In Minneapolis, President Obama puts focus on middle class worries With Minnehaha Falls as the backdrop, President Barack Obama launched a two-day trip to the Twin Cities on Thursday with an hour-long town hall meeting in Minneapolis, designed to boost the spirits of people frustrated with nation's still sluggish economy -- and of Democrats uncertain about their prospects in the midterm elections.6:20 a.m.
Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana plays like an old soul Expect Melissa Aldana to turn heads on Saturday, when she takes the main stage at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival with Chilean bassist Pablo Menares and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, the two impeccable instrumentalists who round out the Crash Trio.7:40 a.m.
Howard Sinker on the Timberwolves' top draft pick The Timberwolves nabbed UCLA point guard Zach LaVine in the NBA draft last night. But LaVine's reaction was less-than-enthusiastic. MPR's Cathy Wurzer checked in with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor at the Start Tribune, for reaction to the Timberwolves' pick.
LaVine played only one season for UCLA, and he was not a starter. But Sinker says the Timberwolves see him as someone with athletic potential who can make a contribution a year or two down the road.
Sinker also discussed the Timberwolves strategy in not trading Kevin Love last night.8:45 a.m.
"O Fortuna" to be part of Minnesota Orchestra's season ending concerts Today's Morning Edition music is the song "O Fortuna" --- the opening movement from composer Carl Orff's celebrated "Carmina Burana." The piece sets to music 24 poems from the medieval era. In the world of classical music, it's been called the best known piece of the 20th century. You may have heard it in everywhere from car ads, to rap songs. The Minnesota Orchestra will perform the piece this weekend at the newly remodeled Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. They will be joined by the Minnesota Chorale. The performances will mark the end of the orchestra's subscription concert season.8:49 a.m.