Minnesota Public Radio features by Ambar Espinoza http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30129 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:56:55 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Ambar Espinoza http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Muslims in St. Cloud seek their own cemetery When 20-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim's father died of a stroke in February, he learned that leaders at the mosque in St. Cloud could not help his family. They ended up burying his father about 60 miles away in Willmar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/st-cloud-muslims-seek-cemetery?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 12:00:00 -0600 New mayor brings back interest in contested immigration program in Willmar Several months after a proposed immigration enforcement program sparked an uproar in Willmar, some residents of the west central Minnesota town worry that officials plan to revisit the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/willmar-immigration-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:05:27 -0600 Census: Gains in some MN cities, job losses take toll in others New data from the American Community Survey -- the Census Bureau's ongoing survey about U.S. residents -- some Minnesota communities are showing substantial population gains. At the same time, though, the new numbers show some cities have seen population declines, mainly as a result of job losses. /features/2010/12/15-population-change/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Classes in Melrose expected resume after fire Classes in the central Minnesota town of Melrose are expected to resume tomorrow after a fire forced school officials to cancel classes Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/melrose-school-fire?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:55:38 -0600 From tiny island to tiny town, Micronesians at home in Milan, Minn. It's a long way from a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to landlocked Chippewa County in central Minnesota. But dozens of people from Micronesia have made the transition over the past 10 years and changed the character of the town of Milan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/micronesians-in-milan?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 New Flyer's bus business suffers in third quarter Canada-based New Flyer, the maker of heavy-duty transit buses, reported a nearly 16 percent drop in revenue in the third quarter which ended last month. The company employs several hundred people at plants in St. Cloud and Crookston. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/new-flyer?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:56:52 -0600 Schools work to enroll minority students in AP classes As part of the effort to close the achievement gap between white and minority students, educators across the state are trying to get more minority students into Advanced Placement classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/school-ap-classes-minority-students?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 In St. Cloud, apartment shortage splits up families An area housing professional doesn't see a solution soon as developers and building owners likely don't think multi-bedroom, affordable rental housing, brings a big enough return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/st-cloud-apartment-squeeze?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:06:29 -0500 Quilt shop makes a cozy concert venue A quilt shop in the small central Minnesota town of Avon boasts fabric from around the world. About once a month, the shop also puts music on display, in intimate concerts that have become popular with area folk and blues fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/quilt-shop-music?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:16:45 -0500 Hutchinson pins growth on new industrial park Leaders and economic developers in the city of Hutchinson are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the city's new industrial park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/hutchinson-industrial-park?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:18:36 -0500 St. Cloud schools racism investigation moves forward An ongoing federal investigation into the St. Cloud school district over complaints of racial discrimination moves forward this week with face-to-face interviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/st-cloud-school-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:59:07 -0500 St. Cloud State meteorology students get unique training chance For budding weather forecasters, it doesn't get any better than this -- spending three weeks with a "Doppler on Wheels" radar unit. Meteorology students at St. Cloud State University are getting a rare opportunity to play with this high-tech, storm-chasing toy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/doppler-on-wheels?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:20:03 -0500 Soldier from New London killed in Afghanistan "We were proud that he, during war time, was willing to step up and do his duty," Rick Clark said of his son Ryane, who was killed earlier this week in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/minnesota-soldier-killed?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:38:04 -0500 No new answers for Wetterling family after latest investigation The Stearns County sheriff said Tuesday that lab work on items taken this summer from a Minnesota farm near the site of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling's 1989 abduction that has been going on this summer is almost done and no clues have emerged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/wetterling-family?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 06:31:38 -0500 Group says Northstar rail costing taxpayers too much Minnesota's first commuter rail line is running an operating deficit of more than $1 million a month, a conservative, nonprofit research organization said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/northstar-commuter-rail-?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:17:43 -0500 Former superintendent returns to St. Cloud schools The St. Cloud school board turned to former Superintendent Bruce Watkins to help during a period of ups and downs and an unexpected departure of the superintendent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/new-st-cloud-superintendent?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Rebuild or not? Farmers in Otter Tail ask after tornado Don Goeden has seen dry summers and harsh winters. But he's never seen anything like he saw this past June when a tornado ravaged 36 miles of farmland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/otter-tail-county-farmers-tornado-recovery?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:19:24 -0500 Big group of refugees to resettle in St. Cloud Lutheran Social Services plans to resettle 300 refugees over the next three years in St. Cloud. Refugee populations, mostly from Somalia, have had a growing presence in St. Cloud for the past decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/debrief?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:45:52 -0500 Lutheran church revisits bilingual past for Sudanese immigrants About a century ago, the founders of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud prayed and sang in their first language: Norwegian. But today a different foreign language emanates from the church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/bilingual-church?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 05:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud school board elections feature Somali candidates St. Cloud residents will vote in two elections Tuesday to narrow down candidates for school board seats, and both elections have Somali candidates for the first time ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/st-cloud-somali-elections?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Electrolux, Muslim workers settle dispute over Ramadan Electrolux has settled a religious accommodation complaint filed against the freezer manufacturer's St. Cloud plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/electrolux-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 17:22:29 -0500 St. Cloud's history of friction with outsiders Many people who have moved to St. Cloud say fitting in isn't easy -- regardless of one's race, ethnicity, or religion. Given their different appearance, culture and faith, Somalis and Muslims have had a particularly difficult time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/st-cloud-racism?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 16:56:18 -0500 Hutchinson Tech to trim costs, cut more jobs Disk-drive components maker Hutchinson Technology says it is cutting costs by $25 million. The company said it expects to cut 80 jobs in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/hutchinson-technology?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:25:27 -0500 Electrolux makes changes to accomodate Muslim workers The freezer manufacturer Electrolux is adjusting its meal schedule to accommodate Muslim employees during Ramadan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/electrolux-eeoc-complaint?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:36:54 -0500 Muslim employees file EEOC complaint with Electrolux Two Muslim workers at the Electrolux plant in St. Cloud have filed complaints with the Employee Equal Opportunity Commission over issues regarding the Muslim employees' observance of Ramadan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/muslim-electrolux-complaints?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 14:50:44 -0500 Somali residents concerned, not surprised by vandalism St. Cloud Somali residents have endured a number of racist and anti-Muslim acts in recent months. Above, a broken window in the city's only mosque, which police believe was caused by a thrown rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/st-cloud-vandalism?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:50:47 -0500 CAIR asks FBI to investigate St. Cloud anti-Somali vandalism A Muslim civil rights group is asking the FBI to investigate Thursday's vandalism at a Somali-owned grocery store in St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/cair-st-cloud-somali-vandalism?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 12:36:19 -0500 Somali-owned market vandalized in St. Cloud Police say someone spray-painted "Go Home" in large red letters on the windows of Hormud Meat and Grocery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/vandalism-st-cloud?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 15:35:58 -0500 Sheriff: Number of items seized in 2-day search Stearns County sheriff's officials said Friday they seized a number of items during a two-day search of a St. Joseph farm near the site of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling's abduction 21 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/wetterling?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 10:23:04 -0500 Search brings mixed emotions for the Wetterlings Law enforcement officials continued searching Thursday at a farm near where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted more than 20 years ago, but his mother said she doesn't think the search signals a break in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/wetterling-search?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 07:51:08 -0500 FEMA, state officials survey Wadena tornado damage Federal and state emergency management crews have spent the past two days meeting with city officials in seven counties to assess the damage left behind by at least 18 tornadoes in Minnesota last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/wadena-tornado-damage-assessment?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 They came for a class reunion, and stayed for the cleanup Alumni from the high school spent two years planning a big reunion of anyone who has ever attended the school. But after a tornado struck the town last night, it has become a different sort of reunion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/tornado-halts-big-reunion-in-wadena?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 15:49:56 -0500 DNR acquires 200 acres in western Minn. in $2M deal The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finished a $2 million deal to acquire 200 acres of land on Dead Lake near Fergus Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/dead-lake-land-deal?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:46:20 -0500 Thanks to stimulus, St. Cloud receives four new transit buses The Canadian bus company New Flyer presented the city of St. Cloud with four new transit buses on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/new-flyer-st-cloud?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:56:21 -0500 Program helps beginning farmers get started New farmers face many challenges, from capital to farming experience to access to land. A program called Farm Beginnings has been helping beginning farmers for more than a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/12/farm-beginnings?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Northstar rail adding weeknight, weekend service The Northstar commuter rail begins offering service to Twin games during weeknights, beginning Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/northstar-adds?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 14:57:32 -0500 Pastor's newspaper ad fans religious tensions in St. Cloud A St. Cloud pastor has upset Muslims and Christians with a paid newspaper advertisement that questions whether Islam threatens the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/st-cloud-religioius-tensions?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Memorial Day tradition in Cold Spring dates back 50 years In Cold Spring, about 90 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, a color guard, a rifle squad, and local Boy Scouts visited four cemeteries to honor the sacrifices made by soldiers, an annual tradition that's more than 50 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/31/memorial-day-coldspring?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 16:53:08 -0500 Federal agency will investigate alleged harassment against Somali students The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into allegations of harassment of Somali students in St. Cloud and Owatonna, agency officials confirmed on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/stcloudschool-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 15:37:37 -0500 Willmar's immigration law enforcement plan sparks ire In the west-central Minnesota community of Willmar, some Latino residents are upset that the city council is considering a federal immigration law enforcement training program for police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/willmar-ice?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 13:33:11 -0500 Immigration dispute rises in Willmar In the west-central Minnesota community of Willmar, some Latino residents are upset that the city council is considering a federal immigration enforcement training program for police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/immigration?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 08:59:30 -0500 Muslim civil rights group says a harassment investigation by St. Cloud school officials was flawed A Muslim civil rights group says a St. Cloud school district report released this week on the harassment of Somali high school students is flawed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/stcloud-schools-probe-flawed?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 12:26:15 -0500 A decade later, Mille Lacs netting decision still angers anglers Some Ojibwe tribal members plan to protest for treaty rights by fishing Lake Bemidji today. Eleven years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Mille Lacs band, a decision that still angers many business owners and anglers around Lake Mille Lacs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/mille-lacs?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud school officials say harassment complaints not valid The St. Cloud school district has found that most of the student harassment complaints filed by a Muslim civil rights group are not valid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/st-cloud-harassment-complaints?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 09:48:36 -0500 St. Cloud professor unearths history of slavery in Minnesota A St. Cloud State University professor has found evidence of slavery in several Minnesota counties before the Civil War. Among them was Slyvanus Lowry, St. Cloud's first mayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/upper-mississippi-slavery?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 16:51:38 -0500 Program helps reduce conflict as St. Cloud struggles with race issues A program at St. Cloud State University is teaching high school and college students how to better communicate with people from different backgrounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/st-cloud-reducing-tensions?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:11:04 -0500 St. Cloud school superintendent resigns St. Cloud Superintendent Steve Jordahl plans to resign, effective June 30, school district officials confirmed Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/st-cloud-superintendent?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:54:31 -0500 Soldier from central Minnesota dies in Iraq An Army reservist from St. Cloud has died in Iraq a month after returning to the country for his second tour of duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/iraq-casualty?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:52:53 -0500 Some students say St. Cloud schools haven't responded to racism A Muslim civil rights group has asked the U.S. Department of Education to investigate racial and discriminatory incidents at high schools in both St. Cloud and Owatonna. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/st-cloud-somali-students?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Muslim civil rights group says harassment is on the rise in Minnesota schools A Muslim civil rights group says racial and religious tensions in Minnesota public schools are on the rise -- and they're asking the U.S. Department of Education to investigate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/hate-crimes-muslims?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 15:46:24 -0500 Man charged with making threats to harm Somalis A New Hope man faces felony charges of making terroristic threats to hurt Somalis attending a cultural event at St. Cloud State University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/somali-threats?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:15:25 -0500 Rescue crews use floodwaters to train for disaster A few days before the Red River's crest last year, crews were rescuing people in boats. With no flooding yet this year, they've had more time to prepare and squeeze in extra training for a flood disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/rescue-crews-preparation-training?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Oakport turns to levees instead of a million sandbags Oakport Township -- an area just north of Moorhead along the Red River -- was hard hit by floods last year. This year, instead of sandbag walls, the township is building a clay levee in some areas to protect more homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/oakport-levee-flood-protection?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:45:54 -0500 Somali population, cultural tension rising in St. Cloud A handful of St. Cloud high school students recently joined a Facebook group called, "I hate the Somalians at Tech High." Facebook promptly shut down the page, because it contained offensive and hateful content. While that page no longer exists, students of Somali descent say the attitudes expressed on that Facebook page have a strong presence on two of St. Cloud's public high schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/st-cloud-tensions?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 How military families cope when parents come home injured A recent study shows the longer military parents are deployed, the more likely it is their children will have difficulties at school and at home. It's especially traumatic when children welcome home a parent with injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/militarykids?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 14:55:42 -0600 Northstar rail ridership is higher than expected The rail service has now operated for two full months and more people are using it than officials projected, but money for an extension to St. Cloud is mired in the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/northstar-numbers-up?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 03:00:00 -0600 St. Cloud's stimulus story: some success, some failure In the last year, St. Cloud received a sizable chunk of Minnesota's share of the federal stimulus bill, but the federal money didn't always lead to new jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/st-cloud-stimulus?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Willmar jury awards family $23.2M in dispute with doctor A Kandiyohi County jury has awarded more than $23 million to a Paynesville family whose daughter is severely disabled from complications during her birth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/kandiyohi-jury-award?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:35:45 -0600 Red Bulls: Beyond Deployment More than 1,200 soldiers from Minnesota's 34th Infantry Division National Guard brigade are returning home. MPR looks at what happens after the welcome back ceremonies are over. /projects/2010/02/beyond-deployment/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:28:50 -0600 A family deployment With three members of the Howe family serving in the military, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are a constant part of their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/07/family-war?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 15:00:00 -0600 St. Cloud Muslims fearful and angry after racist incidents More than 300 St. Cloud area residents attended a town hall meeting Tuesday night, concerned about the racism in the area in light of public postings of anti-Islamic images around the city in early December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/meeting-on-anti-islamic-images?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 06:14:56 -0600 St. Cloud students holding event in response to anti-muslim incident Two student groups at St. Cloud State University are holding a "Speak Out Against Hate" event today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/stcloud-student-group?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:00:03 -0600 Red Bulls ready to return from Iraq National Guard members with the 34th Infantry Red Bull Division are coming home to Minnesota over the next few weeks, after spending the past year in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/17/redbullsreturn?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Helping veterans come home As more Minnesota veterans return from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, other veterans are reaching out to help them--and their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/vet-reintegration?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 St. John's Abbey to return $2 million from Petters The abbey received the donation from the Tom Petters Foundation for the construction of the Petters Pavilion in May 2007. The pavilion is an expansion of the Abbey Chapter House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/st-johns-petters?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 13:37:16 -0600 Teleconference prepares Red Bulls for return to Minnesota They're a long way from home, but more than 1,200 Minnesota soldiers already are thinking about what they'll do when they return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/red-bulls-teleconference?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:01:17 -0600 Police determine suspect in anti-Muslim cartoons Police say they've determined the person responsible for putting up anti-Islamic posters in the central Minnesota city of St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/muslim-cartoons?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 18:03:18 -0600 Metro Transit: Over 30K rode Northstar line in November Metro Transit says the Northstar Commuter Rail averaged about 2,200 rides per day during November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/northstar-ridership?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:11:36 -0600 Man suing over alleged sexual abuse at St. John's Abbey A Minnesota man Tuesday sued the Order of St. Benedict at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville over alleged sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/st-johns-suit?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 16:44:37 -0600 St. Cloud braces for cut in state money Cities across Minnesota fear cuts in Local Government Aid are looming, as the state faces a projected $1.2 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/st-cloud-braces-for-cut-in-state-money?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 09:00:00 -0600 Cities along Northstar corridor wait for development Minnesota's first commuter rail line has been up and running for three weeks now, but it has yet to spur any development along the route of the train. City developers are hopeful that will change, but they are ready to wait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/northstar-development?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Pipeline leaks oil near Staples At least a dozen vacuum trucks are cleaning up an oil spill that happened earlier Friday near Staples in Todd County along a stretch of 16-inch pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/pipeline-spill?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 18:31:12 -0600 PUC approves CenterPoint rate increase The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved CenterPoint Energy's proposal to increase rates for its 800,000 customers around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/centerpoint?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 17:10:52 -0600 Weekend rail service in high demand Metro Transit says there was high demand for the Northstar commuter rail weekend service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/northstar_weekend?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 07:14:26 -0600 Metro Transit officials concerned over Elk River's Northstar station Metro Transit officials say they're concerned about the safety of commuters crossing tracks to reach the platform at the Northstar rail station in Elk River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/northstar-elkriver-station?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:10:49 -0600 Community revives ailing mobile home park A St. Cloud-area mobile home park is showing that it is possible to turn around a park for the better, but it requires the cooperation of concerned citizens and most importantly, the park owner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/mobile-home-park-p2?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Rural mobile home park residents stuck in untenable homes For many residents in outstate Minnesota, manufactured home -- or trailer -- parks are affordable housing. But one such park in central Minnesota is described as an unfit place to live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/trailer-park?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Commuters give Northstar passing grades Hundreds of commuters from the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs made their first trip to work Monday on the new Northstar commuter rail, the latest Minnesota transit project that could lead to fewer people driving to their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/northstar?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:00:08 -0600 Northstar ready to hit the rails Commuters from the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs and beyond began riding the Northstar commuter rail line on Monday. Several hundred people got a preview at a series of activities over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/northstar-preview?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Northstar FAQ Frequently asked questions about the Northstar commuter rail service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/northstar-faq?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 16:59:42 -0600 Soldier from St. Paul among 13 dead at Fort Hood A 23-year-old soldier from St. Paul was among the 13 people killed at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, his family said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/st-paul-soldier?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 14:16:34 -0600 Hutchinson Tech says layoffs, plant closing helped company break even Disk drive component maker Hutchinson Technology says the company broke even in the latest quarter primarily through layoffs and the closing of a plant in the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/hutchinson-quarterly?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 20:51:06 -0600 St. Cloud bridge to reopen ahead of schedule St. Cloud's new bridge over the Mississippi River corrects design flaws that were present in the I-35W bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/st-cloud-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:02:32 -0500 St. Cloud dedicates new Granite City Crossing Bridge The new bridge replaced the DeSoto Bridge, which was torn down last March after inspectors found distorted gusset plates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/st-cloud-new-bridge-dedication?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 06:49:41 -0500 Delta to discontinue service to St. Cloud Delta Air Lines says it will discontinue flights between St. Cloud and Minneapolis by the end of this year due to weak customer demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/delta-service-stcloud?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 16:20:31 -0500 Twenty years on, hope lives for Jacob Wetterling It's been 20 years since Jerry and Patty Wetterling's son, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, went missing and little has changed in the case, however it has changed how law enforcement officials handle missing children cases track those who might kidnap or otherwise harm children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/wetterling?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 St. Louis Fed chief says interest rates will stay low The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis says the Fed will continue to keep interest rates low for an extended period of time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/stlouis-fed-chief?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 18:23:56 -0500 St. John's Abbey gets Upper Midwest's largest solar farm The largest experimental solar farm in the upper Midwest will sit on land that belongs to St. John's Abbey of Collegeville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/solar-farm-um?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Police arrest 2 in Princeton suspicious packages case Police in Princeton have arrested two teenagers in this week's discovery of three suspicious packages that turned out to contain only "inert powders." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/police-arrest-2-in-princeton-suspicious-packages-case?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 09:36:22 -0500 St. John's University inaugurates new president St. John's University in Collegeville inaugurated its 12th president Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/st-johns-president?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Incendiary device found at Princeton school A suspicious package found outside Princeton, Minn.'s high school Wednesday contained an incendiary device, according to the school superintendent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/princeton-suspicious-packages?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:40:18 -0500 St. Cloud bank is nation's top buyer of failed institutions Stearns Bank in St. Cloud has acquired five institutions in the last year, more than any other buyer, making it the nation's top buyer of failed banks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/stearns-bank?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:52:23 -0500 St. Cloud hosts a T. Rex named Sue An exact replica of what's billed as the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex is on display at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/trex-stcloud?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 15:01:20 -0500 Coborn's president urges employees to oppose health care bill The president of Coborn's, a St. Cloud-based grocery chain, is urging his employees to oppose health care reform legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/coborns-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 17:25:04 -0500 Lawmakers get early ride on Northstar rail line Members of a House committee took a trial run on the Northstar Commuter Rail today -- in advance of its opening in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/northstar-tour?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 13:51:03 -0500 GOP candidates debate health care at the fair Republican candidates for governor said at a forum at the State Fair that opposing health care reform efforts isn't enough - they need a plan of their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/07/gop-candidates-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 07 Sep 2009 18:30:46 -0500 Man says insurance agent encouraged lobbying against 'public option' A Minnesota man says his mother's health insurance agent encouraged her to call her senators and lobby against the proposed health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/health-insurance-lobbying?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 16:20:11 -0500 Construction begins on Northstar park-and-ride in St. Cloud Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a park-and-ride station to bus passengers from St. Cloud to the Northstar commuter rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/northstar-park-and-ride?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:40:19 -0500 Bachmann hosts seminar on Social Security About 100 people attended a Social Security seminar designed for women and hosted by Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/bachmann-social-security?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:42:48 -0500 Delayed bus order forces layoffs at New Flyer New Flyer, the bus manufacturer poised to benefit from stimulus money, will lay off more than 300 people by the end of the year after an order for 140 buses was delayed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/new-flyer-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 17:15:43 -0500 Crowds embark on culinary adventure at Garlic Festival The first of this year's garlic crop was the center of attention this past weekend in Hutchinson when more than 2,000 people crowded the McLeod County Fairgrounds for the Minnesota Garlic Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/garlic-festival-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Hutchinson gets federal money to expand industrial park The city of Hutchinson has been awarded a $950,000 federal grant to develop its new industrial park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/hutchinsongrant?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 18:13:05 -0500 Researchers find high levels of estrogen in wastewater Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered high levels of estrogens from plant sources in some industrial wastewater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/wastewater_estrogen?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 16:06:23 -0500 Some question the environmental impact of clunkers program The "cash for clunkers" program was touted as a way to stimulate the economy while helping the environment by getting gas guzzlers off the road, but some experts say the legislation doesn't go far enough to help the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/clunkers-environment-impact?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Senate confirms two Minnesotans for ambassadorships The U.S. Senate confirmed two Minnesotans for ambassadorships this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/diaz-confirm?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:21:39 -0500 Tinklenberg withdraws from 6th District race Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg said today he is ending his campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District. This would have been his third attempt to unseat Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/tinklenberg-withdraws?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 11:16:32 -0500 Major bus order for New Flyer postponed The Canadian company New Flyer, which makes heavy-duty transit buses, said a major bus order by a U.S. customer has been postponed indefinitely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/new-flyer-postpone?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:25:13 -0500 Hutchinson Tech plans operation in Thailand Disk drive component maker Hutchinson Technology says it will establish an assembly operation in Thailand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/hutchinson-thailand-plant?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:23:04 -0500 Minnesota teens survive cardiac arrest Four Minnesota teenagers have suffered cardiac arrests this year -- and survived. Three of the teenagers were stricken within a few weeks of each other. A Minnesota cardiologist says that's unusual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/cardiac-arrest?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:30:13 -0500 State Sen. Tarryl Clark officially announces bid for Bachmann's seat After filing paperwork earlier this week to set up a campaign, Minnesota State Sen. Tarryl Clark said Wednesday that she is running for Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/clark-congress-run?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:53:52 -0500 Trilingual paper reflects changing face of Willmar In the small city of Willmar, an entrepreneur is trying to fill a niche for the growing population by publishing a paper in English, Spanish and Somali. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/bilingual-paper?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 15:35:00 -0500 St. Cloud residents not seeing results of stimulus Many observers predicted that St. Cloud would be an early indicator of how federal stimulus money is working its way through the economy, but so far, things haven't improved much. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/stcloud_stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Tornado damages homes, businesses in Spicer The tornado that touched down in Spicer yesterday brought down heavy trees and damaged the roofs of about half a dozen homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/tornado_damage?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 06:59:09 -0500 New directory shows growth of Willmar's Latino, Somali businesses A bilingual newspaper in Willmar has launched a new directory of Latino and Somali-owned businesses in Kandiyohi County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/willmar_directory?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 08:43:09 -0500 Stimulus means big boost for Minnesota bus factories Some of that funding will end up at New Flyer, the Canadian bus manufacturer with plants in St. Cloud and Crookston. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/new_flyer_stimulus?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 07:29:32 -0500 Three GOP congressmen urge Bachmann to comply with census Three Republican congressmen have issued a joint statement asking Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to end her boycott of the national population count. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/bachmann_census?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 15:14:18 -0500 Bank closure part of larger state oversight program State commerce officials say they continue to closely monitor banks for any signs of financial problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/bank_closure?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:32:57 -0500 First rail cars arrive for Northstar commuter line The first two coach cars for the Northstar Commuter Rail line have arrived in central Minnesota, putting the project one step closer to its launch in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/northstar_update?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Bachmann's responses to Northstar questions Rep. Michelle Bachmann's responses to written questions regarding the Northstar commuter rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/bachmanns_responses_to_northstar_questions?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 08:40:00 -0500 St. Cloud looks to lure high-tech businesses with fast Internet St. Cloud is one of the nation's most wired cities, comparable to major metropolitan areas, including Minneapolis, and there's a new campaign to recruit high-technology companies to the downtown area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/stcloud_it_boom?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:30:03 -0500 Willmar finishes construction of wind turbines The city of Willmar is finishing construction of two wind turbines. This is the first step the west-central Minnesota city is taking to help meet a state mandate that 25 percent of Minnesota's energy, including fuel, comes from renewable resources by 2025. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/willmar_wind?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 06:18:21 -0500 St. Cloud's new Highway 23 bridge on schedule Crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation are working an aggressive schedule to complete a new bridge spanning the Mississippi River in St. Cloud by this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/highway23_bridge?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota professor named ambassador to Vatican President Obama has nominated a central Minnesota theology professor as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/diaz_vatican?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 12:19:32 -0500 Preserving Ojibwe culture MPR Reporter Ambar Espinoza visited the Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy, on the Mille Lacs Indian reservation, where students learn traditional Ojibwe language and cultural traditions http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/video_ojibwe?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 17:09:27 -0500 Two charter schools work to preserve Ojibwe traditions One of the final bills approved by lawmakers this week includes $2 million to preserve Native languages in the state. Native language educators say the number of fluent tribal elders is declining and young people don't grow up speaking their language at home. Two Minnesota charter schools have joined the effort to preserve the Ojibwe language and culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/ojibwe_culture?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 16:50:34 -0500 Raising sheep a family affair on one farm The most recent agricultural census finds a growing number of women farmers in the U.S. It reports a nearly 30 percent increase in women farmers from 2002 to 2007. And for those women raising sheep, being a wool producer comes at a time when the number of knitters fueling the knitting industry is on the rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/sheep_farmer?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 16:15:00 -0500 Netting is family tradition at Lake Mille Lacs Minnesota's walleye season opens this weekend, but for members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the walleye harvest began a couple of weeks ago with the start of the netting season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/millelacs_netting?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Flu cases prompt increase in clinic visits The news of a confirmed case of H1N1 flu in Cold Spring, and a second probable case in Isanti County has prompted an increase in visits to health care facilities in those areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/flu_cases_prompt_increase_in_clinic_visits?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 17:05:09 -0500 Cold Spring middle school to re-open next week Minnesota's first confirmed case of H1N1 flu prompted an extended closure of Rocori Middle School in Cold Spring, Minn., but the school plans to re-open next Wednesday, May 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/rocori_reopen?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 06:50:22 -0500 Pawlenty: 'Realistically, we should expect more cases' State officials went to Cold Spring Thurasday to talk about the first confirmed case of the H1N1 flu in Minnesota. They reassured area residents that the state is ready to deal with this. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/coldspring_fluupdate?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 17:08:43 -0500 Cold Spring residents nervous about first probable Minn. flu case In Cold Spring, area residents are nervous about the first probable swine flu case, however they're not in panic mode. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/cold_springs_react?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:33:27 -0500 Hutchinson Technology cuts more jobs Hutchinson Technology says it is cutting another 300 jobs. The company has announced job cuts totaling more than 40 percent of its workforce since last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/hutchlayoffs?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:00:45 -0500 Brainerd chemical dependency center marks 25 years One of the few Minnesota hospitals that still provides in-patient chemical dependency treatment marks the program's 25th anniversary today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/moyers_chemical_dependency_treatment?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 06:34:03 -0500 Former employees still struggling after Hutchinson Tech layoffs Some of the more than a thousand Hutchinson residents who were laid off from the city's biggest employer earlier this year are struggling to make ends meet. At the same time, the south-central Minnesota community is nervously awaiting another potential round of layoffs that could come after the company releases its next earnings report next Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/hutchinson_struggle?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:59:46 -0500 Residents fight to keep Lindbergh site open Residents in Little Falls are sending local legislators letters, e-mails and petitions in a campaign to keep the Charles Lindbergh Historic Site open. It's one of three historic sites that could be shut down because of state budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/lindberg_home?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:18:00 -0500 New DeSoto bridge renamed 'Granite City Crossing' The St. Cloud City Council has chosen a name for the new Highway 23 bridge over the Mississippi River. The city council picked the name "Granite City Crossing" for the bridge that will replace the DeSoto bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/new_desoto_bridge?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 18:07:48 -0500 Bachmann says Obama plan is an 'energy tax' Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann today described President Obama's proposed carbon emissions cap and trade program as an 'energy tax'. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/09/bachmann_obama?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Flood life limited to essentials-only activities This morning city officials in Fargo and Moorhead want people to keep travel at a minimum. They want to keep streets clear for flood fighting crews and emergency vehicles, especially during the snowstorm that'll make for dangerous driving conditions. These precautions have made for quiet cities on both sides of the Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/flood_life?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 New communication tools keep flood victims in touch People living through the flood of the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area are much more connected than they were during the last big flood in 1997. Kids especially, have found new ways to stay in touch with their family and friends. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/29/new_communication_tools_keep_flood_victims_in_touch?refid=0 Sun, 29 Mar 2009 20:29:44 -0500 Oakport goes into wait-and-see mode Many residents in the Oakport Township north of Moorhead are in waiting mode as the river levels continue to fluctuate. The water has been going down, so they're finished sandbagging. Now the focus is on keeping basements dry, conserving water, and staying safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/28/oakport_goes_into_waitandsee_mode?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2009 23:15:37 -0500 Despite rising flood waters, some residents are staying put In a relatively new neighborhood in Moorhead's Oakport Township, there's a pocket of about 40 homes that are nearest the water. This is an area just north of the city of Moorhead along the Red River. City officials have issued a voluntary evacuation order, but residents say they will stay to fight for their homes even if they issue a mandatory one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/flood_staying_put?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Alone with the Red River Flood-fighting efforts in the big cities get lots of attention. But all along the valley, there are thousands of farmers who live on isolated farmsteads. It might seem they're left to fight the flooding all alone. But they say, it's no different than in other major cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/aethurflood?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 06:30:00 -0500 Breckenridge gets a reprieve from flooding The weather caused some unexpected surprises in cities along the Red River. In Breckenridge, Minnesota low rain levels and mild temperatures helped the city. Ice has been melting and the river has been flowing freely. But that's not the case in every community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/aewedflood?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 03:41:50 -0500 Vice President Biden holding town hall meeting in Minn. Vice President Joe Biden visits St. Cloud today to focus on how the federal stimulus package will help the middle class. He'll get feedback from central Minnesotans at a town hall-style meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/biden_visit?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 National Guard opens new helicopter facility in St. Cloud The new building is located on 52 acres of land near the St. Cloud Regional Airport. It will support six Blackhawk helicopters and six Chinook helicopters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/national_guard_saint_cloud?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:07:31 -0500 St. Cloud airport expands during tough economic times The St. Cloud Regional Airport just finished a nearly $5 million terminal expansion. Airport officials say St. Cloud can now fully serve as a reliever airport to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/stcloudairport_expansion?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Recovering from a layoff, one step at a time Several hundred people in the south central Minnesota community of Hutchinson are trying to figure out how to land their next job. The city's largest employer, Hutchinson Technology Inc., which makes components for computer hard drives, laid off more than one-third of its workforce company-wide at the beginning of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/hutchinson_layoff?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 02:00:00 -0500 State colleges prepare for budget cuts St. Cloud State University already lost $1.6 million when Gov. Pawlenty used his budget-cutting authority late last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/state_colleges_budget_cuts?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 07:14:59 -0600 DNR plans new watershed management division The new division will combine the Waters and Ecological Resources Divisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/dnr_watershed_management_division?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 08:33:27 -0600 Lawmakers move across Minn. to listen to budget concerns Hundreds of people attended the first town hall meetings lawmakers held across the state Thursday night to get suggestions on how to balance the state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/lawmakers_budget_listening_tour?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 07:02:46 -0600 St. Cloud seniors miss the newspaper's bridge column Many newspapers have cut back print space to deal with the economic downturn. At the St. Cloud Times, the newspaper decided to eliminate the column devoted to bridge, the card game. Many seniors are upset and they want the bridge column back on the paper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/bridge_column?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Customers lock in gas prices at fuel bank A St. Cloud-based company is cashing in on consumer demand for a predictable gas price. First Fuel Banks allow customers to lock in the price of gas. Sometimes, that locked price is higher than the price at other gas stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/fuel_banks_let_customers_lock_in_gas_prices?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 15:59:36 -0600 Hutchinson deals with layoffs at largest employer The south-central Minnesota community of Hutchinson is working aggressively to support more than 1,000 people who were laid off at the city's biggest employer, Hutchinson Technology Inc. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/hutchinson_follow?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 15:35:00 -0600 Officials, administrators gather to share energy ideas As local officials prepare for likely state budget cuts, many of them gathered in St. Cloud Thursday to exchange ideas on how to conserve energy and save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/officials_administrators_gather_to_share_energy_ideas?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:04:13 -0600 Mille Lacs Band swears in new chief executive Several hundred people gathered at Grand Casino Mille Lacs Tuesday for the swearing-in of a new, and familiar, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Former chief executive Marge Anderson returned to the role she's held before, as she delivered the 25th annual State of the Band Address. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/mille_lacs_band_swears_in_new_chief_executive?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 17:47:39 -0600 Scrapbooking company attempts fresh start after bankruptcy The Antioch Company, the parent company of St. Cloud-based Creative Memories, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November. Creative Memories, the scrapbooking pioneer, is optimistic about its fresh start as it leaves its debt behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/creative_memories_bankruptcy?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 Longtime central Minnesota radio man signs off A central Minnesota broadcasting icon retired this week. For the past 56 years, many Minnesotans grew up listening to radio announcer Cliff Mitchell on KASM-AM in Albany. At 80 years old, Mitchell decided it was time to leave the airwaves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/02/mitchell_retires?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 16:58:51 -0600 Heavy snowfall blankets central Minnesota A band of heavy snow worked its way through central Minnesota today. More than eight inches has fallen in some spots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/snow?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 12:43:37 -0600 Minnesota farmer is attached to his yak A central Minnesota farmer has a steady niche business with yak. John Hooper of Cold Spring has the largest herd of the long-haired bovine in the eastern half of the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/yak_farmer?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Audio slideshow: Yak in Minnesota John Hooper of Cold Spring has been raising yak on his central Minnesota farm for the past 12 years. He introduces us to some of his animals. /features/2008/12/22_aespinoza_yakman/index.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:19:45 -0600 SCSU researchers find fish vulnerable to human medications Research at St. Cloud State University shows that anti-depressants found in water affect fish and other aquatic life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/medication_fish?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 07:27:00 -0600 Census data shows minority increase in small communities The U.S. Census Bureau has just released new data on mid-size Minnesota counties. For the first time, the American Community Survey includes information on places as small as 20,000 in population. It's considered the first statistical portrait since the 2000 Census on a wide range of topics, such as demographics, education, income and housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/census_release?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 23:00:00 -0600 Minnesota cities bracing for more bad economic news Some Minnesota cities are instituting hiring freezes and cutting back on expenses. The cities are reacting to the recession and an expected multi-billion dollar state budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/cities_budget_woes?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Willmar entrepreneur is part of growing Somali population The west-central community of Willmar is becoming increasingly diverse. Census data from 2000 shows Willmar had the third largest Latino population in Minnesota. Now, it also has a rapidly-growing Somali population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/willmar_entrepreneur?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Wood-burning heating devices could pose serious health risks Many homeowners worried about fluctuating fuel prices this winter are still turning to wood heating sources. Although these wood heating devices are more efficient, the smoke they emit is associated with lung and heart problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/wood_burning_stove_dangers?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:11:08 -0600 Somali workers settle discrimination suit with Gold'n Plump Gold'n Plump has settled a federal lawsuit filed by Somali Muslim employees who had alleged the company engaged in religous discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/11/somaliworkers?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:26:45 -0600 I'm a college student - where should I vote? With just four days to go until November 4, we've created an Election Day Survival Guide to answer your voting questions. If you're a college student, and you're wondering where to vote, here are the answers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/30/electionsurvivalguide_collegestudents?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Rural communities meet with African immigrants African immigrants, community leaders, and business people will discuss the concerns of Africans living in rural Minnesota at a summit today in St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/rural_african?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 08:11:57 -0500 Health Department says it's safe to eat more fish in Minnesota When the Department of Health said earlier this year that it was safe to eat more Minnesota-caught fish, the decision raised the question: Are Minnesota's lakes and rivers becoming cleaner? Nearly half of the state's waters are listed as impaired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/new_fish_consumption_rules?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Mille Lacs judges uphold Benjamin's ouster A Mille Lacs tribal court has upheld the removal of Melanie Benjamin as the band's chief executive. A petition calling for Benjamin's removal alleged she used tribal money for personal use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/benjaminout?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:01:03 -0500 State reviews how to measure groundwater contaminants An administrative law judge will review updated rules proposed by the Minnesota Department of Health to evaluate contaminants in groundwater and their health risks at a hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/groundwater?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 07:01:59 -0500 Mille Lacs stands by decision on ousted executive The Mille Lacs Band Assembly stands by yesterday's decision to remove Melanie Benjamin as chief executive of the tribe. A petition with supporting Benjamin's removal, outlines several instances where she allegedly used tribal money for personal use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/mille_lacs?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 17:30:00 -0500 Benjamin removed as Mille Lacs chief executive The Mille Lacs Band Assembly removed Melanie Benjamin as its chief executive today citing ethical charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/mille_lacs?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 15:41:56 -0500 SCSU inaugurates new president St. Cloud State University will inaugurate its 22nd president this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/scsu?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:49:17 -0500 Minnesota counties say they're stiffed on jail costs Minnesota counties say local governments can no longer afford to house short term offenders in county jails. They want the state to stop passing the buck to counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/shortterminmates?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:14:48 -0500 Muslim parents, Willmar schools reach agreement on prayer time A few Somali parents in Willmar complained that the public schools weren't allowing their Muslim children to step out of class for daily prayer. Today, school officials said they won't change their policy, which allows students to pray during lunch time and between classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/willmar_school?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 16:35:49 -0500 Somali parents, teachers try resolve issue of when to pray Willmar school district officials and a few Somali parents will meet this morning to discuss concerns over prayer time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/somali_prayer?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 06:23:54 -0500 Immigrant brothers build their dream For two immigrant brothers, the Calas, the American Dream has come true. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/farmerentrepreneurs?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Sheriff Fletcher defends his department against jail complaints Attorneys for several dozen people jailed last week during the Republican National Convention have complained about their treatment in the Ramsey County jail. Sheriff Bob Fletcher defends his department's handling of jailed protesters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/jailconditions?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 17:10:37 -0500 EPA tests previously decontaminated Minneapolis homes The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin testing for asbestos in as many as 50 North Minneapolis homes that underwent a cleanup a couple of years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/epa_decon?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 09:01:12 -0500 Audit says Minnesota DNR misspent $300,000 A state audit finds that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources misspent $300,000 in state money when it helped host a wildlife enforcement officers conference last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/dnraudit?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:54:14 -0500 Demand is high for wood stoves High energy costs have prompted many Minnesotans to turn to alternative sources to heat their homes. Some businesses who sell wood and corn stoves say more customers are demanding their products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/wood_stoves?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 I'm not a delegate - or even a Republican - is there any special entertainment for me? I'm not a delegate - or even a Republican - is there any special entertainment for me? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/rnc_entertainment?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:53:01 -0500 Jury selection hints at strategies to come A judge in Kandiyohi County has sworn in a jury for the trial of Olga Franco. The jury selection process provided a preview of some of the major issues likely to come up in the trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/jury_hints?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 07:53:52 -0500 Twelve jurors chosen for Franco trial Jury selection continues today in the trial of Olga Franco, the woman charged with killing four students after ramming a school bus with a minivan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/franco?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:41:24 -0500 Olga Franco jury selection to resume today Jury selection continues today in the trial of Olga Franco, who is accused of crashing a van into a school bus and killing four children in Cottonwood. Six jurors were sworn in during the first day of the trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/olgaday1?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Rybak calls for more plug-in hybrid conversions A new partnership in Minnesota will make it easier for the owners of hybrid vehicles to convert their cars to plug-in hybrids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/hybrid_cars?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Circus of the young This summer, St. Paul will have its own Cirque du Soleil-style production. For more than a decade, Circus Juventas has trained hundreds of young people of all ages each year to do sophisticated acrobatics and choreography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/circusjuventas?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:23:39 -0500 Morrison County still pondering extra building security Morrison county officials say they haven't decided yet whether to add extra building security after a recent fatal shooting at the courthouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/countysecurity?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 14:47:58 -0500 Small business owners debate candidates' economic plans The presidential candidates are promoting their economic plans this week. Some small business owners in Minnesota say McCain's plan is superior, but others doubt either candidate will do much to help or hurt small business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/economyplans?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Gas prices cause people to vacation closer to home Minnesota's tourism industry doesn't appear to be taking a hit from $4 a gallon gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/04/gas_tourism?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2008 15:37:47 -0500 Native Americans confront problem of poor water quality Native Americans have had to alter traditional ceremonies that involve the drinking of lake and river water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/water_ceremonies?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 EPA to give south Minneapolis residents chance to speak up The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will discuss different cleanup alternatives for a south Minneapolis Superfund site with residents tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/11/arsenic?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 07:36:47 -0500 Health Department revises fish consumption advisory The department says people can safely eat one meal a month of fish, and then also eat fish from other advisory categories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/fish_consumption_advisory?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:17:14 -0500 Lots of people say bicycling beats high gas prices Bike shops say business is good as commuters tune up their old bike, or buy a new one, and leave behind their cars for bicycle commuting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/gas_bike_commuter?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Greenway bike center makes biking no sweat Today is bike-to-work day. It also marks the grand opening of a bike center in Minneapolis along the Midtown Greenway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/greenway_bikecenter?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Flynn spends last day on the job pushing for minimum wage hike Archbishop Harry Flynn spent his last day as head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis pushing for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Flynn is retiring as of today, which is his 75th birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/flynnminwage?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 14:32:06 -0500 NASA scientist asks Pawlenty to oppose coal power A NASA scientist has appealed in a letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty to oppose the construction of the Big Stone II coal-fired power plant along the Minnesota-South Dakota border. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/nasa_coal?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Natural gas prices keep rising ahead of summer energy crunch Analysts at the Minnesota Department of Commerce say this year's natural gas prices are the highest they've seen since hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/natural_gas_prices?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:26:07 -0500 Three struck by lightning at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport The three construction workers were on their way to the terminal when they were struck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/msp_lightning_strike?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:26:40 -0500 Energy company opens ultra-green headquarters Great River Energy is dedicating its new energy efficient headquarters today. The company says the building will be the first in Minnesota to apply for the highest level of LEED certification. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/_great_river?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 08:35:53 -0500 Governor, legislators meet to discuss health care The governor and key legislators are still sorting out differences in a health care reform bill, after a meeting this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/health?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 12:00:00 -0500 VA secretary helps open Minn. paralyzed veterans center A new Minnesota center will help veterans with spinal cord injuries re-enter the job market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/va?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 14:06:16 -0500 Nonprofits feel the pinch of tough economy Many small nonprofit organizations are feeling the pinch of a sluggish economy and budget cuts that are forcing some to scale back their staff to save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/nonprofits?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:56:42 -0500 Pine County offers reward in cabin arson case Pine County authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the arson of several cabins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/13/arson?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 11:00:00 -0500 May celebration to launch sesquicentennial events The Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission announced plans Friday for a week-long observance of "Statehood Week" in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/12/celebration?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2008 10:00:00 -0500 Tibetans hold vigil in St. Paul About 2,000 Tibetans live in the Twin Cities, the largest population in the United States outside New York City. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/tibet_protest?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 15:00:02 -0500 Tibetan activists to hold vigil today at state capitol Activists angered over China's crackdown on demonstrators have tried to disrupt the global torch run building up to the Beijing Olympics. Tibetans will hold vigils, protests, and prayers around the world today, including an event at the State Capitol in St. Paul this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/tibet_vigil?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 07:46:31 -0500 Dinosaurs to roam in St. Paul A theatrical show featuring dinosaurs that has toured all over the world for the past year is coming to St. Paul this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/dinosaurs?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 16:23:44 -0500 Pawlenty critical of DFL pupil funding proposal Governor Tim Pawlenty says a DFL education funding proposal to raise per-pupil funding by nearly 50 percent lacks credibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/pupil_funding_response?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 08:12:38 -0500 RNC reserves 16,000 metro hotel rooms Officials with the Republican National Convention have blocked off more than 16,000 rooms in 101 hotels across the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/rnc_hotels?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 07:41:04 -0500 Communities wrestle with the menace of plastic bags Plastic grocery bags are a big environmental problem. They take up space in landfills and require lots of fuel to make. In Minnesota, groceries are leading some recycling efforts. But so far, these efforts are not enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/plasticbags?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police explain high-speed chase procedure Officials with the Minneapolis Police Department said they stopped a car chase this weekend, because it would have been too dangerous to continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/chase?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 13:05:32 -0500 Minneapolis to turn off the lights for one hour on Saturday The City of Minneapolis will turn off lights in some downtown buildings as part of the international Earth Hour Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/lights?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 11:50:10 -0500 Weatherization needs on Indian reservations outstrip assistance The rising costs of energy affect everyone. But in the cold northern part of Minnesota, low-income populations are feeling the pinch more than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/redlakeheatingassist?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2008 23:00:00 -0500 Who is the other Alianiss Nunez Morales? Authorities say the woman charged with killing four children in a fatal bus crash is living in the country illegally and using someone else's identity. They did not identify the other Alianiss Nunez Morales. But documents indicate there's a woman in Connecticut of the same age with the same uncommon name. She's apparently from Puerto Rico, a leading source of stolen identities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/22/identity?refid=0 Sat, 23 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota cities struggle with measuring their carbon footprint Two years after cities signed on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, they are having trouble measuring their greenhouse gas emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/greenaudit?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Students launch toxic chemical awareness campaign There's a growing awareness about potentially toxic chemicals found in plastic products, particularly products targeted at children. One of those chemicals is Bisphenal-A, also known as BPA. Some Minneapolis high school students have taken it upon themselves to spread the word to mothers and mothers-to-be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/bpaawareness?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 04:00:00 -0600 Xcel proposes mercury reduction plan Xcel Energy has filed a proposal to reduce mercury emissions by up to 90 percent at two of its coal-fired power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/xcelmercury?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 15:08:47 -0600 Utility companies report a record number of shutoffs Utility companies in Minnesota are reporting a record level of gas and electricity shutoffs this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/26/utility_shutoff?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2007 14:21:54 -0600 Biomonitoring for arsenic in children to begin in south Minneapolis The EPA is cleaning up yards in south Minneapolis neighborhoods where high levels of arsenic have been found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/05/biomonitoring?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2007 15:30:00 -0600 Environmental study will test for vapors in St. Louis Park The state of Minnesota and the federal EPA will investigate for possible contamination from underground chemical vapors in two areas in St. Louis Park beginning in mid-January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/04/vocs?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2007 16:55:00 -0600 New science from an old oil spill An oil spill northwest of Bemidji in 1979 has taught geologists about the environmental effects of oil contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/30/spillhistory?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:07:22 -0600 Several agencies will investigate cause of explosion The Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety is the lead investigator on the pipeline fire and explosion that took place near Clearbrook in northern Minnesota. It could take up to six months to complete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/pipelineinvestigate?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:24:39 -0600 Authorities search for cause of pipeline explosion Federal and state agencies are investigating what may have caused an explosion Wednesday at a crude oil pipeline near Clearbrook in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/28explosion?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:00:57 -0600 Minnesota sues federal government on toxic chemical reporting Minnesota, along with 11 other states, is filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over reporting standards for toxic chemicals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/toxic_reporting?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 18:59:56 -0600 A Meals on Wheels program fights crime perception and funding cuts Food service for seniors in north Minneapolis experiences a waiting list for the first time in its history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/08/mealsonwheels?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 15:00:00 -0600 EPA halts arsenic soil tests in south Minneapolis A new EPA report says the site of a now-closed pesticide plant is not likely the sole source of the arsenic in soil. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/31/epaarsenic?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Frustration and fear persist over arsenic contamination in some Minneapolis neighborhoods The U.S. EPA is removing arsenic from hundreds of yards in Corcoran, Phillips, Longfellow and Seward. The arsenic came from a now-closed nearby pesticide plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/arsenic?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Zebra mussels found in east metro lakes The invasive species was found in three lakes that are part of a system that provides drinking water for St. Paul and surrounding communities. Officials say the zebra mussels will not affect the quality of drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/05/zebramussels?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 15:20:53 -0500 False documents: A lucrative business It's been nearly three months since federal immigration raids at six Swift meatpacking plants, including one in Worthington. The raids targeted workers using fake work papers to secure employment. There's little evidence to suggest the raid has had any effect on either the supply or demand for fake and stolen documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/22/fakeids?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 How to buy false documents A Flash presentation on how false documents are bought and sold in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2007/02/27_fakedocs/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2007 19:09:39 -0600 Realtors and churches work to prevent foreclosures There's an effort underway in the Twin Cities to teach people about predatory lending practices because non-traditional home loans are one of the biggest factors in the dramatic increase in foreclosures. A new group of professionals hopes to play a role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/minorityforeclosure?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 01:00:00 -0600 Reporting the news - en Espanol As Minnesota's Latino population continues to grow, so does the Spanish language media. They play an important role delivering entertainment and news to the Latino community. But there can be challenges that come with covering important stories on sensitive issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/spanishmedia?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 The culture of light explored Paying homage to light this time of year crosses many religions and cultures. What is it about light that resonates so deeply with the human spirit? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/loopculture?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2006 16:00:00 -0600 No slowdown in illegal document trade The immigration raid this week in Worthington, Minnesota hasn't stopped the vendors of fake documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/13/fakedocs?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2006 23:00:00 -0600 Latinos sending more money back home The Latino population in Minnesota is growing rapidly, and the money immigrants send to Latin America from Minnesota is growing even faster. A recent report estimates a doubling in the amount of money transfers over the last two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/30/_moneytransfers?refid=0 Sun, 03 Dec 2006 22:00:00 -0600 Priests and health department tackle fetal and infant deaths among Latino families African Americans and Native Americans have the highest fetal and infant mortality rates in Minnesota and the United States. But now the focus is turning to Minnesota's growing Latino population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/09/infantmort?refid=0 Mon, 13 Nov 2006 17:00:00 -0600 How to make a new place home Many immigrants to the United States arrive in the footsteps of family members who have already come to this country. Some come with no network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/06/touchstones?refid=0 Wed, 11 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0500 The challenge of speaking Spanish in America If you listen to a group of native Spanish-speakers, you might think their fast-paced conversation means easy communication with one another. But within the Spanish-speaking population, there's a very clear divide -- a linguistic "us" and "them." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/20/spanishdifferences?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 A reporter's notebook Reporter Ambar Espinoza, who was born in El Salvador, speaks fluent Spanish. Yet in the course of reporting this story, she was surprised to learn something new about her native language. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/26/spanishsidebar?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:30:34 -0500 Immigrant farmers work and learn in a new land The Latino farming population in Minnesota is growing rapidly. It almost doubled from 1997 to 2002. To help some of the new residents, a nonprofit organization developed a specialized project that helps immigrant farmers continue their agragrian lifestyle in this country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/14/immigrantfarmers?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0500 Selling prison art Inmates in a Minnesota prison have found an audience beyond the prison walls. They sold pictures to an online gallery last year. And now their work is going to a show in Michigan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/prisonart?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 18:00:00 -0500 New immigrants find life in America can challenge their health Latino immigrants are often healthier when they arrive in the United States than they are five years later. There's a significant body of research that shows their health begins to decline rapidly as they assimilate into the American culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/immigranthealth?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 New bakery offers a taste of home to Salvadorians A new bakery in St. Paul is bringing a taste of El Salvador to the Twin Cities. For some, that's a taste of home. As the Latino population in Minnesota continues to grow, different small populations of Latin Americans are developing specialty businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/salvadorianbakery?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jul 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Popular community health care clinic closes La Clinica en Lake is well-known as a convenient health care clinic with a bilingual and bicultural approach. But now, the clinic is closing next month, and patients have to find another place to go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/laclinica?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Learning two languages, one at a time Life in the U.S. can be hard for a new immigrant. It's even more difficult when they can't read or write in their own language. This is a common story for many Latin American immigrants from impoverished backgrounds with little education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/07/spanishliteracy?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2006 16:00:00 -0500 One woman's illegal journey For many undocumented immigrants from Mexico, crossing the border into the United States is a carefully orchestrated event -- and so is the process of remaining here. One woman now living in Minnesota shares the details of her journey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/coyotes?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2006 09:00:00 -0500