- Growing student loan debt spells trouble for the economy
Over the past 10 years, the total amount of student loan debt in America has risen from about $250 billion to more than $1 trillion today. In an economy where consumerism is the lifeblood, that's bad news.5:35 a.m.
- New evaluations put Minnesota teachers to the test
Teachers' overall evaluations will be judged on student performance, information from surveys given to their students, and classroom observations by evaluators. Each district will choose how to best measure student performance.6:24 a.m.
- R.T. Rybak looks back at his last year as Minneapolis mayor
R.T. Rybak spoke with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer about his last year in office and what he's looking forward to in 2014.6:50 a.m.
- Vikings unveil program, events for final weekend at Metrodome
The team's long farewell to the stadium will start with a season ticket holders' event on Saturday. At the game on Sunday, there will be a video tribute and a short ceremony.7:22 a.m.
- Most memorable stories of 2013: Unwanted urban trees become retail gold
When crews must cut down trees after an infestation, the wood is normally chipped up and burned. But some are being salvaged and reused along with many other unwanted urban trees at Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis, another outpost in the trend toward all things local.7:44 a.m.
- No middle ground: people love or hate Dylan's Christmas album
When our friends over at The Current recently asked people to list their least favorite and most favorite Christmas albums of all-time, they suggested that Bob Dylan's 2009 album "Christmas in the Heart" might make both lists.
Some people can't stand the sound of his voice these days, while others feel the gravelly croaking vocals are a refreshing antidote to the syrupy renditions of these songs that we hear all the time. Either way, it's a memorable addition to the Christmas music tradition.8:48 a.m.