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  • Shaking handsFor Minneapolis police liaison, community trust built one handshake at a time
    Sherman Patterson brings a unique background to the work of building relationships. He's a retired soldier, a mentor to kids on the north side, and nephew of a heavyweight boxing champion. Patterson is also the recipient of a $100,000 Bush Foundation Fellowship, which he says he'll use to help keep kids away from guns.April 16, 2014
  • Horse expo to miss horses because of virus
    One sure sign spring is near is the annual Minnesota Horse Expo at the State Fairgrounds. But when the expo starts later this month, it'll go on without it's star participants: the horses. That's because veterinarians are recommending horse owners in our region avoid traveling with their horses until recent a virus outbreak is over.April 16, 2014
  • How to talk 'Fargo' (this subject did not flee the interview)
    There's a new "Fargo" in town -- a TV series based on the film debuted Tuesday on FX. Tony Alcantar helped the cast get the accent right. Alcantar, a dialect coach, worked with actors on set in Calgary, Alberta, including British actor Martin Freeman and Texan Allison Tolman. Listen to how he did that.April 16, 2014
  • IQ2 Intelligence Squared debate about millenials and their future
    A debate from the Intelligence Squared US series. Millenials, growing up with revoutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession, have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic and lazy? or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty?Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, April 15, 2014
  • I-90 bridge will be partially closed until November
    Starting today, the westbound I-90 off-ramp to Highway 61 will close for drivers traveling west from La Crosse, Wis., to Minnesota.April 15, 2014
  • Wisconsin vets saluted with B-17 ride
    Of the thousands of bomber crews who served during the war, none is still intact. Time has claimed most World War II veterans. So Chris Henry assembled one yesterday. A pilot, co-pilot, navigator, radioman, gunner, bombardier. They were all there -- all of them from Wisconsin -- for yesterday's flight.April 15, 2014
  • Washington Post, Guardian share Pulitzer for Snowden-leaked NSA stories
    The Washington Post and The Guardian have Pulitzer Prizes in public service for their coverage of Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance program.April 14, 2014
  • Frostbite survivor plans return to college
    A University of Minnesota Duluth student who suffered severe frostbite after a night in subzero temperatures is now walking normally, handling everyday tasks, and planning to return to school next fall.April 13, 2014
  • Could playfulness be embedded in the universe?
    Graeber's proposal is, roughly, that play provides the principle. Play is the exercise of our best powers -- to run and jump and pay attention and outsmart -- but in the interest of nothing at all. The power of play, Graeber suggests, consists precisely in the fact that it frees us, for example, from enslavement to the demands of means-end rationality and the market place.April 13, 2014
  • Tribe banks on syrup for sweet relief from poverty
    The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.April 13, 2014
  • Squirrel blamed for $300K damage to Ind. building
    Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to an eastern Indiana community center set to open in June.April 12, 2014
  • Free earplugs at Minneapolis nightclubs now mandatory
    The earplugs will be provided to the businesses at no cost thanks to a coalition of private funders, including the clothing company Locally Grown, Globally Known. Its president, Brian Felsen, says the goal is to make hearing protection as accessible as possible.April 11, 2014
  • Study: Bike lanes don't cause severe congestion
    You've probably heard driver reaction when a piece of the street is set aside for a bike lane: It'll just make traffic worse. But it doesn't, according to FiveThirtyEight, which examines the 45 miles of bike lanes Minneapolis added in 2010 and 2011, specifically those segments of the road where a lane for cars was removed.April 11, 2014
  • Angry 'God' sues credit rating agency
    According to the New York Post, God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate.April 11, 2014
  • 7 bike etiquette rules to avoid crashes and clashes
    Ethan Fawley, executive director of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, said he is hearing more concerns about bike etiquette as cycling continues to grow in popularity. Fawley, along with a few bicyclists on Twitter, suggested some ways to maintain safety (and harmony) as you take to the streets this spring.Here they are.April 11, 2014

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