Minnesota Public Radio features by Leif Enger http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=18 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:37:17 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Leif Enger http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 The Timber Treasure Hunt Old-growth timber is making a comeback. Not just as an environmental issue this time, but as wood; as polished floors and cathedral ceilings. The timber-salvage industry has taken off in Minnesota. It is saving old beams from condemned warehouses, pulling old logs from lake bottoms, and spicing up new architecture with antique woods. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/07_engerl_lumber-m/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Ojibwe Elections Determine Anderson's Future An upcoming election will challenge the leadership of Marge Anderson, Chief Executive of the Minnesota Ojibwe and a nationally known expert in Native American sovereignty issues. Melanie Benjamin, Anderson's challenger, disagrees on all the major issues. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/12_engerl_ojibwe/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Sturgeon Stalker With the coming of summer, anglers by the hundreds of thousands are stalking Minnesota's lakes and rivers. Their objective, almost always, is walleye, northern pike, panfish and trout. Yet for a few anglers, a walleye holds no attraction; a 20-pound northern, no allure; a rainbow trout, no romance. On the Rainy River - the border between Minnesota and Canada - the lake sturgeon is rising. Surviving near obliteration by commercial fishing and polluting paper mills, the sturgeon has resurfaced as a gamefish of almost mythical power. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/23_engerl_sturgeon-m/?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Environmental Threat: Lead Sinkers For many anglers, going fishing without lead sinkers, makes as much sense as going out without hooks. But hundreds of Minnesota's favorite birds - loons and bald eagles - are turning up with lead poisoning, and researchers say sinkers are part of the reason. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/09_engerl_fish-m/?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 DNR at the Brink The cost of fishing and hunting may go up in 2000. The Department of Natural Resources wants to raise license fees, a crucial revenue source in its budget. The DNR says if the Legislature doesn't do so, Minnesota's outdoors will suffer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/05_engerl_dnr-m/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A Towering Annoyance Communication towers, those blinking, guy-wired harbingers of car phones, have sprouted at the rate of 5,000 a year nationwide for the past decade. Industry watchers say another 100,000 of the structures could go up by 2010. While digital phones mean improved service, the towers themselves, often topped by flashing strobelights, are widely abhorred as a blight on the landscape. In the Brainerd lakes area, county officials are trying to bring them under control. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/01_engerl_tower-m/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Protecting the Summer Home As thousands of Minnesotans lock up their lake cabins for winter, many wonder whether everything will be intact when they return. Seasonal homes are favorite targets for burglars, and protection against property crime has been a high-profile subject since a Minnesota man set a booby trap in his cabin and wounded an intruder. In the Brainerd lakes area, summer homes provide a challenge for law enforcement; and big returns for home-security companies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/04_engerl_summerhome-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Hero of Hinckley A new mural commemorating the great Hinckley Fire of 1894 has been unveiled at the Hinckley Community Center. The fire produced a firestorm which incinerated hundreds of square miles and killed more than 400 people. The mural, by Ojibwe artist Steve Premo shows the historic rescue of a family by a young Ojibwe woman, whose identity has only recently been discovered. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/29_engerl_mural-m/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Golf By GPS Isn't golf supposed to be a game of tradition? Of garrulous, status-quo duffers? So what is GPS doing on the golf courses of Minnesota? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/07_engerl_gps-m/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Boo-Boo Attraction The black bear is hot. Just ask the Minnesota Science Museum, current venue of "Bears", the most popular traveling exhibit it's ever hosted. Bears- both powerful and clownish - have been stumping around in American popular culture since America got a popular culture. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/28_engerl_bears-m/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Northeast Minnesota Picks Up the Pieces. Residents of northeast Minnesota are under the federal microscope, hoping for assistance in recovering from July 4th storms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/15_engerl_fema-m/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Banking on the Future Thanks to a casino economy, times are great for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. But what will happen if the monopoly on casinos ends? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/21_engerl_mille-m/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Breaking the Mold of Racism The lines have been drawn for years in the dispute over tribal hunting and fishing rights around Mille Lacs. While the divide is largely along racial lines, there are people who have become very involved in the other community. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/05_engerl_crow-m/?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 A Different World Brainerd ad agency proves you don't have to be on Madison Avenue to exist in the advertising world. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/22_engerl_ad-m/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Fighting the Fire on the Lake Before the fire season starts, Canada shows Minnesota how it's done. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/13_engerl_fire-m/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Burying the Past With the treaty rights case settled, resorters and Native Americans vow to put differences aside. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/25_engerl_reax-m/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Preserving the Windmill Between nostalgia and Y2K, it's a good time to be a windmill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/08_engerl_windmills-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Treaty Dispute Simmers As a Supreme Court decision nears, a rift is developing between Governor Ventura and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/03_engerl_ojibwe-m/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Vee Keeps Flame Alive Minnesotans fame will always be linked to Buddy Holly's death. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/05_engerl_bobbyvee-m/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 A Breed Apart A Cass County couple try to recover from a tragedy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/22_engerl_lipizzan-m/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Repealing the Ban on Snowmobile Studs As the legislature begins a debate to repeal the ban on studs on snowmobiles ban, Leif Enger looks at what the fuss is all about. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/11_engerl_studs-m/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Profiting from the Y2K Panic Where some see disasters looming, others see opportunities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/28_engerl_profiteers-m/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Waiting for Winter Unseasonably mild weather is not enjoyed by all outdoors enthusiasts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/08_engerl_weather-m/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Dakota Bear Circle A thousand-year-old Dakata ritual site found on the Mille Lacs Reservation may be of great importance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/07_engerl_ursamajor-m/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Today's Timber Industry Can Minnesota's forests support increasing economic and ecological demands? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/17_engerl_industry-m/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 A History of Timbering in Minnesota 150 years of logging have changed the face of the state as well as the timber industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/16_engerl_history-m/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Profile of a Logging Family Three generations of the Walsh family have worked Minnesota's forests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/16_engerl_profile-m/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Assessing the Need for Amendment Two Is it necessary to preserve hunting and fishing rights in a state constitutional amendment? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/28_engerl_amendment-m/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Walleye Count Exceeds Projections This year's Mille Lacs fish take may result in smaller numbers for future years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/08_engerl_walleye-m/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Artist Russell Sharon Connects with His Rural Roots Internationally known Minnesota native hosts an exhibition of his work in his home town. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/29_engerl_sharon-m/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Boundary Waters Canoe Area: A Contentious History The evolution of the Boundary Waters has involved change in the surrounding communities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199807/17_engerl_bwca-m/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Marvin Rainwater Sings Again Interest renews in this country western singer living the quiet life in Aitkin County. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/26_engerl_rainwater-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Anderson Center Serves Artists, Scholars The Red Wing home of the inventor of puffed wheat is now a haven for the creative. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/19_engerl_wheat-m/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's First Cranberry Crop After three years of preparation, Aitkin County bogs are ready to produce. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/01_engerl_cranberries-m/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Fishing Begins at Mille Lacs Lake Five thousand boats for Saturday's walleye season opener. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199805/08_engerl_opener-m/?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 1998 12:00:00 -0500 An Ojibway's Perspective on Netting Fish Meet native Vince Merrill who has netted fish for ceremonial purposes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/16_engerl_netting-m/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Native and White Relations Strained in Mille Lacs Town Race relations in Onamia have grown uneasy as the Mille Lacs Band asserts its treaty rights. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/14_engerl_race-m/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Ojibways Exercising Rights Permitted by 1837 Treaty A review of events leading up to the present situation in east central Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/13_engerl_history-m/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 After Tragedy, a Team Regroups The Red Lake Warriors were at the top of their game when a player was fatally stabbed. One year later, the team continues to pull together. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199803/02_engerl_warriors-m/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Land Management Questioned The management of school-trust lands is drawing some unexpected attention in northern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199802/25_engerl_trust-m/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Eye-to-Eye with the Walleye This inventor's underwater camera brings the fish up close and personal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199802/03_engerl_fishcam-m/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Machines and Greens Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers cross paths along the Gunflint Trail. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199801/14_engerl_gunflint-m/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Squeezing More from a Tree The practice of "green dimensioning" can reduce a sawmill's wasted wood by 15 to 20 percent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/22_engerl_green-m/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Olympic Trials Need Snowy Trails They're eyeing the sky at Camp Ripley, hoping that ski trails stay snow-covered for upcoming biathlon trials. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/18_engerl_biathlon-m/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Certification for Environmentally Managed Forests Smartwood is an international non-profit group that approves woodlands managed under strict environmental guidelines, but how will it work in the marketplace? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/08_engerl_timber-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 Dredge or Dredge Not? State Ditch 83 in Northwestern Minnesota may be due for a cleanup, but some folks like it the way it is. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199712/04_engerl_ditch-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 1997 12:00:00 -0600 The Satellite Pack: Tracking Wolf Populations Biologists are now using satellite technology to forecast where wolves will show up next. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/22_engerl_wolves-m/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Legacy of the 1989 Labor Uprising Eight years ago last month, 500 union supporters ran amok in the northern border town of International Falls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/09_engerl_strike-m/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 House of Straw Houses made of straw bales are making a revival that's reached from New Mexico to New Zealand to Northern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199710/07_engerl_bales-m/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Leech Trapper Rod Fudge is the largest supplier of leeches in the upper Midwest, and he catches them all by hand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199707/30_engerl_leeches-m/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 1997 12:00:00 -0500 Day of Prayer in Fargo "God has his ways of setting off the alarm clock and waking us up." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199705/01_engerl_fargo-m/?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 1997 12:00:00 -0500