Minnesota Public Radio features by Than Tibbetts http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30425 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:39:02 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Than Tibbetts http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Writing Minnesota What does it mean to be a Minnesota writer? It means obsessing over the sound of the Mississippi River. It means writing about small towns. It means you're a refugee who refused to speak as a child. These are some of the many ways writers define their relationship to Minnesota. Host Annie Baxter invites you to hear these writers' reflections and their creative works on "Writing Minnesota." /projects/2011/writing-minnesota/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:46:04 -0500 Graphic: Seniority in the United States Congress While it's not a perfect measure of political clout, a state's collective Congressional seniority is a big factor determining relative influence in Washington. This interactive graphic charts seniority for all 535 members of the United State Senate and House of Representatives. /projects/2011/01/minnesotas-clout-in-washington/seniority/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:01:00 -0600 Lobbying spending by top Minnesota companies American Crystal Sugar spends between $1 million and $2 million a year on lobbying the federal government. That's about the same level as Cargill -- a company almost 100 times its size. See how other top Minnesota companies stack up in the lobbying arena. /projects/2011/01/minnesotas-clout-in-washington/lobbying/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:01:00 -0600 The Wellstone Files The FBI's files on Paul and Sheila Wellstone, many of which are being made public for the first time after a Freedom of Information Act request by MPR News, shed new light on the extent of the relationship between the FBI and the political activist who would go on to become a U.S. senator from Minnesota. /projects/2010/wellstone-files/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:40:00 -0500 The DFL governor's debate, question by question The three DFL candidates for governor held their final debate Sunday night before Tuesday's primary. Listen to the debate, question by question. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2010/08/08-dfl-debate/?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2010 23:43:14 -0500 Strong storms move across northern, central Minnesota Storm spotters reported a tornado on the ground shortly before 6 p.m. about 13 miles northeast of Bemidji in rural Beltrami County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/strong-storms?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:34:27 -0500 Large hail, flooding and tornadoes in latest round of storms A strong line of summer thunderstorms plowed across southern Minnesota Friday night, flooding streets and highways, dropping large hail and knocking out power for thousands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/severe-weather?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 17:53:24 -0500 Map: The Red River basin Farmers and scientists in both Canada and the United States are trying to figure out ways to cut the amount of phosphorus that flows north to Lake Winnipeg. The Red River basin drains a large area in Minnesota and North and South Dakota, an area with abundant farming activity. /features/2010/06/17-red-river-basin/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 15:01:54 -0500 Elementary student in Cook brings firearm to school An elementary student in Cook, Minn. was removed from school Tuesday after officials discovered the child had brought a weapon to school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/cook-school-weapon?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:27:54 -0500 Graphic: Nuclear power's political landscape As Minnesota officials search for the answers to the state's energy needs, calls have increased to lift a moratorium on building new nuclear power plants. /features/2010/03/nuclear-power/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 21:05:52 -0600 Graphic: Minnesota budget forecasts, 2001-2009 Minnesota budgets government revenues and spending for two-year (biennial) budget cycles. The November 2009 budget forecast predicts a $5.4 billion gap between revenues and spending in the 2012-2013 budget period. /features/2009/12/02-budget-forecasts/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:59:37 -0600 Road vs. Rail -- from Big Lake to Minneapolis Some commuters will ride the Northstar train to save time on their trip to downtown Minneapolis each day. But will they really get there any faster? MPR News sent two teams to document their trip from Big Lake to Minneapolis this morning to answer that question. /features/2009/11/northstar-commuter-rail/road-v-rail/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:24:23 -0600 Graphic: Minneapolis Police Department lawsuit settlements Each year, the Minneapolis Police Department pays thousands of dollars to settle lawsuits against the department. /features/2009/11/02-mpd-liability/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 06:38:36 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin closing six schools The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will close six schools next year in the wake of a budget crunch and lower enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/anoka-hennepin-closing-schools?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:11:09 -0500 Officer involved in Fong Lee shooting fired by Mpls. police The Minneapolis police officer who was cleared in a wrongful death lawsuit after shooting and killing a Minneapolis man was fired from the department Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/jason-andersen-fired?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:34:55 -0500 Minneapolis, St. Paul will grapple with what to pay new superintendents Two of Minnesota's three largest school districts will spend a lot of time in coming months looking for new leadership. Each district will try to find the best person, but they'll also have to figure out what to pay and how that compensation will be structured. /features/2009/09/16-superintendent-pay/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Obama brings health care crusade to the Twin Cities In a speech at times reminiscent of his recent address to Congress, President Obama urged a Minneapolis crowd Saturday to "get fired up" in the battle for health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/obama-target-center-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Feds close Brickwell Community Bank in Woodbury Federal regulators have shut down Brickwell Community Bank in Woodbury. Brickwell's branch will re-open today as offices of CorTrust Bank. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/12/brickwell-bank-woodbury-closed?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2009 08:21:08 -0500 Funnel clouds give Fargo-Moorhead brief scare Schools in the Fargo-Moorhead area were briefly sent into lockdown mode after multiple funnel clouds were reported in the sky over the area Friday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/funnel-clouds-fargo-moorhead?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:42:37 -0500 Tornadoes cause damage across Twin Cities area Multiple tornadoes have been reported Wednesday afternoon across the Twin Cities area. A tornado was reported in downtown Minneapolis and a second touchdown was reported in Cottage Grove. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/minneapolis-tornado?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:27:10 -0500 Timeline of Tim Pawlenty's life and political career View an interactive timeline of Tim Pawlenty's life and political career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/08/pawlentytimeline/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 17:10:27 -0500 One Year Later: The Hugo Tornado An audio slideshow shows how the city of Hugo has recovered one year after a deadly tornado. /features/2009/05/24_hugo_tornado_slideshow/?refid=0 Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 FAA: Nearly 500 wildlife strikes at MSP between 2000-2008 An MPR News analysis shows there have been at least 657 reported animal strikes on civilian aircraft in Minnesota between 2000 and November 2008, according to data released by the FAA. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/04/bird_strikes.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 14:11:22 -0500 MPR's Minnesota Job Pain Index MPR's Job Pain Index provides a gauge of how hard it is to find a job in Minnesota. The higher the number, the more difficult it is to find a job because job seekers are facing less demand, or more competition, or both. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/job_pain_index/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:16:29 -0500 Deadline to file for 35W bridge compensation is today Everyone who was on the bridge when it fell qualifies for up to $400,000, although people whose injuries and losses were more severe could get additional money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/35w_bridge_collapse_compensation_deadline?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:17:05 -0500 Students get up close with bugs at the BUZ Room The BUZ Room at Cedar Park STEM Elementary School is hosting hundreds of animals from the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum. Students are encouraged to interact with the critters and write down their observations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/cedar_park_bell_museum_buz_room?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 17:46:11 -0500 Timeline: Minnesota's Senate race, recount and trial A timeline of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race and the recount challenge between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman. /features/2009/04/06_senate_race_timeline/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 09:33:17 -0500 Map: School district reserves A map of public school districts in Minnesota. /features/2009/04/03_school_districts/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:18:46 -0500 Fire, flood devastate town north of Fargo First the floodwaters hit. The water was so deep that more than 120 people had to be rescued by boat. Then a home caught fire and burned to the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/red_river_flood?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:45:00 -0500 Map: Ethanol plants in Minnesota Minnesota is home to 18 operating ethanol plants. Three more are under construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/03/13_ethanol_plants_map/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:23:13 -0500 Video: Time lapse of sandbag operations at Fargodome A time lapse video of sandbagging operations at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Officials estimate the city needs two million sandbags to protect from the rising flood waters of the Red River. The time lapse shows approximately 20 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/video_fargodome?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:30:50 -0500 Map: Red River flooding Forecasters say the Red River could crest this year above the level of the historic 1997 flood in Fargo-Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/map_red_river_flooding?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 00:20:26 -0500 Slideshow: The rising Red River A slideshow documenting the rise of the Red River in Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. /features/2009/03/24_rising_red_river/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 12:53:30 -0500 Notable dates in the fight against HIV/AIDS Notable dates in the fight against HIV/AIDS. /features/2009/03/04_aids/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 12:00:00 -0600 Snow emergency issues, drivers advised to avoid travel Transportation officials say there are a number of accidents and spinouts because of the snowstorm making its way across Minnesota. Officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/winterstorm?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 07:13:25 -0600 Challenged ballots: You be the judge It's your turn to be an election official. Decide which candidate gets to count the vote from these ballots, or not. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/11/19_challenged_ballots/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:08:14 -0600