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  • Salt cod: Is this the prosciutto of the sea?
    Salt cod is eaten in nearly every country that comes into contact with the Atlantic Ocean. For centuries, this meaty, plentiful fish, whose low fat content makes it uniquely amenable to long-term preservation, provided mankind with a protein bonanza. Long before airplanes, motor-powered ships or refrigeration, cod could be caught in the north Atlantic and eaten months later in Europe, Africa or Latin America.March 5, 2014
  • Voyageurs launches reservations April 1
    The park on Minnesota's northern border will phase in the system staring April 1. Officials have chosen 34 sites that will be marked with "reservation only" signs for the first year and will expand the program for 2015.March 5, 2014
  • Wis. bill would exempt e-cigarettes from ban
    The measure would effectively allow e-cigarette users to smoke where traditional smoking is banned. Wisconsin's statewide indoor smoking ban took effect in 2010. Grothman's bill would exempt the devices, which smokers use to inhale nicotine-laced vapors, from the law.March 5, 2014
  • Hear the Dalai Lama at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum
    Hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama's keynote address at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. He spoke on "Faith and Peace Day" March 1st. The Dalai Lama said we are all the same human beings, all 7 billion of us, and there is too much emphasis on our differences. The concept of "we" and "they" creates most of our major problems. The Dalai Lama said there is too much lying, cheating, bullying and killing in the world... when we all want the same right to achieve a happy life. Following his address, the Dalai Lama answered questions from the audience, moderated by MPR's Cathy Wurzer. The event is sponsored by Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. The Dalai Lama spoke at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum continues March 7-9th.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 4, 2014
  • Class on death teaches students how to live
    Norma Bowe joins us to discuss her class and the conversation she hopes to inspire with her curriculum regarding death.The Daily Circuit, March 4, 2014
  • Minnesota farmer builds 50-foot snowman
    The snowman, named "Granddaddy," began to take shape earlier this winter when the Gilman, Minn. farmer needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses.March 3, 2014
  • Photos: New Ulm celebrates its annual Fasching and Bock Fest
    Steeped in many German traditions, the city of New Ulm held two of its colorful annual festivals over the weekend: Bock Fest, on the grounds of the August Schell Brewing Company, and Fasching events took place at Turner Hall, where German food was served and the masked Narren group encouraged others to join them in dancing to polka and German music.March 3, 2014
  • Couple injured trying to save TV from fire
    Firefighters say the couple's apartment was filled with smoke as they tried to disconnect the TV Sunday at their apartment building.March 3, 2014
  • Minnesota musher among 2014 Iditarod starters today
    The finish line is on Front Street in Nome, which runs parallel to the Bering Sea coast. Standing between the mushers and the finish line are about 1,000 miles of unforgiving Alaska terrain, including two mountain ranges, untamed wilderness, the mighty Yukon River and the wind-whipped Bering Sea coast.March 3, 2014
  • St. Paul now enforcing winter parking restrictions
    The city says unusually deep snow has narrowed streets because plows can't push any more onto the boulevards. That's made two-way traffic impossible in places and streets too narrow for fire trucks to pass and fire crews to work.March 3, 2014
  • Latest round of wintry precipitation brings travel troubles
    Nearly 1,600 flights have been canceled today and about 1,500 others delayed, according to flight tracking site 2, 2014
  • The Dalai Lama returns to Twin Cities
    The Buddhist spiritual leader also gave the keynote address at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis on Saturday.March 2, 2014
  • Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip
    "The Tonight Show" host made good on his promise to make Sunday morning's so-called "Polar Plunge" with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a condition for the mayor appearing on Fallon's show in New York, following an exchange of tweets and challenges.March 2, 2014
  • St. Paul police now allow employees to wear hijab
    The Minnesota department announcement Saturday morning comes in tandem with the recent hiring of their first Somali woman, Kadra Mohamed. She serves as a Community Liaison Officer.March 1, 2014
  • Minn. Somali group fights al-Shabab message abroad
    A group that has been working since 2007 to combat radicalism among Somali youth in Minnesota is establishing an office in Nairobi, Kenya -- the first of what members hope will be several in Africa.March 1, 2014

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