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  • SE Minn. should be prepared for rail mishaps, officials say
    No oil freight traffic goes through Rochester, but the city is central source for haz-mat response in southeastern Minnesota and Mayo Clinic has a vulnerable population of patients, said U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who hosted the meeting.May 15, 2014
  • Photos: The National September 11 Memorial Museum officially opens
    President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as "a sacred place of healing and of hope" that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helping others that followed the attacks.May 15, 2014
  • Don't salmon! Learn the lingo of safe cycling
    While salmoning is a funny word, it's a dangerous action. In a bike lane, it can bring on an unwelcome game of chicken when a wrong-way cyclist heads toward cyclists going the proper way, and it creates a potential hazard for motorists. Learn about that and other cycling terms.May 15, 2014
  • Report: 'Bossy,' pay dispute gets one of 'world's most powerful women' fired
    The Times fired its editor, Jill Abramson, today, replacing the first woman to hold the job with the first African American to have it. Why? The New Yorker's Ken Auletta says it's because she found out and she was being paid less than her predecessor, Bill Keller.May 14, 2014
  • No flags for dead vets. Blame scrap-metal thieves
    The Rochester Post Bulletin reports they've been hitting cemeteries hard recently, and a particular target is veterans cemeteries because of the brass and copper markers that denote a veteran's service and hold a small flag.May 14, 2014
  • The Spam Museum is moving (not too far)
    Hormel Foods Corp. officials announced Tuesday that Austin's biggest tourism attraction will move from its spot near the corporate headquarters in Austin to the downtown area.May 14, 2014
  • NY Times turns to Uptown for fashion advice
    In its feature today, The New York Times goes to Uptown where we learn some people don't wash their hair.May 14, 2014
  • Too young to smoke, but not to pick tobacco
    A new report from Human Rights Watch says the practice of children farming tobacco is hazardous and should be stopped. The group interviewed more than 140 kids in 2012 and 2013, including Eddie, who work on tobacco farms in the South.May 14, 2014
  • Garrison Keillor on what he's learned so far...about life.
    Garrison Keillor, speaking May 1, 2014 at the Fitzgerald Theater about his newest book, "The Keillor Reader." He shares tips for writers (the importance of the first paragraph) and for life (good judgment is born of experience).Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, May 13, 2014
  • 'Miracle' baby survives 11-story fall in Minneapolis
    A hospital spokeswoman says he has a concussion and has multiple fractures in his spine, arms, ribs. He also has a punctured lung.May 13, 2014
  • Fosston bus driver denies kids' bullying allegations
    Another side of the story is being told in the case of last week's alleged bullying of two kids in Fosston. Their mother sat them down for a video of them telling their story. But now the bus driver, Oran Underdahl, is speaking out.May 13, 2014
  • Why aren't teens reading like they used to?
    A roundup of studies, put together by the non-profit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline of teen reading over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year -- if that. That's way down from a decade ago.May 12, 2014
  • Photos: The new St. Croix Crossing by air
    As of last week, 19 of 23 Minnesota approach pier footings are complete and four piers have been built to their full height, according to MnDOT. Of the three bridge abutments, construction of the eastbound ramp abutment is complete.May 10, 2014
  • Cooler weather, late walleye spawning for this year's fishing opener
    An estimated 500,000 people will be on the state's lakes Saturday for the walleye and northern pike opener, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials.May 10, 2014
  • For hospice nurse, wife's death was one too many
    There have been thousands of them, thousands of souls he journeyed with to the intersection of living and dying, who helped establish him as one of the foremost experts on care in a patient's final days. Then came one death too many.May 10, 2014

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