People & Places

  • How bouncer Eric Wasson became a hero
    The Saint Paul police have honored Eric Wasson, the bouncer who stopped a man who walked into a bar with a gun last fall. Wasson, a former college football player, rushed the gunman and disarmed him without being shot, even though the gun went off twice.March 11, 2014
  • Island Station, St. Paul landmark, to be imploded Sunday
    The blast is planned for 10 a.m. Sunday. Authorities plan to close roads in the area and keep watchers at a distance.March 10, 2014
  • NewsCut visits the Twin Cities Auto Show
    "At Casa Collins, we survived the economic downtown, partly by stretching our cars beyond a decade," writes Bob Collins on News Cut. "Alas, I drive an American car and so it's rusting out, just as god and General Motors intended. So it's been a long time since we've been car shopping and the Auto Show, now at the Minneapolis Convention Center, provided a good opportunity to see what's out there."March 10, 2014
  • Fallen Marine's remains go home to Waseca
    Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson died Feb. 28 from injuries he received in an attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.March 9, 2014
  • People with disabilities ask public to keep sidewalks clear
    The winter has been dangerous for Minnesotans with disabilities, many of whom have had to navigate those areas in a wheelchair or without sight.March 7, 2014
  • Cancer, kids, and why wrestlers are cool
    At the state high school wrestling tournament, St. Michael Albertville High School's Mitchell McKee really wanted to win the state title for his father, who has terminal cancer. And he did win, which means, of course, someone has to lose.March 7, 2014
  • Wounded soldiers go from war in the desert to 'murder ball on ice'
    Sled hockey, popularized by war veterans, might be the fastest sport in the Paralympics; players strap on to a tiny sled perched a few inches off the ice, balanced on one double-runner skate. They use two short sticks like ski poles to fly across the ice. Then the sticks flip around, with a hockey blade on the tip.March 7, 2014
  • Traffic congestion: The drama of little numbers
    The people who want to dramatize the traffic congestion in the Twin Cities are doing it again -- making big numbers out of trivial little numbers.March 7, 2014
  • Wake up and smell the bacon? There's an app for that
    Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison-based company's Institute for the Advancement of Bacon.March 7, 2014
  • Mille Lacs Band to host hand drum contest
    The Saturday afternoon contest is free and open to the public. Teams from across the Midwest and Canada are expected to participate for their chance at a top prize.March 7, 2014
  • Owl festival draws bird lovers to SE Minnesota
    The International Festival of Owls is expected to draw nearly 2,000 visitors Friday through Sunday to the city of 979 people. It's a treat for bird lovers and a boon for local businesses.March 7, 2014
  • Harshest winter in decades gives Minnesotans frozen water pipe headaches
    Frozen indoor pipes are common every winter. But this year, it was so cold for so long that the pipes that bring water to your house from the main in the street have been freezing deep underground. It's costing some homeowners hundreds of dollars to get their water flowing again.March 7, 2014
  • Advocates ask Girl Scouts to end partnership with Barbie
    "Holding Barbie, the quintessential fashion doll, up as a role model for Girl Scouts simultaneously sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type, and undermines the Girl Scouts' vital mission to build `girls of courage, confidence and character,"' said Susan Linn, director of the Boston-based commercial-free childhood organization.March 6, 2014
  • Gold Star family never stops 'paying it forward'
    By now, you've probably heard the story of Myles Eckert, the Toledo-area boy who found $20 outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant and then decided to give it to a soldier who was having dinner inside -- in memory of his father, who was killed in Iraq. There's another kid in that family, and she's got a pretty good story, too.March 6, 2014
  • Forensics pros find traces of you everywhere
    The crime shows make it seem so easy. And how about all the evidence they find in the strangest places? Do we really leave that much of ourselves behind? To answer these questions, KARE 11 and MPR News teamed up with students learning how to analyze evidence in real life.March 6, 2014

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