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Minnesota State Fair still lifes In the crazy busy-ness that is the Minnesota State Fair, Nikki Tundel set out with her camera to find peaceful moments in time for this photo gallery.
Smokers find themselves segregated The State Fair now has 18 designated smoking areas, and opinions on the new rules were easy to find Thursday as excited fairgoers began trickling through the main gates on Dan Patch Avenue, searching for new attractions and old favorites on opening day.
State Fair U: You need a good queen to make honey Many of the prize-winning flowers and vegetables there would be nothing without a team of tiny helpers: honeybees. The Minnesota Beekeepers Association has occupied a corner of the building since 1937, and that's where we got a lesson in beehive hierarchy.
"My Town Is . . ." video gets legs. What's your town? Way last winter, we sent the photographer team of Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber crisscrossing the state to help us tell the story of "Fighting for an American Countryside." And they hit on an idea: Why not ask folks to finish this sentence: "My Town Is ..." They did. Here's the video.
PoliGraph: MNsure won't block you from choosing your doctor A State Fair billboard paid for by the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, a group that opposes the federal health care law, asks "Why can't I choose my own doctor?" But buying a plan through MNsure will not prevent you from choosing your own doctor.
MNsure loses bid to keep details secret Officials with MNsure, Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace have lost their bid to temporarily keep their marketing and public outreach materials secret.
Obama: NSA 'accidentally' accessed emails His remarks on CNN's "New Day" show Friday came in the wake of new revelations that the electronic spying program scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications annually over three years by Americans not connected to terrorism.
Latest Minn. Orchestra strife: Domain names While there's been a lot of name-calling during the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, the latest skirmish is about Internet domain names. And depending on where you stand it's either a story of skulduggery or simply preparing.
Half of US says racial equality not yet a reality Has the U.S. achieved Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a colorblind society? Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years toward racial equality, a new poll shows.
Zebra mussels decline in Lake Mille Lacs The number of zebra mussels in Lake Mille Lacs has declined this year for the first time since they were discovered in 2005, Department of Natural Resources researchers say.
Sen. John McCain calls for action on Egypt Violence erupted once again today in Egypt. Health officials say at least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and residents of the neighborhoods where rallies and marches have taken place.
Many already cashing in on Minn. Vikings stadium Even before ground is broken on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, a white-collar brigade of accountants, architects, lawyers and other consultants has locked in millions of dollars in contracts that would complicate any effort to derail the project.
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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.