North Dakota's boom times seem to be here to stay -- at least for a while. A new government analysis finds the Williston basin of North Dakota holds more than 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil that can be recovered. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Flynn an economist at the University of North Dakota about what the new estimate could mean for the state.
The Minnesota Senate votes today on a tax bill that would erase a projected $627 million budget deficit and pay for spending increases.
The Red River will crest this week in Fargo and Moorhead, several feet lower than originally expected. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dan Gunderson who was in our Moorhead bureau.
We're in the middle of assessment testing season for schools in Minnesota. And if that doesn't make students and teachers nervous enough, glitches over the past couple of weeks have caused problems with some online testing. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's education reporter Tim Post, who reported yesterday that a number of school districts have had problems with online assessment tests.
Health officials are on high alert following news that a new strain of bird flu has emerged in China. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He has a team in China watching the disease.
Alzheimer's currently afflicts about 5 million Americans, and as baby boomers age, the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to rise.
This is our 12th report following University of St. Thomas professor Bruce Kramer as he copes with life after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in southwestern Minnesota today to assess the amount of damage caused by an ice storm earlier this month. One of the things that the FEMA team will see is a lot of damaged trees. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Scott Rosenberg, city forester for Worthington.
The Minnesota Timberwolves season is over. They beat San Antonio last night by a score of 108-95 to finish off yet another disappointing, injury-riddled season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Wolves guru Brit Robson about the team's future. Robson covers the NBA for SportsIllustrated.com.
Tornado test sirens across the state will ring out twice today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan Luna, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, about the changes.
When the House Tax committee reconvenes today, one of things under discussion will be a new plan for funding improved infrastructure around the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Some lawmakers want the city of Rochester and Olmsted County to kick in more money toward the project. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede about the new plan.
The Minnesota House and Senate are ready to start voting on budget bills this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the capitol.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this week's late winter storm and how much water content it contained. Some parts of the state saw record precipitation.
More snow is in the forecast for today in the Twin Cities with a high temperature of 36 degrees. That's not exactly ideal outdoor baseball weather, but the Twins begin a homestand tonight against the New York Mets. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the president of the Twins, Dave St. Peter.
A major winter storm is hitting southweatern Minnesota hard. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Anderson who's with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety about emergency services that have been activated in that part of the state, and with reporter Tim Nelson about traffic, and with meteorologist Craig Edwards about the forecast.