Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30281 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:49:52 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Ebola 'looms large' for paramedics preparing in Minn. Fire stations remain at the front line of the battle against the disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/ebola-minnesota-paramedics-prepare?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:53:56 -0500 Ramsey County Attorney: 7 of 10 clergy abuse cases now closed Investigations continue on three open cases, including one involving former priest Curtis Wehmeyer and another tied to Archbishop John Nienstedt, County Attorney John Choi said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/17/clergy-abuse-cases?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:03:01 -0500 White House details Tuesday's Michelle Obama visit The first lady will rally in Minneapolis with DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton at Patrick Henry High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/17/michelle-obama-visit-details?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:24:36 -0500 Minnesota's new medical pot chief eyes patient health, public safety Michelle Larson has already been called a lot of things: Captain Cannabis. Mary Jane. The pot czar. But she takes her job seriously. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/16/minnesota-medical-cannabis-director?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:30:00 -0500 In Ebola outbreak, liberty and public health may be at odds, experts say The state can lock you up for weeks. It could order your kids home from school and in some cases, kick you out of your job, at least temporarily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/15/ebola-public-health-personal-liberty?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:16:25 -0500 Blue Line train hits pedestrian; injuries non-life threatening The light rail train hit the pedestrian near the Franklin Avenue station Thursday morning in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/09/blue-line-pedestrian-accident?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:08:11 -0500 Historic 'blood moon' lunar eclipse visible Wednesday morning This month's total eclipse is calculated to start at 5:24 a.m. and end about an hour later in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/lunar-eclipse?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:08:25 -0500 Wrong-way driver triggers I-494 crash, injuries near airport Three people were hurt but none of the injuries are life-threatening the State Patrol said. The crash caused major backups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/wrong-way-driver-494?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:25:56 -0500 SUV hits, kills woman in Minneapolis bus shelter Moving backwards, the SUV hit another vehicle, a cement garbage container and then crashed through the bus shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/suv-hits-kills-woman-in-minneapolis-bus-shelter?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:44:22 -0500 High court clears way for gay marriage in Wisconsin, 4 other states The justices did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. However, the question of same-sex marriage nationwide remains unresolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/supreme-court-clears-way-for-wisconsin-gay-marriage?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:00:07 -0500 Fire alarm at Twin Cities airport causes minor delays Officials say a fire alarm went off about 5 a.m., and firefighters found smoke in a break room above Gate G6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/fire-at-twin-cities-airport-causes-minor-delays?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:23:17 -0500 Weekend marathon closings, highway work will challenge Twin Cities drivers Drivers will also have to avoid the Twin Cities Marathon route running through downtown Minneapolis, the city's lakes district, the Mississippi River parkways and Summit Avenue in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/03/road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:21:03 -0500 Budding Minn. medical marijuana industry full of mystery On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health said 12 parties applied for the two licenses to be the state's medical marijuana manufacturers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/03/minnesota-medical-marijuana?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0500 How prepared is Minnesota for Ebola? Public health officials say they are ready to treat and contain the disease if an infected patient arrives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/01/how-prepared-is-minnesota-for-ebola?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:36:58 -0500 Andover girls found in Burnsville after 'grave concerns' lead to search The two 13-year-old were found in Burnsville Tuesday morning after going missing Monday night. An adult male is in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/grave-concerns-lead-to-search-for-missing-andover-girls-?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:05:56 -0500 Report: Gunpowder plant's remains create hazards at U's Rosemount site The ruins have left contaminated soil and pose physical risks to workers, the health department says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/report-gunpowder-plants-remains-create-hazards-at-us-rosemount-site?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:22:09 -0500 Gardenhire out as Twins manager The news comes one day after the team finished its fourth straight season of 90-plus losses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/29/twins-manager?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:15:32 -0500 For homeless runners, road traveled makes all the difference A Minneapolis running club is getting homeless men on their feet to jog and, hopefully, on a path to a better life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/28/homeless-runners?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Authorities release new details on accused killer Ty Hoffman Lyle Hoffman, who is charged with killing Kelly Phillips, was fired from the Lush Food Bar after Phillips noticed substantial shortages in bank deposits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/26/hoffman-complaint-amended?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:20:56 -0500 Blue Line trains are running again in Bloomington There were no injuries in what was only the second derailment since the Blue Line opened in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/blue-line-trains-are-running-again-in-bloomington?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:06:10 -0500 Highway closures vex Twin Cities drivers this weekend Major road hassles expected in the southwest suburbs as parts of Interstate 35W and Minnesota Highway 62 close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/weekend-road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:06:45 -0500 Road work to close MN 100 overnight in St. Louis Park The highway will close overnight at 36th Street starting at 11 p.m. as crews resurface a bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/hwy-100-closure?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:17:40 -0500 What's on the road ahead for the Vikings and Adrian Peterson? MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with reporter Tim Nelson about the one-time MVP and his team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/vikings?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:53:15 -0500 Suspect nabbed in State Fair beer hall robbery One person is in custody in connection with the Aug. 29 armed robbery of a craft brewer operation at the Minnesota State Fair, fair officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/state-fair-beer-money-theft?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:20:23 -0500 Vikings bar Peterson again: What we know so far MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Tim Nelson about the latest turn in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/peterson-what-we-know-so-far?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:19:55 -0500 Peterson fallout: Nike stores pull jerseys; player's charity on 'hiatus' Companies and charitable groups with ties to the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson continue to rethink those relationships given Peterson's indictment on child abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/vikings-sponsors-react-adrian-peterson?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:59:31 -0500 For opening day, make your parking or light-rail plans early The Minnesota Vikings kick off their regular season home opener Sunday against the New England Patriots. Team officials say fans can park at the Minnesota State Fair. Light-rail riders should plan ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/vikings-parking?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:58:42 -0500 MnDOT work will shut St. Paul's Lafayette Bridge Saturday The Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge east of downtown will shut down Saturday for road work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/lafayette-bridge-closure?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:36:52 -0500 Fugitive Ty Hoffman arrested in Shakopee The man who police suspect of shooting and killing his former business partner was taken into custody without incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/fugitive-ty-hoffman-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:45:44 -0500 Man stabbed, killed overnight in Minneapolis The incident happened between the Little Earth neighborhood and Hiawatha Avenue, police say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/11/man-stabbed-killed-overnight-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:39:39 -0500 Reward jumps for information in Boston Scientific executive's murder Authorities are offering $40,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, the suspect in the murder of Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/reward-kelly-phillips-murder?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:17:30 -0500 MnDOT plans Hwy 100 overnight closing to fix bridge after concrete drops Work on the bridge likely loosened the 5 pound chunk. MnDOT says it will shore up the bridge and that the structural integrity of the bridge is not affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/bridge-repairs?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:46:25 -0500 As homelessness overwhelms, Dorothy Day Center struggles, plans Officials hope a plan to upgrade Dorothy Day Center will solve a growing homeless problem in downtown St. Paul, but there's little hope the current woes will improve quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/homelessness-on-the-rise-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:39:16 -0500 Major road detour near MOA, Twin Cities airport starts tonight Motorists traveling Interstate 494 between the Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport will run into a major detour this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/weekend-detour?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:18:55 -0500 2 Dorset restaurants burn down as severe storms pummel northern Minnesota Storm clusters will also take aim at Minnesota's Arrowhead and northern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/severe-storms?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:00:53 -0500 Authorities ID woman killed by Green Line train Shana Buchanan, 42, was hit when crossing the tracks near the Westgate Station in Minneapolis. Metro Transit Police and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office are investigating the death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/shana-buchanan?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:12:36 -0500 Turkey truck crash stalls metro morning commute No one was injured in the crash, although it wasn't clear how the turkeys fared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/turkey-truck-crash?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:55:35 -0500 Minnesota State Fair breaks all-time attendance record On addition, Saturday, Aug. 30, was the best-attended single day of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/state-fair-attendance?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:32:15 -0500 St. Paul officer shoots, kills suspect on West Side St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said officers responded to frantic 911 calls about a man acting violently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/shooting-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:41:31 -0500 $25M solar farm to be built at Camp Ripley Minnesota Power and the Minnesota National Guard have announced a partnership to build what may be the biggest single-site solar installation in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/27/solar-farm?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:53:58 -0500 Vikings add $19.7M to stadium contribution It means the team has committed nearly $50 million more to the original $477 required by lawmakers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/08/22/vikings-add-19-7-million-to-stadium-contribution/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:56:29 -0500 I-694 rollover injures 5 in Fridley The accident happened on the ramp to East River Road at around 4:16 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/i694-rollover?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:25:03 -0500 Fair food Q&A: Enough with the sticks A food writer detects a decline in the ubiquitous little skewers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/state-fair-food-dara?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota State Fair opens: What's new The gates at the Minnesota State Fair opened this morning, as they will for the next 12 days, ending on Labor Day. There's some historic changes at the Fair this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson who was at the Fair when the gates opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/21/fairrain?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:15:46 -0500 2014 fair offers new ways to meet, eat, retreat Transit hub, new gateway are among the changes fairgoers will notice this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/state-fair-west-end?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:46:51 -0500 Blue Plate special: Restaurant group drops tip charge after blowback A Twin Cities restaurant group that drew fire for reducing its employees' tips to make up for a hike in the minimum wage is reversing course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/minimum-wage?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:16:17 -0500 State Fair adds new transit center for visitors The Minnesota State Fair is making transit a center piece of this year's 12-day run in Falcon Heights. The fair opens Thursday morning in Falcon Heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:34:54 -0500 Vikings, Kluwe reach settlement Team will pay an undisclosed amount to gay-advocacy groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/viking-kluwe-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:01:14 -0500 Video: Military helicopters train over Twin Cities U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw confirmed the Florida-based command has "elements training in the vicinity of St. Paul." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/video-military-helicopters-train-over-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:25:30 -0500 Many Target stores will stay open later Company officials say they decided to keep the doors open one or two hours later after hearing from customers who want to shop later in day. The pilot program will include about 900 stores and closing time will vary by location, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/many-target-stores-will-stay-open-later?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:17:12 -0500 Early morning fire heavily damages a Duluth landmark An early morning fire heavily damaged the historic Oliver Traphagen House, a Duluth landmark. Designed by one of the area's earliest significant architects, the three-story Victorian mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/duluth-fire?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:04:38 -0500 Search for Minn. cult fugitive shifts to Washington state Investigators think he has been in the area for about a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/fugitive-search?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:51:36 -0500 Only 1 in 10 voters cast ballots in Minn. primaries Only about 10 percent of Minnesota voters cast ballots in Tuesday's Minnesota primary elections. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/only-1-in-10-voters-cast-ballots-in-minn-primaries/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:06:17 -0500 Small world after all? Ritchie plans push to bring World's Fair to Minnesota The state is developing a bid to host an interim World's Fair, Ritchie said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/world-fair-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:58:07 -0500 Is former Sheriff Bob Fletcher making a comeback? He's running for the Vadnais Heights City Council this year. He was one of four candidates who filed yesterday for the two spots on the ballot for Nov. 4. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/08/is-former-sheriff-bob-fletcher-making-a-comeback/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:22:59 -0500 Police investigating Arden Hills shooting Investigators believe the shooter and the victim arrived in the same vehicle together at the gas station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/police-investigating-arden-hills-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:00:02 -0500 Big dreams, stiff rules: State starts search for medical pot makers Medical marijuana will be legal next July, and the state is trying to forge a path for suppliers through a thicket of regulation -- and doubts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/medical-marijuana-makers?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:54:21 -0500 Main stretch of 35W closing for road work this weekend The closure is needed while crews survey 35W for a road construction project between 46th Street and I-94 scheduled for the summer of 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/main-stretch-of-35w-closing-for-road-work-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:48:56 -0500 Vikings, fans ready for August outdoor football -- but what about January? The Vikings kick off the first of two seasons they'll play at TCF Bank Stadium while their new home is under construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/vikings-tcf-bank-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:38:01 -0500 Dayton: Restaurant minimum wage fees 'tacky' Dayton spoke about the practice in an interview with MPR's Morning Edition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/dayton-tacky-fees?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:44:55 -0500 10 things to know about Minnesota police officer memorials Memorial services for peace officers are rare, but regular enough that the law enforcement community has been adapting and changing the process, adding their own stamp to one of humanity's oldest rituals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/06/ten-things-officer-memorials?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:32:51 -0500 Man dies in St. Paul police shooting Police say the man crashed his vehicle into a fence Sunday afternoon, fired at bystanders before carjacking an SUV at gunpoint, then fired at officers who tried to stop him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/st-paul-police-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:15:11 -0500 The kids on the bus learn song by song The Rock n' Read program is a courtesy of a retired Minnetonka couple who bought at old Metro Transit bus and converted it into a mobile reading lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/rocknread?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:10:48 -0500 Target hires PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell as new CEO Brian Cornell of PepsiCo will step in to replace Gregg Steinhafel. It is the first time the company has hired an outsider for the position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/target-ceo?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:50:51 -0500 Recent Minnesota police officers who have died in the line of duty Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick was the latest Minnesota officer to die in the line of duty. He was shot in the head during a traffic stop in West St. Paul and died of his wounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/recent-minnesota-police-officers-died-in-the-line-of-duty?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:39:39 -0500 Police officer shot, killed in West St. Paul; suspect captured after shootout Police have captured the suspect they sought in the killing early today of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/officer-shot-west-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:45:27 -0500 Flood sediment shuts Mississippi River shipping near Winona Officials hope to have the channel back open and resume shipping in early August, although low water could delay the opening further. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/flood-sediment-shuts-mississippi-river-shipping-near-winona?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:06:56 -0500 Man pulls mom, child from burning home Richard Johann stepped outside the Tin Cup restaurant for a smoke and saw the building on fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/man-pulls-mom-child-from-burning-home-?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:44:32 -0500 Officials uphold Mpls. police firings tied to Green Bay fight, slurs Brian Thole and Shawn Powell repeatedly used racial epithets and obscenities during a confrontation with a group of black men outside a Green Bay bar in the summer of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/mpd-firings?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:57:38 -0500 E-pulltab gambling aims to lure players, boost revenue, with new games The old versions never quite caught on. E-pulltab gambling failed to pay out the big profits it promised since it launched in 2012 as a financing mechanism for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/epulltab-gambling-aims-to-lure-players-with-new-games?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:17:49 -0500 Wake restrictions easing on Lake Minnetonka Speed restrictions to reduce wakes will remain in channels and designated bays, near docks and piers, swimming areas and near anchored craft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/wake-restrictions-easing-on-lake-minnetonka-?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:56:30 -0500 U flips switch on giant project to find tiny particles The NOvA detector is a huge array of plastic cells filled with mineral oil, built near Ash River on the Canadian border. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/u-flips-switch-on-giant-project-to-find-tiny-particles--?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:36:39 -0500 Tougher driving ahead in NW Twin Cities as I-494 project launches The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Monday launched an improvement project on Interstate 494 that will slow traffic and bring night and weekend lane closures through the fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/tougher-driving-ahead-in-nw-twin-cities-as-i494-project-launches?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:48:04 -0500 Minnesota man lost brother in Flight 17 disaster over Ukraine Drew Ryder said his brother Arjen, and sister-in-law Yvonne, were returning from a vacation in the Netherlands to the family's home in western Australia when the jet went down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/flight-17-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:25:02 -0500 Twin Cities under excessive heat warning The weather agency says humidity will make it feel more like 100 to 110 degrees. That's led to an excessive heat warning for seven Twin Cities counties, including Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Scott and Carver counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/twin-cities-under-excessive-heat-warning?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:50:50 -0500 Minnesota gears up to enter medical marijuana business The Legislature approved medical marijuana in pill and oil forms this spring. The state's health department is now ramping up its Office of Medical Cannabis, the regulatory group that will oversee medical marijuana production and use. It's expected to name a director this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/medical-marijuana-ramping-up?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500 St. Louis Park hikers' bodies ID'd in Colorado The identification is based on personal effects found nearby, but a fuller investigation is ongoing, Snelling said. It appears that the two succumbed to bad weather, and foul play is not suspected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/minnesota-hikers?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:32:58 -0500 President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dies David Olson was 58 and had been head of the statewide business group since 1991. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/president-of-the-minnesota-chamber-of-commerce-dies-?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:02:08 -0500 Treasury secretary targets overseas deals like Medtronic's with Covidien A letter from U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is urging Congress to crack down on so-called "inversions" that let U.S. corporations shift their tax burdens out of the country. It could have a major impact on Fridley-based Medtronic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/medtronic-trland-deal-treasury-secretary?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:46:55 -0500 Judge raises pressure on sex offender program Minnesota's sex offender program may be headed for a serious challenge in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/sexoffender?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:42:37 -0500 Lawyers seek man's release from sex offender program Attorneys for a man who was committed to Minnesota's sex offender program for crimes he committed as a child say his confinement violates his rights. The man's attorneys want a federal judge to declare that he is being held unconstitutionally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/sex-offender-program-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:03:12 -0500 Gorillas escape enclosed space at Como Zoo, now secure Como Zoo posted on Twitter that although the gorilla left, it was "always in gorilla proof barriers" and that "no people or animals [were] ever at risk." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/gorilla-escapes-enclosed-space-at-como-zoo-now-secure?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:36:07 -0500 DNR: Violations up for aquatic invasive species The DNR says it's ramping up enforcement this weekend as a result. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/dnr-violations-up-for-aquatic-invasive-species-?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:02:12 -0500 Giant mobile crane goes up at Vikings stadium site The crane will be going up and down for testing in the next few days. It will stand nearly 400 feet high when it is up all the way. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/07/10/giant-mobile-crane-goes-up-at-vikings-stadium-site/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:55:38 -0500 Equipment failure stalls I-35E bridge finale The bridge work was supposed to be finished by 5 a.m today. MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says there were problems with the equipment that was pushing the 3.5 million pound bridge into place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/10/equipment-failure-stalls-i94-bridge-finale?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:55:12 -0500 New I-35E bridge slides into place tonight Minnesota is trying a new bridge construction method today on Interstate 35E. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/new-i35e-bridge-slides-into-place-tonight?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:01:50 -0500 7-year-old on bike struck by car dies The State Patrol said Alyssa Grimm was riding in the west bound lane of Mille Lacs County Road 8 about 10:20 p.m. when a car westbound on the road struck her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/7yearold-on-bike-struck-by-car-dies?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:35:24 -0500 Body of man recovered from St. Croix River Authorities have not named the victim yet. The body was turned over to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/body-of-man-recovered-from-st-croix-river-?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:14:38 -0500 Major road closure in northeast suburbs this weekend MnDOT says that Highway 36 between Rice Street and Highway 61 will close on either side of Interstate 35E in Roseville and Maplewood this weekend, and more closures are expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/major-road-closure-in-northeast-suburbs-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:51:21 -0500 Flood waters start to recede, but more rain in forecast The Mississippi River has started to ease back from its flood crest, and water is receding elsewhere as well today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/flood-waters-start-to-recede-but-more-rain-in-forecast?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:47:57 -0500 Photos: What flood stage looks like in St. Paul Rivers are continuing to crest through central Minnesota as the runoff from last week's storms moves through the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/flood-crest-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:42:58 -0500 Obama visit: Parks closed, neighborhoods affected President Barack Obama's visit to Minnesota will mean road and park closures around south Minneapolis, starting before a Town Hall event in Minnehaha Park this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/obama-visit-parks-closed-neighborhoods-affected?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:04:20 -0500 Taste of Minnesota moving to Waconia The traditional Fourth of July festival has had a checkered history. After starting successfully at the State Capitol, it moved to Harriet Island in St. Paul. A reboot of the event in 2009 met with mixed success, and went bankrupt amid acrimony with the city of St. Paul and vendors in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/taste-of-minnesota-moved-to-waconia?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:58:55 -0500 In tiny Mendota, fear that a landslide will get bigger There's a landslide on the street above Mark Proctor's Mendota, Minn. house. It might get bigger. That means he and his neighbors had to leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/in-tiny-mendota-big-possibility-of-landslide-looms?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:15:16 -0500 Warroad readies for flooding as Lake of the Woods rises Gov. Mark Dayton is visiting Warroad today to look over flood preparations. The lake hasn't spilled into town yet, but east winds threaten to push lake levels higher -- and more rain is expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/warroad-flooding?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:37:27 -0500 Flooded Minnesota towns search for the road back to normal Skies have been blue, but the damage left by last week's storms and flooding is still creeping up, in cities, small towns and farms. In some parts of the state, nearly half of this year's crops are gone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/minnesota-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:06:10 -0500 Flood update: St. Paul emergency, Stillwater bridge closing, insurance help A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist says most of the state is vulnerable to flooding at this point. Survey crews are out measuring river flows and stream gauges in the wake of the heavy rains that have caused flooding in many parts of the state. Here's an update on the impact of flooding around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/flood-update-stillwater-bridge-closing-insurance-help?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:15:15 -0500 Northstar rail canceled after BNSF derailment A BNSF train derailed between Elk River and Ramsey this morning, and the damaged cars are blocking the tracks. Metro Transit says limited bus replacement service is available, but the buses will have limited capacity and won't be running on a regular schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/northstar-rail-canceled-after-bnsf-derailment-?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:20:54 -0500 August match to kick off Vikings push for Major League Soccer The Minnesota Vikings announced details Wednesday of a professional soccer match between the Manchester City and Olympiacos football clubs. The Aug. 2 game is scheduled to be played in TCF Bank Stadium and will be part of a larger Guinness Cup series of 13 games across the United States this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/guinness-cup-soccer-coming-to-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:49:10 -0500 Pro cyclists descend on Twin Cities, but it may be the last race Hundreds of cyclists are gathering in the Twin Cities for the annual pro bike race in St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/pro-bike-race?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:35:13 -0500 TCF Bank field redo ready for Vikings The Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority paid about $6.6 million to upgrade the Gopher's home stadium for NFL play. The Vikings are expected to pay about $5 million annually in game-day expenses, as well as another $3 million annually in rent. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/06/10/tcf-bank-field-redo-ready-for-vikings/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:31:34 -0500 Money train? Backers say Green Line will deliver dollars, development The soon-to-open $1 billion Green Line is carrying a trainload of hopes: that it will revive University Avenue, tie St. Paul and Minneapolis together and make rail a viable transit option for the region. Will it work out that way? The Blue Line might provide some clues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/money-train-backers-say-green-line-will-deliver-dollars-development-?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:06:06 -0500 I-35E, I-694 to close this weekend for road work Officials will shut down the freeway in both directions between Interstate 94 in downtown St. Paul and Highway 36 in Roseville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/weekend-road-work?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:11:02 -0500 High water warnings in Minn. this weekend Lakes are high and rivers are running fast in Minnesota now and officials are urging swimmers and boaters to use extra caution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/sauk-river-rescue?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:26:38 -0500 Driver of semi that nearly hit girl steps forward, patrol says The Minnesota State Patrol says that a semi driver caught on video as he illegally passed a stopped school bus -- on the right, at high speed -- has been identified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/driver-of-semi-that-just-missed-school-bus-steps-forward?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:38:40 -0500 Flooding, lake sewage releases: What we've learned There's an ick factor to the storms that swept across Minnesota this weekend. Torrential rain dropped as much as five-and-a-half inches in parts of the state by Monday morning. That caused sewer overflows into Lake Minnetonka that have already closed beaches. But experts say that's supposed to happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/sewage?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:51:10 -0500 Driver runs red light, hits Minneapolis light rail train The transit agency said the collision happened about 9:30 p.m., when a southbound Blue Line train struck a passenger vehicle at 3rd Avenue and 5th Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/light-rail-train-car-collide-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:19:07 -0500 Flooding strains sewage system, beaches closed People who live next to Minnehaha Creek are eyeing the water nervously this morning as more rain threatens to flood homes along the waterway. The National Weather service says nearly 5 inches of rain fell in some areas around Lake Minnetonka by Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/torrential-rain-leaves-flooding-in-metro-creeks?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:40:39 -0500 Authorities charge suspected carjacker who allegedly faked accident Authorities in Elk River say they've arrested and charged a 26-year-old man who apparently faked a bike accident to steal a woman's car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/carjacking-charges?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:41:23 -0500 Arctic Cat CEO has resigned Claude Jordan has resigned his post as the CEO of Minnesota-based recreational vehicle maker Arctic Cat. Chris Twomey, the former CEO who lead Arctic Cat for 24 years, is returning as interim CEO. The company's CFO has also postponed his retirement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/arctic-cat-ceo?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:10:12 -0500 Body of Coon Rapids man recovered from St. Croix Tou Hu Vang was fishing with his 11-year-old nephew last Sunday when the boy slipped into swift-moving river. Vang and a bystander jumped in to rescue the boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/body-of-coon-rapids-man-recovered-from-st-croix?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 13:01:33 -0500 Mpls. police apologize after ticketing Libertarian candidate A spokeswoman for the park board said the park police chief dismissed a citation issued to Chris Holbrook by his officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/libertarian-ticketed-lake-calhoun?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 08:02:50 -0500 Squad crashes into building, sparking fire A Ramsey County sheriff's deputy crashed a squad car into a commercial building in Vadnais Heights, struck a gas line and ignited a fire in the building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/squad-car-fire?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 06:38:04 -0500 Minneapolis teacher charged in child sex sting Joel Fowler allegedly posted an ad on Craigslist asking to meet a recent high school graduate. Police responded, posing as a 14-year-old girl. Police said Fowler responded with an offer to meet and have sex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/minneapolis-teacher-charged-in-child-sex-sting?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 13:16:19 -0500 5 teens charged with murder in Woodbury drug death Tara Fitzgerald, 17, died after she took the drugs purchased from a classmate at Woodbury High School, Washington County prosecutors said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/woodbury-drug-charges?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 14:55:45 -0500 Forged and forgotten: Twin Cities ammo plant helped win WWII Built far away from a potential enemy attack, the plant was part of a Herculean effort to gear up for World War II. Running alongside Interstate 35W, about 11 miles north of downtown Minneapolis, the property's been known more recently as an industrial blight. At its peak, however, some 26,000 people, the equivalent of 1 percent of the state's population, worked there http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/twin-cities-army-ammunition-plant-history?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 13:40:34 -0500 Minneapolis wins Super Bowl 2018 bid The game has been the subject of speculation in Minnesota for the last three years. Supporters of the $498 million in taxpayer money that has gone into replacing the Metrodome offered the game as a one of the reasons to subsidize the Vikings new home. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/20/minnesota-wins-super-bowl-2018-bid/?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 14:27:06 -0500 Minn. Super Bowl bid: 6 things to know before Tuesday Minnesota will make its case on Tuesday to host the 2018 Super Bowl. NFL team owners are meeting in Atlanta this week to select a site for the game and the Vikings hope their new stadium will be a deciding factor. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/19/minn-super-bowl-bid-6-things-to-know-before-tuesday/?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 14:17:27 -0500 3rd Green Line crash prompts Metro Transit warning Transit officials say drivers and pedstrians need to heed lights and warnings in the rail right of way, and realize that train traffic may be coming from behind them, and could be moving in two directions at once. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/18/3rd-green-line-crash-prompts-metro-transit-warning?refid=0 Sun, 18 May 2014 12:52:40 -0500 Weekend road closings to challenge Twin Cities drivers Get ready for another weekend of road closings and detours in the Twin Cities, mainly in the northwest metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/road-closings?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 13:27:02 -0500 Third mishap as Green Line test train, car collide A car hit the side of a Green Line test train at the intersection of Eustis Street and University Avenue, Metro Transit said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/green-line-collision?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 13:18:29 -0500 Downtown St. Paul Lunds gives civic boosters hope Now that Lunds Food Holdings has opened its 24th Twin Cities location, downtown residents will no longer have to take a long bus ride to buy food and other necessities. For nearby residents and boosters of the state's second largest downtown, the new store has sparked new hope that the area has finally arrived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/lunds-stpaul?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 15:10:52 -0500 Mpls. hires firms to renovate Target Center The Minneapolis City Council's Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee today signed off on a staff recommendation that the city hire Architectural Alliance of Minneapolis and Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs to design an update of the arena, built by the Timberwolves in 1990. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/13/mpls-hires-firms-to-renovate-target-center/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 17:19:33 -0500 Construction starts on $400M 'Downtown East' project in Mpls. Downtown East is part of a five-block transformation of the eastern edge of downtown, between the central business district and the new, $1 billion Vikings stadium already under construction. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/13/construction-starts-on-400m-downtown-east-project-in-mpls/?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 12:49:06 -0500 St. Paul crime lab to seek national accreditation Later this month, the St. Paul police crime lab will seek accreditation through a national board that evaluates forensic testing, department spokesman Howie Padilla said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/st-paul-crime-lab-to-seek-national-accreditation?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 21:00:00 -0500 Child hospitalized after fall from 11th floor of Mpls. building; police investigating Minneapolis fire fighters were attending to the child, surrounded by a crowd estimated at 100 onlookers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/minneapolis-window-child-falls?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 12:16:31 -0500 Ideas to improve life by the Green Line? There's cash for that The Knight Foundation is putting up $1.5 million to help neighborhoods grow along the new Green Line light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/green-line-grants?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 13:02:16 -0500 Amtrak's arrival tonight opens new era at St. Paul's Union Depot Trains will make a stop as part of Amtrak's daily service between Chicago and Seattle. Officials hope the downtown service will draw enough passengers to add another daily train between St. Paul and Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/amtrak-arrival-opens-new-era?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 15:15:56 -0500 Companies rally to cover Minneapolis Super Bowl bid costs The bidding group has started working with hotels to set aside 19,000 rooms for Super Bowl festivities and will make a final in-person pitch to NFL owners on May 20 in Atlanta. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/companies-rally-to-cover-minneapolis-super-bowl-costs?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 14:13:58 -0500 Minnesota sends in Super Bowl bid Minnesota is vying with Indianapolis, which hosted the 2012 game, and New Orleans, which hosted the 2013 Super Bowl (along with an infamous blackout). The next Super Bowl will be in the Phoenix, followed by San Francisco and Houston. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/06/minnesota-sends-in-super-bowl-bid/?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 15:44:30 -0500 Partial building collapse in Minneapolis; evacuations but no injuries Police said a wall fell from the building's third floor. The building and part of the block south was evacuated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/minneapolis-building-collapse?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 09:18:25 -0500 Target CEO is out following credit card breach; stock drops Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed a credit-card data breach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/target-ceo-out?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 07:03:19 -0500 Crosstown, other main roads to close this weekend Road closures this weekend will challenge drivers in the Twin Cities and in the Rochester area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 09:58:36 -0500 Waseca prosecutors eye adult charges in teen's plot to kill; school leaders, parents meet The arrest came Wednesday night after the Waseca Police Department and members of the Bloomington bomb squad executed search warrants at a residence and storage facility in Waseca. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/teenager-arrested-in-waseca-explosives-case?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 08:17:55 -0500 Van crashes into Lowertown's Bulldog bar The State Patrol says a trooper was responding to a traffic complaint and trying to pull over a Chrysler minivan when the driver fled on 6th Street in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/lowertown-crash?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 08:03:16 -0500 Vikings stadium's priciest premium seats sold out Remember the flap over the big price tag the Vikings were putting on the best seats in the new stadium under construction in downtown Minneapolis? Well, those seats are gone. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/02/vikings-stadiums-priciest-premium-seats-sold-out/?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 07:18:16 -0500 Vikings want to make their stadium a killer app The team is building an app that will leverage their new home and tie fans closer than ever to the team -- to keep them buying tickets and coming to the games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/vikings-apps?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:42:46 -0500 A Holocaust survivor recalls his escape from Nazi Germany This Sunday starts Yom HaShoah, the Jewish memorial day for the estimated six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Black and thousands of others are also marking the 75th anniversary of their escape from that tragedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/holocaust-survivor?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500 Effort to ban online lottery sales moves forward in Minnesota House Lottery officials say the state has little choice, as commerce moves online. The lottery started selling PowerBall tickets online in 2010 and instant scratch-off games in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/online-lottery-sales-ban-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:32:51 -0500 Minn. GMO labeling bill hearing draws heated support, criticism Opponents of the labeling said it would pose an undue burden on food producers and needlessly alarm consumers. Supporters argued there is not good way for grocery customers, food makers or diners to tell what they're buying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/gmo-labeling-bill?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:04:34 -0500 Beware cop imposter's phone scam Someone is posing as a Ramsey County deputy sheriff and telling people they have not done mandatory jury duty service and may have a warrant issued for their arrest. The caller then demands a payment, typically in the form of a pre-paid card. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/beware-cop-imposters-phone-scam?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:14:18 -0500 Mpls. pedestrian hit by bus reported conscious The bus also struck a traffic pole and a some of the passengers on the bus reported minor injuries from the bus's sudden stop. The bus driver was also taken to HCMC for a medical evaluation and routine drug and alcohol testing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/mpls-pedestrian-hit-by-bus-reported-conscious?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:10:10 -0500 Minn. lawmakers call online games 'lottery gone wild' The Minnesota Lottery started selling draw tickets in 2010. It added online scratch off games on Feb. 6, allowing gamblers to play the games right on their computer or smartphone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/online-gaming-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:21:11 -0500 Vikings pitch in $1.2M more for stadium The Vikings committed today to another $600,000 to almost double the size of the video board on the west end of the stadium to be almost seven stories high. They're also spending another $630,000 to put video walls in the premium lounges for the Fire and Ice clubs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/04/18/vikings-stadium-is-13-percent-complete-dollar-wise/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:07:00 -0500 Isanti's 19 inches leads overnight snowfall Isanti led the overnight snowfall totals in the wake of a spring winter-like storm that blew through Minnesota Wednesday night. Here's the rest of the Top 10, courtesy of the National Weather Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/isantis-19-inches-leads-overnight-snowfall?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:30:34 -0500 Man hospitalized after run over by Metro Transit bus Authorities say the accident occurred before 8 p.m. Tuesday, as a route 17 bus leaving the Uptown Transit Center on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis reported a passenger running for the bus fell under its rear wheels and was run over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/bus-runs-over-minneapolis-man?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:16:45 -0500 Dayton: Super Bowl tax breaks already in place Lawmakers don't need to address controversial tax breaks for the 2018 Super Bowl because a letter to the NFL pledges state support in the form of tax breaks, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/dayton-super-bowl-tax-breaks?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:14:03 -0500 Video: Tearing up the turf at TCF Bank Stadium The Vikings will have to play at least four December games in the 2014 and 2015 season at the University of Minnesota. The stadium has to be winterized, since the Gophers' football season usually ends at the end of November. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/04/15/video-tearing-up-the-turf-at-tcf-bank-stadium/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:01 -0500 Mid-April snow greets morning commuters The Minnesota Department of Transportation says roads south and east of Rochester are in difficult driving condition, and that includes Interstate 90 from south of Rochester to the state line. Wisconsin's department of transportation says I-90 is snow covered east of LaCrosse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/april-snow-greets-morning-commuters?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:33:48 -0500 'Nice Ride' bike share resumes as warmer weather returns The program, starting its fifth season in the Twin Cities, will make about 1,500 bikes available at 170 stations. It's also rolling out a new 30-day low cost membership program to attract more riders and will expand its Minnesota operation this year to Bemidji. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/nice-ride-minnesota-bemidji?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:52:56 -0500 Gophers beat UND in Frozen Four semis; riot police break up Dinkytown fracas Police in riot gear broke up a rowdy crowd in Dinkytown last night who spilled into the streets after a dramatic last-second win by Minnesota's men's hockey team in the Frozen Four semifinals. The Gophers scored a shorthanded goal with less than a second left to defeat the University of North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/gophers-beat-und-riot-police-break-up-dinkytown-fracas?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:52:08 -0500 Lackluster Vikings winning the Internet The team ranks among the worst in the NFL on the field, yet it draws millions of viewers to its Vikings Entertainment Network, an in-house media factory that cranks out three TV shows and five radio programs a week and runs a popular website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/vikings-media-strategy?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Cell phone clues in Colo. search for missing Minnesotans Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan are believed to have struck out on a hike at the foot of Mount Evans on Wednesday. Cell phone tracking shows they had left their car and were between their campground and the summit of the well-known mountain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/cell-phone-clues-in-colo-search-for-missing-minnesotans?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:56:08 -0500 Mysterious Hastings body identified Carrie Olson was last seen at a gas station in Rock Island, Ill., on December 28. Video from a surveillance camera shows her putting fuel in her car. She didn't show up for work two days later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/mysterious-hastings-body-identified?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:34:17 -0500 Weather improves in search for Minn. father, son in Rockies Authorities say 51-year-old Damian McManus and 19-year-old Evan McManus, who are from St. Louis Park, Minn., were last heard from on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/father-son-missing-in-colorado-rockies?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:17:36 -0500 Watch the Metrodome disappear in 45 seconds It's hard to believe it has been just 99 days since the Vikings played their last game in the Metrodome. Since then, the roof has been deflated and two separate explosions have helped bring down the 30-year-old baseball and football stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/04/07/watch-the-metrodome-disappear-in-45-seconds/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:13:26 -0500 OMGTransit: Let a 'decision engine' get you to work The Minneapolis-based hackers at OMGTransit rebooted their web service last night and are getting tantalizingly close to putting a transportation system in the palm of your hand -- or at least on your smart phone. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/03/omgtransit-let-a-decision-engine-get-you-to-work/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:50:40 -0500 Charges: 84-year-old Maplewood man killed son over cable TV cost Pang Se Vang allegedly shot his 36-year-old son at their home. Charges filed against the elder Vang in Ramsey County District Court say that the victim had recently purchased the house and that his mother and father lived there with him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/charges-84yearold-maplewood-man-killed-son-over-cable-tv-cost?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:53:35 -0500 Airport: Get here 2.5 hours before your flight The airport is configured with multiple, smaller checkpoints that make it hard for the Transportation Security Administration to staff, especially during a period of staffing cuts, said airport spokesman Patrick Hogan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/airport-get-here-two-and-a-half-hours-before-your-flight?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:58:14 -0500 Minneapolis police cruiser hit by SUV; 2 hurt Minneapolis police said in a statement that the two officers were transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for treatment after the 9 p.m. incident, although their injuries weren't believed to be serious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/minneapolis-police-cruiser-hit-by-suv-2-hurt?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:56:18 -0500 Minnesota lawmakers want to ban online lottery sales The Minnesota Lottery's instant online games are selling well, but six weeks after their launch, state-sponsored Internet gambling is causing a backlash at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/politics/online-lottery-sales?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:12:33 -0500 Lottery claims early win in online gambling The Lottery started offering instant scratch-off tickets on its website on Feb. 6 and is now selling as much as $3,500 a day in instant games, he added. In addition, the lottery has expanded its offerings, and retail sales are also rising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/lottery-claims-early-win-in-online-gambling?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:21:46 -0500 Walker West music school gets a new home without missing a beat School founders Grant West and Carl Walker broke open one of the walls in the old College of Visual Arts classrooms on Selby Avenue to make way for a renovation for the school they started 26 years ago across the street in a former barbeque joint and liquor store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/walker-west-music-school-readies-new-home?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:20:43 -0500 Stadium authority looking for a company to run Vikings stadium Vikings stadium builders say they're getting ready to pick a company to run the new building when it opens in 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/23/stadium-authority-looking-for-a-company-to-run-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:49:12 -0500 New Vikings stadium construction to ramp up Construction on the new Vikings stadium will soon be in high gear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/22/new-vikings-stadium-construction-to-ramp-up?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:07:02 -0500 Warner Road closed this weekend The Minnesota Department of Transportation is closing a major road in St. Paul this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/22/warner-road-closed-this-weekend?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:29:29 -0500 Car strikes Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis; 3 taken to hospital Three people were hurt in a bus crash in south Minneapolis this morning when a car on Blaisdell Avenue struck a westbound bus on 24th Street just after 8 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/news/bus-car-crash?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:52:13 -0500 Snow storm hits heaviest north of Twin Cities The storm left streets covered with warm, slushy snow for this morning's commute, and in the Twin Cities Metro Transit is advising riders to take an earlier bus. Trains were on time before the start of rush hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/weather/winter-storm?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:17:39 -0500 Mall of America breaks ground on expansion The project is expected to cost more than $300 million, and will be the biggest expansion since the mall opened in 1992. It includes a JW Marriott hotel on the north side of the mall, opposite the Radisson Blue that opened a year ago on the south side of the mall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/mall-of-america-breaking-ground-on-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:26:18 -0500 3 dead in car crash north of Mankato It's the third crash with multiple deaths in three weeks. Four young men were killed in a crash near Sleepy Eye on March 7, and three Carleton College students were killed in a crash near Northfield on Feb. 28. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/3-dead-in-car-crash-north-of-mankato?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:37:03 -0500 NFL visits to consider Twin Cities Super Bowl bid Six members of the NFL's Super Bowl unit toured the construction site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and venues like the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Union Depot in St. Paul and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/03/14/nfl-visits-to-consider-twin-cities-super-bowl-bid/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:54:07 -0500 Minneapolis group home damaged by fire Three people had to be rescued from the home. One of them was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with what fire officials described as non-life threatening injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/minneapolis-group-home-damaged-by-fire?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:09:23 -0500 Minneapolis fire where two found dead apparently accidental Investigators suspect smoking materials on a love seat in the living room may have caught fire, but haven't ruled out an electrical malfunction, fire spokeswoman Cherie Penn said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/minneapolis-fire?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:38:00 -0500 Shakopee voters reject $89M high school plan When 5,200 voters went to the polls Tuesday, the measure failed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/news/shakopee-high-school?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:36:34 -0500 Excessive speed, pothole suspected in motorcyclist's death The state of Minnesota has reported a sharp increase in motorcycle fatalities in the last two years. Preliminary numbers showed rider deaths were up 9 percent, to 60 killed last year. The first died in a crash on April 4, 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/pothole-suspected-in-motorcyclists-death?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:20:19 -0500 Island Station, St. Paul landmark, to be imploded Sunday The blast is planned for 10 a.m. Sunday. Authorities plan to close roads in the area and keep watchers at a distance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/island-station-demolition?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:09:06 -0500 Greyhound bus service coming to Union Depot Starting Tuesday, seven Greyhound buses a day will stop at Union Depot, including two express buses that offer non-stop service to other cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/news/union-depot-greyhound?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:10:16 -0500 Warmup causes minor flooding in Twin Cities Weeks of heavy snow and bitter cold blocked storm sewer catch basins that normally drain melting water from curbs and gutters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/weather/twin-cities-flooding?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:26:58 -0500 Minn. teen dies after running from busted party Authorities in west central Minnesota have identified a high school student who died after apparently fleeing from police at a weekend party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/news/missing-teen?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:55:38 -0500 Frozen lakes, deep winter take a toll on swans, other wildlife Deep snow and record cold have taken an unusual toll on wildlife this winter. With lakes so deeply frozen this year, swans and other birds are having a hard time finding open water. "They have to stand on ice a lot more than they usually would have to. And that's really hard on their feet," said Agnes Hutchinson of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/07/winter-tough-on-wildlife?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:06:40 -0600 Police investigating cause of death of man found frozen in Faribault Police in Faribault are investigating the death of 23-year-old Cody Alan Simon, who was found frozen in an industrial park near town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/police-investigating-cause-of-death-of-man-found-frozen-in-faribault?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:45:24 -0600 Police say gun 'forensically tied' to Franklin shooting In a statement Wednesday morning, police say they found a 9mm handgun in a sock with Terrance Franklin's DNA hidden in a home in northeast Minneapolis. It was reported stolen in a burglary the day before Franklin was killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/franklin-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:20:18 -0600 Winona gives residents fighting frozen pipes a break on their water bills Underground pipes that enter homes are freezing, and many residents are letting water run continuously to avoid repairs that can cost hundreds of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/winona-water-bills?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:31:03 -0600 St. Paul about to begin towing cars that violate parking ban The City of St. Paul says it will begin towing away cars that violate the city's even-side parking ban as early as today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/st-paul-tow-reprieve?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:27:49 -0600 Photo: Metrodome is disappearing fast Now that the "ring beam" is gone, the demolition of the Metrodome looks like is has slipped into high gear. At the rate they're going there may be not much more than a hole in the ground by St. Patrick's Day. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/03/03/the-metrodome-is-disappearing-fast/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:09:10 -0600 St. Paul now enforcing winter parking restrictions The city says unusually deep snow has narrowed streets because plows can't push any more onto the boulevards. That's made two-way traffic impossible in places and streets too narrow for fire trucks to pass and fire crews to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/news/st-paul-now-enforcing-winter-parking-restrictions?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:07:17 -0600 Hwy 52 bridge closed for construction The road will be closed in both directions. Crews will be moving north and southbound traffic to the newly completed east span of the Lafayette bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/01/hwy-52-bridge-closed-for-construction?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:54:00 -0600 3 Carleton students killed in crash The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident happened around 3 p.m. Friday on Highway 3 near Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/01/3-carelton-students-killed-in-crash?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 09:11:09 -0600 Week starts with more delays for Northstar riders They follow delays of earlier this month when freight trains stalled due to cold weather. Last week, trains hit cars stalled on the tracks two days in a row. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/northstar-commuter-train-delays?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:06:30 -0600 Heavy snow brings Minneapolis parking restrictions for remainder of winter City officials put the ban in place Sunday morning. There is no parking on the even side of non-snow emergency routes. Cars parked on the even side risk tagging and towing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/23/mpls-parking-restrictions-started-sunday?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:33:06 -0600 Video: Explosion brings down Metrodome's 'ring beam' An Idaho demolition contractor blew up the Metrodome this morning. They touched off the blast about 7:30 A.M., after closing the streets around the Metrodome and cordoning off a safety area in the neighborhood. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/02/23/video-explosion-brings-down-metrodomes-ring-beam/?refid=0 Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:00:18 -0600 Neighbors stunned as Valentines Day house fire claims 5 lives in Minneapolis An investigation is under way, and five people are now confirmed dead, at least three of them children, after fire swept through the second floor of a duplex in north Minneapolis on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/15/news/minneapolis-house-fire?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:38:34 -0600 Five die in Minneapolis house fire Fire crews were called to the neighborhood at about 5 a.m. on a report of smoke in the area. They found a fire in a duplex at 2818 Colfax Ave. N. where 15 people were living. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said firefighters attempted to rescue people in the building in what he called very precarious conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/3-children-die-in-minneapolis-house-fire?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:00:34 -0600 Savage woman struck by truck in Minneapolis dies Caitlin Barton, 25, had been in critical condition after the incident, which took place shortly after dark on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/savage-woman-struck-by-truck-in-minneapolis-dies?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:40:13 -0600 Canterbury agrees to simulcast races for off-track betting at Northern Lights Casino This is the first deal to take advantage of a law enacted in 2012 to allow off-track betting. The agreement is subject to state and federal approval, but backers hope to get it operating during this year's racing season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/off-track-betting-canterbury?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:01:42 -0600 Star Tribune officially closes on its stadium district land sale The paper is selling five blocks of downtown Minneapolis to developer Ryan Cos. for a planned $400 million development, including a massive new Wells Fargo office complex covering two city blocks. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/02/12/star-tribune-officially-closes-on-its-stadium-district-land-sale/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:38:01 -0600 What the new stadium might look like without the Vikings If state officials and Vikings' owners have their way, Vikings games won't be the only events to occupy the new downtown Minneapolis stadium now under construction. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/02/10/photos-what-the-new-stadium-might-look-like-without-the-vikings/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:45:50 -0600 Teen crashes stolen school bus in Roseville No one was reported hurt in the incident, which reportedly started in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/news/school-bus-crash?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:44:43 -0600 Internet Cat Video Festival returning to the Walker in 2014 It's the third year for the popular festival, part of the Walker's outdoor summer festival. It played last year at the Minnesota State Fair, and is returning to the Walker's Open Field space in Minneapolis on Aug. 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/07/arts/cat-video-festival-walker?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:35:42 -0600 St. Paul is betting on the Penfield to spur downtown renewal When it opens May 15, the project will include more than 250 high-end apartments and a Lunds grocery store. A city loan helped the apartment complex get built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/st-paul-penfield-opening?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:41:01 -0600 Lawsuit threatens to disrupt electronic pulltabs, Vikings stadium funding A lawsuit says that the maker of the games, Las Vegas-based Acres 4.0, failed to get a business-related license from Apple for the e-pulltab gambling software it has installed on more than 400 devices in at least 100 Minnesota bars. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/02/05/lawsuit-threatens-to-disrupt-electronic-pulltabs-vikings-stadium-funding/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 07:00:00 -0600 Mayo Clinic joins Lynx, T-wolves in Block E redevelopment The three are going to move into the third floor of the defunct multi-use building on Hennepin Avenue, which will be renamed "Mayo Clinic Square." http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/02/mayo-clinic-joins-lynx-t-wolves-in-block-e-redevelopment/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:30:49 -0600 At the Metrodome, they literally blew the roof off the dump this morning Another step in the Metrodome's demolition took place early Sunday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/02/02/more-destruction-streets-closed-this-morning-as-cables-are-cut/?refid=0 Sun, 02 Feb 2014 10:26:42 -0600 Lottery could start online scratch-off games Thursday Lottery officials think online instant games will boost sales and help draw in younger players who have been drifting away from lottery products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/lottery-could-start-online-scratchoff-games-thursday?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:57:43 -0600 Almost 10,000 without power in NW suburbs Xcel Energy says 9,200 customers are without power this morning in Coon Rapids, Osseo, Champlin, Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/power-outage?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:55:30 -0600 Como Zoo seeking state money to replace Depression-era sea lion exhibit The overhaul would take about a year and a half to design and another 18 months to build once the zoo obtains funding. It would tear out the existing outdoor display and replace it with a pair of salt water pools for sea lions that would be open year round. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/como-zoo-sea-lion-exhibit?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:31:59 -0600 Woman's body found frozen in St. Paul; police investigate St. Paul police spokesman Paul Paulos says paramedics were called to the scene where the woman was found outside about 7:30 a.m.. The 58-year-old victim was pronounced dead shortly after. The temperature at the time had dipped to 16 below zero. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/womans-body-found-frozen-in-st-paul-police-investigate?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:06:27 -0600 Vikings stadium bonds have been sold, deal is done The money will pay for the state and city's portion of the $1 billion stadium, now under construction in Minneapolis. The Vikings have pledged just over $500 million for the project. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/28/vikings-stadium-bonds-have-been-sold-deal-is-done/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:33:05 -0600 Minnesota heading to NYC to make a pitch for the Super Bowl Gov. Mark Dayton said this morning he thinks the Super Bowl could have a huge economic impact in Minnesota in 2018. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/27/minnesota-heading-to-nyc-to-make-a-pitch-for-the-super-bowl/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:11:36 -0600 Polar temps, heavy winds close schools and roads, strand travelers Schools are closed, the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus has canceled classes, dozens of roads are closed and travelers were stranded Sunday night as another polar deep freeze descended on Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/weather/cold-weather?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:47:12 -0600 Patient at Minn. Security Hospital kills fellow resident A patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter died Wednesday night from injuries inflicted by another patient, the state's Department of Human Services said Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/news/security-hospital-patient-death?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:27:47 -0600 'They got ambushed,' in Afghanistan, mom of Minnesota Guardsman says Kim Schwich says her son Robbie Sheets, of Litchfield, was among the wounded. She talked to him on Monday, and he told her he'd been shot in the back and legs in the attack at a forward operating base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/news/they-got-ambushed-in-afghanistan-mom-of-minnesota-guardsman-says?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 07:36:27 -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 Lawsuit dismissed, Vikings stadium builders must close finance gap Stadium opponent Doug Mann's plea to the Minnesota Supreme Court earlier this month was the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass -- a last minute, long shot attempt to beat the Vikings in court. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/22/lawsuit-dismissed-vikings-stadium-builders-must-close-finance-gap/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:44:41 -0600 Minn. Supreme Court dismisses Vikings stadium suit The decision today clears a late obstacle that threatened to hold up construction and delay a planned 2016 opening. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/21/minn-supreme-court-dismisses-vikings-stadium-suit/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:33:40 -0600 U of M ramping up security after campus crime spike The university added three officers to its police ranks. It's also adding dozens of new security cameras, extending hours of shuttle bus services, and rolling out key-card access to all university buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/21/education/university-of-minnesota-security?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:31:10 -0600 Northstar train strikes, kills pedestrian Authorities say the gate arms at that intersection were down at the time when the train struck and killed the man. The train stopped a short time later. Passengers were taken by bus and other trains to their destinations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/21/news/northstar-train-strikes-kills-pedestrian?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 06:43:26 -0600 Brazile thanks King for her 'head start' The veteran Democratic political strategist, columnist and television commentator Donna Brazile delivered the keynote address at 24th annual Martin Luther King Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis, and thanked the slain Civil Rights leader for paving the way for her success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/20/politics/brazile-thanks-king-for-her-head-start?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:19:28 -0600 Dome: Done The company building the new stadium, Mortenson Construction, says the Metrodome is expected to be completely demolished and hauled away in about four months. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/18/dome-done/?refid=0 Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:02:12 -0600 Traffic deaths down slightly in 2013 Drunk driving, failure to buckle up, speeding and distracted driving are the four factors that still account for most of the fatalities on Minnesota roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/traffic-fatalities?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:11:03 -0600 Red Cross launches pet first aid app What do you do if your dog eats too much chocolate? Can you remember what medication your cat takes? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/red-cross-pet-first-aid-app?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:40:08 -0600 Senate committee signs off on new office building The Minnesota Senate Rules Committee has approved, at least in concept, a plan and a price tag for a new office building north of the Capitol. The committee voted to approve the plan and cost estimates at Capitol hearing today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/01/senate-committee-signs-off-on-new-office-building/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:09:02 -0600 Teen guilty in brutal attack on Ray Widstrand Ray Widstrand was kicked, dragged, punched and knocked unconscious during a street brawl in his neighborhood last summer. He suffered a brain injury and is missing part of his skull. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/news/teen-guilty-in-brutal-attack-on-ray-widstrand?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:44:54 -0600 After 80 years, St. Paul's Seven Corners Hardware to close its doors The store's location is a prime piece of real estate amid a bustling row of restaurants and bars that cater to people going to shows and games at the Xcel Energy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/seven-corners-hardware-to-close?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:13:49 -0600 Target to 'make significant changes' after data breach, CEO says In an interview with CNBC, Target's president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said the company is "accountable" and "responsible" for the thefts. He says Target still "doesn't know the full extent of what transpired." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/business/target-data-breach?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:15:40 -0600 Minneapolis light rail train hits, kills pedestrian Authorities said the incident happened about 6 p.m. at the intersection of the tracks at 42nd Street E. A pedestrian walked onto the tracks in front of an oncoming southbound Blue Line train. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/news/minneapolis-light-rail-train-hits-kills-pedestrian?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:40:49 -0600 How Vikings tickets will work at the Gophers' TCF Bank stadium The Vikings are out explaining what's going on with their tickets. They had a Q&A out in Winter Park today, and here's what they had to say. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/10/how-vikings-tickets-will-work-at-the-gophers-tcf-bank-stadium/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:32:08 -0600 Target: Data breach now involves at least 70 million people The company says the data is believed to be only partial records for the customers involved, but the number is nearly twice as many as the 40 million customers initially believed to be affected by the breach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/business/target-data-theft?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:48:16 -0600 Online lottery tickets could go on sale soon Minnesota would be the first state in the country to offer the games online. Opponents are reacted with alarm, saying the online games aren't legal under the state constitutional amendment that authorized the lottery in 1988. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/virtual-lottery-tickets-could-be-sold-within-weeks?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:12:16 -0600 Vikings roll out TCF Bank Stadium ticket packages, prices Here's the playbook for the Vikings plans to move their fans to TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota: http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/01/09/vikings-roll-out-tcf-bank-stadium-ticket-packages-prices/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:47:48 -0600 4 ways to use less polluting salt in cold weather Warmer weather this week may be a good opportunity to help curb the salt running into our streams and lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/news/winter-salt-tips?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:28:08 -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 Metrodome era ends with a Vikings victory The Vikings and their fans said goodbye to their home for the last 32 seasons. The final game in the Metrodome ended quietly with a 14-13 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/sports-vikings-end-of-metrodome?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Thousands of Vikings fans gather for last night at the Metrodome About 6,000 Vikings fans were at the Metrodome Saturday night saying goodbye to the stadium. The Vikings play the last game ever in the Metrodome Sunday and then demolition begins. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/29/vikings-fans-gather-for-a-last-night-at-the-metrodome/?refid=0 Sun, 29 Dec 2013 05:10:54 -0600 The Metrodome's final days: What you need to know The Vikings wrap up 32 seasons at the Metrodome this weekend, playing their final game in the stadium Sunday. The dome is due to be demolished starting Jan. 18, and replaced in time for the 2016 season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/metrodome-final-days?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:53:24 -0600 Here's how to get a seat from the Metrodome The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Albrecht Signs have just signed off on the final details of their agreement to salvage and sell off seats from the soon-to-be-vacant Metrodome. The Vikings will play their last game there on Sunday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/27/heres-how-to-get-a-seat-from-the-metrodome/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:54:13 -0600 Tonight's the last lap for RollerDome It's the end of an another era tonight as skaters take their last laps around the concourses at the Metrodome. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/27/metrodome-tonights-the-last-lap-for-rollerdome/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:20:10 -0600 Metrodome seats may be saved, after all Albrecht Signs in Fridley said they've been selected to salvage the blue seats in the Metrodome and that they may be taking orders in the next few days. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/26/metrodome-seats-may-be-saved-after-all/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:39:36 -0600 MSP: Arrested passenger did not have propane tank Authorities at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport say a passenger arrested last week after a bomb scare at Terminal 2 did not leave behind a propane tank, as was initially reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/news/msp-passenger-no-propane-tank?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:39:23 -0600 Email scam tricks people with fake court appearance notices Minnesota courts are sounding the alarm about an email scam that makes reference to court appearances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/news/court-appearance-scam?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:10:52 -0600 Ex-priest dropped as sex education teacher Harry Walsh is a former priest who was accused of sexually abusing two minors decades ago. The accusations came to light as part of Minnesota Public Radio's ongoing investigation into the church's response to clergy misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/news/walsh?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:45:35 -0600 Vikings unveil program, events for final weekend at Metrodome The team's long farewell to the stadium will start with a season ticket holders' event on Saturday. At the game on Sunday, there will be a video tribute and a short ceremony. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/23/vikings-unveil-program-events-for-final-weekend-at-metrodome/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:19:32 -0600 MnDOT: State will be short on $30B needed for road upkeep It projects that state highways will need $30 billion in funding over the next 20 years to keep up with demand and maintain the roads the state already has. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/news/road-construction?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:57:23 -0600 U of M grad jailed in Dubai is sentenced It isn't clear yet whether the sentence will include the time Cassim has already been held. His family hoped that lawyers in the United Arab Emirates would get his sentence reduced and get him out of the country quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/news/u-of-m-grad-jailed-in-dubai-is-sentenced?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:51:53 -0600 Target offers 10 percent discount this weekend Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel Friday announced a 10 percent discount for any customer who shops in the chain's stores this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/target-offers-discount?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:24:32 -0600 Vikings plan Metrodome end that won't repeat Met stadium melee With just over a week left before the Metrodome closes for good, the team and local officials say they're determined that the stadium will have a very different end than the old Met in Bloomington. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/20/vikings-plan-metrodome-end-that-wont-repeat-met-stadium-melee/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:47:54 -0600 Humphrey Terminal evacuated at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport A suspicious package report prompted authorities to call for part of the building to be evacuated. A bomb squad was called to the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/news/minneapolis-airport-humphrey-terminal?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:15:06 -0600 Photos: New Vikings stadium seating? There's a lot of discussion about what might happen to the seats in the Metrodome before the place is demolished started Jan. 18. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/19/photos-a-sneak-peak-on-what-fans-may-be-sitting-on-in-2016/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:07:17 -0600 Target: 40M card accounts may be breached The news comes just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. The chain said that customers who made purchases using their cards at its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been exposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/business/target-reports-40m-card-accounts-may-be-breached?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:24:59 -0600 Dayton's office halts Minneapolis police plan to use state investigators "The Minneapolis Chief of Police unilaterally announced this proposed arrangement without first notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety, Governor Dayton, or the Governor's Chief of Staff — a course of action that the Governor considers extremely inappropriate," Dayton spokesperson Matt Swenson said in a statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/dayton-office-halts-minneapolis-police-plan?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:13:29 -0600 BCA takes over Mpls. police misconduct investigations The Minneapolis Police Department will no longer investigate cases in which one of its officers fires a weapon and someone is injured or killed, Police Chief Janee Harteau said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/news/bca-investigate-police-misconduct?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:31:39 -0600 Metrodome taking bids on seat removal ahead of demolition It looks like you may still have a chance to get a blue plastic piece of history - for about $50. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/17/metrodome-now-taking-bids-on-seat-removal-ahead-of-demolition/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:52:43 -0600 New Vikings stadium won't host College Football Playoff in 2017 The events are going to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, January 11, 2016 and to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Monday, January 9, 2017. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/17/new-vikings-stadium-wont-host-college-football-playoff-in-2017/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:39:02 -0600 $400M stadium district project gets green light The Minneapolis City Council today voted unanimously to approve the $400 million dollar development in downtown Minneapolis that has been the source of months of controversy. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/13/blockbuster-stadium-district-project-gets-green-light-in-minneapolis/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:44:27 -0600 Mpls. Council vote will go forward on Downtown East deal The city of Minneapolis and critics of the $400 million stadium district development traded arguments in Hennepin County District Court for an hour and a half this morning, but it doesn't look like a planned vote on the deal will be stopped. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/12/minneapolis-council-vote-will-go-forward-on-downtown-east-deal/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:44:34 -0600 Arne Carlson: Put brakes on stadium district development Former Republican governor Arne Carlson says the city of Minneapolis rethink a planned $400 million mixed-use development to go up near the new Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/10/arne-carlson-put-the-brakes-on-the-stadium-district-development/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:24:14 -0600 City Council panel recommends demolition of Star Tribune building The Minneapolis City Council's zoning committee has signed off on the demolition of the Star Tribune's building, one of the final hurdles to passing Downtown East. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/09/city-council-panel-recommends-demolition-of-star-tribune-building/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:50:04 -0600 Ryan, Vikings add millions to bid for stadium district development Plans for a $400 million dollar mixed use development, parking ramps and a new downtown park are getting a little closer to winning approval in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/05/ryan-vikings-add-millions-to-bid-for-stadium-district-development/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:49:34 -0600 Vikings officially break ground on new stadium Hundreds of people gathered in Minneapolis Tuesday for the formal groundbreaking for the new billion dollar Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/12/03/vikings-officially-break-ground-on-new-stadium/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:24:36 -0600 4 killed in crashes as storm moves over Minnesota The Minnesota State Patrol says three people were killed in separate crashes on wet and icy roads on Monday, while the conditions in northern and central Minnesota led to more than 50 accidents on the stretch of I-94 between St. Cloud and Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/news/3-killed-in-crashes-as-storm-moves-over-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:10:08 -0600 Report: Vikings and U sparred over TCF Bank stadium The Star Tribune's Mike Kaszuba says the negotiations over the TCF Bank stadium lease for two Vikings seasons was more than just a Coke vs. Pepsi dispute. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/30/report-vikings-and-u-sparred-over-tcf-bank-stadium/?refid=0 Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:59:42 -0600 Northbound lanes of St. Paul's U.S. 52 bridge to close Saturday The bridge will be closed only Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., from Concord Street to West 7th Street. Drivers will be directed to use Interstate 494, U.S. 61 and Interstate 94 instead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/northbound-lanes-of-st-pauls-us-52-bridge-to-close-saturday?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:28:45 -0600 Police make arrest in hit-and-run that injured two St. Thomas students Two University of St. Thomas students were reportedly getting out of a cab early Sunday morning in the 1900 block of Grand Avenue. A man and a woman, both 22, were struck by a car that fled without stopping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/police-make-arrest-in-sundays-hitandrun-that-injured-st-thomas-students?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:19:25 -0600 Workers march University Ave. in St. Paul to protest low wages; 26 arrested The rally stopped traffic on University Avenue and ended with a sit-in at the intersection of University and Snelling Avenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/workers-march-down-university-ave-in-st-paul-to-protest-low-wages?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:16:45 -0600 YouTube video spoof lands Minn. man in Dubai prison Shezanne Cassim went to high school in Woodbury and attended the University of Minnesota. Cassim is awaiting sentencing after a brief trial earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/minnesota-man-in-dubai-prison-for-video-spoof?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:26:53 -0600 Ramsey man charged with sexually abusing young boys, foster child Chad Michael Geyen was arraigned Wednesday morning on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is being held in the Anoka County jail. Police say he molested four boys — two who are now adults and two others now ages 8 and 11. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/ramsey-man-charged-with-sexually-abusing-young-boys?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:14:31 -0600 MSP airport travelers: Expect a busier holiday than usual Lines will be longer than usual for travelers this Thanksgiving, airport officials say, but two additional security checkpoints at the Humphrey Terminal could help alleviate some of the congestion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/msp-airport-travelers-expect-a-busier-than-usual-holiday?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:43:02 -0600 Crews contain fire at Ridgedale Macy's Firefighters quickly contained a fire at the Macy's store in Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka on Tuesday. The store had to be evacuated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/news/ridgedale-fire?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:47:56 -0600 It's a go: Work begins on the new Vikings stadium A crew of a dozen construction workers walked into the Metrodome this morning before dawn, the first workers on the first day of work on what will be the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/26/its-a-go-work-begins-on-the-new-vikings-stadium/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:06:32 -0600 Dayton: Only small amount of foreign steel in new Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton is defending plans to order structural steel for the new Vikings stadium from Luxembourg. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/25/dayton-only-small-amount-of-foreign-steel-in-new-vikings-stadium/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:49:56 -0600 Wolves will have Block E practice facility near Target Center The owners of Block E say they have a letter of intent to host a "world class training facility" for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx teams at the mixed-use retail development space considered by many to be an eyesore. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/25/wolves-will-have-block-e-practice-facility-near-target-center/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:35:48 -0600 Police find car in St. Paul hit-and-run St. Paul police have found the car they suspect was driven in a Sunday morning hit-and-run accident that critically injured two people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/news/hit-and-run-saint-paul?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:18:23 -0600 Man dies in Minneapolis restaurant shooting Minneapolis police say the shooting was reported just after 1:30 a.m. after someone outside fired into the La Que Buena restaurant on East Lake Street, near Bloomington Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/news/man-dies-in-minneapolis-restaurant-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:28:39 -0600 Vikings up contribution for new stadium The Minnesota Vikings owners say they will increase their contribution to the new stadium by tens of millions of dollars above and beyond the $477 million they originally pledged to the project to $516 million. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/22/vikings-up-contribution-for-new-stadium/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:54:49 -0600 Driver in crash that killed 2 children did not have valid license, State Patrol says Two children died and three others remain in the hospital after emergency crews pulled them from the submerged 1998 Pontiac Grand Am following the crash at highways 100 and 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/driver-in-crash-that-killed-2-children-did-not-have-valid-license-state-patrol-says?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:14:33 -0600 2 children die after car plunges into St. Louis Park stormwater pond The two dead, a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy were among five children in a car that plunged into a stormwater pond Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/news/st-louis-park-car-crash?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 05:45:30 -0600 Star Tribune to print rival Pioneer Press; 170 to lose jobs The Pioneer Press will stop printing its 164-year-old newspaper and pay the rival Star Tribune print the paper instead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/business/pioneer-press-star-tribune-printing?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:53:34 -0600 Former Gopher among players suing NCAA over football concussions Three former college football players have filed a federal lawsuit in Minnesota alleging that NCAA did not inform former players about the risks of concussions inherent in the sport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/health/former-gopher-among-players-suing-ncaa-over-football-concussions?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:39:27 -0600 Bucklins reach settlement over small plane crash that killed four The family of a Minneapolis man who crashed his plane in the mountains of Wyomingt with three of his sons on board in 2010 has reached a legal settlement with air traffic controllers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/news/bucklins-reach-settlement-over-small-plane-crash-that-killed-four?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:05:35 -0600 Vikings set date to break ground on stadium Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said that she and her agency will officially break ground on the new Vikings stadium two weeks from today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/19/new-vikings-stadium-ground-breaking-scheduled-for-dec-3/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:58:59 -0600 Mpls. mom questions police tactics after son shot The family of a Minneapolis man facing assault charges after being shot by police is questioning the circumstances of the weekend shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/news/minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:48:38 -0600 Woodbury water service still not restored for some The city of Woodbury is still working to restore water to all its customers, after an equipment failure that started Saturday night. At least 50 residences and about half a dozen businesses were without water at some point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/news/woodybury-water-service?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:07:48 -0600 Man shot by Orono police identified 30-year-old Ted Hoffstrom of St. Anthony, was killed by police in front of the home of a prominent Twin Cities physician. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/17/man-shot-by-police-identified?refid=0 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:42:02 -0600 Suspect, bystander injured in St. Paul police chase shooting A St. Paul Police officer followed in a marked squad and saw a passenger get out of the car and flee on foot. A St. Paul sergeant has told investigators that he believed the suspect was carrying a handgun, and the officer fired multiple times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/17/st-paul-police-chase-shooting?refid=0 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:55:44 -0600 New bridge over Mississippi at Hastings to open The new span over the Mississippi River at Hastings is opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/16/regional/hastings-mississippi-bridge?refid=0 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:52:32 -0600 Star Tribune building closer to demolition The staff at the Heritage Preservation Commission in Minneapolis has signed off on the demolition of the Star Tribune building to make way for a Downtown East park planned near the new Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/14/city-gives-preliminary-ok-for-demolition-of-star-tribune-building/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:38:24 -0600 Mementos to be salvaged as Metrodome is set to retire With its Teflon-coated fiberglass ceiling, the Metrodome opened in 1982 and has since lived up to its nickname as Minnesota's "rec room." With just 45 days left before retiring the stadium, the tenants are getting ready to move out and taking some mementos of the place's history with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/news/metrodome-mementos?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Despite losses, don't expect discount on Vikings' stadium naming rights The team is wrapping up the final details on its new stadium, and presumably a naming rights deal, since the team hasn't named a headline sponsor yet. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/14/will-vikings-losses-discount-their-stadium-naming-rights/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:48:40 -0600 Deal reached to bring Amtrak to downtown St. Paul Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough, who chairs the railroad authority, hopes Amtrak will be back at the station in the first few months of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/news/union-depot-and-amtrak-reach-deal?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:57:52 -0600 Report: Vikings moving toward stadium naming rights deal As the Vikings near the expected closing on their financing deal for a new stadium, the Pioneer Press's Charley Walters is reporting they booked a naming rights consultant. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/11/report-vikings-moving-toward-stadium-naming-rights-deal/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:00:38 -0600 Joe Mauer moves from catcher to first base The Minnesota Twins announced today that all-star catcher Joe Mauer will be moving to first base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/news/joe-mauer-first-base?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:03:23 -0600 Redskins opponents planning demonstration Opponents of the Washington Redskins name plan to march to the Metrodome to protest before tonight's game against the Minnesota Vikings. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/11/07/redskins-opponents-planning-demonstration-legal-action/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:20:01 -0600 Re-elected mayor Chris Coleman talks St. Paul's future Newly re-elected St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman hopes to make education and downtown redevelopment top priorities for his third term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/coleman?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:31:42 -0600 Snowfall totals: Pipestone leads with 10 inches The first winter storm of the season has moved on through Minnesota, leaving a wide swath of the state covered in snow. The heaviest amount -- 10 inches -- fell in Pipestone. Here are the totals from around the state and the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/weather/snowfall-totals-pipestone-leads-with-10-inches?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:01:23 -0600 Minn. ex-cop convicted of stealing drugs A former Washington County sheriff's deputy has been convicted of stealing drugs from a prescription drop-off bin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/news/ex-officer-conviction?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:08:54 -0600 Winter weather possible today; MnDOT ready The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory effective at 4 p.m. for central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/weather/first-shot-of-winter-weather-possible-today?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:18:25 -0600 Suspect arrested after MnDOT worker struck on I-94 The patrol said that the worker, who they didn't name, was on the freeway about 7:30 p.m. Sunday clearing debris near 42nd Avenue N. and was hit by a passing Infiniti I-30. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/news/suspect-arrested-after-mndot-worker-struck-on-i94-?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:52:26 -0600 Police chief fears retaliation after Minneapolis nightclub shooting death Police Chief Janee Harteau said she feared a return of violence that plagued the same Warehouse District area in the summer of 2012 when violence spiked by more than 50 percent and shootings and stabbings were regular features of weekend nights after bar closing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/news/police-chief-fears-retaliation-after-minneapolis-nightclub-shooting-death?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:36:59 -0600 2 dead in chain-reaction Minneapolis crash Police say three cars were waiting at a stoplight on eastbound Olson Memorial Highway and Morgan Avenue when a fourth car struck the line from behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/03/news/2-dead-in-chainreaction-minneapolis-crash?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 09:04:22 -0600 Police: Man dead after Epic nightclub shooting Police say they were called to the warehouse district nightclub just before 1 a.m. Sunday and found the man outside on the sidewalk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/03/news/police-man-dead-after-epic-nightclub-shooting-?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 08:19:49 -0600 St. Paul cops hunt for car in fatal hit and run Police say 53-year-old Teresa Klotz died at Regions Hospital after apparently being struck as she was stepping away from a car on Randolph Avenue near West 7th Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/02/news/police-hunt-for-car-in-fatal-hit-and-run?refid=0 Sat, 02 Nov 2013 09:46:46 -0500 Gas leak at Woodbury high school prompts evacuation School officials evacuated the building about 11:30 a.m. after they discovered a natural gas odor permeating the building, Saxler said. That odor was later determined to be coming from a construction site. The building is safe to enter, according to the district's website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/gas-leak-east-ridge-high-school?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:49:28 -0500 Nice Ride bike sharing in Minnesota hits a bump At the root of the situation in Minnesota is the financial situation of PBSC, which supplies bike sharing equipment and programs for Nice Ride -- as well as many other cities. The Montreal Gazette reports the public company is "$42 million in debt, running a deficit of $6.5 million and owed $5 million from cities that bought the system." Nice Ride is not part of the problem. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/nice-ride-bike-sharing-in-minnesota-hits-a-bump/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:34:15 -0500 Metro transit driver charged with hitting passenger in hammer/knife standoff The driver and the passenger suffered minor injuries during the fight, and the passenger's phone was broken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/bus-driver-charged?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:38:41 -0500 Target Center redo details get City Council review "The city has taken a fairly hard line position in terms of many parts of this deal," said council member Lisa Goodman, one of the loudest critics of the Vikings stadium and of skirting the city charter's cap on sports facility spending. "From my point of view this is a great deal." http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/10/31/target-center-redo-details-get-city-council-review/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:41:42 -0500 Minnesota State Lottery to introduce electronic scratch-off games The state lottery is poised to start selling the well-known games over the internet. Lottery officials say they need to stay competitive, but critics fear what could happen if the state begins to rely on Internet gambling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/electronic-scratch-off-minnesotat-state-lottery?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:08:15 -0500 Wis. girl dies after snowmobile safety class accident The girl was taken to Osceola Medical Center and then on to St. Paul, where she died of her injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/wisconsin-girl-dies-after-snowmobile-safety-class-accident?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:37:21 -0500 Mandy Matula's family believes body found is hers Police are looking into the discovery of human remains found in a river park near Rice, Minnesota. They could be those of a 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman missing since May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/27/news/family-of-mandy-matula-belives-body-found-is-hers?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:07:15 -0500 'Redskins' name won't be banned at Metrodome American Indian Movement founder Clyde Bellecourt appeared before the authority to ask that the name be banned. He contends that allowing it creates a double standard in public policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/redskins-name-wont-be-banned-at-metrodome?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:56:04 -0500 One dead, one injured after Minneapolis shooting Police say one man is dead and another injured after a shooting in near downtown Minneapolis last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/crime-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:27:55 -0500 'Redskins' name won't be banned in Vikings game Opponents of the Washington football team's name have asked the word Redskins not be used at the Metrodome when the Vikings play D.C. in Minneapolis on Nov. 7. But Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says there's not much her agency can do about it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/10/24/it-looks-like-redskins-wont-be-banned-in-minneapolis-next-month/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:35:11 -0500 Report: Vikings stadium budget has $45M gap as groundbreaking nears Sports Business Daily says the $975 million budget for the new Vikings stadium has a gap as much as $45 million ahead of a crucial milepost next week. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/10/24/report-vikings-stadium-budget-has-45m-gap-as-groundbreaking-nears/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:11:49 -0500 Vikings: Beware fake tickets The Vikings say there may be a number of fake or stolen tickets circulating ahead of the sold out game, and that fans should be wary of buying tickets near the stadium on game day. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/10/24/roundup-lawmakers-meet-fake-tickets-and-new-construction-video/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:28:31 -0500 Edina MRI company, chiropractors sued for insurance fraud The allegations, laid out in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, say Mobile Diagnostic Imaging has recently collected more than $500,000 in improper insurance claims from Farmers. It also says MDI has paid out nearly half that to chiropractors and clinics in return for the referrals -- a scheme the lawsuit calls illegal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/business/edina-mri-company-insurance-fraud?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:13:30 -0500 Vikings fans ponder pricey seat license fees for new stadium Vikings fans were back in the Metrodome this weekend for the first time since the team unveiled the details of its financing plan for a new stadium. That plan will have most fans paying an average of $2,500 for the new stadium. For some, it's too much. Others say they're happy to pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/sport/vikings-fans-ponder-pricey-seat-license-fees-for-new-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 06:50:20 -0500 New Vikings stadium may give leverage to opponents of 'Redskins' name and logo Native American groups and supporters say the construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium offers a chance to put new pressure on the NFL to rethink the Washington Redskins name and logo. Opponents, however, aren't appealing directly to the NFL, the Vikings or the Redskins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/10/new-vikings-stadium-may-give-opponents-leverage-in-redskins-name-debate?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:02:12 -0500 Lawmaker objects to Vikings stadium gun ban Republican state Rep. Pat Garafalo says the provision wasn't included in the Metrodome lease and shouldn't be in the new stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/10/10/lawmaker-objects-to-vikings-stadium-gun-ban/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:02:21 -0500 New security measures, traffic patterns at the Twin Cities marathon Drivers will find a change in the traffic pattern this year. And marathon organizers will implement a new security measure in response to last spring's Boston marathon bombings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/05/twin-cities-marathon-changes?refid=0 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 14:59:25 -0500 Vikings fans to pay steep seat fees at new stadium Minnesota and its Vikings officially are partners in a new billion dollar real estate deal. The team and the state's stadium authority signed a pair of binding agreements last night. Now comes the hard part. Paying the mortgage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/vikings-fans-to-pay-steep-seat-fees-at-new-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:31:39 -0500 Vikings, Minnesota seal stadium deal; seat license fee averages $2,500 The $975 million project will be paid for jointly: $348 million will come from state taxpayers, $150 million from hospitality taxes in Minneapolis and $477 million from the Vikings. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/10/03/vikings-and-minnesota-seal-stadium-deal-license-fee-average-2500/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:05:41 -0500 It could have been Tom Clancy building a new Vikings stadium The 66-year-old Marylander was best known for books like The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears. But he also laid claim to Minnesota's NFL franchise back 15 years ago. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/10/02/it-could-have-been-tom-clancy-building-a-new-nfl-stadium/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:49:50 -0500 St. Paul chemical spill prompts evacuation St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said that a janitor had accidentally mixed chlorine and sulfuric acid and the mixture gave of a toxic cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/news/st-paul-chemical-spill-prompts-evacuation?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 08:29:22 -0500 Emmer campaign asks remodeler to pull video testimonial It's a rare public-private partnership: 6th Congressional District GOP contender Tom Emmer is endorsing a construction company in a campaign-like ad posted to YouTube. Emmer campaign manager David FitzSimmons called the ad a "misunderstanding." http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/emmer-campaign-asks-remodeler-to-pull-video-testimonial/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:02:11 -0500 'June' the research bear killed by hunter The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed that a collared research bear near Ely was shot and killed by a hunter. The DNR asks hunters not to shoot collared bear, but it's not illegal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/june-the-research-bear-believed-dead?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:43:44 -0500 Why is Vikings stadium deal not sealed yet? By now, the state of Minnesota and its NFL franchise were supposed to have sealed a 30-year deal to live happily ever after in a new downtown stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the team were scheduled to sign a final deal Friday morning. But something happened on the way to the altar. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/09/27/analysis-three-turning-points-in-the-viking-stadium-deal/?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:38:10 -0500 Minn. stadium authority calls last-minute time out on final Vikes deal Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is putting off the final, formal approval of what was expected to be the long-term use and development agreement between the state, city and the team. They've rescheduled a meeting for next Thursday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/09/27/vikings-stadium-builders-call-a-last-minute-time-out-on-final-deal/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:00:09 -0500 Cassel starts in London, Ponder injured Citing rib fracture, the Vikings say they will be starting their backup quarterback, Matt Cassel, against the Steelers in London. The move follows a disappointing loss to Cleveland last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/ponder_out?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:00:21 -0500 Protesters:Vikings stadium funding could have helped poor people Protesters said the $24 million the state put in a stadium reserve fund would have been better spent on the poor this year. The Dayton administration has earmarked part of a one-time tobacco tax to stadium financing, as a backup to debt service expected to come in from new corporate taxes. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/09/25/protestersvikings-stadium-funding-could-have-helped-poor-people/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:55:35 -0500 Wilfs must pay $85M in real estate dispute; Vikings stadium moves ahead Zygi Wilf, Mark Wilf and Leonard Wilf will have to pay damages of $84.5 million to a former real estate partner in a dispute dating back to the construction of a 764-unit New Jersey apartment building in the 1980s. That includes $36 million in punitive damages, and about $48 million in compensatory damages, an attorney for the Wilfs said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/09/23/wilfs-must-pay-85-million-in-nj-real-estate-dispute-vikings-stadium-moves-ahead/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:23:01 -0500 Two dead in Brooklyn Center murder-suicide Investigators say a son shot and killed his father, then took his own life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/two-dead-brooklyn-center-murder-suicide?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:26:32 -0500 As Vikings owners await NJ judgement, MN gets out its credit card Minnesota Management and Budget has just issued a request for proposals for firms looking to issue the state's stadium debt. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/09/23/as-vikings-owners-await-nj-judgement-mn-gets-out-its-credit-card/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:54:26 -0500 Gambling gambit flops for Vikings, pays off in smaller ways The electronic pulltabs that debuted a year ago today are no longer expected to pay for the state's share of the new Vikings stadium. But lawmakers opened the door to a new era of gambling in Minnesota that's paying off in smaller ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/sport/gambling-gambit-flopped-for-vikings-smaller-payoffs?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:55:05 -0500 Three reasons Vikings fans might want to gamble on a pricey seat license Gov. Mark Dayton told the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority that he wants them to stick up for Vikings fans and put a lid on the new seat fees the team is planning at the new stadium. But there may be good reasons for fans to gamble on paying those fees, which are better known as personal seat licenses. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/09/17/three-reasons-vikings-fans-might-want-to-gamble-on-a-pricey-seat-license/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:12:00 -0500 Coach Jerry Kill back on job after seizure Gopher football coach Jerry Kill is back at work after a seizure during Saturday's game against Western Illinois. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/jerry-kill-doing-well-after-seizure?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:04:39 -0500 Vikings stadium: Why electronic pulltab gambling flopped Gamblers would love electronic pulltabs. Cash would flow and the state's cut from the new games would pay the public share of a new Vikings stadium. That's what Gov. Mark Dayton and other politicians predicted. A year later, that billion-dollar promise has mostly been a bust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/business/vikings-stadium-pulltab-gambling-flopped?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Construction worker killed at Lowertown site of new Saints stadium A construction worker has been killed at the site of the new Lowertown Ballpark in downtown St. Paul. A reported partial collapse of the former Diamond Products plant apparently buried an equipment operator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/building-collapse-lowertown-construction-worker-killed?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:15:17 -0500 Fatal police chase crash marks deadly weekend on Minnesota roads Eight people were killed in road crashes since Friday afternoon, making this Minnesota's second-deadliest weekend of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/news/road-crash-second-deadliest-weekend?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:26:54 -0500 Driver in fatal police chase crash had license suspended The driver of a car pursued by the Minnesota State Patrol had a suspended license. The high-speed chase led to the death of a driver of another car that was not involved in the chase. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/09/news/road-crash-second-deadliest-weekend?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:01:32 -0500 Road closures around state hamper motorists From St. Paul to the southeast to Anoka, MnDOT is closing roads for repairs and construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/news/road-closures-around-state-hamper-motorists?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 06:19:42 -0500 Some major metro roads closed this weekend Road construction may be winding down in Minnesota, but motorists will still find some major roadways in the Twin Cities closed this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/07/weekend-road-closures?refid=0 Sat, 07 Sep 2013 09:36:03 -0500 Mpls. police: Baby shot by uncle Initial interviews indicated the infant was shot outside in the 2400 block of Emerson Avenue North, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/baby-shot-in-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 06:03:26 -0500 Lilydale landslide: Report says St. Paul didn't know of danger While the deaths of the two children, Mohammed Fofana and Haysem Sani, were tragic, the city could not have predicted the slide, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman told reporters Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/news/lilydale-landslide?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:59:11 -0500 Lilydale landslide reports set for release The city hired an engineering firm and the dean of the Hamline School of Law to look at the May 22 landslide, which killed to children and injured others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/news/lilydale-landslide-reports-set-for-release?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:16:16 -0500 Civil rights attorney Ken Tilsen dies at 85 Ken Tilsen, civil rights attorney and a stalwart of liberal causes across the Midwest, died Sunday night. He was 85 and had been suffering declining health for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/02/ken-tilsen-obituary?refid=0 Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:40:02 -0500 On stadium financing do-over, state gets closer to financial bullseye The Minnesota Department of Revenue said today that it expects to collect about $30.5 million in "floor stock" new cigarette taxes. That's the stamp charge on all the cigarettes sellers had on hand before the new taxes took effect on July 1. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/20/on-stadium-financing-do-over-state-gets-closer-to-financial-bullseye/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:26:27 -0500 I-35W ramp in Burnsville closed for bridge repair The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed part of a key interchange in the southern suburbs after crews discovered damage to a bridge over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/news/bridge-repair?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:44:46 -0500 Child injured by train identified Police say the 9-year-old boy was found near the intersection of Ivy and Farrington in the North End. The child's feet had been severed by the train. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/child-injured-playing-by-st-paul-train-tracks?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:13:46 -0500 Heads-up on Twin Cities weekend road closures Drivers are heading into a busy weekend of road work across the Twin Cities metro. Here's a look at the Minnesota Department of Transportation projects that might cause you problems. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/08/heads-up-on-twin-cities-weekend-road-closures/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:10:11 -0500 Did St. Paul lowball the Lowertown ballpark plan? St. Paul got a nasty surprise when it started digging up the site in earnest for the new Lowertown ballpark: an unseen $6 million of pollution lying underground on the Diamond Products site. Or was it a surprise? http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/16/did-st-paul-lowball-the-lowertown-ballpark-plan/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:23:56 -0500 St. Paul police crime lab back up and running after scandal St. Paul's embattled police lab is back up and running after a scandal closed the facility last summer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/08/st-paul-police-crime-lab-back-up-and-running-after-scandal/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:01:58 -0500 Stadium authority hires watchdog to look over deal with Vikings The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says it is hiring an attorney to examine the details of the $1 billion stadium deal the state is about to sign with the Vikings. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/13/stadium-authority-hires-watchdog-to-look-over-deal-with-vikings/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:28:59 -0500 Minn. e-pulltab take continues to tumble Another month, another slide for electronic pulltabs. That billion dollar-plus vision the state had back in 2012 seems to be slipping away altogether this summer. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/13/how-low-can-electronic-pulltabs-go-minnesota-may-find-out/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:13:08 -0500 Car plunges into Mississippi; driver dead The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said a Pontiac Sunfire drove off of West River Parkway, crashed through a security fence near the Stone Arch Bridge and went into the Mississippi River below. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/news/car-plunges-into-mississippi-driver-dead?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:06:28 -0500 From Belle Plaine to Duluth, Minnesota drivers face traffic changes A variety of road, bridge and other construction projects will slow traffic on Minnesota roads this week, state Department of Transportation officials warned today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/12/minnesota-drivers-traffic?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:09:52 -0500 Dayton launches Mayo Clinic Destination Medical Center Gov. Mark Dayton visited Rochester Friday afternoon to officially launch the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center, which he says is one of the biggest economic development efforts in state history. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/dayton-kicks-off-destination-medical-center-work/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:58:52 -0500 I-35W, 252 among Twin Cities road work projects this weekend There will be another round of major road detours in the Twin Cities this weekend. They'll start affecting traffic on several freeways tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/news/twin-cities-road-work?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:04:18 -0500 Video Q&A: Another stadium for MLS in MN? The tantalizing news that Major League Soccer is going to grow by 20 percent in the next eight years has some observers, like Fox Sports North, speculating about a futbol team in the new Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/09/video-qa-another-stadium-for-major-league-soccer-in-minnesota/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:10:58 -0500 Photos: Bags the Vikings will and won't allow in the Metrodome The Vikings will kick off their 2013 season against the Houston Texans at 7 o'clock tonight. The NFL is also kicking off a new security regime and the Vikings will be banning a wide variety of items fans are used to carrying in to their seats. That includes women's purses bigger than an open hand. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/09/vikings-season-starts-with-tight-security-rules-at-the-metrodome/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:16:17 -0500 Vikings to Dayton: Don't worry about stadium deal The Vikings have just issued a statement in response to Gov. Mark Dayton's "deep concern" about their legal troubles in New Jersey. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/08/vikings-respond-to-dayton-dont-worry-about-stadium-deal/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:20:25 -0500 Dayton 'deeply concerned' about NJ legal case against Vikings owners Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is urging further scrutiny into the stadium deal following the news that Mark and Zygi Wilf have lost a big real estate court case in New Jersey. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/08/dayton-deeply-concerned-about-nj-legal-case-against-vikings-owners/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:58:47 -0500 Rodeo bull escapes, injures 8 at county fair A witness said the bull charged a Dakota County sheriff's deputy who had chased the animal after it escaped. The witness said the officer fired two shots at the beast before it ran him over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/news/dakota-county-fair-bull-runs-amok-injures-8?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 06:50:22 -0500 Saints stadium builders promise minority hiring Builders of the new Saints stadium in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood say they want about a third of the 500 construction jobs to go to minorities and women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/business/saints-stadium-minority-hiring?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:40:03 -0500 Violent storms leave thousands without power Western and northern parts of the Twin Cities metro bore the brunt of power failures Tuesday night after heavy thunderstorms moved through the central part of Minnesota, knocking down trees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/weather/power-outages-follow-tuesday-night-storms?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:00:25 -0500 Field painted for the Vikings' last season in the Metrodome Painters are applying the field markings and logos on the turf in the Metrodome for the last time this week, ahead of what will be the last season for the Vikings in the stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/08/06/metrodomes-field-painted-for-the-vikings-last-season/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:39:36 -0500 No injuries in plane crash at Eden Prairie airport A small business jet overshot the runway just before 10 a.m. Monday morning at Flying Cloud airport in Eden Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/news/plane-crash-eden-prairie-airport?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:56:34 -0500 Run with the bulls in Shakopee People who want to pay to risk being gored by a pack of bulls may get their chance without leaving Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/08/run-with-bulls-in-shakopee/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:13:11 -0500 Expect delays on I-35E near Burnsville Motorists likely will encounter delays on Interstate 35E near Burnsville tonight through Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/news/interstate-35e-road-work?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:57:52 -0500 Vikings explain why you can only bring a tiny bag into games Team officials showed off what will and what won't be allowed into the stadium when a new security policy takes effect next month. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/31/vikings-explain-why-you-can-only-bring-a-tiny-bag-into-games/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:48:16 -0500 Lowertown Ballpark might be a solar-powered stadium -- sort of Buried deep in Xcel Energy's Renewable Development Fund Cycle 4 documents are details proposing a solar power array for the Lowertown Ballpark. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/30/lowtown-ballpark-might-be-a-solar-powered-stadium-sort-of/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:56:39 -0500 Minn. bear researcher Lynn Rogers wins temporary, partial reprieve Minn. bear researcher Lynn Rogers won a temporary reprieve in court today that allows him to continue his controversial research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/environment/lynn-rogers-temporary-reprieve?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:46:49 -0500 Police end search for elderly Hugo man after body found Officials say they think they've found the body of a missing elderly Hugo man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/news/hugo-man-missing?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:34:08 -0500 St. Paul police officer shoots domestic assault suspect A St. Paul man is being held at the Ramsey County jail after being shot by police late Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/news/police-shoot-suspect?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:26:53 -0500 Roadwork shuts 3 metro arteries this weekend Drivers in the Twin Cities are dealing with three major road closings this weekend. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has projects underway in the western suburbs, Minneapolis and Roseville that may mean traffic delays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/27/regional/twin-cities-road-closings?refid=0 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:57:52 -0500 Portions of crosstown, I-35W, Hwy. 169 closed for repairs this weekend Construction and some key road closings will challenge Twin Cities drivers this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/news/road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:25:24 -0500 Car hits, kills, 2-year-old boy in Corcoran A 2-year-old has been struck and killed by a vehicle in Corcoran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/news/corcoran-fatal?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:20:24 -0500 Metro Transit bus crashes near Lake Calhoun A west-bound Metro Transit bus on west Lake Street near Lake Calhoun veered north into an embankment, where it was lodged Friday morning, said Metro Transit spokesman Drew Kerr. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/news/lake-street-bus-crash?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:02:13 -0500 Fans tell Vikings: Don't take away tailgating at new stadium Results of a survey just released by the Vikings say they have about 8,400 tailgaters a week now and fans aren't interested in moving away from the Metrodome, even if the land gets sold off for a blockbuster $400 million dollar real estate development. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/25/fans-tell-vikings-dont-take-away-our-tailgating-at-new-stadium/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:32:53 -0500 E. coli worries close Minneapolis beaches The popular beaches will be retested and will reopen as soon as possible, the parks department said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/environment/e-coli-worries-close-minneapolis-beaches?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:30:36 -0500 St. Paul OKs costlier Saints ballpark plan The newly-approved plan costs 16 percent more than the stadium's initial estimate. The city has to pick up most of the nearly $9 million cost overrun, with a small contribution from the St. Paul Saints. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/24/st-paul-gives-go-ahead-to-saints-stadium-closes-funding-gap/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:09:45 -0500 Joe Mauer's wife gives birth to baby girls Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer and his wife Maddie are new parents today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/news/joe-mauer-wife-baby-girls?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:28:32 -0500 Saints stadium buyer's remorse? St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune told the Star Tribune that he felt "abused a little bit" that the new Saints' stadium design didn't have more community input. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/24/is-there-stadium-buyers-remorse-on-the-st-paul-city-council/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:16:16 -0500 Wis. toddler likely died shortly after he was reported missing The Wisconsin toddler who died of hyperthermia in a car trunk last week may have died shortly after he was reported missing, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/news/wisconsin-toddler-death-details?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:31:04 -0500 Police chase ends with Dad, young son in hospital A police chase in Monticello ended with a father and his 1-year-old son hospitalized with serious injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/news/police-chase-accident?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:47:38 -0500 Ex-scouts sue Rochester scoutmaster alleging decades-old abuse A St. Paul attorney has filed what he said are the first civil lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America under the terms of a new Minnesota law that allows sex abuse victims to reach back farther than ever into history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/news/boy-scouts-abuse-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:43:46 -0500 Road work to close I-94, bridges over I-35W in Twin Cities this week Portions of three bridges over Interstate 35W in Bloomington will close this week for construction work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/news/road-work?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:32:02 -0500 Minn. grocer Nash Finch agrees to buyout Nash Finch Co., a 125-year-old grocer and food distributor based in Edina, is being acquired by a Michigan wholesale and retail food seller in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/business/minnesota-grocer-nash-finch-agrees-to-buyout?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:18:45 -0500 New US transportation chief visits Minn. The new federal transportation secretary will visit Minnesota on Monday as one of his first official duties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/21/politics/us-transportation-secretary-visits-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:19:21 -0500 2 major road closings in western suburbs Motorists should be aware of road closings on Highways 169 and 212 in the western suburbs this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/20/regional/western-suburbs-road-closings?refid=0 Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:03:43 -0500 Sheriff: Wis. toddler likely died from hyperthermia A toddler found dead in the trunk of a car near his Wisconsin home probably died of hyperthermia -- high body temperature -- during one of the hottest days of the summer, authorities said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/news/wisconsin-toddler-hyperthermia-death?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:46:27 -0500 Twins pitching mound for sale, slightly used It's a familiar task for anyone who has moved: you gotta go down to the basement and start clearing out all that stuff that isn't going to your new place. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/19/twins-pitching-mound-for-sale-slightly-used/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:08:50 -0500 Vikings stadium food contract goes to Aramark The Philadelphia-based company cooks and sells the food at Chicago's Soldier Field, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Reliant Stadium in Houston and 10 other NFL stadiums, as well as TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/19/vikings-stadium-food-deal-goes-to-aramark/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:05:30 -0500 Weekend road closures focused on western suburbs Look out for road closures on Highways 169 and 212 in the western suburbs this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/metro/weekend-road-closures-western-suburbs?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:41:04 -0500 St. Paul struck a deal for Saints stadium funding The City of St. Paul announced it's struck a deal to close the funding gap for the new Lowertown Ballpark, future home of the St. Paul Saints. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/18/st-paul-will-close-9m-stadium-financing-gap-be-repaid-by-saints/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:06:02 -0500 Heat buckles, closes I-494 near Penn Ave Concrete buckling has forced MnDOT to close one of busiest stretches of freeway in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/news/494-pavement-buckling?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:39:19 -0500 Wisconsin toddler missing since Tuesday night Two-year-old Isaiah Theis reportedly wandered away from his Polk County home Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/wisconsin-toddler-missing-since-tuesday-night?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 07:24:50 -0500 Busiest summer in years, Minneapolis fire officials say Minneapolis fire officials say they're having one of the busiest summers in years, with firefighters responding to an average of one structure fire a day this month, and June marked the busiest month for fires in the city since 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/news/minneapolis-fire-officials?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:08:01 -0500 Smokers are not paying for the new Vikings stadium There's a persistent myth growing this summer: that the new $1.60 per pack cigarette tax that went into effect July 1 is going -- at least in part -- to pay for the new Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/15/no-smokers-are-not-paying-for-the-new-vikings-stadium/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:01:45 -0500 Mpls. man in wheelchair struck, killed by car Police said the driver who hit the man was traveling east on the highway and was cooperating with the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/news/mpls-man-in-wheelchair-struck-killed-by-car?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:00:33 -0500 Plymouth fire forces more than 60 out of homes Fire departments as far away as Eden Prairie and Bloomington were called in to help fight the fire that heavily damaged the 62-unit apartment building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/news/plymouth-fire-forces-more-than-60-out-of-homes?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:25:22 -0500 Vikings: New stadium tickets for sale after '13 season The Vikings are fleshing out their plans for fans in the new stadium. News on the team website include added small details about ticket sales and seat licences. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/11/vikings-new-stadium-tickets-for-sale-after-13-season-sales-center-coming/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:12:16 -0500 Photos: Gophers get back into sports buildings Just four years after the U opened $288 million TCF Bank Stadium, three years after the Twins opened Target Field and as the Vikings are building their new billion dollar home, the U's plans would almost double down on its new sports infrastructure. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/07/11/u-says-gophers-are-ready-to-get-back-into-the-sports-building-game/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:44:34 -0500 Minneapolis man charged with bicyclist's hit-and-run death A 25-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a bicyclist last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/news/minneapolis-man-charged-with-bicyclists-hitandrun-death?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:40:26 -0500 Minn. storm recovery may benefit from Hurricane Sandy The mess left by Hurricane Sandy may mean more federal help for Minnesota in the wake of the storms last month that downed thousands of trees and cut power to more than half a million Xcel Energy customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/news/minnesota-storm-recovery-hurricane-sandy?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:06:47 -0500 Check gas piping in lightning season A newer type of gas piping, called corrugated stainless steel tubing, has been linked to leaks and fires in other parts of the U.S. after nearby lightning strikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/weather/check-gas-piping-in-lightning-season?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 06:49:41 -0500 Minneapolis police make arrest in cyclist's death Investigators said the vehicle that struck Jessica Hanson was northbound on Pleasant Ave. S., had been speeding and had its headlights off when went through a stop sign and hit her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/news/minneapolis-police-make-arrest-in-cyclists-death?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:18:24 -0500 Will the new Vikings stadium mean the end of tailgating? It's a rite as old as Minnesota's football franchise: Fans gather outside the stadium to eat, drink and tailgate. But some of the Vikings' most ardent fans are worried the new stadium will mean the end of tailgating as they know and love it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/06/28/will-the-new-vikings-stadium-mean-the-end-of-tailgating/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:10:20 -0500 Suburban Hwy. 169 closures start tonight The Minnesota Department of Transportation is resurfacing the highway this summer and the project involves closing parts of the highway on weekends through August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/suburban-hwy-169-closures-start-tonight-?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:26:55 -0500 New I-94 freeway ramp headed for stadium district in Minneapolis The westbound Interstate 94 ramp that enters downtown on 5th Street will be replaced with a new configuration that will hook Interstate 94 into 7th Street, near where it meets Interstate 35W. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/06/27/new-i-94-freeway-ramp-headed-for-stadium-district-in-minneapolis/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:10:49 -0500 Multiple people injured in I-94 crash near Rogers At least five people have been injured in a crash on Interstate 94 near Rogers, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/multiple-people-injured-in-i94-crash-near-rogers?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Power restored to all who lost it after June 21 thunderstorms All Minnesotans who lost power as a result of last week's severe thunderstorms now have their power back, according to Xcel Energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/power-restored-to-all?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 2 men, 1 child injured in Minneapolis shooting The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. on the 3600 block of Penn Avenue North. Police found a man standing on the sidewalk there had been shot and wounded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/2-men-1-child-injured-in-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:57:46 -0500 No battle flag for the Gettysburg anniversary A hundred and fifty years after Minnesota troops helped turned the tide in a Civil War battle, the state still won't be giving back the trophy its volunteers seized at Gettysburg. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/06/no-virginia-there-will-be-no-battle-flag-for-the-gettysburg-anniversary/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:34:05 -0500 Twin Cities cleaning up from massive weekend storms Thousands of people are still waiting for the power to come back on, two days after back-to-back storms toppled trees and power lines across central Minnesota and Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/weather/minneapolis-st-paul-storm-recovery?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 06:38:38 -0500 MnDOT warns of I-35 delays near Duluth State transportation officials say motorists traveling south on Interstate 35 outside of Duluth should expect new delays on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/23/regional/interstate-delays-near-duluth?refid=0 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:22:44 -0500 Thousands lack power; Xcel says workers facing dangerous conditions Xcel Energy said Saturday that utility crews were working as fast as they can in dangerous conditions to restore power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/22/regional/storm-damage-twin-cities?refid=0 Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:16:09 -0500 Mussels moved to make way for St. Croix bridge Divers have moved more than 4,000 rare and endangered mussels out of the way of a new bridge over the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/environment/mussels-st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:39:29 -0500 Major delays on I-35 and I-694 this weekend If you're traveling north on Interstate 35 to Duluth Friday, expect new delays today starting about 10 miles west of the city. Motorists can also expect major delays around the Interstate 694 project in the northern Twin Cities suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/news/major-delays-on-i35-and-i694-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:53:57 -0500 Powerful storm, heavy winds batter state A swath of thunderstorms swept across Minnesota early this morning, with winds up to 85 mph, nearly one-inch hailstones and flash flooding reported in Morris, Starbuck and Glenwood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/powerful-storm-heavy-winds-batter-state?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:00:56 -0500 Roller coaster among new State Fair attractions Nearly two dozen new exhibits are headed for the 2013 edition of the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/news/state-fair-new-exhibits?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:11:22 -0500 Gun rights advocates cancel plans to display weapons at Mpls. block parties Gun rights activists who follow the Twin Cities Gun Owners and Carry Forum say they're cancelling plans to bring their guns to Open Streets Minneapolis, a series of community gatherings set to start this weekend. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/gun-rights-advocates-holster-plans-to-display-weapons-at-open-streets-block-parties/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:44:16 -0500 Helicopter crashes into Maplewood garage, killing pilot The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District confirmed the helicopter was releasing pellets to control the mosquito population in the area. Rod Andrew Wilson lives nearby and said he heard the helicopter sputter around 8 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/news/helicopter-crashes-into-maplewood-garage?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:40:59 -0500 Vince Flynn, best-selling Minnesota author, dies Minnesota author Vince Flynn's publisher, Simon and Schuster, has confirmed that Flynn has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/arts/vince-flynn?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:46:05 -0500 Postal employee killed in Brooklyn Center Police say a postal employee has been struck and killed at a Brooklyn Center post office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/news/postal-employee-killed-in-brooklyn-center?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:30:52 -0500 Planned Osseo gun shop, shooting range concerns some at nearby school A plan to build a gun shop and shooting range in Osseo has sparked controversy in the northwestern Minneapolis suburb because of its proximity to a school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/news/osseo-gun-shop?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:50:58 -0500 I-694 resurfacing, commuter jam begins The project runs from Interstate 35W on the east end to Highway 100 on the west end. Traffic will be reduced to a two lanes during the day and a single lane at night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/news/i694-project-begins-with-commuter-headaches?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 07:43:28 -0500 Investigation over in natural gas explosions Investigations into a pair of natural gas explosions that destroyed two homes in 2010 have now been closed, according to the State of Minnesota's Office of Pipeline Safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/17/news/investigations-natural-gas-explosions?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:00:37 -0500 Stillwater Lift Bridge cable replacement faces week delay It may be a week before repair can be made to a broken cable on the Stillwater Lift Bridge, according to state transportation officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/17/news/stillwater-lift-bridge-cable-snaps?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:50:03 -0500 I-694 project delayed a day The Minnesota Department of Transportation said equipment broke down last night at the site of a major I-694 overhaul project, and planners decided to delay its start by a day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/17/news/commuter-break-i694-project-delayed-a-day?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:19:26 -0500 Dwight Opperman, former West Publishing CEO, dies at 89 The former CEO of West Publishing, which was later sold to Thomson Reuters, has died. Dwight Opperman was famous for helping launch Westlaw, a legal database used by lawyers, judges and others across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/news/dwight-opperman-former-west-piblishing-ceo-dies-at-89?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:27:10 -0500 Vikings stadium site may not hold pollution surprises of St. Paul ballpark plot Critics of the Vikings Metrodome stadium site have long suggested that there might be something expensive lurking under the site -- something that might cost a lot of money to clean up. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/06/13/vikings-stadium-builders-think-theyve-correctly-estimated-the-amount-of-pollution-at-site/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:57:51 -0500 Infant dies after being left in car seat Authorities found that the girl had been left in a car seat in a vehicle for what investigators said was an extended period of time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/news/infant-dies-after-being-left-in-car-seat?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:02:17 -0500 Nature Valley Grand Prix pro bike race returns to Minnesota Tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 200 riders are expected for the 14th year of Minnesota's Nature Valley Grand Prix, the state's biggest competitive bicycling event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/sport/nature-valley-grand-prix?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 06:04:00 -0500 Twin Cities retail store cleaners on strike Workers who clean retail stores around the Twin Cities are staging their second strike this year over what organizers are calling unfair labor practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/news/retail-store-cleaners-strike?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:26:47 -0500 Ex-Ramsey Co. Sheriff Bob Fletcher retires from law enforcement St. Paul Police Cmdr. and former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is retiring from law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/news/bob-fletcher-retirement?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:17:30 -0500 Ford plant demolition begins in St. Paul Crews have already been removing train sheds, outbuildings and other parts of the plant this year, while also gutting the assembly and paint buildings, the two largest structures on the site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/business/ford-plant-demolition-begins-today-in-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:06:09 -0500 Demolition starts Monday at St. Paul Ford plant City officials say the demolition of the factory buildings on the Ford Motor assembly plant in St. Paul will start on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/business/ford-plant-demolition?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:27:16 -0500 Drowned paddler's ashes will return to Quetico, widow says Elaine Barber didn't expect her paddling trip to turn out the way it did. But she said she could only wait helplessly beside the churning Basswood River on Sunday, hoping her husband would make it out after their canoe capsized in the Canadian wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/news/drowned-paddlers-ashes-will-return-to-quetico-widow-says?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:22:15 -0500 Same-sex couples start applying for marriage licenses Same-sex couples are heading to license bureaus in the Twin Cities this morning to apply for marriage licenses for the very first time, and Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson were among the first in line at the Hennepin County Government Service Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/same-sex-couples-marriage-licenses?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 07:17:59 -0500 Como Zoo gorillas explore new enclosure A new $11 million expansion at the Como Zoo will give visitors a new look at one of the zoo's key attractions: a new home for a group of seven gorillas, six of them new to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/news/como-zoo-gorillas?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:48:31 -0500 More youth food shelves open in east metro The Salvation Army is expanding its food shelf options to target homeless youth in the east metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/news/more-youth-food-shelves-open-in-east-metro?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 14:05:47 -0500 Father: Terrance Franklin shot in back of head The father of a man killed by Minneapolis police earlier this month says Terrance Franklin was shot in the back of the head. Supporters of the man and his family plan to protest police handling of the case on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/news/terrance-franklin-shot-in-back-of-head?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 19:25:24 -0500 Tribe in talks for hotel in next Mall of America expansion The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community may play a key role in the next proposed expansion of the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/business/moa-hotel-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 17:35:33 -0500 Nice Ride opens with expanded program The expansion will bring the total number of bike stations to 170 in the area, including a new focus along the Mississippi River, and around Minneapolis parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/human-interest?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 08:30:56 -0500 Michele Bachmann won't run again for Congress Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't seek re-election in 2014. The four-term congresswoman announced her decision in a nearly 9-minute video posted on her website early Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/politics/bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 06:01:19 -0500 4 killed on Minn. roads over long weekend Minnesota officials now say at least four people were killed in traffic accidents over Memorial Day weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/news/memorial-day-weekend-traffic-fatalities?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 15:16:15 -0500 Part of Lilydale Park to remain closed after fatal mudslide Rescuers in St. Paul have found the body of the fourth grade student missing after a mudslide in Lilydale Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/news/mudslide-boys-body-found?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 11:44:06 -0500 One child still missing in deadly St. Paul park landslide The family of the St. Louis Park fourth grader missing after a hillside collapse gathered Thursday morning at Lilydale Regional Park as recovery efforts resumed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/news/lilydale-landslide-recovery-search?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 1 child dead, 1 missing in St. Paul landslide Recovery efforts are suspended for the evening and are expected to resume Thursday morning. One child is dead and another missing after a gravel slide Wednesday at Lilydale Regional Park near the Mississippi River in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/news/lilydale-rockslide?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 15:02:38 -0500 Democrats, Republicans push their take on the legislative session DFL leaders said they'd ended years of chronic budget and financial problems for the state. Republicans called the five-month session a political blunder of historic proportions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/politics/republicans-democrats-session-end?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 15:22:05 -0500 Dayton hails results of session as 'progress' This morning, the governor touted results including statewide all-day kindergarten and financial support for Rochester to help with the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center plan. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/dayton_hails_re.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 12:22:46 -0500 Twin Cities gas prices reaching record highs Gas prices in the Twin Cities are hitting record highs in recent days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/news/twin-cities-gas-prices?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 14:40:54 -0500 Can new Vikings stadium design be 'bird friendly?' Football fans were reveling over the design of the new Vikings stadium this week, but bird watchers remain skeptical because of the amount of glass included in the design. Glass, they say, kills birds. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/05/17/birders-worry-about-glassy-new-vikings-stadium-design/?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 12:37:11 -0500 New stadium funding plan revealed State officials are turning to cigarette taxes and tightening up corporate income tax enforcement to pay most of the state's share of the nearly billion-dollar project. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson about the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/stadiumfunding?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 08:58:34 -0500 The 'secret' stadium finance plan: Cigarette, corporate taxes So long electronic gambling taxes, hello cigarette taxes and additional corporate income taxes. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/05/16/dayton-administration-unveils-secret-stadium-finance-plan/?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 13:27:38 -0500 Wildfire near Park Rapids surrounded; residents may soon return to homes The Green Valley Fire has burned about 7,100 acres, and threatened 50 homes in the area south of Park Rapids. In addition to the homes that burned, the fire has destroyed two commercial buildings and more than 40 other structures. The fire is now 65 percent contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/weather/wildfire-park-rapids?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 11:00:53 -0500 Wildfires break out near Park Rapids and NW Wisconsin High temperatures and desert-like humidity readings are helping to drive an outbreak of wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/weather/wildfires-break-out-near-park-rapids-red-lake-hinkley?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 08:15:46 -0500 Blockbuster development slated for Vikings stadium district A massive, 5-block, nearly $400 million development is headed for the area just west of the planned new Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/05/14/blockbuster-development-slated-for-vikings-stadium-district/?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 15:33:51 -0500 Reward for Mpls. toddler's killer grows to $60K Authorities in Minneapolis say they're upping the reward for information about a toddler who was shot to death in his home two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/news/terrell-mayes-reward?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 14:11:00 -0500 No retractable roof, but lots of blue sky for new Vikings stadium Stadium builders have unveiled their vision for Minnesota's new NFL stadium: It's part fluoroplastic, part Viking sailing ship and an angular nod to other Minneapolis landmarks. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/05/13/no-retractable-roof-but-lots-of-blue-sky-for-new-vikings-stadium/?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 19:47:54 -0500 Anhydrous ammonia trucker dies after crash The driver of a truck carrying anhyrdous ammonia hit by a train last week has died. Eric Westin, of Pine City, was being treated at the St. Cloud Hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/news/anhyrdous-ammonia-trucker-dies-after-crash?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 10:28:56 -0500 Big Twin Cities road closures this weekend Some major interstate routes through the Twin Cities will be closed for roadwork this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/news/road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 14:55:25 -0500 Vikings ink deal with University to play in TCF Bank Stadium The Minnesota Vikings have struck a deal to play at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for two years. A 70-page document hashes out details of the agreement, including the cost of the Vikings' lease on the stadium to what players can drink on the sidelines. The team even makes peace between Coca-Cola and Pepsi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/business/vikings-university-stadium-agreement?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 18:19:03 -0500 Semi-trailer crash on I-94 kills driver Authorities in Wisconsin are investigating a fatal semi-trailer crash just east of the state line on Interstate 94. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/news/semitrailer-crash-on-i94-kills-driver?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 08:43:19 -0500 Target launches Facebook initiative Target launched a new digital retailing venture on Facebook that the company hopes will link the rapidly growing social media phenomenon with shopping at its stores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/business/target-facebook?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 14:39:59 -0500 Kluwe: 'So long Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!' Long-time Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has apparently been released by the team. The 8-year veteran of the team said "So long, Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!," via his Twitter account Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/sports/kluwe?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 10:50:19 -0500 Missing Minn. child found safe in Vermont Authorities say family members were concerned about Alyssa Mariel-Lorraine Lafountain because she requires a feeding tube and a special diet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/news/missing-minn-child-found-safe-in-vermont?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 06:39:32 -0500 Tran found incompetent for trial in Oakdale boy's shooting death The man accused of shooting and killing a 9-year-old Oakdale boy has been found incompetent to stand trial, for now. Nhan Tran will be sent to a state security hospital for treatment, and could yet face trial for the February shooting death of Devin Aryal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/news/nhan-tran-accused-shooter-of-oakdale-boy?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 10:29:56 -0500 May snow: Records broken, power out, roads choked Reports to the National Weather Service range from 13 inches of snow in Owatonna, to nearly 11 inches near Hayward, and 8.5 inches near Hastings. The Twin Cities largely escaped the storm that started late Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/weather/may-snow-total?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 10:03:15 -0500 Truck crashes on I-94 at Lowry Hill tunnel The Minnesota State Patrol and tow truck crews are clearing a multi-vehicle crash on the west bound entrance to the Lowry Hill tunnel in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/news/truck-crashes-on-i94-at-lowry-hill-tunnel-?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 09:00:33 -0500 New Vikings stadium might take cue from Beijing Olympics The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has posted a draft Environmental Impact Statement for a new Vikings stadium up on its website, and it refers to the potential usage of ETFE, a polymer made famous as the translucent exterior of the aquatics center built in Beijing for the Olympics. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/04/29/will-the-new-vikings-stadium-take-a-cue-from-the-beijing-olympics/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:28:10 -0500 Report: T-wolves close to hiring Saunders The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly close to firing its president and bringing back Flip Saunders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/sports/timberwolves-saunders-kahn?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:51:50 -0500 'Valhalla Club' in new Vikings stadium? The new Vikings stadium may feature four themed club seating areas named the Valhalla, Fire, Ice and Vikings clubs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/04/26/valhalla-club-among-4-themed-vikings-stadium-seating-areas/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:34:05 -0500 Klobuchar pleased with Senate vote on FAA furloughs The U.S. Senate has passed a measure that would help the FAA avoid flight delays caused by staffing furloughs among air traffic controllers. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the deal is important to Minnesota, especially because of the Delta hub at Minneapolis St. Paul International Aiport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/politics/klobuchar-pleased-with-senate-vote-on-faa-furloughs?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:38:16 -0500 Shakopee biomass plant fire contained Scott County officials say the effort to contain the fire following an explosion at a biomass energy plant could run through the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/news/shakopee-biomass-plant-fire-contained?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:34:48 -0500 Snowstorm pushes through; snowiest April in Duluth The latest winter storm to sweep across Minnesota dropped as much as 8 inches of snow in northern parts of the state, and 10 inches in northwest Wisconsin. In the Twin Cities, the totals averaged between 2 and 4 inches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/weather/snowstorm-snowfall-totals?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:15:05 -0500 Another April winter storm for Minnesota? The National Weather service has posted a winter storm warning from south central to northeast Minnesota Monday tonight, including for the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/weather/another-april-winter-storm-for-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:53:10 -0500 Winter blast buries portions of Minnesota Another wintry blast has buried portions of Minnesota under more than a foot and a half of new snow, disrupted travel and closed schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/weather/winter-storm-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:44:10 -0500 Stillborn baby sent to laundry; Regions Hospital apologizes Red Wing police say a baby's body was discovered by a laundry service employee washing linens for a Twin Cities hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/news/dead-baby-found-in-dirty-hospital-linens?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:45:14 -0500 Six ideas to fix e-pulltabs and get stadium funding back on track The House Commerce committee floated a whole handful of trial balloons for fixing the new gambling that's an essential piece of the Vikings stadium funding. Today's ideas ranged from tax relief to giving bonus machines to the best-performing locations in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/04/16/six-ideas-for-fixing-e-pulltabs-and-getting-vikings-stadium-funding-back-on-track/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:45:50 -0500 Tornado warnings coming to Twin Cities billboards Authorities in Hennepin and Ramsey counties say they'll have a new tool this summer to alert the public to severe weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/news/tornado-warnings-billboards?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:54:41 -0500 Twin Cities Marathon organizers eye Boston The people who run Minnesota's largest marathon say they're watching events unfold in Boston with an eye on what it might mean for their race, scheduled for this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/sports/twin-cities-marathon?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:20:25 -0500 Winter weather warnings, advisories updated The mixed precipitation in the Twin Cities metro area will continue for a while this afternoon before changing over to all rain. As a result, the Winter Weather Advisory for the metro area has been extended until 4 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/weather/winter-weather?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:59:12 -0500 Sequestration cuts into rent subsidies for Minn. poor The federal budget cuts known as the sequestration could mean fewer poor families will receive rent subsidies from the Metropolitan Council's Section 8 housing program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/news/sequestration-minnesota-section-8-vouchers?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:21:30 -0500 Sports memorabilia tax is stadium 'Plan C' What's old is new again in the stadium debate at the Minnesota State Capitol. A proposal to tax sports memorabilia might be headed back towards a stadium deal. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/04/08/at-the-capitol-stadium-plan-c-emerges-in-house-tax-committee-dayton-commits-to-fix/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:39:28 -0500 State Patrol recounts deadly weekend on Minn. roads Eight people died on Minnesota roads this weekend, and Sunday was the deadliest day of the year so far, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/regional/deadly-weekend-minnesota-roads?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:16:26 -0500 Expanding gambling oversteps stadium financing bargain, critics say Minnesota Lottery officials say they may have the solution to Minnesota's stadium financing problems, by getting into the electronic gambling business and picking up where electronic pulltabs have fallen short. Critics say they are unhappy with the prospect of the state taking on a bigger role in gambling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/politics/critics-expanding-gambling-oversteps-stadium-financing-bargain?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:12:25 -0500 Vikings stadium funding needs could mean big changes for state lottery And at the Capitol, and out at the Minnesota State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, state officials are already weighing their options for funding the new Vikings stadium - and possibly big changes to the lottery. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/04/05/vikings-stadium-funding-fix-could-include-electronic-keno-poker-from-state-lottery/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:33:08 -0500 Midtown Greenway biker narrowly avoids Molotov cocktail A bicyclist who delivers coffee in Minneapolis said he narrowly escaped injury after someone threw a Molotov cocktail at him on the Minneapolis Greenway Wednesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/news/midtown-greenway-molotov-cocktail?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 10:45:47 -0500 Police not seeking suspects in deaths of woman, 2 kids Police have identified the three people found dead in a home in Zimmerman over the weekend as a mother and her two children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/news/zimmerman-mother-kids-found-dead?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:35:35 -0500 Twins fans should brace for cold seats, hot treats The Minnesota Twins are heading for their earliest outdoor opener ever on Monday, and it's shaping up to be a chilly one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/sports/twins?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:25:56 -0500 Ballpark fare: This season's new food offerings at Target Field The Minnesota Twins and Target Field's food service provider unveiled this season's specials Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/28/business/baseball-food?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:41:55 -0500 Photos: Target Field's new food offerings The Minnesota Twins and their food service provider, Delaware North Companies, unveiled this season's specials at Target Field today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/28/photos/baseball-food-photos?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:30:40 -0500 Justice Anderson reflects on Minn. Supreme Court tenure Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Anderson retires in May. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his time on the court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/politics/justice-anderson-reflects-on-minn-supreme-court-tenure?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:19:42 -0500 Gambling revenue from e-pulltabs falls victim to old-school habits New electronic pulltab gambling is falling far short of its promise. Some blame cost, others say the games aren't as much fun. But behind the scenes, the games are becoming a casualty of the battle between old school paper pulltab suppliers and the internet-driven upstarts trying to reboot the industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/gambling-revenue-from-epulltabs-falls-victim-to-oldschool-habits?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:26:20 -0500 Schulze now Best Buy 'chairman emeritus' Richard Schulze is returning to Best Buy as what the company is calling a chairman emeritus, the company announced this morning. He has also nominated former CEO Brad Anderson and another Best Buy veteran, Alan Lenzmeier, to take two seats on the board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/schulze-now-chairman-emeritus-at-best-buy?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:19:52 -0500 3 dead in St. Paul; no suspects sought Three people are dead after an incident in St. Paul on Sunday, found by police who responded to a call about an altercation in the 500 block of Victoria Street North at about 4:30 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/3-dead-in-st-paul-no-suspects-sought?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:07:24 -0500 Minn. slopes are open for late season skiing Many Minnesotans may be weary of winter, but some are enjoying an unusually long ski season on the slopes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/regional/late-winter-skiing-in-minnesota?refid=0 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:01:45 -0500 Bloody items found at Keller Lake linked to missing woman Police have new evidence in the case of a missing 30-year-old St. Paul woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/crime/bloody-items-found-at-keller-lake-linked-to-kira-trevino?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:17:26 -0500 Linked-bingo games begin limited roll out The first electronic linked-bingo games are being rolled out in the north Twin Cities metro Thursday evening, almost a year after the state legalized them to help pay for a Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/linkedbingo-games-roll-out?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:25:51 -0500 Duluth Huskies' outfield wall collapses Huskies owner Mike Rosenzweig said a large piece of the brick wall had been bowing out away from the playing field for about five years. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/03/21/another-minnesota-stadium-collapse/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:35:01 -0500 12-year-old arrested in New Prague Middle School hoax A 12-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after police say he falsely reported a shooting at New Prague Middle School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/news/new-prague?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:18:47 -0500 State gives all clear for TurboTax users The state of Minnesota says its okay again for taxpayers to prepare their 2012 returns with TurboTax and other Intuit products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/news/turbotax-users-all-clear?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:41:43 -0500 E-bingo approved; aimed at boosting Vikings stadium funding The Minnesota Gambling Control board gave the green light to electronic bingo in Minnesota Monday, adding to the expanded charitable gambling that has been slated to pay for the state's share of the $1 billion Vikings stadium. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/03/18/electronic-bingo-approved-aimed-at-boosting-vikings-stadium-funding/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:59:41 -0500 Bachmann pushing for wider I-94 in NW metro Republican 6th District Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's going to push hard in Congress for upgrades to Interstate 94 and Highway 10 northwest of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/bachmann?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:03:24 -0500 Winter storm closes Minn. highways, schools The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed three major highways, including Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Alexandria, Hwy. 10 from Moorhead to Audubon and Hwy. 210 from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/weather/winter-storm?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:28:13 -0500 I-94 reopened in west-central MN A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 94 in west-central Minnesota is open again after being closed this morning because of inclement weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/regional/interstate-94-closed-alexandria-fergus-falls?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:26:23 -0500 Duluth water main break swamps hotel, tunnel The break happened during a planned repair project, and flooded the area on the south end of downtown, including an underground pedestrian tunnel and the Duluth Radisson Haborview Hotel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/duluth-water-main-break-swamps-tunnel-hotel?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:21:52 -0500 Rollout of electronic pulltabs mishandled, says complaint The Minnesota Gambling Control Board heard complaints about the rollout of electronic pulltabs today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/03/13/gambling-board-hears-e-pulltab-complaints/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:16:02 -0500 Evacuation lifted for SW Mpls. gas leak Minneapolis officials have lifted the evacuation of an area of southwest Minneapolis bounded by 39th and 42nd streets and Upton and Zenith avenues because of a gas leak. Officials say residents can now return to their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/news/southwest-minneapolis-gas-leak?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:01:44 -0500 Mille Lacs Band closes deal on St. Paul hotels The acquisition is the band's first major expansion from its businesses on traditional tribal lands in east-central Minnesota. Many Indian bands are diversifying their businesses beyond gambling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/business/mille-lacs-band-closes-deal-on-st-paul-hotels?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:46:10 -0500 Snow storm blankets SE Minnesota A potent little storm dumped a band of up to 6 inches of snow from Albert Lea through Rochester, Winona, Red Wing, Menomonie, Eau Claire and Black River Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/weather/snow-storm-blankets-se-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:50:20 -0500 Stadium Watch: Will MN have buyer's remorse after Falcons stadium deal? At least a couple of Minnesota lawmakers feel Minnesota might want to rethink the deal it gave the Vikings in light of the deal struck with Atlanta and the Falcons. The Falcons are putting an estimated $800 million into their new $1 billion stadium, compared to the Vikings $477 million contribution. (Minneapolis is putting in $150 miillion and the state is putting in $348 million.) http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/03/08/will-mn-have-buyers-remorse-in-the-wake-of-falcons-stadium-deal/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:47:25 -0600 2 killed at N. Minneapolis after-hours party Two people are dead and a another is wounded after a shooting in north Minneapolis early this morning at an after-hours party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/2-killed-at-n-minneapolis-afterhours-party-?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:00:44 -0600 IBM moving Rochester production to NY, Mexico IBM says it's moving three of its product manufacturing operations out of Rochester. The changes will start later this year and be completed in mid-2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/ibm-moving-rochester-production-to-mexico-ny?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:45:24 -0600 Minn. Stars soccer now Minn. United FC Minnesota's only professional soccer team, the minor league Minnesota Stars, are getting a new name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/news/minnesota-starts-soccer-team-new-name-minnesota-united-football-club?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:43:15 -0600 Two believed dead after truck slid off I-94 into river The Wisconsin State Patrol says a semi slid off a snow-covered interstate in western Wisconsin and landed in a river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/semi-slides-off-interstate-into-river?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:18:49 -0600 Video: Milk truck crash in Lowry Tunnel The Minnesota State Patrol has released dashcam video from the squad of Sgt. Scott Wahl showing the crash of a milk truck in the Lowry Tunnel on Interstate 94 on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/news/video-milk-truck-crash-caught-on-troopers-dash-cam?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:51:49 -0600 Lagging Vikings stadium gambling revenue spotlighted in new state budget forecast One of the most closely watched numbers in today's state budget forecast may be the projected gambling revenue to pay for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/news/revenue-forecast-electronic-pulltab-projection?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Private security officers go on strike Private security officers in the Twin Cities have launched a strike against a half dozen companies that offer services to some of the state's most prominent companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/news/private-security-officers-go-on-strike?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:31:00 -0600 Man arrested in woman's disappearance St. Paul police have arrested a man in the connection with the disappearance of Kira Trevino, who was reported missing on Friday, and became the subject of a widely publicized search. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/missing-womans-husband-arrested-in-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:30:43 -0600 Store cleaners picket in Minneapolis Dozens of people walked a picket line in front of the Target store on the Nicollet Mall Tuesday morning, in what organizers are calling an unfair labor practices strike against firms that clean big box retails stores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/news/store-cleaners-picket-in-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:30:51 -0600 Mayo vs. Vikings stadium: state aid requests compared The Mayo Clinic's request for taxpayer help to become what it calls a Destination Medical Center is drawing comparisons to the Vikings' bid for a new football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/politics/mayo-vs-vikings-stadium-which-is-more-worthy-of-taxpayer-support?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:48:48 -0600 Officer's funeral today in St. Paul, Stillwater Officer John Lynaugh was 30 years old and a five-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/lynaugh-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 07:51:21 -0600 Vikings get one more season in Metrodome The Metrodome will be coming down in about a year. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said it is officially telling the Vikings that the http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/business/vikings-get-one-more-season-in-metrodome?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:05:14 -0600 Three deaths reported on Minnesota highways Three people were killed in crashes on Minnesota roads Monday, including one on Interstate 94 during a winter storm that swept across the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/three-deaths-reported-on-minnesota-highways?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:48:22 -0600 Minneapolis fire burns metal recycling business Fire crews were called to Northern Metal, near Washington and Broadway avenues, just after 1 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/news/minneapolis-fire-burns-metal-recycling-business?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:57:57 -0600 Maintenance workers threaten strike, set deadline Twin Cities store cleaners say they have set a deadline for talks with the maintenance companies that employ them and threaten a strike if they cannot negotiate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/18/business/twin-cities-store-cleaners-union-threaten-strike?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:37:01 -0600 Funeral set for Oakdale child shot to death Devin Aryal, 9, was shot to death when a gunman opened fire on traffic in a residential neighborhood in the St. Paul suburb of Oakdale. He was in a minivan with his mother when bullets hit their vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/funeral-oakdale-child-shot-to-death?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:18:14 -0600 Twin Cities store cleaners threaten strike Twin Cities store cleaners say they've set a deadline for talks with the maintenance companies that employ them and threaten a strike if they can't negotiate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/business/twin-cities-store-cleaners-union-threaten-strike?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:14:50 -0600 Police: Heart attack led to St. Paul cop's death Officer Josh Lynaugh died early Saturday after he suffered the heart attack more than a week earlier during a foot pursuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/police-heart-attack-led-to-st-paul-cops-death?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:24:29 -0600 Mortenson will build new Vikings stadium The plan to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings cleared one of its final hurdles on Friday as the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority picked Mortenson Construction as the project's general contractor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/business/vikings-stadium-contract?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:39:26 -0600 Oakdale man charged in shooting that killed boy Nhan Lap Tran, 34, of Oakdale, is charged with murder in a shooting spree on Monday that killed a 9-year-old-boy and left two women injured. Tran's attorney, Susan Drabek, asked for a mental health evaluation for her client. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/news/oakdale-shooting-charges-filed?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:53:27 -0600 Key Vikings stadium contract to be awarded The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has set a special meeting for the end of this week and has scheduled the selection of a construction manager to oversee building the new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/vikings-stadium-contract-to-be-awarded?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:40:42 -0600 Police kill police dog's alleged killer Members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force were looking for the suspect on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/police-kill-police-dogs-alleged-killer?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:09:16 -0600 Oakdale mother held son in arms after shooting Devin Aryal was riding home with his mother from day care when a man opened fire on their minivan, killing him, his mother Melissa said Tuesday. She looked in the backseat and saw the back windshield was broken and discovered her son slumped over and unconscious with a gunshot wound to his head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/news/police-arrest-man-in-oakdale-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:39:22 -0600 Pope's resignation surprises Minn. Catholics Pope Benedict XVI's surprise decision to step down for health reasons prompted both disappointment and hope among the Catholic faithful in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/religion/pope-benedict-resignation-minnesota-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:33:02 -0600 Storm socks northern Minnesota A two-day storm dumped as much as 18 inches of snow across Minnesota over the weekend, closing a major interstate and prompting snow emergencies in Minneapolis, St. Paul and some suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/two-day-storm?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:29:53 -0600 Stadium officials set hiring goals for minorities, women Officials working on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium have laid out a plan to make minority workers nearly a third of the labor force and to hire 6 percent women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/09/business/vikings-stadium-minority-hiring?refid=0 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:47:59 -0600 'National Rob Day' ends with 4 teens charged Authorities have charged four teenage boys with a Sunday robbery spree the stretched for four hours across south Minneapolis. The charges say that one of the boys told police it was what they called National Rob Day and asked if they'd broken any records for successive armed robberies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/national-rob-day-ends-with-4-teens-charged?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 07:12:37 -0600 Announcement of Vikings stadium builder delayed Stadium planners say they are putting off picking a builder for the new home for the Vikings, at least until next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/business/announcement-vikings-stadium-builder-delayed?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:52:13 -0600 Electronic pull-tab gambling misses monthly revenue projections Minnesota's roll out of electronic pull tabs continues to fall short of projections. After a strong debut in a handful of bars in September, the expansion of the games has been slow, and the games in bars aren't drawing the crowds backers had hoped. Now, calls for change are starting at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/electronic-pulltab-gambling-misses-monthly-revenue-projections?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:26:50 -0600 Letter carriers worry they could lose jobs News that the postal service plans to trim its delivery to five days a week has letter carriers more worried they may lose their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/labor/letter-carrier-jobs?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:23:50 -0600 St. Paul plows are out; no emergency Normal parking rules apply, and cars won't be ticketed if they're in the way of the plows. But the city wants residents to move their cars to accommodate plows anyway, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/news/st-paul-plows-are-out-no-emergency?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 07:40:25 -0600 E-pulltabs expand to MSP airport Electronic pulltabs have made their debut at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The first machine went live last week, and electronic pulltabs will expand to at least six establishments at the airport in the months ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/03/regional/e-pulltabs-at-minn-airport?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 09:35:36 -0600 Salvation Army in matching grant drive The Salvation Army is breaking out its red kettles this weekend for a rare post-Christmas donation drive in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/regional/salvation-army-matching-grant?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:01:36 -0600 Announcement next week regarding Vikings stadium builder The stadium authority charged with building the Vikings a new home in Minneapolis will make an announcement next Friday regarding the builder of the new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/business/vikings-stadium-builder?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:24:50 -0600 River Room restaurant serves its last lunch The River Room restaurant in the Macy's downtown St. Paul store served its last patron this afternoon, ending decades of tradition in downtown department stores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/news/river-room-in-downtown-stpaul-closes?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:50:15 -0600 Driver dead in high-speed chase in S Minn. State officials say they're investigating the death of two people in south-central Minnesota Friday, following a 130-mile an hour chase through three counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/news/southern-minnesota-high-speed-chase?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:54:07 -0600 Inmate attacks staff at Stillwater prison State corrections officials are investigating an incident involving an inmate that left four workers injured at the Stillwater prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/news/disturbance-at-stillwater-prison?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:05:43 -0600 Bridge collapse survivors request mementos Survivors of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis may be able to keep a piece of scrap steel as a reminder of the historic event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/news/35w-bridge-survivors-want-scraps-as-mementos?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:22:18 -0600 Report: Minn. medical errors hold steady, but some improvements seen Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers had about as many serious medical errors in 2012 as they did the year before, but there's still some hard-won improvements among the mistakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/health/minnesota-adverse-health-event-report?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 06:19:41 -0600 State: Skin cancer rates rising fast in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health says that skin cancer rates have been growing quickly among Minnesotans, and officials are urging people to avoid the sun -- even in winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/health/melanoma-rates?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:56:40 -0600 Boston Scientific announces more layoffs Boston Scientific has major operations in Maple Grove, Plymouth and Arden Hills, including stent operations and cardiac rhythm management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/business/boston-scientific-announces-more-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:35:28 -0600 Rain, sleet, snow: Hundreds of car crashes Driving across much of the southern third of Minnesota is a mess this morning, with slippery roads and a thick fog advisory in the area. Roads from Lake City to Austin are in the worst condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/weather/rain-sleet-snow-hundreds-of-car-crashes?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:40:48 -0600 Slow revenue from electronic pull-tabs concerns lawmakers State officials concede they are likely to miss even revised estimates of how well electronic pull-tabs will perform financially, concluded a House commerce committee meeting which examined the plan to pay for the new Vikings stadium. The situation has Minnesota lawmakers pondering backups for their backup plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/politics/revenue-electronic-pull-tabs-lagging?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Lagging pull-tab revenue draws state Capitol scrutiny You might have thought the discussion of a new Vikings stadium at the Capitol was over last May. But the financing plan for the new stadium is off to a slow start, and the House Commerce Committee will assess its progress this week at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/business/house-committee-electronic-pulltab-revenue?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:19:00 -0600 Buses roll into St. Paul's Union Depot Jefferson Bus Lines is starting regional intercity bus service from the new multi-modal transportation center in downtown St. Paul today. The first coach is expected to pull in from Duluth this morning, and depart later for Milwaukee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/news/union-depot-buses?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:52:10 -0600 Freezing rain hampers morning commute Freezing rain is making for difficult driving around Minnesota, particularly in the north central part of the state this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/weather/freezing-rain?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:12:05 -0600 Mille Lacs Band looks to purchase 2 hotels in St. Paul The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced plans Tuesday to purchase two hotels in downtown St. Paul. If the deal goes through, it will give the bands ownership of nearly half of the capital city's downtown hotel rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/business/mille-lacs-band-hotel?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:32:56 -0600 Pilot accused of being drunk is from N.C. Authorities say the pilot arrested for being under the influence as he prepared his plane for takeoff is a 48-year-old North Carolina man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/05/regional/drunk-pilot-removed-msp?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jan 2013 12:26:01 -0600 As downtown Mpls. dries out, city says water OK to use Crews were mopping up in downtown Minneapolis Friday, after a massive water main break flooded the city's historic Gateway District and closed Hennepin Avenue, the main artery through downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/news/minneapolis-dries-out?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 15:33:12 -0600 Drunk pilot removed from plane leaving MSP Twin Cities airport police took an American Eagle pilot into custody Friday morning after he was escorted from his plane and failed a breathalyzer test. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/news/drunk-pilot-msp?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:06:35 -0600 Minneapolis mops up water main break Crews are still on the scene Friday morning of a water main break in downtown Minneapolis. They're using heavy equipment to remove an excavator that tipped into the rushing flood of water from a 36-inch water main. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/news/minneapolis-water-main-break?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 09:01:13 -0600 Hormel buying Skippy for about $700M Skippy, which debuted in 1932, has 11 varieties of peanut butter products. It is the leading brand in China and is sold in more than 30 other countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/business/hormel-buying-skippy-for-about-700-million?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:14:49 -0600 Macy's confirms St. Paul store will close Macy's confirmed Thursday that it will close its downtown St. Paul retail store as part of what it called "normal-course adjustments" across its United States properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/business/macys-confirms-st-paul-store-will-close?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 07:35:57 -0600 Security officers, janitors back to bargaining table Twin Cities security officers and janitors are headed back to the bargaining table, after their contracts with maintenance and security companies expired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/business/janitor-security-guard-negotiations?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:46:57 -0600 Salvation Army pushing to meet fund goal The Salvation Army in Minnesota and North Dakota is still pushing to reach its 2012 Holiday campaign goal, after falling about 7 percent short. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/news/salvation-army-north?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 07:38:33 -0600 Swanson: Ban temporary utility rate hikes The Minnesota Attorney General says she hopes the new Legislature will roll back the state's practice of allowing utilities to charge temporary rate increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/business/swanson-proposes-ban-on-temporary-utility-rate-increases?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:53:34 -0600 Mother, child escape crash into icy river The Wisconsin State Patrol says 21-year-old Daneilla Overett, of Elko, told them she was travelling west bound on Interstate 94 shortly before 6 a.m. when she fell asleep at the wheel, with her 23 month old daughter in the car with her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/news/mother-child-survive-crash-into-icy-river?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:10:03 -0600 E-pulltabs supporters aim higher, despite slow start They've taken in a little under $4 million so far, disappointing state officials who'd earmarked the electronic pulltabs to pay for a Vikings stadium. But if projections are right, the pulltabs and bingo industry alone may eventually rival Minnesota's 18 tribal casinos in revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/23/regional/electronic-pulltab-update?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 07:40:00 -0600 Ford plant demolition passes zoning muster The plant quit making Ranger pickup trucks a year ago, and the auto maker has been developing a phased plan to tear down the century-old plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/business/ford-plant-demolition?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:03:09 -0600 Twin Cities nurses ratify new contract The Minnesota Nurses Association said it has approved a contract negotiated with health care providers that belong to the Minnesota Hospitals Association. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/business/twin-cities-nurses-ratify-new-contract?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:00:32 -0600 2nd Minn. company debuts e-pull tab games A second Minnesota company has debuted its electronic pull tab games, spooling up what's expected to be a $1.3 billion industry in coming years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/business/second-e-pull-tab-company-debuts?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:23:06 -0600 Two more electronic pull-tab makers approved The Minnesota Gambling Control Board approved two more manufacturers to provide electronic pull-tabs for bars and restaurants around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/business/two-more-electronic-pulltab-makers-approved?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:08:18 -0600 When we wonder why the killer did it, the killer wins Let's forget the monster, and focus on the heroes instead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/nelson?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:19:24 -0600 More pull-tab gambling up for agency vote More electronic pull tab gambling vendors are likely to win approval by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board meets in Roseville this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/business/pull-tabs-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:30:04 -0600 Sheriff asks BCA to investigate Cook Co. attorney The Cook County sheriff has asked state authorities to investigate Cook County attorney Tim Scannell after a family obtained a restraining order to keep him away from their teenaged daughter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/12/cook-county-attorney-investigated?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:47:47 -0600 Stadium designers asked to consider environmental concerns The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking designers of the new Vikings stadium to think about accommodating an unusual category of birds passing through downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/business/stadium-environmental-impact-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:23:11 -0600 Gov. Dayton asks for briefing on pull-tab games Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling a meeting Wednesday morning on the state's plans for electronic pull-tabs, which are not being implemented as quickly as hoped and might not meet the first-year revenue projecton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/news/dayton-stadium-finance-plan-pull-tabs?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:09:02 -0600 Minn. digs out of first big snowfall in nearly two years People in Minnesota and western Wisconsin are digging out Monday after the biggest snowstorm in nearly two years dumped more than a foot of snow in many areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/news/minnesota-digs-out-of-snowstorm?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:07:59 -0600 Biggest snowstorm in two years blankets region, hobbling commute Snowplows are clearing the streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which both declared their first snow emergencies of the winter. More than 8 inches of snow was reported by observers in St. Paul, and nearly 12 inches in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/weather/snowstorm?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:55:36 -0600 Regional snowstorm accumulations, most to least This table shows snowfall totals from noon Sunday to 7:30 a.m. Monday across the region as reported to Iowa State University's Mesonet network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/weather/snowstorm-accumulations?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:17:40 -0600 Bidding for Vikings stadium expected to be competitive The line forms now for contenders to build the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/business/vikings-stadium-construction?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 12:29:01 -0600 Dayton open to new look at stadium deal; authors, charities are not The players in this past spring's stadium endgame say they are reluctant to reopen the deal struck in May to build the Vikings a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/politics/pull-tab-projections?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:38:28 -0600 Vikings stadium pull-tab revenue reportedly lags Proceeds from expanded gambling are not filling up the state's account to help pay for a new Vikings stadium as quickly as had been hoped, finance experts say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/business/pull-tab-revenue-expectation?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:16:58 -0600 Historic Union Depot set to reopen after $243M makeover Forty-one years after the last train pulled out of St. Paul's Union Station, the rail hub is ready for their return. The landmark station reopens Saturday after a $243 million facelift and will host a new bus hub. St. Paul hopes the depot can spark a transportation renaissance for the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/business/historic-union-depot-reopen?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Police call Cold Spring officer's shooting an ambush A police officer was shot and killed in Cold Spring late Thursday night after responding to a call about a man thought to be suicidal, and authorities say they have arrested someone in connection with the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/news/police-officer-killed-in-cold-spring?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:07:59 -0600 Ricky Rubio cleared for T-Wolves practice Rubio was injured playing against the Los Angeles Lakers. He'd been drafted from Spain in 2009, was playing his first year with the NBA, and was considered key to turning around a losing franchise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/sports/ricky-rubio-clearned-for-practice?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:48:47 -0600 Man shot by Minneapolis police hospitalized A man who allegedly fired on Minneapolis police officers late Wednesday night has been hospitalized after officers returned fire and hit him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/news/minneapolis-police-return-fire-man-hospitalized?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:30:58 -0600 Little Falls double shooting links confirmed A Little Falls area man says his home was burglarized last week and that authorities are looking at a possible connection with the fatal shooting of two teenagers at another home break in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/news/possible-little-falls-double-shooting-links?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:35:33 -0600 Mom, 2 kids from foster home vanish The two children, a toddler boy and an and infant girl, are believed to be with their mother Reina Gandarilla. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/news/blue-earth-missing-woman-children?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:14:03 -0600 Ramsey County approves deal to buy failed Vikings stadium land Ramsey County has decided to buy 427 acres of the most polluted land in the county, hoping to spark long-delayed redevelopment in Arden Hills. Commissioners voted 5-2 today to pledge $30 million toward the purchase of a portion of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/business/twin-cities-army-ammunition-plant-sale-ramsey-county?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:10:54 -0600 Teamsters report alleges corruption at Local 120 Teamsters members in Minnesota are waiting for the next shoe to drop in a union scandal that has removed the top leadership from Blaine-based Teamsters Local 120. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/news/teamsters-local-120-corruption?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:37:35 -0600 Holidazzle welcomes return of Twinkle Bus The Holidazzle Parade in downtown Minneapolis kicks off its 2012 season on Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/regional/holidazzle-parades?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:19:44 -0600 Retailers lure crowds as shoppers seek Black Friday bargains Black Friday deals on TVs, computers and other products drew shoppers into stores as retailers racheted up their holiday sales efforts. Best Buy, Target and other retailers reported that hundreds of shoppers were waiting in line for stores to open Thursday or early Friday. At the Mall of America, about 30,000 people waited for stores to open at 12 a.m. Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/business/black-friday-shopping?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:30:00 -0600 Shopper reports robbery at metro Walmart The start of the holiday shopping season was mostly problem-free in the Twin Cities, although Bloomington police were investigating a robbery in the parking lot of the Walmart there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/regional/black-friday-robbery?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:11:00 -0600 Thanksgiving travel: No turbulence, speed bumps seen Holiday travelers should find it smooth going out at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport and on the state's highways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/business/minnesota-thanksgiving-travel?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:00:53 -0600 Slain girls' mother: Don't sell our home Jessica Shauffhausen posted the request email on the Facebook memorial page devoted to her three daughters, Amara, Sophie and Cecilia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/news/slain-girls-mother-dont-sell-our-home?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:02:11 -0600 Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker quits team after row with coach AJ Barker posted a lengthy letter to his blog on Sunday, explaining why he was leaving the University of Minnesota football program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/sports/gophers-ajbarker?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:34:42 -0600 Two Minneapolis deaths investigated Minneapolis police are investigating the deaths of two men found dead just a mile apart on the North Side this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/news/north-minneapolis-homicides?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:07:53 -0600 Authority sets goals for women, minority inclusion in stadium workforce Women and minority-owned businesses are targeted for inclusion in the design and planning of the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/business/stadium-builders-workforce?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:33:31 -0600 Police give the all clear after report of shots in Minneapolis building Minneapolis police have given the all clear after they responded to a report of shots fired inside a downtown office building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/news/minneapolis-shots-fired?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:41:03 -0600 A closer look at the Vikings ticket-holder survey You might wonder what's got Minnesota Vikings fans all up in arms about the new stadium. It's in the fine print on the survey the team sent to its season ticket holders recently, which suggested they might need to pay several thousand dollars in seat licenses to keep their tickets in the new stadium. Here's a closer look at the Vikings' survey, and how it compares the team to other NFL stadiums with seat license fees. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/11/survey-says-a-look-at-the-vikings-market-research.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:59:59 -0600 NFL stadium Personal Seat Licenses compared The Minnesota Vikings may look to personal seat licenses as a way of helping to finance their portion of the cost to build the team a new home in downtown Minneapolis. This table compares the PSL pricing of other NFL franchises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/sports/nfl-personal-seat-licenses-compared?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:13:00 -0600 Dayton: Seat license concerns won't derail new Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton took a softer line today on a plan to charge Vikings fans a seat fee to help fund a new stadium in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/dayton-vikings-seat-licenses?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:48:50 -0600 November tornado count up to four The National Weather Service now says there were four rare November tornadoes that swept across the Twin Cities last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/weather/twin-cities-november-tornadoes?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 06:44:36 -0600 Stadium backers try to decipher Dayton's objections to seat licenses Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle say the prospect of selling personal seat licenses to Vikings fans should be no surprise, despite Gov. Mark Dayton's concerns. Officials say the controversial financing plan was discussed repeatedly during the stadium debate. stadium backers say the seat licenses may be better deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/business/stadium-personal-seat-license?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:07:24 -0600 Vikings stadium seat licenses: What they are, what you get Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesotans are already on the hook for enough in paying for a new Vikings stadium without shelling out for seat licenses. But there's a potential upside for ticket holders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/sports/vikings-stadium-seat-licenses?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:54:59 -0600 West St. Paul picks up after weak twister The storm happened late Saturday night. The National Weather Service said one tornado touched down in Burnsville, mostly between interstates 35W and 35E. Another area in West St. Paul suffered additional damage as the storm moved northeast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/weather/suburban-tornados-november?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:17:36 -0600 The Independence Party is back in a few areas Control of the Legislature may have turned from the Republicans to the DFL on Nov. 6, but the state's two biggest parties weren't the only players in this year's election drama. The Independence Party -- which came to prominence with Jesse Ventura -- is back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/politics/ip-is-back?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 06:45:59 -0600 William McGuire buys Minnesota Stars Former UnitedHealth CEO William McGuire is now a pro sports owner. The doctor, business leader and philanthropist made his debut yesterday as the new owner of the Minnesota Stars, the minor league soccer franchise that plays in Blaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/sports/mcguire-buys-minnesota-stars?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 06:53:04 -0600 Voters signal approval of Dayton in delivering DFL majorities Anyone looking for a real winner from Tuesday's legislative elections in Minnesota need only look to the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton, which for two years has called for new taxes on the state's highest earners, without much success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/dayton-dfl-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:09:23 -0600 Democrats win Minnesota House, Senate After two years of Republican control, DFL comes back strong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/legislature?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 DFLers regain control of Minn. Legislature Whether Republicans or Democrats will hold majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate come January is a question voters across the state are answering today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/election-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:15:00 -0600 Minnesota Stars soccer gets new owners Minnesota's professional soccer team has new ownership, after two years of being owned and operated by its parent, the North American Soccer League. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/sports/minnesota-stars-soccer-gets-new-owners?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:34:04 -0500 More stadium 'listening' stops scheduled The authority and representatives of the Dallas firm designing the stadium will be in Rochester in mid November and in Duluth the week after Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/sports/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 07:01:59 -0500 Police on alert after drug suspect's slaying Police in Minneapolis and St. Paul are on heightened alert after police shot and killed a drug suspect last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/news/police-on-alert-after-drug-suspects-slaying?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:49:47 -0500 Responders help with storm's aftermath Dozens of Minnesota personnel will help the New York and West Virginia recover from superstorm Sandy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/emergency-responders?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:33:36 -0500 St. Paul woman charged in hit-and-run death Minneapolis police say they've arrested a St. Paul woman in connection with the hit-and-run death of an Augsburg College student over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/crime/st-paul-woman-charged-in-hit-and-run-death-of-augsburg-student?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:32:19 -0500 Nisswa native survives tall ship sinking Jo Svendsen of Nisswa learned Monday that her son, John Svendsen, was among crew members rescued from the HMS Bounty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/news/minnesotan-survives-tall-ship-sinking?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:27:48 -0500 Sandy causes more flight delays at MSP Hurricane Sandy is dissipating over the East Coast, but it's still tying up air travel in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/news/sandy-causes-more-flight-delays-at-msp?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:36:46 -0500 St. Paul mulls return of streetcars The city of St. Paul is taking its most serious look yet at bringing back streetcars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/news/saint-paul-mulls-return-of-streetcars?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:11:47 -0500 Hurricane forces MSP to cancel flights Dozens of flights out of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport have been cancelled already because of the approach of Hurricane Sandy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/weather/hurricane-msp-flights?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:02:07 -0500 Fatal crash snarls morning rush on I-494 The westbound side of I-494 could be closed for much of the rest of the morning rush hour. Authorities may reopen one lane of the freeway later, but say delays will continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/news/494-crash?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:01:14 -0500 Mpls. cops seek driver in fatal hit-and-run The Minneapolis police are looking for help finding a suspect in a deadly hit-and-run accident over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/28/regional/mpls-hit-run?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:16:06 -0500 Vikings ticket lottery plan spiked Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority officials said Friday that members rejects a plan to start a Vikings ticket lottery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/news/vikings-ticket-lottery-plan-spiked?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis considers closing barge port The city of Minneapolis is considering closing its municipal port on the Mississippi River to make way for redevelopment along the city's northern riverfront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/business/minneapolis-riverfront?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:34:14 -0500 St. Paul police officer shot, suspect dead A St. Paul police officer has been hospitalized and a suspect is dead after an apparent exchange of gunfire on the East Side last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/news/st-paul-police-officer-shot?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 06:32:08 -0500 Charges: Mom smoked heroin with her child A 37-year-old Maple Grove woman is facing felony child endangerment charges after authorities determined she'd been smoking heroin and marijuana with her 12 year-old-daughter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/news/heroin-mother?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:18:47 -0500 Accent Signage, site of shooting, back in business Employees of Accent Signage Systems, the site of a workplace shooting that left seven people dead on Sept. 27, say they've been back on the job for two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/22/news/accent-signage-back-in-business?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:30:11 -0500 St. Paul drops plan, will open Saints ballpark for bids The city of St. Paul is dropping its plan to award the design and construction contract for a new baseball stadium to Ryan Construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/politics/saint-paul-saints-ballpark-bid?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:20:12 -0500 Electronic pull-tabs distributor paints rosy picture of launch The distributor of electronic pulltabs in Minnesota says the response has been good to the first month of the new games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/news/electronic-pulltabs-first-month?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:10:05 -0500 Map: Electronic pull-tab locations in Minnesota State gambling regulators say that electronic pull-tabs are coming online in locations throughout Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/business/electronic-pull-tab-locations?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Public weighs in on Vikings stadium design The company behind the design of the new Vikings stadium on Monday evening met with fans and other users to discuss what they might want in the new facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/business/stadium-design-hks?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:01:00 -0500 Vikings stadium design open house tonight The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is holding the first stop tonight in what it's calling a public listening tour about a new stadium to replace the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/sports/vikings-stadium-design-open-house?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:54:57 -0500 Woman shot dead in St. Paul Spokesman Sgt. Paul Poulus said the victim was a young adult, and that she was found in a car in an alley on the 900 block of Reaney Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/news/woman-shot-dead-in-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:50:23 -0500 Brodkorb insists he was fired from state Senate unfairly Former Republican state Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb has broken his silence about his firing in the aftermath of a Capitol sex scandal that came to light last winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/politics/brodkorb-sex-scandal-firing?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:36:35 -0500 Lawsuit alleges St. Paul improperly awarded stadium contract A lawsuit against St. Paul alleges the city improperly awarded a contract to build a new ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/law/lawsuit-alleges-st-paul-improperly-awarded-stadium-contract?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:00:50 -0500 Shattuck-St. Mary's abuse suspect in court The former teacher accused of sexually abusing students at Faribault prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's was in court in California Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/news/shattuck-stmarys-suspect-in-cort?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:42:41 -0500 Questions remain over Shattuck-St. Mary's handling of abuse allegations A former student at the private college prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, says school officials should have known about the sexual misconduct alleged between a teacher and students. This comes after criminal sexual conduct charges were filed this week against the former teacher, Lynn Phillip Seibel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/news/shattuck-st-marys-student-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:42:19 -0500 Law firm says there may be more victims at Shattuck-St. Mary's The law firm that's repeatedly sued religious institutions for covering up alleged child sexual abuse says it's working on behalf of possible victims of alleged sexual misconduct at the Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/news/shattuck-st-marys?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:16:44 -0500 Police, Shattuck-St. Mary's differ on whether abuse was reported Faribault Police Chief Don Gudmundson confirmed a second staffer suspected of sexual misconduct at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school was a 34-year-old teacher who killed himself with a shotgun in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/regional/shattuck-saint-marys-second-staffer-suspect-misconduct-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:02:44 -0500 Couple dead near canoe in BWCA ID'd Cook County sheriff's officials have identified two people found dead near their capsized canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/news/bwca-death?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:30:14 -0500 St. Croix bridge construction set to start early The Minnesota Department of Transportation says work on the new St. Croix River Crossing bridge will start next spring, rather than in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/news/saint-croix-bridge-construction-starting-early?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:15:22 -0500 A Super Bowl in Minneapolis? Not yet, Goodell says The NFL's commissioner says its too early to tell when a new stadium in the works for the Minnesota Vikings will host a Super Bowl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/sports/vikings-hosting-super-bowl-not-yet-goodell-says?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:20:55 -0500 2 $1M homes burn in Mahtomedi A pair of sprawling lakeside homes just off the beach on White Bear Lake were destroyed early Friday. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/10/a-pair-of-1-million-homes-go-up-in-flames.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:10:08 -0500 MN Zoo's dolphins find new homes The Minnesota Zoo's two resident dolphins have found new homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/news/minnesota-zoo-dolphins?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:30:51 -0500 Snow, cold may end fire risk Firefighters hope wintry weather will put an end to the lingering fires that raced across nearly 15 square miles in northwest Minnesota Tuesday. Dry conditions, high winds and warm temperatures fueled nine wildfires in the region Tuesday. Fire fighters extinguished most of the blazes but remain on alert for any flareups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/weather/wildfires-contained?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:30:26 -0500 John Finnegan, former Pioneer Press editor, dies at 87 John Finnegan grew up the son of a resort family in Walker, Minn., but knew early on he wanted to be a newspaperman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/news/jack-fennegan-former-pioneer-press-editor-dies?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:09:58 -0500 Vikings: Texas firm to design new stadium The Minnesota Stadium Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings have selected Dallas-based HKS to design its new $1 billion stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/business/vikings-name-stadium-architect?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:23:30 -0500 Westminster Presbyterian joins downtown redo Westminster Presbyterian Church says it's joining the remake of the south end of downtown Minneapolis, as forklifts and backhoes rumble around on the other side of 12th Street. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/09/westminster-presbyterian-joins-downtown-redo.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:37:07 -0500 Five reported dead in Minneapolis business shooting Five people are dead following a workplace shooting rampage in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Bryn Mawr on Thursday and four more are injured, police say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/crime/minneapolis-multiple-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:50:53 -0500 Congressional panel probes St. Paul, DOJ housing discrimination cases The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee as launched a probe into a pair of federal lawsuits in St. Paul after four House members accused the Obama administration's Department of Justice of obstructing justice in two discrimination cases, with the city's help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/politics/house-committee-investigates-usdoj-st-paul-?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:59:21 -0500 Announcement Friday of Vikings stadium architecture team The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says it is ready to name the architectural team to design a new NFL stadium for the Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/business/announcement-friday-vikings-stadium-architecture-team?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:31:54 -0500 13 new recruits start Mpls. police training The city of Minneapolis has hired 13 new recruits for a new class of officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/news/13-new-recruits-start-minneapolis-police-training?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:08:44 -0500 Minn. Catholics asked to pay for pro-marriage amendment campaign Minnesota's Catholic bishops are mailing out an appeal to parishoners, asking them to financially support an effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/politics/marriage-amendment-catholics?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:09:02 -0500 St. Cloud police arrest man in deadly beating Colton Gleason was reportedly walking down an alley in St. Cloud on Thursday when he was punched once by someone who got out of a passing car. Colson later died of his injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/news/st-cloud-police-arrest-man-in-deadly-beating?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:17:03 -0500 St. Paul priest charged with sexual misconduct involving two boys Authorities in Ramsey County have charged a priest in St. Paul with molesting a young boy in his parish, and exposing himself to another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/crime/st-paul-priest-charged?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:19:41 -0500 Listeria worries prompt MN chicken recall A Minnesota grocery store chain is recalling a wide range of chicken products, saying they may have listeria contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/health/chicken-recall?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:51:58 -0500 iPad-based pull-tab gambling is up and running Pat Lynch, a salesman for Schell's Brewing, made history Tuesday by playing the first electronic pull-tab gambling game in Minnesota, the result of a two-year battle over how to keep the state's NFL franchise here without raising taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/business/electronic-pull-tab-gambling-begins?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:16:07 -0500 Pull-tab gambling approved by state board The Minnesota Gambling Control Board approved electronic pull-tab gambling this morning. A new iPad-based version of the tradtional pull-tab games could start today at bars and restaurants that run charitable gambling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/business/pull-tab-gambling-approved-by-state-board?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:02:43 -0500 At O'Gara's, getting ready for pull-tab gambling A new era in Minnesota gambling could be just hours away if a state board approves electronic pull-tab games that the Legislature is relying on to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/business/pull-tabs-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:49:01 -0500 SUV driver suspected of alcohol use in crash killing two motorcyclists Two people were killed over the weekend when the motorcycle they were riding struck an SUV driven by a suspected drunk driver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/accident/two-killed-motorcycle-accident?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:15:49 -0500 Boy in critical condition after struck by truck The State Patrol said Monday that a 13-year-old boy from Winthrop is in critical condition at the Hennepin County Medical Center after being struck by a truck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/news/winthrop-boy-struck-by-truck?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:22:19 -0500 1 dead in Minn. road accident One person died in a traffic accident over the weekend in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/news/13-year-old-on-bike-killed-by-truck?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 07:03:49 -0500 Stadium's architect firm to be picked by Oct. 5 The panel charged with building a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings says they'll pick an architect by Oct. 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/sport/stadium-architect-firm-to-be-picked-by-oct-5?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:58:04 -0500 Minn. gas prices hit $4 a gallon Gas prices are seeing a sharp spike in Minnesota, contrary to expectations that the end of the summer driving season would ease fuel costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/news/minnesota-gas-prices?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:13:41 -0500 Kansas man faces charges in Mpls. murder case from 1980 Minneapolis police say a Kansas man is facing charges for a brutal rape and murder of a 22-year-old woman in a building where he'd been a caretaker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/news/kansas-man-faces-charges-in-minneapolis-murder-case-from-1980?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:17:33 -0500 No fast-track for Vikings stadium pick The Minnesota Vikings and the panel picked to build a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis say they aren't going to narrow the field of architects to design the place after all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/sports/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:23:14 -0500 Vikings stadium: Decision near on architect Vikings and stadium officials say they're going to meet Tuesday to talk about the process of selecting an architect for the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/sports/vikings-stadium-architect?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:04:26 -0500 Architects make pitches for Vikings stadium contract All the firms vying for the stadium contract says they've got the experience to design a 21st century facility to replace the Metrodome, but at an open house last night, they provided few specifics about their ideas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/sports/vikings-stadium-architects-make-pitches?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:27:54 -0500 Vikings stadium electronic pulltabs debut just weeks away Taxes on new electronic pull tabs are supposed to help pay for about one-third of the new Vikings stadium. And the games could be in gambler's hands in Minnesota in less than two weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/politics/electronic-pulltabs-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:19:40 -0500 State Fair attendance 2nd largest ever This year's Minnesota State Fair was the second biggest of all time, according to attendance numbers released by the fair Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/news/state-fair-attendance?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:00:18 -0500 Sources: Prince in talks with city about St. Paul concert People with direct knowledge of the situation say Prince is in talks with the city about dates, locations, permits and security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/prince-st-paul-concert?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:28:03 -0500 State Fair opens to awaiting crowd Renewing a tradition that now dates back more than 150 years, the Minnesota State Fair opened this morning to the first of nearly 2 million expected visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/lifestyle/minnesota-state-fair-first-day?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:08:32 -0500 Minnesota State Fair opens with bacon ice cream, sword swallowers and swine The Minnesota State Fair opened its gates this morning for another 12-day run, and Minneapolis resident Brian Motiaytis was the first in line at the Snelling Avenue gate, eager to carry on where he left off last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/lifestyle/minnesota-state-fair-opens?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:11:12 -0500 2 teens killed, 3 hurt in Burnsville crash The State Patrol say that the two killed were a 16-year-old boy from Burnsville and a 17-year-old girl from Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/news/2-teens-killed-in-burnsville-crash?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:35:05 -0500 Mpls. officer stabbed, man with knife shot Minneapolis police say a park police officer was stabbed during a robbery call Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/news/minneapolis-officer-stabbed-officer-shot?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 06:27:17 -0500 State Fair to be more vigilant, but pig barn stays open Although a prominent epidemiologist suggested closing the pig barn at the upcoming Minnesota State Fair, so far officials say swine flu concerns haven't made them take that step. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/health/ban-swine-from-state-fair-expert-says?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:54:49 -0500 Best Buy names Hubert Joly as new CEO Best Buy Co. says it has picked the former CEO of global hospitality company Carlson as its new chief executive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/business/carlson-best-buy-ceo?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:30:21 -0500 Expert: Treating gonorrhea getting harder Health experts say they're running out of antibiotics to treat gonorrhea, a common sexually transmitted disease. And they're citing a spike in drug-resistant cases in Minnesota as an indication of their concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/11/health/treating-gonorrhea?refid=0 Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:54:30 -0500 Mall of America commemorates 20 years The Mall of America marks its 20th anniversary today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/11/business/mall-of-america-anniversary?refid=0 Sat, 11 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Target to test Geek Squad in some stores Target stores are going to host technology experts from Best Buy's Geek Squad. The Twin Cities-based retailing giants are joining forces first in the Denver market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/business/target-to-host-geek-squad?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:53:52 -0500 Boy's death from amoeba infection prompts Lily Lake beach closure A child's death from a rare amoeba infection, possibly contracted by swimming, has prompted state health officials to close a beach on a small lake near Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/health/lake-amoeba-death?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:39:52 -0500 2 arrested St. Paul teen girl's death Police say they were called to a home near the State Capitol on Monday morning and found the girl dead in her bed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/news/two-arrested-st-paul-teen-girls-death?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 08:09:59 -0500 Forum aims to counter mortgage scams Homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments can find resources at a town hall forum Wednesday night in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/business/mortgage-scams?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 06:51:28 -0500 Best Buy founder wants to take company private Best Buy's founder says he wants to take the electronics retailer private by buying up all of its outstanding shares he doesn't already own for $24 to $26 each. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/business/best-buy-founder-wants-to-take-company-private?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 07:52:24 -0500 Concordia professor ready to analyze Mars lander's data NASA's robotic explorer Curiosity has touched down on Mars and Concordia College physics professor Heidi Manning is cheering the development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/concordia-professor-ready-to-analyze-mars-landers-data?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 06:43:20 -0500 One dead after part of MOA parking ramp collapses A 52-year-old man was killed and two other people were injured Friday night when a support beam in a parking ramp fell on the rental truck they were driving at the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/news/mall-of-america-parking-ramp-collapse?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:05:27 -0500 Vikings choosing stadium construction team The team that will build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is beginning to fall into place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/news/vikings-choosing-stadium-construction-team?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:12:40 -0500 With memories of I-35W collapse still fresh, officials diligently fixing bridge problems The state is halfway through a 10-year upgrade to replace some of Minnesota's most worrisome bridges. With the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge still fresh for many people, officials at the state Department of Transportation say they are more vigilant than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/disaster/fixing-bridge-problems?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 2 teens killed on I-94 near Hudson The Wisconsin State Patrol said two teenagers were killed and two others hurt in a rear-end crash on Interstate 94 near Hudson on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/news/teens-killed-i-94-crash?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:01:03 -0500 Bush Foundation names new president The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation has named a new president, Jennifer Ford Reedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/regional/bush-foundation?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:57:46 -0500 3 die on Minn. roads over weekend Three people died in traffic accidents on Minnesota roads this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/regional/traffic-fatal-accidents?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 08:10:44 -0500 Missouri man indicted in triple homicide A Hennepin County grand jury has indicted a Missouri man for the shooting deaths of three people in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/news/missouri-man-indicted-on-triple-homicide-charges?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:34:32 -0500 Local officials: FEMA decision a 'travesty' The state of Minnesota says it's going to fight the Federal Emergency Management Agency decision to deny individual homeowner assistance to the victims of this summer's flooding in and around Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/regional/duluth-flood-fema-denies-individual-assistance?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:28:41 -0500 Report: 7 percent of Minnesota children lack health insurance The state was the only one in the country where researchers found the number of kids covered by health insurance has fallen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/health/7-percent-of-minnesota-children-lack-health-insurance?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:09:22 -0500 Metro Gang Strike Force claims total $840K A court-appointed overseer of claims against the defunct Metro Gang Strike Force has decided that about 100 people had legitimate claims against the police unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/news/metro-gang-strike-force-claims-total-840000?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:15:29 -0500 Airport worker charged with drunken driving Authorities at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport say an airport worker has been charged with drunk driving after he steered into the path of a jet pushing back from a terminal gate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/news/airport-worker-charged-with-drunken-driving?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:51:47 -0500 Neiman Marcus to close Mpls store Neiman Marcus announced Monday that its Nicollet Mall location in Minneapolis will be closed by next July. The 118,000-square-foot store in Gaviidae Common "did not meet our long-term operational goals," according to company officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/business/nieman-marcus-closes-minneapolis-store?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:08:10 -0500 Heat sends 5 Mpls. firefighters to hospital The firefighters were called to a home on the 2300 block of Fillmore Street after an explosion rocked the building and started a fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/news/five-minneapolis-firefighters-hospitalized?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:51:28 -0500 St. Paul points to Penfield for downtown renaissance St. Paul is officially breaking ground on Monday afternoon on the Penfield, adevelopment that's been in the works for nearly a decade. City leaders hope it will help fuel a downtown revival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/15/regional/stpaul-penfield?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 08:30:00 -0500 Vintage jet crash lands at Minn. airport The pilot of a vintage Russian fighter jet is OK after crash landing his plane at the airport in Eden Prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/news/vintage-jet-crash-lands-at-flying-cloud-airport?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:28:58 -0500 Xcel, BBB warn Minnesotans about scam Consumers are being contacted by phone, through fliers and even text messages with an offer for federal assistance for their utility bills http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/business/excel-better-business-bureau-warn-of-minnesota-scam?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:19:53 -0500 U building evacuated after chemical spill The university said that about three gallons of hazardous chemicals were spilled just before 3 p.m. Wednesday as they were being moved through the building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/news/university-of-minnesota-building-evacuated-after-chemical-spill?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:07:29 -0500 Man dead after St. Paul street fight Officers were called to a report of two people fighting on the street about a block west of the state Capitol. They found one man dead there when they arrived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/news/man-dead-in-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:01:42 -0500 U of M nears new stadium alcohol policy The University of Minnesota Regents will consider on Wednesday a new policy that allows alcohol sales to fans sitting in the general seating area of TCF Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/edu?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:31:48 -0500 Opponents pummel Sec. of State Ritchie over amendment titles What's in a name? Well, it may be the difference between winning and losing, according to supporters and opponents of two referenda heading for the ballot in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/politics/marriage-amendment-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:13:55 -0500 Thousands lack power in northern Minn. About 4,000 customers of Lake Country Power in northern Minnesota remain without power on Friday after storms Monday tore through the area, downing trees and power lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/regional/power-outage?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:50:16 -0500 Scientists cite 'heat island effect' It's usually hotter in the Twin Cities than the surrounding area, and a pair of University of Minnesota researchers say they're getting a good idea of just how hot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/regional/heat-island?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:07:30 -0500 Recovery centers open in NE Minnesota The centers are being run by the Homeland Security and Emergency Management division of the state's Department of Public Safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/region/flood-recovery-centers-open?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 07:23:49 -0500 Excessive heat warnings issued again An excessive heat warning from the National Weater Service continues for a third day in central and southern Minnesota through tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/weather/hundred-degree-days-to-continue?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:44:29 -0500 3rd day, no power for some in N. Minn. Lake Country Power says there were more than 11,500 of its customers in the Grand Rapids area without power after storms with 80 mph winds swept through northern Minnesota on Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/weather/3-days-no-power-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:42:33 -0500 Dangerous heat expected through July 4; storm claims fisherman's life The most recent storms came through the Twin Cities shortly after 3 a.m., bringing with them wind gusts up to 56 m.p.h., a report of nearly 1 inch hail near Princeton, and street flooding in Anoka County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/weather/storms-knock-out-twin-cities-power?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:54:04 -0500 Plans for tipboard gambling get punted The plan to pay for the state share of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium using proceeds from electronic pull-tabs is inching forward. However, plans to legalize sports-themed tipboards have officially been shelved, as a nationwide legal battle over sports gambling plays out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/business/tipboard-gambling-dropped?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 NE Minn. now dealing with a flood of trash A river of trash is cresting this week, on its way from basements and garages to landfills in Wisconsin and Cloquet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/regional/duluth-flood-trash-disposal?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:50:32 -0500 Duluth tourism tries to recover after flood A week after floodwaters swept through Duluth, businesses are taking stock of their losses and hoping for a revival of the area's main economic engine -- tourism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/business/duluth-tourism-flood-recovery?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:05:00 -0500 Flooded roads in ruin, repairs could take years From its landmark harbor to the rail lines that stitch across its hills, Duluth is a town built for transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/disaster/flood-road-to-recovery?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:32:00 -0500 Some Duluthians wait as road access is restored Residents on a quarter-mile stretch of Duluth's Skyline Parkway are hoping their homes will be accessible by road again as soon as Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/disaster/duluth-road-access?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:57:38 -0500 Four shot in downtown Minneapolis Three people were shot as they were standing outside near the Gay 90s bar on Hennepin Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/news/four-shot-in-downtown-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:04:13 -0500 Cannon Falls police chief: Stay away from the rivers Officials say the Cannon River rose 28 inches early Thursday and that the Little Cannon River shot up 39 inches after about 8 inches of rain fell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/weather/some-flooding-trees-down-after-heavy-rain-wind?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:30:36 -0500 U of M names Wheelock to top administrative post Former state finance director and hockey executive Pam Wheelock has been named to a top administrative post at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/education/u-of-m-names-wheelock-to-top-administrative-post?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 07:30:54 -0500 Dayton, Rybak name Vikings stadium construction oversight panel Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced the five members of the new Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority which will supervise the design and construction of a new home for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/politics/dayton-stadium-authority?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Top Dayton aide to lead Vikings stadium authority A top aide to Gov. Mark Dayton has been named to oversee construction of a $975 million Vikings stadium as head of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/dayton-appoints-members-to-stadium-commission?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:08:01 -0500 Commission approves historic deal between tribe, horse track The Minnesota Racing Commission approved a historic business deal between the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Canterbury Park horse track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/business/cacing-commission-agreement?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:08:10 -0500 St. Anthony nixes Islamic center The City Council voted 4-to-1 last night to deny a permit for the center in a former Medtronic building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/news/st-anthony-nixes-islamic-center?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:00:48 -0500 Voter ID supporters dispute Ramsey Co. election cost estimates County officials estimate that having enough staff and equipment to check IDs and confirm voter eligibility will cost an additional $1.7 million for each two-year election cycle. They say that property tax payers may have to foot the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/politics/voter-id-supporters-dispute-ramsey-county-election-cost-estimates?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:07:16 -0500 Ramsey Co. elections official estimates photo ID cost per biennium at $1.7 mil. Elections officials in Ramsey County may consider an innovative response to a photo identification requirement if voters amend the constitution to require it this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/politics/voter-id-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:34:16 -0500 Ramsey County ponders fate of failed stadium bid land The Ramsey County Board is talking on Tuesday about what to do with more than 400 acres of polluted land rejected as a potential Vikings stadium site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/ramsey-county-ponders-fate-of-failed-vikings-stadium-bid-land?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:17:44 -0500 Stadium could benefit those hardest hit by poverty, unemployment The Minnesota Vikings say a new stadium will save the football franchise, but the project's benefits are also being aimed squarely at some parts of Minneapolis hit hardest by poverty and unemployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/labor/vikings-stadium-jobs?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State takes inventory after Pentagon suspends equipment program A program that supplied guns and other military equipment to civilian police agencies around the country has been suspended after questions were raised about where the items were going. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/police/equipment-program-suspended?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:09:49 -0500 Motorcyclist struck by SUV on I-694 dies An accident in Vadnais Heights killed a motorcyclist overnight, adding to what state authorities say is a spike in the death toll among riders this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/news/motorcyclist-killed?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 06:56:41 -0500 Former Sheriff Fletcher to run for County Commissioner Three-term incumbent Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett will be challenged for re-election by former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/county-comissioner-bennett-fletcher?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:00:14 -0500 St. Charles seniors given breathalyzers before commencement rehearsal School officials in St. Charles say they were right to have given the high school's senior class breath tests for alcohol consumption. Teachers suspected they'd been drinking before a graduation practice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/daily-circuit-st-charles-breathalyzers?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Voter turnout high for Wis. recall election Wisconsin election officials are reporting heavy turnout today in the state's historic gubernatorial recall election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/politics/wisconsin-walker-barrett-recall-voter-turnout?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:48:45 -0500 Minnesota DFLers in Wisconsin to get out the vote for Barrett Dozens of Minnesota Democrats boarded buses in St. Paul Tuesday morning to travel to Wisconsin and rally support for Tom Barrett today in that state's gubernatorial recall election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/minnesota-democrats-back-barrett?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 09:42:12 -0500 For Minn. Stars, success on the field, and worries off it The pro soccer clause in the Vikings stadium deal has Minnesota fans worried that giving rights for a franchise to the Vikings owners might kill off pro soccer in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/03/minn-soccer?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 I-94 school bus crash: No kids involved A crash on Interstate 94 in St. Paul involving a school bus has killed one person, but the Minnesota State Patrol says there were no children aboard the bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/school-bus-crash-i-94?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 11:45:36 -0500 Star Tribune hires broker for stadium land The Star Tribune has engaged a familiar land broker to handle property it owns near the site of the new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/star-tribune-stadium-land?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 08:54:17 -0500 Mom says Jablonski shows signs of movement The mother of a Benilde St. Margaret High School hockey player paralyzed in a state hockey tournament says he's showing some signs of improvement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/jablonski?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 07:41:10 -0500 Firefighter injured in church blaze remains in hospital All but one of the firefighters injured in a weekend church fire have been released from Hennepin County Medical Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/firefighters-injured-in-church-blaze?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 11:35:07 -0500 Mpls. City Council gives final OK to Vikings stadium The Minneapolis City Council has given final approval to a financing package that will build the Minnesota Vikings a new, taxpayer-subsidized, $1 billion stadium on the site of the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 14:05:13 -0500 Vikings stadium faces final hurdle in Minneapolis City Council vote A day after they narrowly signalled preliminary approval of the financing plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the Minneapolis City Council will take a final vote on the same measure today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/vikings-stadium-minneapolis-city-council?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 08:02:16 -0500 Minneapolis City Council approves tax shift for Vikings stadium A Minneapolis City Council committee voted Thursday to approve a tax shift that would fund construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium on the site of the Metrodome. The vote was 7-6, and will be followed by a final vote on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/minneapolis-city-council-tax-shift-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 14:04:36 -0500 Fate of Vikings stadium rests with Minneapolis City Council The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday is scheduled to take the first of two votes that would green light the city's share of financing a new, billion-dollar home for the Minnesota Vikings on thes site of the Metrodome downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/stadium?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 08:05:37 -0500 Vikings stadium opponents take last stand Opponents to a new Vikings stadium are making a final push today to try and stop the plan for the team's $1 billion NFL venue to replace the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/vikings-stadium-opponents-taxpayers?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 06:30:21 -0500 Minneapolis City Council's stadium approval likely The expectation is becoming more certain that the Minneapolis City Council will approve the Vikings stadium plan put forth by lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/city-council-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Motorcyclist charged in child's hit-and-run St. Paul police say they've arrested a motorcycle driver believed to have struck a 4-year-old boy in a hit-and-run incident on Saturday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/hit-and-run?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 15:29:04 -0500 E-pull tabs could arrive in September Thousands of Minnesota bars and restaurants will soon be eligible to offer electronic pull tabs and bingo to their patrons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/politics/e-pull-tabs-could-arrive-in-september?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 13:38:43 -0500 Vikings stadium now in Mpls. council's hands What may be the final act in Minnesota's NFL stadium drama -- at least on the political stage -- may play out this week, starting at Minneapolis City Hall on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 07:32:27 -0500 Mexican consulate steps up security The Mexican consulate in St. Paul is stepping upsecurity after the Federal Bureau of Investigation foiled what it described as a 42-year old Minnesota man's alleged plot to attack the building with explosives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/mexican-consulate-steps-up-security?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 14:12:55 -0500 Electronic pull tab gambling still many months away The plan to build a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis still needs a sign-off from the Minneapolis City Council. But the financing for the state's share of the construction is now state law, and electronic pull tab gambling is on its way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/vikings-stadium-pull-tabs?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 07:50:35 -0500 Two die in St. Anthony shooting Authorities say a 52-year-old man arrived at a home on 39th Avenue and MacAlester Drive Tuesday evening with a gun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/st-anthony-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 06:55:12 -0500 Dayton's signature will set Vikings stadium prepapartions in motion Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the Vikings stadium bill at a noon ceremony Monday, kicking off a construction process that could last four years, or possibly more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/vikings-stadium-bill-signing?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 06:41:44 -0500 Minnesota Vikings one step closer to new stadium Only a state Senate vote, the governor's signature and approval from the Minneapolis City Council stands between the Vikings and a $975 million stadium that could be ready for the 2016 season. The House passed the stadium plan early Thursday by a 71-60 vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/state-puts-stadium-deal-on-the-table?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 15:06:53 -0500 Minnesota Vikings stadium bill wins House approval By a 73-58 margin Monday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved funding for a $975 million Vikings stadium at the site of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/politics/vikings-stadium-house-vote?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Last-minute lobbying aims to sway Vikings vote A vote on the future of a new $1 billion Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis will be put to a vote in the Minnesota House today. Supporters say a three-day lobbying effort by the team, Gov. Mark Dayton, labor groups and fans may have pushed the deal to the verge of approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/last-minute-lobbying-aims-to-sway-vikings-vote?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Vikings fans rally for new stadium Hundreds of Vikings fans rallied at the Mall of America this afternoon, as the team tried to bolster its case for a new, publicly funded stadium to replace the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/05/vikings_fans_rally?refid=0 Sat, 05 May 2012 14:10:25 -0500 Stadium supporters warm up for legislative face-off Supporters of a new Vikings stadium opened their campaign today to win Monday's vote in the Minnesota Legislature. They plan a weekend-long drive aimed at the getting the public to convince lawmakers to vote for the stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/stadium-support-monday-vote?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 17:58:56 -0500 Zellers backtracks, now opposes Vikings stadium bill "I've always said I think the Vikings are an asset and I want them to stay," the House speaker says. But contrary to what he said Thursday, he does not support "the bill in the current form" for financing the Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/zellers-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 14:44:18 -0500 Dayton vetoes GOP-backed tax bill Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a package of business tax breaks, including a freeze on statewide property taxes for businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/politics/dayton-tax-bill-veto?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 10:18:42 -0500 GOP leaders call Monday vote on original stadium plan Republican legislative leaders say they're ready to take up the Vikings stadium bill Monday in the House, after saying Thursday their last-minute alternative failed to clear legal and financial hurdles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/republicans-abandon-eleventh-hour-stadium-plan?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 11:58:19 -0500 Republicans pitch stadium plan to skeptical governor After Gov. Mark Dayton's press conference this morning, Republicans stepped back from their Vikings stadium plan and now say it probably would need a roof to qualify for public financial support. They offered few other details and asked for more time to work on them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/dayton-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 12:00:02 -0500 Horse race gambling deal clears Minn. House Minnesota House legislators gave final approval Monday to late-surfacing legislation that allows more poker tables and higher betting limits at horse racing tracks and gives tribal casinos access to racing simulcasts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/house-legislators-horse-race-gambling?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Dayton shoots down GOP 11th-hour roofless stadium plan Republican leaders are floating a new plan to slash the cost of a new Vikings football stadium -- with a radical change in the financing and the design. The proposal calls for an open-air stadium, paid for by the state's general fund -- which is a break with previous insistence that tax dollars not be used. But the governor, the city of Minneapolis, and the Vikings, all oppose it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/dayton-blasts-alternate-stadium-plan?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Three senators say taxes paid by fans can help fund stadium Three Minnesota senators have been pushing for a new twist in Vikings stadium financing: user fees. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/senators_fans_s.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:42:35 -0500 Franken calls for standardized student aid forms U.S. Senator Al Franken said today that he wants to mandate a nationwide college financial aid form, to clearly spell out what college will cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/franken-student-loan-interest?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:48:11 -0500 Vikings stadium bill moves to full Senate The tax committee in the Minnesota Senate has narrowly approved a Viking stadium bill, clearing the way for a final vote in the Legislature -- a move that could come as early as Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/28/vikings-stadium-bill?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2012 10:27:57 -0500 Sen. tax committee approves stadium plan The taxes committee in the Minnesota Senate has narrowly approved a plan for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/stadium-senate-tax-committee?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:05:41 -0500 Tying together gambling, stadium a dicey prospect for lawmakers Gambling and professional sports stadiums are two of the most divisive issues at the Capitol. Putting them together is proving to be tricky as lawmakers get a look at the latest version of a Vikings stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/stadium-gambling?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:23:05 -0500 Sen. committee adds racino plan as it approves stadium bill In a surprise maneuver, supporters of putting slot machines at Minnesota horse tracks tacked a racino plan onto the Vikings stadium bill on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/stadium-senate-committee-adds-racino?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:43:59 -0500 Stadium bill may detour to Senate Taxes Committee If that committee gets a hearing, the fate of the stadium bill could rest on a pair of GOP senators. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/stadium_may_det.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:20:32 -0500 Senate committee approves stadium plan The Minnesota Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee topped off a day of wheeling and dealing on a new Vikings stadium by approving the plan Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/senate-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:04:04 -0500 Vikings stadium plan gets another chance at Capitol The House Ways and Means committee has grafted a dead stadium bill from last week onto a new plan to legalize electronic pull tabs and bingo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 06:15:31 -0500 Vikings stadium bill faces Monday test A Vikings stadium bill is expected to get its next test at the Legislature on Monday. The measure won approval in a Senate committee Friday night and is on its way to the jobs commitee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:36:31 -0500 Senate committee green-lights stadium The Minnesota Senate's Local Government committee passed the plan to build a new $975 million Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis tonight. The vote came after a more than a month of controversy: the same committee tabled the stadium bill in March. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/senate_committe_4.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:57:27 -0500 NFL commissioner in Minn. to weigh in on stadium debate NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers will visit Minnesota Friday in hopes they can break the legislative impasse over a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/nfl-to-minnesota-do-not-worry-about-la?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 07:50:07 -0500 Stadium negotiations intensify (again) at Capitol The House tax committee green-lighted the proposal to expand charitable gambling to include electronic pull tabs, bingo and sports-themed tip boards tonight, following a sometimes contentious three-hour hearing. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/game_on_for_sta.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:48:02 -0500 House committee approves bill to expand gambling The state's House tax committee has approved a proposal to expand charitable gambling and allow electronic pull tabs, electronic bingo and sports-themed tip boards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/pull-tab-gambling-passes?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:29:28 -0500 NFL leaders to discuss Vikings stadium at Capitol NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is coming to Minnesota Friday to meet with state leaders about the stalled Vikings stadium bill at the Capitol. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/nfl_commissione.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:24:13 -0500 Vikings stadium: So many ideas, so little time Days after its surprise defeat in a Minnesota House committee, more plans for a Vikings stadium finance package are emerging at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/vikings-stadium-debrief?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:32:29 -0500 Bakk says DFL will put up Senate stadium votes Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk pulled a flea-flicker play on TPT's Almanac at the Capitol tonight: two days after a Vikings bill died in a House committee. The DFL-er offered a surprise pledge to revive the plan in the Senate. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/bakk_dfl_to_put.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:39:28 -0500 Dayton talking with the NFL about Vikings stadium impasse Gov. Dayton is talking with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about how the Vikings stadium issue gets resolved in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/dayton_talking.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:47:20 -0500 Dayton wants up-or-down stadium vote in Legislature "If the Legislature turns it down, so be it," Gov. Mark Dayton said this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/dayton-wants-stadium-vote?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:37:30 -0500 Who was the stadium flipper? One thing about the stadium became clearer Tuesday: the rejection of the Minneapolis plan in House committee was a surprise. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/who_was_the_fli.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:44:36 -0500 Vikings' Bagley: There is no next year The cleanup continues. Vikings lobbyists and team vice president Lester Bagley were working the legislative crowd, hoping to restart the stadium effort. "There is no next year," Bagley said. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/stadium_potpour.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:40:33 -0500 Dayton says Vikings stadium bill may be done until next year Gov. Mark Dayton was sounding like a football fan at the end of a losing season Monday: There's always next year for the Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/dayton-republicans-stadium-bill-failure?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:13:21 -0500 House committee rejects Vikings stadium proposal A Minnesota House committee has voted down the Vikings stadium proposal. Six members of the committee voted for the bill while nine members voted against it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/vikings-stadium-bill-faces-key-test?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:44:03 -0500 Minn. Chamber of Commerce voices support for stadium The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is adding its voice to the efforts to win support for a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, pushing harder for a resolution of the debate at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/chamber-commerce-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:08:56 -0500 White Earth tribe offers $400M toward stadium in exchange for new casino The White Earth Indian Nation says it's prepared to pay $400 million toward the cost of building a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium, in return for an agreement allowing the tribe to build a casino in the Twin Cities metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/white-earth-casino-proposal-to-fund-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:03:10 -0500 Vikings owners will draw from several sources to pay for stadium The Minnesota Vikings owners have pledged $427 million toward the construction of a new $975 million football stadium for their team in Minneapolis. But that doesn't mean team owner Zygi Wilf will necessarily foot the bill. Instead, it appears the Vikings will employ a hallmark of real estate deals, and do much of their financial lifting with other people's money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/vikings-stadium-wilfs-share-of-the-cost?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 MPR's Tim Nelson on Vikings stadium developments Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Tim Nelson about legislative developments in negotiations over a Vikings stadium plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/tim-nelson-vikings?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:13:45 -0500 Dayton throws cold water on latest Vikings stadium plan Gov. Mark Dayton offered sharp criticism for a new funding deal struck by Vikings stadium negotiators, saying a key component is illegal under federal law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/dayton-throws-cold-water-on-latest-vikings-stadium-plan?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:06:58 -0500 New Vikings stadium funding deal expands gambling The deal may clear up the final obstacles at the Capitol standing in the way of a proposed Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/01/pull-tabs-deal-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 13:35:44 -0500 Stadium bill could get House hearing next week Stadium opponents on the Minneapolis City Council will have public hearings on the proposal to build a new home for the Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/opponents-of-stadium-proposal-to-have-public-hearings?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:31:12 -0500 Dayton: More hurdles to overcome in stadium debate A majority on the Minneapolis City Council endorsed a stadium plan earlier this week, but funding the state share with new electronic pull tabs is still causing controversy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/vikings-stadium-electronic-pull-tabs?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:42:07 -0500 Rybak: Majority of Mpls. City Council backs stadium plan Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say a majority of the 13-member City Council has agreed to support a Vikings stadium plan that would not require a referendum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/vikings-stadium-minneapolis-city-council-votes?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:13:43 -0500 Bakk: Vikings stadium bill nearly dead Supporters are trying to make a final push to get a proposed new stadium bill for the Vikings moving again at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/bakk-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:48:04 -0500 MPR's Tim Nelson on stalled Vikings stadium bill Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR reporter Tim Nelson about why the Vikings stadium bill hasn't moved forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/nelson0323?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:39:03 -0500 Key Mpls. councilmember yet to indicate stadium support A key member of the Minneapolis City Council says she still hasn't signed on to a Vikings stadium deal. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/swing_stadium_v.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. Senate committee kills racetrack casino plan A state Senate committee has voted down the proposal to permit casino-style games at Minnesota horse-racing tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/minn-senate-committee-kills-racetrack-casino-plan?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:47:47 -0500 Senate panel OKs bill for Vikings stadium loan The Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill authored by Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, that would offer the team a loan, rather than a subsidy for a new stadium. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/can_the_stadium.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:51:41 -0500 Rep. John Kriesel to step down after one term Still in his first term, State Rep John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, will not run for re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/john-krissel-step-down-after-one-term?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:55:42 -0500 Charities say estimate of electronic pull-tab take is too high Big questions are emerging about the amount of money electronic pull-tabs would raise to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/charitiable-gambling-projections?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Stadium bill lands with a thud at Capitol The long-awaited Vikings stadium bill gets a formal hearing at the Capitol Wednesday in a Senate committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/stadium-bill-lands-capitol-thud?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton: Vikings stadium bill has '50-50' chance at Capitol Gov. Mark Dayton said Sunday while he supports a new Vikings stadium, he's not sure it will win approval at the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/11/dayton-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:24:13 -0500 Minnesota House leaders talk Vikings stadium, voter ID Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R- Maple Grove, and Minority Leader Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, will talk Vikings stadium, voter ID and the surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/daily-circuit-minnesota-legislative-zellers-thissen?refid=0 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Wilf likely to make money off new stadium; how much is not clear It's a recurring theme from those who don't want to use public dollars to build the Minnesota Vikings a new football stadium: the public subsidy will fall to the team's bottom line and result in a big financial windfall for the owners. But an analysis of the value of the NFL's franchises doesn't paint a very clear picture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/vikings-stadium-team-comparisons?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:38:20 -0600 MPR News Primer: Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minnesota Vikings owners have a tentative deal in place to build a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis, on the site of the current Metrodome. Here are more details about the deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/vikes-stadiumprimer?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:12:36 -0600 Vikings stadium plan in place, but deal isn't sealed yet The newly announced stadium deal still needs the Legislature's approval and questions remain about the state's plan to pay its share with taxes generated by legalizing electronic pull tabs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-deal-prospects?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:52:28 -0600 Documents: Vikings Minneapolis stadium deal financials Here are the financial numbers and a schematic of the stadium property, as released by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-financials?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:00:45 -0600 $975M Vikings stadium deal announced for Minneapolis The Minnesota Vikings could stay in downtown Minneapolis, in a new stadium on the existing Metrodome site, under an agreement announced Thursday by the team, the city and state officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/vikings-stadium-deal-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:00:00 -0600 MPR's Tim Nelson on Vikings stadium deal announcement Cathy Wurzer talks with Tim Nelson about an expected Vikings stadium deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/nelsondebrief0301?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:55:45 -0600 Vikings stadium announcement Thursday, officials confirm State officials apparently have struck a long-awaited deal for a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, after a meeting behind closed doors in the governor's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/vikings-stadium-announcement?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:20:52 -0600 Gambling revenue to pay for stadium is risky Paying for a new NFL stadium could depend on millions of dollars in new gambling revenue. But new data show gaps between the promise and the reality of gambling expansion around the country — at times, wide gaps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/gambling-revenue-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton rejects latest Vikings stadium bid Gov. Mark Dayton is dismissing the latest stadium financing plan floated at the state Capitol. He says a provision phasing out the state's business property tax is a no-go. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/dayton_rejects.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:20:24 -0600 Dayton drops 'optimistic' description of Vikings stadium deal Gov. Mark Dayton emerged Tuesday from a meeting with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, as well as the team attorney and chief financial officer, to say there is no breakthrough yet in a stadium financing deal with the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/vikings-stadium-dayton-not-optimistic?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:01:46 -0600 Negotiators aiming for Tuesday stadium deal The Minnesota Vikings may be prepared to put up 44 percent of the cost of a new $970 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis, under the terms of a deal that could be announced early next week. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/vikings_stadium_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:11:57 -0600 Vikings, Dayton, Rybak see stadium deal in matter of days Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Ted Mondale says the deal could be unveiled in a matter of days. And mayor R.T. Rybak says gaps in the deal are closing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 07:12:45 -0600 Mpls. Vikings stadium deal expected soon An agreement in principle between the Dayton administration, the Vikings and the city of Minneapolis could come in the next several days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/minneapolis-vikings-stadium-deal?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:25:32 -0600 Vikings back off relocation threats over stadium impasse The National Football League requires its teams to notify the rest of the teams in the league, as well as their host communities, by Feb. 15 if they plan to relocate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/vikings-back-off-relocation-threats?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:44:27 -0600 Vikings to stay in Minnesota for 2012 season The Minnesota Vikings team will not notify the NFL that it intends to relocate for the 2012 season. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/vikings_were_st.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:55:21 -0600 House committee chair wants to end hospitality tax The Republican chair of the House Tax Committee said he would like to end the hospitality taxes Minneapolis has pledged to a Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/greg-davids-hospitality-tax?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:48:54 -0600 Dayton praises Ramsey County stadium effort, rips Mpls. council Dayton didn't respond to the plan's specifics, but praised the county for its efforts - and took a shot at the Minneapolis City Council at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/dayton-ramsey-county-vikings-stadium-effort?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:47:02 -0600 Ramsey County reboots tax plan for Vikings stadium Ramsey County is dropping its countywide sales tax plan to help pay for an Arden Hills stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, and is instead proposing new user fees and parking lot naming rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/ramsey-county-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:45:00 -0600 Despite funding shortfall, Rybak still confident in Vikings stadium plan The Minneapolis mayor says he remains confident about his city's stadium bid, despite a substantial funding shortfall outlined in a city analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/rybak-vikings-stadium-reaction?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 13:16:49 -0600 Analysis finds $55M shortfall in Minneapolis stadium plan A financial analysis of Minneapolis' plan to build a new Vikings stadium downtown obtained by MPR News shows the city is $55 million short of the pledge it hoped to make to the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/analysis-stadium-funding-shortfall?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Denny Hecker removed from general prison population Former Minnesota auto mogul Denny Hecker has been moved out of the general population in the federal prison in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/hecker-solitary?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:53:57 -0600 Minn. Jewish leaders oppose marriage amendment Rabbis representing Jewish congregations from Duluth to Rochester say they're taking a stand against the ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/jewish-leaders-minnesota-same-sex-marriage-statement?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 10:45:41 -0600 Mayor Rybak rallies workers' support for stadium Minneapolis officials rallied union workers at the Metrodome on Monday, calling for the state to reach a deal that would put them back to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/rybak-stadium-support?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:10:07 -0600 Teachers union backs sexuality policy change The teachers union in Minnesota's largest school district on Monday endorsed a proposed replacement for a policy that requires teachers to stay neutral when issues of sexual orientation come up in class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/anoka-hennepin-policy?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 08:50:00 -0600 Heil family schedules memorial after Italian shipwreck The family of a White Bear Lake couple who remain missing in a Mediterranean cruise ship accident has scheduled a memorial service for later this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/heil-italian-shipwreck-memorial?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 07:08:42 -0600 Latest Vikings stadium proposal: Build on Metrodome parking lot Engineers, finance experts and stadium negotiators are trying to figure out if they can fit almost two stadiums where the Metrodome now stands. The proposal would put the new stadium in the Metrodome parking lot and could mean the Vikings would have to play few, if any, games at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/new-vikings-stadium-plan-downtown?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 New Vikings stadium plan may roll out this week The proposal would locate a Vikings stadium in the parking lot east of the existing Metrodome. Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chariman Ted Mondale says the new plan would mean that the Vikings may only need to play a handful of games at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/05/another-vikings-stadium-proposal?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 14:56:33 -0600 Fridley pair charged with luring girl into prostitution Charges against Tyree Jones and Bionca Mixon say Jones lured the girl from Des Moines over the internet, then kept her against her will and forced her into prostitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/fridley-prostitution?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 08:28:00 -0600 University recalls accomplishments as Maturi steps down The man who has led the University of Minnesota's intercollegiate athletic program for the last decade announced Thursday that he is stepping down this summer. Joel Maturi said it was time for him to leave the high profile position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/maturi-steps-down?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:25:38 -0600 St. Paul Winter Carnival Medallion turned in The St. Paul Winter Carnival's Treasure Hunt is over. The medallion has been found in Tony Schmidt Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/st-paul-winter-carnival-medallion?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 07:28:57 -0600 Vikings considering 4th stadium location near Metrodome The Minnesota Vikings say they're looking at yet another potential stadium site in downtown Minneapolis. The site includes the blocks just east of the current Metrodome. This is the fourth location under consideration for the Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/28/vikings-look-at-fourth-stadium-site?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:46:19 -0600 Vikings open to Metrodome site, but nothing decided yet The Minnesota Vikings and state officials met for nearly three hours Wednesday morning to talk over the prospects of a new stadium for the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/vikings-dayton-wilf-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:33:21 -0600 Dayton wants resolution and a 'people's stadium' Gov. Mark Dayton hopes a deal for a new Vikings stadium can be hammered by the end of next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/dayton-legislature-vikings?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 18:50:47 -0600 Back to the Dome for the Vikings? Gov. Mark Dayton told the Vikings that if they want a stadium bill passed this year "it's going to have to be the Metrodome." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/dayton-vikings-dome?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 06:30:00 -0600 'Grave concerns' surface on stadium site near Basilica Stadium negotiators now say they have "grave concerns" about the viability of the Linden Ave. site for a prospective new Vikings stadium. That's the 30-acre option just north of the Basilica of St. Mary. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/01/grave_concerns.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:08:14 -0600 Snow brings almost 100 accidents on MN roads The snow also made for long delays on Twin Cities freeways for the rush hour with commutes as long as an hour between Woodbury and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/100-crashes-snowy-weather?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:36:04 -0600 Zellers: Legislature will emphasize economy, not stadium House speaker Kurt Zellers says he's neutral about a new home for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/house-zellars-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:57:24 -0600 Paralyzed hockey player Jablonski leaves hospital for rehab facility today Jack Jablonski, a sophmore playing for the Benilde-St. Margaret's team in a holiday hockey tournament, suffered a neck fracture that left him unable to move his legs and severely limited movement in his arms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/jablonski-leaves-hospital?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 06:50:52 -0600 Stadium supporters hope for resolution in legislative session A day after Gov. Mark Dayton compared leading stadium proposals to find them all at fault, stadium boosters are seeing signs of hope for the upcoming legislative session. The next two weeks will likely be key in the Minnesota Vikings' quest for a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/stadium-supporters?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:16:13 -0600 Rybak disputes Dayton claim on stadium development Mayor R.T. Rybak continues to believe the current Metrodome site would be a better place to put a new stadium than Linden Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/vikings-stadium-rybak-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:39:29 -0600 Report crunches numbers on proposed stadium sites A new report that analyzes the return each proposed stadium site would provide shows that the Metrodome may be the best deal for taxpayers, and another Minneapolis site near Linden Avenue the best for the Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/stadium-return-investment?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Vikings stadium proposals: What comes next? After a year of debate, the effort to build a new home for the Vikings is still facing many hurdles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/vikings-stadium-what-comes-next?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 07:06:30 -0600 Stadium proposals are in; Dayton set to review bids The governor says he plans to spend the weekend reviewing Vikings stadium proposals and will then share his opinion on the competing sites next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/ramsey-county-sweetens-vikings-deal?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:59:40 -0600 Clock ticking down to governor's Vikings stadium deadline Today's the day set by Gov. Mark Dayton for would-be hosts for a Vikings stadium to make their bids. The governor said he wants the best offers for NFL stadiums on his desk by the end of the day. Shakopee handed in a surprise, last-minute bid last night. Minneapolis and Ramsey County are likely to hand in their paperwork this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/nelson2?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:14:52 -0600 Ramsey County bids for Vikings stadium: 'We're not dead yet' On the eve of the governor's deadline for stadium bids, Ramsey County officials say they're going to sweeten their effort to win the NFL sweepstakes and take on their crosstown rivals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/ramsey-stadium-bid?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:47:18 -0600 Shakopee makes last-minute Vikings stadium bid Stadium boosters in Shakopee say they're going to submit a last-minute bid to the host the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/shakopee-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 06:28:29 -0600 Vikings bring dome site back into mix, with extra costs The Minnesota Vikings are now saying they're open to considering a new stadium on the site of the Metrodome, but say it will be nearly $70 million more expensive than originally planned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/vikings-metrodome-site?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:49:03 -0600 Dayton: Arden Hills stadium not ruled out, despite reports Gov. Mark Dayton says his administration hasn't ruled out a potential Vikings stadium in Arden Hills, despite media reports that other state officials may have. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/dayton-arden-hills-stadium-not-ruled-out-despite-reports?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:03:42 -0600 Eyes on Linden Ave. as possible stadium site Supporters call the intersection of Linden Avenue and 16th Street the "back door" to downtown Minneapolis, and say a stadium there would make a great portal to the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/06/linden-ave?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 18:57:50 -0600 Ramsey County's 'Plan B' on Vikings stadium A letter from Ramsey County Charter Commissioner Peter Hendricks has some intriguing details about the county's prospects for bringing the Vikings to Arden Hills. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/01/ramsey_countys.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 11:14:51 -0600 Two officers injured in holiday crashes A pair of Minnesota police officers are recovering after squad accidents over the New Year's holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/officers-crash?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 07:53:42 -0600 As season ends, Vikings insist dome lease is over The Minnesota Vikings' loss to the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome Sunday put an end to one of the franchise's worst seasons and renewed the pressure for the state to replace the Viking's home for the last 30 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/02/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2012 06:18:06 -0600 Fort Snelling Rifle Squad clings to its Springfields The Army wants the rifles back, so it can replace them with a more modern weapon. But the Fort Snelling squad is hoping to stick to its guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/fort-snelling-rifle-squad-clings-to-its-springfields?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 07:03:38 -0600 Ramsey County votes to approve search for stadium architects The board voted 4-3 to find which design firms are interested in drawing up a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/ramsey-county-approves-search-for-vikings-stadium-architects?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:26:42 -0600 N. Minneapolis social services startup awarded $28M grant The Northside Achievement Zone, a social services startup, has been awarded a $28 million grant to help students in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/northside-chievement-zone-grant?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 I-94 crash in St. Paul kills 1, injures 2 A crash on Interstate 94 in St. Paul killed at least one person, left two in critical condition and closed the freeway for a time overnight. The crash happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/i-94-crash-kills-1?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 07:10:23 -0600 Last truck rolls off St. Paul Ford plant's assembly line The last Ford vehicle built in Minnesota rolled off the assembly line Friday morning, ending nearly a century of vehicle production in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/saint-paul-ford-plant-last-truck?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:35:46 -0600 Vikings stadium could qualify for $200M league loan The National Football League may have more money to loan the Vikings for a new stadium after signing a new TV deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/vikings-stadium-could-qualify-for-200m-league-loan?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 09:00:03 -0600 Coalition wants locks closed to stem carp invasion A coalition of conservation groups says it is not too late to stop Asian carp in the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/coalition-close-locks?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:45:28 -0600 Xcel's Monticello plant back at full power Xcel Energy officials say that the company's nuclear powered generating facility in Monticello was back at full power this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/xcels-monticello-plant-back-at-full-power?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:26:53 -0600 Metrodome roof collapse was a year ago Monday It's been almost exactly one year since three panels of the Metrodome roof collapsed after a storm dropped 17 inches of snow in 24 hours, and Metrodome officials are ready to mark the anniversary on Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/metrodome-roof-collapse-anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 07:04:22 -0600 Mpls. City Council critical of Rybak's stadium plan The mayor presented a complex plan that would intertwine the Target Center, the Minneapolis Convention Center and a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/rybak-vikings-stadium-city-council?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:40:11 -0600 Marathon hearing tackles thorniest Vikings stadium issues The movement to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings gained a little ground Tuesday at the Capitol. The second of two Senate stadium hearings aired some of the thorniest issues in the debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/stadium-proponents-gain-ground?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Funding ideas to take center stage at Vikings stadium hearing A pair of Minnesota Senate committees is holding the second of two public hearings to talk about a potential new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Last week's meeting focused on where it might be built. Today, lawmakers will hear about ways to pay for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/stadium?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 09:10:30 -0600 Minneapolis gets another shot at holding onto Vikings The City of Minneapolis will be back at the Capitol today, trying to hang on to its NFL team, even as the Vikings say they're ready to pack their bags and move out to the suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/vikings-stadium-hearing-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 07:42:58 -0600 Vikings could sell seat licenses to fund new stadium If a deal is sealed to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, fans may find they're shouldering a big part of the financing burden -- and not through taxes or state funding. The Vikings could employ seat licenses to raise money, where fans would buy their seat from the team and pay for game tickets separately, much like condo owners pay separate association dues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/03/vikings-stadium-seat-licenses?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Will fish swim in an aquarium of sky blue waters? A St. Paul landscaper says his idea to turn a historic brewery into an organic fish and produce operation is so crazy it might just work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/brewery-fish-farm?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:20:00 -0600 OccupyMN tents removed from Minneapolis protest site Hennepin County authorities moved in on anti-Wall Street protesters early Thursday morning to enforce the no-camping rule on the Hennepin County Government Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/occupy-minnesota-tents-removed?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 06:38:17 -0600 St. Paul lawyer pivots from clergy abuse to Penn State scandal Jeffrey Anderson said he's filing the case in Philadelphia Tuesday on behalf of a young man who he said was abused by Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, starting when the alleged victim was 10 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/anderson-penn-state-abuse?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:42:01 -0600 Legislators size up debate over Vikings stadium site The debate over a Vikings stadium has been ongoing for nearly a year, but in some ways today's discussion marked the official kickoff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/vikings-stadium-senate-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:28:17 -0600 Legislature to begin hearings on new Vikings stadium The Minnesota Senate's taxes and local government committees will start taking testimony at the Capitol on Tuesday morning about site selection and other details of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/vikings-stadium-legislature-hearings?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 07:03:24 -0600 Minn. AG pushes for tougher anti-bullying law Attorney General Lori Swanson today urged lawmakers to pass a tougher law modeled after the measure North Dakota adopted recently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/minnesota-attorney-general-lori-swanson-tougher-anti-bullying-law?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:32:44 -0600 Employee presents Black Friday petition to Target A Target store dockworker from Northfield delivered to company officials Monday what he said were 200,000 signatures on a petition asking the company to roll back its Black Friday shopping plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/target-black-friday-petitions?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 13:45:32 -0600 Occupy MN protesters return to foreclosed home Minneapolis police say they were back out at a south Minneapolis home Sunday following the arrests at an Occupy Minnesota protest on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/minneapolis-police-detain-more-protesters-at-foreclosed-home?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 08:56:52 -0600 McDonald's drops Minn. egg supplier over cruelty charges McDonald's is dropping a Minnesota-based egg supplier after undercover video by an animal rights group found questionable practices at its farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/mcdonalds-drops-mn-egg-supplier-over-cruelty-charges?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:36:32 -0600 Dayton non-committal on Arden Hills stadium site Ramsey County officials met with Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday morning to talk about their plans for a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/vikings-ramsey-county-meeting?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:06:58 -0600 State Patrol: Pedestrian lays down on I-94 is struck and killed The Patrol said that a pedestrian walked onto one of the eastbound lanes, laid down on the pavement, and was struck by multiple vehicles about 6:45 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/pedestrian-struck-killed-i-94?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 07:09:30 -0600 Minn. Senate plans two Vikings stadium hearings Gov. Mark Dayton says he welcomes plans by state Senate committees to hold two hearings on a prospective Vikings stadium in coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/senate-hearings-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:41:10 -0600 Ramsey County approves Arden Hills stadium site purchase Ramsey County officials have approved an offer to buy the proposed site for a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills for about $28.5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/ramsey-county-approves-arden-hills-stadium-site-purchase?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:44:11 -0600 Occupy MN protesters defy sleeping ban in Minneapolis A handful of Occupy MN protesters woke up on the plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center Tuesday morning, despite orders from county officials banning sleeping in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/occupy-wall-street-protesters-defy-sleeping-ban?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:39:22 -0600 Ranked choice voting tested as St. Paul awaits winner in council race The debut of ranked choice voting in St. Paul left one of the seven city council wards without a clear result on Election Day. Runoff votes are scheduled to be counted Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/st-paul-ranked-choice-votong?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 08:08:28 -0600 Ramsey County ready to buy Vikings stadium site Ramsey County says it has struck a deal with the federal government to purchase the land for an Arden Hills Vikings stadium -- and that it'll be under budget and cleaned up when the deal gets done. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/11/ramsey_county_r_1.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:21:30 -0600 Ranked-choice election leads to recount in St. Paul ward Ranked choice voting is getting another real-world test in a Twin Cities election. St. Paul's Ward 2 election is the second time a metro election is headed for a runoff in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/ranked-choice-voting-stpaul?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:04:32 -0600 Vikings vice president wants stadium talks 'back on track' A legislative working group could meet again Wednesday to talk about the Vikings stadium, a week after House Republicans put the brakes on talks for a potential special stadium session this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/vikings-want-stadium-talks-back-on-track?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 07:22:18 -0600 Mondale: Twins worked with 1-year Metrodome lease, so can Vikings The chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission says he thinks the Minnesota Vikings will be playing in the Metrodome for at least two more seasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/vikings-metrodome-one-year-lease?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 07:53:29 -0600 Vikings disappointed by Zellers' opposition to special session The Minnesota Vikings say they're disappointed that House Speaker Kurt Zellers is telling his fellow Republicans that he doesn't want a special legislative session this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/bagley-vikings-special-session?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 11:41:04 -0500 Some stadium backers want to expand pull-tab gambling Electronic pull tabs could help boost the hospitality industry and revive charitable gaming. But opponents say it's a dangerous experiment in making gambling easy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/stadium-pull-tab-gaming?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Historic Coldwater Spring at Fort Snelling closes for restoration The National Park Service is closing down one of Minnesota's most historic locations today, with plans to return it to the way settlers found it nearly 200 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/coldwater-spring-closes-for-restoration?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 08:48:14 -0500 Clock ticking on a Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton says he wants viable plans for a new Minnesota Viking stadium on his desk this week, so he can make a recommendation on a new NFL venue next week. That's ahead of a special session he's offered to call the week of Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/stadium?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:01:47 -0500 St. Paul toddler survives six-story plunge from apartment window The accident happened on the City's North End, just about a dozen blocks north of the Capitol. Police spokesman Howie Padilla said the girl was taken to nearby Gillette Childrens Specialty Healthcare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/toddler-falls-from-window?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 07:30:00 -0500 Leading backer of Arden Hills stadium site expects sale by Monday Tony Bennett says negotiations are complete on the sale of the Army land to the county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/arden-hills-site-sale?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:14:02 -0500 Dayton noncommittal on GOP idea to divert arts funding to Vikings stadium Gov. Mark Dayton says he welcoms the spirit of a GOP proposal to divert Legacy funding from arts and cultural funding to a Vikings stadium, but he doesn't endorse it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/dayton-gop-legacy-amendment-money-for-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:43:26 -0500 Dayton's $100M bank investment plan gets lukewarm reaction A statewide trade group for bankers had a lukewarm reaction to Gov. Mark Dayton's announcement Wednesday of a plan to help spur small business lending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/minnesota-local-banks-investment?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:08:26 -0500 Rybak tries to re-enter Mpls. into Vikings stadium talks The Minneapolis mayor and city council president pushed their plan at the Capitol today, but the city is focused on an option that the Vikings rejected months ago and the team says it wants to make a Ramsey County plan work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/rybak-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:55:28 -0500 Some Republicans want arts amendment money for Vikings stadium A Republican leader says some of his colleagues in the Minnesota Legislature are considering a plan that would rely on a portion of the state's Legacy funds to pay for a new Vikings Stadium. It's an option they say must be considered as Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers continue to discuss a new stadium. But critics say voters didn't intend to use that money for professional sports stadiums when they approved a higher sales tax in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/republicans-legacy-money-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Political battle could follow discovery of invasive carp DNA in Twin Cities A National Park Service biologist says testing by an Indiana lab has confirmed that invasive silver carp have swum up the Mississippi as far as Lock and Dam No. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/silver-carp-lock-and-dam-number-1?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:11:20 -0500 NFL fears stalemate in Vikings stadium talks League executive vice president Eric Grubman said that Los Angeles is nearly ready to host at least one NFL franchise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/nfl-fears-stalemate-in-stadium-talks?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 07:40:54 -0500 Gambling regains footing in Vikings stadium finance talks With just five weeks to put together a stadium plan for the Minnesota Vikings, supporters are looking hard to find revenue sources for the project -- including gambling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/stadium-backers-revenue-sources?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 After meeting with Dayton, NFL signals impatience NFL officials met with Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday to talk about the prospects for a new Vikings stadium in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/dayton-vikings-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:51:14 -0500 Dayton: 'Duck this, and the Vikings can leave' Having set a Nov. 23 deadline for the Legislature to pass a Vikings stadium deal, Gov. Mark Dayton is now urging lawmakers not to dither and give the NFL franchise a reason to leave the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/dayton-vikings-can-leave?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 08:36:24 -0500 Gov. Dayton sets deadline to act on stadium proposal Without endorsing any specific proposal, Gov. Mark Dayton today set a Nov. 23 deadline for the Legislature to act on a Vikings stadium plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/dayton-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:57:47 -0500 OccupyMN protesters plan to pitch tents, prepare for possible arrests OccupyMN protesters say they're going to start erecting shelters on the plaza outside the Hennepin County Government Center this weekend, despite a ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/occupymn-tents?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:21:12 -0500 Wilf: Critical Met Council report a road map to Arden Hills stadium Despite variables such as clean up costs, construction and politics, the report paints the clearest picture yet of what the Arden Hills stadium project would cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/stadium-tax-petition-drive?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:46:54 -0500 Ramsey County voters get no say on stadium tax The Ramsey County Charter Commission voted Tuesday night 10-6 not to require a stadium tax be put to voters, bucking a majority of people at the hearing who asked them to put a new home for the Vikings on the ballot, possibly as soon as next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/ramsey-county-vikings-stadium-no-vote?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 06:15:18 -0500 In Arden Manor, Vikings stadium plan hits close to home If you're looking for ground zero in the Vikings stadium debate, Arden Manor on Highway 10 might well be it. The 283 mobile homes there are just yards away from the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, where the NFL team and Ramsey County want to build a $1.1 billion facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/vikings-stadium-arden-manor?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 06:54:27 -0500 10 die on Minnesota roads over weekend The most recent incident happened Sunday in New Ulm, when a 75-year-old St. Cloud woman crossing Broadway Street was struck and killed at about 8:30 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/10-die-in-weekend-crashes?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 07:46:52 -0500 Hundreds turn out for initial OccupyMN demonstration Former Gov. Jesse Ventura helped kick off the demonstration called OccupyMN, lending moral support to hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/jesse-ventura-occupymn?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 11:30:27 -0500 Investigation under way after St. Paul man dies in police handcuffs Officers tried to revive the man and called for an ambulance. He was taken to Region's Hospital and died there a short time later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/man-dies-in-police-custody?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 07:30:56 -0500 Authorities to set ground rules for Occupy MN protests Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says he's meeting Thursday with representatives of a planned protest set to begin in Minneapolis Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/occupy-mn-protesters-meet-with-authorities?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 11:39:07 -0500 Developer renews pitch for downtown Vikings stadium The developers who brought the Twins to Target Field say they're ready to make another pitch for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/developer-renews-pitch-for-downtown-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 20:30:00 -0500 DPS probes possible 'pattern' of police snooping in drivers license database State officials are asking more than a dozen police departments whether their officers were snooping inappropriately through the Minnesota drivers license database. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/dps-probes-possible-pattern-of-police-snooping-dl-database?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 08:52:34 -0500 Local organizers readying similar protest as Manhattan demonstration Organizers say they are readying to mount social protests similar to the massive demonstrations that have been going on for weeks in Manhattan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/local-organizers-readying-similar-protest-as-manhattan-demonstration?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:05:50 -0500 Radio host wins settlement against Twin Cities police A New York-based radio talk show host and two of her producers arrested during the 2008 Republican National Convention have won a settlement against Twin Cities police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/radio-host-wins-settlement-against-twin-cities-police?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:58:34 -0500 Fire destroys food booth at Renaissance Festival Fire destroyed a food booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival Friday morning and damaged some nearby attractions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/renaissance-festival-fire?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:05:19 -0500 Chisago County teenager shot, killed Chisago County authorities say a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed late Thursday night at a home north of Lindstrom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/chisago-county-teenager-shot-killed?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:51:06 -0500 Driver flees I-94/Highway 280 cone zone crash State Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske said a sedan carrying at least three people was southbound on the freeway entrance ramp to westbound I-94 when it hit a dumpster and a water truck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/driver-flees-i-94-highway-280-crash?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:19:55 -0500 Mpls police report 3rd attempted abduction in month A 16-year-old girl used a knife to escape an attempted abduction in north Minneapolis on Tuesday, the third such incident in the city this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/minneapolis-attempted-abduction?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:10:43 -0500 Ramsey County taxpayers hammer Vikings stadium deal The Vikings are having a hard time on the field this season, and they took a beating in New Brighton last night, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/ramsey-county-vikings-stadium-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:30:29 -0500 First Ramsey commission hearings tonight on Vikings stadium tax The first of two public hearings takes place this evening in New Brighton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/first-commission-hearings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Vikings face potential Ramsey County referendum roadblock The Vikings haven't found a way to win football games yet this season, and now they face a new challenge to their plans to build a stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/vikings-face-potential-ramsey-county-referendum-roadblock?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:54:01 -0500 Wildlife sleuths seek DNA evidence of invasive carp Wildlife experts are looking for evidence of carp DNA in the Mississippi River this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/wildlife-experts-dna-invasive-carp?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 40 firefighters battle Uptown blaze Firefighters rescued three people from a burning home on the 3300 block of Bryant Ave. S. in Minneapolis at about 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/40-firefighters-tackle-uptown-blaze?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:35:12 -0500 Pagami Creek fire in BWCA grows to 11,000 acres The Pagami Creek fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness grew from 4,500 acres to 11,000 acres over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/pagami-creek-fire-grows?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:05:24 -0500 Vikings supporters rally for new stadium As the Minnesota Vikings began the 2011 regular season in San Diego Sunday, supporters rallied for a new stadium back in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/11/vikings-supporters-rally-for-new-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 19:14:40 -0500 Police urge patience in fatal hit-and-run involving Senser vehicle Authorities around the Twin Cities say investigating and prosecuting such cases takes time, and it is not unusual to go weeks or more before a formal criminal case is charged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/police-urge-patience-insenser-hit-and-run-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 12:44:18 -0500 Same-sex marriage supporters find exhibit space on fairgrounds As usual, the Minnesota State Fair didn't come without some controversy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/samesex-marriage-supporters-find-exhibit-space-on-fairgrounds?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:09:57 -0500 Alleged sex abuse victim speaks out after settlement A Thief River Falls woman said Tuesday she was speaking out after winning a settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Crookston for abuse by a priest in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/crookston-diocese-settles-with-alleged-sex-abuse-victim?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:09:35 -0500 Victim's family files wrongful death suit against Sensers The family of a man killed in a hit-and-run on Interstate 94 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser and his wife, Amy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/wrongful-death-lawsuit-filed-against-senser-and-his-wife?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:04:58 -0500 Sen. Parry to correct funding error on veteran funerals Republican Sen. Mike Parry, of Waseca, said he thought the funding was included in the veterans' affairs department's budget, but it wasn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/parry-to-correct-funding-error-on-veteran-funerals?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 13:48:12 -0500 Lawmaker vows to re-fund honor guard for veterans' funerals The chair of the state Senate's Veterans Affairs Committee says he intends to put funding for funeral honors into state law next session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/vet-honor-guard-funding?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 12:19:02 -0500 Koch would support referendum on Vikings stadium plan Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said she doesn't think the Legislature ought to exempt a stadium plan from a referendum if sales taxes are part of the financing package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/koch-vikings-stadium-referendum?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:03:44 -0500 Vikings may sweeten stadium deal; roof back in picture The Minnesota Vikings say the team may kick in more money to close a stadium deal than the $407 million initially pledged. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/vikings-may-sweeten-stadium-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 08:13:15 -0500 Ramsey officials will continue stadium discussion; Legislature could sidestep vote The Ramsey County Charter Commission has punted the possibility of a stadium vote into October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/ramsey-officials-will-continue-stadium-discussion-legislature-could-sidestep-vote?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:22:24 -0500 Mpls. drug bust goes bad; suspect rams police car An undercover drug operation in south Minneapolis turned violent Tuesday night when a suspect allegedly tried to run down a police officer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/drug-bust-subject-tries-to-run-down-minneapolis-police?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 06:35:25 -0500 Protesters turn out for Obama's American Legion speech More than a hundred protesters gathered across the street from the Minneapolis Convention Center to demonstrate at President Barack Obama's appearance at the national American Legion convention on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/protesters-turn-out-for-obama-speech?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:15:43 -0500 Obama will tackle veterans' issues in Minneapolis speech President Barack Obama will return to the Twin Cities on Tuesday for a speech before the American Legion's annual convention. He's expected to tackle veterans' issues, including unemployment and mental health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/obama-visits-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 06:07:30 -0500 Duluth police kill suspected car thief, robber Duluth Police shot and killed an armed robber after he crashed into a home and opened fire on them Sunday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/duluth-police-kill-suspected-car-thief-robber?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:34:29 -0500 Bus service strong with fair-goers Metro Transit officials report strong growth in bus travel to the Minnesota State Fair this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/bus-service-strong-with-fairgoers-?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:32:06 -0500 10th anniversary memorial of Sept. 11 attacks to be at State Capitol A coalition of religious groups will observe a September 11 memorial at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/sept-11-memorial?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:12:29 -0500 Duluth police shoot, kill suspected armed robber Duluth Police say they shot and killed an armed robber on Sunday. They were trying to stop a stolen 2002 Infiniti when the driver sped away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/duluth-police-shoot-kill-suspected-armed-robber?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:45:26 -0500 Three killed on Minnesota highways over weekend The latest victim is a 77-year-old woman who was riding in a minivan about noon Sunday near Mountain Iron. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/deadly-weekend-on-minnesota-roads?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 07:27:12 -0500 Opening day at fair adheres to expectations, tradition If previous attendance at the Minnesota State Fair is an indicator, more than 1.7 million visitors are likely to show up for the 12-day festival of music, rides, animals and all things on a stick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/state-fair-opening-day?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:13:20 -0500 State fair stages prep for severe weather safety This year, there are more than a dozen bands set to play outdoor evening grandstand shows at the Minnesota State Fair. And the fair's deputy general manager Renee Pearson says fair-goers are safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/state-fair-stages-braced-for-severe-weather-safety?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:22:25 -0500 Two fatal accidents reported in Twin Cities Authorities are investigating two fatal accidents in the Twin Cities. The most recent was the result of a hit and run in Minneapolis at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/two-fatal-accidents-reported-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:17:13 -0500 St. Paul attorney releases Vatican documents in sex abuse case St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson has released thousands of pages of documents that the Vatican turned over in response to a lawsuit alleging the Church covered up a decades-old case of sex abuse by an Oregon priest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/saint-paul-attorney-releases-vatican-documents-in-sex-abuse-case?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:47:56 -0500 126 cars vandalized in south Minneapolis Police said the damage occurred in a 12 by 15 block area near the 38th Street Station on the Hiawatha light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/126-cars-vandalized-in-south-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:56:50 -0500 Sierra Club opposes AT&T cell phone tower near Afton State Park A panel of Wisconsin and Minnesota Sierra Club members say they're hoping to stop a planned 150-feet tall cell phone tower from being built along the St. Croix River near Afton State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/sierra-club-opposes-att-cell-phone-tower-near-afton-state-park?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:34:09 -0500 Storms knock out power to thousands in Bemidji Thunderstorms swept across northern Minnesota this morning, leaving thousands of people without power and trees down across streets in Bemidji. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/bemidji-storm?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:22:47 -0500 Restored Metrodome gets ready to meet public The Metrodome is getting the final touches in preparation for its public reopening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/restored-metrodome-gets-ready-to-meet-public?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:09:10 -0500 10 people to be charged in Twin Cities auto theft ring Authorities in St. Paul say they've cracked a ring of auto thieves that were snatching cars off the street and selling them to a metal salvage operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/auto-theft-ring?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:30:01 -0500 Photos: President Obama's visit to Cannon Falls President Barack Obama stopped in Cannon Falls on Monday, Aug. 15 as part of a three-day bus tour in the Midwest that focused on jobs and the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/obama-cannon-falls-photos?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:48:08 -0500 Ex-boxer, Anoka County Commissioner Scott LeDoux dies Former heavyweight boxing contender and Crosby, Minn. native Scott LeDoux died Thursday at his home in Coon Rapids. He was 62. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/scott-ledoux-obit?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 08:57:11 -0500 Minn. SEALs killed in copter crash remembered for service Two Minnesota service members killed in last weekend's downing of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan are being remembered back home as much for their character as their service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/minnesota-seals-identified?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:06:22 -0500 MSP domestic airfares 11th-highest in US in 1Q The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport had the 11th-highest average domestic airfare in the first quarter of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/minneapolis-saint-paul-domestic-airfares?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 08:25:37 -0500 Vikings wrap up training camp, say they're staying in Minn. Minnesota Vikings officials said they're closer than ever to a new stadium, after meeting with some of the major players involved in stadium negotiations today. They also downplayed the prospects of the team moving to Los Angeles, a day after that city gave the thumbs up to an NFL stadium that doesn't yet have a team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/vikings-stadium-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:50:22 -0500 Crackdown catches triple-digit speeders A statewide crackdown on speeders last month caught more than 20 motorists traveling at more than 100 mph, and one going faster than 135 mph. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/crackdown-catches-triple-digit-speeders?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:00:23 -0500 U.S. debt downgrade to hit Minnesota The downgrade of federal debt is expected to trickle down through Minnesota's economy in coming weeks, but no one knows for sure what that will look like. We already know that some of the state's flagship companies have taken a hit -- SuperValu and Ameriprise Financial lost more than 12 percent in the stock market yesterday. And more uncertainty lies ahead for the public and private sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/debt-downgrade-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 11:01:59 -0500 U.S. debt downgrade comes at tough time for Minn. Financial experts say the downgrade of U.S. federal debt comes at a tough time for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/us-debt-downgrade-comes-at-tough-time-for-minn?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 16:21:30 -0500 Six people killed in weekend car accidents It was a deadly weekend on Minnesota roads, as six people were killed in car crashes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/weekend-traffic-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 07:04:33 -0500 Fall from window incidents are rare, but often serious The death of an infant in St. Paul highlights the dangers of window falls for young children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/window-fall-rate-occurence?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:44:53 -0500 GangNet terminated by Ramsey County Sheriff The GangNet database was part of the controversy surrounding the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/gangnet?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 07:22:34 -0500 Toddler dies after fall from ninth-floor window in St. Paul An 11-month old girl has died after falling from a ninth-floor window of an apartment building in the 1200 block of St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/toddler-fall?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 22:07:36 -0500 Ramsey sheriff will pull plug on controversial database Ramsey County Sheriff's department is pulling the plug on a controversial database that played a role in the Metro Gang Strike Force scandal two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/ramsey-sheriff-controversial-database?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:30:13 -0500 Future links to past, as historic train depot is restored Workers are laying track for the Central Corridor Light Rail line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. The east end of the line will be the Union Depot in St. Paul, and the renovation of that historic building has begun in earnest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/stpaul-union-deport-restore?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Shutdown-related costs worry Minn. road contractors State road contractors say they fear they'll have an unpleasant surprise waiting for them as they start work again after the state's shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/shutdown-road-contractors?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:10:52 -0500 Metrodome turf to be replaced Minnesota-based C,G and B will replace the soggy turf in the Metrodome at a cost of $470,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/metrodome-turf-replacement?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:33:25 -0500 State employees return to work and backlogs It could be a week or more before state functions return to normal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/shutdown_workers_return?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:24:26 -0500 Dayton considering special session for Vikings stadium bill Gov. Mark Dayton confirmed Wednesday morning that he's willing to call lawmakers back for a special session on a Vikings stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/vikings_stadium?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:44:02 -0500 With no stadium bill, Vikings' future uncertain The Legislature went home this morning without dealing with the Vikings stadium issue and the team's future is as cloudy as ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/nelson-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:49:17 -0500 Storms smack Twin Cities Severe storms swept across the Twin Cities this afternoon, dropping hail and torrential rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/tuesday-storms?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:13:00 -0500 Remembering a trailblazing St. Paul cop Longtime St. Paul police officer James "Jimmy" Mann died Saturday. He was 88, and he'd been retired for more than 30 years. But he's remembered for helping break the color barrier in the modern St. Paul Department, albeit sometimes with more force than some thought necessary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/07/remembering-a-trail-blazing-cop.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 08:38:41 -0500 Northstar rail service still down after train derailment Metro Transit officials replaced Northstar trains with buses Tuesday morning, and there will be no service for the evening Twins game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/northstar-service-still-delayed?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:48:38 -0500 Twins prep fans for scorching doubleheader The Minnesota Twins say they're going to take some extra steps to help keep fans cool today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/twins_heatwave?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:38:31 -0500 Heavy rains open I-35 E sinkhole, close Northstar rail Heavy weekend rains opened a sinkhole on I-35 E in St. Paul, and washed out the tracks carrying the Northstar commuter rail line, adding headaches to an already steamy morning commute. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/07/that-sinking-feeling-on-35e.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:44:53 -0500 BNSF train derails in Fridley; Northstar service halted Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad workers sustained minor injuries Saturday morning when a train derailed near the Rice Creek Bridge in Fridley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/16/train-derailment?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 11:11:10 -0500 No talk of new stadium in special session A key backer of the Vikings stadium bill is ruling it out of a special session called to fix Minnesota's budget stalemate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/dayton-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 19:17:57 -0500 Vikings hope for stadium deal in special session The Minnesota Vikings say they're ready to finalize a deal to build a new stadium in Arden Hills when Gov. Mark Dayton calls the Legislature into a special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/vikings-stadium-special-session?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:05:04 -0500 Vikings' stadium deal closer if budget is solved Word of a potential breakthrough in Minnesota's budget stalemate is reviving hopes for backers of a Minnesota Vikings football stadium deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/shutdown-vikings-wait-for-deal?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:20:08 -0500 The Metrodome's new roof rises The Metrodome's new roof was engineered to be stronger than the previous one, which collapsed in a record-setting December 2010 blizzard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/metrodome-inflated-wednesday?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:39:12 -0500 If all goes well, Metrodome roof may be inflated Wednesday The roof on the Metrodome may go up tomorrow, more than seven months after it collapsed in a blizzard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/metrodome-roof-?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 08:58:51 -0500 Shoreview joins growing opposition to Vikings stadium tax The city of Shoreview has joined St. Paul and North St. Paul in opposing the proposed financing for a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills -- and other suburbs may follow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/vikings-stadium-sales-tax?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 08:08:20 -0500 Finishing up the Metrodome roof repair It looks like they're down to a single open panel in the roof of the Metrodome today. Metropolitan Sports Facitiies Commission facilities manager Steve Maki said crews were scheduled to put in a triangle panel this morning, leaving one diamond panel open. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/07/buttoning-up-the-dome.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 13:54:41 -0500 Proposed Vikings stadium FAQ The state of Minnesota isn't the only thing shut down these days. The deal to build the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium has also slipped into idle this summer as the budget standoff has deepened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/proposed-vikings-stadium-faq?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 13:44:07 -0500 St. Paul encourages other cities to oppose Vikings stadium deal The city of St. Paul is stepping up its opposition to a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/vikings-stadium-stpaul-opposition?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 11:56:50 -0500 St. Paul council unanimously turns down sales tax for Vikings stadium The St. Paul city council voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose a plan calling for a half-cent sales tax to pay for a Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/stpaul-opposes-sales-tax-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:38:51 -0500 St. Paul police identify three bodies found in Mississippi River St. Paul police say they've identified three bodies found in the Mississippi River in the last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/police-id-bodies-found-in-mississippi?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:04:59 -0500 St. Paul City Council plans to pass resolution against an Arden Hills Vikings stadium St. Paul City Council president Kathy Lantry said she expects her colleagues will easily pass a non-binding resolution opposing the idea at a meeting tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/st-paul-city-council-to-pass-resolution-against-proposed-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:43:09 -0500 Mondale, Carlson organize commission on shutdown Former Gov. Arne Carlson, a Republican, and former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Democrat, announced Tuesday an independent commission designed to resolve Minnesota's budget deadlock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/shutdown-mondale-carlson?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:55:34 -0500 Vikings stadium negotiations continue as shutdown nears Although a shutdown of state government is looming a little more than a week away, officials say work is still going on behind the scenes on a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/vikings-stadium-negotiations?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:24:26 -0500 GOP senator: Impending shutdown already affecting construction Republican legislators say the impending state government shutdown is already having a negative effect on the state's roads and bridges, and the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee says it doesn't have to be that way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/shutdown-contractors-gimse?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:39:06 -0500 Mayo renews $64 million NIH grant for clinical research The National Institutes of Health have renewed a major grant to the Mayo Clinic for ongoing clinical research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/mayo-nih-grant?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:52:39 -0500 Shoreview city councilor petitions against Vikings stadium A Shoreview City Council member Blake Huffman said he's started an online petition questioning Ramsey County's plan to build a billion dollar Vikings stadium on the site of a former Army ammunition plant site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/shoreview-council-member-starts-petition-to-stop-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:31:20 -0500 No State Fair shutdown The Minnesota State Fair isn't supported by state funding, although it isn't clear what inspectors, license issuers or other officials might be laid off and unable to attend to fair-related business if a shutdown lasts that long. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/06/no-state-fair-shutdown.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:36:34 -0500 State union workers voting on shutdown deal The state's major employee unions are considering a deal that could preserve their severance, vacation and health care even if they're laid off by a state shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/afscme-council-5-minnesota-shutdown-vote?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:10:07 -0500 Timberwolves hoping Rubio will be marquee player for franchise Ricky Rubio made his public debut at Target Center Tuesday, the 20-year-old basketball phenom was originally drafted two years ago and the Timberwolves have finally brought what they hope will be a franchise player home to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/rubio-timberwolves?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:33:02 -0500 Storm knocks out power to thousands in Twin Cities Thousands of Minnesotans are without power after Monday's storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/twin-cities-power-outages?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:54:22 -0500 No new charges against Metro Gang Strike Force FBI and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman say the investigation on the Metro Gang Strike Force has concluded with no criminal charges. In 2010, police reached a $3 million civil settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/metro-gang-strike-force?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:07:37 -0500 Minn. senators to petition high court to block 'essential services' rulings A group of four GOP state senators are going to ask the Supreme Court on Monday to intervene in the state's budget impasse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/gop-senators-state-budget-rulings-violate-constitution?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:50:37 -0500 Stillwater bridge would close to cars in shutdown Count the closing of the Stillwater Lift Bridge among the unintended impacts if Minnesota state government shuts down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/stillwater-lieftbridge-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:48:57 -0500 Officials want stadium deal resolved today, but negotiations will go on State officials hoped to have a proposal for a Vikings stadium wrapped up Friday, but backers say talks will go on even if there is no deal yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/stadium-deadline?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Unlikely duo leading the way for Vikings stadium in Arden Hills The Minnesota Vikings want build a new stadium in a tiny suburb of just 10,000 people, and an unlikely pair of Ramsey County commissioners led them there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/vikings-stadium-commissioners?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 New federal rules could open doors to more Minn. casinos A change in the way the federal government considers applications for Indian gaming casinos could pave the way to move more of them off of traditional reservations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/gambling-changes?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:45:47 -0500 Dayton and Vikings meet, but no stadium deal reached The Minnesota Vikings owners and state and local officials spent nearly two hours behind closed doors with Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday. But there was no breakthrough on a deal to build a new stadium for the team in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/dayton-wilf-vikings-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:50:13 -0500 Vikings propose more user fees to pay for stadium roads The Minnesota Vikings have laid out a plan to close the gap between what they've already offered to build a new football stadium and what the state says it'll cost. The team said it's ready to meet the state halfway on the estimated $131 million it will cost to upgrade the roads around the stadium they want to build in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/vikings-stadium-road-plan?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:11:22 -0500 Today is last day Mpls. will pick up tornado debris Officials in Minneapolis say Friday is the last day city crews will be out picking up debris from trees downed by spring storms like the May 22 tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/tornado-debris?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:55:43 -0500 Time running out for Vikings stadium deal, backers say Backers of a new Vikings stadium may have only days to wrap up a deal to finance and build a home for the NFL franchise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:30:41 -0500 Toddler dies after chiropractor table lowers onto him An 18-month-old Moundsview boy who died after an incident at a Shoreview chiropractic office was gravely injured when he got caught under a mechanical chiropractor's examination table, authorities said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/child-death-shoreview-chiropractor-office?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 07:58:03 -0500 Vikings working on funding of roadwork at Arden Hills site The Minnesota Vikings are working on plans to fund roadwork needed to accommodate traffic around a new stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/arden-hills-vikings?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:15:22 -0500 Ramsey Co. panel opts not to weigh in on stadium bill Ramsey County's charter commission turned back an effort yesterday night to give voters more say on a key part of the stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/ramsey-county-commission-vikings-stadium-provision?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 06:21:59 -0500 Ramsey Co. Vikings stadium sales tax on docket for meeting tonight The Ramsey County charter commission is meeting Wednesday night to discuss a potential deal that includes a sales tax to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/vikings-ramsey-county-sales-tax?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 08:21:35 -0500 Xcel working to connect power after heat spurs outages Xcel Energy officials say hot weather in the Twin Cities brought a big electrical demand Tuesday and was partly responsible for thousands of power outages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/xcel-outages?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 07:53:30 -0500 Former St. John's abbot accused of molesting NY teen in '60s A New York man has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused at a Bronx church in the 1960s by a priest who later became abbot of a Minnesota monastery and helped found an institute to deal with clergy sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/clergy-abuse?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:50:32 -0500 Fire guts Eagan apartments, displaces hundreds Hundreds of people are still out of their homes after a fire at an Eagan apartment complex Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/eagan-fire?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:16:01 -0500 Dayton presses Vikings for more clarity on stadium deal Gov. Mark Dayton and two GOP lawmakers have sent a letter to the owners of the Minnesota Vikings asking for more information about financing for construction of a proposed new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/vikings-stadium-letter?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 17:00:35 -0500 Man behind Minn. concealed-carry law dies at 57 Joel Rosenberg, who played a key role in the passage of Minnesota's concealed-carry gun law, has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/joel-rosenberg?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:36:59 -0500 Lawmakers still working with Vikings officials on stadium deal While the stadium bill introduced at the Capitol never got a formal hearing, supporters are hoping it may be debated during a special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:58:18 -0500 Minn. AG seeks end to CenterPoint tiered gas rates Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is asking the state Public Utilities Commission to suspend a CenterPoint Energy pilot rate pricing program in which customers are charged progressively more as their gas usage increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/swanson-centerpoint-gas-rates?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:04:55 -0500 St. Paul council not on board with sales tax for Vikings stadium Six out of seven St. Paul City Council members say they're against a half-cent sales tax the county plans in order to help pay for a new Vikings stadium, and the council might even put the tax up to a vote -- a non-binding, but telling gauge of support for the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/vikings-stadium-sales-tax?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Soldiers honored in ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Hundreds of people turned out Monday morning to mark Memorial Day at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Speakers included Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/snelling-memorial-day?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 13:13:48 -0500 Vikings talk to Los Angeles sports management company Minnesota Vikings officials met with Los Angeles sports management officials the day after the state Legislature adjourned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/vikings-los-angeles?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 16:50:46 -0500 Coleman proposes statewide drink tax to solve stadium issues St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed a 2-cent per drink statewide sales tax to raise money to build a new Vikings stadium, remodel the Xcel Energy Center and help finance a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. But most of the major stadium players are already dismissing the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/coleman-stadium-drink-tax?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 15:04:01 -0500 Dayton vetoes marriage amendment in symbolic move Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed the bill that calls for a statewide vote next year on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, but acknowledged it's a symbolic move and he can't keep it off the ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/dayton-vetoes-same-sex-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 10:03:52 -0500 House sends same-sex marriage ban to 2012 ballot A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is headed for the state's 2012 general election ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/22/house-approves-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Sun, 22 May 2011 09:39:06 -0500 Bill introduced to help fund stadium with gaming funds A Republican representative and a DFL senator have introduced a measure that would allow casino-type gambling at the Canterbury Park racetrack to help fund a Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/racino-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 17:04:39 -0500 DFL senators hear how cuts will affect average Minnesotans They called the hearing because they didn't think the public had enough chance to weigh in on the Republican-backed budget plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/dfl-hearing-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 16:59:07 -0500 St. Paul Saints owner hopeful of new stadium for team The owner of the St. Paul Saints says he's hopeful that the minor league baseball franchise is heading for a new stadium of its own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/saints-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 13:18:35 -0500 Road cost estimate for Arden Hills stadium falls to $131M MnDOT has lowered its estimate for road work needed around a proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills by $44 million. Lawmakers had not fully embraced the site because of the road work costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/arden-hills-vikings-stadium-road-work-costs?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 14:32:17 -0500 No movement to break Capitol gridlock over Vikings stadium The NFL boosted efforts Tuesday to build the Minnesota Vikings a new football stadium, but with time running out in the legislative session there's still no funding deal at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 16:13:27 -0500 Goodell: NFL will contribute toward Vikings stadium NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he'll reveal details in the next few days about the league's contribution toward a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/vikings-dayton-nfl?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 06:02:11 -0500 Senate votes to bump up speed limit on I-35E The Minnesota state Senate voted Monday to raise the speed limit on Interstate 35E in St. Paul from 45 to 55 miles per hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/interstate-35e-speed-limit?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 16:55:04 -0500 Some question Vikings stadium's priority status As Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton struggle to reach an agreement on how to erase a projected $5 billion budget gap, some lawmakers are wondering why a new Vikings stadium has become a top priority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/vikings-stadium-why-priority?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 17:49:56 -0500 St. Paul mayor doesn't like countywide sales tax for stadium More complications cropped up for Ramsey County's bid to host the Minnesota Vikings today, as St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman voiced doubts about the county's plan to raise the sales tax to fund the project. The state's point man on the stadium issue also weighed in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/coleman-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 15:52:53 -0500 New details emerge on Vikings stadium proposal There are new details today about the deal reached between the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County. The two agreed on Tuesday to a plan to build a retractable roof stadium on the site of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. The two sides say it was a handshake deal, and they've released a 12-page list of the terms of the deal. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/the_fine_print.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 10:55:48 -0500 Vikings start uphill lobbying effort for Arden Hills stadium The lawmakers have to sign off on the deal, which includes a proposed $300 million state subsidy to build a stadium on the site of an old Army ammunition plant, shown here. But many say that the cost of the stadium and upgrades to the roads around it are likely to exceed the amount the state is willing to pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/vikings-arden-hills?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 16:27:38 -0500 The Arden Hills Vikings? The Minnesota Vikings say they want to move out of Minneapolis to the suburbs. They said yesterday that they shook hands with Ramsey County officials on a deal that would put them on a 260-acre site in Arden Hills, the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. But the deal is a long way from done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/vikings-stadium-location?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 09:59:04 -0500 Vikings officials cool on Minneapolis stadium plan The plan calls for a major reshuffling of the city's public facilities at a cost of $900 million, to be paid for with millions of dollars in sales taxes and fees, and a super-sized contribution from the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 10:25:39 -0500 Could Minneapolis afford to pay for a Vikings stadium? Minneapolis officials are pondering whether to make a bid for the city to help build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. The question is whether the city can afford it. It already has some of the highest sales, hotel, food and car rental taxes compared to other cities that host NFL teams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/vikings-stadium-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 15:34:18 -0500 Getting ahead of the ash borer in St. Paul The emerald ash borer's toll is readily apparent in St. Paul, but the city is fighting back like never before this spring. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/05/getting-ahead-of-the-ash-borer.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 09:10:09 -0500 Focus for Vikings moves to Arden Hills Vikings owners and legislators are talking about the cost of infrastructure around the Ramsey County site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 22:04:18 -0500 Ramsey Co. officials say deal on stadium edging closer Officials in Ramsey County say they are edging toward a deal with the Minnesota Vikings for a new stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/ramsey-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 11:50:38 -0500 Amendment to ban same-sex marriage moves closer to 2012 ballot A House panel gave approval to proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in Minnesota Monday. It was the second time in less than a week that legislators moved the measure toward the 2012 ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/same-sex-marriage-ban-bills?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 06:13:17 -0500 Controversial developer unveils Vikings stadium plan Bruce Lambrecht, who previously owned Target Field site, says the nearby Farmers Market makes the most sense for a Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/lambrecht-vikings?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Groups plan rallies against cuts in state mental health services Supporters of state-sponsored mental health services say they'll be rallying all week at the Capitol to try to stop budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/mental-health-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 15:05:49 -0500 Minn. Senate Republicans introducing amendment to cap state spending Senate Republicans are preparing to introduce another proposed constitutional amendment, one that would cap state spending at 2 percent below the state's projected revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/senate-spending-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 15:02:53 -0500 GOP offer amendment on supermajority for tax increases If passed by 2012 voters, any tax increase would require 60 percent, instead of a simple majority, of votes of legislators to pass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/supermajority?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:08:58 -0500 Vikings stadium funding counts on Twins merchandise sales The clock is ticking down at the Capitol on a potential deal to build a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, including ways to pay for it. Surprisingly, some of the biggest contributors to that effort may be Minnesota Twins fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/vikings-stadium-memorabilia-tax?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 House GOP propose voter ID amendment Republicans in the Minnesota House have introduced a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would require people to show a photo ID before they can vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:56:37 -0500 Dayton says Vikings should contribute more to a new stadium Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he thinks the Vikings should increase their contribution to a new NFL stadium, beyond what the legislature has been discussing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/dayton-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:11:16 -0500 Hennepin Co. not interested in new Vikings stadium Hennepin County officials are the folks most likely to make a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis happen, but they are still on the sidelines because of the money the host county would have to pony up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/hennepin-county-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:14:40 -0500 What the Vikings stadium would cost state taxpayers The Minnesota Department of Revenue has just put out the revenue estimates that the state is likely to use for calculating its potential contribution for a new Vikings stadium. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/04/what_the_viking.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:32:08 -0500 Voters in Washington County charged with election fraud Officials in Washington County say they're charging 13 people with voting violations connected to last fall's elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/washington-county-election-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:53:10 -0500 Despite no new plants, Minn. company still part of the nuclear process A factory in Hutchinson is about to ship a huge crane overseas. The crane is key to a new crop of nuclear reactors that, for now, aren't welcome here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/nuclear-crane-hutchinson?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:19:35 -0500 At Capitol, Vikings owner Wilf pushes stadium Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf visited the Capitol to meet with state lawmakers and encourage them to support a bill to build a new football stadium for the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/vikings-capitol-wilf?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:37:04 -0500 Dayton pushes for same-sex marriage at Capitol rally Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday told hundreds of people gathered in front of the Capitol that he had hoped the state would adopt a measure allowing same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/gay-rights-rally?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:26:34 -0500 GOP Minn. senator opposes Vikings stadium bill Freshman Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, an assistant majority leader, says he thinks lawmakers aren't interested in building a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/gop-senator-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:33:19 -0500 Prison garden bill has growing support in Legislature Supporters say the bill that would require some Minnesota prisons to plant gardens would save the state money and give inmates a productive outlet while they serve their time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/prison-gardens?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:37:54 -0500 No hearings scheduled for Vikings stadium bill At the Capitol Monday, some GOP lawmakers formally introduced a bill to build a new Vikings stadium, but there are no immediate hearings scheduled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/vikings-stadium-bill?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:55:03 -0500 Lawmakers submit bill for new Vikings stadium After months of waiting, two Republican lawmakers have formally submitted a bill to the Legislature to build a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/vikings-stadium-bill?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:57:59 -0500 Senate committee approves ban on synthetic marijuana Under the bill, possession of synthetic marijuana and other substances would be a misdemeanor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/synthetic-marijuana-ban?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:46:30 -0500 Bill would require state license agents to issue IDs for voting Republican Sen. Warren Limmer said it would cost about $7 million to supply IDs for people who can't afford them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/voter-id-bill?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:10:27 -0500 Harrington backs a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills Former St. Paul police chief said a stadium could be a boon for the east metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/another-stadium-cosponsor?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:23:11 -0500 Minn. House passes jobs bill with deep cuts Bill includes cuts to the Minnesota Trade Office and a local business subsidy fund that helps small and medium firms expand their employment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/jobs-econonmic-development-bill?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:05:54 -0500 Private group produces its own Vikings stadium plan Website operator calls on the state to put proceeds from a racino towards debt service on a new stadium and for fans to pick up part of the cost with a $16 ticket surcharge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/saevethevikings-stadium-plan?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 19:04:06 -0500 Scheid will cosponsor stadium bill, making it a bipartisan effort Stadium supporters expect to introduce the bill this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/bipartisan-vikings-bill?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:13:56 -0500 DFLers want to save Metrodome if Vikings leave A pair of DFL lawmakers say they think the Metrodome may be worth saving if the Vikings get a new stadium somewhere else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/dfl-legislators-want-to-save-metrodome-if-vikings-leave?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:12:50 -0500 House bill would cut $100 million from public safety, courts Republican-backed bill would spend nearly $2 billion over the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/house-bill-prison-public-safety?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:11:12 -0500 Minn. Senate passes deep cuts for health, welfare programs The Minnesota Senate passed a sweeping health and human services bill on Wednesday, including historic changes to health care for the state's poor and disabled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/senate-health-human-services-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:25:54 -0500 Dayton skeptical of House education bill Gov. Mark Dayton said that he doesn't like some components of the school funding bill passed by the House early Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/dayton-reax-k12-bill?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:38:34 -0500 Dayton willing to consider a 'people's stadium' Gov. Mark Dayton says he's willing to consider what he called a "people's stadium" for the Minnesota Vikings, under certain conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/dayton-willing-to-consider-a-peoples-stadium-?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:01:52 -0500 Minn. House passes GOP-favored income tax cut House Republicans have passed their first major budget bills since taking power at the Minnesota Capitol this year. They approved their version of a tax bill after hours of heated debate on the House floor Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/house-tax-bill-approval?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:59:06 -0500 State senator wants health insurers out of state-funded care for poor, disabled Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, says he wants to cut health insurers out of state-funded care for the poor and disabled. Instead, he would have the state contract directly with doctors and hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/marty-ucare?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:21:29 -0500 St. Paul Saints mount push for Lowertown ballpark The alternative the Saints and St. Paul officials are proposing is a new, $50 million downtown stadium, butting up against the St. Paul's Farmer's Market in Lowertown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/saint-paul-saints-ballpark?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Repairs begin on Metrodome roof panels New fabric panels will be delivered to the downtown Minneapolis stadium, and Birdair Inc. will begin by replacing three diamond-shaped panels that ruptured during a December snowstorm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/metrodome-roof-replacement?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:00:55 -0500 Minn. House health panel gets an earful from targets of cuts The Minnesota House has a plan of its own to cut the health and human services budget. And on Wednesday, committees heard from scores of people that say they'd be hurt by the bill, which cuts $1.6 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/house-health-human-services-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:53:20 -0500 After Minneapolis gas fire, search for answers begins Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion and fire Thursday morning at a gas line near a major highway intersection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/hwy-fire?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:03:51 -0500 Wealthy Minnesotans pay smaller share of taxes State officials say Minnesota's tax system is becoming more regressive and that the highest earners pay less a percentage of their income than lower and middle income Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/tax-plan?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:12:51 -0500 Bill allowing Sunday Minn. liquor sales advances A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/sunday-liquor?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:31:06 -0500 Wis. Gov. Walker visits manufacturer in Hudson, talks budget Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was in Hudson today, just across the state line from the Twin Cities, to visit a Hudson manufacturer and talk about his budget plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/wisconsin-unions-scott-walker?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:52:35 -0500 Senate committee passes teachers union strike ban A state Senate committee approved a measure today that would ban Minnesota teachers from striking and send labor negotiations to arbitration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/teacher-strike-ban?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:57:17 -0500 NFL lockout could affect plans for new Vikings stadium Lawmakers say the breakdown of talks between the NFL and its players could affect plans for a new stadium in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/nfl-lockout-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:28:28 -0500 Minn. GOP senators take aim at public worker benefits Under a proposal two GOP state senators announced Monday, some workers would have to increase contributions to their pensions by more than half. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/minnesota-public-worker-benefits?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Wolves owner floats plan to solve everyone's stadium problems Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was making the rounds at the Capitol this week, and while we couldn't track him down personally, we did find a document he might have been talking about. It's the secret plan to end the stadium war. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/03/stadiums_the_12.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:09:37 -0600 Minn. GOP takes aim at teachers' bargaining power As state lawmakers struggle to right Minnesota's finances this year, they're increasingly heading back to school -- specifically, to the people that work there. A series of measures introduced in recent weeks aims to reset the state's longstanding relationship with its public school teachers, and curb teachers' labor and political power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/teacher-reform?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:14:09 -0600 Plan would draw private investors to pay for social services Some state lawmakers are backing a plan to create a new financing plan that could draw private investors into helping pay for the state's social services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/social-services-private-investors?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:40:59 -0600 Foundations make pitch to reform gov't services Six Minnesota foundations are working together to try to pitch ideas for government reform to lawmakers this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/foundations-government-reform?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:38:54 -0600 Study: Minn.'s public workers earn less than private workers A new study concludes that Minnesota's government employees are getting paid an average of nearly 8 percent less than their private-sector counterparts, in terms of total compensation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/public-employee-pay-study?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:18:36 -0600 Vikings exec in Minn. to boost stadium talks The Minnesota Vikings' effort to get a new stadium appear to be picking up some momentum. Team executive Mark Wilf was in St. Paul Tuesday, meeting with officials about his team's prospects for a replacement for the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/vikings-ramsey-county?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 16:35:56 -0600 Dayton has hopes for high-speed rail in Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton says Florida's rejection of federal stimulus money to build high-speed rail may benefit Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/dayton-high-speed-rail?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 06:31:13 -0600 House Dems want explanations for rising health care costs for poor Democrats in the Minnesota House say the health insurance plans that take care of the state's Medicaid patients need to explain the skyrocketing cost of health care for Minnesota's poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/minnesota-house-democrats-health-care-costs-for-poor?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:45:18 -0600 Developer floats casino idea for downtown Minneapolis The Minneapolis developer who bought the Block E project last summer is floating the idea of building a luxury casino on the downtown Hennepin Avenue site. The Alatus Co. thinks high-stakes gaming might revive one of the city's landmark and most notorious commercial blocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/block-e-casino?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:40:46 -0600 Hundreds rally in St. Paul to support Wis. unions Hundreds of people filled the state capitol Tuesday afternoon to say they'll fight any efforts to curb the strength of organized labor like those being debated in Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/mn-unions-rally?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:53:49 -0600 Snowstorm causes hazardous driving conditions Heavy snowfall across central and southern Minnesota canceled hundreds of flights Sunday and is making road travel difficult and dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/20/wx-sunday?refid=0 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:29:11 -0600 Dayton: Minn. managing public employees better than Wis. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he thinks Minnesota is taking a more reasonable approach to public employees than Wisconsin, as both states grapple with major budget deficits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/dayton-on-wisconsin-budget?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:23:02 -0600 Map: Potential Vikings stadium locations A map of the four potential locations for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/map-potential-vikings-stadium-locations?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:38:14 -0600 Comparing Wis., Minn. public employment benefits If you're wondering what sparked the controversy in Wisconsin about proposed changes to the state's labor law and public employee compensation, it helps to look at the numbers as they are now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/mn-wi-public-employee-benefits-compared?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 In Capitol debut, new Hibbing representative talks jobs Newly elected state Rep. Carly Melin made her Capitol debut Wednesday, just hours after she won election to succeed former DFL House Majority Leader Tony Sertich. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/melin-capitol-debut?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Ramsey County to move forward with Vikings stadium talks The Ramsey County board voted 6-1 Tuesday to open talks with the Minnesota Vikings about a possible new football stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/ramsey-vikings-stadium-talks?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:11:47 -0600 Replacements in works for roof, and Dome itself The commission that runs the Metrodome says it will begin putting a new roof on the stadium starting in mid-April, and they're hoping to have it done in time for the Vikings pre-season in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/metrodome-roof-replacement-stadium-site?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Ramsey County poised to negotiate over Vikings stadium site Ramsey County looks poised to enter into negotiations with the Minnesota Vikings over a potential stadium site at a former arsenal site in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/vikings-stadium-arden-hills-site-negotiations?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:26:04 -0600 No ethics investigation over Newman e-mail 'banning' opponents A Senate ethics panel has dismissed complaints against a Hutchinson Republican alleging his staff might have used campaign contributions to decide who got to talk to him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/ethics-panel-newman?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 06:55:04 -0600 Lawmakers take hard look at sex offender program Several participants in Minnesota's sex offender treatment program could be freed by Minnesota courts this year. That has lawmakers evaluating the benefits, and costs, of the state's program to keep sex offenders locked up, even after they leave prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/sex-offender-treatment?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:48:57 -0600 Bill would open medical records people dead for 50 years A bill introduced today at the state legislature would lift the secrecy of medical records in Minnesota for people who have been dead for 50 years or more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/07/medical-records-dead-private?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 17:16:54 -0600 Voter ID bill stirs debate in committee hearing Two bills that would require Minnesotans to show a photo ID before they can vote got their first formal airings at the Capitol Thursday. A House panel heard advocates say it would be a basic protection against vote fraud. But others said it would keep people away from the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/voter-id-testimony?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:34:47 -0600 Minn. Senate votes to repeal ban on new nuclear plants The Minnesota Senate has approved legislation giving energy regulators authority to issue permits for new nuclear power plants. The bill passed Wednesday on a 50-14 vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/senate-nuke-ban-bill?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:18:59 -0600 Viability of Metrodome in question as plans for new stadium edge toward Capitol The Minnesota Vikings and some key state lawmakers say they will roll out a plan for a new stadium for the team in coming weeks, but even its detractors say the Metrodome -- despite roof troubles -- could be viable for years to come. /features/2011/02/01-metrodome-football-stadiums/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:41:12 -0600 Bill would expand gaming to electronic bingo, pull tabs The state's bar and restaurant trade group is pushing for a gambling expansion again -- although with a new twist on the games they'd like to offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/mn-gaming-electronic-pull-tabs-bingo?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:38:08 -0600 Gov. Dayton to propose $1B bonding bill for public works Gov. Mark Dayton will propose a bill Monday that aims to jump start public works projects across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/bonding-bill?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:31:43 -0600 Dayton to unveil new education proposals Gov. Mark Dayton told a group of school principals Friday that his administration would be proposing education changes in the days before his budget is released in mid-February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/dayton-education?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:01:58 -0600 Senate committee approve lifting ban on nuclear power A key committee in Minnesota's Republican-controlled Senate has approved lifting the state's moratorium on new nuclear-fueled electrical plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/nuclear-moritorium-senate-committee?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:17:16 -0600 Ramsey County offers cash help for Vikings stadium Ramsey County officials say they're willing to chip in to help build a new Vikings stadium if the team decides to move to suburban Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/ramsey-county-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:41:47 -0600 Measure to make injuring police dogs a felony clears House panel A state House panel has unanimously approved a measure to make it a felony to substantially injure a police dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/police-dog-bill?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:09:22 -0600 New bill would cut taxes for nonprofit animal shelters State lawmakers are considering a proposed sales tax exemption for nonprofit animal shelters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/nonprofit-animal-shelters-sales-tax-exemption?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:00:40 -0600 Sen. Kubly announces Lou Gehrig's diagnosis State Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, said he's been diagnosed with ALS, the degenerative neuromuscular disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/kubly-lou-gehrigs?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:27:43 -0600 Bachmann calls for Dayton to cancel Medicaid expansion Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann joined GOP state legislators Monday morning in calling for Gov. Mark Dayton to cancel an expansion of Medicaid for 95,000 Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/bachmann-dayton-medicaid?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:53:08 -0600 Metrodome may not be ready for Vikings preseason The incoming chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said the Metrodome might not be ready for the start of the Vikings season this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/mondale-sworn-in?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:53:30 -0600 Dayton, leaders talk about Minn. Capitol security Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton met Tuesday to talk about added security at Minnesota's state Capitol after the shootings in Tucson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/mn-capitol-security?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:29:51 -0600 NWS: S. Minn. could see significant spring floods The National Weather Service in Minnesota says that the southern part of the state could be in for a second straight spring of significant flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/spring-flooding?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 10:06:28 -0600 Bachmann says Iowa trip about issues, not personal ambition Minnesota's 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann talked this morning about her plans to speak in Iowa later this month. Her appearance has fueled speculation about a potential run for the presidency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/bachmann-iowa?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 08:13:12 -0600 Legislature critical of Minn. ground water clean-up plan A long-term plan to clean up Minnesota's ground water got a chilly reception at its debut at the Minnesota Legislature this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/05/ground-water-clean-up-report?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:52:13 -0600 Bostrom succeeds Fletcher as Ramsey County sheriff Former St. Paul Police Assistant Chief Matt Bostrom was sworn in as sheriff Tuesday, succeeding four-term incumbent Bob Fletcher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/matt-bostrom-bob-fletcher-ramsey-county-sheriff?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis is home to a second defunct dome While crews are working to repair the collapsed roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, a warehouse just a few blocks away holds the remains of another roof from another domed stadium -- this one in Vancouver. The pieces of that roof are already being put to good use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/other-dome?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:46:14 -0600 Plymouth Avenue bridge in Mpls. could be closed for more than year The Plymouth Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis could be closed for more than a year while the city works on fixing corroded internal cables that help hold the bridge up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/plymouth-avenue-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:18:56 -0600 Fire badly damages church in Blaine, Minn. Fire badly damaged a church in Blaine Tuesday night. No one was hurt and the Oak Park Community Church was empty at the time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/fire-church-blaine?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:43:26 -0600 New Xcel Energy wind farm up and running in SW Minn. Xcel Energy says its latest wind energy generating facility is up and running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/new-wind-farm?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:18:31 -0600 Zero traffic deaths over Christmas holiday is a first in four years The Department of Public Safety says the state reported no traffic fatalities over the Christmas holiday, the first time that's happened in four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/traffic-fatalities?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:07:30 -0600 East Coast blizzard causing cancellations at Mpls.-St. Paul airport The snowstorm that has closed airports up and down the East Coast has caused backups at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/27/east-coast-blizzard-mps?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:26:26 -0600 Baby taken in stolen car in St. Paul found miles away Police say they're still looking for whoever stole a family's car in St. Paul Wednesday evening and took their 11-month-old son, as well. The boy has been found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/missing-baby-stolen-car?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 07:01:08 -0600 Official: No timeline for repair, but Metrodome will be ready for next season The snow on the roof of the Metrodome has all been melted and the roof will be safe for workers by the end of the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/22/metrodome-roof-replacement-panels?refid=0 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:05:41 -0600 Census: Minnesota to keep 8 seats in US House The 2010 Census reports Tuesday that Minnesota's population is up 7.4 percent over the 4.9 million Minnesotans counted 10 years ago. That's slower than the nation as a whole, which grew 9.7 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/census-minnesota-seats-retain?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:41:37 -0600 Preparation of TCF Stadium for Vikings game ahead of schedule Preparations for the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are apparently ahead of schedule, despite the collapse of the Metrodome in a blizzard last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/tcf-preparation-vikings-football?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:41:24 -0600 Metrodome repairs stalled as engineers decide next steps Five days after the Metrodome's roof collapsed, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission met this morning to get started on the official process of getting the roof back up. Work on repairing the roof has stopped for the day while engineers assess what to do next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/metrodome-repairs?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:03:51 -0600 TCF Bank Stadium prepped for Vikes Shovelers and maintenance personnel are back at TCF Bank stadium today to work on getting the Gopher's home field ready for its debut as a pro football venue. The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to play the Chicago Bears on Monday in Minneapolis, but their usual home, the Metrodome, isn't available because the dome's roof can't be fixed in time after last weekend's major winter storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/tcfbankstadium?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:09:30 -0600 Plow drivers chipping away at snow cleanup, but process difficult Five days after the snow started falling across Minnesota, crews are still trying to clean up the mess left by the Twin Cities fifth biggest snowstorm on record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/snow-plow-ride?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 07:12:37 -0600 Twin Cities fire fighters busy after storm Twin Cities fire fighters battled several fires overnight and again this morning. As of 7:30 in the morning, there was a big one still burning in St. Paul. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Tim Nelson who spoke from the scene of the big fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/firefighting?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:04:38 -0600 Firefighters battling blaze at St. Paul business Firefighters are battling a fire at a furniture store in St. Paul this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/fire?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:48:21 -0600 Snowstorm brings down Metrodome roof The snowstorm that dumped more than 20 inches of snow on parts of Minnesota brought down the roof of the Metrodome on Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/12/snowstorm-sunday-metrodome-roof?refid=0 Sun, 12 Dec 2010 07:53:05 -0600 Metrodome roof collapses The roof of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis has apparently collapsed. Witnesses say the roof is no longer visible above the dome's concrete bowl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/12/metrodome-roof-collapses?refid=0 Sun, 12 Dec 2010 07:00:47 -0600 Group to return same-sex marriage DVDs to archdiocese A church campaign that sent tens of thousands of DVDs to Catholic homes in Minnesota to support a ban on same-sex marriage will get some of them back Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/archdiocese-same-sex-marriage-dvds?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 07:10:53 -0600 Charges: Minn. crash suspect told cops to kill him A 29-year-old Bloomington man has been charged with fleeing police and vehicular homicide for a crash that killed a Fridley woman and both of her children early Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/crash-charges?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 07:25:55 -0600 Few Pearl Harbor veterans remain to mark anniversary Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II. It was a defining moment in American history, and one in which Minnesotans played a role that's still remembered, by young and old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/pearl-harbor-anniv?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:06:47 -0600 Family, friends remember young family killed in car crash A 29-year-old Edina man is due in court Tuesday in connection with the fatal car crash that killed a young mother and both of her children early Sunday morning. Friends say Amanda Thomas was making a good life for herself and her boys, after a rough time growing up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/car-crash-folo?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:13:56 -0600 Police, critics, at odds over secret files from Gang Strike Force scandal A state task force invited the public to weigh in at the Capitol Thursday night on the now defunct Metro Gang Strike Force and the work and data it left behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/metro-gang-strike-force-intel?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 06:11:03 -0600 New Legislature likely to expand gambling Some of the staunchest protectors of tribal gaming are out of power at the Capitol, and both of the remaining gubernatorial candidates have spoken in favor of expanding gambling in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/new-legislature-gambling?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:45:10 -0600 Slippery spots lead to morning crashes on metro roads Authorities say slippery roads are to blame for a dozen vehicles in the ditch and at least two rollover crashes in the Twin Cities area this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/winter-weather?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 07:16:39 -0600 Mpls attack victim calls for neighborhood rally A woman attacked as she was cross-country skiing with her children in Minneapolis last week is calling for neighbors to rally together at Powderhorn Park, where the attack occurred. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/powderhorn-attack-folo?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 07:21:04 -0600 Airport travel smooth in the morning It's the day before Thanksgiving and we're starting off one of the busiest travel days of the year. Out at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, the initial rush of travelers is actually easing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/nelson?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:39:29 -0600 What air travelers can expect at MSP over the holiday We're heading into the peak travel season in the US with unprecedented security measures at scores of airports around the nation -- including the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/holiday-travel-airport-msp-body-scanners-pat-down-qa?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 20:54:04 -0600 Joan Fabian retiring after more than 40-year career in Minn. corrections The woman who runs Minnesota's prison system -- and one of the longest-serving cabinet members of the Pawlenty administration -- will leave the department in January after more than 40 years in the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/joan-fabian-retiring?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 14:22:03 -0600 Traffic flowing, but icy weather to return today Traffic is flowing smoothly around Minnesota for now, although the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse as the day goes on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/icy-weather-roads?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:47:41 -0600 St. Paul police investigating report of abduction Sunday St. Paul police are investigating a report of a street abduction on Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/street-abduction-stpaul?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:06:24 -0600 Experts gather at U of M to discuss global development Experts and lawmakers gather at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Monday to discuss Minnesota's role in global development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/global-development-meeting?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:04:12 -0600 Popular cash-for-appliances program revived Minnesota's popular cash-for-appliances rebate program returns Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/cash-for-appliances?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 07:04:53 -0600 Northstar marks a year of commuter rail service This year, nearly 600,000 people have stepped aboard the line's trains for the half-dozen round trips Northstar makes daily between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/northstar-commuter-rail-one-year?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Northstar rail line offers free rides on 1st anniversary The Northstar Commuter Rail line is marking its first year of service Tuesday, and it's offering free rides to note the occasion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/northstar-free-rides?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:57:21 -0600 Most power restored from weekend outages More than 10,000 Twin Cities Xcel Energy customers remain without electricity Monday morning, after a heavy snowfall downed trees and power lines over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/storm-power-restored?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:45:07 -0600 Vets recall deadly Korean War battle At the state's official Veterans Day event, a group of Korean War veterans remembered a deadly battle with Chinese forces during the winter of 1950. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/inver-grove-heights-veterans-day-ceremony?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:19:37 -0600 Maplewood passes domestic partnership ordinance The city of Maplewood has passed a domestic partnership ordinance that would allow same-sex couples to register with the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/maple-wood-domestic-partners?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 07:24:47 -0600 Duluth hopes Lake Superior's cool water attracts Google As Google scours the nation for a location to begin work on a proposed city-wide data network, officials in Duluth are quietly hopeful they're on the company's short list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/09/google-duluth-broadband-network?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Emmer attorney says no thought to waiving recount Republican Tom Emmer plans to see a recount through, despite trailing Democrat Mark Dayton by almost 8,750 votes in the undeclared race for Minnesota governor, Emmer's attorney said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/verify-election?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:17:37 -0600 Ginger Bucklin says family overwhelmed by support during tragedy Family and friends of a Minneapolis man killed in a small plane crash with his three sons are offering their thanks to well-wishers and searchers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/bucklin-family?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:40:33 -0500 620 cameras to be installed in Minn. police cars State and federal funds are paying for 620 video cameras that will be installed in police squads across the state, authorities announced Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/police-video-cameras?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 11:56:58 -0500 Ritchie says he received death threats during 2008 recount Minnesota's closely watched gubernatorial election is heading for a recount, and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said he expects it to draw sharp partisan criticism, if not more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/ritchie-says-he-received-death-threats-during-2008-recount?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 11:00:39 -0500 Recount may be inevitable, election officials say With Democrat Mark Dayton leading Republican Tom Emmer by only 8,855 votes, a recount of the gubernatorial election could start start as soon as Nov 29. Above, scenes from the 2008 Franken-Coleman recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/recount-rundown?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:02:07 -0500 Republican Party of Minn. talks about recount of 2010 election During a news conference at the State Capitol, State GOP Chairman Tony Sutton said his party and its team of lawyers will scrutinize the recount process and aggressively pursue its options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/video-gop-sutton-recount?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:51:47 -0500 FAQ: What would a gubernatorial recount look like? Minnesota may be heading into another statewide election recount, the third in two election cycles. Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton are separated by a little more than 9,000 votes, which is just barely inside the automatic recount margin of 10,300. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/minnesota-governors-race-recount-tom-emmer-mark-dayton-frequently-asked-questions-faq?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 08:55:14 -0500 Strong voter turnout reported in some parts of Minnesota If early and mid-day turnout trends continue, Minnesota could exceed 60 percent voter turnout, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said late this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/election-day?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:21:44 -0500 Chlorine vapor closes St. Louis Park High School Classes have been cancelled at St. Louis Park High School after a ventilation malfunction prompted concern about a buildup of chlorine vapor from the school's pool. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/st-louis-high-chlorine?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 08:30:51 -0500 Power restored to most customers after windstorms Utility officials say they're wrapping up efforts to restore power in the wake of the record-setting windstorm that swept through the region on Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/power-on?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 08:10:12 -0500 Plane searchers in Wyoming detect emergency signal Searchers believe the signal is coming from a plane that was carrying a Minnesota man and three of his children when it went missing Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/missing-plane-more?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:55:27 -0500 St. Paul police investigate attempted abduction St. Paul police are investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping in the city's Frogtown neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/abduction-attempt?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 07:16:34 -0500 Strong winds continue battering Midwest today Winds topping 60 miles an hour swept over Minnesota overnight, leaving trees down and power out for tens of thousands of people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/windstorm-midwest?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 06:15:02 -0500 Candidates in 2nd District meet for first, and possibly only debate The two candidates facing off in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District held their first and possibly only debate Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/cd2-debate?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:05:37 -0500 Judge accused of misconduct for reprimanding volunteer court monitors A Hennepin County District Court judge is fighting allegations that he improperly reprimanded a judicial watch group during a sentencing hearing for a convicted child molester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/judge?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 08:44:17 -0500 Facing probable charges, Erlinder unsure of return to Rwanda The St. Paul attorney who was arrested in Rwanda for defending a critic of the government there says he hasn't decided whether to go back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/rwanda-erlinder?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 06:24:37 -0500 Neighbors remember mother, children killed Scores of people gathered in Bilha Omare's front yard Wednesday afternoon to remember her, her daughter and son, a week after they were all found dead in their third-floor apartment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/vadnais-heights-vigil?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:43:07 -0500 Minn. explorer says he's first to hit both poles, Everest in same year A 39-year-old Grand Marais man said he's the first person ever to cross both the north and south poles and summit Mt. Everest in the same year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/minnesota-explorer?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:04:25 -0500 Residents jump from burning apartment building in Mpls Residents of a south Minneapolis apartment building leapt from second-story windows to escape an early morning fire on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/escape-fire?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 09:34:37 -0500 Ammonia leak prompts evacuation in Morris A leaking farm tank prompted the evacuation of a couple of hundred people in the central Minnesota town of Morris overnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/ammonia-leak?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:10:00 -0500 Minnesota dad charged with killing wife, 2 kids A 43-year-old Minnesota man allegedly hit his wife with a golf club and strangled her, then killed two of the couple's children and locked the bodies in separate rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/charges-triple-slaying?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:13:21 -0500 Relative of Vadnais Heights suspect alerted police Joseph Nyaringo said his cousin, who's suspected of killing his wife and two children, called him yesterday to say "it was out of frustration that he was going to do what he was going to do." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/3-dead-vadnais?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:03:35 -0500 Mpls. Park Board names new chief official The Minneapolis Park Board has selected a Michigan official to run the city's park system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/park-board?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 08:46:16 -0500 FEMA to give funds to 21 flooded Minn. counties The federal government has declared 21 counties in southern Minnesota disaster areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/flooding-disaster?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 06:25:57 -0500 Students grieve as teens who died in park are identified Jacob Zachary Campbell, 14, of Lakeland and Lisa Marie Grijalva, 15, of Oak Park Heights were found dead Tuesday in a Lakeland park, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/2-juveniles-found-dead-at-e-minn-park?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:00:36 -0500 Highway 101 bridge over Minnesota River reopens The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reopening a key river crossing in the Minnesota River Valley on Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/highway-101-bridge-reopens?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:53:09 -0500 Fargo apartment fire leaves more than 150 homeless Officials in Fargo, North Dakota are cleaning up after a huge fire badly damaged a large apartment complex in the city Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/fargo-apartment-fire?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:29:12 -0500 Q&A with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson MPR's Cathy Wurzer interviewed Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson about her recommendation that the city's school board close North High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/johnson_interview?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:53:07 -0500 Two dozen candidates crowd judicial ballot in Stillwater It's believed to be the biggest general election field since more than 20 people ran for the Minneapolis school board in the 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/10/crowded-judicial-race?refid=0 Sun, 10 Oct 2010 18:32:03 -0500 Moss to Vikings fans: Get out your #84 jerseys Randy Moss practiced with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, one day after he was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/moss-practice?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 13:10:26 -0500 Duluth man indicted for kidnapping, sexual assault A 41-year-old Duluth man who allegedly snatched a girl and her dog off the street has been indicted for kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/kidnapping-indictment?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 08:12:21 -0500 Man who drove into north Mpls. house, killing 2, charged Two people who died in a crash Saturday were deliberately run down in the street, according to charges filed in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/crash-deliberate?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 14:02:06 -0500 Flood damage closes portion of Hwy 169 in St. Peter State officials say part of a key highway through southern Minnesota could be closed for more than a week because of flood damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/floods-roads-closed?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 07:12:29 -0500 Twins set start times for series against Yankees The Minnesota Twins are heading into the playoffs, and the team has announced the starting times for the opening of the America League Division Series games against the New York Yankees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/twins-first-game?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 09:14:15 -0500 Crash on I-94 near Clearwater kills 2, injures 7 A five-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 closed the freeway for several hours near Clearwater last night and left two people dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/interstate-crash?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 07:15:20 -0500 St. Paul prepped for flooding St. Paul has buttoned up its downtown riverfront for the second time this year, as Mississippi flood waters are set to crest there in the city weekend. Record rains dating back as early as the spring are to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/nelson?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 10:53:22 -0500 MnDOT closes more roads in advance of weekend flooding The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed more roads ahead of flooding in the Twin Cities from last week's record rains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/flooding-twin-cities?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 10:53:09 -0500 Forum draws candidates for crowded judicial election More than a dozen candidates for a judicial seat in Stillwater showed up for a voter forum in Monticello last night -- just over half the people that will be on the ballot in central Minnesota next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/judicial-forum?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 08:25:33 -0500 Attorney in Toyota crash taking up another high-profile case One of the attorneys who helped free a St. Paul man convicted of killing three people in a controversial car crash is taking up another high-profile Minnesota case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/lee-attorney?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:38:06 -0500 DNR cleaning up flooded state park trails; metro area preps for high waters Residents and business owners in southeastern and south central Minnesota are cleaning up after flash floods -- and so are state parks and trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/floods-parks?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 08:18:06 -0500 Road closings, damage assessments continue following Minn. floods Flood waters from last week's rain continue to close roads and divert motorists in southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/flood-follow?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:50:49 -0500 Flood damage spreads wide in southern Minn. Hundreds of home owners, businesses and farms are cleaning up this morning after record rains across southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/flooding-debrief?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:03:42 -0500 Thousands cleaning up today after record rains in Minn., Wis. Thousands of people across southern Minnesota are cleaning up after record rains this week -- and the water is still rising in parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/more-flooding?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 06:46:30 -0500 Pawlenty declares state of emergency in flood zone Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a state of emergency due to the flooding in southern Minnesota. The order activates the National Guard to provide emergency relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/mn-flash-flooding?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:27:56 -0500 Road closures in southern Minn. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the situation on the roads in southern Minnesota continues to change as downpours continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/weather-road-conditions?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:06:58 -0500 Floods cause damage in southern Minnesota Heavy rain swept across southern Minnesota overnight, leaving flooded roads and homes from near the South Dakota state line and into western Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:51:35 -0500 Damaged Xcel power plant could be shut down for weeks A fire and explosion at a coal storage area shut down the Burnsville generating plant on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/damaged-xcel-plant?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:13:16 -0500 Building with carbon monoxide leak lacked detectors Two women remain listed in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center this morning after being overcome Tuesday by a carbon monoxide leak in a Minneapolis apartment building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/carbon-monoxide-apartment?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:45:01 -0500 Officials say booster seat effective in keeping kids safe State officials say the booster seat law Minnesota enacted last year is making a noticeable impact in passenger safety on the state's roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/booster-seat-law?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 06:18:26 -0500 Black Dog coal plant shut down after explosion Xcel Energy's Black Dog coal power plant in Burnsville was shut down Tuesday after a small explosion and fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/black-dog-plant-explosion?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 08:29:07 -0500 Xcel reporting metro power outages after strong storms Hundreds of people remain without power this morning, after a line of severe thunderstorms swept through the Twin Cities area early this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/power-storms?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:55:49 -0500 Missing man's van turns up in Chicago Sheriff's officials in Minnesota say the vehicle of a missing Shoreview man who told his wife he'd been kidnapped has turned up in Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/missing-man?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:36:30 -0500 Study: Online sex ads for underage girls increase in Minn. Testimony on Capitol Hill said online ads for underage girls in the state may have grown by more than 60 percent since February alone -- and could be among the fastest growing in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/underage-online-sex-ads?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Feds want tougher pipeline rules after accidents A gas explosion in California and the largest oil spill ever in the Midwest have raised new doubts about the safety of tens of thousands of miles of pipeline in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/pipeline-safety?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:05:17 -0500 ACLU, NAACP put pressure on county attorney in gang strike force case Two civil rights groups are calling on the Hennepin County attorney to present evidence from the Metro Gang Strike Force to a grand jury for possible criminal charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/gang-strike-force-charges?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:28:51 -0500 St. Paul man charged with aiding cop shooter Prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old St. Paul man with helping a suspect in the shooting death of a Maplewood police officer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/copshooting-charges?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 08:08:29 -0500 Professional soccer in Minn. could get the boot A series of financial missteps and new, tougher requirements for team owners may spell the end for the state's minor league soccer franchise, the Blaine-based NSC Stars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/professional-soccer?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Ramsey Co. to crackdown on texting and driving The Ramsey County Sheriff's office is launching a two-day crackdown on drivers who email or text with mobile phones while they're on the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/ramsey-county-texting-driving-crackdown?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 13:01:28 -0500 No charges filed against gang strike force members Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says his office will not press charges in the case of the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/gangstrikeforce-nocharges?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 00:44:58 -0500 State unveils first new traffic signal in 40 years Minnesota officially turned on the state's first new type of traffic signal in 40 years in Lake Elmo today. It's a flashing yellow arrow, intended to make left turns safer and easier. The signal is expected to eventually blink on in traffic lights statewide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/new-flashing-yellow-arrow-traffic-signal?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 15:33:39 -0500 Hennepin keeps tax levy flat; Ramsey raises it 2.7% Hennepin and Ramsey County commissioners have voted on their proposed property taxes for the 2011 budget year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/hennepin-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 07:50:55 -0500 Sidewalk in St. Paul collapses; 1 person injured A 20-foot section of brick sidewalk in downtown St. Paul collapsed into a sinkhole this morning, injuring a pedestrian walking along Wabasha Street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/sidewalk-collapse?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 10:38:55 -0500 High winds knock out power for thousands across Minn. More than 5,000 people are reported without power after high winds swept across Minnesota this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/power-outages?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 10:00:19 -0500 Cleanup for last of 35W wreckage begins today The last of the wreckage being stored near the site of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse will start getting cleaned up today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/35-wreckage?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 06:49:10 -0500 3 Minn. families will share in salmonella settlement A federal judge in Virginia has approved a settlement between a disgraced peanut supplier and scores of people who got sick eating tainted peanut butter -- including some in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/peanut-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 07:23:22 -0500 Car accident in Grant causes gas leak, evacuation A rollover accident in the city of Grant last night prompted an early morning evacuation of homes nearby because of a gas leak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/gas-leak-accident?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 06:41:02 -0500 Minn. National Guard unit deploying to Iraq this fall The Minnesota National Guard says a helicopter unit based in St. Cloud will be heading for Iraq this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/iraq-deployment?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 08:18:37 -0500 DNC chairman in Minn., campaigning for Dayton Democratic National Committee chairman and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is in Minnesota today, campaigning for this fall's elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/kaine?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:23:27 -0500 Seven indicted for alleged credit card scam at restaurants Federal authorities say they've indicted seven people for skimming credit card information from diners at Twin Cities restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/skimming-credit-cards?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 07:05:25 -0500 Driver ticketed for accident that caused State Fair power outage St. Paul police say they've ticketed a truck driver who clipped a power pole and knocked down a power line near the State Fair Tuesday, injuring two people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/fair-power-ticket?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 06:33:35 -0500 Law enforcers push for funding for early learning County prosecutors and police today called for more spending on early childhood education to help fight crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/yourh-crime?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:00:20 -0500 Camel on a stick among fair's new fare this year A tour of what's new and novel to eat at the Minnesota State Fair this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/fair-food?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:47:06 -0500 Bergeron killer gets maximum sentence A St. Paul man has been sentenced to 35 1/2 years in prison for his role in the ambush shooting death of Maplewood police sergeant Joe Bergeron on May 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/shooting-suspect-sentenced?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:26:22 -0500 Stillwater girl dies from rare infection after swimming Health officials say a rare amebic infection killed a 7-year-old Stillwater girl, apparently after she went swimming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/swimming-death?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 06:48:18 -0500 Welcoming new U.S. citizens in St. Paul Nearly 400 people took the Oath of Allegiance in two naturalization ceremonies at Landmark Center in St. Paul, on Thursday, August 26, 2010. About 9,000 Minnesotans a year become citizens at similar ceremonies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/naturalization-ceremony?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:45:00 -0500 Feds naturalize 400 immigrants at Minn. event Nearly 200 people took the Oath of Allegiance Thursday morning at a naturalization ceremony in Landmark Center in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/feds-to-naturalize-400-immigrants-at-minn-event?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 07:20:00 -0500 Gang Strike Force victims reach $3M settlement The agencies behind the disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force will pay $3 million to people who claim they were victims of the unit's misconduct. The settlement announced Wednesday comes a year after the state investigated the unit and later shut it down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/strike-force-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:04:07 -0500 URS settles with 35W bridge collapse victims Payments are on the way to the survivors and family members of those who were killed when the old 35W bridge collapsed in August 2007. The engineering company that was working on the bridge when it has agreed to pay out $52 million to settle claims by victims of the disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/nelson?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:00:48 -0500 Money manager gets 25 years, but some left with nothing Trevor Gilson Cook of Apple Valley was given the statutory maximum of 25 years in prison for defrauding at least 1,000 people out of $190 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/trevor-cook-sentencing?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:33:16 -0500 Bridge collapse victim Garrett Ebling speaks after settlement Garrett Ebling was on the 35W bridge when it collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007. He is one of the victims that settled with a California engineering firm that was working on the span. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/bridge-collapse-victim-garrett-ebling-speaks-after-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 07:01:53 -0500 Daughter of bridge collapse victim speaks after settlement Anne Engebretsen Burke's mother, Sherry, was one of 13 people killed in the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/daughter-of-bridge-collapse-victim-speaks-after-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 06:58:27 -0500 Engineering firm to pay $52.4M in bridge collapse More than 100 victims and their family members have reached a settlement agreement with an engineering contractor over the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/35w-bridge-announcement?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:28:30 -0500 Police fear missing boater may have fallen overboard Police say they fear a Lindstrom man fishing on Big Marine Lake near Scandia may have fallen overboard and gone missing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/missing-boater?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:12:59 -0500 Burmese refugees welcome Obama's call to investigate war crimes Burmese refugees in Minnesota are welcoming news that the Obama administration called this week for a U.N. commission to investigate war crimes in their homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/myanmar-war-crimes?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:26:21 -0500 AFL-CIO president campaigns for Dayton at steel plant National AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka was in St. Paul this morning, campaigning outside a steel plant for DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/afl-cio-president-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 08:44:41 -0500 Siren enthusiasts chase tornadoes through sound Meteorologists and storm chasers are well known players in the drama of severe weather, but another small group of sky watchers appreciate a different aspect of bad weather -- its distinctive sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/tornado-sirens?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:33:53 -0500 FBI can't find powder that closed St. Paul courthouse The FBI hasn't been able to confirm the presence of a white powder that an employee at the federal courthouse in St. Paul reported seeing after opening a pile of mail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/courthouse-substance?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:13:55 -0500 No deal reached for Duluth nurses; strike vote Wednesday Negotiations between St. Luke's hospital and nurses in Duluth stretched until the early morning hours on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/duluth-nurses?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 07:47:50 -0500 HCMC treats 14 kids in 2010 for falls from windows Authorities at Hennepin County Medical Center say they've treated 14 kids this year after they fell out of windows, often through screens on living room and bedroom windows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/falling-windows?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 07:34:28 -0500 Central Corridor a key issue in race for St. Paul district seat St. Paul is poised to send its first black legislator to the Capitol and the construction of the Central Corridor line is already a key issue in the race playing out in the Frogtown, Summit-University and Rice Street neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/65a-primary?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Lawyer says others cases could involve 'Toyota defense' One of the attorneys for Koua Fong Lee says the St. Paul man may not be the only one facing life behind bars in connection with a crash involving suspected problems with Toyota cars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/lee-attorney-morning-ed?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 07:33:39 -0500 After emotional battle, Lee walks a free man The St. Paul man who spent two and a half years in prison for a 2006 car crash that killed three people won his freedom in court on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/fong-lee-free?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 06:16:51 -0500 Koua Fong Lee, convicted in Toyota crash, free after judge grants new trial A judge granted a new trial on today to Koua Fong Lee, the St. Paul man convicted of criminal vehicular homicide for a 2006 crash that killed three people, but Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner says she won't pursue a new trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/koua-fong-lee-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:41:26 -0500 Judge to rule on new trial for Minn. Toyota driver A Minnesota man convicted in a deadly 2006 Toyota crash will soon learn whether he gets a new trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/lee-hearing-last-day?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 09:34:14 -0500 Horner: Cut corporate income tax, lower sales tax Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner said Minnesota needs a tax overhaul that would feature significant cuts in corporate income taxes, as well as lowering and broadening the state sales tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/horner?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 07:30:01 -0500 Duluth man charged in 13-year-old girl's abduction Police have arrested a 41-year-old Duluth man for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/duluth-abduction-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:35:02 -0500 Pawlenty: State should consider English-only measure Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he thinks Minnesota should consider a statewide measure designating English as the official language. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/pawlenty-english-only?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 12:23:11 -0500 Deal could bring Iron Range 600 new mining jobs A deal between Chilean and Canadian mining companies could bring as many as 600 new jobs to northeastern Minnesota in the next decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/pawlenty-chile?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 12:03:24 -0500 Rose Klobuchar, mother of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, dies Rose Klobuchar, the mother of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, has died. She was 83. Klobuchar had been in declining health due to complications from recent heart surgery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/02/rose-klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 20:41:00 -0500 Areas of Minn., Wis. cleaning up after strong storms Some areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin are cleaning up Wednesday, after a line of strong thunderstorms swept through the area last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/weather-cleanup?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 07:40:48 -0500 Boy, 16, charged in gang-related beating death A 16-year-old Plymouth boy was charged Monday in the death of a Brooklyn Park teen who police said was killed as part of a gang initiation rite. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/gang-related-teen-death?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:15:19 -0500 No charges against Fletcher for alleged data violation An independent prosecutor has declined to charge Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher with violating a privacy statute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/fletcher-data?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:05:53 -0500 Work under way to identify extent of gypsy moth caterpillar invasion Minnesota agriculture officials say they aren't surprised by last week's discovery of a gypsy moth caterpillar in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/gypsy-moth-folo?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:05:57 -0500 Klobuchar-sponsored adoption changes pass U.S. Senate U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says two key changes in international adoption law have passed the Senate, and she expects quick approval by the House and by the president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/klobuchar-adoptions?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 08:55:40 -0500 Klobuchar, Swanson want to step up efforts to fight Asian carp Minnesota attorney general Lori Swanson and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar have a news conference this Monday morning to talk about stepping up efforts to fight the spread of Asian carp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/klobuchar-asian-carp?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 08:27:21 -0500 Across Minn., a patchwork system of weather sirens Some sirens did not sound off to warn residents of last month's tornadoes, and as it turns out, no state agency or law governs the patchwork system that is both publicly and privately owned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/severe-weather-sirens?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:19:32 -0500 Top Secret Minnesota An investigation by the Washington Post found 11 companies doing business in Minnesota that involve employees with Top Secret clearances, and they're not what you'd consider spies next door. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/top-secret-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:15:36 -0500 St. Paul police release name of man they fatally shot St. Paul police say they shot and killed a man in a hotel along Interstate 94 last night after he rushed at them with a knife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/motel-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:01:00 -0500 Democrats examine Minneapolis for 2012 convention Officials with the Democratic National Committee are in Minneapolis today, looking over the city with an eye towards hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It would be the second national convention in a row in the Twin Cities, a prospect that has some people excited, and others alarmed as the selection process moves forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/dnc?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:41:05 -0500 Officials begin visit to evaluate Minneapolis for DNC convention Officials with the Democratic National Committee are in Minneapolis this week, the first in a series of visits they're making to finalists among the four sites hoping to host the party's 2012 convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/dnc-visit?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 06:42:44 -0500 Twins' ninth-inning rally nets 7-6 win over Sox The Minnesota Twins put a halt to their mid-season slide down the American League's Central Division standings this weekend, winning three of a four game series against the arch-rival Chicago White Sox. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/twins-sox?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 06:02:13 -0500 Somali man who lied to FBI to spend 4 months in prison A Somali man convicted of lying to the FBI about the Somali-American men who have gone missing from Minnesota was sentenced Friday to four months in prison and four months of home confinement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/abdow-sentencing?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:20:20 -0500 I-35W bridge victims: Contractor should pay punitive damages Attorneys representing 134 people affected by the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in 2007 are asking a Hennepin County judge to require an engineering contractor to pay punitive damages for allegedly knowing the bridge could fail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/35w-bridge-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 15:27:39 -0500 Second teen dies in northeast Minneapolis crash Five teenagers who had apparently been at a sleepover were in a car when it crashed into a streetlight pole. One passenger died at the scene, and the driver died later at HCMC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/high-speed-crash?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 07:22:56 -0500 Wife of scuba victim: 'They weren't going to leave their buddy' While diving on a central Wisconsin lake over the weekend, Milton Floyd and diving partner James Jordan might have violated a key scuba rule: Never make a second victim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/scuba-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:46:01 -0500 Authorities search for new clues in 1989 Wetterling disappearance Authorities spent two days searching a farm outside St. Joseph in central Minnesota. They were just yards from where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at gunpoint on a country road in 1989. Cathy Wurzer got the facts from reporter Tim Nelson, who was on the scene yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/authorities-search-for-wetterling-clues?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 09:25:45 -0500 Search complete near Wetterling abduction site; no arrests Authorities have completed their search at a farm outside St. Joseph in central Minnesota, just yards from where kidnap victim Jacob Wetterling disappeared 21 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/wetterling-site-search-complete?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 20:21:43 -0500 Big gains for some students' standardized test results In the long term, 10th grade reading scores have risen 10 percent since the MCA-II test became the statewide standard in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/mcaii-test-results-sidebar?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 03:00:01 -0500 Minnesota students make gains on MCA-II tests The state's students performed well this year on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test, with virtually every grade tested this spring and virtually every cross-section of the student population showing at least small improvements in the reading and math tests over last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/mcaii-test-results?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Body found in Cannon River ID'd as missing woman Rice County authorities have identified a body found over the weekend in the Cannon River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/missing-woman-cannon-river?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:09:34 -0500 Two more men join abuse lawsuit against St. Paul priest Two more men have come forward saying they were victims of sexual abuse by a priest who worked in Hastings and St. Paul decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/anderson-two-more-suits?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:21:13 -0500 Court lets Vatican-sex abuse lawsuit move forward The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson to sue the Vatican on behalf of sex-abuse victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/vatican-sex-abuse-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:25:07 -0500 IP candidate for gov Hahn eyes divorce law reform Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hahn says he'll make family law reform a key part of his agenda if he's elected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/hahn-divorce-law?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:43:50 -0500 Prince gives brief acceptance speech at the BET awards Minnesota native Prince was honored at the BET Music Awards in Los Angeles last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/prince-won-bet-award?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 07:19:15 -0500 Flash floods close streets, highways on Friday Once again the week ended in with a flurry of severe weather, but the storms that pummeled much of the middle part of Minnesota yesterday didn't do nearly the damage as those that hit a week ago Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/26/severe-weather-twin-cities?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jun 2010 10:20:31 -0500 Judge won't bar anti-gay activist from Pride fest A federal judge says the Twin Cities Pride Festival cannot prevent a Wisconsin man from passing out Bibles and discussing his views against homosexuality at this weekend's event in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/pridefest-ruling?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:47:04 -0500 Pawlenty requests Obama declare tornado disaster Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking President Barack Obama to declare the state's June 17 tornadoes a major disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/pawlenty-obama-tornado-disaster?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 09:44:31 -0500 Judge weighs Pride fest's request to keep preacher out A federal judge was expected to rule Friday on whether a Wisconsin man could hand out Bibles at the Twin Cities Pride Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/gaypride-protest?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:23:49 -0500 Small Christian sect, Swedenborgians, host national convention A small Christian sect that once counted poet William Blake and Helen Keller among its members is having its national convention in St. Paul this week. They're followers of a Scandanavian scientist and mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/swedenborgians?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:39:10 -0500 Wadena mayor: Cleanup effort grinding to halt Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden said the cleanup in his city is grinding to a halt, as Wadena runs out of volunteers and places to put the mess left behind by last week's tornados. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/wadena-mayor-fema?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:51:14 -0500 HCMC: Patients might have been exposed to infection Officials at the Hennepin County Medical Center are telling more than 2,500 patients that they may be at risk for an unknown infection because a medical scope wasn't properly cleaned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/hcmc-warning?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:56:33 -0500 Pawlenty defends Arizona immigration law Gov. Tim Pawlenty defended Arizona's new immigration law at a Heritage Foundation dinner in Minneapolis Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/pawlenty-arizona?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:22:02 -0500 Nurses vote whether to strike; counting continues Nurses have finished voting on whether to give their union the authority to call another strike on 14 Twin Cities hospitals. The polls closed at 8:30 p.m. at locations in Brooklyn Park and St. Paul. Results of the voting are still being tabulated Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/nurses-strike-vote?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:06:07 -0500 Nurses vote on authorizing open-ended strike Thousands of nurses are voting today on whether to stage a second walkout at Twin Cities hospitals. The vote follows a one-day strike against a half dozen hospital groups on June 10. Today, nurses are voting on an open-ended strike as part of their labor impasse with the hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/nelson?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:48:54 -0500 Havoc on Albert Lea area farms after storms The severe weather knocked out power and devastated a handful of farms near Albert Lea. For some, their livelihoods were all but wiped out by the storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/albert-lea-tornado-severe-weather?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 15:47:41 -0500 Cleanup begins after deadly tornadoes National Guard troops and volunteers with chainsaws were helping residents in this northwestern Minnesota town begin a massive cleanup effort, a day after a tornado destroyed homes and uprooted trees in its path. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/minnesota-tornadoes-severe-weather?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 06:26:33 -0500 3 killed in plane crash in Rochester Authorities in Rochester are investigating the crash of a small plane north of the city's airport. The FAA says three people died in the crash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/plane-crash?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 06:26:00 -0500 Report: Heroin, prescription drug abuse on the rise The Minnesota Department of Human Services says heroin and prescription drug abuse continues to rise in the state, while cocaine and methamphetamine may be waning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/drug-report?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 07:57:22 -0500 Bicycle tour coming to St. Paul Some streets in downtown St. Paul will close this afternoon for the annual Nature Valley Grand Prix bike race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/stpaul-bike-tour?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 06:33:28 -0500 Police turn to social media to find MN's most wanted The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is turning to social media to help find some of the state's most wanted people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/most-wanted-bca-social-media?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 15:23:12 -0500 Fire at Target Field causes some water damage Officials at Target Field are assessing the damage left by a small fire after yesterday's Twins game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/target-field-fire?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:00:46 -0500 Sheriff: Man shot, killed by Minn. state trooper A Minnesota State Patrol trooper has shot and killed an armed suspect after a gunfire exchange on northern Minnesota's Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/shooting-virginia?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 08:35:20 -0500 Oberstar wants Chicago high-speed rail routed through Rochester Democratic Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar says he would like to see high-speed rail serving the Twin Cities run through Rochester and ultimately to Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/oberstar-high-speed-rail-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 17:07:51 -0500 Judicial election intrigue leaves ballot blank in Stillwater Officials are considering reopening the filing for a judicial race in Stillwater, after some last-minute maneuvering by a Washington County district court judge and his clerk left no candidates on the ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/judgeelection-folo?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 08:05:31 -0500 Unusual judicial race shaping up in Stillwater Both district court judge candidates have withdrawn in Washington County, leaving the seat in the 10th Judicial District without a candidate. Officials in the secretary of state's office say that will set up a potential write-in election for his successor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/judicial-election?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 22:49:49 -0500 Rep. Ellison: Israeli blockade helping Hamas U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., says both sides of the recent confrontation in the Middle East need to rethink their approach to an Israeli blockade of Gaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/rep-ellison-israeli-blockade-helping-hamas?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 16:04:10 -0500 St. Paul trims 117 teachers from district The St. Paul school board is cutting 117 teachers from its staff next year as part of the board's response to a budget deficit for next year of more than $27 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/st-paul-schools-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 10:23:43 -0500 Teens, traffic officials talk about distracted driving The deaths of 10 young people in car crashes in Minnesota this spring may help spur nationwide changes in traffic laws. Traffic officials and high school students discussed the recent rash of fatal accidents -- many blamed on distracted driving -- at a conference Tuesday in Oakdale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/teendriving-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 16:43:08 -0500 Belgians remember American soldiers for Memorial Day Thousands of people gathered in Belgium and France over the weekend to mark Memorial Day. They met at battlefield monuments where tens of thousands of American servicemen and women are buried. A Minnesota native helps organize one of the largest Memorial Day observances in Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/30/belgian-memorialday?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Lakewood Cemetery's memorial chapel marks 100 years The Memorial Day holiday is a time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. But this Memorial Day weekend in Minneapolis, a well-known monument itself will be celebrated. /features/2010/05/28-lakewood-cemetery/?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 14:24:23 -0500 Child pornography next target for lawyer A St. Paul attorney who's made a career of suing clergy members over alleged child sex abuse says he's turning his attention to the issue of child pornography. Jeffrey Anderson has filed a federal lawsuit against a former St. Paul teacher -- and an unnamed 100 people who looked at explicit pictures he took of children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2010 11:14:44 -0500 St. Paul teacher charged with making child porn now being sued by lawyer known for clergy abuse cases A former St. Paul special education teacher charged with producing child pornography now faces a lawsuit filed by the Twin Cities attorney who has made a career out of suing the Catholic Church over clergy sex abuse allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/child-porn-suit?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 12:02:38 -0500 St. Paul police trying to ID man hit by car St. Paul police say they haven't been able to identify a pedestrian critically injured after being hit by a car near the Mississippi River late Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/man-hit-by-car-in-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 10:48:59 -0500 Suspect shot by clerk at store near Lake Minnetonka A robbery suspect is recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, after gunfire erupted at a store near Lake Minnetonka last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/robber-shot?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 07:31:51 -0500 Candidates begin filing for office today Minnesota's election season officially opened Tuesday, with candidate filings at courthouses and election bureaus across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/filing-opens?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 16:04:29 -0500 Lawmakers toughen gang strike force oversight A year after the demise of the Metro Gang Strike Force, lawmakers have taken steps to curb some of the powers police were accused of abusing. Over the weekend, the Legislature passed new restrictions on seizures from suspected criminals and required new oversight of secret police files, although critics say that isn't enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/gangstrikeforce?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 12:33:22 -0500 What didn't happen in the 2010 legislative session This year's legislative session may be best remembered for what didn't happen, rather than what lawmakers accomplished as the state's budget impasse overshadowed many of the key issues the Legislature set out to tackle back in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/legislative-session-review?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 06:13:16 -0500 21 lawmakers not seeking re-election in Minn. Legislature Twenty-one lawmakers say they won't seek re-election this year, including two who announced their retirements in the final hours of the session last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/legislative-retirements?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 06:06:07 -0500 Lawmakers fishing for a deal with 3 days to go Budget negotiations continued Friday, even though Gov. Tim Pawlenty was 300 miles away from St. Paul preparing for the governor's fishing opener. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/state-budget?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 06:38:46 -0500 Gildea named to take Magnuson's place on high court Supreme Court Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea was named Thursday as the new chief justice of the state's high court, replacing Chief Justice Eric Magnuson who is stepping down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/magnuson-replacement?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 10:34:04 -0500 Swanson sues two companies for defrauding customers Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed suit against companies in Arizona and Utah that she says cheated seniors with sales scams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/swanson-suit?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 15:14:05 -0500 Police funerals: History of "full honors" rituals Hundreds of police officers and other law enforcement attend the service when one of their colleagues is killed, and the full-day ceremony includes many rituals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/police-funeral-rituals?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 08:48:15 -0500 Maplewood police officer laid to rest In a day filled with somber ritual, some 3,000 law enforcement officers and members of the public said goodbye to fallen Maplewood police Sgt. Joe Bergeron. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/bergeron-funeral?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 06:52:22 -0500 Ruling is blow to Pawlenty's political ambitions The Minnesota Supreme Court's decision to reverse some of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget cuts is a serious blow to his efforts to fix the state's sagging finances. The ruling may also have crimped his wider political ambitions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/pawlenty-unallotment?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Journalist Amy Goodman files suit over RNC arrest New York-based radio host Amy Goodman is filing suit Wednesday in federal court against officials in Minnesota stemming from her arrest during the Republican National Convention two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/amy-goodman-suit?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 07:33:48 -0500 Shooting witness: 'Just wish I could have helped him' A former St. Paul police officer and firefighter says the shooting death of a Maplewood police sergeant was a cold-blooded execution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/shooting-witness?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 08:47:09 -0500 Charges filed in Maplewood police officer's death Prosecutors charged a 21-year-old St. Paul man with second-degree murder Monday in the weekend shooting death of a Maplewood police officer. Authorities said they don't think Joshua Martin actually fired the shot that killed Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, but he is still legally responsible for his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/shooting-charges-filed?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 12:09:50 -0500 Funeral for slain officer could be held this week A funeral honoring slain Maplewood police sergeant Joseph Bergeron will likely be held later this week. His fellow officers say he'll be remembered as a true public servant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/bergeron-funeral?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 09:12:59 -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 An in-depth look at choice for St. Paul police chief St. Paul is getting a new police chief. Tom Smith is a 21-year veteran of the department. He was named yesterday to head the force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/chief?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:24:30 -0500 Coleman announces pick for new St. Paul police chief St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced his pick to serve as the city's new police chief Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/new-police-chief?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 11:09:35 -0500 Attending Taste of Minnesota costs $20 this year Organizers of the Taste of Minnesota festival on Wednesday announced a new marquee lineup for the festival's musical acts this year. But they're also tripling the price of gate admission for the prime time entertainment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/taste-of-minnesota-prices-up?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:54:33 -0500 Victims speak following trial Mary Stauffer and her daughter, who were kidnapped by Ming Sen Shiue 30 years ago, speak following the ending of a trial held to determine if Shiue should be held in civil commitment following his sentence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/shiue-video?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:58:47 -0500 Victims say Shiue trial offers comfort after 30 years A seven-day trial for the man accused of one of Minnesota's notorious crimes wrapped up in Anoka on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/shiue-trial-final?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:32:37 -0500 Updates from the Ming Sen Shiue trial The man who committed one of Minnesota's most sensational crimes has been back on trial in Anoka for the past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/shiue-trial?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:22:17 -0500 Passenger in fatal crash was on probation for DUI The teen driver had received her license just three weeks before and was subject to Minnesota's Graduated License rules, meaning she shouldn't have been driving at that time of night. The teens who died apparently weren't wearing seat belts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/prom-no-cancel?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:01:09 -0500 Shiue trial scheduled to resume in Anoka The trial of convicted kidnapper, rapist and killer Ming Sen Shiue is scheduled to resume Monday in Anoka. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/shiue-brief?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 07:47:49 -0500 Vikings say there's still time for stadium deal at Capitol Minnesota Vikings President Mark Wilf said today that he still thinks there's time for lawmakers to reach a deal to replace the Metrodome this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:24:41 -0500 New burning restrictions to take effect in 37 counties New spring burning restrictions from the Department of Natural Resources take effect at midnight tonight in 37 Minnesota counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/burning-restrictions?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 08:04:14 -0500 Victims speak about bizarre 1980 kidnap-murder case Thirty years after he kidnapped his former math teacher and her daughter, Ming Sen Shiue faced his victims in court again in Anoka today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/ming-sen-shiue?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:56:02 -0500 A brief timeline of Jeffrey Anderson's life and career St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson has undertaken a 30-year legal campaign against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and the church leaders he has accused of covering up the scandal. Here's a look at some key moments in his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/anderson-timeline?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:24:04 -0500 St. Paul attorney on the front lines of church abuse crisis Attorney Jeffrey Anderson has an unorthodox resume for a man who thinks he may be bringing the Catholic Church to a watershed moment in history. Recent disclosures of church documents in Wisconsin and northern Minnesota have brought Anderson's 30-year legal campaign against child abuse by clergy to the gates of the Vatican. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/jeffrey-anderson?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 15:53:40 -0500 Officer shot, man killed in Woodbury A 55-year-old man died after exchanging shots with and injuring a police officer at a home in Woodbury, authorities said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/woodbury-officer-shot?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 07:13:00 -0500 St. Paul school closures only one part of budget-cutting plan The St. Paul School Board could vote as early as next week to approve a reorganization plan that would close six school buildings. The district is taking the steps to help close a $30 million budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/school-plan?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:03:28 -0500 Duluth police and feds dismantle major drug ring Federal agent Darin Nemerow said the crackdown on guns and drugs in Duluth has taken criminals off the street all the way to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/duluth-drug-ring-dismantled?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:04:45 -0500 Many ways to get to Target Field The Minnesota Twins play the Boston Red Sox in the inaugural game at Target Field in Minneapolis The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/targetlogistics?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:29:40 -0500 Twins fans show up early for Opening Day Fans are already starting to gather around Target Field for today's Twins home opener. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/opening-day-target?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:13:18 -0500 School bus driver accused of assaulting girls A northeastern Minnesota school bus driver is accused of sexually assaulting four elementary school girls who were his passengers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/two-harbors-bus-driver-accused-of-sexual-assault?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 07:45:42 -0500 Vikings hope stadium deal can be reached soon The Minnesota Vikings officials say they're increasingly hopeful that they can work out a stadium deal with lawmakers this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/vikings-hopeful-for-stadium-deal?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 11:59:53 -0500 Hastings student admitted he tried to shoot, but gun malfunctioned Dakota County authorities say an eighth grader who brought a gun to the Hastings Middle School on Monday admitted he tried to fire the weapon, but it malfunctioned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/hastings-charges?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 14:04:41 -0500 8th-grade teacher helped avert shooting in Hastings School officials in Hastings are crediting an 8th-grade science teacher with a key role in averting what might have been a deadly shooting incident at a middle school yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/hastings-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 11:20:41 -0500 Minn. attorneys claim Vatican covering up alleged abuse by priest For the second time in a week, a pair of St. Paul lawyers say evidence points back to Rome that Catholic church leaders have been protecting a priest accused of sexual misconduct with children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/minn-priest-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 16:01:35 -0500 Search resumes for woman missing after car crash Authorities in Rice County will resume the search today for a Faribault woman who disappeared into the Cannon River after a car accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/missing-woman?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 08:22:21 -0500 Small plane crashes near Eden Prairie airport A twin-engine airplane carrying two people has crashed near Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie. Both the pilot and passenger are being taken to a hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/flying-cloud-plane-crash?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:29:16 -0500 Church of Scientology starts work on St. Paul building Construction workers have started a remodeling project at the former Science Museum of Minnesota, now owned by the Church of Scientology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/scientology-st-paul-building?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:27:08 -0500 Target Field -- how to get there, where to park The new Target Field in Minneapolis gets its first test run this weekend as the University of Minnesota baseball team hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon. The Twins play there for the first time in just a week. Getting to the stadium is a whole new ballgame, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/targetfield-traffic?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:07:23 -0500 Moua backs off gang database restrictions The St. Paul lawmaker who was pushing to crack down on secret police files in the wake of the Gang Strike Force scandal has backed off that effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/gangdatabase?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:22:47 -0500 Police arrest man in fire that killed 2-year-old boy St. Paul police say they have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with a house fire that left a toddler dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/fatal-fire?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:10:25 -0500 No major damage from St. Paul floods Floodwaters on the Mississippi River in St. Paul started to recede overnight. This morning, the water mark stands at 18.3 feet, down about two inches from the crest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:47:36 -0500 High waters in St. Paul starting to recede The high waters of the Mississippi River are starting to recede in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/mississippi-river-receding?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 07:00:57 -0500 Mississippi River reaches 18 feet; crest expected this week The Mississippi River has reached about 18.4 feet in downtown St. Paul and forecasters say the water could rise by nearly another foot by the time the river crests in St. Paul later this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/stpaul-flood?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:44:09 -0500 Natural Gas Lines and Sanitary Sewers: The Unseen Threat MPR News Reporter Tim Nelson explores natural gas safety and takes a look at a technology called "trenchless utility installation" that can sometimes cause gas explosions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/video-gas-lines?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:50:58 -0500 Pawlenty on GMA: Health bill more about politics than reform Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the health insurance reform on its way to the president's desk today is more about politics than the nation's health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/pawlenty-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:15:28 -0500 Minn. congressional delegation split on health care Minnesota's U.S. House members were evenly divided on the massive health care overhaul bill that passed Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/minn-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:46:07 -0500 Bill to restrict gang data passes Senate committee A measure to restrict the use of secret police files to fight gang crime in Minnesota has passed a key test at the Capitol. The provision is part of the long-running fallout of a police corruption scandal involving the Twin Cities-based Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/gangdata-bill?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 17:17:44 -0500 Motorcyclist critically injured after hitting a mattress on I-94 A motorcyclist was critically injured on Interstate 94 during rush hour Thursday evening, after hitting a mattress on the roadway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/motorcyclist-hits-mattress?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 06:36:10 -0500 Highway 10 near Little Falls closed after flood damage The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed U.S. Highway 10 near Little Falls, because Mississippi River flooding has severely damaged approaches to a bridge. The closure affects the highway in both directions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/highway-10-flood-damage?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:49:36 -0500 Delano braces for worst flooding in a decade Delano city officials are bracing for the worst flooding they've seen in nearly a decade as a bubble of water makes its way down the Crow River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/delano-crow-river-flooding?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:03:35 -0500 Bachmann: 'Some very serious problems with the census' U.S. Census forms will start arriving in the mail this week, and Census officials are encouraging everyone to fill them out. But Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman says the Census should only count citizens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/bachmann-census?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:42:00 -0500 Flood emergency declared in 28 counties; roads closed Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a flood emergency in 28 Minnesota counties and MnDOT has closed roads due to early flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/flood-emergency?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 06:33:49 -0500 Bachmann wants congressional action on St. Croix bridge Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will ask Congress to intervene in the ongoing dispute over a new bridge across the St. Croix River near Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/bachmann-st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:54:05 -0500 St. Paul's Harrington top candidate to lead New Orleans Police St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington is a top candidate to lead the New Orleans Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/harrington-new-orleans?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 07:12:08 -0600 Minnesota launching massive gas line safety initiative The state of Minnesota may launch one of the largest natural gas safety initiatives in the country, following last month's house explosion in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/gas-line-inspections?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 06:49:48 -0600 Minn. woman pleads guilty to bank fraud A woman from Ramsey, Minn., has pleaded guilty to bank fraud. It's the second guilty plea in a wide-ranging fraud ring uncovered by federal authorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/fraud?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 13:52:29 -0600 Former officer faces possible murder charges after bar shooting A former Chisholm police officer is facing possible murder charges after a shooting at a sports bar on Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/chisholm-shooter?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 08:08:43 -0600 Fixing potholes in St. Paul Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Tim Nelson joins a road service crew as they fix potholes in St. Paul, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/fixing-potholes-video?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:02:10 -0600 Lessons learned from St. Paul's pothole patching crew MPR reporter Tim Nelson didn't just complain about this years's pothole plague, he joined a public works crew and headed into bituminous battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/nelson-patches-potholes?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 11:40:18 -0600 The Twin Cities' permanent pothole patching season begins today It's the first day St. Pauls hot asphalt plant has begun supplying mix used for permanent road patching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/pothole-season-begins?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 14:02:55 -0600 Minnesotan in Chile: 'Quake shook us out of bed' Chileans are cleaning up after a powerful, 8.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands homeless, and a handful of Minnesotans are among those cleaning up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/minnesotan-chile-quake?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 08:40:55 -0600 Lawmakers move to clean up Metro Gang Strike Force A year of scandal at the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force is prompting a wide-ranging effort by lawmakers to clean up the mess. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/clean-up-strike-force?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:35:13 -0600 House explosion brings a closer look at drilling method Utility crews were back on the scene of an Edina house explosion Wednesday, trying to determine what caused Tuesday's blast. It's the second explosion this winter related to underground drilling, now a common excavation method. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/24/explosion-folo?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:01:32 -0600 St. Bernard's closing doors after 120 years One of St. Paul's best-known Catholic high schools is closing. Officials with St. Bernard's parish on the City's North End said this year will be the school's last. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/st-bernards?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:43:46 -0600 Twin Cities sees slight increase in traffic congestion in 2009 State transportation officials said Thursday that congestion on Twin Cities roadways ticked up slightly in 2009, after falling noticeably in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/traffic-congestion?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 13:10:15 -0600 St. Paul depot rehab gets more federal money A plan to rehabilitate St. Paul's Union Depot has received a second round of federal funding totaling $35 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/uniondepot-money?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:54:31 -0600 Minn. House passes $1.1B bonding bill The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a $1.1 billion bonding bill Monday night. The bill passed by a bi-partisan 92 to 37 vote, despite a veto threat by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/bonding-bill-brief?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 06:08:35 -0600 Nothing says 'I love you' like a lot of manure Manure, a huge snow-covered field and a local pilot have helped a southern Minnesota farmer show his love for his wife, just in time for Valentine's Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/manure-heart-for-valentines-day?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:49:59 -0600 Police: Stolen cell phone helps solve U of M shooting A University of Minnesota student's stolen cell phone helped authorities track down two people they say are connected to a shooting on campus last month, police said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/robbery-arrest?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:28:00 -0600 Boston Scientific cuts staff, local impact unknown Boston Scientific says it will cut as many as 1,300 jobs after losing $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter, but the company did not indicate how many job cuts might hit in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/boston-scientific?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:40:49 -0600 Xcel gas line inspections complete; no other problems found Xcel Energy says it has completed a preliminary survey of sewer lines in homes around the scene of a natural gas explosion in St. Paul last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/gas-line-inspections?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 07:57:13 -0600 9 crashes involving snowplows in 2 days State transportation officials say this week's snowstorm resulted in nine accidents involving state snowplows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/plow-accidents?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 07:44:14 -0600 After explosion, Xcel inspecting gas lines in St. Paul Sewer workers and utility crews looking for mislaid natural gas lines in a St. Paul neighborhood Monday have not found any problems so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/xcel-inspections?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 18:35:22 -0600 Mpls woman loses relatives in quake, then daughter in car crash A Minneapolis woman who lost several members of her family in the Haiti earthquake suffered another tragedy when her 20-year old daughter was killed in a car accident Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/haiti-carcrash?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:43:44 -0600 Minn. officials: Risk of spring flooding high Flood forecasters say the chances of major flooding again this year in the Fargo-Moorhead area are high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/flood-forecast?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:09:24 -0600 Searchers in Haiti recover body of Duluth pastors' son Seminary student Ben Larson, above, was killed in the earthquake in a collapse orphanage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/larson_found?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 08:31:03 -0600 High-speed rail in Minn. might still be a long way off President Barack Obama Thursday announced $8 billion in grants for high-speed rail projects; Obama first proposed high-speed rail as part of his stimulus plan last year, and Minnesota has been angling to be included in the initiative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/high-speed-rail?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:11:04 -0600 Minnesotan among La. phone plot suspects The founder of a conservative student paper at the University of Minnesota campus in Morris is among those arrested in an alleged attempt to tap the phones at a U.S. Senate office in Louisiana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/minnesotan-senate-tapping?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 14:08:30 -0600 Group calls new Central Corridor stops an 'incomplete victory' Federal, state and local officials said Monday that they've struck a deal to add three new stations to the proposed Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/light-rail-gets-new-stops?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:30:00 -0600 Minn. doctors helping Haitians at makeshift hospital A doctor and an emergency management consultant from the Twin Cities are trying to help some of the Haitians injured in last week's devastating earthquake and they say the situation is growing more desperate by the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/minnesota-doctors-haiti?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:54:17 -0600 GOP sends mailings that look like census forms Some Minnesota residents have received surveys in the mail called the "2010 Congressional District Census," which asks for demographic information, opinions on issues, and checks made payable to the Republican National Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/census-gop?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 14:10:12 -0600 Ellison says health insurance reform may not be dead Rep. Keith Ellison says health insurance reform proposed by Democrats may not be dead, despite the loss of Senate Democrats' 60-vote majority in this week's special election in Massachusetts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/ellison-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:36:10 -0600 Favre, Vikings ready for Saints but looking ahead to Super Bowl As the Minnesota Vikings get ready to head to New Orleans for Sunday's NFC Championship, quarterback Brett Favre said his thoughts have been on next month's Super Bowl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/favre-vikings-saints?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:15:53 -0600 Sen. Franken says Mass. election upset will shift health care debate U.S. Senator Al Franken says he and other Democrats in the Senate will be meeting this morning to gauge the impact of yesterday's SEnate election upset in Massachusetts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/franken-reacts-to-mass-election-upset?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:11:27 -0600 Former Medtronic CEO says health reform will hinge on 'low-tech' solutions Former Medtronic CEO Bill George spoke in Minneapolis Tuesday to a group of business and civic leaders about the health care bill and the future of medical technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/bill-george-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 18:46:43 -0600 Civil rights leader honors King at annual breakfast Two thousand people marked the annual Martin Luther King Day holiday at a breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Monday morning. It was the 20th anniversary of the event, and it featured the Reverend Joseph Lowery, a civil rights pioneer and successor to King. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/minnesota-king-breakfast?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:08:21 -0600 Minneapolis service tonight for Haiti earthquake victim Friends and family plan to gather Friday evening in Minneapolis to remember a seminarian believed lost in the earthquake in Haiti. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/seminarian-duluth-memorial?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:57:52 -0600 As playoff approaches, Vikings stadium push continues Even as the Minnesota Vikings focus on a successful playoff run, the team's management has been working on another major feat - convincing lawmakers to help build the team a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:42:13 -0600 Somali community fears triple homicide may be gang-related Charges could be filed Wednesday afternoon against the two suspects in the triple homicide in Minneapolis. Family spokesperson says Somali community fears the killings could be gang-related. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/possible-charges-filed-in-triple-homicide?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 08:12:39 -0600 Seward Market plans to reopen Wednesday Owners of the Minneapolis corner market where three men were shot to death last week said they plan reopen the store on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/seward-market-reopen?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:32:49 -0600 Karen celebrate Year 2749, and a decade in Minnesota The Karen people didn't just mark the start of a new year last week. It's been 10 years since the first of them escaped the oppressive regime that rules Myanmar, and the Karen begin to immigrate to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/karen-myanmar-burma-new-year?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:27:54 -0600 St. Paul Police looking for disabled woman's van Police in St. Paul are asking for the public's help to find the van a woman uses to drive to medical appointments three times a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/police-searching-for-disabled-womans-van?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 07:59:08 -0600 Pension problem at ELCA's publishing arm exposes loophole The crisis at Augsburg Fortress is exposing an obscure loophole in federal pension law and the financial stress religious institutions have been under during the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/augsburg-pension?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -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 'All clear' at MSP airport after security scare A suspicious piece of luggage led to the shutdown of parts of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities gave the "all-clear" after they found no threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/airport-evac?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:06:57 -0600 St. Paul man shot during street robbery Police believe the same perpetrator is responsible for up to eight armed robberies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/man-shot-during-robbery?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 07:20:21 -0600 Former Pioneer Press editor Howell dies Former Pioneer Press editor Deborah Howell was killed in a car accident while vacationing in New Zealand, according to family members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/01/howellobit?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 MnDOT releases $9 billion rail plan The Minnesota Department of Transportation has just released its first ever comprehensive state rail plan, plotting out as much as $9 billion in new investments in freight and passenger infrastructure through 2030. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/31/mndot-rail-plan?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:00:42 -0600 Minn. lab leading the battle against E. coli The U.S. Senate is set to debate a major overhaul of the nation's food safety regulations, once Congress wraps up health care reform, and at the center of the debate is E. coli, a bacterium virtually unknown to the world before an outbreak at McDonald's 30 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/ecoli-update?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 14:21:50 -0600 Schell's brewery in New Ulm to mark 150th anniversary The second-oldest family owned brewery in the U.S. has survived the ups and downs of the business since the Civil War. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/schells-brewery-150?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:54:58 -0600 Vikings cool to proposed stadium plan The Minnesota Vikings are brushing off proposed new options for overhauling the Metrodome, which were unveiled today by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/stadium?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 13:28:50 -0600 Doctor: Ski helmet saved 6-year-old's life A helmet may have saved the life of a 6-year-old girl injured in a downhill skiing accident last Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/ski-helmet-saves-life?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:20:29 -0600 Snowfall makes for difficult commute Snow is tapering off in the Twin Cities Monday morning, but slick roads made for difficult commute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/snow?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 07:10:29 -0600 Police arrest man, give all-clear in Roseville Police have given the all-clear in Roseville after investigators said they believe they have arrested the man suspected of holding a woman inside an office building and threatening her with a sawed-off shotgun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/roseville-gunman?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:20:10 -0600 The snow is plowed, but icy roads still a problem Most of the snow has been cleared from Minnesota highways, but roads were still slippery Thursday, leading to hundreds of spinouts and crashes throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/black-ice?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:06:07 -0600 Rep. Ellison questions U.S. military commander in Afghanistan Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison questioned the American military commander in Afghanistan and the U.S. ambassador to the war-torn country in Washington today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/ellison-afghanistan?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:20:16 -0600 Snow ending, cold moving in overnight Most of southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area will experience sub-zero temperatures overnight, as residents continue to dig out of the first snowstorm of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/winter_weather?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 15:07:41 -0600 A party for Sarah Palin at the Mall of America Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent more than three hours signing hundreds of copies of her book on Monday during a visit to the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/palin?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 14:26:05 -0600 Minn. woman sues Cargill for $100M over tainted meat A Minnesota woman who was paralyzed after being sickened by an E. coli-contaminated hamburger is seeking $100 million from the company that supplied the meat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/cargill-trainted-meat-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 10:51:21 -0600 Truck driver injured last month in ammonia leak dies A truck driver injured last month in an ammonia leak in Rosemount has died, authorities said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/truck-driver-dies?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 07:49:52 -0600 Co-ed dorms lead to more risky behavior, study says A University of Minnesota researcher says students living in co-ed dorms are much more likely to engange in risky sexual contact and drinking than those who live in single-sex dorms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/28/coed-living?refid=0 Sun, 29 Nov 2009 09:00:00 -0600 Prep Bowl's days at the dome might be numbered Minnesota's high school football championships are underway today at the Metrodome, but their days there might be numbered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/prepbowl-future?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 09:59:08 -0600 Holidazzle kicks off in downtown Mpls. This season's first Holidazzle parade is set for Friday night along Nicollet mall in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/holidazzle?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 09:49:40 -0600 MnDOT: Few complications for Minn. travelers Today is the busiest travel day of the year, and Minnesotans will be taking to the skies and hitting the road without any major complications this holiday weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/thanksgiving-travel?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:14:19 -0600 Metro Transit revises Northstar schedule, adds Vikings train Starting Monday, commuters will have a few more minutes to catch a Northstar train back home on weekday afternoons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/northstar-schedule?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:02:14 -0600 Investigators: Deputy who shot unarmed man feared for his life A southern Minnesota sheriff's deputy who fatally shot an unarmed man returning from a swim feared for his life when the man put him in a chokehold as they struggled outside an apartment building, according to new details released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/deputy-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:00:18 -0600 Searching for answers in southern Minn. bus crash The search for answers in a fatal bus crash in southern Minnesota continued Friday as investigators continued looking at whether the bus had any equipment failures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/bushcrash-thursaft?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:24:57 -0600 Investor says Elk Run project going slower than expected The California venture capitalist who says he plans to bring a billion-dollar bio-science park on a former elk farm in southeastern Minnesota said Friday it's going slower than he hoped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/elk-run-update?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 15:19:24 -0600 Crash investigation turns to bus company The probe into the bus crash that killed two people and injured 20 others continues in southeast Minnesota today. Inspectors are combing over the damaged bus at a garage in Austin. But attention has also turned to the company that owns the bus, and whether it was following motor carrier regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/busdebrief?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 09:16:12 -0600 Officials won't confirm driver's health was cause of bus crash Investigators said they could not confirm the bus company's claim that the driver suffered a ruptured aneurysm in his chest that might have caused a tour bus accident Wednesday afternoon near Austin, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/tourbuscrash?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:00:08 -0600 Investigators to resume work in bus tour crash Authorities will get a better look today at the tour bus that flipped over on Interstate 90 yesterday afternoon near Austin, Minnesota. The crash killed two people and injured 21 others, with some in critical condition. The group was on the way back to Rochester, after a trip to the Diamond Jo casino in Northwood, Iowa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/buscrash?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:11:01 -0600 Searchers find body of missing hunter amid plane wreckage Authorities have found the body of a pilot whose plane crashed in a remote area of Clearwater County as he headed north to go deer hunting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/wreckage-of-small-plane-spotted-in-clearwater-co?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:07:50 -0600 St. Paul police investigate YouTube video of apparent assaults St. Paul police say they're investigating a series of apparent random assaults by a group of young men in the Twin Cities, videotaped and posted to YouTube. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/youtube-assaults-video?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 11:59:03 -0600 Databases one effort to fight criminal gang activity An effort to hear from the public on the scandal surrounding the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force will release its findings Thursday and two groups say using databases is one way of keeping track of criminal gang activity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/gang-databases?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:20:43 -0600 Minnesota soldier shot at Fort Hood to return to training One of the Minnesota soldiers wounded in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood will soon be back training to go to Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/minnesota-soldier-shot-at-fort-hood-to-return-to-training?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:38:15 -0600 Seven years on, no signs of missing St. John's student Monday, Nov. 9 marks the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of Josh Guimond, a St. John's University student from Maple Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/guimond?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 06:23:59 -0600 Soldier from St. Paul among 13 dead at Fort Hood A 23-year-old soldier from St. Paul was among the 13 people killed at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, his family said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/st-paul-soldier?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 14:16:34 -0600 Forest Lake schools reopen after brief lockdown Forest Lake schools were locked down briefly this morning, after a staff member reportedly sighted an unknown person on campus around 8 o'clock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/forest-lake-schools-reopen-after-brief-lockdown?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 09:08:48 -0600 Minneapolis tapping Mississippi River for power, again Hydropower helped turn Minneapolis into a 19th century industrial giant, and the city is turning to the river again for power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/dems-tour-hydroelectric-project?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:31:44 -0600 New concerns raised over blacktop sealant runoff A long-standing ritual of homeowners - sealing their blacktop driveways - is getting new scrutiny from the state of Minnesota because sealant from driveways and parking lots may be washing off into ponds and streams as hazardous waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/sealant-runoff?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Lyndale bridge over I-494 to reopen The $30 million project is the latest improvement to the freeway corridor that runs past the Mall of America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/lyndale?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:25:09 -0500 Gang Strike Force abuses prompt scrutiny of seizure laws Police in Minnesota can take and keep cash and property used in connection with some crimes. But the law that permits forfeitures is getting close scrutiny at the Capitol in the wake of the Gang Strike Force scandal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/strike-force-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 22:18:24 -0500 Police say electrocuted worker may have been stealing copper St. Paul police say the 50-year-old Twin Cities man killed in an electrical accident this morning may have been trying to steal copper from an underground duct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/worker-electrocuted?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 16:45:35 -0500 RiverCentre going green with solar energy installation St. Paul's RiverCentre is going green. City officials announced this Friday they're getting $1 million in federal stimulus money to put a 1-MW solar energy facility on the roof. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/rivercenter-solar-heating?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:08:49 -0500 Authories see spike in internet, phone scams Public safety officials say this week's settlement between the Minnesota-based Moneygram wire transfer company and the Federal Trade Commission highlights the growing problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/scams-increasing?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:30:21 -0500 Health officials announce new flu phone line Minnesotans who think they have the flu can now call a new phone line to talk to a nurse about their symptoms and learn about treatment options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/flu-hotline?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:44:39 -0500 Frozen H1N1 vaccine prompts revaccination in N.D. Health officials in North Dakota are warning that some H1N1 flu vaccine used for health workers and vulnerable individuals might have frozen on its way to health clinics and other sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/north-dakota-frozen-vaccine?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:09:29 -0500 Study: Logging in Minnesota well below capacity A new study by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota can sustain nearly twice the current amount of logging going on in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/minnesota-logging?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:00:01 -0500 Floodwatchers aim to improve forecasting Six months after floodwaters threatened to devastate the Red River Valley, federal officials gathered in St. Paul today to talk about why they were wrong in a key area -- the flood forecasts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/flood-forecasts?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 16:08:22 -0500 Claims to recover cash from Gang Strike Force stack up A special hotline created to wind down the financial affairs of the embattled gang unit has received a total of 44 calls and one letter since it was established about two weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/gang-strike-force-confiscated-money?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Woman in critical condition after being struck by Metro Transit bus A woman struck by a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis Friday morning is hospitalized in critical condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/bus-accident?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:42:51 -0500 U of M receives $8 million for wind energy research The University of Minnesota will get $8 million in federal stimulus money to fund wind energy research around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/u-of-m-receives-8-million-for-wind-energy-research?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 07:23:37 -0500 Where Strike Force failed, other agencies succeed B.J. Zapor, above, and his fellow ATF agents have made strides fighting drugs and gang violence in Minnesota. His agency's success could provide lessons for the successor to the Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/gang-strike-force-lessons?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:33:42 -0500 Icy roads lead to crashes, spinouts in Twin Cities The winter driving season has already begun, and Twin Cities commuters have gotten their first taste of it this week with snow one day and icy roads the next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/icyroads?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:17:31 -0500 Two Harbors Marine remembered A Marine from Two Harbors, Minn., who was killed last week in Afghanistan, is being remembered as a warm and dedicated soldier and friend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/two-harbors-marine?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 06:49:51 -0500 Franken supports changes to student loan program U.S. Sen. Al Franken is visiting colleges across the state this month to talk to students about pending reforms to the federal financial aid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/studentloans?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:08:55 -0500 State's food inspection lab receives expansion funding The state is expanding the lab that investigates food in suspected disease outbreaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/food-inspection-lab?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 16:33:49 -0500 'Click it or ticket' seat belt campaign starts today Police across the state are kicking off a seat belt enforcement campaign Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/click-it-or-ticket-seat-belt-campaign-starts-today?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 06:39:30 -0500 State says seat belt use up from last year The Department of Public Safety said today that belt use has risen since Minnesota passed a law allowing police to cite drivers solely for not buckling up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/seat-belt-use-increases?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 12:19:56 -0500 Campion releases new plan for gang crime, police misconduct Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion laid out his plans at the Capitol on Wednesday for new and potentially improved efforts to fight gang crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/gang-strike-force-update?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Childhood poverty rates on the rise A new report on child welfare in Minnesota predicts the number of children in poverty will jump by a one-third over the course of the current recession. The report says the economic downturn will leave a long and troubling legacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/kids-poverty?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 14:48:23 -0500 Recession's impact reflected in Census data New data from the U.S. Census show more effects of the recession last year. /features/2009/09/29-census-data/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:32:50 -0500 Two men charged in alleged racially-motivated attacks Two 21-year-old Minneapolis men have been charged for alleged racially-motivated attacks on men in Brooklyn Park this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/racially-motivated-robberies?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:15:49 -0500 St. Paul Police Department honors officers, dog St. Paul police saluted eight officers Tuesday with their department's highest honor, a medal of valor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/saint-paul-police-honor-dog-and-officers?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 06:48:06 -0500 Lawmakers debate on millions of dollars left in strike force coffers A plan to clean up the remnants of the Metro Gang Strike Force, began to take shape at the Capitol Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/gang-strike-force-money?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 18:03:13 -0500 Survey shows disparities in health care coverage for Minnesota kids Minnesota ranks third in the nation in the percentage of people who have health insurance, according to recent figures from the U.S. Census, but new survey data indicate some disparities around the state -- particularly for kids. /features/2009/09/22-uninsured-minnesotans/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:03:00 -0500 Hennepin County crime lab gets stimulus money The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is getting $1.1 million in federal stimulus money to expand operations at its downtown Minneapolis crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/crimelab-stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:37:22 -0500 One dead after four-car crash on I-35E The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fiery crash that killed one person and closed northbound I-35E in Lino Lakes for several hours last night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/four-car-crash-35e?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:44:58 -0500 Minneapolis Police shuts down narcotics unit Minneapolis Police Department has closed down its narcotics unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/minneapolis-police-shuts-down-narcotics-unit?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:12:19 -0500 Police ID boy struck by car in Duluth The Duluth Police Department has released the names of the driver and four-year-old boy involved in Saturday's fatal car accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/duluth-police-investigate-death-of-four-year-old-struck-by-care?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Two ex-Gang Strike Force officers suspended The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office has disciplined two deputies in connection with the activities of the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/two-ex-gang-strike-force-officers-suspended?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:12:33 -0500 Crittenden remembered as hero, friend More than 4,000 people packed a hockey arena in Maplewood today to pay their respects to the North St. Paul police officer killed in the line of duty on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/north-st-paul-officer-killed-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:03:08 -0500 Police: drug store robberies may be related to other incidents Police say the robberies of two Twin Cities' drug stores this week may be related to a series of other recent holdups and shootings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/drug-store-robberies?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:39:17 -0500 North St. Paul shooting: 'Very intense, very violent' Authorities say a North St. Paul police officer killed on Monday while responding to a domestic disturbance was shot with his own weapon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/crittenden-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:30:17 -0500 Slain North St. Paul police officer may have been shot by own gun The North St. Paul police officer killed in the line of duty this week may have been shot with his own gun, according to a published report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/slain-st-paul-officer-may-have-been-shot-by-own-gun?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 07:00:27 -0500 RNC's economic impact pegged at $170 million One year ago, the Republican National Convention took over downtown St. Paul. A new report out today says the economic impact of the RNC in the area came to $170 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/rnc-impact?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Litchfield soldier killed in Afghanistan A 20-year-old Army private from Litchfield in central Minnesota has been killed in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/litchfield-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:14:39 -0500 What's next for the gang strike force? Four legislative committees convene next week to discuss a new report alleging widespread misconduct and even criminal behavior by members of the now-disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force. MPR reporter Tim Nelson discusses what's next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/strike_force?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:43:04 -0500 Investigator says gang strike force actions were 'criminal' A new report says the scandal-ridden Metro Gang Strike Force was guilty of widespread impropriety, and that much of its police work was ineffective. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/strikeforce-report?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:33:12 -0500 Circus Juventas fined for not getting bleachers inspected The city of St. Paul will fine a circus school for not getting proper permits after a set of bleachers collapsed this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/circus-bleacher-collapse?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 08:29:29 -0500 HealthPartners CEO: Co-ops aren't the "magic answer" Health care co-ops such as Minnesota's Health Partners could be part of health reform legislation working its way through Congress. But HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd isn't sure co-ops are the "magic answer" to rising health care costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/healthpartners-ceo-coops-arent-the-magic-answer?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:30:35 -0500 Witness: Circus bleacher collapsed like a 'fallen souffle' The city of St. Paul has temporarily closed the circus academy where about a dozen spectators were injured when a set of bleachers collapsed last night. The accident happened at the end of the final performance of the summer show at Circus Juventas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/st-paul-bleacher-collapse?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:00:42 -0500 St. Paul council member goes public with Central Corridor concerns A St. Paul City Council member is calling on the Metropolitan Council to make changes to the light rail line that is expected to run through the city's central corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/lrt-stpaul?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 14:14:50 -0500 Minnesota firefighters head to Alaska to battle blazes Firefighters from across the Great Lakes region are leaving today to help battle fires burning in central Alaska. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/firefighters-deployed-to-alaska?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 09:06:39 -0500 Behind the scenes with the gang strike force The now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force was battling a growing threat from a Latino street gang over the past year, according to an internal report obtained by MPR News. The report documents what the unit was working on behind the scenes in its last full year of existence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/gangstrikeforce-report?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Stakes high for small businesses in health care debate As members of Congress head home for their August break, the debate over the impact of health care reform on small business is heating up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/health-care-small-businesses?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Health officials prepare for fall flu season and H1N1 Local health officials are already starting to prepare for the fall flu season and the possible return of the H1N1 virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/h1n1-virus-update?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 06:08:27 -0500 Gang strike force sued for confiscating property A half dozen people are suing the now-disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force in federal court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/strikeforce-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:06:28 -0500 Food voucher program to pay for more healthy foods Minnesota is changing its food program for low-income women and children this weekend. Its making some major changes in the kind of foods being offered to participants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/wic-program?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:05:27 -0500 Fed report: Upper Midwest's economic recovery lagging The Federal Reserve says the nation's economy is starting to show signs of a turnaround in most places - but not in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/fed-beige-book-report?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:44:56 -0500 GOP targets U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson Minnesota's Republican Party is launching a renewed effort to unseat longtime 7th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/peterson-gop?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:00:36 -0500 School accused of promoting Islam countersues ACLU A controversial charter school in Inver Grove Heights accused of promoting religion with taxpayer money is countersuing the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/tiza-counter-suit?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 08:17:10 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar pushing bill to fight Medicare fraud Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she hopes to include legislation to prevent Medicare fraud in the health reform bill being debated in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/klobuchar-medicare-fraudbill?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 13:01:46 -0500 Police suspect murder-suicide in St. Peter deaths Authorities think the death of a young woman found in a Kasota cemetery early Saturday morning may be the result of a murder-suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/st-peter-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Couple challenging drug charges involving gang strike force A Brooklyn Park couple is challenging drug charges against them, in a case stemming from the operations of the now-disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/drug_charges?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:41:57 -0500 Minnesota Boy Scout dies while hiking in New Mexico A 14-year-old boy scout from Edina has died on a hiking trip at a Scout camp in New Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/scout-dies-in-philmont?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 08:20:51 -0500 Andersen Windows factory evacuated due to threat The Andersen Window corporation's has manufacturing facility in Bayport was evacuated for several hours today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/andersen-windows-evacuated?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:47:20 -0500 Family of Kasota man killed by deputy to take legal action The father of a Kasota man killed on Monday says the family is planning to take legal action against a sheriff's deputy who fired the fatal shots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/kasota_shooting_father_react?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:09:08 -0500 7 Minn. post offices to close; others to trim services The United States Postal Service is preparing to close seven post offices across Minnesota in the first wave of what may be historic change for the mail service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/postal_closures?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:31:58 -0500 The list of affected post offices The U.S. Postal Service has told the American Postal Workers Union it is studying changes to as many as 87 post offices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Some may close, others may end window service and others may host consolidated services. Here's a list of those offices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/postoffice_closures?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:28:34 -0500 McCollum, Paulsen concerned about inequities in health care reform plan The national health care debate came to the state Capitol on Monday, as U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota heard from a variety of observers about the health care reform being discussed in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/mccollum_health_bill?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:48:42 -0500 State shuts down interim gang strike force State officials shut down the Metro Gang Strike Force today, just a week after they kick-started the embattled gang unit, hoping to overcome a string of scandals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/gang_strike_force_shut_down?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 13:15:20 -0500 Minn. sees this year's first West Nile virus case The state Department of Health says a Stevens County woman fell ill with the virus in June and was hospitalized, but is now recovering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/westnile?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 13:49:30 -0500 New law requires electronic health care billing A new Minnesota law requires insurance companies, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to switch to electronic billing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/electronicbilling?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:45:53 -0500 Minnesota delegation wary of proposed health care reform Barack Obama wants health care reform ready to sign by the end of the summer, but much of Congress, including Minnesota's delegation, are deeply divided on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/obama_healthplan?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Quotes on health care reform from legislators Minnesota's legislators had the following to say about the health care reform currently moving through Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/healthcare_sidebar?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 07:52:26 -0500 82 more Minn. National Guard soldiers headed to Iraq Eighty-two soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are heading for a year-long deployment in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/nationalguard_iraq?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:13:24 -0500 Bachmann seeks to make Census questions optional Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann says she's standing by her opposition to parts of the U.S. Census, despite pleas by her Republican colleagues to support it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/bachmann_census?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:33:32 -0500 Pawlenty says talks have begun for tax reciprocity deal Gov. Tim Pawlenty confirmed Friday that talks have begun between Minnesota and Wisconsin in settling a bill over a decades-old tax pact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/tax_reciprocity_deal?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:04:23 -0500 Powell emphasizes community service in Minneapolis speech Former Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell spoke to thousands of delegates at the Lions Club International convention in Minneapolis this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/powell_lions_club?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 10:20:00 -0500 Minn. DHS holding meetings to explain major benefit changes Minnesota's Department of Human Services is launching a statewide series of meetings in Minnetonka Wednesday to explain major changes to care benefits available from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/dhs_changes?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 18:32:09 -0500 Seifert announces candidacy for governor Former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert formally kicked off his campaign for governor this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/seifert_announcement?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 10:40:54 -0500 Rep. Tom Emmer joins governor's race Three-term Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer is getting into next year's race for Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/emmer_governor?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 14:01:39 -0500 DFLers seek health care options in wake of governor's cuts The unallotment of millions of dollars in health care spending for the poor has them worried about tens of thousands of Minnesotans that may have no more medical coverage next spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/03/gmac_unallotment_cuts?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jul 2009 17:41:28 -0500 Defendants charged with marijuana trafficking make first court appearances Thirteen Twin Cities defendants made court appearances Thursday on charges of running a massive, indoor marijuana operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/pot_bust?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 15:01:48 -0500 Klobuchar: "I've told him to study up" Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will join her future colleague Al Franken at a rally at the State Capitol today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/klobuchar_franken?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 08:17:55 -0500 New census figures find growing Minnesota suburbs The suburbs are still growing, but several cities in southern Minnesota lost population from 2007 to 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/census?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 06:23:56 -0500 Police agencies discuss future of gang task force The investigation of the Metro Gang Strike Force is expanding, Minnesota's Public Safety Commissioner told police in St. Paul today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/gang_strike_force_future?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:41:48 -0500 St. Paul to put instant runoff voting to ballot St. Paul residents will vote on whether they want to change the way they elect city council members and the mayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/st_paul_instant_runoff_voting?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 08:45:54 -0500 Rally today in Minneapolis to support democracy in Iran Iranians and Iranian Americans plan to rally in downtown Minneapolis in support of democracy this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/iran_protests?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 08:24:44 -0500 Complaint filed against Denny Hecker alleges $110M fraud The legal problems of Denny Hecker continued to mount Thursday, as a U.S. bankruptcy trustee filed a civil complaint accusing the auto mogul of civil conspiracy, theft and unjust enrichment in the operations of several auto leasing businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/hecker_liens?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:15:00 -0500 Teach For America program expands to Twin Cities A national teaching program that targets low-income school districts announced on Tuesday it will expand its program to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/teachforamerica?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 14:24:32 -0500 It's a scorcher; experts advise caution in the heat Summer heat is gripping much of Minnesota this afternoon, earlier in the season than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/heat_advisory?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 14:08:43 -0500 Rally supporting Iranian protestors to be held in Minneapolis Iranian Americans are organizing a rally in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday to show support for protestors in Tehran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/minneapolis_iran_rally?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:04:30 -0500 Meeting tonight to discuss fate of ammunition plant A public hearing tonight will discuss options for the old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/ammunition_plant_meeting?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 07:39:34 -0500 Police identify woman killed by ambulance in St. Paul Authorities are investigating the death of a 79-year-old woman who was struck by an ambulance in St. Paul on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/st_paul_ambulance?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 06:31:34 -0500 GMAC calls Denny Hecker claims 'baseless,' 'irresponsible' In a statement released today, car finance company GMAC adamantly denies claims it acted improperly in its dealings with embattled auto dealer Denny Hecker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/hecker_gmac_response?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 15:41:28 -0500 Texas man charged in Cabela's tag-switching scam A Texas man has been charged in Minneapolis with defrauding a Cabela's store of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in a sophisticated shoplifting operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/cabelas_shoplifter?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 13:44:53 -0500 St. Paul to consider domestic partner registry Same-sex couples living in St. Paul might soon be able to register as domestic partners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/st_paul_to_consider_domestic_partner_registry?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 13:09:39 -0500 Smaller turnout expected for Grandma's Marathon Minnesota's marquee spring athletic event will run again from Two Harbors to Duluth this weekend, although there are about 1,000 fewer runners than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/grandmas_marathon?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:39:32 -0500 Hecker blames GMAC for customer troubles The attorneys for auto mogul Denny Hecker handed out copies of a lawsuit this afternoon that they say they're planning to file against GMAC, the finance giant that once offered auto loans to Hecker and his customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/hecker_folo?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 17:31:54 -0500 Denny Hecker prepares to sue GMAC amid investigation Embattled auto dealer Denny Hecker is planning to file suit against car finance company GMAC, the company that used to loan money to Hecker's customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/hecker_investigation?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:30:04 -0500 Lakeville teen is 2 millionth Eagle Scout A Minnesota teen received a big honor Wednesday morning when he was named the country's 2 millionth Eagle Scout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/eagle_scout?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:17:04 -0500 New Wild coach Richards happy to return to Minnesota Minnesota native Todd Richards will become the second head coach in the history of the Minnesota Wild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/wild_coach_richards?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 14:30:33 -0500 Vietnam vets to be remembered at Capitol gathering An estimated 5,000 veterans and their families are expected to gather on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds Saturday to remember those who served in Vietnam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/vietnam_vets?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:58:34 -0500 Interim replacement for gang strike force announced The Department of Public Safety on Friday announced the Metro Gang Strike Force will remain suspended while an investigation continues into its operations, and a temporary unit will be created in the interim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/new_metro_gang_strike_force?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 11:11:17 -0500 Worker killed in Waconia propane explosion Investigators are in Waconia today investigating the cause of a propane explosion that killed a teenage employee of the farmer's co-op. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/waconia_propane_explosion?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:39:43 -0500 Pros, amateurs gather for Minnesota Bike Festival A cyclist named Armstrong - not the one you think - will be in the Twin Cities for this week's Minnesota Bike Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/minnesota_bike_festival?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Minnesota congressman says he has the votes to block climate bill Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says he has the votes to block fast-track climate change legislation working its way through Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/peterson_climate_bill?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 08:53:37 -0500 Buckle up, new primary seat belt law takes effect At midnight, Minnesota's seat belt law will change to allow police to pull over any vehicle if the driver -- or passengers -- aren't belted in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/primary_seatbelt?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Suspect in Forest Lake sexual assault released A 19-year-old man who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a Forest Lake High School student has been released from police custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/forest_lake_rape?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 14:45:54 -0500 Man arrested after sexual assault at Forest Lake High School A 19-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a Forest Lake High School student in a school entryway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/sexual_assault_forest_lake_high?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:48:55 -0500 Drought prompts DNR to expand burn restrictions No burning permits will be issued and open fires will be banned in Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright Counties beginning Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/drought_prompts_dnr_to_expand_burn_restrictions?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 11:47:09 -0500 St. Thomas student's death ruled accidental The Ramsey County medical examiner's office has ruled the death of University of St. Thomas freshman Dan Zamlen an accidental drowning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/st_thomas_students_death_ruled_accidental_?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 02:09:16 -0500 H1N1 flu suspected as dozens of kids stay home sick Sixty students were absent at Bancroft Elementary school in Minneapolis today and Minnesota health officials say it's possible they were ill with the H1N1 flu virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/swine_flu?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Walz: Minn. should be open to holding Gitmo detainees U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said today that facilities in Minnesota should be open to holding detainees from Guantanamo Bay under some circumstances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/walz_middle_east_trip?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 11:17:45 -0500 Two wounded by single bullet in Minneapolis bus shooting Two people were wounded Monday night in a shooting on a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/minneapolis_bus_shooting?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 09:00:17 -0500 Little Falls waits for impact of Genmar bankruptcy Minneapolis-based Genmar Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company is headed by Twin Cities businessman Irwin Jacobs, and makes Glastron and Larson boats in Little Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/genmar_little_falls?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:50:18 -0500 Ash borer found in more trees in St. Paul The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it has found dozens more trees infested with the emerald ash borer in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/moreashborers?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 13:56:19 -0500 Threatened Andover homes safe, but grass fire still burning Dozens of homes threatened by a grass fire in Andover over the weekend are safe, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the fire may still pose some danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/anoka_county_grass_fire?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 07:32:47 -0500 More than 1,500 turn out for first Minneapolis Marathon The top finishers in the new Minneapolis Marathon crossed the finish line with easy wins this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/31/minneapolis_marathon?refid=0 Sun, 31 May 2009 08:55:49 -0500 FBI to investigate gang strike force Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion said the credibility of the Metro Gang Strike Force has "been called into question" after an audit found lax bookkeeping at the strike force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/gang_strike_force_fbi?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 12:34:35 -0500 New discount airline to start service at MSP A start-up airline is announcing today that it's adding service to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/jetamerica_msp?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 09:44:28 -0500 Missing Gang Strike Force vehicles found Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher says investigators from his department have tracked down some of the property thought lost by a Twin Cities gang unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/gang_strike_force?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 06:50:09 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar impressed by Sotomayor Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is praising president Barack Obama's nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, as did the two men vying for Minnesota's other Senate seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/klobuchar_sotomayor?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 10:31:19 -0500 A look at the historic architecture of the Twin Cities Architecture critic Larry Millett has two new guidebooks of historic houses along Summit Avenue and the Minneapolis Lake district. Take a walk with Millet through some of the Twin Cities more unique and impressive pieces of architecture. /features/2009/05/26_walking_tour/?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Proposed bill would make voting easier for overseas military Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen said he's marking the Memorial Day holiday by sponsoring a new measure to make it easier for military members serving overseas to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/25/military_voting?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 09:45:11 -0500 Stillwater inaugurates new marathon Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 50s made for a great start to the inaugural Stillwater marathon today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/24/stillwater_marathon?refid=0 Sun, 24 May 2009 16:24:33 -0500 Timberwolves introduce new president The Minnesota Timberwolves today introduced the team's new president of basketball operations, David Kahn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/wolves_gm?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 13:30:57 -0500 Peterson ready to break ranks on climate bill Citing how a sweeping climate bill could affect farmers working in the U.S. ethanol industry, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson said he's ready to join others in blocking the legislation from moving forward in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/peterson_ready_to_break_ranks_on_climate_bill?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 13:18:07 -0500 Red flag warning issued as wildfires break out around state Grass and ground fires have been breaking out around the Twin Cities today in the wake of recent hot dry weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/red_flag_warning_wildfires?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 14:27:46 -0500 House, Senate approve outdoors and arts program The Minnesota Legislature has approved the $213 million outdoors and cultural heritage bill in the waning hours of the legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/legacy_approved?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 23:20:59 -0500 Lawmakers at standstill over outdoors, arts money Six months after voters approved a 3/8 cent sales tax increase to fund environmental and arts projects, lawmakers are deadlocked over how to spend the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/art_envornment_tax?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 07:45:02 -0500 Audit: Capitol security inadequate Minnesota's Legislative Auditor says there are serious security vulnerabilities in the state Capitol and surrounding buildings. The auditor's report presented to the Legislature this morning calls for taking steps to protect the seat of state government and the people who visit it. But the recommendations are controversial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/state_capitol_secutry?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 08:46:55 -0500 Park Nicollet cuts 240 jobs, closes clinic Park Nicollet is closing one of its 25 clinics and laying off hundreds of employees. The health care provider cites the lasting effects of the recession on business at its clinics and hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/park_nicollet?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 06:55:26 -0500 Fishing season starts today Minnesota's 2009 fishing season opened this morning, and as many as a million anglers may wet a line in the state's waters in coming days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/09/fishing_opener_nelson?refid=0 Sat, 09 May 2009 10:32:29 -0500 State fishing opener starts at midnight tonight Tomorrow marks the opening of Minnesota's 2009 fishing season, which could draw more than 2 million people throughout the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/fishing_opener?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 07:07:06 -0500 Flu preparation on the local level Fears of a deadly H1N1 flu outbreak may be easing for now. But people on the front lines of public health -- in county and city health departments -- are still preparing for the worst. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/localfluprep?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Brett Favre in Vikings purple? Brett Favre is reportedly going to meet with Vikings coach Brad Childress at an undisclosed location later this week, to assess whether Favre wants to come out of retirement to play for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/pawlenty_favre?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 11:13:20 -0500 Pawlenty: Biden supports federal funds for North Star rail line extension Governor Tim Pawlenty says that Vice President Joe Biden has reiterated his support for federally funding an extension of Minnesota's North Star commuter rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/biden_pawlenty_northstar?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 10:54:48 -0500 Pawlenty threatens to veto Xcel Center loan plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty is threatening to veto an economic development bill that includes writing off $32 million in state loans for the Xcel Energy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/ed_veto?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 10:43:03 -0500 Minneapolis teacher named 'Teacher of the year' An English and language arts teacher from Minneapolis has been named Minnesota's teacher of the year for 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/03/teacherofyear?refid=0 Sun, 03 May 2009 18:50:07 -0500 Possible flu cases close metro schools Five Minnesota schools were closed Monday because of two separate cases of suspected H1N1 influenza in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/03/flu_schoolsclose?refid=0 Sun, 03 May 2009 18:02:13 -0500 Flu virus a threat to pork producers, too While there are no known cases of the H1N1 flu virus being transmitted from pigs to people, the pork industry is worried about the reverse. And they're taking extra steps to protect pigs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/flu_virus_a_threat_to_pork_producers?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 16:20:22 -0500 Minn. same-sex couples plan to marry in Iowa Dozens of same-sex couples in Minnesota are already planning weddings in Iowa, after that state's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. The ruling allows same-sex partners to wed starting today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/iowa_samesexmarriage?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Minn., Wis. impose quarantine to fight spread of ash borer The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is imposing a quarantine on wood from ash trees in southeastern Minnesota today, to try to control the spread of the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/ash_borer?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:41:07 -0500 N.D. officials call for power plant exemption from Minn. tax North Dakota officials say Minnesota regulators should exempt the state's power plants from new carbon dioxide taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/nd_minn_power_tax?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 08:28:26 -0500 Twin Cities hosts two new marathons this spring While the economy has been hobbled, Minnesotans are off and running like never before this spring, literally. The gun will sound on two new marathons next month, one in Minneapolis and another in Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/new_marathons?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:15:00 -0500 All-clear after morning gas leak in St. Paul Officials have given the all-clear after a natural gas leak forced an evacuation of a neighborhood on St. Paul's east side this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/st_paul_gas_leak?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:50:23 -0500 St. Charles mayor: Fire's economic impact 'serious' The fire that destroyed a chicken processing plant in St. Charles, Minn., has left the town without hundreds of jobs and many questions about its economic future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/st_charles_mayor_fire_recovery?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:07:09 -0500 Coleman delivers state of city address St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman delivers his 2009 State of the City address today at St. Joseph's Hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/coleman_state_of_the_city?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 13:00:00 -0500 Green jobs are focus of rally at State Capitol A coalition calling for green jobs is holding a rally at the State Capitol today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/hire_mn_rally?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:38:55 -0500 Red River crests again, on the way down The Red River reached its second crest Thursday, at 34 feet and residents in some parts of the valley may be past the worst of the flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/red_river_drops?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:00:47 -0500 Individual compensation amounts of 35W settlement released The state of Minnesota courts have released a list detailing the exact compensation that each of the 179 35W bridge collapse victims will receive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/state_settles_35w_bridge_collapse_victims?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 13:39:24 -0500 Thousands protest taxes at Capitol tea party Similar rallies were reported in hundreds of cities across the country yesterday, including a gathering on the Boston Common, near the scene of the famed 1773 tax protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/tax_day_tea_parties?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 08:35:31 -0500 Closed beef plant owes back taxes, was fined for waste dumping A faltering meatpacker in Buffalo Lake is blaming drinking water regulations for his shutdown. But investors and city officials say the company has more serious problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/buffalo_lake_plant?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:41:34 -0500 Bloomington man charged with sexual assault; police fear case may widen Police say a volunteer coach with the Bloomington Athletic Association has been charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old girl found with him at a hotel early the morning of April 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/sexual_assault?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 18:15:27 -0500 Registration lags for Grandma's Marathon Officials with Grandma's Marathon in Duluth say the economy is hurting their race registration numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/grandmas_marathon?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 10:48:37 -0500 Lemaire leaves Wild; other big changes ahead The Minnesota Wild's only head coach bid farewell to his team today. Jacques Lemaire announced he won't return for a ninth season with the hockey team. His departure is likely to be just the first of many changes at the team's home arena. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/wild_coach?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 15:52:08 -0500 Archbishop Nienstedt joins anti-abortion demonstration Hundreds of demonstrators were outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul Friday morning for an annual Good Friday demonstration protesting legalized abortion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/planned_parenthood?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Flood forecasting is a complicated business National Weather Service forecasters predict the Red River will crest somewhere between 38 and 40 feet again next week in the Fargo-Moorhead area. That's not as perilous as first expected, but floods on the Minnesota-North Dakota border have created some nasty surprises in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/flood_forecasts?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Tree-eating bug closing in on Minnesota Officials in Wisconsin say they've found an infestation of the emerald ash borer in the LaCrosse area, which brings the bug to Minnesota's doorstep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/emerald_ash_borer?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 14:03:48 -0500 University calls off search for missing St. Thomas student The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul has called off its ground search for a missing freshman there. School officials say they hope authorities will turn up better clues to the 18-year-old student's whereabouts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/missing_student?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 13:37:04 -0500 Weather Service: Red River may have crested Fargo-Moorhead area residents got a dose of good news Saturday as the National Weather Service predicted the bloated Red River had crested and was headed down in the next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/red_river_flood_saturday_coverage?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2009 16:05:00 -0500 Fire, flood devastate town north of Fargo First the floodwaters hit. The water was so deep that more than 120 people had to be rescued by boat. Then a home caught fire and burned to the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/red_river_flood?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:45:00 -0500 Record flood can be traced to summer and fall rains The roots of the Red River flood stretch all the way back to August, 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/floodforecast_timeline?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Red River tops historic marker, undermines dike A breach in a dike along the Red River has prompted the mandatory evacuation of all homes in an area south of downtown Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/flood_friday?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 06:40:27 -0500 Fighting the flood from afar The closest watch on the Red River might be kept in a windowless room in St. Paul, known as the state's Emergency Operations Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/flood_eoc?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 16:50:00 -0500 Criminal intelligence bill runs into stiff opposition at Capitol A proposal to give police in Minnesota the authority to collect secret data that isn't directly related to a crime ran into stiff opposition at the Capitol Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/criminal_intelligencebill?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty wants Minnesota to test mileage tax State officials say Minnesota is working on a pilot program to test the idea of charging drivers for each mile they drive. Other states around the country are considering a vehicle mileage tax, as revenues from the gas tax are expected to decline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/mileage_tax?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Olson may return to Minnesota within a week One-time fugitive and 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson has been released from a California prison, and is likely to return soon to her home in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/sara_jane_olson_release?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 15:03:10 -0500 Privacy crusader gets open government award Rich Neumeister is one of the state's foremost authorities on government records and privacy. But his day job is as a Metro Mobility driver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/neumeister_profile?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New plates could put a walleye, chickadee or whitetail on your bumper Minnesota is updating its wildlife license plates with four new designs, and state officials are asking the public to weigh in on what they'll look like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/dnr_conservation_license_plates?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:40:26 -0500 Outdoor panel splits over how to spend amendment money The committee setting priorities for spending a portion of Minnesota's new sales tax is divided over how to spend the first round of money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/10/outdoors_funding?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 08:33:32 -0500 Twin Cities mayors are eyeing the governor's office The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul both look like they're gearing up for a run for statewide office, even as they face re-election this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/mayors_for_governor?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 15:30:00 -0600 UAW members begin voting on Ford contract Ford and the United Auto Workers are trying to agree on concessions to keep the automaker afloat, after car sales have plunged in recent months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/ford_workers_contract_vote?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 09:15:08 -0600 Boy in critical condition after bus accident A Minneapolis kindergartner is in critical condition after being run over by a school bus this morning in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/boy_in_critical_condition_after_bus_accident?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:45:02 -0600 Minnesota delegation reacts to Obama' speech Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation react to President Barack Obama's speech on the economic crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/mn_reax?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:48:22 -0600 Pawlenty in DC for governors meeting Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Washington, along with the nation's other governors, to meet with President Barack Obama ahead of the president's address to Congress tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/pawlenty_dc?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:53:37 -0600 Audit recommends more oversight of prison industries A new legislative auditor's report says the state's prison industries showed a record profit last year, but need better financial control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/prison_audit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:37:56 -0600 $1 billion bioscience center planned for Rochester area California developers are poised to announce an effort to raise $1 billion to create a bioscience research center just outside of Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/elk_run_bioscience_plan?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Rep. Ellison heads to the Middle East Ellison is touring the Gaza strip and Israel today, looking over the ruins of the recent fighting there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/ellison_tours_middle_east?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:01:42 -0600 Is this the worst Valentine's Day ever? The slumping economy is hitting flower shops, jewelers and restaurants hard. Even the most ardent lovers, it seems, may have a broken heart this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/bad_valentine?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 13:30:17 -0600 Lawyers say jury given improper info about Dru Sjodin's killer The only death penalty case in Minnesota in nearly a century has entered a crucial phase in federal court in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/dru_sjodin_alfonso_rodriguez_appeal?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:00:50 -0600 Second mortgage-related shock could hit Minnesota Some experts say a second mortgage-related shock may be poised to hit Minnesota in the next two years. Experts say now is the time to prepare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/mortgagecrisis_part2?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Coleman election contest begins second week Republican Norm Coleman's election contest begins its second week in court today in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/coleman_contest?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 06:54:20 -0600 Top EPA scientist describes new attitude at agency President Barack Obama has said his administration will put a new emphasis on science as it takes power and begins to shape the nation's policy. The Environmental Protection Agency's top scientist was in Minnesota today to talk about that change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/scientist?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:58:55 -0600 Governor's budget hits Minnesota cities and counties Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced billions of dollars in spending reductions in the state budget he released Tuesday afternoon. Payments in property tax subsidies and local government aid to cities and counties got squeezed as the state tries to preserve K-12 education and hold the line on health care spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/lgabudget?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 15:37:25 -0600 MAC to consider new deal for Northwest HQ Minnesota's largest air carrier is about to strike a new deal with the Metropolitan Airports Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/25/delta_macdeal?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2009 14:15:01 -0600 Audit: Personal care services need more oversight The Legislative Auditor says in a new report that personal care assistance services in Minnesota need more state oversight and accountability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/audit_personal_care_services_need_more_oversight?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:15:23 -0600 Driver crashes SUV into St. Paul Planned Parenthood clinic A 32-year-old man is under arrest after driving his SUV into the front of the Planned Parenthood clinic on Ford Parkway in St. Paul this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/pp_crash?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:16:25 -0600 Cities try to protect police and fire from budget cuts As the state faces its biggest budget deficit ever, even some of the core services paid for by public dollars, such as police and fire, are going to get leaner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/whitebearlake_publicsafety?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Powell: Keep fighting for King's dream Former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell spoke in Minneapolis today for the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/powell_keep_fighting_for_kings_dream?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:17:00 -0600 Still cold; warmer weather ahead This morning's commute was a rocky one. The State Patrol reported more than 20 accidents this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/weather?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 07:10:08 -0600 Study: St. Paul Police Department has growing pains A wide-ranging study of the St. Paul police department released today said the agency it needs close attention as it grows from being a medium-sized department to a large department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/police_changes?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:51:05 -0600 Wind chill warnings in effect around state Minnesotans expected another day of bone-chilling cold across the state Wednesday, with several areas under a wind chill warning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/winter_weather?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:11:15 -0600 The shape of elections to come From bar-coding absentee ballots to setting up polling places early, lawmakers are coming up with a long list of remedies to solve the kinds of problems that arose in the recent U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/09/election_hearing?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 13:10:26 -0600 Is a runoff election a better way? Days after Minnesota finished recounting nearly three million votes in the U.S. Senate race, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle say they think there might be a better way. They say Minnesota should think about instituting runoff elections in close races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/runoffvoting?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 13:24:56 -0600 Lawmakers look at election reforms, post-recount Minnesota's U.S. Senate election is still unresolved in the courts, but at the Capitol, lawmakers are already working on a post-mortem of the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/electionreforms?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:59:56 -0600 Postage proposals begin budget balancing Minutes after the opening gavel, Senate Republicans proposed trimming travel and cutting their postage budgets by 56,000 dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/legislature_budget_gap_stamps?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 07:39:58 -0600 Franken increases lead over Coleman to 225 votes Democratic Senate challenger Al Franken added 176 votes to his lead in one of the tightest races in U.S. history today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/03/senate_recount_suspended?refid=0 Sat, 03 Jan 2009 10:55:02 -0600 Paddlers bring in the new year on the river A small fleet of kayakers and canoe paddlers shoved off the ice and onto the open Mississippi River yesterday to celebrate a chilly tradition -- the annual New Year's Day Paddle. Boaters say it's a fitting -- if early -- start to a season on the water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/01/paddlers?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jan 2009 23:03:09 -0600 Lawmakers collecting ideas to reduce budget shortfall Minnesotans have offered hundreds of ideas to lawmakers on a Web site the House set up to help solve the state's budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/budgetsuggestions?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:00:34 -0600 Klobuchar pushes high-tech stimulus package U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said today that Minnesota may benefit from a high-tech stimulus package being considered in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/29/ruraltech?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 16:10:15 -0600 Bike commuting is up, even with lower gas prices With gas prices down by half since this summer, it's cheaper to get around than it has been in years. Still, bus ridership, car pooling, even bicycling are up this winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/24/winter_bikecommuting?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty could act to fill vacant Senate seat By law, Gov. Tim Pawlenty could appoint someone to fill that seat, but the U.S. Senate might not go along with that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/senate_seat_vacancy?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 12:50:44 -0600 Holiday week starts with a shiver Monday commuters around the state were greeted this morning with subzero air temperatures and wind chills dozens of degrees below zero. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/winter_weather?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 06:31:13 -0600 Library usage increases with the recession There's one place where business is booming right now despite the recession. It's your local public library. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/with_the_recession_library_usgage_on_the_rise?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:14:57 -0600 Budget deficit: Pawlenty remains opposed to tax increases Minnesota is facing a projected budget deficit of more than $5.27 billion over the next two and a half years. Gov. Pawlenty is again ruling out tax increases as a way to close the gap. We're updating the story throughout the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/budgetforecast?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 10:00:03 -0600 St. Paul mayor worries deficit could reach $6 billion Cities around Minnesota are bracing for the fallout from a multi-billion dollar state budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/chris_coleman_deficit?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 08:10:56 -0600 MnDOT questioned about Wakota bridge delays MnDOT officials acknowledged Tuesday the Wakota bridge in the southeastern metro is the most delayed and over-budget road project in Minnesota history. The end may finally be in sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/wakota_bridge?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:28:15 -0600 Election recount could be just the beginning of long battle Minnesota is entering the second week of the U.S. Senate recount. About two-thirds of the ballots have been recounted, and election officials are working to finish the remaining precincts by a December 5 deadline. But the recount may not end the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/election_continue_past_recount?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Minn. AG wants mandatory mediation in foreclosures Attorney General Lori Swanson is proposing legislation that would require lenders to negotiate with homeowners before foreclosing on properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/swanson_foreclosure?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 14:09:50 -0600 Judge grants Franken absentee ballot access A Ramsey County District Court judge has ordered the release of information on absentee voters who had their ballots disqualified in this month's U.S. Senate election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/absenteeruling?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:51:39 -0600 Another commuter airport expansion? Dozens of angry neighbors packed the Anoka County board room today, to oppose a plan to expand the airfield in Blaine. An air services company wants to add 1,000 feet to the airport's runway to make it a center for corporate aviation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/blaineairport?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:41:31 -0600 The recount that didn't count As Minnesota prepares to go through nearly 3 million ballots cast in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, other elections have been getting a closer look around the state. Local races in Carver, Gaylord and Edina have all had recounts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/nfieldrecount?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 15:03:22 -0600 Minn. congressional delegates question changes to bailout Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation say the new federal bailout package being proposed in Washington is very different than the one they passed earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/minn_delegates?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 08:50:17 -0600 Survivors sue bridge engineers, construction company Three survivors and the relatives of one of the motorists killed in the Interstate-35W bridge collapse are suing an engineering firm that inspected the bridge, and the construction company that was working on the bridge when it fell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/schwebel_bridge?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 08:02:41 -0600 Shifting vote totals not unusual The changes in the vote totals in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race may be vexing the leading vote-getter, but a look at past elections shows it's nothing unusual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/11/shifting_vote_totals_not_unusual?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Coleman takes recount to court The Coleman campaign on Saturday asked a Ramsey County District Court judge to block the inclusion of 32 just-discovered absentee ballots in the vote total in Minneapolis. Elections officials there apprarently told the Coleman campaign of the discovery late Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/08/recount_court?refid=0 Sat, 08 Nov 2008 14:38:01 -0600 Minnesota's election system in the spotlight Minnesota has a reputation for clean and transparent elections. That reputation is about to be put to the test in a way the nation hasn't seen since the presidential recount in Florida in 2000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/07/recount_spotlight?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 17:17:48 -0600 FAQ on the Senate recount Answers to some of your questions about the recount process in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/recount_faq?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 15:15:25 -0600 Senate recount possibilities include lawsuits Unofficial results show only a few hundred votes separate Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and DFL challenger Al Franken, after a day of vote counting on Wednesday. That narrow lead triggers an automatic statewide recount by the Secretary of State's office. But the matter could end up in the courts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/recount?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 09:54:25 -0600 Long lines form for early voting People were lined up out to the sidewalk for the last chance to cast an absentee ballot in St. Paul today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/long_lines_form_for_early_voting?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 17:12:29 -0600 Avoiding the lines on Election Day Election Day is upon us and you no doubt have questions. Will the lines be long? What if the polling place closes while I'm in line? When are the best times to avoid long lines? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/election_guide_long_lines?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 15:10:45 -0600 Coleman denies claims that donor funneled money to his wife Just days before Election Day, Sen. Norm Coleman is playing defense against a lawsuit that claims a friend and donor funneled $75,000 to an insurance company that employs his wife. Coleman said this morning the allegations are "patently false." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/31/coleman_suit?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:09:50 -0500 Group launches drive to require voter IDs A voting reform group says Minnesotans should be required to show a photo ID when they vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/voter_id?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:32:30 -0500 NCLB changes coming The Bush administration has issued new rules for the No Child Left Behind school law. That's likely to mean a significant drop in Minnesota's graduation rate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/nclb_changes?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 10:56:46 -0500 Met Council takes feedback on transportation plan The Metropolitan Council is laying out a long term transportation plan meant to shape the Twin Cities for the next 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/met_council?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 07:11:28 -0500 Hennepin County commissioners give themselves a pay raise Hennepin County commissioners voted yesterday to give themselves a pay increase in each of the next two years. Their salaries will top $100,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/commissioner_pay?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2008 02:31:29 -0500 Officals say voter registration improving in Minnesota Allegations of voter fraud are making headlines across the country in this year's presidential race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/voterregistration?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 15:57:42 -0500 Morning Show to end 25-year run Minnesota Public Radio's long-running Morning Show is coming to an end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/morning_show?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:19:23 -0500 Two Twin Cities teachers get $25K awards The two are among about 80 teachers nationwide to get no-strings-attached cash awards from the Milken Family Foundation. The awards are often called the "Oscars of teaching." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/14/milkenawards?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:33:26 -0500 Stimulus package deadline is Wednesday A deadline is looming for people who still haven't received checks from the federal stimulus effort earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/13/stimulus?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 08:41:59 -0500 U of M hosts symposium on I-35W bridge construction The University of Minnesota is holding a symposium on the collapse and reconstruction of the Interstate 35W bridge that gets underway today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/u_of_m_bridge?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 08:47:12 -0500 U of M: Stem cell study used falsified data The University of Minnesota is asking a leading academic journal to retract a stem cell study published by a former university researcher. The researcher agrees there were errors in the study, but stands by its results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/stemcell?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 09:16:35 -0500 Instant runoff voting heads to court Instant runoff voting is heading for a legal showdown in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/irv_court?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 01:00:00 -0500 State gas tax, bus fares increase today Whether you drive or take the bus, the cost of getting around in Minnesota is going up today. The state gas tax and transit fares all go up, thanks to last spring's transportation bill and recent Met Council action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/transportation_tax_increase?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 00:01:00 -0500 RNC protester to file first lawsuit against St. Paul The first major lawsuit in the wake of the RNC may soon be heading to court. An anti-war protester will announce his plans this afternoon to sue the city of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/protest_suit?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:33:41 -0500 35W bridge may be open, but its still not quite done Traffic has been rolling over the new I-35W bridge for almost a week now, but the project still isn't officially done yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/substantial_bridge?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 13:30:24 -0500 I-35W bridge soon to reach substantial completion State officials say they expect the reconstruction of the Interstate 35W bridge to reach a final milestone this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/substantial_completion?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 06:59:20 -0500 Minnesota's new hospital on wheels State officials are rolling out a new eight-bed "mini-hospital" meant to provide care in emergencies and towns without regular hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/22/mobile_medical?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 U of M builds a stream from the ground up An artificial research stream brings a bit of wild river to downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/stream_research?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 New Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis opens A steady stream of motorists crossed the new Interstate 35W bridge as it opened for traffic early Thursday, less than 14 months after the old one collapsed into the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/18/bridge_opens?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 05:25:17 -0500 Xcel Center welcomes back pro hockey with fresh ice Now that the Republican National Convention is over, crews at the Xcel Energy Center are laying down a new sheet of ice for the upcoming pro hockey season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/ice?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 07:00:34 -0500 New 35W bridge to open Thursday morning Just 414 days after the Interstate 35W bridge fell into the Mississippi, freeway traffic will be rolling over the river again this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/bridge_press_conf?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:10:43 -0500 Xcel shuts down Monticello nuclear plant Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant in Monticello, Minn., has shut down temporarily. It's one of two nuclear power plants in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/monticelloplant?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 09:59:36 -0500 Crosstown closes for the weekend today Drivers will have to detour around one of the state's biggest road construction projects this weekend. The Crosstown freeway is closing at 9 a.m. today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/crosstown?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:33:39 -0500 Winona dedicates 9/11 memorial A massive granite memorial, 9 feet by 11 feet, will be dedicated in a ceremony today in Winona, Minn. remembering the more than 3,000 people that died this day seven years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/11/9_11_winona?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 08:07:53 -0500 Police defend detaining of journalists St. Paul police say they had little choice but to detain people claiming to be journalists at disturbances during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/journalistarrests?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 16:10:51 -0500 St. Paul council member to hear from public on RNC impact A St. Paul City Council member will hold a hearing in two weeks to assess the impact of the Republican National Convention on the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/rnc_hearing?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:56:59 -0500 Senate and Congressional primary polls open Polls are open across the state for today's primary election. At the top of today's ballot is Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/polls_open?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 07:26:07 -0500 Civic Fest organizers will refund vendors' fees Letters are going out to Civic Fest vendors informing them how to obtain a refund of their $2,500 registration fee. The show didn't draw the crowds organizers hoped during the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/civic_fest?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 14:45:00 -0500 Minnesota troops bound for Iraq get sendoff Fifty-one members of the 934th Air Lift Wing are leaving Minneapolis today to serve a tour of duty in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/deployment?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 11:10:59 -0500 Twin Cities survive RNC and protests Protests were one of the biggest unknowns ahead of the Republican National Convention. As it turned out, there were hundreds of arrests and complaints by both demonstrators and police. MPR's Tim Nelson spent the last four days on both sides of the police lines, and tells us what he saw. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/nelson?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 08:39:55 -0500 Police use tear gas as 10 arrested in clashes A march for poor people's rights and an impromptu appearance by the band Rage Against the Machine ended with police firing teargas, bean bag guns and concussion grenades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/rnc_day2_protests?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 02:48:22 -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 Police conduct raids in preparation for RNC Authorities have searched several homes in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul Saturday ahead of the opening of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/30/rnc_raids?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2008 23:29:02 -0500 Police search homes, seize contraband in advance of RNC Authorities have searched several homes in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul Saturday ahead of the opening of the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/30/more_raids?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2008 11:55:00 -0500 Can I ride the bus like I usually do? Will I be able to ride my usual bus route during the Republican National Convention? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/survivalguide_buses?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 St. Paul landmark set to reopen for the Republican National Convention The Republican National Convention is only 12 days away, but history may be made even sooner in downtown with the reopening of a St. Paul landmark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/coney_island_reopen?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 13:41:19 -0500 Fewer than half of Minnesota students pass new statewide science tests Fewer than half of the students who took Minnesota's first statewide science test got passing marks. Officials with the state Department of Education said the results were disappointing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/science_tests?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:01:32 -0500 Free bikes arrive for Republican convention Bike advocates will make 1,000 bikes available during the Republican National Convention. Just don't ride them in the no-car, no-bike security zone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/convention_bikes?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:00:00 -0500 'Enthusiasm gap' may affect RNC attendance The Republican National Convention is 18 days away. Tens of thousands of people are expected to come to the Twin Cities the week of the convention, but it might not be as many as boosters originally hoped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/nelson?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 08:19:46 -0500 Homeless will have a front row seat to the RNC Catholic Charities says it will keep its Dorothy Day Center open around the clock, and offer additional services to the homeless, in the shadow of next month's Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/dorothy_day?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:00:00 -0500 St. Paul mayor proposes tax increase to balance city budget St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman proposed an 8 percent tax increase for 2009 in a budget address Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/coleman_tax?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 07:35:30 -0500 American Indian charter school faces closure An investigation into alleged financial fraud is threatening to close a school that's been a fixture in Minnesota's American Indian community for decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/charter_school_close?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 14:36:28 -0500 RNC organizers boast locally supported event Three and a half weeks before the opening of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the convention hall is starting to take political shape inside the Xcel Energy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/rnc?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 08:24:16 -0500 Fewer Minnesota students hit yearly progress goals For the first time, most of the decline in making average yearly progress was in the Twin Cities suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/average_yearly_progress?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 00:12:42 -0500 NTSB: Minn. crash cockpit recorder in good shape The cockpit voice recorder from a business jet crash that killed eight people was recovered in good condition, federal investigators said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/01/crashfolo?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 12:35:03 -0500 Crash witness: from wing tip to wing tip the plane 'was straight up and down' An eyewitness to the crash of a business jet in Owatonna says it looked like the plane was making a normal landing when the pilot tried to take off again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/me_crash?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 23:00:53 -0500 Investigation begins into Owatonna plane crash that killed eight An eyewitness to the crash of a business jet in Owatonna says it looked like the plane was making a normal landing when the pilot tried to take off again. Instead, the plane rolled over and slammed into a cornfield, killing eight people. The accident investigation continues today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/01/plane_crash?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:42:58 -0500 NTSB to investigate plane crash that killed eight Eight people are dead following a plane crash in Owatonna Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/planecrash?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 18:30:00 -0500 Civil rights lesson not lost on national history champ Sade Ogundiran, 17, of South High School took first place among hundreds of competitors at the National History Day competition in Maryland this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/history_champ?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Building a better motorbike Students at St. Thomas Academy built an electric motorcycle from scratch. Getting it on the road is proving harder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/zapbike?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 07:45:37 -0500 New teacher of the year named A sixth-grade teacher from Stillwater is Minnesota's new teacher of the year for 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/teacheroftheyear2008?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 15:48:54 -0500 That new bus smell Metro Transit is rolling out more than 100 new buses this summer. They've got traditional diesel engines, but they're built for the Internet age. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/18/newbuses?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:15:00 -0500 Bio-science incubator falters A plan to make the Twin Cities a center for the emerging bio-science industry is faltering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/bioincubator?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 15:09:06 -0500 McCain lays out his plans for education In an address before the NAACP today, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain talked about his plan for education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/mccain_education?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2008 14:17:07 -0500 Last day to file Candidates have until 5 p.m. today to file for political office this year. Reporters are camped out at the Secretary of State's office in St. Paul to check out the last-minute filers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/stakeout?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:06:51 -0500 U of M professor joins president's economic advisors A University of Minnesota public health professor has been named as a staff economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/professor?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 07:17:12 -0500 Arts and science added to Minneapolis summer schools The Minneapolis school district is rolling out an ambitious new summer school program starting Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/summer_school?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 06:35:42 -0500 Education makes a fleeting appearance in presidential campaign Education hasn't been much of a campaign issue so far in the race for the White House. But it popped up on the political radar this weekend when the National Education Association voted to endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/potus_education?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Digital revolution is now transforming education A new book on technology and education says the internet is about to transform America's schools, much as it has changed the rest of the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/education_revolution?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Inventing summer School may be out, but education isn't. Thousands of kids are learning off the beaten path this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/summer_camp_1?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 MCA II's show Minnesota students making some gains Overall, kids in Minnesota did better on standardized tests this spring than in past years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/test_results?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 To solve racial disparities, parents, schools call truce The education gap between black and white students in Minneapolis public schools has been the source of an increasingly bitter struggle, but a group of parents and the school board have decided to call a truce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/11/covenant?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 07:03:22 -0500 Extraordinary life brings honorary teaching license 84-year-old Henryk Gurman, survivor of a Russian forced labor camp, gets a rare, honorary teaching license. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/09/honorarylicense?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2008 13:56:45 -0500 One graduate's journey from Sudan to Gates scholarship A Sudanese refugee graduating from Fridley High School says she hopes to use her education to help save some of those she left behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/nidal_kram?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Study: Minn. ranks at bottom for black graduation rate A new study of nationwide graduation rates shows Minnesota now ranks last among the states for the percent of black students that get high school diplomas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/gradrate?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 17:12:08 -0500 Education officials say new science test is a success In May, more than 185,000 students took the first online evaluation of student progress administered statewide in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/science_testing?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 08:16:07 -0500 Pawlenty: Obama is too liberal Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama can't formally claim his party's nomination for the White House. But Republicans weren't waiting to start running against him ahead of this fall's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/pawlenty_obama?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 17:03:53 -0500 Ed Dept forms 9 centers for science, math teaching The Minnesota Department of Education will send hundreds of teachers to school this summer as part of a push to improve science and math education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/28/math?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 09:44:24 -0500 Understanding the economics of tornadoes Experts say they are not necessarily surprised that the damage from the Hugo tornado was so extensive in a relatively new neighborhood like Creekwood Preserve. They say homes built today are more vulnerable to bad weather now than they were generations ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/tornado_economics?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 16:50:20 -0500 Prindle family hit heavy by Sunday's tornado Officials Monday afternoon identified 2-year-old Nathaniel Prindle as the one fatality in Sunday's tornado. In addition, they said his his 4-year-old sister was transported to a St. Paul hospital. Seventeen other people were hospitalized and 32 people were treated at a local school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/hugofolo?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 01:47:12 -0500 One child killed, eight injured as major storm hits Hugo A 2-year-old child was killed and at least eight others were injured after a swift storm blew through the St. Paul suburb of Hugo Sunday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/25/tornado_hugo?refid=0 Sun, 25 May 2008 19:05:41 -0500 Charter school must 'correct' areas related to religion The Minnesota Department of Education says an Islamic culture charter school needs to make some changes to better separate religious and school activities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/school?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 13:39:12 -0500 Mall of America owner raps public subsidy plan Mall of America officials warned Wednesday that they could delay or scale back a planned $2.1 billion expansion if a package of proposed state-authorized subsidies isn't reworked before lawmakers close their session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/moa?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 10:28:56 -0500 Research shows graduation tests are not helpful A University of Minneseota researcher says high school graduation exams do not show measurable benefits to students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/gradtests?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 07:29:19 -0500 Legislature sends governor new school 'report card' plan A plan for a new "report card" for schools is heading to Gov. Pawlenty, who is cool to the idea of changing performance standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/schools_reportcard?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Sex ed curricula all over the map in Minnesota About five out of six schools offer sex education in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/sex_ed?refid=0 Sun, 04 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty says sex ed proposal is unacceptable A new mandate for sex ed in Minnesota schools could threaten a major education bill working its way through the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/veto?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 11:29:00 -0500 House holds debate on education policy bill Lawmakers in the Minnesota House are debating a comprehensive education policy bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/k12?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 17:57:02 -0500 'Two Minnesotas' for girls A new study by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota says girls more likely than boys to be poor, suffer from assaults and contract sexually transmitted diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/girlsreport?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 14:57:39 -0500 Hennepin County to close Lowry Avenue Bridge Another Minnesota bridge is being closed for safety concerns. The Lowry Avenue Bridge, which connects north and northeast Minneapolis, will close starting Friday at 10 a.m., months ahead of schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/lowry?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:46:29 -0500 Metro Transit sees record number of riders Metro Transit officials say bus and train ridership hit a 24-year high for the first three months of this year. One official says the steep rise in gas prices is one reason for the increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/transitriders?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 12:31:59 -0500 Online learning is growing by the gigabyte With new standards and growing popularity, online schools may be headed for a breakout year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/_onlineed?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities chess team "three-peat" falls short Minnesota's championship Southwest High School Chess Team fell short of its third straight national title in Atlanta over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/sw_chess?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 06:37:30 -0500 Southwest High School goes for national chess 'three-peat' Southwest High competes for its third national chess championship this weekend in Atlanta. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/southwest_chesschamps?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Labor unions unhappy with Delta deal Airline executives today sketched out terms of Delta's acquisition of Northwest Airlines. But the course the merger takes is also in the hands of the people who fly the planes, carry the luggage and pour the coffee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/nwalaborreax?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:15:22 -0500 Passengers have mixed reaction to the merger News of the Delta-Northwest deal was greeting travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday night and Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/passengers?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 12:57:19 -0500 Klobuchar plans to hold hearings on NWA-Delta merger Even if the merger between Delta and Northwest Airlines is quickly approved, it could be some time before the combination gets off the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/klobnwa?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 22:52:30 -0500 Statewide school testing starts today Students will begin filling in circles for the MCA and GRAD assessments, Minnesota's two major standardized tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/standardized_testing?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Charter school's religious activities focus of state investigation State education officials say they're investigating claims that a publicly-funded Inver Grove Heights charter school is offering religious instruction to students in violation of the law. Tarek ibn Zayad Academy in Inver Grove Heights focuses on Middle Eastern culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/academy_investigation?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 DFL offers plan for future school funding DFL lawmakers rolled out a plan Monday for raising state school aid by nearly $1 billion per year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/schooldollars?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 18:22:20 -0500 Lawmakers consider how to grade schools A new way to grade Minnesota schools is heading for a final test at the Capitol. But state officials disagree about whether it should pass or fail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/reportcards?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:28:05 -0500 Teachers react to plans for a 'fresh start' Teachers were reacting coolly Friday to a plan to overhaul two big high schools in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/fresh?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 15:36:27 -0500 A new middle school will focus on girls A new middle school for girls is signing up students for this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/girl_academy?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Two Minneapolis high schools head for 'fresh starts' Two Minneapolis high schools are heading for a radical makeover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/mpls_makeover?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Teachers union warns of school budget problems The state teacher's union says school districts across the state are facing at least $130 million in budget deficits for the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/schoolbudgets?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:12:11 -0500 Education secretary announces changes to No Child Left Behind The No Child Left Behind education act has been hard medicine for Minnesota schools to swallow. Currently, nearly two out of three schools are not meeting the law's benchmark of annual student progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/spellings?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 10:15:01 -0500 Popular Minnesota reading program may fall victim to Washington politics A highly regarded federal reading program is scheduled to continue only through next year http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/readingfirst?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:00:00 -0500 BMI could join MCA in Minnesota schools Two measures working their way through the Legislature would add put more emphasis on matters of students' weight and physical activity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/weight?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:40:00 -0500 Lawmakers suggest raising age that kids can drop out Minnesotans can now quit high school at 16 under some circumstances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/dropout?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:15:29 -0500 New St. Paul school honors the achievements of Gordon Parks Gordon Parks High School will be a fitting tribute to the artist and photographer, his family says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/gordonparksschool?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Lunchroom ground zero of the nation's largest beef recall Congress opens hearings Wednesday looking into the recall of 140 million pounds of beef from a California meatpacker. Employees were suspected of slipping sick cows past inspectors, possibly contaminating the meat. Parents across Minnesota hope their kids haven't been eating that tainted meat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/schoollunch?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 03:00:38 -0600 Minneapolis minority students outperform suburban counterparts Kids in a a voluntary school integration program in suburban schools are not performing as well as kids in city schools, according to a new report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/mplsschools?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 18:12:32 -0600 Lawmakers seek greater scrutiny of school buses Minnesota's school buses and the people that drive them may soon be under even more scrutiny than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/bus?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 22:52:47 -0600 Xcel Energy fires up new High Bridge plant Things are literally heating up at Xcel Energy's new High Bridge generating plant in St. Paul. The company has started the final steps to bring the new plant online, sending billowing clouds of steam over the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/xcel?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 01:00:00 -0600 USDA orders largest meat recall in U.S. history The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered a recall on 143 million pounds of beef from a suspect California processing plant. About 120 tons of the meat was sent to Minnesota last year. Twenty tons of it went to St. Paul for use in school lunches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/recall?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 10:03:21 -0600 A quiet legislative session expected on K-12 education K-12 education funding is mostly in a holding pattern after an infusion of cash in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/legeducation?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Caucus goers turn-out in record numbers The hardest-fought contest for the White House in decades brought people out in record numbers to Minnesota's precinct caucuses on Tuesday. The Sec. of State was projecting the turn-out for the DFL could approach 200,000 caucus goers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/caucus08?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 23:25:00 -0600 State's largest districts received suspect beef All three of Minnesota's largest school districts said they have received food that includes beef from a suspect California meatpacker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/beef?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 23:15:53 -0600 State expands list of schools that received suspect beef Officials have expanded their warning about beef from a suspect California supplier. More than 700 schools and districts in Minnesota may have received the meat as part of the USDA's National School Lunch Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/beef?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 19:35:46 -0600 Minnesota schools pull tons of ground beef Some Minnesota schools have set aside tons of ground beef, after state officials told them not to serve meat from a California company that allegedly allowed sick cows into its supply chain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/meat_recall?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 08:34:41 -0600 Schools find new ways to communicate during crisis Three of the state's 20 largest school districts have recently brought on line new mass notification systems. They're meant to keep parents in touch with their kids, in good times and bad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/schoolalert?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:37:20 -0600 Auditor concerned about smaller school transport vehicles A new Legislative Auditor's report says kids are about eight times safer on a Minnesota school bus than they are in a car. But the report points out some safety concerns as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/schoolbusaudit?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:47:53 -0600 Minneapolis and Burnsville teens arrested for guns Teenagers in Minneapolis and Burnsville have been arrested after they were found with weapons outside area high schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/guns?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 23:23:04 -0600 Collapsed bridge design firm has deep Minn. roots The investigation of the I-35W bridge collapse is bringing new focus on the engineering firm that built it. The National Transportation Safety Board said design errors led to the disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/firm?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 13:52:32 -0600 Minneapolis teachers approve contract Minneapolis teachers have approved a new two year contract by a wide margin, despite controversial new work rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/mplsteachers?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:38:31 -0600