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  • Creating a network of 'Marital First Responders'
    A new training program, developed at the University of Minnesota, will help create a network of people that can help married couples when they hit road bumps.The Daily Circuit, February 19, 2014
  • 'Crypto-Jews' in U.S. Southwest find faith in a shrouded legacy
    Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape what Jewish identity is today, and we continue the series with this post about the murky and fascinating history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest.February 19, 2014
  • Overwhelmed by ice cave visitors, park needs back-up to handle crowds
    The Park Service estimates about 50,000 people have visited so far -- more than come to the area most summers. The Bayfield County Tourism estimates those tourists have spent as much as $10 million.February 18, 2014
  • Wis. Senate to vote on bill limiting use of drones
    The bipartisan bill up for a vote Tuesday would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. Police could use drones freely in certain emergency situations like manhunts or rescue operations.February 18, 2014
  • Got road salt? Cities across the country are running out of it
    If you think the roads you're driving on seem worse than usual this winter, you're probably right. The waves of snowstorms in much of the country have exhausted supplies of rock salt, the main tool that road crews use to melt ice and snow.February 18, 2014
  • Remembering Horst Rechelbacher
    Horst Rechelbacher, the founder Minneapolis-based beauty products company Aveda Corp., died at his Wisconsin home last week at the age of 72. The Daily Circuit features excerpts from a 2008 interview with Rechelbacher.February 17, 2014
  • When it's best to just say 'No'
    Dr. Judith Sills joins us to offer advice on when to say "No" and how to do it effectively.The Daily Circuit, February 16, 2014
  • Mpls. ice rinks will remain open
    More than 20 outdoor rink locations will remain open a bit longer, weather permitting, said Al Bangoura, director of Recreation Centers and Programs.February 15, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 9: Our favorite Olympics photos
    In Sochi today, The U.S. men's hockey team beat Team Russia in an exciting Group A preliminary round game 3-2, in a shootout.February 15, 2014
  • Video: Border no barrier for rescuers uniting blind cows
    Two blind, aging cows were 350 miles apart, distressed and facing a dark future. What happened next is a love story starring, not cows, but rescuers who worked across international borders for nearly a month to bring the bovines together.February 14, 2014
  • The Really Big Questions: What is This Thing Called Love?
    The first program in a new series, The Really Big Questions (TRBQ). "What is This Thing Called Love?" Brain scientists, evolutionary biologists, anthropologists, and marriage sociologists explore this question about love. Dean Olsher hosts the series produced by Mary Beth Kirchner, Catherine Winter and Chris Julin.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, February 13, 2014
  • Photos: See the allure of winter camping
    Chris Gibbs' first attempt at traditional winter camping in the Boundary Waters didn't end well. "We had a 20 below night and our Stove Top stuffing froze to the bottom of the bowl," Gibbs said. "We kind of decided to pull the plug on that one very quick -- we weren't very well prepared." He's quickly learned what's necessary to adequately prepare for a camping trip in the Minnesota winter. Here are some of his photos.February 13, 2014
  • 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

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