Mosque proposal in St. Cloud tabled after hearing The Islamic Center of St. Cloud's proposal would include a new mosque, religious school, offices, retail and restaurant space on a nine-and-a-half acre site in a residential area off Clearwater Road.
Extreme Sandbox offers big toys for adults If you're tired of the same old corporate team-building golf outings, you might want to consider taking up a sledge hammer, spray paint and driving a 19-ton excavator. That's the idea behind Extreme Sandbox, a company that lets you do just that.
Farmer who sold raw milk in trouble again Michael Hartmann, the southern Minnesota dairy farmer who last year pleaded guilty to charges of illegally selling raw milk, could be jailed following a recent stop for transporting unpasteurized milk.
Infertility down slightly among married U.S. women American couples are not as infertile as it might seem. Despite a boom in the use of fertility treatments, a new government study shows the percentage of married couples having trouble conceiving has actually dropped slightly in recent years.
Patients can pay a high price for ER convenience Medical entrepreneurs are remaking the emergency room experience. They're pulling the emergency room out of the hospital and planting it in the strip mall. It's called a "free-standing ER," and some 400 of them have opened across the country in the past four years.
Where are the top bike rides in Minnesota? With the Twin Cities regularly topping the lists of best places for bicyclists and Duluth on its way to becoming a destination for mountain biking, we asked some bike experts, and rider in our Public Insight Network, to share their top rides with us.
Who has the million dollar idea for St. Paul? One of three St. Paul residents will get 1 million dollars to invest in an idea designed to revitalize the city. Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with the finalists about their ideas.
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