Minnesota Public Radio features by Madeleine Baran http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30439 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:28:57 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Madeleine Baran http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 A year after son's suicide, parents seek change at St. John's Ben Spanier's parents say his problems began when he started spending time with a priest at the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/spanier-parents-seek-change-at-st-johns-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:00:00 -0600 Lawsuit gives new life to decades-old sex-abuse scandal at Children's Theatre Two people who say they were sexually abused years ago by former employees of the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis are filing a civil lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/01/childrens-theatre-company-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:09:52 -0600 Wetterling case 'person of interest' stays in jail on porn charges A judge on Wednesday found probable cause for a criminal complaint on child porn charges against Daniel Heinrich, the man identified as a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/daniel-heinrich?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:28:48 -0600 How 'person of interest' could be tied to Wetterling case Fifty-two-year-old Daniel James Heinrich was charged last week with four counts of possessing child pornography and one count of receiving it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/heinrich-court-appearance?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:01:29 -0600 Feds: Man charged with child porn is 'person of interest' in Wetterling case Daniel James Heinrich has denied any involvement in the case of Jacob Wetterling, the boy abducted 26 years ago near his home in St. Joseph, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/wetterling-case?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:13:15 -0500 Attorney: Diocese of Duluth should pay millions to child abuse victim Attorney Jeff Anderson asked jurors in Ramsey County Wednesday to award $11.7 million to a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Duluth when he was a teenager in the late 1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/sex-abuse-trial?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 21:11:02 -0500 Funeral held for 3 children who died in house fire Several hundred people gathered at Spiritual Church of God in Robbinsdale for the service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/17/funeral-held-for-3-children-who-died-in-house-fire?refid=0 Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:30:00 -0500 Elk River priest on leave amid sex abuse claim from 1970s The Rev. Antonio Marfori says there's no truth in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a teenage boy nearly four decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/elk-river-priest-on-leave-amid-sex-abuse-claim-from-1970s?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:53:27 -0500 Twin Cities Catholics weigh in on new archbishop About 150 Catholics gathered in St. Paul Monday to tell Archbishop Bernard Hebda what they'd like to see in a new archbishop of the Twin Cities archdiocese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/hebda-listening-sessions?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:01:37 -0500 Convicted priest wants to buy St. Paul chancery, aid sex abuse victims The Rev. Gilbert Gustafson, a priest convicted of child sex abuse, is behind a new effort to buy the Twin Cities archdiocese headquarters and turn it into a healing center for abuse survivors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/convicted-priest-wants-to-buy-st-paul-chancery?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 17:00:09 -0500 Priest may return to ministry after allegation 'not substantiated' Rev. Gerald Dvorak, who went on a leave of absence in May because of an allegation that he sexually abused a child in the 1970s, will return to ministry after a review found the allegation to be "not substantiated," Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in a statement Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/02/priest-returns?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:00:39 -0500 Archdiocese criminal hearing pushed back again The first court appearance in the criminal case had been originally scheduled for June 24, and was later rescheduled to July 17 and then to Aug. 25. It is now scheduled for Oct. 29. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/archdiocese-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:50:05 -0500 Monastery prior steps aside pending investigation A former student has alleged sexual misconduct by the Rev. Tom Andert, prior of the monastery at Saint John's Abbey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/20/monastery-prior?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:34:19 -0500 600 claims filed -- what next for archdiocese bankruptcy? The bankruptcy case of the Twin Cities archdiocese moves to the next stage now that Monday's deadline for filing claims has passed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/archdiocese-bankruptcy?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:45:09 -0500 Whistleblower files defamation claim against archdiocese Jennifer Haselberger, a former top adviser in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, filed her claim on the last day for creditors to come forward in the archdiocese bankruptcy case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/haselberger-claim?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:10:44 -0500 Priest says archdiocese offered him $10K to leave clergy In filing a claim against the archdiocese, a priest convicted of sexual misconduct says the archdiocese made the offer this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/priest-says-archdiocese-offered-him-10k-to-leave-clergy?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:08:50 -0500 As old abuse claims mount, Boy Scouts face financial hits The latest lawsuit accuses the Boy Scouts of America and the Northern Star Council of negligence and fraud in connection with alleged abuse by Leland Opalinski, a former Scout volunteer who died last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/28/boy-scout-sex-abuse-suit?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:46:33 -0500 Hearing in archdiocese criminal case postponed The hearing, originally set for this Friday, is now scheduled for Aug. 25. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/archdiocese-hearing-postponed?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:06:35 -0500 Another suit charges sex abuse by Scouts volunteer The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the Boy Scouts should have done more to protect children from abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/boy-scouts-sex-abuse-suit?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:42:37 -0500 Archdiocese chief speaks on Nienstedt probe, clergy abuse plea The Rev. Bernard Hebda, temporary head of the Twin Cities archdiocese, says he'll release an "accounting" of investigations into his predecessor and doesn't yet know how the archdiocese will plead in a sex abuse case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/10/hebda?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:19:22 -0500 Attorney releases more names of priests accused of sex abuse The men served in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and worked in various parishes and organizations in Minnesota. Five of the men are dead, and the other two men are no longer priests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/oblate-names-released?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:38:53 -0500 An isolated Nienstedt tried to limit investigation into himself By authorizing an investigation into his personal life, Nienstedt had hoped to clear his name. Things turned out differently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/19/nienstedt?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Nienstedt resigns in cover-up scandal Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche resigned Monday after prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with having failed to protect children from a pedophile priest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/15/nienstedt-resigns?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:44:55 -0500 Twin Cities archdiocese criminally charged in priest child abuse case Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Friday the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis must be held accountable for its "role in failing to protect children" from a priest's sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/archdiocese-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 17:45:43 -0500 Richfield priest put on leave after past abuse allegation The Rev. Gerald Dvorak, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Richfield, Minn., has taken a leave of absence following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/dvorak-on-leave?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 16:34:36 -0500 Sex abuse lawsuit aims to compel Diocese of Duluth to release files The lawsuit filed in St. Louis County accuses the Duluth diocese of creating a public nuisance by not warning the public about the late Rev. Charles Gormly and other priests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/18/duluth-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 18:48:16 -0500 Hibbing priest charged with touching teen girls inappropriately The St. Louis County Attorney's Office accuses the Rev. Brian Lederer of touching the girls in separate incidents from about August 2014 to last Sunday. The Diocese of Duluth says it was not aware of accusations against the priest before his arrest this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/priest-charged?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 18:50:01 -0500 Hibbing priest arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse The priest is in jail pending a possible charge for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/hibbing-priest?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 17:23:10 -0500 In memoir, St. John's Abbey priest admits abusing high school student Attorney Jeff Anderson released the memoir and other documents Tuesday at a news conference announcing the settlement of a lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/tarlton?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:14:21 -0500 St. John's Abbey settles sex abuse suit The lawsuit, filed in Stearns County, accused the Rev. Allen Tarlton of abusing a St. John's Preparatory School student in about 1977. It said the abbey knew of abuse allegations against Tarlton and failed to call police or warn students and parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/st-johns-abbey-settlement?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:08:53 -0500 After K.C. bishop's resignation, what of Nienstedt? Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt hasn't been charged, but his role in protecting priests invites comparisons to Bishop Robert Finn's case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/bishop-resignation?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:16:36 -0500 Archdiocese plans property sales to pay bankruptcy debts Sales of the chancery office and three other properties may raise as much as $11 million, an archdiocese official told a creditor's meeting Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/24/archdiocese-property-sales?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:54:52 -0600 Mall of America increases security after being named in apparent al-Shabab video A video purportedly released by Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab calls for attacks on the Mall of America and other shopping centers in Canada and England. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/21/cbs-news-alshabaab-video-calls-for-attack-on-mall-of-america?refid=0 Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:34:42 -0600 Minneapolis police investigate shooting of officer A Minneapolis police officer is in satisfactory condition after being shot early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/21/report-minneapolis-police-officer-shot-?refid=0 Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:45:07 -0600 Shattuck board defends deal with teacher caught with child porn The board of trustees at Shattuck-St. Mary's expressed "unqualified support" for the school's president after an MPR News report that found he authorized a confidential payment to a teacher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/13/shattuck?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:38:18 -0600 Law firm, archdiocese name more priests suspected of abuse In releasing the names, neither the archdiocese nor the law firm provided details of the allegations against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/11/priests?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:00:06 -0600 Shattuck-St. Mary's gave a payment, secrecy pledge to departing teacher caught with child porn New documents show how a prep school leader decided not to tell police about the illegal images. Years later, the teacher was convicted for child sexual abuse while at the school working for other Shattuck leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/shattuck-st-marys?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Nienstedt: Bankruptcy best path for clergy sex abuse claims Chapter 11 lets the archdiocese reorganize its troubled finances as it confronts clergy sex abuse costs. The archbishop says assets may need to be sold. Critics say bankruptcy won't protect kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/-twin-cities-archdiocese-files-for-bankruptcy-amid-abuse-claim-worries?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:02 -0600 Documents: Ex-UST leader knew of abuse claim; untrue, school says The University of St. Thomas says ex-president Dennis Dease did not know of child sex abuse allegations against the Rev. Michael Keating before late 2013. Newly released documents indicate otherwise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/keating-documents?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:51:44 -0600 As clergy abuse suits near trial, archdiocese weighs financial options All three trials are scheduled to begin Jan. 26 in Ramsey County District Court. However, a bankruptcy filing would likely halt the trials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/archdiocese-clergy-abuse-suits?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:40:27 -0600 A year in the life of the Twin Cities archdiocese The story surrounding the Twin Cities archdiocese and its cover-up of clergy sex abuse is far from over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/24/archdiocese-cover-up?refid=0 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:00:41 -0600 Lapses let abusive ex-priest have contact with kids At first, nobody looked hard enough at the former priest's background. Now he wishes people would forgive and forget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/30/lapses-let-abusive-expriest-have-contact-with-kids?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0600 Charity to chancery: Following the archdiocese money Much of the cash that sustains the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is held by legally separate groups, making it easier to protect church assets in a bankruptcy. Here's how the money flows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/20/archdiocese-money-explained?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:15:51 -0600 Four sisters recount lives haunted by clergy abuse Now in their 60s and 70s, the Meyers sisters have found that there is no straight path to healing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/16/four-sisters-haunted-by-clergy-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Documents contradict Nienstedt testimony on another abusive priest The latest batch of documents released in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit indicates that Archbishop John Nienstedt gave another false statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/documents-contradict-nienstedt-testimony-on-another-abusive-priest?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:52:24 -0600 Documents cast new doubt on Nienstedt testimony about abusive priest The archbishop claimed under oath in April that he only recently learned of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson's child sex abuse conviction. Newly released documents show church officials repeatedly reminded Nienstedt of the priest's criminal past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/documents-cast-new-doubt-on-nienstedt-testimony-over-abusive-priest?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:51:36 -0500 Archdiocese releases four new names of priests accused of abuse Nienstedt said the men on the list released today "have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/archdiocese-releases-new-names?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:19:00 -0500 Documents contradict Nienstedt testimony on priest's sexual assault Archbishop John Nienstedt gave a false statement under oath about his knowledge of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson's conviction for sexually assaulting a child, letters obtained by MPR News show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/23/documents-contradict-nienstedt-testimony?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:40 -0500 Lawyer's deal with archdiocese arouses skepticism Suddenly, the church's most pugnacious critic was making deals with figures he had called criminal conspirators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/20/anderson-archdiocese-deal?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:24:44 -0500 Confrontation to conciliation: Deal shifts clergy abuse legal tactics Attorneys and religious leaders hailed the settlement as a landmark agreement, though much of it describes policies already in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/landmark-settlement-in-sex-abuse-case?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:58:16 -0500 Priest sex abuse lawsuit settlement reached in Twin Cities, Winona The settlement will include an agreement for how church officials will handle future allegations of abuse, according to a source with knowledge of the announcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/archdiocese-sex-abuse-lawsuit-settlement?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:40:54 -0500 Univ. of St. Thomas: Officials unaware of Keating sex abuse claim Top university leaders didn't know of a sex abuse complaint against the Rev. Michael Keating, according to a university-funded probe. Keating resigned his St. Thomas teaching post in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/keating-sex-abuse-claim?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:23:37 -0500 Winona bishop: Abuse suits will push diocese into bankruptcy Winona Bishop John Quinn warned in March that clergy sex abuse suits could trigger bankruptcy. Victims' attorneys released Quinn's letter and other documents Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/winona-diocese-headed-toward-bankruptcy?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:36:38 -0500 Deceased Robbinsdale priest accused of sexual abuse A new lawsuit alleges that the late Rev. Ramon Buckley sexually assaulted a boy more than 30 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/buckley-accused?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:09:34 -0500 Nienstedt forces out gay music director Archbishop: Church teachings "must be upheld," employee's marriage is "contrary to the Catholic faith." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/nienstedt-forces-out-gay-music-director?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:42:35 -0500 Woman sues Archdiocese for 'sham investigation' into sexual abuse claim A woman who claims the Rev. Michael Keating sexually abused her said the University of St. Thomas was wrong to allow Keating to resign under "false pretenses." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/keating-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:30:10 -0500 Convicted of attempted murder, man flees Hennepin County courtroom Sheriff's deputies are searching for Michael David Henderson, who is considered dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/michael-david-henderson?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:47:42 -0500 New suits seek information on abusive priests in St. Cloud area Attorney Jeff Anderson follows familiar strategy in bid to make church files public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/new-anderson-lawsuits?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:16:21 -0500 St. Thomas professor sued for child abuse resigns A woman last year accused the Rev. Michael Keating of sexually abusing her when she was a teen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/keating-resignation-st-thomas?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:53 -0500 Cover-up of clergy sex abuse goes back six decades Newly released church documents detail efforts by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to keep details of clergy sex abuse quiet. Archbishops transferred one priest to 14 parishes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/clergy-sex-abuse-cover-up?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:16:13 -0500 Clergy scandal needs more healing, less legalese, St. Thomas theologians tell Nienstedt The letter, signed by 12 of the private Catholic university's 21 tenured theology professors, asks Archbishop John Nienstedt to change his approach to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/15/st-thomas-letter?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:57 -0500 Prosecutor defends clergy abuse probe, but charges unlikely in St. Paul cases Ramsey County Attorney John Choi turned back criticism he hasn't done enough to investigate clergy sex abuse but acknowledged he does not expect to file charges in 10 abuse cases investigated by St. Paul police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/john-choi-clergy-abuse-probe?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:54:05 -0500 Documents show Twin Cities archdiocese protected priest accused of sexual abuse Innternal files show how church leaders protected the Rev. Richard Jeub for decades. The documents detail allegations that Jeub sexually abused two teenage girls and sexually exploited vulnerable women under his care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/richard-jeub-documents?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:29:41 -0500 Judge won't dismiss clergy sex abuse suit; Nov. 3 trial set A jury should decide whether the archdiocese created a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret and was negligent in its handling of a former priest who has admitted to sexual contact with minors, Judge John Van de North ruled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/clergy-sex-abuse-suit?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:30:49 -0500 Documents: Archdiocese covered up, misled public on abuser Documents released today show that Archbishop John Roach knew in 1980 that Stitts had been accused of sexually abusing a boy in 1973. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/documents-stitts?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:14:01 -0500 Inside the documents: How archbishops protected accused priest Documents released today trace how Archbishop John Nienstedt's predecessors, Harry Flynn and John Roach, protected the Rev. Ken LaVan after he was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls and adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/documents-lavan?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:05:44 -0500 New documents show falsehoods in Nienstedt testimony Contrary to his deposition, Archbishop John Nienstedt approved the continued ministry of Rev. Kenneth LaVan, who was accused of sexually assaulting at least one teenage girl and "sexually exploiting" several women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/documents-nienstedt-lavan?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:34:09 -0500 Vikings player shot in calf in Minneapolis As many as seven people may have been shot around 1:50 a.m. Saturday, including two with serious injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/09/downtown-shootings?refid=0 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 08:51:08 -0500 Court document: Number of priests accused of child sexual abuse triples The disclosure of the full list came in a court document referenced by a victim's attorney at a Ramsey County District Court hearing Monday. The total number of archdiocesan priests accused of child sexual abuse had not previously been reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/number-of-accused-priests?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:37:53 -0500 Nienstedt defends his decisions; says he'll continue to lead Twin Cities archdiocese Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt defended his decisions on several abuse cases, but said he was caught off guard with the immensity of recent news reports about his actions. "I, in a sense, didn't see the forest for the trees," he said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/nienstedt-interview?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:52:12 -0500 Former priest's improprieties detailed in new document release The documents are part of a massive lawsuit filed by a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the 1970s. The man has accused the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona of creating a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/23/kolar-document-release?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:53:46 -0500 Ramsey County judge rules clergy sex abuse case may go to trial The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona had asked the judge to dismiss the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/archdiocese-suitlatest?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:45:53 -0500 Betrayed by Silence: An investigation in four chapters A detailed exploration of the roots of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Twin Cities -- in documents, audio, photos and video -- from the cover-up tactics that Archbishop Harry Flynn fine-tuned in the bayous of southern Louisiana to the secrets kept in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/betrayed-by-silence/ch1?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Under oath, whistleblower challenges Archbishop Nienstedt over abuse testimony In her sworn statement, the former archdiocese chancellor also accused top church leaders of a "cavalier attitude" towards the safety of children, and contradicted sworn testimony by former top church deputies Peter Laird and Kevin McDonough and archdiocese attorney Andrew Eisenzimmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/under-oath-whistleblower-challenges-archbishop?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:17:35 -0500 Under oath, whistleblower Haselberger challenges Archbishop Nienstedt over abuse testimony Whistleblower Jennifer Haselberger, whose revelations of a clergy sexual abuse cover-up have rocked the Twin Cities archdiocese for the past 10 months , disputed the sworn testimony of Archbishop John Nienstedt in a damning 107-page affidavit filed as part of an abuse lawsuit Tuesday. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/under-oath-whistleblower-challenges-archbishop?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500 Calls for Archbishop Nienstedt's resignation over handling of abuse get louder The call for change among lay Catholics is rising after an MPR News documentary showed how three Twin Cities archbishops kept quiet about priests who sexually abused children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/calls-for-nienstedt-resignation-get-louder?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:30:33 -0500 Radio documentary: How three archbishops hid the truth about clergy abuse When clergy sex abuse threatened to become a scandal in the Twin Cities, the archbishop in charge covered it up. So did the next archbishop, and the next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/betrayed-by-silence/documentary/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:02:00 -0500 Ex-archbishop urged 'tough' stand on priest abuse allegation Twin Cities church leaders in 1987 were confronting allegations the Rev. Joseph Wajda was sexually abusing children. In at least one instance, though, the archbishop wanted to fight back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/exarchbishop-urged-tough-stand-on-priest-abuse-allegation?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:23:11 -0500 Investigation of Archbishop John Nienstedt surprises priests, parishioners Archbishop John Nienstedt, who has led the archdiocese's response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal for nearly a year, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that he ordered a private investigation into unspecified allegations against himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/investigation-of-archbishop?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:01:27 -0500 Archbishop authorized secret investigation of himself A Minneapolis law firm has been secretly investigating the private life of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt for the past six months. Nienstedt acknowledged that he authorized an investigation into allegations made against him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/whistleblower-nienstedt-under-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:03:21 -0500 Abusive priest not closely monitored by archdiocese The Rev. Jerome Kern testified that he would grab boys while swimming or wrestling. He said he didn't consider it to be sexual abuse at the time — and that no one from the archdiocese told him it was harmful or illegal. "I was always a teaser, and I liked to tease, you know." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/kern-deposition?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:20:33 -0500 Former church chancellor reveals little in deposition St. Louis archbishop Robert Carlson — who served in the Twin Cities for 24 years — testified last month that he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for priests to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Twin Cities archdiocese in the 1980s, according to a transcript released Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/archbishop-carlson-deposition?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:53:25 -0500 Retired Archbishop Flynn doesn't recall details from his handling of clergy abuse Former Twin Cities archbishop Harry Flynn said at least 134 times that he could not remember how he handled clergy sexual abuse cases during his 13-year tenure, according to a deposition made public today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/archbishop-flynn-deposition?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:12:13 -0500 St. Thomas faculty member embroiled in sex abuse investigation to retire The announcement comes amid an internal investigation into whether Don Briel, director and founder of the Center for Catholic Studies, or others at the university knew that an archdiocesan board had recommended that the Rev. Michael Keating, a professor of Catholic Studies, not mentor young adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/saint-thomas-don-briel-retirement?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Ex-archdiocesan official contradicts Nienstedt's sworn testimony over abuse claim A former top archdiocesan official contradicted Archbishop John Nienstedt's account of how top officials responded to a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest, according to sworn testimony made public today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/archdiocese-former-official-testimony?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 12:36:51 -0500 Twin Cities Catholic Church fundraising $2 million short at midway point The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation asked priests in the May 2 letter to boost fundraising at parishes, but said the effort remains on track compared to the same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/twin-cities-catholic-church-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 13:58:06 -0500 Video: Former church official disputes archbishop's clergy abuse testimony For nearly three decades in various roles throughout the archdiocese, the Rev. Kevin McDonough assured parishioners in dozens of interviews and personal conversations that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was a national leader in fighting abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/mcdonough-clergy-abuse-deposition?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:30:12 -0500 Video: Nienstedt admits archdiocese hid info on abusive priests Nienstedt said he had followed a subordinate's advice that he keep no written notes of certain discussions, in case those notes should later become public in legal proceedings. He said that he didn't publicly disclose which priests were being monitored, and that he relied on others to keep parish trustees informed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/archbishop-nienstedt-deposition?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:12:35 -0500 Former archdiocese deputy answers questions under oath about handling of sex abuse cases Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents the alleged victim of the Rev. Thomas Adamson, said McDonough answered most questions. However, McDonough refused to respond to questions about his decision not to participate in a St. Paul police investigation into clergy abuse cases, Anderson said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/mcdonough-deposition?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:37 -0500 Archdiocese: Priest returned to ministry following sexual misconduct review In November, the Rev. David Barrett went on leave as assistant pastor of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague, Minn., for what the archdiocese described as sexual misconduct not involving minors that took place more than a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/archdiocese-priest-returns-to-ministry?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:18:40 -0500 Panel finds 'confusing and inadequate' archdiocese system for sex abuse protections Poor oversight and flawed policies are among the serious shortcomings inside the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that opened the door "for some priests to harm children," a panel ordered by the archbishop concluded Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/archdiocese-report?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:45:57 -0500 Police departments: Archdiocese hasn't delivered priest files, yet None of 12 metro law enforcement agencies contacted by MPR News confirmed that the archdiocese had offered files to review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/archdiocese-files-police?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:04:44 -0500 Archbishop Nienstedt answering questions about clergy sexual abuse scandal in deposition today The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be deposed as part of a lawsuit brought by a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/nienstedt-to-testify-under-oath-today-in-sexual-abuse-scandal?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:45:55 -0500 Priest kept in ministry until December despite credible allegations of child sexual abuse The archdiocese included the information about the Rev. Kenneth LaVan and other priests as part of a statement released Monday evening about documents provided to victims' attorneys in advance of a deposition of Nienstedt scheduled for Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/01/priest-kept-in-ministry?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:30:21 -0500 Archdiocese gets more time to produce documents tied to child sex abuse Daniel Haws, an attorney for the archdiocese, said church officials need more time to review an estimated 60,000 pages of documents before providing them to attorneys representing a man who says he was sexually abused as a child by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/archdiocese-gets-more-time-to-produce-documents-tied-to-child-sex-abuse?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:01:04 -0500 Retired judge will be special master in lawsuit against Archdiocese Robert Schumacher will preside over discovery disputes in a lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona by a man who claims that the Rev. Thomas Adamson sexually abused him when he was a boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/retired-judge-will-be-special-master?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:30:57 -0500 Judge orders archdiocese to turn over files on abusive priests Ramsey County Judge John Van de North ordered church leaders to provide the documents by March 31 to attorneys for a man who said he was abused as a child by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s. The deadline is two days before his attorneys will question Archbishop John Nienstedt under oath about his handling of abuse claims. Most of the documents will not be sealed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/judge-orders-archdiocese-to-turn-over-files-on-abusive-priests?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:09:18 -0500 Ramsey County will not file charges against Archbishop Nienstedt Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has declined to file charges against Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in December was accused of groping a boy several years ago at a public event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/archbishop-nienstedt-ramsey-county?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:17:58 -0500 Court clears way for deposition of Archbishop Nienstedt In a three-page order issued Wednesday, Chief Judge Edward Cleary denied requests by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to block depositions of Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/court-deposition-of-archbishop-nienstedt?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:21:01 -0600 Archdiocese sends court sealed list of priests accused of child sexual abuse since 2004 Ramsey County Judge John Van de North had ordered the archdiocese to provide the names by Feb. 18. The archdiocese fought the order, arguing it would cause "irreparable harm to the Archdiocese and its clergy," but failed to convince Van de North to change it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/archdiocese-sealed-list-ramsey-county-court?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:26:05 -0600 Priest searched online for sexual images of children, according to police report The Twin Cities Archdiocese knew in 2004 that the Rev. Jon Shelley looked for sexual images of minors with Internet search terms such as "free naked boy pictures," according to documents released by St. Paul police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/priest-searched-online-for-sexual-images-of-children-according-to-police-report?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:54:29 -0600 Mother of priest's victims reveals family pain, more abuse and church's rebuke Six children in a single family have been sexually abused either by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer or each other. Their mother calls her family's everyday life now a "war zone," bereft of the support the archdiocese once promised. She used to hope some of her sons would become priests. Now she hopes that they survive the effects of the abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/catholic-church/mother-of-wehmeyer-victims?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:00:00 -0600 Archdiocese criticizes story about how it disclosed clergy accused of sexual abuse The MPR News story published Wednesday said the archdiocese has not disclosed a complete list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse. The story cited police reports, court records and the archdiocese's internal files. In its statement, the archdiocese said that it remains committed to disclosing "substantiated" claims of abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/archdiocese-criticizes-story-about-how-it-disclosed-clergy-accused-of-sexual-abuse?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:55:49 -0600 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 Archdiocese seeks to block Nienstedt's deposition Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona are seeking to block the depositions of Archbishop John Nienstedt and two other priests and halt the ordered release of the names of priests accused of child sexual abuse since 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/news/archdiocese-deposition-stay?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:38:14 -0600 Archbishop Nienstedt to be deposed under oath A Ramsey County judge has ordered the archbishop to be deposed on the policies and practices of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on the handling of abuse allegations, including whether the archdiocese followed its own policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/news/nienstedt-deposition?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:30:36 -0600 Victims' attorney sues church and says Choi is protecting church, abusive priests Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Thursday then immediately slammed Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for what he called a "defective and deficient" response to allegations that top archdiocese leaders covered up clergy sex abuse. Choi strenuously disagrees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/news/anderson-wehmeyer-archdiocese-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:25:07 -0600 Document shows church leaders knew of abuse, but waited to report The document -- a formal decree signed by Nienstedt to comply with church law -- says the archdiocese knew of allegations against the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer on June 18. Yet police reports show the archdiocese didn't report the claims to police until two days later. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty in November 2012 to three counts of criminal sexual conduct and 17 counts of possession of child pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/internal-document-shows-church-leaders-knew-of-abuse-earlier-than-they-admit?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:54:40 -0600 Co. attorney: No charges for priest in child pornography investigation Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said multiple agencies analyzed disks copied from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's computer and found insufficient evidence to press charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/no-charges-for-priest-in-child-pornography-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0600 The Diocese of Crookston releases names of priests accused of abuse The disclosure comes after similar releases by the St. Cloud, Duluth and Winona dioceses, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and St. John's Abbey in response to public pressure from victims and parishioners and, in some cases, court orders and pending litigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/26/the-diocese-of-crookston-releases-names-of-priests-accused-of-abuse?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:11:08 -0600 Church leaders used hidden funds to cover for abusive priests Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/01/23/secret-accounts-kept-clergy-misconduct-quiet-but-left-archdiocese-finances-exposed?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities, Winona church leaders seek delay in naming more accused Catholic priests The lawyers have asked Ramsey County Judge John Van de North to suspend the Feb. 5 deadline for the disclosure of the names of priests accused since 2004. In separate court filings, they argued that the judge's order went too far and could harm the reputations of falsely accused priests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/11/catholic-officials-want-more-time-before-naming-priests-recently-accused-of-sexual-abuse?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:05:16 -0600 St. Cloud diocese releases list of 33 priests who 'likely abused minors' Twenty-one of the priests, the diocese said, are dead. Of the living: Four live in Collegeville, one lives in St. Cloud, one in the Twin Cities metro area and another in New York City. The diocese doesn't know the whereabouts of five of the priests on the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/catholic-church/st-cloud-diocese-releases-list-of-priests?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:40:32 -0600 Judge extends deadline for naming accused priests Judge John Van de North last month ordered all the names of priests accused of sexually abusing children since 2004 by next week Monday. In court today, the judge extended the deadline to Feb. 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/news/judge-extends-deadline-for-naming-accused-priests?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:49:36 -0600 Church asks judge to loosen requirements for disclosing priest abuse allegations A Ramsey County judge ordered the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, along with the Diocese of Winona, to release the names of all priests accused of sexually abusing minors by Jan. 6. Now, both dioceses are asking the judge to modify his order to allow them to investigate allegations before releasing accused priests' names. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/church-asks-judge-to-loosen-requirements-for-disclosing-abuse-allegations?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:12:45 -0600 Memo names 3 missing from 'credibly accused' priests list An internal church memo from 2002 names three priests with "known abuse histories" who weren't on the list of "credibly accused" priests released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/20/catholic-church/priests-not-included-on-credibly-accused-list?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:14:59 -0600 Abuse claims kept secret allowed priest to minister and teach sex ed Harry Walsh wasn't included on a recent list of priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse. Church leaders knew his history, yet allowed him to continue working in parishes until the fall of 2011. Today Walsh teaches sex education to troubled teenagers and vulnerable adults in Wright Co., Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/19/abuse-claims-kept-secret-allowed-priest-to-minister-and-teach-sex-ed/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:57:00 -0600 Outlook for archdiocese investigations uncertain Archbishop John Nienstedt is under investigation after being accused of improperly touching a boy, and the St. Paul police chief is frustrated with Nienstedt for failing to cooperate with an investigation into sex abuse involving priests. MPR News reporter Madeleine Baran spoke with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the new developments in the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/baran?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:41:17 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 Police: Archdiocese not cooperating with clergy abuse investigation St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is not cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation into clergy sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/police-investigate-archbishop?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:11:28 -0600 Nienstedt Sunday homily: Catholic bishops have failed An advance copy of the archbishop's remarks was sent to clergy throughout the archdiocese. He plans to celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Grace parish in Edina Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/13/nienstedt-sunday-homily-catholic-bishops-have-failed?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:25:07 -0600 Judge allows archdiocese public nuisance suit to move forward A Ramsey County judge has allowed to go forward a lawsuit that alleges the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis created a public nuisance by failing to disclose information about priests accused of sexually abusing minors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/news/archdiocese-public-nuisance-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:42:43 -0600 The list: Archdiocese names priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse A detailed look at the priests named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as clergy with credible accusations of child abuse against them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/special/archdiocese-priest-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:17:17 -0600 Archdiocese's list shows it kept secret seven priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children Archbishop John Nienstedt included the men in a list of 34 priests posted to an archdiocese website, 30 of whom had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse and publicly known. Nienstedt didn't say why he didn't report the allegations against the seven to police. Two of the seven men live in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/05/archdiocese-list-shows-it-kept-secret-7-priests-credibly-accused-of-sexually-abusing-children/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:38:02 -0600 Archdiocese names 30 priests linked to child sexual abuse over six decades Seven of the priests were not previously known by the public as abusers. Others, such as the Rev. Robert Kapoun, are already well known through lawsuits and media coverage. About one-third of the priests on the list are deceased. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/05/archdiocese-names-30-priests-linked-to-child-sexual-abuse-over-six-decades/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:49:21 -0600 Archdiocese: 92 parishes affected by "credibly accused" priests to be named Thursday The archdiocese plans to release the names of 29 priests who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children on its website Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/archdiocese-92-parishes-affected-by-credibly-accused-priests-to-be-named-thursday?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:30:51 -0600 Judge orders names of 46 accused priests to be released The nearly four-year battle over the list of names, which had been sealed in a 2009 lawsuit, continued in Ramsey County District Court today as attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis argued that some of the names should not be released to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/judge-releases-list-of-46-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:13:49 -0600 Church document flagged Huberty for misconduct a decade ago The archdiocese flagged the Rev. Mark Huberty in an internal document a decade ago for sexual misconduct -- but top officials said this fall that they didn't know about his sexual misconduct until this year. Huberty was charged earlier this month with criminal sexual conduct for an alleged sexual relationship with a woman under his pastoral care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/catholic-church/church-document-flagged-huberty-for-misconduct-a-decade-ago?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:46:30 -0600 Archdiocese delays release of abusive priests list The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Friday it is delaying the release of the names of some priests who have sexually abused children until at least next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/archdiocese-delays-release-of-abusive-priests-list?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:41:26 -0600 Could criminal charges follow priest abuse revelations? Tribal authorities on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota are opening a criminal investigation into alleged sexual abuse of several boys and a teenager by the Rev. Clarence Vavra. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis kept the priest in ministry after he admitted to abuse on the reservation in the 1970s. MPR News reporter Madeleine Baran talked to All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the potential legal ramifications of Monday's report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/priests-admission-of-sexually-abusing-kids-comes-to-light-what-happens-next?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:55:13 -0600 SD reservation opens investigation into Minn. priest's alleged sexual abuse Law enforcement authorities on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota have opened an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of children by a Minnesota priest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/news/rosebud-south-dakota-reservation-clarence-vavra-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:18:17 -0600 Church leaders qualify promise to name priests who sexually abused children Archbishop John Nienstedt said on Friday that the Twin Cities archdiocese would release names of priests who have sexually abused children. A day and half later, church officials added caveats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/catholic-church/church-leaders-qualify-promise-to-name-priests-who-sexually-abused-childr?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:55:04 -0600 Archbishop pledges to release names of priests who sexually abused children The list will be limited to living priests who still reside in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and who have been determined by the archdiocese to be guilty of abuse. Archbishop John Nienstedt did not say how many names would be released. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/catholic-church/archbishop-pledges-to-release-names-of-priests-who-sexually-abused-childr?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:00:35 -0600 Abusive priest hid in plain sight for years, retired quietly to New Prague A retired priest who admitted to sexually abusing several young boys and a teenager on a South Dakota American Indian reservation now lives less than a block from a school in New Prague, Minn. Three archbishops and other leaders of the Twin Cities archdiocese kept Clarence Vavra's past a secret, moving him 17 times during his 38-year career. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt acknowledges that "serious errors were made by the archdiocese in dealing with him," and pledges to disclose the names of other priests who have abused children. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/11/11/abusive-priest-hid-in-plain-sight-for-years-retired-quietly-to-new-prague/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Two Minn. priests step aside for 'prior misconduct' In separate statements posted to its website late Sunday, the archdiocese said the priests volunteered to take leaves of absence. The archdiocese did not explain why both priests reached this decision at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/03/catholic-church/two-twin-cities-priests-step-aside-for-prior-misconduct?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 21:14:32 -0600 Archdiocese did not require abusive priest to disclose full list of victims Earlier this week, a woman who said the the Rev. Robert Thurner sexually abused her as a child filed a lawsuit against the priest and the archdiocese. In 1991, Thurner retired and confessed to sexual contact with at least three boys as part of a lawsuit filed by one of the victims. Another victim sued in 1993. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/catholic-church/archdiocese-did-not-require-abusive-priest-to-disclose-full-list-of-victi?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:40:55 -0500 Woman sues archdiocese for failing to protect her from abusive priest The woman said she was sexually abused by the Rev. Robert Thurner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West St. Paul when she was seven to eight years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/catholic-church/woman-sues-archdiocese-for-failing-to-protect-her-from-abusive-priest?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:53:03 -0500 Priest demands Nienstedt explain handling of clergy sexual abuse "This is not some small matter. This is a big deal. It's the first time, I must say, in 69 years that I'm embarrassed to be Catholic," the Rev. Stephen O'Gara, pastor of the Church of the Assumption, said in a Sunday homily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/priest-demands-nienstedt-explain-handling-of-clergy-abuse?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:22:53 -0500 Task force supervisor to control group's access to clergy abuse information A task force created to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Twin Cities' Catholic Church will only have access to information provided by the Rev. Reginald Whitt, the church official appointed to oversee it, according to a letter he wrote to Twin Cities clergy last week. The move appears to contradict the archdiocese's earlier assertions that the task force would remain independent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/catholic-church/clergy-abuse-task-force-leaders-oversight-includes-full-control-of-inform?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:43:21 -0500 Nienstedt denies any clergy sexual abuse cover-up, regrets 'lost confidence' Archbishop John Nienstedt responds for the first time to reporters' questions since an MPR News investigation forced the archdiocese's response to clergy misconduct into the spotlight. "I accept responsibility for addressing the issues that have been raised," he said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/catholic-church/nienstedt-breaks-silence-no-offending-priests-in-archdiocese?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:16:10 -0500 Retired archbishop Harry Flynn resigns from St. Thomas trustees The retired Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Harry Flynn, has resigned as chairman of the University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/19/flynn-retires-from-st-thomas-board?refid=0 Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:46:03 -0500 Former archdiocese official resigns from University of St. Thomas board The Reverend Kevin McDonough resigned from the board on October 4. His departure came amid growing concern over McDonough's handling of clergy sexual abuse cases in the church. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/19/catholic-church/catholic-official-resigns-from-st-thomas-board?refid=0 Sat, 19 Oct 2013 08:31:54 -0500 Documents show restrictions on University of St. Thomas priest were ignored Internal archdiocesan documents obtained by MPR News raise questions about what the University of St. Thomas knew about sexual abuse allegations against a professor in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/archdiocese-documents-raise-questions?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:27:59 -0500 Archdiocese was warned of priest's correspondence with a possible minor In a letter to then-vicar general Kevin McDonough, parishioner Kate Ternus described her concerns about the contents of the Rev. Jon Shelley's computer. Her family received Shelley's used computer in 2004, and the archdiocese later determined it contained "borderline illegal" pornography. The letter dated Sept. 17, 2004 mentions a local Catholic high school and could indicate for the first time that Shelley's behavior may have gone beyond pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/catholic-church/archdiocese-was-warned-of-priests-possible-correspondence-with-minor?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:03:29 -0500 St. Paul police urge any victims of clergy abuse to come forward The call was prompted by an ongoing criminal investigation, said Police Commander Mary Nash of the department's family and sexual violence unit. She declined to provide any details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/st-paul-police-ask-any-victims-of-clergy-abuse-to-come-forward?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:39:00 -0500 Woman files sexual abuse lawsuit against St. Thomas priest and professor The complaint alleges the Rev. Michael Keating "engaged in multiple instances of unpermitted, harmful, and offensive sexual contact" from 1997 to 2000 while he was a student at St. Paul Seminary. The Chisago County Sheriff's Office investigated the allegations in 2006 and closed the case without criminal charges. That same year, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis conducted its own investigation and recommended restrictions to Keating's ministry, but concluded there was insufficient evidence to indicate sexual abuse of a minor. Keating did not respond to an interview request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/catholic-church/woman-files-abuse-lawsuit-against-michael-keating-a-priest-and-st-thomas-?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0500 University of St. Thomas priest takes leave of absence, says archdiocese The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said today in a memo to all clergy that the Rev. Michael Keating, a popular speaker and professor at the University of St. Thomas, has taken a leave of absence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/13/st-thomas-priest-takes-a-leave-says-archdiocese-?refid=0 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 14:28:41 -0500 Computer evidence key to proving allegations involving priest and child porn St. Paul Police announced Tuesday that the department is reopening an investigation into whether a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had child pornography on his computer. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Madeleine Baran has been covering this story extensively. She's also covered other cases of child pornography. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with her about how these kind of investigations work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/computer?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:55:56 -0500 For an abusive priest, retirement income came with a premium The former accounting director of the Twin Cities archdiocese said recently that several accused priests receive pension payments higher than normal. Another former church official discovered them, too, over the past few years and had them stopped. The archdiocese says church law requires that offending priests must have 'financial, therapeutic and spiritual support.' The Rev. Robert Kapoun is one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/09/for-abusive-priest-retirement-income-came-with-a-premium/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 02:30:57 -0500 Church whistleblower pressed superiors to take action on problem priests In the past two weeks an MPR News investigation has reported extensively on the handling of clergy sex abuse by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. A key source in those stories is a former high ranking church official who says she pushed for the church to change its ways and then resigned when it didn't. Jennifer Haselberger has now become a central figure in this unfolding story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/jennifer-haselberger-archdiocese-whistleblower?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:21:38 -0500 St. Paul police will reopen child pornography investigation of priest The department had recently closed the case looking into allegations of child pornography found on computer files once belonging to the Rev. Jonathan Shelley for lack of evidence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/archdiocese-st-paul-police-report?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:50:39 -0500 New documents show Church debated legality of priest's pornography New documents related to a Twin Cities priest found to have pornography on his computer show that archdiocesan leaders debated internally for a year whether the images met the legal definition of child pornography. They also provide a closer look at how past and present leaders decided to keep the matter quiet and keep the priest in ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/07/new-documents-show-church-leaders-debated-legality-of-priests-pornography/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:09:04 -0500 Victims group dismisses archdiocese review of clergy sexual abuse cases as 'nothing but a smokescreen' A Saturday letter from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis asked priests to tell parishioners during Mass this weekend about Archbishop John Nienstedt's formation of a lay task force that will review the handling of clergy sexual misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/06/victims-group-dismisses-move-by-archbishop-nienstedt-to-review-handling-of-clergy-sexual-?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 15:49:46 -0500 Former Archdiocese official pushes for independent review of priest files In a publicly released statement, Jennifer Haselberger asked Archbishop John Nienstedt to allow an independent review of clergy files and "make public the list of clergy who have been determined to have engaged in acts of sexual misconduct, as well as those whom could reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to children and young people." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/05/former-church-official-wants-independent-review-of-files-on-abusive-priests?refid=0 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:19:41 -0500 Church hid priest's pornography from police and parishioners for nearly a decade Leaders in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis confiscated pornography -- some of which might have portrayed children -- from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's old laptop. But they didn't report it for nearly a decade, until a church official found it and, frustrated with her superiors' lack of response, went to police herself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/04/church-hid-priests-pornography-from-police-parishioners/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 03:50:16 -0500 Laird, top deputy of archdiocese, resigns "I am hopeful my decision to step aside at this time, along with the formation of a new task force can help repair the trust of many, especially the victims of abuse," the Rev. Peter Laird said in a prepared statement. He will continue to serve in a variety of roles within the archdiocese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/laird-resigns?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:59:16 -0500 Former archdiocesan accountant: Church paid priests despite sexual misconduct A former top accountant for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis claimed Monday that the church has made payments to nine priests despite their sexual misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/catholic-church/former-archdiocesan-accountant-church-paid-priests-despite-sexual-miscond?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:33:00 -0500 County prosecutor 'troubled' by archdiocese's handling of clergy abuse case Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he's looking into findings from a Monday MPR News investigation that shows Catholic Church leaders did not tell parishioners of the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer's sexual addiction and past misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/clergy-abuse/county-prosecutor-troubled?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:02:55 -0500 Ramsey Co. Attorney: Archdiocese's response to priest's misconduct 'troubling' Ramsey County's top prosecutor says he's deeply concerned about the way the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis handled the case of a priest who was known to be a sex addict -- and who was later convicted of child sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/clergy-abuse/archdiocese-statement-on-priest-abuse?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:17:37 -0500 Archdiocese knew of priest's sexual misbehavior yet kept him in ministry Curtis Wehmeyer's eight years as a St. Paul priest are dotted with episodes of risky, sex-fueled behavior -- and the leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis knew all about it. Last year, the parish of Blessed Sacrament faced a horror: Wehmeyer was convicted for his sexual abuse of two teenage boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/09/clergy-abuse/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:08:19 -0500 Minn. Security Hospital lapse ends with violent sex offender left on Mpls. street corner Clinicians at the Minnesota Security Hospital allowed a violent sex offender to leave last week because they did not fill out mandatory paperwork. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/06/news/security-hospital-breach-sex-offender-released?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:17:41 -0500 Seibel enters guilty plea over sexual abuse charges Former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher Lynn Seibel has pleaded guilty to seven counts for the sexual abuse of six male students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/news/seibel-court-appearance?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:34:15 -0500 Audit knocks lack of oversight for Minn. human service programs A legislative auditor's report finds the Minnesota Department of Human Services failed to create the right procedures to oversee its massive Medical Assistance program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/politics/dhs-audit?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:33:29 -0500 Priest says he looked at boys' genitalia out of 'pure stupidity' The priest, now 92 and living in a nursing home in St. Paul, uses a walker and spends his time reading the Bible and watching old movies. He still remembers a boy named David. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/news/attorney-jeff-anderson-catholic-sex-abuse-info?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:30:00 -0500 Narrower Accent Signage suit to move forward A Hennepin County judge is allowing part of a lawsuit filed by the family of a victim of the shooting at Accent Signage Systems to go forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/accent-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:17:30 -0500 Catholic HS president resigns; cites same-sex relationship The president of Totino-Grace High School has resigned saying he is in a committed same-sex relationship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/catholic-totino-grace-president-resigns?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:55:56 -0500 Minnesota Security Hospital won't be cited for stabbing incident Investigators decided not to cite the Minnesota Security Hospital for maltreatment for allowing a delusional patient who stabbed two people in the face with pencils to keep the weapons in his room. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/news/security-hospital-pencil-stabbing?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:50:11 -0500 Change in law opens door for Shattuck-St. Mary's negligence lawsuit, and many others The lawsuit filed by a former Shattuck-St. Mary's student Monday that accuses the school of negligence comes after the state enacted a new law allowing child sexual abuse victims more time to bring claims as adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/news/shattuck-st-marys-negligence-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:00:15 -0500 Former Shattuck-St. Mary's student alleging sexual abuse sues school for negligence The complaint filed in Rice County accuses Shattuck-St. Mary's of negligence for allegedly not protecting students and continuing to employ Lynn Seibel despite claims of sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/news/former-shattuck-st-marys-student-alleging-sexual-abuse-sues-school-for-negligence?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:05:17 -0500 Should Shattuck-St. Mary's have told police about accused teacher's child pornography in 2003? Lynn Seibel is due back in court in two weeks on charges he sexually abused students at the Faribault boarding school, and possessed child pornography more than a decade ago. The school found the pornography then but didn't tell police, saying it wasn't legally obligated to report the images. Others disagree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/news/should-shattuck-st-marys-have-told-police-about-accused-teachers-child-pornography?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 05:59:50 -0500 First lawsuit filed under new sex abuse law The lawsuit, on behalf of an unnamed 51-year-old man, accuses the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona of negligence for allowing a known pedophile to continue working with children for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/news/first-lawsuit-sex-abuse-civil-actions?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 06:49:00 -0500 1 child dead, 1 missing in St. Paul landslide Recovery efforts are suspended for the evening and are expected to resume Thursday morning. One child is dead and another missing after a gravel slide Wednesday at Lilydale Regional Park near the Mississippi River in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/news/lilydale-rockslide?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 15:02:38 -0500 Crime lab accreditation bill appears dead for this legislative session A conference committee at the state Legislature rejected a bill this week that would require accreditation for crime labs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/news/crime-lab-accreditation?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 19:32:16 -0500 2 Minneapolis officers shot, suspect dead Two Minneapolis police officers were shot this afternoon while searching for a suspect in the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South, and the suspect has died, according to police. The officers are in stable condition, and their names have not been released. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/news/minneapolis-shooting-police-officers-down?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 16:20:51 -0500 Child Victims Act wins unanimous state Senate approval Minnesota victims of child sex abuse may soon have more time to sue their abusers, now that the Minnesota Senate followed previous House action to pass the Child Victims Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/politics/child-victims-act-wins-unanimous-state-senate-approval?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 10:08:22 -0500 Senate OKs bill easing lawsuits for child sexual abuse The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would allow lawsuits against churches, schools and other organizations that may have covered up child sexual abuse decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/politics/senate-passes-bill-easing-lawsuits-for-child-sexual-abuse?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 15:39:07 -0500 Decision expected soon in St. Paul crime lab case The drug case that exposed shoddy work at the St. Paul police crime lab could be resolved within days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/news/st-paul-crime-lab-case?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 18:47:05 -0500 Troubled St. Paul crime lab's new leader faces big challenge The city of St. Paul has hired a criminalist with nearly two decades of experience to run the struggling police crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/news/st-paul-crime-lab-new-manager?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 06:00:34 -0500 Child Victims Act passes Minn. House; still not done deal House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that extends the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to sue abusers and institutions that failed to protect them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/politics/child-victims-act-passes-house?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 20:54:24 -0500 Lost stillborn babies: What happened at Regions hospital The mistake that sent two stillborn babies from the Regions Hospital morgue in St. Paul to a Red Wing laundry appears to be the result of inadequate labeling of fetal remains. Employees at Crothall Laundry Services discovered the first stillborn baby earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/news/lost-stillborn-babies-what-happened-at-regions-hospital-?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:35:42 -0500 Students travel to Arctic to collect stories of climate change A Minnesota group is traveling across the Arctic region of Canada this month to gather stories about the effects of climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/news/students-arctic-climate-change?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:50:24 -0500 Minnesotans recount Boston Marathon experience More than 500 Minnesotans were among the thousands who ran the Boston Marathon today. One of those who narrowly escaped deadly explosions was Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/news/minnesotans-boston-marathon?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:40:04 -0500 Committee approves bill to remove time limits for child sex abuse victims to sue A bill that would allow victims of child sexual abuse more time to file civil lawsuits was approved by the Minnesota House Judiciary Committee this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/law/committee-approves-bill-to-remove-time-limits-for-child-sex-abuse-victims-to-sue?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:36:11 -0500 Shattuck sex abuse allegations propel proposed law aiding sex abuse victims The Minnesota Child Victims Act goes before the House Judiciary Committee today. It faces opposition from the Minnesota Religious Council, a lobbying group that represents many of the largest religious organizations in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/news/shattuck?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:13:17 -0500 Judge says St. Paul crime lab evidence can be used to convict after re-testing A Dakota County judge has ruled that evidence from the troubled St. Paul police crime lab can be reliably retested by another lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/law/judge-st-paul-crime-lab-evidence?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:54:55 -0500 Legislation would require crime labs to be accredited The proposed legislation was prompted by concerns about faulty work at the unaccredited St. Paul police crime lab, which suspended drug testing last year after defense attorneys in Dakota County exposed the lab's failure to follow basic scientific procedures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/politics/legislation-would-require-crime-labs-to-be-accredited?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:19:21 -0500 'I'm still innocent,' says Shattuck-St. Mary's former teacher in jailhouse interview Former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher Lynn Seibel, speaking publicly for the first time, said he is not guilty of sexually abusing students at the Faribault boarding school. In a jail interview with MPR News on Saturday, Seibel said he prays he will be acquitted and can return to his life as an actor in California. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/news/seibel-says-not-guilty?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:35:53 -0500 Psychiatrist files defamation suit over criticism of incident at Minnesota Security Hospital A former state psychiatrist has filed a lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Human Services and two officials of defaming his reputation and violating the state's data privacy law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/law/micharl-harlow-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:21:41 -0600 Lynn Seibel: Chronology of alleged abuse at Shattuck-St. Mary's The following is a timeline of the events that led to Lynn Seibel being charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct related to his alleged actions while teaching at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a private boarding school in Faribault, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/news/lynn-seibel-chronology-of-alleged-abuse-at-shattuckst-marys?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:22:00 -0600 Shattuck-St. Mary's former teachers claim Seibel's alleged sexual abuse of students known, not reported A former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher appears in court this week in Faribault to face charges of sexual abuse. Lynn Seibel is accused of abusing six male students at the Faribault boarding school from 1999 to 2003. The school claims it knew nothing of the alleged crimes. An MPR News investigation shows several teachers did know about some of Seibel's behavior but failed to tell police. The insular nature of the private boarding school is one reason the former teacher gained access to children, and school officials took few steps to prevent the alleged abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/news/shattuck-st-marys-former-teachers-say-school-knew-of-abuse-by-lynn-seibel?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:15:00 -0600 Hundreds stuck in mental health system, says legislative auditor's report Hundreds of people in Minnesota with mental illness remain stuck in state-run psychiatric facilities for months or years after they are ready to leave, according to a report released today by the state Office of the Legislative Auditor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/health/mental-health-system-legislative-auditor-report?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:18:32 -0600 Judge postpones crucial decision in St. Paul crime lab case A judge has granted a defense request to reopen the hearing that exposed shoddy work by the St. Paul police crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/judge-postpones-crucial-decision-in-st-paul-crime-lab-case?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:27:29 -0600 St. Paul police crime lab review: Prosecutors will reconsider some drug convictions Ramsey and Dakota County prosecutors, prompted by independent reports that found serious flaws in the St. Paul police crime lab, will reconsider certain drug convictions in the past two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/news/st-paul-police-crime-lab-case-review?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:21:29 -0600 Prosecutors, public defenders react to St. Paul crime lab report Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work, including the fingerprint and crime scene evidence processing that has continued after the lab's drug testing was stopped in July. The failures include sloppy documentation, dirty equipment, faulty techniques and ignorance of basic scientific procedures, according to reports released Thursday. Lab employees even used Wikipedia as a "technical reference" in at least one drug case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/news/st-paul-crime-lab-report-reaction?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Documents: Independent review of St. Paul crime lab finds big problems Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work. The reports they filed following their reviews were made public Thursday. /features/2013/02/crime-lab-report/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:46:33 -0600 Troubled St. Paul crime lab problems even worse than first thought, probe reveals Two independent consultants hired to review the St. Paul Police crime lab found major errors in almost every area of the lab's work, including the fingerprint and crime scene evidence processing that has continued after the lab's drug testing was stopped in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/news/saint-paul-crime-lab-major-errors-found?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:51:28 -0600 Renovated St. Paul crime lab costs more, will do less The St. Paul City Council released more than a million dollars in funding to fix the troubled St. Paul police crime lab. The lab will not resume drug testing, work which will be outsourced, but instead will focus on fingerprints, crime scene processing, video analysis and reconstructing crash scenes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/news/st-paul-crime-lab-new-plan?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 St. Paul crime lab to close drug testing unit The troubled St. Paul police crime lab has decided to permanently close its drug testing unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/news/saint-paul-crime-lab-to-close-drug-testing-unit?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:54:19 -0600 Gun rights advocates pack Capitol hearing DFL legislators in St. Paul presented several bills aimed at curbing gun violence at a hearing on Tuesday, and were met by a room filled with gun rights advocates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/politics/gun-rights-advocates-pack-capitol-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:49:56 -0600 Gopher goalie Noora Raty going for NCAA win record The Golden Gophers women's hockey goaltender Noora Raty will have the most wins of all time -- if her team beats their arch rival, the UMD Bulldogs, Friday night in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/sports/noora-raty-gopher-womens-hockey?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:00:00 -0600 Verso sells Sartell mill; future unclear Verso Paper Corp. plans to sell the closed Sartell paper mill to AIM Development (USA) LLC, according to a company statement released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/business/verso-mill-sold?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:31:01 -0600 St. Paul police could send drug analysis work to state lab St. Paul police may decide to pay the state to conduct all drug analysis rather than resume testing at the troubled St. Paul police crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/news/st-paul-police-could-send-drug-analysis-work-to-state-lab?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:55:16 -0600 Dayton: Counties should pay more for mental health treatment at 2 facilities Gov. Mark Dayton wants counties to pay millions of dollars more to help fund mental health treatment for patients at the Minnesota Security Hospital and the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/politics/dayton-mental-health-center-funding?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Sheriffs, courts push Legislature to act on mental health, gun issues A group of sheriffs and court officials is calling for changes to the state's mental health and criminal justice systems that they say will help reduce gun violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/news/sheriffs-eye-mental-illness-gun-violence?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:43:42 -0600 Cold snap could be deadly for homeless in Greater Minn. As the cold snap continues, advocates for the homeless say they are worried about the safety of people living without shelter in Greater Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/regional/greater-minnesota-homeless?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:34:04 -0600 Public defenders review 10,000 cases from St. Paul crime lab Public defenders have launched a huge effort to review and potentially challenge thousands of drug convictions that relied on evidence from the troubled St. Paul police crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/regional/cases-from-st-paul-crime-lab-under-review?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 19:00:42 -0600 Mpls. students hung dark-skinned baby doll Four students at Washburn High School are facing scrutiny for hanging a dark-skinned baby doll by its neck with a piece of string, according to a statement released Thursday by the school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/news/washburn-high-school-dark-skinned-baby-doll-incident?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:09:33 -0600 Troubled St. Paul crime lab: Officials knew of problems, new documents show Nearly 700 pages of internal St. Paul Police Department emails offer more evidence that top officials knew about problems with the crime lab's drug testing unit months before it was shut down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/news/st-paul-crime-lab-new-documents-officials-knew-of-problems?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:53:41 -0600 Obama nominates US Attorney Jones for ATF director President Barack Obama intends to nominate B. Todd Jones, Minnesota's U.S. Attorney, as director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/politics/b-todd-jones-atf-nomination?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:21:31 -0600 St. Paul to hire new manager for police crime lab The city of St. Paul is looking for a new manager to run the troubled St. Paul police crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/news/crime-lab-job-opening?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:06:59 -0600 DHS: Security Hospital did not mishandle stabbing incident State regulators who investigated the Minnesota Security Hospital after a patient stabbed his mother while on a pass in May said there is no indication the facility mishandled the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/health/security-hospital-stabbing-incident-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:07:09 -0600 St. Paul Police Dept. seeks further review of kicking incident Police have asked Minneapolis prosecutors to review allegations of police brutality against two officers seen on video arresting a suspect in AuguSt. Paul police have asked Minneapolis prosecutors to review allegations of police brutality against two officers seen on video arresting a suspect in August.st. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/law/police-review-kicking-incident?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:22:33 -0600 Unlike Decker case, most officer killings solved quickly When a law enforcement officer in Minnesota is shot and killed, it rarely takes more than a day for investigators to find the killer. Often it takes only a few hours, or the suspect is killed at the scene. The killing of Cold Spring Police Officer Thomas Decker is the first fatal shooting of a Minnesota law enforcement officer since 1970 that was not solved within a few days, an MPR News analysis has found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/20/news/minnesota-officer-killings-investigations?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:45:00 -0600 In Cold Spring cop killing, 911 transcripts released The Stearns County Sheriff's Office has released transcripts of two 911 calls placed on the night Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker was killed. The transcripts provide a brief firsthand account of the shooting scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/cold-spring-police-shooting-911-transcript-released?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:20:54 -0600 FBI searching Sauk River in Cold Spring case The FBI is in Cold Spring Monday searching the Sauk River for evidence in the killing of Cold Spring Police Ofc. Tom Decker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/news/fbi-divers-sauk-river-searching?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:02:03 -0600 Minn. moves mentally ill patients to avoid legal action A state-run program for mentally ill patients, faced with overwhelming demand, moved several patients into a medical treatment area last week in a last-ditch effort to avoid legal action, according to internal emails obtained by MPR News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/mentally-ill-inmates-moved-to-avoid-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:05:59 -0600 Cold Spring police chief supports investigation of officer's death Nearly two weeks ago, Officer Tom Decker was shot and killed in the central Minnesota town of Cold Spring. Police investigators don't have a suspect in custody. And they're still searching for the murder weapon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/news/tom-decker-cold-spring-shooting-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:18:00 -0600 Little Falls homeowner recorded break-in, teens' deaths Court documents show a Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting two teenagers has a surveillance system that recorded video of the cousins as they broke into his home Thanksgiving Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/regional/little-falls-homeowner-recordings?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:27:24 -0600 Dispatch recording reveals some detail of police response on night of Decker's shooting Officers who responded to the shooting of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker outside a bar last week were confused about whether to allow bar patrons to leave and where to set up a perimeter, according to an audio recording of the dispatch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/news/decker-shooting-dispatch-recording?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:30:46 -0600 Timeline: Details of the police officer's shooting in Cold Spring Police have released few details about the fatal shooting Thursday of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/news/timeline-cold-spring-police-officer-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 19:33:41 -0600 Suspect released in Cold Spring officer shooting case The Stearns County Attorney says she still doesn't have enough evidence to charge Ryan Larson with the murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/regional/cold-spring-shooting-ryan-larson-suspect-charges?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:05:33 -0600 No charges in officers' kicking incident The Olmsted County Attorney's Office decided not to charge two St. Paul police officers for alleged police brutality in the arrest of Eric Hightower in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/law/no-charges-for-st-paul-officers-in-kicking-incident?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:17:42 -0600 Little Falls shooter protected U.S. embassies from terrorists and spies Byron Smith, the Little Falls man who authorities say admitted killing two teenagers because they broke into his home, was a highly trained State Department security engineer responsible for protecting U.S. embassies from terrorism and espionage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/crime/little-falls-byron-smith-shooter-protected-us-embassies-terrorists-spies?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:51:38 -0600 Little Falls shooter a retired U.S. State Dept. security engineer The Little Falls man charged with the murders of two teenagers previously worked for the U.S. State Department overseas as a security engineer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/crime/little-falls-bryon-david-smith-state-department?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:29:23 -0600 Former Shattuck teacher facing criminal charges subbed at St. Paul school Joseph Machlitt, who faces criminal charges for allegedly sexually abusing a boy in 1980 at a Faribault boarding school, recently worked as a substitute teacher at a private school in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/crime/substitute-teacher-facing-criminal-charges-also-taught-at-st-paul-school-?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:11:34 -0600 2nd Shattuck teacher charged with assault A second former teacher at a Faribault boarding school faces criminal charges for alleged sexual abuse of a student. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/regional/another-shattuck-teacher-accused-of-sexual-assault?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:25:56 -0600 Mpls. police to reporters: Stop calling us Apparently, reporters around town have been acting like -- get this -- journalists. And the police department isn't too pleased. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/11/minneapolis-police-to-reporters-stop-calling-us.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:56:01 -0600 Police ID victims of MN triple fatal crash Police have released the names of a woman and her two grandchildren killed in a fiery crash between a car and a school bus in Inver Grove Heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/news/police-id-victims-of-triple-fatal-crash?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:08:03 -0600 Three die in car collision involving school bus At least three people died Friday in a fiery head-on collision between a school bus and a car in Inver Grove Heights, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/accident/car-school-bus-collision?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:54:41 -0600 Police give the all clear after report of shots in Minneapolis building Minneapolis police have given the all clear after they responded to a report of shots fired inside a downtown office building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/news/minneapolis-shots-fired?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:41:03 -0600 Lumberjack Days festival promoter charged Prosecutors charged a promoter of the Lumberjack Days festival in Stillwater with 10 criminal counts alleging he transferred more than money into personal bank accounts instead of paying festival contractors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/crime/lumberjack-days-festival-promoter-david-eckberg-charged?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 16:23:44 -0600 Minnesota voters reject marriage amendment In an emotional and historic contest, Minnesota voters defeated the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, striking a blow to same-sex marriage opponents who had succeeded in passing ballot measures in 30 other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/elex-night-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 03:06:00 -0600 Bachmann holds off Graves; six incumbents win Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/sixth-district-bachmann-graves?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:35:31 -0600 Hearing on St. Paul Police crime lab problems wraps up A Dakota County hearing that exposed problems with drug testing at the St. Paul Police crime lab concluded testimony today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/law/st-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:36:38 -0500 St. Paul crime lab work casts shadow on another drug case The case is one of more than a hundred in which evidence was sent to the state-run Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for retesting after the St. Paul crime lab suspended drug testing in July amid allegations of shoddy science. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/22/news/saint-paul-crime-lab-work-casts-shadow-on-another-drug-case?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:55:12 -0500 Boy Scout files show decades of child sex abuse A trove of some 14,500 pages from the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files" have been made public, and the files show that on numerous occasions local officials helped cover up abuse allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/news/boy-scouts-release-perversion-files?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:30:00 -0500 David Wellstone on tragedy, grief, and re-entering public life The path through grief after much of his family died in a plane crash has been difficult, but in recent years, David Wellstone has re-entered public life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/politics/david-wellstone-atc-interview?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:46:19 -0500 Police report details teacher-student relationship at Shattuck-St. Mary's A Shattuck-St. Mary's dorm director who killed himself in 2008 had sexual contact for two years with a female foreign student while he and his wife were having marital problems, according to public safety documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/police_report_details_shattuck_st_mary_incident?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:19:47 -0500 Inconsistencies in Anoka parade's denial of gay youth group Organizers of the Anoka Halloween Parade denied the request of a gay youth group to walk in the parade, claiming that the maximum number of "walking units" had been reached, but records show organizers did not submit a request for a parade license until today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/news/anoka-halloween-parade-folo?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:52:26 -0500 Investigation: 2 employees fired after nursing home death Two nursing home employees were fired after an investigation found they neglected a patient and lied about a fall that caused the patient's death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/news/nursing-home-employees-fired-patients-death?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:00:04 -0500 Gay youth group denied from Anoka Halloween parade Organizers of an annual Halloween parade in Anoka denied a request from a gay youth group to walk in this year's parade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/news/gay-youth-group-denied-from-anoka-halloween-parade?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:11:22 -0500 Dropped drug case linked to troubled crime lab Prosecutors dismissed a drug charge against a St. Paul woman in the first case dropped because of disputed work by the St. Paul Police crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/news/dropped-drug-case-linked-to-troubled-crime-lab?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 08:05:23 -0500 Depression meds found in Accent Signage shooter's home, police say A police search of the home of Accent Signage Systems shooter Andrew Engeldinger found medications commonly prescribed for depression and insomnia, according to a Minneapolis Police Department report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/news/accent-signage-shooter-prescription-medications?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:48:19 -0500 Accent Signage workers' 911 calls failed to connect Two employees tried to call 911 in the middle of the deadly shooting at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis last week, but the calls did not reach anyone, according to a police report released Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/regional/accent-police-reports?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 09:18:17 -0500 Richfield officer kills man wielding knife A Richfield police officer shot a man at a home on the 6600 block of Park Avenue South Friday morning while responding to a 911 call about a man with a knife. . http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/news/police-kills-suspect-in-richfield?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:04:25 -0500 Outpouring of grief for UPS driver killed at Accent Signage A memorial service was held Thursday afternoon for UPS driver Keith Basinski, one of the five victims killed by a former employee of Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/regional/obit-basinksi?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:10:29 -0500 Snow, cold may end fire risk Firefighters hope wintry weather will put an end to the lingering fires that raced across nearly 15 square miles in northwest Minnesota Tuesday. Dry conditions, high winds and warm temperatures fueled nine wildfires in the region Tuesday. Fire fighters extinguished most of the blazes but remain on alert for any flareups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/weather/wildfires-contained?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:30:26 -0500 Fire crews make progress against wildfires, expect help from weather Fire crews are making progress battling several wildfires in northwest Minnesota tonight as the temperature drops and the wind slows down, fire officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/disaster/northern-minnesota-wildfire?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 22:01:09 -0500 Mourners attend funeral service for shooting victim, Ronald Edberg Funeral services are being held this evening for Ronald Edberg, one of five people killed by a fired employee at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/news/ronald-edberg-funeral-service?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:00:35 -0500 Fires threaten northwest Minn. towns Several northern Minnesota communities are threatened by wildfires driven by strong winds today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/regional/wildfires-in-northern-minn?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:16:46 -0500 Engeldinger had 1997 arrest on record Andrew Engeldinger, the man who opened fire on his former co-workers at a Minneapolis company last week, was arrested in 1997 for leading a police officer on a high-speed chase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/crime/engeldinger-criminal-record?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:26:05 -0500 Accent Signage employees fought for lives with shooter A newly released timeline shows that two employees at Accent Signage Systems fought for their lives and tried to grab a gun from former co-worker Andrew Engeldinger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/news/minneapolis-shooting-timeline?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 07:40:00 -0500 Replacement sought for Duluth methadone clinic Human services officials are working quickly to find a replacement for a Duluth methadone clinic that provides treatment for about 400 patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/news/duluth-methadone-clinic?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:19:26 -0500 Duluth methadone clinic license revoked The state is revoking the license of a Duluth methadone clinic due to serious and chronic licensing violations, according to an order issued Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/news/duluth-methadone-clinic-license-revoked?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:24:53 -0500 Calls for crime lab to shut down amid more evidence doubts As questions about the St. Paul police crime lab spread to fingerprint evidence, top defense attorneys say the lab needs to shut down entirely until it can prove that its work is reliable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/unanswered-questions-st-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:10:31 -0500 Video: Unanswered questions at the St. Paul police crime lab The St. Paul police crime lab's drug testing has been shut down, and an independent review is being conducted regarding problems at the lab. MPR News' Madeleine Baran walks us through the lab and the questions that remain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/law/video-st-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Ira Glass to screen new comedy at Uptown Theatre opening Ira Glass, the host of public radio's "This American Life," will be at the newly renovated Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis this weekend for screenings of "Sleepwalk With Me," a new comedy he co-wrote and co-produced with comedian Mike Birbiglia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/arts/qa-ira-glass?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:02:13 -0500 Economic Lookout: Business recovery and politics With recent polls showing that the economy is one of the biggest issues in the upcoming election, MPR News reached out to contacts in our Public Insight Network to find out how the economy is affecting them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/business/economic-lookout-business-brent-bois?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:10:31 -0500 4 killed in Minn. pickup-semi collision Four people killed and a fifth was injured in a collision between a pickup truck and semi in eastern Minnesota, sheriff's officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/news/4-killed-in-pine-county-crash?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:29:35 -0500 Former BCA supervisor: Poor ventilation may have contaminated St. Paul lab A former supervisor at the state crime lab testified in court Friday that the St. Paul Police Department crime lab's equipment is not properly ventilated and may have spewed illegal drugs and chemical solvents into the air inside the crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/judiciary/st-paul-crime-lab-contaminated?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:15:15 -0500 St. Paul to spend $140,800 to review, fix troubled crime lab The city of St. Paul will pay two out-of-state companies about $140,800 to evaluate and reform operations at the troubled St. Paul Police Department crime lab, and train employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/st-paul-police-crime-lab-reviewed?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 06:33:14 -0500 St. Paul officer placed on leave was suspended in 2010 for excessive force One of the St. Paul police officers placed on administrative leave after the violent arrest of a man last week had been suspended by the St. Paul Police Department in 2010 for excessive force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/news/saint-paul-officer-placed-on-leave-was-suspended-in-2010-for-excessive-force?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:56:37 -0500 2nd St. Paul cop on leave in video incident A second St. Paul police officer has been placed on administrative leave in connection with a police investigation of a video that appears to show one officer kicking a man and two officers slamming his head against a police car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/news/saint-paul-police-officer-on-leave-kicking-video?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:37:47 -0500 Emails: St. Paul police slow to respond to crime lab crisis St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith and other top police officials were slow to respond to the crime lab crisis even as public defenders threw the lab's operations into question by challenging evidence in several drug cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/st-paul-police-crime-lab-document-release?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:58:20 -0500 Second case of swine flu confirmed in Minn. Minnesota Department of Health officials are reporting a second confirmed case of swine flu in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/health/second-case-of-new-flu-strain-confirmed?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:00:26 -0500 More injured employees, fewer doctors at Minnesota Security Hospital The number of employee injuries at the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous has increased rapidly this year, and the number of permanent psychiatrists has dropped from six to one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/news/minnesota-security-hospital-staff-injuries?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:36:18 -0500 Court hearing contentious in St. Paul crime lab case Questions about drug testing at the St. Paul Police Department crime lab were met with sighs, smiles, glares, and barely stifled laughter by a crime lab employee during a contentious hearing Friday in Dakota County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/law/crime-lab-court-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 DHS confirms resignation of executive Maureen O'Connell, the assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration will resign tomorrow, a DHS spokesperson confirmed Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/news/department-human-services-confirms-resignation-of-maureen-oconnell?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:03:18 -0500 Court focuses on contamination at St. Paul crime lab Dakota County prosecutors convinced a judge to narrow the inquiry into problems at the St. Paul Police Department crime lab at a contentious hearing Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/news/court-focuses-on-contamination-at-saint-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:01:35 -0500 Dakota County prosecutor seeks to block today's crime lab inquiry The request comes as public defenders representing Matthew Jensen, a man charged with fifth-degree drug possession, prepare to question top police officials and crime lab employees about the lab's operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/news/dakota-county-prosecutor-seeks-to-block-todays-crime-lab-inquiry?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:28:33 -0500 St. Paul crime lab to get independent review St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith has authorized an independent review of the troubled police crime lab, which shut down drug testing after employees acknowledged the lab lacked written standard operating procedures and may have relied on equipment contaminated with illegal drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/news/st-paul-crime-lab-independent-review?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:29:12 -0500 St. Paul crime lab problems could go beyond drug testing The troubled St. Paul Police Department crime lab kept some of its evidence in a hallway, according to internal police documents submitted Thursday to Dakota County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/crime/crime-lab-problems-could-go-beyond-drug-testing?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:52:27 -0500 Bin Laden killed repeatedly in Twin Cities suburb game It's been more than a year since a team of Navy SEALs raided a home in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden, but the daring mission lives on, three times a week, in a building in New Hope, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/osama-bin-laden-role-playing-game?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:40:00 -0500 Minn. apple season starting early this year Apple growers in Minnesota are getting an early start this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/news/minnesota-apple-season-starting-early-this-year?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:41:08 -0500 Charges: Teen killed after answering Craigslist ad A Maplewood man has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting a teenager who responded to a Craigslist ad for a cell phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/news/police-teen-killed-answered-craigslist-ad?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 06:45:13 -0500 St. Paul crime lab problems 'a wake-up call for everybody' State public defender John Stuart has called a meeting of chief public defenders to discuss what to in the aftermath of problems revealed at the St. Paul crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/law/crime-lab-legal-fallout?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:30:00 -0500 Senior police officials knew of crime lab problems months ago St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith said he became aware of serious concerns about his department's crime lab in the past week, but court records show that Smith's assistant chief and a senior commander knew about the problems months ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/regional/stpaul-crimelab?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:19:19 -0500 St. Paul police chief vows changes at crime lab; convictions at risk St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith vowed to make changes at his department's troubled crime lab Thursday, after lab employees testified in court that the lab has no standard procedures for how to test evidence for the presence of illegal drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/news/st-paul-police-chief-vows-crime-lab-changes-convictions-at-risk?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:55:30 -0500 Police Chief Smith taps senior commander to put St. Paul crime lab in order Senior Commander Colleen Luna of the St. Paul Police Department will lead the reorganization of the crime lab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/law/crime-lab-reorganization?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:29:54 -0500 Court records: Dakota County prosecutor knew of St. Paul crime lab problems Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Wednesday that he did not learn of the serious allegations against the St. Paul Police Department crime lab until last week, but court documents show that at least one Dakota County prosecutor knew about problems at the lab for almost four months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/news/st-paul-crime-lab-dakota-county?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:37:08 -0500 St. Paul police chief suspends crime lab drug testing The news comes after two crime lab workers and the director of the lab said this week that the lab does not follow any written procedures for drug testing and does not document most of the steps they take when testing evidence for illegal drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/news/washington-county-stops-using-stpaul-crime-lab?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:40:25 -0500 Defense attorney: St. Paul police crime lab should review all drug cases Defense attorney Christine Funk, one of the attorneys challenging the St. Paul Police Department crime lab's drug testing procedures, saying Wednesday that the lab should review all of its drug cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/news/st-paul-crime-lab-no-written-procedures-for-drug-evidence-testing?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:07:35 -0500 More criticism of St. Paul's crime lab in second day of drug case The St. Paul Police Department's crime lab came under harsh scrutiny by defense attorneys in the second day of a Dakota County hearing that could affect thousands of drug cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/news/saint-paul-crime-lab-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:07:38 -0500 St. Paul Police crime lab under scrutiny in drug case Attorneys representing a Rochester man charged with drug possession asked a judge to throw out evidence tested by the St. Paul Police Department's crime lab, arguing the lab's results are not reliable. The dispute over the procedures at the lab comes at a time of increased scrutiny of science in the courtroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/law/st-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:34:59 -0500 Study: BPA can disrupt fish mating A new study found the chemical Bisphenol A can disrupt the mating behavior of fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/environnment/bpa-fish?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 41-month sentence for Amy Senser. Fair? While Amy Senser's defense lawyer plans to appeal, several Twin Cities-based attorneys and legal experts said they considered it a fair sentence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/law/amy-senser-dbf?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:40:00 -0500 Anti-foreclosure group reports progress Organizers with the group Occupy Homes say their efforts to help homeowners fight foreclosure are showing signs of success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/regional/foreclose-protest?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:36:48 -0500 Reminder: Handle fireworks safely State fire officials are urging people to use caution when handling fireworks on the Fourth of July holiday, and not let children handle sparklers or other fireworks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/news/reminder-handle-fireworks-safely?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:15:18 -0500 1st West Nile case of 2012 confirmed Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist David Neitzel says a St. Louis County man become ill in late May after traveling to south-central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/health/west-nile-virus?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:08:21 -0500 Tighter regulations prompt drop in international adoptions Minnesota leads the country in the number of international adoptions per capita, but tighter regulations have caused those numbers to drop sharply in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/social-issue-international-adoption?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 18:16:35 -0500 Minnesota reaction to the Supreme Court's health care ruling Minnesota's lawmakers, political groups and unions reacted quickly to the Supreme Court decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/health/minnesota-reaction-to-supreme-court-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:08:57 -0500 Court ruling green lights Goodhue County wind turbines The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a wind turbine project in Goodhue County, over the objections of an advocacy group that argued noise and "shadow flicker" from the 397-feet-high turbines could harm the health of nearby residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/news/court-ruling-green-lights-goodhue-county-wind-turbines?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:21:28 -0500 Eyewitnesses describe frantic search for loose Duluth zoo animals As heavy rain flooded the Lake Superior Zoo Tuesday night, no one was there to notice that a polar bear and two seals had escaped from their enclosures. What happened? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/region/eyewitnesses-describe-search-for-duluth-zoo-animals?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:50:31 -0500 After flood, zoo animals escape; some perish Two seals escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth early this morning after heavy rains flooded the facility and surrounding areas. The zoo's polar bear, Berlin, also escaped from her exhibit area, but was returned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/weather/duluth-zoo-floods?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:53:03 -0500 Court allows AT&T cell tower near BWCA The Minnesota Court of Appeals reverses a lower court's decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/att-cell-tower-bwca?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:51:09 -0500 Storms bring tornado, golf-ball sized hail A powerful thunderstorm rumbled through Minnesota Sunday night, pounding communities in the west and south of the state with strong wind and hail, damaging homes and cutting power in some areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/severe-weather?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:05:01 -0500 Lawyers get crash course to avoid wrongful convictions Recent cases of overturned convictions have alarmed attorneys, who worry they lack the right kind of training to detect problems with science in the courtroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/crime/lawyers-return-to-classroom-to-prevent-wrongful-convictions?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:23:45 -0500 Investigation shows complexity of caring for the state's most violent and mentally ill adults A state licensing investigation has found a patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter suffered maltreatment when he was left naked in his room for about an hour after he violently threatened to rape and kill employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/investigation-finds-patient-suffered-maltreatment-at-minnesota-security-hospital?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 09:00:48 -0500 Transit of Venus: Viewing from Minnesota Stargazers around the world are setting up special telescopes and passing out cardboard eclipse glasses to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial cameo of Venus passing in front of the sun. Here's how and where to see the event in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/minnesota-viewing-transit-of-venus?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 10:41:16 -0500 Wildlife expert explains efforts to save the Amur leopards There are fewer than 40 Amur leopards living in the wild, and about 300 in captivity. Despite the bleak numbers, conservationists are hoping to save the big cats from extinction. Sylvia Klenzendorf of the World Wildlife Fund http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/02/amur-leopard-qa?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 00:21:18 -0500 Minn. Zoo's new Amur leopard cubs part of effort to save species Two Amur leopards, among the most endangered cats in the world, were born at the Minnesota Zoo on Tuesday. Zoo officials said the breeding efforts are a key part of the growing effort to save the Amur leopard from extinction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/endangered-amur-leopard-cubs-born-at-mn-zoo?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:23:17 -0500 Missing 6,000 pound U of M telescope found A frantic search for a missing University of Minnesota telescope ended at a Texas truck wash on Wednesday night, but the trucker who disappeared with it for several days has offered no explanation to his now-former employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/u-of-m-telescope-missing?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 13:10:17 -0500 NWS to start sending cell phone alerts Some cell phone users will be able to receive free severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service beginning this Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/weather/nws-to-start-sending-cell-phone-alerts?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 11:42:50 -0500 Minn. students ace 2nd round of National Spelling Bee Minnesota's top five spellers aced the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee today, with correct spellings of temerity, contrariant, habitus, Buddha, and gazette. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/national-spelling-bee?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 06:58:56 -0500 Heavy rain closes Mississippi River locks Heavy rains have pushed more water into the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area, leading the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close three Minneapolis locks and dams to recreational boaters Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/weather/heavy-rain-closes-mississippi-locks?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 15:18:52 -0500 More Minn. kids living with relatives, close friends, study says The percentage of Minnesota children being cared for by extended family members and close family friends has doubled over the past ten years, a study says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/study-more-kids-living-with-relatives?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 18:48:17 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court reverses conviction of mother found guilty of killing baby The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a 17-year-old for the murder of her newborn child, in a sharply worded opinion that found prosecutors improperly tried to intimidate medical examiners who wanted to assist the defense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/crime/minnesota-supreme-court-reverses-murder-conviction?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 13:52:23 -0500 Big I-94, I-35E closures this weekend Major road closures in the Twin Cities are expected to cause delays for motorists on I-94 and I-35E this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/weekend-road-closures?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 14:53:39 -0500 Frac sand sediment spills into St. Croix River A spill at a sand mining facility in Wisconsin has dumped an unknown amount of sand and other sediment into the St. Croix River and wetlands near the Minnesota border, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/environment/frac-sand-sediment-saint-croix-spill?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 11:49:31 -0500 Homeless get massive day of Mpls. help The Minneapolis Convention Center is opening its doors Monday for Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event designed to allow people who are homeless to access dozens of different services in one place. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/05/nearly-two-thousand-people-expected-at-mpls-convention-center-today-for-project-homeless-connect.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 08:01:30 -0500 Security Hospital patient charged with attempted murder The patient, Burton James Ewing, Jr., remains in custody at the Nicollet County Jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/security-hospital-patient-charged-with-murder?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 14:38:50 -0500 State investigating Security Hospital's handling of missing patient, stabbing Authorities have located a patient who was reported missing yesterday from a state-run psychiatric treatment facility in St. Peter near a park where another patient allegedly stabbed his mother yesterday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/health/missing-patient-found-near-minnesota-security-hospital?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 13:12:14 -0500 MN Security Hospital patient missing St. Peter police are searching for a missing patient at a state-run psychiatric treatment center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/health/minnesota-security-hospital-patient-missing?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 16:14:03 -0500 Security Hospital in line for fraction of funding request The latest draft of the public works bonding bill released Thursday includes almost $4 million for the Minnesota Security Hospital -- $36 million less than what Gov. Mark Dayton had proposed spending earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/security-hospital-bonding?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 13:50:54 -0500 Investigation finds emotional abuse, neglect at Duluth group homes State licensing officials are scrutinizing a Duluth company that runs four group homes for adults with mental illness, after a state investigation found the facility neglected two clients in the hours leading up to their deaths, and a client turned over an audio recording of an employee berating clients, at one point telling them, "I am already in hell. I am here." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/investigation-group-home-violations?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Security hospital worker 'emotionally abused' patient An employee at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter engaged in "emotional abuse" by calling a sex offender patient a "rapist," according to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services licensing division. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/security-hospital-employee-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 14:54:29 -0500 Funding for St. Peter hospital renovations in doubt A proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton to fund a $40 million renovation of the state's largest facility for people declared mentally ill and dangerous has stalled at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/funding-stpeter-hospital-renovations?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:14:12 -0500 Plan gives DHS more oversight in state mental health services Top officials at the state Department of Human Services will have greater involvement in the oversight of state-operated mental health services under a restructuring plan announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/plan-dhs-more-oversight-state-mental-health-services-?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:00:00 -0500 DNR programs look like 'Swiss cheese,' commissioner says State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr called on lawmakers Thursday to approve an increase to hunting and fishing licenses http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/dnr-programs-swiss-cheese?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:48:21 -0500 Sjodin's convicted killer stalled on death row The legal battle over the conviction of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. for the fatal kidnapping of college student Dru Sjodin is unlikely to be resolved any time soon, recent court documents indicate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/sjodins-convicted-killer-stalled-on-death-row?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:19:53 -0500 Security Hospital confirms patient death A 59-year-old man died at the Minnesota Security Hospital on Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/minnesota-security-hospital?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:58:25 -0500 Advocates say US Bank, Wells Fargo loans prey on low-income borrowers A new report claims U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo are preying on low-income customers by offering short-term loans with steep fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/report-us-bank-wells-fargo-short-term-loans-prey-on-lowincome-borrowers?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:49:30 -0500 DNR official: Walleye opener date won't change A proposal to move up Minnesota's walleye fishing opener by a week is expected to be voted down today in the state senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/confused_fish?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:01:09 -0500 After complaints, MN Security Hospital inspected A concern about worker safety has prompted the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect the Minnesota Security Hospital, a state-run facility that provides psychiatric treatment for nearly 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/minnesota-security-hospital-federal-inspection?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:55:26 -0500 Former Security Hospital head still getting paid State officials say the former head of the state's largest facility for people deemed mentally ill and dangerous is still receiving a state paycheck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/former-minnesota-security-hospital-chief-pay?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:41:26 -0500 Son is 'hero,' says mother of driver in crash Kansas Highway Patrol investigators are still trying to determine what caused a motor home crash on April 1 that killed five members of a Minnesota family and injured 13 others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/kansas-kerber-family-crash-update?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:41:52 -0500 SJU chooses layperson as new president The St. John's University board has chosen economics professor Michael Hemesath as its new president, marking the first time a non-clergy member has held the top position at the 155-year-old institution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/new-president-named-at-st-johns-university?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:54:29 -0500 FAQ: What is Minn. law regarding RVs? Here are some answers to questions about recreational vehicles under Minnesota law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/faq-recreational-vehicles?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 21:36:16 -0500 Auditor to look at agency's hiring practices in wake of Proffitt dismissal The Office of the Legislative Auditor has launched a review of the hiring policies of the Minnesota Department of Human Services after an MPR News report found lapses in the hiring of David Proffitt to head the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/proffitt-security-hospital-folo?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:46:43 -0500 State failed to review troubled past of ousted Minn. Security Hospital administrator If the Department of Human Services had conducted a more rigorous search, it could have uncovered a trail of employee complaints, licensing violations, questionable educational credentials, and an arrest for domestic violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/david-proffitt-minnesota-security-hospital-administrator-state-review-troubled-past?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Security Hospital patient dies A patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital, the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous, died yesterday, state officials confirmed Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/patient-death-minnesota-security-hospital?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:09:10 -0500 Former Minn. Security Hospital leader's 'extremely assertive' style rankled some David Proffitt, the controversial former administrator of the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous, agreed to resign yesterday after an investigation found he made comments that staff found inappropriate and threatening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/david-proffitt-security-hospital?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 06:22:00 -0500 David Proffitt, head of Minnesota Security Hospital, resigns at state's request David Proffitt, the head of the state's largest hospital for the mentally ill and dangerous, has resigned at the request of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the agency said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/david-proffitt-head-of-minnesota-security-hospital-resigns?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:57:26 -0500 Mansky, local election official, concerned about voter ID requirements Ramsey County elections manager Joe Mansky says local officials lack the resources to implement the proposed voter ID amendment. Mansky, who opposes the amendment, said it would complicate the process of counting ballots from voters who register at their polling place on Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/voter-id-joe-mansky-reaction?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:24:45 -0500 Rep. Cornish: Police swayed Dayton's veto of gun bill GOP state lawmaker Tony Cornish criticized law enforcement officials Tuesday for helping defeat a bill that would have expanded the rights of gun owners to use deadly force in self defense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/daily-circuit-dayton-vetoes-gun-bill?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:22:15 -0600 Data: Violence, restraints common at Minnesota Security Hospital The world at the Minnesota Security Hospital is tense and sometimes violent. The state-run facility provides treatment to nearly 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous by the judicial system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/data-minnesota-security-hospital?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:50:00 -0600 State facility for the mentally ill risks losing license over turmoil The Minnesota Security Hospital shows little sign of turning around a trend of worsening problems and new tensions that have surfaced, according to employees interviewed by MPR News and previously unreleased data from the state Department of Human Services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/minnesota-security-hospital-turmoil?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:40:00 -0600 Long-time Henn. Co. commisioner Stenglein to resign Long-time Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein said Friday he will resign from the county board in June to accept a position as CEO and president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/hennepin-county-commisioner-stenglein-resignation?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:22:31 -0600 Swedish royalty to visit Minn. in October The king and queen of Sweden will visit Minnesota in October, the American Swedish Institute announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/swedish-royalty-to-visit-minnesota-in-october?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:19:45 -0600 Careful planning minimizes impact of closing Minn. social service agency A quick, coordinated effort by Twin Cities-area social service agencies has saved housing subsidies for 45 homeless youth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/freeport-west-social-service-agency-winds-down?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:03:50 -0600 Sabo bike, pedestrian bridge repairs mean commuter headaches Crews worked Tuesday morning to repair damage to the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge in Minneapolis, but city officials said it's too soon to say when Hiawatha Avenue, the bridge, and a nearby light rail stop will reopen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/sabo-bridge-cable-failure?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 07:47:06 -0600 Review: Medical examiner should have requested expert help in murder case An extensive review of Ramsey County chief medical examiner Michael McGee's handling of a rural murder case has found no serious concerns with the work or credibility of the long-time medical examiner, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/ramsey-county-medical-examiner-michael-mcgee-review?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:43:55 -0600 Cassellius: No Child waiver shows law wasn't working On Thursday, President Obama approved No Child Left Behind waivers for 10 states, including Minnesota. Minnesota education commissioner Brenda Cassellius spoke with MPR News about the change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/nochild?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:10:06 -0600 State-run hospital needs upgrades, training, Dayton says The Minnesota Security Hospital needs to be renovated to provide better care for patients, Gov. Mark Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/dayton-minnesota-security-hospital?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:20:35 -0600 Joel Maturi steps down as U of M athletic director Maturi is in the final year of his contract. He has headed up Gophers sports programs for the past decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/joel-maturi-out?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:48:13 -0600 Minneapolis seeks public input on 'climate action plan' City staffers are updating the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan this year, and they're asking for public input at a meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/02/minneapolis-seeks-public-input-on-climate-action-plan.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:29:52 -0600 Dayton hires PUC nominee pushed out by GOP senators Former DFL Sen. Ellen Anderson says she has accepted a new job offer from Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/anderson-accepts-new-dayton-post?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:58:02 -0600 St. Paul teachers' union OKs tentative contract Union president Mary Cathryn Ricker says the agreement was reached at midnight, ending a lengthy negotiation process that began in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/st-paul-teachers-union-contract?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:35:01 -0600 EEOC reports job discrimination complaints up in northern Midwest The number of federal job discrimination complaints filed in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota rose by four percent last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/eeoc-discrimination-complaints?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Hockey authority toughens rules on checking Tougher penalties for illegal checking were unanimously approved last weekend by Minnesota Hockey, the organization that governs amateur youth hockey in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/hockey-rules?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:07:38 -0600 Charges filed against alleged identity theft ring Federal prosecutors filed charges Friday against a dozen people suspected of being part of a Minnesota-based identity theft ring that stole more than $2 million from banks and businesses in 14 states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/id-theft-ring?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:52:59 -0600 Gary Eichten swaps stories with Walter Mondale for final Midday interview Gary Eichten recorded his final interview as MPR's Midday host before a packed crowd at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Thursday night, swapping stories and jokes with former Vice President Walter Mondale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/eichten-mondale?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 05:57:58 -0600 Dayton opts not to endorse Vikings stadium site The governor said questions remain about the financial viability of the Vikings-preferred site in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/dayton-vikings-stadium-site?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:44:25 -0600 U of M sues website operator for posting psych test online The University of Minnesota is suing over alleged copyright violations by a website operator who posted a widely-used psychological test online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/mmpi-copyright-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 21:42:15 -0600 Man charged in alleged criminal sexual conduct at Fridley Walmart Anoka County prosecutors charged a 29-year-old man with criminal sexual conduct Tuesday for allegedly groping an 11-year-old girl at a Walmart in Fridley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/walmart-sex-assault?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 21:33:52 -0600 Report: Hospital gave wrong medication, patient paralyzed during surgery A female patient who was awake and awaiting surgery was mistakenly given a medication that causes temporary paralysis, according investigators with the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/patient-paralyzed?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 21:27:24 -0600 Police arrest Columbia Heights man suspected of groping girl A Columbia Heights man suspected of groping a young girl at a Fridley Walmart has been arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/walmart-groping-arrest?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:12:06 -0600 Girl assaulted inside Fridley Walmart The Anoka County Sheriff's Office is investigating what it calls a "bold, daytime sexual assault" of a child at a Walmart in Fridley on Dec. 26. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/walmart-assault?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:04:05 -0600 Firefighters battle blaze at century-old flour mill Firefighters are working to contain a raging fire at the Swany White flour mill in Freeport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/swany-mills-fire?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:11:32 -0600 Hundreds mourn Minnesotans who died homeless Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday night to remember those who died while struggling with homelessness this year - 130 Minnesotans whose lives were cut short by violence, depression, frostbite and other symptoms of a life spent on the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/homeless-memorial-march?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:52:35 -0600 Cargill recalls two brands of dog food Cargill has voluntarily recalled two regional brands of dog food after testing revealed high levels of a toxin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/cargill-dog-food-recall?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:49:36 -0600 Homegrown Minneapolis meets to promote city mini-farmers The city's Homegrown Minneapolis initiative has helped set up mini-farmers markets in low-income neighborhoods and expand community gardens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/homegrown-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:02:34 -0600 Fewer foreclosed homes for sale in Twin Cities The number of foreclosed homes for sale in the Twin Cities metro area has decreased by more than half since August 2010, which will likely mean good news for people looking to cell their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/foreclosure-data?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:48:53 -0600 Minn. texting while driving citations nearly double The number of citations issued for texting while driving in Minnesota has nearly doubled this year — from 518 citations in 2010 to 945 citations so far this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/texting-while-driving?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 07:59:42 -0600 Science teacher on paid leave after fire injures students The Osseo School District has placed a science teacher on paid administrative leave while it investigates an accident that injured four students last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/science-teacher-on-paid-leave-after-fire-injures-students?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans heading to DC to protest economic inequality A group of about 100 Minnesotans upset about economic inequality will be in Washington, D.C. this week for a four-day rally. Thousands of protesters from around the country plan to pitch tents on the National Mall starting Monday to call attention to the need for jobs and the widening gap between the rich and the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/04/minnesotans-protest-economy-dc?refid=0 Sun, 04 Dec 2011 11:03:57 -0600 Owatonna nursing home found negligent in death An Owatonna nursing home neglected an 84-year-old man who died while staying at the facility in July, according to a Minnesota Department of Health investigation. The staff at the Owatonna Care Center forgot to administer the man's anti-anxiety medication for 10 days, the investigation found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/03/owatonna-nursing-home-negligent?refid=0 Sat, 03 Dec 2011 09:40:39 -0600 Mpls. homeless shelter gets makeover Life has improved ever so slightly for the 130 men who sleep at the Salvation Army's Safe Bay shelter every night. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/12/homeless-shelter-gets-makeover.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 13:39:13 -0600 Foley City Council approves plan to hire private security As a cost-saving measure, private security guards will patrol city streets in Foley, Minn., beginning next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/foley-hire-private-security?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:43:28 -0600 68 percent of adult male arrestees test positive for drug use A new federal study found that 68 percent of adult men booked into the Hennepin County jail tested positive for illegal drug use during a random, voluntary sampling conducted earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/arrestees-positive-drug-use?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:12:39 -0600 Delta to start using jets at Minn. Range airport Delta Air Lines will start using larger, jet-powered aircraft at Chisholm-Hibbing Airport this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/delta-jets?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:03:34 -0600 Protesters prepare for 'Occupy Winter' As winter approaches, fewer than a dozen Occupy MN demonstrators remain after several hundred took over the Hennepin County Government Center plaza nearly seven weeks ago. Organizers are trying to expand the movement into neighborhoods throughout the city — with mixed results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/occupymn-protesters-winter?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:36:28 -0600 Protesters block Minneapolis bridge; 11 arrested Nearly 300 people protesting economic inequality marched across the 10th Avenue bridge in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon. Police arrested 11 protesters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/occupy-minn-protests?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:43:08 -0600 OccupyMN fights Hennepin Co. on camping, sign rules OccupyMN protesters vowed to fight new restrictions on camping and posting signs at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/occupymn-hennepin-county-sign-camping-rules?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:52:34 -0600 Faster security screening coming to MSP airport Faster security screening is coming to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport next year. Soon some travelers will be able to qualify for pre-screening to reduce their wait time in security lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/msp-faster-security-screening?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:11:41 -0600 Nationwide test of emergency alert system today The federal government will conduct a test of its emergency alert system at 1 p.m. Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/emergency-alert-system-test?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Election Day in St. Paul It's the Municipal and School District General Election. Here's what voters in the Twin Cities need to know. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/11/election-day-in-st-paul-tomorrow.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Vikings, stadium officials disagree over when Dome lease expires A new disagreement has emerged between the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and the Minnesota Vikings over just how much time remains on the NFL team's Metrodome lease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/metrodome-lease-vikings?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:33:27 -0500 Walleye, northern pike decline in Lake Mille Lacs Walleye in Lake Mille Lacs drops to the second-lowest levels since the state began monitoring fish populations in 1983, the state Department of Natural Resources said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/walleye-northern-pike-decline?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:38:22 -0500 Rybak proposes sales tax, casino, to pay for stadium The Minneapolis mayor renewed his efforts today to keep the Vikings stadium within city limits despite the team's plans to move to suburban Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/minneapolis-vikings-stadium-proposals?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:30:53 -0500 Ramsey judge temporarily stops state from cutting payments to care assistants A judge has issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the state from imposing a cut in payments to personal care assistants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/judge-stops-state-cutting-payments?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:30:45 -0500 Minn. company duped into supplying parts for Iraqi roadside bombs A Minnesota company was deceived into selling radio components that were later used to detonate roadside bombs in Iraq, a federal indictment released Tuesday alleges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/minnesota-iraq-ied?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 06:12:11 -0500 Agencies challenge law that cuts payments for family caregivers Home health agencies are challenging the constitutionality of a new law that cuts state payments for personal care assistants who provide care to disabled family members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/legislators-hold-hearing-on-unionizing-child-care?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:14:38 -0500 Rodriguez case raises more questions about work of Ramsey County M.E. Attorneys for a Minnesota man awaiting execution for one of the region's most notorious kidnappings and forensic experts have raised questions about Dr. Michael McGee's reliance on out-of-date lab testing in murder cases dating back nearly three decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/ramsey-county-medical-examiner-michael-mcgee-rodriguez-sjodin-folo?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:44:39 -0500 Ramsey County ME at center of Rodriguez legal challenge Lawyers for a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student submitted a document Tuesday for what is considered the final step in the legal appeals process, claiming his trial team was ineffective and that the man is mentally disabled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/alfonso-rodriguez-appeal-dru-sjodin?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:50:45 -0500 Protestors of different stripes unite under common gripes A week into the demonstration, the OccupyMN protestors are united under the refrain, "This is what democracy looks like." But that doesn't mean protesters are all marching to the same tune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/protestors-of-different-stripes-under-common-gripes?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:54:41 -0500 Two workers die in Minnesota work site crash A car struck and fatally injured two workers at a construction site along I-35W in Burnsville Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/i35w-crash?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:34:04 -0500 Met Council considers legal options against 3M over chemical discharge The Metropolitan Council has asked its lawyers to explore legal options against 3M related to millions of dollars in costs of meeting new state requirements for discharging perfluorinated chemicals - which 3M stopped producing in 2002 - from wastewater treatment plants into the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/pfc-water-contamination-mpca-met-council-3m?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:28:04 -0500 Met Council report says Vikings' stadium schedule unrealistic and aggressive A long-awaited report commissioned by Gov. Mark Dayton, set to be released Wednesday, says the Vikings stadium proposal "sets forth an aggressive schedule that is unrealistic." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/report-stadium-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:45:00 -0500 OccupyMN demonstrators turn attention to banks About 100 OccupyMN participants spent Tuesday afternoon talking, playing music and holding meetings at the plaza outside the Hennepin County Government Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/occupymn-demonstrators?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:38:20 -0500 Exhibit on tribal treaties opens in St. Paul The treaty exhibit was the result of a two-year collaboration between tribal elders, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/why-treaties-matter-exhibit-opens?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:29:57 -0500 Officers prepare for 'Occupy Minnesota' protest Security issues at a protest scheduled for Friday in downtown Minneapolis have the Hennepin County Sheriff's office preparing for the demonstration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/sheriffs-office-prepares-for-occupy-minnesota-protest?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 17:29:26 -0500 Fresh aircraft dispatched to fight Boundary Waters fire Two water-scooping aircraft from Arizona on Tuesday will join the crews fighting the Pagami Creek Fire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, as dry winds are expected over the area in coming days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/bwca-fire-fresh-aircraft?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 10:19:25 -0500 County to further review case involving medical examiner's disputed testimony The Ramsey County Attorney's Office will review a homicide case involving a medical examiner who gave false or incorrect testimony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/county-to-further-review-case-involving-medical-examiners-false-testimony?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:55:11 -0500 Gas company says residents should exercise normal precaution, after 'oderant' release After a higher concentration of "oderant" was released into the CenterPoint Energy natural gas system, customers are urged to report all normal precautions if they smell gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/gas-company-oderant-release?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:06:14 -0500 Minnesota's infant death investigations inconsistent, unregulated An MPR News investigation shows that county medical examiners are not required to adhere to any particular set of state or federal guidelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/infant-death-investigations?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 County attorney to review role of medical examiner in case of baby's death The Ramsey County Attorney's Office is reviewing the role of the medical examiner in a criminal case involving a man who was released from prison after being convicted of killing his infant daughter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/county-attorney-to-review-role-of-medical-examiner-in-case-of-babys-death?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:33:05 -0500 Michael Hansen 'ecstatic' after murder charges cleared Michael Hansen, who was cleared of murdering his daughter on Friday, says he's eager to resume a normal life after being in prison for six years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/17/michael-hansen-press-conference?refid=0 Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:21:07 -0500 Court drops charges against man awaiting retrial for daughter's murder Charges are dropped against Michael Hansen, an Alexandria man who served six years in prison for the 2006 murder of his daughter before a judge overturned the conviction in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/charges-dropped-against-man-convicted-in-daughters-murder?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:02:06 -0500 FAQ: Boundary Waters fire Frequently asked questions about the wilderness fire in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/faq-boundary-waters-fire?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:41:32 -0500 Pagami Creek Fire in BWCA now estimated at 100,000 acres The Pagami Creek Fire that started in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has now engulfed about 100,000 acres, prompting officials to consider more evacuations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/pagami-fire-60000-acres-evacuations-underway?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Medical examiner was in compliance, Ramsey County officials say A medical examiner was found to be in compliance with Minnesota statutes and with the terms of his contract, Ramsey County officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/medical-examiner-was-in-compliance-ramsey-county-officials-say?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:57:04 -0500 Michael Hansen prepares for new trial in daughter's death A new jury will assemble in an Alexandria courtroom in late September to decide whether to convict Michael Hansen of killing his infant daughter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/michael-hansen-new-trial?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 06:21:14 -0500 Ramsey County medical examiner Michael McGee under investigation Ramsey County is investigating the work of Dr. Michael McGee, who has served as the county's chief medical examiner for 26 years, after a Douglas County judge found he gave false testimony in a murder trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/ramsey-county-medical-examiner-faces-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Convicted murderer Hansen released on bail ahead of new trial Michael Hansen, a Minnesota man convicted of killing his infant daughter, was released on bail Thursday after he was granted a new trial based on new evidence presented by the Innocence Project of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/mike-hansen-innocence-project-bail-release?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:00:00 -0500 Obama extends US stay for Liberians by 18 months A decision by President Barack Obama will allow most Liberians living in the United States since that country's civil war 20 years ago to stay another 18 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/obama-extends-stay-liberians?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:49:43 -0500 Family remembers Matthew Harmon The father of a U.S. soldier and Minnesota native who was killed in Afghanistan speaks in his memory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/family-remembers-matthew-harmon?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:25:49 -0500 Fosston High School graduate killed in Afghanistan A soldier who graduated from Fosston High School in 2000 has been killed in Afghanistan, apparently as his U.S. Army unit was a recovering a damaged military vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/fosston-high-school-graduate-killed-in-afghanistan?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:32:03 -0500 Rural Minn. town opens only homeless shelter for miles around Residents in east-central Minnesota, alarmed by the sight of neighbors living in cars, tents and storage sheds, have vowed to create a safe space for people hit hard by the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/pine-city-homeless-shelter?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:05:47 -0500 Asian carp FAQ Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Asian carp, an invasive species of fish that is traveling north on the Mississippi River and threatening to enter the Great Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/asian-carp-faq?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin faces new lawsuit over treatment of gay students The suit says school officials failed to intervene to help a 15-year-old student at Jackson Middle School who was being harassed and physically assaulted by fellow students because of her sexual orientation and perceived gender nonconformity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/new-anoka-hennepin-bullying-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:05:29 -0500 Report: Twin Cities home prices fall again New data show home prices fell in the Twin Cities last month, as financially distressed properties made up nearly four in 10 sales for a second month in a row. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/twin-cities-home-prices?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:20:09 -0500 Health officials look into how Minn. anthrax patient likely contracted disease State and federal health officials are looking into a suspected case of naturally occurring anthrax poisoning. The unidentified patient is being treated in a Minnesota hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/health-officials-look-into-how-minn-anthrax-patient-likely-contracted-disease?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:51:58 -0500 Funding cut to nonprofit that helps homeless stay connected An organization that provides free voicemail accounts to people who are homeless or fleeing domestic violence faces deep cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/funding-cut-to-nonprofit-that-helps-homeless-stay-connected-?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:54:11 -0500 Suspicious package found, cleared at MOA Officials at the Mall of America have ended a partial lockdown that was triggered when someone noticed a suspicious package inside the south side of the mall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/moa-suspicious-package?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 12:53:24 -0500 Judge lowers bail, sets new trial date for Michael Hansen in death of infant daughter Douglas County District Court Judge Ann Carrott has lowered the bail for a man convicted of killing his infant daughter. However, it's not clear whether Michael Hansen's family can come up with the money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/hansen-bail-hearing-innocence-project?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota congressional delegation reacts to debt deal All but two members of the Minnesota's congressional delegation are not talking about how they will vote on the debt ceiling deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/minnesota-congressional-delegation-reacts?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 11:18:39 -0500 New look at evidence may help reverse man's conviction An Alexandria man convicted of murdering his infant daughter could be released on bail next week while he awaits a new trial. The man's lawyer said she's confident the conviction will be overturned, based on an independent review that found the baby likely died of accidental suffocation in her sleep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/30/innocence-project-hansen-update?refid=0 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 17:00:00 -0500 Innocence Project works for release of Minn. convicted child murderer An Alexandria man convicted of murder for killing his infant daughter remains in prison while a judge continues to consider his release. Lawyers with the Innocence Project of Minnesota are hopeful he can be released on bail while the case is retried. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/innocence-project?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:57:38 -0500 Police warned man hours before he allegedly kidnapped estranged wife A Virginia woman who remains missing after an alleged kidnapping by her husband had called police several times the day she disappeared to report that her husband was violating a restraining order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/kidnapped-woman-still-missing?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:00:18 -0500 Group homes worry about law change hidden in budget bill Advocates for the disabled were surprised to find new policies for group homes included in the state budget bill passed last week — policies they said were never publicly discussed or debated by lawmakers, state officials, or the governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/group-home-hhs-bill-concern?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Special master says her job is done, steps down While state employees are returning to work after a 20-day layoff, the judge who heard arguments for funding programs during the shutdown said her job is done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/special-master-kathleen-blatz?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:01:14 -0500 At a glance: Health and Human Services budget Here's a look at how the new Health and Human Services budget impacts specific programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/hhs_budget_glance?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:30:31 -0500 Health care providers, advocates feel budget sting The governor's signature brought months of political wrangling over spending for health care and welfare programs to an end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/hhs_budget?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:16:06 -0500 Lawmakers pass tax bill, borrowing on tobacco payments The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year. The bill also includes the provision to let the state borrow against future tobacco settlement payments, which is a key piece of new revenue that led to the budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/special-session-announced?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:01:26 -0500 Shutdown erodes state's already-sullied reputation for good governance A veteran political reporter says Minnesota's reputation for good governance has eroded and "gone the way of Northwest Airlines." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/minnesota-reputation-al-eisele?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Heat wave could spur record electricity use With triple-digit temperatures a good possibility, this week's heat wave could help set a new record for electricity use in the state, as Minnesotans crank up air conditioners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/heat-electricity-peak-usage?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:37:30 -0500 Gun range shooting of officer determined an accident An investigation into the shooting of a Lino Lakes police officer at a gun range has determined the incident was an accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/accidental-shooting-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:57:01 -0500 Dayton, GOP reach budget deal; shutdown to end soon DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders say they've reached a budget compromise to end the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/minnesota-budget-agreement-reached?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:17:39 -0500 What are tobacco bonds? Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to end the state shutdown and reach a new two-year budget deal includes $700 million in revenue from the sale of "tobacco bonds." That's left many people wondering what the bonds are and how the proposal would work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/budget-deal-tobacco-bonds?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:43:47 -0500 Judge restores child care assistance during gov't shutdown Parents and child care providers are expressing relief at a judge's ruling Wednesday to restore funding for child care assistance programs in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/shutdown-child-care-subsidy-restored?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:31:38 -0500 Shutdown forces mental health crisis programs to cut services A judge said some services could continue under the shutdown, but many people who provide critical mental health services were laid off on July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/shutdown-forces-mental-health-crisis-programs-to-cut-services?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 11:22:29 -0500 18-year sentence for Blaine man who threatened VP A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for hacking into his neighbor's wireless Internet system to make threats against Vice President Joe Biden and distribute child pornography. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/wifi-hacker-sentenced-threats?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 22:34:15 -0500 Power outage keeps sirens quiet in Sauk Centre Emergency sirens failed to sound in Sauk Centre on Sunday when strong winds whipped through the central Minnesota city, uprooting hundreds of trees and causing widespread damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/saukcenter-sirens-fail?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:27:59 -0500 Human Services: A complex, costly agency at the heart of budget impasse A closer look at the the Department of Human Services, the state agency that oversees health care and welfare programs for more than a million Minnesotans, and the sharp partisan disagreement over its funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/hhs-at-the-heart-of-budget-impasse?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:03:16 -0500 Vandals strike shut down Afton State Park The Washington County Sheriff says 12 people were arrested after breaking into park cabins at Afton State Park over the July 4th weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/afton-state-park-vandalism?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 06:31:52 -0500 Homeless people frustrated by limited Internet access For many people, the Internet offers ways to stay connected. But many people who are homeless have limited access online are prevented from taking advantage of services and building a participatory community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/internet-access-homeless?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 22:45:33 -0500 Confusion over which services will be funded The sheer size and complexity of the Department of Human Services not only hampers efforts by officials to determine how it will be affected by the shutdown, but also makes difficult communication with those whom are affected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-essential-services-confusion?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:07:08 -0500 State employees feel the pain of shutdown State employees start their first day of a forced vacation without pay today. While lawmakers went in and out of budget negotiations, the employees packed up offices and readied government departments for a shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-state-employees?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 02:04:11 -0500 No deal. Government shuts down Just hours before midnight Thursday , Minnesota leaders could not reach a budget agreement but Republican legislative leaders delivered a "Lights on" bill that would temporarily fund government to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/shutdown-no-deal-reached?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:11:56 -0500 Ruling preserves funding for health care, welfare Advocates for the poor expressed relief at a judge's ruling Wednesday that would preserve funding for health care and welfare programs during a government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/shutdown-healthcare-welfare?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:06:08 -0500 Teen accused of triple homicide will be tried as adult Mahdi Hassan Ali will stand trial as an adult for allegedly killing three people in a Minneapolis convenience store in 2010 when he was 17, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/mahdi-hassana-ali-tried-as-adult?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:40:35 -0500 Girl Scout leader pleads guilty to stealing cookie money A Girl Scout troop leader in Mendota Heights pled guilty Tuesday to stealing several thousand dollars in proceeds from her troop's Girl Scout cookie sales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/girl-scout-leader-convicted?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:26:05 -0500 Chiropractor, aides had trouble moving table off toddler, sheriff's report finds Staff at a Shoreview chiropractic clinic where an 18-month-old boy was fatally injured reported equipment problems in the critical seconds after the accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/child-death-chiropractor?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 23:00:39 -0500 Dr. Paul Youngdahl, 73, pastor at Mount Olivet dies Mount Olivet, one of the nation's largest Lutheran congregations, confirmed the pastor's death this evening. Youngdahl died Monday afternoon after suffering a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/youndahl-died?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:49:23 -0500 Senate votes to repeal ethanol tax credits Ethanol producers lost a battle in the U.S. Senate Thursday when senators voted to end a 45-cent per gallon tax credit on the corn-based fuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/ethanol-senate?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:14:53 -0500 As community gardening booms, Mpls. program struggles Minneapolis is in the middle of an urban gardening boom, but a city program to rent vacant lots to gardeners has failed to attract much interest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/twin-cities-community-gardens?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:08:15 -0500 Investigation continues in death of toddler at Shoreview chiropractic clinic A spokesman with the Ramsey County Sheriff's office says it's likely a terrible accident caused the death of a Mounds View toddler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/chiropracticdeath?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:19:50 -0500 Lutheran Social Service chooses new president One of the largest nonprofits in Minnesota chose Jodi Harpstead to succeed Mark Peterson as CEO and president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/harpsteadlutheran?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:28:22 -0500 Target CEO says retailer will stay out of marriage debate Shareholders at Target's annual meeting queried CEO Gregg Steinhafel about the company's stance on social issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/steinhafelsamesex?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 20:07:13 -0500 Drake Hotel an imperfect but needed shelter after twister After the north Minneapolis tornado destroyed Maria Reynolds' home, her family moved into the Drake Hotel -- a former luxury hotel that provides a safe place for people with nowhere else to go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/tornado-drake-hotel?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 11:00:00 -0500 Appellate court rules in favor of Minneapolis in pension dispute The decision is the latest in a longstanding dispute between the city of Minneapolis and two pension funds -- the Minneapolis Police Relief Association and the Minneapolis Firefighters Relief Association. City leaders have complained the fund overpayments were straining city coffers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/minneapolis-pension?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 21:38:04 -0500 Tornado relief resources A list of resources and information for tornado relief in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/tornado-resources?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 19:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis tornado aftermath: How to help Telephone numbers and resources for those who wish to volunteer to aid the north Minneapolis victims of Sunday's tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/tornado-how-to-help?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 17:00:00 -0500 Washington County's siren failure a sign of problems with Minnesota's warning system Minnesotans got a reminder this week that warning sirens aren't always the best way to find out potentially dangerous weather is coming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/baran-sirens?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 10:20:50 -0500 Siren failure in Washington County shows challenges of patchwork system The system to activate warning sirens in Washington County stopped working in the middle of Sunday's severe weather, leaving areas of the county without any siren warnings and vividly highlighting the difficulties faced by local governments in providing tornado warnings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/sirens-washington-county?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 16:44:42 -0500 Minnesotans weigh in on Pawlenty's record as governor in reacting to presidential run Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his candidacy for president Monday which means he will spend months under the scrutiny of the national press and the general public. But he's not alone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/pawlenty-presidential-run-reaction?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 08:40:19 -0500 Dayton to Minneapolis, after twisters: 'The state stands ready to help' North Minneapolis is reeling from the tornado Sunday that killed one person, injured dozens, downed power lines, crushed cars and damaged homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/minneapolis-tornado-storm-aftermath?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 06:55:33 -0500 Cuts to training could lead to doctor shortage in rural Minn. Educators and hospital officials are opposing proposed budget cuts for programs that train medical students around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/rural-minnesota-doctors-cuts-shortage?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 11:21:52 -0500 Pawlenty plans Monday announcement of 2012 bid A campaign staffer told MPR News that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce his official bid for the presidency on Monday morning in Des Moines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/pawlenty-presidential-bid-announcement?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 09:40:00 -0500 Minn. Senate passes illegal immigration program with little scrutiny Civil liberties advocates and state officials voiced concerns this week about a move to enroll Minnesota in a federal program to find and detain people who are in the country illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/secure-communities-bill?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 12:48:13 -0500 Papers shed light on FBI's anti-war activist probe Documents federal agents left behind during a September raid of an anti-war activist's home shed some light on the evolution of an investigation into apparent connections between local activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/fbi-documents-anti-war-activist-raids?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 14:53:28 -0500 GOP budget plan restricts use of welfare debit cards Welfare recipients would still be able to use most ATMs to access their monthly benefits under the Health and Human Services budget released by a conference committee last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/ebt-cards-budget-update?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 12:20:15 -0500 Associate minister charged in killing of North High staffer Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman charged Derrick Trevor Griffin with murder. Griffin is accused of shooting of Kristopher Miller on the porch of Miller's north Minneapolis home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/murdercharges?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 18:08:23 -0500 Minn. GOP lawmakers agree on plan to slash services for the poor Thousands of Minnesotans would be left without health insurance under the Republican proposal for the state's Health and Human Services budget, DFL lawmakers and state officials said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/14/hhs-budget?refid=0 Sat, 14 May 2011 12:52:29 -0500 Welfare program for poor eliminated in proposed budget plan General Assistance, a welfare program for disabled adults, was eliminated in the Health and Human Services conference committee late Thursday night, according to advocates tracking the measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/gmac-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 10:11:54 -0500 Possible elimination of General Assistance shocks advocates for homeless The General Assistance program is the only source of income for about 20,000 Minnesotans. Many of the program's recipients are homeless and are awaiting approval for Social Security. They depend on the program to pay for medication co-payments, bus fare, and basic items like toothpaste and soap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/general-assistance?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 18:44:41 -0500 Pollution at Arden Hills stadium site needs cleanup The 430-acre parcel of land in Arden Hills, where the Vikings want to build a new football stadium, is also part of the state's largest Superfund site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/arden-hills-vikings-superfund?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 10:43:10 -0500 First severe weather of the season blows through metro Heavy rain and large hail pelted the metro area tonight, triggering a tornado warning that led thousands to seek cover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/tornado-warning?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 20:21:01 -0500 Obama declares 20 Minnesota counties disaster areas The declaration will allow state and local governments and some nonprofit organizations to receive federal funding to help pay for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/disaster-areas?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 19:38:17 -0500 Families await news on trial of US hikers in Iran The families of the two Americans held in Iran on espionage charges hope that a nearly two-year struggle to secure their release is about to reach a successful end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/iran-hikers-trial-preview?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 11:48:25 -0500 Vikings, Ramsey County announce stadium deal Ramsey County officials say they have reached an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings to be the team's partner on a proposed retractable-roof stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/vikings-arden-hills-cost?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 11:46:45 -0500 Reduced lunch pay policies causing some students to go hungry Inconsistent and demeaning policies for students who show up in a Minnesota school cafeteria without lunch money cause too many to go away hungry, say advocates for low-income families pushing for broader subsidies for school meals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/school-lunches-stigma?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 14:00:00 -0500 At a glance: school lunch policy School districts set their own policies for providing food when a child's lunch account has run out of money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/lunch-policies-glance?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 12:42:20 -0500 Police officer wounded in training accident The Lino Lakes officer was struck with a round while he was participating in training at the Anoka County Law Enforcement Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/officer-wounded?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 18:56:25 -0500 AT&T cellphone tower near Voyageurs park rejected AT&T has been denied in its request to build a 350-foot cell phone tower near Voyageurs National Park. The Koochiching County Board voted this week against the tower. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/voyageurs-celltower-rejected?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:53:31 -0500 Goats? Minneapolis says no, Seattle says yes Minneapolis isn't alone in being somewhat reluctant to expand its urban menagerie. Other cities have fought efforts to allow goats and chickens, but urban animal advocates have fought back, superhero-style. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/04/goats-minneapolis-says-no-seattle-says-yes.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 06:44:27 -0500 Goats not part of Mpls. urban agriculture plan Minneapolis isn't alone in being somewhat reluctant to expand its urban menagerie. Other cities have fought efforts to allow goats and chickens, but urban animal advocates have fought back, superhero-style. /collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2011/04/post.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 06:30:40 -0500 Supreme Court to decide age of shooting suspect The attorney for a triple murder suspect will have another chance to argue for his client to be tried as a juvenile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/somali-shooting-suspect-age?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:44:05 -0500 At a glance: Lawson Software Lawson is a major provider of software to the health care sector and state and local governments, but it is not a software industry giant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/lawson-software-history?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:50:17 -0500 Charge: Man performed sex act in front of children on bus The registered sex offender is also being investigated for a similar incident in Apple Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/sex-offender-on-a-bus?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:51:24 -0500 TV ads first salvo in crackdown on texting while driving Department of Public Safety to launch statewide campaign to catch distracted drivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/texting-while-driving?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:13:38 -0500 State considering replacing gas taxes with mileage-based user fees MnDOT is recruiting 500 drivers in Hennepin and Wright counties to travel with GPS-enabled smart phones for a "Minnesota Road Fee Test." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/smart-phone-test?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:19:21 -0500 UND to face sanctions for continuing to use Fighting Sioux nickname The school won't be allowed to host NCAA postseason tournament games. Its teams won't be allowed to wear the name and logo on their uniforms in postseason events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/fighting-sioux?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:43:06 -0500 High winds delay some flights at Twin Cities airport Travelers flying out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could face delays this evening due to strong winds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/winds-airtravel-delays?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:17:54 -0500 Mpls. passes plan to expand urban farming A plan to expand urban farming in Minneapolis received final approval from the city council and Mayor R.T. Rybak on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/minneapolis-urban-farming?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:33:51 -0500 Corrections dept. disputes study on recidivism in Minnesota prisons The state's Department of Corrections disputed a report this week showing Minnesota has the highest ex-prisoner recidivism rate in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/prison-recidivism-numbers?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty announces candidacy -- and then unannounces When asked if he would be Donald Trump's running mate, Pawlenty said, "I'm running for president." But he moved quickly to knock down any speculation that he had officially entered the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/pawlenty-is-running?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:55:33 -0500 Loss of federal wolf control money blindsides state Congress removed all funding for the Wolf Predation Management program in a temporary appropriations bill signed by President Obama on March 18. The program had a $727,000 budget to fund efforts in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/wolves-funds-cut?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:26:55 -0500 Bike rental program in Minneapolis returns with more funding, volunteers An innovative bicycle loan program in the Twin Cities is back for its second year - with more bicycles, more volunteers, and another $110,000 in funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/bike-rental-program?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 07:17:59 -0500 Coming to a vacant lot near you, the neighborhood farm Minneapolis opens the door for farmers to turn vacant lots into commercial farms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/urban-farming?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:44:27 -0500 Studies of online child prostitution criticized for methodology A series of studies claiming to show a sharp increase in online child prostitution in Minnesota has come under criticism for using unreliable methods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/child-prostitution-study?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:52:01 -0500 Vikings stadium plan chock full of taxes to pay for it MPR News has obtained a draft of the Vikings stadium bill that calls for a combination of tax hikes and team contributions to pay for a new stadium. The bill is likely to be introduced at the Legislature next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/01/vikings-stadium-bill?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:16:02 -0500 Less flooding than expected in the first wave The recent cooler weather helped keep rivers from reaching some of the record flood levels forecasters had predicted last week. The downward revisions were welcome news to many Minnesota communities that have been preparing for floods, but officials said it's too soon to know whether major flooding could still occur in April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/flood-outlook-roundup?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:43:55 -0500 Klobuchar: Stillwater needs a new bridge U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar defended her bill Friday to allow the construction of a new bridge over the St. Croix River, arguing that her proposal would not violate federal law protecting scenic rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/klobuchar-q-and-a?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:29:35 -0500 Free tax help available for many as filing deadline nears The deadline to file tax returns is less than a month away, but procrastinators take comfort - here are some tips for a less stressful tax season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/free-tax-help-in-minnesota-as-deadline-looms?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:49:15 -0500 Lawmakers propose new restrictions on welfare cards Republican lawmakers in the Minnesota House included new restrictions on welfare cards in a Health and Human Services omnibus bill released Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/ebt-cards-update?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:49:32 -0500 Man charged in drug overdose death of Minn. teen A Minnesota man has been charged with murder for allegedly providing a synthetic drug that killed one teen and sent 10 others to the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/overdose-death-charges?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:09:48 -0500 Man arrested in Minn. mass overdose that killed 1 Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man today in connection with a mass drug overdose that left one person dead and 10 hospitalized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/blaine-overdose-folo?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:47:51 -0500 Health dept. investigates 3 more measles cases The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating three more cases of measles in children living in Hennepin County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/hennepin-county-measles?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:10:57 -0500 Keillor tells AARP he'll retire in May 2013 The host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" gave the retirement date in an interview for the AARP Bulletin's online books column released Wednesday. But the 68-year-old says he has to find his replacement first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/keillor-retirement?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:55:27 -0500 Misuse of welfare money is minimal, data show Republican state lawmakers have proposed new restrictions to prevent poor people from spending welfare money on alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets. However, available data suggests misuse of welfare money is minimal. Instead, people who receive welfare said the legislation would make it impossible to use the money for basic needs, like paying rent and doing laundry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/ebt-welfare-restrictions-spendings?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Housing report shows mixed picture in Minn. Home foreclosures in the Twin Cities dropped to the lowest number in about two years in the final quarter of 2010, according to the Minnesota Housing Partnership report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/housing-finance-report?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:47:58 -0500 Mpls. blogger ordered to pay $60K in defamation case The Minneapolis blogger accused of defaming former community organizer Jerry Moore must pay $60,000 in damages, a jury decided on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/blogger-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:36:11 -0600 One on one: Legislators debate the value of school vouchers MPR's Morning Edition invited two guests to debate the issue of school vouchers on Thursday. Sen. Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) authored the Senate version of the bill. Rep. Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville) opposes the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/debate-school-vouchers?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 06:17:54 -0600 St. Paul to pay $270,000 in police brutality case The city of St. Paul is expected to pay a woman $270,000 after she alleged a police officer used excessive force when breaking up a fight at her home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/st-paul-police-brutality?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 15:25:21 -0600 One on one: Legislators argue the case for reforming the state's tax code DFLers and Republicans at the Minnesota Legislature aren't just talking about whether to raise taxes, cut them, or hold them flat. There are serious discussions underway about whether to reshape the state's tax code. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/debate-tax-reform?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 06:27:36 -0600 Flood insurance: Who needs it and how to get it Minnesotans who live near rivers and streams at risk of flooding this spring are being urged to purchase flood insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/how-to-get-flood-insurance?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:17:48 -0600 Minnesota jobless rate dropped to 6.7% in January The state's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.7 percent in January -- the lowest rate in Minnesota since December 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/minnesota-unemployment-january?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:21:08 -0600 Brooklyn Park man accused of beating wife to death with bat A Brooklyn Park man beat his wife with a baseball bat and set her on fire while their children listened -- just 11 days after the woman received an order for protection, according to charges filed by Hennepin County prosecutors Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/domestic-abuse-killing?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:27:19 -0600 Testing for CWD in deer has turned up nothing -- so far More than 350 deer have been shot in recent weeks as part of state testing for chronic wasting disease, and so far, officials have not found a single case of the fatal brain disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/chronic-wasting-testing?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:24:49 -0600 UW-La Crosse faculty vote on unionization, even as bargaining rights threatened Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus have decided to go forward with a vote this week on whether to unionize, although the results might be rendered meaningless by Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate their collective bargaining rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/uw-lacrosse-union-vote?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:37:21 -0600 10 things to know about potholes in Minneapolis It's pothole season, and MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Mike Kennedy from the City of Minneapolis about the tire-popping and axle-breaking street hazards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/potholes-atc?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:38:13 -0600 FAQ: Making sense of Dayton's budget proposal An explanation of the highlights in Mark Dayton's budget proposal released Tuesday in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/faq-dayton-budget-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:35:21 -0600 'Grandfather of snowmobiling' Edgar Hetteen dies Edgar Hetteen, the "grandfather of snowmobiling" who helped to start Polaris and Arctic Cat, has died. He was 90 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/hetteen-obit?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:30:15 -0600 Timeline: The Denny Hecker saga A brief summary of the Denny Hecker saga. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/hecker-timeline?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:00:30 -0600 Roseville police officer injured when squad cars collide A police officer was injured Wednesday when two Roseville squad cars responding to a bank robbery collided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/roseville-police-crash?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:15:33 -0600 Minnesotans attend Gen. Vang Pao's funeral Thousands of Minnesotans are attending funeral services for Gen. Vang Pao, to honor the Laotian general who assisted American troops during the Vietnam War. Vang Pao died near Fresno on Jan. 6. He was 81. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/minnesotans-at-vang-pao-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:42:02 -0600 GOP-backed voter ID bill goes to House committee The bill's supporters have argued that Minnesota needs stricter voting laws to prevent fraud. Democrats have accused GOP lawmakers of trying to block traditional Democratic constituencies, including students and the poor, from voting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/voter-id-bill?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 05:00:00 -0600 Dayton: Cuts will have 'devastating effects' on poorest Minnesotans "I hate what I'm having to do," the governor said at a Minneapolis event Monday organized by the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/dayton-homelessness-speech?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 11:59:13 -0600 House panel votes to repeal state's gun permit law A state House panel voted Wednesday to repeal Minnesota's gun permit requirement, despite the objections of police officials who argued the repeal would put guns in the hands of mentally unstable criminals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/gun-permit-repeal-vote?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:29:41 -0600 Minn. delegation reacts to Obama speech; Bachmann delivers tea party's rebuttal Minnesota's Congressional delegation reacted to the president's State of the Union speech Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/minn-delegation-state-of-the-union-response?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:03:45 -0600 Duncan: Minn. must address achievement gap The nation's highest education official said Friday that Minnesota needs to do more to close its achievement gap between white and minority students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/education-secretary?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 06:33:36 -0600 Sen. Franken disappointed with NBC-Comcast deal U.S. Sen. Al Franken expressed disappointment Tuesday with the FCC's decision to allow the merger of NBC and Comcast to move forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/sen-franken-nbc-comcast-merger?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:15:32 -0600 Rep. Bachmann talks presidential run, federal debt Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said Friday she wants to help "set the table" as Republicans discuss how to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/michele-bachmann-president-federal-debt?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:19:47 -0600 Once-thriving Mpls. LGBT center faces identity crisis In the past year, District 202, a small Minneapolis nonprofit for gay teens, has all but disintegrated. Its once-thriving community center has closed, and the organization is struggling to stay afloat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/district-202?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 15:01:03 -0600 Prairie Home first: A guest host to sub for Keillor The public radio world has been atwitter at news that A Prairie Home Companion will have a guest host next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/keillor-phc-guest?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 07:47:07 -0600 Five homes in Edina evacuated due to gas leak The Edina Fire Department evacuated the homes near 5400 Kellogg Avenue after a natural gas leak was discovered, according to the city of Edina's website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/edina-gas-leak?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 18:26:51 -0600 Heavy snowfall snarls traffic, restricts parking A band of heavy snow continues to fall across much of southern Minnesota, snarling traffic and leading the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Mankato to declare snow emergencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/snowstorm-snow-emergency-winter-parking?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:24:13 -0600 Philanthropist, former Medtronic exec Win Wallin dies Former Medtronic and Pillsbury executive Winston Wallin, who worked his way from a regional grain buyer to a nationally recognized business leader and philanthropist, died Monday after a struggle with cancer. He was 84. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/win-wallin-dies?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 16:38:25 -0600 Minneapolis kicks off plan to get more produce in corner stores Over the last month, Minneapolis kicked off its Healthy Corner Store Initiative, a six-month pilot project to help 10 corner stores sell more fruits and vegetables. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/corner-stores-produce-initiative?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:55:09 -0600 Review of MPR, Humphrey Institute poll recommends changes Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Friday released a review of the methodology used in this year's election polling, after the results of the poll in the Minnesota governor's race came under criticism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/mpr-humphreyinstitute-poll-review?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:39:11 -0600 Hundreds march in Mpls in memory of those who died homeless This year, organizers of the annual march counted 126 people who died either while homeless or shortly after finding housing -- seven more than the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/homeless-march-vigil?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:10:16 -0600 No liquor, all seats general admission at TCF on Monday People with tickets to Monday's Vikings-Bears football game should plan to arrive early at the TCF Bank Stadium - and they won't be able to purchase alcohol when they get there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/vikings-tcf-tickets-liquor?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 15:29:58 -0600 Quiz: How well do you know Minnesota? MPR News will have several in-depth stories in the next week looking at different aspects of the new American Community Survey data by the U.S. Census, but in the meantime, let's see how well you know your fellow Minnesotans, statistically speaking. /features/2010/12/acs-quiz/index.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:02:02 -0600 For young Minn. immigrants, Facebook more than a place to gossip The social networking site has become a hub for discussions between immigrant teens over whether to listen to elders' dating advice, carry on family traditions, or return to their native countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/immigrant-facebook-pages?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:24:43 -0600 Cravaack says he'll work to undo portions of health reform; supports Bush tax cuts Newly elected U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack said Monday that he opposes increasing the federal debt and will work to undo portions of the recent health care overhaul, although the freshman lawmaker acknowledged he has not read the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/cravvack-story-interview?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 06:44:09 -0600 The immigrants' story, told through letters Drawing from a trove of letters collected from all over the world, a University of Minnesota oneline pilot project hopes to gain a richer understanding of the emotional impact of immigration. /features/2010/11/immigrant-letters-home/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:00:00 -0600 Wintry mix causes holiday travel delays Travelers headed out of town for the Thanksgiving weekend are facing hazardous road conditions as a winter storm system descends on much of the state. Travel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport has been running smoothly for most of the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/holiday-travel?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:05:28 -0600 Minn. man takes 'food stamp challenge' As Minnesotans head to grocery stores to buy their Thanksgiving turkeys, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, a record number will be paying for their holiday meals using food stamps. A Minneapolis man hopes to raise awareness of "food insecurity" by living for a week on the amount of money he'd get if he were receiving government food support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/thanksgiving-foodstamps?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:37:26 -0600 Newly elected lawmaker shares his experiences As the new legislative session approaches in early January, we're going to follow a couple of lawmakers for a first-hand perspective of what's happening at the State Capitol. One of those lawmakers is incoming Republican Rep. Kurt Daudt, who spoke to MPR's Tom Crann this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/freshman-legislator?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:03:48 -0600 Recount could hinder decision on Medicaid expansion funds A lengthy recount in the governor's race could derail the Legislature's plan to let the new governor decide whether to accept federal funds to expand the Medicaid program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/medicaid-expansion-minnesota-governor?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:41:12 -0600 Man acquitted of most charges in shooting death of friend A man charged with second-degree manslaughter for allegedly shooting his childhood friend was acquitted of most charges on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/acquittal?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:09:36 -0600 Rep. Jim Oberstar: A timeline of his career U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who lost his re-election bid this month, is the longest serving member of Congress in Minnesota history. The Democratic congressman has represented Minnesota's 8th District for 36 years. Here are some highlights of his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/oberstar-timeline?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 11:36:38 -0600 School bus hits two cars on I-94, no major injuries reported A collision involving a school bus on eastbound I-94 in St. Paul resulted in no major injuries, according to St. Paul Public Schools spokesman Howie Padilla. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/school-bus-crash-i94?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 19:06:04 -0500 Pawlenty vows to work with both parties during transition, possible recount Gov. Tim Pawlenty vowed to assist both DFLer Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer in planning for the gubernatorial transition during a press conference held Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/pawlenty-minnesota-governor-transition-recount?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:39:36 -0500 Another recount? Governor's race is that close The tight gubernatorial election appears to be headed for a recount, with fewer than 10,000 votes separating DFLer Mark Dayton from Republican Tom Emmer with nearly all the votes counted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/governors-race-outcome?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:43:32 -0500 Dayton, with slim lead, tells supporters he's hopeful With the gubernatorial race still too close to call, DFLer Mark Dayton addressed a crowd of supporters at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis. "Sorry to keep you waiting," he said. "We wish things were proceeding faster than they are." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/governor-election-night?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:10:44 -0500 Hennepin County tally error causes confusion An error in the vote tallies for Hennepin County has created confusion in the tight gubernatorial race. Rachel Smith, the director of elections for Hennepin County, said that an error caused the Secretary of State's office to incorrectly report that at least 880,000 votes were cast in Hennepin County - more than twice the correct amount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/hennepin-county-voting-problems?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 23:56:41 -0500 Budget deficit key issue in Minnesota's governor's race The three major party candidates for Minnesota governor have crisscrossed the state for months, appeared at 26 debates, and spent nearly $8 million this year on their campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/governors-race-day?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 06:36:13 -0500 From protester to senator, FBI tracked Paul Wellstone The FBI's files on Paul and Sheila Wellstone, many of which are being made public for the first time, 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/feature/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:45:00 -0500 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 In down market, 'accidental landlords' face complex rental rules Instead of selling a home in south Minneapolis, Keith Vargo, above, and his partner renovated it and are learning the ins and outs of being landlords -- at least until the housing market picks up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/accidental-landlords?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 13:26:05 -0500 Where do the candidates stand on homelessness? None of the gubernatorial candidates have provided a similarly detailed plan to end homelessness, but they have given some indication as to how they would address the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/candidates-homelessness?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 14:43:45 -0500 Leading candidates absent at gubernatorial forum on poor "It just buttresses our opinion that they don't give a damn about the poor and homeless," an organizer said of the Republican and Democratic candidates. The IP's candidate for lieutenant governor attended. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/homelessness-debate?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:39:16 -0500 Archdiocese: Communion too sacred to be used as protest A spokesman for the Twin Cities archdiocese says Catholics should expect to be denied communion if they are wearing rainbow buttons or ribbons at church to support gays and lesbians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/denied-communion?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 10:25:48 -0500 In raids, FBI seeks terrorist links; activists cry foul When FBI agents raided the homes last week of six anti-war activists in Minneapolis, they weren't looking for information about demonstrations. They were looking for evidence that the activists support three groups designated by the United States government as terrorist organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/fbi-raids-folo?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:57:03 -0500 St. Paul could see flooding as Mississippi River continues to rise The city of St. Paul could see flooding next week as water levels in the Mississippi River continue to rise, the National Weather Service said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/flood-mississippi?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 17:41:46 -0500 Faribault man gets 30 years on child porn charges A Faribault man who produced child pornography on his cell phone received a sentence of 30 years in prison on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/faribault-man-child-porn?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:02:03 -0500 Minn. group wants tighter rules for peanuts on flights A Minnesota-based nonprofit has asked the Department of Transportation to increase regulations to protect airline passengers with allergies to peanuts and other foods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/peanuts-airlines?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 19:23:06 -0500 Unnamed donor paid for Catholic DVD against same-sex marriage An anonymous donor paid for the Catholic Church in Minnesota to produce and distribute a DVD opposing same-sex marriage, Archbishop John Nienstedt said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/same-sex-nienstadt?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:58:26 -0500 Building with carbon monoxide leak lacked detectors Two women remain listed in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center this morning after being overcome Tuesday by a carbon monoxide leak in a Minneapolis apartment building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/carbon-monoxide-apartment?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:45:01 -0500 Mpls apartment out of compliance with safety rules The owner of the Minneapolis building where a carbon monoxide leak injured five people Tuesday failed to comply with safety regulations, the city's fire marshal said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/carbon-monoxide-leak?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 17:09:06 -0500 Minn. man sues over salmonella from recalled eggs Burton Coy filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against the two Iowa food producers that recalled over 500 million eggs last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/salmonella-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:08:14 -0500 Buyer beware: Consumers shouldn't assume recalled food is no longer sold In most cases, inspectors rarely check grocery shelves or restaurants for recalled products, and instead rely on the producers of the tainted product to make sure that the recall was effective. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/food-safety?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:59:55 -0500 Charges dismissed against three of RNC 8 suspects Prosecutors dismissed charges Thursday against three of the seven remaining defendants accused of planning to disrupt the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/rnc-charges-dismissed?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:09:16 -0500 Patients, hospitals having problems with revised GAMC program Three months after the state implemented a scaled-back health care coverage program for its poorest residents, many patients are waiting months for basic medical services and hospitals have lost millions of dollars in uncompensated care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/gamc-metro?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 15:34:16 -0500 Investigation into Richfield house explosion could take months State and local investigators are combing through the wreckage left by a gas explosion at a home in Richfield Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/richfield-house-explosion?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 17:13:07 -0500 Alleged St. Paul bank robber indicted The man who allegedly robbed a St. Paul bank last month and temporarily took a teller hostage was indicted in federal court on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/robbery-indictment?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:18:31 -0500 Rep. Ellison: Anti-Muslim protesters do not reflect the beliefs of most Americans U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison said Thursday that anti-Muslim protesters do not reflect the beliefs of most Americans and called on political leaders to defend religious freedom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/rep-ellison-anti-muslim-sentiments?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 18:04:14 -0500 Fire burns Richfield home to the ground Authorities are responding to a fire that appears to have leveled at least one home in Richfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/richfield-fire?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 16:51:40 -0500 St. Luke's nurses ratify agreement; Essentia vote expected Friday A lengthy labor dispute between Duluth nurses and two local hospitals appears to be all but over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/nurses-duluth-stlukes?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 06:30:21 -0500 Tips for avoiding bedbugs Pest control experts say that a few basic precautions can reduce the risk of bedbug infestation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/bedbug-avoidance?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 16:17:17 -0500 Bedbugs are expensive to exterminate; some can't afford it "Goodnight. Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite." The old nursery rhyme is gaining new relevance as the blood-sucking insects are crawling into households and businesses, and straining the finances of many families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/bedbugs?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 15:51:15 -0500 Mayo Clinic criticizes Pawlenty's fed health care denial The Mayo Clinic has joined the state's Chamber of Commerce and DFL lawmakers in denouncing Governor Tim Pawlenty's plan to keep federal health care money out of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/mayo-pawlenty-health-care-reform?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 11:37:14 -0500 DNR launches online "fall color report" Minnesotans tired of summer, take note -- the state's Department of Natural Resources posted the year's first "fall color report" on its website Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/minnesota-dnr-fall-color-report?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 18:04:31 -0500 Lakeville man pleaded guilty in $79 million Ponzi scheme A Lakeville man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to operating a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme that investigators say defrauded 17 lenders in Minnesota and other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/lakeville-ponzi-scheme?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 17:42:40 -0500 Jimmy John's workers launch unionizing effort Workers at Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, upset over wages and benefits, launched a union organizing drive Thursday at nine Minneapolis locations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/jimmy-johns-unionizing-effort?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 16:03:08 -0500 Traffic delays inevitable with dual Twins, Vikings home games More than 100,000 fans of Brett Favre, Joe Mauer, and singing witches will converge on downtown Minneapolis Thursday night and could snarl traffic for miles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/traffic-twins-vikings?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 08:36:40 -0500 Worker killed by Northstar train A Northstar commuter train struck and killed a rail worker in Coon Rapids early Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/light-rail-death?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 08:48:57 -0500 Power restored at State Fair after accident Crews have restored power to the Minnesota State Fair, after a minor traffic accident knocked out power to part of the fairgrounds and sent two people to the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/state-fair-power-outage?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:46:40 -0500 Twin Cities home prices rose in June but analysts predict drops Home prices in the Twin Cities rose in June for a third straight month as now-expired tax credits inspired a burst of home-buying. But analysts say home prices nationwide are expected to fall through the rest of the year now that demand has faded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/case-shiller-housing-report?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:51:12 -0500 Reporter covered the egg recall. Then she forgot. The salmonella outbreak wasn't on her mind when she went shopping for groceries. Later, it all came back to her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/baran?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Organizers say bike rental program for low-income adults a success After three months of operation, volunteers with a bike rental program for low-income adults in St. Paul are calling it a success and say demand continues to grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/bike-lending-program?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:00:00 -0500 Volunteer hopes McKnight award will bring attention to Somali issues Abdi Ali said he hopes his winning a McKnight award brings attention to the struggles of Somali youth in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/mcknight-winner-ali?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 07:31:13 -0500 Repairing bikes for torture survivors wins woman McKnight award Cynthia McArthur coordinates a volunteer program that donates the bicycles to torture survivors, and her efforts have won her a Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/mnknight-winner-mcarthur?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 07:16:09 -0500 Man safe after threatening to jump at HennCo gov't center A man who threatened to jump from the 23rd floor of the Hennepin County Government Center is safe and has been taken to a local hospital for psychiatric treatment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/hennepin-government-center-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:26:09 -0500 Duluth police ID woman killed by train Duluth police identified the woman as Cathy Ann Mclevis, 48. She was found dead on a set of railroad tracks Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/duluth-train-victim-id?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:45:05 -0500 Woman found dead on Duluth railroad tracks A 48-year-old woman was found dead on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in Duluth on Monday, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/duluth-death?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 20:11:17 -0500 Judge: Accused still need public defenders, but bill the state A Steele County district judge has denied a request from overworked public defenders in southeastern Minnesota to reduce their caseload, but he said the chief public defender could hire private attorneys and bill the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/public-defenders-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:53:50 -0500 No charges for officer who shot suspected cop killer The police officer who fatally shot a man suspected of killing a Maplewood police officer will not face charges after a Ramsey County grand jury declined to issue an indictment Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/bergerson-shooting-charges?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:30:49 -0500 Eagan man admits harboring Mexican workers in his basement An Eagan man pleaded guilty Wednesday to harboring five Mexican workers who were in the country illegally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/charges-immigrants?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:21:33 -0500 Salmonella in eggs sickens 7 in Minn. At least seven Minnesotans suffered salmonella poisoning after eating eggs from an Iowa-based food producer, state health department officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/salmonella-iowa-eggs?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 18:36:14 -0500 Republicans prepare to battle Dayton in gov race The state's Republican Party kicked off the first day of the general election campaign for governor Wednesday by announcing plans to air a TV ad attacking DFL nominee Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/republicans-dayton?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:08:25 -0500 DFLers unify behind Dayton's campaign for governor DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton stood side by side with a host of party leaders Wednesday afternoon in a show of unity leading into the Nov. 2 general election, a few hours after Margaret Anderson Kelliher conceded the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/dayton-wed-folo?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:38:20 -0500 Dayton wins DFL primary; Kelliher doesn't concede Mark Dayton appears to have won the DFL nomination for Minnesota governor by several thousand votes, but opponent Margaret Anderson Kelliher said she won't concede until all the votes are counted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/dayton-wins-primary?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:23:42 -0500 Heavy rain causes flooding in metro Heavy rain has caused flooding in parts of the Twin Cities metro area Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/weather?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:30:32 -0500 Mark Dayton edges ahead of Kelliher in primary race Mark Dayton has pulled ahead of Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the race for Minnesota's Democratic nomination for governor with most of the vote in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/primary-gov-running?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 20:03:53 -0500 $1,000 reward offered in fatal hit-and-run The nonprofit group Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information about the motorist who struck and killed a homeless man in St. Paul on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/hit-and-run-reward?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 19:08:40 -0500 Absentee ballot total surpasses last 20 years of Minn. primaries As of Monday morning, election officials have accepted 26,211 absentee ballots for Tuesday's election in which the field of governors' candidates will be narrowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/absentee-voting?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:43:06 -0500 Electrolux, Muslim workers settle dispute over Ramadan Electrolux has settled a religious accommodation complaint filed against the freezer manufacturer's St. Cloud plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/electrolux-settlement?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 17:22:29 -0500 Four children ran away from foster care, found along I-35E Child protection workers are investigating a Maplewood foster care facility, after four children ran away from the residence and were found along a nearby freeway, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/missing-children?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:43:09 -0500 Koua Fong Lee, convicted in Toyota crash, free after judge grants new trial A judge granted a new trial on today to Koua Fong Lee, the St. Paul man convicted of criminal vehicular homicide for a 2006 crash that killed three people, but Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner says she won't pursue a new trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/koua-fong-lee-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:41:26 -0500 New DWI charges filed against man convicted of fatal DWI Prosecutors filed new DWI charges Wednesday against a Shoreview man who was previously convicted for killing a 16-year-old girl while driving drunk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/new-dwi-charge?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 17:06:36 -0500 Armed man robs St. Paul bank, shoots at guard Police are investigating an armed robbery at a St. Paul bank this afternoon, in which the suspect allegedly fired shots at an off-duty police officer before fleeing the scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/bank-robbery?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:47:11 -0500 Duluth man charged in 13-year-old girl's abduction Police have arrested a 41-year-old Duluth man for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/duluth-abduction-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:35:02 -0500 Man convicted of fatal DWI involved in another crash A man who was previously convicted in a fatal DWI case has been arrested again for driving while impaired, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/dwi-crash?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:35:51 -0500 Minneapolis pastor discusses struggles with same-sex attraction, plans return to pulpit A conservative Lutheran pastor in Minneapolis who has preached against homosexuality said Monday that he has been attracted to men for decades, and plans to discuss his struggles on a nationally televised religious program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/pastor-plans-return-to-pulpit?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 09:09:05 -0500 Officials tout success, but cyclists still wary of new bike lanes Nine months after the installation of new bicycle lanes and markers along Hennepin and First Avenues, Minneapolis officials said the project has been a success. But many bicyclists aren't convinced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/bike-lanes-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:30:00 -0500 Tougher tobacco laws take effect Sunday Children will no longer be able to purchase candy-flavored "little cigars" and several other tobacco products, under a new state law scheduled to take effect this Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/new-tobacco-laws?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 06:00:00 -0500 Two charged in fatal shooting of a 16-year-old The Hennepin County Attorney's Office charged two people with first-degree murder Wednesday for the July 4th shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/murder-charges?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:03:59 -0500 Police arrest man in fatal Minneapolis shooting case Minneapolis police arrested a man Tuesday morning in connection with Sunday's fatal shooting at Old Colony gas station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/arrest-in-minneapolis-shooting-case?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:06:25 -0500 Six counties added to federal disaster declaration The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to add six counties to the major disaster declaration that resulted from June's severe storms and tornadoes, state officials announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/disaster-declaration?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 18:16:03 -0500 Dark matter experiment leaving northern Minn. mine Physicists plan to relocate an internationally-renowned underground laboratory near Ely to a deeper site in Canada by 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/soudan-mine-dark-matter-experiment?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 17:23:33 -0500 Mpls. police find missing 11-year-old Minneapolis police say they have found a missing 11-year-old who ran away from home Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/mpls-missing-runaway?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 20:00:53 -0500 Mille Lacs police ask for help locating man, 19 Tribal police are asking for the public's help in locating a 19-year-old Mille Lacs Band member who has been missing since July 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/missing-man-mille-lacs?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:58:28 -0500 Duluth considers banning marijuana-like substance The Duluth City Council passed a resolution Monday night asking the police department to report on the sales and use of products containing JWH-018. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/synthetic-pot-duluth?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 18:01:01 -0500 Mini farmers markets thrive in low-income Minneapolis neighborhoods Organizers say a growing number of small scare fresh produce markets are starting to transform the diets -- and the economy -- of some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/mini-farmers-markets-thrive-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:30:00 -0500 Hill-Murray's president cited in sex sting at St. Paul park Police arrested the president of Hill-Murray School, a Catholic school in Maplewood, during a sting operation Thursday in a St. Paul park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/hill-murray-president-cited?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 16:51:50 -0500 Mpls police ask for help in search for missing boy The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 12-year-old boy who has autism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/missingboy?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 16:43:21 -0500 Exploding fireworks shell injures Minnesota man Douglas County authorities say a fireworks shell exploded in a man's face this weekend, causing severe injuries to his face and eyes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/fireworks-injury?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 12:59:48 -0500 Man pleads guilty in murder of Minn. police officer A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in the ambush shooting death of a Maplewood Sgt. Joseph Bergeron this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/bergeron?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:47:37 -0500 Nurses, hospitals reach agreement; strike avoided Fourteen Twin Cities hospitals have reached an agreement with the nurses' union after months of negotiations and the threat of another strike, hospitals and union officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/nurses-settle?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 15:06:56 -0500 Authorities ID woman found in Mississippi River in Mpls She was 35-year-old Katharine Shannon Wilkes of Minneapolis. Her body was found Monday. The Hennepin County medical examiner had asked for the public's help in identifying her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/river-body-id?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 19:28:00 -0500 Investigators search site near Wetterling abduction Investigators are at a St. Joseph property near where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted in 1989. Patty Wetterling, Jacob's mother, said she didn't think there was "any break" in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/wetterling-abduction-search?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:11:36 -0500 Police: Driver in crash that killed 6 was drunk Police officials say one of the drivers involved in a crash that killed six young people in Cambridge earlier this spring was drunk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/fatal-crash-driver-drunk?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:27:44 -0500 U of M solar car takes 2nd place in race The University of Minnesota team beat out 15 competitors, including a group from Germany, to win the second place title in the American Solar Challenge race. A team from the University of Michigan came in first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/umn-solar-car?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:10:19 -0500 Blaine man faces additional charges over e-mail threats A Blaine man accused of using a neighbor's e-mail address to send threats and other inappropriate material now faces more serious charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/email-threats?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:32:14 -0500 Minnesota DNR manager gets $250K settlement for firing An enforcement supervisor for the state Department of Natural Resources, who was fired for her role in a 2007 conference where state fundraising rules were broken, received a $250,000 settlement from the agency on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/dnr-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:44:03 -0500 St. Paul woman sentenced for smuggling elephant parts, exotic birds A U.S. District Court judged sentenced Seng Her, 57, to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/animal-smuggling?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:06:41 -0500 Wadena mayor: Cleanup effort grinding to halt Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden said the cleanup in his city is grinding to a halt, as Wadena runs out of volunteers and places to put the mess left behind by last week's tornados. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/wadena-mayor-fema?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:51:14 -0500 After weeks in Rwandan jail, Erlinder arrives in Minn. Peter Erlinder, the Minnesota law professor who was imprisoned in Rwanda, says he's relieved to be back home. Erlinder returned to the Twin Cities Tuesday after a Rwandan judge granted him bail on humanitarian grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/erlinder-arrives-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:01:20 -0500 $1M awarded for St. Paul-based computer literacy program The federal government has awarded $1 million in funding to expand a computer literacy program in the Twin Cities, program officials announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/computer-literacy-program?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:30:11 -0500 Pawlenty declares state of emergency in counties hardest hit by the storms Officials are working to determine the extent of the damage two days after dozens of tornadoes ripped across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/19/cleanup-continues?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 06:09:54 -0500 Minn. trucker indicted on child porn charges A southern Minnesota trucker has been charged for allegedly taking a child across the country to make pornographic videos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/minn-trucker-indicted-on-child-porn-charges?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:29:02 -0500 3 dead as tornadoes tear across Minnesota Tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail ripped across central Minnesota Thursday afternoon and evening, killing at least three people and causing widespread damage to homes and trees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/severe-weather?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:27:07 -0500 Record crowds expected for top cycling event The race moves to Cannon Falls on Thursday, and then continues in Minneapolis on Friday, Menomonie on Saturday, and Stillwater on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/grand-prix-expected-to-draw-big-crowds?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:00:18 -0500 Peter Erlinder back in hospital in Rwanda It's the fourth time the St. Paul law professor has been hospitalized in Rwanda since his arrest last month for allegedly denying the country's genocide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/erlinder-in-hospital-again?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:33:50 -0500 Police learn lessons after shooting of mentally ill woman 10 years ago After Minneapolis police fatally shot and killed a woman with bipolar disorder 10 years ago, departments and advocates have been trying to make sure similar tragedies won't happen again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/schneider?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:24:25 -0500 Minnesota lawyer caught in Rwandan political fight Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire accused the current government of using St. Paul law professor Peter Erlinder as a pawn in a growing crackdown on political opposition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/peter-erlinder-professor-rwanda?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 18:57:56 -0500 Minn. dairy farm denies responsibility for E. coli outbreak A southern Minnesota dairy farm fired back today at allegations that its unpasteurized milk was linked to a recent E. coli outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/dairy-farm-ecoli-outbreak?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 15:36:12 -0500 Mpls. officer shot by colleague commits suicide A Minneapolis police officer who received a $4.5 million settlement after being shot by a fellow officer has committed suicide, police reported Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/ngo-suicide?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 15:31:35 -0500 Rwandan judge says no bail for St. Paul professor A Rwandan judge Monday denied a request for bail from jailed law professor Peter Erlinder of St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/erlinder-denied-bail-in-rwanda?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:25:35 -0500 Rwandan government spokesperson defends treatment of jailed Minnesota law professor A Rwandan government spokesperson today denied that jailed Minnesota law professor Peter Erlinder is being mistreated and accused him of delaying the legal process by faking illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/rwandan-government-denies-mistreatment?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 12:26:41 -0500 No punitive damages in Wells Fargo case The decision comes one day after the Ramsey County District Court jury determined that Wells Fargo breached its fiduciary duty to four nonprofits and violated the Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/wells-fargo-no-punitive-damages?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 19:17:44 -0500 U.S. State Dept. asks Rwanda to free jailed St. Paul professor The William Mitchell College of Law professor has been held in a Rwandan prison for six days on allegations that he expressed illegal views about the country's 1994 genocide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/03/erlinder-state-dept?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 17:23:05 -0500 Rwandan prosecutor says Erlinder retracted statements on genocide The Rwandan government's controversial detention of a Minnesota law professor took a series of unexpected turns Wednesday, with Rwandan officials announcing that the professor retracted his statements on the country's genocide and tried to commit suicide in jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/erlinder-returns-to-hospital?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 18:05:27 -0500 Minn. law professor detained in Rwanda accused of threatening national security An attorney for Peter Erlinder, a Twin Cities law professor detained in Rwanda, said Tuesday that Erlinder was being held in "terrible conditions" and has now been questioned by Rwandan authorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/31/erlinder-health-issues?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 18:05:04 -0500 Rwandan police arrest Minnesota lawyer Rwandan police arrested a prominent Twin Cities law professor Friday for allegedly expressing illegal views on the country's genocide, according to Rwandan news reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/professor-arrested-rwanda?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 09:05:20 -0500 Police raid alleged cockfighting operation in Lino Lakes Lino Lakes police officers raided an alleged cockfighting operation this week, arresting nine people and confiscating 41 injured birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/cockfighting?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 19:37:44 -0500 Family's case challenges legality of non-compete contracts in mental health Nadine Parker says that raising two children with severe mental health problems has not been easy, but in the past year things started to improve --until, she said, their mental health practitioner was recently banned from visiting the family after switching employers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/mental-healt-noncompete?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 11:00:00 -0500 St. Paul man sentenced for killing 17-year-old friend A St. Paul man received a sentence of 7 years and 9 months in prison on Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/killing-sentence?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 17:37:21 -0500 Minnesota #2 in nation in racial gap in jobless rate Economic analysts say the data tells the story of two different recessions. In 2009, white Minnesotans had a 7.1 percent unemployment rate, lower than the rates for white residents in 30 other states. But for African-Americans and Latinos, the numbers were grim: 22.5 percent unemployment for African-Americans and 15.5 percent for Latinos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/race-and-unemployment-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Centerville man charged with assault for allegedly hitting a woman with his car A Centerville man was charged with first-degree assault on Friday for allegedly intentionally striking a woman with his car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/car-assault?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 17:22:08 -0500 Police ID pedestrian hit by car near Mississippi River St. Paul police have identified the pedestrian who was critically injured after being hit by a car near the Mississippi River late Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/pedestrian-id?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 16:55:10 -0500 St. Paul teacher indicted on child porn charges A former St. Paul special education teacher has been indicted in federal court for allegedly coercing two children to pose for pornographic photos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/childporn-charges?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 17:43:41 -0500 DNR lifts seasonal burning restrictions The state's Department of Natural Resources lifted seasonal burning restrictions in all counties on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/dnr-burning-restrictions?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 14:28:33 -0500 Arctic Cat reports smaller net loss in 1Q Cost-cutting measures helped Arctic Cat reduce losses, despite weak sales throughout the industry, according to company officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/arctic-cat?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 10:33:50 -0500 Former Gov. Arne Carlson: Pawlenty lacks leadership Former Republican governor Arne Carlson railed against Gov. Tim Pawlenty's handling of the state's budget crisis in remarks made Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/arne-carlson-tim-pawlenty-budget?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 17:29:02 -0500 Minn. woman, Cargill settle E. coli lawsuit A Minnesota woman who became severely ill with an E. coli infection eating from a tainted hamburger has reached a settlement with agribusiness giant Cargill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/ecoli-cargillsuit?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 14:11:41 -0500 Funding uncertainty takes toll on state's poorest residents Many welfare recipients like Robert Fischer, above, say the political jockeying and uncertainty over proposed budget cuts has left them fearing for the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/welfare-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 07:55:52 -0500 Navigating the welfare system Thousands of low-income Minnesotans survive on income from a mixture of different state and federal welfare programs. Recipients say that navigating the different programs can be confusing. Here's a guide to the main programs that serve residents living in poverty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/minnesota-welfare-programs?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 00:38:29 -0500 Open burning restrictions lifted in most Minn. counties State officials will lift open burning restrictions for most of central and northwestern Minnesota on Wednesday, as recent wet and snowy weather has reduced the risk of wildfires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/open-burning-restrictions?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 14:25:00 -0500 WCCO-TV's Don Shelby to announce retirement Longtime WCCO-TV anchor and reporter Don Shelby will announce his plans for retirement, according to the television station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/shelby-retirement?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 10:35:52 -0500 More crosstown road closures announced for Twin Cities metro State transportation officials announced several road closures Monday in the Twin Cities metro area, as crews continue work on the Crosstown project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/road-closures?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 08:48:13 -0500 State issues new pipeline regulations to prevent house explosions State officials issued new requirements for installing gas lines Monday, after a St. Paul home exploded due to damaged pipes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/pipeline-regulations?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 15:59:50 -0500 Man arrested for allegedly smuggling khat Officials arrested a man at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Sunday for allegedly smuggling two suitcases full of the drug khat, which officials say the man intended to deliver to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/khat-bust?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 15:22:53 -0500 State receives $5.5M to help jobless Minnesotans Minnesota-based programs for dislocated workers will receive a $5.5 million federal grant to provide job training and other services, program officials announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/jobless-grant?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 12:35:14 -0500 Hecker associate ordered to turn over financial documents A federal judge has ordered one of Denny Hecker's former business associates to provide financial documents and submit to a deposition regarding his financial dealings with the fallen auto mogul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/hecker-associate-appeal?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 12:31:55 -0500 St. Paul man pleads guilty in fatal stabbing A St. Paul man with a history of domestic violence pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/stpaulmurder?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 16:18:06 -0500 Missing Minneapolis woman found Officials say Beverly Gold, 71, was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Thursday when she walked away from her home at 46th St. and Lyndale Ave. South. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/missing-minneapolis-woman?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 18:28:10 -0500 St. Paul man not guilty by mental illness in wife's death A 67-year-old St. Paul man has been found not guilty by reason of mental illness in the death of his wife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/gerald-wassenaar?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 16:34:12 -0500 Side Lake man gets 10 years for massive pot operation In a plea agreement, Thorsten Gorham Otterness had admitted that he grew 1,339 marijuana plants in a field next to his rural Iron Range home during the summer of 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/side-lake-marijuana-sentence?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 16:29:48 -0500 Hundreds pay respects to slain Maplewood police officer Hundreds of mourners waited in cold and windy weather to pay their respects to slain Maplewood Police Sgt. Joe Bergeron on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/bergeron-visitation?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 18:49:49 -0500 Plaintiffs happy with ruling: 'What Pawlenty did was wrong' Low-income residents expressed relief over the Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday against Gov. Tim Pawlenty's cuts to a nutrition program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/ruling-sidebar?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 15:10:33 -0500 Comparing health and human services budget proposals The DFL-controlled House and Senate are working on separate proposals, and their plans differ significantly from Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recommendations. Here's a look at several key differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/human-services-bill-comparison?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 19:11:37 -0500 Cause of fatal Mpls. fire undetermined, but not suspicious Minneapolis police and fire officials say an April fire that killed six people was not suspicious in nature, even though they haven't determined the exact cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/lakestfire-cause?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 15:48:44 -0500 House committee cuts $154 million from human services Although the bill does not include many of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed welfare cuts, advocates for the poor and disabled say the bill does include other spending reductions that would hurt the state's most vulnerable residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/hhs-budget?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 17:03:01 -0500 Road workers discover dead body along freeway Workers with the state Department of Transportation found the body, which has not been identified, off the freeway between Penn Avenue and Dunwoody Boulevard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/bodyfound?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:36:27 -0500 DFLers challenge Pawlenty's proposed welfare cuts DFL legislators in the House appear poised to challenge Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed cuts to the state's welfare programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/welfare-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Man charged with school bus shooting Prosecutors charged a 22-year-old man Friday in connection with a south Minneapolis shooting last week that almost injured students on a school bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/shooting-charges?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 16:45:48 -0500 UMD chancellor addresses allegations of student racism on Facebook Administrators at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus are still dealing with race issues that went viral there last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/umd-facebook-race?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:31:39 -0500 A History of Minnesota's General Assistance Program In Minnesota, before the General Assistance program was created in 1973, poor single adults had been served by a patchwork of county and township programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/history-general-assistance?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. could join other states in cutting welfare programs for single adults Out of work, broke and disabled, Freddy Toran, 49, headed to the Hennepin County welfare office, where he learned he could receive $203 a month from a state program. In February, Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed eliminating General Assistance, which covers about 19,000 Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/general-assistance?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Wilder Foundation selects new president and CEO The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation's board of directors voted Thursday to replace outgoing president and CEO Tom Kingston with Wilder employee MayKao Hang. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/wilder-foundation?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:41:50 -0500 Bloomington home care agency cited for neglect The state's department of health has cited a Bloomington home care agency for neglect, after an investigation found that one client slept on a urine-soaked mattress and other clients had their needs ignored. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/bloomington-neglect?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:25:56 -0500 Activities in northern forests restricted due to high fire danger The National Forest Service will close the Kekekabic Trail in the Superior National Forest on Friday, in response to an elevated risk of fire in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/forest-restrictions?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:11:14 -0500 Mpls. will activate tornado sirens twice on Thursday The city of Minneapolis will activate its tornado sirens on Thursday for an annual severe weather drill. The sirens will go off at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/minneapolis-tornado-sirens?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 18:33:55 -0500 Charges filed in 1993 cold case murder Prosecutors filed charges this week in the cold case murder of Gloria Dean Clay, who was found partially frozen and strangled to death on a set of railroad tracks in north Minneapolis in 1993. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/cold-case-murder?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 17:54:54 -0500 Woodbury man shot by police died of wounds to the chest A man who died in a shooting incident with police last week was shot multiple times in the chest after he fired on a police sergeant approaching his home, according to a preliminary autopsy report released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/woodbury-police-shot?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 16:52:39 -0500 18 Minn. counties receive federal disaster declaration The declaration provides $11.1 million in federal disaster aid to state and local governments and non-profits for emergency work, building repairs, and other expenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/disaster-declaration?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:09:45 -0500 Fish dump threatens to ignite tensions over tribal fishing Several hundred walleye carcasses were dumped in a field near Mille Lacs Lake in central Minnesota. A neighbor found the heap of rotting fish, including hundreds of filleted walleyes and several whole northern pike, on Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/mille-lacs-fish-dump?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:34:46 -0500 Gay advocacy groups applaud Obama hospital visitation rights order Local advocacy groups for gays and lesbians are applauding President Barack Obama's directive to give same-sex couples visitation rights in hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/visitation-rights?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:17:18 -0500 Mpls. police officer hit by drunk driver A Minneapolis police sergeant is recovering after being struck by a drunk driver outside the department's Fifth Precinct headquarters on Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/15/police-officer-struck?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 18:54:04 -0500 Klobuchar, colleagues take aim at carry-on baggage fee U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and five other Democratic senators want to tax any U.S. airline that wants to charge passengers for their carry-on bags. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/carryon-fees?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 16:44:45 -0500 Superior Diocese suspends retired priest over 'inappropriate conduct' allegations The Catholic Diocese of Superior has suspended a Wisconsin priest after allegations of "inappropriate conduct" with an unnamed individual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/priest-suspended?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:33:24 -0500 St. Paul library worker suspected of stealing 1,400 items St. Paul police say they arrested the 30-year-old woman after finding books, magazines and CDs at her home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/librarian-theft?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:13:30 -0500 DFL legislator says welfare policy penalizes women who have a miscarriage State Sen. Linda Berglin proposed an amendment on Tuesday that would remove what she calls an unintended and obscure barrier to welfare benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/miscarriage-penalty?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:50:18 -0500 Man dies aiding boy burned in backyard grill fire A man collapsed and died after coming to the aid of a 12-year-old boy who was burned when a backyard grill exploded and caught fire in Moorhead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/grill-explosion?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:23:44 -0500 Lawmaker unveils plan to delay closing of mental health facilities A key DFL lawmaker unveiled a plan Monday to stop or delay the closure of several state facilities that serve the mentally ill and disabled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/mental-health-facilities?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:12:16 -0500 Minneapolis man facing foreclosure says he'll fight it A north Minneapolis man who faces foreclosure says he's prepared to fight to remain in his home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/kidd?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 20:54:41 -0500 Camden bridge in Minneapolis to close for repairs The city of Minneapolis will close the Camden Bridge on Monday for six months of repair work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/camdenbridge-repairs?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 16:23:25 -0500 Authorities look for girl who could be with sex offender Authorities in Minnesota are looking for a 6-year-old girl they believe is with a sex offender from Michigan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/missinggirl?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:19:25 -0500 Racino supporters want portion of slot revenues to fund new Vikings stadium Supporters of a plan to allow slot machine gambling at horse racing tracks say they now want most of the projected state revenue used to build a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/racino-meets-vikings?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 16:13:26 -0500 Mpls. man found guilty in fatal beating A jury has found a Minneapolis man guilty of second-degree murder in connection with last summer's fatal beating in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/mpls-man-found-guilty?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:38:11 -0500 Police: Drunk, off-duty trooper crosses median, hits car Law enforcement officials say an off-duty Minnesota state trooper was intoxicated when he hit a car Tuesday night in Meeker County, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/intoxicated-trooper?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:00:23 -0500 Postal worker sentenced for Best Buy theft A former postal worker was sentenced to 37 months in prison on Wednesday for stealing Best Buy Reward Zone certificates from the mail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/best-buy-rewards-theft?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 19:22:40 -0500 Caribou switches to sustainably grown coffee Caribou Coffee will commit to buying coffee grown only under sustainable farming practices developed by the Rainforest Alliance, company officials announced today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/caribou-sustainable-coffee?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 19:21:35 -0500 Head of New Orleans' mental health crisis unit discusses lessons learned Cecile Tebo, who leads the New Orleans police department's so-called mental health "SWAT" team in post-Katrina New Orleans, says the city's mental health crisis is far from over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/tebo?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 17:36:34 -0500 STD cases in Minnesota down last year The number of reported sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota dropped slightly last year, according to figures released on Tuesday by the state's Health Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/stds-minn?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 16:21:49 -0500 Alleged bank robbers caught in Oakdale lumber yard A police chase of two alleged bank robbers ended inside the lumber yard of an Oakdale store this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/bank-robbery?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:07:55 -0500 Survivor shares tale of family's escape from Nazi Germany Edith Lichtenstein Morgan is traveling across the state this week to tell the story of her escape from Nazi Germany and the life her family found here in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/02/edith-morgan?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 06:30:22 -0500 The challenge: Ride your bike every day in April Zacharias Schaap and Patrick Stephenson launched 30daysofbiking.com as a challenge to two-wheelers everywhere to ride their bicycles at least once a day, every day for the month of April. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/atc-30-days-of-biking?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:17:10 -0500 Recipients say Pawlenty's welfare cuts would be disastrous About 7,000 low-income families with a disabled parent or child could lose most of their welfare benefits later this year, changes that are part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to fix the state's $1 billion deficit, and parents living in poverty say the cuts would be disastrous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/family-welfare-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:57:01 -0500 11 more Mpls. trees infested with emerald ash borer The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board said that 15 ash trees in or near Tower Hill Park have now been infested with the destructive beetle. State officials say they have identified another 25 park trees where infestation is suspected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/mpls-ash-borer?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:15:13 -0500 Indictment in alleged 'black money' scheme Prosecutors say the defendants, including two Minnesota men, told a potential victim that they had paper covered in a black substance that could be converted into actual currency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/black-money-scam?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:46:04 -0500 Man killed in south Minneapolis A man was shot to death Wednesday evening on a busy street in south Minneapolis. The shooting occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Street and Clinton Avenue South. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/minneapolis-homocide?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:57:26 -0500 Wisconsin legislator responds to St. Croix bridge ruling U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., said today that he opposes Rep. Michele Bachmann's proposal to ask Congress to intervene in the dispute over a new bridge across the St. Croix River near Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/17/st-croix-bridge-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:18:13 -0500 Brian Anderson, long-time MSP magazine editor, dies Brian Anderson, the longtime editor of Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine, has died at his Minneapolis home, after a months-long battle with leukemia. He was 65. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/brain-anderson-msp?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:13:35 -0500 The Dead Sea Scrolls come to Minnesota The Dead Sea Scrolls went on public display today at the Science Museum of Minnesota, offering visitors a rare glimpse of the ancient religious documents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/dead-sea-scrolls-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:51:22 -0600 Postal worker charged in theft A postal service worker in southern Minnesota has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $41,000 in money orders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/postofficeworker-theft?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 16:04:18 -0600 Minn. firm sends low-tech food solution to Haiti A Minnesota entrepreneur hopes that a low-tech solution will help Haitians cope with food shortages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/low-tech-solution-for-haiti-food-shortages?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 15:43:01 -0600 Police trace school threats to Australia St. Paul police spokesman Paul Schnell says the department has notified the FBI and Interpol, but added that authorities do not believe the threats were credible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/schoolslockdown?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:28:34 -0600 Albert Lea food maker recalls crab spread, citing salmonella Mrs. Gerry's Kitchen Inc., of Albert Lea, announced the voluntary recall on Tuesday, after a supplier told the company that the product may be contaminated with salmonella, according to a statement released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/crab-creole-recall?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 18:17:34 -0600 Air pollution warning cancelled The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has cancelled the air pollution health alert for Rochester and the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/air-pollution-warning-cancelled?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 15:37:52 -0600 Suspect arrested after standoff in Shoreview A man accused of domestic assault is in custody Monday afternoon, after a six-hour standoff ended with a SWAT team swarming a Shoreview, Minn. home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/shoreview-standoff?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:27:03 -0600 Brother charged in St. Paul homicide Prosecutors allege that Eric John Orloske, 38, shot his brother, Brian Orloske, 40, in the head on Saturday night in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/st-paul-homicide-brother-charged?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 15:56:35 -0600 Air pollution alert extended for Twin Cities, Rochester The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has extended the air pollution health alert issued for the Twin Cities and Rochester through Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/air-pollution-alert?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 15:23:44 -0600 GAMC deal shifts costs to hospitals, health providers GAMC provides health insurance for more than 30,000 of the state's poorest residents. The program was scheduled to end on March 31, after Pawlenty cut its funding last year to balance the state budget. The new plan will extend GAMC for three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/gamc-suit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 21:49:06 -0600 Air pollution alert upgraded for Rochester, metro The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has upgraded an air pollution health advisory issued Wednesday for Rochester and the Twin Cities to an air pollution alert through Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/air-alert?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 16:05:34 -0600 3 Minn. residents sue to save expiring health plan Three Minnesota recipients of General Assistance Medical Care are suing Gov. Pawlenty and other state officials to keep the subsidized health care program in place, at least temporarily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/gamc-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 15:34:25 -0600 Air pollution advisory issued for Rochester, Twin Cities The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health advisory for the Rochester area starting today and the Twin Cities starting tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/air-pollution-advisory?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:58:25 -0600 Officials: Public housing would take a hit from Pawlenty's welfare cuts Housing officials warn that the governor's proposed welfare cuts would slash public housing revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/public-housing-welfare-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 10:08:52 -0600 DFL falls short on medical plan override attempt Democrats in the Minnesota House have failed in their attempt to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of a health care bill affecting thousands of low-income adults. They needed three Republican votes Monday to override, but the minority caucus stood united in support of the governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/override-fails?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 15:58:18 -0600 State's poor could face more difficulties after assistance cuts The debate about state health insurance for low-income residents has grown more complicated after Gov. Pawlenty proposed eliminating most welfare payments for single adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/pandhandling-for-healthcare?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:41:04 -0600 Human services chief defends Pawlenty's proposed cuts in aid to poorest residents Commissioner Cal Ludeman said that the poor need to rely on "ingenuity" after state cash aid ends. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/ludeman-defends-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:30:23 -0600 Advocates: Grants program can't replace Pawlenty's proposed cuts to the poor Thousands of Minnesota's poorest residents still stand to lose their only source of income if the governor's budget passes, despite a new welfare program the governor said would replace it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/pawlenty-budget-would-end-aid?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:56:45 -0600 Poorest of the poor would lose their last benefits Advocates for the homeless warn that thousands of the state's poorest residents could lose their only source of income under the new budget proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/gen-assistance?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:24:45 -0600 New report ranks health of Minnesotans by county Residents in southwestern Minnesota's Jackson County are the healthiest in the state, according to a new report that ranks the overall health of residents in each county using a standard formula. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/health-counties?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Wolf missing from north metro wildlife center A gray wolf is missing from a wildlife center in Forest Lake, after someone apparently broke into the building Sunday night and pried open the gate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/missing-wolf?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:31:26 -0600 Pawlenty proposes cuts to local governments, health and welfare Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed a series of deep cuts to local governments and health and welfare programs on Monday, to fill a $1.2 billion state budget deficit and pay for tax cuts he says will create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/14/budgetpreview?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 04:00:00 -0600 Neglect found in nursing home death A St. Anthony nursing home resident fell, hit her head, and died four days later, after an employee failed to follow basic safety precautions, according to state health investigators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/nursinghome-neglect?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:25:09 -0600 Denny Hecker pleads not guilty to fraud Former Minnesota auto mogul Denny Hecker has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges alleging he operated a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud lenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/hecker-plea?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:00:59 -0600 Air pollution alert issued for Twin Cities, Rochester The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health alert for the Twin Cities and Rochester through Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/air-alert?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:54:16 -0600 Willmar jury awards family $23.2M in dispute with doctor A Kandiyohi County jury has awarded more than $23 million to a Paynesville family whose daughter is severely disabled from complications during her birth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/kandiyohi-jury-award?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:35:45 -0600 Motorists urged to stay off roads as storm continues State transportation officials are urging motorists in southern Minnesota to stay off the roads tonight, as the winter storm continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/traffic-morning?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:11:36 -0600 Minn. biologist working to save rhinos from poaching, extinction A Minnesota biologist hopes to save black rhinos from extinction by using economic development to keep poachers at bay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/rhino?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Timeline: Mental illness and war through history From as far back as ancient Greece, history reveals the psychological toll of war on soldiers. Today we call the condition post-traumatic stress disorder. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2010/02/beyond-deployment/ptsd-timeline/index.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 07 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Air quality alert through Saturday The MPCA has issued an air pollution alert for the southern half of the state, including the Twin Cities, Rochester and Marshall, through late Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/airquality?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:53:49 -0600 Kline optimistic Red Bulls will receive overdue pay soon Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., is optimistic that 2,500 Minnesota soldiers who have been waiting three years for $10 million in bonus pay will receive their overdue compensation soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/red-bull-overtime-pay?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 16:11:50 -0600 Olympic curling dominated by Minnesotans, Wisconsinites Dozens of athletes from the upper Midwest will compete at the Olympic games, but no sport will be so dominated by Minnesotan and Wisconsinites as the U.S. men's and women's curling teams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/curling?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 21:29:23 -0600 Mother of detained hiker still hopeful for his release The mother of one of three American hikers detained in Iran says she remains hopeful that her son will be released, despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement that the U.S. government has ruled out a proposed prison exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/03/iran-hikersfolo?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 16:56:21 -0600 Murder charges filed against 19-year-old in fatal stabbing Phillip Eugene Elphage allegedly broke into the St. Paul home of his ex-girlfriend on Jan. 30 and repeatedly stabbed the woman's new boyfriend with a steak knife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/murder-charges-filed-st-paul-teen?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:57:26 -0600 Treasury Sec. Geithner coming to Twin Cities to tout green jobs U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will travel to the Twin Cities on Thursday to highlight green job creation efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/geithner-jobs-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:23:30 -0600 DNA evidence used to charge man in 1992 double homicide Authorities have used DNA evidence to locate and charge a 45-year-old man with murder, more than 17 years after a brutal double homicide on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/dna-double-homicide?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:52:48 -0600 Rondo area activists sue over Central Corridor A group of civil rights activists, business owners and residents in St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood are suing the Central Corridor light rail project, claiming project authorities have failed to address the impact of the train on their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/lrt-rondo-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:56:41 -0600 Franken weighs in on Mass. Senate election, Coleman decision Sen. Al Franken urged the passage of pending health care reform legislation and said he was not surprised about Norm Coleman's decision not to run for governor, in remarks made Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/franken-interview?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:17:21 -0600 North Star Foods won't rebuild St. Charles plant North Star Foods has decided not to rebuild a meat and poultry processing plant in St. Charles that was destroyed by fire last year, eliminating 250 jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/northstarfoods?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:11:16 -0600 Minnesota agency tasked with coordinating aid to Haiti from states As relief agencies rush to Haiti, a Minnesota-led effort is underway to coordinate resources from all 50 states and several U.S. territories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/minnesota-haiti-aid?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:40:34 -0600 State gives money to help cities fight ash borer The Minnesota Department of Agriculture awarded $1.8 million in grants this week to fight the spread of the dreaded emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/ashborer-money?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:47:01 -0600 Suspects in triple homicide make initial court appearance The two teenagers charged with triple homicide in last week's shooting at a Minneapolis corner market made their initial court appearances Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/seward-shooting-suspects-court?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:19:38 -0600 Weekend road closings on I-35W in Richfield Motorists will encounter detours and increased congestion on I-35W in Richfield this weekend, when the southbound lanes close at the western junction of Hwy 62. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/35w-closing?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. food company expands voluntary recall A Minnesota food company has expanded its voluntary recall after a state inspection found that all products at the company's Coon Rapids facility may have contaminated by bacteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/food-recall?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 18:23:37 -0600 Documentary on Iraq soldier wins national broadcast journalism award An American RadioWorks investigation into the abuse of Iraqi detainees and the psychological effect on American soldiers has won a national award for excellence in broadcast journalism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/arw-dupont-award?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:07:09 -0600 Manslaughter charges filed in St. Paul shooting A St. Paul man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/shooting-charges?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:30:29 -0600 Seward Market plans to reopen Wednesday Owners of the Minneapolis corner market where three men were shot to death last week said they plan reopen the store on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/seward-market-reopen?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:32:49 -0600 Minn. receives mixed review on smoking prevention 'report card' Smoking prevention and control efforts in Minnesota received a mixed review from the American Lung Association in a "report card" released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/minnesota-smoking-report?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:20:39 -0600 Fridley-based Home Valu plans to close doors Home Valu Interiors, the home improvement company made famous by former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, plans to close its doors, company officials announced on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/home-valu-close?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:05:50 -0600 2 planes land on Lake Calhoun Two pilots used a south Minneapolis lake as a landing spot to grab a quick hamburger lunch on Monday, inadvertently attracting the attention of local residents, park police and federal officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/lake-calhoun-landing?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:01:43 -0600 Lawsuit over communion host dispenser reaches U.S. District Court in Minn. A dispute over the invention of a "rapidly reloading" communion host dispenser made its way into U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/31/communion-dispenser-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 18:49:49 -0600 Evening road conditions expected to improve Transportation officials expect that road conditions will improve for tonight's evening commute, as the snow has stopped falling in many areas and crews have been working to salt major roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/road-conditions?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 17:27:21 -0600 Judge rules against Pawlenty on budget cuts A Minnesota judge has ordered the state to reinstate money for a food program that Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut from the budget, saying he acted unconstitutionally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/unallotment?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:34:49 -0600 Report raises concerns over carbon monoxide poisoning Sixty-one Minnesotans died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from 2003 to 2007, with the number of fatalities peaking in the fall and winter months, according to a new report by the state's Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/carbon-monoxide-poisonings?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 17:31:07 -0600 Railroad worker killed by train in Minneapolis A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway worker was killed in Minneapolis Tuesday morning when a railcar derailed and slammed the man against a building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/train-derail?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 16:06:44 -0600 Reward offered to solve killings of two gray wolves Federal authorities investigating the November killing of two gray wolves in northern Minnesota have issued a reward for information about the person or persons responsible for shooting the animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/wolves-killed?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:26:48 -0600 Poor driving conditions in southern and western Minnesota Icy conditions and blowing snow continued to cause problems on some outstate Minnesota roads on Monday, a few days after the holiday blizzard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/drivingconditions?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:15:42 -0600 St. Paul to consider Victoria Theatre for historic designation The city of St. Paul's Heritage Preservation Commission has agreed to consider the Victoria Theatre for historic designation, as efforts to save the former 1920s-era nightclub gain momentum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/victoria-theatre-historic-designation?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 17:15:16 -0600 Snow removal over holiday could be costly for cities The holiday winter storm could prove costly for the Twin Cities metro area, as city officials expect to spend additional money on overtime and holiday pay for snow plow drivers and other staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/snow-removal?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 08:09:46 -0600 Report: Minn. manufactured exports down 17 percent Minnesota's manufactured exports dropped by 17 percent from the same quarter last year, according to a government report released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/minnesota-exports?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:29:55 -0600 Star Tribune sued for canceling Petters victims' ads An organization claiming to represent victims of the Tom Petters fraud scheme filed a lawsuit against the Star Tribune Co. on Thursday, alleging breach of contract after the newspaper decided to stop publishing the group's ads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/petters-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:14:57 -0600 In Minneapolis, hundreds mourn dead homeless A quiet procession wound its way through the streets of Minneapolis on Thursday night to memorialize those who died while struggling with homelessness this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/homeless-memorial?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:12:59 -0600 Officials plan more shelters to respond to increase in homelessness Several emergency homeless shelters could open in the next few weeks in St. Paul, as shelter providers and local officials mount a response to the dramatic increase in the number of homeless adults seeking shelter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/overflow-shelters?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 17:24:03 -0600 Historic map coming to Minnesota One of the world's rarest maps -- a massive print from 1602 showing the world with China as its center -- will soon be on permanent display at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/tulip-map?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 16:53:04 -0600 Man pleads guilty to Medicare fraud A Plymouth man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to defrauding Medicare out of $74,000 by billing for personal care assistant services that were never performed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/fraud-plea?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:45:00 -0600 Senate spending bill includes funding for Franken's service dog legislation The first piece of legislation authored by Sen. Al Franken - a provision to expand a service dog program for disabled veterans -- received funding from the Senate on Sunday as part of the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/service-dog-legislation?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:49:47 -0600 Minn. earmarks included in $1.1T federal spending bill A variety of Minnesota projects could receive millions of dollars in so-called earmarks, as the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill heads to the U.S. Senate for approval this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/minnesota-earmarks?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 19:33:25 -0600 Red Cross in urgent need of blood donations after winter storm The American Red Cross says blood and platelet donations are urgently needed after the agency had to cancel blood drives during this week's winter storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/blood-donations?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:23:48 -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 Police ID two men killed in St. Paul shootings Authorities have released the names of the two men who died of gunshot wounds in two shootings Monday night and early Tuesday morning in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/st_paul_shooting?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:06:25 -0600 Lynx hire Cheryl Reeve; third coach in the last year Reeve will replace head coach Jennifer Gillom, who led the Women's National Basketball Association team since June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/lynx-coach?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 16:04:40 -0600 United Way kicks off year-end fundraising campaign The Greater Twin Cities United Way kicked off a year-end fundraising campaign this week, designed to address the urgent food and housing needs of a growing number of low-income families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/united-way?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Quaker group stops certifying marriages until gay marriage legal A group of Twin Cities Quakers has decided to stop signing marriage certificates for opposite-sex couples until the state legalizes gay marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/quaker-marriage?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 17:48:40 -0600 Environmental group hires new director The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has hired Scott Strand as its new executive director. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/enviro-leader?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 17:23:39 -0600 Man pleads guilty to real estate fraud scheme A Webster, Minn., man pled guilty in federal court Monday to bilking more than $7 million from at least 15 real estate companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/realestate-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 16:24:57 -0600 State officials issue health advisory for mold-infected cider State officials are urging consumers to discard jugs of Minnesota Harvest brand apple cider, after product testing showed high levels of a mold toxin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/cider-recall?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 17:17:28 -0600 Corrections facility in Appleton to close A privately-run adult correctional facility in Minnesota plans to shut down in February after struggling to find enough inmates to fill its beds, company officials announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/prison-closes?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 16:29:57 -0600 Police arrest suspect in bus stop assault Police arrested a 16-year-old boy Thursday in connection with Monday's alleged sexual assault at a north Minneapolis bus stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/busstop-assault?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 15:42:32 -0600 Rep. Tim Walz holding town hall on Afghanistan Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz will hold a town hall meeting in Mankato next week to discuss the planned military escalation in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/walz-town-hall?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 17:36:26 -0600 Nienstedt: Church speaks with 'moral voice' on health care reform St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt reiterated the Catholic Church's opposition to any health care reform bill that would allow abortion coverage, in an interview with MPR's All Things Considered on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/nienstedt-healthcare?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 16:43:58 -0600 Mother, soldier react to Obama's Afghanistan plan A day after President Obama announced his plan to send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, two Minnesotans with personal connections to the conflict shared their reactions with MPR's All Things Considered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/afghanistan-reaction-minn?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 17:42:28 -0600 Florida company that invested with Petters files for bankruptcy A Florida investment company has filed for bankruptcy protection, stating it lost more than $1 billion in the Ponzi scheme allegedly led by Minnesota businessman Tom Petters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/petters-fraud-florida?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 18:30:35 -0600 Rep. McCollum supports surtax to fund Afghanistan Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum offered few details Tuesday about proposed legislation to create a temporary surtax to fund the war in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/mccollum-war-surtax?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 17:35:26 -0600 Klobuchar urges release of hikers held in Iran Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked the Iranian government to release three detained American hikers Monday, following Iranian accusations that the trio engaged in espionage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/klobuchar-hikers?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 18:48:52 -0600 Demand for holiday meals up dramatically A St. Paul-based charity says demand for its free Thanksgiving meal program has increased by more than 50 percent over the past two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/26/tday-meals?refid=0 Thu, 26 Nov 2009 09:46:20 -0600 Dogs confiscated last month in Minneapolis adopted Most of the neglected dogs confiscated from a north Minneapolis home in October have been adopted, according to animal control officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/confiscated-dogs?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:20:23 -0600 DNR says number of deer killed this season down 12% The number of deer killed by hunters has dropped by about 12 percent in Minnesota, as expected by state officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/deer-hunting-numbers?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 18:28:46 -0600 Charges against 8 in missing Somali case unsealed Charges against eight people involved in the long-running probe of young men who left the United States to fight in Somalia were unsealed in Minnesota on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/somali-update?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:00:14 -0600 Homeless shelters running out of room Homeless shelters for adults in St. Paul are running out of room, while providers and city officials work to open an overflow shelter as soon as possible before the temperature drops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/homeless?refid=0 Sat, 21 Nov 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Schmidt Brewery to sell pristine spring water Long before glaciers rolled through Minnesota, a massive pool of water circulated throughout the Twin Cities, and soon, residents will be able to line up at a well in St. Paul, and fill up their jugs with the water that experts say is about 30,000 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/21/schmidt-brewery-to-sell-pristine-spring-water-?refid=0 Sat, 21 Nov 2009 06:00:00 -0600 Asian carp may have invaded Great Lakes Federal officials say the despised Asian carp may have breached an electronic barrier designed to prevent it from invading the Great Lakes and jeopardizing their $7 billion sport fishery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/despised-asian-carp-may-have-invaded-great-lakes-?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:01:05 -0600 St. Paul School District employee charged with stealing $21,000 A former St. Paul School District employee has been charged with stealing more than $21,260 from the school system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/school-district-employee-theft?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 17:13:08 -0600 Man tries to run over student at Duluth high school A man tried to run over a student in the parking lot of a Duluth high school Thursday morning, and nearly hit a school official while fleeing the scene, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/man-tries-to-run-over-student-at-duluth-high-school?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 17:44:40 -0600 More arrests expected in assault video case St. Paul police have arrested two young men suspected of taking part in a series of random attacks shown in a video posted on the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/assault-video-arrests?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 16:40:30 -0600 Group staging protest of GAMC elimination A group of low-income people and advocates will stage a "never-ending emergency room waiting line" outside of the Hennepin County Medical Center on Wednesday, to protest the elimination of General Assistance Medical Care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/gamc-protest?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:30:00 -0600 Body of duck hunter recovered near Rat Lake Becker County Sheriff's divers recovered the body of a 62-year-old duck hunter from Rat Lake on Tuesday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/body-found?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 20:32:37 -0600 Former St. Paul speakeasy avoids demolition, for now Community members have prevented the planned demolition of a former speakeasy in St. Paul, a place where "pretty girl entertainers" mingled with mobsters during the heyday of the Roaring '20s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/victoria-theater?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:46:33 -0600 Man sentenced in fatal veterans home beating A 45-year-old man who had been living at the Hastings Veterans home was sentenced Monday for the fatal beating of a fellow resident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/veterans-home-sentencing?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:45:22 -0600 Duluth council election goes to recount Duluth elections officials will conduct a ballot recount next Thursday, in response to a request by a city council candidate who lost by 153 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/duluth-recount?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:53:38 -0600 Group calls for judge to resign over inappropriate remarks A court watchdog group has demanded the resignation of Hennepin County Judge Stephen Aldrich, after the judge allegedly made a joke about murder during a hearing on a domestic violence restraining order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/judgecomplaint?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:57:56 -0600 Woman charged with DWI following police chase A drunk driver led West Hennepin police on a dangerous chase with her two children in the back seat and an open bottle of rum in a diaper bag on Thursday, according to police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/drunk-driving-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:28:26 -0600 Officials rule dead man found in truck a homicide Law enforcement officials are investigating an apparent homicide, after finding a dead man inside a vehicle in Washington County on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/homicide-investigation?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 15:59:28 -0600 Anoka man dies after motorcycle collision with truck An Anoka man died Tuesday after he was struck by a truck while riding his motorcycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/motorcycle-accident?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:33:06 -0600 Two indicted in Red Lake murder case A federal grand jury returned an indictment against two people Tuesday for allegedly murdering a 21-year-old man on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/murder-indictment-redlake?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:13:30 -0600 Candidate in Duluth requests election recount A Duluth City Council candidate has requested a ballot recount after losing the race by 153 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/duluth-recount?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:48:40 -0600 Sen. Klobuchar hoping for reduction in medical device tax Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she hopes the Senate will reduce the proposed $40 billion tax on medical device manufacturers, as health care reform legislation makes its way through the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/klobuchar-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 18:29:52 -0600 Minneapolis hosts vigil for hikers held in Iran Families and friends of the three American hikers detained in Iran will mark the 100-day anniversary of their detention at a candlelight vigil in Minneapolis on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/hikers-vigil?refid=0 Sat, 07 Nov 2009 08:00:00 -0600 Two indicted for allegedly growing marijuana on public land A federal grand jury has indicted two men for allegedly growing 428 marijuana plants on Aitkin County land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/pot-growing-indictment?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 15:41:42 -0600 Missing Duluth man returned home A 72-year-old Duluth man reported missing two weeks ago has returned home, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/missing-man-home?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:21:14 -0600 Thousands rally to protest health care bill Rep. Michele Bachmann led several thousand conservatives in a rally against the Democrats' health care reform at the Capitol Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/health-care-rally?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 14:27:42 -0600 Iowa native recalls capture during Iran hostage crisis Iowa-native Kathryn Koob worked at the Iran-America Society 30 years ago when militant Islamic students stormed the embassy in Tehran and with support from the Iranian government, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/kathyrn-koop-iran?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 21:14:41 -0600 Minneapolis begins counting of instant runoff ballots Minneapolis elections officials started hand counting ballots Wednesday, a day after voters used instant runoff voting for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/counting-irv-ballots?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 17:48:37 -0600 St. Paul voters re-elect Coleman, approve IRV St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman won a second term in office Tuesday night, defeating challenger Eva Ng. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/st-paul-mayor?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 20:25:11 -0600 County selects route for Eden Prairie light rail line A light rail route that bypasses uptown Minneapolis received approval Tuesday from the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/southwest-light-rail-route?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 17:31:53 -0600 Off-duty officer involved in shooting in St. Louis Park put on leave The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has released the name of the man who was shot by an off-duty police officer during a traffic stop in St. Louis Park Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/off-duty-officer-shoots-suspect?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 15:30:20 -0600 Lakeville woman pleads guilty in child suffocation death A Lakeville woman who was intoxicated when she rolled on top of her infant grandson pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/manslaughter-plea-lakeville?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:35:36 -0600 Favre's Green Bay homecoming not a happy one The much-hyped return of Brett Favre to Lambeau Field Sunday has riled up many Green Bay Packers fans, and led to a mock funeral, the renaming of a city street, and even an official anti-Favre mayoral declaration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/31/favre-homecoming?refid=0 Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0500 School employee pleads guilty to theft A former accounting assistant for the St. Paul School District pled guilty Friday to stealing more than $81,000 from his employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/school-theft?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 17:49:07 -0500 Information sought on hit-and-run crash on I-94 The Minnesota State Patrol has appealed to the public for help in identifying a vehicle involved in a Thursday night crash that killed a pedestrian on I-94 in Clearwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/i-94-pedestrian-hit?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 17:33:53 -0500 China lifts ban on U.S. pork imports China has agreed to lift its ban on pork imports from the United States, according to a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/pork-ban-china?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 19:21:09 -0500 Organist, composer Paul Otto Manz dies at age 90 The acclaimed organist and composer Paul Otto Manz died Wednesday evening in St. Paul, at the age of 90. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/paul-manz-obit?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:35:58 -0500 Ash borer found in another St. Paul neighborhood St. Paul officials confirmed Thursday that another tree has been infested with emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/ash-borer-return?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:51:35 -0500 Psychiatric hospital cited in incident with police officer's gun A state-run psychiatric hospital has been cited by the Department of Health for failing to provide a safe environment, following an April incident in which a patient on a locked unit grabbed a police officer's gun during an altercation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/guns-psychiatric-hospitals?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 19:10:14 -0500 Odor prompts evacuation at Mpls. airport building Authorities evacuated part of an office building at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for about an hour Wednesday afternoon, after odors from construction work leaked into the air vents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/airport-evac?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:14:16 -0500 Woman pleads guilty to $470,000 mortgage fraud scam A Prior Lake woman pled guilty Friday to stealing more than $470,000 in a mortgage fraud scam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/mortgage-fraud-scam?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 16:23:20 -0500 Group holding vigil to remember victims of prostitution-related violence A local social services agency will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to remember women killed while involved in prostitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/breaking-free-vigil?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 15:18:32 -0500 Preservationists holding public panel on debated '50-year rule' Preservationists will meet tonight to raise awareness of a guideline they say threatens significant modernist buildings. They point to the old Guthrie Theater, above, which was demolished in 2006, as an example. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/preservation-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:30:00 -0500 Rybak to speak at candidates' forum tonight Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will speak at a neighborhood meeting Monday night, marking one of the few times the mayor has appeared with other candidates since the field of 10 challengers was established after the filing deadline closed this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/rybak-forum?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:00:46 -0500 Rochester retailer settles discimination suit A national chain of arts and crafts stores has agreed to pay $35,000 to a former employee of its store in Rochester, Minn., in response to allegations that the woman was discriminated against because she used a wheelchair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/hobbylobby-eeoc?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 16:38:49 -0500 Pilots who overshot MSP airport were using laptops Two Northwest Airlines pilots told federal investigators that they ignored radio calls from air traffic controllers Wednesday, while they used their laptop computers to review the company's new scheduling procedures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/nwa-pilots-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:56:07 -0500 Man charged in candy store robbery; suspect in other thefts Minneapolis police officials reported Friday that a man allegedly responsible for a string of recent robberies has been arrested and charged for robbing a candy store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/robbery-charges?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:16:02 -0500 Police confiscate 30 dogs from north Minneapolis home City officials confiscated 30 dogs Tuesday from the home of a north Minneapolis woman, after executing a search warrant on suspicion of animal cruelty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/minneapolis-dogs-confiscated?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:02:29 -0500 Man sentenced for using FedEx to send meth to Minn. A California man was sentenced Thursday for mailing 90 grams of methamphetamine to Minnesota via Federal Express. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/meth-mailing?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 15:20:52 -0500 Hennepin County holding event to educate veterans about benefits Hennepin County officials will hold an educational event for veterans this Saturday, aimed at providing information about health care, education and other benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/veteran-event?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Grand jury indicts man for allegedly robbing North Branch bank A federal grand jury indicted a Cambridge man Friday for allegedly robbing a bank in North Branch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/bank-robbery?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:59:38 -0500 Pilots of wayward flight identified The Metropolitan Airports Commission has identified the two Northwest pilots who overflew the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport by 150 miles Wednesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/nwa-pilots?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:00:07 -0500 Duluth police asking for help in search for missing man The Duluth Police Department has asked for the public's help in locating a 72-year-old man who has been missing since Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/missing-man-duluth?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 18:03:06 -0500 Delays expected on I-494 over weekend due to lane closures Motorists will encounter delays due to lane closures on I-494 in Bloomington and Richfield this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/lane-closures?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Northwest jet overshoots Minneapolis-St. Paul airport Federal officials say a Northwest Airlines jet overflew the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles Wednesday night before crew members discovered their mistake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/flight-overflown?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:25:14 -0500 Minnesota receives $859,000 grant to review DNA cases The Department of Justice provided an $859,000 grant this week to fund the state's largest comprehensive review of criminal cases involving DNA evidence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/dna-grant?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 17:59:31 -0500 Flu clinic scheduled in Mankato for high-risk children Health care providers will hold a free clinic in Mankato on Saturday to administer the H1N1 flu vaccine to high-risk children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/kids-fluclinic?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:16:45 -0500 Consortium receiving $8M in federal funding for wind energy research A consortium led by the University of Minnesota will receive up to $8 million in federal funding for wind energy research and education, university officials announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/wind-turbines?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:30:00 -0500 Minnesota health department to launch flu hotline The Minnesota Department of Health will launch a statewide flu hotline Wednesday, designed to provide support and treatment options for people who believe they may have the flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/flu-hotline?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 17:22:38 -0500 For drivers and cyclists, new downtown lanes a bit confusing One week after the unveiling of unusual bike lanes on First Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, many cyclists aren't sure what to think. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/minneapolis-two-way-bike-lines?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Flags flying at half-staff for soldier killed in Afghanistan Flags at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota will be flown at half-staff Tuesday, in honor of a soldier killed in Afghanistan this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/flags-half-staff?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Police in Duluth remove explosives from man's car Police officers and members of the Minnesota Air National Guard removed explosives from the trunk of a car in Duluth on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/explosives-removal?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 18:27:49 -0500 Serial robber tied to 13 thefts in Minneapolis A serial robber continued his crime spree Monday, holding up a Minneapolis candy store for the second time in two weeks, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/serial-robber?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:06:30 -0500 Gunflint Trail, a 'road built for no reason' becomes National Scenic Byway Hundreds of years after American Indians forged a footpath through eastern Minnesota to Lake Superior, the Gunflint Trail has received National Scenic Byway designation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/gunflint-trail-historic-designation?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:53:33 -0500 I-90 in Albert Lea reopens after three-car crash Transportation officials have reopened Interstate 90 in Freeborn County, following a three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/i90-crash?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:12:45 -0500 Health officials say pigs with possible H1N1 pose no human risk Three pigs in Minnesota may have tested positive for the H1N1 virus, the first potential U.S. cases in swine, but infectious disease experts cautioned that the pigs pose no risk to human health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/pigs-flu?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:14:09 -0500 Transformer malfunction knocks out power to 16,000 Xcel Energy has restored power to 16,000 customers in the Twin Cities metro area Friday afternoon, after a transformer failure interrupted service in parts of St. Paul and surrounding suburbs this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/metro-power-outage?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:05:20 -0500 U.S. transportation secretary says Oberstar bill must wait U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood voiced the White House's opposition Thursday to the speedy passage of Rep. James Oberstar's $500 billion six-year federal transportation bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/ray-lahood?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 18:12:51 -0500 State: Unbelted traffic deaths more common in rural areas Rural Minnesota has the largest percentage of unbelted traffic deaths, according to government data released Thursday as a part of a seat belt enforcement campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/seatbelt-deaths?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 16:26:30 -0500 Report: Minn. exports down 19 percent from last year Minnesota's manufactured exports dropped by 19 percent from the same quarter last year, according to a government report released Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/export-figures?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:07:09 -0500 Employment picture not as rosy as numbers suggest Although Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September, employers continue to shed jobs, and thousands of Minnesotans have left the labor market, state officials announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/unemployment-rate?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:56:06 -0500 Bachmann, Ellison missed more than 10 percent of House votes Reps. Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison have missed over 10 percent of all House votes this session, according to a Washington Post tally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/missed-house-votes?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 06:00:00 -0500 Motorists urged to keep an eye out for deer Officials are reminding motorists to drive carefully as the state's 1.2 million white-tailed deer population becomes more active during the fall breeding season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/deer-collisions?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:49:58 -0500 St. Cloud officials to hold public hearing on bus fares Oct. 21 St. Cloud transit officials will hold a public hearing next Wednesday to discuss a proposed bus fare increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/bus-fare-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Olmsted County hosting 'speed dating'-style DFL forum The Olmsted County DFL will host a gubernatorial candidate forum in Rochester next week with a unique twist--the event will be structured like "speed dating," organizers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/dfl-?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Minn. soldier in Iraq died from gunshot to the head A Minnesota National Guard soldier in Iraq who died last Tuesday suffered a gunshot wound to the head, in an incident the Guard describes as non-combat related, officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/soldier-death?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:17:22 -0500 Officials ID victim in fatal weekend crash The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has released the name of the 32-year-old Lakeville man who was killed over the weekend when his car hit a traffic light in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/traffic-accident-id?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 16:36:44 -0500 3 sentenced in Wis. tribal lands drug ring A Red Lake man received a 17 1/2-year sentence with no parole on Tuesday, in connection with a St. Croix tribal drug trafficking investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/tribal-drug-sentence?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 16:27:12 -0500 Condoleezza Rice to speak in Twin Cities Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at an event in the Twin Cities in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/rice-speaks?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:54:21 -0500 Slow sales for Michele Bachmann action figure If Rep. Michele Bachmann's popularity was judged by the sales of her new action figure, she'd be in trouble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/bachmann-action-figure?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:36:25 -0500 Dakota County guard cartoons jail life Over the past two years, correctional deputy Joe Engesser has managed to combine his day job with his skills as a cartoonist, producing humorous one-panel sketches of daily life inside the Dakota County Jail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/dakota-county-jailer-cartoonist?refid=0 Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis holding instant-runoff training workshops Minneapolis officials will hold 14 voter training workshops in the next few weeks, designed to reduce confusion in the city's first Ranked Choice Voting election this November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/irv-training-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 17:18:49 -0500 Five Minnesota scenic byways receive funding for improvements Five of Minnesota's scenic byways will receive $500,000 in federal funding for improvements and promotion, the Federal Highway Administration announced on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/scenic-byway-funding?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 17:15:58 -0500 Rosemount High band to perform at Twins playoff game The Rosemount High School marching band hopes to bring the luck of the Irish to the highly-anticipated Minnesota Twins playoff game this Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/rosemount-band-twins?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 16:20:29 -0500 Cold Weather Rule starts next week in Minn. Minnesotans struggling to pay energy bills will be protected from service disconnection starting next Thursday, under the state's Cold Weather Rule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/cold-weather-rule?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:24:14 -0500 Ellison says group paid $13k for Mecca pilgrimage Rep. Keith Ellison has disclosed the amount of his privately-paid trip to Mecca last December, in response to a request from a House committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/ellison-trip?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 17:41:16 -0500 Packers fan, upset by loss to Vikings, stabs Seahawks fan The heated match-off between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night was apparently too much to handle for one Packers fan, who allegedly stabbed a man outside a Minneapolis restaurant after his team lost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/packer-fan-stabbing?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 16:33:36 -0500 Chris Coleman says he won't run for governor Coleman made the announcement this afternoon at his office in St. Paul. It came as a surprise to some observers who had expected Coleman, a DFLer, to run for governor next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/chriscoleman?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 15:04:17 -0500 Wells Fargo raising credit card rates ahead of law Wells Fargo plans to hike up credit card interest rates by 3 percent starting November 30, one day before new rules limiting the increases could take effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/wells-fargo-hike?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 18:47:24 -0500 Walz, McCollum want proposed legislation posted online Representatives Tim Walz and Betty McCollum urged support this week for a resolution requiring Congress to post proposed legislation online, in a letter sent to House leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/online-legislation?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 18:03:05 -0500 Officials release proposal to combat future police misconduct Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion has released a proposal to create an oversight board and install video cameras in police squad cars, in response to alleged misconduct by the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/strike-force-plan?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 17:09:19 -0500 Illinois man pleads guilty to wire fraud in connection with Petters case An Illinois hedge fund manager pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Wednesday in connection with a $200 million scheme to defraud investors in the Minnetonka-based Petters Co., Inc. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/fraud?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 16:16:08 -0500 Officials ID man shot by Sherburne County deputies Sherburne County officials have identified the man who was fatally shot by deputies outside the county's government center last Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/sherburne-shooting-id?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 16:00:33 -0500 Joe Biden to visit Twin Cities next week Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Twin Cities next Thursday for a fundraising dinner at the home of Robert Pohlad, son of the late Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/biden-visits-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 15:53:19 -0500 Man charged in fatal NE Minneapolis car wash shooting A 21-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with last week's fatal shooting in northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/shooting-charges?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 16:54:47 -0500 Rep. Ellison holding home loans forum in Minneapolis Rep. Keith Ellison will hold a forum in Minneapolis on Monday night to address concerns from local homeowners about the slow pace of loan modifications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/ellison-loans-forum?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 15:12:42 -0500 Rosemary Williams taking foreclosure fight to D.C. Rosemary Williams, the Minneapolis woman whose public fight to save her foreclosed home ended last month, will travel to Washington, D.C. today to protest evictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/rosemary-williams-march?refid=0 Sun, 04 Oct 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities Marathon events set for this weekend The 28th annual Twin Cities Marathon will kick off this weekend, drawing thousands of runners from 20 countries and all 50 states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/twin-cities-marathon?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Two arrested in connection with fatal shooting in NE Minneapolis Minneapolis police officers have arrested two men in connection with Monday's fatal shooting in northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/shooting-arrests?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 17:42:55 -0500 Neo-nazi group plans protest of YWCA anti-racism workshop A group of neo-Nazis plan to protest an anti-racist workshop Saturday at the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis, sparking plans for counter-protests from community members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/neo-nazi-protest?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 16:28:14 -0500 Historic Grain Belt Beer sign up for sale The historic Grain Belt beer sign may once again shine across the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/grain-belt-sign?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 15:27:54 -0500 Packages in Princeton were not dangerous, police say The three suspicious packages discovered in Princeton, Minn. on Wednesday did not contain any hazardous materials, the Princeton Police Department announced today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/princeton-update?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 16:35:15 -0500 Two men charged in pawn shop killing The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has charged two men in connection with Monday's fatal shooting at a Richfield pawn shop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/pawnshop-charges?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 14:19:45 -0500 Weekend lane closures on 35W near Hwy 62 Motorists will encounter detours and increased congestion on metro area roadways this weekend, when the southbound lanes of I-35W will close at the western junction of Hwy 62. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/35w-traffic-weekend?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Low natural gas prices likely to mean lower heating bills Residential customers could see a 20 percent decrease in their natural gas bills this winter, as natural gas prices hit a seven-year low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/natural-gas-prices?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:45:42 -0500 Portable energy meters available at Hennepin libraries Patrons of the Hennepin County Library will be able to check out portable energy meters, starting tomorrow, to figure out how much electricity they use in their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/energymeter?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:29:22 -0500 Two arrested in Richfield pawn shop killing Police officers have arrested two men in connection with Monday's fatal shooting at a Richfield pawn shop, after an individual identified the suspects from surveillance images released to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/pawnshop-arrests?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:03:20 -0500 Family, friends holding vigil in Minneapolis for hikers held in Iran Families and friends of the three American hikers detained in Iran will mark the two-month anniversary of their detention at a candlelight vigil in Minneapolis on Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/hikers-vigil?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Man sentenced in eight-year-old rape case A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 16 years and four months in prison on Tuesday for the rape of a New Brighton woman in 2001. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/rape-sentence?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:13:46 -0500 Eagan police arrest two in Italian leather jacket scam Eagan police officers arrested two Italian citizens on Friday, in connection with an alleged scam to sell hundreds of fake Italian leather jackets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/italian-leather-scam?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:57:08 -0500 Dairy fined $10K after burst manure pipe contaminates swimming area A Pipestone County dairy has been fined $10,000 this week, after a sewage overflow in May spilled 252,000 gallons of manure-contaminated waste into a nearby swimming area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/manure-pipe-dairy?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:15:26 -0500 Man shot during Richfield pawn shop robbery dies A customer who was shot during a robbery at a Richfield pawn shop on Monday has died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/richfield-pawn-shop-robbery?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:25:32 -0500 Man shot, killed Monday in northeast Minneapolis An adult male was shot and killed on Monday in northeast Minneapolis, bringing the city's homicide count to 15 for the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/northeast-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:50:22 -0500 GOP candidates to hold debate in Prior Lake tonight All nine Republican gubernatorial candidates will appear at a fundraising event in Prior Lake tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/gop-gubernatorial-debate-prior-lake?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:14:09 -0500 Minnesota ranked ninth in number of divorced residents Minnesota had the ninth-lowest percentage of divorced residents in the nation last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/divorce-percentage-minn?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:38:39 -0500 Paul, Bachmann seek common ground at U of M rally Large crowds turned out for a town hall meeting with Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Ron Paul at the University of Minnesota Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/bachmann-paul?refid=0 Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:41:00 -0500 Connecticut company unveils Michele Bachmann action figure Rep. Michele Bachmann has attracted national media attention, but on Friday she achieved a new level of celebrity status -- in the form of her own action figure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/bachmann-action-figure?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:16:04 -0500 Two plead guilty in Minnesota-based credit card scheme Two men pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday in connection with a Maplewood-based scheme to alter lost and stolen credit cards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/credit-card-scheme?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:52:33 -0500 3 Hennepin County court employees under scrutiny return to work Three of the 10 Hennepin County District Court staff placed on paid administrative leave this month pending an investigation into alleged wrongdoing have returned to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/hennepin-county-district-court-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:34:33 -0500 Police reviewing security video at St. Paul College One day after reports of a man with a gun led to a temporary lockdown of St. Paul College, police officials are reviewing video footage in an effort to locate the suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/st-paul-college-gun-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:29:52 -0500 Man charged with using Xcel energy to steal thousands from employer An accounting assistant for the St. Paul School District has been charged with stealing over $81,000 from his employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/xcel-fraud-charges?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 19:07:23 -0500 Report: Increased public transit use has reduced greenhouse gases Transit advocates are pointing to increasing public transit use in the Twin Cities as progress in reducing emissions linked to climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/public-transportation-greenhouse-gases?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Sen. Franken introduces bill for labeling household products Sen. Al Franken introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require household cleaning products, like furniture polish and laundry detergent, to carry labels with a complete list of ingredients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/franken-cleaning-legislation?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:27:12 -0500 No gun found after St. Paul College lockdown Police and school officials issued an "all-clear" early Wednesday evening after a report of a man with a gun inside the school's main building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/stpaul-gunman?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:02:28 -0500 Shortage forces HealthPartners to suspend walk-in flu vaccinations HealthPartners has temporarily suspended walk-in seasonal flu clinics due to a vaccine shortage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/flu-vaccine-shortage?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 17:38:04 -0500 Man charged in 1977 St. Paul murder A 59-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in a grisly homicide that has gone unsolved for 32 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/cold-case-charges?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:10:12 -0500 Minneapolis lake monster gets a name After a summer spent traveling between two Minneapolis lakes, a popular and mysterious Loch Ness monster sculpture finally has an official name -- Minne. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/lake-monster-minne?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 18:57:04 -0500 Construction to slow traffic on I-35W Motorists will encounter detours and increased congestion on I-35W in Richfield this week, when the southbound lanes at Crosstown Commons close each night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/traffic?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:16:28 -0500 Minnesota has highest foreclosure rate in Upper Midwest Foreclosures in Minnesota dropped ten percent in August, but the state still reported the highest rate in the Upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/foreclosures?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 15:18:51 -0500 Met Council gets $1.1 million to buy hybrid buses The Metropolitan Council secured $1.1 million in federal funding on Monday to purchase 35 small diesel and electric hybrid buses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/met-council-hybrid-buses?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:05:24 -0500 Ten Hennepin County District Court employees under investigation Hennepin County District Court officials placed ten employees on paid administrative leave Thursday as a result of an investigation into alleged wrongdoing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/ten-hennepin-county-court-employees-under-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:34:48 -0500 Police say customers could help solve murder of illegal lottery operator Police officials have taken an unusual approach to solving the January homicide of a St. Paul man who allegedly ran an illegal lottery operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/thai-lottery-homicide?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:10:51 -0500 Charges dropped against Laotian Gen. Vang Pao A federal grand jury in California investigating an alleged plot to overthrow the government of Laos has decided to drop charges against Pao, a leading figure in the nation's Hmong community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/vang-pao?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 14:19:51 -0500 Teen dies after being struck by train The 16-year-old girl died Thursday night after being struck by a freight train in Buffalo. Authorities say she was listening to her iPod at the time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/train-fatal?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:00:38 -0500 Stroke patient dies after 90-minute wait in ER A patient died after he waited about 90 minutes to receive treatment for a stroke at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, according to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/er-death?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 10:40:18 -0500 Poverty survey says Minnesotans cutting back Minnesotans have reduced spending on food, cut back on retirement savings, and taken in friends or relatives in response to the recession, according to a new survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/poverty-statistics?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 19:22:21 -0500 Mpls officials holding public meetings on Hennepin, First Avenue conversion Minneapolis city officials will hold two public meetings to explain the upcoming conversion of Hennepin and First Avenues to two-way streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/hennepin-firstavenue-conversion?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:17:33 -0500 Health officials release stricter flu guidelines for kids The Minnesota Department of Health issued stricter influenza recommendations on Thursday, aimed at reducing the risk of serious illness in young children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/h1n1-children-recommendations?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 15:44:42 -0500 Experimental college marks fourth year of free classes A free experimental college in the Twin Cities kicked off its fourth year this month, offering classes on everything from hip hop and Brazilian drumming to personal finance and "mindful eating." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/exco-experimental-college?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar: 'It's a good starting point' DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar discussed the ongoing health care reform debate with MPR's Tom Crann and said the $856 billion health care reform bill introduced today by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is "a good starting point." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/klobuchar-health-reform-bill?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 18:27:23 -0500 Agents discover $1M marijuana operation north of Hibbing A Side Lake man has been charged with drug possession after law enforcement officials discovered a massive outdoor marijuana plot this Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/boundary-waters-pot-bust?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 18:13:37 -0500 Abercrombie loses appeal in discrimination case A psychologist hired by Abercrombie and Fitch described the store's refusal to allow a teenage girl with autism to bring a family member into a fitting room as "a desirable outcome of active community involvement," in a court hearing in the case this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/abercrombie-discrimination-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:55:27 -0500 Charges filed in county workhouse escape Charges have been filed against a man who escaped from the Ramsey County Workhouse on Sunday after he broke through a gate in the facility's outdoor recreation area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/jail-escapee-charges?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:36:11 -0500 Unknown suspect charged in 2006 home invasion The Carver County Attorney's Office used DNA evidence to issue a warrant Tuesday against an unknown suspect in a November 2006 home invasion in Chanhassen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/homeinvasion?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 17:20:47 -0500 New study makes dire prediction for Minnesota forests A new article by University of Minnesota ecologists says Minnesota's forests could shrink more rapidly than expected, as droughts, fires, and growth of native and exotic species accelerate the changes caused by global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/forests-decline-frelich?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Police ID boy struck by car in Duluth The Duluth Police Department has released the names of the driver and four-year-old boy involved in Saturday's fatal car accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/duluth-police-investigate-death-of-four-year-old-struck-by-care?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Violent crime drops in Minnesota Violent crime dropped in Minnesota last year, as part of a 1.9% national decrease, according to statistics released by the FBI this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/violent-crime-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:13:00 -0500 St. Paul man drowns in St. Croix River A St. Paul man drowned Sunday in the St. Croix River, leading officials to urge caution when swimming in the fast-moving river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/st-croix-drowning?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:52:02 -0500 Garrison Keillor cancels Illinois appearance Public radio humorist Garrison Keillor has cancelled a Sept. 21 event in Illinois due to medical reasons, one week after suffering a minor stroke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/keillor-cancels-illinois-appearance?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:25:15 -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 Police arrest seven protesters at foreclosed home Police arrested seven people Friday outside the foreclosed home of Rosemary Williams, a Minneapolis woman who has publicly refused to leave the property for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/williams-evicted?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:40:35 -0500 Twin Cities bike loan program to begin next April An innovative bicycle loan program for low-income Twin Cities residents will start up in April, funded by a $200,000 federal grant awarded to a Minneapolis-based bicycle collective this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/bike-program?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:12:46 -0500 St. Paul boy, 2, dies; mother and her boyfriend arrested A 2-year-old St. Paul boy died yesterday, a victim of an alleged homicide involving the boy's mother and her boyfriend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/st-paul-boy-dies-mother-and-boyfriend-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:54:47 -0500 St. Paul officials approve Circus Juventas reopening St. Paul city officials have approved the reopening of Circus Juventas, four weeks after the bleachers collapsed at a circus performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/circus-reopens?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:47:17 -0500 Some street parking closed for Gopher games at new stadium Football fans attending the Golden Gophers game on Saturday should plan ahead for parking, as most street parking around the new TCF Stadium has been temporarily closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/parking-closed-tcfstadium?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:41:06 -0500 Dinosaur exhibit comes to St. Cloud A replica of Sue, the famous 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, will be on display in St. Cloud starting this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/dino-stcloud?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:21:54 -0500 Delegates from Najaf, Iraq to visit Minneapolis Delegates from Najaf, Iraq will visit Minneapolis this month, as part of the newly established "sister city" relationship between the two cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/najaf-delegate-visit?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:48:19 -0500 St. Cloud school closed after burglary A burglar ransacked Roosevelt school in St. Cloud school early this morning, leading officials to close the school for the day because of the mess he left behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/stcloud-burglary?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:03:56 -0500 Three congressional town hall meetings scheduled Residents of Minnesota's 1st, 3rd and 6th congressional districts have opportunities to discuss health care reform with their legislators in the next few days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/paulsen-town-hall?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:24:19 -0500 Faribault women pleads guilty in connection with bomb threats A Faribault woman pled guilty today in federal court in connection with mailing bomb threats to eight post offices in southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/faribault-bomb-threats?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:38:44 -0500 Closures along I-494 in St. Paul starting next week South St. Paul motorists will encounter detours and increased traffic congestion due to ramp closures on I-494 beginning September 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/494-closures?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:30:09 -0500 Obama to speak at Target Center Saturday afternoon President Obama will speak about health care reform at the Target Center in Minneapolis this Saturday, White House officials confirmed today. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/obama-to-visit-minnesota-this-saturday?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:16:38 -0500 MnDOT holding public hearing on Greater Minnesota Plan The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to hold a public hearing to seek feedback on the 20-year Greater Minnesota Transit Plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/mndot-transit-meetings?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:46:21 -0500 Abercrombie and Fitch fined for discrimination against girl with autism Abercrombie and Fitch has been fined $115,264 for discrimination, four years after employees at the Mall of America store refused to allow a family member to accompany an autistic girl into a fitting room. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/abercrombie-and-fitch-discrimination-suit?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 12:20:07 -0500 Driver killed after I-35W rollover accident in Minneapolis A rollover accident on I-35W early this morning killed the driver of the vehicle and injured a passenger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/driver-killed-after-35w-rollover-accident?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 09:54:33 -0500 Shooting suspect had long history of violence Devon Dockery had a long history of domestic abuse, and had previously threatened to kill himself and his wife, according to law enforcement records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/shooting-folo?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 16:30:57 -0500 New lanes of 35W to begin opening Several lanes of Interstate 35W in Minneapolis will open over the next week, as construction on a portion of the highway nears completion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/35w-changes?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 17:14:59 -0500 Officials announce changes to trail after fatal bike crash Park officials announced changes today to the Bloomington bike path where a woman was killed during a collision last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/bike-trail-changes?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 17:10:18 -0500 H1N1 flu sends 120 4-H members home from State Fair Four 4-H members at the Minnesota State Fair have tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus, resulting in at least 120 students being sent home today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/students-sent-home-from-state-fair-flu-h1n1?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 14:30:00 -0500 Minneapolis to launch nation's largest bike-sharing program Minneapolis will launch the first large-scale bicycle sharing system in the country next year, designed to improve public health and increase transportation options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/minneapolis-bike-share?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 12:57:47 -0500 Local lawmakers hold health care forum in St. Paul tonight State DFL Reps. Tom Huntley and Erin Murphy will hold a "health care reform discussion" tonight in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/local-lawmakers-hold-health-care-forum-in-st-paul-tonight?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 09:58:45 -0500 RNC arrestees plan class-action suit A group of people arrested during last year's Republican National Convention plan to file a class-action lawsuit against the city of St. Paul today, on the first anniversary of their arrest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/rnc-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Woman dies after bicyclists crash head-on in Bloomington A bizarre bicycle accident killed a woman last week, after her bicycle collided with another on a marked bike path in Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/bike-accident?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:46:14 -0500 Mpls government phone system down for maintenance Sunday The phone system for Minneapolis City government will close for maintenance from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/publics-works-numbers?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 18:30:46 -0500 City will use $10M in stimulus to repair Camden Bridge City officials will use $10 million in federal stimulus money to repair the aging Camden Bridge in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/camden-bridge-repair?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:30:14 -0500 1 killed in traffic accident in Hugo One person was killed and two others injured Thursday afternoon, after a van and a semitrailer truck collided on Highway 61 near Hugo in the north metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/fatalcrash?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:43:37 -0500 Man charged in Duluth shooting A 24-year-old Duluth man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a man early yesterday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/duluth-murder-charge?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 16:55:34 -0500 Minn. colleges receive grants to help low-income parents The U.S. Department of Education awarded four Minnesota colleges with $216,000 today to help low-income parents attend school, as part of $10.7 million in similar grants nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/mn-colleges-grants?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 16:46:14 -0500 Met Council releases fares for new Northstar Line The Metropolitan Council has established fares for the 40-mile Northstar Line, the region's first commuter rail line, expected to begin operation later this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/northstar-fares?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:44:38 -0500 Man arrested in early-morning shooting in Duluth A 24-year-old Duluth man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man early this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/duluth-murder-charge?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:22:56 -0500 Former workers allege restaurant owes them thousands in unpaid wages Two former workers at a popular Minneapolis restaurant have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor, alleging that Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine owes thousands of dollars in unpaid wages and overtime pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/resaurant-complaint?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:17:58 -0500 St. Cloud residents warned of possible phone scam Telephone scam artists may be trying to get personal information from St. Cloud residents by claiming to be from the city's water treatment department, police officials said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/stcloud-phonescam?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 16:26:52 -0500 Burnsville man charged in infant son's death A Burnsville man was charged today with first-degree murder in the death of his 8-month-old son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/infant-death-charges?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:35:01 -0500 Meetings to discuss bus route changes along Northstar line Metro Transit will hold three public meetings in September to explain bus route changes related to the opening of the Northstar commuter rail line later this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/northstar-bus-route-changes?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:54:39 -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 Target Field to get first batch of grass tonight The first batch of turf will be delivered and installed at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis this evening, after traveling over 800 miles in refrigerated trucks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/twins-new-turf?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Portion of Hennepin Avenue closed over weekend Motorists should expect delays on a portion of Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/hennepin-avenue-closures?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:20:06 -0500 Woman charged with vehicular homicide in weekend crash A New Brighton woman has been charged today with vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal accident in St. Paul on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/vehicular-homicide?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 16:53:21 -0500 Input sought on Hennepin County transportation plan Residents will have the opportunity to comment on Hennepin County's 2030 Transportation Systems Plan at a series of open houses in August and September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/hennepin-county-transportation-plan?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:34:35 -0500 Indian groups get $1 million grant to fight domestic violence The federal government awarded about $1 million to three American Indian organizations in Minnesota today, as part of a $6.7 million stimulus grant to combat violence against women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/domestic-violence-grants?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:13:30 -0500 311 service extending weekend hours to answer storm questions Minneapolis 311 will be open for extended hours on Saturday to answer questions about damage from Wednesday's tornado and severe storms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/311-extended-hours?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:31:03 -0500 Downtown Mpls streets closed for Vikings game The City of Minneapolis will close several streets around the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome tonight as a security measure for the Minnesota Vikings preseason game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/street-closures?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 16:49:42 -0500 Program aims to fill food shelves with local fruit A new program in the Twin Cities sends volunteers to pick fruit that would otherwise go to waste and then donates it to local food shelves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/fruits-city-foodshelves?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:00:00 -0500 St. Paul man sentenced to life in prison for murder A West St. Paul man was convicted today of two counts of murder in the first degree in connection with the January 31 shooting death of Jeffrey Logan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/murder-conviction?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 17:57:38 -0500 Witnesses say sirens didn't sound prior to storm Tornado sirens in Minneapolis did not go off until after a reported tornado hit today, leaving some residents angry and confused. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/tornado-sirens?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:18:52 -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 Williams rejects offer to rent her home Rosemary Williams, a Minneapolis woman who has publicly refused to leave her foreclosed home, said she turned down an offer that would have allowed her to remain in the home as renter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/williams-update?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:33:03 -0500 Man convicted of 2001 rape after DNA match A Minneapolis man was convicted today for raping a woman in New Brighton eight years ago, after police matched the man's DNA from an alleged sexual assault last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/rape-conviction?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 19:19:59 -0500 Minn. delegation's town hall meeting schedule A schedule of town hall meetings being held by members of Minnesota's congressional delegation to discuss health care reform and other issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/townhall-sked?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:31:28 -0500 Portions of Lowry Avenue in Mpls. re-open today A portion of Lowry Avenue will re-open today, as construction in the north Minneapolis neighborhood was completed two months ahead of schedule, Hennepin county officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/lowry-avenue-construction?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:30:32 -0500 Bodies identified in Eden Prairie plane crash The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has identified the two people who were killed in a plane crash in Eden Prairie yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/eden-prairie-crash-bodies-identified?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 18:16:56 -0500 Two men arrested in St. Cloud home invasion Two men have been arrested for breaking into a St. Cloud woman's home and threatening her at gunpoint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/home-invasion?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 15:10:55 -0500 65 years later, female WWII test pilots finally recognized During World War II, several hundred women became WASPs in the Air Force, so they could fly military planes. Their efforts have gone unrecognized, until just recently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/wasps?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:00:00 -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 Third man pleads guilty in Somali investigation A man has admitted to lying to the FBI in its investigation of Americans fighting in Somalia. It's the third guilty plea in the case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/somali-guiltyplea?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:46:10 -0500 Rosemary Williams turns down $5,000 offer to leave home A Minneapolis woman who refuses to leave her foreclosed home has turned down a $5,000 offer from GMAC Mortgage to leave the home by noon Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/rosemary-williams-update?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 12:19:11 -0500 Police identify man found in Mississippi River Minneapolis police have identified a man who was found dead in the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/body_found?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:20:55 -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 Williams vows to stay in her home despite eviction order A Minneapolis woman who has refused to leave her foreclosed house spoke publicly today from her front porch, vowing to remain in the house despite being ordered to leave yesterday by Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/08/williams-update?refid=0 Sat, 08 Aug 2009 20:52:19 -0500 Williams ordered to leave foreclosed home; supporters vow to stay A Minneapolis woman who has publicly refused to leave her foreclosed house was ordered to leave the property this afternoon by Hennepin County sheriff's deputies. But a group of supporters is in the house and has vowed to stay despite the order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/williams-standoff?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 16:36:13 -0500 Group gets $3M grant to reduce diesel emissions The nonprofit Minnesota Environmental Initiative received a $3 million grant today to reduce diesel emissions in school buses and other heavy-duty diesel vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/stimulus-money-environment?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 17:35:29 -0500 Kaplan discusses his role as ambassador to Morocco Minneapolis attorney Sam Kaplan, a prominent DFL fundraiser, said he believes his appointment as the new ambassador to Morocco reflects President Obama's committment to developing better relations with the Middle East. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/kaplan-interview?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 16:42:46 -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 Thousands of Minn. turkeys quarantined Several thousand turkeys at a large poultry producer in central Minnesota's Meeker County have been quarantined after routine testing discovered a strain of avian flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/turkey-quarantine?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 17:51:17 -0500 St. Paul cops to focus on domestic violence cases The St. Paul Police Department plans to start using an innovative screening tool to help predict whether domestic violence victims are at high risk of being killed by their abusers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/domestic-violence?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 13:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans trading in their clunkers in high numbers Car sales under the "cash-for-clunkers" program have led to $26 million in federal rebate requests so far from Minnesota, putting the state in the top five nationally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/clunkers-minn?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 16:29:53 -0500 Adult siblings accused of handcuffing children Two adult siblings from Bloomington have been charged with using handcuffs to punish a 7-year-old boy repeatedly for several months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/man-and-woman-accused-of-handcuffing-children?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 10:38:02 -0500 Two charged with murder in beating death Two cousins have been charged with murder today in connection with the fatal beating of a man in Minneapolis last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/murder-charges?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:14:25 -0500 Minneapolis woman to be evicted after deal falls through A Minneapolis woman's public fight to save her home from foreclosure has taken yet another turn, as efforts by a local nonprofit group to purchase the home proved unsuccessful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/williams-evicted?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 12:57:16 -0500 Minnesota woman confirms son missing in Iran The mother of an American freelance journalist missing in Iran says she is concerned for the "safety and welfare" of her son and two other Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/iran-captured?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 08:15:28 -0500 City council approves Najaf, Iraq as Minneapolis' sister city The Minneapolis City Council approved a proposal today to become "sister cities" with the Shiite holy city of Najaf. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/iraq-sister-city?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:29:51 -0500 Former police chaplain's assault victim a family member The Stearns County Attorney's Office today charged a former chaplain for the St. Cloud Police with six felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/chaplain-charged?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:42:10 -0500 Burglars steal safe from Garrison Keillor's bookstore A St. Paul bookstore owned by public radio host Garrison Keillor was burglarized early Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/garrison-keillor-bookstore-breakin?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 15:00:57 -0500 Motorcycle deaths show slight increase Motorcycle fatalities in the state are up slightly from over the same period last year, state officials said today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/motorcycle-deaths?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:54:09 -0500 Feds send more aid for low-income housing The federal government awarded 205 housing vouchers to state housing agencies this month, while thousands of low-income residents remain on voucher waiting lists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/housing-vouchers?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:15:27 -0500 More families allege abuse at state mental health facility Two more families have joined a lawsuit alleging that staff at a state mental health treatment facility routinely used metal handcuffs and shackles to restrain developmentally disabled residents without cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/meto-abuse-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:39:17 -0500 Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in Circle Pines Authorities said the death of two people at a Circle Pines apartment complex this morning was the result of a murder-suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/murder-suicide?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:50:56 -0500 DTV coupon deadline is Friday Households have one day left to apply for a coupon toward the costs of a digital television converter box. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/dtv-coupon?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:15:47 -0500 Detours, congestion expected for 35W construction Drivers planning to travel along Interstate 35W in parts of Bloomington and Burnsville this weekend should expect detours and increased congestion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/35w-construction?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:30:22 -0500 Three men charged in shooting death of St. Paul man Police say an argument apparently led to the shooting, which killed one man and seriously wounded two others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/stpaulshooting?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:27:04 -0500 Grant to fund expansion of bike route-planning site An online search engine for the Twin Cities' best bicycle routes received a funding boost this year to partner with local transportation agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/cyclopath?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Man charged with unintentional 2nd-degree murder in beating death The Ramsey County Attorney's Office charged a 40-year-old man today with unintentional second-degree murder in last month's beating death of a Lauderdale man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/lauderdale-murder?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 16:53:07 -0500 Man found guilty in Liberian investment scam An Eden Prairie man was found guilty today in federal court of defrauding investors, by falsely claiming to be a former government official with ties to a lucrative business venture in Liberia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/investment-scam?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 16:33:14 -0500 Missing man's car found in Cass County Cass County authorities have located the vehicle owned and driven by an 82-year-old Staples man who has been missing since at least Saturday. So far, they have not found the man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/missing-man?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 15:27:30 -0500 Police suspect murder-suicide in St. Peter deaths Authorities think the death of a young woman found in a Kasota cemetery early Saturday morning may be the result of a murder-suicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/st-peter-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Lonsdale man charged with ten counts of tax evasion The Dakota County Attorney's Office charged a 47-year-old Lonsdale man with ten felony tax crimes today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/tax-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:58:53 -0500 Executive director of regional Red Cross chapter resigns The regional executive director of the Minn-Kota chapter of the American Red Cross plans to resign, according to a statement released by the charitable organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/red-cross-director-steps-down?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:50:02 -0500 Minnesota Boy Scout dies while hiking in New Mexico A 14-year-old boy scout from Edina has died on a hiking trip at a Scout camp in New Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/scout-dies-in-philmont?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 08:20:51 -0500 Nonprofit saves Minneapolis woman from eviction Last-minute negotiations narrowly halted the eviction Friday of a Minneapolis woman who has publicly refused to leave her foreclosed home for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/williams-house-sale?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 17:02:43 -0500 Weekend events commemorate famous Minneapolis strike Several events this weekend will commemorate the 75th anniversary of a historic Minneapolis strike, in an effort to raise awareness about the conflict that led to four deaths and union representation for thousands of workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/workers-strike-commemoration?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 19:35:48 -0500 Health officials increasing efforts against chicken pox The Minnesota Department of Health has ramped up efforts to fight chicken pox this fall, mandating that all children entering kindergarten and 7th grade receive two vaccinations if they have not already had the illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/chicken-pox?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 17:42:12 -0500 Minneapolis baby's death ruled a homicide Minneapolis police ruled today that the death of a 7-week-old boy on July 4 was a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/infant-death?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:41:35 -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 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 Minn. delegation unites to seek Medicare reform Minnesota's congressional members joined across party lines today to push for changes in the Medicare reimbursement formula, which they say is unfair to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/medicare_reform?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:06:06 -0500 St. Paul domestic partner ordinance to be adopted today The St. Paul City Council is expected to adopt an ordinance today allowing domestic partners to register with the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/domestic_partnership?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Investigators probe police shooting of unarmed man State investigators say the southern Minnesota sheriff's deputy who shot an unarmed man dressed only in swimming trunks is a 10-year law enforcement veteran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/police_shooting?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 15:05:48 -0500 State seeks workers for GreenCorps The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has launched GreenCorps, an ambitious program to recruit workers for a variety of environmental initiatives across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/greencorps?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Lakeville teen dies in hiking fall off rocky ledge A Lakeville teen has died after falling off a rock ledge while hiking at Taylors Falls, Chisago County officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/falls_death?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 18:56:47 -0500 H1N1 flu cancels camp for children with HIV/AIDS A camping trip in eastern Minnesota for families affected by HIV/AIDS has been cancelled after two volunteers tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/swineflu_camp?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:29:39 -0500 Family, friends mourn Minn. Guard members killed in Iraq Family and friends are mourning the deaths of three Minnesota National Guard soldiers who were killed Thursday night at their military base near Basra in Southern Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/soldierskilled?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 15:41:48 -0500 Byline strike planned for today's Pioneer Press Writers and photographers for the St. Paul Pioneer Press will withhold their bylines from today's paper, as part of an ongoing dispute regarding recent layoffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/byline_strike?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 00:02:00 -0500 Rep. Keith Ellison unveils $400K 'green jobs' initiative Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison announced a $400,000 appropriation for a "green jobs" initiative this week to train workers to conduct energy audits and provide weatherization services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/green_jobs?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 19:03:41 -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 Minnesota manufactured exports down 19% Minnesota's manufactured exports dropped by 19.4 percent from the same quarter last year, according to a government report released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/exports_down?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 18:34:33 -0500 Report: Unity patient burned by MRI machine An obese patient at Unity Hospital in Fridley was inadvertently burned during an MRI in March, according to a Minnesota Department of Health investigative report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/mri_burn?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:23:33 -0500 Public meetings being held to discuss CenterPoint rate increase CenterPoint Energy customers will have an opportunity to voice their opinions about proposed rate increases at public hearings this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/centerpoint_increase?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 18:54:47 -0500 Police say 9-year-old lied about abduction A 9-year-old North Branch boy lied about his abduction last week, according to police who conducted hours of investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/kidnapping?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:17:44 -0500 Minnesota could see $5.9M in federal grants to combat H1N1 Minnesota hospitals and public health departments could receive over $5.9 million in federal grants to respond to the H1N1 flu outbreak and prepare for the fall flu season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/h1n1_funding?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:32:45 -0500 Minneapolis homeless shelter avoids closure Families Moving Forward, a Minneapolis-based family homeless shelter, staved off closure this month after a precipitous drop in funding earlier in the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/homeless_shelter?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:40:56 -0500 Man charged with shooting teen on July 4 The Ramsey County Attorney's office charged a St. Paul man today with second-degree assault in the July 4 shooting of a 14-year-old boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/10/shootingcharges?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:53:06 -0500 Cottage Grove-based soldiers headed to Iraq A deployment ceremony will be held in Cottage Grove tomorrow for 82 Iraq-bound National Guard soldiers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/iraq_deployment?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 19:07:06 -0500 Minnesota gets stimulus money for transit projects U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that Minnesota will receive $64.3 million for transit improvements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/transitmoney?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:46:55 -0500 Fugitive operation leads to 258 arrests Federal officials say they arrested 258 people in Minnesota during a monthlong national campaign to round up fugitives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/op_falcon?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 17:07:47 -0500 Worthington gets $2.8M grant to upgrade airport The federal Department of Transportation awarded the city of Worthington with a $2.8 million grant today to fund upgrades to the city's airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/worthington_grant?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 18:25:33 -0500 Minneapolis 'Zine Fest' celebrates independent publishing Self-published writers and artists will converge on Minneapolis this weekend for a celebration of independent print publications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/zines?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 18:09:16 -0500 St. Paul applying for $46M in federal stimulus for homes The government of St. Paul plans to apply for $46 million in federal stimulus money to help the city acquire and rehabilitate hundreds of homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/stpaul_homes?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 17:46:41 -0500 Charges filed against woman who backed van into tent The Renville County Attorney's office filed charges today against a Willmar woman in connection with the death of her four-month-old second cousin at a campground in Renville on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/tent_death_charges_filed?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 15:30:13 -0500 Edina makes magazine's top 10 list of best towns for families Family Circle magazine has included Edina in the national publication's annual list of the top ten best cities and towns for families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/edina_top_ten?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Darvon, Darvocet get stronger FDA warnings but no bans The FDA ordered stronger warnings today about the risk of overdose from the drugs Darvon and Darvocet, but rejected calls for an outright ban of the painkillers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/painkiller_warnings?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 19:31:59 -0500 Minn. non-profits announce $2.2M fund to help low-income families Two Minnesota-based non-profits announced a new $2.2 million fund today to assist low-income residents with housing, food, and financial counseling and assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/relief_fund?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 16:42:26 -0500 80-year-old woman hits $1.3 million jackpot at casino An 80-year-old woman who was visiting relatives in Minnesota won $1.3 million at Mystic Lake casino Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/casino_jackpot?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 15:14:06 -0500 Few firework-related injuries reported over weekend Officials throughout the state said they saw few injuries due to fireworks over the holiday weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/fireworks_injuries?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:26:15 -0500 Minneapolis reports low homicide numbers in first half of '09 Minneapolis reported six homicides in the first half of 2009, the lowest mid-year number since the 1940s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/homicide_numbers?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:07:38 -0500 16-plus years for Roseville woman in stabbings A Roseville woman was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months in prison today in connection with the stabbing of her two daughters last August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/murder_suicide?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 18:05:00 -0500 Eagan man sentenced to 98 months for embezzlement An Eagan man was sentenced today to 98 months in prison for embezzling over $165,000 from his employer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/embezzlement_sentence?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 17:30:39 -0500 Mayor authorizes 3,000 hours of overtime for St. Paul Police St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has authorized more than $300,000 in funding for police overtime this summer, while the city pursues federal stimulus money to hire more officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/stpaul_police_overtime?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:26:38 -0500 Minn. disabled veterans now eligible for free public transportation Minnesota's disabled veterans are able to use public transportation at no charge beginning Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/disabled_free_rides?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 18:44:11 -0500 Report: Minnesota ranks 31st in adult obesity A new national report says that Minnesota has the 31st highest rate of adult obesity in the nation and has tied with Utah for the lowest rate of obese and overweight children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/minnesota_obesity?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:57:56 -0500 Grizzly exhibit helps Minnesota Zoo set attendance record The Minnesota Zoo set an attendance record in the last fiscal year, fueled by the opening of the popular Russia's Grizzly Coast exhibit and a nationwide increase in zoo attendance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/zoo_attendance?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 16:57:05 -0500 Reactions to the Franken ruling Politicians on the state and national levels, as well as other political observers, are weighing in on today's Minnesota Supreme Court decision declaring DFLer Al Franken the winner of the U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/franken_reax?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:50:02 -0500 Tax reciprocity Q&A Minnesota and Wisconsin have had a tax reciprocity agreement in place since 1968. But what exactly is it and how does it affect Minnesotans? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/tax_reciprocity_qa?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:00:01 -0500 Nominees announced for two Minn. agricultural positions The Obama administration announced nominations for two top state agricultural positions today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/agriculture_appointments?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:34:50 -0500 Two I-35W ramps closing for three weeks Two ramps on northbound I-35W in Minneapolis will be closed for three weeks, beginning July 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/road_closures?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:44:58 -0500 New child car seat regulation takes effect next week A new state regulation that expands mandatory car seat usage will take effect Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/carseat_law?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 19:28:05 -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 Complaint alleges local Wal-Mart 'interrogated' pro-union workers A union has filed charges against a St. Paul Wal-Mart store for alleged intimidation of pro-union workers, as organizing efforts at several Twin Cities locations intensifies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/walmart_complaint?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:48:37 -0500 Man found guilty of 2008 Somali shooting A Hennepin County jury has found Hassan Mohamed Abdillahi guilty of the second-degree murder of another young Somali man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/somali_murder?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:27:31 -0500 Beef recalled in Midwest over possible E. coli JBS Swift Beef Co. has recalled about 41,000 pounds of beef products in Minnesota and several other states because of possible E. coli contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/beefrecall2?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:58:17 -0500 East St. Paul supermarket earns environmental honor The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded a new Cub Foods store on St. Paul's East Side with a LEED Gold status rating for its environmentally sustainable design. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/cub_foods_leed_certification?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 15:11:35 -0500 Man charged with 1st-degree assault in gang-related stabbing The Ramsey County Attorney's Office charged a St. Paul man with first-degree assault today in connection with Monday's stabbing of a 15-year-old boy near Arlington High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/stabbing_charge?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 18:47:40 -0500 Thrivent Financial CEO announces retirement Bruce Nicholson, the CEO, chairman and president of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced today that he plans to retire before the end of 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/thrivent_ceo_retires?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 18:17:10 -0500 $6M cleanup announced for former Frogtown dump The St. Paul Port Authority announced this week that the $6 million cleanup and redevelopment of a former unpermitted in Frogtown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/epa_brownfields?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:05:34 -0500 Man charged with murder in drive-by shooting The Ramsey County Attorney's office has charged a Vadnais Heights man with second-degree murder for killing a man in a drive-by shooting in St. Paul last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/murdercharge?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:01:01 -0500 Complaint filed against Denny Hecker alleges $110M fraud The legal problems of Denny Hecker continued to mount Thursday, as a U.S. bankruptcy trustee filed a civil complaint accusing the auto mogul of civil conspiracy, theft and unjust enrichment in the operations of several auto leasing businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/hecker_liens?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:15:00 -0500 Portion of light rail line to be closed this weekend A section of the Hiawatha light rail line will close this weekend for construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/light_rail_closure?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 14:47:49 -0500 Report: Shortage of affordable housing forcing some into homelessness A shortage of affordable housing has forced an increasing number of Minnesotans to the brink of homelessness, according to a new report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/affordable_housing_shortage?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:45:30 -0500 Oberstar's transportation bill a direct challenge to administration DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar announced a six-year, $500 billion transportation spending bill yesterday to overhaul the nation's transportation system, in direct challenge to the Obama administration's proposal to postpone significant reforms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/oberstar_transportation?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 18:24:32 -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 Minneapolis woman fighting eviction ordered out within 7 days A Minneapolis woman who has resisted eviction from her foreclosed home for months needs to vacate it within seven days, a Hennepin County judge ruled Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/fighting_eviction?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:08:07 -0500 Stormy weather expected this evening Thunderstorms are expected for the Twin Cities metro area beginning at about 10 p.m. this evening. Some storms have been moving through west central Minnesota late this afternoon, dropping large hail in Otter Tail County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/badweather?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:32:28 -0500 Gawkers asked to avoid Lowry Bridge implosion Hennepin County officials are advising that people stay away from the Lowry Avenue bridge area during the implosion on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/lowry_bridge_gawkers?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:19:10 -0500 $37 million in stimulus funds awarded to Minnesota cities The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority has awarded $37.2 million for projects to strengthen municipal infrastructures for drinking water and wastewater treatment through Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/minnesota_cities_stimulus_funds?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:03:53 -0500 Klobuchar nominates Minneapolis' Lubinski for U.S. Marshal Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced today that she has recommended that President Obama nominate Sharon Lubinski, the assistant police chief of Minneapolis, to serve as Minnesota's new U.S. Marshal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/us_marshall?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 17:46:33 -0500 St. Louis Park health worker accused of sexual abuse A male nursing assistant at a St. Louis Park long-term care facility repeatedly sexually assaulted a female patient, according to state health investigators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/patientabuse?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 17:41:15 -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 Third Minnesota college adds wind turbine program Riverland Community College will begin offering a wind turbine technician program this fall, to train students to for careers in the rapidly developing alternative energy industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/riverland_wind_turbine_program?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 15:12:12 -0500 Minneapolis bridge to be imploded June 21 The troubled Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis will be imploded on June 21st to make way for new construction of a replacement bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/minneapolis_bridge_to_be_imploded_june_21?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:57:30 -0500 Law office on wheels comes to Twin Cities to help veterans A Detroit law school will drive a mobile law office to the Twin Cities next week to offer free legal advice to low-income veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/low_income_veterans_assistance?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 17:10:32 -0500