Minnesota Public Radio features by Jessica Mador http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30164 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:51:18 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jessica Mador http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 St. Croix River bridge ground breaking set for today A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday afternoon in Stillwater for the St. Croix Bridge project. Work is already underway on the project, which will cost between $580 million and $676 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/news/st-croix-river-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 06:17:42 -0500 No-wake zone on St. Croix for bridge project Boaters who use the St. Croix River this summer will notice a new no-wake zone near Oak Park Heights. MnDOT is preparing a worksite in the river as part of the St. Croix Bridge project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/regional/no-wake-zone-on-st-croix-river?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 10:01:49 -0500 Status-quo transportation bill disappoints transit advocates Minnesota lawmakers passed a so-called "lights-on" bill for transportation this session, which doesn't include either a gas tax increase or a metro sales tax increase for transit. The bill passed without the new revenue many transportation advocates had hoped to gain for a long list of transit projects and road improvements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/politics/transportation-bill?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 15:36:41 -0500 War veterans and chronic pain: Hearing, breathing problems Among the most prevalent health conditions reported by post-Sept. 11 veterans are hearing loss and tinnitus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/war-veterans-and-chronic-pain-hearing-breathing-problems?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 09:14:03 -0500 Chronic pain increasingly accompanies Minnesota veterans home from war Data obtained by MPR News from the Department of Veterans Affairs show a dramatic increase in chronic back, neck, hip, knee and shoulder injuries over the past decade. Some of these injuries are caused in combat or by the dangerous jobs soldiers do overseas. But some injuries are caused by the very equipment meant to protect soldiers from harm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/health/veterans-injuries?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 09:00:00 -0500 Met Council approves light rail for Bottineau transitway The Met Council Thursday officially amended its Transportation Policy Plan to include light rail for the planned Bottineau transitway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/news/bottineau-transitway-lrt?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 22:47:36 -0500 Tax bump cut from transportation bill The Senate Tax Committee voted Wednesday to strip out tax increases from the transportation finance bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/politics/tax-cut-transportation-finance-bill?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 17:13:11 -0500 Tight rental market pushes people out of the Twin Cities The Twin Cities metro area is experiencing the lowest rental housing vacancy rate in about a decade. The tight market and rising rents are making it difficult for people to find cheap apartments. The trend is unsettling for people who feel they are being priced out of the city and pushed further into the suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/economy/tight-rental-market?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 -0500 For veterans, art a chance for much-needed release An art exhibit opening tonight in Minneapolis is the culmination of more than two years of teaching military veterans to express themselves through art and resolve difficult emotions stemming from past conflict or trauma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/arts/veterans-art-exhibition?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:53:56 -0500 All-clear given after plant explosion in Shakopee Authorities in Scott County say no one was hurt in an explosion and fire at a biomass energy power plant in Shakopee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/news/shakopee-plant-fire?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:29:05 -0500 Minnesotans cope with non-spring Minnesotans woke up to yet another April morning of scraping snow and ice off their windshields, and braving another snowy commute to work. The cold non-spring is affecting people and businesses around the Twin Cities. Will we ever get to enjoy the outdoors? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/weather/minnesota-nonspring?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:25:59 -0500 Contractor sues to stop St. Croix Bridge project A Minnesota contractor has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation to stop the St. Croix Bridge project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/business/contractor-sues-stop-st-croix-bridge-project?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:28:45 -0500 Transportation tax proposal looks at wholesaler fee The Senate Transportation Finance Committee approved a spending bill Wednesday that would change the way the state collects the gas tax to pay for roads and bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/politics/transportation-spending-bill-committee-vote?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:33:39 -0500 House transportation bill has optional tax The House Transportation Finance Committee Monday approved a bill that would allow all counties to impose an optional half-cent sales tax and a $10 annual vehicle registration fee to pay for infrastructure improvements. The bill would also boost funding for greater Minnesota transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/house-tranportation-bill-has-optional-tax?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:09:59 -0500 Monday vote for new transit finance package The Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee is expected to vote Monday on a transportation spending bill that would allow all counties to impose a half-cent sales tax and a $10 annual vehicle registration fee to pay for infrastructure improvements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/politics/public-transportation-funding?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:18:11 -0500 Proposal would train 1st responders to handle vets in crisis A proposal at the State Capitol would train emergency responders in how to communicate with military veterans in crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/news/veterans-first-responders-training?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:58:00 -0500 Expanding mass transit in east metro is a fight to catch up Proposals to help pay for expanding mass transit in the Twin Cities will be announced by state lawmakers later this week. East metro officials are watching the action very closely and have renewed efforts to advance their wish list of bus and rail lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/business/east-metro-mass-transit?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:03:00 -0500 Walz, Klobuchar back legislation on mental health aid for misdiagnosed vets Two Minnesota lawmakers are pushing legislation they say will help thousands of military veterans who were wrongly denied VA benefits. They say thousands of veterans who may have had post-traumatic stress disorder were wrongly diagnosed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/news/klobuchar-veterans-wrongfully-denied-benefits?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:06:16 -0500 Hearing set for Mpls-to-Duluth rail line A public hearing and open house on a proposed high-speed rail project between Minneapolis and Duluth will take place this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/31/regional/high-speed-rail-hearing?refid=0 Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:30:28 -0500 Abortion demonstrators rally at Planned Parenthood Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion issue gathered Friday outside the Planned Parenthood office in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/politics/abortion-demonstration-good-friday?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:40:32 -0500 Cost of Southwest light rail could rise The planned Southwest LRT between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis could end up costing more than originally proposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/news/southwest-light-rail-costs?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:14:30 -0500 Possible Fairview Health takeover raises alarms Attorney General Lori Swanson is calling for public hearings next month on the potential takeover of Fairview Health Services by South Dakota-based Sanford Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/health/swanson-sanford-fairview-takeover?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:00:47 -0500 MN housing: Poor struggle despite recovery New data show an improving economy is beginning to benefit the state's homeowners, but those at the bottom of the economic ladder continue to experience financial distress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/news/minnesota-housing-partnership-report?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:58:34 -0500 Franken touts additions to Senate budget Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he's confident House lawmakers and President Obama will support repealing the medical device tax, a provision of the Senate budget passed last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/politics/franken-medical-device-tax?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:43:30 -0500 Iraq War left mark on Minn. National Guard members, families The Iraq War, which started 10 years ago today, left a lasting imprint on the men and women who served and on their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/news/iraq-war-minnesota-national-guard?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:55:32 -0500 Ambitious transit plan needed for Twin Cities Planners are focusing on an ambitious system of roads and mass transit projects as they draw up the next generation of transportation for the state. Their fantasy is a system that makes it quick and easy to move people and goods around. It's all part of a plan designed to help Minnesota catch up with transportation spending in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/news/transit-plan-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:14:15 -0500 Report: Minnesota again least-affordable Midwestern state for renters For the third consecutive year, a report ranks Minnesota the least-affordable state in the Midwest for renters. Housing advocates say the report demonstrates the need for more affordable housing across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/economy/minnesota-least-affordable-rent?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:46:34 -0500 Met Council plans hearing on Bottineau line The Metropolitan Council plans to collect testimony on the planned Bottineau light rail line during a public hearing on Monday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/10/regional/bottineau-lrt-met-council-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Transit advocates, business groups want more investment in transit A coalition of more than three-dozen advocacy organizations, business and environmental groups and labor unions is pushing a bill that would increase public transportation options in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/politics/advocates-push-bill-to-add-public-transit-options?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Youth hockey officials evaluate new safety rules As the boys' high school hockey tournament gets underway today, Minnesota hockey officials are evaluating whether new safety rules have been effective. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/sport/youth-hockey-new-safety-rules?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Builder chosen for St. Croix bridge foundation Wisconsin-based Edward Kraemer and Sons has been selected as the contractor for the St. Croix bridge foundation, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/business/st-croix-foundation-contractor?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:06:50 -0600 Sendoff for Minn. soldiers to Afghanistan A departure ceremony will be held this weekend for a group of National Guard soldiers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/regional/minn-guard-departure-ceremony?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:06:10 -0600 Report: Amtrak ridership at all-time high A new report finds Amtrak ridership at an all-time high in the Twin Cities and other metro areas. The report from the Washington-based Brookings Institution looked at ridership levels for the national railroad in the largest 100 metro areas between 1997 to 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/news/report-amtrak-ridershipship-at-alltime-high?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:10:34 -0600 Child Victims Act heard in Senate committee A bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for childhood victims of sexual abuse to sue their abusers got its first hearing Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/politics/child-victims-act-senate-committee?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:55:37 -0600 Fire forces some evacuations in downtown Mpls A fire inside a manhole in downtown Minneapolis sent smoke pouring into the street in the North Loop neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/news/fire-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:31:13 -0600 Court overturns jobless benefits ban on personal care attendants The Minnesota Court of Appeals today overturned a Minnesota law that bans people who care for immediate family members as personal care attendants from seeking unemployment benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/news/court-overturns-jobless-benefits-ban-on-personal-care-attendants?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:05:51 -0600 Southwest light rail: Report details line, stations After months of collecting public input, engineers working on the Southwest Light Rail Transit are figuring out exactly where to put facilities, stations and the line itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/southwest-lrt-engineers-next-step?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:05:00 -0600 Document: Southwest LRT technical issues to solve Engineers are beginning to hammer out the design specifics of the Southwest LRT. They've identified 25 technical issues they need to solve to make the design work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/report-southwest-lrt?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Mpls. VA brain research examines resilience to trauma New research from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center has identified brain patterns that appear to be markers of resilience to trauma. The findings could suggest why some people exposed to trauma develop post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD while many others do not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/health/veterans-ptsd-brain-research?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:39:13 -0600 Combat training simulators save money, improve skills, Minnesota National Guard says There's nothing new about a roomful of guys playing video games. But at the National Guard's Camp Ripley in central Minnesota, one video game could have life or death consequences. The Guard is using simulators to train troops in very real and potentially deadly skills, from shooting to driving to combat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/news/combat-training-simulators-minnesota-national-guard?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:59:24 -0600 Transit focus of State of the Region speech Transit expansion was the focus of the Metropolitan Council's annual State of the Region speech Monday in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/state-of-the-region?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:43:55 -0600 Minnesota Beard-Off to feature 100 hairy men (and some women) Nearly 100 will compete for the Twin Cities beard championship title this weekend. Hirsute competitive beardsmen prepare for the show, combing, brushing, styling and conditioning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/arts/minnesota-beard-off?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:24:17 -0600 List of B. Todd Jones' critics, defenders grows The nomination of B. Todd Jones to become the permanent head of the ATF could be in for a bumpy ride. Jones is the interim director of the agency, and is also the U.S. attorney for Minnesota. This week a former FBI special agent cast doubt on Jones' ability to head the ATF. Another critic backs up those complaints, while the list of Jones' defenders is growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/list-of-b-todd-jones-critics-defenders-grows?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:12:55 -0600 B. Todd Jones, ATF acting director, criticized by retired FBI agent A retired FBI agent is questioning whether B. Todd Jones should be permanent director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/news/atf-acting-director-criticized-by-retired-fbi-agent?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:30:54 -0600 Report: firearms involved in half of all domestic violence homicides About half of all domestic violence homicides in Minnesota last year involved firearms, a report says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/social-issue/report-domestic-violence?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:28:51 -0600 Study shows declining levels of suspected carcinogenic in Miss. River Levels are declining of a suspected carcinogenic chemical found in fish in the Mississippi River, show data from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/environment/study-suspected-carcinogenic?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:52:04 -0600 Mpls. VA receives grants for women's health The Minneapolis VA has received $217,000 in women's health grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/health/va-womens-health-grants?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:17:45 -0600 Women in combat: Minnesota National Guard helps pave the way The Minnesota National Guard's First Brigade Combat Team is one of nine brigades around the country helping to pilot the Pentagon's new policy lifting the restriction on women in combat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/news/minn-guard-women-in-combat?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:15:00 -0600 Metro counties ponder Dayton's proposed transit tax Transit supporters and opponents are reacting to a call by Gov. Dayton for a new quarter cent sales tax for the seven-county metro area. The money raised would go toward funding more transit projects in the region, including light rail and bus lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/politics/daytons-budget-includes-metro-transit-tax?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:40:05 -0600 MnDOT course aimed at contracts for vets An effort to help more military veterans become eligible to bid on state construction projects is ramping up ahead of the spring construction season. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is holding a special workshop for veteran small-business owners at the end of the month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/regional/veterans-mndot-construction-projects?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:17:34 -0600 Activists press Dayton on affordable housing Housing advocates say they are pushing for more affordable housing across the state this session, adding that they hope Gov. Mark Dayton will make preserving affordable housing and building new housing among his top priorities this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/politics/activists-press-dayton-on-affordable-housing?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:40:53 -0600 Consumer advocates say abusive practices by debt collectors on the rise As the recession winds down, consumer advocates say the problem of abusive practices by debt collectors is on the rise. The issue is getting renewed attention here in Minnesota. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced a proposal this week to tighten regulations for companies that buy up debt and to protect consumers from abuse. Both advocates and debt collectors appear to be supporting the proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/business/debt-collection-abuse?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:11:10 -0600 Met Council to meet on Bottineau light rail A light rail line planned for the northwest metro inches closer to becoming a reality Monday as Met Council officials meet to take preliminary action on the so-called Bottineau line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/news/bottineau-light-rail-met-council?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:58:14 -0600 Documents explain why Met Council rejected URS Corp. Newly-released documents shed light on why the Metropolitan Council rejected URS Corporation for engineering work on the planned Southwest light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/news/sabo-bridge-urs-corp?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:55:37 -0600 Is Minnesota's transportation system in decline? A report from an advisory council on transportation is recommending a higher gas tax and more state money for roads and transit. How will those recommendations be received by the legislature? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/daily-circuit-transportation?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Efforts pay off to put Minnesota's military veterans in civilian jobs An intensive effort to help Minnesota's military veterans find civilian jobs is paying off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/labor/military-veterans-civilian-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Report calls for fees, taxes to maintain transportation system A transportation task force is calling for higher taxes and fees to improve and maintain the state's transportation system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/news/transportation-task-force-report?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:42:42 -0600 Free legal help for veterans next month Military veterans with legal problems or questions can attend a free legal clinic next month. Lawyers who specialize in child support, employment, benefits, debt collection and other issues will be on hand for one-on-one consultations with veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/23/regional/veteran-legal-clinic?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Southwest Light Rail design contracts go to two firms The Met Council today approved two firms for engineering and design work on the planned Southwest Light Rail line. A former frontrunner for the contract, URS Corp., was not one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/metcouncil-southweastlightrail?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:49:04 -0600 Lawsuit alleges Mpls. collected excessive property taxes A lawsuit alleging some Minneapolis homeowners paid excess property taxes can go forward in tax court, ruled the Minnesota Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/news/minneapolis-property-tax-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:14:45 -0600 St. Croix bridge lobbying group continues work As preparations for a new St. Croix bridge move forward, a group that successfully lobbied for the bridge project is not stopping work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/business/st-croix-bridge-lobbying-group?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Met Council committee recommends two firms to develop SW light rail line The Met Council's Transportation Committee Monday voted to recommend two firms for work on the planned Southwest Light Rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/business/met-council-committee-recommends-two-firms-to-develop-sw-light-rail-line?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:54:21 -0600 Met Council approves grants for transit corridor projects The Metropolitan Council has approved more than $10 million in grants to projects along existing and future transit corridors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/economy/met-council-transit-grants?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:59:55 -0600 Charlie Zelle tapped as new transportation commissioner The head of a bus company has been chosen as Minnesota's next transportation commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/news/zelle-new-transportation-commissioner?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:30:12 -0600 Southwest transit funding gets boost from business Business leaders in the southwestern metro plan to push for more transit funding in the next legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/business/more-transit-needed?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Transportation task force calls for gas tax and tab fee increases A task force appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for increases in the gas tax and tab fees to help the state pay for transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/news/transportation-task-force-recommends-tax-increase?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:56:33 -0600 Foreclosures down, yet struggles for loan modifications continue Minnesota saw a 15-percent drop in foreclosures during the first half of this year compared to last year. Yet foreclosures remain at historic levels across the state, and some homeowners are still fighting to save their homes. One Twin Cities couple, like many struggling homeowners, tried repeatedly to get a loan modification, only to fall into foreclosure anyway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/business/john-chun-foreclosure-loan-modification?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:39:18 -0600 Sabo pedestrian bridge set to open after repairs City officials say contractors completed structural repairs on the bridge, where support cables broke loose last winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/news/sabo-pedestrian-bridge-to-open?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:55:42 -0600 Sacred ceremony completes Dakota Commemorative Walk Several hundred people gathered near Fort Snelling State Park on Tuesday for a sacred ceremony marking the end of this year's Dakota Commemorative Walk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/culture/dakota-commemorative-walk?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:00:06 -0600 Rush-hour snowfall snarls morning commute A light snow that happened to fall during rush hour caused major delays as icy conditions led to crashes, spinouts and stuck buses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/weather/ice-snow-road-delays?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:09:26 -0600 Voter ID amendment defeated The campaign to pass an amendment that once had strong support suffered a remarkable reversal in the final few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans reject voter ID amendment The measure was advertised as a means of protecting election integrity. Opponents said it would disenfranchise voters by the thousands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/voteriddefeated?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Beware of 'contract for deed' housing schemes, Mpls. officials warn Minneapolis officials and housing advocates say more property owners are striking up informal "contract for deed" deals as a way to sell homes to people who don't qualify for loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/news/contract-for-deed-housing-deals?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:12:09 -0500 MnDOT chief Sorel stepping down Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel is leaving his position to take over the helm of AAA Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/politics/mndot-chief-tom-sorel-stepping-down?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:58:53 -0500 MN announces $134M for affordable housing State officials on Friday announced more than $134 million for affordable housing to help thousands of Minnesota families, homeless veterans, senior citizens and low-income people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/news/state-announces-affordable-housing-money?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:18:15 -0500 Stillwater bridge, fiscal issues hot topics at 4th District debate Candidates in the 4th Congressional District, which covers parts of Ramsey and Washington Counties, met Wednesday night for a final debate before the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/politics/4th-district-debate-stillwater?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:23:17 -0500 Two shootings, a day apart, in St. Paul St. Paul police are investigating two shootings in as many days on the city's east side. Police say a man was shot and wounded Monday night in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/news/stpaul-shootings?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:03:40 -0500 Veterans, Pentagon contend with sexual assault in military Military officials say sexual assault in the armed services is dramatically underreported because most victims fear retribution. At least a third of Minnesota's female veterans and more than two percent of male veterans were sexually assaulted while in the service, according to the Veterans Administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/social-issue/veterans-pentagon-sexual-assault-military?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:59:46 -0500 Sixth victim in shooting rampage dies Hennepin County Medical Center said Thursday that Eric Rivers had died of wounds suffered in the Sept. 27 shooting at Accent Signage Systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/news/accent-signage-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:49:49 -0500 New VA program targets diabetes in vets Health officials at the Veterans Administration in Minneapolis unveiled a pilot program Friday aimed at reducing the rate of diabetes among military veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/health/veterans-diabetes-prevention?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:37:57 -0500 MnDOT revises St. Croix bridge design after summer testing Crews are working this fall to wrap up prep work on a new bridge over the St. Croix River between Oak Park Heights in Minnesota and St. Joseph in Wisconsin. The bridge is still several years away from becoming a reality and officials continue to refine plans for one of the most expensive public works projects in the state's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/regional/st-croix-river-bridge-update?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:07:24 -0500 White House expedites SW light rail project The Obama administration Monday announced plans to expedite the Southwest light rail project, which would run from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/politics/white-house-expedites-sw-lrt?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:45:48 -0500 Stillwater bridge shut Monday for repairs The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the Stillwater Lift Bridge for several months starting Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/09/regional/stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 06:56:01 -0500 Class action suit against student loan servicers settled A class action suit brought by a member of Minnesota National Guard against student loan servicers has been settled for $2.32 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/judiciary/class-action-suit-against-student-loan-servicers-settled?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:01:12 -0500 Domestic violence therapy program focuses on military vets A new domestic violence therapy program launching next week in Minneapolis will be the first in the state to focus on military veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/judiciary/domestic-violence-therapy-program-focuses-on-military-vets?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Vets paired for new domestic abuse therapy Social Worker Hector Matascastillo says the group was formed because military veterans often do better working with other veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/veterans-domestic-abuse?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 06:53:54 -0500 The crowds, noise, traffic - outside the fair The people who live near the State Fair's main entrance have mixed feelings about life in their Falcon Heights neighborhood during the Great Minnesota Get-Together. For 12 days each year, more than a million people flock to the fair. There are the crowds, the noise, the garbage - and that's outside the fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/the-crowds-the-noise-the-traffic--outside-the-fair?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:12:08 -0500 $15K in new grants for home buyers First-time Twin Cities home buyers could find they're eligible for thousands of dollars in grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/finance/hombuying-help?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 06:08:00 -0500 Fair has severe weather plan in place Officials with the Minnesota State Fair say the fair is prepared for severe weather. Fair officials say the fairgrounds are equipped with storm shelters and tornado sirens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/25/regional/fair-weather?refid=0 Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:52:55 -0500 Photos: Stratosphere ride gets stuck at State Fair again The Stratosphere ride, a large swing, malfunctioned Friday, leaving riders hanging high above the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/news/stuck-stratosphere-ride?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:36:15 -0500 Oak Park Heights vote clears way for St. Croix bridge The Oak Park Heights City Council Thursday evening voted to clear the way for a new bridge over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/news/city-council-vote-clears-way-for-st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:13:27 -0500 Oak Park Heights decides whether to clear way for St. Croix bridge Even as the existing Stillwater Lift Bridge between Stillwater and Houlton, Wisconsin prepares to close for repairs, the debate over plans for the new $676 million St. Croix River crossing project continues. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/08/oak-park-heights-to-vote-on-whether-to-clear-the-way-for-a-new-st-croix-bridge.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:46:07 -0500 Minn. sanctions 4 big life insurers Four of the biggest life insurance companies that operate in Minnesota will pay $200,000 in fines and change the claim forms they use in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/18/regional/insurance-sanctions?refid=0 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 11:40:16 -0500 State urges caution against West Nile Virus State Department of Health officials are urging people to take precautions against West Nile Virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/health/west-nile-virus-warning?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:07:24 -0500 New fruit fly pest reaches Minn. A new fruit pest is making Minnesota home. State agriculture officials have confirmed the presence of the spotted wing drosophila. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/environment/spotted-wing-drosophila-fruit-pest?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:52:49 -0500 Stillwater lake closed for season after boy's death Stillwater officials say they'll keep Lily Lake closed for the remainder of the season after tests confirmed a rare amoeba infection killed a 9-year-old boy earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/news/lily-lake-closed-for-season?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:26:05 -0500 2 sentenced in $50M bank fraud conspiracy A federal judge has sentenced two men for their roles in a $50 million bank fraud conspiracy that spanned six states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/news/2-sentenced-in-bank-fraud-conspiracy?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:51:24 -0500 Expansion of treatment court sought for outstate Minn. veterans Two years after Hennepin County launched a Veterans Treatment Court, more than 100 veterans have avoided jail time and gotten the help they needed. The Minneapolis court has become a model -- and now, advocates say something like it is needed outside the metro area to help veterans there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/12/regional/veterans-court?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Report shows signs of recovery in housing market The Twin Cities housing market is showing signs of recovery. A new report from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors shows home prices have risen for five consecutive months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/business/housing-market-recovery?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:44:30 -0500 High-tech sensors track performance of 35W bridge The bridge is fitted with hundreds of sensors that track how the span reacts to things like weight on the bridge, vibration and temperature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/news/high-tech-new-i-35w-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:35:51 -0500 MnDOT reaches out to veterans for contracts The number of veteran-owned firms eligible to bid on MnDOT projects has fallen to about 30 this year, officials in the department say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/business/mndot-reaches-out-to-veterans-for-contract-bidding?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:22:28 -0500 A National Guard family's homecoming continues For nearly 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who returned from the Middle East in May, it's been a summer back at home, working and enjoying time with family and friends. The 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls were stationed in Kuwait assisting with the U.S. military drawdown from Iraq. Capt. Freddy Munoz is back from his second deployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/news/national-guard-family-reintegration?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:27:43 -0500 Twin Cities housing market showing signs of life New numbers from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors show an increase in sales and prices of homes in the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/business/twin-cities-real-estate?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:48:00 -0500 Efforts intensify to stop spread of invasive species Minnesota natural resources officials fight invasive species with laws, higher fines and more inspections. But that may not be enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/environmental/invasive-species?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Parise, Suter give Wild a boost already The Minnesota Wild introduced their new star players, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, on Monday, five days after the team signed the two to long-term contracts. In less than a week, the team has sold 2,000 new season tickets. Wild officials hope the two can also help bring a Stanley Cup to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/news/parise-suter-could-make-minnesota-the-place-to-be?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:20:03 -0500 Classes for first-time St. Paul homebuyers The non-profit Community Neighborhood Housing Services is offering the eight-hour HomeStretch classes to prepare potential homebuyers for responsible home ownership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/business/classes-for-first-time-homebuyers?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:59:47 -0500 Sabo bridge shutdown cost more than $1M Between the Met Council, the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, costs related to the closure of the Martin Olav Sabo pedestrian and bicycle bridge total more than $1.1 million. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/07/sabo-bridge-shutdown-cost-almost-a-million-dollars.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2012 09:41:25 -0500 HDR to design St. Croix bridge State transportation officials have awarded Omaha, Neb.-based HDR a contract to design the new St. Croix bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/business/hdr-st-croix-bridge-contract?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:38:04 -0500 In St. Paul, officials and developers seek cures for housing blight The housing crisis hit certain St. Paul neighborhoods much harder than others, and an abundance of vacant properties is attracting interest from housing developers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/24/regional/foreclosure-redevelop?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:05:00 -0500 Minnesota Marine killed in Afghanistan Defense officials say Taylor John Baune, 21, died in combat operations in Helmand province in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/news/minnesota-marine-killed-in-afghanistan?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:30:27 -0500 Driver safety improves, crash deaths continue to decline More Minnesota drivers are wearing seat belts and not drinking and driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/news/crash-accident-safety-data?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:11:41 -0500 New hires at VA to boost mental health care services Minnesota veterans will soon have more access to mental health care services. New hires at the Minneapolis VA will improve services for hundreds of veterans with mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/health/va-mental-health?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:18:11 -0500 Weekend road closures MnDOT officials urge metro drivers to plan ahead this weekend for road closures and detours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/traffic/weekend-road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:58:52 -0500 New St. Croix bridge could bring big changes to western Wisconsin State officials are expected to announce soon the firm that will design a new bridge over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. In and around Houlton, Wis., residents are speculating about the changes the new crossing may bring to the largely rural area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/business/st-croix-lift-bridge-reaction?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 URS recommended for Southwest LRT An engineering firm that consulted on the Interstate 35W bridge before it collapsed is the top choice to receive a $94 million contract on the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/urs-recommended-for-100m-southwest-light-rail-project?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:22:44 -0500 St. Croix bridge prep work scheduled to begin in June Prep work on the new St. Croix River crossing between the city of Oak Park Heights in Minnesota and St. Joseph in Wisconsin is set to begin in the next few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/28/st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2012 15:19:36 -0500 Extra holiday patrols in force in Mpls. The Minneapolis Police Department is planning extra patrols and enforcement in downtown Minneapolis for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/26/minneapolis-police?refid=0 Sat, 26 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Light rail planners seek economic development funding The Southwest Corridor Light Rail is just one in a long list of projects looking for development money. Critical decisions about it and some of the state's biggest development projects could happen in the next few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/southwest-light-rail-deed?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 10:45:00 -0500 Minneapolis looks to future of northside tornado zone Nearly a year after a deadly tornado hit north Minneapolis, thousands of homes have been repaired. But the recovery is far from complete in an area that was already struggling with poverty, crime and foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/minneapolis-tornado-anniversary-housing-recovery?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Minn. Guard veterans get help in return to family life Thousands of Minnesota National Guard troops recently returned from the Middle East. Hundreds of these soldiers are expected to participate in a first-of-its-kind University of Minnesota study designed to help them with parenting after serving overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/13/soldiers-families?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 07:10:00 -0500 Supporters say Southwest Corridor LRT could lose federal funds Supporters of the proposed Southwest Corridor Light Rail project say it risks losing federal support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/southwest-corridor-lrt?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 17:57:31 -0500 MnDOT plans 3rd St. Croix bridge meeting The Minnesota Department of Transportation hopes that an open house Tuesday in Stillwater will ease questions and concerns of businesses near the site of the $676 million St. Croix River bridge project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 10:07:50 -0500 Senser, victim's family announce lawsuit settlement Amy Senser has settled a civil lawsuit brought by family members of a man who died in a hit-and-run accident involving Senser. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/senser-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 16:00:33 -0500 First woman chief in Minneapolis feeling support, pressure The woman likely to become the first female police chief in Minneapolis says she is feeling a lot of support and pressure to succeed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/janee-harteau?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 16:02:19 -0500 Tornado sirens get upgrade in St. Paul The city of St. Paul is retooling its tornado warning system with state-of-the-art tornado sirens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/tornado-siren-upgrade?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Study: Disparity in population with new cases of HIV/AIDS A new report from the state health department shows wide disparities among people with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota, with more new cases in 2011 among communities of color, gay and bisexual men and people in their 20s than other groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/health-report-aids-demographic-disparity?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:59:30 -0500 Janee Harteau is mayor's choice to replace outgoing Mpls. police chief Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has declared current Assistant Police Chief Janee Harteau as his choice to replace outgoing Minneapolis Chief Tim Dolan. If confirmed, Harteau will be the first woman to lead the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/police-chief-nominee-harteau?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:34:19 -0500 Tour features renovated tornado-damaged homes This weekend's Minneapolis-St. Paul Home Tour features several homes that were damaged in last May's tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/tornado-recovery-home-tour?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 07:45:00 -0500 Twin Cities population to grow more diverse, elderly by 2040 The population of the Twin Cities metro area will grow, age and become more diverse by 2040, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/twin-cities-2040-demographic-projection?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Despite Dayton's concerns, URS up for Southwest light rail contract Gov. Mark Dayton has repeatedly expressed concerns about URS Corp, a San Francisco-based company that consulted on the I-35W bridge before it collapsed in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/urs-corp-southwest-light-rail-contract?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Businesses, DFLers clamor for SW light rail Business leaders and Democratic state and local officials on Friday urged Republican lawmakers to approve funding for light rail between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/businesses-dflers-clamor-for-new-lrt-line?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:30:59 -0500 RealtyTrac: Foreclosure activity could rise Initial foreclosure notices were up in the first quarter of this year compared to a year ago. That's the second increase in a row for initial notices, which could signal another wave of foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/research-foreclosure-activity-could-increase?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:30:00 -0500 Twin Cities home sales, prices rise in March New housing data from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors show Twin Cities home sales and prices were up in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/twin-cities-home-sales-and-prices-rise-in-march?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:45:58 -0500 Work to begin sooner than expected on St. Croix River Crossing Construction on the St. Croix River Crossing Project will begin earlier than previously announced, said officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/st-croix-river-crossing?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:59:38 -0500 Twin Cities housing market heating up After several years of bad news, the housing market is showing signs of rebounding. Although home prices continue to decline, the pace at which they decline is slowing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/twin-cities-housing-market?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 50 people charged in fraud investigation Hennepin County prosecutors have charged more than 50 individuals and companies with mortgage fraud and racketeering in cases involving 500 homes and more than $125 million in fraudulent loans, resulting from a two-year investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/fraud-racketeering-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:17:50 -0500 MnDOT announces 316 road projects around the state This year's state road construction projects include work on the Interstate 694 and Highway 10 interchange in the Twin Cities, and final work on an Interstate 35 bridge in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/summer-road-work?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:19:34 -0500 St. Croix bridge meeting attracts potential bidders A meeting Tuesday was heavily-attended by construction, design and contracting professionals hoping to hear more about the St. Croix River Crossing project. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/04/meeting-on-st-croix-bridge-attracts-attention-from-potential-bidders.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 20:16:17 -0500 Campaign draws attention to disparity in student achievement A public service campaign calling for an end to the state's achievement gap will blanket local media and Twin Cities skyways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/campaign-draws-attention-to-disparity-in-student-achievement?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:12:40 -0500 Attorney's legal sanction could have rippling effects U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz has taken the unusual step of sanctioning Minneapolis attorney William Butler for filing what the judge calls frivolous show-me-the-note actions. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/03/mpr-news-received-a-tip.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Prosecutors bring swindling charges against construction subcontractor The Hennepin County Attorney's office today charged a construction subcontractor with theft by swindle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/hennepin-theft-by-swindle?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:35:26 -0500 Business leaders say they'll fight for Southwest light rail Both the House and Senate have failed to include the Southwest light rail line from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis on a list of recommended projects. Top Republicans in the House and Senate say they have concerns about the cost of building and operating the $1.25 billion line. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/03/twin-cities-business-leader-say.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:05:14 -0500 Rep. John Kline's bill would restore benefits to returning Guard members Republican Rep. John Kline wants to restore benefits to returning National Guard troops who will lose nearly a full month of paid leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/kline-guard-benefits?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:51:16 -0500 Officials link illness to Duluth water park Minnesota health officials have linked a parasitic disease to Edgewater Resort and Water Park in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/duluth-water-park?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:30:21 -0500 Federal grant to help Minnesota's homeless veterans More federal housing help will be available to homeless veterans in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/veterans-assistance-grant?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:50:34 -0500 Minn. to allow limited moose hunt this fall Despite the sharp decline in the state's moose population, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided to allow a moose hunting season this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/minnesota-to-allow-limited-moose-hunt-this-fall?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:20:31 -0500 Bids sought for new St. Croix River bridge MnDOT's request for proposals is for two contracts: Final design of the new bridge; and for independent peer review of the final design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/st-croix-bridge-bids?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:40:05 -0500 Dayton seeks more info on URS Corp. Gov. Mark Dayton continues to voice his concerns over a company vying for engineering work on the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/dayton-urs-corp?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:39:10 -0500 Dayton, Walker celebrate bridge bill approval Gov. Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Friday celebrated the recent signing of St. Croix bridge legislation near the site of the Stillwater Lift Bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/st-croix-bridge-reception?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:52:11 -0500 Lawmakers debate funding for Southwest light rail Legislators are debating whether to fund the proposed Southwest light rail line in this year's bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/funding-southwest-light-rail-corridor?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Report: Twin Cities rental market tightest in a decade The Minnesota Housing Partnership also found almost 20 percent of the state's homeowners were underwater in the last three months of last year, meaning they owed more on their homes than they were worth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/twin-cities-rental-market?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:37:53 -0500 Returning Minn. Guard troops to lose expected benefits More than 800 Minnesota National Guard soldiers will lose benefits they had been expecting upon their return this spring from Kuwait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/returning-guard-troops-lose-expected-benefits?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:56:26 -0500 Minnesota rated the least affordable state for housing in the Midwest A new national report shows someone earning minimum wage would have to work 86 hours a week to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in Minnesota - that's more than two full-time jobs. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/03/help-mndot-create-a-new-bicycle-map.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 I-35W bridge engineer to lead Stillwater bridge project Construction of the new $680 million bridge that will span Oak Park Heights and St. Joseph, Wis., is expected to begin in 2014, and take about three years to complete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/i35w-bridge-engineer-to-lead-saint-croix-bridge-project?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:40:00 -0500 Military chaplains prepare for return of troops Military chaplains attended a special training to prepare for the return of thousands of soldiers from the Middle East later this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/national-guard-return-chaplains?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:11:37 -0500 Botched loan modification plagues Minn. couple Minnesota saw a 17-percent drop in foreclosures last year, but many homeowners like Kathy Stromseth are still struggling to keep their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/botched-loan-modification-plagues-minnesota-couple?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0500 St. Croix bridge cost estimate lowered by $14M MnDOT originally estimated the cost of a new St. Croix bridge at up to $690 million. Now, officials say the project could cost up to $676 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/stillwater-bridge-cost-estimate?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:00:08 -0600 Stillwater residents react to bridge bill, now on its way to White House A bridge destined to change views and traffic patterns in the St. Croix River valley may soon move from drawing board to reality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/st-croix-bridge-creaction?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0600 RealtyTrac: 23 pct. of MN home sales in 4Q were foreclosures New data out Thursday from research firm RealtyTrac show foreclosures accounted for 23 percent of the state's home sales in the fourth quarter of last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/minnesota-foreclosures-home-sales?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:48:18 -0600 General Mills wins award for fight against hunger in Africa Minneapolis-based General Mills won national recognition Friday for its work fighting hunger in Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/25/general-mills-hunger-africa?refid=0 Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Key Republicans want more info before funding next LRT Sen. Joe Gimse and Rep. Mike Beard are asking for more information before they'll agree to fund the next planned light rail line in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/republicans-light-rail?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:11:54 -0600 Sabo Bridge remains closed over safety concerns Bridge experts are evaluating the safety of the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge in Minneapolis to determine when the pedestrian and bicycle crossing can reopen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/sabo-bridge-evaluation?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:35:22 -0600 Workers reinforce Sabo bridge after support failure Minneapolis crews are working to reinforce the Sabo Bridge after one set of suspension cables on the pedestrian and bicycle bridge failed several days ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/sabo-bridge-repair?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:48:03 -0600 Damaged bridge deals Metro commuters a day of disruption As city workers assess the safety of a damaged bridge, frustrated commuters deal with another day of service disruptions on the Hiawatha Light Rail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/sabo-bridge-safety-repair?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:28:48 -0600 Scientists study how our brains age What makes us age? How does aging affect the brain? A first of its kind study at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center aims to answer these questions and uncover why some brains are more resilient than others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/meg-brain-study?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Foreclosure settlement could help 17K Minn. homeowners An estimated 17,000 Minnesota homeowners who went through foreclosure between 2008 and the end of last year could be eligible for some financial relief under the terms of a long-awaited deal announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/foreclosure-settlement-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:36:38 -0600 Skill mismatch hampers job search for some veterans Minnesota's veterans are unemployed at a much higher rate than most others in the state, and that can partly be blamed on the radical adjustments vets need to make once they return home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/veteran-unemployment?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:59:41 -0600 N. Minneapolis strides toward repair, recovery after tornado North Minneapolis homeowners have made great progress toward recovery from last spring's tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/tornado-recovery-progress?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Stillwater Lift Bridge to close later this year for repairs With a proposed replacement bridge over the St. Croix River moving forward in Washington, MnDOT is planning work on the existing span. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/01/work-on-stillwater-lift-bridge-later-this-year-as-plans-for-a-new-bridge-continue.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:35:25 -0600 Minn. motorcycle ridership at record high New numbers from the Department of Public Safety show more than 400,000 licensed motorcycle riders in Minnesota, a record high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/minnesota-motorcycle-management?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:11:42 -0600 Bill would help veterans find jobs Advocates for military members are hoping the Legislature will enact measures to reduce unemployment among the state's veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/bill-would-help-veterans-find-jobs?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:25:09 -0600 Group gives Legislature a 'D' for racial equity A group that advocates for racial justice has given the Minnesota Legislature a grade of "D" for its efforts to improve racial equity in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/legislature-report-card?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:49:13 -0600 Transportation projects are priority for Gov. Dayton The governor's wish list for transportation in the legislative session includes money for a third light rail line, bridge repair, and transit in greater Minnesota. But Republican transportation leaders have different priorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/dayton-transportation?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:20:32 -0600 Advocates watch proposed changes in how govt. records are handled Advocates of transparent government are watching a proposal that would change the way the state handles government records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/open-gov-records?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:53:28 -0600 Number of foreclosures falls in Minn. The number of Minnesota properties with a foreclosure filing fell more than 14 percent in the fourth quarter last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/foreclosure-report?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 $1.2M awarded to Mpls. affordable housing groups Officials with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines announced Monday that it has awarded more than $1 million in grants for the construction or rehabilitation of housing in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/minneapolis-affordable-housing-grants?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:52:35 -0600 Metro plow budgets benefit from oddly dry winter The New Year's snow storm spurred a flurry of activity, but director of transportation maintenance and repair Mike Kennedy says this winter looks very different from the last one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/snow-plow-budgets?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 14:49:43 -0600 Mall of America boosting security after Monday melee The Mall of America is boosting security for the rest of this week, after a mass fight on the day after Christmas led to as many as a dozen arrests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/mall-of-america-melee?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:47:33 -0600 County service center in Eden Prairie to close in Jan. No permanent staff members will lose their jobs when the Hennepin County Eden Prairie Service Center closes in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/county-service-center?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:57:03 -0600 As St. Croix bridge bill slows in Congress, debate continues over design Members of Congress went home for the holidays without taking action on long-sought federal environmental approval for a new St. Croix River crossing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/saint-croix-bridge-update?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:09:26 -0600 Minn. groups receive $21M grant to aid homeless Minnesota groups that provide homeless services Tuesday received more than $21 million in federal grants to continue operating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/minn-groups-grant-aid-homeless?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:55:10 -0600 With her husband deployed, Jenny Munoz finds war is far from over Freddy Munoz is one of the Minnesota National Guard's roughly 2,400 Red Bulls stationed in Kuwait helping the U.S. military leave Iraq. He won't return to Minnesota until May. Until then, his wife Jenny will be a single parent to their two children, 8-year-old Emma and 6-year-old Ezsie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/freddy-jenny-munoz-deployment?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:00:13 -0600 Accommodating bicylists, Mpls. expands bike paths, safety efforts In Minneapolis, bicycling is up and accidents are down just as the city is expanding bikeways, and efforts to improve road safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/-bicylists-minn-safety-effort?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:02:50 -0600 MnDOT reports increased hires of women, minorities on projects Increased hires of women, minorities and disadvantaged businesses for transportation construction projects over the last three years are being reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/mndot-hires?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:59:20 -0600 Investigation finds possible fraud in accounting practices at veterans home A state investigation into accounting practices at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis has found evidence of possible financial wrongdoing and fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/veterans-home-fraud?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Officials seek to grow, improve state's transportation network Minnesota transportation advocates say the state needs to improve its transportation network to help local businesses and the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/minn-transportation-network?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:26:32 -0600 Some Minneapolis tornado victims struggle to repair homes ahead of winter As winter approaches, hundreds of north Minneapolis residents are still living with damage from the tornado that swept through their neighborhood nearly six months ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/minneapolis-tornado-victims-repair-homes-before-winter?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:28:40 -0600 Report: Feds supported Minn.'s affordable housing in recession A new report shows Minnesota has been able to preserve and develop affordable housing, despite the tough economic climate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/affordable-housing-report?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:35:00 -0600 Stillwater residents react to new bridge development A proposal for a new bridge over the St. Croix River between Wisconsin and Minnesota cleared a major hurdle Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/stillwater-bridge-proposal-clears-senate-committee?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:23:31 -0600 Half of road work complete as construction season nears end Nearly half of the construction season's planned highway and bridge projects are completed, transportation officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/road-work-construction-season?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:56:03 -0600 Court relaxes bankruptcy rules for underwater homeowners A recent court decision allows underwater homeowners in Minnesota to discharge second or third mortgages in bankruptcy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/court-relaxes-bankruptcy-rules-for-underwater-homeowners?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:41:05 -0500 As Iraq, Afghan wars cycle down, anti-suicide program for Minn. veterans ramps up New figures obtained by MPR News show that among veterans connected to the VA and other medical centers in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Fargo and Sioux Falls, 126 have committed suicide over the last decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/29/veterans-suicide-prevention?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 State plots new affordable housing programs, despite cuts The state's housing finance agency is planning new programs to help underwater homeowners and neighborhoods recover from the housing crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/minnesota-affordable-housing-plan?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:37:28 -0500 Some Jefferson Avenue Bikeway neighbors try to brake project The Twin Cities usually gets high marks as a great place to ride a bike. Federal dollars are paying for more programs to encourage alternatives to driving. But one proposal to expand cycling in St. Paul has some residents considering legal action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/jefferson-bike-way?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Red Bulls mission in Iraq is unchanged The Minnesota National Guard mission in Iraq remains unchanged by today's announcement that U.S. troops will withdraw by year's end, guard officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/red-bulls-mission-iraq-unchanged?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:17:30 -0500 Report: 1 in 17 Twin Cities bridges is 'structurally deficient' A report released Wednesday from national lobbying group Transportation for America rates one in every 17 bridges in the Twin Cities as "structurally deficient." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/bridge-report?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:13:14 -0500 Report: Minority households less able to sustain financial crisis Minnesota racial minority households are less likely to have the means to survive financial crises than white households. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/minority-households-financial-crisis?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 08:30:00 -0500 Minneapolis EcoVillage gets boost from Mayor Rybak The four-block project was chosen for redevelopment because of its high concentration of foreclosure, crime and other problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/ecovillage-minneapolis-rybak?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:01:37 -0500 Mpls. City Council approves police, fire pension mergers A plan to merge two Minneapolis pension funds with statewide funds has received final approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/minneapolis-pension-mergers?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:38:49 -0500 Report: Foreclosures down this quarter One in every 336 housing units in Minnesota was subject to a default notice, scheduled auction or bank repossession in the third quarter of this year, reports a research firm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/report-foreclosures-down-quarter?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:01:00 -0500 Low-income neighborhoods hit harder by housing crisis A report shows foreclosures have disproportionately affected low income and poor communities in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/low-income-neighborhoods-hit-harder-by-housing-crisis?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Report: Foreclosure crisis hit St. Paul's poorer neighborhoods harder A new report shows some St. Paul neighborhoods were hit harder by the foreclosure crisis than others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/saint-paul-housing-report?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:12:23 -0500 Supporters want to continue funding to weatherize low-income and rental homes Supporters hope the state will find a way to continue a program funded by the federal stimulus to weatherize more low-income homes and rental properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/supporters-continue-funding-weatherize-homes?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:42:27 -0500 Mpls. grapples with backlog of tornado-damaged homes City inspectors are trying to determine how many homes in the tornado damage zone remain damaged, so they can assess how to best help those people who still need assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/city-assays-progress-tornado-repair?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Communication issues under review after Mpls. tornado MPR News reviewed hundreds of documents on the response to the May tornado in Minneapolis and found some problems with communication. Officials say the response went well overall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/officials-continue-to-assess-improve-emergency-response-after-tornado?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Grant awarded to U of M to develop training for combat medics Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School have been awarded $11 million to improve training for combat medics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/grant-awarded-to-u-of-m-to-develop-training-for-combat-medics?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 22:12:47 -0500 Report: Homelessness on the rise in Twin Cities A new report shows the number of Twin Cities children and families experiencing homelessness is on the rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/twin-cities-homelessness-poverty-report?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:10:03 -0500 Lynx, fans look forward to playoffs after stellar season Playoffs begin Friday for the Minnesota Lynx when the team hosts the first-round of the Western Conference semifinals starting against San Antonio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/lynx-fans-look-forward-to-playoffs-after-stellar-season?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Winning Lynx about to wrap season ahead of playoffs The Minnesota Lynx play their last regular season home game before heading into the playoffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/winning-lynx-about-to-wrap-season-ahead-of-playoffs?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 17:20:19 -0500 Sept. 11 attacks spurred more to enlist in military It's clear the events of Sept. 11, 2001 played a role in many peoples' decisions to join the military. The Minnesota National Guard is still benefiting from a boost in recruitment a decade later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/sept11-recruitment?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 At American Legion convention in Mpls, spotlight on unemployed vets When President Barack Obama returns to Minnesota next week to speak to the American Legion national convention in Minneapolis, he'll be addressing a familiar issue: unemployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/american-legion-convention-president-speaks?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Home sales trends in Minn. slightly better than national Foreclosures and bank-owned properties made up a significant portion of the housing market in the second quarter of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/home-sales-trends-in-minn-slightly-better-than-national?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 00:01:00 -0500 New market for fresh produce grows communities There's now another place to find locally grown produce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/new-market-for-fresh-produce-grows-communities?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:29:29 -0500 China looks to model hip-hop program at St. Paul college The hip-hop program at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is the only one like it in the U.S. But soon there could be one like it in China. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/china-looks-to-model-hip-hop-program-at-st-paul-college?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul Mayor Coleman proposes 6.5 pct. levy hike As part of his 2012 budget, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is proposing a 6.5 percent property tax levy hike, and $6.2 million in budget cuts -- and he blames the state Legislature for both. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/coleman-saint-paul-levy-hike?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:49:38 -0500 Market uncertainty pushes mortgage, interests rates in buyer's favor In an already struggling housing market, Minnesota mortgage industry watchers are looking for how interest rates will be affected following last week's downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/market-uncertainty-pushes-mortgage-interests-rates-in-buyers-favor?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Small loans help get back to 'business as usual' in tornado zone A new city program provides low-interest loans to help businesses recover from the deadly tornado that devastated parts of north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/small-loans-help-get-back-to-business-as-usual-in-tornado-zone?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:53:58 -0500 Restoration project brings war relic, memories back to life for veterans A 46-year-old war relic is being brought painstakingly back to life by a group of Minnesota military veterans. The veterans have volunteered hundreds of hours of their time for almost a year to restore an UH-1H helicopter flown in Vietnam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/huey-restoration?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities apartments tough to find and afford The Twin Cities metro apartment market had a 2.4 percent vacancy rate in the middle of 2011, down from more than 3 percent the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/apartment-vacancies?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:45:09 -0500 $1M grant to aid homeless vets A Minnesota organization that helps homeless veterans will receive $1 million from a federal homelessness prevention program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/grant-homeless-vets?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:25:20 -0500 Reservations open today for state parks The online reservations system for Minnesota state parks reopens Tuesday morning, nearly a month after closing for the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/state-parks-open-for-visitors?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Specialized court for troubled vets marks year anniversary It's been one year since the state launched its first Veterans Treatment Court, one of several around the country to help veterans who commit crimes stay out of the criminal justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/veterans-treatment-court-anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 New rules entitle consumers free access to credit scores Consumers who get turned down for credit are entitled to access their credit scores for free. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/credit-report-rules?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:15:45 -0500 Heat wave: No fatalities, few lose power Metro area hospitals are reporting dozens of cases of heat-related illnesses, but so far no deaths from the heat wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/weather-wednesday?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:25:53 -0500 Temporary SBA center for Mpls. tornado aid closes today Today is the last day for north Minneapolis homeowners, renters and business owners to apply for disaster loans at a temporary help center set up in the tornado zone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/sba-loans-tornado-relief-last-day?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:31:31 -0500 Delta may drop flights to 24 small cities Delta Air Lines Inc. is looking to drop money-losing flights in 24 small cities -- inlcuidng five in Minnesota -- putting some of them at risk of losing air service altogether. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/delta-drops-flights-to-small-cities?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:44:45 -0500 Census data paints a picture of disparity in tornado zone New census data out today illuminates with detail the housing picture in the north Minneapolis tornado zone, showing the challenges facing that area of the city as it struggles to recover from the May 22 tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/census-poverty-unemployment-tornado-zone?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:28:51 -0500 Rate of foreclosures falls in second quarter About 8,200 Minnesota homeowners received a foreclosure notice in the second quarter of this year, down almost 9 percent compared to the same quarter last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/home-foreclosure-2011-figures?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:01 -0500 SBA declares Hennepin Co. a disaster area More help is on the way for people recovering from the tornado that hit Minneapolis in May. This time it's low-interest loans due to a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/sba-disaster-declaration?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:52:04 -0500 U researchers: Stressful housing conditions have lasting impact on kids Researchers in Minneapolis have found that stressful housing conditions can have life-long effects on very young children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/university-of-minnesota-housing-study?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 08:40:52 -0500 Foreclosure rate slows, but still at record high Since 2007, more than 100,000 Minnesota homes have been lost to foreclosure. While the rate of foreclosure has slowed since, it's still at a historic high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/minnesota-foreclosure?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Gov. appeals to SBA for tornado relief A disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration could benefit victims of the tornado that hit north Minneapolis last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/sba-disaster-declaration-fema?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 20:09:25 -0500 FEMA denies appeal for tornado victims FEMA again denied Minnesota's appeal for individual assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the deadly May 22 tornado that hit Hennepin and Anoka Counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/fema-denies-assistance-tornado-victims?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 19:01:13 -0500 Minnesota Zoo officials hope to stay open in shutdown Minnesota Zoo officials are hoping to keep the zoo open despite a state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/minnesota-zoo-government-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:43:09 -0500 Senior services will continue during shutdown Services will continue during a government shutdown for seniors who depend on subsidized care, a judge ruled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/shutdown-senior-services-continue?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:28:29 -0500 Union: Ford to close St. Paul plant Dec. 22 A union leader says Ford Motor Co. has set a date for closing its St. Paul plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/st-paul-ford-plant?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:56:56 -0500 Minn. to appeal FEMA denial of individual tornado assistance Minnesota will appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of individual assistance for Hennepin County following the deadly May 22 tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/tornado-fema-appeal?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:06:42 -0500 Two St. Paul schools hoping for positive change with federal program Students are beginning their summer vacation this week, but two St. Paul elementary schools that are part of the Promise Neighborhood initiative are already preparing for some big changes when students return in the fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/promise-neighborhood-schools?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:26:47 -0500 Tickets available for north Mpls. tornado benefit Tickets are still available for this weekend's benefit concert to raise money for north Minneapolis tornado recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/north-minneapolis-tornado-benefit?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 07:01:55 -0500 Federal disaster aid good news, but housing challenges remain for north Mpls. With so many vacant and foreclosed homes already in the area, officials want to make sure that damaged properties don't end up abandoned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/minneapolis-damage-fema?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Feds approve disaster declaration for Hennepin, Anoka counties A preliminary damage assessments revealed $16.3 million in cleanup costs and damages. FEMA will pay 75 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/tornado-disaster-declaration?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:30:42 -0500 Klobuchar, Franken team up for job training aid for vets More than $800,000 in funds for Minnesota from the U.S. Department of Labor will go to state and local homeless veterans and job readiness programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/aid-for-vets?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 19:07:54 -0500 Fairview eliminating 240 jobs Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services is cutting its workforce by 240 positions, due in part to operating losses in the first quarter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/fairview-job-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 16:59:33 -0500 Assessing tornado damage to homes a painstaking task City inspectors have completed preliminary inspections on roughly 7,000 properties hit by the tornado. They say as many as 100 are considered unsafe for habitation. But officials expect that number to rise as the recovery continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/tornado-inspections?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Recovery center opens as Minneapolis tallies damage Housing is the biggest issues facing the victims of the twister that struck north Minneapolis on Sunday. City officials hope a disaster recovery center opening on Wednesday will help matters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/disaster-recovery-center?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Cleanup begins after tornado sweeps through north Minneapolis Minneapolis residents continue to clean up the mess left by Sunday's severe storms. At least one person was killed and more than two dozen other people were injured after at least one tornado touched down in the Twin Cities metro area, leaving a wide swath of devastation in its wake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/22/minneapolis-storm-folo?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 2,400 Minn. Guardsmen deploying for Kuwait The official goodbye ceremony for 2,400 Minnesota National Guard soldiers deploying to Kuwait was being held today at Fort Snelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/22/red-bulls-deployment-ceremony?refid=0 Sun, 22 May 2011 13:36:57 -0500 Transporting Guard soldiers, equipment is no easy task Minnesota National Guard soldiers charged with transporting thousands of soldiers and their equipment have already been working for more than half a year on logistics for the upcoming deployment by the First Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division to Kuwait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/logistics-for-red-bull-deployment?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 13:44:09 -0500 Why are the Red Bulls already going overseas again? The Red Bulls served the longest combat tour of any unit in the Iraq War - and now it's their turn again. For about 40 percent of these soldiers, the deployment means yet another long separation from loved ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/red-bulls-returning-overseas?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Allina employees fired over privacy violations Allina Hospitals and Clinics has fired nearly three dozen employees for violating the federal patient privacy rule, otherwise known as HIPAA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/allina-firings?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 13:03:40 -0500 St. Paul schools prepare for state funding cuts The school district sent out letters to teachers saying they may not have a job in their current building next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/st-paul-schools-budget-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 10:58:47 -0500 Man charged in abduction, sexual assault of St. Paul girl A Spring Lake Park man was charged Wednesday morning in the Sunday kidnapping and sexual assault of a 8-year-old girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/abduction-charges?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 12:17:08 -0500 Collision sends Metro Transit bus into building in St. Paul A Metro Transit bus and a passenger vehicle collided Wednesday morning in downtown St. Paul, causing the bus to hit the Alliance Bank Center building, transit police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/bus-accident?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 10:10:22 -0500 Dozens sign up for EMT training St. Paul launched the program to increase diversity in the city's emergency responder pool. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/emt-training?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 16:04:25 -0500 Justice, not jubilance, for Minnesotans who lost family members For Minnesotans who lost loved ones either in the attacks or in the war that followed, the news that bin Laden had been killed renewed their grief and delivered a long-held desire for justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/brother-of-minnesota-native-reflects-on-bin-laden-death?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 15:00:51 -0500 Study hopes to help soldiers get back to jobs as parents Studies show that deployment stress affects parenting and may result in behavior and emotional problems in children. Now, a new U of M study aims to help Guard families with school-age kids weather deployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/parenting-study?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Homeless vets get left out of recent budget deal Congress slashed the $75 million HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher program by a third for 2011, meaning less help is available for this high risk group just when the need is growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/homeless-vets?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Judge holds hearing in case over 2006 Toyota crash Attorneys for Toyota are asking a Minneapolis federal judge to dismiss many of the claims in a case filed by a St. Paul man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/toyota-lee-crash?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:19:30 -0500 Fong Lee civil case gets first substantive hearing Lee and the victims' families have joined together to pursue a lawsuit against Toyota, alleging problems with Lee's Toyota caused the accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/fong-lee-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:51:03 -0500 Military family prepares for husband's deployment How do you prepare for a year at war? The Munoz family, in the north metro, is struggling with that question. Staff officer Freddy Munoz will soon deploy to Kuwait as part of the drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq, along with about 2,400 other Minnesota National Guard soldiers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/red-bulls-deployment-munoz-family?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:24:21 -0500 Foreclosure filing issues keep Minn. housing market weak The latest snapshot from foreclosure research firm Realtytrac shows foreclosure filings fell 15 percent over the last quarter of 2010, and foreclosure activity in the first quarter was down 27 percent over the same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/foreclosure-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:15:50 -0500 Budget deal would eliminate federal funding for housing counseling Lawmakers agreed to eliminate federal funding for housing counseling as part of last weekend's federal budget negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/housing-counseling-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 06:28:37 -0500 Census: Immigrants contributing to suburban boom An increase in immigrants and other diverse communities is contributing to population growth in some second and third ring suburbs in the Twin Cities metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/immigration-suburbs?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:11:03 -0500 Minn. National Guard deploying 22 soldiers to Afghanistan Gov. Mark Dayton participated in a deployment ceremony at the Bloomington National Guard Armory Wednesday for 22 Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers leaving for Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/guard-deployment?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:05:41 -0500 Twin Cities home prices take steep tumble A new study showed the Twin Cities had the biggest decline among 20 major cities across the country in January, with sales dropping 7.6 percent that month as compared to the same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/twin-cities-home-prices-fall?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:27:40 -0500 Minn. rent aid programs on hold over anticipated cuts Minnesota Housing announced a freeze Thursday on new admissions to some rental assistance programs as a reaction to anticipated budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/rental-assistance-no-new-applicants?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:47:34 -0500 Minnesota lawsuit alleges deception in Groupon business model Since it launched in 2008, deal-a-day provider Groupon has attracted more than 70 million subscribers. But now, the service is the subject of multiple lawsuits, including at least one here in Minnesota, alleging the company's business model is deceptive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/groupon-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 After Minneapolis gas fire, search for answers begins Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion and fire Thursday morning at a gas line near a major highway intersection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/hwy-fire?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:03:51 -0500 St. Paul gearing up for possible record flood St Paul city officials say they are communicating with residents and businesses in flood-prone areas and coordinating with emergency responders on plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/st-paul-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:04:11 -0500 Minn. AG sues Calif. firm for alleged mortgage fraud Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is warning consumers to beware of mortgage refinancing scams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/swanson-mortgage-fraud-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:22:15 -0500 Commerce Dept. charges Mich. company with fraud Commerce officials say the company, Save my Home USA, persuaded homeowners to pay upfront fees for loan modification services that were never provided. Together, the homeowners allegedly paid more than $289,000 in fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/mi-mortgage-modification-fraud?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:37:16 -0600 Minnesota National Guard officials confront mental health stigma ahead of deployment Minnesota military officials want to use the knowledge about combat stress they've gained from almost ten years of war to help 2,400 soldiers and their families prepare for a deployment this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/minnesota-military-officials-confront-ptsd-stigma?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 13:48:45 -0600 Housing advocates fear U.S. mortgage overhaul could deter buyers In the wake of continuing foreclosures and problems with loan modifications, the Obama administration is pushing a plan to dramatically reduce the government's role in the nation's mortgage market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/fannie-mae-freddie-mac-mortgage-system?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. soldier from Rosemount killed in Afghanistan Military officials have announced the death of a soldier from Rosemount who was serving in Afghanistan http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/wilfahrt-obit?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Foreclosures almost 10% of Minn. home sales at end of 2010 The foreclosure research firm RealtyTrac says foreclosures accounted for almost 10 percent of all residential home sales in Minnesota in the last three months of 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/foreclosure-sales?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 09:53:49 -0600 Dayton says early planning is key to flood prep Gov. Mark Dayton says early planning will be the key to successfully combat expected widespread flooding this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/flood-prep-meetings?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:20:17 -0600 Home prices hit post-bust lows in most big cities The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index of home prices fell in December over November in all but one of the 20 metro areas tracked, including the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/acse-shiller-metro?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 10:49:06 -0600 Groups moving forward with program to help north Mpls. families succeed Despite not winning a federal grant, a group of Minneapolis community leaders are moving ahead anyway with plans for a Northside Achievement Zone they hope will help north Minneapolis children make it to college and succeed in life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/promise-neighborhoods?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Sen. Klobuchar, Energy Sec. Chu hold roundtable at 3M U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared Friday with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar at the 3M plant in Maplewood. Chu talked about the importance of renewable energy, and working on technologies and products that improve energy efficiency. Chu says energy issues will be crucial to the country's prosperity in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/klobuchar-chu-energy?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:38:02 -0600 Surly brews ambitious plan for restaurant complex Brooklyn Center-based Surly Brewing Company says it hopes to get a bill introduced at the Capitol next week that would allow it to build a $20 million brewery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/surly-brewing-destination-restaurant-plan?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 American Indian health advocates bridge gaps in care Doctors and others who work with American Indians say using specially designated advocates can improve care for American Indian patients while they're in the hospital -- and improve health outcomes once they return home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/american-indian-health-advocates?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 New housing director to focus on foreclosure crisis Advocates say Mary Tingerthal's affordable housing experience will help her steer the agency through difficult economic times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/mary-tingerthal-housing-finance-agency?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 At this successful financial education class, money takes back seat Students of the Build Wealth Minnesota program are put through a rigorous course of financial education and counseling, but organizers say the program's success comes from its focus on everything but money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/build-weath-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:05:54 -0600 More Minn. homeowners fell behind on payments in 2010 The number of homeowners who fell behind on their mortgages at some point in 2010 in Minnesota was up over the previous year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/late-home-payments-foreclosures?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:48:29 -0600 Fire at Mystic Lake under control; no injuries reported Officials say the fire started in a construction area at around 9:30. Part of the casino was evacuated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/mystic-lake-fire?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:27:40 -0600 In Lee's and others' stories, exhibit shows power of unexpected events Koua Fong Lee, who spent more than 2 1/2 years in prison before being released, is part of a new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center that spotlights how unexpected events have the power to forever alter the course of a person's life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/koua-fong-lee-the-value-of-one-life-minnesota-history-center?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:45:01 -0600 Almost 800K foreclosed homes in U.S. in last quarter of 2010 Almost 800,000 U.S. properties saw a foreclosure filing in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to national housing data firm Realtytrac. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/foreclosures-minnesota-realtytrac?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:12:21 -0600 Mpls. VA center offering free legal clinic for veterans Later this week, veterans can get help at a free legal clinic at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/va-legal-clinic?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 06:25:53 -0600 Swanson, Klobuchar go after phone bill cramming Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson Friday announced a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania company she says billed Minnesota consumers for long-distance services they didn't authorize or use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/swanson-scam-calls-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 14:04:20 -0600 Study of Guard soldiers shows effects of mild brain injury fade over time Results from an ongoing survey of Minnesota National Guard troops show that most cases of mild brain injury or concussion are likely to fade over time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/brain-injury-study?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:19:26 -0600 Dome fix delay will affect hundreds of games About 300 baseball games were scheduled in the dome in February and March -- including about 40 University of Minnesota games and 250 small college games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/metrodome-collapose-games-affected?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 18:26:02 -0600 New rules take effect to protect against mortgage scams New Federal Trade Commission rules aimed at protecting homeowners from mortgage scams take effect this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/ftc-mortgage-rules?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:30:07 -0600 Fireworks will replace Taste of Minnesota Saint Paul city officials are planning a fireworks display next July 4th on Harriet Island. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/taste-of-minnesota-replacement?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:34:54 -0600 Back home, a soldier becomes dad again Last Christmas, Cpt. Jim Pereda of the Minnesota National Guard was deployed in Iraq and spent Christmas with his family by webcam. This year, Pereda is back home and MPR News caught up with the family in Rogers, Minn. to find out how the homecoming has gone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/pereda-red-bulls-home?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Help for the homeless in demand In two thirds of cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, emergency shelters were forced to turn people away for lack of beds - and requests for emergency food assistance jumped 24 percent over the last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/25/help-for-homeless-in-demand?refid=0 Sat, 25 Dec 2010 05:18:37 -0600 Minnesota veteran urges PTSD help in holiday season A Minnesota combat veteran is urging other veterans with PTSD to seek the help they need this holiday season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/ptsd-tillman-website?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 15:11:30 -0600 Swanson and others calling to preserve rule for borrowers' rights Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has added her name to those calling on the Federal Reserve to preserve a rule giving borrowers the right to undo a home loan if the lender fails to make proper disclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/swanson-foreclosure-rule?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:10:59 -0600 Dayton: Pawlenty Medicaid delay 'irresponsible' Gov.-elect Mark Dayton wants Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration to account for a delay in the expansion of Medicaid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/mark-dayton-medicaid-tim-pawlenty?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:44:40 -0600 Report: A mixed bag for 3Q housing in Minn. The Minnesota Housing Partnership released numbers Friday that show that while mortgage delinquencies declined, pre-foreclosure notices were up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/3q-housing-numbers?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:12:11 -0600 Rentals help some cities weather housing bust New Census data released this week show a patchwork quilt of gains and losses across the state when it comes to homeownership. Some cities have fared better than others over the last five years -- the height of the housing boom and bust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/acs-homeownership?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Little-known law could help foreclosed homeowners Many homeowners in foreclosure may not be aware there's another option that would allow them to keep their homes. Under state law, they can buy their home back after the sheriff's sale for the price of the winning bid. That bid can be tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars less than what they owed on the house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/12/foreclosure-options?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. delegation seeks to preserve Tricare vets' health program Minnesota's congressional delegation is asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to save a military health system that serves about 1,200 active and retired military personnel and their families in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/tricare?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 18:53:04 -0600 Minneapolis house for military families expanding A program that provides families of service members receiving medical treatment a free place to stay is expanding to help more families at the Minneapolis VA hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/fisher-house-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 13:58:03 -0600 Foreclosure sales in Minnesota down 40 percent from last year Foreclosure sales dropped in the third quarter more sharply than the national average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/foreclosure-drop?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 06:59:27 -0600 A public defender's day: 12 minutes per client Fewer than 400 Minnesota public defenders will handle about 170,000 cases this year. That's more than double the caseload recommended by the American Bar Association. To illustrate the problems that arise, we recently followed a public defender for a day in court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/public-defenders?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:42:35 -0600 Minn. charities ramp up holiday fundraising Minnesota charities are ramping up their year-end fundraising campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/holiday-charity-outlook?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 08:42:46 -0600 St. Paul launches Promise Neighborhood to improve student performance St. Paul community leaders are launching a new education experiment called a Promise Neighborhood, which is designed to help children make it to college. The effort targets 250 blocks with overlapping services they hope will promote educational success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/promise-neighborhood?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 23:42:50 -0600 Demand is up, volunteers are down, for holiday charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis is reporting a shortage of volunteers for the upcoming holiday season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/catholic-charities?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:36:56 -0600 Judge allows Koua Fong Lee to join Toyota lawsuit A federal judge has granted a St. Paul man's request to join a civil lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/koua-fong-lee-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:09:58 -0600 Walter and Joan Mondale -- an enduring love story The story of Walter Mondale's rise from Minnesota politics to the world stage is detailed in his new autobiography, "The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics." The part of his life that is less well known is his half-century long romance with his wife, Joan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/walter-joan-mondale-profile?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:51:34 -0600 Twin Cities home sales down more than 35 percent in Oct. Pending home sales in the 13-county Twin Cities metropolitan area in October were down more than 35 percent compared to the same time last year. Closed sales were down about 40 percent for the same period. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/housing-numbers-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:59:44 -0600 Feds working on public housing and rental assistance reform The federal government is working on a proposal to reform the country's public housing and rental assistance programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/public-housing-reform?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 18:14:44 -0600 Toyota drops objection to Lee joining existing lawsuit Toyota has dropped its objection to Koua Fong Lee joining an existing lawsuit against the automaker. Attorneys for Lee, 32, were in court Monday before a federal judge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/lee-toyota-court?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 16:05:48 -0600 New clinic for veterans opening this week in metro area Veterans in the metro area are getting a new health clinic when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs opens the North Metro Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Ramsey this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/new-veterans-clinic?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 06:00:19 -0600 Hennepin County glitch was main polling issue Minnesota elections officials say voting generally went smoothly on Election Day Tuesday, but not so the count. After the polls closed, a significant discrepancy emerged with Hennepin County's vote totals. The problem delayed vote reporting as officials scrambled to figure out the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/poll-problems-folo?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:44:29 -0500 Foreclosure investigation could dissuade potential buyers The ownership paper trail on thousands of properties across the country is more important than ever before, because a national investigation is questioning the paperwork behind thousands of foreclosed homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/foreclosure-investigation-buyers?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Toyota trying to keep Koua Fong Lee from joining lawsuit Toyota is trying to bar Koua Fong Lee, the St. Paul man who was sentenced to eight years in prison after a fatal crash that killed three people, from joining a lawsuit against the auto company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/toyota-koua-fong-lee?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 18:57:40 -0500 Driver, jailed then freed after Toyota crash, sues carmaker Koua Fong Lee, the St. Paul man who was released in August from prison after being convicted in the deaths of three people, plans to join a civil suit against Toyota for the deadly 2006 car crash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/koua-fong-lee-toyota-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:53:34 -0500 Ramsey County attorney candidates challenge each other's experience Whoever wins the race for Ramsey County attorney in November will oversee a budget of about $38 million and several hundred employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/ramsey-county-attorney-race?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 For some, foreclosure threatens ability to vote Officials in Minnesota are working to make sure that homeowners or renters affected by foreclosure know that they can vote on Election Day, even if they've lost their address. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/foreclosure-voting?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Car crash victims remembered as 'top notch' Friends and family are mourning the loss of three young people, including two University of Minnesota students, killed early Thursday by a suspected drunk driver near Madison, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/wiscrash-folo?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 16:23:32 -0500 Carter says government must help solve foreclosure crisis Former President Jimmy Carter is emphasizing the need for the government to assist communities devastated by foreclosure, during his visit to the Twin Cities this week with Habitat for Humanity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/carter-housing?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 17:14:56 -0500 AG Swanson asks lenders to halt foreclosures in MN Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has asked more than a dozen national mortgage lenders and servicers to halt foreclosures in the state until her office can verify they were processed fairly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/foreclosure-moratorium?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 21:32:12 -0500 Jimmy Carter, local politicians chip in for Habitat Carter joined Twin Cities officials and community residents in the Hawthorne neighborhood to kick off the Minnesota leg of the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/jimmy-carter-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 06:14:21 -0500 Lenders under scrutiny for faulty foreclosure documents State Attorney General Lori Swanson is investigating whether Minnesota is among the states where lenders have used faulty documents to foreclose on homeowners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/faulty-foreclosures?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul set to evict Taste of Minnesota from Harriet Island St. Paul city officials say they will kick the annual Taste of Minnesota event off of Harriet Island if organizers fail to pay thousands of dollars owed for this year's festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/taste-of-minnesota-overdue?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 18:08:42 -0500 Hit hard by foreclosures, Hawthorne neighborhood rebuilds In Minneapolis' Hawthorne neighborhood, a concentrated strategy to reduce crime, remove problem properties and replace them with affordable, energy-efficient homes and rentals is taking hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/ecovillage?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Coon Rapids woman wins back house after mortgage scam A Coon Rapids woman who nearly fell victim to a foreclosure scam has won her house back. After two years of litigation and a trial, an Anoka County judge ruled this week that the homeowner now owns her home free and clear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/mortgage-scam?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 18:34:39 -0500 St. Paul summit aims to curb domestic violence Men from around the state are gathering in St. Paul on Thursday for a summit focused on preventing domestic violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/domestic-violence-workshop?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:49:05 -0500 Cities struggle with unfinished housing developments An increase in the amount of unfinished housing developments left over from the recession is leaving some cities to wonder when their vacant neighborhoods will be finished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/exurban-foreclosure?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 06:16:41 -0500 Transit union rejects Met Council's latest contract offer Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 have voted to reject the latest contract offer from Met Council. Union officials say members voted by 61 percent against the contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/metro-transit-contract?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 18:11:54 -0500 Toyota involved in fatal St. Paul crash to be moved The Toyota Camry involved in a fatal accident in St. Paul four years ago will be moved out of police custody Friday. Koua Fong Lee was driving the 1996 Camry when he crashed into another car. The car is now the subject of multiple civil lawsuits against Toyota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/koua-fong-lee-toyota?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:30:37 -0500 Minn. foreclosures higher than U.S. average in August The number of homes in some stage of foreclosure in Minnesota was up last month at a higher rate than the national average. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/foreclosure-report?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 06:28:03 -0500 Twin Cities home sales, prices down in August Pending sales in August were down more than 30 percent compared to August 2009, but the decline was the smallest it's been in three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/august-home-sales?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:55:56 -0500 Koua Fong Lee's car being moved out of police custody An attorney representing family members hurt and killed in the Koua Fong Lee accident says Lee's car is being moved out of police custody and into a private storage facility in the south suburbs of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/koua-fong-lee-toyota?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:56:18 -0500 U of M to be part of NASA solar probe project The University of Minnesota will be part of an experiment with NASA to get a spacecraft closer to the sun than ever before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/umn-solar-research?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:37:47 -0500 Maple Grove man gets 3 years for $20M mortgage fraud A Maple Grove man was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in prison for his part in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme involving dozens of real estate transactions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/mortgage-fraud-sentence?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 20:17:19 -0500 Toyota involved in fatal crash may help solve acceleration mystery The Toyota Camry belonging to St. Paul man Koua Fong Lee could help solve the mystery of why so many Toyotas are in crashes involving sudden acceleration. Three people were killed in the crash of Lee's car four years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/06/koua-fong-lee-toyota-questions?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Obama to visit Minnesota for fundraising stop President Barack Obama will visit Minnesota sometime in the coming months as part of a fundraising campaign for Democrats, according to a report in the New York Times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/05/obama-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 05 Sep 2010 13:19:07 -0500 Attorney plans move of crashed Toyota out of police custody An attorney for Koua Fong Lee, who was freed from jail last month after prosecutors dropped charges related to a car accident four years ago, says he's planning to move Lee's car this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/lee-toyota?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 06:36:07 -0500 Man sentenced to 91 days in RNC protest case One of the defendants in the RNC 8 conspiracy case reached a plea agreement Friday to settle charges related to the Republican National Convention two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/rnc-plea?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:18:49 -0500 Lee's attorneys call for charges against Toyota Attorneys for St. Paul driver Koua Fong Lee are calling on the Ramsey County Attorney to bring charges against Toyota for a lethal accident four years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/lee-toyota-charges?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:31:16 -0500 Foreclosures hit Brooklyn Park especially hard In the north metro suburb of Brooklyn Park, the foreclosure crisis has hit both older neighborhoods and newer developments. As the problems have rippled out from the urban core, Brooklyn Park, with more than 70,000 people, has suffered one of the highest foreclosure rates in the metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/foreclosure?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Attorneys, Toyota fight over Lee's car involved in crash Attorneys for St. Paul driver Koua Fong Lee are fighting to keep his car in Minnesota. This week Toyota demanded Lee's 1996 Camry -- the car Lee was driving when he crashed into another vehicle in 2006, killing three people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/toyota-car-crash?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Retired Minn. justice Douglas Amdahl dies Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Douglas Amdahl died Tuesday, according to a court spokesman. He was 91. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/amdahl-obit?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:44:06 -0500 Motive unclear in Superior murder-suicide Police in Superior, Wis., have released details on an apparent murder-suicide. They believe an Iraqi war veteran shot and killed his pregnant wife, 13-month-old daughter and three dogs before taking his own life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/superior-shooting-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:04:15 -0500 Superior police investigate 3 dead of gunshots Police in Superior are investigating what they say appears to be a multiple homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/superior-triple-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:05:47 -0500 Target rejects calls to donate to gay rights groups The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian rights organization, said Monday that Target has rejected calls to give an equal or greater donation to groups that support gay rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/target-donations?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:23:59 -0500 Storms bring high winds, heavy rain, some flooding High winds and heavy rains moved through Minnesota Friday afternoon, with reports of downed trees and other wind damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/13/friday-weather?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:26:39 -0500 Another round of severe weather expected today Heavy rain and strong winds continued to pound southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin early Friday with forecasters promising another round of rough weather later in the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/13/severe-weather?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 05:38:58 -0500 Foreclosures on the rise again Housing data released this week showed an uptick in foreclosures for the Twin Cities. That's what housing experts have been predicting, and they say the situation is not likely to improve without more federal help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/13/foreclosure-folo?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 After Moua's departure, a crowded DFL primary emerges in St. Paul A state Senate primary on St. Paul's East Side is shaping up to be a political battle royale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/district-67-dfl-primary?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 15:20:00 -0500 Witnesses testify for man convicted in Toyota crash Witnesses who have had their own Toyota acceleration problems testified at a hearing for a St. Paul man imprisoned for ramming his Camry into a stopped car, killing three people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/02/toyota-crash?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:44:08 -0500 Hearing for new Lee trial begins A hearing for a new trial begins Monday in St. Paul for a man convicted of criminal vehicular homicide for a crash involving his 1996 Toyota Camry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/31/lee-new-trial?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Courts flooded with requests to change child support terms Parents who have faithfully kept up with their child support are falling behind and flooding the courts with requests for help, so Hennepin County officials are taking steps to keep the problem from getting worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/reconsider-child-support?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Xcel activates hot-weather 'Saver Switch' For the first time since 2007, Xcel Energy activated its hot-weather "Saver Switch" power management system Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/xcel-switch?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 06:28:14 -0500 A rock and roll retreat, just for girls Being a rock star is every kid's dream, isn't it? The dream is real for several dozen kids this summer, thanks to Minnesota's first rock and roll camp for girls only. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/girls-rock-camp?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:18:51 -0500 Storms drop tornadoes, hail south of Twin Cities Trees and power lines were down and a semi-trailer overturned on a highway as a storm system bringing high winds, rain and possible tornadoes moved through Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/severe-weather?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 07:55:15 -0500 Veterans court opens today in Hennepin County A new court to help veterans opens Monday in Hennepin County. The new treatment court is intended to divert veterans who commit crimes from going to jail, by getting them whatever help they need to stay out of trouble and get better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/veterans-courts?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 06:42:57 -0500 Nearly 30 GM, Chrysler dealers won't be forced to close The 28 dealers were among 52 that GM and Chrysler had announced they would shutter after bankruptcy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/gm-dealerships?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:26:52 -0500 State offers loans to veterans to start businesses The loan initiative -- called The Minnesota Reservist and Veteran Business Loan Program -- targets loans up to $20,000 to newly returned veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/veterans-small-business-loans?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 17:21:39 -0500 Nurses win on one big contract issue -- their pension plan While the nurses union gave ground on wage increases in their contract talks with Twin Cities hospitals, and didn't get the fixed staffing levels they wanted, they did win on one issue -- keeping their pension plan as is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/nurses-pension?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 16:12:56 -0500 After stalled talks, nurses, hospitals prep for strike With stalled talks behind them, the nurses union and 14 Twin Cities hospitals are prepping for the seemingly inevitable: a strike next Tuesday, July 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/no-new-talks-scheduled?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:57:58 -0500 Police: Driver in crash that killed 6 was drunk Police officials say one of the drivers involved in a crash that killed six young people in Cambridge earlier this spring was drunk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/fatal-crash-driver-drunk?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:27:44 -0500 Nurses and hospitals return to the bargaining table Minnesota Nurses Association officials confirmed the two sides returned to negotiations this afternoon, one week ahead of scheduled strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/hospitals-nurses-resume-talks?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:04:09 -0500 Special court in Hennepin County aims to help veterans In a few weeks, a special court designed to help veterans is set to launch in Hennepin County. The court will be the first of its kind in Minnesota, and aims to help troubled veterans stay out of jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/veterans-courts?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Contractors will get more time to train for lead paint handling The provision requires contractors working on homes built before 1978 to have special training and take certain precautions to prevent the spread of lead dust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/lead-paint-contractors?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:46:31 -0500 Workshop to connect lenders, struggling homeowners Hundreds of struggling homeowners are expected at a workshop with lenders this week on how to save their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/homeowner-workshop?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:41:03 -0500 Twin Cities Hospitals willing to return to bargaining table Twin Cities Hospitals said Thursday they're willing to return to the bargaining table with the nurses union -- under certain conditions. The hospitals say they'll return to negotiations if the union agrees to a "no lockout, no strike" pledge through July 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/nurses-strike?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:40:03 -0500 Despite worries of hardship, many nurses say they're ready for strike Twelve-thousand Twin Cities nurses are facing a difficult choice -- whether to approve a potentially indefinite strike, or return to the bargaining table without the leverage of a threatened walkout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/nurses-strike-worries?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 After the nurses strike, what's next? Nurses are back on the job in the Twin Cities, after 12,000 of them walked the picket lines Thurday in a one-day protest against stalled contract negotiations. But those contract talks don't appear headed toward a resolution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/nurses-nextsteps?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 17:07:49 -0500 Hospitals say they're ready for emergencies during strike Hospital officials say they plan to fully staff emergency rooms and childbirth wards at all 14 hospitals where nurses are expected to strike Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/nurses-strike?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 With strike looming, nurses, hospitals report no progress Talks between 14 Twin Cities hospitals and a union representating thousands of nurses concluded Friday afternoon with no movement toward a settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/nurse-strike?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 15:22:03 -0500 Klobuchar pushing legislation for streamlined VA website Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pushing bipartisan legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create a more streamlined website as early as next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/klobuchar-vets-website?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 07:12:17 -0500 Raw milk advocates worry about crackdown after E. coli outbreak Consumers of raw dairy products are worried about a crackdown, after four people got sick from drinking unpasteurized milk tainted with E. coli. Minnesota law allows farmers to sell their raw milk occasionally and directly at the farms where it's produced. But many people buy raw dairy products at underground drop sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/30/rawmilk-folo?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Fort Snelling rally protests Arizona immigration law Protesters rallied Saturday at Fort Snelling against Arizona's new immigration law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/29/arizona-immigration-law-rally?refid=0 Sat, 29 May 2010 19:24:40 -0500 Jet loses front wheel, makes emergency landing at MSP The plane, which left Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie at 2:30 p.m., lost part of its landing gear, which included the front wheel, on take off. The plane landed safely at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. No injuries were reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/emergency-landing-msp?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 20:04:42 -0500 Attendance up at event for homeless veterans Veterans advocates say the need for homelessness prevention services is up sharply this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/veterans-services?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 06:36:49 -0500 Missing cub reunited with mother bear A world-famous northern Minnesota bear cub that has been missing since Friday has been rescued and reunited with its mother. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/bear-cub-reunited?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 06:31:47 -0500 Anoka County taking strides to reclaim foreclosed homes Anoka County is one of many areas wracked by foreclosures and vacant homes, but the county is working hard to reclaim foreclosures to get them back on the market and stabilize hard hit communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/suburban-foreclosures?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Eight Minneapolis homeowners to receive free home repairs The homeowners will receive complimentary home repairs today as part of an effort to help low-income, senior and disabled people who are unable to afford necessary repairs on their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/22/homeowners?refid=0 Sat, 22 May 2010 12:44:05 -0500 Not guilty plea in shooting of Maplewood officer Joshua Martin, 21, pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the slaying of Maplewood Police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/shooting-plea?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 14:45:59 -0500 Polaris to shutter plant in western Wis., cut 500 jobs Polaris Industries announced Thursday it will shut down its plant in the western Wisconsin city of Osceola, putting more than 500 out of work. Polaris is headquartered in Medina, Minn. and saw its sales take a tumble last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/polaris-layoffs?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 21:08:58 -0500 St. Paul offers no-interest loans for energy-saving home improvements The city of St Paul is offering no-interest loans of up to $6,500 for homeowners to make energy-saving improvements to their properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/st-paul-energy-saving-home-loans?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 18:21:48 -0500 Lenders offer 'cash for keys' to speed foreclosures With the foreclosure crisis continuing, banks are struggling to clear foreclosures from their books. To help speed the process, many mortgage lenders are offering people cold hard cash to vacate their homes more quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/16/cashforkeys?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Funeral services held for Humphrey granddaughter Funeral services will be held Monday for the granddaughter of the late vice president Hubert Humphrey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/humphrey-granddaughter?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 06:45:43 -0500 Bachmann, Emmer headline tax protest at Capitol More than 1,000 people rallied in front of the State Capitol Saturday in support of lower taxes. State Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and Sixth District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann headlined the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/09/tax-protest?refid=0 Sun, 09 May 2010 10:23:23 -0500 Education Minnesota backs Kelliher for governor Minnesota's largest teachers union has thrown its support behind Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/08/education-minnesota-backs-kelliher-for-governor?refid=0 Sat, 08 May 2010 15:05:57 -0500 Klobuchar, Oberstar get aerial tour of Gulf oil spill Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation toured the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday in advance of hearings on capitol hill next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/mn-delegation-tours-oil-spill?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 20:12:39 -0500 Hospitals agree on care plan for vulnerable adults Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty had agreed in March to preserve General Assistance Medical Care for more than 30,000 poor adults but hospitals later balked over low reimbursements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/vulnerable-adults-health-plan?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 06:30:15 -0500 Suspect in cop killing could face charges Monday Charges could come as early as Monday for a suspect arrested in connection with the killing of a Maplewood police officer over the weekend. Police are still investigating what led to the shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/02/shooting-folo?refid=0 Sun, 02 May 2010 12:58:55 -0500 Police ID cop shooting suspects, say both had criminal records Police have identified the two men who are suspected of killing Maplewood police officer Joe Bergeron, shown here, early Saturday morning. One of the men was killed later in the day by police, and the other is in custody. Both men have extensive criminal records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/01/officer-shot?refid=0 Sat, 01 May 2010 09:37:29 -0500 11 killed in deadly weekend on Minnesota roads Six people, including four teenagers, were killed early Sunday in a head-on collision. It was one of four separate crashes over the weekend that left a total of 11 people dead, seven of them teenagers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/25/cambridge-fatal?refid=0 Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:00:41 -0500 Lakeville cops learn to spot troubled vets Many police departments are training cops to spot troubled veterans. The hope is to help them before they land in jail - or worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/vets-cops?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Officials investigate death of Minn. Marine at NC base Officials are investigating the death of a Marine from Coon Rapids, Minn., who was found dead in his barracks in North Carolina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/17/marine-dead?refid=0 Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:11:04 -0500 Hundreds hold tea party rally at Capitol on tax day Hundreds of people rallied outside the Minnesota State Capitol Thursday evening to protest government spending and to mark April 15, the federal tax filing deadline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/15/tea-party-rally?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 20:25:13 -0500 Vigils to mark hikers' 250 days of captivity in Iran Supporters of three Americans being held in Iran are gathering at a series of vigils on Sunday to mark 250 days since the hikers were taken into captivity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/11/vigils?refid=0 Sun, 11 Apr 2010 12:25:11 -0500 Most Red Bulls have received overdue bonus pay Overdue payments worth about $12 million are on their way to more than 2,000 members of the Minnesota National Guard. The retroactive pay was for soldiers who saw their deployments extended to end in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/11/red-bulls-bonus-pay?refid=0 Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:36:42 -0500 Airman from Minn. killed in Afghanistan Air Force Maj. Randell Voas, 43, of Lakeville, Minn. died Friday when his aircraft crashed near Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/10/airman?refid=0 Sat, 10 Apr 2010 08:43:28 -0500 ND board: Fighting Sioux nickname is retired The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has determined that the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname is retired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/nd-board-fighting-sioux-nickname-is-retired?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:43:52 -0500 Police: Drunk, off-duty trooper crosses median, hits car Law enforcement officials say an off-duty Minnesota state trooper was intoxicated when he hit a car Tuesday night in Meeker County, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/intoxicated-trooper?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:00:23 -0500 Investigation continues in deadly Lake Street fire Fire investigators said they identified the location on the second floor of the Lake Street building where the blaze is believed to have ignited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/04/fire-investigation-continues?refid=0 Sun, 04 Apr 2010 13:39:09 -0500 Kowalski's recalls some ham over bacteria threat Some hams sold at Kowalski's Markets are being voluntarily recalled due to the risk of contamination from Listeria bacteria, which can cause illness, the market announced on its Web site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/04/kowalskis-ham-recall?refid=0 Sun, 04 Apr 2010 11:10:45 -0500 Minn.-based ATK announces dozens of layoffs Minnesota-based aerospace and weapons company ATK this week announced several dozen layoffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/aerospace-layoffs?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:27:54 -0500 Target Field -- how's the food? The Twins' move across town to Target Field is providing an opportunity for Twin Cities restaurants to reach a new audience. Along with traditional stadium fare, the new ballpark also features different and more upscale choices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/28/targetfield-food?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Bachmann calls for protests of health care law U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is calling on conservatives to protest Democratic proposals for a health care overhaul this November at the ballot box. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/28/bachmann-calls-for-protests-of-health-care-law?refid=0 Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:12:03 -0500 Gophers game raises curtain at Target Field Target Field is open for business. The University of Minnesota Gophers played the inaugural game at the new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis Saturday, and most of the fans who turned out gave the new place rave reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/27/targetfield-opens?refid=0 Sat, 27 Mar 2010 21:00:47 -0500 Student loan company: Data on 3.3M people stolen A Minnesota company that guarantees federal student loans says someone stole personal data on about 3.3 million people from its St. Paul headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/student-loan-data-stolen?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:01:52 -0500 Northern Minn. drug bust nets $1M worth of marijuana Police in northeastern Minnesota police have seized marijuana plants allegedly worth more than $1 million on the street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/northern-minnesota-drug-bust?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:21:28 -0500 New veterans court aims to help soldiers struggling at home Many returning veterans with conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder get in trouble with the law. Some wind up in the criminal justice system for years while their PTSD goes untreated. This smmer, a new court opens in Hennepin County to divert these veterans from prison, and get them the services they need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/veterans-court?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Prius owner worried over vehicle's braking problems Minnesota drivers are among those raising questions about the safety of Toyota vehicles, and one Minneapolis Prius owner worries his car is having problems, despite not being included in the recall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/toyota-prius-concerns?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 06:55:23 -0500 Bachmann leads rally against health care reform Hundreds of people rallied Saturday at the Minnesota State Capitol against health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/13/capitol-rally?refid=0 Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:58:19 -0600 Flood watches, warnings for much of Minnesota, Crow Rivers A combination of warnings and watches have been issued for much of the Minnesota River's length. A river flood warning has also been issued for the Minnesota cities of Mayer, Delano and Rockford on the Crow River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/minnesota-river-flood-warning?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 18:15:23 -0600 Medtronic discloses federal probe in Mass. Medical device maker Medtronic says federal prosecutors are investigating its relationship with cardiologists at a hospital in Massachusetts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/medtronic-feds?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:36:25 -0600 Toyotas still attract interest at auto show Recent recalls and questions over vehicle safety didn't keep drivers from considering Toyota at this weekend's auto show in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/07/autoshow?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 St. Paul school district holding public meetings on budget shortfall The St. Paul Public School district is holding a series of public forums this week to discuss the expected budget shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/st-paul-schools?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 07:16:23 -0600 Minnesotans try to contact relatives in Chile after quake Minnesotans with ties to Chile are working to contact relatives after a major earthquake struck the South American nation overnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/27/minnesotans-chile?refid=0 Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:40:18 -0600 Residents near exploded house say they weren't evacuated Edina residents who live near a house that exploded on Tuesday are demanding answers as to why they were not evacuated earlier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/explosion-folo?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:22:05 -0600 Emerald ash borers found in Minneapolis The insects were found in four trees in the Prospect Park-East River Road neighborhood of Minneapolis, within Tower Hill Park, according to state agriculture officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/ashborer-mpls?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:23:20 -0600 Franken touts public option at health care rally in St. Paul Hundreds of people rallied Sunday in support of passing comprehensive health care overhaul legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/franken-health-care-rally?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:29:54 -0600 Drivers frustrated by snow piling up on streets Cold temperatures have kept much of the snow from melting, and big piles of plowed snow have popped up on seemingly every corner in the Twin Cities, where they can block the view of oncoming traffic, and frustrate drivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/14/snowproblems?refid=0 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:46:50 -0600 New Minn. Episcopal bishop consecrated Saturday The Rev. Brian Prior is being consecrated as Bishop of the Minnesota Episcopal church Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/new-bishop?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:39:42 -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 War 2.0 Instant communications technology helps military families keep stay in touch, but is it taking a toll on deployed soldiers? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/technology-of-war?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 The new science of PTSD The evolving science of PTSD, and how it could help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/ptsd-science?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 One man's struggle with PTSD More than 1.6 million U.S. troops have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. The Defense Department estimates that up to 20 percent of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression. Here is one man's story of PTSD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/07/ptsd-profile?refid=0 Sun, 07 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Xcel ordered to fix gas lines or face $1M fine The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has ordered Xcel Energy to identify and fix any gas lines in the state that have broken through sewer lines, or face a $1 million fine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/xcel-fine-gas-line?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 19:00:49 -0600 Twin Cities janitors vote to authorize strike; talks resume this week Twin Cities janitors are resuming talks this week after voting to authorize a strike if an agreement cannot be reached. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/janitors-strike?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:15:38 -0600 Families welcome Red Bulls home from Iraq The first wave of Minnesota National Guard soldiers began returning from Iraq Sunday. More than 1,000 soldiers from the Guard's 34th Infantry Division are coming home in the next few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/24/soldiersreturn?refid=0 Sun, 24 Jan 2010 19:22:09 -0600 Local Shriners join aid efforts to Haiti Twin Cities Shriners Hospital is working with Minnesota-based relief organizations to arrange treatment for a number of Haitian children injured in the recent earthquake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/23/shriner_aid?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:32:29 -0600 St. Paul City Council votes to support lawsuit challenging governor The St. Paul City Council has voted to file a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tim Pawlenty's authority to make unilateral budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/challenge_gov?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 07:27:12 -0600 VIP service for military members up in the air The Armed Forces Service Center at MSP is a busy place, especially with the country at war on two fronts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/service_center?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities church to prep 1 million meals for Haiti A church in Golden Valley is seeking volunteers this week to help pack one million meals for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/17/haiti-foodaid?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:07:10 -0600 Second suspect arrested in Seward shooting Minneapolis police Chief Tim Dolan Sunday announced the arrest of a second suspect in connection with last week's triple homicide that left three members of the East African community dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/10/second-arrest?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:02:51 -0600 Mpls. police arrest teen after triple slaying Minneapolis police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with this week's triple homicide at a corner market in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/09/seward-arrest?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jan 2010 12:43:08 -0600 Star Tribune offering buyouts to trim newsroom The Star Tribune is offering buyouts to cut about 30 newsroom positions, but there are no buyouts or layoffs planned among reporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/tribune-buyouts?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:40:00 -0600 Twins get the keys to Target Field The Minnesota Twins officially begin operating out of Target Field in downtown Minneapolis on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/target-field-complete?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 09:01:52 -0600 Split Rock Lighthouse celebrates 100 years The Minnesota Historical Society kicks off the 100th anniversary celebration of Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Lake Superior this Friday, Jan. 8. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/split-rock-lighthouse?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 06:53:43 -0600 Klobuchar meets Minn. troops in Afghanistan On a trip to Afghanistan over the weekend, Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar stressed the importance of a clear timeline for U.S. withdrawal from the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/03/klobuchar_afghanistan?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jan 2010 15:34:33 -0600 Officials urge caution for Minnesotans using snowmobiles The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people to use caution this weekend if they are operating snowmobiles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/01/snowmobile-safety?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 09:31:00 -0600 Northern tourism businesses reap benefits of weekend storm Northern Minnesota tourism businesses expect the Christmas snowfall will draw more people up to enjoy the snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/27/storm-business?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. Ag officials to meet with farmers on eve of legislative session As they prepare for the upcoming legislative session, Minnesota agriculture officials are hoping to hear from the state's farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/listening-session?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 06:35:49 -0600 Lawmakers pressure state to do more for small businesses Pressure is building from lawmakers for the state of Minnesota to do more to help small businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/small-businesses?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 09:25:00 -0600 U of M students to present robot show Engineering students from the University of Minnesota will unveil hundreds of robots in the largest-ever exhibition of its kind in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/robot-show?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 06:21:17 -0600 Saving foreclosed homes in north Minneapolis A Minneapolis program designed to fix up and resell foreclosed properties has been so successful, officials hope to expand it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/reclaiming-foreclosed-homes-in-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 14:06:32 -0600 Rybak hopes for Obama momentum in run for governor Rybak, one of the president's earliest backers, hopes some of that Obama campaign energy will help him stand out in a crowded field. Eleven Democrats and seven Republicans are in the running, with incumbent GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty moving on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/06/rybak-gov?refid=0 Sun, 06 Dec 2009 21:08:21 -0600 Christmas tree growers hope for a green holiday season With the official Christmas shopping season underway, Minnesota Christmas tree growers say they hope this year will be a good one, despite the bad economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/christmas-tree-growers-hope-for-a-green-holiday-season?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 06:25:29 -0600 Mourners gather for Fort Hood victim's funeral Friends and family are mourning the loss of Pfc. Kham Xiong, the Minnesota soldier who was killed in the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/28/minn-soldier-killed-in-fort-hood-shooting-laid-to-rest?refid=0 Sat, 28 Nov 2009 17:35:06 -0600 Klobuchar calls for help for small businesses Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is calling for more federal help for small businesses. Klobuchar said she plans to take up the issue when Congress returns to work next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/klobo-smallbiz?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 15:13:07 -0600 Funeral Saturday for St. Paul victim of Ft. Hood shootings Funeral services begin Saturday for Pfc. Kham Xiong of St. Paul, who was killed in the November 5 shootings at Fort Hood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/soldier-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 10:08:49 -0600 At S.D. summit, Klobuchar promotes small business exports A bipartisan coalition of Midwest lawmakers and business groups is working to promote export activity among the region's small and mid-sized businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/export-summit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 06:30:32 -0600 Builders prepare for stricter rules on lead paint Even though lead paint has been banned since 1978, it's still a problem -- especially in older homes. Starting next spring, Minnesota builders and remodelers will have to comply with new federal guidelines for preventing lead contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/22/leadpaint?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Big acts make case for revisiting ticket scalping rules In the wake of Taylor Swift's recent Minnesota show, which left many fans shut out, state officials are investigating whether the rules around how tickets are sold should be tightened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/ticket-problems?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:06:10 -0600 Twins to unveil new uniforms today The Minnesota Twins will unveil their 2010 season's uniforms and logos Monday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/twins-to-unveil-new-uniforms-today?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:50:13 -0600 NTSB officials impressed with state's response to 35W bridge collapse Federal transportation officials say the state's response to the 35W Bridge collapse is an example of how similar disasters should be handled in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/ntsb-officials-impressed-with-states-response-to-35w-bridge-collapse?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 06:35:52 -0600 Twin Cities students attend shuttle launch Ten junior high and high school students from Urban Ventures in Minneapolis are at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Monday to watch the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/kidsinspace?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 22:23:14 -0600 St. Paul superintendent list down to three Three finalists have been named for the top job of St. Paul schools superintendent -two are from the metro area and one is from outside the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/15/supt-finalists?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2009 12:47:02 -0600 Event looks to close gap between white and minority homeowners The Minnesota Home Ownership Center is hosting a summit Monday, Nov. 9 on how to close the gap between white and minority homeowners in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/minority-homeowners-event?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 07:06:20 -0600 Recession drives adult children back home Signs of the housing crisis are everywhere, with vacant foreclosed homes and for sale signs in almost every neighborhood, but another sign of the recession is less visible-adult children moving into their parents homes to save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/housing?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 05:00:00 -0600 Fans snap up memorabilia at Twins moving sale The Minnesota Twins cleaned out their closets at the Metrodome in preparation for their big move to their new home at Target Field. The moving sale Saturday gave fans a chance to take a piece of the team home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/07/fans-snap-up-memorabilia-at-twins-moving-sale?refid=0 Sat, 07 Nov 2009 13:19:11 -0600 Construction co. settles bridge collapse lawsuits Attorneys say a construction company that was working on the Minneapolis bridge when it collapsed in 2007 have settled lawsuits filed by victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/bridge-collapse-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 13:12:15 -0600 Andover man charged in $53 million Ponzi scheme The Hennepin County Attorney's office has brought charges against a man accused of masterminding a Ponzi scheme which allegedly defrauded investors out of at least $53 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/ponzi-scheme?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 18:07:54 -0600 DFLer Meffert plans to challenge GOP Rep. Paulsen DFLer Jim Meffert is throwing his hat into the ring in the contest to unseat Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen in the Third Congressional District in 2010. Paulsen is serving his first term in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/meffert-dfl-paulsen?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 07:30:54 -0600 Minnesota foreclosure sales drop in third quarter The number of foreclosed homes sold at sheriff's auctions in Minnesota fell during the third quarter of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/foreclosure-sales-drop?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 16:57:47 -0600 Klobuchar, Swanson promote anti-health-fraud measures Two of Minnesota's top Democratic officials elected officials are calling for anti-fraud legislation to be included in any health care reform package passed by Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/31/klobuchar-health-care?refid=0 Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0500 FBI to oversee gang strike force replacement Just months after authorities shut down the troubled Metro Gang Strike Force, officials are working on plans for a new federally-run task force with a focus on violent gang-related crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/31/gang-strike-force-fbi?refid=0 Sat, 31 Oct 2009 20:38:11 -0500 UW-River Falls beefs up security after racist vandalism School administrators at the River Falls campus of the University of Wisconsin are beefing up security, after racist graffiti was found in a school bathroom last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/uwrf-racist-graffiti?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 06:51:06 -0500 Holder: DOJ helping tribes reduce violence U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Department of Justice is providing almost $400 million to help tribal communities reduce violence on their reservations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/attorney-generals?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 18:36:41 -0500 'Free Geek' program seeks to increase computer ownership A new program opening next month in Minneapolis aims to help low-income people own a computer and have access to the internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/free-geek-computer-ownership?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 State's largest public employees union endorses Dayton Officials with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union cited Dayton's experience in government and as a public school teacher and social worker as reasons for the endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/dayton-afscme-endorsement?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 07:02:04 -0500 Work centers still seeing high volume of jobseekers Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September, but employers continue to shed jobs and people looking for work far outnumber the openings available, and that means more struggle for people who are already unemployed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/job-seekers-struggle?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Family, friends mourn victim of Arizona sweat lodge Family and friends are mourning a Prior Lake woman who was one of three people who died after attending an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony led by a self-help author. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/sweat-lodge?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 06:22:34 -0500 Amherst H. Wilder Foundation cutting 200 jobs The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Wednesday announced plans to cut about 200 jobs over the next nine months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/amherst-foundation-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:52:49 -0500 Many Minnesotans spend too much income on housing For Craig Benson and other unemployed Minnesotans, making monthly rent or mortgage payments is a constant challenge. The latest census numbers from 2008 show the recession is making that struggle even tougher for many Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/10/housingcostburdenup?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis reports over 200 jobs created by stimulus money The City of Minneapolis says federal stimulus dollars accounted for nearly 206 full-time-equivalent positions according to federal formulas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/stimlus-job-update?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 19:20:36 -0500 RNC 8 attorney argues for joint trial A Ramsey County District judge today heard arguments on whether the so-called RNC 8 should be tried together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/rnc-8-trial?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:45:32 -0500 Northwest's headquarters building in Eagan up for sale Northwest Airlines' old headquarters building is on the market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/northwest-buidling-sale?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 18:44:01 -0500 Neo-Nazis, anti-racism groups face off in Mpls. About two hundred people gathered outside the YWCA in South Minneapolis early Saturday to protest the appearance of a neo-Nazi group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/03/neo-nazi-group?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2009 15:33:15 -0500 Three deaths linked to H1N1 flu reported Three new H1N1-related deaths were announced Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health, bringing the total to six deaths since April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/h1n1-flu-deaths?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 13:34:59 -0500 Review says more Minnesota families still struggling with housing costs A review of various economic measures by the non-profit Minnesota Housing Partnership indicates more Minnesotans are having trouble paying for housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/families-housing?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 18:01:26 -0500 Minneapolis church votes to leave ELCA over gay clergy Members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis have decided to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after a 96 percent vote by members on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/church-leaves-elca?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:04:56 -0500 Klobuchar pushes for federal electronic recycling standards U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is sponsoring legislation that she says would help the U.S. develop green electronics and new ways to recycle them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/e-waste?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 06:29:44 -0500 Paul, Bachmann seek common ground at U of M rally Large crowds turned out for a town hall meeting with Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Ron Paul at the University of Minnesota Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/bachmann-paul?refid=0 Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:41:00 -0500 ELCA feeling backlash from controversial vote on gay clergy Just a month after the nation's largest Lutheran denomination voted to accept non-celibate gay clergy, a backlash is taking shape in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as some Minnesota congregations are considering plans to sever ties with the church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/elca-backlash?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Coalition pushes for immigration reform A coalition of faith, community and union groups held a march Sunday in Minneapolis to call for comprehensive immigration reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/immigration-reform?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 07:25:07 -0500 After returning home, soldiers face tough job market Some Guard soldiers have even chosen to stay in Iraq rather than come home to face the recession job market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/soldiers-face-tough-job-market?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Jones takes oath as U.S. attorney for Minnesota B. Todd Jones is being sworn in as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota on Friday, in a ceremony that will include Attorney General Eric Holder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/jones-sworn-in-as-us-attorney-for-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500 ICE officials dispute appeals court ruling in Willmar raids Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement are disputing a state appeals court ruling that ICE agents violated the constitutional rights of an illegal immigrant during a raid in Willmar two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/immigration-conviction-willmar?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:35:31 -0500 House explodes in south Minneapolis A young girl is expected to be released from intensive care Sunday morning after a massive explosion leveled the south Minneapolis home she shared with her parents and two sisters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/12/house-explodes-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2009 15:24:36 -0500 Hundreds attend Paulsen town hall Several hundred people attended a town hall meeting on health care reform Friday night hosted by Rep. Erik Paulsen in Maple Grove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/paulsen-town-hall?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 22:18:17 -0500 After Obama's health care speech, disagreement lingers across Minn. As Minneapolis prepares to host President Barack Obama's health care rally this Saturday, details from his prime time address last night continue to spark debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/minnesota-reacts-obama-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:51:52 -0500 A closing school discovers a piece of its history Newly rediscovered audiotapes of author Carl Sandburg mark Carl Sandburg Middle School's 50th anniversary and closure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/06/sandburg?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota post offices removed from possible closure list More than 20 post offices in Minnesota under review for possible closure will remain open, according to an updated list from the U.S. Postal Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/post-offices-closure-list?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 18:30:39 -0500 One year later, RNC protester cases still pending One year ago, the Republican National Convention took over downtown St. Paul, but for some people the convention is far from over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/republican-national-convention-one-year-later?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Thousands join Klobuchar health care phone meeting Thousands of Minnesotans from around the state took part in a telephone town hall meeting on health care reform Sunday evening, hosted by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/23/klobuchar-townhall?refid=0 Sun, 23 Aug 2009 21:35:12 -0500 Health care town hall contentious, but polite Rep. Tim Walz got an earful from a packed auditorium in Mankato Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/walz-town-hall?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:52:20 -0500 Storm cleanup continues throughout metro Metro area residents are cleaning up after the severe storms that ripped through the area yesterday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/tornado-cleanup?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 06:28:34 -0500 Local impact of the PGA is hard to measure For nearly a week, golf fans all over the world became familiar with Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., as it hosted the PGA Championship. Whether that kind of exposure will bring a long-term impact to the area is not clear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/16/pga-impact?refid=0 Sun, 16 Aug 2009 22:42:47 -0500 Report: Fewer foreclosures in Minnesota this year A new report out from the Minnesota Homeownership Center shows the number of foreclosures in Minnesota fell in the first half of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/foreclosures-down?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:44:10 -0500 Weekend storms leave 11,000 without power More than 11,000 people lost power during the height of the storms over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/weekend-weather-recap?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 07:26:24 -0500 PGA activities begin today at Hazeltine Top-ranked golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among the players who are participating in the PGA Championship, which is being held this week at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/09/pga-preview?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Interior secretary visits Minn. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar toured a national wildlife refuge in Minnesota today, and used the visit to urge states to take advantage of federal stimulus money for environmental projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/09/salazar-visit?refid=0 Sun, 09 Aug 2009 13:23:30 -0500 Storms cause two fires in Eagan Last night's thunderstorms are being blamed for two fires in Eagan. The fires, at two apartment complexes a few blocks apart, happened after 1 a.m. Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/08/friday-storms?refid=0 Sat, 08 Aug 2009 13:05:23 -0500 Beekeeping in Minnesota Beekeeping is now legal in Minneapolis, after being banned for more than three decades. MPR's Jess Mador and Tom Weber visited a beekeeper to find out more about the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/video-beekeeping?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:05:47 -0500 Lawsuit seeks to block home foreclosures in Minn. The lawsuit claims a new federal program that's meant to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages fails to give them proper notice of why they've been rejected, or the right to appeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/foreclosure-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:41:47 -0500 New law makes beekeeping all the buzz in Minneapolis Beekeeping is now legal in Minneapolis, after being banned for more than three decades. The change has beekeepers rejoicing - cautiously. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/bee-keeping?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Renowned musicologist Michael Steinberg dies Steinberg, 80, who was widely regarded as one the most important classical music critics, served as an advisor to the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/26/michael-steinberg-dies?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jul 2009 17:44:56 -0500 Recently returned soldiers attend reintegration programs More than 720 Minnesota National Guard soldiers attended programs Saturday at the Minneapolis Convention Center intended to help them reintegrate into American society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/25/soldier_reintegrate_program?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:25:36 -0500 Pawlenty visits troops in Iraq; two more Minnesotans dead Two Minnesotans were reported dead over the weekend as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/19/pawlenty_iraq?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jul 2009 22:37:35 -0500 Family, friends mourn Minn. Guard members killed in Iraq Family and friends are mourning the deaths of three Minnesota National Guard soldiers who were killed Thursday night at their military base near Basra in Southern Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/soldierskilled?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 15:41:48 -0500 Attorney general calls for action to prevent foreclosure scams Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday calling for action to protect struggling homeowners from foreclosure-related scams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/foreclosure_scam?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 06:20:05 -0500 Rally at state Capitol to focus on health care for children Hundreds of Twin Cities children are expected to rally at the State Capitol Monday to call for comprehensive health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/health_rally?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:52:59 -0500 Two more missing Somalis reported killed Two more Somali men from Minneapolis were reportedly killed in Mogadishu over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/12/missing_somalis?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jul 2009 18:16:33 -0500 Another Minneapolis Somali reported killed in Mogadishu Another young Somali man who disappeared from Minneapolis is reported to have died in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/11/missing_somali?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jul 2009 20:28:14 -0500 Franken preps with legal scholars for Sotomayor hearings Sen. Al Franken met Saturday with legal scholars in advance of next week's hearings on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/11/franken_sotomayor?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:00:53 -0500 Lawsuit alleges abuse at state-run mental health facility A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. Federal District Court alleging abuse at a state mental health treatment facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/health_facility_abuse?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:55:38 -0500 Hastings soldier's body returned to U.S. The body of a National Guard soldier who used to live in Hastings, Minnesota, has been returned to the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/soldier_obit?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 19:30:00 -0500 New law gives homeowners more time to escape foreclosure Struggling homeowners now have another chance to save their homes from foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/sheriffs_sale_postponement?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 11:00:00 -0500 Advocates say housing aid doesn't go far enough This week, the Obama administration is launching a nationwide campaign to modify millions of home loans and help people save their homes from foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/foreclosure_assistance?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Legacy Amendment tax increase takes effect this week This week marks the beginning of sales tax collections for the Legacy Amendment, which dedicates a steady stream of funding from a sales tax increase for the environment and the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/legacy_amendment?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 06:08:59 -0500 Faulty health care database costs consumers billions Congressional investigators say a Minnesota company sold health insurers faulty data, causing patients around the nation to pay more than they owed for certain health care costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/ingenix_database?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 22:08:46 -0500 H1N1 virus shutters Minnesota summer camp A camp for children with special needs was shut down after seven children and three adults were found with the H1N1 influenza virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/h1n1_shutters_summer_camp?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 07:33:21 -0500 Low-income renters worry about Pawlenty's credit cut Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to cut the state renters' credit has some tenants worried about how they will make ends meet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/20/rent_credit?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Fort Snelling says goodbye to the 88th After almost 80 years in Minnesota, the 88th Regional Support Command is saying goodbye to Fort Snelling. The division is moving to Wisconsin's Fort McCoy. But first - the 88th is holding its last open house for the public this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/fortsnelling?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Missing Somali teen reportedly killed in Mogadishu Family members of a young Minneapolis man killed in Somalia are calling on the federal government to arrange for his body to be brought back to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/06/somalideath?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jun 2009 20:00:00 -0500 Group says fewer GM dealerships to close The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association estimates the state could lose three dozen General Motors dealerships as a result of GM's bankruptcy, fewer than the 60 closures the group projected at the beginning of the week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/group_says_fewer_gm_dealerships_to_close?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 16:39:35 -0500 Minnesota takes first steps against invasive ash borer The first of two open houses in the Twin Cities to help inform the public about the emerald ash borer takes place this evening in St. Paul. Meanwhile, residents in the western part of the city are sweeping up wood chips as crews rush to cut down trees to battle the invasive beetle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/ash_borer?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 15:44:48 -0500 Commercial building vacancies likely to skyrocket in Minneapolis As the recession continues, there are signs that more commercial building owners in Minneapolis are struggling to make ends meet. If the trend continues, officials worry that could mean more hazardous vacant buildings in the city, and they've launched a new effort to clean them up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/31/vacants?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Public open houses announced concerning emerald ash borer The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will hold two open houses on the emerald ash borer in the coming days. The destructive beetle was discovered in St. Paul in mid-May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/ash_borer_open_house?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 07:05:58 -0500 Hmong activist says police, courts 'betrayed' community Members of the Hmong community are reacting with anger to yesterday's verdict in the Fong Lee case. A federal jury in St. Paul found that a Minneapolis police officer did not use excessive force in the shooting of 19-year-old Lee three years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/fong_lee_follow?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Experts look for signs of ash borers' spread Tree inspectors continue to fan out near the Minneapolis-St. Paul border, looking for signs of the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/23/emeraldashborer?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 New GM Fletcher begins new era for Wild The Minnesota Wild started a new era on Friday with the introduction of Chuck Fletcher as the second general manager in franchise history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/wild_gm?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 16:58:44 -0500 Minneapolis steps up inspections of neglected buildings The city of Minneapolis this week begins rolling out a new program to inspect commercial buildings, in an attempt to make them safer for neighborhoods and first responders. But some building owners say the new fees to pay for the program are excessive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/inspections?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 00:00:41 -0500 Minnesota soldiers deployed to Afghanistan Minnesota Army Reserve soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan later this year. 140 soldiers from the Fort Snelling-based 372nd Engineer Brigade will go to Afghanistan in October as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/minnesota_army_reserve_deployment?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 08:02:56 -0500 New WWII exhibit at Minnesota Historical Society The biggest single exhibit ever undertaken by the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul opens this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/historical_society_greatest_generation?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 07:08:01 -0500 Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan at Macalester today Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is making a brief visit to St. Paul today for the unveiling of a statue in his honor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/kofi_annan?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 06:57:57 -0500 Minneapolis mayor pushes for DFL endorsement today, jets to China tomorrow Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak spent the morning gladhanding with supporters at the city's DFL Convention today, before he flies to China tomorrow to promote Minneapolis as a travel and business destination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/16/rybak_in_china?refid=0 Sat, 16 May 2009 10:47:32 -0500 St. Charles faces another disaster, but hopes to rebuild St. Charles mayor Bill Spitzer says he's hoping an historic church that was destroyed by fire over the weekend can be rebuilt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/stcharles_church?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 06:32:14 -0500 St. Paul non-profit aims for affordable, efficient homes Making a building energy efficient has a reputation for being pricey and out of reach for most homeowners. One St. Paul non-profit wants to prove it doesn't take a lot of greenbacks to go green. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/leed?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Fishing season starts today Minnesota's 2009 fishing season opened this morning, and as many as a million anglers may wet a line in the state's waters in coming days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/09/fishing_opener_nelson?refid=0 Sat, 09 May 2009 10:32:29 -0500 Pawlenty: 'Stimulus funds will help bring relief to unemployed' Gov. Tim Pawlenty says new stimulus funds will help unemployed Minnesotans survive the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/unemployment_stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 17:31:40 -0500 Education is key to preventing another foreclosure crisis The demand for first-time homebuyer classes is up sharply as people move to buy up the cheap foreclosures saturating the market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/26/homebuyersed?refid=0 Sun, 26 Apr 2009 16:30:00 -0500 Star Tribune, union reach tentative agreement The Star Tribune of Minneapolis has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing nearly 275 employees in the newsroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/strib_contractdeal?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 14:47:28 -0500 Klobuchar to continue fight for Saberi's release U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says she'll continue to push for journalist Roxana Saberi's release. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/18/klobuchar_saberi?refid=0 Sat, 18 Apr 2009 12:03:02 -0500 Central Corridor businesses urged to ask for assistance Construction is scheduled to begin in 2010 on an 11-mile light rail line between St Paul and Minneapolis, with trains running by 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/central_corridor_business_assistance?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 09:31:53 -0500 Spanish-speaking homeowners hit hard in foreclosure crisis Until now, there hasn't been much solid data on who in Minnesota has lost homes to foreclosure. A recent University of Minnesota study finds the majority of owner-occupied foreclosures in Minneapolis involved Spanish-speaking families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/hispanic_foreclosures?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 FBI raids Minn. money transfer businesses Federal agents searched three money-transfer businesses in Minneapolis on Wednesday, carrying away boxes of documents and copying computer hard drives for details of transactions between the U.S. and several African nations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/money_raid?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:15:43 -0500 As flood waters begin to recede, residents look to the future As the residents of Fargo-Moorhead shovel out from today's snow storm, the flood waters are receding, and some people are beginning to let themselves look to the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/as_flood_waters_begin_to_recede_residents_look_to_the_future?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 17:30:25 -0500 For Fargo journalists, the flood story is personal For Fargo's local news media, the story of the Red River flood of 2009 is personal. Most people in this small-town city know someone who's lost their home to the waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/for_many_news_professionals_in_fargo_the_story_is_personal?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:25:42 -0500 Going door to door As the Red River drops, Fargo residents are working to inspect and maintain the city's fragile levee system, which must remain in place until the high waters recede. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/29/going_door_to_door?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Let the waiting begin Now that the Red River is at or near its crest, the anxiety in Fargo-Moorhead has shifted to the resilience of the levees -- will they keep the river from washing through the cities? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/28/attention_shifts_to_protecting_the_levees?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2009 23:45:00 -0500 Obama declares emergency, evacuations begin With evacuations ordered in parts of Fargo and Moorhead, Pres. Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Thursday night declaring Minn. a disaster area. This comes after the National Weather Service issued a forecast that the crest for the area would reach 41 to 43 feet this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/flood_evacplans?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:06:25 -0500 Sarah Jane Olson arrives back in Minn. Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson is back in Minnesota, after serving half of a 14 year sentence in California for her role in a 1975 deadly bank robbery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/olson_letter?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 13:49:38 -0500 New scam threatens struggling homeowners Authorities say scam artists are showing up, promising to save the homes of desperate homeowners. Instead, they can leave their victims in even worse shape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/14/scams?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Vice president to visit Minnesota; will tout economic stimulus Vice President Biden's town hall forum at the New Flyer Bus Company will be in the congressional district of a vocal critic of the federal spending plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/15/newflyer?refid=0 Sun, 15 Mar 2009 17:41:38 -0500 Lawmakers consider bill to help homeowners avoid foreclosure A new bill being considered by state lawmakers would force lenders to negotiate with struggling homeowners to avoid foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/foreclosurebill?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul delays action on building slated for Central Corridor The Metropolitan Council plans to use the building as a maintenance shed for train cars for the line linking St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/central_corridor_maintenance_building?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 08:36:42 -0600 New Islamic mortgages now available in Minnesota Advocates say Islamic mortgages will help expand home ownership among Muslims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/28/islamicfinancing?refid=0 Sun, 01 Mar 2009 19:00:00 -0600 Feds arrest 27 in Minnesota in drug smuggling crackdown Federal agents have arrested some 750 people across the country in a crackdown on Mexican drug cartels, including 27 people in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/cartel_arrests?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:24:27 -0600 Uptick in home sales may be a sign The latest numbers show that Twin Cities home sales are up slightly over last year, a sign that the housing market is beginning to stabilize. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/22/homesales?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Company recalls potatoes over listeria concerns A subsidiary of Twin Cities-based Michael Foods is voluntarily recalling some of its refrigerated potato products after testing found listeria bacteria in a sample of one of its products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/bad_potatoes?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 21:31:58 -0600 Iron Range loses 590 jobs at Minntac U.S. Steel is laying off almost 600 workers at a plant in Mountain Iron on Minnesota's Iron Range. Despite record sales and profits last year, company officials say the economic downturn has hit the company hard, leaving them no choice but to cut jobs at the Minntac Mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/iron_range_loses_590_jobs_at_minntac?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 17:45:50 -0600 Fort Snelling Army Reserve program first on YouTube The Army is embracing online media to reach potential recruits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/army_tv?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Coalition calls for mortorium on foreclosures Activists from a coalition of anti-poverty groups are calling for a moratorium on foreclosures and an increase in affordable housing for homeless people in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/coalition_calls_for_mortorium_on_foreclosures?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 MnSCU faculty agree to forgo scheduled raises Faculty at Minnesota state colleges and universities have announced a tentative contract agreement to forgo raises for two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/mnscu_salaries?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 07:22:08 -0600 St. Paul realtors say inventory is shrinking The latest figures from the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors shows that inventory of homes for sale in the Twin Cities metro area is shrinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/realtors?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 08:04:36 -0600 Many bar owners still oppose statewide smoking ban A group of bar owners is calling on the state legislature to revisit the law, which bans smoking in bars and restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/smoking_ban?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 07:52:54 -0600 Rybak asks for public input Mayor RT Rybak is asking for input from residents and business owners as he prepares to tackle a growing budget gap. Rybak will hold the first of two community meetings on the budget Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/rybak?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 07:33:16 -0600 Last chance to check out the Art Shanty Projects The sixth annual art exhibit on ice closes February 14th. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/icehanty?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Local Army unit recognized for service Members of the 88th Regional Readiness Command were honored today at Fort Snelling for outstanding service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/08/local_army_unit_recogonized_fo_service?refid=0 Sun, 08 Feb 2009 14:42:12 -0600 Ritchie says recount benefited from experience Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says he's impressed by the way his staff and state elections officials handled the Senate recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/08/ritchie_says_recount_benefited_from_experience?refid=0 Sun, 08 Feb 2009 10:24:30 -0600 Klobuchar: Stimulus will get Americans back to work Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she is pleased with the compromise worked out on an economic stimulus plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/08/klobuchar_pleased_with_compromsied_stimulus_bill?refid=0 Sun, 08 Feb 2009 10:17:36 -0600 Rybak launches re-election campaign Kicking off his re-election campaign at the Riverview Theatre this morning, Mayor R.T. Rybak vowed to continue a focus on reducing crime if elected to another term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/07/rybak_launches_reelection_campaign?refid=0 Sat, 07 Feb 2009 18:22:34 -0600 Pioneer Press union accepts week-long furloughs Union workers at the St. Paul Pioneer Press have agreed to take a week of unpaid time off as the newspaper seeks to cut costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/pipress_furloughs?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 17:04:32 -0600 Pioneer Press asks workers to take week-long furloughs Union workers at the Pioneer Press will decide today whether to accept the newspaper's request that non-union workers take a week of unpaid time-off starting as early as next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/pioneer_press_workers_taking_weeklong_furloughs?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 19:23:05 -0600 Klobuchar to attend White House Superbowl party U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar plans to bring a gift to President Obama tonight when she visits the White House to watch the Superbowl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/01/klobuchar_to_attend_white_house_superbowl_party?refid=0 Sun, 01 Feb 2009 14:42:04 -0600 Report: Minnesota falling behind in science, technology A new report from Minnesota's medical technology industry says the state is losing its competitive edge in scientific research and technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/med_research?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Banking your tax refund to combat poverty It's tax season - and a Minnesota program that offers low-cost tax refund loans is bracing for overwhelming demand, as more people face financial insecurity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/25/taxes?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Foreclosures, unemployment drive demand for shelters The average number of families using Hennepin County homeless shelters each month was up by about 60 percent in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/shelters?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 07:04:07 -0600 Potholes get bigger as budgets get tighter Cities with aging infrastructure are particularly nervous about pending state budget cuts. White Bear Lake has 26 miles of streets awaiting reconstruction, and some projects may need to be delayed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/whitebearlake_transpo?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Rent-to-own homebuying on the rise, and so are problems Alternative home financing can be a risky deal for unsuspecting buyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/17/renttoown?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Star Tribune files for Chapter 11 Minnesota's largest daily newspaper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/star_tribune_files_for_chapter_11?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 20:37:26 -0600 Ecolab laying off 1,000 workers, 100 in Minn. Ecolab has announced it is laying off about 1,000 workers, including 100 in Minnesota. The job cuts are part of a larger restructuring the company is undertaking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/ecolab_laying_off_1000_workers_100_in_minn?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:45:23 -0600 Officials trying to connect Minn. cases to national salmonella outbreak Health officials are still working to determine whether salmonella cases in Minnesota can be linked to a national outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/12/salmonella?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 06:51:17 -0600 Bus breakdown snarls rush hour traffic A Minneapolis city bus broke down tonight during rush hour causing a delay on Interstate 94 that backed up traffic for miles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/bus_breakdown_snarls_rush_hour_traffic?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 20:06:32 -0600 Andersen Windows cuts jobs, makes temporary layoffs Bayport-based Andersen Corp., the largest window and door manufacturer in North America, is making temporary and permanent job cuts because of the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/andersen_cuts?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 16:14:24 -0600 Study: Fees up in Minn. while tax revenue down The progressive think tank Minnesota 2020 has released a new study showing that fees for state services have risen sharply, while tax revenue has fallen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/minnesota_fees_up_tax_revenue_down?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 07:37:19 -0600 Public pools face deadline for protective drain covers All public pools and spas in Minnesota have until January 2 to install protective drain covers or face closures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/26/pool_deadline?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:00:46 -0600 Klobuchar cautions parents to buy safe toys As shoppers finish their holiday gift buying, they'll find toys that are much safer than they were last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/klobuchar_toys?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 08:09:57 -0600 Polaroid files for Chapter 11 A spokeswoman for the company says the restructuring and the bankruptcy filing are the result of events pertaining to fraud at Petters Group Worldwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/polaroid_chapter_11_bankruptcy?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 10:47:57 -0600 Pentair cuts 1,600 jobs Golden Valley-based Pentair added to the gloom in the job market today. The maker of pumps and filtration equipment says it's cutting 1,600 jobs. A small fraction of the cuts will fall in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/pentaircuts?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:41:19 -0600 Minn. budget may be victim of Madoff fraud Minnesota's state economist says the state's budget may become a victim of the Bernard Madoff investment scandal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/maydoff_minnesota_budget?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:49:38 -0600 Are laws protecting tenants in foreclosure working? Thousands of renters in Minnesota are living in foreclosed properties, and the state has already tried to ease the burden on them by passing a set of laws designed to protect renters' rights. And so far, it seems to be working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/renters?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 16:30:04 -0600 Campaigns reduce number of challenged ballots Both candidates for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat have promised to reduce the number of challenged they plan to present to the Canvassing Board Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/challenged_ballots?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 08:34:38 -0600 Coleman campaign asks court for ballot standards U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman is calling for the Minnesota State Supreme Court to provide local elections officials with a uniform statewide standard for handling absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/13/coleman_campaign_asks_court_for_ballot_standards?refid=0 Sat, 13 Dec 2008 13:50:00 -0600 Home sales could be sign of economic turnaround Low home prices and mortgage rates have some people - who have been holding out for the market to hit bottom - ready to buy. Experts say that's just what the economy needs to start turning around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/07/homebuyers?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Mayors prescribe infrastructure projects St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he hopes building a high speed rail link between his city and Chicago will be a major priority, as the incoming president and Congress look at infrastructure funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/coleman_jobs?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 07:39:21 -0600 3M cutting 1,800 jobs in 4th quarter 3M Co. says it's cutting 1,800 jobs in the fourth quarter, and ordering some workers to take vacation or unpaid time off for the last two months of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/3m_cutting_1800_jobs_around_world_in_4th_quarter?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 22:00:35 -0600 National Park Service to restore land near Ft. Snelling Federal officials say the National Park Service will take over the management of abandoned federal land near Fort Snelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/snelling_land?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 08:34:50 -0600 The down economy hits day care providers Day care providers worry as the economic downturn hits parents' pocketbooks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/29/day_care_economy?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Klobuchar pushes jobs plan Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is in Rochester today as part of her Main Street Jobs Tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 08:08:39 -0600 Twin Cities Hindu temple remembers Mumbai victims Hundreds of worshippers attended a special prayer service this weekend to remember the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/30/twin_cities_hindu_temple_remembers_mumbai_victims?refid=0 Sun, 30 Nov 2008 17:09:39 -0600 Faking foreclosure a dangerous gamble, say advocates With bailouts in the news these days, some homeowners who aren't facing foreclosure are asking: "What about me?" Pretending you're in distress when you don't really need help could land you in trouble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/whataboutme?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Hastings hospital workers picket Regina Medical Center A picket line will greet visitors to Regina Medical Center in Hastings this morning. About 230 workers plan to strike from 6 a.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/24/regina_strike?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 08:31:16 -0600 Why would someone vote for the Lizard People? A man who claims to be the voter behind the infamous Lizard People ballot in the U.S. Senate race recount has come forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/23/so_why_would_someone_for_the_lizard_people?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Senate recount continues through the weekend Saturday's recount results show incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman still leading challenger Democrat Al Franken, but the lead has narrowed and the number of challenged ballots has grown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/23/recount_saturday?refid=0 Sun, 23 Nov 2008 00:33:17 -0600 Denny Hecker announces closings of 6 dealerships One of Minnesota's largest car dealers is closing six of dealerships and selling three others effective immediately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/22/denny_hecker_announces_closings_of_6_dealerships?refid=0 Sat, 22 Nov 2008 01:05:55 -0600 Homeowners get some breathing room Some lenders are becoming more willing to modify the terms of loans and it's the bit of relief many homeowners needed to keep their homes. Minnesota Public Radio's Jess Mador reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/21/mortgage_workouts?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 16:06:08 -0600 Volunteers gear up for the recount The recount to decide the winner in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race gets under way this week. Volunteers for both incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman and his DFL challenger Al Franken were trained over the weekend to observe the count and watch for problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/16/volunteers_gear_up_for_the_recount?refid=0 Sun, 16 Nov 2008 18:46:57 -0600 Mayor Coleman urges Congress to support auto bailout The mayor of St. Paul is asking members of Congress from Minnesota to support emergency aid to the U.S. auto industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/15/mayor_coleman_urges_congress_to_support_auto_bailout?refid=0 Sat, 15 Nov 2008 16:58:08 -0600 Fed plan could save millions from foreclosure The federal government is hammering out details of a $50 billion program that would give lenders an incentive to modify home loans and make them affordable. The plan would help an estimated three million people avoid foreclosure, but some say lenders and the government need to do more to help homeowners before they fall behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/fed_plan_foreclosures?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Black churches celebrate Obama win Over the weekend, black churches across the Twin Cities celebrated last week's historic election of Barack Obama as the nation's first African-American president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/09/churches_obama?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2008 19:33:45 -0600 Andersen eliminates 52 positions at Wis. plant The Andersen Corporation today announced it will cut 52 jobs at its Menomonie, Wisc., plant. The production and officeworkers will each receive severance packages and assistance finding new jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/andersen_layoffs?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 16:13:54 -0600 Minn. residents looking for help with heating costs Agencies that arrange heating assistance for struggling renters and homeowners say requests for help are already at January levels http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/heat_help?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 08:20:48 -0600 McCain, Obama campaigns get out the vote With the election just over a week away, volunteers for both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have launched statewide get out the vote efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/pres_campains?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 07:40:39 -0500 Poll: Hmong voters rank domestic issues as top concern A new survey by the non-partisan group Take Action Minnesota shows that the state's Hmong voters are most concerned about domestic issues this election year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/25/hmong_candidate_forum?refid=0 Sat, 25 Oct 2008 17:34:35 -0500 Lenders now working to help homeowners avoid foreclosure There are signs it could be getting easier for homeowners facing foreclosure to hang on to their homes. That's because lenders are more willing now to modify the terms of their loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/11/renegotiate?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 11:00:00 -0500 Michelle Obama in Minnesota today Michelle Obama will appear at two events around the state today. She is campaigning on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/michelle_obama?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 08:07:37 -0500 Coupons help Minnesotans transition to digital The federal government is offering coupons to Minnesotans with analog televisions to help them make the transition to digital TV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/digital_tv?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 07:18:26 -0500 Mixed metaphors describe economic crisis The hotly debated $700 billion bailout bill passed by Congress last week introduced a number of complicated financial concepts into the pop culture lexicon lately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/metaphors?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 06:46:13 -0500 Minnesota delays bond sale amid financial crisis There are signs the nation's economic crisis is already affecting the state's ability to raise money for infrastructure projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/04/minn_credit?refid=0 Sat, 04 Oct 2008 10:29:56 -0500 Petters arrested in fraud investigation Twin Cities businessman Tom Petters was arrested and jailed today on charges he defrauded investors of more than a billion dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/pettersarrested?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 11:44:16 -0500 Minnesota senators help pass bailout bill Minnesota's two U.S. senators voted last night in favor of the $700 billion financial rescue package. A number of changes were made which could convince Minnesota's House members, who voted against the bill the first time, to vote for it when it's reintroduced on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/minn_bailout?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 06:41:29 -0500 Campaigns court young voters Historically, people under 30 have voted in lower numbers than other groups. But this year, there are signs that low voter turnout among youth is a thing of the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/voters?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Minn. congressional members show support for rescue plan Several members of Minnesota's congressional delegation say the financial rescue package negotiators agreed on over the weekend will protect the public's interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/28/minn_bailout?refid=0 Sun, 28 Sep 2008 21:57:20 -0500 Macy's case highlights confusion over English-only rules Some Somali workers are demanding a public apology from the Macy's corporation after they say they were threatened with dismissal for speaking their native language at work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/22/somali_macys?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Cutting-edge technology makes new 35W bridge a model for future How fast the new bridge was completed has some people wondering how safe it will be, but officials say the bridge's advanced design and cutting-edge technology make it a model for bridge building in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/11/35w_technology?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 RNC-related arrests slowly progress through courts It could take months for the cases of people arrested during the Republican National Convention to work their way through the courts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/protesters_court?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 07:03:14 -0500 Minneapolis clears vacant, dilapidated homes to curb dangers As the number of home foreclosures continues to rise, so does the number of properties that are vacant and boarded. The city of Minneapolis has started demolishing 100 of the most dangerous, and residents in neighborhoods with mulitple vacant homes are welcoming the sight of bulldozers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/house_demolition_minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Judge orders protesters to stay in jail A judge today ordered two men accused of possessing Molotov cocktails during last week's RNC to remain in custody while they await court dates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/molotovguys?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 17:11:32 -0500 Jailed protesters criticize police actions The Republican National Convention wraps up tonight, following several days of protests and more than 300 arrests. As the first detainees charged with gross misdemeanors or felonies were released yesterday, many said police arrested them without cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/jailed_protesters?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 04:15:01 -0500 Thousands cheer on Ron Paul in Minneapolis Supporters of former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul gathered across the river in downtown Minneapolis for their own convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/ron_paul?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 03:42:56 -0500 With more free time, delegates network, see the sights After the Monday evening sessions of the RNC were canceled because of Hurricane Gustav, delegates suddenly found themselves with extra time on their hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/rnc_delegates?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 02:12:00 -0500 Despite RNC changes, protesters say march will go on Organizers of this week's largest protest march said the change in plans for the RNC due to Hurricane Gustav will not derail their plans to march. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/31/rnc_march?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2008 20:31:44 -0500 9 arrested at Xcel in antiwar march Police arrested nine people taking part in an antiwar march at the Republican National Convention on Sunday after they crossed a security fence into a restricted area near Xcel Energy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/31/protestsunday?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2008 13:24:45 -0500 Brave New Workshop finds humor in politics A new comedy show is built around the idea that laughter is the best medicine, no matter which candidate you're voting for this November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/bravenewworkshop?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:00:00 -0500 Obama's journey to Denver takes him through Wis. Barack Obama's road to Denver and the Democratic nomination ran through Eau Claire, Wis., yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/24/obama_wis?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2008 21:56:43 -0500 Minnesotans have mixed reaction to Obama-Biden ticket Sen. Barack Obama is appearing in Eau Claire, Wis., today as he makes his way to Denver for the Democratic National Convention. Yesterday, he announced Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, news that brought mixed reaction from Minnesota voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/23/obama_biden_react?refid=0 Sat, 23 Aug 2008 21:19:13 -0500 Washington Ave. bridge places restrictions on pedestrian traffic Starting Saturday, pedestrian traffic will be limited to the center of the upper deck of the Washington Ave. bridge connecting the East and West banks of the University of Minnesota campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/washington_ave_bridge?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 13:42:34 -0500 St. Paul program targets childhood obesity A new program is taking advantage of what's left of summer to help kids avoid the obesity trap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/obesity?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 16:48:00 -0500 Klobuchar calls 35W bridge collapse a wake up call U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says the collapse of the 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis last year was a wake up call that it is time for the country to invest in its infrastructure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 06:50:26 -0500 Rybak marks roads and safety as budget priorities Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is focusing on transportation and public safety in his 2009 city budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/rybak_budget?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 07:41:29 -0500 Metro Council approves fare increase to go into effect this fall The Metropolitan Council late Wednesday afternoon approved a $0.25 fare increase in order to cope with revenue shortfalls and increased fuel costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/fare_hike?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:59:43 -0500 Bachman CEO killed and wife injured in Beijing attack Neighbors and friends are reacting with shock and sadness to the news that Todd Bachman, head of Minneapolis-based Bachman's garden center, was stabbed and killed in Beijing early Saturday. Todd Bachman's wife Barbara was seriously injured in the attack and remains hospitalized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/09/olympics_stabbing?refid=0 Sat, 09 Aug 2008 18:00:00 -0500 Study: Obesity on the rise in the Midwest A recent survey by the national Centers for Disease Control shows that obesity among adults continues to rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/09/obesity_rise?refid=0 Sat, 09 Aug 2008 09:27:35 -0500 Obama fundraiser in Minneapolis draws hundreds A private fundraising event for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama drew hundreds of people to a downtown Minneapolis hotel last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/obama?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 07:02:18 -0500 Minneapolis begins effort to demolish abandoned houses The city of Minneapolis will demolish a condemned, burned out house today, as part of a new effort to rid the city of abandoned properties. There are about 950 abandoned buildings in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/demo?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 09:44:12 -0500 Metro Transit workers vote on a new contract Metro Transit workers are voting today on whether to accept a new two-year contract offer from the Metropolitan Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/metro_transit?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 09:02:05 -0500 Minn. to announce lagging schools The Minnesota Department of Education is preparing to name schools that are failing to keep up with the federal No Child Left Behind law. Last year, 729 Minnesota schools failed to make adequate yearly progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/no_child_left?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 08:37:16 -0500 NTSB: Plane crash investigation does not have a single focus Investigators believe the plane involved in Thursday's fatal crash in Owatonna hit an antenna after attempting to land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/03/owatonna_plane?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2008 08:37:45 -0500 Hundreds gather at the 35W bridge to remember Friday night marked the one year anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse. Several hundred people attended a memorial service near the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis to remember the tragedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/01/memorial_service?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 23:21:29 -0500 Hmong culture camp in high demand Demand is up sharply this year for a place at the Hmong Culture and Language summer camp at Concordia University. Camp directors say immigration to the metro area is fueling the increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/hmong_camp?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 08:11:49 -0500 Minn. in 27th place on list of states with most foreclosures A recent survey by foreclosure research firm RealtyTrac found that one in every 403 Minnesota households was in some stage of foreclosure in this period, making the state 27th on the list of states with the most foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/foreclosures?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 07:42:46 -0500 Redevelopers ponder what's next for Ford plant Community groups involved in planning for the closure of the Ford plant in St. Paul are welcoming the company's decision to delay the facility's shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/24/ford_next?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 23:10:03 -0500 Pawlenty campaigning for McCain in Mich. Governor Tim Pawlenty campaigned yesterday for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain in Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 07:01:43 -0500 Minn. health professionals want changes to Medicare Some Minnesota health care providers are calling for changes in the way Medicare payments are made. Advocates say the payment system, which was created in the 1960s, is outdated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/medicare?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 07:38:46 -0500 Tornados sighted in northern Minnesota The National Weather Service is reporting tornado touchdowns in the northwest and north central part of the state this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/weatherreport?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 17:44:14 -0500 Guard unit returns from Kosovo Hundreds of family members and friends gathered at the West St. Paul Armory Thursday afternoon to welcome National Guard soldiers returning from a year in deployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/guardreturns?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 18:08:16 -0500 U of M approves Central Corridor route The University of Minnesota has signed a memorandum of understanding with other parties involved in building the light rail line, which will connect downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/uofmlightrail?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 17:17:23 -0500 Battling diabetes another hurdle for Somali immigrants A public health campaign fights to raise awareness about diabetes among Somali immigrants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/06/somalidiabetes?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jul 2008 20:00:00 -0500 Items thought to be stolen from Archbishop found Some items that were thought to have been stolen from Archbishop John Nienstedt's home Saturday have been discovered safe and sound. Thieves broke into the Twin Cities archbishop's home and got away with a number of valuable rings, crosses and a camera. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/archbishop?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 07:38:53 -0500 Transit tax starts tomorrow Minnesotans in five Twin Cities counties will pay two new transit taxes starting tomorrow. The new taxes take effect in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota and Washington Counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/transit_tax?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 07:11:15 -0500 Vikings stadium plans move forward Proposals for a new Vikings stadium will go out in July to contractors and architects. Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission officials say they are moving forward with the planning process, despite not having a commitment from the legislature for a new facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/vikings?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 06:59:56 -0500 Independent gas stations feeling the pain of rising prices Buying gas on credit and record high gas prices are taking a toll on Minnesota's mom-and-pop gas stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/independents_gasprices?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jun 2008 18:00:00 -0500 AAA predicts drop in summer car travel A new nationwide survey by AAA predicts car travel will decline this summer. March of 2008 was the first month since 1980 that saw a drop in the number of vehicle miles traveled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/aaa?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 07:07:28 -0500 Klobuchar urging federal government to speed relief US Sen. Amy Klobuchar is urging the federal government to rush relief aid to the southern Minnesota counties that suffered major damage in recent flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 06:40:13 -0500 Residents voice concerns over LRT planning The Met Council responded to critics of the proposed Central Corridor light rail line last night in St. Paul. Dozens of residents turned out for a community meeting on the project to link the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/lrt?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 06:48:03 -0500 Winona bridge over Mississippi River reopens The Mississippi River bridge in Winona that was closed abruptly because of rust and corrosion has reopened, with restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/14/winona?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2008 10:00:00 -0500 High school for recording arts is 'hip hop central' A "hip-hop high school" in St. Paul uses music to keep kids on track and help them graduate against tough odds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/highschoolrecordingarts?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 09:00:00 -0500 Tornado-ravaged Hugo continues to dig out Hugo continues to dig out from tornado devastation, with the help of hundreds of volunteers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/31/volunteers?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Another bar ticketed for smoking ban violation A judge has ruled against another bar owner for violating the statewide smoking ban. Tank's Bar in Babbitt was the first bar in the state to be ticketed for violating the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/tanks_smoking?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 05:25:59 -0500 Immigrants always welcome The east end of University Ave. reflects the rich cultural diversity of the people who live and work here, and give this section of the avenue its distinct character. This area is the most ethnically diverse and fastest-growing neighborhood in the city of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/univaveimmigrants?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Xcel reports nearly 30,000 without power Xcel Energy is working to restore power to approximately 30,000 after a severe storm that moved through Sunday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/25/xcel?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2008 18:40:59 -0500 Protest groups urge police to grant protest permit An organization representing the poor is calling on the St. Paul Police Department to approve it's permit to march during the Republican National Convention in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/24/poor_protest?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Health Dept. takes action against another bar for 'theater nights' The Minnesota Department of Health is taking court action against a third bar for violating the statewide smoking ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/24/nights?refid=0 Sat, 24 May 2008 10:37:17 -0500 Senator defends his relationship with local company, union State Senator Satveer Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, said his relationships with the Arctic Cat company and a construction union do not amount to ethics violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/chaudhary?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 05:41:02 -0500 Postal service unveils new Minnesota stamp The Sesquicentennial Commission has unveiled a new U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating Minnesota's 150 years of statehood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/17/stamp150?refid=0 Sat, 17 May 2008 15:49:10 -0500 Judge stops Elko saloon from using smoking ban loophole A judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting an Elko saloon from staging more "theater nights" to exploit a loophole in the statewide smoking ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/loophole?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 13:40:48 -0500 RNC protest route announced St. Paul police have outlined a route for protesters who want to march during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/protest?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 17:45:06 -0500 From Cannon Falls to St. Paul, wagon train marks Sesquicentennial Celebrations in honor of Minnesota's 150th anniversary as the 32nd state in the union kicked off this weekend. As part of the Sesquicentennial, a wagon train drove 100 miles from Cannon Falls to St. Paul, where it arrived for the official opening ceremony on the Capitol grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/wagon_train?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 06:43:50 -0500 Minnesotans worry Rev. Wright controversy overblown Many in St. Paul's African American religious community think the media firestorm has blown the controversy over Rev. Wright's comments and his connection to Barack Obama out of proportion. They are hoping the scandal will not hurt Obama's chances at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/wright_local?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 07:51:51 -0500 A micro-loan helps fund the passion of BBQ entrepreneurs Brooklyn Park entrepreneurs are cooking up a way to survive the economic slowdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/micro_loans?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Hundreds rally for immigration rights Hundreds of immigrant rights supporters held a rally and march at the Capitol today to mark International Workers' Day, and call for immigration reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/immigrationmarch?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 16:45:52 -0500 Franken looking into back taxes issue DFL Senate hopeful Al Franken is dismissing accusations that he is evading paying back taxes as partisan attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/27/franken?refid=0 Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:06:11 -0500 Tinklenberg wins 6th District DFL endorsement Democrats in the 6th Congressional District today endorsed Elwyn Tinklenberg to run against Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/26/tinklenberg_endorsed?refid=0 Sat, 26 Apr 2008 16:08:55 -0500 Hennepin County to close Lowry Avenue Bridge Another Minnesota bridge is being closed for safety concerns. The Lowry Avenue Bridge, which connects north and northeast Minneapolis, will close starting Friday at 10 a.m., months ahead of schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/lowry?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:46:29 -0500 St. Paul residents demand Central Corridor project Neighborhood activists in St. Paul are calling on the Legislature and the governor to restore funding for the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/central_corridor?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:14:26 -0500 New witness interviews force prosecution to drop charges Charges against 17-year-old Ken Dillard in the shooting of 14-year-old Charez Jones have been dismissed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/charez_jones?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 06:51:04 -0500 City to acquire northside homes for rehab The city will take control of 141 mostly vacant rental homes in North Minneapolis. The homes are associated with T.J. Waconia, a company the city is suing for mortgage fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/mpls_homes?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 06:31:44 -0500 Delta, NWA eye Tuesday for possible merger announcement The Northwest Airlines board of directors is expected to meet today to consider a merger proposal from Delta Air Lines. A deal could be announced as early as tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/13/merger1?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 NWA pilots meet to discuss merger possibility Leaders of the Northwest Airlines pilots union gather today for a day-long meeting where they will discuss the increasing likelihood Northwest Airlines will merger with Delta Air Lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/13/pilots?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:47:33 -0500 One of last Minn. superdelegates backs Obama One of Minnesota's last uncommitted Democratic superdelegates is backing Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/13/superdelegate?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2008 23:00:00 -0500 Governor visits Minn. Guard stationed in Kosovo Gov. Tim Pawlenty is traveling this weekend in Kosovo, where he is meeting with soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/12/kosovo?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2008 15:54:53 -0500 Desmond Tutu avoids politics while talking about peace In a speech last night in Minneapolis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu called for less spending on defense and urged more funding for education and poverty reduction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/12/tutu2?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2008 11:30:57 -0500 Stout campus in class after deadly off-campus fire The University of Wisconsin Stout goes back to school today after an off-campus fire in Menomonie, Wis. killed three students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/stout_fire?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 06:46:01 -0500 A community comes to together after a deadly bus crash Students in Pelican Rapids are heading back to class this week after a fatal weekend bus crash. The accident early Saturday near Albertville on I-94 killed one student and injured dozens more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/06/busfollow1?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2008 22:34:53 -0500 Authorities work to determine cause of deadly bus crash Authorities are working to determine the cause of the bus crash that killed one student and injured dozens of others. The crash happened in Albertville, north of Minneapolis, early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/06/busfollow?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2008 00:09:18 -0500 One dead, dozens taken to hospital after bus crash in Albertville One student died and dozens of others were injured Saturday morning when a bus carrying students and their chaperones home from a band trip to Chicago rolled over on Interstate 94 near Albertville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/05/busaccident?refid=0 Sat, 05 Apr 2008 13:32:17 -0500 Elderly couple files first lawsuit under new anti-predatory lending law Elderly Red Wing couple files what appears to be the first lawsuit under Minnesota's Anti-Predatory Lending law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/antipredatory?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Admission Possible A Twin Cities program is finding a way to get more low-income students into college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/29/admissionpossible?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Minnesota soldier dies in Iraq Gregory Rundell, 21, of North St. Paul, was killed early Wednesday while manning a guard tower in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/rundell?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 22:43:18 -0500 County boards take up transit funding Over the next few weeks, the seven counties in the metropolitan area are expected to take up the issue of transit funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/transit?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 08:55:07 -0500 It's business as usual after officials close St. Cloud bridge With light snow falling early in the morning, it was business as usual for many shops and restaurants along the Highway 23 Bridge detour route. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/stcloud2?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 16:37:24 -0500 St. Cloud residents worry about bridge closure After safety concerns on Thursday prompted MNDot to close the Highway 23 bridge in St. Cloud, residents were faced with the news that road detours would remain in place indefinitely. Neighbors near the bridge are wondering what kind of disruption the closure will create. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/bridge_bounce?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 05:41:10 -0500 'Theater night' bar cited for violating smoking ban Tank's Bar in Babbitt, Minnesota, is the first bar to receive a ticket for staging a so-called "theater night" in violation of the statewide smoking ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/16/ban?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2008 16:55:13 -0500 Klobuchar introduces bill to restore funding for COPS program Law enforcement officials from around the state are calling for the federal government to restore funding to a program that put more police officers on the street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/16/policedollars?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2008 01:17:41 -0500 35W construction company files paperwork to preserve its right to sue The construction company working on the I-35W bridge when it collapsed has filed paperwork to preserve its right to sue the state for failing to keep its workers safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/15/bridge?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 09:32:12 -0500 Advocates promote tougher tactics to combat prostitution An estimated 8,000-12,000 women and children are involved in prostitution on any given night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/prostitution?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 10:00:32 -0500 Group gathers testimony on Hmong grave desecration The group has been working since 2005 to resolve a dispute with Thai officials over the exhumation of nearly 1,000 Hmong graves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/hmong_graves?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 08:59:39 -0500 Number of Latino-owned businesses to grow A new report predicts Minnesota's Latino workforce will grow significantly by 2030. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/09/latino?refid=0 Sat, 08 Mar 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Bar owners vow to keep 'theater nights' Some Minnesota bar owners are vowing to defy state health authorities. They say they wll continue staging 'theatre nights' to get around the statewide smoking ban. Earlier this week the health department declared bars are not allowed to use an exemption for theatre productions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/ban?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. Health Dept. pulls curtain on smoke-ban loophole The Department of Health today announced plans to start cracking down on bars that have been exploiting an exemption in the statewide smoking ban. The ban outlaws smoking in restaurants and bars, but allows it for theatrical productions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/ban?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 13:41:12 -0600 Non-profits, schools brace for possible budget cuts With Minnesota's budget shortfall forecast to balloon to almost a billion dollars, non-profits, schools and other organizations that rely on state funding are bracing for possible budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/nonprofits?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 02:30:00 -0600 Northwest officials talking to Gov. Pawlenty Northwest Airlines officials say they are talking to Gov. Tim Pawlenty about jobs and service as merger talks between Delta and Northwest Airlines continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/17/talks?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:42:46 -0600 Report: Delta-NWA reach agreement with pilots unions There are reports that a major obstacle to a merger between Northwest and Delta Airlines has been cleared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/17/pilots?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:34:26 -0600 Lawmakers debate if Minn. should move to a primary system After voters encountered long lines and traffic jams on the way to last week's caucuses, state lawmakers are debating a bill that would change Minnesota's elections system. Dozens of people came out in the snow to the state Capitol to offer their suggestions for preventing a repeat of last week's difficulties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/primaries?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 00:43:40 -0600 Immigrant businesses thriving on St. Paul's east side There are signs that small businesses are prospering in one neighborhood on St. Paul's east side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/10/immigrantbusiness?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Poll: Economy is top concern of Minnesotans As voters across the country head into Super Tuesday, a new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll shows that domestic issues like jobs and health care are now at top the list of concerns for Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/03/pollnatissues?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 04:30:00 -0600 Health Dept. recommends against requiring HPV vaccine The Minnesota Department of Health is recommending that a vaccine for the human papilloma virus not be made mandatory for girls in the Minnesota school system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/hpv?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Paulsen announces his bid for Ramstad's seat Republican State Rep. Erik Paulsen is pledging to reform education and bring down the cost of healthcare if he is elected to Congress. Paulsen officially announced his candidacy for Minnesota's third district in Minnetonka, Minn., on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/27/paulsen?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2008 19:48:30 -0600 Walz calls for tighter border security Minn. Rep. Tim Walz returned Saturday from a fact-finding trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. He visited the border near El Paso, Texas, to inspect some of the technology and security measures used by the Department of Homeland Security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/26/walz?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jan 2008 14:10:59 -0600 The cold can't stop us Some hospitals reported an increase in frostbite and other cold-related cases this weekend as temperatures plunged to the coldest it's been since last winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/20/cold?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2008 03:05:00 -0600 State economist: Stimulus package welcome relief Minn. state economist Tom Stinson said the president's proposed stimulus package will be welcome relief for the state's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/19/minn_stimulus?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jan 2008 13:30:00 -0600 New media a major factor in the 2008 campaign The advent of YouTube and other Internet video sites fueled a new breed of citizen journalists during the 2006 midterm elections, and the trend is expected to grow this year. Already there are signs in Minnesota that the candidates are paying attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/12/uptake?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 12:00:00 -0600 Sewer worker's family sues city and company The family of a worker who died last summer in a sewer accident has sued the city of Saint Paul and a contractor alleging they were negligent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/13/sewersuit?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2008 23:30:00 -0600 Immigration officials finally clear way for Hopkins family to adopt U.S. immigration officials have cleared the way to allow a Hopkins family to return to the United States a daughter they adopted in China. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/13/adoption?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2008 07:00:00 -0600 Soldier from Jordan, Minn., killed in Iraq Joshua Anderson was a life-long resident of Jordan, in southern Minnesota. Pfc. Anderson was killed last week when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/05/jordan?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 16:00:39 -0600 Agency investigating improper use of driver's license data The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is disciplining two employees for improperly viewing information in the state driver's license database. The department is mailing letters of apology to those affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/dps_data?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 11:56:15 -0600 Mayor Rybak reflects on drop in violent crime in Minneapolis Year-end crime stats show that violent crime declined dramatically in Minneapolis in 2007. Mayor Rybak talks about what worked and what he's planning for 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/30/rybakcrime?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2007 05:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty stumps alongside McCain in New Hampshire Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is touring New Hampshire this weekend, lending his support to Republican presidential hopeful John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/29/pawlentynh?refid=0 Sat, 29 Dec 2007 20:32:58 -0600 Cities plowing through winter This winter's white December has kept snowplow drivers busy, and the forecast is calling for more snow into next week. Even though there has been a lot of snow, city officials are reporting that plow budgets are in good shape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/27/snowplow?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2007 18:57:48 -0600 Northfield mayor rejects call to step down The mayor of Northfield refused to step down Saturday after the city council passed a resolution calling on him to resign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/22/northfield?refid=0 Sat, 22 Dec 2007 14:17:10 -0600 Medtronic to settle lawsuits over defibrillators Medtronic Inc. will pay $114 million to settle lawsuits relating to a potential battery problem in a line of implanted cardiac defibrillators, the Fridley-based company announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/21/medtronic_lawsuits?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 18:12:40 -0600 Airline watchers hopeful about holiday travel Airline industry watchers say passenger service should be good this holiday season, if Thanksgiving was any indication. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/holiday_travel?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 11:38:38 -0600 Digital divide still an issue in Minnesota A new report by the University of Minnesota's Institute on Race and Poverty shows that while the digital divide remains a problem in Minnesota, community technology centers can help bridge the gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/06/digitaldivide?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 02:15:00 -0600 Charities seeing increased demand for help With the holiday season in full swing, many area food pantries and social service organizations are seeing increased demand for help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/16/charity_demand?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 01:00:00 -0600 State poised to be third largest producer of wind energy Xcel Energy officials report that Minnesota is poised to become the nation's third largest producer of wind energy capacity, behind California and Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/09/wind3?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2007 20:49:11 -0600 Minnesota Supreme Court says daycare does not qualify as nonprofit The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case that could have implications for nonprofit organizations around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/nonprofits?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 09:36:21 -0600 Congress considering new laws designed to help the homeless Changes in the federal definition of homelessness could mean more help for the homeless. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/16/homeless?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2007 06:00:26 -0600 How to help ex-offenders stay out of prison More than two-thirds of Minnesota' inmates will end up back behind bars within three years of their release from prison. Some lawmakers are working on a bill to help ex-offenders get the jobs and services they need to stay out of prison for good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/reentry?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2007 01:00:17 -0600 Equity-stripping scams could rise as foreclosures increase With more and more homeowners desperate to hold on to their homes, experts are concerned that many are vulnerable to rescue scams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/05/foreclosure_rescue?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 11:00:00 -0600 Company buying steel mill may have ties to Iran Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he will move to block any state aid for a $1.6 billion dollar steel mill in Nashwauk. This comes after a press report said the company buying the steel plant is working on an oil refinery in Iran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/27/steelmill?refid=0 Sat, 27 Oct 2007 15:09:07 -0500 Walker Art Center launches major Frida Kahlo Show The first U.S. exhibit of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's work in more than a decade opens this weekend at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/25/frida?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 19:40:38 -0500 At design workshop for new Minneapolis bridge, a ho-hum reaction The word "underwhelming" came up repeatedly at a forum Wednesday, set up to give community members a chance to weigh in on final design details for the $234 million bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/24/bridgecharette?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 17:14:16 -0500 Can you believe political ads? Last week's feud between Rep. Michele Bachmann and local TV stations over an ad raises the question: can voters believe what they see? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/21/spot?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2007 19:46:48 -0500 Boston Scientific will cut 2,300 jobs Medical device maker Boston Scientific plans to cut 2,300 jobs, about 13 percent of its global workforce. It currently employs about 7,000 people in Minnesota. Analysts say sagging sales of the stents and defibrillators the company makes are forcing the cutbacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/bostonsci?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 16:26:51 -0500 AIM leader Vernon Bellecourt dies Vernon Bellecourt, a longtime leader of the American Indian Movement, died Saturday at the age of 75 from complications of pneumonia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/14/bellecourtobit?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2007 14:19:55 -0500 Despite court ruling, music fans say they won't stop sharing songs Music lovers say it's time for the record industry to change its business model and let fans share music online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/07/music?refid=0 Sun, 07 Oct 2007 16:23:00 -0500 Xcel wins lawsuit over nuclear waste storage Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has won a court ruling against the U.S. Department of Energy over the government's failure to open the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility on time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/29/xcellawsuit?refid=0 Sat, 29 Sep 2007 21:45:44 -0500 Girl's shooting prompts calls for an end to North Minneapolis violence A young girl was shot late Friday night in North Minneapolis by a bullet police say wasn't meant for her. Community activists say it's high time for street violence to stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/22/girl?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2007 21:21:51 -0500 Learning from the garden A north Minneapolis elementary school aims to help students grasp new concepts by getting them out of the classroom, and into the dirt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/gardenschool?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2007 09:59:00 -0500 Anarchists prepare to protest RNC Members of a self-described anarchist group spent Labor Day weekend outlining protest plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/03/protesters?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2007 17:11:31 -0500 Lack of grocery stores may result in poor nutrition for N. Mpls In Minneapolis, city statistics indicate that Northside residents have higher rates of obesity and related health problems than the city as a whole. A lack of grocery stores in North Minneapolis appears to be part of the problem -- government studies show that a shortage of full-service grocery stores can be linked to poor nutrition and obesity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/veggies?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 19:00:33 -0500 I-94 shutdown causes only minor headaches There were a few reports of traffic jams over the weekend, but overall, Department of Transportation officials say drivers took a shutdown of a section of I-94 in stride. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/19/detours?refid=0 Sun, 19 Aug 2007 13:52:20 -0500 Residents have plenty to say about bridge replacement Hundreds of Twin Cities residents took advantage of their first chance to sound off about the I-35W replacement bridge at an open house in Roseville Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/16/open_house?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2007 23:38:48 -0500 Searchers say third body believed found in wreckage Authorities said Thursday they had recovered the bodies of two victims from the site of the interstate bridge collapse and believed they had a third. If the third recovery is confirmed, it would bring the confirmed death toll to eight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/wedpm?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2007 22:30:51 -0500 Debris removal on hold as search for victims continues After nearly a week of searching, divers and other emergency workers have yet to recover underwater remains of bridge collapse victims. Officials told reporters Wednesday the main problem facing the recovery effort lies in the tons of bridge materials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/08/bridgedayseven?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2007 15:04:54 -0500 As recovery continues, victims' relatives grapple with enormity of their loss For the families whose loved ones were killed in the I-35W bridge disaster, the tragic news is still sinking in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/04/day5lead?refid=0 Sat, 04 Aug 2007 08:37:44 -0500 Authorities identify four victims, other families wait for word The four known victims of the I-35W bridge collapse have now been identified. Anxious families are waiting at a hotel in Minneapolis for word on their missing loved ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/victimsfamilies?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:34:17 -0500 Many still missing Area hospitals may have seen the last of the injured survivors. Rescue teams said most of the injured were brought in within an hour of the collapse. Dozens of worried relatives are searching for the missing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/victims?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 03:55:06 -0500 More end-of-month flight woes for NWA Northwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend. The company blamed pilot absenteeism, while employees claimed staffing shortages were foreseeable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/29/nwa_flights?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jul 2007 18:06:41 -0500 Airline performance goes from bad to worse This year is shaping up to be the worst year ever for air travel. New data shows that -- nationwide -- there are already more flight delays and cancellations this summer than there were last summer. The situation isn't much better in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/23/badairlines?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2007 01:19:32 -0500 The next step in Northfield A coalition of Northfield community leaders met Thursday to discuss ways to combat drug and alcohol abuse among the city's youth. The meeting comes two weeks after the community was plunged into turmoil by claims of a large heroin problem in the town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/19/heroin?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2007 17:22:01 -0500 Cambodian Buddhist temple opens in Hampton One of the largest Cambodian Buddhist temples in America opened its doors this weekend in Hampton, in Dakota County. Monks and visitors from around the world flew in to attend the four-day consecration ceremony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/08/temple?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2007 19:32:50 -0500 New housing inspections program subject to debate St. Paul is now inspecting one- and two-unit rentals for code and fire safety. Advocates worry the program will create more homelessness in a shelter system that's already maxed out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/01/inspections?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Birds of a feather disappearing together A new study by the National Audubon Society shows a dramatic decline in the populations of some 20 familiar bird species nationally. Most of those species are found in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/14/birds_stcroix?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2007 07:51:13 -0500 Thousands pay tribute to WWII vets at Capitol memorial dedication Thousands of veterans and their families attended the official dedication of Minnesota's new WWII Memorial at the Capitol on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/09/memorial?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jun 2007 19:35:47 -0500 Energy "roadmap" aims to cut CO2 emissions A coalition of elected officials, industry and environmental groups has announced a major long- term plan to promote energy independence in the Upper Midwest. The group says the goal is to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region over the next 50 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/roadmap?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2007 22:26:46 -0500 Students use drama to talk about being immigrants Some fourth graders at a St. Paul elementary school are taking a creative approach to the hot topic of immigration, performing a play they conceived and wrote about what it means to be an immigrant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/01/immigrationplay?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Bus riders appreciate beefed-up security After a number of violent incidents on buses, Metro Transit has launched a plan to cut down on transit crime by putting more uniformed police officers and better cameras on buses. We took a bus ride to see how it's working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/bus1?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 15:30:00 -0500 'Last call' for smokers Some bar owners are worried about a loss of business, but others say it won't be much of a problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/13/smoking?refid=0 Sun, 13 May 2007 22:12:08 -0500 Renters put out by foreclosures As the number of Minnesota home foreclosures continues to rise, the problem is getting more attention from lawmakers, lenders and the media. But one group has gotten little notice, namely renters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/22/foreclosures?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Fast launched for immigration reform Forty people will drink only water for 10 days and lobby at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/06/fast?refid=0 Sun, 06 May 2007 11:09:24 -0500 Minnesotans come face to face with poverty According to a new survey, four out of 10 people say they see people struggling financially. An overwhelming majority say they hold their elected officials accountable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/29/poverty?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Widening Somali conflict has locals worried Violence in Somalia escalated dramatically over the weekend with hundreds more civilians killed and injured. The war is affecting Minnesota's Somali community deeply as many fear for the safety of family and friends back home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/22/somalia?refid=0 Sun, 22 Apr 2007 17:29:33 -0500 With no payment plan in place, Vikings push $954M stadium project The Minnesota Vikings want a new retractable roof stadium on the current site of the Metrodome on the east edge of downtown Minneapolis. The stadium and surrounding redevelopment would cost $954 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/19/vikingstadium?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 16:30:00 -0500 Fallen Willmar soldier was 10 days away from home Army Sgt. Joshua Schmit, 26, was 10 days away from leaving Iraq. He survived three previous roadside bombings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/14/solder?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2007 18:38:04 -0500 Hennepin County foreclosures on pace to double Based on the first three months of this year, more than 6,000 families will lose their homes to foreclosure in 2007. That's about five times the number in a typical year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/foreclosures?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2007 16:20:00 -0500 Crowd urges school board to keep schools open Hundreds of parents, students and teachers packed a hearing last night on the Minneapolis school district's plan to close six schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/10/schoolclose?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2007 05:55:47 -0500 Players and friends remember Herb Carneal The Minnesota Twins open their 2007 season Monday, with a game at the Metrodome. But the occasion will be tinged with sadness, with the death of longtime Twins radio announcer Herb Carneal. Carneal, who called Twins games for 45 seasons, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at 83. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/01/herbcarneal?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2007 20:00:00 -0500 Taconite a suspect in Iron Range cancer deaths After three dozen new cases of a rare form of lung cancer were reported among Minnesota iron miners, the state health department says it will launch studies to determine the cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/29/mining?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 18:00:00 -0500 The war comes to Frazee The small northwest Minnesota town of Frazee is coping with the loss of a Minnesota National Guard soldier killed in Iraq. Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28, was killed on Friday. The vehicle he was traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/24/soldier?refid=0 Sun, 25 Mar 2007 17:41:09 -0500 War protest in Minneapolis draws thousands Organizers estimate that 4,000 people marched Sunday from Uptown to Loring Park in Minneapolis to protest the war in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/18/warprotest?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2007 17:14:58 -0500 Klobuchar travels to Iraq Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was in Iraq Saturday as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/17/klobucahariraq?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2007 04:00:00 -0500 Familiar names leaving Star Tribune About a dozen workers at the Star Tribune, including reporters, may be leaving the newspaper this week. They've accepted a buyout offer following the sale of the state's largest newspaper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/11/startribune?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2007 07:30:00 -0500 First the storm, then the fun It's back to work Monday for the many people who had an unexpected long weekend because of the snowstorm. Once the shoveling was done, the fun began. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/05/snowfun?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2007 01:00:00 -0600 It snows, they work Minnesotans may give little thought to what it takes to clear the roads, so we took a ride along on a plow to find out what it's like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/01/plowridealong?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 06:30:00 -0600