Minnesota Public Radio features by Bob Collins http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=11 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 00:17:18 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Bob Collins http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Another Minnesota school district stops the music Things are too quiet in the schools of tiny Laporte, Minn. The only music teacher in town -- Louise Bass, who's been there for 34 years -- has been put on "unrequested leave," and the music program has been eliminated. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/17/another-minnesota-school-district-stops-the-music?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:08:37 -0500 Roderick Cox making mark in classical orchestra conducting Roderick Cox, the associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has gotten some well-deserved national attention, thanks to an extensive profile by NBC News. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/01/roderick-cox-making-mark-in-classical-orchestra-conducting?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:15:00 -0500 Dog wanders on stage during concert, likes what he hears Is it proper concert etiquette to clap when a dog walks on stage with the orchestra? A recent concert in Turkey raised that very question. The moment was captured on video. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/29/dog-wanders-on-stage-during-concert-likes-what-he-hears?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Joe's Violin and the healing power of music Spend 24 minutes watching the story of Joseph Feingold, who heard a classical radio station ask for used instruments and donated his. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/19/joes-violin-and-the-healing-power-of-music?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:35:23 -0500 Ticket scalpers missing from Timberwolves games due to app Ticket scalpers have been conspicuously absent from the Target Center before Timberwolves games because of a smartphone app. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/scalpers-missing-timberwolves-games-app?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:17:30 -0600 Can classical music be 'great' again? Conductor and pianist William Eddins, music director of the Edmonton Symphony and former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has shut down his excellent classical music blog, Sticks and Drones, convinced that nothing is going to change in the world of classical music. What do you think? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/27/can-classical-music-be-great-again?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:50:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Unconventional Singers Last Friday, we celebrated music's great voices. In the wake of that, listener Bob in St. Paul suggested a Coffee Break of idiosyncratic voices. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature an unconventional or unique singing voice? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/23/930-coffee-break-unconventional-singers?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:35:00 -0600 Dueling symphony orchestras as World Series begins As the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets face one another in the World Series, the Kansas City Symphony and conductor Michael Stern are challenging the New York Philharmonic to a musical bet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/28/dueling-symphony-orchestras-as-world-series-begins?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:00:00 -0500 NewsCut: Adrian Peterson's contrition Vikings running back Adrian Peterson now appears to be contrite, based on an interview he gave to USA Today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/11/adrian-petersons-contrition/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:50:46 -0600 Explaining #pointergate: The missing context The Internet moved into full-on parody mode Friday after KSTP reported on Mayor Betsy Hodges flashing what the story called "a known gang sign." Here's what you need to know about the story -- and the backstory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/07/explaining-pointergate?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:06:10 -0600 NBA deal a sign that 'TV is dead' The National Basketball Association has announced a $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT to broadcast regular season and postseason games. That could -- and let a person dream here for a second -- allow fans to watch games online that are otherwise blacked out to protect the cable TV rights. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/10/nba-deal-a-sign-that-tv-is-dead/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:19:31 -0500 Derek Jeter's last game was pretty much perfect For one night, the game was perfect. For one night, there was crying in baseball. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/09/when-sports-is-perfect/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:25:25 -0500 The ethics of watching football In a New York Times Magazine essay, Chuck Klosterman calms your nagging voice that says it's unethical to watch the sport even though you have problems with it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/09/the-ethics-of-watching-football/?refid=0 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 12:16:27 -0500 Expert: Every Home Depot store lost credit card data in latest breach You probably don't have to wonder whether your local Home Depot store was one of the ones where credit card information was stolen by, presumably, Russian hackers. It was, Brian Krebs, the online security expert says. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/09/expert-every-home-depot-store-lost-credit-card-data-in-latest-breach/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:52:26 -0500 MN court: Warrant not needed in drunk driving case if death involved The Minnesota court today overturned a lower court ruling that tossed out the blood drawn from Derek Stavish of Sartell, who was driving drunk in June 2012, and crashed his truck, killing an occupant. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/09/mn-court-warrant-not-needed-in-drunk-driving-case-if-death-involved/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:05:43 -0500 The Ludlow Massacre Two women and 11 children were among those who died at the hands of government forces so we could have decent working conditions. It was the Ludlow Massacre. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/09/the-ludlow-massacre/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:28:08 -0500 News Cut: Robin Williams and his black dog Especially in his frenetic appearances on late-night TV, it was difficult watching Robin Williams. Anyone who has battled depression or had a loved one tortured by it knew that his genius came from a dark place. Depression and genius sometimes goes hand in hand and the challenge to those who fight the illness is dampening one without curtailing the other. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/robin-williams-and-his-black-dog/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:27:59 -0500 If the world were more like golf "The two players who were trying to defeat [Rory] McIlroy extended him the ultimate courtesy that in the end helped him beat them," USA Today's Christine Brennan writes of last night's PGA championship. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/if-the-world-were-more-like-golf/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:52:51 -0500 NewsCut: Why is looting a response to a police shooting? Protesters confronted police in Ferguson, Mo., where a police officer shot to death an unarmed teen who allegedly had struggled with the officer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/why-is-looting-a-response-to-a-police-shooting/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:09:01 -0500 'It's a miracle,' mother of girl swept by tsunami says The four year old daughter, Raudhatul, was swept onto an island, found by a fisherman, and raised with the name Winni by the fisherman's mother. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/its-a-miracle-mother-of-girl-swept-by-tsunami-says/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:25:15 -0500 The day we adopted a low bar for presidential behavior "In the current era of partisan gamesmanship and governmental gridlock, it's understandably difficult to comprehend what a genuine constitutional crisis feels like," David Hawkings writes on his Roll Call blog. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/the-day-we-adopted-a-low-bar-for-presidential-behavior/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:58:23 -0500 Protesting Kevin Love, Minnesota style Twin Cities comedian Mike Brody protests Kevin Love's trade to Cleveland. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/protesting-kevin-love-minnesota-style/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:12:37 -0500 'Ex-wife sale' sign taken down in Fargo "We're proud to be part of a community that does not tolerate this kind of humor," Christopher Johnson, the Center's executive director, said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/ex-wife-sale-sign-taken-down-in-fargo/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:47:35 -0500 Duluth kids likely to spend more 'snow days' in school The Duluth News Tribune reports that administrators are considering a philosophical shift away from closing schools for the entire day when there's a storm -- they lost 8 days of school last year -- and, instead, start school two hours late. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/duluth-kids-likely-to-spend-more-snow-days-in-school/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:29:32 -0500 A year of living carlessly in Minneapolis Daniel Sarles doesn't consider himself a "biking guy," at least by Minneapolis standards in which bicycling is a religion. "I liked biking, but that wasn't my main mode of transportation before. It's an upgrade and a commitment to living with a bike." http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/a-year-of-living-carlessly-in-minneapolis/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:00:50 -0500 Pigs that surf Sometimes the world just needs a little video of a surfing pig. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/pigs-that-surf/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:14:56 -0500 First woman named to NBA coaching staff Becky Hammon is in her final season -- her 16th -- with the WNBA San Antonio Stars and will move to the NBA team coaching staff for the upcoming season. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/first-woman-named-to-nba-coaching-staff/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:42:23 -0500 Restaurants serve side dish of prayer, politics In North Carolina, a restaurant has added a 15 percent discount to the bill if the wait staff sees you praying over the food. Meanwhile, some restauraunts started adding a minimum wage charge to its meal tickets. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/restaurants-serve-side-dish-of-politics-religion/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:20:53 -0500 Is St. Paul more conservative than Minneapolis? The Economist has pored over the data in a new survey of cities and found a few interesting differences within states. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/08/is-saint-paul-more-conservative-than-minneapolis/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:00:52 -0500 Twins cancel Knoblauch honor Knoblauch, who earned the ire of Twins fans when he demanded a trade out of Minnesota when the team fell on hard times, is accused of punching his ex-wife. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/twins-cancel-knoblauch-honor/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:41:14 -0500 Happy? You must be from Rochester The Minnesota city is the only metropolitan area in the north to make the top-10 list of happiest cities. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/happy-you-must-be-from-rochester/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:02:08 -0500 Can Zimmy's be saved? Aaron J. Brown writes on his Minnesota Brown blog today that a crowdstarter campaign has kicked off to reopen Zimmy's, the Hibbing night spot and restaurant that closed abruptly last spring. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/can-zimmys-be-saved/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:26:47 -0500 Minnesota's obsession? Is it really 'nice'? Whenever Minnesota examines its Minnesota Niceness, we are prompted to make popcorn, prop our feet up and watch the unfolding entertainment. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/minnesotas-obsession-is-it-really-nice/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:01:26 -0500 Deported St. Paul man killed, son wants to come back Today, CBS News profiled the children of El Salvador, including Raoul, who lived in Saint Paul for eight years. But only his father had temporary legal status. When it expired, the family was deported. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/deported-st-paul-man-killed-son-wants-to-come-back/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:52:27 -0500 WWII vet's All-Star moment It probably didn't get much notice at last night's All Star game, except, of course, by the people who were at Target Field. But on Twitter last evening, Eileen Smith posted a pretty poignant moment on the Jumbotron. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/wallys-all-star-moment/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:18:32 -0500 Who'll help the homeless? Not Moorhead Churches United has applied for a $6 million state grant for the apartment complex for chronically homeless and homeless families. Predictably, the neighbors objected. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/wholl-help-the-homeless-not-moorhead/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:29:08 -0500 Snow? Hail? It must be summer It was a gorgeous day in Novosibirsk, central Russia, on Saturday when the sky started raining cold death with a freak hailstorm. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/snow-hail-it-must-be-summer/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:34:34 -0500 Our personal history: Here today, deleted tomorrow What will we leave behind from an era that nobody writes letters anymore? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/our-personal-history-here-today-deleted-tomorrow/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:01:23 -0500 1,000 Words: The Perry-Obama meeting A picture of the Perry-Obama meeting in Texas this week will likely sweep across meme-land. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/1000-words-the-perry-obama-meeting/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:58:09 -0500 Who'd want to burn down a Little Library? Someone torched the Little Library on Minnehaha Avenue on Sunday, according to a post on the MPD Facebook page. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/whod-want-to-burn-down-a-little-library/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:53:45 -0500 Photos: Sad Brazil, crushed by Germany Soccer is called "the beautiful game," because "the game that rips your heart out, stomps on your gut, and leaves your country humiliated in the eyes of the sports world" just doesn't have the same ring to it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/sad-brazil/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:16:57 -0500 Five hundred years of experience leaving the Star Tribune Roughly a dozen-and-a-half staffers have taken voluntarily buyouts and will be leaving the newspaper. The Newspaper Guild said the departing members have 586 years of newspaper experience. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/five-hundred-years-of-experience-leaving-star-tribune/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:48:32 -0500 What fireworks look like from the inside Joe Stiglingh, of West Palm Beach, sent his quadcopter and GoPro on a suicide mission in May. But he wanted to see what fireworks look like inside the fireworks that were being fired off in Miami. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/inside-fireworks/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:40:08 -0500 Try as we might, there's no news in gas prices It's a pretty slow time of the year for news so the chances are good you're going to hear or read a story about rising gas prices over the July 4th holiday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/try-as-we-might-theres-no-news-in-gas-prices/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:46:36 -0500 How does '14 flooding compare to recent disasters? But how does $32 million compare to other weather-related disasters experienced in Minnesota in recent years? Here are some of the more notable disasters and their infrastructure price tags. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/how-does-14-flooding-compare-to-recent-disasters/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:06:19 -0500 Time to curtain panhandling in Rochester? Rochester is considering a ban on certain kinds of panhandling, making it illegal to beg for money aggressively. Sitting with a sign that says you need money? That's protected speech. But blocking someone's path or touching someone to ask for money isn't. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/time-to-curtain-panhandling-in-rochester/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:45:49 -0500 Reunion for man who was pulled from burning SUV The Minneapolis man, pulled to safety by the superhuman strength of a Woodbury man, got a chance to meet each other again. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/reunion-for-man-who-was-pulled-from-burning-suv/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:46:17 -0500 The coffee shop with no employees In Valley City, N.D., the Vault is getting its share of national exposure this week because it doesn't have a barista. It doesn't have any employees. It operates on the honor system, the Fargo Forum reports. The attention started with a single TV report a week ago. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/the-coffee-shop-with-no-employees/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:20:28 -0500 Step inside the world's largest plane: Antonov 225 The largest airplane ever built will be in the Twin Cities for another day. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/07/inside-the-antonov-225/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:15:40 -0500 Record rainfall hasn't cured what ails White Bear Lake Despite a record month for rainfall in Minnesota, it's been a drop in the bucket toward restoring the lake to its previous luster. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/record-rainfall-hasnt-cured-what-ails-white-bear-lake/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:01:53 -0500 How to drive through standing water First, let's acknowledge that we all have heard the warnings not to drive through standing water. That said, today's various photos provide a great chance to evaluate the worst way to do what you're not supposed to do in the first place. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/how-to-drive-through-standing-water/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:49:06 -0500 How a story on bike injuries got it so terribly wrong That questionable study we mentioned last week that suggested that there are more head injuries in cities -- including Minneapolis -- where there are bicycle ride-sharing programs is looking even more questionable. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/how-a-story-on-bike-injuries-got-it-so-terribly-wrong/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:33:14 -0500 Victory against 'Redskins' name was engineered in MN A Minneapolis lawyer took a job with a Minneapolis law firm at the same time the World Series with the Braves and the Super Bowl with the Redskins were played in Minneapolis. So he sued and won, at least until an appeals court ruled he'd waited too long to file the case and the Supreme Court declined to hear it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/victory-against-redskins-name-was-engineered-in-mn/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:10:48 -0500 In MN, it's easier to find a gun than a library book In a lot of Minnesota -- northern Minnesota, primarily -- it's a lot easier to find a gun store than it is to find knowledge, or so the Washington Post characterizes the situation. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/in-mn-its-easier-to-find-a-gun-than-a-library-book/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:56:56 -0500 Court of Appeals rejects challenge to frac sand mine Opponents of mining have cited the problems caused by sand trucks hauling the sand to a facility in Winona that currently processes frac sand from Wisconsin. The Winona mine would add 280 truck trips a day to the traffic. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/court-of-appeals-rejects-challenge-to-frac-sand-mine/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:14:30 -0500 On Flag Day, it's a grand old -- sometimes tacky - flag From NewsCut: Today is Flag Day in the United States, honoring the day in 1777 when the flag was adopted. It's had a good run, Bob Collins says, despite our best attempts to embarrass it. He and photographer Nikki Tundel share their annual collection of other-than-official depictions of the American flag. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/its-a-grand-old-sometimes-tacky-flag/?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:05:48 -0500 In Fargo, nothing says 'love' like a little 'ambivalence' Rev. Adam J. Copeland, a member of the faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, loves Fargo. He just doesn't subscribe to the apparent journalism commandment: "Thou shalt speak no ill of Fargo." http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/in-fargo-nothing-says-love-like-a-little-ambivalence/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:20:40 -0500 A mother's teaching saves a girl by the side of the road No matter what happens the rest of the way, Tracy Adams can well be considered one great mother. She's the mother of the sixth-grader who was standing by the side of the road in Hawick, Minnesota, when the school bus pulled up and this happened. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/a-mothers-teaching-saves-a-girl-by-the-side-of-the-road/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:08:46 -0500 With lottery veto, Dayton avoids tough questions In his veto letter, again posted after business hours on his website, Dayton characterized the Lottery as a "service," rather than the "get rich quick" behemoth that seeks to confiscate as much money as it can from the people most likely to fall for the schemes. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/with-lottery-veto-dayton-avoids-tough-questions/?refid=0 Sat, 31 May 2014 11:11:59 -0500 Spelling bee: Rare co-champions and an online star Congratulations to Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, who shared the championship of the Scripps spelling bee. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/misspell-for-the-show-spell-for-the-dough/?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 12:03:21 -0500 Hunt underway for WWII vet's stolen medals Odin Stutrud, 94, survived the rigors of the United States Army from 1942 to 1946, including fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands campaign in World War II. It's some jerks (or jerk) in Wahpeton who have him steamed. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/hunt-underway-for-94-year-old-vets-stolen-medals/?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 07:15:43 -0500 Green Line schedule lowering travel time Transit officials insisted that once the trains were timed with traffic lights along the route, the travel time would come down. And, apparently they have, but not as much as they'd hoped. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/green-line-schedule-lowering-travel-time/?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 15:25:13 -0500 The biggest blunder in Minn. sports history? David Ortiz If the Minnesota Twins' releasing David Ortiz on Dec. 16, 2002 isn't the biggest blunder in the history of Minnesota sports, what is? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/the-biggest-blunder-in-minnesota-sports-history-david-ortiz/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 11:28:47 -0500 Target responds to disgruntled employee These are not happy times for Team Target at the headquarters in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/target-responds-to-disgruntled-employee/?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 11:45:30 -0500 At Union Depot, a celebration of a failed transportation option Today is a big day at Union Depot where Amtrak will make its first passenger stop since the time when it was actually a dependable mode of transportation. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/at-union-depot-a-celebration-of-a-failed-transportation-option/?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 12:12:22 -0500 Canadiens win over Bruins prompts racist tweets Take a sport played predominantly by whites and followed by predominantly white fans, add a city with a racist reputation, and mix in some social media and you have the ugly result in Boston this week when the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins began their playoff series. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/black-hockey-player-brings-out-the-burning-crosses-on-twitter/?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2014 14:49:40 -0500 Senate panel strips smoking from medical marijuana bill Members of the Health and Human Services Finance Division advanced the measure today on a divided voice vote. Under the amended bill, approved patients would not be able to smoke marijuana for the treatment of medical conditions, but they could vaporize it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/senate-panel-strips-smoking-from-medical-marijuana-bill/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 11:55:53 -0500 Waseca: Lucky breaks, God's intervention, or the degradation of our culture? What if someone hadn't seen John LaDue go into a storage locker and close the door behind him and think to herself, "that's strange. I should call the cops"? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/waseca-lucky-breaks-gods-intervention-or-the-degradation-of-our-culture/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 11:38:19 -0500 When it comes to a big heart, a Minnesota little town shines At last official count, there were only 699 residents of Hendricks, Minn., aka "The Little Town By the Lake," so the idea of a "flash mob" isn't a practical notion, especially given the weather these days. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/04/when-it-comes-to-a-big-heart-a-minnesota-little-town-shines/?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 11:20:36 -0500 Drivers give up avoiding potholes Somewhere potholes are being filled on heavily-traveled roads, but good luck finding where. You can't fill potholes in the rain, which has served the coup de grace on most roads that still could be called roads. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/05/drivers-give-up-avoiding-potholes/?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 11:18:14 -0500 Poll: Minnesotans not in a bragging mood People here don't know how good they've got it. That much seems clear by virtue of a new Gallup poll that shows only 61 percent of the people surveyed here think Minnesota is "one of the best possible states to live." http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/04/poll-minnesotans-not-in-a-bragging-mood/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:09:54 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court adds pressure to fix sexual offender system The court today overturned the indefinite civil commitment of Cedrick Ince, who served time for two rapes as a teenager and was civilly committed by Sibley County. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/04/minn-supreme-court-ruling-ups-the-pressure-to-fix-sexual-offender-system/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:51:45 -0500 Mankato players refusing to play for coach Minnesota State University, Mankato football players refused to suit up and said they want interim coach Aaron Keen to keep the job he got after Hoffner's firing, according to the Mankato Free Press. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/04/mankato-players-refusing-to-play-for-coach/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:28:27 -0500 Mn. Supreme Court: Juvenile who raped, murdered Woodbury teen will never get out of prison Tony Roman Nose, who was 17 when he stabbed and raped 18-year-old Jolene ­Stuedemann in her home in 2000, will not be getting out of prison ever, the divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/04/mn-supreme-court-juvenile-who-raped-murdered-woodbury-teen-will-never-get-out-of-prison/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:37:46 -0500 City of Austin kills logo inspired by Spam It was a functional logo that would've worked well if a sardine plant also relocated to the city. But, alas, the rollout of the new logo was a dud and it lasted just three weeks before the Austin City Council voted down the idea, according to the Austin Daily Herald. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/04/austin-kills-spam-inspired-logo/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:22:55 -0500 New trial for St. Paul priest convicted under clergy abuse law For the second time, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a St. Paul priest and ordered a new trial on charges he took advantage of a vulnerable woman he was counseling. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/04/new-trial-for-saint-paul-priest-convicted-under-clergy-abuse-law/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:21:25 -0500 Report: Timberwolves owner to buy Star Tribune Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, former legislator, and owner of companies in the wedding invitation printing business, is nearing a final agreement with the paper, according to the business newsletter, Business Take. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/timberwolves-owner-to-buy-star-tribune/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:36:31 -0500 MNsure reaches enrollment goal. Sort of MNsure, the state health care insurance exchange, has exceeded its "goal" of signing up 135,000 people by April 1. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/mnsure-reaches-enrollment-goal-sort-of/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:01:22 -0500 Video: Today's crashes on the Mendota Bridge Joe Mueller was in the right spot at a bad time today when a series of collisions closed the westbound lanes of the Mendota Bridge during a snowstorm. He was able to film the crashes that involved an estimated 60 vehicles. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/video-mendota-bridge-crashes/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:46:38 -0500 Lynx out, Mayo in on team jerseys The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA today became the first team to wipe its name off its jerseys and sell the space to an advertiser, in this case the Mayo Clinic. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/lynx-out-mayo-in-on-team-jerseys/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:15:59 -0500 Watch this Wild homecoming for a soldier At Xcel Center on Tuesday night, Jamie Jenn of Crystal thought she was taking part in an intermission contest, guessing what player Erik Haula said was the biggest surprise in Minnesota. It turned out to be her husband, Nick, who's been stationed in Kuwait. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/a-wild-homecoming-for-a-soldier/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:56:31 -0500 Warm weather ushers in ice monster season With the warmer temperatures, we eagerly await the attack of the ice monsters on the larger lakes in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/warm-weather-ushers-in-ice-monster-season/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:30:09 -0500 Minn. lawmaker's NBA tweet called racist "State Rep. Pat Garofolo disappeared quickly from Twitter Sunday night after his tweet above started zipping around the Internet," writes Bob Collins on News Cut. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/minnesota-state-reps-tweet-earns-him-racist-badge/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:31:11 -0500 Three young Minnesotans head for international music stage Carnegie Hall has announced that 120 musicians from 33 states will make up the National Youth Orchestra on its eight-stop tour beginning in July. Among the musicians are Arjun Ganguly of St. Cloud, Minn., Emma Richman of Minneapolis and Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/06/three-young-minnesotans-head-for-international-music-stage?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:50:00 -0600 Show me your property tax statement In light of the state's surplus, politicians are waging a debate on whether to spend it or return it to taxpayers. It's a fun -- and academic -- debate to watch unfold as both sides perform definition gymnastics to frame the numbers in a way that benefits them. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/show-me-your-property-tax-statement/?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 09:26:04 -0600 Metric is Minnesota's favorite band? Really? TV news hosts were pretty excited about the above map this morning. But MPR News' Bob Collins says Metric is not Minnesota's favorite band. People in Minnesota tend to listen to Metric more often than other states because that's what the creator of the map was trying to show. Read Collins's full story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/26/metric-is-minnesota-s-favorite-band-really?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:50:00 -0600 Hudson, Wis. becomes face of country's growing heroin problem The New York Times today says heroin, much of it from Mexico, has found its way from the southwest to America's small towns. In Hudson, there were seven fatal overdoses in eight months. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/02/does-the-health-care-law-work-who-knows-5x8-21114/#2?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:53:12 -0600 Trivial matters to consume St. Cloud this weekend For the next 50 or so hours, starting at 5 p.m. this afternoon, this is the kind of question that will prevent hundreds of people across the country from getting any sleep, and makes St. Cloud the center of the trivia universe. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/02/trivial-matters-to-consume-st-cloud-this-weekend/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:41:06 -0600 Last days of the Monarch butterfly Despite my best attempts with butterfly gardens and milkweed, the grand total number of Monarch butterflies I saw last summer: 1. It was quite a moment. That's not terribly surprising since conservation experts warned us that the number of Monarchs at their Mexico winter home was quite low. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/last-days-of-the-monarch-butterfly/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:09:04 -0600 Video: Pond hockey binds 'Legends of the Isles' This is a really great film posted on Vimeo this week. Watch it at least long enough to get to the story of what happened to the ashes of one of the friends. This is Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/legends-of-the-isles/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:07:41 -0600 Today's proof the Internet is real: 18-year Minnesota mystery solved When Janna Holm's grandmother, Dorothy died from cancer in Shakopee 18 years ago, she left behind a small stack of index cards covered in coded letters. Janna tried to decode them as a kid, but she says she didn't get anywhere. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/todays-proof-the-internet-is-real-18-year-minnesota-mystery-solved/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:19:52 -0600 Classical MPR host gives up dream of climbing mountain Classical Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young raises an interesting question today: What drives us to do things that might kill us? How do we decide when to stop doing it? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/mpr-host-gives-up-dream-of-climbing-mountain/?refid=0 Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:35:25 -0600 Malware used in Target breach identified The former Washington Post reporter who broke the news that Target's computers had been hacked has published the most detailed account yet of how hackers stole the data of millions of Target shoppers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/reporter-identifies-malware-used-in-target-breach/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:06:48 -0600 With new hire, everything's coming up Vikings On social media this afternoon, Vikings fans appear to be riding high (by whatever definition you want to ascribe to that phrase) after the team apparently cut a deal for a new coach. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/everythings-coming-up-vikings/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:06:51 -0600 Jet crash shows why Aspen airport is among most dangerous A private jet crashed while attempting a second landing in Aspen this afternoon, at least one of the three people on the plane died. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/aspen-jet-crash-shows-why-its-among-nations-deadliest-airports/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:59:49 -0600 Kluwe returns with a blast at his former team Chris Kluwe came back today in a big way with a Deadspin column - I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot - that blasts his former employers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/kluwe-returns-with-a-blast-at-his-former-team/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:24:55 -0600 Court rejects protection for fired security guard A divided Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected protection for a former security guard who says she was fired in retaliation for filing for unemployment benefits after her hours were cut. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/fired-for-seeking-jobless-aid-security-guard-loses-minn-supreme-court-fight/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:31:09 -0600 The fire: Before and after A quick before-and-after of today's fire in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/01/fire-before-and-after/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 17:16:05 -0600 US soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2013: 127 While the rest of the world says goodbye to a year, a family in Massachusetts said goodbye today to a son and husband. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/with-relatively-little-notice-soldiers-still-dying-in-afghanistan/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:53:43 -0600 Six takeaways from the NSA ruling The question of whether the National Security Agency's massive collection of telephone data is legal is likely heading for the Supreme Court after today's ruling from a federal judge in New York that it's constitutional. Here are six things to know about the ruling. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/six-takeaways-from-the-nsa-ruling/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:37:00 -0600 Delta sold fares for $5 today, mistakenly Timing is everything. If you were searching the Delta Airlines website today, maybe you were one of the lucky ones to get a flight for $5. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/the-short-life-of-the-5-delta-fare/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:43:42 -0600 Court upholds 'drive drunk and lose your car' law A divided Minnesota Supreme Court today upheld a state law that allows a city or county to seize and sell an automobile if the person driving it was driving drunk. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/court-upholds-minnesotas-drive-drunk-and-lose-your-car-law/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:38:48 -0600 Let's review: What's the 1st Amendment say? Many Americans, this week's news stories confirm, don't have a clue what the First Amendment says or what it means. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/ducks-dixie-chicks-racist-mascots-and-the-first-amendment/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:12:04 -0600 In suburban isolation, 'cookie lady' built community at the school bus stop On the day Anne Tabat was born, her grandmother gave her a cookie recipe book. She's been "the cookie lady" ever since. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/in-suburban-isolation-cookie-lady-built-community-at-the-school-bus-stop/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:20:09 -0600 The toxic mix of health care and politics It's been a few months since Minnesota's health exchange website went live on the Internet and there's only a week left until the cutoff to apply for coverage that starts on Jan. 1. The politicians involved have let themselves get into a particularly nasty pickle: If they admit the obvious, their political careers are at stake. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/killing-health-care-with-a-thousand-paper-cuts-5x8-121813/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:07:23 -0600 Why a judge derailed phone records spying At least for now, the mass collection of phone records is an unreasonable search under the Constitution, federal judge Richard Leon ruled today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/why-a-judge-derailed-phone-records-spying/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:54:53 -0600 NewsCut: The myth of drug addicts on welfare Bob Collins writes that the new state law to drug test people who receive welfare benefits provides a perfect case study in how the Minnesota Capitol can be a fact-free zone when setting public policy. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/the-myth-of-the-welfare-receiving-drug-addict-5x8-121613/#1?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:08:56 -0600 The Black Friday retail reality: Public relations It's that time of the year, when the business media turns its journalistic role over to the public relations department of the business communities. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/12/the-myth-of-holiday-retail-sales-stories/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:31:29 -0600 Minnesota Supreme Court issues a $1 million definition of 'community' The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a business owner is not entitled to any more money from Dakota County than he was given when his property was taken by eminent domain. It did so largely on this question: What is a "community?" http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/minnesota-supreme-court-issues-a-1-million-definition-of-community/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:44:38 -0600 And then GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys lived happily ever after In the face of increasing bad publicity, GoldieBlox announced that it's dropping its lawsuit against the Beastie Boys for the right to use the song "Girls." http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/and-then-goldieblox-and-the-beastie-boys-lived-happily-ever-after/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:38:48 -0600 Duluth TV audience demands to see its news anchors freezing like everyone else At the Christmas City of the North parade in Duluth, Northland News Center anchors bundled up in parkas to cover the parade live. But they weren't actually at the parade. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/duluth-tv-audience-demands-to-see-its-news-anchors-freezing-like-everyone-else/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:19:45 -0600 A place in the Twin Cities that stinks. Literally The area around Highway 61 and Interstate 494 in Newport-South St. Paul might be the most foul-smelling location in the Twin Cities. On the Newport side a recycling facility and an oil refinery fills in the odorous gaps that a wastewater plant and a bulk terminal leave in the senses. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/when-cities-stink-gavins-belt-and-an-old-man-with-an-older-gun-5x8-112613/#1?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:33:21 -0600 Timberjay newspaper loses fight for open data The Minnesota Supreme Court took some bite out of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act when it ruled today that contracts between private firms doing business for a government entity can remain confidential. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/tower-timberjay-loses-gutsy-fight-for-open-data/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:43:04 -0600 A woman's place in the space station When is the last time you heard a male astronaut asked how he could leave his children home to spend time aboard the International Space Station? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/a-womans-place-in-the-space-station/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:57:12 -0600 'Batkid' takes San Francisco's heart In San Francisco, today, thousands of people turned out to fulfill a wish of Miles, 5, who's had lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old. His cancer is in remission and he told Make-A-Wish he wanted to continue living his life "heroically." http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/batkid-takes-san-franciscos-heart/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:37:08 -0600 'Weather ball' returning to Mpls., sans ball The Northwestern Bank weatherball was hailed as the tallest illuminated sign between Chicago and the West Coast when it was constructed in 1949 and became the icon of downtown Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/vanishing-icons-dinkytown-and-the-low-percentage-of-african-americans-on-campuses-5x8-111513/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:46:51 -0600 Socially conscious grocer leaves the business The Rivertown Market on Wabasha in downtown Saint Paul is changing hands. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/grocers-with-a-soft-spot-for-the-poor-leaving-the-business/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:54:30 -0600 Photos: Dispatches from The Philippines The constant stream of images, though, can desensitize us with the magnitude of the devastation. It can make us turn away. Here are a few that focus on such small items that their impact is huge. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/dispatches-from-the-philippines/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:01:38 -0600 Court: Law against clergy sex consitutional The Minnesota Supreme Court today overturned a Court of Appeals ruling that granted a new trial for a St. Paul priest who said religious doctrine was used in his prosecution in violation of the U.S. Constitution. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/court-conviction-of-priest-did-not-violate-constitution/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:43:03 -0600 News Cut Quiz: Beat the blogger Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention. Please report your score in the comments section. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/11/the-quiz/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 09:09:57 -0600 Supreme Court: Warrant not needed in drunk driving tests Under Minnesota's "implied consent" law, drivers are considered to have consented to sobriety testing. People can talk to an attorney, but that right can't be used to delay testing until a driver sobers up. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/10/supreme-court-warrant-not-needed-in-drunk-driving-tests/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:38:37 -0500 Should climate change deniers be censored? Climate change is a scientific fact. Misinformation about those facts -- some of it intentional, some of it not -- has stalled planetary action. What should a news editor do about that? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/10/5-x-8-should-climate-change-deniers-be-censored/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:47:57 -0500 Minnesota's teacher of the year decries 'tyranny of the 1 percent' In a speech during the annual Education Minnesota conference last week put Minnesota Teacher of the Year Megan Olivia Hall said "From where I stand, teachers are the last line of defense against the tyranny of the 1 percent." This comment has put her in the line of fire. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/10/minnesotas-teacher-of-the-year-decries-tyranny-of-the-1-percent/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:50:00 -0500 Goodbye, Jerabek's: Century-old St. Paul bakery closes its doors Jerabek's New Bohemian Bakery suddenly closed both of its Saint Paul locations yesterday. Owners Russell Spangler, Ronda Vincent and John Wills broke the news on Facebook. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/10/goodbye-jerabeks-century-old-st-paul-bakery-closes-its-doors/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:57:12 -0500 The roots of the ADHD epidemic Maggie Koerth-Baker considers the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder "epidemic" and writes this week that it's not hard to figure out why nearly 11 percent of children 4-17 have received an ADHD diagnosis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/10/5-x-8-how-sociological-factors-lead-to-an-adhd-diagnosis/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:18:27 -0500 WWII vets to politicians: 'Get out of my way' Time is running out for World War II vets to visit their memorial in Washington; they don't have time for the politicians to grow, act like adults, and govern the nation in a responsible way. They barreled through the barricades today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/10/wwii-vets-to-politicians-get-out-of-my-way/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:28:36 -0500 Another year of losing likely for Twins in '14 The Minnesota Twins are reportedly taking a step toward assuring there'll be no more of the same old losing at Target Field today by continuing more of the same in the manager's office. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/09/another-year-of-losing-likely-for-twins-in-14/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:20:37 -0500 Bosnian refugee in Winona wins White House recognition The White House will honor Fatima Said of Winona on Thursday as part of its Constitution Week and Citizenship Day observances. Said is executive director for Project FINE, a nonprofit organization that is focused on integrating newcomers through education. She knows what it's like to be a newcomer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/09/5-x-8-the-people-who-change-things/#1?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:38:15 -0500 In the mining debate, whose Iron Range is it? Should people who live near the BWCA have a greater say in a proposal to increase mining in the area than people who might visit someday? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/09/5-x-8-whose-iron-range-is-it/#1?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:08:53 -0500 Less work, more play means better grades in Finland While the U.S. continues to spend more time prepping kids for standardized testing, Finland has one of the most successful public education systems on the planet, partly because it sends kids out for an hour of play no matter what the weather. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/09/5-x-8-the-key-to-smarter-kids-more-play/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:03:02 -0500 Devotion over decades: Pictures of a perfect marriage There's an obituary today of Annette and Leonard Pupkes of Omaha, who moved to Arden Hills a few months ago to be closer to family. They were married for 63 years. He died first earlier this month; she followed several hours later. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/devotion-over-decades-pictures-of-a-perfect-marriage/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:07:36 -0500 Newscut: Listen to 'I Have a Dream' in full The speech is rarely broadcast in its entirety, so many people have never heard it. This would be a good day to hear the speech that was supposed to go only 4 minutes. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/5-x-8-the-speech-50/#1?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:03:12 -0500 Gunshots and surrender: The sound of our dying neighborhoods NewsCut: In July, neighbors gathered in North Minneapolis (above) to rally against gun violence. Last week, a beating on St. Paul's East Side left neighbors begging officials to do something -- anything. Unless something changes, 2013 in the Twin Cities may be the summer when people and politicians gave up and ceded their neighborhoods to the gangs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/the-sound-of-dying-neighborhoods/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:37:03 -0500 Court rules against man who wouldn't drive faster It's not often we hear of drivers frustrating law enforcement because they don't drive fast enough, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals today ruled the state has the right to strip the driver's license of anyone who refuses officers' orders to drive faster. The court ruled in the case of Gary Constans of Lester Prairie, who has been stopped numerous times for driving too slowly. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/court-rules-against-man-who-wouldnt-drive-faster/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:58:55 -0500 NewsCut: Health plan ads poke fun at Paul Bunyan, but Bemidji can't take a joke The humor-impaired state of Minnesota is in full bloom with this weekend's release of ads for MNsure, featuring the iconic Paul Bunyan and Babe characters. Bunyan, who can clear-cut forests and create 10,000 lakes, is quite the klutz, it turns out in the new campaign. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/health-plan-ads-poke-fun-at-paul-bunyan-but-bemidji-cant-take-a-joke/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:55:35 -0500 Luverne's Last Man Club binds WWII veterans Only nine members remain of the "Last Man Club," a group of veterans from a small southwestern Minnesota town. When the club is down to its last member, he will toast his brothers with a special bottle of bourbon. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/you-should-meet-the-last-men-of-luverne/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:48:54 -0500 'Money' best towns list loves Minn. suburbs Money Magazine has declared Chanhassen to be the fourth-best small town in which to live in the United States, just behind Sharon, Mass.; Louisville, Colo.; and Vienna, Va. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/best-places-in-minnesota-money-loves-cornfield-burbs/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:33:54 -0500 Why did Minn. leaders miss Wilf's legal woes? Do Minnesota politicians not know how to use Google? Absent a proper background check, a simple Google alert would've alerted the leaders as recently as April 2012 that the Wilf's New Jersey empire had been the target of a 21-year old lawsuit and a two-year-long trial. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/5-x-8-why-didnt-minnesota-leaders-know-about-wilfs-legal-woes/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:55:28 -0500 With 'Tiger Effect' over, cities left holding bags Back in the boom times of the '90s, the golf explosion brought on by Tiger Woods was too good to be true for many suburbs. It was a great deal for everyone until people stopped golfing. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/end-of-the-tiger-effect-leaves-cities-holding-the-bag/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:35:47 -0500 Nagasaki, Ernie Crippen, and the art of first-person history Sixty-eight years ago tomorrow, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, three days after it dropped one on Hiroshima. Not long after that, Ernie Crippen, of Buffalo, visited Nagasaki during a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Seabees. It was a scene among many he'll never forget. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/5-x-8-ernie-crippen-and-the-people-who-write-history/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:18:04 -0500 Walleye woes bring tough times to Mille Lacs It's a rough year to be a business owner depending on tourists around Lake Mille Lacs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/walleye-limit-woes-bring-tough-times-along-lake-mille-lacs/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:27:52 -0500 Not government dependent? Think again Ask most people if they benefit from a government "safety net" program, and most will say "no," according to Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark. But many of them do, she reports. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/5-x-8-you-may-be-more-government-dependent-than-you-think/#1?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 07:02:19 -0500 Why isn't Al Franken funny anymore? Many people - detractors, mostly - expected Al Franken to do for senatorial decorum what Jesse Ventura did for gubernatorial protocol in Minnesota. But Franken ended up being all serious and senator-like. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/why-isnt-al-franken-funny-anymore/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:46:08 -0500 Aerial photos: Last days of the 'Big Blue' bridge It must be tough being "Big Blue," the iconic old bridge in Hastings that for decades was the signature of the city. It's been replaced now by "Big Terracotta," a bigger, more convenient bridge for Highway 61. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/5-x-8-poverty-vs-cocaine-is-no-match/#2?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:22:58 -0500 Working with kids unlocks special ed teacher's 'unknown passion' Growing up in a family that struggled with mental illness, Wendy DeGeest knew something about the wayward ways of the human brain. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/the-special-education-teacher/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:46:46 -0500 Video:The tornadoes of Trempealeau It's been fairly quiet summer for tornadoes in Minnesota this year, a far cry from the predictions in the spring when tornadoes were striking tornado alley earlier than normal. But when the cold front swept by Trempeleau County, Wisc., yesterday , it provided some spectacular images and no damage. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/5-x-8-the-tornadoes-of-trempealeau/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:27:28 -0500 No racism controversy in new Cheerios ad The interracial couple served up by General Mills in its last ad for Cheerios is gone, but that doesn't mean the controversy is gone. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/5-x-8-summer-camp-letters/#5?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:51:39 -0500 Eagle dies in Duluth after talon entanglement For all the symbolism our national bird embodies, it can be a pretty delicate bird. The bald eagle that was rescued after crashing onto a tarmac at the Duluth airport has been found dead. In the May incident, it and another eagle got their talons tangled. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/death-of-an-eagle/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:56:05 -0500 U.S.-funded news coverage overseas no longer illegal stateside A ban on the United States delivering government-originated programming directly to its citizens has been quietly lifted and the Twin Cities Somali audience is one reason why, the journal Foreign Policy reports. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/u-s-funded-news-coverage-overseas-no-longer-illegal-in-u-s/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:29:18 -0500 Rain gardens challenge the suburban lawn culture Volunteers in the east metro are giving up part of their lawns for rain gardens, which, by design, filter runoff before it goes directly into the lake or gets there via groundwater. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/rain-gardens-challenge-the-suburban-lawn-culture/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:41:01 -0500 Video: How to wash your hair in space A lesson from Vining, Minn., native Karen Nyberg, who is aboard the International Space Station. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/07/5-x-8-does-gardy-need-to-go/#4?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:41:50 -0500 Minnesota eating Wisconsin's economic lunch In a report today, the Fed says Minnesota is rapidly catching up to Wisconsin in the total number of jobs. Wisconsin has been more populous than Minnesota but the gopher state is closing that gap too. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/06/minnesota-eating-wisconsins-economic-lunch/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:49:22 -0500 Filibuster derails proposed Texas abortion ban As midnight approached, nearly 6,000 tweets per minute were being posted about the filibuster, CNN reports. A YouTube live stream had almost 200,000 viewers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/06/5-x-8-brain-injuries-and-the-love-of-the-game/#3?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:22:57 -0500 The Low drone at Rock the Garden: What do artists owe you? What do musical artists owe an audience other than what they consider their art to be? In matters of rock music, the question goes as far back as 1965, when Bob Dylan went electric at Newport. The crowd hated it. And Saturday at Rock the Garden, a Low a set-opener from Low also met mixed reactions. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/06/what-do-artists-owe-you/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:18:39 -0500 Woman who drives drunk to avoid a beating loses license If you drive a car while intoxicated in order to avoid being beaten by your husband, you cannot avoid a drunk driving license revocation, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/06/woman-who-drives-drunk-to-avoid-a-beating-loses-license/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:51:53 -0500 Justices fume over MN Supreme Court ruling on sexual harassment case The Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected the argument that if an employer's sexually explicit behavior is extended to both women and men in the workplace, it's not sexual harassment under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/05/justices_fume_over_mn_supreme.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 11:47:51 -0500 Time for farmers to get the message Maybe it's time to think about doing things differently, farmers. You can't tell by Minnesota weather, but there's still a drought underway in the country, and that's bad news for many of the nation's farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/05/time_for_farmers_to_get_the_me.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 04 May 2013 11:59:28 -0500 News Cut: News quiz Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention. Please report your score in the comments section. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/04/stump-the-blogger_quiz.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Why is safety for cyclists so threatening? Curiously this week, the conversation has -- for the most part -- only been about the cyclist, and nothing about what can be done to make the environment in which they ride safer, which is too bad because the answer to that question is: a lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/04/why_is_safety_for_cyclists_so.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 News Cut: Weekly Quiz Here are 10 questions based on news events this week. Let's see how well you've paid attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/04/the_weekly_quiz_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:20:00 -0500 News Cut: 7 offbeat ideas to make St. Paul better The St. Paul Foundation is going to make someone $1 million richer if their idea for improving life in Saint Paul is selected. The organization has been collecting ideas with its Minnesota Idea Open and the entry period is closed and the suggestions are now posted. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/04/5x8_-_4413.shtml#1?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:49:33 -0500 Two airport towers to close in Minn. The FAA has now released the list of airport towers it intends to close on April 7th, due to the sequester cuts. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/03/two_airport_towers_to_close_in.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:50:31 -0500 Ojibwe women walking from Mississippi headwaters to Gulf Ojibwe women are walking with a pot of water from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/03/women_water_and_a_long_trail_a.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:58:26 -0500 Closed airport towers a potential 'calamity?' Not likely in Minn. Many of the air traffic control towers slated to close under "the sequester" are at airports without airline service. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/02/closed_airport_towers_a_potent.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:22:03 -0600 Court: Insulting doctor is protected speech The Minnesota Supreme Court has thrown out the case against a man for rating a doctor online. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/01/court_calling_a_doctor_a_tool.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:40:41 -0600 Court commits man under sexually dangerous person law The Minnesota Court of Appeals today provided a graphic account of why Minnesota locks up people after they've served their prison time under the theory that they might offend again. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/01/why_minnesota_has_a_sexually_d.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:43:34 -0600 MPR News Cut live-blogs the VP debate Pressure is on Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan to boost their respective campaigns. The nation watches as the two skilled politicians debate tonight in Danville, Ky. MPR's Bob Collins, of the News Cut blog, will cover the debate live. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/News_Cuts_Bob_Collins_live-blogs_the_VP_debate?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:53:08 -0500 The northwest angle to Key West Spending an hour with Daniel Alvarez of Tallahassee is a good way of increasing the odds you won't go back to work on Monday. He's living a life that can make people go chase their dreams. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/09/if_you_spend_monday_through.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:19:09 -0500 Flashing high beams is OK, Minn. court rules The Minnesota Court of Appeals today upheld your right to flash high beams at oncoming drivers. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/08/the_right_to_flash_high_beams.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:53:02 -0500 Minn. House weekly magazine ends The Session Weekly magazine published by the Minnesota House is ending publication after 29 years. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/07/goodbye_session_weekly.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:34:47 -0500 Has Target Field failed at its goal to make Twins competitive? The Twins home opener this afternoon is not generating as much excitement among fans this year, due to their 0-3 start on the road and their dismal season last year. One of the goals of the new Target Field is to raise more money for the team so it can pay more money for better players ... thus winning more games. Has that worked so far? /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/04/has_target_field_failed_at_its.shtml?utm_source=mprnews&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=blogstory?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:08:03 -0500 In search of my 1940 family We're a people who want to be connected to the people who came before. The fact that the 1940 Census website crashed yesterday under the crush of 37 million requests shows that we're looking for something. But what? News Cut writer Bob Collins went in search of information about his family and his hometown in Massachusetts. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/04/in_search_of_my_1940_family.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:11:51 -0500 Report: BWCA visitors older, more urban than before Is it a problem that the average age of a visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is approaching twice that of the average age in the 1960s? /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/03/the_aging_of_the_bwca_visitor.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:29:19 -0600 News Cut: You should meet Dick Bancroft Dick Bancroft of Sunfish Lake, is a self-taught photographer who says his art informs "the washed" about the victims who are left behind. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/02/you_should_meet_dick_bancroft.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:32:35 -0600 Gov. declares 'Gary Eichten Day' in Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared tomorrow "Gary Eichten Day" in Minnesota, to honor Eichten as he retires from Minnesota Public Radio after a 45-year career. Dayton presented Eichten with the proclamation during an appearance on the Midday program today. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/01/a_day_of_gary.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:42:31 -0600 Legislative committee hears from Minn. National Guard chief on suicides The head of the Minnesota National Guard today said his organization has been singled out for "unsubstantiated notoriety" over the number of military suicides. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/12/the_head_of_the_minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:22:55 -0600 The worthy people On The Road, the series that Charles Kuralt started, is back. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/10/the_worthy_people.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:41:33 -0500 News Cut: A day in the life of the harvest MPR's Bob Collins tagged along for a day with a southern Minnesota farmer during the fall harvest. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/10/a_day_in_the_life_of_the_harve.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:04:28 -0500 R.E.M. calls it quits after more than 30 years Reactions are usually the same when an iconic band splits. Why? Music provides the one link we have to a moment in our lives, writes Bob Collins on News Cut. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/09/rip_rem.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:28:47 -0500 Senser case hits a nerve Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, is facing charges of criminal vehicular homicide. Senser is accused of hitting Anousone Phanthavong with her car and killing him on the night of August 23. The complaint also says she left the scene of the accident. The charges were announced yesterday in Hennepin County Court. Senser is free on $150,000 bail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/collins?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:07:16 -0500 Roy McBride, the Minneapolis "street poet," dies He was the subject of a local documentary not long ago called "A Poet's Poet," has died. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/07/death_of_a_poets_poet.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:27:55 -0500 News Cut: Life after the 'mancession' Bernie Ockuly had a long career as a salesman and manager in the truck leasing business, survived 10 mergers, takeovers and countless management changes, except for one, the one that left him unemployed at age 56. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/06/life_after_the_mancession.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:55:45 -0500 Appeals Court upholds U of M's right to flunk a student The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a graduate student's lawsuit against the University of Minnesota for not refunding her tuition after flunking out of a course required for her master's degree. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/06/appeals_court_upholds_u_of_ms.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 12:16:37 -0500 For twister victims, a disaster specialist delivers a much-needed plan Julie Ovenhouse, an insurance adjuster, specializes in helping people recover from disasters. Her services are sorely needed in Minneapolis, where residents are trying to figure out what comes next. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/05/_julie_ovenhouses_life_is.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 09:28:23 -0500 Bob Collins surveys the north Minneapolis landscape Many of the tornado-damaged houses in north Minneapolis still had owners calling them home when Sunday's storm came through. Now, they're trying to figure out how they're going to move on in the days ahead. Bob Collins of the News Cut blog spent Wednesday taking to some people there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/crann-collins?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 19:50:13 -0500 Court: 'Disorderly conduct' protected by First Amendment Free speech trumps disorderly conduct. That's the bottom line of a case from the Minnesota Court of Appeals today which has ruled that two animal rights protesters had every right to chant loudly and even threaten violence against the mother of a fur store owner. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/05/court_disorderly_conduct_prote.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 12:40:21 -0500 News Cut: 'The quaint artifact of name recognition' "Celebrity candidates," knowing they can't win, have the luxury of saying outrageous things, get coverage for saying outrageous things, raise their profile because of the coverage, show up in polls, and then get more coverage because they show up in the polls. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/04/the_quaint_artifact_of_name_re.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:38:16 -0500 Appeals Court: Cirrus not responsible for plane crash that killed two The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling that held Duluth-based Cirrus Design responsible for teaching people who buy its airplanes how to fly it safely. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/04/appeals_court_cirrus_not_respo.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:34:30 -0500 News Cut: The week-in-revew quiz It's been a very busy week in the news business. Take a quiz on News Cut put together by Bob Collins to see how much you were able to absorb. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/04/the_week-in-revew_quiz.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:02:53 -0500 News Cut: FAA to add air traffic controllers with nothing to do The FAA has moved to solve the problem of sleeping air traffic controllers today by announcing 27 airports will now have two controllers in the tower during the overnight shift. Their primary job appears to be keeping the other controller awake. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/04/faa_to_add_air_traffic_control.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:15:58 -0500 Telling the human stories behind the Red River flood The Red River is expected to crest at 39 to 40 feet in Fargo - Moorhead on Sunday. Residents there are cautiously optimistic that the work they've done to hold back the flood waters will protect their property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/collins?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 11:20:46 -0500 Employee mistake not enough to lose unemployment, court rules Being fired for making an inadvertent mistake at work is not a reason for losing the right to unemployment benefits, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/04/employee_mistake_not_enough_to.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:42:07 -0500 News Cut blogger Bob Collins's take on the news News the rest of us might miss has a way of getting Bob Collins thinking. Bob writes the popular News Cut blog at MPR.org. Cathy Wurzer spoke to him about what caught his eye in headlines this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/collinsnewscut?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:25:24 -0500 Live blog: Dayton's budget release Gov. Mark Dayton is releasing his two-year plan to rein in Minnesota's $6.2 million budget. MPR's Bob Collins is live-blogging the release from Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/02/live_gov_daytons_budget.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0600 Couple gives up fight against Red River, leaves Riverview Circle Bruce and Vikki Johnson have decided to take a buyout and move out of their Moorhead home in advance of this spring's flood season. News Cut writer Bob Collins recalls the time he spent with the Johnsons during the flood of '09, when they decided to stay in their home and fight the rising Red River. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/02/leaving_riverview_circle.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:04:11 -0600 News Cut: The rush to cut child protection The Minnesota Senate today turned down a bid to prevent cuts in child protection funding in the state. Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, tried to amend a larger bill that cuts almost $1 billion in state spending. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/02/the_rush_to_cut_child_protecti.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:46:39 -0600 Supreme Court hands dairy farmers a win A divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today that two Wabasha County farmers can seek money from an electric utility, whose stray voltage, they say, has caused their cows to give out less milk. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/01/supreme_court_hands_dairy_farm.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:23:06 -0600 News Cut: Fact-checking Pawlenty With his new book out, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is making the national media circuit, and providing ample opportunity for the people back home to fact check him. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/01/fact-checking_pawlenty.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:29:55 -0600 Mental health should be part of talk post-Arizona shooting A lot of the reaction to Saturday's shootings in Tucson has focused on whether angry political rhetoric can fuel this kind of violence. Bob Collins has been writing about the tragedy from a different point of view. Bob is the author of the NewsCut blog at MPRNews.org. He's written that this event raises questions about how our society deals with people who have mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/bobcollins?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:57:19 -0600 News Cut: Should Minnesota's nuclear moratorium be lifted? It may be, perhaps, symbolic that one of the first bills at the Legislature this year to get consideration in committee was the bill to lift the state's moratorium on new nuclear power plants. A similar bill failed last session. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/01/it_may_be_perhaps_symbolic.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:20:11 -0600 Court reinstates big tobacco case in Minnesota The Minnesota Court of Appeals Tuesday reinstated portions of a nearly 10-year-old class action lawsuit against Philip Morris that claims the company fraudulently marketed Marlboro Lights as a safer cigarette. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/12/big_tobacco_case_reinstated_in.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:52:48 -0600 News Cut: Reports of a housing rebound have been greatly exaggerated The Twin Cities housing prices are in a nosedive. Again. The Case Shiller Index, which measures the resale values of homes, dropped another 1.9% in October from September, according to the report released this morning. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/12/reports_of_a_housing_rebound_h.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:40:10 -0600 NTSB issues report on 2009 plane crash near Mahnomen The National Transportation Safety Board has determined what caused the crash of an airplane a year ago in Clearwater County. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/12/ntsb_issues_report_on_2009_pla.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:45:14 -0600 U.S. Census Bureau releasing 2010 data today The Census Bureau is presenting its results of the 2010 census, including how the population shift may/may not affect states' representation in Congress, at 10 a.m. CT. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/12/census_live.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:21:27 -0600 News Cut: Life as we didn't know it Carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulfur and phosphorus have long been considered essential for life. But scientists have discovered a strange bacteria that can use arsenic as one of its nutrients. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/12/life_as_we_didnt_know_it.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:01:59 -0600 End of the road for I-35W bridge lawsuit Years after completion of the replacement for the collapsed I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected a claim by companies that lost out in the bidding process. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/10/end_of_the_road_for_i-35w_brid.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:18:18 -0500 Live-blogging the gubernatorial debate MPR's Bob Collins in live-blogging the gubernatorial debate on Midmorning including fact checking and discussion from our political team. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/10/live-blogging_the_midmorning_g.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:02:29 -0500 News Cut: Why don't Hispanic voters vote? The Pew Center, which puts out a dizzying number of surveys, is out with one today that claims Hispanic voters are less likely to vote in the upcoming election than they were in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/10/why_dont_hispanic_voters_vote.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:21:24 -0500 NTSB examining near-collision over Minneapolis Federal regulators say they're investigating the near-collision of a US Airways jet and a small cargo plane over Minneapolis. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/09/near_midair_over_msp.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:34:34 -0500 Court rules against suspect with baggy pants A somewhat unusual case decided by the Minnesota Court of Appeals Tuesday, involving a suspect whose baggy pants fell to his knees when he was arrested. The police officer pulled his pants up, and felt a gun in his pocket. The court ruled today that did not constitute an illegal search. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/09/hands_up_pants_down.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:59:38 -0500 Report links severe weather to global warming A report issued today by Environment Minnesota said "extreme weather" is likely the result of a warming planet. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/09/report_links_severe_weather_to.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 14:52:52 -0500 News Cut: Live blogging the DFL debate The three DFL candidates for governor are debating one last time this evening before Tuesday's primary will eliminate two of them from the race. Bob Collins live-blogs the DFL gubernatorial debate at the Fitzgerald Theater, sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio News. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/08/live-blogging_the_dfl_debate.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2010 19:02:05 -0500 News Cut: a fresh eye on today's stories Bob Collins, author of MPR's News Cut blog, joins us on the air with his take on today's news. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:55:17 -0500 News Cut: The Vikings stadium bill Today, a Vikings stadium bill was born, with just a few weeks left in the 2010 session of the Minnesota Legislature. Proponents are citing the relatively low cost of interest rates and construction costs, saying waiting would cost $50 million. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/05/the_vikings_stadium_bill.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 10:02:46 -0500 Fees raise the ire of Newscut blogger Spirit Airlines is dropping some fares down to a penny. Beyond that penny, all the customer has to pay is the $52 fuel fee, and $45 dollars to travel with luggage, and a $40-per-year membership fee. Oh, and $19 in taxes, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/newscut?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 08:58:00 -0500 News Cut: Final word on Census letter News Cut's Bob Collins follows up with Census Bureau officials about how they'd save $510 million by sending out the letter with advance warning that Census forms would arrive next week. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/03/final_word_on_the_census_lette.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 10:55:18 -0600 Newscut blogger highlights census two-step You probably have not received your census form in the mail quite yet, but most American households have received an "advance letter" from the Census. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/newscut?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:57:27 -0600 Newscut: Letters that make no census Letters are being sent to every household in America this week warning that a census form will soon follow. Newscut's Bob Collins roughly calculates just how expensive the mass-letter was. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/03/letters_that_makes_no_census.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 11:38:31 -0600 The appliance rebate program postscript The Minnesota Appliance Rebate Program, funded by $5 million in federal stimulus money, closed just 24 hours after it began. News Cut's Bob Collins was on Morning Edition to talk about why it was so popular in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/03/the_appliance_rebate_program_p.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 08:58:30 -0600 Billboard with Bush spurs debate rehash If you travel much on I-35 about 30 miles north of the Twin Cities, check out a billboard ad you can see when driving southbound. It comes up just before you get to Wyoming, Minnesota -- about 30 miles north of St. Paul. On the billboard is a smiling photo of former president George W. Bush. Next to him, the words asks a simple question "Miss Me Yet?" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/collins?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:01:13 -0600 Bush billboard asks 'Miss me yet?' A billboard featuring former President George Bush asks the question "Miss me yet?" /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/02/billboard_mystery_partly_revea.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 12:26:40 -0600 Respect for the game The girls of Wrenshall High School's basketball team lost a game to Moose Lake 65-0 in December. They have every right to be dispirited, but amazingly, they're not. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/02/wrenshall.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 15:50:00 -0600 Safety on big vs. small airlines Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins writes our NewsCut Blog. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about two levels of safety that he sees on commercial airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/03/collins?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 10:31:45 -0600 News Cut's Bob Collins talks sports and Vikings stadium News Cut blogger Bob Collins has been exploring a few stories from the world of sports, from NFL playoff football on one end of the spectrum to girls' high school basketball on the other. He talked with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/bobcollins?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:52:51 -0600 News Cut in New Orleans: A friendly rivalry As the NFC Championship game approached, it wasn't hard to find New Orleans Saints fans embracing their Minnesota Vikings counterparts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/?refid=0 Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:12:43 -0600 Pilots of wayward flight identified The Metropolitan Airports Commission has identified the two Northwest pilots who overflew the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport by 150 miles Wednesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/nwa-pilots?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:00:07 -0500 News Cut: Audio from pilot of stranded airplane The captain of an airliner stranded overnight on an airport tarmac in Rochester, Minn. pleaded unsuccessfully for her 47 passengers to be allowed to get off and go inside a terminal. News Cut has the audio of the pilot's conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/08/mesaba_faulted_in_stranding_of.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:07:39 -0500 News Cut: Minnesota Weekend It's time for the annual "Minnesota Weekend" photo show on News Cut. Take your camera with you this weekend, take a picture of something uniquely Minnesota and send it in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/newscut_weekend_in_minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:43:28 -0500 News Cut Video: Flying over the Fargo-Moorhead flood area The Civil Air Patrol did an aerial damage assessment on Friday afternoon, March 28, 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/03/saving_riverview_circle_taking.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2009 12:09:50 -0500 Video: Riverview Circle fights city hall The stream of water that has everyone concerned in the Moorhead neighborhood isn't coming from the dike, it turns out; it's coming from a storm drain the city hasn't plugged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/video_riverviewfight?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 15:00:11 -0500 News Cut families move out of flooding homes News Cut blogger Bob Collins gives us an update on the families who live on Riverview Circle in Moorhead, who were told to evacuate their homes last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/newscut?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:38:00 -0500 Video: Return to Riverview Circle, after the evacuation MPR's Bob Collins returned to the Riverview Circle neighborhood in Moorhead this morning, after residents were told to evacuate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/video_riverview?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 10:31:22 -0500 Video: The last-minute fight As a Code Red was issued this afternoon, signifying an evacuation is possible from Riverfront Circle, and the surrounding neighborhoods, the Morses and John Brummer were not giving up. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/03/video_the_last-minute_fight.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:24:51 -0500 Saving Riverview Circle: Back to the wall With the order to raise the sandbag levee by another foot, News Cut writer Bob Collins couldn't imagine anyone having the gumption to get back out and sling sandbags. There's a lot of gumption in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/03/saving_riverview_circle_back_t.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:41:28 -0500 NewsCut blog: the view from Rivershore Drive Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins is blogging from the Red River Valley. He talked to Tom Crann about the amazing group of volunteers he met along Rivershore Drive in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/floods/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 18:24:20 -0500 Video: Breckenridge prepares for flood Volunteers scurry to build a floodwall and a dike across the main entry into the city of Breckenridge, Minn., from North Dakota as the Red River contiues to rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/breckenridge_flood?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 09:59:00 -0500 NewsCut: Voter ID law fails to pass House committee A House committee held a hearing this morning on a bill that would require a state-issued photo ID to vote in an election. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/02/live-blogging_should_you_be_re.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:28:38 -0600 News Cut: Leaders of Minneapolis mosque deny suggestions they recruited youth to fight About two dozen people presented a spirited defense of a Minneapolis mosque against rumors it had something to do with the disappearance of an estimated seven to 20 Somali boys, who may have returned to Somalia to fight on behalf of Islamic extremists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/02/leaders_of_minneapolis_mosque.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:06:49 -0600 NewsCut on Campus: MCTC Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins continues his multi-week "college tour" to hear how students are dealing with the economic downturn. This week, Bob introduces us to students from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/news_cut_on_campus/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 20:35:03 -0600 News Cut: Salmonella outbreak traced to peanut butter The Minnesota Department of Public Health has cracked the cause of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella poisoning. It's from peanut butter delivered to nursing homes, hospitals and schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/01/minnesota_health_agency_cracks.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 19:02:55 -0600 News Cut: The second-chance diploma Twenty-three former addicts graduated from the Hennepin County Drug Court on Thursday. It's a program that has proven its worth, but still has its own struggles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/01/graduation_day.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 15:35:23 -0600 News Cut: Starting over Who donated $1 million to help the victims of a devastating Burnsville fire remains a secret. But MPR's News Cut introduces us to other people who are helping put the victims' lives back together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/12/starting_over.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 15:12:29 -0600 Discussion: How to celebrate the new I-35W bridge opening Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins asks: How do you celebrate the year-long effort to recover from a tragedy? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/09/discussion_how_to_celebrate_th.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 18:54:28 -0500 News Cut: Meet delegate Radar There are lots of celebrities in Denver this week. While this delegate from Iowa may not be getting the limo treatment, he is famous in his own right: he was the inspiration for Radar in the "M.A.S.H." movie. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/08/denver_diaries_radar_jumps_the?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:07:36 -0500 News Cut: Denver diaries News Cut blogger Bob Collins is in Denver, covering the Democratic National Convention, and giving us his behind-the-scenes look at what's going on there. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:51:39 -0500 News Cut: A snapshot of Minnesota When it comes to diversity, the DFL delegation to the national convention outranks the Republicans. But when it comes to reflecting the racial/ethnic makeup of Minnesota, the Republicans come closer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/08/a_snapshot_of_minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 21:59:59 -0500 News Cut: From the ashes in Minneapolis As the foreclosure crisis has ripped home ownership from hundreds of people, non-profit groups are helping people, who couldn't afford a home before, buy a home for their family. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/08/_when_i_stopped_in.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 09 Aug 2008 11:00:00 -0500 News Cut: Return to Rushford This weekend, the southeastern Minnesota community thanks the volunteers who helped it recover from an August 2007 flash flood. A year later, though, the volunteers are few, the relief money is dwindling and some residents say things are not OK. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jul 2008 08:00:08 -0500 News Cut: Rushford one year later One year after a flood killed six people in southeastern Minnesota, the town of Rushford is still trying to clean up while both funding and volunteers become scarce. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jul 2008 00:43:48 -0500 News Cut: Blogging the weather Bob Collins has the latest information and radar as severe weather hits the region again. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/07/blogging_the_weather_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 19:10:52 -0500 News Cut: A day in the life of a public defender It's not glamorous, unless you think sitting in your car in the parking lot of a closed coffee shop on a Sunday night, trying to tap into the shop's wireless Internet so you can finish some research on a case to be heard the next day is glamorous. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/07/a_day_in_the_life_of_a_minneso.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 01:02:59 -0500 News Cut: The vice presidential two-step Governor Pawlenty has been a steadfast supporter of U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign thru the twists and turns that have led to McCain's emergence as the presumptive Republican nominee. Through the campaign, Pawlenty's name has been floated as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for McCain. Typically, Pawlenty has been denying his interest in the job and dismissing the talk as hypothetical. Well, the talk heated up again this weekend when Pawlenty opened the door to the possibility, slightly. Bob Collins writes Minnesota Public Radio's News Cut blog and he has been considering the Governor's delicate political dance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/newscutpawlenty?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2008 17:04:02 -0500 Lessons from the Rogers tornado Many residents of Hugo are putting their lives back together a week after a tornado killed a 2-year-old child, destroyed 50 homes and damaged many others in that community. People who live in Rogers, just northwest of the metro, survived a tornado in 2006 and know what rebuilding is like. Bob Collins, the author of Minnesota Public Radio's News Cut blog, has been talking with some of those people in Rogers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/02/collins?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 10:05:27 -0500 News Cut: The women of World War II Though many are not recognized as veterans, many Minnesota women went to war in WWII. Bob Collins begins a series of profiles of some of them, starting with Virginia Claudon Allen, who was 'GI Jill' to thousands of servicemen in Burma. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/04/next_month_female_veterans_of.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 26 Apr 2008 12:00:00 -0500 What does the Delta-NWA deal mean for consumers? Any of us who fly for pleasure, or especially business, have many questions on the proposed Delta-Northwest deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/atc_newscut?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 22:08:09 -0500 News Cut: NWA, Delta CEOs hope deal can be approved quickly In a conference call with investors today, executives of Delta and Northwest airlines said they hope the Justice Department can approve Delta's acquisition of Northwest by the end of this year, but it may take until 2012 for the two airlines to be fully combined. They also said the merger allows the combined airline to use smaller jets on many routes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/04/live_blogging_the_nwadelta_con.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 10:53:23 -0500 News Cut: Ethanol tax vs. gas tax For all the talk about the ruin to be caused by the gas tax increase in Minnesota, comparatively little is said in the state these days about the "ethanol tax," which has had a significant impact in the cost of operating a vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/04/the_ethanol_tax.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 14:15:14 -0500 Bill would allow 13-year-olds to be tried as adults A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill which would allow juveniles as young as 13 to be charged as adults for certain serious crimes. Right now the limit is 14. Bob Collins recaps the testimony in his News Cut blog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/03/should_more_juveniles_be_charg.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 14:11:27 -0500 News Cut: The VanderWerts come home Jonathan VanderWert intended to fix up the New Prague home he bought for his blended family. A massive storm last summer, however, forced him to gut the house and start over. But the Minnesota National Guard picked a fine time to send him to Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/02/the_vanderwerts_new_home_1.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 News Cut: Should cameras be allowed in Minnesota's courts? This may be every Minnesota judge's nightmare: A high-profile case, big-name attorneys who love the limelight, and a rule that allows cameras in the state's courtrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/01/_this_may_be_every.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0600 News Cut: Binge drinking - Minnesota style It was hard not to miss the collective shrug of shoulders Minnesota gave to a report last week that showed binge drinking is still a sport of choice for nearly one out of 3 high school students, even though it came a month after another study dropped the state from its lofty perch as the healthiest state, largely because of the penchant of our kids to drink like there's no tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2007/12/binge_drinking_minnesota_style_1.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2007 11:00:00 -0600 Stunned by turnout, organizers cancel e-waste effort Thousands of cars jammed the streets around the Mall of America, extending to the I-494 ramps, as consumers rushed to rid their homes of stockpiled electronics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/16/recycle?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2007 17:09:49 -0600 Thousands jam recycling event The popularity of a free electronics recycling collection at the Mall of America on Thursday appears to have taken organizers by surprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/ecyclingevent?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:20:37 -0600 Too much eating, drinking drops Minnesota in health ratings Minnesota is fatter, drunker, and less healthy according to a nationwide survey of health outcomes released on Monday by the United Health Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/05/healthsurvey?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 10:35:31 -0600 Recounting the Holocaust by podcast Until now, the iPod has not been much of a gateway to history. That's changing, in part because of a Holocaust survivor in Little Canada, a criminal justice professor at St. Cloud State University, and a small group of broadcasters with the vision to use podcasts to bridge generations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/24/oertelt_podcast?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2007 06:00:00 -0500 Reports: Wolves ready to punch KG's ticket to Boston Newspapers in Boston are reporting that the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves are close to a deal that would send Kevin Garnett to Boston. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/30/kg?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 13:42:26 -0500 High-flying Cirrus tries to slow down Minnesota-based Cirrus Design has become a big player in aviation, by marketing its airplanes to well-off pilots who want to go fast at a big price. On Monday, it unveiled a plane intended for less-well-heeled pilots who want to go slow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/23/cirrus?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:11:27 -0500 MPR parent looks to expand east The parent organization of Minnesota Public Radio is in talks to buy a radio station serving Washington, D.C. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/18/wgts?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2007 12:13:28 -0500 Wild stay alive to play game five Faced with elimination from the NHL playoffs, the Minnesota Wild broke open a 1-1 game with three third-period goals to climb back into their series with Anaheim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/wildg4?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 17:56:01 -0500 God not choosing sides in 6th, Bachmann says The congressional candidate made the comments during tough questioning at a free-for-all forum in Andover, in the wake of an appearance at a church service last month in which she said "God called me to run for the United States Congress." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/6distdebate?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 20:21:28 -0600 Vikings hand ball, game to Bears Seemingly in control of the game with just over 3 minutes left, the Vikings fumbled the ball in their own territory and Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman threw a touchdown pass to beat Minnesota 19-to-16. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/24/vikes?refid=0 Sun, 24 Sep 2006 14:58:31 -0500 Love of flying machines propelled Minnesota native to shuttle job When the space shuttle Atlantis completes its 11-day mission next week, Paul Dye will engrave the name of the mission on the head of a railroad spike once used by the Duluth, Messabi, and Iron Range Railroad. It's one of the few sentimental traditions the Roseville native allows himself in his job as flight director. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/12/dyeshuttle?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 19:36:18 -0500 The "three-minute love affair" A Flash slideshow looking at the growing popularity of Argentine tango in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/18_collinsb_tangoflash/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans opening hearts and homes in wake of hurricane disaster Minnesota is responding to Hurricane Katrina with its publicly-funded resources, as well as with private donations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/04_wilcoxenw_katrinamnsun/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Sep 2005 10:35:00 -0500 Minnesota to accept 5,000 evacuees; some residents aren't waiting Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Saturday that Minnesota has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the state will make room for 5,000 victims of Hurricane Katrina. But some of the state's residents aren't waiting for them to arrive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/03_haega_mnreaxsat/?refid=0 Sat, 03 Sep 2005 16:17:00 -0500 Katrina sends Minnesota gas prices over $3 Many Minnesota gas stations raised their prices to $3 a gallon on Wednesday as supply fears caused panic buying on the nation's oil futures market. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/31_newsroom_gasprices/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2005 11:18:00 -0500 The strike at Northwest Airlines chronology A Flash presentation showing the major points in the mechanics' strike against Northwest Airlines, which began on August 19, 2005. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/22_newsroom_nwaflash/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2005 17:30:00 -0500 The first jointly-run casino Governor Pawlenty wants Minnesota's Indian tribes to share their profits with the state. One tribe already has just such an arrangement. The Fond du Lac tribe hands over some of its profits to the city of Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/24_hemphills_fonduluth/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2005 15:56:00 -0600 Editor's Notebook: Previewing election night Blog-like (Bob doesn't like the word blog) insights from the online editor's cubicle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/01_collinsb_editorsnotebook/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2004 09:46:00 -0500 In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits A Flash slideshow with samples of images contained in the National Geographic publication, "In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits." Photographer William Albert Allard was a guest on MPR's Midmorning on October 4, 2004. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/04_collinsb_flashng/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Multimedia slideshow: A visit to the World Trade Center site Minnesota delegates visited the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center during their stay in New York for the Republican Natinal Convention. In this multi-media slideshow, follow the delegates, and meet the family members of some of the victims. RealAudio and a fast Internet connection is required. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/2004/campaign/president/rnc/slideshow/wtc/monday.ram/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2004 20:00:00 -0500 The Republican Convention in sights and sounds The Republican National Convention opened in New York City on Monday August 30, 2004. For many Minnesota delegates, it was the first political convention, and in some cases the first trip to New York. In this multimedia slideshow, follows the delegates from the start of their day through the first session of the convention. RealAudio is required. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/2004/campaign/president/rnc/slideshow/monday.ram/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2004 23:30:00 -0500 Minnesotans join thousands of others in New York protest A busload of Minnesotans joined a protest by tens of thousands of people in Manhattan on Sunday as Republicans streamed into the city for their national convention. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/29_collinsb_protest/?refid=0 Sun, 29 Aug 2004 12:10:00 -0500 Pro-choice Catholics in Democratic delegation feel the heat Sen. John Kerry is just the third Catholic ever nominated to be president of the United States. In 1928, Al Smith, and again in 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy -- both Democrats -- had to answer questions from voters about the role of their religion in governing. Now, some politicians are answering the same question, but this time it's coming from their church. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/29_collinsb_catholics/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2004 18:37:00 -0500 MPR coverage of the 2004 Democratic National Convention The Democratic National Convention met was held in Boston July 26-29, 2004. The convention nominated John Kerry to run for president. In this special section, MPR News explored several facets of the Democratic politics, you can also hear all the major speeches, and read the Editor's Notebook, a convention blog. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/2004/campaign/president/dnc/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Courting the veterans vote Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston are hearing an emphasis on Sen. John Kerry's war record. Convention organizers are hoping to portray Kerry as someone strong on defense. But it may be a tough sell among at least one group of voters -- veterans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/27_collinsb_demvets/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2004 17:40:00 -0500 Kerry officials push positive spin on tight Midwest races As the Democratic National Convention officially opened in Boston on Monday, strategists for Sen. John Kerry's campaign in the Midwest attempted to minimize the strong showing in Minnesota polls by President George Bush in a state that historically has been a Democratic stronghold. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/26_collinsb_demday1/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2004 18:32:00 -0500 Public radio listeners asking, 'What about Bob?' National Public Radio scrambled this week to defuse backlash in the wake of the planned removal of longtime Morning Edition host Bob Edwards from the program. NPR executives say the move was made to provide more "freshness and spontaneity" to the program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/01_collinsb_edwards/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2004 22:00:00 -0600 A Bad State of Mind: Minnesota's fractured mental health system Minnesota has one of the highest teen suicide rates in the nation. Families in crisis may have to wait months for treatment of mental health diseases, and health care organizations are closing mental health treatment facilities even as the rates of mental health disease soar. Some mental health experts say the state is "a basket case" when it comes to providing proper treatment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/02/mentalhealth/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 10:00:00 -0600 People who make a difference In a fractured system, leadership often comes at the "grassroots" levels. Those most familiar with living with mental illness find themselves teaching the professionals and health care workers about it. As part of the series, Bad State of Mind, MPR News looks at five people who make a difference. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_collinsb_mhdifference/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2004 11:21:00 -0600 Flash presentation: Why there's a budget deficit forecast Why is there a new budget deficit in the forecast? State economist Tom Stinson explains in this Flash presentation. The Flash program from Macromedia is required to play this presentation http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/03_newsroom_budgetflash/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2003 16:49:00 -0600 NTSB blames pilots for crash that killed Wellstone, 7 others Investigators today laid the blame for the plane crash that killed Senator Paul Wellstone and seven others in October 2002 squarely in the laps of the pilots. They told a hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington that the plane crashed because the pilots waited too long to lower the plane's landing gear. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/18_zdechlikm_ntsbreport/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2003 10:11:00 -0600 Remembering 9/11 Thursday September 11, 2003 marks the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Unlike a year ago, there is evidence that the country is moving back toward "normalcy," even while continuing to mourn the victims. Over the next few days, MPR News will present several stories and interviews gauging the mood of the state and nation. Be sure to share your thoughts with us. http://news.mpr.org/projects/2003/09/remembering911/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2003 00:00:00 -0500 Multimedia slideshow: Voices of Minnesota Shoppers visiting the Mall of America have a variety of opinions on the U.S. attack on Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/19_ap_iraqmnreax/rafiles/iraqreax.ram/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2003 17:00:00 -0600 On eve of trial, magazine chronicles Puckett's 'secret life' In an investigation of former Twins star Kirby Puckett, Sports Illustrated says Puckett's alleged sexual assault at an Eden Prairie restaurant is one of many sexual harassment allegations against him. The magazine says Puckett's behavior in public changed after his forced retirement in 1996. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/12_collinsb_puckett/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2003 11:30:00 -0600 Four months later, questions remain in Wellstone crash probe The recent release of hundreds of pages of National Transportation Safety Board documents still leaves many unanswered questions about what happened to the flight that killed Paul Wellstone and seven others last October. It will likely be months before the NTSB issues a final report on the crash. Although no clear cause has yet emerged, several areas stand out as possible factors. They include weather, pilot incompetence and problems with navigational equipment at the Eveleth- Virginia Airport. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/03_zdechlikm_wellstone/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2003 15:10:00 -0600 Faulty navigation beacon may have been factor in Wellstone crash Documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board appear to lessen the likelihood that airframe icing played a role in the October 2002 crash that killed U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone and six others, but raised new questions about the Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport's guidance beacon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/21_zdechlikm_wellstonecrash/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2003 12:38:00 -0600 Investigators wrapping up on-site crash probe An investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board says the on-scene inspection of the wreckage in which Sen. Paul Wellstone and 7 others died on Friday is nearing an end. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/28_collinsb_investigation/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Selig says Twins' contraction still 'a possibility' Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the possibility of eliminating one or more teams is 'still on the table.' Selig suggested that the Legislature's passing of a stadium bill isn't a guarantee the Twins will survive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/26_collinsb_mlb/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 The scramble is on Supporters of the Minnesota Twins are scrambling to save the franchise, after baseball owners voted 'overwhelmingly' to eliminate two unspecified franchises. But opponents of public subsidies think it's all part of a ploy to extract more public money for a major league franchise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/08_collinsb_twins/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Baseball owners approve contraction Baseball owners voted Tuesday to eliminate two teams before the start of next season but didn't say which ones they would be. Montreal, Minnesota and Florida, however, have been mentioned as the likliest candidates for elimination. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/07_khoom_twins/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities' 'no-fly' order strands area pilots Dozens of Lake Elmo pilots are among 41,000 nationwide, who are stranded on the ground in the name of homeland security. Ironically, while this group, which includes a retired White Bear Lake police officer and a former FBI agent, can't fly over the Twin Cities, people seeking flight training, like many of the terrorists in the September 11th attack, can. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/09_collinsb_groundedpilots/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Senate Shift May Ripple to State Politics Political analysts and other senators say Sen. Jeffords' shift from the GOP will elevate national issues of importance to Minnesota and the rural Midwest. It also puts Minnesota's 2002 Senate race in the spotlight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/24_collinsb_partyflipping/?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Candidates Wield Sharp Rhetoric in Final Debate A sense of urgency prevailed at the final debate of U.S. Senate candidates Sunday night. With the general election capping the campaign Tuesday, James Gibson, Mark Dayton, and Rod Grams displayed a harsher tone at the Fitzgerald Theater. But none of the candidates strayed from the dominant themes of the campaign: health care and Social Security. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/06_collinsb_sendebate/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Four Candidates, Few Differences The candidates for the DFL nomination for U.S. Senate squared off in the final debate of the primary election season Sunday night in Saint Paul. But their efforts to separate themselves from each other failed, as the debate revealed more about what they have in common. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/10_collinsb_sendebate/?refid=0 Sun, 10 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Name Game The arrest of a Richfield man on the suspicion that he abducted Katie Poirier from a Moose Lake convenience store has reignited a debate in Minnesota newsrooms over whether the identity of suspects should be identified before they're charged. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/24_collinsb_blom/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Where's My Money? How the new sales-tax rebate will work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/19_collinsb_rebate/?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Joe Williams, 1918-1999 Williams gave the blues a new dimension. MPR's John Rabe recalls an interview with him before a set at the Dakota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/31_collinsb_williams/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Tobacco Trial Has National Impact When Minnesota's tobacco trial started, momentum toward a national deal for tobacco companies faltered. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/08_collinsb_impact/?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500