A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. In Pine River, the campus of the Hunt Utilities Group sits on 70-acres dotted with an eclectic mix of experimental buildings designed to promote sustainable living. Researchers here are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as "cold fusion."
With the fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers. He's visiting Minneapolis today as part of that campaign.
Contempo Physical Dance hits the Cowles Center stage in Minneapolis (Feb. 1-3) with the world premiere of "Batuque." The company blends contemporary movements with Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira martial arts.
Minnesota Public Radio is inviting you to share your images on Flickr. If you do, we may pick your work to appear on MPR's Minnesota Today, and in a monthly gallery right here. We're looking for general interest photos of all kinds: wildlife, landscapes, festivals, events, rural scenes, urban life, outdoor recreation, sports, lutefisk - pretty much anything that you think reflects life in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Below you'll find our picks for January (and one or two from December that were too good to pass up).
Mel Dickie, 92, works at Wild Goose Sports in Rochester, Minn. and has taught hundreds of kids how to make custom fishing rods in community education classes. And two years ago, at age 90, he became a substitute teacher.
Nearly every week, ranger pilot Steve Mazur flies a small, two-seater plane over the forests of Voyageurs National Park. His mission: to help biologists keep tabs on about 50 moose that live in and around the park.
Maria Genne, the founder and artistic director of Kairos Dance, used to have a career that focused on dancing with young people. But as she grew older, Genne began looking at how she could create dance in which everyone felt welcome, and how music and storytelling could be used to stimulate the minds and bodies of the elderly in ways modern science is only beginning to fully appreciate.
Nearly 200 skaters are taking part in the second annual Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships Thursday through Saturday in St. Paul. Skaters dressed in hockey gear come out of the starting gate four abreast, trying to stay upright while navigating a course loaded with bumps, twists and drops. Last year, the event drew up to 90,000 to St. Paul. The 2013 finals are scheduled for Saturday night.
We've all heard complaints about Minnesota's cold weather in the last week or two, but some enterprising area photographers have been out capturing our frigid winter's beauty. Here's some of their work.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul City Council member Chris Tolbert and St. Paul City Council member Melvin Carter III tried out the Red Bull Crashed Ice course in St. Paul on Thursday. The Crashed Ice World Championship begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Highlights of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Minnesota on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 included the annual King Day breakfast in Minneapolis, and a march and program in St. Paul.
Some days it feels like Minnesota is awash in fresh ales, lagers, stouts and porters, and we've pulled together a collection of MPR photography over the past year or so from our coverage of this burgeoning trend and the people behind it.