Minnesota Public Radio features by Laura Yuen http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30280 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:38:45 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Laura Yuen http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Community works, waits as Green Line construction wraps up Trains on the new Green Line light rail transit system will ramp up their test runs Monday. That's a sign that the Central Corridor project is 99 percent complete, but there's still work to do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/19/community-works-waits-as-green-line-construction-wraps-up?refid=0 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:30:00 -0500 Investigation into student drowning finds rough play, expired lifeguard certification Abdullahi Charif, a seventh-grader at St. Louis Park Middle School, was removed from life support on March 1, two days after his gym teacher, James Bigot, pulled him from the bottom of the 9-foot-deep end of the pool. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/abdullahi-charif-student-drowning-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:32:15 -0500 Road work begins along University Avenue in St. Paul Road work at 11 intersections along University Avenue in St. Paul begins this week as part of the Central Corridor light-rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/13/road-work-begins-along-university-avenue-in-st-paul?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:52:39 -0500 Prosecutors will not press charges in school drowning In late February, Abdullahi Charif's body was pulled from the bottom of the St. Louis Park Middle School swimming pool after gym class. No lifeguard was present. St. Louis Park police investigated the matter, but Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said his office decided this week there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/prosecutors-will-not-press-charges-in-school-drowning?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:33:01 -0500 Two tunnels in Kenilworth approved for SW light rail The Met Council voted 14 to 2 to keep freight trains beside a bike trail in the Kenilworth Corridor, and send the light rail trains through tunnels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/southwest-light-rail-vote?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:15:43 -0500 Southwest Twin Cities light rail plan faces crucial vote The Metropolitan Council is expected to approve plans Wednesday for what would be the Twin Cities' third light rail line, connecting the urban core to the southwest suburbs. Once that happens, the focus of the roughly $1.7 billion Southwest LRT project will shift to the city of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/southwest-twin-cities-light-rail-plan-faces-crucial-vote-today?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500 Metro leaders back Southwest light rail shallow tunnels as Minneapolis objects In an 11-to-2 vote, a group of metro leaders endorsed the LRT tunnels, rather than rerouting freight track from the Kenilworth Corridor to St. Louis Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/metro-leaders-endorse-tunnel-plan-for-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:25:12 -0500 Planners: Shallow tunnels are best option for SW light rail in Minneapolis' Kenilworth Light rail planners with the Metropolitan Council are recommending keeping freight trains in the narrow Kenilworth corridor in Minneapolis and burying trains in shallow tunnels as part of the Southwest light rail route. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/planners-shallow-tunnels-are-best-option-for-sw-light-rail-in-minneapolis-kenilworth?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:27:37 -0500 Small bank helps Liberians This week's sale of a small bank that helps Liberians build wealth in their country was a match made in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/29/small-bank-in-minn-helps-liberians?refid=0 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:07:52 -0500 School drowning highlights need for lifeguards, swimming lessons Close to a dozen school children drowned across the country over the past few years, and their deaths have been heartbreakingly similar. Most were immigrant children who did not know how to swim, and no lifeguard was on duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/st-louis-park-school-drowning?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:07:44 -0500 Planning woes raise SW light rail costs, delay opening to at least 2019 The new timeline accounts for delays in planning the passenger service from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/news/southwest-light-rail-costs-delays?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:30:33 -0500 Advocates urge lawmakers to act on 'structural racism' health report The health department's report found that structurally racist government rules and policies were partly to blame for health disparities between whites and people of color in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/advocates-urge-lawmakers-to-act-on-report?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:36:31 -0500 Henn. County to let inmates wear religious head coverings Inmates can wear a jail-issued hijab, the Muslim headscarf, or other religious headwear as long as there's no threat to safety and security, Sheriff Rich Stanek said Thursday. The jail also will issue yarmulkes and kufi hats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/news/hennepin-county-prisoners-religious-headwear?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:04:04 -0500 Planners present new 'deeper shallow tunnel' option for Southwest light rail route The latest idea from planners is to bury the passenger trains underneath a scenic water channel that connects Cedar Lake to Lake of the Isles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/planners-present-new-option-for-southwest-light-rail-route?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:30:10 -0500 Advocates want state to invest $100M in affordable housing Lawmakers who chair the capital investment committees in both the House and Senate support the $100 million investment. But Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed $50 million in spending on affordable housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/affordable-housing-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:35:46 -0600 Brother Ali leads social justice rally at Capitol "We're gathering in this place to affirm the reality that racial justice is not a fringe issue. It's not a special interest. It's at the core of who we are," Brother Ali said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/brother-ali-leads-social-justice-rally-at-capitol?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:27:16 -0600 Minneapolis City Council votes to oppose light rail tunnels along biking corridor By a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution that opposes a plan to bury light rail trains in shallow tunnels along the Kenilworth Corridor. Council members approved it even though Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin reminded them that the $1.5 billion project was at a delicate moment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/minneapolis-city-council-votes-to-oppose-light-rail-tunnels?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:54:24 -0600 Family of boy who drowned in school pool seeks answers Fred Pritzker, an attorney representing the family, is questioning whether the 12-year-old, who did not know how to swim, was properly supervised in the gym class. There were as many as 30 seventh-graders in the class, he said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/family-of-boy-who-drowned-in-school-pool-seeks-answers?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:55:05 -0600 Minnesota prosecutor, writer use drama to combat violence It's not every day the Hennepin County Attorney sounds more like an arts patron than a prosecutor as he promotes an upcoming play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/hennepin-play?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:09:03 -0600 Dancers press for broader public look at eating disorders, body image Research shows eating disorders affect about 6 percent of American women, but the rate is more than three times higher for people who compete at the most elite levels of dance and similar activities, such as figure skating and gymnastics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/take-back-the-tutu?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:06:00 -0600 Green Line light rail training runs start today The trial runs are intended to familiarize the operators with the route and stations, and they may happen anytime and any day of the week. In April, Metro Transit will phase into its regular-service schedule to prepare for the June 14 opening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/news/green-line-light-rail-training-runs-start-today?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:30:58 -0600 Hodges sends caucus melee probe to St. Paul Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has asked Police Chief Janee Harteau to transfer the investigation to avoid any perception of potential conflict of interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/21/caucus-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:11:11 -0600 Report: Prison health care system needs more accountability Minnesota Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said it was important for his office to examine whether the state is fulfilling a constitutional requirement to deliver adequate health care to inmates, who typically are sicker than the average population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/department-of-corrections-auditor-report?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:51:26 -0600 Caucus battle delayed by scuffle resumes tonight As three investigations seek to determine what caused the fracas, a complaint has been filed against newly elected City Council Member Abdi Warsame, who one woman said warned a colleague to stop her from going to the caucus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/caucus-battle-delayed-by-scuffle-resumes-tonight?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:30:26 -0600 Rescheduled Mpls. caucus tonight at U of M DFL officials will hold a make-up caucus meeting tonight at the University of Minnesota. The caucus never adjourned two weeks ago in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis because of a physical altercation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/politics/minneapolis-caucus?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:36:29 -0600 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 As light rail launch nears, officials look for more parking on University Avenue University Avenue in St. Paul could get yet another makeover -- this time, as a two-lane street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/university-avenue-parking?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:04:33 -0600 Professor sues William Mitchell over campus ban In the federal lawsuit, Peter Erlinder argues the college barred him from campus in 2012 and falsely claims he poses a threat to the school's dean. Erlinder says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following his imprisonment in Rwanda in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/erlinder-sues-william-mitchell?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:03:28 -0600 Southwest light rail, decade into planning, keeps hitting resistance Several months of delay and additional study don't appear to have softened the positions of some Minneapolis residents who oppose the idea of running both light rail and freight trains in their cherished Kenilworth Corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:23:08 -0600 Minneapolis man legally drunk when he ran over biker, prosecutors say Prosecutors say a Minneapolis driver had a blood-alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit when he struck and killed a bicyclist Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/news/bike-crash-victim-identified-no-charges?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:00:00 -0600 Re-tooled disability funding breeds anxiety The Minnesota Department of Human Services began implementing changes to its system of providing payments to Minnesotans with disabilities to make amounts more equitable, but providers and families are struggling to come to terms with the proposed levels of funding http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/disability-waiver-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. AG files lawsuit over senior citizen trusts Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota firm that she contends fraudulently sold living trusts to senior citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/news/attorney-general-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:30:40 -0600 'Structural racism' blamed for some of state's severe health disparities Major race-based differences are evident in almost every major disease condition in Minnesota. This Saturday the Minnesota Department of Health will deliver a report to the Legislature that underlines policies that routinely provide health advantages to white people while producing chronic disadvantages for people of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/structural-racism-blamed-for-states-health-disparities?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:51:49 -0600 Video: St. Paul police chief says victims come first in clergy abuse investigation Before a news conference he held alongside Ramsey County Attorney John Choi on Wednesday morning, St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith sat down with reporters to discuss the progress of the police investigation into alleged clergy sexual abuse. "When I hear over and over again that 'mistakes have been made,' we need to know what those mistakes are," he said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/video-st-paul-police-chief-tom-smith-on-clergy-abuse-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:15:25 -0600 Co. attorney: No charges for priest in child pornography investigation Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said multiple agencies analyzed disks copied from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's computer and found insufficient evidence to press charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/no-charges-for-priest-in-child-pornography-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Benefit concert planned for victims of Cedar-Riverside fire Two relief funds for the victims and their families have so far collected $25,000, but that is short of what organizers hoped to raise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/cedar-riverside-fired?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:06:35 -0600 Church leaders used hidden funds to cover for abusive priests Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/01/23/secret-accounts-kept-clergy-misconduct-quiet-but-left-archdiocese-finances-exposed?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Green Line light rail service to start June 14 The $957 million project is on budget. Even though the line has not opened, the project has spurred about 100 development projects totaling a $1.7 billion investment along the corridor that have been built, planned or are under way, according to the Met Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/news/green-line-light-rail-start-date?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:44:26 -0600 Group seeks stronger Minnesota Department of Human Rights The Council on Black Minnesotans is pushing to expand the department's duties. It also wants a constitutional amendment that would give the department free rein to enforce the state's human rights laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/20/group-wants-expanded-duties-for-state-human-rights-department?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:46:27 -0600 Report: Minnesota's employment gap between races is 'intolerable' In addition to employment disparities, the report also notes discriminatory lending practices have shut out minority-owned businesses from obtaining loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/civil-rights-report?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:44 -0600 No Southwest light rail support in Dayton's proposed public works bill "The cost of these [light rail] projects is prohibitive, unless you want to start excluding $125 million of very worthwhile projects elsewhere in the state," Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/southwest-light-rail-dayton-proposed-bonding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:12:15 -0600 Four remain hospitalized after Cedar-Riverside fire Fire officials are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire, which destroyed the Otanga grocery and displaced residents from the apartment units above the store http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/four-remain-hospitalized-after-cedarriverside-fire?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:36:11 -0600 Transgender woman released from prison after serving manslaughter sentence A Minneapolis transgender woman who was imprisoned for killing a man who picked a fight with her was released Monday from a St. Cloud correctional facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/news/cece-mcdonald-released?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:42:22 -0600 Judge hands down record prison term for Minn. sex trafficker The sentence of Otis Washington was the longest imposed on a sex-trafficking defendant in Minnesota history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/judge-hands-down-record-prison-term-for-minn-sex-trafficker?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:44:57 -0600 Minn. man released from United Arab Emirates after being jailed over video Cassim, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen and University of Minnesota graduate was jailed in April after creating a video poking fun of youth hip-hop culture in Dubai. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/news/shezanne-cassim-released?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:40:22 -0600 Met Council chief open to ground level trains in Minneapolis' Kenilworth neighborhood The head of the Metropolitan Council says she is "absolutely open" to routing Southwest light-rail trains through the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis at ground level. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/news/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:42:01 -0600 Third victim in Cedar-Riverside fire identified The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released the identity of a third man killed in a New Year's Day fire in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/news/cedar-riverside-fire-victim-identified?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:12:02 -0600 Cedar-Riverside fire survivors recount harrowing moments Abdi Qobey was watching television in bed when the wall of his apartment suddenly flew over his head. He jumped from the second floor to escape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/news/cedar-riverside-survivors?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:20:06 -0600 Authorities: body found after Cedar-Riverside fire; gas seen as possible cause "Today our task is to find people who are missing and unaccounted for," Hussein Ahmed, director of the West Bank Community Coalition said Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/02/news/minneapolis-building-explosion-fire?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:03:59 -0600 Building explosion, fire rock Minneapolis neighborhood An explosion ripped through a three-story building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis New Year's Day morning, igniting a three-alarm fire and sending more than a dozen people to area hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/01/explosion-fire-injures-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 14:45:02 -0600 Green Line 98 percent done Even though the Green Line isn't scheduled to open until next year, test trains have already been doing practice runs into downtown St. Paul. Workers are running the trains in part to make sure they're adequately powered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/25/lrt-almost-done?refid=0 Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:43:45 -0600 Questions surround law restricting public access to juvenile court records A new law that would restrict access to court records of teens charged with felonies was scheduled to kick in Jan. 1. But now there are questions as to whether it will go into effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/juvenile-records?refid=0 Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Abuse claims kept secret allowed priest to minister and teach sex ed Harry Walsh wasn't included on a recent list of priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse. Church leaders knew his history, yet allowed him to continue working in parishes until the fall of 2011. Today Walsh teaches sex education to troubled teenagers and vulnerable adults in Wright Co., Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/19/abuse-claims-kept-secret-allowed-priest-to-minister-and-teach-sex-ed/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:57:00 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 Nienstedt, facing claim he touched boy, steps aside during investigation, denies allegation The St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese says Archbishop John Nienstedt is being investigated by police for an allegation of touching a boy on the buttocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/catholic-church/archbishop-nienstedt-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:04:05 -0600 County attorney: Grand jury not a likely option in archdiocese investigation Advocates for victims are calling for police search warrants and a grand jury investigation that could reveal potentially incriminating documents from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. But so far, there are no clear signs that St. Paul police and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi will use that approach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/15/catholic-church/county-attorney-grand-jury-not-likely-option-in-archdiocese-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:05:00 -0600 The list: Archdiocese names priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse A detailed look at the priests named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as clergy with credible accusations of child abuse against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/special/archdiocese-priest-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:17:17 -0600 Abuse victims: Church took too long to release priest names A list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, released today by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, should have been made public decades ago, victims of abuse by clergy members said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/news/react-abusive-priest-list?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:29:16 -0600 Archdiocese: 92 parishes affected by "credibly accused" priests to be named Thursday The archdiocese plans to release the names of 29 priests who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children on its website Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/archdiocese-92-parishes-affected-by-credibly-accused-priests-to-be-named-thursday?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:30:51 -0600 Shelter will house child victims of sex trafficking A new shelter for children who have been sold into the sex trade is scheduled to open next summer in St. Paul. The shelter follows passage of Minnesota's Safe Harbor Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/news/shelter-child-victims-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:27:17 -0600 'Shop with Cops' builds rapport between children, police The St. Paul Police Department and various partners are getting ready for a holiday event that aims to bridge the gap between children and police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/news/shop-with-cops?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:23:07 -0600 Pastor of Oakdale Catholic church accepted $120,000 check from elderly parishioner The Maplewood Police Department recently closed an investigation into the Rev. Rodger Bauman, an Oakdale priest who accepted a $120,000 check from a 99-year-old former parishioner. Bauman has maintained all along that the money was a gift. He eventually returned it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/catholic-church/pastor-of-oakdale-catholic-church-accepted-120000-check-from-elderly-pari?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Police sift through new evidence of alleged sex abuse by Catholic priests After issuing a call for victims to come forward, police investigators are sifting through new evidence coming from people who say they were sexually abused by Catholic priests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/news/police-evidence-alleged-sex-abuse?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:41:04 -0600 Lawsuit alleges church officials knew priest abused children as early as 1969; kept him in ministry A new lawsuit filed today alleges the Rev. Jerome Kern was a "serial offender" who abused victims at three parishes over his 35 years in ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/catholic-church/lawsuit-church-officials-knew-priest-abused-children-as-early-as-1969-kep?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:08:55 -0600 Priest denied new trial in conviction for sexual relations with parishioner The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a new trial to a Roman Catholic priest convicted of third-degree criminal conduct for having sexual relations with a parishioner he was counseling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/news/priest-denied-new-trial?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:52:05 -0600 Former Minnesotan arrested on suspicion of assisting pirate ringleader Mohamed Aden, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and suspected pirate gang boss Mohamed Abdi Hassan will appear Oct. 30 for a pre-trial hearing in Belgium on charges tied to the 2009 hijacking of the Belgian ship "Pompei." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/mohamed-aden-arrested-belgium?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:11:35 -0500 Crucial Southwest light rail vote delayed by months The decision to put off the Metropolitan Council vote came following a Tuesday morning meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and several local, regional and state officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/southwest-light-rail-vote-delayed?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:43:28 -0500 Downtown St. Paul business owners expect lift from light rail Overall occupancy in downtown St. Paul office units remains steady at about 90 percent, but it's unclear if the market can support an upscale office tower, which is one idea that Mayor Chris Coleman has floated for the former Macy's site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/business/downtown-st-paul-occupancy?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:34:18 -0500 Jury selection set to begin for teen charged in Payne-Phalen beating Police said several young males stomped and kicked the victim, Ray Widstrand, and eventually stripped him of his pants. Widstrand, now 27, suffered from potentially fatal brain swelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/13/news/jury-selection-begins-for-teen-charged-in-paynephalen-beating?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Southwest light rail committee recommends shallow tunnel through scenic corridor All but one of the regional leaders present supported the plan, which also would leave freight trains alongside the tunnels. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, the lone "no" vote, pledged to continue to press the railroads to relocate freight traffic out of the Kenilworth Corridor, a scenic area that includes bicycle trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/shallow-tunnel-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:09:40 -0500 Southwest light rail tunnel option may advance Weds. A group of regional metro leaders is expected to vote Wednesday on the biggest flashpoint of the proposed Southwest light rail project: what to do with existing freight trains in the Kenilworth Corridor of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/news/southwest-light-rail-tunnel?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Light rail planners, neighbors to meet as confusion continues Southwest light rail planners will meet with residents of the Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis Thursday to go over a contentious plan for the metro transit project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/light-rail-planners-no-homes-will-be-taken?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:32:08 -0500 Mayor Rybak calls for Southwest light rail consensus If no agreement can be reached on the freight-rail impasse, city officials have suggested that Southwest planners consider a new light-rail alignment. But Met Council chairwoman Sue Haigh said that would delay the project by at least one or two years and send the price tag to soar even higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/light-rail-rybak-haigh?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:32:52 -0500 Minn. Somali leader calls al-Shabab 'cancerous ideology' Mohamed Farah, executive director of the group Ka Joog, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington. The committee called the hearing on al-Shabab because of the group's ability to recruit young fighters from the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/al-shabab-cancerous-ideology?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:00:11 -0500 Southwest metro light rail decision postponed again An advisory committee for the Southwest Corridor light rail project in the Twin Cities postponed a vote Wednesday on how to resolve a longstanding dispute that continues to threaten the future of the line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/transport/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:40:16 -0500 Light rail plan rankles some on Minneapolis City Council Minneapolis City Council members are fighting back against a likely solution to an impasse regarding the Southwest light-rail line. The planned route angers several city council members, including Betsy Hodges who said the planning process for the project is "almost scandalously flawed." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/news/light-rail-route-minneapolis-city-council?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:24:49 -0500 Recommendation on Southwest light rail project expected Wednesday An advisory committee for the Southwest light rail project will recommend Wednesday a way to resolve a longstanding dispute that is threatening the future of the line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/news/recommendation-on-southwest-light-rail-project-expected-wednesday?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:27:16 -0500 Imams denounce al-Shabab in Friday prayer services There has been no official confirmation connecting the attackers to Minnesota, where U.S. authorities say al-Shabab has recruited about two dozen fighters to the Horn of Africa. Even so, imams in the Twin Cities say they have a responsibility to speak up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/news/imams-denounce-al-shabab?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:13:45 -0500 Background: The missing Somali men Since 2007, at least 23 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. Here is what we know about these men. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/somali_timeline/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:07:00 -0500 Young Somali-Americans try to repair community's image With the intense glare of news outlets on Minnesota, where the nation's largest Somali-American population resides, many members of that community try to repair its image and raise awareness about the challenges they face. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/news/minnesota-somali-image?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:50:02 -0500 Kenya attacks condemned by Somali-American community in Minnesota Somali-American community leaders are responding to reports that two of the alleged attackers on a shopping center in Nairobi were from Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/somali-leaders-respond-to-kenya-attack?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:15:44 -0500 East Siders concerned crime will return as St. Paul cuts back on extra police patrols Operation Blue Wave was the the St. Paul Police Department's response to the deadly shooting in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of a teen boy and a group beating of a young man that nearly killed him. Extra patrols are beginning to recede as summer ends, and that has some residents worried. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/east-side-residents-worry-as-st-paul-police-pull-back-on-extra-patrols?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 06:22:10 -0500 Payne-Phalen residents to meet on youth violence A spate of youth violence sparks the topic for discussion at a gathering St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/news/payne-phalen-residents-youth-violence?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:28:25 -0500 Board wants to put light rail storage center in Hopkins, against suburb's wishes City Council member Cheryl Youakim said her city is reluctant to take the operation and maintenance facility, or OMF, because it would push several businesses out of the area and cost about 200 jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/hopkins-doesnt-want-light-rail-storage-center?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:04:27 -0500 Southwest Light Rail's fate has hinged on Kenilworth freight route for almost two decades The fate of what would be the state's most expensive public-works project -- the Southwest Light Rail -- now teeters on uncertainty, with much of the debate centering on one question: Did the city of St. Louis Park ever agree to accept freight rail? The quandary goes back nearly two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/news/southwest-light-rail-kenilworth-freight?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:40:00 -0500 Timeline: Southwest LRT freight rail debate Why is the Southwest Light Rail Transit project in such a mess? Transit planners are weighing what many consider to be two bad options. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/09/swlrt/timeline.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis schools pay tribute to Hussein Samatar Hussein Samatar became the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minnesota when he won a seat on the school board three years ago, providing a strong voice for immigrant families and children. The 45-year-old died last week of complications from leukemia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/minneapolis-school-board-honors-samatar?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Report finds steep drop in MN median income From 2000 to 2010, Minnesota's median income fell by 18 percent after figures were adjusted for inflation -- the steepest decline in the nation, according to an economic justice group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/01/report-finds-steep-drop-in-mn-median-income?refid=0 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 10:09:31 -0500 'Bibles, Badges and Business' come together for immigration reform Some Minnesota farmers, Christians and business leaders are lending their voices to the fight for immigration reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/bibles-badges-business-immigration-reform-coalition?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:34:38 -0500 Minn. woman pleads guilty to perjury in al-Shabab investigation Saynab Hussein, pleaded guilty to perjury today in federal court in Minneapolis. Hussein told a grand jury in 2009 that she did not know anyone who raised money for the Minnesota men who went to fight Ethiopian troops in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/saynab-hussein-guilty-plea?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:30:24 -0500 State Fair, schools broil in record heat The Twin Cities and southern Minnesota suffered under scorching heat and humidity Monday, creating misery from the Minnesota State Fair to Minneapolis public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/state-fair-schools-broil-in-record-heat?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:25:12 -0500 Hussein Samatar, a Somali-American political pioneer, dies Minneapolis school board member Hussein Samatar died Sunday of complications from leukemia. The civil war refugee was the first Somali-American in Minnesota, and most likely the country, to be elected to public office. He was 45. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/samatar-dies?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:05:05 -0500 Humanitarian groups urge banks to ease remittances to Somalia Humanitarian groups are urging more banks to take on accounts with money-transfer companies that send cash to Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/business/banks-urged-to-allow-remittances-to-somalia?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:52:24 -0500 Rising costs of Southwest LRT has officials steamed The escalating costs of the proposed Southwest Corridor light-rail system are alienating officials in five Twin Cities area counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/southwest-lrt-costs?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:12:08 -0500 Southwest light rail, freight fracas intensifies Light-rail planners and railroad officials are trying to find a better way to reroute freight traffic for the proposed Southwest Corridor project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/southwest-light-rail-freight?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:00:08 -0500 Critics call for rerouting Southwest Light Rail Transit planners are toiling over how to resolve a dispute over the proposed southwest light-rail route. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/15/news/route-light-rail-project?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Ramsey County Attorney finds novel law to battle sex trafficking Ramsey County Attorney John Choi plans to use a civil statute used to protect children from neglect to file no-contact orders against alleged sex traffickers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/ramsey-county-attorney-finds-novel-law-to-battle-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:30:53 -0500 Major hurdles persist for Southwest light rail project Questions over how to make room for both light-rail and freight traffic along the proposed Southwest Corridor project could delay a key decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/business/southwest-light-rail-project-hurdles?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:56:12 -0500 Magazine for adult adoptees raises issues of alienation, racism and loss When many people think of adoption, they tend to focus on the adoptive parents and the baby they bring home. But less attention is paid to what becomes of those babies. Starting Monday, a new online magazine called Gazillion Voices aims to provide a voice for adult adoptees around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/04/regional/magazine-spotlights-lives-of-adult-adoptees?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 States' laws could cause complications for same-sex couples Minnesota becomes the 12th state in the nation where same-sex marriage is legal starting at midnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/news/same-sex-marriage-legal?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Mpls. mayoral candidate Winton wants to redirect SW light rail to Nicollet Planners are trying to figure out how to fit light rail, freight rail, and biking trails all along pinch points between Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/mpls-mayoral-candidate-winton-wants-to-redirect-sw-light-rail-to-nicollet?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:16:46 -0500 Minneapolis boy's fall from window stokes parents' fears, neighbors' tensions Minneapolis police are investigating an incident that left a 5-year-old boy in critical condition after he fell out of a fourth-floor window of an apartment complex Tuesday morning on the city's north side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/news/boy-window-fall?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:18:20 -0500 Mpls. mayoral candidate: City should plant more trees Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew wants to double the number of trees planted in the city every year, in an effort to thwart the effects of an emerald ash borer epidemic. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/mpls-mayoral-candidate-city-should-plant-more-trees/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:39:27 -0500 Q&A: Mpls. superintendent on reducing school suspensions Reporter Laura Yuen talked to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson about the district's school suspension racial gap and what the district is doing to reduce overall suspensions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/education/johnson-suspensions-q-a?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:48:02 -0500 Mpls. tackles high rate of African-American student suspensions The Minneapolis Public School District is making a concerted effort to tackle what it considers a pervasive problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/education/minneapolis-school-suspensions?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:21:01 -0500 Report details St. Paul school suspensions A new national report is shedding light on the high suspension rates among students of color and special-needs children in Minnesota's largest school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/education/saint-paul-schools-suspension-rates?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:59:03 -0500 Teachers facing achievement gap try cross-race connections As Minnesota wrestles with some of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation between white kids and students of color, some teachers are questioning their own practices in the classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/education/classroom-culture?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Wilder CEO sounds alarm on racial disparities Minnesota's stark unemployment gap between whites and racial minorities continues to vex civic leaders. In the Twin Cities, for example, blacks are more than three times as likely as whites to be unemployed. That disparity leads the U.S. among 25 large metro areas included in a national study published last year. Local nonprofit and business communities warn that the region's economy will suffer if the gap persists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/social-issue/wilder-ceo-racial-disparities?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 As Dayton pushes for preschool, a success story in cultivating young minds Supporters of early childhood education say that many children could benefit from programs like Bigelow Head Start in St. Paul and that this could finally be the year that Minnesota takes educating young children seriously. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/education/dayton-early-education-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Reports: Fewer kids sent to juvenile detention facilities, but race a big factor The rate of children sent to juvenile detention facilities across the country for delinquent behavior has dropped off dramatically over the past decade, a new report says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/news/juvenile-detention-reports?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:35:45 -0600 Groups press Target to consider job applicants with criminal backgrounds Two Twin Cities social-justice groups are pressing Target to fairly consider job applicants with criminal backgrounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/business/groups-press-target-to-consider-job-applicants-with-criminal-background?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:15:08 -0600 Bill would boost Minn. early childhood ed A new bill introduced this week in the state Senate would offer early learning scholarships to low-income families so they could send their 3- and 4-year-olds to quality preschool and child-care programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/politics/early-childhood-education-bill?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:46:07 -0600 Minn. Zoo sets sight on seal exhibit Officials at the Minnesota Zoo have set their sights on a group of endangered seals to replace the zoo's popular dolphin program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/news/minnesota-zoo-upgrades?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:59:22 -0600 Photo purportedly shows 2nd St. Paul officer in hijab costume The St. Paul Police Department is investigating another photograph purportedly showing one of its officers dressed like a Somali woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/news/st-paul-officer-hijab-costume?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:31:44 -0600 Lawsuit names State Patrol, 27 officers over Drug Recognition Evaluator program Six people filed a federal lawsuit today alleging law enforcement officers violated their civil rights by giving them large amounts of marijuana to get high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/news/lawsuit-drug-recognition-evaluator?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:36:00 -0600 St. Paul Promise Neighborhood ponders future after second budget blow For the second year in a row, the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood did not receive a coveted grant from the U.S. Department of Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/social-issue/promise-neighborhood-setback?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Wild radio announcer Bob Kurtz on start of NHL season On the eve of the long-delayed NHL season opener, we'll check in with Bob Kurtz, radio play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Wild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/daily-circuit-nl-season-opener-wild?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:14:45 -0600 Somalia's president in Minneapolis Somalia's new president on Friday will urge his Somali-born compatriots in Minneapolis to help rebuild their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/social-issue/somali-diaspora-community?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:52:23 -0600 Klobuchar bill would crack down on metal thieves Thieves would have a tougher time trading in stolen metal for cash under a new bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/news/klobuchar-metal-theft-legislation?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:03:02 -0600 Report: Minn. should spend $10M to shelter young sex trafficking victims A report from the Department of Public Safety outlinines a state task force's vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking. A panel of prosecutors, police, advocates and others is recommending a $13 million plan, and most of the money would go toward housing these kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/social-issue/report-young-sex-trafficking-victims?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 DPS panel calls for $13-million plan to treat sex trafficking victims The Department of Public Safety is releasing a report Tuesday outlining a state task force's vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/news/sex-trafficking-treatment?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:39:29 -0600 How one St. Paul nurse is helping runaways heal Nurse practitioner Laurel Edinburgh speaks to the link between runaways and child prostitution -- and what other communities across the state can learn from it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/news/saint-paul-nurse-runaway-sidebar?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:03:03 -0600 Runaway girls focus of Minn. fight to curb sex trafficking Research shows that Minnesota girls who run from their homes are not only more vulnerable to being sold for sex; they also face a higher risk of being raped or sexually exploited in other ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/social-issue/teenage-runaways?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 What's next for downtown St. Paul? Downtown St. Paul will look quite different next year, and that's not just because its sole department store will be gone. By 2014, Macy's will have disappeared, but downtown will see a new grocery store, light-rail trains, and the beginnings of a new ballpark. Yet some wonder if all these changes will truly revitalize the downtown's core. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/business/st-paul-downtown-next?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Accidental child shootings: Parents rarely prosecuted As the case of an accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old boy rests in the hands of the Hennepin County Attorney, an MPR News analysis of state court data shows that prosecuting parents for leaving guns around kids is rare, but not unprecedented in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/prosecutors-weigh-case-of-accidental-shooting-death-of-minneapolis-toddler?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 04:01:00 -0600 Golden Valley approves fourth light-rail route Early plans for what could be the Twin Cities' fourth light-rail transit spoke are moving ahead, with the blessing of the city of Golden Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/golden-valley-considers-approval-of-bottineau-rail-route?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 07:45:31 -0600 No jail time for father whose son was accidentally shot There will be no jail time for a St. Paul man whose toddler son was accidentally shot in the head. Instead, a judge ordered Lue Xiong Thursday to educate other parents about firearm safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/news/no-jail-time-for-father-whose-son-was-accidentally-shot?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:43:54 -0600 Central Corridor construction ahead of schedule Central Corridor light rail planners say the second year of construction on the line connecting St. Paul to Minneapolis went much smoother than the first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/news/central-corridor-construction-ahead-of-schedule?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:23:46 -0600 NHL lockout takes toll on small businesses The NHL lockout, now in its 83rd day, continues to distress St. Paul business owners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/business/nhl-lockout-small-business?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:57:50 -0600 St. Paul crime lab fixes estimated at $1M The city is considering spending more than $1 million to fix its troubled crime lab. But questions remain about what the lab's future will look like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/news/st-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:35:17 -0600 Sex offender treatment overhaul wins key lawmaker's support As Minnesota prepares to overhaul its system for treating sex offenders, at least one key lawmaker supports newly recommended reforms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/law/key-lawmaker-supports-reforms-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:18:01 -0600 Golden Valley wrestles with opposition to Bottineau light rail As Hennepin County pushes forward with what could be the fourth light rail spoke in the Twin Cities, Golden Valley is the only one of five cities touching the so-called Bottineau route preferred by planners take an official stance against it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/business/golden-valley-bottineau-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:16:38 -0600 Judge rules light rail work must continue The St. Paul NAACP and community members from the Rondo neighborhood asked Judge Donovan Frank to halt the project, contending that light-rail planners were dragging their feet in completing a study that would analyze business impacts during construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/business/central-corridor-light-rail?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:14:28 -0600 Businesses in court ask for Central Corridor impact study A handful of St. Paul business owners went to court today to try to convince a federal judge that light-rail planners are taking too long to study how Central Corridor construction is affecting them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/businesses/central-corridor-impact-study?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:06:20 -0600 Diverse schools, suburbs tackle fair housing Several city and school leaders said they want housing policies to support racially integrated schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/suburbs-diversity?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:13:03 -0600 New film remembers University Avenue's glory days -- and looks to its future The commercial street connecting St. Paul to Minneapolis is like your favorite bawdy relative: quirky, over-sized, and rough around the edges. A new documentary suggests the avenue's glorious early days could provide some clues as to what its future might be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/news/university-avenue-documentary?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:21:11 -0600 What did the election mean? Look at Edina The political parties disagree over whether voters gave Democrats a mandate to govern -- or whether 2012 is another example of a fickle electorate looking for instant results from elected officials. In Minnesota the answers to those questions can be found in the city of Edina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/11/politics/what-message-did-the-voters-send-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Marriage amendment defeat 'historic' in Minn. A leading opponent of the rejected constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman said Tuesday's election was a "historic day for Minnesota." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/marriage-amendment-defeat-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:29:14 -0600 Ritchie: Absentee ballots can be cast today Minnesota' top election officials is reminding voters who will be out of their precinct Tuesday for Election Day that they can still vote by absentee ballot Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/politics/ritchie-absentee-ballots-can-be-cast-today?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:09:49 -0600 Investigation's report of Drug Recognition Evaluator program exposes inconsistency, confusion A 513-page report that documents the criminal investigation into the state's Drug Recognition Evaluator program has been released this week because the case is now closed, without anyone being charged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/law/report-drug-recognition-program?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:57:58 -0500 GPS tracking could help ensure abusers keep their distance Alleged stalkers in Ramsey County could start wearing electronic-tracking devices as early as today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/law/gps-tracker-stalker?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:38:44 -0500 Rondo group pushes Met Council on light rail impact study The St. Paul NAACP and Central Corridor businesses are asking that the Metropolitan Council comply with a nearly two-year-old court order over the light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/business/light-rail-construction-rondo-lawsuit-order?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:18:13 -0500 Minn. woman pleads guilty to Katrina fraud A woman pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Paul Tuesday to stealing federal money intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/news/minnesota-woman-pleads-guilty-to-katrina-relief-fraud?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:19:05 -0500 Charges: Convicted murderer ordered beatings of witnesses Hennepin County prosecutors allege that a convicted murderer ordered the beatings of witnesses so they would recant their trial testimony against him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/news/charges-convicted-murderer-ordered-beatings-of-witnesses?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:40:50 -0500 Muslim group lauds mosque rejection probe A leading Muslim civil rights group says it welcomes a federal investigation into a Twin Cities suburb's rejection of a mosque proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/news/muslim-group-lauds-saint-anthony-mosque-rejection-probe?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:51:29 -0500 Terrorist pipeline continues to flow from Minn. to Somalia Four years after federal authorities in the Twin Cities began investigating homegrown recruitment for the terrorist group al-Shabab, at least two additional men slipped away to Somalia as recently as July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/news/terrorist-pipeline-continues-to-flow-from-minnesota-to-somalia?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:16:56 -0500 Somali-American group wins FBI award The Ka Joog nonprofit run by young Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities will receive a community leadership award today from the Minneapolis office of the FBI. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/news/ka-joog-fbi-award?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 07:02:58 -0500 Mahamud Said Omar guilty in first trial of sweeping federal investigation Defense attorneys described Mahamud Said Omar as "a frightened little man" who was "not capable of running anything." But a federal jury in Minneapolis didn't buy it. Omar was guilty on five counts of aiding the extremist group al-Shabab with logistical and financial assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/crime/al-shabab-mahamud-said-omar-trial-verdict-guilty?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:14:31 -0500 Jury finds Minn. man guilty in al-Shabab trial A Minneapolis jury has found a Minnesota man guilty of helping the extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia with logistical and financial assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/news/al-shabab-trial-verdict-guilty?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:44:33 -0500 Jury gets case in Minn. al-Shabab trial Mahamud Said Omar may not have been the one who indoctrinated several young Twin Cities men to fight for a terrorist group, but he helped steer them into a deadly pipeline to Somalia, according to a federal prosecutor in closing arguments in Omar's terrorism trial Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/news/closing-arugments-al-shabab-trial?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:24:42 -0500 FBI: Accused man's statements incriminate self Some of the most incriminating evidence against a Minneapolis man accused of aiding a Somali terror group appears to have come from his own statements to the FBI. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/crime/somali-terrorism-trial?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:02:05 -0500 FBI agent testifies in al-Shabab trial A Minnesota man accused of sending cash and fighters to a Somali terrorism group told the FBI he was a "team leader" for al-Shabab, according to testimony in federal court Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/news/al-shabab-trial-tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:40:25 -0500 FBI: Man exchanged calls, text messages with al-Shabab recruits Phone records tracked by the FBI show a Minneapolis man accused of supporting a Somali terror group exchanged hundreds of calls and text messages with a second wave of al-Shabab recruits from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/crime/fbi-man-exchanged-calls-text-messages-with-alshabab-recruits?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:37:51 -0500 Al-Shabab recruit: Joining was his 'biggest mistake' A Minnesota man who traveled to Somalia to fight Ethiopian troops told a federal jury Thursday it was the biggest mistake of his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/news/al-shabab-trial-kamal-hassan?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:36:22 -0500 In court, al-Shabab recruit tells of disillusionment with war What began as a quest to become a "good Muslim" took a young suburban Twin Cities man to a battlefield in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/news/kamal-hassan-testimony?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 06:45:00 -0500 Al-Shabab recruit wanted to be 'good Muslim' A third Twin Cities man recruited to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia told a federal jury on Wednesday he was convinced he would be a "good Muslim" by joining the war in his homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/news/al-shabab-trial?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:47:01 -0500 Defense in Minn. terror trial grills government witness Defense attorneys turned up the heat Tuesday on a key government witness in the federal terrorism trial of Mahamud Said Omar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/news/mahamud-said-omar-trial-tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:40:35 -0500 Federal trial of Mahamud Said Omar enters second week The federal trial of Mahamud Said Omar, the Twin Cities man accused of sending money and Twin Cities recruits to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia, resumes today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/justice/mahamud-said-omar-terrorism-trial?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:02:00 -0500 Terror trial witnesses describe path from Minn. to holy war in Somalia Testimony from two witnesses at a Minneapolis terror trial provides a firsthand glimpse into how young Minnesota men were encouraged to wage a holy war in the Horn of Africa. Authorities believe more than 20 from the state joined al-Shabab. About nine are believed dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/news/al-shabab-trial-friday?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:30:00 -0500 Witness at al-Shabab trial describes escape from Somalia If it weren't for a skin rash, two Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia to join radical insurgents might still be there today. Instead, the young men are cooperating witnesses for the federal government in the trial of a 46-year-old former janitor from Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/news/witness-at-al-shabab-trial-describes-escape-from-somalia?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 06:49:43 -0500 Minn. man tells of al-Shabab recruitment A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists testified Wednesday afternoon in the terror trial of a man charged with facilitating a pipeline of fighters to Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/news/somali-terror-trial?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:09:04 -0500 Relatives testify in Somali terror trial The mother of a Minneapolis men killed in Somalia while fighting for a terrorist group said her son wouldn't have been able to travel back to his homeland in 2008 without help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/news/somalia-trial?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:49:17 -0500 Jury hears dueling theories in Minn. terror case Was Mahamud Said Omar an al-Shabab facilitator who steered two waves of American men into the arms of a terrorist organization? Or was he too incompetent to facilitate a jihadist movement? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/news/mahamud-said-omar-trial-under-way?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:36:02 -0500 Minnesota men who joined 'jihad' in Somalia Since 2007, at least 20 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. The FBI has confirmed that two of the recruits became suicide bombers, and seven others are believed to have been killed in the fighting. A mix of nationalism and religious extremism motivated the men to join the fighting. Here is what we know about these men. /projects/ongoing/somali_timeline/missing_men2?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:04:37 -0500 Trial begins of man accused of sending fighters to join Somali terror group Opening statements begin today in the trial of a Minneapolis man accused of helping send young Twin Cities men to fight with the Somali terror group al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/law/trial-mahamud-said-omar?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. trial could expose al-Shabab recruiting Mahamud Said Omar, a former janitor at a Minneapolis mosque, is charged with facilitating a second wave of young Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia in 2008 to join the extremist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/30/regional/somali-terror-trial?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:10:11 -0500 University Ave. businesses spruce up to prepare for light rail customers University Avenue is getting a mini-makeover, and not just the billion-dollar light-rail project that's currently under construction. The subtler transformations are taking shape inside some of the small businesses along this dense urban street in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/business/university-ave-light-rail-preparation?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:07:08 -0500 No charges for officers who allegedy gave pot to Occupy protesters The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has decided not to file any charges against officers involved in a now-suspended drug training program run by the State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/news/drug-recognition-evaluator-no-charges-occupy?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:15:57 -0500 Census survey data: Minn. economy stabilizing After several years of recessionary declines, Minnesota's economy began to stabilize last year, according to new survey data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/social-issue/census-minnesota-economy-stabilizing?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Charges against state trooper show track record of unprofessionalism The Minnesota State Patrol sergeant at the helm of a suspended drug training program has a documented track record of unprofessionalism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/police/state-tropper-rick-munoz?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:31:35 -0500 U readies for first beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium Gopher fans will be able to drink beer and wine at the first home football game of the year at TCF Bank Stadium this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/news/university-of-minnesota-beer-sales-tcf-bank-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:10:52 -0500 What's your long-term vision for the Twin Cities? The Metropolitan Council is kicking off a series of community listening sessions this month as it creates a 10-year regional plan. The agency is taking resident input on how it can address changing economic, transit and housing needs of the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/daily-circuit-met-council-twin-cities-vision?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 BWCA firefighters in 'mop-up' mode A 50-acre wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely is about 40 percent contained, but crews now have their hands full battling three new small fires in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/news/bwca-firefighters-in-mopup-mode?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:37:25 -0500 Refugee health issues now more complex Today's refugees settling in Minnesota tend to have more complex health problems than before, according to the Minnesota Department of Health's Refugee Health Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/health/refugee-health-issues-now-more-complex?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:35:04 -0500 At Augsburg, some students mix studies and sobriety As college students head back to school this week, a small incoming class at Augsburg College is trying to do it -- sober. The two dozen new students in the school's StepUP program have all struggled with substance abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/regional/addiction-recovery-augsburg?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Campus access easier as LRT project proceeds Light rail planners say students heading back to class at the University of Minnesota this week should be able to get around campus despite ongoing construction on the Central Corridor project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/regional/lrt-construction?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 10:44:55 -0500 Professor leaves ivory tower to run for president of Somalia After much time thinking, university professor Ahmed Samatar has decided to act, leaving his ivory tower for an unusual assignment: He's running for president of Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/politics/professor-president-somalia?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Sources: Twins to host MLB All-Star Game Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is expected in Minneapolis Wednesday to announce that the Minnesota Twins will indeed host the All-Star Game in 2014. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/08/all-star-hopes-for-minneapolis-culminate-with-selig-visit.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:58:55 -0500 Law enforcement, hoteliers join against sex trafficking Law enforcement officials are taking the unique step of training hotel employees to spot signs of trafficking at their places of businesses. And they're turning to the prominent Carlson hospitality company to help lead the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/crime/hotels-fight-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Hmong farmers prompt May Township to revisit growing rules May Township will likely repeal an ordinance that imposed restrictions on vegetable growers in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/news/may-township-hmong-farmers?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:52:16 -0500 HD cameras and station design intended to enhance LRT security High-definition surveillance cameras are just one security feature that light rail planners considered when designing the 18 new stops along the Central Corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/11/regional/lrt-security?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities Sikh community opens its temple doors A small but growing Sikh community in the Twin Cities is opening its temple doors in the wake of the horrific shootings in Milwaukee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/religion/minnesota-sikh-shooting-react?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 07:10:00 -0500 Minn. River tested for low oxygen levels Scientists with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are taking water samples from the Minnesota River Friday to see if there's enough oxygen in the river to support aquatic life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/environment/minnesota-river-low-levels?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 14:06:31 -0500 Court: Gay partners have right to inheritance A Hennepin County District Court referee has ruled that same-sex partners have the right to inherit each other's assets. It could open the door for other Minnesota gay and lesbian couples to access additional benefits of marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/news/hennepin-county-gay-couples-inheritance?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:07:07 -0500 Mpls. church postpones Ritchie's address An on-again, off-again speech by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie at a Minneapolis Catholic church is off again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/politics/catholic-church-cancels-ritchies-address?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:55:32 -0500 A safer Mogadishu beckons Somali-Americans Once regarded as one of the world's most dangerous cities, the Somali capital of Mogadishu is seeing a bit of a revival. Increased security has helped lure some young Somali-Americans to the city of their birth for the first time since civil war erupted 21 years ago. But the peace is fragile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/unrest/mogadishu-return?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:33:34 -0500 Central Corridor LRT bonuses tell a tale of two contractors What do people who live and work in the Central Corridor think about light-rail construction? The most recent community reviews are in -- and again, they tell a tale of two contractors. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/07/low-marks-continue-to-plague-cclrt-contractor-walsh.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:54:00 -0500 Businesses along Central Corridor complain of damage to their buildings Some St. Paul businesses and property owners along the path of a future light-rail line say no one is taking responsibility for damage to their buildings. They claim Central Corridor construction has led to cracks in their foundations and flooding in their basements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/regional/businesses-complain-about-lrt-damage?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:25:58 -0500 St. Paul service diversifies ranks of EMTs The St. Paul Fire Department will provide more details on Monday on a new basic transport service employed by young, diverse emergency medical technicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/22/regional/stpaul-emt?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 09:56:11 -0500 Suburbs see shifting racial mix The Twin Cities suburbs are more diverse than you might think. A study released today shows communities in the first and second rings surrounding Minneapolis and St. Paul are seeing rapid changes in their racial makeup. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/social-issue/diverse-demographics?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 07:10:00 -0500 Minnesota Zoo exhibit raises dolphin captivity questions The string of dolphin deaths at the zoo has become a flashpoint for a broader debate about keeping dolphins in captivity. Zoo officials were worried about the fatalities and the public heat surrounding them, according to emails and other documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/news/minnesota-zoo-dolphin-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:21:14 -0500 Stingrays may replace dolphins at Minnesota Zoo The zoo is still figuring out how far $4 million in state bonding money will go toward renovating its popular Discovery Bay aquarium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/environment/stingrays-may-replace-dolphins-at-minnesota-zoo?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:34:31 -0500 Explosions set off fire in south Mpls One firefighter was injured after a string of explosions set off a towering fire Friday night in a south Minneapolis neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/30/regional/minneapolis-explosion?refid=0 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 00:26:09 -0500 Gay-rights advocates protest Exodus ministry gathering Hundreds of conservative Christians are attending a national conference in the Twin Cities to discuss how to reconcile their faith with same-sex attraction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/social-issue/exodus-international?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:05:00 -0500 Supreme Court upholds health care reform The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The court handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/daily-circuit-supreme-court-health-care-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Head of suspended drug training program has history of complaints The Minnesota Department of Public Safety suspended a drug training program last month amid dramatic allegations that officers taking the class were supplying young people with illegal drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/news/head-of-drug-training-program-has-history-of-complaints?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:49:00 -0500 Twin Cities transit routes up for streamlining Twin Cities transit riders can weigh in on proposed changes to bus service at public meetings that begin this week. The changes would go into effect when the Central Corridor light rail line, the so-called Green Line, opens in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/twin-cities-light-rail-transsit-streamlining?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:29:34 -0500 Payments to Minneapolis digital fund dry up Payments have all but dried up for a little-known fund intended to expand wireless online access in Minneapolis to help low-income people, seniors, displaced workers, and others harness the power of the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/wifi-digital-fund?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:28:47 -0500 Ground breaking for new Blaine curling arena The roughly $4-million addition to the city's Fogerty Arena is expected to help meet demand for year-round ice, as popularity in the sport rises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/blaine-curling-arena-ground-breaking?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 06:38:07 -0500 Cossetta's kitchen manager eyes St. Paul for future brewery As the number of breweries continues to multiply in Minneapolis, only one beer-maker in St. Paul -- the pioneering Summit -- has taken advantage of Minnesota's one-year-old taproom law. But a husband-and-wife team from St. Paul plans to change that. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/05/cossettas-kitchen-manager-eyes-st-paul-for-future-brewery.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 15:32:21 -0500 Feedback sought on walkability near Central Corridor LRT Residents near the Central Corridor light rail line are invited to provide feedback on what it's like to walk to the future stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/27/pedestrian-survey?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Stolen gravestone vases found in Mpls. More than 100 gravestone vases stolen from Twin Cities cemeteries were found Thursday night in a riverfront park in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/crime/stolen-gravestone-vases-found-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 11:24:41 -0500 Prosecutor: Senser conviction should stand The Hennepin County Attorney's office today fired back against Amy Senser's request for acquittal or a new trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/prosecutor-amy-senser?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 18:22:05 -0500 Taprooms spring up as Surly narrows its search Last year, Surly owner Omar Ansari unleashed a social media frenzy when he described a $20 million destination brewery in the Twin Cities. But despite the initial sense of urgency, Ansari is taking his time to complete his vision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/surly-location?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Woman charged with escalating confrontation that led to deadly stabbing A woman who started a deadly fight involving transgender woman Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald has been charged with assault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/woman-charged-escalating-confrontation?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 17:34:02 -0500 Sources: Mpls. to host big volleyball event The visitors group Meet Minneapolis plans to announce Wednesday that the city will host a national amateur sporting event in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/business/minneapolis-us-girls-volleyball-championship?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 15:42:13 -0500 In a north Minneapolis school, a principal and his students remember the storm Lucy Laney Elementary School is among the seven schools near the path of the tornado last year that tore through portions of north Minneapolis. The schools weren't damaged, but most of the kids experienced the storm firsthand. Emotions still run deep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/minneapolis-tornado-schools-recovery?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Somali-Americans close Wells Fargo, US Bank accounts over remittances Somali-Americans say they're closing their accounts with US Bank and Wells Fargo, a fallout from the banks' decision to stop facilitating money transfers to Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/social_issue/somali-americans-close-wells-fargo-us-bank-accounts-over-remittances?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 15:31:03 -0500 Minn. police drop controversial drug program A Minnesota State Patrol program that trains officers to identify signs of drug impairment has been suspended in the wake of troubling allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/crime/drug-program-suspended?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 11:51:51 -0500 Three Twin Cities men convicted of sex trafficking A federal jury in Nashville has split its verdict against nine people accused of running a sex-trafficking ring out of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/three-twin-cities-men-convicted-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 15:04:44 -0500 3 guilty in Somali gang sex trafficking case Idris Ibrahim Fahra, Andrew Kayachith and Yassin Abdirahman Yusuf were found guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/sex-trafficking?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 11:48:32 -0500 Patrol denies claim that cops gave people drugs The Minnesota State Patrol is denying allegations that officers were supplying drugs to young people in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/occupy-mn-says-cops-gave-some-people-drugs?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 17:15:00 -0500 Transgender woman gave up self-defense claim in plea deal The murder trial of Chrishaun "CeCe" ended abruptly with a last-minute plea deal Wednesday. The LGBT community rallied around the transgender woman who claimed she was the victim of a hate crime. The case may be done, but the issue isn't going away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/cece-plea?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Transgender woman pleads guilty to second-degree manslaughter A transgender woman who became a cause celebre for the LGBT community pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/cece-mcdonald-manslaughter-guilty-plea?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 14:19:51 -0500 Cage Fighting Xtreme pits US, Japanese fighters at Target Center rganizers of Saturday night's mixed-martial arts Cage Fighting Xtreme event at the Target Center say the lineup features the largest contingent of Minnesota fighters ever to compete at the same event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/28/cage-fighting-target-center?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2012 10:44:19 -0500 Judge will rule if tattoo is allowable evidence in murder trial A man who was killed outside a Minneapolis bar last summer had a tattoo of a swastika on his chest. The defense in a murder trial argues the tattoo is relevant because it symbolizes the victim's hatred of people who are different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/chrishaun-mcdonald-trial?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:17:20 -0500 Mpls. Police Chief Tim Dolan to retire Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan announced today he will not seek a third term as police chief and will retire at the end of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/minneapolis-police-chief-tim-dolan-to-retire?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:36:13 -0500 Mortgages: What to do if you're underwater Negative equity is not a problem in itself, unless you intend to sell your house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/what-to-do-if-youre-underwater?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Young and underwater, homeowners face tough decisions Falling home prices mean many homeowners in their 30s now owe tens of thousands of dollars more than what their houses are worth. As they ponder their choices, they're sinking under the weight of so-called negative equity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/underwater-generation?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Met Council under fire for disregarding criticism from community Some St. Paul community members are criticizing a decision by Central Corridor light-rail planners to award a large bonus to one of the general contractors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/met-council-under-fire?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:32:24 -0500 St. Paul helps minorities crack into emergency medical services field Today is graduation day for the fifth class of St. Paul's Emergency Medical Services Academy. Most are students of color. The city program was created to diversify the pipeline of emergency medical technicians in Minnesota, where the field remains largely the province of white men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/saint-paul-ems-academy?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis begins replacing trees destroyed by tornado Nearly a year after a tornado destroyed about 6,000 trees in north Minneapolis, forestry crews are beginning the task of replacing them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/north-minneapolis-tree-recovery?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:09:48 -0500 Witness' credibility in dispute in sex trafficking trial Just as opening arguments are scheduled to begin in a case accusing Twin Cities gangs of prostituting young girls, the credibility of one of the alleged victims has come under dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/08/credibility-in-dispute-of-witness-in-sex-trafficking-trial?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2012 18:32:18 -0500 In early spring, one family's last walk Every sign of winter's end carries significance for Terry Strack and his wife, Cynthia Smith-Strack, because they know it will likely be their last spring together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/early-spring-vignette-walking-home?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 FBI: Minn. al-Shabab recruiting suspect not coerced under questioning An FBI agent testified in federal court Wednesday that a former Minneapolis man accused of financing the travels of al-Shabab recruits was treated fairly during questioning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/fbi-alshabab-recruiting-suspect-not-coerced?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:57:59 -0500 Twin Cities sex trafficking defendants face trial Jury selection began Tuesday in Nashville in the case of an alleged sex-trafficking ring with strong ties to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/twin-cities-sex-trafficking-defendants-face-trial?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:43:35 -0500 Local activist to lead national MAD DADS organization A national men's organization that fights drug use and violence has chosen a Minneapolis man to sit at the helm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/vj-smith-mad-dads?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:10:56 -0500 Minnesota not 'nice'? Blame the Scandinavians The state's settlers from northern or central Europe -- primarily Germany and Scandinavia -- had a profound impact on how the social culture here developed. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/03/minnesota-not-welcoming-blame-the-scandinavians.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:37:38 -0500 Central Corridor marketing program on hold A $1.2 million marketing program to bring customers to the Central Corridor light-rail construction zone in St. Paul has hit a speed bump. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/central-corridor-marketing-program-on-hold?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:31:46 -0500 Mpls. police: Leads, no arrests in fatal cab shooting Minneapolis police are investigating the shooting death of a cab driver on the city's north side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/cab-driver-shot-killed-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:13:32 -0500 Grants help police with new tools to fight auto theft Local law enforcement agencies are getting $4 million to help them crack down on auto theft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/auto-theft-crackdown?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:20:25 -0500 State awards $4M to local police to fight auto thefts The Minnesota Department of Commerce is awarding nearly $4 million to local law enforcement agencies to help them crack down on auto theft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/auto-thefts-award?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:59:12 -0500 Honor for St. Paul man who aided neighbor locked in burning home A St. Paul man will be honored this month for his rescue of a neighbor who had been locked inside her burning home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/montel-mixon-honor?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:51:48 -0500 MPR's Laura Yuen previews "Outsiders" series Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Laura Yuen about her series, The Outsiders: Is Minnesota Nice to Newcomers? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/yuen0312?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:52:43 -0500 English-only measure still divides Lino Lakes In a first-grade class at Lino Lakes Elementary School, a circle of students, most of them white, sing children's songs in Spanish. The class is part of a fledgling but popular Spanish-immersion program at the school. It's also a small island of linguistic diversity in a community where, a year and a half ago, officials made it clear that only English would be the language of city documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/outsiders-lino-lakes-english-language?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:00:41 -0500 Newcomers say it's 'nice,' but not warm Minnesotans may take pride in their reputation for friendliness. But the flip side of "Minnesota Nice" is a culture that keeps outsiders at a distance. Newcomers say it can be hard to adjust to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/outsiders1-is-minnesota-nice-to-newcomers?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Willmar showing the way to a more diverse Minnesota Willmar is still grappling with the uncertainty that comes with immigration. More than 20 years after migrant farmers from Mexico and the southern United States began to make Willmar home, a flood of new arrivals from Somalia has introduced new frictions. It has also compelled people to move beyond their comfort zones and talk to their neighbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/outsiders-part3-willmar-is-the-future-of-a-more-diverse-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Judge orders supplemental LRT environmental review A federal judge in St. Paul says light-rail planners failed to address how Central Corridor construction is affecting business in their official environmental review of the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/central-corridor-light-rail-environmental-impact?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:01:25 -0600 A rocky first year for St. Paul Central Corridor construction The first year of the Central Corridor project to build a light-rail line in St. Paul suffered from communication lapses, haphazard planning, and inattention to community concerns — and that's according to the government agency that manages the project. An MPR investigation reveals just how systemic some of the glitches were. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/central-corridor?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Money-transfer services to Somalia close down today A group representing 15 money-transfer companies in Minnesota says the businesses stopped sending remittances to Somalia as of Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/hawalas-closing?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:59:33 -0600 Downtown St. Paul scene gets extra shot from Amsterdam Bar The Amsterdam opened in September in a vacant restaurant space owned by the city. The two owners -- Jon Oulman and his son Jarret -- were wooed by Mayor Chris Coleman's staff after seeing what their 331 music club had done in northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/amsterdam-bar-downtown-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Dangerous conditions could evict 60 families from St. Paul apartments About 60 families in St. Paul might be forced out of their apartments next month because of dangerous living conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/saint-paul-apartment-conditions?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:00:39 -0600 St. Paul votes to raise property tax levy The state's two largest cities approved their 2012 budgets Wednesday evening. Minneapolis passed a budget that held the property tax levy flat, while St. Paul voted to raise its levy by nearly 5 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/st-paul-property-tax?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:26:02 -0600 N. Mpls. clergy call for winter foreclosure moratorium Clergy and community leaders in north Minneapolis are calling on five major banks to halt home-mortgage foreclosures this winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/north-minneapolis-foreclosure-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:34:53 -0600 Coleman proposes drop in St. Paul tax levy St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is proposing to raise the city's property tax levy next year, but not by as much as originally planned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/coleman-tax-levy-proposal?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:39:46 -0600 Minn. hawalas prepare to shut down this week Somali money-transfer companies in Minnesota are preparing to close Friday unless a solution can be reached with one of the last remaining U.S. banks to do business with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/hawalas-prepare-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 17:35:15 -0600 University Ave. opens, but challenges remain After a long and frustrating construction season, University Avenue in St. Paul is getting closer to normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/university-ave-opens?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Forced to leave, Hibbing man dies waiting for immigration visa For the past decade, a change in immigration law has sent foreign-born spouses of U.S. citizens back to their home countries to obtain visas. For some, it has resulted in a high-stakes waiting game, and that's how 26-year-old Alyssa Garcia lost her husband. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/26/hibbing-man-dies-waiting-for-visa?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. task force recommends sharing police records with FBI A plan to share Minnesota's statewide database of local police records with the FBI moved one step closer to reality Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/local-police-records-fbi?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:21:18 -0600 Microbreweries in Mpls. can be closer to churches after council action New breweries and neighborhood restaurants serving alcohol in Minneapolis will find it easier to cozy up next to churches under a measure approved Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/minneapolis-bar-church-rules?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:52:06 -0600 FBI wants Minnesota police records for national database The FBI has asked Minnesota officials to opt into a federal criminal and investigative database, but critics are concerned the database could erode privacy rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/fbi-database-sharing?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Thune wins re-election in St. Paul's first test of ranked choice vote In the city's first test of ranked choice voting, St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune has won re-election to his Second Ward seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/thune-reelection?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:49:20 -0600 Pickup truck driver charged in fatal hit-and-run crash with bicyclist Witnesses provided police with a detailed description of the camouflage-colored pickup truck that struck the bicyclist, including the license plate number. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/pickup-driver-charged-in-fatal-hit-and-run?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:43:16 -0600 Dayton: Let's honor vets by helping them find work Gov. Mark Dayton told hundreds of veterans Friday in Inver Grove Heights that the best way to show gratitude to returning soldiers and veterans is to give them jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/minnesota-veterans-day-ceremony?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:26:27 -0600 Minn. gets $1M grant to improve transportation for vets Minnesota is one of more than 30 states receiving a grant aimed at helping veterans and their families stay mobile in their communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/veterans-transportation?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 16:29:34 -0600 St. Paul City Council race still being counted Voters in downtown St. Paul and surrounding neighborhoods won't know until Monday afternoon who will be sworn in as their next city council member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/ranked-choice-voting?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 09:58:42 -0600 Minn. men join 'jihad' in Somalia Since 2007, at least 20 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vowing to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. The FBI has confirmed that two of the recruits became suicide bombers. A mix of nationalism and religious extremism motivated the men to join the fighting. Here is what we know about them. /projects/ongoing/somali_timeline/missing_men2?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:07:12 -0600 Years after Somali men left Minn., youth decry extremism Young Somali-American community leaders in Minnesota are stepping up to keep their peers on the right path. But some are still struggling with a lack of support, the pressures of negative media attention, and the problem of the so-called "Starbucks dads." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/young-minnesota-somalis-decry-extremism?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:05:08 -0600 Ranked voting comes to St. Paul City Council election Voters in St. Paul will test a new kind of system on Tuesday. For the first time, they'll be able to rank their choices for the City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/ranked-voting-st-paul-election?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:44:34 -0500 FBI investigating if bomber in Somalia was Minn. man The FBI is testing the remains of two people who blew themselves up in Somalia over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/fbi-investigating-if-bomber-in-somalia-was-minnesota-man?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:55:53 -0500 Somali bombing connection to Minn. disputed Former friends of a Minneapolis man reported by CNN to be responsible for a suicide bombing in Somalia this weekend are questioning the report. The Associated Press reports two suicide bombers blew themselves up in an attack Saturday on an African Union base in Mogadishu. A least 10 people were killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/30/somali-terror-suspect?refid=0 Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:58:33 -0500 Convicted Minn. Muslim woman protests ban on headscarf Amina Farah Ali says her religion, Islam, requires her to wear a head covering, or hijab, in public. Ali's attorney, Dan Scott, says she has refused to come out of her jail cell to eat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/convicted-muslim-headscarf-protest?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:42:02 -0500 Guilty verdict reached in Somali terror case Two Minnesota women were convicted of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group in Somalia as part of what prosecutors called a "deadly pipeline" sending money and fighters from the U.S. to al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/amina-farah-ali-hawo-mohamed-hassan-verdict?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:05:17 -0500 Central Corridor worker injured after being pinned under forklift Light-rail crews suspended work on Tuesday for the day on a Minneapolis bridge where a forklift operator was injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/central-corridor-worker-injured?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:55:00 -0500 Somali famine getting less attention, still 'not solved' Humanitarian aid workers from Minnesota predict the famine in Somalia will get worse before it gets better. Much-needed rain is expected to fall on the East African country over the next couple of months. But ironically, increased rainfall could deepen the crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/16/somali-famine-update?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities unemployment divide for black, white people is nation's widest The unemployment disparity rate between black and white people in the Twin Cities is the nation's largest, with some of the most lopsided racial unemployment rates overall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/twin-cities-unemployment-racial-divide?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 18:34:45 -0500 'Rock star' beer crafter opens future for brewpubs in state Omar Ansari is arguably the rock star of Minnesota's craft beer movement. Aggressive and unorthodox, he helped bring about one of the most significant changes to the state's liquor laws in recent history to allow breweries to sell their beer directly to customers on site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/surly-beer-brewpubs?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:56:32 -0500 Prosecutors say Rochester women knew they aided terrorists Opening statements began Tuesday in Minneapolis in the trial of the two Rochester women accused of funneling money to a known terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/trial-rochester-women-accused-aiding-terrorist?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:40:00 -0500 Minn. woman charged with aiding terrorists refuses to rise for judge A woman whose trial opened Monday on charges of supporting a Somali terrorist group refused to rise for the judge, prompting her to be ejected from her own trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/al-shabab-trial?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Census: Child poverty rate triples in Brooklyn Park Unemployment and foreclosures continue to strain many Minnesota families, and more children are slipping into poverty, according to figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The statistics are even more glaring in Brooklyn Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/brooklyn-park-census?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:57:32 -0500 Top transportation official praises jobs bill The nation's top transportation official touted President Barack Obama's jobs bill in Minnesota Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/top-transportation-official-praises-jobs-bill?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:30:16 -0500 Access to 'suspicious-activity' reports now restricted after MOA security details revealed Minnesota's public safety commissioner has quietly restricted so-called "suspicious-activity reports" from public scrutiny, a move that came after news organizations collected data on the Mall of America's counterterrorism program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/moa-security-suspicious-activity-reports-access-restricted?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:02:09 -0500 Being Muslim in Minnesota Over the past decade, Muslims living in Minnesota have wrestled with the actions of the 9/11 hijackers, who they say distorted their religion in the worst possible way. At the same time, they're navigating a new terrain of terror alerts and fears about skin color, facial hair and clothing. Many Minnesota Muslims believe the state's vigilance has come at a price to their civil liberties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/sept11-muslims-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 13:00:00 -0500 Muslim Electrolux employees file another EEOC complaint Appliance-maker Electrolux is facing another complaint filed by Muslim employees at the company's St. Cloud plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/electrolux-employee-complaint?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:45:26 -0500 Dayton rejects alternate Stillwater bridge plan Gov. Mark Dayton is rejecting an alternate plan proposed by environmental groups for a new bridge over the St. Croix. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/dayton-stays-course-on-stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:53:01 -0500 Terror suspect to face charges in St. Paul A former Minneapolis man is finally being extradited from the Netherlands to face terrorism charges in Minnesota. The hearing, originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until Monday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/mahamud-said-omar-terrorism-charges?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:21:24 -0500 Schools court tornado zone kids to return to classroom School officials in north Minneapolis are courting students who are still without permanent housing after the May tornado to make sure they're back in the classroom come fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/tornado-zone-kids?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 14:33:13 -0500 Wisconsin GOP state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf battles costly recall effort Television ads are saturating Twin Cities airwaves in what's shaping up to be an expensive recall election of veteran Republican lawmaker Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/harsdorf-moore?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 06:31:03 -0500 Minnesotan Hamid Masheye returns to Somalia to help guide new government As war and famine continue to ravage Somalia, a Columbia Heights man is heading there to serve in his country's embattled government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/hamid-masheye-returns-somalia?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 13:45:34 -0500 MN resettlement worker headed for first-ever Refugee Congress A Columbia Heights woman will tell the United Nations' refugee agency in Washington this week that the economy is complicating the job hunt for many new arrivals in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/refugee-congress?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 11:00:26 -0500 After year of fighting to stay open, school celebrates The threat of closing Four Seasons Elementary brought this community even closer together. parents and kids banded together and persuaded district officials to keep their school alive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/parents-community-rally-to-save-four-seasons?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 U.S. House al-Shabab hearings have Minnesota focus A former federal prosecutor from Minnesota told a congressional committee Wednesday that it's tough to predict the next moves of the Somali terror group al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/al-shabab-minnesota-link?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:19:36 -0500 Flooded hiking trails reopen for use Some popular metro trails are opening again after heavy rains and flooding put them off limits to hikers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/flooded-trails-reopen?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:27:17 -0500 Minneapolis police squad car shooter still at large Contrary to some news reports, a police spokesman says no one has been arrested in the shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/squad-car-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:20:04 -0500 Dayton personally thanks back-to-work state workers Some state employees returning to work Monday received a handshake and thank-you from Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/dayton-state-workers?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:04:25 -0500 Twin Cities officials will testify in House al-Shabab hearings The House Committee on Homeland Security hearing scheduled for Wednesday on al-Shabab recruitment in Minnesota will feature at least two witnesses from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/al-shabab-hearings-folk-dolan?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:30:29 -0500 Minneapolis will consider proposal allowing brewpubs A proposal that would help favor the city as possible location for a new Surly brewery and entertainment complex in Minneapolis is up for discussion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/surly-brewery-minneapolis-stpaul-ordinance?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 New law protects child victims of sex trafficking A bill made law this week will lead to a three-year effort to build a statewide victim-services network for prostituted children, and clarifies that trafficked children younger than 16 years will not face criminal charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/law-protects-child-victims-of-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:25:37 -0500 Mpls. mosque assault points to fringe element, some say A man who punched the leader of Minnesota's largest mosque in the face at a event promoting peace is part of a fringe element that has become more vocal, some community members say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/minneapolis-somali-mosque-punch-fringe-element?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:23:56 -0500 Mpls. man pleads guilty in Somali terrorism case A Minneapolis man Monday pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy that helped send the first wave of young Somali-Americans back to fight in one of the deadliest places in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/omer-abdi-mohamed-guilty-plea?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:30:29 -0500 SBA tornado loan center opens in north Minneapolis A temporary help center opened Tuesday in north Minneapolis to assist tornado victims who want to apply for federal loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/tornado-sba-loan-center?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:42:55 -0500 Detective at odds with top brass, petitions special master A detective for the state's Commerce Department today asked a special master that his work be ruled essential. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/shutdown-detective-petition-essential-service?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:31:04 -0500 Truckers want rest stops reopened during shutdown Truck drivers are joining the long list of groups going before a special master Tuesday to ask for relief on the fifth day of the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/shutdown-truckers-petition?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:10:54 -0500 Sting of reduced gov't. services being felt Families are learning they can't visit state prison inmates. Campers have been shut out of state parks. Fourth of July programs at Fort Snelling and other historical sites have been canceled. Even on a holiday, the effects of the shutdown are beginning to penetrate daily life across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/04/shutdown-impact?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jul 2011 15:34:14 -0500 Fire inspector called back to help New Ulm investigation An state fire inspector who was laid off during the government shutdown was called back to help investigate a fire Saturday in New Ulm that killed six people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/04/new-ulm-fire-inspectors?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jul 2011 10:37:48 -0500 Special Master hears appeals to re-open some state services Hearings were under way Friday morning at the the Minnesota Judicial Center. Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz is considering whether parts of Minnesota state government should be re-opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/a-special-master-hears-appeals-to-reopen-some-state-services?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:00:24 -0500 Layoff notice rescinded for some Hennepin County employees Nearly 130 people who received layoff notices from Hennepin County will likely be able to keep working, even if the state government shuts down at midnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/shutdown-county-rescind-layoff-notice?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:33:12 -0500 Families, child care services lose out in judge's ruling Today's ruling by a judge on essential services is a tough blow for families, and could have far-reaching effects across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/judge-gearin-ruling-non-essential-services?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 17:30:45 -0500 Shelters will close or reduce service during shutdown At least one domestic violence shelter will temporarily close if the state government shuts down, and more will be forced to reduce services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/shutdown-domestic-violence-shelter?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:32:49 -0500 Hennepin County considering layoffs, closings to prep for shutdown Hennepin County is considering whether to lay off employees and close its service centers to prepare for a likely government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/shutdown-hennepin?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:32:19 -0500 Business owners along Central Corridor to learn more about loan program Small-business owners along a future light-rail line connecting St. Paul to Minneapolis can learn more about a $4 million forgivable loan program Thursday at the first of several informational sessions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/central-corridor-loans?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Supreme Court's ruling in Wal-Mart suit could have ripple effect in Minn. Some employment-law attorneys in the Twin Cities say the ruling will likely make it more challenging for employees and consumers to bring forward class-action lawsuits even in state court, which the ruling doesn't touch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/wal-mart-lawsuit-ripple?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:09:43 -0500 Arrested St. Paul blogger charged with disorderly conduct A St. Paul blogger faces misdemeanor charges after he allegedly harassed two Muslim women last week in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/blogger-arrested?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:33:20 -0500 Living on the margin made worse by north Mpls. tornado Many residents in north Minneapolis have begun rebuilding their homes and their lives after the May 22 tornado which struck that part of the city. But the recovery will be slower for people who were already living in the margins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/19/tornado-housing?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Other accommodations being provided for those at closing tornado shelter Dozens of tornado victims who had been sleeping on cots at a north Minneapolis recreation center are beginning to be moved out of the shelter, and into hotels and other living arrangements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/tornado-shelter?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:38:04 -0500 North Mpls could receive $600K for tornado relief North Minneapolis neighborhood associations could receive a total of $600,000 over the next two years to deal with longer-term needs after last month's tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/tornado-money?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:16:14 -0500 Tornado shelter gets 11th-hour reprieve The American Red Cross will have a few extra days to find a new emergency shelter location for tornado victims in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/tornado-relief?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:27:31 -0500 Denied federal aid, more north Mpls. residents may need places to live The Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny a request for individual aid comes at a time when displaced residents are scrambling to figure out where they're going to live next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/tornado-housing-folo?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Red Cross in need of new shelter for tornado victims An emergency shelter set up for displaced tornado victims in north Minneapolis will close Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/minneapolis-park-board-emergency-shelter-closing?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:56:31 -0500 Mpls. inspectors try to keep damaged rentals unoccupied Of 55 properties examined, a few were found to still be occupied. Minneapolis inspectors are concerned people are ignoring the dangers of continuing to live in wrecked homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/northsideinspections?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:36:47 -0500 FBI confirms man allegedly behind Somali suicide bombing as Minn. man The FBI confirmed today that a Twin Cities man was one of two suicide bombers who staged an attack in Somalia's capital city last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/somali-bomber?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:44:44 -0500 Somali man faces terror-related charges in Minn. Another Somali man is charged in Minnesota in connection with the travels of young men who are thought to have joined a terror group in their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/somali-man-faces-terrorrelated-charges-in-minn?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:41:16 -0500 Tornado-damaged houses still home for some Minneapolis housing officials say people are staying in severely storm-damaged homes because they have nowhere else to go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/unsafehouses?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Family IDs Minn. man allegedly behind Somali suicide bombing Family members have identified Farah Mohamed Beledi as the Minnesota man who African peacekeepers say tried to detonate himself in a suicide bombing last week in Mogadishu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/farah-beledi-minnesota-man-suicide-attack?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 06:03:48 -0500 Rebuild or relocate, tornado victims face tough decision Nearly two weeks after the twister ripped through north Minnesota, many residents are struggling to find a place to live. The situation has left the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County scrambling to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/tornado-housing?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Few construction or repair permits issued since tornado Minneapolis city official says property owners are probably still waiting for claim checks from their insurance companies before they start repairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/tornado-wrap?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:29:28 -0500 Tornado may signal a rebirth for north Minneapolis Minneapolis may use same strategy it used to turn around abandoned homes during the foreclosure crisis to buy and rebuild some of the houses that were battered in the storm. Residents and housing advocates are hoping for a rebirth on some of the north side's most blighted blocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/north-side-rehab?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 18:26:23 -0500 A new reality greets tornado victims at Convention Center About 1,200 victims of Sunday's storm flocked to a makeshift assistance center in the hopes for finding places to sleep, medication, food, and hope. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/convention-center-tornado?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 18:09:02 -0500 Tornado a harsh blow for a hard-hit neighborhood The neighborhood has faced crime, gang violence and foreclosures. But its residents are picking up the pieces, with a lot of help from their neighbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/north-minneapolis-future?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Another cyclist struck by car near U of M A University of Minnesota student was taken to the hospital Thursday night after his bicycle collided with a car. The crash follows a number of bike accidents in recent months near the U of M campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/cyclist-umn-crash?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 14:16:04 -0500 Mayors of state's largest cities warn against LGA cuts Republicans say the effort is needed to balance the state's budget deficit. But critics say it's a politically charged move aimed at crippling urban centers -- which are largely governed by Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/lga-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 House committee sets up floor vote on same-sex marriage The Rules Committee of the Minnesota House has narrowly approved a floor vote on the constitutional gay marriage amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/same-sex-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 10:24:58 -0500 Protesters of amendment banning same-sex marriage fill Capitol Hundreds of demonstrators packed the State Capitol Monday to protest a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/same-sex-marriage-ban-capitol-protest?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 14:03:19 -0500 Somali delegation from Nordic countries visiting Minn. A small delegation of Somali-born professionals from four Nordic countries are touring Minneapolis this week as part of a diplomatic exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/somali-delegation?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 11:26:49 -0500 University Ave. businesses struggle to survive Central Corridor construction woes Construction on the Central Corridor light-rail line has turned the west end of University Avenue in St. Paul into a loud and messy hardhat zone, and yet the hundreds of shops, restaurants and other businesses along the avenue remain open. Now, business owners are trying to get that message out every way they can. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/central-corridor-university?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 15:00:48 -0500 DNR confiscates nets, fish from Dakota activists on Cedar Lake The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this Friday confiscated a net and several dozen fish caught by a small group of Dakota Indian activists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/minneapolis-fishing-protest?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 On stadium deal, Minneapolis could bypass referendum The city of Minneapolis has a measure on the books that requires residents to vote on a referendum if the city wants to spend more than $10 million on a professional sports facility. Now that a new Vikings stadium proposal is on the table, it appears the referendum requirement has no teeth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/minneapolis-vikings-stadium-folo?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 17:29:24 -0500 Graffiti found on Somali-American family's Rochester home Muslim civil-rights advocates are asking the FBI to investigate graffiti spray-painted onto the home of a Somali-American family in Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/graffiti-found-on-somali-american-familys-rochester-home?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 15:45:15 -0500 New game gaining attention offers live lobsters as a prize A new arcade game is popping up in Twin Cities bars, but the prize isn't a teddy bear or fuzzy dice. It's a live lobster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/lobster-zone?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 13:52:51 -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 Recall election divides Wis. Senate district Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf has served in the Wisconsin Legislature for more than 20 years, and has a reputation as a moderate, but her vote in favor of Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill has divided constituents in a typically red district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/wisconsin-river-falls-recall?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 13:09:39 -0500 Task force meeting to discuss future of St. Paul Ford plant site A citizen task force in charge of guiding the redevelopment of the Ford plant in St. Paul will meet Monday night to discuss how sustainable the site should be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/ford-plant?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 15:10:16 -0500 Met Council, feds make Central Corridor funding deal official Metropolitan Council officials signed an agreement Tuesday that commits federal dollars to the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/central-corridor-funding?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:00:21 -0500 Federal Transit Administration says it will keep close eye on Metro Council The Federal Transit Administration says it will keep closer tabs on the Metropolitan Council in light of community concerns over a light-rail line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/fta-central-corridor?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:53:25 -0500 Omer Abdi Mohamed indicted on new charges In addition to earlier terrorism-related charges, he's now accused in a conspiracy to arm Somali fighters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/omer-abdi-mohamed-new-charges?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:53:48 -0500 St. Paul mayor boosts Saints ballpark, has Vikings stadium money worries The St. Paul mayor is concerned with financing for a new Vikings stadium, but is throwing his full support behind a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/coleman-vikings-saints?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:45:24 -0500 Research suggests link between family violence, ongoing illness Long the work of police officers and social workers, family violence increasingly is being studied by doctors. Some say abuse in the home, especially of children, is as much a medical problem as a social one. About 100 people from around the country are at a conference in Bloomington today, to discuss new studies that suggest early exposure to family violence can lead to illnesses that may last a lifetime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/domestic-violence?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. aid organization announcing Somali relief efforts A Minneapolis-based relief group is working with Somali-Americans in Minnesota to launch a new aid program in their East African homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/somali-american-arc?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:45:55 -0500 Dakota Indian activists plan fishing-rights protest A group of Dakota Indian activists plans to cast a gill net in a Twin Cities lake on May 13, a day before the fishing opener. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/04/dakota-activists-circle-date-for-fishing-rights-protest.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:38:34 -0500 A police academy for Somali kids The Minneapolis Police Department is graduating its first all-Somali class from a youth citizens academy Monday afternoon. It's an interesting twist, given that a lot of young people in the Cedar-Riverside area have complained about police harassment. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/04/a-police-academy-for-somali-kids.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:57:30 -0500 Minn. cities grapple with mixed-martial arts fighting Mixed-martial arts, a mix of boxing, kicking, wrestling and martial arts, is more popular than boxing in Minnesota. But the sport that some call "human cockfighting" also has its share of critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/mixed-martial-arts?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:38:38 -0500 Group finds disparities in handling of Hennepin County domestic violence cases A court-monitoring group found disparities between how Minneapolis and suburban courts in Hennepin County are handling domestic-violence cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/group-finds-disparities-in-handling-of-hennepin-county-domestic-violence-cases?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:35:05 -0500 Report: Suburban courts miss criminal history of some re-offenders A report that will be released Wednesday says repeat offenders of misdemeanor-level domestic violence are less likely to be detected in suburban courts of Hennepin County than in the downtown Minneapolis court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/suburban-courts-criminal-history?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 16:59:58 -0500 Mixed-martial arts fights called off in Forest Lake Organizers of a mixed-martial arts event in Forest Lake have called off fights scheduled for Saturday after learning that a city ordinance prohibits such events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/mixed-martial-arts-event-cancelled?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:42:01 -0500 Floodwaters reach Valleyfair in Shakopee The Minnesota River in Scott County has begun to recede, but some stretches of township roads and state highways remain closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/scott-county-flooding?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:14:08 -0500 In Mpls., a push to curb Somali-Indian tensions In the Phillips neighborhood, longtime American Indian residents and some of their newest neighbors from Somalia are struggling to get along, but a biracial organization is trying to repair ties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/somali-indian-tensions-phillips?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:21:45 -0500 Emotional scars run deep for those affected by gun violence In part three of our investigation on gun violence in Minneapolis, we look at how the gun war is affecting the north side's African-American community, including the family of one victim, teenager Anthony Titus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/gun-violence-victims-firearms-part3?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 02:00:00 -0500 St. Paul races to get ready for flood In St. Paul, where the Mississippi River is supposed to crest in the next week or so, nobody is taking any chances. Residents are filling sandbags and even calling friends for a place to stay in case they're ordered to evacuate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/stpaul-flood-prep?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 St .Paul officials meet with residents near flood zone St. Paul city officials are meeting this week with residents along the Mississippi riverfront to discuss possible evacuation plans in the case of extreme flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/flood-meeting-stpaul?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 22:58:37 -0500 Residents keeping close watch for possible weekend floods in Jordan, Minn. Warmer temperatures expected over the next few days will bring about a significant snow melt -- and possible flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/floods-jordan?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:41:33 -0500 Minnesota Muslim leaders skeptical and disappointed after radicalization hearing Some in Minnesota's Muslim community worry that yesterday's congressional hearing on homegrown Islamic radicalization will further divide them from the broader community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/muslim-hearings-twin-cities-community?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans prominent in Muslim radicalization hearing A hearing that will be held in Washington this morning is getting a lot of attention. The House Homeland Security Committee, led by Republican Pete King of New York, will look into Muslim radicalization and the potential for terrorism in the U.S. Among those testifying will be Minneapolis DFL Congressman Keith Ellison who is Muslim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/radicalization?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:51:20 -0600 Rep. Ellison testifies at hearing on 'Islamic radicalization' In an emotional testimony before a House hearing on Islamic radicalization today, Rep. Keith Ellison said Muslims also died in the 2001 terror attacks, and he tearfully mentioned one man who perished when the Trade Center collapse in New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/muslim-hearings-minnesotans?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:03:14 -0600 St. Paul to pay $270,000 in police brutality case The city of St. Paul is expected to pay a woman $270,000 after she alleged a police officer used excessive force when breaking up a fight at her home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/st-paul-police-brutality?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 15:25:21 -0600 State of the City: Rybak talks entrepreneurship, Surly beer The Minneapolis mayor talked about job growth and pushed for a change in the state's liquor law that would allow Surly Brewing Company to open a new restaurant and brewery on the riverfront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/rybak-state-of-city?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:34:41 -0600 Mpls. blogger's defamation trial could have broader impact The civil trial against John Hoff, the blogger better known as Johnny Northside, began this week in Hennepin County, and some legal observers say they're surprised the lawsuit has made it this far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/minneapolis-blogger-civil-case-johnny-northside?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 3 shot outside Bloomington IHOP; no arrests Bloomington police are investigating the shootings of three young men outside of a pancake restaurant early Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/bloomington-ihop-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 08:14:15 -0600 Prosecutors change tactic in child prostitution cases County attorneys from across the Twin Cities metro area announced Friday they will no longer prosecute children trafficked as prostitutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/child-prostitution-prosection?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:12:27 -0600 Met Council head to promote Central Corridor in D.C. The head of the Metropolitan Council is traveling to Washington D.C. Wednesday to promote a planned light-rail line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/metropolitan-council-haigh-to-washington?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:44:43 -0600 MPR sues Comcast over fees Minnesota Public Radio is taking cable giant Comcast to court over a contract signed 28 years ago, when cable first came to St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/mpr-comcast-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:16:48 -0600 Wealthy Minnesotans react to Gov. Dayton's tax plan In his budget address this week, Gov. Mark Dayton asked the state's top earners to help erase a $6.2 billion deficit, but wealthiest five percent of Minnesotans have plenty to say about the governor's proposal to raise taxes on them, and only them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/wealthy-minnesotans-taxes?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 07:41:25 -0600 Businesses critical of results of light-rail meetings Light-rail planners will host two town-hall meetings Thursday with small businesses in St. Paul to comply with a federal judge's order for more analysis on the Central Corridor project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/central-corridor-meetings?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:40:36 -0600 Cities cheered by budget proposal, but brace for cuts Minnesota cities and counties encouraged by Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan to restore funding for local-government aid might want to hold off on the celebrations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/dayton-budget-local-government-aid-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:45:58 -0600 Obama budget would cut heating aid for 44K Minn. homes The state's commerce commissioner says about 44,000 Minnesota homes would lose heating assistance under President Barack Obama's budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/obama-budget-heating-aid?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:50:46 -0600 Obama's budget includes $200M for Central Corridor President Barack Obama is recommending $200 million in federal funding for a planned light-rail line linking St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/central-corridor-money-obama-budget?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:36:57 -0600 Federal funds for Central Corridor '99.9%' certain The federal government has tentatively agreed to pay for half the nearly $1 billion Central Corridor light-rail line, bringing the project one step closer to securing all of the necessary cash for completion, regional planners say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/central-corridor-funding?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 11:49:52 -0600 Report: At least 15 women killed in Minn. from domestic violence in 2010 A new report from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women says at least 15 women were killed last year by their husbands, boyfriends, or intimate partners last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/domestic-violence-deaths?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:20:00 -0600 LGBT convention comes to Mpls. as rights debate escalates The five-day event is billed as the largest annual convention for advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and it's getting under way at a time when debate over same-sex marriage in Minnesota is heating up -- again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/lgbt-equality-convention-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Why isn't Target sponsoring the LGBT national conference in Minneapolis? If you agreed with the Advocate magazine's recent announcement that Minneapolis is the gayest city in America, well, it's about to get a lot gayer. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/02/why-isnt-target-sponsoring-the-glbt-national-conference-in-minneapolis.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:29:27 -0600 Snow keeps falling, threatens PM commute Snow continued to fall in the Twin Cities on Monday, threatening to mess up commuters' trips home from work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/snowstorm-local?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 07:36:16 -0600 Head of Mpls. FBI to transfer to Washington Ralph Boelter, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Minneapolis, is being transferred to Washington to work as the deputy assistant director for the agency's Counterterrorism Division. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/fbi-boelter-transfer?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:23:42 -0600 Rondo plaintiffs get partial victory in light rail ruling A federal judge in St. Paul has ordered light-rail planners to conduct further study of the Central Corridor transit line to address concerns of businesses along the route who say they face economic hardship because of it. But the judge refused to halt construction of the project, as the plaintiffs had requested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/central-corridor-rondo-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:39:00 -0600 Two injured in shooting outside Mpls. community center Two people were injured Monday evening after an apparent drive-by shooting outside the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighorhood of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/cedar-riverside-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:05:56 -0600 Businesses want slice of Central Corridor surplus The planned Central Corridor line is well under budget, and some business owners along University Avenue want some of that extra cash to go into a fund for businesses during construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/central-corridor-businesses?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:02:24 -0600 Ethiopian official's expected visit causes concern for Minn. Somalis The expected visit of an Ethiopian government official in Minneapolis this weekend has raised concerns from human rights groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/22/ogaden-official-visit?refid=0 Sat, 22 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 National groups launch study of autism rates among Somalis National researchers plan to investigate whether there are higher rates of autism among Somali-Americans in Minneapolis, a move that will likely be applauded by Somali parents eager for answers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/somali-autism-study?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:32:25 -0600 St. Paul unveils electric fleet vehicle, charging stations The city of St. Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman and Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled an all-electric fleet vehicle on Tuesday, believed to be the first of its kind in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/st-paul-electric-cars?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:24:00 -0600 In new book, photographer Leo Kim searches for peace in St. Paul Some prominent St. Paul residents say photographer Leo Kim has captured a sense of place about the city they love -- St. Paul. It's a surprising feat for a man who has spent most of his life looking for a place to call home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/leo-kim-photographer?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Anti-war group apparently had informant in its midst The Twin Cities anti-war demonstrators whose homes were raided last year by federal authorities say one of their volunteers was apparently spying on them for two and a half years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/activists-fbi-surveillance?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:53:42 -0600 FBI closes investigation into Dakota Indian activist A Minnesota American Indian activist says the FBI has closed its investigation into a controversial speech she gave at Winona State University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/fbi-closes-investigation-activist-waziyatawin?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:52:42 -0600 St. Paul attorney takes priest abuse fight to Europe After filing more than 1,500 lawsuits against alleged pedophile priests in the United States, St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson is now setting his sights on Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/priest-abuse-lawsuit-europe-jeff-anderson?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Man sues New Ulm diocese over sex abuse claims A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in southwestern Minnesota nearly 30 years ago is suing Catholic dioceses in Minnesota and Ireland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/man-sues-new-ulm-diocese-over-sex-abuse-claims?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:35:56 -0600 Minn. delegation reconsiders safety after Giffords shooting Some members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are assessing their safety procedures after the Arizona shooting spree that killed six and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/minnesota-delegation-reconsiders-safety-after-giffords-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 FBI asks about Dakota activist's controversial speech A Minnesota American Indian scholar's remarks that the Dakota people might have to reclaim lost tribal lands "by any means necessary" has drawn the scrutiny of federal authorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/indian-activist-fbi?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 17:16:59 -0600 State files lawsuit against 3M over pollution Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed suit against Minnesota-based industrial giant 3M for contaminating groundwater with PFCs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/swanson-suit-3m?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:44:40 -0600 Affordable-housing project in St. Paul finishes with help of stimulus funds Federal stimulus dollars are helping complete the rehab of a new affordable-housing apartment complex opening this week in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/stimulus-affordable-housing?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:59:07 -0600 Minn. gas prices highest since 2008, predicted to increase more Minnesota gas prices have climbed to their highest point since 2008, and some experts predict even higher prices next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/mn-gas-prices?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:32:03 -0600 One year after Seward shootings, pain is still evident Six days into 2010, Minneapolis witnessed three murders on a single night in a grocery store. Three men who had fled the violence of their native East Africa were shot to death at Seward Market and Halal Meat. The families of the three men say the first anniversary of their deaths is dredging up memories of that night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/seward-market-year-end-update?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:03:56 -0600 Snowstorm aftermath daunting for those with disabilities Minnesotans with disabilities are finding it difficult -- nearly impossible -- to travel even the shortest distances in the aftermath of last weekend's blizzard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/disability-access-snow?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:11:16 -0600 Snowstorm brings winners and losers As the Twin Cities shovel their way out of the weekend's historic blizzard, there are some clear winners and losers. The losers include cities, businesses, and landlords whose budgets are strained by the cost of all that snow to plow. The winners are businesses that are thriving on the area's fifth-largest snowfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/snowplowing-problems?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Heavy snow taxes snow plow drivers in metro; officials stress patience In the state's two largest cities, officials stressed that Minneapolis and St. Paul snow plow drivers have been working round the clock to make the streets passable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/snow-plows-twin-cities-blizzard?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 06:08:42 -0600 Police arrest man in connection with weekend homicide in Mpls A Minneapolis man is being held at the Hennepin County jail in connection with a homicide Friday in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/mpls-homicide-arrest?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:31:54 -0600 Police: St. Paul cab driver tried to rape woman St. Paul police have arrested a taxi driver, after a woman said the driver tried to rape her in his cab early Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/cab-rape-saint-paul?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 14:42:43 -0600 American Refugee Committee sets sights on Somalia Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee plans to set up a program in Somalia early next year. The group would be one of the few international aid organizations to base their operations in the lawless East African nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/somali-twin-cities-aid-to-somalia-american-refugee-committee?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Town of Randolph evacuated after ammonia leak The entire small town of Randolph in southern Dakota County is being evacuated after an ammonia leak was reported Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/randolph-evacuated-ammonia?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 10:56:22 -0600 Mosque's annual open house aimed at peace and unity across cultures An alleged plan to blow up a Christmas-tree lighting festival in Portland is reverberating nearly 2,000 miles away, in the nation's largest Somali-American community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/mosque-open-house-somali-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 05:56:18 -0600 Tennesee court handling Minn.-connected sex ring cases Several Minnesotans charged in connection with an alleged multistate sex ring based in the Twin Cities are arriving in Tennessee for their first court appearances in that district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/minneapolis-prostitution-ring-tennessee-trial?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Gas line incident closes University Ave. store temporarily A University Avenue business had to close for a couple of hours Friday, after construction workers with the Central Corridor light-rail transit project accidentally hit a gas line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/axman-closed-temporarily?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:00:33 -0600 Family pushes for access to body of man killed while fleeing police Family members of a West St. Paul man who died a week ago while fleeing police are asking a judge Friday to compel the Hennepin County medical examiner to let them and a photographer see the body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/man-killed-fleeing-police-body?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 13:04:00 -0600 Burnsville man pivotal in freeing British couple from pirates A British couple freed Sunday after being held for more than a year by Somali pirates who kidnapped them can thank a Twin Cities man who worked feverishly behind the scenes to secure their release. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/mohamed-aden-british-couple-rescue?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Community members say they saw warning signs of alleged sex ring Even before details of an alleged multi-state prostitution ring came to light this week, a lot of people were worried. Somali-American community members and social workers say they came across a number of warning signs, including brazen solicitations for sex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/community-warning-signs-somali-gang-sex-ring?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Indictment: Somali gangs ran sex ring in 3 states Twin Cities girls as young as 12 were shuffled across state lines to work as prostitutes in a wide-reaching sex-trafficking operation controlled by Somali gangs, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/somali-prostitution-ring?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 09:51:39 -0600 First Somali-American elected to public office in Minn. Hussein Samatar fled the civil war of his East African homeland nearly two decades ago, with basic survival as his only concern. Last night, the nonprofit leader won a seat on the Minneapolis school board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/hussein-samatar-first-somali-american-to-hold-public-office-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:17:26 -0500 Across the state, smooth voting for most Minnesotans But some voters dealt with overzealous poll challengers and translation issues. The executive director of Minnesota Majority also ran into trouble when he tried to wear a button that says "please ID me," one day after a judge ruled that it did not belong in the polling place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/voter-challenging?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 18:12:24 -0500 Judge: Group can't wear 'Please I.D. Me' buttons A judge in Minneapolis ruled after considering arguments from election officials who said the buttons could be seen as having a political message. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/judge-no-buttons?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:28:23 -0500 After RNC, Fletcher and Bostrom spar again in sheriff's race When Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher and challenger Matt Bostrom face off in Tuesday's election, it won't be the first time they've dueled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/ramsey-county-sheriff-election?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul's Union Depot secures $40M for renovation Downtown St. Paul's Union Depot is poised to secure an additional $40 million toward its renovation into a major transportation hub. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/union-depot-renovation?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:27:10 -0500 St. Paul nightclub closes, blames light rail construction The owner of a downtown St. Paul business says light-rail construction is forcing him to close his nightclub. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/rumours-innuendo-closing-light-rail?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:29:13 -0500 Swedish delegation seeks answers to Somali success In the past five years alone, Somali Minnesotans have established about 1,500 businesses, according to local estimates. That figure is nearly incomprehensible in Sweden, where the Somali community is largely struggling and out of work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/somalis-sweden?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 'Aunt Jane' to Chinese immigrants is honored this weekend A Minneapolis woman known for her decades-long work with Chinese immigrants in the city is being honored this weekend for her contributions as an "honorary Chinese Minnesotan." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/chinese-war-brides?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:55:17 -0500 Minn. Muslims condemn extreme views of local imam Muslims in Minnesota's Somali community are condemning what they believe to be extreme views espoused by a Twin Cities imam and the operator of a local Somali website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/twin-cities-imam-condemned?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul ends contract with 'Taste of Minnesota' The Taste of Minnesota is getting booted off the island. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/st-paul-ends-contract-with-taste-of-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 13:18:12 -0500 Sheriff raises more questions in death of railroad worker A new statement by the Anoka County Sheriff's Office raises more questions about a railroad worker struck and killed by a Northstar commuter train last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/bnsf-worker-killed-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 19:40:58 -0500 Activists say they'll refuse to testify before grand jury Several Minneapolis antiwar protesters decided today to defy federal grand jury subpoenas ordering them to testify. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/fbi-raids-protest?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 14:00:29 -0500 Railroad worker killed by train was not on cell phone The Anoka County sheriff's office determined the worker was not on his phone as initially reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/bnsf-worker?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 13:50:47 -0500 St. Paul installing parking meters that take credit cards Motorists in downtown St. Paul will soon begin to see new parking meters that accept credit cards as well as coins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/st-paul-credit-card-parking-meters?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:02:46 -0500 Seventh Minnesota man believed dead in Somalia Some Twin Cities Somali-Americans say Abdirashid Omar of Minneapolis died nearly three weeks ago, after possibly joining Islamic insurgents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/minnesota-man-believed-dead-in-somalia?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:20:59 -0500 New campaign aims to end hunger in Minnesota Hunger is often perceived as one of life's intractable problems, affecting someone else's family. A new campaign launching Monday in Minnesota aims to show how hunger can spiral into larger problems that burden all of society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/hunger-project?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:46:51 -0500 Alleged Somali sex ring signals youth crisis, activists say Somali-American community members say an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring in Minnesota and Tennessee is yet another wake-up call about disaffected youth in their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/somali-gang-sex-ring?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 19:31:24 -0500 Hands up: Full-body scanner arrives at MSP Passengers are asked to hold their hands above their head and empty their pockets and they still must take off their shoes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/full-body-scanner-msp?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:59:45 -0500 University Avenue property owners fight condemnation efforts The Minnesota Department of Transportation heads to court Thursday to begin condemnation proceedings for more than a dozen slivers of land needed for the Central Corridor project. The light-rail line will connect St. Paul to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/cclrt-condemnation?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Supporters of Lino Lakes resolution say 'English only' term too divisive A controversial resolution passed last month by the Lino Lakes City Council encourages the city government to provide official documents only in English, but supporters say don't call the measure "English only". http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/english-only?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:54:57 -0500 Pawlenty's pitch to keep Ford plant open goes nowhere A last-ditch effort by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to save the St. Paul Ford plant apparently wasn't enough to persuade company officials. The assembly plant is still scheduled to close in the fall of 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/ford-plan-closure?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:56:44 -0500 St. Paul's Lowertown dealing with light rail construction headaches For the past year, stretches of Fourth Street in St. Paul have been torn up so that workers can relocate underground utilities in preparation for rail. Business owners along the street say the roadwork has produced a painful and lingering headache. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/lowertown-light-rail-construction?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul reviving stalled construction projects St. Paul city leaders say two long-stalled downtown construction projects will finally get built, thanks to a new state law that allows the city to better pool its resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/downtown-construction?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:11:45 -0500 Hmong leaders consider value of identity politics after losing seats The upcoming retirements of St. Paul lawmakers Mee Moua and Cy Thao means there won't be a Hmong legislator at the Capitol next session -- for the first time in about nine years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/hmong-politics-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:26:30 -0500 Lowertown businesses meeting with light-rail planners A handful of business owners from St. Paul's Lowertown district Tuesday will meet with light-rail planners to vent some of their frustrations over early work on Central Corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/lowertown-construction?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 07:17:24 -0500 Ex-husband identified as shooter in Eagan murder-suicide Authorities believe the gunman who apparently shot himself to death after killing an Eagan couple in their living room was the female victim's ex-husband. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/egan-homicide?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:44:09 -0500 St. Paul mayor: no new property tax increase St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman proposed no property tax increases for next year in his budget address Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/coleman-property-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:08:43 -0500 Police: Husband, wife and one other shot dead in Eagan Three people are dead after a shooting in Eagan, and police are investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/eagan-shootings?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:30:00 -0500 Storms cause flooding, power outages Thunderstorms dumped two to three inches of rain across the Twin Cities Tuesday night and caused some city streets to flood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/minn-storms?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 07:07:39 -0500 Low turnout, high temps mark August primary For the first time in more than 70 years, Minnesotans headed to the polls Tuesday for a summer primary. The combination of the earlier election date and relatively few close races will likely result in low turnout at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/primary-day-turnout?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:34:40 -0500 Reporter Laura Yuen gives updates from polling places across the Twin Cities Minnesota Public Radio reporter Laura Yuen visited polling places in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She updated us on how long the lines were, and how voters could register at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/laura_yuen_visits_polling_places?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:40:20 -0500 Rochester women plead not guilty to terrorism charges Two women charged with providing material support to a terrorism group have pleaded not guilty in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/somali-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 10:43:16 -0500 Rochester women, accused of helping terrorists, released after court hearing The two women are accused of raising money to help fund al-Shabab, an organization in Somalia that is considered a terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/rochester-somali-indictments?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:00:00 -0500 'Official-English' push in Lino Lakes tied to alleged anti-immigration front A national advocacy group called ProEnglish, which helped officials in Lino Lakes write an English-only resolution, is tied to other organizations that call for a cap on federal immigration levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/02/lino-lakes-english-folo?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 16:18:58 -0500 In St. Paul, a worldly music camp makes lasting friends A little-known summer camp in St. Paul attracts kids from just about every corner of the globe to sing songs from their homelands and the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/songs-of-hope?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 14:35:35 -0500 Lino Lakes approves English-only resolution The northern Twin Cities suburb of Lino Lakes has become the first Minnesota city to adopt English as its official language. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/lino-lakes-english?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 04:36:47 -0500 English-only proposal divides Lino Lakes residents The northern Twin Cities suburb of Lino Lakes could be the first city in Minnesota to declare English as its official language -- an idea that has divided residents in the community of about 19,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/lino-lakes-english-only?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Loans offered to businesses to help offset light-rail disruption Businesses that will be disrupted by construction of a light-rail line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul will be able to apply for loans of up to $10,000 each. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/central-corridor-loans?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 12:20:55 -0500 Report: Law enforcement seizures up 25 percent Law-enforcement agencies across Minnesota seized nearly $5 million in cash and forfeited property last year, which is a 25 percent increase from the previous year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/auditor-report-law-enforcement-seizures?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:55:30 -0500 Dakota activists plan to test treaty rights in Minneapolis The highly publicized Ojibwe Indian "fish-off" on Lake Bemidji this spring has emboldened members of another Minnesota tribe to exercise what they believe to be their fishing rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/treaty-rights-dakota?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Attorney to look at possible violation by Ramsey County Sheriff Fletcher The city of St. Paul has asked an outside attorney to look into whether Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher violated state law by improperly using gun-permit data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/fletcher-violation?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 07:00:13 -0500 Vegetables, tension grow on Hmong-American farm A dispute last month in the southern Twin Cities community of Eagan has rattled Hmong-American farmers who grow vegetables near suburban homes. More than 40 growers sought restraining orders against a nearby resident who police say used a loaded shotgun to threaten a Hmong couple working in the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/hmong-farms-tension?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Revamped 'Taste' lost money, drew smaller crowd The newly revamped Taste of Minnesota lost money and brought in about 20 percent fewer people than in previous years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/taste-mn-money?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 06:56:58 -0500 Nurses expected to approve new contract Twin Cities nurses have until 10 p.m. tonight to cast their ballots on a new labor contract. The Minnesota nurses union expects members to ratify the tentative contract, which was reached with 14 metro hospitals last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/nurses-voting?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 06:59:37 -0500 Taking care when handling fireworks Fire-safety officials are urging the public to use extra care when handling and watching fireworks during the Fourth of July weekend. In 2008, 64 people were taken to Minnesota hospitals for fireworks-related injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/03/fireworks-safety?refid=0 Sat, 03 Jul 2010 10:39:40 -0500 Train derails in Wayzata; no one hurt Emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment in the western Twin Cities suburb of Wayzata. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/trail-derailment?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:32:16 -0500 Mee Moua leaves state Senate, legacy A refugee girl from the mountains of Laos, Moua will always be remembered as the nation's first Hmong-American elected to a state legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/moua?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:23:50 -0500 Veteran city employee tapped to head St. Paul public works The city of St. Paul has promoted a veteran city employee to lead its embattled public works department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/public-works-director?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:07:54 -0500 Erlinder: I never denied Rwandan genocide Minnesota law professor Peter Erlinder emphatically told reporters Wednesday he never denied the Rwandan genocide, despite authoring an essay in 2008 with the title, "Rwanda: No Conspiracy, No Genocide Planning ... No Genocide?" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/erlinder-newsconf?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:58:38 -0500 After weeks in Rwandan jail, Erlinder arrives in Minn. Peter Erlinder, the Minnesota law professor who was imprisoned in Rwanda, says he's relieved to be back home. Erlinder returned to the Twin Cities Tuesday after a Rwandan judge granted him bail on humanitarian grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/erlinder-arrives-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:01:20 -0500 Rwanda court grants medical bail to Erlinder A Rwandan judge granted St. Paul attorney Peter Erlinder's appeal to be released on bail today, citing humanitarian reasons. Erlinder's family expects him to return to the U.S. as early as Sunday to seek medical treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/erlinder-gets-bail?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:13:26 -0500 Central Corridor businesses prepare for construction disruption Small business owners along a future light-rail transit line linking St. Paul to Minneapolis are beginning to plot their survival strategies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/central-corridor-business-disruption?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Peter Erlinder back in hospital in Rwanda It's the fourth time the St. Paul law professor has been hospitalized in Rwanda since his arrest last month for allegedly denying the country's genocide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/erlinder-in-hospital-again?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:33:50 -0500 After three weeks in Rwandan jail, Erlinder might soon learn fate Peter Erlinder may soon learn of his fate in a Rwandan prison on Thursday, when an appeals court is expected to decide whether to release the jailed St. Paul law professor on bail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/peter-erlinder?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul, Ramsey County form food and nutrition commission The chefs and owners of two popular St. Paul restaurants will serve on a new panel aimed at increasing residents' access to local, healthy food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/food-nutrition-commisssion?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:37:03 -0500 St. Paul's new police chief to be sworn in Tuesday St. Paul's new police chief will be sworn in Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/new-police-chief?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 06:44:48 -0500 Hospitals: Surgeries, births going smoothly during strike Hospital officials said Thursday that surgeries, childbirths and other procedures were taking place as expected at 14 Twin Cities hospitals while their nurses picketed outside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/nurses-strike-feature?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 06:12:27 -0500 McCollum puts pressure on Rwandan gov't over Erlinder U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., is trying to turn up the heat on the Rwandan government over the detention of Peter Erlinder, a St. Paul law professor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/mccollum-erlinder?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:04:24 -0500 About 150 Minnesota National Guard members returning home About 150 Minnesota National Guard members who were deployed to Afghanistan are returning home Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/guard-coming-home?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 12:40:01 -0500 Rosemount plant, employer cited for fatal accident Two companies were fined following a state OSHA investigation into the deaths of two truck drivers at a Twin Cities fertilizer distributor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/osha-fines?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 12:24:57 -0500 Group gets grant to study Central Corridor's health impact A group of Twin Cities community organizations has received a national grant to study the health impacts of development spurred by the future Central Corridor light-rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/group-gets-grant-to-study-central-corridor?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 09:04:59 -0500 Rwandan judge says no bail for St. Paul professor A Rwandan judge Monday denied a request for bail from jailed law professor Peter Erlinder of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/erlinder-denied-bail-in-rwanda?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:25:35 -0500 Attorney: Erlinder likely to be released today in Rwanda After 10 days of being held in a Rwandan jail, a St. Paul attorney and activist will likely be released today, said his attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/erlinder-release?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 06:23:26 -0500 Rwandan government spokesperson defends treatment of jailed Minnesota law professor A Rwandan government spokesperson today denied that jailed Minnesota law professor Peter Erlinder is being mistreated and accused him of delaying the legal process by faking illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/rwandan-government-denies-mistreatment?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 12:26:41 -0500 U.S. State Dept. asks Rwanda to free jailed St. Paul professor The William Mitchell College of Law professor has been held in a Rwandan prison for six days on allegations that he expressed illegal views about the country's 1994 genocide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/erlinder-state-dept?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 17:23:05 -0500 Detained law professor back in Rwandan jail after hospital scare After a second trip to a Rwandan hospital, Peter Erlinder is back in a jail cell and will be interrogated by police again Friday morning, said one of his attorneys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/erlinder?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 12:54:45 -0500 Como Zoo's new polar bear exhibit opens today The Como Zoo's Polar Bear Odyssey is seven times larger than the old space, but still offers close-up views of the bears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/como-zoo-polar-bears?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Wife, friends say Erlinder's career defined by unpopular causes St. Paul attorney Peter Erlinder has often raised eyebrows in the Twin Cities for the long-shot clients and unpopular causes he represents, but his friends and family say his controversial work in Rwanda has been the crusade of his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/erlinder-profile?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 06:48:10 -0500 Minnesotans pay Memorial Day respects at Fort Snelling Minnesotans paid their respects Monday morning to U.S. military veterans as part of a Memorial Day service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/31/memorial-day-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 16:17:50 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar seeks to assure taxpayers don't pay for spill Sen. Amy Klobuchar says there should be no limit on the amount of economic damages oil companies must pay to clean up spills or leaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/31/oil-spill-klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 14:18:20 -0500 Minn. law professor hospitalized in Rwanda Friends and family members of St. Paul law professor Peter Erlinder say he was taken to a hospital in Rwanda Monday after showing signs of illness following a police interrogation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/erlinder-hospital?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 13:00:00 -0500 Bikes not in plans for Central Corridor on University Avenue Cyclists are rallying for dedicated space on University Avenue. And in their fight for bike lanes, they're making an unusual push for more street parking for cars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/university-avenue-biking-central-corridor?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Resolution asks for repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' The St. Paul City Council is expected to pass a resolution Wednesday calling on Congress to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/dont-ask?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 06:32:22 -0500 Police: Father in Como Zoo incident comes forward St. Paul police and child-protection officials are investigating a man who put his two-year-old son in front of a cougar at the Como Zoo. The cougar pushed through a wire-mesh barrier and swiped at the child Saturday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/cougar-child-injury-como-zoo?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 17:53:17 -0500 Central Corridor construction in Mpls. begins in September Planners of the Central Corridor light-rail line Wednesday announced the construction schedule for the Minneapolis portion of the line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/central-corridor-construction?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 16:34:01 -0500 Former inmate accuses jailer of misusing Taser on him A federal appeals court in St. Paul heard arguments Tuesday that raise questions about the appropriate use of Tasers on jail inmates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/taser-complaint?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 17:11:16 -0500 Seventeen St. Paul pothole workers face suspensions Seventeen workers with the city of St. Paul have been suspended without pay after a TV news crew filmed street-maintenance crews loafing around when they should have been filling potholes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/pothole-crew-suspensions?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 13:48:36 -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 Central Corridor: A slow train coming A nearly $1 billion proposal to link St. Paul and Minneapolis is as close as it's ever been to becoming a reality. But the Central Corridor light rail project still faces significant opposition. The acrimony comes from various corners, ranging from the state's largest university to a small neighborhood coalition of African-Americans in St. Paul. /features/2010/04/central-corridor/?refid=0 Sat, 01 May 2010 08:49:41 -0500 Central Corridor and the footprint of politics Building a light-rail system is often a messy and thankless undertaking. And as planners of the Central Corridor line have noted, most major transit projects produce numerous controversies. But some say this line was star-crossed from the beginning, and state and national politics made the situation worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor4-politics?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Central Corridor: In the shadow of Rondo Some African-Americans in St. Paul see parallels between the light-rail line planned for University Ave. and the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1950s, which plowed through the old Rondo neighborhood and still stirs emotions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor3-rondo?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Central Corridor and the U: Clash of the Titans Of all the controversies facing the future Central Corridor light-rail line, a dispute with the University of Minnesota has received the most attention -- with good reason. Both the university and the Metropolitan Council are powerful public institutions, and their struggles to see eye to eye have complicated the state's largest ever public works project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor2-uofm?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Central Corridor: A slow train coming After some 30 years of debate, a nearly $1 billion proposal to link St. Paul and Minneapolis is as close as it's ever been to becoming a reality. But the Central Corridor light rail project still faces significant opposition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor1-delays?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 U of M approves temporary easements for Central Corridor The University of Minnesota and the Metropolitan Council have finalized a tentative deal reached last Friday in a dispute over light rail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/central-corridor?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 18:45:01 -0500 Central Corridor: The major controversies A number controversies have emerged over the last several years of planning for the Central Corridor. Here are some of the more notable ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor-milestones?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:10:43 -0500 Central corridor: The major players Building the largest public-works project in Minnesota history is complex -- and confusing. Here are some of the key players involved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor-players?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:59:45 -0500 Central Corridor in a nutshell A brief summary of the Central Corridor light rail line project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor-summary?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:57:47 -0500 Central Corridor: Sons of Rondo on opposite sides Not everyone whose families lost their Rondo neighborhood houses to the I-94 freeway project in the 1950s and '60s is fighting light rail. Here are three men who have emerged in the Central Corridor debate, and whose own lives have been touched by Rondo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/centcorridor-sonsofrondo?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Katie McWatt , St. Paul civil rights pioneer, dies at 79 St. Paul civil rights pioneer Katie McWatt, whose protests took her to the bottom of a construction ditch as well as the lawn of General Mills, died Monday after a 3 1/2-year battle with lung cancer. She was 79. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/katie-mcwatt?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 20:20:57 -0500 U of M, Met Council reach tentative agreement on Central Corridor The University of Minnesota and planners of the Central Corridor light-rail line have struck a tentative deal that would allow the project to move forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/umn-lightrail-deal?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:08:15 -0500 Met Council, U of M holding court-ordered mediation The Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota are heading into court-ordered mediation this week to resolve their differences over the proposed Central Corridor light-rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/central-corridor-mediation?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 06:41:43 -0500 Mpls. man allegedly stabs wife 70 times in front of daughter A charge of first degree murder is pending against a Minneapolis man accused of fatally stabbing his wife 70 times in front of their daughter early Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/mpls-stabbing?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 19:44:14 -0500 St. Paul preps 'Blueprint' for better domestic violence response St. Paul's new Blueprint for Safety program requires the various agencies in the criminal justice system to share information that will help keep victims safe -- and their abusers accountable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/domestic-abuse-blueprint?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 17:30:53 -0500 Suburban dad leaves Burnsville to govern in Somalia Somali-Americans in Minnesota have long been told they have a duty to help their homeland. But few took that calling to heart like Mohamed Aden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/mohamed-aden-somalia?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 16:54:22 -0500 Developer Jerry Trooien in tax trouble Prominent St. Paul developer Jerry Trooien is on the hook for millions of dollars in delinquent property taxes, according to two metro counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/trooien-trouble?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:37:02 -0500 Investigation ordered into St. Paul public works dep't St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Monday ordered an investigation into allegations that street maintenance crews were not doing a full day's work for a full day's pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/public-works-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:12:22 -0500 Stillwater Lift Bridge closes Commuters from western Wisconsin will have to find another route while the Stillwater Lift Bridge is closed because of high water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/stillwaterbridge?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:55:01 -0500 Met Council, U of M holding closed-door sessions on Central Corridor Project planners for the Central Corridor light-rail transit line will head into closed-door sessions Wednesday with officials from the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/central-corridor-uofm?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:32:26 -0500 Senator, sheriff at odds over gang database Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is criticizing a bill that would give law enforcement agencies one year to stop using computer databases of people who may be associated with gang activity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/fletcher-gangs?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:27:19 -0500 St. Paul closing parks, streets ahead of flooding The city of St. Paul is planning to close boat launches, riverfront parks and a few downtown-area streets to prepare for major flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/st-paul-flooding?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:41:44 -0500 Riverfront development in St. Paul gets first flood test The likely flooding means residents of the Upper Landing neighborhood will get to see how their new homes, which were built to withstand most floods, hold up to a raging river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/st-paul-riverfront-upper-landing?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Central Corridor finds an ally in Washington The head of the Federal Transit Administration says he's doing everything in his power to push forward a light-rail line connecting the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/fta-central-corridor?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Flood risk slightly lower for Red, Minnesota Rivers The latest National Weather Service flood outlook calls for slightly lower risk of flooding in the Red River Valley and along the Minnesota River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/flood-forecast?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 08:46:08 -0600 Somali information chief says war fueled by 'dueling messages' The minister of information for Somalia's embattled government says he is in a war of another kind with rebel groups threatening to destroy any hope for stability in the ravaged East African Country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/somalia-information-chief?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 07:18:48 -0600 Investigation of civil rights complaints over Central Corridor put on hold The federal investigation into two civil-rights complaints filed over the proposed Central Corridor light-rail line has been put on hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/lrt-civil-rights-complaints?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:33:26 -0600 St. Paul residents invited to weigh in on next police chief St. Paul residents are invited to offer their thoughts Thursday night on what they'd like to see in their next police chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/st-paul-police-chief?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 06:42:21 -0600 Taste of Minnesota co-founder Ron Maddox dies The co-founder of the Taste of Minnesota festival died Friday. Ron Maddox was 72. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/ron-maddox-obit?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 15:10:42 -0600 Oberstar pushes for another stimulus bill Congressman Jim Oberstar, DFL-Minn., says Congress must pass a second stimulus bill to fend off another round of economic crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/oberstar-pushes-for-another-stimulus-bill?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:31:16 -0600 Oberstar: Minn. playing catch up for federal high-speed rail money Congressman Jim Oberstar, DFL-Minn., says Minnesota lost out on federal stimulus money for high-speed rail because the state failed to hatch a detailed plan for future rail projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/oberstar-minn-playing-catch-up-for-federal-rail-funds?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:46:01 -0600 Minn. FBI chief warns of threats from groups inspired by al-Qaida The head of the Minneapolis division of the FBI says the new terrorist threat to the U.S. is coming from what he calls "self-directed groups" that are inspired by al-Qaida but are not strongly connected to it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/fbi-somalis?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:08:25 -0600 Twin Cities revive first-time homebuyer program A program to help people buy homes in St. Paul and Minneapolis is back on track after a one-year hiatus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/housing-program?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 18:44:47 -0600 Mayor Chris Coleman calls MPR lawsuit 'outrageous' St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Public Radio over a proposed light-rail line has no merit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/coleman-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 11:16:52 -0600 Report: Domestic violence deaths of women down in Minn. A report released Tuesday shows fewer women in Minnesota were killed in acts of domestic violence last year, but the number of children killed by family members was up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/domestic-violence?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 07:17:44 -0600 MPR lawsuit third against Central Corridor project Minnesota Public Radio filed suit Thursday against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light rail project, claiming the Met Council is not living up to the noise mitigation agreement the two parties reached in April 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/mpr-lrtlawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 13:50:00 -0600 MPR might sue over Central Corridor Minnesota Public Radio is considering suing over what it considers a "breach of contract" with the Metropolitan Council over plans to address the company's concerns over noise and vibrations from the trains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/lrt-mpr?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 15:01:59 -0600 Obama's budget includes $45M for Central Corridor Advocates say that's a sign of federal support for the light rail project, which will connect the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/centcorridormoney?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:44:53 -0600 Somali youth in Minnesota face challenges Minnesota Public Radio News is airing a series of reports on Somali youth called "Civil War Kids." It looks at the lives and struggles of Somali families that fled fighting at home only to encounter more violence in America. Minnesota has one of the the largest populations of Somalis in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/yuen?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:03:12 -0600 Civil War Kids: Young Somalis in Minnesota Tens of thousands of Somalis escaped a brutal civil war, and now call Minnesota home. These are the stories of young Somalis confronting violence in their community, and struggling with the psychological scars that the bloodshed in their homeland left behind. /features/2010/01/civil-war-kids/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:51:42 -0600 The turmoil within: Somali families try to fit in, struggle to forget In our second of a three-part series, "Civil War Kids: Young Somalis in Minnesota," reporter Laura Yuen explores the psychological scars inflicted by the bloody Somali civil war and how they are felt by the young generation in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/civil-war-kids-part2?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Young Somalis in Minnesota beating the odds Stories of young people who are succeeding in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/civil-war-kids-part3?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Young men escape bloodshed in Somalia, but find violence in Minnesota In the first of a three-part series, "Civil War Kids: Young Somalis in Minnesota," reporter Laura Yuen explores the trap of violence that some young men have fallen into as they struggle to adjust to life in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/civil-war-kids-part1?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Somali community shaken by violent tragedy The family of two cousins killed in a triple homicide this week in Minneapolis plan to bury the men on Friday and members of the community say they must work with police to prevent further violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/seward-shooting-somali-vigil?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 22:49:32 -0600 Three dead in south Mpls shooting Three men were shot to death Wednesday night in an apparent robbery at the Seward Market in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 22:26:17 -0600 Mpls. students raise cash for wells in Horn of Africa Money raised by students at Southwest High School in Minneapolis will pay for the construction of 10 new wells in Somalia and other East African countries next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/wells-in-horn-of-africa?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 06:51:53 -0600 Mpls FBI head ramps up outreach to Somalis The head of the FBI's Minneapolis division says the U.S. is seeing a new era of homegrown extremism, especially among Somali immigrants. Boelter told MPR News that Somali-American community leaders need to more clearly denounce extremist ideology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/fbi-somalis?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:08:46 -0600 Local Somalis condemn suicide bombing in homeland Even Somali-Americans hardened by the bloodshed of their homeland were sickened by the latest attack, a suicide bombing in Mogadishu on Dec. 3. On Sunday, about 100 people rallied in Minneapolis to condemn the violence and pray for the victims' families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/13/somali-rally?refid=0 Sun, 13 Dec 2009 21:40:42 -0600 Judge issues joint trial for 'RNC 8' activists Eight activists facing conspiracy charges stemming from last year's Republican National Convention will be tried jointly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/rnc8-trials?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 13:55:20 -0600 Man charged in brutal stabbing in Steele County Steele County authorities have charged a 21-year-old man in the brutal stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/stabbing-death?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 18:03:56 -0600 U of M, Met Council still talking about Central Corridor The Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota are meeting Thursday to try to resolve their differences over a proposed light rail transit line through the Minneapolis campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/centcorridor-talks?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:44:11 -0600 Family members say Somali suspect lived 'simple life' Family members of Mahamud Said Omar say he lived a simple yet luckless life in Minneapolis. He shared an apartment with one of his brothers, complained of sleepless nights, and crisscrossed the country in search of work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/omar-profile?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 23:06:00 -0600 Missing Somali men: What's next in the investigation? Federal authorities say they've reached the "tipping point" in an investigation into the departures of about 20 young Twin Cities men who left for their native Somalia, allegedly to fight with a terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/missing_somali_next_day?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:39:13 -0600 Charges against 8 in missing Somali case unsealed Charges against eight people involved in the long-running probe of young men who left the United States to fight in Somalia were unsealed in Minnesota on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/somali-update?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:00:14 -0600 Feds indict Minn. Somali on conspiracy charges Federal authorities say a massive investigation into the disappearances of about 20 young Somali men from Minnesota has taken a significant step forward with a seventh arrest in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/somali-recruiter-charges?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:51:54 -0600 Road vs. Rail -- from Big Lake to Minneapolis Some commuters will ride the Northstar train to save time on their trip to downtown Minneapolis each day. But will they really get there any faster? MPR News sent two teams to document their trip from Big Lake to Minneapolis this morning to answer that question. /features/2009/11/northstar-commuter-rail/road-v-rail/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:24:23 -0600 Somali leaders want better witness protection A recent fatal shooting in Minneapolis has some members of the Twin Cities Somali-American community saying police and prosecutors need to do a better job of protecting witnesses to violent crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/witness-protection?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis imam pleased to be off no-fly list The imam of a Minneapolis mosque that has been associated with the disappearances of nearly 20 Somali men is relieved to be off of the government's no-fly list after being banned from air travel a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/somali-no-fly-list?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 17:51:03 -0600 Arrest by Dutch officials tied to missing Minnesota men The FBI has confirmed that a recent arrest by Dutch officials is related to the investigation of about 20 Minnesota men who are thought to have traveled to Somalia to fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/dutch-arrest?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:39:12 -0600 St. Paul receives $1M to clean up sites along Central Corridor The city of St. Paul has received $1 million in federal money to investigate possible cleanup sites along the proposed Central Corridor light-rail transit line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/cleanup-grants?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 17:43:58 -0600 Letters illustrate rising tensions over Central Corridor project An exchange of letters this week between top officials at the University of Minnesota and the Metropolitan Council illustrate an increasingly testy relationship between the two institutions as they work to resolve their differences over the proposed Central Corridor transit project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/central-corridor-letters?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 18:31:40 -0600 St. Paul voters re-elect Coleman, approve IRV St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman won a second term in office Tuesday night, defeating challenger Eva Ng. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/st-paul-mayor?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 20:25:11 -0600 Coleman, Ng offer clear differences in St. Paul mayoral race St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will be challenged at the polls Tuesday by Republican-endorsed business executive Eva Ng, who has made her disdain for rising property taxes her central issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/st-paul-race?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 17:18:52 -0600 Seeing shades of gray within domestic violence Researchers like Ellen Pence, above, say one key to preventing domestic violence is to recognize that not all abusers are alike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/domestic-violence?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 06:00:00 -0600 Negotiations continue on U of M light-rail deal The University of Minnesota and planners of the Central Corridor light-rail line are under the gun to work out their differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/light-rail-update?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:34:34 -0500 Groups pushing for 3 additional light-rail stops St. Paul community groups pushing for three additional stops along a proposed light-rail transit line are fired up about new federal concerns over when those stations could be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/central-corridor-stops?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 17:20:37 -0500 Asian businesses file complaint over Central Corridor A coalition of Asian-American business owners along University Avenue in St. Paul has filed a federal civil-rights complaint over the proposed Central Corridor light-rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/lrt-asianbiz?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:42:18 -0500 More details emerge in Minn. men's road trip case The Nevada Highway Patrol today released the name of a third passenger involved in a cross-country road trip that has gotten the attention of federal agents investigating whether Minnesota men traveled to Somalia to fight in that country's ongoing conflict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/third-somali-suspect?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:00:27 -0500 Sources say local man supported al-Shabaab Many believe Cabdulaahi Faarah was one of five men involved in a cross-country road trip last week that has gotten the attention of federal authorities, and that his involvement may be related to the the case of about 20 Minnesota men who allegedly left for their native Somalia to fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/somali-suspect-faarah?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 19:19:13 -0500 Indictment brings new worries that more Somali-American men are leaving to fight Allegations that a 26-year-old Chanhassen man lied about a cross-country road trip with a group of friends last week have made some Somali-Americans worry that even more young Minnesota men are still trying to join the escalating warfare in their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/indictments-somalis?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:48:47 -0500 Central Corridor project solicits minorities for workforce The Metropolitan Council is holding a pair of employment workshops Wednesday to encourage women and minorities to apply for job opportunities on the Central Corridor light rail transit project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/central-corridor-project-solicits-minorities-for-workforce?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:26:53 -0500 Man charged with lying in missing Somalis case A 26-year-old Chanhassen man has been charged with lying to federal agents who are investigating ties between Minnesota and a Somali extremist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/somali-charge?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:49:52 -0500 Slayings raise questions about domestic abuse protection A pair of recent high-profile slayings by men who repeatedly beat their wives has made some people wonder if the criminal justice system is doing its job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/domestic-abuse?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 14:56:14 -0500 In Minneapolis, Somali president asks for help The president of Somalia is calling on the nation's largest community of Somali-Americans to help him fight extremism and rally behind his fragile government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/in-minneapolis-somali-president-asks-for-help?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 06:26:57 -0500 Somali president: Recruiters likely still in U.S. In an interview with MPR, President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed expressed sympathy for the Minnesota men lured back to fight in their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/03/somali-president?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2009 19:13:12 -0500 President of Somalia making rare visit to Twin Cities Minnesota's Somali community is rolling out the red carpet for newly-elected Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed (seen above speaking at the U.N.), who is visiting the Twin Cities as part of a stateside tour of cities with large Somali-American populations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/somali-president?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Vaccination drill helps health workers prepare for H1N1 outbreak Public-health officials across Minnesota prepare to hold vaccination clinics as a line of defense against the H1N1 flu, and one county had an unusual opportunity on yesterday to give it a dry run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/h1n1-mock-vaccination?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Ramsey County plans mass vaccination drill An Arden Hills church will become the site of a mass vaccination drill on Tuesday to test Ramsey County's ability to provide flu vaccines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/26/ramsey-county-vaccination-drill?refid=0 Sat, 26 Sep 2009 16:30:40 -0500 Challenger questions Chris Coleman's travel expenses Chris Coleman's sole challenger in the St. Paul mayor's race is calling on the incumbent mayor to explain why his campaign committee is spending money on meals and traveling outside the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/coleman-expenses?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:31:59 -0500 St. Paul plans relief fund for Central Corridor businesses Small businesses that can prove hardship during construction of a proposed light-rail transit line along University Avenue in St. Paul may get some relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/central-corridor-compensation?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:01:25 -0500 St. Paul prepares for land grab along Central Corridor route The city of St. Paul is positioning itself for an expected land rush in the neighborhoods bordering the proposed Central Corridor transit line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/central-corridor-housing?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:59:05 -0500 Coleman, Ng advance after St. Paul mayor primary St. Paul voters have whittled their mayoral choices to DFL incumbent Chris Coleman and Republican-endorsed political newcomer Eva Ng. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/st-paul-primary-elections?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 06:07:53 -0500 Sixth Minn. man reportedly dies in Somalia A sixth Minnesota man is feared dead in Somalia after joining an Islamic extremist group there. But Troy Kastigar stood out from his fellow recruits, because the Minneapolis man was not Somali. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/somali-death?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:54:44 -0500 Fifth Minn. man dies in Somalia A fifth Somali-American man from Minnesota was killed in his East African homeland, according to family members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/somali-death?refid=0 Sat, 05 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 H1N1 flu sends 120 4-H members home from State Fair Four 4-H members at the Minnesota State Fair have tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus, resulting in at least 120 students being sent home today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/students-sent-home-from-state-fair-flu-h1n1?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 14:30:00 -0500 Teachers put on leave after bullying supposed gay student Two Anoka-Hennepin teachers accused of bullying a student because they thought he was gay won't be returning to school when classes resume Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/teachers-accused-of-mocking-student-on-leave?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 08:52:47 -0500 Resolution expected to study future of Ayd Mill Road The St. Paul City Council is expected to pass a resolution Wednesday to study the future of a fiercely-debated roadway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/ayd-mill-road?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Activists sue St. Paul over RNC raid Three activists have sued the city of St. Paul over a home raid executed a couple of days before last year's Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/rnc-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 15:59:29 -0500 Rep. McCollum holding health care forum tonight Rep. Betty McCollum is hosting a public forum on the health care debate Monday night in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/mccollum-health-care-forum?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:44:50 -0500 Patriotism may have drawn Minnesotans to Somalia Some Somali-Americans in Minnesota are questioning the U.S. government's punishment of what some considered a patriotic pull of the homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/somalia-patriotic?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 University Avenue business owners meet to discuss light rail concerns A group of business owners met today at a University Avenue restaurant to discuss the effects of the Central Corridor light-rail project, and they say their voices aren't being heard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/light-rail-business-concerns?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:40:35 -0500 St. Paul to fund additional light rail station A surprise offer by St. Paul officials appears to greatly increase the chances for an additional station on the Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/central-corridor-new-station?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:27:16 -0500 Somali-American professors angered over repeated searches Two Somali-American scholars at the University of Minnesota say they're outraged by what they consider invasive questioning and searches while traveling abroad this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/somali-professors-travel?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul encourages Ford to build fuel-efficient vans in city The St. Paul Ford plant is set to close in two years, but city leaders are encouraging the big auto maker to make small fuel-efficient vans in the factory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/ford-plant-transit-connect?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 19:53:40 -0500 Third man pleads guilty in Somali investigation A man has admitted to lying to the FBI in its investigation of Americans fighting in Somalia. It's the third guilty plea in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/somali-guiltyplea?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:46:10 -0500 St. Paul fronts money for University Avenue parking headaches St. Paul city planners have identified about $1 million that could go toward relieving an expected parking crunch on University Avenue -- and perhaps help soothe a sore spot with merchants along the corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/st-paul-fronts-money-for-parking-concerns-on-university-avenue?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:46:23 -0500 Group launches legal resource for local Somalis A Minnesota legal-aid group has launched a Somali-language Web site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/group-launches-legal-resource-for-local-somalis?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 06:18:56 -0500 St. Paul homeless center expands, plans awareness event Ramsey County's only day drop-in center for homeless women and children has expanded to accommodate the growing number of families needing shelter during the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/family-place?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Coleman proposes tax hikes, layoffs, in St. Paul budget St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is proposing a 6 percent property tax increase and employee layoffs across City Hall to make up for a nearly $12 million loss in state aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/stpaul-budget?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 15:51:29 -0500 T'wolves introduce new head coach this afternoon The team has announced that Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis will succeed Kevin McHale, who was let go several weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/kurt-rambis-timberwolves-coach?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 08:33:38 -0500 Meeting tomorrow seeks to curb recruitment of young Somali men Teachers, community groups and families will gather Tuesday in Minneapolis to hear how they can prevent the future recruitment of Somali-American youth for so-called "jihadist activities." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/somali?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 08:01:28 -0500 FBI raids Minneapolis travel agency in connection with terror probe FBI agents raided a Minneapolis travel agency earlier this week in connection with a broader investigation into the disappearances of about 20 Somali-American men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/travel-agency-raid?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 16:25:31 -0500 Hillary Clinton meets with Somali president in Kenya U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Somalia's new president Thursday and promised to expand American aid to the country's weak government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/clinton-somali-president?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 17:16:10 -0500 Editor of popular Somali news Web site attacked in Minneapolis The editor of a popular news Web site for young Somalis around the world was attacked last night in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/editor-of-popular-somali-news-website-attacked?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 13:35:22 -0500 Minneapolis mosque opening private Islamic school Minnesota's largest mosque is opening a private Islamic school this fall, the second of its kind in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/islamic-school?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 14:39:07 -0500 FBI searches Rochester homes in Somali probe Earlier this month, FBI agents raided the apartments of two Rochester women, investigating whether they were sending supplies to insurgents in Somalia. The woman say they were collecting used clothing to send to poor people in their native country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/somalis-fbi?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:01:29 -0500 Somali man pleads guilty to terrorism charge Salah Osman Ahmed pleaded guilty this afternoon to charges related to Americans traveling to Somalia to fight with Islamic militants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/plea-deal?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:03:38 -0500 U.S. extends protected status for Somali nationals Somali nationals living in the U.S. under temporary protected status are eligible to remain in the country for an additional 18 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/somali-status?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:39:28 -0500 Plea deal expected for Somali terror suspect One of two Minnesota men recently indicted on terrorism-related charges has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/ahmedosman-plea?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 17:45:00 -0500 Somalis gather for youth summit at U of M this weekend Hundreds of young Somalis from the United States, Canada and Great Britain are gathering at the University of Minnesota this weekend for the second Somali Youth Summit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/somali-youth-summit-u-of-m?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:48:30 -0500 Somali activists say missing men went voluntarily A handful of young Somali-American activists say they're convinced that the roughly 20 Minnesota men who left to fight in their homeland went voluntarily, raised their own money and recruited one another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/somali_activists?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:47:42 -0500 Rep. Ellison says U.S. trying to ensure safe return of missing Somalis Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison said the U.S. government is trying to ensure the safe return of some of the young Somali-American men believed to be fighting with a terrorist group in their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/somali_search?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:19:38 -0500 Somali terror suspect waives detention hearing A Minnesota man indicted on terrorism charges has waived a detention hearing that had been scheduled this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/ahmed_court?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 10:40:00 -0500 Court hearing expected in missing Somali men case A court hearing is the latest development in the story of a group of Somali refugees, living in the Twin Cities, who returned to Somalia, and may have fought alongside a terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/somali?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:52:56 -0500 FBI confirms link between terror indictments, missing Somalis A federal grand jury has indicted two men on terrorism charges in connection with the ongoing investigation of about 20 missing Somali-American men from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/terror_indictment?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Man killed in Somalia may have recruited others to the cause One of the two Somali-American men from Minnesota reportedly killed over the weekend in Mogadishu apparently played a role in recruiting others to fight in his homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/maruf_profile?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:45:27 -0500 Group renews effort to expand Greenway to St. Paul A transportation advocacy group is renewing the push to extend the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis across the Mississippi River and into St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/greenway_st_paul?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities housing market showing small signs of improvement The Twin Cities housing market showed small signs of improvement last month, according to figures released today Friday by area realtors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/housing_sales?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:25:57 -0500 Speech may provide clues to missing Somalis' motivation A fiery speech given by a visiting Somali opposition leader in Minneapolis may provide some clues as to what motivated some Somali-American men to take up arms in their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/call_to_action?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Local Somalis holding rally to condemn violence in homeland Somali-Americans in Minnesota will protest a rash of suicide bombings in their homeland at a rally Friday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/somali_rally?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Taste of Minnesota opens with new admission fee, improved entertainment The Taste of Minnesota opened at noon Thursday with a host of changes, including a new admission fee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/taste_mn?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 14:51:25 -0500 Leading Somali official visits Twin Cities A leading Somali politician was in the Twin Cities Tuesday to discuss his country's faltering government, on the eve of its Independence Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/somali_minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:15:26 -0500 Cemetery's new site designed for Asian families A large Minneapolis cemetery has developed a new burial site aimed at attracting Asian-American families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/asian_cemetery?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:30:42 -0500 White Bear Lake copes with the pinch of Pawlenty's unallotment Like many cities, White Bear Lake will feel a slight pinch from Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to cut $2.7 billion out of the state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/state_budget_in_your_backyard_white_bear_lake?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:45:00 -0500 Ramsey County kicks off adoption campaign Ramsey County is kicking off a five-year campaign today aimed at recruiting adoptive parents for children in need of permanent homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/ramsey_co_adoption?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 06:16:15 -0500 Nonprofits feel pain of the recession A report released today says Minnesota nonprofits are continuing to shrink their budgets and staff in response to the current recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/nonprofits?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 14:34:59 -0500 Somali activist tried to stop missing boys from traveling Months before two Somali teenage boys left the Twin Cities for Somalia, one woman says she tried to stop their departures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/somali_travel?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Family, friends demand justice for slain Somali murder victims Relatives and supporters of a slain Augsburg College student protested at Minneapolis City Hall Friday, demanding justice from both police and fellow Somalis in eight unresolved slayings of young Somali men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/augsburg_rally?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 18:29:32 -0500 Family holding rally for slain Augsburg student The family of a slain Augsburg College student will hold a rally in downtown Minneapolis Friday, urging police and Somali community members to work together to solve his killing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/augsburg_shooting?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Family, friends offer differing accounts on how Minneapolis teen died in Somalia Conflicting accounts emerged Monday over how Burhan Hassan, a Minneapolis teenager who allegedly went to Somalia to fight with an Islamic terrorist group, was killed in his homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/somali_differing_accounts?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 19:10:52 -0500 Opponents file civil rights complaint against Central Corridor An organization representing residents and businesses along University Avenue in St. Paul has filed a federal civil rights complaint over the Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/centralcorr_complaint?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 15:02:21 -0500 Charges dropped in shooting of Augsburg student A teenager charged with fatally shooting a Somali-American college student in Minneapolis eight months ago has been released from jail. The student's family says the case was dismissed because key witnesses were not willing to testify. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/charges_dismissed_in_shooting_of_augsburg_student?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 11:59:01 -0500 Young Somali men escape homeland, but not violence Since December 2007, eight Somali men, all 30 and under, have been killed in the Twin Cities. The deaths represent a tragic irony for a community that escaped the bloodshed and clan warfare of its home country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/somali_youthviolence?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 One Year Later: The Hugo Tornado An audio slideshow shows how the city of Hugo has recovered one year after a deadly tornado. /features/2009/05/24_hugo_tornado_slideshow/?refid=0 Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Hugo finds hope and heartache one year after tornado Hugo residents reach a bittersweet milestone Monday. One year ago, a tornado ripped through town, killing a 2-year-old boy and destroying dozens of houses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/hugotornado_anniversary?refid=0 Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Somali students from Augsburg College refused visas by Egyptian government The Egyptian government has refused to let two Somali students from Augsburg College in Minneapolis travel to Egypt for a study-abroad program. The students were scheduled to leave for Cairo last Sunday, but Egyptian officials declined to grant them their tourist visas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/somalis_refused_visas?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 FBI, Twin Cities Somalis hope to rebuild relationship The head of the Minneapolis FBI office is asking for the Somali community's trust as investigators continue to look into the disappearances of a number of young Twin Cities men who are believed to be fighting along with hard-line Islamists in Somalia's civil war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/yuen_somalis_fbi?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 06:38:55 -0500 Event hopes to demystify local Somali community A coalition of Somali-American organizations will host an event tomorrow at the Minneapolis Convention Center in response to the barrage of bad news about their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/somali_event?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 08:10:12 -0500 Mosque leader wants to reconcile with families of missing Somalis The spiritual leader of Minnesota's largest mosque has been a reluctant newsmaker. Five months after he learned he was on the U.S. government's terrorism watch list, he has agreed to tell his story to MPR News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/mosque_leader?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 When Somalis are in the news, so is Omar Jamal Somali community activist Omar Jamal is in the news again, this time for finding a lawyer for a Somali pirate. Jamal has made a comeback following his own high-profile problems with the law, but he remains controversial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/omar_jamal?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:25:50 -0500 Timeline: From Mogadishu to Minneapolis Twin Cities community activist Omar Jamal has always commanded the media spotlight. But his journey to prominence is fraught with controversy and contradictions. Once seen as a rising star by members of the Somali-American community, Jamal has become a lightning rod for their differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/omar_jamal_profile?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Phone calls from missing Somalis send mixed messages When the first group of young Somali men disappeared from Minneapolis back in 2007, they weren't on the FBI's radar yet. In phone calls back to their Minnesota friends, they appeared homesick and disillusioned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/friends_of_the_missing?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Somalis in Minnesota react to barrage of bad news Somalia has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, with various news stories in Minnesota and around the world focusing on events related to that African country. Somalis in Minnesota are reacting in various ways to the avalanche of publicity about their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/somali_badnews?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 17:00:21 -0500 'Hawalas' provide lifeline to impoverished Somalia Business was quiet Thursday at one Minneapolis money-transfer business, a day after FBI agents raided the business along with two others http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/09/moneytransfer_folo?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 18:40:11 -0500 MPR, Met Council reach deal on light rail noise After three months of negotiations, the Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Public Radio have finally struck a deal on how to resolve MPR's concerns over noise from a proposed light-rail transit line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/centralcorridor_mpr?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 12:35:41 -0500 "American" calls for Somali action in extremist recruiting video A new video by a group of Islamic extremists in Somalia uses hip-hop music -- and what appears to be a white American fighter -- to urge Muslims around the world to fight in a holy war in the Horn of Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/american_al_shabaab_recruiting_video?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 07:26:37 -0500 Relatives of missing Somali men use homeland ties in search Families of some of the young Somali-American men who are thought to be fighting with Islamic extremists in the Horn of Africa are trying their own methods to bring them safely home. They've turned to friends in the new Somali government and U.S. officials at neighboring embassies to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/somali_search?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Grand jury looks into missing Somali men The investigation into about a dozen Somali-American men missing from Minnesota has reached the level of a federal grand jury investigation. A number of men from the Twin Cities are believed to have gone back to Somalia to fight along with a terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/22/grand_jury_looks_into_missing_somali_men?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 03:15:00 -0500 Sara Jane Olson set to be freed from prison Olson wants to return to St. Paul, where she went into hiding for more than two decades and lived as a homemaker, mom and stage actress until her arrest several years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/sara_jane_olson_released?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 08:26:20 -0500 Pawlenty joins effort to keep Olson out of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has joined the chorus of voices protesting plans by the state of California to send Sara Jane Olson to Minnesota to serve her parole after she's released from prison tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/olson_legreax?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:12:00 -0500 Online tools may have been used to recruit young Somalis A new study warns about the threat of Islamist radicalization and says online chat rooms are gaining strength. The report sheds some light on how recruiters could lure Americans to fight in a holy war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/fbi_believe_online_tools_used_to_recruit_young_somalis?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 17:46:14 -0600 Missing Somali men may have romanticized their homeland Young Somali-Americans try to make sense of the disappearances of about a dozen men from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/somali_youth?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Bhutanese families hold celebration Minnesota's newest refugees will get together today in St. Paul for the first ever Bhutan Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/28/bhutanese_families_hold_celebration?refid=0 Sat, 28 Feb 2009 01:05:32 -0600 Mosque opens doors to help dispel rumors Leaders of a Minneapolis mosque have been vigorously fighting accusations linking them to a number of missing Twin Cities men -- men that some believe have returned to Somalia to fight in that country's civil war. Last night they took a different approach by hosting an open house at the mosque. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/mosque_openhouse?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 06:39:00 -0600 Somalis worried after suicide bomber details emerge FBI director Robert Mueller this week said a Minneapolis man could be the first U.S. citizen to carry out a suicide bombing overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/mueller_somalis?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:43:33 -0600 Minneapolis man may have carried out suicide bombing FBI Director Robert Mueller confirmed Monday that a Minneapolis man in October may have been the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing overseas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/minneapolis_suicide_bomber?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 07:11:40 -0600 St. Paul drops hundreds of cases from RNC The St. Paul city attorney's office will not prosecute more than 300 people who were arrested on on the final night of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/rnccasesdropped?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:00:00 -0600 Mayor Coleman to hold budget discussions St. Paul residents are invited to join Mayor Chris Coleman tonight for the first of two public meetings to discuss solutions to the city's budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/mayor_coleman_to_hold_buget_discussions?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Experts discuss change to food safety program A group of public health experts and scholars met today to discuss possible reforms to overhaul the government's food safety program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/experts_discuss_change_to_food_safety_program?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:52:09 -0600 Rights groups say Somalis being stopped, questioned Ever since news broke a few months ago on the disappearances of young Somali men from the Twin Cities, local Somali residents say federal investigators have been randomly stopping people to ask them questions at malls, college campuses, and the airport. One civil-rights group representing Muslims in the U.S. has compared the questioning to a fishing expedition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/rights_groups_say_somalis_being_stopped_questioned?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:30:44 -0600 Mosque leaders deny they recruited youth to fight Leaders and friends of a Minneapolis mosque deny connection to the recent disappearances of young Somali men from the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/leaders_of_minneapolis_mosque_deny_suggestions_they_recruited_youth_to_fight?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:39:42 -0600 Sheriff's employees sentenced for stealing cash A federal judge today sentenced two former Ramsey County Sheriff's employees to nearly three years in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/sheriffs_employees_get_prison_time_stealing_cash?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:55:00 -0600 Protester settles with city of St. Paul An antiwar activist who sued St. Paul after he was arrested outside of a rally for Barack Obama last summer says he has reached a settlement with the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/protester?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 12:07:02 -0600 Homeland Security to meet with Somali community leaders Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are visiting Minneapolis this week. The agency says it wants to build better relationships with the area's Somali community, which has been shaken by the recent disappearances of young men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/dhs_looking_to_build_better_relationships_with_somali_population?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 16:52:13 -0600 From Bhutan to Minnesota, their journey is not over A little-known group of refugees is quietly settling in the Twin Cities. They're from Bhutan, a tiny country between India and China. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/bhutan?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:15:42 -0600 Trial begins for man charged in RNC molotov case A Texas man charged with making explosives for the Republican National Convention goes on trial today in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/molotov_trial?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 06:53:27 -0600 Taste of Minn. has new owners, new admission fee The St. Paul summer festival Taste of Minnesota has new owners, and they plan to charge an admission fee to the event for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/mntaste_sold?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 12:30:51 -0600 Anti-billboard activists gaining ground Anti-billboard activists in St. Paul say they have made slight progress in their battle against the big signs, but there's still work to be done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/billboard?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:59:56 -0600 Planners propose parking solution along Central Corridor route The city of St. Paul has what it calls a cutting-edge parking management plan to try to lessen an expected parking crunch along University Ave. from a proposed light-rail transit line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/lrt_parking?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 14:43:24 -0600 White Bear Lake: A suburb with an old soul Residents in White Bear Lake enjoy a high quality of life -- and an unusual preoccupation with polar bears. The first part in our series, "The State Budget in Your Backyard," explores the town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/whitebearlake_overview?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Audio slideshow: Getting to know White Bear Lake We get to know White Bear Lake a little better through the eyes of some of its residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/01/white_bear_lake/20_whitebearlake_intro_ss/index.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:50:34 -0600 University business owners are worried about planned LRT route Some small-business owners along University Avenue in St. Paul say they want assurances that they will survive the construction period of a proposed light-rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/lrt_university_ave?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 06:48:54 -0600 Commission report on RNC police procedures offers mixed review St. Paul's outside assessment of police actions during the Republican National Convention offers a mixed review. The independent commission said the city succeeded in hosting a safe convention but highlighted a number of concerns in its report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/rncreport?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:15:56 -0600 'Gran Torino' a movie made in Minnesota, almost The new Clint Eastwood movie, "Gran Torino," was shot in Detroit. But the heart of the film was born in Minneapolis. The film has launched the career of screenwriter and Twin Cities native Nick Schenk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/nick_schenk?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Met Council considers negotiations on mitigation plan The head of the Metropolitan Council says he's willing to give more information to Minnesota Public Radio that could help thaw a standoff over the proposed Central Corridor light-rail train route through downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/met_council_considers_negotiations_on_mitigation_plan?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 18:59:36 -0600 Chris Coleman to seek reelection St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he'll run again for office this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/chris_coleman_to_seek_reelection?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:07:54 -0600 Companies vow to change mortgage terms -- for a price Homeowners facing foreclosure are increasingly hearing from third-party companies offering to negotiate better terms on their mortgages. Housing advocates say the firms represent the latest form of industry predators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/loan_modification?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Central Corridor study says train vibration can be eliminated A new study commissioned by the Central Corridor light rail project office confirms what planners have been saying all along -- vibrations from the trains would affect sensitive buildings along the route, but the problem could be virtually eliminated through technology. Some are still not convinced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/lrt_vibrationstudy?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 15:52:00 -0600 Police urge caution after string of home invasions in St. Paul St. Paul police say a pair of jewelry bandits are using a similar ruse to gain entry into the homes of Hmong families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/26/police_urge_caution_after_string_of_home_invasions_in_st_paul?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:33:47 -0600 St. Paul plows working to keep up with steady snow Contrary to many people's perceptions, St. Paul public works officials say the city is plowing more, not less, this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/26/plows?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:12:44 -0600 Some small toy makers not happy with new toy-safety law A new federal law intended to prevent unsafe toys from reaching store shelves has made critics out of an unlikely group: mom-and-pop toymakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/some_small_toy_makers_not_happy_with_new_toysafety_law?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Hmong get a mixed debut in new Eastwood film The new Clint Eastwood movie, "Gran Torino," is rife with Minnesota connections. And it's believed to be the first major motion picture to prominently feature Hmong-Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/grantorino?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 16:28:33 -0600 MPR, churches oppose proposed LRT route Minnesota Public Radio and two neighboring churches in downtown St. Paul are escalating their opposition to a proposed route for a light-rail transit line. In the latest salvo, MPR has asked the project planners to study alternative routes through downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/area_organization_churches_oppose_proposed_lrt_route?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:14:33 -0600 Ramsey courts hear first cases from RNC arrests The first court trials for individuals arrested during the Republican National Convention are scheduled to begin today in Ramsey County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/protest_cases?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 08:23:14 -0600 Homeowners ask why property valuations are up Hundreds of taxpayers descended on the Ramsey County truth-in-taxation hearing last night. Many asked why their property valuations are going up http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/property_valuations_up?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:58:43 -0600 Alleged links to Somalia fighting divide Minnesota community Recent claims that young men have left Minnesota to fight in East Africa are deepening divisions in the Twin Cities Somali community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/somali_links?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 07:27:43 -0600 When houses go empty, they look for squatters One night a week, St. Paul city inspectors make surprise visits to registered vacant buildings, looking for people who may be living there illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/vacanthousing_teams?refid=0 Sun, 07 Dec 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Lunds could be coming to downtown St. Paul Lund Food Holdings has signed a lease agreement to build a store inside the proposed Penfield in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/st_paul_lunds?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 07:37:52 -0600 LRT planners hear community concerns A series of open houses starting today will let the public weigh in on the latest plans for the proposed Central Corridor LRT line between St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/lrt_central_corridor?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 07:59:17 -0600 Election officials, observers keep trudging through the recount It takes a special person to do the thankless, yet civic-minded, job of recounting nearly 3 million votes cast in the Senate race. Hundreds of election officials, judges and campaign volunteers have spent the past three days inspecting ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/election_officials_observers_keep_trudging_through_the_recount?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 17:52:38 -0600 Both campaigns pleased with recount so far On day two of the U.S. Senate recount, the campaigns of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are both saying they are pleased so far, not only with the process but with the initial numbers as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/recount_thurs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:45:46 -0600 Coleman will not support auto industry bailout Sen. Norm Coleman says he won't support a proposed bailout for automakers because it does not provide protections for taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/coleman_auto_bail?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 07:40:51 -0600 Sheriff Fletcher stands by actions during RNC Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher was a controversial figure during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Fletcher's critics call him a cowboy who seeks the limelight, but he says he's just concerned about public safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/bob_fletcher_controversial?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 16:15:00 -0600 Sheriff, police department clashed over RNC security Minnesota Public Radio News has learned that top officials in the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office and the St. Paul Police Department clashed over how to secure the streets in the months leading up to the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/bob_fletcher_rnc_police?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Somalis rejoice over president with African roots While people all over the globe seem to identify with President-elect Barack Obama, Africans especially aren't shy about claiming him as one of their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/somaliobama?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 15:41:36 -0600 Police asking RNC assault victim to come forward The St. Paul Police and Ramsey County Sheriff's Office are asking the public for help in identifying a man who was apparently assaulted on the first day of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/police_rnc_victim?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 18:45:32 -0600 Minn. voter turnout falls short of the record Minnesota voters packed the polls yesterday. About 2.8 million people voted, about the same number that showed up at the polls in 2004. While they came short of breaking a record, it's still destined to be one of the best turnouts in the nation, if not the best. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/minn_voter_turnout_falls_short_of_record?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 04:08:38 -0600 What can I wear to the polls -- and other rules of decorum The polling place has its own rules of conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/voter_decorum?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 12:42:41 -0600 Group calls for investigation of Minnesota's voter rolls The final stretch to Election Day has been dogged with mudslinging, counter-attacks and calls for investigations. However, it's a separate battle over Minnesota's voter rolls that has become so contentious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/group_calls_voter_roll_investigation?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesota expects record voter turnout Tuesday Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie predicts at least 80 percent of the state's eligible voters will show up at the polls on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/voter_turnout?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 13:00:28 -0500 Election judges can expect a longer day Election judges who plan to staff polling stations next Tuesday in Ramsey County will be required to work a full 15-hour shift. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/election_judges?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 07:35:45 -0500 Black community leaders prepare for Election Day glitches Black community leaders say they're excited by a new political enthusiasm among young African-Americans, but they're also preparing for glitches on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/black_voters?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0500 St. Paul police chief gives assessment of RNC St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington provided the City Council Wednesday with his first public assessment of police actions during last month's Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/harrington?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0500 RNC host committee meets goal of raising $58 million Planners of last month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul met their goal of raising $58 million in cash and in-kind contributions to stage the four-day affair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/rnc_money?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:13:02 -0500 Bowhunters begin hunt in St. Paul park A volunteer bowhunting group will be begin hunting deer today in a wooded park along St. Paul's riverfront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/deer_hunt?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 07:44:45 -0500 St. Paul's insurance policy paying off as RNC lawsuits loom A second activist will begin the process of suing the city of St. Paul over police action during the RNC, but taxpayers won't pay any of the legal fees or losses stemming from the suits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/rnc_police_liability?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 16:24:38 -0500 Developer scraps plans for sober housing A nonprofit developer behind a large sober-housing proposal in St. Paul said Tuesday it's scrapping its plans because of intense opposition from neighbors. Opponents created an anonymous Web site that featured photos of drug syringes and people passed out in yards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/no_eden_house?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 18:11:00 -0500 Como residents oppose recovery development In a quiet St. Paul neighborhood, residents are taking extraordinary measures to keep a proposed sober-housing development out of the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/recovery_home_protests?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 16:42:31 -0500 RNC inquiry to focus on police encounters with public St. Paul's formal review of security actions during the Republican National Convention will focus on interactions between police officers and the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/rnc_investigation?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 07:51:17 -0500 RNC investigators outline scope for St. Paul City Council The St. Paul City Council will hear today from two high profile attorneys who are leading a review of police actions during the RNC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/01/rnc?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 06:48:48 -0500 Cop actions top complaints at RNC listening session The RNC ended three weeks ago, and tensions are still running high in St. Paul. More than 150 people packed the City Council chambers last night for a community hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/listening_hearing?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 06:26:09 -0500 St. Paul City Council holds community hearing on RNC The public is invited to weigh in on the impacts of the Republican National Convention this evening before members of the St. Paul City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/city_council?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 07:23:38 -0500 St. Paul won't prosecute most journalists arrested during RNC The city attorney won't pursue misdemeanor charges against journalists who were arrested during the Republican National Convention protests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/rncarrests?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:20:00 -0500 St. Paul Port Authority to buy 3M property The St. Paul Port Authority has struck a deal with Maplewood-based 3M to buy the most of the company's St. Paul campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/3m_port_auth?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:33:33 -0500 St. Paul business owners vent about the RNC St. Paul business owners vented about their experiences during the Republican National Convention this morning. But local businesses also offered their thoughts on what went right -- and what city officials could do better if a convention this size ever returns to St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/rnc_business?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Heffelfinger: We will not be reviewing claims of police misconduct The city of St. Paul has hired former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger to conduct an independent review of police planning and tactics during last week's Republican National Convention. However, the team will not investigate allegations of excessive force by the police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/policecomplaints?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 17:00:55 -0500 Rybak says no formal review of police, will assess tactics personally The office of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has now said there are no plans to formally review the city's police tactics in response to demonstrations during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/rybak_review?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities officials to formally review RNC police methods Officials with the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis said they will formally review police tactics used to quell demonstrations during the RNC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/police_tactics?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 08:00:22 -0500 RNC organizers wonder what's next The host cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul say they will assess how everything went last week, ranging from public safety to behind-the-scenes logistics. And they're also looking at what's next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/06/rnc_lookahead?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Was the Republican National Convention worth it? After four days of hosting the Republican National Convention, St. Paul can finally go back to being a quiet little town. But with all of the headaches that it brought, such as road closures and protests, was it worth it? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/worth_it?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 00:00:41 -0500 Security keeping business out of St. Paul The bars and restaurants along West Seventh Street, especially, say sales have been down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/rncbusiness?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 18:40:37 -0500 St. Paul business owners feel they aren't getting a fair RNC shake Hosting the Republican National Convention was supposed to be a joint affair for the Twin Cities. Civic boosters reminded the public that they were promoting "Minneapolis-St. Paul," not one city over another. But some St. Paul business owners are wondering if they've gotten the short end of the stick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/rnc_business_lacking?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 17:11:01 -0500 RNC's first day brings mixed bag to businesses With all those extra hours to spare on the first day of the RNC, convention-goers are spending more time getting to know the city and opening their wallets there. At least, that's what civic boosters and business owners were hoping for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/rnc_business?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 19:14:25 -0500 Remainder of GOP convention as uncertain as the weather Even before the gavel opens the Republican National Convention in St. Paul today, organizers and suppliers are recalibrating their expectations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/rnc_monday?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 00:23:49 -0500 Sheriff's deputies, police raid anarchist headquarters Ramsey County sheriff's deputies and St. Paul police Friday night raided a St. Paul building that is being used by a coalition of anarchists who say they plan to disrupt the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/30/fri_radi?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2008 09:08:51 -0500 RNC-related arrests come early to St. Paul Two anti-poverty protesters who organized an outdoor encampment on Harriet Island in St. Paul were arrested Thursday night after they refused to clear the park. The arrests were peaceful, and the camp shut down quietly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/protest_camp?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 07:43:53 -0500 Protesters set up tents at Harriet Island Regional Park About 20 protesters have set up tents at Harriet Island Regional Park in downtown St. Paul on the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/bushville?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 18:01:14 -0500 St. Paul spiffs up for the Republican National Convention Workers and cleaning crews are going the extra mile to spruce up downtown St. Paul for the upcoming Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/downtown_makeover?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 15:00:00 -0500 How close can I get to the Xcel Energy Center? I'm not an RNC delegate. Can I get close to the convention site? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/survivalguide_walking?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 RNC creates friendly competition between Twin Cities St. Paul counts down to the Republican National Convention, but why do people continue to think the event is in Minneapolis? It's generating some healthy competition between our Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/wheresrnc?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 14:43:56 -0500 'Street medics' gear up for RNC protests A small crew of street medics is preparing to offer first aid and mental health care to protesters and others during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/street_medics?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 16:27:51 -0500 Metro Transit to reroute buses during RNC Metro Transit bus riders in St. Paul should expect detours and 10-minute delays the week of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/rncbusdetours?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 16:01:56 -0500 Dozens arrested as part of national ICE sweep Federal immigration officials have arrested 50 people, most of them alleged gang members and associates, as part of a national crackdown on gangs with roots in other countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/ice?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 07:18:33 -0500 Airport volunteers prepare for RNC Volunteers reported to the first day of training Thursday morning on how to greet and assist visitors traveling through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for the RNC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/volunteers?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 06:59:46 -0500 New St. Paul police program will keep tabs on violent gang members A new police program to identify and keep tabs on gang members in the city is raising some questions from the head of St. Paul's NAACP. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/stpaul_gangs?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:00:00 -0500 St. Paul warns of traffic delays during RNC Several blocks surrounding the Xcel Energy Center will be closed to cars and bikes during the week of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/rnctraffic?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 15:10:43 -0500 University Avenue business owners step up opposition to LRT Some St. Paul community organizations are escalating their opposition to the proposed Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/lrt_opposition?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 06:09:29 -0500 Hamm's Plaza demonstration permits revoked for RNC Protesters who secured permits several months ago to gather at a downtown plaza during the Republican National Convention will have to find a new location. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/hamms_plaza_permits_revoked?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 17:52:00 -0500 Violent attacks leave police, neighbors rattled Two recent attacks at Lake Phalen in St. Paul have rattled police and neighbors alike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/phalen?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 00:03:22 -0500 St. Paul police say 3,500 officers will be ready for RNC St. Paul police say they will have enough officers to provide security during the Republican National Convention in early September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/rnc_cops?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 07:07:06 -0500 Bridge collapse survivor searches for touch of healing Lindsay Petterson broke her back when her car plunged to the bottom of the Mississippi River. She still suffers from irrational fears and intense waves of sadness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/petterson_bridge_collapse_survivor?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 01:00:00 -0500 St. Paul funeral home enlists help from Hmong shaman A Hmong shaman held a ceremony yesterday at what used to be a Hmong funeral home to prepare the site for redevelopment. The facility was the first in St. Paul to specialize in traditional Hmong funerals, which typically last for days and involve plenty of food and music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/shaman?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 06:32:20 -0500 St. Paul music school plans street presence Busking is frowned upon in some cities, but the city of St. Paul is encouraging musicians to play for tips on downtown sidewalks during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/busking?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:22:26 -0500 Neutral 'peace teams' to defuse tension during RNC Advocates for non-violence are recruiting volunteers to protect people from getting hurt outside of the the GOP convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/peaceteams?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul parking lots close for RNC About 4,000 commuters who park near the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul will have to give up their spaces during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/parking_lots?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2008 08:00:32 -0500 RNC Host Committee meets fundraising goal The Minneapolis St. Paul Host Committee says it has met Tuesday's fundraising deadline of $39 million as part of its contract with the Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 06:48:22 -0500 GOP convention still needs 1,000 volunteers The Minneapolis-St. Paul host committee still needs more than 1,000 volunteers to work during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Meanwhile in Denver, so many volunteers have signed up for the Democratic National Convention that thousands will likely be turned away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/rncvolunteers?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Ron Maddox gets one last 'Taste,' his way The Taste of Minnesota is poised to change hands within a month. That means that this year's Taste may be the last one that co-founder Ron Maddox gets to do entirely his way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/last_taste?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Owners will sell the Taste of Minnesota The owners of the Taste of Minnesota, which begins today, are selling the St. Paul summer festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/taste?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 08:49:55 -0500 Market forces condos out of St. Paul skyscraper project A real estate developer who wants to build downtown St. Paul's next skyscraper says the weak housing market has prompted him to give up on building condominiums there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/penfield?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 08:22:00 -0500 St. Paul scrambles to fill storefronts before convention With downtown retail hurting, St. Paul is enticing merchants to set up temporary shops, at least for the week of the convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/rnc_skyway_vacancies?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 16:33:17 -0500 Wounded Iraqi war veteran gets a new home An army of volunteers raised the first wall of a house today that will soon belong to a Minnesota National Guard member who was severely wounded in a bomb attack last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/vets_home?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:05:59 -0500 Come one, come all, ye Republican protester The protest groups who have reserved march or park permits during the Republican National Convention range from 9/11 conspiracy theorists to folk music loving peaceniks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/25/protestfactions?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 17:15:00 -0500 RNC: Calling all volunteers The mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and organizers of the Republican National Convention, will make another plea today for volunteers for the September convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/volunteers?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 07:42:02 -0500 Downtown dwellers, businesses brace for RNC St. Paul police say downtown traffic disruptions during the Republican National Convention should be relatively contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/rnc_convention?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 RNC protest group files lawsuit against St. Paul Another group, Members of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, has filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Paul over plans to protest the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/rnc_protest?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:11:36 -0500 Proposal to extend bar hours for RNC may come with a catch The St. Paul City Council will hold a public hearing today on a proposal allowing bars to stay open until 4 a.m. during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/rnc_bars?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 06:30:17 -0500 Three weeks after the storm: A day in the life of Jane Deppert Three weeks after the Hugo tornado, Jane Deppert and her two sons are trying to get back to normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/deppertfolo?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 17:00:00 -0500 RNC protesters go back to court over march route A coalition planning a massive march on the Republican National Convention in St. Paul is challenging the city's chosen route in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/protest_follow?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 16:45:52 -0500 St. Paul plan aims to increase minority contracts The city of St. Paul announced a new plan today designed to boost the amount of business the city does with businesses owned by women and people of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/minority_contracting?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 17:11:53 -0500 Standing at the back of the line, but never losing hope As people piled into the Xcel Energy Center to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the line out the door kept getting longer. At one point, it stretched for more than a mile and a half. For people at the end of line, they never gave up hope. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/back?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:57:04 -0500 Coleman set to support Obama St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he's ready to switch allegiances and support Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the presidency. Obama is speaking tonight in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/coleman_obama?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:27:32 -0500 Obama rally draws early large crowds at the Xcel Large crowds began to form early at the Xcel Center in hope of getting into tonight's Barack Obama rally. Media from across the nation gathered to carry the speech in anticipation of Obama declaring victory tonight after the S.D. and Montana primaries close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/obamavendor?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 13:14:26 -0500 Gov. says special session for tornado relief unlikely Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Hugo appears to be in good position to pay for cleanup costs itself and will probably seek reimbursement from the state next session. He said the city appears to be ineligible for federal assistance through FEMA or the Small Business Administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/no_session?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 06:59:54 -0500 Central Corridor line approved, despite U of M's objections Plans for a light rail transit route connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis will move forward, but without the complete blessings of the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/28/lrt?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 22:26:50 -0500 One family begins the process of cleaning up Hugo residents who lost their homes to Sunday's tornado are beginning to ponder what's next. They spent much of yesterday sifting through the contents of their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/depperts?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 02:00:00 -0500 The car culture The automobile still rules on University Ave., but it may one day have to share the street with trains -- yet again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/univavecars?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Photographer Wing Young Huie's view of University Ave. Renowned Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie is working on a new installation highlighting life along University Ave. "The Language of Urbanism: A Six-Mile Photographic Inquiry," will be complete in 2010. Wing shares some of the photos he's taken so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2008/05/university_ave/huie_slideshow/index.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Vote to decide LRT route delayed An advisory panel for the Central Corridor light-rail project is giving the University of Minnesota one more week to make its case for an alternative route through campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/22/lrt?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 07:23:49 -0500 U study finds Dinkytown LRT route could jeopardize funding A study commissioned by the University of Minnesota found the U's preferred route through Dinkytown for the Central Corridor light rail would fail a key test for qualifying for federal funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/dinkytown?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 07:14:26 -0500 No interest in light rail tunnel through U of M campus The University of Minnesota said the U is not interested in a light rail tunnel through campus. Congressman Jim Oberstar told MPR yesterday that new legislation could put the tunnel back on the table. The U plans to continue working towards an above-ground solution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/lrt_tunnel?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 07:03:34 -0500 U of M light rail tunnel could be back on the table U.S. Rep. James Oberstar said recently passed federal legislation could resurrect debate over an underground light-rail tunnel through the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/oberstar_fta?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 05:00:00 -0500 Local Myanmar community responds to cyclone disaster A leader of Minnesota's ethnic Karen community said he hopes relief will come to victims of Saturday's tropical cyclone in his native Myanmar, where the death toll has soared above 22,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/karen?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 11:59:46 -0500 Minn. connections to Myanmar cyclone Members of Minnesota's ethnic Karen community are worried about the deadly cyclone that has ravaged their native Myanmar, killing more than an estimated 22,464 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/myanmar?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 06:39:47 -0500 Ramsey County to continue electing its sheriff A proposal to ask Ramsey County voters whether their sheriff should be elected or appointed failed by one vote last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/fletcher?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 A postmortem on a vacant home Vincent Peterson knew the house he purchased in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood was a fixer-upper. He says what he didn't know was that he wouldn't be allowed to live in it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/vincent_story?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 05:00:00 -0500 Habitat for Humanity chooses to rehab The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is responding to the foreclosure crisis by partnering with the city of St. Paul and rehabbing existing buildings rather than focusing solely on new construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/habitat?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 06:38:38 -0500 Pawlenty cites Univ. concerns in vetoing Central Corridor Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he vetoed funding for the Central Corridor light rail line in part because of concerns expressed by the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/central?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 16:55:28 -0500 Area mayors welcome green manufacturers The mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis say they will lay out the welcome mat for companies that make products. The announcement is in response to a report which suggests the two cities are well poised to create so-called "green-collar" jobs in the areas of renewable energy, building and transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/green_manufacture?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 07:37:55 -0500 A parade of empty homes One St. Paul neighborhood is fighting the wave of foreclosures by promoting vacant houses to homebuyers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/vacanthomestour?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Central Corridor parking makes businesses nervous Plans for a light-rail line along University Avenue have made many St. Paul business owners both cautious and curious. Now they're learning that the proposal to link Minneapolis and St. Paul could eat up much more street parking than initially thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/university_parking?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 05:00:00 -0500 CivicFest to showcase state during RNC The Minneapolis-St. Paul Host Committee announced Monday it will produce a festival showcasing Minnesota and American history in conjunction with the Republican National Convention in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/civicfest?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:28:16 -0500 Brewery developers negotiate extension Developers of the Schmidt Brewery complex in St. Paul who plan to turn the castle-like tower into a retail arcade topped by apartments have negotiated a six month extension on the brewery's closing deadline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/schmidt_develop?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 06:33:39 -0500 St. Paul threatens legal action against banks that own vacant houses The city of St. Paul is threatening to sue a handful of banks that own a large share of vacant homes in the city. City officials say many of the houses shuttered by foreclosure don't meet building codes and are creating a public safety hazard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/stpaul_fixup?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Bill to extend last call for RNC to hit House floor A Minnesota House committee yesterday approved a proposal to allow Twin Cities bars to stay open until 4 a.m. Cities would be able to decide where to allow the later bar hours, if at all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/last_call_bill?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 06:45:35 -0500 Pawlenty delivers a setback to the Central Corridor project The biggest-ticket item that Gov. Tim Pawlenty struck from a bonding bill was $70 million for a light rail train line between St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/vetofollow?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 03:10:00 -0500 Foreclosure counselors in high demand The number of foreclosure counselors working on the front lines of the mortgage crisis is about to expand. Here's a glimpse of what they do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/foreclosure_counseling?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 16:00:39 -0500 Tips to prevent foreclosure Here are some suggestions from experts on how to avoid going into foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/foreclosuretips?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 15:42:53 -0500 St. Paul man charged with attempted kidnapping A St. Paul man has been charged with trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl earlier this week. A 14-year-old girl told police Ali Sid Abdilahi and another man tried to pull her into a car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/kidnapping_charges?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 13:25:50 -0500 St. Paul city council votes to oppose 4 a.m. bar closing time The St. Paul City Council today opposed a bill that would allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/closing?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 17:15:57 -0500 Lawmaker proposes last call at 4 a.m. during the RNC A Minnesota House proposal would let bars stay open until 4 a.m. during the Republican National Convention in September. The bill would apply to businesses within 10 miles of the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/rnc_barhours?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 14:21:03 -0500 Gorilla pad poised for extreme makeover Como Zoo is asking the state for $11 million to modernize its gorilla and polar bear exhibits. But will roomier confines lessen your chances of getting close to the animals? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/comogorillas?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:25:50 -0500 St. Paul city council spruces up downtown Historic buildings in downtown St. Paul could get mini-makeovers in time for the Republican National Convention, under a plan approved Wednesday by the city council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/spruceup?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 23:50:00 -0500 RNC protest group sues city of St. Paul An antiwar coalition planning to protest during the Republican National Convention sued the city of St. Paul today, saying the city is denying the group's rights to free speech and due process by not specifying a march route for the group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/protest?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 17:23:34 -0500 Group to offer assistance for those facing foreclosure The Minnesota Home Ownership Center begins a series of free mortgage counseling workshops this week for families facing foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/foreclosure?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 00:00:23 -0500 Census: suburban population boom slows U.S. Census figures released Thursday show that the explosive growth in Minnesota's outer-ring suburbs is slowing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/census?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:38:34 -0500 Proposed Woodbury psychiatric hospital suffers setback Plans for an overnight mental-health facility faced a setback this week in the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/psychiatric_hospital?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 09:18:27 -0500 Girls just want to ski jump Girl ski jumpers from Minnesota are closely watching the international fight to include women's ski jumping in the 2010 Winter Olympics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/women_ski_jumping?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 17:50:00 -0500 Sheriff's employees appear in court on fraud charges Two Ramsey County Sheriff's office employees who are accused of stealing money during an FBI sting pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court. The men's lawyers say the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/ramsey_fraud?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 09:44:02 -0500 Mayor Coleman delivers State of St. Paul message St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was upbeat in his unscripted State of the City address Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/state_of_saint_paul?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:07:17 -0500 Controversy over proposed psychiatric hospital A controversial plan to build a psychiatric hospital in Woodbury goes before a Minnesota House committee Tuesday night. The project is rekindling an old debate: Does the state need more hospital beds for mentally ill Minnesotans, or should it expand community-based care? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/woodbury_hospital?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 15:00:11 -0500 RNC protesters can request permits starting Monday People who want to protest at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul will be able to apply for special permits starting Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/rncpermits?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:06:19 -0600 Van driver's boyfriend and vehicle pulled over a month earlier The woman charged with crashing into a school bus and killing four students last week in southwestern Minnesota has been identified as Olga Marina Franco, 24 of Guatemala. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/olga?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:45:00 -0600 Who is the other Alianiss Nunez Morales? Authorities say the woman charged with killing four children in a fatal bus crash is living in the country illegally and using someone else's identity. They did not identify the other Alianiss Nunez Morales. But documents indicate there's a woman in Connecticut of the same age with the same uncommon name. She's apparently from Puerto Rico, a leading source of stolen identities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/22/identity?refid=0 Sat, 23 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Authorities question driver's record and background The woman driving the van that plowed into a school bus in southwestern Minnesota this week has been arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation. The news came on the same day that the community of Cottonwood gathered to mourn the four children killed in the accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/21/buscrasharrest?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:00:02 -0600 St. Paul's plan for empty houses St. Paul is buying up foreclosed homes in high-poverty neighborhoods, with the hopes that they can be fixed up and resold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/stpaulrehab?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 01:40:44 -0600 St. Paul council approves purchase of 230 more Tasers More than 230 new Tasers are coming to the St. Paul Police Department. That's enough stun guns to equip every patrol officer in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/tasers?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 20:55:04 -0600 St. Paul police dept. seeks 230 additional Tasers The St. Paul Police Department is asking the city for permission to buy 230 additional Tasers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/16/taser?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2008 11:38:39 -0600 LRT: Alternatives to U tunnel on the table The Metropolitan Council may scrap a proposed tunnel at the University of Minnesota in its plans for a light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/lrt_tunnel?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 09:49:46 -0600 St. Paul mayor works 'second shift' After-school programming in St. Paul is one of first-term Mayor Chris Coleman's most visible policy initiatives. While kids are occupied during the school day, Coleman thinks they need a place to go to after school. The mayor says it's up to cities to work what he calls the "second shift." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/second_shift?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 17:06:15 -0600 Central Corridor proponents wrestle with tough choices Ramsey County officials and business leaders are ready to make eleventh hour compromises as a major planning deadline looms for the proposed Central Corridor, the light-rail transit line that would connect Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/08/lrt?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 16:07:50 -0600 Owner of Hmong market in St. Paul looks to expand A hardscrabble Asian shopping bazaar attracts thousands of shoppers a day. The man behind it wants to make it even bigger, and he's looking for the city of St. Paul for help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/hmong_market?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 07:00:00 -0600 Klondike Kates rock the winter carnival The Klondike Kates, St. Paul's winter mistresses of fun, heat up the annual Winter Carnival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/klondikekates?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Landfall named one of the best communities for young people A national group founded by former Sec. of State Colin Powell today will name the tiny suburb of Landfall as one of the top 100 communities for young people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/landfall?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:43:29 -0600 New campaign hopes to rebrand the Twin Cities Before the spotlight shines on the Twin Cities for the Republican National Convention, the people who live here need to shed their stoic Midwestern ways and start bragging. At least, that is the message of a new branding campaign intended to "reposition" the Twin Cities as a national destination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/21/branding?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Minnesota skaters compete in nationals The U.S. Figure Skating Championships begin on Sunday at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. The week-long competition gives a group of young Minnesota skaters a chance to shine on their own home turf -- here in the state of hockey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/skatingchampionships?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Snow sculptures return to Winter Carnival Snow sculptures are back on tap for this year's St. Paul Winter Carnival. Organizers had canceled the popular attraction last week for financial reasons, but the sculptures have found a new savior in an unlikely group: the Vulcans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/snow?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 23:42:19 -0600 Ramsey County seeks buyer for Riverfront stretch Ramsey County wants to sell a prime stretch of riverfront in downtown St. Paul to a Twin Cities developer http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/riverfront?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:51:24 -0600 Winter Carnival cancels snow sculpture event Snow and ice are the staples of every St. Paul Winter Carnival, but there will be no snow sculptures in Rice Park for this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/ice_sculpture?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 13:22:31 -0600 St. Paul neighborhood projects get boost from national contest A young widow who put off restoring her St. Paul fixer-upper after the death of her husband will finally get the job done, thanks to a national do-gooder contest sponsored by HGTV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/02/makeover?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 16:00:12 -0600