Minnesota Public Radio features by Sea Stachura http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=126 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:20:30 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Sea Stachura http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Lessons learned from the 35W bridge collapse It's been two years since the collapse of the I- 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis. In that time, Minnesota and other states have become more rigorous about managing their bridges, and researchers are learning how to help design better bridges for the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/bridge-lessonslearned?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Organic farmers hope trucks increase business Farmers in southeastern Minnesota hope to capitalize on a growing interest in local foods, and have launched a trucking business to haul their produce direct to office buildings in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/organic-produce-trucking?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 15:10:27 -0500 Survival getting tough for some organic dairy farmers In the Midwest, organic dairy farmers are standing by while prices plunge and survival gets tough. Last year demand grew at a rate of 20 percent, but today it's nearly flat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/organic_dairy?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota greenhouse using own biomass for energy savings An award-winning farm and greenhouse business in southeastern Minnesota is using its agricultural waste to heat its facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/pork_plants?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Rochester copes with emerging gang problem Police have fought the gang problem in the Twin Cities for years, but smaller cities, like Rochester, are facing the same challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/rochester_gangs?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Mayo research suggests gluten allergies more common Celiac disease -- an allergic reaction to gluten - is four times more common today than it was 50 years ago, according to research conducted at the Mayo Clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/mayo_gluten_allergies?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 MnDOT to begin survey of Winona Bridge The Minnesota Department of Transportation will conduct an archeological and historic study of the land surrounding the Winona Bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/winona_bridge_survey?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:03:04 -0500 Pollution agency may have cleanup solution for Winona Superfund site The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency may have found a way to completely clean-up a Superfund site in Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/superfund_winona?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 17:08:03 -0500 Southeast Minn. watershed gets federal funds for conservation The Whitewater Watershed in southeast Minnesota will get $300,000 for conservation from the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/whitewater?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:33:37 -0500 Zebra mussels found in Alexandria lake Invasive zebra mussels have been found in Lake Le Homme Dieu in Alexandria. A resident found the invasive species attached to a coffee can in the water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/zebramussels?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:22:49 -0500 Summer camp helps soldiers' kids adjust A summer camp in Hudson, Wis. is helping provide a bit of normalcy for kids whose military parents have been deployed overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/armykids_camp?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:06:50 -0500 After 85 years, protecting refuge still a challenge The Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge turns 85 this month, and biologists are still hard at work to protect it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/mississippi_river_health?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 New DNA test may improve cancer screening Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say a new DNA screening may be able to save lives by helping to identify some hard-to-detect gastrointestinal cancers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/new_dna_test_may_improve_cancer_screening?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Mayo says 'CSI,' other shows a public health risk Who is more likely to kill you? If you believe what you see on TV shows like "CSI," it would be a stranger, and that has researchers at the Mayo Clinic concerned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/mayocrimshows?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Daniel Hauser in parents' custody; begins chemo tomorrow Daniel Hauser is back in the custody of his parents and he is scheduled to begin chemotherapy tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/hauser?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 06:11:47 -0500 Daniel Hauser back in Minnesota; court hearing today A court hearing is set for 2:15 p.m. today in New Ulm to determine the next steps in the case of Daniel Hauser. The 13-year-old boy returned to Minnesota with his mother yesterday after a week on the run to avoid court-ordered cancer treatments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/daniel_hauser_back_in_minn_sees_doctor?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 05:53:15 -0500 11 vehicle-related deaths over holiday weekend At least 11 people have died in vehicle accidents around the state this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/25/vehicle_deaths?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 12:18:22 -0500 Americans often seek cancer treatment in Mexico Authorities suspect Daniel and Colleen Hauser are in Mexico seeking alternative treatment for his Hodgkin's lymphoma. But among its practitioners, there is wide disagreement over whether alternative medicine alone can stop cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/alt_medicine_mexico_debate?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Sheriff: Hausers possibly headed to Mexico for treatment The Brown County Sheriff says 13-year-old Daniel Hauser and his mother Colleen are possibly in or headed to Mexico seeking treatment of Daniel's Hodgkin's lymphoma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/hauser?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 12:33:06 -0500 Search widens for missing boy, mother evading chemo order A Brown County judge has issued an arrest warrant for the mother of a 13-year old boy who is refusing chemotherapy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/boy_resisting_chemotherapy_missing?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 14:19:31 -0500 Judge orders 13-year-old to undergo cancer treatments A Brown County judge has ordered chemotherapy for a 13-year-old boy whose parents had stopped his treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma on religious grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/cancer_treatment_order?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 10:55:00 -0500 New teacher layoffs may have broader impact on Minn. education Minnesota's schools are losing a generation of teachers to layoffs. Districts across the state are cutting teachers because of budget cuts. Many of those teachers have fewer than five years experience. Findings show that some of those teachers are going to other states for work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/teacher_layoffs_impact?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Plan would route high-speed rail through Rochester Rochester leaders are putting together a rail proposal that they hope will bring high speed passenger rail to the city and get freight trains out of downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/12/rochester_rail_plan?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Family lands in court over son's cancer treatment The south central Minnesota family says they are following their religion by using alternative medicine, rather than chemotherapy, to treat their son's Hodgkin's lymphoma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/parents_refuse_treatment_for_son?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 More universities cancel Mexico study trips Universities around Minnesota are cancelling their study abroad programs in Mexico as a result of the swine flu outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/flu_studyabroad?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:24:03 -0500 State, local leaders discuss how to rebuild St. Charles plant State and regional leaders are meeting in St. Charles today to discuss how to rebuild North Star Foods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/st_charles_plant?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:36:36 -0500 Rochester Public Schools cuts 75 full-time teachers Seventy-five full-time teachers at Rochester Public Schools lost their jobs last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/rochester_public_schools?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 06:00:23 -0500 Mayo Clinic and Microsoft partner for medical records The Mayo Clinic and Microsoft are launching an online personal health management application that could eventually communicate with doctor and pharmacy records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/mayo_clinic_microsoft_medical_records?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 07:20:55 -0500 St. Charles meat packing plant officials plan to rebuild Officials at North Star Foods say they plan to rebuild the meat packing plant, although they don't know where. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/18/plan_to_rebuild_north_star_foods?refid=0 Sat, 18 Apr 2009 14:46:38 -0500 State approves massive power line project A controversial power line project that will stretch across southern and central Minnesota has been approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/state_approves_capx_power_line_project?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 17:30:00 -0500 PUC hears arguments on 600 miles of high voltage power lines Opponents of the CapX2020 project produced evidence today they say proves the high voltage lines are not needed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/capx2020_puc_testimony?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:30:00 -0500 PUC to decide on huge powerline project After three years of studies, public hearings, and legal judgments, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide this week whether a CapX 2020, a huge powerline project, can be built across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/powerline_proposals_decision?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Conservation group places St. Croix among most endangered rivers The Lower St. Croix River has been declared one of the most endangered rivers in America. American Rivers, a national waterways organization, released its list of the ten most endangered rivers and they say development along the St. Croix is destroying it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/stcroix_endangered_rivers_list?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 00:01:00 -0500 Legislature restores Green Acres program The new rules say farmers will only be allowed to have half of their land in conservation, and they will have to develop a conservation plan. The rules take effect in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/02/green_acres_program?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 10:51:55 -0500 Rochester novelist explores the life of the Bible's first woman A Rochester novelist takes on the life of the first woman in the Bible, Eve, to great success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/eve_the_novel?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 11:45:58 -0500 Attorney: NTSB is wrong about cause of bridge collapse Lawyers for more than 100 bridge collapse victims say the National Transportation Safety Board reached the wrong conclusion about the 35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/bridgecollapse_update?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:43:44 -0500 Study finds possible link between early anesthesia and learning disabilities in kids A Mayo Clinics study found that children who underwent multiple surgeries as infants or toddlers were twice as likely to have learning disabilities than those who only had one surgery or none at all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/anesthesia_exposure_learning_disabilities?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 08:00:00 -0500 More birds migrating through the Upper Mississippi valley More birds are migrating through the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge, according to a new survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/bird_migration?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:49:51 -0500 Wenonah Canoe steers straight in the recession Winona-based Wenonah Canoe, an internationally-known canoe builder, is so far riding out the recession without cutbacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/wenonah_canoes_economy?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Rochester standoff is over; suspects gone Rochester police entered a home this afternoon following an apparent standoff with two gunmen, only to find the home empty and the suspects gone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/rochester_standoff?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:01:51 -0500 Meet the money man behind the Elk Run development When an ambitious biobusiness park was proposed for southeast Minnesota, the first question was, who will finance it? The answer is Steve Burrill, a San Francisco-based venture capitalist with Midwestern roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/elkrun_folo?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 16:40:08 -0500 Officials announce $1 billion Elk Run project A real estate developer and a venture capitalist said today they are joining together to launch a biobusiness park near Rochester, reportedly costing nearly $1 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/elkrun_anncment?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:11:00 -0500 Mayo Clinic breaks even in 2008 The depressed economy has taken its toll on the Mayo Clinic. The clinic reported today that in 2008 the company just broke even. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/mayobudget?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:57:54 -0500 Proposal would require police to collect race data in traffic stops The bill would require police officers in Minnesota to record the race of every person they pull over in traffic stops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/police_stops_race_data?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Mayo CEO plans on new career in health care policy Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, Dr. Denis Cortese, will retire in November after 40 years at the clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/27/mayo_chief?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 06:55:24 -0600 Federal money to fund Minn. highway improvements Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced $180 million worth of new road and bridge projects in greater Minnesota today. The projects will be funded by federal stimulus dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/stimulus_mnroads?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:44:46 -0600 Biobusiness project gets injection of DEED funding The Elk Run Biobusiness park project planned for an area near Rochester will get an injection of cash from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/biobusiness_project_gets_injection_of_deed_funding?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:07:02 -0600 High-voltage power lines could criss-cross Minnesota A for-profit transmission line company wants to build a massive power line across seven states, including Minnesota. The line would take wind from the Dakotas and Minnesota to Chicago and farther east. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/powerline_proposal?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 05:00:00 -0600 $1 billion bioscience center planned for Rochester area California developers are poised to announce an effort to raise $1 billion to create a bioscience research center just outside of Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/elk_run_bioscience_plan?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Levels of mercury in pike and walleye increasing Data shows that mercury levels are increasing in pike and walleye in Minnesota over the last 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/mercury_levels_on_the_rise_in_pike_and_walleye_population?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:50:14 -0600 Bank awards Minn. non-profits $6.3M to help home buyers Minnesotans who want to buy a foreclosed home could get financial help from a grant and loan program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/bank_awards_minn_nonprofits_64m_to_help_home_buyers?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:01:42 -0600 Computer program improves memory in older adults A Mayo Clinic researcher found that a computer program can significantly help older adults improve their memory and thinking skills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/mayo_memory_computer?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 07:38:17 -0600 Rochester schools finalize cuts Rochester Public Schools will finalize roughly $9 million in budget cuts Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/rochester_schools?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 07:23:38 -0600 Rochester feels the recession, but economy still expands Even with the lowest unemployment rate among Minnesota metro areas, Rochester feels the recession's sting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/rochester_economy_grows?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Two businesses in Winona join forces to survive the recession In Winona a restaurant and a bookstore moved in together to cut expenses. So far, so good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/blue_heron_winona?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Diversity leader reflects on Obama inauguration One of the Minnesotans attending Barack Obama's inauguration is George Thompson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/diversity_leaders_reflects_on_obama_inauguration?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Albert Lea embarks on a healthy makeover The town will be the subject of a longevity project put together by the AARP and Blue Zones, a healthy living organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/longevity_albert_lea?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 The sound of harps is alive in Red Wing Stoney End Harps has sold more than 6,000 harps to musicians around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/stoney_end_harps?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 15:30:00 -0600 Audio slideshow: Building harps An audio slideshow featuring harp maker Gary Stone of Red Wing, Minn. /features/2009/01/13_harps/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:57:16 -0600 Farmers feel penalized by Green Acres program Changes in Minnesota's Green Acres program have some farmers preparing to plow up wetlands and cut down windbreaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/green_acres_farmers?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Some Austin pork plant workers struggle with disease and its aftermath A year after a neurological disease surfaced among workers at a pork plant in Austin, some workers still can't get worker's compensation for their illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/qpp_workers?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Train derails in southeastern Minnesota La Crescent Fire Department officials say a propane leak at the site of the train derailment along the Mississippi is limited to a small tank. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/derailment?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 08:15:34 -0600 Mayo researchers unlock mystery of breast cancer drug Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they've discovered why the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen is effective. And in doing so, they've found why the drug does not work in some women. The discovery could allow them to develop drugs for women whose cancers don't respond to tamoxifen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/cancerdrugs?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 16:09:59 -0600 Wisconsin DNR reports 6 endangered wolves killed Wisconsin's Deparment of Natural Resources reports that six endangered gray wolves were killed during last month's deer hunting season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/wisconsin_dnr_reports_6_endangered_wolves_killed_last_month?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 16:26:35 -0600 Mayo promotes tobacco-free living The Mayo Clinic has opened a new Center for Tobacco-Free Living. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/addicted_fish?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 08:43:25 -0600 Safety board faults design flaws in bridge The National Transportation Safety Board has closed its investigation into the I-35W bridge collapse. The board ruled that the gusset plates on the bridge were not designed properly and also found that MnDOT had not adequately overseen the bridge's design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/ntsb_day2?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 17:06:32 -0600 NTSB stresses connection between bad design and weight NTSB investigators have found the weight of the bridge and construction materials and equipment placed on it forced a poorly-designed and under-sized gusset to fail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/ntsb_day_1?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 07:02:17 -0600 NTSB hearing: Design errors, weight factor in bridge collapse During a Thursday hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board, investigators say 289 tons of construction equipment and materials were stored on the 35W bridge on the day it collapsed. Investigators say an under-designed gusset plate was the primary cause of the disaster http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/ntsb_updates?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:03:18 -0600 Despite final NTSB report, some still have questions The final report on the causes of the I-35W bridge collapse will be discussed Thursday in Washington. Minnesota Public Radio News has learned NTSB investigators will report that under-designed gusset plates and weight added to the bridge deck were the primary causes of the collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/ntsb_preview?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 NTSB final report: Bad design, plus added weight, led to bridge collapse Investigators for the NTSB have concluded that under-designed gusset plates and the weight on the bridge deck were the primary causes of the I-35W bridge collapse, Minnesota Public Radio News has learned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/ntsb_bridge?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:30:10 -0600 Immigration officials raid southern Minnesota towns Immigration and Customs Enforcement took 19 people into custody during an enforcement action in south central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/ice_raid?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:43:55 -0500 Latinos in Gaylord claim police discrimination Some Latino residents in the small town of Gaylord are filing a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. They say they are victims of racial discrimination and retaliation by the town's police department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/gaylord_police_complaints?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Michelle Obama fires up supporters in Minnesota Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, is spending the day in Minnesota. She spoke earlier today in Rochester, and is making an afternoon stop in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/michelle_obama_rochester?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 15:04:52 -0500 McCain rallies supporters in La Crosse John McCain proposed Friday that the elderly be allowed to hang on to the stocks in their retirement funds and not be forced to sell them in a bad market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/la_crosse?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 09:43:28 -0500 Walz, Davis spar in Minn.'s 1st District Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and his Republican challenger Dr. Brian Davis clashed on Social Security, oil drilling and other issues in their first one-on-one debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/1st_debate?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 14:10:09 -0500 Midwest high-speed rail gets Congressional approval Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar says a high-speed rail line between Chicago and the Twin Cities could be a reality within five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/highspeedrail?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 13:46:49 -0500 In La Crosse, Obama says it's time for action on bailout Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says it's time for Congress "to take some clear action" on a financial rescue for Wall Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/lacrosse?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 08:29:59 -0500 Mayo researchers use stem cells to repair heart defect Researchers have shown that stem cells can fully repair cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect that frequently leads to heart failure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/stem_cell?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 07:02:21 -0500 Tiny implant could relieve pain, depression The Mayo Clinic has helped develop a technology that could help better treat Parkinson's disease and depression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/micro_chip?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Davis beats Day for Republican endorsement Republican Candidate Brian Davis won last night's 1st Congressional District primary. Davis faced off against long-time state senator Dick Day. Davis beat Day with more than 66 percent of the vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/day_vs_davs?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 06:47:11 -0500 Final day protests end in an estimated 300 arrests A protest that started on the State Capitol lawn yesterday afternoon ended with an estimated 300 arrests, the most of any day during the Republican National Convention. The protesters had planned to march to the Xcel Center where the RNC held its final day of events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/final_protest_rnc?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 01:47:34 -0500 Police conduct raids in preparation for RNC Authorities have searched several homes in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul Saturday ahead of the opening of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/30/rnc_raids?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2008 23:29:02 -0500 Police search homes, seize contraband in advance of RNC Authorities have searched several homes in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul Saturday ahead of the opening of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/30/more_raids?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2008 11:55:00 -0500 A finance company walks its way to profits A Minneapolis company tried out treadmill desks for six months. Employees lost weight and increased productivity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/officefuture?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 13:33:02 -0500 Lanesboro theater receives international recognition The Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro is the only American recipient of a prestigious international Henrik Ibsen award, given by the Norwegian government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/lanesboro?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:01:00 -0500 Can I get a cab? Will I have any trouble getting a taxi during the RNC? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/survivalguide_cabs?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Southeast Minnesota still recovering from flood disaster Seven people died in flash floods that swept over southeastern Minnesota on August 19, 2007. The region is still in recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/flood_anniversary?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Mayo program connects high schoolers with career options A Mayo Clinic pilot program connects average students with career opportunities and hands-on experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/mayo_mentoring?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 16:30:00 -0500 NTSB closer to answering why the bridge went down The National Transportation Safety Board grows closer to completing its investigation on the bridge collapse. Under-sized gusset plates and corrosion appear to be two factors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/bridgeinvestigation_update?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 14:00:00 -0500 NTSB notes break along corrosion in I-35W gussets Nearly a year after the I-35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, the National Transportation Safety Board says its investigation has found that cracks occurred along corroded gusset plates on the failed span. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/ntsb_gussetupdate?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Immigration officials raid home of Northfield couple Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Tim Counts said that during the search officials found chemical substances they believed were hazardous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/ice_hazardous_material?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 12:38:44 -0500 Risk of Alzheimer's higher than expected More people than expected will develop an early form of Alzheimer's, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Mild Cognitive Impairment is an intermediate stage between Alzheimer's and normal aging. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/alzheimers?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 06:28:30 -0500 Report: Nation's bridges in need of significant repair A report released for the anniversary of the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis says the nation's bridges are in bad shape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/bridge_report?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 17:07:15 -0500 Transportation survey says nation's bridges are deficient A new transportation report says almost one fourth of the nation's bridges are structurally deficient or obsolete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/bridges?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 07:28:34 -0500 A referendum on Rep. Tim Walz First Congressional District Congressman Tim Walz (D) has brought money and legislation to the district in his first term, but will that be enough to win the fall election? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/walzprofile_2008?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 10:44:20 -0500 Congressional candidate late paying taxes Republican Congressional candidate Brian Davis has paid his property taxes late every year for the last five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/davistaxes?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 16:54:14 -0500 Winona State helps drum up poll workers Winona State University is recruiting 100 students to work as election judges. An estimated 30,000 election judges, also known as poll workers, will be needed for the 2008 elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/poll_workers?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 06:38:07 -0500 Two Republicans vie for chance to oppose Rep. Tim Walz State Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna, and Mayo Clinic physician Brian Davis both want to defeat Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. But first one will have to beat the other in a Republican primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/18/cd1_republicans?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Jobs cut from St. Peter hospital Fifty-five people will lose their jobs at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center because of a budget shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/st_peter_layoffs?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 07:25:38 -0500 New regulations for Minn. feedlots Minnesota feedlot regulations will be changing soon. When a feedlot changes ownership the MPCA will need to re-approve the permit to the new owner and winter manure spreading will no longer be allowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/feedlots?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 07:52:15 -0500 Austin to field test public wi-fi The City of Austin will have municipal wi-fi by October. The $1.2 million project is being run through the Austin Utilities Board and has been in the works for several years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/austin_wifi?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 06:29:31 -0500 Mayo researchers find gene causing heart arhythmia Mayo Clinic researchers have found one of the genes that cause a form of heart arhythmia. Doctors studied a family with an inherited form of atrial fibrillation by scanning the entire human genome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/arhythmia?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 08:06:03 -0500 Levees may worsen flooding problems A long chain of levees along the Mississippi and other rivers is contributing to the catastrophic flooding that has hit the region recently, some civil engineers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/levees_flooding?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Repair to gusset plates begins on Winona bridge Repairs on the Hwy 43 bridge's 15 gusset plates will begin this week in Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/winona?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 07:32:14 -0500 Tanker rollover spills thousands of gallons ethanol An ethanol tanker rolled over near Lanesboro last week spilling ethanol into the Root River. The 8,000 gallon tanker was headed north from the Preston ethanol plant when it rolled over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/ethanol?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 01:38:05 -0500 The pork wars on YouTube What kind of pork will you eat? That's the question marketing groups are wrestling over on YouTube. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/youtube_wars?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 14:53:51 -0500 MPCA sets new water quality standards The MPCA has written new water quality standards to limit the amount of ag run-off in the states' waterways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/21/runoff_standards?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:57:30 -0500 Using measles to treat cancer Researchers today know more about the measles than ever, and doctors are using that knowledge to develop new treatments for certain cancers. The first step is to understand how the measles virus infects its host. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/measles_research?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Minnesota, EPA launch steps to reduce dead zone in Gulf of Mexico Minnesota's pollution control agency is teaming up with the EPA to shrink the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/deadzone_steps?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 17:00:00 -0500 I-35W bridge project reflects MnDOT's new approach to bridges The rebuilding of the 35W bridge and recent bridge closings are part of a cautious approach to bridges in Minnesota in the wake of last summer's tragedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/bridge_update?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Austin residents taking flood waters in stride The City of Austin is slowly filling up with water, but this time, the city is prepared. Austin is experiencing its eleventh major flood in the past 30 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/mn_flooding?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:20:30 -0500 Leaders worry Root River flood could dampen tourist industry The floodwaters in Fillmore County are receding, but they have already hurt business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/flood_tourism?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:00:40 -0500 Winona begins ferry service to cope with bridge closing The City of Winona launched its first rented ferry across the Mississippi RIver today. More than 2,500 people living in Wisconsin commute to Winona for work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/09/ferry?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2008 09:30:29 -0500 Officials disagree on value of 35W bridge report One official at the NTSB says the agency will consider an academic report on the cause of the 35W bridge collapse. Another transportation organization says the findings are not complete and may not be totally accurate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/response_astaneh_report?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 16:27:51 -0500 Study: Heavy construction materials, added pavement brought down 35W bridge The 35W bridge was over-weighted with concrete pavement and construction materials, causing an under-sized gusset plate to fail, according to a study conducted by University of California-Berkeley structural engineering professor Hassan Astaneh. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/astaneh_bridgecollapse?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 MnDOT closes Highway 43 bridge over Mississippi at Winona The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the Highway 43 bridge over the Mississippi River at Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/winona_bridge?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 19:40:27 -0500 Farm bill is mixed news for organic growers The 2008 farm bill designates more resources to organics than ever, but organic growers won't find relief from one of their thorniest problems: renting land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/farmbillorganics?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Common gene mutation doubles lung cancer risk The disorder is often found in people who have chronic bronchitis or emphysema, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/lung_cancer?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 08:28:37 -0500 Thousands gather to honor fallen soldiers Thousands of veterans, family members and civilians attended the Memorial Day celebration at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery near the Twin Cities airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/memorial_day?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 15:43:20 -0500 Rochester schools tackle complex education achievement problems The achievement gap in Rochester Public Schools isn't just poor and minority students. It's also white middle class students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/rps_fiveyear?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Receptor which causes sun-induced skin cancer found Researchers found that a receptor on the skin called the cannabinoid receptor absorbs UV light and causes sun-induced skin cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/receptor?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 07:11:45 -0500 Former Polaris CEO donates $27.5 million to Mayo Clinic The former CEO of Polaris Industries has given the Mayo Clinic $27.5 million. The gift helped open the Mayo Clinic's new musculoskeletal center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/polaris?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 06:44:08 -0500 Ethanol plant proposal divides Eyota A Minnesota company wants to build an ethanol plant in Eyota, a tiny suburb of Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/eyota_ethanol?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Rochester schools have plan to close achievement gap Rochester schools superintendent Romaine Dallemand says the district will start a new program next year to close the academic gap. The five year plan will train parents, teachers and administrators on ways to motivate students http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/roch_schools?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 06:34:42 -0500 A new threat to duck populations Snails and several parasites are killing thousands of ducks each year on the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/ducks_parasites?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Rep. Tim Walz says farm bill vote could come next week Sen. Norm Coleman said he would work to override a threatened presidential veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/farmbill?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 13:13:45 -0500 Delta, NWA defend proposed combination The chief executives of Delta and Northwest on Thursday tried to assuage skeptical lawmakers' concerns about the carriers' proposed combination, defending it as the best way to cope with surging fuel prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/nwa_delta?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:00:29 -0500 Oberstar, NTSB chairman clash on bridge investigation U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar is publicly urging the National Transportation Safety Board to reverse its decision not to hold a public hearing on last year's deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/ntsbclash?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:34:56 -0500 NTSB bridge probe attracts congressional attention The NTSB's handling of the 35W bridge collapse investigation will be a large part of a congressional hearing today. Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer speaks with MPR reporter Sea Stachura in Washington about the hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/ntsb_hearing?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 06:42:42 -0500 Mayo Clinic joins group battling war injuries The Mayo Clinic will develop new medical treatments for Americans injured in war. The Mayo Clinic has joined a consortium called the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/mayo_war?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 07:11:34 -0500 Dalai Lama gives surprise message in Rochester The Dalai Lama's visit prompted demonstrations outside of Mayo Clinic by both Tibetan and pro-China demonstrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/dalai_lama_blessing_rochester?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:13:07 -0500 Dalai Lama in Rochester The Dalai Lama will give a talk entitled, "compassion in Medicine" in Rochester today. He will also hold a panel discussion with the Mayo Clinic's CEO Glenn Forbes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/dalai_lama?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 07:51:43 -0500 Dementia, not Alzheimer's Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have found that young people who develop dementia often don't actually have Alzheimer's, which means doctors can help patients make some recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/alzheimers?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 07:40:25 -0500 Lifelong exercise may prevent precursor to Alzheimer's A study at the Mayo Clinic finds that people who exercised consistently over 15 years were less likely to lose cognitive function. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/exercise_cognitive?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 07:00:00 -0500 Wildlife service seeks volunteers to help with flood clean up The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to help clean up the flood plain from last year's flash floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/cleanup?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 11:09:19 -0500 Tim Walz wants to revamp GI Bill Representative Tim Walz says he wants to update the GI Bill in this Congress this year. He wants to use the GI Bill as a sort of economic stimulus package for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/waltz_gibill?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 08:15:24 -0500 Missississippi flood plain needs you The Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for volunteers to help clean up the Mississippi flood plain after last August's flash floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/flood_cleanup?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 07:15:45 -0500 U of M Rochester inaugurates new chancellor The University of Minnesota Rochester this evening will inaugurate its first chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/chancellor?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 13:07:06 -0500 Sickened pork plant worker files lawsuit for workers compensation A worker at Quality Pork Processing Plant in Austin has filed a lawsuit against the company demanding workers' compensation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 14:43:18 -0500 IBM announces new Rochester-built servers. IBM has introduced a new line of servers designed and built in Rochester, Minn. aimed at small to medium businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/ibm_rochester?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:48:37 -0500 Auguste Rodin's mastery on display in St. Peter An exhibit of Auguste Rodin's sculptures and writings at Hillstrom Museum of Art shows Rodin as the sculptural master he is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/rodinexhibit?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 11:30:00 -0500 Ten years after devastating tornadoes, communities thriving Ten years ago at least five tornadoes ripped through south central Minnesota. The cities of Comfrey and St. Peter were damaged so badly that residents worried their towns would disappear. Instead, they have managed a remarkable recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/tornadoanniv?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Comfrey, 10 years after the tornado The small town of Comfrey, Minn. was nearly destroyed by a tornado on March 29, 1998. MPR reporter Sea Stachura talks with former Mayor Linda Wallin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/03/28_stachura_tornadoanniv/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 NTSB Chair tells Oberstar no public hearing The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said the board will not reconsider its decision to forgo a public hearing on the 35W collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/ntsb?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 15:02:49 -0500 NTSB divided over public hearing on I-35W bridge collapse Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., is asking the chairman of the NTSB board to reverse the board's decision against holding a public hearing into the I-35 bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/ntsbdivided?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 18:00:00 -0500 Enzyme linked to high incidence of breast cancer The findings of a new Mayo Clinic study may change how doctors predict who will develop breast cancer and how they look for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/mayo_breast_cancer?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:06:17 -0500 Whitewater's habitat wakes up post-flood Whitewater State Park officials are looking for signs of recovery as the park slowly reopens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/whitewaterrecovers?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Legislation would force pesticide notification Should Minnesotans be able to look over what pesticides have been sprayed on golf courses and farm fields? A proposal in the House would give people access. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/29/pesticide_tschumper?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Study: Asian Indians may be at higher risk for diabetes Asian Indians may be at higher risk for type two diabetes, because of the way their bodies convert fuel, according to a new Mayo Clinic study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/01/diabetes?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2008 11:00:00 -0600 Flooded homeowners still waiting for help Six months after the August floods in southeastern Minnesota homeowners are still waiting for help from the state and federal governments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/rushford_flood?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Mayo shields Rochester from recession's bite Will the Mayo Clinic's success keep Rochester from joining the state in an economic slowdown? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/rochecon_stachura?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Hormel Institute buys Minnesota-made supercomputer The Hormel Institute in Austin has purchased the fastest computer in the world for its cancer research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/hormelbigblue?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 12:54:01 -0600 Bridge investigation: Six months of digging but few answers The NTSB has examined the collapsed 35W bridge for six months. The answers to what caused the collapse are still another six months away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/ntsbsixmo_stachura?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 15:00:32 -0600 NTSB chairman smooths over rift with Oberstar The head of the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman hand-delivered a letter Monday to U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, to respond to Oberstar's complaints about the NTSB's investigation of the 35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/28/rosenkerletter?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:40:28 -0600 Olmsted officials concerned about lack of housing for released inmates Olmsted county officials said they are concerned that a large number of recently released inmates may end up homeless this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/olmsted?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:57:13 -0600 NTSB investigators surprised by what they found Bad design, not bad construction or maintenance, led to the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis that killed 13 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/prebrief?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 09:21:48 -0600 Why is the town of contentment in chaos? A group of former Northfield mayors has called for mayor Lee Lansing's resignation. An investigation late last year found Lansing had improperly used his influence to steer city business to his son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/northfield?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jan 2008 16:00:20 -0600 Rep. Walz concludes visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has just finished a four-day visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/walzvisit?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:03:25 -0600 Christopher & Banks large clothing donation mostly unwearable A major donation to flood victims from Minnesota-based Christopher and Banks women's clothing company is full of defective clothes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/cbclothing?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:44:11 -0600 Northfield City Council to discuss allegations of mayoral misconduct On Saturday Northfield's City Council will decide what to do about the findings of a report issued earlier this week that shows that Mayor Lee Lansing exerted improper influence on behalf of his son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/leelessing?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 The Christmas tree debate: Real or fake? Did you think of the ecological consequences of your Christmas tree? Minnesota Public Radio did some homework on whether real or artificial trees are better for the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/realvfake?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 02:45:00 -0600 Rochester police release profile of Sorensen killer Rochester police today released a profile of the person who killed April Sorensen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/rochester_profile?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 16:00:00 -0600 St. Mary's University names new president Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minn., has a new president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/stmaryspres?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:24:16 -0600 Farm bill will influence food shelf future The slow-down in passing a new Farm Bill has left increasingly needy food shelves and food stamp recipients in the lurch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/foodbanks?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Capturing dark beauties on paper The ugly duckling of the Order Lepidoptera is the moth. No butterfly would be caught dead near one. But artist Joseph Scheer parades the hidden beauty of these creatures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/moths?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Mayo Clinic doctors examine sick pork handlers Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say they suspect direct contact with pig brains may have caused to the neurological illnesses of workers at Quality Pork Processing in Austin, Minn. Last week the Minnesota Department of Health revealed 11 workers are exhibiting symptoms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/mayopigbrains?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 16:43:00 -0600 Soldier: 'If I was to die, it would've been an honor' Another Minnesota soldier died this week in Baghdad. Sgt. 1st Class John Tobiason of Hayfield was 42. Little is known about how Tobiason died. It's reported that he stepped out of a tent and shots were fired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/29soldier_killed?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:13:10 -0600 Thanksgiving is bittersweet for southeast Minnesota flood victims Three months after flash flooding, many residents are still filling out paperwork and looking for housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/22/sadthanksgiving?refid=0 Thu, 22 Nov 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Do we buy ethanol (in Minnesota) because we have to? Imagine you are driving through the Midwest and you need gasoline. Chances are that gas will have some level of ethanol in it. Many states have required ethanol without asking if consumers want it, or if it's environmentally sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/ethanolpolicy?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 01:55:35 -0600 Allegations raise a stink over Mower County feedlot State officials are investigating possible official malfeasance in a dispute over a Mower County hog feedlot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/05/mowerfeedlot?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2007 03:00:07 -0600 Minnesota businesses want to compress, burn and process trash in India Some of Minnesota's waste management companies show an interest in doing business in India. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/18/indiawaste?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2007 01:57:13 -0500 State to flood victims: Apply for federal loans As the federal disaster deadline looms for residents in southeastern Minnesota, state officials are trying to push homeowners to apply for federal loans before asking for state dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/sbaloans?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 03:00:48 -0500 Three investigations search for cause of I-35W bridge collapse The National Transportation Safety Board isn't the only entity looking for the cause of the bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/12/ntsbupdate?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Minnesota is swimming in sewage At least 50,000 homes and businesses in the state dump raw sewage directly into the state's lakes and rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/02/straightpipes?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2007 17:20:12 -0500 Moving mountains to build islands on the Mississippi The U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service, along with the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies, is rebuilding some of the lost islands on the Upper Mississippi Refuge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/20/thinkriver?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 03:00:55 -0500 Two families struggle to recover from flood One month after the flash floods crashed through southeastern Minnesota, flood victims are beginning to get a sense of their futures. For two couples, those futures are a stark contrast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/floodedhomes?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 04:00:21 -0500 Mold poses challenge for flood cleanup The Minnesota Department of Health says where there is water, there's mold. And most of the 1,500 homes affected by the last month's flash floods are still drying out. State officials say mold contamination is a health concern, but it's up to homeowners to deal with it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/07/mold?refid=0 Sun, 09 Sep 2007 15:00:23 -0500 Floods leave victims high and dry when it comes to insurance coverage Insurance company advocates say more people should opt to buy flood insurance. But one expert says the real solution is to force insurance companies to offer flood coverage, and require all home insurance policies to include it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/29/floods_leave_victims_high_and_dry_when_it_comes_to_insurance_coverage?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2007 17:09:10 -0500 Pawlenty lays out what he wants in a special session Speaking in Rochester on Tuesday, the governor says he wants more of an understanding with the DFL before he moves ahead. But DFLers say they're having a hard time getting the governor to talk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/28/pawlentysession?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2007 17:00:56 -0500 Who'll pay for flood damage in SE Minnesota? While Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders are negotiating an agenda for a special legislative session in September, Molnau said Monday she's not sure that state action is needed immediately -- because federal disaster aid is already on the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/27/molnausession?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2007 16:19:34 -0500 FEMA declares 3 more counties eligible for assistance Federal Emergency Management Agency officials hit the ground Friday talking with people affected by the flash floods in southeastern Minnesota. Winona, Fillmore and Houston counties got declared federal disaster areas late Thursday. Gov. Pawlenty says FEMA has now declared Olmsted, Steele and Wabasha counties eligible for additional federal assistance. FEMA officials say that could be expanded to a full disaster declaration later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/femawork?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 17:05:30 -0500 SE Minnesota declared a disaster area The declaration releases the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin registering and helping residents and businesses for disaster relief. The agency will also help with public infrastructure projects like roads and sewers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/23/flood_ths_pm?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2007 15:58:51 -0500 Searchers find body of missing flood victim Jered Lorenz, 37, left a party Saturday night, driving home on a township road. His empty car was found Sunday near Rush Creek, north of I-90. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/21/floodupdate?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2007 15:04:54 -0500 Six dead as flooding hits SE Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty says the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency will provide some relief. But in the meantime, county officials aren't sure they've found all the victims of the flood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/19/flood?refid=0 Sun, 19 Aug 2007 12:00:19 -0500 Farm vehicles can be tough on rural roads and bridges As Minnesotans have increasingly learned over the last two weeks, a major factor in the deterioration of roads and bridges is vehicle traffic and its weight. And one class of vehicles travels most of the state without any weight restrictions: farm vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/ruralbridges?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2007 01:18:35 -0500 The big question: Why did the bridge fall down? A bridge is thousands of pieces of metal and concrete. It's built to withstand all manner of weather and stress. And most bridges do exactly that -- for up to 100 years. So why did the 35W bridge collapse after only 40 years? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/bridgetroubles?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2007 12:00:11 -0500 With a struggle ahead, patience wears thin in flood zone In Winona, about 60 area residents confronted Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying they aren't getting the help they need to recover from flash floods that killed six. Meanwhile, the cleanup continued. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/20/flood_day_2?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 22:30:58 -0500 Special election for House district 28B heats up The Minnesota House seat once held by former Majority Leader Steve Swiggum is up for grabs. The contenders are DFL candidate Linda Pfeilsticker and Republican Steve Drazkowski. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/01/district28b?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 01:41:04 -0500 Car removal to begin by midweek; Investigation enters new phase The Minnesota Department of Transportation says it will begin pulling vehicles out of the Mississippi River by mid-week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/05/mndotcontract?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2007 16:54:44 -0500 Northern end of I-35W bridge is now focus of probe The southern end of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis has been ruled out as the starting point of the structure's collapse. The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says the agency will now examine the northern portion of the bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/05/ntsb?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2007 08:29:25 -0500 Finding refuge from the heat and humidity Minnesota is getting some welcome rain, after several days of hot and muggy weather. People around the region found lots of ways to deal with the heat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/26/hotweather?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:02:10 -0500 Minnesota organization begins first local 'fair trade' label Fair trade is coming to Minnesota farms. Fair trade labels are typically found on items like international coffee and chocolate. The label means the workers have been paid a living wage and treated humanely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/24/fairtrade?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Heroin claims cause Northfield turmoil When the Northfield Police Chief sounded the alarm on heroin, Northfielders came running. Then they started asking questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/northfieldheroin?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2007 17:30:00 -0500 The Commonweal unveils a new theater For 19 seasons the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro has performed in a small, cinder-block former movie house. Now the regional theater is opening a new, $3.5 million building, and looking to the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/04/newcommonweal?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Two babies dumped in river likely share same mother Authorities say they've known for some time that the first two babies, a boy and a girl, probably were born to the same woman. They said they kept the information to themselves to aid the investigation. They're releasing it now in hopes of advancing the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/03/babies?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2007 16:44:19 -0500 Lake City buries Pfc. Hebert A Lake City man who felt compelled to join the military after the Sept. 11 attacks was laid to rest Monday, with hundreds of people filling a church and hundreds more standing outside holding American flags. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/02/hebertfuneral?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Phosphorus strategy relies on good will The phosphorus in Minnesota's farm fields is feeding more than the crops. It's also feeding Minnesota's algae blooms. The MPCA is struggling to control the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/28/phosphorussolutions?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Agencies wrestle with phosphorus control Phosphorus makes the algae in Minnesota's lakes bloom, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is struggling to limit all of its sources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/phosphorus?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota soldier killed in Iraq Tony Hebert, 20, the son of Robert and Laurie Hebert, was a 2005 graduate of Lincoln High School in Lake City. Robert Hebert said his son was killed but declined to speak further about him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/minnesota_soldier_killed_in_iraq?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 17:58:32 -0500 Mayo researchers find gene pattern affecting Parkinson's Researchers at the Mayo Clinic may have found gene patterns that make a person 90 times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. The findings likely have implications for other diseases, such as Alzheimer's and schizophrenia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/14/parkinsons?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Austin teens win C-SPAN competition - again For the second year in a row, two Austin teens have won C-SPAN's "Student Cam" documentary competition. Last year Anthony Hernandez and Dustin Gillard won the grand prize for their documentary on illegal immigration. This year they took first for their Iraq war video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/12/cspankids?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Can 'a nice place to live' be fun? The state's third largest city has a reputation for quality health care, family activities and ... dullness. The "Rah Rah Rochester" campaign is trying to challenge that reputation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/rahrahroch?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Immigration agents arrest 20 people in Austin Immigration and Customs officials arrested 20 illegal residents in Austin this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/01/iceaustin?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 14:49:03 -0500 Somali refugee students struggle through school Teenage Somali refugees in Rochester often have a hard road ahead of them if they hope to graduate from high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/somaliesol?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 12:30:00 -0500 The corpse flower blooms (and stinks) It's 5 feet 3 inches tall, well over 100 pounds and smells like rotting meat. It's the corpse flower, a rare, southeast Asian plant. Thirteen years ago, a professor at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter planted its seeds and the plant finally bloomed this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/13/corpseflower?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 New Ulm school closure sends ripples though community School districts across Minnesota are once again tightening their belts, and in some districts that has meant closing buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/09/newulmschool?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2007 14:36:47 -0500 How Minnesota found its poetic voice For decades Minnesota poetry has been characterized by images like cornstalks and writers such as Robert Bly. But as a new poetry anthology shows, today's Minnesota poets mix diverse politics and heritage with prairie soil. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/20/minnesotapoetry?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Researchers use cancer vaccine as treatment Researchers have solid results for a vaccine that kills cancer without harming any other part of the body. It has a 100 percent success rate in mice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/cancervaccine?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 17:50:00 -0500 Tim Walz wields influence during the first 100 days of Congress Tim Walz has spent just over three months in Congress, and he's already made an impact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/09/walzfirst100days?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2007 17:50:00 -0500 The Resurrection Trade "Splayed, flayed and displayed." That's how Minnesota poet Leslie Adrienne Miller says women were illustrated in 18th century anatomical texts. Now she has a new book about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/30/anatomypoems?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Rochester's Muslims reach out The Rochester mosque is hosting monthly open houses for non-Muslims. The goal is to combat ignorance in a time when cultural tensions are high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/21/muslimoutreach?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2007 03:00:00 -0500 A handheld that saves native languages? A military device used in the Middle East is helping to preserve the Dakota language in southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/05/phrasalator?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2007 16:30:00 -0600 Federal government rejects loan for DM&E railroad The head of the Federal Railroad Administration says the $2.3 billion federal loan sought by DM&E would pose an unacceptably high risk to federal taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/dmerejected?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:14:06 -0600 The Institute for Justice aims to make a mark on Minnesota A national libertarian law firm is focusing on Red Wing in its campaign against government intrusion. The Institute for Justice calls itself "a merry band of litigators" taking from the government and giving to the average citizen. Institute for Justice or I.J. representatives say they're here because Minnesota is ripe with regulation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/16/instituteforjustice?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Thinking about Fatimah in America An Arab artist examines her religion in an exhibit at Gustavus Adolphus College. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/09/almonsour?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 DM&E project steaming ahead Senator Norm Coleman says he's ready to block federal appointments if necessary over the DM&E railroad expansion. Coleman joined the Rochester Coalition in protesting the Federal Railroad Administration's latest approval of the project. The decision means the railroad's request for a $2.3 billion federal loan must be decided within three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/01/dmecoleman?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2007 10:52:32 -0600 La Crosse struggles to stop drinking and drowning In La Crosse 24 people have fallen into the Mississippi River over 30 years according to police. Drinking is the cause and the city is trying to stop it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/31/laxdrunks?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Mayo docs hear from researcher on suspected atrazine, cancer links A California researcher sees a link between a widely used herbicide and human cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/02/hayesmayo?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Warm weather scotching ice fishing tournaments Minnesota's ice fishing tournaments are fighting with the weather -- and many are losing. One of the state's biggest, The Golden Rainbow Tournament in Forest Lake is cancelled because of poor ice conditions. Officials say they're moving the event farther north, to Grand Rapids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/01/icefishing?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jan 2007 15:06:00 -0600 Appeals court rules in favor of DM&E expansion A group fighting the DM&E railroad expansion has lost an important court battle. The Rochester Coalition wants to block the railroad's expansion and upgrade in order to keep high-speed trains from passing through the city. A federal appeals court decision could be the final government approval for the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/28/dmeruling?refid=0 Thu, 28 Dec 2006 12:52:54 -0600 Building blocks for social change A new organization in Minneapolis is trying to do something about race-based violence and bullying in schools. Project Legos considers itself the next generation of civil rights organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/21/rucker?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Gutknecht looks to the future U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht says he'd like to return to radio, now he's lost his seat to Democratic challenger Tim Walz. Gutknecht was Minnesota's most conservative members of Congress who served more as team player rather than a leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/gutnechtleaves?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2006 01:00:00 -0600 E. coli outbreak puts spotlight on handling of produce According to the Minnesota Department of Health 30 cases of E.Coli infection have been reported in the southeastern part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/14/ecoli?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2006 16:49:41 -0600 Young leaders create organizations for the future Young adults are founding non-profits across the nation. Their goal: To change the world, one good deed at a time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/youngnonprofits?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2006 17:57:33 -0600 Pols turn up heat on DM&E expansion plan Area officials on Monday brought U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters to visit Rochester. She's the final word on the $2.3 billion federal loan the railroad wants to upgrade and expand its rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/secvisit?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2006 22:00:00 -0600 Karl Unnasch's strange animals Dead snakes, desiccated cats and goats are just a few of the creatures southeastern Minnesota artist Karl Unnasch uses to think about life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/21/unnasch?refid=0 Fri, 24 Nov 2006 11:00:00 -0600 U of M to expand its presence in Rochester The U hasn't purchased or leased any buildings yet. President Robert Bruininks says this won't be a traditional campus with housing and a quad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/uminnrochester?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:34:26 -0600 A new take on birthday gifts A child's birthday party is supposed to be about celebration, but often for the kids it seems to be about the presents. For some parents, the way around that is to make the birthday gifts into birthday donations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/birthdaygifts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Walz wins in 1st District In one of the state's biggest election upsets, Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has gone democratic. First-time candidate Tim Walz won the race with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Republican six-term incumbent Gil Gutknecht. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/1dist?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 02:57:31 -0600 A red or blue governor in Wisconsin? Wisconsin's gubernatorial race is as heated as Minnesota's. But in this race the governor is a Democrat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/wisconsingov?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 00:01:00 -0600 "Bird x Bird" takes wing Birds are everywhere, but how do we really see them? That's one of the issues explored by a growing group of artists known as "Bird x Bird." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/17/birdxbird?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Switching the suicide protein back on Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have found a protein in cells that will likely help fight prostate cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/12/protein?refid=0 Thu, 12 Oct 2006 17:20:00 -0500 The races round Mankato Three of the legislative seats round Mankato are open in November. That doesn't mean whoever wins will lack political experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/05/mankatoraces?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 15:02:25 -0500 The fight for the 1st Minnesota's 1st Congressional District race has heated up. In a part of the state that has voted Republican for years, a Democratic challenger may have a chance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/03/firstdistrict?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2006 01:01:00 -0500 MVST question is double-edged sword outside the Twin Cities Community leaders in Greater Minnesota worry the MVST amendment could bring about a funding shift could hurt more than it helps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/28/mvstrural?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Farmer benefits from ethanol demand Corn farmer Rod Jorgenson is benefitting from the increase in demand for ethanol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/20/farmersidebar?refid=0 Wed, 20 Sep 2006 11:48:40 -0500 Ethanol vs. water: Can both win? In Minnesota, ethanol is a favorite among alternative energy advocates. But some scientists say it is a drain on Minnesota's water resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/07/ethanolnow?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0500 The options for managing menopause More than 42 million women are going through menopause, and many of them are taking their transitions into their own hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/31/menopause?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 01:00:00 -0500 The war of words over DM&E A highly organized war of words is erupting over Rochester. It's over a requested federal loan of $2.3 billion loan to the D M and E railroad. The railroad wants to expand and upgrade its line from Wyoming's Powder River Basin to the Mississippi. Supporters and detractors are using whatever methods they can to try to build public support for their side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/25/dmandepubrel?refid=0 Sun, 27 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Attracting guests from overseas Middle Eastern tourism is starting to show signs of a rebound in Rochester. That, and a growing number of American "health tourists" has prompted the Kahler Hotel to open the city's first five-star facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/17/internationalhotel?refid=0 Fri, 18 Aug 2006 00:03:00 -0500 Headphone festival is shared, but isolated, experience It isn't often that you need to bring your own equipment to an art gallery. But headphones are required for the sound art festival at the Rochester Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/soundart?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2006 01:00:00 -0500 George Rabasa's borders Minnesota writer George Rabasa likes to take his characters to the borders of countries and morality. In his latest novel, "The Cleansing," Rabasa tells the story of three friends who met in Mexico and have haunted each other's lives for decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/08/rabasa?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Amy Gillespie's Mozambique A Medelia, Minn. woman is teaching young African children skills most Americans take for granted. She hopes those skills will save some lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/26/amygillespie?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Mayo goes on the attack The Mayo-led Rochester Coalition has filed another report with the Federal Rail Administration. It details what the Coalition describes as DM & E's abysmal safety record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/20/mayoattacks?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 17:25:00 -0500 Migrant workers sue Seneca Foods A group of migrant workers is suing Seneca Foods Corp. for breech of contract. The group works at the company's vegetable and fruit processing plant in Montgomery in southeastern Minnesota. One activist group is calling the suit a step toward equal rights for migrant workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/senecasuit?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Training a brain for a car chase Many people are concerned about the dangers of police chases. But until now there's never been a study about what happens to a police officer's brain during a chase. Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato raises questions about whether police training for chases is adequate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/14/chasebrains?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 The fight in the 1st District Republican Gil Gutknecht is running for re-election in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, long considered the most conservative in the state. But Democrats say that may be changing, and predict Gutknecht will be vulnerable this time around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/07/gutnechtwalz?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2006 16:30:00 -0500 Local Somalis watch and wait More than 14,000 displaced Somalis live in Minnesota. Many Somalis in the metro area support the new group, which this week declared it controls the conflict-ridden country. The Minnesota Somalis are closely watching the situation because it may have an impact on their own futures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/solamireact?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Climatology takes on a new meaning Political climates, social climates and scientific climates all play a role in Inigo Manglano-Ovalle's art. He has his first major show in Minnesota at the Rochester Art Center. It opens this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/20/icebergsandclouds?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Soggy, but home: Prairie Island gets its land back After more than 70 years the federal government has returned over 1,200 acres of Prairie Island Indian Community's tribal land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/14/returnedland?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jun 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Carlsen twins are heading home Formerly conjoined twins Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen return home to Fargo, N.D. tomorrow. The girls were separated at Mayo Clinic three weeks ago. Their recovery has been smooth, and doctors say, all being well, they'll need little additional medical care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/05/twinsgohome?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Preparing Borg Queen Barby for battle This weekend Millipede, Mangler and Borg Queen Barby will battle at Mechwars 9 in Minneapolis. It's a biannual competition between remote control robots fighting to obliteration. Design, engineering and fun all go into making the 'bots, but destruction is the only thing that makes a winner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/17/mechwars?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 16:20:00 -0500 Mayo doctors separate conjoined twin girls Formerly conjoined twins Abby and Belle Carlsen are recovering at the Mayo Clinic, after they were successfully separated after almost 12 hours of delicate surgery at the Mayo Clinic's Children's Hospital Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/12/conjoinedsurgery?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2006 18:30:00 -0500 CUT! Neurologist to moviemakers: Your comas are all wrong Movie depictions of people in comas are so inaccurate one Mayo Clinic doctor says it's almost funny. Almost. His research indicates poor representations may affect how people deal with coma in their own lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/coma?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2006 17:30:00 -0500 The Rochester Coalition strikes back The Rochester Coalition is questioning whether the DM&E Railroad can pay back a $2.5 billion federal loan. But DM&E President Kevin Schieffer says the Coalition doesn't have its facts straight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/rochreport?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2006 17:05:01 -0500 The consequences of zoning sex offenders Some cities in Minnesota are implementing ordinances that limit where sex offenders can live. But some legal experts and law enforcement officials worry the ordinances may make communities more dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/21/sexoffconsequences?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Sex offender ordinances considered across the state Some Minnesota cities are regulating where sex offenders can live. But law enforcement officials say the ordinances may make communities more dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/21/sexofford?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Dalai Lama speaks of compassion THe Dalai Lama spoke at the Mayo Clinic today. He said compassion for oneself and others were keys to a healthy body and a healthy society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/17/dalaimayo?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Minnesota bridges falling down? Bridges across Minnesota are aging, but county engineers say transportation funding is so small they can't possibly keep up with replacement needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/31/bridges?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 14:30:00 -0500 Alzheimer's tied to education level Researchers at the Mayo Clinic now have found a stronger link between education levels and developing Alzheimer's.They've also found that close to fifteen percent of senior citizens suffer from the pre-cursor to Alzheimer's. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/04/educationandalzheimers?refid=0 Tue, 04 Apr 2006 18:15:53 -0500 Rochester police looking to hire The Rochester Police Department will lose 16 officers to retirement this year. That's almost as many as the force has hired in the last 10 years. But this time the city will have to pay for the officers because a federally funded program that paid for the positions is coming to an end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/24/rochesterpolice?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Teens look for privacy in public on MySpace.com Social networking sites are popular with teens, but some of what they post is a big concern for parents. Teens say the material is not for public consumption, but many parents, teachers and others say material posted on the Web is fair game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/myspacefears?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Fit in the classroom of the future Obesity in schools is being tackled with a new approach: classrooms that encourage students who get up and move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/14/futureclassroom?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Locks and dams project moves ahead, hesitantly A government report obtained by Minnesota Public Radio shows the Bush administration is skeptical about funding a $2.3 billion lock and dam project on the Upper Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/lockmoney?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Bullish on Becky Buller Becky Buller is a lanky, 27-year old redhead who is remaking bluegrass one song at a time. The St. James native will be performing with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike this weekend at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/02/buller?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2006 13:09:29 -0600 Renaissance art on a plate Maiolica ceramics were a mark of luxury and status to the wealthy in Renaissance Italy. Now, it's on display at a museum in St. Peter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/20/maiolica_stachura_kerr?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2006 07:00:00 -0600 The fight over Ripley Dairy Residents of a small southeastern township are demanding to know why they may lose part of their town to an outside developer's proposal. The town of Claremont has proposed annexing parts of Ripley Township, about two miles away. If it's successful, the land would be used for a large dairy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/10/dairyfight?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Celebrating a very modern playwright who died 100 years ago For nearly a decade, the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro has made the most of February's dreariness with its Henrik Ibsen festival. This year is the centennial of the Norwegian playwright's death. The Commonweal is marking the anniversary with a production of his final play. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/03_ap_ibsen/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Four year Rochester campus proposal released If a committee examining Rochester's educational future has its way, by 2010 the city will be home to a new University of Minnesota campus. The Rochester Higher Education Development Committee released its report on the city's needs this morning. It recommends a four-year institution with graduate courses in downtown. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/25_ap_umrochreport/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2006 16:57:00 -0600 Arguing over a new university campus for Rochester Does Rochester need a new four-year university? Advocates for the proposal say it will bring in high-tech faculty and create bioscience jobs for the region. Opponents say it's a political ploy in an election year aimed at getting votes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/25_ap_uofmrproposal/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Plotting a future course for the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will gather comments on its comprehensive conservation plan for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The refuge cuts through four states and spans more than 300,000 acres. The proposed changes have some users groups bristling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/17_ap_uppermiss/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Podcasts for the frozen Any ice angler can tell you about casting. The question is, do they know about podcasting? It's not a fancy way to drop your line, but a downloadable audio program that can be produced in a broom closet or even an ice shack. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently produced its own podcast about ice fishing. Officials hope to inform anglers around the state. So far not too many are biting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/06_ap_icepod/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Donors come through for regional charities The holiday season is a time when many charities get the bulk of their donations and this year, representatives of many non-profits have held their breath, fearing donor fatigue. While a few charities around the state are struggling, more often than not, donors have come through. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/30_smithk_holidaygiving/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Research shows link between genetics and cancer drug The drug tamoxifen is used to treat breast cancer patients at risk for relapse after surgery. The Mayo Clinic released a study Friday that offers an explanation for why some of those women are more likely to relapse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/16_smithk_mayostudy/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:00:00 -0600 Sending sons home to Somalia for safety Drug dealing amongst Somali teens in Rochester has increased steadily over the past five years according to police and community leaders. Some community members are offering a surprising solution. The mothers of these teenagers want to send the dealers back to Somalia. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/15_ap_somaliteens/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Draining Swan Lake for the ducks The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is draining Swan Lake in south central Minnesota. Carp have invaded the lake and the DNR says if they're not stopped they'll destroy the lake's duck habitat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/14_ap_swanlake/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2005 16:02:00 -0600 Better medicine through pharmacogenomics Drug commercials often remind viewers to ask their doctors if a certain drug is right for them. Well, how about asking your doctor if your genetic makeup is right for the drug? That's pharmacogenomics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/06_ap_pharmacogenomics/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2005 15:54:00 -0600 The brains behind the brain of the new Xbox 360 Dozens of grown men and women gathered in a Rochester cafeteria to play video games today. They were IBM engineers celebrating the launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360. IBM built the processing chip for the gaming console. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/22_ap_xboxroch/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2005 16:53:00 -0600 Eibensteiner acquitted It took an Olmsted County jury just three hours to acquit former Minnesota Republican Party Chair Ron Eibensteiner. Prosecutors accused Eibensteiner of facilitating an illegal corporate campaign contribution. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/15_ap_acquitted/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2005 20:35:00 -0600 A medical school where dolls do the teaching New doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester are getting to make mistakes. But that's okay because they're working with giant dolls at the new Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/11_ap_mannequinschool/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 18:24:00 -0600