A martial art born at least four centuries ago in Brazil is catching on big across the U.S., including Minnesota. Capoeira combines acrobatics, dance, music and culture.
Minnesota may be mostly flat, but that hasn't hampered the local indoor rock climbing industry. The state ranks an impressive fifth in the nation, for the number of per-capita indoor rock climbers.
The city of Albert Lea, in far southern Minnesota, has struggled the past few years after the loss of its biggest employer. But city officials say things are looking up, and they're optimistic that Albert Lea will regain the hundreds of jobs it lost.
Business leaders in Albert Lea are betting on a new strategy for job growth. They've launched an incubator project aimed at helping local entrepreneurs expand small companies. They hope the approach eventually pays big dividends for the town.
Most musicians dream of making it big on the world stage one day. But for a local West African singer, there's a lot more at stake than fame and fortune. Yawo, a native of Togo, hopes the CD he's producing in a tiny studio in northeast Minneapolis will help fuel the resistance against the dictator in his home country. He wants the music to connect with people in Togo, and with other freedom fighters like himself who have fled the country and are spread around the world.
On a hill just outside of Preston, one of the state's largest ethanol plants turns millions of kernels of corn into fuel. A local businessman is hoping to build another kind of plant right next door -- a tire burning plant. But the proposal has divided the community.
St. Paul has the largest urban Hmong population in the world. They traveled thousands of difficult miles to get here. Now, the children of these immigrants, many born in the United States, are learning about the homeland of their parents. Recently, five Hmong high school students from St. Paul embarked on a two-week trip to Thailand and Laos. They called the trip the Homeland project. The students hoped seeing their parents' homeland would help them understand the deep cultural gap that separates them from their parents.
Athletes from around the world gathered on Lake Minnetonka last weekend for North America's first winter kite surfing competition. The sport borrows techniques from skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing and even paragliding. Competitors click into a pair of skis or a snowboard, hold onto a bar tethered to a huge kite and let the wind take them shooting across the ice and snow.
Regional ski resorts spend millions of dollars making snow each year. Professional snow makers have spent decades refining the production of light, powdery snow to an exact science. Now new techology is helping resorts produce even better snow, by removing humans from the equation.
Five Hmong teenage girls from St. Paul hope visiting their parents' homeland will help them better understand the deep cultural divide that separates them from their parents.