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The president has landed; St. Paul at flood crest; a female sex offender's fate; new State Fair food

Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Live: President Obama visits Minneapolis
    He will hold a town hall style meeting in Minneapolis at Minnehaha Falls and attend a Democratic fundraiser, and will deliver a speech at the Lake Harriet bandshell on Friday. We're live blogging the event.
  • DFL, GOP both foresee boost from Obama visit
    Democrats think a visit from the president will fire up their base and motivate rank-and-file DFLers to vote in November. Republicans, on the other hand, say Obama's visit will be a boon to their candidates, as his poll numbers sink and many Americans see the country as heading in the wrong direction.
  • Study: Chemicals spreading in Minnesota groundwater
    The chemicals, apparently coming from landfills, septic systems and sewage treatment systems, have been found in surface waters in recent years, and some scientists have looked at their effects on fish and other animals. But this new survey, published online Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey, is the most extensive evidence yet that the chemicals are also making their way into both shallow and deep aquifers in Minnesota.
  • Photos: What flood stage looks like in St. Paul
    The Mississippi River is still headed for it's forecast peak in St. Paul, likely some time tomorrow. The crest is expected to be the 7th highest flood on record, and more than a foot above the most recent major floods, in 2010 and 2011. Here's what the waterfront in St. Paul looks like now.
  • Reporter Damien Cave on what he learned from I-35
    The New York Times explored the I-35 corridor in "The Way North." Reporter Damien Cave and photographer Todd Heisler journeyed through the heart of the country reporting on how immigration has changed the landscape.
  • Remains of missing Minn. woman found in suitcase
    Wisconsin police have arrested a 52-year-old man almost three weeks after human remains were found in suitcases, and investigators identified one victim as a missing Minnesota woman.
  • Sole female sex offender's status now in federal judge's hands
    U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank and federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Keyes said they will have evidentiary hearings in about three weeks on the woman's treatment as well as the possible release of a male offender in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
  • State Fair announces new foods for 2014
    Gorging on State Fair food is one of Minnesota's guilty pleasures. The fair on Wednesday didn't disappoint when it unveiled new eats for 2014, from chocolate dessert salami to walleye mac & cheese.
  • Bachmann, GOP target obscure Ex-Im Bank
    The Export-Import Bank is facing new scrutiny from Republicans including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who view it as little more than a subsidy for large, politically connected corporations. But business organizations like the Chamber of Commerce are frantically lobbying members to save the bank.
  • Musicians give their Twin Cities Jazz Festival picks
    The Twin Cities Jazz Festival opens today with a broad array of music from national and regional musicians on old and new stages. Festival headliners include Grammy winners Branford Marsalis and Dianne Reeves and Melissa Aldana, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Musicians from Minnesota list them among their must-see shows, along with local favorites.
  • Why has Worlod Cup soccer become so popular?
    Current host Mark Wheat, an avid soccer fan, has been watching this year's World Cup from the Nomal World Pub in Minneapolis. But before he headed over to catch the US-Germany match, he checked in with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
  • Germany beats US in World Cup, but there's good news anyway
    The Americans needed a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss meant they would need help to advance to the round of 16. And they got it.
  • Our favorite photos of obsessed World Cup
    FIFA, the soccer World Cup organizers, say there were more than 11 million ticket requests for the event this year, far outnumbering the actual 3.1 million tickets available,and almost all of those have now been sold. And those fans are obsessed with their teams and their sport. So we're looking for new photos of everyday that convey the excitement of "the beautiful game."
  • Bobby Z says 'Purple Rain' was 'what you live for'
    At Morning Edition music, we're marking the 30 years since the release 'Purple Rain," by Prince. In a new article on the website for our sister station The Current, Bobby Z, who played drums for Prince on the album, had some serious praise for the song "Purple Rain." "It's just one of those moments, as a band, that you live for.... when you hear those opening chords of Purple Rain, you just stop time some how, and just listen."

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