Local Muslim reaction to cartoon controversy A Pakistani cleric announced a $1
million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew the Prophet
Muhammad as thousands joined street protests after Friday prayers.
Denmark, which first published the cartoons, temporarily closed its
embassy and advised its citizens to leave Pakistan. In Minnesota, we've asked members of the Muslim community to reflect on the controversy.6:45 a.m.
Weather comments from Climatologist Mark Seeley
University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses the recent spell of cold weather to hit the state, and he answers listener questions in his weekly weather talk.6:50 a.m.
The fight over Ripley Dairy Residents of a small southeastern township are demanding to know why they may lose part of their town to an outside developer's proposal. The town of Claremont has proposed annexing parts of Ripley Township, about two miles away. If it's successful, the land would be used for a large dairy.7:20 a.m.
Olympic connection highlights Bemidji's long curling tradition People in Bemidji will be closely watching Olympic curling competition this year in Turin, Italy. Five Bemidji curlers are competing in the Winter games -- half of the entire U.S. curling team. Curling has long been a way of life for many in Bemidji.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
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Ex-FEMA Chief to Testify Again on Katrina Response
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Security Tight Ahead of Olympics Opening in Turin
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'Firewall': Only a Facsimile of a Successful Thriller
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House Republicans Convene for Weekend Retreat
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Cartoon Controversy Slams Denmark's Economy
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Former Leader Preval Ahead in Haitian Vote
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Online Gaming, Money and Tax Law
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Video Game Industry Thrives
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Congress Receives Briefings on NSA Spying
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