Minnesota Public Radio features by Perry Finelli http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=20 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:09:30 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Perry Finelli http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Today's music: Michael Jackson's historic night included Grammy for kids book Thirty years ago today, Michael Jackson made music history by winning a record eight Grammy awards in one night. Most were for the album "Thriller" -- one of the most successful records of all time. But one of those Grammys was for something completely different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/music-segment-michael-jacksons-historic-night-included-grammy-for-kids-book?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:10:54 -0600 Twins prospects on view at spring training The Minnesota Twins play their first spring training game of the year against another team Friday in Florida. The game against Boston will be the first taste of major league competition for some top Twins prospects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/twins-prospects-on-view-at-spring-training?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Some "Hot Fun" on a cold winter day Today's music is inspired by today's cold temperatures across Minnesota. It's called "Hot Fun." It's by renowned jazz compose and base player Stanley Clarke. He plays tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. He's going perform his entire 1976 album, "School Days." "Hot Fun" was part of that hit album. And speaking of school, Stanley Clarke told NPR that he only picked up the bass because he showed up late on the day they were handing out instruments at school and all the ones he wanted were taken. So instead of the violin, flute, or saxophone, he picked up an accoustic bass that was sitting in the corner. Clarke says playing it was like trying to climb Mount Everest, and he's been climbing ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/music?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:58:35 -0600 Johnny Cash's 'Wabash Cannonball' is today's music "Wabash Cannonball" is an old folk song covered by Johnny Cash, who would have turned 82 today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/26/arts/wabash-cannonball?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:13:07 -0600 Romney wants Americans to 'turn the page' As the Republican National Convention ends, we talk to disgruntled Minnesota delegates, take a look at Mitt Romney's speech, and check in with the pundits and scratch our heads over Clint Eastwood. We've obtained emails showing that officials were slow to respond to the crisis at the St. Paul crime lab. Loggers tell us they're worried their industry is dying. And we ponder the meaning of 10,000 people showing up at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a cat video festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:48:47 -0500 Paul supporters reason with hurricane season Ron Paul's Minnesota supporters didn't let a tropical storm stand in the way of a massive rally for their candidate in Tampa, Fla. A long, hot summer eased by air conditioning raises the question: Is cooling the house heating the planet? And, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze gets the go ahead for the next phase of his plan to buy back the company. All that and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:30:16 -0500 Vikings look for shovelers to clean out TCF stadium The University of Minnesota will pay people $10 an hour to help dig out TCF Bank Stadium in time for Monday night's Vikings-Bears football game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/tcf-stadium-shoveling?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 17:19:12 -0600 Minn. paleontologist set to name new dinosaur species Kristi Curry Rogers, former curator of paleontology at the Science Museum of Minnesota, has been working for 10 years to try to identify the new species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/new-dinosaur?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:29:26 -0500 Franken proposal protects gay students from bullying U.S. Sen. Al Franken is introducing a bill Thursday designed to protect gay students from discrimination and harassment. The measure would prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/glbt-bullying?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 12:47:34 -0500 Target Field scores LEED certification The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Target Field silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/target-field-scores-leed-certification?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 18:33:39 -0500 St. Paul closes ballfields after lead discovered in soils St. Paul city officials are posting "no entry" signs and erecting fences around some popular ball fields at the Jimmy Lee Recreation Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/st-paul-lead-contamination-park?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:23:46 -0500 Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio News Economics Editor Chris Farrell looks ahead to the week on Wall St. and in the larger economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/monday-market-report-with-christ-farrell?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 08:56:52 -0500 Favre still weighing whether to join Vikings Today is supposed to be the day we hear from former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre about whether he'll join the Minnesota Vikings. At least one local sportswriter says, don't hold your breath. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/favre?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 11:04:56 -0500 Pawlenty calls Obama health plan 'false advertising' Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday said President Barack Obama's proposal for health care reform will not save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/pawlenty-interview?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:04:34 -0500 Arts should take on the challege of tough economy For months, arts organizations around Minnesota have been talking about tight budgets. But is it possible for arts groups to cut themselves back to fiscal health? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/papatola?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:18:34 -0500 Budget cuts hit Anoka-Hennepin school district In St. Paul, Minneapolis and across the state, school budgets are shrinking and enrollment is declining. That's prompted proposals to close schools and carry out other cost saving measures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/anoka_hennepin_schools?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 08:07:04 -0500 TCF bank CEO criticizes government's 'stress test' The CEO of a Minnesota-based lending institution said the federal government's so-called "stress tests" of 19 large banks will not be representative of the bank's true health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/bank_stress_tests?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:37:35 -0500 Winter storm complicating flood fight Another four to five inches of snow is expected to fall in the Fargo -Moorhead area today. The snow is making it difficult to get around and monitor the dikes which are holding back flood waters from the Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/flood?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 08:53:42 -0500 Polaris cuts another 460 jobs Medina-based Polaris is cutting 460 jobs. The maker of snowmobiles, ATVs, and other leisure vehicles says the layoffs include 160 full-time positions, or about 5 percent of its workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/polaris_morecuts?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:05:01 -0600 Cause of apartment fire still under investigation Nearly 200 people will have to find a new place to live following a fire last night that destroyed a 64-unit apartment building in Burnsville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/fire_2?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 08:57:29 -0600 The end of an era at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange After more than a century of shouts and gestures, the trading floor at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange goes silent Friday afternoon. Friday is the last day of open outcry futures trading on the floor of the exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/grainexchange?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 11:01:04 -0600 Chris Farrell analyzes the financial markets MPR's Chris Farrell analyzes the financial markets and the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 10:30:44 -0500 'Enthusiasm gap' may affect RNC attendance The Republican National Convention is 18 days away. Tens of thousands of people are expected to come to the Twin Cities the week of the convention, but it might not be as many as boosters originally hoped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 08:19:46 -0500 Volunteers search for missing autistic man There's an urgent call for volunteers in the search for a missing autistic Minnesota man who wandered away from a camp near grants, Wisconsin on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/missing?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 05:59:32 -0500 Monday markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/farrell?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 10:13:23 -0500 Wild begin playoff run this week The Minnesota Wild will face the Colorado Avalanche at home on Wednesday in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The team begins its march to the Stanley Cup as a No. 3 seed, having clinched its first Northwest Division title since the franchise was born in 2000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/wild?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 08:00:42 -0500 Federal investigators to examine closed St. Cloud bridge The National Transportation Safety Board wants to examine the Highway 23 bridge because its design is similar to the collapsed I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/stcloud_bridge?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 09:35:35 -0500 What do delegates do next? Participants in Minnesota's Super Tuesday caucuses selected delegates who will play an important role in the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota. MPR's Perry Finelli talked to two delegates chosen in Tuesday's DFL caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/07/delegates?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 09:44:05 -0600 Analysis of Obama and Romney victories in Minnesota Carleton College political science professor Steven Schier provides analysis of Minnesota's Super Tuesday results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/schier?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 10:07:32 -0600 Thanksgiving weekend accidents down Preliminary state traffic crash reports indicate this Thanksgiving travel period was one of the least deadly on record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/27_weekend_accidents?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:38:20 -0600 State picks up bill for butchering, if hunters donate their game The gun deer hunting season begins on Nov. 3 in Minnesota. The venison donation program, in which hunters give deer meat to food shelves, has been around for three years. But this year, for the first time, the state is picking up the cost of butchering the animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/24/venison_wilkenson?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 07:56:54 -0500 Hail hits northern suburbs Some communities north of the Twin Cities were hit by powerful hailstorms last evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/21/hail_hits_northern_suburbs?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 07:38:34 -0500 Watchdog group says Bachmann church visit violated IRS rules A watchdog group says a Brooklyn Park church violated its tax-exempt status when its pastor endorsed Michele Bachmann during a service Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/18/churchesandpolitics?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2006 10:33:51 -0500 Poll gives Hatch an edge in governor's race A Star Tribune poll shows DFL challenger Mike Hatch pulling ahead of incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty in the Minnesota governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/mccallum10162006?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2006 10:36:47 -0500 Scores of companies rocked by backdating scandals More than 100 companies have seen fallout from the practice of backdating stock options. UnitedHealth Group's William McGuire is the fifth CEO to step down over the practice in just the past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/farrellunitedhealth?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2006 10:24:14 -0500 State job growth outpaces national rate Minnesota added lots of jobs last month, almost 15,000 in all kinds of industries. State officials say over the past few months, Minnesota has been enjoying the strongest job growth in more than two decades. The surge comes after years of pretty sluggish hiring in Minnesota, and it is not clear just yet if the state economy will continue to add jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/hine?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2006 08:25:00 -0500 BWCA fire consumes more than 23 square miles The largest and fastest growing wildfire in years is burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It's about a mile away from the evacuation "trigger point" for the end of the Gunflint Trail. MPR's Perry Finelli talked with a Grand Marais outfitter about the situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/18/seaton?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 10:33:44 -0500 A little poetry on your bus ride home A group of local poets is hoping that some commuters will be moved by more than the Metro Transit bus they are riding on. Eighteen poets will attempt to inspire riders during the third annual Poets on Buses, by performing on buses during the evening rush hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/07/buspoetry?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2006 16:06:48 -0500 Helping Katrina refugees in Baton Rouge is grueling Minnesotans are mobilizing aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dan Hoffman has been assisting refugees since shortly after the hurricane hit Louisiana last week. He works at the St. Paul Red Cross, but has been helping in Baton Rouge. He spoke with MPR's Perry Finelli. He says the work is grueling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/05_hoffman?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2005 09:30:00 -0500 Studying American Indian youth and violence The Red Lake school shooting has highlighted the work of researchers like Linda Bearinger, a University of Minnesota professor and director of its Center for Adolescent Nursing. Bearinger is the lead author on a recent study about violence among American Indian youth. She spoke with MPR's Perry Finelli. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/23_bearinger?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2005 08:40:00 -0600 Red Lake shooting: The morning after Authorities will spend Tuesday trying to understand why a 17 year old boy killed ten people, including himself, yesterday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. MPR host Perry Finelli spoke with MPR reporter Bob Reha. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/22_rehashooting?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2005 08:20:00 -0600 Rally for troops at the Capitol Veterans and supporters of Minnesota troops in Iraq rally today at the State Capitol to push for more armored vehicles for troops on the ground. The group &quot;Operation Truth&quot; is organizing the rally. It comes a week after Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said vehicles in Iraq were being armed as quickly as physically possible. MPR's Perry Finelli spoke with Andrew Borene, an advisor for the group and a Marine who recently served in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/14_troops?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2004 09:29:00 -0600 Minnesotans reveal attitudes on obesity A new survey from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota sheds new light on the attitude of Minnesotans toward the growing problem of obesity. MPR's Perry Finelli spoke with Dr. Mark Manley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/08_obesity?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2004 09:20:00 -0600 Johnson &amp; Johnson in talks to buy Guidant Johnson & Johnson is in advanced talks to buy medical device maker Guidant, which has its most profitable business based in the Twin Cities. MPR's Perry Finelli spoke to medical device industry analyst Thomas Gunderson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/07_guidant?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2004 08:50:00 -0600 Mass health screenings for Hmong refugees Regions Hospital in St. Paul is holding mass health screening clinics for the new Hmong refugees. An influx of about 5,000 of them are expected to settle in Minnesota by the end of the year. Morning Edition substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Dr. Pat Walker, Medical Director at the Center for International Health at Regions Hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/12/06_hmong?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2004 08:30:00 -0600 Why do poll results differ? The poll results in the Minnesota Public Radio - St. Paul Pioneer Press poll which showed President Bush with 46 percent and Democrat John Kerry with 44 percent are significantly different from a Minneapolis Star Tribune's poll that showed Kerry ahead in the presidential race. That poll, released yesterday, had Kerry at 50 percent, and Bush had 41 percent. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with University of Michigan professor Michael Traugott, who is also author of the &quot;Voter's Guide to Election Polls&quot; about the why polls differ. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/16_polls?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:40:00 -0500 Heavy rains hit Mower County overnight Officials in Mower County are using boats to rescue motorists and home owners left stranded by rising water after a night of heavy rain. The Mower County Sheriff says rising water has closed several heavily traveled roads in the Austin area, including Interstate 90 near Dexter, U.S. Highway 218 near Austin, and Minnesota Highway 56 near Adams, along with many rural roads. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Mower County Sheriff Therese Amazi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/15_mower?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2004 08:56:00 -0500 Lillie defeats DFL incumbent Wasiluk in primary election A DFL state representative who was caught on video tape drinking alcohol in his Capitol office has lost his primary election. Scott Wasiluk of district 55A lost to challenger Leon Lillie, a city council member from North St. Paul. Television cameras caught Wasiluk and three other people drinking in his office on the last day of the legislative session in May. Lillie's win over Wasiluk was the only upset victory over an incumbent state lawmaker in primary elections across the state. Turnout in the election was light. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with upset winner Leon Lillie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/15_lillie?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2004 08:53:00 -0500 Teacher performance-based pay experiment to begin Three Minneapolis schools and the Waseca school district have volunteered to participate in an experiment in teacher pay. They will pay some teachers based on their performance. Gov. Tim Pawlenty praised the two school districts for stepping forward on the idea. He said, if the experiment is successful, the new pay system could transform the current system that rewards teachers for the number of college credits they have earned, and for time spent on the job. The experiment also had the blessing of the teachers at the schools that will adopt the plan. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Louise Sundin, union president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/09/14_sundin?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2004 08:28:00 -0500 Record TV deal reached for high school tournaments The Minnesota State High School League has reached a record-sized TV deal with KSTC (Ch. 45) in the Twin Cities. It is worth about $20 million over 10 years. The station purchased the rights to broadcast high school tournaments in football, boys and girls hockey, and boys and girls basketball starting in 2005. The league also announced that it signed an agreement with the parent company of the Minnesota Wild to market some of the tournaments that will be held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with David Stead, executive director of the Minnesota State High School League. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/11_highschool?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2004 09:21:00 -0500 Hall of Famer Carl Eller directs his speech to African-American men Former Minnesota Viking and University of Minnesota defensive lineman Carl Eller is now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Eller was inducted yesterday at a ceremony in Canton, Ohio. During his speech Eller did not dwell the glory days of the Purple People Eaters. Instead, he talked about the future. Eller, who has worked with recovering drug addicts in the Twin Cities, spoke about the need to help young African-American males participate fully in society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/08/09_carleller?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2004 14:59:00 -0500 Mental Health Court created in Hennepin Co. This week on Morning Edition, we are airing a series of reports on the mental health care system in Minnesota called &quot;A Bad State of Mind: Minnesota's Fractured Mental Health System.&quot; One place where those with mental health issues can sometimes be found is in the criminal justice system, where some are arrested, tried, and released multiple times. They are also in and out of health care facilities like Hennepin County Medical Center. Some Hennepin County doctors, social workers, and judges noticed those patterns, and created a &quot;Mental Health Court.&quot; <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Hennepin County District Judge Richard Hopper, who played a key role in setting up the court, and is now its presiding judge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/12_hopper?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2004 08:25:00 -0600 Politics of Pawlenty's trip to Iraq Gov. Tim Pawlenty has another full day planned in Baghdad, Iraq today for the second part of his two-day trip there. Pawlenty is one of six American governors picked by the Defense Department for a surprise visit to the country, the first visit by governors since the occupation began last April. Pawlenty says the group wants to visit troops stationed in Iraq and learn more about the U.S. mission. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Steven Schier, political science professor at Carleton College in Northfield, for a political perspective on the trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/11_schier?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2004 08:45:00 -0600 St. Paul schools wrestle with budget cuts In St. Paul, the school board is preparing to make difficult choices. St. Paul schools are facing a projected $12 million budget shortfall for the 2004-05 school year. Earlier this week, Superintendent Pat Harvey presented the board with three packages of possible cuts. Some of the options include turning Wilson Junior High into an alternative program, changing the district's transportation services, and reducing its budget for the English Language Learner program. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Toni Carter, chair of the St. Paul school board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/11_carter?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2004 08:45:00 -0600 Surprise trip has Pawlenty in Iraq Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Baghdad, Iraq today at the invitation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Pawlenty's office says he is traveling with a group of governors from both political parties. He started his trip on Sunday, with a briefing at the Pentagon. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli spoke with Leslie Kupchella, Gov. Pawlenty's spokesperson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/10_iraq?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2004 07:55:00 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers return for week two Minnesota lawmakers are back at the Capitol for the second week of the legislative session. After struggling with a $4.5 billion projected deficit last year, their main job this session is to agree on a bonding bill to fund capital projects around the state. But other issues are already getting attention at the Capitol. <I>Morning Edition</I> substitute host Perry Finelli talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief Laura McCallum for a look at the week ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/02/09_legislature?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2004 09:30:00 -0600 An Iceland Diary Why has Iceland become a larger tourist destination for Minnesota travellers? We sent MPR's Perry Finelli to find out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/30_finellip_iceland/?refid=0 Sun, 30 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600