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The passing of Maya Angelou; water conservation lessons from Arizona; St. Paul charter school turmoil

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Maya Angelou, poet, author, icon, has died
    Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Angelou defied all probability and category, becoming one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium. Read her obituary and see archive photos from her life.
  • Charter school mess: Who's accountable?
    The turmoil at Community School of Excellence follows years of concerns raised by charter critics and supporters that it is difficult to determine who to hold accountable when there are problems in Minnesota's 150 charter schools.
  • It's mosquito season: How to keep them at bay
    "The phone has been ringing off the hook, so we know that mosquitoes have emerged, especially in the northern part of the metro area," said the Met Council's Mike McLean. "We're starting to experience actual adult mosquitoes flying around."
  • What Minnesota can learn from Arizona about water
    In a groundwater Q and A with MPR News reporter Dan Kraker, University of Arizona water expert and author Robert Glennon says Minnesota's water situation is not all that different from that in dry Arizona.
  • The venting of spleens: 'Fargo' recap, episode 7
    While Molly is out of commission, Malvo pays off a few debts. Also, Lester talks and Lester walks. And does a few other things too.
  • College is worth it -- except when it's not
    College grads made almost twice as much per hour in 2013 as workers without a four-year degree. And the lifetime value of a diploma is now around half a million dollars, even after you factor in tuition. But here are the three broad cases in which a college education, in fact, does not pay.
  • Lawmakers get rid of 1,175 laws, regulations
    Minnesota revised, reduced or eliminated 1,175 laws and regulations this year, an effort that will make state government work better, Gov. Dayton said Tuesday. Republicans disagree.
  • Judge sides with DNR to block Rogers' bear research permit
    Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust agreed with the DNR that Rogers' hand-feeding of bears in the Eagles Nest Township area southwest of Ely constituted "a risk to public safety."
  • Want your cheese to age gracefully?
    In the world of cheese, much like in the world of wine, the ultimate mark of success is acceptance by the French. That's exactly what happened to Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery. In 2010, they were inducted into the prestigious Guilde des Fromagers. They know from cheese. And they share their knowledge.
  • Amber waves of green? If industrial hemp takes off, yes
    The most recent farm bill is allowing a handful of farmers across the country to put hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, in the ground. Hemp fibers are used to make rope, clothing and car interiors. But despite the new law, many farmers say they're getting mixed messages from the federal government.
  • Delicious air courtesy of Lake Superior
    Bright sun, low humidity, fresh northeast breezes. Okay, maybe no mosquitoes? But you have to admit this late May weather pattern is one of the best of the year for Minnesota. You can thank Lake Superior for today's delicious air mass.

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