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Super Bowl: The cost of doing business with divas Bob Collins writes in NewsCut: There were so many jaw-dropping factoids in the weekend Star Tribune article revealing what Minneapolis gave away to get the 2018 Super Bowl game that it's hard to know where to begin. So let's begin with the conclusion: Politicians either don't know what's going on in their own city, or they're disingenuous in their denials
Critics: Stadium park isn't public enough The Vikings will have dibs on the public park for all home games -- two pre-season games and eight home games, and possibly more if the NFL expands its schedule. In addition, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the agency that is building the new stadium, will have rights to use the park for an additional 40 days a year.
Walk, bike and drive safely along the Green Line When the Green Line launches on Saturday, June 14, people driving, bicycling or walking along the 11-mile route between Minneapolis and St. Paul can expect to see more police officers and stepped-up traffic enforcement. Use this interactive map to explore the line's history, landmarks and traffic challenges.
What's behind the moose abandonment? Moose mothers have abandoned their calves at surprisingly high rates during the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's ongoing study into the iconic animal's population decline in the northeast corner of the state. But researchers have now found a way to place GPS collars on newborns that doesn't seem to lead to mothers leaving them behind.
Heavy weekend rain recharges SW Minnesota After experiencing a rather dry spring, generous rainfall has occurred in June over southwest Minnesota, where totals have already exceeded over 4 inches in some locations.
Former church chancellor reveals little in deposition St. Louis archbishop Robert Carlson — who served in the Twin Cities for 24 years — testified last month that he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for priests to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Twin Cities archdiocese in the 1980s, according to a transcript released Monday.
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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.