Minnesota Public Radio features by Sasha Aslanian http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=120 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 00:34:43 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Sasha Aslanian http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Better sex ed could have helped trafficking victims, report says A new report found that better sex education could have helped prevent the exploitation of sex trafficking victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/sex-trafficking-report?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:46:45 -0600 Study counts kids who seek help under new sex trafficking law The 'Safe Harbor' law requires that young people who are sexually exploited be regarded as victims, not as offenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/safe-harbor-law?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Visas available for victims of trafficking, domestic violence More than 7,000 women across the nation received visas under the Violence Against Women Act last year. Federal immigration officials want Twin Cities law enforcement to know how to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/vawa?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:16:27 -0500 For paralyzed mother, a housing market out of reach Months after she was shot, Tanesha Johnson has struggled to raise her kids and restore her life. She's also learned the low-income housing market doesn't serve parents with disabilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/housing-shortfall?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:15:00 -0500 Profs oppose possible tenure change at William Mitchell A school official said that such a step might be necessary if voluntary faculty reductions prove insufficient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/03/tenure-william-mitchell-hamline-law-school?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:48:45 -0500 Job fair takes aim at Somali unemployment The unemployment rate of Minnesota's Somali-born population is nearly triple that of the state as a whole. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/somali-unemployment?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:45:05 -0500 From MN suburbs, they set out to join ISIS Three young men are among those from Minnesota who apparently tried to join the fight in Syria. Two were stopped; one made it, and lost his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/minnesota-teens-isis?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Called to fight: Minnesota's ISIS recruits Roughly 15 young people have left Minnesota to join the militant group ISIS in Syria. Their stories follow similar patterns: The suburban drifter or unassuming student becomes rapidly (and often quietly) radicalized and leaves Minnesota to join the ISIS extremists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/minnesota-isis?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:59:00 -0500 Survey doubts the diversity of Mpls. neighborhood boards A survey suggests that the people who volunteer to serve on neighborhood boards may tend to be more likely white, better educated and more highly paid than the city's population as a whole. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/neighborhood-boards?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:36:32 -0500 Exhibit on Minnesota's Hmong story opens Saturday The exhibit, "We Are Hmong Minnesota," will run through November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/hmong-minnesota-exhibit?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:15:44 -0600 Listen in Hmong: A 40-year journey, remembered Xyoo no yog plaub caug xyoo txij thaum Hmoob los nyob hau Minnesota no. Hawm txog plaub caug xyoo txib thaum Hmoob los nyob no, "Minnesota Public Radio" los sis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/listen-in-hmong?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0600 'We are Hmong Minnesota': A 40-year journey, remembered Hmong people first came to Minnesota in 1975 as refugees hoping to build new lives. An exhibit opening Saturday at the Minnesota History Center tells their stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/we-are-hmong-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0600 MNsure still short of goal as deadline approaches MNsure has extended call center hours this weekend in order to help people meet the midnight deadline on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/13/mnsure?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:06:50 -0600 Fix-it clinics bring the broken to life -- and cut waste Coon Rapids is one of the latest Minnesota communities to try to cut waste -- and build community -- by fixing household items. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/12/fix-it-clincs?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Brooklyn Park first Twin Cities suburb to open teen shelter Brooklyn Park is the first Twin Cities suburb to open a shelter designed for young people. Its 12-bed shelter will serve young people ages 16 to 20. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/30/brooklyn-park-shelter?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Advocates ask Legislature for $10 million increase to crime victims' services The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women says at least 23 people were killed in Minnesota as a result of domestic violence last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/27/domestic-violence-funding?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:57:55 -0600 Bloomington files charges against 10 in Mall of America protest The city attorney has said the Dec. 20 protest on a busy shopping weekend created unsafe conditions. Charges are pending against 25 others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/moa-charges-protest?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:31:40 -0600 Cold concern brings students coats, hats, mittens and more When workers in the St. Paul Public Schools' Project Reach office saw students huddled under a towel, they took to Facebook. An appeal secured winter apparel for students who need it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/st-paul-coat-drive?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Black Lives Matter plans protest for King holiday The group that organized last month's protest against police brutality at the Mall of America wants to remind people of Martin Luther King's activism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/black-lives-matter-protest?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:47:23 -0600 Minority groups deeply dissatisfied with child protection services Children of color are much more likely to be reported to Minnesota's child protection system than white children, but a group of African-American professionals is concerned that the response is now too hands-off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/child-protection-task-force?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Immigration advocates call for driver's licenses for all Members of the "One State One License" coalition want all immigrants -- even those who are in the country without authorization -- to be able to qualify for a license. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/drivers-licenses-for-all?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:05:22 -0600 A holiday yarn: Creating the Christmas sweater We visit a volunteer who turns cast-off sweaters into wearable celebrations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/22/ugly-christmas-sweaters?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:19:00 -0600 Veterans find job prospects heating up with new law Those who want to become Minneapolis firefighters face an extremely competitive process. But being a veteran gives candidates an advantage, thanks to a new state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/veterans-jobs?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:20 -0600 Four Minnesota laws that start Jan. 1 Many laws passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session take effect Jan. 1. Here's a look at a few of the more interesting changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/new-laws-jan-1?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:02:58 -0600 Panel: Lawmakers must end law that hobbles child abuse inquires A governor's task force wants the Legislature to quickly repeal a recent law that forbids child protection workers from considering previously-rejected abuse reports when deciding whether to investigate a new allegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/child-protection-task-force?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:44:42 -0600 Northside Achievement Zone report finds longer enrollment boosts academic success NAZ President and CEO Sondra Samuels says the higher test scores of kids in third and fifth grades who have been enrolled in the program longer show the investment is paying off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/northside-achievement-zone?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:39:49 -0600 As cities spar over housing spots, working poor just want a home The Twin Cities has a growing affordable housing shortage, but critics of a proposed Met Council plan say it lets affluent cities off the hook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/08/affordable-housing-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:53:11 -0600 Obama's immigration announcement met with relief, disappointment in Minneapolis Obama said Thursday that immigration enforcement would focus on "felons, not families; criminals, not children." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/21/mn-immigration?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:25:52 -0600 Minneapolis takes first step against e-cigarettes A City Council committee approved a measure that would ban use of e-cigarettes in indoor public places. The entire council votes Dec. 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/minneapolis-e-cigarette-ban?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:22:09 -0600 Twin Cities suburbs file housing complaint against state Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Richfield and the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing say state agencies and the Metropolitan Council are intentionally concentrating low-income rental housing in segregated "low opportunity" neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/10/housing-complaing?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:45:00 -0600 Brooklyn Center mayor re-elected in close race Tim Willson won a third term with 3475 votes, compared to Elliott's 3330. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/brooklyn-center-mayor-reelected-in-close-race?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:25:22 -0600 New law boosts early voting numbers to new record More than 170,000 Minnesota voters have already cast their ballots in early voting, a huge jump from years past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/early-voting-record-pace?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:25:47 -0600 Liberian roots, local politics: Mayoral hopeful tests diverse suburb In Brooklyn Center, mayoral candidates vie for future of Minnesota's first "majority-minority" suburb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/26/brooklyn-center-mayoral-candidates?refid=0 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:45:00 -0500 Cops press Minn. lawmakers to spend more on youth intervention Diversion programs improve lives, save money and keep communities safer, law enforcement leaders said during a Wednesday press conference. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/youth-intervention-works?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:30:21 -0500 Task force: Child protection system should be revamped Task force members met for the first time Monday and are charged with making recommendations to the 2015 legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/task-force-first-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:31:48 -0500 Yoga, black labs help open doors at school for troubled kids At River Bend Education Center in Minneapolis, the doors are locked so no one runs away. It's not a place where you'd expect to find anything gentle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/yoga-helps-student-behavior-at-river-bend?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Proposed transgender high school athlete policy stirs controversy The State High School League wants to give transgender students a chance to compete in sports while protecting their privacy. The Minnesota Child Protection League bought a full-page ad in the Star Tribune to object. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/29/transgender-athlete-policy?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:17:56 -0500 Report maps Minneapolis sex trafficking market The research analyzed the locations of victims, pimps and buyers and tracked how and where victims were recruited and sold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/report-maps-minneapolis-sex-trafficking-market?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:05:36 -0500 Lead plaintiffs in Wisconsin case hope fight for marriage is won soon Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher have been a couple since 1975. As much as the women wanted to celebrate Thursday's appeals court ruling that declared Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, they couldn't help but think how far they've come -- and how far they have to go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/wisconsin-couple-plaintiffs?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:23:23 -0500 Teen athlete concussion estimates jump in new data Football and hockey drive concussion rates among Minnesota high school athletes, state officials said as they rolled out new data. Girls experienced higher rates of concussions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/teen-concussions?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:40:58 -0500 MNsure awards outreach grants to groups that serve minorities The state's online health insurance marketplace is gearing up for the next open enrollment period by asking a diverse group of organizations to help Minnesotans find insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/mnsure-outreach-grants?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:43:06 -0500 Recycling old Minnesota barns gives ex-offenders new skills Old wooden barns are disappearing from Minnesota's landscape, but Friends of Minnesota Barns are helping people to preserve or repurpose them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/recycling-old-barns?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:17:00 -0500 Same-sex couple settles in Rice Creek Lodge wedding dispute The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/gay-marriage-lodge-dispute?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:47:13 -0500 Video: Military helicopters train over Twin Cities U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw confirmed the Florida-based command has "elements training in the vicinity of St. Paul." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/video-military-helicopters-train-over-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:25:30 -0500 A community grieves for Scott Patrick, whose humility and grace touched many At St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, more than 5,000 people, many of them law enforcement officers, came to say farewell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/06/scott-patrick-funeral?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:15:35 -0500 Minnesota non-profits prepare to help young Central American refugees Rep. Keith Ellison said Minnesota "has capacity" to take in some of the estimated 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the U.S. this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/daily-circuit-keith-ellison-children-border?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:45:32 -0500 Central American refugee children get a Minnesota assist The International Institute of Minnesota, which has done refugee resettlement work with immigrant groups for decades, has reunited seven children ages 6 to 17 with family members in Minnesota since last October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/central-american-refugee-kids-get-a-minnesota-assist?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:10:34 -0500 Minn. ranks high in KIDS COUNT, but concerns remain A report on the well-being of children ranks Minnesota 5th overall in the nation. But the report found the state also has some of the worst disparities in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/kids-count-2014?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:45:00 -0500 Radio documentary: How three archbishops hid the truth about clergy abuse When clergy sex abuse threatened to become a scandal in the Twin Cities, the archbishop in charge covered it up. So did the next archbishop, and the next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/betrayed-by-silence/documentary/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:02:00 -0500 Judge orders more questioning of ex-archdiocese official in sex abuse case Ramsey County Judge John Van de North ordered a former Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis vicar general, the Rev. Kevin McDonough, to sit for another deposition in a clergy sexual abuse case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/judge-orders-more-questioning-of-exarchdiocese-official-in-sex-abuse-case?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:17:34 -0500 Nienstedt submits to critical questioning over handling of child sex abuse allegations The four-hour deposition of Nienstedt ended heatedly after attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the 1970s, asked the archbishop to turn over files of offending priests to law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/archbishop-nienstedt-deposition?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:53:26 -0500 St. Paul police to reopen two cases related to Archdiocese investigation The cases pertain to Archbishop John Nienstedt, and Curtis Wehmeyer, a St. Paul priest serving time in prison for child sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/ramsey-county-archdiocese-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:10:44 -0500 Rev. Stan Maslowski tells a story of sex, theft and grace A Twin Cities priest whose sexual urges led him to steal church funds and serve time in the Hennepin County workhouse is calling on his archdiocese to face the clergy sexual abuse crisis more openly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/priest-tells-story-of-sex-theft-and-grace?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Archdiocese suspends capital campaign, OKs some parish fundraising In a letter to pastors and parish administrators Thursday, the archdiocese said a small number of parishes with significant debt would move ahead in what was once hoped to be a wider capital campaign effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/archdiocese-suspends-capital-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:48:27 -0600 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 Church leaders used hidden funds to cover for abusive priests Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/01/23/secret-accounts-kept-clergy-misconduct-quiet-but-left-archdiocese-finances-exposed?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 DNR hears concerns about invasive species Golden mussels and "killer shrimp" could find their way to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/12/dnr-hears-concerns-about-invasive-species?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:53:00 -0600 Minn. moose decline gets closer look by DNR Researchers discussed potential causes for the 60 percent decline in the state's moose population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/11/minn-moose-decline-gets-closer-look-by-dnr?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:43:28 -0600 Abuse claims kept secret allowed priest to minister and teach sex ed Harry Walsh wasn't included on a recent list of priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse. Church leaders knew his history, yet allowed him to continue working in parishes until the fall of 2011. Today Walsh teaches sex education to troubled teenagers and vulnerable adults in Wright Co., Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/19/abuse-claims-kept-secret-allowed-priest-to-minister-and-teach-sex-ed/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:57:00 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 The list: Archdiocese names priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse A detailed look at the priests named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as clergy with credible accusations of child abuse against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/special/archdiocese-priest-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:17:17 -0600 Abusive priest hid in plain sight for years, retired quietly to New Prague A retired priest who admitted to sexually abusing several young boys and a teenager on a South Dakota American Indian reservation now lives less than a block from a school in New Prague, Minn. Three archbishops and other leaders of the Twin Cities archdiocese kept Clarence Vavra's past a secret, moving him 17 times during his 38-year career. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt acknowledges that "serious errors were made by the archdiocese in dealing with him," and pledges to disclose the names of other priests who have abused children. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/11/11/abusive-priest-hid-in-plain-sight-for-years-retired-quietly-to-new-prague/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 For an abusive priest, retirement income came with a premium The former accounting director of the Twin Cities archdiocese said recently that several accused priests receive pension payments higher than normal. Another former church official discovered them, too, over the past few years and had them stopped. The archdiocese says church law requires that offending priests must have 'financial, therapeutic and spiritual support.' The Rev. Robert Kapoun is one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/09/for-abusive-priest-retirement-income-came-with-a-premium/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 02:30:57 -0500 Background: The missing Somali men Since 2007, at least 23 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. Here is what we know about these men. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/somali_timeline/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:07:00 -0500 Archdiocese knew of priest's sexual misbehavior yet kept him in ministry Curtis Wehmeyer's eight years as a St. Paul priest are dotted with episodes of risky, sex-fueled behavior -- and the leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis knew all about it. Last year, the parish of Blessed Sacrament faced a horror: Wehmeyer was convicted for his sexual abuse of two teenage boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/09/clergy-abuse/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:08:19 -0500 Archbishop Nienstedt urges immigration reform Nienstedt says Minnesota's Bishops support a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/nienstedt-immigration?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:31:17 -0500 Minneapolis hopes to turn same-sex marriage law into tourism dollars Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is hitting the road to persuade same-sex couples from other states to come get married -- and spend money -- in his city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/rybak-marry-in-minnepolis-campaign?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:02:05 -0500 Extreme Sandbox offers big toys for adults If you're tired of the same old corporate team-building golf outings, you might want to consider taking up a sledge hammer, spray paint and driving a 19-ton excavator. That's the idea behind Extreme Sandbox, a company that lets you do just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/business/extreme-sandbox?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Community renews call for independent investigation of Minneapolis police Religious leaders and activists from Minneapolis' black community gathered outside City Hall today to call for an independent investigation of racially charged incidents involving Minneapolis police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/news/minneapolis-police-independent-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:34:33 -0500 Couples celebrate legal same-sex marriage in Minn. in midnight ceremonies The largest midnight same-sex marriage celebration happened at Minneapolis City Hall, where Mayor R.T. Rybak officiated more than three dozen weddings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/news/same-sex-marriage-legal-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:31:57 -0500 Betty Crocker bakes cakes for state's first same-sex weddings Couples who are lining up to wed when same-sex marriage becomes reality in Minnesota early Thursday are getting some help from Betty Crocker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/news/general-mills-cake-same-sex-wedding?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:35:54 -0500 Armyworm damaging crops in Minn., N.D. Parts of Minnesota are seeing the worst armyworm infestation in decades. The worms are damaging crops from the southeastern part of the state up through west central Minnesota and into North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/28/environment/armyworm-infestation-in-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:51:00 -0500 Smoking at Minnesota State Fair will be confined to designated areas Smokers will now have to use designated areas, rather than smoking as they walk around the fair. Smoking is already banned in the fair's buildings and entertainment venues, like the bandshell and the grandstand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/smoking-at-minnesota-state-fair-will-be-confined-to-designated-areas?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:22:30 -0500 For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1 Minnesota's new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades. Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/20/regionalminnesota-methodists-same-sex-marriage-conundrum?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: A cross-section of faith communities' approaches Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter. Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/21/same-sex-marriage-minnesota-cross-section-faith-leaders?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:04:00 -0500 Spanish immersion daycare's immigration issues raise larger questions A debate on the nation's immigration policies was sparked when an immigration audit of a Spanish immersion child care operator in the Twin Cities found a number of employees whose employment eligibility in the United States is in question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/news/spanish-immersion-daycare-immigration?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:59:00 -0500 Former Bush official to make case for immigration reform Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told a gathering of business and immigration leaders today that if the United States doesn't welcome talent from abroad by changing its immigration policies, its global competitors will. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/former-bush-official-in-mpls-to-make-economic-case-for-immigration-reform/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:33:30 -0500 Metro mosquitoes triple 10-year norm No doubt about it, the mosquitoes are bad this year after a very wet spring. But exactly how bad are they? This week, the mosquito population is three-times as high as the 10-year average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/environment/mosquito-population?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 YMCA tackles racial disparities in swimming, drowning rates African-American kids between the ages of 5 and 14 years old are three times more likely to drown than their white peers. The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, which runs 22 pools, has been trying to change that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/04/news/ymca-racial-disparities-swimming-drowning-rates?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud residents warned of rabid skunks Residents in St. Cloud are warned that three rabid skunks have been found in the south side of the city in the past three weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/st-cloud-rabid-skunks?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:55:40 -0500 With DOMA struck down, Minnesota activists cheer, jeer Maria De La Cruz screamed with joy after her colleagues at OutFront Minnesota told her that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/supreme-court-marriage-minnesota-reacts?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:30:30 -0500 Storm-damaged Twin Cities neighborhoods wait for power to return Tree removal crews and utility trucks line the streets in communities still recovering from last weekend's powerful storms. Xcel Energy officials say the company is working to restore power to thousands of customers in the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/news/wayzata-neighborhood-no-power?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 06:58:00 -0500 Report: Minnesota 4th in child well-being The Annie E. Casey Foundation analyzed federal data on economic well-being, education, health and family & community. It found New Hampshire ranked first, and New Mexico ranked last. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/report-on-child-wellbeing-ranks-minnesota-4th-in-nation?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:20:09 -0500 Foes of same-sex marriage outspent 10 to 1 in Minn. The group on the losing end of a same-sex marriage legalization debate in Minnesota has confirmed it was significantly outspent on legislative lobbying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/news/foes-of-same-sex-marriage-outspent-10-to-1-in-minn?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:37:28 -0500 Pilgrim Baptist Church, founded by former slaves, celebrates 150 years The faces in stained glass that inspire worshippers at the Pilgrim Baptist Church aren't those of a white Jesus and the saints. Instead, they're the faces of the black ministers who led the church, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/pilgrim-baptist-church-founded-by-former-slaves-celebrates-150-years?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:40:38 -0500 Controversial Minn. drug patrol program revived A Minnesota law enforcement training program mired in controversy last year has been overhauled and relaunched. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/news/state-patrol-drug-program?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:29:45 -0500 Same-sex couples begin applying for marriage licenses Three metro counties began taking applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples on Thursday, marking another milestone for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/news/same-sex-couple-marriage-license?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:17:00 -0500 Hopkins High School black students' suspensions, charges dismissed The Hopkins School District and an attorney for two students who were suspended and charged with misdemeanors this spring have reached an agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/education/hopkins-high-school-racial-incident-suspensions-charges-dismissed?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:20:09 -0500 June 6 start for same-sex couple marriage license applications in some counties Same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties starting June 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/news/same-sex-marriage-applications?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 17:55:30 -0500 North Mpls. coalition ramping up cradle-to-career efforts A year and a half into its five-year federal grant, the Northside Achievement Zone has 300 families participating with their 800 children. By the end of next year, the goal is to have 1,200 families and 5,000 children enrolled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/news/northside-achievement-zone-ramping-up-efforts?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 15:34:02 -0500 Klobuchar, Franken form search committee for next Minn. US Attorney Minnesota's two U.S. senators have formed a committee to search for the state's next U.S. Attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/27/politics/us-attorney-committee?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2013 13:48:37 -0500 Funding for sex trafficking victims called 'incomplete' Advocates for children who have been victims of sex trafficking say the Legislature handed them an "incomplete and underfunded victory." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/25/news/sex-trafficking-victims-funding?refid=0 Sat, 25 May 2013 10:10:23 -0500 Richard Carlbom: 'Quiet,' 'brilliant' general behind Minnesota's same-sex marriage law Richard Carlbom led Minnesotans United for All Families to two historic victories: the defeat of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage last November, and the recent passage of the same-sex marriage bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/politics/richard-carlbom-profile-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 16:36:25 -0500 Video: Gay rights pioneers Jack Baker and Michael McConnell predicted marriage victory in '70s Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, two Minneapolis men who first fought for marriage equality in the 1970s, have kept a low profile this week. But decades ago on TV, they predicted this moment would come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/old-video?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 08:15:00 -0500 FAQ: Same-sex marriage law Minnesota's law allowing same-sex marriage goes into effect Aug. 1. On that day, same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/news/faq-samesex-marriage-law?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 18:17:45 -0500 Historic same-sex marriage vote brings emotional crowd to Capitol Same sex-marriage, an issue that's dominated Minnesota politics for two years, may soon become a reality after a state House vote on Thursday. And as lawmakers debated the issue, thousands of people representing opposing views filled the Capitol rotunda, hoping to influence the historic moment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/politics/historic-samesex-marriage-vote-brings-emotional-crowd-to-capitol?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 07:15:06 -0500 As same-sex marriage nears vote in Legislature, Minnesotans weigh in A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been scheduled for a floor vote in the Minnesota House on Thursday. MPR News asked Minnesotans if they feel the state has engaged in enough of a conversation about marriage. We asked members of our Public Insight Network about their views on same-sex marriage and received more than 150 responses. Here is a sampling of their views. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/politics/same-sex-marriage-minnesotans-weigh-in?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 08:48:45 -0500 St. Paul councilman leaving for state post A St. Paul City Council member is leaving the council to lead a state office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/news/saint-paul-melvin-carter-state-office?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 14:14:40 -0500 'Dan Patch moratorium' bans talk of south metro commuter rail Buried deep in the Senate transportation policy bill is a dead horse -- actually, a rail line named after him. The Dan Patch line, named for a famous early 20th century race horse, carries freight between the Twin Cities and Northfield. The idea of bringing back passenger service along that route is so controversial that lawmakers passed a special law to halt discussion of it more than a decade ago. This year, lawmakers are considering whether to lift the "Dan Patch moratorium." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/28/news/dan-patch-commuter-rail-line-moratorium?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Bill protecting older trafficked teens likely to pass, advocates say A bill awaiting final passage at the legislature would treat 16 and 17-year-olds who have been prostituted as victims rather than criminals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/law/bill-protecting-older-trafficked-teens-likely-to-pass-advocates-say-?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:49:36 -0500 Minnesotans in new book on Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal As the state Legislature nears a vote on a controversial bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue, a new book chronicles the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, including some key characters and cases from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/arts/mortal-sins-child-vctims-act-legislation?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:40:00 -0500 Pet breeders play defense as activists press for licensing bill After six failed attempts, a bill that would require dog and cat breeders in Minnesota to obtain licenses could begin to move through the Legislature this year, thanks to the efforts of animal welfare advocates who contend it is far too easy for breeders to peddle animals online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/14/politics/minnesota-animal-breeder-bill?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Winter roars back in April, bringing hundreds of car crashes, canceled flights The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is listing more than 150 flights cancelled so far today, and MnDOT is listing roads in hazardous condition from the South Dakota state line to Slayton and Marshall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/weather/april-winter-storm?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:45:46 -0500 STD numbers increase in Minn. The number of Minnesotans with sexually transmitted diseases increased by 10 percent in 2012 compared to the year before, according to a new report from the state Health Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/health/stds-increase-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:56:36 -0500 Charges filed over alleged St. Paul sex trafficking ring Ramsey County prosecutors have charged two St. Paul brothers, their uncles and a woman in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring that involved at least 10 victims over several years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/news/saint-paul-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:40:10 -0500 Police: Family deaths were homicide, suicide The Sherburne County sheriff has released the cause of death of a mother and two children found dead in their home in Zimmerman over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/news/zimmerman-deaths-cause?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 10:04:21 -0500 Franken, Harteau speak together on renewal of Violence Against Women Act U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau highlighted the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act during a Minneapolis news conference. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/news/franken-harteau-vawa-renewal?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:08:32 -0500 DOT seeks input on Mpls-to-Duluth rail line The Minnesota Department of Transportation will release an environmental assessment on Monday on a proposed high-speed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/17/regional/high-speed-rail-minneapolis-to-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis Basilica celebrates Mass, special ties to new Pope Francis The Basilica was decked out in papal colors, gold and white bunting hung from the entrance, and a flag with the pope's coat of arms was displayed near the pulpit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/news/minneapolis-catholics-basilica-mass-pope-francis?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:28:59 -0500 House committee approves bill allowing driver's licenses for illegal immigrants A Minnesota House committee Wednesday evening approved a bill allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/politics/bill-drivers-licenses-illegal-immigrants?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:15:31 -0500 Minn. adoption bill up for Senate hearing A bill aiming to boost Minnesota's adoption rate from foster care, currently the second-lowest in the nation, will get a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/politics/adoption-from-foster-care-bill-senate-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:57:04 -0500 N Mpls. groups speak out against gun bill Community and religious leaders from north Minneapolis spoke out Tuesday against a proposed gun bill at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/politics/gun-bill-north-minneapolis-groups?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:59:22 -0500 Educators voice support for Dayton's budget Several education groups today voiced support for Gov. Mark Dayton's budget which would increase funding for early childhood learning, all-day kindergarten and special education, among other priority areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/education/educators-dayton-budget?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:23:05 -0500 Advocates rally for Minn. ed funding boost Several Minnesota education groups made a push for Gov. Mark Dayton's education budget at the Capitol on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/education/education-rally-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:08:39 -0500 A new swim mom learns to keep her nose out of the pool A wise friend points out that it's best to drop the kids at practice and go. Leave the coaching and competing to the coach and the kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/daily-circuit-kids-pressure-stress?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota taxpayers advised against using Turbo Tax to file Minnesota taxpayers are advised not to file using Turbo Tax or other products made by Intuit until the company fixes a number of problems, said the state Department of Revenue on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/news/minnesota-taxpayers-turbo-tax?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:41:39 -0600 Somali deportations resume after government gets U.S. recognition The U.S. officially recognized Somalia's government for the first time in two decades earlier this year, and it is now deporting Somalis again, starting with sex offenders and other felons. Deportations had been suspended for many years while the country had no functioning government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/social-issue/somali-deportations-resume?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Holding fewer ICE detainees, county jails feel effect of federal budget cuts Some county jails are feeling the effect of federal budget cuts that went into effect on Friday. With Immigration and Customs Enforcement's announcement last week it will reduce the number of detainees held in custody, the county jails that get paid to hold them could get pinched. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/politics/ice-detainees-county-jails?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:43:48 -0600 Constituents pleased, miffed with GOP same-sex marriage supporter When Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover stepped forward to co-sponsor a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, he took some of his constituents by surprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/politics/constituents-pleased-miffed-with-gop-samesex-marriage-supporter?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:42:13 -0600 Family Reunification Act could restore parental rights in some lost custody cases Lawmakers are considering a bill that would give some parents who lost custody of their children years ago a chance to reunify with them. Advocates say only a small number of teens living in foster care could be affected by the Family Reunification Act, but that it could make a great difference for those motivated parents who have dealt with their problems and whose children want to go home again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/social-issue/family-reunification-act?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:51:47 -0600 Xcel Energy mercury emissions reduction a 'remarkable achievement' State officials and energy companies announced today that Minnesota is three years ahead of schedule on its goal to reduce mercury emissions. Mercury is a neurotoxin that is especially harmful to children's brain development. The reductions have come about primarily through changes at power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/environment/mercury-emission-reduced?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:05:26 -0600 Target store janitors reach wage settlement Janitors who work for a company that cleans Twin Cities Target stores have reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over unpaid wages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/business/target-janitors-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:55:10 -0600 Child Victims Act would eliminate time limit to sue child abusers Childhood victims of sexual abuse would no longer face a time limit to sue their abusers under a proposed bill. The Minnesota Child Victims Act would eliminate the requirement that victims file civil suits within six years of becoming an adult. It would not affect the statute of limitations in criminal cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/politics/child-victims-act?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:49:16 -0600 Dog, cat breeder licensing bill moves ahead A bill that would require licensing and inspection for dog and cat breeders was approved by the House Civil Law Committee Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/politics/dog-cat-licensing-bill?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:51:48 -0600 Heartland Girls' Ranch helps heal underage victims of sex trafficking To combat the growing problem of sex trafficking, Minnesota is changing how it views underage victims. Advocates are asking lawmakers to help support safe housing that's not juvenile detention. The Heartland Girls' Ranch, founded more than 20 years ago as a place for abused or neglected girls, is one such healthy refuge from sexual exploitation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/social-issue/heartland-girls-ranch?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Marriage amendment fight topped $18M New Minnesota campaign finance reports show that spending on the fight over an unsuccessful constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage topped $18 million last year http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/politics/marriage-amendment-campaign-finance-reports?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:29:09 -0600 Human rights advocate documents journey of Central Americans to U.S. border Much of the debate over immigration in the United States focuses on the southern border with Mexico. For people in the United States, the story might appear to start there. But for migrants from Central America, the U.S. border comes after a long, often harrowing, traverse of Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/human-interest/human-rights-central-americans?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota immigration activists gather at Capitol today Local groups that support changing the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for those here illegally, will gather at the state Capitol Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/minnesota-immigration-activists-capitol-rally?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:08:19 -0600 Crashed Ice extreme skating: What's to worry about? A variety of people -- a doctor, an insurance agent, the course designer and a mother -- told us their opinions on ice cross downhill racing, the sport featured in the second annual Crashed Ice event this weekend in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/news/crashed-ice-whats-to-worry-about?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Women gun owners speak out on gun control Women are a growing market for gun sales in this country, but a gender gap persists when it comes to their attitudes about gun control. Polls show women are more likely to favor certain gun restrictions. Last month's mass shooting in Connecticut has sparked a nationwide discussion about how to reduce gun violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/social-issue/women-speak-gun-control?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 From jump suit to dress shirt: Minn. immigrant detainee wins reprieve Minnesota's David Soto is one of more than 350,000 young people in the country illegally who've won a temporary reprieve from deportation because they came over as children, are educated and have clean records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/politics/david-soto-detainee-wins-reprieve?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:53:13 -0600 Police enlist hotels in fight against sex trafficking The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/crime/hotel-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:50:25 -0600 Same-sex marriage debate moves to the Capitol The hard-fought battle over same-sex marriage that dominated Minnesota politics last year is likely to continue during the legislative session that begins today. With the defeat of the marriage amendment and the Republican majorities that sponsored it, DFLers who favor marriage rights for same-sex couples see their opening. But opponents say the amendment's does not necessarily mean support for same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/politics/same-sex-marriage-debate-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Feds crack child porn case with Minn. vacation photo Federal investigators used vacation photos to crack a child pornography case in Minnesota, which led to the arrest of an Illinois woman who's now serving a 25-year sentence in federal prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/news/child-pornography-case-minnesota-vacation-photo?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:46:23 -0600 Planning commission OK's Ford plant demolition St. Paul's Planning Commission Friday signed off on a demolition plan for the site of the Ford plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/business/ford-plant-demolition?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:54 -0600 Jam Line: Remembering a Twin Cities teen phenomenon Long before the Internet, Jam Line was a jarring cacophony of sounds and voices. Young teens met up with strangers. Parents were clueless about how their kids spent time behind closed doors. Most people lied about their ages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/arts/jam-line?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 07:58:00 -0600 Turkey growers cheer China's embargo lift In 2011, China banned Minnesota poultry due to an outbreak of avian flu in two flocks in Wright County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/business/china-turkey-embargo-lifted?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:39:23 -0600 Number of deportations drops in Minnesota region Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released numbers Friday reporting a record number of people deported from the U.S. in 2012. However, numbers dropped slightly for the region that includes Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/news/deportations?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:10:30 -0600 PCA pay disparity unconstitutional, rules Minn. Appeals Court Minnesota Appeals Court rules that the state's attempt to pay personal care attendants who care for relatives 20 percent less than other PCAs is unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/health/pca-pay-disparity-unconstitutional?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:38:45 -0600 Catholics say time to heal after divisive marriage amendment campaign More than a month after Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, some Catholics say it's time to acknowledge the division it caused, so parishes can begin to heal. Catholic Bishops put significant financial and spiritual resources behind the amendment, alienating some parishioners. The biggest cost may be Catholics who walked away from the church and haven't returned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/religion/marriage-amendment-fallout-catholic-church?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 At center of immigration debate, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas wants to 'Define American' Immigration reform is likely to be in the national spotlight early next year, as the Obama administration and Congress seek to fix a system that's widely viewed as broken. The people at the center of the debate -- some who have been living and working in the U.S. without legal permission for years -- are increasingly making their voices heard. One is a widely known former journalist who will be speaking in Minneapolis tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/social-issue/jose-antonio-vargas-immigration?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Sidewalk advocate says don't be shy about shoveling Let's face it, with a snow dump like we just had, it's tough to keep our sidewalks properly cleared. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/12/sidewalk-advocate-says-dont-be-shy-about-shoveling.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:15:24 -0600 Advocates want more Minn. pre-K spending Advocates for children revealed their top legislative priority at an annual children and youth issues briefing Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/education/pre-kindergarten-spending?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:18:07 -0600 Report: More Minn. youth have jobs than US peers Minnesota teenagers and young adults have stronger employment numbers than most of their peers across the country, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which tracks youth and work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/business/minn-youth-employment?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Auditions at MOA for reality show in Norway Minnesotans with Norwegian ancestry have a chance to compete on a Norwegian reality show, which is holding a casting call at the Mall of America on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/01/arts/minn-norway-reality-tv?refid=0 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 10:41:05 -0600 2016 figure skating qualifier comes to St. Paul Minnesotans will get a close look at the top American figure skaters likely to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/sport/figure-skating-qualifier?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:20:25 -0600 Problem St. Paul apartment buildings re-open with help of private investment An east side apartment complex notorious for being unsanitary and even unsafe has been renovated and is opening its doors again. Community leaders are hopeful for the new chapter, but it was painful getting here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/business/cornerstone-estates-apartment-renovation?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Met Council gives out $5.7M in grants The Metropolitan Council has announced $5.7 million in community development grants to six cities including Minneapolis, Champlin and Maple Plain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/25/regional/met-council-grants?refid=0 Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:01:36 -0600 University of Maryland joins Big 10 The University of Maryland joined the Big 10 Conference Monday, bringing the number of teams in the Minnesota Gophers' athletic conference to 13. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/sports/university-maryland-joins-big-10-conference?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:39:35 -0600 EIGHTEEN MONTHS TO HISTORY: How the Minnesota marriage amendment was defeated -- money, passion, allies Launched a year and a half ago amid disappointment at the Legislature, the effort to defeat Minnesota's marriage amendment succeeded this week after amassing millions of dollars, a broad spectrum of backers and a focus on religious faith and personal conversations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/marriage-how?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:30:00 -0600 Marriage, voter ID amendment efforts fail Minnesota voters rejected two proposed amendments to the state constitution on Election Day, turning back measures placed on the ballot by a Republican-controlled Legislature that voters also sent packing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/marriage-amendment-voter-id-lose?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:12:02 -0600 Minnesota voters reject marriage amendment In an emotional and historic contest, Minnesota voters defeated the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, striking a blow to same-sex marriage opponents who had succeeded in passing ballot measures in 30 other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/elex-night-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 03:06:00 -0600 Q&A: What a 'yes' or 'no' vote means for the marriage amendment Minnesota Public Radio reporter Sasha Aslanian, who has been covering the debate over the marriage amendment, discusses with All Things Considered frequently asked questions about the amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/politics/qa-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:14:16 -0600 Stark contrast in new MN for Marriage ads Four days before the election, Minnesota for Marriage is releasing two new television ads. The campaign to define marriage as a man and a woman in the state constitution has spent $3 million on ads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/politics/pro-marriage-measure-group-releases-new-ads?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:46:32 -0500 Marriage amendment sparks hot debate National and local leaders debated Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment last night on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater. Four debators -- national and local voices splitting each side of the issue -- exposed conflicting views of religion and human relationships, and what's at stake in Minnesota's vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/politics/marriage-amendment-debate?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Marriage measure gets out-of-state funds Minnesota for Marriage, the main group working to pass the marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, raised $3.6 million in cash from Jan. 1, 2012 to Oct. 22, 2012. About $1.6 million, or 43 percent of that amount, came from outside the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/politics/marriage-amendment-supporters-fundraising-report?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:26:29 -0500 Foes of marriage amendment add almost $3M to coffers Minnesotans United for All Families -- the largest group opposed to the proposed marriage amendment in the state's constitution -- raised $2.75 million since its last report in late September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/marriage-amendment-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:38:56 -0500 Marriage amendment opponents rally at U of M With eight days to go before the election, the campaign working to defeat the proposed marriage amendment rallied supporters in Minneapolis Monday evening to become the first state to defeat an amendment blocking same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/politics/marriage-amendment-supporters-rally-at-u-of-m?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cash pours into marriage amendment fight With less than two weeks to go until the election, groups lobbying on the marriage amendment are reporting a daily influx of cash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/politics/cash-pours-into-marriage-amendment-fight?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:00:21 -0500 Marriage amendment proponents raise specter of same-sex marriage taught in schools A new television ad from supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment on marriage claims that if marriage is redefined, children could be taught about same-sex marriage in school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/politics/same-sex-marriage-new-ad?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:26:45 -0500 Deep roots of the marriage debate Minnesotans are involved in a passionate debate about marriage this election season. The two sides began squaring off more than 40 years ago. The Deep Roots of the Marriage Debate draws from MPR's extensive audio archive to explore the origins of this election day showdown over same-sex marriage. /collections/special/2012/campaign/amendments/marriage/timeline/home/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Marriage Debate interactive map Conflict over the marriage amendment is a local story playing out in every community across the state. In partnership with KARE11, MPR News took a road trip through greater Minnesota to take the pulse of this issue in several cities. /collections/special/2012/campaign/amendments/marriage/map/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:16:43 -0500 Marriage amendment debate division in Grand Rapids The birthplace of Judy Garland, an icon in the gay community, is also a hotbed in the marriage debate. Catholic and conservative churches are leading the effort to pass the amendment, while a small but visible gay community tries to persuade voters that their neighbors will be hurt by it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/marriage-debate-division-in-grand-rapids?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:06:22 -0500 Love is love vs. sin is sin in Moorhead marriage amendment debate The marriage debate has spilled onto T-shirts at Concordia College. One student who believes homosexuality is against God has stirred up controversy by printing "Sin is Sin" T-shirts to counter the prevailing view on campus that "Love is love." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/sin-is-sin-vs-love-is-love-in-moorhead?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:00:38 -0500 Marriage amendment debate divides Granite Falls Southwestern Minnesota is likely to be strong territory for amendment supporters. DFL lawmaker Lyle Koenen was one of three DFLers to break with his party and vote to put the amendment on the ballot. Locals say people here prefer to keep their political opinions close to the vest. Opinions run deep, and people are divided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/marriage-debate-divides-granite-falls?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:37:46 -0500 Brodkorb: Marriage amendment on ballot to boost voter turnout A former Senate Republican spokesman claims Republicans put the marriage amendment on the November ballot to get conservatives to the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/politics/brodkorb-voter-id-marriage-amendments?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:02:52 -0500 Hotel maven speaks against marriage amendment Hotel maven Marilyn Carlson Nelson spoke out against the proposed marriage amendment today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/politics/marilyn-carlson-nelson-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:13:47 -0500 Marriage amendment supporters look to Canada's experience Supporters of a constitutional amendment to define marriage brought Canada's experience into the debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/politics/marriage-amendment-canada?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:22:39 -0500 As Minn. considers marriage amendment, a look at same-sex unions in Iowa In 2009, Iowa's Supreme Court ruled that limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. It became the third state in the nation, and the first in the heartland, to legalize marriage between same-sex couples. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/23/politics/iowa-gay-marriage?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Marriage amendment foes hope conversations will change hearts, votes Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make marriage only between a man and a woman say a key component to defeating the measure will be conversations with voters designed to elicit compassion for gays and lesbians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/politics/marriage-amendment-conversations?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:06:57 -0500 Children at heart of marriage amendment debate, partisans say How children fare growing up in gay or lesbian families is one question at the heart of Minnesota's debate over the proposed marriage amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/politics/same-sex-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 10:00:00 -0500 1 dead after Woodbury hotel standoff Officers were called to the Red Roof Inn about 1:30 a.m. Friday and evacuated the hotel as they negotiated with the gunman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/news/1-shot-during-woodbury-hotel-standoff?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:35:35 -0500 GOP-led panel rejects contracts for 27K Minn. public workers A Republican-led legislative panel has rejected new contracts for more than 27,000 state employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/politics/legislative-committee-rejects-state-employee-contracts?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:27:17 -0500 Minn. pediatrician group opposes marriage amendment A group representing Minnesota pediatricians is opposed to a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would ban same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/politlcs/minnesota-pediatrician-group-opposes-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:10:41 -0500 Roseville votes against marriage amendment The Roseville City Council has gone on the record unanimously opposing a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that defines marriage as between one woman and one man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/marriage-amendment-roseville?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:07:58 -0500 New data ranks Minn. health care services Minnesotans now have access to extensive new data on primary health care providers across the state to help choose the best quality care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/health/minnesota-health-care-providers-data?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:59:49 -0500 Both sides of marriage amendment debate court Latino voters Latinos are overwhelmingly Catholic, and the Catholic Church has made passage of the marriage amendment a top political priority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/politics/latinos-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:28:26 -0500 Marriage amendment campaigns square off at State Fair The political season has kicked into high gear at the Minnesota State Fair, which offers candidates and advocates a chance to meet voters just 10 weeks before the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/politics/state-fair-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Catholic employee allowed to make anonymous donation An employee of a Catholic organization will be allowed to make an anonymous political donation to a cause the church opposes because being named could result in job loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/politics/marriage-amendment-anonymous-donor?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:17:08 -0500 First television ad on marriage amendment runs in Minn. The ad war over the marriage amendment begins at noon today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/politics/marriage-amendment-tv-ad?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis Foundation to help cover legal fees for young immigrants Young immigrants in Minnesota hoping to apply for "Deferred Action" from the federal government to prevent deportation may get some legal help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/news/immigrant-legal-help?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:25:13 -0500 State expands 'safe haven' law for newborns Lawmakers and state officials hope changes to Minnesota's Safe Haven law will prevent more newborn babies from being abandoned in unsafe conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/health/safe-haven-law-expanded?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:40:03 -0500 Mankato weighs in on marriage amendment Mankato's city council on Monday evening went on record to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that defines marriage as between one woman and one man. The council joins 11 other Minnesota cities that have approved resolutions opposing the amendment. No cities have voted to endorse the amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/politics/cities-take-stands-on-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:54:39 -0500 Lottery sales going up, even as other gambling goes down The Minnesota State Lottery had a record year. Sales totaled $520 million in the year that ended June 30, topping last year's record by $16 million. For the past five years, lottery sales have been climbing, even as sales of other forms of gambling have gone down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/news/lottery-sales-set-record?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:22:27 -0500 Hmong American Partnership opposes marriage amendment; community divided The state's largest non-profit serving the Hmong community today announced its opposition to the voter identification and marriage amendment proposals on the November ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/politics/hmong-amendment-stance?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:03:23 -0500 Marriage amendment activists mark 100 days till election Sunday marks 100 days until the November election. Both sides in the campaign over the marriage amendment are in high gear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/29/politics/marriage-amend?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:07:33 -0500 Same sex marriage faces hurdle among African-American church leaders Marriage amendment supporters in Minnesota are counting on strong support from the African-American community come Election Day, when they hope to change the state constitution so that it blocks same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/religion/marriage-amendment-faces-hurdle-among-african-american-church-leaders?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:21:59 -0500 Marriage amendment foes winning money race Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment on marriage have widened their financial lead but supporters say they are confident the amendment will prevail anyway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/politics/marriage-amendment-activists?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 05:55:00 -0500 Marriage amendment foes rack up cash Groups on both sides of the debate over the marriage amendment in Minnesota have reported their early summer fundraising information to the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/politics/marriage-amendment-fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:23:42 -0500 Minneapolis leads region in population growth The City of Minneapolis led population growth in the Twin Cities seven-county metro region last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/twin-city-population-growth?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:46:42 -0500 Wolf hunting plans made final The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finalized plans for the state's first-ever wolf hunting season this fall and winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/environment/wolf-hunting-regulations-announced?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:06:09 -0500 Marriage amendment divides Hibbing, a socially conservative DFL stronghold The issue of who should be able to marry divides families, churches, towns and political parties. That's evident on the Iron Range, a socially conservative DFL stronghold where both sides hope to win -- and where feelings about the amendment run deep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/regional/hibbing-same-sex-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Tourism-dependent region worries about flood impact With parts of northeastern Minnesota devastated by flooding following heavy rains on Wednesday, some are worried about how flood damage will affect the region's $800 million tourism industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/business/duluth-flood-tourism?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:05:39 -0500 Metro power outages follow severe storms Heavy storms this morning left about 55,000 customers without power in the eastern part of the Twin Cities, and another 15,000 without power in the west metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/weather/power-outages-follow-storms?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:54:08 -0500 Summer school starts today in Twin Cities Summer vacation may have started for some kids, but school starts again today for other students in the Minneapolis and St. Paul public school systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/summer-school-starts-today-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:03:22 -0500 Archdiocese accounting head arrested on theft charges The Ramsey County attorney has filed seven felony-level charges against a former employee of the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/crime/catholic-church-theft?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:44:13 -0500 Religious leaders unite to oppose marriage amendment About 120 religious leaders of different faiths today announced the formation of Clergy United for All Families, which will work to defeat the marriage amendment on the November ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/religion-clergy-debate-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:07:08 -0500 Marriage amendment mobilizes faithful on both sides More than a hundred religious leaders who oppose Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage will gather at a faith summit today in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/religion/marriage-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Target's t-shirt fundraiser riles marriage amendment supporters Ten t-shirts for sale on Target's retail website, featuring slogans like "Harmony," "Pride" and "Love is Love," are causing some disharmony: They're being sold as a fundraiser supporting a marriage equality group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/target-t-shirt-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:20:13 -0500 How can a community combat sex trafficking? Local, state and federal law enforcement officials have some advice on keeping kids safe, shutting down demand for sex trafficking, particularly of underage girls, and driving it out of neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/how-can-a-community-combat-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 15:38:32 -0500 Sex trafficking: migration to Internet brings new victims, customers Prostitution has largely migrated from the streets to the Internet, making it difficult for law enforcement to curb illicit behavior. Officials in Minnesota say they're concerned that traffickers in underage prostitutes have gained access to countless customers who browse ads online. A federal office that fights human trafficking recently released the details of a closed case to shed light on how the buying and selling of minors can flourish in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/underage-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 15:33:21 -0500 South Minneapolis congregation rallies after its church burns down Walker Community United Methodist Church was destroyed by fire Sunday night, and wrecking crews tore down what was left of its weakened walls on Monday. Five Methodist congregations and one Jewish synagogue have offered space to the homeless congregation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/28/walker-community-church-fire?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2012 16:10:38 -0500 Dayton vetoes bill that would have given divorced parents more presumed custody Gov. Mark Dayton today vetoed a bill to change parenting time in child custody cases by increasing the minimum amount of time each parent would spend with the child from 25 percent to 35 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/joint-custody-bill-veto?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 17:53:42 -0500 Some Minn. priests differ with Catholic church over marriage amendment A group of 80 former Catholic priests on Thursday announced their opposition to the constitutional marriage amendment. Also coming forward to oppose the amendment were three retired priests who are still part of the church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/social_issue/ex-priests-come-out-against-minnesota-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 13:45:28 -0500 Minn. arts groups rally against marriage amendment More than 50 arts organizations say they oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/social_issue/arts-groups-rally-againt-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:26:31 -0500 University of St. Thomas president announces retirement plans Father Dennis Deas, president of the University of St. Thomas, announced plans to retire today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/st-thomas-university-president-retirement-plans?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 20:13:37 -0500 Minn. reaction to NC same-sex marriage vote North Carolina's passage of a constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage is generating reaction in Minnesota. Voters here will face a similar question on the November ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/social_issue/minnesota-reaction-to-same-sex-marriage-vote?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 10:57:25 -0500 Catholic Church a powerful force in marriage amendment debate Minnesota law already prohibits gay marriage. But Catholic bishops have made passage of the amendment a top political priority this year, so much so that the Catholic Church is putting a great amount of money and prayer into the effort to pass the marriage amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/catholics-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 19:10:18 -0500 Hennepin County tries problem-solving court for never-married parents Hennepin County Courts are testing a program to help unmarried mothers and fathers raise and support their children together. The Co-Parent Court is the county's first problem-solving court in the family arena. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/co-parent-court-never-married-couples?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 17:24:24 -0500 Dayton under fire for vetoing E-Verify requirement Republican lawmakers are criticizing Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of an immigration enforcement bill. The bill would have required the state to run names of new state employees through a federal database called E-Verify to check their work authorization in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/dayton-vetoes-everify-requirement?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:34:29 -0500 House approves bill to change custody laws Minnesota House votes in favor of a bill to change Minnesota's child custody laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/house-approves-bill-to-change-custody-laws?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:06:48 -0500 Settlement may restore EMA benefit Patients whose Emergency Medical Assistance benefits were cut back earlier this year may have their coverage restored under a settlement reached with the Department of Human Services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/emergency-medical-assistance-benefit-restored?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:23:30 -0500 As marriage debate simmers, taxes complicated for same sex couples Filing federal and state taxes can be complicated for many people. But for Eric and Andrew Ellingsen, tax time was particularly tricky and for the first time in their seven years together, they were able to file a joint tax return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/gay-marriage-taxes?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 William Mitchell law faculty opposes marriage amendment Faculty at one of Minnesota's law schools have voted to oppose a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/william-mitchell-faculty-opposes-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:58:49 -0500 Abortion opponents hold Good Friday vigil in St. Paul Opponents of legalized abortion are rallying outside the new headquarters of Planned Parenthood Minnesota in St. Paul. Several hundred people are attending the annual Good Friday protest today, which runs until 4 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/good-friday-vigil-planned-parenthood?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:49:11 -0500 Teen indicted in killing of Mpls. 13-year-old A grand jury has indicted a Minneapolis teenager on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/teen-indicted-in-killing-of-mpls-boy?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:28:21 -0500 Nice Ride to expand into downtown St. Paul The bike-sharing program Nice Ride Minnesota kicked off its new season Tuesday and announced plans to open 30 new stations this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/nice-ride-saint-paul-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:57:25 -0500 1940 Census a bonanza for Minn. family history diggers On Monday morning, members of the public will have access to information that could help them piece together their family's history. At 8 a.m., the federal government will unseal individual records from the 1940 U.S. Census -- 72 years after they were made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/1940-census?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. father on parenting from prison: 'They're doing this time with me' While some inmates lose touch with their children on the outside, Leon Perry has long tried hard to be a parent -- no easy task for a man who can only talk to his children on the phone, or during an occasional visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/parenting-from-prison?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:59:12 -0500 Hundreds of non-citizens in Minn. on edge over health cuts Hundreds of Minnesotans with severe illnesses are wondering if they'll continue to receive outpatient medical treatment and prescriptions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/emergency-medical-assistance-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:31:33 -0600 MN gets 'fairly positive' review for disaster responses State lawmakers heard an assessment Thursday of how well Minnesota is responding to natural disasters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/minnesota-disaster-response-report?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:00:00 -0600 Mankato DJ Mohamed Alsadig plays to prisoners' hearts Mohamed Alsadig, a 38-year-old Muslim man who hosts a popular soul radio show in Mankato, has an unusual following: inmates at the Federal Correctional Facility in Waseca, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/mankato-dj-mohamed-alsadig-plays-to-prisoners-hearts?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:04:29 -0600 Women's advocates rally against domestic violence Advocates for women rallied at the state capital to call on legislators to support policies that reduce domestic violence in Minnesota communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/domestic-violence-rally?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:11:28 -0600 MSP customs lines could get shorter -- for some Some international travelers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport have a new option for faster clearance through customs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/global-entry-trusted-traveler-program-msp?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 16:38:19 -0600 Discount flyer Spirit to offer MSP to Chicago, Las Vegas flights Low-cost Spirit Airlines announce Wednesday that it will start non-stop service from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Chicago's O'Hare airport and Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/spirit-airlines-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:17:37 -0600 Hennepin County asks Supreme Court to add state to same-sex marriage lawsuit A lawsuit brought by three same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Hennepin County may be headed to the Minnesota Supreme Court on a technical matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/minnesota-supreme-court-may-hear-same-sex-marriage-case?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:14:28 -0600 Common Cause files fundraising complaints against same-sex marriage ban proponents The watchdog group Common Cause filed two complaints with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Wednesday against groups lobbying on behalf of the same-sex marriage ban amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/common-cause-complaint-minnesota-family-council?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:04:30 -0600 Report finds gaps in Minnesota child protection system The Legislative Auditor says there are gaps in Minnesota's child protection system -- variations in how counties and some Indian tribes first respond to cases of alleged mistreatment of children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/minnesota-child-protection-safety-net?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:40:36 -0600 Car kills 7-year-old Minn. boy after running red light A 7-year-old child in Montrose, Minn. was killed by an out-of-control motorist while waiting on the sidewalk for his school bus shortly after 8:00 a.m. Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/car-kills-7-year-old-boy-after-running-red-light-driver-also-dies?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:48:39 -0600 Study: One-third of adolescent girls victimized by dating partner Federal statistics report that one in every three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/teen-domestic-violence?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:21:07 -0600 Voter enthusiasm a gauge of political interest in swing district Political enthusiasm this year got voters down in the trenches in the suburban swing district of Eagan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/eagan-caucus?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Gingrich, Santorum, Paul vie for conservative Minnesota hearts Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in Bloomington, promises to repeal President Barack Obama's signmature health care reform legislation, and launches a full-frontal attack on GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/gingrich-santorum-paul-minnesota-caucuses?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 06:50:22 -0600 Ballot groups report marriage amendment fundraising tallies Minnesotans got their first look at who's trying to influence their vote this November on a constitutional ballot question defining marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/marriage-amendment-fundraising?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:10:23 -0600 Lacking funding, center for immigrant women closes doors A non-profit that helped Minnesota's newest African immigrants is closing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/immigrant-women-center?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:53:07 -0600 Bachmann speaks to supporters of marriage amendment Rep. Michele Bachmann paid a surprise visit today to a group of pastors and state lawmakers working to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/bachmann-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:26:51 -0600 Council recommends additional Heritage funds to fight invasive species Minnesota may step up its efforts against invasive Asian carp using Outdoor Heritage Funds, one of four legacy amendment funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/invasive-species?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:20:43 -0600 Appeals court returns same-sex marriage case to lower court The Minnesota Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit that challenged the state's ban on same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/minnesota-same-sex-marriage-appeal?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:08:37 -0600 Rapper's family seeks help in unsolved St. Paul homicide St. Paul police and a victim's family members are asking for the public's help in solving the city's only unsolved homicide from last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/rappers-family-seeks-help-in-unsolved-saint-paul-homicide?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:48:25 -0600 State could wind down Council on Black Minnesotans The group that pushed Minnesota to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a statewide holiday finds itself in a difficult spot this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/state-could-wind-down-council-on-black-minnesotans?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:12:40 -0600 PUC approves Hiawatha underground powerline in S. Mpls. Xcel Energy's nearly four-year quest to add more capacity to its power grid in midtown Minneaplis took two steps forward Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/puc-approves-hiawatha-underground-powerline-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:49:40 -0600 Emergency health care recipients cut off this week About 2,300 Minnesota residents who received emergency medical assistance from a program of last resort have lost that coverage as of this week. The program paid for a variety of health care services including doctor visits, chemotherapy and dialysis. The reduction in services is an outcome of the budget deal that ended last summer's state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/medical-assistance-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:12:18 -0600 Susan Allen aims to be first American Indian woman legislator Early on, Susan Allen learned from her father that American Indian people could help change institutions by participating in them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/susan-allen?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 07:30:00 -0600 Catholic family with lesbian sister weighs marriage amendment In the 16 years since Eileen Scallen called to say she was bringing a girlfriend home for a school reunion, her five brothers and sisters have become accustomed to having a gay sibling. What do those family ties mean now that there's a vote set on whether to ban gay marriage in the Minnesota Constitution? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/catholic-family-with-lesbian-sister-weighs-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 13:00:00 -0600 Scallen family weighs marriage amendment: In their own words Eileen Scallen worries that her siblings' loyalty to her may only go so far. She fears they won't understand her opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Listen as each of them talks about their position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/marriage-amendment-scallen-family-in-their-own-words?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:13:00 -0600 Advocates tout increase in Twin Cities cyclists Organizers of Bike Walk Twin Cities say efforts to get Twin Cities residents out of their cars are paying off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/17/twin-cities-biking?refid=0 Sat, 17 Dec 2011 09:00:00 -0600 Downtown Mpls. plan envisions stadium, sports district, mass transit A new vision for downtown in 2025 unveiled by the Minneapolis Downtown Council includes doubling the number of urban residents, increasing green spaces and mass transit, and a sports district that includes a new Vikings Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/downtown-2025?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:35:19 -0600 Campaign Finance Board dismisses complaint against Catholic DVD The complaint against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was over a DVD mailed to 400,000 Catholics before the 2010 election which urged them to call for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/campaign-finance-catholic-dvd?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:58:49 -0600 Winter safety PSA advises 'Be a penguin' The Slip Trip and Fall Prevention Campaign is coming soon to a state government building near you. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/12/state-of-minnesota-advises-be-a-penguin-on-ice-and-snow.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Lawsuit settled over treatment of disabled residents in state-run institution A federal judge gave final approval Thursday to a settlement reached between the State of Minnesota and 300 developmentally disabled former residents of a state-run institution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/lawsuit-settled-state-institution?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 20:08:34 -0600 An out-of-towner who refused to succumb to Minnesota's rules In a state that fosters social isolation, she showed the benefits of doing the opposite. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/aslanian?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:00:00 -0600 Number of American Indian children in foster care worries tribal leaders Each year about 1,500 American Indian children in Minnesota spend time in foster care or other out-of-home-care. In Minnesota, American Indian children are 14 times more likely to be placed in out-of-home care than white children - the widest such gap in the nation. That worries tribal officials who say the tribes should be able to determine which of their families need intervention, and what kind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/american-indian-children-foster-care?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:14:24 -0600 US shifts deportation policy; non-criminal cases in question The Department of Homeland Security has begun reviewing cases to speed up deportation of illegal immigrants who are criminals while also clearing the backlog of cases of people in the country illegally who are not criminals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/deportation-policy-shift?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:49:33 -0600 Minn. voters decide local issues in election Voters in communities around Minnesota cast ballots in variety of local races in election. Early results indicate most school levies are passing, regardless of whether the issue would result in higher taxes. Dozens of districts only sought renewals, which would keep property taxes at current levels. But even tax increase questions saw success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/saint-paul-voting?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:55:06 -0600 OccupyMN defies Hennepin Co. sign request, expands sights OccupyMN protestors in downtown Minneapolis are defying Hennepin County's requests to remove signs taped to government property so the county can winterize the plaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/occupymn-hennepin-county?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:18:55 -0500 A year before marriage vote, both sides play defense Proponents of the amendment and those who oppose it have a long ground war ahead of them as they try to convince voters that an amendment would either help or hurt families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/a-year-before-marriage-vote-both-sides-play-defense?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 U of M offers new certification program for adoption professionals The University of Minnesota's Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and the Department of Human Services today announced a new certification program to train social workers and mental health experts who work with adoptive families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/university-of-minnesota-adoption-certification-program?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:23:29 -0500 Appeals court hears suit to overturn same-sex marriage ban A lawsuit that seeks to overturn Minnesota's law prohibiting same-sex marriage is back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/lawsuit-overturn-same-sex-marriage-ban?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Dept. of Corrections tries out one-way email for family, friends of inmates The Department of Corrections is experimenting with a new way for family and friends to communicate with inmates at two Minnesota prisons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/dept-of-corrections-tries-out-oneway-email?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:10:53 -0500 Vatican sides with Archbishop on merging parishes The merger of several Roman Catholic parishes in the Twin Cities will go forward, despite objections by some members of the congregation. The Vatican has rejected their appeals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/local-parishes-denied-merger-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Disclosure rules apply, Campaign Finance Board says The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board put finishing touches on rules affecting disclosure for ballot initiatives, and caught flak from supporters of an amendment to define marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/disclosure-rules-apply-votes-campaign-finance-board?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:23:12 -0500 State visitation program works to reduce inmate recidivism State officials are studying how they can keep former inmates from returning to prison after completing their sentences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/state-reduce-inmate-recidivism?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:20:00 -0500 Immigration sweep nets 37 in Minnesota Thirty-seven people were arrested in Minnesota as part of a nation-wide immigration sweep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/immigration-sweep-nets-37-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:51:16 -0500 Scott County hit hardest by economic turbulence, data show Of Minnesota's most populous counties, Scott County saw the steepest drop in median income last year, new data show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/scott-county-hit-hardest-by-economic-turbulence-data-shows?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Guard member reflects on service as 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' ends Beginning today, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a policy that's been on the books since 1993, and nullified by Congress in December 2010, ended at midnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/guard-member-reflects-on-service-dadt?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Smoker's littering left her steamed She took it upon herself to return the unused portion of a cigarette to the shopper who left it in the parking lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/aslanian?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans losing economic ground New census data show one in 10 Minnesotans lives in poverty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/minnesotans-losing-economic-ground?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:31:06 -0500 Minn. heroes' stories diverge on fighting terrorism, a decade after 9/11 Ten years ago, two people with Minnesota ties tried to thwart the Sept. 11 terrorists. A decade later, their stories point to sharply different views on how America should best respond to terrorism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/sept11-minnesota-heroes?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Bankrupty filings down by 13 percent Fewer Minnesotans have filed for bankruptcy this year compared to last year, mirroring the national trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/bankrupty-filings-down-13-percent?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:45:54 -0500 Senser family turns over vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run accident An attorney for former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser says the family has turned over a vehicle as part of an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/joe-senser-family-vehicle-fatal-hit-run?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:25:28 -0500 Mark Peterson departs as head Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota The head of the region's largest human service provider is stepping down after 24 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/qa-mark-peterson-lutheran-social-service-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:24:40 -0500 New acting director of ATF B. Todd Jones will tackle "lack of stability" Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones will take over as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/b-todd-jones-interview?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:21:37 -0500 Same-sex marriage supporters, foes stake out ground at state fair The Minnesota State Fair always features a buffet of politics, and this year fairgoers have a new issue to chew on: a constitutional vote on marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/groups-test-waters-for-gay-marriage-amendment-at-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Budget deal brings E-Verify back, but with a twist A contentious piece of immigration policy made it into the final budget deal approved last month. E-Verify is back, but with a twist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/budget-deal-brings-everify-back?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:21:13 -0500 Some political ads not subject to campaign disclosure laws A ruling on issue-based political advertisements comes in the case of ads that aired before last year's gubernatorial campaign calling for a constitutional vote on marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/some-political-ads-not-subject-to-campaign-disclosure-laws?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Feed My Starving Children plans massive aid shipment to Somalia The organization says it will ship nearly 1.4 million meals in the coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/feed-my-starving-children?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:31:43 -0500 Falcon Heights OKs domestic partner registry The Falcon Heights city council votes unanimously to establish a domestic partner registry for unmarried same-sex and opposite sex couples who live or work in the community. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/07/falcon-heights-becomes-12th-city-to-add-domestic-partner-registry.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 06:37:41 -0500 Crystal, Falcon Heights voting on domestic partner registries Crystal and Falcon Heights could join 11 other Minnesota cities that have already given couples, both opposite sex and same sex, a way to have their relationships recognized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/domestic-partner-registry-falcon-heights-crystal?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:52:21 -0500 Mpls. Somalis raise funds for homeland refugee camps The famine in their homeland hit home for a group of young Somalis in south Minneapolis, and they came up with a classically American response: a car wash fundraiser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/somali-carwash?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:17:49 -0500 Fishing licenses now available Fishing licenses are available in Minnesota again, and campgrounds are opening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/fishing-licenses-state-parks?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:03:18 -0500 Local Somalis help with famine relief in home country The United Nations is expected today to declare a famine in parts of southern Somalia, where nearly 3 million Somalis are suffering from acute malnutrition. Minnesota's Somali community and local organizations are responding to what they are calling a dire situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/somalia-famine-local-aid?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Rising number of same-sex couples could signal change in next election New census data showing the number of households occupied by same-sex couples rose by 50 percent in Minnesota over the last decade could have lasting effects as the state heads toward a constitutional vote on same-sex marriage in next year's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/census-data-lgbt-couples?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Prisoner visits, religious services, eliminated in shutdown Services to inmates are being curtailed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, prompted by the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/shutdown-prisons?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:00:00 -0500 Parents await ruling on child care assistance subsidy Affording child care continues to be a concern for the 26,000 subsidized families who are cut off during the state government shutdown, now in its seventh day. A judge could rule to continue distributing funds toward child care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/shutdown-childcare-subsidy?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Ag department open, but hampered, in shutdown On this first day of a government shutdown, most state agencies are operating with only essential staff — the lone exception being the state Department of Agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/department-of-agriculture-minnesota-state-government-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:25:06 -0500 Board: Large donors on amendment campaigns must be disclosed The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board made a decision Thursday that's likely to have big implications in the battle over a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage. The board ruled that corporations that spend money trying to influence the way people vote on constitutional amendments must disclose the names of large donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/large-donations-meant-to-influence-amendment-voting-must-be-disclosed-board-says?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:54:40 -0500 Shutdown: Minnesotans take care of last-minute business Many people are in a last-minute flurry to take care of government business: renewing their driver's licenses, getting permits, even buying lottery tickets before non-essential services go dark at midnight Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-last-minute-business?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Child care could take a hit in government shutdown A government shutdown could be costly for low-income parents that receive child care subsidies, and centers that rely on full enrollment to stay afloat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/child-care-could-take-a-hit-in-government-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:39:54 -0500 Potential shutdown forces triage planning in cities, counties City and county officials in Minnesota say the pending state government shutdown could cause serious cash problems for them and already is making it hard to plan their budgets for the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/shutdown-prep-local-governments?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:19:13 -0500 Report: Wages decline for Minnesota's young workers A new report on Minnesota's middle class highlights concerns for young workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/middle-class-report?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:19:39 -0500 Vote delayed on corporate donation disclosure change The state Campaign Finance board has delayed a vote on whether corporations that contribute to ballot measure campaigns have to disclose large individual donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/ballot-questions-donations?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:20:10 -0500 Campaign board to discuss donor disclosure for marriage amendment As fundraising begins to gear up for a 2012 constitutional amendment defining marriage, the state Campaign Finance Board holds a hearing Tuesday to decide what information about large donors must be made public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/campaign-finance-samesex-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:37:58 -0500 St. Paul magnet again at heart of district's struggle over race and achievement A struggling St. Paul elementary school that was once a beacon of racial integration and academic achievement hopes to re-invent itself again, this time taking a page from a successful Afrocentric charter school in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/obama-prep-poised-for-change?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Webster Magnet School: Minnesota's early experiment with voluntary desegregation Webster Elementary became the state's first magnet school in 1976, and 600 white children voluntarily bused in for enrichment programs that remained popular through the 1990s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/webster-elementary-history?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Somali bomber's Minnesota ties still unclear The FBI is still trying to confirm the identity of a Somali man said to be from Minnesota who died in an attack on African Union troops Monday in Mogadishu. The rebel group al-Shabab, considered a terrorist group by the U.S. government, said the bomber was from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/somali-suspect-folo?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:10:15 -0500 North Mpls. crime down slightly in week after tornado Minneapolis police say burglaries jumped in the week following the tornado that hit the north side of the city, but overall, crime went down last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/north-minneapolis-crime?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 15:17:17 -0500 Tornado recovery center running more smoothly Operations proceeded more smoothly at the Tornado Recovery Center in north Minneapolis today. About 2,500 storm victims showed up on the first two days of operations Wednesday and Thursday. By today, incident commanders and residents agreed they had worked out many of the kinks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/27/relief-center?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 16:05:11 -0500 Victim Floyd Whitfield helping others when killed by tornado He overcame obstacles and turned his life around. He was driving a friend's son home from church when the twister struck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/whitfield-obit?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 22:43:20 -0500 Raptor expert dies helping with tornado cleanup Rob MacIntyre, 54, died Sunday while trying to help his neighbors. Friends say he collapsed while trying to clear debris with his tractor. MacIntyre was renowned for his work with raptors such as peregrine falcons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/storm-obit-macintyre?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 17:24:21 -0500 Labor department warns of contractor scams following storm Minnesota's Department of Labor and Industry is warning Minneapolis storm victims to do background checks on contractors before signing any agreement to do repair work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/tornado-scams?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 11:04:12 -0500 Twin Cities Presbyterians could clear the way for gay clergy If Twin Cities church leaders vote to remove a requirement that ministers and lay leaders be faithfully married heterosexuals or celibate singles, it would be the final vote needed to ratify the change nationally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/gays-presbyterian?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Fewer children from abroad adopted in Minn. The number of children Minnesotans are adopting from abroad is declining, reflecting national trends. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/foreign-adoptions?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 15:53:31 -0500 FTC settles with company over Minn. security breach A company hired by the state of Minnesota under former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly failing to protect sensitive data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/lookout-services-ftc-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 14:40:12 -0500 Male caregivers scrutinized in violent deaths of children A state-mandated study into child deaths and near-fatal injuries found men to blame two-thirds of the time. The study could prompt new scrutiny of men from child protection workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/child-abuse-neglect-study?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 House panel OKs police immigration enforcement bill A House committee approved Thursday a bill that would prohibit cities from having policies that forbid police from routinely asking about immigration status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/minnesota-immigration-separation-ordinances-bill?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:52:36 -0500 Lawmakers debate police role in enforcing immigration laws Currently, Minneapolis and St. Paul have "separation ordinances," meaning police in those two cities do not ask residents they interact with about their immigration status, unless it pertains to a crime. A bill discussed in a House committee Wednesday would prohibit that practice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/sanctuary-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:33:06 -0500 North metro commuters pinched by gas price spike With gas prices climbing to near $4 a gallon, many commuters are feeling the squeeze. It's particularly acute for drivers in the northern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, where commutes tend to be longest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/commuting-times-twin-cities?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Cossetta's granted living wage ordinance waiver St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority voted Wednesday to allow a restaurant that's expanding in downtown St. Paul to bypass the city's living wage ordinance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/cosettas-living-wage?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:00:06 -0500 Circle Pines a microcosm of the state's budget debate The northern Twin Cities suburb was once a traditionally Democratic blue area that's shifted to purple, and it helped the GOP take control of the Legislature in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/circle-pines-on-the-budget?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Dayton ends state's use of E-Verify The controversial check of work eligibility for state employees and large vendors doing business with the state was one of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's executive orders allowed to expire.use http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/dayton-pawlenty-executive-orders?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:51:55 -0500 Dayton faces deadline on Pawlenty executive orders Gov. Mark Dayton must decide today the fate of the orders, most dealing with disaster declarations and other routine matters, that the ex-governor signed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/pawlenty-signing-statements?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 03:00:00 -0500 1 teen dead after mass overdose in Blaine The Anoka County Sheriff's office says one person is dead and 10 people remain hospitalized as a result of drug overdoses at a party in Blaine early Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/blaine-overdoses?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:00:40 -0500 Coleman lobbies against federal funding cuts to cities St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said the city of St. Paul receives nearly $9 million a year in Community Development Block Grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/coleman-federal-grants?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:28:19 -0500 More janitors fired in Minn. after immigration audit Federal immigration authorities have identified a second large janitorial company operating in Minnesota -- Harvard Maintenance -- that has hired workers who don't have proper documentation. The company is dismissing 240 workers, according to their union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/harvard-janitors-immigration?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:58:05 -0500 St. Paul NAACP raising objections over school reform plan The St. Paul NAACP is raising objections to the St. Paul school district's plan to overhaul its public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/naacp-stpaul-schools?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:06:24 -0600 Norwegian reality TV casting for love in Minneapolis Norwegians are crazy about Americans. Especially Americans who appear on Norwegian reality TV. This is your chance! /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/03/norwegian-reality-tv-casting-for-love-in-minneapolis.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:24:09 -0600 St. Paul leaders back contentious school reform plan St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is lending his political power to a plan to reform the city's public schools. Superintendent Valeria Silva wants to focus resources on neighborhood schools, in part by reducing citywide busing to magnet schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/st-paul-schools-revisions?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:28:44 -0600 Calls from jail shed light on intimate crime Domestic violence is one of the most confusing crimes prosecutors have to deal with. The victim and suspect know each other. They may even love each other. But prosecutors do have one powerful tool that gives them insight into, and sometimes ammunition for their cases: inmate phone calls from jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/domestic-violence-jail-phone-calls?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Police, advocates an effective team for helping domestic violence victims When Mike Dollarschell arrives for work at the St. Paul Police Department, he scans the night's domestic violence reports for the worst cases, ones that demand intervention. "He punched her in the face... She passed out. He grabbed her by the throat," reads one report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/police-advocates-domestic-violence-first-light?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Domestic violence was a crime too common to make the news In her stint as a TV news dispatcher, she learned to focus on the rare story at the expense of the big story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/sasha-aslanian-domestic-violence-news?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:24:07 -0600 Background checks are latest gun rights battleground If some state legislators have their way, Minnesota will soon eliminate the local background checks now required. Republican proponents say they duplicate the federal background check and impose a burden on local police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/07/permit-to-carry-firearms-injuries-fatalities?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 16:14:57 -0600 Mpls. Mississippi River design competition down to wire A jury met Friday afternoon to select a winning team in the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition. The winner will create a new vision for the riverfront stretching from the Stone Arch Bridge to the northern boundary of the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/minneapolis-riverfront-design-competition?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:36:15 -0600 At Capitol, advocates push for ex-offender rights Advocates for ex-offenders and their families gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday, pushing for a law that would require private employers to remove questions about criminal history from employment applications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/exoffender-rights?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:59:55 -0600 Chipotle exec responds to Minn. immigration audit When the Chipotle Mexican Grill dismissed hundreds of workers in Minnesota because they failed to produce proper documents allowing them to legally work in the United States, it sparked a backlash from some former employees and labor activists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/chipotle-immigrant-workers?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:40:39 -0600 Q & A with immigration official on worksite enforcement Shawn Neudauer, spokesman for U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Twin Cities, responded to questions from MPR reporter Sasha Aslanian about worksite enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/aslanian-q-and-a?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:37:56 -0600 Recession blamed for closing of Catholic school for Latino students A Minneapolis school that made a bold effort to close the academic achievement gap for Latino middle-school students is closing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/san-miguel-closing?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 05:59:05 -0600 MLK program aims to reduce 'digital divide' A Martin Luther King Junior day event in North Minneapolis plans to highlight the "digital divide" between rich and poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/digital-divide-mlk-day?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:04:50 -0600 Three Catholic schools to close in Twin Cities archdiocese Three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will close after the 2010-2011 school year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/catholic-archdiocese-school-closures?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:09:05 -0600 McCollum, Klobuchar hold public events despite Arizona attack Two Minnesota members of Congress held public events on Monday, saying they won't scale back interactions with constituents after the attack on a congresswoman in Arizona over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/minnesota-congressional-delegation-public-events-after-giffords-attack?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:05:03 -0600 Minn. aid groups continue focus on Haiti one year after quake Minnesota aid organizations hope to use the one-year anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake on Wednesday as a reminder of the unfinished recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/haiti-local-aid-groups?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 07:06:51 -0600 Christmas, without the burden The point of the holiday should be to enjoy family and feel gratitude. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/aslanian?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Student who penned coming out op-ed deals with sudden fame In November, Sean Simonson, a student at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park wrote an editorial, "Life as a Gay Teenager," for his Catholic school's student newspaper that touched off a controversy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/simonson?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Tiny city tops lists for poverty and youth opportunity Landfall, Minn. is a tiny city east of St. Paul. More than a quarter of the 700 residents live in poverty, but the city has also been named one of the best communities for young people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/landfall-acs-poverty-opportunity?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. students in hunger strike in support of DREAM act Five Minnesota students and two adults are on the fourth day of a national hunger strike to pressure the U.S. Senate to pass the DREAM Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/dream-act-hunger-strikes?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 15:04:47 -0600 Heavy snow taxes snow plow drivers in metro; officials stress patience In the state's two largest cities, officials stressed that Minneapolis and St. Paul snow plow drivers have been working round the clock to make the streets passable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/snow-plows-twin-cities-blizzard?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 06:08:42 -0600 Alleged sex abuse victim goes public with complaints A man who's suing the Catholic Church over sexual abuse broke his silence Tuesday to publicly chastise the Catholic Church for attempting to recover legal costs from him, after his case was thrown out on a technicality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/keenan-archdiocese?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:12:04 -0600 Clergy sex abuse victim cries foul over church's legal costs Victims of clergy sex abuse are crying foul at a move by the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis to demand legal costs from a man suing the church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/clergy-sex-abuse-case?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 17:34:49 -0600 Swanson sues two firms over mortgage scams Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed lawsuits Wednesday against two out-of-state companies purporting to help homeowners facing foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/swanson-lawsuits?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:14:30 -0600 Web extra: Esther Wattenberg on preventing child deaths What lessons can we learn from a child's life cut short? Esther Wattenberg, a nationally-known child welfare expert at the University of Minnesota searches for answers on Minnesota's Child Mortality Review Panel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/child-abuse-sidebar?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 08:40:11 -0600 Drop in Minnesota child abuse cases puzzles experts Proven cases of abuse and neglect have dropped to their lowest levels since 1982, when Minnesota's population was smaller by a million people. Nationally, the numbers are also dropping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/drop-in-child-abuse-puzzles-experts?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Catholic school paper deletes student editorials on Catholic DVD, gay teens A student newspaper at a suburban Catholic school has sparked a debate over free speech by criticizing a Catholic DVD and defending gay teens. The DVD denouncing same-sex marriage was sent by Minnesota's Catholic bishops to parishioners prior to the Nov. 2 election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/benilde-student-newspaper?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 06:43:46 -0600 Prostitution ring suspects argue for release More defendants indicted this week in an alleged multi-state sex-trafficking ring appeared in court Wednesday for detention hearings in Minneapolis, while some of their relatives proclaimed their innocence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/somali-prostitution-folo?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:03:18 -0600 Indictment: Somali gangs ran sex ring in 3 states Twin Cities girls as young as 12 were shuffled across state lines to work as prostitutes in a wide-reaching sex-trafficking operation controlled by Somali gangs, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/somali-prostitution-ring?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 09:51:39 -0600 St. Paul elects first black lawmakers to Minn. Legislature The Capitol City elected its very first black lawmakers to both the House and Senate. They won the seats vacated by the state's first two Hmong lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/black-legislators?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Political parties ready to watch for voter fraud, suppression Minnesota's political parties say they'll be carefully monitoring what happens at the polls Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/poll-watchers?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 14:37:35 -0500 More Catholic parishes appeal consolidation plan More Catholic parishes unhappy with the Archdiocese's consolidation plan have appealed the restructuring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/catholic-church-restructuing?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 20:04:05 -0500 2 churches slated for closure appeal to Archdiocese St. Austin in north Minneapolis, and St. Canice in Kilkenny are fighting to keep their churches open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/two-churches-appeal-closings?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:50:09 -0500 St. Paul says domestic violence initiatives working The city of St. Paul says new initiatives to combat domestic violence are paying off. Under they city's "first light" program, prosecutors, police and advocates meet each morning to review the previous night's cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/domestic-violence-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 19:33:18 -0500 Grief, hope in merging of century-old St. Paul parish "The message is one of hope, one of courage facing the future," Fr. Mark Juettner said of the plan for St. Andrew's to merge with another church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/17/st-andrews-merger?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Swedish delegation to study area Somali businesses The entrepreneurial success of Minnesota's Somali community has attracted the attention of Sweden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/somalis-sweden?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 08:39:02 -0500 Twin Cities archdiocese to announce reorganization The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will announce significant changes to its parishes over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/archdiocese-changes?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 08:25:02 -0500 AFSCME alleges unsafe staffing levels in prisons The union representing about 1,900 prison guards at Minnesota's nine correctional facilities is alleging state budget cuts have led to unsafe staffing levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/prison-conditions?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:29:33 -0500 Immigration lurks, but not discussed, in 6th district race One of the issues facing the next Congress will be fixing America's immigration system, which many consider broken. While that issue is a hot topic in many races around the country this year, in Minnesota's 6th District race, immigration is largely playing out under the radar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/sixth-district-immigration?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:59:16 -0500 Artist gathers raw materials, raw emotions with Catholic DVD The Catholic Church is getting some pushback for a message against same-sex marriage it mailed to 400,000 Minnesota Catholics last week. The DVD reiterates the church's position that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Over the weekend, hundreds of Catholics donated their DVDs to an artist who plans to make an art project out of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/catholic-dvd-collection?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:56:58 -0500 Child poverty grows in Minnesota The Census Bureau is out with new data that reveals more detail about the economic pain American families experienced in 2009. It was a tough year for children, as the rates of child poverty went up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/child-poverty?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:38:04 -0500 Minnesota's undocumented students await action on Dream Act Hundreds of young people in Minnesota could benefit each year under the proposal that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if they complete high school and at least two years of college or military service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/dream-act?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:55:26 -0500 Census: 1 in 10 lack health insurance in Minn. New census estimates show one in 10 Minnesotans lacked health insurance last year, and more are turning to government programs for coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/census-health-insurance?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:37:28 -0500 Lesbian clergy once expelled, now embraced Ruth Frost and Phyllis Zillhart, the first lesbian couple ordained without the blessing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, once were cast out of the church. On Saturday, for only the second time in the country, the Lutheran Church will officially welcome them to its roster of clergy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/elca-lesbian-clergy?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 15:32:36 -0500 Minneapolis schools to dropouts: 'We want you back' Minneapolis Public Schools are vowing to do something about what the district is calling its "dropout crisis." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/dropout-crisis?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 06:13:49 -0500 Minn. survey: Job vacancies up 32 percent over last year Job vacancies were up 32 percent in the period from April through June compared to the same time last year, according to a report released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/job-vacancies?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:39:18 -0500 Couple's campaign changes newspaper's same-sex announcements policy Kristy Wilke and Jessica Kitzman, both 26, plan to marry in Hackensack, Minn. next August. When Wilke's parents tried to take out an announcement in their hometown paper, the Omaha World Herald, the paper denied their request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/mpls-couple-same-sex-newspaper-policy?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Study: Minn.'s immigrant population rising quickly A new study shows over the past two decades, Minnesota's immigrant population grew more quickly than the national average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/wilder-immigrant-study?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:54:21 -0500 Police "ticket" kids to promote bike safety Hoping to prevent injuries, police throughout Minnesota are on the lookout for bicycle riders -- and their helmets. In Nisswa, kids who wear helmets may get a tasty reward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/bike-helmets?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 05:00:00 -0500 State Fair touts amusement ride safety record The Midway at the Minnesota State Fair will be whirling and rocking with riders today, not long after inspectors completed a round of final checks on the equipment. Hoping to assure the public that rides are safe, state fair officials are touting their safety record and vigilant monitoring of the 63 rides that make up the Midway and Kidway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/state-fair-ride-safety?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Undocumented students help peers navigate college Teenagers who grow up in this country as illegal immigrants don't qualify for federal grants or loans. They can't do work-study. But a group of students is showing their peers that college can be done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/navigate-college-program?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Disabilities Act at 20: A milestone, but work remains Twenty years after it was signed into law there have been many accomplishments, but many consider the Americans with Disabilities Act part of an ambitious social revolution that remains unfinished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/americans-with-disabilities-act?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Obama official: Civil rights division 'again open for business' The Obama administration's top civil rights lawyer was in Minneapolis Wednesday to meet with community leaders, as part of a listening tour around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/civilrights-lawyer?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 17:15:38 -0500 Deportation numbers up in Minnesota, upper Midwest Many of the deported immigrants came to authorities' attention when they were booked into county jails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/ice-jail-screenings?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 11:00:00 -0500 Facial recognition leads state to cancel 1,200 ID cards Minnesota has canceled 1,200 driver's licenses and state identification cards since it began facial recognition scanning of the state's massive database of photos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/facial-recognition?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 ICE quietly relaxes ban on using stun guns on jailed detainees When a Sherburne County Sheriff's deputy used a stun gun on a detained immigrant in 2007, he did not break jail rules. But the deputy appeared to violate standards set by the federal immigration officials for the treatment of detainees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/ice-detainees-stun-guns?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 15:40:45 -0500 Youth Radio: Life without Mom Death makes the news. Grief doesn't. In our Youth Radio Series, Antonio Gonzalez examines how his family is doing seven months after the sudden and mysterious death of his mother. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/living-without-mom?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 15:16:35 -0500 Audit critical of state's handling of private data The Office of the Legislative Auditor is recommending the state develop data security standards when hiring outside contractors handling private data, in the wake of problems the state encountered with a Texas-based firm hired to do employment verification. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/everify-audit?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:50:55 -0500 Bill would provide 'off ramp' for divorce superhighway Minnesota courts are working to process divorces more quickly. Research shows the longer divorce cases drag on in the courts, the more animosity builds up, particularly if couples have children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/couples-on-the-brink-bill?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Youth Radio: 15-year-old meets the president A Minnesota teen records her experience as a delegate to the U.S. Senate Youth Program for MPR News' Youth Radio Series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/youth-senate?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:30:28 -0500 Widow, ex-wife move in together to keep a horse farm alive Two women in central Minnesota forged an unusual partnership to help a horse farm survive the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/horse-farmers?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 12:51:25 -0600 Group homes for troubled teens closing after 18 years Hearthstone of Minnesota, a Twin Cities nonprofit that ran small group homes for deeply troubled teens, closed its doors Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/hearthstone-closing?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 14:12:49 -0600 One man's fight for citizenship Some 8,000 people are currently in deportation proceedings in Minnesota. Every year, some of them claim to be U.S. citizens. One man spent a year in jail trying to prove it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/one-mans-fight-for-citizenship?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Legislative auditor plans follow-up investigation on data breach At the capitol Tuesday, legislative auditor Jim Nobles testified about a special review he's begun into the state's dealings with a Texas company hired to do employment verification. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/lookout-services-auditor?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:37:27 -0600 Lawmakers holding hearing on state's verification problems At the state Capitol Tuesday, lawmakers will have their first chance to ask questions about the state's employment verification problems and Lookout Services, a Texas contractor hired by the state to check the immigration status of new hires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/state-verification-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Legislative auditor to investigate use of company at center of security concerns A state auditor wants to know if Minnesota officials adequately addressed whether a Texas firm hired to verify the identities of new employees had sufficient security safeguards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/lookout-folo?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:46:50 -0600 Company sues state over alleged security breach A Texas company that the State of Minnesota no longer uses to verify the identities of new employees is suing the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/security-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:35:59 -0600 Warnings issued after possible security breach The state of Minnesota has directed all of its agencies to stop using a Texas company state officials hired to verify the identities of new employees after a possible breach of security on the company's Web site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/security-breach?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:48:47 -0600 Immigrant detention grows in Minnesota Some 8,000 immigrants are in deportation proceedings in Minnesota. Every night, 200-300 detainees are behind bars. The Obama Administration is overhauling immigrant detention, but moving them out of jails will take years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/ice-detainees?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 1,200 janitors fired in 'quiet' immigration raid One of the largest immigration crackdowns under the Obama administration to date took place in the Twin Cities last month, when 1,200 undocumented janitors were fired from their jobs, according to immigration lawyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/immigrants-fired?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 14:00:00 -0600 Finding a home in language Somali immigrants face many challenges adjusting to life in America. As part of our Youth Radio Series, Sadiya Mohamed describes her search for home in America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/sadiya_mohamed?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Obama's citizenship director visits Twin Cities The Obama Administration's new director of Citizenship and Immigration Services was in the Twin Cities today as part of a listening tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/immigration-chief-visit?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:59:59 -0500 Devastation of 1918 flu revealed through letters Letters chronicling a failed attempt to stage patriotic singalongs late in World War I provide a window into the devastation of the 1918 Spanish Influenza outbreak in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/1918flu-choruses?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 A new generation of Hmong women pursues college The number of Hmong women pursuing college is growing in Minnesota. But a college education can be hard won in families that traditionally encourage daughters to marry young and raise families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/youthradio-hmongcollege?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:00:00 -0500 Divorced Kid: Stories from the 1970s divorce revolution America's divorce rate soared in the 1970s. Thirty years later, kids who grew up in the divorce revolution look back at that experience, and describe how it shaped them as adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/08/divorce/index.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:53:26 -0500 The revolution, part 2: Unforgettable endings I looked around my book group one night and realized we were almost all children of the 1970s divorce boom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorcedkid-1-2?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The revolution, part 3: On the front lines It felt like the sky was falling when my parents gathered my little brother and me in the living room and told us they were separating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorcedkid-1-3?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Perfecting divorce, part 1: It's all OK One big difference between 1979 and today is that there are a lot more kids whose families aren't the traditional nuclear family, with mom and dad and the kids. And lots of people are telling them it's OK. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorcedkid-2-1?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Perfecting divorce, part 2: Divorce class Minnesota requires parents who disagree on custody to attend co-parenting classes. Hennepin County used to require a three-hour session for kids who were stuck in the middle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorce-2-2?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Perfecting divorce, part 3: A new family One girl from divorce class lets us catch up on her life. She and her brother have gained a stepmom, a stepbrother, and now, a half-brother who's a year and half old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorcedkid-2-3?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 A divorce revolution America's divorce rate hit a peak in 1979. Back then, no one really knew how divorce would affect children. Three decades later, the adult children of divorce look back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorcedkid-1?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The revolution, part 4: 12-year-old experts In 1979, 20 middle-schoolers at the Fayerweather Street School, a private school in Cambridge, Mass., wrote "The Kids' Book of Divorce: By, For & About Kids," as a class project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorcedkid-1-4?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Perfecting divorce, part 4: Wedding vows It's pretty overwhelming for a divorced kid to hear your parents taking their wedding vows. Their voices sound so young and it's such an idealistic moment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/divorcedkid-2-4?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 A visit to divorce class Hennepin County used to require children of divorcing parents to attend a three-hour class, to help them understand the changes they were experiencing in their families. We visit one of those classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/08/divorce_slideshow/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:37:27 -0500 Schools await stimulus funding for homeless students Public schools are awaiting word on federal stimulus funding to help homeless children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/stimulus_funding_homeless_students?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 09:06:19 -0500 Tough economy increases caseload at family court As unemployment rises, family courts are feeling the pain. More parents are seeking changes in their child support payments. That's leading to a higher volume of cases just as the state grapples with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/child_support?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 About the Young Reporters Series The Young Reporters Series pairs high school and college-age reporters from diverse backgrounds with an experienced MPR producer to create compelling stories for MPR News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/aboutyouthradio?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 19:59:15 -0500 Audio slideshow: Tenzin Choerap's journey to America Tenzin Choerap was born in India of Tibetan parents, and moved to the United States when he was 10. He talks about his childhood and the journey that brought him to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/05/15_choerap_slideshow/index.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 19:21:26 -0500 When Somalis are in the news, so is Omar Jamal Somali community activist Omar Jamal is in the news again, this time for finding a lawyer for a Somali pirate. Jamal has made a comeback following his own high-profile problems with the law, but he remains controversial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/omar_jamal?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:25:50 -0500 Phone calls from missing Somalis send mixed messages When the first group of young Somali men disappeared from Minneapolis back in 2007, they weren't on the FBI's radar yet. In phone calls back to their Minnesota friends, they appeared homesick and disillusioned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/friends_of_the_missing?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Somalis in Minnesota react to barrage of bad news Somalia has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, with various news stories in Minnesota and around the world focusing on events related to that African country. Somalis in Minnesota are reacting in various ways to the avalanche of publicity about their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/somali_badnews?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 17:00:21 -0500 Relatives of missing Somali men use homeland ties in search Families of some of the young Somali-American men who are thought to be fighting with Islamic extremists in the Horn of Africa are trying their own methods to bring them safely home. They've turned to friends in the new Somali government and U.S. officials at neighboring embassies to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/somali_search?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500 A gym of their own: Somali girls learn basketball In a locked gym on Sunday afternoons in Minneapolis, Somali girls and women are getting together to play basketball. There are no fans or spectators, and they wouldn't have it any other way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/somali_girlsbasketball?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Senate hearing explores Minneapolis-Somalia connection A Minneapolis mosque is again denying allegations it's responsible for a dozen or more young Somali men leaving the U.S. to join a terrorist group in East Africa. It was one of two mosques named at a U.S. Senate committee hearing Wednesday investigating Islamic extremist recruitment in America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/somalihearing_folo?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 23:03:18 -0500 Online tools may have been used to recruit young Somalis A new study warns about the threat of Islamist radicalization and says online chat rooms are gaining strength. The report sheds some light on how recruiters could lure Americans to fight in a holy war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/fbi_believe_online_tools_used_to_recruit_young_somalis?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 17:46:14 -0600 Missing Somali men may have romanticized their homeland Young Somali-Americans try to make sense of the disappearances of about a dozen men from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/somali_youth?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Tying the knot gets put on hold in tough economy Valentine's Day is a popular day for popping the question. But brides and grooms-to-be are planning their weddings during a tough economy and the recession has couples cutting back, or trying to wait it out for better times. It's not a fairy tale for the wedding industry either. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/tying_the_knot_gets_put_on_hold_in_tough_economy?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Mosque leaders deny they recruited youth to fight Leaders and friends of a Minneapolis mosque deny connection to the recent disappearances of young Somali men from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/leaders_of_minneapolis_mosque_deny_suggestions_they_recruited_youth_to_fight?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:39:42 -0600 Inauguration voices Hundreds of thousands of people have descended on the nation's capitol for Barack Obama's inauguration tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/inauguration_voices?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:26:32 -0600 Living Room Diplomacy As fighting continues in Gaza, a grassroots effort called Living Room Dialogues tries to engage regular Jews and Palestinians living in the U.S. in conversations. Len Traubman started the dialogue group 16 years ago in San Mateo, California. One of the people he eventually invited to attend was Melek Nasr-Totah. She's a Palestinian-American whose father fled Palestine in 1948. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/01/10/living_room_diplomacy?refid=0 Sat, 10 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota time capsule awaits 2058 Minnesota seals its sesquicentennial time capsule Jan. 6. SPAM, White Pine seeds, photographs of the Winona floods and children's notes about Barack Obama winning the presidency are part of what Minnesotans attending the state's bicentennial in 2058 will discover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/minnesota_time_capsule_awaits_2058?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 St. Paul enthusiast aims for record-setting speeds Local motorcycle enthusiast Steve Hamel has already set records with his 1950 Vincent, but he has his eyes set on 200 mph. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/st_paul_enthusiast_aims_for_recordsetting_speeds?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jan 2009 14:00:00 -0600 New research shows a little stress is OK for kids Children who spent their early years in orphanages offer researchers a unique opportunity to see how chronic adversity primes the brain's stress response system. New research comparing adoptees to children raised in biological families, or those adopted early from foster care, gives some surprising results. (Originally aired on Weekend America.) http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/15/kids_and_stress/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Garageland: 150 Miles Per Hour We've been doing a series of stories called "Garageland" about the things Americans like to do in their garages. Garages are places where we tinker, dream and create. Today's story is about a guy who does all that, plus he goes 150 miles per hour. Weekend America's Sasha Aslanian explains. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/22/150_mph_garage?refid=0 Sat, 22 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Memories of the Great Depression This week marked the anniversary of the great stock market crash, Oct. 29, 1929. It got a little more attention than usual in light of our current economic crisis. The $700 billion bailout was designed to avert another "Great Depression." We were curious to hear from people who lived through the Depression--how they pulled through such a time. Here's what we heard back. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/01/great_depression?refid=0 Sat, 01 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Three decades later, dad and daughter reflect on joint custody Back in the 1970s, mothers usually got custody. Joint custody was a strange experiment. Thirty years later, one family looks back on their experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/joint_custody_divorce?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:03:25 -0500 From the South Side to St. Paul In the 1990s, thousands of low-income families moved to the Twin Cities from places like Chicago to build new lives. The state agonized over whether it was becoming a "welfare magnet." Paris Porter came to St. Paul from the south side of Chicago when he was 6 years old and was part of this migration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/south_side_to_stpaul?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 16:50:00 -0500 Transcript of The Vietnam Tapes To mark the Independence Day holiday, we're going to visit the front lines, and the home front, to tell the story of a young kid from Willmar who went to war in Vietnam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/vietnamtranscript?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:32:39 -0500 Reporter's notebook: Tapes take us inside history American RadioWorks producer Sasha Aslanian explains how she came across Dan Kleven's audio tapes from Vietnam, and why the story told on those tapes is so compelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/vietnamnotebook?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 The Vietnam Tapes: Letters from a Willmar soldier The Vietnam Tapes is a special program featuring audio letters from the Vietnam War. Dan Kleven of Willmar, Minn., spent 11 months in combat in Vietnam in 1970. He recorded cassette tapes in the field and sent them back to his family. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2008/07/04_vietnam_diary/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 From 35th Street to Wall Street: Anatomy of a foreclosure Tomorrow, a Minneapolis woman is scheduled to lose her home. Faith Burns has been told to be out of her house. The bank says she's fallen behind on her monthly mortgage payments and is foreclosing on her. We traced the path of Faith Burns' mortgage to Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/foreclosureanatomy?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Survival in the Serengeti Midmorning host Kerri Miller and American RadioWorks producer Sasha Aslanian are traveling in Tanzania, gathering information for a documentary on the relationship between conservation and humanitarian organizations. Go behind the scenes and learn what they learn each day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2007/06/tanzania/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:55:48 -0500 Flame retardant raises health concerns Minnesota lawmakers are considering banning something you may have never heard of, but probably have in your home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/22/flameretardant?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2007 17:00:00 -0500 A mother-daughter language spoken through long hair Look around at the pairs of mothers and daughters you see this Mother's Day weekend. Now look closely at their hairstyles. Notice anything? Producer Sasha Aslanian recognized a pattern in her family, starting with her mother. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/07_newsroom_momshair/?refid=0 Sat, 07 May 2005 10:00:00 -0500 Reporter's notebook Reporter's notebook. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mrepnotebook/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 The long reach of perfluorochemicals The mysteries are many when it comes to fluorochemicals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mresearch/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Toxic Traces Five years ago, 3M announced it would stop making its Scotchgard fabric protector because the chemicals in it didn't break down in the environment. 3M produced the chemicals at its plant in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Even after 3M said it would no longer make the chemicals, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency let two years pass before it began any inquiries. The story raises questions about who is responsible for the safety of the public and the environment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2005/02/toxictraces/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Resources and links A number of resources are available to learn more about PFOA and PFOS, their health effects, and the research that has been conducted on those substances. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mresources/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 4: The company Part 4: The company. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mcompany/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 3: The politics Part 3: The politics http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mpolitics/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 5: The future Part 5: The future http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mfuture/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 2: The neighbors Part 2: The neighbors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mneighbors/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600