People & Places

  • Odd sound awakens some people in St. Paul and Minneapolis
    People in Minneapolis and St. Paul were awakened early this morning by an unusual sound. Some people thought it might be animals howling. Other folks guessed it was a train. MPR reporter Tim Nelson called Ramsey County dispatchers, who initially thought it might be a concrete grinding project that got an early start. But that was not the case. Authorities now say they think it's the sound of spring. Dispatchers sent several officers to check out the sound and they concluded that it's ice breaking up on the Mississippi River. The river had frozen over during the recent cold snap.February 13, 2014
  • Gun range offers Valentine's Day date package
    The New Hope business thinks nothing says romance more than a night at the gun range. For $250, you and your significant other can sit down to dinner, then fire off a few rounds at the shooting range.February 13, 2014
  • Strange howling awakens St. Paul: Listen to it
    Was it an animal in distress? Heavy equipment tearing up concrete before dawn? A train accident? A distant, howling scraping sound woke people up about 4 a.m. in St. Paul's Highland Park and Mac-Groveland neighborhoods.February 13, 2014
  • Maybe the NFL is ready for a gay player
    Stefan Fatsis, the NPR sports commentator, is suggesting bad journalism has created the message that the NFL isn't ready for a gay player.February 13, 2014
  • Wisconsin ready to legalize rubber duck races
    Non-profit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks, with numbers on the bottom, as fundraisers. Participants usually buy a raffle ticket corresponding with a duck's number.February 13, 2014
  • Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at National Corvette Museum
    The local Daily News says "there was no word this morning on the value of the vehicles that plunged into the hole." It adds that "sinkholes such as these aren't uncommon in the area, given the karst landscape," according to Jason Polk, an assistant professor of geography and geology at Western Kentucky University.February 12, 2014
  • Couple makes plea for stolen wedding photos
    Erin and Justin Voss hope somehow the photos of their Jan. 17 wedding will resurface.February 12, 2014
  • What should happen to Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa?
    What should the hospital do with Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa? His student visa expires at the end of the month. The hospital wants to send him back to Pakistan. His bills have reached $350,000 and his health insurance is tapped out, according to the family. "If we take him back to Pakistan this is certainly pushing him toward death," his brother tells the AP.February 12, 2014
  • Exchange student's family plea to keep him in US hospital
    Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, was spending a semester in an exchange program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. On Nov. 13, he and his friends were driving back there from Minneapolis when their car struck a deer. He suffered major injuries, including brain damage. Meantime, his student visa has expired.February 12, 2014
  • NBC's Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer
    The Mayo Clinic discovered last summer that Brokaw has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC News said.February 11, 2014
  • Red Wing considers replacing Columbus Day
    The idea comes from Red Wing High School social studies teacher Scott Bender, who accuses history books and popular culture of romanticizing the story of Christopher Columbus. He proposes that Red Wing designate Oct. 12 as First Peoples Day instead.February 11, 2014
  • After news of Mpls. official's misconduct probe, Hodges tells employees to speak up
    The Minneapolis mayor wrote to city workers today: "I also want to thank those employees who came forward and cooperated in the investigation" that led to the ouster of Rocco Forte, the city's former emergency management director.February 10, 2014
  • The Monday morning rouser: Actual Wolf
    The band performs "Thinking of You" live in the studios of 89.3 The Current.February 10, 2014
  • Missouri All-American football player says he's gay
    Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri's All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night.February 10, 2014
  • Wis. Senate to consider minors in wineries
    Current state law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from entering or being on the premises of any establishment with a retail alcohol sales license without a parent, guardian or spouse.February 10, 2014

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