On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tom Robertson who's in Bemidji and covers northern Minnesota.
He's been following the recent controversy surrounding the use of so-called "body-gripping" traps by trappers.
University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi will step down from the job this summer. The university announced yesterday that Maturi's last day will be June 30, 2012, when his current contract runs out. After that, he'll remain on staff at the university for another year, as a special assistant to U of M president Eric Kaler.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about more unusual weather this winter, including lots of fog in the past few days.
Every Wednesday we chat with one of our reporters in greater Minnesota to learn about some of the news they're tracking. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Dan Kraker who was in our Duluth bureau. They talked about a Super Pac that's going after Eight District Congressman Rep. Chip Cravaack.
Would you let Netflix post all your DVD rental history on Facebook? Right now, the federal Video Privacy Protection Act keeps companies from publishing those viewing records. But, Congress is looking at an amendment to the 1988 act that would make it easier for companies to share people's movie watching habits.
The limits of free speech are being debated in Little Falls. The mayor of Duluth is getting threatening messages from around the world. And the Fargo Forum is looking at the importance of water to the history of that area. Those are just of the few of the stories you'll find by reading Minnesota Today, a daily guide to what's being reported around the region. You can find it at MPRNews.org.
It looks like Gov. Mark Dayton has a new staff member. Former Public Utilities Commission chair Ellen Anderson says she's going to accept a job with his administration focused on energy issues. Her move comes just a day after Senate Republicans at the State Capitol rejected her confirmation as PUC chair.
Pledges of bipartisan cooperation for the 2012 session could get thrown out the window today when the Minnesota Senate takes up the confirmations of four members of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. Republicans appear ready to reject Ellen Anderson as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. And a contentious proposal to require voters to show photo identification at the polls will get attention this week.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about why January was so warm in Minnesota. He also talks about the spring flooding risk, which is down because of a lack of precipitation over the last few months.
As the legislative session gets underway this week, the controversial issue of redistricting looms over many lawmakers. The governor and legislators have until February 21 to decide on new legislative and congressional maps. If they fail, a judicial court panel releases its own plan. And once lawmakers know their future districts, they'll want to begin campaigning for November's election.
On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters who's based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in their part of Minnesota. Today MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mark Steil in Worthington. One of the stories he's been following is this year's proposed federal farm bill.
The 2012 legislative session kicks off today. Legislators are back at the Capitol for what's expected to be a short session. But some big topics are expected to be discussed. Those include a possible new Vikings stadium, a slew of constitutional amendments, and contentious redistricting plans. Yesterday on the program we heard from House Speaker Kurt Zellers about Republican priorities for the session.
Minnesota's 2012 legislative session opens tomorrow. Most of the pre-session talk has been dominated by the back and forth over a possible new Vikings stadium. But the governor's bonding proposal and a number of constitutional amendment proposals are also expected to get serious consideration this session. GOP leaders who control the House and Senate say they plan to push forward an aggressive reform agenda.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about wind chills, and a lack of snow in some parts of the state.
Gov. Mark Dayton is not choosing a specific Vikings stadium site to endorse at least not yet. However, he says that if certain objections can be overcome, the Linden Avenue site in Minneapolis may offer the most promise. Some of the stiffest objections to the site have come from nearby businesses and members of the Basilica of St. Mary.