Minnesota Public Radio features by Nathaniel Minor http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30468 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:44:16 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Nathaniel Minor http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Minneapolis' Super Bowl: Leave the swimsuit, pack the parka A letter to football fans from the state of Minnesota: February in Minnesota provides its own charms. http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2014/05/20/minneapolis-super-bowl-leave-the-swim-suit-pack-the-parka/?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 15:12:13 -0500 Graphic: How did Minn. lawmakers spend the state's $1.2B surplus? The biggest single chunk of that money went back to the state's taxpayers in the form of tax cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/graphic-how-did-minnesotas-lawmakers-spend-the-states-surplus?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:36:26 -0500 Map: Aquatic invasive species spread across Minn. Invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels can choke our lakes and kill off native plants and animals. They have been moving through Minnesota lakes and rivers steadily over the last few decades. Use this map to track their spread. /projects/2014/04/invasive-aquatic-species-map/?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 When visiting Kurdistan, always bring a map Shane Bauer, who was jailed in Iran, answers the questions we were all asking ourselves when reading the initial headlines years ago. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/when-visiting-kurdistan-always-bring-a-map/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:46:41 -0500 Newborn blood sample bill clears House hurdle A bill that would allow the state health department to keep newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely cleared its final House committee today. In January the health department was forced to destroy 1.1 million blood spot cards because the agency didn't have the authority to store them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/newborn-blood-sample-bill-minnesota-house?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:00:20 -0500 Map: County property taxes rise, fall across Minn. Levies are up in 58 counties and are flat or falling in the remaining 29, the Minnesota Department of Revenue reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/politics/property-tax-map?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:28:24 -0600 Map: In the Twin Cities, where you call home can say a lot about how long you may live Explore life expectancies for the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, broken down by census tract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/news/twin-cities-life-expectancy-map?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Top 9 Minnesota political stories from 2013 A handful of big stories dominated political news in 2013: The legalization of same-sex marriage, Democrats' return to power at the state Capitol, and the news machine that never stops, the Vikings' new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/politics/top-political-news-2013?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Top 9 Minnesota arts stories in 2013 Without a doubt, the ongoing Minnesota Orchestra lockout and the departure of beloved music director Osmo Vanska headlined arts news in Minnesota this year. But beyond that, our reporters found many other compelling stories that deserve another look. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/arts/top-arts-stories-2013?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Top 11 Minnesota health and environment stories in 2013 2013 brought us stunning health and environment stories on mental health treatment successes, advanced CPR technology and a troubling absence of Monarch butterflies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/health-environment/top-health-environment-stories-2013?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Top 12 stories from Greater Minnesota in 2013 As 2013 winds down, here's a look at some of the biggest stories from outstate Minnesota, as well as lesser-known favorites from our reporters and photographers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/regional/top-stories-greater-minnesota-2013?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Top 12 stories from the Twin Cities in 2013 As 2013 winds down, here's a look at the biggest stories from the Twin Cities, as well as lesser-known favorites from our reporters and photographers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/news/top-stories-twin-cities-2013?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Warsame: Election 'will transform the way Somalis see politics' Minneapolis City Councilman-elect Abdi Warsame says his election marks a turning point for the city's Somali-American community. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/warsame-election-will-transform-the-way-somalis-see-politics/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:28:15 -0600 Photos: Inside Makoko, Nigeria's Venice In Nigeria, at least 85,000 Lagosians live in Makoko, a neighborhood between the mainland and the posh Victoria Island. They still make their living from fishing, much as their ancestors did. But Lagos authorities are trying to evict residents from the area, citing health concerns among other reasons. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/09/photos-inside-makoko-nigerias-venice/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:29:32 -0500 Spirit announces 4 new destinations from MSP Penny-pinching travelers now have a few more flight options from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/business/spirit-airlines-new-flights?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:48:00 -0500 Ex-reporter leaves website to explain his life, and death Former Kansas City Star sports reporter and SportsInReview.com editor Martin Manley shot himself in front of a police station yesterday morning. His suicide note instructed whoever found him not to contact loved ones -- he had already sent them notes. He also left a whole website explaining his actions. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/ex-reporter-leaves-website-to-explain-his-life-and-death/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:53:04 -0500 Canterbury Park passes on Great Bull Run Canterbury Park spokesman Jeff Maday told the StarTribune today that there won't be a Great Bull Run modeled after the famous Spanish event after all because of, you guessed it, liability concerns. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/cantebury-park-passes-on-great-bull-run/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:43:13 -0500 T.D. Mischke signs off Twin Cities airways T.D. "Tommy" Mischke, the quirky and well-loved radio host, announced on his WCCO-AM show last night that he's leaving the station. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2013/08/t-d-mischke-signs-off-twin-cities-airways/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:28:06 -0500 5 things to do in Fargo-Moorhead Ah, Fargo-Moorhead. The land of great floods, sugarbeets and woodchippers, right? Well, yes. But, as you may or may not know, there's more. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/07/5-things-to-do-in-fargo-moorhead/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:58:11 -0500 Minnesota's Mental State A special report takes you inside the state's mental health services for perspectives on what's working what is not. /projects/2013/07/mental-health-series/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:55:04 -0500 Photos: Researchers capture, track loons in Minn. A La Crosse, Wis.-based U.S. Geological Survey research team is traveling across Minnesota and Wisconsin collecting data to learn more about loon migration patterns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/15/environment/loon-research-photos?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:40:00 -0500 Police: Forest Lake 'kidnapping' a hoax Authorities in Forest Lake say a feared kidnapping turned out to be a prank. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/news/possible-kidnapping-caught-on-camera?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:48:55 -0500 Check out the TSA's new Instagram feed The Transportation Security Administration is now publishing photos of the firearms, knives and other goodies confiscated in airport security checks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/news/tsa-instagram?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:39:14 -0500 New MN justice says he has 'highly curable' cancer Newly appointed associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court David Lillehaug says he has throat cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/news/lillehaug-supreme-court-justice-throat-cancer?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 13:18:51 -0500 Map: The planned Fargo-Moorhead Red River diversion channel Public officials in North Dakota and Minnesota say a combination of levees, floodwalls, and a diversion channel is the only way to protect Fargo-Moorhead from a 500-year flood. Both cities have constructed levees and floodwalls, but the estimated $1.8 billion diversion project needs Congressional approval. When approved and funded, construction would take about 10 years. Below is a proposed route of the diversion. /features/2013/05/fargo-moorhead-flood-diversion-map/?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 11:08:52 -0500 Red River cities focus on permanent flood protection Residents of Fargo-Moorhead are cleaning up sandbags and removing temporary levees after the Red River's crest last week. As it turned out, most of that preparation wasn't needed for this year's flood. Both cities are now turning their attention back to building permanent levees and flood walls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/news/fargo-moorhead-flood-control?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Photos: Fargo and Moorhead, before and during flooding Even though the 2013 Red River flood is not as severe as the National Weather Service initially forecasted, it still made for dramatic images. /collections/special/2013/floods/before-after-flood/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:29:00 -0500 News Cut: A judgmental look at Minneapolis A map stereotyping neighborhoods in Minneapolis was inspired by the work of Trent Gillaspie, a Denver-based comedian. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/04/a_judgmental_look_at_minneapol.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:23:44 -0500 Photos: Fargo's sand, clay and dirt flood walls Residents in Fargo and Moorhead are building dikes to protect against a possible record flood. But the late spring melt is reducing the flood risk, say forecasters at the National Weather Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/regional/sandbag-clay-levees-fargo-flood?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:24:53 -0500 Fargo starts temporary levee construction ahead of flood The city of Fargo closed roads near the Red River Monday and began building temporary levees to prepare for spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/regional/fargo-levees?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:52:24 -0500 Before and after photos: Home buyouts in Fargo-Moorhead key to flood fight The cities of Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. have purchased and removed hundreds of flood-prone homes along the Red River since the record flood of 2009. As a result, the cities require fewer sandbags and less manpower when fighting floods now. The region is gearing up for another major flood this year. /collections/special/2013/floods/before-after-homes/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:31:00 -0500 Photos: Here's how Fargo's 'Sandbag Central' works Volunteers in Fargo, N.D., started filling sandbags Wednesday in preparation for flooding along the Red River expected later this month. The city will fill enough sandbags to be prepared for a record flood, but will need only about half the sandbags it used in 2009 because of permanent flood measures installed since then. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/regional/fargo-sandbag-central-photos?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:14:35 -0500 Kramarczuk's wins James Beard award Kramarczuk's, an Eastern European deli and restaurant in northeast Minneapolis, has won a James Beard American Classic Award. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/arts_culture/kramarczuks-james-beard-award?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:56:07 -0600 From one Minnesotan to another: Here's what you should know about Timbuktu Timbuktu is back in Mali's hands, thanks to help from the French and other Western powers. It was ruled by Islamist militants since early last year. I made the trip to Mali, a land-locked country in West Africa, in January 2009 as part of a team working on a USDA-sponsored sustainable agriculture project. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2013/01/yes_timbuktu_is_a_real_place_heres_the_proof.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:58:15 -0600 Photos: Harvesting sugar beets in the Red River Valley Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/regional/red-river-valley-sugar-beet-harvest-photos?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:21:21 -0500 Photos: Wildfire threatens Karlstad, Minn. A wildfire destroyed at least six structures as it skirted the small city of about 700 people near the Canadian border. The local nursing home, school, assisted living center and a group home, all in the southern portion of the city, were evacuated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/regional/photos-karlstad-minnesota-wildfire?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 23:13:09 -0500 The Ice Hole: Part bar, part ice house Ice fishing and beer drinking are two closely intertwined traditions in Minnesota's winter months. Two enterprising business people in northwestern Minnesota figured out a novel way to capitalize on both. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/06/ice-hole-bar-lake-lida?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 11:10:24 -0600 Before the Boundary Waters fire: Your photographs Photos of the burn area in the Boundary Waters before the Pagami Creek fire started. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/bwca-pagami-creek-fire-before-photos?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:18:49 -0500 Map: The Boundary Waters fire This map shows the perimeter of the fire currently burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, as well as closed entry points. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/boundary-waters-fire-map?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:14:03 -0500 Photos of Fargo-Moorhead, before and during flooding Compare photographs of the Red River in Fargo and Moorhead taken before and during flooding. /collections/special/2011/floods/beforeafter/index.html?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Residents in Fargo hear city's plans for expected spring floods About 200 Fargo residents gathered Wednesday evening to learn more about the city's plan to prepare for this year's expected spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/flood-prep-fargomoorhead?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 07:17:10 -0600 Couple finishes more than 1,500-mile hike around Lake Superior A group of about 75 people welcomed Mike Link and Katie Crowley in Duluth Saturday afternoon as the couple completed the final stage of a 1,550-mile hike around Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/18/hikers-finish-superior?refid=0 Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:23:24 -0500 Separating wheat from chaff at the Rollag threshing festival Every Labor Day weekend, thousands of people come to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Rollag. Dozens of antique steam engines are shown that were once used to thresh -- to separate grain from the stalk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/rollag-threshing-festival-photos?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 11:00:00 -0500 A weekend festival in Lake Wobegon country The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Minn. puts on a big show every July that attracts hundreds to the small town in the heart of dairy farm country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/freeport-festival-slideshow?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:10:25 -0500 Slideshow: Spring in the Boundary Waters Scenes from Spring in the Boundary Waters in far northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/bwca-slideshow?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 16:38:32 -0500 Slideshow: Scenes from frosty Gooseberry Falls Scenes from frosty Gooseberry Falls State Park and the north shore of Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/20/north-shore?refid=0 Sat, 20 Feb 2010 21:59:36 -0600 The Bentleyville 'Tour of Lights' The Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" annual lighting display has grown so large that this year that founder Nathan Bentley moved it from Cloquet to Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/holiday-lights-pictures?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:49:00 -0600 Still need a Christmas tree? Grab an axe and go north Families in search of an inexpensive and truly Minnesotan Christmas tree this year should look past their local tree stand and head north -- and bring an axe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/national-forest-christmas-trees?refid=0 Sat, 05 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Employee terminated after abusing developmentally disabled patients An employee at a Rochester area care facility has been terminated after allegations of abuse of three patients were substantiated by a Minnesota Department of Health investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/healthworker?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 12:09:52 -0500 Southbound I-35 to reopen to two lanes this weekend In an effort to make travel quicker for Labor Day weekend motorists, MnDOT is briefly reopening a closed lane of I-35 north of the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/35w-traffic?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 10:56:12 -0500 Window-washer killed after fall at St. Louis Park hospital A window washer was found dead and another was injured after they fell three stories while working at Park Nicollet's Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/window-washer-killed?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 09:15:11 -0500 State Fair hand-washing competition to promote flu prevention Student fair-goers are invited to show off their hygiene skills at the State Fair this week, where some will face off against Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan in a hand-washing showdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/state-fair-hand-washing-contest?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 10:45:05 -0500 Despite refunds, Clarkson's cancellation irks fans Even after flying to St. Paul and rehearsing hours before she was scheduled to perform, pop star Kelly Clarkson canceled her grandstand show last night at the Minnesota State Fair due to vocal issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/kelly_clarkson_cancels_state_fair?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 10:59:29 -0500 State patrol identifies woman whose pickup rolled off of I-694 The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the woman who was critically injured after her pickup crashed Saturday afternoon at the intersection of I-694 and I-35W. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/694-crash?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:18:11 -0500 Overnight temps fall into the 20s in northern Minnesota Temperatures dropped into the 20s and 30s across northern Minnesota early this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/august-chill?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:03:57 -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 Former St. Cloud police chaplain charged with sexual assault A former chaplain for the St. Cloud Police was arrested Wednesday night and is accused of sexually assaulting a victim almost a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/st-cloud-chaplain-sexual-assault?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:19:07 -0500 UMD to offer graduate engineering program on Iron Range This fall, the University of Minnesota Duluth will begin enrolling students in a new graduate engineering program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/umd-engineering?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:38:48 -0500 Victims of deadly dump truck-SUV crash identified The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified three of the victims of a deadly car crash west of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/crash-victims-identified?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:47:03 -0500 Funeral services set for Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan A visitation and public memorial service for one of the Minnesota soldiers who died earlier this month will be held this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/ranger-funeral?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:26:47 -0500 Sections of I-94 and I-35W to close this weekend Portions of both I-94 and I-35W will be closed this weekend for construction and maintenance work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/freeway-closures?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 07:56:47 -0500