People & Places

  • A year of living carlessly in Minneapolis
    Daniel Sarles doesn't consider himself a "biking guy," at least by Minneapolis standards in which bicycling is a religion. "I liked biking, but that wasn't my main mode of transportation before. It's an upgrade and a commitment to living with a bike."August 6, 2014
  • Pigs that surf
    Sometimes the world just needs a little video of a surfing pig.August 6, 2014
  • Michelle Obama, Laura Bush reunite on Africa
    Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, first ladies of different generations and opposing political parties, are taking the stage at the Kennedy Center for a program Wednesday with spouses of the dozens of African heads of state and government who are participating in the third and final day of President Barack Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.August 6, 2014
  • From 'Good Times' to 'Honey Boo Boo': Who is poor on TV?
    Like it or not, television has the power to shape our perceptions of the world. So what do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people?August 5, 2014
  • Aspen Ideas Festival: Who Will the 'Us' Be?
    A conversation about the changing demographics in America, and what it means to be an American. How successful is our experiment to create the first mass multicultural democratic republic? The Aspen Ideas Festival brought together a panel including NPR's Michele Norris to talk about the profound demographic change in America, and they try to answer the question: is it possible to define a coherent idea of "Us" as Americans?Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, August 5, 2014
  • 5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota
    Bobby was only 3 when he was first elected mayor in 2012. Dorset, about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis, has no formal city government and a population ranging from nine to 28.August 5, 2014
  • When kids start playing to win
    It's a playful word that's developed something of a bad reputation: "competition." The fear among some parents is that, once children start playing to win, at around 5 years old, losing isn't just hard. It's devastating.August 5, 2014
  • Is St. Paul more conservative than Minneapolis?
    The Economist has pored over the data in a new survey of cities and found a few interesting differences within states.August 4, 2014
  • The kids on the bus learn song by song
    The Rock n' Read program is a courtesy of a retired Minnetonka couple who bought at old Metro Transit bus and converted it into a mobile reading lab.August 4, 2014
  • Duluth to remove Chester Bowl ski jumps in August
    Three years ago the city removed parts of the jumps to try to prevent people from climbing them. Officials estimate it would cost over one million dollars to renovate them. The city is planning a historic marker to honor its legacy of ski jumping.August 2, 2014
  • Thousands of inmates serve time fighting forest fires
    As wildfire season rages in California, firefighting help is coming from an unexpected place: prison.August 1, 2014
  • Weekend road woes: Closures on parts of Crosstown, 35E, 35W
    Stretches of some major Twin Cities roads will close this weekend, creating more than a few driving hassles.August 1, 2014
  • Minnesota gay marriage law reaches anniversary
    Thousands of gay couples have obtained marriage licenses in the first year.August 1, 2014
  • UCLA inundated with water from burst pipe
    The nearly century old pipe burst under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon, sending water 30 feet into the air, opening a 15-foot hole in the street and inundating part of the campus.July 30, 2014
  • ND state record goldeye might be world record fish
    Brayden Selzler, of Velva, reeled in a 4-pound, 12-ounce goldeye from Lake Audubon on Friday.July 30, 2014

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