Minnesota Public Radio features by Elizabeth Baier http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30360 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:17:52 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Elizabeth Baier http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Growing Karen population brings new round of changes to Austin, Minn. A wave of Karen and Karenni immigrants has school administrators and teachers adjusting to new young refugees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/15/austin-karen-refugees?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Apple harvest begins in Minnesota Hail storms wiped out apple crops in parts of central Minnesota, but the crop looks good in some areas of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/06/apple-harvest?refid=0 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:00:40 -0500 Former Winona YWCA damaged by fire No one was inside the building at the time. The historic structure is home to a popular gymnastics training center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/winona-ywca-fire?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:05:45 -0500 Months after assault, giant steps tonight for ex-Mankato State football player Emotions will run high as former Minnesota State University, Mankato linebacker Isaac Kolstad, severely injured in an assault in May, leads the team onto the field for tonight's season opener. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/assault-recovery?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:03:44 -0500 Delta Airlines launches new service The launch of the new service coincides with the airport's traffic patterns, which tend to spike in early fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/01/delta-airlines?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:15:40 -0500 Snakes in the grass: A key to Minnesota's vanishing prairie Scientists are tracking snakes in southeastern Minnesota to monitor their health, but also the health of the larger ecosystem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/29/minnesota-prairie-snakes?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:19:21 -0500 Mayo offers new colon screening system The new screening test will be available to Mayo Clinic patients in Rochester by early October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/mayo-offers-new-colon-screening-system?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:01:06 -0500 Emerald ash borer infestation spreads to Olmsted County Minnesota is home to more than one billion ash trees -- more than any other state in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/emerald-ash-borer-olmsted-county?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:49:23 -0500 Medical professionals carefully embrace social media For doctors, dentists and other health professionals there are ethical issues to consider before sending out a tweet or accepting a friend request. For some, navigating the virtual and real worlds can be a challenge, as well as a risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/health-professionals-social-media?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:20:13 -0500 Winona police investigate American flag burnings Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack says police are concerned about public safety as well as respecting the flag. He says flags have been burnt while attached to houses with people inside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/winona-flag-burnings?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:36:59 -0500 Primary 2014: Johnson wins GOP race for governor Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/governor-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500 Zip Rail comment period extended Residents are concerned about access, land rights and safety issues, said MnDOT Spokeswoman Mary McFarland Brooks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/zip-rail-comment-period-extended?refid=0 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:59:54 -0500 Seniors expected to flock to Rochester as the Mayo Clinic expands Senior housing construction is growing quickly in Rochester. Instead of focusing on sprawling housing developments in the Sun Belt, some builders are trying to lure older people who want to live in smaller communities -- and be close to their doctors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/rochester-senior-housing?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:58:03 -0500 Prosecutors want attempted murder charges restored against Waseca teen District Judge Gerald Wolf on Monday threw out four charges of attempted first-degree murder against LaDue, concluding that prosecutors failed to show the teen made a "substantial step, beyond mere preparation" toward committing the crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/waseca-teen?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:07:13 -0500 How Waseca's reacting to lesser charges in the LaDue case John LaDue, 17, was once charged with planning to kill his family and bomb his school, but a judge has dismissed the most serious of those charges. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Elizabeth Baier about the community's reaction after the judge's order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/wasecacommunity?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:09:44 -0500 Waseca dad: Son is no killer, prosecutors overreacted A day after a Waseca County judge dismissed the most serious charges against a 17-year-old charged with planning to kill his family and as many students as he could at his high school, the boy's father said he doesn't believe his son would have carried out the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/waseca-reacts-to-charges-dropped?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:10:16 -0500 Twin Cities-Rochester high-speed rail comment periods open this week Federal, state, and county officials are currently evaluating possible routes for a the proposed Zip Rail service's 100-mile corridor that spans seven counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/twin-citiesrochester-highspeed-rail-comment-periods-open-this-week?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:53:42 -0500 Winona State football player dies Shawn Afryl, 22, had recently transferred to Winona State University from the University of Illinois. He joined the Winona State team this summer and enrolled as a social studies teaching major. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/winona-state-football-player-dies?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:02:11 -0500 Judge nears ruling on medical records release in ex-Gophers QB assault case A judge is expected to decide this week whether to release the medical records of a Mankato man critically injured in an assault that brought the arrest of a former University of Minnesota quarterback. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/judge-near-ruling-on-medical-records-release-in-exgophers-qb-assault-case?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:07:53 -0500 Winona bridge expansion to boost SE Minn. transit, officials say Fixing the 70-year-old bridge will benefit Minnesota and Wisconsin along the river corridor, said Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/winona-bridge-expansion-to-boost-se-minn-transit-officials-say?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:00:22 -0500 Mayo Clinic is tops in magazine's hospital rankings Mayo Clinic is the best hospital in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/mayo-clinic-tops-in-magazines-hosptial-rankings?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:07:16 -0500 Minnesota Supreme Court to hear rental limit arguments Earlier this year, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the law, which allows only 30 percent of the homes on a block to be rental properties. A group of Winona homeowners appealed the decision, arguing it's not the city's job to limit the number of homeowners who want to rent their properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/minnesota-supreme-court-to-hear-rental-limit-arguments?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 17:40:24 -0500 SE Minn. should be prepared for rail mishaps, officials say No oil freight traffic goes through Rochester, but the city is central source for haz-mat response in southeastern Minnesota and Mayo Clinic has a vulnerable population of patients, said U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who hosted the meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/se-minn-should-be-prepared-for-rail-mishaps-officials-say-?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 16:54:47 -0500 Police charge second man in Mankato beating case Witnesses identified Shelley as the man suspected of punching 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad and knocking him to the ground, though Shelley told police he did not hit anyone, according to the complaint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/police-charge-second-man-in-mankato-beating-case-?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 14:31:40 -0500 Rutgers drops Nelson; 2nd arrest made in assault case Philip Nelson was charged Monday with two counts of felony assault in connection with a weekend fight that left another man severely injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/nelson-assault?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 10:23:50 -0500 Teen in alleged Waseca plot pleads not guilty Prosecutors say the teenager outlined his plan for a school attack in a 180-page journal. He was arrested at a storage locker that authorities say contained bomb-making materials, and had numerous guns in his room. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/teen-in-alleged-waseca-plot-pleads-not-guilty?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 13:13:45 -0500 Mayo's mark: 5 innovations that changed health care Some of the clinic's five most-important medical contributions are relevant even today, says Mayo Clinic museum director Matt Dacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/mayo-clinic-innovations?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 12:43:29 -0500 MnDOT delivers old-school call-out to Amish over 'Buggy Byway' repairs Two of the state's Amish communities use that stretch of Highway 52 regularly. That's prompted the Minnesota Department of Transportation to take more of an old-school approach, delivering letters to Amish homes rather than texts or email. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/buggy-construction?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 16:09:13 -0500 Waseca seeks assurance of safety after foiled killing spree Parents, students and school officials filled a Waseca auditorium last night to hear how the district would respond to the case of John LaDue. According to court documents, the 17-year-old LaDue told police he was planning to kill his family and as many students as he could with a homemade explosives and guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/03/waseca-seeks-assurance-of-safety-after-foiled-killing-spree-?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2014 06:51:45 -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 As e-cigarette popularity leaps, worries of illegal drug use follow E-cigarettes are perfect for vaporizing illegal drugs and that has federal and state officials increasingly concerned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/narcotics-ecigarettes?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:23:46 -0500 Emerald ash borer found in Winona Winona city officials confirm they've found the emerald ash borer within city limits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/19/emerald-ash-borer-found-in-winona?refid=0 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:37:47 -0500 Mankato football players say they'll play for Hoffner The players said they wanted better communication between team, the coaches and administration about changes in the coaching situation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/mankato-football-players-coaches?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:28:12 -0500 I-90 bridge will be partially closed until November Starting today, the westbound I-90 off-ramp to Highway 61 will close for drivers traveling west from La Crosse, Wis., to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/dresbach-bridge-closure?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:42:35 -0500 Court to reconsider Winona County frac sand mine decision If it reverses Winona County's decision and requires a more detailed review of the Nisbit mine, mining likely would have to stop the project while a more in-depth review is conducted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/winona-county-frac-sand-decision?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:25:54 -0500 For Alzheimer's patients, music can be a light in the darkness While listening to music won't repair a damaged brain or bring back total memories, it can provide stimulation to pieces of those feelings, said Ron Petersen director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/alzheimers-music-treatment?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500 Workshops to improve bicycling in Minn. to launch State transportation officials will launch a series of workshops later this month to gather public input on how to improve bicycling in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/05/workshops-to-improve-bicycling-in-minn-to-launch-?refid=0 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:27:02 -0500 Republicans meet to choose candidate for 1st Congressional seat Three Republicans are seeking the party's endorsement to battle Walz for the 1st Congressional seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/05/republicans-meet-to-choose-candidate-for-1st-congressional-seat?refid=0 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:46:35 -0500 More construction workers needed in Rochester as housing market recovers Over the next two decades the city is expected to grow by 32,000 residents, in part because of Mayo Clinic's $5 billion plan to remake its flagship campus. The plan includes $327 million in state aid, largely to fund improvements to public facilities in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/rochester-contruction?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:34:00 -0500 Even in region with abundant water, residents turn to bottles and try to conserve Southeastern Minnesota has plentiful groundwater sources, but the geology in the region makes some of those sources vulnerable to contamination. So cities deal with the challenge by looking for clean water and urging conservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-southeast-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 State approves new frac sand mining standards The voluntary standards address a wide range of issues, including the effect of mining operations how they transport sand on air quality, noise level, roads and bridges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/frac-sand-mining-standards?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:56:51 -0500 New state frac sand mining standards will aid industry, local communities, officials say The 200-page document addresses a wide range of issues, including air quality, noise monitoring, storage, road and bridge impacts, and setbacks from homes. It's meant to be a guidebook that local leaders can use to regulate silica sand mining in their communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/minnesota-frac-sand-standards?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Crews soak up oil along tracks in SE Minn. Crews have placed oil-absorbing booms and sandbags along railroad tracks in southeastern Minnesota to soak up oil that leaked out of a tanker car last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/regional/oil-spill?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:24:57 -0500 Deer population goals for SE Minn. to be set The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss deer population goals for southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/17/environment/deer-population?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:13:56 -0600 Some local businesses find Mayo Clinic expansion costly A $5 billion plan to remake the Mayo Clinic campus is underway. While some developers and investors look toward that growth with anticipation, soaring real estate prices have forced other Rochester businesses to consider moving out of downtown or fork over a lot more money to stay in the district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/09/mayo-clinic-development-is-costly-for-some-local-businesses?refid=0 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:30:00 -0600 Cleanup of Winona oil spill begins Thursday The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is requiring the company to clean up portions of the spill where puddles of oil have accumulated or are on top of snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/winona-oil-spill-cleanup?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:29:31 -0600 Destination Medical Center Corp. approves $8.2 million budget Patricia Simmons, chair of Mayo Clinic's private economic development agency, said most of the money will pay for planning, architecture and engineering consultants, as well as legal and marketing services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/destination-medical-center-budget?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:34:08 -0600 Mayo Clinic expansion fuels new hotel construction in Rochester As Mayo Clinic launches its 20-year, $5 billion investment plan to remake its flagship campus, the massive project is spurring waves of commercial development, particularly in the hospitality industry. With about 12,000 full-time employees in Rochester, the sector is second only to health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/mayo-clinic-hotel-construction?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:20:06 -0600 New Minn. lottery game is 'All or Nothing' For a $1 ticket, the game offers players a chance to win the top prize of $100,000 whether they match all or none of the numbers selected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/news/lottery-game?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:17:09 -0600 IBM expected to lay off employees after disappointing 4Q revenue Last year, IBM cut Rochester workers as it moved Minnesota production manufacturing operations to Mexico and New York state. The coming layoffs will be comparable to last year's the company's chief financial officer said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/ibm-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:44:29 -0600 Minn. corn growers concerned about proposed EPA rules The EPA's proposal would lower the total amount of ethanol blended into gasoline supplies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/19/minn-corn-growers-concerned-about-proposed-epa-rules?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:50:14 -0600 Composting in Minnesota could heat up under proposed rule change Although about 40 percent of the garbage Minnesotans throw away is organic and compostable, the state captures only about 4 percent of the waste through organics recycling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/composting-minnesota-rule-change?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Sheriff: Olmsted County shooting was murder-suicide A fatal shooting that killed two people in rural Olmsted County on Monday was a murder-suicide, authorities say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/news/olmsted-county-deaths?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:56:43 -0600 New Ulm diocese asks judge to dismiss public nuisance claim During a hearing on Monday, officials from the Diocese of New Ulm told the judge that the list should remain secret. They moved to dismiss a nuisance claim that demands the diocese disclose the names. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/new-ulm-diocese-asks-judge-to-dismiss-public-nuisance-claim-?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:37:00 -0600 Rybak gets angioplasty, stents Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was hospitalized at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Saturday afternoon after becoming short of breath, according to Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/04/rybak-hospitalized-after-cross-country-skiing?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jan 2014 15:45:01 -0600 Red Wing Pottery finds a buyer The owners of the Red Wing Stoneware Company expect to close on a deal Friday to purchase Red Wing Pottery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/redwing-pottery?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:26:19 -0600 Budget cuts hit Greater Minn. senior food programs Driven by federal budget cuts, groups next week will close three dozen of the state's 502 congregate meal sites, most of which are in Greater Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/regional/senior-food-programs-budget-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Mayo: Head trauma, memory issues linked to Alzheimer's Head trauma combined with memory impairment may be related to the buildup of Alzheimer's-associated plaques in the brain, a new Mayo Clinic study suggests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/health/mayo-alzheimers-study?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Winona Bridge project moves forward The roughly $150 million project will rehabilitate the existing Winona bridge across the Mississippi River, and also add a second bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/21/winona-bridge-project-moves-forward?refid=0 Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:31:31 -0600 Winona diocese names 14 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse The Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona has named 14 priests accused of sexually abusing minors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/catholic-church/diocese-winona-priest-list?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:45:54 -0600 Mandela honored at St. Paul memorial About two hundred people gathered at the Cathedral of St. Paul for a public memorial service to honor the late Nelson Mandela Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/14/mandela-memorial?refid=0 Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:08:39 -0600 Lawsuit filed against New Ulm diocese The lawsuitalleges the diocese and the religious order were negligent in supervising the Rev. Francis Markey, who was in the diocese in 1984. The plaintiff claims Markey abused him when he was a boy at St. Andrew Parish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/religion/new-ulm-archdiocese-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:41:02 -0600 Economic development funds go unspent in several Minnesota cities Five months since 17 cities in southeastern Minnesota received sales tax dollars from neighboring Rochester for economic development projects, much of the money remains unspent, even at a time when public budgets are tight. Some officials say they don't want to rush to spend it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/business/shared-tax-revenue?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 New law addresses 'compounded' drugs The law comes a year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated steroid injections infected more than 700 people and killed 64 nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/07/new-law-addresses-compounded-drugs?refid=0 Sat, 07 Dec 2013 14:05:49 -0600 Klobuchar boosts small business shopping DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped at a Minneapolis toy store Saturday to encourage holiday shoppers to spend money at small and local businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/30/business/small-business-saturday?refid=0 Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:27:08 -0600 30K expected to celebrate Hmong New Year in Minn. Event organizers say it's a time to celebrate the growth of the Hmong community in Minnesota and the recent election of two Hmong-American city council members in St. Paul and Minneapolis, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/30/news/hmong-new-year?refid=0 Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:46:40 -0600 Harvest numbers down as deer gun season comes to a close Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say hunters registered 143,000 deer during the regular firearms season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/harvest-numbers-down-as-deer-gun-season-comes-to-a-close?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:01:07 -0600 Judge: Rochester wig shop can stay put An Olmsted County judge has said a Rochester wig shop owner can stay in her current location despite efforts by her landlord, the Kahler Hotel, to evict her. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/judge-rules-wig-shop-can-stay-in-rochester-eviction-case/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:30:21 -0600 Efforts increase to get rural Latinos to sign up for MNSure As a "navegador," or health navigator who speaks Spanish, Charlie Mandile is a trusted figure in Latino communities in the Faribault and Northfield areas. Around the state, advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to inform hard-to-reach populations about MNsure and the opportunity to obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/health/rural-latinos-mnsure?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Mayo Clinic cutting 82 jobs in SE Minn. The layoffs are all in the health system's transcription services and will affect employees in Albert Lea, Austin, Cannon Falls, Faribault, Lake City, Owatonna and Red Wing, Mayo said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/business/mayo-clinic-jobs?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:08:31 -0600 After fire, Winona Islamic center raises money for new home Two months after the largest fire in recent Winona history destroyed the city's Islamic center and damaged several other historic downtown buildings, members of the mosque are looking for a new place to call home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/winona-islamic-center-fire-recovery?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:01:55 -0600 More MNsure options available in Rochester area Residents of Olmsted and Dodge counties now have several new health insurance options on MNsure, the state's online health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/health/olmsted-dodge-county-residents-mnsure-options?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:54:23 -0600 Obama administration rules to expand access to mental health care Under the new rules, health insurance plans must offer the same amount of coverage for mental health and substance abuse claims as they do for other physical diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/new-rules-expand-mental-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 New silica sand mining advisory panel formed Two state agencies in charge of regulating the silica sand mining industry are creating a new advisory committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/16/environment/silica-sand-mining-panel?refid=0 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:09:35 -0600 Slowing demand for frac sand changes the landscape in southeast Minnesota Sand is the crucial ingredient in the oil and natural gas extraction process known as fracking, and there are large deposits of it in the steep bluffs along the Mississippi River. But demand for sand has dropped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/environment/frac-sand-mine-saratoga?refid=0 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:00:00 -0600 'Sacred ground' becomes the site of new State Veterans Cemetery Sturdy footwear is suggested for today's groundbreaking for the state's second Veterans Cemetery in southeastern Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/sacred-ground-becomes-the-site-of-new-state-veterans-cemetery/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:35:40 -0600 Worker falls from I-90 bridge in Minn. A construction worker fell about 40 feet while working Wednesday on a portion of the I-90 bridge over the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/regional/i-90-worker-hurt?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:03:45 -0600 Red Wing Pottery plans to close by year's end Competition from bigger retailers and foreign manufacturers is forcing the owner of Red Wing Pottery to find a buyer for the iconic stoneware company or shut it down by year's end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/business/red-wing-pottery?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:35:52 -0600 New health insurance options coming to the Rochester area Insurance companies have stayed out of the Rochester market largely because Mayo sets prices in the region, and they're higher than anywhere else in Minnesota. Mayo officials say their costs are expensive because the clinic treats patients with complex illnesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/health/rochester-area-gets-new-health-insurance-options?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:35:17 -0500 In Rochester, squeezed by health care costs despite the overhaul In Rochester, health care is more expensive than anywhere else in Minnesota because the Mayo Clinic sets the region's prices. That's the reality facing southeast Minnesota. Despite the federal Affordable Care Act and the new MNsure health coverage marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/health/rochester-health-care-high-options-limted?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:56:06 -0500 Wis. couple donate another $67M to Mayo Clinic The $67 million gift from Robert and Patricia Kern marks the second largest outright gift in Mayo's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/health/kern-mayo-donation?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:42:50 -0500 Many parents not vaccinating kids for HPV Many children are not being vaccinated against a cervical cancer virus because their parents don't know enough about the vaccine, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician warns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/health/hpv-vaccine-kids?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:15:47 -0500 Fighting erosion along Minnesota's river bluffs When severe flooding this summer worsened erosion around many of the region's cold-water trout streams, environmentalists searched for ways to keep soil out of the water without breaking local government budgets. They decided to try walls of trees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/21/environment/fighting-minnesota-bluff-erosion?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:13:31 -0500 State seeks input on frac sand regulations An oversight board is developing rules for mining, processing and transporting silica sand - used in hydraulic fracturing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/19/state-seeks-input-on-frac-sand-regulations?refid=0 Sat, 19 Oct 2013 08:23:16 -0500 Growing coders: Rochester programming classes bet on the future Science, technology, engineering and math disciplines will generate tens of thousands of jobs in Minnesota in the next decade. Many of those careers require knowledge of the code language that runs computers. Rochester officials and business leaders are teaching kids to code in hopes of bringing those jobs to the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/education/rochester-coding-coder-dojo?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:38:38 -0500 Mayo expert says disease tracking hobbled by shutdown "There are cases of measles and rubella outbreak in other parts of the world and as we always say, 'We're one plane ride away from an outbreak like that happening in the U.S.," according to Greg Poland, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Mayo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/disease-tracking-mayo-cdc-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:16:33 -0500 Mankato union nurses, Mayo reach contract agreement The deal, reached after five months of negotiations, addresses quality of patient care and gives nurses more input on staffing levels without fear of retaliation, said nurse David Nachreiner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/mankato-union-nurses-contract-agreement?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:19:24 -0500 New cemetery in SE Minn. will let veterans be buried closer to home The state currently has two veterans cemeteries -- one in Minneapolis and one in Little Falls. Construction begins soon on a third cemetery in southeastern Minnesota that will be a final resting place for more than 35,000 veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/02/new-veterans-cemetery-southeast-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:35:30 -0500 Mayo Clinic CEO hugs furry new partner The Mayo Clinic is teaming up with Sesame Street to deliver healthy messages to women and families in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/09/mayo-clinic-ceo-hugs-furry-new-partner/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:07:48 -0500 Investigators rule out foul play in Winona fire The fire that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others in downtown Winona earlier this month started between the roof and the ceiling of the Islamic Center of Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/no-foul-play-in-winona-fire?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:52:31 -0500 Minnesota veterans cemetery covered by $10M grant The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has received a $10 million federal grant to develop a state veterans cemetery in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/news/veterans-cemetary?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:38:05 -0500 Mayo Clinic creates agency to guide Rochester's growth Rochester and Mayo Clinic leaders estimate the city will grow by about 32,000 residents over the next 20 years as the clinic expands its footprint in the region. The new Economic Development Agency will vet private information and development plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/mayo-creates-economic-development-agency?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:22:22 -0500 Stingless wasps: How much do they help in the fight to save ash trees? A new study will help researchers determine whether to continue releasing stingless wasps as a strategy in the battle against the emerald ash borer, a tiny invasive beetle that's posing a dire threat to Minnesota's ash trees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/22/stingless-wasps-as-tool-against-emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:39:35 -0500 Nurses picket Mayo Clinic in Mankato over staff levels Concerned that they do not have enough say in staffing levels, about 300 union-represented nurses gathered for an informational picket today outside Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/news/nurses-picket-mayo-clinic?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:45:18 -0500 Winona fire probe focuses on electrical issues Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle said last week's fire in downtown Winona may have been caused by electrical problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/news/winona-fire-probe-focuses-on-electrical-issues?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:12:58 -0500 Apple growers look forward to bountiful harvest The apple harvest will be a couple of weeks late this year, but the orchards are full of sweet fruit and producers are looking toward an exceptional harvest. Minnesota apple growers are expected to produce nearly 20 million pounds of fruit this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/business/apple-production?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Some in Winona count blessings after fire's destruction After what local officials are calling the largest fire in recent Winona history, those who lost homes, businesses and places of worship say they're happy they escaped alive. Now they're taking stock, and planning the way forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/14/news/some-in-winona-count-blessings-after-fires-destruction?refid=0 Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:59:15 -0500 Winona fire wrecks historic buildings, Islamic Center One of the largest fires in Winona history swept through parts of downtown, wrecking historic buildings and businesses and chasing 16 people from their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/fire-sweeps-through-downtown-winona?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:27:06 -0500 Mayo Clinic extends waiting period between blood donations The Mayo Clinic is trying to encourage more people to donate blood as they extend the waiting period between donations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/mayo-clinic-blood-donations?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:05:25 -0500 Hagedorn launches bid to challenge Walz Jim Hagedorn joins fellow Republicans State Rep. Mike Benson and Aaron Miller in the race for the GOP endorsement to run against DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the 1st Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/jim-hagedorn-challenges-tim-walz?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:28:39 -0500 As Rochester grows, downtown business owners hope the city keeps its charm City officials and Mayo leaders say Rochester is poised to grow by 32,000 residents in the next 20 years. Local businesses are looking forward to a flood of new customers Mayo Clinic's planned $5.6 billion expansion could bring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/business/rochester-businesses-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Meeting on St. Croix bridge construction delays tonight MnDOT Spokeswoman Jessica Wiens says drivers should pay extra attention and allow for extra time while traveling through the construction zone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/government/meeting-on-st-croix-bridge-construction-delays-tonight?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:15:30 -0500 High temps stress Minn. dairy cows This week's high temperatures have dairy farmers across central and southern Minnesota on alert as the heat and humidity can hamper a cow's ability to produce milk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/news/dairy-cows-high-heat?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:17:01 -0500 Invasive fruit fly presence confirmed The presence of an invasive insect that can damage berry crops has been detected and confirmed by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/environment/fruit-fly-infestation?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:29:12 -0500 Residents try to stave off demolition in Kasson For years, a loved old school in Kasson, Minn., has been slated for demolition. But some residents are fighting to preserve it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/ground-level-reviving-minnesota-relics-kasson?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 23:00:00 -0500 In Lanesboro, a soggy, slow start to tourism season Recent storms and heavy rainfall have delayed the summer tourism season in parts of southeastern Minnesota. Until this week, many outfitters in Lanesboro advised paddlers and rafters to stay off the Root River because the high water created unpredictable currents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/04/lanesboro-soggy-slow-start-tourism-season?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Use of robot milkers on the rise in Minnesota dairies, despite costs In a small room inside Gary Kieffer's dairy barn, a cow walks into a metal box. It's milking time on the farm. Humans are not required. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/01/business/dairy-robot-milkers?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:31:08 -0500 Chart: Rochester sales tax revenue distribution to 17 small towns The Rochester City Council recently voted to share its sales tax revenue with 17 small towns in southeastern Minnesota. The allocation comes after Rochester voters last fall to approve an extension of the local sales tax. The city will distribute $5 million to help support economic development projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/06/smallcities/smallcities.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Rochester to boost neighboring cities with sales tax dollars Rochester leaders voted recently to share part of the city's new sales tax revenue with 17 small towns in the area. Officials in the recipient cities, where town survival is seen as tied directly to what happens in Rochester, say the disbursement help boost projects that would have taken much longer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/news/rochester-tneighboring-cities?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Xcel seeks cancellation of Goodhue wind purchase Xcel Energy is asking a court to throw out purchase agreements with the New Era Wind company over a project in Goodhue County that has been stalled for more than four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/news/xcel-goodhue-wind?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:23:01 -0500 Mayo research: 70 pct. of Olmsted Co. residents on prescription drugs Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say nearly 70 percent of Olmsted County residents are on at least one prescription medication, and more than half take two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/health/olmsted-county-resident-prescription-drug-use?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:56:59 -0500 Limited frac sand mining approved in Goodhue County After almost two years of debate, the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners approved two ordinances that will regulate the silica sand mining industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/news/frac-sand-mining-approved-goodhue-county?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:29:45 -0500 Dayton requests federal aid for livestock farmers Aid for Minnesota livestock farmers who have lost nearly a million acres of alfalfa this year is being requested from the federal government by Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/17/news/dayton-alfalfa-livestock?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:20:26 -0500 Healthy food effort starts at day care sites A new program designed to serve healthy, locally grown food to young children kicks off on Monday at 62 child care centers around Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/regional/farm-to-child-care-program?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Mayo med school receives $1M grant in AMA training initiative Mayo Medical School is one of 11 medical schools across the country to each receive a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to help transform the way medical students are trained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/15/health/mayo-medical-school-grant?refid=0 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:59:50 -0500 Kasson residents attempt to save old school from bulldozers Two Kasson, Minn. residents are asking a judge to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the demolition of the city's historic public school building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/kasson-school-demolition?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:04:01 -0500 Fergus Falls' vacant Kirkbride hospital to be redeveloped Fergus Falls city officials have agreed to allow a developer from Georgia to convert a vacant regional treatment center into a $41 million facility featuring apartments, a hotel, a gym, and restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/kirkbride-renovation?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:30:05 -0500 Union: Employee cuts to hit IBM Rochester Union officials say cuts to the IBM workforce made this week are affecting employees at the Rochester facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/business/ibm-employee-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:28:28 -0500 Millions of acres of alfalfa lost to drought, winterkill It's been a difficult spring for thousands of dairy farmers across the Midwest who rely on protein-rich alfalfa to feed their cows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/news/alfalfa-drought-winterkill?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 New project part of Rochester's push to develop A mixed-used project is planned for development just a few blocks away from Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The downtown project will help diversify the dining, housing and recreational options that some say are needed to attract even more residents and visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/business/rochester-development?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 17:23:50 -0500 3,200 runners expected at Rochester marathon events Crowds of runners and spectators are expected in Rochester this weekend for the city's Med City Marathon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/25/regional/rochester-marathon?refid=0 Sat, 25 May 2013 09:53:28 -0500 Mayo Clinic celebrates state funding approval, but questions remain on expansion details With approval of taxpayer support for Mayo Clinic's "destination medical center" are questions about how the money will be spent, its effects on Rochester and a timetable for development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/business/mayo-clinic?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. cycling race gives athletes a rough ride Cyclists often hunt for smooth, rural roads to ride on. Emphasis here on 'smooth.' This weekend, more than 1,000 cyclists from around the country and Europe will pound the winding, backcountry roads just south of Rochester in a 100-mile race called Almanzo. The event has become one of the nation's premier gravel road events and the route will take riders on some of the region's most rugged and unforgiving roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/lifestyle/almonzo-100-bicycle-ride?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 16:54:00 -0500 Same-sex marriage splits opinions in Rochester, Olmsted County The divisive vote on same-sex marriage could be an indicator into how some parts of the state are changing politically. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/politics/same-sex-marriage-rochester-olmsted?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Growth continues at Mayo Clinic's three campuses Two of the most logical places where the Mayo Clinic might expand would be Florida and Arizona, where existing campuses are growing steadily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/business/mayo-clinic-florida-arizona-minnesota-campuses?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 15:57:29 -0500 Knowledge of Mayo Clinic's request for state funding kept to small group throughout planning Two bills that would help the Mayo Clinic develop its planned $5 billion expansions are making their way through the Minnesota Legislature this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/business/mayo-clinic-destination-medical-center?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 17:25:41 -0500 Will Rochester pay more for Mayo expansion? State lawmakers say if the Mayo Clinic is going to expand in Rochester, more of the money will need to come from city and county residents. Lawmakers have asked Rochester to more than double its share of local taxes committed to the project, bringing the city's contribution to $128 million. It's unclear how much Rochester residents are willing to pay to help Mayo expand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/business/will-rochester-pay-more-for-mayo-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:39:49 -0500 Rochester town hall focuses on Mayo Clinic expansion plan Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion plan in Rochester drew more than 200 people to a town hall meeting Wednesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/news/rochester-mayo-clinic-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:57:26 -0500 SE Minn. now on hook for more costs in Mayo plan If the Mayo Clinic is to expand in Rochester, city and county residents must contribute a larger share of the $500 million needed for public transit and other improvements, state lawmakers said this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/regional/rochester-infrastructure-costs?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:53:04 -0500 Slowing frac sand industry leaves mark on SE Minn. The southeastern Minnesota facilities that produce and process silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, were booming a year ago. But now, natural gas prices are down -- and so is the demand for the sand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/regional/frac-sand-mining-slowdown?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:03:21 -0500 Dayton noncommittal on Mayo Clinic financing plan at Rochester town hall Gov. Mark Dayton spoke in Rochester Thursday about his proposed state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/politics/dayton-town-hall-mayo-clinic-financing-plan?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:28:32 -0500 Mayo's Saint Marys Hospital a priority for expansion The Mayo Clinic is pledging to spend $3 billion over the next 20 years to expand in Rochester, and asks that the state of Minnesota contribute half a billion dollars to pay for infrastructure needs associated with that growth. Lawmakers have not decided whether the state should support the plan but a lot of people are talking about how Mayo might continue to expand its footprint in Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/business/mayo-saint-marys-rochester?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Seeking help with future growth, Rochester already feels strain of expansion Mayo Clinic wants to expand and is asking state help for city infrastructure. Meanwhile, Rochester is feeling strain from the rapid growth it's already seen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/business/rochester-urban-development?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 'Stunned silence' as IBM breaks news to Rochester employees IBM's decision this week to move some of its Minnesota operations to New York and Mexico has some wondering how much longer the company will stay in Rochester. The extent of cuts to the company's workforce is yet undisclosed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/business/ibm-future-rochester?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:25:00 -0600 How does Mayo stack up against its competitors? Minnesota's Mayo Clinic wants to secure its position as a leader in the health care industry, and has proposed a $5 billion expansion plan to accomplish that goal. But Mayo faces competition from several well-funded global medical centers, and that's part of the reason the clinic says it needs to build for the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/health/mayo-competition?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:56:49 -0600 Mayo reports solid 2012 despite income drop Rochester-based Mayo Clinic reports a large decline in its bottom line last year, but officials are still calling the results a solid financial performance. Clinic officials say the drop in income was by design, but is also due in part to a large payment to its pension plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/business/mayo-performance-report?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:23:58 -0600 Frac sand mining controversy moves to state Capitol State lawmakers will hold hearings beginning this week to address the fast-growing frac sand industry and its effect on Minnesota. Although local lawmakers are grappling with how to zone and regulate the industry, rules differ widely throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/16/politics/frac-sand-mining-hearings?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Red Wing mayor defends sand mine lobbying job The Red Wing City Council is calling for an independent investigation into Mayor Dennis Egan's new position as executive director of a lobbying group for the silica sand industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/red-wing-mayor-defends-sand-mine-lobbying-job?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:27:21 -0600 Small towns look to Legislature for help with aging school buildings Two small Minnesota towns are struggling with the same problem: flooding that left the local school buildings in bad shape. In Rushford-Peterson and Moose Lake, the damages were repaired and students are back in school, but officials in both districts say the fixes are temporary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/education/small-towns-legislature-help?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:40:53 -0600 Red Wing mayor lobbies for silica sand industry Red Wing's Mayor Dennis Egan has taken a new job as executive director of the newly-created Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. The council is a group of companies with interests in mining silica sand and providing services to the industry. Officials in other southeastern Minnesota cities don't know much yet about the council, but some say best practices should be left to state officials and not an industry group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/politics/red-wing-mayor-silica-sand-industry?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:22:02 -0600 What does Rochester need to offer to become a global destination? Rochester is in the middle of transition. The city's flagship employer, the Mayo Clinic, proposes to invest billions of dollars over the next two decades to attract more patients, as well as add tens of thousands of new jobs to southeastern Minnesota. But there's a missing piece to the plan before Rochester can become a global medical destination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/business/rochester-destination-city?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:57:54 -0600 Mayo Clinic's 'destination medical center' needs taxpayer help Mayo proposes to invest billions over two decades to make Rochester and surrounding communities a "destination medical center." But to get that done, Mayo needs help from taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/business/mayo-clinic-expansion-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Puerto Rican provider joins Mayo network A Puerto Rican medical and dental provider has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its care network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/health/puerto-rican-provider-joins-mayo-network?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:14:05 -0600 ID for man killed in N. Mankato standoff Authorities say police fatally shot an 83-year-old North Mankato man after he fired at officers following a three-hour standoff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/regional/id-for-man-killed-north-mankato-standof?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:21:25 -0600 SE Minn. wind project that could harm eagles moves ahead Federal officials have given a developer the green light to move ahead with a controversial wind project in southeastern Minnesota that, if approved, would be the first time a wind farm has been given permission to legally kill bald eagles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/environment/goodhue-county-wind-project-eagles?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:20:28 -0600 Public to be briefed on SE Minn. emerald ash borer infestation Residents in far southeastern Minnesota will have a chance to learn about the spread of emerald ash borer at a meeting tonight at the La Crescent City Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/environment/ash-borer-southern-minnesota-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Two Minn. health giants announce collaboration A new collaborative research initiative between two Minnesota health giants will work to improve patient care and lower costs. Announced Tuesday morning, the partnership between Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group's Optum division is the largest health data-sharing effort of its kind in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/health/optum-labs-collaboration?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:54:26 -0600 St. Charles might disband police force Officials in St. Charles, Minn., are considering disbanding the city's police department and contracting police services with the Winona County Sheriff's Office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/13/regional/st-charles-might-disband-police-force?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:10:53 -0600 Can humidity help prevent spread of flu virus? A Mayo Clinic researcher is testing the theory that controlling indoor humidity levels can help control the influenza virus in transmission hotspots like schools, hospitals, daycare centers and churches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/health/flu-humidity?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:47:25 -0600 Billings Clinic joins Mayo regional network The Billings Clinic in Montana has joined the Mayo Clinic as the newest member of its regional care network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/health/billings-clinic-mayo-regional-network?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:02:47 -0600 Drought's dry soil causes Minnesota homes to sink From Rochester, Minn., to Sioux Falls, S.D., homeowners have reported shifting foundations and cracks in basements and walls related to the drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/06/regional/drought-sinking-homes?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Wabasha group appeals OK of silica sand facility A citizens' group in Wabasha has appealed the city's recent decision to allow a Calgary-based company to set up a silica sand transport facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/environment/silica-sand-facility-wabasha-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:18:22 -0600 Public input sought on fishing rules change Public input is sought on proposed angling changes around the state that would improve opportunities for trout and sturgeon fishing, as well protect flathead catfish during the winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/environment/fishing-rules-change?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:49:24 -0600 Dairy cliff: Milk prices could double without new farm bill Because Congress failed to pass a new farm bill, price levels for milk are set to expire at the end of the year. If that happens, the price of milk will nearly double. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/business/dairy-cliff-milk-prices?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:32:22 -0600 Wabasha council vote today on silica sand transport facility The Wabasha Planning Board will decide Friday whether to allow Calgary-based Superior Sand Systems to build a sand transport facility in town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/business/wabasha-council-vote-silica-sand-transport-facility?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Mankato football coach suspended from job The Minnesota State University-Mankato football coach cleared by a judge of child porn charges has been issued a 20-day unpaid suspension from his job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/news/mankato-football-coach-suspended-from-job?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:39:48 -0600 Sand mining company wins round in Wabasha: No environmental review The Wabasha City Council on Monday decided against requiring an environmental review of a company that wants to open a silica sand transportation facility in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/environment/no-assessment-needed-from-silica-sand-facility-wabasha?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 06:51:34 -0600 Ground Level: Making Connections Minnesota's growing Latino population has been around long enough to put down roots, grow businesses and go through school, sometimes for generations. /projects/2012/12/ground-level-latino-connections/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:09:11 -0600 El programa de Northfield reduce la brecha de logros latinos Jhosi Martínez, estudiante de cuarto año de escuela secundaria, hace planes para la universidad, algo que hace 10 años hubiera sido casi imposible en su pueblo de Northfield, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/ground-level-latino-connections-torch-espanol?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Northfield program shrinks Latino achievement gap High school senior Jhosi Martinez is making college plans, something that 10 years ago wouldn't have been likely in her hometown of Northfield, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/ground-level-latino-connections-torch?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Girl shot mistakenly thought to be intruder A 16-year-old Rochester girl who was allegedly shot by her grandfather remains in critical condition at St. Marys Hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/news/teenage-girl-shot-thought-to-be-intruder?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:41:21 -0600 Health dept. investigates norovirus outbreak at wedding State health officials are investigating a possible norovirus outbreak at a wedding in the southern Minnesota town of LeRoy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/health/norovirus-outbreak-wedding?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:44:22 -0600 Mankato football coach waits on return to work, after porn charges dropped Minnesota State University Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner is still waiting to see whether he can return to work, after pornography charges against him were dismissed last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/mankato-coach-waits-on-return-to-job?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:41:59 -0600 Ovarian cancer study shows promise A new Mayo Clinic study shows diabetes patients with ovarian cancer who took the drug metformin for their diabetes had a better survival rate than patients who did not take the drug. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/health/ovarian-cancer-diabetes-drug?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 08:00:11 -0600 Mankato coach anxious to get life, job back The Minnnesota State University Mankato football coach accused of making pornographic videos says he is relieved the charges were dismissed Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/01/law/child-porn-case-mankato-coach-hoffner?refid=0 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Judge dismisses child porn charges against Mankato coach A Blue Earth County Judge has dismissed child pornography charges against Minnesota State University Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/regional/child-porn-case-mankato-coach-hoffner-dismissed?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:17:28 -0600 Enviro officials hear from SE Minn. residents Residents from across southeastern Minnesota packed a meeting room in Rochester Tuesday to tell state commissioners their priorities for the state's air, water, land and energy resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/environment/environmental-quality-board-rochester-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:35:39 -0600 Sugar workers to vote a 4th time on contract American Crystal Sugar Union workers will get another chance to vote on a labor contract in an effort to break a 16-month stalemate with the company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/business/crystal-workers-vote?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:42:24 -0600 Deer hunting stands go upscale Deer stands have long been a tradition for hunters in the region. But some don't have to rely on makeshift tree stands. Instead, they'll hunt from the comfort of deer hunting shacks, some of which include glass windows and heaters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/environment/deer-hunting-stands-go-upscale?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Vikings' Lester Bagley responds to criticism of seat license fees The Minnesota Vikings say no decision has been made to proceed with plans to shift stadium costs onto fans, after Gov. Mark Dayton criticized the team today for considering extra fees on season ticket holders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/business/vikings-respond-season-ticket-fees?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:16:58 -0600 High voter turnout and a mostly smooth day at the polls The leadup to yesterday's election in Minnesota was atypical in its over-the-top rhetoric and record campaign spending. Yet with few exceptions, the polls ran smoothly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/elections-officials-voter-turnout?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:46:00 -0600 Hoffner says 'nothing inappropriate' in videos of his children Attorneys in the child pornography case involving a Minnesota football coach have a couple of more weeks to submit further arguments to a judge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/news/hoffner-videos-children-not-pornographic-inappropriate?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Hoffner says video of children was innocent, not pornographic A Blue Earth County judge heard arguments Wednesday afternoon over a defense request to drop pornography charges again Todd Hoffner, the football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/news/todd-hoffner-child-pornography-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:53:35 -0500 Attorney asks for dismissal of charges against MSU-Mankato coach A defense attorney will ask prosecutors this afternoon to dismiss charges against Minnesota State University - Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner, who faces two counts of child pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/law/attorney-asks-dismiss-charges-against-todd-hoffner?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Hog farm pays penalty for manure violation A southeastern Minnesota hog producer has agreed to pay a $14,000 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for pumping manure into a field that drained to a nearby creek. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/regional/hog-farmer-fined?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:41:06 -0500 Who is required to report suspected child sex abuse? In Minnesota, teachers, doctors, and other professionals who have frequent contact with children are required by law to report even suspected child abuse. But there are no state guidelines for training so called "mandated reporters" and the process they use to file a report varies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/law/mandatory-report-who-is-required?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Uneasy bedfellows, religion and politics in Red Wing marriage amendment debate In a town that skirts the bridge between religion and politics, the spotlight brought by the marriage amendment is uncomfortable for some Red Wing residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/uneasy-bedfellows-religion-and-politics-in-red-wing?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:03:55 -0500 Faribault residents react to allegations against former teachers at Shattuck-St. Mary's The local community has been jolted in the last few days as sexual misconduct allegations against a former drama teacher emerge at Shattuck-St. Mary's School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/crime/faribault-residents-react-shattuck-st-marys?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Event promotes leadership for Muslim women The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is co-sponsoring a leadership summit for young Muslim women in Rochester on Saturday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/regional/rochester-muslim-women?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 10:52:41 -0500 Austin officers sued over 'excessive force' A former resident of Austin, Minn., claims in a federal lawsuit that two city police officers used excessive force while responding to a call as he suffered a seizure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/regional/austin-police-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:56:34 -0500 Walz and Quist meet for first debate A first debate between Congressman Tim Walz and his Republican challenger, former state Rep. Allen Quist, included feisty exchanges on the economy, jobs and the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/politics/walz-quist-debate?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:45:00 -0500 Tough harvest this year for Minnesota apple growers Apple lovers may have a hard time finding locally-grown Honeycrisp apples this year. Unusually warm weather in March and hard frost in April killed off apple blossoms. The thousands of apples that remained on trees were damaged by summer hail storms and drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/business/apple-harvest?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Judge grants defense access to videos in alleged child porn case A Blue Earth County judge has granted a defense attorney access to videos that resulted in child pornography charges against Minnesota State University Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/justice/coach-child-porn-case?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:38:32 -0500 Rochester school prepares students for careers in medicine and technology A school in Rochester works to prepare immigrant and minority students for fields such as microbiology, nursing and engineering. Some people are betting the school, now in its second year, can help students who struggle in traditional schools find careers to build successful futures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/education/rochester-school-prepares-students-for-med-tech-careers?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Bilingual workers in demand in cities around Minnesota There is no specific data that show exactly how many bilingual workers there are in Minnesota. And while demand for bilingual employees in Minnesota is far from a trend, there are some customer service jobs where language skills are a plus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/labor/bilingual-workers-demand?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:51:57 -0500 Mankato students return as football coach is hit with child porn charges Thursday is move-in day at Minnesota State University in Mankato and thousands of new students will descend on campus to prepare for a new school year. In addition to student orientations and new roommates, they'll encounter a community reeling with disbelief, as the university's head football coach faces accusations involving child pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/education/mankato-coach-hoffner-child-porn-charges?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:24:25 -0500 University coach charged in child porn case The head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato was arraigned Wednesday on charges of using underage people in a sexual performance and possession of child pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/crime/university-coach-arraigned?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:41:40 -0500 Home away from home: When Mayo treatment makes you move to Rochester For many Mayo Clinic patients, a trip to the doctor involves a day or two of back-to-back exams and then a trip back home. But for thousands of others, it means creating a home away from home at a stressful time. Here's one example. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/mayohome?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Students allege Zumbrota-Mazeppa district failed to address racial harassment, discrimination Three Zumbrota-Mazeppa students claim in a lawsuit filed in federal court that the school district and four employees failed to address racial harassment and discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/law/zumbrota-mazeppa-school-district-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:04:22 -0500 For Minn. corn farmers, a patchwork of lean vs. plenty While there are some dry spots around Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the state's farmers will produce slightly more corn this year than last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/11/regional/corn-farmers-yield?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. crop harvest expected to buck poor projections The harvest forecast for the nation's corn and soybean crop doesn't look good, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed today, but Minnesota is managing to buck the trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/business/agriculture-corn-yield-projection?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:38:05 -0500 USDA corn crop estimates up over 2011 The USDA estimates the 2012 Minnesota corn crop at 1.27 billion bushels, slightly better than last year's production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/business/crop-report?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:47:07 -0500 Albert Lea residents protest sign against illegal immigrants About a hundred people marched through Albert Lea on Monday evening to protest a sign that calls for the deportation of illegal immigrants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/social-issue/immigration-sign-protest?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:29:01 -0500 Amish residents question mining activity in SE Minn. Amish families fear the burgeoning silica sand mining industry in southeastern Minnesota could harm their way of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/regional/amish-mining?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State, conservation groups work to uproot blistery wild parsnip The wild parsnip is in bloom. The wildflower may be pretty, but touch it with bare skin and you'll get painful blisters. State DNR officials and conservation groups are trying to remove the invasive plant in parts of southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/environment/wild-parsnip?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mayo Clinic growth boosts Rochester's boom As more elderly patients visit Mayo Clinic each year, their presence creates a huge ripple effect in Rochester's economy, boosting business for a variety of businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/news/mayo-clinic-growth-boosts-rochester-growth?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:56:44 -0500 In divided La Crosse County, Walker loses Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett may have lost a historic recall election against Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's hotly-contested election Tuesday. But in La Crosse County the Democrat prevailed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/walker-loses-la-crosse-county?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:54:52 -0500 Students safe in Scott Co. school bus crash Officials say a car driven by an 11th grade student rear-ended a school bus shortly before 3 p.m. today near New Prague. No students were injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/no-students-hurt-in-scott-co-school-bus-crash-?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:35:54 -0500 Mayo: Ginseng helps with cancer fatigue Mayo Clinic researchers have found that high doses of the herb American ginseng helps patients fight cancer-related fatigue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/health/mayo-cancer-fatigue-ginseng?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:13:47 -0500 Closely divided La Crosse Co. gears up for Walker recall election Both political camps in the southwestern Wisconsin county are ramping up efforts in this final stretch of the campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/politics/closely-divided-la-crosse-county-gears-up-for-walker-recall-election?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Police: Copper thieves tough to trace The metal is used to make everything from pipes and wires to circuit boards and electromagnetic motors. The thieves are taking just about all those things from recycling centers, empty storefronts and cemeteries in cities and town across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/28/copper-thefts?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2012 16:30:24 -0500 Somali family's Rochester home vandalized Muslim civil rights leaders are asking the FBI to investigate graffiti spray-painted onto the driveway of a Somali-American family in Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/crime/rochester-somali-american-family-home-vandalism?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 14:22:23 -0500 Mayo team returns from high-altitude heart research A Mayo Clinic research team is back in Minnesota after a study on Mount Everest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/mayo-everest-research?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 18:54:46 -0500 Aging population leads Minn. nurses back to school Minnesota's population is getting older, and that's changing the way nurses think about their education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/13/nursing-degrees?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 03:00:00 -0500 Bullying is common factor in suicide deaths of two teens in southeastern Minn. Two southeastern Minnesota teenagers have killed themselves in the past two weeks. While the cases are very different, the suicides prompt an outpour of grief and discussion about bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/bullying-common-factor-suicide-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Guard works to help servicemembers find work More than 500 National Guard members woke up at home this morning for the first time in more than a year. In the next few months, they'll reclaim their civilian lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/national-guard-soldiers-employment?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Silica sand mining moratorium in Winona County expires Winona County's three-month moratorium on silica sand mining expires today and officials there expect to receive permit applications for new operations as early as mid-week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/silica-sand-mining-moratorium-expires?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Rochester soldier killed in Afghanistan Family and friends are mourning the death of Nicholas Dickhut, 23, of Rochester, who was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/rochester-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:57:44 -0500 Granny basketballers: 'You've got to keep active' The Faribault Hot Shots and the Wanamingo Bulldogs, the state's two self-described "granny" basketball teams, will host two Iowa teams Saturday in Minnesota's first granny tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/granny-basketball?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:23:06 -0500 Centro Campesino loses Catholic aid over birth control clash Centro Campesino, the southern Minnesota organization that helps migrant workers, is among a handful of nonprofits across the country that have lost funding from a branch of the U.S. Conference of Bishops because they are at odds with Catholic Church's position on birth control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/centro-campesino-loses-aid-from-catholic-fund?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 06:30:30 -0500 New crop registry to help avoid pesticide damage The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has made public a registry of sensitive crops to help prevent accidental pesticide damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/new-crop-registry-to-help-avoid-pesticide-damage?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:37:44 -0500 MN Guard commander's wife greets homecoming with joy, relief Eric Kerska will officially complete his mission as commander of the Minnesota National Guard 1st brigade Combat Team's 34th Infantry Division in Kuwait on Monday. When he comes home, his wife, Tina, will welcome him into a home that has changed a lot in his absence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/14/red-bulls-commanders-wife?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Man receives first artificial and portable heart in Minn. Alvin Carter left St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester today with a lifeline strapped to his back. Inside a backpack is a portable device that keeps the artificial heart in Carter's chest beating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/michigan-man-receives-first-artificial-heart-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:45:00 -0500 First group of Red Bulls returns from Kuwait About 100 Red Bull soldiers are stateside Thursday after a year-long deployment with the Minnesota National Guard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/first-group-of-red-bulls-returning-from-kuwait?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:17:59 -0500 MPR's Liz Baier checks in from southeastern Minnesota Cathy Wurzer talks with reporter Elizabeth Baier about the latest news out of southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/liz_baier_regional_news?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:55:32 -0500 Mild winter leads to healthier deer this year The mild winter means more deer survived the season in good shape. But for many farmers getting ready to plant this year's corn and soybeans, a growing deer population means more crop damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/mild-winter-healthy-deer?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:10:04 -0500 Returning National Guard members face job market challenges One of the biggest challenges for many of the 2,700 members of the Minnesota National Guard who will arrive home beginning in May from Kuwait will be learning how to present their experience in a way employers will find useful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/returning-soldier-job-search?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Roch. high-speed rail could make $1B yearly A proposed high-speed Zip Rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities could generate nearly $1 billion a year, according to a report released by the Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/rochester-rail-line-study?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:08:00 -0500 Banned penguin book returns to Rochester school library The book is based on the true story of two male penguins who hatch and raise a baby chick. Rochester school Superintendent Michael Munoz acknowledged that he and two board members failed to follow district policy when they recently decided to pull the book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/banned-penguin-book?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:51:01 -0500 Winona residents push leaders to study up on frac sand mining A one-year moratorium on frac sand mining in Winona gives officials time to study the issue, but some city residents wonder how well equipped leaders are to make the decisions ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/winona-frac-sand-mining-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:13:34 -0500 Winona residents praise ban on sand mining About 60 people attended a public hearing in Winona, Minn., on the city's decision to approve a one-year moratorium on new silica sand mining within city limits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/winona-frac-mining-moratorium?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 General Mills joins Mayo's center for healthy aging General Mills has joined Mayo Clinic's Healthy Aging and Independent Living consortium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/mayo-clinic-general-mills-healthy-aging-independent-living-consortium?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:49:26 -0500 Winona passes 1-year moratorium on frac sand mining Winona city officials held an emergency meeting this week and passed a one-year moratorium that temporarily bans any new or expanded silica sand mining operations within city limits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/winona-passes-moratorium-on-frac-sand-mining?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:18:45 -0500 County officials recipients of mass mailing from imprisoned polygamist leader Officials in several west central Minnesota counties have been flooded with mailings from imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/warren-jeffs-mail-county?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:50:10 -0500 With SE Minn. silica sand mining on pause, groups organize Silica sand mining has drawn widespread condemnation among environmentalists and others since energy companies discovered it helps extract oil and natural gas from the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/silica-sand-mining-moratorium?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Asian carp caught in Mississippi River near Winona Officials confirm that commercial fishermen caught a silver carp and a bighead carp in the Mississippi River near Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/asian-carp-caught-mississippi-river?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:47:06 -0600 'Agripreneur' training helps rural Minn. Latino start-ups More than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, Latinos are entrepreneurs, and that tendency has been increasing. Nearly a quarter of all new entrepreneurs in 2010 were Latino, according to the Kauffman Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/ground-level-strengthening-rural-latino-startups?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:58:15 -0600 Mayo's living lab learns real life lessons about aging Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are studying the effects of old age in what they call a "living lab." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/mayo-aging-living-lab?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Conflict over moratoriums flares up in southeastern Minnesota On Wednesdays, Morning Edition checks-in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Elizabeth Baier in Rochester about a few stories she's covering in southeastern Minnesota. Baier has been following the moratoriums several southeastern Minnesota counties have passed as they figure out how to regulate silica sand mining in the region. Companies are looking at the sand to help in the oil and natural gas industry. But now there are bills in the Minnesota House and Senate that would limit these moratoriums. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/regional?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:20:57 -0600 IBM layoffs: 'Rock bottom' morale at Rochester campus Union officials say cuts to the IBM workforce made Monday and Tuesday are affecting employees at the Rochester facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/ibm-rochester-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:38:51 -0600 Mayo reports strong income and revenue growth in 2011 Clinic officials announced today they will use that financial boost to move forward with several construction projects across the health system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/mayo-clinic-strong-2011?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:24:00 -0600 Man dead, three women injured in home invasion An investigation is underway in the town of Blue Earth near the Iowa border after a home invasion left one man dead and three women seriously injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/home-invasion?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:45:48 -0600 State's largest county notes 38% drop in violent crime The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says 2011 was the fifth consecutive year that violent crime dropped county wide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/hennepin-county-violent-crime?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:53:49 -0600 HMO enters market in southeastern Minn. The first HMO to enter the Minnesota market since 1998 will offer health coverage in four southeastern counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/gunderson-hmo?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:18:10 -0600 Mayo: Underage drinking-related hospitalization costs reach $755M yearly Mayo Clinic researchers estimate the hospitalization costs for underage drinking in the U.S. is about $755 million each year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/mayo-underage-drinking-hospitalization-costs?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 13:51:23 -0600 In Winona, small group protests sand mining industry About 30 people gathered outside a sand transportation facility in Winona Monday afternoon to protest the sand mining industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/in-winona-small-group-protests-sand-mining-industry?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:30:39 -0600 Farmland holds wealth in sand mining boom Minnesota farmland is increasingly luring companies that want to explore the earth beneath the soil. But some residents want to preserve the land and its current agricultural use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/farmland-sand-mining-boom?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:38:56 -0600 Ahead of caucus, Santorum hits Romney on health care Ahead of Tuesday's caucuses, Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited Rochester, Minn., Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/rick-santorum-rochester?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:08:01 -0600 In Rochester, Santorum knocks Romney on health care Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized his rival Mitt Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts for its similarities to the new federal health care policy changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/santorum-rochester?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 14:10:30 -0600 Rochester tries again to oust crows For the last few months, thousands of crows have swarmed downtown Rochester, congregating in nearby parks, scavenging trash bins and leaving a blanket of droppings on sidewalks and parked cars near the Mayo Clinic. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/02/rochester-tries-again-to-remove-crows-from-city.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:26:55 -0600 Mayo, Minn. communities targeting immigrant health In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, researchers at the Mayo Clinic are working with more than a dozen community organizations in southeast Minnesota to keep immigrants and refugees from developing common diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/29/mayo-clinic-immigrant-disease-prevention?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Australian company to harvest carp from Minn. waters An Australian company that harvests and processes carp for Asian and European food markets will open its first U.S. facility in Wabasha Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/carp-harvest?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Latino families battling childhood obesity Samantha Castro Flores, 10, is one of the nearly 40 percent of Latino children in the U.S. that are overweight or obese. Although Latino children who immigrate to the U.S. with their parents have lower rates of obesity than their U.S.-born peers, their risk of obesity increases the longer they live here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/15/youth-latino-health?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Rochester high schoolers stay home after bomb threat About 300 students stayed home from Century High School in Rochester Wednesday after officials received a bomb threat at the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/rochester-bomb-threat?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:38:24 -0600 Winona County officials to vote on halting frack sand mining Winona County officials will vote on whether to temporarily block a controversial kind of sand mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/winona-frack-vote?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 04:40:00 -0600 Land purchase expands state park with trout streams, limestone cliffs The state's purchase of a 454-acre property expands the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in southeastern Minnesota, adding limestone cliffs and two miles of trout streams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/07/dnr-land-purchase?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Families of deployed Red Bulls miss loved ones during holidays Brian Wunderlich is among the roughly 2,700 members of the Minnesota National Guard on duty in Kuwait. His wife, Margarita , says his presence is missed - especially during the holidays. Staying in touch isn't easy, but the effort makes their marriage strong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/red-bulls-families?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:44:06 -0600 Lake City police officer still in critical condition City Police Officer Shawn Schneider remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/lake-city-police-officer-critical?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 19:55:52 -0600 Body found of man suspected of shooting Lake City officer A Lake City police officer remained in critical condition Tuesday, a day after being shot in the head and neck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/officer-shot-in-lake-city?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:53:08 -0600 Minn. counties struggle to pay for empty jail cells In the last decade, a boom in jail construction and dropping crime rates have left thousands of jail cells empty around Minnesota. The combination has left many counties in the state trying to figure out how to make money on this unused space. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/18/empty-jail-cells?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Zumbro Falls gets $1.4M for 2010 floods The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $1.4 million to the city of Zumbro Falls for property damaged in the September 2010 floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/fema-zumbro-falls-flood?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:33:15 -0600 Mayo's senior health lab partners with Lutheran Good Samaritan Society The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has joined Mayo Clinic's Healthy Aging and Independent Living consortium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/mayo-partnership?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 11:56:16 -0600 Post office job cuts could hit in rural Minnesota On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. Today, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Baier who covers southeastern Minnesota. She's been following a proposal by the U.S. Postal Service to close or reduce operations at five of its Minnesota mail processing centers. The plan isn't final, but many people would lose their jobs around the state if the centers close. Baier spoke from MPR's Rochester bureau about that and other news in that part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/debrief?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 09:23:00 -0600 New union steadily winning law enforcement members The newly-founded Minnesota Public Employees Association is steadily competing with the Teamsters Union and wrestling away the right to represent Minnesota police officers and civilian law enforcement employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/law-enforcement-union?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:30:01 -0600 Ex-state Rep. Quist launches bid in 1st Congressional District Former Minnesota State Rep. Allen Quist launched his bid Thursday for the 1st Congressional District against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/allen-quist-first-district-run?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:14:41 -0600 Residents say they want action on deadly SE Minn. intersection Two deadly accidents on Highway 52 in October re-fueled concerns about a dangerous intersection on the highway between the Twin Cities and Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/highway-52-intersection?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:12:36 -0600 As groups vow to fight it, Minn. wind project closer to reality Since it was proposed, the turbine project has generated strong opposition from some residents, who question the effect the turbines will have on local wildlife and eagle populations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/goodhue-county-wind-turbine-project?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:20:29 -0600 For Latino immigrants, good health hard to maintain Latino immigrants are often healthier when they first arrive than their U.S.-born counterparts. But they soon become almost twice as likely to develop chronic diseases, compared to non-Latino whites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/latino-immigrant-health?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:32:09 -0600 Red Bulls leader: 'I feel like a worried dad every night' When Col. Eric Kerska talks about the Minnesota Red Bulls' convoy missions in Kuwait, he can't help but call them grueling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/red-bulls-mission-kuwait?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:56:01 -0600 State Sen. Parry launches bid for 1st Dist. Congressional seat Republican State Senator Mike Parry launched his bid Thursday to capture the congressional seat held by DFL-er Tim Walz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/state-sen-parry-launches-bid-congressional-seat?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 21:52:52 -0500 Sand mining the target of some ire On Wednesdays, we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Baier in Rochester who covers southeastern Minnesota. One of the stories she's tracking is the growing interest in the controversial practice of silica sand mining. Near Chatfield, the Elmira township held a meeting last night to consider a sand mining proposal, and to the east, county commissioners in Winona County are considering whether to temporarily stop sand mining operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/baier?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 09:22:12 -0500 Homeowners sue to overturn rental permit limits A group of homeowners are suing the city of Winona to overturn a rental rule that prevents them obtaining rental permits for homes on blocks where at least 30 percent of homes already have rental certificates. The homeowners allege the rule violates equal protection rights under the state constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/homeowners-sue-rental-permit-limits?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:52:07 -0500 Owatonna asks taxpayers to preserve school history, fund future With an eye to serving needs like technology services, adult education and historic preservation, school officials are asking the residents of Owatonna to approve a $23.8 million referendum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/22/owatonna-school?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Tainted eggs in recall tied to illnesses in 6 in Minn. Health officials have linked six cases of salmonella to contaminated organic eggs from an Owatonna farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/recall-eggs-tainted-with-salmonella?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:11:00 -0500 Minn. foie gras producer challenges notion that process is cruel There are only a handful of farms in the country that produce foie gras, and one is located in southeastern Minnesota. Fois gras -- or fattened duck liver -- is a delicacy. It's also the source of a long-running debate over whether the treatment of the ducks can be considered cruel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/foie-gras-producer-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:03:37 -0500 U of M partners to turn medical research into practice Officials with the University of Minnesota, the Hormel Foundation and the Mayo Clinic signed an agreement Tuesday they say will improve medical research, particularly in the area of cancer research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/u-of-m-partners-medical-research-practice-?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:59:50 -0500 More details emerge in possible Rochester hazing case The Rochester School District is investigating a possible case of hazing involving several students at John Marshall high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/rochester-hazing?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:28:27 -0500 Sierra Club praises suspension of New Ulm coal project In a money-saving move, the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission has voted to indefinitely suspend a controversial project to convert a boiler at the city's steam plant from natural gas to coal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/sierra-club-lauds-suspension-of-new-ulm-coal-project?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:35:28 -0500 Officials to brief public on ash borer in SE Minn. State officials will host the first of three open houses in southeastern Minnesota Wednesday to discuss new emerald ash borer infestations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/ash-borer-southern-minnesota-open-houses?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:52:29 -0500 Seed exchange plants, preserves American history in its gardens For more than three decades, gardeners at the Seed Savers Exchange have swapped and stored seeds from heirloom plants in an effort to preserve the genetic diversity of North America's plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/seed-exchange-gardens?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 SweeTango suit settles in U's favor Apple growers who sued the University of Minnesota and Lake City's Pepin Heights Orchard have agreed to settle a lawsuit over an exclusive licensing arrangement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/sweetango-suit-settles-in-university-of-minnesotas-favor?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:50:27 -0500 Obese patients prompt hospitals to adopt new equipment, protocols With obesity rates on the rise, hospital administrators are spending extra money to accommodate heavier patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/obese-patients-hospitals-adapt?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:27:37 -0500 Public's help sought in identifying baby 'Angel' found floating in Mississippi Investigators are asking for the public's help identifying the mother of an infant girl found dead last week in the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/police-seek-help-identifying-baby-angel?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:51:06 -0500 County board asks to reconsider wind turbine project The Goodhue County Board is among the groups calling on the state's Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a wind project in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/county-board-asks-to-reconsider-wind-turbine-project?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:07:12 -0500 Goodhue County officials vote to ban silica sand mining for a year Goodhue County commissioners unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday night that will temporarily block a controversial kind of sand mining in the southeastern Minnesota county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/goodhue-officials-study-fracture-mining?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Small-town movie theater owners weigh cost of digital upgrade Minnesota is home to more than 1,000 movie screens. Some theater owners have converted to digital projection, but others are waiting, balking at the expense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/movie-theater-digital-upgrade?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar visits Mayo Alzheimer's research facility U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stopped by in Rochester Wednesday to highlight Mayo's research on Alzheimer's disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/sen-klobuchar-visits-alzheimers-disease-research-facility?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:52:47 -0500 Local governments show some resistence to sand mining Two city councils are putting pressure on the Goodhue County board to temporarily block a new kind of mining in the county. Red Wing and Lake City passed symbolic measures this week opposing the potential mining of so-called "frack sand" in their area. The sand would be dug up near Red Wing and used elsewhere in the country for a controversial way of geting oil and gas out of the ground known as fracking. Goodhue County is expected to take up a proposed one-year moratorium on sand mining in the coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/sand?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:59:04 -0500 More Minn. Red Bulls heading to Kuwait The troops hold positions as mechanics, cooks, truck drivers and infantry soldiers. In Kuwait, they'll provide base management and convoy security for troops leaving Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/minnesota-national-guard-kuwait-training?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:03:18 -0500 Rochester Mayo Clinic approved for cancer vaccine trial The Mayo Clinic in Rochester will conduct a clinical trial to administer ovarian and breast cancer vaccines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/rochester-mayo-clinic-approved-for-cancer-vaccine-trial?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:23:01 -0500 Regulations are inconsistent when it comes to B&Bs When visitors stay at one of Minnesota's bed and breakfasts, they might be staying at a facility that a state or local fire official has inspected. But chances are just as good that they are not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/bed-breakfast-regulations-inconsistent?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:26:28 -0500 In Cannon Falls, Obama criticizes GOP opponents President Barack Obama began a three-day bus tour today that will give him a chance to hear directly from a public frustrated with Washington even as energized Republican presidential hopefuls mount counterattacks at every turn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/obama-cannon-falls?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:13:26 -0500 Cannon Falls' message to Obama: Jobs President Barack Obama is kicking off a three-day trip through the Upper Midwest later this morning with a stop in the small southeastern Minnesota town of Cannon Falls. Obama can expect to hear from residents about their frustrations with Congress and the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/14/obama-minn-visit-preview?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Investment consultants manage clients after federal debt downgrade Minnesota financial consultants fielded calls and emails from worried investors after Monday's market drop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/investment-consultants-manage-clients-after-federal-debt-downgrade?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 16:54:54 -0500 Wisconsin's Kapanke most vulnerable in recall election With recall elections just days away in Wisconsin, observers say Dan Kapanke may be the most vulnerable of all the Republicans being targeted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/wisconsins-kapanke-most-vulnerable-in-recall-election?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Cattle dying due to heat wave An estimated 1,000 cattle have died this week across Minnesota because of the unusually hot weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/cattle-die-from-heat-wave?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:02:25 -0500 Founder of migrant farm workers group steps down After more than a decade as executive director of the migrant farm workers organization Centro Campesino, Victor Contreras is stepping down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/victor-contreras-centro-campesino-steps-down?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:04:27 -0500 Wis. voters go to polls for recall elections Tuesday Voters in six Wisconsin districts go to the polls Tuesday for the first round of Democratic primaries in the state's senate recall elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/wisconsin-recalls?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 06:18:24 -0500 As community remembers New Ulm fire victims, investigation continues Residents of New Ulm paid their final respects Thursday night for some of the victims who died in a fire at the Bohemian Bed and Breakfast in over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/new-ulm-bed-and-breakfast-memorial?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 07:26:29 -0500 How Minnesotans are thinking about a potential shutdown Lawmakers have just two days to negotiate a budget agreement before a potential government shutdown, sending Minnesotans scrambling to make preparations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/shutdown-minnesota-opinions?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:21:51 -0500 Before deployment, Red Bulls train to 'bring it all together' Roughly 2,400 members of Minnesota's Red Bull brigade are at Fort McCoy, Wis. right now, in their final weeks of training before deploying to Kuwait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/red-bulls-training-fort-mccoy?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities program helps patients discuss end-of-life planning Hospitals in the Twin Cities are creating Minnesota's first large-scale program for health care involving end-of-life planning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/health-care-directive?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:50:57 -0500 Olmsted County leaders prepare for shutdown Olmsted County community leaders are preparing for a possible government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/olmsted-county-prepares-for-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:51:24 -0500 Planned Parenthood clinics to close All six clinics are in Greater Minn. They are scheduled to close Aug. 1. Planned Parenthood said loss of federal funds led to decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/planned-parenthood-clinics?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:02:41 -0500 In Fillmore County, threat of shutdown hardly makes a ripple In Fillmore County, the potential threat of a government shutdown has been kind of a non event. Area residents know about the political wrangling in St. Paul and the potential for a shutdown, but life is going on largely as usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/shutdown-fillmore-county?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:12:42 -0500 Bus program eases commute for Twin Cities Mayo employees The commute from Minneapolis to Rochester is 86 miles -- one way. But that doesn't stop hundreds of Twin Cities residents from hitting the road everyday to work at the Mayo Clinic, many taking advantage of the Clinic's subsidized bus program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/rochester-mayo-commuting?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:45:26 -0500 Mayo doctors conclude work in Haiti In all, about 100 Mayo doctors, nurses and pharmacists volunteered in Haiti, helping the country rebuild its medical system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/05/mayo-doctors-haiti?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jun 2011 10:57:39 -0500 Outstate Minnesota looks for diversity to lead its schools Three minority superintendents will start jobs in the Duluth, Rochester and St. Louis County school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/minority-superintendents?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Four departure ceremonies around state see Red Bulls off to Kuwait The Minnesota National Guard held four hometown departure ceremonies Monday for troops deploying to the Middle East. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/red-bulls-deploy?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 19:41:36 -0500 Jobs cut at IBM's Rochester facility, union says IBM officials would not comment on the cuts and it's unclear exactly how many of the jobs were in Rochester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/ibm-rochester-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 12:38:21 -0500 A closer look at the Red Bulls as they prepare to deploy The deploying Red Bull soldiers represent 530 communities throughout Minnesota and 15 other states. About 39 percent of deploying soldiers leave behind at least one dependent child or spouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/red-bulls-deployment-in-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Rochester School Board chooses new superintendent The Rochester School Board has chosen a veteran school administrator from Iowa to be the district's next superintendent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/rochester-superintendent?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 12:36:41 -0500 Regional news: Rochester may have a new school superintendent this week Rochester's last superintendent spent just about four years in the district's top position. Now, two Midwesterners are among the three finalists for the position. By the end of the week, parents, teachers and students might know who their next schools' leader will be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/baier-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 09:52:02 -0500 Two generations, but shared uncertainty of deployment Wes Moechnig and Ole Olson will leave their lives and families behind to serve their nation in Kuwait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/farmer-soldiers?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Study: Belly fat can double death risk for patients with heart disease Mayo Clinic researchers analyzed data from nearly 16,000 people with coronary artery disease in five studies around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/mayo-clinic-belly-fat-study?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 11:13:02 -0500 Wis. protests move from the Capitol to the voting booth Eight lawmakers -- three Democrats and five Republicans -- will face the electorate in summer recall elections in Wisconsin. One senator in danger of losing his seat is La Crosse Republican Dan Kapanke. Kapanke and his challenger, Rep. Jennifer Shilling, are gearing up for an accelerated race this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/lacrosse-wisconsin-recall?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Red Wing area could be a hotbed for 'frac sand' It is ideal for oil and natural gas exploration, but allowing the mining of it has many fearing the effects it could have on the natural habitat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/red-wing-fracking-sand?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 After grocers leave, some MN towns push for local co-ops Since the village grocery store closed two years ago in Lanesboro, Minn., the town's residents have had to travel at least 10 miles to buy food. Now, a group is trying to get people in town to invest in a co-op. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/lanesboro-grocery-store?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:36:14 -0500 Somali-Americans hail Owatonna school settlement Parents and Muslim civil rights leaders say a settlement between federal officials and the Owatonna Public School District after a federal civil rights investigation of alleged harassment against Somali students is a victory for all minority students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/owatonna-somali-harassment-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:10:19 -0500 Owatonna School District changes policies following federal investigation A 17-month federal investigation has found the Owatonna School District's policies, procedures and trainings were not adequately addressing harassment issues against Somali-American students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/baier-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:09:06 -0500 Feds, Owatonna school district reach settlement addressing racial tensions The federal agencies became involved after tensions between white and Somali students escalated into a fight in 2009 at Owatonna High School involving 11 Owatonna students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/owatonna-schools-somalis?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:31:55 -0500 Testing for CWD in deer turns up nothing Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have ended a special deer hunt to test for chronic wasting disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/cwd-deer-testing-over-no-cases-found?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:53:23 -0500 Deployment uncertain, couple plan dream wedding in days Around Minnesota, thousands of soldiers are preparing to leave for Kuwait. For one soldier, the uncertainty of a deployment meant scrambling to plan his bride's dream wedding in just a few days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/military-wedding?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Rushford hopes for a big future in nanotechnology The government says nanotechnology will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next five years. Rushford hopes some of those jobs come its way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/rushford-nanotechnology?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:30:00 -0500 Two Minn. school districts receive joint grant to prevent student alcohol use The Dover-Eyota and St. Charles Schools have received a $1 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to jointly create a drug and alcohol prevention program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/schools-alcohol-abuse-grant?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:37:31 -0500 Health care, education drive Rochester's rapid growth Between 2000 and 2010, Census data show that Rochester experienced some of the fastest growth in the state -- 24 percent growth from 85,806 to 106,769 residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/rochester-growth-community?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Wisconsin remains divided over union actions Wisconsin lawmakers have given final approval to a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. Walker said he will sign the legislation as soon as possible. Wisconsin residents are reacting taco the fast-paced political action in Madison. We visited several border communities Thursday to sample opinion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/wisconsin-state-divided-folo?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:25:44 -0600 Even for undocumented workers, it's still tax season Millions of people nationally and thousands in Minnesota live and work in the country illegally, but nevertheless participate in the nation's annual tax-filing ritual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/undocumented-workers-tax-returns?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 14:44:54 -0600 USDA sharpshooters to hunt for CWD-infected deer Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be out this weekend hunting deer north of Rochester to test for chronic wasting disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/cwd-hunt?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:12:56 -0600 Wisconsin: A state divided As the standoff continues in Madison over public employee benefits and bargaining rights, the debate has spread to communities across the state, including those along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. We visited some of those communities and found that opinions are just as divided as they are in Madison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/wisconsin-state-divided?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 La Crosse students protest Wis. anti-union budget fix Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led legislature want to eliminate collective bargaining as one way to help cut that state's budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/wisconsin-governor-anti-union-teachers-protest?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Hunters take deer to test for wasting disease The fatal brain disease, known as chronic wasting disease, or CWD, was found in one deer last fall south of Pine Island. It can also affect elk and moose. Beginning Monday, state officials will order a deer-feeding ban Monday to reduce the spread from deer-to-deer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/deer-chronic-wasting-disease-testing?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 DNR issues special hunting permits to aid in CWD testing efforts The DNR is issuing special hunting permits near the area where a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease last fall. The permits allow landowners to shoot whitetail deer as part of a special harvest to test for the fatal brain disease. Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR reporter Elizabeth Baier from our Rochester bureau to talk about this and other stories in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/baier?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 09:12:31 -0600 Mayo receives largest gift ever from living person The Mayo Clinic says it has received its largest gift ever from a living individual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/mayo-clinic-gift?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:17:37 -0600 Crime in Rochester a problem of perception versus reality Crime has become a hot topic in Rochester, even though the city's crime rate has remained virtually static in the past decade. But city and police officials say the perception of crime in Rochester is actually getting worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/rochester-youth-crime?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Wind power highlights news in southeastern Minnesota Some residents in Goodhue County have been fighting for years to prevent the construction of wind turbines near them. Meanwhile, the Red Wing city council recently approved a project that might turn the city into a training hub for people who work on turbines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/baier?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:04:04 -0600 Rochester dad, firefighter prepares to lead Guard unit in Iraq Earlier this year, more than 1,200 members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls returned from a year-long deployment in Iraq. Now another 2,700 men and women are preparing for a new assignment. No one knows this routine of coming and going better than Col. Eric Kerska of Rochester, the 1st Brigade's commander. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/kerska-profile-red-bulls-rochester?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:00:00 -0600 Census: English becoming less common in Minn. homes In cities and towns across the state, more and more people are speaking a language other than English at home, according to new data. "I want for them to be bilingual," Maria Posada of Rochester said of her children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/american-community-survey-language?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:48:25 -0600 Grants awarded to flood victims in southern Minnesota The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has offered grants to more than 80 businesses affected by the September floods in southern Minnesota, officials announced this week. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2010/12/grants-awarded-to-flood-victims-in-southern-minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:10:23 -0600 In Rochester, Pawlenty praises city's major institutions During a visit to Rochester this Tuesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty praised the city's major institutions, including the Mayo Clinic, IBM, and the University of Minnesota's Rochester campus. He said the three help make Rochester a significant player in issues affecting the entire state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/pawlenty-rochester?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:40:19 -0600 Minn. officials concerned about new invasive plant A new invasive plant called Oriental bittersweet has made its way into Minnesota this year. Infestations have been found in the Twin Cities metro area, as well as in southeastern Minnesota, near Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/bittersweet-invasive-species?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:20:06 -0600 In Pine Island, concern over oft-delayed Elk Run biotech project The Elk Run project, a proposed cluster of biotech businesses, has been hit with delays and sparked concerns from critics, including Pine Island residents who worry it'll divide the city in two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/elk-run-biotech-project-pine-island-mn?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 16:54:04 -0600 Rochester looking to create an Uptown of its own The nightlife in Rochester, Minnesota is not exactly like the Twin Cites. But some business owners and at least one city official are looking to change that. They'd like to imitate the popular "Uptown" entertainment district in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/baier?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:53:10 -0600 Rochester hit-and-run suspect charged A 32-year-old man from Oronoco remains in the Olmsted County Jail, after being charged in two hit-and-run incidents in downtown Rochester that left one pedestrian dead and three hospitalized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/rochester-hit-and-run?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:36:27 -0600 Minnesota's Red Bulls training for spring deployment to Iraq Between now and late May, 2,700 men and women of Minnesota's Red Bull infantry division will train at for the largest deployment of Minnesota National Guard troops since World War II. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/minnesota-national-guard-red-bulls-training-deployment?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:04:31 -0600 Mayo Clinic to offer proton beam cancer therapy The Mayo Clinic announced plans today to open two proton beam cancer therapy centers. The new centers, in Rochester and Phoenix, will feature an innovative cancer treatment called pencil beam scanning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/proton-beam-cancer-mayo?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:35:24 -0600 DNR officials in SE Minn. checking for chronic waste disease in deer Wildlife officials will be checking this hunting season for chronic wasting disease among deer in a pocket of southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/chronic-waste-disease?refid=0 Sat, 06 Nov 2010 05:00:00 -0500 GOP eyes Walz seat Across the country, Republicans are looking to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives during next week's mid-term election. In order to do that, they need to knock off some incumbent Democrats. In Minnesota's First district, Republican challenger Randy Demmer is hoping to benefit from the national wave of anti-incumbent fever and defeat Democratic Congressman Tim Walz. And both national Republicans and Democrats have poured money into the race making it one worth watching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/baier?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:09:17 -0500 After the flood: Will Zumbro Falls survive? One week after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an $80 million disaster relief bill to help repair damages from the September floods, residents of Zumbro Falls may soon learn if their town will survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/zumbro-falls-flood-cleanup?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Mayo researchers applaud tougher concussion rules Doctors attending a concussion summit at the Mayo Clinic welcomed the news about the NFL issuing fines and possibly suspending players for violent hits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/mayo-concussions?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Government spending, health care takes the stage at 1st District debate The feisty campaign for Minnesota's 1st District went on full display Monday night as the three candidates discussed everything from health care reform to the federal budget deficit and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/1st-district-debate?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 06:11:02 -0500 Mankato adjusts to growing diversity In the last decade, Mankato has attracted thousands of East African refugees and Latin American immigrants who are putting down roots and calling the area home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/mankato-diversity?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 16:24:12 -0500 Flood impacts assessed Federal disaster relief officials are touring the 35 counties that suffered flooding in southeastern Minnesota last week. But the high water continues in some areas closing roads and causing damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/baier?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:51:32 -0500 Zumbro Falls residents allowed back in, wait for disaster declaration Among the hardest hit towns by recent flooding are Zumbro Falls and Hammond and until today, residents have only been allowed to enter the mud-covered town to retrieve essentials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/zumbro-falls-flood-disaster?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 After the storm: Recovery underway in Pine Island By Friday morning, the water had receded and the sound of generators buzzed throughout the town, as residents cleaned out from the week's heavy rains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/pine-island-recovery?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:36:16 -0500 Residents, officials fight flooding in Owatonna Rain surged through southern Minnesota for hours on Thursday, adding more to the already record precipitation in the region. From Pipestone to the Mississippi River, there were reports of water overflowing ditches, clogged storm sewers and flooded basements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/flooding-owatonna?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:06:24 -0500 Scientists hope wasps can contain emerald ash borer Scientists are releasing a species of stingless wasp along the Mississippi River in the hopes that it can control an invasive pest -- the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/wasps-emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Mayo gets $11M for genomics research The National Institute of Health has awarded the Mayo Clinic an $11 million grant for medical genomics research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/mayo-clinic-grant?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 19:25:15 -0500 Study links pain cream chemical and skin cancer A study by the University of Minnesota's Hormel Institute in Austin concluded a chemical in over-the-counter pain creams can act as a carcinogen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/capsaicin-cancer-study?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 10:05:13 -0500 Mankato mayor says he won't resign after DWI Mankato Mayor John Brady says he's not resigning in the wake of his DWI arrest in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley on August 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/mankato-mayor-will-not-resign?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:09:11 -0500 Latino 'agripreneurs' move from workers to owners Maria Sosa, pictured, is one of the first so-called "agripreneurs," graduates of a of program that trains Latinos to grow organic vegetables and raise free-range chickens in Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/agripreneurs?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Walmart open new distribution center in Mankato Officials in Mankato have announced the city will be the location of a new Walmart Midwest Distribution Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/walmart-mankato?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:08:43 -0500 Land O' Lakes subsidiary recalling 292,000 eggs A subsidiary of Minnesota-based Land O'Lakes is voluntarily recalling nearly 292,000 eggs that may be contaminated with salmonella. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/land-o-lakes-recall?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:34:08 -0500 Silo billboard raises eyebrows A silo that was turned into a cylindrical billboard for St. Peter-based countertop manufacturer Cambria has created quite a bit of controversy in south-central Minnesota this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/baier?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:30:39 -0500 25 years ago, Hormel strike changed Austin, industry Twenty-five years ago today, workers at the Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minn. went on strike, bringing the struggles of the national labor movement home to southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/austin-hormel-strike?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Complaint against Gaylord PD dismissed, but Latino group still concerned The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has dismissed a complaint filed two years ago by a group of Latino residents who claimed police discrimination in the small town of Gaylord. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/gaylord-latino-complaint?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Part 3: Fear and nostalgia in a changing community Austin is among hundreds of rural towns around the country where immigrant workers seeking the promise of a better life have altered the community. Latinos now make up nearly a quarter of the city's population. That bothers some longtime Austin residents, who long for the old Austin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/austin-at-a-crossroads-part3?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Part 2: Newcomers settle in Austin After the strike, Austin attracted immigrant workers who showed up for jobs at the meatpacking plants. Now the town is home to a growing Latino population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/austin-at-a-crossroads-part2?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Bridging the gap Business owner Jorge Pozos represents the changing face of Austin, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/bridging-the-gap-video?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:19:51 -0500 In their own words: Maria Maria, 24, is an undocumented worker living in Austin with her three U.S.-born children. Her husband, Gilberto Briones, 36, above, faces possible deportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/first-person-maria?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 History of the Hormel meatpackers strike A look back at the 10-month strike that began 25 years ago and transformed the town of Austin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/hormel-strike-summary?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 In their own words:Dustin Heckman Dustin Heckman, Executive Director of the Mower County Historical Society looks back at the impact of the Hormel strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/dustin-heckman-looks-back?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 In their own words: Sister Ruth Snyder Sister Ruth Snyder talks about some residents' fear of change in Austin and her work with the Hispanic Ministries at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/sister-ruth-snyder?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 In their own words: Eric Blust Austin Police Officer Eric Blust talked about police work and undocumented residents during a ride-along with MPR reporter Elizabeth Baier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/officer-eric-blust?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Part 1: The strike that changed Austin The Hormel meatpacking strike that tore apart Austin in the '80s, eventually transformed the demographics of the southeastern Minnesota town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/austin-at-a-crossroads-part1?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 2 Minn. women among 14 charged in terror probe New indictments unsealed by the U.S. Justice Department Thursday include charges of two Rochester women with raising money for the Jihadist group, al-Shabaab. Those charges surprised many in the Rochester Somali community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/rochester-somali-terrorism-charges?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 06:16:52 -0500 In their own words: Mayor Tom Stiehm Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm at the Woodson Kindergarten Center talking about diversity in the town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/mayor-tom-stiehm?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 13:19:08 -0500 In their own words: Former P-9 Union members Judy Himle, Ken Dalager, Bob Taylor are part of a group former Local P-9 union members who have been meeting since the meatpackers strike in 1985. This was a recording of a conversation during their breakfast meeting on May 18, 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/p-9-meeting?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 11:36:37 -0500 Minn. Nat'l Guard takes over military family program The Minnesota National Guard will take over a program providing support for the state's military families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/military-family-care-initiative?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:37:16 -0500 Rochester neighborhood slow to rebound from June tornado The tornado that hit Rochester last month was not as devastating as others, but some residents are still struggling with the tedious rebuilding process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/rochester-tornado-cleanup?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:27:12 -0500 Rochester transplants find common culture in cricket The Rochester Cricket Association, which is holding its first-ever tournament this month. Mayo Clinic and IBM have been recruiting workers from all over the world, including many cricket-playing nations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/cricket-rochester?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Reporter debrief: Liz Baier with news from southeast Minnesota Cathy Wurzer gets all the news from southeast Minnesota. She talked to reporter Liz Baier about panhandling licenses, registration for same-sex couples and fixing the tornado warning system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/news-from-southeast?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 10:35:41 -0500 Rochester to consider domestic partner proposal The Rochester City Council will consider a proposal Wednesday to allow same sex couples to register as domestic partners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/rochester-domestic-partners?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 07:02:44 -0500 Survivor urges against driving drunk In southeastern Minnesota, the only survivor of last year's deadly Memorial Day crash that killed five people near Rochester has been speaking this week about the dangers of drinking and driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/baier?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 10:38:41 -0500 Minn. Guard members prepare for another deployment Soldiers and families around Minnesota know there's a deployment in their future. Within the next few months, 2,700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers from around the state will get their training orders for deployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/guard-deployment?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 08:00:00 -0500 50 freshmen blaze a trail at U of M's Rochester campus Officials at the University of Minnesota-Rochester use words like "trailblazer" and "pragmatic" to describe 50 freshmen who are wrapping up the inaugural year as the school's first undergraduate class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/university-of-minnesota-rochester?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Mayo gets grant for health information program The Mayo Clinic has been awarded a $12.3 million stimulus grant as part of a nationwide Health Information Technology Pilot program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/mayo-grant?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 15:06:19 -0500 SE Minn. demonstrators call for immigration reform About two dozen demonstrators marched in front of the county courthouse in Faribault, as part of a renewed effort in the debate on immigration. The rallies comes on the heels of Arizona's controversial immigration law allowing police to stop people they suspect are in the country illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/30/immigration-law-demonstration?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 17:09:20 -0500 Minn. veteran recalls his role in revealing Holocaust to the world Red Wing resident Gordon Fisher enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 to avoid being drafted into the infantry. Toward the end of World War II, he received an assignment that would unveil the atrocities of the Holocaust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/holocaust-pilot?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Extra patrols net 172 drunk drivers in March Officials at the Department of Public Safety say enhanced patrols in March resulted in 172 DWI arrests in the state's 13 deadliest counties for impaired driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/dwi-enforcement?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 20:02:55 -0500 DOD confirms death of Rochester Marine The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed the death of a young Marine from Rochester serving in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/rochester-obit?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 05:41:53 -0500 Workers sickened at pork plant still wait for compensation More than a dozen workers, like Miriam Angeles Perez (pictured), who contracted a rare illness at a southern Minnesota meat-processing plant, are caught up in a complex and sometimes slow-moving workers' compensation system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/pork-illness-compensation?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 14:50:17 -0500 From Olympic to amateur rinks, Shattuck-St. Mary's means hockey Hockey is serious business at the elite boarding school, a powerhouse that produced National Hockey League giants, among them Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/shattuck-st-mary-hockey?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:00:00 -0500 Small newspapers adapt as readers go online By late 2008, a Pew Research study revealed the Web had surpassed newspapers as as an outlet for national and international news. Newspaper executives are scrambling to figure out a new business model to survive. And small-town papers haven't been immune to these changes either. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/small-newspapers?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Mayo mobile lab program brings state-of-the-art tech to students High school students in Dodge Center had a opportunity to use state-of-the-art scientific equipment Wednesday as part of Mayo's Mobile Lab Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/mayo-mobile-lab?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 20:30:46 -0600 IBM layoffs may impact Rochester facility Cuts to the IBM workforce are reportedly affecting employees at the Rochester facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/ibm-layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 14:56:49 -0600 DNR to anglers: Get ready to pack it in Officials are reminding Minnesota anglers to remove their fish houses and shelters this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/27/ice-fishing-houses?refid=0 Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:52:48 -0600 Mayo Clinic reports positive earnings; lays out future plans The Mayo Clinic in Rochester surpassed its financial plan last year and brought in a profit of 4.4 percent--about $333 million. Since the clinic is a non-profit, that income is put back into patient care, education and research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/mayo-clinic-report?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:57:33 -0600 Snow seeding to restore native plants to the prairie A new restoration project that uses snow seeding techniques could help restore native plants to the southeastern Minnesota prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/24/snow-seeding?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:52:12 -0600 New program to train students to green up their lives Winona State University is offering a new program this spring to train a network of people how to green up their lives by teaching composting and other energy-efficient techniques. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/winona-energy-program?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:59:57 -0600 LGA cuts force cities to tighten belts, again Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed plan to balance the state's budget cuts $250 million in aid to cities and counties around the state, and city leaders are already working out details to determine what kind of things they'll need to do without. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/lga-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 06:59:00 -0600 Minnesota companies see gold in the Olympics For more than three decades, Riedell Shoes has made skates for national, world and Olympic athletes. This year, the Red Wing-based company has custom-made skates for five figure skaters competing in the Vancouver games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/minnesota-companies-olympics?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Future unclear for workers of burned St. Charles plant A few weeks ago, company officials with North Star Foods said they would not rebuild a poultry processing plant that burned down last April, and workers in the southeastern Minnesota town of St. Charles are unsure of their future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/st-charles-workers?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 15:05:22 -0600 Republican wins election for Minn. Senate seat Republican Mike Parry won a special election Tuesday in southern Minnesota for a seat his party has long controlled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/special-election?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:09:36 -0600 Mayo Clinic announces Haiti relief efforts The Mayo Clinic announced Monday that it will donate $500,000 to disaster relief in Haiti. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/mayo-haiti?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:18:31 -0600 Special election will seat new state senator in southern Minn. A special election Tuesday in the Owatonna area in Southern Minnesota will decide who will fill the seat of longtime Republican state Sen. Dick Day, who announced last month he was leaving the Senate after six terms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/special-election?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Mothers of deployed soldiers find support in numbers Many soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan left mothers here at home, some of whom have turned to Blue Star Mothers for support and these groups are helping a new wave of moms cope with their children's deployments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/blue-star-moms?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:00:00 -0600 Counties look to wind power for energy, income The nation's increasing focus on renewable energy has sparked interest in wind energy projects throughout Minnesota and counties are taking notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/09/winona-turbines?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Mayo's unique carillon rings over Rochester The Rochester carillon is one of the largest in the country and one of only three in Minnesota. The musical instrument consists of 56 bronze bells housed in a tower. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/mayo-carillon?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 16:03:08 -0600 Cultures clash among classmates at SE Minn. schools Parents are looking for answers to cultural clashes after several large fights have broken out between Somali students and white and African Americans students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/school-unrest-culture-clash?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 15:00:00 -0600 New head of Mayo Clinic steps into spotlight John Noseworthy has led the Mayo Clinic for just a month, but he has already stepped into the national spotlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/mayo-ceo?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:30:14 -0600 County prosecutor: Driver in fatal bus crash blacked out The driver of a tour bus on its way home from an Iowa casino lost consciousness, causing the crash that killed two and injured 20 in southern Minnesota last month, a county prosecutor said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/bus-crash?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:04:27 -0600 The snow is plowed, but icy roads still a problem Most of the snow has been cleared from Minnesota highways, but roads were still slippery Thursday, leading to hundreds of spinouts and crashes throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/black-ice?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:06:07 -0600 Snow ending, cold moving in overnight Most of southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area will experience sub-zero temperatures overnight, as residents continue to dig out of the first snowstorm of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/winter_weather?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 15:07:41 -0600 Medical journal chronicles pork plant illness A British medical journal has published an article outlining the mysterious neurological illness that affected pork plant workers in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/29/pork-plant-illness?refid=0 Sun, 29 Nov 2009 17:30:00 -0600 As need returns, so do farm crisis hotlines Minnesota launched a hotline this month to help farmers feeling the financial and psychological impact of the tough times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/26/farmcrisis?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 06:00:00 -0600 Community plans rally to oppose Prairie Island expansion Members of the Prairie Island Indian Community will rally this Friday morning to oppose the expansion of a nearby power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/nuclear-storage?refid=0 Thu, 26 Nov 2009 18:00:00 -0600 Study suggests medical errors due to doctor burn-out A new study by the Mayo Clinic suggests major medical errors reported by American surgeons are related to burn-out and depression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/doctor_burnout?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 07:31:17 -0600 Searching for answers in southern Minn. bus crash The search for answers in a fatal bus crash in southern Minnesota continued Friday as investigators continued looking at whether the bus had any equipment failures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/bushcrash-thursaft?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:24:57 -0600 Mayo's president stepping down to run program in Arizona Mayo President and CEO Denis Cortese is stepping down from the clinic's leading role Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/mayo-president-retiring?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:29:33 -0600 Officials won't confirm driver's health was cause of bus crash Investigators said they could not confirm the bus company's claim that the driver suffered a ruptured aneurysm in his chest that might have caused a tour bus accident Wednesday afternoon near Austin, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/tourbuscrash?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:00:08 -0600 Red Wing Shoes closes one plant, cuts jobs at another The Red Wing Shoe Co. has announced jobs cuts at its facility in Red Wing, Minn., and another in Kentucky. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/redwing-layoffs?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:23:26 -0600 Red Wing home to unique violin repair program Red Wing is home to one of the most comprehensive violin repair programs in the country and for nearly two decades, the courses have attracted hundreds of students from around the world who want to learn the delicate craft and preserve the violin's cultural and musical heritage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/violin-repair?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 14:12:52 -0600 Organizations receive federal aid to help first-time farmers Two Minnesota-based organizations have received federal grants to help beginning farmers and ranchers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/new-farmer-grants?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 14:25:55 -0600 Albert Lea: The manufacturing meltdown In Albert Lea, the pain of the manufacturing slump is acute. That sector has lost nearly 43,000 jobs in Minnesota since the start of the recession -- more than any other major industry. With a heavy reliance on factory jobs, Albert Lea's jobless rate topped 11 percent earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/albertlea-recovery?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Livestock farmers have last chance to get waivers A voluntary program to help livestock farmers comply with environmental regulations ends next year and those who haven't made the changes yet have until the end of the week to apply for a waiver. Otherwise, the agreement commits farmers to make improvements by the end of next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/open-farmlots?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Xcel one step closer to expanding Prairie Island nuclear plant A state administrative judge has ruled in favor of Xcel Energy, saying the company should be able to expand the amount of energy it produces on the Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/prairie-island?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 06:28:22 -0500 In Albert Lea, lifestyle changes lead to healthier lives In Albert Lea, many residents participated in a ten month-long project to make small, health-conscious changes to their lives. Although the project is coming to a close, indications are that the changes are here to stay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/albert-lea-healthy-living?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Mayo study links breast tissue structures and cancer risk Mayo Clinic researchers have found that certain structural features within breast tissue can indicate a woman's individual cancer risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/mayo-breast-cancer-risk-study?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Geocaching a hit at Minnesota state parks To attract a new generation of park goers, the state park system is tapping into a high-tech scavenger hunt called geocaching, a sport that combines GPS navigation with the lure and adventure of a treasure hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/geocaching-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Rochester proposes tying superintendent pay to student performance School board members in Rochester will decide Tuesday whether future salary increases for the superintendent should be tied to student performance, graduation rate and other benchmarks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/rochester-superintendent-pay?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:51:21 -0500 Sweetango agreement riles some apple growers Some independent apple growers aren't happy with the exclusive agreement between the University of Minnesota and one southern Minnesota grower regarding its newest apple, the Sweetango. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/sweetango-disagreement?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Mayo Clinic hosts innovation in health care symposium The Mayo Clinic is hosting a symposium in Rochester this week to discuss innovations in health care http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/mayo-hosts-health-care-innovation-symposium?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 07:04:43 -0500 Minneapolis tallies response to tornadoes One week after tornadoes ripped through the south metro area, officials with the city of Minneapolis have tallied up their response to the storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/mpls-tornadodamage?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 14:13:22 -0500 Disease expert advises people to get H1N1 shots Health officials say they are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst as the threat of the H1N1 flu gets underway this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/osterholm-h1n1?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:57:43 -0500 Minneapolis police officers required to watch beating video Starting today, officers with the Minneapolis Police Department will be required to view a videotaped incident in which officers kicked and punched a man who they say resisted before he was arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/mpd-video?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:40:24 -0500 Bachmann to host health care forum today Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will host a public forum on health care this afternoon in Lake Elmo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/bachmann-health-care-forum?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:05:25 -0500 DNA leads to arrest in two cold cases Hennepin County Sheriff's investigators used DNA to link one suspect to two sexual assaults which occurred years ago. Today they announced the arrest of that man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/coldcases?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:35:14 -0500 Lawmakers to discuss Gang Strike Force report Four legislative committees will hold a joint hearing today to discuss what went wrong with the embattled Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/gang-strike-force-report-reviewed?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:25:41 -0500 Minnesota political leaders reflect on Kennedy Two Minnesota lawmakers from opposite sides of the political spectrum praised Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts senators who died Tuesday of brain cancer, as a collaborator and an inspirational figure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/klobuchar-on-ted-kennedy?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:11:08 -0500 Early morning storms knock out power in metro area About 1,000 people are still in the dark after an early morning storm system knocked out power lines throughout the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/power-out?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:37:25 -0500 Police identify victim of fatal St. Paul crash Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal accident that occurred in St. Paul on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/victim-id-in-fatal-st-paul-crash?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:45:27 -0500 I-35W to be closed at Crosstown tonight Drivers in the Metro area will likely face detours and increased congestion tonight as crews work on a major road project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/35w-closure?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:47:58 -0500 Dealers reflect on success of Cash for Clunkers After four weeks, the federal government's wildly popular Cash for Clunkers program ends tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/cash-for-clunkers-winds-down?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:05:28 -0500 Sun Country sets four-hour limit for runway waits Sun Country Airlines said it will limit long waits for passengers on its planes, after more than 100 travelers bound for the Twin Cities were delayed Friday for nearly six hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/sun-country-wait-limit?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 08:37:07 -0500 Lutherans pass measure on gay clergy Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have decided to allow gay men and lesbian pastors in committed relationship to lead individual congregations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/ecla-gay-vote?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:00:00 -0500 State launches end-of-summer DWI crackdown Authorities around Minnesota will crack down on impaired drivers for two weeks, starting today, as part of a nationwide drunk driving campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/dwi-crackdown?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 13:32:42 -0500 38th Street LRT closed for construction this weekend Portions of the light rail line in the Twin Cities metro area will be closed for construction this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/lrt-station-closes?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 09:42:31 -0500 Jurors can now complete questionnaires online Minnesotans who are called to serve as jurors in district courts around the state can now complete a required pre-trial questionnaire online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/online-jury-questionnaires?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:55:29 -0500 Minnesota's unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent Minnesota employers added 10,300 jobs in July -- the state's first monthly employment gains since August 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/unemployment-rate?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:02:20 -0500 Storm cleanup continues throughout metro Metro area residents are cleaning up after the severe storms that ripped through the area yesterday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/tornado-cleanup?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 06:28:34 -0500 Jobless numbers rare good news for manufacturing The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said today the state's jobless rate dropped to 8.1 percent in July. For the first time in more than a year, the state's important manufacturing sector gained jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/jobs-update?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Police arrest last suspect in St. Paul shooting The final suspect in last week's shooting death of a 27-year old St. Paul resident has been arrested this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/shooting-suspect?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:45:07 -0500 Dolan expresses concern about officers' actions Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan on Tuesday described an altercation between officers and a suspect during a February traffic stop as 'a heck of a battle,' and said he had concerns over some of the officers' actions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/minneapolis-excessive-force-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:28:00 -0500 Police arrest man, search for three in St. Paul shooting Authorities on Monday arrested a 20-year-old man and are now looking for three others in last week's shooting death of a St. Paul man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/shooting-suspect-arrested?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 08:41:24 -0500 Witness: Circus bleacher collapsed like a 'fallen souffle' The city of St. Paul has temporarily closed the circus academy where about a dozen spectators were injured when a set of bleachers collapsed last night. The accident happened at the end of the final performance of the summer show at Circus Juventas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/st-paul-bleacher-collapse?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:00:42 -0500 Moss-based pool filter shows promise as chlorine alternative A moss-based water filtration system testing in St. Paul this summer has shown promise as a way to keep pools clean while using fewer chemicals, city officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/moss-pool-filter?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:52:00 -0500 Safety drill this week at Monticello nuclear plant Emergency responders will descend on Monticello this week for a full-scale preparedness drill at the nuclear power plant, officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/monticello-drill?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:24:31 -0500 Road closures planned for I-35W/Minnehaha Parkway area Motorists driving along Minnehaha Parkway near Interstate 35W in Minneapolis should expect to encounter detours and road closures starting Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/35w-road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 09:41:02 -0500 Reward offered for information on Minneapolis shooting Police are asking for the public's help in finding the killer of a man gunned down in stairwell in Minneapolis last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/crime-stoppers?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 08:37:38 -0500 Aerosmith cancels tour, including St. Paul stop Rock band Aerosmith announced this week it will cancel the remaining part of its summer tour -- including a concert in St. Paul -- after lead singer Steven Tyler fell from a stage earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/aerosmith-cancels-tour?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 08:09:12 -0500 School district pays student who was harassed by teachers The Anoka-Hennepin School District has agreed to pay $25,000 to the family of a high school student who was harassed for months by two teachers because of his perceived sexual orientation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/student-harassed?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:53:59 -0500 GMAC may reopen negotiations with Rosemary Williams A Minneapolis woman who has vowed to resist eviction from her foreclosed home may have another shot at reaching an agreement with her mortgage lender. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/rosemary-williams-gmac?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:07:20 -0500 After accident, man killed while walking on I-35W A man who crashed his car along Interstate 35W in Minneapolis early Thursday morning got out of his car and was hit by an oncoming car, according to the State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/man-killed-on-35w?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 08:20:57 -0500 Inspired by Williams, second homeowner vows eviction fight Rosemary Williams' public battle to stay in her foreclosed home has inspired at least one other Twin Cities woman, who now vows to resist eviction from her own home in Robbinsdale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/woman-resists-eviction?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:19:10 -0500 Lakeville woman charged in infant grandson's death A Dakota County grand jury has indicted a 45-year-old Lakeville woman with two felony counts of manslaughter for the death of her infant grandson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/woman-charged-grandsons-death?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:58:42 -0500 Man hospitalized after near-drowning at hotel pool A 43-year-old man is being treated this morning after nearly drowning in a hotel swimming pool in Minneapolis, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/hotel-pool-near-drowning?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:26:55 -0500 Mall of America's 280-pound turtle goes to the vet today Amelio, a 280-pound sea turtle with deformed back fins, will travel about 12 miles this afternoon to have his flippers X-rayed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/amelio-the-sea-turtle?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:41:02 -0500 Police hunt for St. Anthony bank robber Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a bank in St. Anthony on Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/bank-robbery?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:13:04 -0500 Storm cleanup continues in Plymouth Public works crews with the city of Plymouth will continue to pick up debris caused by the weekend's violent storms until 3 p.m. today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/storm-cleanup-plymouth?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 08:55:59 -0500 Father charged with murder in death of infant son A 19-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with one count of second degree murder for the July 4 death of his infant son, authorities said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/infant_death_charges?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:18:01 -0500 No arrests made so far at Rosemary Williams home Authorities say they are not anticipating any arrests or action outside the home of a Minneapolis woman who refuses to leave after being ordered to do so by Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/rosemary_williams_update?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 12:33:59 -0500 Hennepin County cities join together to fight gangs A new effort to fight gang activity in Hennepin County is taking shape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/hennepin_county_gangs?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:26:11 -0500 Williams' supporters to hold press conference this morning Supporters of a Minneapolis woman who has refused to leave her foreclosed house are holding a press conference this morning to discuss developments in the months-long foreclosure ordeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/williams-supporters?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 07:42:47 -0500 St. Paul council member goes public with Central Corridor concerns A St. Paul City Council member is calling on the Metropolitan Council to make changes to the light rail line that is expected to run through the city's central corridor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/lrt-stpaul?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 14:14:50 -0500 Article prompts inquiry into U of M stem cell study A British magazine's doubts over stem cell images at a University of Minnesota research center has promoted an inquiry into a paper published by one of its scientists late last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/stem-cell-institute-inquiry?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 08:49:53 -0500 Dry cleaner sued for firing pregnant worker The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued White Way Cleaners, claiming the St. Paul-based dry cleaner unlawfully fired an employee because she was pregnant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/pregnancy-discrimination-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:42:42 -0500 Light rail closes this weekend, starting Friday a.m. Portions of the light rail line in the Twin Cities metro area will be closed for construction this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/light-rail-closures?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 09:51:09 -0500 Police seized fewer items from criminals last year Authorities in Minnesota seized fewer items involved in criminal activities in 2008 than the previous year, according to the Criminal Forfeiture Report released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/fewer-forfeitures?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 09:37:39 -0500 Major road closures in metro area this weekend Drivers hitting the roads around the Twin Cities should expect to encounter detours and road congestion this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/metro-road-closures?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 08:24:28 -0500 Apparent murder-suicide in Harris, Minn. A man in rural Harris apparently strangled his wife to death before killing himself late Wednesday night, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/man-suspected-killing-wife-found-dead?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 08:23:32 -0500 Bus company files lawsuit over bridge 35W collapse Two companies already accused by the state of negligence that contributed to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse face another lawsuit -- this time from the company that owns the school bus that was on the bridge at the time of the collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/bus-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 16:30:59 -0500 Brother of Minneapolis police chief faces drug charges The Ramsey County attorney's office has charged Paul J. Dolan, 53, the brother of Minneapolis police chief Tim Dolan, with two felonies for possession and sale of drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/brother-of-minneapolis-police-chief-faces-drug-charges?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 09:47:16 -0500 Rep. Peterson opposes Obama's health care reform plan Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson says he will likely vote against the health care reform proposal working its way through Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/peterson-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 09:33:06 -0500 Six plead guilty to lottery fraud Six of the eight individuals charged by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in March with lottery fraud have entered guilty pleas, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/lottery-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:59:46 -0500 IRS closes inquiry into pastor's McCain endorsement The Internal Revenue Service has told a pastor in Warroad, Minn. it's closed an inquiry into complaints that he was preaching politics from the pulpit in violation of federal tax law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/irs-closes-pastor-inquiry?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:46:34 -0500 School accused of promoting Islam countersues ACLU A controversial charter school in Inver Grove Heights accused of promoting religion with taxpayer money is countersuing the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/tiza-counter-suit?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 08:17:10 -0500 Hecker pleads guilty, says he was texting while driving An attorney for Denny Hecker said the embattled auto mogul was texting while driving when he crashed his car into a light pole last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/hecker-texting-while-driving?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:36:58 -0500 Light rail to MOA and airport closed this weekend Portions of the light rail line to the Mall of America and the Twin Cities airport will be closed for upgrades and maintenance this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/lrt-closed-moa?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 11:22:49 -0500 Southbound I-35W to be closed this weekend Drivers planning to travel along Interstate 35W in parts of Richfield and Bloomington this weekend should expect detours and increased congestion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/35w-southbound-closed?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:11:48 -0500 Pawlenty calls Obama health plan 'false advertising' Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday said President Barack Obama's proposal for health care reform will not save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/pawlenty-interview?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:04:34 -0500 Man charged in Cabela's tag-switching scam sentenced to one year A Texas man charged with defrauding a Cabela's store out of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/cabelas-tag-switching-scam?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:15:49 -0500 Metro Transit bus system to get security camera upgrade Dozens of buses around the metro area will be getting security camera upgrades in the coming months, according to Metro Transit officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/metro-bus-cameras?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:29:45 -0500 Services announced for three MN troops killed last week Services for three Minnesota troops killed in the line of duty last week have been announced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/troop-services?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:13:15 -0500 Sheriff identifies woman struck by semi on I-35 Cynthia Olson, 53, died after a semi-trailer truck hit her while she stood outside her car south of the County Road 61 exit, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/interstate35-fatality?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 13:33:14 -0500 10-city tour by Minn. development officials begins The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will kick of a series of events around the state today to talk about economic development and the stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/10-city-economic-development-tour?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 06:45:33 -0500 Police ID St. Paul man who killed himself in standoff Police have identified the man who killed himself during a standoff with police Tuesday night as Vadim Anatolevech Chapachy, 40, of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/st_paul_suicide?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 18:10:54 -0500 Street work to disrupt traffic in downtown Minneapolis Commuters driving in and out of downtown Minneapolis this week should expect to encounter road closures and longer delays than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/road-delays?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:45:58 -0500 7-year-old boy hit by car in St. Cloud A 7-year-old boy was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon after he was hit by a car in a residential neighborhood of St. Cloud, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/st_cloud_boy_injured?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 09:52:59 -0500 Two Minnesotans among ambassador nominees A U.S. Senate committee hearing is taking place this morning to confirm the foreign posts of two Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/minnesotans_tapped_for_foreign_posts?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:20:24 -0500 Driver distraction blamed for a quarter of crashes About a quarter of all crashes on Minnesota roads last year happened because drivers were distracted or not paying attention, according to officials with the Department of Public Safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/driving_distractions?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:15:36 -0500 Illinois couple indicted in scheme to defraud Best Buy An Illinois couple was indicted in federal court Monday in connection with a scheme to defraud Richfield-based Best Buy Co., Inc. by overbilling it for computer parts, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/bestbuy_defraud?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:49:01 -0500 Cray, Inc. signs lease to move to downtown St. Paul Cray, which makes supercomputers, signed a lease on July 14 to move its approximately 225 employees based in Mendota Heights to the Galtier Plaza building in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/cray_stpaul?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:30:31 -0500 Bus driver maced by passenger expected to return to work today A Metro Transit bus driver who was assaulted with pepper spray by a passenger last week is expected to return to work today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/bus_driver_maced?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:29:35 -0500 Elk River man dies in head-on collision A 21-year-old man from Elk River died Monday from injuries resulting from a head-on collision in Sherburne County, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/elk_river_man_dies_in_head_on_collision?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:33:47 -0500 Sewer line under Mississippi River being replaced Work is scheduled to begin later this month to replace an aging sewer pipe that runs under the Mississippi River from South St. Paul to St. Paul, officials have announced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/sewerproject?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 14:51:49 -0500 Dad accused of leaving child in car while he was drinking A Minneapolis man is being held at the Hennepin County Jail after leaving his 1-year-old son alone in a truck while he was inside a bar drinking, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/child_in_car?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:18:25 -0500 2 dead in central Minnesota car crash Two people are dead after a two-car crash south of Long Prairie in central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/long_prairie_car_accident?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 09:37:26 -0500 74-year-old bicyclist killed near Mankato A 74-year-old bicyclist was killed Sunday evening in Nicollet County after turning into an oncoming semitrailer truck, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/bicyclist_killed?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 08:31:51 -0500 Trial for Minneapolis terrorism suspect scheduled for October The trial of a Minnesota man indicted on terrorism charges has been scheduled to begin in October, a federal judge in Minneapolis said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/ahmed_trial_dates?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 09:39:52 -0500 Northbound I-35W closes this weekend in south Minneapolis Drivers in the Metro area will likely face detours and increased congestion this weekend as crews work on two major road projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/metro_road_closures?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 08:29:04 -0500 Analysis: Does fighting abroad constitute terrorism? National security law professor John Radsan explains the government's interest in prosecuting two men for traveling to Somalia to fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/radsan?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:06:38 -0500 Minneapolis seeks input on pedestrian plan The city of Minneapolis will hold a workshop tonight to get the public's input on its pedestrian master plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/minneapolis_pedestrian_plan?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:21:25 -0500 Somali terror suspect waives detention hearing A Minnesota man indicted on terrorism charges has waived a detention hearing that had been scheduled this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/ahmed_court?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 10:40:00 -0500 Traffic deaths drop to historic low Traffic deaths on state roads dropped by 11 percent last year, and the state highways were safer than they have been in 64 years, according to state officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/traffic_deaths?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 10:38:03 -0500 Woman accused of swindling $220,000 from her mother A North St. Paul woman is accused of swindling $220,000 from her blind mother whose care was entrusted to her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/swindle_mother?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 08:49:59 -0500 Judge issues injunctions against gang members at Rondo Days The city of St. Paul has successfully banned more than a dozen reputed gang members from hanging out together at a popular street festival this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/rondo_injunction?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:28:18 -0500 Klobuchar questions Sotomayor about criminal justice Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar that 'Perry Mason' was one of her early influences, and that the courtroom is not the place to fix society's ills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/klobuchar_sotomayor?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 12:06:51 -0500 Newt Gingrich speaks at Minneapolis health care forum today Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be in Minneapolis this afternoon hosting a health care reform forum with a group of Minnesota leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/gingrinch_in_minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:05:09 -0500 Pawlenty names new judge in Hennepin County This week, Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Joseph R. Klein to the Fourth Judicial District trial court bench in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/new_hennepin_county_judge?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:50:02 -0500 Franken has a few questions left for Sotomayor Minnesota's newest senator will be the last to question Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor today. Is there anything left to ask? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/franken_sotomayor?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 08:18:37 -0500 St. Paul to decide on art funding mandate Public art in St. Paul could get a boost if the city council votes to mandate art funding next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/public_art?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 07:18:44 -0500 Minn. gets $5M for efficient appliance rebates U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Tuesday that Minnesota will receive up to $5 million in federal funding to encourage residents to purchase energy efficient appliances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/efficient_appliances?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:50:23 -0500 Time running out for DTV coupon program Community organizations around the Twin Cities are urging families who have not yet applied for digital TV converter coupons to do so before time runs out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/dtv_coupons?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 13:06:38 -0500 Fund set up for sisters of slain 10-year-old boy A friend of the Becht family has set up a fund for the sisters of a 10-year-old boy who police say was killed by his mother in South St. Paul last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/slain_st_paul_boy_fund?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 10:31:11 -0500 Franken, Klobuchar preview roles in Sotomayor hearing DFL Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken -- who both sit on the Senate Judiciary committee -- made their opening remarks today at the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/franken_klobuchar_sotomayor_hearing?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:26:09 -0500 Four Minnesota cities in magazine's 'America's best places to live' list Four Minnesota cities have earned bragging rights this year for landing spots among the best 100 small towns to live in the U.S., according to an annual national financial magazine's ranking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/best_100_places_to_live?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:51:45 -0500 Klobuchar: 'I've been very impressed so far' DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar plans to focus on Sonia Sotomayor's time as a prosecutor and her criminal justice opinions, as confirmation hearings begin today in the historic Supreme Court nomination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/klobuchar_sotomayor?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:30:48 -0500 Complaint: Mom says she planned suicide with kids Police say a South St. Paul woman charged with killing her son and attempting to kill her daughter told them the three planned the suicide together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/mothercharged?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 11:47:19 -0500 Thousands expected for Minneapolis triathlon Thousands of athletes, spectators and vendors will descend on the Twin Cities this weekend for one of Minnesota's signature summer athletic events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/minneapolis_triathlon?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 11:20:51 -0500 Stimulus money to buy buses for northeast Minnesota Federal stimulus funds will soon help replace more than four dozen transit buses in northeast Minnesota, DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar announced this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/arrowhead_transit_new_buses?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:56:06 -0500 Top U.S. housing official to tour Minneapolis foreclosures U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will meet with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak this morning for a tour of foreclosed homes in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/hud_secretary?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 07:01:01 -0500 Hennepin County, Minneapolis library catalogs to merge The Hennepin County and Minneapolis library catalogs will be consolidated later this summer into a single system containing more than five million books, CDs, DVDs, and other items. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/hennco_library?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 13:32:51 -0500 Mother arrested in connection with 10-year-old son's death Officials with the South St. Paul police department have arrested a 42-year-old woman in connection with the murder of her son and attempted murder of her daughter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/motherarrested?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 13:15:56 -0500 Man caught with dye-stained cash charged with bank robbery A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged after allegedly robbing a St. Paul bank on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/st_paul_bank_robbery?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 11:07:19 -0500 Minnesota arts groups get more than $1 million in stimulus funds More than two dozen arts organizations in Minnesota have received federal stimulus funds to help maintain jobs that are threatened by the current economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/arts_stimulus?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 10:28:44 -0500 Lender found guilty in mortgage fraud scheme A Hennepin County District Court jury has found a former Twin Cities loan officer guilty on all charges in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud homeowners and lenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/mortgagefraud?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:50:58 -0500 Southbound 35W to be closed in Burnsville this weekend All southbound lanes of Interstate 35W between Interstate 494 and Highway 13 will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, July 13, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/35w_road_closures?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 07:45:37 -0500 Report says food bank visits up 28 percent The economic recession, high food costs and rising unemployment are among the reasons why more Minnesotans visited food shelves in the first quarter of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/food_shelves?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 13:59:39 -0500 Arrest made in robbery of Cannon Falls bank Authorities in Cannon Falls have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery that took place in that city Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/cannon_falls_robbery?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 11:37:51 -0500 Alcohol suspected in fatal crash in Cass County State Patrol officials believe alcohol may have played a role in a fatal car crash in north central Minnesota Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/cass_county_car_accident?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 09:50:48 -0500 Police investigate mother in South St. Paul boy's death Officials with the South St. Paul police department believe a 10-year-old boy who was found dead in his home Monday afternoon may have been killed by his mother. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/police_investigate_mother_in_s_st_paul_death?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 09:01:34 -0500 Sports Illustrated ranks Eden Prairie High among top athletics programs Sports Illustrated magazine has ranked Eden Prairie high school among the best athletic programs in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/edinasports?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 13:58:02 -0500 Winona history museum approves $4 million expansion The Winona County Historical Society is getting a facelift. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/winona_history_museum?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 13:32:59 -0500 Safety drills this week at Monticello nuclear plant Several hundred emergency responders will descend on Monticello this week for a routine safety drill at Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/nuclear_drill?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:52:10 -0500 Arrest expected after death of 10-year-old S. St. Paul boy Officials with the South St. Paul police department expect to make an arrest as early as today after a 10-year-old boy was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/s_st_paul_homicide?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 09:05:30 -0500 Holiday traffic deaths in Minn. lower than last year A statewide campaign to reduce reckless driving and nab drunk drivers during the recent holiday weekend appears to have paid off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/road_deaths?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 14:03:35 -0500 Woman to face charges after backing van into tent, killing infant A woman who backed a van into a tent Sunday, killing a four-month-old, will be charged today with three felony counts, officials with the Renville County Sheriff's Office said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/van_tent_accident?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 10:28:12 -0500 State Patrol stepping up DWI patrols this weekend The Department of Public Safety is stepping up efforts this weekend to nab drunk drivers and thwart seat-belt violators around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/dwi_patrols?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 11:25:19 -0500 Man faces murder charge in shaking death of toddler The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged a Northfield man with the death of his 17-month-old stepson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/hokanson_abuse_death?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 10:41:52 -0500 Cyclist dies after being hit by car in Blaine A 60-year-old bicyclist was killed Wednesday afternoon near Bunker Hills Regional Park in Blaine after being struck by a car headed south on the same road, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/cyclist_killed_blaine?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 09:41:47 -0500 Anti-gay harassment incident goes viral via YouTube A YouTube video that shows a group of teenage boys harassing a man amid a torrent of anti-gay slurs in Minneapolis has been widely circulated online this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/youtube_harassment?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 16:23:16 -0500 Franken rallies supporters at Capitol Sen.-elect Al Franken addressed an energized crowd of several hundred supporters on the front lawn of the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon, at a long-awaited victory rally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/franken_rally?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:15:39 -0500 St. Cloud police warn of scammers targeting older people If you don't know the person asking for money, don't give it away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/saint_cloud_money_scam?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 12:14:31 -0500 Medical report: Army chaplain fell before his death A report by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office says Rev. Tim Vakoc died last week as a result of a fall at a nursing home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/army_chaplain_fell?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 11:16:19 -0500 Abortions in Minnesota at lowest level in 30 years The number of abortions performed in Minnesota last year was at its lowest level in more than 30 years, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/abortion_report?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 09:47:46 -0500 Franken 'thrilled' over victory in Minnesota's long-running Senate race Democrat Al Franken, accompanied by his wife, told reporters outside his downtown Minneapolis home this afternoon that "Franni and I are so thrilled that we can finally celebrate this victory." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/supcoruling_senate?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:06:39 -0500 Leading Somali official visits Twin Cities A leading Somali politician was in the Twin Cities Tuesday to discuss his country's faltering government, on the eve of its Independence Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/somali_minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:15:26 -0500 3M says it cut 1,000 jobs worldwide Maplewood-based 3M announced on Monday it eliminated 1,000 jobs from its worldwide workforce in the second quarter of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/3m_layoffs?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:10:38 -0500 New law allows fishing without a license in some parks Two new laws in Minnesota will affect hunters and anglers around the state starting on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/hunting_fishing_laws?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 07:40:31 -0500 Police identify 70-year-old woman killed by garbage truck Authorities have released the name of the 70-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a garbage truck as she walked her dog in downtown St. Paul early Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/woman_hit_by_garbage_truck?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 17:35:10 -0500 550 Minnesota Guard soldiers heading to Iraq More than 550 troops from the Minnesota Army National Guard will head to Iraq next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/guard_deployment_iraq?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:39:28 -0500 Pride festival to draw big crowds this weekend Thousands of people are expected to converge this weekend in downtown Minneapolis for the Twin Cities' Pride Festival and Parade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/pridefest?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:19:20 -0500 Minneapolis bells to toll for Michael Jackson A tribute will take place this morning in downtown Minneapolis in honor of idolized superstar Michael Jackson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/michael_jackson_bells?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 08:55:14 -0500 Lakeville woman accused of embezzling $220,000 The Dakota County Attorney's Office has charged a Lakeville woman with eight felony counts after she allegedly embezzled $220,000 while working as an independent real estate closer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/embezzle?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:43:00 -0500 Ellison says Mecca trip was within House ethics rules U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is facing criticism after accepting a free pilgrimage to Mecca from a Muslim organization in Minnesota. His office says the trip was approved ahead of time by the House Ethics Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/ellison_mecca_trip?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:25:35 -0500 Minnesota, Dakotas' ERs among the fastest Hospitals in five upper Midwest states, including Minnesota, are among the country's fastest in getting patients in and out of emergency rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/emergency_room_speed?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:31:01 -0500 6-year-old pulled from lake dies A 6 year-old boy who was involved in a drowning accident in New Brighton on Wednesday has died, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/new_brighton_drowning?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:20:54 -0500 Funeral services set for Minn. Army chaplain Funeral services for a Minnesota priest who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq five years ago and died this weekend have been set for 10 a.m. Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/funeral_army_chaplain?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:57:06 -0500 Troopers nab bicyclist on I-94 Troopers have nabbed a 25-year-old man who was riding a bicycle along Interstate 94 during rush hour traffic this morning, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/bicyclist_on_interstate_94?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:11:56 -0500 Underwater hockey championships come to Minneapolis The best underwater hockey players in the country will descend on Minneapolis -- and then to the bottom of a pool -- this weekend for the sport's national championship games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/underwater_hockey?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 08:37:00 -0500 Minneapolis rated among world's best biking cities An international travel magazine has named Minneapolis one of the top biking cities in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/bike_city?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:59:36 -0500 U of M regents approve job cuts, alcohol ban The University of Minnesota's governing body today approved a budget that will eliminate jobs on campus and hike tuition for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/university_minnesota_budget?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:17:33 -0500 Hmong group nets federal money for education efforts The Twin Cities' Hmong American Partnership is one of 13 groups nationwide slated to receive federal grant money to support projects that help high school girls in math and science. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/hmong_america_partnership?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 07:13:01 -0500 Teach For America program expands to Twin Cities A national teaching program that targets low-income school districts announced on Tuesday it will expand its program to the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/teachforamerica?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 14:24:32 -0500 Authorities ID 8-year-old electrocuted in Todd County An 8-year-old boy was killed Monday night in central Minnesota after he apparently stepped into a shallow pool of electrified water, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/8yearold_killed_after_stepping_into_electrified_water?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:23:11 -0500 I-394 exit to downtown Minneapolis closed An exit ramp in downtown Minneapolis has been temporarily closed while crews prepare for additional roadwork in the area later this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/394_exit?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 10:53:11 -0500 Golden Valley man dies in Itasca County car crash A Golden Valley man died Monday afternoon in northern Minnesota after the driver of the car he was traveling in fell asleep at the wheel, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/golden_valley_man_dies?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 08:18:47 -0500 Police identify driver in fatal ambulance accident Authorities have identified the driver of an ambulance that struck and killed a 79-year-old woman in St. Paul on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/ambulance_driver_identified?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 07:46:23 -0500 Police working to identify body found in Mississippi River Police said a body was found floating on the surface of the Mississippi River Monday morning near downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/body_found_mississippi_river?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:41:03 -0500 Eagan woman named Miss Minnesota A 20-year old woman from Eagan will represent Minnesota at the Miss America pageant early next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/miss_minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 13:53:38 -0500 Hermantown to host Hockey Day Minnesota games Hermantown High School will be the site of three outdoor games during the 2010 Hockey Day Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/hermantown_hockey_day?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:34:32 -0500 St. Paul launches pedestrian safety program Local leaders will gather in St. Paul this afternoon to kick off a week-long campaign aimed at encouraging pedestrian safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/st_paul_pedestrian_safety?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:11:34 -0500 Public meeting to discuss Cass Lake Superfund site cleanup The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting Tuesday to update residents on cleanup plans at the St. Regis Paper Superfund site near Cass Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/cass_lake_superfund_site_meeting?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:24:05 -0500 Crosstown road closures planned throughout the week Drivers in the Metro area will likely face detours and increased congestion this week as crews continue to work on portions of I-35W and Hwy. 62. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/crosstown_construction?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 07:52:28 -0500 Police identify woman killed by ambulance in St. Paul Authorities are investigating the death of a 79-year-old woman who was struck by an ambulance in St. Paul on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/st_paul_ambulance?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 06:31:34 -0500 GMAC calls Denny Hecker claims 'baseless,' 'irresponsible' In a statement released today, car finance company GMAC adamantly denies claims it acted improperly in its dealings with embattled auto dealer Denny Hecker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/hecker_gmac_response?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 15:41:28 -0500 St. Paul to consider domestic partner registry Same-sex couples living in St. Paul might soon be able to register as domestic partners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/st_paul_to_consider_domestic_partner_registry?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 13:09:39 -0500 Hormel enters food venture with Mexican company Together, Austin-based Hormel Foods and Mexico City-based Herdez Del Fuerte will create MegaMex Foods to market Mexican foods in the United States. Each company will hold 50 percent stakes in MegaMex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/hormel_mexican_food?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:44:32 -0500 Strawberry farms open for business this weekend The sweet scent of strawberries will be in the air, as strawberry patches around the region prepare to open for business this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/strawberry_farms_open?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:07:31 -0500 Smaller turnout expected for Grandma's Marathon Minnesota's marquee spring athletic event will run again from Two Harbors to Duluth this weekend, although there are about 1,000 fewer runners than usual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/grandmas_marathon?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:39:32 -0500 Minneapolis event to recognize World Refugee Day Local refugees and their advocates will gather at a Minneapolis park on Saturday to recognize World Refugee Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/minneapolis_world_refugee_day?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 07:55:05 -0500 More metro road closures this weekend Drivers in the Metro area will have another round of road closures to look out for this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/metro_area_road_closures?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 04:19:57 -0500 Fort Snelling to host sendoff for medical support unit The Army Reserves will host a ceremony Friday for 20 troops who will leave the state for a deployment in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/fort_snelling_afghanistan?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:24:44 -0500 Multilingual TV special aims to fight colon cancer A television special this month will help provide colon cancer information to people who speak limited English in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/multilingual_colon_cancer?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:11:49 -0500 Interim director named for Latino council The Legislature's Chicano Latino Affairs Council has named an interim executive director to replace Rogelio Munoz, who resigned abruptly last week, citing internal conflicts with the small agency's board of directors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/latinocouncil?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 13:43:39 -0500 Austin residents cleaning up after tornado Residents of the southern Minnesota city of Austin have started cleaning up this morning after a round of tornadoes tossed vehicles, damaged homes and knocked down power lines Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/minnesota_tornadoes?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 23:48:40 -0500 Denny Hecker prepares to sue GMAC amid investigation Embattled auto dealer Denny Hecker is planning to file suit against car finance company GMAC, the company that used to loan money to Hecker's customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/hecker_investigation?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:30:04 -0500 Officer in Fong Lee shooting back in court in July The Minneapolis Police officer who was cleared earlier this month in the shooting death of 19-year-old Fong Lee will be in court again on July 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/jason_andersen_domestic_assault_charge?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 08:46:56 -0500 Minnesota anti-war group marks 10th anniversary A Twin Cities anti-war group will mark its 10th year of peace walks this afternoon by holding its weekly vigil on a bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/anti_war_anniversary?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:18:38 -0500 Lakeville teen is 2 millionth Eagle Scout A Minnesota teen received a big honor Wednesday morning when he was named the country's 2 millionth Eagle Scout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/eagle_scout?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 07:17:04 -0500 Duluth imposes new curfew on teens under 18 A new curfew for Duluth teens aims to cut crime and vandalism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/duluth_curfew?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:08:55 -0500 Driver who hit pedestrian faces felony charge A man who was hit by a car while waiting at a Minneapolis bus stop this weekend died on Tuesday, hours after the Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged a woman with his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/dui_charges?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:50:14 -0500 Freeborn County jail to house immigration violators A southern Minnesota county jail has become the latest facility in the region to house federal inmates who are waiting to be deported from the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/ice_jail?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 11:54:08 -0500 State Patrol identifies motorcyclist in fatal crash The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the woman involved in a fatal motorcycle crash in Itasca County Monday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/itasca_fatal_car_accident?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 08:02:19 -0500 Man hit by car at bus stop to be removed from life support A Minneapolis man who was hit by a car while talking to a friend at a bus stop early Sunday morning will be taken off life support Tuesday, according to a family member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/bus_stop_accident?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:20:52 -0500 Franken/Coleman: former justice isn't surprised by lengthy process It's been two weeks since the Minnesota Supreme Court heard the arguments. And there's still no ruling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/gilbert_franken_coleman?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 08:02:52 -0500 Vandalism spree in St. Cloud leads to two arrests Authorities in St. Cloud have arrested two men in connection with a string of arson, burglaries and golf course vandalism that took place over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/st_cloud_vandalism?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 07:54:45 -0500 Guard deployment ceremonies to be held in Duluth, Chisolm The Minnesota National Guard will host two deployment ceremonies this weekend for 180 troops heading to Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/guard_deployment_ceremonies?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:58:48 -0500 Interim replacement for gang strike force announced The Department of Public Safety on Friday announced the Metro Gang Strike Force will remain suspended while an investigation continues into its operations, and a temporary unit will be created in the interim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/new_metro_gang_strike_force?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 11:11:17 -0500 Minneapolis event to provide DTV conversion help Several Twin Cities organizations will gather at a Minneapolis park this afternoon in an effort to help people with the transition to all digital broadcast that's happening today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/dtv_powderhorn_park?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:56:46 -0500 Prank calls send people to Fargo hospitals Authorities in Fargo are investigating at least three prank phone calls in which someone posed as a doctor and asked the recipients to come to the hospital to identify a loved one's body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/fargo_hospital_prank_calls?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:46:58 -0500 Motorcyclist killed after striking deer on I-694 A motorcyclist was killed after he hit a deer that was crossing Interstate 694 near White Bear Avenue late Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/motorcyclist_killed_after_striking_deer_on_i694?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:13:11 -0500 Metro area road closures planned for the weekend Drivers in the Twin Cities will encounter yet another weekend of road closures and traffic congestion around the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/road_closures?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 15:07:16 -0500 State shuts down Bloomington collection agency The Minnesota Department of Commerce has suspended the collection agency license of Bloomington-based International Collection Services, accusing the company of misappropriating more than $125,000 from clients in the last three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/state_shuts_down_bloomington_collection_agency?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:54:06 -0500 Lilydale city clerk charged with embezzling, still on the job The Dakota County Attorney's Office has charged a former city clerk of Lilydale with two felony counts after she allegedly swindled $3,342 from the city last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/lilydale_city_clerk_charged_with_embezzling_still_on_the_job?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:41:44 -0500 Worker killed in Waconia propane explosion Investigators are in Waconia today investigating the cause of a propane explosion that killed a teenage employee of the farmer's co-op. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/waconia_propane_explosion?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:39:43 -0500 Community meetings to discuss St. Croix preservation The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of community meetings to discuss the Lower St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/community_meetings_to_discuss_st_croix_preservation?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 08:08:38 -0500 HCMC names new CEO The Hennepin County Medical Center has named a health care administrator from California as its new chief executive officer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/hcmc_newceo?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 11:59:51 -0500 Man charged with sex assault of 11-year-old neighbor Police have charged a 41-year-old man from Inver Grove Heights with three felony counts after he allegedly entered a young boy's house without permission and sexually assaulted him last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/man_charged_with_sexually_assaulting_11yearold_boy?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 11:41:21 -0500 Subway restaurant robbed in St. Anthony Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred early Tuesday morning at a Subway restaurant in St. Anthony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/subway_restaurant_robbed_in_st_anthony?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 09:14:10 -0500 Target, Marvin recognized for military outreach efforts Two of the state's biggest companies will be recognized by Gov. Tim Pawlenty today for their outreach to military services members and their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/target_marvin_pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 07:24:07 -0500 Minnesota congressman says he has the votes to block climate bill Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says he has the votes to block fast-track climate change legislation working its way through Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/peterson_climate_bill?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 08:53:37 -0500 Carleton College to honor climber found dead in China Carleton College in Northfield will hold a service for students, faculty and staff at 2:45 p.m. today in honor of 24-year-old Wade Bruce Johnson, of Arden Hills, whose body was uncovered Monday morning by a team of Chinese rescuers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/memorial_today_for_climber_found_dead_in_china?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 07:35:09 -0500 Suspect in Forest Lake sexual assault released A 19-year-old man who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a Forest Lake High School student has been released from police custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/forest_lake_rape?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 14:45:54 -0500 Latest school test scores show improvements More than half of all high school juniors in Minnesota met the state's new requirements on a math graduation test that had many worried about whether they'd graduate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/testscores?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 10:38:41 -0500 Pelosi to visit Minneapolis youth job center Sunday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will be in Minnesota this weekend to visit a youth employment program receiving funds from the federal government's economic stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/pelosi_to_visit_minneapolis_youth_job_center_sunday?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 09:09:32 -0500 State to release high school test results today The Minnesota Department of Education will release statewide figures today showing how many students passed a math test this spring that had many worried about whether they'll graduate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/state_standardized_test_results?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 07:13:20 -0500 More Metro-area road closures this weekend All eastbound lanes on Interstate 94 between Interstate 35W and Riverside Ave. in Minneapolis will be closed starting at 10 p.m. tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/twin_cities_road_closures?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 04:21:23 -0500 Mississippi River trail opens this weekend St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will inaugurate the Mississippi River Trail with a small ceremony and nine-mile bike ride starting in St. Paul on Saturday. The 3,000-mile-long river trail begins at the headwaters in Lake Itasca State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/mississippi_river_trail_opens?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 03:40:07 -0500 St. Paul police investigating cemetery vandalism Police are investigating after vandals tipped over 34 headstones at the Elmhurst Cemetery in St. Paul earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/st_paul_cemetery_vandalism?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 03:38:21 -0500 5-year-old killed by garbage truck in Brooklyn Center A 5-year-old boy died Thursday morning after he was hit by a commercial garbage truck in his Brooklyn Center neighborhood, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/5yearold_killed_by_garbage_truck_in_brooklyn_center?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 15:25:16 -0500 Minneapolis, Silver Bay vets' homes get $5.2 million The grants will pay up to 65 percent of the cost for improvements at the two facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/minneapolis_va_?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 11:06:15 -0500 Rabbi's comments about Arabs widely rebuked A St. Paul rabbi faced a flurry of criticism this week after an independent Jewish magazine quoted him as saying he advocated killing Arabs and destroying their holy sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/rabbis_comments_about_arabs_widely_rebuked?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 11:02:06 -0500 Microsoft development team moving to St. Paul Another technology-related company has decided to move its headquarters to the capital city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/microsoft_development_team_moving_to_st_paul?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 09:43:38 -0500 Charges filed in Metro Transit bus shooting Marcus Anthony Bryant faces two counts of second-degree assault and one count of shooting at a bus for allegedly firing a gun while traveling on a Route 5 bus Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/bus_shooting_charges?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 08:15:25 -0500 Federals expected to aid emerald ash borer fight Minnesota is slated to receive federal aid to help battle the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has infected dozens of trees, Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/emerald_ash_borer_federal_aid?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 07:15:57 -0500 Deadline looms for federal flood assistance Residents of the Fargo-Moorhead area have until June 9 to apply for federal assistance for damaged property from the Red River flooding earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/deadline_looms_for_federal_flood_assistance?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 14:49:40 -0500 OSHA to investigate Worthington ammonia leak Minnesota's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into an ammonia leak that was discovered Tuesday at the JBS Swift pork plant in Worthington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/ammonia_osha?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 11:47:41 -0500 Minnesota national sites offer free admission For three weekends this summer, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees at more than 100 sites across the country, in an effort to increase tourism and boost the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/national_parks?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 10:51:10 -0500 Home health aide neglected two chronically ill children An investigation has revealed a home health aide neglected two chronically ill children for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/home_health_aide?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 10:04:05 -0500 Woman killed in accident on Hwy. 169 identified The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the woman involved in a fatal car accident that closed portions of Highway 169 Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/driver_id_in_fatal_accident?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 08:42:40 -0500 State's largest law firm cuts 55 jobs The state's largest law firm on Tuesday eliminated 55 administrative positions, or about 4 percent of its staff, a firm spokesman confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/states_largest_law_firm_cuts_55_jobs?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 07:57:22 -0500 Ramsey County finalizes purchase of Union Depot The Ramsey County Board, serving as the Regional Railroad Authority, on Tuesday gave final approval to the purchase of the Union Depot's main building in downtown St. Paul for $8.2 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/depot_sale?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 14:45:49 -0500 Head of Catholic Charities resigns Rev. John Estrem has resigned as CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the agency said Tuesday afternoon. His last day will be June 30. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/catholic_charities?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:40:15 -0500 Minnesota's overseas voters happy with process Minnesota voters living overseas reported a higher level of satisfaction with the voting process during the 2008 election than voters in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/minnesota_voters_abroad?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 12:05:45 -0500 Report: Most charter schools mismanage finances The progressive think tank Minnesota 2020 has released a new study suggesting the majority of charter schools in the state do not follow basic financial guidelines and, in some cases, violate state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/charter_school_report?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 10:00:00 -0500 Vigil in Minneapolis tonight for murdered abortion doctor A candlelight vigil for Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas abortion doctor who was shot to death on Sunday, will be held at 9 p.m. in Loring Park in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/abortion_doctor_vigil?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 09:34:49 -0500 Two wounded by single bullet in Minneapolis bus shooting Two people were wounded Monday night in a shooting on a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis, authorities said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/minneapolis_bus_shooting?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 09:00:17 -0500 Minneapolis Foundation gives $500,000 in relief money The Minneapolis Foundation on Tuesday announced it has distributed $500,000 through its Crisis Assistance Fund to help Twin Cities residents affected by the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/minneapolis_foundation?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:57:59 -0500 Breathalyzer maker agrees to give state access to code The state of Minnesota and the company that makes Intoxilyzer -- the most widely used machines to test for alcohol during drunk driving arrests -- have reached an agreement over access to software that makes the machines work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/breathalyzer_state_access?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:53:43 -0500 Former charter school exec charged with stealing $1 million Charges have been filed against the former head of a Minneapolis charter school, accusing him of embezzling more than $1.3 million from the school's funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/charterschool_charges?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 14:20:01 -0500 Senate outcome in Supreme Court's hands Nearly seven months after Minnesotans cast their ballots in a Senate election, the state's unresolved race -- the longest running recount in Minnesota history -- is now in the hands of five state Supreme Court justices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/senate_outcome_in_supreme_courts_hands?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 10:10:43 -0500 St. Paul's first female district fire chief gets badge today St. Paul's first female district fire chief will receive her badge at a pinning ceremony this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/st_pauls_first_female_district_fire_chief?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 09:14:07 -0500 15-year-old bicyclist killed near Mankato A 15-year-old boy was killed over the weekend while riding his bicycle near Mankato, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/young_bicyclist_killed?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 07:40:17 -0500 DOJ gives Mpls veterans home high marks The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has concluded that the Minneapolis Veteran's Home meets, and in some instances exceeds, constitutional and federal requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/vetshome?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 14:16:52 -0500 Fifth person in Memorial Day crash dies Two-year-old Carter Newell died early Friday morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/memorial_day_fatal_crash?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 11:10:06 -0500 Bystanders rescue driver who plunged into pond Three bystanders helped rescue a man from a submerged van in Wright County early Friday morning, the State Patrol said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/bystanders_rescue_driver?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 10:25:19 -0500 Web site benefiting Hauser family shut down A Web site created to help the family of a 13-year-old cancer-stricken boy who fled Minnesota with his mother because they objected to chemotherapy has been shut down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/hauser_donation_website_shut_down?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 07:18:27 -0500 Arctic Cat cuts 60 jobs Thief River Falls-based Arctic Cat will eliminate 60 positions, or approximately 5 percent of its 1,200 employees, the company said in a statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/arctic_cat_job_cuts?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 07:07:39 -0500 Westbound I-94 closed this weekend in Minneapolis All westbound lanes of Interstate 94 between Interstate 394 and Interstate 694 in Minneapolis will be closed from 10 p.m. today through 5 a.m. Monday, June 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/interstate_94_westbound_closed?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 06:11:28 -0500 CEO of Ryan Companies dies Jim Ryan, CEO of his family's Minneapolis-based real estate design firm Ryan Companies, died Thursday after a lengthy battle with melanoma. He was 66. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/jim_ryan?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 13:48:56 -0500 Ford dam to be inspected for safety risk Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers' St. Paul office will analyze the safety of the Ford dam on the Mississippi River, after it was classified in the second-highest category as a safety risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/ford_dam?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 12:58:44 -0500 Former St. Louis County employee alleges sexual harassment A former St. Louis County employee has served the county with a lawsuit seeking a trial by jury and $50,000 in compensatory damages, claiming some county officials sexually harassed her and other female workers for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/st_louis_county_sexual_harassment_lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 10:16:48 -0500 Missing 96-year-old man 'safe and sound' at home A 96-year-old south Minneapolis man who had gone missing for more than a day returned to his home "safe and sound" Wednesday evening, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/missing_96yearold_man_found?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 09:04:18 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty on unallotment and his future plans Gov. Tim Pawlenty is moving ahead with the process of evaluating the state's budget and deciding what to unallot, or cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 08:30:20 -0500 81-year-old killed by school bus; driver not cited Police have identified the man hit and killed by a school bus near downtown Minneapolis as 81-year-old Theodore Larson, of Coon Rapids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/81yearold_killed_by_school_bus?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 09:41:31 -0500 12 roadway deaths during Memorial Day weekend At least 12 people died in car accidents during the Memorial Day weekend, making it the deadliest unofficial start of summer Minnesotans have seen since 1996, according to officials from the state's Department of Public Safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/memorialday_deaths?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 15:19:41 -0500 Stimulus will help upgrade Red Wing lock, create jobs Federal stimulus money will help upgrade the lock and dam on the Mississippi River near Red Wing, creating about 500 jobs for two years, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/redwing_lock?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 14:57:00 -0500 Peterson ready to break ranks on climate bill Citing how a sweeping climate bill could affect farmers working in the U.S. ethanol industry, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson said he's ready to join others in blocking the legislation from moving forward in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/peterson_ready_to_break_ranks_on_climate_bill?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 13:18:07 -0500 Prairie Island plant back online Xcel Energy has determined that a failed electrical cable caused the automatic shutdown of one of its nuclear reactors at Prairie Island earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/prairieisland_online?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 11:05:01 -0500 State says $303 million in taxes still unpaid Tax season has come and gone, and the Minnesota Department of Revenue reports that more than $303 million in individual income taxes are still unpaid as of April 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/state_says_303_million_in_taxes_still_unpaid?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 15:00:04 -0500 Cyclist killed by truck in downtown Minneapolis A bicyclist was killed early Wednesday morning near downtown Minneapolis after being crushed by a tractor trailer hauling concrete and asphalt, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/cyclist_killed?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 10:28:57 -0500 Swine flu fears won't stop Cinco de Mayo celebrations Organizers of some large-scale events around the Twin Cities this weekend are moving forward with plans despite concerns about the H1N1 flu outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/flu_cincodemayo?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Swine flu: Are we overreacting? Is the swine flu becoming over-hyped? Some medical experts say the saturation coverage by some media organizations is doing more harm than good for the general public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/swineflu_hype?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:23:17 -0500 Park Nicollet to lay off 233 workers Park Nicollet Health Services announced Monday it will lay off 233 employees due to the worsening economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/park_nicollet_to_lay_off_233_workers?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 17:40:55 -0500 Retailers called on to help minority groups make DTV transition Local and national organizations are calling on retailers to help people in minority communities with the government transition to all digital television broadcast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/minorities_dtv?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:56:27 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar to introduce nutrition standards for schools DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar was in Minneapolis Thursday discussing her plans to introduce federal legislation that would set nutrition standards for all food sold in schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/klobucar_nutrition?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 17:37:25 -0500 Wildfire burns along U.S. 169 near Shakopee A large grass fire has been burning since midday near Shakopee. The fire is reported to be in the area along U.S. Highway 169, between county road 83 and county road 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/wildfire_169_shakopee?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:35:48 -0500 Children of the deported It's a story that's made headlines for years -- immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally are detained and sent back to their home countries. A lot of times, they leave families behind, including U.S.-born kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/children_of_deported?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 16:33:51 -0500 Judges declare Franken winner; Coleman to appeal A Minnesota court has confirmed that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/judge_order?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 18:08:27 -0500 Panel's order a setback for Coleman Attorneys for Republican Norm Coleman said Tuesday they're preparing for an appeal after a three-judge panel hearing the recount trial said it would review a maximum of 400 absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/recountruling?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:37:07 -0500 Red River continues to recede The Red River continued its slow retreat Sunday after cresting a day earlier, dropping below record level to 39.88 feet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/29/flood_sunday?refid=0 Sun, 29 Mar 2009 20:02:00 -0500 One in 20 metro-area homes suffer double-digit declines The study shows that nearly 95 percent of homes in the Twin Cities metro area have shown more modest price declines, averaging just 3.9 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/metro_home_values?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 01:22:28 -0500 Franken side presents its own voter witnesses After questioning nearly two dozen voters whose absentee ballots were not counted in Minnesota's disputed U.S. Senate election, attorneys for Democrat Al Franken have called Gary Poser back to the stand this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/recounttrial_frankenside?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 10:47:23 -0600 In break for Coleman, panel reverses order on poll worker testimony The judges reversed their order that struck out testimony of Pamela Howell, a Minneapolis poll worker who claimed to witness errors that could have caused double-counting of votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/senate_recount_contest_wednesday?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:46:19 -0600 Setback for Coleman at Minnesota Senate recount trial Another setback for Republican Norm Coleman at the Minnesota Senate recount trial. The judges have thrown out the testimony of a Minneapolis poll worker who claimed to witness errors that could have caused double-counting of votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/recounttrial_wed?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 17:06:25 -0600 Franken tries to pare Coleman ballot list One by one, Democrat Al Franken's attorneys are casting doubt over the viability of uncounted absentee ballots that Republican Norm Coleman wants included in the Minnesota Senate race tally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/recounttrial_tuesday?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:25:05 -0600 Coleman moves to preserve information from counted ballots Republican Norm Coleman's lawyers want the court to preserve identifying information about some of the absentee ballots tallied in the closing hours of the recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/mn_senate_recount_contest_trial_friday?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:36:40 -0600 Senate trial picks up speed; 10 elections officials testify Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount trial picked up speed Thursday with 10 witnesses testifying about how their cities or counties processed absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/senate_trial_picks_up_speed_10_city_clerks_testify?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 18:30:18 -0600 Senate judges: No 2nd look at key ballot ruling The three-judge panel hearing Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount trial has denied a request by Republican Norm Coleman to reconsider a ruling that narrowed the ballot categories in question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/18/recount_wednesday?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 11:19:17 -0600 Court tries to streamline election contest The recount trial picked has speed today after the three-judge panel hearing the case limited the types of rejected absentee ballots that might be counted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/court_tries_to_streamline_election_contest?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 10:49:30 -0600 Judges: No widespread problem with rejected ballots shown Judges in Minnesota's U.S. Senate trial say Republican Norm Coleman has not yet shown a widespread problem with rejected absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/trial_friday?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 23:31:17 -0600 U.S. Senate recount panel could make moves to shorten trial The three-judge panel announced it will change the court schedule for the next three days in hopes of streamlining the election contest trial between Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/senate_recount_trial_day14?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:16:46 -0600 Panel moves to 'streamline' recount proceedings Judges in Republican Norm Coleman's U.S. Senate recount trial have asked attorneys from both sides to submit briefs by later this afternoon on which categories of absentee ballots should be recounted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/streamline?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 09:27:21 -0600 Recount judges order count of 23 rejected ballots The three-judge panel in Republican Norm Coleman's recount trial have ordered that 23 rejected absentee ballots be opened and counted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/recounttrial?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 18:00:00 -0600 Franken lawyer hits Coleman team for trial tedium Democrat Al Franken is objecting to the way Republican Norm Coleman is presenting his case in Coleman's lawsuit over their U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/recount_trial?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 11:19:23 -0600 Elections officials describe counting errors An Anoka County elections manager says her county found three more ballots that appear to be for Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/06/recount_trial?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 06:39:37 -0600 Recount trial continues, one ballot at a time Attorneys for Norm Coleman spent the morning going through ballots, one by one, with Washington County top election official. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/senate_recount_contest_trial?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:34:59 -0600 Recount trial judges limit Coleman's absentee request In a key ruling, the three-judge panel hearing Minnesota's senate election contest says it will allow Republican Norm Coleman's campaign to introduce about 4,800 rejected absentee ballots into the trial for consideration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/03/senate_recount_contest_trial_day7?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 11:02:39 -0600 Minnesota Senate trial begins 2nd week Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky returned to the stand for the third day today in Republican Norm Coleman's election contest trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/minnesota_senate_trial_begins_2nd_week?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 13:44:23 -0600 Senate trial focuses on absentee processing Attorneys for Norm Coleman are using Day 5 of his Senate election lawsuit to show that the handling of absentee ballots was a rushed job that sometimes resulted in mistakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/30/recountrial_day5?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:39:42 -0600 Coleman, Franken spar over absentees The two sides in the courtroom skirmish over Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat spent Thursday portraying each other as opportunists who have shifted their positions on absentee votes to suit their needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/recount_trials_begins_fourth_day?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:00:22 -0600 Recount trial resumes; absentee voters testify Republican Norm Coleman's election contest trial resumed this afternoon, after a delay this morning. The three-judge panel met privately to work out a process for getting thousands of absentee ballots to St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/recount_trial_delayed?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 09:58:22 -0600 Coleman's campaign calls first witnesses in recount trial The recount trial is underway in a St. Paul courtroom to determine the winner of Minnesota's U.S. Senate election. Rejected absentee ballots are at the heart of the case, said Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Joe Friedberg in his opening statements on behalf of former Senator Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/recount_trialblog?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 13:31:17 -0600 Latinos hope for immigration reform During the presidential election, Latino voters provided strong support to President Barack Obama. But with the economic downturn taking center stage, many are wondering how far immigration reform has slipped as priority for the new administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/latinos_obama?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 02:52:33 -0600 Starting from scratch: Many immigrants forced to re-learn professions Many immigrants have to work low-wage jobs, go back to school, or embark on the long and expensive road to re-certification. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/degree_validation?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 Franken declares victory after board certifies him on top A Minnesota board has certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, but a Coleman attorney said a legal challenge will be filed within 24 hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/coleman_denied?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 14:40:38 -0600 Which city services will be scaled back? There's no question cities around Minnesota are tightening their belts in response to the state's multi-billion dollar budget deficit. The question is how to adjust their budgets with as little impact to the services they offer residents as possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/cityservices?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 15:13:25 -0600 Celebrating a Minnesota Nochebuena Like previous waves of immigrants, Latinos are also preserving the religious and cultural holiday rituals from their home countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/nochebuena?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Northwest-Delta cancels flights in wake of attacks, protests Protests in Thailand and a series of terrorist attacks in India have caused several Northwest-Delta flight cancellations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/northwestdelta_cancel_flights_in_wake_of_attacks_protests?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:44:10 -0600 Fire in Isle, Minn., prompts evacuations Fire officials say it is still unclear what started an early morning fire at a manufacturing plant in Isle on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/investigation_continues_into_isle_plant_fire?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:34:28 -0600 A final journey home More Mexicans are living in the U.S. than ever before and as they die, many families decide to send their loved ones back home to be buried. The process is called repatriation. The decision is an emotional one that often comes at a high cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/repatriation?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 15:44:31 -0600 Klobuchar against auto industry bailout Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she would not have voted for a bailout for the auto industry. Congress is delaying a vote on the plan until next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/klobuchar_auto_bailout?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 07:47:43 -0600 Klobuchar sponsors bill to require carbon monoxide alarms Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., is co-sponsoring a bill that require regulation of carbon monoxide alarms and portable generators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/klobuchar_sponsors_bill_to_require_carbon_monoxide_alarms?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:53:12 -0600 Poll close in Minn.; pushing to record turnout numbers Polls closed minutes ago across Minnesota after voters packed high school gyms, churchs and community halls across the state to have their say on issues from school levies to the next president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/polls_1?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:48:21 -0600 Wisconsin brothers drum to a Brazilian beat Two Wisconsin brothers who love samba, started a Brazilian drum group in the Twin Cities a couple years ago. But unless you know them personally, you might never suspect their fascination with the music of a country that's so far from home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/brazilian_drum?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:23:18 -0500 Immigrants may fill workforce void Economists, demographers and immigrant advocates met Tuesday to discuss how migrants might fill the void left behind by an aging population in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/immigrant_labor?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 08:49:01 -0500 Speaking without an accent After studying the language for years, non-native English speakers often have another hurdle to overcome -- an accent. Many take advanced language classes to try to eliminate, or at least minimize, their accent. Often they're professionals who see an accent as a weakness in a competitive workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/20/accent_reduction?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 02:00:41 -0500 Immigrant workers sending less money home A recent report estimates the amount of money immigrants living in the U.S. will send relatives in Latin America will grow at its slowest rate on record this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/17/remittances?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 02:11:11 -0500 Single women who are moms by choice The number of single mothers has been on the rise in the U.S. for decades. While many of these women are teens and divorced moms, a growing number are women who have made a conscious decision to have kids on their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/14/choicemoms?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's Latino advisory council celebrates 30th anniversary This month marks a milestone for the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, a small agency created in 1978 to be a liaison between Latinos and the state government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/clac_30_anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 14:35:22 -0500 Revamped citizenship test focuses more on concepts Starting today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin implementing a redesigned naturalization test that strives to be more meaningful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/citizenship_test?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 02:39:07 -0500 Speaking out about a bicultural life Members of one Twin Cities' spoken word group are exploring their love of poetry and performance by writing about what it's like to be Latinos in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/palabristas?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:36:29 -0500 South American soldiers find new hope at Mayo Soldiers from Colombia are brought to the Mayo Clinic for treatment of their wounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/colombian_soldiers?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:47:57 -0500 Latino voters share thoughts on election Both presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama started courting Latino voters months before officially becoming their parties' nominees and that's invigorated Latino voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/latino_vote?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Two veterans reflect on military's policy on gays Don't ask, don't tell has been law for gay men and women in the military since the Clinton administration. Two gay veterans talk about how the policy has affected their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/dont_ask_dont_tell?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 02:13:37 -0500 They're the first to go to college A quarter of Minnesota's college and university students are the first from their family to go on to higher education and this requires more from the schools to support them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/first_generation?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:41:06 -0500 A young girl's sweet 15 In Latin American countries, the quince is a right of passage for young Latinas. Their 15th birthday is the time for a social and religious coming-of-age ceremony. It's a custom that's becoming more common in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/rubysquince?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 14:54:22 -0500 Hundreds rally in Iowa for meatpacking plant workers Hundreds of protestors, religious leaders and immigrant rights advocates descended on the small city of Postville, Iowa on Sunday and spent the day rallying for immigration reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/postvillerally?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:48:22 -0500 Governor's reform commission to discuss 'outdated tax code' A state tax reform commission meets today to discuss how Minnesota's sales tax impacts the state's businesses and its ability to compete with other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/tax?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:00:24 -0500 Census shows modest growth for core metro area The U.S. Census Bureau says Minnesota's two largest cities are showing population growth for the first time in nearly a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/census?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:12:13 -0500