Winter drought prompts MN farmers to hedge spring bets Minnesota farmers are still a couple of months away from spring planting, but already the dry soil conditions are raising concerns about this summer's crops. As they hope for anything wet to fall on their fields, nearly the entire state is experiencing a moderate to severe drought.6:20 a.m.
The Dakota War, and Gov. Henry Sibley in retrospect As we head into the somber commemoration of the Dakota War this year, we thought it appropriate to call in historian Annette Atkins to help us learn more about Gov. Henry Sibley and his times, and the events that laid the groundwork for the war.6:55 a.m.
Redistricting maps to shake up the week at the Capitol Minnesota lawmakers are eagerly awaiting a new map of political boundaries, which is expected to be released this week. The unveiling of the re-districting plan from a court-appointed panel will likely send legislators scrambling to find out what their home districts look like and whether they'll have to face one of their own colleagues when they run for re-election. Sex offender notification and child care unionization could also get plenty of attention this week.7:20 a.m.
3D University, Minnesota Film Board promote a whole new world It's a long way from the fictional "Avatar" planet of Pandora to downtown Minneapolis, but it's here that Minnesota Film and Television Board Executive Director Lucinda Winter is working to foster a brave new world of 3-D film production.7:25 a.m.
Summer "fun" in mid-February Sure it's been a mild winter, but that doesn't mean people aren't getting antsy for summer. Minnesota Public Radio Essayist Peter Smith knows someone who's found a way to visit the best of summer from the depths of February.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Army Moves To Act Fast On Battlefield Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by a blast: A bomb explodes, and the concussive effect violently shakes the brain. The Army has had a mixed record treating soldiers for TBI. Now it's trying to spot the injury close to the battle and get soldiers out of the fight.
Forget Lincoln Logs: A Tower Of Books To Honor Abe
There's a new, towering tribute to the 16th president in the nation's capitol: A three-story sculpture of 7,000 books written about the 16th president. The sculpture represents less than half of the 15,000 some books written about Lincoln, says Paul Tetreault, director of Ford's Theatre.
Signs Of A Media Crackdown Emerge In Russia
Less than two weeks before Russia's presidential elections, the country's independent media are in a state of anxiety. Government-run news outlets seem more open than ever to divergent viewpoints — but Russian officials may be targeting independents they think go too far.
Russian Accuses Voice Of America Of Fake Interview
Anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny has been the victim of many dirty tricks by pro-Kremlin media. But when Voice of America published an online interview that had him criticizing other Russian opposition figures, Navalny quickly tweeted that the interview was a fake. The VOA's response: "We may have been scammed."
As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts
Wildlife officials don't usually base hunting policy on the public's view about an animal. But the black bear seems to be different — it has bounced back from near-extinction to being a nuisance in some areas. Now the question is, would people rather live with bears, or keep their numbers in check?
Does Tylenol Worsen Asthma For Kids?
Researchers have long known that aspirin can be risky for children who have asthma. Now some researchers are pointing to data that suggests acetaminophen could be a problem, too.
Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit In January
Economists blame the slump in exports on a stronger yen, the global economic slowdown and ongoing problems from last year's earthquake and tsunami. Shipments were down 9.3 percent compared with a year earlier.
Broadcast Auction To Pay For Payroll Tax Holiday
Congress has approved an extended payroll tax holiday. One of the ways it will be paid for is through federal auctions of sections of the broadcast spectrum to wireless companies. But consumers are not likely to see the benefits for years.
Pounding Pavement In Search Of A Smoother Drive
As many of the nation's highways continue to deteriorate, the funds to fix them are dwindling. In California, researchers are developing next-generation pavements that are quieter, more durable and more fuel-efficient, all on a tight budget.