People & Places

  • Wizard of Oz festival celebrates Dorothy in Judy's hometown
    Grand Rapids, Minn.'s annual "Wizard of Oz" festival this weekend celebrates the 75th anniversary of the film's release.June 14, 2014
  • Dispatches from the Green Line: Opening Day
    Follow along as MPR News reporter Jon Collins rides the Green Line all day, telling the stories from the stations, the train and the first-day festivities. There'll be speeches, celebrations, music, free rides and plenty of fanfare as the Green Line light rail project launches today. The first trains leave the station at 10 a.m., and rides on all Metro Transit buses and trains will be free all day.June 14, 2014
  • For these inner-city dads, fatherhood comes with homework
    This isn't your typical classroom setting. The tables are arranged to face one another. The teachers, like Edward Pitchford, are called fatherhood specialists. They don't lecture at the front, but sit with their students and engage them in discussions based on the day's curriculum: communicating calmly and effectively with the mother of their children; and nurturing their kids, not just paying child support. Today, they're talking about staying strong and positive during a job search.June 14, 2014
  • Everything old is new again: Trolley motorman rides the new light rail line
    Bob Stevenson, 85, was a trolley motorman from 1953 until 1954, when the streetcar lines were shut down. He recently rode the new Green Line for the first time, which he describes as a "pretty fancy streetcar."June 13, 2014
  • Minnesota 'Oz' festival goes for world record
    Organizers of the annual Judy Garland festival hope there were so many people in "Wizard of Oz" costumes that the judges from the Guinness Book of World Records take notice.June 13, 2014
  • Video: Your dose of cute, tandem bike edition
    It's Father's Day this weekend, in case you forgot, and this video of a dada taking his son on a tandem bike ride will remind you how good that day can be.June 13, 2014
  • Study: Brain injuries, bike-sharing rise together
    A group of Canadian and American researchers wondered what effect bike-share systems had on the frequency of brain injuries. And they came up with a way to look at the potential problem. They analyzed data on the treatment of serious brain injuries at trauma centers in five cities before and after bike-sharing programs were started.June 13, 2014
  • Black flies: Everywhere, looking for a meal (that means you)
    It's turning out to be quite the year for black flies. Up north, loons are abandoning their eggs. They're fleeing the insects attacking them at their nests. Black fly counts are up too in the metro area. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Mike McLean, who's with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, about the matter.June 12, 2014
  • Brewers have been all bottled up, but now they're canning it
    For decades, canned beer was the stuff you bought cheap -- the PBR or Natural Ice -- bottom-shelf beer. But that layout has changed: The number of craft breweries putting their beer in cans has more than doubled since 2012.June 10, 2014
  • St. Paul library renamed after former mayor
    The Saint Paul Central Library on Rice Park was renamed the George Latimer Central Library today, in honor of the man who served as the city's mayor from 1976 until 1990.June 10, 2014
  • How a real man does a date night
    By now, perhaps, you've probably seen the sensuous attempt to sell a Minneapolis high-rise condo in which a guy drives his Maserati a block to meet his -- we now find out -- wife for dinner. You know, with the guy who wears a gorgeous suit without socks? MPR's Tim Post reveals how a real man does a date night.June 10, 2014
  • Leech Lake members to hold run-off election Tuesday
    The races for District 1 representative and secretary-treasurer were too close to call in earlier rounds of voting and forced the run-off election Tuesday.June 9, 2014
  • SD Indian Education draws leader from retirement
    Longtime educator Lowell Amiotte is leaving retirement and takes over June 9 as director of the South Dakota Office of Indian Education.June 8, 2014
  • 5 North Dakota park districts get federal grants
    Park districts in five North Dakota communities are getting grants to help fund outdoor recreation projects.June 8, 2014
  • Capitol evacuated briefly after airspace violation
    The evacuation was ordered about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. A Capitol Police spokeswoman says the pilot of the aircraft did not immediately communicate after it flew into restricted space, and that's what led to the evacuation.June 7, 2014

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