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President Obama comes and goes; Bremer trustee pay under fire; Chilean jazzer plays like an old soul

Friday, June 27, 2014

  • In Minneapolis, President Obama puts focus on middle class worries
    After a town hall meeting at Minnehaha Park Thursday, the president ate a Jucy Lucy at Matt's, grabbed an ice cream from the Grand Old Creamery, attended a fundraising dinner and then capped his trip today with a speech at Lake Harriet band shell. We chronicled his every step.
  • Bremer trustees paying themselves too much, watchdog says
    The Washington, D.C.,-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is asking the Minnesota attorney general to investigate the Otto Bremer Foundation after it fired its executive director.
  • Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana plays like an old soul
    Expect Melissa Aldana to turn heads on Saturday, when she takes the main stage at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival with Chilean bassist Pablo Menares and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, the two impeccable instrumentalists who round out the Crash Trio.
  • June Monsoon returns; heavy rain and severe threat
    Several waves of rain and thunder are likely through this weekend across Minnesota. Some of the storms will be slow movers, and that means the potential for more localized heavy rainfall totals.
  • Photos: What flood stage looks like in St. Paul
    Rivers are continuing to crest through central Minnesota as the runoff from last week's storms moves through the region.
  • 5 tips for preventing, cleaning up a wet basement
    Heavy rains and flooding have left basements across the region sopping wet this spring. For homeowners, this raises a laundry list of questions.
  • Major road closure in northeast suburbs this weekend
    MnDOT says that Highway 36 between Rice Street and Highway 61 will close on either side of Interstate 35E in Roseville and Maplewood this weekend, and more closures are expected.
  • Price of pork rises as pig virus spreads
    Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year, and the number of cases is on the rise. Many hog producers are worried about how to keep their farms immune from a disease that has no proven cure.
  • Drink up, NYC: Ban on big sodas canned
    Big sodas can stay on the menu in the Big Apple after New York state's highest court refused Thursday to reinstate the city's first-of-its-kind size limit on sugary drinks.
  • Cory still loves Topanga as a new generation 'Meets World'
    Every generation has its television families. Boomers watched Leave It to Beaver; in the 1970s, it was The Brady Bunch; in the '80s, it was The Cosby Show. Boy Meets World aired on ABC from 1993 to 2000 and lives on in syndication. Now millennials are starting to have kids of their own, so Disney, which owns ABC, decided it was time to reboot Boy Meets World for a new generation.
  • PrinceA late-night Paisley Park rendezvous
    The Current's Andrea Swensson writes: "I got the call to visit Paisley Park last minute, as is Prince's style. The drummer for Prince's early '80s band the Revolution, Bobby Z, emailed around dinnertime to invite me out to Paisley Park to hear new music from 3rdEyeGirl's forthcoming album, Plectrum Electrum. I RSVP'd yes.
  • Bipartisan bills would honor late Minnesota congressman Oberstar
    U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who now holds Oberstar's seat, introduced the bipartisan bill. Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz signed on as sponsors.

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