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  • 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
  • How to drive through standing water
    First, let's acknowledge that we all have heard the warnings not to drive through standing water. That said, today's various photos provide a great chance to evaluate the worst way to do what you're not supposed to do in the first place.June 19, 2014
  • In weatherbeaten Mankato, 'Water just about everywhere you look'
    Heavy rains across southern Minnesota shut down more than a dozen streets overnight in Mankato. While most were reopened by Wednesday morning, some roads still have deep-standing water, officials warned. Above, Dale VanThuyne clears mud off of a pathway at Glenwood Cemetery after rains caused a mudslide.June 18, 2014
  • How a story on bike injuries got it so terribly wrong
    That questionable study we mentioned last week that suggested that there are more head injuries in cities -- including Minneapolis -- where there are bicycle ride-sharing programs is looking even more questionable.June 18, 2014
  • Appetites: Doughnuts are the new cupcakes
    From Bogart's Doughnut Co. to Mojo Monkey, the doughnut craze continues in the Twin Cities.June 18, 2014
  • Victory against 'Redskins' name was engineered in MN
    A Minneapolis lawyer took a job with a Minneapolis law firm at the same time the World Series with the Braves and the Super Bowl with the Redskins were played in Minneapolis. So he sued and won, at least until an appeals court ruled he'd waited too long to file the case and the Supreme Court declined to hear it.June 18, 2014
  • In MN, it's easier to find a gun than a library book
    In a lot of Minnesota -- northern Minnesota, primarily -- it's a lot easier to find a gun store than it is to find knowledge, or so the Washington Post characterizes the situation.June 18, 2014
  • Trademark board rules against Redskins name
    The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn't immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal.June 18, 2014
  • Monetary lifeline home for Somali-Americans under increasing threat
    Remittances may account for as much as 40 percent of Somalia's entire economy, according to Oxfam. This critical source of economic support could be cut off as Somalia struggles to regain stability following a quarter century of conflict.June 18, 2014

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