambling to prevent a modern day extinction of a species that once thrived in Minnesota. The Poweshiek skipperling is a butterfly that lives its whole life in the prairies of the upper Midwest. But the tallgrass prairie is mostly gone. And so is a species that was once among the most common butterflies in Minnesota. (07/26/2013)
Bypassing record labels probably wasn't a great option for The Suburbs when the Twin Cities band released its last collection of songs 27 years ago. It's legit now. The reunited band is recording a new album, and turning to fans to help pay for it. (07/25/2013)
The Washington Post listed Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar as one of 10 Democrats with the best shot at being the party's 2016 nominee. Klobuchar will be the keynote speaker at the North Iowa Democrats' "Wing Ding" Fundraiser, which takes place at the famous Surf Ballroom on August 16. (07/22/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the heat and humidity this week. He also answers a question about what day of the year has the least chance for precipitation in the Twin Cities. (07/19/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline about several issues before the House of Representatives in Washington. He represents Minnesota's Second Congressional District, and is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee. (07/15/2013)
Bruce Kramer has been in two drug trials since being diagnosed with ALS. The second recently ended, but he's asked the drug company to let him keep taking the medicine. (07/15/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about heat waves in the 1930s and the 1990s that were very different. He also had the statewide weather forecast for the weekend. (07/12/2013)
It's been a busy 24 hours on Capitol Hill. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House passed a farm bill without a section of the proposal that included food stamps. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washingon-based reporter Brett Neely about the new bill. (07/12/2013)
Bandshells and band concerts have a long, rich history in our region. Today, the professional chamber orchestra Minnesota Sinfonia performs at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis. (07/12/2013)
Bob Dylan's Americanarama tour is headed to Peoria, Ill., tonight. Last night, he sold out Midway Stadium in St. Paul with a show that also included Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with The Current's Andrea Swensson about the show. (07/11/2013)
Republicans are lining up to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in the 2014 elections. But the first high-profile candidate to formally declare was businessman Scott Honour of Wayzata. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him on why he thinks he should be the next governor of Minnesota. (07/01/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the wet whether in the state in June, and tells us about some specific communities that had record precipitation. He also answers a question about recent high dew points. (06/28/2013)
The Minnesota Timberwolves traded picks with Utah in yesterday's NBA draft, and then landed UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad in the first round. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the draft. (06/28/2013)
What are the ethics of conducting clinical drug trials in cases where the patient has a terminal illness? Jeffrey Kahn, a professor of bioethics and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, discusses the matter. (06/28/2013)