People in Minneapolis and St. Paul were awakened early this morning by an unusual sound. Some people thought it might be animals howling. Other folks guessed it was a train. MPR reporter Tim Nelson called Ramsey County dispatchers, who initially thought it might be a concrete grinding project that got an early start. But that was not the case. Authorities now say they think it's the sound of spring. Dispatchers sent several officers to check out the sound and they concluded that it's ice breaking up on the Mississippi River. The river had frozen over during the recent cold snap.
Today's music is "Step by Step" the title track from a new record by Peter Tork and his band Shoe Suede Blues.
Today's music is from 90 years ago today when "Rhapsody in Blue" was performed live for the first time. Just a few weeks earlier, Paul Whiteman had commissioned George Gershwin to create a concerto-like piece for an all-jazz concert. This recording of Gershwin and the Whiteman Orchestra was made just a few months after that first performance in 1924.
Today's music is from 50 years ago today when the Beatles played their first concert in the United States. It was at the Collesium in Washington, D.C. The stage was in the middle of a basketball arena and several times during the show, Ringo's drum kit and the microphones were rotated so the band would be facing a different part of the audience.
It's another busy day at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Among the sports on today's schedule: pairs figure skating, curling, cross country skiing and women's slopestyle free skiing. Keri Herman, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, is competing in that event. Dave Schwartz of KARE-11 is tracking all the Minnesota athletes and he spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
An impressive list of musicians will take the stage to provide 28 hours of continuous drone music. The money raised will benefit Doctors Without Borders.
The opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi begin today. When the U.S. team marches into the stadium, Minnesota athletes will be well represented. One of the people who will be tracking those athletes is KARE-11 TV's Dave Schwartz. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer from Sochi.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about how cold this winter has been so far, and he answers a question about whether the cold has killed off agricultural pests.
Today's music is "The Root Beer Lady" from a new collection of music by the Twin Cities band Tree Party. The songs are all based on the true stories of remarkable people from Minnesota's history. They are collected on a CD entitled "Iced Over: Thawing Minnesota's Local Lore." Tree Party will perform the songs live at a CD release party on Sunday at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. The Root Beer Lady in the song was Dorothy Molter who lived on Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters for 56 years. She was famous for her homemade root beer which she sold to passing canoeists. Molter was the last permanent resident of the BWCA.
Today's music is from 30 years ago today when "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club was the number one song on the Billboard charts.
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer and Star Tribune digital sports editor Howard Sinker discuss the university of Minnesota Women's basketball team, which is struggling again this season.
Statewide observers reported mean monthly temperatures that ranged from 7 to 10 degrees colder than normal, ranking among the
3-4 coldest Januarys of the past 35 years. University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley discussed the weather with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
A new documentary tells the story of the Kim Loo Sisters who grew up in Minneapolis. They were a singing group that appeared on Broadway, on the radio and in the movies. They were among the first Asian-American performers to reach a mainstream audience.
Fifty years ago today, The Beatles recorded "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand," a version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" translated into German.
MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Major General Rick Nash, who's Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, about the future of the Minnesota National Guard in Afghanistan -- and beyond.