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  • Piece of art missed by Nazis is cared for in Minneapolis
    Joan Gorman is hard at work, restoring German artist Max Beckmann's "Blind Man's Buff." The 1944 work was painted in secret in Amsterdam for fear it would be confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis.February 12, 2014
  • Minne-Loppet teaches kids how to ski and enjoy it, falls and all
    A gaggle of students at Pillsbury Elementary School children in north Minneapolis responded to the winter weather by sliding into snow pants and cross country ski boots.January 31, 2014
  • In Duluth, community steps up to preserve Chester Bowl ski hill
    The little hill at Duluth's Chester Bowl is a throwback to a time when skiing was more community than industry, a place where kids learn to ski without their parents needing a second mortgage.January 27, 2014
  • Once 'terrified' of ice fishing, Minn. man now carries on tradition
    Ice fishing is old. You've seen the pictures. People for thousands of years have chopped a hole and waited for a fish to take a baited hook. Or they've stood silently, with their spear at the ready if they see a shadowy form move in the water.January 16, 2014
  • Minn. Historical Society archives hold treasures -- and surprises
    The historical society's treasure trove of history includes everything from 500-year-old travel histories by Father Louis Hennepin to bodice ripping romance novels, thrillers by Vince Flynn, and everything in between.January 9, 2014
  • For 90-year-old skier, sub-zero temps are of little concern
    When Roy Carlsted skis, he doesn't worry about the temperature. The 90-year-old's favorite winter activity is cross-country skiing, and on most winter days he's on the ski trails at the Como Golf Course just a mile or so from his St. Paul home.January 3, 2014
  • Counters head out for annual tally of Minn. birds
    For birders, the Christmas bird count is equal parts adventure, fellowship and science -- the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world, according to the Audubon Society.December 24, 2013
  • El Sistema music program strikes against poverty
    These musicians are not ready for the concert hall just yet. The mission of this north Minneapolis program is to help youngsters learn to play and appreciate music. In a new episode of Minnesota Sounds and Voices, MPR News reporter Dan Olson tells us this is also a program designed to overcome poverty.December 12, 2013
  • Lloyd Johnson is 100 and fiddling fine
    Minnesota's latest centenarian Lloyd Johnson, a WWII veteran and local fiddler of Swedish heritage, had two dreams: to play at the Swedish Institute -- which he did this past summer -- and to fiddle with legendary mandolin and fiddle player Peter Ostroushko.December 5, 2013
  • A foreclosure victim's journey to a new home
    Faith Burns lost her home to foreclosure five years ago, even though she was up-to-date on her payments. She has since won a $20,000 settlement and now has a new home, but the emotional and financial wounds have yet to heal.November 27, 2013
  • After typhoon, Philippine native in Minn. heads home to help
    The minute Josephine Fernandez heard about Typhoon Haiyan's devastation of the Philippines, she knew people there would be without food and water.November 22, 2013
  • Paris cafe culture with a Latin groove grows in Minnesota
    Amelia Rivera, who is in her final year as a voice student at the University of Minnesota School of Music, has decided to follow her muse and become a jazz vocalist. A classically trained soprano, Rivera wants to give Minnesota music lovers a taste of the Paris jazz scene.November 15, 2013
  • Veterans given a voice in Library of Congress collection
    Over coffee and cookies, 11 veterans recently shared stories with volunteers at Paradigm Court Reporting and Captioning. They will become part of the Veterans History Project which includes thousands of accounts, all available on line as transcripts, audio or video.November 11, 2013
  • A belated thanks to WWII volunteer for her service to troops
    Veterans Day today will be filled with remembrances of bravery in battle and perseverance at home. Stories like that of Red Cross volunteer, Marian Krinke, don't often get told. On a recent day, though, she led a tour from her armchair through a collection of photographs from WW II and stories that need to be heard before they disappear.November 10, 2013
  • Putting names on unmarked state hospital graves
    The dead here didn't get names, only numbers. Thousands of Minnesotans who were housed in the state's mental hospitals simply disappeared this way. The asylums are long gone, but the unknown graves remain.October 24, 2013

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