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  • Minnesota's propane hotline lighting up
    The price of propane in the Midwest has skyrocketed this winter because of high demand and changes to the pipeline delivery system.February 2, 2014
  • Photos: Stupor Bowl race rides through Minneapolis
    Stupor Bowl, a guerrilla bicycle race run on city streets, made its 17th run through Minneapolis on Saturday. 366 racers met at a bicycle shop shortly before the race began to find out the starting point and race route. Racers could visit the 18 checkpoints -- including bike shops, bars and parks -- in any order they chose. The race is fueled by camaraderie -- and beer.February 2, 2014
  • Handlers: Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter
    Punxsutawney Phil predicts there will be six more weeks of winter. Groundhog day this year fell on Super Bowl Sunday. This year's Groundhog Day celebration marks a winter that has brought extreme cold to stretches of the country wholly unaccustomed to it, as well as a snow and ice storm that paralyzed Atlanta and other Southern cities.February 2, 2014
  • Former Somali Prime Minister Abdirizak Haji Hussein dies
    Hussein, who led Somalia from 1964 to 1967, lived in Minnesota for the last 20 years. Macalester College Professor Ahmed Samatar said the late prime minister was a great leader largely because of his commitment to ethics.February 1, 2014
  • It's true: Snowiest places are least likely to close schools
    A Reddit user posted a map this week that seems to show quite clearly that it doesn't take much snow to close schools in the Southern U.S. -- and that it takes a lot to close them in the Northern half of the nation.February 1, 2014
  • Minne-Loppet teaches kids how to ski and enjoy it, falls and all
    A gaggle of students at Pillsbury Elementary School children in north Minneapolis responded to the winter weather by sliding into snow pants and cross country ski boots.January 31, 2014
  • Tape of Martin Luther King Jr. Ariz. speech found
    Arizona State University archivists have found that tape is the only known recording of speeches the slain civil rights leader gave at ASU and at a Phoenix church in June 1964.January 31, 2014
  • Web developers gather for 'Hackathon for Cuba'
    Technology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered the one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere.January 31, 2014
  • Almost 10,000 without power in NW suburbs
    Xcel Energy says 9,200 customers are without power this morning in Coon Rapids, Osseo, Champlin, Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park.January 31, 2014
  • Video: The beer drone grounded by the FAA
    You may have heard that Lakemaid Beer, brewed in Stevens Point, Wis., had a very local delivery gimmick that brought it to the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration: A beer drone. Here's some video of the contraption in action.January 31, 2014
  • Small cuts to food stamps add up to big pains for many recipients
    Some advocates of the poor say the proposed cuts could have been worse. But a group of Democratic lawmakers say any cuts are inflicting pain on working families in favor of preserving some major subsidies to farmers.January 30, 2014
  • Beer drone can buzz the skies no more, FAA says
    A Wisconsin brewery is receiving a flood of support and condolences after the FAA ruled that its beer delivery drone, which had only recently taken flight, had to be shut down.January 30, 2014
  • Best-selling author Amy Tan in Minneapolis at 'Talk of the Stacks'
    Chinese-American best-selling author Amy Tan speaks about her newest book, "The Valley of Amazement." It was nearly a decade in the making. She spoke November 13, 2013 to an overflow crowd at the Minneapolis Central Library as part of the "Talk of the Stacks" series sponsored by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, January 29, 2014
  • Support our troops. Buy some beer?
    In a country where an ongoing war didn't even register a blip as an issue in two consecutive presidential elections, America's corporations have filled the vacuum by tying their products to Americans returning from a war observed by most Americans with magnets on their cars.January 28, 2014
  • The middle class took off 100 years ago ... thanks to Henry Ford?
    In January 1914, Henry Ford started paying his workers $5 a day. Doubling the average wage likely boosted sales since the workers could now afford to buy the cars they were making. It laid the foundation for an economy driven by consumer demand.January 27, 2014

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