Minnesota has a wine industry. Who knew? Drive through certain parts of eastern Minnesota this summer, and you just might feel like you're in Napa Valley. At least some businesses in the area are hoping you get that impression. Six Minnesota wineries are trying to garner attention by linking together in a wine trail.6:50 a.m.
The Guthrie: More open than ever The Guthrie Theater's new home on the Minneapolis riverfront welcomes the public through its doors for the first time.7:24 a.m.
National Guard surgeon practices combat medicine in Iraq Col. Basil Leblanc, a surgeon with the Minnesota National Guard, recently returned from a three-month mission in Iraq. LeBlanc was responsible for medical operations at several military bases serving more than 5,000 troops. He talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:50 a.m.
Summer school in Minneapolis: The first week Most students taking summer classes in Minneapolis are either preparing to pass the Minnesota Basic Skills tests, or making up credits they did not earn during the regular school year. Two teachers share their experiences with us.7:55 a.m.
Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell discusses anticipated interest rate hikes and philanthropic donations.8:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraq Reconciliation Plan Is Short on Details
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki presented a 24-point national reconciliation plan Sunday. It outlines terms under which some insurgents would be given amnesty. It also puts forward other initiatives, like a reconstruction campaign. But the specifics of the plan haven't been worked out.
Iraq Veteran Says Harassment Prompted Desertion
Army specialist Suzanne Swift left her Washington-state-based unit six months ago without permission. She was arrested last week at her home in Oregon. She says she deserted because of the sexual harassment she suffered during a year-long deployment to Iraq. The Army says it's investigating her claims.
Beckham Goal Highlights Weekend World Cup Action
England and Portugal will square off in the World Cup quarterfinals in Germany. Soccer broadcaster Seamus Malin talks with Steve Inskeep about David Beckham's performance over the weekend. He's the first Brit to score goals in three consecutive World Cups.
Speed Limit Considered for Ships Entering U.S. Ports
The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing a speed limit for ships entering ports along the eastern seaboard. The goal is to save right whales from being struck and killed. Shipping companies say there is no proof that slowing their vessels will help the endangered mammals.
Philadelphia Newspapers Size Up New Owners
A Philadelphia newsroom filled with professional skeptics is trying to give new owners the benefit of the doubt. The big-business partnership that is buying the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News include the area's most influential entrepreneurs. Almost any article could generate a conflict of interest, as reporters dig up dirt on their new owners -- or their competitors.
Breaking the News About a Cancer Diagnosis
It's among the worst news people can imagine getting: a diagnosis of cancer. Then, before the news is fully absorbed, family, friends and colleagues must be told. Commentator Leroy Sievers describes how he broke the news about his cancer.
Video Games Serve Up Targeted Advertising
A new kind of highly targeted advertising is popping up in video games. Advertisers are taking advantage of new technologies to deliver targeted ads in real time to game players. Some critics find the practice intrusive.
Iraq Troop Withdrawal Remains a Hot Topic in Washington
The political debate over a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq heated up over the weekend when it was leaked that Pentagon withdrawal proposals seemed remarkably similar to Democratic proposals. Last week, Republicans attacked and voted down Democratic initiatives in the Senate on troop withdrawal.