Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30281 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:07:42 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Brooklyn Park Police search for missing 11-year-old The department is asking for the public's help in finding the girl who walked away from her home after an argument with her mother. Police say her mother has been uncooperative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/18/brooklyn-park-police-search-missing-11-year-old?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:13:02 -0500 Hundreds gather in Minneapolis to protest federal immigration policy Hundreds of people gathered in Minneapolis for a pair of rallies on Sunday to protest the treatment of immigrants at the U.S. border - in particular the federal policy that is leading to children being separated from their parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/17/hundreds-gather-in-minneapolis-to-protest-federal-immigration-policy?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:06:44 -0500 Omar wins DFL endorsement for 5th District congressional seat First-term state Rep. Ilhan Omar has won the DFL endorsement to run in the Aug. 14 primary for the 5th District congressional seat being vacated by Keith Ellison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/17/ilhan-omar-wins-dfl-endorsement-for-5th-district-congressional-seat?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:00:00 -0500 Climbing the charts: #mprraccoon gets its own song Joining posters and sketches, parodies and countless internet memes, The Current has released a musical homage to the #mprraccoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/16/climbing-charts-mprraccoon-st-paul-raccoon-gets-own-song?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jun 2018 10:55:00 -0500 Saved! #mprraccoon rescued from St. Paul skyscraper You can breathe a little easier this morning. The little raccoon that held the world rapt on Tuesday as it scaled a downtown St. Paul skyscraper has been safely trapped and released back into the wild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/13/he-did-it-mprraccoon-reaches-roof?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:26:20 -0500 Why not save St. Paul raccoon? It may climb down on its own, expert said As people across social media watched a raccoon scale a downtown St. Paul office tower, experts differed on whether the critter could be rescued. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/12/st-paul-mpr-raccoon-may-climb-down-on-its-own-expert-said?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:00:00 -0500 Social climber: Raccoon scales St. Paul skyscraper, captures internet A mottled brown raccoon that managed to climb 20 stories of a downtown building Tuesday turned into a Twin Cities social media phenomenon leaving people glued to Twitter to witness the beast's next move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/12/st-paul-raccoon-scales-skyscraper-social-media-star?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:54:34 -0500 2 kids badly injured as fleeing SUV plows into Minneapolis park An SUV being chased by the State Patrol hit children playing at a park behind Jenny Lind Elementary School, leaving a 2-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries. The driver was caught. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/11/fleeing-driver-suv-hits-kids-minneapolis-park?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:38:21 -0500 Long, strange trip: Electric Fetus marks 50 years of music, other stuff The renowned Minneapolis record shop, a favorite of Prince, will offer in-store concerts and doughnuts this weekend to celebrate a half century of rock and roll, smoking paraphernalia and scandal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/08/electric-fetus-records-minneapolis-50-year-celebration?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 04:00:00 -0500 After 45 years saving birds of prey, raptor center's leader takes flight If you've ever seen an injured owl fly again or read about eagles getting rescued after collisions with cars, you know Pat Redig's work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/07/minnesota-raptor-center-cofounder-redig-retires-birds-nature?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Johnson comes out swinging at Pawlenty after GOP convention Jeff Johnson is the GOP's endorsed candidate for governor but he still needs to beat ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty in an August primary. "We're gonna punch hard," he vowed Monday as the GOP kicked off its summer campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/04/jeff-johnson-tim-pawlenty-gop-governor-race-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:01:12 -0500 Hennepin County approves more light rail funding With cost estimates for the 14.5-mile line now past $2 billion, project backers say more county money is the only way to get federal to match. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/31/hennepin-county-approves-more-funding-for-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2018 20:47:04 -0500 Minneapolis cop receives 4 years for sexual assault Thomas Tichich, 49, was convicted of third degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted sexual assault by a Hennepin County jury in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/30/tichich-sentenced-to-four-years-in-prison?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2018 10:39:27 -0500 Minneapolis Super Bowl netted $370 million, report says The Super Bowl host committee report says the average visitor spent $608 per day and most of that money stayed in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/29/was-super-bowl-super-economic-analysis?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2018 07:37:08 -0500 Fort Snelling observes a Memorial Day anniversary with thousands of flags and record heat Attendees at the Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery observed 50 years of tradition, while one family visited for the first time to remember a lost son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/28/minnesota-memorial-day-honors-fallen-searing-heat?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2018 15:35:46 -0500 Twin Cities parks are tops in the nation Twin Cities parks have been rated best in the nation again by the Trust for Public Land -- thanks in part to lots of restrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/23/twin-cities-parks-tops-in-nation?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2018 07:49:14 -0500 Family mourns SE Minnesota couple who died during Iceland fishing trip Janet Veit and Brian Schumacher of La Crescent were avid outdoors people on a dream fly fishing vacation when they were swept into deep water in a frigid lake. Relatives say they were beloved in their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/22/minnesota-couple-die-iceland-fishing-trip?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2018 13:37:17 -0500 Deportation protesters block Minneapolis light rail; 18 arrested Demonstrators sat down on the rail tracks near Fort Snelling Tuesday morning protesting deportations by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which has offices in a nearby building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/22/deportation-ice-protest-arrests-blue-line-rail-blocked?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2018 10:31:48 -0500 Groom from Mall of America made-for-TV wedding dies David Weinlick and Elizabeth Runze married in 1998 in what was basically a blind-date wedding at the mall after meeting that same day. They renewed their vows last year as Weinlick fought colon cancer. He died Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/22/mall-of-america-tv-wedding-groom-dies-cancer?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2018 09:32:14 -0500 All-female governor's ticket: Otto picks a running mate State Auditor Rebecca Otto chose information technology consultant and human rights advocate Zarina Baber as her lieutenant governor candidate. Otto said Baber would be the first Muslim woman in American history to hold a statewide office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/21/minnesota-governor-race-otto-baber-female-ticket?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2018 11:55:51 -0500 Maplewood boy, 1, dies after family member moving car runs him over The toddler had very recently started walking and trying to get outside. "There was a couple people moving vehicles ... and little did they know that young Andrew was outside," a Maplewood police commander said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/21/maplewood-toddler-struck-dies-in-driveway-accident?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2018 09:57:45 -0500 Amid tough labor market, Metro Transit trying new ways to fill job vacancies Metro Transit is sending transit operators out on work time to visit community, religious and other gatherings to talk about their work and promote working for Metro Transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/21/amid-tough-labor-market-metro-transit-trying-new-ways-to-fill-job-vacancies?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 WNBA champion Lynx celebrate title with fans, kick off 20th season Fans from near and far came to the game to see the Minnesota Lynx, including the core of the team that won last year, start a run for a fifth WNBA championship banner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/20/wnba-champion-lynx-celebrate-title-kick-off-20th-season?refid=0 Sun, 20 May 2018 21:30:00 -0500 Haase picks up DFL endorsement in Hennepin County attorney race Challenger Mark Haase received more than 65 percent support on the first ballot at Saturday's endorsing convention at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/19/haase-picks-up-dfl-endorsement-in-hennepin-county-attorney-race?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2018 18:00:00 -0500 Haase challenges Freeman for Hennepin County attorney Minneapoils attorney Mark Haase is making a bid for a DFL endorsement in the race Saturday, a test of Mike Freeman's sometimes fraught relationship with the party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/18/haase-challenges-freemen-hennepin-county-attorney?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2018 17:44:09 -0500 Well tread: St. Paul's public stairs link topography and history There are 65 public stairways left in the city, most dating to the 19th century. They take a lot of work to maintain, but supporters say they're still a vital link to neighborhoods and recreation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/17/st-paul-stairs-historic-tour?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Building costs push Southwest light rail price tag above $2 billion Officials say rising labor and commodity prices have added another $145 million to cost of the Minneapolis-to-Eden Prairie project. Hennepin County taxpayers will be asked to shoulder the expense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/16/southwest-light-rail-minnesota-2-billion-cost?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2018 11:56:33 -0500 Skates on: National women's pro hockey league expands to Minnesota The National Women's Hockey League said Tuesday it bought the Minnesota Whitecaps, making it the fifth team to join the league since its founding three years ago. The season starts in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/15/minnesota-whitecaps-joins-nwhl?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2018 11:21:44 -0500 DNR tightens state park firewood rules to stem pests' spread Campers take note: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday announced new rules on firewood it will allow to be burned in state parks and forests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/14/minnesota-dnr-tightens-firewood-rules-emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2018 15:03:52 -0500 Chris Coleman to lead Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity The former St. Paul mayor takes over the housing nonprofit from Sue Haigh, who is retiring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/10/chris-coleman-to-lead-twin-cities-habitat-for-humanity?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2018 13:02:15 -0500 Winona Co. sand mining ban unconstitutional, firm tells appeals court A Minnesota Sands lawyer told judges Thursday that Winona County's silica sand mining ban is discriminatory because it restricts the company's "reasonable" mining. The county's lawyer argued Minnesota Sands effectively had no right to mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/10/appeals-court-considers-winona-county-sand-mining-case?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2018 12:07:21 -0500 'A rich and full life': Cyclist killed in bus crash was avid outdoorsman Alan Grahn was cycling back to his Minneapolis home after lunch with friends in St. Paul Wednesday when he was struck and killed by a school bus leaving Ramsey Middle School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/10/cyclist-killed-bus-crash-avid-outdoorsman?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2018 08:29:15 -0500 Bicyclist dead in St. Paul crash; witnesses say school bus involved Photos from the crash show what looks like a sheet concealing a body on the northeast corner of the intersection, with a First Student bus stopped partway in what appeared to be a turn from eastbound Summit to northbound Snelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/09/bicyclist-dead-witnesses-say-school-bus-involved-in-collision-snelling-summit-avenues?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2018 15:29:05 -0500 Former Ramsey County sheriff files police complaint against current sheriff Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher has submitted a complaint to the St. Paul police department, alleging that Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier illegally assumed the sheriff's post in 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/08/former-ramsey-county-sheriff-files-police-complaint-against-current-sheriff?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2018 16:24:36 -0500 All too human? Mpls. pinata maker's work looked like lynching to some Victor Chavarria built three human-shaped pinatas for a mixed-race wedding as part of his new business. He's apologizing now after a picture showing the figures hanging off his north Minneapolis porch hit social media, triggering anger and death threats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/07/pinata-maker-minneapolis-apologies-hanging-creations?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2018 16:11:54 -0500 How a college search ended up in a tattoo shop MPR News reporter Tim Nelson makes a promise to his daughter he is confident he will never have to make good on. And, then he does. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/07/a-dads-cautionary-tale-college-search-a-promise-and-a-tattoo-shop?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2018 10:32:00 -0500 The year downtown St. Paul 'died' If you were in St. Paul in 1978, you'd have seen a turning point in downtown. It was driven in part by a brief public transportation craze known as the "People Mover." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/02/photographer-captures-the-day-downtown-st-paul-died?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2018 17:21:30 -0500 Vandals puncture and slash car tires in Bloomington Bloomington police say they're investigating a wave of tire slashings that disabled dozens of cars over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/30/vandals-damage-dozens-of-cars-in-bloomington?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 16:58:06 -0500 Superior, Wis. refinery explosion: Officials lift evacuation, deem air quality safe The Husky Energy refinery plant explosion injured at least 20 people and sent billowing plumes of black smoke from an asphalt fire into the air, which the EPA deemed safe Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/27/superior-evacuation-order-lifted-following-refinery-fire?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:44:35 -0500 Documents: St. Paul light rail operator caused fatal crash, exposed possible 'loophole' in law A light rail train operator went through a stop signal and struck a car, killing the 29-year-old driver and injuring his passenger in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/26/documents-st-paul-light-rail-operator-caused-fatal-crash-revealed-loophole-in-law?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:42:27 -0500 Supreme Court weighs keeping cameras in criminal courtrooms The pilot program allowing cameras in some criminal proceedings has been in effect since 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/25/supreme-court-weighs-keeping-cameras-in-criminal-courtrooms?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:23:15 -0500 Sheriff: Double-murder suspect to face justice in Minnesota after Fla. Lois Riess could face murder and felony theft charges in Minnesota in connection with her husband's death in Blooming Prairie once her Florida case is resolved, the Dodge County sheriff said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/25/lois-riess-minnesota-murder-suspect-trial-after-florida?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:38:53 -0500 Measure to block take-out container laws advances but is unlikely to become law A bill that would overturn local ordinances that ban non-recyclable containers cleared a committee, but may not make it to a floor vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/24/measure-to-block-take-out-container-laws-advances-but-is-unlikely-to-become-law?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:49:57 -0500 Prosecutor: No criminal charges from Prince death probe Prince died from a counterfeit version of the painkiller Vicodin that was laced with fentanyl, but there was "no reliable evidence" to show how Prince got the pills or who may have played a role, Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/19/prince-death-no-criminal-charges-announcement?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:14:39 -0500 Prince heirs, estate firm face off in court over fees Some of the superstar's family members have accused the firm appointed to handle his estate of running up unnecessary legal and administrative fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/18/prince-heirs-comerica-court-fees?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:42:28 -0500 Sun Country: We should have rescued passengers we stranded in Mexico CEO Jude Bricker says his company will cover the extra costs "rightfully frustrated" travelers were forced to pay to get home last weekend after the airline abandoned them in Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/17/sun-country-says-should-have-flown-rescue-flight?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:26:09 -0500 Widow of officer killed by distracted driver helps kick off campaign The widow of a Wayzata police officer struck and killed by a driver on Highway 12 last year helped kick off a campaign to stop distracted driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/17/widow-of-officer-killed-by-distracted-driver-helps-kick-off-campaign?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:11:22 -0500 Eagan foster mom and boyfriend charged in 3-year-old's death The foster mother and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter and murder in the boy's death. Authorities say the 3-year-old was fatally beaten last June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/17/eagan-foster-mom-boyfriend-charged-3-year-olds-death?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:07:04 -0500 'Not OK': Travelers angry after Sun Country strands them in Mexico Sun Country airlines marooned hundreds of passengers in Mexico this weekend. A spokesperson from the company called it their "most challenging recovery situation." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/16/sun-country-airlines-still-mum-on-why-tickets-to-mexico-wound-up-one-way?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:53:45 -0500 Vadnais Heights sports dome collapses under foot of snow More than a foot of wet and heavy snow led to the collapse of the air-supported dome, used for soccer, baseball, football and other sports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/16/vadnais-heights-sports-dome-collapses-under-foot-of-snow?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:36:24 -0500 'Mother Nature had other ideas': Blizzard over, but travel headaches aren't The blizzard's over but the problems aren't for anyone trying to get around town -- or in or out of town through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/16/travel-horror-stories-from-the-blizzard?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:36:14 -0500 Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man in Lake Elmo Washington County authorities say the 23-year-old man was armed with a handgun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/12/sheriff-deputy-fatally-shoots-man-in-lake-elmo?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:27:32 -0500 Real ID deadline is months away, but now may be the time to get ready Real ID has been the subject of longstanding political disputes in Minnesota. The state has won exemptions from that requirement in the past, but that is coming to an end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/11/what-you-need-to-know-about-real-id-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:15:27 -0500 Mystery monkey update: Dayton's workers tried to rescue him The son of the former customer service executive at Dayton's says there were rumors a monkey was loose in the ductwork. Employees tried to lure the monkey out, "but then (the noises) just stopped," says Gary Zumberge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/11/solved-mystery-of-monkey-mummy-at-daytons?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:36:06 -0500 Minnesota's two largest export markets push for NAFTA renewal Despite President Donald Trump's repeated scorn for the deal, his administration is nearing a renewal of the trade agreement first signed in 1994. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/minnesota-two-largest-export-markets-push-for-nafta-renewal?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:57:45 -0500 Mystery monkey mummy surfaces in Dayton's demolition Minnesotans long knew Dayton's downtown Minneapolis store held just about everything. But no one expected to find a monkey from a bygone era -- except maybe Robbinsdale's mayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/mystery-monkey-skeleton-dayton-demolition-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:14:44 -0500 Will the late ice-out hurt walleye fishing this year? Minnesota's walleye and northern pike fishing opener is May 12, and for many it signals the traditional turning point from snow shovels to sunscreen. But a month out some lakes in central Minnesota are still covered with more than 2 feet of ice, and there's no sign of letting up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/will-late-ice-out-hurt-walleye-fishing-this-year?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:30:48 -0500 Before Twins players grab their bats, groundskeepers grabbed shovels The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. They'll be coming to Target Field soon enough. But Wednesday, the Twins took to their home field with snow shovels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/05/before-twins-players-grab-their-bats-groundkeepers-grabbed-their-shovels?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Twins home opener could be among their coldest ever The current record is a 34-degree game day against the Los Angeles Angels in 1962 back at Met Stadium. Thursday's forecasted high is 36. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/03/twins-home-opener-could-be-among-coldest-ever?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:49:09 -0500 Here's how Minneapolis hopes to link downtown to Mississippi River Downtown boosters on Monday showed off their proposal for reimagining the Minneapolis riverfront around the city's historic post office, featuring the work of University of Minnesota architecture students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/02/minneapolis-plan-link-downtown-mississippi-river?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:28:46 -0500 Local control v. statewide standard -- battle over preemption continues This is the second year that preemption, which would neutralize some local regulations, has been a hot topic at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/29/local-control-v-statewide-standard-battle-over-preemption-continues?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0500 White House gives Liberians one-year reprieve from deportation A program that allowed Liberians to stay in the United States that was set to expire in days has been extended until next March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/27/white-house-gives-liberians-one-year-reprieve-from-deportation?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:36:25 -0500 Here, doggy! Pets are getting new digs at the State Fair Changes at this year's State Fair include a new location for the Pet Center, a new restaurant and the closing of a dining hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/27/here-doggy-pets-getting-new-digs-at-state-fair-new-diner-pronto-pups?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:45:15 -0500 Authorities: Forest Lake gun shop fire not suspicious A fire ripped through a shooting range and gun shop in downtown Forest Lake Monday night, but everyone inside escaped without serious injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/26/fire-ravages-forest-lake-gun-shop-?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 22:00:00 -0500 Liberians facing threat of deportation say: We have nothing to go to Hundreds of Liberians gathered at the state Capitol to call for President Trump to renew the Deferred Enforced Departure program, which allows more than 4,000 people to remain in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/26/liberians-facing-threat-of-deportation-say-we-have-nothing-to-go-to?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:30:00 -0500 Ryder Cup to return to Minnesota in 2028 Hazeltine National Golf Club will be the first U.S. venue ever to host a second Ryder Cup. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/26/ryder-cups-to-return-to-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:48:15 -0500 Spreading their wings: Rescued snowy owls returned to the wild The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center rehabilitated the birds after they were injured venturing outside their usual territory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/26/rescued-snowy-owls-returned-to-the-wild?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:35:25 -0500 St. Paul says it has tackled recycling problems After a rough start last winter, St. Paul says it has put its recycling problems behind it and is ready to tackle its next challenge: organized garbage collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/15/st-paul-says-it-has-tackled-recycling-problems?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:18:16 -0500 Ramsey Co. deputy cleared for killing man in RV confrontation Prosecutors say the deputy was justified in shooting Darren Jahnke after another deputy lost her gun in a struggle in Vadnais Heights. Jahnke's family has questioned the investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/15/darren-jahnke-shot-ramsey-county-deputy-shoot-justified?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:33:40 -0500 Mpls. driver found guilty of killing girlfriend in crash Michael Campbell tried to cast blame on his girlfriend, saying she grabbed his face and kissed him as he drove. But prosecutors said Ria Patel suffered serious injuries to her head and face and Campbell had none. They argued that if the couple had been kissing, Campbell would have had injuries, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/15/mpls-driver-found-guilty-killing-girlfriend-crash?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:47:10 -0500 Butt-grabbing legal? Minnesota moves to close loophole Groping someone's buttocks, even through clothing, may soon join the state's list of sex offenses. A House panel on Wednesday backed a bill, sending it to the floor for a vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/14/butt-grabbing-legal-minnesota-closing-loophole?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:30:27 -0500 Sheriff: School van driver rolled through yield sign, crashed with semi Swift County Sheriff John Holtz says seven schoolchildren, four from the same family, were injured along with the woman who was driving the van they were in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/13/8-injured-when-school-van-semi-collide-near-benson?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 05:24:35 -0500 GOP proposes work requirement for public health care A group of House and Senate Republicans introduced a bill Monday that would require Medical Assistance enrollees to work at least 80 hours a month, seek employment or enroll in job training programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/12/gop-proposes-work-requirement-for-public-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:38:08 -0500 Photos: Students rally at the Capitol for tougher gun control Thousands of students marched through St. Paul to the state Capitol Wednesday to voice their support for gun control, and to call for an end to school violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/07/students-march-on-capitol-to-protest-gun-violence?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:53:19 -0600 Police arrest Cloquet girl over school threats School district officials say the Cloquet schools are safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/07/police-arrest-cloquet-girl-over-school-threats?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:36:40 -0600 Dayton backs $21M to boost school safety, student mental health "Our mission is to prevent every school shooting. To succeed, we must take action now," Gov. Dayton said. He unveiled his plan shortly before hundreds of Twin Cities students began a march to the Capitol to demand change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/07/dayton-readies-plan-fund-school-safety-improvements?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0600 Can you help a family find their dog's killer? A Delano couple is offering a $5,000 reward after someone demanded and received a ransom for their dog. The dog was later found dead on a nearby lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/06/delano-couple-offers-reward-for-details-on-dogs-death?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:30:58 -0600 Son's alleged school threat leads to charges for Vadnais Heights man Christopher Stowe has been charged with two felony counts tied to weapons found at his house. "These are very good people," his lawyer said. "I don't think there's any reason for anybody to be scared of the Stowe family." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/05/vadnais-heights-school-threat-charges-father?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:39:52 -0600 Three questions facing MN in wake of steel, aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Here's what a few experts say about what that means for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/01/3-questions-facing-mn-in-wake-of-steel-aluminum-tariffs?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:24:45 -0600 Video: Tense confrontation between teen with replica toy gun and armed officer It's a scenario that ended tragically before: a cop in Falcon Heights, gun drawn, approaching a suspect with a weapon after dark. This time it ended differently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/28/video-shows-tense-confrontation-between-teen-with-replica-toy-gun-and-armed-officer-?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis man and teen charged in gang rape of woman Prosecutors say the victim was kidnapped and driven to a rural area. She escaped after convincing her captors to stop for gas. Another teen could be charged in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/28/minneapolis-man-teen-charged-in-gang-rape-of-woman?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:47:30 -0600 Major wage hike gets skeptical reception among St. Paul business leaders St. Paul city leaders are weighing a minimum wage hike this year, potentially joining Minneapolis and a handful of other cities moving toward a $15 an hour standard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/27/wage-hike-gets-skeptical-reception-among-st-paul-business-leaders?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:28:22 -0600 More than $25,000 raised for student who prompted Orono lockdown A GoFundMe page set up for the student, described as having autism, says he did not mean the threat and didn't have the means to carry it out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/26/more-than-19000-raised-for-student-who-prompted-orono-lockdown?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:53:46 -0600 St. Paul business exec, philanthropist John Nasseff dies at 93 The son of Lebanese immigrants, Nasseff parlayed a ninth grade education into a job as a vice president at what was then West Publishing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/23/st-paul-philanthropist-john-nasseff-dies-at-93?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0600 Rep. Paulsen backs bump stock ban, gun violence research The Minnesota Republican said he'd also support so-called gun violence restraining orders. He expects Republicans to talk about how to address incidents like the Florida shooting when Congress reconvenes next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/22/erik-paulsen-more-gun-violence-research-bump-stock-ban?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:29:04 -0600 Mpls. man accused of chaining, starving, and sexually abusing twin daughters Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against the 51-year-old father. The criminal complaint says he impregnated one twin who gave birth last year. Child neglect charges have been filed against the mother of the daughters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/22/mpls-man-accused-chaining-starving-abusing-twin-daughters?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:05:59 -0600 Minnesota Congressional delegation: What would you do to stop school shootings? MPR News asked the Minnesota Congressional delegation for what they would do to stop school shootings. Their responses: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/15/minnesota-representatives-senators-how-to-stop-school-shootings?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:37:04 -0600 Anoka sheriff: Motorist shot by passerby was unstable, waving knife Anoka County authorities say a man killed in a confrontation after a car crash Wednesday in Fridley threatened people at the scene and attempted to grope and kiss a woman involved in the crash before he was shot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/15/police-man-shot-by-motorist-in-anoka-co-was-erratic-waving-knife?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:46:48 -0600 Radinovich announces run for Nolan's seat Joe Radinovich is the third DFLer to join the race to replace 8th Congressional District Rep. Rick Nolan. Radinovich, a former state legislator, managed Nolan's re-election bid in 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/15/radinovich-announces-run-for-nolans-seat?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:51:17 -0600 Hypothermia ruled likely cause of Lake Elmo woman's death Alexandra Arnt, 25, didn't arrived home after a night out with friends Friday. Her body was found hours later in a wooded area. Authorities believe she was trying to walk home after her car became stuck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/14/hypothermia-ruled-likely-cause-of-lake-elmo-womans-death?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:52:12 -0600 St. Cloud priest arrested on accusations of sexual misconduct The Rev. Anthony Oelrich has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having an intimate relationship with a woman he was counseling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/14/priest-arrested-accusations-sexual-misconduct?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:25:24 -0600 Could Duluth cop have tranquilized, not shot snared wolf? Authorities pursuing an injured wolf through Duluth last weekend were trying to save the animal but using a nonlethal method like a tranquilizer gun presented its own dangers, a DNR official says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/14/snared-wolf-shot-duluth-tranquilzer?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:40:50 -0600 St. Kate's reviews security after ex-student's terror arrest St. Catherine University said it's launching the review over concern that Tnuza Jamal Hassan may have hidden on campus before resurfacing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/14/saint-catherine-university-security-review?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:08:00 -0600 What is behind the recent spike in drug seizures? Authorities say they're seeing some big drug seizures in Minnesota, including marijauna and methamphetamine. Drug experts say it reflects trends every bit as troubling as the opioid crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/14/whats-behind-recent-spike-in-drug-seizures?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Airbnb guest admits attempted sex assault on host's 7-year-old Prosecutors say the Minnetonka family found Derrick Kinchen naked in bed with the girl, who reported that Kinchen had tried to take her clothes off. Kinchen said he didn't remember the incident and had been drinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/13/mn-airbnb-guest-admits-attempted-sexual-assaulted-child?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:32:27 -0600 Duluth cop, in 'last resort,' fatally shoots wolf that was hurt by snare The animal had been seen wandering along the North Shore of Lake Superior during the past week. State conservation officials say the decision to kill the wolf came only after attempts to capture it failed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/13/duluth-cop-fatally-shoots-wolf-that-was-hurt-by-snare?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:10:17 -0600 Trump picks two new federal judges for Minn. Trump has nominated Nancy Brasel and Eric Tostrud as new federal judges for Minnesota. They will both require U.S. Senate confirmation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/12/trump-picks-federal-judges-for-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:26:23 -0600 Truck carrying animal parts sinks into Sauk Lake The driver managed to smash out a window and escape the truck cab after the tractor trailer crashed through a guardrail and into the water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/12/truck-carrying-animal-parts-sinks-into-lake?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:05:14 -0600 St. Paul teachers union sets Tuesday strike date as talks continue A strike could close schools for more than 37,000 students. The union and the school district have reached tentative agreements on some issues, but many big-ticket items remain unresolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/08/st-paul-teachers-poised-strike-tuesday?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:05:52 -0600 Crash kills driver on I-35 in southern Minnesota A truck and trailer slipped through a gap in the median and into the northbound lanes of the interstate, where an oncoming car struck the trailer, killing the driver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/07/crash-kills-driver-on-i35-southern-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:33:05 -0600 Charges: Sauk Centre school bus driver drove drunk with kids Thomas Bromen, 63, picked up about 50 kids at school about 2:30 p.m. but didn't drop off some kids as scheduled. A truck driver later reported he'd been cut off by the bus, which then ran a red light. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/07/sauk-center-mn-school-bus-driver-drove-drunk-with-kids?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:42:05 -0600 Dai Thao faces charges for unlawfully assisting an elderly voter St. Paul City Council member Dai Thao is facing three criminal charges in connection with an incident at the polls in the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/06/dai-thao-faces-charges-for-unlawfully-assisting-elderly-voter?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:11:33 -0600 Grand jury in Ruszczyk police shooting ready to hear cops' testimony The grand jury is scheduled to begin its work Tuesday as prosecutors decide whether to charge officer Mohamed Noor in the July death of Justine Ruszczyk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/06/grand-jury-convenes-ruszczyk-police-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:55:14 -0600 Super Bowl: Police remove protesters after brief shut down of light rail near U Protesters briefly blocked Metro Transit light rail trains on the Green Line heading near the University of Minnesota's West Bank. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/04/super-bowl-protesters-shutting-down-light-rail-near-us-bank-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0600 B(rrrrrr)old North arrives with snow Saturday, plummeting temps Sunday Saturday's snowstorm snarled traffic in the Twin Cities, with temperatures expected to plummet below zero Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/03/this-is-like-any-snowstorm-heavy-traffic-and-snow-slow-traffic?refid=0 Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:50:32 -0600 8-year-old boy struck by snowmobile dies The child was struck Friday during an ice fishing outing with his family on Chisago Lake. His family posted Wednesday on CaringBridge.org that the boy died from head injuries that were worse than initially thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/01/8-year-old-boy-struck-by-snowmobile-dies?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:52:40 -0600 Suspect fatally shot by police in southern Minnesota State officials say a man who fled from authorities in a stolen vehicle has been fatally shot by an officer in a southern Minnesota community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/01/suspect-fatally-shot-by-police-southern-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:08:57 -0600 St. Paul teachers authorize strike The action sets off a 10-day cooling off period. A mediation session is scheduled for Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/01/st-paul-teachers-authorize-strike?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:17:40 -0600 Security officials: No 'specific credible threat' to the Super Bowl Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo noted the security appears "robust," but it's necessary to keep the game safe and welcoming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/31/security-officials-outline-their-plan-for-super-bowl?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:06:51 -0600 St. Paul school board urges teachers not to back strike Union-led board members took over the board 15 months ago but now face an impasse with teachers who vote today on whether to authorize a walkout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/31/stpaul-school-board-urges-teachers-not-to-back-strike?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:50:00 -0600 Woman found fatally shot in north Minneapolis Police responding to reports of gunfire discovered the woman's body along the side of a city street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/31/woman-found-fatally-shot-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:42:57 -0600 U.S. Bank Stadium gets a makeover before the Super Bowl U.S. Bank Stadium has been all but scrubbed of any traces of the Vikings, and it sports upgrades of everything from the turf to the security at the gate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/30/us-bank-stadium-gets-makeover-ahead-of-the-super-bowl?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:37:57 -0600 One killed in shooting at St. Paul convenience store The shooting is the city's first homicide of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/30/one-killed-shooting-st-paul-convenience-store?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:03:35 -0600 19 below wind chills for Super Bowl? Really? We knew it would be cold, but the National Weather Service's latest forecast is brutal for Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/29/super-bowl-19-below-wind-chill?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:46:48 -0600 St. Paul rec league coach surprised with Super Bowl tickets "I'm crying with joy right now," said Leo Jackson, a Jimmy Lee Recreation Center coach who grew up in the neighborhood and is known for inspiring neighborhood kids on and off the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/29/super-bowl-stpaul-coach-gets-free-tickets?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:28:59 -0600 Panel seeks broader penalties for MN cops who commit crimes Minnesota's police officer licensing agency on Thursday voted to toughen standards for cops who commit crimes, setting in motion a potentially yearlong rule-making process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/25/panel-seeks-tougher-standards-for-mn-cops-crimes?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:21:11 -0600 GOP Rep. Dean drops out of governor's race, backs Jeff Johnson Despite Dean's exit, the race to be the GOP's gubernatorial nominee remains fluid, observers say. One unanswered question: Will former Gov. Tim Pawlenty jump in? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/25/matt-dean-drops-out-minnesota-governor-race?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:12:50 -0600 Archdiocese removes priest over misconduct allegations The archdiocese says an adult has accused the Rev. Thomas Joseph of inappropriate conduct. Joseph says he is innocent and is cooperating with a police investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/24/archdiocese-removes-priest-over-misconduct-allegations?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:18:46 -0600 St. Paul schools apologize for hundreds of stuck kids after snowstorm Angry parents lambasted the school district after students were stuck in schools and on buses late into the night Monday. Some children were ferried home in police squad cars. The superintendent publicly apologized Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/23/many-students-stuck-in-schools-buses-hours-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:51:36 -0600 It's still unclear how much money the Super Bowl will bring Minnesota Projections of Minnesota's potential haul range from $500 million to much less, around $120 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/18/still-unclear-how-much-money-super-bowl-will-bring-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:22:34 -0600 MLK Day speakers urge greater community involvement St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter was the keynote speaker at the state's Martin Luther King Day celebration Monday in St. Paul. He asked city residents to help build a better community by plugging in and showing up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/15/mlk-day-speakers-urge-greater-community-involvement?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:05:16 -0600 State Fair buys Ye Old Mill from founder's descendants The ride has been owned and operated by the Keenan family for more than 100 years. Family members say it is time to take the attraction "to the next level." State Fair board members voted to pay for $500,000 in upgrades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/15/state-fair-buys-ye-old-mill-from-founders-descendants?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:43:29 -0600 Crews still cleaning up after oil pipeline bursts in Eagan A soil boring crew drilling in the LifeTime Fitness parking lot struck a pipeline on Monday, spilling an estimated 21,000 gallons of gasoline onto the club's parking lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/11/crews-still-cleaning-up-after-oil-pipeline-bursts-in-eagan?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:49:47 -0600 Purple reigns as Twin Cities preps for Vikings playoff game Hey Minnesota, here's your stadium towel, and your playoff T-shirt for the game on Sunday against the Saints. Buildings and bridges are turning purple. Just go with it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/11/vikings-nfl-playoff-game-minnesota-ready?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:00:44 -0600 Security becomes more visible as Super Bowl approaches Security arrangements, including fencing and barriers, are starting to go up around U.S. Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/10/super-bowl-security-minneapolis-visible?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:06:18 -0600 Block party: St. Paul ice palace starts to rise Workers swung a 700-pound chunk of ice into place Tuesday in St. Paul's Rice Park, the first of about 4,000 blocks that will build an ice palace to warm Winter Carnival-goers and woo Super Bowl visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/09/stpaul-ice-palace-building-super-bowl-carnival?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:12:19 -0600 Minnesota gets playoff rematch with New Orleans The Vikings want redemption after a heartbreaking playoff loss in 2009 against the Saints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/08/minnesota-gets-playoff-rematch-with-new-orleans?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:42:37 -0600 Did sheriff live in Ramsey Co.? Activists seek probe A citizens watchdog group is raising more questions about whether Jack Serier met residency requirements at the time he was appointed sheriff last year. The county chair says Serier "absolutely" met the requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/04/ramsey-county-sheriff-jack-serier-residency-questions?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:56:41 -0600 Twin Cities frostbite cases jump as temps plummet Regions Hospital emergency department in St. Paul has seen or treated more than 25 cases of frostbite since Christmas Eve, with many coming the past few days. Bundle up, one surgeon pleads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/03/twin-cities-frostbite-cases-jump-as-temps-plummet?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:20:06 -0600 From St. Paul kid to St. Paul mayor: Carter takes over Melvin Carter laid out ambitious plans Tuesday, including a $50 savings account for every child born in St. Paul and a promise to match the $15 an hour minimum wage initiative taking effect in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/02/melvin-carter-stpaul-mayor-sworn-in?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:45:15 -0600 Super Bowl street closures begin in Minneapolis The road closures around U.S. Bank stadium come more than a month before the big game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/02/super-bowl-street-closures-begin-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:57:06 -0600 Tangled details of sheriff's residency at center of spat in Ramsey County Former longtime sheriff Bob Fletcher claims Jack Serier didn't live in Ramsey County when he was appointed sheriff last January. Serier disputes that and offers up documents of evidence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/21/former-ramsey-county-sheriff-disputes-current-sheriffs-residency?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:48:31 -0600 Ice and snow present 'exciting' challenges as MnDOT tests state's first autonomous bus MnDOT is poised to roll out the state's first autonomous vehicle, a low-speed shuttle it has been testing near Monticello. Self-driving vehicles might still seem a distant possibility, but this one is expected to be on the move in Minneapolis before the Super Bowl in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/12/mndot-tests-new-autonomous-shuttle-for-super-bowl-use?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:13:20 -0600 Minn. treatment center staff cited after possible assault of girl The state's Department of Human Services has cited staff at a treatment center for girls in western Minnesota after a girl left the facility and was later found in Iowa, possibly the victim of a sexual assault. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/11/minn-treatment-center-staff-cited-after-possible-assault-of-girl?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:29:24 -0600 Texting 911 now an option in Minnesota Minnesota's 911 emergency call system now accepts text messages, but authorities still recommend a phone call when possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/05/texting-911-option-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:51:02 -0600 Winter storm brings icy roads, travel headaches Instant winter arrived Monday night dumping snow and ice on roads statewide. By 10 a.m. Tuesday, more than 400 car accidents had been reported, including one fatal crash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/05/winter-storm-brings-icy-roads-travel-headaches?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 06:47:26 -0600 I-694 could stay closed through the weekend in Oakdale The water main break that closed Interstate 694 on Sunday could take until Friday to repair, and it may take several more days to fix the roadway, perhaps until Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/04/i694-could-stay-closed-through-the-weekend-in-oakdale?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:13:48 -0600 Giant sinkhole opens on I-694 in Oakdale The Washington County sheriff's office says a large water main break caused the sinkhole Sunday morning. MnDOT will likely close four miles of the interstate between I-94 and Highway 36 for several days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/03/giant-sinkhole-opens-on-i694-in-oakdale?refid=0 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 10:01:12 -0600 County attorneys in Minnesota sue opioid manufacturers, distributors The group would try to recoup the government's cost of dealing with the addiction crisis from three distributors and more than a half dozen manufacturers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/30/county-attorneys-in-minnesota-sue-opioid-manufacturers-distributors?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:35:37 -0600 MPR drops Keillor over inappropriate conduct Minnesota Public Radio and its parent firm American Public Media said Wednesday they've cut ties with Garrison Keillor as they probe a report of "inappropriate behavior" by Keillor during the time he oversaw production of "A Prairie Home Companion." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/29/garrison-keillor-says-mpr-fired-over-alleged-improper-behavior?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:26:11 -0600 8 teens caught after being rescued near cave in St. Paul "I cannot stress how dangerous this is," said St. Paul police spokesman Mike Ernster of entering the river bluffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/28/8-teens-caught-after-being-rescued-near-cave-in-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:55:12 -0600 Woman charged after allegedly killing Thanksgiving dinner guest Criminal charges against Anenia Marie Hare say that Hare had invited 69-year-old Edward Caliph over to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. But she told police that before they started to eat, she saw him lighting a crack pipe, without asking her or offering to share. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/27/minneapolis-woman-charged-after-allegedly-killing-thanksgiving-guest?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:08:32 -0600 Beltrami County authorities recover 2 bodies Beltrami County authorities say they've recovered a pair of bodies from Upper Red Lake where they were searching for two missing people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/27/authorities-recover-missing-atv-riders?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:29:59 -0600 Warren Spannaus, former Minn. attorney general, dies at 86 "This guy deserves a very significant place in Minnesota history and the history of legal rights and justice," Walter Mondale said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/27/warren-spannaus-former-minn-attorney-general-dies-at-86?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:05:21 -0600 Officials: Don't lunch-shame low-income Minnesota students Reports that Minnesota school cafeteria workers are taking lunches from kids who can't afford them has some children's advocates calling for change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/21/minnesota-lunch-shaming-reports-prompt-call-change?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:57:31 -0600 St. Paul voters could decide future of Ford plant development The battle over the future of the 135 acre site of the Ford plant in St. Paul could be going to voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/20/st-paul-voters-could-decide-future-of-ford-plant-development?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0600 Man charged in Mall of America stabbing previously committed to state psychiatric care Mahad Abdirahman, 20, of Minneapolis, faces two counts of first degree assault for stabbing two brothers in a fitting room at the Mall of America Macy's store. It wasn't Abdirahman's first brush with the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/15/man-charged-in-mall-of-america-stabbing-has-history-of-mental-illness?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:46:57 -0600 Dayton calls for action after reading stories of senior care abuse Gov. Mark Dayton says he's setting up a task force to address abuses in Minnesota's senior care industry following a newspaper's revelations. Dayton said he also wants the Legislature to act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/15/senior-care-abuse-minnesota-dayton-calls-for-change?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:35:50 -0600 2 hurt in stabbing at Mall of America; suspect in custody Two people were stabbed in the Mall of America Macy's store Sunday night after a shopper tried to stop a theft, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/12/stabbing-reported-at-mall-of-america-police-say-subject-in-custody?refid=0 Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:16:26 -0600 St. Paul mayor candidates draw distinctions, address critics MPR News host Tom Weber led a two-hour debate on Thursday with Melvin Carter, Elizabeth Dickinson, Tom Goldstein, Pat Harris and Dai Thao. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/02/st-paul-mayor-debate?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:03:39 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidates to debate Voters in Minnesota's two largest cities will head to the polls in just over a week for mayoral elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/30/mayor_debate?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:44:12 -0500 St. Paul mayoral hopefuls on how they'd stop the gunfire After a violent weekend in St. Paul, the leading candidates for mayor are talking about how they'd come to grips with a spike in gun violence if they're elected Nov. 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/25/st-paul-mayoral-candidates-on-how-to-stop-the-gunfire?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul police union hits mayoral candidate over missing guns A burglary at the home of St. Paul mayoral contender Melvin Carter in August is cropping up as a campaign issue in the final stretch of the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/24/st-paul-police-union-hits-candidate-over-missing-guns?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:07:19 -0500 Video: Burglars in ape masks rob Bloomington mosque; help cops ID them Bloomington police have released security camera footage of last week's burglary of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center and are asking the public's help to identify the suspects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/24/bloomington-mn-mosque-robbed-video-cops-seek-help?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:37:37 -0500 Photos: Vikings massive new headquarters taking shape The Eagan complex, built on the site of the old Northwest Airlines headquarters, will include four outdoor practice fields, a 6,500-seat stadium and the NFL team's corporate offices. Here's a look. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/24/minnesota-vikings-new-headquarters-photos?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 MEA weekend travel rush nears for Minnesotans with school-age kids The state's annual teachers convention creates a four-day weekend for Minnesota students and their families in October. Many will be traveling this week, and MSP airport is urging people to be ready for the kid crush. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/16/travel-rush-minnesota-schools-closed-long-weekend-mea?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:51:35 -0500 Snapshot: Who's running for mayor in St. Paul and why Ten candidates are on the ballot for St. Paul mayor. Here's a look at five of the people in the running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/16/st-paul-mayoral-candidates-profiles?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0500 Snapshot: Who's running for Minneapolis mayor and why Sixteen candidates are on the ballot for Minneapolis mayor this year. Here's a look at five of the people in the running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/16/minneapolis-mayoral-candidates-profiles?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers unsatisfied with steps to improve Vikings stadium security Lawmakers took U.S. Bank Stadium officials to task at the state Capitol Thursday, saying they still have grave reservations about security at the $1.1 billion facility and about the company that runs it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/12/lawmakers-unsatisfied-with-steps-to-improve-vikings-stadium-security-?refid=0 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:34:18 -0500 Synthetic drug K2 overdoses spike to 90 in Twin Cities No one has died, yet. But people are arriving at Hennepin County Medical Center highly agitated, sometimes violent, sometimes almost comatose. Doctors suspect a new form of K2 may be catching users by surprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/10/k2-synthetic-marijuana-overdoses-spike-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:13:44 -0500 In Minnesota, 'bump stocks' in legal gray area The Las Vegas gunman had "bump stocks," devices that enable semi-automatic rifles to fire much faster, in his hotel room. Here's a look at how they work, their legal status and what they mean in today's gun control debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/06/bump-stocks-legal-gray-area-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 1 dead after small plane crashes near Hwy. 212 in Eden Prairie The experimental aircraft crashed Wednesday morning shortly after taking off from Flying Cloud Airport. The pilot, who'd reported a fire on board just after 11 a.m., is dead, police say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/04/experimental-plane-crash-eden-prairie-1-dead?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:48:15 -0500 U.S. Bank Stadium security firm fired overnight Stadium authority officials said they dismissed Chicago-based Monterrey Security after finding problems, including unlicensed personnel working the venue. Later in the day, state officials voted not to renew the firm's Minnesota license. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/26/us-bank-stadium-security-firm-fired-overnight?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Vikings and Lynx teams lock arms during nat'l anthem; Lynx lose in final seconds Both the Vikings and the Lynx locked arms as the national anthem played at the start of their respective games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/24/vikings-players-lock-arms-during-sunday-games-national-anthem?refid=0 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:39:55 -0500 'Severe consequences' after fight, weapons force lockdown at St. Paul school A Monday morning lockdown at St. Paul Central High School was lifted after 85 minutes. Police say they came to the school after reports of a fight and possible gun sighting; officers recovered an Airsoft gun and two knives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/18/stpaul-central-high-lockdown-after-report-of-gun?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:16:11 -0500 Video: Goodbye to 'one of the good ones': Wayzata officer mourned Officer Bill Mathews, 47, was clearing debris off U.S. Highway 12 last week when he was struck and killed by a driver. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and citizens have come to a church in Plymouth to mourn his loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/14/wayzata-officer-honored-remembered-at-funeral?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:35:38 -0500 Cops: St. Catherine security guard admits he shot himself The guard's claim Tuesday night that he'd been shot in the shoulder by a campus intruder set off an intense manhunt. But on Wednesday night, St. Paul police said the guard had been arrested and charged with falsely reporting a crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/13/cops-st-catherine-security-guard-admits-he-shot-himself?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:42:29 -0500 Minneapolis cop charged with sexually abusing son's teenage girlfriend The victim told police that the officer threatened to shoot her in the head if she reported him to authorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/13/minneapolis-cop-charged-with-sexually-abusing-teen?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:22:00 -0500 St. Catherine U security officer wounded; cops say no threat to public Police rushed to the St. Paul campus Tuesday night after an unarmed campus security guard was reported shot in the shoulder. Authorities searched overnight for a shooter. By mid-morning Wednesday, however, police said there is no public safety concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/12/st-catherine-u-security-officer-wounded-search-on-for-shooter?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:42:25 -0500 St. Paul's Dai Thao cleared in alleged bribery case Prosecutors have declined to file charges against Dai Thao, a St. Paul City Council member who came under suspicion after bribery allegations were leveled against him in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/12/st-pauls-dai-thao-cleared-in-alleged-bribery-case?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:25:14 -0500 Met Council rejects all Southwest light rail bids as too costly Officials say all four bids to build the Minneapolis-to-Eden Prairie line were too high. Rebidding will delay the project four months and push back the opening to 2022. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/11/southwest-light-rail-met-council-rejects-bids?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:20:26 -0500 This tiny device could change how cops deal with mental diseases and disorders St. Paul is piloting a new technology that allows officers to know how best to enter a situation involving someone with autism, mental illness and other unseen conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/01/this-tiny-device-could-change-how-cops-deal-with-mental-diseases-and-disorders?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 So long, Sparky: Como Zoo sea lion show heads for hiatus The St. Paul zoo's beloved sea lion show, a rite of childhood for generations of Minnesotans, will shut down on Monday for two years while the pinniped exhibit and amphitheater get a $18.5 million makeover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/01/stpaul-como-zoo-sparky-sea-lion-show-hiatus?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 State Fair Grandstand guru shares how she almost booked Prince Grandstand shows are a highlight of the Minnesota State Fair, and it's Renee Alexander's job to bring in those shows every year. Looking back on the many acts she's successfully booked, Alexander considers Prince 'the one that got away.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/30/minnesota-state-fair-grandstand-guru-almost-booked-prince?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:50:00 -0500 4 questions for the State Fair's grandstand guru Renee Alexander's job is to book the must-see acts for the State Fair. She's pretty good at it. She tells MPR News of her best get, and the Big One that got away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/30/minnesota-state-fair-grandstand-guru-questions?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:58:06 -0500 Meet the State Fair's ride guru, who only rides the carousel Joe Bixler has one big job at the State Fair: keeping the rides running safely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/29/state-fair-ride-inspector-interview?refid=0 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Passersby do the 'seemingly impossible' and lift truck off man The person hit by a truck Monday morning in St. Paul is expected to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/28/st-paul-truck-crash-lift?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:46:55 -0500 Great Big Wheel could attract great big fair crowds The new $4 million attraction promises to be a true spectacle on the fair's north end, especially at night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/23/great-big-wheel-could-attract-big-fair-crowds?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:57:33 -0500 State Fair reassures Minnesotans: Our rides are safe Rides get three rounds of inspections, including an initial inspection when they're trucked in and assembled on the fairgrounds, a daily inspection by ride operators and a utility inspection by state electrical inspectors, said general manager Jerry Hammer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/22/state-fair-reassures-fairgoers-our-rides-safe?refid=0 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:04:25 -0500 Mpls. park board vote signals end for Hiawatha Golf Course The board agreed to stop pumping hundreds of millions of gallons of groundwater from the course to hold back flooding. The course is expected to remain open while the board weighs another use for the land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/10/mpls-park-board-vote-signals-end-hiawatha-golf-course?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:21:00 -0500 Hibbing man faces manslaughter charge after nephew's death Prosecutors say Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski was supposed to be caring for his 11-month-old nephew while the child's parents were out; instead he went out to buy drugs. The house caught fire and the child was found dead in his crib. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/08/hibbing-man-faces-manslaughter-charges-after-death-of-nephew?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:36:49 -0500 Mostly clear after gas leak prompts evacuations in Minneapolis near U The incident forced evacuation from scores of buildings while temporarily stopping light rail service and closing a busy street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/07/big-natural-gas-main-ruptures-minneapolis-evacuations?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:20:13 -0500 Waconia man dies hours after being punched The 22-year-old man was hit in the head during a late-night street fight. He was found unresponsive the next day at a nearby home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/07/man-punched-during-st-cloud-encounter-has-died?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:35:13 -0500 Shoe helps snag suspects after St. Paul gas station clerk shot A convenience store robber who allegedly shot and wounded a clerk Sunday evening left behind a shoe that helped police track him down. The clerk is expected to recover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/07/stpaul-gas-station-clerk-shot-suspects-arrested?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:55:10 -0500 After not-so-silent siren test, St. Paul says sorry, won't happen again Several of the sirens were audible as they shut down at the end of the test. St. Paul's director of emergency management said the city will institute a policy that will prohibit testing, including silent tests, before 9 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/07/after-not-so-silent-siren-test-st-paul-says-sorry-wont-happen-again?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:08:16 -0500 Sewing volunteers mend clothes, hearts and the planet Once a month, a group of Twin Cities women set up their sewing machines in a homeless shelter or low-income housing complex. Stitch by stitch, they breathe new life into well-worn clothes and satisfy their mission to reduce textile waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/04/mobile-menders-twin-cities-volunteers?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 'A deep, deep loss': School community mourns receptionist, custodian killed in explosion Ruth Berg, 47, worked as a receptionist. John Carlson, 82, was a custodian. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/03/school-mourns-receptionist-custodian-killed?refid=0 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Stillwater eyes big change as Lift Bridge nears last run The Stillwater Lift Bridge will close to car traffic sometime today (MnDOT won't say when, exactly). After years of traffic woes, many are hoping the bridge's closure transforms downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/02/stillwater-mn-eyes-big-shift-lift-bridge-nears-last-run?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Roadwork flagger struck in Anoka Co.; condition grave A 33-year-old woman working on a road construction project in East Bethel was fighting for her life Monday after being hit by a car. Distracted driving may have played a role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/31/roadwork-flagger-struck-in-anoka-co-condition-grave-?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:40:00 -0500 Charges: Mendota Heights murder suspect left trail of mayhem Local, state and federal authorities have all joined in the search for Lucifer Nguyen, 44, who faces second degree murder, aggravated robbery, burglary and kidnapping charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/31/police-murder-suspect-spotted-in-stillwater-may-be-on-foot-in-metro?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:46:54 -0500 Mall of America shuts down 'Mutant Masher' following Ohio fair accident A fatal amusement ride accident this week at the Ohio State Fair has prompted the Mall of America to shut down one of its rides in Nickelodeon Universe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/27/mall-of-america-shuts-down-mutant-masher-following-ohio-fair-accident?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:05:54 -0500 Hole in deck closes Osceola bridge over the St. Croix MnDOT offered few details about the nature of the damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/27/hole-in-deck-closes-osceola-bridge-over-the-st-croix?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:31:34 -0500 Child accidentally shoots preschooler in St. Paul home Police arrested the gun owner who allegedly left the weapon in her purse in a playroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/26/child-accidentally-shoots-preschooler-in-st-paul-home?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:19:11 -0500 Loon's new soccer stadium will be Allianz Field The stadium is expected to open for the team's 2019 season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/25/loons-new-soccer-stadium-will-be-allianz-field?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:30:54 -0500 'Off the rails' culture prompts some cops to expect trouble A former police officer explained why a cop might answer a call with gun drawn, even though the worst can happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/25/culture-prompts-some-cops-to-expect-trouble?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 BCA investigating Willmar police shooting that injured person Officers responding to a call of a suicidal male shot the suspect who was allegedly holding a gun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/24/bca-investigating-willmar-police-shooting-injured-person?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:07:39 -0500 'Horrific,' 'surreal' crash kills one, injures others Authorities called the crash "horrific" and "surreal" on Friday night after a speeding car in St. Paul punched through a bus, throwing one of the passengers into the street and killing him instantly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/21/horrific-surreal-crash-kills-one-injures-others?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:00:00 -0500 Metro Transit investigating fatal train-car crash The driver of a car struck by a light rail train in St. Paul on Saturday has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/19/metro-transit-investigating-fatal-crash?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:11:23 -0500 Vikings plan for more outreach with training camp leaving Mankato The Minnesota Vikings will move their training camp to Eagan after a final pre-season in Mankato next month, ending a 52-year run the team says isn't practical anymore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/18/vikings-to-hold-final-mankato-training-camp-after-52-years?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:19:36 -0500 Woman killed by Mpls. cop was the 911 caller Friends and community members say they want transparency as the investigation continues into the police shooting of Justine Ruszczyk following a 911 call Saturday night in the city's Fulton neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/16/woman-dead-after-officerinvolved-shooting-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:19:09 -0500 St. Paul voters may get to decide when they elect leaders A proposal to shift St. Paul city elections to even years appears to have enough support to make it to the ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/07/st-paul-voters-may-get-to-decide-when-they-elect-leaders?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:31:57 -0500 Dayton wants police training fund named for Castile Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday marked the first anniversary of the death of Philando Castile by recommending the state's Peace Officer Standards and Training Board name a new $12 million training fund after Castile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/06/dayton-wants-police-training-fund-named-for-castile?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:18:34 -0500 Yanez trial judge offers jurors support in letter Judge William H. Leary told jurors their not guilty verdict was "fully supported by a fair interpretation of the evidence and the law." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/05/yanez-trial-judge-writes-letter-to-jurors?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:08:19 -0500 Blame game underway as Blue Cross, Children's fail to reach a deal The state's largest pediatric hospital is now an "out-of-network" provider for people with Blue Cross coverage. More than 66,000 Children's Minnesota patients could be affected by the contract lapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/05/blue-cross-childrens-fail-to-reach-contract-deal?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 08:52:52 -0500 St. Paul drives plan for Ford site, but not everyone's on board City leaders are pushing a "city within a city" plan they say will deliver money, jobs and people to the old Ford truck plant site in Highland Park. But neighbors are divided. A public hearing is set for Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/29/stpaul-drives-ford-site-plan-not-everyone-on-board?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota scientist says EPA pressured her to change congressional testimony Environmental chemist Deborah Swackhamer says the request was out of line. Congressional Democrats are asking for an investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/28/minnesota-scientist-says-epa-pressured-her-to-change-congressional-testimony?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:53:57 -0500 St. Louis Park weighs raising tobacco purchase age to 21 A proposal appears to have enough support for passage and could take effect Oct. 1. It's modeled after an ordinance approved last month by the Edina City Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/28/stlouis-park-mn-mulls-raising-tobacco-purchase-age-21?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:54:43 -0500 BCA completes probe of alleged bribery by St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao The BCA sent its findings to Scott County prosecutors, who will consider charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/23/bca-completes-probe-of-alleged-bribery-by-st-paul-mayoral-candidate-dai-thao?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:24:25 -0500 Tips spark disagreement over Mpls. minimum wage proposal Dozens of people debated the details of a proposed $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis at a marathon public hearing before the City Council on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/22/minimum-wage-workers-rally-businesses-worried?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:56:22 -0500 Photos: State Fair's newest eats smush a lot of stuff together This year's 31 new menu items range from sweet to savory to somewhat questionable. One of the new sandwiches was quickly renamed after backlash over it's anti-Semitic connotations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/20/new-state-fair-food-lineup?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:49:55 -0500 2-year-old gravely wounded in St. Paul shooting St. Paul police say the North End shooting happened just after midnight. Officers found three victims, including a child with life-threatening injuries. The department says some witnesses have been "uncooperative." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/19/st-paul-shooting-multiple-victims?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:54:27 -0500 St. Paul DFLers fall short of picking a favorite for mayor The party adjourned its city convention Saturday night after a 5-ballot battle failed to give any of the contenders the support the party required to endorse a candidate for mayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/17/st-paul-dflers-fall-short-of-picking-mayor?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:00:00 -0500 Weekend convention could be key to choosing St. Paul's next mayor The DFL Party convention on Saturday will determine which, if any, of four serious contenders for mayor can win a key endorsement that could propel them to victory in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/16/weekend-convention-could-be-key-to-choosing-st-paul-next-mayor?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Tension high as protesters clash during 'March against Sharia' rally Minnesota State Patrol troopers arrested seven people outside on the Capitol lawn as attendees shouted at each other. No injuries were reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/10/tension-grows-as-protesters-clash-during-antisharia-law-rally?refid=0 Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:51:16 -0500 Dakota County attorney to decide whether to charge officers in deadly shootings Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says he's joining his colleagues in Hennepin and Ramsey counties who have made the decision whether or not to charge an officer who has shot someone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/07/backstrom-police-shootings-no-grand-jury-charging-decisions?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:55:39 -0500 Falcon Heights pursues police contract with Ramsey County The city wants to end its contract with St. Anthony police following the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/07/falcon-heights-pursues-police-contract-with-ramsey-county?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:42:26 -0500 U2 adds Minnesota date to 'Joshua Tree' tour The band will play at U.S. Bank stadium Sept. 8. U2 is commemorating the 30th anniversary of its landmark album. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/06/u2-adds-minnesota-date-joshua-tree-tour?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:47:27 -0500 Walker Art Center's sculpture garden to reopen later, following 'Scaffold' controversy The Walker Art Center is delaying the reopening of its famed sculpture garden in the wake of controversy over one of the new works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/29/walker-delays-sculpture-garden-open-scaffold?refid=0 Mon, 29 May 2017 14:37:40 -0500 Metro Transit stop may result in deportation; officer no longer with department Metro Transit police say the officer in the video is no longer with the department. He also said that the reports from Metro Transit police made no mention of Vences-Lopez's immigration status and transit police didn't contact ICE. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/27/man-faces-deportation-following-metro-transit-officers-questions-about-citizenship?refid=0 Sat, 27 May 2017 13:41:18 -0500 Walker director says 'Scaffold' should be dismantled Walker Art Center executive director Olga Viso says she talked with the artist behind the controversial sculpture and they're in agreement that the sculpture should be dismantled in some manner. She says details of how and when will be determined by Traditional Spiritual Dakota Elders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/27/sioux-community-wants-walker-sculpture-taken-down-more-discussion?refid=0 Sat, 27 May 2017 12:31:53 -0500 8 face criminal charges in disrupted pro-Trump rally Prosecutors say eight people were involved in a melee at a March rally held by supporters of President Trump inside the Minnesota state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/26/8-face-criminal-charges-in-disrupted-pro-trump-rally?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2017 17:30:11 -0500 A giant Ferris wheel is coming to the State Fair The wheel, made in the Netherlands, is 15 stories tall and has 36 enclosed gondolas that hold six passengers each. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/19/giant-ferris-wheel-coming-to-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2017 10:03:57 -0500 U of M regents defend sex harassment leak probe In a letter sent to the governor and legislators Thursday regents say they "take sexual harassment very, very seriously" and want to "set the record straight" about their handling of leaked information in a sexual harassment investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/19/u-regents-defend-sex-harassment-leak-probe?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2017 07:52:09 -0500 Chronic wasting disease found in Meeker County deer herd State officials euthanized the herd and placed a quarantine on another central Minnesota farm where two of the deer lived as fawns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/18/chronic-wasting-disease-found-meeker-county-deer-herd?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2017 08:27:20 -0500 1 killed, 2 dozen hurt as tornado levels Wis. mobile home park The storms hit late in the afternoon Tuesday and into the evening, flattening the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park near Chetek. "It's a miracle when you see the total destruction in there" that only one person died, said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/17/deadly-tornado-wisconsin-mobile-home-park?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2017 05:42:23 -0500 Minneapolis police arrest man, find trove of weapons Officers responding to a littering complaint found two men in a car loaded with ammunition, rifles, a hand grenade, cellphones, computers and what appeared to be parts of drones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/16/minneapolis-police-arrest-man-find-trove-weapons?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2017 08:31:16 -0500 Judge hears final report on Community Action of Minneapolis The low-income assistance program engulfed in scandal in 2014 is being dissolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/11/community-action-minneapolis-dissolves?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2017 20:29:03 -0500 Forest Lake, police reach deal to keep local force The police union members approved the agreement Thursday afternoon, the union said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/11/forest-lake-police-reach-deal-to-keep-local-force?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2017 07:24:17 -0500 Synthetic marijuana blamed for spike in St. Paul emergency calls The bad reactions have left some people in what authorities describe as a "zombie-like" state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/10/synthetic-marijuana-blamed-for-spike-in-st-paul-emergency-calls?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul school investigates employee accused of improper contact with student The principal at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet described the alleged misconduct as inappropriate communications and actions by an employee involving a student. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/09/st-paul-school-investigates-employee-accused-improper-contact-student?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2017 08:05:53 -0500 Man's body recovered from Mississippi River The body has not been officially identified, but searchers had been looking for a missing University of Minnesota student who reportedly slipped in the river in late April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/05/mans-body-recovered-from-mississippi?refid=0 Fri, 05 May 2017 08:55:13 -0500 Catholic Charities: $40 million raised to meet St. Paul homeless needs The funding milestone is part of a $100 million effort to build a new campus for homeless services in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/05/40-million-raised-to-meet-stpaul-homeless-needs?refid=0 Fri, 05 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul council back to work as member is investigated The St. Paul city council got back to work Wednesday night as one of its members is under a bribery investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/st-paul-council-thao-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 19:04:05 -0500 U of M professor dies in crash in Europe Robert Morrison was on his way to a swine conference in the Czech Republic when his vehicle collided with a semi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/university-minnesota-professor-killed-traffic-accident-czech-republic?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 09:03:09 -0500 Campaign investigation rocks St. Paul mayoral race The bribery probe focused on mayoral candidate Dai Thao could upend the contest among his political rivals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/dai-thao-campaign-investigation-rocks-st-paul-mayoral-race?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 08:11:42 -0500 Edina raises age to buy tobacco to 21 It's the first such law in Minnesota. Cities elsewhere in the U.S. have similar policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/edina-raises-age-buy-tobacco-21?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 07:15:23 -0500 GOP chair condemns anti-Muslim Facebook post targeting Ellison The post appeared on the 7th Congressional District GOP Facebook page. Jennifer Carnahan called the message repugnant hate speech and said the person responsible had resigned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/02/gop-chair-condemns-anti-muslim-facebook-post-targeting-ellison?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 05:47:39 -0500 Lobbyist on Dai Thao's alleged bribery: 'It's just shocking to me' The lobbyist at the heart of a government corruption investigation in St. Paul is speaking publicly for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/01/lobbyist-on-dai-thao-corruption-probe-its-just-shocking-to-me?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2017 16:43:41 -0500 St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao's campaign under probe for alleged bribery Authorities are launching an investigation over claims that the election campaign of a St. Paul City Council member may have solicited an improper campaign contribution from a lobbyist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/30/st-paul-mayoral-candidate-dai-thao-fires-campaign-manager-after-reported-allegations?refid=0 Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:44:23 -0500 Pedestian struck and killed on metro freeway It's the second fatal pedestrian accident in the past week on Twin Cities freeways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/28/pedestrian-struck-killed-i494?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:01:01 -0500 St. Paul unleashes new weapon against invasive plants: goats For the first time, the city says it is deploying 30 animals from Goat Dispatch, a "grazing goat rental company," to clean up fenced areas of parkland along the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/28/stpaul-unleashes-new-weapon-against-invasive-plants-goats?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:13:25 -0500 Hodges rescinds appointment of north Minneapolis precinct inspector Hours after her police chief announced staff changes, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges overruled Chief Janee Harteau on one of them. Harteau said Thursday she was disappointed by the mayor's move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/26/hodges-rescinds-police-personnel-moves?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:32:59 -0500 It wasn't an earthquake, but Mankato felt a big explosion this morning A blast at a quarry near Mankato, Minn., produced an explosion that had the same magnitude as an earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/25/mankato-quarry-blast-not-earthquake?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:26:28 -0500 Minneapolis police warn about possible pet poisonings Residents in south Minneapolis between Lake Hiawatha and Interstate 35W have been calling animal control to report unknown food being thrown onto their property or near it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/25/minneapolis-police-warn-possible-pet-poisonings?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:45:31 -0500 Mpls. council panel OKs plan to cover some Super Bowl costs Security takes the biggest share of the total excess cost to the city estimated at $5 million. The Super Bowl Host Committee says donations will cover it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/24/minneapolis-council-panel-oks-plan-to-cover-some-super-bowl-costs?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:58:28 -0500 Traffic stop in Falcon Heights leads to police chase, fatal crash The chase lasted about a minute. One person was killed and another injured after the car struck a tree near Como Park in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/24/traffic-stop-falcon-heights-leads-to-police-chase-fatal-crash?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:50:39 -0500 Vehicle strikes two bridges over I-35W in Bloomington One bridge is now closed to traffic. The other has lane restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/24/vehicle-strikes-2-bridges-over-i35w-bloomington?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:52:30 -0500 Here's what we know about the status of Prince's estate Prince died of a drug overdose a year ago, leaving his personal affairs in disarray. Here's where things stand today and where they might go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/21/prince-estate-status?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Judge blocks release of unpublished Prince songs The ruling bans sound engineer Ian Boxill and his associates from publishing or disseminating six songs. The order also requires Boxil to return the music to Prince's estate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/20/judge-blocks-release-of-unpublished-prince-songs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:58:35 -0500 Engineer, Prince's estate face off in court over unreleased music Prince's estate is suing a California sound engineer who is offering a multi-song selection of unreleased music from the late pop icon. The two sides faced off in an 80-minute federal court hearing Wednesday afternoon before U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/19/new-prince-music-a-source-of-controversy?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:57:58 -0500 St. Paul's 'front door'? Developer lays out downtown waterfront plan Hotels, housing and retail space highlight an ambitious $225 million remake of the old West Publishing and county jail sites overlooking the Mississippi River. Ramsey County officials got a look at it on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/developer-lays-out-big-plans-stpaul-downtown-waterfront?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:19:50 -0500 Affidavit: Doctor prescribed meds for Prince in another name Search warrants made public Monday offer a rare glimpse into the end of Prince's secretive life and more details on his death. It still doesn't detail where Prince may have obtained the narcotic that killed him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/17/affidavit-doctor-prescribed-oxycodone-for-prince-under-associate-name-protect-his-privacy?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:13:58 -0500 One dead in police shooting in Vadnais Heights The shooting happened while police were investigating a suspicious vehicle. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/17/man-killed-by-ramsey-county-sheriffs-deputy?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:14:28 -0500 Get opioid overdose antidote in your medicine cabinet now, health officials say State health officials are urging people to consider stocking up on Narcan, a medication that reverses an opioid overdose, just in case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/14/officials-to-spread-the-word-about-access-to-opioid-antidote?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:39:50 -0500 Young parishioners report new allegations against Burnsville teacher A Minneapolis church sent an email to its members saying the teacher may have sent "inappropriate messages" to youth while serving as youth choral director. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/14/young-parishioners-report-new-allegations-against-burnsville-teacher?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:50:15 -0500 Woman seriously injured when car hits train in Elk River An 18-year-old Coon Rapids woman was critically injured in a crash involving a coal train Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/woman-seriously-injured-when-car-hits-train-in-elk-river?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:10:37 -0500 Target Field changes public suite policy After the scandal that rocked the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority use of U.S. Bank Stadium suites, the board that runs Target Field changed its policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/target-field-changes-public-suite-policy?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:00:52 -0500 Mom: St. Paul police executed my son Kim Handy Jones, filed a civil rights suit against the city, saying 29-year-old Cordale Handy was a victim of poor training and racial bias by police. Police shot him after responding to a domestic violence call and investigators subsequently recovered a gun at the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/cordale-handy-lawsuit-mom-police-executed-son?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:43:49 -0500 St. Paul wants to know if tax-exempt churches, schools would contribute voluntarily to budget The state Supreme Court says street fees are taxes and can't be assessed to tax-exempt properties. The city wants to include some of those properties in its annual revenue stream. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/st-paul-wants-to-know-if-tax-exempt-churches-schools-would-contribute-voluntarily-budget?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:01:17 -0500 Family files federal lawsuit over man killed by St. Paul police Cordale Handy, 29, was killed by officers who were responding to an early morning domestic violence call in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood on March 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/12/federal-lawsuit-cordale-handy-st-paul-police-killing?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:48:47 -0500 Garbage time? St. Paul may trim trash haulers list as talks stall St. Paul is poised to up the ante in its long-running effort to change the way trash gets collected in the city. A Wednesday afternoon City Council meeting could set changes in motion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/12/stpaul-takes-action-as-trash-hauler-negotiations-stall?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 New system at Twin Cities airport makes takeoffs and landings faster The "Data Comm" system is rolling out across more than 50 airports across the US. It's been running at MSP since November, and FAA and Delta officials showed off the system at the MSP control tower Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/11/new-system-at-twin-cities-airport-makes-takeoffs-and-landings-faster?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:25:23 -0500 Now boarding Lake Bemidji? Sun Country unveils planes named after Minnesota lakes Sun Country Airlines has unveiled a new fleet of planes, each named after a different Minnesota lake. The new names will be featured on the outside of the aircraft, and in custom art pieces inside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/11/sun-county-unveils-planes-named-after-lakes?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:17:27 -0500 Opioid deaths leap in Hennepin Co.; fentanyl plays deadly role The county saw opioid-related deaths jump nearly 60 percent in 2016, with the dead ranging from stillborn to age 66. Fentanyl's presence is creating a "Russian roulette" scenario for addicts, one researcher says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/10/opioid-death-hennepin-county-jumped-2016?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:47:29 -0500 Coleman gives last state of the city address before run for governor It was one of the most political addresses the St. Paul mayor has offered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/29/coleman-gives-last-state-of-the-city-address-before-run-for-governor?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:55:34 -0500 Abducted toddler found safe after mother is stabbed; suspect caught Harlen Hulbert, 2 1/2, was taken by two men, one of whom stabbed the boy's mother in the leg before fleeing. Officials say the boy is safe, the mom will recover and the suspect is in custody. A Minneapolis police spokesperson called it a "perfect ending." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/28/amber-alert-issued-toddler-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:25:49 -0500 Effort to roll back ranked-choice voting in St. Paul moves forward A St. Paul Charter Commission committee voted to put the question of voting methods to the entire Charter Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/27/effort-to-roll-back-rankedchoice-voting-in-st-paul-moves-forward?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:26:09 -0500 St. Paul OKs $2M to man wrongly bitten by police K-9 Lawyers for Frank Baker, a man badly injured by a St. Paul police dog last summer, say they've reached what could be a historic financial settlement for the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/27/stpaul-settles-case-man-wrongly-bitten-police-dog?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:20:26 -0500 Ranked-choice opponents push St. Paul to vote on voting, again Opponents of ranked-choice voting, also called instant-runoff voting, say it has unnecessarily delayed results and hasn't delivered on supporters' promises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/27/push-to-vote-st-paul-ranked-choice?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500 DNA leads authorities to charge burglar in 1987 St. Paul killing Officials on Thursday said they've solved the 30-year-old killing of Lillian Kuller, 81, who was found dead in her St. Paul home. A new DNA test tied a burglar currently in prison to the crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/16/authorities-charge-burglar-1987-stpaul-killing?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:06:05 -0500 St. Paul police kill man while responding to domestic violence call St. Paul police shot dead Cordale Handy, 29, early Wednesday morning while responding to a domestic violence call. The state BCA is investigating. Community leaders appealed for calm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/15/st-paul-officer-involved-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:52:56 -0500 Minneapolis whacks Surdyk's for flouting Sunday liquor law Minneapolis on Monday slapped longtime liquor store owner Jim Surdyk with a fine and targeted license suspension for opening on Sunday to get a jump on the new state law that allows Sunday sales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/13/minneapolis-whacks-surdyk-flaunting-sunday-liquor-law?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:37:41 -0500 St. Paul mayoral candidates talk up issues, press for endorsements Candidates hoping to succeed St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are starting to take to the campaign trail together ahead of key party endorsement battles starting soon. Here's what they have to say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/13/stpaul-mayoral-race-candidates-issues-forum?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:00:39 -0500 Dayton still recovering, but feels "clear headed," ready to work Gov. Mark Dayton said he's heading back to the Mayo Clinic Friday following his prostate surgery last week, but that he's feeling "clear headed, up to speed and ready to carry on with the Legislature over these next two and a half months." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/10/dayton-back-to-work?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:42:42 -0600 Money complicates effort to break up transit alliance Five metro counties that pooled their transit efforts in 2008 are finding it difficult to end the arrangement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/08/transit-board-dispute-stalls-sales-tax?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:40:06 -0600 Minn. House overwhelmingly approves remake of stadium agency Lawmakers took the first steps toward restructuring the agency that runs U.S. Bank Stadium, in the wake of a months-long scandal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/06/msfa-restructuring-passes-minn-house?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:35:55 -0600 MN House votes to block minimum wage, sick time moves in Mpls. and St. Paul The state Senate has a different version of the bill. The Republican author of the bill suggests there's room for compromise with Democrats over some protections for workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/03/mn-house-votes-block-minimum-wage-sick-time-moves-mpls-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:47:15 -0600 Treasure Island buys naming rights for old St. Paul Macy's building Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but the St. Paul Port Authority president said there won't be a casino in the building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/27/treasure-island-buys-naming-rights-for-old-macys-building-in-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:46:55 -0600 Bird advocates say U.S. Bank stadium is 'most dangerous building' The Audubon Society chapter of Minneapolis presented the findings of an informal survey of the area around the stadium, running from August &mdash; when the stadium opened &mdash; through November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/24/bird-advocates-say-us-bank-stadium-most-dangerous-building?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:38:03 -0600 New chair joins U.S. Bank Stadium board, new CEO appointed The incoming chair of the agency that runs U.S. Bank Stadium urged state officials to act quickly if they want to restructure the stadium panel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/24/new-chair-joins-us-bank-stadium-board-new-ceo-appointed?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:01:21 -0600 Dayton taps Blatz as interim stadium authority chief Kathleen Blatz, a former chief justice in the Minnesota Supreme Court, will take over as interim chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The agency's top leaders quit amid criticism over the use of suites at U.S. Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/23/dayton-picks-blatz-interim-minn-stadium-authority-head?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:46:39 -0600 SUV driver strikes, kills pedestrian in St. Paul Police say an SUV driver appeared impaired, and may have been distracted when they struck and killed a runner on Mississippi River Boulevard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/23/suv-driver-kills-pedestrian-in-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:01:55 -0600 Want to breeze through airport security? Hand over some money, and an iris scan Travelers can bypass parts of the security process, for a fee, with a new service called Clear at MSP. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/22/biometric-screening-launches-msp?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:10:21 -0600 Tom Hoch, theater executive, announces bid for Mpls. mayor Tom Hoch said he was challenging incumbent first-term mayor Betsy Hodges, who announced in December she was seeking re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/21/tom-hoch-minneapolis-mayor?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:20:19 -0600 Lawmakers move to hem in authority of Met Council Lawmakers moved to clamp down on the Metropolitan Council on Monday, with measures to restructure the body and turn back one of its signature efforts, building the Southwest Light Rail Transit line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/20/lawmakers-move-to-hem-in-authority-of-met-council?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:20:40 -0600 Ted Mondale quits stadium authority amid suites controversy Mondale, executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, resigned hours after authority chair Michele Kelm-Helgen stepped down amid criticism agency leaders used U.S. Bank Stadium suites to entertain family and friends. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/16/michelle-kelm-helgen-resigns-minnesota-sports-facilities-authority?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:42:00 -0600 Recycling woes linger for some St. Paul residents While the reboot of residential recycling in St. Paul has gotten off to a rocky start, Eureka Recycling and city officials both say they think the effort has turned a corner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/16/recycling-woes-linger-for-some-st-paul-residents?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Bill to eliminate board that runs U.S. Bank Stadium moves forward The new bill comes after a stinging report by the Legislative Auditor last week, which found the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had given away nearly 160 tickets to stadium events to friends and family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/14/bill-eliminating-board-running-us-bank-stadium-board-moves-forward?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:44:40 -0600 Bipartisan group proposes more Super Bowl tax breaks Tax breaks were outlined in the bid requirement to get the game, and were promised in a letter from legislative leaders to the NFL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/13/bipartisan-group-proposes-more-super-bowl-tax-breaks?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:51:25 -0600 Mpls. man may be paralyzed after incident with Chicago police The man's aunt said in Minneapolis today that Chad Robertson was unarmed at the time he was shot and was also hit by a vehicle in the street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/10/mpls-man-may-be-paralyzed-after-incident-with-chicago-police?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:14:08 -0600 St. Paul shifting street maintenance charges, but who'll pay? The city's 14-year experiment charging property owners "fees" for street and alley work is nearing its end. Now, city officials are working to unwind the policy and still keep the streetlights on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/08/stpaul-shifting-street-maintenance-fees-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:18:07 -0600 Auditor: agency breached ethics in using Vikings stadium suites The agency that runs U.S. Bank Stadium made ethically questionable use of the stadium luxury suites it controls. One key Minnesota lawmaker says the report should cost the agency's chair her job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/07/legislator-auditor-report-vikings-stadium-suite-guests-friends-family?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:32:20 -0600 Your wait at airport screening could get shorter soon The Twin Cities airport plans to spend more than $1 million to make a time-consuming and sometimes awkward part of the screening process more streamlined. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/06/msp-screening-new-machines-faster?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:16:16 -0600 MSP airport working to assess immigration ban's impact So far, airport officials say no one has been detained at the Twin Cities airport since President Trump signed the travel ban order Jan. 27. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/06/msp-airport-working-to-assess-immigration-bans-impact?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:08:25 -0600 Countdown to Super Bowl 2018: Minnesota takes the ball Super Bowl 51 is over, and preparation for the next game, which is coming to U.S. Bank Stadium next February, has begun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/06/minnesota-2018-super-bowl-countdown-begins?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:36:44 -0600 Bill to quash local labor regulations advances at Capitol GOP legislators are seeking to eliminate what some call a "patchwork" of city rules to provide sick leave and short-circuit the Minneapolis effort to raise the minimum wage beyond what the state mandates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/03/bill-quash-local-labor-regulations-advances?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:45:50 -0600 State lawmakers fighting Twin Cities labor measures Both the House and Senate are weighing so-called pre-emption measures that could block local initiatives like the sick leave mandate in Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/state-lawmakers-fighting-twin-cities-labor-measures?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities mayors defy Trump on sanctuary city order Under the order signed Wednesday, cities with policies against reporting undocumented immigrants to federal authorities could risk losing federal funding. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul could fall into that category. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/25/twin-cities-mayors-defy-trump-on-sanctuary-city-order?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:32:28 -0600 Twin Cities airport working on deal to open paid express lanes The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is working on a deal to open a paid express lane for quicker security screening. The program has drawn criticism elsewhere, called elitist for the privileges it offers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/25/airport-working-on-deal-to-open-paid-express-lanes?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:33:52 -0600 Activists, DFLers push back against bill to hold protesters liable for costs A Minnesota House committee Tuesday approved legislation that would charge demonstrators for the cost of policing disruptive protests, a controversial measure that drew angry words from citizens and some lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/24/mn-panel-votes-protesters-liable-costs?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:20:07 -0600 State Sen. Scott Dibble says he'll run for Congress, if Ellison gets DNC nod DFL state Sen. Scott Dibble has declared he'll run for Congress if incumbent U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison takes the top post at the Democratic National Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/21/state-senator-scott-dibble-says-hell-run-for-congress-if-ellison-gets-dnc-nod?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:25:59 -0600 Standing Rock tribe asks protesters to leave The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in south central North Dakota has formally asked protesters to leave their camp near a pipeline project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/21/standing-rock-tribe-asks-protesters-to-leave?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:17:59 -0600 St. Paul recycling bins contain controversial tracking chip The city says it won't monitor residents' recycling, but a technology in new containers would make it possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/16/st-paul-recycling-bins-contain-controversial-tracking-chip?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:42:14 -0600 Minnesota State Fair prices go up by $1 The State Fair board voted to raise prices at its annual meeting-- after briefly debating a higher increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/15/state-fair-prices-go-up-by-1?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:11:04 -0600 Prince heirs disagree on advice, other matters in star's estate The complicated legal maneuvering surrounding Prince's estate entered a new phase in Carver County court. A hearing Thursday also revealed signs of strain among his siblings and heirs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/12/judge-appeals-holding-up-prince-estate-determination?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:17:43 -0600 Lawmakers blast Vikings stadium authority over luxury boxes, tickets The head of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority faced tough questions Wednesday from lawmakers who believe the organization is abusing its power at U.S. Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/11/lawmakers-blast-vikings-stadium-authority?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:05:51 -0600 Govt. deleting too many emails, Minn. advocates say Advocates for government transparency say officials are making it harder for Minnesotans to see what their representatives are up to. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/10/advocates-urge-government-transparency?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:37:22 -0600 Final Four prep officially underway in Minneapolis On top of the NCAA basketball tournament, a slew of ancillary events will include a three-day music festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/10/final-four-prep-officially-underway-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:10:38 -0600 As 2017 Super Bowl nears, Minn. readies to take the ball for 2018 With the NFL post-season in full swing, Twin Cities officials are taking notes and making plans for what they hope will be a safe, giant party next year at U.S. Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/09/minnesota-readies-for-2018-super-bowl?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Newborn found abandoned but safe inside Cathedral of St. Paul The baby was found in healthy condition, wrapped in blankets. Authorities aren't considering it a criminal matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/05/newborn-found-abandoned-safe-cathedral-stpaul?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:33:04 -0600 Winds tear loose Vikings stadium panels, again This is the second time high winds have torn loose a section of the new stadium's siding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/winds-tear-loose-vikings-stadium-panels?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:50:06 -0600 Mpls. firefighters rescue motorist after car plunges down river bank The fire department was called to the area of 26th Street and West River Road, near the Short Line railroad bridge over the Mississippi, just before 9 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/mpls-firefighters-rescue-motorist-car-plunges-down-riverbank?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:37:48 -0600 Mpls. preps for possible flooding on Christmas Many storm drains are clogged with snow, which could cause problems if rain comes Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/minneapolis-prepares-possible-christmas-flood?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:40:14 -0600 Minnesota Wild building ice rink on top of old Macy's store The team signed a deal Thursday to put team offices in the site of the former Macy's in downtown St. Paul and build a practice rink on top of the building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/22/wild-building-ice-rink-on-top-of-old-macys-store?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:31:11 -0600 Mayoral candidate fields grow in Mpls., St. Paul State Rep. Raymond Dehn has joined the Minneapolis race, and former council member Pat Harris has entered the contest in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/21/mayoral-candidate-fields-grow-in-minneapolis-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:03:24 -0600 Massive development set for old arsenal site in Arden Hills Ramsey County signed off on a redevelopment agreement that'll transform the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site into a small city of sorts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/21/tcaap-redevelopment-plan-approved?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 GOP Legislature could block higher Minneapolis minimum wage Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has shifted her stance on raising the minimum wage in the city, saying she now supports a hike to $15 an hour. But her support for a higher wage in the city could hit a roadblock in the form of the Republican majority in the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/20/gop-legislature-could-block-higher-minneapolis-minimum-wage-?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:34:14 -0600 Minnesota coach Claeys says he risked job by backing players Before the boycott, Claeys says he told the team "about all the different fallouts" including losing his job, not playing in the bowl game and being viewed by some as "pro sexual assault." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/18/minnesota-coach-claeys-says-he-risked-job-by-backing-players?refid=0 Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:58:14 -0600 Chanhassen High principal charged with possessing child porn Timothy Dorway allegedly told investigators his "primary interest" was pornography involving girls ages 11 to 13. His attorney said there's no indication Dorway had any inappropriate contact with children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/15/chanhassen-high-principal-child-porn-charges?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:22:04 -0600 Agency shifts on Vikes stadium seat perks; no more friends, family The proposed policy change calls on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to ID visitors to the U.S. Bank Stadium suites and explain why they're using the agency's premium seats. Friends and family of agency executives will no longer be allowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/12/agency-shifts-course-vikings-stadium-suites-perks?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:51:25 -0600 Dakota Access builder: Corps bowed to politics in halting pipeline The company is telling a judge that it has the permission it needs to complete the final link of the pipeline route under the Missouri River in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/06/dakota-access-builder-corps-bowed-to-pipeline-politics?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:35:05 -0600 St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will not seek re-election Coleman said he's weighing a run for governor in 2018, when Gov. Mark Dayton's second term ends. Two former city council members are expected to run to replace Coleman in City Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/01/chris-coleman-will-not-seek-reelection?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0600 Emergency eye surgery for Vikings' Zimmer; may not coach Thursday The Minnesota Vikings said late Wednesday that Head Coach Mike Zimmer was headed for emergency eye surgery. The team has a plan in place if Zimmer is unable to coach Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/30/nfl-vikings-zimmer-emergency-eye-surgery?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:32:36 -0600 Hennepin Co. email deletion policy worries government watchdogs A new policy of deleting emails that are more than 180 days old will take effect countywide next year, but the sheriff's office policy already is moving more quickly than that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/30/hennepin-county-email-deletion-policy-worries-government-watchdogs?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:12:24 -0600 Four charged in shooting death of Prior Lake man Charging documents said the shooting happened after the suspects forced their way into a home allegedly seeking marijuana and money. They later led police on a car chase through the southwestern suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/four-charged-in-shooting-death-of-prior-lake-man?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:58:57 -0600 Wheeled recycling carts roll into St. Paul alleys Over the next six weeks, the city will distribute around 78,000 bins in one of the state's biggest recycling initiatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/wheeled-recycling-carts-roll-into-st-paul-alleys?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:47:02 -0600 Body found in Mendota Heights Police say someone out for a hike Thanksgiving Day found the body in a wooded park area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/25/body-found-mendota-heights?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:41:31 -0600 It's lit: First National Bank '1' sign again brightens St. Paul skyline The glowing red "1" atop the First National Bank Building was flashing again on the St. Paul skyline starting Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/22/first-national-bank-sign-st-paul-lit-again?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:45:12 -0600 'Truly sorry for my evil acts': Jacob Wetterling's killer gets 20 years In heart-rending detail, Jacob's family on Monday told a judge of the damage Danny Heinrich had done to them and others. Prosecutors said Heinrich wasn't repentant despite his words. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/21/jacob-wetterling-killer-heinrich-sentenced-child-porn?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:18:33 -0600 No plea for officer charged in Castile shooting St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez made a brief, initial court appearance Friday after being charged with manslaughter in the July shooting death of Philando Castile. He is due back in court Dec. 19. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/18/no-plea-officer-yanez-court-castile-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:04:50 -0600 Man bitten by police dog makes claim against St. Paul The man seen being bitten by a police dog and kicked by a St. Paul police officer in a dash cam video has made a claim against the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/18/man-bitten-by-police-dog-makes-claim-against-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:49:53 -0600 Prominent lawyers line up to defend cop in Castile shooting case St. Paul attorney Earl Gray and Minneapolis attorney Paul Engh have filed the paperwork to represent Jeronimo Yanez as his legal case starts moving through the court system today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/18/philando-castile-officer-shooting-attorneys-defense?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:37:42 -0600 Cop shoots fleeing suspect after wild Anoka County chase After a harrowing car chase, police on Thursday shot a suspect who was being sought in connection with an East Bethel convenience store shooting. The suspect and the store victim are both expected to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/17/cops-shoot-fleeing-suspect-anoka-county?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:46:32 -0600 Officer charged in Castile shooting Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday that he has charged police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July 6 killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/16/officer-charged-in-castile-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:30:00 -0600 Even on the Range, frustrated Minn. voters tapped GOP, Trump, change Voting data in once-reliable DFL strongholds show how in some ways, Minnesota became a majority-conservative state Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/09/hibbing-voters-tapped-gop-trump-change?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:56:17 -0600 1 dead, another hurt in Burnsville Dollar Tree shooting The motive of the shooting wasn't immediately clear, and the investigation is ongoing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/07/1-dead-another-hurt-in-burnsville-dollar-tree-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:11:52 -0600 St. Paul cop who kicked man in K-9 incident is off the force Officer Brett Palkowitsch, seen in dashboard camera video kicking a man in the ribs as he lay on the ground during controversial arrest, no longer works for St. Paul police, the department said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/07/stpaul-cop-kicked-man-k9-incident-off-force?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:15:10 -0600 Video: Man bitten by K-9, kicked by St. Paul cop; chief apologizes Chief Todd Axtell released dash cam video of the police confrontation with an African-American man. Two officers have been disciplined. The man's lawyer described his client's injuries in gruesome detail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/04/stpaul-probes-incident-cops-citizen-police-dog?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:09:16 -0500 Paying your Metro Transit fare? There's an app for that The Twin Cities transit agency Thursday rolled out smartphone applications hoping they'll catch on with customers who won't have to stop and buy rail tickets or scramble for change at the bus stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/03/metro-transit-pay-fares-using-phone-app?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:29:15 -0500 U student drops restraining orders against Gopher football players In court, a woman who's part of the on-field activities during University of Minnesota football games detailed a series of sexual assaults but agreed to drop restraining orders against five Gopher players she said took part in the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/02/u-minnesota-football-players-restraining-orders-dropped?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:54:25 -0500 Mpls. officials say voting machines good to go on Election Day Election officials Tuesday ran a public test of voting equipment that will be counting ballots in the city's 132 precincts next week. Critics, though, say it's not enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/01/minneapolis-voting-machines-ready-for-election-day?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:15:58 -0500 Regina Spektor is first show announced for St. Paul's revamped Palace Theater It won't necessarily be the first show at the renovated venue, but the stop on her Remember Us To Life tour stop is the first show to be announced by theater management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/31/regina-spektor-is-first-show-announced-for-st-pauls-revamped-palace-theater?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:50:48 -0500 Minneapolis polling places will have extra security this year Unarmed security guards will be at most of Minneapolis' 132 polling places next Tuesday to help election judges maintain order. It's unclear how much the move will cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/31/minneapolis-polling-places-will-have-extra-security-this-year?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:45:14 -0500 Hopkins police: reward offered in hit and run that killed woman, 75 Police say a hit and run on Hopkins' Main Street on Wednesday has resulted in the death of a 75-year-old woman. Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the driver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/28/hopkins-hit-run-fatality-75-year-old-reward-offered?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:53:32 -0500 St. Paul cops poised to test body cams Officers in the city's western district will turn the cameras on starting Nov. 9. The test will include uniformed patrol, K-9 and traffic enforcement authorities, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/27/stpaul-cops-test-body-cameras-starting-november?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:55:22 -0500 Family of man killed by Burnsville cops sues Map Kong's family says Burnsville police weren't properly trained to handle his mental breakdown in a McDonald's parking lot. Officers say they shot him after fearing he would attack drivers stopped in traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/27/burnsville-police-march-shooting-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:56:19 -0500 Protesters decry use of Hennepin Co. Sheriff's equipment, staff at pipeline demonstrations People spotted equipment with Hennepin County Sheriff's Office markings headed for a protest by Dakota Access pipeline opponents in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/25/hennepin-county-sheriff-equipment-staff-dakota-access-pipeline-protest?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:02:37 -0500 Light rail fare dodging may have doubled in past two years A new audit found "statistically significant" jumps in fare evasion on both light rail lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/24/light-rail-fare-evasion-audit?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:17:26 -0500 Fire deaths down dramatically in Minnesota, 'vaping' may be one reason "We are on record pace for having the lowest number of fire deaths ever in Minnesota, and we surely hope that pace continues," said Minnesota State Fire Marshal Bruce West. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/24/fire-deaths-fall-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:25:54 -0500 Endgame near for those claiming family ties to Prince Prince's legal family portrait is coming into focus as the process to establish his estate's heirs moves toward a conclusion. Millions of dollars are at stake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/21/prince-estate-court-hearing-judge-establishing-heirs?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:36:17 -0500 U.S. Bank Stadium to open doors to runners, skaters The new home of the Vikings will open 16 times through mid-March for runners and in-line skaters, continuing a tradition that started at the Metrodome before it was torn down, officials said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/21/us-bank-vikings-stadium-opening-for-skaters-runners?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:07:52 -0500 Charges dismissed against Lakeville man in death of missing woman Authorities in Ramsey County have dismissed murder charges against a man suspected in the death of a missing Vadnais Heights woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/19/charges-dismissed-against-lakeville-man-in-death-of-missing-woman?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:18:59 -0500 New gates promise more competition at MSP airport Terminal 2 is officially opening four new gates, hoping to meet the expanding needs of Sun Country and Southwest, and perhaps Jet Blue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/19/msp-airport-new-gates-competition-airlines?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:42:07 -0500 It takes a lot of work to break the pumpkin paddling world record A Fergus Falls man is putting together his bid for an unusual world record after paddling a half-ton pumpkin 26 miles down the Red River in northwestern Minnesota this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/18/fergus-falls-man-pumpkin-paddling-world-record?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:49:58 -0500 Uber, Lyft will soon become official transport options at airport The airports commission approved new ordinances for governing ride sharing companies on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/17/airport-regulations-ride-share-uber-lyft?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:33:28 -0500 Search for missing Winona State student continues on Mississippi River Winona County authorities were back on the Mississippi River Monday, looking for a missing Winona State University student last seen more than a week ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/17/search-continues-for-missing-winona-student?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:26:46 -0500 Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues Minneapolis over paid sick time mandate The chamber is challenging the ordinance as "unlawful on the grounds that it conflicts with existing state law." The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect next July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/14/mn-chamber-of-commerce-sues-minneapolis-paid-sick-time?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:44:20 -0500 St. Paul authorities seek help finding missing woman they believe was killed Authorities in St. Paul are asking hunters and anyone else in eastern North and South Dakota to be on the lookout for Michelle Newell of Vadnais Heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/13/authorities-seek-help-finding-missing-woman-michelle-newell?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:40:53 -0500 Abduction attempt a hoax, Cannon Falls police say "While conducting a subsequent interview the victim acknowledged that the incident had not occurred as reported and there was no abduction attempt," said a press release issued by police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/13/cannon-falls-abduction-hoax?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:04:29 -0500 Veterinarian pleads guilty to running int'l sex ring at Woodbury hotel It's yet another instance in which an international sex trafficking ring has come to light in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/12/woodbury-sex-trafficking-ring-guilty-plea?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:12:01 -0500 Victor Barnard, ex-cult leader, heading to prison on sex charges Victor Barnard, the fugitive cult leader arrested in Brazil last year for sexually abusing girls in his congregation, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/11/victor-barnard-cult-leader-prison?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:13:37 -0500 Suspect sought for killing infant and man with gun in Minneapolis An infant died after being shot in a car in south Minneapolis Sunday afternoon, along with a 20-year-old man in the seat beside him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/09/suspect-sought-for-killing-infant-and-man-with-gun-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sun, 09 Oct 2016 22:28:24 -0500 First Paisley Park tours draw Prince fans from around the globe People from as far away as Tokyo and Stockholm lined up Thursday at the late star's suburban Minneapolis compound, eager to get a glimpse of Prince's life there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/06/prince-minnesota-paisley-park-first-tours-crowd?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:03:10 -0500 Photos: Crews reach major milestone on bridge connecting Minnesota, Wisconsin Crews working on the St. Croix Crossing connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin have reached a milestone in construction; but project director Michael Beer says there's still more work to be done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/05/photos-st-croix-crossing-reaches-milestone?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:50:17 -0500 Feds break global 'sex slave' ring with Minnesota ties Federal authorities said Wednesday they indicted 17 people for their alleged roles in an international sex trafficking ring that brought hundreds of Thai women to the United States for prostitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/05/feds-indict-global-sex-trafficing-ring-stpaul-ties?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:26:25 -0500 Last call for early closing times at St. Paul liquor stores? The city's 8 p.m. weeknight closing time for liquor stores is one of its last vestiges of post-Prohibition liquor restrictions. Minnesota's emerging brewing industry may force that to change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/05/stpaul-weighs-later-liquor-store-closing-times?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 U.S. Bank Stadium closed to Twin Cities marathoners before Sunday's race Runners heading for the Twin Cities Marathon say they'll receive a rude welcome at the start. The new Vikings stadium -- and its indoor bathrooms -- won't be open to runners before the race, owing to the NFL's security policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/04/us-bank-stadium-closed-to-twin-cities-marathoners?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:34:52 -0500 A new Medal of Honor Memorial to be dedicated at State Capitol A new Medal of Honor Memorial will be dedicated Monday on the State Capitol grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/03/new-medal-of-honor-memorial?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 A possible fence at Paisley Park has some Prince fans worried A fence around Paisley Park "may be opaque and will limit visibility of the building," reads a rezoning report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/30/prince-fans-worried-paisley-park-fence?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:38:41 -0500 Tax vote leaves Mayor Coleman with a dilemma The St. Paul City Council has backed down from a nearly 9 percent property tax increase they proposed last week, but still ratcheted up Mayor Chris Coleman's proposal of a 7 percent levy increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/29/st-paul-tax-hike-dilemma?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul's new top cop reflects on first 100 days on the job Serious crime is ebbing down in St. Paul, despite a concerning spike in gunfire, new St. Paul police chief Todd Axtell told the city council Wednesday in a report on his first 100 days in the top job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/28/todd-axtell-st-paul-police-chief-first-100-days?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:55:24 -0500 Four charged in death of Minnetonka High School student Four people have been charged in the shooting death of a Minnetonka High School student in an armed robbery in St. Paul on Sunday. Authorities are also reviewing possible charges against another man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/27/two-charged-in-death-of-minnetonka-student?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:44:07 -0500 Two arrested in shooting of Minnetonka High School student The victim's older sister said the incident was a set up for a robbery that turned deadly early Sunday in a St. Paul alley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/26/teen-shot-killed-st-paul-from-minnetonka?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:50:03 -0500 'Remembrance, hope and healing': Thousands turn out for Wetterling memorial "We wouldn't have survived the past 27 years without the love and support of all of you," Patty Wetterling told the crowd. "Every prayer, every candle lit, every flower, every porch light, every hug, every kind note &mdash; each and every one has provided us with the courage to move forward." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/25/jacob-wetterling-memorial?refid=0 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis Chamber plucks new president from St. Paul Jonathan Weinhagen, who was a leader at the St. Paul Chamber, will take over as new president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/jonathan-weinhagen-named-president-of-minneapolis-chamber?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:33:57 -0500 Flash flooding, roads closed after torrential rainfall Storms with heavy rain saturated central and southern Minnesota, temporarily closing major highways, stranding motorists and forcing some to leave their flooded homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/severe-weather-flooding?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:40:04 -0500 How would $15 minimum wage affect workers? A conservative center sponsored a debate in Minneapolis on Tuesday focused on that question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/20/how-would-15-minimum-wage-affect-workers-forum?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:52:15 -0500 'Hero' cop stops knife-wielding attacker's rampage at St. Cloud mall An off-duty police officer shot a man suspected of stabbing nine people non-fatally in a St. Cloud mall Saturday evening. The suspect's family has released his name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/18/st-cloud-mall-stabbings?refid=0 Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:07:44 -0500 St. Paul burglary suspect left behind 'nice selfie' St. Paul police are looking for a burglary suspect who broke into a home in the city's North End and left behind a self-portrait on the home's surveillance camera. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/stpaul-burglary-suspect-cant-resist-a-selfie?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:16:39 -0500 Nobody's happy with new airport ground transportation plans Taxi companies, Lyft and Uber are all unhappy with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's proposed changes to ground transportation regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/13/lyft-uber-taxis-unhappy-msp-airport-regulations?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:53:20 -0500 Despite court ruling, activists continue $15 minimum wage push in Minneapolis Low-wage workers, striking Allina nurses and supporters of a higher minimum wage were among those demonstrating for a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/12/minneapolis-minimum-wage-15-march?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:59:03 -0500 St. Paul passes mandatory paid sick time ordinance The measure, set to take effect next summer, will allow workers without paid sick leave to earn an hour for every 30 hours they worked, up to a maximum of 80 hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/07/st-paul-passes-mandatory-paid-sick-time?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:05:24 -0500 Three shot in downtown Minneapolis Police said the three people were shot in two locations around 2 a.m. Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/05/minneapolis-shootings?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2016 10:34:40 -0500 Counties OK plan to bridge Southwest light rail funding gap The Met Council, Hennepin County and other Twin Cities area counties have agreed to prop up financing for the controversial project. Some still hope the Legislature will step in next year with full funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/31/mn-southwest-light-rail-county-funding-plan?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:57:45 -0500 Mandatory police liability insurance backers begin making case in court Supporters of requiring Minneapolis police officers to carry liability insurance asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to put the matter on the Nov. 8 ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/30/supreme-court-police-liability-insurance-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:03:11 -0500 MN Supreme Court hears Mpls. minimum wage plan arguments Attorneys for the city of Minneapolis and supporters of a $15 minimum wage squared off before the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday over a plan to put the wage proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/30/minneapolis-minimum-wage-arguments-minn-supreme-court?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:51:49 -0500 State Fair hosting its first draft horse races on Sunday Giant, nearly one-ton draft horses known for their solid strength -- not speed -- will participate in a draft horse barrel race on Sunday at Warner Coliseum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/26/state-fair-draft-horse-racing?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:24:19 -0500 MN Supreme Court to review proposed police liability mandate The Committee for Professional Policing says the Minnesota Supreme Court granted its request for an accelerated review of the lower court ruling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/26/mn-supreme-court-to-review-proposed-police-liability-mandate?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:51:22 -0500 Food critics take on the State Fair's new eats Pioneer Press food critic Jess Fleming, Mecca Bos from City Pages and the Heavy Table's James Norton ate their way through the old and new offerings at the 2016 fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/food-critics-take-on-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:36:23 -0500 New at the fair: Recipe cards This year, the fair is giving away a half dozen collectible recipe cards that feature Blue Ribbon-winning foods. Several of the featured chefs talk about their experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/state-fair-recipe-cards?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:24:02 -0500 Ties that bind: It's Minnesota State Fair time again The fair has been a special place for millions of Minnesotans since 1859. Heartfelt stories and wide smiles were easy to find Thursday morning as the gates swung open on Day One, 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/first-day-2016-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:08:16 -0500 MN Supreme Court: St. Paul 'assessments' are really taxes The state's highest court on Wednesday delivered a blow to a key municipal finance mechanism in St. Paul that critics panned as a way to sidestep the traditional property tax system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/24/stpaul-assessments-count-as-taxes-mn-supreme-court?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:19:16 -0500 Frozen Graceland? Prince's Paisley Park opens to public in October Prince's former home and studio in Chanhassen will open as a museum and be run by a firm with ties to Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion. Here's how to get tickets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/24/prince-paisley-park-open-public-tours-october?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:27:31 -0500 St. Paul may tap bigger tax hike to avert cuts in cops, rec center St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is asking city officials to raise a proposed property tax hike to 7 percent next year to help fill a $3 million budget hole. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/24/stpaul-budget-gap-costs-cops-taxes-recreation?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:06:57 -0500 At Minnesota State Fair, a last stand for ash trees? Fair officials are in the middle of one of the state's most intensive efforts to keep the tree-killing emerald ash borer at bay and the fairgrounds green. Here's a look inside the battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/24/minnesota-state-fair-ash-trees-protection?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 $15 minimum wage should go to Minneapolis voters, judge rules Judge Susan Robiner has ruled that a proposal to put a $15 an hour minimum wage to Minneapolis voters should go on the ballot this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/22/judge-rules-minimum-wage-proposal-should-go-on-ballot-this-fall?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:43 -0500 Police probe woman's death in Coon Rapids apartment Police also found an injured man in the apartment complex and believe he and the dead woman had a relationship. Investigators aren't seeking any suspects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/18/police-probe-death-of-woman-coon-rapids-apartment?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:32:11 -0500 Here's why 911 might not know where you are when you call If your home phone service runs through the internet, it's possible the emergency call system won't automatically route your correct street address when you call 911. Officials say it's a small but serious glitch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/15/911-emergency-address-problems-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities transit best in the U.S. for 2016 The national trade group representing transit services, contractors and suppliers is lauding Metro Transit for record ridership on the Green Line and improvements in safety and operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/10/twin-cities-transit-wins-best-system-2016?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:05:36 -0500 Hodges proposes Mpls. budget with 5.5 percent tax hike, 15 new cops The mayor's 2017 budget plan, laid out Wednesday, also calls for more firefighters and traffic control agents and more money for affordable housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/10/mayor-hodges-proposes-new-budget-with-tax-hike?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:59:57 -0500 St. Paul budget plan: Boost property tax, create jobs, add cops St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Tuesday laid out a 2017 budget plan that includes a 4 percent property tax bump and new spending for job creation, cops and fighting ash borers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/09/stpaul-budget-plan-holds-new-taxes-spending?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:04:59 -0500 Mpls. police union head has serious reservations on de-escalation policies Bob Kroll says Minneapolis police's new emphasis on de-escalation could have unintended consequences, and that the public may not like it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/09/bob-kroll-minneapolis-police-union-head-reservations-de-escalation-policies?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:17:52 -0500 Minneapolis police unveil new emphasis on de-escalation, community relations A new policy says "sanctity of life" will be the highest priority in use-of-force situations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/08/minneapolis-police-make-changes-aimed-at-defusing-conflicts?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:20:41 -0500 Prepping for soccer game, Vikings stadium gets a field real grass A.C. Milan and Chelsea, two well-known European teams, will play the exhibition match in the new stadium next Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/29/vikings-stadium-soccer-pitch?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:51:58 -0500 Mpls. attorney: Minimum wage, police insurance shouldn't go to voters A legal opinion issued Thursday will be a roadblock in putting proposed measures to require police liability insurance and raise the minimum wage on the ballot this fall. Still, supporters say they'll battle on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/28/minneapolis-attorney-no-vote-police-insurance-minimum-wage?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:19:18 -0500 Protesters demand permit, other conditions for Summit Avenue demonstration Demonstrators who were evicted from in front of the governor's residence in St. Paul met with City Council members Wednesday afternoon and said they want to be allowed to reestablish their encampment on Summit Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/27/castile-protest-st-paul-city-council?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:27:51 -0500 Tense day as police clear Summit Avenue protesters, make arrests St. Paul police and protesters spent tense hours together Tuesday after officers cleared a protest encampment outside the governor's residence and protesters took to the street. Authorities blamed a few protesters for extending the confrontations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/26/summit-avenue-protests?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:23:13 -0500 Union says Twin Cities developers are trying to cut corners on materials Construction trade union officials say several projects are using lower cost lumber that failed a fire protection certification. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/25/union-says-developers-trying-cut-corners-on-material-costs?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:37:25 -0500 Colossus of 'whoas': Vikings open U.S. Bank Stadium After more than a decade of debate, 969 days of construction work and more than $1 billion, Minnesota's biggest-ever public works project opened Friday in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/22/new-vikings-stadium-to-hold-open-house?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:15:42 -0500 Minneapolis opens new park in heart of downtown The 4.2-acre green space is one of the final pieces of a nearly $2 billion redevelopment project that has transformed the east side of downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/21/downtown-commons-park-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:06:55 -0500 New Vikings stadium to host X Games in 2017, '18 X Games vice president Tim Reed cited the "young, vibrant aspect" of Minneapolis and the support of the city and state for the bid. "We're definitely pumped," he said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/20/new-vikings-stadium-to-host-x-games?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:14:09 -0500 Racial issues forcing change in Minneapolis parks leadership Board President Liz Wielinski and Vice President Scott Vreeland are expected to step down from their leadership posts Wednesday after months of acrimony and conflict tied to issues of race and the park system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/19/racial-issues-force-change-minneapolis-parks-leaders?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Looks like a bridge: Pieces fall into place at St. Croix Crossing St. Croix Crossing is really more like 980 mini bridges, strung end-to-end between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Those puzzle pieces are finally being fitted together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/19/st-croix-bridge-assembly-accelerates-minnesota-wisconsin?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:38:43 -0500 Vikings move ahead on bird-collision study, advocates unimpressed The Vikings and the state have agreed to fund a $300,000 study to monitor bird collisions at the new stadium, but birders say the agreement doesn't go far enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/15/vikings-stadium-bird-collision-study-agreement?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:22:32 -0500 At least 12 storm-loosened Vikings stadium panels being re-attached An executive for stadium-builder Mortenson Construction says work on the exterior of the stadium to deal with "wind pressures" is ongoing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/15/vikings-stadium-reinforcing-panel-attachments?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:33:26 -0500 41 arrests after 'non-black' coalition shuts I-35W during morning rush Traffic resumed at about 9:15 a.m. on southbound I-35W at University Avenue after protesters lined up across the highway bridge near downtown to protest police shootings. Authorities arrested 41 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/13/protesters-block-i35w?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:08:08 -0500 Castile family vows lawsuit, legislative change after police shooting Philando Castile's family will pursue a civil suit and press for change at the Legislature in the way police are vetted and trained, the family's attorney said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/12/castile-family-vows-lawsuit-after-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:38:05 -0500 Who was causing violence at the I-94 protests? Black Lives Matter leaders and some witnesses on the scene of the interstate shutdown say the violence started with just a few people who don't represent the movement. Police are still investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/11/who-caused-violence-castile-black-lives-matter-protest-i94?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:32:57 -0500 Protests continue four days after shooting death of Philando Castile Four days after Philando Castile died after being shot by a St. Anthony police officer, groups continued to gather and march in the St. Paul area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/10/march-protests-philando-castile?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jul 2016 14:47:15 -0500 Over 100 arrested, 21 officers hurt after St. Paul protests About 50 of the arrests stemmed from the demonstration that blocked I-94 for several hours. Another 52 were arrested from a later gathering on Grand Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/10/st-paul-protest-arrests?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:41:35 -0500 Vikings hope tailgating, traffic plans a hit with fans on game day The Minnesota Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium on Wednesday rolled out plans to get people to the stadium and back out of downtown; the team said it's also figured out how to make tailgating work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/06/vikings-hope-tailgating-traffic-plans-work-for-fans?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:49:57 -0500 Storm knocks Vikings stadium exterior panels loose The damaged panels didn't detach and fall off the building, and it isn't expected to delay the opening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/06/vikings-stadium-us-bank-panels-loose-storm?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:56:26 -0500 Traffic fatalities up last year in Minnesota Experts say the single biggest factor in the increase is distracted driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/30/minnesota-traffic-fatalities-up-last-year?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:15:11 -0500 Some would-be Prince heirs urge judge to let DNA test decide claims A handful of attorneys for potential heirs to the megastar told Judge Kevin Eide that the law should not be interpreted to exclude them before they have a chance to get tested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/27/prince-estate-case-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:32:15 -0500 Recycling moving to St. Paul alleys The city has signed a 64-month deal with Eureka Recycling to provide single sort recycling, and many residents will no longer have to put their recycling on the front curbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/st-paul-recycling-alleys?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:20:32 -0500 Ford completes environmental investigation on former St. Paul plant site MPCA hydrogeologist Amy Hadiaris said that while "things are looking pretty good," there are dozens of areas of scattered contamination. Ford says the cleanup will likely take until at least 2019. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/ford-completes-environmental-investigation-st-paul-plant-site?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:12:56 -0500 Body camera video shows fatal police shooting of Chaska man The video shows police response to 38-year-old Map Kong in a Burnsville McDonald's parking lot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/22/burnsville-officer-involved-shooting-body-camera-footage?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:52:42 -0500 After highly critical audit, Move Minneapolis top executive is fired A city audit made public last month found that the group may have been falsifying accounts and misdirecting funds, in part to help win federal matching dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/21/move-miinneapolis-executive-fired-after-audit?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:49:43 -0500 Jennie-O settles sex discrimination suit The U.S. Department of Labor says the company will have to pay $492,000 in back wages to 339 women who were denied entry level jobs at a turkey processing facility in Willmar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/21/jennie-o-discrimination-lawsuit-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:34:53 -0500 Green Line boosters say light rail fueled job growth, housing More than a dozen nonprofits that worked to shape the project issued a final report card Friday and celebrated what they said were some notable success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/17/boosters-say-green-line-light-rail-success-housing-job-growth?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:17:18 -0500 Nicollet Mall ready for disruptive, $50M makeover Leaders kicked off construction of the mall's new design on Wednesday. The 12-block project will update sidewalks and streetlights, as well as add trees, a place for art and an LED light display. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/15/nicollet-mall-starts-disruptive-construction-makeover?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:18:38 -0500 Twin Cities airport security workers: We need more help Dozens of union members rallied at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday, calling for their employer to hire more transportation security officers here and across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/14/msp-airport-security-workers-we-need-more-help?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:15:17 -0500 St. Paul taps assistant police chief to head force Assistant Police Chief Todd Axtell, a St. Paul cop since 1989, is already well known in the community. Mayor Chris Coleman on Monday named him the city's next police chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/13/stpaul-taps-assistant-police-chief-to-head-force-todd-axtell?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:50:51 -0500 St. Paul police investigate fatal shooting Officers were called about 8 p.m. to a shooting in the 400 block of Lexington Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/13/st-paul-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:09:47 -0500 Hearing shows community split on St. Paul pro soccer stadium St. Paul's Planning Commission held a public hearing on plans for a proposed Major League Soccer stadium at the corner of Snelling and University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/st-paul-soccer-stadium-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:03:54 -0500 State Fair's signature art is new ... and old Minneapolis mosaic artist Michael Sweere created a work that incorporates fair remnants into a poster-sized image. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/09/state-fair-commemorative-poster?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:06:46 -0500 Ramsey County is giving out free gun locks Ramsey County authorities are handing out free gun locks at 11 locations, hoping to stem what they say has been a rash of firearm-related tragedies around the country this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/09/ramsey-county-free-gun-locks?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:21:08 -0500 Big-kid bathrooms coming to the State Fair's Kidway Other improvements include a new stage for the Family Fair area in Baldwin Park, upgrades for the Horse Barn stalls and a new pedestrian path through the Adventure Park area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/09/state-fair-improvements?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:04:39 -0500 AG sues Minnesota magazine company for deceptive sales Your Magazine Service Inc. is accused of using deceptive sales tactics to sign up subscribers for magazines at inflated prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/09/attorney-general-sues-magazine-company-deceptive-sales?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:00:35 -0500 Judge allows trust to hire entertainment business consultants The trust handling the business affairs of Prince may begin hiring consultants to figure out what to do with the late pop star's affairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/08/prince-estate-consultants-limited?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:31:46 -0500 Prince estate in court as putative heirs, trust attorneys square off Attorneys for Prince's estate and some of his potential heirs met in court Tuesday in Chaska, as the dispute over the music icon's legacy heats up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/07/prince-entertainment-consultants-court?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:58:59 -0500 St. Paul plaza memorializes photographer Gordon Parks A park space beside the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul is being eyed as the site for a memorial to the late filmmaker, composer and photographer Gordon Parks, who started his career in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/03/gordon-parks-memorial-st-paul?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jun 2016 04:00:24 -0500 Minnesota state trooper charged with DWI Fridley police arrested Christopher Daas for driving while impaired on Thursday after a report of an erratic driver. He has since been charged, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/03/state-trooper-known-for-dwi-enforcement-charged-impaired-driving?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 17:20:08 -0500 St. Paul hosting public forums for police chief search The first of a pair of public forums will be held at Concordia University Wednesday evening, as the city weighs who should lead the state's second largest police department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/31/st-paul-police-chief-public-forums?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2016 15:25:52 -0500 Minneapolis paves way to give thousands of workers paid sick time The new regulation would give all classes of employees -- full-time, part-time and temporary -- an hour of paid sick time for every 30 they work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/minneapolis-paves-way-to-give-thousands-workers-paid-sick-time?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 17:38:53 -0500 St. Paul seems ready to overhaul trash hauling; survey suggests support City officials Wednesday took a step toward making a historic change in the way St. Paul trash gets picked up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/st-paul-survey-suggests-support-for-garbage-overhaul?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 18:03:36 -0500 Report: Mpls.-sponsored nonprofit may have falsified accounts, misdirected funds An investigation found that Move Minneapolis, a city-sponsored nonprofit, was subject to an investigation after a former employee leveled allegations of mismanagement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/move-minneapolis-fraud-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 15:22:54 -0500 Boys returning to Totem Town treatment program after judge halted referrals The move comes two months after judges said they were concerned about security and programming there. But a Ramsey County memo says officials have since added security cameras and instituted GPS monitoring for the boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/boys-return-to-totem-town?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 08:20:39 -0500 Mpls. City Council gets an earful on paid sick leave proposal Employers were out in force pushing back on the city's plan to require paid sick leave for anyone who employs six or more people. Meanwhile, people rallying outside demanded the benefit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/mpls-city-council-paid-sick-leave-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 05:53:01 -0500 Guided tours of U.S. Bank Stadium to cost $19 Ticket sales for summer tours of the new building start next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/18/guided-tours-of-us-bank-stadium-to-cost-19-dollars?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 10:51:14 -0500 Minneapolis group cheers ruling in Southwest light rail lawsuit A federal judge ruled the Metropolitan Council must turn over records of negotiations and agreements related to the planning of the controversial light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/minneapolis-group-cheers-southwest-light-rail-lawsuit-decision?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 17:44:43 -0500 Man dies after he's hit in face Saturday at Mille Lacs fishing resort A 44-year-old Brooklyn Center man has been arrested in connection with a fatal assault early May 14 at a Lake Mille Lacs resort, shortly after the fishing season opened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/man-hit-in-face-dead-mille-lacs-lake?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 16:26:52 -0500 Scooby-smack: Villain plows Mystery Machine into St. Paul home It looked like a St. Paul homeowner had a mystery on his hands Friday when a stolen van painted to look like one driven by the cast of the animated series "Scooby-Doo" crashed into his home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/scooby-doo-mystery-machine-van-crashes-stpaul-house?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 14:32:18 -0500 Feds release final environmental review of Southwest light rail The document marks one of the final steps before the Metropolitan Council decides whether to move ahead with the Minneapolis-to-Eden Prairie project. A decision is likely to come late this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/feds-release-final-environmental-review-of-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 12:19:59 -0500 Lifesaving Minnesotans honored by State Patrol The State Patrol recognized seven people, more than a dozen officers from other agencies, five staff members and nearly 20 troopers with Meritorious Citizenship Awards on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/state-patrol-honors-lifesaving-minnesotans?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 08:00:21 -0500 St. Paul City Council officially backs racial equity plan The St. Paul City Council officially committed on Wednesday to a five-point plan to improve racial equity in the Twin Cities, proposed by a group of black leaders around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/11/st-paul-backs-racial-equity-plan?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 17:37:37 -0500 St. Paul leaders hail milestone population mark A new report says the city's estimated residents surpassed 300,000 last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/11/st-paul-hits-population-milestone?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 17:09:25 -0500 Passersby credited with saving woman from fiery crash A Thunder Bay woman's SUV burst into flames with her inside it, and the patrol said she was too badly hurt to get out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/video-passersby-credited-saving-woman-from-fiery-car-crash?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 17:53:51 -0500 Interviews offer clues to treatment Prince may have been considering The California doctor who was planning to help treat Prince isn't talking. But he has spoken in the past about his drug and pain treatment program, including a pioneering use of a synthetic opioid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/clues-to-treatment-prince-may-have-been-considering?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 17:10:55 -0500 St. Paul investigating officer-involved shooting A shootout involving police in St. Paul ended early this morning with a man dead and a woman injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/stpaul-officer-involved-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 08:07:48 -0500 U.S. Bank Stadium's next milestone: artificial turf The new playing field will be a long way from the carpet in the old Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/us-bank-stadium-artifical-turf-installation?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 06:06:03 -0500 Park near Vikings stadium could open this summer The City Council will consider an initial contract to run the park and tee it up for a first-of-its-kind public space in Minnesota, just west of the new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/park-near-vikings-stadium-could-open-this-summer?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 17:11:49 -0500 10-year-old hit by stray bullet through wall in Minneapolis Police said the child was hit in the foot while she was inside a home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/child-hit-by-stray-bullett?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 11:21:46 -0500 Catholic Charities: Dorothy Day shelter will be torn down, replaced by 2018 The charity says a $40 million private fundraising goal is in sight, and it will move ahead with phase two of $100 million campus for homeless in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/06/catholic-charities-unveils-dorothy-day-replacement?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis City Council weighs new mandatory sick leave policy Employers in Minneapolis would be required to offer an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee worked, up to 48 hours a year, although they could offer more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/minneapolis-council-considers-new?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 15:02:35 -0500 Attorney: Prince was to meet drug addiction expert day he died "The hope was to get him stabilized in Minnesota" and get him to a California rehab center, an attorney for the center's founder said Wednesday. Help didn't arrive in time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/prince-sought-out-drug-rehab-experts-day-before-death?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 12:51:18 -0500 St. Paul police seek suspect in brutal attack of 5-year-old girl Police say a bus driver spotted the girl hiding behind a tree, with a bloody face. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/03/st-paul-police-seek-suspect-in-brutal-attack-of-5-year-old-girl?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2016 13:57:55 -0500 Judge confirms administrator for Prince estate A Carver County judge formalized his appointment last week of Bremer Trust to handle estate matters in the wake of the singer's death at age 57. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/02/judge-confirms-administrator-prince-estate?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 09:39:49 -0500 St. Paul's Union Depot throws itself a 90th birthday party The expo is free and open to the public. Visitors will have access to a variety of train equipment, including locomotives and a post office car, parked on the station's platform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/st-paul-union-depot-90th-birthday-party?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:04:55 -0500 Judge seals search warrant in Prince death probe A judge OK'd a request from Carver County authorities to keep details secret, saying disclosure could hamper the ongoing investigation into Prince's death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/28/judge-seals-search-warrant-in-prince-death-probe?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:55:00 -0500 Roads not taken: I-35W, I-94 closures this weekend in Twin Cities Part of I-35W is closing in the New Brighton-Arden Hills area, while I-94 will shut down from Minnesota Highway 280 to Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/28/interstate35w-interstate94-weekend-closures?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:35:28 -0500 New Vikings stadium looking to recruit thousands of workers The job fair this week offers part time stadium jobs for everything from NFL games to wedding receptions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/vikings-stadium-job-fair?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:00:39 -0500 911 transcripts: Emergency at Paisley Park Authorities won't say when they will release details of how the Prince died, although toxicology exams can sometimes take days or even weeks to complete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/22/911-transcript-prince-paisley-park?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:52:09 -0500 Coleman: City workforce must reflect St. Paul's diversity St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman used his State of the City speech Tuesday to detail his plans for racial equality and city employment. He also addressed the recent flurry of gun violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/coleman-stpaul-worforce-must-become-more-diverse?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:46:45 -0500 State Fair unveils North End expansion plans The plan harkens back to the fair's farming roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/state-fair-unveils-north-end-expansion-plan?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:43:43 -0500 US Bank Stadium hosting public open house in July The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says people are welcome to walk through the Vikings' new home in downtown Minneapolis July 23 and 24. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/us-bank-stadium-vikings-open-house-public-july?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:59:07 -0500 Road construction season promises some rough rides Planners say simultaneous projects will leave drivers with few options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/mndot-2016-summer-road-construction-projects?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:06:39 -0500 Ramsey County promises new approach to sex assault cases Police and prosecutors in the east metro say they're redoubling their efforts to fight sexual violence by changing the way they first react to victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/13/new-approach-to-sexual-assault-victims?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:02:47 -0500 Why we don't know how much money the Super Bowl could bring to MN Minnesota's Super Bowl host committee on Tuesday rolled out a detailed economic impact study, partly in hopes of bringing in pledges to help fund between $30 and $50 million officials estimate it'll cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/12/super-bowl-us-bank-stadium-economic-impact?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:58:27 -0500 Protesters condemn takedown maneuver in Clark shooting Video from an ambulance at the scene shows Minneapolis officer Mark Ringgenberg grabbing Jamar Clark and forcing him to the ground moments before he was shot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/31/takedown-manuever-criticized-jamar-clark?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:58:38 -0500 New Ulm Diocese names 16 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse All but three of the priests have died, the diocese said, and all but one have already been identified in media reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/29/new-ulm-diocese-list-priests-credibly-accused-sexual-abuse?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:04:40 -0500 Time to (almost) sit down at new Vikings stadium The Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority say all 58,000 fixed seats and 6,000 retractable seats have been installed, a process that started last June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/29/seats-installed-at-new-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:54:08 -0500 Bittersweet goodbye to a St. Paul shelter some called home A Depression-era funeral home that served as a makeshift St. Paul shelter is about to close. It's a place where homeless men and volunteers forged an unlikely bond in an improbable place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/29/old-st-paul-homeless-shelter-prepares-close?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul police investigating skull found in wooded area along Highway 61 The medical examiner believes the skull is human bone, but there aren't any other immediate indications who it might have belonged to, police spokesman Mike Ernster said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/28/st-paul-police-investigating-skull-found?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:55:20 -0500 Hebda named archbishop of Twin Cities archdiocese Bernard Hebda will be keeping his job running the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He takes over May 13 as the next archbishop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/24/bernard-hebda-archbishop-twin-cities-archdiocese?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 06:42:16 -0500 Jump in travelers complicates security hassles at MSP The Transportation Security Administration has stepped up staffing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to ease security lines. But the airport's seeing a bump in air travelers officials didn't expect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/23/jump-in-travelers-complicates-security-hassles-at-msp?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:44:55 -0500 Bloomington cops: Police fire killed man in 2015 incident Bloomington police confirmed that their officers fired the shots that killed a 24-year-old man last year and that he did not kill himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/23/bloomington-police-fire-killed-man-2015-incident?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:00:00 -0500 Teachers, drummer, journalist among newest Bush Foundation fellows Fellows receive up to $100,000 over as much as two years to develop their professional and leadership skills. The group has "extraordinary potential" to contribute to life in Minnesota and the Dakotas, the foundation said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/22/stpaul-bush-foundation-names-2016-fellows?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:34:22 -0500 Metropolitan Airports Commission names new CEO Brian Ryks, 52, a Lakeville native, has managed airports in St. Cloud and Duluth. He most recently ran the airport in Grand Rapids, Mich. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/mac-names-new-airports-ceo?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:34:28 -0500 Judge delays demolition of historic St. Paul firehouse Judge Margaret Marrinan signed a temporary restraining order Monday blocking a developer's plan to demolish the old Hope Engine Company No. 3 firehouse near United Hospital and Interstate 35E. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/judge-delays-historic-stpaul-firehouse-demolition?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:55:10 -0500 Security woes lead judges to stop sending teens to St. Paul juvenile center Ramsey County judges say they've lost confidence in the Boys Totem Town juvenile corrections program after several high-profile incidents, including two cases where teens caused havoc after leaving the center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/21/judges-shut-down-stpaul-juvenile-center-totem-town?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:17:43 -0500 St. Paul seeks public input on another East Side middle school The district has scheduled community meetings next week on whether to build another middle school on the city's East Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/18/community-meetings-new-stpaul-east-side-middle?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:05:27 -0500 Burnsville cops kill person with weapon in McDonald's parking lot Burnsville's police chief declined to provide details on the suspect or weapon but said the officers involved were unharmed and wearing body cameras. State authorities are investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/17/burnsville-police-kill-armed-person-in-parking-lot?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:26:09 -0500 Despite recent student violence, Silva says St. Paul schools are safe The St. Paul superintendent says she doesn't think the district is an outlier for school violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/silva-addresses-school-violence?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:00:00 -0500 Final call for witnesses in Clark shooting to come forward The Hennepin County Attorney's office is asking anyone who was a witness and has not talked to investigators, or has any additional video or other evidence regarding Clark's death, to contact the BCA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/10/final-call-witnesses-evidence-jamar-clark-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:50:32 -0600 MnDOT replaces roadside lights with LED lamps The Minnesota Department of Transportation says it will replace more than 10,000 roadside lights around the Twin Cities by this fall with power-saving LED lamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/mndot-replaces-roadside-lights-with-led?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:31:26 -0600 TSA makes move to cut wait times at MSP The Transportation Security Administration is stepping up overtime, wrapping up new training and adding an additional bomb sniffing dog to security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to cut wait times at security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/tsa-tries-shortening-wait-times-msp-airport?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:47:15 -0600 Some Muslim leaders see double standard in case of St. Paul cop A St. Paul police officer was put on administrative leave amid claims she lied to a federal grand jury. Some Somali-Americans have been jailed for the same thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/04/double-standard-muslims-st-paul-cop?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 18:33:54 -0600 Airports commission panel recommends Michigan airport executive for top job at MSP A panel has recommended Lakeville, Minn. native Brian Ryks to be the next CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. He currently heads the Grand Rapids, Mich. airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/msp-airport-ceo-recommended?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:45:32 -0600 St. Paul cop on leave amid claims she lied to grand jury The St. Paul Police Department has put an investigator on paid leave after federal judges rebuked her for lying to a grand jury on key parts of a sex-trafficking case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/st-paul-cop-on-leave-amid-grand-jury-lying-claims?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 15:20:09 -0600 Minnesota men acquitted of sex trafficking charges A federal appeals court has acquitted three Minnesota men of charges they were part of a Somali-American gang that trafficked young girls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/minnesota-men-acquitted-of-sex-trafficking-charges?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 11:23:37 -0600 Man arrested in Minneapolis mosque break-in, vandalism Police believe the suspect is connected to a string of burglaries the past 10 days. There's no indication the mosque break-in was motivated by hate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/02/suspect-arrested-in-minneapolis-mosque-vandalism?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:51:39 -0600 St. Paul riverfront development costs more than expected The plan to tear down St. Paul's long-vacant riverfront and reshape the downtown landscape is going to cost a lot more than anyone thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/st-paul-riverfront-development-costs-rise?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:06:32 -0600 Hibbing families to be briefed on high school sex discrimination case Minnesota Department of Human Rights officials will talk to parents tonight about finding that a Hibbing High administrator inappropriately asked female students about sexual abuse, birth control, sexuality and personal relationships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/hibbing-families-briefed-school-sex-discrimination-case?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:56:54 -0600 Hwy. 100 in west metro to close overnight Staring with access ramps, Highway 100 is closing between Interstate 394 in Golden Valley to Highway 62 in Edina from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/highway-100-closure?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:10:42 -0600 Minneapolis pares back marijuana possession law A city ordinance currently classifies simple possession as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/minneapolis-loosens-marijuana-possession-law?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:22:30 -0600 $18.4 million in public money slated for soccer stadium Documents headed for the St. Paul City Council lay out the $18.4 million in costs, as well as building and use agreements between Minnesota's soon-to-be Major League Soccer team and its likely host city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/st-paul-lays-out-soccer-stadium-public-investment?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:18:41 -0600 Crashed Ice will go on despite warm weather Temperatures are forecast to hit the mid-50s for St. Paul this weekend. But the Red Bull ice-cross races are expected to go on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/26/red-bull-crashed-ice-will-go-on?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:30:08 -0600 Mayor, team unveil design for Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul The soon-to-be MLS franchise released renderings of its plans Wednesday. The centerpiece: a stadium wrapped in translucent polymer that will hold more than 23,000 fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/midway-soccer-stadium-early-design?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:42:13 -0600 Downtown St. Paul road closure brings traffic jams The city is rebuilding Jackson Street in the next two years, between Shepard Road and 11th Street. Kellogg Boulevard will be closed up to 18 weeks, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/23/st-paul-kellogg-boulevard-closure?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:09:00 -0600 St. Paul Chamber pushes back on mandatory sick leave plans St. Paul City Council members voted to launch a study of sick time earlier this month, partly due to reports of food-borne illness in state health data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/23/stpaul-chamber-push-back-sick-leave?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:21:56 -0600 Brooklyn Park police: Citizen shoots, kills would-be robber Authorities say the man is a valid holder of a permit to carry a handgun and that he'd reported shooting the other man during an attempted robbery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/23/fatal-brooklyn-park-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 06:22:56 -0600 Vikings stadium leak may cost $4 million to fix Workers will need to remove the U.S. Bank Stadium sign and pull off part of the stadium's outer dark metal cladding to replace a faulty moisture barrier. Officials say it won't cost taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/19/vikings-stadium-roof-leak?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:43:11 -0600 'Urban village' plan unveiled for St. Paul soccer stadium site A new soccer stadium proposed for St. Paul could be surrounded by an "urban village" including homes, shops, a fitness club, a movie theater and even a skating rink. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/19/urban-village-plan-stpaul-soccer-stadium-site?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:28:43 -0600 St. Paul man arrested after stealing Metro Transit bus The bus went missing after the driver stopped for a break in West St. Paul, a Metro Transit spokesperson said. It was recovered along Interstate 494. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/18/metro-transit-bus-theft?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:32:11 -0600 Police say cop who told drivers to run over protesters has resigned The St. Paul Police Department says Sgt. Jeffrey Rothecker, under investigation for a controversial Facebook post, has resigned effective immediately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/rothecker-resigns?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:07:00 -0600 Crowded Mpls. morgue has medical examiner looking to move out of downtown The Hennepin County medical examiner's staff has been making do in an old food-service building, but stadium-related development makes that location untenable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/crowded-minneapolis-morgue-has-medical-examiner-looking-to-move?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:20:00 -0600 Photos: Vikings stadium 90 percent complete With just 149 days to go before the stadium in downtown Minneapolis is finished, officials showed off the progress on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/photos-vikings-stadium-90-percent-complete?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:00:00 -0600 $15M dispute over Vikings stadium costs nearing deal The financial dispute over cost overruns at the Minnesota Vikings stadium is nearing a settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/vikings-stadium-cost-overruns-deal?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:15:00 -0600 New security checkpoint system now open at MSP airport The Terminal 1 checkpoint is part of a years-long overhaul designed to get travelers to their planes faster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/new-msp-airport-security-checkpoints-open-travel?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:10:00 -0600 Sex offender relocating to St. Paul neighborhood says he deserves second chance A convicted rapist who will soon be released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program talks about his treatment, and going back into society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/12/sex-offender-oliver-dority-talks-about-his-release?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:27:24 -0600 Minneapolis panel backs new term for Harteau as police chief A key Minneapolis City Council committee on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to the reappointment of Police Chief Janee Harteau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/minneapolis-panel-backs-renewing-police-chief-harteau?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:18:44 -0600 Mpls. police honor dozens of cops and civilians for heroism They stanched horrible wounds, pulled people from bridge railings and talked one man out of firing the gun he held to his head. Minneapolis police recognized officers and civilians its annual awards ceremony Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/minneapolis-police-awards-heroism?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:28:47 -0600 Hennepin investigators hope to ID man found in 2014 A railroad crew found a partial skeleton of a man in an abandoned shed beside the tracks. Investigators think he'd been living there, and may have been dead for as long as a year before anyone found him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/09/human-remains-name-sought?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:01:23 -0600 'One of the scariest moments in my life': Minnesotan describes storm-tossed cruise Tarra Grammenos said as conditions worsened, passengers were told to hold railings and walls, then to stay in their rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/hurricane-anthem-minnesota-passenger?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:31:04 -0600 St. Paul's red '1st' not lit for now The 50-foot-tall flashing neon "1st" sign atop a historic bank tower in St. Paul has gone dark. But the building's owner says an energy upgrade could include new LED lights for the landmark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/st-paul-red-one-sign-out?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:10:14 -0600 Minneapolis weighs giving Harteau 3 more years as police chief Although she represents change at the top of the state's largest police force, some critics hold her responsible for a long list of ills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/minneapolis-weighs-harteau-reappointment-police-chief?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Harteau faces questions in bid for new term as Mpls. police chief Mayor Betsy Hodges nominated Chief Janee Harteau for a second term, but the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark and protest in November have critics questioning Harteau's ability to lead the force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/04/minneapols-police-chief-seeks-new-term-faces-critics?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:52:57 -0600 Vikings: 90 percent of seat licenses sold in new stadium About 50,000 of the Vikings stadium's 65,000 seats are covered by seat licenses which run from about $500 to nearly $9,500 per seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/vikings-sell-out-most-seat-licenses-sports-stadium-football?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:03:11 -0600 Supervalu names new CEO Mark Gross, a former bank analyst and corporate attorney, begins Friday. He succeeds Sam Duncan, who announced his retirement from the Eden Prairie-based firm in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/supervalu-names-new-ceo?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:15:00 -0600 Messy roads, record snow: Minnesota digs out after wintry punch MnDOT says all roads are open after the weather played havoc with southern Minnesota drivers on Tuesday. Wednesday driving, though, remains a challenge in parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/minnesota-digs-out-winter-snowstorm?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:43:31 -0600 Minnesota Super Bowl committee in San Francisco for game prep Minneapolis will host Super Bowl 52 in 2018, a year and a half after the new Vikings stadium opens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/02/-minnesota-superbowl-committee-san-francisco?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:37:10 -0600 Several show interest in former ammunition plant site At least a half dozen developers have signaled their interest in submitting plans to remake the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site on Monday, the first day applications were accepted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/arden-hills-development?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 19:49:12 -0600 Minn. traffic deaths approach a record for January State officials said Monday the number of fatalities on Minnesota roads last month was more than double the death toll from January 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/january-traffic-fatalities-spike?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:52:40 -0600 Mpls. Grain Belt sign to be re-lit in 2017 The historic Grain Belt beer sign on the Minneapolis riverfront could glow again next year after being dark for decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/grain-belt-sign-schell?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 07:18:43 -0600 St. Paul Central Library reopens with modern focus The George Latimer Central Library was closed for four months for a $1.3 million renovation, and its new incarnation illustrates the shift toward a digital focus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/stpaul-central-latimer-library-repoens?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:14:53 -0600 Judge declines to stop Wells Fargo 'photo bomb' sign, for now A federal court judge has turned down an initial request by the Minnesota Vikings to force Wells Fargo to give up the signs the bank has installed on the roof of its new office towers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/wells-fargo-photo-bomb-vikings-judge-decision?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:04:35 -0600 Minn. mother sues after gender reassignment coverage denied The family of a northern Minnesota teenager is suing two health care providers after they denied insurance coverage for medicine and surgery for their child to transition from a female to male. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/teen-gender-reassignment-insurance-coverage-denied?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:59:54 -0600 Man dead, officer wounded in Oakdale shooting Authorities say a man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning in Oakdale. The officer is expected to survive an arm injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/officer-shot-oakdale?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:05:00 -0600 6 derailed train cars land in Mississippi River The derailment happened late Tuesday night on the tracks that parallel Highway 26 along the river in Houston County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/train-derailment-southeastern-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:49:50 -0600 Hearings begin over plan to shut three Stillwater schools The Stillwater school district is holding a series of hearings in the next three days over a plan to close three of its 10 elementary schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/stillwater-school-closing?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:02:47 -0600 Black Lives Matter Mpls. Facebook page restored after removal Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is objecting after the group's Facebook page was temporarily unpublished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/black-lives-matter-minneapolis-facebook?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:14:54 -0600 Black leaders want St. Paul cop fired over Facebook post Sgt. Jeff Rothecker has apologized for a Facebook post urging drivers to run over protesters during a Martin Luther King Day march. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/black-leaders-fire-stpaul-cop-facebook-post?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:31:45 -0600 St. Paul cops to use outside investigators in some officer-involved cases The department will call on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension or Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in cases when someone dies or is seriously hurt during police custody or involvement. Now Minneapolis says it will do the same for all fatal shootings by officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/police-investigation-policy-change-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:30:00 -0600 Two men arrested in historic church bell theft Investigators recovered parts of a bell displayed at St. Paul Lutheran Church at German Lake, Minn., that is believed to date back more than a century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/arrests-in-historic-church-bell-theft?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:27:53 -0600 Rubio stops in Mpls., says he can unite GOP to win presidency Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told a Minneapolis fundraiser Tuesday he would be best at bringing together Republicans after the hard-fought presidential nomination battle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/19/marco-rubio-gop-candidate-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:55:15 -0600 Deval Patrick delivers passionate MLK Day speech The former Massachusetts governor gave an impassioned speech on race relations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/18/mlk_day_breakfast?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:57:16 -0600 State Fair reveals hopes for another expansion The new plan isn't as expansive as the recent West End upgrade, but fair officials say the idea is still ambitious and could include new attractions the fair hasn't been able to accommodate before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/18/minnesota-state-fair-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:39:42 -0600 Mille Lacs walleye woes dominate DNR forum The health of the Lake Mille Lacs fishery took center stage Friday at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual conservation forum. Speakers made clear Mille Lacs' future is as uncertain as ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/15/mille-lacs-walleye-woes-dominate-minnesota-forum?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:07:17 -0600 St. Paul seeks public input to pick next police chief St. Paul will choose a new police chief in coming months and the city is laying out a months-long vetting process to find Chief Tom Smith's replacement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/15/st-paul-picking-next-police-chief?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:28:18 -0600 High-flying: Red Bull plans to film snowmobile stunts in downtown St. Paul Frozen City includes a plan to have a snowmobiler hit a ramp and somersault the sled onto the first-level roof -- yes, roof -- of the City Hall and Ramsey County courthouse building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/15/red-bull-frozen-city-snowmobile-stunts-stpaul?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:18:25 -0600 First-graders' words of support score with Vikings' Walsh The disappointed kicker's crucial miss on Sunday brought letters of encouragement from nearly 100 young fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/blair-walsh-vikings-kicker-first-graders-letters?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:36:37 -0600 St. Paul Central student dies after being hospitalized for medical emergency Central High School Principal Mary Mackbee told students and families about Fischer Anderson's death in a letter and in phone messages Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/stpaul-central-student-dies?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:48:16 -0600 Lawsuit: Boy Scouts leader abused child at Gophers games in '80s A Minneapolis man has filed suit against the Boy Scouts, alleging a group leader sexually assaulted him at U of M basketball games while he was part of an usher program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/lawsuit-alleges-scout-leader-abuse-at-gopher-games?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:26:18 -0600 Country king Bryan is U.S. Bank Stadium's first big booking Country superstar Luke Bryan is coming to Minneapolis in August, the first act unveiled for the new Vikings stadium. Officials say other announcements will be coming in as stadium construction wraps up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/luke-bryan-minneapolis-vikings-stadium-concert?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:09:31 -0600 Good Samaritan saves child from burning wreck in Anoka County The head-on crash Tuesday morning in Linwood left two people dead, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/good-samaritan-saves-child-car-wreck-anoka-county?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:37:21 -0600 Slick roads make for messy morning commute across Minn. Minnesota is in the grip of a fourth straight day of arctic weather, and black ice is forming again on bridge decks and ramps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/12/black-ice-messy-commute?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:36:41 -0600 Nearly two years out, St. Paul mayoral race opens quietly Former city council member Melvin Carter III has filed paperwork to form a campaign committee and start raising money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/10/nearly-two-years-out-st-paul-mayoral-race-opens-quietly?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:05:00 -0600 Protest takes another surprise turn in St. Paul Protesters called for justice in a 2015 police shooting, and turned their wrath to retailers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/09/protest-takes-another-surprise-turn-in-st-paul?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jan 2016 17:55:00 -0600 Muslim civil liberties group holds conference on Islamophobia This is the first in a series of conversations around Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/09/muslim-civil-liberties-group-holds-conference-on-islamophobia?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jan 2016 16:05:00 -0600 Vikings tell fans to keep their shirts on as frigid game temps loom The Vikings say this weekend's playoff against the Seahawks could be the coldest game the team has ever played. Team leaders are urging fans to be smart about the weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/vikings-seahawks-frigid-playoff-game-fans?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:19:09 -0600 HCMC doctor found dead on I-94 died of head injury from fall The medical examiner says Christopher Robert died of a blunt force head injury caused by an apparent fall. Authorities are calling the death an accident and say alcohol was a factor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/hcmc-doctor-found-dead-i94-blunt-force-head-injury?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:13:44 -0600 MN enhanced IDs may meet standards, but paperwork is a drawback for some State officials said there are only about 13,900 Minnesotans with enhanced drivers licenses right now, but applications have picked up sharply in recent weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/id-paperwork-struggles?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 State Patrol: Truck may be tied to crash that killed brothers on I-94 Authorities on Tuesday released photos of a semitrailer they're seeking that may be connected to a rollover crash that killed two brothers near Fergus Falls in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/06/minnesota-i94-crash-brothers-killed-truck?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:37:52 -0600 Taxi drivers oppose MSP airport proposal on Uber, Lyft: What's at stake The drivers are concerned a new ordinance being considered by the Metropolitan Airports Commission would undercut their business and give Uber and Lyft drivers an unfair advantage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/msp-airport-uber-lyft-cabs?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:08:26 -0600 Vikings-Wells Fargo photo bomb lawsuit moves to federal court The team says the bank is trying to muscle in on the image of the new stadium the team is building in downtown Minneapolis, which is named for a Wells Fargo competitor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/vikings-wellsfargo-photobomb-lawsuit-federal-court?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 06:25:51 -0600 With state IDs in doubt, more Minnesotans seek 'enhanced' licenses Gov. Dayton asked the feds for more time to comply with the new requirements, but they turned him down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/24/more-minnesotans-seek-enhanced-ids?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:35:51 -0600 Stearns Co. backs hospital guard's actions after deputy shot Stearns County authorities have said a St. Cloud Hospital security guard was justified in using a Taser to subdue a man who shot and killed an Aitkin County sheriff's deputy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/24/stearns-co-backs-hospital-guards-actions-after-deputy-shot?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:03:24 -0600 Black Lives Matter protest disrupts MOA, airport travel; a dozen arrested A demonstration involving hundreds of people disrupted shopping at the Mall of America and affected travelers moving through the Twin Cities airport on one of the busiest travel days of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/moa-black-lives-matter-slows-travel?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:45:00 -0600 Vikings: Wells Fargo trying to photo bomb new stadium with roof signs The Minnesota Vikings are suing Wells Fargo, saying the bank is trying to muscle in on the image of the new stadium the team is building in downtown Minneapolis, which is named for a Wells Fargo competitor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/vikings-wellsfargo-photobombing-usbank-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:02:37 -0600 Judge OKs keeping Black Lives Matter leaders from MOA protest A Hennepin County judge said the Mall of America can legally keep three Black Lives Matter protest leaders from demonstrating at the mall on Wednesday. Leaders say the protest will go on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/black-lives-matter-mall-of-america?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:39:09 -0600 Court hearing provides no decision on Black Lives Matter mall protest The Mall of America and Black Lives Matter Minneapolis met in court Monday over a planned protest this week. Protest organizers say they'll be at the Bloomington mall no matter what the court decides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/courtroom-mall-america-black-lives-matter?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:45:00 -0600 Vikings pumping yet more money into their new home Critics of the original stadium deal point out that if the team is paying more, maybe the public could have paid less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/vikings-stadium-more-money?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:32:23 -0600 St. Paul considers city-run trash collection system Currently, 19 different haulers are licensed to collect trash in the city in an "open" system. Critics say the fleets of trucks are an obstacle to better service and put unnecessary wear and tear on roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/stpaul-city-run-trash-collection?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:52:16 -0600 Metro Transit report shows racial disparities in enforcement An agency analysis released Thursday found blacks were 26 percent more likely than whites to get a criminal charge for one of the most basic violations, a first-time fare evasion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/17/metro-transit-report-racial-disparities-enforcement?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:30:00 -0600 Black Lives Matter protesters to rally at Mall of America Protesters say they will be at the mall next Wednesday, unless authorities meet their demands, which include releasing video from the Nov. 15 police shooting death of Jamar Clark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/17/black-lives-matter-plans-protest-mall-of-america-jamar-clark?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:21:18 -0600 Twin Cities moms hope donated baby carriers will keep refugee children safe A group of Minnesota mothers concerned about Syrian refugee families hope the soft-sided carriers will help families on their long journeys. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/16/moms-send-baby-carriers-refugees?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:48:17 -0600 Registering a car? Minnesota now wants proof you're insured Thanks to a change in the law passed earlier this year, the state won't be just taking the word of vehicle owners. It now wants specific policy information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/15/minnesota-requiring-auto-insurance-proof?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:53:30 -0600 Cops seek Minnesota man for Grand Forks Somali restaurant fire Authorities have charged Matthew Gust with arson. Video from the incident shows someone breaking the restaurant's front window and throwing something inside about 2 a.m. on Dec. 8. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/14/cop-seek-suspect-somali-restaurant-fire?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:32:18 -0600 Series on jihadi recruitment for HBO will be set in Minnesota The New York Times reports Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, director of "The Hurt Locker," will be the executive producer on the series, titled "The Recruiters." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/14/hbo-series-jihadi-recruitment-kathyrn-bigelow-knaan-warsame?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:16:36 -0600 2 struck in separate accidents by Minneapolis Blue Line trains The latest incidents happened near 50th Street and 46th Street in Minneapolis, the same area where a bicyclist was struck and killed Friday. Officials say Monday's collisions don't appear to be fatal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/14/blue-line-light-rail-train-hits-person-accident-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:59:57 -0600 Crash that killed 2 Lakeville teens started with 'Nerf wars' Public safety officials said Friday that only one of four young men riding in a pickup truck that crashed last week was wearing a seat belt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/lakeville-crash-started-with-nerf-wars?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:12:05 -0600 Blue Line train hits, kills bicyclist in Minneapolis For the second day in a row, a person was hit and killed by a light rail train in the metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/blue-line-train-accident-46th-street?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:37:59 -0600 Green Line train hits, kills woman in St. Paul Thursday's incident is the third pedestrian death involving Green Line trains since the service started in June 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/10/woman-dead-light-rail-accident-stpaul?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:05:00 -0600 Vikings investigating after fan reports hate speech at game Attorney Deepinder Mayell wrote in the Star Tribune he was attending his first Vikings game last weekend when he was accosted by another fan who demanded to know if he was a refugee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/10/vikings-investigating-refugee-confrontation?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:14:13 -0600 Vikings stadium builder nets St. Paul soccer stadium gig Mortenson Construction has been selected to build the new Minnesota United pro soccer stadium in St. Paul. Kansas City-based Populous will design the facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/09/st-paul-soccer-stadium-builder?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2015 13:06:03 -0600 Prominent Twin Cities doctor found dead on I-94 Christopher Robert was the head of anesthesiology at Hennepin County Medical Center. It's not clear what happened. His death is under investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/christopher-robert?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:53:23 -0600 Latest student violence leaves teacher injured, St. Paul leaders vexed Authorities vowed action after an alleged student attack left a St. Paul Central High teacher with a traumatic brain injury. The number of school assaults has jumped this year, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/police-say-brothers-attacked-school-officials?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 06:44:38 -0600 Shooting threat to close schools Wednesday in Menomonie, Wis. The district told families Friday that a threat had been discovered at Menomonie High School, suggesting there could be a school shooting on Dec. 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/07/wisconsin-schools-closure?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:16:34 -0600 Conflicting accounts: What happened the night Jamar Clark was shot? Jamar Clark's death at the hands of Minneapolis police has rallied protesters for nearly three weeks. But the circumstances around the moments leading up to his death remain unclear -- and contentious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/jamarclark-shooting-what-happened?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 15:00:00 -0600 Mpls. police clear out 4th Precinct protest site Police arrested eight people. Black Lives Matter organizers protested Thursday afternoon at Minneapolis City Hall, then marched to police union headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/4th-precinct?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:21:23 -0600 Twins hope Korean slugger brings thump to lineup The Minnesota Twins Wednesday introduced their newest slugger, Byung-ho Park, the Korean baseball star who will play in Minneapolis next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/02/byung-ho-park?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:17:22 -0600 Demonstrators celebrate Thanksgiving at 4th Precinct Demonstrators are heading into the 13th day of protests following the death of Jamar Clark, who was shot and killed by a police officer in north Minneapolis earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/27/thanksgiving-demonstration?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:20:06 -0600 3 arrested, 1 released in 4th Precinct shooting; #Justice4Jamar demonstrations continue Three white men are in custody as part of the investigation into Monday night's shootings near the 4th Precinct, Minneapolis police said. Protests over that shooting and the police shooting of Jamar Clark continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/fourth-precinct?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:33:53 -0600 Tensions high as Minneapolis cops move to break up precinct protest Minneapolis police Wednesday afternoon moved to retake the entrance into the 4th precinct station from protesters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/fourth-precinct?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:01:28 -0600 Investigators, protesters hope videos show how Jamar Clark died Activists are demanding authorities release video evidence they've gathered related to the shooting of Jamar Clark, at the scene of a paramedic call early the morning of Nov. 15. But the video may be of limited value in explaining what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/clark-death-cameras?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:31:09 -0600 Hodges asks feds for civil rights probe in Mpls. police shooting Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said a Justice Department civil rights investigation into Sunday's police shooting would promote transparency and community trust. Justice says the request is under review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/protests-erupt-after-mpls-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:13:10 -0600 Candidate ends campaign after Twitter comments on ISIS Dan Kimmel thanked his supporters and apologized for his comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/15/candidate-isis-twitter?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:00:00 -0600 BCA to investigate police-involved shooting in Minneapolis BCA is taking over the investigation into a police-involved shooting in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/15/minneapolis-police-shoot-suspect?refid=0 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:35:00 -0600 Critic slams Twin Cities charter schools over race, discipline A new Twin Cities charter school analysis says even some of the best charters struggle with segregation, discipline and special education. Those who run the schools say the research is off the mark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/-critic-slams-twin-cities-charter-schools-over-race-discipline?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:40:09 -0600 Green Line ridership surges past expectations The Green Line light rail had another big month in October, with a record 1.3 million passengers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/12/green-line-ridership?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:58:47 -0600 Claeys named Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys, who was named interim head coach following Jerry Kill's resignation last month, signed a three-year contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/claeys-named-head-coach?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:33:24 -0600 It's official: Lafayette bridge construction is (finally) over The bridge is a major river crossing over the Mississippi, and was listed as one of the state's worst bridges in the wake of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/10/lafayette-bridge-construction-over?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:51:12 -0600 Mall of America opens first phase of expansion It's the largest update since the MOA opened 23 years ago, and paves the way to nearly doubling the Bloomington mall's size. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/mall-of-america-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:41:39 -0600 With key backers off board, Silva faces challenge in St. Paul schools Disputes over classroom discipline made for a tough school board campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/stpaul-public-schools-silva?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:40:05 -0600 The candidates for the St. Paul school board The four favorites leading the school board ballot in St. Paul this year carry the endorsement of the DFL party, from an April convention, as well as a movement of parents and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, the district's main labor union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/st-paul-school-board-candidates?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:21:49 -0600 Voters poised to remake St. Paul school board as worries mount With concerns rising over discipline and achievement in St. Paul schools, voters appear ready to overhaul the school board Tuesday at the polls. Skeptics wonder if that will bring real change to classrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/voters-poised-to-remake-school-board?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Uber to deliver kittens on demand in Twin Cities From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Uber drivers will be squiring cats around the Minneapolis-St. Paul and cities around the country, from Spokane, Wash., to Atlanta. (Fargo, N.D., too!) http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/uberkittens?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:05:44 -0500 U football coach Jerry Kill retires due to health reasons Kill has struggled with epilepsy. He took a temporary leave of absence from the team in 2013 to deal with seizures. He said the seizures have returned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/28/coach-kill-retires?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:31:18 -0500 Thousands honor slain Aitkin County deputy Deputy Steven Sandberg was remembered Friday at his funeral as a devoted family man who loved being the hometown cop. Sandberg was shot and killed in the line of duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/sandberg-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:23:18 -0500 Vikes stadium builders cross goal line on minority hiring Recruiting and targeted training programs helped those building U.S. Bank Stadium meet the state's ambitious goals for minority and female workers, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/23/vikes-stadium-builders-hurdle-goal-line-on-minority-hiring?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Cargill CEO: Company focusing on sustainability, transparency The agribusiness giant is celebrating its 150th anniversary this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/cargill?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:36:23 -0500 From humble beginnings to global power, Cargill marks 150 years From its beginnings at the close of the Civil War, the commodities trader and processor has grown to become the largest privately held company in the country, with more than 150,000 employees worldwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/19/cargill-150th-anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:35:09 -0500 Man found shot in Mpls. alley dies; St. Paul police investigate death Police are looking for the person who fatally shot a man in a south Minneapolis alley. In St. Paul, police are investigating a weekend shooting east of downtown, the city's 10th homicide this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/19/police-investigate-2-deaths-mpls-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:10:41 -0500 Woman killed in Farmington, relative in custody Police are not seeking any other suspects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/woman-killed-farmington?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 08:13:21 -0500 Xcel plan would switch 100K street lights to LED bulbs Xcel says the new fixtures produce more light per watt, use less power, need less maintenance and their light is a whiter color, closer to natural daylight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/xcel-street-lights?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:03:59 -0500 2 dead, 1 wounded in shootings across metro No arrests were reported in any of the shootings in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Eagan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/15/metro-shootings?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:28:32 -0500 Minneapolis school board cancels contract with Reading Horizons Many said books provided by the Utah company included racial stereotypes. The board will explore options for a refund of the $1.2 million spent so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/minneapolis-school-board-cancels-contract-with-reading-horizons?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:33:37 -0500 Timberwolves coach giving away 500 tickets to WNBA's deciding Game 5 The Indiana Fever beat the Lynx 75-69 Sunday. Tickets will be available beginning at 8 a.m. to the first fans that log on to <a href="http://www.lynxbasketball.com">www.lynxbasketball.com</a>; there's a limit of two per customer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/lynx-tickets-game-5?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:01:40 -0500 I-94 shutdown in St. Paul tops Twin Cities weekend road woes Both sides of Interstate 94 will shut as crews remove the deck of the old Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul. Here's your guide to the rest of the weekend's driving hassles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/09/weekend-road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:28:52 -0500 Catholic Charities notes big progress toward St. Paul homeless center The charity says it's halfway toward funding a $100 million operation to replace the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/08/dorothy-day-center?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:20:39 -0500 Red Wing: Attacks on police should count as hate crimes Police Chief Roger Pohlman tells MPR News that the slayings of dozens of police officers across the United States this year highlights the need to enhance the penalty for assaulting cops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/08/pohlman?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:29:49 -0500 Mediation set for November in Vikings stadium dispute The state agency building a new Vikings stadium says it will meet with a mediator next month to settle a cost dispute with the builder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/07/vikings-stadium-mediation?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:49:55 -0500 Cause of Mpls. fire that killed 3 children undetermined A vigil was held for the family Tuesday night in Minneapolis, and another is scheduled for Wednesday night in Robbinsdale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/07/cause-of-mpls-fire-undetermined?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:49:27 -0500 St. Paul schools not ready to change start times School officials told the school board Tuesday night that Metro Transit doesn't have the capacity to add enough bus services to make the change work. The school board will make a final decision in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/st-paul-school-start-time?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:49:14 -0500 1 dead in St. Paul shooting Police said they were still searching for a suspect this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/st-paul-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:06:53 -0500 Oven suspected source of house fire in north Minneapolis, 3 children killed Officials said the family may have been using their oven as a heat source. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/04/house-fire-in-north-minneapolis-kills-3-children-?refid=0 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:50:42 -0500 Meet the man behind Black Lives Matter St. Paul The man at the center of this weekend's Twin Cities Marathon protest says he's on a quest for racial equality. Black Lives Matter St. Paul leader Rashad Turner brings a lifetime of experience in the city -- both good and bad -- to his fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/02/black-lives-matter-rashad-turner?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:30:07 -0500 Black Lives Matter: Protest, but no disruption of Twin Cities Marathon Black Lives Matter protesters will be at the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday but will not interrupt the marathon or disturb runners, the protest's organizer said Thursday after meeting with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/marathon-protest?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:43:07 -0500 Ryder Cup golf tournament teed up for next year in MN After years of preparation, Hazeltine National Golf Club is counting down to its time in the golf world sun when it hosts the Ryder Cup in September 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/28/ryder-cup?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:09:54 -0500 Weekend road closures: Western suburbs and Saturday congestion near Collegeville The annual football game between St. John's and rival St. Thomas -- with a live ESPN broadcast this year -- is expected to draw a big crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/25/road-closures-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:23:20 -0500 Towboat's new engines may herald cleaner industry in MN Minnesota may be in danger of failing to meet air quality goals. Modifications to heavy-duty engines could help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/towboat-new-engines?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:38:11 -0500 Second medical marijuana supplier offers discount The company will offer all of its supplies at half price for new patients during the month of October. It's the second medical cannabis supplier in the state to offer such a discount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/medical-cannabis-discount?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:31:58 -0500 Light rail ridership hits 100k in a single day Thanks to three sporting events along the blue and green lines on a single Thursday last month, more than 100,000 riders hopped light rail trains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/metro-transit-100k?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:04:58 -0500 Missing Minneapolis boy, 10, found safe The boy, who had been missing since Wednesday night, was reunited with his family Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/24/missing-minneapolis-boy?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 06:27:38 -0500 Sex sting nets 13 seeking underage girls in Washington County Authorities posted online ads in 2014 and 2015 offering sex acts with young women, including one with a mother and her 14-year-old daughter. The men who responded found police waiting for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/23/sex-sting-nets-13-seeking-underage-girls-in-washington-county?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:02:57 -0500 Columbia Heights man, 76, shot during home invasion Police say the attacker shot without making any demands, took the victim's wallet and fled. The homeowner's wounds are not believed to be life-threatening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/23/home-invasion?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:57:28 -0500 Red Bull 'Crashed Ice' races skate back to St. Paul The Red Bull Crashed Ice downhill races return to St. Paul in February. The city will host the finale for the races for the first time, including a women's championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/22/crashed-ice-returns?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:16:35 -0500 Airports CEO Jeff Hamiel to retire after 30 years Hamiel was formerly a pilot with the U.S. Air Force. He left the active service and went to work for the Metropolitan Airports Commission in 1977. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/21/hamiel?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:50:30 -0500 School board to urge member resign over post about Muslims The Columbia Heights School Board tried but failed to remove Grant Nichols last week. On Tuesday, his fellow board members will urge Nichols to resign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/21/school-board-to-reconsider-removing-member-over-disparaging-facebook-comment?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:11:41 -0500 Vikings stadium seeking to diversify vendors Aramark says it's looking to recruit women and minority businesses for everything from cleaning services to food stand operators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/20/vikings-stadium-seeking-to-diversify-vendors?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 03:00:00 -0500 Target exec: Company still working out details on new giving plan The company still intends to give away 5 percent of its profits, just in a different way, Target Corp. Chief Social Responsibility Officer Laysha Ward told MPR News Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/ward?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:47:35 -0500 St. Paul leaders applaud as Como Park eatery cooks A year after one of the biggest legal settlements in St. Paul history, the city says the fight over who should run a restaurant at Como Pavilion is paying off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/15/como-dockside?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:22:33 -0500 Property tax break may bring St. Paul soccer, but what's the cost? Officials believe a property tax exemption for a St. Paul pro soccer stadium would be a winner despite potentially conceding millions in property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/14/-property-tax-break-may-bring-st-paul-soccer-but-whats-the-cost?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Vikings detail plans for new training headquarters The Vikings on Friday laid out a vision for a nearly 200-acre headquarters campus in Eagan. The team also just signed a three-year extension for its training camp in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/vikings-vision?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:57:18 -0500 'Glory Index' ranks 2015 as 3rd best Minnesota summer on record Did it feel like one of the best summers ever? The weather data say you bet. Summer 2015 trailed only 1922 and 2008 for awesomeness in the Twin Cities climate record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/glory-index?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0500 MSP airport solar installation poised to grow Combined, the installations at Terminals 1 and 2 will be nearly twice the size of the largest existing solar project in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/solar-msp-airport?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:09:17 -0500 Fair attendance nears 1.8 million, short of last year's record This year's fair set a Labor Day attendance record of more than 178,000, which beats the mark of 164,000 set in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/state-fair-attendance?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:03:56 -0500 Funeral services Wednesday for fallen St. Paul paramedic Shane Clifton suffered a heart attack and died while on duty last week. He was the 63rd St. Paul firefighter to die on duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/funeral-services?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:33:19 -0500 Faces of the fair: Sean Emery, juggler "I'm basically an ex-circus clown," Sean Emery Said. "One of the finest entertainers in the Midwest -- not the whole world -- just the Midwest." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/fair-faces-juggler?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:22:19 -0500 Faces of the fair: Down the Rabbit Hole The Rabbit Hole is serving up modern twists on traditional Korean food at the fairgrounds. This is the first year the Rabbit Hole's owner, Thomas Kim, has made the trek to the fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/fair-faces-thomas-kim?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:05:49 -0500 Faces of the Fair: Blue Barn The 1,800-square-foot, two-story, big blue barn is a 24/7 operation for the 12 days of the fair. When the employees aren't making food and serving customers, they're taking deliveries and prepping for the next day's customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/blue-barn?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:01:43 -0500 St. Paul paramedic dies on duty of suspected heart attack Shane Clifton was a Navy veteran who had been with the St. Paul Fire Department for eight years. He had been working out while on duty at the station when he collapsed and died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/paramedic-dies-on-duty?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:32:05 -0500 Black Lives Matter demonstration marches to State Fair Demonstrators gathered outside the main gate of the State Fair this afternoon, after marching up Snelling Avenue. Police say there were no injuries or arrests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/29/black-fair-protest?refid=0 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:51:57 -0500 How to become a food vendor at the Minnesota State Fair There are 247 licensed food vendors at the Minnesota State Fair selling more than 500 food items. And the thought has occurred to many fairgoers with an idea for a bite to sell: How do I get one of those coveted spots? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/28/how-to-get-a-state-fair-food-booth?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:01:20 -0500 Starting today: Skip the lines, buy your State Fair tickets online The fair is selling full-price adult tickets for $13 and youth and senior tickets for $11 on the fair website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/28/etix-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:59:54 -0500 State Fair opens: Here's what to expect The gates have opened, the weather is perfect and the mini donuts are already piping hot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/fair?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:41:16 -0500 1 construction worker dead, 1 injured at Vikings stadium site Minneapolis fire crews Wednesday rushed to rescue two roofing workers injured at U.S. Bank Stadium. Construction officials say they're still trying to piece together what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/vikings-stadium-workers?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:34:26 -0500 Metro Transit launches Internet access on some Twin Cities buses The free Wi-Fi service will be available in a pilot program on nearly 60 express coaches and 10 local buses on a variety of routes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/25/wi-fi-service-metro-transit?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:20:53 -0500 MN Fair offers booth to Black Lives Matter; group worries over safety Minnesota State Fair officials say Black Lives Matter can have an authorized space on fair grounds. But a leader of the group says organizers may not feel safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/25/black-lives-matter-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:00:00 -0500 Planned wild rice harvest to test 1855 treaty rights The move by White Earth Band of Ojibwe members is a direct challenge to state law and conservation rules. The DNR warns it may prosecute if the harvest happens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/25/bibeau?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:19:43 -0500 Doctor hopes free sunscreen at the fair will change habits A doctor who lost her father to skin cancer is using one of Minnesota's biggest stages -- the State Fair -- to encourage people to use sunscreen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/24/state-fair-sun-screen?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Mortenson: Vikings stadium cost dispute hurts local subcontractors Mortenson Construction and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority are heading for mediation and remain at odds over a number of items on the $1.1 billion project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/stadium-subcontractors?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:52:23 -0500 Vikings poised to leave cramped Winter Park facilities for roomier digs in Eagan The team has inked a deal to purchase a former headquarters of Northwest Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/vikings-leave-winter-park-for-eagan?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:15:57 -0500 St. Paul soccer stadium gets early vote next week The soccer team Minnesota United missed a July deadline to reach a similar deal in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/soccer-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:19:41 -0500 Starting today: See van Gogh's irises in Minneapolis The Minneapolis Institute of Art will add Vincent van Gogh's 1890 painting "Irises" to its centennial celebration. The work will be on display through Oct. 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/van-gogh-mia?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:05:19 -0500 Police step up DWI enforcement through Labor Day Hundreds of law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving on Minnesota roads through the next three weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/dwi?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:58:45 -0500 Cops stop bicyclist riding among cars on I-694 The cyclist rode westbound near New Brighton amid the morning commute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/19/bicycle-on-highway?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:03:58 -0500 Minn. craft brewers, Smack Shack win airport spots The Metropolitan Airports Commission approved a set of new concession bids Monday, as a once-a-decade-or-so refresh of retail and restaurant offerings in Terminal 1 moves forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/17/airport-concessions?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:06:13 -0500 Swimmer's body found in Lake Harriet The 43-year-old man had been swimming near a floating dock Sunday evening when he went underwater and didn't resurface. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/17/lake-harriet?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:01:25 -0500 Twin Cities weekend road closures get early start A 12-mile stretch of southbound Interstate 35E closed at 11 a.m. Friday morning, the first in a wave of weekend road hassles. Here's your guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/14/road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:46:33 -0500 U hires outside lawyers in Teague probe; Kaler regrets early comments Two attorneys will investigate Norwood Teague's resignation amid complaints the ex-athletics director sexually harassed coworkers. Also, University President Eric Kaler retreated on comments he made after Teague quit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/14/u-of-m-hires-counsel-in-teague-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:35:00 -0500 St. Paul's Snelling Avenue bridge over I-94 reopens Friday The Snelling Avenue bridge over Interstate 94 is reopening a week ahead of schedule and comfortably ahead of the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/snelling-avenue-bridge-reopens-friday?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:49:56 -0500 Target to sell office building, consolidate operations on two campuses The Target office building along Interstate 394 in Minneapolis will go on the market in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/target-selling-building?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:15:07 -0500 Here's why we don't have Major League Soccer yet in Minnesota MLS soccer seemed like a done deal earlier this year, but it's gone into extra time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/mls-soccer-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:29:51 -0500 I-35W closure tops list of Twin Cities weekend traffic woes Interstate 35W is closing in New Brighton this weekend, in both directions, and Highway 100 in St. Louis Park and Edina is closing again for construction overnight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/07/traffic-woes?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:45:00 -0500 Sexually harassing behavior, texts bring U athletic chief's resignation "At a recent university event, I had entirely too much to drink. I behaved badly towards nice people and sent truly inappropriate texts," Norwood Teague said Friday. The university called it sexual harassment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/07/teague-athletic-director-resigns?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:30:35 -0500 Duluth police eye shift toward community policing "Officers need to recognize the importance of building relationships and long-term problem solving," the city's police chief says. "That's the direction we want to go." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/ramsay?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:51:27 -0500 The State Fair's Ye Old Mill turns 100 years old The Minnesota State Fair icon has been a timeless refuge for generations of fairgoers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/ye-old-mill-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Prosecutors: Crime spree preceded shooting death of 16-year-old Four teenage boys from the east Metro have been charged for a string of offenses that happened before the fatal shooting of a teen by the man he was trying to rob. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/teens-charged?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:57:35 -0500 Mpls. NAACP opens legal aid hotline after controversial arrest The offerings also include a Facebook page and monthly office hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/legal-aid?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:09:46 -0500 Dad pleads guilty in Barway Collins' death, gets 40 years "I was angry. I hit him. He fell ... I took him to the river. I duct taped him and threw him in the water," Pierre Collins said Monday. Barway's mother, Louise Karluah, pictured here, spoke after Pierre Collins' plea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/pierre-collins?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:38:50 -0500 Minnesota medical marijuana producer expanding to New York Minnesota Medical Solutions was one of five successful bidders to provide similar products in the Empire State. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/minnesota-medical-solutions-new-york?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:32:55 -0500 Yes, Twin Cities weekend traffic will be a hassle again Thought the last few weekends of road construction were bad? Here are the main closures starting tonight on I-94 and other roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/traffic-hassle?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:19:35 -0500 Archaeologists want help digging up St. Paul's past University of Minnesota graduate students are hoping to unearth details of the city's immigrant past, long buried in Swede Hollow, along a creek east of downtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/30/swede-hollow-archaeology?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:52:40 -0500 Vigils today for Mendota Heights officer slain a year ago Community members will pause to remember Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick, who was killed a year ago at a traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/30/vigils-scott-patrick?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:00:28 -0500 New shops and restaurants coming to MSP airport Airport staff say they want to offer more opportunity for local businesses, ethnic food and combinations of food and entertainment, among other things. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/new-shops-and-restaurants-coming-to-msp-airport?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:46:11 -0500 Selfie sticks banned on part of state fairgrounds The Minnesota State Fair is joining Disneyland, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other venues in limiting the use of so-called selfie sticks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/selfie-sticks?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:14:37 -0500 I-94 reopened after pavement failure A section of highway buckled, according to officials. Drivers should expect long delays through the area. Traffic congestion in the area remains heavy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/highway-closure?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:54:40 -0500 Three dead, multiple wounded in Minneapolis weekend shootings The latest shooting happened early Monday morning in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:09:18 -0500 Vikings, agency officials dismiss talk of big stadium overruns The outgoing treasurer of the stadium authority warns there may be up to $50 million in unaccounted costs, but the authority's chair says there is no actual overrun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/vikings-stadium-overruns?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:30:17 -0500 Smartphone, mobile tech thefts take off at MSP airport Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has seen a sharp rise in thefts as more people travel with more mobile technology. Officials say they need travelers' help fighting the trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/airport-thefts?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:42:21 -0500 Stretches of I-94 west, I-494 south closed this weekend in Twin Cities Twin Cities drivers will find weekend delays and detours as MnDOT closes westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul and southbound Interstate 494 from Maple Grove to Minnetonka. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/21/road-construction-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:47:42 -0500 Vikings stadium: One year to go; seats arrive next month The new Minnesota Vikings stadium is nearly two-thirds done and crews are expected to finish in August 2016. On Monday, officials gave reporters a tour of the work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:56:47 -0500 Xcel: Power back to nearly all customers after storms Xcel Energy says it's restored electricity to nearly all of its 250,000 Minnesota customers who lost power after strong storms hit the state late Friday and early Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/storm-power-outage?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:39:35 -0500 Storm leaves downed trees, thousands without power The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado with 105 mph winds touched down last night near Watertown, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/18/twin-cities-storm-outages-watertown-tornado?refid=0 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:54:46 -0500 Soccer team may be considering more than a stadium in St. Paul New information indicates talk of a soccer stadium in St. Paul dates at least as far back as 2013, and involves more than just the preliminary details the city has already disclosed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/st-paul-soccer?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:31:25 -0500 Third state official joins medical marijuana company Jamie Olson was a legislative analyst and a key figure in the startup of the industry. She helped lead the initial public meeting as the state prepared to select two growers to supply medical cannabis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/third-state-official-joins-medical-marijuana-company?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:23:00 -0500 Why medical marijuana is off to a slow start in MN Some doctors question whether they know enough about marijuana to justify helping their patients get it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/medical-marijuana-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:21:38 -0500 International youth soccer arrives for Schwan's USA Cup Opening ceremonies will be held Tuesday for the 31st annual Schwan's USA Cup, which this week brings thousands of soccer players from around the world to Blaine, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/international-youth-soccer-arrives-for-schwans-usa-cup?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:46:34 -0500 16 injured in crash involving car, school bus The State Patrol says that a small car was westbound on Highway 212 near Granite Falls when it crossed the center line and hit an oncoming school bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/16-injured-in-crash-involving-car-school-bus?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:45:53 -0500 Storms knock out power, trees Possible tornadoes and violent winds toppled large trees, twisted the grandstands at a raceway and sent youngsters home early from one camp in Minnesota because of a lack of power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/13/storms-knock-out-power-trees?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:13:40 -0500 Xcel wins modest hike in Minnesota electricity rates The state's Public Utilities Commission on Friday approved rate increases of 1.5 to 2 percent. That's on top of a 4.6 percent increase last year. The new increase kicks in this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/10/xcel-electricity-rates?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:20:48 -0500 Traffic mess: Westbound I-394 to close through Mpls., Golden Valley MnDOT is warning drivers to expect major delays as it closes west bound Interstate 394 out of downtown Minneapolis at 10 p.m. Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/10/interstate-394-construction?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:38:35 -0500 Bus driver retires after 41 accident-free years Jerry Olson, 63, completed what Metro Transit officials say likely is the agency's best driving record of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/08/jerry-olson-retires?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:25:51 -0500 Bear at Minnesota Zoo shatters glass barrier with a rock The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley closed the Grizzly Coast exhibit after a bear shattered part of a glass barrier with a rock. A temporary barrier will go up soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/06/minnesota-zoo-bear?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:16:20 -0500 See inside one of Minnesota's first medical marijuana stores A tour of one of Minnesota's new medical marijuana dispensaries reveals that the stores will be secure clinical facilities with not a pot leaf in sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/medical-marijuana?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:45:38 -0500 Highway 5 between St. Paul, Fort Snelling closing A key link between St. Paul and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be closed this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/road-closing?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:31:41 -0500 Man seriously injured in Minneapolis grain mill fall Three people were exploring the empty Fruen grain mill just after midnight when one man fell about 40 feet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/grain-mill-fall?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:16:28 -0500 Prosecutors: Man who stalked Mary Lucia is in custody Authorities say Patrick Henry Kelly, 56, of Eden Prairie, violated the terms of his release, which require him to stay away from Lucia. In October, prosecutors charged him with felony stalking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/kelly-arrest?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:00:20 -0500 Savers settles with Minnesota over charity claims The thrift chain agreed to pay a total $1.8 million to several Minnesota charities and make its operations more transparent, including disclosing that it is a for-profit fundraising company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/25/savers-settles?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:07:05 -0500 Mpls. police: 12 injured when car hits pedal pub A pedal pub rolling across the Hennepin Avenue bridge in Minneapolis Wednesday night was rear-ended by a car, sending 12 people to the hospital, Minneapolis police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/pedal-pub-accident?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:46:51 -0500 Best guess has Timberwolves picking Kentucky forward in NBA draft The Wolves won the chance to select first in the draft -- the first time in the team's history -- and are hoping their pick will one day help the team win a championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/timberwolves-draft?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:08:12 -0500 Electronic gambling showing signs of turnaround Bigger payouts, better technology and fresher games are leading to more acceptance of electronic pulltabs and bingo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/14/electronic-bar-gambling-turning-around?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 MN health official to lead medical marijuana company Manny Munson-Regala's move from regulating marijuana to helping sell it has raised questions at the Capitol and elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/12/timnelson?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:01:46 -0500 Key state official to become CEO of medical cannabis company Manny Munson-Regala will leave his state post next week and join LeafLine Labs in early July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/11/manny-munson-regala?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:32:37 -0500 Anticipating demand, medical marijuana grower announces $8M expansion Minnesota Medical Solutions says the new growing and manufacturing facility will be adjacent to its existing greenhouse in Otsego -- and eight times bigger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/11/minnesota-medical-solutions-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:12:17 -0500 Big bingo win represents turnaround for charitable gambling A bingo player in Eveleth won $71,000 Saturday night, a sign that play is picking up and driving up jackpots to unprecedented levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/07/big-bingo-win-represents-turnaround-for-charitable-gambling?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jun 2015 16:26:38 -0500 Medical marijuana: Sick, dying, and waiting for doctors The state's medical marijuana program is underway but doctors are wary of signing up patients for the drug, which will be available in pill or liquid form on July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/medical-marijuana-sick-dying-waiting-for-doctors-?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:25:31 -0500 New State Fair poster unveiled Last year's makeover of the fairgrounds has officially entered into permanent fair lore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/new-state-fair-poster?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 06:30:00 -0500 Man who killed SW Minnesota bicyclist: 'Don't do what I did' The man who killed a 33-year-old mother and farmer on a road near Luverne, Minn., last summer is out of jail and warning others of distracted driving's dangers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/distracted-driving?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:18:34 -0500 Medical marijuana presents tricky legal landscape Minnesota is taking a key step toward legal medical marijuana Monday: the state health department is opening the official registry to enroll users. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/timnelson?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 08:47:16 -0500 Ramsey County ready to remove two aging landmarks Ramsey County is poised to tear down a two-block stretch of buildings that date back to 1886: the former headquarters of West Publishing and the old Ramsey County Jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/29/riverfront?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 17:13:03 -0500 Flying circles, small plane creates buzz An Internet service that tracks flight data shows that the plane was in the Chicago area earlier this month, and has since made four extensive flights over the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/29/mystery-plane?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 09:00:54 -0500 Parts of I-35E in St. Paul, Hwy. 100 in west metro closing Friday Both freeways are scheduled to reopen by Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/29/i-35e-highway-100-closures?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 06:09:40 -0500 Minnesota hospitals will be able to dispense medical marijuana The Legislature has adjusted the law to add hospitals to the list of facilities that can control, dispense and manage the use of cannabis inside their systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/28/medical-marijuana-minnesota-hospitals?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 16:55:54 -0500 Tuition expected to go up at U of M The Legislature effectively turned down the university's request to fund another two-year tuition freeze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/27/kaler?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2015 08:41:27 -0500 Tent? Hotel? Hunt for special session venue underway Offers have come in from St. Paul College, the University of St. Thomas and the St. Paul Hotel. Dayton has suggested meeting in a tent on the Capitol lawn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/22/massman?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 07:58:24 -0500 Minnesota attorney general sues Savers over charity claims Attorney General Lori Swanson says the for-profit retailer has "seriously misled the public" about the extent to which donations benefit charitable organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/savers-charity?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 11:36:12 -0500 From St. Paul tragedy, a school grows in West Africa The parents of a boy killed two years ago during a school field trip in St. Paul say they will build a school in Guinea in his honor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/20/fofana-school?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 17:06:03 -0500 We're No. 1: St. Paul, Mpls. tied atop best U.S. city parks list It's the first year that St. Paul has been included on the list. Minneapolis has topped the rankings for the last two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/20/st-paul-mpls-best-city-parks?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 08:29:57 -0500 Gun, badge, laptop: Anoka deputies tap mobile tech to solve crimes The signature elements of a crime are increasingly digital. Go behind the scenes with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office mobile digital forensics lab -- the first in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/police-digital-forensic-lab?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 11:52:38 -0500 Minnesota bans bird shows over avian flu worries Minnesota animal health officials canceled all bird exhibitions for 2015, including at the State Fair. While it minimizes the risk of flu spreading it also affects a longtime Minnesota tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/15/avian-flu-bird-exhibits?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 08:47:31 -0500 MSP readies plan to boost worker pay Workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport would earn at least $10 an hour under a recommended policy change. Officials estimate 2,800 employees could be affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/12/airport-wages?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2015 16:33:36 -0500 Hennepin Co. commissioner: Rail traffic would block too many roads Hennepin County has closed on a land deal that could block a proposed interconnection between two railroads in the western suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/opat?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 08:09:56 -0500 Catholic Charities makes big pitch for homeless center To replace its crowded Dorothy Day campus in downtown St. Paul, Catholic Charities plans to build a $100 million expansion nearby. A fundraising effort kicks off today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/catholic-charities-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 22:01:00 -0500 3 inmates escape from western Wisconsin prison Three inmates escaped from a minimum security facility in New Richmond, Wis., on Wednesday night, prompting the school district to cancel classes on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/wisconsin-inmates-escape?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 08:45:09 -0500 Minneapolis police suspend cop who threatened to break suspect's legs The officer's comments during a traffic stop last March were recorded and aired online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/mpls-cop-suspended?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 11:48:09 -0500 New head of Mpls. police union defends law that bans 'lurking' Critics say the laws are used disproportionately to cite and arrest minorities. However, the new head of the city's police union says they're legitimate law enforcement tools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/kroll?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 08:00:40 -0500 Hopes high, security tight as Minn. medical marijuana era nears Medical marijuana will be legal in the state starting July 1. One of the manufacturers has a plant up and running with "casino grade" security. Here's what it's like inside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/medical-marijuana-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 17:54:31 -0500 No James Beard award wins for Minnesota chefs and restaurants The Twin Cities had one restaurant listed in contention for the Best New Restaurant award and three chefs shortlisted for best in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/05/no-james-beard-award-wins?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 08:04:28 -0500 Funeral held for Barway Collins Mourners gathered in north Minneapolis today for the funeral of the 10-year-old Crystal boy found dead last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/02/barway-collins-funeral?refid=0 Sat, 02 May 2015 13:11:16 -0500 Minnesota's medical marijuana suppliers to open in July Minnesota Medical Solutions, the state's biggest initial provider of medical marijuana, has its growing operation up to capacity. Another company, Leafline Labs, also will be ready this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/01/medical-marijuana-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2015 14:28:54 -0500 'Put your phone down': Distracted driver warns others of the costs Shyann Ericksen had just read a text when she crashed into a car in Eagan, badly injuring a child. She's warning others now of the terrible costs of distracted driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/distracted-driving?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:58:53 -0500 Green Line train hits, kills pedestrian in St. Paul Lynne Thomas, a Minnesota Senate staffer, was identified as the woman hit and killed in the morning train accident. The Senate held a moment of silence in her honor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/30/green-line-train-pedestrian-accident?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:47:31 -0500 Broadway fire may have destroyed piece of Minnesota's broadcast history A farsighted optometrist launched radio and even television stations from the north Minneapolis address. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/broadcast-history?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:17:21 -0500 Southwest light rail cost estimate jumps to $2B Officials blame ground conditions and soil contamination for much of the $341 million additional cost. Gov. Dayton says he's "shocked and appalled" by the news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/southwest-lrt?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:03:46 -0500 As avian flu spreads, Minnesota zoos worry about birds Wild birds routinely are at the Minnesota Zoo. Turkeys wander the grounds and eat at the zoo's feeders. Geese land in the animal enclosures -- and a tiger killed one a couple days ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/zoos-avian-flu?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:54:33 -0500 Metro Transit testing electric buses for faster routes Each electric bus would eliminate more than 100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions produced in a year by a diesel bus, according to the manufacturer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/electric-bus?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:56:21 -0500 3 voices on the MSP airport wage debate The state's debate over minimum wages is about to shift to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with implications for the rest of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/airport-wage-debate?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:36:33 -0500 St. Paul police: Missing 8-year-old boy found safe Joseph Laframboise was found safe on St. Paul's West Side, police said. No other information was immediately available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/missing-st-paul-boy?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:44:00 -0500 Higher minimum wage for airport workers could get a vote next month Even if airport commissioners approve an increase, it may take months for workers to see changes in pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/possible-vote-on-minimum-wage-for-msp-workers?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:51:16 -0500 Bringing the heart of the craftsman to the stone of the Capitol Meet Mark Wickstrom, one of a handful of carvers climbing around outside the building, restoring the stone on the Capitol. It's in tough shape after more than 100 Minnesota winters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/capitol-stone-carver?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Insider squabbles at Vikes' stadium board spill into public view Halfway through the construction of the new Vikings stadium, infighting is threatening the panel charged with building it. A routine meeting Friday turned heated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/stadium-authority?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:49:28 -0500 Off-duty sheriff's deputy involved in gas station shooting Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said the incident involved a sheriff's deputy from nearby McLeod County and an unruly patron at a Kwik Trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/17/norwood-young-america-gas-station-shooting-incident?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:18:02 -0500 Everybody breathe: Lindstrom's umlauts are back A day after Gov. Mark Dayton said the state should restore the umlauts to the city of Lindstrom's road signs, the dots are back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/16/umlauts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:36:11 -0500 1 dead after St. Croix River anglers argue After an argument, three men on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River drove to confront Wisconsin anglers Tuesday. Peter Kelly, of St. Croix Falls, Wis. was fatally wounded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/st-croix-river-stabbing?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:45:49 -0500 Burglar admits shooting Minneapolis cop A Crystal man has admitted wounding a Minneapolis police officer who answered a burglary call in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/mpls-cop?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:59:38 -0500 Duke, Apple Valley hoops star Tyus Jones to enter NBA draft Jones led the Blue Devils to the NCAA men's basketball championship last week. He's projected to be a first-round NBA pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/tyus-jones-nba?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:44:08 -0500 Fire chars a block of West Broadway in Minneapolis A three-alarm blaze Wednesday morning torched a block of homes and businesses on West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis, forcing at least a dozen evacuations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/mpls-fire?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:25:15 -0500 Father charged with Barway Collins' murder Prosecutors charged Pierre Collins with second-degree murder in Barway's death. They suspect the motive was a potential payout from a life insurance policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/barway-collins-case?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:22:55 -0500 Don't phone home: MN cops launch distracted driving crackdown More than 300 Minnesota police agencies are on the lookout this week for distracted drivers. Officials say distracted driving is not worth the cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/distracted-driving?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:16:10 -0500 Fire at Minneapolis City Hall closes police property room The Monday morning blaze forced some 911 dispatchers away from their posts and set off sprinklers in a police department evidence storage area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/mpls-city-hall-fire?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:24:09 -0500 Parts of I-494 in west metro closed, I-94 in St. Paul reopened early Big construction projects are getting underway this weekend that will close some parts of major freeways in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/10/i-494-closure?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:23:10 -0500 Lobbying begins for Major League Soccer stadium Minnesota United's MLS franchise is contingent on building a new outdoor stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/10/mls-stadium-lobbying?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:02:25 -0500 Charges: Shakopee teacher sent suggestive texts to boy, 15 Prosecutors say Andrew Scott Hasty sent sexually suggestive texts to the teen he met through a local theater group. The Shakopee school district says Hasty has been put on leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/09/shakopee-teacher-charges?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:45:52 -0500 Mille Lacs walleye limit cut to 1; tightest rules yet The tougher regulations are needed to keep the walleye harvest at a safe level, state officials said Wednesday. Walleye numbers in Mille Lacs are at a 40-year low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/08/dnr-walleye-restrictions-mille-lacs?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:50:40 -0500 Lutsen snowboarder likely died from hitting a tree Police said she was wearing a helmet but that it apparently wasn't enough to protect her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/08/snowboarder-dies-lutsen?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:28:39 -0500 Head of stadium agency calls pay dispute 'distraction' A consultant looked at salaries and found what appeared to be a case of gender inequity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/27/msfa-pay-disupute?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:38:48 -0500 Vikings kick in nearly $20M more for stadium The stadium now has a projected cost of $1.061 billion, up from an initial $975 million estimate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/27/vikings-stadium-funding?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:00:00 -0500 Fair weather fans? MLS officials think Minnesotans will warm to game Minnesotans may be cheering the news now that outdoor soccer is coming to Minneapolis. But will they do the same in November? Backers say yes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/minnesota-soccer-fans?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:11:43 -0500 Spread the words: Little Free Libraries find global following The first Little Free Library went up in 2010 on a Hudson, Wis., street. What began with the remnants of a discarded garage door has become a worldwide phenomenon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/26/little-free-libraries?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Major League Soccer team coming to Minneapolis The franchise was awarded to investors led by Bill McGuire, who owns a minor league soccer team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/mls-soccer-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:44:00 -0500 5 indicted in alleged synthetic drug ring in Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Thursday the indictment charges the five with conspiring to distribute synthetic cannabinoids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/synthetic-drug-ring?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:52:41 -0500 St. Cloud school leaders respond to Somali student protest Somali students walked out of St. Cloud Technical High School Wednesday after a posting on social media that showed a Somali student in a wheelchair, captioned with a reference to ISIS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/st-cloud-protest?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:50:27 -0500 Overnight fire closes Henry High School in Minneapolis Minneapolis Public Schools officials say no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/19/henry-fire?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:35:10 -0500 For St. Croix Crossing engineers, some assembly now required After decades of debate, years of planning and two construction seasons, the new bridge planned near Stillwater is about to start crossing the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/17/st-croix-crossing-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:42:33 -0500 Police ramp up DWI patrols for St. Patrick's Day Those who don't want to drive can take a free ride on public transit -- all Metro Transit rides will be free from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-dwi-enforcement?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:08:37 -0500 Mpls. appears certain to win Major League Soccer franchise MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirmed that the league is discussing awarding a franchise to former United Health CEO Bill McGuire, who owns the minor league Minnesota United team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/minnesota-major-league-soccer?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:46:18 -0500 Metro Transit says take a free ride on St. Patrick's Day Tuesday's celebration marks the first year there will be free light rail service to St. Paul, where some of Minnesota's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations happen every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/free-rides?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:59:44 -0500 Life Time Fitness sold to private equity companies Chanhassen-based Life Time valued the deal at more than $4 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/life-time-fitness?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:57:54 -0500 Pedestrian killed while running across I-94 in Minneapolis The State Patrol said that Kyle Day, 28, was hit on northbound I-94 shortly after 3 a.m. by an SUV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/13/i-94-pedestrian-killed?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:52:10 -0500 Violent crime rates drop in St. Paul, police say However, newly released statistics also show an increase in motor vehicle thefts and commercial burglaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/crime-down?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:56:40 -0500 A 'difficult day' as Target lays off 1,700 The retail giant announced 1,700 layoffs, mostly from its Minneapolis headquarters. It also permanently closed 1,400 open positions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/10/target-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:19:40 -0500 Two Minneapolis homeless shelters to stay open later Catholic Charities' Higher Ground shelter and Simpson Housing Services will stay open an extra three hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/mpls-homeless-shelters?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:32:22 -0600 Hennepin deputy revives woman with anti-overdose drug The sheriff's office says it may be the first instance of someone saved by a Narcan dose administered by police in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/over-dose-drug-at-work?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:29:29 -0600 Hotline created to help homeless veterans in Minnesota Since 2010, Minnesota has cut the number of homeless veterans nearly in half to about 320. Veterans Affairs officials want people to call if they know a vet who needs help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/veterans-hotline?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:30:36 -0600 Researcher: Minnesota's corporate presence stems from leadership Myles Shaver, a professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, said the state's concentration of business talent is key to its number of Fortune 500 companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/05/minnesota-miracle?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:01:32 -0600 Home team, new home: Saints roll into Lowertown The St. Paul Saints moved into their new $63 million ballpark on Thursday with a few things left to do before opening day. Baseball, though, is only 11 weeks away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/05/saints-move-in?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:12:23 -0600 Carlson CEO stepping down; top leadership retooled The Twin Cities-based travel and hospitality giant said it will refocus management on its core businesses after Trudy Rautio leaves on May 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/05/carlson-ceo?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:57:34 -0600 All clear after odor leads to evacuation of two U of M buildings Minneapolis fire officials are letting people return to two University of Minnesota buildings after concerns of a chemical odor prompted a morning evacuation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/05/u-evacuates-buildings?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:11:25 -0600 Graves gets nod to build MSP hotel; hopes to open by Super Bowl The luxury lodging will include an indoor connection to the airport, hotel entrepreneur Jim Graves said Monday. The full airport commission is expected to approve the deal March 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/msp-airport-hotel?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:07:04 -0600 Apostle Islands ice caves opening draws 11K Despite slippery conditions and a new fee, 11,200 people took in Wisconsin's Lake Superior ice caves over the weekend. The weather is likely to shut the caves by March 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/ice-caves?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:38:40 -0600 Like local food? DNR wants you to hunt your own turkey The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is teaching people to hunt wild turkeys in an effort to stem waning interest in hunting and bolster public support for wild land and conservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/27/wild-turkey?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:47:51 -0600 Minnesotans head east to fix Boston's extreme ice dams Minnesota's ice dam removers are being greeted in Boston 'like Santa Claus.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/26/boston-ice-dams?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:22:50 -0600 Man survives but dog can't be saved as truck sinks in Lake Minnetonka Four deputies laid on the ice in a human chain to rescue a man after his truck went through the ice Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/26/lake-minnetonka-rescue?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:19:34 -0600 Wait list for Section 8 housing opens for first time in years Demand is high. Terri Smith, the Metropolitan Council's housing and redevelopment authority program manager, expects as many as 60,000 people to apply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/section8?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:17:35 -0600 Wounded Minneapolis officer says he's overwhelmed by support In a video interview, Officer Jordan Davis says he's grateful for the response to his shooting, from the moment it happened to the days that followed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/jordan-davis?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:40:43 -0600 Minneapolis police investigate shooting of officer A Minneapolis police officer is in satisfactory condition after being shot early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/21/report-minneapolis-police-officer-shot-?refid=0 Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:45:07 -0600 Union label: Minnesota medical marijuana workers organize Minnesota's United Food and Commercial Workers chapter says it's organized workers at one of the state's two medical cannabis production facilities. The jobs pay pretty well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/20/marijuana-workers-union?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:19:07 -0600 From store to rink? Wild considers former Macy's spot for practice site The Minnesota Wild is considering the former Macy's store in downtown St. Paul for a practice facility. The move would free the Xcel Energy Center for other uses on non-game days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/wild-to-macys?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:20:39 -0600 Pay dispute may lengthen airport lines this spring at MSP A company hired to ease traveler hassles at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been fired and airport officials are moving to fill the void as the spring vacation surge nears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/18/msp-pay-dispute?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:42:23 -0600 Somali-American airport worker begins term on airports commission The Metropolitan Airports Commission swore in its first Somali-American member on Tuesday. Ibrahim Mohamed, an airport employee for 11 years, aims to focus on customer service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/17/metropolitan-airports-commission?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:54:35 -0600 State grilled over stalled changes to sex offender program A lawyer representing people locked up in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program pressed the state's human services chief Friday to explain why Minnesota's done little to change the system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/13/sex-offender-program?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:40:40 -0600 Mpls. may be close to scoring a Major League Soccer team (or not) The outcome appears to hinge on how many teams the league is really considering and what direction commission Don Garber decides to take. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/13/minneapolis-soccer-bid?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:20:12 -0600 Mom of toddler hurt in crash speaks out on texting while driving An Eagan mom whose 21-month-old son was nearly killed in a head-on collision warns against using a smart phone while driving. State officials urged drivers to heed her warnings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/09/texting-while-driving?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:32:30 -0600 1 dead in Minneapolis house fire The fire also spread to an adjacent house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/09/mpls-house-fire?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:47:03 -0600 Gauge the weather: NWS seeks volunteers for rain, snow network The National Weather Service wants you, especially if you live in western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/citizen-observers?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Group calls on lawmakers to overhaul juvenile justice Minnesota needs to work harder to keep kids out of jail, particularly kids of color, a group of faith leaders said Thursday at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/juvenile-justice?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:00:39 -0600 Fitch sentence: Life without parole Brian Fitch was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for murdering Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/04/fitch-sentence?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:21:19 -0600 Police: Man found dead after west metro manhunt Hennepin County authorities are searching for a suspect connected to a shootout with police Tuesday. The incident triggered a manhunt that led to searches of a St. Louis Park Byerly's and an Edina neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/byerlys-police?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:54:22 -0600 Bill calls for outside investigations of officer-involved killings A bipartisan bill introduced at the Capitol would bar Minnesota police agencies from investigating their own officers involved in duty-related deaths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/latz?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:28:31 -0600 Game on: What to expect when Minneapolis hosts Super Bowl 2018 Minnesota gets its chance to shine again in 2018, when the Super Bowl heads to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/30/super-bowl-in-mn-2018?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 New Hope City Hall gunman had troubled past Raymond Kmetz, 68, the man killed after opening fire at New Hope City Hall Monday night and wounding two officers, had a long history of confronting government and the law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/new-hope-city-council-meeting-interrupted-by-sounds-of-gunfire?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:26:16 -0600 Suspect charged in killing of Cottage Grove High School teacher Bailey Garcia, 19, of Pine Springs faces a single count of second degree murder in connection with the shooting death of art teacher and bar owner David Frigaard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/teacher-killed?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:30:00 -0600 More MSP flights canceled as winter storm pounds Northeast At least 20 flights from Minneapolis to the East Coast were canceled before dawn Tuesday because of a snowstorm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/27/ne-blizzard-flights-canceled?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:14:35 -0600 Thousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East The National Weather Service predicts 2 to 3 feet of snow for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including the New York and Boston areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/mn-flights-canceled?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:15:30 -0600 Cathedral of St. Paul celebrates centennial Sunday marks the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, and the Cathedral is marking the occasion by opening of a year of celebration for one of Minnesota's most iconic buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/24/cathedral-centennial?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:00:00 -0600 Reunited: Baby orangutan back at Como Zoo with mom The baby orangutan was born by cesarean section on Jan. 7 and stayed briefly at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center's ICU. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/23/baby-orangutan?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:42:53 -0600 Police shoot, injure burglary suspect in Blaine A woman called police to report a break-in. She said the intruder was fighting her boyfriend in the kitchen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/22/blaine-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:13:39 -0600 'Crashed,' bashed and cashed: St. Paul embraces extreme ice racing The three-day Crashed Ice stunt race draws huge crowds, publicity and dollars to St. Paul. It returns again Thursday. Try to stay upright. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/crashed-ice-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:08:23 -0600 Vikings officials: Bird-safe stadium glass would cost $60M, add delays Bird advocates have cited a much smaller figure -- around $1 million -- for the cost of "fritted" glass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/bird-safe-glass-vikings?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:51:52 -0600 1 dead in Bloomington shooting Police say a man was fatally shot after an encounter with officers in Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/bloomington-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:45:13 -0600 Target's Canadian exit puts some MN jobs at risk With its expansion plans in tatters, the Minneapolis-based retail giant will close its 133 Canadian stores. Some 600 Twin Cities jobs are tied to Target's Canada operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/15/target-canada?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:39:37 -0600 St. Paul plowing streets Thursday, Friday The St. Paul Public Works Department is asking residents to move their cars off of streets to accommodate snow cleanup. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/15/stpaul-plow?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:47:00 -0600 Vikings give artists a sporting chance to enhance new stadium Vikings owners plan to purchase as many as 100 original works of art to place all over the new Minneapolis stadium, not just in luxury boxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/vikings-local-art?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:00:13 -0600 Twin Cities pro bike race may have six weeks to live North Star Bicycle Festival organizers say that since losing their main sponsor, the race isn't financially sustainable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/pro-bike-race?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:42:10 -0600 St. Paul police fatally shoot man during confrontation Police said the shooting occurred when officers responded to a report that a man had threatened a woman via cell phone. The St. Paul NAACP called for an independent investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/stpaul-police-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:01:22 -0600 Stay safe: Check those carbon monoxide detectors Officials are urging Minnesotans to check their carbon monoxide detectors following the deaths of two women in Lindstrom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/13/co2-warning?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:22:13 -0600 1 dead, firefighter hurt in Minneapolis fires One person died and a firefighter was injured in a pair of overnight fires in Minneapolis. Both fires are under investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/13/minneapolis-fires?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:05:51 -0600 2 women found dead of apparent CO poisoning in Lindstrom Authorities found extreme levels of carbon monoxide in the home, and that the furnace had stopped. The furnace exhaust pipe was also blocked by ice and soot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/13/co-deaths?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:25:42 -0600 St. Paul homeless shelter expected to get key grant for expansion Ramsey County has earmarked $1.7 million for a new service center that will be part of the Dorothy Day Center's new downtown homeless shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/dorothy-day-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:31:25 -0600 Listeria outbreak traced to California apple supplier The CDC says 32 people from 11 states have fallen ill, and seven of them have died. Two of those deaths were reported in Minnesota last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/listeria?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:13:14 -0600 Trial of accused cop killer Fitch begins today in St. Cloud A Dakota County judge ordered Brian Fitch's trial moved to Stearns County last month, citing extensive media coverage in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/fitch-trial-begins?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 State Patrol tallies 855 car crashes during, after storm One person was killed and more than 100 people were injured in the 30 hours since the storm began on Thursday. The Minnesota State Patrol says drivers are going too fast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/09/storm-crashes?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:21:20 -0600 Winds vex travel, driving conditions decline in some areas Interstate 90 is expected to be particularly difficult. Roads should be in decent shape, but drivers may not be able to see where they're going. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/blizzard-warning?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:05:30 -0600 Kids' coats, winter clothes pour in after St. Paul schools appeal The district is about halfway to its goal of providing 500 coats to students. Here's how you can donate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/coat-donations?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:24:47 -0600 Officials probe norovirus outbreak at Woodbury Chuck E. Cheese Health investigators are trying to track down people who may have been exposed to norovirus at the restaurant last weekend. About 30 people so far have reported becoming ill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/norovirus-outbreak?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:11:11 -0600 Prosecutors push court to restore charges against Waseca teen A district court dismissed attempted murder charges against John LaDue, who was accused of plotting to bomb Waseca High School. Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a state appeals court to reinstate those charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/ladue-charges?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Cold shuts Anoka-Hennepin, Mpls. schools; no statewide order Two of the three largest districts in the state will be closed Wednesday because of the forecast for bitter cold. St. Paul schools will be open. State officials say there will be no statewide closing order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/governor-wont-close-schools?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:42:37 -0600 How cold is too cold for Minnesota schools? When it comes to deciding when its too cold or too snowy to go to school, the decisions are left up to local school districts, for the most part. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/school-closure-criteria?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:19:14 -0600 World Wrestling Entertainment exec to manage new Vikings stadium Patrick Talty will be the stadium's general manager when it opens in 2016. He was the WWE's senior vice president for live events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/vikings-stadium-general-manager?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:15:12 -0600 Charities, shelters struggle to aid needy as temperatures plunge Charities are stepping up efforts to help the homeless as bone-chilling cold grips Minnesota this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/charities-step-up-efforts?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:07:36 -0600 Yes, you have school: Despite extreme cold, Twin Cities classes in session The extreme cold has delayed some schools around the state -- but not Twin Cities schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/cold-weather?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:47:41 -0600 3 killed in minivan, minibus crash in SW Minnesota Three people were killed and three were seriously injured in a crash Wednesday involving a minivan and a shuttle bus near Marshall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/3-killed-minivan-bus-crash?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 07:09:39 -0600 New license plates available to women veterans Women veterans can now purchase license plates in Minnesota honoring their service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/women-veteran-plates?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 05:53:56 -0600 More practice now required for Minnesota's teen drivers Young drivers will now need to spend at least 50 hours driving with parents and other adults -- at least 15 hours of which must be at night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/01/teen-drivers?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:00:00 -0600 2014 goes down as tough year for some wildlife The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota treated more than 9,000 animals, birds and other creatures in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/wildlife?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:03:16 -0600 Report: Housing market gains hurting homeless A dip in Twin Cities rental vacancies and statewide eviction filings have caused a rise in rental rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/30/housing-report?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Power restored to Green Line in Minneapolis Metro Transit says trains are running again on the Green Line in Minneapolis after a brief power outage Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/29/green-line-power-outage?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:56:29 -0600 Woman fatally stabbed in St. Paul Police haven't identified the woman yet, but say a former boyfriend is a person of interest in the attack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/29/st-paul-stabbing?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:08:44 -0600 E-book lending changing Twin Cities libraries Libraries are starting to see declines in print circulation as e-books grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/26/ebook-lending-changing-twin-cities-libraries?refid=0 Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0600 Vikings raking in the cash from stadium fees The Minnesota Vikings have sold more than 30,000 seat licenses to fans for more than $80 million. The team aims to sell $100 million in seat licenses for construction costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/22/vikings-stadium-fees?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:30:57 -0600 Vikings upgrade to LED lights in new stadium The LED lights are expected to save money and energy, as well as provide better illumination for television broadcasts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/vikings-led-lights?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:07:06 -0600 Minnesota links caramel apples, 2 listeria deaths Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/listeria-caramel-apples?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:15:40 -0600 Surly Brewing taps to start flowing in new age of beer Three years after pushing for a change in liquor laws to allow breweries to sell directly to the public, Surly is opening what owner Omar Ansari calls "a destination brewery." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/surly-brewing-complex-opens?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 MSP: Renovations will speed airport security lines Construction starts in April on a 10 lane checkpoint in the main terminal. Officials hope to cut the average wait time to about 12 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/msp-changes?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:03:35 -0600 Two dead, 'more questions than answers,' after I-694 police chase An apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest area early Wednesday led to a police chase that ended with officers killing the suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/17/i-694-closed?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:47:23 -0600 Winter returns to Minnesota: Snow and slick roads Many Minnesotans are waking up to winter this morning after snowfall blanketed parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/winter-returns-to-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:59:27 -0600 Tall order: Como Park Zoo announces baby giraffe birth Skye is the 18th baby giraffe born at the St. Paul zoo and the fourth giraffe at the zoo now. She's unlikely to stay in town, though. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/como-zoo-giraffe?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:43:39 -0600 Bridge work done, MnDOT set to reopen key Mpls. road Central Avenue, designated as Highway 65 coming out of downtown Minneapolis, has been closed between 18th and 14th avenues since early spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/central-avenue-opening?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:38:58 -0600 EB I-94, Green Line in St. Paul closing this weekend Crews will be removing and replacing bridge beams on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge, just east of downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/eastbound-i-94-closure?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:43:17 -0600 What stadium builders need to know about how birds see the world Light invisible to the human eye may be the key to making the new Vikings stadium safer for birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/stadium-how-birds-see-world?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:56:47 -0600 Wolf hunt opponents rally at DNR headquarters after target exceeded Hunters killed nearly two dozen more animals in northwest Minnesota than the state target. In northeastern Minnesota, hunters have already killed six more than the target. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/wolf-hunt-protest?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:40:57 -0600 Lawmakers look to 3M to make stadium bird-safe, but solution not clear Two state lawmakers hope 3M may be able to engineer a way to keep birds from smashing against the glass on a new Vikings stadium. 3M says that's only a theory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/10/birds-vs-vikings-stadium-possible-fix?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:48 -0600 Airport workers' wage protest briefly hobbles MSP Traffic has returned to normal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after an afternoon rally at the main terminal where airport workers called for a $15 an hour minimum wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/airport-protest?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:15:46 -0600 Bridge work closing I-94 west in St. Paul this weekend; expect delays Westbound Interstate 94 between Highway 61 and Interstate 35E will close tonight through early Monday so crews can work on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/i-94-closure-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:21:45 -0600 A makeover, new management for iconic Como Park pavilion Owners of the Amsterdam Bar will expand food offerings and invest $200,000 to upgrade the space, which will be known as Como Dockside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/04/como-park-pavilion-improvements?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:21:03 -0600 Vikings ready to spend more on stadium to snag pro soccer team Minnesota's NFL franchise is competing against a group led by former UnitedHealth CEO William McGuire to bring a Major League Soccer team to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/03/vikings-soccer-stadium-pitch?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:37:54 -0600 Minneapolis still aiming for spot in pro soccer expansion League officials will be meeting this weekend to talk about the future of top level U.S. soccer. The Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota United are interested in owning a team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/02/mls-expansion-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:42:58 -0600 Bridge inspections may slow I-94 in St. Paul MnDOT will close lanes and shoulders in both directions on the interstate between Highway 280 and Dale Street starting Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/02/i-94-bridge-inspections-delays?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:21:46 -0600 Minnesota's first medical pot makers get the OK to get growing LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions were chosen from among 12 applicants. Production will start in Cottage Grove and Otsego. State officials hope the products are ready for sale by July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/01/minnesota-medical-marijuana?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:51:38 -0600 Best Buy takes down website on Black Friday The website of Minnesota-based Best Buy was unavailable to customers for more than two hours Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/28/best-buy-website?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:51:30 -0600 Twin Cities bike tech pioneer Steve Hed dies A suburban St. Paul bike builder who helped revolutionize bike technology has died. Steve Hed was known for his eponymous bike wheel design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/steve-hed?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:11:20 -0600 Demolition OK'd for 19th-century buildings in downtown St. Paul The move could clear the way for a major redevelopment of St. Paul's riverfront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/25/west-publishing-demolition-redevelopment?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:59:23 -0600 Once a flop, e-pulltab gambling quietly rebounds The electronic games are hitting financial targets for the first time since they debuted in 2012. Better technology and novel games are driving the surge, backers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/e-pulltab-gambling-quietly-rebounds?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:49:46 -0600 Woman threatened with rape near Maplewood Mall A man with a gun ordered a woman on Sunday to drive to a parking lot, where he threatened to rape her. Police say the attack is similar to others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/maplewood-attack?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:23:10 -0600 Minnesota AG criticizes Savers thrift store chain Minnesota's attorney general has issued a new report saying Savers is misleading the public about how much of the donations it solicits are given to local charities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/savers-lori-swanson?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:34:15 -0600 Pedestrian killed on I-694 in Brooklyn Park The State Patrol said an eastbound driver noticed the pedestrian, wearing dark clothing and standing in the right lane with his hands in the air. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/20/pedestrian-killed-694?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:14:27 -0600 St. Paul Saints stadium builders aim to make it a 'green' field By next spring there will be ranks of photovoltaic solar panels behind the stands, waiting to power up Minnesota's newest sports complex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/st-paul-saints-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:57:06 -0600 Minnesota included in Major League Soccer bid Vikings officials will join groups from Sacramento and Las Vegas in giving presentations at the league's headquarters in New York tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/mls-bids?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:28:03 -0600 Met Council chairwoman steps down Sue Haigh will leave the agency to concentrate on her work as CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/met-council-chair-steps-down?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:48:53 -0600 Pedestrian killed at busy Brooklyn Center intersection The 61-year-old man was struck just before 7 p.m. on Highway 252, where the six-lane highway crosses 73rd Avenue North. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/pedestrian-killed?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:27:12 -0600 Peterson suspended without pay through end of season The NFL Players Association said Peterson will immediately appeal. Peterson pleaded no contest earlier this month to a misdemeanor charge of child abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/18/peterson-suspended?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:03:54 -0600 NFL may announce decision today on discipline for Vikings' Peterson Fans may hear today when Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is eligible to return to the field following child abuse allegations against him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/nfl-decision-on-adrian-peterson?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:43:11 -0600 Thieves grab $300,000 in watches from St. Paul store In a weekend robbery, men armed with hammers smashed glass display cases to grab about 30 Rolex watches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/watch-robbery-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:55:16 -0600 Second MNsure enrollment begins smoothly The state health insurance exchange started taking applications for its second year at 8 a.m. Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/15/second-mnsure-enrollment-begins-smoothly?refid=0 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:10:45 -0600 Bantam hockey player who died on ice is named Officials in Apple Valley identified Patrick Schoonover as the 14-year-old hockey player who died at a tournament in Brainerd Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/15/high-school-hockey-player-who-died-on-ice-is-ided?refid=0 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:38:37 -0600 Minneapolis snags 2019 NCAA men's hoops Final Four The city will host the Final Four for the third time, the first in its new $1 billion stadium. The finals are expected to draw millions of dollars in tourist and fan spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/14/ncaa-final-four-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:09:40 -0600 I-94 in west central Minn. reopened after semitrailer accident The semi tipped over in the early morning and blocked traffic for hours. By late morning, both lanes of westbound I-94 were reopened, the State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/14/traffic-congestion-interstate?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:59:44 -0600 Construction workers rescued in Mpls. high-rise blaze; no injuries The insulation fire started on the eighth floor of the historic Ceresota Flour building and was put out quickly, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/high-rise-fire-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:11:46 -0600 Snowstorm sideswiped MnDOT's online road conditions tracker Getting around during Monday's snowstorm wasn't just tough on the roads. Accessing the state's road conditions website was also slow going. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/mndot-road-conditions?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:06:13 -0600 Medical marijuana choices today for task force Minnesota has about a month left to pick two manufacturers from the dozen that submitted formal applications last month to supply medical marijuana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/06/medical-marijuana?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Walker's pro-Packer graffiti erased from Vikings stadium beam Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tried to slip a little secret cheer for his favorite NFL team into the new Vikings stadium, but it didn't work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/pro-packer-graffiti-erased-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:38:07 -0600 Twins name Paul Molitor next manager The St. Paul native, baseball coach and Hall of Famer had been widely expected to replace fired manager Ron Gardenhire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/twins-name-molitor-manager?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:44:25 -0600 Retailers crank up holiday competition early to nab shoppers Target, Wal-Mart and other retail giants are pushing the holiday shopping season even earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/31/holiday-shopping-preseason?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:30:54 -0500 Investors eye site near Mpls. Farmers Market for MLS soccer stadium A group led by ex-UnitedHealth Group CEO Bill McGuire is intensifying the competition with the Minnesota Vikings to win a Major League Soccer franchise in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/30/possible-minneapolis-mls-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:50:12 -0500 Widowed by Ebola, MN woman fights to claim spouse's Social Security The Nigerian government isn't releasing a death certificate for Patrick Sawyer, one of the first Americans to die of Ebola. And that's a problem for his family in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/decontee-sawyer?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:05:46 -0500 Man struck by Northstar train in Elk River dies The pedestrian was walking in an area not meant for pedestrians at about 6:30 p.m. when he was hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/man-struck-by-northstar-train-in-big-lake-dies?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:34:56 -0500 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 &mdash; 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 &mdash; 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 &mdash; 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 e