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Mine hearing draws a big, passionate crowd; watch the Metrodome's demise from your easy chair

Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Standing room only for mine hearing
    The first public hearing on what could be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine drew some 1,300 people to Duluth to rally for jobs, and poke holes in a 2,200-page environmental study.
  • How to watch the 'Dome's demise in comfort
    On Saturday morning, they're planning to pull the plug on the Metrodome. The lights will go off and the fans will shut down and the iconic Teflon roof will settle into the bowl. If you don't want to stand in the forecast single-digit windchill to watch, there may be another option.
  • To be blunt, Zimmer will shake up Minnesota
    The new Minnesota Vikings coach met the hometown sports press today. He could've been asked about the team's quarterback situation. He could've been asked about the upcoming NFL draft. But the first questions were about his reputation for being blunt. Blunt doesn't fly in Minnesota.
  • Ricky Rubio: 'I'm just not having as much fun'
    Just a few years ago, we witnessed the transcendence of the next great NBA player in Ricky Rubio. He was doing things we'd never seen before and when he walked to the scorer's table to check into the game. Now? Ricky's not so happy as a Timberwolf in the NBA.
  • Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections
    Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans.
  • Target breach appears to be part of broader scam
    Russian words were found in one of the variants of the virus, and parts of the malware were developed by a Russian criminal, said Tiffany Jones, a senior vice president at iSight Partners, a Dallas company that focuses on cyber threat intelligence.
  • Cassim says his friends are out of UAE prison
    Woodbury native Shezanne Cassim is home after he spending the past nine months in a United Arab Emirates jail cell for posting a satirical video on YouTube. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
  • Cube Critics: 'Jack Ryan,' and why most reboots fail
    "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," a reboot of the old Tom Clancy series, inspired just a tiny quiver of interest from Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis. But it spurred a debate of which Hollywood reboots are worth a watch -- and which aren't.
  • Best Buy in a tough spot
    Shares of Best Buy fell nearly 30 percent on Thursday after the retailer reported poor financial results from the critical holiday shopping season, despite price cuts intended to keep the company competitive with rivals such as Amazon, Walmart and Target.
  • Minnesota Orchestra rushes to re-start season, fill seats
    After the settlement, the Minnesota Orchestra must meet crucial deadlines to keep their lease with the City of Minneapolis and to sell tickets for 37 concerts over 12 weeks.
  • He's not 'terrified' of ice fishing anymore
    When Christopher Smith moved to Minnesota from Tennessee 25 years ago, he couldn't believe people actually went out on frozen lakes. But he wanted to see what draws so many Minnesotans to the state's 10,000 lakes.
  • Tell us: What is the best part of winter in Minnesota?
    MPR News reporter Dan Olson joined Christopher Smith on a recent ice fishing outing. That got us thinking about winter, and how despite the recent polar vortex, there are plenty of folks of love this time of year. Are you one of them? Why?
  • Composting in Minnesota could heat up under proposed rule change
    Although about 40 percent of the garbage Minnesotans throw away is organic and compostable, the state captures only about 4 percent of the waste through organics recycling.
  • Gangsters, bootleggers and ransoms: the 1934 Bremer kidnapping
    Eighty years ago today, Edward Bremer, Jr., heir to the Schmidt Brewery fortune, was kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang.
  • Congress blocks slaughtering horses for meat in U.S.
    The rule is part of the omnibus spending bill that was approved by both the House and Senate. It bans the funding of U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections at horse slaughter plants. And without inspections, slaughterhouses can't be in business.
  • Minn. crime study ends after theft of victim data
    The theft of research data from a prominent University of Minnesota law professor has put almost 300 people at risk of identity theft, university officials said today.

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