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Shakopee women's prison to finally get a fence The Shakopee prison houses more than 600 women, including nearly a hundred serving sentences for homicide. Amazingly, there's not much separating its grounds from the surrounding neighborhood right now -- just a small decorative hedge.
Minnesota's Super Bowl bid: 6 things to know Minnesota is making its case to host the 2018 Super Bowl. NFL team owners are meeting in Atlanta this week to select a site for the game and the Vikings hope their new stadium will be a deciding factor.
Target fires president of Canadian operations The nation's third-largest retailer announced Tuesday that Mark Schindele, 45, who was senior vice president of merchandising operations, will now run the Canadian operation. The changes are effective immediately.
Stunning supercell caught on time-lapse video Talk about weather eye candy. This phenomenal time-lapse of a rotating supercell thunderstorm in Wyoming Sunday captures the rotating mesocyclone as it spins overhead near Newcastle in eastern Wyoming.
How lawmakers voted in environmental issues Money has been set aside to deal with White Bear Lake's water shortage issue, to beef up recycling goals for the Twin Cities metro, and to create a new research center for invasive species.
U of M criticized for bloated adminstration spending The university is among five public universities whose administrative spending has most outpaced spending on students and faculty, concludes the Institute for Policy Studies. University officials call the report "extremely flawed" and "misleading."
Pressing for what the monks knew A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the Rev. Richard Eckroth of sexually abusing boys at a cabin in northern Minnesota. Internal documents show that Eckroth took more than 350 children to the cabin without their parents, but attorney Jeff Anderson said it's not clear how many of them may have been abused.
Judge gives lighter sentence to Mpls. gang member When Ashimiyu Alowonle walked into Hennepin County District Court on Monday, he knew he was going to prison. But Alowonle had no idea that he was about to narrowly escape a sentence of 18 years behind bars.
Judge suspends campaign cash limits The Minnesota branch of the Institute for Justice and four plaintiffs, including two current and former Minnesota lawmakers, used the Supreme Court's ruling in the McCutcheon case to argue that the state's limits on "special source" donations prevent free speech.
The 'infinite weirdness' of the 9/11 Museum Steve Kandell of BuzzFeed lost his sister in the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings and decided to check out the museum. In particular, he gives a different sort of voice to the issue of the museum also being a cemetery. The remains of those unidentified in the rubble are housed in an off-limits-to-the-public section of the museum.
Is America rushing to embrace 'stupid'? Other nations are noticing that the people of the United States and science aren't on good terms, including Maclean's writer Jonathan Gatehouse, who asks if the most powerful nation on Earth has lost its mind?
In 'Fed Up,' obese kids face sugar-coated life Just who's to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games, Happy Meals and the hamburgers in the school cafeteria. A new documentary alleges it all boils down to a simple substance most of us consume every day: sugar.
Macklemore plays dress-up, lands in hot water Macklemore -- for reasons that will make sense to absolutely no one -- performed over the weekend while wearing a dark wig, big beard and fake hooked nose. We don't know what he was aiming for, but the effect looked an awful lot like a hoary old anti-Semitic Jewish caricature.
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Simply, it is Minnesota news on your schedule. The MPR News Update brings you up to speed with the state's top news, the best of our blogs and smart talk radio in the format that fits you best. Subscribe to Phil's podcast or read Hart's take on the best from mprnews.org.
Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire.