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Northstar sidelined; Somali runners at Northern Spark; cramped all-day K; wrestling Paul Bunyan

Friday, June 13, 2014

  • Northstar rail canceled after BNSF derailment
    A BNSF train derailed between Elk River and Ramsey this morning, and the damaged cars are blocking the tracks. Metro Transit says limited bus replacement service is available, but the buses will have limited capacity and won't be running on a regular schedule.
  • Pinder's Somali runners add speed to Northern Spark
    The Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder makes videos of African-American people working. But for the video shot in Minneapolis, he wanted to add an extra layer and explore the tradition of long-distance running among Somalis.
  • All-day Minnesota kindergarten comes with price: cramped schools
    With a financial barrier lifted, school officials say they need to find room for more kindergartners to spend an entire day in class.
  • In Norwegian Glee Club, music, fellowship forms ties that bind
    Norwegian glee club singers from around the Upper Midwest will perform at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis Saturday night. There'll be an orchestra, soloists and a mass chorus of more than 200 male voices.
  • A crowd-pleasing Minnesota Orchestra
    The Minnesota Orchestra's first full season after the lockout features 25 weeks of classical concerts topped by a pops season and a series of themed concerts: a winter festival celebrating music based on the work of Shakespeare, a three-week celebration of the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, and a multi-week Spirit and Spring series focusing on the music of faith and contemplation, which will occur around Easter.
  • Paul Bunyan and punk documentarian have a complicated relationship
    It's been a long time since Nik Nerburn last rode his bike up Paul Bunyan Drive, past the hefty concrete Paul and Babe statues to hang out with teenage friends at the Paul Bunyan Mall. But Paul never left his mind.
  • Study finds teen smoking hits a 22-year low
    The results of the study mean the United States has met the federal government's objective of cutting teen cigarette use to 16 percent or less, officials said. But officials say the fight against tobacco use remains far from over.
  • Study: Brain injuries, bike-sharing rise together
    A group of Canadian and American researchers wondered what effect bike-share systems had on the frequency of brain injuries. And they came up with a way to look at the potential problem. They analyzed data on the treatment of serious brain injuries at trauma centers in five cities before and after bike-sharing programs were started.
  • Four charged in Bemidji meth ring bust
    The four suspects were arrested Tuesday in the culmination of a year-long investigation into a methamphetamine pipeline connected to large-scale drug producers in southern California, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department.
  • It's a full 'Strawberry Moon' on Friday the 13th
    The name Strawberry Moon dates back to ancient cultures, when moons were named based on the behaviors of plants, animals or the weather. In North America, the harvesting of strawberries in June gave the full moon its name.
  • Boy Scout troop rescued in BWCA lake after capsizing
    "The conditions were very rough yesterday," said Justin Mayne, captain of Lake County Rescue. "We had winds definitely gusting in the 40s, it was rainy and very overcast, the lake was very choppy."
  • World Cup 2014: The politics of soccer and what's at stake in Brazil
    David Goldblatt, author of "Futebol Nation" joins us to give us the latest on the World Cup.
  • Why the Vikings are promoting a pro soccer team for Minnesota
    Much of the world is fixated on the World Cup which began yesterday. Efforts continue to generate more interest in soccer in this country. The Minnesota Vikings are actively pursuing a Major League Soccer franchise to play at their new stadium. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about efforts to bring MLS to the Twin Cities.
  • Black flies, skeeters, and now tent caterpillars
    The native insects stripped the leaves off about a million acres of hardwood trees across the state last year and in the next year or two their numbers will likely peak, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say.

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