Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

Fourty years ago this week, "Keep on Truckin" by Eddie Kendricks was the number one song on the pop charts. It was the only solo recording by the co-founder of the Temptations to reach number one. Truckin' was a dance step that became popular in Harlem in the 1930s. Kendricks once said about this song "I knew it was a hit because of the title. The old people used to truck when they were dancing. And I knew the trucking industry would embrace the record." To make that connection stronger, truck driving sound effects were added to the mix. (11/19/2013)
It's been a confusing few weeks for the more than 140,000 Minnesotans whose health insurance doesn't meet the standards of the nation's new health care law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Brunner, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which represents insurance companies that do business in the state. (11/19/2013)
At a Minneapolis recording studio, Sound 80, everyone from Bob Dylan to Dave Brubeck to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra recorded music during the 1970s. And it was at Sound 80 in 1978 where the SPCO made one of the first digital recordings to be released commercially. (11/18/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, who gave her a quick status check on several local teams. (11/18/2013)
It doesn't seem like a decade with nearly the significance of the '60s. But a new book about the 1970s in Minnesota shows what a transformative decade it was for our state politically, socially and economically. (11/18/2013)
The Minnesota State Mankato football team looks to complete a perfect regular season tomorrow when they take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team and some strange circumstances it has had to handle along the way. (11/15/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with a Minnesotan who is part of that relief effort on the ground in the Philippines. Graham Eastmond is with the American Refugee Committee, which is based in Minneapolis. (11/15/2013)
Plans to move some of Minnesota's civilly committed sex offenders to a less restrictive facility are on hold this morning now that Gov. Mark Dayton has decided to halt any changes to the state sex offender treatment program. (11/14/2013)
The political fallout from the problems with the Affordable Care Act have some Minnesota Democrats suggesting they'll support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law. (11/14/2013)
A new book published by the University of Minnesota Press reveals some of Fitzgerald's earliest writing. "The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald" is a memoir that Fitzgerald wrote when he was 14 years old and living in St. Paul. (11/13/2013)
A congressman from Granite Falls, Minn., was the author of legislation that led to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States in 1920. The story of Judiciary Committee Chairman Andrew Volstead is part of an exhibit now on display at the Minnesota History Center. (11/12/2013)
The University of Minnesota Women's Hockey team will go for its 58th straight win tonight against Minnesota State-Mankato at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune explains why they've been so dominant -- but also why they're more vulnerable now than usual. (11/01/2013)
University of Minnesota Climatologist updates a remarkable wet month of October and discusses why experts suggest adjusting blood pressure medication this time of year. (11/01/2013)
This is part of our continuing series of stories about Bruce Kramer, the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, as he copes with life after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. (11/01/2013)
The Minnesota Timberwolves play their first game of the regular season tonight at home against Orlando. The Wolves have missed the playoffs for the last nine seasons, but this year's team is inspiring more optimism than usual. For awhile now, we have relied on basketball analyst extraordinaire Britt Robson to give us the straight dope on the Timberwolves. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the season ahead. (10/30/2013)