Cass County officials say they need a hospital Cass County has no hospital, not one in the entire county. There's interest in reusing the state-owned Ah-Gwah-Ching facility in Walker for such a purpose. Cass County first has to get an exemption from a state moratorium on new hospital beds in Minnesota.6:20 a.m.
After the Falls Photographer Alec Soth explores Niagara Falls, falling in love, and the aftermath of passion in a new body of work devoted to the famous body of water.6:50 a.m.
Twins win home opener
The Minnesota Twins won their home opener 7-6 against the Oakland A's. The game served as another memorial to former Twin Kirby Puckett who died last month. The Twins have dedicated the season to the Hall of Famer.7:20 a.m.
Sen. Belanger on the latest push for stadiums Momentum at the state Capitol is gathering steam for new stadiums for the University of Minnesota Gophers, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. All three teams currently play in the Metrodome, which opened in 1982. Sen. Bill Belanger, R-Bloomington, has been in the Legislature since before the Metrodome opened. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about momentum at the Capitol for stadiums.7:25 a.m.
Officials say they need full funding for avian flu prep The leaders of several state government departments and agencies say they're prepared for a possible bird flu pandemic. But those officials also say the Legislature needs to come through this year with sufficient funding to keep the preparations on track.7:45 a.m.
Cluster clinics help migrant workers stay healthy Health concerns aren't often at the top of the list for migrant workers, but their health problems can be chronic. Diabetes and obesity are problems, and often migrant workers aren't doing anything to monitor their diseases.7:55 a.m.
State Supreme Court takes on tobacco fee case Under sharp questioning from Minnesota Supreme
Court justices, a tobacco industry lawyer conceded Tuesday that
legislators would be within their power to pass a 75-cent-per-pack
cigarette charge as long as they kept silent on the money's
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