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  • Michigan seeks visas to lure immigrants to Detroit
    The Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has routinely touted immigration as a powerful potential force for growing Detroit's economy, saying immigrant entrepreneurs start many small businesses and file patents at twice the rate of U.S.-born citizens.January 23, 2014
  • Wisconsin cheese to the rescue: Surprising spray melts road ice
    This winter, a Wisconsin county is fighting icy roads with a homegrown product: liquid cheese brine. Tens of thousands of gallons of the stuff are used each year along with road salt, according to officials in Polk County. And it works.January 22, 2014
  • Today's proof the Internet is real: 18-year Minnesota mystery solved
    When Janna Holm's grandmother, Dorothy died from cancer in Shakopee 18 years ago, she left behind a small stack of index cards covered in coded letters. Janna tried to decode them as a kid, but she says she didn't get anywhere.January 21, 2014
  • Making the case for paternity leave
    Conversations about work-life balance often center on mothers.The Daily Circuit, January 21, 2014
  • St. Paul wants 214 more miles of bike trails
    A proposed long-term plan to add 214 miles of bike trails and lanes in St. Paul will designate areas throughout the city for future development for cyclists. The first of four open houses will take place Feb. 11.January 21, 2014
  • Former legislator Winston Borden dies
    Over a year ago, he was diagnosed with cancer and documented his experience and things seemed to be looking up until a month ago when he stopped posting, except for one a week or so ago in which he announced he was going back into the hospital for more tests.January 21, 2014
  • Cops rescue man from snow fort collapse
    Hermantown police say the man's son called 911 about 5 p.m. Sunday after his father became buried in the heavy snow. Police officers were first to arrive and were able to find the man under the snow and bring him to safety.January 20, 2014
  • Green line light rail construction is nearly complete
    Construction of the Green Line -- also known as Central Corridor -- is almost finished. Metro Transit will announce a launch date for the line on Wednesday.January 19, 2014
  • From ashes to ashes to diamonds: A way to treasure the dead
    Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is a way to keep them close forever.January 19, 2014
  • SD lawmaker wants to ban texting while driving
    Sen. Mike Vehle of Mitchell says he is still working on details of the bill, which will be introduced soon in the South Dakota Legislature.January 19, 2014
  • Siblings hope to reach Olympics together
    Arielle Gold is vying for a spot on the U.S. team; Her brother, Taylor, has already made it.January 18, 2014
  • Classical MPR host gives up dream of climbing mountain
    Classical Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young raises an interesting question today: What drives us to do things that might kill us? How do we decide when to stop doing it?January 18, 2014
  • Dome: Done
    The company building the new stadium, Mortenson Construction, says the Metrodome is expected to be completely demolished and hauled away in about four months.January 18, 2014
  • Cassim says his friends are out of UAE prison following satirical video fracas
    Woodbury native Shezanne Cassim returned to Minnesota last week after he spent the past nine months in a United Arab Emirates jail cell for posting a satirical video on YouTube. He has also learned that his friends have now been released. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. Here's a transcript of their conversationJanuary 17, 2014
  • Tell us: What is the best part of winter in Minnesota?
    MPR News reporter Dan Olson joined Christopher Smith on a recent ice fishing outing. That got us thinking about winter, and how despite the recent polar vortex, there are plenty of folks of love this time of year. Are you one of them? Why?January 17, 2014

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