Toni Randolph Feature Archive

As lawmakers try to close a $700 million deficit, the leaders of the state's two largest religious denominations want to put a human face on potential cuts to human services. (01/20/2005)
Officials from the University of Minnesota opened a nearly century-old time capsule. It was found during construction of the school's new health sciences building. (01/05/2005)
There are more than 1,200 legal partners at the major law firms in the Twin Cities. But a recent survey shows that little more than two percent of those partners are minorities. (12/21/2004)
English language classes are bursting at the seams in the Twin Cities. New arrivals to the United States have been packing the classes, eager to learn the primary language of their new homeland. (10/25/2004)
After a series of deadly school shootings in recent years, including one in Minnesota, school officials, police and prosecutors say they're not overreacting. They say they've been taking these threats more seriously -- because they can't afford not to. (10/19/2004)
A new Minnesota Public Radio-Pioneer Press poll shows that many state residents believe that the cost of helping immigrants get established here outweighs their contribution. (09/23/2004)
The Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday for a 12-day run. And while there are more than 3,000 fairs in North America, Minnesotans have long claimed that their annual state fair is one of the best. Many people say they're right. (08/26/2004)
Writer Walter Mosley's latest novel "Little Scarlet," features street detective Easy Rawlins once more trying to solve a mystery. This time a black woman nicknamed "little Scarlet" has been killed during the Los Angeles riots in 1965. The police think the killer is white, and they enlist Easy to help find her killer. (07/29/2004)
Two good friends will be making great music over the weekend with the Minnesota Orchestra. Andre Watts is the featured pianist in a program tonight conducted by Andrew Litton, the artistic director of Sommerfest. The performance is another chapter in the long history of their friendship and musical collaboration. (07/23/2004)
Just as the celebration of the Grand Excursion drew huge commercial and journalistic interest 150 years ago, it also helped spawn an artistic interest in life along the Mississippi. Some of the results are now on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibit shows how the artistic exploration of the Mississippi River Valley influenced American culture. (06/29/2004)
Seven children were among the 11 Hmong refugees who arrived in the Twin Cities earlier this week. Some of those kids are now beginning the process of enrolling in St. Paul schools. School officials say they hope to make that process as routine as possible. (06/25/2004)
After months of preparation, the first of what could be 5,000 Hmong refugees arrived at Twin Cities International Airport Monday night. They were greeted by dozens of relatives in a tearful, but joyous, reunion. (06/22/2004)
MPR News reporter Toni Randolph joined Hmong families at the Twin Cities International Airport in June 2004 as they awaited the arrival of relatives and friends planning to resettle in Minnesota from refugee camps in Thailand. (06/22/2004)
One of the events on Mexico's President Vicente Fox agenda during his visit to the Twin Cities is a meeting with players from Minnesota's pro soccer team, the Minnesota Thunder. It's a prelude to the Thunder's game just hours later against one of Mexico's top teams, Club Morelia. The teams play a special exhibition game at James Griffin Stadium. The stadium at Central High School in St. Paul is the Thunder's new home field -- a relocation the Thunder hopes will expand its fan base. (06/18/2004)
Later this month, Hmong refugees will begin arriving in Minnesota from Thailand. By the end of the year, the Twin Cities will have nearly 5,000 new Hmong residents. They'll join the more than 20,000 Hmong who began arriving here in the 1970s. While this new wave of refugees will have some obstacles to overcome when they arrive, they'll have some advantages their predecessors never did. (06/03/2004)