Cheryl Strayed's novel "Torch" deals with loss and grief
Author Cheryl Strayed says "no matter how far I wander, I often travel back to Minnesota when I sit down to write." Strayed spent most of her childhood in Minnesota and now lives in Portland, Ore. Her latest novel "Torch" is set in the fictional small town of Midden, Minn. The book centers on Teresa Rae Wood, who is famous for hosting a local radio program called "Modern Pioneers." At the age of 38, Teresa is diagnosed with cancer and dies within months. The novel follows her family as they deal with loss and grief.4:50 p.m.
Budget forecast shows state surplus More than half of the surplus is set aside for Minnesota schools. And if a pending court ruling goes against the state, the surplus could evaporate and become a shortfall.5:19 p.m.
Minnesota seniors slow to embrace Medicare Part D The new federal prescription drug benefit for seniors doesn't appear to be catching on very quickly in Minnesota. According to a ranking by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Minnesota ranks 45th among the states in participation in the new drug benefit program, known as Medicare Part D. Over 700,000 Minnesotans are eligible for the benefit, because they are disabled or over age 65. But only 45 percent of those eligible have enrolled so far. The deadline for enrolling in the first year of the program is May 15. According to the study, if seniors continue to shy away from the program, those who are enrolled will face higher premiums.5:23 p.m.
Jury begins deliberations in Sackett murder case
A Ramsey County jury is deliberating the fate of the man accused of killing a St. Paul police officer nearly 36 years ago. Attorneys gave their closing arguments today in the case against Ronald Reed. Prosecutors described Reed as man who hated police and has no conscience. The defense said the case against Reed has no credibility.5:44 p.m.
U of M med school still recovering 10 years after ALG scandal Ten years ago this month, renowned University of Minnesota transplant surgeon Dr. John Najarian walked free of a barrage of federal charges which had cast a cloud over the U of M medical school. Now, the medical school continues to make slow and steady progress towards restoring its reputation.5:47 p.m.