MPR News Update for June 30
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Good morning! Partly cloudy and rainy today. Highs in the 60s to the north and 70s to the south. Here's some interesting state history to get your day going: For decades, the history of a military weapons range in northern Minnesota remained hidden to all but a select few who lived nearby. Between the outset of World War II in 1941 and 1958, the Big Bog, also known as the Red Lake Peatland, was
used to practice artillery, aerial bombing, anti-aircraft fire and even test experimental triggers for inert nuclear bombs. | Forecast
Here's the Minnesota referendum you haven't heard about A fall ballot question will ask Minnesotans to vote on whether to remove state lawmakers' power to set their own salaries and transfer it to an independent citizen board. How come no one's talking about it? | Capitol View blog
No charges after drug investigation of Minnesota wrestlers In a report, university police investigators said Hennepin County prosecutors declined to pursue the case due to "lack of evidence."
Tribe denounces county's end to law enforcement agreement The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is denouncing county officials' decision to end a law enforcement agreement between the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office and the Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police.
Turkish authorities identify suicide bombers; death toll at 43 The three suicide bombers who attacked the Istanbul airport were a Russian, an Uzbek and a Kyrgyz, a senior Turkish official said Thursday.
State Fair job seekers flock to fair Every year the fair hires several thousand temporary workers. This summer, organizers are making an extra effort to find them. They held the first ever State Fair job fair Wednesday. | Spam sushi and candied bacon donut sliders: State Fair unveils new food for 2016
Grief gripped Minneapolis anti-gang advocate killed by gunshot The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will decide whether Jimmy Stanback killed himself or if he was he killed by someone else. Either way, his friends say Stanback's death is a huge loss for north Minneapolis.
New book gathers stories of young Minnesota immigrants "Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School" is made up of essays from 30 students of Minneapolis' Wellstone International High School. | The Thread
Minnesota prairie restorers recruit a surprising ally: cows Minnesota's vast tallgrass prairies have been largely plowed under. Now, some conservationists are turning to cattlemen to preserve what's left. | Environment
Art Hounds: Farmers, fireflies and a Shakespeare festival This week on Art Hounds: Fireflies, festivals and photos of farmers. | Arts & Culture
Passport and Twitter handle, please: Border agents may soon ask for social media info U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing that travelers covered by the Visa Waiver Program be asked to provide their social media account information. The field would be optional.
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