Minnesota Public Radio features by Molly Bloom http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30139 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:29:27 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Molly Bloom http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Why do we want to bite cute things? You've heard it before: "I could eat you up!" "I want to pinch those cheeks!" "I just want to give that puppy a squeeze!" The same psychology that explains this "cute aggression" also explains why we cry when we're happy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/13/the-science-of-cute?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:10:20 -0600 27 Minn. cities where you can vote for women all the way down the ballot Despite an overall lag in representation, there are some cities this year where voters can vote for women from the top of the ticket to the bottom -- president, U.S. representatives, state senators, state representatives, mayor and city council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/02/women-on-the-ballot-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0500 New treatments for peanut allergies on the horizon Even though the prevalence of peanut allergies has been on the rise, there are no treatments beyond strict avoidance. But current clinical trials mean that could change in the not-so-distant future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/29/new-treatments-for-peanut-allergies-on-the-horizon?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:20:44 -0500 Why are no two snowflakes the same? From a distance, snowflakes may all look the same, but they are not. In fact, there are lots of different shapes of snowflakes -- not just those classic star shapes you might try to replicate with paper cutouts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/how-are-snowflakes-made-unique-science?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:30:00 -0600 What does El Nino mean for winter weather? What causes an El Nino winter? And how does this year's strong El Nino compare to others? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/06/what-is-el-nino?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:00:00 -0600 Photos: Humans of Creative Activities Thousands of Minnesotans show off their skills every year at the State Fair's Creative Activities building. We want to introduce you to a few of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/02/state-fair-creative-activities?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:42:50 -0500 How your cat's purrs are not-so-secretly controlling you Cats don't purr just when they're happy and content. Sometimes they purr when they're scared or in need of comfort. But they also do it to control the weak-minded humans they live with. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/cat-purring?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:53:28 -0500 The first full look at season 2 of 'Fargo' The trailer for the second season of "Fargo" is here, full of slow-talking small town cops, white-gray skies, and '70s fashion. Oh, and the accents? You betcha. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/fargo-season-two-trailer?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:50:46 -0500 How do babies learn to talk? Babies can learn whatever language (or languages) they're exposed to. But how do they do it? It's a step-by-step process of learning that begins even while they're still in the womb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/how-do-babies-learn-to-talk?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:00:00 -0500 Meet Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves' top draft pick As expected, the Timberwolves chose Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns with their first pick. There was a surprise, too: The Wolves landed local kid Tyus Jones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/timberwolves-draft?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:37:38 -0500 Squid, octopus, cuttlefish: Ultimate shapeshifters When you think of camouflage in the animal world, you might immediately think of chameleons -- but it's really cephalopods that should get your attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/cephalopods-shapeshifting?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:15:00 -0500 Here's how evergreen trees stay green all year It turns out that evergreen needles, like the leaves on deciduous trees, do actually turn color and drop to the ground. You just don't notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/how-evergreen-trees-stay-green?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Mosquitoes: A summer survival guide Minnesotans know: A beautiful summer day can suddenly turn treacherous at dusk. That's when the mosquitoes come out in force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/23/mosquitoes-minnesota?refid=0 Sat, 23 May 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Photos: John Vachon captures Minnesota farm life at Depression's end Vachon described his work for the Farm Security Administration as "documenting the land, the farmer, everything related to the farmer." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/22/vachon?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Photos: John Vachon captures Minnesota at work, 1939-1941 Photos by St. Paul native John Vachon showed Minnesotans at work across the state -- from the mines of Hibbing to the meatpacking plants of Austin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/john-vachon-photos-of-minnesotans-at-work?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Photos: Twin Cities streets at the end of the Depression St. Paul native John Vachon captured the boarding houses, pawnshops and billboards of Twin Cities streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/20/vachon?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Photos: Minneapolis' milling history through John Vachon's lens St. Paul native John Vachon captured Minneapolis' breweries, mills and grain exchange in 1939. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/vachon?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Photos: A look at Bunyan territory in 1939 John Vachon, a St. Paul native who documented the U.S. for the Farm Security Administration, was back in his home state in 1939 to capture life in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/18/vachon?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Why does the sun make some people sneeze? The question of why the sun makes some people sneeze has been a mystery for millennia. Turns out there's a name for the phenomenon: photic sneeze reflex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/bcst-brainson-sun-sneezing?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 11:35:58 -0500 Ticks: A summer survival guide This time of year, Minnesotans are very ready to shed some winter layers and get outdoors. But it's also the same time of year that ticks are very ready to find hosts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/29/ticks?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:00:00 -0500 'Thunder lizard' lives: Bronto tale shows how scientific names evolve The return of the brontosaurus is making headlines. But for scientists, these kind of name changes happen all the time. The public just isn't usually paying attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/brontosaurus-science?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:35:37 -0500 1-minute video: Why warming causes bigger storms Warming means that when it rains in Minnesota, it's more likely to pour. Using popcorn and sugar, MPR News explains the science of this phenomenon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/climate-change-rain-video?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Watch your step: Why thin ice is hard to detect You've heard the warning: Don't tread on thin ice. But it's not that easy to tell when and where the ice is safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/detecting-thin-ice?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:35:59 -0600 Charity to chancery: Following the archdiocese money Much of the cash that sustains the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is held by legally separate groups, making it easier to protect church assets in a bankruptcy. Here's how the money flows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/20/archdiocese-money-explained?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:15:51 -0600 Adrian Peterson's suspension: What you need to know The NFL dropped the hammer down Tuesday on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, suspending him for the entire season</a> over ongoing concerns about domestic abuse tied to his 4-year-old son. Here's what you need to know about the case and its context. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/18/adrian-peterson?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:19:27 -0600 #pointergate critics plan protest of Hubbard speech The chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting, the company that owns KSTP, is speaking this week at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and plans for a protest are already underway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/pointergate-rally?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:39:04 -0600 Explaining #pointergate: The missing context The Internet moved into full-on parody mode Friday after KSTP reported on Mayor Betsy Hodges flashing what the story called "a known gang sign." Here's what you need to know about the story -- and the backstory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/07/explaining-pointergate?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:06:10 -0600 Brains On: How is video game music interactive? Video game music has come a long way from the days of Space Invaders. How does it work? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/brains-on-video-game-music?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:14:13 -0500 Water, water everywhere -- but how does it get there? It's easy to take water for granted. After all, you just turn a faucet and it pours right out. But how does it get to our faucet? In this episode of Brains On, we explore the water cycle from rain to your drain. http://www.brainson.org/water-water-everywhere-but-how-does-it-get-there/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:11:59 -0500 Know your downtown Minneapolis weekend road closures Life in downtown Minneapolis will be getting a pair of disruptions this weekend: Basilica Block Party and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game isn't until Tuesday, July 15 but road closures start as early as Friday morning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/07/know-your-downtown-minneapolis-road-closures/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:44:55 -0500 Photos: How Minnesotans have celebrated July Fourth through history Parades, picnics, canoeing and fireworks. Judging by these photos of Fourth of July celebrations through Minnesota's history, the holiday has changed remarkably little over time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/july4-minnesota-history-photos?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:14:57 -0500 How do you catch a cold? In this episode of Brains On, a science podcast for kids and curious adults, we find out more about the common cold: Does standing outside in the cold actually make it easier to get sick? Is there a cure that really works? Could there be a benefit to catching the rhinovirus? http://www.brainson.org/how-do-you-catch-a-cold/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:18:53 -0500 Everything old is new again: Trolley motorman rides the new light rail line Bob Stevenson, 85, was a trolley motorman from 1953 until 1954, when the streetcar lines were shut down. He recently rode the new Green Line for the first time, which he describes as a "pretty fancy streetcar." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/bob-stevenson-minnesota-streetcars?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:19:56 -0500 Medical marijuana in Minnesota: What you need to know Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill that legalizes the limited use of some forms of medical marijuana into law today. Here's what you need to know. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/medical-marijuana-in-minnesota-what-you-need-to-know?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 11:26:15 -0500 Art Hounds: Climbing Poetree, Hitchcock, and a young black man's strange journey This week, raves for a Brooklyn spoken word duo, the master of suspense on the big screen, and a musical about a young African American man's search for identity. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/05/art-hounds-climbing-poetree-hitchcock-and-a-young-black-mans-strange-journey/?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 11:34:51 -0500 Your Minnesota Weekend: A little friendly competition Step away from the phone -- or at least put it away while you're driving. There's a weekend here that needs your attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/your-minnesota-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:36:32 -0500 Choo Choo Bob explains the Southwest light rail line conundrum Building light rail lines is a tough way to make friends. The Metropolitan Council has spent the last year looking for a way to make everyone along the planned Southwest light rail line happy. But everything the planners propose makes someone upset. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/choo-choo-bob-explains-the-southwest-light-rail-line?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:54 -0500 Art Hounds: Lowertown Classics, Kay Herbst Helms, and a dance queen from Ames, Iowa This week, an avant garde classical oasis in a Lowertown loft, an artist who paints the hands of artists, and a little bit of Vegas from a state directly to our south that shall not be named. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/03/art-hounds-lowertown-classics-kay-herbst-helms-and-a-dance-queen-from-ames-iowa/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:46:01 -0500 Schools starting to announce Thursday closings There is a blizzard warning starting tomorrow morning for south central Minnesota with 6 to 10 inches of snow expected. There is also a winter storm warning starting tomorrow morning for many other counties, including the metro area and Duluth. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/02/schools-starting-to-announce-thursday-closings/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:59:25 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 Minnesota's 44 Olympians: How they're doing There are 44 athletes with Minnesota ties competing at the Sochi Olympics. We have one biathlete and one luger, two speed skaters, six skiers, eight curlers and 26 hockey players. We're tracking the athletes and the team as the games progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/minnesota-olympians-sochi-2014?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:30:43 -0600 Olympic Skating: The Essential Guide Figure and speed skating are some of the oldest Winter Olympic sports. Two coaches provided insight on what to watch for at the Sochi games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/olympics-skating-essential-guide?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:09:08 -0600 Your guide to the 2014 Winter Olympics All the essential information you need to watch the games. Insiders share what to watch for during the events and you can learn more about the 44 Minnesotans who will be competing in Sochi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/olympics-2014-guide?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:26:26 -0600 Olympic skiing: The essential guide Between Alpine, cross country, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding, it's an exciting year for Olympic skiing. Slopestyle is making its debut this year and women will be competing in ski jump for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/olympics-skiing-essential-guide?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:17:10 -0600 Olympic curling: The essential guide Curling first originated in Scotland in the 16th century, played on frozen ponds and lochs. But the sport has a in the upper Midwest and Minnesota in particular. Nearly all of Team USA's curlers are from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/olympics-curling-essential-guide?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:08:09 -0600 Olympic hockey: The essential guide Minnesota is most well represented at the Sochi Olympics in -- no surprise -- hockey. But Olympic hockey is not the same as NHL or collegiate games. See how Olympic hockey works and which Minnesotans to watch for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/olympics-hockey-essential-guide?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:40:50 -0600 Olympic luge/bobsled/skeleton: The essential guide The sports were all developed during the late 1880s in Switzerland as a pastime for tourists who wanted a thrill sledding down the Alps. Here's what you need to know when you watch the Sochi games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/olympics-luge-skeleton-bobsled-essential-guide?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:20:06 -0600 Olympic biathlon: The essential guide Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting and dates back to Norwegian ski troops in the late 1700s. Here's what you need to know when you watch the Sochi games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/olympics-biathlon-essential-guide?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:52:19 -0600 School districts announce Tuesday closures A number of school districts will be closed Tuesday, making it the fifth day of cancellations due to cold weather this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/school-closings?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:49:22 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 The list: Archdiocese names priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse A detailed look at the priests named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as clergy with credible accusations of child abuse against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/special/archdiocese-priest-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:17:17 -0600 Beer in Minnesota: Navigate the brewery boom There are over 50 breweries and brew pubs operating in Minnesota today, thanks in part to the "Surly Bill" that passed in 2011 making it possible for smaller breweries to sell their beer on site. Explore this map below to see the state of Minnesota brewing today. /features/2013/11/beerweek/brewersmap.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:00:00 -0600 A history of Minnesota breweries, in GIFs Brewing has long been an important presence in the state, well before the recent "beer boom." See a map that tells the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/history-of-breweries-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:03:37 -0600 How does ranked-choice voting work? This year's election represents a major test for ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis. Thirty-five candidates are competing in the most hotly contested mayor's race the city has seen in 20 years. This video explains how the votes will be counted. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/how-does-ranked-choice-voting-work/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:02:43 -0500 Where are the top bike rides in Minnesota? With the Twin Cities regularly topping the lists of best places for bicyclists and Duluth on its way to becoming a destination for mountain biking, we asked some bike experts, and rider in our Public Insight Network, to share their top rides with us. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/08/top-bike-rides-across-the-state/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:46:45 -0500 Arts Hounds: 4 things to do this weekend This week's Art Hounds: The Visit, Women in Soviet Art, bare in Fargo, and Chris Schlichting. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/08/art-hounds-the-visit-women-in-soviet-art-bare-in-fargo-and-chris-schlichting/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:48:26 -0500 Get Out There: 5 things to do in Northfield With the help of Northfield residents in our Public Insight Network, we've put together a list of hidden -- and not-so-hidden -- gems to explore in this river town, just 45 miles south of downtown Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/07/5-things-to-do-in-northfield/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 06:11:55 -0500 No one word: Latino identity in Minnesota The demographics of Minnesota are changing and the growing Latino community is an important part of that change. The first wave of Latino migration to Minnesota began in the early 1900s, when migrant workers from Mexico would came to the state to work in factories and in farm fields. Some of these workers moved on, but some stayed, many settling on St. Paul's West Side. More recently, Latinos have been the fastest growing group in Minnesota for the past decade, establishing thriving communities throughout the Twin Cities metro area and in greater Minnesota. As of July 2012, the Latino population had grown by 85 percent since 2000 to a total of 264,359, according to U.S. Census data. Looking at the youngest generation the trend seems likely to continue. Latinos make up 8.3 percent of Minnesotans under 18, making Latinos the largest minority group in that age group. This project aims to tell the stories of Latinos in Minnesota, delving deeply into how they define their own identities and how they relate to the larger Latino community in the state. Through the Public Insight Network, MPR News collected the stories of over 125 people who trace their roots back to 17 different countries. Some of the respondents' families have been in Minnesota for generations, while others have arrived in the past few years. Some came to the state as migrant workers, others as professionals.Their stories make it clear that there is not a universal take on what it means to be Latino -- or Hispanic or Chicano -- in Minnesota. But the stories do have one thing in common: Whether the respondents or their ancestors came to the state for work, love, or education, Minnesota is now home. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2013/06/latino-identity/index.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 As same-sex marriage nears vote in Legislature, Minnesotans weigh in A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been scheduled for a floor vote in the Minnesota House on Thursday. MPR News asked Minnesotans if they feel the state has engaged in enough of a conversation about marriage. We asked members of our Public Insight Network about their views on same-sex marriage and received more than 150 responses. Here is a sampling of their views. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/politics/same-sex-marriage-minnesotans-weigh-in?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 08:48:45 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra lockout continues into fifth month Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been locked out for five months, with few signs that it will be ending anytime soon. Orchestra President Michael Henson and principal cellist Tony Ross will join us to talk about the state of the negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/daily-circuit-minnesota-orchestra-lockout?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:00:00 -0600 What happened to social and economic opportunity? It's getting harder to make it in America -- especially if you're starting out with less. Why has it become harder? And what steps can be taken to remedy the problem? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/daily-circuit-social-mobility?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 High voter turnout and a mostly smooth day at the polls The leadup to yesterday's election in Minnesota was atypical in its over-the-top rhetoric and record campaign spending. Yet with few exceptions, the polls ran smoothly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/elections-officials-voter-turnout?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:46:00 -0600 Transcript: What we don't know about the voter ID amendment On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on whether to amend the state constitution to require a photo ID to vote. The proposed amendment would change how future Minnesota elections work and create several new requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/voterid-video-transcript?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:40:05 -0500 Video: What we don't know about the voter ID amendment On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on whether to amend the state constitution to require a photo ID to vote. The proposed amendment would change how future Minnesota elections work and create several new requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/voterid-video?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Video: Unanswered questions at the St. Paul police crime lab The St. Paul police crime lab's drug testing has been shut down, and an independent review is being conducted regarding problems at the lab. MPR News' Madeleine Baran walks us through the lab and the questions that remain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/law/video-st-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Guard llamas protect Park Rapids farm Concern for security has led one Minnesotan to use an unusual tactic to protect his farm. Ken Kalish deploys guard llamas, both to protect farm animals from predators and to keep tabs on strangers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/ground-level-guard-llama?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:13:30 -0500 Get out there: A day in Winona, Minnesota Winona has become known in recent years for its arts festivals, like the Great River Shakespeare Festival and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, and for the recent controversy over frac sand mining. Its history as a booming, wealthy river town in the late 19th century has left a legacy of notable buildings, striking architecture and an industrial vibe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/day-in-winona?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Class of 2011 negotiates with tough economic realities We asked some 2011 graduates to tell us what their first year in the job market has been like. Most of them have finally found work, but some remain underemployed after months bouncing between unpaid and paid internships, contract work and unemployment. /features/2012/06/classof2011/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:12:10 -0500 In your words: What has early spring meant in MN? From Crookston to Winona, sources in our Public Insight Network tell us the early spring has meant optimism, flexibility and a certain amount of unease. /features/2012/03/spring/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:34:07 -0500 What does the early spring mean around Minnesota? We asked sources in our Public Insight Network to tell us what changes they've noticed due to this year's early Minnesota spring. From Crookston to Winona, they tell us the early spring has meant optimism, flexibility and a certain amount of unease. /features/2012/03/spring/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Video: Adjusting to 'Minnesota Nice' They came to Minnesota for work, for love, to be near family, to find a better place to raise children, to escape civil war. But sources in our Public Insight Network who shared their experience adjusting to life in Minnesota all said it wasn't easy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/10/video-adjusting-to-minnesota-nice?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Diabetics share their stories We asked sources in our Public Insight Network to tell us what it's like living with diabetes -- both type 1 and type 2. We asked them to share what they've learned by living with this disease and the misconceptions they deal with. /projects/2012/01/diabetes/voices/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Chanukah 101 Growing up Jewish in Minnesota, I knew I was in the minority. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2011/12/chanukah_101.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:25:47 -0600 Video: Why are Minn. property taxes going up? If you own a home in Minnesota, it's likely your property taxes will go up next year. Watch this video to find out why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/video-property-taxes-increase?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:01:38 -0500 Art Hounds: Pinocchio, poetry and the re-opened Weisman This week's hounds sing the praises of puppet portrayals of "Pinocchio," a Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet who's visiting Minnesota, and a newly expanded Weisman Art Museum. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/09/art-hounds-pinocchio-seamus-heaney-and-an-architectural-jewel-re-opens.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:57:02 -0500 Recollections of 9/11 Minnesotans recollect where they were when they first heard of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/11/recollections-of-911?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Fair Hounds: Goat exhibition gets under way For the last four days of the State Fair the sheep barn transforms into a goat barn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/fair-hounds-goat-exhibition-gets-under-way?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 13:56:56 -0500 Fair Hounds: Old Iron Show is a glimpse into farming history The Old Iron Show at the state fair is more than just a history of machines, it's a history of farming in America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/fair-hounds-old-iron-show?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:02:15 -0500 Fair Hounds: Leanne Danielson's onion ring booth is a family affair Leanne Danielson started working at Danielson's and Daughters Onion Rings 43 years ago, when she was nine years old. Now, she runs the booth with help from relatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/fair-hounds-leanne-danielson?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:40:09 -0500 Fair Hounds: Fair ware hawkers are carnival characters These salesmen are the essence of the fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/fair-hounds-hawkers?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:30:00 -0500 Fair Hounds: Luke Brekke, part of an 87-strong 4-H musical revue Every year, teenagers from across the state come together to put on a musical revue that they perform three to four times per day in the 4-H building at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/fair-hounds-luke-brekke?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:38:23 -0500 Spotlight on chief of police at fairgrounds Art Blakey, chief of the State Fair Police, and his daughter Brooke are two of the year-round members of the force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/fairhounds-blakey?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 19:04:52 -0500 Fair Hounds: Barb Schaller is a canning queen Schaller, of Burnsville, has been entering her jams, jellies and relishes in the Creative Activities exhibits for 30 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/fair-hounds-barb-schaller?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:48:36 -0500 What's your favorite thing at the Minnesota State Fair? If you're a fan of the Minnesota State Fair, you probably have that one thing at the fair that feels like it's yours. Like that row of antique tractors that no one else seems to know about, or the sound of all the Midway rides going at once. Tell us, what's your favorite thing at the Minnesota State Fair? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/state-fair-hounds-favorite-thing?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:48:13 -0500 Video: Budget deal explained Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislative leaders have finally agreed on how to balance the Minnesota state budget. How will they do it? They plan to borrow the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/video-budget-deal-explained?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:42:10 -0500 List: What's open and what's closed in the shutdown? A handy list of which state services are closed and which are open in the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/minnesota-state-shutdown-open-closed-list?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:40:09 -0500 Video: Understand the state budget mess in 3 minutes Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders have not yet agreed on a new two-year budget, and the deadline to do so without a state government shutdown is midnight tonight. MPR News explains what's behind the budget impasse at the Minnesota state Capitol. /collections/special/columns/shutdown/archive/2011/06/understand-the-state-budget-mess-in-3-minutes-1.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:33:01 -0500 Photos: Places we miss Porky's drive-in restaurant, a fixture in St. Paul since 1953, is scheduled to close on Sunday. MPR asked readers what places they still miss that have closed. Take a look at the photos of some of the places people mentioned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/01/minnesota-places-we-miss-gallery?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:41:15 -0500 Clay Coyote Pottery finds success online Tom Wirt and Betsy Price live in rural Minnesota, but easy access to broadband internet has allowed them to build a thriving business that has customers all over the country and the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/ground-level-broadband-clay-coyote-pottery?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:38:37 -0500 MinnEcon: New credential, new training, same job Brian Finstad sought retraining after being laid off from his factory job, only to find himself back where he started. We went down to Springfield, MN to hear his story and to see his work at the Sanborn Manufacturing plant. /collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2011/01/new-credential-new-training-same-job.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:39:05 -0600 What changed for you in 2010? An earthquake, an oil spill, an election and the weather dominated headlines in 2010. But MPR's Public Insight Network asked Minnesotans what changes most impacted them on an individual level this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/pin2010changes?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:21:22 -0600 Video: Local produce, grown year round Carol Ford, above, and Chuck Waibel operate a greenhouse in tiny Milan, Minn., and sell fresh produce to 20 families all winter. They want to expand to reach the growing local food market. /projects/2010/11/ground-level-local-food/video-winter-harvest/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:57:30 -0600 New standards for art classrooms Most art classes will now emphasize the role of technology in the field, and the contributions of Minnesota's American Indian tribes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/09/coming-soon-to-a-classroom-near-you.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:41:36 -0500 Goat farmers struggle to cash in on cheese A growing market for goat cheese is an opportunity for central Minnesota's goat producers, but they are unable to help meet demand now that a Canadian company has stopped processing their milk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2010/08/goat-farmers-struggle-to-cash-in-on-cheese.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:55:59 -0500 Voices of Haiti relief More stories of Minnesotans' efforts to help out in Haiti in the aftermath of last month's earthquake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/haiti-voices-two?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Voices of Haiti relief: Minnesotans pitching in to help Local relief groups and citizens describe how they are responding to the earthquake in Haiti. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/haiti-voices?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 The East Coast guide to commuting To mark the beginning of Northstar commuter rail service, MPR's Public Insight Network consulted some expert commuters -- people on the East Coast -- for their advice on what Minnesota riders can expect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/commuter-guide?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 17:36:01 -0600 Video: How instant runoff voting works with multiple winners When you apply instant runoff voting to an election with multiple winners, things get complicated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/how-instant-run-off-voting-works?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:03:52 -0500 Twins fans recall memories in the dome Unless they catch the Detroit Tigers in the standings, this weekend will be last time the Minnesota Twins play baseball in the Metrodome, their home since 1982. We asked folks to tell us what they'll remember most about Twins baseball in the Metrodome. Here are some of their stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/twinsmemories?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 10:46:20 -0500 White Bear Lake residents wrestle with the state budget deficit Minnesota Public Radio held a forum on the state budget -- and how it affects one community, White Bear Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/02/21_wbl_forum/index.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Some Minnesota absentee voters worried about ballots The battle over rejected absentee ballots is sparking questions in the minds of some Minnesota Public Radio listeners who voted absentee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/minnesota_absentee_voters_worried?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:52:25 -0600 My first recession Twin Cities artists worked with teens at the Neighborhood House in St. Paul to help them tell the story of how they and their communities are experiencing the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/26/my-first-recession?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 14:43:59 -0500 Female friends conflicted over Clinton candidacy This could be a make-or-break day for Hillary Clinton. After a long losing streak, she is hoping to make a comeback in the Texas and Ohio primaries. Minnesota Public Radio recently asked a group of women to reflect on Clinton's campaign to be America's first female president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/clintoncampaign?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Facebook face-off: Are candidates sites really working? Eric Cannedy, Jessica Gleason and Chris Strouth, social networking and graphic design experts from the Public Insight Network, critique the Senate candidates' MySpace and Facebook pages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/01/25_facebook_slideshow/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:30:26 -0600 Profile: Bloomington Civic Theatre Bloomington Civic Theatre may not fit the image that many people hold in their minds of community theater. But BCT is not your average community theater. Its annual budget of $750,000 is more than many professional theaters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/bloomingtonsidebar?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 01:00:48 -0500 Profile: Richfield Lutheran Church Community Theater The size and ambitions of community theaters in Minnesota run the gamut -- from million-dollar organizations to small groups operating on a shoestring. Richfield Lutheran Church in Minneapolis is a good example of the smaller end of the spectrum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/theatersidebar2?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 01:00:17 -0500 What do voters think? For more than a year, we've heard plenty of pundits talk about what the voters think. Now it's time to hear from the voters. MPR News talked with several voters in the region to find out whom they intend to vote for in various races and why. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/display/project_display.php?proj_identifier=2006/10/31/votersspeak?refid=0 Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:00:00 -0600 Shaun Jamison Shaun Jamison, a law professor from St. Louis Park, is voting for Tammy Lee in the 5th Congressional District race. As a supporter of the Independence Party, he is glad to see someone talking about the issues and not getting involved in the partisan mudslinging. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/jamison?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Elaine Savick Elaine Savick, a nurse from St. Louis Park, is voting for Keith Ellison in the 5th Congressional District. She is a long-time DFL supporter and she is glad that Ellison adheres to the populist beliefs that she holds dear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/elaine?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 15:34:44 -0600 Jeremiah Pilon Jeremiah Pilon, a student and jewelry salesman from Crystal, is voting for Alan Fine. Pilon hopes that in a position of power, Fine will be able to make even more positive environmental change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/jeremiah?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 15:28:49 -0600