Growing pains on the Iron Range The Iron Range in northern Minnesota is undergoing an economic transformation. How that will affect the long-standing communities there is open to question.6:50 a.m.
The Central Corridor light rail gains public support
A public transit hearing last night in Minneapolis yielded a number of enthusiastic comments in favor of building light rail in the Central Corridor, which would run along University Avenue and connect downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.7:20 a.m.
Conservationists see mix of wins and losses in legislative session Many hunting and fishing enthusiasts are frustrated that lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session without agreeing on a bill to dedicate a portion of the state sales tax to conservation funding. But other environmental groups say the session did produce a few important victories.7:25 a.m.
So far, the Twins have only released conceptual sketches of what the $522 million ballpark will look like; full architural drawings will come later. To get an idea of what those drawings could look like, Cathy Wurzer talked with Minneapolis-based architect Donald Eyberg. Eyberg has been working on sports and entertainment design for more than 25 years. He was involved with design of the Metrodome, and he's been watching as new stadiums have been built in other cities.7:55 a.m.
Hockeytown USA in Eveleth, Minnesota
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame may stay in its hometown of Eveleth, Minnesota. After 34 years in its Iron Range location, the museum closed two weeks ago citing poor attendance. The closing prompted St. Paul city council member Dan Bostrom to suggest the museum be relocated to the capitol city. But a provision in the U of MN Gophers stadium aims to keep the museum in Eveleth with financial support from a portion of the taconite tax and funding from other sources. Cathy Wurzer talked with DFL State Representative Rukavina, who was behind this provision.8:55 a.m.
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Charles Sheeler's Still Life: Paintings from Photos
Charles Sheeler tried to explore the path between photos and paintings. Much admired for his meticulous, carefully composed photography, he put down his camera and picked up paintbrushes instead. His works are on exhibit in Washington, D.C.
Squeezing Oil Out of Stones in the Rocky Mountains
Oil shale is an idea that was tested a generation ago, then abandoned when the price of crude oil plunged. Now, a self-taught inventor is once again eyeing the vast shale deposits of the Rocky Mountains.
Mexico Serves as Way Station on Trip to U.S.
For illegal Central American immigrants, traveling through Mexico to reach the United States is dangerous. Some crooked Mexican police extort money from them, and some of the women are assaulted. We meet three women from Honduras and one man from Nicaragua who are moving through Mexico together by train.
Senate Haggles over Immigration Bill Details
As debate on an immigration bill continues, lawmakers are clashing over whether to establish a minimum wage for immigrant farm workers, and which illegal immigrants to offer a path to citizenship.
Government Scrutinizes Dating of Stock Options
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reportedly examining the timing of stock option awards by corporations. The SEC is concerned that some executives have been gaming the system by "backdating" their options to increase their value.
Israel's Olmert Seeks Support at White House
Ehud Olmert, Israel's new prime minister, meets President Bush at the White House. Olmert is seeking support for his plan to make more unilateral withdrawals from the West Bank. He has said he intends to set Israel's final borders by 2010.
Church Leader Says He Was Lured into Abramoff Web
The pastor of a church in Maryland says he became tangled in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal through a member of his evangelical congregation. Chris Geeslin says that the man used him as a front for possibly illegal activities.
College No Guarantee of Top-Dollar Pay
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Choosing Life Over Career
Commentator Dana Goldman is a recent college graduate who decided to give up her job and make ends meet with part-time work. She made the switch because of the peace and free time it gives her.