Some spring planting hasn't been this late in decades MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the wet spring in many parts of the state, and how that's affected farmers. He also answers the question: how long does the average thunderstorm last in any one given spot in Minnesota?6:55 a.m.
Commander of Nazi-led unit living in Minnesota since WWII A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press.7:20 a.m.
Minn. solar power outlook sunny; Xcel forecast uncertain The solar industry and others who advocated for a new law are confident that more Minnesotans are willing to invest in renewable energy, and are excited about a section of the law that allows for community solar installations.7:45 a.m.
Minnesotans win history contest Eight groups of Minnesota students all placed at the 2013 National History Day competition at the University of Maryland yesterday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of them, Kateri Schmidt, about their winning project.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. To Provide Military Support To Opposition In Syria
The Obama administration has decided to send military aid to the rebels in Syria. The decision was announced after the administration said it had concluded, with high confidence, that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on multiple occasions over the past few months.
Voters Cast Ballots In Iran's Presidential Election
It's Iran's first presidential election since the stunning vote in 2009. Back then, a surprisingly early declaration of victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked a wave of protests, followed by years of government repression.
Friction Among Afghans A Threat To Post-U.S. Mission
By this time next year, there will be roughly half as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan as there are today. And for U.S. strategy in the country to work, Afghan security forces will have to hold off the Taliban after the Americans leave. But it's unclear if the Afghans will all stand together.
Talks In Turkey May Solve Violence Over Park Construction
A plan to build on a small park in Istanbul's downtown Taksim Square prompted an outpouring of opposition to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. That led to clashes between police and protesters that have killed at least five people and injured hundreds.
Maine College Students Take On A Bear Of A Study
The state is trying to keep tabs on its bear population. Undergraduates at Unity College are in the woods tranquilizing bears and collaring them so the state can better understand the animals.
Religious Conservatives Focus On Midterm Elections
Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition kicked off its third annual conference Thursday in Washington, D.C. The conclave's stated aim is to grow the conservative vote for next year's midterm election. It's also a forum for a constellation of conservative stars, some of them eying the White House.
Business News: A Man, A Plan, A Canal
The Nicaraguan congress has granted a Chinese tycoon the exclusive right to develop a multi-billion dollar rival to the Panama Canal. The bill grants the investor 50 years of control over the potential shipping route — pending a study of its viability.
Detroit's Emergency Manager Meets With Creditors
Kevyn Orr will ask unions, retirees and banks to take big losses on debt the city just can't afford to pay. But Orr is walking a fine line trying to convince those parties to accept a bankruptcy-style settlement, without actually going to bankruptcy court — at least, not yet.
Can Captain Sunshine Save The Israeli Electric Car Dream?
The electric car company Better Place failed to build the dream it had designed. Its bankruptcy left tech-watchers worried about the stain on the country, which is proud of its image as a startup hotbed. But there may be a savior in the wings.