Minnesota Public Radio features by Phil Picardi http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=116 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:36:55 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Phil Picardi http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Clapton honors Cale in new album Today's Morning Edition music is the song "Someday" from the new Eric Clapton album "The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale" which comes out today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/music?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:55:14 -0500 Twins fail to impress before key trade deadline The Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 at Target Field yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/music?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:29 -0500 Why 'Over the Rainbow' is such a great song 75 years ago today, Judy Garland recorded "Over the Rainbow." This version was released as a single and is different than the performance used in "The Wizard of Oz" which was released a month later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/over_the_rainbow?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:41:17 -0500 Ray Charles among stars who can now be easily seen Wednesday's Morning Edition music is Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin performing "Spirit in the Dark" live at the San Francisco's Filmore West Auditorium in 1971. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/music?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:59:57 -0500 On this day in 1954, Elvis is heard on the radio for the first time On this day in 1954, Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played a new song on the radio for the first time -- it was the music of Elvis Presley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/elvis_radio?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:34:54 -0500 Ventura faces tough road proving defamation Mark Anfinson spoke with Phil Picardi on the MPR News show Morning Edition about the case. He's a Twin Cities attorney and adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, who specializes in First Amendment and media law http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/jury-selection-to-begin-in-american-sniper-suit-?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:17:41 -0500 Howard Sinker on the Twins' All-Star picks Two Minnesota Twins players were named to the All-Star roster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:33:36 -0500 The Boss hits No. 1 with 'Born in the USA' Thirty years ago today, Bruce Springsteen hit No. 1 in the U.S. with the song "Born in the USA." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/music?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:03:44 -0500 What's behind the Minnesota Orchestra's new season? The Minnesota Orchestra today released a jam-packed 2014-15 season, its first full season since ending a lockout of musicians. The season will feature a slew of world class visiting performers, a number of musical series, and a completion of the Sibelius recording cycle halted by the recent lockout. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Euan Kerr, who talked to Music Director Osmo Vanska about the upcoming season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:33:20 -0500 Black flies: Everywhere, looking for a meal (that means you) It's turning out to be quite the year for black flies. Up north, loons are abandoning their eggs. They're fleeing the insects attacking them at their nests. Black fly counts are up too in the metro area. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Mike McLean, who's with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, about the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/blackflies?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:53:32 -0500 Growing Karen population has court scrambling for interpreters Like Minnesota's Hmong population, many have moved from refugee camps in Thailand. There are now estimated to be more than 7,000 Karen people living in the St. Paul metro area -- more than double their population just four years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/growing-karen-population?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:59:00 -0500 Putting the medical marijuana plan into practice will be a big challenge A bill that would legalize some forms of medical marijuana is on track to become law in Minnesota in a matter of days. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger about what the does, and doesn't mean. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/ehlinger?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 07:57:40 -0500 Climatologist explains lack of flooding despite recent downpours MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about significant rain storms earlier this week, and why those storms did not cause much flooding. Seeley also says Minnesota is expected to be warmer than normal over the next few months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/weather?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 07:17:21 -0500 New Atmosphere album celebrates Minneapolis roots The new Atmosphere album "Southsiders" is released today. The title of Atmosphere's 8th studio album refers to the south side of Minneapolis where Ant and Slug, the group's creative team, grew up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/atmosphere-new-album?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 09:04:54 -0500 Analyst: Target bungled Canada expansion The next CEO of Target will face a number of challenges and one of the biggest is turning things around in Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/williams?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 08:04:49 -0500 Public works bill front and center this week at Capitol Democrats in the Minnesota Senate will unveil a $1 billion package of public construction projects today that they want to fund with a combination of bonding and surplus cash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/capitol-week?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 09:55:46 -0500 Wild looking for turnaround against Chicago at home The Minnesota Wild are now down two games to none in their second round NHL playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. They lost to the Blackhawks 4-1 yesterday in Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/sinker-wild?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 09:54:32 -0500 Duluth Mayor Don Ness remembers Oberstar as mentor There will be a funeral service on Thursday in Potomac, Maryland for former Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar. Oberstar, who represented the eighth district for 36 years, died Saturday. He was 79. Duluth Mayor Don Ness knew Jim Oberstar well. He served as the Congressman's campaign manager for ten years. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Mayor Ness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/ness-oberstar?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 09:53:00 -0500 How 'Satin Doll' says baseball For Steve Rushin, there is a particular piece of music that makes him think about baseball. It's something organist Ronnie Newman would always play before games at the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/arts/satin-doll?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:55:55 -0500 Colabello leads Twins home for opener The Minnesota Twins will play their home opener this afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis against Oakland. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about how the team has performed in several games on the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:36:29 -0500 Minimum wage headlines week ahead at Capitol Minnesota lawmakers will be busy again this week with their Easter/Passover break just ahead. But before the break, we'll see some more action on anti-bullying legislation, a supplemental spending bill, the design for a new Senate office building, the Women's Economic Security Act. It also looks like there's a deal on a minimum wage increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:26:17 -0500 Turning Dylan's music into Gospel Today's music is from lead singer Merry Clayton and a group dubbed the Brothers and Sisters singing Bob Dylan's "The Times They are a Changin." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/arts/dylan-gospel?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:56:26 -0500 Navigator talks about the ups and downs of MNSure roll-out Today is the last day for Minnesotas to enroll in health insurance or face a penalty. It was a busy weekend for the MNsure website and its associated call center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/health/mnsure-rollout?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:36:17 -0500 Lawmakers to keep up busy pace at Capitol It's another busy week at the Capitol as state lawmakers try to finish their work on tax and spending bills. House and Senate floor sessions are planned every day, even Saturday. The fast pace has fueled speculation about a possible early conclusion of the 2014 session. But there's still plenty of work remaining, including a bonding bill, a second tax bill and a resolution to the minimum wage impasse. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:34:50 -0500 Turning the 'Rite of Spring' into jazz Today's music comes from the Bad Plus, a jazz trio from Minneapolis. For several years now, some audiences around the world have had the chance to hear the group interpret Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/arts/rite-of-spring?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:41:22 -0500 Gophers fans upset over lack of TV coverage for women's hockey finale The University of Minnesota women's hockey team lost to Clarkson 5-4 in the NCAA championship game yesterday. The loss prevented the Gophers from winning their third-straight title. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the game and the fact that it wasn't on television. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/sports/ncaa-womens-hockey?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:39:51 -0500 Lawmakers move to other top priorities, after passing tax cuts State revenue officials will offer more detailed advice to tax filers today about that tax bill that Legislators passed and sent to Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/politics/capitol-update?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:38:22 -0500 Bob Mould marks 25 years as a solo artist "Workbook" was the first solo album released by Bob Mould. When it came out in 1989, fans of Mould's punk rock band Husker Du were surprised by his new softer sound. To mark the 25th anniversary, "Workbook" is being re-released with additional tracks and a second disc featuring a concert recorded in Chicago in 1989. Mould will be performing songs off the album tonight at the Women's Club in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/me_music_march_4?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:55:50 -0600 New leader vows to modernize Minnesota state parks Taking over the job of overseeing 76 state parks and thousands of miles of state trails will be Erika Rivers. Rivers comes from inside the DNR, where she's currently an assistant commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/environment/erika-rivers-parks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:47:15 -0600 Week ahead: Will taxes and minimum wage get quick action at the capitol? State lawmakers begin the second week of the 2014 session today with a $1.2 billion budget surplus to work with. In addition, some legislative committees are set to discuss tax cuts, medical marijuana and a minimum wage increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/week-ahead-will-taxes-and-minimum-wage-get-quick-action-at-the-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:54:00 -0600 Twins' Miguel Sano set for season-ending surgery Star Tribune digital sports editor Howard Sinker offers perspective on Twins prospect Miguel Sano, who will miss the regular season because he needs surgery on his throwing arm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/miguel-sano-set-for-seasonending-surgery?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:32:11 -0600 Nightingale Trio sing under the frozen falls The latest installment from the North Shore Sessions, a Minnesota-based live music video series, features the Nightingale Trio singing the Ukranian widow's song, "Vdova." The trio made this recording in a cave behind the frozen Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/nightingale_trio?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:50:15 -0600 Messersmith's first major-label album released today "It's Only Dancing" is the first track on the highly-anticipated new album being released today by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/arts/messersmith?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:10:27 -0600 Lottery Director: online scratch-off to go live this week Later this week, Minnesota is set to become the first state to let lottery players scratch tickets online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/news/lottery?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:53:53 -0600 Joan Mondale remembered by her pastor, Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen MPR News host Phil Picardi spoke this morning with a man who knew the late Joan Mondale and her family very well. Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen is the senior pastor at Mondale's church, Westminster Presbyterian in Minneapolis. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/joan-mondale-remembered-by-her-pastor-rev-tim-hartanderson?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:48:03 -0600 Bobby Vee's family helps him record one more album Today's music comes from the monks of the Saint John's Abbey Gregorian Chant Schola singing on a new recording of "The Maker" by singer Bobby Vee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/arts/bobby-vee?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:58:44 -0600 Gopher football coaches recruiting hard Wednesday is National Signing Day when many of the most-coveted high school players reveal where they plan to attend college. MPR News' Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about recruiting for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. They are going after Washburn High running back Jeff Jones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/sports/gophers-football?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:46:57 -0600 Mayo doctor, physician for Team USA hockey, ready for Sochi The Olympics open on Friday in Sochi, Russia. Minnesotans are well-represented at the games - not only on the ice and snow, but also in the training rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/sports/team-usa-hockey-physician?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:18:28 -0600 Varsity Theater hosts up-and-coming bands for Communion Club Night The Lone Bellow is one of the acts performing tonight at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis as part of Communion Club Night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/21/arts/lone-bellow-varsity-theater?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:57:34 -0600 A hymn that rejuvenated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today's music is in honor of the Martin Luther King, Junior holiday. In her autobiography, King's widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote that her husband would listen to the "Balm in Gilead" when he needed a lift. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/20/music?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:56:30 -0600 Timberwolves' struggles call head coach into question The Minnesota Timberwolves have 19-21 record so far after starting the season with high expectations. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about head coach Rick Adelman's performance so far this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/20/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:35:04 -0600 Minnesota Wild win small relief for embattled head coach The Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 to end the team's longest losing skid. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the win and the precarious position of head coach Mike Yeo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/sports/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 10:06:42 -0600 Coldest weather of the season, so far, is on deck MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the very cold weather that's about to hit Minnesota this weekend and early next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/weather/coldest-of-season?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 10:05:04 -0600 Cuban pianist brings soulful orchestra to the Dakota Nachito Herrera, a Cuban pianist who now lives in the Twin Cities, will be playing tonight and tomorrow night at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/music?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 10:03:15 -0600 Americanarama was the best live show of 2013 Our friends over at the Current have unveiled a number of best of lists for 2013, including the top concerts of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/arts/americanarama?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:02:15 -0600 George Maurer and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" at The Dakota Today's music is George Maurer's band with their take on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The holiday show at the Dakota has become a popular annual tradition for the Twin Cities-based composer and pianist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/music?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:59:48 -0600 New plan on homelessness ambitious in scope Minnesota could become the first state to end homelessness among veterans. And it could do it in just two years. That's just one of the goals of an ambitious new statewide plan to combat homelessness. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with the state Director to Prevent and End Homelessness about the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/homelessness?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:14:14 -0600 Explainer: How will PolyMet's mine impact wetlands? State and federal law requires PolyMet to make up for the wetlands losses by creating or restoring wetlands elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/how-will-polymet-mine-impact-wetlands?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:01:08 -0600 Outlook for archdiocese investigations uncertain Archbishop John Nienstedt is under investigation after being accused of improperly touching a boy, and the St. Paul police chief is frustrated with Nienstedt for failing to cooperate with an investigation into sex abuse involving priests. MPR News reporter Madeleine Baran spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the new developments in the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/baran?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:41:17 -0600 'Happy' birthday to Keith Richards, 70 The legendary guitarist and Rolling Stones co-founder was born in Dartford, just outside London in the middle of World War II. He's survived everything from drug addiction to near electrocution to falling out of a coconut tree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/music?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:11:15 -0600 Gopher football looks for for historic win versus Penn State The University of Minnesota football team will go for its fourth straight win against Penn State tomorrow at home. The last season when the Gophers won four straight Big Ten games was 1973. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about why the team has played so well lately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:58:52 -0600 Climatologist leads conference on adapting to climate change MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a conference on adapting to climate change in Minnesota. It attracted a wide variety of attendees from across the state. Seeley also reviews the first big snow storm of the year to hit the state earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:54:33 -0600 Re-elected mayor Chris Coleman talks St. Paul's future Newly re-elected St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman hopes to make education and downtown redevelopment top priorities for his third term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/coleman?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:31:42 -0600 Mixed reaction from Minneapolis voters to the city's long ranked-choice ballot Polls are open in cities and towns around Minnesota. In Minneapolis, voters are turning out to choose among 35 candidates for mayor. They're also voting to fill city council seats. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar, who was near the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/dunbar?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:05:46 -0600 Ranked choice voting explained MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Curtis Gilbert, who explained ranked-choice voting, and the long ballot with 35 candidates on it in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/hey-minneapolis-still-dont-get-ranked-choice-voting-lets-try-it-again/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:58:16 -0600 Minnesota Timberwolves race to 3-0 start The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks Sunday night 109-100 in Madison Square Garden and are off to their first 3-0 start in a dozen years. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about the teams' fast start to the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/timberwolves?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:46:26 -0600 Josh Freeman to debut as Vikings QB tonight Two of the worst teams in the NFL will be in the spotlight tonight on Monday Night Football. The 1-4 Vikings are in New Jersey to take on the 0-6 New York Giants. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the matchup which is expected to feature the first game for new Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/sinker?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:43:57 -0500 Vikings trip to London ends with a win The Minnesota Vikings won their first game of the 2013 season in London yesterday, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27. The Vikings are are now 1-3. MPR's Phil Picard spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the victory which featured Matt Cassel replacing Christian Ponder as the starting quarterback. Ponder sustained a rib injury last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/vikings?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:05:25 -0500 Partial federal government shutdown to hit Minnesota The stage is set for a government shutdown at midnight. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with MPR's Washington-based reporter Brett Neely about the situation on Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/neely?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:03:07 -0500 Gopher football team looks faces big challenge in Big Ten's Iowa Hawkeyes In sports, the Vikings have announced that Matt Cassell will start at quarterback on Sunday in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London. First string quarterback Christian Ponder has a rib injury. And the University of Minnesota football team begins the Big Ten portion of their schedule when they host Iowa tomorrow at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about those stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:01:34 -0500 Many workers in International Falls focused on what comes after layoffs The layoffs have begun in International Falls. By the end of Monday, 265 people will have lost their job at the massive Boise paper mill that for years has been the communities biggest employer. Boise is shutting down two of the plant's machines. It's a familiar story: midwestern town loses industrial jobs. But what makes International Falls stand out is it's isolation. Workers there cannot jus drive to the next town over to find work. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Paul Nevanen who directs the Economic Development Board in Koochaching County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/internationalfalls?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:59:25 -0500 First week of fall for Twin Cities warmer than normal MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the start of fall in Minnesota. He also answers a question about how much moisture is stored in the soil in the wake of a recent dry spell that's brought drought conditions to more parts ot the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:57:15 -0500 Rapidness of drought is unusual MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the suddeness of drought in much of Minnesota. He also has the weekend forecast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:47:06 -0500 Bears coach to face his hometown team the Vikings The Minnesota Vikings head to Chicago on Sunday for a noon game. The Bears' new head coach will be familiar to some Minnesota football fans. Marc Trestman played three seasons as quarterback for the Golden Gophers in the 1970s. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke about Trestman with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:45:16 -0500 Kline doubts Obama policy on Syria Even before the President's speech on Tuesday night, Republican Minnesota Rep. John Kline announced he would not support such action. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Rep. Kline to talk about Syria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/kline?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:39:11 -0500 Reuters investigation spotlights online exchange of adopted kids Reuters has published a five-part series of stories about a practice known as "private re-homing", in which parents use Internet message boards to find homes for their adopted children when those adoptions are not working out well. Custody of the children often happens outside the view of child welfare authorities and some children are handed over to parents who would not be allowed to take in children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/reuters-investigation-spotlights-online-exchange-of-adopted-kids?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:08:56 -0500 Obama asking lawmakers to defy public opinion on Syria As President Obama gets ready to address the nation tonight about Syria, the White House continues to lobby members of Congress to back military action that nation. How do lawmakers weigh the decision to buck their constituents? MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Carleton College political science professor Steven Schier about that question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/schier?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:57:54 -0500 How to recognize heat related illnesses like heat stroke We're in the middle of a hot-streak of weather, which has health officials concerned about heat exhaustion and heat stroke. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Katie Muehe of the Minnesota Department of Health about how to recognize both and when to seek medical attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/heat?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:49:22 -0500 Why can't the Twins beat the Yankees Perhaps it's time for Minnesota baseball fans to give up and start rooting for the Yankees. The New Yorkers continued their dominance of the Twins this week, sweeping a four game series. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, talked about the New York dominance with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/sports_howard?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:48:56 -0500 Mark Seeley talks about our beautiful weather We are experiencing perhaps one of the best starts to July in recent years weatherwise. Mark Seeley talks about the weather with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/seeley_070513?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:44:21 -0500 More wasps released to fight Emerald Ash Borer Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials still don't know how effective wasps will be at fighting emerald ash borer in Minnesota, but they remain hopeful. Monika Chandler is state Department of Agriculture invasive species specialist. She spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/atingless_wasps?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:39:11 -0500 Minnesota Lynx look to avenge disappointing end to last season The Minnesota Lynx begin the 2013 season tomorrow night as a team on a mission, to reclaim the WNBA championship trophy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/sinker?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 09:13:59 -0500 Climatologist says May precipitation hit records for some parts of Minnesota MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley who looks back on May, which included cooler than normal temperatures and some significant snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/weather?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 09:09:33 -0500 Bachmann's options for her re-election war chest U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is no longer among the congressional candidates scrambling to raise money for the 2014 elections. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Hamline University School of Business Professor David Schultz about her campaign fundraising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/schultz?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 08:43:32 -0500 Bachmann's move noteworthy in Washington After four terms in Congress, Republican Michelle Bachmann has decided not to run for re-election. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washington correspondent Brett Neely about Bachmann's decision to only serve out her current term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/neely2?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 09:09:17 -0500 Bachmann rumors pointed to decision to not run for re-election Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she won't run for re-election in the state's Sixth Congressional District. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News political editor Mike Mulcahy about Bachmann's move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/mulcahy2?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 09:06:53 -0500 Bachmann opponent reacts to her decision to not run again Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she won't run for re-election in the state's Sixth Congressional District. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Bachmann's opponent from last November, Democrat Jim Graves. Graves has declared his intention to run again for the seat in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/graves?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 09:04:55 -0500 Climatologist reviews just how wet May has been so far MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about May temperatures and precipitation in Minnesota so far. And he answers the question: Has it ever snowed on Memorial Day in the state? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 08:59:51 -0500 Capitol building restoration to enter next stage If all goes according to plan, the marble on Minnesota's century-old State Capitol building will be restored to its original gleaming white in about four years. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Spencer Cronk, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, about the renovation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/capitol?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 08:56:02 -0500 More state money to flow to local governments One thing the Legislature did this week was raise the amount of money the state will send to local governments to help them provide basic services. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Dave Peters, who directs MPR's Ground Level project on community issues, about local government aid about how they might spend the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/lga?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 09:06:40 -0500 Pre-school scholarships headed to low income kids A program signed into state law yesterday is designed to allow more kids a jump-start on quality early childhood education. The new program puts $40 million on the table to provide low-income parents with scholarships to pay for early education. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke about how the scholarships will work with Frank Forsberg. He's a Greater Twin Cities United Way executive and chairman of MinneMinds, a coalition that advocated for more investments in education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/preschool?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 08:59:39 -0500 What caused the Lilydale landslide? A fourth-grade field trip to a Lilydale Regional Park turned deadly Wednesday when a hillside, saturated by persistent rain gave way, killing one child and injuring two others. One child is still missing. Dr. Satish Gupta is a professor in the University of Minnesota's department of Soil, Water and Climate. He spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about how landslides like this can happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/satish_gupta?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 07:54:52 -0500 New trees a sign of recovery in north Minneapolis For residents of North Minneapolis, it was two years ago today that a tornado devastated parts of that community, and their recovery is far from complete. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minneapolis Park Board forestry director Ralph Sievert about developments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/sievert?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 09:35:04 -0500 Revenue commissioner: Tax changes could help business The 2013 legislative session ended this week with the state legislature approving tax changes expected to generate $2.1 billion in new revenue. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, who explained some of the new taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/taxes?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 09:07:34 -0500 Climatologist talks about weather extremes this May MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow and then triple digit temperature readings within just a couple of weeks this month in Minnesota. He also outlines a rainy weekend ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/weather?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 09:00:54 -0500 New stadium funding plan revealed State officials are turning to cigarette taxes and tightening up corporate income tax enforcement to pay most of the state's share of the nearly billion-dollar project. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson about the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/stadiumfunding?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 08:58:34 -0500 Big day for college hockey in Minn. Today is a big day for college hockey in Minnesota. The U of M men's and women's teams both play post-season games, as does the men's team at St. Cloud State University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/news/minnesota-college-hockey-games?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:45:18 -0500 Prepared for the worst in New Prague; background checks for guns; surprise DFL budget cuts Today on the MPR News Update: We go to the state Legislature for a look at another gun bill, check in with the fallout from yesterday's shooting threat hoax in New Prague, hear about a smaller funding pie for the Department of Health and Human Services and visit a farmer looking ahead to planting season, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:18:33 -0500 All clear in New Prague; a bill for sex abuse victims; cross-border frac sand comparisons Today on the MPR News Update we're following the hoax call that led to a school lockdown in New Prague, the fate of gun control in the Legislature, the DFL budget plan, frac sand mining regulations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, 'culturally responsive' teaching, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:12:23 -0500 Bachmann's push for federal highway dollars; Minnesota's war casualties; education budget haggling Today on the MPR News Update: Remembering fallen soldiers with Minnesota times, one by one, since the 9/11 attacks. Also, questions over how to pay school districts back the money owed by the state, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, concerns about the cost of a statewide anti-bullying bill, Michele Bachmann finds some government spending of which she approves, and lastly, is Rochester ready for growth? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:15:09 -0500 House and Senate to set budget targets Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate will release an outline of their plans for a state budget this week. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead for state lawmakers http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:10:45 -0500 Minnesota members skirmish in congressional budget battles Morning Edition's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Brett Neeley about where Minnesota's delegation comes down on different aspects of the never-ending budget battles in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/neely?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:06:25 -0500 Bachmann pushing for wider I-94 in NW metro Republican 6th District Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's going to push hard in Congress for upgrades to Interstate 94 and Highway 10 northwest of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/bachmann?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:03:24 -0500 Global warming is very old news; budgets, guns and marriage are still on the table Today on the MPR News Update: A Minnesota House leader chimes in on the governor's revamped budget; the prospects seem good for an increase in the minimum wage; one southeastern Minnesota community draws a line in the frac sand, meteorologist Paul Huttner discusses global warming that took place 55 million years ago, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:42:21 -0500 Party-line votes on same-sex marriage; 'Spunk' fires up Penumbra Today on the MPR News Update: The next stop for the same-sex marriage bill, the Wilder Foundation's new CEO targets racial disparities, a former boarding school teachers says he's not guilty of sex crimes, Penumbra Theatre is reborn, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:04:26 -0500 From 'Vote No' to voting yes on same-sex marriage in Minnesota Today on the MPR News Update: Hearings open on same-sex marriage at the Capitol, the Ojibwe take ownership of two St. Paul hotels, more TurboTax problems, worries about pollution from triclosan and nanoparticles, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:52:22 -0500 Democrats nurse a key health care overhaul measure through the Minnesota House Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota House gives a thumbs-up to the health insurance exchange bill, many Republicans give a thumbs down to DFL-championed election changes, and the state's largest cities hope for a legislative bounty, and ketchup-flavored potato chips. But first, the weather: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:53:10 -0600 Navigating peaceful coexistence between more mining and the environment on the Range Today on the MPR News Update we hear about legislation that opens early education to more students, the question of jobs versus the environment for northern Minnesota, why Xcel Energy wants to increase your rates, and game-changing news in the effort to find a cure for HIV-AIDS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:17:57 -0600 Red ink, gambling revenue, locked-up juveniles and smaller walleye Today on the MPR News Update: We hear arguments for and against Gov. Dayton's tax overhaul proposal, state officials worry - again -- about how they will pay for a new Vikings stadium, some people in state custody may have been held longer than necessary, and Lake Mille Lacs area folks sound off about a plan to cut fishing there in half. But first, the latest state budget forecast is out: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:10:26 -0600 Another winter storm, different ideas on taxes, and flu vaccine questions Today on the MPR News Update: Snow sends us into the weekend, there's more bad news from the St. Paul police crime lab, lawmakers consider alternates to the governor's budget proposal, other states are also fixing their budgets, and the flu vaccine isn't working that well for older folks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:20:51 -0600 The South High brawl, school spending and teacher testing: Education leads the cycle Today on the MPR News Update: Somali students say they don't feel safe at South High School in Minneapolis, legislators are getting their first look at the governor's proposed public school funding bill, educators are asking the Legislature to reconsider last year's law on teacher testing, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:47:07 -0600 Who gets to decide the best way to manage frac sand mining? Today on the MPR News Update: The frac sand debate moves from southeastern Minnesota to the State Capitol today, Minnesota industry is doing a better job of scrubbing mercury from its emissions, we get a hot beverage on a cold day from a Twin Cities coffee shop that specializes in Arctic Circle home brew, and we'll hear from a woman who's Army sergeant son took his own life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:59:25 -0600 Legislators dig into frac sand mining gun violence; fur trappers tend to the old ways Today on the MPR News Update: What the frac sand mining debate in St. Paul means for southeastern Minnestoa, the fate of a comprehensive health insurance exchange bill, a look at fur trapping past and present as a way of life in Minnesota, why there are more blizzards but less snow, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:48:59 -0600 Oakdale shooting charges, same-sex marrage and kitties on a stick Today on the MPR News Update: A suspect is charged in the Oakdale shootings, the same sex marriage push has begun at the state Capitol, Gov. Dayton's tax proposal has Minnesota counties crying foul, childhood victims of abuse don't want prosecutions to be limited by time, and the Walker's Internet Cat Video Festival is on the move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:06:58 -0600 Oakdale mourns, Obama goes big and it's 'Endless Summer' on Lake Superior Today on the MPR News Update: Trying to make sense of the shooting in Oakdale, Minnesota reaction to the president's State of the Union address, ranked-choice voting will gets a workout in Minneapolis, and we tag along with some serious surfer dudes ... on Lake Superior ... in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:58:53 -0600 A child is shot dead in Oakdale; Red Wing's mayor is also a lobbyist Today on the MPR News Update: A child is shot and killed in Oakdale, Minnesota's members of Congress stake out positions on immigration reform, Red Wing is concerned about its mayor's lobbying for sand mining, and Minnesota Catholics react to Pope Benedict's decision to resign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:28:01 -0600 The weather was here, the pope resigns and Minnesota represents at the Grammys Today on the MPR News Update: We're still counting snowfall totals and school closures from a two-day winter storm, Pope Benedict surprises Minnesota Catholics with his resignation, and the Okee Dokee Brothers win a Grammy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:28:55 -0600 Minnesota at the Grammys, sex trafficking victims, and a major winter storm looms Today on the MPR News Update we look forward to the Grammy's on Sunday night and the possibility of a win by the Minnesota Orchestra. We visit a ranch in southeastern Minnesota where young victims of sex trafficking find refuge. And our radar's up for what might be a major winter storm hitting the state at the end of the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:56:02 -0600 The State of the State, the decline of the moose and the meaning of 'The Book of Mormon' Today on the MPR News Update: The governor signals his support for same sex marriage, the impact of the sequester for Minnesota, the embattled St. Paul Police crime lab won't be drug testing anymore, the moose population is in dramatic decline and a theologian looks at a wildly popular show now playing in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:36:34 -0600 'You are now entering a killing zone. Run, run, run' Today on the MPR News Update: The gun debate at the state Capitol, campaign finance transparency, more free school lunches, and a potential alternative energy breakthrough in Pine River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:16:57 -0600 South Dakota considers arming school staffers A bill moving though the South Dakota legislature would allow teachers and other employees to carry guns in schools. State Republican Rep. Scott Craig is the chief author of the bill and he discussed it with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/05/dakota_guns?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 08:10:48 -0600 Gun control, voting reform debated at the Capitol this week Emotions are expected to be running high this week at the State Capitol when lawmakers begin discussing several bills designed to prevent gun violence. Reporter Tim Pugmire previews the week ahead with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/04/pugmire_debrief?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:45:44 -0600 The NBA is cracking down on the league's best actors When the Timberwolves take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at Target Center, NBA officials will be on the lookout for floppers trying to make it appear that a foul has been committed. Britt Robson covers the NBA for Sports Illustrated.com. He talked to Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/flopping?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:52:27 -0600 Klobuchar legislation would increase visas Sens. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, and Orin Hatch, of Utah will introduce a bill today designed to help legal immigrants with advanced skills in technology and science continue living and working in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/klobuchar_immigration?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:47:34 -0600 Crashed Ice, climate change, data privacy and butter. That about covers it The borderline-crazy skaters of Crashed Ice are back in town. Lawmakers are looking into plugging data privacy breaches. Police want tougher laws preventing the mentally ill from arming themselves. And we look at butter. Fresh, creamy butter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:33:50 -0600 Taxing, spending, cutting: Parsing the governor's budget Today on the MPR News Update: Taking a deep dive on Gov. Mark Dayton state budget proposal. Also, Minnesota is setting some national benchmarks for Arctic weather, and some American Indian gang members go on trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:54:27 -0600 The budget drops, and so does the temperature Today on the podcast, the governor lays out a budget and tax agenda, lawmakers consider climate change, some businesses are trying harder to offer feedback to those they run away for jobs, and we have a photo gallery of frigid Martin Luther King Day events in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:48:29 -0600 When firearms research doesn't agree with your position Today on the MPR News Update: Does having a gun in the home put family members more at risk? Also, a county sheriff in Minnesota says he won't enforce new federal gun restrictions. Expectations for pull-tab gambling revenues are shrinking. And we take a look at the burgeoning Minnesota brewery business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:05:51 -0600 Obama stokes the gun debate; protecting sex traffic victims Along with stories about U of M hiring, sex trafficking, the flu and food stamp programs, we spent a lot of time Wednesday talking about guns. President Obama offered his specific proposals to help decrease gun violence after the attacks at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and the Dandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:28:33 -0600 Will a tax on clothing sales mean we lose our competitive shirts? Today on the MPR News Update, state lawmakers consider extending the sales tax to clothing, farmland prices are so high that new farmers can't find a row to hoe, Ramsey County officials take new steps to combat teen runaways and child sec trafficking, and the Bottineau light rail line in the Twin Cities faces another hurdle today at the Met Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:59:12 -0600 'This job thrills me,' but not enough to run again, Minneapolis Mayor Rybak says Today on the MPR News Update. Here's some of what's been happening: Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak won't run for a fourth term; a grieving father is charged in the accidental handgun death of his young son; farmers are apparently increasingly digging up old cemeteries and Minnesotans are still keeping food shelves hopping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:40:33 -0600 Dakotas commemorate massacre memorial; Dayton heads into surgery Today on the MPR News Update, as Gov. Mark Dayton enters the OR, we'll hear about the increasing use of fusion surgery to ease the pain of a bad back. Also, 150 years to the day from a mass execution of Dakota Indians in Mankato, many Dakota returned to city to remember. We'll hear about the collecting and selling of Minneapolis license plate data. And we have a story about a Minnesota farmer who's expanding his operation to Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:07:37 -0600 The NRA breaks its silence; a Minnesota sheriff has Joe Biden's ear Today on the MPR News Update: The NRA breaks its silence over the elementary school massacre in Connecticut. Also, news about the shuttered St. Paul Ford plant, legislative agendas for environmentalists and same-sex marriage proponents, a mobile food shelf that's become a model for the nation, and a "Christmas Carol" from "tha hood." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:03:24 -0600 Guns, guns, guns: Everyone's talking, but what's to be done? Today on the MPR News Update: The Connecticut elementary school massacre continues to resonate in Minnesota. Also, we take a look back at how quickly the shooting deaths of police officers are resolved, return for another visit with a man coping with ALS, and tell you about another key departure at Best Buy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:52:37 -0600 Tuning out the news of a massacre may be the best coping mechanism Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota mental health professionals and educators address mass shootings. We hear from the son of a victim of a mass shooting in Minneapolis. Also, we have the latest on the Cold Spring police officer killing, a plan to move sand around in Wabasha, and on how the group that pressed for construction of a new St. Croix River bridge is keeping the pressure on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:29:43 -0600 The massacre in Connecticut, the reaction in Minnesota Today on the podcast, some of the areas hardest hit by flooding earlier this year still haven't received much government financial help. Disaster "preppers" gather in Minnesota. And, not knowing English can drag a student's performance down in a number of academic areas. But first, everybody's talking about the Friday shooting rampage in Connecticut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:44:12 -0600 An elementary school shooting rampage; a bruising marriage amendment battle There's been another mass shooting, this time in Connecticut. Also, we hear about the battle over a park along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, and the Roman Catholic Church licking its wounds after a bruising battle over same-sex marriage. All that and more in today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:47:48 -0600 Latinos and the changing face of outstate Minnesota Today on the MPR News Update: Light rail construction is ahead of schedule, the poverty rate in Minnesota is leveling off, our two biggest cities pass budgets and levy increases, and communities in outstate Minnesota look for ways to move forward under changing - and permanent -- demographic and cultural changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:33:08 -0600 London calling: The Delta Airlines-Virgin Atlantic deal We have more on the state health care insurance voucher program that doesn't seem to be working very well. Also, we hear from the police chief who lost one of his men nearly two weeks ago. And, Minnesota wildlife experiences the drought. But first up, news about Delta Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:11:51 -0600 A Dakota trail of tears to Mankato; a return to winter Today on the MPR News Update, we report on questions being asked about the ethical behavior of a St. Cloud state lawmaker, a trail of tears from South Dakota to Mankato, and the more than 16 inches of snow that fell on parts of Minnesota over the weekend. We'll look at the weather first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:03:04 -0600 Officer Decker is buried in Collegeville; Gov. Dayton grapples with the deficit Today on the MPR News Update we report on Officer Tom Decker's burial in Collegeville attended by thousands of police officers, take measure of how lawmakers plan to deal with Minnesota's budget deficit, look at the state's economic prospects, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:35:58 -0600 One officer is mourned in Collegeville; another makes Minneapolis history Today in the MPR News Update, Officer Tom Decker is buried, Janee Harteau is sworn in as the new top Minneapolis cop, the state faces a $1.1 billion deficit, both Twin Cities orchestras are in the red, too, and St. Paul pulls back the curtain on a massive Union Depot rehab project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:10:11 -0600 Minnesota same-sex marriage moves: Too soon? Welcome to the MPR News Update, Minnesota's news on your schedule. Today we're reporting about advocates for same-sex marriage gearing up for a fight in the Legislature. We also ask whether Minnesotans care about the fiscal cliff. And, why we be worried about "superbugs." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:33:17 -0600 More details on the Little Falls shootings; light rail plans get a rough ride Will Golden Valley go for a light rail line connecting Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park? Are we still in a foreclosure crisis in Minnesota? Will Janee Harteau be the next top cop in Minneapolis? Those questions, some answers and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:21:36 -0600 Affordable housing without the bedbugs; no stalling light rail Today on the MPR News Update, a bedbug-infested apartment building in St. Paul debuts as affordable housing after a refurbishment, the state looks for a new way to pay for public education, Central Corridor light rail construction will continue, and we learn more about the two shooting deaths in Little Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:26:25 -0600 Who is Janee Harteau, and how will she run the Minneapolis Police Dept? Today on the MPR News Update we take a look at the next police chief of Minneapolis, learn about the rebirth of Duluth, hear more details from the shooting that claimed the lives of two teenagers near Little Falls and talk about a new trial for a priest who had an affair with a parishioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:19:42 -0600 Following a teen where wolves go as trapping season starts Today on the MPR News Update, Minnesota's wolf hunt has moved into a trapping phase, state Republicans are warning taxpayers to hold onto their wallets, Norm Coleman assesses his political clout, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:31:05 -0600 Best Buy takes a licking, promises to keep on ticking Today on the MPR News Update we report on another bad earnings report from Best Buy, ill winds for Austin-based Hormel, the ethics of using unmanned aerial drones, how the classical music drought in the Twin Cities is impacting teachers and students, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:15:58 -0600 Athletes are recovering better from ACL injuries Joining MPR's Phil Picardi to discuss why we're seeing such strong comebacks after ACL surgery is Jeffrey Macalena, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/health/acl-injuries?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:34:48 -0600 St. Paul businesses, workers worry as Wild season shrinks Businesses and workers in downtown St. Paul are worried about a lost hockey season. The National Hockey League has cancelled all of its games through the end of the month in an ongoing labor dispute with players. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/17/regional/hockey-season-worries?refid=0 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:29:12 -0600 Sorry, I can't hear you. The jet noise is too loud Today on the MPR News Update, neighbors say new flight paths to and from the Twin Cities airport could bring more noise. Opponents of a proposed light rail line in the southwest metro fear it could mean the re-routing of freight trains. State lawmakers say seat licenses have always been a part of new stadium talks. Thirsty farmland still yields an impressive harvest. And, Minnesota's juvenile justice system has some serious racial disparity issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:45:54 -0600 Roe, roe, roe your boat for 'Lake Superior Gold' Today on the MPR News Update, we ride along with the herring fishermen of Lake Superior. And on the podcast, we report on the flap over personal seat licenses in a new Vikings stadium, the turnaround effort at Best Buy getting a skeptical read from analysts, changes on the horizon for Minnesota's environmental oversite, and a new growth in kindergarten school registration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:46:01 -0600 The general, the other general, the woman and the other woman: A scandal spreads Today on the MPR News Update: A sex scandal captivates and infuriates the nation's capital, the Minnesota construction sector is pulling out of the slump, U.S. Catholic bishops plan to stay the course after an Election Day thumping, and we hear from the author of "The Cursing Mommy." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:56:21 -0600 Did conservative hot-button social issues sink the GOP in Edina? In the MPR News Update today, we use Edina as a microcosm to explain the Legislature's flip from Republican to Democratic control, two small and rare late-season tornadoes touch down in the Twin Cities metro, congressman-elect Rick Nolan heads back to Washington after a 32-year hiatus from Capitol Hill, and Best Buy's new boss gets ready for a grilling from investors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:58:48 -0600 Aftermath: Who won, who lost, why, and what do we do now? Today on the MPR News Update, DFLers elect new leaders of their now-in-the-majority state House and Senate caucuses. The battle over same-sex marriage may just be beginning. Hennepin County talks about what went wrong with some voting machines. And Minnesota job seekers, employers and health reformers talk about the impact of Tuesday's vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:42:14 -0600 A blue wave breaks over the Legislature; the president wins four more years Today on the MPR News Update, the 2012 election is in the record books and, for the most part, it'll go down as a big win for Democrats. An estimated 3 million people voted yesterday in Minnesota -- which works out to about 75 percent voter turnout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:12:03 -0600 The marathon is over and Election Day is here Today on the MPR News Update, we're fanning out across the state to cover Election Day. Also, wind power jobs are dwindling, more numbers are in from the wolf hunt, Bob Dylan tickets are relatively easy to come by, why health insurance may be good for your health, and the Timberwolves stun Brooklyn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:08:12 -0600 Time's getting short as candidates make final pleas to voters Today on the MPR News Update, we're all over the 2012 campaign as the clock winds down, from candidates to ballot issues and beyond. Also, we hear from hunters gunning for wolves in Minnesota. And, there's news about the Nice Ride and another Minnesota Opera original. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:12:37 -0600 The White House race hogs the spotlight, but there's also a fight for the Legislature Can Democrats wrestle away control from one or both houses of the state Legislature? Also, was a Mankato coach engaged in "innocent family fun" or pornography? And, Minnesota tribes say no to a wolf hunt on tribal land. That and much more today on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:07:57 -0500 The congressional incumbents face their challengers Today on the MPR News Update, news from 8th and 6th congressional district races, a debate on the Voter ID constitutional amendment, the retirement of the Minneapolis police chief, and the aftermath of superstorm Sandy -- including help from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:11:03 -0500 What happened after Jack Baker and Mike McConnell tried to get married 40 years ago? Today, we go into the basement to track the history of the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota. We also remember Paul Wellstone. Jim Graves is trying to unseat Michele Bachmann. Tempers are raised over voter ID. Ranchers celebrate the new wolf hunt. And there's a new anti-bullying panel in the Anoka-Hennepin schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:29:28 -0500 No more 'scumbag' talk from Ellison vs.Fields Today on MPR News Update the latest meeting between Rep. Keith Ellison and his Republican challenger, Chris Fields, proves to be more polite than their previous encounter. Also, we ask, "Where's the tea party?" The DNR sells mining leases. And, who's responsible for reporting suspected child abuse? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/mpr-news-updates?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:58:57 -0500 Horses and bayonets: The state of the world with Obama and Romney On the MPR News Update today, we pull together the post-mortem on the final presidential debate. The owners of Accent Signage say they're back in business after last month's shooting rampage. Outside groups are spending a lot on Minnesota's elections. And the Minnesota Orchestra isn't tapping its endowment during a contract dispute. First, let's get through the debate fallout: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:05:04 -0500 Terrorists, 'scumbags,' and wolves: The MPR News Update Today on the MPR News Update the government wins its case in the al-Shabab trial. A congressman and his challenger exchange heated words in an on-air debate. There's a Minnesota connection to the Boy Scouts sex abuse scandal. And we wrap up our road-trip reporting on the marriage amendment in Grand Rapids. All that and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:09:52 -0500 Love, sin and uneasy bedfellows: MPR's marriage amendment special coverage Today on the MPR News Update we hear from marriage amendment supporters and opponents in Redwing and Moorhead. We have the latest on the Meningitis outbreack. The contract tussle at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is reaching a crescendo. The contract to build a new Saints stadium goes public. There's more fresh produce in corner stores. And we find out who calls 911 the most...and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:01:18 -0500 Flogging facts and women in binders: The second presidential debate Today: Separating fact from fiction with Obama and Romney, more Minnesotans are at risk of fungal meningitis, electronic pull tabs are a month old, Target will match online prices, Craavack and Nolan go another round, and a gunman's parents talk about his mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:10:25 -0500 'There was nothing we could do,' Andrew Engeldinger's mother says Today on the MPR News Update the parents of the gunman in last month's shooting rampage in Minneapolis talk about his mental illness struggles. We look at the TV ad barrage in the 8th Congressional District. A Minnesota Lynx star speaks out against the marriage amendment. And the sugar beet harvest goes on despite a labor lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:57:49 -0500 The Lynx catch a Fever and fall behind Today on the MPR News Update we look back at a rough weekend for Minnesota sports fans. Some seniors worry how they might be affected by the proposed voter ID amendment. And we hear from Michael Brodkorb in the wake of his firing from the state Senate over a sex scandal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:15:55 -0500 Abuse allegations loom over Faribault's elite prep school Today on the MPR News Update, Fairbault residents are coming to grips with news about suspected abuse at the city's iconic prep school. Another victim of the shooting rampage at a Minneapolis business has died. Hundreds turned out for a memorial service dedicated to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. And some Minnesota schools are having a hard time meeting the state's high expectations for arts education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:06:45 -0500 Minnesota's orchestral strife is hardly alone Today on the update we put the state's orchestra turmoil in context. A Faribault prep school makes headlines with allegations of sexual abuse. The trial of an accused al-Shabab associate continues in Minneapolis. And in Anoka, a gay youth group is denied a place in the town's annual Halloween parade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:00:49 -0500 Buried riches? Mining companies are drilling for new deposits up north Today on your MPR News Update: There's copper in them thar soils. Also, we hear about the dismissal of a St. Paul crime lab case due to inaccurate testing. Some Canadians tell Minnesota to pass the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage - while others disagree. Safety-net hospitals sound the alarm about reduced government funding. And Jerry Sandusky learns his fate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:03:33 -0500 Want to host the Super Bowl? Build a stadium first, Goodell says Today on the Update: Premature talk about hosting the Super Bowl, the latest tussle over voter ID involves the military, Kurt Bills tries to chip away at Amy Klobuchar's voter base, and the Lynx are going to the WNBA finals again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:20:06 -0500 The jobless news keeps getting better Today we learn that the unemployment rate has recovered to the point it was at when Barack Obama took office, we hear Minnesotans may have been exposed to a dangerous form of meningitis, the trial of a Twin Cities terror suspect continues, and a university professor speaks with us again about his journey with ALS. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:20:42 -0500 Thundersnow, wildfires and a wicked congressional race Early snow helps wildfire fighters, corn farmers profit in the drought, another shooting victim is laid to rest. And what did you think of last night's presidential debate? There's all that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:08:37 -0500 Fire and snow in northwest Minnesota The residents of a small town in northwestern Minnesota are back in their homes after fleeing wildfires. The state's tax burden is shifting from homeowners to commercial property owners. And, is requiring a photo ID to step into a voting booth an effort to suppress the votes of minorities? All that and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:19:41 -0500 Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane Today on the Update, the lieutenant governor skydives, and we have photos. The marriage amendment causes friction in the black community. Norm Coleman has a new power base: money. And apple growers are facing a very tough harvest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:54:24 -0500 Voter ID opponents unhappy with DFL Today on the Update: Voter ID opponents wonder why they aren't getting more help from the DFL. Iowans reflect on their experience with same-sex marriage. Minnesotans are coping with receding river water levels. Labor talks at the SPCO are stalled. And Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," wants creationists out of school classrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:46:21 -0500 Orchestral maneuvers in the Twin Cities Today on the MPR News Update: Tim Pawlenty won't run for the US Senate anytime soon. The University of North Dakota is pioneering the flight safety of aircraft that don't have pilots in the cockpit. There's more on the local tussle over live classical music. And, the Twin Cities get funky. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:04:32 -0500 Minnesota's economy: Census suggests the worst may be over The latest Census data shows good news -- or is it bad news? -- for Minnesota. Fingerprint evidence at the St. Paul police crime lab adds to a brewing controversy. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is now a Washington, D.C. lobbyist. We get an update on the attempts to revive North High School in Minneapolis. And we have a three-part series on the challenges faced by rural healthcare providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:58:59 -0500 The archbishop defends the marriage amendment Today on the MPR News Update, Archbishop Nienstedt defends the marriage amendment. The Occupy movement has a beachhead in Little Falls. Minnesotans have a new way to gamble. Lynn Rogers keeps feeding the research bears. And President Barack Obama joins those criticizing Mitt Romney for comments he made in a secretly-recorded video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:41:49 -0500 Gambling on iPads boots up Minnesota is about to find out if a new way of gambling will really help pay for the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. Voter ID proponents say they want to stop election fraud, but studies show that such fraud is practically non-existent. A new high school in Rochester is helping non-traditional students get a leg up in medical and technology education. And Mitt Romney is defending his controversial comments about Americans who use government services. All that and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:00:41 -0500 Campaigning with friendly, compassionate conversation Marriage amendment foes are putting a premium on friendly and compassionate conversation. The fiscal cliff that looms in Congress could put Minnesota's economy through the shredder. Jim Graves is campaigning to not be the fourth Democrat to lose a congressional election against Michele Bachmann. And look at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam - the single bloodiest day in United States history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:50:43 -0500 The world encroaches on Campaign 2012 Foreign policy forces its way back into the presidential race. We take a longer look at the winners in the competition for a slice of the state's economic development funding pie. Minneapolitans give a little love to thirsty trees. The Twins play safe -- maybe too safe -- with their "It gets better" video. And how is it possible that just a few years removed from an NHL season lost to a lockout that a contract dispute can be skating down that same path? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:36:44 -0500 A new day for baseball in St. Paul The Saints win their ballpark funding quest. Polling shows the voter ID constitutional amendment with strong support across the state, but how much would it cost or save to implement the change? We look at why the US House voted to swap Boundary Waters land with land in the Superior National Forest. Concordia College cuts its tuition costs. An infamous cold case is cracked. And we have the latest on unrest in the Middle East and its impact on the presidential race. First up: Play ball! http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:50:53 -0500 The death of the US ambassador to Libya The U.S. ambassador to Libya is killed during protests against an anti-Islamic film produced in the United States. The Vikings' Chris Kluwe stands by his outspoken opposition to the marriage amendment. The Pagami Creek wildfire fits with a pattern of extreme weather and climate change-driven events. And we take a look at the latest U.S. Census data about Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:30:35 -0500 On this 9/11, have we now passed a turning point? The 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn., and we have stories and photos. Also, we take a look at how much money our members of Congress spend in order to generate campaign funds. Paramedics can now get certified for non-emergency health care needs. A new baseball stadium for St. Paul scores well among state economic officials. And there are some sobering numbers about the homeless and those on food stamps in Minnesota. That and more in the Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:04:51 -0500 Minnesota DNC delegates fired up, ready to go Today we heard what Minnesota delegates to the DNC thought of their party's convention. Five design firms vie for the Vikings attention on a bid to build a new stadium. And cover the the nuts and bolts on strife between the valves and bows when it comes to management of the Minnesota Orchestra. That and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/mprnewsupdate?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:52:21 -0500 'There they go again,' Bill Clinton says, tweaking Republicans On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton gave Barack Obama a resounding endorsement, and we talked to blue-collar workers who may turn away from the president. A supporter of same-sex marriage makes his case in Minnesota. We'll hear about troubles in the arts here in the Twin Cities. And, an experimental pesticide may be working against zebra mussels. That and more in the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:55:57 -0500 R.T. Rybak makes the case for Barack Obama Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak addresses Democratic Party faithful. Minnesotans at the DNC discuss same sex marriage. There could be a breakthrough on West Nile virus in Minnesota. And the first day of school goes awry in St. Paul thanks to bus drivers who don't know their routes. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:46:22 -0500 Now, the Democrats take a turn Today on the Update, we hear from Minnesota DFLers in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. Many Iron Range taconite mine workers have a new deal to continue mining. As colleges begin classes, many students in the Twin Cities promise not to drink or take drugs. Dairy farmers are getting squeezed by the drought. And a new study raises serious questions about whether organic food is healthier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:35:21 -0500 Pawlenty goes to bat for Romney and Ryan At the Republican National Convention, Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty gets a convention spotlight and Paul Ryan gets a fact check. On the Iron Range, we watching a taconite mine labor dispute and new pollution rules aimed at clearing the BWCA's air. And we talk to the State Fair's neighbors about how they put with all the crowds, noise and trash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/politics/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:59:54 -0500 Bachmann proves she's still a GOP star At the Republican National Convention, Rep. Michele Bachmann shows that she's still a political star, former Sen. Norm Coleman tells reporters he's advising Mitt Romney on international affairs and Ron Paul's Minnesota delegates are still waiting to be courted. We have those stories, the latest on Hurricane Isaac, pediatricians opposed to the marriage amendment and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:44:52 -0500 Sticking to the RNC convention script The GOP has returned to its convention script, even as Isaac is upgraded to hurricane status and heads for New Orleans. The debunked claims about rape and pregnancy from a Republican Missouri Senate candidate have migrated to Minnesota's congressional races. The marriage amendment campaign's focus shifts to Latino voters. The state Supreme Court hands Republicans two ballot question victories. And we explain why the Twin Cities needs two world-class orchestras. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:47:26 -0500 The pros and cons of taking Best Buy private Best Buy is setting up a room for its former founder to look at the details of its financial books. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with John Reik, who teaches at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, about the advantages and disadvantages of taking a company private. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/business/reik-best-buy-private-vs-public?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:20:17 -0500 More trouble for Best Buy Best Buy's second quarter earnings report is not good. A leading Minnesota disease expert says pigs should be kept away from the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesota gets a Supreme Court nominee who could make history. Prosecutors say the St. Paul Police Department's troubled crime lab will get independent review. And President Barack Obama draws a line in the sand over Syria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:23:06 -0500 A tale of two CEOs Today on the Update, we're following the a shakeup in leadership of two large Twin Cities companies, Best Buy and the Carlson Companies. Also, we're reporting on a new trend, more young college graduates signing up for food stamps. Xcel Energy wants to end incentives for solar power and the children of illegal immigrants want deferred deportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:54:54 -0500 Minnesota's uncivil war Aug. 17, 1862 is a date that lives in infamy in Minnesota, marking the start of the US-Dakota War. We're covering that, as well as state workers saying they've been wrongly removed from health insurance rolls, the Minnesota State Fair preparing for swine flu, and a live-action game in the Twin Cities suburbs that recreates the attack on Osama bin Laden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:57:14 -0500 Primary redux: Almost the lowest turnout ever On the MPR News Update today, three Minnesota Lynx stars share their Olympic gold medals and thoughts, we look at the state's meager primary election turnout and Al Franken's money-raising prowess, throw some light the proliferation of video security cameras in Duluth, and interview a mysterious American pop singer from the 1970s who was really, really big in South Africa -- but not much of anywhere else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/mprnewsupdate?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:55:17 -0500 The return of the old timers Welcome to the first full day of the state's general election campaign. We're reporting on the results of primary races in the Minnesota Legislature, and in two key congressional districts, and what the results mean looking ahead to November. We're also following the Minneapolis City Council debate over firefighter staffing levels, a shutdown at the Prairie Island nuclear facility, and continuing out look at the impact of budget cuts on rural law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:18:24 -0500 Do you know where to vote? Today is primary election day in Minnesota, so it's only right on the Update that we're leading with a lot of work on voting, politics, budgets and elections here in Minnesota and out on the campaign trail. We also have a mixed bag of national economic news and good news on Minnesota foreclosures. And there's a commentary on climate change, the drought, and "extreme" rainstorms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:27 -0500 What comes next for Tim Pawlenty? We're trying to get at two of of the biggest questions in Minnesota this morning following Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate. How will his choice impact the vote here, and what will former Gov. Tim Pawlenty do next, having once again been passed over in the veepstakes? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:31:07 -0500 Slogging through the bogs Mother Nature is keeping our attention: We report on a new, large-scale initiative to assess the health of Minnesota's wetlands, as well as Farmfest concerns about the drought's impact on the corn crop. We also take note of how women war veterans are changing the look of VFW posts, and tell the story of a Vietnam War photographer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:02:52 -0500 Where's the beef? On today's MPR News Update we're checking into the new federal rules for public school lunches, what to do about the dangerous amoeba in a Stillwater lake, the government not being able to keep your email address secret, and an Austin e-book author moving titles by the trucklod, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/news/mpr-news-update-podcast?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:46:33 -0500 A death in Stillwater Today, we report on another child dying after swimming in a Twin Cities area lake, Republicans who have "sticker shock" after seeing the price tag for flood relief, the governor denouncing accusations that he's pill popper as "a lie," and Minneapolitans shake hands and pass the mustard on National Night Out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/news/mpr-news-update-podcast?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:46:06 -0500 Looking at Wisconsin, Twin Cities Sikhs open their temple doors Minnesota Sikhs know about the prejudice that may have played a part in a mass shooting in Wisconsin. Analysts consider if Richard Schulze's offer is a best buy for Best Buy. And we hear hear about two Minnesotans taking it to the bad guys; one who uses education to try and curb teen gun violence, and a vigilante from long time ago who who eventually became the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/news/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:05:00 -0500 From Mars to Minnesota and a Concordia professor Welcome to the MPR News Update, a roundup of Minnesota's news on your schedule. Today, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze makes a play to take the company private, Democrats in northeastern Minnesota try to topple Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, and a Minnesota scientist talks about getting her hands on data from Sunday night's Mars landing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/podcast/mars-lander-cravaack-challengers-minnesota-olympians?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:40:53 -0500 Who gets to pick the title for a ballot question? Dale Carpenter, a Constitutional Law professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, discusses the legal arguments surrounding the naming of proposed constitutional amendments with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/amendment_title?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:48:20 -0500 Finding balanced view of the US-Dakota War of 1862 This year, we are marking the 150th anniversary of the U.S-Dakota War of 1862, one of the most significant and controversal chapters in Minnesota history. It's a challenging subject to tackle, but one that people in Minnesota need to understand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/dakota_war?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 06:35:45 -0500 DNR programs look like 'Swiss cheese,' commissioner says State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr called on lawmakers Thursday to approve an increase to hunting and fishing licenses http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/dnr-programs-swiss-cheese?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:48:21 -0500 Vikings stadium: So many ideas, so little time Days after its surprise defeat in a Minnesota House committee, more plans for a Vikings stadium finance package are emerging at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/vikings-stadium-debrief?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:32:29 -0500 Board investigating Brian Dunn, newspaper reports Former Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned Tuesday amid an investigation into his personal conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/board-investigation-brian-dunn-newspaper-reports?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:25:44 -0500 Minnesota History Center displays early printing of the Constitution Phil Picardi talks with M.I.T. professor Pauline Maier about the early printings of the Constitution and why the time period is often misunderstood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/minnesota-history-center-early-printing-constitution?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:06:20 -0500 Capitol news update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Phil Picardi talks with MPR reporter Tim Pugmire about the latest news out of the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/pugmire0402?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 09:59:02 -0500 Bill would ban employers from asking for social networking passwords Minnesota lawmakers are trying to block employers from asking job applicants for their passwords to social networking sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/franson0328?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:40:05 -0500 State GOP Chair says Minnesota's caucuses will influence presidential race MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Republican Chairman Pat Shortridge about the state's caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/shortridge?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 11:02:20 -0600 Climatologist Seeley on the weather turning cold MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the dip in the temperatures around Minnesota this week. He also looks back at just how warm it was during the first half of January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:31:38 -0600 Vikings stadium proposals: What comes next? After a year of debate, the effort to build a new home for the Vikings is still facing many hurdles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/vikings-stadium-what-comes-next?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:06:30 -0600 Clock ticking down to governor's Vikings stadium deadline Today's the day set by Gov. Mark Dayton for would-be hosts for a Vikings stadium to make their bids. The governor said he wants the best offers for NFL stadiums on his desk by the end of the day. Shakopee handed in a surprise, last-minute bid last night. Minneapolis and Ramsey County are likely to hand in their paperwork this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/nelson2?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:14:52 -0600 Hockey's catastrophic injuries, and worse: Physician seeks 'big change' Dr. Bill Roberts, a professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Minnesota, began studying the issue 20 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/hockey-catastrophic-injuries?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 08:14:11 -0600 Analyst: Target and Apple a good match Twenty-five Target stores around the U.S. could be home to small-scale Apple stores later this year. At least that's the rumor swirling around the internet. Apple and Target have not confirmed the partnership. If true, the selected Target stores would host an Apple "store-within-a-store." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/target?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:02:43 -0600 Iowa presidential dynamics still unsettled on eve of caucuses Tomorrow all political attention will be on Iowa as voters attend caucuses and mark the beginning of the GOP presidential nominating process. The race has seen candidates rising and falling over these past few months including Minnesota congresswoman, Michele Bachmann. Minnesota Public Radio has sent a team of reporters, producers and hosts to Iowa for caucus coverage including Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/wurzer2?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 09:22:42 -0600 Proposed Farm Program Cuts Affect Minnesota Farmers Leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees plan to propose cuts to the country's farm subsidy programs. Those cuts could affect Minnesota, the fourth largest agricultural producing state in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/stephaniemercier?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:20:18 -0500 Weather with Mark Seeley Mark Seeley discusses ongoing drought conditions in Southern Minnesota and the onset of chilly weather in the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:09:44 -0500 August rainfall spotty around Minnesota MPR's Phil Picardi speaks with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about the places that have seen significant rainfall around Minnesota in August. Seeley also gives an update on Hurricane Irene, which is bearing down on the East Coast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/august-rainfall-spotty-around-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:43:17 -0500 Trends and stories in rural health care Minnesota Public Radio's Ground Level blog is looking for your ideas about improving health care in rural Minnesota. Doctors, nurses, paramedics and other providers from around the state have contributed insights about the special challenges they face providing care in rural areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/rural?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:03:41 -0500 Local governments show some resistence to sand mining Two city councils are putting pressure on the Goodhue County board to temporarily block a new kind of mining in the county. Red Wing and Lake City passed symbolic measures this week opposing the potential mining of so-called "frack sand" in their area. The sand would be dug up near Red Wing and used elsewhere in the country for a controversial way of geting oil and gas out of the ground known as fracking. Goodhue County is expected to take up a proposed one-year moratorium on sand mining in the coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/sand?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:59:04 -0500 The future is unclear for Americans detained in Iran The two Americans sentenced over the weekend to eight years in an Iranian prison plan to appeal their conviction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/iran_analysis?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:43:57 -0500 Expert: Concord Coalition analyzes Pawlenty economic plan Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has released a plan he says will grow the economy by 5 percent a year. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with the Concord Coalition's Diane Lim Rogers for some analysis of Pawlenty's plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/rogers-concorde-coalition?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:07:00 -0500 Red Lake Band of Ojibwe taking another step in managing gray wolves The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is preparing for a second major wolf research project on tribal lands in northern Minnesota. Red Lake's natural resources department has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant to help the tribe manage its gray wolf population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/robertson-ojibwe?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 09:58:53 -0500 Wisconsin's battle over collective bargaining rights draws new round of protests There is a tent city right now outside the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. People are camped out in what they call "Walkerville" to protest Governor Scott Walker's efforts to limit public workers ability to bargain collectively. It's the latest development in a highly charged political battle in that state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/marley-walker?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 09:42:13 -0500 Pollution at Arden Hills stadium site needs cleanup The 430-acre parcel of land in Arden Hills, where the Vikings want to build a new football stadium, is also part of the state's largest Superfund site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/arden-hills-vikings-superfund?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 10:43:10 -0500 Capitol preview with Tim Pugmire State legislators have a busy schedule of committee meetings and floor sessions this week as they take up a long list of policy bills. And with just three weeks left in the 2011 session there's still no sign of an agreement to erase the state's $5B budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/pugmire-capitol-preview?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 09:41:54 -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 Minnesota's judicial elections not as politicized as Wisconsin's With all the politically-charged hostility surrounding this week's judicial election, the race for Wisconsin's Supreme Court seat could be described as anything but non-partisan. How have Minnesota judicial elections avoided a similar fate? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/magnuson?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 09:37:48 -0500 Race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat too close to call Wisconsin's fight over union rights came to a head at the polls as voters split almost evenly over whether to re-elect a conservative-leaning justice or give his little-known opponent his seat on the state Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/marley-wis-supreme?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 10:06:31 -0500 Minneapolis-based organization aids in Ivory Coast's refugee crisis Fighting in Ivory Coast has already forced nearly one hundred thousand people to flee into neighboring Liberia. The refugee situation there is dire, with food and shelter in scarce supply. The Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee (ARC) is in Liberia working with the refugees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/hasselbeck-arc?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 09:49:23 -0500 Mark Seeley talks about the weather and updated flood outlooks With a warm stretch settling in, flooding throughout the state continues to be a top concern. But just how bad will it get? MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with meteorologist Mark Seeley about what we can expect for the week ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:30:50 -0500 SXSW 2011: Minnesota presence felt at Austin music festival Today will be another busy day at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. This is the festival's 25th year and this one is the biggest yet. Over 1500 bands will perform over four days, including more than 50 local acts from around Minnesota. The Current's Mary Lucia talks about the bands, the music, and how the Minnesota music scene is representing in Austin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/lucia-sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:59:07 -0500 State drug expert reflects on Blaine overdose tragedy An overdose of a designer drug left one teenager dead and two more in critical condition in Blaine yesterday. The drug has been identified by state authorities as 2C-E, a powerful hallucinogen available over the internet. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Carol Falkowski about the risks involved with these legal designer drugs. Falkowski is the director of the chemical health division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/falkowski?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:31:38 -0500 Scientist reacts to move to ban human cloning in Minnesota This afternoon the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will consider the 'Human Cloning Prohibition Act'. This bill would make illegal certain technology involved in cloning procedure. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke to Dr. Meri Firpo about the science community's reaction. Dr. Firpo is a researcher at the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/firpo?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:26:56 -0500 Play celebrates Irish immigration at SteppingStone Theater A group of child actors, dancers and musicians tell the story of the Irish immigration to Minnesota in a new show that runs through Sunday at St. Paul's SteppingStone Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/irish-play?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 06:42:02 -0500 The question of fetal pain is at the heart of a new abortion bill Today a Minnesota House Committee will hear a bill that would ban abortions on all fetuses older than 20 weeks. Proponents of the bill contend that a fetus older than 20 weeks can feel pain. Dr. Sunny Anand of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been researching the question of fetal pain for 25 years. He spoke with MPR's Phil Picardi about his research and whether or not it should be used in the political arena. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/anand?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:03:34 -0500 Klobuchar looking to rein in speculators, reduce the price of oil In an effort to curb rising gas prices, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., has introduced legislation to limit excessive price speculating in the oil futures market. But will the proposed measures really have an effect at the pump? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/ulland?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:20:14 -0500 Capitol preview: this week in Minnesota politics Minnesota House and Senate committees begin assembling several budget bills this week that will erase a projected $5 billion deficit without raising taxes. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with reporter Tim Pugmire as he follows all the action at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:26:00 -0500 Minnesotans in Pacific in midst of quake, tsnunami Minnesotans in Japan are relating their experiences with Friday's powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/minnesotans-in-hawaii-japan-earthquake-tsunami?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:34:50 -0600 Bachmann: 2012 plans to be decided by 'early summer' Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says she'll decide on a run for president by "early summer". http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/bachmann-cnn?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 08:31:14 -0600 Dayton: It's time for GOP to present budget plan Gov. Mark Dayton says it's time for Republicans in charge of the state Legislature to present a budget plan tackling the state's $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/dayton-midday?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:32:10 -0600 Minnesota legislators consider Florida's model for education reform A committee in the Minnesota House will look to the south today for ideas to improve Minnesota's schools. The Education Reform Committee will hear what's being billed as "The Florida Story." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/levesque?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:53:14 -0600 Preview at the Capitol: the week ahead in state politics MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with reporter Tim Pugmire about an updated economic forecast being released today by state finance officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/pugmirepreview?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:24:03 -0600 One-on-one: When public employees band together to bargain collectively, is it good for the public? MPR's Morning Edition invited Phil Krinkie and Eliot Seide to debate and attempt to answer the question: When public employees band together to bargain collectively, is it good for the public? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/union-debate?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:54:38 -0600 New Minnesota Twin worries about culture shock Twins rookie Tsuyoshi Nishioka will have a full-time translator when he joins the team this year. But the Twins' first Japanese player told KARE 11's Mike Pomeranz that he still worries about connecting with a new culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/new-minnesota-twin-worries-about-culture-shock?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 10:21:04 -0600 Flood preparations gearing up in Red River Valley MPR's Phil Picardi spoke today with reporter Dan Gunderson from the Moorhead bureau about flood preparations and other news in northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/gundersondebrief?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 09:24:59 -0600 A preview of the week ahead at the State Capitol The early bipartisan goodwill of the 2011 Legislative session could be put to the test this week as Republicans take up several issues that don't have the support of Governor Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/pugmirepreview?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:24:03 -0600 For some, Medicaid switch won't happen until summer Some of the state's lowest income earners will have their health care switched to the federal Medicaid program March 1, but the switch for most who qualify may not be completed until summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/jesson-medicaid?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:21:45 -0600 Sen. Franken unsure on Senate health care vote DFL Senator Al Franken said he's not sure if the Senate will vote on the House bill repealing the new health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/franken-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:01:45 -0600 GOP House leader opposes state tax money for new stadium The new chairman of the Minnesota House Taxes Committee says he opposes using state tax money to build a new Vikings football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/vikings-stadium-funding?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:17:12 -0600 Pawlenty spars with Stewart on Daily Show Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Wednesday night at the end of a day filled with interviews as the possible 2012 presidential candidate promotes his new book "Courage to Stand". http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/pawlenty-daily-show?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 07:06:52 -0600 Hennepin Co. Sheriff talks about security for members of Congress In the wake of the Arizona shooting spree that killed six and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, questions have been raised regarding the security available to Minnesota's members of Congress at public events in the state. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Hennepin Co. Sheriff and former state Commissioner of Public Safety Rich Stanek about security for Minnesota's members of Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/congressionalsecurity?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:48:51 -0600 A preview of the week ahead at the State Capitol Republican legislative leaders start off this week with bills designed to create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/politicspreview?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:37:13 -0600 Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has ideas on streamlining regulations Both Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders in the legislature say they want to streamline government regulations. Their contention is that Minnesota is at a competitive disadvantage because of the time it takes to get the required permits for building projects under current regulation standards. The Minnesota Chamber is proposing several law changes designed to streamline regulations regarding environmental impact. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Tony Kwilas, the Chamber's director of environment and natural resources policy, about some of these proposed changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/commerce?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:56:29 -0600 I-94 remains closed in NW Minnesota , N.D. Portions of Interstate 94 in northwest Minnesota have closed again, after reopening briefly Friday morning and early afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/blizzard-north-dakota-minnesota-travel-conditions?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jan 2011 06:46:11 -0600 Health official says nine-month timeframe for Medicaid expansion necessary Gov.-elect Mark Dayton says he'll authorize the expansion soon after taking office next month. On Monday, Dayton is scheduled to meet with a state official about expansion of Medicaid for the state's poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/ludeman-medicaid-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 08:48:59 -0600 Dayton still looking for budget commissioner Governor-elect Mark Dayton will be hiring cabinet members between now and the time he takes office on Jan. 3. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/dayton-cabinet?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 08:42:25 -0600 Old book good read for autumn in Minnesota Read any good books lately? Essayist Peter Smith has -- and not just a good book -- a good old book about Minnesota that just might be perfect for this time of year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/smith?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 08:57:43 -0500 Checking Horner's unfunded mandate statements MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News politics reporter Tom Scheck about Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner's plans for eliminating unfunded mandates. It's the next installment in a regular feature on Morning Edition where we put a statement from one of the candidates for governor into context for you. We're calling it: "What they're NOT saying." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/scheck?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:39:58 -0500 Fed meeting key economic event of the week Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell talks with MPR's Phil Picardi about this week's meeting of the Federal Reserve. He says he'll be looking for innovative ways the Fed could act to get the economy moving. Plus, he previews the week ahead on Wall Street, including new housing numbers expected this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:38:30 -0500 Despite huge drop in metro home sales, median price up Home sales in the Twin Cities dropped a whopping 42 percent last month -- from July the year before, but the median price of homes sold last month actually increased by about two percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/twin-cities-homes-median-price?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:26:42 -0500 Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses the high rainfall amounts this summer in Minnesota, as well as state weather history, with MPR's Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/seeley?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:32:51 -0500 Strategies for lowering drinking in college A new school year begins soon for college students around the country, and school leaders are concerned about the rate of binge drinking among those students. Nationally, more than 1,400 students die every year in alcohol-related incidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/nelson?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:29:56 -0500 Illegal robocalls happening in Minnesota Maybe this has happened to you recently. Your phone rings, and when you answer, it's not a person on the other end of the line, it's a recording offering you a lower credit card interest rate, a new home security system or information about health insurance. They're called "press one" calls, and they're illegal. The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer protection gets between 650 and 900 complaints a month from Minnesotans who've received "press one" calls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/torok?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:50:45 -0500 Details on Favre return expected today We're expecting the equivalent of a presidential news conference today for Vikings Nation. Quarterback Brett Favre is expected to take to the podium at the team's headquarters in Eden Prairie. Favre flew in to Minnesota from his home in Mississippi yesterday afternoon in a private jet. While no official announcement has been made, everything points to Favre coming back to the Vikings to play his his 20th year in the NFL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/favre?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:48:03 -0500 Big group of refugees to resettle in St. Cloud Lutheran Social Services plans to resettle 300 refugees over the next three years in St. Cloud. Refugee populations, mostly from Somalia, have had a growing presence in St. Cloud for the past decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/debrief?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:45:52 -0500 General election strategy emerges in debates There have already been three Minnesota gubernatorial debates in the eight days since the August 10 primary election. DFLer Mark Dayton, the Independence Party's Tom Horner, and Republican Tom Emmer have participated in all three so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/debates?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:43:08 -0500 Monsoon rains heavy in south Asia Floods in Pakistan, India, and China have killed thousands of people. Rain is in the forecast again for the next few days. It's monsoon season in that part of the world, but the rains have been particularly heavy this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/monsoon?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:09:44 -0500 Fringe super fan reviews the best and the worst Scott Pakudaitis is one dedicated Fringe fan. The St. Paul statistician is taking the whole week off work in order to experience as much of the 17th Annual Minnesota Fringe Festival as is humanly possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/fringe-superfan-reviews-the-best-and-the-worst?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 09:41:18 -0500 Chris Farrell talks housing numbers and wheat prices Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell joins Phil Picardi to discuss new numbers on the housing market and the impact of high wheat prices on Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/farrell_monday_markets?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 09:22:07 -0500 National security expert analyzes terrorism indictments Fourteen people in the U.S., including a dozen Minnesota Somalis were charged last week with funneling money and supplies to the terrorist group al-Shabaab which is based in Somalia. John Radsan joined Phil Picardi this morning to asses the significance of the investigation. He's the director of the National Security Forum at William Mitchell College, and he's a former attorney for the CIA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/national_security_expert_calls_group_a_concern?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:49:18 -0500 Short sales on houses up, says economics correspondent Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio economics correspondent Chris Farrell previews the new Home Sales figures,expected to come out today, which are predicted to be the second lowest on record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/monday-markets-with-chris-farrell?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:08:21 -0500 Raw milk from Minnesota dairy farm spurs warning State health officials have linked three cases of E. coli to unpasteurized milk from a dairy farm near the south-central Minnesota town of Gibbon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/raw-milk?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 10:00:37 -0500 Shooting witness: 'Just wish I could have helped him' A former St. Paul police officer and firefighter says the shooting death of a Maplewood police sergeant was a cold-blooded execution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/shooting-witness?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 08:47:09 -0500 What does the Help Wanted Index tell us? Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell explains what the Help Wanted Index is and how it reflects the health of the economy. He also compares the United/Continental merger with the Delta/Northwest merger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/monday_markets?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 11:51:50 -0500 Firefighters trying to contain northern Minn. wildfires Firefighters are still working to contain wildfires in parts of northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/minnesota-wildfires?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:06:13 -0500 Klobuchar downplays Supreme Court rumors Appearing on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show Monday night, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she wouldn't rule out accepting a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but added that she had work left to do in the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/04/klobuchar_for_s.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 10:58:24 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:26:23 -0500 Budget vote and a break in store for lawmakers The Minnesota legislature is facing a busy day today but also a very short week. Members of the House and Senate will head home for their traditional Easter and Passover holiday break after voting on a budget cutting bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/capitol2?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:23:01 -0500 MnSCU criticizes Pawlenty's vetoes in bonding bill MnSCU Chancellor James McCormick says Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recent bonding bill line-item veto of $133 million earmarked for facility proposals could hurt the state's higher education goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/mnscu-bonding-bill?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:53:45 -0500 Mpls. schools to remain in 'code yellow' lockdown Minneapolis school officials say a code yellow lockdown continues at all of the district's schools Thursday as a precautionary measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/schools-yellow-lockdown?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 06:36:10 -0600 Minn. Chief Justice Magnuson disappointed in proposed judicial cuts Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson is sounding the alarm about court-system delays under Gov. Pawlenty's budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/magnuson-court-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:51:51 -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 Welcoming a husband home As part of our "Red Bulls: Beyond Deployment" series, Morning Edition talks with Dana Saville, a mother of three and wife to a returning Minnesota National Guard solider coming home Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/national-guard-wife?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 06:36:30 -0600 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:00:50 -0600 Bonding and health care on the Capitol agenda It's the first full week of the 2010 legislative session, and state lawmakers have a full agenda ahead of them. They are focusing on a $1 billion bonding bill, and an extension of a health care program for the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:58:07 -0600 Drivers complain as pothole season begins Road crews across the state are on the lookout for potholes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/pothole-season-begins?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:03:36 -0600 DFL leaders want Pawlenty to speak on budget crisis The DFL leader of the Minnesota Senate wants Gov. Pawlenty to appear before the Legislature to map out a direction on the budget before the legislative session begins next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/dfl-budget?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 12:34:39 -0600 Franken, Klobuchar set to approve health care legislation Senate Democrats, including Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, say they will pass legislation overhauling the nation's health care system Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/franken-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 09:54:47 -0600 Steger sees progress in climate change talks Minnesota polar explorer Will Steger, says he doesn't expect sweeping policy changes to come out of the Copenhagen climate change conference. He's in Denmark attending the talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/climate-steger?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:29:33 -0600 Sen. Franken optmistic about progress on health care reform DFL U.S. Senator Al Franken says he "feels very good" about the progress of health care reform in the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/franken-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:37:04 -0600 Two economists assess TARP and job creation President Obama is expected to unveil a new proposal today designed to spur job creation. We spoke with two economists to get their opinions on how the money should be spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/tarp?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 08:54:30 -0600 Stronger Canadian dollar good news for Minnesota MPR chief economics corresondent Chris Farrell says Minnesota is benefiting from the strength of the Canadian dollar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 H1N1 vaccines being offered at 7 Minneapolis schools H1N1 flu vaccinations will be available at selected schools in Minneapolis Thursday and Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/h1n1-clinics?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:24:01 -0600 Norm Coleman says he supports redesign of absentee ballots Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman supports efforts to redesign Minnesota's absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/coleman-absentee-ballots?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 14:53:38 -0600 Flu at record levels in Minn, health official says The number of suspected cases of the H1N1 flu has spiked in recent days -- as the state goes through what's called "an acceleration phase" of the second wave of the outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/flu-update?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:38:45 -0500 Twenty years on, hope lives for Jacob Wetterling It's been 20 years since Jerry and Patty Wetterling's son, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, went missing and little has changed in the case, however it has changed how law enforcement officials handle missing children cases track those who might kidnap or otherwise harm children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/wetterling?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Masterpiece is in the eye of the beholder This week, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts opened an exhibit of works from Paris' Louvre Museum called "The Louvre and the Masterpiece." The display has works by unknown artists of antiquity as well as acknowledged masters from Michelangelo, to Vermeer, to Leonardo Vinci. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/papatola?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:58:42 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 10:58:02 -0500 Further delay anticipated for H1N1 vaccine Minnesotans may not be able to get the H1N1 flu vaccine for several more weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/h1n1-vaccine?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:25:17 -0500 Analyzing the Vikings' win over the Packers The Minnesota Vikings are now 4-0, after beating the Green Bay Packers 30-23 last night in a highly-anticipated matchup. It was the first time Vikings quarterback Brett Favre competed against the team that he led for 16 seasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/vikings-beat-packers-30-23?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 09:46:50 -0500 H1N1 kills otherwise healthy child The Minnesota Department of Health says an otherwise healthy 6-year-old boy has died due to complications from the H1N1 flu virus. Seven Minnesotans have died from H1N1, but what makes Nathan Shilling's death unusual is that he had no reported underlying health conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/h1n1-flu-death-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 09:39:46 -0500 Minnesota political leaders reflect on Kennedy Two Minnesota lawmakers from opposite sides of the political spectrum praised Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts senators who died Tuesday of brain cancer, as a collaborator and an inspirational figure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/klobuchar-on-ted-kennedy?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:11:08 -0500 Klobuchar: Kennedy was mentor, bi-partisan Sen. Amy Klobucher says Edward Kennedy's passion for a cause and his country and his love for the Senate made her want to "go to work every day." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/klobuchar-on-edward-kennedy?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:01:54 -0500 District explains actions in teacher harassment case The state's largest school district is trying to explain its actions in a teacher harassment case in a "letter to the community" on its Web site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/anoka-hennepin-harassment?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:05:25 -0500 Pawlenty speeches bring up 2012 presidential talk Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in high demand as a speaker these days. He speaks tonight in Chicago at a conference organized by a Republican political action committee. Then it's off two more engagements over the next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/weber?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 11:06:02 -0500 Q&A: Reed MacKenzie on the PGA Championship at Hazeltine Reed MacKenzie, the former U.S. Golf Association president, spoke with MPR about this week's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/pga-hazeltine?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 NEA funding to change with new leadership The new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts is making waves. The U.S. Senate confirmed Rocco Landesman as chairman last Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/arts?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:57:38 -0500 USDA forecasts crop yields Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest an above average corn crop this fall, but the soybean crop is struggling. The U.S. Agriculture Department released its first detailed look at the fall harvest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/crops?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:55:21 -0500 Zellers says cuts could be restored if recession ends Minnesota's new House minority leader says some of the cuts made to balance the budget could be restored or even avoided if the recession comes to an end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/zellers_unallotment?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:09:51 -0500 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 Hmong leader Ilean Her reacts to the Vang verdict Chai Vang is from St. Paul, and his case has been closely watched by members of the Hmong community in the Twin Cities. Ilean Her, executive director of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, spoke with MPR's Phil Picardi after Vang was found guilty of murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/16_ileanher?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 20:00:00 -0500 Minnesota medical staff assist with Louisiana relief efforts An 80-member team of Minnesota medical personnel are in Louisiana to help treat victims of Hurricane Katrina. The team includes staff from the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, and the College of St. Catherine. The effort is called "Operation Minnesota Lifeline." The U of M's Dr. Jon Hallberg is one of them, and he talked with MPR's Phil Picardi from Louisiana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/16_hallberg?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 18:00:00 -0500 Louisiana musician finds temporary home with Minnesota Orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra opens its new season this weekend. It's a special concert series for one musician in particular, double bass player David Anderson, who is a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Anderson was out of town. Now he's found a temporary home in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/16_nolabassist?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2005 18:00:00 -0500 Twin brothers in western Wisconsin make noise with their cannons Twin brothers in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, are known nationwide for their restorations of antique cannons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_picardip_cannon/?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2005 08:00:00 -0500 St. Paul honors Jerry Vick On Tuesday afternoon and evening, a long line of mourners and well wishers snaked several city blocks outside a Rice Street funeral home to pay their respects and show support for the family of slain St. Paul Police Sgt. Jerry Vick. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/10_picardip_wake/?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2005 21:35:00 -0500 Sen. Mark Dayton discusses his decision not to run for re-election Sen. Mark Dayton said Friday his low poll numbers and an expectation of vicious political attacks were factors in his decision not to seek re-election next year. He discussed his decision with MPR's Phil Picardi on All Things Considered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/02/11_extra_dayton?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2005 14:30:00 -0600 A witness to democracy in Ukraine The outcome of the presidential election in Ukraine is still unclear. Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared victory in Sunday's runoff election, although Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych has so far refused to concede defeat. Former Minnesota Congressman Arlen Erdahl monitored the election in Ukraine, and he spoke to MPR's Phil Picardi from Kiev. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/27_ukraine?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2004 16:50:00 -0600