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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.
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.
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.
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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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.