Minnesota Public Radio features by Erin Galbally http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=21 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:49:45 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Erin Galbally http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Rochester sculptor wins McKnight Distinguished Artist Award Rochester-based sculptor Judy Onofrio is the recipient of this year's Distinguished Artist Award from the McKnight Foundation. It's a huge honor and the list of past recipients reads like a who's who in the Minnesota art world including composer Dominick Argento and the writer Robert Bly. Onofrio says she's sill in shock. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/22_galballye_judy/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 MPCA must revise its water cleanup plan for southeast The Root River in southeastern Minnesota is one of the state's most famous trout streams but it's threatened by pollution as are many waterways around southeast. A major problem is farm runoff which threatens both river life and the health of anglers and boaters. Recently a federal district court judge ruled that a clean up plan designed by the state pollution control agency is inadequate. Now the agency's on deadline to come up with a new plan. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/20_galballye_waterquality/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2005 17:08:00 -0500 Small telecoms wary of legislation There's a new federal telecommunication law in the works and it's expected to have major implications for rural telecom providers. There's increasing concern that those mom-and-pop outfits will be overlooked when it comes time to finalize the new legislation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/07_galballye_telecom/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2005 18:33:00 -0500 Historic scenic backdrops on display in Winona Theater enthusiasts head to Winona this weekend for the start of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. This year's five-week festival features 'Richard the Third' and 'Much Ado About Nothing.' But there's another special treat. Festival goers can also enjoy an amazing collection of old-fashioned theatrical backdrops. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/23_galballye_drops/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2005 04:00:00 -0500 Breast cancer breakthrough Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have announced what could be a major step forward in the treatment of breast cancer. They say it could substantially reduce recurrence of the disease. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/09_galballye_cancerstudy/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2005 18:16:00 -0500 The city of string instruments If you want to learn how to make a guitar, or repair a violin, head to Red Wing. The city is home to the nation's most comprehensive program focused on building string instruments. Over the years, students from as far away as Mozambique and Thailand have flocked here to learn the art of instrument-making. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/03_galballye_guitars/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jun 2005 15:21:00 -0500 Strong opposition to Mississippi plan at Winona hearing There are a lot of angry people along the Upper Mississippi River. More than 400 folks attended a public hearing in Winona Tuesday night, opposing new regulations proposed for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/01_galballye_winona/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2005 11:49:00 -0500 Changes in store for the Upper Mississippi River The Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge attracts more visitors each year than Yellowstone National Park. It spans 261 miles, starting in Wabasha and extending downriver to Rock Island, Illinois. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it's time to update the way the way the refuge is run. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_galballye_missriver/?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 A jungle of confusion: tigers in Minnesota Later this week a Goodhue County man will appear in court after four of his Siberian tigers mauled a Minneapolis woman as she cleaned out their pen. While the attack made national headlines, for Goodhue County officials this was just the latest in a string of incidents at the facility known as Tiger Zone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/25_galballye_tigers/?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Bosnia-Herzegovina: Armin Budimlic Armin Budimlic grew up in the city of Prijedor, located in the northwestern corner of Bosnia-Herzegovina. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_galballye_globalbosnia/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Cary John Franklin composes for students This Sunday three Minnesota high school choirs will fan out across the stage at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to sing compositions written just for them. It's the culmination of a three year composers residency by Cary John Franklin. He says he hopes he's shown his students that composers are real people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/13_galballye_franklin/?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 10:00:00 -0500 Mayo finds connection between anxiety, estrogen and Parkinson's disease The Mayo Clinic released two studies Wednesday that begin to identify possible causes of Parkinson's disease. In one, researchers found elevated anxiety levels increased the likelihood of developing the disease. In the second, researchers found women who have both ovaries removed also face an increased risk of developing the neurological problem. The findings were presented in Miami at the American Academy of Neurology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/13_galballye_parkinsonsmayo/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2005 15:50:00 -0500 Wisconsin considers cat hunting There's an old saw that says you can divide the world into two groups of people: cat-lovers and cat-haters. Those two factions are going head-to-head in Wisconsin over a proposal to allow cat hunting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/08_galballye_cathunting/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2005 16:25:00 -0500 The world's last Frank Lloyd Wright hotel is destined for eBay Mason City, Iowa is home to the world's last surviving Frank Lloyd Wright hotel. The Park Inn Hotel was the pride of the city when it was built in the early 1900s. Now it's falling apart and the city has decided to take drastic action to save the building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_galballye_wrighthotel/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Rochester soldier killed in Iraq A young soldier from Rochester died in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq Wednesday. Spec. Travis Bruce was the first person from Rochester killed in the war, and the 20th Minnesotan fatality since the conflict began two years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_galballye_rochsoldier/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 11:00:00 -0600 Mentally ill teens wait months for treatment Several reports indicate the 16-year-old boy who killed nine people and himself earlier this week on the Red Lake Indian reservation was suffering from depression. But in Minnesota, a severe shortage of child psychiatrists means patients typically wait months for treatment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_galballye_mentalhealth/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Clean water at a price While it's tough to find anyone who opposes the idea of having clean water, the question of how much people should pay for it is a little more controversial. The state of Minnesota is considering what's called the Clean Water Legacy Act. It would impose fees on homeowners and businesses to pay for cleaning up the states water supply. But some people say while they support the concept they don't like the fee structure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/21_galballye_cleanwater/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2005 14:31:00 -0600 Forensic labs flooded with DNA samples DNA testing is the biggest thing to hit law enforcement since fingerprinting. The public is familiar with it through television shows like "CSI." But unlike TV, where cases are solved in minutes, real DNA testing can takes weeks or even months. As a result, forensic labs around the country face significant backlogs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/11_galballye_dnatests/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2005 10:57:00 -0600 Wisconsin town mourns the death of soldier in Iraq A 24-year-old Army sergeant from the small Mississippi River community of Fountain City, Wisconsin, was killed in a car bomb explosion in Iraq on Monday. Andrew Bossert is the 35th Wisconsin soldier killed in the U.S.-led war. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/09_galballye_bossertobit/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2005 16:34:00 -0600 Halting Iowa's brain drain Iowa isn't having much luck keeping twentysomethings in the state. In fact more young people are leaving Iowa then just about anywhere in the country, except North Dakota. Iowa lawmakers recently debated and abandoned a plan to exempt people under 30 from paying state incomes taxes. In small Iowa towns like Decorah, the problem is being felt firsthand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_galballye_iowabrain/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Martin Zellar gets political Martin Zellar's one of the state's most respected rock musicians. He rose to fame as the front man for the Gear Daddies. When that group disbanded he formed Martin Zellar and the Hardways which he continues to tour with today. But music isn't Zellar's only passion. Recently he's returned home to his native Austin to head up the Mower County DFL. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/10_galballye_zellar/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 16:53:00 -0600 Minnesota's new CWD strategy By the end of this week, University of Minnesota researchers will have completed tests on roughly 13,000 samples gathered from the fall deer hunt. Now after three years and no positive cases, the Department of Natural Resources plans to discontinue its wide scale surveillance program in favor of more targeted testing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_galballye_cwdupdate/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 MPCA deals setback to tire burning plant In an unexpected move, the MPCA's Citizen Board overwhelmingly voted Tuesday night to require additional environmental testing for a controversial tire burning proposal. The decision is a setback for the plant, which would be built near Preston. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/26_galballye_tireplant/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2005 11:46:00 -0600 Lethal force program debuts in Mankato A new program designed to train police officers to avoid lethal confrontation debuted Thursday in Mankato. It's known as the MILO Training and Presentation System and for the first time researchers and police departments will be able to directly interact with simulated confrontations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/20_galballye_milo/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2005 17:03:00 -0600 "Visions from America" on display in Rochester When you say the word America it can conjure an image. It's something photographers know all too well. This weekend, the Rochester Art Center begins showing images of America -- a survey of American photography drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/14_galballye_whitney/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2005 00:01:00 -0600 The Kato Ballroom celebrates 50 years The Kato Ballroom opened its doors back in the early 1950s around the advent of rock and roll. Before long, the Kato established itself as a Mankato hotspot hosting legends like Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Louis Armstrong. This New Year's Eve the Kato revisits that history with a party celebrating its 50th anniversary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/31_galballye_katoballroom/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2004 11:00:00 -0600 Despite shrinking numbers, the Sisters of St. Francis continue to thrive The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi have made Rochester their home for more than a hundred years. Now the nuns are having difficulty maintaining their convent, known as Assisi Heights. On New Year's Eve many of the Sister's loyal fans will gather for a fundraiser to help bring their living quarters up to date. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/24_galballye_nunfundraiser/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Jesus in Islam Christianity is not the only world religion that embraces Jesus as a holy symbol. The figure of Jesus plays a central role in Islam. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/31_galballye_jesusislam/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 First African World AIDS Day takes place Saturday On Saturday, hundreds of African immigrants will converge on a Minneapolis community center for the state's first ever African World AIDS Day. It's part of an ongoing effort to educate the African-born community about HIV and AIDS. It's a population that's been especially hard hit by the disease. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_galballye_africanaids/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2004 00:40:00 -0600 Minnesota native develops plan to end child abuse Since the National Child Protection Training Center opened last year at Winona State University, it has drawn people from around the country. Detectives, social workers, and students visit to improve their skills at identifying and preventing child abuse. The Center's the creation of Minnesota native Victor Vieth. His goal is nothing less than eradicating child abuse in the United States. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/01_galballye_abusecenter/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2004 18:11:00 -0600 Minnesota's abstract art tradition Say abstract art to most people and they think New York, California, or Europe. But Minnesota has a well established if not well known tradition of abstract art running all the way back to the 1930s. Now the first show ever tracing the evolution of abstract painting in Minnesota is opening at the Rochester Art Center. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/12_galballye_mnabstractart/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2004 11:00:00 -0600 Voters unseat two Republicans in Rochester Democrats made some surprising gains around the state election night -- especially in the Rochester area. The community has long been known as a GOP stronghold. But that changed significantly when voters unseated two Republican incumbents. Now for the first time in more than 30 years the city will have DFL representation at the Capitol. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/04_galballye_rochrepubs/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2004 11:28:00 -0600 Voters to decide two Appeals Court races When Minnesota voters hit the polls Tuesday, they'll find a ballot that includes two sets of candidates running for the State Court of Appeals. Judicial campaigns are usually low profile. Campaigning for a judgeship is tricky. Regulations govern what judicial candidates can say about political matters and how they might rule on certain controversial issues. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/01_galballye_appealsrace/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2004 16:03:00 -0600 Gutkencht confident of eighth term For more than a decade, Republican Gil Gutknecht has represented the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He's won his last few races handily. This year's election is unlikely to be any different. In fact Gutknecht is so confident he's barely campaigning at all. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/29_galballye_firstdistrict/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2004 16:30:00 -0500 Campaign roundup: Kerry and Bush spar over missing explosives Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry brought his campaign to Rochester again Wednesday, six days out from the election. He continued to step up his attacks on President Bush, saying that Bush has failed the test of leadership on the economy and national security. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/27_galballye_roundup2/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2004 11:17:00 -0500 Campaign Roundup: Kerry, Bush, Nader focus on the Midwest President Bush campaigned in a small town near La Crosse, Wisconsin Tuesday, hoping to woo more voters in a part of the state which went for Democrat Al Gore in the 2000 election. As a result, Bush narrowly lost the state's electoral votes. This time around the president has made a deliberate effort to court western Wisconsin voters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/26_galballye_campaignroundup/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 11:08:00 -0500 Bush rallies the base in Rochester airport stop President Bush made a whistle-stop plea for votes in this traditionally conservative pocket of Minnesota on Wednesday, part of a frenetic campaign week that suggests the candidates are shifting from chasing undecideds to turning out the faithful. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/20_ap_bushrochester/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:41:00 -0500 House race perceived as referendum on tire plant Minnesota House district 31B is located in the southeastern edge of the state. It includes the city of Preston where a proposed tire burning facility has caused deep divisions. The controversy over the burner is expected to have an impact on the election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_galballye_31brace/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2004 12:45:00 -0500 Cheney stays on the offensive in Rochester visit Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned in Rochester Tuesday on the eve of the last presidential debate. He spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about national defense and why President Bush deserves another term in office. According to Cheney, the differences between the candidates are clear. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/12_galballye_cheneyroch/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2004 22:59:00 -0500 Floodwater recedes, problems just beginning in Austin area Early estimates suggest roughly 300 homes in Austin were damaged by the high water in the floods this week and that figure is expected to grow. On Friday state lawmakers gathered to listen as locals asked questions and vented their frustrations. All involved agree that recovery will take time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/17_galballye_floods/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2004 15:49:00 -0500 Pawlenty 'taken aback' by flood damage in southern Minnesota The city of Austin continues to battle flood waters, following Tuesday night's pounding rainstorm. Large swaths of downtown remained underwater and local officials predict the worst is yet to come. Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited the region late Wednesday afternoon to survey the damage. He promised state aid as soon as possible. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/15_ap_flooding/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2004 10:30:00 -0500 Kerry campaigns in Rochester Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry campaigned in Rochester on Wednesday. He met with a group of approximately 150 local folks in the back yard of a Rochester residence. The meeting was advertised as about health care, but Kerry took questions and talked about topics such as immigration, the draft, and environmental protection. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/08_galballye_kerry/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2004 21:42:00 -0500 Rochester gets a dose of presidential politics - without any candidates Competing rallies by campaign surrogates underline how Minnesota is considered up for grabs in the November elections. Rochester has long been considered a Republican bastion. But Democrats counter the party's growing rapidly in the southeast corner of the state. And there may be another reason Rochester has emerged this week as a strategic stomping ground. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/17_galballye_reedcleeland/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2004 17:22:00 -0500 Brock wants to be a Viking Brock Lesnar wants to be a pro football player. The only problem is he hasn't played since high school. That was years ago. Now the former pro wrestler known to tens of thousands of fans as 'The Next Big Thing,' is practicing with the Minnesota Vikings. Lesnar's hoping to play for the team this fall. So far the only person who thinks he can do it is Lesnar himself, but that may be just enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/04_galballye_brock/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2004 07:18:00 -0500 Farmers, hunters turn out for Bush stop in southern Minnesota Minnesota is becoming familiar territory for President Bush. On Wednesday, the president made his 10th visit to the state since taking office. The purpose of the trip was two-fold. At a stop in LeSueur, he announced plans to expand a popular federal initiative called the Conservation Reserve Program. It pays farmers to take highly erodible land out of crop production. Later in the afternoon, he led a re-election rally in Mankato, where he encouraged several thousand supporters to get out the vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/04_galballye_bushinmankato/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2004 07:52:00 -0500 The Seed Lady on display A new show featuring the works of Minnesota legend Lillian Colton opens Friday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She's known to thousands as the Seed Lady. Now at age 93, Colton's seed portraits will receive their first museum showing on walls typically home to works by old masters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_galballye_seedart/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2004 14:28:00 -0500 Albert Lea optimistic about jobs picture Three years ago a fire ripped through the Farmland Foods plant in Albert Lea. The blaze claimed the sprawling brick building, and left about 500 people without jobs. Since then, Albert Lea has struggled to regain its economic footing and attract new businesses to town. Now some city leaders say it's likely they'll be able to replace all of those lost jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/01_galballye_aleaeconomy/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2004 12:00:00 -0500 The decline and fall of the Mississippi This week a flotilla of steamboats make their way up the Mississippi River to mark the 150th anniversary of the Grand Excursion. Back in 1854 a similar parade of boats navigated their way to St. Paul to celebrate the arrival of the railroad. The journey signaled the start of a major population boom and the advent of the state's industrialization. But that combination transformed the Mississippi River from a pristine waterway, into a river rife with pollution. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_galballye_riverhealth/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Army Corps Navigation Study nears completion It's been twelve long years in the making, but now it appears the Army Corps Navigation Study is on the verge of completion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/07_galballye_navstudy/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jun 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Rochester is home base for a new hip magazine A new Minnesota-based hipster magazine is showing up on selected newsstands around the country. The publication includes an eclectic array of offerings. Most are on music -- interviews, short stories and commentary. And tucked inside there's the unusual bonus of a vinyl record. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/21_galballye_hipmag/?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Bush, buoyed by economic news, appeals to voters in Iowa, Wisconsin Bearing good news on the economy, President Bush touted his tax cuts Friday as he campaigned in the Mississippi River farmlands of Iowa and Wisconsin, a region that eluded him in the 2000 election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/07_galballye_bush/?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2004 15:41:00 -0500 Rochester's new art center opens with a bang Rochester's getting ready to party this weekend to celebrate the opening of its new art center. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/07_galballye_rochartcenter/?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2004 09:00:00 -0500 Controversy still plagues tire proposal in Preston An unusual plan to turn scrap tires into energy has divided the tiny southeastern Minnesota town of Preston. It's a community known for its trout streams, bike paths and scenic beauty. But these days, this once sleepy corner of the state has become the backdrop for protests, lawsuits, and political infighting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/06_galballye_prestontires/?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2004 14:11:00 -0500 Ralph Nader visits Rochester Presidential candidate and consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader was in Rochester Tuesday to discuss corporate responsibility. It's been nearly 40 years since Nader's book "Unsafe At Any Speed" prompted reforms in the auto industry. Since then Nader's segued into politics. In 2000, he was the Green Party's presidential candidate and gained more than 2 percent of the popular vote. Now despite an outcry from both major parties, Nader's decided to run again for the White House again. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/20_galballye_nader/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:18:00 -0500 A new approach to treating sex offenders Three southeastern Minnesota counties have developed one of the state's most successful programs for monitoring and treating sex offenders. Dodge, Fillmore and Olmsted counties have reduced probation officer caseloads, to let the officers track sex offenders more closely. The next step is treatment. And the same three counties have banded together to create a much-replicated therapy program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_galballye_pilottherapy/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:00:00 -0500 A probation program that works Sex crimes are in the headlines, largely due to the abduction and death of college student Dru Sjodin. The case has revealed some troubling disparities in how sex offenders are handled around the state. And while there are calls for reform, there are some success stories. In southeastern Minnesota, Dodge, Fillmore and Olmsted counties have banded together to create a probation program that monitors sex offenders. The results are impressive. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/19_galballye_probpilot/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2004 14:00:00 -0500 High school chess flourishes in Rochester This weekend, more than 300 young chess players from around Minnesota will gather in Bloomington to compete in the state scholastic championship. On Sunday afternoon, one outstanding chess player will emerge victorious and then head on to represent Minnesota nationally. Rochester held its own city tournament as a warmup this week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/26_galballye_chess/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2004 16:21:00 -0600 Wabasha: the new kimono capital Richard Fuller owns the world's largest collection of Japanese wedding kimonos. There are some 2,000 in all. It's not in Tokyo or even Kyoto, the center of kimono industry, but Wabasha, Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/12_galballye_kimonos/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2004 00:35:00 -0600 Eagle watchers flock to Red Wing Hundreds of visitors are expected in Red Wing this weekend as the city holds its annual eagle spot. The crowds in Colvill Park will use spotting scopes and binoculars to watch the majestic birds perched high in trees along the edge of the Mississippi River. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/26_galballye_eagles/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2004 16:29:00 -0600 Anuak in Minnesota call for a genocide investigation A group of Ethiopian refugees is calling for an international investigation into recent violence against their tribe back in Africa. The Anuak people live in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia. It's known for its fertile soil and rich deposits of gold and oil. Anuak in Minnesota say since late last year more than 400 members of the tribe have been murdered. They blame the Ethiopian government. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/23_galballye_anuak/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2004 00:19:00 -0600 Army Corps presents navigation options to states The Army Corps of Engineers will present its preferences for how to manage the Upper Mississippi River for the next 50 years. It's the culmination of 10 years of study and $60 million in planning and research. The Army Corps' navigation study has long been a source of controversy amidst allegations of skewed numbers and bias. Critics say they're gearing up for another long fight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/24_galballye_navstudy/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2004 12:01:00 -0600 Edwards tries to catch Kerry in Wisconsin Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards toured Wisconsin on Wednesday with stops in Janesville, Green Bay and LaCrosse. Edwards, a senator from North Carolina, continues to trail Democratic frontrunner John Kerry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/12_galballye_edwards/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2004 08:14:00 -0600 Nearly 20 years later, the Hormel strike lives on Almost 20 years after a strike at the Hormel meatpacking plant divided the town of Austin, Minnesota, some parts of the community are still angry. On a hot August day in 1985, more than 1,000 workers filed out of the Hormel plant. Members of Local P-9 were protesting shrinking wages and plant safety problems. Some people involved remember that time like it was yesterday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/29_galballye_hormelstrike/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Practicing politics at an Iowa caucus More than 100 people crammed Decorah's City Council chambers Monday night to participate in the Iowa Democratic caucus. For this precinct, in a small northeastern Iowa college town, it was the best-attended caucus in recent memory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/20_galballye_iowacaucus/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2004 03:11:00 -0600 Variety of issues drive Iowans to caucuses On Monday, Iowa Democrats will meet in close to 2,000 precinct caucuses around the state. Because Iowa gets to go first, some political observers say the views of Iowa residents play a disproportionate role in choosing a candidate for president. But the issues Iowans are concerned about --the war in Iraq, jobs, and education-- are the same ones on the minds of many Minnesotans and other Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/16_galballye_iowaissues/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2004 06:32:00 -0600 Minnesotans help campaign in Iowa On January 19, Iowans will gather in town halls, schoolrooms and supper clubs to begin the process of selecting a Democratic presidential nominee. Minnesota's caucuses won't be held until March 2, and some Democrats think the nomination could already be decided by then. But that doesn't mean Minnesotans are frozen out of the process. Hundreds have crossed the border to help campaign in Iowa for their favorite candidates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/15_galballye_caucusvol/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2004 06:48:00 -0600 Depression in the elderly is hard to treat Mental health researchers are finding that clinical depression is more common in the elderly than once thought. Heart attacks, strokes and bypass surgery can all trigger depression, as can factors like the loss of independence and growing isolation. But diagnosing and treating depression among older adults isn't easy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/09_galballye_mholderpeople/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Tech downturn means big job losses in Rochester The manufacturing boom of the 1990s brought thousands of high-paying jobs to communities around the state. But since the recession began in 2001, many of those jobs have disappeared. The technology sector has been one of the hardest hit. Rochester, home to a massive IBM plant and more than four dozen technology companies, lost one-fifth of its manufacturing jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/08_galballye_manufacturingtwo/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Minnesota soybean farmers remain frustrated with Brazil This year for the first time Brazil will export more soybeans than the United States. The country's maintained a longstanding ban on genetically modified soybeans. But industry experts say as much as a quarter of Brazil's crop is produced from illegal GMO seed. The situation has caused frustration among American producers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/10_galballye_soybeans/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2003 00:49:00 -0600 Cyber democracy and civic discourse For years political observers have been lamenting the demise of old-style political discourse. The rise of the Internet and online community forums gave some people hope of luring increasingly disconnected public back into the political process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/09_galballye_democracy/?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2003 01:00:00 -0600 IBM cancer suit heads to trial in California The first of what could be hundreds of civil trials involving computer maker IBM begins next week in California. Former employees and relatives of deceased workers filed the suits. They contend that years spent working at IBM resulted in cancer, birth defects, and other ailments. So far suits are pending in at least four states including Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/03_galballye_ibmsuit/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2003 12:00:00 -0600 New drug announced for long-term breast cancer treatment Cancer researchers announced a major treatment advance for breast cancer survivors Thursday. They've found an estrogen-blocking drug, which greatly reduces the reoccurrence of breast cancer. Canadian oncologists led the breakthrough study, and a Mayo physician conducted research in the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/09_galballye_cancerdrug/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2003 16:40:00 -0500 From windmills to wind farms The concept of wind power dates back some 5,000 years to ancient Egypt. Since then humans have used wind to power sailboats, grind grain, pump water, and most recently, generate electricity. Over the past few decades Minnesota has emerged as a national leader in that area. The state has successfully converted from windmills to wind farms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/29_galballye_windthree/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota students head to Iowa for school Declining enrollment is a fact of life for rural schools across the state. But this year, the tiny Glenville-Emmons school district in southern Minnesota took a major hit. Almost 60 students left and are now attending school in Iowa. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/08_galballye_iowaschool/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2003 15:02:00 -0500 Mayo expands in the Middle East By the end of 2004 a team of Mayo heart specialists will set up shop in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. They'll provide basic health care and screen patients for treatment in the U.S. Mayo's not the first to bring medical services overseas. Other major healthcare centers report mixed results on their attempts to export care. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/09_galballye_mayodubai/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2003 10:44:00 -0500 Mayo and Rochester still feel loss of Middle Eastern patients More international patients travel to the Mayo Clinic each year than to any other U.S. health care facility. But since September 11th, Mayo has seen less and less of at least one prominent group of foreign patients -- travelers from the Persian Gulf. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/08_galballye_mayopatients/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2003 09:00:00 -0500 La Crosse will appeal Ten Commandments ruling The La Crosse City Council plans to appeal a recent court decision calling for the removal of a Ten Commandments statue. Now it's likely the case will advance on to the federal court of appeals in Chicago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/13_galballye_laxmonuments/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2003 10:43:00 -0500 Hardanger fiddle enthusiasts flock to Northfield The hardanger fiddle is Norway's national instrument. To the untrained eye, it looks much like the violin. But the nine-string fiddle produces its own distinctive sound. That sound and the instrument will be celebrated this week at St. Olaf College in Northfield. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/22_galballye_hardanger/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2003 14:53:00 -0500 Youth programs hard hit by budget cuts Funding for teen programs around Minnesota is dwindling as a result of the state budget crisis. As youth programs statewide reduce their services for things like housing and employment, there's growing concern no one's left to pick up the slack. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/16_galballye_youthcuts/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2003 05:30:00 -0500 Spam heads to court SPAM the luncheon meat traces its history back to the era of Franklin Roosevelt and the trenches of World War II. But over the past decade, the word spam has taken a second meaning as a term for junk e-mail. Now a Seattle-based technology company is attempting to use the word spam in its corporate name. Hormel Foods, SPAM's manufacturer, is fighting back. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/02_galballye_spamsuit/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 11:30:00 -0500 Water Wars: Barge business The Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers meet in St. Louis. It's a popular port crammed with barges. Most take their loads down the Mississippi. While each year a smaller number of barges navigate along the Missouri. At one time planners thought both rivers would become commercial arteries for the nation. But as the decades drag on the Mississippi has become busier. Now it carries 30 times as much freight as the Missouri. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/04_galballye_riverbarges/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 00:00:00 -0500 The art of bow making Matt Wehling used to be a chemist. He spent his spare time playing violin in a Twin Cities Celtic band - The Clumsy Lovers. Then disaster struck. His violin broke. For Wehling the repair process was life changing. These days he can be found in the basement studio of his house in Northfield making prize-winning bows for violins, cellos, and violas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/30_galballye_bowmaker/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2003 15:38:00 -0500 Rail expansion heads to federal court The fate of the largest modern railroad expansion is now in the hands of a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel heard arguments in St. Paul on Wednesday in the case of the Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's $2 billion expansion, requiring hundreds of miles of new and rehabilitated track. It's all part of a plan to haul coal from Wyoming through South Dakota and Minnesota. A federal board approved that plan early last year. But it remains highly controversial, and opponents are challenging challenged the federal approval process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/11_galballye_dmecourt/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2003 00:01:00 -0500 May means morel mushrooms in the southeast For outdoor enthusiasts, the month of May holds special meaning. Birds return from their winter migration and wild flowers push up through the muddy ground. And for a 2-3 week window, the morel mushroom abounds in southeastern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/23_galballye_morels/?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2003 17:15:00 -0500 Olmsted County prepares for concealed carry At the end of the month a record number of Minnesotans will be able to qualify to carry a concealed weapon. People in Olmsted County are preparing for when the law goes into effect. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/14_galballye_sherriffsguns/?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2003 15:06:00 -0500 AIDS outreach for Minnesota's African immigrants The infection rate of new HIV AIDS cases in Minnesota has stabilized. But there's a troubling exception to that trend. The infection rate is growing quickly among the state's African-born immigrants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/09_galballye_aidseducation/?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2003 14:59:00 -0500 Albert Lea: 'On the verge of something good' It's been almost two years since fire claimed the Farmland Foods plant. The blaze gutted the building and left roughly 500 workers without jobs. The city hasn't had much luck luring new business. But now there's hope on the horizon in the form of a brand new state-of-the-art hog processing facility. If the plan goes through, Albert Lea could soon return to its meatpacking roots. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/28_galballye_prestoneconomy/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Wisconsin's response to CWD evaluated A panel of national wildlife experts meets in Wisconsin this week. The scientists will judge how successfully the state has dealt with chronic wasting disease. Just over a year ago, the disease was discovered in Wisconsin's wild deer population. The finding triggered a dramatic and controversial response from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/21_galballye_cwdupdate/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 The debate over farm expansion gets personal Minnesota's dairy industry is at a crossroads. Some farmers say the future is in getting bigger -- milking more cows. Not everyone agrees. One group, the Land Stewardship Project, has spearheaded the opposing viewpoint. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/15_galballye_dairyopposition/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2003 17:24:00 -0500 The 'James Brown of Somalia:' Hibo Mohamed Nuur For decades, Hibo Mohamed Nuur's legendary voice drew thousands to concerts from Mogadishu to Toronto. They still call her the James Brown of Somali music. But for the past few years Nuur's lived in relative obscurity in Rochester. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/07_galballye_somalisinger/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2003 13:00:00 -0500 Olmsted County reacts to concealed carry bill Minnesota's handgun laws could undergo significant change this year. If passed the Personal Protection Bill would streamline the process for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/17_galballye_gunbackgrounder/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2003 16:24:00 -0600 Winona hosts first public meeting on new K-12 standards Minnesota's education commissioner hosted the first in a series of public meetings on proposed changes to K-12 academic standards Thursday night in Winona. If approved by lawmakers this session, the new standards will replace the current Profile of Learning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/14_galballye_standards/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2003 07:02:00 -0600 Rushford goes nanotech Nanotechnology uses components built at the molecular level to improve everyday products. So far here in Minnesota, the nanotech revolution is off to a slow start. But one small southeastern Minnesota town is betting big on nanotechnology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/11_galballye_nanotechnology/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2003 15:33:00 -0600 A brief history of the Prairie Island plant A brief timeline of the Prairie Island power plant. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/07_galballye_prairietimeline/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Indians play key role in nuclear storage question Xcel Energy says its Prairie Island nuclear power plant needs more dry cask storage for spent nuclear fuel, or it will close by 2007. It's a controversial proposal. Xcel officials must convince lawmakers and the neighboring Prairie Island Indian Community to agree to the extra storage. On Prairie Island, leaders say cooperation will come at a price. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/07_galballye_prairieband/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2003 14:36:00 -0600 Tour bus gives Winona students a crack at fame A state-of-the-art recording studio rolled into the parking lot of Winona Senior High School this week. It's known as the John Lennon Song Writing Contest Educational Tour Bus. It's designed to give young musicians the chance to record original work. In Winona eight high schoolers crammed into the back of the bus to record a song written by one of their own. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/31_galballye_lennonbus/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Olmsted County offers Somali Meals on Wheels Last fall Olmsted County launched Somali Meals on Wheels. The Rochester-based program is a spin-off of the traditional Meals on Wheels program, which provides free lunch for those who meet state and federal qualifications. The Olmsted program is believed to be the only one of its kind in the nation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/23_galballye_somalimeals/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2003 18:00:00 -0600 CWD inspires policy changes Interested groups from around the state are meeting to discuss possible legislative changes to try to manage the spread of chronic wasting disease. Experts hope to present proposed policy changes to the state Legislature this session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_galballye_cwdleg/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2003 16:19:00 -0600 State Legislature to decide future of nuclear energy Xcel Energy says it may have to close down its Prairie Island nuclear plant if it doesn't get more storage space for nuclear waste. While Xcel has not officially asked for more storage many observers say its almost inevitable that it will be part of the upcoming legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/18_galballye_wastestorage/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2002 16:00:00 -0600 Mayo Clinic tests new smallpox vaccine In Rochester, Mayo Clinic staff are currently working on what they believe may be a new safer smallpox vaccination. They are the only researchers in the US conducting tests on humans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/13_galballye_vaccinetest/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2002 15:30:00 -0600 Manufacturing and high paying jobs shrink in greater Minnesota Small towns across greater Minnesota cashed in on a boom in high-paying manufacturing jobs gained in the years between 1991 and 2000. But the manufacturing sector has been hit the hardest in Minnesota by the recession. For workers in out-state Minnesota and their communities plant closings and layoffs can be devastating. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/25_galballye_manufacturing2/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2002 10:00:00 -0600 Hunting for answers to the CWD mystery State wildlife officials have embarked on a different kind of hunt this deer season. They're not wearing blaze orange. Instead they're wearing lab coats and protective eyewear. It's all part of an intricate plan to determine whether or not chronic wasting disease has invaded Minnesota's deer population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/18_galballye_disease/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Chronic wasting disease - a glossary of terms Definitions of some of the terms used in discussions over chronic wasting disease. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/18_cwdglossary/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Red Wing teachers strike Red Wing teachers are on strike. Mediation with district officals broke down last night. The two sides are deadlocked over health insurance benefits and salaries. Teachers have been working without a contract for more than 15 months. Now as teachers take to the picket line for the first time in district history, four other unions affiliated with the local public schools are also contemplating a walk-out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/22_galballye_redwingstrike-m/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2002 14:30:00 -0500 State Senate race heats up in Olmsted County Minnesota's new State Senate District 30 cuts a jagged path across Olmsted County. For the first time in decades, its boundaries hold both the Mayo Clinic and miles of rolling farmland. It's an area best known in political circles for its homebred allegiance to the GOP. But because of changes in the Independence Party this election year, Senate District 30 is up for grabs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/22_galballye_30leg/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2002 14:00:00 -0500 A nation's food under threat? As America looks for potential avenues where terrorists might attack, many people worry the nation's food supply could be among the targets. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/14_galballye_biosecurity-m/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Plant and animal life rebound on the Mississippi For years there has been controversy over the way the Army Corps of Engineers controls the water levels in the Mississippi River. Now an experiment to reduce water levels in a 23 mile area near LaCrosse has local residents excited. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/27_galballye_drawdown/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Mayo Clinic sees big drop in Middle Eastern patients Foreigners have traveled to the Mayo Clinic for medical treatment for nearly 100 years. Over time, patients from the Middle East have emerged as some the clinic's most important clientele. But since Sept. 11, the number of visitors is down at least 50 percent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/26_galballye_mayo-m/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Scientists wonder if chronic wasting disease poses a threat to humans As concern continues to rise about chronic wasting disease in deer, federal health authorities are investigating the deaths of three hunters in Wisconsin and Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/07_galballye_cwdresearch-m/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Tests for fatal deer disease face long delays A second special deer hunt is underway this week in southwestern Wisconsin. It's part of an attempt by state wildlife officials to eradicate chronic wasting disease. Ultimately, they hope to eliminate the regions entire deer population. The real kill is expected this fall, when hunters from across Wisconsin will likely bag as many 50,000 animals. Only six federal labs are certified to test for the disease causing concerns it will take months to get test results. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/16_galballye_braintests-m/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Scientists sample for the pesky zebra mussel The summer time is breeding time for the invasive pest, the zebra mussel. Right about now millions of microscopic larvae are headed down the Mississippi River. This year scientists from St. Paul to St. Louis are studying how and where the pest is spreading. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/11_galballye_zebrasurvey-m/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Relaxed firework regulations don't faze Winona officials Thanks to a repeal of a 1941 state law, sparklers, cones and snakes are now legal in Minnesota. The change in firework regulations have communities around the state looking for ways to monitor their sale in time for Independence Day. But after years of tracking illegal firework usage, Winona officials say they're not fazed by the change in policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/01_galballye_fireworks-m/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Watching the game World Cup fever hit Winona early Friday morning. A group of bleary-eyed soccer fans convened just after dawn at a local bar. They went to watch the US face off against Germany in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. But despite all of the support, the US team's best showing at the World Cup in 72 years came to end. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/21_galballye_worldcup-m/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Moe, Pawlenty and Pentel meet for gubernatorial debate - Welcome to the new age of Minnesota politics. Issues dominated over personalities in the first gubernatorial debate since Gov. Jesse Ventura announced an end to his political career. The three major party candidates for his job - DFLer Roger Moe, Republican Tim Pawlenty and the Green Party's Ken Pentel - barely acknowledged Ventura's existence during a nearly two-hour debate sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities on Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/20_galballye_govdebate-m/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Small farmers push for federal restrictions on corporate ownership of livestock A plan to restrict meat packers from owning livestock failed to make it into the final U.S. farm bill. But small farmers around the country are hopeful the amendment will have better luck on Capitol Hill this fall. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/04_galballye_packeranimals-m/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Wisconsin pressured to change response to fatal deer disease Plans for a wide-scale deer hunt in southwestern Wisconsin are becoming complicated. Some 15,000 deer are slated to be killed to stop the spread of a fatal brain wasting disease. But the prospect of a massive hunt has pit the DNR against local landowners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/30_galballye_venison-m/?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Wisconsin fights Chronic Wasting Disease with plan to kill 15,000 deer Chronic Wasting Disease has turned up for the first time in Wisconsin's deer herd. As a result plans are in the works to kill all of the deer in a roughly 300 mile radius. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/15_galballye_deerkill-m/?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Soybean exports to China might dry up Farmers will plant more acres of genetically-modified soybeans than ever before. But their largest market for the crop - China - may restrict its purchase of American soybeans, because so many of them are genetically modified. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/16_galballye_chinasoy-m/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Federal board gives nod to DM&E expansion project Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the expansion of the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, giving the go-ahead for the largest rail construction project in recent history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/30_galballye_dme-m/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Rochester man to help Afghan refugees This week a Rochester man will travel to Pakistan where he'll establish relief services for Afghan refugees. Frank Anderson represents the American Refugee Committee, a non-profit organization that in the past has taken him to Bosnia, Croatia and Thailand. Anderson believes this could be his most challenging posting yet. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/14_galballye_refugee-m/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Budget woes threaten public television A looming state deficit could jeopardize the future of Minnesota's six public television stations. Last month the state's finance department put a freeze on new grant agreements. That decision affected a major public television grant designed to help stations meet an expensive federal mandate to go digital by 2003. Without state money some stations say they'll be unable to meet the federal deadline. That could force them off the air. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/18_galballye_publictv-m/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Warm weather means more ticks bearing Lyme disease The state's tick population has soared because of the warmest fall in more than 100 years. It's a phenomenon any deer hunter, particularly in southeastern Minnesota, knows well. Typically, ticks disappear for the winter before the start of hunting season. But this year, that's not the case. And it's prompting concerns that Lyme disease could be on the rise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/06_galballye_ticks-m/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Winona United Way restores funding to Boy Scouts Winona's United Way says it might give money to the Boy Scouts again, and that's making some people very unhappy. Last winter, two area Boy Scout councils lost United Way funding after they refused to sign an anti-discrimination contract. That contract conflicted with Boy Scout national policy banning gays from membership. Now, the United Way of the Greater Winona Area has struck a compromise with local Scouts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/29_galballye_boyscouts-m/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Government recommends no DM&E bypass around Rochester The federal government released its findings Monday of a wide study into the potential environmental impacts of a $1.4 billion railroad construction project running from Wyoming through South Dakota and Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/19_galballye_railroad-m/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Winona schools face severe cutbacks Winona schools may be forced to make some of the most severe cuts in the state if the voters turn down a school referendum. Should the referendum fail, extracurricular activities, sports, and all-day every-day kindergarten will vanish next year. In the past, the district has had a difficult time securing the public's financial support. This time the stakes appear to be higher. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/01_galballye_winonaref-m/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Police solve two-year-old killings case The Olmsted County sheriff has identified a pair of decapitated bodies found along a Rochester roadway two years ago as Bangladeshi woman and her young nephew. And while police have a suspect, complications involving U.S.-Bangladesh relations mean the case may never go to trial. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/10_ap_decapitated-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Beetles Battle Noxious Weeds More than one million tiny weed-eating beetles have been released in endangered wetlands around the state by the Department of Agriculture. Since the early '90s, beetles have been used as nature's foil to purple loosestrife, a noxious, invasive weed that has crowded native plants out of more than 50,000 acres in Minnesota. Now a group of Red Wing High School students plans to build on the beetles' success, by introducing them to a new loosestrife-ridden site. But first, they have to catch some. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/05_galballye_beetles-m/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The feedlot fight Citizens in Waseca County are mobilizing against a number of large farm expansions that promise to bring at least 16,000 hogs to the southeastern Minnesota county. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/21_galballye_feedlots-m/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Midwest Corn Growers Benefit from Ethanol Ruling A decision by the Bush administration Tuesday is expected to unite Minnesota's expanding ethanol industry with California's gasoline market. The Environmental Protection Agency denied a waiver request by California, mandating that the state continue to use ethanol or other gasoline additives in keeping with Clean Air Act requirements. Now ethanol plants across the Midwest must gear up for the challenge of feeding California close 600 million gallons of the corn-based fuel. One plant in southern Minnesota is already preparing to expand. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/12_galballye_ethanol-m/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Prairie Island Faces Another Battle Over Nuclear Waste President Bush's energy agenda is expected to call for new nuclear energy plants, and the extension of the lives of current plants. While there no immediate plans to break ground for additional nuclear plants here in Minnesota, the state Legislature is pondering a controversial proposal to increase storage capacity at the Prairie Island nuclear plant. In 1994 lawmakers approved dry cask storage at the plant, despite mass protests and opposition by a neighboring Indian community. The sides are gearing up for another fight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/18_galballye_nuclear-m/?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Rebuilding St. Peter - One Playground at a Time It's been three years since a tornado wiped out Saint Peter's famous canopy of trees. More than a 1,000 volunteers are transforming an empty spot into a scene out of 19th-century river town life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/27_galballye_playground-m/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Second Round of Concern Over Starlink Corn As soon as the Mississippi River reopens to barge travel, rafts of corn kernels will head down river en route to their final destination - southeast Asia. Along the way, kernels will be tested and retested for traces of Starlink, a genetically-modified corn now banned around the world. Last fall Starlink turned up in taco shells and corn chips, prompting mass recalls and a shake-up on the export market. The corn's manufacturer continues to push for full governmental approval which would allow for human consumption. But with the spring thaw, Midwestern grain elevators and their customers are preparing for round two. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/25_galballye_grain-m/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Faces of Minnesota: Somalis Minnesota is home to the largest settlement of Somalis outside of Africa. While definitive census numbers on the East African group won't be released for months, government officials hope the 2000 racial data will be more accurate than in the past. But many of the state's Somali residents don't the share the government's confidence, and predict a massive undercount. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/04_galballye_somalis-m/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Beating the High Cost of Energy - With Corn In the wake of spiking energy costs, corn has been redefined as a fossil fuel alternative. While the demand for ethanol is mounting, a less familiar kernel-driven energy source is gaining popularity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/31_galballye_cornstove-m/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Waiting for Somalia After a decade marred by civil war, an elected government has returned to Somalia. A newly formed three-year transitional government came together in October. Some Somalis in Minnesota are watching the situation closely, especially a family in Owatonna, who are related to the country's newly appointed prime minister. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/21_galballye_somalia-m/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Teacher Suspended in School Prayer Dispute The Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District suspended its middle school principal for refusing to attend a Veterans Day ceremony, where school officials would not allow public prayer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/15_galbally_suspension/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Rural Summit Attempts to Plot Future The third annual rural summit wrapped up in Rochester with speeches from members of the Ventura administration. For two days, a statewide mix of government officials, tribal groups, business leaders and community organizations focused on techniques for recharging rural economies. There's a lot of work ahead. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/26_galballye_summit-m/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500