People & Places

  • LIVE coverage: President Barack Obama on Iraq
    LIVE coverage of President Barack Obama, speaking about the situation in Iraq.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 17, 2014
  • Author Steven Raichlen coaxes men from grill to kitchen
    'Man Made Meals' aims to make men comfortable cooking indoors.The Daily Circuit, June 17, 2014
  • Duluth voted Outside magazine's best outdoors town
    Duluth topped 64 cities in a competition with six rounds of voting. Trailing second to Duluth was Provo, Utah. The magazine put together its 64 favorite towns, and described the cities in the contest ranging "from mountain escapes to beachside getaways and powder hot spots."June 16, 2014
  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54
    Gwynn's sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego's best-loved athletes. He was nicknamed "Mr. Padre" during his 20-year major league career.June 16, 2014
  • Radio legend Casey Kasem dies
    Casey Kasem, the legendary radio DJ and original host of American Top 40, died Sunday morning. Besides being a king maker in the music industry, Kasem was also a voice actor. He voiced cartoon characters like Shaggy on Scooby-Doo and also several of the Transformers on TV.June 15, 2014
  • 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

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