Hurricane Katrina survivors who made it through the deadly storm have already arrived here. They've come to Minnesota on their own, rather than through the official relocation effort, drawn in many cases by family connections.
The number of abortions in Minnesota last year
fell to the lowest level since 1975, and more than 2,000 women who
sought the procedure apparently didn't end up going through with it
after receiving information under an informed consent law.
For years, charities have been collecting cars and reselling them to make money. Car donations have generated millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations. But that may be changing because of a recent change in federal tax law.
Last summer's blockbuster film, "Dodgeball," reignited interest in the game many people haven't played since childhood. Some grown-ups started playing dodgeball again last summer and haven't stopped yet.
Vannak Tep grew up in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. She came to the U.S. in 1998, when she was 20. Her family encouraged her to come to make a better life.
Tanee Meeboon is from Bangkok, Thailand. He's 46 and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children.
Tam Bui, 42, moved to Minnesota from Vietnam nine years ago.
Xue Xiong is 36. His wife, Maiyia Thao is 32. They and their seven children were in the first group of Hmong from a refugee camp in Thailand that arrived in St. Paul in June 2004.
The United States has been called a big melting pot because of its rich immigrant history. But things are often difficult for people newly-arrived in the U-S. The Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis explores the mixed reception immigrants and other minorities have received in its latest production "Undesirable Elements: Ten Years Later."
Hip-hop music was first heard on the radio in the late-'70s, but its roots go back much further. Hip-hop journalist Jeff Chang traces it back to poverty and despair left behind in the Bronx after the borough was gutted for construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway. Chang explained to Minnesota Public Radio's Toni Randolph why he wrote the book.
The National Endowment for the Arts is spearheading a new campaign to encourage troops in Iraq and Afghanistan -- as well as their families -- to write about their wartime experiences. NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, a renowned poet, talked with MPR's Toni Randolph about that project and challenges the NEA faces.
One-hundred years ago, when newly-elected Gov. John A. Johnson became Minnesota's first chief executive to have an office in the new state Capitol, he hired a black man to set up that office for him.
In a career spanning over 40 years, singer Lou Rawls has recorded blues, jazz , soul and dozens of crooning standards. In fact, Rawls' latest album is homage to the songs of the most famous crooner of all, his friend Frank Sinatra. Rawls, appearing in St. Paul, talked with MPR's Toni Randolph about Sinatra's music.
All this year Minnesota is celebrating the centennial of the state Capitol building. Some of the people who helped build it were black -- and are just beginning to be recognized for their contributions.
Incumbent St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly has announced that he's seeking re-election. So far, two other candidates are in the race to replace him.