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  • St. Paul Fourth of July fireworks move to Capitol
    The fireworks were supposed to be part of the Taste of Minnesota festival, but flooding on Harriet Island forced the festival to relocate to Waconia -- 40 miles west.June 30, 2014
  • Rumors, fears keep many Latino immigrants away from food stamps
    Latinos are more likely than whites to live in poverty and they have a harder time finding their next good meal, Census and other data show. Many, though, are reluctant to take advantage of food stamps. Stigma, language, and complex eligibility rules all play into historically low participation rates among Latinos in the nation's largest nutrition program.June 30, 2014
  • First buyer with $400,000 takes Swett, S.D.
    Lance Benson is the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City. Benson, who owns a traveling-concessions business, put the town on the market last week.June 29, 2014
  • Teen survives 2-floor fall at Mall of America
    Deputy police Chief Rick Hart says witnesses saw the 17-year-old attempting a handstand on the upper-level balcony Saturday afternoon when he lost his balance and fell.June 29, 2014
  • Major road closure in northeast suburbs this weekend
    MnDOT says that Highway 36 between Rice Street and Highway 61 will close on either side of Interstate 35E in Roseville and Maplewood this weekend, and more closures are expected.June 27, 2014
  • Drink up, NYC: Ban on big sodas canned
    Big sodas can stay on the menu in the Big Apple after New York state's highest court refused Thursday to reinstate the city's first-of-its-kind size limit on sugary drinks.June 27, 2014
  • Oil boom fuels drop in age in Great Plains states
    The United States' population is still getting older, but that's changing in the Great Plains because of the attraction of working in the booming oil and gas industries.June 26, 2014
  • 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

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