151 years of Olson family history The land is what attracted many settlers to Minnesota even before it was a state. It's the land that keeps many families here including a family that's farmed near Albert Lea for more than 150 years.4:45 p.m.
New hints for Duluth's harbor rust mystery New discoveries narrow the investigation into Duluth harbor rust. Aggressive corrosion, discovered just a couple of years ago, has caused extensive damage below the water line.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Troy Maxson: Heart, Heartbreak as Big as the World
He's the protagonist — you can't quite say "hero," unless you add "tragic" in front — of August Wilson's play Fences. James Earl Jones, who first played the part, helps explain why he's unforgettable.
Kate Nash: 'Nice' Done Right
London-based 20-year-old Kate Nash is one of many British women poised to make pop breakthroughs in the wake of Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. But music critic Robert Christgau thinks she's special, in large part because she's ordinary.
High Toll Feared as Earthquake Jars China
Early reports suggest nearly 9,000 people may have died in the aftermath of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in China. It hit near Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan province.
Oklahoma Town Faced Demolition Before Tornado
Damage estimates in Picher, Okla., where deadly tornadoes struck over the weekend, are complicated by the fact that much of the former lead-mining town was already scheduled for demolition because of ecological concerns.
Bill and Melinda Gates Name New Foundation Head
Jeff Raikes, a 27-year veteran of Microsoft, will take over the $37 billion Gates Foundation in September. Bill and Melinda Gates tell NPR that they picked Raikes because he shares their passion to try to help minimize poverty around the globe.
Immigration Raids Shake California Schools
Raids by federal authorities on undocumented immigrants in Northern California panic parents and school officials as fears spread that students might be targeted. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and other big-city mayors are denouncing the raids.
Quake Victims Fill Chinese Hospital
The scene at one hospital in Sichuan Province offers a glimpse at the human toll of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck 60 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu.
American Diplomat Discusses Aid to Myanmar
The U.S. State Department is concerned that supplies sent to victims of a deadly cyclone in Myanmar won't reach the people who need them. Shari Villarosa, the top American diplomat on the scene, offers her thoughts.