Minnesota companies see gold in the Olympics For more than three decades, Riedell Shoes has made skates for national, world and Olympic athletes. This year, the Red Wing-based company has custom-made skates for five figure skaters competing in the Vancouver games.3:24 p.m.
Mpls settles another police misconduct suit The Minneapolis City Council Friday approved another six-figure payout to settle a police misconduct lawsuit. The settlement has fuled criticism of Police Chief Tim Dolan's performance.5:20 p.m.
Minnesota companies see gold in the Olympics For more than three decades, Riedell Shoes has made skates for national, world and Olympic athletes. This year, the Red Wing-based company has custom-made skates for five figure skaters competing in the Vancouver games.5:24 p.m.
Rules and regulations for MPR's Fantasy Olympics When the Winter Olympic Games open tonight in Vancouver, Minnesota will be better represented than any other state on the U.S. team. Here on Minnesota Public Radio News, we want to follow athletes from our region during the games, and we've created a friendly competition to do it.
We're calling it the "Fantasy Olympics," and produer Jeff Jones spoke with MPR's Tom Crann about the rules and regulations.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
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