Minnesota Public Radio features by Rupa Shenoy http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30486 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:16:33 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Rupa Shenoy http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 One year later, family of man shot by police wonders why This month marks the one-year anniversary of Victor Gaddy's death. St. Paul police shot him while trying to box his car in and detain him on suspicion of selling drugs. A Ramsey County grand jury later found the police officers' actions were justified. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/29/one-year-after-man-shot-by-police?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:14:29 -0500 Investigators confirm that remains are Matula's Eden Prairie Police say they're received confirmation from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner that human remains found Saturday are those of Mandy Matula. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/27/news/investigators-confirm-that-remains-are-matulas?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:30:10 -0500 Gunflint Lodge goes on the market The resort has been in owner Bruce Kerfoot's family for more than eight decades. The 74-year-old says he has no one to pass the business on to. He and his wife hope to find a buyer who will pay an asking price of $6.7 million and be willing to preserve the resort's traditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/27/news/gunflint-lodge-goes-on-the-market?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:23:42 -0500 E. coli strikes pumpkin patch visitors The patients range in age from 15 months to seven years and are from the Twin Cities metro area. They all had contact with animals at Dehn's Pumpkins in Dayton, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/26/e-coli-strikes-pumpkin-patch-visitors?refid=0 Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:23:53 -0500 At Target, criminal history check box ends for job applicants Target Vice President Jim Rowader says the company is planning to work with a Minneapolis-based group Council on Crime and Justice to increase the company's hiring of ex-offenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/business/at-target-criminal-history-check-box-ends-for-job-applicants?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:42:46 -0500 Brainerd mayor hopes to resume talks with potential buyer of Wausau Paper Mill Liberty Diversified International's chairman and CEO informed the city of Brainerd Tuesday the company was no longer interested in buying the plant, citing environmental concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/20/business/brainerd-mayor-wausau-paper-mill?refid=0 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:11:27 -0500 Gov. Dayton outlines higher ed. priorities Dayton spoke to about 300 college students Saturday at the Minnesota State College Student Association Leadership Summit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/19/education/gov-dayton-outlines-higher-ed-priorities?refid=0 Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:24:10 -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 Boy on bike hit by teen driver, dies Isanti County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Chris Caulk said the boy was riding his bike near the airport in Cambridge Township when he was struck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/boy-bike?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:45:42 -0500 New Dept. of Corrections health care provider chosen for mental health track record The department's current contract with Corizon Health expires at the end of the year. The new two-year contract of $67.5 million with Centurion Managed Care begins the next day. Centurion's services will cost the department an additional $5 million dollars per year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/health/new-dept-of-corrections-health-care-provider?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:17:11 -0500 At Sunday Mass, Catholics react to archdiocese investigations Reports of possible cover-ups and extra payments to clergy suspected of sexual misconduct have put the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. We spoke with some Catholics at Mass on Sunday about their reaction to the news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/religion/at-sunday-mass-catholics-react-to-archdiocese-investigations?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 06:09:00 -0500 Lynx win growing hometown fan base, along with championship The Minnesota Lynx have won their second WNBA basketball championship with a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Dream. And the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis was packed last night for a free viewing of the third match in the best-of-five WNBA championship series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/sport/lynx-win-growing-hometown-fan-base-along-with-championship?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:29:51 -0500 New church task force on clergy abuse begins its work A task force created by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to investigate clergy misconduct includes a psychologist who works on sex offender management, a computer forensics expert and a former St. Paul police sergeant. Members say their work will be independent of the archdiocese they're investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/archdioceses-new-task-force-on-clergy-abuse-begins-its-work?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Boy flies from Minn. to Vegas sans ticket A 9-year-old Minneapolis boy was able to get through security and on a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/06/boy-flies-from-minn-to-vegas-sans-ticket?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 10:56:21 -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 Plan to house civilly committed sex offenders debated in Cambridge Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson wants to transfer six offenders with special needs from a compound in Moose Lake to a remodeled, lower-security building in the central Minnesota town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/29/plan-to-house-sex-offenders-hot-topic-in-cambrige?refid=0 Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:46:37 -0500 Police: Missing U of M student likely dead Burnsville police says they've uncovered evidence that shows 20-year-old Anarae Schunk may have been the victim of a homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/police-missing-u-of-m-student-likely-dead?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:41:59 -0500 Thousands of frozen pizzas recalled A Minnesota-based pizza company is recalling some of its products because they contain an allergen that isn't mentioned on the packaging. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/thousands-of-frozen-pizzas-recalled?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:21:59 -0500 'Inherit the Wind' too controversial in New Ulm A New Ulm theater has canceled a production of "Inherit the Wind" after objections that the play is not compatible with the Bible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/inherit-the-wind-too-controversial-in-new-ulm?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:58:47 -0500 Terrance Franklin's family, still unconvinced by police shooting evidence, plans to sue The family of Terrance Franklin will move ahead with a civil lawsuit against Minneapolis police after the 22-year-old man's shooting death in the basement of an Uptown neighborhood home in May. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/news/terrance-franklins-family-still-unconvinced-by-police-shooting-evidence-plans-to-sue?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:40:38 -0500 Fan reaction to personal seat licenses at new Vikings stadium is mixed The seat license plan is expected to give fans legal ownership of seats. They'll still have to buy tickets every year. It's not clear yet how much the Vikings plan to charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/23/fan-reaction-personal-seat-licenses?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:51:27 -0500 Minneapolis to build 100 'eco-friendly' homes Twenty-seven of the houses are currently under construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/21/minneapolis-builds-new-homes?refid=0 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:33:16 -0500 Judges dismisses data breach suit against state The people who brought civil suits argued that officials with the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety and Natural Resources failed to implement systems to adequately protect residents' private data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/21/judges-dismisses-data-breach-suit-against-state?refid=0 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:12:55 -0500 Police describe details of Terrance Franklin shooting Police presented a multimedia account of the shooting death of Terrance Franklin after a grand jury cleared officers of wrongdoing in the May 10 incident. Until Thursday, Minneapolis Chief of Police Janee Harteau said little about what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/police-describe-details-of-terrance-franklin-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:25:15 -0500 MNsure outreach criticized by minority groups A state senator says the $9 million marketing campaign for the state's new online health insurance marketplace is under review for its appeal to minority groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/mnsure-outreach-criticized-by-minority-groups?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:43:46 -0500 What caused the downtown Winona fire? Rubble from the building where fire officials believe the blaze began early Friday morning - the Islamic Center of Winona - has been carted to the city's central fire station where investigators are combing through the debris. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/15/investigators-probe-for-cause-of-downtown-winona-fire?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Some sex offenders could go to less secure setting Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says officials have identified six intellectually disabled sex offenders who could be moved to a less restrictive, but secure, site in Cambridge. The move could happen next year with court approval. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/sex-offenders-could-go-to-less-secure-setting?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:10:34 -0500 Inmates, sex offenders may test same-sex marriage law Legalizing same sex marriage has raised a host of questions for Minnesota officials -- from the relatively simple, like how to replace the words "husband" and "wife" on forms, to the more complicated, such as whether two incarcerated people can marry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/social-issue/inmates-sex-offenders-may-test-samesex-marriage-law?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 06:48:23 -0500 $1M 'make St. Paul great' idea winner announcement Monday The winner of the "What would you do with $1 million to make Saint Paul great?" challenge will be announced on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/08/news/1m-idea-winner?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 16:48:13 -0500 Zebra mussels found in Lake Hiawatha Zebra mussels have been found in Lake Hiawatha, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/08/environment/zebra-mussels-lake-hiawatha?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 16:37:59 -0500 In Minneapolis, hundreds protest possible US attack on Syria Demonstrators are holding the rally in advance of a congressional vote on President Barack Obama's war resolution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/07/syria-protest-today-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:28:18 -0500 Lilydale landslide victims' families critical of new report Investigators say the City of St Paul could not have known about the potential danger to a class of fourth graders on a fossil-hunting field trip on May 22, of whom two died. Families of the victims say the city is trying to avoid responsibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/news/lilydale-landslide-victims-families-critical-of-new-report?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 06:20:36 -0500 State official backs release of man from sex offender program Minnesota's sex offender program detains offenders indefinitely after they've served their prison sentences because county judges thought they were at high risk to re-offend. The program currently holds about 680 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/jesson-backs-release-of-man-from-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:39:02 -0500 Ill. lawmaker speaks to Latinos in Minn. on immigration U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., drew a crowd of hundreds of Minnesota Latinos on Sunday afternoon at an appearance in a south Minneapolis church. Gutierrez was hosted by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who called Gutierrez one of the faces of the immigration reform movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/politics/gutierrez-speaks-on-immigration-reform?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:08:48 -0500 Train hits and kills Eveleth man A 38-year-old Eveleth man died after being struck by a train just before 3 a.m. Sunday in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/regional/train-kills-eveleth-man?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:49:36 -0500 Free supplies and services at St. Paul back-to-school event Free supplies and resources including haircuts and employment counseling will be available this week at a back-to-school event for families in need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/education/free-supplies-at-back-to-school-event?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 11:46:49 -0500 Family wants answers after Brooklyn Center cops kill man, 24 The family members of a man shot by Brooklyn Center police on Friday are calling for a swift and thorough investigation into his death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/25/regional/family-wants-answers-after-brooklyn-center-cops-kill-man?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:33:39 -0500 Mpls. celebrates 70th anniversary of WWII-era garden Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and others on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of what's believed to be one of the last remaining World War II Victory Community Gardens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/24/environment/anniversary-of-world-war-two-garden?refid=0 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:06:58 -0500 Minn. copper mine review to be made public in Nov. A environmental review of the PolyMet project in northeast Minnesota will be released Nov. 22, officials with the DNR said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/23/environment/copper-mine-review-becomes-public-in-november?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:21:06 -0500 MnDOT seeks help finding motorist who injured worker The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking the public's help to find a driver who hit a construction worker on Interstate 694 late Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/regional/mndot-seeks-help-investigating-hit-and-run?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:25:35 -0500 Lawyers push to have sex offender program declared unconstitutional Lawyers representing hundreds of offenders held indefinitely in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program have asked a federal judge to declare it unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/news/hearing-set-in-sex-offender-suit?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:51:33 -0500 Latest north Minneapolis shooting prompts rally, calls for witnesses Minneapolis police have leads in the Tuesday shooting of a toddler, pregnant woman and teen boy in north Minneapolis, but they need more people to come forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/news/latest-north-minneapolis-shooting-prompts-rally-calls-for-witnesses?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:47:32 -0500 Application open for Minn. 'Dream Act' financial aid Officials from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will hold a workshop at Augsburg College Monday for students applying for financial aid under the state's new Dream Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/18/news/dream-act-application?refid=0 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:22:54 -0500 Paul Bunyan, Babe new faces of MNsure Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox will be the faces of MNsure, Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/18/health/mnsure-paul-bunyan?refid=0 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:15:31 -0500 Protests for killed Mpls. man continue People protesting the fatal shooting of Terrance Franklin continued to demand prosecutions of Minneapolis police Saturday despite news of a pending grand jury investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/17/news/protest-terrance-franklin?refid=0 Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:56:17 -0500 Hundreds pack St. Paul meeting to vent about East Side violence Hundreds of East Side residents in St. Paul packed a church basement and leveled some harsh questions at city officials Thursday night after the shooting death of one man and the severe beating of another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/news/st-paul-east-side-violence?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:16:51 -0500 St. Paul police, east side residents to meet over beating Ray Widstrand tried to walk through what police say was a gang fight at about 11:30 p.m. on August 4th. He was beaten and kicked, and left with near fatal brain swelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/15/st-paul-police-east-side-residents-to-meet-over-beating?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 06:50:02 -0500 St. Paul man charged in near-fatal beating A man has been arrested in a beating that left a 26-year-old St. Paul resident in Regions Hospital with potentially fatal brain swelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/10/regional/arrest-in-st-paul-beating?refid=0 Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:42:33 -0500 Email trail charts inquiry into Mpls. officers' behavior in Green Bay A night of drinking, using racial slurs and demanding preferential treatment by two off-duty Minneapolis officers led to a tenuous partnership between the Green Bay and Minneapolis police departments, e-mails provided to MPR News this week show, as officials in Wisconsin tried to hold the Minneapolis officers accountable while maintaining good relations with the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/10/regional/minneapolis-cops-green-bay-case?refid=0 Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:37:44 -0500 Xcel, Minneapolis agree on green energy goals The move may make a proposed vote on replacing Xcel with a city-run utility unnecessary. The commitments were outlined in an exchange of letters between Mayor R.T. Rybak and the utility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/environment/xcel-minneapolis-agree-on-green-energy-goals?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:55:12 -0500 Harteau: Community will help draft action plan Police Chief Janee Harteau said Wednesday that a new committee of community leaders will help draft an action plan in coming weeks to address the root causes of community dissatisfaction with the department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/news/harteau-community-action-plan?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:20:40 -0500 Minn. reports first-ever suicide at sex offender facility The Minnesota Department of Human Services says a 45-year-old man in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program's Moose Lake facility took his own life this weekend -- the first successful suicide attempt in the program's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/05/news/suicide-moose-lake-sex-offender-facility?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:21:37 -0500 Map showcases notable Minnesota authors Some of Minnesota's most notable authors are featured on a new map of the state that highlights its legacy of literature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/04/arts/literary-map-of-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:34:46 -0500 U center, China sign deal on security of food supply The University of Minnesota-based National Center for Food Protection and Defense has signed an agreement with Chinese officials to increase security of the food supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/04/news/university-agreement-with-china-on-food-protection?refid=0 Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:21:43 -0500 Emergency workers train for large-scale crisis More than 100 local emergency responders reacted to a simulated bomb threat and staged mass shooting Saturday as part of a large-scale training exercise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/04/regional/first-responder-training-exercise?refid=0 Sun, 04 Aug 2013 09:59:04 -0500 Uptown Art Fair benefits from better housing market, CEO says The CEO of the Uptown Art Fair, taking place in Minneapolis this weekend, said the improving housing market is helping artists. Increased homebuying is leading to increased demand for art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/04/arts/uptown-art-fair?refid=0 Sun, 04 Aug 2013 09:39:41 -0500 3 Minneapolis officers investigated for bar fight Minneapolis Police Department is investigating a bar fight involving three of its officers in Apple Valley last November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/news/minneapolis-officers-investigated-for-misconduct?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:17:10 -0500 MSP airport enlists volunteers to help security efforts While there are cameras watching the edges of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, officials say there's no substitute for eyes and ears. Police at some world airports, including MSP, are recruiting volunteers to help boost security against possible attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/15/news/msp-airport-enlists-volunteers-to-help-security-efforts?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:52:58 -0500 National Gay Blood Drive comes to St. Paul For decades the federal government has banned blood donation by men who have sex with men. Now some of them want to show the Food and Drug Administration how much blood would be collected if they were allowed to donate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/news/national-gay-blood-drive-comes-to-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:37:39 -0500 Two men charged in south Minneapolis homicide The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has charged two men with three counts each of felony intentional murder in the second degree and two counts each of second-degree assault in connection with a fatal shooting in south Minneapolis Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/news/two-men-charged-in-south-minneapolis-homicide?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:44:44 -0500 St. Paul votes to preserve historic Island power plant The St. Paul City Council has voted unanimously in favor of local historic designation for the Saint Paul Gas Light Company Island Station. The ordinance is set for consideration for final adoption July 17. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/st-paul-takes-step-toward-historic-preservation-of-island-power-plant/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:01:08 -0500 Horse bucks, steps on Minneapolis police officer A Minneapolis police officer appears to have escaped major injuries after she was bucked and stepped on by her horse early this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/news/police-officer-bucked-off-horse?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:53:30 -0500 Douglas Dayton played key role in shaping Target Corp. Douglas Dayton, who was instrumental in opening the first Target stores, died Friday. He was 88. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/07/news/douglas-dayton-obit?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:50:51 -0500 Legislative panel on synthetic drugs to hold first hearing A legislative panel on synthetic drugs will begin hearings this week. House Speaker Paul Thissen created the Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs in May and appointed state Rep. Erik Simonson of Duluth as chairman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/07/politics/legislative-panel-on-synthetic-drugs?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:00:00 -0500 DNR offers mobile app for fishing licenses The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new mobile app for people who want to buy fishing licenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/06/environment/dnr-mobile-app-for-fishing-licenses?refid=0 Sat, 06 Jul 2013 09:50:50 -0500 Minneapolis bicyclist dies after hit-and-run A bicyclist died Friday after a hit-and-run incident Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/news/bicyclist-dies-hit-and-run?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:40:30 -0500 Hmongtown Marketplace raid leaves businesses, patrons off balance There's a saying in Hmong that, when roughly translated, means: When you get a bad shock, your soul gets dislodged, and you have to make a sacrifice in order to bring it back to your body. Many people at the Hmongtown Marketplace in St. Paul say that's the first thing that came to mind the police showed up there last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/hmongtown-market-raid-leaves-businesses-patrons-in-shock-?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:23:24 -0500 3 die in motorcycle crashes July 4 Three died in two separate motorcycle crashes on July 4. Benjamin Jones, 24, was killed after hitting an SUV in St. Louis county. Terrance Armstrong, 57, and Kari Armstrong, 47, died on I-35 in Pine county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/news/2-die-after-pine-county-motorcycle-crash?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 06:14:36 -0500 After historic ruling, wedding fever takes hold at Twin Cities Pride One month from today, the first same-sex wedding ceremonies will take place in Minnesota, and anticipation of that day was evident at Twin Cities Pride over the weekend. Instead of an area for commitment ceremonies as there has been in previous years, there was a showcase for wedding businesses that want to help couples with their plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/30/news/same-sex-weddings-commence-in-one-month?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Marjorie Anderson, first woman to lead Mille Lacs band, dies at 81 The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe said former Chief Executive Marjorie Anderson died on Saturday. Anderson was the first woman leader of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in east central Minnesota, serving from 1991 to 2000. She was elected to another four-year term as chief executive in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/30/regional/marjorie-anderson-dies?refid=0 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:40:38 -0500 Minnesota state employee unions reach tentative contract agreements The unions that represent thousands of Minnesota state employees say they have reached contract agreements that give workers 3 percent raises for each of the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/state-employees-union-contract-agreement?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:32:40 -0500 Beltrami County man killed in standoff ID'd The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified a Beltrami County man fatally shot Wednesday during a standoff with law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/news/beltrami-man-killed?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:29:21 -0500 Man receives light sentence in son's death A Minneapolis man whose 4-year-old son killed his younger brother has been sentenced to up to 10 years probation and community service. It's a much lighter sentence than the charges carry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/kao-xiong-sentenced?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:05:26 -0500 Zellers announces bid for governor Former Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers officially declared his candidacy to unseat DFLer Gov. Mark Dayton Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/23/zellers-governor-race?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:00:00 -0500 Thousands still lack power as Xcel customers' patience frays Xcel Energy said Sunday that it has been able to restore power to almost 460,000 customers. Spokesman Tom Hoen said there were still roughly 85,000 customers without service, mainly in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/23/regional/storm-cleanup?refid=0 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:46:54 -0500 Thousands lack power; Xcel says workers facing dangerous conditions Xcel Energy said Saturday that utility crews were working as fast as they can in dangerous conditions to restore power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/22/regional/storm-damage-twin-cities?refid=0 Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:16:09 -0500 Report: Heroin use steady, but meth is coming back in Twin Cities A new report shows that as heroin remains the dominant drug among abusers in the Twin Cities, methamphetamines are making a comeback. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/news/meth-drug-comback?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:33:14 -0500 Native Mob member sentenced for murder A member of the Native Mob street gang has been sentenced to 43 years in federal prison for killing a possible informant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/news/native-mob-shawn-michael-martinez?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:40:01 -0500 Health Dept.: Expect more ticks, mosquitoes State officials say that recent warm, wet weather will likely lead to more ticks and mosquitoes this summer. Experts are particularly worried now about ticks that can transmit several diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/environment/more-ticks-and-mosquitoes?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:31:49 -0500 Old and new arrivals meet at Refugee Day Long-assimilated refugees mingled with new arrivals on Saturday at an annual event that brings Minnesota's refugee community together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/regional/twin-cities-refugee-day?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:06:12 -0500 Coalition pushes to prevent and halt elder abuse A coalition of Minnesota county officials, senior advocates, health care providers and banks is launching a statewide educational campaign on elder abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/16/regional/elder-abuse-safety-campaign?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:52:23 -0500 Sheriff: 2 dead in Sherburne County The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office and Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office were investigating the deaths of a married couple. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/15/regional/couple-dead-in-sherburne-county?refid=0 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:56:04 -0500 Complaint: offender had sex with vulnerable client at Courage Center A man required to register as a predatory offender was able to pose as a personal care assistant at the Courage Center in Golden Valley and have sex with a client, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/couragecenter-sexoffense?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:38:54 -0500 Transcripts detail landslide rescuers' initial desperation Calls to 911 when a landslide buried two children in St. Paul's Lilydale Park last month reveal confusion over how to get emergency help to the victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/news/landslide-911-transcript?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:55:51 -0500 Harteau asks public to 'withhold judgment' in Franklin case Protestors continue to call for an independent investigation into the death of a man shot by police in a Minneapolis basement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/news/independent-investigation-terrance-franklin?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:10:21 -0500 St. Paul Hmongtown Marketplace investigated for illegal distribution of meds Law enforcement personnel seized hundreds of pounds of unmarked or mis-marked pills including penicillin, steroids and opiates from the Hmongtown Marketplace in St. Paul, according to the Ramsey County Sheriff's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/illegal-medicine-distribution-alleged?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:29:45 -0500 Shootings in metro area leave 2 dead Law enforcement agencies were investigating several shootings in the metro area this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/09/regional/metro-area-weekend-shootings?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 19:00:00 -0500 Boat flip kills 2 at Lac qui Parle Lake Two people died after their boat overturned on Lac qui Parle Lake, near Montevideo in west central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/09/regional/boat-flip-kills-three-at-lac-qui-parle?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 16:11:32 -0500 Met Council meetings to focus on freight rail in southwest train plan The future routes of freight rail and light rail in the southwest metro area will be the topic at two open houses this week held by the Metropolitan Council. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/09/regional/southwest-light-rail-and-freight-tracks?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 14:23:25 -0500 Vilsack, Dayton to christen state water quality project U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join Gov. Mark Dayton and members of Minnesota's congressional delegation in St. Paul on Monday to kick off a new project aimed at improving water quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/09/environment/vilsack-dayton-water-quality-project?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 09:44:10 -0500 Stillwater streets reopen after bomb investigation at bank; suspect held Traffic returned to normal in downtown Stillwater late Saturday afternoon after streets were blocked off for hours as law enforcement investigated a potential bomb threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/08/regional/stillwater-bank-robbery-possible-bomb?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jun 2013 11:49:53 -0500 Journalist to speak on Wounded Knee incident The American Indian Movement Interpretive Center will host a talk on Saturday night by Pulitzer Prize nominee Kevin McKiernan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/08/arts/talk-and-exhibit-on-wounded-knee?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:29:04 -0500 Police complete investigation of Terrance Franklin shooting Investigation into an uptown Minneapolis shooting that left one man dead and two police officers wounded has been completed, the Minneapolis Police Department said Friday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/news/police-investigation-terrance-franklin?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:18:28 -0500 Counties tally marriage license requests on first day same-sex couples can apply Officials in Hennepin County say they processed at least 38 marriage license applications from same-sex couples on Thursday, the first day the county allowed such applications. In Ramsey County, authorities reported receiving 14 marriage license applications from same-sex couples. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/news/marriage-application-tally?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:58:59 -0500 Hennepin sheriff: Heroin deaths continue to rise Heroin overdose deaths in Hennepin County increased last year despite area law enforcement's focus on the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/hennepin-sheriff-heroin-deaths-continue-to-rise?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:42:32 -0500 Bomb talk halts Greyhound bus in Woodbury Traffic is flowing normally along Interstate 94 eastbound in Woodbury after law enforcement cleared the scene of a Greyhound bus that pulled over because the driver overheard a passenger talking about a bomb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/news/greyhound-bus-halted?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:52:57 -0500 GOP's Emmer jumps into Minn.'s 6th District race Tom Emmer, the Republican who narrowly lost the last governor's race to Mark Dayton, kicked off his attempt at a political comeback Wednesday as he joined the 2014 race to succeed Michele Bachmann in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/05/politics/tom-emmer-6th-district-race?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:45:46 -0500 After legislative inaction, changes could loom for sex offender program The future of Minnesota's sex offender program may become clearer this summer. The state has long been criticized for its program, which indefinitely holds sex offenders whom judges in county courts think might commit new crimes, even after the offenders have served their sentences. Lawmakers did not change the program during the session that recently ended, and that could mean the federal courts will soon force the state to act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/02/politics/future-of-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Marchers protest police actions in death of Terrance Franklin Hundreds marched through downtown Minneapolis Friday evening to protest police actions in the death of Terrance Franklin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/news/protest-police-terrance-franklin?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 21:24:01 -0500 BCA awarded grant to ID human remains samples collected over decades A state agency is launching a year-long effort to put a face and a name to numerous sets of unidentified human remains collected in Minnesota over decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/news/bca-id-human-remains-samples?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 20:43:53 -0500 Zebra mussels found in Itasca county lakes The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed finding zebra mussels in two lakes in Itasca county. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/zebra-mussels?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 19:54:15 -0500 Father: Terrance Franklin shot in back of head The father of a man killed by Minneapolis police earlier this month says Terrance Franklin was shot in the back of the head. Supporters of the man and his family plan to protest police handling of the case on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/news/terrance-franklin-shot-in-back-of-head?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 19:25:24 -0500 Latino models in short supply in Minn., casting agencies say Minnesota has long been home to the headquarters of big companies, leading to a flourishing Twin Cities advertising production industry. Companies are demanding a more diverse look to lure consumers, but some modeling and casting companies say they've hit a hurdle that's causing them to lose business: finding Hispanic people to appear in ads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/business/latino-models?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 18:27:39 -0500 Downey: Bachmann would have won in 2014 The head of the Minnesota Republican Party says Rep. Michele Bachmann would have won the 2014 election had she decided to seek re-election in the 6th District, but chances are good for any Republican in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/politics/downey-bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 21:30:00 -0500 Elk River chief: Child's body found in water Officials in Elk River say they found a body that matched the description of a missing 2-year-old girl on Sunday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/regional/teams-searching-water-for-missing-girl?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 12:45:56 -0500 Dayton signs union bill; opponents prepare lawsuit Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law a bill that allows government-subsidized in-home child care providers and personal care assistants to unionize. One of the main groups that opposed the legislation says it will likely file suit Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/politics/union-bill-signed-and-group-prepares-to-sue?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 10:43:27 -0500 Prison terms for 2 after assault was recorded on voicemail Two men have been sentenced for an aggravated robbery that was recorded in a voicemail message. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/26/regional/two-men-sentenced-after-crime-was-recorded?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 09:38:44 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin investigating classroom altercation The Anoka-Hennepin School District is reacting to videos posted on YouTube that appear to show a teacher pushing a black student into desks and placing him in a headlock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/school-district-investigating-classroom-altercation?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 20:27:21 -0500 Gov. vetoes Teach for America funding in higher ed bill Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed $1.5 million in funding for Teach for America programs in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/politics/gov-vetoes-teach-for-america-funding-in-higher-ed-bill?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 19:27:49 -0500 Engineering firm to examine site of bluff collapse A civil engineering firm has been hired to examine the site of the bluff collapse that killed two children in Lilydale Regional Park earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/engineering-firm-bluff-collapse?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 16:40:23 -0500 Community mourns boys killed in mudslide Families and community continue to mourn the deaths of two boys killed in a St. Paul park mudslide earlier this week. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to attend a memorial at Peter Hobart Elementary School on Friday for the victims, Mohamed Fofana and Haysem Sani. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/landslide-community-mourning?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 One child still missing in deadly St. Paul park landslide The family of the St. Louis Park fourth grader missing after a hillside collapse gathered Thursday morning at Lilydale Regional Park as recovery efforts resumed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/news/lilydale-landslide-recovery-search?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 How lawmakers cope with long hours in session Legislators at the Minnesota Capitol have worked marathon hours this weekend as they raced to finish work on the new two-year state budget before the mandated end of the session on Monday at midnight. We talked to one lawmaker about how he and his colleagues handle the long hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/politics/minn-lawmakers-cope-with-long-hours-in-session?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 18:48:06 -0500 New charter school will reuse buildings at Fort Snelling A new public charter school will restore and reuse nine historic buildings at Fort Snelling State Park. The Upper Mississippi Academy will open later this year and eventually enroll about 1,380 students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/education/charter-school-at-fort-snelling?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 09:52:07 -0500 Mpls police ID officer involved in collision that killed motorcyclist A week after a police-involved shooting and squad car accident left two men dead, Minneapolis police identify the officer involved in the collision with motorcyclist. And police will interview the two officers involved in the shooting next week, Minneapolis police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/officers-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 19:31:03 -0500 Friends of killed motorcyclist hold fundraiser Friends of a motorcyclist killed in a collision with a Minneapolis police vehicle last week held a fundraiser Thursday evening to send his body back to Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/news/ivan-romero-olivares?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 21:33:45 -0500 Wildfire near Park Rapids surrounded; residents may soon return to homes The Green Valley Fire has burned about 7,100 acres, and threatened 50 homes in the area south of Park Rapids. In addition to the homes that burned, the fire has destroyed two commercial buildings and more than 40 other structures. The fire is now 65 percent contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/weather/wildfire-park-rapids?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 11:00:53 -0500 Ex-archdiocese employee pleads guilty The former head of accounting accused of stealing more than $670,000 from the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to theft and filing a false tax return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/news/scott-domeier-guilty?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 18:59:04 -0500 'Proud' Minn. gays and lesbians wonder: What's after marriage vote? Same-sex couples who've been together for years will soon have the option of getting married if the Minnesota Senate, as expected, passes legislation today legalizing same-sex marriage and recognizing out-of-state marriages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/politics/same-sex-marriage-pin?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls police: Suspect tried to grab officer's gun Minneapolis police say a suspect tried to grab an officer's gun during a series of events Friday that left the suspect and a motorcyclist dead and a woman injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/12/news/minneapolis-police-shooting-details?refid=0 Sun, 12 May 2013 12:56:23 -0500 2 Minneapolis officers wounded, 2 people dead Two people are dead and two Minneapolis police officers are recovering after a search for a burglary suspect took a chaotic turn Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/news/minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 23:05:14 -0500 Police: Body found is Kira Trevino St. Paul police have confirmed the body pulled from the Mississippi River was that of Kira Trevino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/news/kira-trevino?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 15:27:55 -0500 St. Paul science educator named Teacher of the Year Megan Olivia Hall teaches grades 7-12 at the Open World Learning Community in St. Paul. She was presented with the award Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/05/education/st-paul-science-teacher-named-teacher-of-the-year?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 06:00:41 -0500 A soggy Cinco de Mayo parade in St. Paul A few May Day parades are planned for this weekend, but if the crowd at St Paul's Cinco de Mayo parade Saturday is an indicator, many people may stay away because of the weather. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/05/a-soggy-cinco-de-mayo-in-st-paul/?refid=0 Sat, 04 May 2013 18:53:14 -0500 Police continue search for 3 missing women The parents of a missing St. Paul woman who is believed to be dead are pleading with the public to continue the search for her body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/04/news/police-search-missing-women?refid=0 Sat, 04 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Q&A: Debra Crusoe, new head of Minnesota's USDA Farm Service Agency A congressional committee has chosen a long-time civil servant as executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/news/qa-debra-crusoe-farm-service-agency?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 21:54:34 -0500 Zebra mussels temporarily stop work on St. Croix bridge project State officials say construction of the St Croix Bridge will resume after a zebra mussel discovery halted work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/environment/zebra-mussels-stop-work-st-croix-bridge-project?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 21:37:20 -0500 Amy Senser's appeal hinges on awareness of accident The Minnesota Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday to reconsider Amy Senser's conviction in the hit-and-run death of a Roseville man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/news/amy-senser-appeal?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 19:03:04 -0500 Q&A: How women are taking a leadership role in agriculture Leigh Adcock, director of Women Food and Agriculture Netork talks about the changing role of women in farming http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/28/women-leadership-farming?refid=0 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:00:37 -0500 First test of light-rail cars on Central Corridor Metro Transit said the first test of a light-rail car on the new Green Line went off without a hitch Sunday. The test confirmed light rail cars won't touch overhanging power lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/28/transportation-light-rail-test-green-line?refid=0 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 13:04:44 -0500 Rep. Ellison trying to restore money transfers to Somalia DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says he once again is attempting to pass legislation that would restore the full flow of remittances to Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/28/news/rep-ellison-trying-to-restore-money-transfers-to-somalia?refid=0 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Norquist headlines Minn. anti-tax rally Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist was the headline speaker Saturday at the annual Taxpayers Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/27/politics/norquist-headlines-minn-antitax-rally?refid=0 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:34:54 -0500 Minn. teachers union ousts leader Tom Dooher Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher has lost a bid for a third term as head of the state's teachers union. Delegates to the union's convention today elected Denise Specht as their new president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/27/education/education-minnesota-elects-new-president?refid=0 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:29:28 -0500 Hopkins students protest treatment of black teens More than 150 students walked out of Hopkins High School Friday afternoon to bring attention to what they say is unequal treatment of African-American teens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/education/hopkins-students-protest-treatment-of-black-teens?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:53:59 -0500 Shoreview Wells Fargo building evacuated after substance found in envelope A Wells Fargo administration building in Shoreview was evacuated Thursday after a yellowish substance was found in an envelope. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/news/shoreview-wells-fargo-building-evacuated-after-substance-found-in-envelope?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:24:32 -0500 Grand jury indicts Byron Smith of first-degree murder in shooting deaths of 2 teens A central Minnesota man accused of killing two teenagers who allegedly broke into his home has been indicted on first-degree murder charges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/news/little-falls-shooter-byron-smith-charged?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:42:34 -0500 All-clear given after plant explosion in Shakopee Authorities in Scott County say no one was hurt in an explosion and fire at a biomass energy power plant in Shakopee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/news/shakopee-plant-fire?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:29:05 -0500 13 sickened after eating raw milk cheese Thirteen people in Minneapolis have become sickened with after eating a Mexican-style cheese made with raw milk, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/health/salmonella-raw-milk-cheese?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:45:45 -0500 Dayton, teachers rally for education funding Ahead of a funding debate this week in the Legislature, Gov. Mark Dayton told a rally Sunday at St Paul's Central High School that teachers in Minnesota are being put in impossible situations, with too many students and under-equipped classrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/politics/dayton-teachers-education-funding?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:50:15 -0500 Como Zoo & Conservatory reaches milestone in 10-year expansion The 100-year-old Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul has opened a new $2.8 million wing, and visitors got their first look over the weekend. The completion of the wing leaves just one more phase in a project that has taken a decade to complete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/21/regional/como-zoo-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Activists rally as Minn. lawmakers consider same-sex marriage bill Advocates on both sides of the debate over same-sex marriage continue to step up their efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/21/politics/same-sex-marriage-rally?refid=0 Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:57:29 -0500 Hospital confirms remains of 2nd stillborn baby are missing Regions Hospital says a second stillborn baby's remains were accidentally placed in laundry sent out for cleaning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/20/health/second-stillborn-baby-found-in-laundry?refid=0 Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:25:06 -0500 2nd stillborn's remains may have gone to laundry A Minnesota hospital says the remains of a second stillborn baby also may have been sent to a laundry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/news/2nd-stillborn-laundry?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:52:34 -0500 Independent contractor brought to investigate MetroTransit employees MetroTransit officials say they've hired a contractor to investigate employees at their Hiawatha light-rail facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/news/independent-contractor-investigate-metrotransit?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:18:09 -0500 Inquiry on remains found in Burnsville The Burnsville Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were investigating the discovery of skeletal remains that were found in a park on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/14/regionla/remains-found-in-burnsville?refid=0 Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:35:08 -0500 Lao New Year unites groups to celebrate together for first time in Minn. Organizers of the Lao New Year's event in Crystal on Saturday say they brought the region's Hmong, Burmese and Laotian communities to celebrate together for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/14/regional/lao-new-year-celebration?refid=0 Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:16:04 -0500 Mpls. SWAT cop found guilty in bar assault A Minneapolis police sergeant has been found guilty of assault for punching a 44-year-old man at a bar in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/13/regional/minneapolis-cop-guilty-of-assault?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:07:23 -0500 Tax deadline postponed for S. Minn. storm victims The Minnesota Department of Revenue is extending the state tax filing deadline for some residents affected by storms this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/13/regional/tax-deadline-moved-for-storm-victims?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:55:32 -0500 Same-sex marriage foes take case on road Opponents of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota have kicked off a statewide bus tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/politics/same-sex-marriage-foes-take-case-on-road-?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Minntac mine expansion won't require impact statement An environmental impact statement will not be required for a proposed extension of the Mountain Iron Minntac mine, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/environment/minntac-mine-expansion-impact-statement?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:53:56 -0500 2 youths suspected of throwing Molotov cocktail Minneapolis police say they have identified two juveniles suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a bicyclist on the Midtown Greenway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/news/youths-suspected-of-throwing-molotov-cocktail?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:43:08 -0500 Chad Cummings: Weather in southeast Minnesota Chad Cummings, general manager and co-owner of Radio Works LLC., speaks with MPR News about the weather in southeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/weather/chad-cummings-weather-southeast-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Asset-building program for poor tries to win back state support The state may give new life to a program that helps low income people build savings to fund an education, a business, or the purchase of a home. When program participants save $40 a month in an account the program adds $120. FAIM says it has helped nearly 1,800 people save $2.5 million over the last 12 years. But the program lost its state funding two years ago and wasn't included in the governor's first proposed budget this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/social-issue/faim-asset-building-program?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:38:45 -0500 McKnight grants to fight climate change The McKnight Foundation says it's focusing its climate-related efforts on the Midwest, beginning with a $25 million grant to two organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/news/mcknight-grants-to-fight-climate-change?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 08:12:05 -0500 Ellison: Public needs to pressure Congress on drones The public has to push lawmakers to address ethical questions about the use of drones for killing and surveillance, DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/politics/ellison-drone-ethics?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:53:03 -0500 2 escape from low-security prison in Minn. Officials at a minimum-security federal prison camp near Duluth say two white-collar criminals have escaped. U.S. Marshal Service spokesman Thomas Volk says 64-year-old Michael Krzyzaniak and 67-year-old Gerald Greenfield are missing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/31/regional/two-escape-from-prison-near-duluth?refid=0 Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:29:18 -0500 Judge reprimanded for comments during trial The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has reprimanded a Dakota County judge for making numerous -- about 30 -- inappropriate comments during the same trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/news/judge-reprimanded-innappropriate-comments?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:51:15 -0500 Mayo adds Shriners hospital to its network The Mayo Clinic is adding Shriners Hospitals for Children-Twin Cities to its Clinic Care Network, the health care provider announced Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/27/health/mayo-adds-shriners-hospital-to-its-network?refid=0 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:59:26 -0500 Gun debate is can't-miss for some activists People who feel strongly about the gun debate are scheduling their lives around meetings at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/24/politics/gun-issue-activists-at-capitol?refid=0 Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:49:53 -0500 5 Minn. hockey teams forming new tournament Five Minnesota hockey programs are joining to form the state's first Division 1 men's hockey tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/24/regional/new-hockey-conference?refid=0 Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:13:41 -0500 Cops find dead suspect after deploying robot The Minneapolis police say they deployed a robot on Friday night to resolve a situation that involved a hostage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/regional/robot-deployed-in-hostage-taking?refid=0 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:33:13 -0500 2 rallies planned against post office cuts DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to speak at rallies in Minneapolis and Duluth on Sunday to protest the U.S. Postal Service's move to limit Saturday mail delivery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/regional/rallies-planned-to-protest-post-office-cuts?refid=0 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:03:09 -0500 Driver dies after collision with light rail train MetroTransit officials say a 55-year-old man is dead after the car he was driving collided with a light rail train. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/accident/driver-dies-after-collision-with-light-rail-train?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:14:22 -0500 FAA closing down two Minn. airport towers Two Minnesota airports will have to close their air traffic control towers, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/politics/faa-closing-down-two-minn-airport-towers?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:11:05 -0500 House committee approves bill with gun show provision A Minnesota House committee has narrowly approved a gun bill that includes a background check provision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/politics/house-committee-approves-bill-gun-show-provision?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:01:10 -0500 Liberians in Minn. glad for reprieve but want permanent US residency Liberians formerly on temporary residency status in the United States have received a third reprieve from deportation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/16/regional/liberians-get-reprieve-from-deportation?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:47:39 -0500 Nurses set aside goal on hospital staffing Minnesota nurses have agreed to relinquish a legislative goal to establish mandated staffing levels in hospitals. The agreement would also mean that hospitals would publicly disclose their staff levels for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/16/politics/nurses-compromise-on-hospital-staffing?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:35:19 -0500 Saturday is Macy's last day in downtown St. Paul The last department store in downtown St. Paul will close permanently on Saturday, and nearby small businesses are anxious to see what the impact on them will be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/16/regional/last-day-at-macys-in-st-paul?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:59:27 -0500 Somali-American businessman hopes to preserve homeland's culture in museum A Minneapolis restaurant owner and businessman hopes to build a museum to preserve the culture of his homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/human-interest/somali-american-businessman-museum-?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:37:59 -0500 Gun background checks bill heads to full Senate A bill that would require background checks for nearly all gun buyers will get a vote by the full Minnesota Senate after the Judiciary Committee approved it Thursday night. The bill cleared the committee on a straight party-line vote: Five DFLers voted for the bill and three Republicans voted against it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/gun-background-checks-bill-heads-to-full-senate?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:08:22 -0500 More Minnesotans adopt broadband Internet A new survey shows 78 percent of households in Minnesota have broadband Internet service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/technology/minnesotans-adopt-broadband-internet?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:42:04 -0500 Evacuation lifted for SW Mpls. gas leak Minneapolis officials have lifted the evacuation of an area of southwest Minneapolis bounded by 39th and 42nd streets and Upton and Zenith avenues because of a gas leak. Officials say residents can now return to their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/news/southwest-minneapolis-gas-leak?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:01:44 -0500 Magnuson: Sex offender program in urgent need of reform The head of a task force to recommend changes to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program says if the Legislature doesn't reform the program soon, a federal judge may force the state to act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/10/politics/msop-reform?refid=0 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:57:07 -0500 State highlights HIV risk for Minn. women The Minnesota Department of Health says women have gone from being about 2 percent of Minnesota HIV cases in 1985 to 25 of the state's cases in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/10/health/women-hiv-aids-in-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:24:40 -0500 12 women compete in poetry slam finals Twelve women will compete in Minneapolis on Saturday night for the title of Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/09/arts/women-poetry-slam-championship?refid=0 Sat, 09 Mar 2013 09:48:48 -0600 Voter fraud prosecution of woman, 86, raises questions An 86-year-old St. Peter woman with Parkinson's disease and some dementia is facing charges of voter fraud, rasing a number of questions. MPR News speaks with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for answers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/law/voter-fraud-prosecution?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:35:07 -0600 Appeals court affirms no politicking in, near polling places A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of Minnesota's law banning political messages from polling places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/laws/court-upholds-ban-on-political-messages-in-polling-places?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Storm warning brings metro prediction of 10 inches of snow The Twin Cities can expect up to 10 inches of snow to accumulate over the next few days as a winter storm warning goes into effect Sunday night for parts of central and southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/regional/metro-winter-storm-warning?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 15:10:38 -0600 Poll: 54% back Dayton's plan to tax the rich Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to increase income taxes on the state's highest earners has support from a slim 54 percent majority of Minnesotans, according to a new Star Tribune poll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/politics/dayton-strib-poll?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:56:14 -0600 Passport Day axed after US budget cuts The Minneapolis Passport Agency says it is canceling "Passport Day" on March 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/politics/passport-day-canceled?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:42:18 -0600 Nonprofit: Big rise in metro biking, walking The Twin Cities nonprofit Transit for Livable Communities says bike riding in the metro area has increased by more than 50 percent and walking has increased by 20 percent in the past five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/03/regional/metro-nonmotorized-transit-study?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 09:07:46 -0600 2,000 metro security guards ratify contract After a one-day strike this week, 2,000 private Twin Cities security guards have voted to ratify a contract with employers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/business/security-guards-ratify-contract?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 15:18:53 -0600 St. Paul sinkhole forces traffic reroute St. Paul officials say a sewer sinkhole collapsed portions of Raymond Avenue in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood on Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/regional/st-paul-sinkhole?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 15:07:04 -0600 Minn. allowing spring hunting of snow geese Minnesota's first conservation season for snow geese has begun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/environment/snow-geese-population?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 12:25:50 -0600 Metro United Way: Donations rise $800K The Greater Twin Cities United Way says its donations have risen by $800,000 from last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/regional/twin-cities-united-way?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:59:36 -0600 9 injured in Mpls. residential fire The Minneapolis police say nine people were hurt Saturday morning when a building in north Minneapolis caught fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/regional/north-minneapolis-fire?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:55:03 -0600 Boy, 17, held in death of girl in Maplewood The police in Maplewood say they have made an arrest in the death of a 16-year-old girl found stabbed last Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/regional/maplewood-juvenile-murder-suspect?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:50:00 -0600 Minn. job vacancies rise to 7-year 4Q high Minnesota job vacancies rose to their highest level for a fourth quarter in seven years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/business/state-job-vacancies-survey?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:20:29 -0600 Dayton tax plan draws full house at hearing Gov. Mark Dayton's sweeping proposal to overhaul Minnesota's taxes and raise about $2 billion in new revenue got its first public hearing last Wednesday night. The plan to raise income taxes on top earners and expand the sales tax while reducing property taxes drew passionate reactions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/dayton-tax-plan-draws-full-house-at-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:01:04 -0600 Infographic: Ice-related deaths in Minnesota No ice is ever completely safe, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Two-hundred thirty-four people in Minnesota have died in ice-related accidents since 1976. View an infograph to see where incidents have occurred. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/02/icedeaths/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:02:37 -0600 Security guards prepare to strike in metro Nearly two months after their contract expired, 2,500 security guards in the Twin Cities metro area say they'll hold a one-day strike this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/business/security-guards-to-hold-strike?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Police ID teen girl killed in Maplewood Maplewood police have identified a 16-year-old girl found dead on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/24/regional/maplewood-victim-id?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:00:26 -0600 Report: Red Wing mayor resigns after criticism on lobbying job The mayor of Red Wing is reportedly stepping down after being criticized for taking a job with a lobbyist group for the frac sand industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/23/regional/red-wing-mayor-resigns?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:00:00 -0600 Woman slain in Maplewood, police say The Maplewood police say a woman found dead on Saturday morning was probably killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/23/regional/maplewood-woman-found-dead?refid=0 Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:11:54 -0600 Sex Offender Program continues to grow, as state faces court order to change Minnesota keeps more than 675 people behind bars even though they've served their time because of the possibility they will commit another sex offense. That raises questions over constitutional rights that led to the appointment of two committees charged with recommending reforms to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. A report shows that the program grew unchecked in 2012. Courts committed people at the same rate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/news/sex-offender-program?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:28:48 -0600 Search called off for St. Croix snowmobiler Pine County authorities stopped searching for a snowmobiler they believe broke through ice and was swept down a remote part of the river on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border about 70 miles north of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/news/search-called-off-for-st-croix-snowmobiler?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:04:15 -0600 St. Paul artist's Lite Brite work wins Guinness record A Guinness World Record judge on Saturday named St. Paul the home of the "the largest Lite Brite picture" ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/17/regional/lite-brite-world-record?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:39:00 -0600 MPCA targets chemical BPA in paper receipts The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is launching an effort to warn people about a little-known source of the chemical bisphenol(BPA): paper receipts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/17/environment/mpca-targets-bpa-receipts?refid=0 Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:17:54 -0600 In Minn., Vilsack urges approval of farm bill U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Minnesota on Saturday in part to urge passage of the farm bill in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/16/politics/vilsack-visits-farm-bill?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2013 16:39:09 -0600 Teens speaking out at several metro events Events around the Twin Cities this weekend aimed to motivate teenagers to address larger societal issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/16/regional/teen-leadership-events?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:15:36 -0600 Best Buy shortens window for returns; price-matching promotion becomes permanent Minnesota-based Best Buy says its return policy is being shortened by half. However, the company's holiday price-matching promotion is becoming permanent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/business/best-buy-return-policy?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:56:16 -0600 Minneapolis South High School student brawl involves hundreds Hundreds of students got into a brawl at Minneapolis South High School Thursday afternoon, after a food fight spun out of control. Four people suffered minor injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/education/south-high-fight?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:06:33 -0600 Police ID St. Louis man shot by officers St. Paul police have identified the man who was fatally shot by officers Tuesday after he stabbed a police dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/police/st-louis-man-shot-by-officers?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:00:00 -0600 Training helps workers defuse incidents with mentally ill inmates Crisis intervention training is helping prison workers who deal with mentally ill people in crisis. The Minnesota Department of Corrections is providing the voluntary training, recognizing that correctional officers have long been on the front lines in the response to mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/09/regional/mentally-ill-crisis-intervention-training?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 SEIU workers vote to authorize strike A group of Twin Cities janitors and security officers voted Saturday to authorize a strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/09/business/seiu-janitors-strike-authorization?refid=0 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:01:44 -0600 2 die after plunge into Lake Minnetonka Two people died after their car went through a Lake Minnetonka channel on Saturday. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined both drowned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/03/regional/two-rescued-lake-minnetonka?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 09:28:32 -0600 2 dead in S. Minn. were father and son Investigators in a death and subsequent fatal chase on Friday in southern Minnesota have identified the two dead as father and son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/03/regional/father-son-deaths?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 09:21:39 -0600 Ag Dept. reports new ash borer infestations The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says there are three new emerald ash borer infestations in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/environment/ash-borer-infestation-spreads?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:09:52 -0600 Dayton budget would boost school-based mental health funding State lawmakers begin debate on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's budget this week. Among the many proposals: the governor wants to double state funding for mental health programs in schools. The new money would pay for independent mental health professionals to support existing school programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/education/schools-mental-health-counselors?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Man charged after driving into crash scene A 39-year-old Richfield man faces charges of criminal vehicular operation after driving into the scene of an unrelated crash, where he hit two patrol cars and injured a state trooper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/regional/richfield-man-charged-in-crash?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:53:30 -0600 Minn. nonprofit warns of tax season scam As tax season begins, the nonprofit AccountAbility Minnesota is reminding people to beware of predatory tax products. Filers should be wary of tax preparers offering a product called "refund anticipation checks." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/business/tax-season-scam-warning?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:36:36 -0600 TCF Bank to pay $10M federal penalty Wayzata-based TCF National Bank has agreed to pay a $10 million penalty for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/26/business/tcf-bank-penalty?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:13:56 -0600 Tab for Minneapolis water main break: $325,000 The city of Minneapolis says the water main break that flooded a busy downtown area earlier this month cost $325,000 to repair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/news/minneapolis-water-main-break-cost?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:04:40 -0600 Local musician Steve Kramer dies Twin Cities musician Steve Kramer has died. Kramer's business partner, Bob Hest, confirmed he died in his sleep on Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/arts/steve-kramer-obit?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:33:43 -0600 Wild gear up for 2nd game of short season The Minnesota Wild go for their second win at home on Sunday night after beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Saturday. early 20,000 people filled the Xcel Energy Center to watch the Wild take the ice for the first time with new teammates Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/regional/wild-hockey-weekend?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:31:21 -0600 Fergus Falls band marching at inauguration The Fergus Falls High School Otters marching band will make its second consecutive inaugural parade appearance on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/politics/fergus-falls-band-inaguration?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:52:10 -0600 Minn. cops join inauguration security team Forty deputies and supervisors from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office traveled to Washington, D.C., to help protect the president during the inauguration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/20/politics/minn-officers-inaguration?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:21:40 -0600 Hundreds gather at St. Paul gun rights rally Hundreds of gun rights advocates gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Saturday to show their opposition to proposed gun control measures backed by President Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/19/news/minn-gun-rights-rally?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:47:37 -0600 Minnesotans concerned about Russian adoption ban On the same day that thousands of people marched through Moscow to protest Russia's new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, about a dozen Minnesota families concerned about the ban's impact met with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday to discuss how they might be affected by the new law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/news/minnesotans-concerned-russian-adoption-ban?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:24:11 -0600 Popular Fix-It clinic keeps broken gadgets out of trash There were crowds and long lines on Saturday at a free Hennepin County Fix-It clinic, where people could bring in broken electronic appliances and have them repaired by volunteers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/12/environment/hennepin-county-fix-it-clinic?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:07:12 -0600 2013 grant-making up with better economy? The Minnesota Council on Foundations says the annual survey of its members shows there will likely be a modest increase in grant-making in the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/news/foundation-giving-2013?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 09:43:40 -0600 Proposed NHL lockout ice-breaker gives hope to St. Paul businesses Many downtown St. Paul businesses are watching anxiously as National Hockey League owners and the players' union each prepare to take up a proposed deal that may end this season's lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/07/business/minnesota-wild-nhl-lockout-impact-on-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 06:19:42 -0600 St. Paul looks toward hockey restart Some businesses in downtown St Paul are considering calling back laid-off workers or hiring new ones after the news on Sunday that there might be a deal to end the National Hockey League lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/06/regional/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jan 2013 17:00:00 -0600 Mpls. police report first homicide of 2013 The police in Minneapolis say the city's first homicide of 2013 occurred about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/06/regional/minneapolis-first-homicide?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jan 2013 10:45:42 -0600 Franken leads Minn. meeting on mental health intervention U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., met with mental health advocates, state officials and members of law enforcement on Saturday to discuss better ways to help people with mental illness stay out of the criminal justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/05/politics/franken-mental-health-meeting?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jan 2013 13:53:12 -0600 'Person of interest' in Cold Spring officer's killing is found dead Officials say that they have recovered the weapon that killed Officer Tom Decker. A man who was a "person of interest" in the case and connected to the weapon fled as authorities attempted to question him and was later found dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/news/cold-spring-police-officer-killing-eric-thomes?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:08:53 -0600 Barrier of bubbles, light and sound recommended to deter Asian carp Officials at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say they have decided on a way to keep invasive Asian carp from traveling up the Mississippi River, and it isn't an electric barrier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/environment/asian-carp-barrier?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Wolf hunt ends today; managment assessment begins Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt ends Thursday. The Department of Natural Resources said hunters neared the quota of 400 wolves killed early in the hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/environment/wolf-hunt-ends-managment-assessment-begins?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Emerald ash borer signs found in La Crescent The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's found two emerald ash borer-infested trees in the southeastern Minnesota city of La Crescent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/environment/emerald-ash-borer-la-crescent?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:38:17 -0600 New state laws take effect Tuesday Several new state laws go into effect this week. Beginning Tuesday, all new school buses used in Minnesota must have a crossing control arm on the right front bumper that automatically extends whenever a bus is stopped. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/30/regional/new-state-laws?refid=0 Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:08:12 -0600 State Patrol striving for zero DWI deaths on New Year's State officials are hoping this New Year's Eve will be Minnesota's fifth in a row with no deaths caused by drunken driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/30/regional/state-patrol-striving-for-zero-dwi-deaths?refid=0 Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:18:33 -0600 Walz ready to compromise on fiscal cliff U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said he is willing to give ground on the income threshold for tax increases in a deal to solve the fiscal cliff crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/29/politics/walz-compromise-fiscal-cliff?refid=0 Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:04:36 -0600 County on track to pay off ballpark early Hennepin County says it has saved nearly $54 million in interest and is on track to pay off its debt for Target Field years early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/29/regional/county-paying-off-ballpark-early?refid=0 Sat, 29 Dec 2012 13:06:16 -0600 Unattended candles started Mpls. condo fire The Minneapolis Fire Marshal says unattended candles caused a fire that destroyed a condominium building Friday morning in the city's Uptown neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/news/condo-fire-candles?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:44:12 -0600 Amy Senser appeals vehicular homicide convictions Amy Senser's attorney has filed an appeal to reverse her conviction on two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/law/amy-senser-appeal?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:20:28 -0600 Donor's offer could buy Boys and Girls Club more time An unexpected donation could help the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities hold off cuts to programs and maintain its hours of operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/human-interest-boys-girls-club-anonymous-offer?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:16:46 -0600 Klobuchar emphasizes mental health, gun control after shootings U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she supports reauthorizing an assault weapons ban, but limiting the use of assault-style weapons and large ammunition magazines won't be enough to stop mass shootings like the one earlier this month in Newtown, Conn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/23/politics/klobuchar-abc-this-week?refid=0 Sun, 23 Dec 2012 14:47:43 -0600 Minn. survivalists put their faith in being prepared The rising number of weather-related catastrophes is fueling a growing interest in survivalism. That trend was on display over the weekend at a convention in Bloomington called the Survival Preppers Expo. Organizers said they were providing a resource for people who want to be prepared for a catastrophic emergency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/16/regional/survivalist-convention?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Metro road crews standing by as rain falls The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported fair driving conditions Saturday on wet roads throughout the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/15/regional/metro-wet-roads?refid=0 Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:33:06 -0600 Gun control advocates rally in south Minneapolis Advocates for gun control gathered at a rally in south Minneapolis Friday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/news/gun-control-advocates-rally?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:24:11 -0600 U of M freshman retention rate at all-time high The percentage of Twin Cities undergraduate freshmen who stay for a second year is at an all-time high, said a University of Minnesota administrator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/education/freshmen-retention-rate-at-all-time-high?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:16:45 -0600 Car rolls into icy Cedar Lake The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says there was no one in a car that witnesses saw sink in Cedar Lake Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/news/car-breaks-through-ice-on-cedar-lake?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:03:23 -0600 Officials report hundreds of crashes, poor visibility The Minnesota Department of Transportation says blowing and drifting snow will be an increasing problem for drivers throughout the state on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/09/regional/snowstorm-driving?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 13:43:48 -0600 1,800 expected at Mpls. event for homeless Hennepin County officials expect more than 1,800 people to attend the 14th Project Homeless Connect at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/09/regional/hennepin-homeless-event?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 09:07:55 -0600 Mpls. moving forward on riverfront plan City and park officials will present new draft land use guidelines on Monday evening that are meant to steer the future development of the Mississippi River north of downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/09/regional/mpls-river-development?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:43:14 -0600 Party marks reopening of St. Paul's Union Depot Hundreds of people filled the newly renovated Union Depot in St. Paul on Saturday to celebrate its reopening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/08/regional/union-depot-reopening?refid=0 Sat, 08 Dec 2012 13:22:20 -0600 Report: health dept. failed to monitor grants, stop possible impropriety The Minnesota Legislative Auditor's office will broadly review of the state Department of Health's administration of grants, after the auditor's office found health officials failed to stop a case of possible impropriety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/news/report-audit-health-dept-grant-administration?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 US Bank readies smartphone bill paying Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank has reached an agreement that will allow its customers to set up bill payments by taking a picture of paper bills with their mobile phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/business/us-bank-smartphone-check-deposit?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:37:06 -0600 Minnesota same-sex marriage activists gather to plan strategy Same-sex marriage supporters in Minnesota gathered on Saturday to talk about the best ways to translate their defeat of the marriage amendment into other ways of advancing their goals, including making same-sex marriage legal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/politics/same-sex-marriage-summit?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:33:00 -0600 Walz pushes mental health bill for vets U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said he will push for the lame-duck Congress to pass legislation restoring benefits to military veterans who were discharged because of personality disorders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/politics/walz-veteran-bill?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 11:24:16 -0600 Program aims to place homeless teens with Mpls. homeowners A new program to match homeless teenagers with Minneapolis residents willing to share their homes will hold its first information sessions this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/regional/hosts-for-homeless-youth?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 11:06:51 -0600 Mpls. park board to vote on 2013 budget The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will vote this week to put forward a 2013 budget with no tax levy increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/02/regional/mpls-park-board?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 10:27:59 -0600 Man charged after shooting at police The Hennepin County Attorney's Office Friday charged the man who exchanged gunfire with officers during a foot chase Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/crime/man-charged-after-shooting-at-police?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:39:50 -0600 Duck hunters argue, exchange gunfire Authorities in Dakota county are investigating a dispute between two groups of duck hunters that ended in shots being fired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/shots-fired-in-argument-between-duck-hunters?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:15:13 -0600 Drought intensifies across much of Minn. The drought has intensified over the past week across broad swaths of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/environment/drought-intensifies-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:15:14 -0600 Environmental board seeks citizen input The Environmental Quality Board is holding citizens' forums where residents can tell state commissioners their priorities for the state's air, water, land, and energy resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/environment/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:38:48 -0600 A run on Twinkies and other Hostess goods in Minn. One Minnesota grocery chain says Hostess products are flying off the shelves of stores across the state after the company sought permission from a court to shut down on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/18/business/hostess-sales-surge?refid=0 Sun, 18 Nov 2012 09:47:39 -0600 Dayton urges union members to fight for better pay DFL Gov. Mark Dayton told several hundred janitors, security officers, airport service workers and retail cleaners on Saturday that they won't get the wages they deserve unless they negotiate for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/17/regional/seiu-convention?refid=0 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:54:53 -0600 Stalled bill tops agenda at farmers convention Members of the Minnesota Farmers Union are planning a strategy to try to persuade the lame-duck Congress to pass the stalled farm bill. The Minnesota farmers are meeting this weekend at their 71st annual convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/17/regional/farmers-convention?refid=0 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:11:53 -0600 Developers hope project on site of former brewery can revitalize neighborhood The former site of Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul is on track to become a mix of businesses and residences, with hundreds of affordable artist lofts and an art-themed miniature golf course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/business/schmidt-brewery-developement?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:12:30 -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 Catholic group wants answers on archdiocese spending A group of nearly 100 Catholics is calling for accountability and transparency in the church's finances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/news/catholic-group-wants-accountability-from-archdiocese?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:54:36 -0600 Report: Racial inequalities rife in Minn.'s juvenile justice system A new report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety details how the state's juvenile justice system is plagued by racial inequalities worse than other Midwestern states or other states of Minnesota's size. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/news/report-racial-inequalities-minnesotas-juvenile-justice-system?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:51:49 -0600 Veterans Day event honors Hmong who worked for CIA Hundreds of people marked Veterans Day in Brooklyn Park on Sunday by holding what was believed to be the first formal event to honor Hmong men who worked for the CIA during the Vietnam War. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/11/regional/hmong-veterans-day?refid=0 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:00:11 -0600 Minn. House GOP picks Daudt as minority leader After two rounds of voting, the Minnesota House Republican caucus has elected state Rep. Kurt Daudt as minority leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/10/politics/gop-leaders-daudt?refid=0 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:37:48 -0600 Agencies gather input for state's substance abuse strategy The heads of several state agencies working to create Minnesota's first statewide substance abuse strategy are holding meetings to learn more from the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/10/health/minn-addiction-strategy?refid=0 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:14:06 -0600 Priest pleads guilty to molesting boy A former St. Paul priest has pleaded guilty to molesting a young boy in his parish and exposing himself to another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/crime/priest-pleads-guilty-to-sexual-contact-with-2-boys?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 07:05:32 -0600 Marriage amendment opponents at rally say still work to be done Many of the nearly 1,000 people who gathered on the Capitol mall Wednesday held hand-written signs that simply read, "Thank you, Minnesota." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/post-election-rally-marriage-amendment-oppnents?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:17:32 -0600 Last-minute push in battle over marriage question The tight race for the constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and woman kicked into high gear over the weekend as the campaigns for and against the proposal started their sprint to the finish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/politics/marriage-amend?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:40:00 -0600 DHS hosts event on adoption awareness The Minnesota Department of Human Services marks the beginning of National Adoption Awareness Month on Sunday with its 15th annual event to introduce potential foster families to children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/regional/dhs-adoption-event?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 11:07:08 -0600 Voting on agenda at mental health meeting Experts from across the state met in St. Paul on Saturday for the National Alliance on Mental Health's annual state conference. Among the topics being discussed is how voting affects mental health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/regional/mental-health-voting?refid=0 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 14:43:29 -0500 Experts on hand at library for genealogy aid Some of Minnesota's leading genealogy experts will be on hand at the Hennepin County Library on Saturday to help people research their family's past using some of the best databases available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/regional/geneology-event?refid=0 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 09:33:31 -0500 Marriage debate: Both sides begin final push This past weekend, the groups leading the campaigns for and against the marriage amendment began their sprints to the finish. They're using very different methods to get there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/politics-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:06:10 -0500 Poll shows even split on marriage question A new Star Tribune Minnesota poll shows that as we move into the last week before the election, voters are nearly evenly split on a amendment to ban same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/28/politics/marriage-poll?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:47:54 -0500 Minn. revises how it IDs members of gangs Minnesota has changed the way it decides who is a gang member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/28/regional/gang-identification?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:47:02 -0500 Navy christens nuclear sub the Minnesota The U.S. Navy christened its newest attack submarine the Minnesota on Saturday morning in Virginia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/27/regional/minnesota-submarine-christened?refid=0 Sat, 27 Oct 2012 13:20:10 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court won't block wolf hunt An order signed by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea clears the path for the state's first sanctioned hunt of wolves since they came off the federal endangered list last January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/environment/state-supreme-court-wont-block-wolf-hunt?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:14:31 -0500 Two dead after shooting in Cottage Grove A man and a woman are dead after a shooting at a Cottage Grove strip mall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/news/shooting-in-cottage-grove?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:23:49 -0500 Minn. reports 9th fungal meningitis case The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting two new confirmed cases of fungal meningitis in a national outbreak tied to tainted steroids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/health/minnesota-reports-8th-fungal-meningitis-case?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:34:35 -0500 Two officer-involved shootings shake St. Paul Police Dept. St. Paul Assistant Police Chief Robert Thomasser said his department has been shaken by two fatal officer-involved shootings Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/news/shootings-shake-st-paul-police-dept?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:42:58 -0500 Hastings minister's Hitler reference draws outcry A group of Twin Cities religious leaders called for an apology for a same-sex marriage ban supporter's comments that compared gay marriage advocates' tactics to those used by Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/religion/minister-hitler-reference?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:06:16 -0500 Homicide suspect shot by cop in Stearns Co. The Stearns County sheriff's office said a deputy shot and wounded an armed man suspected of homicide early Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/21/regional/stearns-co-shooting?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:10:56 -0500 900 experts set to discuss Minn. traffic issues The state departments of health, public safety and transportation are gathering 900 experts from across Minnesota on Monday to discuss new traffic challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/21/regional/minn-traffic?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:00:22 -0500 Minn. factory employment slows amid uncertainty After a two-year rebound, factory employment in Minnesota has decreased in recent months in part because manufacturers are worried about the European economy, the U.S. elections and slowing domestic demand for consumer products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/21/business/manufacturers-outlook?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:49:29 -0500 Council addresses lower test scores for refugees in Minn. The state Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans will hold a forum on Sunday to discuss its new report, which shows refugee students in Minnesota score much lower in math and reading than all Asian Pacific students in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/20/education/hmong-test-scores?refid=0 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:01:11 -0500 Report issued on March 2011 gas explosion The cause of a March 2011 explosion in Minneapolis has been released by the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety in a final report on the matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/news/pipeline-safety-report?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:38:02 -0500 Philanthropist George Pillsbury dies at 91 Former state Sen. George Pillsbury, of Minnesota's storied Pillsbury family, died at his home in Wayzata on Saturday at age 91. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/14/regional/obit-pillsbury?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:50:26 -0500 DNR cites persistent, 'peskier' drought The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' most recent report on hydrologic conditions in the state says the drought is spreading and getting more severe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/14/environment/persistent-drought?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:47:10 -0500 NRC to weigh Indian views on nuclear waste The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to hear the Prairie Island Indian Community's concerns about extending the license for a nearby nuclear waste storage facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/14/business/nrc-prairie-island?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:38:52 -0500 Official: 4th case of meningitis confirmed in Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health on Saturday confirmed a fourth case of fungal meningitis in the state linked to steroids produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/13/health/fourth-meningitis-case?refid=0 Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:28:07 -0500 NAACP head denounces amendment proposals During a visit to the U of M's Humphrey School on Friday, the president of the NAACP denounced proposed amendments to the Minnesota Constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/13/politics/naacp-amendment?refid=0 Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:15:00 -0500 Police training to use simulated shooter Law enforcement officials say a training exercise at Century College on Sunday with a simulated shooter was not planned in response to recent violence, specifically the workplace shooting that left seven dead in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/13/regional/emergency-police-training?refid=0 Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:09:15 -0500 Lawsuit alleges St. Paul improperly awarded stadium contract A lawsuit against St. Paul alleges the city improperly awarded a contract to build a new ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/law/lawsuit-alleges-st-paul-improperly-awarded-stadium-contract?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:00:50 -0500 U of M's Kaler suggests policy review to uphold child safety University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler suggested changes today in the wake of the Penn State child abuse case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/education/university-president-kaler-speech?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:51:06 -0500 Hundreds gather for Wellstone memorial Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday evening in remembrance of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who was killed in a plane crash ten years ago this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/10/news/wellstone-memorial?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:29:30 -0500 Runners from Mexico, Portland win marathon A 38-year-old man from Zacatecas, Mexico, and a 30-year-old woman from Portland, Ore., won the annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/07/news/tc-marathon?refid=0 Sun, 07 Oct 2012 13:13:37 -0500 Fire near Red Lake burning over 25K acres Minnesota fire management officials said the North Minnie fire near Red Lake continued to burn over 24,700 acres. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/07/regional/wifdfire-update?refid=0 Sun, 07 Oct 2012 13:00:04 -0500 CenturyLink, unions talk as contract expires CenturyLink Inc. and the unions for 700,000 workers in 13 states -- including Minnesota -- have extended talks after their labor contract expired Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/07/business/centurylink-unions?refid=0 Sun, 07 Oct 2012 12:47:29 -0500 Ramsey Co. Fright Farm set at notorious site The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office is resurrecting a horror from the area's past as the theme at its annual Haunted House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/07/regional/halloween-fright-farm?refid=0 Sun, 07 Oct 2012 10:29:21 -0500 6,650 acres burned in NW Minn. wildfires State fire management officers say eight fires in northwest Minnesota have burned about 6,650 acres. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/regional/fire-update?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:40:15 -0500 Hip-hop event raising cash for needy Indians Local hip-hop groups are gathering in Minneapolis on Saturday to raise money to help American Indians who are homeless or have substance abuse problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/regional/hip-hop-fundraiser?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 14:38:52 -0500 Jesson names members of MSOP task force Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has named the members of a task force to examine the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/regional/msop-task-force?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 14:25:42 -0500 2 Minn. women have meningitis tied to steroids, official says Health officials have confirmed two cases of meningitis in Minnesota after the patients received injectable steroids from a pharmacy in Massachusetts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/regional/minn-meningitis?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2012 14:00:00 -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 Guilty plea in sex trafficking of 2 girls A man pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court on Friday to participating in the sex trafficking of two underage girls earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/regional/sex-trafficking-case?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:04:45 -0500 Swedish royals arrive in Minn. for 3-day visit King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in the Twin Cities on Thursday for a three-day visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/regional/swedish-royal-visit?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:00:54 -0500 Man charged in fatal car accident declines plea agreement A man charged with fatally hitting a Harding High School student with his SUV has refused an agreement to plead guilty for a shorter sentence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/crime/plea-agreement-carlos-viveros-colorado?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:19:11 -0500 Family, friends mourn victims of workplace shooting As two victims remained hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center on Sunday, friends and family on mourned five others killed by Andrew Engeldinger with a gun last week at a Minneapolis business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/news/minneapolis-shooting-victims-mourned?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 07:06:38 -0500 Outcry as MPCA considers allowing more emissions by Mpls. metal shredder The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will vote Monday on whether to require an environmental impact study for a north Minneapolis metal shredding company that wants to increase emissions. Over the objections of some neighbors and several concerned agencies, the MPCA staff has recommended against the impact study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/30/environment/northern-metals?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Police: Alleged shooter had gun at workplace at time of dismissal The Minneapolis police clarified the order of events leading up to Thursday's workplace shooting in which six people, including the alleged gunman, were killed: Andrew Engeldinger got a letter of reprimand in the mail and came into the office Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/29/news/police-piece-details-workplace-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:45:00 -0500 Five dead in Minneapolis shooting rampage Five people are confirmed dead in what Minneapolis police are calling one of the worst shooting scenes in the city's history. Reuven Rahamim, the owner of Accent Signage Systems Inc., where the shooting took place, was among the victims. UPS driver Keith Basinski also died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/news/minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:10:53 -0500 Minn. trooper arrested on DWI suspicion A Minnesota state trooper is on investigative leave after his arrest on suspicion of driving while impaired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/politics/minnesota-trooper-arrested-on-dwi-suspicion?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:54:31 -0500 Five reported dead in Minneapolis business shooting Five people are dead following a workplace shooting rampage in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Bryn Mawr on Thursday and four more are injured, police say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/crime/minneapolis-multiple-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:50:53 -0500 At anniversary of end of US-Dakota War, artifacts go on display The US-Dakota War ended 150 years ago; battlefield artifacts go on display. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/23/regional/dakota-artifacts?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:03:41 -0500 Raptor Center releases 6 birds into wild Center took in about 40 more than its usual average of 300 birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/23/environment/raptor-release?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:26:41 -0500 Report: Minn. pilot in fatal Wyo. crash A small aircraft that crashed in Wyoming on Friday, killing its only occupant, was registered to former St. Louis County Medical Examiner Donald Kundel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/regional/wyo-plane-crash?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:23:20 -0500 Huge bridge part on the move in Hastings Minnesota Department of Transportation crews will move the main span of the new Hastings bridge into place this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/regional/hastings-bridge?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:36:43 -0500 New grave marker for Minn. soldier who died at Antietam A Civil War private's overgrown headstone discovered last year is being replaced on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/regional/civil-war-grave?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:31:50 -0500 New trees replace those lost in Mpls. tornado Efforts continue in north Minneapolis to replace thousands of trees downed in the tornado in May 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/regional/post-tornado-tree-planting?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:23:52 -0500 FBI won't confirm report of Minn. man joining al-Shabab The Minneapolis FBI office won't confirm an Associated Press report that a man from Minnesota has joined the terrorist group al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/news/fbi-al-shabaab-report?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:54:53 -0500 Fire warning halted for SW Minn. Minnesota fire officials say the red flag warning has been dropped for southwestern Minnesota because of moisture brought by a passing storm system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/16/regional/fire-warning-dropped?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:15:27 -0500 City braces for loss of Wild fans' business Downtown St. Paul business owners are bracing for the fallout from an National Hockey League lockout that went into effect on Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/16/regional/wild-lockout?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:04:46 -0500 Fire warning issued for SW Minn. A red flag warning is in effect for southwestern Minnesota, from Blue Earth to Arlington and north to Ortonville. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/16/regional/fire-warning?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:08:27 -0500 Help offered to homeowners at Mpls. event Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages are seeking help this weekend at an event organized by the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America at the Minneapolis Convention Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/15/regional/mortgage-modification?refid=0 Sat, 15 Sep 2012 16:40:06 -0500 MN Zoo opens new black bear exhibit The Minnesota Zoo completed a five-year, $76 million series of improvement projects on Saturday by opening a new home for black bears to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/15/regional/zoo-bears?refid=0 Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:30:54 -0500 Kids bridge Muslim and American heritages at this school The violence in the Middle East sometimes highlights cultural differences and raises questions about the relationship between Muslims and the Western world. Those questions are personal for Muslim American children at one Minnesota school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/education/az-zahra-madressah-academy?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:11:22 -0500 Uptown Theatre to reopen after facelift Minneapolis' iconic Uptown Theatre will reopen after a $2 million, six-month renovation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/arts/uptown-theatre-renovation-reopen?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:18:20 -0500 Smooth 1st day for alcohol sales at game, U rep says University of Minnesota officials say the first game with alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium went smoothly on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/09/regional/tcf-stadium-beer?refid=0 Sun, 09 Sep 2012 09:13:28 -0500 Duluth DFL nominates write-in candidate DFLers in Duluth have nominated assistant city fire chief Erik Simonson as the endorsed write-in candidate for Minnesota House District 7B. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/08/politics/dfl-gauthier?refid=0 Sat, 08 Sep 2012 11:43:15 -0500 Deal with Arcelor is reached, officials say A second taconite plant on the Iron Range reached a tentative agreement Saturday with union workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/08/regional/ironrange-contract?refid=0 Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:34:59 -0500 Report: Date of school start affects tourism The director of the University of Minnesota tourism center says new research suggests there's a significant decrease in vacation travel among families with children when school starts before Labor Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/08/regional/family-vacation-schools?refid=0 Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:27:59 -0500 Wooden Leg fire threatening BWCA now contained Officials say the Wooden Leg fire that had threatened to ignite a highly flammable area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is completely contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/news/bwca-fire?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:49:28 -0500 U.S. Steel reaches deal with miners; no agreement yet at 2 other companies U.S. Steel Corp. said Sunday it has reached an agreement with the United Steelworkers union at MinnTac in Mountain Iron and KeeTac in Keewatin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/02/regional/miners-contract?refid=0 Sun, 02 Sep 2012 15:46:35 -0500 Visitors say goodbye to zoo's dolphins Families are crowding the dolphin exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo this weekend as a week of planned "goodbye visits" begin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/01/regional/zoo-dolphins?refid=0 Sat, 01 Sep 2012 13:39:21 -0500 New swine flu strain seen in sick fairgoers State health officials suspect three Minnesota State Fair visitors fell sick with a variation of swine flu that is common in pigs but has never been seen before in people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/01/regional/swine-flu?refid=0 Sat, 01 Sep 2012 11:05:35 -0500 Swine flu case confirmed linked to State Fair Hogs at the Minnesota State Fair are the source of one confirmed case and two suspected cases of swine flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/health/swine-flu-case-confirmed-linked-to-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:25:41 -0500 HealthPartners, Park Nicollet to merge Two of Minnesota's largest health care systems say they want to combine operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/business/health-partners-park-nicollet-health-services?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:25:53 -0500 MLB's All-Star game expected to bring fans with cash Minneapolis officials estimate 160,000 fans will visit the Twin Cities in summer 2014 for the Major League Baseball's All-Star game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/sport/all-star-baseball?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cantaloupe salmonella sickens Minnesotans Officials at the Minnesota Department of Health are warning consumers about cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/health/cantaloupe-salmonella?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:57:58 -0500 Soil bacteria could be key to fighting zebra mussels Scientists at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are studying a possible natural solution to zebra mussel infestations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/environment/zebra-mussel-toxin?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:03:04 -0500 Task force to study MN sex offender program A federal magistrate has ordered Minnesota to create a task force to explore less-restrictive custody options for sex offenders in the state's civil commitment program who rarely go free under the current system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/news/sex-offender-program-task-force?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:44:19 -0500 New strains mean flu season could pack a punch Vaccinations are available now for the coming flu season. State health officials say last year they saw half the normal number of flu cases. They say the upcoming flu season may pack a punch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/health/flu-season?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:45:00 -0500 Pawlenty's future might lie in Romney Cabinet or 2014 Senate race Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday he was not disappointed he wasn't picked for the vice presidential slot. One political expert says he might get a Cabinet position in a Romney administration, or run in 2014 against DFL Sen. Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/12/politics/pawlenty-folo?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Ellison, Shortridge react to Ryan pick DFL U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison says he's glad Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan over former Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his running mate. But state GOP chairman Pat Shortridge says the Ryan pick shouldn't be seen as Pawlenty being passed over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/12/politics/ellison-shortridge-ryan?refid=0 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:05:02 -0500 Amy Senser appeals conviction Amy Senser is appealing her conviction in the hit-and-run that killed Roseville resident Anousone Phanthavong nearly a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/law/amy-senser-appeal?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:50:06 -0500 Public gets hearing on proposed emissions permit for Northern Metals Minneapolis residents who have been waiting for months finally got their chance to comment on a proposed permit that would allow a metal to increase its emissions of fine particles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/business/northern-metals-public-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:34:55 -0500 Women help carry VFW's torch as older vets pass away Minnesota VFW officials say they're seeing an influx of women joining the organization after coming back from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/news/minnesota-vfw-women?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:01:45 -0500 Weather Service installs tech upgrade Minnesota National Weather Service stations plan to install new technology on Monday that should allow meteorologists to issue severe weather warnings with greater precision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/05/regional/weather-service?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 13:42:37 -0500 Ex-Pres. Clinton helps unveil Humphrey statue Former President Bill Clinton and several Minnesota political figures dedicated a memorial to the late Hubert H. Humphrey. A 7-foot bronze statue of the Democratic icon known as the "Happy Warrior" was unveiled Saturday on the Capitol Mall in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/04/politics/humphrey-statue-dedicated?refid=0 Sat, 04 Aug 2012 19:53:50 -0500 DNR kills nuisance bear in northern Minn. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says one of its officers shot and killed a bear wearing a research collar Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/environment/nusiance-bear-killed?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:30:52 -0500 Planned MN frac sand mine draws complaints People filled a Shakopee hearing room Thursday night to voice their opinion on air quality near a planned frac sand mining operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/environment/minnesota-frac-sand-mine-draws-complaints?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 08:16:25 -0500 2-year-old injured in St. Paul shooting St. Paul police are investigating the apparently accidental shooting of a 2-year-old boy on Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/regional/toddler-shot?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 16:48:32 -0500 Bridge anniversary marked by victims' families, survivors Dozens of survivors and the families of victims of the I-35W bridge collapse gathered at the Mill City Museum Wednesday night to mark the fifth anniversary of the disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/35w-bridge-anniversary-ceremony?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:14:42 -0500 Court rulings on I-35W bridge rattle builders After the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed, Minnesota lawmakers had no doubt that as the owner of the bridge the state would be at the center of a legal dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/disaster/i35w-bridge-legal-ruling?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:45:10 -0500 Deadly Mpls fire being investigated as possible arson Arson investigators are examining the site of a large house fire in south Minneapolis early Saturday that killed one occupant and injured four others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/28/regional/mpls-fire?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:29:50 -0500 Crime lab revelations could impact thousands of cases Prosecutors and defense attorneys in Washington, Ramsey and Dakota counties are trying to figure out how to proceed after revelations last week that evidence in their narcotics cases may have been mishandled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/news/st-paul-crime-lab?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:02:28 -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 Funding approved for new St. Paul Saints ballpark The St. Paul City Council has unanimously approved a plan to fund a new downtown ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/business/ballpark-st-paul-saints?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:50:28 -0500 Otter attack leaves swimmer with 'lots of bites' A woman swimming in Island Lake, 17 miles north of Duluth, said she was bitten 25 times by an otter on Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/15/regional/otter-attack?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:03:49 -0500 Duluth seeks volunteers to document damage to streams A group of Duluth residents is looking for volunteers to help document the city's network of flood-damaged streams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/14/regional/flood-aftermath?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jul 2012 09:23:46 -0500 Minn. Lynx Olympians ready their game for height of competition Today, the WNBA starts a five-week break as the Olympics soon get underway. That means rest for some of the Minnesota Lynx, last year's champions, but not for three of its players: forward Maya Moore, and guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whelan are headed to London. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/13/sports/wnba-lynx-olympics?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Rise in waterborne illness, health agency says The Minnesota Department of Health says waterborne illnesses are at a 10-year high for the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/08/regional/waterborne-illess?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2012 16:08:39 -0500 Boy, 6, drowns in Golden Valley The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning of a 6-year-old boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/08/regionla/child-drowns?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2012 10:47:09 -0500 St. Paul police investigate fatal shooting on north side The police in St. Paul said a man was fatally shot on the city's north side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/07/regional/stpaul-homicide?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jul 2012 12:44:10 -0500 Minnesota inmates to receive email Minnesota has joined a growing number of states allowing prison inmates to receive email. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/law-inmate-email?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 18:46:59 -0500 SUV driver charged in teen's death The Ramsey County Attorney's Office today charged a 50-year-old man with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a teenage girl Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/regional/girl-killed?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:45:00 -0500 Parise, Suter sign with Minnesota Wild Sought-after free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have agreed to 13-year contracts with the Minnesota Wild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/regional/wild-players?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 06:40:18 -0500 Missing Wis. 5-year-old boy is found safe Officials in Pierce County in Wisconsin say an autistic boy missing since about noon Tuesday is back with his family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/04/regional/missing-boy?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:06:45 -0500 Peace Corps alumni attend reunion in Mpls. Alumni of the Peace Corps will hold their first national gathering in a decade this weekend in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/30/regional/peace-corps?refid=0 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 09:45:40 -0500 Police investigate boy's death; residents say they don't feel safe Police say they are making progress but have no suspects in custody after a five-year-old boy was shot and killed as he slept in his north Minneapolis home. Neighbors say they can't feel safe now, even in their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/28/crime/police-investigate-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. Guard veterans join reintegration events The Minnesota National Guard held the first of several reintegration events for soldiers who have been back in the country for 30 days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/24/regional/minnguard-redbulls?refid=0 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities Pride festival marks 40th year Minneapolis' 40th annual gay pride celebration began Saturday, with a special focus on the fight against an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/23/regional/gay-pride?refid=0 Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:26:32 -0500 Youth hockey board to decide on extending penalty rules The board of the nonprofit that oversees games for more than 50,000 of the state's youngest hockey players plans to vote Sunday on whether to allow increased penalties for checking to lapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/sports/youth-hockey-penalty-rule?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:29:54 -0500 Minneapolis marks World Refugee Day Hundreds of Minnesota natives and refugees from around the world celebrated Twin Cities World Refugee Day in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/16/regional/refugee-day?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:44:47 -0500 Dayton declares Women Veterans Day Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Monday as Minnesota Women Veterans Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/17/regional/women-veterans?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:42:00 -0500 Immigration policy announcement affects some in Minn. Illegal immigrants across the country and in Minnesota are reacting to news that some will not face deportation. Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security will allow people younger than 30 who were brought to this country as children to stay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/social-issue/illegal-immigrant-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:08:13 -0500 Happy hour with the Historical Society The Minnesota Historical Society bringing visitors to historic sites in new ways -- by appealing to a new demographic with a laid-back approach: happy hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/arts/ramsey-house-happy-hour?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Planning for Central Corridor public art Residents and artists will make plans for public art along the Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/09/regional/central-corridor-art?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 06:34:00 -0500 Renters fight St. Paul eviction order Residents say a management company could do repairs without evicting them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/10/news/residents-eviction?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 06:30:00 -0500 Where's the logic of construction season? After this weekend, drivers in the Twin Cities area have something to look forward to: no more closures of Interstate 94. For two construction seasons, the freeway has been sporadically closed on weekends to expand the roadway and improve drainage. Motorists who have been forced to detour around a big road closure may have pondered the whys and hows of closing-off roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/transportation/road-closures?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 For road repairs, closing highways vs. limiting traffic Drivers in the Twin Cities metro area can look forward to a little relief, as Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul is reopened to traffic. I-94 has been closed sporadically on weekends for two construction seasons as improvements were made. There are some questions about the value of closing roads completely during construction, rather than just limiting traffic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/news/highway-closures-for-construction?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Met Council considers sale on train fare The Metropolitan Council might drop Northstar fare prices by a dollar at most stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/09/regional/northstar-fares?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:30:00 -0500 Northern Spark festival turns city into stage The second Northern Spark festival in Minneapolis includes more than 120 art installations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/09/arts-nothern-spark?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jun 2012 11:39:59 -0500 Attorney: Breck School failed to protect student from abuse A St. Paul attorney says he has new information about a decades-old abuse allegation against Breck School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/law/breck-school-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:18:42 -0500 Host home fills role for displaced youth By summer's end, a new home will rescue homeless young people from city streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/host-homes?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Candidates for governor press for support in western Wis. Scott Walker and Tom Barrett campaigned near the Minnesota border on Saturday ahead of Tuesday's recall election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/02/wis-recall?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 15:49:13 -0500 Mpls. police make arrest in killing of teenager The police in Minneapolis say a 16-year-old has been arrested in the shooting of another teenager who was killed Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/02/teen-killed?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 11:06:48 -0500 Southeastern Minnesota canoe routes join U.S. trail system Three canoe routes in southeastern Minnesota are being designated as national recreational trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/02/rec-trails?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 10:56:39 -0500 2 hospitalized in Hutchinson plane crash Hutchinson Police Services say they received a report of a plane going down and smoke coming from a crash site just before 4 p.m. Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/disaster/two-hospitalized-after-hutchinson-plane-crash?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 17:53:30 -0500 Officers arrest Occupy protesters locked in home Five members of the Occupy Homes MN group were arrested by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office for obstructing officers serving an eviction order on a south Minneapolis home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/occupy-protest-home?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 21:00:32 -0500 Settlement expands high school track events for disabled students The Minnesota State High School League has agreed to expand events for athletes who are disabled and allow them to score points on mixed teams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/high-school-track-events-disabled-students?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 18:43:50 -0500 Group effort helped recovery, but eventually cut others out In the wake of the tornado that tore through north Minneapolis a year ago, a new group emerged as a leader. The Northside Community Response Team was a rare collaboration of dozens of nonprofits, but one that others say cut them out of the process, hindering efforts to help residents like OraLee Law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/northside-community-response-team?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 MPR reporter recalls first moments at the tornado scene Reporter Rupa Shenoy was among the first on the scene after the tornado hit the North Side. She tells us what those first few hours were like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/mpr-reporter-recalls-first-moments-at-the-tornado-scene?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Highway reopens after fire near Ely With a wildfire mostly contained, Highway 1 near Ely has reopened and residents have returned to the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/20/ely-fire?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 08:10:51 -0500 Grass roots gather to support, oppose Minn. marriage amendment A Lutheran assembly votes to oppose the marriage amendment on the November ballot, while supporters of traditional marriage attend a rally in New Hope. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/19/marriage-amendment?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2012 14:35:52 -0500 Highway 1 fire 60 percent contained; crews to secure fire's edges Ely's Highway 1 fire is now 60 percent contained. Fire crews will shift emphasis away from building control lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/ely-fire-containment?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 21:28:17 -0500 Minneapolis police kill man wielding knife Minneapolis police fatally shot a man early Saturday morning after the man approached them with a knife. They were responding to a domestic assault call when the incident occurred. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/12/minneapolis-police-kill-man-wielding-knife?refid=0 Sat, 12 May 2012 12:02:16 -0500 Postal workers gather food donations on routes About 2,000 letter carriers throughout the Twin Cities metro area today hope to pick up as much as 1.3 million pounds of food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/12/stamp-out-hunger-food-drive?refid=0 Sat, 12 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Teacher of the Year wants attention paid to racial disparities Jackie Roehl has taught at Edina High School since 1998. She works on what's called culturally responsive teaching that focuses on improving achievement for minority students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/edina-high-school-teacher-of-the-year?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 06:39:51 -0500 Minn. test of meds delivery in emergency goes well The Minnesota Department of Health and U.S. postal workers responded to a fictional airborne anthrax attack in the Twin Cities this weekend. The scenario is designed to prepare officials for a biological terror attack. Officials called the test a success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/minn-test-of-meds-delivery-in-emergency-goes-well?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. DFL party endorses Nolan to oppose Cravaack The Minnesota DFL party has endorsed a former congressman, Rick Nolan, to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/05/nolan_endorsed?refid=0 Sat, 05 May 2012 16:38:34 -0500 Maintenance projects close some Hiawatha line stations Six Hiawatha LRT stations are closed this weekend as maintenance crews begin work. Metro Transit buses will run between closed stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/05/lrt_closures?refid=0 Sat, 05 May 2012 10:20:06 -0500 DHS extends protection for Somalis The Department of Homeland Security is once again renewing the temporary protected status for some Somali immigrants living in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/dhs-extends-temporary-protected-status-for-somalis-?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 14:49:39 -0500 St. Paul police shoot bear in Frogtown Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos said police starting getting calls from residents in the area at about 12:30 a.m. Responding officers found the bear walking near the 500 block of Charles Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/bear-shot?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 06:16:44 -0500 Minn. inmates pen apology letters to their victims The Minnesota Department of Corrections marked Crime Victims' Rights Week with a voluntary class where prison inmates learn how to write letters of apology to help them understand a victim's viewpoint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/inmate-apology-letters?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:56:48 -0500 Medical examiner: Gary Tinsley died of enlarged heart The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says football player Gary Tinsley died of an enlarged heart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/tinsley-medical-examiner?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:59:07 -0500 Earth Day at the Minnesota Science Museum Today is Earth Day and the Minnesota Science Museum is marking the date with a new exhibit that shows how humans affect the Earth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/22/earth-day-exhibit?refid=0 Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:34:56 -0500 World Book Night gives exposure to Minnesota authors Books by four Minnesota writers will be handed out for free Monday evening as part of the international World Book Night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/22/world-book-night?refid=0 Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:28:39 -0500 Jack Jablonski leaves rehab facility Jack Jablonski has been discharged from the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis after a nearly three-month stay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/jack-jablonski?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:50:37 -0500 Snow up north, twisters down south: Severe Weather Awareness Week begins State officials are urging families to make sure they have a plan if severe weather happens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/severe-weather-awareness?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 07:00:14 -0500 215 MN National Guard soldiers return A large contingent of Minnesota National Guard soldiers who served in Iraq return to the state Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/15/guard-soldiers-return?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:06:00 -0500 Mpls. teachers approve new contract Minneapolis teachers have voted to accept a contract with the school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/15/minneapolis-teachers-approve-new-contract?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:48:14 -0500 Task force addresses MN drownings The newly formed Twin Cities Metro Water Safety Task Force held the first of three events this weekend aimed at addressing an increase in pool and hot tub drownings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/14/water-safety-task-force-organizes-to-address-drownings?refid=0 Sat, 14 Apr 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Q&A: Severe Weather Awareness Week, and emergency preparedness Question and answer with Kris Eide, director of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, about Severe Weather Awareness Week, which begins Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/14/qa-severe-weather-awareness-week?refid=0 Sat, 14 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Hennepin, Ramsey prosecutors won't carry guns on duty The prosecutors for Hennepin and Ramsey counties say they won't personally carry firearms while on duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/prosecutors-firearms?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:29:56 -0500 Sheriffs warn of growing heroin use, related deaths An increase in prescription drug abuse among teens could lead to more heroin-related deaths, say three metro county sheriffs who implore parents to rid their cabinets of old prescription medications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/presciption-drug-abuse-rising?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:35:06 -0500 911 transcript released in triple homicide as Brooklyn Park police meet with residents More than one hundred Brooklyn Park residents met with police and city council members evening to discuss a triple homicide earlier this week in the Minneapolis suburb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/triple-homicide-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:30:56 -0500 Several OccupyMN protesters arrested Minneapolis Police say they arrested a dozen Occupy MN protesters Saturday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/08/occupy-mn-protesters-arrested?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:32:55 -0500 Kids, ages 2, and 6, die after boat capsizes Authorities in Clearwater County say two of three children have died after the boat they were sailing in with their father capsized on Clearwater Lake, northwest of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/07/kids-die-after-boat-capsizes?refid=0 Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Ceremony honors Minnesota soldiers of Civil War A ceremony Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul honors a Minnesotan who fell at the battle of Shiloh 150 years ago and was buried at Oakland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/07/minnesota-civil-war?refid=0 Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Gary Tinsley, U of M student, football player dies The University of Minnesota football team is mourning the death of senior linebacker Gary Tinsley, who was found unresponsive Friday morning in his campus apartment. The cause of his death is not yet known. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/uminn-student-dies?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:06:11 -0500 US official skeptical of closing locks to bar Asian carp State and federal officials agree invasive Asian carp pose a threat to native wildlife in Minnesota's rivers. But today in Bloomington, the Obama administration's top official working on the problem indicated he is skeptical the latest proposal would work to stop the fish's spread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/invasive-asian-carp?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:30:13 -0500 Study: Youth in prison have experienced more trauma A new report says children in juvenile correction facilities report traumatic experiences at a higher rate than children outside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/juvenile-trauma-behavior?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:45:39 -0500 Breck, Edina win MN robotics competition Teams from Edina High School and the Breck School in Minneapolis took the top two prizes at the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competitions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/01/robotics-competition?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 14:36:00 -0500 Capitol rally to mark World Autism Day Minnesotans will mark World Autism Day Monday at an annual rally at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/01/capitol-rally-to-mark-world-autism-day?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 13:47:34 -0500 Mpls. police shoot man 'waving' knife A Minneapolis police officer shot a man who was allegedly brandishing a knife Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/01/minneapolis-police-shoot-man-waving-knife?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 13:00:20 -0500 Trayvon Martin family supporters rally today in Mpls. Anti-gun violence groups plan another rally in Minneapolis to show solidarity with the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/01/trayvon-martin-rally-minneapolis?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Matt Dean wins GOP endorsement House Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood has won the Republican endorsement in his newly drawn legislative district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/31/gop-endorse-matt-dean?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:07:10 -0500 3 Lynx players selected for US Olympic team Three members of the 2011 WNBA championship-winning Lynx basketball team have been selected for the 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/lynx-olympic-team?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:17:01 -0500 Minneapolis rally protests Trayvon Martin's shooting Speakers at a gathering in Minneapolis to remember slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin said his death should be a rallying cry for racial justice in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/hoodie-rally?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 06:50:00 -0500 Small donations fund new Minn. Orchestra symphony The Minnesota Orchestra Friday debuted a new symphony to celebrate the success of its first effort to fund a commission through grassroots donations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/microcommission-orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. Somali named to federal autism panel U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has named a Minnesotan to serve on a federal autism advisory committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/idil-abdull--interagency-autism-coordinating-committee?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:16:55 -0500 Mpls. residents decry racism, violence after Fla. shooting Speakers at a north Minneapolis church on Sunday said adults have to hold children accountable, get them involved in community building and urge them to be leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/25/minneapolis-trayvon-martin-reax?refid=0 Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:13:38 -0500 Man pleads guilty in synthetic drug death A Blaine resident has pleaded guilty to providing a synthetic drug to a man who later died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/blaine-pleads-guilty-synthetic-drug-death?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:59:11 -0500 Free tax help available for low, moderate income earners As the deadline for filing taxes nears, area nonprofit tax experts are reminding low and moderate income families there is free help available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/income-tax-help?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:18:34 -0500 US Airways to begin service to Washington, D.C. US Airways will begin operating three daily nonstop flights this summer between the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport and Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/us-airways-to-begin-service-to-washington-dc?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:02:42 -0500 Former Star Tribune publisher, arts patron John Cowles dies at 82 According to the Star Tribune website, Cowles was surrounded by his family when he died Saturday evening. He had lung cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/18/former-star-tribune-publisher-cowles-dies?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2012 13:38:13 -0500 Nonprofit Rideability marks 15th anniversary A nonprofit organization that offers physical therapy for disabled people through horse riding marks its 15th anniversary meeting this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/17/nonprofit-rideability-anniversary?refid=0 Sat, 17 Mar 2012 16:39:42 -0500 First lady visits Minnesota to support service members, families First lady Michelle Obama offered support for military families in her first visit to the Minnesota as first lady. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/17/first-lady-michelle-obama-visit?refid=0 Sat, 17 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0500 First lady Michelle Obama arrives in Minnesota Military families are telling Michelle Obama that she came to the right place to learn about helping them when she arrived in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/first-lady-michelle-obama-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:13:24 -0500 Latino organizers plan campaign at Capitol Organizers in the Latino community plan a campaign to educate state lawmakers about their priorities at the 2012 Latino Day at the Capitol on March 29. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/latino-organizers-plan-campaign-at-capitol?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:06:06 -0500 Minn. military families get ready for returning soldiers Hundreds of families of Minnesota National Guard members attended an event in Roseville Sunday to help them prepare for the soldiers' return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/11/minnesota-national-guard-returning-family-members?refid=0 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:06:47 -0500 Benilde-St. Margaret's caps emotional tourney with state title Grant Besse scored five times -- including three times short-handed -- to lead the Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights past Hill-Murray 5-1 in the Class 2A state boys hockey championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/10/benilde-st-margaret-wins-high-school-hockey-tournament?refid=0 Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:57:04 -0600 Benilde-St. Margaret's goes for hockey title tonight Benilde-St. Margaret's plays for the Minnesota state high school boys' hockey title tonight after trouncing Lakeville South 10-1 last night at the Xcel Energey Center in a Class AA semifinal. The win means the players have a chance to bring home the championship trophy for their injured teammate, Jack Jablonski, who was paralyzed in December when he was checked from behind during a game. The emotional aftermath of Jablonski's injury appears to be giving his team an edge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/10/benilde-stmargarets-hockey-semifinal?refid=0 Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:55:53 -0600 Families of sex offenders find hope in Clarence Opheim's release With the coming release of Clarence Opheim from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, families of other offenders say they believe it's time to get together and ask for help in figuring out a way to extricate their loved ones from the system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/minnesota-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Somalis threaten mass bank withdrawals Hundreds of Somalis desperate to send money to loved ones in Africa agreed at a meeting Saturday to set a deadline for two banks to help with their cause, or face the possibility of losing business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/04/somali-money-transfers?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 16:06:56 -0600 Jewish group opposing marriage amendment The group Jewish Community Action says the proposed state amendment to define marriage as between a man and woman conflicts with Jewish tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/04/same-sex-marriage-torah?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 14:50:21 -0600 St. Croix bridge supporters hail long-awaited approval U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann met in Stillwater this morning to celebrate the passage of legislation that allows for a new bridge connecting the city to western Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/03/stcroix-river-bridge-klobuchar-bachmann?refid=0 Sat, 03 Mar 2012 14:52:11 -0600 DNR's new reservation system crashes on launch It will be next week before the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources knows when a new online and phone reservation system will be back in service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/dnr-reservation-system-crash?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:13:25 -0600 Medical examiner IDs MN woman found dead in hot tub The Hennepin County medical examiner says a Nisswa woman drowned in a hot tub outside a Plymouth home over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/hot-tub-drowning?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:22:30 -0600 Southeast Asian shops along University Ave. hope 'Little Mekong' will attract visitors Hoping to mimic the success of other destination neighborhoods, Southeast Asian businesses along the eastern end of University Avenue in St. Paul kicked off a re-branding campaign this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/little-mekong-saint-paul-neighborhood-rebranding?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 FDIC closes Home Savings bank Little Falls-based Home Savings of America was shutdown by the the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/25/fdic-bank-closure?refid=0 Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:35:11 -0600 Golden Valley PD informs public of sex offender release The Golden Valley Police Department issued a statement to inform the public that Clarence Opheim, a civilly committed sex offender, will soon move to a halfway house in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/opheim-sex-offender-notification?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:59:47 -0600 Lutherans elect Svennungsen 1st female bishop in Minnesota Ann Svennungsen has been elected the new bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, becoming Minnesota's first female bishop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/19/lutherans-ann-svennungsen-first-female-bishop?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:48:41 -0600 Zellers prepares bill to close sex offender notification gap Republicans in the Minnesota House plan to take emergency action Monday to close a gap in the state's sex offender notification law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/sex-offender-zellers-emergency-bill?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:11:46 -0600 Company proposes oil pipeline in northern Minn. A Colorado company is considering an oil pipeline from North Dakota to northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/colorado-pipeline?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:19:29 -0600 Officials defend provisional release for sex offender Minnesota Department of Human Services officials appeared at a House committee hearing Wednesday to defend their actions in the case a civilly committed sex offender who is to be released. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/dhs-hearing-opheim?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:09:31 -0600 GOP Senate leader responds to Dayton's speech Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem says DFL Governor Mark Dayton's second State of the State speech was short on specifics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/gop-response-state-of-state?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:58:25 -0600 Christian-based program helps keep inmates from re-offending A new state study shows that a controversial program that uses Christian teachings to try turn around the lives of hundreds of Minnesota inmates is working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/prison-ministry?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 House Majority Leader questions pending release of convicted sex offender Clarence Opheim A civilly committed sex offender will leave the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter within three weeks. Republican legislators say they want to know why the Department of Human Services didn't oppose Opheim's release. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/12/sex-offender-release-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Students rally for stronger bullying protections About 100 students and parents from across Minnesota rallied at the Capitol in St Paul Saturday afternoon to urge lawmakers to pass stronger legislation against bullying in schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/11/bullying-rally-at-minn-capitol?refid=0 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 17:01:38 -0600 Judges outline conditions of sex offender's release A Ramsey County panel of judges has issued a written order outlining the terms for the state's first official release of a civilly committed man from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/11/sex-offender-release?refid=0 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 16:45:37 -0600 MnDOT seeks public opinion on I-35E toll lanes The Minnesota Department of Transportation asks for public feedback on a plan to add MNPASS lanes to Interstate 35E. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/mnpass-i35e?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:18:51 -0600 Santorum talks faith during Eden Prairie mega church stop Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited Grace Church in Eden Prairie Sunday morning, ahead of Minnesota's Tuesday caucuses. Santorum took questions from the non-denominational mega church's senior pastor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/05/santorum-visits-minn-mega-church?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 12:54:06 -0600 Two vehicles crashed through Lake Minnetonka ice this week The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is reiterating calls for caution on lakes this winter after another car broke through the ice Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/05/vehicles-through-ice-hennepin-county?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 09:47:06 -0600 Sex offender wins provisional release A civilly committed sex offender will likely be Minnesota's first provisionally released to live in a halfway house. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says release may happen within 15 days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/sex-offender-provisional-release?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:10:05 -0600 In rare move, state shuts down child care center The state Department of Human Services says it has suspended the license of a Brooklyn Center child care center because of concerns about the safety of children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/brooklyn-center-child-care-center-shuttered?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:27:57 -0600 Minn. ex-offenders to push for job application changes Thousands of ex-offenders plan to demonstrate in support of so-called "ban the box" legislation at the State Capitol on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/ex-offender-ban-the-box?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:30:00 -0600 St. Paul schools launch program to get students eating fruits, veggies St. Paul Public Schools and HealthPartners are kicking off a new pilot program Tuesday that aims to get elementary school students eating more fruits and vegetables. The four-week program gives kids incentives and a system for tracking their intake of fruits and vegetables, said Donna Zimmerman of HealthPartners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/29/st-paul-healthpartners-pilot-program?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:07:10 -0600 Group fighting marriage amendment raises $1.2 million The largest group working to defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage said it has raised more than $1.2 million in cash and in-kind contributions from more than 5,100 people in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/29/group-fighting-marriage-amendment-donations?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:32:09 -0600 City of Lakes Loppet Festival moving to Wirth Park The annual City of Lakes Loppet Festival in Minneapolis is moving from Uptown to Theodore Wirth Park just one week before the event is set to begin, organizers said Saturday. Recent snowfall has weakened ice and created puddles around the Chain of Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/28/city-of-lakes-loppet-wirth-park?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:11:40 -0600 Former Minn. Chief Justice Sheran dies at 96 Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Robert Sheran has died. He was 96. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/justice-robert-sheran?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 06:30:34 -0600 Bachmann calls for repeal of Roe. vs. Wade at Minn. anti-abortion rally Rep. Michele Bachmann made her first appearance in Minnesota since dropping out of the Republican presidential race on Sunday at an annual anti-abortion protest. She said the Roe vs. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision should be repealed within the next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/22/bachmann-anti-abortion-rally?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:32:52 -0600 U panel to discuss restoring flow of remittances to Somalia Community leaders and activists will meet Sunday at the University of Minnesota to address ways to restore the flow of remittances to Somalia. The panel discussion at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will revolve around the millions of people displaced by famine last year in Somalia in a continuing crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/21/humphrey-somali-remittances?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:10:11 -0600 'Beat Down Posse' leader Gustafson guilty Fifty-six-year-old Joseph Gustafson was accused of leading a gang that assaulted, intimidated and stole from drug dealers. Prosecutors also charged that Gustafson's gang set fire to one of his properties for insurance money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/beat-down-posse-leader-gustafson-guilty?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0600 DNR makes agreement for carp barrier on Coon Rapids Dam The Department of Natural Resources and Three Rivers Park District have agreed to allow construction of a barrier against aquatic invasive species at the Coon Rapids Dam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/21/coon-rapids-barrier?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Secy. of Education Duncan praises Minn. efforts, improvements U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared today at events in Minnesota, including a town hall with Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/arne-duncan?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:57:45 -0600 Cab drivers say they were fired for questioning policies Somali taxi cab drivers say they've been fired for questioning a cab company's policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/somali-cab-drivers?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:56:30 -0600 Church official objects to Linden Ave. stadium site Legal measures to block a new Vikings stadium could be considered if the site on nearby Linden Avenue is chosen, says the pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/church-official-objects?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:24:32 -0600 Minn. couple among missing in cruise ship wreck The children of a White Bear Lake couple say their parents are among the missing from a cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/minnesota-couple-among-missing-in-cruise-ship-wreck?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:21:00 -0600 Bodies of 2 men pulled from Wright County lake Authorities have recovered the bodies of two young men who went missing Saturday after falling through the ice on Lake Charlotte in Wright County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/15/wright-county-snowmobilers-dead?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:23:19 -0600 Peace activist Marv Davidov dies In 1968 during the Vietnam War, Marv Davidov founded the Honeywell Project. The group opposed Honeywell's production of weapons like cluster bombs. By his count, Davidov was arrested more than 50 times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/15/marv-davidov-obit?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:30:42 -0600 Organizers against marriage amendment gathering Asian community support A group of Minnesotans opposed to the marriage amendment met at Hamline University Saturday to gather support from the state's Asian community. The amendment, which goes before voters in November, would define marriage as between a man and woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/15/marriage-amendment-asian-support?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:17:55 -0600 Teen fatally stabbed at Montevideo Pizza Ranch An 18-year-old woman from Montevideo is dead after being stabbed in the parking lot of a Pizza Ranch restaurant. She was stabbed more than 30 times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/14/pizza-ranch-montevideo-stabbing?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:06:43 -0600 Services improve for homeless vets in Hennepin Co. Federal data shows the number of homeless veterans in Hennepin County dropped by a third last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/homeless-veterans-henepin?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:13:27 -0600 Minn. legislators rescind decision to fire commission director Susan Thornton, the director of the state commission that assigns lottery money to environmental projects, was fired last week without notice or stated cause, according to Thornton's attorney. Thornton received a letter on Friday rescinding that decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/08/legislators-rescind-firing-decision?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jan 2012 17:08:31 -0600 DeLaSalle president Michael Collins dies In a statement posted on Collins' CaringBridge website, Principal Barry Lieske said Collins died early Sunday morning as a result of complications related to lung cancer. Collins was first diagnosed with the disease less than a month ago. He was 74. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/08/michael-collins-delasalle-dies?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jan 2012 12:11:12 -0600 Thousands gather to remember slain Lake City officer About 2,000 people attended Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider's funeral and burial Saturday. Schneider, 32, was shot and critically wounded Dec. 19 while responding to a domestic dispute. He died 11 days later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/07/lake-city-officer-funeral?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jan 2012 15:24:38 -0600 Funeral services Saturday for slain Lake City officer Mourners from around the state are expected Saturday in Lake City for the funeral of a police officer who was fatally wounded in the line of duty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/06/shawn-schneider-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 19:56:26 -0600 Mayo study links hepatitis C to liver cancer The Mayo Clinic has released a new study that identifies hepatitis C as a cause of rising liver cancer rates. The finding may have a particular impact on the Somali community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/liver-cancer-somalis-hepatitis?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 05:00:00 -0600 11 people injured in New Year's metro area traffic accidents State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske also says there were nearly 70 spin-outs or vehicles off roads. Nine people were arrested for drunk driving. One suspected drunk driver crashed into a squad car. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/01/nye-traffic-accidents?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jan 2012 11:39:38 -0600 Terrell Mayes mourned at north Minneapolis vigil Mothers wept and hugged their children Saturday afternoon as people in north Minneapolis held a vigil for a 3-year-old boy shot earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/31/vigil-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 31 Dec 2011 17:21:12 -0600 St. Paul police officer shoots at allegedly armed suspects A St Paul police officer has been placed on standard three-day administrative leave after firing shots at suspects this morning on the city's north side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/31/st-paul-police-shoot-at-suspect?refid=0 Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:03:20 -0600 Minnesota Somalis protest cutoff of money transfers Several hundred Minnesota Somalis converged on Peavy Park in Minneapolis Friday afternoon to protest the cutoff of money transfers to Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/somali-hawala?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:09:16 -0600 Rental housing inspection challenge can proceed The Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday ruled a constitutional challenge to Red Wing's rental housing inspection law can go forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/rental-housing-challenge?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:37:17 -0600 GOP leaders split on Koch resignation GOP state Senate leaders appear split on whether Majority Leader Amy Koch should resign from the Senate. Koch said Thursday she was stepping down as majority leader but would serve out her term as senator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/18/hass-on-koch-situation?refid=0 Sun, 18 Dec 2011 15:00:12 -0600 3 people shot at NE Minnesota courthouse A Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman says 3 hurt in Grand Marais shooting. The suspect is in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/courthouse-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:40:26 -0600 CDC report reveals new info on frequency of sexual violence A new report by the Centers for Disease Control provides first-of-its-kind data that may depict sexual violence more accurately than previous studies, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/cdc-sexual-violence?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:51:53 -0600 Boogaard's reported brain injury reignites hockey safety debate The nationwide conversation about head injuries in youth sports was reignited earlier this month after a report disclosed that late Minnesota Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard had extensive brain injuries, likely as a result of his violent playing style. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/11/boogaard-youth-hockey-safety?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Brooklyn Center residents voting on school levy Tuesday Brooklyn Center school district officials are hoping the ninth time's the charm as a school levy goes to a vote Tuesday. Voters have defeated eight consecutive funding levies put up by the school district in the last six years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/11/brooklyn-center-school-levy?refid=0 Sun, 11 Dec 2011 14:16:02 -0600 MnDOT building consensus on Mississippi River trail management The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hoping to build consensus on how to govern the Mississippi River Trail bikeway through a set of meetings starting this week across the state. The bikeway starts in Itasca State Park and travels nearly 500 miles in Minnesota along the river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/11/mississippi-river-bikeway-management?refid=0 Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:56:40 -0600 Mlps. settles suit for $1M The Minneapolis City Council has approved a $1 million settlement for a woman who was severely burned during a February 2010 raid by police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/mlps-settles-suit?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:24:51 -0600 Tests suggest Asian carp spread north of key dam Minnesota officials say tests have detected signs of Asian carp north of the Coon Rapids dam on the Mississippi River, the last major physical barrier to their spread northward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/asian-carp-north-of-coon-rapids-dam?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 12:33:31 -0600 Undocumented students learn about path to college More than 100 students attended Minnesota's first-ever conference for undocumented high school students seeking a college education Saturday at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/04/undocumented-students-college?refid=0 Sun, 04 Dec 2011 09:46:53 -0600 Supporters, opponents of childcare union vote hold competing events Both sides of a vote to unionize childcare providers rallied at separate events Saturday. At issue is Gov. Mark Dayton's executive order allowing a unionization vote for 4,300 daycare providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/03/childcare-union-rallies?refid=0 Sat, 03 Dec 2011 16:27:51 -0600 Bank to end wire transfers to hawalas; Somali community scrambles The last U.S. bank to allow wire transfers to Somalia has given notice it no longer will, sending members of the Minnesota Somali community scrambling to find new ways to send money that country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/hawala-shutdown?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Occupy MN sets up tents in plaza as security watches Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies photographed and video recorded the scene at the county government plaza this Wednesday evening as Occupy MN protestors set up tents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/occupymn-security?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:37:18 -0600 Central Corridor construction on University Avenue completed A dry fall allowed contractors to make a Nov. 30 deadline, said spokeswoman Laura Baenen. After months of work, the western three miles of University Avenue in St. Paul will reopen this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/27/central-corridor-construction?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 17:29:25 -0600 Survey: Midwest shoppers spent the least over Thanksgiving weekend The region's shoppers reported spending an average of $382 this weekend, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. That's compared to an average of $432 in the Northeast, where the survey shows shoppers spent the most. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/27/midwest-shoppers-spend-less?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:21:58 -0600 Minn. Guard unit honored before deployment to Kuwait Gov. Mark Dayton was among officials who spoke and shook hands with the 35 soldiers of the 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion. The company deploys in January to provide aviation support as the U.S. military draws down from Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/27/guard-members-honored?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 13:52:42 -0600 Downtown Mpls. businesses welcome shortened Timberwolves season A tentative deal reached by the NBA and its players to end a more than four-month lockout has downtown Minneapolis businesses scurrying to prepare for an abbreviated season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/26/minneapolis-businesses-timberwolves-season?refid=0 Sat, 26 Nov 2011 14:02:11 -0600 Higher demand for homeless services stresses those who help Since the national economic downturn began, the number of homeless people has increased, but funding for homeless programs is down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/homeless-outreach-workers?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Farmers ready to make some fiscal sacrifices, group says Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation president Kevin Paap says delegates to the organization's 93rd Annual Meeting this weekend were focused on federal farm legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/20/farmers-ready-to-make-some-fiscal-sacrifices-group-says?refid=0 Sun, 20 Nov 2011 11:14:02 -0600 Occupy MN faces Monday deadline on city camping ban New rules involving anti-Wall Street protests at the Hennepin County Government Plaza go into effect Monday to ban sleeping in the plaza, taping signs to county property and leaving personal items unattended. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/occupy-mn-restrictions?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 06:21:31 -0600 17 fires intentionally set overnight in Minneapolis The fires were set between 8:30 pm and 12:30 in an area between West River Parkway on the east and Snelling Avenue on the west. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/12/17-fires-overnight-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:40:47 -0600 Habitat for Humanity unveils model energy-efficient home Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota says a family has moved into the most energy-efficient home the organization has ever built, part of an effort to help lower utility bills for Habitat homeowners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/12/habitat-for-humanity-energy-efficient-home?refid=0 Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:51:35 -0600 Hundreds of Minnesota's Somali-Americans audition for Tom Hanks film Hundreds of Minnesota's Somali-Americans responded to a casting call for a film starring Tom Hanks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/05/somali-americans-audition-tom-hanks-film?refid=0 Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:30:21 -0500 Minn. Catholics discuss role, position in political debate The role of the Catholic Church in the public sphere has become an issue lately as the state debates a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/05/atholics-discuss-role-position?refid=0 Sat, 05 Nov 2011 18:20:22 -0500 Deer hunting season opens Firearm deer hunting season opens Saturday with new guidelines to help hunters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/05/deer-hunting-season-opens?refid=0 Sat, 05 Nov 2011 14:55:20 -0500 Judge throws out MPR's light rail lawsuit against Met Council A court has thrown out Minnesota Public Radio's breach-of-contract suit against the Metropolitan Council over noise and vibrations that will be caused by an under-construction light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/mpr-light-rail-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 14:16:24 -0500 Developers seek local approval for project in Corcoran neighborhood Some residents of the Corcoran neighborhood in Minneapolis have endorsed a plan that would bring several office and residential buildings to the mostly vacant lot adjacent to the Lake/Hiawatha light rail stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/developers-corcoran-neighborhood-development?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 22:57:33 -0500 Rule change could release crack cocaine offenders Nearly 30 federal inmates in Minnesota who were convicted of crack cocaine offenses may be eligible for release because of a change in federal sentencing guidelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/crack-cocaine-offenders-free?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:24:19 -0500 Somali bombing connection to Minn. disputed Former friends of a Minneapolis man reported by CNN to be responsible for a suicide bombing in Somalia this weekend are questioning the report. The Associated Press reports two suicide bombers blew themselves up in an attack Saturday on an African Union base in Mogadishu. A least 10 people were killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/30/somali-terror-suspect?refid=0 Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:58:33 -0500 Minnesota Stars aim to clinch national soccer title against Fort Lauderdale The Minnesota Stars are looking for a second win in the final game of the North American Soccer League Championship Saturday night in Florida, and all their rivals are helping to pay the Stars' way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/29/minnesota-stars?refid=0 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 15:09:28 -0500 Corrections Commissioner agrees to appear at hearing on murderers' paroles Minnesota's Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy says he has agreed to appear at a legislative hearing called by Republican leaders after an uproar over Roy's decision to parole two convicted murders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/29/zellers-koch-dayton-parole-hearings-scruggs-eling?refid=0 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 11:40:43 -0500 Report: Native American women victimized in prostition A new report sheds light on Native American women in prostitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/report-native-american-women-victimized-in-prostition?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Hennepin County makes first arrest for sale of synthetic drugs Sheriff's deputies make the first arrest under a state law passed this summer banning the sale of synthetic drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/synthetic-drugs-arrest?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:01:05 -0500 Algae fuel focus of Mpls. conference this week More than 800 people will descend on Minneapolis to discuss the potential of algae as an alternative fuel Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/23/algae-fuel-conference?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:48:12 -0500 Looking for a buyer, Minn.'s pro soccer team close to national title The Minnesota Stars are one step away from winning the NASL championship after beating the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-1 at the National Sports Center in Blaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/23/minnesota-stars-soccer?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 15:29:33 -0500 Gov. speaks on likelihood of stadium in Arden Hills Despite calls for the team to build on the site of the downtown Minneapolis Farmers Market,the Minnesota Vikings have a right to locate a stadium in Arden Hills, Gov. Mark Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/22/gov-stadium-arden-hills?refid=0 Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:35:58 -0500 Mesaba Airlines to close next year The Eagan headquarters of Mesaba Airlines will close next year, said officials at the Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/22/mesaba-airlines-close-next-year?refid=0 Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:19:36 -0500 Police investigate Vikings' Chris Cook, held for alleged domestic assault Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook is being held without bail in Hennepin County Jail as Eden Prairie police investigate an incident of domestic assault at his home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/22/vikings-chris-cook-held-for-alleged-domestic-assault?refid=0 Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:17:26 -0500 Agreement sets foundation for economic development on reservation An agreement between the state and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will hopefully eliminate a roadblock to economic success on the reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/agreement-sets-foundation-for-economic-development-on-reservation?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:08:10 -0500 City council closer to easing requirements on solar panel installations St. Paul is a step closer to approving zoning ordinance amendments that city council members say will make the process of installing solar panels easier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/easing-up-on-solar-requirements?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:15:44 -0500 OccupyMN plans to appeal for tents on Hennepin County property OccupyMN demonstrators will appeal to Hennepin County Commissioners for permission to construct temporary shelters in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/occupymn-appeal-tents?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 06:09:59 -0500 Officers remove tents from Occupy Minnesota site Hennepin County Sheriff's officers tore down several tents early this morning that had been erected by Occupy Minnesota demonstrators on the south plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, the sheriff's office confirmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/16/occupy-mn-tents-removed?refid=0 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:40:04 -0500 Windy, cool weather helps and hinders BWCA firefighters Closures for areas adjacent to the Pagami Creek Fire remain in place this weekend despite the blaze is now being 90 percent contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/15/pagami-creek-bwca-wildfire-90-percent-contained?refid=0 Sat, 15 Oct 2011 12:32:43 -0500 County will put up canopy for OccupyMN protestors Hennepin County has agreed to erect an open-air canopy in the plaza where OccupyMN demonstrators have gathered for the past week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/county-will-put-up-canopy-for-occupymn-protestors?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:27:09 -0500 Budget cut may hamper police efforts in ethnic communities Budget constraints could force the elimination of a new Minneapolis police unit that builds trust and relationships in ethnic communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/budget-cut-police-efforts-in-ethnic-communities?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:45:00 -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 OccupyMN protesters planning for coming work week Many members of the OccupyMN movement are preparing to blend their life of activism with the normal work week as they return to their jobs Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/09/occupy-mn-sunday?refid=0 Sun, 09 Oct 2011 16:11:50 -0500 Humidity helps firefighters in northern Minn. Officials at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center say the clouds that covered skies throughout much of northern part of the state this weekend helped contain fires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/09/northern-minnesota-fires?refid=0 Sun, 09 Oct 2011 12:03:07 -0500 Hundreds pack MSP to greet champion Lynx Hundreds of people packed the baggage claim area of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday afternoon to greet WNBA champions the Minnesota Lynx as they returned from Atlanta. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/08/lynx-reception?refid=0 Sat, 08 Oct 2011 18:02:17 -0500 OccupyMN demonstrators hold fast About 160 Minnesotans showed solidarity with Wall Street protests against big banks and corporations, staying through the night in the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/08/occupymn-demonstrators?refid=0 Sat, 08 Oct 2011 13:44:10 -0500 Xcel Energy wants EPA emissions rule changed Xcel Energy says its customers will lose out on savings unless a new federal Environmental Protection Agency rule is changed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/xcel-energy-wants-epa-emissions-rule-changed?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 21:48:31 -0500 National Guard to fight blaze in northwestern MN The Minnesota National Guard will help fight a blaze in the northwestern corner of the state, near the city of Greenbush in Roseau County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/national-guard-to-fight-blaze-in-northwestern-mn?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:31:07 -0500 Rowdy crowd cheers Lynx to Game 1 victory More than 15,000 people filled the Target Center for the game, waving free, white pom-poms under video screens that read, "Atlanta Dream, Welcome to your Nightmare." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/lynx-floored-by-rowdy-full-house-at-target-center?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:08:29 -0500 North Minneapolis embarks on post-tornado tree replacement North Minneapolis begins another phase of tornado recovery on Sunday as residents plant trees to replace the hundreds felled by the storm four months ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/01/north-minneapolis-tree-replanting?refid=0 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 16:08:25 -0500 Hmong Fair in Maplewood on Saturday More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the 10th annual Hmong Fair today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/01/hmong-fair-in-maplewood-on-saturday?refid=0 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 As championship series nears, Whalen says Lynx season has been memorable The Minnesota Lynx make their first appearance Sunday night in the WNBA championship at the Target Center, facing off against Atlanta in the best-of-five series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/01/whalen-lynx-memorable-season?refid=0 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Former state worker will be charged; allegedly left disabled man to drown A state worker who allegedly left a disabled man unattended in a bath, leading to his drowning, has been arrested in Isanti County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/former-state-worker-will-be-charged-allegedly-left-disabled-man-to-drown?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:57:31 -0500 Bloomington accountant charged with mortgage fraud Joseph Traxler, 63, allegedly funneled money from clients' mortgage loans into his company's coffers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/traxler-bloomington-mortgage-fraud?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 07:42:56 -0500 New Timberwolves coach says winning will take time Rick Adelman, the Minnesota Timberwolves' new coach, says he's looking forward to working with the team's young players. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/new-timberwolves-coach?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:09:36 -0500 With BWCA wildfire 53 percent contained, officials plan for wilderness rehab As firefighters slowly contain the 93,500-acre blaze, officials are starting to think about ways to rehabilitate wilderness land damaged by the fire-fighting effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/pagami-creek-45-percent-contained?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 07:20:30 -0500 Lynx easily handle Mercury in first Western Conference playoffs game The second game of the Western Conference finals is in Phoenix on Sunday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/lynx-beat-mercury?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 06:36:53 -0500 Golden Valley officer involved in fatal shooting An armed woman was shot by a Golden Valley police officer. She had pulled over after police had attempted to stop her on I-394 near Hopkins Crossroad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/i394-closed-due-to-officerinvolved-shooting?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:32:19 -0500 St. Paul walking tour highlights Mexican American culture, art A new exhibit unearths details about lives of Mexican Americans in St. Paul since they first immigrated to the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/st-paul-walking-tour-highlights-mexican-american-culture-art-?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:54:37 -0500 Roxana Saberi reacts to hikers' release from Iran Former Iranian detainee Roxana Saberi says it may take some time for Minnesota native Shane Bauer and his friend Josh Fattal to adjust to being free after they were released Wednesday from an Iranian prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/hikers-freed-roxana-saberi-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:37:31 -0500 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood promotes jobs bill in Minn. LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff will stop at Union Depot for a press conference alongside DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-promotes-jobs-bill-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 06:38:37 -0500 eBay grant goes to nonprofit to help people train and find jobs A Twin Cities jobs nonprofit is one of three winners of an eBay Foundation grant, and the only one in the U.S. to receive the award. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/ebay-grant-nonprofit-people-train-find-jobs?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 20:56:56 -0500 Three discovered dead in Oakdale home Two women and one man were found dead after a neighbor notified police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/oakdale-death?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:11:13 -0500 Amy Senser faces felony charge in fatal hit-and-run Amy Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, was charged Thursday with criminal vehicular homicide operation for the death last month of a restaurant chef who was hit while filling his car with gas on an Interstate 94 ramp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/senser-crash-charges?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:34:01 -0500 Minnesotans stand together in memory of Sept. 11 When Minnesotans stood up to sing "America the Beautiful" at Sunday's Sept. 11, 2011 memorial it wasn't a moment of mourning, but one of pride and strength. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/11/minnesotans-stand-together-in-memory-of-sept-11?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:17:12 -0500 Repairs to vandalized bridge memorial begin Monday Work begins 9 a.m. Monday to repair the I-35W memorial on West River Parkway in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/11/repairs-vandalized-i35-memorial?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 18:50:45 -0500 Gophers' team physican updates on coach's condition Tests have come back normal on football coach Jerry Kill, said the team physician for the Minnesota Gophers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/11/gophers-team-physican-updates-on-coachs-condition?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 12:58:05 -0500 Parts of St. Croix State Park to reopen this month The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will soon reopen parts of St. Croix State Park after clearing hundreds of trees downed in a July 1 windstorm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/saint-croix-state-park-to-repoen?refid=0 Sat, 10 Sep 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Law enforcement advise calm vigilance this weekend Twin Cities law enforcement agencies are stepping up efforts, after a national terror alert warned of a possible threat of attack on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/law-enforcement-advise-calm-vigilence?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 16:58:45 -0500 Brief Groveland Park Elementary lockdown now over A brief lockdown Wednesday at Groveland Park Elementary ended at 4 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/groveland-park-elementary-lockdown?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:38:21 -0500 U.S. announces $23 million more in Somali famine aid Millions of dollars more for famine relief will be sent to the Horn of Africa, said the head of U.S. Agency for International Development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/pelosi-somali-famine-relief?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:35:58 -0500 North Minneapolis neighbors march, pray to end violence North Minneapolis residents gathered this weekend at several events in hopes of raising a barrier against the rising tide of violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/north-minneapolis-violence?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:46:39 -0500 Fort Snelling Military Museum gets orders to move out On Saturday, dozens of people took advantage of what may be their last opportunity to see the Fort Snelling Military Museum. The museum, which holds more than 65 military vehicles, is set to close as part of a national consolidation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/27/fort-snelling-military-museum-closing?refid=0 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:00:10 -0500 First on agenda for Mpls. America Legion convention: a job fair The 93rd American Legion national convention began at the Minneapolis Convention Center Saturday with a large job fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/27/american-legion-job-fair?refid=0 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:29:02 -0500 Somali Americans rally in St. Paul for famine victims Hundreds of Somali American students will walk from Minneapolis to St. Paul to call attention to the famine in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/somali-americans-rally-in-st-paul-for-famine-victims?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:50:47 -0500 Scott County Republicans agree to disagree on judicial elections Many Minnesotans say they are tired of polarizing politics at the state and national level -- and that can include people in politics. So Scott County Republicans attempted to set an example of civil debate Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/republicans-debate-judicial-elections?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 08:45:25 -0500 Fees increase for some museums, historical attractions Admission fees to historical sites including Fort Snelling and the Mill City Museum will increase by a dollar, the Minnesota Historical Society announced Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/fees-increase-for-some-museums-historical-attractions?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:18:52 -0500 Hiawatha line contractors to pay $4.6M fine over falsified claims The U.S. Justice Department says the main contractor for the Hiawatha light rail line falsified claims about how much work was going to disadvantaged businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/light-rail-fraud-fine?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:46:09 -0500 Developer proposes luxury high-rise near Loring Park A Chicago developer proposes to build a $100 million luxury apartment high rise in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/developer-luxury-highrise-loring-park?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. GOP pays $170K penalty for illegal fund transfers The Minnesota GOP has agreed to pay a federal penalty of $170,000 because of illegal funds transfers and financial reporting omissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/minn-gop-pays-170k-penalty?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:53:47 -0500 Plymouth mosque plan goes forward despite some tension A proposal to house a mosque in a soon-to-closed suburban post office is now heading to the Plymouth City Council, after being reviewed by the city's planning commission Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/plymouth-mosque?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 07:07:05 -0500 State budget doubles cost to counties to commit sex offenders The new state budget will double costs to counties for committed sex offenders, and some say that may affect how those criminal cases are handled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/county-cost-committed-sex-offender?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Is run for Senate next for Pawlenty? Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has some choices ahead of him as a result of his withdrawal from the Republican presidential race. Pawlenty hasn't signaled what his next move will be, but he could become a factor again in Minnesota politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/14/tim-pawlenty-whatsnext?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 At Mpls. conference, black women look to their future The Pan-African Women's Action Summit wrapped up Saturday at Minneapolis Community and Technical College after three days of discussions about the future of black women around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/13/black-women-summit-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 13 Aug 2011 17:02:24 -0500 Minn. students show little improvement on science test The Minnesota Department of Education released results Friday from the latest Minnesota Academic Standards Science test showing little improvement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/12/science-test-scores?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:26:15 -0500 Local Somalis react to al-Shabab's retreat from capital city The terrorist group al-Shabab has retreated from the Somali capital of Mogadishu, giving hope to Somalis around the world and in Minnesota who are concerned about the drought and famine in their home country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/somalia-famine-aid?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 06:38:52 -0500 Minn. cities bracing for higher interest rates Minnesota cities already struggling to deal with large cuts in state aid now face the possibility of increased borrowing costs because of the downgrade in the federal government's credit rating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/cities-worried-about-debt-downgrade?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 06:27:21 -0500 Parishioners at Polish church protest merger plans Local Polish immigrants and their descendents gathered in front of the St. Paul Cathedral Saturday to protest the merger of their parish with another one in Minneapolis. They're concerned the Polish customs in their church will be discontinued. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/06/church-closing-protest?refid=0 Sat, 06 Aug 2011 16:44:59 -0500 Spirited debate over Vikings stadium proposal Minnesota Vikings officials remain hopeful there will be a special legislative session in the fall to consider a bill to fund a $1.1 billion new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/open-house-debate-vikings-stadium-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Annual event brings services for veterans in need The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans hosts its annual metro StandDown event this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/annual-event-brings-services-for-veterans-in-need?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 15:19:51 -0500 Officials evaulate 311 performance following tornado disaster Officials are using the aftermath of the May 22nd tornado to evaluate the performance of the Minneapolis 311 emergency information system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/evaluate-311-emergency-performance?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:04:32 -0500 State Department official meets with Somali famine aid workers A top U.S. official who works to get aid to people starving in Somalia said al-Shabab is hampering efforts to part of Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/us-official-somali-relief-aid?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Norway attack victims remembered at Mindekirken church in Minneapolis About 3oo people gathered at the Mindekirke Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis on Sunday to remember those killed in Norway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/mindekirke-oslo?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 06:23:59 -0500 Lengthy narcotics investigation busts at least 50 A 40-day operation has resulted in 50 arrests by the St. Paul Police Department's narcotics team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/stpaul-drug-bust?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 19:22:51 -0500 U2 ready to grip Minnesota It's estimated 60,000 people plan to see the U2 concert Saturday at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. It'll be the stadium's first concert, and U officials chose to start with one of rock and roll's highest profile bands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/u2-minnesota-concert?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 No special session today: Lobbyists descend on Capitol DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders will meet again to find a way out of the state government shutdown. Meanwhile, lobbyists, union representatives and special interest groups are descending on the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/17/budget-lobbying?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Rep. Cravaack's family moving to New Hampshire The family of U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack is moving to New Hampshire, according to a spokesman for the congressman, who represents Minnesota's 8th District. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/07/cravaack_plans.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:03:17 -0500 BNSF train derails in Fridley; Northstar service halted Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad workers sustained minor injuries Saturday morning when a train derailed near the Rice Creek Bridge in Fridley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/16/train-derailment?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jul 2011 11:11:10 -0500 Tornado, shutdown a double whammy for some N. Mpls. residents For many residents in north Minneapolis, the loss of state services comes on top of weeks of hardship, as the neighborhood struggles to recover from the May 22nd tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/north-minneapolis-tornado-shutdown?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Federal loans available for north Minneapolis residents North Minneapolis residents can apply for federal loans this week at a temporary information center set up at Lucy Laney School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/10/north-minneapolis-loans?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:19:55 -0500 Lawmakers ask court to cut off funding for essential sevices A group of Republican state lawmakers has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop funding for essential services during the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/lawmaker-protests-core-services?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:10:36 -0500 Marking July 4th during a government shutdown The state shutdown is hitting home for many Minnesotans who haven't paid attention to the impasse at the state Capitol until now.And, after weeks of anticipating a potential shutdown, the reality of the situation sunk in for state employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/04/a-july-fourth-celebration-during-a-state-government-shutdown?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Judge rules zoo can stay open during shutdown Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled the Minnesota Zoo can reopen but denied an appeal from Canterbury Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/02/judge-rules-zoo-can-reopen?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jul 2011 18:51:11 -0500 Mpls police investigate cause of fire at Dayton's former home Minneapolis police are investigating the cause of a minor fire at the former home of Governor Mark Dayton near Lake Harriet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/03/mpls-police-investigate-small-fire-at-former-dayton-home?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jul 2011 12:30:22 -0500 Buckled pavement tests MnDOT's skeleton crew Concrete buckled Friday as humidity intensified and temperatures rose above 100. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/02/buckled-pavement-first-test-of-mndot-skeleton-crew?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jul 2011 13:40:26 -0500 Recap: A week of negotiation ends in stalemate About 22,000 state employees start off the holiday weekend unemployed. That comes after a week of action in the courts and state Capitol as judges prepared for a government shutdown and lawmakers struggled to avert it. On Monday, the two sides were firmly dug in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-week-recap-stalemate?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:43:38 -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 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 Minn. marriage amendment a hot -- and confusing -- topic at Pride fest Over the weekend, Twin Cities Pride Festival was gay rights advocates' first chance to talk to their voting base about the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, and they found that they have a lot of work to do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/pride-fest-constitutional-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar bill aims to help families with adoptees from abroad U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is proposing legislation aimed at helping families who have adopted children from abroad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/26/klobuchar-adoption-bill?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:35:00 -0500 N.D. flooding forces some Minn. companies to relocate Record flooding in North Dakota is affecting Minnesota companies with operations and facilities in that state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/minot-flood-mltvacations?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:23:52 -0500 CEO of ambulance nonprofit arrested Officials today arrested the interim CEO of a Hennepin County air ambulance nonprofit organization for failure to pay taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/life-link-ceo-arrested?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:51:24 -0500 Alleged hackers of Star Tribune website arrested in Latvia The U.S. Department of Justice says it has disrupted an international crime ring that allegedly ran a scam involving the Minneapolis Star Tribune's website. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/star-tribune-hack?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 20:10:54 -0500 Five NE Minn. beaches showing high levels of E. coli The Minnesota Department of Health says five northeastern beaches have dangerously high levels of E. coli bacteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/duluth-beaches-ecoli?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:44:13 -0500 Facebook friend an important resource for tornado victims As north Minneapolis residents continue to recover from the May 22 tornado, one man has become a primary information source for the community. It's all on a Facebook page he's set up that crosses the digital divide -- from online to paper form and word of mouth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/facebook-tornado-assistance?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:26:25 -0500 St. Paul unveils riverfront overhaul plan The city of St. Paul unveiled a plan Thursday to transform 17 miles of riverfront into an attraction for tourists and locals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/saint-paul-riverfront-plan?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 06:52:27 -0500 Veteran lawmaker state Sen. Linda Scheid, 68, dies Veteran Minnesota lawmaker Linda Scheid today in hospice care after a six-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/scheid-obit?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:02:40 -0500 Scientists come together to combat wheat rust Wheat rust is an age-old fungus that scientists say spreads through fields, turning healthy wheat crops black. The fungus plagues farmlands in east Africa but has the potential to spread to other continents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/12/wheat-rust?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:30:20 -0500 Klobuchar, Paulsen to form health care caucus The caucus will hold town-hall meetings and other events to educate businesses about wellness initiatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/12/health-care-caucus?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 12:47:10 -0500 Final stretch of Lake Harriet-to-Mississippi River bikeway opens it includes the city's first bike boulevard -- a stretch that puts bicyclists first and cars second. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/11/bikeway-opens?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:39:03 -0500 Somali community, law enforcement try to keep open a dialogue The two groups gathered at St. Thomas to talk civil rights, community policing, education, and how to prevent violent extremism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/11/somali-talks?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:43:02 -0500 Minneapolis mayor gives White House a nudge on tornado relief The current federal disaster declaration for the tornado-ravaged area of north Minneapolis covers public property. Rybak wants the declaration extended to private property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/disaster-rybak-obama?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:38:10 -0500 Teenager faces 13 years in Minneapolis drive-by shooting Marlon Lozano-Montano, 18, was a passenger in a car with two other teenagers. One of their bullets struck a 12-year old girl, who remains paralyzed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/drivebysentence?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:27:32 -0500 Minneapolis' Cristo Rey graduates its first class with honors More than half of the 60 graduates will go on to college. Minnesota's first Jesuit high school requires students work in the corporate world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/cristo-rey-jesuit-school-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:53:45 -0500 Once slated to close, North High celebrates graduation Graduates of the class that at one point could have been the school's last said the year was tough, but it made them resilient, and brought them closer together. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/north-high-graduation?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 2,000 volunteers clean north Minneapolis storm damage Many of the volunteers had never visited this part of the metro before. They had two tasks: helping clean up after the tornado that struck two weeks ago, and showing the low-income and largely minority residents that other Minnesotans care about them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/04/storm-cleanup-volunteer-day?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jun 2011 14:05:10 -0500 City asks Minneapolis nightclub to close The downtown bar Karma has been the site of several assaults and robberies in and around the club. The club is in the area of downtown where four men were hit by gunfire in separate incidents last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/karma-closing?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 18:56:41 -0500 Ramsey county settles with RNC protesters The ACLU sued Ramsey county on behalf of 6 activists, saying their rights were violated in raids before the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/rncsettle?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 22:54:37 -0500 After the storm comes the daunting task of finding a contractor Finding the person to help you pick up the pieces requires research and good judgement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/tornado-contractors?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 One week later, services trickle in for tornado victims It's been a week since a tornado devastated a wide swath of north Minneapolis and families are coming out of shock and taking the first few steps to put their lives back together. Yet many are still waiting for services and funds that will only come once a federal disaster area is declared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/29/tornado-week-later-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Twins, past and present, and fans honor Killebrew Harmon Killebrew, who died earlier this month from esophageal cancer at the age of 74, was the Twins' first Hall of Famer and first face of the franchise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/killebrew-tribute?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 23:33:56 -0500 Stingless wasps latest tool in fight against emerald ash borer The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will soon introduce tiny, stingless wasps in the Twin Cities as a biological control agent for the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Jordan neighborhood reports no uptick in crime Despite a few instances of burglary, members of the Jordan Area Community Council say the neighborhood generally seems quiet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/jordan-crime?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 23:32:33 -0500 Power partially restored at MSP after flight delays Power has been partially restored at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport after a 9 ½-hour outage that caused flight delays and cancellations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/21/msp-power-outage?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 12:43:04 -0500 Depression haunts homeless children, Wilder study finds New research from the Wilder Foundation shows the number of homeless children in Minnesota is increasing. About half of all homeless children in Minnesota are younger than the age of 6. The organization found that children who grow up under this kind of stress have lasting physical and emotional problems that are hard to overcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/homeless-children-depression?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 16:14:24 -0500 House committee cuts funding for barrier at Coon Rapids Dam The money would have renovated the dam and expand it so it could also serve as a barrier against invasive species like Asian carp. The state Department of Natural Resources said Coon Rapids is the best location for such a barrier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/coon-rapids-dam?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 19:09:28 -0500 Cravaack defends budget-cutting stance at town hall meeting U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack faced a crowd with tough questions at a town hall meeting in Cambridge Wednesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/cravaack-town-hall-mtg?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 23:38:59 -0500 DNR confiscates nets, fish from Dakota activists on Cedar Lake The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this Friday confiscated a net and several dozen fish caught by a small group of Dakota Indian activists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/minneapolis-fishing-protest?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Census shows Minnesota's population aging New census data released Thursday show Minnesota's population of seniors is rapidly growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/twin-cities-census-aging-living-alone?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 11:27:39 -0500 Ramsey Co. residents consider implications of possible Vikings stadium The question hanging in the air is if a half-cent hike in the county's sales tax is a price too great for a $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/arden-hills-reax?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 For Minn. Tibetans, Dalai Lama's visit a chance to reflect on growth If the Minnesota Tibetan community was a toddler when the Dalai Lama visited in 2001, it is now at least a teenager, said Thupten Dadak, the founder of the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/08/dalai-lama-visit-minnesotan-tibetans?refid=0 Sun, 08 May 2011 12:46:20 -0500 Thousands attend Dalai Lama's speech at U of M At the University of Minnesota today, the Dalai Lama said much human suffering arises from self-centeredness. But he says one can overcome suffering and achieve happiness by cultivating wisdom and altruism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/08/dalai-lama-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 08 May 2011 12:00:19 -0500 Clark to run against Cravaack in 8th District Clark tells said she and her husband bought a home in Duluth months ago and she plans to file papers to run against Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack next year. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/clark_makes_ano.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 08 May 2011 11:00:36 -0500 Hundreds rally against hikes at Minn. Capitol rally Republican politicians railed against tax increases Saturday in front of an enthusiastic group of a few hundred people gathered on the State Capitol lawn in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/07/capitol-tax-rally?refid=0 Sat, 07 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Dalai Lama arrives in Minn. for first Twin Cities visit since 2001 The Dalai Lama will participate in many events this weekend, including a public address on Sunday afternoon at the University of Minnesota. His speech is entitled "Peace through Inner Peace." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/dalai-lama?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 21:03:21 -0500 St. Paul residents suggest ideas to improve poor neighborhoods St. Paul community leaders and residents met Thursday night to try to figure out how to use a $500,000 federal grant to improve one of the city's most impoverished areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/promise-neighborhood-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 10:39:38 -0500 E-ticket legislation goes back to commerce committee Teams and venues say electronic tickets control keep out-of-state scalping operations. But others argue because they're nontransferable individual customers can't sell their own tickets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/eticket-legislation?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 22:23:53 -0500 Pachyderm studio in Cannon Falls up for sale Some of the biggest bands from the 1990s recorded their biggest albums at Pachyderm, including Nirvana's "In Utero" and Soul Asylum's "Grave Dancer's Union." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/pachyderm-for-sale?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Brooklyn Park elects new mayor in special vote Former Brooklyn Park City Council Member Jeffrey Lunde has won a 12-way race for the town's mayor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/01/brooklyn-park-mayoral-race?refid=0 Sun, 01 May 2011 13:59:36 -0500 General Mills objects to regulations on advertising to kids The proposal by the Obama administration would limit advertising of sugary cereals to children. If followed, it might mean the end of General Mills icons like the Lucky Charms' Leprechaun and the count in Count Chocula. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/general-mills?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:43:53 -0500 Brooklyn Park mayoral candidates preparing for uncommon election day Twelve candidates vying to be mayor of Brooklyn Park now have less than a week to make their case to voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/24/brooklyn-park?refid=0 Sun, 24 Apr 2011 13:55:06 -0500 Expect little help to pay for cars damaged by potholes While drivers can file claims for car damage caused by running over potholes, Minnesota's cities and MnDOT rarely honor them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/pot-holes-car-damage?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:42:14 -0500 Ban on high-density zoning in Rondo OK'd by St. Paul council The amendments limit new buildings east of Lexington Parkway to a height of three stories and reduced the minimum density for buildings near rail stations by half. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/rondo-zoning?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:55:48 -0500 Central Minn. schools in lockdown over Facebook threat Local police in central Minnesota are supervising students from Eden Valley-Watkins Schools Wednesday afternoon as they board buses for the ride home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/eden-valley-lockdown?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:54:20 -0500 St. Paul soldier killed in Afghanistan A soldier from St. Paul has been killed while on duty in Afghanistan. Spc. Joseph A. Kennedy died of his injuries after his unit was attacked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/16/stpaulsoldier?refid=0 Sat, 16 Apr 2011 20:24:22 -0500 Five indicted for health care fraud in Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced indictments of 5 people accused of conducting health care fraud crimes in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/health-care-fraud-indictments?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 06:55:24 -0500 US labor secretary touts worker training in St. Paul U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis toured a manufacturing company in St. Paul Wednesday that has trained its workers in energy efficiency and environmental awareness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/solis-labor-secretary-tours-st-paul-plant?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:00:00 -0500 In Central Corridor's path, clusters of utility lines wait to be moved Most Central Corridor Light Rail construction in the Twin Cities so far has actually been work to relocate utility lines that run under streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/central-corridor-utility-relocation?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Tornadoes, thunderstorms possible across Minn. The National Weather Service says there's a chance for severe weather in Minnesota Sunday before storms move east into Wisconsin later in the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/10/severe-weather?refid=0 Sun, 10 Apr 2011 14:25:33 -0500 State records a new high in reported STDs in 2010 Reports of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea cases numbered more than 17,700 last year; there were more than 15,000 reports of chlamydia alone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/std-numbers-on-the-rise?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 19:42:47 -0500 Stillwater Lift Bridge to close due to river crest Minnesota transportation officials say the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be closed Friday morning in anticipation of a second crest of the St. Croix River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/stillwater-bridge-closing?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:52:35 -0500 Minn. Department of Human Rights target of GOP cuts Republicans seeking to balance the state budget are taking aim at the state's human rights department, an agency that probes discrimination complaints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/republicans-target-minnesota-department-of-human-rights?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 14:30:00 -0500 Mondale on Ferraro: 'I think she changed America' Geraldine Ferraro died Saturday at the age of 75. Ferraro made history 27 years ago when she joined Walter Mondale's presidential campaign, accepting the vice presidential spot on the ticket. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/26/ferraro-obit?refid=0 Sat, 26 Mar 2011 11:45:46 -0500 Two crests likely for southern Minnesota, meteorologist warns The National Weather Service's flood outlooks released Friday had little good news for Minnesotans preparing for spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/two-crests-likely-southern-minnesota-flooding?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:43:38 -0500 Rep. Ellison: Congress should be involved in defining US role in Libya Republicans in the U.S. House are demanding President Barack Obama quickly spell out precise goals in Libya. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/ellison-libya?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 06:30:13 -0500 DNR: Soudan mine fire 99 percent out A three-man crew that made it to the bottom of the Soudan Mine in northern Minnesota Sunday afternoon didn't find an active fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/20/soudan-fire-damage?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:25:49 -0500 Flood picture in Twin Cities complicated by storm forecast The National Weather Service has been warning for weeks that spring flooding in Minnesota could be bad. It's just been a question of how bad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/flood-preparation?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Census: Rochester leads large Minn. cities with 24 pct. growth Newly released U.S. Census data shows Minnesota's population grew by about 8 percent over the last decade and now stands at about 5.3 million people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/census-data-rochester-gains?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Crews start floodwall at St. Paul airport Work crews from the Metropolitan Airports Commission Monday began building temporary sections of a floodwall at the St. Paul Downtown Airport, in preparation for expected spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/floodwall-at-saint-paul-airport?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:54:53 -0500 Klobuchar wants new federal rules to curb gas prices U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is calling on the Federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission to take steps that she says would stabilize gas prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/klobuchar-gas-prices?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 06:21:13 -0500 At Mall of America, teens prep for prom It's high school prom season, and two events at the Mall of America this weekend helped teens prepare; one displayed all the newest trends in fashion, while the other allowed low-income girls to receive donated gowns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/13/two-proms?refid=0 Sun, 13 Mar 2011 08:28:03 -0500 Audit: Inconsistencies, high cost in Minn. sex offender treatment A legislative auditor's report released Friday raises a number of questions about Minnesota's sex offender treatment program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/sex-offender-report?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:15:56 -0600 Muslim outreach group receives more federal grant funding The St. Paul City Council has approved a resolution releasing $538,000 for the African Immigrant Muslim Community Outreach Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/muslim-outreach-grant?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:07:43 -0600 E. coli tainted hazelnuts found in another Minn. home The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says recalled hazelnuts contaminated with <i>E. coli</i> have been found in the home of another sick Minnesota resident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/ecoli-hazelnuts?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 17:29:14 -0600 Minn. teachers' union upset over alternative licensure bill Minnesota teachers' union officials say they're disappointed Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign a bill Monday allowing alternative teacher certification programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/06/teachers-union-alternative-licensure?refid=0 Sun, 06 Mar 2011 20:52:35 -0600 Twin Cities obesity-targeting program seeing results Health officials at Hennepin County and the cities of Minneapolis and Bloomington say a two-year-old program targeting obesity in low-income communities has had visible results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/06/obesity-program?refid=0 Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:03:15 -0600 Latest flood predictions put Shakopee and Jordan on alert The newest National Weather Service flood predictions target Scott County towns Shakopee and Jordan. Both Minnesota River towns are the most likely to be the hardest hit by rising water levels this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/latest-flood-predictions-put-shakopee-and-jordan-on-alert?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 06:22:05 -0600 Minneapolis officials say focus on top 50 repeat offenders reduced downtown crime Officials in Minneapolis say they've dramatically reduced crime downtown by focusing on 50 people who've been arrested repeatedly for loitering and panhandling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/minneapolis-crimes-panhandling?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 05:56:23 -0600 Minn. takes step to release committed sex offenders Minnesota state officials have signed a contract with a nonprofit agency to house and treat the state's most dangerous sex offenders if they're released from civil commitment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/sex-offender-facilities?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:13:09 -0600 Hennepin County charges two with racketeering Joseph Duane Gustafson, Jr., 36, and Troy Michael Neuberger, 38, are charged with 14 felonies, including kidnapping, assault, drug trafficking, and running a mortgage fraud ring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/hennepin-county-racketeering?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:04:00 -0600 Latest snowfall puts Twin Cities closer to record-setting winter Snow continued to fall in the Twin Cities today, adding to the more than 12 inches that fell overnight Sunday and early Monday, according to the National Weather Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/winter-storm?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:35:00 -0600 Lack of housing forcing high volume of sex offenders into metro neighborhoods Many released sex offenders find housing in the Twin Cities -- specifically in north Minneapolis and east St. Paul, and it's become a concern for some of the people who already live there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/21/sex-offenders?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:30:00 -0600 Snowstorm causes hazardous driving conditions Heavy snowfall across central and southern Minnesota canceled hundreds of flights Sunday and is making road travel difficult and dangerous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/20/wx-sunday?refid=0 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:29:11 -0600 Noted human rights lawyers speaking in Minn. this week Two lawyers long active on human rights in Haiti are in Minnesota for appearances in St. Paul and Northfield this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/20/joseph-concannon-in-minnesota?refid=0 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:47:32 -0600 FBI investigating St. Paul developer Jerry Trooien The FBI is investigating St. Paul developer Jerry Trooien. A spokesman said agents executed a search warrant at Trooien's office near downtown St. Paul on Thursday, looking for evidence of fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/trooien-investigation?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:58:08 -0600 Xcel says Monticello plant's blades don't pose safety concern Xcel energy says control rod blades at a nuclear plant in Monticello don't pose a safety concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/xcel-nuclear-control-blades?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 06:52:30 -0600 'Apocalyptic' wins St. Paul spelling bee It took 28 rounds and several hours for a champion to emerge in the St Paul School district spelling bee on Saturday. Thirty-eight students who had won spelling bees at their schools competed for a chance to go on to the regional finals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/12/st-paul-spelling-bee?refid=0 Sat, 12 Feb 2011 17:17:06 -0600 U of M joins handful of schools with Islamic law program The University of Minnesota will become one of a handful of schools nationally to offer a program focused on Islamic Law and Human Rights. The new program will officially open at ceremonies on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/university-of-minnesota-islamic-law-center?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Martin Luther King Park in Mpls. off list of sites for dog park The Minneapolis Park Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to take Martin Luther King Jr. Park off a list of possible sites for an off leash dog park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/mlk-dog-park?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 06:34:05 -0600 Minn. district, lesbian teens settle rally issue The Anoka-Hennepin School District has reached an agreement that'll allow two lesbian students to walk together as part of the Snow Days Royal Court at Champlin Park High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/29/lesbian-students-champlin?refid=0 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:53:53 -0600 New citizens take oath at Mall of America Shoppers stopped and watched Saturday at the Mall of America as 39 children and 41 adults were sworn in as new citizens of the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/29/naturalization-ceremony?refid=0 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:56:08 -0600 Officials say spring flooding could be serious in Minnesota Officials say there's a potential for serious flooding in the Twin Cities area and across Minnesota this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/flood-outlook?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:02:37 -0600 Dairy association welcomes stray voltage ruling The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that two Wabasha County farmers who say stray voltage killed their cows can seek damages from an electric utility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/dairy-farmers-stray-voltage?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 20:16:30 -0600 2,400 Minn. Guard troops to be deployed to Kuwait The "Red Bulls" will leave for training in May and will be be deployed to Kuwait this summer, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash announced on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/23/national-guard-deployment?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:35 -0600 Abortion opponents rally at Minnesota Capitol Hundreds of people who oppose legal abortion gathered outside the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday for the annual "march for life," which commemorates the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/22/march-for-life?refid=0 Sat, 22 Jan 2011 23:25:09 -0600 Medtronic pleased with FDA's plans to streamline approval process Minnesota medical-device maker Medtronic says it's pleased the Food and Drug Administration decided not to follow the recommendations of an internal task force to tighten rules for approving medical devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/medtronic-response?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:43:37 -0600 Task force to draft new plan for Indian Mounds Park A task force charged with crafting a plan for the future of Indian Mounds Park in St Paul is asking for public input. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/indian-mounds-future?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:40:09 -0600 MLK rally to feature TV, film producer Robin Hickman The Governors Commission on Martin Luther King Jr. will sponsor several events Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Junior, including a keynote speech by TV and film producer Robin Hickman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/mlk-day-governors-commission?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 07:48:19 -0600 St. Louis Park swimming pool, mall evacuated after bleach spill Parts of a St. Louis Park swimming school and adjoining Knollwood Mall were evacuated Sunday afternoon after a fog laced with bleach sickened several people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/16/bleach-spill-saint-louis-park?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:17:47 -0600 Pawlenty: Iowa crucial to possible presidential bid Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on Fox News Sunday that his current low poll numbers in Iowa don't necessarily mean he'll do poorly in the Iowa caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/16/pawlenty-fox?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:02:23 -0600 Staten uninvited to MLK celebration The Minnesotan who led the push to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the state 25 years ago won't be part of one of the major observances Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/16/staten-mlk-day?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jan 2011 11:52:36 -0600 Walz hosts public event in honor of Ariz. colleague U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says voters must continue to have access to their elected representatives as he held a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Mankato grocery store Friday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/walz-meet-and-greet?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:59:20 -0600 Waseca farm history center's roof collapses The roof of a shed in Waseca that housed antique farm equipment has collapsed under the weight of the recent snowstorm. Officials at the Farmamerica center say damage may top $100,000, but they say the shed wasn't insured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/farmamerica-roof-collapse?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 18:39:59 -0600 Woman challenges age-old notions about infertility When couples struggle with infertility, the social pressure can be intense. Fartun Weli is challenging age-old Somali traditions by talking about them publicly, earning attention in Minnesota and back home in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/23/somali-culture-infertility?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 15:18:12 -0600 Vikings, U likely won't cash in on TCF Stadium game It hasn't been played yet, but one winner of the Vikings and Bears game Monday night can already be safely predicted, at least financially speaking: the restaurants and bars around the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/19/university-of-minnesota-financial-winner-bears-vikings-tcf-bank-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:49:02 -0600 Ethnic tensions behind large Moorhead fight Moorhead police are investigating a fight that happened early Sunday morning involving up to a hundred people armed with knives, tazers, and a replica firearm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/19/moorhead-fight?refid=0 Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:17:39 -0600 Snow cleared at TCF stadium; extra seating ruled out Officials at TCF Bank Stadium estimate they've removed up to 35,000 cubic yards of snow from the stands and field in two-and-a-half days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/tcf-bank-stadium-snow-clearing?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 19:42:34 -0600 Controversial autism researcher tells local Somalis disease is solvable Minnesota Somalis worried about autism rates among their children recently invited controversial British researcher Andrew Wakefield to Minneapolis to talk to their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/somali-autism?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:00:00 -0600 Preparation of TCF Stadium for Vikings game ahead of schedule Preparations for the Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are apparently ahead of schedule, despite the collapse of the Metrodome in a blizzard last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/tcf-preparation-vikings-football?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:41:24 -0600 U confident TCF Bank Stadium will be ready for some football As dozens of workers shoveled the TCF Bank Stadium stands Wednesday, University of Minnesota officials said they're confident the facility will be ready for the Vikings-Bears game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/tcf-bank-stadium-vikings-bears-preparation?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:15:03 -0600 Second snow emergency declared in Minneapolis Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools are among the districts closed Monday because of the effects of the weekend snowstorm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/12/snowstorm-folo-monday?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:21:35 -0600 Minneapolis waives towing fees after snowstorm; I-90 open in southern Minn. In the wake of the major snowstorm that hit Minnesota over the weekend, the city of Minneapolis announced Sunday that all towing fees will be waived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/12/sunday-snow?refid=0 Sun, 12 Dec 2010 11:31:36 -0600 Despite snowstorm, life goes on Minnesotans found ways to cope with the huge snowstorm on Saturday -- some stayed inside all day, some ventured out into the weather, and some even got married. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/11/snowstorm-reax?refid=0 Sat, 11 Dec 2010 22:07:08 -0600 Blizzard conditions and near impossible travel tonight A massive snowstorm shut down the Twin Cities airport, forced city buses off the streets in Mankato and the Twin Cities and closed 165 miles of Interstate 90 on Saturday, forcing thousands of Minnesotans to postpone their weekend plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/11/snowstorm-saturday?refid=0 Sat, 11 Dec 2010 18:58:00 -0600 Police: Man killed in north Minneapolis Officials said a Fourth Precinct patrol sergeant was near 29th Avenue North and North Fourth Street at about 5:30 this evening when he saw what police describe as "a disturbance involving several people." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/minneapolis-homicide?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:56:20 -0600 Dayton: 'Difficult road ahead' on poverty front Governor-elect Mark Dayton says the budget outlook means it's going to be difficult to enact many of the initiatives he proposed during his campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/dayton-poverty?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 05:27:03 -0600 Three dead after pursued driver crashes into vehicle A vehicle being chased by a Minnesota state trooper in north Minneapolis early Sunday morning hit another, killing the three people inside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/05/fatal-crash-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 05:12:35 -0600 St. Anthony Park tries to unite before arrival of light rail The St. Paul neighborhood at the corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 280, is trying to strike a balance between protecting the character of the area and welcoming new development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/st-anthony-park-central-corridor?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 13:55:05 -0600 Powderhorn Park residents hold community vigil in wake of recent assaults Hundreds of Powderhorn Park residents gathered Wednesday night to show their solidarity with recent victims of sexual violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/powderhorn-vigil?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 06:50:44 -0600 Local Somali community reacts to fire apparently set at Portland mosque A fire apparently deliberately set at a Portland mosque has some Minnesota Somalis worried. Portland police say someone started the blaze early Sunday morning at a mosque occasionally attended by Mohamud Osman Mohamud, who is accused of trying to set off explosives late last week in that city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/28/portland-bombing-reax?refid=0 Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:23:37 -0600 During adoption month, a celebration of new families The McKizzie family completed their adoption of Candice and Camron during National Adoption Awareness Month, which agencies throughout Minnesota are celebrating with events. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/adoption?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Bachmann: Tea Party will leave GOP over spending Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says members of the Tea Party will shift away from the Republican party if the GOP supports big government and big spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/21/bachmann-cnn?refid=0 Sun, 21 Nov 2010 15:55:49 -0600 2 parishes win appeals to archdiocese over mergers The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it has granted changes to mergers planned for St. Thomas Church in the south metro area and Holy Cross in northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/20/archdiocese-merger-appeals?refid=0 Sat, 20 Nov 2010 13:38:11 -0600 Rybak: City looking for more cuts to ease property taxes Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said city officials are looking to make more budget cuts that could help bring down property taxes. Many city property owners are upset that their property taxes are going up by 6.5 percent or more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/property-taxes-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:30:40 -0600 Student play helps foster communication between cops and kids Some high school students from north Minneapolis have been working with Minneapolis police officers on an unusual partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/police-kids-play?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:31:00 -0600 R.W. Johnson, longtime Anoka County attorney, WWII vet, dies R.W. Johnson, former Anoka County attorney and World War II combat veteran, has died at the age of 93. Johnson, who served as county attorney for 32 years, is remembered as a pillar of his community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/rw-johnson-obit?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Mpls. park design competition finalists to be announced Monday Minneapolis Parks Foundation President Cecily Hines says the competition will produce a plan for a "vibrant" Minneapolis riverfront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/07/minneapolis-park-design-finalists-announced-monday?refid=0 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 17:24:20 -0600 On CNN, Pawlenty criticizes Obama's health care law Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a repeal of health care legislation pushed by the Obama administration would be the cornerstone of his platform if he were to declare a run for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/07/pawlenty-cnn?refid=0 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 11:28:20 -0600 Zellers, Dean to lead House GOP Republicans in the Minnesota House elected Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove as the next Speaker of the Minnesota House. The group also elected Matt Dean of Dellwood as the next Majority Leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/06/zellers-dean-to-lead-house-gop?refid=0 Sat, 06 Nov 2010 13:29:43 -0500 Family of Bloomington man shot by police question actions The family of a man fatally shot by Bloomington police Thursday night is questioning officers' actions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/bloomington-police-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 17:44:52 -0500 Fire burns Rock Island Swing Bridge Firefighters in Inver Grove Heights are working to put out a fire on the Rock Island Swing Bridge, the double-decker bridge spans the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/rock-island-swing-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:04:47 -0500 Mpls. man among three charged with aiding al-Shabaab A federal grand jury has charged three men, including one from Minneapolis, with conspiring to funnel money to the terrorist-designated group al-Shabaab in Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/al-shabab-charge?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:51:50 -0500 High grain, low milk prices leave dairy farmers struggling Burdened with high grain costs and low milk prices, some dairy farmers have racked up enormous debt, unequaled since the farm crisis of the early 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/struggling-dairy-farmers?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Same-sex marriage supporters denied communion Church officials denied communion Sunday to a small group of Catholics who wore rainbow sashes to mass at the St Paul Cathedral. The protest has been an annual event for a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/31/same-sex-marriage-protest?refid=0 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 13:50:28 -0500 Mini-'Sanity' rally at State Capitol features Horner Local fans of comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert gathered at the State Capitol Saturday to stage a smaller version of the Rally to Restore Sanity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/30/st-paul-rally?refid=0 Sat, 30 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Group challenges ban on tea party buttons at polls A coalition of groups says it's going to court to challenge bans on tea party and Minnesota Majority clothing and buttons in polling places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/political-buttons-polls?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:16:30 -0500 Traffic, emergency officials gather for 'Zero Deaths' event About 700 law enforcement officers, engineers, EMTs, and advocates gather in St. Paul Monday and will work for two days to improve the state's Toward Zero Deaths program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/zero-deaths-program?refid=0 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 06:30:38 -0500 Dayton hopes to get big boost from Obama visit At the University of Minnesota, the president offered a defense of his party's policies, including health care overhaul and Wall Street reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/24/obama-rally?refid=0 Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:38:49 -0500 Lawsuit over arrests at RNC dismissed A lawsuit that alleged the city of St. Paul and law enforcement officials violated the civil rights of people arrested outside the Republican National Convention has been dismissed by a U.S. District court judge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/rnc-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:29:23 -0500 Six charged with voter fraud in Hennepin County Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says at least six people are being charged for voter fraud in the 2008 general election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/voter-fraud?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:05:56 -0500 Parishioners sad, resigned to church closures Parishioners in 21 churches are reacting with sadness and resignation to news that their churches will be closed. The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis plans to close those churches as part of a reorganization plan announced Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/16/parish-reaction?refid=0 Sat, 16 Oct 2010 20:18:47 -0500 Small group protests Archdiocese's same-sex marriage DVD A group of Catholics who oppose the church's mailing of DVDs opposing same-sex marriage protested outside the Cathedral of St. Paul on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/10/dvd-protest?refid=0 Sun, 10 Oct 2010 13:53:58 -0500 Obama to visit Minn. to stump for Dayton President Obama will headline a rally for DFL gubenatorial candidate Mark Dayton in the Twin Cities on Saturday, Oct. 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/10/obama-visit?refid=0 Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:16:58 -0500 Petters reciever seeks millions from former Fingerhut CEO Receiver Doug Kelley is seeking $2.6 million from Ted Deikel, former CEO of the catalog company Fingerhut and a one-time Petters business partner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/petters-fraud-clawbacks?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 21:25:57 -0500 Twins have record financial year at new ballpark Whether the Twins make it to the World Series or not, they've already had a year for the record books -- at least money-wise. The Twins set a new attendance record this season, partly because of the attraction of a new ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/03/twins-first-season?refid=0 Sun, 03 Oct 2010 23:00:00 -0500 One dead after car drove into a north Minneapolis house One man is dead and another man injured after a car apparently drove into a house in north Minneapolis early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/02/minneapolis-death?refid=0 Sat, 02 Oct 2010 11:38:47 -0500 Mpls. police say technology helped solve killing Police in Minneapolis say a system that combines cameras with audio technology that can track gunshots helped solve a killing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/minneapolis-police-technology?refid=0 Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:05:20 -0500 Franken urges AFL-CIO to support Dem. candidates U.S. Sen. Al Franken Sunday told a meeting of the AFL-CIO they need to support Democrats fighting for election in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/franken-unions?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 06:54:09 -0500 Klobuchar says she'll push White House to help flood areas U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with people who have lost their homes to flooding Sunday in Zumbro Falls, Hammond, and other south central Minnesota cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/klobuchar-floods?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 06:40:59 -0500 For community organizers, soccer is an ice-breaker Soccer is a good way to approach people if you want to help them solve their problems, organizers say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/27/soccer-organizing?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Report: Minn. likely to hold on to all 8 U.S. House seats Last year, estimates projected Minnesota to lose a congressional seat, but new estimates show Missouri will likely lose the seat instead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/26/census-us-house-seat?refid=0 Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:01:00 -0500 Mpls. forum addresses issues in African-American community Hundreds of members of Minnesota's African-American community are gathering Saturday in a north Minneapolis high school to talk about the state of the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/25/state-of-african-american-community?refid=0 Sat, 25 Sep 2010 14:52:04 -0500 Flood fight continues in southern Minnesota The Minnesota Emergency Operations Center said Blue Earth, Wabasha and Watonwan counties are its areas of focus Saturday, as flooding continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/25/flood-saturday?refid=0 Sat, 25 Sep 2010 14:01:21 -0500 Twin Cities tops in U.S. credit scores Credit bureau Experian released new rankings Wednesday that show residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area have the best credit scores in the United State. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/twin-cities-credit-ratings?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 20:00:05 -0500 Hennepin County holding first medicine disposal event Law enforcement officials gather Monday to announce Hennepin County's first medicine disposal event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/medicine-disposal?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:44:41 -0500 Group fighting to restore voting rights to felons on probation As the November election gets closer, there's a push underway to restore voting rights to the nearly 46,000 adults living and working in the state that are disqualified from voting because they're on probation for a felony conviction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/felony-voting?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:05:36 -0500 Horner says Vikings should pay for 40 percent of new stadium Independence Party gubenatorial candidate Tom Horner says the Minnesota Vikings should pay 40 percent of the cost of a new multi-use facility and sign a 40-year lease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/19/horver-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 19 Sep 2010 16:40:13 -0500 Kelliher a finalist for Mpls. parks superintendent Kelliher lost the DFL primary for governor last month and isn't running for re-election to the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/margaret-anderson-kelliher-park-board?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 21:09:07 -0500 Klobuchar pushes to give FDA more power in food safety Sen. Amy Klobuchar says recent food contamination outbreaks that have sickened thousands of people are more evidence the nation's food safety system needs an overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/12/klobuchar-fda?refid=0 Sun, 12 Sep 2010 17:19:20 -0500 DNR plans to buy railbed near Stillwater for recreation use The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has reached an agreement with the retired owner of the Minnesota Zephyr railroad to buy a 6.5 mile stretch of railbed near Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/12/zephyr?refid=0 Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:27:04 -0500 Religious leaders condemn Quran burning plans Religious leaders gathered at Hamline University on Saturday to rebuke the acts of a Florida pastor had planned to burn copies of the Quran on September 11. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/11/hamline-religious-leaders?refid=0 Sat, 11 Sep 2010 10:59:47 -0500 Duluth nurses vote to approve contract A second vote by Duluth nurses Friday night officially ended a long-running labor dispute between the Minnesota Nurses Association and two hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/11/duluth-nurses-vote?refid=0 Sat, 11 Sep 2010 07:30:50 -0500 No evidence of gas leak in house explosion CenterPoint Energy says there's no initial evidence of a natural gas leak in the area surrounding a Richfield home that exploded Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/explosion-folo?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 06:22:38 -0500 No charges filed against gang strike force members Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says his office will not press charges in the case of the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/gangstrikeforce-nocharges?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 00:44:58 -0500 School district aims to preserve farmers market on for-sale land The Minneapolis school district has put a valuable piece of commercial real estate up for sale, but the district will only sell the land to developers willing to include a permanent home for a community farmers market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/district-farmers-market?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 07:17:22 -0500 Minn. DNR holding open house on zebra mussel infestations The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding an open house Tuesday on a growing zebra mussel infestation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/zebra-mussels-open-house?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:32:35 -0500 Rybak says tax increase necessary to fund pensions Mayor R.T. Rybak says the city has no choice but to increase taxes as pension obligations grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/rybak-tax-hike?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 06:44:35 -0500 Franklin Avenue plan would create urban Indian cultural corridor Orange banners that say "American Indian cultural corridor" recently went up along a small stretch of Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. They're the first step in a project that organizers hope will change the street's tough reputation, and make it a national attraction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/franklin-ave-development?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 First 'Ride to Recovery' sets off from Edina today More than a 150 bike riders set off from Edina Monday for the first Ride to Recovery in the Great Lakes region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/ride-for-recovery?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 07:46:12 -0500 Klobuchar says Minn. 'well positioned' for health grants U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Minnesota is in a good position to compete for government grants as health reform moves forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/health-devices-klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 07:41:06 -0500 St. Paul parade calling attention to diversity on University Organizer John Slade says groups taking part in the event want to send the message that light rail should benefit all members of the area's diverse community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/21/university-avenue-parade?refid=0 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 07:30:00 -0500 Camden Bridge to reopen in Minneapolis Workers replaced important support mechanisms on the bridge with funding from a $10 million Recovery Act grant. Repairs had been on hold since 2004 for lack of funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/21/camden-bridge?refid=0 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 06:00:00 -0500 Muslims, Methodists mark Ramadan, pack supplies for Haiti Ja'fari Islamic Center members are packing supplies for Haiti alongside members of the Brooklyn Park Methodist Church congregation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/21/islamic-center-haiti-relief?refid=0 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 06:00:00 -0500 Public airs concerns over Google plan, net neutrality to FCC officials Two members of the Federal Communications Commission heard unofficial testimony in Minneapolis last night, and most people at the hearing agreed that no one should get preferential treatment on the internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/fcc-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:24:28 -0500 Teens represent African nations in annual Brooklyn Center beauty pageant Several ethnic festivals took place around the Twin Cities this past weekend including Greek, Polish, Indian and Irish, but there was a different type of ethnic event in Brooklyn Center -- the 5th Annual Miss Teen Africa True Beauty Pageant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/16/african-teen-pageant?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 06:59:38 -0500 Teen dies from gunshot wound, police ask for public's help Minneapolis police responding to a 911 call of a shooting Saturday night say a boy found at the scene has died from a gunshot wound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/15/shooting?refid=0 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:38:49 -0500 Gov. candidates talk gun rights at Game Fair debate The three candidates for governor met for the second debate since the primary Saturday at Game Fair in Anoka. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/14/game-fair-debate?refid=0 Sat, 14 Aug 2010 17:53:51 -0500 High-level sex offenders to be released for first time It's likely that judges will soon pave the way for Minnesota's first release of civilly-committed sex offenders--those who've committed some of the most violent crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/13/sex-offender-release?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:48:53 -0500 Protesters ask MLB to move All-Star game from Arizona Protestors rallied Wednesday outside a meeting of Major League Baseball owners in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/mlb-protest?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 06:35:47 -0500 Some Minnesota Somalis fear indictments could hamper legitimate donations With the extent of the federal investigation unclear, Somali communities in Minnesota are concerned about how last week's indictments will affect them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/local-somalis-fear-donations-hampered?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Hit-and-run victim dies from injuries St Paul Police are searching for a driver that officials said struck a pedestrian intentionally on University Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/08/hit-and-run?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2010 13:34:28 -0500 Local slam poetry team defends championship A hometown team has won the twenty-first National Poetry Slam Championship, held in St. Paul's Roy Wilkins Auditorium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/08/slam-poetry-championship?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2010 13:25:51 -0500 St. Paul plays host to "geek" conference Self-described "geeky girls" are gathering at the Science Museum of Minnesota Saturday for the "She's Geeky unConference," held in Minnesota for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/shes-geeky-unconference?refid=0 Sat, 07 Aug 2010 12:18:26 -0500 Multiple art fairs bring artists to Twin Cities More than 700 artists are in the Twin Cities this weekend for multiple art fairs. The Loring Park Art Festival, Powderhorn Art Fair and Uptwon Art Fair are all this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/weekend-art-minnesota?refid=0 Sat, 07 Aug 2010 11:42:03 -0500 Rochester women, accused of helping terrorists, released after court hearing The two women are accused of raising money to help fund al-Shabab, an organization in Somalia that is considered a terrorist group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/rochester-somali-indictments?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:00:00 -0500 At Mpls. foundry, sacrifices keep the company alive Recessions often mean conflict between employers and unions, but the opposite story played out quietly at a Minneapolis foundry in recent months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/smith-foundry?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Star-Tribune ad calls for Target, Best Buy to stop campaign contributions A full-page ad in Sunday's Star-Tribune calls on Best Buy and Minnesota-based Target Corporation to stop contributions to the political action committee MN Forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/human-rights-watch-ad?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 14:25:14 -0500 Cell companies required to help in missing person cases Cell phone companies operating in Minnesota must assist in missing person investigations under a new state law that takes effect Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/missing-person-cell-phone-law?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 12:03:32 -0500 New law informs guardians when student has mental emergency A new state law that allows colleges and universities to inform parents when a student has mental health emergency takes effect Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/mental-health-law?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 11:24:07 -0500 I-35W bridge memorial may have alternative location A memorial to the victims of the I-35W bridge collapse that has been planned for nearby Gold Medal Park may need to be moved because of the park's high profile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/01/35-w-memorial?refid=0 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 10:30:04 -0500 Delta fined $38M for Northwest cargo price-fixing Delta Air Lines will pay $38 million to settle criminal accusations that the cargo unit of Northwest Airlines fixed prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/delta-fined?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 15:49:12 -0500 Event in Mpls. celebrates 20 years of the ADA People with disabilities and supporters will hold an event Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nicollet Island Pavillion in Minneapolis to celebrate the anniversary Americans with Disabilities Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/ada-event?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:00:04 -0500 Kelliher pulls in nearly $1M for gov race in 2010 DLF House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher has released campaign finance reports that show she has raised nearly $1 million this year toward her campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/25/kelliher-fundraising?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 16:45:00 -0500 Three shot in NE Minneapolis; police unsure of motive Minneapolis police say they don't yet know what motivated an early morning shooting in Northeast Minneapolis in which one man was killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/25/old-colony-shooting?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:49:14 -0500 Big-name celebrities in town for hearing aid gala Muhammad Ali and Steve Martin will be in St. Paul Sunday to receive humanitarian awards from the Starkey Hearing Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/25/hearing-aid-gala?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Liberian politican visits immigrants in Twin Cities An official from an area of Liberia that was once home to many Minnesota immigrants is visiting the Twin Cities Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/24/liberian-politician?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 09:00:00 -0500 A mile marker for the African American cycling community Cyclists from across the country were in St. Paul this weekend for what's believed to be the first event of its kind: an African American-focused bike festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/18/major-taylor-bike-festival?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jul 2010 14:37:52 -0500 St. Paul shooting victims identified St. Paul police have identified the victims of Friday night's shooting in a Highland Park home, and all are relatives of the suspect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/17/stpaul-shooting?refid=0 Sun, 18 Jul 2010 02:24:34 -0500 DFL panel upholds Chaudhary endorsement decision A DFL panel has upheld a decision to revoke state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary's party endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/chaudhary-endorsement?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 06:49:29 -0500 Oldest tree in Minneapolis coming down; neighbors share their memories Residents in Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood are mourning the imminent loss of the city's oldest tree. It's a bur oak that has stood watch from a bluff above the Mississippi River gorge for at least 300 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/11/dead-oak-tree?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Funnel clouds spotted near Cottage Grove, Northfield The National Weather Service says that funnel clouds were spotted near Cottage Grove and just to the south of Northfield at 11:30 a.m. Monday, but no tornado watches or warnings have been issued. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/funnel-clouds-cottage-grove?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 12:52:33 -0500 Migrating birds may find new home in Louisiana Federal officials and non profits are creating thousands of acres of wetlands so birds migrating from Minnesota and other Midwestern states will have an alternative to regions effected by the Gulf coast oil spill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/04/migrating-to-louisiana?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jul 2010 22:30:19 -0500 Canterbury spokesman: riding accident worst in 25 years Officials at Canterbury Park said a rider who fell from a horse will recover and is talking and moving his hands and feet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/04/canterbury-accident?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jul 2010 09:50:27 -0500 Nurses have mixed reactions to contract deal Twin Cities nurses are expressing a wide variety of reactions to the agreement announced Thursday between union negotiators and fourteen hospitals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/nurses-reaction?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis a finalist to host 2012 Democratic convention The four finalists were revealed by national Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine in an e-mail sent on Wednesday. Also contending are St. Louis, Cleveland and Charlotte. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/democratic-convention-minneapolis-finalist?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:42:00 -0500 Prosecutors oppose retrial in fatal Toyota crash The Ramsey County Attorney's Office Wednesday asked a judge to deny Koua Fong Lee's request for a new trial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/toyota-retrial-opposed?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:51:50 -0500 Mississippi River park chosen for Michelle Obama program A national park in Minnesota is one of 20 in the country chosen to participate in a new program created by First Lady Michelle Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/mississippi-park-chosen?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 07:51:47 -0500 Pride organizers consider moving festival Officials with this weekend's Twin Cities Pride Festival say they might move the huge event from Loring Park in Minneapolis if they aren't allowed to keep out people with anti-gay messages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/pride-festival-might-move?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 07:30:43 -0500 Nurses await negotiations before second strike Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association gathered for a picnic and speeches in St. Paul on Saturday, one day after their union announced a July 6 deadline for an open-ended strike if negotiators fail to reach a contract agreement on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/27/nurses-picnic-strike?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jun 2010 11:33:57 -0500 Twin Cities Pride festival disturbance-free This weekend's Twin Cities Pride Festival has been peaceful despite the appearance of an anti-gay activist from Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/27/pride-protester?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jun 2010 10:35:21 -0500 Speaker Pelosi visits St. Paul rail depot The historic Union Depot recently won a $35 million federal stimulus grant to help it become a modern transportation center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/26/pelosi-visit?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:06:59 -0500 Nurses file strike notice after talks stall The Minnesota Nurses Association say they filed a ten-day strike notice. Unless the labor dispute is resolved, the strike would begin on Tuesday, July 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/nursetalks-folo?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 22:24:17 -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 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 Nurses call hospital offer a 'delay tactic' The Minnesota Nurses Association has responded to a request from Twin Cities hospitals to pledge not to strike until the end of next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/nurses-letter?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 20:06:17 -0500 Report: Minnesota women still earn less than men with the same jobs A new report shows wide disparities still exist for women in Minnesota when it comes to income, leadership positions, economic status, and health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/wage-gap-persists-for-minnesota-women?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:59:44 -0500 Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity dedicates 800th home Elected officials and community groups will gather Monday to celebrate a benchmark for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/800-habitat-home?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 06:42:36 -0500 Expansion begins on Minneapolis Veterans Home The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs breaks ground Monday on a $29 million expansion of the Minneapolis Veterans Home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/veterans-home-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 06:34:49 -0500 Teenager killed in Minneapolis; 24th homicide of the year Minneapolis police are investigating the city's 24th homicide of the year. A 16-year old boy was shot in the head on the city's south side early Sunday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/13/mpls-homicides?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jun 2010 19:55:42 -0500 One man injured, one dead in early-morning shooting Minneapolis police say two men were shot on the city's east side early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/12/mpls-shooting?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jun 2010 11:57:59 -0500 Issues remain after nurses strike Twin Cities nurses are expected to return to work Friday after participating in the largest nurses strike in the country's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/nurses-strike-follow?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 06:29:32 -0500 Politicians, union leaders hold vigil for striking nurses Hundreds of people in red Minnesota Nurses Association t-shirts filled the pews of St Matthew's Lutheran Church in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/nurses-vigil?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 20:59:21 -0500 Hospitals: Patient volume will determine how many nurses return after strike The nurses are planing a 24-hour strike, but Maureen Schriner, a spokeswoman for the 14 hospitals where those nurses work, says patient volume will determine when they'll be called back to their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/nurses-strike-call-back?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 19:40:50 -0500 Emerald ash borer experts strategize ways to combat the beetle National and state experts will attend a summit in Minneapolis on Tuesday centered on ways to combat the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/ash-borer-summit?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 09:15:30 -0500 Mississippi River bridge repairs set for tomorrow Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said repairs of corroded gusset plates on the Mississippi River bridge in Winona are scheduled for Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/winona-bridge-repairs?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 06:49:09 -0500 U of M decides not to sell alcohol in TCF Bank football stadium The University of Minnesota has officially turned down the chance to sell alcohol in the TCF Bank football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/no-alcohol-in-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 06:11:16 -0500 Nurses strike looms; what about the patients? Fourteen Twin Cities hospitals will be affected by the potential one-day strike on Thursday, and the details are still murky on how they're going to deal with the walkout of 12,0000 nurses. The people who are most anxious to learn those details are the patients with procedures scheduled this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/06/nursestrike-patient?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 St. Jude Medical settles with Justice Department over illegal incentives Little Canada-based medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical yesterday agreed to a $3.7 million dollar settlement with the Justice Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/05/st-jude-settles?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 15:00:29 -0500 Wells Fargo sees mixed results in investment fraud trial On Wednesday, jurors found the bank had committed fraud and violated its duty to several nonprofits, awarding the groups $30 million. Yesterday, however, the jury also said punitive damages weren't warranted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/wells-fargo-fraud-trial?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -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 Feds find workplace violations at Mpls VA Center Federal authorities say a recent inspection of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center found 37 workplace safety violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/ve-center-violations?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 06:51:03 -0500 Pawlenty signs improvements to domestic violence law Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed a bill that increases protection for domestic violence victims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/domesticviolence?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 15:20:14 -0500 Police chase ends in Shakopee; suspect shot Two Shakopee police officers shot and killed a man after an alleged stabbing and carjacking this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/police-chase-ends-in-shakopee-suspect-shot?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 11:12:27 -0500 Ramsey County to pay millions in TB lawsuit Ramsey County has reached a settlement with a group of former workhouse inmates who contracted tuberculosis while in county custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/tb-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 08:21:33 -0500 Klobuchar, Franken react to Kagan nomination Both U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken say Solicitor General Elena Kagan could provide important balance to the U.S. Supreme Court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/franken-klobuchar-kagan?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 10:51:08 -0500 Hmong families, MPD struggle to communicate Responding to a growing need, Hmong teenagers in north Minneapolis are spearheading an effort to help their families communicate better with police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/hmong-police?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Community comes together to remember crash victims The town of Cambridge is still trying to understand an accident that took the lives of six people early Sunday morning. Last night, the community gathered to remember the victims and help each other heal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/crash-memorial?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 06:39:37 -0500 At Moose Lake, a facility some say is more prison than therapy Inside the Moose Lake facility are two steel and concrete buildings that house more than 400 men who have completed sentences for sex crimes. The men are still behind bars because county judges found they were too dangerous to return to communities and placed them under civil commitment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/moose-lake-sex-offender-facility?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:09:28 -0500 Librarian's job description expands to help unemployed The combination of a recession and changes to the typical job application process has made some local librarians into self-described social workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/library?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Local artists create farm share for the arts Minnesota artists are launching their version of a farm share today - but instead of fresh produce, they're asking offering up crates of art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/artshare-beings?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 13:08:36 -0500 Prosecutors caught between cost cutting and profiteering Suburban prosecutors took notice when Eden Prairie officials made the rare step of switching prosecutors. The city council there ended a 17-year relationship to hire a prosecutor with a bid $20,000 cheaper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/local-prosecutors?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 American Indians struggle in Minn. probation system At question is how important a culturally competent probation system is for American Indian probationers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/indian-probation?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:29:54 -0500 Wolf, sprung from her pen, rejected by sisters on return A rare wolf that made news recently by escaping its enclosure did not have a good homecoming. So the Mexican wolf will be leaving the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake for good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/rare-wolf-rejected?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Counties differ in checks on conceal and carry applicants The sheriffs in Ramsey and Hennepin counties, who last year issued one-fifth of all permits to carry a handgun in Minnesota, take very different approaches to the state's conceal and carry law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/conceal-carry-permit-applications?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Recession shift makes more women breadwinners More women than ever before are the primary breadwinners for families. The trend is especially pronounced in Minnesota. Here, more than a third of women with children are now the main source of economic support for their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/women-breadwinners?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 After house explodes, authorities search for clues Investigators are sifting through the remains of an Edina home that exploded Tuesday afternoon, looking for clues about what happened after workers struck a gas line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/edina-house-explosion?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 15:32:26 -0600 Minn. AG sues 6 debt settlement companies The office alleges the companies signed up Minnesota consumers who were having trouble managing their debt, then charged exorbitant fees that often left them in worse financial shape than when they started. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/swanson-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:14:29 -0600 Arrests involving people carrying firearms up 25 percent The number of crimes allegedly involving a firearm in Hennepin County jumped from 122 in 2008 to 216 last year. During the same period, violent crime in Minneapolis fell dramatically. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/hennepin-county-gun-arrests?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:51:58 -0600 Group plans Minn. museum of African American history A local group is working to open Minnesota's first museum devoted to the state's African American history. They've purchased an historic Minneapolis mansion, and need to complete a $5 million fundraising campaign to turn it into a museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/coe-house?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:18:38 -0600 Majority of Minn. Red Bulls expected home by week's end Nearly all of the Minnesota Red Bull soldiers who spent the past year in Iraq will be back home by the end of the week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/red-bulls-return?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 07:14:14 -0600 St. Paul resolves HUD investigation The city of St. Paul has agreed to spend $1 million to resolve a federal investigation involving housing assistance money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/hud-stpaul?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:55:54 -0600 Short-term housing assistance not always enough More and more Twin Cities families are spending a lot of their income on housing, and that's forcing some of them out of their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/foreclosure-assitance?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Minnesota companies give big to Haiti relief Minnesota companies are among those making big donations to the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee for people in Haiti. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/minnesota-aid-haiti?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:06:39 -0600 Seward Market opens as charges loom for alleged gunmen The corner market where three people were gunned down in Minneapolis last week is now reopen for business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/seward-market-reopens?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 01:00:00 -0600 Charges in Mpls. triple shooting delayed again Charges in the shooting last week at a Minneapolis corner market that left three men dead aren't expected until Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/seward-shooting-delay?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:21:12 -0600 Suspect in missing Somalis case in court in Mpls A Somali man was in federal court in Minneapolis Tuesday, challenging charges that he lied to the FBI in a case related to the disappearance of local Somali men. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/charges?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:13:08 -0600 Hundreds attend funeral of Seward shooting victims Nearly 1,000 people gathered Friday afternoon to mourn three men killed at a Minneapolis corner market earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/victims-funeral?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 17:32:56 -0600 Same-sex couples want bill to protect end-of-life decisions in Minn. Advocates for same-sex couples say Minnesota needs a law that protects the rights of surviving members of domestic partnerships to make those decisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/gay-couples-rights?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 16:43:26 -0600 Last year's traffic deaths lowest in Minn. since 1944 Minnesota tallied 403 traffic deaths in 2009, the lowest number since 1944, state public safety officials announced Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/traffic-deaths?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 14:07:17 -0600 Budget cuts hurt probation efforts Many cash-strapped local governments are being forced to divert funds from their probation departments because of budget problems. Some counties are trying to save money by cutting probation officer positions or leaving them unfilled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/03/probationofficers?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 State stepping up DWI patrols to thwart New Year's drunken drivers Four hundred law enforcement agencies will be out patrolling Thursday night as part of a statewide crackdown on drunk driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/31/new-years-dwi?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:10:17 -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 Reform could close gap in diabetes prevention Many people can prevent diabetes with simple lifestyle changes. But Medicare and most private insurance programs don't pay for prevention efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/22/diabetes-prevention-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Parked rail cars an unwelcome neighbor in Lakeville Due to the bad economy, about 300 empty rail cars parked on the tracks around parts of suburban Lakeville, and it's a scene that's become familiar in cities and towns around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/parked-rail-cars?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Some question need for new Maple Grove hospital A new hospital opens this month in the northwest suburbs, and it's the state's first new freestanding hospital in nine years. However, some people question whether the Twin Cities area needed another hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/maple-grove-hospital?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Nonprofits see uptick in volunteers during down economy Andrea Roeger is among a growing number of unemployed who are using their free time to help others by volunteering for organizations like Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/nonprofit-volunteers-up?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Medications might be scarce for ex-offenders after GAMC elimination Early next year, the General Assistance Medical Care program will likely be replaced by MinnesotaCare, another state program for the poor, and the switch may mean some ex-offenders won't have access to the mental health medication they need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/exoffender-medications?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Job market even tougher for ex-offenders Finding a job in this economy is difficult, and with a criminal background it's even more so. At the same time, foundations are cutting funds for ex-offender work programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/exoffender-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:29:35 -0600 Masks for health care workers in short supply The Centers for Disease Control says health care workers should wear a specific kind of facemask designed to protect them from the H1N1 virus and state officials are scrambling to respond to federal guidelines as Minnesota's supply of the masks is running out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/05/n95-masks?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 17:06:13 -0600 Residents worry about community center's fate The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced this week it's closing an inner-city community center for repairs, and residents are worried about what this could mean for the facility's future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/phillips-community-center?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:54:33 -0500 Lack of services making refugee life more difficult New research at the University of Minnesota shows many of the refugees coming to the Twin Cities aren't getting the mental health services they need, and university researchers are searching for a way to solve that problem just as a new group of refugees arrives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/mental-health-refugees?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Counties can now take food assistance requests by phone In response to a dramatic increase in the number of Minnesotans seeking food assistance, counties will now be allowed to approve requests over the phone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/food-assistance-phone?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:31:55 -0500 Groups race to find replacement medical care for poor Earlier this year, Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut the General Assistance Medical Care program, which provides coverage for adults without dependents who don't qualify for other health care assistance, and now 33,000 of the poorest Minnesotans may lose state health coverage sooner than expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/gamc-program-cut?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul's Section 8 program denies mishandling of federal funds A new federal audit of the St. Paul Public Housing Agency's Section 8 program says the office hasn't properly administered U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds, but St. Paul housing officials dispute the report, and say they shouldn't have to give back more than a million dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/section-8-audit?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 06:51:17 -0500 Development plans underway for area near Fort Snelling A tract of land near the old Fort Snelling is getting attention after standing largely neglected for decades. There are some new efforts to preserve and redevelop the historic site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/ftsnelling-plan?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 6-year-old boy, dead from H1N1, had no other conditions A 6-year-old boy from Corcoran who died late last month is the seventh H1N1-related death in the state, The Minnesota Department of Health said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/h1n1-death?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 11:43:02 -0500 Tribe turning greenbacks from casino into green energy Massive wind-turbine blades, above, will rise high over Scott County this weekend, as the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community continues its ongoing effort to build its sovereignty through energy independence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/shakopee-tribe-wind-turbine?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Local students represent U.S. in Paralympic Games A group of local high school students will travel to Australia Thursday to represent the United States on the national youth wheelchair basketball team at the Australian Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/wheelchair-basketball-team?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Dental therapists to bridge gaps in oral care Megan Meyer, above, is among Minnesota's first dental therapists - a new class of dental professionals who hope to expand care to those who can't afford to see a dentist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/dental_therapists?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:50:26 -0500 St. Paul residents using Facebook to help fill homes Though the Twin Cities housing market shows signs of strengthening, foreclosed and abandoned homes still dot many neighborhoods. However, some area residents say Facebook could be the answer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/facebook-house-sales?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 House explodes in south Minneapolis A young girl is expected to be released from intensive care Sunday morning after a massive explosion leveled the south Minneapolis home she shared with her parents and two sisters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/12/house-explodes-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 12 Sep 2009 15:24:36 -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 Klobuchar, Franken break ground on Hwy 610 project Local politicians and national transportation officials helped break ground Thursday on another two-and-a-half mile segment of Highway 610. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/new-road-project?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:18:25 -0500 Transitional home for women with eating disorders opens A woman will move into a home in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood today, quietly signaling the opening of Minnesota's first transitional home for people with eating disorders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/transition-home-for-women-with-eating-disorders-opens-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 07:30:43 -0500 University Avenue business owners meet to discuss light rail concerns A group of business owners met today at a University Avenue restaurant to discuss the effects of the Central Corridor light-rail project, and they say their voices aren't being heard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/light-rail-business-concerns?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:40:35 -0500 St. Paul to fund additional light rail station A surprise offer by St. Paul officials appears to greatly increase the chances for an additional station on the Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/central-corridor-new-station?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:27:16 -0500