Minnesota Public Radio features by Marisa Helms http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=28 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 27 May 2018 12:51:42 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Marisa Helms http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Price drops raise deflation worries Consumer prices fell 1% last month, the most on record. It's good news for consumers looking to save a little on purchases, but as Steve Henn reports, deflation means we could be heading into even worse economic times. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/19/cpi?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:30:12 -0600 St. Paul group goes to Thailand for answers on Hmong grave desecration A delegation from St. Paul's Hmong community will head to Thailand later this month to investigate the desecration of hundreds of Hmong graves in that country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/hmonggraves?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2007 00:00:40 -0500 Dentists visit schools to help low-income kids Thousands of children in St. Paul will get free or low-cost dental checkups this year. The care doesn't come from a government program, but from a partnership between businesses and nonprofit groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/12/dentistkids?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Council rejects Bridges of St. Paul project The St. Paul City Council dealt a fatal blow Wednesday night to a mega-retail and housing development project proposed for the city's riverfront. In a 5-2 vote, council members rejected the zoning changes necessary for the $1 billion Bridges of St. Paul project to go forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/bridgesrejected?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 23:08:31 -0500 Coleman threatens big tax hike for St. Paul St. Paul residents will see a tax increase anywhere from 7 percent to nearly 15 percent next year. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the tax impact on city residents lies in the hands of Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/coleman?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:30:04 -0500 One week after bridge collapse, a call for "sustained compassion" For the people who watched the tragedy unfold on their television sets, Tuesday night's National Night Out in Minneapolis proved to be a way for some residents living by the river to express their grief and hopes for healing the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/08/night_out?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2007 11:14:26 -0500 Traffic problems expected to increase in wake of collapse Commuters are heading into their second day re-routed onto an emergency detour around the I-35W bridge that collapsed over the Mississippi River Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/trafficimpact?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:32:43 -0500 As tragic as it was, bridge disaster could have been worse One of the most horrifying images from the bridge collapse may have been the sight of a yellow school bus stranded on a section of the bridge. Dozens of Minneapolis school children were returning from a field trip when the bridge fell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/bus?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 03:02:45 -0500 Feds looking at sewer contractor's safety procedures OSHA is looking at whether Lametti and Sons' safety procedures were adequate to prevent the deaths of two sewer workers who drowned last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/01/sewer_probe?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2007 16:47:50 -0500 St. Paul considers new approach to feral cat population The feral cat population is exploding in the Twin Cities metro area -- it's estimated at one million animals. Now the city of St. Paul is looking at a new approach to try to reduce those numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/18/feralcats?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2007 00:03:21 -0500 Uptick in violence stirs debate over St. Paul police staffing St. Paul police are blaming gangs for a spike in shooting incidents over the past two weeks. The shootings have prompted sparring between the police union and the mayor's office over staffing levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/13/stpaulcrime?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2007 16:56:54 -0500 St. Paul offers free dental service The city of St. Paul is teaming up with the Smiles Across Minnesota coalition to offer dental service to the city's low income children. The coalition is a partnership among Delta Dental of Minnesota, Children's Dental Services, the United Way and 3-M. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/28/dentist?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2007 13:00:47 -0500 Burning questions about recycling in St. Paul A dispute over energy is building in St. Paul. A company that city officials consider one of the best employers in town says it needs to build a new power plant. But a vocal group of people who live nearby is raising concerns about the environmental and health impact of a power plant in their neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/27/rocktenn1?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2007 03:00:43 -0500 Police seek information on shooting death of teenager Minneapolis police and community members are asking people to come forward with any information about the killing of 14-year-old Charez Jones. Jones was leaving a party in north Minneapolis Saturday night when she was shot and killed. Police say they're following leads, but so far, have made no arrests in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/11/girlkilled?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2007 17:00:00 -0500 St. Paul targets downtown drug dealing St. Paul police say they're on their way to cleaning up a big drug problem downtown. On Wednesday, officials announced that they've arrested and charged 20 people and expect to pick up another 80 in the coming days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/stp_drugbust?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2007 21:17:30 -0500 Hundreds turn out for Mancini funeral For decades, Nick Mancini's restaurant has been a favored spot for politicians and the working people of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/mancini_funeral?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 14:39:30 -0500 St. Paul residents still seek answers after triple homicide One of St. Paul's most horrific crimes in recent years remains unsolved, and feelings are still raw in the community where it happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/31/murderbenefitatc?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Minnesota city officials squirm over tax bill veto promise St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the governor won't have to face any of the tough decisions his veto will force city officials to confront, such as laying off police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/29/lga?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2007 19:41:17 -0500 Ford sells St. Paul hydro plant to Canadian firm The Ford Motor Co. is selling its hydro power plant in St. Paul to a Canadian company, bypassing several local bidders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/29/hydroplantsold?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2007 16:06:09 -0500 The mind of a cop The first class of this year's recruits has graduated from St. Paul's Police Academy. One aspect of a police officer's life they're preparing for is the emotional stress of facing physical danger and possibly using deadly force every day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/25/policeschool?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Suicide prevention programs struggle for funding If Minnesotans were dying from something every year at a higher rate than homicide, AIDS, and DWI combined, one might think state policy makers would be doing everything they could to prevent it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/04/suicide?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Legislature poised to enact landmark mental health bill In what some are calling a landmark step, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and lawmakers in the House and Senate are working on a plan to directly address mental health needs of more than 150,000 Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/19/mentalhealth?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 MAC approves penalties for cabbies who refuse fares The operator of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday approved tougher penalties for cabdrivers who refuse service to travelers carrying alcohol, as some Muslim drivers have done for religious reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/16/cabbies?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 St. Paul school board member denies viewing child porn, quits Longtime St. Paul School Board member Al Oertwig says allegations that he viewed pornography on a library computer are completely false. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/oertwig?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 16:00:00 -0500 National GOP officials moving in for convention The Republican National Convention in St. Paul is 18 months away, but planning is starting to ramp up. Two national Republican party officials came to St. Paul on Thursday to meet with Twin Cities media and look for office space and housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/gop?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 15:23:55 -0500 Police academy gets serious Recruits in the St. Paul police academy are learning the physical and mental challenges of police work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/15/policeacademy2?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul residents seek answers to triple homicide St. Paul police officials say they're working hard to solve the triple homicide in St. Paul last Friday. More than 100 neighborhood residents attended a meeting Wednesday night with police and city officials to discuss the case, and how to move forward as a neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/29/stpaulhomicides?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 08:00:00 -0500 Audit: St. Paul Fire Department in crisis The audit comes in the wake of deteriorating labor management relations, and a union vote of no confidence against Chief Doug Holton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/21/fireaudit?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2007 14:30:22 -0500 Some St. Paul residents fret about '08 GOP convention security perimeter Right down to the arena thermostat setting, planning for next year's Republican National Convention is occurring with painstaking detail and the pace of preparations is about to pick up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/05/conventionplanning?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2007 16:18:36 -0600 Cabbies, customers claim discrimination in airport dispute A public hearing convened Tuesday by the Metropolitan Airports Commission made it clear that a proposed ordinance to revoke licenses of some airport cabbies is a delicate matter with many sides saying they're not being treated fairly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/28/cabbies?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2007 07:29:16 -0600 Muslim cab drivers make their case in hearing Metropolitan Airports Commission officials are holding a hearing in an effort to resolve a dispute that has pitted freedom of religious expression against service to airport customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/27/cabhearing?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 New recruits face Day One at the St. Paul Police Academy A new class of recruits enters the St. Paul Police Academy Monday, facing an intensive 10-week course to determine which of them will go on to field training and ultimately, become one of St. Paul's finest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/policeacademy?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Will GOP convention displace St. Paul's homeless? Security concerns for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul have a group of downtown residents who live at a homeless shelter wondering how they'll be affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/conventionhomeless?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 04:00:00 -0600 Public safety concerns now on both sides of electronic billboard debate The Department of Public Safety and Clear Channel Outdoor announced Wednesday that the missing-children alerts would be carried on six digital billboards immediately. The announcement comes as some communities try to ban the billboards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/31/billboardstwo?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2007 16:01:58 -0600 St. Paul cracks down on rental housing St. Paul City Council members say too many landlords are neglecting their properties. They say it's unsafe for tenants and creating blight in the city's neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/16/rentalhousing?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jan 2007 17:30:00 -0600 A new life for an old brewery The Schmidt Brewery, on West 7th Street near downtown St. Paul, has a new owner. The 150-year-old building has been the home to two breweries, and most recently, a controversial ethanol plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/09/brewery?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2007 18:11:12 -0600 Taxpayers won't have to pay the tab for GOP convention St. Paul City officials say taxpayers won't have to pay a dime in extra costs when the Republican National Convention comes to town in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/08/gop?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jan 2007 22:51:52 -0600 Ford dam draws potential buyers Ford has puzzled some by putting up for sale one of the soon-to-be-closed plant's major assets -- a unique hydroelectric plant that has powered Ford's St. Paul operation for 83 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/04/forddam?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Nearly two dozen newspeople leave Pioneer Press Reporters, photographers and copy editors are among those who said "yes" to a company buyout offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/30/pipress?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2006 17:06:44 -0600 MOA announces new tenants for expansion Mall of America officials have announced details for a long-planned expansion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/mallexpansion?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 School districts tally referendum results School districts asking for more money from residents didn't fare well last night. Operating levy referendums passed in only 29 school districts but 69 districts were looking to increase taxes to generate more money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/schoollevies?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600 High turnout for a mid-term, experts say Despite reports of a few problems at some polling places today, it appeared Election Day is running smoothly, with estimates indicating high turnout for a mid-term election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/07/turnout?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2006 16:30:00 -0600 St. Paul developer withdraws "Bridges" project The move is seen as a victory for city officials and neighborhood groups who have raised concerns about the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/bridges?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 13:37:56 -0600 Saint Paul asks voters for school money The St. Paul Schools' current levy referendum is expiring next summer. So the district board is asking taxpayers to pay more than $20 million dollars a year for six years to avoid cutting school programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/25/levy?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2006 00:00:00 -0600 St. Paul sets up office for victims of domestic violence A coalition of about 40 groups advocating for battered women have joined forces with St. Paul and Ramsey County to provide more convenient assistance to victims of Domestic Abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/20/domesticviolence?refid=0 Sun, 22 Oct 2006 05:00:00 -0500 "Bridges" project clears first hurdle A massive project proposed for St. Paul's riverfront across from downtown won a zoning vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/bridges?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 07:03:03 -0500 St. Paul considers snuffing out sales of singles There are no laws specifically outlawing their sale in St. Paul, but critics say cigarette "loosies" take advantage of young kids and poor people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/10/cigs?refid=0 Wed, 11 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Summit reaches top of the brewing heap While bigger, locally-based breweries like Hamm's, Stroh's and Grain Belt have faded into history, Summit's profits have grown steadily every year since it opened in 1986. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/29/summit?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:07:22 -0500 Ramsey County Sheriff's race features two veteran campaigners The careers of former St. Paul police chief Bill Finney and Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher share many similarities. Now the two are rivals in the non-partisan race to be Ramsey County sheriff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/25/ramseycountysheriff?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 03:57:11 -0500 St. Paul debates higher taxes for more cops The Saint Paul City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on how much the city can tax property owners next year. Elected officials agree the city should spend more on additional cops, but they don't agree on how many are enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/12/stpaulbudget?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:00:33 -0500 St. Paul police crack down on kids out late Last spring, St. Paul police noticed a problem in the city: There was a spike in juvenile crime. So they beefed up a program that's worked in the past. Active enforcement of the city's curfew law designed to keep kids off the street at night. Police Chief John Harrington says it's working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/30/stpaulcurfew?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2006 15:43:03 -0500 Developer submits plans for controversial St. Paul project St. Paul developer Jerry Trooien announced today he has submitted the city paperwork for his huge Bridges of St. Paul project. St. Paul officials have criticized Trooien for moving too far ahead with the housing, entertainment and hotel project without the city approvals he needs. Trooien's dream needs to overcome opposition from the project's neighbors and skepticism in city hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/24/bridgesproject?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2006 14:58:22 -0500 St. Paul neigborhood activists rally for more police protection A group of St. Paul residents say crime in their neighborhood has been getting worse over the past few years and they want the police to do something about it. They're holding a rally on St. Paul's east side to urge the mayor and city council to hire more police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/15/eastsidecrime?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2006 16:18:19 -0500 St. Paul mayor proposes tax hike to balance budget St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Wednesday proposed to raise the city's property tax levy by 8.5 percent over last year. The mayor says raising taxes is necessary to plug a nearly $17 million budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/02/stpaulbudget?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2006 16:32:14 -0500 Bar owners live with smoking ban by building patios Now that St. Paul bar owners have given up their attempts to repeal the city's smoking ban, they say they want help to make the ban work. They also say they need the city's help to get back business they've lost because of the ban. To do that, they need to create special places for smokers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/13/smokingpatios?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Bike culture meets film culture For some, bicycles are not just a recreational pasttime or a way to commute and save money on gas. No, for some, bikes are an obsession, a lifestyle, and an art form. You can see some of that art in the Bicycle Film Festival, which rolled into Minneapolis Thursday night <thursday> and continues until Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/07/bicyclefilmfest?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2006 13:42:48 -0500 Driven to ride; high gas prices change some habits Gas prices in the Twin Cities metro area hit a high of $3.09 per gallon Thursday, according to the Web site Twincitiesgasprices.com. It seems higher gas prices are driving some commuters to find other ways to get around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/gashigh?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2006 01:01:00 -0500 Absentee ballots allow Mexicans in Minnesota to vote Mexico will elect a new president Sunday, and for the first time ever, Mexicans living outside of the country can vote absentee. But it looks as if very few Mexicans in Minnesota and the U.S. took advantage of their right to vote in their home country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/mexicanelection?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Light rail gets the green light for central corridor The Metropolitan Council has chosen light rail as the preferred transit mode to link the downtowns of St, Paul and Minneapolis. The council voted 15-2 Wednesday, after a short debate over the growing cost of the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/lrtcorridor?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 10:05:19 -0500 Phone companies want your television sets For the first time in a decade, Congress is taking up a massive telecommunications bill. One of its provisions would make it easier for telephone companies to offer subscription television service to cable customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/cablebill?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jun 2006 08:00:00 -0500 Spanish language radio builds in Minnesota You've got to work a little to hear Spanish language radio in the Twin Cities. There's a smattering of programs on community stations. But, if you know where to look, there are now two 24-hour Spanish language stations going head to head for listeners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/07/mexicanradio?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jun 2006 15:00:00 -0500 What will light-rail do to St. Paul? Even though most people who spoke at four hearings on the University Avenue corridor favored light rail, questions and fears remain about the impact such a project would have on St. Paul neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/corridor?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2006 05:31:57 -0500 Central corridor hearing draws light rail supporters The first public hearing on transit plans for the central corridor yielded a number of enthusiastic comments in favor of building light rail along University Ave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/corridorhearing?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 09:40:37 -0500 Workers, students walk out on `Day Without Immigrants' While the day was meant to show immigrants' economic clout, the message may be more political than financial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/immigration2?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2006 17:29:36 -0500 New Wellstone community center opens in St. Paul Immigrants and immigration reform are hot topics at the state Capitol and in Washington. Immigration is always the topic at Neighborhood House, a St. Paul community center providing services for the growing numbers of immigrants and refugees in the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/wellstonecenter?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 11:45:00 -0500 Ford workers: 'It's not over 'til it's over' Many workers at the Ford Assembly plant in St. The Twin Cities plant employs nearly 1,900 workers. Some of those workers say they're not giving up hope that the plant will somehow remain open. Ford say it won't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/ford2?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Plan for airport dike nixed The St. Paul City Council has rejected a hotly contested Metropolitan Airports Commission proposal to build a floodwall to protect the downtown St. Paul airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/12/holman?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2006 17:53:23 -0500 Airport flood project stirs the waters in St. Paul St. Paul is preparing to address an ongoing problem with flooding on the Mississippi River. The St. Paul City Council holds a public hearing Wednesday night about a controversial proposal to build a flood wall and dike to protect the downtown St. Paul Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/_stpaulairport?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Bridges project pushes forward without city approval A St. Paul developer is pushing ahead with plans to build a $1 billion project along the Mississippi River. There's just one catch. The city has not approved the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/bridgesofstpaul?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2006 06:00:00 -0600 Human trafficking has come to Minnesota Public safety officials say human trafficking has come to Minnesota. They don't have enough information on exactly how many victims of this modern form of slavery are here, but they believe it's probably more than 100. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/13/trafficking?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 03:00:00 -0600 New St. Paul mayor faces big budget deficit St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave his first State of the City speech after taking office in January, and said the city faces a $20 million budget shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/08/coleman_soc?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2006 20:45:29 -0600 Coleman's staff cracks City Hall's glass ceiling The mayor of St. Paul gets to appoint dozens of city department heads and advisors. Since taking office last month Mayor Chris Coleman has filled four key positions with women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/17/colemancabinet?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2006 10:00:00 -0600 Star witness in Sackett trial backtracks on testimony A key prosecution witness in the trial of Ronald Reed Wednesday backtracked on her story. Reed is charged with first degree murder in the 1970 slaying of St. Paul police officer James Sackett. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/23/sackettwitness?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Trial begins in 36-year old cop killing A Ramsey County prosecutor said the man accused of conspiring to kill a St. Paul police officer nearly 36 years ago was attacking a symbol of the white establishment. Attorneys gave their opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Ronald Reed, 54, who is accused of aiding and abetting the 1970 murder of Officer James Sackett. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/21/sacketttrial?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2006 16:59:12 -0600 Hydro power may be St. Paul Ford plant's salvation Ford Motor Co. plans to announce nine more plant closings over the next few years. So far, the Ford assembly plant on the Mississippi River in St. Paul has been spared. Some say the reason may have to do with a unique asset at the site -- hydroelectricity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/13/forddam?refid=0 Sun, 12 Feb 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Evans convicted of killing St. Paul cop; sentenced to life without parole After one day of deliberations, a jury found Harry Evans guilty of first degree murder in the death of a St. Paul vice cop. Sgt. Gerald Vick, who was working undercover, was gunned down last May outside a bar on St. Paul's east side. The defense argued the state had the wrong guy. At sentencing, Evans maintained his innocence. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/27_stawickie_vickverdict/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 13:06:00 -0600 Local Ford workers relieved, but still nervous about the future Employees of Ford's St. Paul plant say they are relieved they get to keep their jobs. But those jobs are still in limbo. The plant could be among the four as-yet-unidentified assembly plants Ford expects to close. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_helmsm_fordreax/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Ford workers struggle with uncertainty About 2,000 workers at Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant learn the fate of their jobs next week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_helmsm_fordworkers/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:00:00 -0600 St. Paul set to impose smoking ban The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve a total smoking ban in all public places. The ordinance would set the city apart from the rest of Ramsey County, where some bars are exempt from the smoking ban. The tighter city ban is supported by a majority of the City Council, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he will sign it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/09_helmsm_smoking/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:30:00 -0600 Ford plant: from Rangers to homes and retail? If the St. Paul Ford plant closes some real estate experts say the site is likely to be converted to residential and retail use. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/04_helmsm_fordplant/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Coleman takes over as mayor of St. Paul Chris Coleman was sworn in Tuesday as the new mayor of St. Paul. In his first speech as mayor, Coleman emphasized the city's growing diversity and the need for citizen involvement and cooperation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/03_helmsm_colemaninaug/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2006 17:20:00 -0600 In the mayor's chair Chris Coleman will be inaugurated Jan. 3, 2006 as St. Paul's 45th mayor.Coleman's family has deep roots in St. Paul and a strong commitment to public service. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/29_helmsm_colemanprofile/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Launch of advertainment assailed by Twin Cities critics Technical innovations like TiVO and the Internet are undermining television ad revenues. News media giant Gannett, the owner of KARE 11, has an answer. The company is bringing a hybrid format called &quot;advertainment&quot; to several of its stations nationwide, including KARE 11 in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/14_helmsm_advertainment/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:52:00 -0600 A New Orleans Thanksgiving in Minnesota Thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane survivors are spending Thanksgiving in Minnesota, separated from friends and family back home. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/24_helmsm_katrina/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Nov 2005 13:03:00 -0600 Mandragora Orchestra and 'a vertical expression...' The Mandragora Tango Orchestra is releasing its second CD this weekend. It's indicative of the Twin Cities becoming a center of sensuous Latin dance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/18_helmsm_tango/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 10:00:00 -0600 Coleman ousts Kelly from St. Paul mayor's office Voters punished Mayor Randy Kelly on Tuesday for standing with President Bush a year ago, denying the Democrat a second term in Minnesota's capital city. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/09_helmsm_stpmayor/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 11:31:00 -0600 St. Paul candidates make last push for votes In St. Paul, Mayor Randy Kelly's support for President Bush has been a dominant issue in his campaign for reelection. After facing off in their final debate on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program, Kelly and challenger Chris Coleman headed out for some final campaigning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/07_helmsm_stpauldebate/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2005 17:30:00 -0600 &quot;Living Wage&quot; laws at issue in Minneapolis and St. Paul The Minneapolis City Council Friday is expected to pass a &quot;Living Wage&quot; ordinance. The legislation would require any business receiving city subsidies to pay their employees at least $12.09 an hour. Supporters are also trying to pass a similar measure in St. Paul. Mayoral candidate Chris Coleman says he would support the St. Paul ordinance. Mayor Randy Kelly and the business community are less enthusiastic. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/04_helmsm_livingwage/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 06:32:00 -0600 St. Paul mayoral candidates debate taxes, campaign tactics St. Paul mayoral candidate Chris Coleman says if he's elected, he'll raise taxes in the city by no more than $8 million over four years. Mayor Randy Kelly says Coleman is understating the cost of his proposals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/03_helmsm_stpauldebate/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2005 06:56:00 -0600 City spending at issue in St. Paul mayor's race With a little over a week to go before the St. Paul mayoral election, incumbent Randy Kelly has been challenging rival Chris Coleman to specify how much he would increase city spending if elected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/01_helmsm_mayoral/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Poll is bad news for St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly got some bad news on Friday. A Pioneer Press poll shows him trailing challenger Chris Coleman by 33 percentage points. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_helmsm_pipresspoll/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Randy Kelly touts St. Paul housing goal St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly is asking voters this election year to judge him on his record. One of the biggest accomplishments he's touting is a recently completed goal to create 5,000 new housing units in the city. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_helmsm_stpaulhousing/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2005 05:00:00 -0500 St. Paul fights a meth epidemic Methamphetamine isn't just a rural issue anymore. St. Paul police are looking at meth-related crimes as one of the main reasons the city has seen a 13 percent increase in violent crime for the first half of this year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/17_helmsm_urbanmeth/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Oct 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Kelly, Coleman square off in St. Paul mayoral debate The two candidates for St. Paul mayor each tried to persuade St. Paul's business leaders that they're the most business-friendly candidate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/11_helmsm_debate/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2005 16:07:00 -0500 Kerry stumps for St. Paul mayoral candidate Chris Coleman Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry visited St. Paul Monday, to campaign for mayoral candidate Chris Coleman. Some say it's political payback for Kerry, since incumbent Mayor Randy Kelly endorsed President Bush in the last election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_helmsm_kerrycoleman/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2005 14:03:00 -0500 Hockey returns to the &quot;state of hockey&quot; The start of the Minnesota Wild season on Wednesday is good news for area businesses. Last year's lockout meant big losses and layoffs for many bars and restaurants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/03_helmsm_hockeyreturns/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2005 06:00:00 -0500 Is Randy Kelly really a Democrat? Now that St. Paul voters have chosen Chris Coleman and Mayor Randy Kelly to face off in the general election in November, observers say one of the hottest questions in the race will be who's the better Democrat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_helmsm_kelleydfl/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 06:47:00 -0500 St. Paul primary voters choose Coleman over Kelly by wide margin St. Paul primary voters signaled St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly faces a very tough re-election campaign. Kelly advanced to the general election, but voters chose DFL-endorsed candidate Chris Coleman over the incumbent by nearly a 2-1 margin. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/14_helmsm_stpprimary/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2005 08:00:00 -0500 St. Paul mayoral candidates support tax increases St. Paul property owners are facing tax increases in the coming years, no matter who wins the mayoral election in November. Incumbent Randy Kelly and his two main challengers all say they would look at raising property taxes to pay for city services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/08_helmsm_stpaultaxes/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Cops, youth programs are answers to St. Paul crime problems, mayoral candidates say Challengers to Mayor Randy Kelly point to the city's increasing crime rate as proof that St. Paul is headed in the wrong direction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/01_helmsm_stpaulcrime/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Music box fans seek a new generation When you put a coin into a machine from the 1800s, you hear the same tune somebody else heard over a 100 years ago. Not a reproduction, but the exact music from the exact instrument. A group of local collectors hope a new film about mechanical music boxes will attract more enthusiasts into the fold. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/10_helmsm_musicboxes/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 St. Paul is falling short on hiring minority contractors The city of St. Paul has had a law on the books for more than a decade to encourage minority and women-owned businesses to work on city-financed projects. Some minority businesses say they aren't getting fair access to lucrative city contracts, and the numbers seem to bear that out. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/08_helmsm_minoritycontract/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 U.S. Postal Service leaving St. Paul riverfront site St. Paul officials are hailing the U.S. Postal Service decision to leave its downtown St. Paul facility and move the operation to the suburbs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/06_helmsm_postoffice/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2005 06:00:00 -0500 After beginning to shine again, Selby shows off Organizers of a party on Selby Avenue in St. Paul say they want to celebrate life on the avenue and call attention to the revitalization of Selby. In the past decade, the street has become a safer place to live, and a destination for shoppers and diners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/20_helmsm_selby/?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2005 17:46:00 -0500 Split views aired over future of U's General College A Board of Regents hearing on Monday was the first -- and only -- chance for public testimony about the U's plan to close the General College. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_helmsm_uofmhearing/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 17:57:00 -0500 Canada: Neil Marriott Neil Marriott is a native of Winnipeg, Canada. He is 42. He's been living in Eden Prairie with his wife, Brenda, and two young children since 1998. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_helmsm_globalcanada/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 One man charged in police officer's death; another held A St. Paul man was charged with murder Monday in the fatal shooting of a St. Paul police officer. Harry Jerome Evans, 32, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Gerald Vick of Afton. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/09_helmsm_shootingfolo/?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2005 16:50:00 -0500 Community gathering held for Vick Hundreds of people attended a community gathering Friday night in St. Paul for slain police officer Jerry Vick. Many who attended the gathering at the Sacred Heart Church say they came to show their respect for the police, and show their support for each other as long-time residents of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/05/07_helmsm_vick?refid=0 Sat, 07 May 2005 17:00:00 -0500 U of M and diversity linked in debate over General College Plans to close the University of Minnesota's General College move forward, despite deep controvesy over the proposal. For more than 70 years, the General College has been a gateway for under-prepared metro-area high school students, many of whom are immigrants and people of color. University officials say even with the proposed changes to General College, they are committed to recruiting and helping students of color succeed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_helmsm_students/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2005 00:15:00 -0500 University of Minnesota graduate students vote on joining a union About 4,500 University of Minnesota graduate students find out today whether they will be represented by a union. This morning state officials will count ballots cast last week. Union advocates say grad students need help to protect their pay and benefits. Critics say a union is unnecessary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_helmsm_unionvote/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2005 06:00:00 -0500 Shooting fuels debate over safety of Prozac for teens Family members of Jeff Weise say they have questions about the medication he was taking up until the day of the shootings in Red Lake. Weise was taking the antidepressant Prozac. The shootings are likely to renew the controversy over the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_helmsm_prozacfolo/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2005 15:58:00 -0600 TCF wins U stadium naming rights The University of Minnesota has signed a $35 million, 25-year deal with TCF Financial Corp., giving the company naming rights for an on-campus football stadium. The proposed $235 million facility would be called &quot;TCF Bank Stadium.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/24_helmsm_tcfstadium/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2005 17:46:00 -0600 Juggling athletics and academics University of Minnesota athletes scored above the national average on a new measure of academic performance released this week. The new tool tracks eligibility and retention of student athletes. Balancing academics with major college sports can be a challenge. Here's how one athlete juggles those responsibilities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/08_helmsm_athacad/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Best of times, worst of times for U, Bruininks says University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks says now is the best -- and worst -- time for the university to pursue its ambitions to be among the top three public research universities in the world. Bruininks made his comments during his annual State of the University speech on Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/25_helmsm_u/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2005 10:45:00 -0600 Shakespeare songs Over the decades, songs from William Shakespeare's plays have been re-interpreted in styles varying from Elizabethan lute and voice to torch song settings. Now Twin Cities residents can enjoy jazz interpretations of the Bard's songs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/19_helmsm_bardsongs/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 10:00:00 -0600 Risky behavior affects academic performance, study says New information from the University of Minnesota's student health survey indicates that risky behavior can significantly lower a student's academic performance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/10_helmsm_ubehavior/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Pawlenty scholarship plan -- a back door to school vouchers? Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget includes a proposal he says would help close the achievement gap between white and minority students. Businesses would get a tax credit for funding scholarships that would allow at-risk students to attend private schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/27_helmsm_pawscholars/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2005 00:01:00 -0600 U of M happy with budget; MnSCU isn't Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget recommendations for the state's public colleges and universities are getting a mixed reaction from the state's higher education institutions. The University of Minnesota says it got what it wanted, mostly. But MnSCU says its needs are being shortchanged. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/25_helmsm_budgethighered/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2005 11:30:00 -0600 Pawlenty looks to Colorado higher education funding scheme Officials and students with the state's public colleges and universities are criticizing Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to change the way Minnesota funds higher education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/19_helmsm_colmodel/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2005 17:56:00 -0600 Panel suggests no change in Lutheran approach to gay issues Saying church unity is at least as important as resolving disagreements over sexuality, a panel recommended Thursday that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially maintain its position against same-sex blessing ceremonies and ministers involved in gay relationships, but tolerate those who believe and act otherwise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/13_helmsm_elca/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2005 11:24:00 -0600 College of St. Catherine celebrates 100 years The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul is celebrating its 100th birthday Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/05_helmsm_stkateshundred/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2005 08:00:00 -0600 Hamline students vote to bar military recruiters from campus The vote was prompted by a recent circuit court ruling in Pennsylvania saying colleges could deny recruiters access to campus without fear of losing federal funding. But, for now, Hamline's doors remain open to recruiters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/14_helmsm_vote/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2004 17:55:00 -0600 FCC holding hearing on media consolidation An FCC hearing is part of a nationwide tour by the two Democrats on the commission. They were the lone dissenters on the FCC ruling last year that increased the number of media outlets that a single company could own. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/09_helmsm_fccsetup/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2004 00:00:00 -0600 Opening of Mexican consulate in St. Paul sparks debate over illegal immigrants Mexico plans to open up a consulate in St. Paul sometime in early next year. City, state and Mexican officials made the announcement on Tuesday at the proposed site of the consulate on St. Paul's East Side. They hailed the structure as a new era in Mexico-Minnesota relations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/30_helmsm_consulate/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2004 17:40:00 -0600 Of crime and culture The shooting deaths of six hunters in northwestern Wisconsin this week has prompted a complex set of reactions - perhaps nowhere more than in the Twin Cities Hmong community. The alleged shooter - Chai Vang - is a Hmong immigrant who lives in St. Paul. When the first reports of the incident came out, local Hmong leaders cautioned against making Vang's ethnicity an issue. But officials have since released Vang's statement in which he claims he fired on the other hunters after they taunted him with racial slurs and shot at him first. That version of events has diminished hopes of dismissing racial aspects of the case and its impact. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/25_helmsm_moreshooting/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Nov 2004 09:30:00 -0600 Who is Chai Vang? Chai Vang remains a bit of a mystery, to many in the Hmong community, and even to his neighbors. They say they've never met Vang, and rarely even spoke to him or saw him. Even though the killings of six hunters took place over 100 miles away, some of the neighbors point to the killing as an example of how the neighborhood has gone downhill. Others wonder if the shootings could have been prevented if they had reached out more to Vang and his family. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/24_helmsm_vang/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2004 10:53:00 -0600 Report says Minnesota's higher ed system is ill-prepared for the future A Minnesota Citizens League report on higher education in Minnesota released Tuesday says the state is ill-prepared to handle the changing and expanding demographics of low income, immigrant and minority students. The report urges state leaders to make short and long term reforms to ensure Minnesota maintains its high quality of life by investing in a highly educated workforce. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/09_helmsm_highered/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2004 16:44:00 -0600 What was the impact of young voters in Minnesota? Young Minnesota voters turned out in big numbers on Election Day. Exit polls show 59 percent of the state's 18-29 year olds voted for Democrat John Kerry and that may have made a difference in Kerry's success in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/03_helmsm_youngvoters/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2004 17:39:00 -0600 High young voter turnout possible Election Day This could be a good year for getting young voters in Minnesota to turn out to the polls. Partisan and non-partisan &quot;Get out the Vote&quot; groups have set up shop in Minnesota with peer group campaigning targeted at 18- to 24-year-olds. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/11_helmsm_youthvote/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 MnSCU Trustees approve budget, reject tuition freeze The Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system voted Wednesday to support a $1.3 billion legislative budget request that includes $67 million in new spending. The budget plan assumes a 4 percent tuition increase for each of the next two years. But students say they've had enough of tuition increases, and they asked for a freeze. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/20_helmsm_mnscubudget/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 House leadership debates higher education On college campuses across Minnesota, much of the political focus has been on the presidential election. That race may be overshadowing student awareness of another big contest this year -- every seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives is up for grabs. During a student-sponsored debate Tuesday night at the University of Minnesota, House leaders gave about 70 students a taste of the priorities for state Republicans and DFLers this election season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/13_helmsm_highereddebate/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2004 01:36:00 -0500 House concerts make a comeback If you've got a living room and a few dozen friends with a few bucks, then you can turn your house into a jazz club. That's what a budding group of jazz fans and musicians are doing in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/08_helmsm_houseconcerts/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 St. Paul businesses going solar with the help of customers Energy prices are up. A gallon of gas is hovering around $2, and projections are that natural gas is going to be much more expensive this winter. The high cost of energy is leading many people to look toward alternative sources of energy. Some businesses in St. Paul are looking into solar energy. But there are obstacles to making solar an affordable option for everybody. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/06_helmsm_solarroofs/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2004 15:59:00 -0500 Higher education prepares for the next budget battle Minnesota's public colleges and universities are preparing to do battle on their next budget requests. Both the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems say they're going to ask for less money than in years past. But there's still no guarntee they'll get everything they want. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/05_helmsm_uminnbudget/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2004 16:00:00 -0500 Colleges and universities see drop in international students Students from around the world are finding it increasingly difficult to study in the United States. To reverse the trend, a Minnesota senator would like to make it easier to get student visas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/31_helmsm_sevisupdate/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2004 11:00:00 -0500 Governor moves to link driver's license to school attendance Gov. Tim Pawlenty Tuesday warned high school students to show up for class or risk being denied a driver's license. Pawlenty has asked the departments of Education and Public Safety to draft new rules linking school attendance with driving privileges. The move has received mostly positive reviews from educators and law enforcement officials. But some critics say it obscures the root causes of poor attendance and dropouts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/07_khoom_truancy/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2004 15:50:00 -0500 Vice presidential candidates campaign in Minnesota Vice President Dick Cheney and his Democratic challenger, John Edwards, brought their campaigns to Minnesota on Monday. Cheney spoke to a group of nearly 500 supporters at the Minnesota State Fair, while Edwards spoke to thousands of supporters at an AFL-CIO Labor Day rally in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/06_bensonl_candidates/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Sep 2004 18:19:00 -0500 For-profit colleges attract growing number of older students Not all the students heading to college this fall will be fresh-faced teens. Older students are increasingly heading back to school, and it's a market for-profit colleges are finding lucrative. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/24_helmsm_profcollege/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Sep 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Summer camp at U of M draws young designers It's summer camp season in Minnesota. But for about 175 teenagers from around the state, it's not about canoeing and campfires. They're attending an unusual summer camp at the University of Minnesota's Design Institute in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_helmsm_designcamp/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Bloomington passes first metro area smoking ban The Bloomington City Council has passed the first metro area smoking ban. Starting Sept. 1, 2004, all public places and workplaces in Bloomington become smoke-free. The ban would take effect in bars and restaurants next March. The council passed the ban on a 6-1 vote, after four hours of testimony and debate that stretched into the early morning hours. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/20_helmsm_bloomingtonsmoke/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2004 11:08:00 -0500 Cheney fires up Republicans in Minneapolis Vice President Dick Cheney rallied the Republican Party faithful Saturday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The visit was part of Cheney's Midwest campaign swing through Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska. It follows just days after President George W. Bush's rally in Duluth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/17_helmsm_cheneyvisit/?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jul 2004 20:00:00 -0500 County elections officials challenge new voter registration rules County elections officials across Minnesota say the Secretary of State has overstepped her authority, by making changes to election policy without allowing public debate or legislative review. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/15_helmsm_spat/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2004 17:33:00 -0500 Sara Jane Olson's 14-year prison sentence thrown out A California judge has thrown out the 14-year prison sentence of former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson of St. Paul. A new hearing will be held to decide how much prison time she should serve. Olson pleaded guilty in 2001 to taking part in two attempts to bomb Los Angeles Police Department cars in 1975. She was originally sentenced to five years and four months in prison. That sentence was thrown out by a three-member board, and Olson was sentenced to 14 years in prison. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/13_helmsm_sarajanesentence/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2004 13:45:00 -0500 University aims to thwart terrorist threats to food supply Security must extend from the farmer to the fork as the government works to ensure that the nation's food supply is kept safe from terrorists, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Tuesday at the University of Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/06_helmsm_foodsupply/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2004 15:18:00 -0500 'Totally terrific treehouses' take over arboretum There's something about a treehouse. Up high above the world, a treehouse affords kids and adults the ability to see things from a different perspective. It can be a special, private space that says &quot;No grown-ups allowed!&quot; Many people create designs in their heads for the perfect treehouse, but they rarely get to build them. This summer, at the Minnesota Arboretum, local designers and architects have seen their treehouse dreams become a reality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/28_helmsm_treehouses/?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jun 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Mexico's President Vicente Fox visits Twin Cities Mexican President Vicente Fox visits the Twin Cities Friday as part of a three state swing through the midwest. Fox will meet with Governor Tim Pawlenty and others on this first-ever visit by a Mexican head of state. He is expected to discuss trade relations between the state and Mexico, and advocate for greater protections for Mexican immigrants living here. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/17_helmsm_foxsetup/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2004 00:01:00 -0500 The worst political ads in America Politicians are the celebrities Wednesday night at an Oscars-like awards ceremony for the &quot;worst political ads in America.&quot; The event is a fundraiser for a new non-partisan policy organization called Growth and Justice. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/26_helmsm_ads/?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2004 00:01:00 -0500 College tuition: How high is up? The price of a college education in Minnesota is going up again this fall. The University of Minnesota and the state's two- and four-year colleges are raising tuition by double digits. Despite consecutive years of big tuition hikes at the U and MnSCU, enrollments have grown to record levels at these institutions. Higher education officials say while most students are coming up with the extra cash for college, the trend toward higher tuition is not sustainable in the long run. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/18_helmsm_schools/?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2004 11:16:00 -0500 U of M students face 14 percent tuition hike University of Minnesota undergraduates will likely pay 14 percent more for tuition next fall. University President Robert Bruininks proposed the increase and other budget measures to the Board of Regents Friday. Bruininks also announced a new scholarship program. Officials are calling it the largest effort in university history to raise scholarship support for students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/13_helmsm_utuition/?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2004 10:00:00 -0500 In smoking ban debate, patrons will vote with their feet Members of the Minneapolis City Council will introduce a smoking ban ordinance on Friday, which would ban smoking in all bars, restaurants, and night clubs. There is little agreement among customers or business people on the proposal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/11_helmsm_bansmoke/?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2004 16:34:00 -0500 Community colleges hope for results from Bush visit President Bush left Minneapolis Monday after raising $1 million at a private fundraiser and giving a policy speech to a national education group. Many who attended the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Minneapolis Monday, say they are grateful for the president's recognition of the education and job training programs offered by the country's nearly 1,200 community colleges. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/26_helmsm_commcolleges/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2004 17:10:00 -0500 Augsburg goes medieval An interdisciplinary class on medieval history at Augsburg College is creating a memorable learning experience for a new class of freshmen. Forget stodgy lectures; think time travel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/14_helmsm_medievalclass/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2004 00:01:00 -0500 U forum highlights differences in stem cell debate When University of Minnesota officials announced recently they would pursue human embryonic stem cell research, they made a pledge to keep the controversial process open to public scrutiny. To that end, the university held a public forum Tuesday night to discuss the science and ethical issues behind the new research policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/14_helmsm_stemcells/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2004 10:28:00 -0500 Fans give Gopher women a rousing welcome home Gopher fans and players Wednesday night celebrated the eight months of hard work, sweat and tears that came to an end Sunday for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team. The Gophers made history this year, becoming the first U of M women's basketball team to advance to the NCAA Final Four Tournament. At a welcome home rally at Williams Arena, hundreds of fans came to show their support for the team. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/08_helmsm_gophershome/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2004 07:00:00 -0500 For Gopher fans, on to New Orleans... or Minneapolis The University of Minnesota women's basketball team is going to the Final Four in New Orleans. The Gophers beat the Number-one-ranked Duke Blue Devils 82-75 in Norfolk, Vir. It was a close, exciting game. Hundreds of fans watching at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis brought an excitement to the evening that could match any live Gophers game on campus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/31_helmsm_watchinggophers/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2004 10:24:00 -0600 One year later, peace activists not giving up A year ago opponents of war with Iraq took to the streets by the thousands across the country and in Minnesota. In the weeks and months following the invasion, visible opposition to the war dwindled. Now, a year after the conflict began, anti-war activists say they haven't given up, but they are changing their strategy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/19_helmsm_peaceniks/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Lawmakers oppose U of M's stem cell research plan Dozens of lawmakers are prepared to stand behind a bill that would deny public money to institutions that conduct research on human embryos. The bill is a threat to the University of Minnesota, where officials announced that they will pursue embryonic stem cell research. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/12_helmsm_stemcell/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2004 07:00:00 -0600 U of M makes case for bonding request University of Minnesota officials urged lawmakers Tuesday to fully fund the U's $156 million bonding request. Gov. Pawlenty has recommended borrowing about half that amount for university construction projects. An impassioned university president took members of the House Finance committee on a campus tour to make the point that the governor's proposal isn't enough to maintain the university, let alone move it forward. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/03_helmsm_ubonding/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2004 16:00:00 -0600 MPR Poll: November presidential contest might be close in Minnesota Minnesota voters say if the presidential election were held today, Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts would have the best chance to beat George W. Bush in the state. A new Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press sheds light on voter opinions on President Bush, the Democratic candidates for president, and the war on terrorism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/30_mccalluml_prezpoll/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2004 00:02:00 -0600 Northwest responds to data privacy criticism Privacy advocates say Eagan-based Northwest Airlines violated its own privacy policies by sharing passenger information with the federal governement. But Northwest officials say they simply complied with the government's counter-terrorism research. Privacy groups are threatening to take legal action in response to the airline's data-sharing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/19_helmsm_northwestdata/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2004 08:39:00 -0600 NAACP president celebrates MLK in Minneapolis Civil rights leader Kweisi Mfume spoke Thursday night at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. On the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the national president of the NAACP brought a message of celebration and a call to action -- challenging people of all races and backgrounds to &quot;be more and do more.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/16_helmsm_mfume/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2004 07:00:00 -0600 Health Department changes abortion language on Web site Minnesota's Commissoner of Health announced late Monday that the agency will change some language on its Web site that links breast cancer to abortion. The controversial language is part of the 'Woman's Right to Know' section of the Health Department's Web site. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/13_helmsm_righttoknow/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2004 11:29:00 -0600 Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe Thousands of Mexican Americans in Minnesota Friday celebrate a Mexican national holiday, the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The annual celebration commemorates the day the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a Mexican peasant nearly five centuries ago. Hundreds attended a midnight Mass at a St. Paul church Thursday night to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/12_helmsm_guadalupe/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2003 12:31:00 -0600 University football stadium estimate $220 million University of Minnesota officials on Monday predicted an on-campus football stadium would cost $220 million to build, but the school's president said he's prepared to do it without a $35 million pledge from an alumnus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/08_helmsm_ustadium/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2003 11:23:00 -0600 Clark stumps in Upper Midwest Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark was in the Twin Cities this weekend to raise money for his campaign. Clark is one of nine candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. Observers say coming to Minnesota when most candidates are stumping for the nation's first primary in New Hampshire, sends a signal Clark is in the campaign for the long haul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/22_helmsm_clark/?refid=0 Sun, 23 Nov 2003 12:09:00 -0600 Is democracy cool to kids? Voter turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds is declining faster than for voters over 25. Many political and social scientists say young people are spectators to democracy because they don't see themselves as having a voice. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/06_helmsm_democracy/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2003 15:00:00 -0600 Bruininks says U is doing its best to resolve strike University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks told reporters Thursday the university is &quot;working on coming up with&quot; an agreement to get striking workers back on the job. He did not say when the university would head back to the negotiating table. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/29_helmsm_strikeupdate/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2003 17:06:00 -0600 Impact of U of M strike is mostly inconvenience University of Minnesota administration officials say despite the strike of clerical workers, it's been business as usual for the most part. But there are indications that picketing is having an effect on departments and students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/27_helmsm_u/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2003 16:22:00 -0600 Both sides in strike play the numbers game The third day of the strike by University of Minnesota clerical workers passed with no sign of movement from either side to break the impasse. No talks have been scheduled since the negotiations broke off Monday evening. Since the strike began the two sides have disagreed about how many workers have taken to the picket lines. The university says nearly 60 percent of the 1,900 workers covered by the clerical contract have shown up for work. Union leaders say the number is half that. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/23_helmsm_strikerworker/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2003 19:25:00 -0500 Union ready for the long haul Members of the University of Minnesota's clerical union are off the job and on the picket lines again Wednesday, in the second day of a strike over wages and health care costs. No new talks were scheduled. Leadership for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800 says members will stay on strike until the university comes up with a better offer. University officials say the 15 percent cut to its state appropriation last session means their best offer is already on the table. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/21_helmsm_ustrikefolo/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2003 09:49:00 -0500 University of Minnesota workers go on strike Nearly 2,000 University of Minnesota clerical workers are walking the picket lines. Negotiations between the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800 and university officials broke down on Monday. No new talks are planned. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/21_helmsm_ustrike/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2003 05:12:00 -0500 Kucinich rallies Minnesota forces Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich brought his presidential campaign kick-off tour to Minneapolis on Tuesday night. About 2,000 supporters gathered at Roosevelt High School, one of 12 stops Kucinich scheduled over three days. Kucinich supporters say their candidate is the only presidential contender who truly represents a change from George W. Bush. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/15_helmsm_kucinich/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2003 06:11:00 -0500 Budget problems, labor woes cast shadow over U of M University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks says the institution is robust and poised to become even greater despite its current budget crisis. At his State of the University address on Thursday Bruininks outlined recent university successes and new priorities for the coming year. Following the speech, Bruininks was put on the defensive by union workers and their supporters who are critical of the university's policy on salaries. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/02_helmsm_stateoftheu/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2003 18:04:00 -0500 U of M clerical union considers contract offer The University of Minnesota's clerical union could be headed for a strike. Negotiations between the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 3800, and university officials broke down in early September. Union members vote Wednesday and Thursday on whether to take the advice of union leadership and reject the university's offer and authorize a strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/01_helmsm_u/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2003 20:22:00 -0500 Fatal U of M fire could bring 'safety sweep' of rental housing Investigators say they don't know yet know what started a fire this weekend that killed three University of Minnesota students. And they are not releasing any details of the investigation. But, in response to the tragedy, Minneapolis officials say they will conduct an inspection sweep of university-area rental properties over the next several weeks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/22_helmsm_fire/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2003 11:00:00 -0500 Former governor honored at 80th birthday celebration A sold-out crowd of 1,000 people celebrated former Gov. Al Quie's 80th birthday Thursday night. Friends and colleagues say Quie's strong commitment to public service, bipartisan politics and spirituality makes him a unique man and role model. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/19_helmsm_quie/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2003 11:00:00 -0500 Xcel plans to convert to cleaner fuel State regulators are taking testimony this week on Xcel Energy's proposal to convert some of its coal-fired power plants to natural gas. The $1 billion project would reduce some air pollutants altogether in two plants. Plant neighbors and environmentalists generally favor Xcel's plans. But business leaders fear the conversions will cost too much. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/16_helmsm_xcelconversion/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2003 17:16:00 -0500 University of Minnesota students start fall classes Tens of thousands of students start classes on Tuesday at the University of Minnesota. While many freshmen say they are excited about the challenges of being in college and away from home for the first time, older students say tuition increases and scarce part time employment mean a stressful and hectic lifestyle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/02_helmsm_backtoschool/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Alliant Techsystems growing with high-tech weapons Many Minnesota businesses would just as soon put the last two years behind them. But as one of the state's few defense-industry companies, Edina-based Alliant Techsystems stands out as an exception in an otherwise stagnant post-9/11 economy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/01_helmsm_atkprofile/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 In Minnesota visit, Kucinich invokes the legacy of Wellstone Though the Democratic presidential nominating convention isn't until next summer, several of the nine candidates vying for George Bushs' job have been making Minnesota a must-stop state on the campaign trail. Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich is the latest candidate to roll into Minnesota. He spoke to hundreds of supporters this weekend at rally at Central High School in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/16_helmsm_kucinich/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Aug 2003 16:13:00 -0500 Episcopal Church faces divisive issues at national convention The American Episcopal Church is facing a political and theological battle over homosexuality. At issue is the confirmation of a gay bishop-elect of New Hampshire, and the blessing of same sex unions. The two issues are threatening to fracture the Episcopal church during its General Convention being held this week in Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/30_helmsm_episcopalconv/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2003 07:12:00 -0500 Wisconsin soldier laid to rest A Wisconsin Army reservist was buried Wednesday in his home town of Spooner, Wisconsin. Sgt. First Class Dan Gabrielson died in Iraq on July 9, when his truck was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. His nephew -- also a reservist in the same platoon -- accompanied Gabrielson's remains home to Spooner for the funeral. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/23_helmsm_soldierfuneral/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2003 16:29:00 -0500 Remembering Kenneth Dayton Former Dayton Hudson CEO Ken Dayton is being remembered for his charitable giving to the arts. Dayton died Saturday at the age of 80, one day short of his 81st birthday. Dayton and his wife contributed more than $100 million to several arts organizations as well as a host of other civic and cultural groups over a period of 50 years. He was the last of the five Dayton brothers to run the family's retail business and left the company's leadership in the early '80s. He is the uncle of U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/21_helmsm_daytonobit/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2003 15:28:00 -0500 MnSCU students face higher tuition Leaders of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System voted Wednesday to sharply increase tuition over the next two years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/16_helmsm_mnscutuition/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2003 01:00:00 -0500 Conflicting stories about sex offender program disturb lawmaker The former clinical director of the state's sexual offenders program told state lawmakers Monday night that she quit her job earlier this year because of plans to release some of the sexual psychopaths in the program. Her testimony, however, conflicted with that of the state human services commissioner. Kevin Goodno told the joint legislative committee that there are no plans to release committed sexual offenders and called such allegations &quot;outrageous.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/15_helmsm_offenders/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2003 10:52:00 -0500 Minister released from Laos prison calls for investigation of human rights abuses Rev. Naw-Karl Mua, the St. Paul pastor recently released from a Laotian prison, says he wants the U.S. government to help Hmong rebels living in the jungle. On Saturday Mua spoke publicly for the first time since his release at a press conference in Maplewood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/12_helmsm_pastor/?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jul 2003 18:17:00 -0500 Judge blocks state from cutting welfare programs Welfare revisions scheduled to take effect Tuesday are on hold after a county judge blocked the state from cutting benefits to thousands of low-income families. Ramsey County District Judge Judith Tilsen halted the benefit cuts with a temporary restraining order Monday, saying she was concerned that some of the changes were being made without federal approval. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/01_helmsm_welfareruling/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2003 10:53:00 -0500 Supreme Court ruling won't affect Minnesota schools Administrators and lawyers representing many of Minnesota's colleges and universities say they don't plan to change any admissions policies following the Supreme Court's split ruling on affirmative action Monday. The court struck down a University of Michigan undergraduate admission standard that provided minority applicants an advantage simply because of their race - 20 points on a 150-point scale. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/23_helmsm_scotus/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2003 14:23:00 -0500 Pawlenty administration blasts Hatch over sexual predators story A war of words has erupted at the highest levels of state government in the wake of a newspaper article about Minnesota's sexual offender program. The article in Sunday's Star Tribune was headlined, <i>State looks to release sexual psychopaths.</i> Attorney General Mike Hatch is criticizing the Pawlenty administration for forcing early release of predators to save state money. Pawlenty chief of staff Charlie Weaver counters the article is wrong, and Hatch's claims politically motivated. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/23_helmsm_sexoffenders/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2003 10:32:00 -0500 Ridge calls for public-private partnerships to improve security The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge told a St. Paul audience Thursday night that safety doesn't just come from Washington, but from the efforts of states, cities and counties. Ridge delivered the keynote address at a symposium that attracted about 300 Minnesota public safety business, and government leaders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/20_helmsm_ridge/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2003 10:30:00 -0500 Dean hunts for money in Minnesota Ten candidates are vying for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president. The first primary isn't until January, but the candidates are already in high gear raising money. Once, Democrats could count on Minnesota for votes, but many say that's no longer the case. Now Democratic hopefuls come to Minnesota looking for money. And at this point in the presidential campaign, money is everything. Candidate Howard Dean of Vermont attended a fundraiser in St. Paul on Sunday. He came not only to share his views of the presidency, but to pass the basket among the party faithful. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/09_helmsm_dean/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2003 10:01:00 -0500 Times of high anxiety in the land of higher education The cost of going to a public college in Minnesota will likely go up hundreds of dollars this fall. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to sign a higher education funding bill that cuts each of the state's public university systems 15 percent. The bill that passed at the end of the regular session provides $10 million more than Pawlenty had proposed. Still, critics say the cuts are short-sighted and will lead to an erosion of quality at the state's colleges. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/21_helmsm_highered/?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2003 17:57:00 -0500 Minnesota colleges grapple with campus SARS policies Concern about the spread of SARS is affecting college campuses across the country and in Minnesota. So far, three universities in the U.S. have said they do not want families from SARS affected countries to attend their graduation ceremonies. Minnesota colleges are just starting to develop their own SARS policies. Officials say while it's wise to be cautious, it's important to keep fear of SARS in check. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/12_helmsm_campussars/?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2003 11:23:00 -0500 Poll gives President Bush's performance high marks The latest Minnesota Public Radio-Pioneer Press opinion poll shows overwhelming approval of George W. Bush's performance as president. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/05_helmsm_pollbush/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2003 06:00:00 -0500 U of M School of Music celebrates 100 years The University of Minnesota's School of Music is marking 100 years of developing many of the region's foremost music teachers, performers and composers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/02_helmsm_musicschoolatu/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis couple fights to put &quot;t&quot; word on the table As the Legislature heads into the closing days of the debate over how to eliminate the budget deficit, a Minneapolis couple has entered the fray. They've started a Web site and a lawn-sign campaign and are calling on lawmakers to keep tax increases on the negotiating table. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/28_helmsm_happytopay/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Clinton calls on Bush to make deal with North Korea Former President Bill Clinton says he agrees with the Bush administration's fight against terrorism. But, he said it's North Korea, not Iraq, that poses the biggest threat with its weapons of mass destruction. Clinton spoke Sunday night to a sold-out crowd of 1,500 people at the Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. During his speech, Clinton also assailed the Bush administration's tax cut proposal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/14_helmsm_clinton/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2003 05:37:00 -0500 U of M Regents consider plan for tightening security Officials at the University of Minnesota are presenting a new emergency preparedness p to the Board of Regents. It's part of larger health and safety policy that's being updated to reflect concerns about possible terrorist incidents on American university campuses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/19_helmsm_umsecure/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2003 10:53:00 -0500 As war continues, a Minneapolis bridge becomes Minnesota's town square The war in Iraq may be entering its final phases, with U.S. troops wresting control of Baghdad from Saddam Hussein. But the weekly anti-war demonstrations on the Lake Street bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul will continue. Peace activists who gathered there Wednesday night say the issues surrounding the conflict haven't disappeared. They say they'll continue protesting what they calling imperialist foreign policy objectives. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/10_helmsm_protests/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2003 11:02:00 -0500 Minnesota ed officials watch affirmative action case closely The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday in the affirmative action case against the University of Michigan. It's being called the most important case of its kind in 25 years. The University of Minnesota and the state's private colleges will be closely watching the court and its decision. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/01_helmsm_affirmative/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2003 12:34:00 -0600 Twin Cities Somalis meet with law enforcement Federal and local law enforcement officials met Thursday in Minneapolis with about 60 members of the Twin Cities Somali community. Minnesota U.S. attorney's office set up the meeting, billed as a forum to discuss terrorism and the war in Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/28_helmsm_fbimuslims/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2003 05:56:00 -0600 Thousands march against war About 5,000 people turned up for an anti-war rally and march Thursday night in downtown Minneapolis. The long line of protesters opposing the war with Iraq snaked through the streets, tying up traffic for about three hours. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/21_helmsm_bigrally/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2003 10:10:00 -0600 Anti-war protesters ramp up opposition Local anti-war protesters wasted little time Wednesday night reacting to news that the U.S. has begun military strikes against Iraq. The activists say they won't back down, and will increase the number and intensity of their protests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/20_helmsm_antiwar/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2003 10:20:00 -0600 Tribe, Xcel reach agreement on nuclear waste storage The Prairie Island Indian Community reached a tentative agreement Monday with Xcel Energy for additional nuclear waste storage at Xcel's Prairie Island nuclear plant, pending approval by the Minnesota Legislature. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/18_khoom_nukestorage/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2003 11:00:00 -0600 Bruininks installed as U president Robert Bruininks was formally installed Friday as the new president of the University of Minnesota. Bruininks, who has been at the U for 35 years, has been interim president since Mark Yudof left last summer. He was officially hired by the Board of Regents in November. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/28_helmsm_bruininks/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2003 16:31:00 -0600 Freeman remembered at Capitol service Former Minnesota Gov. Orville Freeman was remembered Thursday night at a memorial at the state Capitol in St. Paul. Freeman died from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/28_helmsm_freeman/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2003 08:39:00 -0600 U.S. civil rights movement fueled anti-apartheid effort, Tutu says Archbishop Desmond Tutu says his native South Africa has made great strides since the end of apartheid. But he says his country still has many challenges to face including AIDS, poverty, and crime. He says the international community can play a role in making his country and the world, a more peaceful place. Tutu spoke in Minneapolis as part of the University of Minnesota's Great Conversations series. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/26_helmsm_tutu/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2003 09:37:00 -0600 Smallpox vaccinations begin this week Minnesota health officials announced details Monday for vaccinating the state's first recipients of the smallpox vaccine. Vaccinations are scheduled to start on Wednesday. Officials say it should take a few weeks to vaccinate about 2,700 health workers who have volunteered. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/10_helmsm_smallpox/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2003 10:32:00 -0600 Students face limited financial aid possibilities Because of Minnesota's budget crisis, college students almost certainly face higher costs next fall. It's not just tuition that's going up. The state's budget deficit is also putting the squeeze on financial aid that many students depend on to make college affordable. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/06_helmsm_finaid/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2003 06:50:00 -0600 Anti-war protests increase in wake of State of the Union speech About 1,000 anti-war protesters slowed traffic Wednesday night as they lined the Lake Street bridge over the Mississippi River. Though the bridge is the site of weekly protests against a possible war with Iraq, the event turned out a larger-than-usual number of protesters. Many said they felt it was especially important to show up to oppose what they see as President Bush's declaration of war in Tuesday night's State of the Union address. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/30_helmsm_protest/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2003 10:20:00 -0600 U of M opens Coffman Union; $21.5 million over budget University of Minnesota students in the Twin Cities finally have a place to call their own on the Minneapolis Campus. After scattering its students during three years of renovation, the University of Minnesota is opening the doors of its completely remodeled Coffman Memorial Union. Students and staff are praising the $71 million renovation, despite its cost overruns. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/21_helmsm_coffman/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Drivers license restriction gets first approval A House committee Tuesday passed a proposal that would indicate foreign visa status on state drivers' licenses. The measure would put the words &quot;status check&quot; on state IDs or drivers licenses belonging to foreign visitors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/14_helmsm_driverslicense/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2003 06:47:00 -0600 Jackson Meadow aims to be model for sustainable growth Some Minnesota environmentalists say an upscale housing development in Marine on St. Croix called Jackson Meadow is a model for smart growth. The five-year-old Washington County project is winning awards and attracting attention around the country for its innovations in design, land use and sustainability. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/13_helmsm_jacksonmeadow/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2003 11:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty on ice Gov. Tim Pawlenty put politics on ice Thursday night, at least for a few hours -- at the Governor's Inaugural Hockey Game in South St. Paul. The final score -- Pawlenty's Team Minnesota beat former Gov. Wendell Anderson's Minnesota Old Timers 6-2. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/10_helmsm_govhockey/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2003 11:29:00 -0600 Higher education weighs budget challenge With a projected state budget deficit much larger than anyone thought, officials at the University of Minnesota and MnSCU are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/02_helmsm_higheredprev/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2003 03:00:00 -0600 Higher education weighs budget challenge With a projected state budget deficit much larger than anyone thought, officials at the University of Minnesota and MnSCU are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/02_helmsm_highedprev/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2002 03:00:00 -0600 Copeland's orphanage gets final approval The Eagan City Council has approved construction of a 200-bed orphanage within the city limits. The council voted in favor of the project 4-1 Tuesday night. It was the final vote needed for Mary Jo Copeland's Gift of Mary Children's Home, a 36-acre campus to be located north of Highway 55 and south of Lone Oak Road. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/18_helmsm_maryshouse/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2002 11:32:00 -0600 New database tracks foreign students Minnesota's colleges and universities are about to go online with a new federal electronic database designed to track the state's nearly 9,000 international students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/10_helmsm_foreign/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2002 14:00:00 -0600 Saint Cloud State settles bias lawsuit St. Cloud State University will pay about $1 million over the next five years to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged anti-Semitism among administrators and professors at the school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/04_helmsm_antisemsettle/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2002 17:00:00 -0600 Vikings: 'U' stadium site won't work The Minnesota Vikings, in a letter to the University of Minnesota Monday, rejected a proposed campus site for a shared football stadium as too small. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/26_helmsm_ustadium/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2002 17:40:00 -0600 Minnesota Vikings and U of M hit snag in stadium deal The Vikings and the University of Minnesota are at an impasse on a stadium deal. The biggest sticking point is money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/12_helmsm_uvikesstadium/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2002 18:05:00 -0600 Gubernatorial candidates wrestle with higher education funding Among the challenges facing Minnesota's next governor will be how to keep higher education affordable at a time the state faces large deficits. While Minnesota's four major party gubernatorial candidates all agree on that goal, they differ in how they'd achieve it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/25_helmsm_highered/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Cedar Creek research spans the past and future One of the University of Minnesota's unique research centers, the Cedar Creek Natural History Area, celebrates its 60th anniversary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/20_helmsm_cedarcreek/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Author says book coverage was "harmful" Last spring, the University of Minnesota Press was at the center of a storm of protest over the publication of a book on sex education, <i>Harmful to Minors,</i> by Judith Levine. Levine met with reporters and the public Monday night to discuss the media firestorm that erupted even before her book was published. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/13_helmsm_harmful/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The Yudof years Friday is Mark Yudof's last day on the job as president of the University of Minnesota. In early August he starts his new job as chancellor of the University of Texas system. Here's a look back at his tenure at the U of M. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/19_helmsm_yudofgoodbye/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 DFLers in final debate before convention The three leading DFL candidates for governor made their final public appearance together, before the endorsing convention starts in Minneapolis this weekend. The candidates were mostly polite to one another at the gubernatorial debate held at Macalester College in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/02_helmsm_debate/?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty, Sullivan debate environmental issues Republican gubernatorial candidates Brian Sullivan and Tim Pawlenty both say they would protect Minnesota's legacy of caring and maintaining the environment. The candidates spoke at an environmental issues forum in Minneapolis. It was billed as a debate, but there was little disagreement between the candidates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/30_helmsm_gopforum/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 U announces athletics cuts Citing financial problems, the University of Minnesota will merge the men's and women's athletic departments and officials recommended Thursday that the school cut three sports. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/11_helmsm_athleticscuts/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota coaches urge university to wait on program cuts Head coaches of every University of Minnesota sports team joined together Tuesday to urge school officials to delay program cuts expected this week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/09_helmsm_athletics/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone diagnosed with multiple sclerosis U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone has revealed he has a mild, non-fatal form of multiple sclerosis. The senator made the announcement at a press conference at his home in St. Paul. He says the persistent pain in his lower right leg that he and his doctors have attributed to sports injuries, was diagnosed a month ago as 'primary progressive multiple sclerosis.' http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/24_helmsm_wellstone/?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Loring Cafe & Bar fights to keep its home Many patrons of The Loring Cafe and Bar call it a cultural icon. But the restaurant's landlord wants the business to move out, and recently refused to renew its lease. The Loring's owner is asking for - and getting - support from the community to help him stay. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/22_helmsm_loringcafe/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Cream of Wheat plant closes; leaves history behind The Cream of Wheat factory in Northeast Minneapolis is closing after nearly a century of operations. But the cereal and the Cream of Wheat brand will live on, as will the nostalgia associated with it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/14_helmsm_creamofwheat/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 State officials step in to move Fingerhut sale along Representatives of Federated Department Stores told Minnesota's political leadership the company will entertain selling its catalog-based subsidiary Fingerhut. Concerns have been raised the company would simply liquidate Fingerhut instead of negotiate a sale. Attorney General Mike Hatch brought all parties together to his office Thursday night, to send a message the state wants to do what it can to keep Fingerhut in business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/25_helmsm_fingerhutfolo/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Magnetic poetry attracts new fans What started as a time-consuming obsession for a Minnesota songwriter is now a staple on the American refrigerator. Magnetic poetry has grown into a $7-million-a-year company in Northeast Minneapolis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/24_helmsm_magnetpoetry/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Media members examine their role in wartime The local chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists brought together some Twin Cities media executives Monday night in a forum at the University of Minnesota. They discussed the challenges of covering the September 11th attacks and the war on terrorism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/23_helmsm_media/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Yudof: University successful despite challenges University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof says the school is doing 'better than ever.' In his annual 'State of the University' address Thursday, Yudof told a group of about 100 people including students, staff, faculty, and regents about the school's successes and future challenges. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/19_helmsm_yudof/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Can solar mount a comeback? Solar energy became popular during the oil crisis in the 1970s, when Americans wanted more control over their energy sources, but the movement faded during the '80s. Proponents say solar power is back and better, and Minnesota is as good a place as any to reap the benefits of solar fired heat and electricity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/12_helmsm_solar/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Airport workers rally for benefits Northwest Airlines labor unions and the state's Democratic congressional leaders say they want an economic stimulus package to cover laid-off workers in the airline and hospitality industries. On Sunday, about 300 people showed up at the state Capitol in St. Paul for a rally in support of the thousands of Minnesota workers that are being laid off as a result of the drop in customers since the September 11th terrorist attacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/30_helmsm_airportrally/?refid=0 Sun, 30 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Remembers: A Memorial from the Heartland Tens of thousands of people came to the state Capitol Mall in St. Paul Sunday to take part in a memorial service for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. While those who attended were saddened, there was also a sense of determination and patriotism that left many people feeling a sense of community. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/16_newsroom_capitol/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Stranded MSP travelers grow more frustrated Northwest Airlines abruptly canceled all flights nationwide Thursday night, citing 'external factors' and 'security concerns on the East Coast.' United and Continental followed Northwest's lead, also canceling flights. Airport spokespeople said all airlines intend to resume regular flights this Friday. For the thousands of travelers who came to Minneapolis St. Paul airport ready to leave Minnesota, it was another frustrating day in a very unusual week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/14_helmsm_airport/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 National names dot local political landscape With a week to go before the Minneapolis mayoral primary, a couple of the front-running candidates are bringing in heavy hitters from the national Democratic party. Former Vice President Al Gore campaigned in Minneapolis for incumbent Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, and former U.S. senator and Gore's rival for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination Bill Bradley flew in for a rally for DFL mayoral candidate R.T. Rybak. The two other leading candidates say the national names don't represent any significant support on the local level. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/02_helmsm_bradleyrybak/?refid=0 Sun, 02 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Poverty rates down in Minnesota New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Friday shows a continuing decline in the poverty rate across the country. The study indicates Minnesota is doing especially well in comparison to other states. Since the data estimates are used to administer federal programs for the poor, some Minnesota poverty experts worry the latest figures could end up hurting Minnesota's most vulnerable populations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/31_helmsm_poverty/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Is race an issue in sports coverage? A new study commissioned by a Twin Cities media watchdog group says black coaches who receive bad press are more likely to have their careers ruined than are white coaches. The report was released Wednesday night in St. Paul, during a media forum on whether race is a factor in sports reporting. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/30_helmsm_sports/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Making engineering a women's domain Critical shortages of engineering graduates are prompting those in the field to turn their efforts toward making the occupation more attractive to girls and women. To that end, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is sponsoring free, week-long summer engineering camps for girls grades 6 through 12 in the Twin Cities and in Alexandria. One of the camps, for sixth-grade girls, started this week at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/19_helmsm_womenfly/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Genocide Scholars Meet in Minnesota Scholars of holocaust and genocide studies from around the world are in Minneapolis this week to discuss deterrence and prevention of genocide, and to learn more about the work of the international war crimes tribunals. The keynote speaker at the conference Sunday night was Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, the former president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and past appellate judge for the tribunal for Rwanda. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/11_helmsm_genocide/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Methodist Hospital Nurses Approve New Contract The 840 nurses at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park ratified a new contract Sunday night. The agreement includes a 20.1 percent pay increase over three years, and some improvements in staffing and health insurance coverage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/04_helmsm_morenurses/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Reacts to Bush's Energy Plan President George W. Bush visits St. Paul Thursday to release his national energy policy. He's expected to call for making power plant construction faster and easier and promoting tax incentives for conservation and renewable energy sources. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/16_helmsm_policy/?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Standoff Over Minnesota Energy Policy It looks like the state of Minnesota will have an energy reliability law by the end of this legislative session. The Senate and House have passed differing versions of a bill, so a conference committee will have to work out the differences. One major point of negotiation will be deciding what role conservation and renewable energy will play in state energy policy. A final state bill could look very much like the Bush-Cheney energy proposal, which President Bush will outline when he visits Minnesota on Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/15_helmsm_energybill/?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Dalai Lama's Visit Stirs Controversy http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/01_hughes_dalai/?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Flooding Closes St. Croix River On the Saint Croix River, officials are closely monitoring the dikes in Afton where high winds brought high waves, threatening the city's flood protection. Residents of the city of Stillwater saw the Saint Croix crest Friday at its highest level since the record flood of 1965. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/30_helmsm_flood/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Who Killed 'Father Johnny' U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone is disputing the findings of an FBI report that concludes Minnesota priest John Kaiser committed suicide. Kaiser was a Catholic missionary working in the African country of Kenya. Wellstone and friends and family of the priest say they believe the priest was killed by representatives of the Kenyan government. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/19_helmsm_priest/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Mary Tyler Moore Statue Stirs Debate For better or worse, the Mary Tyler Moore show put Minneapolis on the pop culture map, and cable reruns keep the show's 1970s career woman Mary Richards alive and well and living in Minneapolis. Perhaps the most widely-recognized image from the show is that of the character, Mary Richards, tossing up her hat in downtown Minneapolis in a triumphant gesture of independence. That image could soon be immortalized in bronze and placed on Nicollet Mall. Cable TV station TV Land wants to give the statue to the city of Minneapolis. But critics wonder about the value of the city erecting a public monument of a fictional television character. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/30_helmsm_statue/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Twins Stadium Gets Cool Reception in Senate Committee A Twins ballpark bill generated little support or enthusiasm from lawmakers Thursday night at its first Senate hearing. After hearing testimony on the bill, members of the Senate's State and Local Government Operations Committee asked few questions and put aside the bill until at least next week - when it faces a critical legislative deadline. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/23_helmsm_twinsstadium/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Paving the Way on the Antarctic Ice Antarctic explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen are back in Minnesota. Bancroft, a Minnesotan, and Arnesen, a Norwegian, made history last month when they became the first women to ski across Antarctica. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/16_helmsm_explorers/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Energy Deregulation: Dead on Arrival at Capitol? As Minnesota lawmakers consider ways to alleviate a projected energy shortfall later this decade, advocates of energy deregulation are pitching a free-market solution. They say deregulating the state's electricity industry would increase power generation and improve the reliability of the system. But the much publicized instability of the deregulated California market has some Minnesotans skeptical of the benefits of retail competition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/22_helmsm_deregulation/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Poll: Minnesotans Favor Renewable Sources of Energy A new poll shows most Minnesotans are aware and concerned about an electricity shortfall projected for the upper Midwest region over the next several years. The poll, commissioned by Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, indicates Minnesotans think the state should turn <i>first</i> to renewable sources of energy to fill the gap. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/12_helmsm_energypoll/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Non-profits React to Ventura's Budget Plan In Anoka, lawmakers held the second in a series of legislative hearings to introduce the public to the governors' tax-reform proposals. Members of the Senate Income and Sales Tax Budget Division mostly heard testimony from non-profit organizations concerned about how the plan's sales-tax provisions will affect them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/07_helmsm_budget/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Youth is Served in Saint Joseph Amid concerns that a central Minnesota town is being taken over by college students, voters elect a new mayor: a college student. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/14_helms_youthmayor-m/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Darwin's Legend is Entwined in String http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/11_helmsm_twine-m/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Central Minnesota's Irish Connection Central Minnesota is getting a taste of things Irish with visiting theater artist Peter Quigley. Quigley, who's from Belfast, is an artist-in-residence at the Paramount Theatre in Saint Cloud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/10_helmsm_riverdance-m/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Slop Swap There are some pretty happy pigs living in east central Minnesota. A hog farmer in Cedar feeds his animals 'designer slops' as part of a recycling contract with the Mall of America. Each day, he transports almost eight tons of food waste from some very fancy restaurants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/27_helmsm_slop-m/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Sartell: Duathlon Capital of Minnesota There's the Tour de France, Wimbledon in England, and - for the last 20 years - the Apple Duathlon in the small central Minnesota city of Sartell. Winners of the race, qualify for the United States team at the World Duathlon Championship in France this October. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/07_helmsm_race-m/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Caught in the Crossfire Earlier this year, the nation's oldest and biggest gunmaker, Smith and Wesson, created a shockwave by announcing it would settle 14 lawsuits against the company by agreeing to several restrictions and safety provisions for sale and distribution of Smith and Wesson guns. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development brokered that agreement and has stayed involved by creating the Communities for Safer Guns Coalition. Now requests have gone out to local governments across the country, including Saint Cloud, asking them to join the coalition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/26_helmsm_guns-m/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Orphan Films While there is growing concern about the state of old Hollywood films, there is a state of high panic about "orphan films," the decades-old films that have no commercial interests looking after their preservation. Many are the amateur films which provide unique insights into communities now long gone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/16_helmsm_film2-m/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A Midsummer Spring The Guthrie is taking A Midsummer Night's Dream on the road to 16 cities around the region starting in Saint Cloud. But the Guthrie's intent is to do more than just a show. Members of the touring company are acting as artists-in-residence by teaching workshops and opening up rehearsals to the public at each stop along the tour. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/25_helmsm_summer-m/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The City of Ventura http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/24_helmsm_ventura-m/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Chronicling the Lutheran Traditions Someday, maybe decades from now, some calendars commemorating the new millennium might become collectors items, heirlooms even. For one Minnesota photographer, a 2000 calendar is the perfect medium to showcase his images of Lutheran churches around the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/29_helmsm_calendar-m/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Gay TV: Out in St. Cloud http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/23_helmsm_gaytv-m/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Surveillance Society: The Willingly Watched Internet camera technology allows almost anyone with a computer to broadcast real-time images on their Web site. Those cameras, called Webcams, show online audiences anything from pornography to local traffic conditions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/15_newsroom_privacy/01_helmsm_webcams/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 A Bad Day for Arena and Stadium Deals Saint Cloud area residents said no to a half-percent sales-tax increase for a proposed regional events center. The referendum was also tied to other regional amenties like park improvements and a remodeled regional library. Officials say they're now looking for ways to fund the library and parks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/03_helmsm_arena-m/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Bison: The Other Red Meat Bison burgers, buff dogs, bison is becoming the "other red meat" for health-conscious Americans. Cattle ranchers across Minnesota are starting to raise the nearly once-extinct animal in increasing numbers because they're low in fat and high in protein. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/03_helmsm_bison-m/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Y2K Cemetery Glitch Many who have pre-engraved headstones are finding the year 2000 closer than they thought. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/26_helmsm_y2k/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Crying Over Spilled Mil Although farmers are losing their livelihoods, they disagree on whether an old method of protest still works. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/04_helmsm_milk-m/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Brainerd High School Choir Exciting things happen when you take a traditional choir and add decidedly non-traditional music. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/02_helmsm_choir-m/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Firemonks The St. John's Firemonks celebrate their 60th anniversary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/20_helmsm_firemonks-m/?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500