MNsure on the hot seat Scott Leitz goes before a Legislative Oversight Committee whose members include Republicans strongly opposed to MNsure's creation, against a background of frustrated consumers, an unhappy governor, and an increasingly critical legislative auditor.
Awash in suds Minnesota's beer boom just keeps on booming. The state licensed 17 new breweries in 2013, so that there are now more than 60. That number has tripled in the last five years.
DiCamillo and the 'absolute joy' of reading The Library of Congress will inaugurate Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Friday. We spoke with her this morning about the news.
A 'catastrophic losses' leader Through the first nine months of 2013, Minnesota piled up higher property losses than many of the so called 'Hurricane States.' That's stunned some in the insurance industry.
Pass the salt After that polar vortex, warmer weather is coming this week. That means we a good opportunity to help curb the road salt from running into our streams and lakes.
Shelter for the homeless Hennepin County shelters took in thousands of homeless people this week. Even so, others slept in lobbies and emergency centers, and the county opened a warming center for homeless youth.
Minneapolis leads state in new housing units "If you look at what's being built and the demographics of who is moving in, it really tells the story of the return to what I call urban America," said Thomas Streitz, director of housing policy and development for Minneapolis.
Demand for workers picks up More encouraging news on the economy: There were 6,000 more job openings listed in Minnesota in December compared to November.
An 'embarrassed' Gov. Christie apologizes Saying he is "embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some people on my team," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to the people of New Jersey for his aides' role in a scheme to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge.
More independents Also in national politics: Gallup says a record number of Americans say they are neither Republicans nor Democrats. It's a shift that has hurt the GOP more than the Democratic Party.
Whales, dolphins are collateral damage in our taste for seafood More than 80 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. now comes from abroad. And fishermen in other parts of the world continue to kill not just dolphins but seals and even whales. So conservation groups are calling for tougher import rules to protect sea animals at risk from fishing.
Mockery after St. Paul picked as top romantic city Really? That's how many Minnesotans responded as they took to Twitter Wednesday morning to poke fun at the news that St. Paul made it onto USA Today Travel's list of the nation's top romantic cities.
Big dining rooms, bright restaurant prospects A number of 300-seat restaurants are opening in the Twin Cities area, which means many restauranteurs are hoping a lot of people are willing to go out and pay to sit down for a meal.
The moonlighting professors The Northfield-based band The Counterfactuals recently released a new album: "Minimally Decent People." Hear what they sound like -- outside of the lecture halls they usually inhabit.
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