In a roundtable conversation, MPR's "Bleacher Bums" -- David Zingler, Ben Tesch, and Josh Lee -- talk with MPR producer Jim Bickal about the team's playoff prospects, and what the team has that other successful Twins teams didn't.
Thousands of Minnesota Twins fans are expected to turn out for a rally this evening in downtown Minneapolis, to celebrate the team's division championship. The Twins open the playoffs against the Oakland A's Tuesday at the Metrodome.
This summer, we've been visiting South High School in Minneapolis to go beyond the debates about education policy and get a better understanding of what really happens in classrooms.
Most students taking summer classes in Minneapolis are either preparing to pass the Minnesota Basic Skills tests, or making up credits they did not earn during the regular school year. Two teachers share their experiences with us.
A new group of riders is discovering the Twin Cities bike trail system. They are immigrant students at the Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis. For the last two years, the school has sponsored a bike club where students learn how to ride and get a chance to explore the area.
An exhibit opening Jan. 14 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul will allow visitors to explore history through the stories of people who lived in one house on the east side of St. Paul over the last 120 years.
Baseball fans who attend games at the Metrodome in Minneapolis have a choice of programs. In addition to the official program, published by the Twins, there is another independently-produced option, called Gameday, with a very different editorial perspective.
For the past nine years, amateur historian Pat Hill has been giving guided tours of Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul, focusing on the approximately 1,500 Civil War veterans who are buried there. Those veterans include six Minnesota governors. <I>Morning Edition</I> host Cathy Wurzer went on a tour with Hill.
"The talk," is that infamous moment when parents inform their children about sex. A show at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis explores how young people learn about sexuality from their point of view.
The Twins are hoping Joe Mauer, who was named minor league player of the year in 2003, will be their full-time catcher next year. But Mauer's knee injury means he faces a much greater risk of developing arthritis at some point in his career.
It's been a bad summer for elm trees in Minnesota. Dutch elm disease has made a comeback. The fungus is spread by beetles and through the roots of the trees. It's been an ongoing affliction for trees across the region since big outbreaks in the 1970s and '80s killed thousands of the stately American elms. After two dry summers stressed the region's trees, the disease flared has up again.
On Monday June 7, 2004, MPR's Morning Edition originated from Levee Park in Winona, Minnesota as part of the coverage of this year's Grand Excursion. The celebration commemorates the flotilla of steamboats that chugged up the river 150 years ago. During the broadcast, <i>Morning Edition</i> shared the flavor of Winona, with the help of several local guests.
The Minneapolis School District is hoping to improve academic achievement by reducing the number of students who get sent out of the classroom or suspended because of their behavior. The district is encouraging teachers to learn techniques that will help them prevent disruptions and manage discipline within the classroom. The training is being offered as part of a new compensation system for teachers.
On October 15, 1852, the first train of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad traveled from Chicago to Joliet, Illinois. Two years later it would bring a delegation of East Coast journalists and dignitaries to the Mississippi River as part of the Grand Excursion to Minnesota. Over the next 50 years, as the Rock Island Line grew, it carried passengers and freight through 14 states and became part of the story of the American west. Then it inspired a song that has been passed from generation to generation. Minnesota Public Radio's Jim Bickal has traced the stories of the song and the railroad and discovered that together they tell quite a tale.
Minnesota Public Radio's Jim Bickal interviewed former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett, shortly after the future Hall of Famer's career was cut short by glaucoma.