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Friday, March 30, 2012

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  • Farming rigFarmers get an early start, but not too early
    Mid-March is generally a time when snow still covers this high ground along the Buffalo Ridge in southwestern Minnesota. But this year, all the past rules about spring weather seem to have disappeared.5:35 a.m.
  • Removing containersMaple syrup producers experience worst year in memory
    There are some wonderful things about our early spring. But it hasn't been good for everybody -- especially not Minnesota's maple syrup producers.5:45 a.m.
  • Eric Stelzer, Brandon DuelDocks going in a month earlier than usual
    One businessman hopes whitecaps on the lakes in March are a harbinger of a rebound in his business.6:20 a.m.
  • Erik Bruhnke, birdwatcherWarm weather brings some birds back
    In the fall, Duluth is famous among birdwatchers for the scores of hawks that fly past. But it's also a birding haven in the spring, when both raptors and songbirds migrate north.6:45 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyA March for the record books
    What a month! More temperature records were broken this month than in any month since the Dust Bowl Era of the 1930s. Within the United States it is estimated that over 6,500 daily high temperature records were set or tied during the month of March. Across Minnesota climate stations 424 new daily high temperature records were set and 327 new daily warm low temperature records were set in March, including 8 new statewide daily high temperature records, and for many observers, the earliest date for an 80 degree reading (March 17). In addition many observers reported the highest dewpoints ever measured in the month of March, some even in the 60s. University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley discusses the weather with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer.6:55 a.m.
  • Terry Strack, Cynthia Smith-StrackIn early spring, one family's last walk
    Every sign of winter's end carries significance for Terry Strack and his wife, Cynthia Smith-Strack, because they know it will likely be their last spring together.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • George H.W. Bush: It's Time To Get Behind Romney
    In Houston Thursday, former President George H.W. Bush endorsed Mitt Romney's run for the Republican presidential nomination. Bush's endorsement is one more signal from the Republican establishment for the party to close ranks behind Romney.
  • Negative Political Ads Are Annoying But Effective
    Wisconsin holds its Republican presidential primary on Tuesday. As in earlier nominating contests, Mitt Romney and a superPAC supporting him have massively outspent rival campaigns.
  • Policy On High-Risk Biological Research Tightened
    The government released a new policy on how to handle legitimate biological research that could be misused in the wrong hands. The move comes as controversy still swirls around recent experiments with lab-altered bird flu.
  • The Art Of The Everyday: The Alchemy Of Anne Tyler
    In her first broadcast interview in decades, novelist Anne Tyler introduces us to her new book, The Beginner's Goodbye; her Baltimore; and her definition of heaven.
  • French Killings Spark National Soul-Searching
    The killings of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers of North African descent by an Islamic extremist came during a presidential campaign in which immigration dominated election rhetoric. While some Muslims say they fear a backlash, and Jews have been shaken by the tragedy, there has also been an outpouring of outrage and solidarity.
  • 'Bully' Examines Students Targeted By Their Peers
    The new documentary Bully opens Friday, and it has an emotional impact that must be seen to be understood. The film hop scotches across the country looking at the situations of five different children that have suffered the effects of bullying.
  • Bullying Movie Is Released With No Rating
    The Motion Picture Association of America was going to give Bully an R rating for language, but the movie's producer decided to send it out with no rating. The nation's second-largest cinema chain AMC will show it, but Cinemark, the third-largest chain will not.
  • In Bullying Programs, A Call For Bystanders To Act
    A growing number of anti-bullying programs have emerged in recent years, and the focus of many has shifted from stopping bullies to encouraging bystanders to act. But in an industry where anyone can peddle virtually any kind of program, initiatives vary in their quality and effectiveness.
  • BlackBerry Maker To Focus On Corporate Customers
    The decision by Research in Motion follows its failure to break into consumer markets dominated by iPhones and androids. Last quarter, the company lost $125 million. Analysts say BlackBerry's main problem is its trouble running third-party applications.
  • Stopgap Bill Keeps Transportation Projects Going
    President Obama is expected to sign another stopgap funding bill that avoids a weekend shutdown of thousands of transportation construction projects. The measure gives a 90-day funding extension for road, bridge and rail construction projects.

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