People & Places

  • Obama visit: Parks closed, neighborhoods affected
    President Barack Obama's visit to Minnesota will mean road and park closures around south Minneapolis, starting before a Town Hall event in Minnehaha Park this afternoon.June 26, 2014
  • Local no barking ordinance riles Humane Society
    City leaders in Wadena have passed a local law which prohibits dogs in some parts of the community from barking or making noise from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m.June 26, 2014
  • Reporter Damien Cave on what he learned from I-35
    The New York Times explored the I-35 corridor in "The Way North." Reporter Damien Cave and photographer Todd Heisler journeyed through the heart of the country reporting on how immigration has changed the landscape.June 25, 2014
  • White Earth's Wadena left complex legacy of success, scandal
    The former White Earth tribal chairman and self-proclaimed "Super Chief" left a complicated history behind when he died Tuesday at 75.June 25, 2014
  • The map of Native American tribes you've never seen before
    Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Oklahoma, has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans. "I think a lot of people get blown away by, 'Wow, there were a lot of tribes, and they covered the whole country!' You know, this is Indian land," he says.June 25, 2014
  • 'The Glass Castle' author Jeanette Walls on life's challenges
    Jeanette Walls, author of the best-selling memoir "The Glass Castle," speaks at the University of St. Thomas about her life growing up poor in a West Virginia mining town. She says learning to navigate life's obstacles makes a person stronger, and we shouldn't be so quick to judge or stereotype other people.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 24, 2014
  • Crews remove plane wreckage from Lake Superior
    The sheriff's office has identified the plane's owner as 47-year-old Alexander Obersteg of Steinfeld, Germany.June 24, 2014
  • As farming booms, some Minnesota prairie songbirds fall silent
    The rebounding grain market has led farmers to withdraw land from the federal Conservation Reserve Program and plow it back into crops. Now, the birds that returned two decades ago are leaving again, raising concerns about the prairie's long term health.June 23, 2014
  • The natural: Transforming a yard from nasty to native
    Even city dwellers can create a welcoming habitat for butterflies, bees and songbirds.June 23, 2014
  • IQ2 Intelligence Squared debate: Death is Not Final.
    If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? By some accounts, about 3% of the U.S. population has had one: an out-of-body experience often characterized by remarkable visions and feelings of peace and joy, all while the physical body is close to death. To skeptics, there are more plausible, natural explanations, like oxygen deprivation. Is the prospect of an existence after death "real" and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about our own mortality? From the Intelligence Squared debate series: "Death is Not Final."Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 23, 2014
  • Death of pedestrian in Blue Line train accident ruled as suicide
    The medical examiner on Sunday determined the woman died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries. The office identified the woman as 41-year-old Karen Lynn Fraser of Minneapolis.June 23, 2014
  • Teddy bear, meet baby. Baby, teddy bear.
    A Minneapolis couple has created a heartwarming stop-motion video in which a teddy bear awaits the birth of their son and then celebrates when the boy arrives.June 22, 2014
  • Gerry Goffin, Carole King's ex-husband, dies at 75
    Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday.June 20, 2014
  • Photos: Kayaker braves raging Minnehaha Falls
    Professional kayaker Hunt Jennings (backed by his professional safety team) took on the teeming waters of Minnehaha Falls Thursday evening, the same day Minnehaha Creek's water level reached an all-time record high, rising more than a foot and a half.June 19, 2014
  • Largest U.S. Presbyterian denomination votes to allow marriage for gay couples
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted at its 221 st General Assembly in Detroit to change the way it defines Christian marriage in its constitution from "a man and a woman," to "two people."June 19, 2014

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